Forever 21 at MainPlace Mall Rides the Rice Paddy Hat-Wearing Mannequin Trend

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Gracias, source!

Remember how Bloomingdale's used rice paddy hats on mannequins recently? Well, Forever 21 at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is down with the trend. According to a visual merchandiser at the location, this was not an aesthetic choice made by the workers there but, instead, a corporate decision. They were just following orders. Hmm...

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Esperanza High Students Chant "Jackie Chan," "Shrimp Fried Rice" at Foothill High Player

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Photo by The Mexican
Stay classy, Esperanza!

Last month, Foothill High School in North Tustin SanTana made national news after students were caught flashing a #chunti sign during a boy's basketball game against crosstown rival Tustin High School. Now it's Foothill that's at the receiving end of a racist, stupid student section thanks to Esperanza High School. Seems that during the Knights' 61-57 comeback victory Jan. 30 over the Aztecs at their Anaheim Hills home, students subjected senior point guard Reed Nakakihara to chants of "Jackie Chan" and "shrimp fried rice"--you know, because all Asians are alike to Esperanza's precious children.


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The Principle Filmmakers Tell Media to Stop Focusing on Them and Start Focusing on Movie

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Rocky Mountain Pictures
Theologian Robert Sungenis appears in The Principle to challenge conventional scientific views.
UPDATE, JAN. 29, 12:48 P.M.: The executive producer and writer-producer of The Principle, which is rolling for at least a couple more weeks at the AMC Orange 30, issued statements today blasting media outlets that focused their coverage of the documentary less on the subject of questioning the validity of the Copernican Principle than on accusations of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism directed at the EP, Robert Sungenis.

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Ruthie "Mama Bear" Marshall Cuts Plea Deal to Join White Supremacist Hubby Behind Bars

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Mugshots courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Ruthie Christine "Mama Bear" Marshall
Ruthie Christine Marshall (a.k.a. "Mama Bear"), the first defendant tried as part of the multi-agency "Operation Stormfront" that targeted about 50 white supremacist gang members behind bars and on the streets, pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and assaulting a man she blamed for her car being impounded.

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KKK Party Bags Left on 40 Santa Ana Driveways

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Which way to Santa Ana?
A Santa Ana resident found a zip-lock baggy on his driveway this morning that contained a rock, candy, a flier with Ku Klux Klan propaganda and a KKK business card, according to police, who report about 40 similar bags were found in a four-block radius--just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It

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The atmosphere was jovial as more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Santa Ana on May 25, 1906, to watch their civic dream come true: the burning of the city's Chinatown.

Politicians and residents alike had long pushed for the torching, and now was the time to do it. The once-thriving area--bounded by present-day Main, Third and Bush streets--was almost vacant, atrophied over the years by anti-Chinese laws that made a peaceful life there impossible. Health officials had just condemned Chinatown's few remaining buildings, rounding up out the last residents as onlookers jeered. A representative of China's minister to the United States was rushing in from Los Angeles, seeking to stop the planned kindling. But Santa Ana would be denied no more.

Families gathered to witness the destruction, along with law enforcement and businessmen--the whole town, it seemed. "It was like a big picnic, or a Fourth of July," an eyewitness recalled decades later. A fire marshal was on the scene to douse coal oil on Chinatown's structures and set the blaze. But light drizzle throughout the day put a damper on everyone's plans; the fire marshal couldn't strike a spark.

That delay thinned the original crowd to a couple of hundred curious onlookers as the evening arrived. But when the first flames curled up to the sky around 8 p.m., visible for blocks around, a stampede returned "in time to see the fun," according to the Santa Ana Evening Blade.


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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Orange County's Confederate/KKK Roots!

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From Annie Cooper Burton's The Ku Klux Klan
Head: County founder
Anyone who has read this infernal rag since our beginning knows that laying out the county's sordid history is an obsession of ours, and has taken us from the local Black Panther chapter to lynchings, hippie mafias, exposing historian charlatans, and more. But nothing has been more fun than exposing the Confederate and Ku Klux Klan origins of many of this county's pioneers.

Oh, the local historians have gone on and on about the Confederates, coming from a Lost Cause perspective that conveniently ignores the Grey's racist ideology and treasonous cause. It's this blindness that keeps them from digging into their heroes' KKK ties, whether real (like Henry W. Head, the former state assemblymember who you can see to the right), or circumstantial (Victor Montgomery, the lawyer who drafted the bill that would eventually set OC free from Los Angeles County, served under KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forest and alongside head--if the guy didn't don a hood and robe at one point in his life, then Mike Carona is innocent).

Anyhoo, that was the topic I addressed in this past Monday's "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9

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Top 5 Most Hateful Orange County Cities, 2013 Edition!

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Sorry, righty, no love for the top five most love-filled OC cities.
The FBI released figures Monday that showed there were 27 hate crimes reported to Orange County law enforcement agencies in 2013. These reports do not specify the individual incidents, but the feds do give the cities where each occurred so that we may listiclize those cities.

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David Anthony Parga Gets 50 Years for Murder Originally Billed as Brown-on-Black Hate Crime

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
David Anthony Parga belongs to a La Habra gang with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

In March 2010, the Mexican-in-Chief wrote that, if the charges against David Anthony Parga were true, it was "time to welcome another group of racist nitwits to our county's collection of skinheads, Holocaust deniers, and queer bashers: Latino gang members intent on terrorizing African-Americans to the point of death." But prosecutors later dropped the hate-crime overtones, not that it spared 28-year-old Parga a long prison stretch in the end: He was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison.

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"What Is This Gay Shit?" and More Morehouse College Football Reactions to Dear White People

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Dear White People's Tyler James Williams (center with afro) also played the title character in TV's Everybody Loves Chris.

UPDATE, OCT. 30, 12:45 P.M.: One quote about a movie deserves a bunch of others:

"What kind of movie is this?"
"Man, you looked at that, I saw you!"
"What is this gay shit?"
"Some of y'all didn't turn your heads away!"
"Man, I must've watched every episode of Everybody Hates Chris back in the day. Can't believe he'd go out like that. Shit kills me."

-Members of the football team from the mostly all-black Morehouse College of Atlanta, while watching Dear White People in a Columbia, South Carolina, theater before playing Benedict College last Saturday.

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