Trinidad's drug busts ... and Pinocchio's nose

The Trinidad drug bust fiasco continues, like Pinocchio's nose, to grow:

The Snitch Who Stole Christmas

It was on the front page of yesterday's Trinidad Chronicle, and KOAA has been running with it for nearly a year.

Sloppy police work leads to dozens of dismissals

We can only wonder at the enormous erections that must have been generated by this, among the super-patriotic flag-waving right-wingers throughout southeastern Colorado, as the forces of Law and Order crushed the evil criminals with all-American righteousness.

Unfortunately, the cops once again look like complete morons - with considerable justification:

A surprising number were not only loudly proclaiming their innocence, but were insisting that the transactions they were accused of making couldn't have happened at the times and places described. Yet none of this appears to have triggered any skepticism among police or prosecutors -- not until the entire operation began to unravel, just weeks after the big bust ...

... Defense attorneys probing the case soon discovered numerous misleading or false statements in the sworn affidavits submitted to obtain the arrest warrants. The affidavits routinely stated that the dope purchased by the informants had field-tested positive for heroin, meth or some other controlled substance; in several instances, though, subsequent testing by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation indicated that the substance in question had no narcotic qualities at all. Although the informants were wired, the affidavits offered only bare excerpts of the conversations recorded and little dialogue that suggested a buy was taking place. And there was no information provided about how the targets were selected, how the meetings were arranged, or what the informants were getting out of the deal.

and the dopers among us - and they are Legion - have one more argument for their 'cause.'

District Attorney Ruybalid and Trinidad police chief Charles Glorioso did not respond to repeated requests for comment about the operation.

No surprise there. I'll wager they've lawyered up like a pedophile confronted with a hard drive full of selfies.

Meanwhile ...

As for the two confidential informants who lied, Carla Hernandez was not charged with perjury after openly admitting she wasn't being truthful in court. Bachicha is charged with perjury and pleaded guilty.

She will be sentenced in February 2015.

Rybalid, Glorioso, and da Judge ... southeast Colorado's own version of The Three Stooges.


Pocatello Police Shooting

Killer Kops DRT another one ... this time after an escape and a foot pursuit. The comments in the article from the Idaho State Journal are particularly telling as to citizen attitudes toward this type of reaction.

Cops kill unarmed escapee

Then ... the drama continued with more escapes, possibly with assistance from outside the detention facility:

Following the police shooting of an unarmed escapee in Pocatello, Idaho, four more prisoners escaped, or were possibly released from custody by activists. During the escape, the co-owner of the facility was in fact brutally attacked and suffered several broken ribs. One of the escapees was shot down in cold blood by the slaughterhouse's co-owner; one was taken into custody, and two remain at large. Stories of heavily armed police SWAT teams roving the area remain unconfirmed, as citizens reportedly cower in fear in their homes ... meanwhile, owners of the 'custodial' facility from which the bovines escaped are receiving hate mail and possibly death threats ...

Two escapees remain at large

As it turns out, both episodes were part of an on-going conspiracy. Hats off to Pocatello PD for putting a stop to it before things got completely out of hand. The following video provides outstanding insight into a little understood revolutionary movement. It's the Che Guevara reference that spooks all we leftovers from the Cold War era. I understand that Department of Homeland Security has undercover operatives in the Pocatello area, scoping out the ringleaders of the local cell

"Once more, dear friends ..."

Once more.


Once more, into the breach ...

Remember those surveys Urban Renewal put out regarding the Tabares Building? The one where they sought 'community input?'

It turns out they really didn't mean it. Take a look at the November Urban Renewal meeting, wherein that survey is pretty much discounted. It didn't tell them what they wanted to hear, so it got dumped.

Frank McKenzie: Are you going to discuss the survey and those results?

Edward Vela: 88 surveys said to demolish.

Frank McKenzie: Do you feel any responsibility to the people about that?

Jeffri Pryun: I didn’t fill out a survey. If the survey was going to be the deciding factor I would have filled one out. A dozen people have expressed their opinion and didn’t fill out a survey. 

