Government and Politics

  • Columns

    May 6, 2010

    Special Arizona Buycott Edition

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] ¡A la chingada with Arizona's SB 1070!

  • News

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Tea Bagging With a Marine. This Could Get Ugly

    Facebook/ArmedForcesTeaParty​Gary Stein, a 24-year-old active duty Marine Corps sergeant based at Camp Pendeton, created his own Tea Party group, then announced its arrival on the national Tea Party scene in a press release.Two days later, some of his "brothers" are calling for a court martial.

  • Columns

    April 8, 2010

    The Census in Spanish Rhymes With Denso

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] The Mexican swells with Chingón pride

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Obama's Oil Drilling Pipe Dream Harshes Surfrider's Mellow​The Surfrider Foundation released a statement today, expressing their disapproval of Obama's proposal to open areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coastline and Arctic coastline to oil drilling and exploration. They are not stoked.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Ed Royce Brings House GOP Leader Boehner to OC But Not His District minority leader (and future speaker?) John Boehner.​It costs $200 to join Rep. Ed Royce's Congressional Club, but membership has its privileges. Among them, an invitation to the Fullerton Republican's April 6 "private briefing" on the 2010 elections with House minority l ... More >>

  • News

    January 28, 2010
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    January 7, 2010
  • News

    December 10, 2009
  • News

    May 21, 2009
  • Columns

    April 2, 2009
  • Columns

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    OC's Taliban-Loving Congressman to Address OC's Taliban This Wednesday

    Ya wanna know why the California Coalition for Immigration Reform are evil, decrepit hypocrites? Because they're hosting Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Taliban) this Wednesday at their monthly Klavern at the Garden Grove Woman's Club on the corner of Gilbert and Garden Grove Blvd (starts at 7:30 pm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Barbara Coe Upset Sarah Palin Doesn't Acknowledge Her

    On Sept. 15, California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe sent off a questionnaire to Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. "The California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) is a nationally recognized nonpartisan grassroots organization representing thousands of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Obama Wins Presidential Election Thanks to Baby Hewie!

    The New York Observer is reporting that Orange County conservative yackmouth Hugh Hewitt unsuccessfully tried to sell a book proposal involving Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin. We'd usually laugh at any Baby Hewie gaffe--the proposed title was How Sarah Palin Won the Election ... and S ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2008

    Santa Ana Now Officially Run by Lazy Mexicans

    *Updated, with new information on the bottom... As the largest city in Orange County, SanTana needs a more-committed city council than, say, Laguna Niguel. Unfortunately, the county seat is cursed with buffoons, a veritable clowncil, to use the term of Orange Juice! bomb-thrower Art Pedroza. We've ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    Getting Ready to Battle the Illegals

    Tomorrow is May Day, celebrated by socialists across the globe and by illegal immigrants in the United States to march for amnesty (as an Aztlanista, I can tell you the shared dates ain't no coincidence, I tell ustedes what). Locally, pro-amnesty folks will meet at SanTana's Civic Center Plaza at 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    Santa Ana Officials Redraw Renaissance Plan Boundaries Again

    Today, Los Angeles Times SanTana reporter Jennifer Delson delivers a bombshell of a story on the city's Renaissance Plan: not only did city officials redraw the Renaissance Plan boundaries to omit the family businesses of councilmember Vince Sarmiento and Mayor Papi Pulido (as we reported last month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Nguyen vs. Nguyen: Janet Wins!

    Ok, so the timing sort of sucks for us, since we'd have liked to include the information in our story, but it's good news for Janet Nguyen: the California Court of Appeals ruled today, the same day our cover story hit the streets, that Janet did win her election, and therefore does get to stay in of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    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 attempt by residents and councilmembers to install ter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2007

    Register, Times Slam Santa Ana Good--And a Challenge

    If there's one thing that Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut hates more than Sheriff Mike Carona, it's city-controlled urban planning, and he ripped SanTana officials a new one and then some yesterday in a piece blasting the city's much-ballyhooed Renaissance Specific Plan. Prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    CA GOP Sure Knows How to Pick OCers

    The Republican Party of Orange County's Weekly Squeeze e-letter (guys: drop the cutesy orange metaphor, por favor) tells me today that longtime local GOP activist Kathy Tavoularis is now Executive Director of the California Delegation to the 2008 Republican National Convention. "A well organized del ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Illegal Immigration: Follow the Bouncing Logic

    When it comes to examining the root causes of illegal immigration, some Republicans work overtime to reconcile their hatred of "illegals" (cough—Mexicans!—cough-cough!) with the Bible—something that's not always easy to pull off given that the Bible preaches goodwill to those who are less fort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Santa Ana Potholes More Popular Than Bush

    The new Reuters/Zogby poll shows that 76 percent of the country would probably have George W. Bush managing a date shake shop on PCH than serving as president. Only Richard M. Nixon attracted worse approval ratings and he ordered burglaries from the White House. Pollster John Zogby, a Republican, sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    Rohrabacher makes the Code Pink "Hall of Shame"

    On Sept. 17, the anti-war ladies from Code Pink visited the D.C. office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Skipped Vietnam Combat Duty) to present him with a certificate inducting the congressman into their "Hall of Shame." The back of the pink piece of paper detailed an exit strategy for the war for polit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Agran's Irvine Machine Gets Challenger

    A majority of Irvine voters are Republicans and yet for years Larry Agran's progressive political machine has controlled the mayor's office. It's a reality Republican city councilwoman Christina Shea hopes to shatter next year. This morning Shea announced that she will run for the job herself. She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    The Continuing Story of Goat Boy, the Pesky Terrorist

