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    Im a Complete Intellectual Fraud - Viet Dinh reveals the truth about himselfand the USA Patriot Actin UC Irvine Speech

    Illustration by Bob AulViet Dinh, the Bush-appointed former assistant attorney general and main author of the USA Patriot Act, began his Jan. 11 speech at UC Irvine's Beckman Center Auditorium by admitting, "I am a complete intellectual fraud." It...

    by Nick Schou on January 20, 2005
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    Puck Off! - Anaheim Deals With NHL Lockout

    Courtesy Long Beach Ice DogsIt's a measure of your average Canadian's love of hockey that cops there attribute the recent spike in serious crimes to the ongoing NHL lockout. In Orange County? When serious crime goes up here, you figure it's just the...

    by JOHN ROOS on January 20, 2005
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, My respect for the Democrats will be in negative numbers if they let Alberto Gonzlez get confirmed. Geez, Mexicans will steal your car and your civil liberties. They will ruin your neighborhood AND your Con...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 20, 2005
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or send to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. SURELY, YOU (IN)JEST I really enjoyed Gusta...

    on January 20, 2005
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    Diary of A Mad County

    Wednesday, Jan. 12 I've been in this business more than 20 years and if I've learned anything--beyond that standards vary wildly when defining the term "state of undress in the newsroom"--it's that a story is only as big as its headline. Today, ther...

    by Steve Lowery on January 20, 2005
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    The "All-Spin" Zone - Confidential memo reveals real reason Orange diocese settled sex-abuse suits

    Illustration by Bob AulNow that the Diocese of Orange has agreed to pay $100 million to victims of its pedo-priests, Bishop Tod D. Brown is busy cobbling a new persona for himself. Goodbye, bumbling protector of molesters; welcome, O valiant reforme...

    on January 13, 2005
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    Drafty

    Illustration by Bob AulYou were the punk kid riding in a girl's car with a "W'04" sticker on the back. I was the woman driving an SUV with the anti-Bush sticker. I saw you on the 5 freeway near Culver in beautiful Irvine. I saw you because you pulle...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 13, 2005
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    Elvis Is Everywhere - (Vagina!)

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfWell, this has been a full news week, hasn't it, puppies? Apparently, there's some hoo-hah over Social Security(would this be a bad time to decide I'm tired of contributing to my 401k?), The Governor is happily shoving tea...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2005
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    Eight Days

    THURS/JAN 13 Join the World Affairs Council and its members, whom I like to imagine as Pinkyand The Brain, as they stroke their huge heads and listen to Gregory Treverton, director of the RAND Corporation's Intelligence Policy Center and former vice...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2005
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    OCs 97 Best American Restaurants

    Photo by james BunoanAmerica! Love it, hate it--I prefer to eat it. For the past couple of months, I've tried the best the Republic offers within the confines of this county. I've dined with the Lords of the Universe at Aqua, slummed it with the hoi...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 13, 2005
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    The Gay Professor - Surf City native Eric Andersons sexual orientation is grist for his mill

    Photo by George Lange/TBSWeeks before Newport Beach millionaires Glen and Mindy Stearns won prize money they didn't need on TBS' recent The Real Gilligan's Island, the show's otherOrange Countian, Eric "Gumby" Anderson, was booted before he had a ch...

    by LURA JAQUES on January 13, 2005
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    Go Time - Ex-toll-road boss had one last project before he left: His own financial windfall

    It's common practice in the New Economy to reward executives who fail. Consider the $110,000 bonus to Wally Kreutzen, until recently the top bureaucrat at the financially troubled Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). Speaking in 1996 to the U.S...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2005
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    The Frugal Gourmet - Costa Mesa soup-kitchen volunteer feeds families after brush with deportation

    Photo by Nick SchouKevin is a 43-year-old surf bum with deep set, piercing eyes, a weather-beaten, sun-scorched face and graying ducktails. You might say that the best thing about his 45-day stay at Terminal Island's federal detention facility this ...

    by Nick Schou on January 13, 2005
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, My friend and I were wondering why Mexican girls are so beautiful when they are teenagers, then over the years, they become fat, old bags? Mark M. Costa Mesa Dear Gabacho, Get your facts straight. Wo...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 13, 2005
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Wednesday, Jan. 5 Eighteen people sign a letter demanding St. John the Baptist, a Catholic grammar and middle school in Costa Mesa, ban two kids from school because their parents are gay. They say it's nothing personal against the kids who they want...

    by Steve Lowery on January 13, 2005
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    Haidl Wept - Judge concedes the gang-rape suspect is in great need, but says no to Get Out of Jail card

    Courtesy pool photographer Michael Goulding/The Orange County RegisterIt appears Greg Haidl now knows his actions carry consequences. Locked up since Nov. 16 for repeatedly violating the conditions of his $100,000 bail, the 19-year-old son of a we...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2005
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or send to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. HOLY HELL Editor's note: Gustavo Arellano r...

    on January 13, 2005
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    Shrink Rapped

    Illustration by Bob AulAs a favor to your parents--who are my friends and who love you dearly--I began seeing the three of you for free in my therapy practice. You were out of control, and their only next step seemed to be to call the police and hav...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 6, 2005
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    Papas Western BBQ

    Photo by Sasha ContrerasIn a business park close to the northwesternmost corner of Orange County exists a time warp: Papa's Western BBQ. Wood floors--and ceilings and walls--are offset by kerosene lamps at each table, all of it giving Papa's a honky...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 6, 2005
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    How Green Was My Valley? - Tsunamis, bloody abortions, and the Painter Of Light, Thomas Kinkade!

    Thomas Kinkade - like you couldn't tell!I was a little leery of driving into the blizzard: I've driven off a cliff. I've been smashed in the face with a rock that took out my eye. I've bled internally, my brave little ovaries on a suicide mission a...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2005
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