Thursday, December 31, 2009

Holy Hell

This kind of stuff just turns the stomach.

This is what happens when society looks the other way too long.

Churches have NEVER been good at governing themselves... they're run by men who believe themselves above and outside the law.

I can only imagine what's going on behind the scenes in America's megachurches.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Crackin me the hell up

While doing my daily patrol of the Times-Call comment streams (aka 'Libellers 'r Us') I spotted this comment from Dec. 23rd by 'George S.'


My prediction: Within six months of the new Wal-Mart opening, several businesses will close including its Hover store, the south Safeway, Big Lots and either Ross or Marshall's. Several higher-end businesses that had considered moving to Longmont, including Sunflower Market, will cancel their plans ... for the same reason that a Nordstrom would never locate in a mall with a Dollar Store. With its high percentage of high-income, well-educated, tech-savvy residents, Longmont should be campaigning to bring in higher-end retail, whose customers are now being lost to Centerra, FlatIron Crossing and 29th Street. Those businesses and their customers would generate much more sales-tax revenue and lure similar businesses here. Instead, we're establishing an image as the Junkyard of the Front Range, whose theme song is the theme from "Deliverance," whose logo is a giant beer can, and whose motto is "Go back to your double-wide and fry something." Why don't we add a couple auto-salvage yards and another pawn shop and tattoo parlor or two to our eastern gateway and be done with our Dogpatch-ization? One of the keys to career ascendancy has always been to "dress for success," but Longmont seems intent in dressing in a tank top, baggy shorts and a mullet.
George S., Longmont, 12/23/2009 1:18 PM
 George, you are crackin me up. Please contact me.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Healthcare Reform Passed

Finally. Now the insurance companies will be under some kind of control.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

George S. please contact me

I've been very impressed with some of the comments I've read at the Times-Call. One poster who calls himself 'George S.' had this to say:

What this thread is revealing to me above all else is this community's startling lack of adult reading comprehension. Let's see if I can sort all this out. ... One poster accuses me of trying to "intimidate" others out of their freedom of speech because I spoke out about robo-calls which came from a Virginia area code and which were "anti-family" bvecause they came at the dinner hour, the only time of the day when my family can sit down together. I wouldn't dream of stifling those calls, because they, and the obvious cost of making them (which the Times-Call interestingly did not report) are quite revealing about the interests behind an issue or candidate. Or revealing, anyway, to citizens who are curious and don't just drink the Kool-Aid. ... Another poster accused me of being against businesses and churches. Say what? He must have missed the sentence where I praised my own church for focusing on Jesus instead of profits, and to that I'll add 90 percent of the town's other fine churches. I specificially stated that LifeBridge's focus was far more on making tax-sheltered profits than on religion. It is a business designed to enrich a few, much like Jim Bakker's "Heritage USA" near Charlotte. It's a business that evades taxes (that's stealing from you and me!) by claiming a religious exemption. And am I anti-business? No, I own a business! What I object to are governmental bodies that favor their friends' business ventures over those other business people who have not greased the politicians' palms with money or favors, as is happening with the tract east of the museum. That kind of corruption is non-partisan. Sure, in the case of Longmont, favoritism and bought-and-paid-for decisions are being engineered by Republican office-holders, but in my native Chicago it was done by Daley's Democratic machine. Right or left, it's wrong. I have also been a member of some fine Chambers of Commerce in other cities where I have owned businesses, but not here, for the same "favoritism" reason. ... A poster stated that the LifeBridge development would generate lots of tax revenue. Wrong. If you had actually read the plan, you would know that most of the development would be LEASED instead of SOLD. Those renters would not be paying property taxes, and the "religious" LifeBridge landlord would be sheltered from taxes on the huge profit from those rents as well as that from property it did sell. Sure, businesses within the development would generate some sales tax revenue, but much of that would be competing for the same retail dollar as are existing businesses, so the net result would be an "ebbing tide" for everyone. ... And finally, because I dared to speak out against religion-industry profiteers and a developer-purchased City Council, I am branded a "liberal" or a "progressive." I am neither. I demand little from government other than to defend my property and country. Locally, I want it to ensure orderly growth which pays for itself and doesn't use more resources than we have, not rubber-stamped sprawl that rapes our quality of life and thus diminishes everybody's property values INCLUDING MINE, and that in turn diminishes the revenue available to provide city services (including police and fire protection) for all this runaway growth! And if I launch a business venture, I don't want to have to buy a politician to keep him from favoring his friends and donors over me. What the heck is partisan about that? What we really have to get over in this country is excusing wrongs just because they're done by members of our own political party; that's why I don't belong to one. ... I am a fiscal conservative. And though it's not going to be politically correct to say it in this thread, council members Benker and McCoy are fiscal conservatives too. Unfortunately, they were looking out for taxpayers in the long term, and that's pretty hard to explain in this era of Americans' short attention spans, desire for instant gratification and inability to see past the ends of their noses

George S., Longmont, 12/3/2009 9:25 AM

Friday, December 18, 2009

Not puzzling at all

From the Letters to the Editor at the Longmont Ledger:

Council’s board appointments puzzling

I find two recent city board appointments rather puzzling.

The first was Councilman Gabe Santos’ appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Council members were asked to list their top five choices for board appointments weeks ago and Santos gave no indication that he was the least bit interested in Planning and Zoning. Yet when board appointments were being voted on, he announced that he wanted to be onto this board.

It seemed strange that he would change his mind at the last minute but what seemed really strange was that Mayor Bryan Baum and council members Katie Witt and Alex Sammoury would support this apparently hasty decision. This despite the fact that councilwoman Sarah Levison was already serving on the board, had previously indicated that it was her top choice for board appointments and was much more qualified for the position than was Santos.

It seemed a rather harsh rebuke and left me wondering: Why didn’t Councilman Santos declare his intention to seek the position on the Planning and Zoning Commission when he was originally given the opportunity to?

How did each of the supporting council members come to the same last-minute conclusion that the best thing for Longmont would be to ignore the hard work and devotion of one council member in favor of the whim of another?

Was this actually not a spontaneous decision at all, but rather one the four of them agreed upon, in private, before the public meeting?

The other appointment I found puzzling was Chris Rodriguez to the Airport Advisory Board. Baum, Witt, Sammoury and Santos voted Against the vice chair of the committee — a well-qualified and highly respected committee member, in favor of someone who didn’t even show up for his committee interview but who is a vocal supporter of the new council.

Fair and open? You decide.

Paula Burr

Longmont

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Paula, Paula, Paula... clearly you don't understand politics. Here, let me 'splain it to you:

Gabe Santos is what is known as a 'machine politician' - he worked as office manager for Tom Delay, arguably one of the most corrupt politicians of this decade. He changed his mind because he was, in all likelihood, told to. He's what's referred to in the Soviet Republic as an 'apparatchik': "It is also frequently used to describe individuals, appointed to positions in any government, on the basis of ideological or political loyalty rather than competence."

You've no doubt heard the endless howling of right-wing apparatchiks condemning the Progressives on Council in round terms for incompetence - this was carefully orchestrated to make their subsequent appointees seem competent by comparison (which they are not). It's the GOP formula - blame your opponent for what you, yourself are doing and demonize anyone that argues with you. It's a time-tested method backed up with tons of experience and oodles of money.

As for Chris Rodriguez, why, Paula, he did 'show up' - he's been blogging his little heart out (assuming he actually has one) - and helped run Katie Witt's campaign and was (still is) the loudest and most vitriol-laced voice on the Times-Call comment streams, his multiple blogs and pretty much anywhere else he can get published. He won't ever have to submit to interviews or any of that tiresome 'little people' stuff - he's paid for his apparatchik-ness with a political bodycount - an election won and a majority on the council. Why, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him make a run for council himself - with the kind of backing he's obviously got, we'll be hearing his loud, angry voice for years to come (barring karmic intervention). Be prepared for endless harrassment though - it's not politically correct in Longmont to criticize the 'apparatus' but it is quintessentially American.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Snow to be Declared Terrorist Threat

This article on the TC:
City will evaluate tire-shredding curbs Traffic-calming structure blamed for tire troubles

had this hilarious comment:
This morning I drove by the area reported on and can confirm that the narrowing of the road there is dangerous. The curb sticks out into the lane farther than is normal and it is too narrow for the Suburban that I was driving. I drove through slowly, of course. There are traffic cones all around now but there are other areas like that one in Longmont. A few comments regarding cell phone usage or "tghe curb jumped out of the snow" do not asknowledge the reality of this snow on our roads. It masked the danger. For the record, the caption on the photo incorrectly states that this is WEST of Hover. It is east as the main article states.


