Friday, April 8, 2011

Me, My Camera, Neo-Nazis and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. . .

After what seemed to be a long dry spell, My name and face have once again appeared on Steve Lemons' Feathered Bastard Blog.

As always, the story revolves around some controversy. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office happens to be in the middle of it this time.

A couple of years ago, I bought a digital camera and as many of you can imagine, I'm more than capable of stirring up multiple cans of worms simply by taking and posting a few pictures. A fly in the ointment, I can be.

Paul Babeu's New BFF, Neo-Nazi Harry Hughes?

Not Exactly Anyone recall the flap of about a year ago, when Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu went on a white supremacist radio show in Tennessee called "The Political Cesspool"?

PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney took the spear for not vetting that one for his boss. And I couldn't help but recall that little brouhaha when it came to my knowledge that Gaffney may have used a photo from National Socialist Movement member Harry Hughes in official correspondence to a trio of border mayors who had asked Babeu to tone down his rhetoric on illegal immigration.

I found it rather interesting that the source of a photo somehow makes all the difference in the world when it comes to liberals and open borders zealots. From what I've read here, it means everything.

Whether I snapped the photograph doesn't make any difference to me. Anyone from a sheriff's deputy to the Pope could have stood on that spot and taken the exact same photo. I'm thinking this is a bit silly.

Jason Minor's Comment:

Last I checked, Gaffney still fails to offer even the beginning of a plausible explanation of how the Nazi’s photo ended up in his PCSO letter to the border mayors. Hughes rules out the possibility that he himself sent it to Gaffney, so it could only have come from one source, directly or indirectly: Hughes’ Facebook galleries, where it had been posted obscurely for a month and a half when Gaffney appropriated it. Nobody who sees his Facebook page can doubt that Hughes is a Nazi. So Gaffney can’t easily admit -- especially with his history of lying about on-the-clock contacts with white supremacists -- that he sat at work, on the public payroll, surfing Nazi websites, cutting and pasting items into official government documents. As Babeu would say, that’s a problem. So we’re left with only one airy-fairy possibility: some mysterious third party (inside or outside PCSO) got the photo from Hughes or his Facebook page and passed it along to Gaffney, who haplessly stuck it into a highly public, highly insulting letter, on PCSO letterhead, to some non-white elected officials. (It wasn’t even particularly germane to the letter. Surely random images of Normandy barriers aren’t the most compelling evidence of off-the-charts violence he could conjure?) Again, whoopsie daisy!

Gaffney now says, in effect, that when he wrote in the letter that the photo was the product of an official PCSO investigation, he wasn’t telling the truth -- that he actually had no idea where it came from, and made no effort to find out. So in the most self-exonerating story he can think to tell, he convicts him of incompetence and petty dissimulation.

And he gives us little reason to believe even that well of him. Like him boss, he’s lied before about his contacts with white supremacists. He presumably hopes this’ll all blow over before Babeu gets home, but I suspect that before it’s all over, Gaffney will be joining Louie Puroll in the ranks of the former studs of the PCSO.

My Conclusion. . .

In reality, the photo of the "Normandy style" barriers came off my blog. I believe this was clearly stated in the Feathered Bastard's blog. Jason ignored that and wrote some lengthy speculations. Amazingly, people's minds run wild and dismiss already established facts.

The fact is, Tim Gaffney acquired the image from my post and used it as an example. I see no problem with this. I'm glad the border mayors had a chance to see my picture.

The political affiliation of the photographer shouldn't make any difference. Would anybody care if the photographer was straight or gay? Or if he/she were black, brown or white? Would the photo look any different? I don't think so!

The only thing I objected to is that Gaffney didn't ask first. I'm very generous and have no problems with people using my images as long as they ask first and give me credit for the contribution.

Note: Some idiot placed a “Dead nigger storage” sign in front of my home, while I was out in the field. Perhaps, I should place a trail camera in my yard. I could use those images in future posts. For the record, I'm not in the business of storing dead niggers. Please don't drop any off. Thank you.

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