19 years after former Philadelphia police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo passed away, My Letters to Dead People: A Book You Should Write has just been published. Written by political consultant Richie Ross, it includes a letter from the author to Rizzo which begins as follows: Dear Asshole, You’re dead. I’m not. You were such [...]
Comedian Jann Karam (Letterman, Tonight Show, Seinfeld) will perform when American Speakeasy returns to 1629 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice on Friday night, October 22 at 8 PM. Rick Shapiro (“an explosive comedic talent…part Iggy Pop, part Philip Roth” – New York Observer),
American Speakeasy is a pop-up cultural revival fueled by artists, authors, performers, thinkers and doers. The premiere event will feature food, drinks, live music and provocative conversation. With a Bible and a Gun, a band that plays full-contact Johnny Cash music, will perform. No cover, no minimum. A portion of food/drink proceeds will benefit The Veterans Project. Click here for more info.
Toward the end of The Tillman Story, a riveting new documentary about football/war hero Pat Tillman and his family’s reaction to the circumstances of his death in Afghanistan, Vietnam war veteran Stan Goff describes the film as “an opportunity for reality to break through.”
Wyclef Jean’s defensive and amateurish video response to legitimate questions about his NGO, Yéle Haiti, suggests doubts about the charity are well-founded. Under fire for alleged financial improprieties and the perception he’s in over his head trying to raise funds on a massive scale for earthquake victims in Haiti, Jean simply ignored concerns about Yéle’s ability to compete with larger and more established groups such as the American Red Cross.
It’s a fallacy that there’s a morally or legally significant difference between what Robert Halderman stands accused of doing, and what agents and lawyers do all the time. Halderman had a marketable story to sell. Just because most agents and lawyers wouldn’t go to David Letterman’s house doesn’t mean that going to Letterman’s house is a criminal act. It’s not unlawful to sell a story without using an agent or a lawyer, and making a proposal to someone who might be embarrassed by the dissemination of a story isn’t prohibited.
During the “New Rules” segment on his HBO show last Friday night, Bill Maher blasted the Democratic Party for kowtowing to its corporate paymasters, and bemoaned the lack of real liberals on ballots and television. “And if occasionally you do get to hear Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky or Dennis Kucinich,” Maher complained, “they’re treated like [...]
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I’ll be hosting a night of political comedy this Sunday night at the Fanatic Salon in LA. It’s a fundraiser for Cindy Varela Henderson, who’s running for the California State Senate as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate. Cindy is fabulous and so is the lineup. John Fugelsang, Rick Overton and Ann Randolph are among [...]