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Rodger Jacobs is a screenwriter, freelance journalist, and an award-winning writer and producer of feature documentaries.


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Columns by Rodger Jacobs

Dumb and Getting Dumber
Rodger Jacobs 2004-07-08 16:00
Memo To Terrorists: If your evil agenda that we are always warned about includes sending suicide bombers into crowded American retail outlets (as one terror analyst on Fox News recently speculated), do yourselves and your cause a favor and stay away from the large book store chains. You will only find a slim handful of customers inside and, as an astonishing new report indicates, no one is...
I Can't Get Home! Thanks, Homeland Security!
Rodger Jacobs 2004-07-07 16:00
Heads up: If there are any safe, sane women in the Vacaville area of Northern California planning on driving to L.A. in the next couple of weeks, can you drop me an e-mail so we can work out a ride-along for my girlfriend? I'm serious. You see, thanks to the wonderful machinations of the federal government in this terrorist-obsessed society we still have the nerve to call a 'homeland,' my...
Where Was the Pitchfork?
Rodger Jacobs 2004-07-02 16:00
When Saddam Hussein was escorted into a Baghdad courtroom on July 1, he looked like 'a hunted man in an alien land.' That's how New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief John Burns described the scene to CNN. 'It took him awhile to get dialed in and find his pitch,' Burns offered. But when the former dictator of Iraq finally did get his fingers around the ball, he threw with Koufax-like intensity...
Of Bullwinkle and Beheadings
Rodger Jacobs 2004-06-18 16:00
All I wanted was to get some Bullwinkle cartoons, but there's no escaping politics these days. When stress threatens to overwhelm me, I can often find mental comfort food in two commodities: old movies and old cartoons. A few days ago I was perusing the shelves at one of my favorite used book stores, Weinstein Fine Books on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, when I happened across a must-have stress...
Extravagant Color in Impaired Light
Rodger Jacobs 2004-05-30 16:00
"He had burned several times to enlist. Tales of great movements shook the land. They might not be distinctly Homeric, but there seemed to be much glory in them. He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and he had longed to see it all. His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds." ~ Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage Stephen...
M*A*S*H Redux: New Relevance for the 4077th
Rodger Jacobs 2004-05-25 16:00
I have avoided writing about my experiences with the groundbreaking television show M*A*S*H for 26 years. But after last Sunday, I find that I can no longer shun the issue, even at the risk of exposing that I was once a *gasp* young, brash, arrogant, and wholly ignorant wanna-be writer who thought that he had a firm grasp on Hollywood 's tender nether regions. Eleven-thirty on Sunday night is No...
It's 'Doctor Bush' to You
Rodger Jacobs 2004-05-23 16:00
Get ready to prepare your own punch line: the Louisiana State University awarded President George W. Bush with an honorary doctorate in science this week. If that doesn't have you collapsing in paroxysms of laughter, then you must ' well, you're probably a Republican and you probably get all warm and gushy inside whenever you hear wonderful words like 'freedom' and 'democracy' and 'peace-loving...
Osama Bin Laden Is "a Pussy"?
Rodger Jacobs 2004-05-17 16:00
Why do I do it? Why do I torture myself by watching Fox News? For starters, I think it's vitally important to be constantly aware of how 'the other side' thinks, no matter how scary a dip into those viper-filled waters can be. And on a more practical level, I need to have white noise filling the room while I'm working. So, it is mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 16. I'm poised at the keyboard,...
Educating Oscar: Snakeheads at Starbucks
Rodger Jacobs 2004-05-16 16:00
'It's not barbaric,' I insisted, 'not when viewed through the prism of Arabic culture.' A breeze rustled through the branches of a potted palm on the outdoor patio of the Starbucks at the corner of Sunset and La Brea. The palm fronds swayed with the wind as if leaning closer to our table to eavesdrop on the charged conversation. 'If cutting off someone's head on video isn't barbaric, then I'm...
Mickey Mouse With a Machine Gun
Rodger Jacobs 2004-05-09 16:00
The day of reckoning has finally arrived. While the whole world looked on, we screwed up so badly that it may take decades before the American people can walk down the sidewalk of world opinion without having our former friends and neighbors cross to the other side of the street. To say that we have lost the moral high ground in the wake of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is an understatement...
Palm Sunday
Rodger Jacobs 2004-03-28 16:00
Arturo Bandini in front of his typewriter two full days in succession . . . the longest siege of hard and fast determination in his life, and not one line done, only two words written over and over across the page, up and down, the same words: palm tree, palm tree, palm tree, a battle to the death between the palm tree and me, and the palm tree won: see it out there swaying in the blue air,...
The Varieties of Religious Experience
Rodger Jacobs 2004-03-09 17:00
I've never been a religious person. Like most kids growing up in the Seventies, I dabbled in Buddhism and eastern mysticism as a teen, had a Shinto shrine in the corner of my bedroom near the 8-track stereo, a lot of dog-eared Allan Watts books on the floor, and Bruce Lee posters on the wall, because the cult of Bruce Lee was a religion in itself circa 1974. I think I secretly longed to be...
Norman Mailer and the Box Cutters
Rodger Jacobs 2004-01-28 17:00
In the dream, Jill and I are living in a ramshackle, three-story house in a nameless, faceless city. The Gothic architecture of the house, washed in soft brown and yellow hues, suggests it was built in a pre-industrial era. On the first floor is the living room, kitchen, and dining area. The second floor, accessed by a creaky flight of wooden stairs, houses the bedrooms and study areas. And on...
Sunday in the New Normal
Rodger Jacobs 2004-01-25 17:00
Long before a trio of hijacked airliners changed our collective self-identity, this country was becoming an increasingly difficult place to live in. I have no interest in enumerating the social ills that plagued and continue to plague our nation before the admittedly horrific event we have dubbed "9/11" went down. But one thing is as clear as the message of tyranny behind the Bush...