By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Do this, and do it fast! Support these two buds [Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine] by: 1) making sure they read this letter, 2) encouraging them to set up a fund dedicated to hiring the best lawyer money can buy (I'm good for $200) and advertising it in your paper and on your website, 3) instructing the lawyer(s) to sue the shit out of EVERYONE and EVERY ENTITY who persecuted these two guys [Nick Schou's "Buds," June 10]. I can smell smoking guns of misapplied laws, corruption, collusion and discrimination. But they need to do it right; if done right, they could become early (and well-heeled) heroes of the movement (and I wouldn't touch the stuff . . .).
Angela, Santa Ana
OUT TO PASTURE
I am a police officer (for more than 20 years), and there is NOTHING I appreciate more in life than a "dirty cop" being caught and fired from the department [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Hot to Trot," June 17]. While "regular citizens" are appalled the process takes so long, law-enforcement officers are even more appalled and frustrated because they have to continue to work with the scum until they are fired. Unfortunately, Scott Christopher Montoya will use the Police Officers Bill of Rights in a sad (hopefully unsuccessful) attempt to get his job back. Please just remember that for one "dirty cop," there are hundreds of good, honest, hard-working cops who step up every day, despite the constant mud and garbage being slung at them.
milfcop, via ocweekly.com
NO BAD REVIEW SHALL ESCAPE MY SIGHT
It would appear from the tone of the review that the critic has never read a comic book and does not enjoy the sci-fi genre [Karina Longworth's "Superhero Fatigue," June 17]. If she had taken the stick out of her ass long enough to actually enjoy Green Lantern, instead of postulating psychobabble issues like so many red herrings in a sea of irrelevant nitpickings, she would have realized that this brought the flavor of the comic to the screen perfectly. Ryan Reynolds, while not my first choice, nails the character of Hal Jordan in a way that pleasantly surprised and delighted me. The entire cast was spot-on. The plot was consistent and easy to follow, even for a moron, but only if you were actually paying attention. The special effects were spectacular. All in all, Warner Bros. is to be congratulated for setting a new benchmark for super-hero movies.
Raykarch, via ocweekly.com
HOMIES! VERY NICE!
Any true artist would have waited outside for his gig to begin [Gabriel San Roman's "Matrícula Madness," June 10]. Oh, Santoros felt slighted because they couldn't drink some overpriced beers with their homies before the gig? Get over it, and get your ID issues in order so you don't have this happen again! I've worked the front door before, and when your ID isn't in order, no go! Trouble with the ABC far outweighs any mojado with hurt feelings!
Excholo, via ocweekly.com
CROSS (BORDER) PURPOSES
If it were easy to be a citizen, it wouldn't have taken my mom 18 years to earn her citizenship [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! June 10]. Of course, we moved every few years as my dad chased work in the oil industry, so we had to restart the process each time. It finally took a U.S. Representative to help the process along. It is mind-numbingly full of interviews, paper shuffling and the random xenophobe holding up the works.
In another vein, I don't think you should be able to vote in this country until you can pass that citizenship test. That's a hard mofo to practice for. I have no idea about actually sitting for the test, but I do know we'd be well-rid of Know Nothings once we had a voting populace who appreciated the system for what it is.
DarNamell, via ocweekly.com
There is already a country called Mexico, a country and culture that defends its borders and takes its sovereignty seriously. Why can't the United States take its country and culture seriously and decide what people it needs or doesn't need? There are many fine Mexican-American citizens of the U.S. who have contributed a great deal and came here legally. That's what we need: legal immigrants.
Arellano and those commenters on his fan page bemoan the fact that not every Mexican can just plop down and be given a green card. No kidding! We don't WANT every Mexican up here in the U.S. and could even stand to get rid of a few million of what we have already, while unemployment is at 9 percent, and California's real unemployment is at 20 percent, with declining wages across the board.
