The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Jun 14, 2007

Cookin' the Books - Restricting Access to the Ingredients

On Tuesday, 770 KKOB AM afternoon drive time host Jim Villanucci confronted city officials with statistics that indicated that the number of accidents at intersections with photo enforcement has actually increased since the scam-eras were installed. The performance by the 5 "heavy hitters" (Kevin Broderick, John Castillo, Joe Bowdich, Ron Hetes, and John Walsh) was less than stellar. When confronted with Mr. Villanucci's statistics, not one of his guests could refute their accuracy. The show left listeners even more suspicious of the scam-era program and the city's motives.

If you're in government and your sacred cash cow is threatened by statistics that prove the cow's milk is sour... what do you do? The answer is simple, come up with your own set of statistics. In other words, cook the books.

Our Eyes tell us that Chief Schultz has the 5th floor working on changing the criteria used for counting accidents at intersections. Under this new scheme, only accidents that take place inside the box formed by the crosswalks would be considered accidents at that intersection. The rest would be reported as occurring on the street leading to the intersection.

As you can tell, the new criteria would drastically cut down on the number of accidents that are attributed to a specific intersection by eliminating almost all rear end collisions. This approach makes scam-eras look more effective because rear end collisions increase dramatically at photo enforced intersections.

Statistics can be made to say whatever you want them to. The Eyes have it that the 5th floor's master plan is to re-work all of the red light scam-era accident statistics under the new criteria, and then get back on to the Villanucci show in a couple of weeks to "prove" that photo enforcement works.

We all understand the concept of apples and oranges here. These "new" numbers will be worthless as a true comparison because they are intentionally framed in such a way as to make them create the impression of a predetermined favorable result. Sometimes we call this "spin." (here's another example of spin that came from our pictured chef Trish Hoffman) Other times - like in grade school - we simply call it lying.

Restricting Access to the Ingredients
Apparently there are too many cooks in APD's kitchen and not all of them will cook the books the way the 5th floor wants them to. This week's furor over the scam-eras has APD brass worried about leak containment. We're not talking about information about on-going investigations... we're talking about information regarding what's going on in the rarified air of the 5th floor; information regarding policy that should be available to the public.

So in order to stop the leaks, information will now only be given to those ranking lieutenant or higher. Everyone below will be on a need to know basis only.

We'd remind APD brass that this centralized control model was used for decades by the Soviet military and their client states. Ultimately, it was proved ineffective because the troops in the field were unable to make decisions without consulting higher-ups.

Effective decisions are most easily and accurately made by those in the field, not those ensconced in an area command. Giving those officers all of the training and information they need (the necessary ingredients) is essential to efficient and effective department operation.


Anonymous said...

The city council should demand a public examination of these records. We need a genuine investigation that would reveal the truth. To act without connscience and blatantly manipulate information can be criminal. Did that young lad from La Cueva who died at Wyoming and Montgomery do so by trying to beat a short timed yellow light? I am not ready to throw in the towel on this chief, but it is getting close.

Anonymous said...

No, that couldn't be.

They have said all along it's all about $afety.

After all, the new state law says they can install rumble strips or flashing lights at intersections.

Flashing lights are more expensive, and remember, the Mayor himself said rumble strips are dangerous.

Therefore, the city is installing...

Rumble $trips-

Good for you, Albuquerque

Anonymous said...

And hush up, 'cos we know what's good for you.

Anonymous said...

When Jim Villanucci finds out that they plan to set him up with these new lies, he's really gonna be pissed.I think there are beginning to be some real serious questions here regarding ethics in government. They aren't getting the message, and now we find out that they plan to hatch yet a new series of lies.
Send in federal troops and arrest these fools and their cronies.

Anonymous said...

were I trish hoffman, I would buy up and burn every copy of the Journal with that picture in it.

Anonymous said...

Self promotion. I think she's looking for Hollywood to do a movie on the 'Run-away Bride' story.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the yellow lights may be shorter than the stated time. (this was on TV) Maybe it's time to start monitoring that too, because now that the peopble are getting used to the cameras revenue will drop, so they will start shortening the cycle.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, let reduce traction right before the intersection where people are trying to stop....hmmmm....rumble strips...that's it.......can you say "Lawsuit"...I knew you could!!!.....

Anonymous said...

Actually, they're cravasses carved into the asphalt, not far enough back to warn anyone that they are about to plow into the ass end of the guy in front of them. Now in the winter, they will fill up with water and snow,freeze, cause expantion creating yet another problem. Further, by spring they will become full blown pot holes, which we are noted for. But that's okay, as they will slow you down, cause a blow out and screw up your alignment. All this for the Red light cash cow. Why is so impotant for them to protect. Why??
In the mean time in another attempt to get more fines generated, we write over 500 citations for licsense plate covers, instead of utilizing our resources to catch the car theives and burlars that are rampaging this city. Make sense? I knew it would.

Anonymous said...

Trish can play Clementine on Reno 911 HAHA