When you have dental problems, such as needing a crown, do you ever wonder if proposed treatments not covered by your insurance are essential? And are remedies truly available to challenge a past or proposed procedure by covered dentists? And can you get someone knowledgeable… Read full post »

Watching the Emmys was for me a mixed bag, with Seth Meyers struggling with pat jokes contrasted with Bryan Cranston bringing down the house with laughter as he passionately smooched Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she mounted the stairs to retrieve her Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy… Read full post »

I'm not always a big fan of Richard Linklater's films and found his Before Sunrise/ Sunset/Midnight series a bit talky and not overly deserving of the acclaim it received.

However, that said, and with little hint of what was to come, I was captivated by his latest film, Boyhood, which he wrote… Read full post »

When reporting about the White House and Barack Obama, the media stirs controversy wherever it can.

Let's start with the Affordable Care Act roll out, which admittedly had a few thumps at the beginning, but, even after besting its target goal of enrolling seven million citizens, it is… Read full post »

I'm not a big sports fan, though I keep abreast of the general headlines. I particularly become interested when UCLA is in the Rose Bowl or the Dodgers are in the World Series, though admittedly neither event happens too often. I also followed Andy Roddick's tennis… Read full post »

I'm a big fan of Ellen DeGeneres and her understated often brilliant humor. This was most evident when she hosted the 2001 Emmy Awards after the horrific events in New York and Washington that year. The show was postponed twice, and when it finally aired a… Read full post »

As a generally steady supporter of Barack Obama over the past five years I am continually reminded of why he…

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I was at the famous Pig 'n Whistle in Hollywood for the first time, a restaurant with a long history, though it had been closed for many years.

My friend and I were seated on the terrace and were mostly having a good time, as Sara the… Read full post »

Erik Reichenbach was a contestant on CBS' Survivor twice, first in Micronesia and the most recent season, in both instances coming in fifth out of twenty contestants, indicating pretty good game play on his part.

However, in the first outing at age 22 his exit was precipitated… Read full post »

LA Fitness, a national gym chain which took over Bally's locations in Southern California, has an almost impossible methodology regarding customer complaints. If you go to their website, you will find no telephone contacts or even an email address to communicate with someone in the corporate… Read full post »

In the aftermath of my review of the Oscars and that of many others who seemed to agree Seth MacFarlane's humor was often wanting, I thought I'd offer a postscript as to why for most people the John Wilkes Booth joke didn't work.

It had nothing to… Read full post »

This year's Oscar show on ABC has wrapped after a bit over three and a half hours and there were a bunch of great moments, a bit of tedium with a lot of disappointment over the tasteless antics of host Seth MacFarlane.

Look, I'm not a prude,… Read full post »

In Saturday's Los Angeles Times' Calendar section on the TV listing page there was a note to readers, which informed us that starting February 26 they will no longer show the TV schedule, directing us to search on-line for each day's programming. They also tell us… Read full post »

I've never written about Big Brother before, having not considered it as noteworthy as shows like The Amazing Race and Survivor. But I have watched every season and it can be intriguing at times, with some contestants fascinating to watch with their inflated egos and overblown personalities.… Read full post »

If Mitt Romney wanted to connect with his audience, he mostly succeeded, at least with the audience inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He was measured in tone, not really bombastic and full of pronouncements of love about his family and what he hopes for America.… Read full post »

All this nonsense about Barack Obama's citizenship, recently alluded to by Mitt Romney, who lamely insisted it was a joke, should have long ago been dismissed as untrue.

Not because he was born in Honolulu, which records submitted by Mr. Obama through long and short-form birth certificates… Read full post »

Last week I got my sample ballot for the upcoming California primary and opened the booklet to the page for the United States Senate candidates.

I was almost blinded by the array of twenty-four candidates listed randomly in one huge roster. It was not even alphabetical,… Read full post »

The Academy Awards was a lot better than last year's offering and generally moved along pretty well. However, Billy Crystal's performance was mixed. Sometimes he was spot on and in other instances resorted to forced humor that missed its mark.

After Morgan Freeman's opening we… Read full post »

What's all this nonsense about liberals on the far left accusing President Obama and his team of hypocrisy because they've decided to level the playing field with the mega-rich Republicans by accepting Super PAC money to rev up for this year's presidential campaign?

Not to mention carping… Read full post »

For the past two years I've written reviews of The Golden Globes excoriating Ricky Gervais for mostly tedious humor and lapses in judgment that resulted in so-called jokes that were in severely bad taste.

I'm not a prude and have enjoyed Gervais in the past when he… Read full post »

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JANUARY 4, 2012 4:30AM

The Iowa Caucus: Shakespeare Was Right About the Masses

In reviewing the Iowa Caucuses, wherein former Governor Mitt Romney achieved his desired victory with a margin of eight votes over former Senator Rick Santorum, I can only conclude that the votes demonstrate conclusively Shakespeare was right about the masses and their follow the pack mentality.

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The great writer/director/bon vivant wit Hal Kanter died on Sunday at the ripe old age of 92. And it got me to remembering, and I decided to share the thoughts with you.

Many of you will recognize the name of the creator of Julia, many Bob Hope films, and… Read full post »

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JUNE 20, 2011 5:31AM

To Be Or Not a Juror: It Ain't Easy To Be Selected!

Last week I was among hundreds who gathered in downtown Los Angeles, having been summoned for jury duty. It was my first time in awhile -- I've been out of town a lot -- and, with a political background, was

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