Thursday, April 22, 2010
SIGN WARS - may FORCE be with you!
Very early on the morning of Tuesday, April 13th, in a childish display of retaliation against a local business for supporting the campaign of Ed Foster, Wes Huntley erected 33 signs on the south west corner of Main St. and Hwy 95. Of course, the police were conveniently on standby (reportedly at the Shell station across the street) awaiting the order to mobilize...
Personal comment to Wes: The redundancy of signs just advertises that you are a fool who wastes money. But the readers here already know that.
When the operators of "A Fur Salon pet spa" were out walking dogs on the property, they noticed a red truck drive into the location, in excess of the posted speed limit. Because it was so early in the morning, they walked over to where the truck had parked to investigate. "Buffalo" the lot manager had already grabbed the keys to his quad and was following right behind them.
According to the proprietress, she was still in her nightshirt when she walked her dog "Defiance" within about ten feet of Huntley, smiled and said " Good morning mayor, I guess I'm just going to have to go out today and put up two Ed Foster signs for every one of these." Reportedly, the mayor insisted that the "property owner wants these here" but James Martin refutes this claim, instead stating that Huntley had called him two weeks before the incident and asked for written permission, which Huntley did not get. Mr. Martin, an absentee owner who resides in California, had no previous interest in endorsing any candidates, but was seen in town this week dining with Ed Foster and Bill Moore where the conversation included the water and sewer rate increase.
The following eight minute video was downloaded today from:
Quartzsite Police Chief Gilbert doesn't understand the law...
Here's a charming excerpt :
Gilbert - "You may have your freedom of speech, but there are limitations to it..."
Harris - "Yes I do, yes... No, there are not limitations to it, other than yelling fire in a crowded theater."
Gilbert - "There's penalties to pay when you abuse those rights."
Harris - "There are no abuse of rights going on here. See, disorderly conduct is your favorite thing because..."
Gilbert - "Because it's on the books. I didn't write it. I didn't write it. I didn't write it."
Harris - "No, because its what YOU do to oppress people's freedom of speech, and you abuse it!"
In response to the excessive force used by Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, an assault complaint was filed with Sgt. Karen Slaughter of the La Paz County Sheriff's Office. Other agencies were also notified.
New signs have gone up on the property this week. The largest one states "YOU CANT FIX STUPID BUT YOU CAN VOTE THEM OUT" and is not affiliated with or endorsed by any of the candidates campaigns, rather it is an expression of protected free speech on the part of the vendor. Maybe the sign will be arrested for "disorderly conduct"!
Our bumbling mayor and his petty sign wars are akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burned. At this stage in the campaign, it's really more about issues like safe drinking water, avoiding bankruptcy, the Town killing Quartzsite's pets while the Town manger solicts donations for her private "no kill" animal shelter and the CDBG grant money for the community center being administered by Alex Taft's personal charity. But the incumbents are better at character attacks then at debating these serious issues.