    If there's anything funny about the U.S. War on Terror and its hunt for al-Qaeda, it's the fact that nearly six years after 9/11, we still haven't been able to capture or kill Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a.k.a. Azzam the American, a.k.a. Goat Boy. At least that's what we've come to call Gadahn around the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2007

    And now a word from Dana Rohrabacher on Mexicans, the Liberal Left, Lucy & Charlie Brown

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5/22/07: A tsunami of illegal aliens is sweeping into our country, crowding our classrooms, closing our hospital emergency rooms, unleashing violent crime, and driving down wages. This is not theory. It is a harsh, threateni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    Healthcare and that Jolly Ol' Elf

    There's been a lot of talk about the governor's universal healthcare plan, but once you get past all the talk you discover… well, that plan may be too strong of a word. The governor's universal healthcare good intention may be more accurate. Anthony York explains in the Capitol Weekly. (emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    Numbers, Numbers (and a semi-Nun)

    First for some numbers that aren't as big as you might think, or others might want you to think. If California were a separate country, it would have the world's sixth-largest economy, one hears time and time again. The governor even repeated the We're Number 6 bleat in his State of the State spee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2007

    Eggleston to LA Times: Sorry for Lying 'Bout You

    A couple of weeks ago, this infernal blog reported on G. Wayne Eggleston, the San Clemente councilmember who memorably told Los Angeles Times reporter Garrett Therolf, "I wouldn't want to stop in Stanton, much less patrol it," claimed he was misquoted and then told OCBlog readers to "not co-operate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2006

    Dumping Ackerman

    There's tension inside the world's smallest big tent. Following the lead of their fellow Republicans in the Assembly-- who bounced alleged Schwarzenegger-appeaser George Plescia out of his position as leader of the Assembly's GOP, and replaced him with the allegedly unbending Mike Villines-- the rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2006

    What Could Go Wrong

    Here in Orange County we've got every reason to fear voter fraud. There's that time back in 1988 when Tom Fuentes, then head of the OC Republican Party, authorized the use of poll guards to scare off Latinos. There's the 1996 election when Loretta Sanchez won from nut-bar Bob Dornan (now with extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2006

    Tan Nguyen's Only Friends...

    ...Yep: the anti-immigrant crowd. At today's raid/media circus at Republican congressional candidate/alleged anti-Latino letter sender Tan Nguyen's office, a contingent of fogies from the California Coalition for Immigration Reform--apparently forgiving Nguyen for faking their letterhead and sending ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    San Diego: Screw Trestles

    San Diego has no business in San Diego County. At least, that's what their City Council seems to think. In our Best "Best of OC" Issue yet, Dave Wielenga eloquently described one of the major problems with the Save Trestles campaign: apathy. Surfers and the surf industry pay lip service to their be ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    He Ain't Marching Anymore

    Robert Acosta leaves the Iraq anti-war movement to heal himself

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Cocaine Airways

    A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2006

    Numbers (Five Years Later)

    From a list compiled by the UK newspaper, The Independent: 2,973 Total number of people killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the September 11, 2001 attacks 72,000 Estimated number of civilians killed worldwide since September 11, 2001 as a result of the war on terror 2 Number of years since US ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    The Short Shelf Life of Rev. Lou's Man

    What's a frothing-at-the-mouth preacher, who's been named one of the Top 10 Power Broker of the Religious Right and can squeeze more than $6 million a year out of the faithful (and/or gullible), got to do to get a public display of affection from the California Republican Party? If you know, you sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2006

    The Quota System (Friendly Skies Edition)

    Everyone's heard stories, always officially denied, that you're more likely to get a traffic ticket near the end of month because the cops have a set quota of tickets they need to write each month. According to KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver, your traffic misery may be following you into the skie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2006

    43 vs. 43

    On On Politics, the San Jose Mercury News' political news blog, Kate Folmar reports: An internal poll conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman of The Mellman Group out of Washington, D.C. recently found that the governor's race was a dead heat, I'm told. Forty-three percent of respondents favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2006

    Look to the Skies

    In a column in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Ray Lemoine, co-author of Babylon by Bus, recounted his recent brush with the Department of Homeland Security. Lemoine was stopped at JFK airport while returning from Dubai. He'd been red-flagged because of a former job. Lemoine isn't a retired shoe-bomb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2006

    Massively Penetrating in Vegas

    Looking for something new to do in Vegas? Something that involves breathing in massive amounts of particulate matter blown in from the desert? Something that involves watching yet another bit of idiotic Bush administration defense planning go up in smoke (literally)? Something a little mushroom clou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2006

    Another Star Chamber Turn

    My colleague Alex Brant-Zawadzki is right about the potential of television for doing good– his pro-having-sex-with-George Clooney stance, I'll pass over in silence– but Edward R. Murrow is long dead, and TV nowadays seems to be mostly offering up "the evil of banality", to use Alex Cock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2006

    Fugees in the House!

    If you haven't already seen it, OC Weekly's very own Gustavo Arellano has a great editorial in today's LA Times attacking Cardinal Mahoney. (We'd link the story, but you'd have to pay to read it and besides, we're lazy). The piece argues that Mahoney's recent pledge to advocate on behalf of illegal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2006

    Of Swallows, Schwarzenegger, and Swift Boats

    The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 29, 2005

    !Ask a Mexican!

    The year in Mexican-bashing

  • Features

    November 10, 2005

    Border Story

    I couldve smuggled in an illegal immigrant but didnt: A tale of regret

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