Archive for April, 2012

Romney’s Common Sense for the Common Man

Posted on April 27, 2012 by

Click “Labor” on Romney’s official website to see how Mitt intends to peel off working-class voters including union members: Titled “Free Enterprise, Free Choice, Free Speech,” and acknowledging that “unions have made extraordinarily important contributions to American society” the reader is then warned that “today, the effects of unionization have changed in ways that need [...]

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LA Book Review Review

Posted on April 20, 2012 by

Reading the LA Times Book Review in the 1990s made me proud to be a Southern Californian. Under former editor Steve Wasserman (now an author’s agent), the Sunday section was gaining stature among the literary elite and was even being favorably compared to the legendary New York Times Book Review. I’m not going to waste [...]

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Last of the Bohemians

Posted on April 13, 2012 by

When I moved to Los Angeles 30 years ago, Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach looked like a hippie parody.  It had a counter-cultural veneer, but didn’t rate as an authentic bohemian hot spot. Contrast, for example, with New York’s East Village with its revolutionaries, junkies, artists and various iconoclasts living side-by-side. The weekend spectacle [...]

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Are We Happy Now?

Posted on April 7, 2012 by

Though we edge out Costa Ricans, according to the recently-released U.N. World Happiness Report, Americans are not quite as content as our friends in Ireland. In fact, we don’t even make the top 10. Predictably, Nordic people lead the pack, with Denmark, Finland and Norway winning gold, silver and bronze. Our northern neighbors in Canada [...]

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Presidential Campaign Timeline

Posted on April 4, 2012 by

APRIL The nomination is settled and radical conservatives stop pummeling republican “elites”  MAY Romney becomes more disciplined, learns to stay “on message” while ramping up his savage attacks on the president JUNE Democrats’ misgivings about Obama evaporate as republican constituencies become increasingly hysterical about America’s “illegitimate” president JULY Barack’s unflappable persona – he never flinches [...]

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Union Mergers – Actors Lead the Way

Posted on April 1, 2012 by

Among the biggest obstacles to union survival or revival are antiquated organizational structures. The recent merger of two Hollywood unions – The Screen Actors Guild [SAG] and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists [AFTRA] – is a sensible response to changing workplace conditions. Many of the consolidations of the past several years involve [...]

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