October 20, 1991
For further proof of why the Democrats may never again be the governing party, we note reports that women's groups across the country are planning to "target" the 11 Senate Democrats who voted for Clarence Thomas. Never mind that 46 Democrats voted against Judge Thomas, while Republicans were almost unanimously in his corner. The punishment for treason is death. What these vengeful feminists don't seem to understand is that the Democrats will never command national respect if they always seem to be doing the bidding of one-or-another liberal interest group.
June 7, 2013 |
ALL THAT'S missing from the set-up to "The Purge" is the Rod Serling intro. This is a very "Twilight Zone"-y horror movie of ideas (plus some 2013 violence) set in a near-future America wherein a willing populace trades 364 docile, crime-free days for one day of anything-goes mayhem - the so-called Purge, during which all crime is legal. Business is good, as you might guess for enterprising suburbanite James (Ethan Hawke), who sells purportedly impregnable security systems to other McMansion dwellers.
August 20, 1992 |
Pennsylvania is one of only six states that "purges" voters (in other words, throws them off the voting rolls) if they fail to vote within two years. Last year, nearly 160,000 Philadelphians were "purged" from the rolls and unable to vote for mayor - with black and Latino voters 50 percent more likely to lose their vote than white voters. A federal court in Philadelphia will decide next month whether this result violates the federal Voting Rights Act. As the numbers make clear - nearly 25 percent of black voters are purged, versus only about 16 percent of whites - the Philadelphia purge has a strongly racially disparate effect (This effect was exacerbated last year when officials purged the bulk of the city's predominantly minority wards while leaving almost all the wards of the Northeast untouched)
June 16, 1994 |
Purging those who do not vote from the voter registration rolls doesn't discriminate against blacks and Latinos in Philadelphia, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday in a hotly divided 2 to 1 ruling. Writing for the majority, Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals said City Councilman Angel Ortiz and other plaintiffs had failed to show that purges discriminate against minorities. "It is not the state which prevents citizens from exercising their right to vote," Garth wrote in a 26-page opinion.
March 30, 1995
The New Jersey Senate plans to vote today on whether to disarm a vibrant public-interest student group by changing its system of raising funds. Funny how democracy works. The Assembly has already passed the bill, which would change the way the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), a state arm of a national student organization, is funded at Rutgers University. Now, students must check a box on their tuition bill - clearly marked "No NJPIRG funding" - to waive a $15-a-year fee to support the group.
July 2, 2016 |
Can you make a film that criticizes gun violence in America while also reveling in a relentless, gory orgy of gun violence, knife violence, chain-saw violence, and ax violence? That's the plight of the Purge franchise, an auteurish series of hyper-violent, dystopian thrillers from writer-director James DeMonaco ( The Negotiator , Skinwalkers ) now in its third installment with The Purge: Election Year . The premise and the basic story line are familiar: Set in the near future, the Purge movies concern an America where once a year, for 12 hours, citizens get to let off steam by committing any crime - including murder - without fear of prosecution.
June 7, 2013 |
What if we could heal our economic woes, reduce unemployment to less than 1 percent, and solidify America's position as the world's greatest financial and military power? What if we could do it all in only a handful of years? That's the utopian world offered in The Purge , a riveting, thoughtful psychological thriller starring Ethan Hawke ( The Woman in the Fifth ) and Lena Headey ( Game of Thrones ) that opens Friday. The Purge is set in an America that has instituted a simple formula for achieving economic success: Cull the population once a year, cutting out (killing)
June 10, 2013 |
It's always fun to see Hollywood's anointed winners, those ugly mega-blockbuster Goliaths , fall on their faces. And this week they did, to a most unexpected David , writer-director James DeMonaco 's home-invasion thriller, The Purge . A $3 mil morality play set in an imaginary America where once a year people can murder each other without fear of arrest, The Purge opened this weekend atop the box office chart, earning $34.6 mil, according to...
May 17, 1993 |
At first you might mistake the clay, Pillsbury Dough Boy-like figures and the simple, stick-people drawings for the innocent work of children. But take a closer look. There is a pattern of pain to these works - pain made all the more disturbing by their childlike quality. "Because it was so rough, it was even more powerful," said Diane Roka, executive director of the Markeim Art Center, where "Drawing on Strength: An Exhibit of Artwork by Women With Eating Disorders" opened Friday.