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March 11, 2011 04:45 PM UTC

Open Line Friday!

  • by: Colorado Pols

“No Democrat would ever win a national election if that Democrat were full-fledged honest about his policies and his ideas. They have to make it up. They have to lie, obfuscate, impugn, criticize, character smash and smear their opponents.”

–Rush Limbaugh, yesterday


146 thoughts on “Open Line Friday!

    1. That is a Large eathquake.

      Casualties in Japan and the islands is going to be big.

      On the upside, both New Zealand and Japan will rebuild and be better prepared.

          1. from Al Jazeera

            8:18pm More now on the Fukushima nuclear plant affected by the earthquake: Japan has issued at state of emergency at the plant after a cooling system failure. Authorities say there is no radiation leak but they are having trouble cooling the plant.

            Earlier a fire was reported in the turbine building of the plant in Miyagi prefecture.

        1. I had to help out giving a Ham radio exam last night, so I ate dinner on the road and had a coke after 6:00.  Bad move.  I was listening to all-night sports radio with Coca-Cola insomnia when the quake story broke.

          I flipped on the TV and this tsunami video was on live.  Very spectacular and very scary.

          I’ll have to follow the reactor story.  Last I heard last night was that the fire was in a separate building and they had successfully scrammed the reactor.  Apparently that’s not true?

          1. The Japanese government has declared both to be in an “emergency situation.” I don’t believe they are on fire, they just can’t get anything back online to cool. At this point there have not been any coolant leaks.

            Other power plants and refineries are on fire.

            According to the feed on CNN.

          2. from helicopters.  Just unbelievable.  People no doubt had little or no information on the ground about what was coming, and had nowhere to go.

            1. The reactor will SCRAM automatically without electrical power.  If it’s a pressurized water reactor, which is I think Japan’s favorite technology, electrical power is required to keep the control rods OUT of the reactor–a bigass spring will force the control rods down if power goes off.

              As I understand the problem, the core stays hot just by virtue of radioactive decay even after a SCRAM and continues to generate gas and steam. If the gas moves coolant out of the way, and exposes the hot fuel, that’s when things get serious.

              Apparently, they can’t get the coolant pumps running.

              The pressure is about 1.5 times normal right now, which might cause the operators to have to release some gas to prevent that from happening.

              1. Fukushima Daiichi is a Boiling Water Reactor, not a PWR.  A BWR will still SCRAM automatically on a power failure.  The control rods are below the reactor, but connected to a hydraulic system that forces them up.  There’s hydraulic pressure in an reservoir that is contained by valves that are closed electrically.  If power goes out, the valves will open and the hydraulic pressure in the reservoir will force the control rods up automatically.

                It’s also my understanding that they now have a truck-mounted generator in place that will get the coolant pumps going.

                  1. to get the pressure down.  I heard that the wind is blowing out to sea today, which is a good thing.

                    The weird thing is that the emergency diesels started as they were supposed to, but quit after an hour.

    2. CNN

      Police in Miyagi Prefecture say between 200-300 have been found in the coastal city of Sendai alone, Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported late Friday. The death toll is likely to rise as there are few casualty counts yet from the worst-hit areas.

      1. is now under tsunami alert. The news of the estimated death toll in Japan is much worse than when I went to bed last night.  All the best to Dave’s family and everyone else in Hawaii and wherever this massive disaster has struck and is heading.

    3. Husband deployed to AFPAK for his 2nd rotation so she took her kids back home in Apia while he deployed.

      They say the tsunami wave is going to be taller than most of the islands of the South Pacific. The Big Island of Western Samoa is tall enough to shelter people who make it to the highlands, but….

    4. from the Star Advertiser

      “The tsunami is arriving on all islands,” said Gerard Fryer, a scientist with the Tsunami Warning Center. A 6-foot surges were detected in Kahululi Harbor. Fryer said a second surge was more than 7 feet at Kahului Harbor.

      The gauge at Nawiliwili Harbor showed a 2.1 foot surge; Haleiwa recorded a 3.3 foot surge; and Hanalei recorded 2.8 feet. The weather service says a gauge at Hilo Harbor showed a 2-foot surge.

      In Waikiki, the water receded about 200 feet after the initial surge before a second wave came in.

