July 1, 2013 |
Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC's "The Tonight Show," Johnny Carson is back on television, thanks to Turner Classic Movies' new weekly series, "Carson on TCM," which premieres at 5 p.m. Monday. TCM will air selected interviews this month featuring some of the biggest stars who appeared during Carson's 30 years behind the desk at "The Tonight Show. " Most of these interviews have not been seen in their entirety since they originally aired. Unabashed Carson fan Conan O'Brien, the host of TBS' late-night "Conan" series whose short-lived stint as the host of "The Tonight Show" ended in 2010, emcees the 25 interviews that will be shown.
June 25, 2013
Re "Immigration bill gains support - at a price," June 23 Add 20,000 more Border Patrol officers to protect us from poor people gambling with their lives and freedom, and several more drones to check it all out, and "we've practically militarized the border," according to a pleased Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Add in the National Security Agency's surveillance of all of us, a "kill list" that our president justifies as the equivalent of a SWAT team responding to a sniper (and that includes American citizens)
June 23, 2013
Re "A tax system that targets workers," Opinion, June 20 Bob Lord's and Sam Pizzigati's analysis should form the conclusion of any study of the effects of supply-side economic policy since the time of Ronald Reagan. The evidence is in: Tax cuts do not pay for themselves and they are a poor strategy for growing our economy. At the end of 2012, the deficit topped $1 trillion, and in March, the government began implementing $85 billion in spending cuts. With regard to these cuts, Lord and Pizzigati omit a critical point: Back-door taxes in the form of fees have skyrocketed while the quality and quantity of public goods and services has plummeted.
May 22, 2013 |
Longtime comic and impersonator Rich Little is extending the run of his one-man show, “ Jimmy Stewart and Friends ,” in Las Vegas . The show will now continue through July 1 at the LVH resort. The master mimic has more than 200 voices in his repertoire. Little was a favorite of Ronald Reagan . Following one of his several performances at the White House, the impersonator recalled the president telling him, “Rich, you do me better than I do.” Reagan is one of the more than 30 celebrities Little invokes during his graceful journey through the life of the legendary actor Stewart.
May 14, 2013
Re "Reagan and the fall of UC," Opinion, May 10 Seth Rosenfeld argues that then-Gov. Ronald Reagan's opposition to the 1960s radicalization of the University of California campuses - Berkeley in particular - was the main driver in the decline of the UC system. He overlooks that this very radicalization has diminished the value of a UC education. In the 1950s, when the UC system was at its peak, students were "well groomed and complacent" (to use Rosenfeld's words). They were in college to learn, not to protest.
April 27, 2013 |
Photographer Jeffrey Milstein has been fascinated with aviation and flying since he was a young boy building toy models. At 15 he would sweep hangar floors at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday mornings in exchange for flying lessons. He passed his pilot's exam at 17. He remembers his father taking him to the end of the runway at Los Angeles International Airport to watch the planes land. "In those days it was DC3s and DC6s. There were no jets yet," said Milstein from his home in Woodstock, N.Y. "I loved standing right under them as they flew over my head.
April 24, 2013 |
Earlier this month, President Obama visited San Francisco and was joined by Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a fundraising event. In the course of the evening, Obama told the donors that he expected that after the 2014 election, Pelosi would resume her place as speaker, which she relinquished after the 2010 election. It's easy to see why the president would want that to be so. If the Democrats were to win the 218 House seats needed for the majority and put Pelosi back in the speaker's chair, it would allow Obama to spend his final two years in office doing more than marking time as a lame duck.
April 14, 2013 |
It's so easy to make fun of the 1980s. Ray-Bans, glam-rock hair, acid-washed jeans, the yuppie and Reaganomics, and all those regrettable images of women in power suits and tennis shoes. It seemed even as it was occurring an age of Culture Lite, a consumer-driven wasteland after the socially and politically transformative '60s and '70s. Even the title of National Geographic's new six-hour, three-part documentary "The '80s: The Decade That Made Us" seems, at first glance, a bit of a joke.
April 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The man who shot Ronald Reagan and three other men in 1981 has been behaving normally when he leaves the mental hospital in Washington, D.C., where he is being treated, according to Secret Service observations in newly released court documents. John Hinckley Jr., 57, shops at Wal-Mart, Target and PetSmart during visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va. One of his first stops is often a Wendy's. At home with his mother, he performs lots of chores, plays guitar and makes art. He shows few of the symptoms that led to the 1982 finding that he was insane, and therefore not guilty of attempted murder and other charges in the assassination attempt.
April 9, 2013 |
If presidential politics ever involved time travel, President Obama might be in a little trouble. If an election between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were held today, 58% would vote for Reagan over Obama, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans age 18 and older conducted by Kelton Research for the National Geographic Channel. Though when the field is narrowed to people ages 18-34 -- those either too young to have known Reagan as president or too young to remember much -- the gap shrinks to 51% in favor of Reagan.