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Sowing the Seeds of Anarchy

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Joe recently had the occasion to explore the thinking of a local, Southern Humboldt businessman Ernie Branscomb through his blog Ernie’s Place. There are reasons why good and bad things happen in this world and sometimes they, these reasons, are closer to home than you might think.

On the Fourth of July he asked for comments on America’s birthday. After reading some of these comments Joe added his observations. This comment produced the front page commentary “I need your opinion!”. Joe posted two blog articles. One, Speak Truth To … What? … or Joe Blow and His Observations in response to Branscomb’s apparent inability to understand the difference between “opinion” and “observation.” The other post was Joe Blow Hits the Big-Time.

Ernie Branscomb, says his family has resided in the Eel River Valley for five generations. He takes pride in his community accomplishments and affiliations and would like to consider himself as some kind of local logger historian and upstanding member of the responsible community.

Our examination begins with his August 9, 2008, And you thought Marijuana was harmless… where he concludes his long-winded treatise by saying:

Most of us smugly thought that we were safe from all the lawlessness, because we weren’t involved. Now we are dangerously close to having our lives invaded by both the grower and the cops. It is no longer a safe world. There is no longer enough sand to hide our heads in, and the turmoil is closing in from all sides. I hate to think what I might do if my dog or my family was the innocent victim of either side!

He worries now when the out-of-control police or lawless growers might invade his life, or so he would like everyone to believe him when he says “we weren’t involved.” If you continue to read what he has to say, you too will conclude that he’s been involved right up to his dirty little neck!

Ernie Branscomb said… and I quote:
I say that legalizing it would be a sledge hammer approach, because it would. The price of marijuana would drop from thousands of dollars a pound to the price of a pack of cigarettes. The money that moves to and from Humboldt county would stop. The economy would stop, and many, many innocent people would be hurt.

Most of the businesses that have come to depend on the local weed dollars, would suffer, and some would fail. Building supply stores, grocery stores, and most all retailers that had nothing to do with bringing Marijuana to the county would suffer. Rentals would be impossible to rent, medical facilities would suffer. Overnight legalization would hurt many innocent people.

I have gotten along quite nicely, and have become a fast and trusted friend to many of the growers and indeed we have a lot in common, trying to survive and all. I have become a victim of the Stockholm syndrome where I have come to agree with my captors. As a matter of fact, I have come to greatly admire some of them. Some are people of enormous talent. I have come to think of them as eccentric aunts, except for their one minor flaw they are great people.

I have gotten along quite nicely, and have become a fast and trusted friend to many of the growers and indeed we have a lot in common, trying to survive and all.

The industry didn’t happen overnight, and it can’t be adjusted to zero overnight without complete disaster. The sheriffs department doesn’t make many arrests because they are poorly prosecuted. The growers elected the present D.A. (Follow the money)

I have never ratted on anyone, and I never intend to, having said that you will probably say that I am the problem. Well, so be it. It is not my place to be getting involved in law enforcement. Usually private citizens do more harm than good by getting involved in law enforcement. Fact of the matter is, I have friends that I’m sure grow minor amounts. I feel that it is okay to be friends with growers. My rule is I don’t want to know about it. If I don’t rat on people, but I don’t have to feel bad when they get busted. Most of them know the risk that they take. I defy anyone in Humboldt county to say they don’t know a grower.

The price of marijuana would drop from thousands of dollars a pound to the price of a pack of cigarettes.

Most of the businesses that have come to depend on the local weed dollars, would suffer, and some would fail. Building supply stores, grocery stores, and most all retailers that had nothing to do with bringing Marijuana to the county would suffer. Rentals would be impossible to rent, medical facilities would suffer. Overnight legalization would hurt many innocent people.

What’s the truth? He wants high priced marijuana in the community regardless the price or cost in human life and social ethics or moral standing. He doesn’t rat on his friends because the DA and Judges don’t throw the book at his “friends.” Of course, the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t do their job because the DA is a bought and paid for whore. The fact is, the DA’s prosecutions or lack thereof have absolutely nothing to do with the Sheriff or his deputies doing their sworn duties. Neither does it keep people like Branscomb from doing his legal and moral duties either. Moralizing the anrachy serves only to fertalize the seeds.

