Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Who pissed in his cornflakes?

What's up with Fergo?

Just bang, bang, bang... bark, bark, bark.

Definitely got a stick jammed up somewhere or somethin.

Either the missus ain't treatin him right or his 'roids are actin up... maybe both.

Poor fella.

Hope Santa brings him something to cheer him up, maybe an Obama doll to stick pins in.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Give Thanks!

Longmont's #1 hate blogger is extolling the virtues of 'doing nothing' (golly... just like the GOP, no wonder he's so well loved by the far-far-right flapping and flailing lunatic fringe).

As for him 'doing nothing' - well... it's good to see him doing something he's good at.

Keep up the good work!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bah humbug again!

(Reprinted from "Dull dull boring dull" as another relief from the grim saga of Longmont politics)

Time for another snarky, Grinchly diatribe against the commercial rape of the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus. Actually, I find that my last (and first) “Bah, humbug!” was three years ago (3 Dec 07). In fact, my illustrious blog, world-famous for its rapier wit and profound insights, has been practically dormant for the last year (one post in February and one in August), as it became evident that, world-famous as it was, nobody ever read it. But that’s another story.

Gosh, there’s so much to bitch and whine about! In ’07 it was about (1) the fact that it’s not Christmas until after the 25th, not before; (2) the mangling of Christmas carols blared from store speakers to make people spend more money; (3) the “war on Christmas” bullshit spouted by that demagogic asshole Bill O’Reilly. I could add “I’m dreaming of a black Kwanzaa” and “It’s the most horrible time of the year” to “Rudolph the purple-assed baboon,” “I saw Mommy blowing Santa Claus,” and “Roadkill roasting on an open fire.” I could note that the spending frenzy encouraged by the stores ultimately supports the economic growth of China and the stranglehold of the financial-services crime syndicate on consumers who are goaded into squandering money they don’t have and never will have. I could make more of an issue of obscenely opulent displays of decorations of such spectacular magnitude that they can be seen from outer space by the disrobed eyeball—displays which must create staggering amounts of greenhouse gases from the hundreds of kilowatt-hours of energy they use.

But this year I will attack Santa Claus—or, more precisely, what Santa Claus has been turned into by the secular-commercial society. Last year I was requested to act the part of Santa Claus in a fund-raising benefit at a local bookstore, and I replied that I’d only do it if I could call attention to the derivation of the present-day Santa Claus from St Nicholas, bishop of Myra (now part of Turkey) in the 4th century. Boy, did that ruffle some feathers among the secularists and atheists! (It didn’t help when a gay friend of mine asked to play the part of Mrs Claus.) Since St Nicholas’s feast day is 6 December, nineteen days before Christmas, it is rather curious how he became associated with the latter feast. According to the Wikipedia article on “Santa Claus,” he is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, a “historical, legendary figure” who is said to bring gifts to the homes of good children on Christmas Eve. The legend has a hagiographic basis in the historical St Nicholas because of his generous giving of gifts. Nicholas is still revered as a saint in eastern Christendom, and up until recently was depicted in the regalia of an Orthodox bishop, which in western Christendom was gradually transmogrified into the ridiculous costume associated with Santa Claus today.

Enter Clement Clark Moore, the attributed author, in 1823, of that unspeakable abomination, “’Twas the night before Christmas,” for which I fervently hope he is eternally frying in Hell. It is to him that we owe this asinine business of flying reindeer pulling a sleigh through the sky and this fat fuck climbing up and down chimneys without getting a speck of soot on his absurd costume. I am warmly comforted by the fact that some children are terrified of this hideous apparition when they see him in stores during their parents’ spending orgy, and by the hundreds of jokes and cartoons which depict him as child-molesting old pervert who is often drunk when playing his part—as anyone would have to be to make such a monumental ass of himself in public. Then add that further atrocity Rudolph, who was introduced in a 1939 book before being enshrined in the 1949 song, and the debasement of Kiss-my-ass to a spectacular orgy of obscene prostitution is complete. Mind you, I’m not much more fond of some of the quasi-religious celebrations which focus on a sweet little Baby Jesus who looks distinctly Anglo-Scandinavian, and on immaculately groomed farm animals without a trace of cowshit anywhere in sight. (I still love the possibly apocryphal story of the choir that programmed a concert with “Here betwixt ass and oxen mild” followed by “Whence is this lovely fragrance?”) For my money, the best contemporary take on Christmas is still W. H. Auden’s For the time being, in which Joseph is the subject of town gossip because Mary is pregnant out of wedlock, and Herod is depicted as a liberal who resents being manipulated by God into being a bad guy against his will (i.e., slaughter of the Holy Innocents). I find it hard to beat these lines:
The garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it
Until you have looked for it everywhere and found nowhere that is not a desert;
The miracle is the only thing that happens, but to you it will not be apparent
Until all events have been studied and nothing happens that you cannot explain;
And life is the destiny you are bound to refuse until you have consented to die.
Try singing “Santa Claus is coming to town” after reading that.

Happy Feast of the Nativity of Jesus.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lovecraft on Republicans

As for the Republicans — how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical 'American heritage'...) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.

H.P. Lovecraft in an1936 letter

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I just wonder

Could the pseudonym* BIL possibly stand for 'Brigette In Longmont' ?

* Seen at the Times-Call website trying to discredit

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Once again vicious hatred finds a home at the Times-Call.

In the comment stream for

Time for change at state Capitol

'NotSoBonita' takes yet another swipe at my deceased wife Marilyn Bonita Wray:

Correction, sometimes tumors do go away - one way or another.
NotSoBonita, Firestone, CO, 10/13/2010 8:59 PM

I believe the persons behind this pseudonym (and 'BIL') are Chris Rodriguez and his wife.

It's just my opinion however, since the Times-Call won't verify it - I've asked directly more than once.

Truly sad that someone has to resort to this kind of personal attack - on my dead wife no less.

Anyone that has proof is encouraged to come forward.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Mr Wray, you and former council candidate Kaye Fissinger are the biggest harassers of the mayor (and his wife) on your piece o crapola website. Your faux concern is pitiful. As for Sean McCoy, ya think he could have waited until the mayor was 100% after having his freaken kidney and rib removed due to cancer before you begin your usual attitude problem towards him? While the mayor doesn't need fake condolences from Mr Wray (ack), the attitude projected last night is disgusting, yet typical of Sean McCoy and his supporters Mr Wray and Ms Fissinger. Partisanship at it's worst.

BIL, longmont co, 9/22/2010 8:50 PM 
The sentiment is sincere. If you can't understand my meaning, you're an idiot.

How about 'NotSoBonita' ? Making fun of my dead wife? There's a real hero.

The mayor's wife tried to freaking BRIBE ME with a 'charitable contribution' to stop bringing up Longmont Report.

It's clear who's harrassing who.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dung right

Came across this recently:


From WikiName

Its source is a Chinese expression meaning Correct. Also means brave, heroic in Vietnamese.

So for once the ever-flailing, often-failing far-far-right lunatic fringe got one right when they hung that moniker on me.

Fighting the dangerous sociopaths that haunt Longmont and cyberstalk its citizens is the 'correct' thing to do. Considering the hateful people involved in the endless smears on me, it does take  a certain amount of bravery - far more than the asshole running who continues to hide behind a mask. Maybe if he'd grow a pair and grow up a little people might accord him a little credibility. Till then he's just another sad avatar of a raging narcissist in desperate need of medication.

From rubber bands to AA batteries...

Spotted this on the Photoblog:

Click here for photo

This photo provided by EADS shows an unidentified pilot aboard The Cri-Cri, the first four-engine all-electric plane during its maiden flight, Thursday Sept.2, 2010 in Le Bourget, north of Paris. The Cri-Cri is the latest effort to develop a battery-powered aircraft with performance comparable to light, piston-engine airplanes. The Cri-Cri's lithium batteries give it 30 minutes of autonomous flight at 66 mph (110 kph).

Plug-in plane

I figured that battery weight would make electric planes unworkable - looks like I had it wrong. More about this plane here and possible uses for electric planes here.