So what was the point of the survey, if it didn't mean anything? Clearly at least one board member knew beforehand that the survey was nothing more than a sop to the unwashed masses ... otherwise, would she not have filled one out?

Rebecca Goodwin: What the majority said that was based upon Urban Renewal putting the
money in to button up the building or rehab or demolish. This is something nobody thought about before and might be another option. What I would say they have a concern with the Urban Renewal money and that there was no longer a DOLA grant. We were looking at all Urban Renewal money. That is a concern to me. We can get help from other people. I would also like to help Mike with an elevator.

MOTION: Rebecca Goodwin made a motion to table any decision on the Plaza Building until the December meeting to give Mike Vigil an opportunity to come back with a more detailed proposal giving him 30 days to come up with more details. Nancy Bennett seconded the motion.

Rick Klein: These are two independent projects – Plaza Building and elevator for the mall.
Rachel Wallace: Are you putting something in the paper about the survey results? If you don’t people will say you didn’t listen to them. You need to address that. This is something new in light of that survey.

Jenny Mathew: From the survey it seems lot of people were concerned because there was no parking and there is parking available. The 2.2 million dollars is very scary. People say you can leverage the money with grants. I think it could be rehabbed for less than demolition. 

$2.2 million for rehab ... and it would cost more than that to demolish it?

Chairperson Leonard: I have had four young people say you are never going to get their opinion if  you send out surveys in the paper or radio. They say you need to put it on facebook.

Facebook. Now there's a reliable means of gauging public opinion.

Rebecca Goodwin: That discussion did come up at our website committee meeting about a way  to get community input through the Urban Renewal website.

Randle Roberson: Voters have input in the survey. It was not an issue of parking. It was an issue of historic preservation. On one side you are trying to find reasons for not spending Urban Renewal money - not 2.2 million dollars on that building. I would be in favor of spending but not on that building.

Rebecca Goodwin: The ongoing discussion on the survey it is a mute point. The numbers that came from that whether people participated or not are part of the survey. This discussion needs to be done. The majority of people that did respond did say demolish. That is something different based on Urban Renewal putting money into rehab, button up or demolish. This is a new chapter with a new proposal that we haven’t had in the past. We need to move forward and see if this proposal is feasible and might work. That needs to be the discussion if we want to move forward.

So they changed the game plan - again - because the votes weren't what they wanted - again - and we hop on the merry go 'round - again.

Give Mike 30 days to come up with a proposal.

Chairperson Leonard: Rachel had a good point about letting the public know what the survey showed.

Mike Pruyn: That survey is not a vote. Would be a lot different if we took every response from our surveys. Surveys can be skewered.

Yes, surveys can be skewed whichever way ... especially when they are written by amateurs who know nothing about constructing survey questions, and especially when the results either never see the light of day, or are only partially revealed.

There's some pretty good tap-dancing and rationalization going on there, don't you think?

You can read the entire exchange here:

Minutes of the November 2014 Urban Renewal Meeting

which are in the archives section.

How many studies and surveys and motions and votes and re-votes and still more surveys have to be accomplished before we are rid of this albatross?

Last time I looked, we are allowed to ask such questions. Or should I have just filled out a survey form?


Literary and historical footnote: That's the first part of the opening line of "Henry V" - full title being "The Life of King Henry the Fifth," one of The Bard's epics. The full line is "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead." Henry utters this as he stands before Harfleur during the siege of that fair city in the late summer of 1415. You can watch the whole thing, including Sir Kenneth's famous rendition of Henry's 'Band of Brothers' speech:

in the 1989 flick. But we wander ...


The Trillion Dollar Bill and New Philadelphia

Our hard-working CongressCreatures recently 'saved' us all by voting The Trillion Dollar Bill into being.

This will 'keep the government going' (you'll notice I avoided 'keep the goverment working') and will fund the continuing defense of the nation.

This is a serious bit of defense work that was funded by our hard-working CongressCreatures. I sleep more soundly at night, knowing that "rough men" like Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and their accomplices are keeping our nation safe:

"Defense bill has provision for New Philadelphia Illinois’ senators say federal defense legislation includes a request to a study if a national park designation is merited for the New Philadelphia archaeological site in western Illinois.

