Robin Abcarian: Perspective
7:02 PM EST, November 21, 2013
A simple request: Please stop calling Sarah Palin names.
8:47 PM EST, November 4, 2013
Here are some of the places we expect to be safe:
3:32 PM EDT, October 31, 2013
Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash.
8:40 PM EST, November 5, 2013
Hot sauce is so hot right now.
5:35 PM EST, November 6, 2013
One measure of a savvy politician is how he handles his mistakes. Expressing nostalgia for the days when one could shoot or stab a critic is not a great PR move.
8:00 AM EST, November 13, 2013
If Tina Brown is no longer editing magazines, then magazines must be dying.
3:01 PM EST, November 15, 2013
The botched Obamacare rollout is not the botched Hurricane Katrina response.
5:22 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
Maybe too much sex has addled Suzanne Somers’ brain.
12:23 PM EST, November 13, 2013
Thank you, Rob Ford.
5:27 PM EST, November 13, 2013
He’s not resigning, he’s not taking a leave of absence and he’s not admitting he has a problem. So what’s next for Rob Ford, Toronto’s delusional crack-smoking mayor?
5:05 PM EST, November 14, 2013
It’s possible that President Obama felt better after that confessional, hour-plus press conference Thursday.
7:00 PM EST, November 15, 2013
The day hasn’t been exhilarating just for Batkid, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor whose wish to become a superhero came true Friday in San Francisco, thanks to the generosity of a city known more for its adult indulgences than for its sentimentality for tots.
4:35 PM EST, November 19, 2013
Before Mary and Liz Cheney, there were Newt and Candace Gingrich.
3:34 PM EST, November 20, 2013
The battle over abortion continues to rage, and both sides got good news this week.
1:16 PM EST, November 18, 2013
What kind of woman sells out her sister for a shot at a U.S. Senate seat?
10:31 PM EST, November 18, 2013
Two pairs of political siblings and their travails have been in the news this week: The Cheney sisters have been fighting with each other about gay marriage, and the Ford brothers have been fighting with everybody about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's fitness for office.
10:07 PM EST, November 19, 2013
George Zimmerman may have been acquitted of murder after killing Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager, but I predict that, like OJ Simpson, he will eventually find himself behind bars.
8:05 PM EDT, October 24, 2013
No one ever accused me of stealing my own baby, but I know what it feels like to be the olive-skinned, dark-eyed mother of a fair-haired, blue-eyed biological child.
10:26 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
In a big win for abortion rights — not to mention common sense — a federal judge on Monday gutted a portion of a new Texas law that would have forced the closure of many abortion clinics by requiring their doctors to have unnecessary admitting privileges with local hospitals.
1:27 PM EDT, October 24, 2013
Of all the potential indignities involved in being a “Hooters Girl,” who’d have guessed you could get canned for having the wrong hair color?
12:47 PM EDT, October 23, 2013
On the Venice Boardwalk, the pot hawkers come at you like carnival barkers. In their green scrubs, armed with business cards, they beckon passersby to enter their narrow shops.
11:44 AM EDT, October 17, 2013
Last week, just before the California Coastal Commission denied a challenge to Mitt and Ann Romney’s plans to replace their La Jolla beachfront home with a new, 11,000-square-foot mansion, their attorney Matthew A. Peterson had nothing good to say about Anthony Ciani, the former Romney neighbor who brought the challenge.
7:14 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
If anyone expected President Obama to be cowed, apologetic or remorseful Monday when he answered a barrage of criticism about the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act's website—which even he admitted “stank”--they must have been very disappointed.
5:19 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
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6:20 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
“Not one allegation has even been independently verified or proven in court. But the hysteria that has been created is the hysteria of a lynch mob.” — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, announcing his resignation on Aug. 23, 2013
9:22 PM EDT, October 10, 2013
Mitt and Ann Romney have kept low profiles since their plan to move into the White House fell through last November.
10:05 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
At a time when so many states are chipping away at reproductive rights, making it nearly impossible for women to exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, how refreshing to see California standing up for women's rights.
1:40 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
It is an oft-noted truism that the tea party Republicans who have already engineered the partial government shutdown and are now threatening to let the country default on its debts have the full support and enthusiasm of constituents in their carefully drawn, politically homogenous districts.