      A tweet from the Pacific Fleet said a surge of more than 1.5 feet was detected at Pearl Harbor. No damage was reported.

    5. Thousands of lives lost already. Fearing massive outbreak of disease due to water contamination. Don’t wait. Give now.

      Please post on fb and tweet: Today we are all Japanese. Give $10 to help. Text REDCROSS to 90999, or click Pls RT!

    6. Al Ajzeera

      My deepest respect goes out to the Japanese government, city planners, architects, and construction workers for doing a mind-blowing job of building a city … We just experienced the fifth largest earthquake on record – the largest ever recorded in Japan’s history – but the city remains relatively safe and the utilities are working.

    1. If it weren’t for the hysterical fantasies and blatant lies created on the right the majority would have stopped voting against their own economic interest decades ago.  This R forgot to obfuscate, though:

      On Wednesday, the State Senate’s Republican leader, Scott Fitzgerald, told Fox News that if unions lose the battle for their rights, they would have less money to help President Obama win re-election.

      Come on, Fitz.  You’re supposed to at least pretend it’s an emergency budget issue!

  1. But since 9-11  there have been more acts of terror in the USA committed by non Muslims.

    And here’s another incomplete list just form the recent 30 months:

    Just in the past two and a half years, here’s the record of “isolated incidents” amassed so far:

    — July 2008: A gunman named Jim David Adkisson, agitated at how “liberals” are “destroying America,” walks into a Unitarian Church and opens fire, killing two churchgoers and wounding four others.

    — October 2008: Two neo-Nazis are arrested in Tennessee in a plot to murder dozens of African-Americans, culminating in the assassination of President Obama.

    — December 2008: A pair of “Patriot” movement radicals — the father-son team of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, who wanted “to attack the political infrastructure” — threaten a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, with a bomb in the hopes of extorting money that would end their financial difficulties, for which they blamed the government. Instead, the bomb goes off and kills two police officers. The men eventually are convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.

    — December 2008: In Belfast, Maine, police discover the makings of a nuclear “dirty bomb” in the basement of a white supremacist shot dead by his wife. The man, who was independently wealthy, reportedly was agitated about the election of President Obama and was crafting a plan to set off the bomb.

    — January 2009: A white supremacist named Keith Luke embarks on a killing rampage in Brockton, Mass., raping and wounding a black woman and killing her sister, then killing a homeless man before being captured by police as he is en route to a Jewish community center.

    — February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.

    — April 2009: A white supremacist named Richard Poplawski opens fire on three Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call and kills all three, because he believed President Obama intended to take away the guns of white citizens like himself. Poplawski is currently awaiting trial.

    — April 2009: Another gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, similarly fearful of Obama’s purported gun-grabbing plans, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter, then is killed himself in a shootout with police.

    — May 2009: A “sovereign citizen” named Scott Roeder walks into a church in Wichita, Kansas, and assassinates abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

    — June 2009: A Holocaust denier and right-wing tax protester named James Von Brunn opens fire at the Holocaust Museum, killing a security guard.

    — February 2010: An angry tax protester named Joseph Ray Stack flies an airplane into the building housing IRS offices in Austin, Texas. (Media are reluctant to label this one “domestic terrorism” too.)

    — March 2010: Seven militiamen from the Hutaree Militia in Michigan and Ohio are arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate local police officers with the intent of sparking a new civil war.

    — March 2010: An anti-government extremist named John Patrick Bedell walks into the Pentagon and opens fire, wounding two officers before he is himself shot dead.

    — May 2010: A “sovereign citizen” from Georgia is arrested in Tennessee and charged with plotting the violent takeover of a local county courthouse.

    — May 2010: A still-unidentified white man walks into a Jacksonville, Fla., mosque and sets it afire, simultaneously setting off a pipe bomb.

    — May 2010: Two “sovereign citizens” named Jerry and Joe Kane gun down two police officers who pull them over for a traffic violation, and then wound two more officers in a shootout in which both of them are eventually killed.

    — July 2010: An agitated right-winger and convict named Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded.

    — September 2010: A Concord, N.C., man is arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic. The man, 26-year–old Justin Carl Moose, referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant.