DavidDinosaur, Longmont, CO, 12/17/2009 9:51 AM
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(clasps hands to face, eyes wide and mouth a round 'O' of horror)

Narrow Streets! Oh My!
Snow!!!! OH MY!

Quick! Everyone wet your pants and start screaming in terror! Let's spend several thousand dollars moving curbs around so those folks too self-absorbed to pay attention don't damage their Escalades or Ford Exploders. Better yet let's declare snow illegal (because you know they have snow in BOULDER and only Socialist Commies like snow!) We need to make the roads SAFE for our gas-guzzling SUVs RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! It's a PLOT by OBAMA!

You jackasses have the nerve to hijack our city council using basketfulls of out of state money, then complain publicly about CURBS that are too wide for your bloated urban assault vehicles?

Fucking hang up and drive, you idiots.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Grow a Pair and Grow the Fuck UP

Just FYI, at no time have I ever used an anonymous pseudonym - my identity on all boards/comment streams I've published on has been quite clear - and the winger attack machine has been relentless - all the while using pseudonyms themselves and crying about why they think they must (for fear of being attacked - how ironic).

Anyone using a fake name isn't me.

It's that simple.

The fact that I've simply been too busy to scream back at the assholes on line lately makes them sure I'm using a pseudonym -

- because that's what they do.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ghosts of Cheney Past

It's funny, but the bodies always seem to float to the top.

It would be the best Christmas present of all to see Bush and Cheney tried for REAL WAR CRIMES.

Some people think that backups only work FOR YOU.

(waves)

Boy Whores

Well, they've gone and done it.

Created every sixteen-year-old's dream job.

I wonder how long till GOP scandals start swirling around this.

Courtesy of the Drudge Retort.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

GOP = bigger national debt



Bottom line - the GOP is running the US into the ground with debt.

Vote them out and KEEP THEM OUT.

The new council members in Longmont are no different - they'll figure out a way to rape the taxpayers if we don't stop them.

Friday, December 11, 2009

CAP and (plea) trade

From the Times-Call (and oddly nowhere else...)

Former CAP officer takes plea deal


LONGMONT — A former Civil Air Patrol cadet officer accused of using his position to elicit sex from subordinates in the program has accepted a plea deal with prosecutors.

Mitchell Bain, 21, faces between two and 12 years in prison and is due for sentencing on Feb. 12. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of children, and prosecutors dismissed two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

He was arrested in March on suspicion of using his position as a lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol to influence a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl into having sexual relationships with him at his Longmont apartment.
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Wow. 14 and 15 year olds? That's excruciatingly sleazy. Have to wonder how many times he got away with it before getting caught. You'd think something as prestigious at the Civil Air Patrol would attract a better class of thug. Guess not.

I wonder if it's the fumes from the aviation fuel... or oxygen deprivation from flying too high (more meanings there) or maybe he was just playing with his 'joystick' too much.

Two years in prison? Yipe!

He'll never be able to watch an in-flight fueling video calmly again.

Cowardly Council

DaVinci Quest came to our glorious new Council (complete with an investment-advisor mayor who helps people decide what risks to take) with a great green idea - the Smarter, Safer, Greener House Contest.

And they chickened out... so much for all that vaunted skill. *yawn*

One of the usual suspects had this to say in the TC's vitriol-soaked comments:
I think this is the best possible outcome. DiVinci will still run their contest and the people who want to risk being involved can - and maybe it'll be a great success and maybe it will fail, but either way the city can only benefit as if it fails, the city won't have any responsibilty and if it is a huge success then the city will reap the rewards via taxes and fees for the building and materials, not to mention any positive press should this be a big hit. Win-win.
Yep, take the credit but don't do shit to help - that's the story of the GOP. Talk about 'leaning vs lifting'.
Councilwoman Katie Witt said she thinks the contest is a great idea and would be happy to lend her individual support to it, but she isn’t comfortable opening the door to the council endorsing for-profit entities.
Oh? 4C much? Or is that profit okay because it puts money in the (far) right pockets?
“If you want to pursue this, I think that’s a wonderful pursuit, but asking us to put a rubber stamp on it is inappropriate,” Mayor Bryan Baum told Dakin.
Absolutely Bryan. You'll want to save your teeny little rubber stamp for your wingnut pals.
But Councilman Sean McCoy said a large part of the contest is to drive economic development, and endorsing it is similar to endorsing an organization like the Longmont Area Economic Council.

Yep, that's right. But the problem is - anytime the Greenies win one, the wingnuts would sooner gouge their eyes out with a grapefruit spoon rather than notice it.

After the recent purge of progressives from every single board and commission this action comes as no surprise. The new Council is doing exactly what you can expect a group of right-wing ideologues to do - purge, block, hamper and otherwise muck up the gears of our government. Oh, and turn their refined noses up at anything that the Grand Olde Obstructionists disagree with.

Mission Accomplished. I wonder if we can sue the Council members for damages when this project goes big and we're locked out of any juicy deals. I mean, screechers have been threatening to sue WIIFL for saving Longmont from the LifeBridge Union project (which is a non-starter and a guaranteed turkey to boot). Folks need to remember their words are going to haunt them the next two years. Might pay to keep certain elder Longmont statesmen away from the tantalus.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Never leaned left" = More Bullshit

From the Boulder Weekly:

According to the Boulder County Clerk’s office, Democrats now outnumber Republicans in Longmont, though the largest single block of voters are unaffiliated with either party.

So much for Longmont's 'conservative majority' - when only 28% of the voters VOTE and 51% of THEM are wingnuts it can look a bit one-sided.

So, as usual, when the facts don't line up the way they want, the wingnuts just make shit up.

I guess it comes from having their heads full of it.

This past election simply underlined the fact that when you've got rabid loons willing to outspend you by any amount needed, they can swing the independent voters.

The real problem is going to be keeping them.

She's no 'lady'

This is just lovely.

Did you think your blog wasn't being archived?

Sorry Ms. Baum, you don't get to attack and smear to win an election and then wind the tape back and pretend you didn't say things. Remember when you were gleefully busting Richard Juday using the Google Cache?

Turnabout is fair play Ms. Baum.

You've been a loud and angry voice in Longmont for years, howling right along with the wingnuts and their well-paid smear-artists. Anything to win after all. Your words won't just disappear because you want them to.

You chose to kill the albatross - now you get to wear it and mayor Baum will just have to deal with the stench - that's politics.

You got down on hands and knees and raked the muck mercilessly so don't expect to don your 'first lady' status and expect your past to just evaporate.

I believe that's called Accountability - something you've (supposedly) championed.

I'm glad to help.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Big Money, Republican Machine Buys Longmont Election

by Kaye Fissinger

Longmont has been under political attack from outside of Longmont and outside of Colorado. Aligned with these powerful and well-funded entities are individuals and groups within Longmont who have been furious since the November 2007 election produced a progressive-leaning majority. They are using outside money and their own deep pockets to "take back Longmont." And they have succeeded.
Western Tradition Partnership (WTP), headed by Bozeman, Montana Republicans (former US representative Ron Marlenee and state representative John Sinrud) is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against Longmont over electioneering provisions and independent expenditures in the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act.
WTP is rabidly anti-environmental and absolutist on property rights with the stated purpose to target local and state governments. It receives its backing primarily from the oil-gas-coal industries.
Longmont Leadership is a party to this lawsuit along with former Longmont mayors
Julia Pirnack and Bob Askey, both Republicans, the Longmont Area Realtors Association, and Republican blogger Chris Rodriguez. It was formed to unseat former mayor Roger Lange and Ward 2 councilmember Karen Benker, and did so with a contribution in excess of $11,000 from Western Tradition Partnership, almost the entirety of Longmont Leadership's funding.
Western Tradition Partnership is registered with the IRS as a nonprofit 501c4. According to Luis Toro, general counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, these nonprofit groups have come to replace 527 organizations as the favored shell for political contributions. They became popular after 527s faced greater disclosure requirements at the state and national level.
Aspen Daily News reports that "527s...lack the spending caps that other political groups have, but they must now release contribution and expenditure information. 501c4s are allowed "greater anonymity but are required to pursue mostly nonpolitical activities, which they don't always do. Groups that get involved late in the process don't have to disclose much at all until December, long after the races are decided."
The Colorado registered agent for Western Tradition Partnership is their attorney

