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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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Written by Joe Blow

August 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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