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  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Apple iPhone 6 Launch Draws a Crowd to South Coast Plaza Today ... But Some are Protesters

    On the eve of debuting the iPhone 6 in retail stores today, Apple announced that it will not unlock most iPhones for the government. But don't mistake those rallying outside the South Coast Plaza Apple Store this morning as pro-Apple freedom lovers. Actually, they are there to "educate customers abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Federal Judge Goes Easy On Another White Collar Crook

    A year ago, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney punished a Southern California corporate executive who'd stolen more than $1 million by sentencing him to a year of probation and, incredibly, not a minute of jail time. Carney is at it again. This week, the former corporate lawyer and 2003 Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    John Wayne's Big Canyon Home is Again for Sale--at Double the Price It Went for in 2011

    When I saw a link to an item on John Wayne's old Big Canyon home being for sale, I figured it must've been a piece from a few years back. Figured wrong, pilgrim, because the three-bedroom, four-bathroom, 4,448-square-foot house that was on the market for $2.6 million in 2010 is back on the market f ... More >>

  • Film

    August 22, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Is The Fancy Cupcake Craze Finally Over?

    Sometime in the past decade, cupcakes, the single-serving frosted cakes that moms lugged to classroom birthday parties, became OMGCUPCAKES!, a cultural phenomenon that had folks waiting in long lines and forking over three bucks or more for a gourmet red velvet (or carrot, mocha or gluten-free red v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Michael D. Drobot-Owned Pacific Hospital and Pharmacy Raided by Feds Suspecting Fraud

    Federal agents recently raided Industrial Pharmacy Management LLC in Newport Beach and Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, which are companies owned by Michael D. Drobot, who is suspected of workers compensation fraud.A sealed grand jury affidavit cleared the way for last week's searches by FBI, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Starbucks Offers Backdoor Access To The New York Times Paywall

    So here's something. The New York Times announced yesterday that Starbucks customers can get free access to 15 articles a day on if they do it through the coffee store's in-house Wi-Fi network--a backdoor to the now tightened-up paywall that the paper instituted two years ago.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2012

    Media Mail: Printed Literary Matters. No, I Mean it Matters!

    The ostensible purpose of this cheerful weekly blog post is evangelizing on behalf of Orange County reading, writing, literary culture, according to The Bibliofella. Sometimes your humble (not) blogger's reach is pretty wide, solipsistic, a stretch but then again writing about my two favorite subjec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    A "Pink Slime"-Using Beef Producer Files For Bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    McDonald's New CEO Described as a "Teddy Bear Of A Man"

    ​McDonald's has announced it is bringing on a new CEO come July when Jim Skinner, its current CEO, retires after 7 years at the helm. When Don Thompson, the 48-year-old Chief Operating Officer who oversaw the successful roll-out of its McCafe concept, takes over, he does so after working his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Leak at San Onofre May Bring Summer Blackouts

    ​Download the Flashlight iPhone app, or if you're old-school, get out the scented Bath & Bodyworks candles. Orange County may be in store for the Summer of Rolling Blackouts, thanks to ongoing troubles at San Onofre. 

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Starbucks Raises Prices In China; Chinese Mad As Heck

    ​For a country where the average person, according to data from Nestle, only consumes three cups of coffee per year, the Chinese are downright pissed that Starbucks is raising prices. They took to the Internet to bemoan a two yuan price hike that the Seattle company announced last week--a change t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Google Music Store Rivaling iTunes Expected To Be Unveiled This Afternoon

    ​Google is expected to unveil a new online music store featuring songs from three of the world's four biggest music companies today, according to reports.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Freeway Pollution Linked to Brain Damage, Autism

    ​Robert Lee Hotz of the Wall Street Journal, of all places, put it best: "Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain."And what are these researchers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, New York, North Carolina, Beij ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    OC: One of The Most Expensive Places in America

    ​Now there's data to back up what our bank accounts have been telling us all along: This place ain't cheap.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) has released its third-quarter cost of living index, which outlines the most and least expen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Dead Sara at Slidebar on Friday Night