12:47 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
At this point, the polls are pretty consistent: Americans are angry about the budget and shutdown shenanigans in Washington, but they’re angrier at Republicans than they are at Democrats. Which should tell you something about who is really to blame for this mess.
October 7, 2013
"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate." — President Obama, in his second inaugural speech
11:26 AM EDT, October 4, 2013
God bless Sinead O’Connor, the prickly Irish rock singer who once ripped a photograph of the pope on live TV to protest the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal, for trying to school Miley Cyrus on the pitfalls of female sexual exploitation in the music business.
11:48 AM EDT, October 3, 2013
Finally. A jury verdict went against Michael Jackson.
7:43 PM EDT, September 25, 2013
Reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children at bedtime is perfectly acceptable way to end the day in most American households.
6:03 PM EDT, September 20, 2013
Cool guy, that new pope.
4:28 PM EDT, September 18, 2013
We’re all feeling a little desensitized now, aren’t we?
6:51 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
There is no mass shooting devastating enough, disgusting enough or shocking enough that the U.S. Congress would be moved to enact reasonable gun legislation like the measures proposed in April by President Obama after 20 first-graders were mowed down last year in Newtown, Conn.
12:16 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
The ludicrous thing about the Miss America pageant, which took place in Atlantic City. N.J., Sunday night, is that anyone treats it as meaningful, rather than a retro institution clinging to the corrosive idea that female accomplishment is most palatable when it is packaged in Botox, bleach and bikinis.
7:07 PM EDT, September 12, 2013
President Obama, Tuesday night in the East Room: "Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth."
9:00 PM EDT, September 12, 2013
Except for intermittent floods and quadrennial presidential contests, Iowa doesn’t generally make a lot of news.
3:05 PM EDT, September 10, 2013
It’s the interview everyone’s talking about.
6:30 AM EDT, September 10, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry’s accidental, possible solution to the Syrian crisis takes a page right out of the Mr. Magoo School of International Diplomacy: Just keep bumbling along and you may eventually get to your destination.
6:18 PM EDT, September 9, 2013
It’s absolutely appalling the way that angry Trayvon Martin supporters have made George Zimmerman’s life a living hell.
1:45 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
Sergio C. Garcia, the 36-year-old Chico man whose struggle to earn a license to practice law was the subject of a California Supreme Court hearing this week is not just an aspiring attorney. He is also a motivational speaker.
10:20 PM EDT, September 4, 2013
It’s possible that New York Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was simply suffering from low blood sugar when he verbally attacked a man who tried to shame him Wednesday as Weiner campaigned in an Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn.
7:46 PM EDT, September 4, 2013
Sometimes, true justice — as opposed to the courtroom kind — arrives so quickly that we are taken by surprise.
9:02 PM EDT, September 3, 2013
As Diana Nyad crawled out of the sea Monday, she was a wobbly, disoriented ball of inspiration for our times, a rebuke to the idea that we age out of our dreams.
10:41 PM EDT, August 31, 2013
It’s hard to know whether Sarah Palin would be so quick to condemn a Republican president for venturing the idea that the U.S. should take military action against Syria in response to what the White House said is a documented chemical weapon attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his own people.
5:42 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
When Karl Rove starts truth-squadding fellow Texas Republicans over the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, you know there are some tall tales floating around.
3:36 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
Was justice served Monday when a little girl called Veronica was taken from her biological father, a Cherokee, and returned to the white South Carolina couple who had begun to adopt her at birth four years ago?
3:24 PM EDT, September 25, 2013
Of all the people saddened by the news that the little girl named Veronica was forced to leave her biological father and return to her adoptive parents, it had not occurred to me that adult adoptees might be among those hardest hit.
9:53 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
Newt Gingrich can’t be serious.
6:45 PM EDT, August 29, 2013
Accepting the difference between what is legally defensible and what is ethically or morally defensible has been among the biggest challenges for people who believe that George Zimmerman should have been punished for killing Trayvon Martin.
11:02 AM EDT, August 27, 2013
Is it because she came of age as Disney’s Hannah Montana, the country girl with the secret career as a pop star, and we just can’t stand it when child stars grow up?
