It’s time for All Hallow’s Eve and another rendition of OC’s Scariest Bloggers; this is an informal list we talk about at Drinking Liberally and we’re expanding it a bit to include regular commenters.
We’ll count it down…
#10Â Adam Probolsky– A blogger for both Red County and Flash Report and the winner of the “most boring columnist” competition in “so you think you can write for the Register” courtesy of his Irvine World News column. Adam Probolsky proves the axiom driving a hot car will score you a hot chick even if everyone else goes “huh?”Â Adam’s columns include admissions that pregnant women pass him on the walking trails and why it’s so hardÂ to find a sub sandwich in Irvine at 3 AM (could those two be connected somehow?).Â Scary for two reasons in particular: he uses his IWN column to go after progressive politicians in Irvine and #2, the Register actually pays him for this drivel.Â
I like seeing Adam show up at things like the Obama town hall meeting in Orange County just to see his jaw drop at all those Democrats in attendance whom he had no idea actuallyÂ live here.Â We suspect Adam has pictures of Frank Mickadeit naked with Satan which is the only way we can explain the IWN column. And his blog posts are about as interesting as high school wrestling photos.
#9Â Â Mark Landsbaum– It’s not Global Warming.Â It’s Climate Change.Â He’s the master of cherry picking a factoid and building a story around it. No matter how much evidence stacks up that Climate Change is going on and humans play aÂ role in it, he’ll deny it.Â Orly Taitz with a beard and no accent.
#8Â Â Chip Hanlon– Believes strongly that the only way for Republicans to regain control is go further and harder to the right.Â Libertarians, moderate Republicans, and independents have no voice.Â Which is why Republicans will be wandering the wilderness for several more elections.Â It’d be nice for Chip to actually acknowledge that Republicans — here and nationally –Â never actually govern according to their principles.Â But Chip is to be admired for taking the high road in a diary entry about Art Pedroza by removing it.Â But he shouldn’t be surprised whenÂ this simple courtesy isn’t returned.
#7Â Â Â Gustavo Arellano– Gustavo is perhaps one of the more talented and successful writers in OC today.Â And while he delights in using cuss words in his blog post on Navel Gazing and downright encourages the bad behavior between other blogs in OC, he makes this list soley for his appalling lack of appreciation for the finer points of the game of baseball.Â Specifically, Gustavo called for Vlad Guerrero to hang up his spikes for failing to get a clutch hit in game #2 of the ALCS.Â For shame Gustavo.Â Perhaps Chone Figgins 3-for-35 playoff batting in nine games with an average of .130 against the Yankees, Bobby Abrieu’s .160 average,Â or Scott Kazmir’s pitiful pitching with an ERA of 7.71 and a series ending killer error in the 8th inning of game six, should have been the focus of that blog post.Â
But no.Â Gustavo went after Vlad, who batted .370 against the Yankees – a full .170 points high than the Halo’s next best hitter.Â Two words: Bill James. Read it, live it, love it. Better still. have a conservation with our pal Howard Bryant of ESPN Magazine, who speaks fluent Spanish.
#6Â Â Â Paul Lucas — Announced, last August,Â with much fanfare thatÂ he was “acquired” by another blog to write a weekly column.Â Here it is, nearly November, and there have been only two Jannie Reports.Â Weekly or weakly?Â And interestingly enough, everyone who blogs here at the Liberal OC is, according to Paul, a “full throated Jannie” by association, even though Paul and Art Pedroza are the only bloggers in OC who have actually written checks to Janet (Paul asked for and got his back because it was for a defense fund).Â What’s Art’s excuse? But none of us here have written Janet a check, but Paul and Art both gave her money…and we’re “Jannies?”
#5Â Â Jon Fleischman– We have to admit, there must be some sort of physical fitness requirement in order to blog for the FlashReport.Â Adam Probolsky is passed by pregnant women on a walking trail and justÂ listen to Jon Fleischman huff and puff from the curb to the front door of Dick Ackerman’s house in Irvine (NorthPark neighborhood, isn’t it?), we’re shocked that Fleischman meets the physical fitness standard to wear a Sheriff’s Uniform on any day but Halloween.Â Â
We enjoyed reading about the dust up between Fleischman and Pedroza over Art’s lifting of a “private” video from Jon’s YouTube account of a visit to Ackerman’s Irvine home.Â Between the two of them, there’s one testicle and no backbones, but plenty of thin skin.
