Robin Abcarian: Perspective

Robin Abcarian: Perspective

 

Liz Cheney, who sold out gay sister, now out of Wyoming Senate race

4:24 PM EST, January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney, who sold out gay sister, now out of Wyoming Senate race

Early Monday morning, citing “serious health issues” in her family, Liz Cheney gave up her bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Wyoming.

Relax. Rose Parade gay marriage float is not the apocalypse

3:14 PM EST, December 31, 2013

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Relax. Rose Parade gay marriage float is not the apocalypse

There go the gays again.

6:42 PM EST, December 30, 2013

Why this version of the 'knockout game' makes conservatives crazy

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

4:37 PM EST, December 19, 2013

'Duck Dynasty's' antigay patriarch is stuck in the 1950s

The culture wars are back, and this time, the battle alarms sound like duck calls.

Are Catholic hospitals bad for women's health? ACLU says yes.

11:04 AM EST, December 18, 2013

Are Catholic hospitals bad for women's health? ACLU says yes.

A word of caution: If you are a woman of child-bearing age, Catholic hospitals may be hazardous to your health.

6:48 PM EST, December 16, 2013

The real story behind Miley Cyrus' 'Free the Nipple' tweet

Never underestimate the power of a pop star with more than 16 million Twitter followers.

The 'knockout game' faux media trend has finally jumped the shark

8:00 AM EST, December 12, 2013

The 'knockout game' faux media trend has finally jumped the shark

Oh my God! Parents, quick, lock up your black sons!

9:45 PM EST, December 13, 2013

Teen killer's 'affluenza' defense is a lot of baloney

It’s hard to hear the details of Ethan Couch’s crimes without flinching.

ACLU sues Catholic bishops over view that abortion is evil

1:04 PM EST, December 3, 2013

ACLU sues Catholic bishops over view that abortion is evil

Everyone knows that Catholic hospitals don’t perform elective abortions. Incomprehensibly, Catholic hospitals even fall afoul of the church if they perform an abortion to save a mother’s life.

Santa's existential dilemma: To be white, black or a penguin?

10:20 PM EST, December 12, 2013

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Santa's existential dilemma: To be white, black or a penguin?

In Santa Claus news this week:

Bob Filner gets probation -- and his secrets are now public record

5:11 PM EST, December 9, 2013

Bob Filner gets probation -- and his secrets are now public record

Hello probation. Goodbye dignity.

Right wing frenzied over transgendered students choosing bathroom

6:10 PM EST, December 10, 2013

Right wing frenzied over transgendered students choosing bathroom

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

5:19 PM EST, December 12, 2013

'Rape insurance,' a new front in the GOP's clueless 'war on women'

Rape insurance?

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's explosive courtroom confession

5:11 PM EST, December 4, 2013

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's explosive courtroom confession

Oh dear. Nigella Lawson, a star of ABC’s competitive cooking show, “The Taste,” was forced to admit in a London court Wednesday that she has used cocaine and pot.

11:46 AM EST, December 6, 2013

Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC after trashing Sarah Palin on air

Good riddance, Martin Bashir.

11:37 AM EST, December 4, 2013

Costco: The Bible is fiction, Ron Burgundy's memoir is not

Remember when that Simi Valley pastor caused a minor stir when he tweeted that Costco had labeled the Bible fiction? And how Fox Nation tried, but just couldn't make the simple error into another faux cause for outrage?

Not classy: 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy takes over local newscast

1:10 PM EST, December 2, 2013

Not classy: 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy takes over local newscast

It may be a measure of how beloved a comedian Will Ferrell has become, or it may be a sign of the apocalypse, but when a North Dakota TV station gave over an entire evening news broadcast to a movie promotion stunt, no one seemed the least bit offended.

Are Sikhs turban-wearing TSA targets? App tracks claims of profiling

12:33 PM EST, November 26, 2013

Are Sikhs turban-wearing TSA targets? App tracks claims of profiling

Amardeep Singh is a typical American guy -- born in New Jersey, raised by a soccer mom, die-hard Yankees fan, player of fantasy football, married with two kids, attorney. Yet almost every time he travels, he said, he is pulled over by TSA agents for a secondary screening.

Costco's Bible sin: Fact or fiction?

