Saturday, September 07, 2013

An Obligatory Observation

PRESENTING...
Saturday afternoon the Daily Pilot, via their excellent reporter Bradley Zint, provided its readers with a profile of the most recent Costa Mesan to enter the local political blogosphere, Dennis Popp.  You can read it HERE.

GOOD COMPARISON
Zint does a good job of providing a biographical profile of Popp, so I'm not going to attempt to expand on that.  I thought his profile and description of Popp's blog, Costa Mesa Politics and Personalities, was pretty darn close, as was his inclusion of vignettes of this blog and one produced by the grumpy old guy, The Mouth From Mesa North.  While I seldom link to the putrefaction found on his blog, you can read his take on Zint's piece HEREWarning:  You may have to take a shower after reading that entry.

NOT YET...
As you might expect, I take exception to much of what Popp writes, beginning with the preamble at the top of his page.  He says, "The aim of this blog is to fit into the blogosphere like the bracingly tart taste of yogurt fits between the boringly bland and the unspeakably vile."  In my view, so far, he has failed.  Nothing I've read on his blog for the year he's been publishing resembles a 'bracingly tart taste" of anything, although I must admit that sometimes it does remind me of fermented milk.  No, I think he's still in that "boringly bland" stage.

HE'S ONLY KIDDING
He then says, "All comments will be answered if their author provides contact info."   And yet, he seldom permits comments to appear on his blog.  Sometimes he will provide his few readers his version - a compilation - of what commenters have to say.  I know from first-hand experience that managing comments on a blog is a sticky wicket.  It's probably better if he just blocked comments to save himself the trouble of having to read them.

REALLY, DENNIS?
He then gives us this whopper, "I have no sponsoring group(s) or agencies, and I owe no allegiance to any candidate or group."  I can see the smirk on his face now... Really, Dennis?  Do you actually read the stuff you write?  How do you suppose you found yourself on city committees?  You purchased those positions with your pandering prose.  I suggest you just delete that phrase from your masthead, unless you don't mind folks thinking, "Just who does he think he's kidding?" as they begin to try to read your stuff.

YAWN
And I intended to say "try to read your stuff" because it is generally so boring that it's very difficult to figure out exactly what he's trying to say.  Of course, he has the endorsement of those local intellectual powerhouses, Steve Mensinger and Jim Fitzpatrick, so that's really all that counts, right?  Well, that and the fact that Popp likes kitties.

WE'LL KEEP DOING OUR THINGS
I'm glad the Daily Pilot profiled my fellow geezer-blogger, Dennis Popp.  He seems like a nice enough young fella.  Some might say we'd make a perfect pair of bookends - two conservative, portly, gray-haird geezers.  We both will continue to write what we write and let the chips fall where they may.  He will continue to support the ill-conceived schemes his benefactors put forward and I'll continue to point out their foibles.  He'll continue to pretend he's an intellectual and I will not.  He'll continue to tell you he "has no sponsoring groups" and I'll continue to smile, recognizing that statement for the falsehood it is.  He'll pretend he receives comments and I'll continue to welcome all views and post them to encourage a lively online discussion of important issues.  Yeah, I know - since I required registration before posting comments most of the threads seem one-sided.  I supposed you could presume that most of those nasty ones in the past were contributed by gutless anonymous posters representing views that oppose mine.  Their comments are still welcome, I just want to know who they are... my blog, my rules.  And, yes - I will protect their anonymity if they choose to register.

DINNER TIME
So, welcome, Dennis.  If Zint's quote near the end of the article is correct, I guess I either get the credit or blame for his presence in the local blogosphere.  I will say, "You're welcome" or "I'm sorry", depending on your viewpoint.  We will do our things and the grumpy old guy from Mesa North - so filled with hatred that he has become virtually irrelevant in the serious discussion of issues in our city -  will likely just disappear in a puff of smoke one day like the Wicked Witch Of The West in The Wizard of OZ.  Now, if you'll excuse me - I have to go feed the pit bull a small kitten.
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18 Comments:

Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little after reading that ridiculous, fawning bio.

Slow news day over the Pilot?

9/07/2013 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Nern said...

Just today, in the DP comments about mitigating the vernal pool damage in Fairview Park, Rig-puppet Fitzy is telling everyone to complain to Facebook about comments they disagree with.

