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  • [Hey, You!] Yes, We Have No Banana Republics

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    [Hey, You!] Yes, We Have No Banana Republics

    I was the overworked, overeducated sales associate for the multinational power-hungry retail company. You are the evil Irvine housewife/concubine who decided that I wasn't worth the time to be polite to. When you came barrelling up to me, asking whe...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 24, 2008
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    [Ask a Mexican!] Special Paperback Edition

    Dear Readers: The paperback version of my book Ask A Mexican!is out in stores now, cheap enough so that even a Guatemalan can afford it. Buy, por favor! Now, on to the preguntas. . . Dear Mexican: Lately, I've been hearing how punks and metalhead...

    by Gustavo Arellano on April 24, 2008
  • Bigger Than Life: Our Exclusive Preview of the Best (and Worst) at the Newport Beach Film Festival

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    Bigger Than Life: Our Exclusive Preview of the Best (and Worst) at the Newport Beach Film Festival

    During the eight days of the Newport Beach Film Festival, you'll be lucky to see even a small fraction of the more than 150 feature selections culled from all over the world and other festivals. But over the past few weeks--doing practically nothing...

    by LUKE Y. THOMPSON on April 24, 2008
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    [Pucker Up] The Princess and the Submissive

    The Princess and the Submissive A new documentary short delves into the world of two bondage models "I grew up in a Silence of the Lambs culture, a culture where rape and killing women are very common themes for movies and TV shows. Society isn't ...

    by TRISTAN TAORMINO on April 24, 2008
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    The Fix is In (Santa Ana Edition)

    Remember my post yesterday, where I theorized out loud about how SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante could greatly benefit if Cordoba Corporation (headed by major contributor and fellow Santa Ana Business Bank director George Pla) ever got a cont...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 11, 2008 @ 12:57 pm
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    OC Civil Rights Pioneer Alfred Aguirre Dead at 87

    Let's hope the Orange County Register offers a fuller obituary for Placentia resident Alfred Aguirre than the two-byline rush job they printed today. Reporters Eric Neff and Heather McRea covered the main facts--Aguirre was indeed Placentia's first L...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 11, 2008 @ 9:46 am
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    Will Papi Pulido and His Buddy Vince Vote on the RSP?

    A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the Renaissance Blob, the strange cutout in SanTana's Renaissance Specific Plan that conveniently excluded the family businesses of Mayor Miguel "What's my Nickname?" Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento from i...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 11, 2008 @ 7:25 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/11

    DINNER AND A MOVIE: MEXICAN FILM SERIES - FLOR SILVESTRE, 4:45pm The 1943 film Flor Silvestre takes place during the Mexican Revolution when the son of a wealthy land owner secretly marries the grand-daughter of a poor peasant who works for them. Eng...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rachel Leeson on January 11, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Last Night: In the Name of the King at the Block in Orange

    Rarely have I gotten the kind of hate mail that I received a year ago when I gave a semi-positive review to Uwe Boll's BLOODRAYNE. Anonymous posters attacked me personally and went after my family and regular website commenters in an almost deranged ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 11, 2008 @ 3:11 am
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    Santa Ana's Grand Choo Choo Conspiracy: The Carlos Bustamante Connection

    Final post in our Carlos Bustamante conflict-of-influenza series--for now... All this week we've focused on Carlos Bustamante, the SanTana councilmember who gladly takes money from people seeking something from the city, then votes favorably for his...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 10, 2008 @ 7:14 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/10

    HOLIDAY ICE SKATING, until 8:45pm Try not to fall! Irvine Spectrum Center near the Ferris wheel, Irvine UC IRVINE BASKETBALL, 7:05pm Versus UC Santa Barbara UCI Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus, Corner of West Peltason & Mesa Rd. JOSEPH ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rachel Leeson on January 10, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    The "Real" Housewives of Orange County

    Well, this week the housewives were pretty fucking boring. I mean, way more boring than usual. I know it's hard to be more pointless than they already are, but somehow they managed. I really wonder what these women think when they get out of bed in...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on January 9, 2008 @ 9:36 pm
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    Check Out My Package

    It's pretty well-known that I'll go almost anywhere I'm invited if there's free food and booze, but some invites make more sense than others. Movie premieres, I understand. Art gallery openings, sure. But a meeting held by a package tour company to p...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 9, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Lucky John: Out of context on OCRegister.com

    About a month ago I wrote a story called Tough as Nails about a street performer down on the Huntington Pier Plaza named "Lucky" John Domingue. John was at his wits end because he kept getting run off the pier by Surf City's finest every time he perf...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on January 9, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
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    Time to Give Santa Ana's Mayor a Nickname!

    Today, bad-ass Los Angeles Times reporter Jennifer Delson writes about the idiotic Measure D, the SanTana ballot measure that would extend city council term limits from eight years to 12 years. She reveals that Measure D originally started as an atte...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 9, 2008 @ 10:40 am
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    Please Quit Now, Pretty Please!

    Guys, either you go or you're going to cost everyone a lot of money -- that's roughly the sentiment delivered to longstanding Capistrano Unified School District trustees Marlene Draper and Sheila Benecke Tuesday by three of the seven members on the ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on January 9, 2008 @ 10:01 am
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    Interview with a laid-off OC Register staffer

    Ex-Register columnist Mayrav Saar at Fishbowl LA talks to Greg Magnus, a photographer, videographer and victim in the latest round of cuts. Her question for him: "What the fuck?" His response: I was having a cup of coffee around 10a when my cell ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 9, 2008 @ 9:14 am
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    Carlos Bustamante Reaps Money from Downtowners

    Cpitulo tres de cuatro... Remember how yesterday, we promised this would be our last Carlos Bustamante post in our series on the conflict-of-influenza-stricken SanTana councilmember? We lied. We're still so awestruck at Carlitos' gey with donation...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 9, 2008 @ 8:01 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/09

    PREPARING FOR MT. WHITNEY, 7pm Come to this class and learn all the details of the permit process and how to best prepare for your trip. There will also be a discussion on training and nutrition tips that will help you climb the highest mountain in t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rachel Leeson on January 9, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    SCOWL Part 2: More Layoffs at the Register!

    The Orange County Register is apparently running a story tomorrow saying that 25 people are being laid off from the paper in just the latest downsizing by Freedom Communications and its corporate investor overlord, Blackstone. One person who's leav...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on January 8, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
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