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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1988
Perhaps the Republicans have done us all a favor by insisting that the coming presidential election is about ideology. We have heard this claim, delivered with the repetitive emphasis of an advertising slogan, from George Bush, Dan Quayle and columnist Cal Thomas. I take the GOP sense of ideology to be something akin to political viewpoint (given Quayle's grades, a reticence with respect to an academic word like "philosophy" is unsurprising). But there is another meaning to "ideology."
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2014
'Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology' Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: Through May 18 Contact: (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu
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BUSINESS
September 7, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
The big mystery of the Democrats' loss of the commanding heights in the national healthcare debate is how they managed to let ideologies trump ideas. The difference between these two terms is crucial. Ideas arise from recognizing reality for what it is; ideologies attempt to impose themselves on the real world, whether or not they fit. In this case, the Republican ideologies of limited government, of the free market as the cherished American way and the answer to most problems have taken over the discussion.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - With Al Qaeda militants surging in the Middle East and North Africa, top U.S. law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about efforts to recruit and radicalize American citizens by drawing them to the restive region and sending them back to this country to carry out terrorist attacks. FBI Director James B. Comey calls the threat one of the bureau's top priorities and said the agency is working to identify and track U.S. residents who travel overseas, embrace Al Qaeda ideology and return to the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2014
'Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology' Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: Through May 18 Contact: (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu
OPINION
November 16, 2009 | By Jennifer Rubin
In their Nov. 12 Times Op-Ed article, "Our enemy is not Islam — it's extremists," Judith Miller and David Samuels wrote regarding the Ft. Hood shootings that "in taking aim at the evasive psycho-babble that dominated early news accounts, the right has engaged in an equally dangerous bias that conflates [Nidal Malik] Hasan's radicalism with the religious beliefs of mainstream Muslims. In their narrative, any Muslim might suddenly 'snap,' as Hasan apparently did, and reveal himself to be the enemy within."
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
RICHMOND, Va. - Joe Biden has embraced the role of attack dog throughout the 2012 campaign, starting with a tough speech on the auto industry rescue in Toledo, Ohio, in March. But in his final event before election day here in the heart of Virginia, and perhaps the last time he'll campaign for himself after four decades in federal office, the vice president harked back to his younger days. “I got elected when I was a 29-year-old kid. I was characterized as a young idealist,” Biden told about 1,000 supporters on a chilly Monday night.
BOOKS
May 21, 1989
A brief 110 years after my grandparents arrived in a totally empty place--the West Texas plains of the American frontier--I stand here in the culturally and intellectually crowded arena of an international literary congress; sure evidence that an accelerated, perhaps too accelerated, rate of change is one of the defining characteristics of our century. In our time, it may be that acceleration has itself become a force, and that it is this force which has begun to over-run or out-run ideology; social modalities that once took a generation to form now appear and evolve and oftentimes decay within four or five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1985
In his column (Times, April 21) Jody Powell states that a benefit of the right's rise to power is "the evidence that the left has no monopoly on mush brain," as the hard-headed right has long contended. The silliness of the left, Powell suggests, is perhaps grounded in an "excess of zeal for the golden rule," but this seems to him less dangerous than the mush-head point of view of an Administration appointee on the right who argues that we are violating the "order of the universe" by trying to help the handicapped.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | From Reuters
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Friday that the West is witnessing "the failure of the Communist ideology and the meltdown of authoritarian regimes." In a broad-ranging speech after receiving the honorary "freedom" of the City of London, Thatcher said there were "great upheavals" in the Soviet Union, Hungary, Poland and China. "We are witnessing what is perhaps the greatest change for many decades: the failure of the Communist ideology and the meltdown of authoritarian regimes," she said.
OPINION
November 26, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
"I'm not a particularly ideological person," President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle over the weekend. He added (in Reuters' words) that "pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him. " This is an old refrain of Obama's. As he said in his first inaugural, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works. " "What works" is a cruel standard for the author of Obamacare, which may be one reason the White House has taken to scrubbing the sobriquet from its website and the president's speeches in favor of the law's official name, the Affordable Care Act. PHOTO ESSAY: Obamacare -- and 8 other bungled launches I'm tempted just to bang my spoon on my high chair about the ridiculous notion that Obama isn't "ideological.
