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    Out of the Mouths of Boobs

    Photo by Jim WashburnArt Pedroza Jr., a onetime Weekly advertising salesman turned Republican Hispanic outreach worker turned--last we heard--Libertarian who's disgruntled with the GOP, recently e-mailed us "Pearls of Wisdom From Our Vice President,...

    by Matt Coker on July 29, 1999
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    Plating Sylvia Plath - Finding the true meaning of baseball in the Cosmic Baseball Association

    Illustration by Bob AulI dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night. The labor leader and songwriter (1879-1915) was on the mound, pitching for the Armageddonia Anarchists, which is currently ranked sixth in the Underleague of the Cosmic Baseball Association...

    by ANGELA GUNN on July 29, 1999
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    on July 29, 1999
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    Virtual Pansy Road Game - A virtual tour of touring

    By now, you're undoubtedly taken with the idea of starting a band and hitting the highway. But touring takes money, no matter how on-the-cheap you manage to pull it off. But why not really save moolah? Leave it to San Francisco-based Pansy Division,...

    by PANSY DIVISION on July 29, 1999
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    Tales of Touring Terror!

    Photo by Jeanne RiceLEE ROCKER, Upright-Bass Godhead A couple of years ago, I was booked to play 10 shows in Spain. I go to get on the flight in the London airport, and the airline sees this huge thing [his bass, for which Rocker bought a separate...

    on July 29, 1999
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    Clams - And other realities of life on the road

    I thought I had happily retired from the chaotic life of a full-time musician many years ago to nestle into the luxurious, sedentary lifestyle of a music writer. But with a new CD coming out soon, out-of-town dates are being booked, the first I've p...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on July 29, 1999
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    Focus-Grouped to Death - The Second OC Weekly Local-Band Compilation CD!

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWell, we did it again--slapped together another CD, maxed out with 22 tracks from 22 local playaz, each of whom survived a strict, rigorous quality-assurance process, just to make sure that you, the loyal Weekly page turner, woul...

    by Rich Kane on July 29, 1999
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    The Ugly Reality - Ugly Duckling learns a beautiful lesson about the universality of alcohol and skanks

    Photo by Kate RomeroTwo days back in Long Beach after his first trip abroad--a 40-date tour of Europe as an MC for the hip-hop trio Ugly Duckling--was awfully soon to ask Andycat Cooper to crystallize the essential lesson of such a whirlwind experie...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 29, 1999
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    Hey, Mom, Im a Rock Star - On tour with a wildly famous Orange County band

    For anyone dying to know about all the drugs, booze, women, parties and general mayhem involved in being on the road with a major-label rock band, this saga is for you. Sure, there were a few perks in my brief tenure with Sugar Ray, such as playing ...

    by GEORGE FRYER on July 29, 1999
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    Everythings Fine - At Tinseltown Studios, the show goes on?

    Photo by Jack GouldIt was a balmy night, the kind that plays tricks on you like a wayward masseuse, and the moon was as fat as a busted lip. We were feeling a little off, a little Rod Serling, if Rod Serling were a chick sucking in her gut in a real...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 29, 1999
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    Pearls of Wisdom from our Vice-President

    "If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." Vice President Al Gore "Democrats understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child." -- Vice President Al Gore "Welcome to President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton, and my fellow astronaut...

    on July 29, 1999
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    Reg Spanks Spanky - And Daily Pilot gives new meaning to press release

    Kudos to The Orange County Register's Mark Katches, who in two noteworthy July 18 articles offers solid evidence that when it comes to abusing California's taxpayers, there is no difference between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats. Acc...

    by R. Scott Moxley on July 29, 1999
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    One Mall Step - Dick Nixon and the marketing of the moon landing

    Clad like a moon-bound huggy Bear in a blue jump suit and white moon boots, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin took a few steps in wet cement at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace last week. Aldrin was commemorating the 30th anniversary of man's first...

    by Steve Lowery on July 29, 1999
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    Ho-ing for Boeing - $50 billion-per-year company continues to receive welfare handouts

    In April, Boeing made a killing in Rio de Janeiro. During the four-day Defentech arms bazaar, executives from the world's mightiest defense contractor (which maintains offices and plants in Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach) offered their dea...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 29, 1999
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    Inside Revolutionary Anaheim - People power turns city redevelopment project upside-down

    Photo by Jack GouldFor a moment, it looked as if the city of Anaheim's highly controversial plan to "revitalize" the notorious Jeffrey-Lynne neighborhood might be no match for the moral economy of the crowd. At a July 8 meeting to sell the Jeffrey-L...

    by Nick Schou on July 29, 1999
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    Swimming from Vietnam

    Swimming From VietnamWhile the first official art exchange between the U.S. and Vietnam caused some of their former countrymen to rail against "communist" art in Santa Ana, a group of 18 Vietnamese nationals arrived quietly in Orange County to spend...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on July 22, 1999
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    Illustration by Bob AulAm I the only person in Orange County who doesn't suffer from Cell Phone Dependency Disorder? Yesterday, on my way home from work, I was nearly sideswiped by some asshole cutting across four lanes of traffic with no direction ...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 22, 1999
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    Putting the P-U in Public/Private Partnerships

    Illustration by Bob AulA few Orange Countians still blindly adhere to the notion that "government should be run more like a business." Thus do we have a city (Huntington Beach) that proudly boasts a corporate sponsor (Coca-Cola); a municipal bankrup...

    by Matt Coker on July 22, 1999
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    Off Again - El Toro Airport Watch No. 112

    For the past three years, county officials have insisted that at least two-thirds of all planes departing the proposed El Toro International Airport will take off to the east on Runway 7. For just as long, two major commercial-pilots unions have ins...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 22, 1999
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    The Computer Wore Colors - How a software glitch produced the DAs gang problem

    Recent headlines in both local dailies screamed that while gang crime in Orange County is falling, gang membership is swelling. On July 3, the Times Orange County ran a story headlined "Gang Membership Up, Crime Down." The Orange County Register led...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on July 22, 1999
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