Congress on Friday sent the defense bill to President Barack Obama.

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk say the bill includes a provision directing the secretary of the interior to conduct a study on the site. New Philadelphia was plotted in 1836 as the first fully racially integrated community before the Civil War. It is the site of the first town founded and built by a freed slave before the Civil War. The senators say designating it as part of the National Park System would ensure the area is protected. They say agricultural activity threatens some of the site’s architectural features. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield is currently the only National Park Service site in Illinois."

 New Philadelphia?

Clearly, this is a top issue in national defense. I understand that the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Heavy Combat Park Rangers Brigade stands ready to kick some serious ass ... but first they seem to be scheduled to train elements of the 4th Infantry Division in keeping tourists from feeding the squirrels. Waydago, you bozos. Oink oink.


"A white rage ..."

Pelosi, Reid, Feinstein ... and their accomplices ... are engaging in a great deal of self-righteous scrambling for 'the moral high ground' as the report on the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation techniques' and other behaviors comes to the fore.

They are shocked, shocked, they tell us.

They are, in fact, cowards, and their posturing and pandering is the epitome of cowardice.

Pelosi knew ... and did not object

"It burns with a white rage against societies as a whole, from military leaders and chiefs of state to comfortable civilians in easy chairs, who send rough men out to serve their interests brutally, murderously, and then—when circumstances change and in the exquisite safety and fastidiousness of their living rooms they suddenly find these rough men’s actions repugnant—disown them."

1981 May, Commentary, “The Uniforms That Guard Us” by Richard Grenier, Start Page 73, Quote Page 76, Volume 71, Number 5, American Jewish Committee, New York. (Verified on paper)


Toy Guns and Circling the wagons

If you haven't seen the report on the DoJ investigation of Cleveland PD, you can get it here:

Investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police

In the summary of findings, there is this: "The employment of poor and dangerous tactics that place officers in situations where avoidable force become inevitable and places officers and civilians at unnecessary risk."

I think that would be more correctly written as "... where use of force that would otherwise be avoidable becomes inevitable ..." but I ain't one a them there edjimikated US attorneys.

This is precisely what happened with the shooting of that kid who had the toy gun. In the video, we see the patrol car come ripping right up to the pavilion where the kid is, putting the passenger cop right on top of a 'person with a gun'. So as the cop is looking out the window, he sees this guy/kid with what looks like a real gat, right there within a few feet. So the cop comes out a-shootin', which is actually a fairly rational behavior under those circumstances.

The police car rolls up at 2:21.

Toy gun that looks real; real gun that isn't loaded ... how does the cop know, and do we really expect him to wait for the first shot? The problem here, based on what we see, is either training, or supervision, or both. They either were not trained on how to respond to a call like that, or they were, and for whatever reason it didn't take, in which case where is the adult leadership and supervision?

So we have a dead kid, a community in an uproar, a cop twisting in the wind ... and police administrators and politicians running for cover, circling the wagons, and pointing fingers in all directions, which is all too often what they do best.

But this time ... we have the DoJ report, and not only that, but the report cites another investigation ten years ago, same 'issues,' and asking, 'was anything done about that?"

Have fun with them there wagons, boys, up there in police HQ and the mayoral palace. I think them Injuns is about to overrun y'all.


The Moral High Ground

I have been watching the various media maggots going on in breathless outrage over the Senate findings regarding 'enhanced interrogation' by the CIA.

I also listened to John McCain's views, and why he disagrees with the use of 'enhanced interrogation.' I am generally, but not totally, in agreeance with McCain.

It has nothing to do with taking the moral high ground, as we see our Beloved President trying to assume, along with various Congressional slimeballs. I'm not so interested in the moral high ground. It's something else entirely. McCain pointed out, correctly, I think, that 'enhanced interrogation' or 'pressured compliance' has not proven particularly effective in gaining useful information or cooperation. It is difficult to argue this with McCain, considering his personal experiences along these lines. Some dispute that, mostly notably Dick Cheney ... but Brother Dick has a personal stake in it, so there is a large grain of salt to be taken there.

