Donald Drumpf and the Group W Bench

Donald Drumpf supporters belong, apparently, on the Group W bench.

“Kid, I want you to go and sit down on that bench that says ‘Group W’… NOW, kid!!”

The Republican frontrunner currently favored at PredictIt by more than 2:1, Donald Drumpf.

Lately the “Short-fingered Vulgarian” has been making news for penis references. Or for blow job jokes about the last GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

More seriously if not quite as reported, he has also been getting attention for the quality of people he attracts into his fold.

The likes of David Duke and other reprobates have been long dog whistled to by Republican establishment strategists, but not openly embraced. Now it is coming out proudly, and loudly, into the light of the Big Tent.

The “Establishment” that by design encouraged this festering anger and xenophobic low-info stew, now sounds alarm. It seems the Grand Old Party’s likely standard-bearer is becoming a bit too odious for some.

US Marines Cut Ties With Recruit Over Racist Incident at Donald Trump Rally in Kentucky

“Machen Sie Amerika wieder großartig .” Herr Drumpf führt gute kleine Anhänger in Treue Versprechen an sich selbst.

The United States Marine Corps has expelled a young recruit from Indiana for participating in a racially charged incident at a Donald Trump rally in Louisville on Super Tuesday.

Shiya Nwanguma, a young African-American student at the University of Louisville, was shoved and verbally abused when she attempted to protest at the Trump event.

“I was called a nigger and a cunt, and got kicked out” Nwanguma said after the incident.

“They were pushing and shoving at me, cursing at me, yelling at me, called me every name in the book. They’re disgusting and dangerous.”

Are Drumpf throngs being schlonged?

Mittens frets and longs for the Great Call, and Jeb Bush blames Barack Obama for the whole mess.

Unfazed, the GOP front-runner, leading with a strong plurality, recently led his followers in a fealty pledge at a rally.

It is true that Donald Drumpf is an open sore on the American body politic, lacking depth, self-absorbed, megalomaniacal, dishonest, and mean-spirited.

Yes, his followers that eagerly raise salute to repeat a loyalty oath, cheering on racist anger and violence at his rallies, are a bit frightening. But it will take courage and integrity for GOP partisans to denounce Drumpf once he secures the nomination; virtues sorely lacking in today’s political theater.

“Who let all this riffraff into the room?!”

And with Marco Rubio, the Establishment’s last hope, racking up third and fourth place “wins,” the Republican party will likely soon face its existential test.

Will it abandon national interest and long-term viability and pledge reluctant support behind a new fuhrer promising nationalist glory on the possibility of an electoral win?

McInnis County Declares Sovereignty

(Novus ordo seclorum – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Scott McInnis.

Scott McInnis.

From the Grand Junction People’s Sentinel, DeBeque DMZ – 

The duly selected McMinisters of the lands once known as ‘Mesa County’ when under the thumb of the absentee governor on the far side the Colorado Divide have issued the following statement from the Board of Royal McMinisters:

IN CONGRESS, COMMISSION July 4, 1776 April 1, 2015

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen three united States of America McMinisters:

When in the Course of stuff human events, it becomes necessary for one people good old boys and girls to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another accountability, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men some of us at least are created special equal, that they we are endowed by piles of cash bestowed to us by their Creator those the Supremes granted the bestest of certain unalienable Rights, that among these are unlimited piles of cash given to us for our souls and sacred honor, for the public treasures, for the oil and gas, oil shale, uranium, and our very forests in exchange for said copious money, power and more large dams with which to frack more public lands, and  Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among backroom pals Men, deriving their just powers from the tacit “consent” of the governed. 

Yes on 105…Here is the Rest of the Story-

It’s a Label-Colorado has a Right to Know


I listened to a lot of Paul Harvey as a kid.  Unintentionally I guess, I don’t know, listening to the radio back when that was our option—on family road trips, in the car with parents on errands.  I recall him as an affable older man, even then three decades or so before he finally stopped broadcasting. 

By now we have all seen the ads with the friendly grandfatherly ‘farmer’ predicting all manner of gloom and doom if consumers get a new label on the food we buy.  $10 Million in 6- and 7 figure chunks from newly minted SCOTUS ‘persons’ like Smuckers, Pepsico, Dow Agro and, of course, Monsanto buys real penetration.

