A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

segunda-feira, maio 02, 2005


As if acknowledging their shoddy coverage of our beloved county just three days earlier, the New York Times covers the El Morro scandal.

No arguments on my behalf--they even mentioned Chuck Devore's pay-to-play role in the fiasco. Although Chuck vehemently disagrees with my take on the role El Morro contributions played in his obsession with the matter, I respect his support of the blogosphere, as evidenced by his own blog (which I can't link to at the moment for some bizarre reason) and the constant posts on OCBlog. Maybe John Campbell can learn something (again, can't link at the moment--damn blog!).

While others may have celebrated May Day across the globe, let's keep the following in mind courtesy of the world's greatest website:

May 1 1776

Adam Weishaupt founds the Bavarian Illuminati, the secret society which controls your mind as part of its plot to overthrow organized religion and control the global economy. If you don't believe it, ask yourself what novus ordo seclorum is doing on your dollar bill.


  • At 9:51 AM, Anonymous mann - yo (magno) said…

    Hey Gustavo,

    You're doing good work, so congratulations on your successes. I've heard you on the radio and saw the video profile on "life and times" last night, prompting me to look up your column on the net, since I'm not in orange county. I have a few subjects to throw at you, so here goes:

    - The ad clicker with the question "Why aren't there Mexicans on Star Trek?" made me curious enough to search on the ocweekly website for your response to that exact question, to no avail. Did you actually answer it? Well here's my answer: There were Mexicans on the Star Trek, only they didn't call them 'Mexicans', they substituted the word "Klingons" to describe the filthy aliens who threatened the well being and future of humanity. When I was in college, we used to play a drinking game (do people who aren't in college ever play drinking games?) where we'd watch old star trek reruns (the ones with nimoy and shatner) and when it was a klingon episode, we'd call out "mexican" or "mexicans", anticipating that the next word would be "klingon" or "klingons", attempting to "over-dub" the dialogue. If we got it right, we drank, if we didn't, we drank less. The funny part was how the drama and rhetoric, (not to mention the appearance of the klingons: dark brown, greasy, wierd facial hair, menacing) so closely paralleled the point of view of "americans" toward mexicans in general. We were pretty proud of ourselves at how funny it was...

    - "Orange County." Many people assume, and I think some of your local papers or magazines explored this idea, that the county is named after the dominance of oranges as an agricultural product (after the city of orange). But a newspaper story (?) posed the question: Wasn't Orange County named well before the arrival of the orange? I think this may be true, and if so, why did they name it "Orange County." Well you're going to have to get your historian's cap on for this one, but, if memory serves, one of the guys who founded Orange, Glassell I think, whose mother was from Orange County Virginia, named it.


    If this is true, then the etymology of the name has very little to do with citrus fruit, and a whole heck of a lot more to do with Protestantism. Think William of Orange, The Orange Order, et al. and its war against Catholicism. I've always been curious about the possiblity that Chapman and or Glassell named their town "orange" as a statement, in direct contrast to, and possibly in defiance of Catholic, Spanish/Mexican "Los Angeles." What do you think of that? Hell, you went to Chapman (did you know everett lewis?), couldn't you search out the vicissitudes of the evolution of the decision to name it Orange, in Chapman's archives?

    - William Deverell, the prominent historian once said, off the cuff, that Mexican-Hating was a facet of American identity. It was a crystalizing moment in how I, as a fellow Mexican, viewed American attitudes and beliefs, the hate, toward Mexicans. It made it more mechanical, and less intentionally evil.

    - If you're a fourth generation beaner, how come you still have an accent? Hell I'm first generation and I almost don't have no accent or nutheen....

    Dan Backslide (Coward, Bully, Cad and Thief)


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