Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Family Feudin' NM Democrat-Style and A Republican Sheriff Doesn't Get It

I've been instructed by a good friend to write shorter posts. Something one could read while urinating, if one could arrange to have a laptop installed at a proper height above a toilet (or other logistical configurations).

With that in mind, I will dispense with the scheduled 5,000 words comparing the obvious hatred between Governor Bill Richardson and Feudal Prince Marty Chavez with that of other feuding politicians through the ages like John McCain and George W. Bush, Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr and other Iraqi Shiite leader guy Abdel Aziz Al Hakim, and Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

I'll just cut to the chase and say the "red light cameras will stop at precisely 5:00 p.m...gentlepeople start your engines!" announcement and everything right now between Feudal Prince Marty and bearded-like-he just-ended-a-three-week-bender Big Bill is very funny. It is bad to kinda long for the days of duels? I'd take Marty in a duel...he'd cheat and claim three feet was 10 paces.

Meanwhile, in more serious news I'll dispense with 10,000 words on the sad legal denouement of killed cyclist James Quinn, and instead just direct the reader to Johnny Mango's piece in DukeCityFix. Mango's story/rant is well done, encapsulating both facts and the obvious attempts by Bernco Sheriff Darren White's office to quietly escape a bungled public relations snafu. The blogpost is another example of both the power of blogging v. the dying media of newspapers (I'm not even counting TV news here), and the expanded role of opinion in such news blogging. Mango's work informs and provokes. As dying media increasingly fails to inform, maybe that's the bargain we as readers will strike with the new media.

Frankly, I always thought that "on the one hand, on the other hand" stuff was bullshit anyway.

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