Scott Gessler, who is also the Republican candidate for Secretary of State in 2010. It is not at all coincidental that Gessler is likely to use WTP's lawsuit over Longmont's Fair Campaign Practices Act as a platform for further degradation of campaign financing regulations.
Scott Shires is also listed as a WTP registered agent. He is a Republican operative and front man for many 527s and he has a history of violating campaign reporting regulations. Shires has also been indicted on an alleged money laundering scheme to hide an illegal gambling operation.
Shires is behind the Colorado League of Taxpayers who attacked Longmont council candidate Richard Juday in a January 2008 mailer. A similar event occurred in Garfield County. Colorado Ethics Watch sued Shires for campaign violations in that case and he was fined in excess of $7,000, an amount apparently still unpaid.
Western Tradition Partnership also had an electioneering violation complaint filed against it with the State of Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices in October 2008.
Reporting for the Missoulian State Bureau on 5/4/08, Charles S. Johnson asked WTP who else was helping the organization and was told that Christian LeFer was helping with graphics and web design work. (LeFer is a public figure in both the Montana and Colorado Right-to-Work organizations.)
LeFer is also the web registrant for the "Greeley Report" with a striking similarity to the anonymous "Longmont Report" that appeared in January 2008 to defeat Juday in favor of current councilmember and former Rep. Tom DeLay staffer Gabe Santos. After the election it targeted Benker and councilmember Sean McCoy.
Stephanie Baum, "Take Back Longmont" blogger and wife of newly-elected mayor Bryan Baum, wrote to Doug Wray about the person responsible for Longmont Report, saying that she "knows who he is" because she "met with the owner of Longmont Report." Baum and Chris Rodriguez move in the same political circle. Rodriguez is well known for his blog vitriol and was described in the Boulder Weekly's report "The gloves come off," referring to the recent Longmont city council races.
Also mentioned in "The glove comes off" is www.frontrangechickens.com. Registration data for this website is deliberately anonymous. However, it has at least two things in common with Longmont Report. It is vicious in its politics of personal destruction and character assassination, and it has an implied threat of violence.
So who benefitted--politically and financially--from the Western Tradition Partnership lawsuit and other suits targeting the City of Longmont? Who benefitted from the bombardment of expensive mailers that appeared in mail boxes all over Longmont? Who benefitted from attack blogs, push-polls and robo-calls
against candidates? With the results of the November 3rd election now in, the answers are self-evident:
Bryan Baum, Gabe Santos, Katie Witt and Alex Sammoury.
Expect more of the same from these and similar entities in 2010, 2011, 2012 and beyond. It's worked repeatedly for Republicans, and there's no reason for the Republicans to abandon their strategies and tactics of trash politics for the upcoming election cycles.

Minimizing environmental impact

Well, now that it’s a foregone conclusion that the entire global ecosystem is going to crash and burn and destroy most life on the planet within about a decade, my liberal instincts are making me feel a little more guilty (groan, beat chest, heap ashes on head) about my environmental footprint. Having just taken an “ecological footprint quiz” at Redefining Progress (www.myfootprint.org/), I am vaguely comforted to learn that my footprint is roughly 63% of the national average, but considering that the national average is scandalous and a crime against humanity, that’s cold comfort. I eat most of my meals out, which is supposed to be a horrendous drain on resources (but supports local labor); I refuse to freeze my ass during winter or fry my ass during summer, which entails horrific energy expenditures. But I do walk reasonable distances to places most other people drive to, and I use a lot less water than most people because of personal hygiene standards which some would consider less than optimal. And a lot of my deficiencies are simply due to the fact that it requires more or less money to correct them by various sorts of technological fixes, and I can’t afford to. I mean, let’s face it, strict environmental conscientiousness is a luxury of the moderately well-off because it costs money. This is, of course, one of the major sticking points at all the international conferences on climate change where profligate wastrels in the developed world tell the poorer nations what they should do to reduce global warming and the poorer nations politely tell them to take a flying fuck at the moon. And if one becomes overly scrupulous and a little paranoid, one can start self-flagellating over such things as using a computer, which some sources say consumes vast amounts of both energy and resources; or eating tofu because of the horrible waste of resources involved in raising food animals, only to find that growing soy beans has its own environmental impact; or even farting too much because of the contribution of methane to global warming. It is, in fact, ultimately impossible to be totally pure environmentally. Living as simply as possible has its own unavoidable impact.

So, I have finally reached the only logical conclusion. You may remember (of course you do) a post on this blog back in 22 August 07 entitled “Save the planet: Kill yourself,” which was about a satirical (we hope) cult called the Church of Euthanasia which recommended just that. Its defining principle was population reduction, but the same logic applies to reduction of environmental impact. The only way to have zero impact is to kill yourself. Unfortunately, your one last impact will be the air pollution involved in cremation, but after that, you can congratulate yourself on having made the ultimate sacrifice to save the planet. Not that it will work, but at least you can feel smug and self-righteous about it up in Heaven while looking down and watching Earth continue to collapse in apocalyptic cataclysm, as well as feeling immensely relieved at having gotten out of it in time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Messin with Sasquatch

There is simply no better sport than Lunatic Fringer baiting...

From yet another Times-Call burp-fest about Union Reservoir,"It's just a hole in the ground filled with water!! Environment shmenviroment! BAH HUMBUG!!! PAVE IT!

The comment stream had a few fun bits in it - this one from MikeRochip:

Wow. Some of you people seem to be really missing the elections and the campaigning. But we get it. Liberals=bad. Conservatives=good. Thanks for the repeated clarification.

MikeRochip, Longmont, CO , 12/4/2009 4:21 PM

prompted me to respond:


Mike, to the Lunatic Fringe there IS no end to the "campaigning" - they won't ever rest (bless their pointy lil heads). Once they've eliminated the libruls, they'll start on their own less-than-sufficiently faithful, then the people that don't stand up straight and so on down to the last two angry nutjobs. Of course, when -that- fight's over it WILL be a 'perfect world' so at least they have an exit strategy. :-D Happy friday everyone!

M. Douglas Wray, Longmont, CO, 12/4/2009 6:15 PM

since I'm certain the 'we won the election, now you *&#^$ libruls can STFU' folks will howl that it's 'abuse' - heck, I might even get banned. oooh.

LOL

Psychos on the warpath

Huckabee's far right-wing loony pals Americans United for Life Action (AUL Action) is robo-calling and trying to get as many people as possible to call Bennett's phone (thus overloading it).

These people sicken me.

America, we must fight these vicious theocrats. Our security is at stake.

If you get a phone call, answer 'yes' to all the questions (including about donating) and tie up their operators as long as you possibly can.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hope for peace but examine their words

I was recently considering all the things said online since the last city council election. The following excerpts may be illuminating as to the intent and plans of the current City Council:

From How Hard is it to Fill Out a Mail In Ballot? (by Stephanie Baum, Mayor Baum's wife)
If you are like me, and love this city, and are horrified by the thought of a small, extreme group determining the economic future of our city...
I have to agree Stephanie - my worst nightmare has come true. So the protestations of good intentions by the new conservative majority kind of ring hollow.

From We Have an Ice Rink... and a Freeze on Hiring
Last I looked, there were job postings on the City of Longmont website for Seasonal Ice Rink Workers. The city council voted to keep the rink, but in light of budget constraints, enacted a hiring freeze. Wouldn't that mean that the city infact can't hire the workers to run the ice rink? Am I missing something here? 
Nope, you're not missing a thing Steph. In fact, one of Bryan's ardent supporters sums it up neatly:

Wow. So, if this is any indication at all, I think we can count on seeing staff cuts or at least all the furlough days being used. Nothing like balancing the books on the backs of the middle class - a standard corporate practice it seems.

From The New City Council is at it AGAIN
Every year the city grants hundreds of thousands of tax revenue dollars to Habitat for Humanity and Thistle Community Housing for low income housing development. Maybe the city should keep that money and do the development itself
Why, of course! Then the money could be funnelled into the pockets of their dear, dear friends like Dale Bruns. You remember him I'm sure, the front man for the 4C. I'm sure he's planning his next dream house right now - with your tax dollars, courtesy of Longmont's rightwing Lunatic Fringe - now in charge of Council.

