The Reports of My Disenfranchisement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated! (DPOC People, You’ve GOT to See This)

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The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

   –  Popular misquote of a similar statement by Mark Twain

This Saturday, Republican Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will join his endorsed candidate in District 3, Democrat Dr. Jose Moreno, in knocking on voters’ doors.  Moreno is opposing Kleptocratic Dem Jordan Brandman, Republican Robert Nelson, and two Latinas whose sole role in the race seems to be to draw Latino votes from Moreno.  (Neither has put together anything resembling a campaign.)  This led to pathologically poison-penned flack Dan Chmielewski to regurgitate a standard set of lies — that Tait is anti-social justice, that he’s the most anti-union politician in Orange County, etc. — that most Anaheimers recognize as just made out out of nothing.  Then he goes into a tirade against Moreno’s accepting Tait’s endorsement, against the OCGOP for not preventing Tait’s endorsement, and portrays Tait as the dictatorial and vindictive political boss that he isn’t — but that Brandman’s patron Curt Pringle is and that Brandman, as well as his dear reactionary friend Kris Murray, aspire to be.

But that’s not what I’m writing about; it’s pretty boring, and mostly demonstrates how terribly frightened the corporate-allied conservative/libertarian wing of the local Democratic Party is of Dr. Moreno and those like him.  (Yes, you can be pro-corporate and pro-Labor — when all you care about are the Labor unions that are in cahoots with monied interests.)  I’m writing about the comments section — something that I think that all DPOC members should read to get a look at what’s really going on with the local Democratic Party, as some people (like the Register’s Politics Editor) still seem to consider the badly mislabeled Liberal OC the closest thing we Democrats have to a “party organ” in the media.  This is the psycho clown mask that our party is wearing these days.  You should pay attention to it.

It all started when Jeff LeTourneau — my brother-in-law, friend, and generally ally — lay out a devastating retort to Chmielewski’s slagging of Moreno.   (I often refer to as Chmielewski as “Chumley,” mostly because I don’t have to keep looking up how to spell that.)  This led Dan and his anonymous friends — who all claim to be Democrats and none of whom likely are, but judge for yourself, and note that Dan claims not to know who they are — to drop that topic and turn to the main topic of the blog: anonymous personal attacks against me, lovingly indulged by the site’s owner.

I’m not inclined to argue, given Twain’s dictum above, but I do feel like I should clarify a few things.  So let’s take a look, which I’ll annotate, at what passes for civil discourse in our “party organ.”

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Jeff LeTourneau
October 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Well, well, well.. Yet another backhanded attempt to undermine the DPOC endorsed candidate Dr. José F. Moreno in the race for Anaheim District 3. It’s a good thing you haven’t taken office yet as a Central Committee Member or this would be grounds for your removal! For the record, Mayor Tait has broken with his party in order to continue his opposition to the nearly 1 BILLION four year Brandman led corporate looting of the city coffers, an admirable and courageous move by Tait that speaks well of his principles and character . While most Democrats, including Dr. Moreno, would never support the mayor’s position on pensions or reproductive choice, Moreno and Tait have formed a political coalition which prioritizes an end to the brazen sale of political support in return for resort, developer and other corporate interests.

Perhaps your time would be better spent holding Jordan accountable for his vote to prevent District Elections in area 3, his failure to return the $25,000 he received for writing a largely plagiarized article while working for Tom Daly, his 2012 urging of fellow Democrats to vote for Republicans Eastman and Murray instead of the DPOC endorsed candidate Dr. Moreno, his endorsement by former Republican Speaker and Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, his endorsement by OC Tax, his use of funds raised while running for Congress for his Council run and yes … let us not forget his recent $200,000 campaign contribution from Disney!

GAD: Jeff is right on the money here — including about the amount of money at issue.  The alliance between Tait and Moreno is one opposed to the looting of Anaheim’s assets for the massive gain of a few corporations and a few middlemen.  The County Republican leadership recognizes that this is an emergency situation — a “robbery in progress” — that requires going outside of normal political squabbling.  Most of the DPOC gets it as well.  The “old guard” of the DPOC understands it as well — but they favor it.

