[Crossing the Line] A cycle of justice that must be remembered
I finally visited the snazzy corporate offices of the OC Weekly last week, to interview my editor, Gustavo "¡Ask a Mexican!" Arellano. Despite writing for years for the county's favorite alt-weekly, I'd conducted only an email relationship with the staff and editors. I arrived in person to tape my ... More >>
UPDATE: The cover story this week is the introduction to my Taco USA, to whet appetites so ustedes can go to any number of my book signings. It starts in outer space then descends into the hilarious hell that was my 2010 debate in Denver with Tom Tancredo. AND there's an extra bonus: an adapted exce ... More >>
An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
Two years ago today, the single "This is It" by Michael Jackson was released in forward promotion of the concert documentary of the same name. The film gave audiences a glimpse into the King of Pop's comeback tour, and went on to become the highest grossing ever in its genre. Jackson's death, ... More >>
Even in 1920s Orange County, Know Nothings knew that if they wanted to be successful, they had to do business with Mexicans. You could segregate against them, kick their asses, exploit them--but you needed their money, too, to make sure you could make a living.That's exactly what happened with Je ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Will he live up to the title of Know Nothing?
Last November, I was supposed to debate arch-Know Nothing Tom Tancredo on illegal immigration--I say "supposed to" because most of the time was spent talking about Tancredo's assertion that Mexicans don't assimilate into American culture. It was a fine time, although friends asked why I didn't ta ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, why Mexicans should learn how to dance to tropical music
I was in Denver recently, partly to research my coming book, partly to debate former congressman Tom Tancredo on immigration, but really to finally taste the Holy Grail of Mexican-American cookery: the Mexican hamburger. Behold its cheesy, mixed-up glory above, and click after the jump to discove ... More >>
In the spirit of the season, Rex from one of the little Lagunas sent me this:For Thanksgiving, do Mexicans celebrate it with tamales? What dishes would you suggest? Wish that it were true, Rex. Fact is, Mexicans usually celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States the same way Americans do: the sa ... More >>
Okay, coverage of my debate last night with arch-Know Nothing Tom Tancredo has officially reached overload--hey, Weeklings: aren't there skinheads that you can go after instead of writing about me?--but you might as well hear my side.I met Tancredo and Westword editor Patty Calhoun across the str ... More >>
Courtesy Lalo AlcarazMuch as it pains Gustavo that we keep blogging about this, we've got one more round of embarrassment for him about his debate yesterday evening in Denver with former Congressman Tom Tancredo. (Follow that link for the video.) We asked some local luminaries to tune into the de ... More >>
Starting at 6:30 p.m. PST tonight, come back to Navel Gazing (fresh post will be at the top also!) to find where we will be live streaming from Colorado the Tancredo vs. Arellano debate on immigration.Tancredo is a former Colorado congressman known for his, uh, extreme stance on immigration refo ... More >>
The stars of Tuesday night's debate.Political season is behind us, for now, but that doesn't mean we at Village Voice Media can't pull together a good ol' fashion immigration throw-down, does it? Whatever your thoughts on debates, we did it anyway because this one was just too juicy to pass on.In ... More >>
Arellano vs. Tancredo: Fight!While we should have the debate in its entirety for you tomorrow, FOX KDVR has some clips of tonight's Arellano vs. Tancredo immigration debate available for viewing right now.
Denver WestwordAsk a Tancredo!EDIT, NOV. 16, 6:30 P.M.: Watch the debate live here! EDIT, NOV. 16, NOON: Click here to find out how to watch the debate! After years of effort on the part Patty Calhoun--editor of Westword, our sister paper in Denver--Weekly managing editor Gustavo Arellano will de ... More >>
Oh, is this going to be fun: next Tuesday evening, two of the biggest lunatics in the immigration debate will rant at each other in Denver. On the right side is former Congressman Tom Tancredo, he of the many wild theories about Mexicans over the years. And on the left is yours truly, I of the ma ... More >>
My God, I think this might be the first time I've ever agreed with Barbara Coe on ANYTHING: she, like I, thinks local conservative yakmouth, Hugh Hewitt is a gas bag!Coe is incensed that Hewitt--in one of the few times I've agreed with him--recently trashed Tom Tancredo, the former Colorado congr ... More >>
Tom McClintock For Congress 2009Congressman Tom McClintock is shown from his state Senate days.Orange County sheriff candidate Bill Hunt, who gets a showy show of support from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim tonight, is not the only local office-seeker hoping for ... More >>
Sometime last week, someone hacked into the email of California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe and started spamming the hell out of her subscribers. On June 22, she finally got the problem under control. "I know the last few days have been a nightmare of a deluge of emails coming ... More >>
The raw vote totals in OC tell the realand really amazingstory of Super Tuesday
Who are the OC players who contributed to the 2008 presidential candidates?
Not to pick on Irvine Islamic "expert" Robert Morey any further this week, but I was reminded of his idiocies today, as I bide my time in Fort Collins, Colorado, before a book signing hosted by the Rocky Mountain Chronicle. The paper runs a great column called "Tancrazy Train," which monitors Colora ... More >>
Special back-to-school edicion
Allow me to write a similar column to !Ask a Mexican! called Ask an American, and lets see which column people like more
'Take you, your family and all the shit-smelling pho houses back to SE Aisia'
Special Canadian edition
Its all anti-illegal talk at the Tom Tancredo rally at the Nixon library
Is this over-reliance on her family a cultural difference?
I've never doubted that Aliso Viejo's Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, was deluded, but until now I've never suspected he's delusional as well. Gilchrist tells the rightwing news service WorldNetDaily that he's seriously considering running for President of the United States. Gilchri ... More >>
The Rev. Wiley Drake has a history of helping illegals, as long as they dont criticize Bush
On the borderline with the Minutemen, the media and MS-13
The Hunger Artists bash, latterday plays