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OPINION
October 4, 2008
Re "Give me liberty and give me death," Opinion, Sept. 28 P.J. O'Rourke wonders, "Why can't death ... be always glorious, as in 'The Iliad' "? If it is any consolation, dying was not so glorious in "The Iliad" either. Only killing and winning were. Death in battle was always gross and usually shameful. Here, in Ian Johnstone's translation, is Pedaeus, a relative nobody, meeting a typical end. Like plenty of others, including great Hector himself, Pedaeus died fleeing: Then Meges killed Pedaeus, Antenor's bastard son. Theano had raised him with all care, loving him as one of her own children, to please her husband.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1995
Assemblywoman Debra Bowen's (D-Marina del Rey) proposal to impose fiscal restraint on Los Angeles County ("Bill Seeks Clout Over County," Aug. 15) is hypocritical at best. As an active and frequent observer of this year's legislative session in the state Assembly I can only offer this advice to Bowen: Before seeking to kick Los Angeles County, get your own house in order first! Is this the same Bowen who, as a member of a legislative body, failed to pass a balanced budget on time?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY
Conservatives on Tuesday will get to show not so much that they can take jokes, but that they can dish them out. At a conference titled "Do Conservatives Have a Sense of Humor?" three prominent conservatives will take a look at the role of humor in politics today. The conference will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Simi Valley.
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October 8, 2010
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BOOKS
March 31, 1996 | John Balzar
Rolling Stone writer P.J. O'Rourke, on liberty: "No nonsense about secondhand smoke or hurtful, insensitive language, please. . . . There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your own business, and keep your hands to yourself." **** Former Dan Quayle speech writer Lisa Schiffren, on ex-Sen. Bob Packwood: "Our paradox here is that those of our public men who have mastered the art of seduction . . . are blameless.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN
The burgeoning E! Entertainment Television network, not heretofore renowned for its searing insight into issues of values and ethics in culture, actually takes a probing look into the impact that the kind of Hollywood fluff it perpetuates has on a global level in the surprisingly savvy special "The Whole World Is Watching" (Sunday at 6 and 9 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1996 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a challenge from "Dateline NBC" this spring, CBS' "60 Minutes" is being revamped for the first time in many years and will feature more breaking news and more commentary. Among the changes outlined to the show's staff Wednesday by executive producer Don Hewitt was the inclusion of one breaking-news story each week and the use of CBS correspondents outside the "60 Minutes" stable to report some of those pieces.
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