Dan Chmielewski
October 11, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Jeff — Dr. Moreno endorsed Tait in 2014 against the party’s endorsed candidate. $1 billion…check your math. Disney and Developers are building hotels at their risk. TOT is ony collected when guests check out. in 1996, Tait lobbied to have INS agents in Anaheim City jails and has voted against every city public employee union contract. Those are facts. I’m unaware of any Pringle endorsement this election cycle. Please forward if you can. Grounds for removal? There are plenty of examples of your behavior that would warrant that as well. Look forward to not following your lead in 2017

GAD: Moreno, who was rightly considered a big “get” for the DPOC after years of being a Bernie-Sanders style independent, had endorsed Tait before becoming a Democrat, and long before joining the Central Committee.  The $1 billion figure is pretty much on point, although it’s hard to estimate how much of a gift the almost half-century-long ban of a “gate tax” (and “parking tax”) on Disney is worth.  The INS thing is a canard; Loretta claimed ownership of the issue.  Tait has not voted against “every union contract,” as noted in a past LibOC article under Dan’s name noted.

Henry Lipton
October 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Jeff, your support of Tait is grounds for your removal.

GAD: “Henry Lipton” is a pseudonym rightly or wrongly associated with Paul Lucas, which anonymous LibOC writers enjoy stealing.

Dan Chmielewski
October 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm

http://www.jordanbrandman.com/endorsements ah, Curt Pringle is listed under elected officials even though he hasn’t held office for years; but Loretta Sanchez is backing him; care to whine about that?

GAD: In other words, “I was wrong; no apology; I’m changing the subject.”

Dan Chmielewski
October 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Jeff, regarding the “grounds for removal” lecture, go back and read your brother-in-law’s rants against DPOC endorsed candidates and let me know when you’ll move to remove him from the Central Committee now. Otherwise, STFU you hypocrite.

GAD: I’ve conferred with the party about my writings.  So long as I don’t say “vote for the other candidate,” I’m within bounds.  I’m under no obligation to endorse the DPOC- or CDP-endorsed candidate, nor to vote for them, nor to avoid writing about them critically.  If I say that Tom Daly is in league with Chevron and Philip Morris and that Lou Correa is in league with the public safety unions that want full prisons — well, that’s what they’re saying about themselves when they take certain massive contributions; I’m under no obligation to be blind to it.  What I’m not allowed to do is “proselytize” against voting for them — and I don’t.

By the way, do you think that all the DPOC delegates gave up supporting Loretta Sanchez after Kamala Harris stomped her in the state party’s endorsement process and (as predicted) she went after Republican votes instead including (as not predicted) the endorsement of Darrell Issa?  No, they haven’t.  Should we remove everyone?

Dan Chmielewski
October 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm
Jeff, I checked the bylaws of DPOC. Your brother in law could be removed for his ardent support of a Josh Newman candidacy last Spring when Sukhee Kang has the DPOC pre-primary endorsement. Please add an agenda item to have Greg tossed from the Central Committee at the next meeting. If you don’t, holster those threats.

GAD: Nope.  I endorsed Josh Newman prior to any vote by the DPOC, but had to drop that endorsement when DPOC took the other (wrong) stance.  Did I want him to win?  Sure.  I’m entitled to do that.  And I can also analyze the race saying how I think Newman matched up better against Chang than Kang did — which I think has been borne out.

[Now here is where the comments section gets anonymous — and interesting, in a morbidly fascinating way.]

David Vasquez
October 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm

I am biting my tounge about some “JUICY” Greg Diamond info until later, as I “am given to understand”, it can hurt some innocent people.
Does anyone who ever heard of “Crazy” Greg Diamond believe he would give up blogging voluntarily for a month or more? No. Greg messed up big time, bit the wrong apple as they say and like any bully, went in to hiding.
I expect him to pop up, around election time, talking about TRUMP and National politics, but I suspect, his burns will take some time to heal in local politics.

