Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dream On

[UPDATE Below]

Dream On "Send A Message." Meet the Joke called Accountability.

Attorney: Cotton verdict sends message; City: $4.5 million award will not impact general fund

Anyone see the joke?

So who will it "impact"? Will it "impact" the Eureka Police Department? Are these offending officers still working in Eureka on the E.P.D.? How many people were brutally beaten in Eureka during the past ten years, but didn't have the misfortune of dying?

The next time you are confronted by one of these three police officers and you see their name tag, Laird, Winkle or Whitmer, you'd better realize they're no joke.

When you read what Police Chief Murl Harpham has to say about this incident and his defence of his and his officer's continued right to use excessive force anytime they determine some "suspect" is not "compliant" you should clearly understand his definition of and what he means by "tough cop." It certainly doesn't have anything to do with restraining someone for transport. It has everything to do with beating or torturing someone into submission. When the city endows a group of people with that right - a right that puts them totally above the law, with complete impunity, you empower a gang or pack mentality and Cotten was just one of the many  guaranteed casualties. Read the deeper meaning emphasized by what Murl Harpham says as quoted in the Tuesday, September 29, 2011, issue of the Time-Standard. Harpham's defense of this kind of police action makes him and his officers defacto judge, jury and executioners. What he fails to understand is that his attitude in trying to make such a defense is what delegitimizes the justification of his authority and mandates the pack or gang mentality that permeates policing today. As such, they become the law, dictating to everyone what they can and can't do on any given whim.

What impressed me is how candidly Murl Harpham defines the war and simplifies whose lives are most valuable in this community.

The only people that award, if paid, sends a message to are the people that own property and pay taxes in the City of Eureka. Problem is, THEY ARE NOT LISTENING. If they are "hearing the word," they're afraid somone might brand or accuse them of being a "cop hater."

[UPDATE] Humboldt Herald has some terse and wanting re-write of this matter. He says: Eureka Police lose big in Martin Cotton case – How he comes to that conclusion is a rather dark mystery. Sounds like this blogger's been spending too much time with the people over at the Times-Standard.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Judgment Day

Are the Palestinians going to stand up and claim their rights as legitimate people same as all others, including the Jews and Americans? Or are the going to roll-over like a horny, mongrel dog and justify what the Jews did to them these past 63 years? Judgment day has arrived...

Steve Lendman thinks Palestine's Abbas has already capitulated, sold out and betrayed the Palestinian People. Considering the leadership in this country for the past decade, I'd say he's in good company. Problem is, neither people can see beyond their wants and desires - and to a large extent, their misguided beliefs in Jew Value.

An apparent contravening point of view is expressed Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Interestingly, both articles support the same premise: the Palestinian People are sold out or betrayed; totally devalued as a legitimate people. What the Americans and the Jews understand is that any legal recognition, whether it be tacit, abject or de jure delegitimizes Israel's right to exist in any state. Thus mandating the only viable solution for any kind of peace – A single state.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Wreck is a Wreck, Is a Wreck – Is A Wreck

A week ago, September 7, 2011, the Times-Standard posted this picture captioned: Three-vehicle collision in Eureka. Click on the picture to read what they said happened. The pertinent parts: “According to Eureka Police officers and witnesses on the scene, a blue Honda Accord was headed west on Hodgson Street and did not stop before attempting to cross H Street.” *** “The female driver of the blue Honda was transported to St. Joseph Hospital with minor cuts and chest pains; the occupants of the other two vehicles were uninjured.” [Emphasis added]

My first response was, “Well, at least the one that ran the stop sign on a major thru-street was the only one to get hurt.” My second response was that this seemed like a good opportunity to demonstrate the increasing bad consequences for the whole community of people that deliberately runs stop signs hurting people.

In the meantime, while working on this project, I read in today's Time-Standard, Letters To The Editor: "Accident caption" by Loran Parker of Eureka.
Accident caption
Letter to the Editor
Posted: 09/15/2011 02:00:18 AM PDT
Yes, you printed a photo caption about an accident that happened at the intersections of Hodgeson and H Street in Eureka in last Wednesday's paper. The accident happened the day before. Well, I don't know where you people get your information from but your whole story is wrong.
You see, my wife was driving the blue Honda that got hit. She did stop at the stop sign on Hodgeson. The person that hit her was going way too fast to start with to do the damage that happened to my wife's car. I believe it was posted for 30 mph on that street. The driver who hit her had a clear view of the road ahead of him with plenty of time to at least slow down a little before impact, but with the damage done to our car should be enough to show he was traveling way over the posted speed. Also my wife never hit another vehicle. The third vehicle involved was behind the person that hit my wife. So, let's get the story straight, OK?
Loran Parker
It seems, according to Loran Parker, there are some discrepancies regarding the accuracy of this reporting apparently by Josh Jackson of the Times-Standard. Parker says, his wife stopped at that intersection. He says, according to the amount of the damage done to his wife's car by the car that hit his wife, the cause of the "collison" was “speeding” by the other two drivers involved in the “collision.” So, did the Ford Thunderbird "clip" her as stated in the paper? Or did the Ford Thunderbird hit her? Either way, what happen here is NO “collision.” It is a flat out deliberate and intentional WRECK. It's no accident that two people were deliberately speeding or that the other driver ran a stop sign. Hodgson at this point is certainly not a through street and anyone living in Eureka would know that.  

Suppose, however, that the driver of the blue Honda Accord did stop at the stop sign and that the other two northbound cars on H were actually doing the speed limit. We all know that H Street is a through street and that traffic has the right of way. Does that mean that the H Street traffic has the right to slam into someone already in the intersection? Or does the cross-traffic, in this case the blue Honda, could dart out in front of the through traffic, get into the intersection first and expect the through traffic to yield? How does a car stopped at a stop sign on a through street, hit or “clip” another car already in the intersection – even a fast moving car? A real conundrum. I'm sure the police have that puzzle simplified to a basic state – through traffic has the right of way, car on right failed to yield, end of story ( even though car on right was already IN the intersection or exiting the intersection.)

...and then God chimed in: (Times-Standard, Letter to Editor, Friday, September 16, 2011)

No, you guys had it right
Now let's get this straight – Mr. Parker must be telling the truth.
After all – his wife said she stopped. But then again she drove out in front of on coming traffic.
(NOTE: Makes it impossible for her to “clip a Ford Thunderbird.”)

Not good. Especially when speed limit 35 ( and not 30 Mr. P.)
If she can't judge how far away and how fast a car is approaching, especially if it is speeding – then who allowed her to be licensed??
(NOTE: As a Commercial Truck Driver for a portion of my life, it is precisely the “speeder” that is most difficult to gauge their speed.)

You guys got it correct. His letter is a joke.
James Tenney
(NOTE: Don't know who these “guys” are he's talking to. The Times-Standard Editor is female.)

Why is it that there are so many wrecks on the through streets in Eureka?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brother and Sister?

It seems a couple of local blogger are unable to function without being joined at the hip

When it comes to the Party-Poop Troop, it probably explains a lot of things about local blogging.