• 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

    August 14, 2014

    Dan and Diane Harkey, Financial and Political Power Couple, Keep OC Courts Humming

    If Orange County courts are hurting for operating funds as much as they claim to be, don't blame Dan and Diane Harkey, whose cases alone should help keep the lights on.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Did California Supreme Court Unwittingly Clear the Way for Pervy Men to Shower with Babies?

    It came from Google Alerts. Wait, the California Supreme Court has cleared the way legally for pervy men to shower with babies in Orange County? WTF?

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Irvine is Best-Run U.S. City: USA Today

    Irvine is the best run city in the country, according to USA Today. Meanwhile, my hometown, San Bernardino, is ranked the worst-run city. I think I'm more surprised by Irvine's placement on the list than Smog Berdoo's.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    I'm a 40-Year-Old White Guy Trying to Have a Rap Career. Is the World Ready For A$AP Fogey?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Orange County Film Society Opens Summer Run with Terence Stamp in Unfinished Song

    The Orange County Film Society kicks off its summer programming Wednesday evening with Unfinished Song, which veteran actor Terence Stamp has called "probably the best experience of my career." Other summer society offerings include Still Mine, which features a Q&A with star Genevieve Bujold on June ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Business Is Thriving At Chick-Fil-A Despite Anti-Gay Controversy

    As they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Not even boycotts and same-sex make-out sessions can pry people away from Chick-Fil-A, apparently. Three months after company president Dan Cathy openly proclaimed an anti-gay stance, setting off a torrential PR shitstorm for the chikin chain, bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    SportPharm, Prescription Drug Tracker for NFL, Claims to be Cleared in DEA Probe of Chargers

    A Huntington Beach company that tracks medications used by NFL players reportedly claims its been cleared in a federal investigation that followed the May 2010 arrest of former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison, who had 100 painkillers illegally in his possession when his car was stopped in R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Albert Pujols' Homerun Drought Begins at Home

    So maybe it isn't a new team, unfamiliar American League pitching and/or since-fired batting coach Mickey Hatcher that are preventing Albert Pujols from hitting out of his $250 million Angels cap.Perhaps it's home cooking--or the lack thereof.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    The Hoff Hassel-Hearts Surf City Beaches

    Beach season unofficially begins Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to the best beach on this blue planet, Huntington Beach has been Hasselhoffed.See what former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has to say about Surf City after the jump . . .

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Jered Weaver Puts the "Pee" in Pitching No-No for Angels

    "I had to pee so bad. It was unbelievable. I had to go relieve myself. Superstition had to go out the window."-Jered Weaver, after pitching the Angels to a 9-0 no-hitter vs. Minnesota last night at the Big A, explaining his mad dash out of the dugout after the eighth inning (via USA Today).

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Whitney Houston's Cause of Death Revealed: Drowning, Heart Disease and Cocaine

    ​ According to USA Today, the Los Angeles County coroner's office has declared Whitney Houston's official cause of death: It's "drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use." The coroner's office ruled her manner of death as an accident, but the toxicology report said "co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Bullying of Youths is Down Online But Up Via Text, Says Locally Produced National Study

    ​The good news: kids are not being bullied as much online.The bad news: bullying by text messages is on the rise.That's the takeaway from a study whose lead author is Michele Ybarra, president and research director of the nonprofit Internet Solutions for Kids in San Clemente.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Like Crazy Enjoys Crazy Good Arthouse Opening

    ​Taking $120,000 in weekend box office generally won't raise a Hollywood bean counter's eyebrow. It's certainly was not enough lucre for Santa Ana-bred filmmaker Drake Doremus' Like Crazy to crack the top 10 in overall estimated box office for the weekend past. But playing on only four screens in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Women's Gymnastic Coach Don Peters Sully 1984 Olympics in LA

    ​The 1984 Summer Olympics was a shining moment for Southern California, while Mary Lou Retton's gold in the all-around in those games shined brightly on all athletics, gymnastics and certainly the U.S. women's team. You'd think nothing could come along 27 years later to tarnish either of those, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Nicolas Cage, Promoting Trespass, Recalls Brush with Naked Intruder in His Newport Beach Mansion

    ​Promoting a new movie at the Toronto Film Festival that has him playing the head of a household victimized by intruders, Nicolas Cage has been recounting for various ink-stained wretches the break-in into his former Newport Beach mansion. Cage, who was sleeping in his bayfront bedroom with his wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    7-Eleven Gives Away Free Slurpees Today (It's 7/11, Get It?)

    ​You'd think that it's an opportunistic marketing move for 7-Eleven to pick today, 7/11, as the day for its annual Slurpee® giveaway; but according to its corporate website, July 11th is its actual birthday.It was also once their operating hours (from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.), as everyone knows. So natura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Weenie Roast 2011 Lineup Announced

    ​It's been a whole  year! KROQ announced just this morning the full line-up for their 2011 Weenie Roast, and the roster--as usual--is a nice little mix of the mainstream with the not-exaaactly-mainstream. Headliners? Linkin Park, Rise Against, the Strokes and Bad Religion. But on the same lin ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today and other media organizations got fooled

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Women's Funding Network Sex-Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

    Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Will Michael Steele Still Be RNC Chairman When He Keynotes Financial Forum in Irvine?