An on the the topic of respect for potential candidates:
From For being a NASA Engineer, Juday is no Rocket Scientist
Juday, the consummate Socialist...
Ah, I love the smell of GOP jingo in the morning - it smells like... well... actually I don't like it. Especially when I'm convinced this is the attitude of our new Mayor.

and to hear the slogan 'Longmont is open for business' seems to ring a bit hollow in light of this post:

From: More Jobs in Longmont Might Not Be The Right Focus...
Longmont's unemployment rate sits right at 4% - perfect! If we start adding jobs, without increasing the population with which to fill those jobs, there will be a surplus of jobs - a bad thing!
Yep. If there's a surplus of jobs, then employees might have a choice - and in employer-owned Colorado, that's a 'bad thing' - workers are disposable comodities that can be made with unskilled labor, so are therefore, by definition, trash to the folks in charge. And don't you forget it you uppity bastards or we'll call in hired guns - again.

And there's more:
Yes, we want to attract more high tech jobs, but in doing do we must also find ways to make our city more attractive to a transient population so that they will choose to make Longmont their home rather than the surrounding communities.
'A transient population' ? Let's call that what it is - workers displaced by cuts elsewhere. The bottom line to the GOP is drive the economy down, lay off workers, start new businesses with even lower wages and hire only the truly desperate - then you can crush your competition by cutting your prices lower than theirs and never have to worry about your employees going elsewhere -make sure there's never a job 'surplus'. Ever.

And when it comes to raking muck, Ms. Baum is a genius - however she let slip her disdain for anything that comes from the creative sphere:

From Changes to Juday's Site
He now has a link on his website where he calls himself "A Scientist with Creative Ideas." I think he's getting "creative" confused with "socialist."
Ah, more of that fine, fine Jingo. Damn I just love the way she weaves that in. So 'creative' equals 'socialist' ? I'm sure all the folks that her husband has raised money for would find that attitude repugnant. Shhh. Let's not tell em.

Sometimes it's the things not said that are most revealing.
From:"One Nation...(pause...pause)...Indivisible, With Libery and Justice for All"

She castigates Richard Juday for having a link called 'Science and Creationism' by saying:
Well, Atheists don't believe in God so I guess when they pledge allegiance to their flag, they omit those words to be true to their ideals - that's my best guess anyway.
So... let me parse this... anyone that doesn't believe in Creationism is... (pause pause) ... an atheist? I'm very curious how our Mayor feels on this subject. Or is it just what they want their hard-working campaigners to think they believe the same way they do? Nothing like using the theocrats to support your purposes when it suits you. Sweet. And profitable too!

I also heard over and over and over and OVER again how the reason the right-wing attack sites were anonymous was because they were terrified that 'names would be listed' hmmm.

I give you: Juday's Hidden Blog
Note the long list of names.

Hm... so... let me get this straight... now that your tactics (that you claimed the Progressives were using) have given you control of Council we're supposed to shake hands, pat you on the back and hope for the best?

Right. Or should I say 'far lunatic fringe right'...

Keep an eye on the thermometer - when Hell freezes over I'll believe you and your crowd 'want the best for Longmont' - what you classify as 'Longmont' doesn't include anyone that opposed you - just shy of half the town.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

They Just Like to Blow Shit Up

The wingnuts are at it again - now they have a plan1 to slaughter all the prairie dogs - not with something as tame as poisons (heck the GOP thinks poisons are fine, as long as it's in food coming from China) but instead with exploding gas. I can almost hear the hillbilly howls of glee now: "Lookee thar Junior! That blowed up reeeaaal good!"

I can understand their eagerness too - with someone like Gabe Santos on council, they no doubt have a gigantic supply of (ahem) natural gas. Trouble is, the system2 they're looking at uses propane. Might take a few custom adapters to get it hooked up to our erstwhile councilman. Besides, flow-control could also be a problem, especially after some of the lunches he eats. But I digress.

Besides, the Dept of Agriculture tried em and they don't work:

"Gas exploding devices or anhydrous ammonia or other toxic gases have not proven to be safe, reliable or effective. The best studies have shown that oxy-acetylene or propane/oxygen mixtures injected for 45 seconds and then ignited only reduced ground squirrel populations by about 40 per cent and did so at a very high cost. Although no data has been generated on the effectiveness of anhydrous ammonia, there has been, at best, mixed comments on its use. Cost, practically, safety and labour are considered serious drawbacks to anhydrous ammonia fumigation."

So if it doesn't work for squirrels, the no-doubt hardier prarie dogs will likely be even less affected. More likely the lil varmints will turn the tables on our would-be extermination advocates and send them all sky-high when their boom-boom machine blows up in their faces.

However, I'm not sure that would be a bad thing... evolution takes a lot of forms3.

Go get em kids, mind the buried services while you're at it - please?

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1.  Yes, another. I'm sure they're fantasizing about something to exterminate their opponents too...


2.  I omit the name because it's a pathetic jury-rigged POS with a hyper-macho name and a hefty pricetag. Fine to blow $ on this shit and let the city fall apart.


3.  And heaven knows they could use some evolving... especially to get rid of that monobrow...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

God is not a hit man

Using Psalm 109:8 as a veiled exhortation to kill the President isn't just hateful and ignorant, it's a willful misinterpretation of the Bible.

I know the religion-obsessed sociopaths (and you know who you are) out there think the Bible means just what they want it to mean, but antics like this just underline they're not about God or love.

Far from it.

The right wing in Longmont (and throughout America) are beating their war drums with one hand and short-stroking violent psychos with the other. They need to keep in mind that crazy people sometimes slip the leash and do unexpected and embarrassing things. Sometimes horrible things.

Mostly they just prove that organized religion can be a terrible negative influence (especially on the mentally imbalanced) when someone decides God is speaking through them and the 'bad people' must be punished.

It's time for the few decent people left in the GOP to stand up and denounce the raging hatred that the bigots have stoked in the small minds of the lunatic fringe. Will they do it? I doubt it - 'anything to win' is the new mantra of the GOP. I just wonder how much of their souls will be left by the end of the next election. I doubt they care either.

Monday, November 23, 2009

God Has Left the Building

By Sheila Samples
If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.~~Thomas S. Szasz, The Second Sin
Several months ago, CNN published the results of a couple of disturbing polls about Americans and their religious beliefs. The first found that more Americans are rejecting religion and thus, according to CNN, America is becoming "less Christian." The second, a Pew survey of only 742 mostly white evangelical Protestants, revealed that more than six in 10 of them believe that torture is often or sometimes justified.

More than six in 10? What this says about those claiming to be God's own is that perhaps they should use their Bibles for more than "thumping." Because not one in 10 -- not one in 10 thousand -- not one in 10 million -- Christians believes that torture can ever be justified. Ever.

Anyone who has paid attention to the growing number of evangelical zealots over the past couple of decades must be aware that there is a growing chasm between Religion and Christianity. Today, the term, "religious Christians" is nothing if not oxymoronic. It seems when folks become apocalyptic frothing-at-the-mouth religious, they ultimately stray from the light and life of Christianity, while descending deeper into the darkness and death of Religion.

Because, all religion is politics. CNN quoted Mark Silk of Trinity College, who said, "In the 1990s, it really sunk in on the American public generally that there was a long-lasting 'religious right' connected to a political party, and that turned a lot of people the other way." Silk cited the obvious link between the Republican Party and groups such as the Moral Majority and Focus on the Family.

Tony Perkins, the right-wing evangelical president of the Family Research Council, told CNN not to worry. He said people will return to their faith in droves; that soon, the decline will ease and religion will be an even greater part of people's lives. The good news, according to Perkins, is, "As the economy goes downward, I think people are going to be driven to religion." (emphasis added)

Yes, as more Americans lose their jobs, their homes, their very reasons for living, those like Perkins see them as Manchurian congregations -- flocks driven to religion like cattle -- bawling, shuffling, pushing, milling around with tags in their ears, looking for a leader. Even now, they can be seen in mammoth mega-churches, some with arms raised -- fists clutching at dead air -- others writhing in the aisles, moaning, begging for some "sign" from their rigidly religious God. Perhaps their panic stems from the instinctive knowledge that God, unable to get a word in edgewise, has left the building.

The conservative religious right is a frightening political force driven in its efforts to divide and conquer by greed, an insatiable lust for power, and an ideology of hate. Its members, unable to drag God down to their level, have no qualms about elevating themselves to what they perceive as His level. They succeed in controlling the flock because fear -- especially fear of God -- is a great motivator. They use God not only as a weapon against millions who stand between them and their goals of replacing democracy with theocracy and of controlling the worlds resources and its people -- but as a divine justification for the destruction they leave in their wake.