I expect it is an effective measure if applied under such circumstances influencing Samuel L. Jackson's character in 'Rules of Engagement,' an action with which I would be in complete agreeance.

I think perhaps much less so when in a prison or some other holding environment, trying to beat info out of someone. I think drugs, sleep deprivation, isolation, mind games, that sort of thing, would in the long term be more effective. But then, sleep deprivation is one of the things over which opponents have their knickers in a knot. I'm not really understanding the hoo-hah all that well. It isn't like Sheriff Shawn is beating Otero County residents with rubber hoses in the back cells at the SO. We aren't talking about civilian police and our own people here.

I am not about to forget the 2,977 whose only sin was going to work on September 11th, and for those whose only "moral imperative" that day was to turn and perish in the fire or step out of the window, or who were crushed into oblivion in the collapsing towers, along with those who tried to save them. Nor those who have perished before or since ... be they the Marines in Beirut, or poor terrified souls having their heads sawn off by some spawn of Satan.

Generally, screw (I have a more colorful term in mind) those who would murder us, who would destroy us and our families. It isn't a matter of taking the moral high ground. It's a matter of getting the best, and the most, information that can be used to kill more of them.

A sidenote for Our Beloved President: It's difficult to occupy the moral high ground when you are known throughout the world as "The Drone President."

How do ya like the double meaning in that one.

Toy guns

Guaranteeing that every 'gun of color' is a toy gun:


All that glitters ...

Glendale, AZ, has an annual bit of festivity they call 'Glendale Glitters.'

Here is a the link to Glendale Glitters imagery on Google:

Glendale Glitters images

We've been there. It's quite enjoyable. Festive. Wouldn't this be a nice look for the Santa Fe Plaza? Especially if we could get a couple of stores to stay open?

We really like Glendale Glitters. They have shops, restaurants ,etc open all around the square, and back a block or two. Sadly, many of the doo-dad shops sell a bunch of Chinese crap, but there is still a good selection of local goods. The restaurants and coffee shops are generally quite good.

Note there are no tumbleweed trees.

The Anthem Christmas tree is another favorite, especially for the kids. You can't miss it as you come into Phoenix from the north, on I-17.

The Anthem Christmas Tree

I don't suppose we need a 112 foot tree, but a 'real' tree of some size down yonder at Santa Fe Plaza would be nice, don't you agree?

If Our Beloved President can speechify whilst lighting the national tree ... I would think local politicians would leap at a similar chance on a local scale.

But we aren't looking at that. We have a bug up our butts over a tumbleweeds Christmas tree.

I suppose a tumbleweeds Christmas tree would be a bit of a novelty in the urban setting, but personally, I see a tumbleweed tree, here in an agricultural community on the high plains, as incredibly poorly advised.

But if we are going to be the laughingstock of every rancher and farmer between here and the Nebraska line ... let's do it right. Let's include some Russian olives (bare branches decorate well, as we see in Glendale Glitters) and tamarisk along with the tumbleweeds tree. That way, we can have three of the most noxious water-wasting weeds in the state, on which millions of tax dollars are spent every year for eradication and control, representing our commitment to conserving our water and protecting and preserving our shortgrass prairie. The rest of eastern Colorado - except for recently arrived transplants from California or the east coast, and locals who have taken complete leave of their senses - can ROTF LTAO at us, along with the goofs who buy this stuff:

Organic Montana medium tumbleweed

Note how the sale is pitched to appeal to the urban drone. How about that 'organic?' Is that a nice touch, or what. Me, I'd add that it was a non-GMO item as well.

But that's just me. And Leece. And what do we know. Other than we're going to start collecting tumbleweeds and sell them to clueless urban hipsters. With free shipping, of course.

For a nominal charge, Leece will even throw in a crocheted prairie dog spare toilet paper roll cover. Very rustic.


