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Wow, OC Weekly‘s Commie Girl loves us. She really loves us…

Ha ha ha ha! It’s the worst blog ever! Are you dying to know what it’s like to sit in line at In-N-Out? Need a link to an LA Times story on Larry Agran that followed the OC Weekly’s scoop by, oh, five weeks? How about a comment (to a post on some Kerry folk holding Honk For Kerry signs) reading thusly: “I dislike anything which brings loud noise into an environment to which I retreat for relaxation and relief of stress. The honking of car horns bothers me. I don’t like it.”? How about many, many references to the Orange Curtain?
Then oh, baby, it’s the place for you.

We love you too, Becky… Even if your blog is missing permalinks and broken in anything that’s not Internet Explorer. We accept your faults, even if you can’t accept us for ours.

If this trash talking continues, you are so not going in our blogroll.

22 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 11:17 am

    I believe this fight could be entertaining. Very entertaining.

  2. Daniel Evans (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 11:55 am

    I’m horrified that she doesn’t like us.

    I guess we’re just not worthy of the approval of a columnist whose work comes right after 25 pages of stripper ads and yet another feature (yawn) on the Orange County Diocese.

  3. Terry Chen (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 12:03 pm

    What a b*tch.

  4. Jason Cosper (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 12:30 pm

    Terry: But she’s a published bitch.

  5. ocswing (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 12:49 pm

    Yeah, but at OC Weekly. It’s a job, but I’m not endorsing it in anyway. I can’t pick the OC Weekly up anymore. There is just too much wrong with it.

  6. Terry Chen (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 1:06 pm

    Jason: Yeah, but have you read what she’s published? hehehe. I decided to actually read her stream of conscience in this week’s OCWeekly. She started talking about politics, drifted on to something about clubbing. It’s a bit sardonic for my taste, sad if it’s fiction, even sadder if it’s true. I’m not calling her a bad writer, I just think her blog comments are along the line of “the pot calling the kettle black”.

  7. Jason Cosper (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 1:18 pm

    Oh, I’ve read her. Her weekly column always seems to border on self-indulgent masturbation – drifting from catty commentary on local events to her big girl crush on Patton Oswalt.

    I’m just surprised that she took so long to hop onto the personal weblog bandwagon… Her weekly column is pretty much a dead tree version of a mediocre LiveJournal anyhow.

  8. Joel (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 6:28 pm

    First, the only thing that bothers me is that she quoted me out of context. After I indicated my dislike of car honking, I slammed into those business people and doctors who use their offices as places to propagandize for the Republican cause. I’m hardly anti-Kerry as she makes me sound. I just dislike obnoxious displays that catch me by surprise.

    She should ask me what a cardiologist did to me two months ago. There’s a story to sink her teeth into.

    Second, let’s not be cheap and vengeful. The OC Weekly is an excellent alternative newspaper and Schoenkopf is just one columnist. I just wish she’d learn to read comments through. She owes me an apology.

    Third, remember: all publicity is good publicity. People will come here to see how bad we are. Some of them will be pleasantly surprised and stay here. Don’t knock it. She admitted we exist.

  9. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 10:57 pm

    That should be Schoenfeld. I plead post-operative dyslexia and the lack of a proofreader.

  10. Michael Randall (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 12:47 am

    As a reader of OC Weekly, I enjoy their “Burning Bush” column and other political coverage of Agran and the like. But really, do you have to attack a blog because we are on your home turf?

    I for one earned the right to say “Behind the Orange Curtain.” You try being an Agnostic in a county where there is a church on almost every street corner and when someone finds out about my beliefs they try to convert me. Not to mention the nine years of legal drama I went through (It’s a long story for a short post, so moving’ on…).

    How many “Orange Curtain” references did I put in my post on the Kerry Event in Old Towne Orange? Geez, my post only mentioned it twice.

  11. Joel (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 10:37 am

    I wouldn’t worry about it, Michael. The way I see it is Commie Girl had a deadline to meet, rushed through to pick up some juicy lines, and went to press. A common occupational hazard among reporters.

