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    Shopping for Armageddon - Humbuggery at the mall

    Photo by Leslie SmithAt this time of year, you can practically hear the whine of human anxiety rise a pitch as each of the scant few days remaining before Christmas ticks off, and more voices join the chorus of those asking, "Whatever shall I get fo...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 19, 2002
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    Pocket Rocket

    As the experts spend their time plowing through the 12,000-page arms report released by the Iraqis last week, and as Bush insiders continue their cynical debate on how best to serve their twin desires for warmongering and political advancement, the ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 19, 2002
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    Drive-by Big Gulp

    Illustration by Bob AulTo those two little pukes who nailed me in THE BACK with a friggin' Big Gulp full of ice and shit: I was minding my own goddamn business on my road bike, going across the Pacific Coast Highway bridge into Seal Beach. It was re...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 19, 2002
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    Hillside Strangers - Trabuco Canyon monks brace for major changes to their quiet lives

    Photo by James BunoanIf grape vineyards covered the rolling hills below, you might think you were standing in the shadow of an old California winery. Brick walls, large windows, Spanish-style archways, red-tile roofs, bell tower--it's the architectu...

    by Matt Coker on December 19, 2002
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    Letters

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    on December 19, 2002
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    Train In Vain - Placentia! Honk if you hate whistles!

    Photo by Jeanne RiceSomething like the 50th train of the day was passing within 100 yards of Nancy Esterberg's little back yard in housing-tract Placentia, rattling the precisely landscaped earth and shattering the fragile suburban air, not to menti...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 19, 2002
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    Slate Nailer - Conservative James Lacy plays turncoat to sway elections

    Photo by James BunoanJames Lacy has a long history in right-wing politics. The Dana Point planning commissioner, constitutional-law attorney and political consultant is a former national chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom. He's also one of ...

    by Nick Schou on December 19, 2002
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    Null and Boyd - Crooked councilman gets kid-glove treatment

    The biggest reason we remember and admire the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko was his uncompromising belief that politicians who abused the public trust in exchange for cash were very nearly the lowest scum on the planet. "History teaches us that ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 19, 2002
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    Un-KUOL - 90.9 was a radio station too good to be true

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe storyline of Santa Ana-based indie radio station KUOL-FM 90.9 has degenerated into a soap opera. First, KUOL-FM 90.9 no longer exists. It's now simply the Crush, and it broadcasts 24/7 only on www.theorangecrush.com. And that...

    by Rich Kane on December 19, 2002
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    Rage Against the Voting Machine - Thank Florida for electronic elections

    The coup that installed George W. Bush as the United States' first mentally retarded president, slathered the Bill of Rights with Wite-Out and can't hardly wait to violate the most basic tenet of international law--hell, human decency--by starting a...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 19, 2002
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    With the Name of the Warrior - Rapper Yaoh finds his future in his past

    Photo by James BunoanThere's an unremarkable little office space in a nondescript industrial park off an even more nondescript back street in Tustin, looks like home to someone's struggling income-tax firm, or an after-hours chapter of Alcoholics An...

    on December 12, 2002
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    Pour It Like a Kettle - The Pop Narcotic will set you free

    Photo by James BunoanAs mad, fantastic, conquer-the-world, where's-my-bitches, pass-the-Courvoisier rock & roll superstardom goes, the Pop Narcotic are crapping out. Label deals have collapsed. They made just one album; it was never released, though...

    by Rich Kane on December 12, 2002
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    Great Balls of Fire, Literally - Greg Topper still rules the lounge

    Photo by James BunoanNearly any tale that begins with the words, "I always wore cotton underwear" holds some promise, don't you think? Greg Topper, the once and always king of OC rock & roll, is holding forth on his resplendent period in the 1970s...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 12, 2002
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    Skanking In Tongues - God, aliens, dreads and Kyng Arthur

    Photo by James BunoanThe last time I hung out with reggae singer Kyng Arthur, he was sporting the most impressive crown of dreadlocks I'd ever seen, an elaborate network of oily coils he sometimes arranged into a turban, a work of art years in the m...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on December 12, 2002
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    Play Something to Dance to! - DJ Nobody pushes his luck again

    Photo by James BunoanIt was a chichi Latino hipster hangout in Los Angeles called the Conga Room, and like a good soldier, DJ Nobody was spinning the ethereal dance-beat sounds--Stereolab and LA avant-gardist Dntel--that his hosts wanted him to play...

    by ANDREW ASCH on December 12, 2002
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    Oooh, Yeah, Damn! - Squab is better than any drug, some sex

    Photo by James BunoanAnyone who tries to tell you about Squab has to start with a hesitant "I don't know." It takes a few breaths just to get an adjective or two: Squab is intense, says Jen, bassist of local band Resist and Exist, who saw them at pr...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 12, 2002
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    The Next Big Thing - Close your eyes and think of England

    Photo by James BunoanYou jaded hipsters can thank me now or you can thank me later, but I have discovered our newest star in the unlikeliest of places: Santa Ana's creaky Ye Olde Ship. That's right, Big Sandy: you might have discovered Phil Shane, b...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 12, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Nov. 23 About 150 protesters against America's upcoming war with Iraqtake their message to the people on the mean streets of South County. Of course, there are no people on the mean streets of South County this morning--being Saturday and,...

    by Matt Coker on December 12, 2002
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    Kissinger to the rescue

    Since President George W. Bush didn't want an inquiry into Sept. 11 to begin with, his move to bring Henry Kissinger back onstage seems designed to serve another purpose. Ostensibly appointed to investigate the spy snafus that led to the terrorist a...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 12, 2002
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    Handicapped Parking

    Illustration by Bob AulYou in the nifty Porsche Boxster in Laguna Beach on Monday morning! I guess you were having fits of caffeine withdrawal when you rolled up to Diedrich Coffee and parked on the sidewalk. After all, there were no available parki...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 12, 2002
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