Gee. An airplane you can plug in. Guess that's an improvement over the rubber band.

A whole 30 minutes of fly time! Golly. At a whole 66 mph.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Flat heads, flat hat

Merriam-Webster provides some interesting perspective:

The Word of the Day for August 30 is:

flat-hat   \FLAT-hat\   verb
: to fly low in an airplane in a reckless manner : hedgehop

Example sentence:
Unable to resist the temptation to show off, the young pilot decreased altitude and flat-hatted over the county fairground.

Did you know?
Legend has it that the term "flat-hat" originated with an incident back in the days of barnstormers in which a pedestrian's hat was crushed by a low-flying airplane. According to one version of the tale, the reckless pilot was subsequently required to purchase a new hat for the hapless pedestrian. It seems unlikely that such an event actually took place, but we can well imagine how fear of having one's hat smashed flat by a passing airplane might have given rise to such a vivid verb. "Flat-hat" first appeared in English in 1940; another word for flying low to the ground, "hedgehop," debuted 14 years earlier.

So reckless antics in aircraft have been around since the days of the barnstormers - the '20s. Barnstorming itself based on super-cheap government surplus planes ($5000 planes being sold off for as little as $200). Yep. Subsidies and handouts are great - when it's going to 'the right people.'

So, after dodging the draft, rich playboys bought the aircraft that brave young men risked their lives in and played with them... and they haven't changed since.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Periodical literature review

(Note: Once again--fortunately not very often--I offer this blog a glimpse into an alternate reality which has absolutely nothing to do with, and in fact resolutely ignores, the sleazy political shenanigans of Longmont, in the hope that some of the readers may find it a welcome change of tone. It was originally published in my own blog, "Dull dull boring dull," which nobody ever reads.)

As usual, I see no reason to apologize for five months of silence. I see no reason to make any comments on the continued plunge of the nation and the world into apocalyptic chaos and anarchy, except to opine that it isn’t happening fast enough for my taste. I see no point in making more than passing mention of the BP oil disaster, or Mel Gibson’s self-destruction in a flaming display of terminal assholism, or the media debates over whether Sarah Moosehunter will run for President in 2012, or whatever other non-events are the current fodder for the mass-opiate machine, or what Joe Bageant calls the American holograph. I stay remarkably busy with music gigs of one sort or another, and stay autistically isolated from a reality which I find unpleasant and boring. Life goes on, in spite of every effort to avoid it. It is, as Thomas Hobbes said, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

I remember when the mainstream propaganda made considerable hay of Moosehunter’s failure to respond appropriately to some interviewer’s question of what newspapers and magazines she read. Having less presence of mind than an ordinarily bright turnip, she made the mistake of trying to cover her ass, instead of simply quoting the great line from none other than Jefferson, one of our revered floundering fodders, who said that the man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers (but probably not better educated than the man who reads something besides newspapers). Presumably a candidate for high public office is expected to be conversant in the literature of the mainstream propaganda machine. I, however, not being a candidate for any office at all, rather pride myself on being essentially illiterate with regard to the mainstream media. If anyone were to have nothing better to do than ask me such a stupid question, I would reply that the only “news”-papers I read are the satirical Onion (stories you wish were true) and the local leftist Boulder Weekly, and the only magazines I make any effort to look at once in awhile are Mother Jones, The New Yorker, and the U.K.-published Economist. I may give a cursory glance at Time occasionally if there’s nothing else available, but I wouldn’t be caught dead with the Wall-eyed Journal. Mother Jones is to the Wall-eyed Journal as the Communist Manifesto is to Smith’s Wealth of nations.

But sometimes, in browsing through the magazine rack at my favorite coffee shop (which is NOT Starfucks!), I run across some rather interesting alternate realities, in some ways more bizarre than the Onion. The other day I picked up an issue of something called Real Simple, under the fatuous illusion that, judging from the name, it might have something to do with “simple living.” Not hardly. Roughly 200 of the 280 pages were devoted to advertisements, all of which, every one of which, were targeted to women, most of them for feminine health, beauty, and vanity. I subsequently learned from a Wikipedia stub that it is indeed a “women’s interest” magazine, to which I should have been clued in by the fact that the vast majority of customers at the coffee shop are women; I sometimes feel like I’m in a henhouse. There are no copies of Guns & Ammo, or even Sports Illustrated, in the magazine rack. Obviously no men except queers or transvestites are expected to look at it, and as one of the former, I can tell you the royal we were thoroughly disgusted. I can’t imagine how Time Inc., the publisher, came up with the name Real Simple, because the lifestyle it advertises is about as simple as the court of Louis XVI; I wonder if the millions of people on earth who live in grinding poverty, gnawing hunger, and squalid filth, or even the people in the “developed” nations who pursue authentically simple lifestyles, would consider it “simple.” I think Time Inc. should be sued for false labeling.

The real find, however—and, characteristically, I can’t remember where I found it—was a magazine called Kush: Colorado’s premier cannabis lifestyle magazine. Now, this is interesting on so many levels that it’s difficult to know where to begin. But let’s start with:
(1) The fact that a magazine devoted to “Colorado’s … cannabis lifestyle” is published in Calabasas CA, an exceedingly affluent, yuppie suburb west of LA, and there’s no indication that anyone on the editorial staff has anything to do with Colorado.
(2) The fact that the name “kush” refers to a strain of cannabis which is particularly popular with the medical pot community, and which is named for its origins in the Hindu Kush Mountains, in the region of Pakistan and Afghanistan—which will come as a great surprise to anyone who knows diddly-squat about the geopolitics of weed.
(3) The fact that the issue I picked up had an issue date of “June 15, 2010 – Volume 2, issue 6,” which may or may not indicate, depending upon what upscale publishers trying to sound like stoners mean by such terms as “volume” and “issue,” that the mag has been around for a year and a half, and I’m just now seeing it. I move in the wrong circles—obviously.
(4) Most basically, the fact that there even exists a magazine—a large, very glossy, rather pretentious magazine—devoted to “Colorado’s cannabis lifestyle”—or, more accurately, devoted to hundreds of ads for the doctors and dispensaries that the new industry has spawned. We’ve come a long way since the days when we had to furtively toke up in friends’ houses, paranoiacally looking over our shoulders for narcs lurking in the shadows; and frankly, I pine rather nostalgically for the good old days. (Who remembers the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers?) Now you have to go to all the hassle of getting some charlatan quack doctor to write a phony prescription for you. And you can buy (or pick up free, as I did) your own glossy yuppie mag to show how hip you are in your use of something that thousands of people are spending their lives rotting in prison for because of possession of miniscule amounts. There are, of course, still many knuckle-dragging troglodytes, lots of them in positions of political or “law enforcement” power, who would like to continue locking people up for seeking relief from chronic pain. These miserable cretins, who are lamenting the passage of all the bills legalizing the use of cannabis as presaging the downfall of civilization, are still stuck in the 1938 mentality of that monumental piece of cinematic propaganda bullshit, Reefer madness. There’s a special place in Hell for these creatures.

Well, till next time, as Red Green says, keep your stick on the ice. (I don’t think he’s referring to a hockey stick.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Who Baum, Santos, Witt and Sammoury associate with

The following is an open letter to Mayor Bryan Baum, Gabe Santos, Katie Witt and Alex Sammory.


I'm writing because I want this to become part of the public record.

First, go and find out my deceased beloved's full name:

Then know that I fully understand the references being made on the Times-Call website.

I believe the persons behind it are Chris and Brigette Rodriguez - who eagerly and enthusiastically supported all of you.

My wife was a beautiful woman - through and through.

Attacking anyone using such vile means should bring shame upon the people they associate with.

I know this is being done anonymously because it's cowardly and they would not dare do it to my face.

Your supporters have gone too far - and done it with glee and in public. The Lehmans are undoubtedly aware and in my opinion complicit.

What a hideous thing to encourage.

