June 13, 2002
"Ranchers Feeling the Heat" (June 8), about animal-rights activists and restaurant and grocery chains urging ranchers in the U.S. to stop the practice of branding their cattle because it is cruel to the cows, misses the obvious. These are beef cattle; their ultimate destination is dinner plates across America. Are restaurants and grocery stores going to eventually stop selling beef altogether? Are the milking machines next? Will it be "humiliating" to the cows if we milk them? If you follow the logic of animal-rights activists, is their next step to eliminate beef and dairy products altogether?
June 10, 1998 |
Keith Alexander, a guitar player for the hard rock band Dee Snider, and owner and senior piercer at Modern American Body Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., says he won't brand just anybody. Alexander, who writes a monthly column for Tattoo Savage magazine, has been branding since the early 1990s and calls the practice "spiritual." "I turn down a lot of people if I don't like the symbol," Alexander says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2010 |
Corporate sponsors could soon be adding their names to L.A. school athletic fields, auditoriums and other campus properties. The Los Angeles Unified School District board moved forward Tuesday with plans to seek corporate sponsors as a means of generating revenue. Under the approved rules, the superintendent could sign agreements worth up to $500,000, with school board approval required for larger amounts. Sponsors would not be able to sell or market specific products to children; instead, they would have "branding" opportunities.
July 10, 2010 |
Now that King James has set the table, gentle celebrity subjects, what's the holdup? Newsmakers, can't you plainly see from ESPN's LeBronapalooza that media entities are ready to deal away control of their programming? You have a brand. They have the channels. Let the feast begin! Lindsay Lohan, you don't have to go to that lockup in Lynwood all by your lonesome. Bring TMZ or E! along. Maybe stodgy L.A. County usually won't allow cameras inside its jails. But LeBron James scooped up the ad revenue from Thursday night's ESPN special for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
August 11, 2009 |
One of my many undistinguished postings was a summer job as an assistant manager of a Radio Shack (then spelled as two words) in a strip mall in Rock Springs, Wyo. Dante couldn't think of a better description of hell. This was in 1982, and Radio Shack was actually a pretty happening electronics retailer, selling cordless phones, turntables, circuit boards, resistors and a magical something called a TRS-80 Color Computer, with which one could glimpse the future's horizons in a game called Starfire.
March 15, 2010 |
KISS guitarist Paul Stanley fluffed his thick, shaggy hair as bassist Gene Simmons fidgeted in the background, their eyes looped in black makeup, faces painted chalky white. As the seconds counted down to 4 p.m., Stanley leaned on the green button in front of him. "Clang, clang, clang!" went the bell as the clock struck the top of the hour. Flap, flap, flap went Simmons' famous tongue, stretching to the tip of his chin and back again. "Bang!" went the gavel, which Stanley brought down with a thud.