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But he’s a Muslim!

By Marty Kaplan

August 25, 2008 | 7:06 pm

It made me think of my own family.

Having coined "O'Bama" for the Irish working-class values that Joe Biden brings to the Democratic ticket, MSNBC motormouth Chris Matthews called his... read full article

  • Happy birthday to me

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 21, 2008 | 12:07 am

    Not long ago, a guy I know, a good guy who to all outward appearances seems happy and successful, replied to a birthday e-mail I sent him at work -- "go home and blow out some candles" -- with this:

    "I'm 40-f---ing-8, give me a break. They tell me that's close to 50, but I refuse...

  • In the quest for ‘the God particle,’  mystics get a new machine

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 14, 2008 | 12:22 am

    large hadron collider

    The Large Hadron Collider. Image courtesy Boston.com


    Last weekend they cooled it to 456.25 F below zero.

    Buried 300 feet beneath the border of France and Switzerland, 17 miles long, 14 years in the making, it now begins two months of tests before some 7,000 scientists from...

  • Welcome to the Orwell Olympics

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 5, 2008 | 7:59 pm

    Now that every dissident within a hundred miles of Beijing has been intimidated, jailed or internally exiled; now that the Chinese communist party has shut down formerly legal means of citizen redress, like petitioning the government; now that free assembly has been banned, unsightly...

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  • Sell it, Sam

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2008 | 11:39 pm

    First they came for the Outdoor section, and I said nothing. Then they combined and demoted the Opinion and Book Review sections, and I said nothing.

    Then they sloughed off hundreds of journalists, and I said nothing. Then they fired another 150 writers and editors, took away the...

  • On having your (political) heart broken—the Edwards scandal

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 30, 2008 | 11:12 pm

    The e-mail came when I was in Mexico, at a fitness resort that -- in pursuit of wellness -- confines BlackBerry use to guests' rooms.

    "Need to chat briefly with you regarding John Edwards and the effects of this scandal on his future political career." It was from a reporter I know...

  • Ich bin ein Amerikaner

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 24, 2008 | 12:49 am

    "The world is waiting to love America again" ran the title of a recent London Observer editorial anticipating Barack Obama's visit to Europe.

    Love may be too strong a word to describe the world's feelings for America when George W. Bush was first sworn in as president, but not by...

  • Kaplan, Eshman, Carlin and Tom

    July 17, 2008 | 1:23 am

    Marty Kaplan

    Thank you, thank you for adding Marty Kaplan to your staff ("The Los Angeles Bagels," July 11).

    He shines physically and intellectually. He is not only smart but wise (and so is Rob Eshman).

    E. Ehrenreich
    Torrance



    Boys to Men

    Although I only have anecdotal...

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