March 26, 2012 |
As a new season of "Mad Men" begins, it is interesting and a bit unsettling to realize that the era of Don Draper is equidistant in time between the era of "Downton Abbey " and the present day. Looked at another way, Franklin Roosevelt's second election in 1936 was exactly as close to the current year of the series storyline, 1966, as Bill Clinton's second election in 1996. It may be a shock to baby boomers for whom the 1960s do not feel that far away, but it really was a long time ago. In Republican politics, however, it seems no time has passed.
March 23, 2012
The end of Pacific Standard Time — the Getty's region-wide survey on the history of art in Southern California — will be celebrated with free admission at 19 local museums on March 31. Among the participating institutions will be the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Fisher Museum of Art and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Pacific Standard Time explored the history of art in Southern California...
March 8, 2012 |
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law school student Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" and a "prostitute," is intelligent, poised and coherent. That alone puts her miles ahead of her detractors. She's been making the rounds this week on behalf of her argument that the insurance she pays for at Georgetown (insurance that is not, she says, subsidized by the Jesuit school) should cover prescription contraception for women. When she said all this to Congress, testifying in favor of the Obama administration's "insurance companies should foot the bill" rule on birth control, Limbaugh said she "wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. " Fluke has addressed the slut business repeatedly - saying on "The View" on Monday that she'd prefer no penitent calls from Limbaugh (not that one was in the offing)
March 7, 2012 |
Rush Limbaugh may have lost sponsors, been condemned by feminist groups and overall widely criticized for calling a Georgetown law school student a "slut," but the conservative radio host will be honored in his home state with a bronze bust in the Missouri Capitol. Limbaugh, who was born in Missouri, will be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians, along with Dred Scott, an African American slave who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom in 1857, leading to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that slaves were "property.
March 6, 2012 |
A new week greeted Rush Limbaugh with four more advertiser defections, for a total of 11, along with a sharp rebuke from former Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Peter Gabriel asked that his song "Sledgehammer" no longer be used on Limbaugh's radio program. Even after Limbaugh issued a rare apology, the furor that had erupted when the conservative radio host called an activist law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" showed no sign of abating Monday. But a backlash that might be a career-breaker for some commentators seemed unlikely to dent Limbaugh's considerable stature among his 15 million weekly listeners and conservative leaders.
March 6, 2012
Fat kids, dumb bill Re " A food truck stop? " March 4 The bill to limit food trucks from parking "within 1,500 feet of elementary, middle and high schools from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days" is simple lunacy and demonstrates what is wrong with society's focus on human problems. If food trucks are pushed away, will someone else propose to close down the doughnut shop directly across the street from the high school in our neighborhood? How about the fast food taco place on the other corner?
March 6, 2012 |
President Obama said that when he called Sandra Fluke to express support after the crude comments of Rush Limbaugh, he did so thinking of his own young daughters. "One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they're being good citizens," he said at a White House news conference Tuesday.
March 6, 2012 |
The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air were not assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend. They say he was not sincere: He only apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" because of pressure from advertisers. Well of course he wasn't sincere. And of course he was only apologizing to pacify advertisers, which were getting pressure to pressure Limbaugh by these very critics. Oh, there might have been a political calculation too - that he'd gone too far for the good of his ratings or his celebrityhood.
March 6, 2012 |
Patricia Heaton 's rush to support Rush Limbaugh this week shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has closely followed her rise as one of the most successful comedic actresses in Hollywood. Heaton, a Twitter power-user who dubs her more than 69,000 followers "Tweatons," used the social media platform to join Limbaugh in blasting Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke for speaking out in favor of President Obama's proposal that health insurance provide free birth control . A sample of Heaton's Tweets, since deleted: "Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with!
March 5, 2012 |
Two days after Rush Limbaugh issued a tepid apology to Sandra Fluke, the woman whom he called a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her advocacy for expansion of access to birth control, Fluke dismissed Limbaugh's statement as insufficient. The 30-year-old Georgetown law student noted in a Monday appearance on "The View" that Limbaugh had only apologized for his choice of words, as she sought to refocus the discussion on access to contraceptives being a matter of women's rights.