December 2019

No wonder Clarence Thomas is angry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOf course, while there is anger in the book – justifiable anger, one might argue – there is also tenderness, vulnerability, brutal honesty and overflowing gratitude. None of the major reactions to the book seem to have noticed those things. There is also unswerving intellectual integrity. A small example among many: In law school, Justice Thomas relates, “I was uncomfortably aware that blacks failed to pass the bar exams at a much higher rate than whites, and that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund had filed lawsuits alleging that the exams they took were racially discriminatory. ? At first I assumed that the disproportionate black failure rate was conclusive evidence of racial discrimination, but the more closely I looked at the facts the more apparent it became that I was wrong. At that time each question on the bar exam was graded separately by a difference scorer and each completed exam identified solely by number, thus making it impossible for the graders to tell which examinees, if any, were black.” Thomas concluded that the poor education many blacks received was the culprit, but by differing from the conventional wisdom he was already on the road to heresy. Justice Thomas has continued that apostasy on the Supreme Court, courageously and brilliantly arguing his philosophy in one magnificent opinion after another. Jan Crawford Greenburg, longtime Supreme Court reporter for the Chicago Tribune, now with ABC, dismisses in her recent book the claim that Thomas is some sort of cipher on the court (a view held only by the abysmally ignorant). “An extensive documentary record shows,” she writes, “that Justice Thomas has been a significant force in shaping the direction and decisions of the court for the past 15 years.” No one who has read his opinions could fail to appreciate that. Finally, no one who has had the pleasure of meeting Clarence Thomas would recognize him from the public descriptions that have greeted this book. His legendary laugh is sonorous and infectious. His manner is dignified yet approachable. Those who know him are aware of his passionate efforts to help other blacks – and of his equally passionate refusal to advertise this. The Anita Hill business is a tiny part of this man’s story – a story that makes for very rewarding reading. Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Her e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! National Public Radio was one of the first out of the box greeting Clarence Thomas’s memoir, My Grandfather’s Son. Nina Totenberg acknowledged that it was, “in some ways a beautifully written book” but went on to declare it “a book of complete bitterness and rage.” The Washington Post’s front page announced that Thomas had “settled scores” in his “angry” book. And Washington Post columnist (as well as Charen pal) Ruth Marcus writes of Thomas’ “blast furnace” anger. Imagine that. He hasn’t gotten over it. Totenberg, for those who may have forgotten, was the journalist who first reported that Anita Hill had made allegations against Thomas (though at the time, Hill had not agreed to go public). And she was a prominent Hill enthusiast during the contretemps. Totenberg affects surprise that Thomas is angry? It would require a masochist not to be angry. Imagine that your spotless reputation had been thoroughly trashed before a worldwide audience. Imagine further that everything you had attempted to accomplish in your career was undermined in two weeks by ideological opponents ready to do anything to keep someone with your heterodox views down. It is my experience that people often become enraged when they read even small inaccuracies about themselves in the newspapers. Contemplate enduring a campaign of vilification. How many years is it supposed to take to get over something like that? Is Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky thing? Actually, speaking of President Clinton, the brouhaha over Thomas and what he did or did not say to Hill now seems almost quaint in retrospect. Even if we assume (and I do not) that the worst of Hill’s allegations were true, they do not stack up to the kind of brutish behavior attributed to Bill Clinton by Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick. But the very same people who adjudged Thomas one of the lowest creatures on Earth, found Clinton’s behavior a private matter of no consequence with no public implications. last_img read more

