National Economy

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher Wants to Take His Loony Act to Bigger Stage

    Glassy-eyed Dana​Dana Rohrabacher, a man whose notoriously poor judgment caused him to associate with a long list of people who became convicted felons, wants to become chairman of the Science Committee in the House of Representatives.According to a Nov. 30 profile in Politico, the Costa Mesa cong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Explaining the Shitty Economy Through LMFAO's 'Shots'

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​The Great Recession may have been long declared over, but the pain continues for many everyday people. For the curious, the bottoming out of the U.S. economy prompted inquiry into what the hell went down. The subject of economics, however, is all too often unnecessar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    OC's Trillion Dollar Man Worried USA is Heading for a Double-Dip Recession

    0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds​All those daily Obama Administration assurances that the U.S. economy is heading in the right direction might just be wishful thinking or cynical public manipulation.Dr. Mohamed Abdulla El-Erian, the chief executive of Newport Beach-based investment house giant Pimco--t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Is the April Fools' Joke Democrats' Dana Rohrabacher Not-an-April-Fools' Joke?

    ​The following just arrived from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose "House Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame" now includes Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). Sounds like a certain Surfin' Congresswoman is going to have to shop for an evening gown to wear to the inducti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Obama, Economy, War, Swine Flu, Iran Election Crack Alamanac's Top 10 News Topics of 2009

    Here are The World Almanac and Book of Facts Top Ten News Topics of 2009:​1. Obama Presidency Begins. With the U.S. at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Barack Obama swearing in as the nation's 44th president Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Rumbi Island Grill to Open Three More In O.C.

    Over a year ago I reported that a Utah chain called Rumbi Island Grill was planning to come and open up a series of stores. With their Mission Viejo store now already well- established, they're moving onward and upward. The RSM store will debut in January and it's been announced that they're staki ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    Grapes of Wrath

    Tustin Library

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Boardfest 2009 Postponed Due to Bad Economy

    We in the surfing world don't often talk about the economic downturn that has plagued America in recent months. Sure, there are more guys out in the water during work hours, having lost the jobs that used to keep their days filled. Surfboard sales are at rock bottom (the relatively small ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Consumer Confidence Reports Reach Opposite Conclusions

    ​According to Associated Press economics writer Chrstopher S. Rugaber, "Consumer sentiment rose more than expected in August and expectations hit the highest level since the recession began, indications that Americans' pessimism about the economy may be lifting."Rugaber cites findings from the New ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Evening for Hope and Possibility

    Memphis at the Santora

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009

    Voice of the Forest

    Bowers Museum

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Helicopters Are Soooooo Huge Right Now

    Organizers and assorted helicopter media (who knew?) are crowing about attendance at the three-day 2009 Heli-Expo, which wraps up today in Anaheim. The number of exhibitors and helicopters on display also beat last year's event in Houston."Heli-Expo 2009 a Resounding Success!!" boasts Helicopter Ass ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Days of Yore

    Hollywood's Golden Age

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Irvine Gives Back

    The Great Skate

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Newport Beach Financial Whiz Warns of 'Mini Depression' Unless Trillions Spent

    A Newport Beach executive has got President Obama's back, saying the U.S. may slump into a "mini depression" unless policy makers spend trillions of dollars to spur growth. "This economy needs support from the government, a check from the government in the trillions," Bill Gross, the co-chief invest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Bangok Taste Closed for a Week--No Worries. I Hope.

    Had dinner earlier this week at Bangkok Taste in SanTana, my current fave Thai restaurant, with the mysterious Ben Dayhoe (contrary to popular rumor, he's not Mr. X). We enjoyed soups, fried tofu, their famous roti dessert, and the peanut-butter soup called khao soy. After our dinner (we ate with ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    MUSINK Tattoo & Music Festival: Totally Canceled!

    Curse you, recession! The MUSINK Tattoo & Music Festival, which was birthed from a three-day event this past February at the OC fairgrounds, has been completely scrapped; official word is that it's, unsurprisingly, "due to the current economic climate."The tour was planned for 25 cities, includ ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    The Reaganomics

    The Reaganomics

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Fresh & Easy Opening its 100th Store in Fullerton: UPDATE!

    Fresh & Easy will mark its first year in business with the debut of its 100th store, opening at 1207 South Euclid Street in Fullerton, this Wednesday, November 12th at 10:00 a.m. Although I am impressed with its achievements (as well as curious about its selection of cheaply priced organic produce) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    J Flynn Gallery Goes Bye-Bye

    Weekly art critic Greg Stacy writes: "It is my sorry duty to report that we recently lost yet another fine local gallery, the J Flynn of Costa Mesa. Recent months have seen far too many local galleries close up for good, as the art world continues to suffer the effects of the ailing economy. In a t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2008
  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Slow Boat

    A Day on the Grand Canal 
With the Emperor of China

  • Web

    July 13, 2006

    Remote Hog

    Chappelle Show (Lost Episodes)

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2006

    OC's leading indicator an economic downturn looms

    Forget sky-high gas prices, stagnant home sales and shaky consumer confidence. Around here, all you need to know that rotten times are ahead is Sharper Image quarterly profits have sunk 62 percent.

  • Columns

    September 11, 2003
  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Spin Recycle

    Truth still grounded after El Toro approval

  • News

    September 27, 2001