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

Dec 11, 2007

Dumb and Dumber

Two of the Foolish Four were back at it today claiming that Councilor Winter made some sort of back room under-handed deal with the devil to gain his seat as President of the City Council. According to Harris, Winter sold the three water authority appointments to the "liberals" in order to obtain their support for his presidency (ABQ Journal - Subscription).

Meanwhile Dumb's sidekick Councilor Mayer was busy insisting that there was some nefarious scheme afoot since Councilor Winter's wife Nan Winter works for the Water Authority and has for some time. Mayer is quoted as saying "I don't think it passes the sniff test... It just doesn't seem right" (ABQ Journal - Subscription).
The councilor ought to know something about stinky situations as her admitted ex-boyfriend and real estate partner continues to receive $50,000 a year contracts from the False Alarm Reduction Unit to do... well, something anyway. If you'll remember, the false alarm ordinance was sponsored by none other than The Mayer herself.
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Granted, the appointments to the Water Authority are important but their claims make the two Capo's Councilors look foolish and petty... again. Councilor Winter made them look even dumber-er when he named his first appointment - newly elected councilor and founding (and hopefully ex) member of the Foolish Foursome Trudy Jones.
As we've noted before, we don't think there should be a Water Authority. This quasi-governmental agency has an awful lot of authority to bond debt, set rates, punish water evildoers, and stymie economic growth. Councilor Cadigan said just last week that the board should stop extending service to new areas even when water wasn't an issue (read our take here).

Not to be out-done, last month former Councilor and Congressional Candidate Heinrich wanted to use aerial photography and drive by inspections to tell consumers the amount of water that they should be using (ABQ Journal - Subscription). Heinrich insists that the $20,000 pilot program would simply be giving advice on how much a particular household could save (ABQ Journal - Subscription), but it's a short step from should to must and we don't want any government agency peeking over our wall telling us the amount of water we are allowed to use.
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Let's face it folks, there's a reason that Mayer and Harris faced recall uprisings in their respective districts - they don't seem to be able to learn from their mistakes. You'll notice that Councilors Sanchez and Jones aren't out making themselves look like idiots (again) by giving legs to a story that had essentially gone away. You can also bet that neither of these two brain donors will be serving on the water board anytime soon.


Anonymous said...

One wonders if Nan and Brad Winter aren't actually writing this blog, given the blindly sympathetic spin the Winters always receive.

Riddle me this, All Seeing Eye... How WOULDN'T it be a conflict of interest if BRAD Winter appoints the members of a board that Mrs. NAN Winter makes a quarter of a million dollars of a year off of?

Put another way... substitue the names "Winter" for "Clinton" or "Richardson" - or "Chavez" - and then see if this REALLY passes the "smell" test...

Anonymous said...

The Water Authority is a pretty important board. And one that has had a pretty left-wing, anti-development tilt; especially under Heinrich.

While it's great that one of the three appointments Winter can make is Trudy Jones, the real test is with the other three.

If the remaining two are a combo of Cadigan, O'Malley, Benton or Garduno -- then it's clear Winter cut a deal.

If he goes with one (or two...) of the more pro-growth councilors, then good for Winter.

I guess we'll see.

Anonymous said...

Dumb and Dumbest!
This is like Ted Kennedy coming out and accusing someone of wrong doing; like the public ever forgot about Chappaquiddick. Ted should(for the rest of his term in office,or the rest of his life), shut his mouth. Dumb & Dumber ought to do the same.
Talk about "Glass houses"

Anonymous said...

'Sniff test'? These two could't pass by a Radon detector without it going off.

Anonymous said...

Hey Brad, watch out, Sally's sniffing you.

Anonymous said...

No, she's too busy sniffing Don

Anonymous said...

Yo ! Sniff this.

Anonymous said...

'Brain donors'?
If you took either of their brains and put them in a bumble bee, i'd fly backwards.(it would fit also)

Anonymous said...

Scarecrow on the 'Wizard of Oz' needs a brain.

Anonymous said...

Do these two need something to do? Apparently so, as both are becoming simple minded.
Brains? What brains

Anonymous said...

We've had our "eye" on you for awhile now....

Are YOU ready for the scrutiny?

Anonymous said...

Just spoke with Dorothy; Scarecrow don't want no stinking brain. Won't pass the 'sniff test'

Anonymous said...

Play ball with Winter (Jones, Sanchez and the liberals)and you're OK.

Cross the Clintons (uhm, the Winters) and you're in trouble with "The Lie"!

Sorry, but the un-biased, fair and balanced Lie on Albuquerque might have missed a huge conflict of interest.

Anonymous said...

Guess I missed something - who is Mayer's ex who has the city contract?

Anonymous said...

Has everyone forgot last year around this time Harris cut a deal with the same Dems. to secure the Council president for Heinrich and VP for himself? Plus, Harris worked against a sitting Republican state Rep. to help Cadigan wife run against her. Don plays both sides because he does not know what side he is on. Maybe he should ask his wife.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I missed something, too. What contracts? What does it have to do w/the false alarm unit (I used to work there). Did Mayer's husband work in that unit? Who is he?

-just wondering!!

sick of it all said...

Speaking of conflicts of interest, not only is the school board president married to the President of Modrall, who does millions in business with the APS; But Nann Winters also does a bunch of business with APS and her husband Brad.

You really don't have to swim very far to fight stinking fish.

Anonymous said...

To all posts..this is a blog. By definition, it can choose to slant or not slant. You choose to read it. As with any blog, a great deal of it is opinion by the blog owner.
If you can dig out the facts or non-facts..create your own blog.
Don't agree with the blog..quit reading. Agree with it.

Defender said...

Really need to take a good hard look at the Albuquerque Water Authority. Here's the specifics>

New Mexico Senate Bill 887 (Laws 2003, Chapter 437, codified as NMSA 1978, Section 72-1-10).