Cussing at Muslim Woman and Removal of Her Hijab Probed as Hate Crime in Long Beach

Courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department
Artist's sketch of man who removed woman's hijab.
Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center.

The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find the mystery man, calling on the public to out him.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in a shopping center parking lot in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. As the 32-year-old woman loaded her car, the hater came up from behind and twisted and pulled off her black hijab, which he referred to by name while cussing her out. That indicates he's familiar with Muslim culture in McDonnell's eyes.

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Atheists, Skeptics and Freethinkers Protest Calvary Chapel Creation Conference TODAY!

Post moved up from Tuesday to remind that the protest is this evening.

Photo montage courtesy of NASA
Galaxies colliding would have been on, what, Wednesday?
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 22, 7:07 A.M.: Those converging on Santa Ana for the annual creation conference kicking off today can expect two straight days of uninterrupted bliss at Calvary Chapel. "Uh, but isn't this a four-day conference?" ask the faithful in the back pews. Indeed it is. But on the third day, God ... I mean ... Orange County skeptics will be out to protest "the dumbing-down of science through the promotion of the creationists' belief of a divine six-day creation."

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Peter David Nitschke, Suspended Attorney Who Ripped Off Clients, Has Hissy Fit in Court

Courtesy of Irvine Police Department
Peter D. Nitschke can get much less than 12 years in prison if he ponies up $1.2 million by Aug. 8.

The restitution hearing for Peter David Nitschke sounds like it was wild. The 47-year-old suspended Newport Beach attorney and former church president--who stole more than $780,000 from nine victims, with $720,000 of that coming from two elderly sisters he met at church--reportedly lashed out at the prosecutor, his defense attorney and the judge.

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Peter David Nitschke, Ex-Attorney, Church Leader and Admitted Embezzler, Gets 12 Years

Courtesy of Irvine Police Department
Peter David Nitschke
A suspended Newport Beach attorney and church president was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for stealing more than $780,000 from nine victims, including two elderly sisters he met at church, offered to assist with finances and promptly embezzled more than $720,000 from their trust account.

The judge also ordered 47-year-old Peter David Nitschke to pay about $1.1 million in restitution.

Two of Nitschke's victims told the court today about the financial, physical, physiological and medical damage they suffered.

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Heather Dubrow of Real Housewives "is a Bad Reality TV Jew:" Jewish Journal Columnist

Heather Dubrow, reinforcing a Jewish stereotype by talking with her hands. (Or is that Italians?)

A columnist for a Jewish site says Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Heather Dubrow "is a bad reality TV Jew."

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Go Godless? Atheists, Nontheists, Freethinkers Set Orange County's First Sunday Assembly

Orange County Freethought Alliance
Freethinkers unite! And they invite other followers (non-followers?) to join them Sundays.
The Freethought Alliance--a coalition of 28 Orange County secular organizations--on May 4 hosts the county's first Sunday Assembly, " a godless congregation that celebrates life."

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Boomers! in Irvine Blasted for Two Incidents Involving Muslim Kids at Go-Karts: Update

See the update at the end of this post on two of the incidents involving Irvine's Boomers! and the company's response.
Boomers! has amusement parks in Irvine and Fountain Valley.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 29, 7:03 A.M.: The refusal of Boomers! amusement parks to allow religious head coverings on attendees who want to ride go-karts is spurring multiple complaints to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, it will be announced this morning at the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim and Santa Clara.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Rick Warren Going Hollywood!

Bonus points for you heathens who remember for what article we mocked up this image...
Rick Warren is many things, but I've never thought him to be a thin-skinned diva. So if he listens to the liberal media (I know he enjoys the mirth of this infernal rag), he'll no doubt appreciate the skepticism I have toward Saddleback Church's move to save souls at the Hollywood Palladium every Sunday, a move I talked about with KCRW-FM 89.9 on my weekly "Orange County Line" commentary.

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Attention, Target Mission Viejo Shoppers: Pets Are Delicious Meat!

Dog spelled backwards?
Shoppers at the Mission Viejo Target store got an eyeful recently thanks to a minivan in the parking lot with this message on the back window:

"Pets are delicious meat."

Actually, it really comes down to the sauce but ... I mean ... along the back bumper was the answer to readers' obvious WTF? question:

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Kyle Firstenberg, Mars Hill's Ex-OC Leader, Says Church Knew Santa Ana Location was Bad

When Mars Hill Church was having zoning problems in Santa Ana in 2012, church leaders told members of the Orange County media--including OC Weekly--that the congregation may have been the subject of religious discrimination.

But the head pastor at the time now says it was all a big lie and that his bosses and elders in Seattle knew early on they'd leased a building--then the rock club The Galaxy, now the rock club The Observatory--that was not zoned for a church.

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