Response to Longmonter on TC Blog

Jun 8, 2010 ... Did you type in Wrongmont.Com or LongmontAdvocate. ... The basic concept started in 2002 with Wrongmont, and morphed into Longmont Advocate ...
2002 is when the hate began, long before any Progressive was blogging.

If there's anyone that should 'pack up and leave town' it's the people running the sites above. Those people have done more to foment hatred, destroy civility and damage our local government than anyone else. They're aided an abetted by the absolute dregs of humanity, the wealthy oligarchy of Longmont - who actively support their endless hate and smear campaigns.

Councilmembers Witt, Santos and Baum should be ashamed to be associated with these people - but they aren't - the politics of personal destruction got them where they are.

Who knows how much dirty money is involved.

No, the hate clearly started with these folks and remains there to this day.

The Progressives simply got tired of being bashed in the complicit Times Call and in numerous faked-up 'forums'. The fact that we've kept up the fight is making these people insane - bullies don't like it when you fight back.

Get used to it punks. Ain't changin.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

And the Lunatic Fringe Calls Me 'Dooty' ? Good Grief.

CO GOP member Ken Buck responding to CO GOP member Jane Norton:

"I have cowboy boots. They have real bullsh** on them. That's Weld County bullsh**, not Washington DC bullsh**."

Hat tip to Slapstick Politics for spotting the YouTube video. Bet $ it's gone before morning.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Because there is no decency or oversight apparently

For the record:

This person commenting on the Times-Call is not me:

Weird Boulder has a reputation for solving homicides and not bringing in suspects needlessly. Just ask Mark Carr

MacNwebguru, Longmont CO, 7/12/2010 6:06 PM

I only post under my real name M. Douglas Wray.

Also, I find it terrifically funny that a local hate blogger calls me names for giving the TC shit but it's okay for his pals to hack on them:

Such sloppy reporting, Times-Call. You tell us he won't stand trial. If we read between the lines, I presume we're supposed to assume that there is/was not enough evidence. If that is so, tell us. Interview the prosecutor's office. Is the case still open? Is the man still a suspect? What does it mean that the body was moved? By a person, the elements, an animal?

also vigilant, blue state, USA, 7/12/2010 4:19 PM  
AV, this is just typical TC reporting - do nothing but parrot press releases, and copy and paste meeting minutes. Perhaps a murderer has walked? Eh, maybe later. Unless, of course, they are hot on the trail of the Colorado's White Menace, raw milk!

Snagglepuss, Longmont, CO, 7/12/2010 5:14 PM
I love it! Snagglepuss! I do agree with your comment though. Their "reporters" are largely like us. They don't do much actual reportage, wherein they interview people and try to get a decent story. They are just creating content. Often, the Daily Camera has better articles on Longmont - they send reporters who interview and ask questions.

Red_Man, Longmont, 7/12/2010 5:46 PM 

Typical hypocrisy of the right. IOKIYAR.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

With all due respect to Mr. Larison

"Candidates won because more voters trusted their message and outlook for Longmont."


Candidates won because a huge smear campaign was run, funded by a ton of out of state money, aided and abetted by vicious right-wing liars and thugs.

Only fools or paid henchemen would trust Baum and his crowd. The man's a punk and it shows:

And this bit proves that it's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY:

This translates to: "Government is for the wealthy, peons need not apply"

The fact that the Times-Call keeps running screeds underlines their bias.

And always with the sports analogies.

It's not a football game you monobrowed clown, it's MY HOME - and I intend to fight for it before I let thugs like you and your ilk destroy it.

Anti-God mentality? Jesus, the holier than thou shit is really old - and another lie.

God have mercy on you and yours, you'll need it.
LOL! I see from the semi-coherent screechings that I hit a nerve.

It's good to see that our dear friends on the outer fringes of reality are reading.

*waves and smile brightly*

Say hi to the missus!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Verbal Fireworks

To all the haters. You know who you are. Every word of this is meant for you. Take it personally. Please.

Can't wait to see how this plays out...

...especially since the next City Council election promises to be the dirtiest one in history, what with unlimited money and a right wing willing to sacrifice anything to win - even their dignity, decency and humanity.

However, citizens are watching closely now and whistleblowers could not only turn things upside down, but raise the ante to unprecendented levels, especially when the people behind the dirty tricks are revealed - again.

Fort Collins wingnuts tried and failed epicly to attack a Progressive and now are facing possible legal charges and jail time - I wonder if Longmont's wingnut brigade could stand a stay in the slam?

Somehow I doubt it, they're delicate flowers and might wilt if the heat got up too high.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Maybe Mayor Baum Should Do An Ad Like This

He could set up plywood targets labelled 'liberal scum' and then machine gun them down. Yeah, that'd get the teabaggers barkin and howlin. Anything to fire up that base.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Busted Teabag

I can always count on the Times-Call to roll out the red carpet for the loons...

The comments on this opinion 'piece' are hilarious - in particular:

Way too many of "We The People" vote to extend our own gravy train from the largess of the Federal Government. This is the simple tyranny of the "majority" of voters in populous cities and states (e.g., SEIU and other union members) voting for US Senators who favor forced redistribution of wealth. This is also known as "democracy." That is the SAME reason that we must cherish and preserve the use of the electoral college to choose the US President. If not for that, sparsely populated states would never be able to have a chance of representation in the Executive branch of government.
 NOTE TO ALL POLITICIANS AND MEDIA: The Constitution of the United States establishes a REPUBLIC of sovereign States, NOT a Democracy. The word "democracy" appears nowhere in either the Declaration or the Constitution.

NextVoiceUHear, Longmont, CO, 6/17/2010 11:26 AM
For the record, has received comments in the past from Daniel Martin, using the exact same pseudonym and listing his email address. (The comment was an attack on one of FRL's writers and was not published per the comment rules.)

Mr. Martin is a candidate for Boulder County Clerk and Recorder. (TC Story)

Seriously, would you let someone with views this extreme anywhere near our government? Let alone the department that controls so many basic functions? Imagine the chaos this wild-eyed hardcore partisan could wreak given access to these systems. At the absolute least he'd drive the staff out of their minds with intolerant and ill-informed rhetoric.

Did I mention the Clerk and Recorder manage our elections?

My advice is to vote to retain Hillary Hall.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Ah, let's not call names, let's name names. This nebulous sounding WIIFL has a registered address NOT in the City of Longmont (Unincorporated WeldCo) and it's members, according to the Secy of State's Office are (this isn't libelous or anything, just on the state records): Duane Leise, M. Douglas Wray, Kaye Fissinger, Anita Lynch, and Joan & Robert Peck. And their petitions are all on file at the City Clerks Office if you're curious who circulated this agenda-driven campaign. I don't blame most of the people who signed those petitions, the ones I talked to were flat-out lied to. And we all will pay the price for a long time.

Longmont Advocate, Longmont, 6/14/2010 10:30 PM

Pathetic. I told no one a lie. This is just more hateful bullshit from the loons on the right. Aided and abetted by the Times-Call.

'The ones you talked to' - you mean that "hide behind anonymity because they'd have to prove it otherwise" - and can't. But you won't grow up.

You just can't deal with the fact that Longmont did not WANT the Lifebridge project - a small, well-heeled group of greedheads did. You must have been in for a nice cut to be still pounding away at this petition drive.

As for 'costing' Longmont - your pals all made out fine from the lawsuits.

What more do you want? Your enemies paraded down Main Street so you and your NRA pals can shoot them? Please. Grow up.

Acts of God

It's funny, but I see God's intentions too. Seems obvious. A coincidence?

It's going to be interesting to see Firestone's plan for supporting the LifeBridge development.

How do you budget for more services with less net tax revenue?

Metro Special District is going to become a curse-phrase.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Shovels in the Ground

Well, it's cost the 4Cs several Ms, a couple of years and permanent writer's cramp for their staff of blogger(s), but by gum the god-fearin money-havin people in Longmont done got thar way! All nine of em.

Longmont, Firestone settle border war

I'm sure there was dancin and whoopin in the upstairs at the TC today, considering their significant investment in political capital.

