January 15, 2004 |
The site: www.your dictionary .com/about/ topten2003.html Top 10 lists are one of the media's favorite year-end pastimes. What makes this one interesting is that it takes the top-10-new-stories concept one step further, listing not the news but the terms it inspired. Topping the lists of new words, names and phrases are, not surprisingly, "embedded," "Saddam Hussein" and "shock and awe." The site: www.lssu.edu/ banished/archive/2004.
March 27, 2003
Are we witnessing a war or tuning in to the broadcast of a high school football game? An admiral talks to his pilots aboard a carrier in the Mediterranean: "We're going to hammer them -- hammer them"; TV announces the game plan of "decapitating" Saddam Hussein's presumed bunkered-down leadership; and a headline reports that "U.S. Pummels Baghdad as Troops Push Toward City" (March 22). We are hammering them? Decapitating them? Pummeling them? Sounds barbaric to me. Or is it just boyish play?
April 27, 2003
Re "Last House in Bunker Hill Razed," April 23: If a young man was caught spraying graffiti on a house, prosecutors would file charges against him and he would face jail and/or a fine. On Bunker Hill, developer G.H. Palmer Associates didn't merely deface a dwelling, it demolished the last remaining Queen Anne-style house without obtaining the requisite city permits to clear the way for its development. This appears to be a deliberate act to enrich itself. Corporate arrogance and misconduct should be punished just as a wrongdoing individual would be punished.
July 11, 2007
Re "Amid the din of drums and bugles, a disturbing silence," column, July 9 Who but Al Martinez can paint a word picture of the human condition and of the plight of our young soldiers today? They grew up in peaceful times, when war was something you saw in the movies. Some joined to see the world, others to earn a college education. And then men who never saw the savagery of slaughter assigned them to invade a country that never did harm to America.
March 8, 2013 |
"The Gospel According to the Other Mary" is now another "Other Mary," the "Mary" we have been waiting for. John Adams' Eastertide combination of Passion and oratorio was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and given its premiere late last spring at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Impressive and stirring as it was, the work felt a masterpiece still in the making. It was long (135 minutes rather than the 90 minutes expected) and unwieldy. It was delivered late and required a draining last-minute preparation for Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra at the same time they were already overextended by staging Mozart's "Don Giovanni.
February 13, 2013 |
Hollywood Boulevard is home to both the Pantages Theatre and Madame Tussauds, and there were times during the new production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical" that I wondered if the two institutions had arranged a secret merger. This pre-Broadway touring production, which opened Tuesday at the Pantages, combines power singing and theatrical waxworks to retell the Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a doctor with a damnable dark side. The experience of the show, never a critic's darling, can only be compared to watching "American Idol" from inside an amusement park gallery showcasing the fiendish modus operandi of infamous murderers.
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March 23, 2013 |
Dog-tired, Capt. Abe Baum was snoozing on the hood of a military vehicle when he was shaken awake and summoned to a superior's tent. With worry on their faces, his unit's top officers were clustered around Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who had just issued a secret order for what some historians later described as one of the most ill-conceived missions of World War II. Baum, then a 23-year-old New Yorker, would become known for brilliantly executing his...
October 10, 2004 |
Richard Nixon is immortalized in wax, his image molded into a candle in that oh-so-'70s shade of avocado green. Abraham Lincoln is depicted in brass, on a fittingly weighty paper clip in keeping with the solemnity of his times. George W. Bush, often underestimated, pops up from a jack-in-the-box.
June 15, 2006
Re " 'I'm Going to Read,' Bush Said," June 14 I feel that if President Bush's trip had been accomplished when Saddam Hussein was still president, we would have saved a few hundred billion dollars, thousands of lives and better curtailed the activities of the terrorists. Bush's trip came too late. S.I. SALEM Long Beach Bush visits Iraq for the second time in three years? Sorry, I just can't get excited about that. If Bush had been a relative, I would have written him out of my will a long time ago for not visiting more often.