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
I understand there are niche markets in porn [Joel Beers' "Beyond the Gonzo," Feb. 11]. There is girl-on-girl, gangbang, fat women, anal sex, supersized penises and so on. . . . However, I had no idea there was a niche market for watching the mentally ill have sex. Nadya Suleman is painful to watch or listen to even in the most basic situations. She can't answer the most basic question without lying, exaggerating, going off the subject or babbling. Now, you want us to suffer through looking at this nutjob having sex? You think we want to look at a body that has had a tummy tuck, a Lap-Band, liposuction, numerous breast implants, cheek implants, brow- and eye-lifts, lip implants, and Botox, and then you tell us we should want to pay for that? What's next? Are you going to put out porn flicks featuring the mentally retarded? After all, they want to live independently. Sorry, Steve Hirsch, but no one wants to watch the world's village idiot having sex.
Annabanana, via ocweekly.com
YOU CAN LEAD A WRITER TO WATER BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM STOP DRINKING BOOZE
I am unable to comprehend the need or compulsion to numb one's brain unless it is to sate the implanted desire and/or belief via lifelong propaganda/indoctrination from corporate USA that fun requires a constant party along with imbibing alcohol [Gustavo Arellano's Drink of the Week, "Platte Valley Corn Whiskey," Aug. 26]. So sad. Such an easily manipulated herd of citizen-sheep bleating out in rapturous joy as they obey their master's indoctrination.
opbop, via ocweekly.com
THANK GOD THEY FOUND A NEW HOME
There are things called private-property rights. If a landlord wants you out, then you are out [Gabriel San Roman's "El Centro Cultural de Someplace Else," July 15]. Get over it. My landlord wants someone with more cash in here, so I move. Stop crying. Move. It isn't that difficult, and there are TONS of vacancies in Santa Ana. I've looked, and they are CHEAP. Look, your illegal brothers have been able to figure out the concept of moving on the fly to el norte for years; why is it that the community center can't take all of that wealth of knowledge and apply it to a truck and a lease agreement?
Moving isn't rocket science. It takes simple application of one's abilities. These community clowns don't want to apply themselves and just want to cry about it.
Your Padre, via ocweekly.com
GOOD BURGER, BAD HIPSTER
OMG! He puts potato chips on his burger [Edwin Goei's "Burger Parlor Games," July 15]???? Wow, groundbreaking. I must be a fucking genius because I've been doing that since I was . . . 5. Hipsters, you all are sheep. Keep following the rest of your uninformed flock. Chips, indeed.
Your Padre, via ocweekly.com
BRAVE NEW URBANISTS SPEAK
So, the community stopped shopping at the Marketplace, and now it's upset because that place is changing? If I don't buy a single antique in the Orange Circle, I don't get to whine about antique stores turning into sandwich shops or claim that someone is trying to destroy the historical context of my downtown area. You wanted to shop at WalMart, so don't cry when your abandoned downtown gets revamped by its owner [Lilledeshan Bose's "Change of Venue," July 29].
Oh, gentrification! Greatest evil since the Red Menace! How cruel: tricking wealthy people into improving abandoned slums and generating revenue for your city!
Outsider, via ocweekly.com
WE END THE YEAR WITH SOKA-BOTS!
As an atheist student at Soka University of America who has had no affiliation with Soka Gakkai International (SGI), let me just say that I felt more religious discrimination in one day of public high school than I have ever felt here [Michelle Woo's "The School On a Hill," March 11]. I would go so far as to say I have not felt any and that this article is only trying to draw readership for its advertisements by sensationalizing private legal issues. I guess if that were the goal, mission accomplished.
Nate Maynard, via ocweekly.com
This is purely shock journalism. Ms. Woo will regard her work as tantalizing. Advocates of SGI will consider this article petty. The side of the victim in this article—which is directly slanted in support of—is extremely happy, as if she has won a great victory. Seek your truth.
Silverbackninja, via ocweekly.com