Past Stories

On the Cheap

Getting your ass back in college after a lengthy summer break of doing nothing (on top of doing absolutely nothing) is probably one of the most difficult feats to accomplish outside of having your appendix removed without the a...


Where Dreams May Come

Ray Bradbury dreamed about man’s great conquest long before President Kennedy voiced his proclamation and long before Neil Armstrong took his giant leap for mankind in 1969. Colleagues dismissed his talk as hogwash, but t...


Respect Thy Youngsters

Any musician who plays shows can talk extensively about shady promoters and shows that went horribly awry due to lack of planning, poor communication or poor ticket sales. Moreno Valley’s Women And Children Die First saw ...



Good Libations

Remember when you were young, and you’d go out to dinner with your parents, only to run into one of your teachers? Never was life more horrifying than in that moment. The only thing that would make it worse was…


Lost & Found

By Bill Gerdes   The workplace gets more and more competitive every year, and we need new degrees, certificates, or credentials to keep apace with the times, as well as advance into better job opportunities. Fortunately, t...


Escape the Fate at the Glass House

More and more screamo/metalcore bands are becoming the cartoonish ’80s hesher heroes depicted on their ironically hip retro t-shirts. Fists-aloft choruses; widdly guitars; increasingly, err, "involved" haircuts;...



Read the P.E. and Die

No one can accuse the Riverside Press-Enterprise of being of short on self-reflection–at least not anymore. Though the paper has shown a distinct lack of courage in the past about running inherently negative stories on it...


Creedence Clearwater Revisited

The questionable practice of the touring  "ghost band" has been in place for decades—ever since big name swing bandleaders like Benny Goodman and Count Basie began dying—but lately it has become a ste...


Stopping Power

The Desert Eagle .50 Action Express is a gas-operated, semiautomatic pistol, designed by the folks who brought us the .44 Magnum, and manufactured by the Israeli war machine. It is quite possibly the most powerful handgun in th...



NOT AS STUPID AS HE LOOKS

Maybe it’s the arrival of fall that’s got us feeling all giddy round= here, but we’re still laughing over the news that the as-of-Wednesday-unindicted = Rep. Jerry Lewis is blowing off a subpoena in the bribe...


Married With Children–and Women

Just as the polygamous alleged child rapist Warren Jeffs awaited trial, two filmmakers exposed him for the first time. On September 16, Damned to Heaven, a documentary that reveals the inner-workings of Jeffs’ polygamist ...


PEACE FEST

What’s that? A free festival for artsy environmental types and their kids who’re frustrated with the environmental damage caused by a complacent suburban lifestyle and therefore eager to change their wanton wasteful...



The Smiths’ tribute band

Tribute bands are usually a sucker’s bet, a sure indication that somewhere along the road you’ve lost any discernment whatsoever with the pop-culture nuggets you’ve let dissolve on your metaphorical palate. Th...


Crossings

To get to America, some people have climbed fences, hiked through deserts, lied their way past border agents or legally entered by wading through mounds of confusing paperwork. Some had to try four or five times before they suc...


Pitzer Goes Green

The Go Green movement in America has no shortage of Hollywood glitterati turning grimy oil-soaked fingers into fashionable photo-op tricks. Nor, for that matter, of exhorting common slack-jawed yokels to go beyond the paper-or-...