    1. why the remark about too many mosques?  For one thing there are very few mosques because Muslims are a very tiny religious minority here.  

      Can you imagine the outcry if some congressman who disapproved of Israeli policy toward Palestinians stated that not enough Jews were objecting to the treatment of Palestinians, that hard line anti-Palestinian views were being spread in the synagogues and Jewish temples and that there were too many of them?

      Yes I know hard line Jews aren’t responsible for any recent acts of terrorism here. Just pointing out that it would not, under any circumstances, be considered OK to do to the Jewish community what King is doing to the Muslim community even if some nutty Jew did blow something up to protest, say, US government pressure to end settlement expansion. It just wouldn’t fly. Decades ago when it was still OK to be anti-Semitic, yeah, but not now.  

      1. The point is still valid. It’d be like me saying there are too many Catholic churches. Look at all those places to be molested!

        Or Baptists who obviously only spread hate.

        It’s not OK. It shouldn’t matter if it’s a minority or majority. I think this is a good place to once again point out that there are 1 billion Muslims hanging around in the world. A handful does not a norm make. All those stories MADCO posted were done by Americans. I can’t want to behave like that, but I am an American. Hmmm. It’s like there’s some kind of circle here. Or a bend in reality that points to liberalism. 😉

      2. The word “Semite” (as I’m sure you’re aware) can be used as accurately to refer to any of a wide variety of peoples hailing from the Middle East, including both ethnic Jews and most Arabs. Islamophobia is just antisemitism for the 21st century.

        (I’ve probably left this rant in reply to one of your comments before. If so, pardon me; just doing my part to load the Google results for “Peter King antisemitic.”)

          1. And I can prove it, with logic!

            Every little girl wants a pony.

            Some little girls are Jewish.

            The Jewish little girls are princesses. Princesses get what they want.

            Therefore, some princesses want ponies, and by being princesses, they get ponies.

            Therefore, Jewish girls are in fact more likely to be adequately equipped for cowgirldom! Granted, not every pony recipient will become a cowgirl; however, if the fields “pony recipient” and “cowgirl” overlap sufficiently, and if the fields “pony recipient” and “princess” show significant overlap, it is statistically impossible for the fields “princess” and “cowgirl” to fail to overlap whatsoever.

            1. All that princess stuff is for the New Yorkers.  Everything in movies, TV and literature is New York Jewish based too. Chicago Jews are tough as nails. Grandpa was a union man and his cousins had a truck farm. My uncle and cousin are firemen, uncle long retired. He’s conservative as hell but I know he’d still come into a burning building for me and he’s still, at 81, in good enough shape to do it. No neurotic Seinfeldians or princesses in my family.

              1. No Chicago roots here–New Jersey, actually, but only for a few generations, then it’s back to Russian Jewish immigrants. But I agree. Most of the Jewis I know (especially the women!) are as you say, tough as nails.

                But, according to Disney, some princesses are tough as nails. I always did identify with Mulan… 😀

                  1. Cute colonial town a short bus ride from Philly, where my dad grew up enjoying great libraries and awesome deli food. I don’t yearn for my East Coast roots, but I do envy the colonial architecture.

                    1. She’s from Woodbury, an even shorter bus ride from Philly.  Haddonfield is only Haddon Heights and Bellmawr away from Woodbury.

                      Although I met her here in Grand Junction.

                    2. Came across country with a prior husband in a VW bus.  Lived in Sterling, Howard, and Victor MT before she moved here, so she was pretty used to it.

    2. …Was to introduce legislation to protect himself from gun violence.

      Now he’s proving himself to be an antisemitic bigot who opposes the constitutional right to freedom of religion, too.

      I can’t think of an elected representative for whom I have less respect. Even the Oompa Loompa Congressman is at least more forthright about his dastardly plans.

        1. .

          2 me, “terrorist” has to have some kind of political agenda.  It is intended to affect the actions of people other than those killed, on behalf of an identifiable group or cause.  

          From this list,


          — July 2008: Adkisson, trying to prevent “liberals” from “destroying America.”

          Political angle: obvious.  

          — October 2008: Two neo-Nazis plot to murder dozens of African-Americans, culminating in the assassination of President [candidate ?] Obama.  

          Political angle: Intended to restore a White nation ?

