VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Who Mexicans Should Root for in the Super Bowl

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They should have some cholla silhouettes, too...

So this Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX, and even Mexicans are going to be watching the game--and I'm not talking the Oakland Raiders/San Diego Chargers kind. There's going to be actual Mexicans watching the game--raza, paisas, wabs, whatever you want to call them. And many of them won't have any allegiance to the Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots--so who should they root for?

That's where this handy-dandy video comes in, explaining who's who, why Bill Bellichek is the devil, and even working in a Tony Romo insult for good measure.


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Who Wants to Buy OC Weekly? 'Cause We're For Sale!

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Cover by Jaime Hernandez
Insert metaphor here...

The headline up there kinda tells you the whole tale, right? The press release below tells you the rest of the story.

On my end, anyone interested in buying this rag gets a motivated band of misfits, almost all of us OC natives loving to tell the best and worst of a land with 3 million souls. We've been comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable for nearly 20 years, and we plan to do so no matter who may be our eventual papi or mami.

Now comes the parlor game: what local mogul should buy us? Henry Samueli? Kobe Bryant? That youngster that created Oculus Rift? T. Jefferson Parker? PLEASE not Don Bren...HA!

The press release is below. We accept payment in pho, pesos, dollars and I THINK Bitcoin...


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Whether Loretta Sanchez Will Run for Senate!

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The TV! The TV!
Loretta, talking about terrorism

Anyone who knows anything about Orange County politics--and even those people who don't--know that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has always had dreams of running for the Senate. What got in her way, of course, were the battle axes in the way--Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

But with Boxer announcing recently that she won't run for reelection, there's an opening for Sanchez--one that she stands no chance of going through, as I explained in my latest KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the the Proposed Poseidon Desalination Plant, Part 2!

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What the sign says

About a year and a half ago, I devoted my "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW on the proposed Poseidon Desalination Plant that had miraculously come back from the dead after getting offed a decade earlier. So much for effective journalism: last week, the Orange County Water District voted that it would buy up the water that any Poseidon water plant may make, clearing a hurdle for the controversial Connecticut-based company it needed before they go up against the Great Wall known as the California Coastal Commission.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Overpronounce Spanish Words While Speaking English

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Like the cabrones say!

One of the most common questions I get from fellow reporters is why us Latino reporters like to over-pronounce Spanish words while doing our job in English--you know, like me always insisting on writing "Santa Ana" as SanTana, then telling annoyed hipsters that I'm writing it just like how the natives pronounce it. It's such an old question that I answered it in my columna years ago--but since the old is new in this brave new video world (and since someone asked this question on Twitter), time to trot out this chestnut one more time.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the 1st Supervisorial District Special Election!

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Correa/Do fighting to replace Nguyen, who replaced Correa, who replaced himself

Does anyone other than consultants actually care about the special election this month for the First Supervisorial District seat? It's just a giant game of musical chairs coupled with the dynastic death match that is the Republican Party against the Democrats using Vietnamese and Latinos as their proxies in the war for Central County.

On the Democrats side, you have Lou Correa, the former supervisor until he resigned to become state senator, a seat he recently left due to term limits. He was replaced in both instances by Janet Nguyen, who has anointed her former chief of staff (and the guy who replaced her on the Garden Grove City Council) Andrew Do to replace her in the 1st Supervisorial District.

Headache already? Now imagine how I tried to explain it in my first KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" of the year.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Why Mexicans Should Care About Michael Brown and Ferguson

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Lalo's legendary take on the 2007 Macarthur Park cop riots against peaceful Mexis

Marches in solidarity with Michael Brown and Ferguson have happened and will happen in Orange County--but so has the nasty backlash against such people, as evidenced by some of our readers, and some of my readers over on my ¡Ask a Mexican! Facebook page. The vitriol was such, in fact, that I decided to drop my lame humor in this week's ¡Ask a Mexican! video and give a big ol' chanclazo to the haters.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On the OC Supes Rejecting a Local Ethics Committee

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Hey, Todd: Why ya scared about an ethics commission?

One of the funniest scorched-earth campaigns I've witnessed in my years at this infernal rag is the Board of Supervisors versus longtime campaign-finance watchdog Shirley Grindle. Who on earth could hate someone who follows the money on who's giving what to which douchebag? EVERYONE!

It's this hatred that led the supes to push Measure E, a November initiative for which too many of you voted. It effectively neutered any chance of OC ever having a local ethics committee to replace Grindle when she eventually goes to the Big File Cabinet in the Sky, giving investigatory powers instead to the ox that is the California Fair Political Practices Committee. This was the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9 commentary this past Monday.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Why Mexicans and Salvadorans Hate Each Other

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PUPUSAS!

One of the first articles I ever did for this infernal rag was a review of a Salvadoran restaurant that no longer exists. Although I heaped nothing but praise on the place, the owner never got around to hanging the piece on their wall, mostly because it was a rumination on why Mexicans and Salvadorans hated each other, starring myself, a Salvadoran friend, and the vicious insults we hurled at each other over pupusas and horchata.

Flash-forward 13 years later, and the beef between Salvis and Mexis hasn't stopped--nor will it ever. This is the focus of my latest ¡Ask a Mexican! video.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Whether Saying "Los Doyers" is Racist!

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Two famous Doyers

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals, with their National League Divisional Series tied at 1-1. But the big news in Dodgers land was a laughable column written by a columnist for the Torrance Daily Breeze, arguing that saying "los Doyers" is racist. "Los Doyers," of course, is by now as much a part of Southern California lingo as the Orange Crush and Fontucky--but for this guy, it's raaaaacist.

His argument is here; by rebuttal comes in the following video, the latest in my ¡Ask a Mexican! series of rants.


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