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May 07, 2011 03:02 PM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.”

–Marie Louise de la Ramee

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    1. My pick…because of the name. My good friend from Elizabethtown, KY called and asked me my pick…it was the only name I could remember. I have been hiking in Arizona for a week and didn’t keep up.

      Run, you sorry nag…run!  🙂

    2. 20-1 long shot, but the wrong 20-1. Congrats to Rosie for her ride, though!

      My horse is a racetrack rescue, incidentally. The Derby’s fun to watch, but I haven’t been able to get into it with a living reminder out at the barn of the real cost of those exciting 3 minutes of television.

        1. Since rescuing my racehorse. So I didn’t watch. Just read the news bits.

          To be fair to the horse, I’m not a fan of sand in my eyes either.

      1. I used to enjoy watching the horse racing, but as much as the racing industry likes to say the horses are treated well, I don’t think that’s quite the case. 🙁

        1. Except Ferdinand, the Kentucky Derby winner who was slaughtered for the terrible offense of being infertile.

          But about 10% of all Thoroughbreds born in the US end their lives on someone’s dinner plate (be it pet or human). Plenty of the rest end up in even worse places–nasty as the slaughter industry is, it’s better than some of the uses people find for inexpensive washed out racehorses, like the rodeos where they intentionally trip running horses with wires, which obviously eventually kills them in horrible ways.

          My horse came 150 pounds underweight, with a knee that needed surgery, ringworm, ear mites, and hooves that had been ruined by unnecessary drugs given to him on the track–took two years of hoof growth before he could hold a shoe on. At first he would have them off within a day. The nails just tore right through. Five years later he’s pretty well recovered and a darn talented jumper, but he will never be considered “sound without maintenance” thanks to the injuries from being overworked as a two and three year old.

          And he was one of the lucky ones–his breeder cared enough to keep baby pictures of him (one is now on my wall) and keep in touch with his trainer, but unfortunately for my boy, the trainer wanted him dead and turned down an offer to purchase him then a week later sold him for a couple hundred bucks to a slaughter broker. Most racehorses don’t even have the caring breeder who offers to buy them back if they don’t work out racing.

          1. FYI post: Here is a link to just one of the federal, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, programs concerning horses. Horse Protection Act”. You can also report any animal abuse to state authorities. On the USDA animal care pages there are links to contacts within USDA.

            For those who wonder where I am now, I work in the Investigative and Enforcement Services Branch (IES) in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) in Riverdale, Maryland. (you just gotta love the alphabet soup)

            1. I’ve helped to rehab a couple of previously sored horses. Currently the biggest problem there is that the BNTs (Big Name Trainers) load up and trailer out as soon as the USDA shows up–so they lose out on ribbons from that show but keep soring for the next one. Ugh. Some people will go to incredible lengths to abuse animals, and it just baffles me. The TWH world is even more twisted in so many ways than the racing world. I’m thinking if I find myself financially stable enough (pun sort of intended) and with enough time for a second horse, I might have to go looking for a Walker that got out soon enough to still be sound and just needs some love.

              Anyway–yep, I’ve done the reporting go-round my share of times… and ridden along with the brand inspectors to check it out a few times, too. It’s a whole lot better than nothing, but the jerks of the world will always find their way around it if there’s money in doing so–and there are always enough “win at all costs” owners to keep the baddies in business. I’m not sure what the solution is, although I’d start with a ban on two-year-old racing, which is just universally inhumane.

  1. Considering that they’ve spent the entirety of their political existence hooting and shrieking about (in order) huigh Federal Taxes, Obama’s Birth Certificate and killing the Affordable Care Act, they’re now down to one issue:


    Analysis finds U.S. tax burden lowest since 1958

    The tax burden facing Americans is lower than it has been in more than 50 years, according to an analysis by USA Today.

    Bureau of Economic Analysis data shows that Americans are now paying 23.6 percent of their income to cover federal, state and local taxes. In the 1970s through 1990s, they were paying about 27 percent of their income in taxes.

