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October 8, 2009 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to kill hundreds of bills unless the Legislature delivers one bill on water. Is that heavy-handed? No question. Is it bullying? Sure. Hostage-taking? Political terrorism? Of course. Misuse of power? Definitely not. It is a proper use of power. It's ugly. But it's an available political tool that the governor would be derelict not to use when an issue as critical as water is at stake. This isn't about some narrow scheme important only to a narrow interest.
June 3, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Matea Gold, Meg James, Rene Lynch, Mary McNamara and Tom O'Neil. PEAKING HAT TRICK: Timothy Olyphant, who often wore a hat as Seth Bullock on the HBO western "Deadwood," never scored an acting nomination. But he's back in a hat in FX's hit "Justified" playing U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, and he's received raves from critics and fans alike.
March 16, 2010 |
You have to wonder if the pitch for FX's new tough guy drama "Justified" included the phrase "think 'McCloud' meets 'Dexter.' " Based on the Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole" with its popular I-only-shoot-to-kill protagonist, "Justified" is a May/December marriage between TV crime fighters. Like Dennis Weaver's iconic Sam McCloud, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is a plain-spoken fellow, with a big cowboy hat and no time for fancy pants bantering. But like Dexter Morgan, Givens also believes that there are some folks out there who will just never learn.
June 10, 2010
For Timothy Olyphant, who plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, hearing talk of award nominations — for him and for "Justified" — is welcome news. "The show continues to be a pleasure, and I like the idea that it's finding an audience," he says. "You hear the echo back, so that means a great deal. I'm not going to pretend it doesn't." The former "Damages" actor shared other thoughts on the series, based on the works of Elmore Leonard. As an actor, is there a particular challenge to playing a character that's established in the minds of readers?
February 21, 2004
Danger MOUSE'S use of the Beatles' material for his own "art" is both illegal and morally wrong ("Stop the Music," by Richard Cromelin, Feb. 14). Calendar asks the question, "Is a record maker justified in using unauthorized materials if that's the only way to fulfill a vision?" Let me pose to Calendar and Danger Mouse another question: Is a burglar justified in breaking into your house and stealing your stereo if that's the only way he has found to make a living? My advice to Danger Mouse is to find another type of "vision" that hopefully does not steal from another person's creativity and violate copyright law. Will Ray Burbank
August 14, 2002
John Julis' Aug. 12 letter implies that there is some shame to having the actions of a police officer formally reviewed after a shooting. Professionals in most fields have major decisions reviewed in the normal course of business. An engineer will have her design for a bridge reviewed before it is built, to ensure that it does not pose a danger to the public. Because we cannot ask our public safety officers to submit their decisions to review before the fact, we rely on post facto review boards to ensure that their training and decision-making were effective.