But first off, genuine Colorado accent and cred aside, the nice gentleman is dissembling.  He is standing there, Colorado, looking sincerely in the camera and misleading you.  Oh, and he’s a paid lobbyist for Big Ag.

On that first point here are the facts:

Proposition 105 would require a new label on most food sold in Colorado stores and markets and requires nothing new of farmers, other than disclosing what they are growing if their buyer doesn’t already know. 

Farmers already using GMO seeds and selling to food companies that are aware of the reality of where their sugar beets, for instance, are sourced can keep doing business like they are now.

For food manufacturers and those selling directly to consumers: the final product would have to be labeled accordingly by mid-2016, like many of them already are for export across the globe.


Labeling works. 

Labeling allows consumers to make choices informed by data that matter to them.  This is its intent.  Sixty-four nations—including 16 of Colorado’s top 25 trading partners—require labeling of genetically engineered foods, and their shelves are still full and the costs of their products have not spiked. 

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, recently did this work in Oregon (which has a similar measure on its ballot), and compared food costs in nations that have labeling of genetically engineered foods and the few (western) nations that do not (you can count them on your hand) and found no meaningful difference in costs.

Oh, and back to that friendly earnest farmer. Or lobbyist.  That’s Don Ament, lobbyist for J. Andrew Green & Associate a registered ‘Biotech’ representative at the Colorado Legislature.  

We know labeling works because we have almost the entire western world and many other nations to look to and see that it does: including all of the European Union, Brazil, Russia, China, Japan, India and Mexico. 

If all these nations can respond successfully to what consumers clearly want, then companies operating in Colorado can adapt as well.  Many American companies already label their products for these other markets, even those that are fighting it here.   

Colorado consumers should not be left in the dark, and enacting Proposition 105 would take a huge and critical step toward more, not less, informed consumer choice. 

It is not a ban on any seed or technology, or a requirement that any farmer change practice.  It is a label that already works in 64 nations around the world where groceries are still on the shelves at comparable prices. 

Corporations should not be afraid to tell Coloradans what is in the products we are buying to feed our families.  That is the short of it.  Colorado has a right to know…that is the rest of the story. 


This blog is my own opinion but I am voting YES on 105.  I count myself among many Coloradans that support this reasonable step toward more informed consumer choice, and I am proud to be an advocate for its passage.  

You too can volunteer at 

Ballots drop in 4 days…please vote YES on 105 and don't be bamboozled by big money even if it wears a cowboy hat.  


Sentinel Sticks with G.O.Bs – Endorses Ray (“Next in Line!”) Scott for Latest Disgraced Mesa Pol’s Senate Seat

In the 'No Surprises' category the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel toed the Niobrara-West Grand Junction Chamber line and endorsed the odiously corrupt Good Old Boys' anointed representative for the good sheeple of Mesa County.

That would be esteemed state representative Ray "I don't pass legislation but I do take per diem" Scott.

The Sentinel seemed particularly impressed that Scott was able to use complete sentences and mention activity other than drilling the world.  

To our surprise, Scott is no longer advancing a singular “drill, baby, drill” solution to the region’s economic woes.

But Scott has the opportunity to be the senior member of Mesa County’s legislative delegation and we might finally see a payoff for his experience (admittedly over our objections) in the Legislature. He seems humbled by the last session and more attuned to the nuances of effective representation.

Among Rep. Scott's noted 'accomplishments'?  He sponsored a bill (that failed) and invited the Gov to another town outside Scott's district to talk shop.  

He was able to get Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to meet for a Western Slope economic summit in Glenwood Springs. He also gathered bipartisan support for a bill to establish a task force to study the state’s K-12 testing system.

And although he is a 'fiscal conservative' he hopes to bring both more state and more federal taxpayer money to prop up the GOP-GOBs machine in the county and fuel public sector jobs: 

…establishing research facilities in conjunction with CMU to attract federal funding.


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GMO Labeling Campaign Out with First Ad (in Oregon)

Oregon voters, like in Colorado are deciding on a state ballot measure to require labeling of GMO foods.  Here it is Prop 105, and you can endorse it and sign up as a volunteer here.  

