Just to point out some of the pieces now in the queue at Native Intelligence, the LA Observed blog where the subjects can range wherever the contributors want to go:
Doug McIntyre: Bob Baker discovers the KABC morning talker and finds him an island of decency in a sea of Limbaughs, Hannitys and whoever Air America puts up against them on KTLK.
McIntyre can play populist-ranter with the best of them; his anger at President Bush’s inaction on immigration is unmistakably real. (McIntyre, who says he voted for Bush twice, issued a profuse apology for his vote in May, suggesting historians will view Bush as one of the worst presidents ever.) He has also been feuding with the concept of ethnic-oriented charter schools, speaking harshly enough to generate charges of being a “hater.”
But McIntyre also has the ability to be civil, humble and amused by life, and to acknowledge its complexity.
37 years ago today: From time to time I will join the mix at Native Intelligence. Today is one of those times. I look back at the fear and carnage wrought by Charles Manson and the young suburban baby boomers who, for reasons I still can't comprehend, followed him without question.
Learning to let her drive: Judy Graeme talks about her own rite of passage as her daughter takes the wheel.
Marilyn and Jack: Deanne Stillman can't help but wonder about the first time John F. Kennedy knocked on Marilyn Monroe's door.
“Won’t you come in?” she said.
JFK entered and she closed the door.
“I was just rereading Lincoln,” said Southern California. “May I get you a drink?”
No culture clashing: Denise Hamilton drives down to the Taper for a performance of "Water and Power" and doesn't regret it a bit.
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Elsewhere on LA Observed today:
David Neiman visits with the admired painter of sports scenes, Stanley Silver.
Mark Lacter ticks off the local companies where stock option practices have come in for questions.
At The Valley Observed, a carnival of films set in the 818 area code.