Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prop H8 Upheld, First Latino Justice...and Soccer Politics?!

So much to talk, so bullet points for today:

*Radical soccer blog From a Left Wing is truly a delight to read, and Jennifer Doyle might just be the next great progressive sports voice after Dave Zirin and Kurt Streeter.

*Sonia Sotomayor courtesy of Adriana Maestas of Latino Politics Blog.

*Protest Prop. H8 in Orange County!

Soundtrack for today's show: "I'm on the Firing Line" and "Come and Go to That Land," both by the Soul Stirrers.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Is Cheating Ever Righteous? The Curious Case of Manny Ramirez


The main story in Los Angeles over the past couple of days has been the saga of Los Angeles Dodgers (that's baseball, true lefties) left fielder (a "position" in the sport) Manny Ramirez, who is now suspended until early July for taking a substance banned by Major League Baseball. Performance-enhancing drugs have been quite the rage over the past couple of years in the sport, as has been public loathing of those athletes caught using them. But Los Angeles has collectively shrugged its shoulders and is waiting for Ramirez to return and take them to the Promised Land of a World Series title. Is this a disturbing sign of the apocalypse, or is sports just an opiate? I'll talk to Los Angeles Times columnist Kurt Streeter, who wrote a great piece on his disappointment in the lack of outrage at Ramirez's cheating ways.

The first segment, though, is devoted to Orange County's sole congressional Democrat, Loretta Sanchez. A woman who owes her career to illegal immigrants...now turning her back on undocumented college students? What a pendeja! Hear it straight from the students themselves, although they're much kinder than your gentle host.

Plus, as always, the Subversive Historian, and Mark Ames, the mad genius of Exiledonline.com!

Image above: Ramirez slugging away. Was he on the juice at the time?

Soundtrack for today's show: "D-O-D-G-E-R-S" by Danny Kaye; "Love is Like a Baseball Game" by the Intruders!

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: “You bet I'm out of touch, and that's the very reason it's important everyone in the media keep laying the wood to the rule-breakers and ne'er-do-wells. Someone has to draw the line. Someone has to keep hold of standards. Someone has to give voice to those who know there's more to life than winning. How you win, how you prepare, the ethics you bring to the ballpark and yes, to life . . . guess what? That matters.”

--Streeter, in his column, answering those who say he's making too much out of Ramirez's cheating.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The contributions of Orange County’s Mexicans to Mexican-American achievements are few but crucial: Mendez vs. Westminster, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, the city of SanTana, and Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino judge on the California State Supreme Court. Add to that list Manic Hispanic, the collection of Chicanos from influential O.C. punk bands who decided in adulthood it was firme to be Mexican and have spent nearly a decade refrying punk standards to reflect la vida loca. I’ll interview two of them for the main segment and spin some of their tunes. WARNING: Not for the P.C.-hearted, even with FCC regulations.

A more-serious topic opens the show: documentaries on the 1991 Los Angeles riots (or “uprising,” if you’re a pseudo-Marxist) from the African-American and Korean perspective shown at the KIWA headquarters.

Image below: YouTube clip of the Vandals' "Urban Struggle." Compare with "I Want to be a Cholo" from the show today!

The details: Go to SA-I-GU Film night and dialogue with at KIWA, 3471 W. Eight St., Los Angeles,

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 7 p.m., 213-738-9050 ext 103; Manic Hispanic will play the Mouse of Blues DRINKO DE CINCO, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-BLUE (2583), 7 p.m. $17.


Soundtrack for today's show: All Manic Hispanic covers. Guess them below (HINT: We'll reveal the originals on the air), and win a prize!

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: “The INS Took my Novia Away”

--One title Manic Hispanic covered. Now, the Vandals' "Urban Struggle"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Remembering the Armenian Genocide, Ridiculing its Deniers


What sick, demented fool could possibly deny that the Ottoman Empire exterminated Armenians in the early 20th century for simply being Armenian—the very definition of genocide, a term created by Raphael Lemkin with the massacre of Armenians in mind? Actually, quite a few. Turkey and many of its citizens vehemently deny that their forefathers tried to annihilate Armenians, and many will turn the tables and claim that it was the Armenians who victimized Turks! Add in modern-day Turkey's role in the Middle East, and President Barack Obama will renege on his promise to recognize the Armenian genocide as a genocide for years to come. Today, I'll speak with Andrew Kzirian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, to talk about the many commemorations of the Armenian genocide that will happen worldwide (and in Southern California) on April 24 and to wonder how anyone can ignore the departed cries of so many for recognition of their deaths. He'll also take calls.

Also, immigrants? In Long Beach? The Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition is a quasi-new groups aimed to help out the cause of "immigration reform" (i.e. amnesty) in that city by the sea that's not quite Orange County, not quite Los Angeles, but 100% chido. I'll speak with chair Norma Chinchilla about an event they're holding this Friday in which yours truly will ramble about his Aztlanista origins.

And, as always, commentaries by Mark Ames of Exiledonline.com—talking about CNBC pendejo Lawrence Kudlow—and the Subversive Historian!

Image above: People gathering for a commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

The details: Go to Little Armenia on April 24, grab a sign, and join in! For the LBC event, go to the Unitarian Universalist Church at 5450 Atherton St. Long Beach, (714) 335-5297. Friday, 7 p.m. $10 for students, $15 for everyone else. Who said the Reconquista was cheap?

Soundtrack for today's show: "Pressure Drop" by Toots and the Maytals, "Run On" by Elvis Presley

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: “I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”

--William Saroyan

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mexicans and Moors and Muslims, Oh My!


