Here We Go Again
Thursday, May 27, 1999
Those pugilistic publishers Dan "MoCo Post" Hudson and Paul "Pine Cone" Miller went at it again last week.
With pen clutched firmly in glove, Hudson lashed out at Miller for criticizing the Post''s decision to print a letter from Jose Ramirez, whose given address is the Escamilla Labor Camp in Spreckels. The Ramirez letter criticized Sam Farr for, among other things, "giving our tax money to illegals and funding art groups that compare Jesus Christ to a prostitute," and for voting "to give the homosexuals free reign in our public schools." It turns out the same letter was sent to the Pine Cone and the Weekly. Both publications chose not to publish it.
Charging Miller with stifling free speech and political debate by choosing not to run the Ramirez letter, Hudson accused Miller of being an elitist and attributed Miller''s censorious behavior to his being a "journalist/developer from New York City" and living in an "oceanfront mansion in Pacific Grove."
As readers may recall, the first round in the Miller/Hudson imbroglio began in April with Miller criticizing the Post for its story on the so-called Marine Invasion, which hinted at a dark conspiracy by paramilitary wackos to attack the Marines when they landed in Monterey.
Gentlemen! Before this fight goes any further, Squid wants you to know that I spoke to my old fishing buddy Don King, who swears he can guarantee both of you a cool six-figure deal on pay-per-view.
Vincent van Frusetta?
While we''re on the subject of crazy public pronouncements, Squid caught an interesting tidbit in the Los Angeles Times about our esteemed 28th District Assemblyman, Peter "Hoof in Mouth Disease" Frusetta.
During a meeting of the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee the other week to consider a $1.5 billion bond act to preserve the state''s dwindling open space, committee member Frusetta reminisced about those glorious days when cowpokes like himself could roam free on the range, "chasing coyotes, roping them, cutting off their ears, and then releasing them."
With Frusetta hinting he may run against Sam Farr in the 17th Congressional District race in 2000, Squid has some advice for both candidates: Peter, if you need some help with your campaign, you may want to give this Ramirez guy a call, he sounds right up your alley. As for Farr, a pair of ear muffs are definitely in order.