The publisher of our local rag, Tom Johnson, is a sensible guy, and he wrote a thoughtful editorial on Friday. He
rightly points out that one of the city’s parks has been designated a “passive park,” which is an entirely new concept, exactly to keep Mexican-Americans and other soccer fans from playing in the park.
This is of course the work of Costa Mesa’s racist-majority city council, which includes now internationally known Mexican-baiter Mayor Allan Mansour. But Johnson moves past Mansour to the real force behind the local spiral into race war.
The editorial called out our local white supremacist bile factory, Mr. Martin H. Millard. Millard straddles the border between mainstream politics and skinhead neo-Nazism adroitly. He delivered support and votes for Mansour while keeping his scarier buddies out of the picture. He’s slime. And Johnson points him out very accurately as one of Costa Mesa’s biggest problems.
The response from Millard at CMPress would be funny if he wasn’t so powerful.
Tip of the hat to Geoff West at A Bubbling Cauldron for this story.
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this was my favorite comment
” A Norwegian study found that 35% of 69 Division I soccer players had abnormal (EEG) patterns. Neuropsychological Effects Soccer players also seem to perform more poorly than control subjects on some types of IQ tests and many former players (81%) suffer from problems with attention, concentration, and memory. And, the above is for adult players, not for little kids with soft spots on their heads playing in the tot lot who are hit by soccer balls. Keep our tot lots out of the middle of soccer and similar sports. ”
Re: this was my favorite comment
Now let’s talk about the neuro-sociological impact of “Pop Warner Football,” folks!
Only tangentially related in the sense of “thugs in the park”, but we went to an adoption picnic thing a month or so ago in a local park, and they had one of those inflatable bouncy jumping affairs for the kids.
As things wound down and we were leaving, we passed by the bouncy castle and one of the shifty thugs from the adjacent basketball court had cornered some freaked out mom and was -begging- to be allowed to get in and jump. He was really pouring as much emotion as he could muster into it, given how high as he seemed to be.
I didn’t detect any kind of ironic flavor to it at all, he really really just wanted to get in the bouncy castle and jump jump jump! Like it was the one most awesome thing he never got to do as a kid and he never got over it.. He was already politely taking his shoes off while pressing his case (though also staring directly at her boobs the entire time.)
Wish I could have hidden in the bushes and taped it all. Weird.
sticker for bounce houses
NOT THE K-HOLE: DO NOT RAVE
I don’t get it. I read the article, and googled, and I don’t get what a “passive park” is. Is it like, an artificial forest where you can’t move ten feet without touching a eucalyptus tree, and/or is it green space that’s publicly owned but yet fenced off and NO TRESPASSIÉNDOLOS?
Re: Passive Park
The term “Active Park” was already in use for a public park with athletic facilities deliberately built in, like a basketball court or something. I think the idea was that a “Passive Park” is one where you can dandle your baby or sit and admire the crabgrass but you are not allowed to play sports.
This is the first I’ve ever heard of a “Passive Park” and I am, quite frankly, scandalized. The whole idea of a park is to provide public space to run around! The whole idea of sports is to run around! I am flabbergasted at the prospect of telling the local youth, “Sorry, kids, you’re going to have to play ball in the street ’cause the wide open grass over there is ‘passive'” It’s absolutely unfathomable!
Sigh. It’s getting way too easy to shock me.