‘La Cornada’

Oñate was no stranger to violence, so for him it was just another Monday in the Duke City.

There’s an old saying: “Fuck with the bull and you get the horn.”

Well, somebody did the one and got the other yesterday in Old Town.

Remember, kids, when you’re smashing the State, keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart. And always assume that the other fella is packing.

It’s not just political power that grows out of the barrel of a gun. No bull.

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34 Responses to “‘La Cornada’”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    One of the reporters from KOB4 recorded the actual shooting. Its more complicated than “peaceful protestors shot by militia vigilantes”. Looks like some SJW types got mad at and chased down a guy who was packing heat. Don’t bring a skateboard to a gunfight. Shit like this is why I stay home for the protest.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The Washington Post has a piece with the video clip. Good times. Maybe not.

      We haven’t been to a protest since an antiwar rally in Palmer Park got tear-gassed back in 2003. The Black Bandana Brigade started acting out, the cops did likewise, and the State, as we see, remained unsmashed. Songs and smiles, kids; songs and smiles.

      Looks like there’s been an arrest. Aggravated battery, says the Urinal. You suppose this gent had a concealed-carry permit?

      • khal spencer Says:

        So far that is the only piece so far that actually reports the facts rather than parrots political statements.

        Yep. I will stay away from that shit up here, as apparently people are getting restless about the oblesk in the Fanta Se plaza. I have no intention of packing heat or getting hit with a skateboard, either. A curse on both their houses.

      • Dale Says:

        Where in hell is an unregulated militia a good idea? Where in hell is an unregulated militia tolerated? Answer – New Mexico. Ye reap what ye sow.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          “Militia” me bollocks. These pendejos are vigilantes. Douchebags playing dress-up. A well-drilled troop of Brownies could probably take out the lot with a fusillade of Thin Mints.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Dale, they are nationwide. Think 3%ers or Oath Keepers. We have one down here on around the border, and they invite others to come down and “patrol” with them.

          • Dale Says:

            I hear you Pat. There are people who are wanna-be right wing warriors, people who are right wing warriors, and people who have been right wing warriors. They are all around the US and Europe as well. Cheers.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I hope he didn’t have a CHL. Would look bad for the rest of us who don’t go out looking for trouble. When I took the class we did a fair amount of classwork on the law of self defense, but didn’t get into a scenerio where Mr. Macho strides into a civil disturbance, knocks a social justice warrior on his or her ass, and then claims self defense when the rest of the mob chases him down. The lawyers should have a lot of fun with this one.

        As Pat O’Brien said, a lot of out of control emotional amateurs all trying to do the right thing according to the voices in their heads. I put part of the blame on Mayor Keller. If you let shit like this run its natural course, don’t be shocked, shocked, when you find out there is violence going on in here. After all, we all know what Larry’s wife says.

    • psobrien Says:

      Emotional amateurs, and both were out of control. If you have a gun and can’t control your anger, you need to quit carrying. And if you can’t disarm someone when they are down on the ground, you need to quit getting into fights. Time to send the 101st Airborne in and dominate the battle space.

      • khal spencer Says:

        That’s kind of how I looked at it. A lot of immature hotheads and some have adult toys. The anti gun folks here are all screaming about the so called militia having guns. But it was the blue shirt guy who lost his composure.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Blue Shirt Guy seems to be a failed city council candidate and the son of a former Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy.

          Welp, he’s sure gotten a lot of free press. NYT, WaPo, NPR, Fox, CNN, The Guardian … ought to do wonders for his next campaign.

          • khal spencer Says:

            My guess is this is enough of a factual cluster fuck that it goes to plea bargaining. Blue shirt might avoid the big house but suspect he will not get off scot free. OTOH if both sides play it out hardball and a jury sees the video of the shootee trying to bash him with the long skateboard, it will be tough to get a conviction on the worst of counts. Self defense and reasonable doubt.

  2. carl duellman Says:

    i wonder if we should have a daily ‘two minute hate’ and a ‘hate week’ to help purge people’s angst?

    • khal spencer Says:

      The way things were going, its gonna take more than two minutes. Also, IIRC, the Two Minute Hate was designed to stir up more hate, not disspate it.

