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Jodi Lampert
Lifelong Democrat who claims never to have voted for a Republican, but that does not make her a better person than Karl Rove. She is completing a memoir called ‘Pastiche,’ about the heretofore unexplored arena of the Jewish American family. Her script, “COINTELPRO” hit the upper ranks of several film festivals, winning Third Place at Houston Worldfest, and -- most importantly -- praise from it’s almost-‘hero,’ Tom Hayden.

Being Jewish didn’t seem to help there, at all.

She has also finished a script called “The Get” which is REALLY a comedy about a man not returning a woman’s phone call. You might have surmised -- Jodi has a permanent dent in her head from trying to break into Hollywood. (Of course, nothing is permanent).

Entries by Jodi Lampert

George Bush Gave Me Breast Cancer

(14) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Okay, maybe that headline is not quite fair.

I am forgetting that I smoked for about a decade. But I quit 20 years ago. Isn't that like getting a new lung? And those 30 years of bad eating... still, I went to the gym 15 years ago, and with a...

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Fifty Shades of Oy

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:14 PM

I first heard about this on The Today Show. They had the author on. I thought, "Why would I be interested in a book that most say isn't even well-written?" Put it out of my thoughts.

Then, a friend of mine posted A LOT about this book on her Facebook...

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Topanga Canyon Library: Not Just Another Pipe Dream

(9) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 6:13 PM

In an era of closures, closures, closures everywhere, the un-incorporated town of Topanga Canyon has pulled off a miracle. A library opening!!

How did this happen?

Well, if you know anything about Topanga at all -- and how could you -- it's a formerly-tiny place (the population may be 11,000)...

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Dear Barack: Trying to be Nice, aka, Bring Back the Duel!!

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 6:10 PM

Oh, Barack. You're such a nice guy. No matter what anyone thinks, they cannot take that away from you. I so want to be nice and fair, like you've requested.

It was in this spirit of reconciliation that I actually stopped re-visiting an article I had posted two years ago,...

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Play Nice!! A Primer for Ginny Thomas and Mean Girls Everywhere

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 10:49 AM

My opening caveat: Barbara Boxer served on the high school board when I was in high school (1974-78). Fyi, my own mother would have been shocked by a female State Senator. A year before she died, my mother overheard a woman at the LA Gift Mart say to her child,...

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LA's Librarians Demand Noise

(19) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 2:59 PM

For something to reach out and grab me, it has to have the effect of Changing My Life, and right away. Just say:

The Public Library is closing on Mondays.

Let's begin by introducing you to my first boyfriend. We began our courtship when I was three. His name was...

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Elena Kagan: Plessy vs. Seventeen Magazine

(28) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 2:51 PM

There is a story in the Washington Post that is so horrendous I almost don't know want to mention it. It criticizes Elena Kagan's fashion choices. It's written by a woman. It so perpetuates things that have not furthered either Elena's or my own life (and she's done...

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Anatomy of an Affair: My Love Affair With My Convertible

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 2:41 AM

I got my first convertible when I turned forty. It was purple, a Chrysler Sebring. It was also a vague kind of purple inside (though people who didn't love her like I did, they called her grey). She was used. I'd never bought a used car, before. Never considered such...

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Jinx No More: The Good Luck Store

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 3:17 AM

I can't believe my luck. I just drove by this new store on my way home. Good luck is for sale here on my busy boulevard. Talk about your good luck! In fact, I would have stopped right away, but I've just spent $7.10 at my favorite thrift shop, a...

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Why We Let Rush Live

(14) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 7:39 PM

There's a coffee place I go to, every morning. You might imagine that in LA, it could be very easy to surround myself with only like-minded leftists, but you'd be surprised how many people are across the political persuasion, even here in crazy Cali-for-nia. Still, someone on my side of...

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Burning Man 2008 "American Dream"

(10) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 7:38 PM

Saturday night, the Man burned. Over 49,000 people watched. A windstorm had kept most of us captive during the day. Eight hours of white dust.

What brings 49,000 crazy people together to put themselves to these tests?

Burning Man, a part revolutionary, part art instillation, amazing visuals, part rave...

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Michael Jackson RIP, 3 Decades LA Style

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 10:35 PM

Farrah Fawcett died, yesterday morning. I found out about it first thing, in my local coffee joint, Jennifer's, an independently run place in Studio City that's only recently given into a modern ticker tape TV. I was sad. Who doesn't have someone suffering from cancer, after all? I know three...

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Short Like Me, Or, Thanks a Lot, Michelle!

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2009 | 6:24 PM

Black Like Me: A seminal work, a 1959 experiment in which an author darkened his skin and traveled the South, opens with the sentence, "What is it like to experience discrimination based on skin color, something over which one has no control?"

Okay. Now, let me get one thing straight,...

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Barack Obama Is The Apple Store: Why Obama's and Apple's Stocks are Soaring During a Recession

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 2:12 PM

At a time when stock prices are -- you might say -- at a decline, Apple reported in September a rise in it's stock prices. It was at $150 a share as the economy collapsed around it, and though it has dropped to $92, that's still quite remarkable. It's a...

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Halloween in California: A Battle of Swinging Political Expression

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 5:57 PM

A collision of campaign politics and free expression occurred in two Southern California neighborhoods that could not be more different.

High school kids were planning to go march against a hanged Halloween effigy of Barack Obama, complete with meat cleaver in his head and a sign that said "Nobama," in...

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What Would Make You Angry Enough To March?

(24) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 9:50 AM

Now, I don't pose the question above to the protesters, those out -- but all of us. And I do realize that anyone who has found their way to a liberal blog is already preaching to the choir. But there is something I've had to get off my chest, for...

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Deconstructing John: Revisiting His Bad Language

(11) Comments | Posted May 20, 2008 | 1:52 AM

I have been struggling with something about the 'mainstream media'. I find myself both puzzled and fascinated by what they choose to cover. Here's a 'for-instance,' which I saw last week on MSNBC -- a brief discussion about whether or not one of the candidates intended an obscene gesture when...

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