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January 11, 1992
I read the article on UC Irvine professor and poet Robert Peters in today's Calendar section ("Poet's Work Probes Mind of Serial Killer Randy Kraft," Jan. 6) and I see that he is still disgusting people and provoking misery with his "poetry." I am an ex-student of Robert Peters' (and) was tortured through a quarter of Peters' "works of art," which center on such characters as a murderess ("The Blood Countess"), a criminal (John Dillinger) and a lunatic dictator (Ludwig of Bavaria)
March 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Surreptitiously recorded videos of Supreme Court proceedings that surfaced on YouTube last week aren't much of a viewing experience. The most revealing video, which captures a few moments from two oral argument sessions, is a jerky affair that makes Abraham Zapruder's amateur footage of the Kennedy assassination look like the work of an auteur. And the justices are bit players: The star of the video is Noah Kai Newkirk, a Los Angeles man who stood up during arguments Wednesday to denounce the court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowing corporations to spend money on politics.
November 4, 1992
Re "Some Material Girl" (Topic A," Oct. 26) about Madonna's new book: Madonna espouses a belief that sex should be an uninhibited art form of endless self-expression and gratification. Society has learned some very hard lessons that prove this philosophy just ain't so. Does this book tell us that Madonna is vulgar? No, we already knew that. What it points out is that too many of us are vulgar. MARCEL J. FERNANDEZ Lake Forest
December 10, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Newspapers, including this one, are among the last places in America that has close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted]. I could give you a hint about what word is between the brackets, but I'd best not for fear of arousing the ire of the editing Comstocks. About twice a year, I quote a profanity from a public figure, using just the first letter of the word and then some bowdlerizing asterisks for the rest. No dice, my editor tells me. This is a family newspaper. There was a time when such standards were the norm at major media institutions in America.
April 28, 1990
Now we know why Blyleven can't concentrate on the hitters anymore. He stands out there on the mound thinking up nifty little pranks to pull on his teammates or vulgar tricks to teach the kiddies. BOB DIEHL Burbank
December 6, 1992
"Joker of the Year," Andrea Sachs. Her positive rationalization of the immoral Stern and his crew demonstrates the demise of the morals of the younger generation. No wonder we are experiencing sexual harassment and vulgar language among our people. She promotes it. DONALD W. GOTTSCHALK Arcadia
August 12, 2001
As a society, we make all sorts of excuses about why we can't muster enough funds to pay a teacher a decent wage. Yet we pay millions of dollars a year to athletes to entertain us for an afternoon, evening or season. Many of those athletes are less-than-stellar citizens. They made it through school without learning how to read; they use vulgar language freely and commit vulgar acts; they get into legal battles about wife-beating, rape, drugs and alcohol. The sad part is that youngsters look to them as role models.
March 14, 1993
Leyner made his intentions clear at the end of his attempted hatchet job on the inaugural festivities when he said he was left "alienated, disaffected, deracinated, depleted and weird." Those are the feelings he tried to instill in us by his vulgar and revolting article. We considered that we had witnessed an inaugural celebration that was in impeccable taste and flawlessly executed. EUGENE KUSMIAK Fallbrook
March 30, 1997
I have met the enemy, and it is William P. Foley, chairman of CKE, parent of Carl's Jr. ("Carl's New Star," March 9). Their TV ad campaign is vulgar and repulsive. It depicts its customers as the crudest of the "ugly Americans." I discontinued going there. I don't belong in the place! PATRICIA M. ALCORN Studio City
March 8, 1992
I read with some amusement the insistence of City Council President John Ferraro on preserving the May Co. building at Fairfax and Wilshire (Feb. 29). Granted, this monstrosity well represents the vulgar style for which Los Angeles is so famous, but is that reason for preserving it? Seems to me the best argument to tear it down. RAUER L. MEYER, Los Angeles
July 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sentenced a man who killed his mother to 25 years to life in prison, saying that the slaying "certainly ranks up there at the top" of "the most disgusting, hideous and vulgar" cases he has seen during his 50 years in the legal profession. "I don't know what I can say to turn your life around, but you'll have a lot of time to think about it," Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said in court Wednesday. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother.