But what caught my eye was a comment by one of the angriest of the frothing far-right-wing commenters: 'BIL'-

As for the What's in it for Longmont crowd: DON'T EVEN THINK OF TRASHING THE GOOD PEOPLE OF LIFEBRIDGE in this comment section. I will report every single comment for comment policy violations. They are our friends, neighbors, and community members and this issue being settled will allow them to move on and not be trashed any longer. To try to trash their reputations again would be disgraceful. The only thing your self proclaimed partisan driven "historic petition" did was create division in our community.

longmont co, 6/14/2010 5:23 PM

Hey BIL - I'd like to encourage you to mate with yourself.You and your 'vested' pals at the TC may be able to quiet people you don't like - but NOT OVER HERE. I'll say what I like about whom I like and you can basically piss off.

The division in Longmont started a LONG time ago, when the wealthy decided they owned everything in Longmont - including the people. They don't.

The 'good people of Lifebridge' you're so valiantly defending are the Elders - who will bring nothing but ruin on Firestone. One good thing, it won't be happening to Longmont.

ps BIL, say hi to our favorite person since I'm certain you're him.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Suthers part of the Party of NO

From the Camera:

Leon Rodriguez: John Suthers is part of the party of “no”

Posted by Camera staff in Wednesday, March 24th 2010 under Uncategorized  

Yes, Attorney General John Suthers is a republican.  Yes his attempts to stop Health Care reform in Colorado is political and just another republican political act of “NO”  fostered by the republican party of “NO”.   Yes we are required to buy insurance for the cars we drive. Yes we are required to buy insurance for the home we own.  Why shouldn’t we be required to purchase insurance for the most precious part of our existence, our own health and of those we love?  Again the republican herd attitude of “NO” is fighting against the grain of intelligent Americans.
The republicans are on the wrong side of history again:

NO on Social Security.
NO on Workman’s Compensation.
NO on Civil Rights.
NO on Medicare & Medicaid.
NO on Banking Regulations.
NO on Health Care for Americans.

Health care for all Americans is not socialism, Heath Care for all Americans is a civilized right.

Leon Rodriguez

Monday, June 7, 2010

To 'NotSoBonita'

Oh yes, I've noticed this.

My dear wife Marilyn's middle name was 'Bonita'

The person using this pseudonym is a ball-less coward who has no sons.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Low IQ = Likely Suicide Attacker

From Prometheus 6:

That includes guys who fly their airplanes into government office

 Prometheus 6 6/3/10 7:16 PM Prometheus 6 Seen online
I'm pretty sure it applies to guys who kill their families before blowing their own fool heads off, too.

Link identified between lower IQ scores and attempted suicide in men

Low IQ scores in early adulthood are associated with an increased risk of attempted suicide in men, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust.

In the largest study of its kind, a team of researchers studied the medical records of over one million men in Sweden dating back over a period of twenty four years and compared rates of hospital admission for attempted suicide against IQ scores. The research is published today in the British Medical Journal.

Out of a cohort of 1.1 million men with IQ measured in early adulthood, almost 18,000 had been admitted to hospital at least once for attempted suicide. Even after adjusting for factors such as age and socioeconomic status, the researchers found that men with lower IQ scores were increasingly likely to have attempted suicide at least once. By far the most common method used was poisoning, for example taking an overdose of medication.

Dr David Batty, a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Heath Sciences Unit, who led the study, says: "We have found a clear link between IQ and attempted suicide in this group of men. In common with some previous, smaller studies, we have shown that men with lower scores have a markedly greater risk of attempted suicide than men of higher IQ."

Read the rest at P6

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Glen Beck - Icon of GOP civility

From Drudge Retort:

Glenn Beck, who repeatedly tells people in politics to "leave the families alone," spent several minutes of his radio program Friday morning mocking the intelligence of President Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia. "That's the level of their education," Beck said derisively of Obama's children. "They're coming to daddy and saying 'Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?' Plug the hole!"


I swear, the GOP is coming completely unhinged. Everywhere I turn I have to listen to crazed attack dogs howling their idiot heads off, making up bullshit lies, spreading hate and openly advocating armed insurrection.

Keep yapping assholes, you lost the election and that's NOT CHANGING.

That's ONE part of the 'hopey changey' that's workin - and I'm thrilled to death to see it stuck so painfully in your idiot craws you racist bastards.

Oh, as for your hoped-for civil war - rethink. Your wealthy pals stand to lose the most and once the dust settles your 'power base' will be gone forever, the people whose throats you had your boot on for eight years during Bush will see to that. So, do rethink, holster the gun, zip up your pants and start thinking of some way to get the teabaggers out of your party. Unless you'd like to lose the next election.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

No Humility Seen

Great article at the TC 'We are humbled' -

Rev. Rick Ebbers is quoted as saying:
“Part of what we do here today is to honor those throughout our nation who have laid down their lives, but another part is we want to say thank you to you — you men and women who don the uniform every day, who are willing to put your lives on the line.”

So these men and women who voted for the right to collective bargaining clearly have earned it - and the voters agreed.

Take a wild guess who disagreed, claiming "they don't need it" (MP3 file) Yep, the Skinless Mayor's own hard-bloggin wife, author of the notorious (and lie-packed) 'Pink Letter' that was hand-delivered to every frothing wingnut in Longmont and helped shepherd Gabe Santos onto the council where he now sits at the mayor's right (desperately) trying to keep him from acting like an idiot (and failing epicly).

The man sitting in the mayor's chair does not believe that workers (in any field) deserve any voice - ever and his wife actively campaigned against it with him nodding and smiling as she did.

Every citizen in Longmont needs to remember, the new majority on council does not value their safety and never has - their own words campaigning prove it without a doubt.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Janey's Fetish Thing

Jane Norton. Unbelieveable. I mean... really??


Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton revealed her latest health care prescription for Coloradans at a campaign stop in Cheyenne Wells Tuesday, touting the elimination of cancer screening coverage enacted during her tenure as Lieutenant Governor in the Owens-Norton administration. During the campaign event, Norton giddily boasted that as Lieutenant Governor she eliminated requirements for insurance companies to cover cancer screenings, such as cervical and prostate screenings, in health insurance plans. Norton then went on to compare cancer screenings to "shoe fetishes" and "caffeine addictions." Please see the below bullets and the attached audio for Jane Norton's latest prescription for fixing Colorado's health care system.
The audio is here.

Beyond belief.

My wife died of lymphoma - if she'd gotten the screening I'd been trying to beat out of the insurance company she'd be alive today.

*expletives deleted*

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Plastic Fantastik

I can imagine this is very popular with the boar-hunting crowd.

The phrase 'mounting the trophy' is now even more disquieting.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Just for the record, on this post at the Times-Call there is a comment:

Speaking of sociopaths in power. . . Impeach
Obama now! While we still have a New York! Ohh
yeah don't forget Pittsburgh. I hear Louisiana
is a mess too. God help us.

MacNwebguru, Longmont CO, 5/2/2010 2:51 PM

This is most definitely not me (my personal website is ) - it's some childish asshole desperate to draw me into the snake pit of libels and smears encouraged by the Times-Call's non-moderated comment system. There's a list of likely suspects but the one certain thing is that it's a far-far-right lunatic fringe member whose testicles have yet to form/drop.

This same crowd of high-school mentality mouthbreathers complains that doesn't let them spew their schoolgirl stupidity freely. Talk about the militantly stupid.

What amazes me the most about this SUV-driving, gun-toting crowd of wankers is that virtually none of them use their own names. It's emblematic of the cowardice that defines the CO GOP and the far-far-right fringe looneys in Longmont. All that money and not one drop of class.

The comments coming in at Free Range Longmont make it completely clear that the far right is violent, ignorant and racist beyond degree.

Funny how I never hear anyone calling out people for racist remarks about Mexican illegals in the TC comments but there's pages of vitriol dished out for comparing someone to an ankle-biting dog.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

NOW they're mad??

We are told by the Tea-Party   that they are “mad and can’t take it anymore” and that the rest of us should be too!

