I'm going to start calling it the "Patrick Ross" syndrome -- the perpetual distortion and misrepresentation of the facts. Here, we have new Blogging Tory member "East Beast" making himself right at home by fibbing before the paint on his new BT cubicle name plate is even dry:
The Globe and Mail reported today that the Los Angeles City Council has banned fast food restaurants in certain poor neighbourhoods.
Really? They did that? Hey, I know ... let's go the actual article to which East Beast links, and which he is attempting to represent (emphasis added):
LOS ANGELES — City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in an impoverished swath of the city with a proliferation of such eateries and above average rates of obesity.
The yearlong moratorium is intended to give the city time to attract restaurants that serve healthier food. The action, which the mayor must still sign into law, is believed to be the first of its kind by a major city to protect public health.
Oh ... so it's not really, like, a "ban," is it? It is, instead, a moratorium on new construction. To encourage healthier alternatives to come in and set up shop. And it's only for a year. Which is, not surprisingly, not quite the impression you get from EB's excitable breathlessness, is it?
Welcome to the BT neighbourhood, EB. You're going to fit in just fine. Trust me on that.