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  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Orange County Register Wildfire Coverage Has a Huge Hole in It: Media Watchdog

    Orange County fire officials recently held a press conference to go over their strategies and, more importantly, warn the public about an ever-earlier fire season. The Orange County Register covered this, as it did Southern California's recent wildfires, but a media watchdog saw a huge hole in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Charles Phoenix Brings Brea Retro Disneyland

    Charles Phoenix's slideshows of found photos from kitschy '50s and '60s always seem to sell out but there are still tickets out there for March 16-17 "Retro Disneyland Slide Shows" at the Curtis Theatre in Brea."Festive dress is encouraged but not expected," says your gentle host.

  • Music

    February 7, 2013

    Om Drone Metal Riffs on Religion

    The San Francisco band are built on pantheism and powerful distorition

  • Film

    November 15, 2012

    The Sky Keeps Falling!

    A short history of an art form's long passing

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Police Beat Up Man in Parking Lot, Get Sued, and Lose

    ​This week is interesting: usually, we have cops catch criminals at Taco Bell, not be the bad guys themselves. Yet that's exactly what happened in Oakland, where a man alleged that police officers beat him up at a Taco Bell parking lot for no reason--and is now $43,000 richer for it.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Victoria Patterson, OC's Best Author, to Speak at Fullerton Library THIS Thursday

    ​Screw Dean Koontz, T. Jefferson Parker, yours truly, and all the other "authors" who couldn't write a kindergarten tract if you gave them the "see" and the "spot": Victoria Patterson is our best writer, both in fiction and in writing about Orange County, and an awesome, awesome mind.She'll be spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Pat Boone Jumps Aboard Orly Taitz's Birther Crazy Train

    ​Pat Boone, obviously wanting to have something more embarrassing on his resume when he retires from the singing stage than having kept Wally George on the air as station owner of KDOC/Channel 56 for years, has now jumped about "Birther Queen" Orly Taitz's crazy train. See the photo of the conjoin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" Returns This Month to Fullerton Public Library with Lalo Alcaraz, OC Register Reporters--and More!

    ​After a summer hiatus, the lecture series (unfortunately titled "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!"--not my choice) I host at the Fullerton Public Library in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (where I lecture) returns next week on Sept. 29 with a vis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Local Businessman Loses Appeal Based on Family's Nazi Past and Arbiter's Holocaust Nightmares

    ​The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana has upheld an arbiter's ruling that had been challenged because he is Jewish and his sister died in the Holocaust.What does that have to do with the price of beans in Tel Aviv? Well, the father of the arbitration loser fought in the German army and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Register Sale Could Lead to One Company Owning All SoCal Dailies: Media Expert

    ​A newspaper journalist-turned-Silicon Valley media mogul sets up the dominoes which, once tipped over, could lead "a single entity" to "publish all the dailies from the Tehachapi Mountains at the north end of metro L.A. to the Mexican border."At the middle of it all is the pending sale of the Ora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    John & Ken: Radio's 'Flame-Fanning Populists' Frighten Politicians

    Is that you Tom Harman?​The San Francisco Chronicle supplied excellent news this weekend.There is hope after all that this state's inept or corrupt (or, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, a combination of both) politicians and bureaucrats aren't entirely immune from accountability.And what's the cause of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    California Proposes to Ban Shark's Fin Soup--Is it Anti-Chinese?

    A Hong Kong ad calling for people to stop consuming shark's fin. Bus ads in San Francisco urge the same.​A bill recently introduced in the California Legislature may strip shark's fin soup from Chinese restaurant menus for good. The move shouldn't come as a shock--environmentalists have long fough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Sammy Hagar Coming to Huntington Beach to Sign His Book

    ​Yup, Sammy Hagar wrote an autobiography. Called Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, it's set for release on March 15 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. This momentous news prompted news blogger Matt Coker to ask, "When they ask Sammy when he'll be ready to sign, will he yell, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Rohrabacher, Royce, Campbell and Other Doves vs. Pelosi, Waxman and Other Hawks

