Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This is known as 'Dodging the Question'

Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2009 10:48 AM
To: bryan@baum4mayor.com
Subject: Campaign Contact

Do you endorse your wife covering for LongmontReport.com?
Would you publicly repudiate that?

(from Bryan Baum)

Dear Mr. Wray, I agree with Mayor Lange's decision on Tuesday, July 21, 2009.
Your comments seem to be more antagonistic than productive.
If you'd like to make an appointment to visit with me, please call me and we can
arrange a time for you to come down to my office.

Bryan Baum

'More antagonistic than productive' - how droll. Funny... that wasn't even a topic of my email, apparently that evening was a high point for the wingnuts in Longmont. Enjoy it kids, it may be the last happy memory for a while.

An 'appointment'? His 'office'? Oh, I don't think so. The possibility of interrupting the *ahem* cleaning staff is a bit too frightening...

Girl talk

Oh my

I wouldn't have noticed this except that my name is referred to in the comments.

Oh my... there's some mental images I may never be free of.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Imagine if...

...the GOP had managed to actually carry out their 'nuclear option' threat of doing away with the fillibuster.

This kind of bullshit would NOT be happening right now.

54 fillibusters during the last congress, over 112 so far - more than twice the number ever before.

The GOP is strangling this country - and they're attempting to do it on all levels - national, regional and local.

Why does the GOP hate America? Oh, right, America voted mostly-blue this past election - someone must PAY! (and that would be those annoying 'little people')

What the last eight years brought us

Airlines so caught up in 'anti-terror' regulations that passengers get abused.

From YahooNews

Pilot pleaded to evacuate stranded passengers

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer – Fri Aug 21, 5:51 pm ET

WASHINGTON – The pilot of an airliner stranded overnight on an airport tarmac in Minnesota pleaded unsuccessfully for her 47 passengers to be allowed to get off and go inside a terminal. "We just need to work out some way to get them off ... We can't keep them here any longer," she said.

The Transportation Department on Friday released recordings of the repeated appeals by the pilot and her airline's dispatchers earlier this month while passengers were kept waiting for about six hours in the cramped plane amid crying babies and a smelly toilet before they were allowed to deplane.

This is great. The industry is dying and what do the 'regulations' do? MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE CUSTOMER. Good grief. So much (again) for the mighty captains of industry!!

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said a preliminary investigation by his department found that ExpressJet, the regional carrier which operated Continental Express Flight 2816 for Continental Airlines, wasn't at fault in the tarmac stranding.

Instead, blame for the incident, which has revived calls for greater consumer protections for airline passengers, belongs with Mesaba Airlines, whose representative incorrectly told ExpressJet that the passengers couldn't be allowed inside the terminal because Transportation Security Administration personnel had left for the day, LaHood said.
Again, lovely. Security is only important from 9-5, then it's 'screw you' to the folks that fly during that time. Insane.

Actually, security regulations allow for deplaning passengers to be kept in a separate "sterile" area until they are ready to board, he said.

"We have determined that the Express Jet crew was not at fault. In fact, the flight crew repeatedly tried to get permission to deplane the passengers at the airport or obtain a bus for them," LaHood said Friday in a statement.

"There was a complete lack of common sense here," the secretary said. "It's no wonder the flying public is so angry and frustrated."
And no wonder that fewer and fewer people are flying anywhere. This kind of stupid affects not just the airline industry but all the satellite industries that rely on it. You'd think travel agents and hotel operators would be descending on Mesaba's corporate HQ with pitchforks and torches.

Mesaba was the only airline with staff still at the Rochester, Minn., airport that Friday night.

The plane left Houston at 9:23 p.m. local time on Aug. 7, but was diverted by thunderstorms to Rochester. Passengers were kept waiting on the tarmac only 50 yards from a terminal. In the morning, they were allowed to deplane. They spent about 2 1/2 hours inside the terminal before reboarding the same plane. They arrived in Minneapolis, their destination, at 9:15 a.m. CDT.

Mesaba is a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta Air Lines of Atlanta.

"Delta is working with Mesaba to conduct an internal investigation, continue our full cooperation with the DOT and share all the facts with Continental," Delta CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement.

Continental Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner said he was gratified the Transportation Department recognized the ExpressJet crew's efforts to resolve the situation and was frustrated at their failure to get assistance. Continental Airlines is headquartered in Houston.

The recordings show the captain explaining the situation to an ExpressJet dispatcher, and dispatchers trying to persuade Mesaba officials to allow passengers inside. Passengers from an earlier flight diverted to Rochester had been allowed to deplane and were taken by bus to Minneapolis, about 85 miles away.

However, Mesaba officials said there were no more buses available.

"I can't get her a bus, I can't do anything," said a Mesaba representative.

"You can't do anything for her? OK," asked the ExpressJet dispatcher.


"Because she was saying nobody was letting her off the airplane, letting the people off the airplane and all that," the dispatcher continued.

"We can't — I mean we were just able to let these guys off. We can't get them a bus. If I can't secure them a bus, I can't have them in a closed airport," the Mesaba representative replied.

In another conversation that began at 4:44 a.m. after the terminal had reopened, a Mesaba manager told an ExpressJet dispatcher that the passengers couldn't deplane because there was no jetbridge available and it was raining.

"I'm trying to find a spot to park them. They're going to have to walk through the rain then once they get off," the manager said.

At 5 a.m., the flight got clearance to takeoff again. But by then, its crew had worked more than the legal limit of hours. Another crew had to be flown in.

