OC’s Scariest Bloggers

Scariest Bloggers 09

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…

Pirate Adam#10  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?”  Adam’s columns include admissions that pregnant women pass him on the walking trails and why it’s so hard to find a sub sandwich in Irvine at 3 AM (could those two be connected somehow?).  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. 

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 actually live here.  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.

mark landsbaum#9   Mark Landsbaum– It’s not Global Warming.  It’s Climate Change.  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 a role in it, he’ll deny it.  Orly Taitz with a beard and no accent.

Chip Hanlon#8   Chip Hanlon– Believes strongly that the only way for Republicans to regain control is go further and harder to the right.  Libertarians, moderate Republicans, and independents have no voice.  Which is why Republicans will be wandering the wilderness for several more elections.  It’d be nice for Chip to actually acknowledge that Republicans — here and nationally – never actually govern according to their principles.  But Chip is to be admired for taking the high road in a diary entry about Art Pedroza by removing it.  But he shouldn’t be surprised when this simple courtesy isn’t returned.

Gustavo Arellano#7    Gustavo Arellano– Gustavo is perhaps one of the more talented and successful writers in OC today.  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.  Specifically, Gustavo called for Vlad Guerrero to hang up his spikes for failing to get a clutch hit in game #2 of the ALCS.  For shame Gustavo.  Perhaps Chone Figgins 3-for-35 playoff batting in nine games with an average of .130 against the Yankees, Bobby Abrieu’s .160 average, 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. 

But no. Gustavo went after Vlad, who batted .370 against the Yankees – a full .170 points high than the Halo’s next best hitter.  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.

paullucas.jpg#6    Paul Lucas — Announced, last August, with much fanfare that he was “acquired” by another blog to write a weekly column.  Here it is, nearly November, and there have been only two Jannie Reports.  Weekly or weakly?  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). 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?”

John Fleischman (Blogger)

John Fleischman (Blogger)

#5   Jon Fleischman– We have to admit, there must be some sort of physical fitness requirement in order to blog for the FlashReport.  Adam Probolsky is passed by pregnant women on a walking trail and just 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.  

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.  Between the two of them, there’s one testicle and no backbones, but plenty of thin skin.

#4   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.  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.  And if we could nail down any possible name on the Krom contributor’s list, we’ll guess she might have given less than $99.  So, we’re going to call Red Vixen out as a liar and declare she’s never given money to the Krom campaign but just says she has.  Prove us wrong RV.  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 love each other (is there a mirror handy?).  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).  Art claims to have never met Red Vixen, which is scary in itself.  Allowing an anonymous blogger to blog without having met?  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).  Bruce wasn’t.  At least, she should apologize for the error. That’s what a decent person would do. But a decent person, she’s not.

#3   Terry Crowley – It takes a brave man to use the words “carpet chewers” to deride liberals.  That, or someone who posts from Denver and has no real connection to the OC other than he used to live here.  At least Terry should use the correct term, “carpet licker” or “carpet muncher” to deride lesbians like Rachel Maddow.  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.  But Terry is a true “Teabagger” and this definition, from Urban Dictionary.com, fits Terry to a “T”: A Republican who:

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    1. Protests taxation WITH representation (just because you disagree with it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist).
    2. Thinks colonial Americans were prophetic, just because they lived during an earlier time period
    3. Falsely claims that the 2009 Teabagging Festival was “bipartisan”
    4. Agrees with Joe the Plumber on most major issues
    5. Agrees with Glenn Beck, but can’t explain exactly what he or they stand for
    6. Doesn’t understand Constitutional law
    7. Doesn’t understand what democracy is
    8. Blindly uses the words “socialism” and “communism” without knowing what the #$%^ they mean
    9. Claims not to be a Republican
    10. Criticizes Democrats, even though their own party has been in office for the past 8 years
    11. Thinks the GOP needs to be “more conservative” to get more votes
    12. Will listen to every high school dropout before hearing the opinion of ONE intellectual
    13. Believes that Fox News is “fair and balanced”
    14. Claims to be independent, but certainly doesn’t have any liberal beliefs, and listens to guest speakers from the CPAC conference
    15. Is a closet anarchist/Paultard
    16. Thrives on a mob mentality
    17. Prides himself/herself on doing everything he/she has made fun of when Bush was in office
    18. Says things like “Where’s MY bailout” without understanding how the economy works
    19. Like Glenn Beck, has an extremely high word-to-meaning ratio
    20. Uses TONS of words from the GOPAC memos of 1990

#2    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.  The truth is, blogging anonymously invites us to dismiss your comments more easily because you don’t contribute to the debate, you just make noise.

#1.  Tony Bushala, FFFF, a first class bully and hypocrite.  Makes us actually hope Linda Ackerman wins the AD-72 election just to watch him whine.  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.  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).  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.  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?  Congrats Tony…you are our scariest blogger of the year.

Space Commander Pedroza

Space Commander Pedroza

But what about last year’s winner, Art Pedroza?  What about him indeed. 