GAD: About the only things known about this pseudonymous persona is that he’s not named “David Vasquez” and he lies about everything.  I didn’t “give up blogging for a month or more”; I did ratchet things down, not because I “bit the wrong apple” but largely because of illness and my being busy with my law practice.  Looking at the last 18 stories we’ve posted, I authored ones on Sept. 19 and 23, and October 1, 7, 9, 10, 11 (twice), and 12th, not counting this one on the 13th.  Most of those were on local politics.  See how much quicker it is to tell the irresponsible lie than the truth?  And Liberal OC doesn’t lust allow it, but embraces it.

OC DEM
October 11, 2016 at 9:45 pm

I would say count me in, but I just saw Greg Diamonds post, begging for help moving this Saturday.

What a delima…Walk the district for Tom Tait OR Lift furniture for a Columbia graduate Lawyer, who can neither afford a UNION mover, or even pay a HOME DEPOT LOT LIZZARD (Day Laborer) for free.

This guy is a piece of work, listing his ENTIRE possession list, hoping for free movers. I remember when I was 24 with a brick and 2X4 bookcase. Thats the last time I asked people to help me move!

GAD:  As you’ll see, the “OCDEM” persona is probably not a Democrat.  For the record, we did hire two movers.  A couple of items would require a third person, and I’d rather hire a friend of a friend, someone in need, than pick up some stranger at Home Depot.  We also have some smaller chores — some packing, some cleaning — that don’t require professional movers.  We could do those tasks ourselves, but I’d rather pay someone so I can spend more time blogging over the next month.  My hope was to get unemployed people in the area and PAY THEM for their help, and I pinged people who would be likely to know someone who needed that sort of work in the first comment to that post.

Now ask yourself: what sort of shithead even makes the above comment?

Dan Chmielewski
October 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Greg’s moving out of the Brea rental? Did he buy a house?
GAD: No, we’re renting a larger place, now that our grandson is with us.
Dan Chmielewski
October 11, 2016 at 10:18 pm

I blocked Greg on Facebook a long time ago. Email the screen grab please

GAD: If so, then he blocked me after I’d already blocked him.  I’d not been the one seeking contact.
Jeff LeTourneau
October 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm

OC Dem. As you seem to think it is appropriate to call hard working day laborers “Home Depot Lot Lizzards,” ignoring the core Democratic Party principle that there is dignity in all legal work, I suggest you change your moniker to OCRep. Heavy sigh…

GAD: It gets worse, Jeff….
OC DEM
October 13, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Jeff, aparently from your Ivory tower have lost touch with your sulpossed call to serve. “Lot Lizzard” was a self assigned term by the late Luis “Louie” Gutteriez (sp), the guy who help create the Brea Day Laborer pick up center off Lambert and Brea Blvd. Back in 1999.

They were run out of town in the past few years by the council and set up shop in the Home Depot lot at Lambert and Harbor in nearby La Habra. It was then that Louie and his crew self governed and nick named themselves “Lagartija”. The Lizzards. So STFU you fool.

And just for the record, many of these men, while hard working are NOT working in accordance with the law
They are without legal residency, thus “ILLEGAL”
Not to rely on facts………

GAD: This is one of the giveaways that “OCDEM” is probably “kenlaysnotdead” (aka nameless, aka carpetbagger, and more I forget) who identified himself as a longtime Brea resident.  He’s been pissed off since I banned him from this site.  And he’s especially pissed off because I can usually tell when it’s him writing, and I delete those posts.  If you’re banned, sure, stay banned!

OC DEM
October 11, 2016 at 10:42 pm

Maybe Tait and Associates bought a house or gave GD a down payment. I suspect he is moving from one rental to the next.
Who knows, maybe he needed a bigger “Kitchen Table” for his law practice.

What I DO KNOW is the ownership of Greg’s current rental is cloudy, protected by an obscure law. Many have long suspected that Diamond came to town as a hired gun from a specific leftist LA Baded group.

How really can one subside without working this long? Think back to his claim that he spent rent money on a ballot statement INSTEAD of rent.

I figure the “group” at hand took a pedigreed guy, one step away from homelessness or the rubber room, but still with his wits about him and set him up here.

