Santa Ana residents are helping to wage a secret war against one of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels—and they're winning
When Glenn Greenwald speaks in Orange County next month, he'll have more to talk about than the classified documents from Edward Snowden on the massive U.S. and British surveillance programs or the injustice of the Bradley Manning prosecution. It was revealed Saturday that Greenwald and fellow jour ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it true they can only buy guns in one store?
Before President Barack Obama just announced 23 executive orders he will issue and a $500 million package and changes in law he will seek from Congress in the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 elementary schoolchildren, the Laguna Woods-based California Tea Party called for hi ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are Mexican women so superstitious?
Calderon puts magical realism in the shade
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican men wear such skinny jeans?
Supporters of SanTana councilwoman and 69th Assembly District candidate Michele Martinez try to paint her as a liberal lioness, a progressive puma, but anyone who has tracked her career knows that Martinez is a craven opportunist who'll side with whomever will guarantee her a shot at victory. Tha ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are the narco-wars really a revolution?
Rubio: Look at the flag, not what I lie about.Two congressional Democrats including Loretta Sanchez tag teamed Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio on MSNBC this afternoon for his fraudulent attempt to hail himself as a victim of Fidel Castro's dictatorial Cuban regime."We don't need someone wh ... More >>
The Santa Ana businessman's big idea got the Mexican government to help spruce up immigrants' hometowns and got him into politics back home
The Los Angeles Times, and just about every other newspaper that covers world news, is reporting today that the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an influential think-tank made up of world leaders, has just issued a report calling the war on drugs "a costly failure" and calling on the United Stat ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is Mexico a Tea Party paradise?
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 >>
And Why Do Mexicans Jump So Much?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And can gabachos love the Mexican culture but hate the Mexican?
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
R. Scott Moxley told you in October about Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) having inserted himself in the violent 2009 coup that toppled the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. Was Dana Rohrabacher Playing Kingmaker in Central America?To refresh your memory, th ... More >>
Cuban hip-hop was given an international profile 10 years ago by Orishas, the talented group who made a name for themselves and the genre after releasing the album A Lo Cubano from their new home in France. Since then, the duo Los Aldeanos has been the rising recognizable face of the youth ... More >>
South of the Border, Oliver Stone's documentary about the leftist revolution in several South American countries, wasn't exactly embraced by critics when it hit theaters in June. Entertainment Weekly summed it up as "rose-colored agitprop."
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle, doesn't work
Rohrabacher: exporting his nutty ideasOrange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher likes to fancy himself as this country's real secretary of state regardless of who is put in the position by a president. It's a comical stance for a man who who skipped Vietnam War duty, champions U.S. tax ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Are you a vendido or a Manchurian Mexican?
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
Tougher border enforcement in California and Texas has spelled disaster for southern Arizona
Museum of Latin American Art
[¡Ask a Mexican!] In honor of April Fools' Day, Jim Gilchrist puts on the sombrero and bandoliers this week
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Supporters of longtime Santa Ana Mexican consulate employees who say they were fired without cause last month by a newly politicized consular team which some have accused of favoritism and elitism, protested in front of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) i ... More >>
For months we've had a sneaking suspicion that the new Mexican consul in Santa Ana was working hard to transform the consulate from the effective, outreach-heavy post it once was under wildly popular former consul Luis Miguel Ortiz Haro to a mere prop of elitist Mexican puffery. Many have whispered ... More >>
Amazingly, both parties have ignored Mexicans in this election. So leave it to the animal-abusing geniuses behind the No on Proposition 2 campaign (y'know, that nefarious measure that would force farmers to treat their animals humanely) to conjure up the spectre of the Reconquista in this ominous ad ... More >>
Gabbis Mexican Kitchen
...has to be the one they ran last week asking readers what "is the most effective way to stop illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border?" Reporter Amy Taxin sure knows her audience--of the options available, none included "open the borders ala the European Union," "reform the current immi ... More >>
Former Massachusetts governor and current presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be at Chapman University on Sunday to participate in a forum called, "Ask Mitt Anything!" Anything, huh? Y'know, Romney's an interesting critter in the ever-more-frayed-and-teetering Republican big tent. He's a "Perso ... More >>
*Updated, with grammatical erros bolded The last time I saw Glenn Spencer (founder of the frothingly anti-immigrant American Patrol), the portly man was sporting a huge smile as a race riot erupted around him. The occasion was a Dec. 8, 2001 rally in front of Anaheim City Hall, where Spencer and hi ... More >>
Special Rip-Off Edicion
A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide
'Whats with ALL the drama?'
Glenn Stern captures Latin American political graffiti
Special Mexican Independence Day edition
Picking apart racist caricatures at Orange County Latino grocery stores