The Happy Puppet(s)



Later this afternoon (schedule permitting), I will be swinging by The Eli Home in Anaheim to drop off a check and a couple of unwrapped gifts for kids…in this case, delightful finger puppets for kids 3 to 99 years old.  The check is from me for the good work the Eli Home does and the finger puppets will be donated in the name of “Greg Diamond and Friends.”  I’m sure Diamond and his friends won’t mind since the toys, which are quite charming, are going to kids who really need a reason to smile and not just for the holiday season.

I attended the Jordan Brandman fundraiser Wednesday night at El Torito in Anaheim to help Jordan retire his debt from the 2012 election cycle.  The event was very well attended including representatives from OCEA, who wrote checks.  Frank Barbaro, the former chairman of the DPOC, called in sick but made a sizable donation. Yes, Curt Pringle was there (I asked him for my check since I’m allegedly on his payroll and we both had a good laugh about it) but he was there for only about 10 minutes.  Gail Eastman was there too, but I didn’t see her and she was gone before Brandman began his speech.  Both Lucille Kring and Kris Murray missed the event to work commitments.  Tom Tait didn’t show up.  Jose Solorio did as he gears up for his state senate campaign.

Brandman addressed the assembled crowd of mostly Democrats (about 100) to talk about the progress the city of Anaheim has made in the past year.  If you get on Anaheim news exclusively from the blogsphere, you’d think that Anaheim’s situation was practically dystopian compared with the forward-thinking and optimistic picture Brandman painted.  He talked about big picture job creating projects in the city coupled with simple things like streetlight replacement, pothole repairs and sidewalk replacement that is happening throughout the city.

There’s no question, Anaheim has its divides and ones I believe can be repaired with a new Mayor in the form of Democrat Lorri Galloway who has a strong track record of working across the aisle with Republican council members to get good things accomplished.  Should she be elected, her biggest obstacle is likely a difficult relationship with Brandman.  I’d like to think they can agree enough to bury the hatchet and move the city forward in a more unified fashion.

During the meet-and-greet section of the party, I had a lot of Democrats seek me out to talk about Party official and OJ blogger Greg Diamond and the embarrassing puppet show before an Anaheim city council meeting (sorry, I’m not naming names).  The general message was: “if you want any city council majority to hear your message or even consider your point of view, belittlement via a puppet show isn’t the way to go.”  Folks were embarrassed he is a party official.  Additionally, the suggestion that the Party has to pick a social justice path versus a pro-business path was wrong when it can and should be both.  With OCEA in attendance — and making a contribution to Brandman — perhaps that can serve as a signal to those in our party so opposed to Brandman that perhaps the mind they need to change is their own.

There were several suggestions that to serve the best interests of the Party, Diamond should step down from his leadership role.

Because it was a party, I brought one of the three sets of finger puppets I ordered online and suggested we donate one set to the Anaheim city attorney so when the CATER response is prepared, it can be communicated via a finger puppet show.  A surprising number of folks have read Diamond’s eight page letter of demands and are still scratching their heads over CATER’s demands — that letter is considered unfocused and almost unreadable.

But in case you missed it, you can view the finger puppet show here.  It’s on YouTube and it’s still an embarrassment.

  11 comments for “The Happy Puppet(s)

  1. Dan Chmielewski
    December 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Ran out of time. Will be mailing the check and the puppets.

  2. Greg Diamond
    December 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for the donation in my name, Dan. And thanks for continuing to promote the 8 a.m. Monday morning puppet show. I’m happy for as many people as possible to watch it.

    I’d also appreciate your linking to CATER’s complaint letter — whatever its real or imagined deficiencies — if you dare. The more it gets read by people — especially those who may be less well-informed about this issue but more fair-minded given their less deep involvement in politics — the better. You, wittingly or not, help there.

    I’m sure that many good Democrats attended Brandman’s fundraiser. They have to get along with him and the other heavy hitters — or at least pretend to — until such time as distancing oneself becomes necessary. (Speaking of which — is Brandman still District Director for one of the Calderons?)

    Beyond that, I’ll answer your comments over at the better-read venue where I write. I was going to offer you a taste of that — but given my workload I think that I’ll save my reply for sometime after Monday’s DPOC holiday party, which perhaps you’ve timed this in hopes of spoiling. Happy Holidays, Dan.

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    December 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Greg. I was unable to get to the Eli Home today. Because I’m actually busy working with billable hours unlike yourself. If you like me to drop off one set of finger puppets at the DPOC offices so you have save them money with a holiday puppet show open mike night, just say the word. Don’t forget your clown shoes.

  4. Greg Diamond
    December 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Contrary to your gracious assumption, I’m busy working with billable hours myself, which is the main reason that an appropriate reply will take longer than I’d like. Thanks in advance for the gift of puppets, also; I’m sure that I’ll be able to put them to good use.

  5. December 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    You saw Jordan, Dan? How neat. I’m sure you took the opportunity to ask a few questions of that good Democrat.

    For example, I’m sure you asked the good Democrat, as you long ago promised my friend Ricardo that you would, why he appointed to the Citizens Advisory Board a woman – Amanda Edinger – whose entire Facebook page, going back for years, has been dedicated to denying citizenship to the children of Mexican immigrants?

    And maybe you asked the good Democrat why he fought so hard to give away $158 million of taxes to a millionaire client of Curt Pringle, without the slightest guarantee that he would hire local OR union labor to build his taxpayer-subsidized luxury hotel?

    I bet you probably also asked him why he tried to change the council’s procedures so that the Mayor couldn’t put anything on the agenda without a SECOND (knowing full well that none of the majority agree with him on anything?) I mean, I know you’re so well-versed in the Business of Baseball that you think this Mayor has no valid questions or concerns, but hey, aren’t we Democrats about free speech and open debate?

    Please tell us what this good Democrat Jordan answered to these important questions that I’m sure you asked!

    (Meanwhile your pal Matt has outdone himself, making great humor out of the 2009-12 police shootings, with -haha!- a teddy bear. What a guy. Here, I’ll blog-whore FOR him: )

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    December 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

    No Vern. I wrote him a check and wished him a Merry Christmas.

  7. December 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Yeah, that’s sorta what I really figured.

    Your promises mean nothing.

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    December 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hand puppets delivered along with a check for $200. Care to match me dollar for dollar Vern?

  9. jose s.
    December 18, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Cheminowski, I saw the video and i dont see anything embarrassing about it unlike the embarrassment of your ridiculous lawsuit against the douchebag pedroza.

  10. December 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Ask Prevatt, Gallegos or Trabuco if they thought it was an embarrassment

  11. Jose s.
    December 21, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Why would I ask them? My opinion is all that matters.

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