Just Words

The proudly ignorant discount the value of words. To them, people who use words to convey important ideas are contemptible. Their brainless brayings are pitched as the voice of the common man, the voice of common sense over intellectualism. Think: Don Bankhead, Pat McKinley, and F. Dick Jones.

Others are more savvy. Slightly.

Following in the footsteps of Dr. Josef Goebbels they are well aware that words do convey meaning. Powerful meaning. These mouthpieces are not particularly articulate themselves, but they know what Fullerton’s Three Blind Mice won’t admit. Words convey meaning; propaganda is power.

It is particularly annoying when an institution that represents itself as an independent, Constitutionally protected entity breezily and contentedly goes along with the bullshit a government promulgates to mischaracterize its criminal malfeasance.

And so we come (finally) to the Orange County Register, a pathetic collection of  intellectual flotsam and jetsam, stranded on the beach as the tide of journalistic integrity and competence retreated forever. Composed of sad nitwits like Lou Ponsi, Jim Radcliffe, and David Whiting, this diminishing band of high school newspaper stringers bravely soldiers on, regurgitating the banal nonsense peddled to it by city hall press releases and chamber of commerce newsletters. That’s all they can do, and their paltry livelihoods depend on it.

Ever since the story broke about the homicide of the mentally ill homeless guy, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of the Fullerton PD, the dim bulbs at the Register have fallen all over themselves to pass along a vocabulary intended to diminish the story. First, of course, is the outright stoogery of the tool Whiting. More subtle is the way Ponsi and his ilk have used language to subtly portray as fact the utterly nonsensical.

First it was a “scuffle” and a “tussle;” a veritable pillow fight that went on until Thomas (somehow) “became unconscious.” As the the truth emerged and the hideous images and eyewitness testimony have been revealed, the Defenders of the Faith have decide that well, maybe, just maybe, it was an “altercation” or even, perhaps, an actual “fight.”

A fight. Yes it was a fight. As a Fullerton PD goon’s knee crashed into his windpipe Kelly Thomas fought for air. Then he fought for life itself as six animals beat the life out of him, or stood to the side and watched as it was done to him. Were they laughing as they smashed the Taser handles into Kelly’s face? Register readers will never know.

The animals that murdered Kelly have their own demons they will have to contend with, if, in fact, they are capable of feeling any sense of guilt or remorse at all. But I hope that a particularly low circle of Hell awaits those who, when they had an opportunity to disseminate the truth, decided to join the gang of killers; and did so under the perforated shield of “impartiality.” They are cowards and thieves. They have robbed the public of the truth.


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  1. #1 by pork eater on August 12, 2011

    will the autopsy results ever be released? if so, when? if not, why not? i imagine Ron Thomas will get his own autopsy performed if he hasn’t already.

    follow this on facebook. tell your friends. don’t let this blow over!


  2. #2 by wooly eyes on August 13, 2011

    If it is ok with the Thomas family someone should link that you tube/You’re killing me! video to the current and every upcoming comment section in the oc register comment section that is writing about Kelly.

  3. #3 by Dr. Zillman on August 12, 2011

    Excellent post!

  4. #4 by Big Jes on August 12, 2011

    Finally, someone with a brain writes for the change that has escaped my summation for years. This will bring change… keep up the good work English Major.

  5. #5 by Jiminy on August 13, 2011

    Beautifully written post English Major!

  6. #6 by Anon on August 12, 2011

    Hey all you outraged, Be warned…This police corruption, police brutality thing is not going to go away from California soon!

    California Government, and certainly the County of Los Angeles Courts- if not the Fullerton Courts as well – have blood on their hands.

    If the police in California beat you up you need to file a California Government Claim. See link below


    If you do not file a California Government Code Claim after 6 months you cannot file a case against the police, or the other California Government Entities and THEN YOU CANNOT PURSUE A LAWSUIT.

    In some cases in County of Los Angeles Santa Monica if you have a case against the police and have not filed a California Government Claim – the California Court can pretend to have a hearing – but it is a set up for police brutality – like a back alley – and the police beat you up further for reporting their corruption as well as the Government Entities’s corruption. And the County Courts don’t care…

    See: http://cache.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=2999255&page_id=40502187&page_url=%2f%2fwww.copcrimes.com%2fsantamonica.htm&page_last_updated=10%2f1%2f2000+3%3a11%3a50+PM&firstName=Laurence&lastName=Rubin

    Note: the Sheriff Deputy who was not the sheriff involved – even though County Sheriff Lee Baca says he was – was convicted in Federal Court in 2008 in a different matter.