Humble dustpan is symbol of quake survival

first_imgWHITTIER – The 20th anniversary of the Whittier Narrows Earthquake may have come and gone, but visitors to Battels Hardware and Tool Co. are reminded daily by the dustpan hanging above the cashier’s counter. The mustard yellow pan is a little worse for wear with dents and is a symbol of survival, said Jack Carmichael, owner of Battels Hardware, 13238 E. Whittier Blvd. “The only thing we salvaged out of the mess was the dustpan,” he said. “It’s a conversational piece,” Carmichael said. “People come in, see it, and start talking about their experience during the quake.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityCarmichael’s son and president of the company, Scott, 46, said it fell from the shelves, and a former employee took it home and painted on it “Casualty of Oct. 1, 1987 Earthquake” in bold blue and red paint. Carmichael, 80, who was at the Los Angeles County Fair setting up his store’s booth when the 5.9 temblor hit, said it cost $750,000 to rebuild the then-5,000-square- foot store. “It was hard, but we rebuilt,” he said. Now Battels is 15,000 square feet, and is going as strong as it ever has since Carmichael bought it 45 years ago from original owner Clyde Battels. “We’re the only one left,” he said of the independent hardware and tool store in the city. In the years since he has owned Battels, Carmichael said 13 stores have left because they could not compete with the big-box stores such as Orchard Supply Hardware and Home Depot. “Whenever I need something, I come to Battels,” said Montebello resident Mike Martinez, 76. “I would be very lost without them.” He remembers coming to Whittier to check out the destruction from the shaker. “I didn’t realize how much damage occurred on Whittier Boulevard,” said Martinez, who visited Uptown. Along with the 3-foot-deep mess of bolts, screws and nails, Battels sustained a shattered 50-foot-wide window front not once, but twice. “I learned the hard way not to replace a window until at least two weeks after a quake,” Carmichael said. The new window broke two days later during an aftershock. As he holds the dustpan and notices its $1.29 sticker, Carmichael remembers being the only store in town selling water heaters and other essential items for homeowners in the quake’s aftermath. “It was unreal,” he said of that day and weeks after. “But we were there for the community and still are Whittier’s hometown hardware store.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gore, U.N. win Nobel Peace Prize for climate work

first_img “During Clinton/Gore we had a saying, ‘Gore gets it,’ said John Doerr, a longtime supporter and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capitalist. “He does get it and he gets the prize.” On the political front, Doerr said “I wish he were president. He’s the most popular unannounced candidate for president.” Doerr said he sent an e-mail to Gore this morning offering his congratulations and a “hurray.” In its citation, the Nobel committee lauded Gore’s “strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.” The last American to win the prize, or share it, was former President Carter in 2002. When asked for President Bush’s response to Gore’s award, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, “Of course he’s happy for Vice President Gore . . . He’s happy for the International Panel on Climate Change scientists who also shared the peace prize. Obviously it’s an important recognition. And we’re sure the vice president’s thrilled.” It’s been a banner year for Gore. He has won a “Best Documentary” Oscar for his popular movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” which explains the climate change phenomenon. And Current TV, his cable channel aimed at young viewers, was awarded an Emmy. Another longtime friend and co-founder with Gore of San Francisco-based Current TV, Joel Hyatt of Atherton, said “Al Gore single-handedly put this issue high on the world agenda and he did so with unbelievable determination and passion and commitment. This recognition by the Nobel Committee is a truly outstanding achievement, and I believe Al is more justly deserving than anyone in our lifetime has ever been who has achieved this esteemed award.” Gore has many Bay Area friends and business colleagues who were rooting for him. Speaking of Gore’s global warming work at a TechNet event Thursday, before the prize was awarded, venture capitalist John Doerr said he believed the former vice president has “done more to get the message across than any other human being.” Gore has been in the Bay Area all week, including an appearance at a U.S Sen. Barbara Boxer fundraiser Thursday afternoon. He told the 400 Boxer guests “we have to call upon our courage as free men and women to make decisions about what is the best interest of our civilization – and it’s our own civilization at risk.” At the close of his remarks, the audience chanted “Run, Al, Run.” And several in the crowd said they would love to see Gore jump into the 2008 presidential race, whether he was awarded the Nobel Prize or not. “In my dreams,” laughed Ellen Davis of San Francisco, who came to see Gore speak but does not expect him to throw his hat into the ring. In fact, Gore tried to stay above the political fray, saying combating global warming shouldn’t be “a political issue or ideological issue.” “Increases in global warming pollution anywhere on this planet is a threat to our well-being everywhere,” he said. But Monica Friedlander, an Oakland PR woman who wants to see Gore run for president in 2008, says the award of the prize will only drive enthusiasm for a Gore 2008 candidacy. “We’re going to redouble our efforts,” she said. Her group,, paid for a full-page ad in The New York Times on Wednesday, which read: “Your country needs you now, as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save.” “I don’t think the award by itself is a requirement, but I think it will sort of add to this tidal wave of support that has been building up over the last few weeks and months. It will increase the demand that he become a candidate for president,” she said. “He’s in a unique position to make a difference in the world. We believe under these circumstances, he has an obligation, in a way, to take the one step left in changing policy on global warming, and that is to run for president.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And the winner is . . . Al Gore. The former Vice President and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it. “We face a true planetary emergency,” Gore wrote on his Web site this morning, adding that he is “deeply honored” to win the award. “The climate crisis in not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.” And the beneficiary of half of Gore’s $1.5 million prize is the Palo-Alto based Alliance for Climate Protection. Gore co-founded the Alliance, a bipartisan, non-profit organization, as a vehicle for raising money to encourage Americans to find ways to address global warming. Gore is scheduled to appear at the Palo Alto headquarters this morning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Accolades began pouring in immediately for the former vice president as media crews crowded around his condo in the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, where he spent the night after a week of Bay Area speeches and political fundraisers. Vinod Khosla, one of the leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists investing in green technologies, said the award recognizes Gore’s ability to make the issue of global warming “mainstream” and predicted the exposure of the prize would help win more financing for clean energy ventures. “He’s done an amazing job of communicating it. He’s really changed it from a greenie, left issue to a mainstream business and economic issue,” Khosla said “and we now have as much concern as national security.” Khosla said Gore’s advocacy has been instrumental in helping developing green technologies to win financing. Although technologies have been around, few people wanted to finance them. “We were all worried about global warming, now we’re worried about climate crisis,” he said.last_img read more

