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February 17, 1990
I used to have such respect for Howard Rosenberg, but his comments concerning the CBS suspension of Andy Rooney are loathsome and vile. JAMES P. MONROE, Los Angeles
February 25, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - A defiant Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out Tuesday at a “vile attack” against him after the leaking  of audio recordings suggesting that he and close family members were implicated in a corruption scandal that has roiled the nation. Erdogan denounced the recordings as fake and vowed legal action. Audio of five purported conversations between Erdogan and his son, Bilal, 33, appeared on YouTube late Monday, quickly drawing more than 2  million views on the video-sharing website and going viral across social media.
August 27, 1989
It is with an extreme sense of ironic incredulity that I view Abramson. She makes the statement about being "bathed in the backwash of the Holocaust," yet she defends those whose crimes are no less heinous than the vile, Nazi thugs she deplores. One wonders if she would have been so charitable at Nuremburg. MATTHEW L. DADAY Torrance
December 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
GLAAD has condemned "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson in the wake of inflammatory remarks about gay people .  In January's issue of GQ, Robertson said that "homosexual offenders" will not "inherit the Kingdom of God" and unfavorably compared "a man's anus" to the vagina.  The gay rights group was quick to denounce his comments.  In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz slammed the Robertson family patriarch: "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.
May 5, 1992
To all the apologists, from people on the street to ministers and politicians who have exhibited so little compassion for the innocent murder victims of the riots, there is no excuse for such violence and terror. The murder of any person is vile and unconscionable and is not to be explained away using sociological reasons. JANETTE FLETCHER, San Clemente
February 27, 2000
Bravo! At last a lady like myself who abhors, hates, reviles, is neurotic about, is afraid of, etc., snakes! ("Like Any Phobia, Fear of Snakes Puts a Chokehold on the Wandering Spirit," Her World, Feb. 13). I too have avoided and quaked over the snake prospect while hiking in places even remotely likely to harbor or support these vile creatures. In fact, I had trouble even reading your splendid article. MARGERY BARAGONA Santa Barbara
February 9, 2008
I read with interest your profile on the novelist Lydia Millet, who worked at Larry Flynt Publications 15 years ago and is apparently still mining it for material ["Lydia Millet Really Goes to Extremes," by Scott Timberg, Jan. 30]. Millet's characterization of Barely Legal magazine as "particularly vile" is very surprising. By condemning Barely Legal, Millet is condemning every person who reads it. It's disappointing when any novelist passes judgment on people, but especially so when the novelist is known for her "unlikable" characters and is lauded for her ability "to see through certain hypocrisies."
September 29, 2005
Here is a headline I've been waiting for: A Texas grand jury charged Republican Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that forced him to step down as House majority leader. This does indeed prove the adage: You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Once again, one of the extreme right-wing neocons who has been spreading vile rumors aplenty about anyone who opposes his nut-case ideas and behavior is now being called to account.
February 11, 2006
Whereas I agree with Grahame L. Jones [Feb. 6] that Houston 1836 isn't the best choice for a franchise that wishes to attract Latinos as part of the targeted demographic, I must take exception to sweeping generalizations that are historically inaccurate and simplify an issue that is quite complex. Among Texans of Mexican descent, a healthy percentage sees 1836 as the end of oppression from Federalist policies and the end of being subjected to a vile, cowardly dictator in Santa Anna.
April 15, 1995
We just returned from having seen the movie "Dolores Claiborne." It is a powerful show with powerful performances that portray the characters adapted from a Stephen King novel. We were saddened, however, to see that the movie version could not be made without itsdependence on King's stock-in-trade vulgarity. To have deleted the vile gutter language (delivered) in the cloak of "necessary realism" would not have weakened the plot. It seemed as though since graphic sex scenes weren't used, then offensive language had to be. A strong story line doesn't have to depend on gratuitous dialogue.
