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September 27, 2021 06:46 AM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving.”

–Elizabeth Cady Stanton


14 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. If your #Job1 is to #MilkTheSheep…(and keep #WhiteProsperityJesus happy)

    Owen Strachan thinks critical race theory is a threat to the Church

    Strachan, who is also a senior fellow with the Family Research Council who once served at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, sees the idea as “demonic.”

    “That’s not found in Scripture. That’s injurious and unjust toward white people, and it will violate and compromise the unity of the church.”

    “If a man stood up in a pulpit and said that before me and said that before my family, I would attempt to talk to him. And I would attempt, if he did not repent of that, to talk to the elders and encourage them to ask him to repent of that. And if he did not do that, I would pursue excommunication as much as I could as a church member. And I would do so with a 100% clean conscience,” he continued. “I pray many people who read this book [will] pursue that action because that is the action that is fitting.”

    In the Church, he warns that “wokeness is spreading like a cancer and it’s training so-called white people who have no racial prejudice in their heart.”

    1. I wonder how Owen Strachan has missed (or misread) a part of the New Testament that follows what he appears to be concerned about for "discipline in the church"?

      Jesus said we are to forgive others “seventy times seven” in response to Peter’s question, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21-22). To fully understand what Jesus was saying, we must look at the context of the whole chapter, for Jesus was speaking not only about forgiving one another but about Christian character, both in and out of the church. The admonition to forgive our brother seventy times seven follows Jesus’ discourse on discipline in the church (Matthew 18:15-20), in which He lays down the rules for restoring a sinning brother.

      With a history of "the most segregated hour in America" being 11 am on Sundays, and an on-going disparity between the lives of believers with White, Black, Brown, and other colors of skin, I think it would make sense to not worry about what the state of some people's heart may be, but to understand there is a need for all of us to repent (turn away from) corruption of the present world and act toward what ought to be.

    2. Riiiight??? — Of course racial prejudice doesn't exist any longer, and surely wouldn't be a problem for all the good white folks now, if it wasn't for demonic wokeness creating new racists???

      “wokeness is spreading like a cancer and it’s training so-called white people who have no racial prejudice in their heart.”

      To which the lord replied, "WTF you talkin' about, Brother Strachan?" . . .

      And jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast out the first wokeness demon." . . . 


  2. This is rich in a War on Rural Colorado kinda way….

    So Xcel wants to build something in the neighborhood of 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy on the eastern plains (arguably a $6-8 billion dollar investment in our rural areas).  The response: Oh hell, nah.  We can't have none of that! 

    County residents largely oppose wind and solar towers at public hearing

    Wind towers cannot be recycled, so when they are done, they are waste.

    Ummm…..neither are your creosote rural electric poles dotting the countryside (but it's a lie that the turbines can't be recycled). 

    [t]hen spoke about the health effects of towers.  She gave the commissioners copies of some material she found on the internet about the health effects of towers.

    [h]e feels towers should not be allowed to be put up.  He said the towers are not good for rural ground and farmers and feels that the federal government doesn’t care about rural areas….Diamond asked about problems with migratory birds and other animals and what the towers might do to them.

    Kim Harman talked about how long her family has been farming in Washington County.  There are five generations of farmers and ranchers in the family.  She said she felt the county commissioners have a chance to go against the towers.  She also brought up the subsidies that some wind and tower companies get from the federal government and said that is the taxpayers’ money.

    Ummm….so are federal farm subsidies. 

    Lacie Harman spoke mainly about the cattle industry.  She has spoken to people from across the nation and other countries who have told her that they wished towers had never come into their area.

    I'll end this sampling with this:

     “Where is the money going to come from?

    One could drown in the irony of this Washington County debate.  For starters, and as a Yuma County resident, I'd say let's give them what they want.  We have an ocean of Class 5 wind in Yuma County yet-undeveloped.  But this goes to the deeper, less obvious idea because they're so 'all in ' on the notion there is actually a War on Rural Colorado.  Y-W Electric services the territories of both Yuma and Washington County, Colorado.  USDA-Rural Utiliteis Service happens to have a nifty green lending program for rural electrics that would let them borrow the money to build wind farms for export markets.  This would be the ultimate trap of energy dollars in a community: a wind farm owned by the rural cooperative (meaning every cooperative member in those counties would inure to the economic benefit).  It gives the two counties a new tax base beyond their wildest dreams, all of the dollars stay at home. Build it with towers made in Pueblo, turbines made in Brighton and blades made in Windsor.  It would represent the ultimate state model of a clean energy transition. 

    So why aren't we having these conversations? Thanks in large part to our elected reps they have poisoned most of the population into the War theory. To achieve something like this would take a coalition of rural and urban reps to make this a reality.  Taking on a well-funded opponent at the PUC (should they decide to be contrary.  I'm not sure they would be) would be possible with the equivalent of a farm-labor coalition ala the DFL or the Blue-Green Alliance, a coalition of enviros and unions. 

    1. I thought this bit was interesting:

      Greg Brophy, state director of the Western Way, said there will be 3,00 to 5,000 megawatts of energy developed and there may not be another shot at developing wind and energy.  He asked that Washington County adopt rules and regulations similar to other counties.

      1. Brophy spent his entire political career fighting the renewable mandates that underpin this transition and the developments in our rural communities.  Now he finds himself in the equivalent position of John McCain when he had to explain to the nice lady that Obama wasn’t a Muslim. 

  3. My wife and I decided to join the throngs out leaf-peeping on Saturday. As we came through Pine Junction there was a small group of folks on one corner of the intersection. "Recall Park County Commissioners!" their signs said. So I hopped on to Teh Google to find out why. Lots and lots of nothing, with one blurb hidden behind the paywall at Colorado Politics. Apparently they are unhappy that the county will continue to use Dominion voting machines, and also unhappy about the COVID-19 response by the county (apparently there was too much of a response…) FWIW, all three Park County Commissioners are Republicans.

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