2:39 PM EST, November 22, 2013

Costco's Bible sin: Fact or fiction?

Is the Bible a work of fiction or nonfiction?

7:02 PM EST, November 21, 2013

Sarah Palin: She's annoying, but enough with the abuse

A simple request: Please stop calling Sarah Palin names.

Is LAX shooting the result of anti-government hatred?

8:47 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Is LAX shooting the result of anti-government hatred?

Here are some of the places we expect to be safe:

Halloween: Is your costume racist? Where's the line?

3:32 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

Halloween: Is your costume racist? Where's the line?

Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash.

Sriracha, despite its legal woes, is a cultural icon that bites

8:40 PM EST, November 5, 2013

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Sriracha, despite its legal woes, is a cultural icon that bites

Hot sauce is so hot right now.

5:35 PM EST, November 6, 2013

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Rand Paul, angry over plagiarism charges, wants to sword fight

One measure of a savvy politician is how he handles his mistakes. Expressing nostalgia for the days when one could shoot or stab a critic is not a great PR move.

Editor Tina Brown is so over the printed word

8:00 AM EST, November 13, 2013

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Editor Tina Brown is so over the printed word

If Tina Brown is no longer editing magazines, then magazines must be dying.

Stop comparing the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina!

3:01 PM EST, November 15, 2013

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Stop comparing the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina!

The botched Obamacare rollout is not the botched Hurricane Katrina response.

Suzanne Somers should disavow her lame argument against Obamacare

5:22 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Suzanne Somers should disavow her lame argument against Obamacare

Maybe too much sex has addled Suzanne Somers’ brain.

12:23 PM EST, November 13, 2013

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Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes U.S. pols look good

Thank you, Rob Ford.

'I'm a role model,' says crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

5:27 PM EST, November 13, 2013

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'I'm a role model,' says crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

He’s not resigning, he’s not taking a leave of absence and he’s not admitting he has a problem. So what’s next for Rob Ford, Toronto’s delusional crack-smoking mayor?

5:05 PM EST, November 14, 2013

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President Obama's public self-flogging on the Affordable Care Act

It’s possible that President Obama felt better after that confessional, hour-plus press conference Thursday.

7:00 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Batkid, a tiny cancer survivor who stole hearts and saved the day

The day hasn’t been exhilarating just for Batkid, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor whose wish to become a superhero came true Friday in San Francisco, thanks to the generosity of a city known more for its adult indulgences than for its sentimentality for tots.

4:35 PM EST, November 19, 2013

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Cheney sisters' gay-marriage fight: A Gingrich has some advice

Before Mary and Liz Cheney, there were Newt and Candace Gingrich.

3:34 PM EST, November 20, 2013

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Good news and bad news for women as the abortion battle rages on

The battle over abortion continues to rage, and both sides got good news this week.

Liz Cheney sells out gay sister for shot at U.S. Senate seat

1:16 PM EST, November 18, 2013

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Liz Cheney sells out gay sister for shot at U.S. Senate seat

What kind of woman sells out her sister for a shot at a U.S. Senate seat?

10:31 PM EST, November 18, 2013

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Which political sibling is worse: Liz Cheney or Doug Ford?

Two pairs of political siblings and their travails have been in the news this week: The Cheney sisters have been fighting with each other about gay marriage, and the Ford brothers have been fighting with everybody about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's fitness for office.

10:07 PM EST, November 19, 2013

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Will George Zimmerman's dueling 911 calls cancel each other out?

George Zimmerman may have been acquitted of murder after killing Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager, but I predict that, like OJ Simpson, he will eventually find himself behind bars.

Racism at play as 'kidnapped' Roma children taken from parents

8:05 PM EDT, October 24, 2013

Racism at play as 'kidnapped' Roma children taken from parents

No one ever accused me of stealing my own baby, but I know what it feels like to be the olive-skinned, dark-eyed mother of a fair-haired, blue-eyed biological child.

A good day for Texas women in judge's ruling on abortion law

10:26 PM EDT, October 28, 2013

A good day for Texas women in judge's ruling on abortion law

In a big win for abortion rights — not to mention common sense — a federal judge on Monday gutted a portion of a new Texas law that would have forced the closure of many abortion clinics by requiring their doctors to have unnecessary admitting privileges with local hospitals.

