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An Open Letter to Orange County Republicans

Dear OC Republicans,

I am unable to vote in your gubernatorial primary, but I have one big favor to ask.

Please don’t vote for Meg Whitman.

Please don’t allow her to essentially buy the office of the governor, what with her spending almost 100 million dollars in the race so far. And that, my friends, was just for the party primary. Imagine the bazillions that would go into the state primary.

And don’t be swayed by her whole “I’m an outsider” schtick.

I’ve come to realize that as much as all politicians suck, it sucks even worse to have someone in an important position who has no knowledge of how the system works. And to think that the outsider is going to come into office and “change” everything is a pipe dream. Yes, the system sucks, but they are basically powerless to do anything about it.

We’ve already got a Republican “outsider” in office, and we’ve all seen how well that’s working.

Smooches,

Gina

P.S. Fine, don’t listen to me, then.

“Rule Of Law” Cities

It seems that both Costa Mesa and Yorba Linda have passed resolutions that, at the very least, affirm the immigration law recently passed in Arizona.

Where do you stand?

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No Tokes for You!

At least in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest

I don’t really care either way about the law, I just wish state and federal law weren’t differing, because it seems like it is costing a lot in lawsuits.

Boo to the City of Orange!

For actually taking to court a couple who is trying to reduce their water consumption.  They tore out their lawn and replaced it with fencing and drought-tolerant plants, but that didn’t appease the city.  Who (because I can’t believe it and I have to repeat it to myself) is now prosecuting them for not having a lawn!

In this age of being water-conscious, ridiculous!  As long as it isn’t endangering anyone and isn’t an eyesore, it is their private property to do with as they wish.

Good luck to the Has!

Orange County: The Crazies that Keep on Giving

I’ve been trying to stay away from the whole “birther” thing, I really have.  These people are completely nuts, and I fear for their sanity.  And I figured that writing about them would only encourage them more, so I definitely didn’t want to do that.

But, it seems that everyone is talking about them, and the Republicans behind the Orange Curtain are ground zero for the “movement.” I put that in quotes because I’m not sure a bunch of insane people qualify as a movement of any kind.  More like an epidemic.

Sigh.

It seems that the leaders of the crazies, Orange County lawyer Orly Taitz and Pastor Wiley Drake of Buena Park are based right here, and have a lawsuit that is currently making its way through the court systemin Santa Ana.  However, it is encouraging that some of the judges are prone to giving Ms. Taitz a good smackdown.

So now comes along two more dubious examples of OC crazy.  Judy Ahrens and John  Briscoe want Maya Angelou’s fantastic autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” banned from school libraries.  Seriously?  Way to put OC back in the Dark Ages J & J!  Their objection is to one part of the book in which Ms. Angelou describes being raped as a child.

I’ve read the book many times, and I don’t think that one passage should mean that the entire book is banned.  The work as a whole is moving and powerful, and already the book is restricted to being checked out by 8th graders only.  And listen, with all the stuff kids today watch, the scene is not as traumatizing to the “innocent children” as J & J would like you to believe.

But again, book banning? Seriously?

Please, crazies, you are giving the rest of us a bad name!

Newport Beach Officials Getting Rid of Fire Pits?

According to this article, Newport Beach officials are considering getting rid of 66 or so fire pits along the coast from the Balboa pier to Big Carona.

I just so happen to LOVE the fire pits.

I don’t know that I’ve used the ones in Newport as often as the ones around Huntington Beach, but my memories of them stretch back to high school, where we would all gather around and, uh, innocently have a good time.

Really, we weren’t all that bad.

But the rings have always been magnets for partygoers, as there is something sort of hypnotizing about a huge flaming pile of wood blazing at sunset and beyond.

Now we use the fire pits as a family.  My son loves nothing more than to hang out, play in the sand, have a picnic, and help his dad build the fire.

I hope that Newport doesn’t ban the use of the rings, but instead beefs up enforcement. 

And let’s hope that Huntington Beach doesn’t get any bright ideas from Newport, either.

Yet Another Entitled Politician

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This time the honor goes to Huntington Beach councilman Devin Dwyer, who apparently is unable to move his car in time for street sweeping and thinks he should get a pass.

There seems to be no really good reason why Mr. Dwyer can’t move his car in time, he just thinks that because he comes storming out of his home after the street sweeper has already gone by, that the city should simply make the sweeper back  up, sweep the affected area, and not give him a ticket.

He claims that if the city will not rescind his (dozen or so) tickets, he will resign.

By all means, Mr. Dwyer, do the residents of Huntington Beach a favor and do just that.

Because if you were a councilman in my city, the fact that you have a dozen or so street-sweeping tickets would make me dubious as to your capabilities to run your district.  I mean, if you can’t move your own damn car in time, how can I trust you to fix those potholes in a timely manner?

Oh, and he also thinks that the sweepers should go down the street with a loud beeping noise emanating from them.  Because, you know, the signs posted everywhere and the fact you can already hear the sweepers from two steets away isn’t good enough.

Sigh.

Nude Beach Controversy at San Onofre Explained

It’s Friday, so that means it’s my time to post about OC’s local nude beach again (har, har). The rally on Sunday the 13th was a smashing success. If you’re interested, check out the Register’s article for all the deets. For those of you who still don’t understand what all the ruckus is about, The Friends of San Onofre have created a nifty YouTube video explaining why they feel keeping the south end of the beach clothing-optional is important.

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Do you think it’s important to maintain the traditional clothing optional status of the beach or do you think it’s time for a change?

Win Money & Suck Up to Rick Warren

Mega-church pastor (and Grade A, prime cut ass-hat) Rick Warren wants YOU to design the cover of his newest book The Hope You Need. You can win five thousand dollars and the chance to kiss Rick on the lips if your design is chosen for the cover. Of course, in a desperate plea to seem hip, relevant and not-a-douche, he made the announcement via Twitter. Barf. Twitter has officially jumped-the-shark.

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Personally, my dream is to submit a design and win. Then I would donate all of the money to NOH8T. Ooh ooh, or I could just blow all five thousand dollars on gay porn, cigarettes, booze, dildos and medical marijuana. I might also use it to send the oh-so-dreamy Mr. Warren a complimentary Bic razor (for that nasty goatee) and a gift certificate to Aveda (to deal with that nasty hair of his). Nah… On second thought, I think I would stick with the porn.

Will you be submitting an entry? Better hurry up they’re due 1 day and 23 hours from the time-stamp on this post.

Naked Ambition

There will be a rally in support of the continuation of the long tradition of clothing optional beaches in California State Parks. This is a joint effort by the Naturist Acton Committee and Friends of San Onofre Beach. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Clothing Optional area, near the south end of Trail 6!

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The event planners encourage you to bring signs and banners supporting the right to have a clothing optional beach. They are hoping for a substantial turnout of protestors who will strip nude and fight for their right to stay that way. They even plan on taking the issue to the Supreme Court.

As you may recall Gina and I have had (conflicting) opinions about this topic. Let’s hear what you have to say?

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Will you go to the rally?

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