Friday, February 20, 2009

More like a cry for help

Whenever I see oddly-formatted text in a blog I look at the source code to see what's going on.

This post at the Colorado Index caught my eye and this is what it looks like 'underneath':
<p><span style="font-size: 15px; "><a href="http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2009A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/17876F425F145B90872575540059F38C?Open&file=228_01.pdf">Senate Bill 09-229a><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> has been entered into the hopper.span>span>p><div><span style="font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><br />span>span>div><div><span style="font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Quoting from the Bill Summary:span>span>div><div><span style="font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><br />span>span>div><div><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Eliminates the limit on the growth of total general fundspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">appropriations (appropriations limit).&#0160; If the appropriations limit was usedspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">as a trigger for some other event, establishes a new trigger that is basedspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">on the amount actually appropriated from the general fund, or in the casespan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">of certain tax credits, that is 6% over the general fund appropriations fromspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">the prior year.&#0160; Eliminates references to provisions that state that appropriationsspan>span>p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;are made in accordance with or as exceptions to thespan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">appropriations limit.&#0160; Eliminates obsolete provisions related to thespan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">appropriations limit, and makes other conforming amendments related tospan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">the elimination of the appropriations limit.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Eliminates the automatic transfer to the controlled maintenancespan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">trust fund that is a percentage of excess general fund revenue.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Eliminates the automatic transfer of general fund surplus to thespan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">highway users tax fund (HUTF) and the capital construction fund.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Permits the general assembly to transfer moneys to such funds, whichspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">amount transferred to the HUTF shall be used in the same manner as thespan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">moneys that are automatically transferred thereto under current law.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Eliminates the automatic diversion of sales and use tax revenue tospan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">the sales and use tax holding fund.&#0160; Permits the general assembly tospan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">transfer moneys to the fund, which shall be used in the same manner asspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">the moneys that are automatically diverted thereto under current law.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Eliminates the limit on the amount that the general assembly mayspan>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; font: normal normal normal 13px/normal Times; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">appropriate from the HUTF for specified state agencies.span>span><span style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Helvetica; font-size: 15px; "><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&#0160;span>span>p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Helvetica; "><br />span>p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Times"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Helvetica; ">Assuming my schedule permits, I will be testifying against this bill.span>p>
Not so much a post as a cry for help.

I keep hearing about how the GOP intends to raise their technical awareness...

...I wish them great luck.

They'll need it.

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