Navel Gazing's Project Un-uncensored

Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now

Bitter feelings filled Woods Cove Hall in the UC Irvine Student Center the evening of Nov. 13 as the student government's 16-member legislative council unanimously passed a resolution calling on UCI's administration "to divest from companies that profit from the apartheid and occupation in Palestine by the Israeli government." These include Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett Packard and Raytheon, according to the group Irvine Divest, which called the non-binding resolution a "historic" first in the UC system. Three days later, UCI administrators responded it's not the policy of the campus or the UC system to divest until the U.S. government tells them to. Nevertheless, executive members of the student government adopted the resolution later in the month—as Israeli tanks swarmed Gaza. (MC)

We didn't see this one coming: On Dec. 3, just a month after voters in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the DARE program dropped pot from its elementary-school-level curriculum. Apparently, the nation's longest-running anti-drug program finally awoke to what its critics have been saying for years: teaching little kids about weed smoking generally makes them want to hurry up and do that. Except for the little punks who promptly turn in their parents for growing pot in the house (NS)

When the Anaheim City Council voted 3-2 to subsidize two luxury hotels near the wilting GardenWalk in January, it transformed residents into a band of angry chingones. The massive $158 million in total tax breaks united lefty progressives and right-wing libertarian types in their denunciation of the corporatist trio's actions. Anaheimers took to public comments, town halls, protests, even a charter-amendment petition drive over the months. The council majority scoffed at them all, explaining their love of developer welfare in bland, technocratic "public-private partnership" tropes. While the efforts fell short, a number of opponents lawyered up and mounted a legal challenge. In a ruling handed down in December, an Orange County Superior Court judge voided the deal, writing that it violated the transparency-minded Brown Act. Despite that, the new council, especially with Jordan Brandman speaking in favor of the subsidy in the lead-up to his recent election, can bring the whole desmadre back to the forefront in the New Year. They can't be that arrogant, can they? (GSR)

Lightning In a Bottle Festival
Meranda Carter
Lightning In a Bottle Festival
A 'Real Housewives of OC' fan
Christopher Victorio
A 'Real Housewives of OC' fan
Trying to taste the rainbow
David Le
Trying to taste the rainbow
Riding high, hoping Daddy doesn’t see this online
Matt Oliver
Riding high, hoping Daddy doesn’t see this online
Not safe for work
LP Hastings
Not safe for work
From our slideshow of OC Graves of Celebrities
Taylor Hamby
From our slideshow of OC Graves of Celebrities
Ready for Foxfire
Meranda Carter
Ready for Foxfire

Porn star Carmella Bing, who was born Sarah Marie Fass, was apprehended in Irvine early Dec. 5 and cited for drug-paraphernalia possession by police chasing a stolen car she was riding in. The 31-year-old was cited, booked, released but otherwise not linked to the Mercedes-Benz stolen in Panorama City or the phony credit cards and driver's licenses found inside. By the time investigators were done, a suspected identity-theft ring was exposed and three men were arrested. Around 2:30 a.m., a patrol officer had seen the Mercedes with paper license plates speeding along Lake Forest Drive and eventually found it abandoned in a residential driveway. Fass was found in a back yard. Speaking of back yards, Anally Yours . . . Love Carmella Bing! is among her 138 adult films. (MC)

The introduction to this article—which appeared in print as "Project Un-uncensored: Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now"—was written by Matt Coker. The photos were curated by Taylor Hamby.

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