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tammy-yee's picture
Oct.29.2009
A month ago, I wrote about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Absolutists believe campaign finance reform is in violation of the First Amendment — corporations should have the same right to free speech enjoyed by individuals. They argue there's no evidence that overturning campaign...
clinton-fein's picture
Oct.12.2009
Yep. Believe it or not, the Ralph Lauren model above has not been manipulated. At least not by me. By Ralph's fashion empire. He placed her in a slightly different context however. Note the body types though. Spot any differences? I cannot believe in 2009 we still have to vomit our guts out, or...
mara-buck's picture
Oct.02.2009
“No, NO, nonononnnoonoonnnnnnoooooo.”  I scream at the puppy. “What part of NO do you not understand?  It’s a short word.  Surely you can handle that.” She --- You don’t have to get insulting.  It’s the basic concept I have a problem with.  The application to the task at hand.  The time frame.  You...
kathi-kamen-goldmark's picture
Oct.01.2009
Today at lunch time, I'll proudly be joining a group of fellow authors on the steps of the San Francisco Public Library, to participate in Ban(ne)d Books Day. The idea is to read or sing work that has been censored, thereby raising awareness about the importance of the First Amendment, and (while...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Sep.22.2009
Dear Senator Feinstein:I write not only as a concerned constituent, but as the founder of Writers-at-Large, a first ever California writers advocacy group organized to speak up for free speech, a free press, and a federal shield law. You may recall that in 2004 I invited you to attend "Engaged...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Jun.16.2009
Okay, to start off with, two disclaimers: first, I'm a big Sinatra fan, always have been, and secondly, I was too young to swear that this story isn't apocryphal, but if memory serves me right, somewhere in the early to mid-1970's, one of my favorite disc jockeys at the time, Jonathan Schwartz, was...
michael-thomas-ford's picture
Jun.09.2009
Yesterday, instead of working on the new novel, I spent a great deal of time reading the comments on my friend Michael Rowe's Huffington Post piece regarding the Sacramento, California radio jocks (Rob Williams and Arnie States of KRXQ's Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning) who recently thought it...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Apr.03.2009
In a speech he gave at the Waldorf Astoria nearly 48 years ago to the day, on April 27, 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy said: "A wise man once said, an error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." One can't help but think that, if given the chance, he would...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Mar.02.2009
In a classified Bush administration memo, one of many secret memos that were just released today by the Obama administration, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote, back in 2001: "First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Dec.27.2008
In a previous post, I wrote about a plan by Time Warner Cable to shut fourteen public access stations, in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, December 31st. Anyone who thinks that public access television exists simply to provide a soap box, and that there are other, more effective ways for the community...