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.  It’s pretty well documented how often he makes stuff up out of whole cloth.  For example, suggesting Janet Nguyen somehow has instructed us to go after some enemy of hers, or writing a post saying we are actively trying to find out who his clients are.  

But Art isn’t scary.  He’s a clownshoe.  A chucklehead.  He shouldn’t be and isn’t taken seriously. 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.  Is that “Mike Duvall backs Hugh Nguyen” post still up?

Some people have a clown phobia.

We don’t.

Happy Halloween.

  11 comments for “OC’s Scariest Bloggers

  1. October 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Let’s see, four of your listed “scary” bloggers blog for me (Tony cross posts his FFFF posts on the Orange Juice).

    But I am not scary? Indeed I am a clown?

    LOL! Laugh while you can monkey boys – and we just added progressive Duane Roberts to our mix. Why things are bound to get even scarier for you hack Dems.

    BTW, we are now averaging over a thousand more visits to our site on a daily basis compared to you guys.

    Hopefully you will at least get a good load of Halloween candy this year to salve your wounded egos.

  2. October 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Art, you are so predictable. If your numbers are actually real, why won’t you disclose you Quantcast numbers?

    Anyone who brags how “big” they are as much as you do, is usually a liar.

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    October 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Art — you announce new bloggers on a regular basis and they never come. Love how your blog has become a press release reprint service for politicians you like. Isn’t that what you criticize us and Red County for? But hey, we’re not afraid to publish our Quantcast numbers

  4. October 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Sabermetrics is HERESY.

  5. Adam D. Probolsky
    October 30, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Thanks Dan. I am honored to be on your list. Assuming high school wrestling photos are more interesting to you than watching paint dry then I feel like I’m doing an OK job and their is plenty of room for improvement. See you at the Truman Dinner.

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    October 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Anytime Adam. If you apply yourself, you’ll go higher on the list next year.

    Paint drying, grass growing…exactly what I’m getting at. High school wrestling photos are far more descriptive and pretty much the same thing. Some guy on the botton in an awkward position bound up by some guy grabbing body parts he shouldn’t be. High school wrestling photos as a metaphor for imagination. It’s not a stretch.

  7. October 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

    So readers don’t get confused, scary bloggers are scarry not like “Jason’s Back…” scary, more like someone talking to themselves on a street corner and shouting “Nixon” every 5 minutes

  8. October 31, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    “Nice” and persistent doesn’t work to shake up the powers that be in the city of Fullerton. People tried that, Tony even tried it. But for so long they’ve rested on their faux-laurels, the net result being that critics are easily dismissed.

    Tony’s style is all those things you say. He’s a bully, he’s impulsive, rash and also like that six year old kid you just want to throttle. But unlike any other critic, he’s got their attention. He’s called for changes, and has garnered results. Who else would have pointed out that the current redevelopment plan is overreaching and overstated? Who else would have caused a ruckus about the MacDonalds? Who else would have found out that Ackerman lives not in Fullerton, but Irvine? And who else would have found out that they fibbed by “renting” a room in some dude’s house? (This last anecdote is hilarious, really).

    Obviously, given the letters from Bankhead, etc, they’re willing to overlook at this truth. And this is the problem that has mired Fullerton for more than three decades.

    If arch sarcasm is what it took to get the powers that be a ruffled, and to get people who weren’t involved or even interested to pay attention, then that’s as much a statement about our population in general. They watch reality TV, they’ll get in on FFFF.

    But to this I add, congratulations to Tony! It is an honor to make at least one liberal oc’er quake in his boots. You should at least make him a giant belt buckle like they have in World Federation Wrestling, or a piece of giant gold bling. That would underscore the absolute silliness of your tirade.

    And condolences to Art Pedroza. I’m very sorry he’s not that scary anymore. Certainly he should try to get his bling back next year.

  9. RHackett
    October 31, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I bet the rank and file deputies are just pleased as punch that someone gave Jonny Flash a uniform with a badge and a gun.

  10. Dan Chmielewski
    November 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    “Who else would have pointed out that the current redevelopment plan is overreaching and overstated? Who else would have caused a ruckus about the MacDonalds? Who else would have found out that Ackerman lives not in Fullerton, but Irvine? And who else would have found out that they fibbed by “renting” a room in some dude’s house?”

    -ah, I believe these were all reported in the Register. Ackerman’s Irvine residence was hardly a secret.

    There’s a difference between sarcasm and the sort of stuff Tony does. He’s not taken seriously outside of a small circle of people who do. He has no accountability for his actions which are beyond mean-spirited.

    But I find it interesting you felt my post was a tirade when posts like “Fart Boy” are sarcasm. There’s a lot of humor in the post. And Art Pedroza has no bling. So hwo could he get it back?

  11. Preston
    November 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Judge Land and now judge Carter, smack down the crazies (case dismissed), poor little Birthers.

    Not even “Fake News” Bill O’Reilly believes the crazies, how funny.

    http://belowthebeltway.com/2009/10/29/bill-oreilly-slams-orly-taitz/

    To all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true (TOUGH WHEN YOU KEEP LOSING CASES), if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories. You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess they were in on it.

    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    I heard that she now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC).

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