Friday, December 15, 2006

White Supremacists Snagged - Where's The CM Press?

The local media this morning reported that 57 white supremacists were arrested in sweeps throughout Orange County. The Los Angeles Times, here, and the Orange County Register, here, had basically the same story - 300 law enforcement personnel though out the county coordinated raids in several cities. Neither mentioned Costa Mesa.

However, our newspaper of record, The Daily Pilot, in a story by Michael Alexander, here, reported that 20 people were arrested in Costa Mesa as a result of raids on 17 locations. If these numbers hold up, this is big news. Nearly a third of the total number of people arrested in these sweeps around the county were snatched up in Costa Mesa. One would think any public spirited resident who professes to be pro-law enforcement would be all over this story.

However, the CM Press - a blog run by a guy who writes essays on far right-wing web sites - is curiously mute on this story. In the past he has been all over any kind of activity that might be a criminal act by the Latinos among us, but here is the biggest law enforcement sweep in my memory in our city going "unreported" by this hypocrite.

As the old saying goes, his silence speaks volumes.

And where, by the way, are the comments from our erstwhile mayor, Allan Mansoor, on this subject? In the past he's been out front whenever a Latino appears to be involved in a crime. You will certainly recall his insensitive comments following the murder of Israel Maciel a few months ago. Where is he on this one?

So, how do we interpret this silence? A cynical person might suspect that the CM Press is in support of those folks arrested, so wants to downplay it. Having read most of his essays in the past few years, he certainly does seem to be a kindred spirit to those white supremacists arrested.

This should give those 10,122 people who voted for Mansoor in the recent election some food for thought.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As the old saying goes, his silence speaks volumes."

Maybe CM Press was swept up with the rest of the... well one can hope anyway.

12/15/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of the 10,122 voters that elected Allan Mansoor, I’ll betcha he just hasn’t had a chance to offer an opinion. I suspect that since this was a multiple city/agency, law enforcement operation, the the news has just been released and we will be hearing from our council members, as they are able to respond. The proof is that our “dive for the mike” Foley was also curiously quiet on this bust.

I’ll offer my opinion that any gang that commits crimes in our city should be brought to justice regardless of their race or ethnic makeup. The recent focus on Latino gangs may be due to their being both more prevalent and active in Costa Mesa.

I did find it interesting that our local police took action on the possession of counterfeiting equipment. I thought this was a potential violation of a federal law and didn’t expect our city cops to be responsible for enforcing federal law.

12/15/2006 02:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised to see crime go up now that Mansoor and Leece are in office. Keep up the pressure on "your" neighbor.

12/15/2006 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CMPD is very focused on white gangs, seemilngly almost to the exclusion of latino gangs. The most recent Citizens Police Academy had a module on gangs and vice. They passed around pictures of gang members, all white, and then gave an oratory on the seriousness of white gangs in CM. There was about five minutes devoted to the graffitti monikers of about 10 latino gangs but they were pretty much dismissed as just property crimes. CM Press should definitely write about the white gangs such as number in CM vs. number of Latino gang members in CM and what the scope of their crimes are. Pilot should also write if any illegals are being caught by our ICE screener in the jail. Pilot should also ask for comments by mayor and council on the recent raids.

12/16/2006 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ho,Ho,Ho. Now, let me tell you the Spanish version. Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo. Well boy, white supremacist gang members being arrested for threatening our police officers and apparently for dealing with illegal drugs, and selling illegal weapons is the news of the day. Your favorite neighbor or "666", whose name has been kept en secreto for some reason that I don't understand, might be digging up his constitutional law books to save his "camaradas" and "hermanos" from putrefying in a federal penitenciary. I still wish him/her Feliz Navidad, and I really hope his mind works much better --with less hate-- in this coming year.

12/16/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to watchur6's comment:
"CM Press should definitely write about the white gangs such as number in CM vs. number of Latino gang members in CM and what the scope of their crimes are."

CM Press has no credibility with respect to objectiveness and therefore this would be a complete waste of time. Even he knows that. A much better solution would be for both the LA Times and the Register to start reporting on the community participation, both positive and negative , of all of our citizens. Then maybe some of the more myopic Costa Mesans would start to see a more vibrant view of their community and neighbors.

When a group of people constantly espouse a negative view, it is no shock to anyone that some citizens have only a negative view of their community. CM Press constantly beats on Foley claiming that she does not believe that there is any crime in Costa Mesa. Yet, if you were to listen to CM Press, you would believe that Costa Mesa is a snake pit of criminal gang activity, slums, decaying schools and that the streets are patrolled by a police force staffed with those that have a personal agenda and will only selectively prosecute criminal activity. When I hear this, I don’t want to live here either. Fortunately for me, when I walk out my door in the morning, I meet my neighbors who are upstanding citizens doing their part to keep our community a desirable place for all to live. They say pleasant things and smile. I don’t smell any whiff of pollution from the west side that has been proven to be only in the imagination of CM Press and I momentarily forget the very real acrid pollution coming out of CM Press.

Just my opinions, thank you for reading them!

12/16/2006 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

As a high school teacher of German, I provided my students with multitudes of lessons about the Holocaust and the horrors of racism. We went on field trips to the Museum of Tolerance every year! Every new Level 1 class viewed Schindler's List.

The students came to view me as a "guardian" of tolerance and a "watchdog" against racism at our school. Whenever an act of racism was perpetrated on our campus, the kids who witnessed this would come running to my classroom to report the event. Often, with camera in hand, I would head out to the scene of the crime on campus and record it for the school paper: huge SS letters burned into the baseball field with gasoline, an SS sticker stuck to the flagpole in our quad, WAR (White Aryans) flyers stuffed into student lockers, my student's car (she's Jewish) scraped with keys from back to front, and on and on and on.

The racist activity on our campus was almost exclusively the white supremacist kind. The movement is insidious. We need to be loud in our protests. We need to publically support the various police efforts to contain these white supremacist criminals.

12/17/2006 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"less hate"? where is the hate in what i say? Seriously, point it out and I will take an honest look at it. I may disagree but do not resort to hate or even namecalling of those who disagree with me. Somehow, I have now become "666". Very nice.

12/18/2006 09:22:00 PM  

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