Black 'Hooters Girl' fired over not 'natural' blond hair

1:27 PM EDT, October 24, 2013

Black 'Hooters Girl' fired over not 'natural' blond hair

Of all the potential indignities involved in being a “Hooters Girl,” who’d have guessed you could get canned for having the wrong hair color?

Like gay marriage, medical marijuana is here to stay

12:47 PM EDT, October 23, 2013

Like gay marriage, medical marijuana is here to stay

On the Venice Boardwalk, the pot hawkers come at you like carnival barkers. In their green scrubs, armed with business cards, they beckon passersby to enter their narrow shops.

Romneys will allow unfettered public use of La Jolla beachfront

11:44 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

Romneys will allow unfettered public use of La Jolla beachfront

Last week, just before the California Coastal Commission denied a challenge to Mitt and Ann Romney’s plans to replace their La Jolla beachfront home with a new, 11,000-square-foot mansion, their attorney Matthew A. Peterson had nothing good to say about Anthony Ciani, the former Romney neighbor who brought the challenge.

President Obama angry about ACA glitches; unbowed about benefits

7:14 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

President Obama angry about ACA glitches; unbowed about benefits

If anyone expected President Obama to be cowed, apologetic or remorseful Monday when he answered a barrage of criticism about the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act's website—which even he  admitted “stank”--they must have been very disappointed.

5:19 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

Is Obamacare forcing Bonnie Doon Ice Cream out of business?

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.

Lessons from ex-San Diego Mayor Filner's sex harassment scandal

6:20 PM EDT, October 15, 2013

Lessons from ex-San Diego Mayor Filner's sex harassment scandal

“Not one allegation has even been independently verified or proven in court. But the hysteria that has been created is the hysteria of a lynch mob.” — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, announcing his resignation on Aug. 23, 2013

Will Romneys finally get to build La Jolla beachfront mansion?

9:22 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

Will Romneys finally get to build La Jolla beachfront mansion?

Mitt and Ann Romney have kept low profiles since their plan to move into the White House fell through last November.

10:05 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

New California abortion law: More dangerous than skydiving?

At a time when so many states are chipping away at reproductive rights, making it nearly impossible for women to exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, how refreshing to see California standing up for women's rights.

Just how safe are those tea party House Republicans, anyway?

1:40 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Just how safe are those tea party House Republicans, anyway?

It is an oft-noted truism that the tea party Republicans who have already engineered the partial government shutdown and are now threatening to let the country default on its debts have the full support and enthusiasm of constituents in their carefully drawn, politically homogenous districts.

Shutdown: Americans prefer zombies, hemorrhoids, IRS to Congress

12:47 PM EDT, October 8, 2013

Shutdown: Americans prefer zombies, hemorrhoids, IRS to Congress

At this point, the polls are pretty consistent: Americans are angry about the budget and shutdown shenanigans in Washington, but they’re angrier at Republicans than they are at Democrats. Which should tell you something about who is really to blame for this mess.

October 7, 2013

Government shutdown spurs name-calling; a turn-off or a turn-on?

"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate." — President Obama, in his second inaugural speech

11:26 AM EDT, October 4, 2013

Sinead O'Connor's hopeless advice for Miley Cyrus

God bless Sinead O’Connor, the prickly Irish rock singer who once ripped a photograph of the pope on live TV to protest the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal, for trying to school Miley Cyrus on the pitfalls of female sexual exploitation in the music business.

Michael Jackson loses in court — and it's about time

11:48 AM EDT, October 3, 2013

Michael Jackson loses in court — and it's about time

Finally. A jury verdict went against Michael Jackson.

Ted Cruz Obamacare filibuster: He's no Wendy Davis

7:43 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Ted Cruz Obamacare filibuster: He's no Wendy Davis

Reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children at bedtime is perfectly acceptable way to end the day in most American households.

6:03 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

Food stamp-slashing House GOP should read up on Pope Francis

Cool guy, that new pope.

4:28 PM EDT, September 18, 2013

Navy Yard: America's ho-hum response to mass shooting, gun control

We’re all feeling a little desensitized now, aren’t we?