These FACTS are easily verifyable.

GAD: Nope.  I’ve never gotten so much as a dime from Tom Tait or any member of the Tait family.  It’s a rental.  While rental values are high here, I personally believe that OC is in another housing bubble, and I don’t want to get stuck in it until and unless I could afford the loss.  The office in my new place will be much larger than my current office, which I really look forward to.  I had no idea that my rental situation was cloudy, but I’m not surprised that people tried to find out who my landlord was, presumably to contact them.

No, if I were a “hired gun” I’d have bought a house back in 2009 or so.  I came here after leaving the East Coast with a stop in Nevada because I’m from here.  I was planning on moving north, but I met my soon-to-be wife and she had family in the area, so I stayed.  I don’t know the word “Baded” and have no idea what he’s talking about.  I’ve subsided because I do work, despite the LibOC claim that I don’t.  Yes, two years ago, I paid my rent late because I used my money to send a statement to tens of thousands of voters against Poseidon, fracking, and cronyism.  I’m proud of making that sacrifice for my political causes, small as it is compared to what many others do.  (And the rent got paid soon after.)

Isn’t it amazing that Dan allows this sort of thing to be published on his blog?

Dan Chmielewski
October 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

I was forwarded the screen grab of Greg’s Facebook post. He’s moving to another part of Brea and needs help moving heavy stuff. I think it’s too late for him to change his voter registration so if he votes, It’s under his address at the previous apartment. I’m not sure he can legally vote this election cycle. No clue if the new place is a house or an apartment but looks like another rental.

GAD:  This comment is actually what prompted this post.  Dan really thinks that the law might be that if someone moved shortly before an election, then they might not get to vote AT ALL?  The worst case would be a provisional ballot, but in my case that won’t be necessary because I still have a lease at my apartment, as well as an overlapping one at the house — and I’ve already filled out my ballot here at the apartment, where I’m sleeping tonight, and it goes into the mail tomorrow.

Does Dan’s reaction seem weird to anyone else?  This is the sort of sick fantasy I don’t associate with my own party (nor with the better sorts of members of our opposing party.)  It’s like he seems excited by the prospect of my not being able to vote.  Maybe, out of spite, he’d really like to see one fewer vote for Josh Newman.  (If so, sorry — he’s getting three from our household.)  At any rate: reports of my impending disenfranchisement have been greatly — and ignorantly — exaggerated.

Randy Roddy
October 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Maybe Diamond’s wife smartened up and left him or kicked him out

GAD:  Nope.  This was probably delightful for the squirming miscreant behind to pseudonym to have written, though, I’m sure.  And of course Dan allowed it to stay up at his site.

Jeff LeTourneau
October 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

So Dan, while I am hard pressed to figure out how my comment about you throwing Dr. Moreno under the bus turned into a multi-person diatribe against Greg, let me once again clear up a few things.
First: I am not now, nor have I ever been my Brother-In-Law’s keeper.
Second: Your continued denegration of those who are without means is a common tool of the other political party and is disgraceful behavior for an elected DPOC CC Member.
Third: Although it is not any of your damn business, Greg and his family are doing quite well and have moved into a beautiful four bedroom home in North Brea with a pool. Additionally, I find it quite creepy that you and your followers find it appropriate to fixate on my families residence, especially since it is occupied by a 15 yo girl and an 8 yo boy. Trump like I would say!
Fourth and finally: You need to set aside your white privilege and walk in the shoes of a struggling immigrant family to understand that it is admirable to do without and sacrifice in order to help those who are in need back home. Additionally although my sister-in-law has a fine arts degree from the oldest Catholic University in the Philippines, she chooses to work with special needs adults as her vocation something to be admired not denigrated even though it doesn’t pay a huge salary.

GAD:  Some of Jeff’s facts are slightly off, but they’re nobody’s business and so I won’t correct them. The second point is that one that matters from the standpoint of the DPOC.  Shaming people based on class has been Dan’s stock in trade for years; read his archives.  This seems to reflect some anxiety on his part. 