May 1, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Months after Lil Wayne created a firestorm for lyrics that name-dropped slain civil rights figure Emmett Till along with a vulgar sexual reference, the rapper has formally apologized to Till's family. In a letter sent to the Till family, which they released to the public Wednesday, the Young Money leader atoned for the controversial line taken from a remix of the hit "Karate Chop" by Atlanta rapper Future that was released earlier this year. “It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist's song has deeply offended your family.
April 29, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Sarah Palin reared her head in American airspace this weekend. As the country's media, entertainment and political elite gathered in Washington, D.C. , for the annual roast that is the White House Correspondents Dinner, Palin could not resist lobbing darts from afar. “Yuk it up media and pols,” she tweeted . “While America is buried in taxes and a fight for our rights, the permanent political class in DC dresses up and has a prom to make fun of themselves.
February 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Epic Records Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid has apologized to the family of slain civil rights figure Emmett Till and his label is working to remove from circulation a remix of the track "Karate Chop" by Atlanta rapper Future that included a vulgar sexual reference by fellow rapper Lil Wayne invoking Till's name. “Just ended a conversation with L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic,” reads a recent post on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation Facebook page.
January 14, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The Mother… With the Hat" is not the actual title of the exhilarating Stephen Adly Guirgis play now at South Coast Repertory, but it's the best I can do without bringing down the strong arm of the censor. Hard as it might be for casual cursers to believe, naughty words still have the power to offend. Guirgis knows this on a deeper level than most. His characters throw the profanity equivalent of Molotov cocktails at one another. They're foulmouthed artists, spinning obscenely colorful invective to inflict as much damage as possible on their targets.
November 20, 2012 | John M. Glionna
In the dog-eat-dog world of U.S. political campaigns, there are graceful winners. And then there is New Mexico state lawmaker Phillip Archuleta. The newly elected representative is under fire after a video was posted on YouTube showing him on election day flashing a vulgar gesture to a campaign worker for his opponent. In the video, the 63-year-old Democrat, who won the District 36 House seat by defeating incumbent Andy Nunez, also is heard threatening a photographer while at a polling station.
September 19, 1990
Of all the nonsensical gibberish that Cal Thomas has written over the years, this latest diatribe is unquestionably his most laughable one to date. So he's offended by such gasp-inducing adjectives as "ovulating" (the biological term for producing and discharging eggs from an ovary) and "bitch" (any female member of the Canidae family of animals), huh? Five'll getcha 10 that Thomas is the sort of sadistic Neanderthal who also believes in inflicting corporal punishment on children who use such other vulgar obscenities as "armpit," "outhouse" or "mucus."
March 9, 1991
The article in The Times (Feb. 28) regarding payment for the war should be easy to solve. Just have all those who were so strongly in favor of violence instead of sanctions pay the bill. Those who took up the vulgar cry of "kick butt" or "kick ass" should be honored to pay for their deed. Or how about having Germany, who supposedly provided all of the dangerous chemicals people were afraid of, repay the countries who sent their young men and women to be killed. Figure out how much each life is worth--easy?
October 25, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
RICHMOND, Va. - President Obama and his campaign have been describing Mitt Romney as a shape-shifter, a pitchman, a slippery politician running from his positions. But according to a cover story in the latest Rolling Stone magazine, Obama's descriptions get even saltier. Obama dismissed his GOP rival as “a bullshitter,” historian Douglas Brinkley writes in the issue. Brinkley, who interviewed Obama for the piece, tells of an exchange between the president and the magazine's editor, Eric Bates, in which Bates relays that his 6-year-old is a supporter.
February 11, 2012 | By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
Chinese consumers are buying 3-D television sets in record numbers. But they may have nothing more exciting than cooking shows to watch. The Chinese government inaugurated the nation's first officially sanctioned 3-D TV channel last month, on the first day of the new Year of the Dragon. At the same time, however, the government's effort to eliminate TV's "vulgar" and "immoral" influences cut prime-time entertainment programming by 70%. According to the government, the 3-D channel heralds a "new milestone in the history of the development of broadcasting and television in China.
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