Peter Shelton

Comedy and its opposite

Posted in Watch columns by pshelton on November 19, 2009

I want to see Sarah Palin as pure comedy. As nothing more than a laughable creation of our celebrity culture. (more…)

The Education of a Philanthropist

Posted in Watch columns by pshelton on September 16, 2009

Twice last week I heard radio interviews with investigative journalist Max Blumenthal on his book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party. And twice I heard him mention the name Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., as a reclusive, Tourette’s-afflicted “funding angel” of the Christian far-right.

The last time I saw Howard Ahmanson, he was hiding under a polished table in the foyer of his family’s mansion. He was eleven. Or maybe ten. It was his birthday party, and he refused his mother’s entreaties to come out and greet Mr. Shelton, who had come to take me home. (more…)