No one was more adept at giving God credit for his killing fields than former president George W. Bush, who openly bragged that God had hired him to remove evil from the face of the earth. "I trust God speaks through me," Bush said in 2004. "Without that, I couldn't do my job." And, even before that, in 2003, Bush tried to round up a "coalition of the willing" for his Iraq slaughter on God's behalf. According to Charleston Gazette editor James A. Haught, Bush told then French President Jacques Chirac that "Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse." Haught wrote...

"Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins."
But some presidents, such as Lyndon Johnson, were not so magnanimous. God got the blame, not the credit, for the Vietman atrocity. Ronnie Dugger, in his book, "The Politician: The Life and Times of Lyndon Johnson," writes that Johnson told Austrian ambassador Ernst Lemberter in 1966 that the Holy Ghost regularly visited him..."He comes to me about 2 o'clock in the morning," Johnson said, "--when I have to give word to the boys, and I get the word from God whether to bomb or not."

Now, you don't have to be a Christian to reject the right-wing bull hockey that the God who appeared in a blinding flash of light and spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus has sunk to the evangelical depths where He emits not even a glimmer as He bends our presidents' ears on who to slaughter, urges televangelist Pat Robertson to ask a woman about her sex life, and is still deciding if He wants Michelle Bachman or Sarah Palin to be president.

Christians should be lauded for rejecting modern-day Religion. When the God they are taught to love is either credited -- or blamed -- for all hell on earth; when they search in vain for Jesus, and finally find Him, hanging out in a secretive townhouse on Washington's C Street with the greedy, war-mongering gang who refer to themselves as "The Family," it's time to take a second look at the direction in which this nation is hurtling.

For years, conservative right-wingers have hidden out in the C Street "church," where they are free to conduct all manner of fraud and to carry on adulterous affairs. People who have sold their souls; who have no sense of morality, and who use God as a Trojan Horse to hide their political manipulations to replace both Democrats and Democracy are quite mad, you know. Right-wing evangelicals and neocon operatives are consumed with religious hate, not Christian love. Their modus operandi is, as Weekly Standard operative William Kristol said, "go for the kill."

And, those who are familiar with Kristol know he wasn't referring just to health care. Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition protege, the now disgraced Ralph Reed, dubbed in 1995 by Time magazine as "the right hand of God," was a master at evangelical politics, which he said was like Viet Cong-style guerrilla warfare. Reed said, "I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag. You don't know until election night."

Anyone doubting the viciousness with which Reed would "go for the kill" should have a talk with Vietnam War hero and amputee Max Cleland, who not only found himself crammed into a body bag on election night 2002, thanks to Ralph Reed, but was in there with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

But Reed and others are tyros when it comes to those most likely to cause Christians to reject religion -- those whom CNN failed to mention who incite violence by preaching sermons laced with politics, religion, racism -- and hate. Those like Tempe, Arizona's Steven Anderson, who has no college degree nor formal Bible training, but is qualified to preach because he "has memorized almost half of the New Testament." Anderson started his own church -- Faithful Word Baptist -- in 2005 on Christmas Day. A firey right-wing preacher, he's against homosexuality, liberalism -- and President Barack Obama.

In August, Anderson gave a breathtakingly vile speech entitled, "Why I Hate Obama," in which he said about President Obama, among many other things...

"Obama is a madman in control of this country."
"Obama is NOT my president."
"Obama mocks the Bible."
"Obama is a socialist devil murderer."
"I hope he dies and goes to hell."
"God looks down and says, 'Man -- I HATE that guy!'"

Anderson, and those like him, epitomize the breach between Religion and Christianity. The religious believe that God belongs to them. Christians know that they belong to God. It's that simple. Thus, CNN polls notwithstanding, America cannot become "less Christian" as a result of members of the flock jerking the tags from their ears -- and rejecting modern-day religion.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Eight Years of Outsourcing

This is what outsourcing has brought us.

Thank you corporate america.

Nice work - or lack thereof.

Fantastic

Great show on Connections today.

See if you can find the part that made me laugh out loud.

I wonder who was being talked about.
These two from Dependable Renegade:

Utah state senator suffers Freudian slip:
BUTTARS: I meet with the gays here and there. They were in my house two weeks ago. I don’t mind gays. But I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time. Certainly not in my kid’s face.
and, Palin's Bailin:

Sarah Palin quits signing books?

And her fans are angry? Why, I'm SHOCKED!

Angry crowd shouts at Sarah Palin at her book signing in Noblesville, Indiana on November 19, 2009 after Palin quits and refuses to sign books for around 300 families that spent about 3+ hours getting wristband and another 3+ hours waiting in line to get the Palin book signed. At Borders bookstore it was announced that 1,000 individuals would be given wristbands and could get two books signed each. By the time Sarah Palin quit, there were still about 300 individuals and there families who did not get even one book signed.

Fucking trailer trash diva.

Wow. If that's what the GOP calls 'making a comeback'... well then... more power to em.

And now a tribute to our elder statesman. Cough cough.

"Don't lump us all together"

Wow. This billboard sure puts that phrase in a bright light.

If the GOP makes all the 'comebacks' they're claiming they will, is this the mindset that's going to be running Colorado?

That's a damn scary thought.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finally Got Her Own Franchise

The Muskrats.

I'm sure our ousted Rep. is busting with pride.

Sore Winners Denied Chance for One More Kick

Once more the flailing wingnut right attempted to make something out of nothing (their specialty) and got de-nied:

From the Times-Call article:
Richard Yale had filed the complaint about the adequacy of disclosures in the Fissinger campaign committee’s reports relating to the expenses involved in making and transporting two 4-by-8-foot signs that were displayed on the side of a parked vehicle at various locations since late July.

But a majority of Election Committee members appeared to agree that Charles Hanson, the Fissinger committee’s registered agent, had accounted for the sign-production costs in an amended campaign-finance report.

Most of the Election Committee members also declined to go along with a contention by Yale and Renaud that Duane Leise, a Fissinger campaign volunteer, should have reported the costs of the gasoline consumed and the value of using his own vehicle to transport and display the campaign signs.
Fissinger — who lost her bid for one of the two at-large seats filled in this year’s council elections — thanked the committee for its decision. And Yale thanked the panel “for your fair hearing this evening.”

I'll just bet that sent the wingers home fuming, failing to deliver just one more kick to their hated opponents. Sorry about that folks, guess you'll have to settle for having your chosen thugs on council and not bankrupting Ms. Fissinger.

The complaint itself was the most ridiculous bullshit:
"...the costs of the gasoline consumed and the value of using his own vehicle to transport and display the campaign signs."

Using that logic, every candidate that had folks take yard signs around for distribution would have to log the same charges. Ludicrous - and shameful. But when you're talking about the politics of personal destruction, there's apparently no lower limit for these people. (has there ever been one?)

I think this is just one indication of the petty vindictiveness you can expect from this council and their supporters. No doubt we'll see more of this kind of childish nonsense as the Amoral Majority ramps up their attack on Longmont via their catspaws.

I have to commend Kaye for tolerating a near-continuous stream of lies, innuendo and hate during the election, she handled this very well. If anyone deserved a single-finger salute from her, it was the clowns behind this sad attempt at political payback.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just to make something clear

A while back I saw this comment posted on a Times-Call article:

I'd like to retract my comment a few weeks ago following one of resident's rants about KBs opponents hiding behind anonymity. I stated that even Doug Wray was man enough to use his name when posting while resident hypocritically hid behind his anonymous sign on. Interestingly I have not seen a post with Doug Wray's name on it for weeks and if I were a betting person, I'd bet he's posting under another name lately. Am I right resident?
JCH, Longmont, CO, 10/31/2009 11:53 AM

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The reason you didn't see any posts from me for weeks is because I generally don't post during the day and my evenings were taken up with my fiancee. Sorry if I put my personal life ahead of fighting off the endless smears encouraged by the Times-Call non-moderation staff.

For the record, I've -never- posted under an anonymous pseudonym. I sometimes post as 'doogman' and the connection from that name to me is quite obvious - my photo is on the blog.

I could see a definite effort to provoke a response from me on the TC article comments. Sorry not to provide you more keyboard-masturbation fare and tea-time slander-fests, but I had other priorities, unlike you sad little children.

As for the Times-Call's 'registration' system, it's a joke. There's just as many anonymous posters and only the TC management knows who they really are.

How convenient.

As for Terms of Service and moderation - also a joke. Libelous and slanderous remarks were and still are routinely posted and allowed to stand even when challenged.

I'd like to think the Times-Call management would work to help unite the community again, especially since they were instrumental in helping to divide it, but judging by their actions thus far, I'm not counting on it.

