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December 27, 1996
The self-serving piece by Robert Scheer ("Hullabaloo Over Lust," Column Left, Dec. 17) was a perfect example of journalistic conceit and bruised ego. He is apparently consumed with the need to defend himself against a modest suggestion that he acted with impropriety 20 years ago in tape-recording President Carter's comments about having "lust in his heart." Boy oh boy! Talk about vain columnists losing any sense of proportion and reality. Let Scheer "have it out" with President Carter.
September 25, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
When comedian, writer and producer Dan Levy learned he would be a new father, he solicited parenting advice from an unsung group of experts: actual kids. In April, Levy collaborated with Jensen Karp, a producer and former rapper, to create "Baby Talk" - a monthly comedy show based around three to four comedians asking children between the ages of 5 and 10 questions like "What should I name my son?" (one child suggesting the name Ritzy Skittles) and "What should I do if my kid wakes up in the middle of the night and says he had a nightmare?"
June 1, 1998
I am dumbfounded that Robert Scheer (Commentary, May 26) offers a comparison of Microsoft Windows and America Online as though such a comparison were logical. Windows is a computer operating system, not a piece of entertainment software that users can choose to use or ignore. The problem is this: Windows, the operating system, can be (and has been) set up to feature proprietary products at the expense of competitors. America Online can be set up in lots of ways, but the computer itself is not dependent on AOL to run. PCs are dependent on Windows.
October 23, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
A Thousand Lives The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown Julia Scheeres Free Press: 320 pp., $26 Before Julia Scheeres came along, Thom Bogue had not talked publicly about Jonestown. But when he realized that, like him, she had also been a troubled teen sent to a tropical religious camp - which she chronicled in the bestselling memoir "Jesus Land" - he decided to share his experiences. At 15, Tommy was sent from California to Guyana, where he lived for two years under the increasingly bizarre control of the Rev. Jim Jones.
July 30, 1996
If there are others in America like Robert Scheer (Column Left, July 23) who believe that cocaine possession constitutes a "victimless" crime, then, to borrow from Scheer, we are in serious trouble. The violence, corruption and loss of human life attributable to cocaine trafficking, purchase and use speaks for itself. American society as a whole pays an enormous price, every day, for the type of crime that Michael Irvin pleaded guilty to, making all of us victims. Irvin has gained from being in the limelight for several years, and if he is being made an example of now because of his celebrity, he justly deserves it. (He himself admitted as much at his post-plea-bargain news conference.
February 1, 2003
In his Jan. 28 commentary, "U.S. Knows Its Condition -- Lousy," Robert Scheer writes that the economy is now in "the worst humbling Fortunately, tax rates were reduced in 2001 and the economy has grown at a 3% rate over the last 12 months, the same as the long-term growth rate. While a 5% rate is needed, 3% is not "lousy." All taxpayers received relief in 2001, and the upper-income group took over a slightly higher percentage of the total tax burden. In other words, the tax structure became slightly more progressive.
June 5, 1988
I read Scheer's dialogue with Dukakis. Scheer came off as an intelligent and well-informed observer; Dukakis both surprised and disappointed me by his evasiveness in responding to Scheer's questions and observations and by his superficial answers when he chose to be direct. Smugness, conceit, and a blithe attitude on international affairs are not the qualities America is looking for in its next President. DAVID LEVY Beverly Hills
July 19, 1986
Cheers for Scheer's article! At a time when so many of us have lost hope in public education, Scheer's piece is an artful reminder that individuals can make a difference. It's a breath of fresh air about how schools reflect the changing cultures around them. Nice work! WELLFORD W. WILMS Los Angeles
August 10, 2003
Re "Bush Plays Pope on Marriage Issue," Commentary, Aug. 5: Despite Robert Scheer's vehement protestations to the contrary, the Constitution does not prohibit the government from recognizing the moral views of the nation's majority. For decades we have engaged in liberal social experimentation, all in the name of "separating church and state." The ensuing breakdown in every social institution shows the folly of Scheer's arrogance. Aaron Smith Carlsbad Thank you for Scheer's commentary pointing out the seeming hypocrisy of Bush's attempts to persuade the Iraqis toward a secular government while at the same time using his presidency as a pulpit for his own religious views.