Navy Yard shooting a time for gun control, not just prayer

6:51 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

Navy Yard shooting a time for gun control, not just prayer

There is no mass shooting devastating enough, disgusting enough or shocking enough that the U.S. Congress would be moved to enact reasonable gun legislation like the measures proposed in April by President Obama after 20 first-graders were mowed down last year in Newtown, Conn.

12:16 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

Miss America pageant: Always a few steps behind

The ludicrous thing about the Miss America pageant, which took place in Atlantic City. N.J., Sunday night, is that anyone treats it as meaningful, rather than a retro institution clinging to the corrosive idea that female accomplishment is most palatable when it is packaged in Botox, bleach and bikinis.

7:07 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

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American exceptionalism: We think we're special. Is that so wrong?

President Obama, Tuesday night in the East Room: "Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth."

Law allowing the blind to carry guns: Pro-guns gone too far

9:00 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

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Law allowing the blind to carry guns: Pro-guns gone too far

Except for intermittent floods and quadrennial presidential contests, Iowa doesn’t generally make a lot of news.

Anthony Weiner's unfortunate psychiatric evaluation on MSNBC

3:05 PM EDT, September 10, 2013

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Anthony Weiner's unfortunate psychiatric evaluation on MSNBC

It’s the interview everyone’s talking about.

John Kerry's Syria remarks: Mr. Magoo school of diplomacy

6:30 AM EDT, September 10, 2013

John Kerry's Syria remarks: Mr. Magoo school of diplomacy

Secretary of State John Kerry’s accidental, possible solution to the Syrian crisis takes a page right out of the Mr. Magoo School of International Diplomacy: Just keep bumbling along and you may eventually get to your destination.

George Zimmerman, his gun and his wife: Who is the victim now?

6:18 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

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George Zimmerman, his gun and his wife: Who is the victim now?

It’s absolutely appalling the way that angry Trayvon Martin supporters have made George Zimmerman’s life a living hell.

1:45 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

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Sergio Garcia will practice law, and he will make a killing

Sergio C. Garcia, the 36-year-old Chico man whose struggle to earn a license to practice law was the subject of a California Supreme Court hearing this week is not just an aspiring attorney. He is also a motivational speaker.

10:20 PM EDT, September 4, 2013

Anthony Weiner's bakery meltdown: He was provoked, but still...

It’s possible that New York Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was simply suffering from low blood sugar when he verbally attacked a man who tried to shame him Wednesday as Weiner campaigned in an Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn.

7:46 PM EDT, September 4, 2013

Ariel Castro's suicide: A just end

Sometimes, true justice — as opposed to the courtroom kind — arrives so quickly that we are taken by surprise.

Diana Nyad: What an inspiration

9:02 PM EDT, September 3, 2013

Diana Nyad: What an inspiration

As Diana Nyad crawled out of the sea Monday, she was a wobbly, disoriented ball of inspiration for our times, a rebuke to the idea that we age out of our dreams.

Sarah Palin on Syria: 'Let Allah Sort it Out'

10:41 PM EDT, August 31, 2013

Sarah Palin on Syria: 'Let Allah Sort it Out'

It’s hard to know whether Sarah Palin would be so quick to condemn a Republican president for venturing the idea that the U.S. should take military action against Syria in response to what the White House said is a documented chemical weapon attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his own people.

Karl Rove calls out fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on healthcare

5:42 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Karl Rove calls out fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on healthcare

When Karl Rove starts truth-squadding fellow Texas Republicans over the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, you know there are some tall tales floating around.

3:36 PM EDT, September 24, 2013

Legal battle over Native American girl comes to a poignant end

Was justice served Monday when a little girl called Veronica was taken from her biological father, a Cherokee, and returned to the white South Carolina couple who had begun to adopt her at birth four years ago?

3:24 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Baby Veronica case stirs powerful emotions among adoptees

Of all the people saddened by the news that the little girl named Veronica was forced to leave her biological father and return to her adoptive parents, it had not occurred to me that adult adoptees might be among those hardest hit.

9:53 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Government shutdown: Newt Gingrich has terrible advice

Newt Gingrich can’t be serious.

Shellie Zimmerman says marriage is on shaky ground

6:45 PM EDT, August 29, 2013

Shellie Zimmerman says marriage is on shaky ground

Accepting the difference between what is legally defensible and what is ethically or morally defensible has been among the biggest challenges for people who believe that George Zimmerman should have been punished for killing Trayvon Martin.

