A weighty omen of Larry Agran's long overdue political demise occurred 72 hours before the Nov. 4 Irvine city council election when the dictatorial boss of a political machine once considered invincible was spotted frantically running out of his house carrying boxes stuffed with campaign fliers. H ... More >>
The storied L.A. venue announced today that it will officially close in September following a special grand finale concert honoring its history. The full press release is available below...
The Kookville Express and its happy, wild-eyed conductor, Dana Rohrabacher, has shifted routes in yet another attempt for a cheap two-fer ticket: to derail President Barack Obama's second term and sabotage Hillary Clinton's potential future White House run.Rohrabacher, Orange County's seni ... More >>
While doing my research for Taco USA, I came across a fascinating sub-chapter: presidential encounters with Mexican food. Some of our commanders-in-chief lived for the stuff--Richard Nixon, LBJ, and Bill Clinton, especially. Others helped elevate it in status--Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama come to ... More >>
Are you bored and a history buff?Well, today was made to liven up your life in Yorba Linda at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, which is holding a party this afternoon entitled, "Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War."[Insert joke here, if you wish.]
"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but they are not from you. And though they are with you they belong not to you." Sweet Honey in the Rock, the great a cappella Civil Rights-lovin' all-woman, all-African Amer ... More >>
Stop grinning. Your album sucks. See also: The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #10 - #6 5. Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist There was no way Perry Farrell and company were going to shock the world with another Ritual lo Habitual. That much we knew -- if for no other reason t ... More >>
Flickr user kallebooUPDATE, May 31, 1:24 P.M.: Detained for several months in North Korea, Eddie Yong Su Jun was finally released at the request of the U.S. He was escorted out of the country on Saturday by U.S. human rights envoy Robert King. Jun's family wrote in ... More >>
Time was when the Wall Street Journal was a respected paper: always with a business-friendly, mostly conservative point of view, but one at least respected. But ever since Rupert Murdoch acquired it a couple of years ago, it has ditched the gravitas for the sort of knee-jerk captain-of-industry p ... More >>
The only president that matters today...So today is Cinco de Mayo blah blah blah blah. But instead of offering you places to drinko, your humble scribe likes learnin' people stuff, you know, the more arcane the better. So what more-random topic than a quick overview of American presidents and the ... More >>
Flickr user kallebooEddie Yong Su Jun, a man with OC ties, has been detained in North Korea since last November after being arrested on unspecified charges. Earlier this month, the country's official news agency reported the government's plans to indict the Korean American, saying he has alr ... More >>
A brutally honest look at Black Power in 'Night Catches Us'
It remains unclear whether Terry Jones will go through with burning copies of the Koran on Saturday, as the nutty Florida pastor says in one breath his stunt has been canceled and then in another impose a deadline for New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to indicate he will move a proposed mosque near ... More >>
Sunday's local news highlights include:Unsolved 1977 NY Murder Tied Again to OC-LA Serial KillerVeteran courthouse reporter Larry Welborn got nearly a full page today to tell the tragic story of popular 23-year-old Ellen Jane Hover of Manhattan. Hover was murdered 33 years ago this month aft ... More >>
Christine Shively, an "Angel" and an "All-Star Among Us."Major League Baseball has announced that Newport Beach resident Christine Shively and four other "All-Stars Among Us" will be saluted by all five living U.S. presidents before Tuesday's All-Star Game in St. Louis.(It's a good thing the MLB str ... More >>
When I moved from a growing inland daily newspaper that was printing 70,000 copies to the shrinking Daily Pilot of Newport Beach/Costa Mesa that was printing 25,000 copies or whatever it was in 1989, the press on the other side of the wall from the newsroom quickly got up to  ... More >>
From the Dec. 23, 1993, issue of Roll Call magazine in Washington, D.C.: Folks seem to have trouble getting Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) name right. Things started to go bad for Craig back in June, when he not-so-inadvertently referred to President Clinton in a floor speech as President Carter. Th ... More >>
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This Ain't No Picnic
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Tsunamis, bloody abortions, and the Painter Of Light, Thomas Kinkade!
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The Reagan legacy at a bar
Men of the Grand Central register blip as art scene flatlines
Holiday Brings Us to Our Knees
Diary of a Mad County
He turns 91 this week, so its possible Ronald Reagan cant remember. But Jim Washburn cant forget
Reintroducing the Greatest Generation to historical complexity
Seminal punks continue in the great circle of birth, death and self-abuse
20 reasons why I love Willie Nelson
How would the founding fathersor a bald eagle that could talkview contemporary politics?
A brief history of rabbits in America