September 3, 2013 |
For the first time in the history of humanity, children can easily be exposed to the most extreme, misogynistic sex acts imaginable, thanks to the phenomenon of Internet porn. Before the Internet Age, kids learned about sex in a variety of ways. In more repressed societies, it was a fumbling guessing game; in more open places, there were ceremonies, rituals, wise elders and careful teachers who ushered young folks into the mysteries of human sexuality. For baby boomer boys, such as me, the ritual was standing nervously in front of a drugstore magazine rack and surreptitiously slipping a Playboy between the pages of a Sports Illustrated.
February 3, 2013 |
Super Bowl XLVII will be watched by more than 100 million people and it's likely more than $100 million will be wagered on the outcome of the game, but proposition bets will take center stage for many fans, casual and hard-core, watching the game Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Prop bets, as they are known, are put on the board by various sports books. They entice people to put more money down on the game and, let's face it, make the contest a lot more interesting.
January 29, 2013 |
Greg Graffin knows something about teenage rebellion. As the young singer for one of SoCal's most prominent hard-core punk bands, Bad Religion, raging against parental control (and the global system) was his core mission in the early 1980s. Although lyrics on the band's new album, "True North," still focus on political grievance and societal ills, the generational conflict he once experienced as a suburban San Fernando Valley punk has now emerged between Graffin and his own son, now 21. He's learned to accept it. "[Children are]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2012 |
An ambitious program to provide permanent housing to some of Los Angeles County's most hard-core homeless more than paid for itself, yielding a net savings of $238,700 over two years, officials said Thursday. The long-awaited findings, presented to a countywide panel on homelessness, support a growing consensus across the country that getting the most entrenched street dwellers into permanent homes and providing them the services they need to stay off the streets can save municipalities money.
June 4, 2012 |
For most people, the MLB draft isn't really a must-see event the way the NFL and NBA drafts have become. Unlike the top picks in those leagues, none of the players in baseball's amateur draft usually are household names. None of them are expected to make an immediate impact either. Many of them end up disappearing into the farm system, sometimes never to be heard from again or at least for a long time. But though it may lack for excitement, the draft is obviously important to the teams.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2012 |
Illegal drugs by the tons are smuggled into California each year by sea, by land and by air. Cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin are either produced in or pass through Mexico, where 50,000 people have been killed in the last six years in an escalating war among cartels. Some of the victims have been beheaded, mutilated or left hanging from bridges, not necessarily because of their involvement in the trade, but as a diabolical demonstration that the drug lords will stop at nothing to dominate the market.