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In this ad the Consumers Union, which publishes Consumers Reports, counters the industry hyperbolic claims of spikes in prices–labeling won't make prices jump.  

Club20 Live Blog

(Action in comments, coverage to follow – promoted by Colorado Pols)

POLS UPDATE: The first video clip forwarded to us from today's Club 20 debates is of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, rejecting coverage of pre-existying conditions and making some pretty stark "personal experience" claims about the Affordable Care Act and Colorado's new insurance exchange. Fact-checkers, sharpen your pencils:

BEAUPREZ: What you need is leadership and not just conversation. And that's what we've had. We did all this, all this Obamacare, we did all of that and increased premiums on people, to take care of people with pre-existing conditions, I don't think so. [Pols emphasis] There is a much easier and much cheaper way and much more efficient way to do that. My, my daughter-in-law to be, checked on your insurance exchange, she got her insurance cancelled, and it would cost exactly twice as much to get a new policy as it did before. [Pols emphasis] Therefore, she doesn't have one today. That's a crime, ladies and gentlemen, you want to ensure people, you ought to make it affordable… (inaudible, applause) 

The Denver Post's Joey Bunch reports from the gubernatorial debate:

Beauprez hammered on one of Hickenlooper's perceived strengths: a rebounding economy, citing statistics that painted a dimmer picture than those Hickenlooper has cited for months, including the nation's fastest growing economy…

Beauprez said Hickenlooper had not grown the state's economy as much as the size of its government. He recited his campaign refrain about his disdain for regulations.

"On Day One, I will freeze non-essential regulations," he vowed.

The affable governor responded with uncharacteristically sharp elbows.

"Maybe you should be running for congress if you want to target federal issues," Hickenlooper said. [Pols emphasis]



Both ways opening, sounds like he got the meds wrong.

OK, big event starting Gardner v. Udall…

BLM to North Fork: F.U. (and Happy Thanksgiving)

(An issue near and dear to my heart.  A bit short and lacking detail to promote, but recommended.  I was considering a diary on this myself…but will promote one from someone else that provides more detail-CT).  

Last Friday, late in the day, the BLM decided it would lease almost all the acres in Colorado’s North Fork valley for oil and gas under a land use ‘plan’ cobbled together, and predicting exactly ZERO oil and gas development in the North Fork, sometime back in the last millennium.

The agency issued a 280+ environmental assessment and gave the wineries, the ditch companies, the farmers, ranchers, Selenium Task Force and the 3,000 local residents that bothered to comment 30-days (including Thanksgiving) to file protests.

Folks who want to help should go to

UPDATED w/ Poll: Frackin’ HELL YEAH!-When the North Fork Roared


Colorado’s North Fork Valley–with the highest concentration of organic farms in the state and one of only two American Viticultural Areas in Colorado–did it.  It forced the BLM to back off and back down.  The agency is not giving up the details of what the final thing was that made it fold like a poorly installed pit liner.


Contact:  Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399

BLM defers all North Fork Valley oil and gas parcels in August 2012 lease sale

MONTROSE, Colo. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced the deferral all parcels associated with the August 2012 oil and gas lease sale in the North Fork Valley.  

The environmental assessment evaluated 22 proposed oil and gas parcels near Paonia, Hotchkiss and Somerset, Colo. for the Aug. 9, 2012, quarterly oil and gas lease sale.  BLM has opted to conduct additional analysis of the proposed lease parcels based on public input.

But the lesson is clear…and I can attest at times loud: Yeah.  That’s right.  Don’t mess with the North Fork.  


A Revolution Brewing?

Could it be this little agricultural valley has suddenly changed the game?  Perhaps no longer interested in being pushed around by our very own reclusive billionaire in his pretend western ‘village’, occasionally to be seen helicoptering by the townfolk below?  

News has spread quickly…from the Summit County Citizens Voice:

Persistence has paid of for residents of Colorado North Fork Valley. After citizens organized and marshaled their facts on a errant proposal to lease lands for oil and gas development, the Bureau of Land Management decided to defer the leases at least until the agency updates an overall management plan for the area.

The proposal drew howls of outrage from the rural area, where many residents say booming tourism and agriculture are the key to economic sustainability. Opposition to the plan was widespread in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.

