Despite our many differences with Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) over the past several years--global warming/a.ka. "dinosaur farts," the Taliban, sloppy housekeeping to name a few--we've always admired his opposition to the federal government's heavy-handed prohibition on marijuana. With more ... More >>
The City of Irvine, which likes to boast about being a melting pot, is perhaps a fitting location for an immigration reform rally. Actually, it does not matter if it is fitting or not because it is getting two such protests Saturday morning, although it's more likely two heads of the same monster.
Armed with a list of demands, activists with the Orange County DREAM Team (OCDT) paid a visit yesterday afternoon to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez' district office in Garden Grove. As deportations continue while lawmakers are stalled on federal immigration reform, the OCDT are calling on her to sup ... More >>
The Kookville Express and its faithful conductor, Dana Rohrabacher, has once again done what nobody else in the nation could do: he has single-handedly solved the debate on gun ownership rights.You might recall that the Costa Mesa congressman had--at least in his own mind--previously solved the deba ... More >>
I am this Sunday morning postponing my terrific and much-anticipated (by me, at least!) reviews of a first novel by OC's own Peggy Hesketh, the new short story collection by Gary Amdahl of Redlands, and Gold Line-chapbook award winner Alisa Slaughter's short stories to offer--completely unsolicited- ... More >>
On April 4, the orangest thing in Irvine will not be the Orange County Great Park balloon.It will be a certain speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.[INSERT BOTH FILLED WITH HOT AIR JOKE HERE.]
Having recently declared his appreciative awe of Hillary Clinton and her "20 years of [making] good calls," Dana Rohrabacher used Twitter last night to assure his rightwing fan base that he is readying himself to engage in rhetorical combat with the secretary of state during congressional testimony ... More >>
Disney opened Lincoln in 11 theaters on Nov. 9, expanded Steven Spielberg's historical saga to more North American theaters the next two weekends and now plans to go even wider thanks to more demand than there are movie seats.A UC Irvine history professor who caught the flick believes past and futur ... More >>
The Anaheim-based Access California Services, which has its office nestled on Brookhurst Street in Little Arabia--a neighborhood profiled in the Weekly's current cover story--has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1998. The agency that provides assistance to the county's Arab and Musl ... More >>
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Greater Los Angeles, which is based in Anaheim, will bestow its 2011 Courage in Media Award to Indian-British actor and comedian Aasif Hakim Mandviwal.He's better known as Aasif Mandvi, the hilarious correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stew ... More >>
Rohrabacher calls himself "chickenshit;" public nodsThe Hill newspaper is reporting today that Costa Mesa Congressman Dana Rohrabacher switched a budget vote this week because he feared the political consequences of not voting in lockstep with Orange County's other Republicans in the House of Rep ... More >>
A Santa Ana-based group pushing for religious freedom worldwide has launched a new advocacy campaign aimed at beefing up the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 and, with it, U.S. foreign policy. Turmoil in Nigeria, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Pakistan--including the burning of ... More >>
Dana: Fighting for his own free lunch and having fun!In the last 32 days of 2010, Dana Rohrabacher's congressional campaign committee raised $3,400 and his wife, Rhonda, took $5,387 from it for the family under the theory that she is her husband's campaign manager, according to the Federal Electi ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 17, 12:41 P.M.: The U.S. House of Representatives just voted to defund National Public Radio (NPR). The matter now goes to the Senate.Start buying those tote bags.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, why do Mexican girls write online in ALL CAPS?
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 >>
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a budget resolution that eliminates Title X, a program that gives low-income women access to family-planning services. Taking the biggest hit is Planned Parenthood--the nation's largest reproductive health services provider--which would lose a ... More >>
Virginia Foxx, dingbatIn a bipartisan effort with a notorious North Carolina Republican, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proposing a new federal anti-stalking law that is designed to aid law enforcement in capturing offenders.The pair has dubbed their House Resolution 196 the Simpl ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
Update, December 9, 6:11 p.m.: The esteemed Surf City GOP Congressdude, Dana Rohrabacher, said on the House floor that the DREAM Act is unfair to "non-minorities."Oh no he diiiiiiiin't?!?Oh, yes. Yes he did. See the video and a passage from his debate after the jump . . .