Newcastle United team news: Predicted XI to play Leicester in Premier League

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 7. Moussa Sissoko 25. Andros Townsend 43. Kevin Mbabu 12. Jonjo Shelvey 4. Georginio Wijnaldum – see the full possible line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 27. Steven Taylor 22. Daryl Janmaat 23. Rob Elliot 18. Chancel Mbemba 11 17. Ayoze Perez Newcastle take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening, with Rafa Benitez looking to pick up his first three points at Magpies manager.Take a look at our predicted Newcastle line-up, above.Here are some stats ahead of the game on Monday evening.Leicester have secured victory in the last three meetings between the two clubs, winning 3-0 in home and away fixtures in 2015. The Foxes also beat the Magpies by a 1-0 scoreline in the FA Cup last year.The Tyneside club head into the game on the back of six straight away losses in the Premier League, and new head coach Rafa Benitez will be hoping to pick up three valuable points against an excellent Leicester team.The Foxes have conceded just two goals in their last six home games, and they have lost just one of their last seven Premier League fixtures.The first game between these two sides earlier this season ended in a 3-0 win to Leicester, courtesy of goals from Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki.The Midlands side totalled 18 shots against their struggling opponents, and Benitez will be hoping that he has build a strong defensive unit in the days since his appointment as head coach.A win for Leicester would restore their lead at the top of the table to five points, whilst Newcastle can move out of the bottom three if they emerge victorious. 11 45. Aleksandar Mitrovic 11last_img read more

LAPD helicopter makes emergency landing at high school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An LAPD helicopter made an emergency landing at a high school football field tonight after a warning light onboard lite up, authorities said. The police helicopter landed at Hollywood High about 9:45 p.m., said Cecil Manresa of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Two people onboard were not injured, LAPD Officer Jason Lee said.last_img read more


first_imgBurt Chapel – By Declan McGuinness/TwitterIT’S a stunning picture which is being reTweeted around the globe.The picture of Burt Chapel was taken by Declan McGuinness. And when your brother is Sinn Fein vice-president Martin McGuinness (who decided to Tweet to his 23,466 followers around the world, then it gets a wee bit more attention.The politician’s followers thought he’d taken the snap.But he was quick to make sure the credit went to Declan.  SNAPPER’S STUNNING PICTURE OF BURT CHAPEL GOES GLOBAL! was last modified: January 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Burt chapelDeclan McGuinnessmartin mcguinnesslast_img read more