      Seems to me what we need is Soma, going to a different dystopian novel,

      • carl duellman Says:

        two minutes of hate or 90 minutes of soma would be a pretty good workout.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I can generally work up two minutes of hate during 90 minutes with a Soma, especially when climbing a steep grade. That blue beast goes like 28 pounds without bottles, saddlebag and pump.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We need Soma for sure. I got three of ’em. “Take 90 minutes of Soma and call me in the morning,” says kindly ol’ Doc O’Grady.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Three? I thought it was only 2, the rim brake version and the disc brake version. Son, you have a problem. I still don’t have the DC back yet. Waiting on parts including the Microshift stuff.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Ah, but you forget the Double Cross now tricked out as a swept-bar townie. And actually, since Herself has a Double Cross as well, I could say we have four Somas here at El Rancho Pendejo.

        • psobrien Says:

          My apologies, mi amigo. I thought we were talking Sagas. Four Soma bikes in the stable is perfectly acceptable, and you do not require an intervention at this time.

      • khal spencer Says:

        That’s one pretty bike.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          It is, isn’t it? I pulled off the fenders and racks and it’s been my daily driver lately. Triple crank, nine-speed friction shifting, acceptable weight, stout wheels, fat tires, rim brakes, and it looks good too. What’s not to like?

        • khal spencer Says:

          I’m thinking of pulling the fenders off the Long Haul Trucker. Already took off the anti-aircraft grade searchlight and front low rider. Leave the back rack on because its my daily driver around Fanta Se when I want to run an errand. With the lighter wheels scarfed from a former Trek mountainbike and 1.35x 26 Schwalbes on it, its quick and fun. My setup is also 3×9 but the clicks still work so I use them.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I left the fenders and rear rack on its younger brother, the Soma Saga disc. That’s a friction-shifting fat-tire flyer, too, but 2×9 instead of a triple, and with them consarned newfangled whatchamacallem disc brakes.

          The Saga Disc

          • khal spencer Says:

            I stripped the Salsa down to its fighting weight and use it for pure fun now. Its a 2×9 with STI. The Trucker remains loaded up for trips to the watchamacallit and whereveritis.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Other videos are surfacing that make it look like Mr. Blue Shirt was actively trolling for trouble. This guy is gonna see three hots and a cot, if you ask me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I am deeply suspicious of the motives of anybody who brings a firearm to a deal like this, regardless of political persuasion. Tempers are likely to flare, with predictable results.

      If you think you need the smokepole, maybe you should steer clear, stick to fondling it in the privacy of your own home.

      But Burqueños do have a history of settling their differences with gunfire. Remember the good old days, when disputants would settle for beating each other senseless?

      • khal spencer Says:

        Completely agree. On the other hand, when society decides to solve its problems by seeing who can show up with the most effective mob, all bets are off. Weimar Republic, anyone?

        Tearing down a statue of that asshole Onate is bound to result in at minimum a fistfight given the hotheads on both sides. Seems Rio Arriba Co. did it right and hid the statue before the SJW and Honor Brigades showed up to fight with each other. This was predictable.

        So much for not needing cops.

  4. Shawn... not in the land if the rising sun Says:

    Soma do and Soma don’t and never the twain shall meet…

    There’s nothing like a screaming mob to resolve a problem.

  5. Libby Says:

    Read 4 articles – 3 from NYT- and none (including 2017 pieces) tell me WHEN this statue was erected. The Mayor has the right idea. Remove it now for public safety.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    All these gun packin’ hot heads need to trade their assault rifles in on bikes or guitars. Or, they could become Star Wars super fans. Or a combination of two of those things.
    I bet Patrick plays like this.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Sheeyit. I might could get the helmet on, but not that boogie.

    • Shawn - Plucking some line in the Gorge Says:

      Now that would be cool. Protest by jam session. “Oh yeah ! Well (add Led Zeppelin solo here)”. “Oh, is that all you can do? How about this!” (Add banjo solo from Deliverance). and then of course there the guy over there starting up a little Santana argument, and then there’s the kid plucking out some Joe Walsh. And then…, the old guy in the dreadlocks would quietly kick off the theme of the protest, some Hendrix. With my musical inclination I could even partake and act like I know what I’m playing. I could rig up a fishing line bass and tune it like a fish…. Ok, I know. I stole that idea from Supertramp.

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