Then Popp chimes in and backs him up, as usual.

We now have a whole group of ocgop shills infesting the city. After Riggy uses them up and moves on, they'll need jobs and new hobbies.



9/08/2013 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Where"s My Coffee? said...

That was the silliest thing I have ever read. Half the time Popp"s stuff is unintelligible. The rest of the time you wish it were.

9/08/2013 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Hold em Accountable said...

Costa Mesa...a land where:

Transparency is muddy,

independence isn't,

non-partisan is political,

racists are bloggers,

bartenders throw bricks,

Coaches pave over Fairy Shrimp,

Best friends pay for Diet Coke,

and The Fifth floor press corps remains silent.

Sigh

9/08/2013 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

I read the article by Brad Zint last night….One of the blogger’s mentioned was Dennis Popp..

I checked out Popp’s blog again after Zint’s article..

I have seen him in person at various civic meetings…Congratulations for your civic involvement…You’re the man…

I wanted to leave the old guy alone and let him do his civic duty, but he took a shot at me, and I am an experienced warrior… So…I am not afraid to say it like it is…I am up to the challenge…

I seem to have been the subject of one of Popp’s IDK-x (“I don’t know but I’ll expound”) examples on his blog September 1st…

I do understand when I am the specific target of something….He calls me a member of a gang…I even earned an acronym…IDK-x…x for expound…I like transitive verbs myself when I want to sound educated.…His blog is very subliminal…

A smug do gooder…Reminds me of Jerry Falwell, Al Sharpton, Gloria Allred and Soupy Sales all rolled into one…

I wonder what I don’t know, that he does…Probably his righteousness….

Popp writes “Not making the grade themselves is no deterrent to these critics. We’ll refer to this gang by the acronym ICX – “I coulda’ except …”

“And an IDK-x local’s remark:”

“King Righmeier (sic) and Prince Mensinger are using tactics common of (sic) a Royal Family…Divide your subjects and conquer their territory . . .”

I appreciate Popp quoting me, I must be popular…Although I am not running for office..

Zint writes about Popp….“That came about a decade after his finishing a nearly 13-year service for the Army, both in active duty and as a reservist. He was a special forces officer and left the military with the rank of major.”

I respect the military and some of the officers I served with in the Infantry Poop.

From a military operational point of view, Popp serving in the Special Forces does not mean that he understands tactics, he could have been sitting in an office at Fort Bragg, in charge of bedpan detail...

I get the idea from Popp beating up on someone who dropped out of Seal training, that he did not make the grade, as Popp did as a Special Forces officer….Sure you did Major..

I am humbled by Popp’s status in the Special Forces….It is the premier killing machine on the planet..

Claiming to be a Major in the Special Forces is a big deal to me, as I served with many of them in the Infantry….Although I never met one without a Special Forces patch on their right sleeve, rather than their left, an Airborne Tab, a Ranger Tab and a Combat Infantryman Badge..

If Popp was a combat medic I would have even more respect for him…

If the Major was an Airborne Ranger, had a CIB or something like that, I am sure he could say that on his blog…Not likely to either…

I doubt that he cut the grade anyway, as he resigned his commission after only 13 years…

I do not think Costa Mesa needs to be run by developers attempting to make a living off of me….I know more about this town than Mr. Popp ever will…

I was raised to respect my elders, so using an acronym…GFY…

With that out of the way and putting me right in the crosshairs…

Popp does not know me from the man on the moon…….

Put up or shut up Major Popp…

9/08/2013 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Dark Moon said...

You know that saying, “Don’t blame the rattlesnake for biting, he’s only being himself?” Well, you can either stay away and not even deal with them; or go to the zoo and safely see them on display; or go out and walk among them, knowing the dangers of their primal urges and that you might just get bit. In any case, I was taught during a school district in-service that we are carrying what scientists call, “the reptilian brain” inside of us. What this has to do with anything here, I can’t really pinpoint or say but it’s the way I look at things. I also made things like purple banana bread for my kids so they would understand that things aren’t always what you think they are from the outside.

