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ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012
After five decades of globe-trotting cinematic adventures, James Bond kept things close to home for his latest mission, "Skyfall. " And residents of the United Kingdom have paid back the kindness in spades: This past weekend the film celebrating the movie franchise's 50th anniversary became the highest-grossing movie ever there. After 40 days of release, "Skyfall" has earned £94.3 million (or $151.8 million) in Bond's home territory, surpassing the previous record-holder, James Cameron's "Avatar," which grossed £94 million (or $151.3 million)
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OPINION
December 1, 2012
Re "Coroner, police differ over death," Nov. 29 While only someone at the scene knows what truly happened to cause the death of Robert Ramirez in Oxnard, perhaps the experience of a 38-year police veteran, now retired, may lend some perspective. Subduing an unhinged subject without causing permanent injury is never an easy task; it is much more difficult when that individual is under the influence of a drug and seems oblivious to pain. Additionally, officers must do so without getting themselves seriously hurt so they can return home after their shift ends.
OPINION
November 27, 2012
Re "Renew the peace process? Not now," Opinion, Nov. 25 Chuck Freilich is correct that the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians are small. But in his entire piece he neglects to mention the root cause of the problem: the Israeli occupation and colonization of the West Bank and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Instead of facing the facts on the ground, Freilich blames Palestinian ideology. He misses Israeli ideology that says Israel has rights to all the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012
How big a hit is Taylor Swift's "Red" album? As previously reported, first-week sales of 1.21 million copies decisively placed it at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 national album chart Wednesday and made it the fastest-selling album since Eminem's "The Eminem Show" sold 1.32 million more than 10 years ago. That translates to two copies of "Red" sold virtually every second in the seven days since "Red" was released Oct. 22. Billboard noted that sales...
OPINION
October 30, 2012
Re "Why endorsements?," Postscript, Oct. 27 Editorial Page Editor Nicholas Goldberg reasons that The Times' endorsements are well thought out after listening to both sides. One thing your endorsements aren't are surprises. Was I surprised when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he'd vote for President Obama? No. Was I surprised when The Times endorsed President Obama? No. Where is the credibility in being a rubber stamp? You've complained about the lack of bipartisanship in government.
OPINION
October 28, 2012
Re "Parking scofflaws," Letters, Oct. 25 Yes, people who misuse disabled placards for free parking exist. However, just because a driver appears frisky or fit is not evidence of him being a scofflaw. I have a placard and am thankful for it. If my walk from the car to my destination is a block or so, my stenosis pain often kicks in; sometimes it is moderate, and other times awful enough to cause me to find a place to sit for a few moments. If I can't find a place to sit, I just tough it out. I have had surgery to correct the problem and look forward to giving up the placard.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2012
As secrets go, the Rolling Stones' surprise gig on Thursday in Paris ranked among the "worst-kept" variety, as word quickly spread over the Internet before the band took the stage at La Trabendo rock club, site of the group's first public show in five years. The 600 fans who paid 15 Euros (a little over $19) apiece to attend may have gotten the classic-rock bargain of the year, given that tickets for the Stones' upcoming concerts in New Jersey are going for $95 to $750. The Stones' only scheduled 2012 concerts are Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, and Dec. 13 and 15 at New Jersey's Prudential Center.
OPINION
October 20, 2012
Re "Prop. 32's real purpose," Column, Oct. 18 George Skelton calls Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions from making payroll deductions to raise money for political spending, a "self-serving sham. " So should we continue to allow teachers unions to force their members to donate to their leaders' favorite political causes? Why must my wife, a first-grade teacher, contribute to political causes she doesn't like? How would Skelton feel if The Times effectively forced him to support Mitt Romney via a paycheck deduction?
OPINION
October 14, 2012
Re "America just can't help it," Opinion, Oct. 9 Osama bin Laden's death does not for a moment make those fighting us in the war on terror think they can go home. Bin Laden became the face of Islamic terrorism; he was not the originator. His death does not diminish what he represents. North Korea and Iran, according to Tom Engelhardt, are "held together by baling wire. " I hardly think so. Both countries have strong and dangerous governments that pursue goals that include having stockpiles of weapons that threaten world peace.
OPINION
October 14, 2012
Re "U.S. was urged to add Libya guards," Oct. 11 It has become increasingly clear that the Obama administration (which I formerly supported) was perfectly willing to make our freedom of speech, rather than its own ineptitude and lack of vigilance, the villain in the recent attack on our Libyan consulate. That our United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice, went on political shows on TV spreading distortions and untruths regarding the atrocity in Benghazi is an obscenity. Michael Jenning Van Nuys It is true that some observers thought the U.S. should keep a few more guards at the outpost in Benghazi (though probably not enough to stand up to being heavily outnumbered)
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