Friday, April 29, 2011
I wasn't very surprised when I read this story about me Wednesday morning.
I knew my bickering over my blog photographs with Tim Gaffney, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, would jump off my blog and find its' way to other forums and media outlets. I discovered using the right key words gets your story out.
Steve Lemons of the Phoenix New Times posted the following story. . . Sometimes I wonder who “they” like less, the N.S.M. Or the anti-illegal immigration sheriff's offices.
Paul Babeu's PIO and Neo-Nazi Harry Hughes Have At It Over BFF Photos
A couple of weeks back, I blogged about how Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's spokesman Tim Gaffney had apparently borrowed some stills of desert barricades taken by National Socialist Movement member Harry Hughes, otherwise known as the world's "nicest neo-Nazi." Or so I've dubbed him.
Well, hell hath no fury like a schutzstaffel-wannabe scorned. See, Hughes also had posted a pic of himself and Sheriff Babeu taken at a Tea Party event in the town of Maricopa, and that photo had gotten around both Pinal County and the Internet, with folks claiming Hughes and Babeu were BFFs.
Needless to say, Steve Lemons hit a few nails on the head. If it weren't for freedom of the press, where would either of us be? Certainly, not blogging. Sharing the same F.E.M.A. camp with Mr' Lemons would not be my idea of an ideal vacation.
Another forum picked up the story. . .
Tim Gaffney just couldn’t leave it alone -- as a dog returneth to his vomit. It’s easy to see how he might think it’s a good idea to pick a fight with Harry L Hughes III, if only to undo the impression of cooperation with odious fringe characters he himself has left. Anyone who can’t stage a dispute with -- apologies to Hughes -- a uniformed neo-Nazi kook and come away looking unambiguously like the good guy really has no business being a propaganda officer. But somehow Gaffney’s managed a botch. Will Babeu, for whom personal marketing requirements are the main thing, go on tolerating this kind of fecklessness forever? In his PIO, of all things? If he wanted that kind a subtle touch, he would’ve put his thug brother back East in the job.
I must have said them interesting things to have such groups as the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, Pinal County Government and various other “alphabet agencies regarding my blog. I've always said, it's not the number of “hits”. It's who's doing the “hitting”.
Meanwhile, back to the Vekol Valley. . .More load vehicles & UDA's
110425167 Attempt to Locate
Incident Address : I-8 EB M 148 MARICOPA
Time Reported: 18:08
Time Occurred between: 18:05:41 04/25/11 - 18:05:41 04/25/11
Cad Info: I-8 EB M 148 APPX 1756 HRS. ON BRO JEEP 1998 AZ/LIC. LOADED 10+ UDAS. DPS HAS BEEN NOTIFIED. GIVE ATL TO MPD ALSO WILL PROBABLY TAKE 347 NORTH. ATL VOICED ON MPD
110426089 Traffic Violation (Citation) TRAFFIC OFFENSE
Incident Address : W HIGHWAY 84 & W I-8 MARICOPA
Time Reported: 13:36
Time Occurred between: 13:36:26 04/26/11 - 13:36:27 04/26/11
Cad Info: 1 UDA DETAINED IN MY TRUCK, SECOND OUTSTANDING, WILL BE ATL SOUTH OF THE VEJA T. BP HAS BEEN ADV OF ADDR OF NEW LOCATION. CGPD SEE IF THEY CAN TAKE SUBJ IF BP IS NOT CLOSER. CGPD ADV THEY HAVE NO UNITS TO TAKE SUBJ CGPD STONE GARDEN UNITS ARE 10-6. BP SAYS THEY CAN'T GET OUT THERE, REQ WE BRING THE UDA TO THEIR STATION 84 & GWEN AT FRANSICO GRANDE, IF BP CAN 45. BP ADV ALL AGENTS ARE 10-6 REQ WE BRING SUBJ TO CGBP THEY WILL PROCESS THERE. ADV OF TRAFFIC
From the “Just another day. . .” shopping network: For Sale
One handshake photo w/rights of myself and Sheriff Paul Babeu, starting bid $1500.00