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Welcome to Al's Corner - "Pouring Gasoline on the Dumpster Fire of Davis Politics" - Volume #9

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Alan C. Miller

EVERY DAVIS VANGUARD COMMENT SECTION. JULY, 2022 EDITION

Commenter A, Todays' Date, Time
I am smarter than you.

Commenter B, Todays' Date, Time
No, I am smarter than you. I am an economist and an environmental consultant.

Commenter C, Todays' Date, Time
I am smarter than you, and who are you to say I am not an environmental consultant nor an economist?

Commenter B, Todays' Date, Time
You live in Woodland, nothing you say matters!

Your comment is awaiting moderation until the end of time
Commenter C, Todays' Date, Time
I thought the Vanguard doesn't allow comments like this.

Commenter D, Todays' Date, Time
Because, NIMBY! Because, Racism! Because City Council!

Commenter E, Todays' Date, Time
Because, Police! Because, Disproportionately! Because Harm!

Commenter F, Todays' Date, Time
I . . . am . . . smarter than . . . everybody else . . . here! . . . . . .

Your comment is awaiting moderation until the end of time
Commenter G, Todays' Date, Time
Trump was smarter than Biden! (cites N.Y. Post)

Commenter F, Todays' Date, Time
You are not smart, you cited non-progressive media.

Commenter H, Todays' Date, Time
I am smarter than everyone else. I used to work in the housing industry.

Commenter I, Todays' Date, Time
I am smarter than everyone else. We need to put a cap on 113, relocate 80 south of town, double the length of the Olive-Pole Line connector, and plow a bike expressways straight through houses to build a straight bike expressway from East to West across Davis using eminent domain. Dreamers dream dreams.

Commenter J, Todays' Date, Time
I am not smarter than all of you, but I have the power to keep smarter people from posting, and to make green things grow. By the power vested in me by a vote of the Board 7-0, using the new comment guidelines, which don't exist, so my ego will have to do. Also, your views, smartypants, are so vile that they may cause harm to un-named and not-indentified persons. Or start a civil war. If you have any questions don't quarrel with me in comments but instead email me and I promise to reply. But I never will.

Commenter K [who is actually Commenter F], Todays' Date, Time
I am definitely not smarter than everyone else but I think I am because I get up at 3:00 a.m. every single day of the year (except Thanksgiving weekend) and regurgitate old articles, news from other media, comments, and other blogs (though I won't admit it). AND the most import thing in the world is the Covid-19 rate in prisons.

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Commenter L, Todays' Date, Time
Why doesn't Alan Miller post here anymore?

ANSWER: Because he committed commenticide and created "Al's Corner", which won the recent Davis pole for most useful media source in Davis! Commenter L is clearly the smartest commenter of all!

Commenter M, Todays' Date, Time
I am smarter than all of you. I own a subsidized innovation incubator and I will need more space in the future because.

Commenter N, Todays' Date, Time
I used to comment here but I don't anymore because I do not wish to support or participate in this blog and its policies in any way. But an issue came up today that I cannot let stand and am forced to comment on: I am smarter than all of you times a thousand!

Alan C. Miller

I had Covid-19. It sucked. I lived (much to the chagrin of my enemies, foreign and domestic). I blame the City Council for not wearing masks at meetings, even though I never went to a meeting. Because, why not? We blame them for everything else. Ok it was bat soup or a lab leak. Whatever.

Alan C. Miller

Note: The comment on comments is fictional. Ish. Any resemblance to actual comments is purely coincidental. Ish.

Roberta L. Millstein

I guess I must just be imagining that I can guess pretty much who all of your "fictional" commenters are. 😉

I can think of one or two semi-regulars you left out, but that's OK. Nicely done.

Ron O

I think there's only one guy on there who actually claims to be "smarter" than anyone else, and attempts to win arguments based upon that claim.

Alan C. Miller

Please feel free to add more 'fictional characters' in the comments, RLM! Commenters "O" and "P" await!

Alan C. Miller

" I think there's only one guy on there who actually claims to be "smarter" than anyone else, and attempts to win arguments based upon that claim. "

Maybe so, literally, but I sure get the feeling that a lot of those fictional characters are certain they are correct, whether they claim professional cred or not.

