LiberalOC: 2008 Top Ten Scariest Bloggers

Scariest Bloggers 2008

  1. Art Pedroza – The Orange Juice Blog – Mr. Ready, Fire, Aim prides himself on a take no prisoners approach but has demonstrated a remarkably thin skin when it comes to criticism. Art’s “The Real Orange County Political Blog Rankings” were more a reflection of which poll had his blog ranked higher than anyone else’s. A Santa Ana Ward 3 council candidate reminds voters daily that the city has a multi-million dollar deficit but somehow knows where money can be found to build new libraries and parks. Advocates for more massage parlors and likely fantasizes about Janet Nguyen. Expected to happily finish no better than second on Election Day.
  2. Chuck DeVore – Red County/Flash Report/BlogDeVore – so far to the right, even Republicans roll their eyes. Chuck makes the list for using a blog post about a religious smear against a Muslim city council candidate as an excuse to raise money for the bigot who uttered it. He also makes the list for taking credit for coining and popularizing the term “Nanny State” that first originated in a British magazine in 1964 when Chuck was still a toddler. Also suggests that if Prop 8 fails, mothers will marry sons and fathers will marry daughters to avoid paying estate taxes. I wish we could say we were making this up.
  3. Jon Fleischman – The Flash Report – Regularly browbeats Republican lawmakers into pledges of no new taxes (even for closing loopholes in a luxury boat tax). Issues policy statements. Active in the Party but never runs for elected office in today’s Yacht Party. He makes the list because he hasn’t written or spoken substantially about Mike Carona’s indictment, resignation, and tape recordings in a year despite being one of Carona’s biggest shills. Shameful.  Pardon me, I should have said the indicted, resigned, humilitated, hypocritical ex-Sheriff Mike Carona.  Jesus is reviewing the status of their personal relationship. And John was Mike’s biggest shill.
  4. Mark LandsbaumOrange Punch – Global warming is nothing but hype. Obama is an empty suit. Al Gore is a hypocrite.  Yours in Christ, Mr. Three Trick Pony.
  5. Matt Cunningham (we refuse to call him Jubal) - – With an impending Obama election and big blue coattails impacting many downticket races, Matt is about to get scarier. We appreciate the open dialogue Matt allows on Red County and that debates here with him are heated, but seldom personal, we need Matt around to show our kids what a conservative is and why conservatism is a failed ideology. You can always tell you’re winning a debate with Matt when he starts dropping phrases like Red Herring, Strawman, Fever Swamp, etc. Matt is the Ying to our Yang.
  6. Adam Aleman – Red County/Flash Report — Adam Aleman, who was working as an Assistant Assessor in San Bernardino County, was arrested for six felonies related to conducting political work while he should have been working on county business. He also pulled down a six figure taxpayer salary despite not having the skill set or experience to be an assistant assessor. That Orange jumpsuit looks fetching. Adam is looking a real jail time here. We’re actually scared for him.  Send him a thoughtful gift, like the complete series of OZ on DVD.
  7. Hugh Hewitt – – We almost forgot The Cowardly Lion.  He makes the list for hawking a book about Sarah Palin as thought she were abouyt to be edlected to something in DC.  And his “A Mormon in the White House” will make great kindling for your fireplace once it hits the remainder rack at Barnes & Noble  Hugh never lets facts get in the way of ideaology.
  8. Jonathan Constantine – Red County – Muslims are Scary. That’s all he has.
  9. Mike SpenceFlash Report – Gays are scary.  One trick pony.
  10. Chris PrevattThe – will draw the ire of commenters and bloggers alike, as well as elected officials, labor bosses, and his county managers. Probably still being stalked by Edgardo Reynoso. Paul Lucas still wants an apology from Chris, but we’re not sure for what. Walks that fine line between a county employee and a fired county employee.