  7. #7 by Boycott Slide Bar on August 13, 2011

    Seems like the race of those involved was very important to the compaintant in the second link. Bringing race and politics into every situation always taints it.

  8. #8 by Anon on August 13, 2011

    No Boycott Slide Bar

    The race was very important to Santa Monica College, the County of Los Angeles and Sheriff Lee Baca since these Government entities were trying to make it a race issue when it was not a race issue – it was a Santa Monica College Police Corruption issue.

    That the victim was white and the Santa Monica College Police Officer Ron Marable was African American was besides the point and a diversion away from Santa Monica College Police and Official Corruption – so as to keep the College SQUEEKY CLEAN – WHEN IT WAS AS DIRTY AS HELL.

  9. #9 by Police State on August 12, 2011

    Authorities interrupt cell phone reception to break up protest of police shooting…

    Happened in none other than lovely San Francisco… read for yourselves. Freedom.is being trampled upon to an ever increasing degree. What is this? Syria?


  10. #10 by Shane on August 12, 2011


    So, if I happened to get stabbed, shot or had a medical issue during the times they disabled those towers I couldnt call for help.

    I’m pretty sure what they did violates federal law but …they’ll get away with it.

  11. #11 by Police State on August 13, 2011

    Exactly. The coppers told the BART to shut down the cell towers. they will get away with it because MaGovt. does nothing wrong because too many people DEPEND on her for those pensions, parties, and Porches. Oh, and promotions!

    Anyway, Infringement of rights… infringed upon every day by egomaniacs who think THEY know whats best for YOU…

    …kind of like Ron Thomas’ right to see the video NOW!

  12. #12 by Sure to Give the Cops a Laugh on August 13, 2011

  13. #13 by Boycott Slide Bar on August 13, 2011

    The very reason cities are going into bancruptcy is the abuses of the pension system by city employees – principally police and firefighters. They have robbed the coffers for decades and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

  14. #14 by Anonymous on August 13, 2011

    Thank you for posting this.

  15. #15 by Nilou on August 12, 2011

    I spoke to Ron at the bus station on Aug. 5th to advise that he have a private autopsy conducted- he said that would not be possible as Kelly’s body (RIP) has been cremated….

  16. #16 by ExPat ExLawyer on August 13, 2011

    I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve advocated a private autopsy here in a couple of comments and also at the OCR. Casey Anthony might be looking at life imprisonment right now if they hadn’t done their own autopsy.

  17. #17 by fullerton lover on August 14, 2011

    I was wondering if their has been a memorial or funeral service? I also thought it would be nice to have a funeral procession here in Fullerton for Kelly just like police officers get when they are killed in the line of duty.

  18. #18 by Reality Check on August 12, 2011

    Hadn’t seen this linked before. New York Times article:


    “Still, what exactly happened on the night of July 5 remains the subject of multiple investigations, and to date the police have not offered a clear report of what occurred, …”

    That was written over a week ago.

  19. #19 by Through different eyes on August 12, 2011

  20. #20 by Someone with balls @ OCR? on August 13, 2011

    Great opinion piece by a guy (the editor?) at The Register:


  21. #21 by mr. boo on August 13, 2011

    That’s not an editor at the Register. The person doesn’t write for the Register. It’s an opinion piece by someone who works with California Watch, an on-line center for investigative journalism. It just opened a Southern California bureau this month, which operate out of the OCR’s building, even though they’re not affiliated with the Register. http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/08/california-watch-expands-south-with-a-new-partnership/

  22. #22 by EyeNeverSayNo on August 13, 2011

    #mr. boo wrote “The person doesn’t write for the Register.”

    Sorry but that’s just wrong. The author, Steven Greenhut is a longtime contributor to the Register’s Opinion section, and in fact has been a front page feature columnist in that section whose work I’ve enjoyed for years. The OCR’s editorial view has always been rooted in libertarianism, making their whitewashed reports on the beatdown murder of Kelly Thomas all the more confounding.

  23. #23 by EyeNeverSayNo on August 13, 2011

    That’s the Register I have known and loved. The OCR of liberterian founder R.C. Hoiles, the late great Alan Bock, and Steven Greenhut, not the OCR of David Whiting and the hack reporters that have been issuing apologia after apologia on this issue thinly disguised as news.

  24. #24 by David on August 13, 2011

    Kansas City Star:

    Fullerton council wants watchdog to review police actions in beating death of homeless man.

    “in beating death of homeless man”

    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/12/3073559/fullerton-council-wants-watchdog.html#ixzz1Utn5GkM6

  25. #25 by David on August 13, 2011

    Is the mayor an MD? For real?? How the hell did that happen??? He will end up in jail with the rest of them. Many of Fullertons’s finest will serve time according to my FBI (sources). Big time cover-up.