September 6, 2013 | By Michael McGough
After George Zimmerman's acquittal on the charge of murdering Trayvon Martin, CNN's Piers Morgan asked Rachel Jeantel, Martin's friend, about something she had said on the witness stand. Jeantel had testified that Martin had told her over the phone that “the nigga is behind me” -- a reference to Zimmerman. Jeantel told Martin that there was a difference between “nigga” -- a slang term she said could be applied to a male of any race -- and the “N-word” that ends with an R. Jeantel explained that the distinction dated back to the year 2000, when “they changed it around.” But here's the problem.
August 31, 2013 | Steve Lopez
"When I turned 14, that was when I hit the track. " The track, as Jessica Midkiff calls it, was Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, where she trolled for johns and turned every cent of her earnings over to the pimp who owned her. If you tried to skim a dollar here or there, Midkiff said, or if you got arrested and ratted out your pimp, you or someone in your family was likely to be beaten or tortured. "When a pimp says he's going to torture you, what I've seen is girls in dog cages, girls being waterboarded, stripped down naked and put in the rain and cold outside and having to stand there all night, and if you move, you'll get beaten.
May 8, 2013 | By August Brown
Kurt Vile wasn't kidding when he titled his newest album “Wakin on a Pretty Daze.” The Philly-based singer-guitarist is absolutely committed to his vibe: wake-and-bake classic rock that Matthew McConaughey's character in “Dazed and Confused” could lose an afternoon to. The hard part is cutting through that daze to make a compelling live show. At the Echoplex on Tuesday night, Vile had a sold-out room of young fans eager to take a hit of whatever he's offering. But it turns out that you need more than just a pretty daze to demand their attention.
April 7, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This Coachella edition gathers new music by lesser-known artists gigging this weekend's music festival as well as one epic reissue by a recently reunited group. If you haven't the desire, money or constitution to spend three days surrounded by so many humans under the desert sun, you can find comfort in the tracks (and watch the whole event live online). Kurt Vile, "Wakin on a Pretty Daze" (Matador). The Philadelphia singer and guitarist's new record is a guitar rock gem of the classic variety.
June 7, 2012
MUSIC There's working-class venom in Kurt Vile's lyrics, and each arrangement is carefully laid out with the most sharply intricate of electric guitar leads. Vile doesn't sing so much as slur, but the feel is one of effortlessness rather than laziness, as if this bitter slacker has no choice but to stand on stage with his guitar. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $25.
April 17, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Ted Nugent, rock star and Mitt Romney supporter, stirred up controversy during an interview at the National Rifle Assn. convention in St. Louis in which he called President Obama's administration “vile, evil and America-hating.” “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said Monday. Most combative were his remarks calling Romney supporters to action, saying “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” Nugent threw his support behind Romney in March after Texas Gov. Rick Perry's disappointing performance in the early primaries.
May 29, 1995
Every year or so, some "seasoned" comedian comes forward to decry the use of "foul" and "vile" language in TV comedy. Steve Allen was the latest ("It's Time for Comedians to Clean Up Their Act," Counterpunch, May 22). Every time I hear one of these diatribes, I have to ask myself, "What shows are these people talking about?" "Family Matters"? "Wings"? "Mad About You"? "Seinfeld"? "Friends"? "Murphy Brown"? "Blossom"? "Frasier"? "Home Improvement"? What "foul" and "vile" language have you heard on any of these shows?
August 2, 2002
Thank you for another timely column from Robert Scheer ("Another Bankrupt Idea From Congress," Commentary, July 30). Just the day before, I sat with my 77-year-old mother in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing room, hoping her petition to file Chapter 7 would be approved. When our father passed away 13 years ago, our mother decided that her role would be that of the beneficent grandmother. She bought gifts for every birthday and holiday and, as the grandchildren got older, repaired their cars and often paid their rent.
June 2, 2011 | By Timothy Garton Ash
At last they've got him. That Ratko Mladic is now sitting in the detention cell of an international tribunal in The Hague is a cause for unqualified celebration. The man directly responsible for the massacre of some 8,000 unarmed men and boys at Srebrenica will be held to account for that and other atrocities. This is another step forward in one of the great developments of our time: the global movement toward accountability. Just over 60 years ago, Czeslaw Milosz wrote a poem addressed to the torturers and mass murderers.
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