The ridiculous letting-off-steam rant (because the election didn’t go L.A. Weekly’s way) in the Filtered section, "A Message From the Arrogant Liberal Elite" [November 12–18], uses a variation of the word fuck 25 times and 15 variations of dick, ass and shit. The article has only 574 words and uses 40 nasty words.

Some of the reasons why politically correct liberals lost the election: The people who voted against them don’t like to use foul words much, especially around children. Also, their version of morals includes marriage between opposite sexes, and they think that people in the crowded cities of the blue states spend too much time fucking each other in the ass.

—Kim Lee
Los Angeles


It seems fellow Australian Tony Jones has bought into the simple-minded argument that "left wing" equals bad and "right wing" equals good [Letters to the Editor, "Under Cover," November 12–18]. Mr. Jones is probably a member of the Australian Liberal Party (read: conservative) and hasn’t recognized in his provincial worldview that nonviolent dissent in all its forms is one of the cornerstones of a healthy democracy. He stupidly equates being liberal with having no values and drinking lattes, but I suspect he finds L.A. Weekly a guilty pleasure — a place where he can get a dose of the sex and violence he apparently desperately craves and doesn’t get in the right-wing Rupert Murdoch–dominated landscape of Australian media. Be assured, not all Australians are this narrow-minded.

—Craig Johnston
Santa Monica (via Melbourne, Australia)


Joshuah Bearman’s article "Demon Democrats" [November 12–18] tries to demonize the far-far-right 10 percent that voted for Bush for the first time this election. But my question to him is: Who is more hypocritical, the far-right 10 percent that believe in and voted for Bush, or the far-far-left 10 percent that didn’t believe in Kerry but voted for him simply because they hated Bush?

—Marc Schlenker

It is a sign that something is terribly wrong — and terribly Orwellian — when a Republican moderate is figuratively crucified for refusing to bow to the extremist wing of his party. 9/11 clearly illustrated the danger of religiously motivated political extremism. I would like to thank Senator Arlen Specter for his strength and integrity in openly challenging the right wing’s supposed mandate to control what happens in my own uterus.

—Mary T. Shaw
Norristown, Pennsylvania


I can’t imagine holding up against just one of the Aguilars’ ordeals, let alone all of them! One would think that the authorities would do everything possible to help this family succeed, rather than devoting valuable resources toward trying to destroy it. That this couple survives despite so much adversity and police scrutiny is nothing short of a miracle, and is a testament to true family values. Those quick to judge should consider that.

—Sandra Herwerth
Los Angeles


Kim Morgan’s uninformed review (to say that a biopic should not be like a biopic is the height of arrogance and ignorance) completely misses the rich intelligence and insight of Ray ["The Genius, Almost Live," October 29–November 4], a movie that more than pays tribute to the musician’s genius while also comprehending the demons that fueled his art and nearly destroyed him. The cinematic dexterity and thematic grasp of Taylor Hackford’s direction fulfills the dramatic impact of Ray’s struggle to conquer and control his demons. Ray is an instant classic of humanist cinema that will be loved and remembered long after such dumb-ass reviews are forgotten.

—Dale Winogura
Los Angeles


My husband and I were lucky enough to be in a nearly sold-out audience at the Complex for one of ventriloquist David Strassman’s performances, and we both wonder what show reviewer Tom Provenzano saw [Calendar, November 5–11].

It seems to me that Mr. Provenzano is contemptuous of ventriloquism as an art form; nothing Mr. Strassman could have done would have pleased him. The only adjective in his piece that is relevant is describing Strassman as "valiant." He should have added "creative," "talented" and "funny." He is a performer with impeccable timing, and we found his delivery polished and his material delightful.

We were not alone, either. The rest of the audience laughed heartily and often. Strassman was rewarded with long and enthusiastic applause at the conclusion of his show.

—Marty Perry


In addition to exposing the dangers of H5N1 in understandable language, Margaret Wertheim’s excellent piece, "The Terrorists Within" [Quark Soup, November 12–18], should encourage thought about the consequences of a vegetarian lifestyle — large flocks of poultry that become, in essence, petri dishes are no longer required. Well done!

—Antonio San Marco
Los Angeles


Sustainability is something we are passionate about, and Robert Greene’s outstanding piece on the issue ["Environmental Ecstasy," September 24–30] may have helped some more people to think about their own lifestyle and what they can do to make small changes toward a sustainable future.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan, over 3,000 people participated in 15 events, and the Weekly’s coverage was invaluable in bringing such a successful week to our community.

—Andrew Basmajian, Dean Kubani, Sharon Norwood, Michelle Pettit
Environmental Programs Division, Santa Monica



In the film review of Bright Leaves [Calendar, November 12–18], the star of the film Bright Leaf was misidentified. Gary Cooper played the role.

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