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December 15, 2023

Part 52: A Treatise Against the Nazis on Substack - Why We Shouldn't Endorse Street Fighting Man

Published December 15, 2023

By Zachary Ellison

I wanted to be at Los Angeles City Council this morning where our elected officials recently moved to change meeting rules to move general public comment to the end of the meeting. You can still speak to individual items as usual. While I’ll be the first person to admit the displeasure of watching regular commentators spew the most vile language including sporting Swastika signs and presenting themselves as “Adolf Hitler” for official public comment, it’s not just that this morning that we are going to talk about in this treatise.

As so many have noted with the rise of Donald Trump, fascism is on the move in America. The ex-President who won’t go away now faces more felony charges than I can count. In 2016, when Trump was elected I launched a solo effort to protest him directly at his golf course in Rancho Palos Verdes. For 5 Saturday lunch times in a row, I’d stand out there in front of his sign with my “Not My President” and “Love Trumps Hate” signs. The security guards tried to chase me off at first, but after pointing to the real estate times on the space between the sidewalk and the curb there was nothing they could do about my protest.

https://zacharyellison.substack.com/p/substack-part-52-a-treatise-against


I just got called "Retarded" and "Idiot" by some dude with like a gajillion followers so I must be doing something right. No one is flogging anyone, but I'm not giving Adolf Hitler a pass and I'll even applaud Rick Caruso for denouncing Donald Trump. There are business limits to free speech, it's not a blanket permission slip to incite hatred and violence against other people and businesses in the long run should lose profits when they monetize Nazism online. That's not free speech. That's failing everyone and how got to January 6, 2021.

"Obama" out
December 15, 2023

Part 51: What is Whistleblower Journalism? The Most Unique Career Choice in Los Angeles

By Zachary Ellison

Last night I had a question, I’d thought on it before at the outset of writing 50 Part’s to date in this series. What is Whistleblower Journalism? At the outset, I thought, here’s a cool concept, the whistleblower does the journalism, the story gets told. That’s not so simple in Los Angeles, but at just over a year into this project I’ve developed some impressions about how someone might define this term. Doing so I hope will help this emerging field burgeon of journalism and advance its practice while telling my story.

I did what you do when you first have a question as a journalist. I looked for the answers online, in JSTOR, in Whistleblower Network News, and Google Scholar too and beyond, but although there were some usages of the terms, and indeed even descriptions, no one had attempted to offer a comprehensive definition that I could identify yet completely available to the public. Some decried it, others praised it, but no one, not the least a whistleblower journalist themselves had sought to offer an explanation and describe their actions in great detail. It’s a self-consuming process.

Link: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/p/part-51-what-is-whistleblower-journalism


Some people love my story, some people don't. They go, how can a whistleblower have two stories? That and more!

December 14, 2023

A Family Called 911 To Help a Suicidal Loved One, They Got a 'Nightmare a Thousand Times Worse'

It’s an increasingly common dilemma facing the families of citizens in crisis—whether contacting the authorities in the midst of a mental health crisis could cause the situation to get worse, such as in the well-known case of Takar Smith.

11:23 AM PST on December 13, 2023

By Lexis-Olivier Ray
When Jesse Batten’s girlfriend called 911 on October 4 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, she was desperately seeking help for the 30-year-old R&B music producer.

For about a week, he’d been drinking almost nothing but fifths of vodka. And he wasn’t eating or taking his medication for depression. During this time, he began sending her text messages that were “suicidal in nature,” said a family member, who didn’t feel comfortable having their name appear in this story, during an interview with L.A. TACO last month.

“She made it very clear that” it was a “mental health-related call" and that Jesse “just needed to go to the hospital,” the family member explained.

Police weren’t needed.

Link: https://lataco.com/911-suicide-lapd


December 12, 2023

Part 50: Symbols of Faith in Santa Ana - Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Meaning of Devotion

By Zachary Ellison
December 11, 2023

Last month during the search for formerly missing person Ramón Balderrama (more on that story to come) I visited Ernest E. Debs Park in Highland Park to try and narrow down the search area as we awaited new tips and information. During my visit to the park, named after the late Assemblymember, Councilman and Supervisor, Ernest Eugene Debs, of no relation to American socialist former Presidential candidate Eugene Victor Debs, I spotted a very interesting piece of art that should have rang some very important warning bells before making it to the Internet.

The painting of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, an apparition of the Virgin Mary sits at the top of the park along the roadway on concrete in front of the bench with a commanding view of the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles. My girlfriend insisted that it was the Virgin Mary herself, even as I tried to explain that I didn’t think it was quite that simple. The following day offloading the footage, I found the clip of myself slowing walking across the image GoPro camera in hand and put some gospel music on it and uploaded it to YouTube as the “Virgin Mary of Debs Park, LA.”

Link: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/p/part-50-symbols-of-faith-in-santa
December 8, 2023

EXCLUSIVE: Two Stories of Sexual Violence at USC - Tragedies of Danger and Corruption in Los Angeles

By Zachary Ellison
December 7, 2023

The history of sexual violence at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is undoubtedly long and checkered, even before the rise of Title IX establishing protections for gender equity in 1972 signed into law by Richard Nixon there was undoubtedly sexual violence. I will not attempt to tell that full history in this part, but instead will focus on two stories, one purely from my own perspective, and one told with the help of a leaked Notice of Investigation from USC’s EEO-TIX office, the first part stands for equity and equal opportunity. In doing so, I hope to illustrate common themes of public perception and private peril to create progressive conversation.