          — February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama.

          Political, just because of who the target is.

          — May 2009: Roeder kills abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

          Political angle: Intended to scare abortionists.  

          — June 2009: Von Brunn kills Black security guard at the Holocaust Museum.

          Political angle: Expressing hatred of Jews.  

          — March 2010: Hutaree Militiamen plot to assassinate local police officers with the intent of sparking a new civil war.

          Political angle: obvious.  

          — March 2010: John Patrick Bedell walks into Pentagon and wounds two officers.

          Political angle: presumed, due to target.  

          — May 2010: Georgia “sovereign citizen” charged with plotting the violent takeover of a local county courthouse.

          Political angle: presumed, due to target.  

          — May 2010: unidentified man walks into a mosque and sets it and a pipe bomb off.  

          Political angle: presumed, due to target.  

          — July 2010: Byron Williams drives to Bay Area intent on attacking the Tides Foundation and the ACLU.

          Political angle: due to target.  

          — September 2010: Justin Carl Moose plots to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic.

          Political angle: due to target.  


          Not Terrorist:

          — December 2008:  Bruce and Joshua Turnidge bomb threat a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, killing two police officers.

          Not political: blaming their financial difficulties on the government is incidental.

          — December 2008: In Belfast, Maine, police discover “dirty bomb” in the basement of a man who was already shot dead by his wife.

          Dead men neither wear plaid nor take political actions.  

          — January 2009: Keith Luke rapes and wounds a black woman, kills her sister, then kills a homeless man.  En route to a Jewish community center.

          Not political: blaming his crimes on Jews after the fact is mere psychosis.  

          — April 2009: Richard Poplawski kills Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call.

          Not political:  Even if he believed Obama intended to take away his guns, that’s not why he shot these officers.

          — April 2009: gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter.

          Not political: the rest of the info not relevant.

          — February 2010: Joseph Ray Stack flies airplane into IRS building.

          Not political: felt cheated by leviathan government, tried to kill the IRS Agent he felt was torturing him.  That’s all.  

          — May 2010: Jerry and Joe Kane gun down two police officers and wound two more officers in a shootout.

          Not political: the rest of the info not relevant.


          1. an agent of the lawful government, it’s a political event.

            When they do so with the intent to intimidate, harass, stymie, or otherwise hinder other citizens or agents of the government, it’s terrorism.

            Not all crime is terrorism.

            Perhaps not all crime is political.

            Attacking the IRS? Political. Doing it to draw attention to the opinion that the IRS is invasive and inappropriate and needs to be stopped – terrorism.

            1. .

              “Doing it to draw attention to the opinion that the IRS is invasive and inappropriate and needs to be stopped – terrorism.”

              In the ‘airplane into the IRS building’ incident, I don’t believe there was any larger motivation, as you seem to infer.

              He’s just Michael Douglas, in Falling Down.


          2. The last – Jerry and Joe Kane – probably has to go in to the “domestic terrorism” slot more because of their association to the “sovereign citizen” movement than due to their crimes.

            And Keith Luke was a known white supremacist.  Psychotic he might have been, but his targets were political in nature and terrorizing in intent.

            Finally, the “dirty bomb” guy… What good is a dirty bomb if not as a terrorizing weapon?

            Oh – you can add two more to the list over the past couple of days:

            1) The arrest of several neo-Nazi white supremacists yesterday(?) in the attempted Spokane MLK parade bombing shows definite signs of terrorism.

            2) The arrest of five “sovereign citizen” proponents today, charged with plotting the kidnap and/or murder of several police and a judge.  The plan itself was more obstruction of justice – two of the five were up before the judge on tax evasion charges.  But the FBI itself called their schemes and organization “domestic terrorism”.

  2. from the PTSNBN – 9.1%.

    And keep in mind that’s the official rate. Add in those who are underemployed or have given up and it’s double that. So pretty close to 1 in 5 people.

    Tell me again, why is the deficit the most important issue right now?

    1. Obviously the result of the job killing increases in fees and special interest tax exemptions repealed by the Dems last year to balance the budget.

      But seriously, I think we’re in for a long haul. I think there’s going to be a new definition of what the structural unemployment rate is.  

