A City Council Urinal Analogy


I think many citizens of Roswell,NM are still wondering what happened to Keith Bell. I overheard a conversation at a checkout line in Walmart between the cashier and an entire family of people who loved the guy. The father had called the Roswell Daily Record and, from what I could make out, was given the run around and no direct answer as to why Keith was no longer employed there.

If you read the other comment threads on this blog, you will find that the talented social commentator and cartoonist was fired abruptly by the relatively new editorializing liberal ownership.

Bell was the first go public with our community’s  general dissatisfaction of our school district’s leadership  which may have had a lot to do with his termination. Two school board members, including the esteemed Eloy Ortega Jr., have resigned their posts in somewhat silent opposition to the Burris administration.

Anyway, back to Keith Bell who has quite the following and not just in Roswell. I found one of his cartoons posted on a national website whose niche appears to be “cartoonists who are willing to risk their employment” by drawing “right on the margin of civility” cartoons.

Many of you must know or have heard of the irascible former city council member Robert Maples. Maples, a former protestant NMMI chaplain according to aforementioned website, and former Roswell Mayor Bill Owen were frequently irritated by the petty discord present in city council meetings and interactions.

Maples apparently uttered something about everybody pissing on each other at city council meetings after a particularly abrasive exchange between various members. Perhaps this will make the appearance of the urinal in the below drawing more comprehensible. The caption directs Bob(Robert Maples) to piss in the urinal and not on the other 9 members of council. To one unaware of the actual circumstances, the cartoon seems to be a low blow directed at Maples when Keith’s actual intent was to convey the disharmony and infighting present within our turn of millennium city council.


Who couldn't miss the acerbic humor of this cartoonist?
Who couldn’t miss the acerbic humor of this cartoonist?

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  1. Let me tell you something. The start of the END for the city of Roswell was when Keith Bell was fired from the RDR! His talent in exposing corruption would have completely exposed the BS associated with Cahoon Pool being abruptly closed without the “due process” necessary for such an important decision. Do you know that around 15 Moms have suffered nervous breakdowns trying to handle irritable kids in the sweltering heat MINUS a cool refreshing pool that has served the city the last 80 summers or so! I would like to know who fired him and why. Nobody seems to know. You ask around town and nobody knows, but everybody misses him. That man told the truth. Hypocrisy and lies did not stand a chance against his watchdog ways.

    1. Jerry Heck reaffirms the sentiments of the community when he states things started going down hill when Barbara Beck FIRED Keith Bell. Sharyl Attkisson produced the neologism Newsgate to describe how democrats are trying to win election by controlling the media. The masses will see through it all and elect Trump.

      1. Jerry Heck immaturely Gloats in his letter over Trump’s evisceration of Evil Crooked lying Hillary in general election. Heck should be careful when out in public. This town is full of Trump haters. Thanks for being brave enough to write the letter to the editor Jerry. That took balls.

        Did you read article in RDR by Cokie and Steven Roberts stating trump can not run country by untruths? Can you believe these presumed syndicated columnists cannot come up with something better than the prevaricating politician theme?!?

        One has to search intensely where Hillary uttered a single paragraph not containing a falsehood. I thing Ellen has the hots for Kate McKinnon. She is bound to have an open marriage with all the sexy young dancing females she has on the show

        1. I thought Dr. Jerry E Heck DDS, DMD was a Dentist out of Mount Orab, Ohio. He has been around awhile. My daughter liked him so much, it took her 2 years to go to another dentist after we moved.

        2. Somehow I don’t think Kelly McDonald and former NMMI employee Jerry Heck play golf together. Kelly was irritated at the way Heck mocked Democratic Party and her perception of his substandard critical thinking and grammar skills.

          1. A serious pissing contest sponsored by RDR is taking place between Kelly McDonald and J W Kopp. Kelly irreversibly tarnished her name with incoherent tripe she penned in letter to editor excoriating Jerry Heck. Believe Me Kelly, sully is not a strong enough term to characterize your erroneous assertions. Enough of your self importance and pseudo intellectual babble.

            1. J W Kopp rose above the mean spirited attacks of Kelly McDonald who must be related to editorializing bleeding heart editors of newspaper. Kelly attacked his grammar, critical thinking skills, honesty all because she and the her extreme left whiners LOST the election!!

          2. Is this the same Jerry Heck who was on Judge Judy about custody battle with ex girlfriend over car loan who threw a vase at her while they were boozing it up?

        3. J W Kopp tried to defend the gloating letter of Heck never mentioning Heck’s arrogance and conceit and even a little hateful rhetoric.

          1. J.W. Kopp wastes his time trying to refute the hopelessly distorted extreme left views of Craig Abalos. Craig spends an enormous amount of time writing letters to editor. Next thing you know he will be expecting $15 per hour for his time.

