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    Hail the Preemptive Heroes - Pro-war resolution flies in Garden Grove

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangAfter spending four hours recognizing student achievements, limiting the number of firework stands and expressing interest in magnetic-levitation transportation systems, the Garden Grove City Council got to what's really impo...

    on April 10, 2003
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    Strange Fruit

    In Joel Katz's Bravo-style essay Strange Fruit, the sequined Billie Holiday, swaying on a 1957 Paris stage, unleashes the grievous moans of the titular lament--adding the pathos of a further marginalized female observer to composer Abel Meerpol's hu...

    by LAURA SINAGRA on April 10, 2003
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    P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

    Best known as co-author of A Chorus Line, the late James Kirkwood was to the movies born--his father directed Mary Pickford; his mother, popular silent star Lila Lee, played opposite Valentino. P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Kirkwood's 1972 comic novel abou...

    by ELLIOTT STEIN on April 10, 2003
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    Butterfly Man

    Butterfly Man has a beginning that lulls you into expecting a lost episode of PBS' Globe Trekker, with lots of beautiful shots of Thailand's nightlife and frequent narration from an endearingly dorky English lead with an accent that's as thick as mu...

    by GREG STACY on April 10, 2003
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. All correspondence must include your home city ...

    on April 3, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, March 10: Proving you don't have to be smart to be right, a group of complete idiots, apparently protesting a war with Iraq, rip up a memorial for the victims of Sept. 11 erected along Whittier Boulevard in La Habra. They destroy 87 flags an...

    by Steve Lowery on April 3, 2003
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    After Saddam - Well win the war, but how about the peace?

    This piece ran originally in our Nov. 22 issue. As we go to press, President George W. Bush seems ready to get his wish: a full-scale war in Iraq led by U.S. forces. But the question Anthony Pignataro raised late last year isn't likely to be answere...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 3, 2003
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    The Thermals - Heartwarming, heartbreaking

    South By Southwest is like a big vacation, but it's also a dilemma: no matter where you are, there's somewhere else you could be. It is like life itself: every decision means forfeiting all potentially better options. You're most free--and yet most ...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on April 3, 2003
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    The Starvations - Punk rock parking lot

    Photo by James BunoanThe Starvations took their whiskey-bottle, slide-guitar punk all the way across the great American desert to big-sky tumbleweedy Texas, and when they got here, they found they were going to play in a parking lot. Irony is chea...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 3, 2003
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    Dance Disaster Movement - We are from nowhere

    Photo by James BunoanWith Dance Disaster Movement, we're wandering along the river in Austin, scraping at our sweat-slick forearms; spitting violently through a cloud of fat, stubborn Texas gnats; and talking about how Southern California is serious...

    by Chris Ziegler on April 3, 2003
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    South By Southwest

    Photo by James BunoanSouth By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry's annual spring break in Austin, Texas, went off last week with more than 1,000 bands and musician types from around the globe, plus an assortment of cranky label execs and even cran...

    on April 3, 2003
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    ReadyforWar.com! - In which you send us e-mails you didnt write about a war you really like

    Every week, along with the come-ons for penis enlargement and toy hovercraft, our Letters section receives a handful of prewritten, conservatively slanted letters. The letters are sent out from one conservative website or another to people who add t...

    by Steve Lowery on April 3, 2003
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    Contest!

    Heaven knows we have enjoyed ripping the French: pompous, petty, pathetic--they were a nice, non-threatening target you could make fun of without feeling guilty, which is why France is funny and Surinam isn't. But when Republican congressmen and Wil...

    on April 3, 2003
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    Letter From Mexico

    LOS MOCHIS, Mexico--Five weeks out of the country, and I'm already missing the American flag--although not so much as during the previous 47 years, two months and eight days that I lived in the United States. Coming to Mexico for a sort of sabbati...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on April 3, 2003
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    'We Will Not Resolve This With Cannons - Hardened Vietnam hero says hes anti-war

    Retired U.S. Army Colonel David H. Hackworth fought in Korea and Vietnam, earning a battlefield commission, two Distinguished Service Crosses, 10 Silver Stars, three Legions of Merit, eight Bronze Stars and eight Purple Hearts, but, he told a March ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 3, 2003
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    Rally Round Jah School - Saddleback students face cuts by tuning out

    Photo by Nick SchouMike Merrifield, a ponytailed professor at Mission Viejo's Saddleback College, struggled to gain the attention of the 80 or so bored-looking students sprawled on the grass in front of him. "The state is going to raise your tuiti...

    by Nick Schou on April 3, 2003
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    The 100 Mile Rule

    The 100 Mile Rule begins as a bittersweet satirical take on the abject patheticness of the average, horny, male AUPPIE (Aging Urban Professional) as we are introduced to a group of quietly desperate Detroit salesmen who have journeyed to Long Beach ...

    by GREG STACY on April 3, 2003
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    Pardon My French

    Illustration by Bob AulThis morning, I went to my favorite little caf to get a bagel and coffee. As I was paying, you, the guy behind me, ordered in a loud, shrill voice, "A large FREEDOM Roast, please." You stared at me disapprovingly, though I ha...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 3, 2003
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    God Bless the USA!

    For nearly two years now, they have been the scourge of proud, loyal Americans everywhere. Their threats have been a constant presence in our lives, leaving us all feeling tense and on-edge. "When and where," we collectively ponder, "will they strik...

    by Rich Kane on April 3, 2003
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    The Government Says Everythings Okay! - And the LA Times believes

    Photo by Jack GouldYou can tell when a journalist gets too cozy with government sources: they report official spin as unadulterated truth. Take Seema Mehta, a veteran Los Angeles Times reporter who covers the Orange County Board of Supervisors. On...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 3, 2003
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