By Gustavo Arellano
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By Charles Lam
Urbanleftbehind, via ocweekly.com
ROCKIN' IN THE FREE MUNDO
Mexican rock en español was defined with Caifanes [Ted B. Kissell's "Mortal Friends," April 8]. Even with Saul Hernandez's drug addiction and the creation and collapse of Jaguares, he keeps coming back. This time, with the original band, this reunion is refreshing in a sense. When they broke up it felt like the end of Spanish rock in general.
Gabe_Rocker1999, via ocweekly.com
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SOMETHING IN COMMON(WEALTH)
I actually just recently stumbled upon the new digs of Commonwealth Lounge and Grill—the Monte Cristo is my fave, and there are tons of amazing beers on tap [Edwin Goei's "Fullerton Flavor," April 8]. And lots of great live music during the week! I will be back.
Zanifire1, via ocweekly.com
AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION
Man, did you call this dude out [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! April 8]. I was an engineering student at UCLA during the '80s. Affirmative action? Well back then, if you were Asian, you got none—[they were] 49 percent of the student body. If you were Anglo and came from Sylmar, guess what? You got it! Myself, since I was already working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, my affirmative action consisted of choosing my classes with the seniors. I am hiring right now—let me have him. We will rip this punk a new one.
Canyoncruz, via ocweekly.com
Tu sabes it's bogus. A Mexican going to grad school for something other than ethnic studies or sociology? ¡Pura mierda!
It is puzzling to noncult members how a cult's credibility can be established by an outpouring of hatred, demonization and implied threats [Michelle Woo's "The School on a Hill," March 11]. Yet, it is very common for Soka Gakkai International to mobilize members to engage in demonization and character assassination of someone perceived to be a Soka Gakkai critic.
As an American noncult member, this kind of demonization seems out of place here in Orange County. The comments section (numbering 360-plus to date) demonstrates that Soka Gakkai can mobilize members in a no-holds-barred frenzy that is hard to understand for anyone who is not a member of Aum Shinrikyo or Soka Gakkai. This outpouring of maliciousness has said much more about Soka Gakkai than any critic could have.
Guest, via ocweekly.com
For those not familiar with the way that that SGI has done things over the years, please understand that it has already shot itself in the foot and will bleed to death. On the surface it is one thing, and behind closed doors it is another. It is not a case of persecution of Buddhism, it is a twisting of Nichiren Buddhism that is the real issue here—and their use of Buddhism as a front for politics and money-gathering. It is a disgrace to twist real Buddhism as they are doing.
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