Author Archives: Lawrence Peitzman

About Lawrence Peitzman

Lawrence Peitzman is a lawyer in Los Angeles.

Edward Snowden, Public Servant?

David Brooks recently wrote a very insightful column, entitled “The Solitary Leaker,” about Edward Snowden, the former Booz Allen systems administrator who released to a blogger for The Guardian thousands of classified documents relating to two top secret NSA programs. … Continue reading

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Palling Around with Terrorists

In his new film, “The Company You Keep,” director Robert Redford tells a contemporary story about what happened to a small group of Sixties radicals. Identified as former members of the Weathermen, aka the Weather Underground (an actual far-left organization … Continue reading

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Two Movies that Deserved Better than They Got from the Critics

The national critics have been, at best, reluctant to praise “42,” writer-director Brian Helgeland’s biopic about Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in major league sports. Richard Roper, Chicago Sun Times: “a competent but mostly unexceptional film.” … Continue reading

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Slope-y Thinking

The current topography of the American political landscape seems to be made up entirely of hazards of one kind or another. We may have avoided going over the “fiscal cliff,” but, it appears, no matter which way we turn, we … Continue reading

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The Worst Thing About a Potential Romney Victory

Maureen Dowd in The New York Times: “If Romney gets to the Situation Room, will we see Cipher Mitt, the vessel of the neocons? Or will we see Moderate Mitt, chastising the hawks…with a variation of the line about Al … Continue reading

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Republicans Blame the Messenger

Chris Christie announced on Sunday’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that Mitt Romney was going to win Wednesday night’s debate so decisively that we will all wake up Thursday morning “saying, ‘Wow, we have a barn-burner now for the next … Continue reading

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Clinton versus Bush 2012

2016 seemed to be shaping up as the year of a Clinton-Bush rematch. “The Daily Show,” by way of example, took to calling its nightly coverage of the recent Republican convention “RNC 2012—The Road to Jeb Bush 2016,” and, based … Continue reading

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Make Believe

Mitt Romney accepted his party’s nomination for president last week standing in front of a huge electronic banner reading “We Believe in America.” What exactly does that mean? Forget “exactly.” What does that mean generally? In any sense? We believe … Continue reading

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We Can Do Better

Did I really see on TV this morning workers at the Republican Convention unrolling a huge banner reading “We Can Do Better”? I mean, come on. Can there possibly be a better set up for the Democrats to revive Obama’s … Continue reading

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Are Liberals Losing the Abortion Debate?

Ever since Congressman Todd Aiken made his unfortunate comments about “legitimate rape” and women’s bodies rejecting rapists’ sperm, liberal commentators have been carrying on like football players dancing in the end zone after scoring a touchdown. For a week now, … Continue reading

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