    For the record, I love the way the Weekly flagellates the Diocese of Orange. Gustavo Arellano is one of my favorite columnists there — he calls things as they are, putting pressure on the Church where it is needed. The Weekly has been very good at recognizing that there is a Christian left out there and my hat is off to them.

  12. rus (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 12:13 pm

    oh brilliant! i totally missed this yesterday. so, i hit the link to check, as jason notes, the, uh, standards compliance. i upped a screen shot for all of you internet explorer types:

    http://oc.metblogs.com/archives/oc_commiegirl.jpg (120k)

    my favorite part: it looks almost like “worst blog ever” is some kind of defining feature!

    boy, is she a badge on the chest of the oc weekly, or what?

  13. Sean Bonner (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 1:29 pm

    I think it’s also pretty rad that half her gripe about the site is based on a comment!

  14. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 3:14 pm

    Let’s stop belaboring this. So she doesn’t like us. So she misquoted me. If anyone has a claim to be victimized it is me and I say move on. Keep writing.

  15. Becca (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 4:20 pm

    Hi kids! Sorry about the bad blog; we’re waiting on new software for permalinks and a cleaner font, etc. I’ve no idea when it will actually go up. For clarification, since you’re all awfully earnest types who don’t seem to get humor (cue snide comments about the lack of it!) I don’t have a crush on Patton. He’s a friend of mine, and actually has a crush on me. I just like to make myself look even sillier than I am.
    The only point of yours to which I take exception is Joel’s. I didn’t misquote you, nor did I take your quote out of context. I was making fun of you for expecting a street corner to be your personal relaxing space. That’s all.
    And Mike? Behind the Orange Curtain? It’s a cliche. People who are trying to become published ought not to use it–nor should you use any phrase twice in one graf. It’s just plain bad writing.
    Becca (the b*tch!)

  16. rus (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 5:50 pm

    Wow, did you guys just– I mean, did anyone feel that? It was like an enchanting whiff of *grace*.


  17. Joel (unregistered) on September 24th, 2004 @ 6:08 pm

    Becca: I wasn’t talking about a street corner. I was talking about ~the coffee shop~ into which Michael had retreated, into which the noise of the honking penetrated. You failed to note my being upset by the broadcasting of Fox News in business waiting rooms and the probable hypocrisy of the woman who sneered. I maintain my stand. You misquoted, misassessed me, made me sound anti-Kerry.

    I find you guilty of the venial offense of not reading things through thoroughly enough. Two counts. Once for the first time and once for the second. You must stand on your head and chant “I let Orange Smoke Get Into My Eyes” three times as your penance. If you get Gustavo Arellano to witness your contrition, that will be good enough for me. I like Gustavo. He’s got guts.

    You want to write about something truly vile? Go to my blog, look under “medical ethics” and see what a Laguna Hills cardiologist pulled in the name of right-wing political correctness.

    In the meantime, keep on sniping. Just make sure you look through the scope when you do so you don’t hit the wrong target.

  18. doug (unregistered) on September 25th, 2004 @ 1:07 pm

    from Joel:

    > That should be Schoenfeld.
    > I plead post-operative dyslexia
    > and the lack of a proofreader.

    Hire me.

    I would have urged you to stick to your first version — Schoenkopf.

  19. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 27th, 2004 @ 12:06 pm

    Some are meant to write and think, others are meant to proofread, doug.

  20. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 27th, 2004 @ 9:28 pm

    I am having a screaming laughing fit as I get via email or comments at my blog one equivocation or another from Rebecca. Now, after saying that “the worst blog ever” matter was meant in jest, she’s saying that she never meant to imply that I was anti-Kerry. Anything, it seems, to avoid saying the three magic words “I was wrong” or “I am sorry that you read me that way”.

    I guess she’s not used to the web where people can actually respond in real time without the intervention of an editor when you goof.

  21. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 27th, 2004 @ 9:32 pm

    Another thing: isn’t it odd that out of all the people to wage war with, Rebecca chose the one who had earliest on spoken for giving her a break and for moving on?

    I think that is still good advice, at least the last half. As for the break, well, it’s her contradiction as I see it. What can I say? She’s a human being? Is that a crime?

  22. Meridian (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 5:36 am


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