Thank God we have a viable competitor to the Times-Call now - the Longmont Ledger.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Religious charlatan goes to jail for life

Hat tip to the Drudge Retort:

Retribution can be a terrible thing, especially when it's delayed for too long.

Tony Alamo, evangelist and sometime child molestor was finally sentenced to 175 years in prison.

"Mr. Alamo, one day you will face a higher and a greater judge than me, may he have mercy on your soul."
-U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes told the preacher.


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Indeed. Well said Harry, well said.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

So THAT explains all those odd-smelling 'balloons' on the lawn...

And here I thought it was just kids messing around with Jergens lotion...  guess the recent election was a real 'climax' for many...

From Drudge Retort:

Repub Leader Shows a Lot of Spunk
Blake Hall, a leading figure in Idaho and national politics for 25 years, was fired Monday as a deputy prosecuting attorney in eastern Idaho and has resigned from the Republican National Committee. Hall, a former member of the state Board of Education, pleaded guilty Friday to stalking a former girlfriend and is serving a 15-day jail sentence. He also was sentenced to a year of supervised probation. A six-month jail sentence was suspended. Idaho Falls police reported that witnesses said Hall disposed of used condoms on the lawn of the woman's house.

Nineteen condoms were turned over to police, collected on 10 different dates, according to a police report.
Both Hall and his lawyer acknowledged the condoms belonged to him, according to a police report.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Troops to Teachers

Our Senator, Michael Bennet, has stepped up to the plate by co-sponsoring the “Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act.”  This legislation will expand this innovative program designed to encourage our veterans to become teachers.

With your signature, we can stand with Senator Bennet and show the Senate how much Coloradans value innovative ideas to improve our education system.

Please show your support for the Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act by signing our petition today at http://www.BennetForColorado.com/Troops2Teachers!

Trying to understand the new rules...

Since the new council has made it clear they want to go forward in a spirit of cooperation, I'll play along.
Here's my recent email to our newly-minted (and still shiny!) Mayor:

Dear Mr. Mayor,

After my last time at the podium I'm somewhat reticent to speak to Council, however, I feel compelled.

Since 'attacks on council members' aren't allowed, I'd appreciate a detailed list of exactly what constitutes an 'attack' so I can be sure to avoid same. Is irony forbidden? Satire subversive?

If there are specific subjects that CANNOT BE SPOKEN OF, could you or a staff member please let me know as soon as possible?

I appreciate your time and consideration sir.

ps, without your guidance I will soldier on and do my very best to show council the respect I believe it deserves.

M. Douglas Wray
macguiguru@spamcop.net
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"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."
- Edward R. Murrow

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sins of Omission

In yet another attack piece, Longmont's own incivility czar works hard to denigrate Kaye Fissinger (for at least the thousanth time) but somehow manages to omit the fact that our new mayor has a bit of a credibility gap - and it's not going away.

I begin to think the 'businessman' that Ms. Baum is protecting is none other than her husband... it would be so helpful if she'd simply come clean about this (y'know, that whole 'service before self thing') since the right has prevailed so well, what could it hurt?

Oh, but if it is Bryan... then that could be a bit sticky.

Just a tip - skeltons don't stay hidden forever and they tend to stink horrifically after a while.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The end of the world

Some of the readers of this blog may find a welcome respite from the rather tawdry spectacle of local political war and general social collapse, in the news that the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Not only is this a peculiarly specific date, but I have even seen one page time it with even more peculiar specificity to 11:11 GMT. It happens to be my 76th birthday, and I can’t think of a better birthday celebration than the end of the world—if I live that long. This peculiarly specific date has been derived from a Mayan calendar called the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, the first appearance of which dates back to 36 BCE. There are various scenarios for the end of the world, including a collision with some rogue planet called Nibiru (predicted by someone in psychic contact with extra-terrestrials), or an alignment between the Sun and the black hole at the center of the galaxy. Naturally there are the inevitable party-poopers who point out that the Mayan calendar actually doesn’t say anything about the end of the world on that date, but simply the end of one cyclical period and the beginning of another, and that if Nibiru were close enough to Earth to collide on that date, it would already be visible to the naked eye. But of course, true believers are never bothered by facts, as you can tell from two minutes’ conversation with any advocate of Intelligent Design.

I’ve long been fascinated by apocalyptic predictions. And by “apocalyptic,” I do not include predictions of such relatively minor events as the end of civilization as we know it. I’m rather of the opinion that the end of civilization as we know it would be a welcome relief, since civilization as we know it sucks. (Mahatma Gandhi is supposed to have said, when asked what he thought of Western civilization, “I think it would be a good idea.”) Even severe eco-catastrophe probably wouldn’t count as the end of the world, if it did nothing more than rid the planet of that pestilent killer ape species and maybe half the other species on earth. After all, the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event 65 million years ago simply got rid of dinosaurs (and an estimated 17% of all families) and paved the way for domesticated primates, and the present extinction event will get rid of them (all right, us) and clear the way for something else, maybe a civilization of dolphins. (Read Olaf Stapledon’s Last and first men [1930], one of the most profound science-fiction works ever written, of which Wikipedia says: “it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years and eighteen distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive.” This species, 100,000 years hence, reduces their population to 35 people by a global catastrophe that sounds eerily like a nuclear holocaust, written 15 years before such a thing was imaginable, and these 35 survivors are the progenitors of the Second Men. As visionary as Stapledon was, the idea of eco-catastrophe within a century could not have occurred to him at that time.)

No, the kind of apocalyptic predictions I’m thinking of are those that are characteristic of the various pseudo-Christian millennialist cults, and it is hardly surprising that such ideology is found in the present 2012 movement, although the secular and New Age elements in it may be stronger. Perhaps the basis of the movement in a pagan calendar helps explain the relative weakness of Christian apocalypticism in it. Christians are obviously not the only ones obsessed with the end of the world, but they have formulated what are probably the most elaborate and bizarre theories about it. Most of these doctrines are based on the Revelation of St John, to which have been attributed hundreds of ridiculously asinine ideas which never crossed John’s mind. In fact, the Book of Revelation is often called the Apocalypse of St John. The Book of Daniel also makes its contributions to eschatology because Daniel’s weird dreams were supposed to predict the end of the world.

Of course 2012 is certainly not, by a long stretch, the first apocalyptic prediction in history; depending on how they’re defined, there have been dozens of others. Rather surprisingly, the year 2000 caused more concern about computers crashing than it did about apocalyptic millennialism, even though the date was by definition millennial (in the Christian calendar, at least). Perhaps one of the more famous examples is the event in the history of the Millerite movement (predecessor of the Seventh-Day Adventists) called the Great Disappointment, when William Miller, the founder of the movement, predicted that Jesus would return to earth on 22 October 1844, and convinced thousands of followers to sell all their possessions and wait to be taken up to Heaven. The theological somersaults that the leaders of the movement went through to try to explain why this didn’t happen are good for laughs. And there are other cults and denominations that believe in apocalypses and Second Comings without trying to date them precisely. Jehovah’s Witlesses (as I like to call them) evidently expect to see the Second Coming within the lifetime of any individual believer, even though generations of adherents have been disappointed.

Christian apocalyptic millennialism focuses on such ideas as Armageddon and Anti-Christs and the Second Coming, but it also serves, perhaps primarily for many people, as a quasi-religious explanation for all the shit happening in the world, which is all seen as leading up to the End Times. In general, a movement predicting a certain date for an apocalypse is simply a crystallization of the firm conviction of the social misfits of every generation that the world is so fucked up that it simply can’t, or shouldn’t, go on much longer; and, assuming that it can’t be made any better, the only solution is to wipe things clean and start over. At least there’s something to be said for expecting this to be brought about by more or less natural means or historical events, rather than trying to precipitate it yourself by armed warfare and revolution. But the fact that all past predictions of future dates have been proved wrong by the simple fact that we’re still here and still fucking up, does not stop idiots and fanatics from continuing to predict more future dates. So, stock up your survival supplies for December 2012. Don’t ask me how you’re supposed to survive the end of the world; ask the survivalists. And ask them why they want to. Christian millennialists, of course, don’t expect or want to survive here on Earth because they expect to be taken up to Heaven. Let’s not get into the Rapture, beyond noting the bumper-sticker popular a few years ago which said, “In case of Rapture, this vehicle will be unattended.” There are times when I’m so humiliated by the appalling stupidity—not to mention the sheer evil—of some people who call themselves Christians that I’m tempted to become a pagan.

It’s gonna be an exciting, fun-filled three years.

