You’re One in Five Million (OJ views!)

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Appropriately enough, to honor our comments, almost no one around here has any idea what this means.  (That goes for views too.)

OJB will likely pass another milestone tomorrow (or today, when most of you see this, given how late it is being posted on Saturday night.  Vern cares not about these site milestones, noting that there were many posts and comments and views and whatnot included in this blog’s statistics that, having been purged by the previous proprietor (and still very rarely by one of us) are no longer reflected in the numbers (called “analytics”) that we can see behind the scenes.  Yes, yes — that’s very rational and all, but shouldn’t we sometimes lead with our emotions? What’s purged is gone, but we still have statistics that, for those of us who love round numbers, are worth sharing with you.  June 14 looks very likely, unless an extraordinarily small number of people poke there noses into the joint, to be the day when this here blog officially passes 5 million views.  (Views from me, from Vern, from our webmaster, and from Pedroza and a few others back in the day, are not counted in the total.  The only ones that count come from you, our guests.)

5,000,000 views!  That’s a lot of views for a gutty little blog like this one!  And the chances are good that, unless Vern publishes something interesting today, the gaze of that 5,000,000th view viewer may fix on this very item, post may well be one of the most insipid we’ve ever published.  And that would be a shame.

We thank you, our view-generating readers, for your continued viewing readership, which makes the place worthwhile (and makes us loved and feared from La Habra to San Clemente, from Seal Beach to, uh, someplace in the Cleveland National Forest.)  And to reward you for viewing this item, here are some photosand other graphics from the first month still remaining in our photographic archives, May 2008 — or as we like to think of it, the “Year Zero.”

Pulido loves to play with his toys

Miguel Pulido at play

Laguna Niguel Mayor Paul Glaab

Mayor Paul Glaaaaaab


“Friend of the Show”








Chickenhawk Ed Royve

Chickenhawk Ed Royce

Mike Carona and Van Tran

Mike Carona and Van Tran

Debbie Carona

Debbie Carona, ticket bogarter







The lesson here, we suppose, is that however bad OC seems today, rest assured that it’s always been pretty much this bad.

In honor of our 5,000,000th view, everyone banned from the site can come back and post exactly one comment on this item between now and 5:00 p.m., after which the window will have closed and frankly is what you post is revolting enough it may be banned anyway.  Happy viewing!

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)