    ​Before shock and awe, there was just give peace a chance. The call for a surge in Iraq drew a push-back from MoveOn.orgers. Doves bristle at endless warfare.Ah, the good old days. Now, down is up, Simon Cowell is Jennifer Lopez, and hawks who once warned "You-break-it, you-fix-it" are talking pul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Octomom Nadya Suleman Fertility Doctor's License Revocation Hearing Continues

    ​The California Medical Board hearing that could result in the revocation or suspension of Beverly Hills fertility doctor Michael Kamrava's license to practice resumes today in Los Angeles.Damning details have already come out, including the admission by the in-vitro fertilization "internationally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Marijuana Legalization Debated at CSUF, Local Christian College and Newport Beach Hotel

    ​Recent polls show marijuana legalization will go down in flames in California on Nov. 2, while some interpreting those surveys claim many voters saying no to pollsters will punch yes to Prop 19 once inside the voting booth, paving the way to victory.The votes of undecideds will be critical. Fortu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Souhair Khatib, Who Had Her Hijab Removed in OC Jail, to Get Her Day in Appeals Court

    ​The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a new hearing in the case of a Muslim woman who claims her constitutional rights were violated when Orange County sheriff's deputies forced her to remove her headscarf while she was being held in a courthouse holding facility.Chief Judge Alex Kozin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    As Snow Falls, Legislation Rises

    ​Three to 6 inches of new snow are expected in the next few hours to start falling in the local mountains--including Big Bear, where 5 feet of white stuff dumped during the last round of storms. Mammoth Mountain got 7 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 to add to its 8- to 12-feet base of packed p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Groups on Either Side of Prop. 8 Blast 2012 Same-Sex Marriage Initiative

    Equality California's decision to hold off on pursuing a same-sex marriage voter initiative at least until 2012 is not being cheered by groups on either side of the Prop. 8 debate.Reports the San Francisco Chronicle:But the organization's decision appears to collide with other progressive groups fig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Witness: Zodiac Killer Was An Orange County Resident

    I've been telling folks we're overdue in Orange County for a sensationally nasty, bizarre crime. You know: something akin to an abused, teenage male goat on a roof and an obviously satisfied ex-sheriff anxious for a party before his freedom is restricted. We're good here for that kind of news.But to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Fresh & Easy Has A Difficult Road Ahead

    Tesco, the UK supermarket behemoth, has just announced record pre-tax annual profits of £3.13bn ($4.5bn), which is surprising, given that the UK is in the middle of a raging recession.What's not surprising--to me, anyway--is that Fresh & Easy, Tesco's US operation, has, at the same time, made a ... More >>

  • Film

    March 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Gay Marriage Foes Find Latino Mouthpieces in OC

    Where should a conspicuously anti-family, anti-civil rights, anti-gay marriage political “coalition” go when it's looking for Latinos to sound alarms and corral other Latinos to vote for their anti-gay marriage proposition in November? None other than Orange County, of course, where hatred doesn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    In San Francisco: Sustainable Sushi

    The San Francisco Chronicle had an interesting and informative article today on what's believed to be "the only sustainable sushi bar in North America." It serves no bluefin toro, hamachi, unagi, octopus or spider rolls (from Chinese blue crabs). It's called Tataki. Read about what they serve ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2008

    Riding Low in the Saddleback

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Why is the Register Slowly Killing Its Food Section?

    Just a year ago, the Orange County Register's food section was amongst the best in California, with multiple recipes and general features, food reviews published on Thursdays and Fridays, an end-of-the-week dining guide and a "Wine of the Week" column by longtime Register investigative reporter Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007

    You win some. You Laos some

    Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is conspiring to overthrow the government of Laos these days? Apparently, Vang Pao, a former Laotion general from Orange County, and Harrison Ulrich Jack, a retired California National Guard lieutenant colonel, were arrested this morning and accused of do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2007

    CA soon to spend more on prisons than education!