Mexico has a corrupt ruling class of Carlos Slim types who shamelessly rob the entire country. The best thing for Mexico's (and Guatemala's and El Salvador's and Honduras') future is to keep their restive working classes at home to revolt and overthrow the stinking bastards. We don't need them up here sucking dry our welfare tit (a tit designed to help American citizens in time of need).
But yes, if more illegal immigrants could get their children to finish school, have babies after they're married and living with a decent income without using food stamps and bankrupting hospitals, stay out of gangs/crime, Americans might just turn a blind eye to the presence of millions of law breakers. With the economy tanking, jobs vanishing or paying less, and entire industries moving overseas or into the black-market economy, more and more Americans are looking at the vast crowd of dysfunctional foreigners in their midst, and they are not liking what they are seeing.
Human Tornado, via ocweekly.com
CUSTOMER SERVICE 101
I went to 101 Noodle Express last weekend, and I agree with your review [Edwin Goei's "Chinese 101," June 17]. Decent food, but the nonchalance of the service (but hopefully not the cleanliness) will kill this restaurant.
Ted, via ocweekly.com
Unfortunately, I believe this commentary on Spanish has been hijacked despite a plea for a cease-fire [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! May 27]. My personal opinion is that languages and their respective dialects have as one of their functions and objectives the communication of ideas, facts, etc. They can also be aesthetically pleasing in themselves (e.g., poetry). Communication is communication, whether it be highbrow or vulgar. Who is to judge? Pues otra vez ya basta con las tonterías and name-calling, por favor.
It is not always what you say, but how you say it that matters. We can also disagree about things, but let's have an honest dialogue and respect one another, por favor. Gracias.
lechon, via ocweekly.com
This is not about being custodians of Cervantes, Don Quijote or Spanish from Spain. In Mexico alone, there is an ample and sufficient collection of literature to define a Spanish that goes well beyond mere regionalism. Carlos Fuentes, anyone? Indeed, it is now the most populous Spanish-speaking country. Mexico has some of the best-written laws in the Spanish-speaking world—despite being beset by corruption. Yes, it is castellano, but castellano's Mexicanization has moved beyond regionalism. We can draw from Mexico and many other countries to promote a common, well-spoken Spanish that is readily understood. I believe the role of the Royal Spanish Academy, as well as its sovereign affiliates, is exactly that! The U.S. (read: North American) affiliate only promotes true bilingualism and does not attempt to create a new Spanish.
This is NOT about attacking Chicano Spanish, if there even is such a thing. I think many Chicanos would take umbrage at having Chicano juxtaposed with the word Spanish. Of course it is fun to be creative with language; slang is fun. But the fact is that Spanish is still a foreign language. In a professional setting, what is the virtue of an anti-educational, dumbed-down Spanish?
In our times, who would think to address an African-American in jive or Ebonics? How insulting is that? What is the difference here?
It is absolutely impossible to determine the individual ken of each and every Mexican and Latino immigrant! This is why you can't direct a translation down to them; this practice would be based on conjecture and prejudice. One of the elements of the Chicano civil-rights movement was the issue of language rights—access for the monolingual Spanish speakers. Among other things, this movement called for the need for a Spanish court-interpreting program, which started in Los Angeles in the early '70s. As time went on, researchers and academics have been developing a more formal practice that uses true language equivalents, in the legal realm and otherwise.
SB Interpreter, via ocweekly.com
INNOCENCE, I PRESUME?
Too bad Daniel Wozniak won't get a fair trial [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Viewer Discretion Advised," June 3]. It's funny that not one shred of evidence that he did it has been released to the public, yet everyone loves a good story: the actor that saw everyone as his pawns. None of you knew him. So until the trial happens and the evidence clearly shows he did it, how about you let Lady Justice do her job.
Irritated, via ocweekly.com
Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Wozniak has the right to tell his side of the story, like we have the right to say what we think (unless we're being tracked by the police and lose that "freedom of speech" rule). If he did it, then he should ride the rail to the needle. If he didn't, his life has been tainted forever.
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