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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2000
The moral high ground is a very slippery slope indeed. CLAUDE BOUCHILLON Los Angeles
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OPINION
April 3, 2014
Re "Warning: This editorial may upset you," Editorial, March 31 The Times' editorial on an effort at UC Santa Barbara to have professors put "trigger warnings" on their course syllabi when lecture material may cause some distress reminded me of a class I took my freshman year in college. My father was raised in Minnesota; I listened to his racism my whole childhood. In our small agricultural community, I was never really exposed to other opinions. In that first year of college, I enrolled in an English course that focused on black literature.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2003 | Don Shirley
When the Mark Taper Forum announced that it would produce Kia Corthron's new play as part of the Taper, Too series, the title was "Mirror Merge at the Slippery Slope." But now it's called "Slide Glide the Slippery Slope" -- which, it turns out, was the play's original title. The "Slide Glide" title "certainly slid off the tongue well but felt too easy somehow," she explained.
OPINION
September 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Glendale school officials have hired a firm to monitor the social media postings of their students, apparently in an effort to learn about potentially dangerous behavior such as cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, sexual harassment or drug use. The firm might turn up some troubling stuff, and even if it doesn't, knowing that Big Schoolmarm is watching might persuade some teenagers to show a little more caution about what they broadcast online, which would...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY
For the disabled, one of the most inaccessible theaters in town is the Taper, Too--the Mark Taper Forum's small second space in the basement of the county-owned John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood. Theatergoers must climb a sharp slope to get to the entrance. Cars can travel to the theater, but the steps leading down to the space are too steep for normal wheelchair ramps.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl was the play of the 2012 college football season. Under new rules this season, a similar tackle might get Clowney ejected. And if it does, college football ought to just switch to flag football or powder puff. "The Clowney hit is why they have football," Washington State Coach Mike Leach said at Friday's Pac-12 Conference football media day. "That's why football was invented.
OPINION
March 31, 2007
Re "Kosovo needs independence, mediator says," March 27 Martti Ahtisaari, the Kosovo mediator, needs a solid lesson in international law. The same applies to the U.S. government, which according to the article "strongly backs independence for Kosovo." The United Nations would be trampling on its own charter by ripping the province of Kosovo from Serbia and handing it to those who constitute the majority, i.e. Kosovo's Albanians. It should also be noted that 40% of the Albanians who came to Kosovo over the decades were illegal aliens from Albania who entered Serbia through its porous border with Albania.
OPINION
January 16, 2006
Re " ... and so what if you are?" Opinion, Jan. 12 Jonah Goldberg pooh-poohs the "slippery slope" concerns of unfettered executive power. Here's the point that Goldberg and his ilk fail or refuse to see: When the president acts with Congress' authority, his powers are at a maximum. When he acts contrary to Congress' will, his powers are at their lowest ebb. This jeopardizes "the equilibrium [of] our constitutional system," as Justice Robert Jackson pointed out in the steel seizure case of 1952 (and affirmed by Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. at his hearings)
SPORTS
June 15, 2012 | By Jeff Shain
SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods surged into theU.S. Open lead, fell and rose again. A 17-year-old Californian had his day in the sun - and 15 minutes or so when no one else was even his equal. Michael Thompson quickly lost his first-round lead. David Toms hung in the background all afternoon, silently looming. Through all the musical chairs, Jim Furyk had the best seat for Friday afternoon's session at the Olympic Club: indoors, done for the day. The 2003 U.S. Open champion's one-under-par 69 in the morning ensured that someone would get to the midway point in red numbers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The British company Improbable Theatre, whose "Spirit" is at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, drew glowing reviews for "70 Hill Lane" and "Lifegame" at La Jolla Playhouse. Key members of the Improbable team also won a lot of fans with "Shockheaded Peter" last year at the Freud. Lower those expectations. The innovative staging of "Spirit" keeps an audience watching with interest, but the content is sketchy and platitudinous at best, inchoate at worst.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl was the play of the 2012 college football season. Under new rules this season, a similar tackle might get Clowney ejected. And if it does, college football ought to just switch to flag football or powder puff. "The Clowney hit is why they have football," Washington State Coach Mike Leach said at Friday's Pac-12 Conference football media day. "That's why football was invented.
OPINION
June 15, 2013 | Doyle McManus
As President Obama contemplates his many bad options in Syria, he may want to consider the Aspin Doctrine, an argument for intervention abroad made by President Clinton's first secretary of Defense, Les Aspin. In 1993, the Clinton administration was wrestling with a seemingly insoluble conflict in Bosnia, where Serbian-backed troops were besieging cities and slaughtering civilians. Aspin's advice was straightforward: Let's bomb the Serbs and see what happens. INSIDE SYRIA: More Times coverage Critics objected that military action would put the United States on a slippery slope toward deeper intervention, but Aspin rejected that thinking as outmoded.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2013 | By David Horsey
This week, a 5-year-old Kentucky boy was playing with the mini-rifle he had gotten as a gift and ended up shooting and killing his 2-year-old sister. Apparently, even kindergartners have a right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed. For many people, it was a revelation that there are companies that manufacture guns specifically for children. The boy in question had a Crickett rifle, a smaller version of an adult weapon designed specifically for little trigger fingers.
OPINION
April 13, 2013
Re "Bill targets gay ban by Boy Scouts," April 11 I am astonished that the physician who testified in front of state lawmakers, citing his experience of being molested by an older Boy Scout, would somehow slide right down the slippery slope to the conclusion that the Boy Scouts is in danger because gay Scouts or Scout leaders are probably child molesters. It leaves me wondering how the Boy Scouts of America could consider itself the arbiter of "morality" when the organization cannot distinguish between homosexuality and pedophilia.
OPINION
April 4, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The best way to hire productive employees is to look for people with qualifications, talent, honesty and commitment. Now, however, a small but growing number of employers are looking for something else as well: job applicants who don't smoke. As much as we despair of the death and damage caused by tobacco, this new employment criterion strikes us as a lamentable and unwarranted intrusion into applicants' private lives - and one that should worry anyone in this country who has an elevated risk for any sort of injury or illness.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
“The Daily Show” broadcast its last new episode of 2012 on Thursday night, and Jon Stewart closed the year by looking forward - specifically, to the two historic gay marriage cases going before the Supreme Court in 2013 . Stewart began with a little historical context, reminding viewers of the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, and and that states as politically divergent as...
NATIONAL
December 4, 2012 | By David Horsey
Saturday night, I attended a wonderfully raucous dinner party where politics was as much a main course as the grass-fed beef. New York Times columnist Tim Egan - a good friend and a superb writer  - was sitting two plates down the table from me and, late in the evening, he was expressing disbelief that members of the U.S. Congress would be crazy enough to drive the country off a "fiscal cliff. " Egan made the point that families dependent on unemployment checks, as well as other needy Americans, will suffer unless a budget agreement forestalls the huge federal budget cuts and tax increases that are primed to kick in on Jan. 1. I raised my voice (there were plenty of raised voices throughout the meal)
SPORTS
June 15, 2012 | By Jeff Shain
SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods surged into theU.S. Open lead, fell and rose again. A 17-year-old Californian had his day in the sun - and 15 minutes or so when no one else was even his equal. Michael Thompson quickly lost his first-round lead. David Toms hung in the background all afternoon, silently looming. Through all the musical chairs, Jim Furyk had the best seat for Friday afternoon's session at the Olympic Club: indoors, done for the day. The 2003 U.S. Open champion's one-under-par 69 in the morning ensured that someone would get to the midway point in red numbers.
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