Remembrance

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’m So Bored With MLK

I had a dream I stood on the mountaintop and puked. As we all gather around the Guilt Pole...

Remembrance

The Week in Political Obits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It is sometimes said that death comes in threes, and the weekend before Christmas 2011 saw...

Remembrance

A California Christmas

Here in the LA area, as in the rest of California and across the globe, the secular Christ...

Remembrance

The Bloody Red Flag

Trending online news topics often cough up amusingly odd juxtapositions, such as when “A...

Remembrance

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs: The Triumph of Worth Over Wealth

Much ink and pixelated type have been spent this week eulogizing Apple founder Steve Jobs....

Remembrance

The Insight of Hindsight

The day John Kennedy was killed, few thought it was anything other than exactly what it se...

Remembrance

Archduke Otto von Habsburg

Death of an Imperial Pen Pal

The San Fernando Valley in the 1970s was a very dull place. Hot and dusty, filled with lac...

Remembrance

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

Better a Hero Than a Celebrity

I first met Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor in the summer of 1977 in Corfu. I was onboard Gianni ...

Remembrance

Marilyn Monroe

Good Riddance, Norma Jeane

Growing older is an odd experience made stranger by knowing things which should be familia...

Cultural Caviar

Requiem for a Patriot

“Conservative Tycoon ... Dies at 95,” said the New York Times headline on New ...

Remembrance

Rest in Peace, Dear Elaine

The death of anyone well known - especially in New York - invokes more clichés than you...

Politics

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Did FDR Engineer Pearl Harbor?

As a history buff, I have tried to come to terms with the “surprise” Japanese ...

Cultural Caviar

Giving Thanks for American Ingenuity

One of my favorite television programs is “How It’s Made” on the Science...

Remembrance

A Patriotic Conservative

A Patriotic Conservative

Though most famous for coining the phrase “axis-of-evil” in President BushR...