It’s the duty of the writer to stir things up within the reader’s mind, not to write something that would run along the lines of a voice over on a meditation tape. I have a problem. I was consistently kicked under the table by my associate at meetings for saying what was blatantly obvious but it was better off for me that I didn’t. Later on though, I was thanked for saying what I did by others at the meeting. I also paid for it. Although my name was on a voluntary demotion list during half my tenure in my position, my department head would never approve me leaving. Seems although I may have had a bite to me, my service was worth it.

I developed a reputation for being honest but I was also held to a confidentiality oath, sworn and signed. There were many times when a person would ask me a question and I would say, “I can’t tell you that.” I never met them in secret places so I could; the subject was dropped, period.

So I do understand when someone says, “I can’t tell you that”. Yet it doesn’t dissipate the reasoning of why the question was asked in the first place. Something must not be making sense to create that pondering. I read earlier this morning where the population of the City of Beaumont is inquiring about the quota of voters they need to oust their City Council members. Pipedreams. It was a fun few minutes.

I appreciate a person who is going to flip the burger over to see if that side is cooked too, not serve a tasty piece of garlic bread on the side to distract me.

9/08/2013 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Ken, I was also quoted in one of Popp's entries.
He jumped on my first all caps sentence in ages, as an example of my "over emotional, unrelated" posts.
Nevermind that by pointing out Mensinger's total disregard for the friends and family of Huy Pham,it paralleled the total disregard Mensinger and Righeimer have for our CM Police officers and all our city employees. Hence that ridiculous lawsuit they're filing against the CMPOA. That correlation was avoided like the plague.
It is tedious getting through Popp's entries. He is short on facts and big on propaganda.
He doesn't know me from the man in the moon, either.

9/08/2013 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

kwahif…

Let me see if I get this right…An ex Marine racist that leaves his KKK dunce hat in the closet when he goes to civic meetings, calls the United States, New Africa, and has USA in strikethrough, is a friend of the city council of Costa Mesa….No wonder we are in trouble around here...Millard’s one sick pup…

I checked back in on Popp’s site to see if he posted his Special Forces bio, but the only thing I found was some new stuff about all the comments piling up because he was so popular now, and he had no way to post them because he is computer illiterate, or some other plausible deniability… You know the drill…I have an IQ of 2 , but it takes 3 to grunt…

I suppose the comments will pile up pretty soon on the stuff he wrote about me on the 1st….

Don’t you need a Google account and gmail to post on your Google blog as the host?

Wait one….He even joined the rest of us who are subject to the Major’s IDX comparison…or was that …IDK-x…Google’s fault…Apple’s fault...Chrome’s fault…

The Major must be trying to figure out how to spell ambiguous with an acronym..…

Well idnt IDX n IDK-x applied to the Major, Major…

Maybe he meant he served in the Special Services rather than Special Forces….You know blowing up ballons and counting tickets at the parade…

9/08/2013 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Ken, yeah, he's "special" alright...I suspect the services he utilized were for special schooling though.

9/09/2013 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

Where’s My Coffee?......

My wife got me to read Geoff’s blog…I resisted for years as she read me stuff, telling her I did not have time for it…I met Brad Zint covering an issue in our world and went to a council meeting that night…

The light bulb went off after watching the council in action the evening 60 of us protested a developers plan to kick my family and 80 of my neighbors out into the street, and rip off my neighbors business…and we prevailed...We were the last new business item…

I appreciated the council going our way, but the Mayor told us, the property was in play, and get ready to move…BS...My neighbors at least got a 5 year lease after the property owner backed out of escrow…I got pissed watching people made an ass of by Mensinger, Monahan and Righeimer that night, insulting and ridiculing the public at times and the two women council members…That just does not fly in my world…Manners count, so does courtesy..This is not how we raised our kids…

If I witnessed that on the street, I would step in and tell the man speaking to back off or there would be a problem with me…I have done it many times…Even at my age…

I am back to that mentality…I am not a politician and have no desire to be one…

Suing the police…We need some serious changes in this society…

I have stopped writing in doublespeak on this blog, which should be obvious, since you have read some of my earlier posts…

I picked on Millard because he is a racist, hatemongering, person, and his blog is proof of that...I live in the United States, not New Africa…Obama got elected by the people, regardless of his skin color, like him or not…Millard has no place in my world…

Calling Geoff a sissy this morning on his blog… This stuff is just juvenile…Playground 4th grade…

All these old geezers, past their prime, hating each other….I am running out of patience….Which is going to show, since I have no problem saying the same things in person...No problem at all…I tried to piss off the people I wrote things about…Reptilian Brain as my wife accuses me of and wrote about on this very blog…

Popp made it personal to me…Singled me out as one of his targets…That’s fine… Popp calling me into his fight, was a miscalculation on his part…Why piss on my leg…He was much better off leaving me to alone to pick on the developers running City Hall and a racist…I know how to fight back very well….

