Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pissing off (and on) the Lunatic Fringe

Gee, somebody out there really has their leopard-patterned undies wadded up badly.

They're tweaked that I took photos at the recent Baum Squad swearing in.

Public event means the public gets to see it. I mean really. Grow the fuck up (if possible).

I constantly hear the right screeching about people 'trying to silence them' and yet that's pretty much all they seem to be trying to do to others. All the while hiding behind masks and making threatening noises.

It's like having a bunch of ADD five-year-olds running around screaming.

Sad people, sad.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Libel is not free speech

Watch out TC, your loon patrol is straying...

From the Longmont Ledger:
Gardener says:

January 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Mr Wray, first, as a self-described computer geek, do you really think that blocking IP addresses will work? After all, what about variable (dynamic) IP addresses? And second, do you really want to censor opinions that you disagree with? Don’t you respect and support the US Constitution? Don’t you , in every blog you type, embrace the idea of free exchange of ideas and expressions of personal thought as protected by our Bill of Rights regardless of whom or how badly it offends? If you can censor them then shouldn’t people who disagree or are offended with you be able to censor you? Frankly, the reason I and most others will not reveal identity when opining is because your sanctimonious proclamation that you are completely inclined and experienced in frivolously perusing the civil justice system in order to intimidate and threaten those who disagree with you or offend your fragile sensibilities.
I like to read your blogs because your thought processes are so unique and different than mine. I enjoy conversation that provokes thought and consideration of new or differing opinions. However, your claim of oppression wears thin and reminds me of the little boy who cried wolf. It ain’t working for ya.
(my response)

Gardener (whomever you are). Yes, I do believe that blocking IP addresses would work. Most of the local commenters are not using dynamic IPs. Nice try. The current method of stopping accounts >clearly< doesn't work. At no point did I express an interest in censoring anyone – that is a canard. What I endorse is stopping libellous remarks, which abound at the Times-Call due to their policy of 'publish first, moderate by complaint' which serves to enable anonymous libellers – perhaps by design? I don't mind people disagreeing with me, that's all well and good. But continually accusing me of committing crimes is libel – which I would prosecute if I knew who was accusing me. I know it bothers the far right wing in Longmont that they can't silence me, so it seems they're using a time-honored GOP practice of personal destruction – proving that they're more about division in our community than unity.

I'm delighted you enjoy reading my blogs.

By the way, your writing style seems (to me) similiar to Richard Yale.


I'm sure any time someone on the left points out the crimminal behavior of the far right Lunatic Fringe in Longmont it will be characterized as 'crying wolf'. Trouble is, in this case it really is a wolf - you can see the evidence of it on the City Council. Three new far-right members elected by one-fourth of the voters and a cadre of hard-core anything-to-win partisans patrolling the newspapers and blogs punishing anyone speaking out against them.

More like crazed hyenas.

Great show from KGNU about Heaven Fest

Local activists Kaye Fissinger and Judy Lubow were on KGNU's Connections today talking about the planned Heaven Fest concert at Union Reservoir. Well worth a listen.

Click here to listen (links to MP3 file of show)

Just Rewrite History

Now the GOP is trying to push the meme that 'there were no terror attacks under Bush'.

This is called LYING.

Just like Gabe Santos claims his email saying 'let the attacks begin' didn't mean 'attack my opponents' (which it obviously did) and Stephanie Baum admitting (then trying to recant) about knowing who's behind LongmontReport and Chris Rodriguez claiming he 'mistakenly' listed 'LongmontReport' as his Skype address.

 The only reason people get away with bold-faced lies like these is because:
  • Their supporters let them
  • No one calls them on it
  • Apathy
So you can count on always being able to find these items of proof right here because while you can choose your opinions, you can't choose your facts.

28% of Longmont voted in the last council election, meaning 72% - just shy of three quarters - didn't - which means three quarters of Longmont likely don't know about these facts.

But I guarantee they will, sooner or later - regardless of how often the Times-Call helps them minimize and attempt to deflect the truth.

There's a drumbeat about recalling the remaining Progressives on Council - I wonder how many of that 72% would vote for recall of Santos and Baum if they knew the truth?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Say it ain't so

From the Associated Press and
Builder gets prison time for mortgage scheme.

GREELEY, Colo.—A Weld County builder has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for his role in a mortgage scheme that prosecutors say left many Greeley-area families in foreclosure and defrauded lenders.

Fifty-two-year-old Mark Strodtman of Windsor was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted in November of racketeering, 11 counts of forgery and 11 counts of theft of $15,000 or more.

Homeowners accused Strodtman and his associates of tricking them into buying homes they couldn't afford.

Strodtman was arrested in Mexico last year.

Read more:
Golly. A crooked builder that parted fools from their money. In lily-white squeaky-clean Weld county. Lucky this guy was caught. Now we can all sleep easier because this kind of crime will never happen in Colorado again.


Certainly not in Weld County again.

Cough Cough