Folks, we had eight years of Bush and Cheney, but NOW they are getting mad  ???REALLY ? !!!!   NO, REALLY?  !!!!

  • They didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
  • They didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
  • They didn’t get mad about gas prices when Bush and Cheney friends at the oil companies raised a gallon of gas price to more than $5 and posted highest profits in the history of U.S for 8 years straight (Bush presidency).
  • They didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative identity was revealed.
  • They didn't get mad when the Patriot Act , which allows torture and disregards personal rights for Americans, got passed.
  • They didn't get mad when Bush and Cheney illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us, Iraq.
  • They didn't get mad when Bush and Cheney spent over 600 billion (and counting) on said illegal war, Iraq.
  • They didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
  • They didn't get mad when they  found out about torturing people.
  • They didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
  • They didn't get mad that Bin Laden was not caught when Bush had a chance to do so.
  • They didn't get mad when they saw the horrible veterans conditions at Walter Reed.
  • They didn't get mad when Bush let a major US city drown like a 3rd world country.
  • They didn't get mad when Bush gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
  • They didn't get mad when, using reconciliation; a trillion dollars of our tax dollars was redirected to insurance companies for Medicare Advantage, which cost over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides.
  • They didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark (when during Clinton presidency we had almost a Trillion dollars surplus), and our debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark.

They finally got mad when a government decided that people in America deserved the right to get treatment if they are sick and can not afford to do so.

Yes, an illegal war, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with the Tea party. They are partying not with tea, but with sucking the blood of the ordinary Americans.

Sure!  NOW, THEY ARE MAD!!!  Helping the ordinary Americans...” oh hell no!  They have  to be MAD!!!”.

Teabaggers are hypocrites and clowns. Period.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Back and Forth

Saw a response by Melissa Engelhard to Kaye Fissinger's article 'Hatriots' over at Voice of Longmont.

Long response and largely focuses on not using inflammatory language - sounds like a great idea. Sure wish other bloggers in Longmont could listen to her - maybe if they'd stop screeching...

Frankly, I think Kaye's earned the right to speak her mind any way she likes*. The hatred and vitriol heaped on her at every turn by GOP sympathizers using pseudonyms is shameful and cowardly.

I don't want to pick the entire response apart but a lot of it seems to be 'we're not like that' - I'd agree. Melissa doesn't seem to be like the people Kaye's talking about. However, there are those in Longmont that have made their undying hatred of anything 'liberal' or 'progressive' quite abundantly clear (sometimes via screaming threat-calls or ominous legalese-filled emails). No, I'm sorry but I won't offer up any apologies for Kaye's tone - the people she's writing about have earned it.

Speaking of 'earned' - Guess who's the biggest benefactor from Longmont's far right? Mr. Tom Tancredo** - by a mile... suddenly his appearance at this meeting comes as less of a surprise. That kind of grease makes the wheel turn on command I'm sure.

* as have I - harrassed out of my own Rep's town hall? There's some classy GOP behavior. All because I wanted to videotape Musgrave's remarks. What is UP with these people and recordings? Michael Jackson was less touchy. Public means PUBLIC folks.

**It's fascinating reading really.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rude Pundit on Bachmann/Palin/Hannity

Bachmann and Palin on Hannity: Like Hell on Earth:
Last night

Bachmann and Palin on Hannity: Like Hell on Earth:
Last night Rep. Michele Bachmann and celebrity Sarah Palin joined Sean Hannity on his Fox "news" program. The occasion was a Minneapolis rally for Bachmann's reelection where Palin spoke. It was not unlike a menage a trois in Hell, where you get so tired of the barbed tails in your ass and mouth that you wonder when you can just go back to roasting in a lake of fire.

Right out of the gate, Hannity said one of those inconceivably idiotic things, something that makes you wonder if he actually listens to his own show. Talking about sexist attacks on Palin and Bachmann (without using the word "sexist," because, on supposes, it's part of the liberal lexicon), he offered, "You have been criticized for your looks, for your clothes, et cetera, et cetera." And then he queried, "What do you think the reaction would be if things that were said about either of you were said about either Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama or Nancy Pelosi? Would there be a difference?"

And Hannity might be right to ask such a question if he wasn't completely wrong. Because to ask that question in that way is to willfully ignore a King Kong-sized shitpile of sexist criticism of Pelosi, Clinton, and Obama. Where do you wanna go with this? Pelosi facelift remarks? Pelosi facelift remarks made on Hannity's own fucking show? Jokes about Hillary Clinton's looks? Sexist remarks about Hillary Clinton aired without condemnation on Hannity's own fucking show? And, no, we've never had to listen to any attacks on the way Michelle Obama dresses. Oh, except for all those attacks on the way she dresses, including on Hannity's own fucking show.

Bachmann's response to Hannity was to make some off-handed remark about the media, adding, "We all know that there's a double standard." And then Palin said some stupid bitch thing. (That was sarcasm, motherfuckers, sarcasm. Unless it wasn't. Who knows?)

The whole of the interview was like watching three wildebeests fuck each other - awkward, stupid-looking, and mostly goddamned funny. Of course, to the wildebeests, it's very serious business, this fucking they're engaged in. Palin did what she always does; she strung together key words and talking points into nonsense verse: "I think this is indicative of what is coming in November. I think that there will be that sweeping of change and you will see that takeover, if you will, a positive, a good valuable takeover of common sense conservatives back in Congress." That's not actually a sentence with a logical progression of ideas. But it does contain words that the slavering teabaggers in the room could understand. It's the conservative version of pointing and grunting.

Bachmann, of course, continued with her apocalyptic fear-mongering: "Well, we're looking at certain bankruptcy and certain economic collapse if we don't get our house in order. Within 10 years leading economists tell us the United States will essentially be in the same position as Greece. The United States of America."

And then Palin followed up the fearmongering by saying it's not fearmongering, "Now and let me remind you, Sean, too, when we talk like this, when we talk like this, you know that lame stream media, they will get weed out about this. Their heads will spin and they will tell people that we are fear mongers, that we are exaggerating the State of the Union. And yet this is reality." Or, in other words, "Grunt. Lame stream media. Grunt."

They went on to talk about Obama's nuclear arms policy, and asking Sarah Palin about nuke policy is like asking an especially inarticulate five year-old if she prefers early or later Bergman films. They all praised Ronald Reagan, without acknowledging that, like Obama, he negotiated disarmament deals. And by the time Bachmann said, "I want to thank Governor Palin for breaking the barrier by being a woman as a vice president on the ticket," as if the barrier hadn't been broken 30 years earlier by Geraldine Ferraro, the Rude Pundit couldn't get his head around the number of delusions, lies, and distortions.

The fact that these two people are considered "leaders" in their movement demonstrates that the movement itself is an empty vessel, lurching forward, hoping to accomplish nothing more, and nothing less, than just wrecking whatever is in its path.
[The Rude Pundit]

A Very Good Question

Why Isn’t Fox Going Wall-to-Wall With the Denver “Shoe Bomber?”
BREAKING NEWS (per Fox, below):  “Air Marshals Reportedly Stop ‘Shoe Bomb’ Attempt on Jet from D.C. to Denver.”

So why isn’t Fox going to breathless, hyperventilating wall-to-wall BREAKING NEWS, this is a FOX NEWS ALERT-type stuff?
UPDATE:  Could it be because the “suspect” turns out to be a Qatari ($$oil$$) diplomat?

Filed under: Fox "News"/ Fox "Business" /Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal / My Space / Facebook / DirectTV, etc. (Murdoch owns them all, and more.) [Say It Ain't So Already]

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Advocates for Stalking

This is why I keep an eye on the Times-Call blog comments:

Mr Singer, speaking of being respectful...perhaps you best talk to your own Longmont Area Democrat member Doug Wray and ask him why he took photos of a... member of the community who was shaking hands with the Longmont mayor and then (lie deleted) (more lies and conjecture without proof) FYI: When you have active members of the Longmont Area Dems attempting to bait... members of the community like this and then going out and preaching about "inclusiveness" tends to fall on deaf ears.
RedHair, longmont, co, 4/6/2010 2:22 PM

Gee, there's just nothing like having your own team of stalkers. Why don't you two1 get a life? Really. You're embarrassing yourselves - but I'm sure that's nothing new to you.