In addition to formal objections from local governments and area businesses, farmers, ranchers, and food producers raised concerns about threats to the area’s rich agricultural heritage. Residents said the outcome shows that when communities stand and work together, citizens have an impact.

“The BLM made a good decision,” said Paonia Mayor Neal Schwieterman. “I am proud of my community and I am grateful that the BLM listened to what we had to say.”

And all over the land–via the Associated Press.  you can look it up, I’m sure. In any case, clearly people came together here like never before.  The little valley that ROARED!

Does a decisive industry spanking by a small rural valley change anything?

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The GOP War on the West

(So many wars, so little time… – promoted by Middle of the Road)

It can be a funny thing, rhetoric. The ‘War on the West’ as an imagineered battle being waged in the governance of the Western Slope and Eastern Plains, for example, from the secret progressive enclave in Boulder.  (Sorry, the word is out, you will need to begin your relocation procedures; AQW-887).  Or Chicago.  Its not always clear where the orders come from-but they are being carried out, increasingly, by the most mainstream of looking folks-soccer moms, county commissioners.  

That there is so much natural gas now we cannot store it all, and wells are being shut in even in the most productive fields, is of no consequence.  

That many of these ‘battles’ are orchastrated by high-priced astroturfing PR and communications firms is of no matter; liberals and their DC/Denver puppets are thwarting the greatest new old thing…Oil Shale!  Or Uranium!  

That anyone anywhere would dare suggest that drillers, miners, and baked-in-placed-for-years-at-700-degrees-ers should not be free to decide our fate, so long as the crumbs fall off their table in our direction… is an affront-a ‘War’ if you will, on the very West itself.

Yes indeed.  The rhetoric is strong.  But luckily for us we have leaders like state Sen. Brophy and Rep. Sonnenberg; and Members Tipton, Coffman, and Lamborn.  

Worried about your ability to maximize profits from the Niobrara because some uppity town council is concerned about its schoolchildren?

Do not fear-Rep. Sonnenberg is here! …To just take away all the impact fees such persnickety towns and counties collect for the damage already done; they’ll come back around once they have to lay off the fire chief, and a few things burn down!


Spite makes Right



…The bill prohibits any local government that restricts or delays the ability of an oil and gas producer to exercise the producer’s property right as a lessee or owner to extract oil and gas from receiving any grants or direct distributions from the local government severance tax fund.

Excerpt from the end of the bill-


By ‘luckily for us’ I mean ‘luckily for them’-the Canadian, Dutch, British, Chinese, Texan and Oklahoman energy giants intent on making Colorado their energy colony. Because that is who these legislators seem intent on representing.  

Who are the others, then, the ones getting in the way–those that need subdued? Well, other government agencies in many cases, and citizens, businesses, worried parents, school administrators. Sometimes the very governments facing energy development-the nerve!  To not just supplicant themselves to the mighty ruler-cash almighty.

Public Bans, Padded Books

Luckily Sen. Brophy and Rep. Sonnenberg have stepped up to reestablish the proper order. But sadly, this insidious ‘we the people’ sentiment is not just limited to state and private lands–and thus the domain of the Gold Domed brothel alone.For this we need to pull in reinforcements–those who walk stroll the streets halls of our Capital, our very own Members (of Congress).  

Because aren’t you (aka ‘them’) just as sick and tired of citizens involving themselves in federal public land decisions?  Expressing concerns about their water supplies for instance? Or grousing about hunting. Perhaps your hopes to strike it richer are burdened by some parents worried about a BLM lease sale that would sell off all the lands around the local high school and swimming pool under 25-year-old management that never identified the school, pool or really anything in the community at all?  

Such parental involvement and community engagement is nothing but an impediment.  A terrible terrible thing.  Docile–now that’s the kind of Colorado these industry johns Members want–pliable, drillable…

Well, Rep. Coffman is here to ensure that pesky community members don’t get in the way of greasing the skids leasing for oil and gas. And don’t you miss the days of rampant speculation when bidders, and (maybe, who knows, it’s a guessing game!) drillers could take control of all the chips on the table?