Alan C. Miller

I SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING NOMINATION TO: "The Vanguard 2022 Justice Award"

Alan C. Miller for the creation of "Al's Corner", winner of the award for most important media outlet in Yolo County (in the future). Al's Corner deserves the Civil Rights award for promotion and support of free speech in Yolo County, with a nearly 100% comment submission to publication ratio. I say nearly 100% because I once chose to censor myself. Al's Corner has, to date, banned no one. Al's Corner is mom, apple pie & Chevrolet. America and free speech - God Bless Amerca! Al's Corner kicks the Davis Vanguard's ass on free speech, though, give us 16 years and we might censor something. Our rules at Al's Corner are simple and clear and we adhere to those rules. Unlike the Davis Vanguard that seethes in morbid hypocrisy and sucks balls. Alan C. Miller is an appreciated treasure, loved by the masses for his jovial humor, Santa Claus like belly laugh, and helping old ladies across the street. Al's Corner is a reflection this sunshiny personality, and will forever, or at least for a few more weeks, glisten in the rabid creation of anti-toxic genuflection.

Roberta L. Millstein

Commenter O: I am smarter than all of you and will write a very long analysis with graphs and tables and bullet points to show you why I am right, but I'll leave the conclusion off, so you'll have to guess.

Commenter P: I am smarter than all of you and will write a very long analysis with graphs and tables and bullet points to show you why I am right. My conclusion is so incendiary that it will have flames and sparks shooting off of it.

Ron O

"Please feel free to add more 'fictional characters' in the comments, RLM! Commenters "O" and "P" await!"

I don't know about "O", but in regard to "P" - maybe this stands the "Passive-aggressive" guy. Also overlapping with "I", for "Innuendo" guy. (Same guy, actually.)

One problem being that no one understands what the innuendo refers to in the first place, much of the time. To quote Monty Python, "wink-wink, nudge-nudge", I guess.

But at least he doesn't constantly claim to be one of the "S" guys (Smarter-than-the-average bear, to quote Yogi.)

Ron O

And branching out beyond the Vanguard, there's two "L" (lawn) guys on another Davis publication, firing-off letters in response to each other regarding whether or not one of them has a right to water his lawn.

With one of those "L" guys also claiming to be an "S" (smart) guy, on the Vanguard.

Again, just fictional characters.

Regarding the fictional character described by Roberta, above: "I am smarter than all of you and will write a very long analysis with graphs and tables and bullet points to show you why I am right, but I'll leave the conclusion off, so you'll have to guess."

The fact that you can't figure out this character's conclusion is proof-positive that he's smarter than you. :-)

O.K., - who's next in this local celebrity / fictional roast?

Rik Keller

Hey, Alan M: I am smarter than you because I got banned from the Vanguard WAY before you did! ;)

Alan C. Miller

RK, I concede. The crown is yours.

Colin walsh

Commenter Q
I am smarter than you because JeRkeD made you dumber. I am the most opposed to JeRkEd of everyone because I see that it is ruing all of California and made it so I couldn’t by a house until I could.

Keith

"Hey, Alan M: I am smarter than you because I got banned from the Vanguard WAY before you did! ;)"

A badge of honor.

Keith

Fictitious Commenter R

I've only lived in Davis for 100 years...but what do I know...have I told you that I lived in Davis for 100 years...yes, I've lived in Davis for 100 years...

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: “Monday Morning Thoughts: Anything to Avoid Building Housing”, The David Vanguard, August 1, 2022

First, regurgitate large sections from two articles I've already read, and intersperse that with your opinion that I disagree with.

Now THAT is "journalism" I can USE!

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Commentary: It’s Not Just Money, but Bureaucracy Driving Shortage of Affordable Housing" (David Vanguard 2022-08-03)

Comment: #yawn#

Keith

"Comment: #yawn#"

B o o o o o r i n g

Both the articles and the comment section.

Alan C. Miller

It's OK KO, it's OK! The lead article today isn't about housing, it's a new, unique and exciting theme at the Vanguard: 'The new SF DA, as the Yolo DA, is the spawn of Satan'.

Regurgitation! Celebration! Vanguardization!

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Guest Commentary: Yolo Food Bank Chairperson Censured and Admonished, but Board Cover-Up Continues" (The David Vanguard 2022-08-04)

In the back-n-forth on who is the real devil at YFB, I believe it is important for us to consider the possibility that both sides are guilty of their own sins, and only see the sins of the other 'side'. Both sides may indeed be correct about the sins of the other.

