Gallegos loses a deputy but gains a potential new scapegoat

Help wanted, and we're not talking about jobs.

As of today, it seems that Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin can add another word to his title: Former.

He and District Attorney Paul Gallegos, whom McLaughlin actively supported in the last election, had what was described as an “ugly” confrontation in the middle of jury selection that ended with McLaughlin quitting his job and walking out of the courthouse.

Conversation must have been interesting around McLaughlin’s dinner table tonight, given that his wife is Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel. Will McLaughlin tuck it up between his legs and ask for his job back, or will Gallegos’s second-in-command join her husband in the pursuit of new opportunities?

If McLaughlin sticks to his guns, this could be a godsend for Gallegos. He had just about run out of people to blame for his own shortcomings, and it looks like he has at least one new volunteer.

I Sucking is latest craze to hit local journalism scene

While staffing cutbacks continue to plague the Times-Standard’s skeleton crew that is apparently already overburdened with reporting vital news for a roughly 3.5 thousand-square-mile county, the beleaguered braintrust at the area’s last almost daily newspaper has decided to enlisted the help of a very powerful ally.

Yeah, that’s right: you. The T-S is asking for your to help fill its sleeker, more svelte paper the only way it can. Because for God’s sake, if it’s that important, you should be there, right? Thanks T-S, we couldn’t have come up with a better solution to be informed about area events while we are at work or sleeping. And we’ll still continue to pay for it too. Brilliant!

And what exactly do you get with “I Journalism?” How about a gripping photo of a  grisly four-car collision near Ferndale. Not. Even the assistant fire chief of the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department called this incident that made its way on to the T-S Website a “minor fender bender.” One of the vehicles involved was so badly damaged from the collision that it apparently drove out of this crime scene before this photo was taken.

Former fire chief acts like he knows stuff about fire

Yeah quick question here for retired Humboldt Fire District Chief Glenn Ziemer: Since when is it not the fault of the fire and police departments when dopers burn shit down? I’m just asking because Ziemer wrote this totally right-wing letter to the North Coast Journal containing all this personal responsibility jargon about how the people who started that Eureka apartment fire cooking drugs should be, like, held accountable for the people left houseless or something. Listen to this crap.

My premise is simple: The vast majority of the responsibility for 11 people being forced out of their homes rests squarely with Ms. Formby and Mr. Davis as a result of their wantonly reckless decision to manufacture hash oil in a multifamily apartment. The couple’s current situation results from their own risk assumption. Their neighbors did not have the luxury of participation in this decision; they were only forced to bear the results of the outcome.

Yeah that’s not elitist. Now only people who own their own homes can cook hash? What a jerk.

If the arrogance and recklessness of this initial decision on the part of the couple was not enough, they had a second chance to minimize the effects of their behavior while being treated at the emergency room, according to the Eureka Fire Department Incident report, which I reviewed. The information regarding the concern over a potential bomb was relayed to a police officer interviewing the occupants at the emergency room. The officer questioned the occupants about a pipe device or potential bomb in the closet of their apartment, and their response was that they “stated they were consuming hash oil, and had no knowledge of a bomb or pipe,” the report said.

Ziemer. Dude. Get a clue. Blaming the perpetrators is so not part of the Humboldt vibe. You feel me?