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Profile in Courage: Fullerton Union H.S. Asst. Principal JOE ABELL

Tuesday night at Fullerton Union High School in Orange County, California. The Senior boys hold their annual mock pageant, the ‘Mr. Fullerton’ competition. In the question-and-answer session, one young man is asked about his future.

When asked where he saw himself in ten years, the student replied that “he hoped to find the love of his life, marry him and hoped gay marriage would be legal . . “


. . while the student was giving his answer, “assistant principal Joe Abell came on stage in front of the hundreds of people in attendance and interrupted [the student’s] speech and disqualified him from the competition . .”

If that isn’t courage. Hearing the geh, walking on stage, halting the event, singling out the speaker, and ejecting him for saying he’d like to fall in love and get married. What guts it takes to punish young men for talking about their hopes and dreams. Today, Steely Old Joe mounted an assault on the P.A. so he could apologize to both the student and the school.

A group of students are already planning a protest campaign against the administrator, though, and plan to deliver letters addressed to the school employee asking “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

That’s a beautiful thing.


Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s global warming solution: clear-cut rainforests and old trees

I don’t follow Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-Orange County, CA) career, so it was possible he’d recently educated himself on Global Warming. But he’s been a clown all his political life, so I probably should have assumed Dana remains a denier. Turns out, he’s still a joke.

First, for some background, here’s Shana Chucklenuts in 2008:

“If global warming was true, the theory tells us that there should be an increase in both the frequency and severity of storms, yet New Orleans has not been hit with a hurricane as powerful (let alone more powerful) than Katrina in the following years.”

Deena Donkeyballz, in 2007:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — one of the 87 percent of congressional Republicans who do not believe in man-made global warming — questioned the authors of the report about a period of dramatic climate change that occured 55 million years ago. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?”

So, he’s a civilized, hard-working man, doing his best to understand complex issues.

He’s not the frustrated little 5 year-old who threw his wood hammer at the dumb peg and stupid board that wouldn’t fit together. He’s not the high school freshman who wooed his future wife by punching her boob and running away. No, he’s not the guy who memorized the Dynamic Carbon Consortium’s “Snappy Comebacks to Stupid Climates” pamphlet in order to rout the university dumb-dumbs:

Do trees cause global warming?

Looking for a solution to global warming? Maybe start clear-cutting many of the world’s forests, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says.

. . he’s hit on an answer by tackling the 80 to 90 percent of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions “generated by nature itself”: Namely, yank down old trees and get rid of the rotting wood in rainforests.

“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?” the California Republican asked Todd Stern, the top U.S. climate diplomat and lead witness at the hearing. “Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?”

Funny. Trees are a big problem, seeing as how they die and rot. They release CO2 that way. Stern didn’t bother with Rohrabacher’s idiocy, but he’s more patient than I am.

Old growth forests chock-full of rot and decay are, at worst, carbon neutral. They still take in CO2 and fix carbon in the soil and in new vegetation. The idea that you can stop decay processes by wiping out forests is like saying you can solve hospital pain management by banning surgery. Bad by-products sometimes trail worthwhile things (like trees dying after taking in CO2 for a couple centuries).

And, Dana, might I ask: how would you clear these growing, breathing ‘problems’? Chain-saws and skip- loaders and back-hoes and pavers and ‘dozers and lumber trucks, all burning diesel? Good plan.

Worse: rainforests and mature forests provide habitats where thousands upon thousands of adaptive species survive exclusively. By wiping out those habitats, a planetary catastrophe results. The Rohrabacher Solution would be the single worst thing to happen to Earth since a massive asteroid struck the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago. So it’s a serious idea, from a serious clown.


This week in Republican racism

Who: Marilyn Davenport. (Apparently there are still people with names like this. Cindie Millington. Dex Fairlight.) She is a “Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party.”

Where: That would be Orange County, California. Birthplace of Dick Nixon.

What: Hilarious e-mail.

“Now you know why no birth certificate”


1.) “You’re not going to make a big deal about this are you?” she asked me. “It’s just an Internet joke.”

2.) “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”

(Good explanation. She knows it’s offensive, so she didn’t send it to people who’d be offended. She probably didn’t send it to any of her Negro buddies. ‘She’s never burned a cross on my lawn,’ one remarked.)