October 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

I question good progressives who align with anti-union conservative Republican elected officials who think there is no quid pro quo. That’s not a diatribe. You suggested this post would be grounds for my removal while ignoring far worse posts by your own brother-in-law. If you’re making treats, be consistent.

My assumption Greg and his family are moving because they bought a house. It’s a nice four bedroom rental with a pool. Ducky. When you’re in your 50s, hire movers. Money well spent.

I don’t care where you live. It doesn’t concern me. As far as white privilege goes, I grew up in a working class family as one of five kids. No luxuries at all, but I sure learned the value of education and hard work. My parents sacrificed a lot and gave us what they could, but I know all about struggling.

No one brought up your sister in law. Good for her.

GAD:  Again, Tait is not “anti-union,” he’s anti-ripoff.  Most union activities are not (in my view) rip-offs.  Some, alas, are — especially in Anaheim.

I did hire movers — but, Democratic friends, does his comment seem sort of cavalier and insensitive to you?  NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD TO HIRE MOVERS.  This should not require explanation.  Right now, I can; many cannot.  This is a massive failure in perspective taking, but I won’t speculate beyond that.

Oh — and the comment RIGHT ABOVE JEFF’S did mention my wife, so it’s not true that “no one brought her up.”  But I can’t really blame Dan for not reading his own blog….

OC DEM
October 13, 2016 at 7:24 am

Jeff,

Your Concuno is the product of his own making.

Who brought up race once?

Your tired race-baiting, gay-baiting, sexism-baiting is meritless and really shows what you are about. Dig into something sometimes instead of using the same tired arguements you’ve been fed.

GAD: I don’t know what “Concuno” means — but I’m pretty sure that I know that this is not written by a Democrat.
Jeff LeTourneau
October 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

So… I will note for the record your glowing article re Lynn Schott (who voted to repeal the Living Wage Ordinance) endorsing Melissa Fox and how that is an indication of her strength and viability while in the same breath writing an article saying that the Moreno/Tait alliance to stop the Brandman, Kring and Murray wholesale looting of the future of Anaheim for personal gain is an unholy alliance. You used to be so much better at hiding your hypocrisy. What happened???

GAD:  Jeff was really having a good day here.  I should make him blog.

October 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

its a scoop Jeff; its a story and pretty unheard of in Irvine. And it’s the press release in full with no editorial. You’ll have to do better than that to tag me. Meanwhile, I look forward to your resolution to kick your brother-in-law off the central committee at the next meeting as you have indicated there are grounds for it

GAD: Yeah, well it’s not unheard of in Anaheim!  Note the lying at the end.

 

There’s more in the comments section, but this is more than enough.

What interests me most about this is that within DPOC we have had some discussion over the past few years about “bullying.”  People who don’t know parliamentary procedure may think that I’m a “bully” for challenging the Chair when he makes decisions that deny people their rights — but my sense is that there’s a difference between “bullying” and simply not backing down in the face of injustice.  In the meeting in April 2014 where I was removed as DPOC’s North Regional Vice Chair — thanks to people improperly paying their dues, at the Chair’s invitation, that would allow them to vote even after the deadline to pay dues had passed — or, worse, having other people pay their (which are a PAC contribution) on their behalf — Florice Hoffman accused me of “bullying.” (If you’ve ever seen Florice talk at a meeting, the accusation is sort of funny, but Florice is not my target here.)  Florice close to Melissa Fox and both are politically tied to Chmielewski.  I wonder — if and when they read the above account, will they perceive bullying?  Or does that conclusion depend on whose ox is gored?

What I think is this: even if I can handle what goes on there, and even if my family can handle it when they learn of it, most people do not want to be the subject of vicious anonymous attacks.  We have a few anonymous commenters here — a far smaller proportion than at LibOC or the Cunningblogs — and when they do attack people it is general either or both much milder or in an obviously comic/absurdist mode.  Threatening people with social consequences — especially ones where one doesn’t know where one can strike back, which is almost always not the case here — is indeed a way of terrorizing people into compliance.  But whatever one has to do to stay in power is justified, I suppose — at least in some people’s eyes.


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.)