"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Mr. Curtis' dog was shot and killed a few hours after I published my original story on the BRAD BLOG. This is the second time that Mr. Curtis has been the apparent victim of intimidation through such tacticts [sic]. Another one of his dogs was killed in 2002.
I hate that I find myself wondering what's really going on when I hear stories like this one. But - it cannot go unmentioned that Mr. Curtis' dog is the second party involved with the vote-rigging story to suffer an untimely end; the first was Ray Lemme, an investigator from the Florida DOT who was hounding Curtis' employers at Yang Enterprises when he was found dead by an apparent suicide in a Georgia motel room - a room he allegedly checked into while he was clearly still in Florida.
In other, unrelated (?) tinfoil-hat news, I note with sadness the passing - again, apparently by suicide - of Gary Webb, the award-winning investigative reporter who broke the story detailing connections between the CIA and America's crack cocaine epidemic. In this instance, I do not doubt that Webb actually killed himself - no one really had any incentive to see him dead, since his family and career had already been destroyed.
Can I just say, once again and for the record, that I despise the people who make it so easy for me to think the worst about these sorts of stories?