Sunday’s New York Times Magazine carried a fascinating story about how, once you’re on the web, you can live forever on the Internet.Â And that’s a lesson the Sarah Palin is learning as her people work feverishly to scrub comments she’s made on Facebook and Twitter with references like “targeting” and “reloading” in the wake of this weekend’s tragic shooting in Arizona.
Words have consequences.Â And it’s alot harder to take back words you’ve spoken once you’ve posted them online, as newly minted Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Sean Mill has tried to do.Â Mill is a regular bombthrower for the Orange Juice and New Santa Ana blogs and one quick to label anyone who disagrees with him a “hater.”Â Pretty powerful language.Â
When confronted with questions at last week’s Santa Ana city council meeting, Mill professed not to know that his BFF Art Pedroza listed him as a partner..a planning specialist..on Pedroza’s for-profit Santa Ana Business Association where Mill’s and Pedroza’s connections to the current city council were promoted to attract businesses seeking favor to join.Â We frankly find this pretty hard to believe especially how Mill himself crowed that he and Pedroza were “sitting in the catbird seat” after the last city elections.Â And the Santa Ana Business Association website has been up for months.Â
Good luck finding that “catbird seat”Â sentence online because scores of posts written by Sean H. Mill have been scrubbed from the Orange Juice blog and the New Santa Ana blog.Â In some cases, posts clearly written by Mill now carry the byline “Admin.”
This begs the question, what is Sean Mill trying to hide?
We sent emails to Mill, Pedroza and Orange Juice publisher/editor/owner in name only Vern Nelson asking that question.Â Mill hasn’t responded.Â Pedroza declined to comment but added, “I will say however that our writers own their content and can do as they please with it.”Â
Nelson was a little more direct, “I’m against giving you any kind of comment while you’re engaged in a lawsuit against Art and the blog.Â Except that I’m starting to see why Sean wanted that done.”Â
What isn’t clear is who exactly scrubbed the posts; at New Santa Ana, it was either Pedroza or Mill.Â And if it wasn’t Nelson at the Orange Juice, then Pedroza, who resigned after being “born-again,” still has administrative access to a blog he’s “given” to Nelson.Â And Mill mightÂ still has access even though he has resigned from that blog which scrubbed a factual post about crime rates in Santa Ana by Francisco Barragan close to election day because it didn’t fit Pedroza’s narrative for the city council elections (the post has since been restored).
Since no one will explain why the posts were scrubbed, we can only speculate.Â Deleting the posts allows Mill to claim “he never said that.” And it provide cover for Councilman Sal Tinajero to not be embarassed by things Mill has written in a public forum (emails and text messages with pretty foul language are quite another matter).Â
And while we are on the subject of Councilman Tinajero, I’m told he made a comment about a blog — and many in the crowd believed the comment was directed at us — that ran a photograph of his late father with bullet holes graphically inserted.Â I frankly challenge the councilman to produce a copy of said photo.Â I just completed a Internet search on Tinajero’s father and the only story I could find was this LA Times piece that contained circumstances of his death.Â There are no subsequent stories about the shooter being arrested or on trial. So if the councilman says he saw such an image and inferred it wasÂ on our blog, he is mistaken at best and lying at worst.
As Mill is now sworn in, he’s an appointed public official.Â And should he continue to carry out his duties as he has in the blogsphere, with verbal threats and promises of physical intimidation, we’ll call attention to it.