I hope this opens the eyes of those who see nonprofits as some sort of angelic entity that can only do good and only attracts angels that perform selfless work in reflection of The Almighty.

Bill (William) Marshall

SUBJECT: "Guest Commentary: Yolo Food Bank Chairperson Censured and Admonished, but Board Cover-Up Continues" (The David Vanguard 2022-08-04)

"the back-n-forth on who is the real devil at YFB" reminds me of a Dan Brown novel...

I believe that the focus should not be on who the "devils" or "angels" are, but rather the core mission of the organization is... and this family supports its core mission, and are hoping THAT is not forgotten... and if one supports the core mission, how to move forward, and not be obsessed with the 'rear-view mirror', realizing there may be challenges in the present...

There are some, who have commented on the VG, who appear to disagree with the mission of YFB, and almost to the extent of "let them eat kale!" And seem inclined to have YFB disappear... my guess is they have never funded, nor volunteered, in any charity...

Alan C. Miller

"And for what? To appease the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. They traded the community’s trust, the Food Bank’s reputation, and the trust of the tens of thousands of food-insecure residents in Yolo County, to curry favor with five cynical and petty men."

Al's Corner: yeah, right. The author labels every move as 'false' by the board instead of reporting the facts straight up, deifies the staff and the mighty MB, vilifies the board as evil, and ends with calling the entire BofS of Yolo County as "five cynical and petty men".

I've heard criticisms of individual BofS before, but never a sweeping criticism such as this, condemning the entire BofS. With such blanket condemnations of of the YFB Board and the BofS by this author, I think an equally probable explanation is that the Yolo BofS had a legitimate reason for demanding the YFB board terminate its executive director.

I'm not saying I know who the devil is, or if there are no angels, but I remain puzzled how one can seriously write an article like this blanking condemnation of both a non-profit board and an elected board of supes, and offer no explanation of why either body would act that way except to condemn their character. Something much deeper is going on. I would warn against taking the article today at face value.

Alan C. Miller

Boogity

"The morning of May 31, Mr. Muller unexpectedly arrived at the Yolo Food Bank offices and began haranguing staff."

Are we supposed to take this as undisputed fact? No source, etc.?
Ron Oertel August 4, 2022 at 8:48 am

Al's Corner: Yes, you are supposed to. Especially because someone cried because of the big bad man.

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "My View: Gascón Explains Why Crack Down in the Tenderloin Won’t Work" (David Vanguard, 2022-08-06)

Al Corner: Gascon explaining why not, is the best reason to crack down in the Tenderloin.

"This week, the Vanguard spoke to Los Angeles DA George Gascón."

But somehow failed to check in with Alex Villanueva for the counterpoint view.

"the Tenderloin has always been a problem" -- yeah. What hasn't always been a problem are all the additional areas that mirror the historic problem of the Tenderloin.

It will be interesting to see if Brooke Adams or Jeff Reisig wins the DV's "spawn of Satan" award for 2022.

Keith

Alan, I don't go to the Vanguard to read the articles, I go there to shop. LOL

There are some nice sweatshirts being advertised right now...

Ron O

Someone pointed out to me that the Vanguard is now apparently allowing "pop-up" advertisements. Which seems rather unusual for a self-proclaimed non-profit watchdog.

Plus, it's distracting (and a pain in the neck to have to close the ads - as they appear.)

Yet another layer of hassle, before even exposing oneself if you choose to comment.

Keith

"SUBJECT: "My View: Gascón Explains Why Crack Down in the Tenderloin Won’t Work" (David Vanguard, 2022-08-06)"

Well, I tried to post this on the Vanguard but for some reason the moderator won't allow it.

(Paraphrased)

Really, like S.F. cares what a soon-to-be-recalled DA from L.A. has to say about anything in San Francisco.

Alan C. Miller

"I support the democratic process even when/ though it doesn’t always produce the outcomes I prefer." -- D. Greenwald, 2022-08-06

Too bad DG doesn't also support the open discussion of ideas in his own comment section.

Oh, good news: the DV now features annoying floating adverstisements, making your using experience suck even more.

Alan C. Miller

"I tried to post this on the Vanguard but for some reason the moderator won't allow it."

I'm guessing that's because the moderation at the Vanguard sucks donkey balls.