July 26, 2002
Reading Robert Scheer's July 23 commentary, "The Boom or Bush Cycle," one would believe that all corporate malfeasance started at noon Jan. 20, 2001--that before President Bush's inauguration everyone in the corporate world was a good citizen and kept the books clean. Scheer states, "The Bushes' contempt for government regulation of capitalism has allowed corporate piracy to drive the nation toward financial ruin." Though Bush has done nothing for the economy, most of the corporate piracy and the resulting economic downturn started while Scheer's hero, Bill Clinton, was in office.
September 12, 2011
BOOKS Moby On his website, the electronic-music maker describes his new album, "Destroyed," as "a soundtrack for empty cities at 2 a.m. " Moby will sign copies of the album and its companion book, a collection of photographs capturing his life on the road. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110. COMEDY Huebel and Scheer Present Crash Test Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer of MTV's hit sketch comedy show "Human Giant" convene for their bimonthly humor fest.
October 18, 2010 | By Jonathan Kirsch, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Robert Scheer is a journalist in the gadfly tradition of Lincoln Steffens, I. F. Stone and Seymour Hersh. His latest book, "The Great American Stickup," blames the "captains of finance" for causing the 2008 "meltdown" of the global economy in the first place and then profiting from the tax dollars that were thrown at the problem ? "a giant hustle that served the richest of the rich," as he puts it, "and left the rest of us holding the bag. " We've been reading Scheer's informed, edgy prose since his days at Ramparts magazine, and his career has included a long stint as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and, more recently, the founding of the website Truthdig.
June 30, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
Gore Vidal and Robert Scheer, editor of Truthdig and a former Los Angeles Times columnist, will appear as speakers during post-show audience forums in the final week of the Actors' Gang's critically acclaimed revival of George Orwell's "1984," which ends Saturday at REDCAT in downtown L.A.'s Disney Concert Hall. Vidal is scheduled to participate in the audience discussion about the production and Orwell's classic on Wednesday, Scheer on Thursday.
July 3, 2006 | Lee Drutman, Special to The Times
GREG PALAST begins, " 'So Osama walks into this bar, see? ... and Bush says, "Whad'l'ya have, pardner?" and Osama says....'
December 25, 2005 | Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the forthcoming "You're Not the Boss of Me."
"SINNERS go to: HELL. Rightchuss go to: HEAVEN. The end is neer: REPENT. This here is: JESUS LAND." These words, posted on roadside signs near the Indiana farm town where Julia Scheeres moved with her family in the mid-1980s, are emblematic of the world in which she was raised. "Jesus Land" is a memoir about this upbringing, one that opens with Scheeres, age 16 1/2 , and her adopted brother David out on their bikes, exploring a cemetery near their family's new farm.
November 17, 2005
When hundreds of readers contact you to protest your sacking of veteran Op-Ed writer Robert Scheer, The Times' articulate and courageous voice of the left, they deserve more of a response than the condescending "A Note to Our Readers" (Opinion, Nov. 15). Your readers, including me, clearly have asked to know why Scheer was fired. A "because we said so" answer doesn't cut it. Sad Times. LORRAINE GAYER Huntington Beach At least you're right on one point, Andres Martinez: Readers "can agree to disagree with the wisdom of our decision."
September 10, 2005
Re "The real costs of a culture of greed," Opinion, Sept. 6 Only Robert Scheer could put such a distorted new twist on the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. According to Scheer, it's our entire economic system that's to blame. Of course, the present administration is singled out once again as the government of "big business," but I don't believe that our economic system began with George W. Bush's first term in office. That Scheer has turned this natural disaster into a chance to make another screed for his socialistic views is the height of absurdity.
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