Sources say Straub cursed at Cotton in department head meetings even though Cotton was doing a good job getting the department's public information efforts heading in the right direction. Those sources wondered how a young woman could quickly be promoted to a director's position where she had more authority than police captains. Those veteran officers felt they knew the answer when one of them was inadvertently sent a message Straub sent to Cotton......Read the rest. It's simply bizarre. The only valid conclusion is that Straub is flatout loony. Not violently loony in the way I typically use the word, as in the genocidal psychosis of an insane collapsing imperialist empire. Just fucking GONE. All out of sane juice. Straub isn't nearly old enough for his looniness to be senility or stroke. I have to assume he's been this way for a long time, which is why previous police departments allowed him to spend more time with his nonexistent family. This isn't a criticism of Straub. He didn't intend to damage a city, he's just not all there. If he hadn't been placed in a position of power, his non-compos-ness wouldn't have mattered much. Parallel to Dolezal. Dolezal has been a criminal for a long time, and his/her/its criminality was on the public record at the time when Bloomberg's best bitchboy Condon picked him/her/it for a police Ombuds commission. His/her/its criminality wouldn't have been a city problem if BBB Condon hadn't hired him/her/it. This is purely the fault of Bloomberg's best bitchboy Condon, who specifically hired and supported both Dolezal and Straub. Condon threw away good advice from insiders and consultants. He wanted Dolezal and Straub for some reason. Without BBB Condon, both of these problematic people would have remained someone else's problem; they wouldn't have been able to damage Spokane.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.