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    Letters - "You had me with you until your last paragraphy where you wrote: 'His balls were much, much bigger than any of ours.' "

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or mail 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. FUHGEDDABOUTIT The following letter is i...

    on October 25, 2007
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    The Altogether Ooky - Pageant of the Monsters

    When I was a kid, I used to dream about what it would be like to walk through Disneyland's Haunted Mansion... at night. Not alone--are you nuts?--but with a few friends. To curb my creepy/coolly/Gothic/ghouly jones, I became addicted to the pletho...

    by Dave Barton on October 25, 2007
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    Embracing Our Contradictions - Jenna Bush, Author

    "You must know everything," advised Russian writer Isaac Babel, whose own strange and unlikely perspective--a revolutionary Jew who survived czarist pogroms to be murdered by Stalinism--should inspire us in these weeks, months, years of our continue...

    by ANDREW TONKOVICH on October 25, 2007
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    Raw Meat Dual Carburetors - Dan Fante

    An author flips through the Rolodex of words in his or her brain to string together sentences and calls that an accomplishment; a writer forgoes impressive-sounding diction in favor of stories, terms and expressions that leap off pages. Anyone can b...

    by Ryan Ritchie on October 25, 2007
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    On a Rampage

    For those who missed the action Saturday night at UFC 75, Irvine's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson defeated Dan Henderson to retain his Light Heavyweight Championship. Jackson won by unanimous decision after a tough fight that went the distance. Jackson...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on September 10, 2007 @ 11:52 am
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    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Laguna prefers goats on grass

    Carona is a thief, too? Tony Saavedra, veteran sleuth at the Register, reports today that the Orange County Sheriff's Department "swallowed" some $20 million in bond money voters approved for class upgrades at Santa Ana College. Virginia Avila, 74, t...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 10, 2007 @ 7:37 am
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    Vegan Food and Audrey Kawasaki

    UPDATE: Photos from the Ephemera show are up. There has to be a good reason for me to travel to Huntington Beach. . .especially on a Saturday when all the hot, toned bodies are walking around half-naked, and I'm walking around doughy, sweaty, and...

    @ Navel Gazing by Ryan Cox on September 9, 2007 @ 9:12 am
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: Saturday out of the Sun

    Nothing like a little suspense to kickstart one's Saturday. I'm not just talking about the festival's first program of shorts, either, but the suspense over whether an actual parking spot would be had. It'd be great to say that the festival was just...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 8, 2007 @ 10:23 pm
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: Nine Hours

    When people think that being a film critic would be fun, they aren't necessarily thinking of the days when they might be sitting in a library for nine straight hours, as I did yesterday for the SoCal Independent Film Fest. Don't get me wrong: I chos...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 8, 2007 @ 11:53 am
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    Overheard in the Courthouse

    --Twentysomething criminal defendant, who ridiculously believed police couldn't monitor his Nextel walkie-talkie "chirp" communications, to his annoyed lawyer in an Orange County courthouse hallway, Sept. 7, 2007. ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 8, 2007 @ 9:52 am
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    LYT's Film Pick of the Weekend 9-7-07

    I have a three-way pick today. For those of you reading this locally, the best filmgoing experience for your buck this weekend is THE ELEPHANT KING, at the SoCal Independent Film Festival, Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Library. It...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 7, 2007 @ 11:20 am
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    Friday's Headlines

    think not. In and out at the LAT: Los Angeles Times AME Janet Clayton announced the hiring of four multi-lingual staffers yesterday. Then she sent out another note saying she was on her way out. Lucky schmuck: U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner - millio...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 7, 2007 @ 10:02 am
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    Yo Gabba Gabba: Yo Smoka Smoka!

    It has come to our attention that the more than slightly trippy kiddie show Yo Gabba Gabba! has Orange roots. Filmed in Long Beach and produced in our fair county by the folks who brought us The Aquabats, the show is filled with funky techno beats, '...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on September 6, 2007 @ 7:07 pm
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    You Can't Make This Shit Up

    I don't know why--probably just to make sure I'm not missing any important updates on the latest south county exit poll nobody cares about or to get my daily fix of aerial photographs of toll road construction--but I tend to visit OC Blog every day. ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on September 6, 2007 @ 5:04 pm
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    Nick Schou: Inspiration for Plagiarists

    For the past month, OC Weekly staffer Nick Schou (with an assist from web editor Janine Kahn) has followed protests at Viet Weekly's Garden Grove offices by Vietnamese who accuse the paper of communist sympathies. Coverage of the protests by the Los ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on September 6, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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    The Really - Really - Really - Real - This - Time - We - Mean - It OC Recap

    Newport Harbor is truly mindless television. You literally have to turn your brain off and sit in a catatonic state, drool dripping from your chin, just to stomach the incessant chatter and meaningless conversations that encompass the show. That be...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on September 6, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: Opening Night

    The library certainly isn't quiet tonight. There's a red carpet outside, though nobody's walking on it. There are some surprisingly nice T-shirts for sale. And everyone here is totally approachable - can this really be a film festival? Indeed. It's...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 6, 2007 @ 1:36 pm
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    Crazy Register letter of the day!

    "Regarding your story on Loraine Barr: Why feature her ['She's out of the closet at 88," Front Page, Sept. 2]? So what that she came out of the closet after so many years? Her story is not compelling..." [blah-blah-bluh-blah-bluh, then we cut to...]...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rich Kane on September 6, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    Thursday's Headlines

    Still...more...Martin: School trustee Harald Martin has resigned, but the anti-Martin camp still wants its signature-collecting to count for something (a special election to fill his seat, as we noted the other day). Yesterday, an Orange County Super...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 6, 2007 @ 8:18 am
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    A note to Rick Reiff regarding a whiff of corruption

    Dear Rick: As the host of KOCE's Inside OC, you nearly have a monopoly when it comes to getting important stories on local television. I watched a rerun tonight of your recent interview with embattled OC Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss (I'm sick of ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 5, 2007 @ 8:29 pm
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