World Politics

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Neel Kashkari Let's His Rainbow Flag Fly

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson and perhaps even George Deukmejian didn't really care if same-sex couples won the right to marry, not that they'd let their Republican base in on that before their first elections as California governors. So give Irvine's Neel Kashkari, the GOP nominee squaring off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    National Republican Party Boss Visits Santa Ana Today on Hispanic Listening Tour

    As part of his effort to expand his party's base, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is meeting with Hispanic community leaders in Santa Ana this morning. A press announcement for the 10:30 a.m. event calls the affair "a listening session" for Priebus, who is meeting with Hispani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    John Boehner, House Speaker, to Give Irvine's Great Park Ballon a Run for the Orangey

    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.]

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Gabrielle Jane Nestande Trial's Jury Selection Draws Once-Politically Powerful Dad Bruce

    For the first time in 16 months, a powerful former Orange County supervisor watched his daughter in court.But Bruce Nestande was not in the Austin, Texas, courtroom to see his 25-year-old daughter try her first case. Gabrielle Jane Nestande is accused of drinking after being honored for her work wit ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    OC GOP's Apocalypse Now

    The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California

  • News

    July 26, 2012

    Friends Can Also Betray You

    Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    [UPDATED with Occupy vs. Tea Party results] Mitt Romney Cruising into Newport Beach For Friday Fundraiser!

    Both Occupy and pro-Ron Paul protesters were on hand outside of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach for a Mitt Romney fundraiser. Members of Occupy Orange County organized a Billionaires for Mitt Romney demonstration, encouraging participants to dress up and act like the 1%, as Occupy protesters ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Rick Santorum's Catchy Campaign Song 'Game On' Reminds Us of Prussian Blue

    ​ Yeah, yeah, so Mitt Romney was the big (or not-so-big) winner of Super Tuesday, but Rick Santorum didn't do too bad; he at least made off with an uber-catchy pop jingle written by two home-schooled teenagers, Camille and Haley Harris (aka First Love), called "Game On." By the way they're cheeri ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 13, 2011

    Why Do Mexicans Steal Cactus Leaves?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And can gabachos love the Mexican culture but hate the Mexican?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Long Beach's State Senator Jenny Oropeza Passes Away at 53

    ​State Senator Jenny Oropeza, who championed public health legislation and was expected to easily win reelection next month, died Wednesday night of complications from a blood clot. She was 53.The Democratic lawmaker represented Long Beach, first in the state Assembly and later in the state Senate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Does Dana Rohrabacher Suffer From Multiple Personality Disorder?

    Two faced pumpkin​Earlier this month, a San Francisco television station quoted Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher on his outrage that Americans have suffered cyber e-mail attacks from China through Google. "We have a potential adversary who is the worst human rights abuser in the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    UC Irvine Seeks to Cut Through Healthcare Reform Bullshit

    The AFL-CIO convention in Pittrburgh voted last night to endorse single-payer, universal healthcare for all Americans, and rU.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) just trotted out to reporters his bill to provide non-single-payer, non-universal healthcare for not-quite-all Americans. Coincidence? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Loretta Sanchez Will Defend a Kid in Vietnam But Refuses to Support Kids Here?

    Photo by Christopher VictorioWhat was Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez thinking today when she took to the floor in Congress to fight for the rights of a youth activist in Vietnam while she continues to ignore the youth activists pleading for her support in her own backyard? It's not that Nguyen Tien T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Chuck Devore to China: Set Your Prisoners Free!

    In September 2001, Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) self-published a book called "China Attacks" which envisioned a Chinese sneak attack against Taiwan that precipitates a third world war. Call it a case of bad timing: as the events of 9/11 suggested, China might not be America's worst enemy after all. In 20 ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Vicente Fox UCI Visit Draws "Welcoming Committee"

    Photo by Ariel Gutierrez Vivanco/Presidencia de la RepublicaThe "Vicente Fox Welcoming Committee at UCI" won't be bearing flowers, fruit baskets or a key to the university when Mexico's former president visits the campus Wednesday. Fox, who is being hosted by the university's Center for the Study of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Schwarzenegger Fragged by Lieutenant

    Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has just fragged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road. The road, proposed by the Irvine-based Transportation Corridor Agencies, would cut through the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy, itself mitigation for the Talega development, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    CA GOP Sure Knows How to Pick OCers

    The Republican Party of Orange County's Weekly Squeeze e-letter (guys: drop the cutesy orange metaphor, por favor) tells me today that longtime local GOP activist Kathy Tavoularis is now Executive Director of the California Delegation to the 2008 Republican National Convention. "A well organized del ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    Rohrabacher: Why aren't we causing a revolution in China?