First though, I would be derelict if I did not mention what happened at USC this year on Halloween. No sooner had I dashed off another email pressing the university to increase transparency in its legally mandated reporting on these issues than another attack occurred with great notoriety and national public media attention. A female student taking a Lyft ride from a nightclub in West Hollywood was sexual assaulted, raped as the media headlines, while returning to her apartment just east of the 110-freeway. Our thoughts are with that student, and the driver has reportedly been banned from the app. LAPD’s investigation is ongoing according to the Daily Trojan.

Link: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/p/part-49-two-stories-of-sexual-violence

December 7, 2023

Kevin McCarthy uses PAC to lavish cash on high-end resorts, private jets and fine dining

Kevin McCarthy uses PAC to lavish cash on high-end resorts, private jets and fine dining

BY PAUL PRINGLE, ADAM ELMAHREK
DEC. 7, 2023 3 AM PT

Rambling above the rust-colored cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Terranea Resort is known for its ocean views, world-ranked spa and villas that can command $3,000 a night or more.

The property is less well known as a gathering spot for federal elected officials and the campaign donors they wine and dine.

But one politician was very familiar with the luxurious resort: former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. In 2 ½ years, the Bakersfield Republican’s election committees dropped nearly a quarter of a million dollars at Terranea, with most of the money coming from a thinly regulated leadership PAC, a Times investigation has found.

Link: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-12-07/spending-by-kevin-mccarthys-leadership-pac

June 22, 2012

Toons: Banker's Snack, Real Democracy, Selective Outrage and More. - 6/22/12


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 6/21/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/21/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 6/21/2012


By Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons - 6/21/2012


By Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands - 6/21/2012 - "Banker's Snack"


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 6/21/2012


By Arend Van Dam, politicalcartoons.com - 6/22/2012 - "Europe Indecisive"


By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE - 6/22/2012


By Lalo Alcaraz, June 20, 2012


By Tony Auth, June 21, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 20, 2012


By Matt Davies, June 20, 2012


By Chan Lowe, June 21, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 22, 2012


By Rob Rogers, June 22, 2012


By Ben Sargent, June 20, 2012


By Nick Anderson, June 21, 2012


By Chris Britt, June 21, 2012


By Mike Thompson, June 20, 2012




By Jim Morin, June 20-21, 2012


By Jeff Danziger, June 22, 2012

Note: I have family visiting from out of town and will be spotty in posting the next two weeks. Happy Summer! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 19, 2012

Toons: The 2012 Graduating Class, Core Values, Humungo Bank and More. - 6/19/12


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 6/19/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 6/19/2012


By Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch - 6/19/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 6/18/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 6/18/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 6/18/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 6/18/2012


By Rob Tornoe, The Press of Atlantic City - 6/18/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 6/18/2012


By Clay Bennett, June 18, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 18, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, June 18, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, June 18, 2012


By Chan Lowe, June 18, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 17, 2012


By Ted Rall, June 18, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, June 18, 2012


By Jeff Stahler, June 19, 2012


By Tom Toles, June 19, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, June 18, 2012


By Matt Wuerker, June 19, 2012


By Robert Ariail, June 19, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 18, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, June 18, 2012

Note: I have family visiting from out of town and will be spotty in posting the next two weeks. Happy Summer! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 16, 2012

Toons: Towing the Party Line, Return of the Mummy, Watchdogs and More. - 6/15/12


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 6/16/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 6/15/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 6/15/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 6/15/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 6/15/2012


By Christopher Weyant, The Hill - 6/15/2012


By Tony Auth, June 14, 2012


By Matt Bors, June 15, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, June 15, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, June 15, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 15, 2012


By Steve Sack, June 15, 2012


By Nick Anderson, June 15, 2012


By Paul Szep, June 14, 2012


By Jim Morin, June 17, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, June 15, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.
June 15, 2012

Toons: The Reset Button, Curious Time Worn Rituals, The New Political Calculus and More. - 6/14/12


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 6/14/2012


By Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch - 6/14/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/14/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 6/14/2012


By Sorensen, Slowpoke - 6/13/2012


By Matt Davies, June 14, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, June 14, 2012


By Ted Rall, June 15, 2012


By Rob Rogers, June 14, 2012


By Steve Sack, June 14, 2012


By Ben Sargent, June 14, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, June 13, 2012


By Tom Toles, June 15, 2012


By Matt Wuerker, June 14, 2012


By Robert Ariail, June 15, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, June 14, 2012


By Mike Thompson, June 14, 2012


By Jim Morin, June 15, 2012

Note: Previous editions are in my journal. Post in Good Reads! Credit: Cagle Cartoons, Universal UClick.

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Name: Zachary Ellison
Gender: Male
Hometown: Los Angeles
Home country: United States of America
Current location: Los Angeles
Member since: Tue Oct 4, 2005, 02:58 AM
Number of posts: 27,703

About ellisonz

Zachary Ellison is an Independent Journalist and Whistleblower in the Los Angeles area. Zach was most recently employed by the University of Southern California, Office of the Provost from October 2015 to August 2022 as an Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant supporting the Vice Provost for Academic Operations and the Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost among others. Zach holds a Masterís in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Policy and Planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. While a student at USC, he worked for the USC Good Neighbors Campaign including on their newsletter distributed university wide. Zach completed his B.A. in History at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon and was a writer, editor, and photographer for the Pasadena High School Chronicle. He was Barack Obamaís one-millionth online campaign contributor in 2008. Zach is a former AmeriCorps intern for Hawaii State Parks and worked for the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation. He is a trained civil process server, and enjoys weekends in the great outdoors. Find me on: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/

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