Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Welcome to the new A Bubbling Cauldron

Welcome to the new A Bubbling Cauldron. After struggling along using a bargain basement blogging tool for the past 16 months, I've decided to join the folks at Blogger. As was in the case at my other site, this is a work in progress... be patient with me as I tinker with the format. It's likely the word "Oops!" will be heard frequently here at the new Cauldron for awhile.

The thrust of this site is to provide observations and opinions on issues important to me. Usually, these will cover topics involving Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, but I'll address other areas as the mood strikes me. Sometimes I'll strike out on some completely unrelated tangent.

Unlike my previous site, this one provides the readers the opportunity to comment. However, be advised that the Comment Moderation tool is active, so only the comments I specifically approve will appear here. I'll try that for awhile. If I get too many nasty comments I may just de-activate the whole comments feature.

That being said, I will always welcome thoughtful, well-written opposing viewpoints. If you choose to email me rather than post a comment, simply go to my Profile for the email link.

I've provided a link to my previous site for those interested in rummaging through the archives of previous posts. I'm using the old site as a de facto storage shed - a place where you store stuff you'll never need. From time to time I might dredge some of them up and re-post them here for your reading pleasure - or just to tick you off.

If you wish to refer friends (or enemies) to this site and don't remember the URL, simply tell them to visit, which will instantly link them to this site.

So, off we go on a new site, just in time for the home stretch of the elections. This is going to be fun!


Anonymous itchingpost said...

Excellent improvement. Site looks great. Keep writing.

11/01/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous conrad said...

Great! Now I can read you via RSS! Awesome.

11/01/2006 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Chuck Cassity said...

Congratulations on the new look! I love progress (but not progressives). Keep up the good work.

11/01/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you don't seem to understand, Mr. West, is that Costa Mesa is being glad handed over to Mexico by people like you without so much as a fight, or a peso. All the property taxes and income taxes Costa Mesans pay are being used for the benefit of Mexicans, NOT Americans. When I refer to Mexicans, I mean the illegal Mexicans who have not yet become Americans. Anyone who promotes the welfare of an illegal alien is not only unpatriotic, but could also be classified as a terrorist --- for aiding and abetting a potential terrorist. You know the old saying, if the shoe fits ............

I feel certain that any contributions received by Mayor Mansoor are being given in the fervent hope that Costa Mesa can hold the problem at bay. Surrounding cities don't want to be infected by the same source of pro Mexico bacteria that you seem to be spreading. How are you going to feel someday when you find yourself living in Tiajuana? At that time, all of the people you are trying to brainwash today will have moved out of the city and you will be sitting here alone (with worthless property you can't give away). A little introspection would better be done now, as opposed to later, wouldn't you say?

I would be willing to bet BIG BUCKS that you don't live anywhere near west, central or north Costa Mesa. You think like a person who is really well insulated from reality.

What are the chances you will post this comment on your website? My guess would be ZERO.

11/02/2006 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

OK, Anonymous, do you need an address to send the check? Like most anonymous posters on many blogs, you don't have the real courage of your convictions to identify yourself. For example, you speculate about where I might live in Costa Mesa - I do live in Costa Mesa, by the way - but you fail to tell us where you live. For all I know, you are one of those rabid Minutefolks, living in exotic Upland or Laguna Beach.

It's always a pleasure to hear from folks with an opposing viewpoint. I permitted your post to be published verbatim to demonstrate for the readers that we're willing to TOLERATE differing opinions - unlike yourself.

If you've read this blog in the past you'll know that I do not support illegal immigration, period. However, nothing we can do legally at the local level will be effective until the federal government controls the borders.

Thanks for writing. I'll wait for the check...

11/02/2006 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Witty/2 said...


Anonymous doesn't owe you anything. If you accepted his bet, as your reply seemed to indicate, the location of your home over on the Eastside, very near the Costa Mesa/Newport border suggests that he won the bet. Isn't it nice to live in an isolated part of the city and offer your grand ideas to the people that live in less desirable areas? Problems - what problems? Check the headlines and see what many in this city live with. These are problems that have been building up for many years based on poor decisions of past councils. These are problems that are now spreading to other areas, especially if we return to the ways of the past and don't take strong action to correct them. At least Mayor Mansoor and Wendy Leece will work to improve the situation for all our citizens when they are elected next Tuesday.

11/02/2006 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

OK, Witty/2, ya got me! Yep, over here on the Eastside everything is perfection. I'm a lucky to have picked such a great neighborhood 33 years ago.

Only a dolt would deny that Costa Mesa has problems. However, my view is the the mayor has, in fact, contributed to these problems instead of solving them. In his commentary that appears in the Daily Pilot Friday he finally tips his hand and shows us what's been on his mind all along. Hit the link to and see Byron de Arakal's excellent post on the subject.

I suspect the campaign literature the mayor and his blond barnacle running mate are distributing might affect a few voters. Guess we'll find out Tuesday.

Thanks for writing - and for catching my error. Editorial assistance is always appreciated.

11/02/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Whitty/2 said...

I agree with the couple of your supporter comments that say your new website looks good. It was nice of you to alert me to Byron's interruption to his announced hibernation. I sent him my thoughts and tried to set him straight on some aspects of his reaction to the Mayor's clarification of his position on the illegal alien problem in Costa Mesa. I might have missed his last offering had you not mentioned his unexpected posting. Anyway, it’s getting late and I must get up early tomorrow to deploy signs for my favorite candidates.

11/03/2006 01:23:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

OK, Whitty/2 (with or without the "h"), I'm glad you followed up. I read your comment over at I imagine Byron will comment, but I offer one small correction. The mayor's original plan, the one Gary recognized as a complete disaster and to which he offered a substitute, was to cross-designate every patrol officer in the city as an immigration screener. I look forward to future communications with you.

11/03/2006 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I love it, your site is great Geoff.

Even better is you posting the racist rant of the "your neighbor"-ish anonymous poster. He is the pinnacle of all that support the Mayor and Wendy Leech. Why didn't more of these ill-minded racist activists come forward sooner? We all really could have enjoyed their "Whitt."

11/03/2006 01:04:00 PM  

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