I look for illegal activity going on at City Hall…. Not playground sand...If it’s there, I will find it..

I do no have a Facebook account any longer, I just don’t like Big Brother in my life…
Since I need one to post in the Daily Pilot, that may change soon…

9/09/2013 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Ken,
Tell us how you REALLY feel! ;-)

Actually, I think Millard has a man-crush on me! At the last council meeting he kept trying to photograph me and, if you've read his blog you know he's "photographically challenged" - amusing, to say the least, since he proclaims to be a Mensa Man but can't seem to master a point-and-shoot camera.

His blog, always a far, far, far right wing screed, has become increasingly irrelevant in the discussion of important issues. One might have thought it had a wide readership, but according to the folks at Alexa it's ranked something like 23 millionth in the world! Even Popp's brand new blog has a much higher ranking, for goodness sake.

While we used to talk about him and his blog with some frequency, it's becoming increasingly tiresome, so we don't do it much anymore. He purports to being an actor and, I must admit, there's a little bit of Bill Kinney in him. You recall Kinney - played the redneck hillbilly in Deliverance who put Ned Beatty over the log. Suuuueeeee!

So, we won't be talking much about old "Mensa Marty", as former Daily Pilot publisher Tom Johnson used to call him back in the day.

9/09/2013 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

PS: I enjoyed your "bracingly tart" post on Zint's report and Popp's blog. You are an effective and humorous writer. Kudos, once again.

Contemplating the three blogs in a single post reminds me of the Internet-honed fact: There are so many sources of data and information available now that a person of any persuasion can easily find confirmation of his/her biases and confidently go forth, "knowing" that he/she really knows the TRUTH on any and every issue. All that can confidently be said, though, is that each such person knows a truth or two, but not the TRUTH.

For example, suppose I tell you of two individuals ... one subscribes to the Wall Street Journal and watches Fox News, the other subscribes to the New York Times and watches MSNBC. Then I ask you to guess how each one feels about "climate change." You'll probably be 100% correct in your guess.

9/09/2013 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

Geoff...

I wiped the cat feces from between my toes, gave your Pit Bull one more pet, looked at the weird photos of you, washed the other links down with bleach and will get back to the task at hand...

9/09/2013 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Ken, you are absolutely correct. But I don't see him making fools of anyone. Its them that look like fools. They have to have their dias to attack people. They need the power granted to them in order to attack people. Without it, they are the crap on the bottom of our shoes. I agree, that if I saw them treating someone like that in public, I would not stand for it either. He did that at the Feet to the Fire meeting, when he didn't like how the questioning went. He lit into our gracious hosts and yelled in her face in front of his children and many other onlookers. This man is a nothing...an absolute zero in my book.

And don't even get me started on that loser Mensinger, who can't get a job, lies, like to bully people, sued multiple times, including s***** harassment. Another loser. I don't know what Costa Mesa was thinking to elect this guy. But I suspect they are wiser now!

9/09/2013 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

Where's My Coffee?

Mensinger has a job, believe me...

The City Council work is just a burp after a 10 course meal....

9/09/2013 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

http://youtu.be/EX9KoxJh2-k

We all knew what type of politician Righeimer would be. If you are just now getting involved because you are now being personally impacted by his decisions. Grab a pitchfork and join the mob.

9/09/2013 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Ken, I agree with you.
It's time to take our city back.
Hopefully we will with the November 2014 elections.

9/10/2013 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

kwahlf....

This next election is going to get very complicated...Very fast..

Some old money needs to come into play to knock the current pedestal over...

It is almost time for the war chest to build for the candidates who will pop up within weeks here...

The gloves have to come off this go around...No more Mr.Nice guy...

Finding the right people that can withstand the humiliation and exposure of running for council, is very complex...

9/10/2013 03:30:00 PM  

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