            Mr Kopp, rest easily knowing that Abalos is miserable every day over his progressive/oppressive party LOSING to our savior who will soon kill the leader of North Korea. Thomas More’s vision is unachievable and Craig will while away his pathetic existence living on his meager government handouts. He is a punk who does not deserve a second more of your time.

            1. The statement made by Craig that “American working class deserves a better standard of living” is difficult to counter unless you considered the high volume of ignorant, lazy public school graduates/dropouts in the United States. Do you consider this group members of the “working class”? The concentration of these worthless, drag on society punks is particularly high in Roswell Mr Abalos! Do you believe these types deserve $15 per hour? I am interested in your viewpoint on this matter.

              1. 70 year old Navy veteran Douglass Purcell must be getting quite bored in his retirement years. Why? He actually thinks serving on the city council in Alien City will lead to substantive change. He does correctly call out Craig Abalos and Ralph Rivera as two of the biggest whining belly achers in our poor, crime and addiction plagued city!

                1. Craig Abalos lives in parallel universe inhabited by lazy men who fancy themselves as intelligent. He insults citizens of Roswell by intimating they have not heard of UBI or Universal Basic Income.

                  His, miss my ex rich girl friend who earns enough money to not have to beg from government like Craig does, is weak and unmanly.

                  In his pathetic parallel world, he would force brilliant Bill Gates, who earned every penny of his 75 billion dollars, divide his wealth amongst wannabes like Abalos.

                  Craig is living in his self created hell where he is some kind of hybrid comprised wolf and sheep.

                  He is a sheep because he earns very little income. He is a wolf with his not so subtle written criticisms of the rich. GOP won the election because people like Craig make
                  Them nauseous. Like the old man said, Craig is more of a complainer than s bona fide activist.

        4. New York Times writer MARK LILLA called outcome of election repugnant due to trumps ripping out the heart of Clinton machine and the lowlife bums who depend on them. If mark loses his job there, he may have to work at McDonalds

        5. It must be hell for the CNN guests these days! Another out of touch college professor Jonathan Sanders of Stoney Brook University School of Journalism was talking just as though people valued his opinion. Jon will dawdle off into obscurity probably some time before trumps second term in office. Don Lemon still seems to enjoy his job even though he sometimes gazes distantly into space not being able to conceal the magnitude of his disappointment.

        6. Cokie hit the nail on the head when she wrote about Slick Willie blaming the FBI and the Russians for his ineffective LESSER halfs crushing defeat in general election. Yes, being bill Clinton’s lesser half is a feat achieved by only the most depraved of characters.
          Paul Greenburg declared A Slick Willie is much worse than a garden variety liar. It is a particular subspecies of lying. It is a very lawyerly, sophisticated, elastic lie.

          So the democratic female apparatchik was laid bare by white men who saw through her subterfuge and indolent campaign strategies. Daniel Payne “writing at The Federalist” elucidates the corruption practiced by the Clinton Foundation and the numerous sexual escapades of the the BETTER half of the rapidly sinking Clinton team.

          1. You have to read the piece by Mark Alexander writing for the patriot post. He assigns the moniker Slick Hillie to the lousiest campaigner in the history of the general election. She got outworked and outsmarted at every critical juncture.
            Her capacity to tell egregious fibs was easily discerned by the electorate. Her “unscheduled” meeting with AG Loretta Lynch at Phoenix airport tarmac assuring her FBI would not indict, her carte blanche use of private email server, and her overt disregard for the Thomas Jefferson quote about the ill effects of perpetual, constant, overt lying produced the most ludicrous example ever of a political insider becoming an impotent spectator in the history of high level politics

          2. Even venerated actress Meryl Streep wasted precious golden globe moments whining about our president elects Interaction with disabled New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski. Streep should speak with Kovaleski to determine the truth.

            Meanwhile Meryl your party got crushed because of your lazy ass candidate with no message. All the celebrity endorsements did not help your entitlement party in general election AND your unwillingness to accept trump’s legitimacy as YOUR president severely tarnished your body of work.

            Natalie Robehmed wrote beautiful piece lucidly enumerating the many out of touch celebrities who weighed in for woman who siphoned money from Clinton foundation for personal gain, perjured herself to FBI, ruthlessly eliminated Bernie sanders who actually had a chance to beat Trump

            1. Columnist Linda Kral of Roswell New Mexico noticed the hypocrisy and travesty of Meryl Streep’s Trump Tirade. It’s fun watching all these voiceless movie stars coming to grips with the fact they didn’t make difference before the election and even less of an impact after. The next phase for their demise will be their realization they are being IGNORED.

              Thank you mrs Barbara Beck for giving conservatives more than ample print space in your fairly produced newspaper!

              1. Linda certainly could claim Piers Morgan as a kindred spririt. Piers reminded many of the time when Streep recognized a known child rapist with a sonorous round of applause. Meryl was well aware of the brutality of the violent family destroying rape of young girl, but like all out of touch left wing head cases felt rehab would be the right path for the monster that ruined the the promising of future of the young lady by brutally deflowering her.

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