    Last night in a C-SPAN televised speech, Dana Rohrabacher called Chinese government officials “gangsters,” slammed both Bush presidential administrations for failing to challenge China’s human rights abuses and complained that the U.S. Government isn’t working to spur a democratic revolution ... More >>

  • Features

    August 16, 2007

    Red Scare in Little Saigon

    Le Vu's Viet Weekly newspaper endures OC's latest anti-communist witch-hunt

  • News

    June 28, 2007

    Protesters Don't Rattle Vietnam's President

    In OC, an affable Nguyen Minh Triet seeks to heal ‘old wounds’

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    Sixteen Hours With Vietnam’s President

    Dozens of media outlets filed reports this weekend about the historic Orange County visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet, but only one American reporter gained exclusive access. Read R. Scott Moxley’s story in Thursday’s edition of the OC Weekly.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007


    A variety of stories lurching forward this morning… It looks like the most special of all special elections is finally over, and Janet Nguyen is the new First District Supervisor, winning by a total of 3 votes.   Superior Court Judge Michael Brenner rejected Trung Nguyen's claim th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    Them That's Got

    If you belong to one of the groups targeted for a good squeezin' called on to sacrifice in the governor's budget plan-- college students, public school teachers, families on welfare-- rest assured that the truly needy will still be well taken care of. Kate Folmar reports in the San Jose Mercury New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    Healthcare and that Jolly Ol' Elf

    There's been a lot of talk about the governor's universal healthcare plan, but once you get past all the talk you discover… well, that plan may be too strong of a word. The governor's universal healthcare good intention may be more accurate. Anthony York explains in the Capitol Weekly. (emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    Numbers, Numbers (and a semi-Nun)

    First for some numbers that aren't as big as you might think, or others might want you to think. If California were a separate country, it would have the world's sixth-largest economy, one hears time and time again. The governor even repeated the We're Number 6 bleat in his State of the State spee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    Arnold's New Era Begins

    In his inaugural address last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the beginning of a new chapter in California history, the "post-partisan" era, explaining, "The question is not what are the needs of Republicans or Democrats? The real question is what are the needs of our people?… Post- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2006

    Ackerman Wins

    At the end of last week, it appeared that OC's Dick Ackerman was about to lose his position as Minority Leader in the State Senate. He stood accused by many of his fellow Republicans of being too ready to cut deals with Governor Schwarzenegger and too pro-infrastructure bonds. Sure, voters had alr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2006

    Dumping Ackerman

    There's tension inside the world's smallest big tent. Following the lead of their fellow Republicans in the Assembly-- who bounced alleged Schwarzenegger-appeaser George Plescia out of his position as leader of the Assembly's GOP, and replaced him with the allegedly unbending Mike Villines-- the rig ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 12, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special Rip-Off Edicion

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    Weak on both sides...

    … and radioactive in the middle. By now you know that North Korea has apparently successfully tested a nuclear weapon. (Experts prefer the term "device", rather than "weapon", but given the fact that this device's sole function is to cause large-scale destruction, I think the word weapon is ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Cocaine Airways

    A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006

    Your Tax Dollars on the Campaign Trail

    Well, Arnold promised to be a different kind of governor when he ran for office back in the recall election, and he is. In some ways. In June, Governor Schwarzenegger's office put out a press release marking the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, and hailing the heroism of the US troops. Thi ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 27, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    'Whats with ALL the drama?'

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    State Secret: Arnold's Big Night Out

    How desperate is Governor Schwarzenegger to avoid reminding people that he belongs to same political party as George W. Bush, let alone remind them that he was one of the featured speakers supporting Bush at the 2004 Republican Convention? Desperate enough to sneak across the country and into the Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2006

    Look to the Skies

    In a column in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Ray Lemoine, co-author of Babylon by Bus, recounted his recent brush with the Department of Homeland Security. Lemoine was stopped at JFK airport while returning from Dubai. He'd been red-flagged because of a former job. Lemoine isn't a retired shoe-bomb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2006

    Another Star Chamber Turn

    My colleague Alex Brant-Zawadzki is right about the potential of television for doing good– his pro-having-sex-with-George Clooney stance, I'll pass over in silence– but Edward R. Murrow is long dead, and TV nowadays seems to be mostly offering up "the evil of banality", to use Alex Cock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2006

    Of Swallows, Schwarzenegger, and Swift Boats

    The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>

  • Features

    March 9, 2006

    Too Much Cabo Wabo

    Get ready for the delights of the Mexican jail

  • Columns

    July 14, 2005
  • Columns

    November 27, 2003
  • Film

    May 16, 2002

    Human Rights and Wrongs

    UC Irvine fest exposes worldwide injustice

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Just Declare Victory

    Little Saigon embraces Vietnam trade

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    Peaced Off

    National Missile Defense rankles OC peaceniks

  • Food

    December 23, 1999

    Peace Meal

    The borderless delights of Pakistani and Indian food

  • Columns

    July 8, 1999
  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Ho Chi Minute Rice

    Congress debates trade with Vietnam, Little Saigon goes shopping

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Rebel Yell

    Zapatista struggle enlivens life in el Norte

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Guerrilla in the Midst

    The man behind the human-rights rhetoric

  • News

    June 25, 1998
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