  26. #26 by Jane on August 13, 2011

    Has anyone seen this article about Sellers in “Voice of OC”?


    Sorry if this has already been posted.

  27. #27 by merijoe on August 14, 2011

    You didnt need a medical degree when he graduated college in 1860

  28. #28 by David on August 13, 2011

    Big time cover up

  29. #29 by Allen Bacon on August 13, 2011

    English Major, well done and well said. I totally agree with you on this. And I am not sure if any of you saw this or not. There was a letter that got into the Register asking for the resignation of Sharon Quirk-Silva on Tuesday and praising Chief Sellers. The problem with the letter was that it was an outright lie…claiming that Quirk-Silva voted for the Chevron development of Coyote Hills. That letter should have never been published or at the very least a disclaimer claiming that the person that wrote the letter was either lying or did not have the facts straight. Where were the fact checkers on that one. The Register has become useless. And since when do you put an Op-Ed piece on the front news page? What nonsense. Thank you FFFF for being on the cutting edge of this story and holding the responsible party’s feet to the fire on this one. Don’t give up people!!!

  30. #30 by Mr. Peabody on August 13, 2011

    Yes, I saw that, too. However Quirk did support the massive entitlements for the awful Jefferson Commons and the equally awful Amerige Court.

  31. #31 by guy bezzar on August 13, 2011

    Thank you for that! Every time i read it was a fight, or an altercation, i cringe. Kelly Thomas was beaten by 6 thug cops. They beat him until he died, simple as that. The Register can spin it any way they want, but that’s what happened. Thank God the FBI is involved, maybe we will get the truth that way. In the meantime, thank you guys for keeping this going.I’m driving up from San Clemente in a bit. We must stop these criminal cops! Justice for Kelly Thomas!

  32. #32 by Ignacio Lopez on August 13, 2011

    Actions and video witness are powerful than words and reasons to Fullerton Polices and politicans.
    When Fullerton polices and officials smell blood from your nostril, they are going wild and out of control. Begging will only make it worse like dumping fuel on fire on these cops.
    ‘Please, please, please God, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,'” and screaming and then yelling, “Dad! … Dad! … Dad!”in his last breath and desperation from the heart?

  33. #33 by ratso on August 13, 2011

    welcome to America. Whats taking place in Fullerton and at the OC register is an exact replica of the entire country.

    Cops, bolstered by fear and multiple tv shows that depict them as heroes, never as villians, abuse and terrorize the populace.

    Journalism, once thought of as a noble profession that served the interests of the community and, more importantly, the principles of fairness and impartiality, have become whores, penning stories that do none of the above, and only serve an agenda that benefits the elite.

    Make no mistake, this is no accident nor is it an isolated incident. This is our system. The elites feed us propaganda through the tube and every other medium they control (thank god for FF.org), and the cops are their personal police force, beating and arresting and incarcerating the middle and lower class at an alarming rate, turning us into a police state that locks up (oppresses) more of it’s citizens than any other country on earth.

    While it is miraculous, encouraging, refreshing, wonderful, to read an article with the anger and tone that the situation merits, and the encouragement and support from the community, this is one battle in a very large war.

    And it all started with little Kelly Thomas. Who knew he would grow up to be the catalyst that galvanized our societies anger and opened our eyes to who our real enemies are? Thanks Kelly. Your death will not be in vain.

  34. #34 by van get it da artiste on August 13, 2011

    the OC register had the gall to say Kelly Thomas was in a fight with the FPD. No where is “with” and “fight” shown in the videos or said by the eyewitnesses

  35. #35 by Anonymous on August 14, 2011

    Ron Thomas had his son cremated… that’s intresting. I would think, since he doesn’t trust the police and the DA, he would have wanted to have an independant autopsy done.

  36. #36 by merijoe on August 14, 2011

    Anonymous shut up moron, your kind compassion overwhelms me

  37. #37 by MeYou on August 15, 2011

    van get it da artiste :
    the OC register had the gall to say Kelly Thomas was in a fight with the FPD. No where is “with” and “fight” shown in the videos or said by the eyewitnesses

    you don’t fight 6 officers unless it is a fight for your life

  38. #38 by MeYou on August 15, 2011

    Those cops knew they were murdering Kelly Thomas and they even got the local establishments to help them in their thirst for blood

    This is very nazi like .. go around to local businesses and make sure “group X” gets reported for false shit so we can beat the fuck out of them and teach them a lesson


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