Member Mike Coffman wants to take care of that too, with a bill that would force the Secretary to lease lands based on industry’s demands alone, without the ability of local governments, stakeholders, or the public to challenge those leases, and guaranteeing no additional environmental review.  

The Secretary shall offer for sale no less than 25 percent of the annual nominated acreage not previously made available for lease. Acreage offered for lease pursuant to this paragraph shall not be subject to protest and shall be eligible for categorical exclusions under section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15492), except that it shall not be subject to the test of extraordinary circumstances.

Think you need input anyways?  Well, it’ll cost you $5,000 to file a protest or challenge a drilling permit, on your public lands affecting your public minerals.  Because by ‘public’ what Mr. Lamborn means is ‘privately held.’ Is that clear now?    


(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall collect a $5,000 documentation fee to accompany each protest for a lease, right of way, or application for permit to drill.

Think we need more top-down, one-size-fits all rushed bureaucratic DC-centric decision-making? So does Congressman Tipton, who is pushing for one single, national document to cover all energy development in the entire West, putting DC bureaucrats in charge of setting the future for western Colorado.  

Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, in accordance with section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)), the Secretary shall complete a programmatic environmental impact statement. This programmatic environmental impact statement will be deemed sufficient to comply with all requirements under that Act for all necessary resource management and land use plans associated with the implementation of the strategy.

The Real War on the People of the West

The real War on the West is being waged by my congressman Scott Tipton, and his colleagues in the House.  And by Sen. Brophy, Rep. Sonnenberg, and their colleagues on Colfax.  

It is the attempt to strip local governments of even their basic authorities-and moral duties-to represent and promote the welfare of their citizens.  And it is an attempt to strip American citizens of their rights to petition their government and to be involved in decisions that directly affect them.  

It is a personal affront to the people of Colorado, and to Mr. Tipton’s constituents, in the North Fork for instance.

It is hard to image a more obvious pander to the oil and gas lobbyist than this set of bills-state and federal-and a more despicable display of sycophantry.    

CO Peak Politics defends foreign agent-provocateur

Back to it and I have been.  Digging around the cesspool to see what shiny trinkets I might find…

And as shocking as it may sound to most Americans, it seems that the thrice-visited conservative site Colorado Peak Politics can now be exposed as just a sympathetic front for agent-provocateurs from another land.  

Like the Reconquista, the Canavasion is upon us, and right there paving the way for our would-be masters from the North–Colorado Peak Politics and one so-called ReaganGirl.  

Kelly Sloan, the Mesa County coordinator for Americans for Prosperity, asked her to calm down, at which time she angrily yelled, “What are you doing here, you’re from Canada!”

The Gipper is spinning in his grave, for no one understood the great Red (Maple Leaf) Menace as did President Reagan. Some people think he was dozing through Reykjavik–no, he was trying to see Novia Scotia with his eyes closed, a secret trick that Al Haig taught him. Fishing is a pretty good cover. They fish in Russia.  They fish in China.  They fish in Korea.  Think about it.  They fish in Canada. They love it there. Enough said.  

As much as the current crop of young Reagan Youth pledge fealty to King Ronnie, do we really need another Queen?  No! Canadians are dangerous, and we should not simply repeat their sweet lies uncritically.

Especially with the thousands of miles of unfenced, unwalled, untrenched, unmined border. (I think there’s some law–let’s get on that–what’s the Navy for if not to patrol the Great Lakes!).  And now Colorado Peak Politics just flings open the door and says…c’mon in!  

One final point.  We speak English, not French and we eat French fries not pouteen.  Maple syrup is for sissies.  

Does a Bear ____ in Moffat County?

(Creatively done – we got a kick out of it. – promoted by Colorado Pols)

*UPDATED*Now with more retrospective from our darkest days!  the Winter of 2010!  

It may be that I don’t quite recall all this correctly.  It comes from the fuzzy times.  Back before.  But you know, 4 years, 8 months, 2 weeks, 4 days and 127 minutes.  One-frickin-day-at-a-time.

But I was there, back in aught-seven before I quit drinking, in the Founding Father heady days of the Bears-in-the-Woods-Patriotic Muffets,up CraigAmerica way.    

