Monday, June 26, 2017

Costa Mesa Politics

Propaganda in opinion pieces In previous blogs we’ve studied examples of propaganda. Today let’s expand our search from news and blogs to opinion pieces. We’ll consider a column and a letter to the editor, both in September issues of the Daily Pilot. Defense criticized for what’s missing Candidate Monahan wrote, in a Pilotcommentary defending the Charter: …I can think of ... Read More »

Charter Chat     There’s so much Charter debate – and misinformation – spewing into Costa Mesa’s news and views now. Good? Bad? Both? Let’s take a look at the Charter, in a blog or three. Just what does it actually say? What’s it all about? First, there are two types of city government under California State Law: Charter Cities ... Read More »

I’d have whipped him, that’s for sure (updated) Remember being in Junior High School when a (fist) fight was anticipated? Most often one party didn’t show and the other swaggered around (secretly relieved) throwing punches at an imaginary opponent and daring the opponent to come out and fight. The Anti-M candidates (Genis, Weitzberg, and Stephens) are really, really, ready to ... Read More »

There’s a right way to display Flag customs and courtesies are simple. For example, when the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building. If there are others present When flown with ... Read More »

Found another blog (Updated 21 Sep) Today I was checking the news and some of the more irrational blogs surveying propaganda techniques used in this election, and I found a new blog. Actually, I was referred to it by a hysterical, semi-homophobic outburst from a regular blogger.   Fear and loathing in the cauldron After reading this in Geoff West’s ... Read More »

“They stole our place on the patio!” Apparently a local blogger has taken his intimidation classes seriously.  Before the Council meeting last night, Geoff was upset that another group set their table in the place that his CM4RG (I think that’s the correct acronym and name) usually uses. So, he scowled, and mumbled incomprehensible comments as he photographed them. Huh! ... Read More »

PROPAGANDA SEEN THIS WEEK Now let’s take another look at propaganda techniques being used in this election; last week we said we’d look for ad hominem attacksand repetition of a simple message or mantra, and look for evidence of perfidy. According to Wikipedia, Propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience . . . (It) ... Read More »

Candidates Deserve Better Opposition Re: “Contract with Costa Mesa” by Steve Mensinger in the Daily Pilot 14 Sep.,0,6784697.story Too honest to be a politician What a refreshing new perspective! A politician who says, “here’s what I believe our problems are, what I believe the city needs, and what I intend to do to solve the problems and meet Costa Mesa’s  needs.” ... Read More »

Candidates’ Info Update  I’ve attended a couple of Candidates’ Forums now, and some neighborhood meetings, and I’ve tried to communicate with each candidate personally and by email. I’ve had multiple contacts with two of “the M’s” and one of the CM4RG candidates… Sandra Genis I’ve spoken briefly with Sandra Genis, who is pleasant and cheerful, but has turned and walked away when I asked ... Read More »

Persuasion, Propaganda, and Perfidy in Costa Mesa  The campaigning for November’s election is developing into a study of how to get other folks to vote for your preferences. Three techniques are popular, but let’s first look at two methods of changing people’s beliefs, or persuading them, that aren’t being used to earn your vote. The first is science; and science is immune to consensus. ... Read More »