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Lisa Derrick

About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.
 
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About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

Late Night: The Endless Gothic Summer

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 8:00 pm

In Southern California, it feels as if summer is a sun-proof vampire, immortal, a never-ending gothic summer of drought and car chases, punctuated by shootings, stabbings and beatings, heartbreak and horror.

FDL Movie Night: After Tiller

By: Monday August 25, 2014 4:59 pm

After Tiller follows the lives of the last four remaining doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions, those in which the fetus is over 25 weeks old. Two of these doctors who worked with Dr. Tiller at his Wichita clinic — Dr. Shelley Sella, and Dr. Susan Robinson — begin working at a clinic in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Tiller’s friend, Dr.Warren Hern continues to maintain his practice in Boulder, Colorado, and Nebraska-based Dr. LeRoy Carhart is eventually forced out of Nebraska by legislation.

Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson explore the lives of these four doctors–their histories, their practices and what led them to perform third trimester abortions, which account for only 1% of all abortions performed in the United States.

Live Blogging: 2014 Emmys

By: Monday August 25, 2014 4:55 pm

It’s the 66th annual Emmy Awards and there are some big changes. The show is broadcast live on the West Coast, with Seth Meyers as the host. GLAAD points out that

“..this year’s Emmy nominees included openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Paulson and Kate McKinnon as well as shows (“Orange,” “Modern Family,” “Game of Thrones”) sporting LGBT characters and stories.”

2014 Emmys Red Carpet Liveblog

By: Monday August 25, 2014 3:59 pm

PS: I’m rooting for Laverne Cox, the first openly trans actress nominated for an Emmy:

“Cox herself makes the distinction “openly trans,” as she says she knows of another transgender woman who won an Emmy years ago, but was not out.”

Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Actually when the Viking’s punter (that’s the guy who kicks the ball on fourth and long) Chris Kluwe spoke up for marriage equality in Minnesota as a private citizen, not as a Viking, it put the team on my radar. Goooo Minnysoooootah!

Kluwe was bucking stereotypes of thick-skulled football players, and setting a positive, inclusionary message since there are plenty of LGBT football fans, and every adult should have the right to get married.

Only Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer repeatedly used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence and spouted Biblical quotes as his justification for his bigotry.

FDL Movie Night: FRED

By: Monday August 18, 2014 4:59 pm

FRED gives an inside look at a grassroots political campaign, one that upset the prevailing powers that be, while providing an engaging portrait of a man who by embracing and loving himself has has found away to integrate his political skills with his true self. It’s a sweet smart documentary that reveals so much about our country, the progress we’ve made, and the progress we’re still working on.

Late Night: RIP Lauren Bacall

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Gods, I love Lauren Bacall — elegant, smart, witty, husky voiced, strong-willed. I loved her hair, her movies, her romance with Humphrey Bogart, her graceful ballsy aging. This elegant, intelligent no-BS woman has died at 89 of stroke-related complications, and with her passing a great deal of Hollywood history is gone.

FDL Movie Night: Sharkando 2, The Second One

By: Monday August 11, 2014 4:58 pm

What’s next for Sharknado? Is it true that it will Sharknado in space? Does Daniel Radcliffe really want a role as shark bait? Find out in this discussion (maybe!) as we delve into the depths of Sharknado 2!

Late Night: Sometimes You Just Need Cute

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:00 pm

Things all over the world suck pretty much. Hugely. And sometimes we just need a break from misery, war, death, drought, disease, fires, floods, and plague. And that’s why there are cute animal videos. I have friend who actually asked me to block him from seeing any cute animal pics and videos I might post on Facebook (grinch), but in general, most people find cute animals to be very relaxing, a nice break from the horrors of our news (and the ads for catheters and transvaginal mesh lawsuits).

FDL Movie Night: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

By: Monday August 4, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story is a hard look at the juvenile “justice” system in America and prison rehabilitation. The United States is the only nation that condemns juveniles to life without chance of parole (LWOP). Kenneth’s case is especially disturbing: At 14 he was convinced by an older man, his mom’s drug dealer, to participate in a series of armed robberies.

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