Friday, November 6, 2009

More Violence

Two years ago I predicted there would be more and more of this kind of madness as people lost everything and snapped.

From AmericaBlog:

Friday, November 06, 2009
UPDATED: Another mass shooting leaves 1 dead, 5 wounded
by Joe Sudbay (DC) on 11/06/2009 01:49:00 PM

UPDATE: CNN reports the alleged gunman has been apprehended. And, The Orlando Sentinel has updated its earlier report:

One person is dead and 5 are confirmed shot in the incident, which took place about 11:50 a.m. at Legions Place, an office building near Interstate 4 and Ivanhoe Boulevard. A handgun was used in the attack, police said.

This one is in Orlando and is also a workplace shooting:

A former employee of a business located in a downtown Orlando building where a deadly mass shooting took place today is suspected in the attack.

Two people are dead and at least 17 were shot in the incident, which took place about noon today.

The suspect, Jason Rodriguez, 40, is believed to be driving a silver, 2002 Nissan SUV with tag number D11UXR, Orlando Police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones.

Police think he is armed and still in the area.

Rodriguez was an employee of Reynolds, Smith & Hill, a transportation consulting firm.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Money can't buy love but it can buy an election

Well, as I feared, the hundreds of thousands of cleverly-disguised dollars did the trick.

Getting their mailboxes papered endlessly with streams of lies about Karen Benker, Kaye Fissinger and even Roger Lange (for pete's sake!) was enough to fool enough of the people - and that's all it took.

Now we get to see how the righties run a town - right into the ground I'm sure.

No doubt we'll see the Lifebridge cult city fast-tracked and the tax nightmare that entails.

Congratulations folks, you bought and paid for the council seats, hope you enjoy the rape and pillage.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Anonymous Cowards, Part 300 of an endless series

It's sad... people that howl and bark endlessly about 'transparency' posting anonymous hate all over the web.

For example, at this article on The Boulder Weekly about all the outside money being pumped into the campaign, the following comment was posted:

Oh yawn, apparently Mr Wray is again attempting to distribute his pdf to the world. Guess Mayor Lange shutting him down at a council meeting when he tried to share it there too wasn't enough.
Mr Wray, no one cares what you think or say. But, for the laugh of it all I thought I'd again tell you that. How about sending more emails to your fab 4 on council telling them how certain bloggers who have made you look like an idiot need to get their a** kicked again.
People who disagree with you are not just "old guard" but apparently you are the one who keeps acting like an old guard, redistributing the same old information over and over and over. Kind of like a little dog who barks and barks out of loneliness hoping someone will notice.

Maybe you'd like to share with readers why you turned around an email that was in reference to your blogger and candidate Kaye Fissinger attacking a sitting councilmember to make it look as if someone was sounding the bugle horn to announce incoming attacks.
Go back to vandalizing LifeBridge's church sign. And hacking into computers. And talking about injury to the ears of the dog of your adversaries. You're old. And on guard. And irrelevant.

Now I have no idea who posted this comment since they didn't have enough of a pair to use their real name, but I'd like to say:
  1. I didn't vandalize the LifeBridge sign, I just posted the image of it after it happened and boy did that piss some folks off (apparently).
  2. The information (s)he's referring to is a presentation linking Gabe Santos to the smear campaign against Richard Juday during the last election.
  3. I've never 'hacked into' any computer, never been accused or charged, nothing. That's bullshit.
  4. If the blogger being referred to is who I think it is... well, Don Coulson covered him pretty well.
  5. As for being made to look like an 'idiot' by same blogger, I'm afraid (s)he's taken that title for him (her?) self with the obsessive and endless stream of made-up attacks on Karen Benker, Sean McCoy (and the entire McCoy family) not to mention anyone else that (s)he disagrees with. (personally I think it's a group since collectively they don't have the stones to post under their own names, so much for all that money and those boar hunts).
  6. On guard? Hell yes, especially with the kind of sociopaths at work in our community.
  7. Irrelevant? Maybe, but I mean enough to this person for them to stalk me all over the web and post childish attacks like this everywhere they see me.
  8. Old? LOL! Time will wound that heel.

They just keep proving that they're cowards, liars and have no respect for the law or freedom of speech. They intend to intimidate their opponents into silence any way they can - but it's not working so I suspect they're starting to panic; especially since the election may very well go badly wrong for them.

Can't wait to see the results.

Gang of 4C

This letter at BoulderWeekly.com is classic.


Gang of 4C

(Re: “The gloves come off,” cover story, Oct. 1.) It seems that everyone keeps missing the point about Project LifeBridge, the Gang of 4C developers, and Councilwoman [Karen] Benker. By writing this letter, I am sure that I will be accused of being anti-Christian. That would not be true. It is untrue when it is said about Ms. Benker. She is a life-long Christian and someone who gives generously of her time to do good works in this community. Thankfully, Benker stood up to the royal elite of this town: the developers, the Longmont Times-Call and the “old money,” when very few others would. In her lone vote against the LifeBridge annexation, she clearly expressed her view that this would not be good for the city. I believe this was based on a fiscal analysis of the various costs to the city, vis-à-vis the overblown projections of the actual benefits from the Gang of 4C. In spite of her objections, The Project LifeBridge steamroller passed our rubber stampin’ City Council by a vote of 6-1.

Here is where the most important part of all this gets left out. I would say this is intentional by the alleged journalists in the Longmont paper. The citizens of Longmont stood up! More than 6,000 registered voters signed a petition and overturned the Longmont City Council for the first time in its history. This was a great moment for the democratic process and should never be forgotten or dismissed.

The propaganda machine would have us believe that this was a gathering of all the Christian haters in town. That would be a lie. The statistics show that in our country, a large majority of people identify themselves as being Christian. Most of the petitioners undoubtedly would share this identification. The alleged activist bloggers in our town would have us believe this is a secret attempt by “Reds” from Boulder to take over our fair city. This is also a lie that gets mindlessly repeated over and over. Most of the recent waves of peoples moving here don’t come from Boulder. They could never afford to live there in the first place. One of the many outlandish and hateful lies coming from Chris Rodriguez is that Karen Benker wears a nightgown with the words Kill All Christians on it.

[Stephanie] Baum’s blog is full of misplaced vitriol as well, and the chicken guy should be taken to task for mistaking William Wallace for the cartoon “braveheart.” The real Wallace would surely have taken the other side, with heads of the monarchy on the chopping block.

When the citizens of Longmont rose up against their council, they did the truly democratic (small d) thing. They asked for the annexation question to be put on the ballot. The Gang of 4C went along. What a better way to prove, once and for all, that they did belong in Longmont? However, they chickened out. The Gang of 4C withdrew from the ballot. Then comes the biggest lie of all. The Gang of 4C couldn’t work with the current City Council and were taking their ball and going home. But the City Council was already out of the way. This was between the developers and the people. It is as wrong to blame the City Council for the Gang of 4C running away, as it is wrong to blame them for the world economic collapse. Yet it seems that some people do.

I believe that religious freedom and free speech are the cornerstones of our republic. It is just sad to see them abused so consistently, and so obviously.

Daniel Organ/Longmont

Candidate Opinion-Editorial: Kaye Fissinger

I have a vision for Longmont. It is a forward-looking vision that recognizes the challenges ahead, not just for our community but for our state, nation and world. The road ahead will not be easy. But I firmly believe that this wonderful community has the ability to meet the challenges ahead and prevail.

I began my campaign during the Boulder County Fair Parade saying, “We have the heart. We have the soul. We have the talent and the intelligence to make Longmont be the best that it can be.” As election day nears, I am still confident that this is true.

The decisions that you make now will have a major impact on your community for the next twenty years. We may be turning our clocks back this Sunday evening, but we must not turn our focus towards the past. We can learn from it, but we can’t repeat it. If we do, we will without question invite failure.

We’ve had our successes, such as the Civic Center, the Library, the Safety and Justice Center, the Recreation Center and the Museum. But we’ve had run-away development that has left parts of our town sorely wanting.

We have an assortment of Master Plans and a Comprehensive Plan, but we have no overriding vision for the nature and character of Longmont. We have elements of a vision but not a whole vision.

A vision of that nature cannot be accomplished solely by the profit motives of individual developers. It can’t be accomplished by hobbling together the business models and visual preferences of a collection of businesses with insular objectives.

That’s where we as a citizenry and we as a government representing all of us comes in. Ant that is why as ask for your vote if you have not already done so.

