Monday, January 30, 2006

Staged?

Probably not. Maybe it's just me? I just thought this photo of supposed drug paraphernalia looks awfully clean to have been something just thrown away by druggies. That's not to say such stuff isn't found on the streets and in the yards around Eureka. I found such stuff myself on occasion. This stuff just looks too new and almost unused.

I couldn't help but wonder if someone dumped that stuff behind Patty Berg's office as some kind of protest of her sponsoring a bill to make it easier for cities to take part in needle exchange programs?

20 Comments:

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Staged! Most definitly staged. Spoon is to clean, Copper things are too. Also, no druggie will let that much stuff drop without picking it up (even if out of it).
Also, if it fell out of a pocket there would be more crumbled papers and other crap in the pile, also notice the over-abundance of alcohol pads. Most addicts don't have cleanliness on their mind.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yeah. I think the alcohol pads were the first thing that caught my attention as being a bit out of place, especially there being so many of them.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

So who wants to bet cash money on it being staged? I bet money it's not staged.

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't know that there would be any way to prove it, one way or the other. You arent't the one who left that stuff there, are you?

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

Well here is a question, who called the police? I mean they just didn't show up. Ask that person, or persons.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Fred said...

No. You call and ask.

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Oh, just noticed another thing:

I would think that if I was carrying a kit like that around, I'd want to have something to carry it in. A paper or plastic bag. A leather pouch...whatever. I don't see anything like that in the picture, although it could be just outside the picture.

I find it hard to believe the average druggie would carry that much crap loose in his pockets- too hard to get rid of if you had to dump it in a hurry.

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask yourself how the newspaper managed to get the photo in the first place. The Eureka PD couldn't clean up that tiny mess before a reporter arrived? The whole situation stinks to high heaven.

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger noel adamson said...

Regardless of how it got there it is telling that out of many such scenes in Eureka the Eureka Reporter chose to feature this one behind Patty Berg's office. There was all kinds of nasty debris on Little Fairfield St. near Boniminis Market when I moved here a few years ago including used tampons, condoms and hypodermics. No one paid them any mind at all in this flag decked conservative working class neighborhood and one hypodermic sat in the grass growing under a derelict truck parked across the street for weeks until I finally went and picked it up.

The "I'm rubber your glue"* strategy is not the sole property of 7 year olds. The right wing has used it consistently and with success. This and other juvenile arguments such as personal attacks rather than actual debate of issues and a generally superficial approach to garnering a following of fools.

*"I'm rubber your glue, everything you say bounces off me and sticks to you"

 
At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone considered that maybe that stuff belongs to one of Patty Berg's staff?

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

That picture made me laugh.

No drugs, no residue, cleaning pads!?! And nothing was dirty, grimy, half opened or USED. Why on earth would someone have that stuff on them if it hadn't been used? God only knows when I went through my meth using days you could find an empty baggie with residue in my pants pocket or in a make-up case that I carried. It included small compact with mirror in case "clean" surfaces were unavailable, a couple of hard plastic credit cards to chop and make lines with, and a random assortment of straws with varying lengths. ANd it was clearly USED. YOu didn't use my compact for checking your makeup.

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger noel adamson said...

"Has anyone considered that maybe that stuff belongs to one of Patty Berg's staff?"

I think this whole discussion is concerned with that implication and the likelihood that it is a standard off the shelf right wing smear job.

 
At 1:20 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

Noel, who are you, and why are you talking insane? I'm glad that you tinfoil hat wearing people just come right out of the wood work. And what's with the bias Noel? I think you need to re-line your hat.

 
At 2:26 AM, Blogger noel adamson said...

Can you point out what you think is insane Anon.R.mous? You don't think politicians get smeared or that of all the drug paraphernalia scattered around the streets of Eureka it is strange that they would feature a pile of clean paraphernalia behind Patty Berg's office? Anyway You can see pretty well who I am; My name is posted, my picture is posted and you are reading my thoughts as printed here. You remain anonymous and only write a barrage of venomous, demeaning false bravado designed to hide the small scared person inside.

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

We all know it was Bush's fault! He and his right wing neocon myrmidons had the stuff planted there to discredit Patty because she's trying to promote the establishment of the rope industry in Humboldt County!

 
At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad people can see a photo for what it is. The question now is, why would you bother reading a newspaper that gives credence to political theatrics?

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Let it be known I'm not accusing the Eureka Reporter of staging the photo. I'm wondering if someone deliberately dumped that stuff there and then called either the cops or the ER in whatever order. The purpose of which is unknown but likely had something to do with creating an embarassing situation for Patty Berg since she sponsored a bill involving needle distribution.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those must be the tidiest meth users in Eureka.

I wish someone would test the needle to see if there really is any meth residue. I suspect there is not. But if there is, it would be interesting to postulate why a Berg opponent knows how to obtain crystal meth.

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

I will try to awnser your questions with your own words:

Q: "Can you point out what you think is insane Anon.R.mous?"

A: "..the likelihood that it is a standard off the shelf right wing smear job."


So has anyone asked a question to the newspaper yet? The police? Or are you all going to fly off the handle and assume it's a crazy cover-up? Naw, it's much easier for you people to dream that it's all made up and that the scary monsters in the world are all controlled by the vast right wing evil ikky people, No war for oil, not my president.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Anon.r asks "So has anyone asked a question to the newspaper yet?"

No. That's supposed to be your job, anon.r.

The reporter credited with that story is Heather Muller. You can e-mail her at hmuller@eurekareporter.com or phone her at 476-8000. Let us know how it goes and what she has to say. Or, maybe she'd want to come up here and check out the controversy herself? Might make a good story for a slow news day?

 

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