May 18, 2010 |
We are taught to believe that ideology is the enemy of free thought. But that's not right. Ideology is a mere checklist of principles and priorities. The real enemy of clear thinking is the script. We think the world is supposed to go by a familiar plot. And when the facts conflict with the script, we edit the facts. So, for instance, David Horowitz is a stock villain on U.S. campuses because he deviates from the standard formula of coddling the usual victims and lionizing the usual heroes.
August 9, 1994 |
Pauly Shore looks upset as he curls into a fetal position on an expansive sofa at the Bel Age Hotel. In fact, the 26-year-old former MTV personality and teen pop icon could not be more unlike the hyper-hysterical-surfer-space-cadet that, over the past few years, has made him the idol of aspiring slackers and bete noire of any sane person over 25. Something is very wrong with Pauly. Several minutes into the interview to discuss his film "In the Army Now," which opens Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1998
What a run. For the third year in a row, students from Alemany High School in Mission Hills beat other private schools in Southern California to win a spot at the state Academic Decathlon. And for the fifth time, students from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills swept the Los Angeles Unified School District competition. Now, as they have over and over, the two teams will face off in March to battle once again for the state championship.
September 25, 1989 |
Mix a little raunch with a bit of wit, as everybody from Cole Porter to Prince has done at some point, and you've got a formula for pop that's lively, and maybe even healthily, artfully shocking. Take away the wit, and turn the raunch into drooling pornography, and you've got the formula for the banal, embarrassing exercise that the 2 Live Crew perpetrated Saturday at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1990
In response to Julie Fine of Reseda's letter about the injuries and deaths that have occurred since the July start-up of the Blue Line light-rail system, I am appalled to learn that anyone as fuzzy-brained as she could have been on a panel for transportation solutions. She mentioned a Canadian rail consultant's projection that during the first year of operation, a light-rail line would experience no deaths, just injuries, and tries to take the consultant to task for what has happened along the BlueLine tracks.
May 20, 2006
Is J.A. Adande blind? He rips into Elton Brand but gives Sam Cassell and Mike Dunleavy a pass on the Game 5 debacle ("Success Just Doesn't Seem to Stick to This Team for Long")? How is Brand going to win games if Cassell doesn't pass him the ball? Like, with six seconds left in regulation and Sam hoists up one of his brainless threes instead of getting the ball to Brand down low. And Dunleavy? He has to scream every time his team is playing defense. His players must be real stupid, never to know what defense to play every possession.