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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1990
If a declared blockade is an act of war according to international law, we simply call it an interdiction (a term that means an ecclesiastical or legal prohibition), and so preserve peace. But what next? Should we excommunicate Iraqi tankers with missiles or censure them with artillery? Damn the semantics and full speed ahead! DAVID EGGENSCHWILER Los Angeles
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NEWS
July 5, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has such a dirty job that it's a wonder the Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe isn't following him around with a camera crew. Priebus, after all, has to serve as the apologist for Rep. Allen West of Florida, a "tea party" favorite who, with such unintentionally entertaining gaffe-sters as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich out of the spotlight, is now the GOP's reigning clown prince of umbrage-generating outrageousness.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1992
So, Sandra Cox (president of the Southern California Assn. of Black Psychologists) thinks that the word riot is inappropriate in describing what occurred last April (Aug. 3). That insurrection effectively pads the sting. Well, why stop there? After all, if the insurrectors did not riot , then certainly that man in Long Beach who was rushing to the aid of a friend was not murdered. Let's just call that justifiable carnage. And as for the looting? Well, of course, these insurrectors were not looting . Let's call that noble plunderism . And those pesty fires that these freedom fighters set?
NATIONAL
June 7, 2012 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Does the term "the White House" refer to President Obama? That was the semantic question facing the six-member Federal Election Commission on Thursday as it considered a request by the conservative advocacy group American Future Fund to run TV commercials that refer to "the White House" or "the administration" - or even use Obama's voice - without triggering a rule requiring groups that fund election-related ads to disclose their...
BOOKS
August 20, 1995
What, please, is "a not unironic yes" ("Lying in Bed" July 9) Don't the semantics work out to be just a plain "yes?" Was the reviewer paying attention the day her English teacher instructed the class not to tell what something isn't but rather to tell what it is? Did the reviewer consult a dictionary to check whether or not there even were such a word as "unironic?" (Webster's Unabridged lists "unironical" but no "unironic.") I'm afraid the answer to both of these questions is a not unironic "uh-uh."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1987
Like Al Martinez, I have never seen the sculpture "Requiem" by Erwin Binder. Unlike Al Martinez, I would not presuppose it to be good, bad or indifferent art until I had seen the actual piece. Martinez, who apparently views art with a closed mind and an open mouth, reiterates (Oct. 26) the middle-brow bromide that art must somehow be representational of nature. Note for example that after seeing a photo of sculptor Binder's work, Martinez refers to it as "a strapless bra for someone with three breasts each a different size."
OPINION
June 8, 2007
Re "Lynwood politics a stage for region's racial power shift," June 5 I was amused and saddened to read the article on the squabbling over political power in Lynwood. From the title, I knew that the "racial strife" was between "people of color." If light-skinned parties were involved, the article would have probably been titled, "Racism in Lynwood." Also, it's interesting to note that even though the combatants were people of color, they found a way to insinuate that the majority (white)
NEWS
July 5, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has such a dirty job that it's a wonder the Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe isn't following him around with a camera crew. Priebus, after all, has to serve as the apologist for Rep. Allen West of Florida, a "tea party" favorite who, with such unintentionally entertaining gaffe-sters as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich out of the spotlight, is now the GOP's reigning clown prince of umbrage-generating outrageousness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1990
We attended the candidates' forum for the Tustin Unified School District school board election and feel compelled to make a few comments to put the facts behind some of the rhetoric and to respond to some of the letters being written stating that this school board election should not be turned into a union versus non-union issue. Jane Bauer objected to the use of the word union in referring to the Tustin Educators Assn. The TEA is part of the California Teachers Assn., which is registered in Sacramento as a union and which is part of the National Education Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Without picking a side in the entertaining Republican presidential contest, let us stipulate that Mitt Romney was smack on target when he called Newt Gingrich an influence peddler. A lobbyist? No, not in a legal sense. But did he lobby? Yes, in the common usage of the word. An influence peddler? That pretty much covers it. Many Sacramento lobbyists and their cousin "consultants" got a chuckle out of the fiery Romney-Gingrich exchange in the Jan. 23 Florida debate. There was Romney, pulling out the old pejorative "lobbyist," and the former House speaker resisting it as if he were being called a con man or a pimp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2009 | Gale Holland
Scott Lowe enlisted in the infantry -- the "dirtiest job there is" in the Army, he says -- completing two Iraqi tours in which he dug up weapons caches, found improvised explosive devices and rounded up insurgents. "No better way to serve your country," said Lowe, 27. "Most of us lost friends over there, had close calls. . . . Now it's time to catch up."
OPINION
January 21, 2009
Pastor Rick Warren, the famous leader of Lake Forest's Saddleback Church, became a lightning rod in the same-sex marriage controversy when he was chosen to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration. Yet he didn't give his opponents anything to shout about Tuesday, offering a prayer that was short, inspirational and above all uncontroversial. That points up an uncomfortable truth for proponents of gay rights: Warren may not be as big a problem as the president he blessed.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2009 | DAN NEIL
The taxonomy of cars was once straightforward: Sedans had four doors and a trunk; coupes had two doors and little back seats; roadsters had two doors, two seats and fabric tops that -- if they were British and it was raining -- piddled down your back. These days, using the power of computer-assisted design to save time and tooling costs, automakers can knock out interesting, low-volume variants that blur these neat-and-tidy categories.
NATIONAL
June 7, 2008 | Terry McDermott, Times Staff Writer
Judging by the only metric that seemed to count Friday -- the number of dueling conference calls -- the general-election battle between John McCain and Barack Obama has begun in earnest. The subject was the proper care and funding of a big swamp in Florida. McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, took a scheduled tour of the Everglades, but before he even dipped a toe in the muddy water, he had set off a round of "he said, he said" criticism.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2008 | Amita Parikh, Special to The Times
You think your current love interest is confused? What about your friends? "Are you dating anyone?" I asked a friend I hadn't seen in months over dinner. "Um, no. There's this guy, and we've hooked up a few times, but that's it." "Oh. But . . . you're not seeing anyone else?" I ask. She shakes her head no. "Then it would logically follow that you're dating him, right?" My analytical mind is going into overdrive. "No, I told you. We're just hooking up. Hanging out. That sort of thing."
OPINION
April 6, 2008 | Rabih Alameddine, Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novel "The Hakawati," due out this month.
All living languages are promiscuous. We promiscuous speakers shamelessly shoplift words, plucking bons mots and phrases from any tempting language. We wear these words when we wish to be more formal, more elegant, more mysterious, worldly, precise, vague. They flash on our fingers like gaudy rings, adorn our hair, warm our necks like rich foreign scarves.
OPINION
June 8, 2007
Re "Lynwood politics a stage for region's racial power shift," June 5 I was amused and saddened to read the article on the squabbling over political power in Lynwood. From the title, I knew that the "racial strife" was between "people of color." If light-skinned parties were involved, the article would have probably been titled, "Racism in Lynwood." Also, it's interesting to note that even though the combatants were people of color, they found a way to insinuate that the majority (white)
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