      1. Unemployment is low for professionals. So the people that politicians and news media know are mostly employed. People that vote are regularly employed. This country was fine with poor African-Americans having high unemployment forever. They’ll ignore the additional people now stuck.

        Truly turning into a country of two peoples.

        1. Truly turning into a country of two peoples.

          A friend of mine said something similar earlier today.  Too bad John Edwards turned out to be such an ass-hat.  At least he had the balls to say it over an over again like 6 or 7 years ago…

  3. My friends in Utah rejoice this time of year–the legislative session is over!

    At over a buck paid by US for each they contribute–and other than the usual guns, commies, and beer laws that normally take up their time–this session was notable for the big FU (that’s ‘flip you,’ btw) flashed at their federal benefactor and subsidizer.  

    Among the resolutions are those demanding title to all the state’s BLM lands; creating a ‘workgroup’ to fight the federal government any time it encroaches on the will of Deseret Zion Utah; and wolf-hunting, in case the state gets its own wolf population again (one can never be too forward-thinking).  

    It looks as if the resolution allowing armed insurrection by county sheriff’s if the feds try and do land use planning on the national public lands, appears to have stalled.  Perhaps it will be assigned to an Interim Committee?

    Efforts to abolish the 14th and 16th amendments also did not pass this year, but several immigration bills that could provide a show down with the federal government are on the Gov’s desk.  

  4. Names are ordered by a drawing.

    Doug Linkhart

    Carol Boigon

    Chris Romer

    Thomas Andrew Wolf

    James Mejia

    Jeff Peckman

    Theresa Spahn

    Michael B. Hancock

    Danny F. Lopez

    Ken Simpson

    Poor Mejia! Separated from the other big kids by a… not-so-big kid.

      1. only less sockpuppety. And I don’t consider Hancock a big kid anymore.

        Isn’t it weird how all of the more major people are grouped at the top?

        As a side note; I don’t like Linkhart. He did recently volunteer to judge the fireman calendar contest (don’t know if they took him), so I dislike him less today.

            1. …If it weren’t for the “high school cheerleaders in short shorts” incident at the JJ Dinner. In Colorado, the state with more female representation in elected office than any other.  

                    1. The question just got me speculating.   What is a cowgirl without …etc. and so on.  I had some pretty funny answers.   I was trying to be “polite” by not sharing any of them.

                      Yes, I was that kid in school.


                      Santa is a socialist – no secret there.

                    2. How else was I supposed to explain when my niece asked why Santa brings less stuff to poor kids? “Well, Santa believes in trickle-down Christmas spirit.”

                      (And go ahead. You can make fun if you like. Whatever you got doesn’t compare to going to high school, where every teenage boy thinks he’s the first one to ever notice that such and such a girl owns a horse, and that such and such a lewd joke could be made involving equine anatomy, and that she SURELY hasn’t heard it before and OF COURSE this will make her want to date him.)

                    3. What kind of dog and pony show are you imagining?

                      I was just going to start with “fat”.   Mean. Funny. Pointless.

                    4. I expected you to have something really barbed and clever. (But still not as obnoxious as aforementioned succession of “witty” teenage boys who think they invented crude humor.)

                      As for fat, may I introduce you to my very expensive gym membership? Not that there aren’t any cowgirls on the heftier side, but we’re hella fit. I lost 10 pounds of muscle the last time I couldn’t ride for a few weeks 🙁 it sucked!

                    5. Unless you got video.

                      Seriously- I was going to start with “fat”.

                      I Had other snappy answers.  Maybe at the next meet up ….

                      What’s a cowgirl without a sharp edges…


                      Fuffly (Ewe’s not fat, ewe’s fluffy)




                      Fake – as in not a cowgirl.

                      Real – as in presurgical.


                      !/3 of the way to dumb and happy.


                      You get the point.

                      Maybe- but then…what would MADCO be without a point?

                      Oh, wait, I frequently have no point. It’s part of my charm.  (The point, Colonel, is that I think code reds still go on. Do they.)  

                    6. Galloping on a horse for any distance is a real workout, for sure. But…that’s not really why you ride…?

                    7. If I just wanted the workout I could probably get it without shoveling hay down the maw of an animal who is diabolically determined to need vet care EVERY time I’ve just about saved up enough for one or another thing I want/need. But, as the t-shirt available for around $15 in every tack shop says, there’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a person.