No one forced him to do business, let alone become good friends with criminals. Judge Thomas was one of the very few decent judges this county has ever had. Yet, this two-faced hypocrite tried to have him recalled for not throwing the book at his criminal “friends.” A complicit enabler is as guilty of the crime as the lawless criminal.

You just read the words of a traitor. This guy sold you and everyone else out for a lousy dollar. He has no credibility nor any legitimate authenticity as a man or as an American. He can whine and bemoan his ultimate fate of he or one of his family opening the door to confront the lawless reality he and his kind caused.

The preceding commentary Chaos in Eurekaville identifies some other seeds.

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August 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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Chaos in Eurekaville

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EUREKAVILLE:  272 miles north of San Francisco, CA at the intersection of disambiguation and redshift. A bustling hot-spot of creative energy, populated by anarchist, innovators, conservative and liberal believers and explorers.

Eurekaville replaces the tiered and layered redundancy of standard news media and government structure with fast-moving networks of award-winning pros – all top specialists. That means when the meter’s running, Eurekavilleites aren’t paying to ride around the block twice. Every tax dollar is tied to a real deliverable; not some self-serving politician’s or executive beurocrat’s expense account.

Like every great city, Eurekaville has a pulse, a crisp vibe that permeates through the streets. Smart, to-the-point and sassy when we need to be, every brilliant idea that’s born and raised here leaves the city limits walking tall and getting things done.

Just look at this innovative piece of brilliance, in the Times-Standard, Wednesday, 13, 2008, edition in My Word (Other Voices on the Web) Jude Cole wrote: Traffic woes are helped by officers. She says, and Joe believes it’s worth repeating: “Chief Nielsen attended many of the neighborhood meetings. For the first time ever we have a pro-active, positive, caring police force with some of the greatest group of men I’ve ever spoken with. Though stretched to the max and understaffed, officers find a way to make their presence known on this side of town.”  Well, Hallelujah! What are we going to do about the rest of Eurekaville Chief Nielsen? You know, if you play your cards right you could get the whole town believing that you are, what did she say? “For the first time ever we have a pro-active, positive, caring police force with some of the greatest group of men I’ve ever spoken with.” Did this great group of guys take off their tazers when they talked to her?

It sure doesn’t take much to get all kinds of accolades and high-fives in Eurekaville. Well, the people in my quiet part of Eureka have the same problem as Jude Cole. Unfortunately, fifty percent of these outlaws are locals; my neighbors. Obviously, the problem is not MORE black and whites. It’s more black and whites giving these people EXPENSIVE tickets. You deliberately run a stop sign, you are deliberately and malitiously trying to hurt someone. That motor vehicle is as much a “legal” deadly weapon as a club, knife, or a gun.

More than that it is a real insult to the police and every other law abiding resident that supports them. These people that violate these laws are criminals and the government officials that do not enforce these laws are complicit in their crimes. A police state is merely a knee-jerk response by stupid people that think they are better than everyone else and don’t have to comply with the law themselves. The police, bless their hearts, they are merely our thumb in the dike. Problem is, we just don’t have enough thumbs.

On the other hand, Eurekaville does not need this kind of anarchy in Letters to the Editor (Times-Standard) Support law enforcement. “Dave Douglas is a good man of the highest standards whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet on two occasions and I will personally vouch for his character, forth rightness and his heart being in the right place in regard for all beings “Great and Small.” So spoken or should I say written by, S. Elizabeth Early. The seeds of chaos and anarchy grow from this feminine manure. A “good man” is as a “good man” does. Personally, I’ll decide for myself, if you please, who is and who is not “a good man.” How well a man does or if he obeys and enforces the law is a good place to start. The Law always rules Supreme over man or men.

–Joe

Our Boys In Blue Go Gray

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— Or is it Black?

Page Three – Thursday, August 7, 2008: Times-Standard: EPD officers to join SWAT team

So goes the quiet consolidation of the local police forces under the guise of homeland security. When do these “teams” get their Federal Advisors?