I just love how these whackjobs make this nonsense up and then libel me with the help of the moderated-after-the-fact Longmont Times-Call. At least the TC takes this bullshit down when called on it2.

The Longmont Times-Call claims they can't pre-moderate because it's 'too difficult' - funny... FreeRangeLongmont has no trouble doing it... Longmont's 'First Lady'3 has found this out the hard way4 - several times.

FYI: when you have hard-core partisan hacks whispering in the mayor's ear (and his wife) and piles of old money without Hawaiian vacations or boar hunts to go on it's pretty much a nonstop bombardment of lies, innuendo and slander.

Gee... just like Tom Delay5 would do!
1.  2.5 if you're measuring by volume, 0.75 if by IQ
2.  Assuming you catch them at it - just like the GOP
3.  Who's really no lady at all and has lied about 'not blogging' anymore...
4.  She's very clearly a slow learner
5.  Gabe Santos' old boss, a crimminal and thug

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sean Hannity is a liar

A congressman was spat on. Here's proof.

The right constantly claims they're being lied about - this is FACT.

Anyone that thinks spitting on a member of Congress is acceptable is an asshole - and you know exactly whom I'm talking about sir. Fine example you set for your children.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Longmont's First Lady Still Blogging

Not satisfied with phone calls and obnoxious emails (that got her banned from Front Range Longmont) our glorious mayor and his 'first lady' are now resorting to using Facebook to attack free speech and catspaws to send hateful messages.

I know why they're so desperate to silence their opposition - but the facts aren't going away.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

They've Got a Boehner

I get emails. Lots and lots of emails. Some from people that would pee themselves if they knew they ended up on my desk.

Here's one such:

Fellow Friend of Israel,

The Obama Administration's heated denouncement of our ally Israel's actions in approving the development of 1600 apartments in East Jerusalem during Vice President Joseph Biden's visit was beyond irresponsible.

The actions taken by Israel were absolutely consistent with the policy and commitments of three previous U.S. administrations. It is this current administration's attempt to renege on such previous promises that is abhorrent and should be condemned by all Americans. It is clearly an affront to the values and foundation of our long-term relationship, but most importantly, from a national security standpoint, it is beyond comprehension why this administration would choose to demonize and weaken Israel - the U.S.'s closest friend, the strongest democracy and our most important military ally in the Middle East.

Unfortunately, this development is just another example of how the far left ignores the principles and traditions of America. The Obama Administration has demonstrated a repeated pattern since it took office: while it makes concessions to countries acting contrary to U.S. national interests, it ignores or snubs the commitments, shared values and sacrifices of many of our country's best allies.

With Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid in the president's back pocket, the cycle is likely to continue. That's why it's absolutely critical for Republicans to win a majority in Congress in November. I am reaching out to you because I need your financial support to ensure my re-election so I can continue to provide conservative leadership for the entire country.

Will you follow this link and make a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more today? Any amount you can give will make a big difference in my campaign.

Threatening America's relationship with Israel is a dangerous path for the far left to lead us down politically and militarily. Americans have strong ties to Israel, and will not tolerate a fraying in our two countries' relationship. And with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, Americans will not allow the Administration to put their safety at risk. It's reckless to focus so much attention on Israel when countries like Iran pose such serious challenges to our national security.

If the Administration was serious about working toward resolving the conflict in the Middle East, it would focus on Iran's behavior - its pursuit of nuclear weapons, state-sponsorship of terrorism, crushing of domestic democratic forces, destabilizing impact on the region - and the credibility of international nonproliferation efforts.

But don't count on it. The Administration is more focused on ramming its jobs-killing agenda through Congress. Fortunately, House Republicans remain committed to our long-standing bilateral friendship with Israel, as well as to the promises this country has made.

House Republicans recognize the real security dilemmas facing the United States. So can I count on you to make a generous contribution to my re-election campaign? I need your support to help ensure that I continue to represent our responsible, conservative values in the House. Please follow this link to give so generously as you can today.

Thank you in advance for your support.

John Boehner
House Republican Leader

P.S., Who do you want controlling Congress next term? Nancy Pelosi and her far left cronies who care more about spending, taxing, and borrowing than our fiscal health and national security? Or House Republicans who are working every day to ensure that our nation and our security are not jeopardized by the Administration's agenda? If you said "House Republicans" then you know that it is absolutely critical to elect a Republican majority this November. Please help by following this link and making a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more to my re-election campaign. Your support today will ensure that I continue to represent your values in the House and I am able to keep leading the charge to protect you and your family. Thank you. 

Jesus... The ink on the Health Care bill isn't even dry and these scammers are already trying to make hay with it - and to the religious right no less.

You think they'd learn - I mean the religious right who will dive on this with both hands and feet and shovel money into the pockets of the people that will harm the country the most. Reliable fools they are.

What I wonder about is why is Mr. Boner doing this? Surely with all the corporate money they'll be getting they don't need their base to even try. So... why the 'give' message - and so carefully timed? I think because they know the bill is going to make a lot of folks happy and they won't want to contribute then - and the GOP is going to have to pay a LOT of money to incite a civil war.

Sometimes it's not so much what your opponent does as when. When there's a drumbeat of attacks and violence and I see fundraising letters from GOP senators it's pretty obvious who they're appealing to.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GOP shows true colors: whiny infants

From the Colorado Independent:

Republicans angered over the passage of health care legislation Sunday have blocked a hearing scheduled by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall for this afternoon on how to protect Colorado cities and towns from the hazards of the beetle infestation that has ravaged millions of acres of lodge pole pine tress here.

Okay, so they've gone from the 'Party of No' to 'Obstructionists' - not really that big a change...

So, from a representation point of view, do CO Republicans accept that their party is simply going to do nothing the rest of the year? This is what passes as 'bipartisan' work? That's just repulsive and childish.

I'm been sick to death of hearing a hard-core partisan mayor (and his shrill, angry wife) cawing about how Longmont needs to 'come together' when in fact they've done everything imaginable to tear the town apart. And then I read that Congressional Republicans are going to be pissy crybabies the rest of the year and do everything to hamper the operation of Congress.

The GOP is proving that they're not about doing their jobs or being honest - just like all the crooked creeps trying to rip off the taxpayers with sleazy half-baked public-funded (aka tax-exempt) developments.

It's time to vote them ALL out. ALL OF THEM.

HeavenFest YES YES YES Rhythm on the River NO NO NO

I have to say the comments on the TC story Recession hurting Rhythm: Fest organizers to ask city for money are really quite confusing.

Almost unanimously the wingnuts are screaming NO!!! NO!!! NO GIVEAWAYS!!! - which I find confusing since they seemed so enamored of giveaways - especially in the case of HeavenFest and the ankle-grabbing way they insisted their new Immoral Majority hand over the keys to the city.

So, a festival that's been part of Longmont for decades gets a high hard one while a johnny-come-lately religious loon-fest gets to cause thousands and thousands of dollars of damage while taxpayers foot the bill (and get stiffed on any gate proceeds)(well, at least that money will go to help orphans... hmm... not so much).

I just don't understand.

Oh, wait, it's to ultimately help the cause of theocracy in Boulder County (the CO GOP's 'unicorn') and to take back Colorado from those evil, evil Progressives. All that gate-take will be funneled back to the CO GOP (through carefully-obscured channels) to help their candidates run nonstop full-throttle door-to-door smear campaigns, ensuring that business once again OWNS and RUNS Colorado.

So basically the symbol for Longmont will be a big cross with a ring of dollar signs around it?

Jesus save us.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Why not do as instructed?

