There are three things Baylor Eldric Maggenti loves him some: bomb-making material, child pornography and conservative politics. Guess which two just landed the 67-year-old Costa Mesa man in jail for a year? He pleaded guilty Monday to possessing firearms, bomb-making materials and child pornograp ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the secret to making the best buñuelos on the planet?
Israel today named a replacement for Michael Oren, the ambassador to the U.S. whose appearance at UC Irvine in February 2010 sparked what would become an international incident and debate over the freedom of speech. Ron Dermer, a former adviser on U.S. affairs to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a ... More >>
As part of his effort to expand his party's base, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is meeting with Hispanic community leaders in Santa Ana this morning. A press announcement for the 10:30 a.m. event calls the affair "a listening session" for Priebus, who is meeting with Hispani ... More >>
Orange County's Jeremy Yamaguchi--the Republican activist and Boy Scout who first won election to the Placentia City Council as a 19-year-old Cal State Fullerton student in 2008--garnered a national cable television audience on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washi ... More >>
On Dec. 8, I reported that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher claimed Democratic operatives paid poor people and "illegals" to steal the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama.Rohrabacher offered no proof of his claim and so I challenged him to name just one crony who paid one identified "illega ... More >>
UC Irvine documents the struggles of our local gay history—yes, we have one!
The ostensible purpose of this cheerful weekly blog post is evangelizing on behalf of Orange County reading, writing, literary culture, according to The Bibliofella. Sometimes your humble (not) blogger's reach is pretty wide, solipsistic, a stretch but then again writing about my two favorite subjec ... More >>
The Laguna Art Museum exhibit meditates on life's shortcomings
All right, ladies and germs: time to follow the Weekly at one of our favorite beats: election coverage!This is the way we'll do it: on Thursday, the dead-tree edition will have dispatches from all of us through the day, just like we did in our legendary 2004 issue, which featured George W. Bush flip ... More >>
The 2012 United States presidential election was called at 5:48 a.m. today (Pacific daylight savings time).Jamie the Psychic, who describes herself as "the worst person to call when it comes to politics," announced Barack Obama as the winner while she appeared on The Daily Buzz (or, as the hip kids ... More >>
In these days of shady foreclosures, robo-bank calls for mortgage payments before your mortgage is due and other assorted example of Mitt Romney's pals trying to royally fuck with us just trying to make ends meet comes a bit of happy news. About 150 families in San Juan Capistrano banded together to ... More >>
No matter the results of the Nov. 6 election, the Libertarian presidential campaign duo of Gary Johnson and Jim Gray, the retired Orange County superior court judge, plan to run again for the White House in 2016.Gray, Johnson's vice presidential running mate, told a crowd this month at Tulane Univer ... More >>
[Ask Exene] Is it better to take a side in a presidential election sooner rather than later?
Never underestimate the desire of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior career politician--to man his spot on the front lines of the lunatic fringe. A hilariously self-declared "patriot" who carefully avoided any military service when he was eligible for combat during a time of w ... More >>
Occupy Orange County is planning a Rally for Justice event for Saturday in Pearson Park in Anaheim, celebrating of the upcoming one-year anniversary since protesters took over Zuccotti Park in New York City. Although the occupation of Zuccotti Park lasted for a mere eight weeks, and the subsequ ... More >>
Before we get to the shakers, if no one else has yet, may I be the first to blame Southern California's earthquake swarms and Hurricane Isaac on God's wrath for the Republicans nominating Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum?Or, perhaps the King of Kings is an Obama man and he's just pissed at the GOP for ... More >>
It will surprise no one when Orange County goes Romney in November. Republicans, with 42 percent of the registered voters in the region, hold an 11-point edge over Democrats, with the only good news for donkeys being the GOP held a 55 percent chunk in 1992. However, there are some Obama supporters i ... More >>
Adult entertainer-turned-Huntington Harbour mom Jenna Jameson pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more for slamming her Range Rover into a Westminster utility pole early one morning in May.Ju ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do only Mexicans help stranded drivers?
Troy Edgar didn't quite know what he was in for when he showed up at the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) meeting in Garden Grove last night. Perhaps the Republican 72nd Assembly District candidate was not aware that CCIR has been labeled an extremist hate group, led by venom-tongu ... More >>
After DREAM activists courageously staged sit-ins at Obama for America campaign offices in multiple cities, the President announced earlier this month on June 15 a policy change affecting undocumented youth. Not an executive order as Know Nothings whine, the move nevertheless pressured the Deporter- ... More >>
[Crossing the Line] The U.S. Supreme Court and President Barack Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience
It's clearer now why Ron Paul went heavy on the Libertarian cheerleading and lighter on the presidential campaigning when he rocked a youth rally earlier this month at Cal State Fullerton. The Texas congressman and Republican primary candidate has announced that he won't compete in states that have ... More >>
Saying that he'd rather die than vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama in November, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson today won the Libertarian Party nomination to be the next president of the United States.An energetic Libertarian crowd huddled in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Resort and chose the art ... More >>
A reporter calls a Republican presidential campaign this afternoon hoping to speak to the candidate, but is given an excuse:The candidate is working out at the gym.Yeah, right.Think: Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain.But, bless their sweet souls, the Fred Karger for President campaign, specifically the e ... More >>
To be politically aware, frolic in sandals (if you're a girl) and avoid Mitt Romney
UPDATE, 2:56 P.M., May 1, 2012: Cal State Fullerton just confirmed that the rally will take place at Titan Stadium.Ron Paul, friend of tokers, foe of pro-choicers and the bane of every neocon's existence, is scheduled to speak Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton. We'll be there to watch the hilari ... More >>
With a college pub as great as the Anthill, you're bound to meet some drunk people every once in awhile. Some of them can be pretty cool. Others cans be super opinionated. Hilariously, people share both similar opinions and favorite drinks.