                      Don’t believe the people who wax poetic about how majestic horses are, though. They haven’t met my horse. He’s just a giant chocolate Labrador retriever. If there were a way for him to shrink to lapdog size and live in my house, he would. He sticks his tongue out wanting it scratched–weirdo animal.

                      Really though, there’s nothing quite like having a 1200 pound animal that used to be part of possibly the most physically intense sport in the world (mine’s a former racehorse) trust you completely and be willing to take you wherever you want to go. My boy’s been home with me for over five years now since I plucked him out of harm’s way sight unseen less than a day before he’d have been headed for the cannery. He’s a little bit of a nutcase and I wouldn’t ever let anyone else ride him without a helmet, preferably a body protector too, but when I have the barn to myself at night I usually don’t even bother with reins these days and sometimes not a saddle either–he’s to the point where he knows what I want before I do.

                      On that note, I should probably go see him before the barn closes! I’ve been sick so he’s been cooped up and is presumably PISSED about it.

                    8. There is nothing like a horse to bring out the poet in some guys and gals. For about 10 years in the 80s and 90s I did the stage production for the western slopes’ largest annual cowboy poetry gathering.

                      As I remember, there were far more poems written about horses than about women.

                    9. Whereas horses say (at least verbally) none of what there is to say about horses 🙂

                    10. Executive Producer: Leland Stanford (yes, that Stanford)

                      Horse actor: Occident

                      Director: Eadweard Muybridge

                      Filmed in 1878, it is often cited as the “first motion picture”. But there is another more,… revealing, film from just a bit earlier. Though it is debated whether it was really a stop action animation or a motion picture.

                      1898  was the first commercial production: The Oberammergau Passion Play of 1898 (terrible)

                    11. When anybody suggests to me that horseback riding isn’t a workout, I ask them, “Have you ever seen a fat cowboy?” and leave it at that.

                      That said, I know plenty of competetive riders that are a little squishy around the edges.  

          1. Now I’m wondering… Of course, living here I had to take out the love of staff pdq. I have anywhere from a friend-friend to a BFF on every team. Like, “I love you, but I hope this doesn’t end well.”

            And hey, I used to work for a self involved douche official (deniability word in case I’m ever outed) and they didn’t hold it against me. 😀

            1. Man, you nailed it. I’ve got friends/acquaintances working on at least 3 of these campaigns.

              The great thing about all of these people is that they don’t hold it against you when you don’t back their candidate. True professionals and I mean that in the best sense of the word. There is a reason candidates keep using these people–because they are great at what they do. I often think the staff is better than the candidate and in several current cases, that is definitely true.  

                1. I hear good buzz about him. I’m not that invested in this race but I like him and I like Hancock. Basically, I’ll be happy with anyone other than Romer.  

                  1. he is a super dude.  I worked with him for a few years and he was always respectful and worked will with everyone, never an asshole, and always down to earth and even keel.  He was chosen for leadership positions early on but it never went to his head.

                    A few times there would be a young kid running around our office shadowing James and someone would ask WTF is this kid doing here ?

                    Big brothers and big sisters.  James would mentor these inner city kids and bring them into the office to see what he did and to give them an idea of how an office type environment worked.

                    Super. Freaking. Dude.   James Mejia.

                    1. Met him the other night and in under 30 seconds he had me convinced he’s the best choice.

                      I have friends on other campaigns, which I support (the “employing my friends” platform is a good one!) but Mejia would be my pick if I had to pick just one.  

                    2. It’s personal stories like this that give me a better idea about these candidates.

                      And of course, as you well know, I highly respect your viewpoint so that helps me in forming an opinion, too.

                    3. Hope you know I always respect your viewpoint too.  Have a wonderful weekend.

                2. I wasn’t thrilled with Singleton’s endorsement of Mejia. I mean, its a lot better than having Josh Penry throw you a fundraiser (Romer), but I didn’t care for it. Of course, I don’t live in Denver so my opinion doesn’t carry much weight either way.

                  1. Singletons’ endorsement of Mejia wasn’t out of any courtship of the paper that can’t be named by the Mejia campaign.  Singleton was asked and he answered that he thought Mejia is the strongest candidate.