    Taxing at that rate today, USA Today reports, “would mean $500 billion of extra taxes annually today, one-third of the estimated $1.5 trillion federal deficit this year.”

    The tax burden fell most recently thanks to a cut in Social Security taxes as part of December’s budget compromise which saves taxpayers $2,000 per year on $100,000 in income.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50

    Go ahead, ‘tad….I’m waiting for the next time you post your stupid-ass comment about “job killing taxes.”

  2. Senator Steve King’s ghost-written rant about HB11-1223 (changing the makeup of the Oil and Gas Commission) in today’s Sentinel?

    I’d be interested in what Twitty, Ardy, and Duke think of it.

    1. Clever BS, but it still stinks. He omits, for example, the huge price drop in natural gas that did cause the industry to pull in its horns.

      He’s wrong on the make-up of the commission, too. Having a soils scientist who knows something about revegetation is such a bother to the industry, I know, but the rest of us don’t want abandoned drill pads looking like dust bowls forever, either.

      All he wants is for the foxes to be put back in charge of the hen house. After all, who else but the industry will keep his campaign slush fund healthy so he can pay for his lunches and oil changes?

    2. I think gerties’ assessment of it as a stinking pile o’bovine excrement is an understatement. If I had to guess, I would say it was written by Mr. Ludlam…maybe Wonstolen.

      I will work up a rebuttal to send to the Sentinel.

        1. but one thing is for sure…our buddy Steve didn’t write it. Who actually runs that EMI show, gertie? I have been kind of wondering what Brian Mackey and Dave Cesark have been doing. Are they involved in that little cabal?  

    3. zombie-writer?

      The opinion piece that appeared under Steve King’s name should have been labeled fiction.

      In fact [sic], a significant number of voting members on the commission were appointed and knew almost nothing about the industry they were tasked with regulating.

      (From GJ Sentinel, subscription required)

      To claim this requires ignorance of the facts and/or willfully making shit up.

      All one has to do is look up the Commissioner biographical sketches on the COGCC website to learn that all of the non-cabinet members of the commission have extensive experience relevant to oil and gas development as well as direct financial ties to the industry (currently or in the recent past). (even Dr. Tom Compton is a royalty owner)

      So, by a “significant number” does Sen. King mean “fewer than one?”

      If Sen. King thinks the Commission should be dominated by O&G engineers and geologists, he should have a conversation with Commissioner (and Engineer Extraordinaire) DeAnn Craig. If you listen in on the webcasts of the commission hearings, she regular opines on how the issues confronting the commission board are heavily LEGAL issues rather than engineering/scientific technical issues. More engineers and geologists on the commission just allow the industry attorneys to drive decision making (as was the typical case prior to 2007).

    4. (and his zombie writer)…

      To this day, the commission is not in compliance with its own rules about technology and experience on this commission.

      (from the same GJ Sentinel article linked above)

      OK, Sen. King, which rule is this?

      Was that a trick question?

      For your information, Sen. King, the COGCC has no rules about the composition of the members of the Commission. The authority for determining the composition of the commission is defined in statute.

      Sen. King, may I refer you to Colorado Revised Statute 34-60-104(2)(a)? The COGCC has conveniently appended the Act to the end of the rules document so you don’t have to search too hard.

      The Oil and Gas Conservation Act was amended during the 2007 session of the General Assembly by a vote of the Representatives and Senators elected by the people of the State of Colorado? Maybe you don’t remember your voting on this, Sen. King?

      Perhaps you’d like to ask your fellow Republican Senators such as Brophy and Penry about their votes for HB07-1341?

      1. for asking that question…

        OK, Sen. King, which rule is this?

        I was kinda wondering what rule that was, but I’m certainly not the expert you are.

        Shall we hold our breath while we wait for an answer from one of the good senators’ proxies?

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