It wasn't until 6 a.m. that passengers were allowed to enter the terminal.

Link Christin, who was on the flight, said the incident was a clear example of why more safeguards are necessary for passengers.

"To me, the critical issue is not who's to blame, but to figure out what happened and how it could be prevented in the future," said Christin, a lecturer at William Mitchell College of Law.

More than a week afterward, Christin said he's started to think about "the fact that so many variables were at play with 47, 48 people, two babies, and the variety of potential catastrophes that could have happened."
And there you have it folks - the legacy of the War on Terra. Nice work Bush admin. Heckuva job.

Like a cat covering up on linoleum

Stephanie Baum attempting to isolate her husband from her shameful behavior of not just covering up for, but aiding and abetting part of the Santos smear machinery:

(from Facebook private messages)

What? Longmont Report? Old news...history...is that site even updated? Why do you let something so minor consume you? Obsessive Compulsive? Let it go...move on...isn't that the motto of the great progressive organization? It's over, it's a new day. I know you hate that I am loyal, but when entrusted with information and asked not to divuldge, I don't. That's called honor. Journalists do it all the time in not naming their sources and that's exactly what I am doing. If you villianize me for it, then you villianize all of the journalists who hold to that same honor of a promise of anonymity. But, alas this is not about me. This is about Bryan and I am not his keeper. You disn't see his name on any Watch ads did you? He's a big boy...he can formulate his own thoughts and while he seeks my opinion on things - he also talks to countless poeple around him, both conservative and democrat, to get their opinion. If I were you, I would go and talk to the Democrats in town who know him and ask them what they think of Bryan. Edwina Salazar, who heads up the Our Center. Susi Keith who heads up Boulder County Partners, Burbidge and Joann Austin (Burbudge is on the LDDA board), Dick Lyons, local attorney, Sarah Levison, Councilmember. Start with that group and if you're not satisfied I'll give you plenty more names. Let them tell you about Bryan...not me...but Bryan - and ask them what he'll do for this town, and about his leadership qualities. It's not about me, although you want to MAKE it about me, and for that, Longmont loses...and so then do me AND you.

(My response)

M. Douglas Wray
Today at 11:09am
Yes. That person insulted me, my family and my friends. By covering for him you sanctioned that behavior. I will not forgive or forget that. If you and your family are so successful, why did you feel the need to endorse and condone such unethical behavior? I've stood up publicly and put my name on the line every time I've spoken, yet for you (and your husband) this is apparently not needful. Actions speak louder than words. Trying to wrap wrongdoing in journalism does not make it right. Clearly there's a lot of power at play here and you've chosen power over community, so all the 'good works' go for naught.

(Stephanie responds)

"I was insulted by PLENTY of people via my blog, but I let it go. I was told I was a "breeder" for having kids. I was called every name imaginable - and that's the price we pay for our freedom of speech. You've said some very nasty and hateful things but yet I'm still able to forgive you for it and show compassion to you in your time of need. I guess my ability to have a short memory and always try and see the best in people is my great fault. One of my "anonymous" comments to my blog was written by Richard Juday - he wrote it anonymously but what was written and how it was written proved to be written by him. But did I seek him out? Try to out him for his hateful words? No...I let it go. Our success has nothing to do with "endorseing and condoning" unethical behavior - plus, again, I KNOW you write things without putting your name on it, on the TC comments section and is that unethical? To list your opinons (whether true or not) and not put your name to it? I truly can't see how you can attack me (and even worse, Bryan who has never taken part of any of this) when you yourself engage in such tactics. Really...you can say what you want and deny it all you want, but at the end of the day, only you and your maker know what you do and he's the only one you need to reconcile things with - and your own conscience. When Gabe was being elected, I chose power FOR my community. If you don't think things in this town are worse off than they were 3 years ago, before this council was seated, then you are in denial. If you think that this current council is in no way to blame for our current situation then you are in denial. I chose power BECAUSE I saw what was going to happen (which is what HAS happened) and chose to do what I did FOR my community so that we COULD start change in 2 years rather than 4. I did that because I love my city and want to make sure it continues to be successful. The owner of Longmont Report was in the same boat - I don't know what their motivation is now or what their actions will be...I don't even know if they care anymore. But what was said on their site is no worse than anything that was said anonymously to me, and my friends and family, but I guess I'm the bigger person because I have let it drop and have moved forward. And no, the good works have not gone for naught - the impact that Bryan has made in this community is lasting - and I beg of you to provide me with ONE person in the Progressive group (Fissinger, Bowman, Leise, Thompson, Benston, Hansen, McCoy, Van Gordon, etc) who has dedicated even HALF the time and energy that Bryan as to this community in the last 26 years - anyone who has touched and bettered the number of lives, from his work in the highschools (that hasn't even been mentioned but surely will when kids he's mentored speak out) to hours spent with local non-profits going over financials to help them write their grants, making sure every i is dotted and t crossed - you won't find one because people like Bryan are the rare exception in today's society - someone who puts others first, who puts his service work before his profession, who at times has spent more hours each week working for free than working for pay. If choose to ignore all of that then you REALLY can't see past your political blinders, and that's a shame."

Stephanie, if anyone has political blinders on, it's you. Helping a smear campaign is wrong - the fact that you continue to cover for it tells me you think it was right.

That just completely undermines any value you might have otherwise - what ELSE will you condone or justify?