Author: Robert M. Nelson

Revisiting ‘Nuclear War in Los Angeles’

The year was 1980. The nuclear arms race had escalated for three decades. The US and the USSR had enough warheads to destroy the world several times over. The Southern California Federation of Scientists investigated the matter and produced a report called “Nuclear War in Los Angeles.” We stacked the deck in favor of the United States. We assumed that the US struck the USSR by surprise eliminating 90 percent of the Soviet warheads in their missile silos. We analyzed a Soviet counterattack, allocating their remaining weapons to target our cities in proportion to population. LA’s share was 10...

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Could Al Franken be the next Democratic candidate for president?

Make no mistake about it; Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken is a very funny man. His new book is true to tradition. In 2009, after a decade of experience on “Saturday Night Live,” he crossed over to join the United States Senate. Since all things are relative, Franken quite justifiably declares himself a “lion.” Compared to the likes of Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, no lo contendre! Franken’s name has come up as a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. He is making the rounds. His recent local appearance with Chelsea Handler at Glendale’s Alex Theatre in...

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Sessions’ War on Drugs will target minorities, especially African Americans

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it official. The federal government will now reboot its war on drugs. The official word came down in the form of memos from Sessions ordering federal prosecutors to cease and desist on the soft approach former Attorney General Eric Holder took toward prosecuting petty drug offenders. Now prosecutors must demand the harshest sentence, threaten to pile on sentence enhancements to browbeat drug offenders into copping guilty pleas, and they must itemize the drugs an offender uses to insure they are slapped with minimum mandatory sentences. Sessions isn’t just talking about cracking down on the...

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Democrats hope to take advantage of Trump’s declining popularity

This weekend, the California Democratic Party (CDP), the largest Democratic Party organization in the largest Democratic state, holds its annual convention in Sacramento. Approximately 2,500 delegates will chart their future in the wake of the debacle last fall. The Problem Unfortunately, the proceedings are overshadowed by followers of President Trump and his vanquished rival Hillary Clinton, who continue to trade charges about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump’s people find it unseemly of Comey to request additional funding to continue an investigation of Trump’s political associates and foreign business interests. Mrs. Clinton’s supporters find it unseemly of...

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Upcoming Events

Dec
14
Thu
4:30 pm Bob Baker Marionette Theater Hol... @ One Colorado
Bob Baker Marionette Theater Hol... @ One Colorado
Dec 14 @ 4:30 pm
Kids and families can enjoy the Bob Baker Marionette Theater Holiday Show at 4:30 p.m. Free.
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm
Jay Paris discusses and signs “Game of My Life Rams: Memorable Stories of Rams Football” at 7 p.m.
8:00 pm Little Candle Productions Live R... @ The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
Little Candle Productions Live R... @ The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Little Candle Productions presents the romantic comedy, “Deck the Halls (With Matrimony),” a live radio play in the story of two friends who run a wedding planning business for theme brides, who try to work[...]
Dec
15
Fri
9:00 am Health Fair, Free Film at Pasade... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Health Fair, Free Film at Pasade... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film[...]
6:30 pm Family Art Night at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Family Art Night at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art Night, for families with children ages 6 to 10 invites guests to view a work by Aert von der Neer, then use block paper and a glow-in-the-dark sticker sheet to create a scene[...]

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