8:19 PM EDT, July 31, 2013
SAN DIEGO — If you ever doubted the ability of a narcissist to wreak havoc, look no further than San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who practices his job as if it's Lucha Libre, not municipal governance.
9:04 AM EDT, August 24, 2013
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s farewell speech on Friday afternoon was a tour de force of self-pity and deflection. He couldn’t find enough incongruent metaphors: He was a victim of a lynch mob, a political coup, an assassination.
2:58 PM EDT, August 26, 2013
Somehow, it seems appropriate that a freshman Republican congressman who raises reindeer to pull Santa’s sleigh in holiday parades is suggesting that impeaching President Obama would be “a dream come true.”
7:58 PM EDT, August 22, 2013
For once, Gloria Allred had a news conference and dropped no bombshells. She held up no warning signs, made no edgy jokes. She trotted out no great-grandmothers who had been groped. She announced no new lawsuits alleging headlocks and dirty talk.
8:38 PM EDT, August 28, 2013
The two speeches everyone is talking about today, delivered 50 years apart, are powerful bookends for an era of racial progress that began with a church bombing and reached a high point with the election of our country’s first black president.
1:19 PM EDT, August 22, 2013
The story of Pfc. Bradley Manning is a grand personal tragedy with a small potential for a happy ending.
6:06 PM EDT, August 21, 2013
As many people who knew him suspected, the fiery death of the young journalist Michael Hastings in a single car crash was the result of tragic circumstances, not a government plot to get rid of an inconvenient truth teller.
2:43 PM EDT, August 20, 2013
When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a freshman from Texas, released his Canadian birth certificate over the weekend, it became clear the great Cuban-American hope of the tea party for 2016 is a Canadian citizen.
6:40 AM EDT, August 22, 2013
Looks like San Diego’s about to wake up from its six-week civic nightmare.
11:49 AM EDT, July 31, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Can it get any weirder around here?
3:10 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
SAN DIEGO – The City Council and Mayor Headlock are wrestling over who should pay to defend the mayor’s bad behavior in court.
7:50 PM EDT, August 5, 2013
What can San Diego Mayor Bob Filner expect during his two-week intensive rehabilitation program? Will it set him on the path to a more healthy expression of the needs that have led him to wrestle women into headlocks, talk dirty to them and plant unwanted wet kisses on their faces?
1:25 PM EDT, August 7, 2013
I was sitting in bed reading Monday night when a hideous and unfamiliar noise jolted me upright. It seemed to be emanating from inside my room. It was a loud, insistent and intermittent, like a test of the emergency broadcast system, but my radio wasn’t on.
6:49 PM EDT, August 2, 2013
SAN DIEGO – You’d think that somewhere in a corner of this sprawling town, someone, somehow would be willing to stand up for Mayor Bob Filner, San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
5:23 PM EDT, August 6, 2013
On Monday evening, the summer crowds were thick on the Venice boardwalk.
2:54 PM EDT, August 12, 2013
Anybody with half a brain should have known it was wrong to put an Obama mask on the face of a rodeo clown Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
1:28 PM EDT, August 13, 2013
How perfectly welcome a judicial intervention might have been had Jaleesa Martin and her baby’s father decided to name their little boy Idiotface or Stupidhead.
10:15 AM EDT, August 9, 2013
Gloria Allred is back in the news and -- not that she gives a flying fig — but the haters are out in force.
11:39 AM EDT, August 10, 2013
Oprah Winfrey is not only the world’s most powerful celebrity, and one of the richest. She is a marketing genius who knows how to exploit a racist insult to her advantage in a completely uncynical way.
8:17 PM EDT, August 14, 2013
It’s true that a federal judge on Tuesday tossed out the racial discrimination claims against Paula Deen in a lawsuit brought by a former restaurant employee.
9:00 AM EDT, August 15, 2013
How to unpack the layers of irony when “journalists” at the web TV operation run by San Diego’s largest newspaper decided to spoof "Mayor Headlock’s" predicament with a remake of Robin Thicke’s chart-topping music video “Blurred Lines”?
12:15 PM EDT, August 19, 2013
The harassment by U.K. authorities of Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, as he traveled through England on his way from Berlin to his home in Brazil on Sunday should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the story of National Security Agency secret-spiller Edward Snowden and his interlocutor, the American documentarian Laura Poitras.