                    Romer and Penry though is quite a different story.

                    1. Like I said I don’t have a vote there, but that makes me feel better about Mejia. If you had to twist my arm I would fall in the anybody but the guy getting money from Penry.

  5. from Politics USA

    The governor [of Michigan], on his own initiative, can declare an economic emergency in any town and appoint an administrator.  The administrator can be any person, including a corporate person.

    The administrator has the power to do anything in the name of economic stability, including void contracts, void collective bargaining agreements, dissolve the town council, dissolve the school board, fire anyone including elected officials, hire private security, unincorporate the town, and sell off public property.

    1. Who knew you could take an extreme and make it more extreme. Let’s not guess on what illegal maneuvers someone would make under this bill, let’s talk about what it allows and when the supporters think it will be necessary.

      Why is the bill needed?

      Brandenburg said several urban areas of the state, especially Detroit, are in “bad shape” and will need a state-appointed emergency financial manager, or EMF, who can impose strong medicine.

      “He has to have the backbone, he has to have the power, to null and void a contract,” Brandenburg said.

      What about all that Republican local control?

      “Local control? I’ll tell you what, I think that in a lot of these places there is no control,” [Brandenburg] said.

      How did it start? A Republican thought a review was needed because there wasn’t a process to “act pro-actively, providing early intervention long before a city or school district faces financial collapse.”

      That’s right. We think there might be this problem, so we reserve the right to preemptively fire, or just not pay, you all.

      There are currently four school districts with the emergency financial managers in place. This bill would of course broaden where these people are allowed to rule and change the process.

      Usually I don’t go in for the conspiracy theory, everyone’s out to get me crap, but this is the money quote:

      Snyder has said that the state can no longer afford the level of financial assistance provided in the past, and he advised that officials at the local level must chop employee wages and benefits which are no longer affordable.

      He called wages financial assistance. Whether anyone thinks public sector workers are paid too much, work too little, whatever, they are providing a service. Some employees suck in any area of business. That doesn’t make their salary “financial assistance.” That’s why you don’t pay them when they don’t show up.

      1. This is absolutely accurate:

        The governor [of Michigan], on his own initiative, can declare an economic emergency in any town and appoint an administrator.  The administrator can be any person, including a corporate person.

        Find any credible source you like.

        1. His source was a bit over the top. There’s plenty of alarm here, no need to make it up.

          The corporations are people junk is true and terrifying.

          Writing crap like this:

          Second, imprison dissidents, shutter businesses, and seize property by eminent domain. This is not legal, but hey, that didn’t stop the Wisconsin Republicans.

          takes away from credibility. So I posted a credible source. That’s all.

    2. Then he/she should have the power to void the mortgages of people “underwater” and/or facing foreclosure. Foreclosure problem solved.

      Wait, the banks probably wouldn’t like that, so it won’t happen. But it’s OK to void workers contracts or collective bargaining agreements.

      Welcome to Amerika.  

      1. At one time Detroit was the worst city in the nation. Funny how that didn’t come up in the GOP’s argument.

        Or maybe foreclosures aren’t bad for the economy. Clearly the public sector unions that caused the collapse.

        (Btw – I ♥ U today)

  6. Oh, I get it. Repubs in Congress don’t want to here the blunt truth about a potential war in Libya we might get sucked into. We just want to here that rainbows will shoot our of everyone’s ass and we’ll all get a pony!

    Top intel official in hot water over blunt remarks

    WASHINGTON – The government’s top intelligence official fumbled the Obama administration’s message Thursday about embattled Moammar Gadhafi’s fate, telling Congress that the Libyan leader will prevail in his fight with rebel forces there. It was the latest in a series of public gaffes for James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

    Hours later, the White House distanced President Barack Obama from Clapper’s remarks. Obama does not think Gadhafi will prevail, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss Obama’s position on Clapper’s comments. The official reiterated Obama’s stand that Gadhafi has lost legitimacy and should leave power.

    Speaking to senators, Clapper said the Libyan government’s military might was stronger than had been described. Clapper said there was no indication that Gadhafi will step down and offer a speedy resolution to the crisis.

