A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison. A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhanc ... More >>
A 28-year-old Irvine woman has been identified as one of the four passengers who perished while aboard a private jet that crashed at Santa Monica Airport Sunday evening. Lauren Winkler was a fundraiser and executive with Save A Child's Heart, which provides free open-heart surgery in Israel to chil ... More >>
Last night the NBC Peacock plucked one of its brightest feathers as Thursday night comedy staple "30 Rock" aired its final episode. Since 2006, the show's cycled in some of the decade's most memorable music cameos and memorable original songs. With the show's theme and most of its original scores co ... More >>
Just a week ago, Temple Israel in Long Beach was rededicated after major improvements were made to the synagogue complex at 269 Loma Ave. "Improvements" added last night were not improvements at all but disgusting swastikas and slogans sprayed onto the place for worshipers from greater Long Beach an ... More >>
A friend in need is a friend indeed. And if you need Jesus ye heathen, Friends Church Yorba Linda may be the place for you. Your pomade-powered prophet visited the historically Quaker fellowship on Saturday night, taking his place among the lily-white saints and trying to stay awake among a rat ... More >>
A local supporter of the call by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and four other House members for an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood's "infiltration" into the Obama administration is using a couple Orange County incidents to build his case.One happened at UC Irvine--although it's not t ... More >>
Shalom, y'all. That's right, the OCeeker recently drove his goyisher self to Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Ana for a Shabbat evening service. First things first: Rabbi Heidi Cohen is one cute clergygirl! Decked in black slacks and a red blouse, with a loose-fitting, long-sleeve black outer gar ... More >>
The last time I saw Madonna, it was 2006 and I paid $352 for a floor ticket. Madonna, fresh off the success of her Super Bowl halftime show, is going on a World Tour beginning May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel. While we have no idea how much tickets will be going for, we do know she'll stop at&nbs ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what do Mexicans think of Koreans?
The focus of the international media may have switched from Syria to Israel-Palestine (for now), but that won't stop the Los Angeles chapter of the Syrian American Council from holding its third town hall meeting in Anaheim Saturday to examine the current situation and future outlook for members' ... More >>
A mobile social traffic and navigation app is teaming with a Los Angeles-based television station to provide real-time news and traffic information during "Carmageddon"--the July 15 weekend closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles.Waze, which claims to have 4.5 million member drivers in 45 cou ... More >>
QSR Magazine is the bible of the fast-food and fast-casual industry, one that's usually good in its reporting. But an article in this month's issue shows how advanced we are culinarily in Orange County, how the rest of the United States, even in this globalized age, is still rather clueless when ... More >>
MacDonald: Too much of a weenie to do his own dirty workI don't check Red County regularly anymore, ever since they began switching web layouts every three months or so and de-emphasized county coverage for loser areas of the country. And I definitely don't follow former state senator Chuck DeVor ... More >>
instructables.comAre you a bacon savant? A meat artiste who can weave bacon into an itsy-bitsy, smoky-meat bikini for Lady Gaga? Head over to instructables.com and show the world how you make said swimsuit in their Bacon Challenge. You can win an iPad2 or a piece of All Clad cookware, as if such ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 4, 4:30 P.M.: Do you spell that name "Lior" or "Liar"?Lior Bitton, who owns a Westminster jewelry store, accepted a plea deal today that had him declaring his guilt to falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond had been stolen and fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insura ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 3, 10 A.M.: The Los Angeles Times this morning jumped on the "Free the Irvine 11" bandwagon by publishing an editorial under that headline. Criminal charges against the students "are not appropriate" and "would be overkill" and could result in "a punishment out of proportion to the ... More >>
Few folks are more controversial on the Left that Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League. On one hand, his organization remains on the forefront of tracking white supremacists in the United States; on the other hand, their knee-jerk reaction to categorize nearly any criticism of Israe ... More >>
Update, December 2, 9:20 a.m.: Earlier this year, Westminster police arrested 36-year-old Los Angeles jewelry store owner Lior Bitton, who was accused of fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insurance company after falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond stolen. Now, the Orange Cou ... More >>
Twice motions were made Tuesday night to name a local park after Ronald Reagan, and twice the Newport Beach City Council voted that idea down. "We'll bring this back in some form or fashion, somehow," vowed Mayor Keith Curry, the politico pushing for a park named after the Gipper.Six easy steps w ... More >>
ElcottThe Orange County Jewish Federation & Family Services reacted to the news that the Muslim Student Union suspension has been upheld at UC Irvine with a mix of applause and back slapping, claiming it "has been at the forefront of a community-wide effort to make UCI a hate-free zone for al ... More >>
John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyOzzy at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, back in February '09.Sorry to leave you hanging for two Fridays, but Orange Bits--our weekly round up of all the OC-related music news that wasn't in the Weekly--is back. Rejoice:
[¡Ask a Mexican!] South of the border Mormons redux
Any hopes of hearing Helen Thomas crack Jewish jokes live and in person at the UC Irvine Laugh Factory are now out the window, according to a story that just went up on the OC Register website this morning. Actually the story has nothing to do with Helen Thomas but it does involve.....Jews!!!!
