Newt’s Nasty Narcissism

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Michael Sigman: When the Newt boomlet fades, there may yet be a role for Gingrich in public life. Given his obsession with such words as “fundamentally,” “profoundly,” “desperately” and “dramatically,” how about Ambassador of Adverb Abuse?

Power to the People Film Series

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What: Power to the People Screening Series – All LA Occupy-ers and activists welcome (FREE) When: November 11, 15, 16, & 22 Where: The Last Bookstore (453 So. Spring St, Downtown L.A.) Why: To show support for the 99% protesting in Los Angeles (and across the world) against the inequities in our economic system caused [...]

Why Kyoto Is So Beautiful

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Steve Hochstadt: Kyoto is a Japanese treasure, and a monument to the development of human culture. In shrines and gardens hundreds of years old, an American tourist can experience the common human striving for understanding, for beauty, and for peace.

Support Alan Grayson’s Return to Congress: Saturday, 12 November

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Alan Grayson, the former congressional representative whose speech on the House Floor went viral on YouTube, because he spoke truth, needs your help. After telling the raw truth about healthcare reform, Grayson lost his seat. But Saturday, 12 November, 2 p.m. we can help change that.Grayson famously said that Wall Street controls our economic policy, Big Oil controls our energy policy, and the military-industrial complex controls our foreign policy.

Hope for Bankaneers: We Do Like Pirate Movies

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Tina Dupuy: Funny how all corporations are now the euphemistic “job creators,” even after they proved to be (over and over again) job-cutters. Yes, the swashbuckling job-cutters! Arrr!

Born on the Fourth of July Once More

"Connect the Dots" host Lila Garrett.

Dick Price: You see the depth of Kovic’s anger–or perhaps it’s his love–that has propelled him through 40 long years of activism, making him a leading antiwar speaker, leading to Saturday’s award, and making him such a valuable voice in stopping this generation’s senseless wars.

The Poor of New York: Old-Fashioned Melodrama New Again

Alex Parker and Kate O'Toole (Photo: Henry Holden)

Ed Rampell: Although, as this highly recommended play rightfully reminds us, poverty – then and now – is serious business. Greed was not good when perpetrated by Wall Street’s Gordon Gekkos of 1837, or today.

The Last Dance: Prom Night in America

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Walter Brasch: Our children, who are still a part of the extended “Me First Generation,” are spending on a social event that, for some, may be a prelude to a $35,000 wedding in a year or two.

‘Unprovoked’ Attacks, From 1812 to 9/11

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Ivan Eland: American history vindicates the old saying that “truth is the first casualty of war,” but the passage of time should allow a republic to undertake a more honest and dispassionate examination of historical events. It rarely does, with truth being swept under the rug in favor of assuming uncaused indignities.

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The Harman Twins – Janice & Debra

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Nick Antonicello: How does Bowen send mailings to voters insinuating support for a speedy end to these conflicts when she doesn’t have the political will to support Kovic’s pledge?

Ed Asner Supports Marcy Winograd for Congress

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Join Ed Asner and PDA at a Fundraiser to get Marcy Winograd Elected to Congress

Inside Job

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Tom Degan: What is incredible about this very important film is that a few of the perpetrators of this incalculable theft arrogantly sat down with the makers of the film for interviews that are as jaw-dropping as they are outrageous.

My Passover Odyssey

Ruth Broyde Sharon

Ruth Broyde Sharone: Perhaps the most memorable Seder I filmed, however, which ultimately had a profound influence on my life and my career, was led by a Black Pastor, Charles C. Queen, for 600 African Americans. “The Israelites were getting out of Egypt,” he intoned. “They were going to be free people!”

Defying Racial Stereotypes

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David Love: Given the paucity of positive images of Arabs out there, no single film can be all things to all people. And no film by itself can articulate the full breadth of the occupation or the Mideast conflict. But this is a good start.

Manning Marable: Provocative Scholarship In Life & Death

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Anthony Samad: Manning Marable, and his provocative scholarship, will be sorely missed. We’ve lost a true radical thinker and articulator of the African American experience in America.

The Gandhi None of Us Knew

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The deification of Gandhi intentionally eclipsed Gandhi the real man. andhi’s real life was overlooked and supplanted with a series religious myth.

From Holocaust Survivors to Hollywood Thriver

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Ed Rampell: Producer’s rep Page Ostrow represents independent feature films that are entertaining and films of conscience, including the first documentary about what led to Egypt’s historic revolution.

Images of Arab Revolt, from Technicolor to Gaddafi

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Tom Hall: Gaddafi has the scent of Saddam Hussein about him. He’s been a loyal but erratic servant of the oil bosses who dictate our middle-east policy.

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JFK: Fifty Years Later

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Tom Degan: Although JFK wasn’t able to accomplish a heck of a lot during the less-than three years that fate allowed him, he did set this country on the path toward accomplishing great things.

The Consequences of Words

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Tom Degan: The extremism of 1963 was pretty much isolated to a few southern cities. Forty-eight years later it’s gone national. What happened in Arizona over the weekend is only the beginning.

The American Dream

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Tom Degan: This, I believe, is one of the most important and educational films ever made. It explains in terms easy to understand (and with brilliant satirical insight) what has happened to this once-great nation, and why we all need to stand up and take it back.

State of the Union

Brent Budowsky: In his films that rallied America against fascism, Capra did not glorify profiteers. He honored those wearing the uniform. He inspired the nation that stood behind them with the American belief that we are in this together in the cause of a great and exceptional country.

Oliver Stone Interview: There’s a Specter Haunting Latin America, the Specter of 21st Century Socialism

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Ed Rampell: “Frankly, we’ve opposed the poor. We’ve opposed the poor not only in those countries but in our own country. The Vietnam War was a war against the poor people of Vietnam, it was also a war against our own selves, by sending our poor people to fight that war.”

Hitler-arious: The Leftist Was a Tramp

Kirstin Scott and Rob McClure in La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin

like many other productions at the fabled Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, the stellar Limelight is Broadway bound for glory.

A Big Fool Says to Push On

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Ann Wright: On the eve of the beginning of the tenth year (October 7) of the U.S war in Afghanistan, Bob Woodward’s new book “Obama’s War” about presidential decision making on the war in Afghanistan is pretty scary reading. It sounds to me like folk singer Peter Seeger’s song about the Vietnam war “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” describes the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Break The Whip — A Spicy Theatrical Gumbo

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Ed Rampell: Break the Whip. A theatrical people’s history of the United States according to Tim Robbins and the Actors’ Gang.

Does It Matter that Hip-Hop’s Queen Latifah Is “Outed”?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: As one of the most prominent and influential female hip-hoppers of her generation, however, Queen Latifah hides her sexuality as a way to not only survive her own internalized homophobia, but also the musical genre’s.

A Great LA Filmfest on Endangered Species List?

Prakriti Maduro in "Habana Eva."

Ed Rampell: Film lovers and the creative community should stand and deliver to LALIFF so that it can continue to showcase unusual, offbeat Latino movies. Don’t force Olmos to make Zoot Suit II to finance it out of his own pocket. Viva LALIFF!

Fly Away, Mockingbird

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John Summers: As the armies of tolerance celebrate To Kill a Mockingbird–it’s the 50 anniversary this month—one is put in mind of a maxim by W.H. Auden: “You do not read a book,” Auden said. “A book reads you.”

Angry Left Needs Hugs and Kisses

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Jules Siegel: The angry left presumes that the president is in full control of the government, when he’s obviously not. Even George W. Bush learned that and he was a Republican.

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