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Sunday July 6th:

I am hoping beyond hope that Erin Corwin has run off with her secret lover and is swimming on some beach in Tahiti. I am beginning to think things are not right in Corwin House and she might not be with us any more. Lets pray for her safe return.

The 29 Palms City Council seems to be out of touch.People are sick of Crony Politics and Dumping money into projects that do nothing to improve the lives of the Majority.

I hope our Friend Margo Sturges has a speedy recovery from her hip replacement.

Branson Hunter is doing a great job these past two weeks at the reins of this blog. He has got everyone talking. Keep up the good work.

My heart is heavy at the loss of another good friend. This getting older is not for the weak. Just yesterday we were all young, the movers, the shakers and yes even the heart breakers.  Our numbers are getting thinned by the attrition of time.

Another Birthday for the American Experience. We celebrated the 238th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Reading the works of the document makes you realize how much we have backpedaled as a people. It might be time for us to think about renewing the Declaration with a delivery to the Federal Government.


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Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.


  1. As far as the city council goes, they really need to put off any plans regarding a performing arts theater. Leave this up to the new council.

    A council acting out of good faith and loyalty to the public would do this, however, as Harris proclaimed on the radio show, they are all anxious to move forward with their PP (Project Phoenix).

    Do you suppose they have talked it up outside watchful eye of the public about “the theater.” Larry comment suggested later on the council may seek public input. For past 3 1/2 years of so, there has been one public meeting about PP. The plan was a done deal. The only public input was from a few thespians and members at that time of the 29 Chamber.

    The public meeting was to tell the public how it was going to be. This was after Dan Mintz voted for the $30 million bond debt, spanning 30 years, impacting on three generations– with no public input.

    Larry, fool we once shame on you. Fool me twice… . The only alternative is to try a new batch of people willing to step up to the plate.

  2. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    I remember a packed house at the Community Center with a lot of people asking questions. Maybe you went to a different meeting.

  3. You missed the big picture again, Larry.The public was out of the loop.

    I remember the meeting well. That’s when the council launched the new community center plans with accommodations for a state of art, subterranean playhouse theater.

    It was a done deal Larry. Prior to the meeting the only public input was when the chamber and theater people was working with staff on the theater.

    I remember the packed house of angry citizens.

  4. Larry, you are beating a dead horse if you think you are going bend the facts to suggest the council can pass the smell test transparency or that the council has sought out public input.

    Use all the perfume you want, but it does not mask the fact that the public and taxpayers continue to be pushed in a corner concerning one of the most massive make overs of the downtown area without citizens input, including a wasteful and unnecessary theater playhouse for namely the exclusive use of the same thespians that control the city owed Theatre 29 building.

    • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

      I don’t agree with you. It’s a shame you don’t live in the city so you could vote for your favorite candidate.

      • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

        So Larry, does it matter? You seem to me you hang on every Sybille that Munoz utters. He is not from these here parts either……

        So to have a valid opinion in your view you need to be from 29…. Well, alrighty then…… I guess all those high priced mouth pieces for the city can shut their pie holes too, don’t you think?

        Them out of town’ers have no say in 29 Palms’ bee’s wax.

        • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

          Hey ding dong, freedom to express your opinion is a constitutional right. So is the right to vote. Except neither you, Ben or Patrick live in 29 Palms as registered voters.

          • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

            not to pile on Larry but without google what amendment? lol

          • Off-topic Larry. When you are unable to defend your people on the council, you begin crying that we don’t live in the city. It’s irrelevant that I live in the unincorporated 29.

            This council is corrupted in my opinion, and certainly out of touch with the public.

      • Sorry Larry, diverting a conversation (you initiated) that I don’t live in the city is not going to work for you.

        See a new post titled: Open Letter to Larry Briggs.

        • Open Letter to Larry Briggs:

          Sorry Larry, but diverting this discussion by saying I do not live in the city is not going to work for you.

          You began this discussion now deal with it and your misinformation. That meeting to which you speak was a done deal and you know it. It was an opportunity for the first time for the town council and their bitch, Fired city manager Richard Warne, to shove their PP and the theater playhouse center stage.

          That is not public input Larry. Public input means input from the public in the beginning. The public was absolutely pushed aside. Just like they are being pushed aside on the “new direction” of the city whatever that means.

          This council “curtain of secrecy” will not say. The town lawyer has zippered their lips closed.
          This is the third time around Larry. Remember the first time around before the mammoth community center sketches were unveiled at the meeting you are pushing as public input?

          The first big breach of transparency on PP was the pitch of the first underground theater as a standing building.

          That too was a done deal. Harris could hardly contain his joy at council meeting where he made a fool of himself. There was no public input Larry.

          Where was public input on taking out the bond debt Larry? That was discussed in backroom deals with no public input. These council knuckleheads know transparency if it were staring back at them.

          Cora knows about it since she talked it up before she was elected. After being elected, it became broken campaign promise.

          I rest my case with Munoz and this present city council sitting through two closed meeting where during both meeting illegal matters were discussed, the council was busted, they had to undo their vote, and them they fed doublespeak and disinformation to the local press.

          So you see Larry, because I live in 29 incorporated is moot and irrelevant.

  5. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    Random Thoughts; I found my views at odds with his big bro controls all mentality, definitely didn’t agree with censoring and deleting post he disagreed with, I miss reading some of his rants. wth happened to spearman?

  6. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    You have selective memory retention. That expanded project was discussed at several previous city council meetings.

    • Sorry, Larry. There is no way you are going to get away with foisting misinformation that Project Phoenix has had public input. Nice try straw man.

      There has been so many ‘expansions’ of the project, it just kept getting bigger and bigger with no public input. Sell your snake oil elsewhere Larry.

    • Maybe you can enlighten us Larry? What was the discussion you purport that occurred between the public and five knuckleheads on the council?

      Did they have a say on the $30 million bond;

      Did they have a say on the thousands of dollars that went into the first draft of the free standing new playhouse theater? The public was blindsided. Harris was elated.

      Did they have a say or input in the two schemes of the Community Theater?;

      Did they have a say in a second more grandiose duplicate city performing arts theater?

      Peddle your disinformation elsewhere.

      • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

        I’m drowning in your verbiage. Start a new tirade.

      • When the going gets tough, Larry ducks and covers with off-topic guided misinformation.

        Enlighten us Larry? What was the discussion you purport that occurred between the public and the council?

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