And since then Bears-in-the-Woods Patriots have forged ahead.  Well, after the disastrous Winter of 2010, kind of our Valley Forge–there at the Holiday Inn out on HWY 40.

In its infancy, the local tea party experienced rapid growth and was widely supported.

But, a decision to publicly support certain candidates during the 2010 midterm elections caused a rift in the group’s membership and a number of once dedicated members walked away.

Remaining members said they learned from the mistake and the group now prides itself as being unaffiliated from any political party.

The battles were fierce in that Winter, as our brave correspondent from the Statesman noted:

Tipton vowed to cut spending and the size of federal government by 50 percent. McConnell called for repealing “the morass of federal legislation that bogs down small businesses,” and redefining “endangered species (as) farmers, ranchers, truckers, and drillers.”

…On either side of the assembly hall were the candidate’s banners – Tipton’s “Common sense for Colorado;” McConnell’s “We the people, by the people, for the people.”

The candidates courted Republicans and “Tea Partiers” – the latter made up an estimated 40 percent of the 617 congressional assembly delegates. Tipton was endorsed by the board of directors of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance. McConnell captured nods from Grand Junction Results, Bear’s Ears Patriots and the Southern Colorado Tea Party groups.

I’m not saying it did or it didn’t. Didn’t drive me away that is.  I’m not saying that. But things didn’t get better right away.

There’s a deep chasm between that GOP wing and mainstream Republicans, who are more often called “elitists” or “old guard” than “grassroots” party members.

So we got behind the wrong cart once or twice and pissed off some elitist old guard.  Alwright by me. Yeah it was hard then, back in ’10.  But that’s ancient history.  We have re-embraced our roots

We as Tea Party Patriots stand for:

a. The support of the American Constitution as set forth by our founding fathers.

b. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

c. Fiscal responsibility

d. Limited government. As stated by our Constitution.

e. in God we trust

So, now we are more the Bears-in-the-Woods Tea Vetters, but we do know our history. And we’re doing some vetting.  So we even invite Democrats and RINOs to our vettings.  

More recently, the tea party hosted Tisha Casida, an Independent candidate running for Colorado’s Third Congressional District seat, and Ron Roesener, a Republican candidate vying for Colorado House District 57.

A slate of candidates are also scheduled to make appearances before the group in coming weeks, including District 8 State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden; HD 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs; and Bob Rankin, Republican candidate running to replace Baumgardner in HD 57.

Winey said the group has also extended invitations to CD 3 Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and his Democratic opponent, Sal Pace.

“It goes back to our philosophy of trying to be welcoming of people and candidates of all views and political affiliations,” Haskins said. “Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings.”

And vetting brings some good times.  

Ron Roesener, a Republican candidate for Colorado House District 57, opened the meeting by outlining his position on regional issues such as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the BLM’s obstruction of the energy industry, water, and environmental protections of species like sage grouse.

Roesener said he is opposed to the federal government’s restrictive management of public lands through the BLM.

…”It’s about we the people. We own that land. It’s not the federal government’s, it’s not Kenny Salazar’s and it’s certainly not Barack Obama’s.”

Roesener is a fourth generation Coloradan and comes from a family experienced in public service. His great-grandfather, Richard Morgan, was a former Arapahoe County judge, state legislator, and owner of the Simpson Coal Mine.

“If you take a tour of the state capitol, when you get to the legislature you’ll see three bullet holes in the ceiling,” Roesener said. “That was my great-grandfather in 1903 and his way of expressing that he was not going to support the unions.

“I have that passion.”

Yee-Haw! That’s what I want to see. “Passion.”

It all began that way, of course, when our Foundlings committed an act of industrial sabotage not entirely unlike a bunch of rowdy Occupiers out huffing paint late at night and smashing Walmart windows. If say Walmart were imposing a property tax and you were not a shareholder.  Or more like Bentonville was imposing a surtax and King Sam was a convenient scapegoat for your anger.

But look where that one act of vandalism got us now, like I said, we know our history.    

the Boston Tea Party is credited with initiating the convention of the First Continental Congress, the American Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and ultimately the U.S. Constitution.

Well, not now exactly.  Now we’re kind of screwed.  Usurped. Socialized. Collectivated.   The great ‘was then’. When America was still great, back then.  Sometime before it no longer was, but well after we were doing all that horrible stuff.  Around the time when the Founding Fathers were freeing the slaves and all that greatness, like defeating the UN.  

