By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Clockwork Coker is gone for the weekend in Oakland again; the Mexican is in, posting before noon for the next three days. Pray for the Big Easy: GARELLANO@OCWEEKLY.COM
Posted Sept. 5, 3ish. What, Mexicans can't observe the Labor Day weekend?!
TIMES-PICAYUNE TO BUSH: START FIRING INCOMPETENTS, IDIOT
The New Orleans Times-Picayune deserve every award known to man for their gut-wrenching, courageous reporting in the face of Hurricane Katrina (scroll, baby, scroll to find their blog). Yesterday, the Times-Picayune picked up where Kanye West left off and blasted Dubya in an open letter. The great thing about this is that the Times-Picayune is shielded from any criticism because it has a moral standing right now about the level of Kilimanjaro. Not only did the newspaper call Katrina three years ago, it is also continuing to print a paper edition despite them having no offices to speak of. Do goodwill a favor: subscribe when the Times-Picayune gets back to some sort of regularity no mattter where you live. Kyrie Elison.
KANYE WEST UPDATE
Our apologies to the broken link below. Try here. And buy Late Registration already: it's a goodie, even if West hadn't become the Tommie Smith of this era.
POST OF THE DAY
"Dude, I saw the squeeze today at the laundry mat. Are you guys for real? You cannot possibly think anyone with any sense at all would pick up this worthless rag do you? I plead temporary insanity for looking at it. There are way too many 'free' papers out there already, please stop killing trees to print this crap. And by the way, you are NOT very photogenic. You should not show your face pictures in public."
--Post about a publication of the Orange County Register that's trying to siphon away our readers.
CHARITY OF THE DAY
Kicked by Katrina
Rather than provide humanitarian support, this website is set up to "directly help our friends who lost their jobs and property in Hurricane Katrina." Kyrie Elison. --Post on the blog of a major local daily's attempt to siphon our readers. Best case for saving the environment I've heard in a while, frannkly.
Posted Sept. 3, noonish
KANYE WEST FOR PRESIDENT
This is why network television is great: as millions watch on in wearied appreciation as such great musicians as Aaron Neville and Wynton Marsalis play for their hometown in a one-hour fundraiser, rapper Kanye West unleashesan attack on President George W. Bush that he probably stole from the KPFK listener line. Us West Coasters don't get to hear West directly criticize Bush, but Drudge immediately posts on the matter and the conservatives go wild. View the clip here.
Agree with it or not, but one thing is certain: political rap just might come back with this disasters But as memorable as that clip was, what will stick in Naranja's mind longer was the melancholy, desperate rendition of "When the Saints Come Marching In" that concluded the fundraiser. There will be many versions throughout the coming weeks, but probably none laced with as much immediacy and fretful hope for better times to come. Kyrie Elison.
BLOG OF THE DAY
Notice how many of the cities and suburbs around New Orleans call themselves parishes, such as Orleans and Jefferson Parish? That's because New Orleans is heavily Catholic, founded as it was by Catholic colonizers. We hesitate to shill for an organization that is corrupt to its soul thanks to the sex-abuse scandal, but we also understand that the survivors of Katrina need spiritual support as well--and as a loyal Catholic, I sure don't want Protestants hogging up all the souls (kidding!). Kyrie Elison.
Posted Sept. 2, 4ish
SCHWARZENEGGER PEOPLE YELL AT OC MOM 'CAUSE SHE'S SAD ABOUT KATRINA
As if California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't screwing up enough as of recent, we get a call from Trudy in Garden Grove, a mother of two who was so affected by Hurricane Katrina she began calling all her elected officials, from Garden Grove Mayor Bill Dalton (got a voice-mail) to Senator Diane Feinstein (whose officials said Feinstein was already working her tuchus off in Washington, D.C.). When Trudy reached the Sacramento offices of Schwarzenegger and asked why California wouldn't help, she says a representative began yelling at her. Some of the person's comments. . .:
You're calling the wrong place. . .This is not the time for criticism. . .It's not appropriate. . .It's a political statement. . .You could go volunteer!
"My son emptied his piggy bank to give to the Red Cross," Trudy tells Naranja. "And me being angry at the governor is a political statement? I'm disgusted." Make that two of us.
PIÑATA OF THE MONTH
In this time of devastation and catastrophe, it's wonderful to see liberals and conservatives alike can cast aside their differences and join in Nativo-bashing. The boys over at OC Blog provide two links to articles in the Weekly Standard and World Net Daily where commentators whack away at the man who makes gabacho OC froth and tremble. Add in the Mexican's own dos pesos, and poor Nativo suffers from more bruises than a Stanton stripper. What we still don't get, though, is why this surge in Nativo-hate. I mean, it's not like the guy is running for office. . .or is he? Nah--the only thing Nativo is up to these days is running the Mexican-American Political Association, which has about as much power as Steve Finley.