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Race, Privilege and the Colorblind – Part I


I grew up in all-white suburbia. My grade school had zero African Americans, zero Latinos and zero Asian Americans. The only little dollop of diversity we had was a small Armenian community. My high school wasn’t much different. Out of 2,000 students, we had two – count ‘em, two! – black kids and, to the best of my recollection, one Latino. We did have three dozen Asian students. That was it. It wasn’t till I got to college that I had any meaningful contact with

Naming Metro Station for Zev? Why? Outrageous. Egotistical.


The MTA Board on Thursday plans to re-name a couple of MTA rail stations after outgoing, term-limited Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina. Thereby they will clearly establish a precedent that each and every L.A. County Supervisor upon departure from a seat on the MTA Board shall have an MTA rail station duly dedicated in his or her honor, with the MSM ignoring the protest against such an MTA Board move; instead looking on approvingly or

Hello? Interior Secretary Plans to Seize Almost Quarter of California


Under the guise of promoting "green energy," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is spearheading a plan for the Obama administration to seize control of 22 million acres of California land. Her objective: To manage conservation and renewable energy production. This amounts to

Mark This Down: One Penny for Barabak’s Thoughts


The unintentionally funniest line in this morning’s Los Angeles Titanic was penned by Mark (I Hate Republicans) Barabak. He is one of the leading spinners of fairy tales in what passes for contemporary journalism. For a hardline leftist, this hardly makes him novel, although he routinely writes loaded propaganda, the stuff of novels, in nearly all of his “news” stories and analyses. The typical left-wing Titanic reader cannot draw a distinction reporting and interpreting, but then neither can Mr.

Write Now, Write This Down: Handwriting Will Unlock Your Secrets


Typically, my new clients are nervous and anxious visiting a hypnotist for the first time. They usually have exhausted all other options and are desperate. Many have the attitude a hypnotist can control them and their mind to gain the changes they want. This, however, is far from reality. The perception results from movies, TV shows, even a hypnotist’s stage show. Importantly a hypnotist never

Trying to be Comfortable When Encircled by Stress


As I write this, Diane is lying in the bed behind me. Surrounded by a right angle mountain of pillows to maximize her comfort level, nearly every nosh or activity she desires is within reach. This has not been a good day. She has been haunted by a stubborn headache, a steady visitor. Just home from a special film she strongly wanted to see, that experience, like all others since April, was more complex than her old healthy

Parks Punches Back at Times for Saying His Influence Has Plummeted


[Editor’s Note: Mr. Parks, who will be termed out of the Los Angeles City Council in June, responds to a tough 34-paragraph Los Angeles Times story last Sunday, by Emily Alpert Reyes and Dave Zahniser, that said he has been passed by, that spite has vanquished his greatly diminished influence.] Over the blare of the T.V. and the type of noise that only my two granddaughters can create, I was barely able to make out what the telephone caller was trying to tell me. Something about an L.A. Times story about somebody who has become a diminished figure in the view of both critics and some

The Truth About Bernard Parks

Editor's Essays

One afternoon several years ago, I spent an hour and a half interviewing the sometimes-courtly Bernard Parks in his Crenshaw district office. Arrow-straight, he entered the room precisely at the appointed hour. This would be our first sitdown. He reminded me of the wished-for kindly father-in-law I never had. In the midst of a hard-fisted kerfuffle at the time with County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and L.A. City Council colleague Herb Wesson, he spoke in almost delicate tones, as if we were in the presence of the Mother Superior at a nearby convent. The Chief, as I have referred to him, whether face to face or ear to ear, sat casually at the head of a long table. I had to hunch forward to basket-catch his barely audible, but eagerly forthcoming,

Defending Ourselves Constantly Is on the Minds of Israelis


Dateline Jerusalem -- As Israel prepares for the coming new year, 5,775 years from the birth of mankind, the country is cognizant of the fact it is a peaceful island surrounded by a sea of terrorist sharks. We must constantly be on

Main Reason Water Bond Will Pass: It Should


The outcome is rarely certain when state government asks voter permission to spend $7.5 billion of the taxpayers’ money. It also is unusual for a ballot proposition to win as wide a range of support as Prop. 1 already has more than a month before the Nov. 4 Election

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