11:02 AM EDT, August 27, 2013

Miley Cyrus should not feel ashamed for her VMA twerking

Is it because she came of age as Disney’s Hannah Montana, the country girl with the secret career as a pop star, and we just can’t stand it when child stars grow up?

Bob Filner may turn out to be Republicans' best friend

8:19 PM EDT, July 31, 2013

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Bob Filner may turn out to be Republicans' best friend

SAN DIEGO — If you ever doubted the ability of a narcissist to wreak havoc, look no further than San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who practices his job as if it's Lucha Libre, not municipal governance.

Filner's shameful resignation speech: More self-pity, denial

9:04 AM EDT, August 24, 2013

Filner's shameful resignation speech: More self-pity, denial

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s farewell speech on Friday afternoon was a tour de force of self-pity and deflection. He couldn’t find enough incongruent metaphors: He was a victim of a lynch mob, a political coup, an assassination.

Impeaching President Obama: A dream come true, for Democrats

2:58 PM EDT, August 26, 2013

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Impeaching President Obama: A dream come true, for Democrats

Somehow, it seems appropriate that a freshman Republican congressman who raises reindeer to pull Santa’s sleigh in holiday parades is suggesting that impeaching President Obama would be “a dream come true.”

Don't spend taxpayer money on Filner's harassment, Allred says

7:58 PM EDT, August 22, 2013

Don't spend taxpayer money on Filner's harassment, Allred says

For once, Gloria Allred had a news conference and dropped no bombshells. She held up no warning signs, made no edgy jokes. She trotted out no great-grandmothers who had been groped. She announced no new lawsuits alleging headlocks and dirty talk.

Two speeches: Obama good, but Martin Luther King Jr. great

8:38 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

Two speeches: Obama good, but Martin Luther King Jr. great

The two speeches everyone is talking about today, delivered 50 years apart, are powerful bookends for an era of racial progress that began with a church bombing and reached a high point with the election of our country’s first black president.

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman named Chelsea Manning

1:19 PM EDT, August 22, 2013

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman named Chelsea Manning

The story of Pfc. Bradley Manning is a grand personal tragedy with a small potential for a happy ending.

Michael Hastings wrestled with demons, but legacy remains intact

6:06 PM EDT, August 21, 2013

Michael Hastings wrestled with demons, but legacy remains intact

As many people who knew him suspected, the fiery death of the young journalist Michael Hastings in a single car crash was the result of tragic circumstances, not a government plot to get rid of an inconvenient truth teller.

2:43 PM EDT, August 20, 2013

Did Ted Cruz, the Canadian, get the kind of healthcare he now scorns?

When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a freshman from Texas, released his Canadian birth certificate over the weekend, it became clear the great Cuban-American hope of the tea party for 2016 is a Canadian citizen.

San Diego's long Filner nightmare might soon be over

6:40 AM EDT, August 22, 2013

San Diego's long Filner nightmare might soon be over

Looks like San Diego’s about to wake up from its six-week civic nightmare.

Bob Filner: San Diego's 'Mayor Headlock' in a world of hurt

11:49 AM EDT, July 31, 2013

Bob Filner: San Diego's 'Mayor Headlock' in a world of hurt

SAN DIEGO -- Can it get any weirder around here?

Bob Filner's sexual-harassment training excuse doesn't add up

3:10 PM EDT, August 1, 2013

Bob Filner's sexual-harassment training excuse doesn't add up

SAN DIEGO – The City Council and Mayor Headlock are wrestling over who should pay to defend the mayor’s bad behavior in court.

Can therapy help Filner stop touching women? Some are skeptical

7:50 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

Can therapy help Filner stop touching women? Some are skeptical

What can San Diego Mayor Bob Filner expect during his two-week intensive rehabilitation program? Will it set him on the path to a more healthy expression of the needs that have led him to wrestle women into headlocks, talk dirty to them and plant unwanted wet kisses on their faces?

1:25 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

Statewide Amber Alert: Super annoying, but a potential lifesaver

I was sitting in bed reading Monday night when a hideous and unfamiliar noise jolted me upright. It seemed to be emanating from inside my room. It was a loud, insistent and intermittent, like a test of the emergency broadcast system, but my radio wasn’t on.

