North of Hollywood

Peter Winkler

Peter Winkler
North Hollywood, California,
December 14
Peter Winkler is the author of Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel (Barricade Books, 2011). Filmmaker Philippe Mora writes, "I knew Dennis Hopper in his wild days and his sober days, and this book captures the man in his many incarnations. Winkler's deeply researched biography of Hopper is the definitive book on this live wire who lived on the high wire." Winkler has written for a variety of publications, including Filmfax, The Huffington Post, and Playboy. Winkler graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles.


DECEMBER 24, 2009 2:35PM

Don't Miss Matt Taibbi's Latest

Matt Taibbi's latest blog post is one you might easily miss during the rush of the last-minute Xmas frenzy, but it is a must read. In one piece, Taibbi delightfully ridicules David Brooks' servility to power and demolishes the Manichean rationale for our post-WWII foreign wars that Brooks and other p… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2009 11:56PM

Whining About Whinge


 For some regrettable reason or other, British writers began using the word "whinge" in place of the word "whine" several years ago, or at least that's when I first began noticing it. I've seen it used on a few blogs here, but its use in the subtitle of Stephanie… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2009 11:52AM

The Death of Hope and Change

At, Matt Cale delivers an angry eulogy for the death of Obama's Presidency.


Instead of, say, staking his entire presidency on the most pressing issue of our time, he has been content to hide under the couch until the gutless slobs in the Senate spew mediocrity from their Big… Read full post »
DECEMBER 17, 2009 7:46PM

Today's Conservative Crackpot

As if to prove my last post about conservatives' disdain for inteligence, allow me to present Exhibit 1.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin, whose press release reads:

(NEW YORK)(December 17, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent "Internet Powerhouse" Andy Martin will hold a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2009 6:50PM

Conservatives, Intelligence and Wisdom

I was listening to conservative Dennis Prager's talk show today for a few minutes, because a few minutes is usually all I can stand of the conservatives' bizarro world mentality.

Prager was humping one of the conservative playbook's greatest hits - wisdom is better than intelligence.

Prager had a gue… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2009 2:30PM

Inglourious Basterds

I loved Quentin Tarentino's debut film Reservoir Dogs. His subsequent films have all been increasingly disappointing. I was once trying to find something on satellite TV to watch at 3 AM, and saw that Jackie Brown was about to start, so, being the only alternative to nothing, I gave it aRead full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2009 1:27PM

The Truth About Christmas

There used to be a newsstand called Bernie's Newsstand behind the Sav-On drugstore in Studio City, California.

As a teenager perusing the magazines and paperback books, I once picked up a gag Christmas card.

On the front, it said, "For the 12 days of Christmas, everything's all peace and good will… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2009 10:38AM

The Happy Warrior


Obama 2

It's not much of an exaggeration to say that Andrew Sullivan devotes a significant portion of his daily blog to attacks against Sarah Palin. Today is a good day for pathological Palinphobes, since Christopher Hitchens is out of the dugout and is throwing knuckle balls at Palin today.

 I don't su… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2009 8:36PM

Politics, Like Religion, Is a Delusion

A post on the Huffington Post by one Robert Creamer begins:

"Like many Progressives, I disagreed with President Obama's decision to increase the number of American troops deployed to Afghanistan. But Progressives must not lose sight of the fact, that though we may disagree with this particular decisRead full post »

I'm going to make an admission here that won't win me any popularity contests.

I don't care about Afghanistan.

And neither do you.

The fate of other countries and their inhabitants only means somehing to us if they can threaten our comfort and safety, or if they can provide us with… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2009 4:47AM

Harlan Ellison's Bette Davis Moment

Has Harlan Ellison has reached the Bette Davis point in his 75-year-old existence? For those of you who don't know, Bette Davis reached a low point in her career in he early '60s where she was not even getting offers of work. Against the advice of friends, Davis placed an ad… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2009 8:44PM

Obama's Afghanistan


You know, properly understood, the act of prayer is not an act of will, but an act of submission. Well, so too the vote, which is secular democracy's answer to the prayer. I know the popular civics texts tell us that the bosses work for us, that our little Republic… Read full post »
DECEMBER 1, 2009 6:10AM

Lou Dobbs Understands Politics

Lou Dobbs humped two issues on his CNN TV show every day for several years: the scourge of illegal immigration and the corporate outsourcing of American jobs.

Dobbs recently resigned his show and is testing the waters for a 2012 presidential candidacy. Dobbs gave an interview to the Spanish-language… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2009 3:26AM

Sarah Palin's Fake Populism

Sarah Palin supposedly conducted her book tour by travelling on a campaign bus from city to city.

Now comes a story that she hired a $4,000 an hour, chartered corporate jet to fly to her destinations, where she deplaned and only took the bus from the airport to her book… Read full post »

A caller to talk radio guest host Nicole Sandler, subbing for Randi Rhodes, said that at least if we're going to escalate the war in Afghanistan, she's glad that at least Obama is doing it instead of John McCain. To which Sandler added something like, "I know! Can you imagine if… Read full post »

Bryan pratama writes a post full of misconceptions and bad advice recommending colon cleansing supplements. His post needs an enema: it is full of crap. Waste matter doesn't accumulate and stay in your colon unless you never defecate. Waste matter doesn't release poisonous gases. Even if gas is gener… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2009 11:43PM

Quote of the Day

Conservatism is an ugly form of reactionary stubbornness that refuses to recognize reality.

Guy Montag

NOVEMBER 25, 2009 7:08PM

Delusions of the Self-Published


Self-published author Mick Rooney writes:


The amount of traditionally published books vastly outnumbers self-published books. So look at this way – there are more poor quality traditional books in our world than self-published books. Bear in mind as well that traditionally publish… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 5:45PM

Why We Will Never Win In Afghanistan

On June 28, 2007, Andrew Sullivan explained why we won't succeed in Iraq. Simply substitute Afghanistan for Iraq.

"Without any coherent government, without sectarian reconciliation, this kind of thing will continue in the power vacuum. The U.S. military is doing everything it can, but it cannot perfo… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2009 6:18PM

Your Sarah Palin Quote for Today

"To many people who feel marginalized and left behind, Palin’s brashness seems to represent clarity when in fact she represents ignorance."

 Tina Brown Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2009 3:12AM

Hilarious Commercial for Condoms

NOVEMBER 19, 2009 2:51AM

We've Reached the Absurdity Singularity

This brief story in Newsweek about Attorney General Eric Holder's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee contains an astonishing revelation I didn't hear mentioned in the radio commentary I've heard today concerning Holder's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a U.S. criminal court.

"… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2009 9:41PM

The Broken Clock Strikes at Midnight

Ann Coulter offered the comment, "...what is the threat posed by the religious right, precisely? Is the nation in danger of having its coarseness removed? When anal sex, oral sex and premarital sex are all gleefully laughed about on prime-time TV, the perill of religious values infecting the culture… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2009 8:33PM

Frank Schaeffer, Liberal Fear Monger

Frank Schaeffer's exhortation at the end of this interview for Obama's critic's on the left to stop "sniping" and support him before it's too late is nonsense. The religious extremists who hate Obama are irrational. Their erroneous beliefs and claims about Obama, from his citizenship to h… Read full post »