Heather Irene Justus

My blogging here is not an endorsement of any other opinion but my own. I'm no longer new to blogging, I've been writing locally and nationally since 2007 starting here at the Liberal OC. I was born in New York and grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and currently live in Aliso Viejo. I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in English and Film and eventually may go back to school, but I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. Until then, I work and write and try to do something useful here in the OC by using the word to point out the things that make me frustrated. It's a daily struggle. Issues that peak my interest the most are environmental (yes, I don't just 'believe" in climate change, I listen to all those whacky scientists), gender and body issues (women deserve equal pay, I'm a feminist too, crazy) to the continuing widening economic gap we are not enjoying here in the US (which ties to education, stagnant wages and debt). So many issues, but those are the top three right now. I am an unabashed corgi lover, nerd and all around strange girl. I am lucky enough to be raising a wonderful daughter as well and enjoying being unmarried.

The Republican War on Public Education

Our Public School System is under attack, not just in Florida or San Diego but in Orange County as well. There are experiments happening all over the US to test exactly what the best means would be to destroy our public schools and right now, the easiest seems to be from the inside out.

Caption This, or Else

I’m sorry, it’s gotten way too serious around here. What happened to the carefree Liberal OC I knew? Please, everyone breathe and take the time to caption this damn picture, or else. I don’t know what the or else is, maybe I will draw a little black mustache on your candidate of choice for supervisor.

Jenna and Laura Bush are coming to the OC

First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and teacher, and daughter Jenna Bush will be paying a visit to Irvine in May to celebrate the publication of their new children’s book, “Read All About It!” Books/tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. at A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe, 4199 Campus Drive, Suite A, Irvine.The…

Great Southern California ShakeOut

No, this post isn’t about the pending avalanche of new taxes about to be unleashed against Southern Californians, it’s about the massive Earthquake drill that will be the largest in US History.  It’s that kind of “ShakeOut”. The earthquake scenario that has been developed gives us a glimpse into our future–and an earthquake of this…

Blackwater in California under False Pretenses

Yes, Blackwater lied. I know, crazy isn’t it? One of the largest profiteers of the Iraq War has been deceitful in attempting to get a permit to use a 61,000 square foot existing building as a training facility in South San Diego County, just miles from the California/Mexican border. Blackwater abandoned plans to build a…

Shocked – OC Register Readers want to legalize Pot?

Nature’s Wellness Collective was caught between State and Federal drug law just a couple of months ago when Federal Agents raided the marijuana dispensary.  It has since reopened and is distributing marijuana to those with written permission from a doctor.  Bob Adams, owner of the dispensary on 830 E. Lincoln Ave., said Drug Enforcement Agency agents…