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  •  back when the idea of actually running the County (17+ / 0-)

    government was just a twinkle in their eyes, I was at a meeting in Dixon (that's about 20 miles upstream from Espanola, for those so deprived as to not know the wonders of El Norte) when Antonio (Ikey) DeVargas  and Moises Morales came to confer with the Hippies and ask them to help with their crusade against the iconic Emilio Naranjo, Cacique of Rio Arriba and Grandfather of (at the time) 35.  This would have been around 1976 or so.  Naranjo was the Sheriff, the County Manager and a State Senator when he wasn't too busy being the Big Rooster.  And he was a Democrat

    The Dixon Hippies smoked another bowl or two  (an ancient tradition in the old Hispano villages, long predating the late arrival of the 'back-to-the-land' set in the late 60s) and said "Sure, man, we'll help.  Here, have a toke."

    I was one of the fierce Hippies from the High Country who would come down to the banana-belt of Dixon to enjoy the Sunday volleyball games, riverside sauna and steal their women (they were often willing).

    Moises and Ikey didn't win that time,  and it took some more time,  but finally Emilio went too far and was busted and Lauren got a job in the new broom coalition.

    Dixon is now a thriving hotbed of .alt life,  with a food co-op and their own micro FM radio station,  not to mention an ambulance and a fire department and a library.

    Oh,  and Richard Cook is still the Land Baron,  and John Nichols only scratched the surface of life in El Norte with "The Milagro Beanfield War".  You could carry on his tradition, maybe even sell a script to Hollywood.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:55:03 AM PST

    •  Thanks Claude! (11+ / 0-)

      You are one of only a small elite handful of beings here in the North who knows I didn't drop out of the sky, and that I actually have parents, siblings and other outward signs of human birth.

      Thanks for your funny story! Wish I coulda been there then.

      And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah! -Leonard Cohen .................@laurenreichelt

      by TheFatLadySings on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:13:42 AM PST

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    •  My favorite Naranjo story: (3+ / 0-)

      Election night, 1980. Dismal results for us across the board. But we still held out some hope that Democrat Bill Richardson would manage to unseat Republican Manuel Lujan in NM-01 (the '70 census gave NM only 2 House seats; the third district would be created in '81 after '80 census gave us more people).
      Local anchor Dick Knipfing announced that they had Naranjo on the phone, and he then asked him, "How many votes do you have up there for Richardson?" Naranjo, apparently not knowing he was on live TV said, "How many do you need?"

      BTW, I recall that Naranjo's power began to ebb when he joined a fundy church and began introducing their favored legislation. Were there other overreaches that helped to finally break his machine?

      PrezObama's only mistake in the sequester is that he assumed that the Republicans would be more loyal to their oath of office to serve the people than their oath to Norquist to never close tax loopholes.

      by SilentBrook on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:57:44 AM PST

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