4:55 PM EDT, July 26, 2013
Can there be any question now that misbegotten “stand your ground” laws can provide a legal cover for murder?
12:38 PM EDT, July 30, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Bob Filner has put the entire city of San Diego in one of his trademark headlocks.
12:18 PM EDT, July 29, 2013
Wow, what a relief.
5:38 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
Last week, with a massive $18-billion debt, Detroit became the largest American city to seek bankruptcy protection, and once again we are reading obituaries of the late, great Motor City.
3:01 PM EDT, July 25, 2013
Anthony Weiner, June 6, 2011: “The first thing I need to do is make sure that, obviously, this never, ever happens again, and that I make it up to my wife and to my family and to all the people that I've harmed here.”
1:27 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
Hate to say it, but you can’t trust a woman whose husband has been screwing around.
9:22 PM EDT, July 22, 2013
As I was saying to my editor the other day, just before I put him in a headlock and told him I loved him, any time a sheriff creates a sexual harassment hotline for women who believe they are victims of the local mayor, it’s not a good sign for the mayor.
June 6, 2011
Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner was a nearly ubiquitous media presence last week, making the rounds of TV news shows to protest his innocence: No, the New York congressman said repeatedly, he did not tweet a sexually suggestive photo of himself from the waist down to a college student. Perhaps his Twitter account had been hacked.
5:00 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
The lurid saga in San Diego continues: Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of vile, unwanted sexual behavior by several women, insists he will not resign. As he wrote in the U-T San Diego on Monday:
4:08 PM EDT, July 22, 2013
Two self-generated photos by two young men. One “looks” guilty. One “looks” innocent.
7:15 PM EDT, July 17, 2013
The latest Rolling Stone cover, featuring the angelic face of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has managed to accomplish several things.
8:56 PM EDT, July 16, 2013
When the jury first began deliberations in the George Zimmerman murder trial last week, half of the six-woman panel thought he was guilty.
2:24 PM EDT, July 16, 2013
It’s not as if San Diego hasn’t had plenty of civic scandals in the past, but you don’t get too many news conferences like the one that went down Monday morning in front of San Diego City Hall.
5:47 PM EDT, July 14, 2013
The rehabilitation of George Zimmerman has begun.
11:09 PM EDT, July 13, 2013
While I am still having trouble accepting that you can follow a hoodie-clad black teenager on his way home, confront him, provoke a fight, shoot him through the heart and get away with it, I have to accept the jury’s verdict.
6:45 PM EDT, July 11, 2013
Every time CNN's courtroom camera lingered on the sad face of George Zimmerman today, I felt slightly sick. What a nauseating set of events he unleashed on that drizzly Florida night nearly 17 months ago. He may not be a murderer -- only the jury of six women will make that judgment -- but he certainly is a killer.
2:48 PM EDT, July 11, 2013
Trying a case in the court of public opinion is nothing new. But the use of social media in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, has broken new ground.
4:06 PM EDT, July 8, 2013
English celebrities Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi are hardly household names in the United States.
11:54 AM EDT, July 10, 2013
About 30,000 California prisoners this week began what could potentially be the biggest prison hunger strike in state history. Out of curiosity, I checked out the petition containing the prisoners’ demands. The first signature belongs to Todd Ashker, a convicted killer incarcerated at Pelican Bay.
11:11 AM EDT, July 6, 2013
I think it’s for the best that the enraged, engaging Alec Baldwin, who seems never to have acquired the ability to control his volcanic temper despite multiple public embarrassments over the years, has decided to quit Twitter.
2:20 PM EDT, July 5, 2013
I don’t get the feeling that Trayvon Martin’s big brother, Jahvaris Fulton, was called to the witness stand Friday morning in Sanford, Fla., because the prosecution wanted the jury to hear his opinion about whose voice was screaming for help on the night Martin was shot in the heart by George Zimmerman.
5:21 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
I used to be intrigued by Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who did the country a favor by revealing proof of the government’s intrusive domestic spying program.
3:44 PM EDT, July 2, 2013
Watching the George Zimmerman murder trial on TV is like being caught in a match of emotional ping pong as you try to anticipate what the jury is thinking: If the detective says Zimmerman never changed his story, does that make his claim of self-defense more believable?
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