Last night was the first time I attended a Yucca Valley Town meeting. It was a large hall of folks that generally lacked the passion we have in 29. Sure there were the core groups that stared each other down. Yes there were the few who actually spoke. But in general the huge crowd sat like lemmings and said and did nothing. Pretty much apathy on steroids.
No matter what I have ever said to the contrary about the political climate of 29 Palms, we are more engaged and willing to the man or woman to stand up and voice our opinions at least on the Council Meeting days than those in Yucca Valley.
So many people…. so little was said.
It must be a universal genetic defect of all members of the self appointed ruling elite from the Morongo Valley to Cadiz to complain that this blog picks on them. I must have told twenty snivelers that we have an open blog that short of posting dead baby pictures and trying to hack the site, anyone can comment and or post a story.
These public figures who are afraid to interface with the public are by and large sissy boys. To the credit of Mark Nuaimi, he never, let me repeat, never shied away from a discussion on line. So in that respect he was a far more accessible public servant than those that sit on local dais’ .
Lets get something clear. We support and defend the 1st Amendment codification of the Rights to prevent the abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Sometimes the exercise of those Rights are not neat, and are often times messy.
I’m sorry folks but this board will always opt to support free speech. Yes you have the right, unless you piss me off over a violation of our terms of service or my Reuse and Copyright provisions, to defend yourself and your positions here. I hope to never hear another political figure say they have been denied access to our website. Look I am not going to on a regular basis print your emailed materials, I am not your mother. If you subscribe, and post your own materials you pretty much have free rein, short of like I said before, weird dead baby stuff or trying to hack my site.
The problem with our elected officials is they want a compliant and submissive media. A media that takes the party line, reads edicts verbatim, and gives the officials glowing accolades. They get that from the folks at the Hi-Desert Star and to a certain extent the Desert Trail. Well that is not going to ever happen on this website ever. We take the theory of the 4th Establishment seriously. We proudly and unashamedly give voice to the loyal opposition. Who ever that might be.
I am sick an tired of sniveling officials and politicos who would rather attack the messenger (Cactusthorns.com) than respond to the message. I am calling you out, each and everyone of you, to stand up on your own hind quarters and respond to and answer some of these so called “Lies” you all seem to snivel about in the local papers. We are self editing…. Correct the mis-perception your own damned self by way of comment or post.
You are all for the most part public figures and you have little in the way of an expectation of a legal right to prevent decent or discourse that you might find libelous. You bought your ticket you took your chances, if you want to defend yourself in the area of public opinion then get your fat asses in the Coliseum. Grab a sword and shield and defend yourself, no one is going to do it for you. Otherwise shut your pie holes and quit.
Oh yeah, I had one story related to me at the end of the night in the parking lot that I had taken down a guys post during the last congressional election. We cycled hundreds of stories during that period, hundreds. I did some research… the guy never logged on to site in the first place… NEVER. I’d like to face to face with that little provocateur in a public forum to ask him what the hell he was talking about.
Finally, I met a few folks that had a certain amount of moxie… but not enough moxie to get their raggedy old carcasses on line, we will work on you (you all know who you are).
As you were.
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