An Inside Peek at OJB’s “Moderated Comments” — and Thus the OC Political Blogosphere Itself

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For those of you who are curious: this is an example of what’s usually in our “moderation” box of comments — those with characteristics that we’ve set to screen out (or that we place there manually if our screen missed them).

Do not try this at home (or anywhere.)

This is about two days of the sort of thing that we get in our inbox filter, most recent being first.  Let’s start at the bottom.

You’ll notice that two emails came from the same ISP address, with different names and (you’ll have to trust us on this) the same exact email address, the second one purporting to back up the first one — even though they came at the same time.  This is known as “sock puppetry” and it will get you banned.  If Ryan Vu reads this and wants to claim that someone was setting him up, he can tell us what we’ve cut out of his email address.

The middle one of the five strikes me as bigoted in singling out an expense on Muslims as the reason that OC has hungry children.  This sort of scapegoating is sort of repulsive — this money was not otherwise headed to hungry children, and one needed choose between feeding hungry children and giving a lot less honor to a Muslim festival than other religious festivals often get — but it’s unfortunately part of the political culture here so I approved it and hope that others will join me in rebutting it.

The top two, from Saturday morning, are typical of most of what we get.  Everything in the “Amnesty International” one — talk about tarnishing a good name! — is false.  The one above that warrants no response except that I wish that Oni, Jeff, Paul, and I could confront the person who keeps posting these things together and in person.

This person (or these people) apparently posts frequently in Chumley’s squalid little blog as well — which probably explains his move over the years from demanding the IP addresses of people posting at other blogs (in the “Northwood Night Stalker” days to supposedly being willing to defy any court order to give them up.  Well, I have to admit — I wouldn’t want to be associated with these sorts of people either, although not publishing them in the first place seems more reasonable than going to jail to protect them.

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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.)