Last week, some drunk moron crashed into a southbound vehicle on the corner of Lemon Street and Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton and killed Anaheim Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends. Instead of letting their families mourn in peace, the Know Nothing Nation took this tragedy and used it as a forum to spew hate on Mexicans. Typical sensitive Aztlanista response by yours truly? Not this time. The twisted, forced rationale of Know Nothings came out in full force. Before the blood had even dried in Fullerton, online commentators speculated it was an illegal alien Mexican. When it turned out that Andrew Thomas Gallo was in fact an American citizen, they labeled him an anchor baby. And when it turned out that Gallo was as American as a skinhead, Know Nothings put the blame on his Hispanic ethnicity; the one-drop rule is back in American racist rhetoric. Why? I’ll speak with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino about the subject and pose an important question: in this day of anonymous comments on blogs, is it ethical to troll in the endless battle against hate?

A much higher (but no less controversial) intellectual argument is comparing Mexican immigration in the States to Muslim immigration in Europe. Professor Anouar Majid of the University of New England has written an amazing book, We are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities (out today), in which he tackles the subject and makes the extraordinary claim that Western racism is the fault of the imperial Spaniards. I didn’t buy it at first, but here I am extolling Majid’s virtues, and you will, as well. I predict We are All Moors will become the Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building for Mexicans.

Also on the show: commentary by Mark Ames of Exiledonline.com—should we boot the South from the Union?—and the Subversive Historian. Radiola fun!

Image above: A Mexican Moor mask.

The details: Professor Majid will speak at Saddleback College this Thursday at 5 p.m. at the school's Business/General Studies Center (BGS), room 356. Free. Go to www.saddleback.edu for more info. I will speak at Thursday at Orange Coast College's main library, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, 714-432-5087. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation. In Anaheim, I'll be there Saturday at the Anaheim Public Library Central Branch, 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, (714) 765-1880. 3 p.m. Free!

Soundtrack for today's show: “Granada” by Javier Solís, “El Moro Judio” by Jorge Drexler.

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: “The Hispanic as Moor”

--Title of Majid’s lecture today at UCLA

Monday, April 6, 2009

Attack of the Great College Lectures!


I've been to too many college lectures to remember—thousand-strong rallies for Ralph Nader, another where three people showed up to hear testimonials of sex-abuse survivors. I understand the hassle for the non-student: parking fees, byzantine campus layouts, the temptation that is a coed in ass shorts. Nevertheless, I'll be highlighting two essential lectures in today's program: one at Loyola Marymount University featuring Chicana chingona Monica Palacios (can you believe she'll be the first LGBT perform at L.A.'s premier Catholic college EVER? And yet they don't have a problem with boy-buggering priests—go figure...). We'll dish on her craft, gay-hatin' Catholics, and whatever else this genius wishes to quip about.

Following her is frequent guest Dr. William Nericcio, head of the English department at San Diego State University and author of the scabrous Tex(t)-Mex blog and book. Nericcio is as shameless a self-promoter as me, and we'll be at Cal State Fullerton next Monday, but I'm having him on to discuss the semiotics behind NBC's latest attempt at depicting life in Southern California: Southland. Yep: more felonious blacks and Mexicans, with the occasional methed-up gabacho! And, as always, your wonderful calls!

The details: Monica Palacios at LMU, Huesman Lounge, Upper Campus, 1 Lmu Dr., # 100,
Los Angeles, (310) 338-2700. Monday, April 13, 7 p.m. Free; William Nericcio vs. Gustavo Arellano at Cal State Fullerton, Room MH238, 800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 278-4210. Monday, April 13, 4 p.m. Free. Anyone who can prove to me they attended both lectures will win a guest slot on my show to rant about whatever they want!

Soundtrack for today's show: "Welcome to the Jungle," by Guns 'n' Roses; "California Sun," remake of the Rivieras classic by the Ramones.

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: "I had a student who took my performance class and she always advocated for LGBT issues. She approached me and said now is the time to do this. The Gay Straight Alliance was also very involved in the No on Prop. 8 campaign. And it just seemed like the perfect time to do a show like this. It's revolutionary!"

--Monica Palacios, in an interview for Latinola.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Orange County Latino Insanity this Weekend!


Who says Latino life behind the Orange Curtain is dead? Between fighting gentrification and anti-Semitic fools, la naranja is brimming with activities for Latinos looking for a good time and everyone else willing to go native! Today, I'll promote three such events happening in downtown SanTana: pocho supreme Lalo Alcaraz at Calacas doing his chingaderas, public intellectual Gregorio Luke preaching on Abraham Lincoln and Benito Juarez at the historic Yost Theater, and Latino-lit blogger supreme Daniel Olivas moderating a discussion on the anthology Latinos in Lotusland at the world's best bookstore, Libreria Martinez!

The details: Latinos in Lotusland discussion at Libreria Martinez, 1110 N. Main St., SanTana. Saturday, 3 p.m-6 p.m., (714) 973-7900. Free

Lalo Alcaraz at Calacas, 324 W. 4th St. #B, SanTana, (714) 662-2002; www.calacasinc.com. Saturday, 7 p.m. Free.

Gregorio Luke at the Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon Street SanTana. Call Calacas for info. Sunday, 5 p.m. Español, 7:30 p.m. Spanish. $5 for matinee, $10 evening

Soundtrack for today's show: "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles (naturally), and probably something else literary-related. Stay tuned...

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Relevant, high-falutin' quote of the week: ¡Lea un libro! (Read a book!)

--Olivas' signature send-off to his posts.