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Post-Election Conservatives: A Kinder, Gentler Intolerance

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 12:20 PM

So now here we are. Laurels and laments. Libation-filled laudatory and lugubrious leaps of self-loathing. One side won and the other lost. Clearly. Actually, lost is too tepid a word. Despite their seeing it, feeling it ... being there, one side has yet to realize just how far it was...

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Mr. President: Make It Plain.

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 6:37 PM

A successful agenda requires hard work but, in a debate, you are the only one there to defend that work. Waiting for the fact-check or surrogate filter doesn't take into account the working stiff with a kid in school, a recital to watch, a broken sway bar or another job....

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Symptoms of Pain: A Tragedy in Colorado Unlocks Familiar Questions

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 10:21 PM

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It's still foggy. Parents, children, sisters, brothers... families are still in shock... agaped disbelief. High-eyebrowed astonishment.

We are in the just-after haze.

That moment just after the police have scrambled and caught the suspected perp and now are dismantling a booby-trapped...

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A Band Called DEATH: How an Indie Film Resets Rock and Roll

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 11:06 AM

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What if I told you that there was hip-hop before Jay-Z?

You'd say, "Of course, and here's where it started...". Then you'd maybe trace the pulsed and signatured sound waves back to Run DMC or Kurtis Blow or The Sugar...

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Rodney King: Death of the Common Man

(112) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 7:13 PM

We waited outside in the back courtyard. It was off of Robertson near Beverly Hills. Some office building. Newsmen and women, cameramen and women, murmured and exchanged stories of the past few days. Blazes, gunfire, chaos, looting. The L.A riots were being digested, reformed, examined, and mythologized right before my...

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Ustream Of Consciousness: Ustream's CEO On The Occupy Movement, DDoS Attacks, And Internet Free Speech

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:50 PM

We're not gonna back down. And if the U.S. government wants to help us -- great. If Google wants to help us -- great. If no one wants to help us, that's fine, too ... This is something we believe in at our core...
-Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO

Before...

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How to Win: Get Mad

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Goddamned right I'm mad.

Cory Booker's Meet the Press backstabbery was remarkable. And his Twitter-laced walk-back -- very unremarkable. He's fresh off of the new Booker/Christie comedy blog where he kicks it with a man who once pulled off a double-cross on the state Dems so cold that Tony Soprano...

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Seau's Fall Part 3: Breathing Room

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 3:50 PM

You can read Part One here and Part Two here.

My father apologized to me over the pulpit, Brandon. He said that he didn't know. He said 'I'm an electrician. Your mother is a teacher. You were bringing home $20,000 every two weeks. I am sorry...
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Seau's Fall Part 2: Comparing Notes

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Read Part 1 here.

Note: I was challenged by a reader to begin this conversation. So...

"If they call me, I'm going. But not for any bullshit money."

This was Junior Seau's answer to Chris Hale's comment, "Damn, man you look ready!"

Chris Hale has a great personality,...

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Seau's Fall

(5) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 1:20 PM

He "stood me up". By then I was starting for USC on special teams but still doing scout team duty. This time I was a Tailback and ran full-speed at Sean Junior Seau.

He wasn't an inside backer then. They had him at outside linebacker and I came with the...

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Short Terminal Memory

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Leading with fire produces results... whether you like them or not.

Crenshaw Blvd., just off the 10 Freeway, is everything you desire from a five-lane main street: a giant artery for businesses and famous churches that rub shoulders with long-forgotten night spots. Murals and handmade signs adorn the flanks...

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