You’d think America had enough problems with its foreign image, what with drone killings, NSA spying and the president shooting selfie’s at Mandela’s funeral. But you’d be wrong. LA Sheriff’s Deputies roughed up two foreign consuls in the course of official diplomatic business.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday December 11, 2013 7:14 pm|
|By: Attaturk Tuesday December 3, 2013 1:30 am|
One has to think that the image problem public safety officers in the greater Los Angeles Area could not be any greater…
But, apparently the pit is bottomless.
|By: Lisa Derrick Thursday October 24, 2013 10:25 am|
Rumors swirled yesterday that bluechip street artist Banksy got pinched.
|By: Cynthia Kouril Saturday August 17, 2013 1:59 pm|
Are you old enough to remember when Masters of the Universe actually felt the need to give back? Can you remember the days when regulations were seen as good things? When the phrase “consumer protection” was used by someone other than Elizabeth Warren? If you’re too young to remember what the world was like when we had decades of prosperity and relative economic fairness in the “managed economy”, or if you want to take stroll down memory lane, back to the days of economic regulation, you may want to crack the spine on this book.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday July 15, 2013 4:59 pm|
Sharknado, the ultimate shark-meets-Los-Angeles-meets-the-elements movie tore through the competition and social media last Thursday night on the SyFy Channel, delivering meaty ratings and a bloody good time. And tonight we have writer Thunder Levin, director Anthony C. Ferrante, and doesn’t-get-eaten-by-a-shark actor Robbie Rist, whose turn as the tormented school bus driver says so much about the state of public education in America today.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday July 1, 2013 4:59 pm|
Artist Llyn Foulkes marches to the sound of his own drum – oh heck, he is his own drum. And horn section, accordion, and cowbells, too. One of the youngest painters to ever show at Los Angeles’ historic Ferus Gallery (Warhol’s first show was there), Foulkes constantly reinvented, built up and tore down expectations of what his art should be, all the while experimenting with The Machine, his one man band setup. In tonight’s film Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band, the artist tells directors Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty (our guests tonight, along with Los Angeles gallery owner/art world insider Mat Gleason).
|By: Peterr Saturday March 23, 2013 10:40 am|
Another week, another court-ordered document dump of records that detail the abuses covered up by bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. This time, it’s Joliet, Illinois.
While the bishop that comes off worst in these files is retired, another former bishop of Joliet is not only still active, but has been promoted and currently serves in several powerful roles with the USCCB: J. Peter Sartain of Portland.
For victims, this isn’t about simply getting their own abuse to stop anymore. It’s not about money for counseling, treatment, and other things. It’s about making visible the behavior of not only the priests but the bishops who protected them.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday February 14, 2013 8:00 pm|
The most disturbing aspect of this latest in a long line of military incursions against domestic targets, the incineration of a suspect who had really, really, pissed off the LAPD, is that such a thing is no longer considered remarkable. This wasn’t always the case; the Philadelphia Police action against MOVE predictably had its supporters on the right, but otherwise sparked national and global outrage. A similar action against David Koresh has the right still seething about it to this day, never mind that it was the culmination of a 52-day standoff in which negotiations had been repeatedly attempted.
But today one need look no further than the shockingly violent, coordinated, and militarized response to the Occupy movement to see that as a nation we now simply accept being policed as though by an occupying army, for the laughably ironic goal of “keeping us safe.”
|By: Peterr Saturday February 2, 2013 9:00 am|
Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of LA, seems to agree with at least part of what I said yesterday about the actions of current LA Archbishop José H. Gomez. Mahony certainly confirmed that Gomez didn’t suddenly learn of how Mahony handled things in the last few weeks, and that as the two of them collaborated closely on the transition from one to the other, “Not once over these past years did you ever raise any questions about our policies, practices, or procedures in dealing with the problem of clergy sexual misconduct involving minors.”
Reading Mahony’s letter today only reinforces my suspicions that Gomez’s recent actions against Mahony were not driven by any sense of outrage, but rather are aimed at deflecting criticism of the archdiocese onto his predecessor. But insofar as Gomez kept silence until the courts forced disclosure — as Mahony says that Gomez has done — Gomez is as complicit as Mahony, and the actions to restrict Mahony’s public ministry are more window dressing for the public and less the product of disgust at Mahony’s conduct.
I look forward to hearing Archbishop Gomez’s reply.
|By: Peterr Friday February 1, 2013 7:48 am|
Roman Catholic Archbishop José H. Gomez shook the Catholic world yesterday by imposing unheard-of sanctions against his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony for Mahony’s actions to shield predatory priests from accountability during his years as the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In most of the coverage, this was rightly hailed as a strong action to advance the cause of justice, and to provided at least a measure of accountability even though criminal liability is probably not possible because the statute of limitations has probably expired. The coverage misses one very negative aspect of Gomez’ actions, however.