OPINION
November 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Los Angeles Unified school board members were conspicuously courteous to the administration staff and to one another at last week's meeting, their first since the hullabaloo over Supt. John Deasy's resignation threat. The board and Deasy smoothed that one over, but it was clear that the new, less reform-oriented board majority would have to address its tendency to micromanage and obstruct the administration. Last week was the first public test of whether the board could change.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Aoun Sahi and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as head of the Pakistani Taliban signals a significant shift for the militant organization into a potentially more uncompromising, violent group based increasingly on ideology rather than tribal ties, analysts said. Fazlullah, a hard-liner from Pakistan's Swat Valley, was named Thursday after his predecessor was killed days earlier by a U.S. drone strike as he emerged from a meeting at a mosque in lawless North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
Re “Dad, Rush Limbaugh and me,” Opinion, Aug. 18 The opinion piece makes a clear point that conservatives have known for a while: Liberals are closed-minded and will never compromise or even consider anyone else's beliefs but their own. The author's story made it clear that her father had to compromise by giving up the hats (and how silly was that?) but she never made any offer to consider his point of view. Why didn't she agree to sit with him on the porch sipping tea while giving the show a listen to see what it was her father liked about it so much?
WORLD
June 16, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Artists and writers protesting in downtown Cairo are calling for the resignation of Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz amid accusations that the Islamist-led government is attempting to impose restrictions on the country's art scene. Concerned about the future of freedom of expression, dozens of prominent artists, including film director Khaled Youssef , novelist Bahaa Taher and actor Nabil El Helfawy , have been staging a sit-in outside the Egyptian cultural ministry since June 5. “The intellectuals, writers and artists inside the ministry announce their rejection of the minister, appointed by a religious fascist regime, who has embarked on a plan to destroy national culture,” the artists said in a group statement.
WORLD
March 4, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - One man is completing his ascent to the pinnacle of power. The other is in the midst of a searing public humiliation. Xi Jinping, China's new Communist Party secretary, will add the title of president at the end of the annual gathering of the National People's Congress, which opens Tuesday. The corruption trial of his purged rival, Bo Xilai, is expected shortly after. Even as their fates have diverged sharply, the stories of their famous and powerful families have dominated Chinese political chatter for the last year.
OPINION
October 3, 2002
Re "A Judicial Nominee's Dizzying Spin," Commentary, Sept. 29: To complain, as Frank del Olmo does, that the process of the nomination of federal judges has become too politicized is to misunderstand our history and dream of a mythological confirmation process that never existed. Underlying Del Olmo's commentary seems to be the surprising and unsupportable assumption that all Latinos are interchangeable, that whether you have a Samuel Paz or a Miguel Estrada on the federal bench makes no difference, so long as the surname is Latino.
OPINION
February 13, 2005
Re "Healthcare Costs Take Big Bite From Economy," Feb. 9: The report by the Boston University School of Public Health says: "The U.S. is a nation of incrementalists and tinkerers, not of ideologues." What nonsense! It is only ideology-driven propaganda that prevents us from weighing the merits of universal healthcare coverage. Meanwhile, until we learn to thumb our noses at ideology, I guess we can just go on paying twice the average per person cost of healthcare of such countries as Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Britain -- "countries that guarantee healthcare for all their citizens."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
When the Osama bin Laden-raid film  “Zero Dark Thirty” was coming together last year, right-wing commentators scoffed; after all, any film about  President Obama's hallmark overseas success timed for a pre-election release had to have partisanship on its mind. Rep Peter King (R-N.Y.) asked whether the administration was getting too cozy with the filmmakers by offering them high-level access. The movie, his questions implied, would be little more than an extended campaign ad for the president as sponsored by Hollywood, the Democrats' resident Super PAC. What a difference a year makes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Pow! A novel Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt Seagull Books: 386 pp., $27.50 This year's Nobel laureate in literature is an author who somehow manages to write books with brazenly political themes while living in a dictatorship. Mo Yan's latest novel, "Pow!," is a thinly veiled assault on the frayed moral fabric of that hyper-capitalist country known as Communist China. The characters in "Pow!" do awful and disgusting things, most of them involving meat.
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