All I know is that if someone publicly insulted me that way it would be the last time I ever spent my money there. Bet this means less business for WalMart - lovely timing for it too.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Video Games = Stupid Kids

Study shows gaming can hinder reading, writing progress

Parents of young boys, take note

By Tony Smith • Get more from this author

17th March 2010 10:30 GMT

A study has confirmed what any savvy parent could have told you: young boys who are given games consoles may fail to advance as far academically as their Wii, Xbox and PlayStation-less peers.

A team from the Denison University in Ohio led by psychologists Robert Weis and Brittany Cerankosky gave PlayStation 2s to 32 boys out of a group of 64 lads aged between six and nine years old. None of the kids had a console already.

Half of the children given a console got it at the start of the study, the rest at the end. The test ran for four months. During that time, parents kept a record of their kids' activities from the end of the school day until bedtime.

Reading and writing skills were assessed throughout the group at the start and at the end of the study period.

The researchers didn't monitor what the boys were doing with their consoles, only how much time they spent playing on them.

The results were clear - you'll undoubtedly have guessed them already. Kids with consoles spent less time doing other things, from homework to reading to less tangible academic activities such as discussing their school day with parents. That manifested itself in slower progress in the development of reading and writing, as evidenced by "significantly lower reading and writing scores" in the second, final set of tests.

Read the rest at RegHardware

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jesse Ventura's Censored 9/11 Commentary

From watching the watchers

By Jesse Ventura
Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 01:08 PM

Editor's Note: The following column by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was removed by Huffington Post after it was published March 9 and replaced with a note that states the site "prohibits the promotion and promulgation of conspiracy theories -- including those about 9/11."

You didn't see anything about it in the mainstream media, but at a recent conference in San Francisco, more than 1,000 architects and engineers signed a petition demanding that Congress begin a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9-11.

That's right, these people put their reputations in potential jeopardy -- because they don't buy the government's version of events. They want to know how 200,000 tons of steel disintegrated and fell to the ground in 11 seconds. They question whether the hijacked planes were responsible or whether it could have been a controlled demolition from inside that brought down the twin towers and WTC Building 7.

Richard Gage, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, put it like this: "The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction."

He's especially disturbed by Building 7, whose 47 stories came down in "pure free-fall acceleration" that afternoon, even though it was never hit by an aircraft. This is a subject I take up in my new book, American Conspiracies, published by Skyhorse. An excerpt follows: Some people have argued that the twin towers went down, within a half hour of one another, because of the way they were constructed. Well, those 425,000 cubic yards of concrete and 200,000 tons of steel were designed to hold up against a Boeing 707, the largest plane built at the time the towers were completed in 1973. Analysis had shown that a 707 traveling at 600 miles an hour (and those had four engines) would not cause major damage. The twin-engine Boeing 757s that hit on 9-11 were going 440 and 550 mph.

Still, we are told that a molten, highly intense fuel mixture from the planes brought down these two steel-framed skyscrapers. Keep in mind that no other such skyscraper in history had ever been known to collapse completely due to fire damage. So could it actually have been the result of a controlled demolition from inside the buildings?

I don't claim expertise about this, but I did work four years as part of the Navy's underwater demolition teams, where we were trained to blow things to hell and high water. And my staff talked at some length with a prominent physicist, Steven E. Jones, who says that a "gravity driven collapse" without demolition charges defies the laws of physics.

These buildings fell, at nearly the rate of free-fall, straight down into their own footprint, in approximately 10 seconds. An object dropped from the roof of the 110-story-tall towers would reach the ground in about 9.2 seconds. Then there's the fact that steel beams that weighed as much as 200,000 pounds got tossed laterally as far as 500 feet.

NIST started its investigation on Aug. 21, 2002. When their 10,000-page-long report came out three years later, the spokesman said there was no evidence to suggest a controlled demolition. But Jones also says that molten metal found underground weeks later is proof that jet fuel couldn't have been all that was responsible. I visited the site about three weeks after 9-11, with Gov. Pataki and my wife Terry. It didn't mean anything to me at the time, but they had to suspend digging that day because they were running into heat pockets of huge temperatures. These fires kept burning for more than three months, the longest-burning structure blaze ever.

And this was all due to jet fuel? We're talking molten metal more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Probably the most conclusive evidence about a controlled demolition is a research paper (two years, nine authors) published in the peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal in April 2009. In studying dust samples from the site, these scientists found chips of nano-thermite, which is a high-tech incendiary/explosive. Here's what the paper's lead author, Dr. Niels Harrit of the University of Copenhagen's chemistry department, had to say about the explosive that he's convinced brought down the twin towers and the nearby Building 7:

"Thermite itself dates back to 1893. It is a mixture of aluminum and rust powder, which react to create intense heat. The reaction produces iron, heated to 2,500 degrees Centigrade [4,532 degrees Fahrenheit]. This can be used to do welding. It can also be used to melt other iron. So in nano-thermite, this powder from 1893 is reduced to tiny particles, perfectly mixed. When these react, the intense heat develops much more quickly. Nano-thermite can be mixed with additives to give off intense heat, or serve as a very effective explosive. It contains more energy than dynamite, and can be used as rocket fuel."

Gage is one of hundreds of credentialed architects and structural engineers who have put their careers on the line to point out the detailed anomalies and many implications of controlled demolition in the building collapses. As he puts it bluntly: "Once you get to the science, it's indisputable."

A former Navy Seal, professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota on the Reform Party ticket in 1998 where he served until 2002. Today, Ventura is best known for hosting the popular television show Conspiracy Theory, which airs on cable television. He is also the author of five books.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Anonymous Liars Continue Smears

More slime-creatures from the Times-Call (motto: 'Moderation? Who needs that?') -

Along came the Progressives who hate progress and evidently churches as well and they didn't want us to have any additional development in Weld County and started playing nasty. So the wise landowners went to Firestone where they would be appreciated. You can thank the Progressives for the loss of what could have been a marvelous addition to our town and a striking entrance into Longmont on our eastern border.
Vigilant Patriot, Longmont, CO, 3/12/2010 9:56 AM

A few points 'Vigilant' (may I call you Viggie?)(more likely 'Veggie'):
  • Progressives don't hate progress - your definition of 'progress' generally involves destroying the economy, ripping off the working class and shovelling public money into the pockets of the already-ludicrously wealthy - i.e. graft. We hate that.
  • Churches are fine, as long as they're not meddling in local politics - like LifeBridge and 4C. That we despise since it's aimed directly at converting America into a theocracy - you know, like the Taliban - complete with beheadings and lots of guilt doled out by sexually abusive priests.
  • The 'playing nasty' has all been from the right - anonymous smear sites, drumbeat attacks by unhinged liars, 'news' organizations that are bought and sold, realtors and out-of-state money. Perhaps that beam in your eye is making it hard to see that mirror.
  • Wise landowners? You crack me up.
  • After LifeBridge's little cult-town has sat empty for a couple of years and the houses are falling apart - turning the whole thing into a huge blighted mess - people will thank us for keeping Longmont out of it. And we'll be sure to remind folks know who was cheerleading for it and should be responsible for the cleanup.
  • 'Striking entrance' ? Oh, I'm sure it will be 'striking' - I imagine most people, seeing the huge cross and the ticky-tacky rows of crumbling McMansions will think 'Thank GOD this didn't take hold like it did in Colorado Springs'
ps - I think you should stay away from the Jack until at least noon. Also, dude... tic tac.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Just Say It Ain't So, People Will Forget

Ah, there's nothing like listening to the shills struggling to cover up for the mayor's pecadillo. The far-right partisan site "VoteLongmont" steps up and tries (unsuccessfully) to stick a fig leaf over the scandal:

