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Enough of the Pundits!

By  David A. Lehrer

December 18, 2009 | 5:28 pm

This past weekend I had it. I’ve given up watching the time-killing Sunday morning talk shows and their endless supply of “all-knowing” pundits.

Last weekend I suffered through the... read on

  • A Vile Character Performs at the Taper

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 16, 2009 | 9:10 pm

    From now until January 24th LA audiences will the opportunity to see Palestine New Mexico, the world premiere of a play by Richard Montoya at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown. The play stars actors from Culture Clash and includes Russell Means as an Indian chief named Birdsong.

    On... read on

  • Tiger Woods and the Race Obsessed

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    December 11, 2009 | 7:02 pm

    A few years back, Tiger Woods appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s popular day-time television show and told the host that he considered himself “

    Cablinasian

    ,” something he’d awkwardly concocted to make a point.  Tiger insisted that his Caucasian, black, American Indian, and Asian... read on

  • Hanukkah Revisited

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 11, 2009 | 4:52 pm

    In his usual thoughtful and illuminating way, David Brooks offers fresh insight in his New York Times column today.

    The version of the Hanukkah story that will be recounted in millions of home tonight and has been taught in Sunday schools for eons—-doesn’t quite get it right.

    ... read on
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  • Obama Takes on Maxine Waters—-Bravo!

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    December 4, 2009 | 7:37 pm

    This past week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and nine other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (“CBC”) attacked the Obama administration, claiming the president and those around him have not been sensitive to the plight of blacks, who they claim have suffered... read on

  • A Natural Urge to Help

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 1, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    Working in the civil rights field for nearly 35 years gives one a perspective on human behavior, both the good and the bad. People are exceptionally gracious when facing adversity, thoughtful when their problems are dealt with and generous in acknowledging assistance…..or not.

    ... read on
  • The Tug of Opportunism Remains Strong

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    November 24, 2009 | 8:22 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League’s national office recently mailed out a lengthy fund-raising appeal to its supporters, making the claim that “anti-Semitism has moved from the fringes into the mainstream.”  The letter had not a word about the organization’s recently released poll... read on

  • Which Way LA and its Cousins

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 19, 2009 | 4:45 pm

    Yesterday, Ruth Seymour, the long-time general manager of, and the creative force behind NPR radio station KCRW, announced that she will retire next spring. Her retirement provides an opportunity to note what an important contribution she, KCRW and its sister NPR station, KPCC, make... read on

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