Curious: You talk funny. Joel: Made ya look!
No, Joel, YOU are the stuff that taints the reputation of our city. And to think we had such high hopes that we'd never hear from, or of, you again after you showed the uncharacteristic good judgment to get off of council. Yet, here you are, once more, grandstanding. This time, in defense of one of the most embarrassing misfits who ever stumbled into local elective office—after you, of course. What's worse, your defense of Helen Collins is all nitpicking and hair splitting—process, process, process—as if it were scripted (yet again) by her boyfriend Doug Bruce. Or, perhaps, by the ACLU. Yet, you and I are not lawyers; we are voters and taxpayers (at least, I am) and we can call a spade a spade. She is a sleazeball; a slumlady; a shameless associate of felons, a defender of a convicted murderer serving a life sentence (please tell us Bruce Nozolino ain't YOUR buddy, too!) and a step'n'fetchit and puppet for tax cheat Doug Bruce. It was that last nasty little truth that got her hauled before the ethics commission. High time. Bruce doesn't know how to be anything besides sleazy, so of course she doesn't, either, and that's why she wound up doing his bidding in their sordid little real estate deal. That's a fact, and you can ignore it or join reality. At any rate, I confess I would have thought you'd be too embarrassed to weigh in on Helen Collins' behalf. Not because you have a conscience or a commitment to the truth—fat chance—but because you're simply not as dumb as she is. No one could be. —Byron Baines
Just a point of fact for "Liberty for COS": No, Councilwoman Helen Collins didn't face ethics charges for "questioning the work ethic of the City Attorney's Office." She faces ethics charges for engaging in a sleazy real estate deal with her political sugar daddy (i.e., campaign contributor and orchestrator), convicted tax cheat Doug Bruce. In fact, it was a transaction that could still get her and Bruce prosecuted. See the difference?
Doug Bruce is a half-step away from going back to jail and his mindless minion on council is on the verge of making her debut in the slammer—and a couple of paranoid posters smell a conspiracy against them. Maybe Helen and Doug are just crooks, plain and simple. Flim-flamming opportunists who tried to defraud the taxpayers and now try to blame everyone else when they get caught. They're both an embarrassment to our city, and it is more embarrassing to see anyone try to defend them at this point.
My real name is Byron Baines; EyeOn... is my nomme de Twitter and used to be my FB moniker. It seemed clever at the time.
"Only outspoken council member"!? Helen Collins is the council's consummate mealy mouth—who only pipes up when told to do so by benefactor and puppeteer Doug Bruce! She wouldn't know City For Champions from Breakfast of Champions if Doug didn't wind her up and point her in the right direction. No one even realized she was on the council until Doug put her on the radar by putting her up to his self-serving monkey business. Now, she can join him on the bulletin board down at the post office. Joel, your attempt to turn her into Joan of Arc would be laughable if it didn't offer the public yet another glimpse into your own warped world view. Joel Miller thinks the ethics commission is part of some elaborate conspiracy; maybe the commissioners just know a fraud when they see one. Get the hook and haul her away!
Stan, I wasn't familiar with Klingenschnitzel's academic record other than that his alma mater really is the former Christian Broadcasting Network University. Back when he first made the news and I couldn't get enough of his loopiness, I did poke around on the Web but couldn't get past his uproarious YouTube "debate" with the Owensboro Baptist nut over whether God actually hates gays or just wants guys like Dr. "Chaps" to exorcise them. Not making THAT up, either. Check it out; this guy's a hoot: https://youtu.be/Nmekb4k-ZeM
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