Ha! But seriously folks, even though that was serious, maybe it's because DG said too many comments were 'negative'. So by a unanimous vote the board (and we've all seen how great non-profit boards can be recently) gave full dictatorial power to their moderator, who seems to define 'negative' as anything he really-really-really doesn't agree with, posted by someone he doesn't like, or dryly humorous.

By the standards of the Davis Vanguard, opinions by Republicans in the national press would be considered 'negative', rather than 'political opinions' and therefore would not printed or posted. The scary thing is some of you just agreed with that and thought to yourselves, "yeah, so?" about shutting down Republican opinions in the press.

Alan C. Miller

New Vanguard feature! "Newsy". It's a pop up window that has blah news you didn't ask for. I wonder if the DV 'endorses' the 'content'.

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "“Sunday Commentary: Yolo DA Says He Supports Conviction Review Unit, but Actions Speak Louder Than Words” (The David Vanguard, 2022-08-07)

Quoth the David, “The Vanguard has identified 14 likely wrongful convictions that have occurred since 2006. How many wrongfully convicted people has the Yolo DA’s office freed? Zero.”

RG Comment: "The world according to David."

Al Corner 1: "Ha Ha, burn!"

Al Corner 2: "God Complex"

Al Corner 3: "I need to order almond butter"

Alan C. Miller

The David Vanguard Thought Loop (Obsessive Disorder):

1. Shit on Jeff Reseig

2. Shit on Brooke Jenkins (previously 'defend Chesa')

3. Defend George Gascon

4. Shit on Davis for not having enough affordable housing (whatever that is).

5. Housing for Dummies 101

6. Explain why a shrinking school district must expand.

7. "Looking Back" with a picture of some guy at a podium.

8. Update on Covid-19 numbers in prisons.

Later. Rinse. Repeat.

Did I nail it? Challenge: Make my list better!

Keith

"Did I nail it? Challenge: Make my list better!"

9. 37 genius products from Amazon

10. 37 home and kitchen items from Amazon

11. 37 beauty products from Amazon

12. pop up news videos

13. Bid to Win some Zoom thing

14. even Disneyland ads got in on the action

15. shoe ads

16. home fire sprinkler ads

My head is spinning...

Ron O

Alan M - There is one new "daily feature" on the Vanguard:

9. Wade through (and try to close) the pop-up advertisements.

(Otherwise known as "whack-a-mole".)

Alan C. Miller

KO & RO, re: Ads on Vanguard.

Good news is that annoying ads will drive people away from reading The David Vanguard and may cause them to make even more mistakes. Instead of money grant subsidy from the government to get a new more-user-friendly website as promised, we get a near useless annoying interface that makes one want to stick a finger in their eye. This, combined with more rules and banning Alan Miller, isn't faring well with the community nor the future. I hear Vacaville needs a crappy progressive blog to tell it's citizens what to believe and not allow them to respond, and they are building more housing! Could the future be the Vacaville Vanguard? There's a prison where the VV could find writers, too. And if you like your board, you can keep your board!!!

Keith

"a near useless annoying interface that makes one want to stick a finger in their eye"

Agreed, and here I thought the constant drumbeat for donations was annoying.

Little did I know...

Ron O

Darn it, I just clicked on the "Newsy" link in the Vanguard, without considering its impact.

In other words, I might have accidentally/indirectly contributed a few cents to the Vanguard, by clicking on that link.

I'll be more careful, next time.
:-)

ron glick

The new ad thing on the Vanguard is truly annoying. Perhaps instead David needs a day job like the loyal opposition at the Davisite.

Thought I dodged the ridicule by caricature meme but Colin couldn't resist.

Thanks for nothing Colin.

Alan C. Miller

RG,

"The new ad thing on the Vanguard is truly annoying."

Yup. Guaranteed to drive away readers. Try it on the phone sometime -- it's practically unusable.

"Perhaps instead David needs a day job like the loyal opposition at the Davisite."

Hard to have a day job when you wake up at 3:00am everyday to do your middle-of-the-night job.

"Thought I dodged the ridicule by caricature meme but Colin couldn't resist."

Huh?

"Thanks for nothing Colin."

Huh? Could you explain (without violating the one rule - no personal attacks or doxxing) what you are referring to? I have no idea.

ron glick

See Colin's July 30 10:53 pm post above.

Alan C. Miller

I don't see your name anywhere, RG. But if you see the foo, and it shits, as they say . . . ;-)

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