    According to an article today by James Sterngold in the San Francisco Chronicle, California will soon have the dubious honor of being the first state to spend more on prisons than higher education. Sterngold says that beginning in fiscal 2012-2013 the state will spend $15.4 billion annually on inca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2007

    Ho no, Pimp yes

    As one of the more obnoxious members of the East Coast media elite, a man with a long history of spewing racist and other repellent nonsense, may have finally damaged his career by using the word "hos", the governor of the West Coast's largest state is about to publicly embrace "pimp" style. &n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2007

    More Dead Birds

    Earlier this year, an impressive number of birds died near the mouth of the Santa Ana River. The cause of the deaths was never discovered. Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that seabirds all along the West Coast have been dying in exceptionally large numbers. This is the third year that s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2007

    New Lessons for CSU students

    Earlier this month when the governor's budget plan was unveiled, three groups-- poor families with children, teachers, and college students at UC's and CSU's-- were particularly singled out for sacrifice, so the gov. could cling to his no new taxes pledge. CSU students are expect to part with an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2007

    Everything Old is New Again

    See if by reading its opening paragraph you can guess what sets this story by the San Francisco Chronicle's Greg Lucas apart from the raft of other stories about universal health care that have been appearing in the papers. Trying to forge a consensus among dozens of powerful special interests, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007

    The Danger in Your Pants (Minimal risk edition)

    If you don't stuff your pants pockets with flammable items, you probably assume you may safely drop off to sleep without awaking to find your pants on fire. Luis Picaso of Vallejo must have. The San Francisco Chronicle recounts what happened next. Luis Picaso, 59, was apparently sleeping on a whit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2006

    Fresh Perspective

    "Fresh perspective" and "new eyes" have been Bush administration buzzwords since the nomination of Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense was announced. Whether the eyes of Mr. Gates-- which saw no evil when he was the Number 2 man at the CIA while the Reagan administration was busy undermining th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2006

    Early and Often

    As you listen to all the clichés in the days leading up to the November 7 election about how a week or a day is a lifetime in politics and how the only poll that matters is one that taken on election day, just remember that as of today, voting is already underway. Absentee ballots are now i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    The Rich are Different

    We live in era in which many resources are dwindling, but there's still one thing California has in abundance: rich people. According to a review of tax records for the years 1999-2004, done by the NewTithing Group of San Francisco, California has 407,000 households with $200,000 or more in adjust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    Hummers Still Humming

    It was such a good story that David Letterman worked it into last night's monologue. And before Letterman, there was our own Matt Coker pointing out the story on the Weekly's ur-blog, A Clockwork Orange. The story: according to London's Daily Mirror, Arnold Schwarzenegger had taken his commitme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006

    Cognitive Overload as a Motorsport

    There's good news if you're one of those people infuriated by the sight of some idiot behind the steering wheel with a cell phone pressed to his head talking and not paying attention while driving-- that idiot's days are numbered. Come Summer 2008, that idiot will be replace by the new and improved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2006

    Two Shades of Green

    Perhaps it's only logical that in a state which has a man still trading on his movie role as a killer cyborg from the future as governor, politics would grow closer to comic books. Or perhaps it isn't. Either way, it's California. At last weekend's state GOP convention, the San Francisco Chronicl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    State Secret: Arnold's Big Night Out

    How desperate is Governor Schwarzenegger to avoid reminding people that he belongs to same political party as George W. Bush, let alone remind them that he was one of the featured speakers supporting Bush at the 2004 Republican Convention? Desperate enough to sneak across the country and into the Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2006

    25 years later

    It was twenty-five years ago today, June, 5, 1981, that the first cases of what would become known as HIV/AIDS were reported in the Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It was by no means the beginning of the disease– a recent study has identified the earliest i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2006

    Backing or Backpedaling?

    Governor Schwarzenegger took a stand on cutting greenhouse gases yesterday. His stand? Going on the commonly held theory that most readers never get beyond the headline and first paragraph of a newspaper story, unless they have some compelling interest in the story, his stand depends on what city yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2006

    Cross that bridge when you come it, if it's still there

    Only 6 days after the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on it and 5 days after The Blotter first noted it, the Los Angeles Times today informs its readers about the state of California's bridges. The state: hundreds of bridges are considered at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake becau ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 6, 2005

    A Few Good Men

    My own private Fallujah at the Swallows Inn

  • Film

    January 8, 2004

    The Lie, the Whole Lie, and Nothing But the Lie

    Errol Morris on the folly of certain distinctions

  • Music

    June 19, 2003
  • Unknown

    November 21, 2002
  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Southern-Fried Trash

    Sordid Lives is John Waters Lite

  • Columns

    April 4, 2002
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