    Brandon Ferguson​Dead SaraMay 6, 2011Slidebar, FullertonIn an April interview with the Wall Street Journal online, Jefferson Airplane singer and counter- culture legend Grace Slick mentioned that her favorite new female singer was  Emily Armstrong of Los Angeles band Dead Sara. After see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Wall Street Journal Throws in Gratuitous Slam Against Obama in Article about Dining Dress Codes

    Yes we can...tell accurate stories​There is much to criticize about President Barack Obama, whether from the left or right--but to blame him for the nation's continuing loosening of dining dress codes, a trend that has gone on for decades? Only the most frothing-at-the-mouth lunatic would ever mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Owners of Los Angeles Times and Other SoCal Papers Expected to Bid on The Orange County Register

    ​Like vultures hovering over roadkill, media companies and private-equity firms are expected to pick at what remains of Irvine's Freedom Communications--parent company of The Orange County Register of Santa Ana--at auction Thursday.Among those likely placing bids will be Chicago-based Tribune, whi ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 24, 2011

    Jeremy Scott's x Adidas Originals Marks the Sneaker

    [Trendzilla] Get the latest buzzed-about Adidas shoe at South Coast Plaza

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Nestlé Experimenting With Food That Makes You Full Faster & Longer

    Flickr User Tobyotter​A month ago, there was news about research that suggests you could imagine eating to eat less. This month brings another news story about how scientists are trying to break our tendency to be relentless eating machines. Nestlé--who, along being a name synonymous with c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    New Rumors of a Merger Between Freedom and MediaNews

    ​Yesterday, Dean Singleton, the controversial chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group, which owns dozens of newspapers including the Denver Post and LA Daily News, announced he was stepping down from his longtime post. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, two new members of the board of director ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Ex-White House Speechwriter Peggy Noonan Is Coming to Orange County

    Read her lips.​Peggy Noonan, a White House speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the 2011 Annual Dinner of the Orange County Business Council (OCBJ), a corporate lobbying outfit.Noonan, nowadays a best-selling Republican author and columnist for T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The Super Rich Aren't Like You and Me ... They're Whinier

    ​A letter to the Wall Street Journal by a Newport Beach real estate executive who believes it would be unfair if the Bush tax cuts were not extended for those who make over $250,000-a-year certainly set off McSweeney's writer Edward Murray. "The Poor Top 2 Percent" on the Huffington Post is Murray ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    2012 Election: Tea Party Out, Weed Party In?

    ​The California campaign for Prop 19 this November is searching couch cushions for loose change, but that has not stopped chatter to get marijuana-legalization initiatives on more state ballots to drive Democrats to the polls in 2012.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Camp Pendleton Welcomes Its First Arabic Food Stand

    There's not a lot of warm fuzzy stories when you talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and even fewer ones about food. But here's one with both from the Wall Street Journal. It tells of how in nearby Camp Pendleton, they just set up a shawarma stand in the base due to popular demand. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    John Mayer's Apology, Lady Gaga Teams with Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan, Killers

    John Mayer's apology from Nashville concert stage: "In my quest to be clever, to be clever, y'know?" said Mayer, who sounded to be choking back tears. "I completely forgot about the people that I love and the people that love me." After a lengthy mea culpa he delivered a crying blues guitar solo ... More >>

  • Film

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Yet Another Newspaper Chain To Go Bankrupt

    Who's Next?​The rest of the economy might be slowly recovering from the great global economic cataclysm, but the death march of daily print journalism continues. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal---one of the few daily papers that successfully managed the rise of the Internet--reported that Dean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Doctor-Minister Arrested for Fake Cancer Cure Has OC Ties

    ​Another health practitioner with Orange County ties has been arrested on suspicion of prescribing phony cancer​Licensed physician and ordained Pentecostal minister Christine Daniel of Mission Hills was arrested Thursday night in Los Angeles for allegedly taking $1.1 million from 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Porn Proudly Enters Register Coverage of Freedom Bankruptcy

    Perhaps this art photo by Nick Gaines is an example of the porn the newspaper company is trying to hide.​Orange County Register business writer Mary Ann Milbourn boldly got out front of the story about her corporate overlords at Irvine-based Freedom Communications being accused of trying to keep d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    How to Save Time, Money and Get Wall Street Journal Coverage for Cutting Your Own Hair

    How do you get yourself written on Wall Street Journal online? If the nation is gripped by an economic recession whose bad ju-ju has spread even to the usually immune hair salon industry, and you're Dana Point's George Trimm, you start a Facebook group called "I Cut My Own Hair."

