According to Webster’s Online DictionaryÃ‚Â homophobia is defined as “prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality”.Ã‚Â Yesterday here on the Liberal OC we were all exposed to homophobia in its purest form.Ã‚Â In a post written by Andrew Davey entitled “Help Equality for All Stop Legalized Discrimination This Weekend!” someone using the pseudonym “Centaurs For Equality” posted remarks that equated same-sex marriage to beastiality and pedophilia.
The first post which came at 2:52 PM yesterday read, “Would this event include those who want to legalize marriage between a human and an animal?Ã‚Â Centaurs For Equality”.Ã‚Â They followed up that nugget of wisdom with another post at 3:51 PM which read, “Would I qualify as a member of NAMBLA?Ã‚Â A Centaur needs his lovinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ as well.”
These comments were extremely distasteful and led to many folks contacting me about them.Ã‚Â We at the LiberalOC believe that we should have a free and open forum to discuss and debate issues.Ã‚Â For the most part, unlike other local blogs, we do not censor peoples comments.Ã‚Â That is why we allowed these insensitive remarks to remain posted on our site.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â However we have chosen toÃ‚Â investigate who was behind these posts using our system thatÃ‚Â has the ability to track theÃ‚Â IP addresses of those posting comments on our site.Ã‚Â We were all shocked by what we discovered.
The postsÃ‚Â written by “Centaurs For Equality” came from the IP address 18.104.22.168.Ã‚Â According to the American Registry for Internet Numbers or ARIN that IP address is from AT&T Internet Services and is registered to Tardif Sheet Metal.Ã‚Â In fact IP addresses 22.214.171.124 thru 126.96.36.199 are all registered to Tardif according to ARIN’s database.
So just who is Tardif Sheet Metal?
Tardif SheetÃ‚Â Sheet Metal is a local Santa Ana company located on East Fourth Street and it is owned by Mike Tardif.Ã‚Â Tardif I am toldÃ‚Â is quite friendly with State Senator Lou Correa.Ã‚Â I am reasonaby certain that Senator Correa would not care to associate himself with these homophobic remarks. He would most likely, in my opinion, condem them.Ã‚Â
Tardif has been in the spotlight recently as one of the main opponents to Santa Ana’s controversial Renaissance Specific Plan.Ã‚Â Tardif has led the fight against the plan on behalf of the industrial property owners within the plan area.Ã‚Â Tardif and his allies have become fixtures at almost every meeting at which the plan is being discussed.
As a result of his involvement in fighting the Renaissance Plan Tardif hooked up with the folks opposing Measure D.Ã‚Â Tardif became a major opponent of D.Ã‚Â Tardif even created “No on D” buttons and handed them out at Santa Ana City Council Meetings. I know many of the people who opposed Measure D, and I figure tey don’t care to be associated with such comments.
This is not the first time that someone from Tardif’s IP addresses has posted on this site, it is however the first time that they have posted something so despicable.Ã‚Â On occasion they have posted using other pseudonym’s and gone after our fellow blogger Sean Mill and they have also posted defending the Logan Barrio.Ã‚Â The pseudonyms used by this IP address include:Ã‚Â “Centaurs for Equality”, “Dick Cabeza”, “Dick Cabesa”, “PeaceLove&Grenade’s”, “Mike Tardif”, “Jack Bauer”, “Santa Ana Lover”, “Mose”, “Anonymous” and anon.
We are not saying that Mike Tardif is the person that wrote these homophobic remarks, we are however saying that it was someone using a computer at his place of business.Ã‚Â We at the LiberalOC ask that Mr. Tardif come clean about who at Tardif Sheet Metal was behind posting these insensitive remarks.Ã‚Â If it was him, he should fess up and apologize.Ã‚Â If it was one of his employees, he should discipline them .
Homophobia, racism and bigotry will not be tolerated here at the LiberalOC.Ã‚Â If you choose to engage in such behavior on this site, we will either call you out, delete your comments, or both.Ã‚Â We encourage the other OC blogs to do the same if this occurs on their sites. Mr. Tardif the balls in your court.Ã‚Â We hope you will do the right thing?
On February 8th Mr. Tardif posted his phone number on this site andÃ‚Â let folks know that he and others look forward to working with the residents of Santa Ana to defeat the Renaissance Plan.Ã‚Â Well we at the LiberalOC would like for Tardif and company to help us defeat homophobia and bigotry.Ã‚Â Maybe our readers would like to give him a call at (714) 547-7135 and encourage him to join us in that fight.