Moving ahead towards a sustainable future – both economically and environmentally – will take the best in all of us. There is much work to be done and it cannot be accomplished by those who think only of today’s dollar and next quarter’s profit. It cannot be accomplished by those who would sacrifice our natural resources especially around Union Reservoir to accomplish a suspect objective that divides us. Longmont has no alternative but to prevail in protecting our borders and defining for ourselves the nature of our community

On the west is a gateway to and from Boulder. The triangle now defined as the Twin Peaks urban renewal area has the potential to describe Longmont as a 21st century community. We can and should work with Panattoni or others who see opportunity in this area. But we must partner in a way that protects Longmont’s resources and guarantees that we have the revenue to sustain the services that our community requires.

I have been described as “suspicious” of business and I perceive this as a compliment, not as a criticism. As your representative I have a fiduciary and ethical responsibility to dig deep into the information presented, whether from sources within the community, outside of it, or even from city staff itself. I have the obligation to be sure that what is presented to us is correct, complete and honest. Making decisions on your behalf is a heady responsibility. It is not one that presumes that “what’s good for General Motors is good for America”. That was true in the beginning, but we all have seen what blind faith and rigid thinking have wrought.

We have the ingredients to complete a wonderful vision. We have the probability (if we work towards it) to bring FasTracks to Longmont with not just one stop, but two. We have envisioned the Mall area as having an overpass from a secondary station that serves a future mixed use development and the current Front Range Community College area. We have a major station planned at the flour mill location whether or not the mill can or should be preserved.

We have plans to revitalize our downtown and have hopes to be able to work cooperatively with local and regional businesses to make downtown an urban area with a “small town” twist. We have work to do moving northwards and this requires much more creativity, research and strategic planning than has so far been accomplished.

I am excited about the opportunity to offer my community my perceptions, knowledge and strategic capabilities to realize a vision that serves us all well into the future. Thank you for this opportunity.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Montana-based org. pours cash into conservative coffers in Longmont City Council race

By Jefferson Dodge

A regional rightwing advocacy group with connections to Republican political powers in Colorado has taken a keen interest in a hotly contested Longmont City Council race.

It has funded, among other things, the controversial phone survey last month about Councilmember Karen Benker, which some have called a “push poll.”

It is not the first time that Western Tradition Partnership (WTP) has gotten involved in a Colorado election, and not the first time it has been accused of using negative campaign tactics.

But the group’s leaders maintain that they never campaign for or against any candidate. They say they are simply involved in education, advocating for issues and encouraging citizen involvement in government. They deny that the survey was a “push poll.”

And yet a Longmont group that they fund has been using their money to campaign against Benker.

Western Tradition Partnership is one of the plaintiffs in a recent legal challenge to Longmont’s campaign laws. WTP funds another plaintiff in that lawsuit, the Longmont Leadership Committee, which has been actively opposing Benker. A judge found largely in favor of the plaintiffs in an Oct. 21 ruling and granted a preliminary injunction that keeps the plaintiffs from having to abide by several of Longmont’s campaign-reporting requirements until the suit is decided.

The battlefield

It is the latest skirmish in a Longmont political war that has only escalated in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election.

Some say the Longmont race has heated up and attracted attention from outside heavyweights because it is a swing city, in a swing district, in a swing state.

In broad terms, the two main factions in Longmont have been described as backers of the liberal “gang of four” — council members who oppose megachurch LifeBridge’s development plan and Firestone’s annexation of land for that development on the east side of town — and those who side with the “old guard” conservatives who support that development and want Longmont to drop its lawsuits fighting Firestone’s annexation. The former has been painted as anti-business and “Boulderized,” while the latter has been characterized as pro-development.

The lawsuit filed against the city this fall by the group of “old guard” individuals and groups challenges the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act (LFCPA), which was updated this year after a special election in 2008, when “old guard” Councilmember Gabe Santos, who is running for re-election on Nov. 3, was victorious. He had received a $5,000 contribution from the Longmont Association of Realtors.

His opponents, including “gang of four” Councilmember Benker, cried foul and helped lead an effort to update the LFCPA so that contributors to political campaigns had to declare on political communications their identities and the amount they were spending, among other things.

Benker is running for re-election against Katie Witt, who has said that the anti-Benker efforts such as the alleged “push poll” were done without her knowledge, and Witt has condemned them.

Benker and one of her supporters have filed several complaints with the newly formed Longmont Election Committee, alleging that her opponents’ various mailers and phone calls violated the LFCPA. One of those complaints, alleging that the Longmont Leadership Committee did not file necessary paperwork within 72 hours, was reviewed Oct. 26 by the Election Committee, which fined the committee $600, according to the Longmont Times-Call. Another Benker complaint that is still pending claims that required paperwork was not filed for the alleged “push poll.”

The lawsuit, on the other hand, alleges that some of the new campaign contribution regulations are too strict and violate the First Amendment.

In addition to Western Tradition Partnership and the Longmont Leadership Committee, the plaintiffs are former Longmont Mayor Julia Pirnack, political activist and blogger Chris Rodriguez and the Longmont Association of Realtors. The plaintiffs argue that the act, and an article about the act in a city newsletter, have chilled free speech.

In granting the injunction, U.S. Senior District Judge Walker Miller ruled that the plaintiffs are likely to prevail in most of their claims. Scott Gessler, the plaintiffs’ attorney, calls the decision a “slam dunk,” while City Attorney Eugene Mei says the ruling leaves the bulk of the city’s act unchanged.

Donny Ferguson, Western Tradition Partnership’s director of public relations, issued a press release trumpeting the judge’s decision on Oct. 21.

“Longmont politicians can no longer use an unconstitutional law to harass people who want to publicly discuss real issues,” he said in the release.

Luis Toro, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, has a different take. “The whole point of the lawsuit they filed is so that people won’t trace where the money is coming from,” he says.

So what is this outside group that is suing the city and has provided the Longmont Leadership Committee with $6,269 of its $6,594 in contributions, most of which has been used to defeat Benker and put Katie Witt in office?

Read the full article at the Boulder Weekly

What a candidate is or isn't

I just love watching the wingnuts in Longmont twist words into more and more insane pretzels.

The most recent warp-fest included the phrase 'what a candidate is or isn't.'

Now that's some delicious irony.

Here's quick breakdown of the folks the righties are supporting and 'what they are.'

Gabe Santos
Tom Delay clone, secret smear artist
Katie Witt
Zero experience, jekyll and hyde personality
Bryan Baum
Bankster and willing accomplice to Santos

Yep... it's important that folks get out and vote because if this crowd makes it onto the Council you can count on a return to the days of Queen Julia and the Wicked Witch of the West Leona; i.e. out of control taxpayer-funded pocket-lining for developers and realtors.

And you can kiss Longmont's small-town charm goodbye.

If these loons get their way Longmont will be homogenized and big-boxed into a copy of Colorado Springs, complete with religious intolerance and a theocratic cult campus around the best open space land in the area - which the 'little people' won't be welcome to use any more.

Yes, it's important to know 'what they are' - vote Lange for mayor, Benker, Van Dusen and Fissinger - honest representatives that have stood up for what's right in Longmont. The amount of money being thrown at them should tell you how badly the right-wing wants their little fiefdom back.

Don't let them have it. Get your ballot in today.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Letter to the Editor

I feel compelled to respond to the opinion written by Bryan Baum in today's paper. He is correct in one regard, Longmont should have purchased the land that the Union group currently owns. The problem is his timeline. It should have been purchased under Pirnack's or Stoecker's administration. But neither cared about purchasing open space, just selling Longmont to the highest bidder. It was already purchased before the current administration took charge.

     Please do not forget about the petition which contained over 6000 signatures, that sought to either reverse the annexation or take it to a vote of the citizens of Longmont. I believe this was the major reason for the withdrawal of the annexation request. Mr. Baum, you belittle the citizens who signed that petition as inconsequential by not even acknowledging its existence.

     Our concern regarding the annexation was not building a church. Among our concerns were a) cost to the city after the municipal tax had expired; b) infrastructure costs; c) percent of tax-exempt property; and d) water.  When we asked for more information regarding these issues, we received none.

We all watched Julia at a council meeting call the online petition spam rather than show concern regarding the opinion of a large group of citizens. And Julia stating in the Times-Call Opinion that the citizens of Longmont were not smart enough to make decisions.

I urge people to vote for Roger Lange and not back the old regime that sold Longmont; which I believe Baum, Santos, and Witt would do. I believe that most people have already voted but please don't forget all the hard work that we did to have a voice in the direction of our city. It is our city and our voice and we are not for sale.



Doreen Petersen

Longmont