–Joe

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August 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Good Republicans!

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,,, with help from their complicit enablers.

Iraqi government expected to have $79 billion surplus.

A new report by the Government Accountability Office estimates that the “soaring price of oil will leave the Iraqi government with a cumulative budget surplus of as much as $79 billion by year’s end.” Federal lawmakers have responded angrily to the news, noting that the U.S. government has spent $42 billion for the stabilization and reconstructionin Iraq since 2003. From a statement by House Oversight Committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA):

This report is going to make a lot of American families very angry. The record gas prices they are paying have turned into an economic windfall for Iraq. But the Iraqi government isn’t spending the money on rebuilding. American taxpayers are paying that bill too. This doesn’t make any sense, and the Bush Administration never should have let this happen.

The report also notes that although the Iraqi government has allocated $28 billion for similar improvements, it has spent less than $4 billion.

Suskind: White House Ordered Forged, Backdated Letter After Invasion To Concoct Saddam-9/11 Link

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind claims that, after the Iraq war began, the White House ordered the CIA to forge a “backdated, handwritten letter” from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein, in an attempt to tie Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. Here’s what Suskind reports: Read.

Photo of the day: Bush ‘warmly’ acknowledges indicted Sen. Stevens.

Cheney’s argument for not releasing innocent detainees: ‘They’ll all get lawyers.’

…Even releasing detainees whom they knew to be entirely innocent was dangerous, since once released they could talk. “People will ask where they’ve been and ‘What have you been doing with them?’” Cheney said in a White House meeting. “They’ll all get lawyers.”

Former FBI Official: After 9/11, White House Told FBI To Blame Anthrax Attacks On Al Qaeda

8 years ago today: Bush pledged to ‘uphold the honor and dignity of the office.’

bush.jpgEight years ago today, President Bush delivered his acceptance speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention. John Perr notes this pledge from Bush:

So when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.

In the speech, Bush also said, “A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam: When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming.” (The picture on the right is of Bush shaking hands with McCain at the conclusion of the 2000 RNC Convention.)

Blunt Defends Exxon’s Record Profits: Stop Complaining That An ‘American Company Made Money’

Yesterday, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) appeared on a C-SPAN Newsmakers roundtable and defended Exxon Mobil’s recent record-setting quarterly profit of $11.7 billion. Blunt tried to minimize the wealth and influence of Exxon, then went on to blast the company’s critics, saying they should be overjoyed that an “American company made money”:

[T]hey’re the 14th biggest oil company in the world, and the only U.S. company in the top 20. So in all likelihood, the 13 companies bigger than them made a whole more money than that, and that all went somewhere besides the United States. That went to Saudi Arabia, that went to Russia. […]
We can complain all we want to about American stockholders and American company made money. That’s what our friends want to do — the Democrats.

It’s not clear where Blunt is getting his numbers to downplay Exxon’s over-sized influence. According to Petroleum Intelligence Weekly’s 2007 ranking of the world’s 50 largest oil companies, Exxon ranked third. It beat out state-owned companies such as CNPC (China) and Gazprom (Russia). In Fortune’s 2008 list of America’s top corporations, Exxon ranked second overall and first among petroleum refiners.
It’s astonishing that Blunt could claim, with a straight face, that Exxon’s massive profits are good for America. Sure, the company’s stockholders are getting rich. But most Americans continue to pay skyrocketing gas prices. Exxon is certainly not giving back to the American public either. ABC recently reported that the company has invested just 1 percent of its profits on alternative energy sources.
Even more appalling than Exxon’s record profits, however, is the fact that conservatives feel the need to boost the company with massive tax breaks. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), whom Blunt supports, has a plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. It would give nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to the six largest oil companies.

Pentagon Spokesman Disputes Mullen’s View Of Afghanistan: Nothing ‘Urgent Or Precarious’ About It

During today’s Pentagon daily briefing, spokesman Geoff Morrell disputed a reporter’s characterization of Afghanistan as “desperate.” Mocking the question, Morrell insisted there was nothing “urgent or precarious about the situation” there:  Continue reading.

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Don’t Call the Cops. Ever.

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