Mayor Baum when campaigning stated at a previous candidate forum that the mall owner was having trouble. He also stated that we previously obtained 22% of our sales tax revenue from the mall and that now it was down to around 6%. Kaye Fissinger, was a council candidate when he made this statement was present at the same forum. It was also at a previous town hall meeting in which Council Levison, Benker, and Hansen were present in which Levison stated that she wanted to see Panattoni's books as she felt they had more money than they were letting on. It was also at the same town hall meeting that Council Hansen said that the mall theatre (which many in Longmont want!) wasn't a priority for him as he gets his movies from Netflix. I'm disheartened to see all few comments that point to a website (which recently attempted to associate the mayor with the KKK) and that is gleefully hoping that the mall fails on the new council's watch. The mall is a top priority to Longmont citizens and they have been telling the former councils that for years in surveys, etc. Hopefully Panattoni will be able to hang on and rebuild the mall for the Longmont community. Thanks to Rachel Carter and Tony Kindelspire for getting experts to back up what Mayor Baum and Council Witt have already said.
VoteLongmont, Longmont, CO, 3/11/2010 1:39 PM

The issue Ms. Fissinger brought up was the -value- of the Mall (link) here's a short excerpt:

An email dated February 10, 2010 from Councilmember Katie Witt to a constituent reveals that Panattoni, owner of Twin Peaks Mall, is in serious financial difficulty. The future of Twin Peaks Mall is in jeopardy and may fall victim to a “fire sale.”
According to Witt’s email, the Twin Peaks Mall was purchased for $37 million and is now worth only $17 million.  She also states that Panattoni placed $8 million down when the mall was purchased
Because of the collapse of the financial industry which began in the spring of 2008, greater accountability is now required from financial institutions.  Banks are “shedding loans that do not have at least 50% equity invested in the property.”  Since the Twin Peaks Mall loan currently fails to meet that criterion, Bank of America may call the loan and the mall would likely be sold to the highest bidder.

Click here for the full text of the email.

The real problem the Mayor is going to have is distancing himself from Longmont's nonstop attack bloggers who have made such sport of the Progressives - for a mayor that's all about 'unifying' Longmont he sure has some hateful pals.

Sick Mind

I wonder who this could be:

Most telling comment posted yet "I can't wait till the post-event debriefing. I'm sure it will be very interesting." M. Douglas Wray, Longmont, CO, 3/9/2010 9:20 PM.
You can almost hear this self proclaimed environmentalist/progressive praying, sorry I meant to say hoping, that HeavenFest is an unmitigated disaster, willing to sacrifice his god of the pristine union reservoir area so that he and the naysayers can say "I told you so!" These folks unfairly give the entire left a bad name. Instead of progressives we should call them the uncooperatives.

JCH, Longmont, CO, 3/10/2010 8:45 AM
As for 'these folks' giving the entire left a bad name, um... no, actually your hero Rush does that pretty much nonstop. Doubt I could improve on his bs.

As for who should be called what, there's already a name for you: coward.

As for 'uncooperatives' I think you're referring to 'The Party of No' (aka the GOP).

Ah, the Times-Call, a veritable oasis of public spirit. *cough*

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Slandering the dead

Well, the Longmont Advocate has gone to a very special place.

Not satisfied with slandering the Progressives in Longmont endlessly and hatefully, it's gone way beyond that - now he's slandering my dead wife.

Apparently there is no lower limit for this self-proclaimed 'journalist'.

Truly sad.

I haven't linked to the site because frankly I refuse to give him traffic - just wanted to say publicly I saw the post and it was repulsive.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

War Wagons

Didn't John Wayne drive one of those in a movie? Good grief. Hat tip to Say It Ain't So Already.
This is insane:

Christian Hate Group Terrorizes Amarillo Texas

Repent has struck with some success at many of its enemies within the town. A community theater attempted to open "Bent," a play about the persecution of homosexuals during Nazi Germany. But the day before opening night, Repent members helped shut down the play by calling in fire marshals to complain about the theater’s permit. Staffers at a nature preserve were featured on local news defending themselves against Repent accusations that their site represents something related to witchcraft.
A Louisiana sheriff plans to arm volunteers with shotguns, riot shields, batons, and a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a "war wagon," as part of "Operation Exodus," a program to provide security in the event of a terrorist attack or civic unrest. "It's a calling," he says.
The office of Sheriff Larry Deen of Bossier Parish, near Shreveport in the northwest part of the state, last month selected for the program 200 local residents -- mostly ex-law-enforcement personnel -- and began training them in "defensive techniques in the event of a struggle," reports the Shreveport Times. The plan calls for the new recruits to be sent to protect food from grocery stores, gas from gas stations, and other crucial local resources, should the situation demand it.
....a 'Struggle' - what kind of struggle sherriff? Will people 'pay' for what you judge 'crimes'? Will the scales finally be 'evened'? This is just plain nuts and to me it's the sound of country's fabric tearing as stoneage idiots dig in their heels as time carries us forward.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

TP the Republicans

by Mary Pitt

"I've got yer clean sheet of paper right here!" This is the message that should be sent to the Senate Republicans by everyone who wants and needs the passage of the Health Reform measure which the House and Senate have proposed and it's a message that we can afford. We get appeals daily for contributions of money on behalf of one political agenda or another and we do not respond because we have no money to send. This is a simple request and one that is well within our means. It would cost only a US postage stamp.

With or without a letter of explanation, the point would be made that the donation is exactly what they asked for in their "summit" with representatives of the two parties. Further, it is highly appropriate for their stated purpose. Their suggestions for health care "reform" consist of only two measures:

Tort Reform: This is merely another Republican pay-off to the insurance companies and perpetrators of malpractice. It would limit the amount that a private citizen who is injured in any way by the inappropriate or mis-applied treatment bu hospitals and physicians. Those who go in for a hangnail and find themselves with an amputated leg, or worse, the wrong leg amputated will be told that they need to "shut up and live with it!" Families of patients who are mistakenly given the wrong medication that leads to their death will receive no or less compansation for thier loss. These are problems that have always been left up to the Courts but Republicans believe the Courts have been unduly generous. If you don't agree with them, hie yourself into the bathrooom and mail them a piece of toilet paper on which to write it.

Allowing the purchase of insurance "across state lines": This would strip the states of their power to regulate the insurance companies that sell insurance within the state. Currently. most insurance companies have their home offices in states that re very lenient in their control, a condition that was created in order for the companies to base their headquarters there. Other states have an official, usually and Insurance Commissioner with the authority to investigate the policies and records of performance of the applying company. In many cases, their standards for acceptance are so high that few companies deign to sell to their citizens. The results are that those companies may create policies that do not provide the coverage that they represent in their advertising and, thus, forego applyng to that state to sell their coverage. If you do not agree that cancelling this local protection, get that piece of "Plain Paper" in an envelope and mail it to your Republican Senator or one in a neighboring State!

This would be a way that those of us who need insurance but can't afford it or those who have been denied coverage because of "pre-existing conditions" or discontinued while ill because your care cost too much can make Congress abundantly aware of our desires. While we can't afford to show up at demonstrations at The Capitol or even a Tea Party on a Court House lawn, most of us can afford one small sheet off the roll to make our wishes known. If it doesn't work, at least we can feel appreciated for our efforts to "cut government spending".

This writer is eighty years old and has spent a half century working with handicapped and deprived people and advocating on their behalf while caring for her own workung-class family. She spends her "Sunset Years" in writing and struggling with The System.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Whitewash Squad Hard at Work

Our new mayor clearly has the Times-Call covering his ass (which is a full-time job) - just saw yet another lubricious tongue-washing in the local fishwrap.

"Insight into a visionary leader" - please. If the Times-Call gets any more purple in their prose, they'll need kneepads.

"...courageous visions for the city" ? OH? Like fighting a plan that would help citizens add solar to their homes? (Video from council) Being insulting and rude to citizens speaking at Public Invited to Be Heard? Oh yes, that's courageous as hell.

Expanding Vance Brand airport? Are you nuts? The noise is bad enough now - but adding jets to the traffic over Longmont? Good grief. Wait till one of those ends up on Main Street (and I'm not talking about a parade either).

Longmont needs someone that cares and is excited? Well, you need look no further than the folks that stopped the Lifebridge Union Annex - we got over 6000 people to care and be excited.

There is one part of this puff-piece that I liked: the mayor supports skydiving.

I'd like to encourage him to go frequently.

Daily even.