Toasting computer love, a genocide musical and a Midwestern odyssey
As Gustavo revealed, it was impossible for us Navel Gazers to gaze at our navels since Thursday afternoon . . .Gremlins Attack OC Weekly Website!But that did not stop the more hopeful among us from writing blog posts all day Friday in case we were suddenly online again. History shows we were not, s ... More >>
Veteran Orange County Republican activist Allan Bartlett, an outspoken critic of Larry Agran's lefty, tainted political machine in Irvine, will be appointed to the city's finance commission, according to a report today by TheLiberalOC.com.Bartlett, a huge Ron Paul fan, has made no secret that he's b ... More >>
When Bill Gross talks, people listen, as the billionaire investment guru out of Newport Beach and that tony beach town's PIMCO firm can make calls on markets around the world that ultimately shake the global economy (Hello, Greece . . . Greece? Are you still there?). But Gross' just-posted monthly i ... More >>
Federal judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana today dismissed the lawsuit accusing Republican officials and especially Mitt Romney supporters of thwarting Ron Paul's bid for the party's presidential nomination.However, the Clinton appointee did leave the door open for an amended complaint.
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A rare, mostly harmonious gathering commenced on Saturday afternoon as Orange County liberals and conservatives voluntarily came together for a hot dog roastin', frisbee-throwin' picnic at Mason Park in Irvine. The unlikely gathering, dubbed Sounds of Truth, was hosted by OC-based politica ... More >>
See update at end of this post about 40 more national convention delegates seeking to join the 123 who have filed suit and "hundreds more" possibly ready to do the same. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 13, 12:39 P.M.: The Republican National Committee (RNC) is using violence, intimidation and ballot stuffing t ... More >>
See update at end of this post about the wife of a Utah county GOP chairman calling Fred Karger "a radical idiot" and saying "thank goodness" he "cant procreate."ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 7, 2:39 P.M.: What does it say about Californians that only 6,641 voted for Laguna Beach's Fred Karger for president, ... More >>
Dropping by for campaign funds, the Republican candidate inspires equal loathing from Occupiers and Tea Partiers
Both Occupy and pro-Ron Paul protesters were on hand outside of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach for a Mitt Romney fundraiser. Members of Occupy Orange County organized a Billionaires for Mitt Romney demonstration, encouraging participants to dress up and act like the 1%, as Occupy protesters ha ... More >>
Watch out 99%, a notorious 1 percenter is coming into town...again. Mitt Romney is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on Friday night, less than three months since his last Orange County fundraiser. According to the Daily Pilot, the Republic ... More >>
It's being widely reported today--including right here on Navel Gazing, like one minute ago--that Ron Paul is bowing out of the 2012 presidential race, or more accurately, ceasing any campaigning in states that have yet to hold their Republican Party primary elections.This is not good news for peopl ... More >>
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 >>
Yes, the Paul-bots--the political Juggalos whose obsessive behavior manages to turn off reasonable people who might otherwise agree with their candidate--have certainly been busy. Not content simply to take over a panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books or desperately demonstrate their rele ... More >>
Ron Paul spit Libertarian fire at a youth rally Wednesday night in front of the packed westside stands at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. For those familiar with Paul's platform, it was standard fare from the Texas congressman, who, unlike presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney, has preac ... More >>
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 >>
Just like their candidate, Ron Paul supporters don't seem to know the meaning of the words "sit down."It took an auditorium full of annoyed bookish types to start yelling this command during the Q&A session of the Narrating Disaster panel at this past weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Book ... 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 >>
In the aftermath of Monday night's news that John Campbell failed to win the endorsement of the local GOP Central Committee, allies of the veteran Orange County Republican congressman immediately launched efforts to find a positive public spin on the disaster. For example, Scott Baugh, boss of th ... More >>
Is Newport Beach's Bill Gross ready to throw some of his big bucks at Ron Paul? With PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel having donated $2.6 million of the $3.4 million Endorse Liberty has raised since the pro-Paul SuperPAC's Dec. 20 creation, a money watcher wonders if Gross--the co-founder of Paci ... More >>
Many California gays (and non-gays) celebrated this week's federal appellate court ruling upholding a district court decision that found Prop. 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.Those waving rainbow-colored flags have another reason to celebrate: a gay man made the presidential ballot in California ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, what's some good Mexican sci-fi?
