How an award-winning documentary about a boy in an Afghan mountain village wound up with a screening date in a Santa Ana art gallery Tuesday evening sounds worthy of a film itself. The movie is The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan, and it's screening as part of an Afghan New Year celebration and fu ... More >>
Despite initially claiming post-2011 arrest innocence and implying that the FBI had manufactured a false case that she aided Middle East terrorists, an Orange County pharmacist has pleaded guilty and faces sentencing next month.Turkey native and legal U.S. resident Oytun Ayse Mihalik of La Palma wor ... More >>
"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 >>
Mark Basseley Nakoula, the Cerritos conman who lived in Orange County and has gone by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Sam Bacile and several other aliases, was sentenced to a year in prison today for violating his probation.What's the big whoop? Well, he should be punished for crimes against humanit for m ... More >>
Everybody loves a play on words, ye heathen, so let's get this outta the way real quick-like: The OCeeker transformed his glorious person into the O'Sikher on a recent Wednesday night in Buena Park, when his graceful footfall blessed the grounds of Guru Nanak Sikh Temple of USA.He committed one fuck ... More >>
Two female filmmakers come to UC Irvine this week to discuss their projects about women caught in the middle of war and children mostly caught up in human slavery around the world.One, entertainment brand heir Abigail E. Disney, is bringing even more star power: Academy Award winner Geena Davis. ... More >>
A Santa Ana-based group pushing for religious freedom worldwide has launched a new advocacy campaign aimed at beefing up the International
Religious Freedom Act of 1998 and, with it, U.S. foreign policy. Turmoil in Nigeria, the Middle East, Northern Africa and
Pakistan--including the burning of ... More >>
[via The Stranger]In "Al Qaeda's Up-And-Comers",
Newsweek named the Al Qaeda Hydra--the eight people most likely to succeed
Osama bin Laden--with OC's Adam Gadahn on the list. The article says that 32-year-old goat boy Gadahn, who converted t ... More >>
A Huntington Beach woman was part of the first combat sortie to involve only females. Captain Jennifer Morton was part of a two-ship formation composed of two female pilots and two female weapons officers when the "Strike Eagles of 'Dudette
07'" took to the skies over Afghanistan on March 30.
House members are being criticized for leaving Washington, D.C., without a federal budget vote to campaign in their districts before the November election. Some Orange County Congress people, like their brethren around the country, can escape the scorn by sharing a brown bag lunch at their distri ... More >>
Headline: Poll: What Should Muslim Disney Worker Do?Comment by Free Wheeling Franklin: Put her in a veil and harem pants and stick her in It's a Small World.Comment by gimmeabreak: Why is the model illustrated wearing a smile? I don't believe I've ever seen a muslim woman smile.............no, I' ... More >>
American Red CrossA Haitian man in temporary shelter receives earthquake relief in a box.Orange County Muslims on Friday plan to ship out to Haiti a 40-foot container full of clothes, medicine, medical equipment, bottled water and other basic necessities.
Victoria Patterson's excellent work of fiction Drift--which is composed of 13 intertwining stories about people struggling to eke out existences in Newport Beach and surrounding communities--is a finalist for The Story Prize.
Speaking from Afghanistan, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) says she remains skeptical about President Barack Obama's decision to increase troop numbers there. Perhaps the bombs falling all around the House Armed Services Committee's senior female had something to do with that.
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 >>
Tim Carpenter of PDA.Tim Carpenter, the longtime Orange County progressive activist who moved back east several years ago and is now national director of Progressive Democrats of America, is in a party mood. That's because his organization, which is at the center of the single-payer healthcare de ... More >>
A location scout for a spy movie could not have picked a better location for my late December meeting with Craig Monteilh: a table outside a restaurant in a bustling Irvine shopping center. A lensman would appreciate the shadow-erasing clouds hovering overhead on the warm winter morning. And cen ... More >>
With the global economy teetering on the brink of self-destruction, America still fighting a two-front war in Iraq and Pakistan, the LA Times about to fire the 75 people who somehow haven't been fired yet, and the Angels out of the race for the pennant, it's about time for a feel-good human int ... More >>