Glassy-eyed DanaDana Rohrabacher, a man whose notoriously poor judgment caused him to associate with a long list of people who became convicted felons, wants to become chairman of the Science Committee in the House of Representatives.According to a Nov. 30 profile in Politico, the Costa Mesa cong ... More >>
Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. 1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>
Following OC Weekly's Saturday night blog post coverage of protesters at the Orange County Democratic Party event featuring Barney Frank as keynote speaker someone left a death threat comment against the Massachusetts Democratic congressman."BF will be shot and dead next time he shows his fa ... More >>
What, me worry?Ann Marie Habershaw, chief operating officer of the Democratic National Committee, sent out one of those mass emails claiming her party has a plan to do well in the mid-term elections--if the person receiving the message sends back five bucks by tonight. Little did H ... More >>
The Newport Beach Republican who represents much of south Orange County is among a group of congressional lawmakers being scrutinized in a House of Representatives ethics investigation, according to Washington, D.C. newspaper the Hill. The probe apparently centers around financial regulation ... More >>
Illustration by Evan YarboroughFormer CUSD Supt. Woodrow Carter, presumably resting in retirement.The beleaguered Capistrano Unified School District has been through about, oh, 732 different superintendents in the past, say, four years. Following the firing of facial-loving supe Woodrow Carter la ... More >>
Animal Liberation FrontAnimals: They're so hot right now.Mere days before the start of "World Week for Animals in Laboratories," Cease Animal Torture (CAT) kicks off its second annual four-day conference at Cal State Long Beach Thursday, while Interreligious Voices for Animal Compassion (IVAC) pr ... More >>
Gustavo ArellanoWiley Drake, saint coachBuena Park radio pastor Wiley Drake grabbed headlines last year for calling on his supporters to pray for Barack Obama to die. Now he has extended that Christianly action to the 219 members of the House of Representatives who voted for the health-care ... More >>
Various ugly things were yelled at reporters and Democratic lawmakers outside and inside the halls of power in Washington, D.C., as the monumental health-care overhaul was heading for a vote Sunday. Some gems follow . . .
What do you think, ladies? Is John (left) "better looking" than Tom? We've written before about how Congressman John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) is an excellent blogger and all-around avuncular guy, what with his a strange tendency towards faux-folksy exuberance when raving about great President ... More >>
ContactMusic.comCharlie WilsonThe Weekly's December 2008 cover story on Hasan Nouri mentioned that the Afghanistan-born civil engineer turned up in the source notes of the book Charlie Wilson's War. George Crile's 2003 page-turner was, of course, turned into a 2007 Hollywood movie with the same t ... More >>
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Say what you will about his e-mails and digestive issues, but you gotta hand it to Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport) for really, really hating federal earmarks. He doesn't request any federal project dollars for his district -- luckily, other members of the Orange County D.C. delegation do that for him ... More >>
California Coalition for Immigration Reform head witch Barbara Coe keeps getting wackier and wackier. This week, she forwarded a press release to her Know Nothing nation about how National Council of La Raza presidents Janet Murguia was scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives Financ ... More >>
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Is Mike Schroeder a bad lawyer? Or just a bad liar? R. Scott Moxley recently announced Schroeder’s hackneyed effort to kneecap Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook’s election challenge to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Islamabad). It seems Schroeder took issue with Cook’s reference to herself ... More >>
Our Congressional delegation tops this year’s list of 33 villains (31 for October, plus two more to get to the Dia de los Muertos, ese)
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 >>
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5/22/07: A tsunami of illegal aliens is sweeping into our country, crowding our classrooms, closing our hospital emergency rooms, unleashing violent crime, and driving down wages. This is not theory. It is a harsh, threateni ... More >>
When it came to this election, Hugh Hewitt, our favorite unintentional radio comedian, fought a long, hard battle against reality. One expects no less from him. He took extraordinary measures to blind and deafen himself, even engaged in a little body-snatching from the Democratic political graveya ... More >>
There's nothing illegal about paying your spouse to work on your congressional campaign. Richard Pombo did it. So did Tom DeLay. Even local boy Dana Rohrabacher does it. The Sunlight Foundation is busily compiling information on all sorts of representatives, but for the moment they're focusing on me ... More >>
My how times change. The boost that 9/11 gave the oily men in the White House was as short-lived as any post-Seinfeld sitcom starring Jason Alexander. It seems like only yesterday that Dickless Cheney was defending our latest Blood for Oil campaign by suggesting Americans essentially have a God-give ... More >>
U.S. House of Representatives Interior and Environment Appropriations bill vote = time to once again argue for opening the California coast to more offshore oil drilling. Within minutes, we received alerts from Surfrider and SaveOurEnvironment.org of this: In the next few days, the House of Represen ... More >>
Our rootstacular music contributor, Buddy Seigal (who in another life is rootstacular musician extraordinaire Buddy Blue) sent this in to us a couple days ago, at which time we muttered into the curb, "If ever that Clockwork blog is up and ruining again, we'll share this with our vast reader." But w ... More >>
Patients rights? Not if Chris Cox gets his way