March 27, 2014 |
Matt Taibbi begins his sixth book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," with a simple formulation: "Poverty goes up; Crime goes down; Prison population doubles. " It's a snapshot, a way to represent what Taibbi sees as the through-the-looking-glass reality of contemporary America, where rule of law has been subverted by, on the one hand, corporate greed and, on the other, a kind of institutionalized abuse of the poor. Such a landscape, he suggests, brings to mind the last days of the Soviet Union, which operated out of a similar sort of mass hypocrisy until, in 1990 and '91, "people were permitted to think about all this and question the unwritten rules out loud, [and]
September 16, 2009
"Tough stand on Malibu home," Sept 12, and "Bank fires exec who allegedly used home," Sept. 15 If the allegations in The Times are true, then I've got to hand it to this senior VP who, when faced with a choice of foreclosed Wells Fargo homes in Merced, Stockton, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, chose instead a multimillion-dollar beachfront home in Malibu. When looking for our next home, you can rest assured that I will contact this most perceptive Wells Fargo executive. How could I go wrong?
October 30, 2013 |
Noted healthcare economist Suzanne Somers received a full screen's worth of valuable Wall Street Journal online space the other day to deliver her judgment on the Affordable Care Act . Before we get to the substance of her argument, let's acknowledge that her piece has added to her worldwide fame . It may not do great things for the Journal's reputation, though. Somers, last seen hawking exercise equipment and cure-all elixirs in infomercials and her website, declared the act to be a "Socialist Ponzi Scheme.
April 16, 2009
Re "Fraud infects state in-home care program," April 13 I was both angry and saddened by The Times' article. I am an in-home care worker looking after my severely handicapped 21-year-old daughter. She is completely dependent for all her needs. If she were left alone, she would die. She has the mental capacity of a 6-month-old. I am not alone. I know many other parents taking care of their severely disabled children. I am also not financially destitute -- I am part of the middle class.
October 27, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: A new poll names Marilyn Manson and Casey Anthony the creepiest celebrities. Also on the list: Charlie Sheen, Nadya Suleman and Tim Burton. ( Reuters ) Hours after been released from jail on domestic violence charges, Lindsay Lohan's estranged father, Michael, has been arrested again. ( NY Daily News ) Justin Bieber gets pulled over but is let off with a warning. ( TMZ ) Bruce Willis is going to be a dad again.
January 23, 2013
Re "Like him, we are all liars," Opinion, Jan. 19 Not all lies are of the same breadth, depth and impact. Size does matter. By his own admission, Lance Armstrong is a liar. But lying only matters if you get caught - right, Bernie Madoff? Wall Street cleared trillions by lying about the value of worthless loans, making the money lost in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s and '90s look like chump change. Not only did Armstrong give Oprah Winfrey a scoop to boost her network's sagging ratings, Paramount Pictures is reportedly going to make a (probably profitable)
November 1, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday: After a mere 72 days of marital bliss, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are calling it quits. ( Los Angeles Times ) So what went wrong for these two crazy kids? ( People ) But these short-lived celebrity marriages have Kim Kardashian beat. ( Los Angeles Times ) The father of "Glee" singer Charice Pempengco, who plays Sunshine Corazon, was stabbed to death in her hometown in the Philippines. ( Associated Press )
July 5, 2012 |
With virtually all of his prime-time and late-night rivals airing reruns Wednesday night, CNN's Piers Morgan had the airwaves to himself on the Fourth of July. The British host chose to commemorate Independence Day with a special called “Pride of America.” The show featured interviews with several American athletes who will be competing later this month at the Olympic Games in London. On a more meta level, it was also a glimpse ahead into the soft-focus stories of personal triumph that form such a major part of television coverage of the Games.
July 6, 2012 |
On Thursday night, Rachel Maddow had some harsh words for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, calling his campaign a “totally incoherent mess” in response to the Supreme Court's decision in favor of “Obamacare” last week. The ruling has put Romney, whose overhaul of Massachusetts' healthcare system provided the model for Obama's plan, in the difficult position of defending his record while criticizing his opponent's. So far, says Maddow, he's been doing a pretty terrible job. As evidence, the host played footage from a 2008 Republican primary debate in which then-candidate Fred Thompson (remember him?