Monday, September 30 Toro Y Moi The Observatory Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick makes pure vibe music--actually, he kind of makes pure vibes, with every song a snapshot of its own moment and its own world. On most recent album Anything In Return, he glides through a post-chillwave--we can say that now, r ... More >>
Confession time: Like many in the media, I looked at Kevin E. Harris blowing himself up, having covered his Costa Mesa house in foil to prevent the government from reading his mind and writing the gubment was also behind the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson, John Lennon and everyone who perished ... More >>
Here's to hoping my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America is hitting the cultural caliente list at the right time--and it is, if you go by recent histories on Mexican food published by mainstream publications. I know Smithsonian Magazine is working on something because they called me for c ... More >>
"What you will see if you restrict people's gun rights is more of what happened in Seal Beach last week, where people don't have the right to defend themselves." --Jeff Dunhill, an open-carry advocate who is incensed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month signing a ban prohibiting the spectacle ... More >>
ArmsExpo.ruDongfan "Greg" ChungThe Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the decision a Santa Ana-based judge made last year about an Orange County man with espionage ties to The People's Republic of China. The appellate court agreed that 75-year-old Dongfan "Greg" Chung, an a ... More >>
Scenes from the civic dissolution of America's latest public-employee battleground
UPDATE, JUNE 16, 9:22 A.M.: Now that merger talks with MediaNews have broken down, Irvine-based owner of the Orange County Register Freedom Communications has revived negotiations with that other Southern California newspaper publisher.No, not the Los Angeles investment company that bought ... More >>
Futurist/transhumanist writer Hank Pellissier has lectured at the H Summit in Harvard, been dubbed "San Francisco's performance art bad boy," and written books and columns for the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com. In his latest piece for the Institute for Ethics & Emergi ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 16, 9:59 A.M.: Here is a link to the actual Ninth Circuit appeals court decision:Khatib v. County of OrangeUPDATE, MARCH 15, 4:24 P.M.: A Muslim woman who claims her constitutional rights were violated when Orange County sheriff's deputies forced her to remove her headscarf while ... More >>
Bi polar cap DanaI understand why Cameron Scott at the San Francisco Chronicle recently labeled Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher as a Republican representing "Riverside."Rohrabacher would be a better fit for our inland neighbors, who are regularly featured on disturbing episodes of ... More >>
If there's one group that so-called "family values" social conservatives love to hate more than gays, it's the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. So there's more than a little bit of karma in the fact that Stephen Reinhardt, the judge expected to rule whether Prop. 8, which would deny gay c ... More >>
Therealbs2002 / Wikimedia / Creative CommonsBackstab DeVore? You betcha.Originally posted May 6, 12:41 p.m. Updated May 7, 8:22 a.m.: DeVore really is sad! See bottom of post.Half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina's run to dethrone Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Sen ... More >>
My Weekly colleague and lunch buddy Nick Schou has been on quite the tear recently for his latest book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, which deals with Laguna Beach's Hippie Mafia of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Grea ... More >>
Carly Fiorina--the former Silicon Valley CEO and current U.S. Senate candidate who ruffled the feathers of Irvine assemblyman and fellow Republican nomination seeker Chuck DeVore with her campaign's "demon sheep" ad--apparently scored a big hit at this past weekend's GOP state convention in Santa Cl ... More >>
Steve Poizner photo by Jack GouldWhitman for sale; heil, Poizner!From Los Angeles Times Capitol Journal columnist George Skelton: Steve Poizner's Wild-Eyed Accusations Against Meg Whitman Don't Bode Well: The GOP gubernatorial candidate alleges his opponent used attempted bribery and extortion to ... More >>
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.
Where's the gay love?Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger surprisingly flip-flopped on his previous opposition and signed the state Senate bill establishing May 22 as "Harvey Milk Day," much to the chagrin of the Orange County Board of Education. Ken Williams, who was president of the board when it vot ... More >>
Dean of state Assembly speakers Wille BrownIf Mike Duvall took his marching orders from Willie Brown instead of Scott Baugh, the disgraced Yorba Linda Republican would still be a member of the state Assembly. Baugh, chairman of the Orange County GOP, immediately called on Duvall to resig ... More >>
Reed Diehl, during better days at Cal.UPDATED WITH THE TWO CENTS OF THE FBI...With the guilty plea in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme entered by Reed Diehl, the standout Mater Dei High School center who went on to an impressive college football career at the University of California and a brief ... More >>
Photo by Tim Harvey You might have seen Elliott Almond on his board in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach or San Onofre. Here he sits on a mini-mal at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.Today's OC Weekly Summer Guide features a Q&A with Elliott Almond, who spent several years covering surfing and ot ... More >>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that protesters interrupted pastor Rick Warren's speech to a packed house for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta today--one day before the leader of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest is to deliver a controversy ... More >>
Governor Schwarzenegger sent a message to every one of his appointees this week by effectively firing the chair and vice-chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. Bobby Shriver, chairman of the Commission, is a Santa Monica City Councilman and the Governor's brother-in-law. Clin ... More >>
Back in October, we wondered out loud what was happening to the Orange County Register's once-vaunted food section. Today, further bad news: the wine column penned by Register investigative reporter Chris Knap is no more. But in ending his 12-year run, Chris couldn't help but take a swipe at me and ... More >>
If the nuns in charge of the St. Joseph Health System are so pro-labor,why are some of their employees determined to unionize?
David Finchers Type-A approach to filmmaking pays off in Zodiac
A report arrives from the cutting edge of science, where wonders never cease. The cutting edge is currently in Durham, North Carolina, and Dr. Robert Bohannon is busy honing it. Dr. Bohannon, according to the Associated Press, is a "molecular scientist" (the sort of impressive yet vague job t ... More >>
Who knew Newton's laws of motion applied to flying politicians? Consider the case of President Bush, Governor Schwarzenegger, and Newton's third law, which states: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." President Bush flies into California to campaign for two Republican poli ... More >>
Everyone's Hero; Haven; One: The Movie; Sherrybaby
What's a frothing-at-the-mouth preacher, who's been named one of the Top 10 Power Broker of the Religious Right and can squeeze more than $6 million a year out of the faithful (and/or gullible), got to do to get a public display of affection from the California Republican Party? If you know, you sh ... More >>
June 21 - June 27
Yesterday afternoon's debate between Phil Angelides and Steve Westly on Univision's Voz y Voto (scheduled to air Saturday) "marked a sharp negative turn in the race", according to the Los Angeles Times. The rest of the media agrees– for example, the opening sentence of the San Francisco Chron ... More >>
On Saturday, Dick Cheney assured himself a place in history by becoming only the second sitting vice president ever to gun down a man. While hunting quail at a ranch in Texas, Cheney shot Harry Whittington, another member of the hunting party, apparently mistaking the 78 year old attorney and big-mo ... More >>
Robert Acosta joined the Army looking for a life. Thanks to an ambush in Iraq, he found it
Dan ONeills underground war against Disney
Darrell Issa is proud to be dumb
Darrell Issas teeny weapon
Darrell Issa has moved from alleged car theft to stealing the Govs mansion
An apology by Will Swaim
Is a rodeo mafia covering up evidence of animal abuse in California?
Flying around with the Bill Simon press corps
Does Bill Simon really believe hes been exonerated by a Republican judge?
Commie Girl in Sacramento
The states biggest newspapers continue to defend the power companies
Or is his art his life?
Or is he just scamming us?