#4Â Â Red Vixen– She wants to be treated as a legitimate member of the press but won’t reveal a name; and she’s an anonymous blogger for a site posing as a “legitimate” news organization — that’s two strikes right there.Â She claims to have contributed money to Beth Krom’s campaign, but we’ve scoured the reports and there’s no record of a “Red Vixen” contribution anywhere.Â And if we could nail down any possible name on the Krom contributor’s list, we’ll guessÂ she might have given less than $99.Â So, we’re going to call Red Vixen out asÂ a liar and declare she’s never given money to the Krom campaign but just says she has.Â Prove us wrong RV.Â Indications are, from third party sources and similar writing styles, that Red Vixen is a Irvine resident who teaches in Santa Ana and we think it’s just adorable when RV and Jill Puich have conversations with each other in comments section on OJ about how much they loveÂ each other (is there a mirror handy?).Â Â Speaking of handy, “Jack Handy” has some theories on this but has doesn’t have the legal services of Jim Lacy at his disposal (an inside FaceBook joke).Â Art claims to have never met Red Vixen, whichÂ is scary in itself.Â Allowing an anonymous blogger to blog without having met?Â Does that strike you as good judgement? (Doh, we’re talking about Pedroza, there’s no good judgement).
Post a comment on OJ under your own name that takes a contrarian view and you can count on Red Vixen to Google you and post every personal detail about you and your business, as she did to the late Bruce Manning while accusing him of being on the Krom campaign payroll (while denouncing those who might do the same to Art Pedroza).Â Bruce wasn’t.Â At least, she should apologize for the error. That’s what a decent person would do. But a decent person, she’s not.
#3Â Â Terry Crowley – It takes a brave man to use the words “carpet chewers” to deride liberals.Â That, or someone who posts from Denver and has no real connection to the OC other than he used to live here.Â At least Terry should use the correct term, “carpet licker” or “carpet muncher”Â to deride lesbians like Rachel Maddow.Â I find it odd Art, who touts his ECCO endorsement at every moment, doesn’t edit these phrases, but he has a long history of making homophobic statements himself before seeing the light.Â But Terry is a true “Teabagger” and this definition, from Urban Dictionary.com,Â fits Terry to a “T”: A Republican who:
- Protests taxation WITH representation (just because you disagree with it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist).
- Thinks colonial Americans were prophetic, just because they lived during an earlier time period
- Falsely claims that the 2009 Teabagging Festival was “bipartisan”
- Agrees with Joe the Plumber on most major issues
- Agrees with Glenn Beck, but can’t explain exactly what he or they stand for
- Doesn’t understand Constitutional law
- Doesn’t understand what democracy is
- Blindly uses the words “socialism” and “communism” without knowing what theÂ #$%^ they mean
- Claims not to be a Republican
- Criticizes Democrats, even though their own party has been in office for the past 8 years
- Thinks the GOP needs to be “more conservative” to get more votes
- Will listen to every high school dropout before hearing the opinion of ONE intellectual
- Believes that Fox News is “fair and balanced”
- Claims to be independent, but certainly doesn’t have any liberal beliefs, and listens to guest speakers from the CPAC conference
- Is a closet anarchist/Paultard
- Thrives on a mob mentality
- Prides himself/herself on doing everything he/she has made fun of when Bush was in office
- Says things like “Where’s MY bailout” without understanding how the economy works
- Like Glenn Beck, has an extremely high word-to-meaning ratio
- Uses TONS of words from the GOPAC memos of 1990
#2Â Â Â Â Anonymous bloggers on Red County, FFFF, and Orange Juice — Why are you so afraid of posting something under your own names? Grown a pair or at least a spine.Â The truth is, bloggingÂ anonymously invites us to dismiss your comments more easily because you don’t contribute to the debate, you just make noise.
#1.Â Tony Bushala, FFFF, a first class bully and hypocrite.Â Makes us actually hope Linda Ackerman wins the AD-72 electionÂ just to watch him whine.Â Tony will complain about TheLiberalOC and Red County being a press release site and ignores the three press releases posted back-to-back-to-back on OJ last Monday.Â He complains about Ackerman signs in Santa Ana but says squat about Norby signs on the 5 freeway wall in Tustin (Northbound Lanes near Red Hill boys).Â He derides the free legal advice provided to the disgraced ex-sheriff and convicted felon Mike Carona, but gladly accepts free legal services from Jim Lacy.Â Reasoned debate? Who wants reasoned debate when Tony can resort to name-calling and fiction writing to deride an opponent in the best style of a sixth grade boy beating up a third grade girl? Tony wants open and accountable government – but who is he accountable to?Â Congrats Tony…you are our scariest blogger of the year.
But what about last year’s winner, Art Pedroza?Â What about him indeed.Â
Frankly, Art is only scary when sending text messages or emails (we’ve saved both..borderline extortion) threatening some of our bloggers over some perceived slight.Â Â It’s pretty well documented how often he makes stuff up out of whole cloth.Â For example, suggesting Janet Nguyen somehow has instructed us to go after some enemy of hers, orÂ writing aÂ post saying we are actively trying to find out who his clients are.Â Â
But Art isn’t scary.Â He’s a clownshoe.Â A chucklehead.Â He shouldn’t be and isn’t taken seriously.Â With the possible exception of Janet Nguyen and Lou Correa, an endorsement from OJ for a candidate or a ballot measure is the kiss of death.Â Is that “Mike Duvall backs Hugh Nguyen” post still up?
Some people have a clown phobia.