Honorable mention:

Stephen SmithIrvine Tattler. Left off the list because the Tattler is not a blog. It’s a campaign tool for Christina Shea to rip Larry Agran down without sullying her hands. Stephen makes lots of mistakes, never corrects them and seems to have reading comprehension problems when it comes to links he posts as proof. The numbers on this site are terribly low and its clear its only read by true believers.

Cameron JacksonThe OC Show/KUCI. The blog needs work (no comments = no readers). And while this show got a “Best of OC” from OC Weekly, we have to wonder how. It’s a talk show that doesn’t take calls. Jackson uses the same damn the facts approach to spouting commentary that makes Bill O’Reilly look like a responsible and nuanced host. My blowdryer puts out more wattage than KUCI. My favorite recent rant was his filleting of Todd Gallinger with talking points provided by the Irvine Tattler.  But Steve and Cameron lack something important to be truly influential — readers.

Left off the list this year — Steven Greenhut, because we agree with him more than not.  And anyone who can start a fan club for Grover Cleveland — a Democrat — can’t be all bad.

  9 comments for “LiberalOC: 2008 Top Ten Scariest Bloggers

  1. October 31, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Man, I’m crushed.

  2. jose s.
    October 31, 2008 at 9:36 am

    i’m glad you included chris prevatt although i think he should have been higher on the list.

  3. October 31, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Funny, but where’s Martin Millard. I know you despise Art, but Costa Mesa’s self-appointed savior is far more influential than anyone in the blogosphere can ever hope to be–and THAT’S frightening.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    October 31, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I don’t despise Art; I think he’s ill-suited for public office and his thin skin on criticism of any sort on his blog is proof positive.

    I ran my list by Chris and Martin didn’t pop up either; I’ll have to start reading him more.

  5. October 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Damn it, Dan. What can I do to be more scary?

  6. October 31, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Whew! Dodged that bullet! I’m with Gustavo— what about that racist homophobe over at the CM Press? Talk about one scary dude!

  7. RHackett
    November 2, 2008 at 3:51 am

    I like Jonny Flash the most. His commentary on Carona during the last re-election is still one of the most priceless bits written.

    Money quotes:

    Over the years, I have come to know Carona as a man of strong integrity with a commitment to freedom and liberty, and a passion for public policy administration.

    If you didn’t know it, I work full-time in the media relations office of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. In that capacity, I get an insider perspective of Sheriff Carona.

    Mike Carona works tirelessly for the department.

    It doesn’t get much better.

    As was pointed out. If the FlashReport was your sole source of news
    you would have no idea that individual that Jonny Flash knows as a strong
    man of integrity was standing trial for any number of crimes that might
    make one believe there is a lack of integrity. I can only speculate that being an “insider” Jon knew all about the infidelity, money laundering, and kickback schemes that were part of Carona’s activities that were committments to freedom and liberty. If Jon didn’t, it sort of puts a dent in his “insider” claim. The best part is that Jon likes to rant and rave that taxes are forcibly taken (another right wing nut case position) yet had no problem taking a salary paid by those same forcibly taken taxes.

    If I could invent an ironometer my fortune would be made with that column alone. All with the needles pegged.

  8. bit-o-truth
    November 2, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Art’s not scary, he’s like every other new poli-pain, full of himself and willing to spew BS anytime about anything to try and get elected.

    Art would have to have some real power to be actualy “scary.”

    While I supported him in the begining, he has now become just another pain in the butt, I’m always right, pompious a** of the blog-o-sphere. The only thing I see scary about him is his ability to open his mouth and insert his feet, you gotta have a big mouth to get’em both in there, like he does. All you have to do is spit his own words back at him, he can argue for hours with himself. That’s not scary that’s pathetic.

    Hey Art, words have meaning, try thinking before you type, I know a unique concept in the bloggging world, but it’s not all about cut & paste, as is your favorite form of blogging and just writing some splashy BS headline.

    BTW Dan, I think the order in your first sentance was wrong about Art, it should have been, fire, aim, maybe get ready.

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