[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can Mexicans make gabachos care about NAFTA?
Most people know the word "puto" means "faggot" in Spanish. However the word has another meaning, something more like a coward...think Joe Arpayaso. Surprisingly, Molotov--probably one of Mexico's most influential bands of all time--released a statement on their Facebook page clarifying the meaning ... More >>
When I saw "Freedom fries" listed on the menu at Bagel Me! in Villa Park (our 2010 Best Bagel winner), I figured I'd stepped into a Republican time portal back to 2003, when Francophobia was at an all-time high thanks to those cheese-eaters' steadfast (and correct) position that invading Iraq was ta ... More >>
One of the positive developments of the widening of the obsession with Hatch chile peppers is their availability to the normal, non-obsessed people via per-pound sales at normal markets. Such was the case when I stopped in for condoms and children's cough medicine (those purchases are COMPLETELY unr ... More >>
The canyons and meadows are greening up. The sun lingers in the afternoon sky. Literary Orange and the LA Times Festival of Books are right around the corner. Springtime, when a middle-aged man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, and the books arrive. Lots of 'em.No problem! Br ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how many illegal Mexicans are there?
There's an area in Irvine that's a bit of a mystery to most. If you drive Jeffrey Road as far northeast as possible, the road is restricted beyond Portola. However, if you look up into the hillside, you'll see them: avocado trees. This quickly explains why the neighborhood's name is Orchard Hills ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And can gabachos shorten Spanish words?
BinnieA former Santa Ana plastics company is being dragged into the U.S. Senate Republican primary race in New Hampshire.William Harrison "Bill" Binnie is self-funding his campaign for the seat held by Republican incumbent Judd Gregg, who is retiring from the upper house. Binnie currently serves ... More >>
Drugs, death and fear in the murder capital of the world
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Are you a vendido or a Manchurian Mexican?
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
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 >>
'Where's the love?' Maybe with the fairies?
Elaborately choreographed pantomime reveals a nation torn asunder
Last July, I blogged about Coast to Coast AM disc jockey Art Bell's sudden departure from the airwaves when he disappeared to the Phillipines and emerged, just a few weeks later, as the proud husband of a girl just barely out of her teens. After a brief hiatus, Bell returned to host the show on week ... More >>
Special four-part edition
'If you fight one bean, you fight the whole burrito!'
Back in January 2004, I wrote this article about KFI-AM 640 bumping my favorite night-time radio show, Coast to Coast AM, from its regular 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. slot and replacing it with right-wing wacko John Ziegler. Coast to Coast AM was the only KFI show that wasn't hosted by a right wing wacko and ... More >>
Why our noncitizens are our best citizens
Sex, drugs and the American flag: The true tale of an Orange County family
Orishas: Latin Americas only great hip-hoppers
Kem Nunn on environmental apocalypse, surfing subcultures and his new novel, Tijuana Straits
Exene Cervenka lightens up on anarchy and embraces punk pacifism
The Passion of the Kucinich finds an audience in Long Beach
Ive never voted for a winner for president. And I wont now
OC activists rally to underdog candidate
Mexican cinemas rises, Chicano cinemas falls
Gigante markets its market
Wherere you going to stand when Ralph Nader runs in 2004?
Bushs DEA criminalizes hemp foods
And its one, two, threewhat are we dining for?
The great South County tamale search
How my family turned the Nativity into NAFTA
For Giant Sucking Sound, gigs are for kicks
Green Party candidate Medea Benjamin brings trade politics to OC
Was an Irvine plant's closing payback for its union's budding internationalism?