"When I was lying to the Iranian government." --Gwendolyn Oxenham, co-director of Pelada, in response to an audience question after Saturday's Newport Beach Film Festival screening about the scariest moment in making the documentary. She and life mate Luke Boughen, who also co-directed, play pick ... More >>
UCTV.tvMichael Oren speaks previously at UC Santa Barbara.UC Irvine hosted Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Monday and--surprisingly--his address was only interrupted 16 times and a mere 12 students were arrested. Campus officials must be thrilled.
After living through dismissed lawsuits, broken birther alliances, judicial fines and less-than-flattering TV appearances, Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq., has finally won something!It isn't Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate.
UC Irvine: A battlefield?In today's issue of the JewishJournal.com, Judea Pearl--an acclaimed UCLA professor and the father of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was decapitated by nuts in Pakistan in 2002--has written "The Crucible of UC Irvine," which slams the Orange County univer ... More >>
Ali, with a UCI goon trying to intimidate Levin by snapping a shot of himEvery year for the past couple of years, UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union has invited a hilarious hater named Abdel Malik Ali, one so noxious that the Southern Poverty Law Center profiled the pendejo. I'm not sure why the MSU k ... More >>
John Robert Bolton, the neocon's neocon, laps up the hosannas of fellow knuckle-draggers May 28 when he is the special guest of the World Affairs Council of Orange County. The nonprofit, 500-member council--which since its 1967 founding has hosted Prince Andrew, Vicente Fox, Hans Blix and several ot ... More >>
Two very different Easter takes arrived in Clockwork's inbox today, Good Friday, from Tim Leedom and Bobby Bible.Newport Beach filmmaker and author Leedom has written extensively about the true origins of religions and religious mythologies. He writes:THE JESUS PUZZLEAt least two times a year, Jesus ... More >>
Here's something I find totally mesmerizing: Checkpoint 303, a collaboration between Tunisian "sound cutter" SC MoCha and Israel-based "sound catcher" SC Yosh (you just can't label 'em DJs anymore), mixing intricate aural work and boomtastic beats with field recordings taped in the eternally FULABA ... More >>
For years, conservative students at the University of California, Irvine, have labored mightily to get the country to consider their campus a haven for Jew-bashing. Most of their criticism has been lobbied at the Muslim Student Union, which has done everything from host seminars called "Holocaust in ... More >>
Dearest brethren and sisters of the Internet, God's children all: Let us all join our hands in prayer and thank the Lord for both the Orange County Weekly and Wiley Drake, the Buena Park-based, homeless-person-feeding, gay-bashing, Southern Baptist Pastor. Why blesseth we the Weekly and Pastor Dra ... More >>
2006 of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
Alex, of course, is right (see his post here) about the drudges at The Drudge Report– among the many kinds of bastards they are, warmongering bastards ranks pretty high since Bush the Younger took office. But I do think he missed the importance of another, much older Encourager of war and slau ... More >>
A UCI historian is one of the most terrifying professors in America
Iraq is rocked, but our desert rocks
OCC poli sci prof harangues college protestors
Hip Hop Hoodios? Jew betcha!
Substance over style at Orchid