PRICE GOUGE ALL YOU WANT
This summer, Orange County Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce, Gary Miller and John Campbell told gas-station owners to price gouge all they want. The group helped block a proposal to allow presidents the power to declare an up-to-30-day energy-emergency period (say, for example, in the wake of a hurricane disaster such as Katrina) when gas distributors would be prohibited from setting “unconscionably excessive” prices in a specific geographical area. Loretta Sanchez, OC’s lone Democrat in Congress and a potential future candidate for governor, supported the measure.

POLISHING OC’S NUTBALL REPUTATION
Never mind that Lake Forest’s Rick Warren of Saddleback Church lied to Barack Obama and a national TV audience in August when he guaranteed that the second person to be interviewed, Senator John McCain, was in a “cone of silence” and couldn’t know questions in advance. Warren’s still a relative lightweight at partisan politics when compared to the likes of Anaheim-based Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition and Reverend Wiley Drake of Buena Park.

Sheldon, whose family lives comfortably off its hysterical, anti-gay, direct-mail operation, squealed in delight for every reporter he could find after Sarah Palin’s GOP Convention acceptance speech. Sheldon told a San Francisco Chronicle reporter that Palin’s attacks on Obama had made him feel like he’d “died and went to heaven.” Never mind that Sheldon has ranted for years about the evils of a promiscuous society. He told The Orange County Register that “it’s thrilling” that Palin’s unwed high-school-aged daughter is choosing to give birth to a baby. He said we should “be applauding” her.

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For his part, Drake further ensured OC’s reputation as a home to kooks by calling for a national “telephonic prayer meeting” to ask God to unleash rain on Obama during his outdoor Democratic National Convention acceptance speech at Denver’s Invesco Field. Classy. God apparently heard the request, but saw to it a bit late, instead slamming Hurricane Gustav into the U.S. at the start of the Republican convention.

IT’S YOUR MONEY, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT
Without a word of public apology at its July 22 meeting, the Larry Agran-controlled Irvine City Council—which for nearly a decade has repeatedly promised citizens a sports park and cultural center as well as fire and aviation museums at the proposed Great Park—voted to spend $1,817,000 in public funds to study the feasibility of keeping its promise.

rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com

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