Federer cruises

first_img “It’s so nice to get quick matches in the heat,” said Federer, whose next opponent is 30th-seeded Max Mirnyi. “I thought I handled it well in the heat – I’m very happy with my performance.” Third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo advanced with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 win over French compatriot Emilie Loit, while 2004 French Open winner Anastasia Myskina had a 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3 victory over Jamea Jackson. Seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder beat Shinobu Asagoe 6-1, 7-6 (11-9). Federer was so dominating that Mayer never had a game point after holding serve to pull within 4-5 in the second set. Always a perfectionist, the normally stoic Federer did seem a little annoyed at his 18 unforced errors that accounted for one-third of Florian’s points. And after smacking a forehand crosscourt winner for his third break of the final set, he allowed himself a little fist pump. He finished off the match with two service winners and his eighth and ninth aces, then hit a ball high into the stands. “If I keep on playing the way I am, not losing too much energy out on the court, maybe it’s going to pay back eventually,” said Federer, who has lost only 12 games in the two rounds. The overmatched Mayer tried a little of everything, charging the net and flicking soft drops from the baseline, but nothing worked as temperatures reached 88 degrees. He raised his racket to acknowledge the crowd after winning his first game – the sixth of the match. But he became increasingly frustrated, shaking his head and even looking to the sky for help. No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, a potential quarterfinal opponent for Federer, advanced with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Kevin Kim and No. 6 Guillermo Coria overcame Federico Luzzi 7-6 (12-10), 6-4, 6-3. In other women’s matches, Maria Sharapova overcame 31 unforced errors and fended off three set points against American qualifier Ashley Harkleroad in the second set to advance 6-1, 7-5. Sharapova was treated for foot blisters but did not appear bothered by the shoulder injury that kept her off the circuit for two months. French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, seeded eighth, took the last five games after Hana Sromova turned her ankle badly and won 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. Also advancing were No. 6 Nadia Petrova and No. 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open winner. Also, 17-year-old Michaella Krajicek defeated Sania Mirza 6-3, 7-5 and Samantha Stosur beat Ana Ivanovic by the same score. No. 16 Nicole Vaidisova and No. 20 Flavia Pennetta were other seeded players advancing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MELBOURNE, Australia – Top-ranked Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with an emphatic 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 win over Florian Mayer today. The 24-year-old Swiss star finished with 38 winners and closed out the 1-hour, 12-minute match with an ace. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card U.S. Open women’s champion Kim Clijsters spent 10 minutes longer on court than Federer in her 6-4, 6-2 victory over qualifier Yuan Meng. Clijsters, bothered by hip and back soreness, overcame 48 unforced errors and five doubles to beat Yuan, who had heavy strapping on both thighs and produced only two clean winners in the match. The second-seeded Clijsters needed treatment on her back and hip between sets and was not moving fluently, although she went to the net 14 times and won 12 of those points. “I’m happy with the win but my body doesn’t feel too good at the moment,” Clijsters said. “Although I didn’t play my best tennis, not even close, I always felt like I could win. “As long as (the hip) doesn’t get worse, I’ll keep fighting and see how I go.” last_img read more

‘W&G: Curse of Were-Rabbit’ sweeps Annie Awards

first_img [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The makers of “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” popped up Saturday more than that burrowing pest in England’s vegetable patches as the film captured 10 prizes at the 33rd annual Annie Awards. The Oscar-nominated clay-animated production – a five-year project for Britain’s Aardman Animations – swept all 10 feature film categories, from best animated feature and the directing honor for Nick Park and Steve Box to best music for Julian Nott. Park, who created the title characters of the quirky inventor and his brilliant but cynical dog, personally received four awards, including writing and character design. The film also won for animated effects and production design. In three categories there were friendly rivalries among contributors to “Were-Rabbit.” Peter Sallis, who plays Wallace, topped co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Smith in the voice acting category. Bob Persichetti won over Michael Salter in feature storyboarding, and Claire Billett scored more votes than Jay Grace and Christopher Sadler in character animation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Left in the dust over and over were “Chicken Little,” “Robots,” “Madagascar” and the two other contenders for the best feature Academy Award, “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.” The television awards were more evenly distributed at the awards ceremony at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood. Best animated television production went to “Star Wars: Clone Wars II Chapters 21-25” from Cartoon Network Studios. Peter Shin claimed the prize for directing a TV production for the “Family Guy” episode titled “North by North Quahog,” while Seth McFarlane won the TV voice acting honor as beyond-precocious baby Stewie in the series’ “Brian and the Bachelor” episode. “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” on Cartoon Network picked up awards for best music and production design, while Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob Squarepants: Fear of a Krabby Patty” won for best writing in a TV production. Valerie Kuklenski, (818) 713-3750 last_img read more