The Orange County-based white supremacist American Third Position Party finds itself in the headlines again as Anonymous defaced its website yesterday, with the flag of the Soviet Union serving as backdrop with superimposed images of the seal of the amorphous hackers and a rainbow-maned pony! The ... More >>
A couple years ago I introduced readers to Anthony J. Tarquinto and The Real 40 Year Old Virgin of Orange County, the Aliso Viejo author's self-published tome that mixes his unique lack of sexual experience with a political ideology that finds Barack Obama a threat to America. In the months since ... More >>
R.I.P., JohnHere is the week that was and what we learned from it . . . JAN. 13: John Berry is stabbed to death behind a Carl's Jr. in Anaheim and, thanks to a passersby, police quickly capture not only the alleged murderer of the 64-year-old homeless man but the accused serial killer of three ot ... 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 >>
Ron Paul's former aide Eric Dondero blogged over the holiday weekend that his former boss was anti-Israel, isolationist on foreign policy, uncomfortable around homosexuals and out of touch with black and Hispanic cultures. Naturally, that kicked up a shitstorm as Paul continues to poll well in ea ... More >>
Eric HolderEver since the federal government announced a major crackdown on medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries in California, a lot of people have been wondering what the hell Barack Obama is thinking. Message boards for medical marijuana activists in the state have been abuzz with on ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Even Orange County has far more 99 percenters than 1 percenters. Can Occupy OC be part of effecting real change?
Huge lefty crowd in Irvine chanted their belief that they "will win"Though today's energetic, historic Occupy Orange County protest in Irvine generally tilted liberal, participants didn't all agree on the message they meant to deliver.That's not surprising given that the diverse crowd of perhaps ... More >>
Anti-war, pro-pot, anti-tax, libertarian, foe-of-foreign-aid cranks unite!Teabagger No-bi Wan Kenobi Ron Paul has announced he's running for president again."Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for 30 years," the 75-year-old said thi ... More >>
Is Rep. Barney Frank becoming like your grandpa who keeps repeating the same story, over and over?The Massachusetts Democrat elicited some laughs and headlines last week for comparing the largest country on the planet to La Habra's world-famous mother of 14, Nadya Suleman.But, while getting the l ... More >>
Jay Chen, a member of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, informs on his Facebook page that The Daily Show With Jon Stewart segment on a district school's controversial Confucius Classroom airs tonight."My Daily Show interview with Aasif re: our Chinese Class is sch ... More >>
ManhattanMadame.com"California is setting a precedent that hard times call for innovative solutions," says "Manhattan Madame" Kristin Davis."Manhattan Madame" Kristin Davis supplied high-priced escorts for ex-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, but now that she is running for the same office, she is ... More >>
The Mission Viejo Dispatch has an item today about local dentist Dr. Orly Taitz. You might remember her as an associate of Alan Keyes and Weekly interviewee Wiley Drake in their lawsuit trying to prove that Barack Hussein Obama isn't technically qualified to be president. Now, Taitz, claiming to rep ... More >>
By Eleanor Carmichael It was hotter than Hell when I arrived at Saddleback Church (my former parish—no, seriously) for the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency. Unfortunately, I couldn’t look forward to sitting in the main worship center near Rick Warren, Barack Obama or John McCain. OC We ... More >>
Seen and Heard on Super Tuesday
So who's our favorite bikini babehound, the Poorman, voting for? “I'm not positive yet. Originally I wanted Giuliani, but as time went on I found him non-dynamic. McCain scares me, but I bet his wife was hot when she was younger. Now I think Obama—I like the idea of change.” Informed that, ... More >>
...You have it here: Orange County's most notorious racialst, Martin Millard, has officially endorsed the Mitt. Even Ron Paul can't boast of such wacky supporter credentials, unless one of his notorious newsletters ruminated about the difference in vaginas of women from various ethnicities.
Ron Paul supporters watch the results come in. Not looking too good, but that doesn't mean give up!
Who are the OC players who contributed to the 2008 presidential candidates?
In The New Republic's recent critique of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's old wacky newsletters, there's one disturbing Orange County connection, according to author James Kirchick: They frequently quoted Paul's "old colleague," Representative William Dannemeyer--who advocated quarantin ... More >>
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has some great ideas (anti-imperialism) and some stupid ones (deny amnesty and birthright citizenship to illegal immigrants), and it's this schizophrenic platform that has attracted sane folks (the editors of Reason magazine, Barry Manilow) and unrepentant ... More >>
Hookers take cash too, Mikey: Dana Parsons writes today that “the good news for [indicted OC Sheriff Mike] Carona is that the government doesn’t always win.” But Parsons says the “bad news” for Calamity Mike is that the feds take their “sweet time putting public corruption cases together ... More >>
Dana’s Idea of Sacrifice: Ex-Dana Rohrabacher aide Erik Prince and other Blackwater USA corporate officials have been dodging congressional questions about their private army’s alleged corruption, including killing innocent, unarmed Iraqi citizens. Mainstream news accounts thoroughly detail the ... More >>
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