Sunday, February 26, 2006

It's Not My Fault

Or so says Eureka Police Officer, Mike Quigley, in his commentary in today's Eureka Reporter. He points the finger at the social service organizations, government run or private, saying those services act as a magnet for all the riff- raff in Eureka's Old Town. He might well be right but he's still oversimplyfing it. Hey, all that riff- raff has to hang out somewhere and, as far as I'm concerned, better down in OId Town than up here on E Street where I live.


At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

Well we could send them to Arcata like Cherie Arkley said in her 20 questions with the North Coast Journal awhile back.

We wouldn't want Old Town to be something other than an upscale shopping haven for her and her rich friends.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

" He might well be right but he's still oversimplyfing it."

Mike is NOT oversimplyfing it! You have referred to the "education-industrial" complex. He is pointing out the "welfare/parasite-industrial" complex. These urban outdoorsmen are attracted to the welfare/charity magnets like moths to light. It is mostly driven by a bureaucratic heirarchy based on "case load" careerism and fed mostly by taxpayers. (National unemployment rate= >4.7%)

Nice cheap-shot kat.


At 2:19 PM, Anonymous pogo said...

Whats with your profile pic? were you remote linking (stealing bandwidth)?
tsk tsk tsk :o)

At 2:49 PM, Blogger mresquan said...

maybe Mike and his friends should quit hangin'out at Adells',on work hours,it might help things,just a thought.And what's up with letting folk out of jail at 4 in the am,where are they supposed to go other than hang out in old town until the mission opens?And maybe they should actually do something other than have people mail in complaints.A friend of mine who used to live down the street from the library called the police about a roomate who was getting physical with him because my friend asked him to pay his part of rent. The police simply told him to mail in his complaint,and had no interest in in dealing with the situation. Needless to say, some friends were called in for backup,and he simply moved out of the place. The police were no help at all.This isn't the only mail in complaint story I've heard,anyone whose had a car break in hears the same.And no actions are ever taken.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger the PLAZOID said...

to leonidas, or whoever is using the Greek letters:
you sound like a cop with your "urban outdoorsman" labelling. Have you forgotten about the women and children, or would you rather we think of the poor as undeserving males, whom you may see as an easier target for your hatred than women and children?

I won't argue with the last half of your statement:
"It is mostly driven by a bureaucratic heirarchy based on "case load" careerism and fed mostly by taxpayers. (National unemployment rate= >4.7%)"
but I definitely detect the resentment in your tone - a sort of blame-the-victim sort of verbal goose-steppery.
Please pardon my outrage.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

mresquan is definitely justified in being outraged at "mail in" crime complaints. Police should always at the minimum have trained investigators eyeball any crime scene. Additionally, police are charged with investigating crimes and arresting suspects but cannot usually protect citizens from "possible/potential" crimes. This is why the right of self defense/protection is recognized in the U.S. This right is not recognized universally. In the past on this blog Leonidas has indicated his rather low regard for the general quality of criminal justice administration in Humboldt. The prosecutors and courts are probably more responsible for the miserable situation than the police, but they do not have a visible presence on the streets. The county jail is a 24hr operation. Admissions and releases occur at all hours due to legal and logistic constraints. It is not the function of the Sheriff to provide housing or other social services for inmates after release.

Ultimately, communities will prioritize the services they desire by allocating scarce resources for such efforts as police, needle exchange or social services. If these decisions cannot be accepted, then citizens are free to vote for change or "follow the rats".

The identity link on this comment will take any interested individual to the possibility of either additional insight or a venue for venting. But then you already knew that:o)

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

With all the budget cuts and lay offs within law enforcement agencies around here, you are lucky you can get someone to answer a call 24/7.

Some of the outlying areas don't have 24/7 coverage. Law enforcement doesn't seem to be a priority in these parts. But when someone has to mail in a report for a car break in, or has to wait 30 minutes for an officer to clear on a previous call before he can get to yours, you hear nothing but bitching.

When it comes time to vote for money to go to law enforcement, it's no surprise it gets voted down. It's always the same here. WAHHHH the police didn't come take a report, they don't do their jobs!! Sorry, but there aren't enough in some of the agencies in certain areas to do the work expected of 3 officers. I will be damned if my husband gets worked to death and never sees his family so you don't have to mail in a report on your car.

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had both sides - when we have called the Sheriff, they have been here within 10 minutes, usually faster.

We've had our cars broken into - and if the amount taken is under a certain amount, we got the same mail-in response - didn't bother to fill it out either, what's the point?

But - what was happening was that all the cars on the street were being broken into - and while each one was below the amount, all totalled up to well in excess of that.

We ended up catching the little car burglars, who had quite a racket going.

It's really up to the people to take care of themselves. You can't sit around and wait for someone else to do it - you have to be proactive, and use the cops as back up, the resolution to the problem.

At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Leonidas, how come your named turned into a bunch of little horseshoes?

Is that for good luck or what?

At 4:23 AM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Anonymous 3:45,
Leonidas recently switched over to Greek polytonic font for greek language words such as the proper noun and motto (MOLON LABE). It probably requires HTML capabilities and the font that some computers lack. Sorry, but I am still the same old loveable libertarian fuzz ball. Accept no substitute.


At 7:50 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Pogo: Don't know what was going on with that. I think I had my photo on freeservers cause I couldn't store it on blogspot. I'll have to try and fix that somehow.


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