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    Read All About It!

    This morning I went to my local LA Times news stand to put in a couple of quarters and obtain a 'lil slice of history for my scrap book. To my surprise, I discovered that I wasn't the only person in Long Beach with this brilliant plan. There were no ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on November 5, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
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    To Do Tonight 11/5

    Hard Day's Night, 9 p.m. After last night, I think we all deserve a drink. Proof Bar 215 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA 714-953-2660 She and Him with Lavender Diamond, 8 p.m. Read a live review and view photos from the concert tomorrow on ocweekly.com. $...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on November 5, 2008 @ 11:19 am
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    Dems Bringing Sexy Back?

    *Update: They just announced Papi Pulido beat out Michelle Martinez for the SanTana mayoral seat. Not much cheering. Everyone's busy bumping and grinding. *Update 2: A mean trick played by accident on congressional candidate Steve Young led him and...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on November 4, 2008 @ 10:44 pm
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    The Party's Over

    State GOP chairman Ron Nehring: "Lease, don't buy..." The state GOP's "Victory Night Party" (hah!) was over before it started. Driving over to the Hyatt Regency Irvine to make the 8:30 p.m. start time, I was talking on my Bluetooth to my brother in ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Matt Coker on November 4, 2008 @ 10:12 pm
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    Taco Truck Politics

    Not everyone that matters in Orange County can vote, of course. I ran into Chepe while scarfing down overpriced tacos at a taco truck outside China-Mex Super Buffet in SanTana. He came to this country illegally in 1987 as a scared 20-year-old from Mi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 8:12 pm
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    Live from the Banana Republic...

    MSNBC just called it for Obama, and the crowd at Memphis at the Santora--the New Immigrants of this city: the hipsters and artists and yuppies (scratch that, Chuppies, and buppies and guppies) go wild. But down the street, the Gomorrah that is SanTan...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 8:08 pm
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    No on 8: Liveblogging from the Tin Lizzie

    Currently at Costa Mesa's Tin Lizzie--Deep Purple's "Knocking At Your Back Door" is playing overhead, heh--where CNN just projected Barack Obama as president and where a loud round of "Woooooooo"s, "YEEEEEEEAH"s and claps just erupted. Sure we knew t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on November 4, 2008 @ 8:01 pm
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    Hugh Hewitt Losing It?

    Orange County's most prominent conservative commentator is losing it. Earlier today, he urged listeners to vote for Al Franken, the celebrity challenger to Baby Hughie's longtime man-crush, Minnesota senator Norm Coleman. Hughie quickly corrected him...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 6:38 pm
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    Honest Abe Serves 'em Straight at Memphis

    Over the weekend, Johnny Sampson freaked me out. I spotted some tall, gangly gabacho at SanTana's Da de los Muertos event who looked just like the beloved Memphis at the Santora bartender but had his hair dark--and he looked mean. Sampsons later exp...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 6:22 pm
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    What The? Young OC Voters Go Against Mom and Pop

    By Sandy Rose Any liberal voter living in Orange County wouldn't hesitate to tell you that theirs is an uphill battle against the county's McCainiac majority. But young people living and growing up in Orange County, who have long-endured the Repu...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on November 4, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
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    UC Irvine Students Don't Give a Damn about Voting--Mostly

    "Who wants stickers for No on Prop. 8?" yelled out Jon, a young Vietnamese student at UC Irvine before the start of a Orange County history course in which I was to lecture. His enthusiasm was heartening--up until then, Anteaters where the epitome of...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 5:58 pm
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    Because You're Ugly: Lash Stash

    Let's get your mind off of you-know-what for a few minutes here and focus on the vain and banal (but fun?): Mascara. Every gal I know has purchased one of every kind of mascara out there, hoping to find the perfect fit: One that doesn't run, one th...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on November 4, 2008 @ 2:27 pm
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    Anti-Obama Vandals Target Obama HQ in HB!

    When local Democratic Party activists showed up at their west county office in Huntington Beach this morning, they found evidence of some last-minute desperation among local McCain supporters: a plywood sign calling Obama a "racist" and equating the ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on November 4, 2008 @ 11:28 am
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    La Voz de Aztlan Spews its Bile Anew Against Gays and Jews

    One of the first stories I ever published wasn't in the Weekly but rather the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles--I wrote a story about a then-obscure website called La Voz de Aztlan that was bashing Jews and gays in 2001. Thus began a years-long ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 10:40 am
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    To Do Tonight 11/4 - ELECTION EXTRAVAGANZA!

    Democratic Party, 8 p.m. Over 2000 people expected special dinner menu and club night. No cover. Sutra Lounge 1870 Harbor Blvd. in the Triangle Square Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 722-7103 DJ Velvet Touch Birthday Bash, 10 p.m. Featuring Summer Darlin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on November 4, 2008 @ 9:35 am
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    Reminder: The Weekly Endorses...

    ...Mucho drunkenness this weekend! Ben Dayhoe over at Life at the Santiago Lofts (great blog about the positive side of SanTana) did a bit of genius guerrilla campaigning for his Santa Ana Pub Crawl, a monthly tour of downtown SanTana bars (the gen...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 9:24 am
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    Hugh Hewitt Makes Robocalls for Prop. 8

    Got my dinner ruined yesterday when local blabbermouth Hugh Hewitt called me--or, rather, his recorded voice. He was urging me to vote yes on Proposition 8. Given the Baby Hughie curse, it gives me hope that this sexual Know Nothing initiative might ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 6:55 am
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    Local Armenian Genocide Deniers Trying to Influence Congressional Race

    *Moved up, because the conversation is fun. Non-Armenians and non-Turks encouraged to comment! The Los Angeles Times had a fascinating story yesterday about how Turkish businessmen held a fundraiser last month in Orange County for the opponent of Gl...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on November 4, 2008 @ 4:41 am
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    More Blast From the Past Fraud Allegations in Irvine Election

    This examines a fraud case from the past involving a big donor to, ironically enough, Irvine Citizens for Ethics in Government, the independent committee against Irvine's Measure R, which asks residents to give a vote of approval to the Irvine City C...

    @ Navel Gazing by Matt Coker on November 3, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
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    Free Goodies for Voters!

    To thank all you politically conscious citizens, several businesses are happy to hook you up on Election Day (which is TOMORROW, so get out and vote). Ben and Jerry's will be giving out free ice cream: http://www.benandjerrys.com/features/i_voted/ ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Erin DeWitt on November 3, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
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