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Freedom Communications/OC Register Woes: Financial or Political? [UPDATED WITH BANKRUPTCY CONFIRMATION]

    ​With the Orange County Register's parent company Freedom Communications of Irvine confirming it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (something deemed inevitable in Nick Schou's Navel Gazing item yesterday), one would assume this to be a financial matter. But according to several reader ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    UC Irvine, A Campus of Hate, Bigotry and Intimidation?

    UC Irvine: A battlefield?In today's issue of the, Judea Pearl--an acclaimed UCLA professor and the father of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was decapitated by nuts in Pakistan in 2002--has written "The Crucible of UC Irvine," which slams the Orange County univer ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009

    Vicente Fox

    Irvine Barclay Theatre

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    It's Official: This Recession May Make You Fat

    Today is Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), so it's fitting that I'm writing about how unhealthy we're becoming as a nation - indeed, as a planet. According to the Guardian, the number of new cases of diabetes being diagnosed in the UK is growing at a faster rate than in the US. Now that is depressing. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Your I.O.U. for a Coupon for a Future TV Converter Box is in the Mail

    Frequent listeners of Le Show on KCRW (or podcast ... or satellite ... or short-wave radio) know that host Harry Shearer has long had a bug up his ass about broadcast television's midnight Feb. 19 switch from analog to digital signals. Shearer's tales of looming digital woe are generally summe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    The One Good Thing Gordon Dillow Ever Did

    Over the weekend, Orange County Register columnist Gordon "Bootlicker" Dillow wrote some claptrap about the continuing controversy involving the proposed renaming of John Wayne Airport to something reflecting idiot Orange County television shows. But because the Reg is the Reg, that column isn't onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises

    FBI targets one of OC's richest: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI served subpoenas at the Newport Coast home of Henry T. Nicholas III, ex-chairman of Irvine-based, electronics giant Broadcom Company. According to the paper, the investigation involves drugs and other potential crimes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2007

    Loretta Taking Her Act to HBO

    It's true! According to Dan Chmielewski over at blog, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim), is scheduled to appear as a guest on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday at 11 p.m. on HBO. Chmielewski wonders how many "pet the cat" jokes humorist Maher will utter. Perhaps not many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2007

    Squeezing Money from Corpses in Irvine

    That companies which use magical accounting practices to rewrite history to fatten the bank accounts of their executives would try to squeeze money from corpses isn't really too surprising, but it is still disgusting. And it's happening in Irvine. The Wall Street Journal reports that dozens of co ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 1, 2007

    Diary of a Mad County

    Jan. 24-Jan. 30

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2006

    Hugh Hewitt is a Hypocrite

    The godfather of blogs trashes what he calls the MSM (mainstream media--essentially, anyone who doesn't toe the Republican line) every chance he gets. But in a post today on his blog, Hewitt reveals he's an investor in The News Right Now, a news aggregator, and calls it a "very wise move."  Her ... More >>

  • Film

    April 15, 2004
  • Culture

    December 11, 2003

    We Kill Beauty

    Good times in Huntington Beach

  • Film

    September 4, 2003

    The Good, the Bad, and the God-awful

    Thoughts on Gigli and late-summer truffle hunting

  • Columns

    October 17, 2002
  • Culture

    January 24, 2002

    The Mormon In All of Us

    The Hunger Artists bash, latterday plays

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    Billy-Bashing Bandwagon

    Register jumps onand gets burned

  • Columns

    June 21, 2001
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    June 17, 1999
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