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GTA? No Way, Eh?
LAist has a question for our readers:
What's not fun about jacking a car and driving around LA robbing, killing, and generally causing mayhem?
The answer? Nothing. Nothing is not fun about that. It's awesome!
Our friends to the north (no, not Fresno), don't see it the same way for some reason. The Canadian government has issued a warning to parents that "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" is, among other things, "vile and violent". Vile and violent? Now hold on just one second.
This kind of rhetoric implies that Canada feels like the U.S. has exported some kind of evil force intended to subvert core Canadian values (like monarchy and maple syrup), and turn Canadian children into doo-rag wearin', gat-totin' street thugs (in other words, American children).
But countries that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Canada has foisted more than it's share of cultural poison on us: Alanis Morrisette, Bryan Adams, William Shatner, and Degrassi High, for instance, all of which could very well be classified as "vile and violent" if we were the sort of country to be picky about the pop culture we consume.
Fortunately for Canada, we're not. We enjoy their white-bread schlock as a nice side course to our main diet of slickly-produced, high-production value American entertainment. We never utter a word of complaint as Peter Jennings read us the news, Alex Trebek lords it over us dumb Americans, or we see Vancouver playing New York in the movies.
So, lighten up Canada. Buy "GTA," and like it.
Otherwise, we might get mad and ask for our movie industry back.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.