Weekend Open Thread: Occupy Santa Ana Anniversary Tomorrow Evening!

“Saturday October 20 , 2012:  OSA 1 Year Occuversary Extravaganza” — or so they want you to think!

I’m not quite sure whether or not the plans for Occupy Santa Ana’s anniversary celebration tomorrow night are public or intended private to members.  (I’ve asked a few times, but I don’t think that I have quite gotten a definitive answer.)  So I’ve scrapped my detailed report on the violent mayhem respectful and joyful remembrance  they have planned of an activist year well spent and suggest to the rest of us that you should get out of Orange County on Saturday night when you still can be prepared to offer your own good wishes to this tight-knit cult group.

No, seriously and truly — I jest.  They have something nice planned to commemorate the occasion and I hope to be there with a gas mask (STOP THAT!) plate of food to share.  I just don’t know who all is invited — so one of them (and you know who you are, one of them) will just have to step in and clarify for the masses of readers with a comment or two.  Occupy OC and Occupy SA have jousted from time to time, but I think that we’re each happy for the existence of the other.  If OC has an activist score recorded on some standardized test somewhere, it has shot upwards over the past year, no small thanks to our friends in the center of the Orange Donut.

For the rest of us: this is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about what, within reason, you will.

Photo credit: Crystal Ngo.

And, off topic, this is the photo that Art “Pravda” Pedroza frantically begged Vern to take off from the site a year ago, after I had done a Photoshop on the theme of Pedroza being OC’s Matt Drudge wannabe.  I was sorry to see someone from the OC Weekly’s comments section (who may himself have been Pedroza) appropriate Marlena Carrillo’s name for a false and defamatory post about me.   Marlena and I disagree on some things, but in my personal verbal interactions with her she’s been nothing but decent — and she doesn’t deserve to be used as a sock puppet for some coward’s attack on me.  Online OC Politics (like OCPolitics.com) is sick; it will take lots of time and effort to reform it, but it will eventually be done.  Enjoy the photo for now.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)