White People’s Problems: News from Huntington Beach, Fullerton, and Egypt

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As one who spent most of my pre-teen and teenage years in Huntington Beach, I am less than surprised by both the rioting and the focus on such matters as the attempted theft of a $5000 custom bicycle.  Look, I don’t want anyone stealing anything from me, let alone something that costs $5000, and I appreciate that the owner of the store is contributing to the local economy (and the city’s ambiance) and I’m really grateful that some people had the guts to step in and guard against marauding looters and hooligans.

But — well, have you seen any international news lately?  I’ll tell you what it doesn’t look like: this.

HB riot sucker punch 1

Guy at left in striped shirt: “Hey, this looks like a GREAT opportunity to punch some valiant defender of commercial personal property in the back of the head!”

HB riot sucker punch 2

“Feel the stinging wrath of my enormous man-muscles, repressive forces of Order!”

HB riot sucker punch 3


HB riot sucker punch 4

“Dude, you sucker punch me in the BACK OF THE HEAD? Really?”

And now, some guest commentary from abroad.

Egyptian violence

“Frankly, from an Egyption perspective, we are less than impressed with both the means employed and with the stakes. At least you won’t be headlining the evening news shows.”

“Shows how much YOU know! The arrest of Fullerton fire fighter Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim, — THAT’S ME — led off last night’s news!”

Egypt violence kids

“Seriously? OK. We’re kinda busy now. Have fun with your “riot.”  …  P.S.: You’re pathetic.”

My solution: send the firefighter and the youthful rioters to Egypt and see how well they survive there.  The valiant defenders of the bike shop can stay, but they do not get a parade.

The embed codes don’t seem to be working, so OJB brings you the links to videos that matter!

Fullerton Firefighter arrested for alleged participation in Huntington Beach melee as the thankfully competent Huntington Beach City Council how contemplates to keep all of the surfing while not keeping quite so much of the rioting.

The theft of a $5000 bike is averted by a store owner and valiant locals, one of whom got sucker punched in the back of the head.  Is this where those four top stills above came?  YOU DECIDE!

OK, one last question for you all: would this have been less of a mess had lots of people around there been carrying concealed firearms, or is this a case where we’d really want the more obvious deterrence of “open carry”?

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.