December 25, 2004
The editorial that derides the Catholic League for protesting Hollywood's anti-Christian bigotry ("Merry C-Word," Dec. 20) looks rather foolish in light of a new study by the Parents Television Council. It analyzed 2,344 treatments of religion constituting 2,385 hours of prime-time television and concluded that "anti-Catholic bigotry" was "rampant" on network shows. The editorial says, "Despite its official-sounding name, the Catholic League has no connection with the Catholic Church."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2000 |
Remember the days when you'd call up the electric company this time of year and a friendly recorded voice would offer season's greetings? Here's what I got late Tuesday afternoon from Edison International: "Due to a shortage of generation resources, the California Independent System Operator has declared a Stage 2 emergency, advising the public that power shortages are likely to occur. . . . You can help by turning off all unneeded lighting, equipment and appliances."
November 14, 1995 |
A minor character in the pleasant but innocuous new musical "Happy Holidays" mentions how scary the movie version of "A Christmas Carol" is. The Dickens tale is, of course, the holiday show of choice for many theaters. Pasadena Playhouse officials were probably trying to avoid doing the umpteenth "Christmas Carol" when they commissioned a new holiday musical from Bill Castellino.
December 4, 1986 |
It is not selfishness that gets us into trouble this time of year; just the opposite, it's our desire to share--to do more, and to take part, that causes us to overdo. Several years ago, at our children's school program, I sat next to a friend who was calmly enjoying the pageant. Wringing my hands, I was anxious to get home to finish a quilt, a doll and a down vest while this woman sat calmly taking pictures and enjoying her children. Leaning over, I asked, "What's your secret?"
December 18, 2004 |
This year, as Christmas season swung into gear, Pastor Patrick Wooden's followers fanned out to shopping malls across Raleigh to deliver a muscular message of holiday cheer: As Christian shoppers, they would like to be greeted with the phrase "Merry Christmas" -- not a bland "Happy Holidays" -- and stores that failed to do so would risk losing their business. Nearly six weeks later, some citizens in Raleigh are seething over what they see as an attempt to force religion into the public square.
November 29, 2003 |
Halfway through the record industry's busiest sales period, Atlanta rap duo OutKast leads the holiday-season pack, maintaining a comfortable lead over its closest rival, "American Idol's" Clay Aiken. At the other end of the crowded field, Limp Bizkit is limping indeed, with several retailers describing it as one of the season's major sales disappointments. The multiplatinum-selling group's "Results May Vary" has sold just under 800,000 copies in the same nine-week period that OutKast has sold 1.