Monthly Archives: March 2013

Did Diaz have it coming? The OCDA cleared the cop who shot him


From the New Anaheim blog

The Orange County District Attorney released a letter today clearing Anaheim police officer Nick Bennallack, who shot and killed a gang member, Manuel Diaz last summer – an event that triggered riots in the shadow of Disneyland.

The finding by the DA set off a firestorm of complaints on news and social media – mainly asserting that there was no way the DA was going to find Bennallack guilty.

But let’s take a step back here for a moment.  Why would a cop go to all the trouble of becoming a cop just to blow his career by shooting some unarmed gang banger in the back?  Remember that most cops join the police force for the pay and benefits, and because they can be cops without having a college degree.  And cops get to retire young, with huge pensions. So why blow all of that over some pelon? Continue reading

Gene Autry Way – Curt Pringle’s Folly


This was built WHY?

Rush Hour on Gene Autry Way

From the OC Politics Blog

About five years ago when he was the Mayor of Anaheim, Curt Pringle dreamed of a regional transportation center for his city — a place they named ARTIC which would be the Orange County station for the equally dreamy California High-Speed Rail system which would be zipping through town on its way to San Diego, or charging northward to LA’s Union Station (over, under or through some of the densest urban residential housing in California) and onto San Francisco and Sacramento.

The Mayor-for-hire, as he was known at Friends for Fullerton Future, or Master of the Universe as he was tagged last year at the union-funded Voice of OC, didn’t stop with just a $184 million train station that would partly be paid for by OCTA’s Measure M where Board Member Pringle sat for years.  From concocted ridership projections, he fantasized that Disney patrons would be coming to ARTIC by the millions, but still needed to be transported to the Mouse’s cash registers Main Gate, miles away from the bullet train, and on the wrong side of the 5 Freeway.  Since Walt Disney already had a world-famous one, Pringle announced in 2007 that he needed a MONORAIL for the Disney visitors.  From his January State-of-the-City speech: Continue reading

Are Disneyland’s fireworks worth the noise and nuisance?


“Disneyland Park has offered a fireworks show every summer since 1956. At first, fireworks fuses were lit by hand, but by the 1960s an electronic system launched the shells, the shows carefully synchronized to music. By 2000, the fireworks had become far more elaborate, with Tinker Bell and Dumbo flying overhead. To reduce noise and pollution, Disney patented an air launch pyrotechnics system, which was put to use in 2004. Disney later opened the patent on the system so that others could enjoy the benefits of “greener” pyrotechnics,” according to Disneyland’s website.

“The loud noise torments some of the neighbors, forcing them to put thick windows to block the noise or move away from the city. After many complaints to the city of Anaheim, there seems no way out,” according to the Magical Theme Park blog. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Downtown Disney District


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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Downtown Disney District

Put on your greenest garb and get ready for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! Feast on authentic Irish food and beverages, as well as some that are inspired by this festive celebration that has everyone seeing green.

Dates: March 15-17, 2013

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with Irish-themed specialty food & drinks and live entertainment: Continue reading

Oz rakes in millions despite awful reviews


The reviews are bad but I smell a big opening!

Oz the Great and Powerful” surged on Saturday and rose to a lofty $80.3 million debut weekend at the North American box office. It was a strong start for Disney’s $200 million, 3D special-effects extravaganza, which also rolled out in 46 foreign markets to $69.9 million, giving it a $150.2 million opening weekend globally, according to IMDB.

The movie raked in millions despite garnering horrible reviews.  Top critics gave Oz a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here is what the top reviewers are saying about Oz: Continue reading

Man gets 8 years in prison for selling fake Disney pins from China


Picture of bogus pins courtesy of the OC Weekly

Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 11NF1191: March 6, 2013
Contacts: Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff, Office: 714-347-8408, Cell: 714-292-2718; Farrah Emami, Spokesperson, Office: 714-347-8405, Cell: 714-323-4486

MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY IMPORTING COUNTERFEIT DISNEY PINS FROM CHINA TO SELL OVER THE INTERNET

*Co-defendant was sentenced to one year in jail and three years formal probation

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today for illegally importing counterfeit collectible Disney pins from China and selling them over the Internet. Larry James Allred, 58, Walnut, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count of trademark infringement with sentencing enhancements for property loss over $200,000 and admitted a 1975 prior strike conviction for rape and a 1978 prior strike conviction for kidnapping and rape. He is expected to be sentenced to eight years in state prison and ordered to pay $201,000 restitution at his sentencing July 15, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-49, Central Justice Center. Continue reading

A Lesbian wedding at Tokyo Disney and Marvel characters at Hong Kong’s Disney?


Marvel Comics lesbians

Why does it seem that Disney’s Asian resorts are having a lot more fun than we are here in Orange County?  Tokyo’s Disneyland hosted a gay wedding on Friday which went viral on social media there, the NYT reports:

“My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!” Ms. Higashi, 28, wrote in a Twitter post that also had a picture of the newlyweds posing with the big-eared Disney characters and a flower-festooned cake. Her entry was reposted more than 6,000 times, drawing largely positive responses. Continue reading