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''Farewell Verses to My Hybrid's Expiring California Carpool Lane Stickers''

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 12:18 PM

O little yellow strips of plastic --

How you made my drive fantastic.

[At least you minimized the pain:

With you, I used the carpool lane.]

The best eight bucks I ever spent

Was for these babies. They were meant

To nudge us into hybrid wheels,

And thousands...

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Thatcher and Palin -- Out of Frame, Out of Bounds

(22) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 4:34 PM

There's word rumbling around Great Britain and beyond that Sarah Palin is angling to meet Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become that nation's prime minister.

It's a photo op that would be a triumph for Palin: an image supposedly showing the solidarity of conservative female leaders.

But it...

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Richard Blumenthal and the Semper Fib Syndrome

(10) Comments | Posted May 23, 2010 | 7:27 PM

Connecticut's Democratic Senate nominee is not the first person to fall in love with a man in uniform -- himself. And he won't be the last.

Richard Blumenthal admitted to sometimes misstating his military record when he referred to his service in the Vietnam War. He was in uniform during...

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Cauliflower for Colonoscopies: This Is Health Care Reform?

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 12:17 PM

My throat's sore, my temperature is 101 and I have chills. I'm going out into the garden and pull up some carrots so I can see the doctor.

A couple of legislators who hate the health care reform bill have been saying that, hey, Americans don't need this law --...

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The Supreme Court Reviews Animal Torture Films: Eight Thumbs Up!

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 8:59 PM

The fruit of a crime is a crime, right?

The man having a cigarette in the getaway car is just as guilty of murder as the bank robber who pulled the trigger.

So why has the Supreme Court just given a legal pass to the criminal torture and murder of...

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Quakes and Conspiracies -- Oh, Give It a Rest

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 12:03 PM

How did it happen that the straightforward Los Angeles Times story about an increase in the number of magnitude 4-plus earthquakes in our neck of the woods this year got turned on its head and twisted into some nutty Twitter/Facebook rumor that seismologists were predicting a major quake,...

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Health Care Reform Fun Facts: the Tan Tax

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 3:14 PM

When I blogged about the 10% tanning salon tax on the Los Angeles Times site a few days ago, I just thought of it as one of the many engaging nuggets we'll be mining out of the health care bill for some time yet.

Indoor tanning services...

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Mr. -- or Ms. -- Politician: Tear Down Those Old Campaign Signs, or Else!

(5) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 8:11 PM

Iraq has cost this country billions of dollars.

Now Iraq's got an idea that might help pay back just a little of that.

Iraq's parliamentary elections were held on Sunday. Under Iraqi law, after the election, political parties have just three days to take down all of their campaign signs,...

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For Oscar Weekend, Gloria Steinem Talks Film to Me

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 11:50 AM


When I talked to Gloria Steinem recently at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA, it would have been remiss of me, with the Oscars coming up, not to talk about feminism and film, among the many subjects we touched on.

You can read all of...

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No More Empty Threats: Filibuster, or Get Out of the Way

(25) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 6:39 PM

I'm sorry if I'm late to this party, but I can't help it. I have got to say this.

In a little over a week, Scott Brown will be sworn in as ''41,'' the 41st Republican senator. And all that brow-smiting and hand-wringing over the loss of a filibuster-proof majority...

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Pin the Political Allegiance on the Donkey and the Elephant

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2010 | 11:42 PM

There's a renewed hue and cry right now about members of Congress being beholden to their largest campaign supporters -- Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Labor, Big Buns, Big Ag -- and it's only going to get bigger now that the Supreme Court has essentially relocated democracy to Vegas, where...

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President Obama's Other Worst Enemies -- His ''Friends''

(80) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 10:39 PM

Wow, congratulations to the whiny left.

The Republicans have only been trying to make President Obama a one-term president. The whiny left is trying to make him a one-year president.

The pathological right thinks Obama is simultaneously a fascist, a communist, and a Muslim plant. The nutcase faction...

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Is Arnold Governor of a Girly-Man $tate?

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 3:27 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been complaining lately about the fact that, for every buck we Californians send to the federal coffers, we only get back about 78 cents in federal benefits.

Now, this is not new or unusual. The disparity is sometimes cast in red-state, blue-state terms. Often, Democratic-voting blue states...

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Jerry Brown Gets a Big GOP Name Behind Him

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 7:02 PM

I spent the afternoon of Boxing Day, December 26, talking with Rick Caruso. He's the creator of the Grove and the Americana developments in Southern California, a billionaire philanthropist and a man whose name is still bruited about as a possible contender for mayor of L.A.

A version of a...

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A New Year's Resolution for Political Leaders: Be More Like Sully and the Flying Dutchman

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 6:19 PM

This year, 2009, was book-ended by a couple of men who displayed heroic resolve and physical courage:

In January, pilot Chesley Sullenberger managed to land his plane safely in the Hudson River after both engines failed.

And in December, that Flying Dutchman Jasper Schuringa, the Netherlands filmmaker, leaped across fellow...

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Fear of Flying, Again

(17) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 12:35 AM

That Nigerian man who allegedly tried to set off his explosive underwear has thrown the whole airport security screening system into a tizzy.

He was on a watch list, along with more than a half-million other people, but he was not on the no-fly list of about 4,000 people, evidently...

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Bring Back Joltin' Joe DiMaggio's Java -- and His Commercial

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 4:29 PM

It's been about 30 years since Joe DiMaggio did his Mr. Coffee commercial.

I always thought it was rather sweet and touching, the way DiMaggio offered a ''fi' dolla rebate,'' and how, when you think of it, Joltin' Joe really and truly is also the stuff you put in...

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Paper, Scissors, Plymouth Rock

(66) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 2:27 PM

Considering all the hoopla we make over Thanksgiving, I'd be willing to bet that most Americans believe the Pilgrims were the first non-native American settlers in North America.

Set aside the putative Norse landfall, and the certainty of the Spanish in Florida and on the Pacific Coast. It's the Anglo-American...

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Norman Corwin and the Gold Standard

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 5:45 PM

Time's a-wastin'.

Next May, Norman Corwin celebrates his hundredth birthday.

The nation should celebrate with him.

The genius poet of radio, the Mozart of the spoken word, Corwin has won almost all the plaudits his craft can offer -- Peabody awards, an Emmy, an Academy Award nomination, and a...

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Has the Tea Party, Under a New Name, Found Its Leader?

(31) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 12:03 PM

Someone told me that one line of defense trotted out for South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson's ill-bred, uncouth and untrue shout of ''You lie!'' at President Obama is that that sort of thing is done all the time in Britain's House of Commons.

Would Rep. Wilson, the small-y yahoo...

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