2 students suspended in school snowball fight

first_img “They’re still there to mandate the rules, and they have to draw the line somewhere.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Anything that disturbs that or disrupts that is inappropriate on a school campus,” Neece said. “Anything that could cause injury, or could cause a student to get upset and instigate a fight, or damage students’ personal property is just inappropriate behavior.” Zavala and Sepulveda were stunned. “The school overdid it. In the handbook it does not say, `Do not bring snow to school,”‘ Zavala said Thursday afternoon. “It’s snow,” Sepulveda said. Zavala’s mother Martha Valdez called the boys’ actions “harmless” but said she supported the decision by school officials. RIVERSIDE – Two Ramona High School students were suspended for bringing dangerous objects to school – snowballs. Seniors Michael Sepulveda and Daniel Zavala, the snowball co-conspirators, made a pre-dawn run to the San Bernardino Mountains to fill their pickup trucks with snow and bring it to school for what they hoped would turn into an annual “bring Big Bear to Riverside” ritual. They were suspended after a school parking lot snowball fight before the start of classes Thursday. Principal Mike Neece said one of his most important responsibilities is maintaining a safe, orderly learning environment. last_img

Pep out of home-price rises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The median home price across Southern California edged up to a record-high $480,000 in February, but the annual increase was the weakest in months, and sales fell to their lowest level in five years, an industry tracker said Tuesday. The narrowing appreciation and sales continued to demonstrate that the once-hot residential real estate market has cooled significantly, said the report from La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. Last month 19,905 new and previously owned homes and condominiums were sold across the six-county region from Ventura to San Diego, down 7 percent from a year earlier and 0.9 percent from January. A decline from January to February is normal. February’s sales total was the lowest for that month since 2001, when 18,040 homes were sold. The strongest February in DataQuick’s statistics was in 2004, when 23,004 homes were sold. The weakest was in 1991, when 10,025 homes were sold. The price increase, an annual 12.9 percent, was the smallest since a 12.7 percent gain in March 2002. “It’s numbers like these that both bubble theorists and market cheerleaders can pounce on to make their points. Reality is more mundane,” said DataQuick’s president, Marshall Prentice. He notes that the market frenzy is past, and buyers and sellers are entering a new phase of the residential real estate cycle. A clearer picture of the new trend should emerge next month, Prentice said. Annual price gains ranged from a low of 6.4 percent in San Diego County to a high of 27.7 percent in San Bernardino County, the most affordable market in the region, with a median price of $373,000. But prices have been basically flat for about six months, and San Diego has seen single-digit increases for 10 consecutive months. DataQuick’s report showed that: In Los Angeles County, sales fell an annual 9.2 percent, and the median price increased 15.6 percent to $490,000. Ventura County’s median price increased 18.6 percent to $618,000, and sales fell 8.8 percent to 804 transactions. “I find these numbers to be fairly comforting,” said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. “There’s probably a fairly good balance between supply and demand.” The typical monthly mortgage payment that buyers committed to paying in February was $2,251, up from $2,162 in January and from $1,905 a year earlier, according to the company. Adjusted for inflation, current payments are about 2.7 percent above typical payments in the spring of 1989, the peak of the previous real estate cycle. Unlike then, indicators of market distress are still largely absent, the company reported. Financing with adjustable-rate mortgages has dropped significantly during the last three months as those rates moved closer to what is being charged for longer-term home loans. And foreclosure activity is edging up from its bottom, but is still low. Down-payment sizes are stable, as are flipping rates and buying of homes not to be occupied by owners. Karevoll expects the market to be wobbly for the next few months. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the economy is on sound footing and sees no signs of the kind of collapse that chilled the market in the early 1990s. But he, too, agrees that the peak is past. “The character of the market has changed,” Kyser said. “We have to see what the course is over the next couple of months.” [email protected] (818) 713-3743last_img read more