Throughout the local blogosphere you are able to find all kinds of folks sharing their idea’s and opinions on almost every subject imaginable.Ã‚Â When it comes to the political blogs you will find the same thing.Ã‚Â You’ll find folks on the right and folks on the left and everywhere in between.Ã‚Â For the most part you’ll find decent caring folks who just want to get things off their chest and who hope that their written words may lead towards creating a better society for us all.Ã‚Â
Sadly for one local blog and for two of it’s blogger’s in particular they view the blogosphere as weapon to attack and slander.Ã‚Â Over the past couple of days that blog and those bloggers have crossed the line and demonstrated that any decency that they may have had is long gone.Ã‚Â As a result of their actions they have forever damaged the reputation of their blog and everyone associated with it, not to mention sullied the image of all the local political blogs.
The Orange Juice and in particular Art Pedroza and Sarah Michelle Spinosa decided to jump the shark and used that blog toÃ‚Â viciously attackÃ‚Â people that they have political differences with in a very personal manner.Ã‚Â Spinosa in a post insinuated that a well known local politician whoÃ‚Â is marriedÃ‚Â and a local journalist were involved in some sort of hanky panky because they were seen at a local restaurant together.Ã‚Â I believe the term used by Spinosa was “canoodling”.Ã‚Â Despite not knowing the specifics surrounding the meeting did not stop Spinosa from making insinuations and in turn slandering the two individuals involved.
Pedroza on the other hand has long left decency out of blogging.Ã‚Â He views blogging as a bloodsport and brags about his personal and vicious attacks on local political figures.Ã‚Â Pedroza’s latest escapade may be his lowest and that is pretty bad considering how low he has set the bar.Ã‚Â On Saturday night Pedroza posted a vicious personal attack on Santa Ana Police Chief and candidate for OC Sheriff Paul Walters.Ã‚Â The basis for the attack, Walters divorce settlement.
Paul Walters divorce settlement, while salacious, has no place in a political battle.Ã‚Â That is between he and his ex-wife and not the entire blogosphere.Ã‚Â The information divulged in that settlement has no bearing on whether or not Paul Walters will make a good Sheriff or not.Ã‚Â The information divulged in that settlement is nobodies business other than Walters and his ex-wife.Ã‚Â ForÃ‚Â someone to publish that information in an attempt to tear down the Chief politically it speaks to what type of person they really are.
I know both Chief Walters and his new wife Mary, in fact I have known Mary for close to 20 years, and they are both good and decent people.Ã‚Â I am saddened to see their lives dragged into the gutter just because a local blogging bully wants to try and score some political points against the Chief.
In the past I have drawn the line when people have taken potshots at my mother, Thomas Gordon’s mother or Art Pedroza’s family members just because they did not like our politics.Ã‚Â When a whacko who is infamous in the local blogosphere kept bringing up Pedroza’s brother’s suicide I banned every single comment that person posted because I did not want to giveÃ‚Â someone so despicable a platform.Ã‚Â I now hope that this blog and all other local blogs will do the same with Art Pedroza and Sarah Michele Spinosa.
Recently a truce was declared between this blog and the Orange Juice in an attempt to stop petty bickering.Ã‚Â However theÃ‚Â actions of Spinosa and PedrozaÃ‚Â make it impossible for me to remain silent.Ã‚Â From this point forward I will not allow any link to the Orange Juice on any of my posts.Ã‚Â I urge Chris Prevatt and the others at this blog to remove any and all links to that blog from this site.Ã‚Â If we allow them to remain we too are culpable for allowing this slander against Chief Walters and others to be deciminated.
I am sure that some will now attack me for exposing a local bigot’s legal troubles as a means to defend Pedroza’s actions now.Ã‚Â That’s apples and oranges my friends.Ã‚Â WhenÃ‚Â legal documentationÃ‚Â was brought to me about a local Republican elected’s failure to pay child support for their illegitimate child I sat on it.Ã‚Â I never considered blogging it because it has nothing to do with his political life.
I know that most of the folks at that blog are more concerned with making our community a better place than they are destroying the lives of those involved in the governing it.Ã‚Â Thomas Gordon and I have had many discussions on this very subject and while I may not agree with him on all the issuesÃ‚Â I know in my heart that he is deeply motivated to make SantaÃ‚Â Ana a better place.Ã‚Â The same goes for Luis Rodriguez and former blogger Claudio Gallegos.
In the case of Pedroza and others atÃ‚Â the Orange Juice I must ask these questions:Ã‚Â Is nothing out of bounds?Ã‚Â Is there no level to which one should notÃ‚Â stoop to try and make political points?Ã‚Â Have you no decency?Ã‚Â Have you no shame?