Mr. Majestyk Park

So, after all these years, and all those trips passing by, we finally did it.

We found ourselves standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.

Winslow is cashing in on 'Take it Easy,' with their Standing on the Corner Park.

Here are a few shots:

It's the girl, my Lord, with her flatbed Ford!

From the website:

Now you can stand on the corner in historic downtown Winslow, like thousands of people do every year, and have your picture taken at the Standin' on the Corner Park. The park features the artwork of muralist John Pugh and sculptor Ron Adamson.

And thousands of people, who would otherwise get their gas, grits, and coffee at the Flying J at Exit 255 and hie on down the Interstate, are moved to stop in downtown Winslow to get a selfie. There are several businesses, including a couple of restaurants, right around the park; the smell of sausage and bacon and pancakes wafting down the street is a pretty big draw ...

So ... if Winslow Arizona can cash in on the Eagles - you really would not believe the steady flow of picture takers on that corner - why can't The Smile Hi do the same with its own moment of Filmdom Fame? Why not have a sculpture of Charles Bronson standing next to that pile of welded together farm scraps, and name the old Kit Carson site "Mr. Majestyk Park" and on Early Settlers' Day, have a shootout on Colorado in front of the post office? If Royal Gorge can have Old West gunfights, pulling in tourists by the hundreds, if not thousands, can't we have a bit of excitement, too?

Starting at 1:03, you will see some quick views of the famous shootout at 4th and Colorado, in front of the post office.

Who is Charles Bronson? Bronson was, at one time, the most famous American actor in the world. Not the US, but the rest of the world. Here is an excerpt from Roger Ebert's interview with Bronson, at the old Capri:

Charles Bronson is said to be the world's most popular movie star. Not America's. He will grant you Robert Redford in America. But in the world it is Charles Bronson. There is a sign in Japan, his publicist says, that displays Bronson's name a block long ...

and here is the entire interview:

"It's just that I don't like to talk very much"

But wait! There's more!

"[Bronson] knew that I was in La Junta to interview him. What other mission would have drawn me to the cantaloupe capital of Colorado, where Bronson was shooting "Mr. Majestyk," a movie about a melon farmer with union troubles?"

Indeed. And if that worked for Roger Ebert, then what about the multitudes who pass through and by what should be "Mr. Majestyk Park," who could be ... should be ... stopping off to snap selfies in front of the famous post office, and snuffle at the Copper Kitchen? And perhaps visit the re-born Capri?

The movie was pure '70's Bronson. The acting was not great, but it's better than you will find in "Criminal Minds" or "NCIS" or other such pap. I loved the shoot out scene in front of the post office. There are still people in town today who remember that scene being shot. Some of them didn't realize at first that it was part of a movie. And how about when Jim Brooks, who was an LJPD officer back in that time frame, escorted Bronson into the old PD entrance, back before the extension, when the antenna mast was still in the parking lot along with that red fire thingie from the old Hoser days. Brooksie was wearing an OCSO uniform, though, complete with an Eberly Cowboy Hat.

My favorite Bronson flicks include Breakheart Pass (based on the Alistair MacLean novel); The Magnificent Seven; The Great Escape; The Dirty Dozen; and Death Hunt. That last one is noteworthy for the display of so many of the world's finest rifles. From a review:

As in a Western, the characters are larger than life. But the setting is a more recent (and colder) frontier. Here you can see the full array of leverguns at their finest, from Winchesters long and short to the Savage 99 Bronson's sourdough makes sing. You can also see a mix of single and double barrel scatterguns, sporterized SMLE's and Marvin's sporterized Krag. All very realistic and in keeping with the arms of the interwar northern frontier. The scene where Bronson rises from the ashes of his cabin and fan fires a trench gun into the posse is on par with John Wayne in "True Grit"

But we wander afield. The point is that Charles Bronson was one of America's great actors, and he filmed one of his cultiest of cult flicks right here in the Smile Hi, right in the middle of downtown La Junta.

So why not, a "Mr. Majestyk" Park?

What the hey ... the arts and crafts crowd could even set up their tumbleweeds tree there.