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In Defense of Unwed Mothers

Who here has ever thought of dating… on purpose… a pregnant woman? But, 50 years after this article, with what we now know about the challenge of being a single mom, and the stories of the many who have purposefully, bravely, and successfully taken on that role, surely we should be convinced that many of these women are admirable individuals. Likely with personality components that make for a wonderful partnership.
The real question might be whether or not, in general, if the other side of the equation is ready for a self-determined partner, confront a past relationship or, most specifically, to adopt a baby not of their making.
Thinking that this might be a hot-button issue – though guessing it’s still not one that’s often in conversation (just as this old article suggests) – I’ll place it right into our ‘A Unique Perspective’ section to see if there’s a soul out there with a comment on what mores, if any, have changed. Are we more enlightened, or still further behind this cultural shift than we should be?

Please note, on the very same page on which the article continues, there is a small advert with a big announcement: Joni Mitchell is making her first appearance in L.A.
(fyi, Joni Mitchell, who, per AllMusic “may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century” was a single mother – in a difficult time and place. In just a few of her songs and elsewhere, she has shared her thoughts. This may be a surprise to you, as it is to many of her fans… and is another reason for our featuring the article we have – for your own thoughts.)
This Issue, of course, has many other articles on many other themes -we’re always happy to share what we have with you: please find much more at LosAngelesFreePress.com.

LA Free Press Office BOMBED!

Coincidentally, Gene Youngblood (who was, back then, the Associate Editor) and I were just discussing, yesterday, how Ted Zatlyn, the Managing Editor was lucky enough to leave about 20 minutes before the bomb was thrown!

Unfortunately, among the items destroyed were the hundreds of Allen Zak’s photos of all the luminaries who had visited this office on Fairfax, and the previous office – Jim Morrison, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin and dozens more among them. Art once told me that, for some reason, it took the City about an hour to get a firetruck out to quench the flames… imagine that. (Or you might just remember this all from a ‘real-life’ episode of the Mod Squad 🙂 )

Of course, you can see that this just capped a week lacking in love – the Long Beach City Council was looking for a way to keep our rag from being sold on its streets. (But that other radical rag, the U.S. Constitution, pretty much scuttled its plan. At least it wasn’t the one set on fire.)

So… what to do? Well… we could have swept out the office but… but we caught the Fugs at the Kaleidoscope instead. And here’s what’s really cool – just by staying on our keisters, we are magically slipping into a 3 day orgy… of films!! Check out the notices of the scene of our adventures at:

(And check out the next 2 posts for what happens next 🙂

RFK Quiet About the CIA re JFK? And What About The Resistance and 2001?

Surely Mark Lane’s response to his own question became our lead story. Afterall, more than 4 years had gone by since the assassination of his brother – the President of our United States – and more than 3 years since the Warren Report.
And, so, who was it that had the audacity to ask?
Less than a month from today, on May 10, we’ll note the 3rd anniversary of Mark Lane’s passing. He was an Attorney, New York State Legislator, Civil Rights Activist, and Vietnam War-Crimes Investigator. But he was best known for Rush to Judgment, his bestselling (it was on the NYT Bestseller’s List for 29 weeks) critique of the Warren Commission’s Report. And, of course, Mr. Lane penned a number of articles for us, the Los Angles Free Press, as well.

Remarkably, RFK had not – publicly – presented his thoughts on the Warren Report when it was published in 1964, and Lane’s book, challenging it, showed that interest in the matter was, obviously, still high. Less than 2 months after this article, RFK, himself, was assassinated… also by a ‘lone’ gunman, Sirhan Sirhan.

Mr. Lane’s final book, Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK, published in 2011, might be the answer that RFK couldn’t… or wouldn’t… provide back when we published this article. (And, too, as the documentary of one of America’s most powerful families plays in the background, there is little mention of Hoffa’s upset with the Attorney General, nor his remark that he thought he would be the one that they would be coming after.) This coming June, we’ll speak more about this shooting – perhaps the first major incident of political violence in the United States stemming from the Arab–Israeli conflict.


In the meantime, let’s give some exposure to less complicated connections but still those hidden from the eye: right-hand bottom corner report of the seemingly nonsensical raids on the peace and love types all come to gather for the Festival of Chauli. Why bother with these folks? Well, for one, lotsa of love makes for lessa war – and can even turn into outright protests against the whole shebang. For instance, and probably just a lucky coincidence (for the cops), there – (on page 3) was Barry McQuire – that peacenik that was shouting about the coming Eve of Destruction – just ready and ripe to be busted…what givin’ war a bad name and all.
On page 15, another troop from the Flower Power Brigade were touting their organization of The Resistance with its 10-day celebration. (Not familiar with The Resistance? Study-up… or hope those 2018 elections go well.)

Back to Barry for a moment – You’ll find that we put the original video on our FB music page – https://www.facebook.com/LAFPmusic/ Check it out! and see if you can catch the irony of the line that references a moment in time with JFK.

Now let’s take a leap forward in a kinda Back to the Future way… it was in this issue that Gene Youngblood – another LA FP Writer of note (international acclaim, actually) called the feature film ‘2001’ a “Masterpiece”.  Here’s his piece on that piece – more than 30 years later, what’s your opinion?

Well, enough of the old news – here’s some new news: yet another of the LA FP’s fine writers – literally an icon of the 60’s, Paul Krassner, in light of all that has been happening with the FBI, has graced us with a gem from his past. We’ve buried it over here:

And, Finally – new news re: our feature ‘ARRESTED LA FREE PRESS EDITOR FIGHTS BACK’… A new trial date has been set! May 29th, 2018
With that said, come back this very Friday and look for what has happened, and our next steps toward winning this case!


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