    “I just think from a standpoint of attrition, that over time, I mean – this is kind of a stalemate back and forth, but I think over the longer term that the (Gadhafi) regime will prevail,” Clapper said.

    One senator, Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, quickly urged Clapper to resign.

    “Unfortunately, this isn’t the first questionable comment from the DNI director,” Graham said. “However it should be the final straw.”

    So, if you’re a Repub lawmaker and you believe in some NeoCon fair tale about the use of force, you should call for someone to resign when they try and tell you the truth.  

    1. If there isn’t some sort of foreign intervention, whatever form that is, Gadhafi WILL WIN.  

      Lindsey Graham dosen’t want it going around that he heard the plain truth about what is going on in Libya, which gives him no plausible deniability.

  7. a good place is right here, through the Japan America Society of Colorado:

    Of course, there are all sorts of other good groups out there as well.

    I have sat alone through a small earthquake in Tokyo.  The feeling of having nothing beneath your feet, as well as the feeling of being trapped with nowhere to go, is horrible.

    1. After what they did to that poor kid in Fort Collins, may they reap what they sow. Westword’s article is well worth the read if you aren’t aware of this case.

      Both the Denver Post and Righthaven owe Brian Hill an apology for their actions. Nice to see the bullies getting theirs.

      <“Defendants have elected to needlessly increase the burden on this court and its staff and to increase the litigation costs incurred by the parties by escalating the litigiousness of the action. Righthaven contends that this is precisely defendants’ desired effect in this case — to drive up their attorneys’ fees and costs in an attempt to burden Righthaven with an astronomical fee award,” Righthaven said in a filing./blockquote>

    2. As reported in Westword, Mar.3

      “We were surprised to witness such behavior here, in the United States, while this is generally a phenomenon Reporters Without Borders witnesses in authoritarian regimes to silence netizens and intimidate journalists, bloggers and others. Therefore, we ask you to drop the lawsuit against him and find a reasonable compromise regarding his case.”

  8. Gabby’s doctors give an encouraging update. She’s talking, she knows she was shot, and she walks and breathes on her own.

    The Congresswoman is determined to attend her husband’s shuttle launch next month. With her extraordinary progress so far, I expect she’ll be there. Here’s hoping the media is respectful, as it has been so far, and no paparazzi photographs wind up circulating.

    A bright spot in a day of bad news… gives me more hope that my signature will come true!

  9. Like having contact with your representatives in public places? Like Congressmen who listen? Dislike scaredycats like Peter King?

    Support Ed Perlmutter, the most accessible man in Congress!

    Government in the Grocery, 10 AM – noon tomorrow at Natural Grocers, 7745 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.

    I’m hoping to be there but have a couple scheduling complications, starting with this nasty cold I picked up from Mini Cowgirl, who herself got it just in time to miss CSAPs (clever girl).

    1. …does having it at the Natural Grocers mean this is for the Goat wool sock-wearing constituency? Does this mean he has to ride a bike to the store, and compost his own waste generated by his entourage?

      1. That’s always one of his events–cycling with Perlmutter. And I recall he composted Frazier fairly effectively last November… good fit in my book.

        (Really, I think it means King Soopers is still scared.)

        1. …he often wears the Wounded Warrior Project jersey I gave him when he does rides around the DC area.

          I’m just looking forward to seeing a number of VW buses with Deadhead stickers next to the Permutter bumper stickers parked in the lot….

          1. Love those little Ed stories.

            I was parading with his crew once and a man ran up very animatedly gesticulating, so I approached to find out what was up and he was a doctor/cycling buddy wanting urgently to know if Ed was keeping up with his exercise and staying healthy. How many Congressmen motivate that sort of deep concern about their well-being?

  10. but I think it needs a harder look in a more current thread.

    HB11-1069 enjoyed bipartisan support in the other place today, but not complete. There was a small split in the GOP; King had the good point that allowing more energy draining activities could result in a reduction in misdiagnoses of ADD and the like (especially in boys), Renfoe counters with the theory that organized activity would “lead to the feminization of our boys.”

    Well, you could always send the boys into the armed services for some toughening up. Oh, except they’re too fat!

    Actually read this bill; for a reason I’m not completely sure of there seem to be inappropriately placed statistics in it. Interesting ones though.

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