Archive for May, 2011

Apocalypse Hoosegow Part III: L.A. Sheriff’s Vengeance University

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The most gruesome prison movie couldn’t depict daily life in L.A.’s Men’s Central Jail, where I was lost for months.

Kickoff article: L.A. Weekly

Everything about the L.A. Men’s Central Jail – and I mean everything, from the hand-picked Catholic chaplains pressured to keep quiet, infirmary services, kitchens, visiting policies, and all conditions (more…)

Upgrading Your Soul Is the Goal

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

“I love Africa…South Africa and West Africa are both great countries.” — Paris Hilton, soul-challenged.

Inspired by: and

When my brothers and I were growing up, my mom grabbed pretty much every chance she found or invented to drive home the importance of travelling abroad. (more…)

Ashton Kutcher = Instant FAIL

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Misfortune + Time = Comedy, and Boy Toy replacement is no Charlie Sheen.

Original Story: Reuters

In the big scheme of things, Two And A Half Men will never offer the world much beyond the glance given a turd before its flushed. I mean, do you care if a few super-rich TV producers fail in repeating their precious formula? I don’t. Yet the replacement of Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher bears examination, if for no other reason than it’s a symptom of something bigger than the show itself.  (more…)

In Admiration of Vivian Maier, 1926-2009

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Humbled by a feminist pot of gold at the end of a corner rainbow.

Inspired by:

Vivian Maier’s photography was discovered in 2007 when 29-year-old John Maloof attended an antique auction and paid $400 for box of negatives. The box belonged to a woman who had failed to maintain payments on the storage locker that held 20-30,000 of her undeveloped photos. (more…)

Victory in Real Time

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

No matter what your opinion of President Obama, his Bin Laden announcement represented what Americans and much of the rest of the world longs for: a sense of U.S. accomplishment.

Original story: CNN

No matter where you look, or from which country you’re looking, Americans have become accustomed to bad news while simultaneously more ‘n’ more distrustful of each other. (more…)