"If Mickey Mouse were running against Obama, I'd be supporting him."-Roger Pechuls, a retired restaurant supply executive from Newport Beach, who contributed $500 to Herman Cain in October, $500 to Newt Gingrich in November, $1,000 to Rick Santorum in January--and who now supports Mitt Romney fo ... More >>
Mitt Romney easily won Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary Sunday, but the bigger news, especially locally, came near the bottom of the ballot."LOOKS [sic] WE BEAT RON PAUL IN TODAY'S PUERTO RICO PRIMARY" reads the Twitter feed from the presidential campaign of Laguna Beach's Fred Karge ... More >>
It's the week of newsitude with a dabbling of learning from it.FEB. 18: A boozehound is busted at California Adventure after taking swings at Disney Resort employees near the Tower of Terror. The guest is then sprinkled with pixie dust, a.k.a. mace. As video from the encounter goes viral, The Hou ... More >>
Kathleen Madigan has been in the business for over 20 years and if there is one thing that she knows, it's how to make a crowd laugh. Honestly, real talk, and top notch delivery is what she's bringing and when Kathleen blows through town on February 24 for one night only at The City National Grov ... More >>
[UPDATED: At conclusion of the article.]Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Mike Schroeder, his decades old travel companion and buddy, adamantly disagree on which 2012 Republican candidate would make the best U.S. president. Rohrabacher despises Newt Gingrich and is backing Mitt Romney. Schroeder d ... More >>
Poor Ron Paul.The veteran Texas congressman running for the Republican presidential nomination by arguing for dramatic changes to the federal government can't get love from Orange County-related political figures.This week, conservative radio host/lawyer/author Hugh Hewitt--a former, post-preside ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 1, 8:11 P.M.: The Orange County Register Editorial Board loves them some Texas Gov. Rick Perry.After the Republican met in Newport Beach's Pacific Club with big GOP donors and the likes of Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh, Flash Report publisher Jon Fleischman, OC GOP Chairman ... More >>
Will he or won't he?It's the question close watchers of the Republican Party's presidential prospects want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to answer.Before he can, however, Perry has to come to Newport Beach today to ask the moneymen a question of his own: Should I?
*Updated, with new info on the bottom...We haven't posted on Orange County's own conservative talk-show windbag Hugh Hewitt in a long time, mostly because I got tired of listening both to his program and reading his blog. But a faithful reader clued us in to the latest Vanity Fair, a magazine I usua ... More >>
In the couple of years I've been listening to local conservative blabbermouth Hugh Hewitt, I've seen the two causes he most firmly aligned himself with fail miserably: the 2006 mid-term election and the laughable presidential primary effort of Mitt Romney. Let's hope Hewie makes it a losing trifecta ... More >>
On a cool evening in the heart of Little Saigon loud firecrackers periodically exploded as Vietnamese Americans celebrated the coming of Tet (Vietnamese New Year) and something that should comfort Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle: the launching of the Year of the Rat. Of course, I'm kidding. According t ... More >>
Throughout his radio show yesterday, Hugh Hewitt kept emphasizing that true conservatives despised John McCain, that true conservatives must vote for Mitt Romney. He repeatedly cited the examples of Rush Limbaugh and James Dobson, who insisted they'd never vote for McCain. To stick to one's principl ... More >>
Top dogs are still the same as of 9 p.m. and only 106 of 2076 precincts are accounted for. It's gonna be a loooong night! Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 52,854Vote Count: 25,543 58.5(.3% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 56,800Vote Count: 38778 42.1(.7%More here.
Are you a fan of Hillary but not sure she can win? A Romney follower who has questions about his Mormonism? Like Giuliani, but hate his abortion stance? Dig Obama, but worry about his pals who hate gays? It's tough to pick a presidential candidate who's just right, especially with all the pundits a ... More >>
Bud Light No More, You Pick Again: My-Thuan Tran reports this morning that the “Starbucks generation” of Vietnamese Americans “couldn’t stand dingy” Little Saigon restaurants and is building “stylish and spotless . . . swank” restaurants in response. Bao Tran, 34, quit a job in insuran ... More >>
Worm Attack in Dana Point? TMZ reports that Orange County police are investigating former Los Angeles Laker/Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for allegedly committing a “crime” inside the Hennessy's Tavern near PCH in Dana Point. The celebrity website says Rodman was accused of slapping a female custom ... More >>
Doctor No: The public hospital crisis has placed nearly two dozen private hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties “in dire financial straits and in danger of bankruptcy or closure,” according to a depressing report in today’s Times. Reporters Daniel Costello and Susannah Rosenblatt found ... More >>
Maybe this belongs in a Because You’re Ugly post, you tell me. Be sure to get your very own “Don’t Tase Me, Bro!” t-shirt in time for the “Ask Mitt Anything” forum at Chapman University this Sunday. The phrase, “Don’t Tase Me, Bro” was cried out by a University of Florida studen ... More >>
Jack in the Box's new commercials openly mock the McDonalds Angus third-pounders as being inferior to the new sirloin burgers. But are they? Certainly the commercials are better. McDonalds' bizarre appeal to Californians to eat lots of Angus burgers so they'll catch on and people in Boston can have ... More >>