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Andrew Breitbart Brings Blue Humor, Tea Party Proselytizing to Beverly Hills Jews

“I don’t take pictures of my genitals and send them to teenagers. I like to fight the media. That’s my fetish.” That’s the dick joke Andrew Breitbart, still high on Weinergate, told a room full of Republican Jews on Sunday night.

Well, not exactly full. Breitbart was the last on a list of speakers at the annual summer event hosted by the L.A. chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and by the time the conservative blogger took the microphone, the crowd had thinned.

Breitbart was happy to take credit for the absence of the media. “I see the press left. They’re afraid of me.”

In truth, most of the press had left following Newt Gingrich‘s speech an hour earlier. But the few that remained got an off the cuff lecture from Breitbart’s school of media manipulation. The conservative blogger compared “neutrality and objectivity” in mainstream journalism with “the moral relativism that they teach in the humanities departments. You cannot be objective when it comes to right and wrong.” Israel, he made sure to add, “is in the right.”

Breitbart also spoke about his goal of creating a “Big Jerusalem” website, an idea he first floated in 2009. “I’m willing to live half of my year in Israel to draw attention to the fact that if Israel goes, so will America. I want to create this Big Jerusalem, and I’m going to need your help. This is citizen journalism. I don’t have J-school types working for me.”

More from Breitbart’s speech after the jump.

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LA Press Club’s Bad Mother Book Party

Silverlake’s El Chavito bar was packed Wednesday night with literary types, all there to celebrate journalist Nancy Rommelmann‘s debut novel, The Bad Mother, which centers around the lives of Hollywood street kids. Rommelmann now lives in Portland, but she put in nearly two decades as an Angeleno, has written for the LA Times and LA Weekly, and remains a contributor to the LA Observed website. A book trailer for The Bad Mother can be viewed here.

American Idol beat reporter Richard Rushfield, Nancy Rommelmann, and David Rensin

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Ad Age Contributor Dons ‘LA Douchebag Best’

OK, we get it; the San Francisco Giants are world champs and the LA Dodgers may not be able to make payroll at the end of the month. But does Ad Age contributor Jim Louderback have to kick dirt on us when we’re down?

In an article entitled “The Seven Biggest Lies Out of Digital Hollywood,” the CEO of digital TV network Revision3 frames his San Francisco-to-LAX journey for this week’s Digital Hollywood conference as follows:

This year, like I’ve done for years uncounted, I dressed up in my LA douchebag best (designer jeans, untucked stripey shirt, and blazer)… As usual, I was on a panel with what felt like the entire cast of Glee. And as usual, the room was packed with folks dressed like me.

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Over the Weekend: Gary Leonard Photo Firesale

Longtime LA photojournalist Gary Leonard celebrated his 60th birthday last Friday night at his gallery “Take My Picture Gary Leonard.” The place was packed. In the narrow confines of the gallery, it was basically impossible to move from one end of the room to the next. Your best hope to talk to anyone was to spin in circles and say “hi” to the person next to you. Those definitely in attendance: photographer Kevin Scanlon, Slake man-about-town Craig Gaines and LA Weekly‘s Erica Zora Wrightson. There were no doubt other journos of note sandwiched in the back of the room somewhere, but we suffered a mild crowd-induced panic attack and had to go outside to catch our breath.

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Last Night: Slake Lundi Gras Party at The Bootleg

Slake threw a big New Orleans-themed Lundi Gras party at The Bootleg theater last night. A good time had by all. Slake co-founder Joe Donnelly told us it was the lit mag’s best event yet, and we would be hard-pressed to disagree. Well over 100 people showed for an evening of art, essays, film and music–if not literally than spiritually–from the Big Easy.

The evening centered around Slake contributors Matjames and Hank Cherry, who both came to LA from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Wired Magazine and TED Come to Long Beach

Wired magazine was in town last week, hosting a tech-centric TED gathering in Long Beach last Thursday at the 555 East American Steakhouse. Most of the Wired bigwigs, including publisher Howard Mittman, EIC Chris Anderson, and super-awesome contributing editor Clive Thompson (pictured above on the left with Conde Nast‘s Scott Dadich; NBC Universal International’s Roma Khanna; and Wired managing editor Jacob Young) were there. The Daily Show‘s Jon Hodgman and Boing Boing‘s Mark Frauenfelder also made appearances, among others. No video, unfortunately. But we do have plenty of glamor shots!

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Over the Weekend: Good Magazine Fundraiser for CicLAvia

Fishbowl LA made an appearance at Good magazine’s fundraiser for cicLAvia over the weekend. Well worth the trip. On an absolutely stunning Saturday afternoon, a few hundred people found their way to the new Atwater Crossing performance space, where–for the tax-deductible price of $20–there was an open beer and wine bar, free yoga, music by Very Be Careful among others and…dodgeball. Not sure how throwing balls at the faces of small children correlates with expanding social consciousness and community, but we had a good time nonetheless.

The goal of the event was to raise $10,000 to help cicLAvia shut down 7.5 miles of LA streets this coming April. Based on the head count, it looks like Good hit their mark. We’re still waiting to hear back about the exact amount raised.

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FishbowlLA Meets ‘The Lawyers’

Friday we were at the A-list studded Kathy Freston book party at Arianna Huffington‘s house and met two non-famous dudes. Pictured above (from left to right) are Larry Seymour, FishbowlLA editor Pandora Young and W. Alex Voxman. What do they do? They’re lawyers. What kind of lawyers? “We’re working on the Huffington Post/AOL deal,” they tell us.

A picture worth a thousand under-valued words.

A-List Turnout for Kathy Freston’s Vegan Book Party

For most of us ink-stained wretches, throwing a book party in Los Angeles during a torrential downpour would whittle the attendees down to single digits. But when Arianna Huffington and Wendi Murdoch (yes, wife of Rubert) host such an event, everyone grabs an umbrella and braves the rain.

Friday night’s event, hosted at Arianna’s Brentwood home, was held in honor of Kathy Freston‘s newest book, “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change The World.” Notable guests included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Moby, Frances Fisher, Lorne Michaels, and Rob Reiner. So naturally, there was plenty of starfuckery going on. This fishie was making polite conversation with an elderly gentleman when he abruptly shoved me out of the way to get to Marla Maples. Remember her? Other 90′s flashbacks in attendance included Elizabeth Berkley, Tracey Ullman, Candice Bergen, and Oliver Stone.

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Richard Rushfield: Idol Pundit

Former LA Timer, ex-Gawker editor Richard Rushfield has turned his beat into a book: A tuned tome about a ten year old reality show. “American Idol: The Untold Story” is in stores now.

Speaking of untold stories, his book party was at a swanky undisclosed location last night. Guest included Rob Long, Clare Hoffman, Ben Goldhirsh (publisher of GOOD) and Peter Bart. From the Daily Beast, Gabe Doppelt and Kate Aurthur and novelist Andrea Seigel.

And yes, if you were wondering…he did charge his guests for copies of his book. Twenty-seven bucks each.

We won a couple of bets on that one. Now pay up.