Filner has few defenders left amid sexual harassment charges

6:49 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Filner has few defenders left amid sexual harassment charges

SAN DIEGO – You’d think that somewhere in a corner of this sprawling town, someone, somehow would be willing to stand up for Mayor Bob Filner, San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.

Venice crash: A noisy moment of silence at tourist hot spot

5:23 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Venice crash: A noisy moment of silence at tourist hot spot

On Monday evening, the summer crowds were thick on the Venice boardwalk.

Rodeo clown with Obama mask has big defender: Rush Limbaugh

2:54 PM EDT, August 12, 2013

Rodeo clown with Obama mask has big defender: Rush Limbaugh

Anybody with half a brain should have known it was wrong to put an Obama mask on the face of a rodeo clown Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.

1:28 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

PERSPECTIVE

Tennessee judge oversteps in ordering name change for Baby Messiah

How perfectly welcome a judicial intervention might have been had Jaleesa Martin and her baby’s father decided to name their little boy Idiotface or Stupidhead.

10:15 AM EDT, August 9, 2013

Gloria Allred is easy to criticize, but just wait 'til you need her

Gloria Allred is back in the news and -- not that she gives a flying fig — but the haters are out in force.

11:39 AM EDT, August 10, 2013

PERSPECTIVE

Oprah Winfrey's 'racist moments' are sobering

Oprah Winfrey is not only the world’s most powerful celebrity, and one of the richest. She is a marketing genius who knows how to exploit a racist insult to her advantage in a completely uncynical way.

8:17 PM EDT, August 14, 2013

Paula Deen isn't off the hook for her food or behavior

It’s true that a federal judge on Tuesday tossed out the racial discrimination claims against Paula Deen in a lawsuit brought by a former restaurant employee.

9:00 AM EDT, August 15, 2013

Filner sex scandal gets weirder with 'Blurred Lines' parody

How to unpack the layers of irony when “journalists” at the web TV operation run by San Diego’s largest newspaper decided to spoof "Mayor Headlock’s" predicament with a remake of Robin Thicke’s chart-topping music video “Blurred Lines”?

12:15 PM EDT, August 19, 2013

Perspective

Detainment of Glenn Greenwald's partner an abuse of U.K. Terrorism Act

The harassment by U.K. authorities of Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, as he traveled through England on his way from Berlin to his home in Brazil on Sunday should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the story of National Security Agency secret-spiller Edward Snowden and his interlocutor, the American documentarian Laura Poitras.

4:55 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

PERSPECTIVE

If Zimmerman 'got away with murder,' how 'stand your ground' law helped

Can there be any question now that misbegotten “stand your ground” laws can provide a legal cover for murder?

12:38 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

San Diego can't seem to shake Mayor Filner, a.k.a. Headlock Bob

SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Bob Filner has put the entire city of San Diego in one of his trademark headlocks.

Mayor 'Headlock' Filner won't spell out his misconduct, so we will

12:18 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

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Mayor 'Headlock' Filner won't spell out his misconduct, so we will

Wow, what a relief.

A bankrupt Detroit, maybe down but never out

5:38 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

A bankrupt Detroit, maybe down but never out

Last week, with a massive $18-billion debt, Detroit became the largest American city to seek bankruptcy protection, and once again we are reading obituaries of the late, great Motor City.

3:01 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

Anthony Weiner scandal is not over until voters say it's over

Anthony Weiner, June 6, 2011: “The first thing I need to do is make sure that, obviously, this never, ever happens again, and that I make it up to my wife and to my family and to all the people that I've harmed here.”

1:27 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

PERSPECTIVE

Anthony Weiner's wife wants to reassure us. Don't trust her.

Hate to say it, but you can’t trust a woman whose husband has been screwing around.

9:22 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

PERSPECTIVE

Things get worse for San Diego mayor accused of sex harassment

As I was saying to my editor the other day, just before I put him in a headlock and told him I loved him, any time a sheriff creates a sexual harassment hotline for women who believe they are victims of the local mayor, it’s not a good sign for the mayor.

June 6, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner admits tweeting lewd photo, and more

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner was a nearly ubiquitous media presence last week, making the rounds of TV news shows to protest his innocence: No, the New York congressman said repeatedly, he did not tweet a sexually suggestive photo of himself from the waist down to a college student. Perhaps his Twitter account had been hacked.