3.) “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” Davenport wrote. “In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race.”

Bonus Excuse:

From Tim Whitacre, Orange County Republican activist . . “As a private individual, she is just real big on Birther stuff. One of her passions that drives her is the president’s lack of forthrightness about where he was born. Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born and so this picture says a thousand words . . She is known as a pleasant, loving person and it kills me that she is being attacked by this non-story knowing her mindset.”


“We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was no meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”

Reasons Not to Cry:

Michael J. Schroeder, former chairman of the California Republican Party . . “This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport,” Schroeder said. “She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach city councilman Dick Nichols who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her.”

Fast Facts: Marilyn will be resigning her position, she just doesn’t know it yet. The story broke Friday, and it’s only Saturday.

h/t: R. Scott Moxley at OC Weekly.

ADD: Everybody’s hot to see a pic of Marilyn. I worked to dig a decent one up, but I couldn’t find it. You’ll have to live with this expanded image from her Facebook page:


Furious Orange County bigots scream at the appearance of Muslims attending a charity event

I only got around to hearing about this today. It occurred at a February 13th Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Relief event in Yorba Linda, California, which is in Republican Orange County. Actually, it’s in Richard Nixon’s Republican Orange County, Dick having been born and raised on Yorba Linda Boulevard.

You’re not likely to see a more hideous display of blind, American bug-eyed hate for Muslims. But it’s an especially ugly clip for all the peaceful, well-dressed Americans attending a fundraiser to support “disaster response & relief, women’s housing, hunger prevention, medical services, family counseling, emergency financial support, and funeral and burial assistance.” See the Facebook page here.

Nonetheless, whatever the setting, the appearance of a group of Muslims was simply too much to bear for Yorba Linda bigots, Tea Party morons and shameless politicians. “BOO!” they shouted directly at virtually every person that showed up. Yes, boo at you, you unknown person who lives around the corner. They also routinely shouted “Go back home! Go back home!” And “USA! USA!” because it was, ostensibly, the Orange County Olympics of racism and bigotry.

But it got even better. “Go home you stupid terrorist!” they screamed. “You beat your women and rape your children!” they yelled. And more:

–“Mohammed was a child molester! Mohammed was a pervert! Mohammed was a pervert!”

–“You beat up your wife, too? Are you a molester? You are, aren’t you? Cuz’ you just sit there and you’re a coward! If there wasn’t a policeman standing right there, you would be . . something else!”

–“Why don’t you go beat up your wife like you do every night? (She probably needs a good beating!) Maybe you oughta go have sex with a nine year old! Marry her!”

–“Take your Shariah and go home! Eat sand!”


But then this, this was the topper. And it didn’t come from some anonymous, slobbering yahoo behind the barricades. This came courtesy Villa Park’s councilwoman Deborah Pauley, who set the tone for the evening when she said this:

“We’re in the heart of Conservative Yorba Linda. That’s no mistake that they come here on a peaceful Sunday evening to instigate trouble.”

And then off she went to her rabid Tea Party protest. Pointing at the ICNA attendees, Deborah warned . .

“Let me tell you, what’s going on over there right now? Make no bones about it, that is pure unadulterated evil.”

Oh, really? Yep, they oughta die:

“I have a wonderful 19 year old son who’s a United States Marine. As a matter of fact, I know quite a few Marines who’ll be very happy to help these terrorists to an early, uh, meeting in paradise.”


CPAC culminates in Ron Paul’s followers “opting out of the whole system”

Ta-Ta. Goodbye, Ron Paul fans. See you in another life. Spy you on an Orange County commune, fashioning Manolo Blahniks from seaweed and mustard plant. Or miss you while you lash away on some Mojave kibbutz, rendering boutique agave to POM tequila mash.

Those three weeks, 4 days per, 5 hours each, will be an instructive hell.

Bwah ha! You’re gonna opt of the system, but give up 10% of everything you earn? You already want the current government to wipe and fellate yer butts for about half of that.

How many of these human halibuts got back to their cars chanting “RON PAUL!” only to, as the offer set in, shout out “ . . wait — HEY!!”

Buzz murder. Let’s see Paultards provide for their own national defense. Let’s see how Persian cats take orders.