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November 29, 2009 | By Scott Collins
Jesse Ventura is back. The former pro wrestler, who served as Minnesota governor from 1999 to 2003, is the host of "Conspiracy Theory," an investigative series that premieres Wednesday on truTV. On "Conspiracy Theory," you investigate secret societies and supposed government coverups. Such theories are everywhere, but really, what big conspiracy has ever been proven? How can you prove it? That's the point. The better part would be to ask, "How many of the government's points have ever been proven?"
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September 27, 2012 | Meghan Daum
Don't deny it: This presidential race, for all its minor dust-ups, has mostly been a snore, a bloodless standoff between two men who, despite their differences, are both essentially uptight squares whose wives are forever trumpeting how poor they used to be. Thank goodness, then, for the blast of fresh air that is Jesse "the Body" Ventura. Well, maybe it's not that fresh. Ventura isn't a new face on the political stage. In 1990, the Navy SEAL turned professional wrestler ran for governor of Minnesota as a third-party candidate and, despite spending a mere $300,000 on his campaign, managed to win. Lacking a party base in the Legislature, he didn't accomplish a whole lot during his term, though he did push for land-use reform, and he changed his moniker from "the Body" to "the Governing Body," which is almost funny enough to make it all worthwhile.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999
Re your Jan. 5 article on Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura: If journalism is the first draft of history, then your report on the rise of Jesse "The Body" Ventura may be Chapter I of "The Decline and Fall of the American Empire." BASIL G. DEZES Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2009
SERIES Sports Jobs With Junior Seau: In this new episode Junior joins up with Boston's legendary "Bullgang" crew to convert a sports arena's playing surface from ice to hardwood and back again in 36 hours (7 p.m. VS). The New Adventures of Old Christine: Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) reluctantly attends her neighbor's (Molly Shannon) holiday block party, where she discovers a juicy secret about her hostess in this new episode. Michaela Watkins also guest stars.
OPINION
September 27, 2012 | Meghan Daum
Don't deny it: This presidential race, for all its minor dust-ups, has mostly been a snore, a bloodless standoff between two men who, despite their differences, are both essentially uptight squares whose wives are forever trumpeting how poor they used to be. Thank goodness, then, for the blast of fresh air that is Jesse "the Body" Ventura. Well, maybe it's not that fresh. Ventura isn't a new face on the political stage. In 1990, the Navy SEAL turned professional wrestler ran for governor of Minnesota as a third-party candidate and, despite spending a mere $300,000 on his campaign, managed to win. Lacking a party base in the Legislature, he didn't accomplish a whole lot during his term, though he did push for land-use reform, and he changed his moniker from "the Body" to "the Governing Body," which is almost funny enough to make it all worthwhile.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2009 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
Jesse Ventura, who used to be the governor of Minnesota and before that was a professional wrestler known as "The Body," is now the star of a television docu-thriller series called "Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura." It begins tonight on the truTV network (formerly Court TV), whose motto is "Not reality. Actuality" and whose other shows include "The Smoking Gun Presents," "Operation Repo," "Inside American Jail" and "Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel." The idea here is that Ventura investigates -- is seen to appear to investigate is probably a better way of putting it -- some of the best-loved semi-secret narratives of our troubled times, including the 2012 apocalypse and the secret bunkers to which you will not be invited; the Bilderberg Group ("their latest alleged plan is to thin out the world's population through disease and vaccines")
BUSINESS
November 13, 2002 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura appears to be headed to a nightly talk show for MSNBC when he leaves office in January. The outspoken governor, who previously was a commentator for NBC's short-lived XFL football league, is in advanced discussions with the third-place cable news network to serve as a host, although there is no final deal, according to people familiar with the situation. Ventura is a regular guest on MSNBC, which in the last year has adopted a more opinion-driven format.
OPINION
June 24, 2002
After being so successful in professional wrestling and knowing how staged it is, it must have seemed a natural step to Jesse Ventura to enter politics ("Ventura Will Leave the Ring," June 19). It probably never occurred to him that politicians and journalists play rougher than wrestlers. He learned that lesson the hard way. He may have a few more lessons to learn. Just because he's not seeking a second term doesn't mean he is leaving his stage career behind. There are a lot of other people out there who are acting and playing rough games.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2009
SERIES Glee: As Quinn's secret unravels, the Glee club may not recover in time to compete for sectionals, and Will makes a potentially life-changing decision in this new episode (9 p.m. Fox). MythBusters: Adam and Jamie test an old gun-slinging myth (9 p.m. Discovery). Nostradamus Effect: In the new episode "Armageddon Battle Plan," researchers explore the writings contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which detail a future apocalyptic war that will end the world, and claim to find an amazing "coincidence" between events that are unfolding now and those foretold in the War Scroll (9 p.m. History)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2009
'Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura' Where: TruTV When: 10 tonight Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children younger than 14)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2009 | By Scott Collins
Jesse Ventura is back. The former pro wrestler, who served as Minnesota governor from 1999 to 2003, is the host of "Conspiracy Theory," an investigative series that premieres Wednesday on truTV. On "Conspiracy Theory," you investigate secret societies and supposed government coverups. Such theories are everywhere, but really, what big conspiracy has ever been proven? How can you prove it? That's the point. The better part would be to ask, "How many of the government's points have ever been proven?"
SPORTS
September 7, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Things are looking up at Notre Dame. The Irish are coming off a 42-21 upset of 23rd-ranked Pittsburgh in Charlie Weis' coaching debut. But then things were looking up as recently as 2002, when Tyrone Willingham, now at Washington, started 8-0 on his way to a 10-2 regular-season record. So Irish fans might want to put their enthusiasm on hold. "A plan to repaint 'Touchdown Jesus' as 'Crewcut Charlie' seems a bit premature," wrote Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel.
OPINION
November 13, 2004
It's good to know that the Indian casinos have hit the jackpot with the elderly (Nov. 8). Now we can be assured that the tribes will be well funded in secret negotiations with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that may result in 25% of their revenues going to the state. Unfortunately, Arnold will not get as much as he expects, as President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security will result in cuts in benefits to the elderly, so that they will have less money to throw away on the slot machines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2004 | From Times Staff Writers
A San Bernardino Indian tribe is airing television spots featuring former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura criticizing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's demand that tribes pay a fourth of their gambling profits to California. Deron Marquez, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said the ad, costing more than $1 million, is the "first of many" being contemplated by his tribe to counter what he said has been Schwarzenegger's effort to "demonize tribes."
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