Remember Tosh Plumlee? He was the star of my Sept. 2006 cover story, "Cocaine Airways," which detailed his colorful career as a contract pilot for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In that story, I wrote about how Plumlee, a Texas native, found work for the CIA in the 1950s flying weapons to Cas ... More >>
Whenever I lecture about the history of Mexican food in the United States, I always bring up the point that Americans love the cuisine so much that they have long subjected themselves to devouring its worst manifestations. I ain't talking Tex-Mex or Javier's, but rather the disturbing trend of dishe ... More >>
One of the great untold stories of the Great Depression remains the repatriation of more than a million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, and what little we know about this dark episode is thanks in part to Raymond Rodríguez, a Long Beach native, longtime Long Beach City College professor and adminis ... More >>
Ms Krazie is truly a hip-hop phenomena. With five studio albums now to her credit, the Jenni Rivera-style chingona on the mic is one of the best at what she does. Ms Krazie's raspy, raw Spanglish delivery makes her an undeniable talent upon first listen. She continues to mature in her craft as is di ... More >>
Early on during the six-hour long Anaheim city council meeting last night, retiring police chief John Welter received a formal recognition from the dais. His nine-year career as head of the force effectively ends tomorrow; deputy chief Raul Quezada--surprise, surprise: a Mexi!--will take his place o ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is the United States turning into another Mexico?
80 years ago, officials deported hundreds of Fullerton residents—and Orange County has tried to forget ever since
The ethereal experimental sounds of prog-rock band the Mars Volta are no more. Loyal fans are awakening to the depressing news after vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala aired out all his frustrations on Twitter last night. "I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," he ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it the Rio Bravo or Rio Grande?
All the talk about Mexico's rampant drug-related violence bleeding into the U.S., along with the threat of terrorists creeping in from the southern border, is overblown, according to a new study. The Washington Office on Latin America, which promotes itself as a group focusing on human rights, demo ... More >>
An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
Reies López Tijerina, together with José Angel Gutiérrez and Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzáles, formed a triumvirate of the Chicano Movement. An early leader of the emerging push for civil rights, Tijerina founded La Alianza Federal de las Mercedes in 1963 and focused his activism on land recovery in ... More >>
Sicilia WolfLatin Alternative Songstress Carla Morrison The music is great and the demographics are there for the taking, so is it only a matter of time before a Latin Alternative explosion occurs Stateside? Producer and songwriter Desmond Child weighed in with his opinion in a recent Al Borde pi ... More >>
Last week, I reported on how the Oxford English Dictionary had just included "banh mi" into its august publication, a wonderful, surprising development. Also in the mix was "taquito," and that entry just pissed me off. Oh, I was happy that rolled, fried tacos finally received their due--but ... More >>
Lawsuits and Medical Board documents paint a grim picture of the gynecologist's practice
But what's been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty
The OC label that first signed Plain White T's has a plan for keeping the next big thing from bolting to the majors
(Alt-pop four-piece the New Limb went on tour for the first time EVER, so they're sending Heard Mentality missives from the road. They're going to take turns guest blogging; on their third and fourth days on the road, Dan Perez and Lauren Salamone give us the scoop. Read their first entry here.-- ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Murder still isn't cute, even when it's art
Tougher border enforcement in California and Texas has spelled disaster for southern Arizona
[¡Ask a Mexican!] The Mexican revokes George Lopez's 'Latino Seal of Approval'
Perhaps the best exposé on the Jew-bashing, gay-trashing website La Voz de Aztlan was published in 2002 by the now-defunct New Times Los Angeles. This is where we got the information that sole writer Hector Carreon (last name has Jewish roots) worked in Buena Park. The article hasn't existed online ... More >>
ZereshkEl Paso: Better than Cancun?The pages of Navel Gazing have long narrated the increasingly crumbly and futile efforts by OC's loose network of immigrant haters to work Americans up into a fit of rage over illegal immigration. But this latest effort by the usual suspects (Barbara Coe, CCIR, the ... More >>
Links to come--am boarding a plane to El Paso... While OC Weekly cover boy Monsignor John Urell is in Canada to presumably get his rocks back in order, the Jeff Andrade matter trudges on. The latest twist: Urell’s lawyer is busy fighting a subpoena filed against the two of them filed by Newport B ... More >>
To Catch--and Pamper!--a Predator: Where the hell is Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC? Why do I ask? Well, in Orange County, authority figures--particularly cops--nabbed for outrageous sexual conduct either get re-elected, promoted or pampered. The latest example is Jason David Rosewarne. The marr ... More >>
Chris Ziegler spent 25 days on the road with diosmaybe the 25 most important days of their careerand he ended up in a Detroit hospital.
10 Mexican-bashing songs from the rock & roll canon
John Samson sat down with a guitar, and Weakerthans came out
Travels with Roxy
Australia steals professional surfing . . . and Texas still sucks