    ​Despite Republicans gaining 63 House seats and six Senate seats in the November elections, its National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the USA Today says, had a worse year than President Barack Obama, MSNBC and the National Review agree Steele is a baffoon and all indications are he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    USA Today: Airport Food Unsafe

    ​As if there weren't already things to worry about when you fly, USA Today has done a report on airport food being hazardously unsafe. Their main concern are those grab-and-go sandwiches which they say are kept at an unsafe temperature. Other problem areas are basically the same kinds of vio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    This Week in Food

    ​So, just in case you've been fooled by the deceptively good weather, we're smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Yes, it's December and Dave proves it by butting nogs against each other in thick, creamy taste test. If eggnog isn't your thing, Jessica also salutes the holidays with a Spic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Fast Food Safer Than School Lunches

    Picture from Dead Homer Society​So by now you've heard that USA Today published an expose that revealed the meat bought by the USDA for use in school lunches wouldn't pass quality standards at Burger King or McDonald's.

  • Calendar

    November 19, 2009

    The Wedding Singer

    Cerritos Center

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Orly Taitz Bombards Media; Media Says 'Get a Life'

    ​First, a copy-paste: Please contact USA today and demand that they provide the readers with info about January 26 trial. If they refuse, report them to FCC, as defrauding the public in connection to electionsThat's right, folks: On her blog, Dr. Orly Taitz says that USA Today would be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Where Have All the Anti-Tax Crusaders Gone?

    When he wasn't running for governor, Fountain Valley's George "Nick" Jesson was associated with the We the People Congress, an anti-tax group that bought an ad in USA Today in 2001 challenging the government's right to tax income. Indeed, Orange County used to be crawling with anti-tax crusade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Latest Hits, Misses and Curveballs From Odd Man Out

    UPDATED WITH FORBES' CORRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE BOOK.   As I've blogged here incessantly, Matt McCarthy wrote Odd Man Out, a Viking Press tell-all I adored about his lone year as a lefty pitcher in the Angels minor league baseball system. Articles doubting the veracity of many salaci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    KFC Workers Use Sink to Bathe

    I don't know where to start with this story I saw in the USA Today.  I think it's best to just give you the headline.  It goes like this: "More fast food workers think it's a good idea to bathe in kitchen sink". "MORE fast food workers"?  Was this a trend people were already a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Pentagon Flyover Hysteria Rocks the Internets

    Ever since my cover story last Thursday hit the online conspiracy websites, my inbox has been bombarded with emails from folks obsessed with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as they pertain to the U.S. Pentagon and an American Airlines jet that either did or didn't hit the building, depending on what th ... More >>

  • News

    August 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: Can The Borg Show Compassion?

    Car Booting Violence: The folks over at Universal Guaridan Holdings, Inc. in Newport Beach are smiling today because their Cobra StunLight (pictured) “was successfully used to help disable an armed assailant” recently in downtown Atlanta. They say Jeremiah Day was booting illegally parked cars w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    The Pic That Won't Quit

    Last week, we noticed that a photo of me watching a 3-D presentation made it into USA Today. Earlier this morning, I was told the photo was also on AOL. And then today, I see it on Time Magazine's website (thanks KT for the tip-off!) Be nice if they actually identified me in the pic. But anonymous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2007

    LYT in USA Today

    Weekly investigative reporter extraordinaire Scott Moxley just informed me that our fab Comic-Con blogger - LYT - made today's edition of USA Today. His rainbow 'do is apparently a camera magnet. That's not too surprising. Couldn't help snapping a few of him myself. And Luke was sitting at Hall H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2006

    What Could Go Wrong

    Here in Orange County we've got every reason to fear voter fraud. There's that time back in 1988 when Tom Fuentes, then head of the OC Republican Party, authorized the use of poll guards to scare off Latinos. There's the 1996 election when Loretta Sanchez won from nut-bar Bob Dornan (now with extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006

    Department of Chastity

    From this morning's USA Today, a report on your tax dollars in action: The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore. Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 27, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    July 19 - July 25

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006


    USA Today has the story of Jade Jurdi's three-day ordeal to leave bombed-out Lebanon. The 21-year-old Harvard senior grew up in Orange County.

  • Web

    June 8, 2006

    Remote Hog

    The Sopranos

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2006

    Happy Motoring

    USA Today, the newspaper designed for people who'd rather be watching television, brings us news of a new survey ranking the two hundred largest American cities in terms of driving safety. Compiled by Allstate Insurance, the survey measures the average rate at which drivers in a city are involved in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2006

    We're Gonna Need a Bigger Cave

    Ah, the Starbucks at UCI. There are few better places to score (or, in my case, just scope) erudite chicks. Right now there's a blonde sitting nearby who could pass for Galadriel: tall, willowy, with eyes like emerald searchlights. Or maybe they're hazel - to find out would require exceedingly cree ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 9, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    March 1 - March 7

  • Columns

    July 14, 2005

    !Ask a Mexican!


  • Columns

    August 19, 2004

    State of the Union

    Vacation, time to get away

  • Features

    July 24, 2003
  • Columns

    June 19, 2003
  • Columns

    March 14, 2002
  • News

    November 16, 2000

    The Insider

    Brave Dinesh DSouza comes to country club, worries about diversity

  • Columns

    September 21, 2000

    Screaming Bedlam

    Horrifying stories ripped from the pages of todays newspapers

  • Columns

    June 15, 2000
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