‘La Chingada’

Holy hell. What we have here is what Chazbo Pierce likes to call “a chewy cluster of fk.”

Though there apparently were more cops than Black Bandanas, New Mexico Highly Irregulars, or failed city council candidates at Monday’s Shootout at the Oñate Corral, nobody — the APD, the district attorney, or the state police — seem to have a choke hold on just who did what to whom and why, and what should happen to him. Them. Whatevs. Instead of occupying the moral high ground, they squabble over territory.

Fuck me running. No wonder everyone in this town is packing.  Some days it just doesn’t matter if everybody at the dance is a cop except for you and the dude who shoots you. It’s the wild wild West out there.

As Thomas McGuane wrote in “Panama”:

Something about our republic makes us go armed. I myself am happier having a piece wthin reach, knowing if some goblin jumps into the path, it’s away with him. Here in Key West, we take our guns to parties.

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8 Responses to “‘La Chingada’”

  1. Sharon Says:

    What a cluster. More guns…that will make us safer. A good guy with a gun will stop the bad guys every time…

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Its a cluster fuck. Here in the City Indifferent where no one can afford the rent, the Mayor just proclaimed that we have to tear down the statues. I’ve long stated that it is easier to shit on a stone statue than fix what is fucked up with the present. Even pigeons can do that better than we can.

    My opinion on the other night? No one who should have taken charge crawled out of their own asshole.

    If the Social Justice Doers of Good had simply photographed the asshole and let the police arrest him this would have been an open and shut case of assault and battery, multiple counts. But when the good guys, so to speak, decide to descend to Western On the Spot Justice administered with a skateboard spanking, you can’t turn around and cry foul. The motherfucker deserved to have his ass kicked, but that is not how the system is supposed to work. You can’t have it both ways.

    The irony is that everyone shit on the GI Joe wannabes, but they seem to be the only folks who didn’t lose their lunch or pitch a tantrum. I’ll retire to Bedlam.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Reminds me of a story about who is a cop and who is not.

    I was working my way through college as a U of R security guard and working a campus concert. Was a great way to see a concert free and get paid. Ran into the son of a Rochester P.D. officer I knew from my job, who was also a cop and he was in full dress. A stoned student staggered up and offered me a hit on his joint and then noticed I was standing next to a city cop. The kid almost shit his pants.

    The cop, about my age, 21, unbuttoned his police shirt to reveal a Grateful Dead t-shirt and then cracked a big smile. I cracked up laughing and the student looked stunned and relieved knowing he was not gonna get busted. My RPD buddy said “hey man, just smoke it somewhere else”.

    Wish we had more cops like that.

    • SAO' Says:

      Early in the shift. If he arrested him, then he’s doing paperwork on the regular clock. If you wait until your shift is over, then you do paperwork on time and a half.

      Tons of data about how 5:30 is the worst time to commit a crime (or even just drive while black) because the arrests go way up right before the 6:00 shift change.

      And after you get arrested, never see the judge at 11:00. Hungry judges hand out punishments 3x harsher than 9:00 am or 2:00 pm judges.

      We think Justice is blind. She’s also deaf, dumb, stupid, and hungry.

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

    I have some of these gun carrying people in my own family. They pack heat when they leave the house to go anywhere. Spectacles, testicles, watch, wallet, and pistol, usually with high capacity magazine of 10 rounds or more. They live in fear with the boogeyman right around every corner. No thanks to that life style for me. The worst thing is when some of them become cops.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I know dudes like this too. There are probably more of them here after Monday. Downtown/Old Town merchants must be loving this shit. The only customers they get, when they get them at all, are masked and armed. What’s a retailer to do? Kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out?

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Clearly, nobody exactly covered themselves with glory in this cluster, whether you’re talking cops or citizenry. And just as clearly there’s more story here than meets the editorial eye.

    The DA, sheriff, and mayor all have grander political ambitions (Hizzoner is up for re-election next year, and may face the sheriff). APD is getting it from all sides, city, county, and state … did we see a bit of on-the-clock “blue flu” on Monday?

    NYT’s Simon Romero, a native of Las Vegas, N.M., mused thusly on Twitter: “I’ve covered violent street protests in Caracas & Rio. Never felt as threatened as last night in Albuquerque. At one point an armed militia member taunted me for working at the NYT. No police were in sight. Why did authorities cede control of the scene to extremist gunmen?”

    Accountability seems to be a four-letter word around here. I refer you, dear readers, to the Albuquerque Rapid Transit debacle. Get caught stealing a UNM student’s car and it’s off to the carcel for you. But that’s your own fault for not stealing big.

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