Oh, Orange County. We do miss you sometimes.

You screamed "treason!" and "unpatriotic!" for the last eight years whenever someone questioned George Bush's leadership. But now you cry "how P.C.!" when people come down on elected officials sending out racist fun like this.

It seems Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose -- who presides over a northern Orange County town east of the 405, for those of you Orange Curtain expatriates who keep count of such things -- sent out a questionably humorous but clearly racist jpeg to several colleagues.

According to Pam's House Blend (which is always steamin'!), via TotalBuzz, Grose's email along with the image at right included the heading, "No Easter Egg hunt this year."

Then, well, it just gets better.

"I think he's saying that since there's a black president, there will be no need to hunt for eggs since they're growing watermelons in the front yard this year," said Keyanus Price, an African American who was among those receiving the email. Price told Fletcher that she considers the email rascist [sic] and offensive.

"What I'm concerned about is how can this person send an e-mail out like this and think it is OK?" Price said. "He's putting the city into a bad place and he is a liability."

Grose apologized to Price, city council members and others.

"It was just poor judgment on my part and I am deeply sorry," he said.

If you recall, similar incidents erupted when leaders of the Sacramento County Republican Party and the Chaffey Community Republican Women Federated of San Bernardino County sent out Blanche Knott-themed gems with disastrous results. This just goes to show that if you're someone of-a-certain-age, you really should stick to only forwarding images of kittens and babies -- in rich text format, of course.