5:00 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is no Bill Clinton

The lurid saga in San Diego continues: Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of vile, unwanted sexual behavior by several women, insists he will not resign. As he wrote in the U-T San Diego on Monday:

Trayvon Martin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A tale of two photos

4:08 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Trayvon Martin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A tale of two photos

Two self-generated photos by two young men. One “looks” guilty. One “looks” innocent.

Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber a brilliant showcase for story

7:15 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber a brilliant showcase for story

The latest Rolling Stone cover, featuring the angelic face of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has managed to accomplish several things.

Inside the Zimmerman juror room, it wasn't a slam dunk

8:56 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

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Inside the Zimmerman juror room, it wasn't a slam dunk

When the jury first began deliberations in the George Zimmerman murder trial last week, half of the six-woman panel thought he was guilty.

2:24 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

Kisses, headlocks and groping: San Diego mayor's lurid scandal

It’s not as if San Diego hasn’t had plenty of civic scandals in the past, but you don’t get too many news conferences like the one that went down Monday morning in front of San Diego City Hall.

5:47 PM EDT, July 14, 2013

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The ugly rehabilitation of George Zimmerman has begun

The rehabilitation of George Zimmerman has begun.

11:09 PM EDT, July 13, 2013

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Zimmerman not guilty: Struggling to see justice in verdict

While I am still having trouble accepting that you can follow a hoodie-clad black teenager on his way home, confront him, provoke a fight, shoot him through the heart and get away with it, I have to accept the jury’s verdict.

George Zimmerman presumed innocent, Trayvon Martin was not

6:45 PM EDT, July 11, 2013

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George Zimmerman presumed innocent, Trayvon Martin was not

Every time CNN's courtroom camera lingered on the sad face of George Zimmerman today, I felt slightly sick. What a nauseating set of events he unleashed on that drizzly Florida night nearly 17 months ago. He may not be a murderer -- only the jury of six women will make that judgment -- but he certainly is a killer.

George Zimmerman, his attorneys raising money off murder trial

2:48 PM EDT, July 11, 2013

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George Zimmerman, his attorneys raising money off murder trial

Trying a case in the court of public opinion is nothing new. But the use of social media in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, has broken new ground.

4:06 PM EDT, July 8, 2013

Charles Saatchi to divorce Nigella Lawson; She's a disappointment?

English celebrities Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi are hardly household names in the United States.

California's prison hunger strike and shadow of Guantanamo

11:54 AM EDT, July 10, 2013

California's prison hunger strike and shadow of Guantanamo

About 30,000 California prisoners this week began what could potentially be the biggest prison hunger strike in state history. Out of curiosity, I checked out the petition containing the prisoners’ demands. The first signature belongs to Todd Ashker, a convicted killer incarcerated at Pelican Bay.

11:11 AM EDT, July 6, 2013

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Alec Baldwin gets away with a lot. But is he another Paula Deen?

I think it’s for the best that the enraged, engaging Alec Baldwin, who seems never to have acquired the ability to control his volcanic temper despite multiple public embarrassments over the years, has decided to quit Twitter.

Trayvon Martin's brother, mother testify about more than words

2:20 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Trayvon Martin's brother, mother testify about more than words

I don’t get the feeling that Trayvon Martin’s big brother, Jahvaris Fulton, was called to the witness stand Friday morning in Sanford, Fla., because the prosecution wanted the jury to hear his opinion about whose voice was screaming for help on the night Martin was shot in the heart by George Zimmerman.

Edward Snowden desperately seeking asylum: <i>Habla espa&ntilde;ol</i>, Edward?

5:21 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

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Edward Snowden desperately seeking asylum: Habla español, Edward?

I used to be intrigued by Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who did the country a favor by revealing proof of the government’s intrusive domestic spying program.

Trayvon Martin case: Are police helping George Zimmerman defense?

3:44 PM EDT, July 2, 2013

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Trayvon Martin case: Are police helping George Zimmerman defense?

Watching the George Zimmerman murder trial on TV is like being caught in a match of emotional ping pong as you try to anticipate what the jury is thinking: If the detective says Zimmerman never changed his story, does that make his claim of self-defense more believable?

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