Would the Founding Fathers recognize today’s U.S. government? Would those who lived in the 13 states that ratified the U.S. Constitution?

I’ve become a better student of American history since the 2008 national elections than I was during my high school years, and my answer to these questions is a resounding NO.

…I believe, as you study the grievances Americans of that time period had against the British, you will see a British government similar in many ways to the government we have now. Our Founding Fathers opposed this form of government so vehemently they were willing to lose life and property and go to war against it.

Here are a few grievances from the Declaration of Independence and perhaps their modern day equivalents…

• He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. (Agenda 21 and the Environmental Protection Agency)

• He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended Legislation. (United Nations)

Luckily, although those decades between high school and now were probably OK I guess, thanks to that fateful day after a damn fine bender somewhere off Victory Way, when a kind soul handed me a pimento cheese sandwich and a Gadsen Flag and we marched on that courthouse just as bravely as did our boys at Bunker Hill.  Or Paul Revere fighting the British for our Second Amendment rights.  And as the wise wizzened one suggested, I find this summed up quite well…

Thankfully, times are different from when America went to war against the British.

We indeed have the right to vote given to us by our Founding Fathers.

But, I believe our country is at a crossroads.

Are we going to try and gain back the form of government the Founding Fathers created, or will we keep progressing into a form of slavery that was detested by them?

Yes, yes, at a cross roads.  Just as our Founding Fathers detested slavery we must defeat the UN with our votes.  In Maybell!  In Dinosaur!  Even in faraway Meeker!! (If you can trust a Rio Blancan, which I would not go so far as to say you can).  So while it is true in sobriety I had to wander south and Elsewhere, I cannot forget the kindness of a stranger and those wild times, it was like tossing tea in a harbor.  We thought we could change the world man.  Crazy, crazy days.

A Craig resident poses a question to Tisha Casida, an Independent candidate running for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, during a March 1 meeting of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots … from Crag Daily Press…

Congresscritter Tipton Geographically Confuddled

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

“Let’s develop the Keystone pipeline and let’s get the 3rd Congressional District and western Colorado back-to-work.”  Rep. Scott Tipton on his jobs plan

People with dirt under their fingernails need jobs too.  But not farmers.  Coal dust, radioactive frack sand.  Organic soil?  Not so much.  

And on the circus that done rolled through town…

“I won’t take a position in the Republican race because we have our own race to run, but I will be supporting the Republican candidate.”

I can’t blame him there, I guess, all his peeps got Rick fever, but Scott doesn’t want to upset nobody now–least of all his always-losing presumptive nominee.  But apart from the ‘get done by whatever way Big Oil wants, when it wants and how it wants is what is best for my constituents’ schtik now so familiar coming from the congresscritter’s mouth in jumbled half-remembered K-Street talking points.  There’s this conduits jobs things.  

So we got ditches up here. Conduits. And–funny thing–a bunch of the ditch companies are none too psyched about the BLM plans to turn the area into a gaspatch, but that is a different matter.  

Now micro-hydro is something even a dirty-finger-nailed hippie can appreciate, as I know a few. But to package it as a ‘jobs’ bill?  Really?  I would ask to see the math, but that sounds pretty difficult for the freshman who has difficulties keeping his own accounts straight.  And he’s got a race to run, after all.  

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The BLM thinks we’re F’ing Stupid

So, over here where things grow the BLM has thought it should put up all the remaining public lands for gas and oil drilling.  That would be the North Fork.  Colorado.  Hippies, coal miners, farmers.  Libertarian, generally, from the left to the right.  God’s country.  If God went on an extended sabbatical, in a Deist sort of way.  

I am not a clock-maker and I have never stumbled upon a watch hiking, say up Dark Canyon on the lookout for stray billionaires building Disneyesque empires.  So I don’t pretend to know what He intended, but its nice up this ways.  People like it.  Think it is worth defending.  

The Bureau of Land Management thinks we are all stupid rubes up here.  And they are trying to turn our farms into gasfields.  

All the local towns, which is three, and both counties-Delta and Gunnison told the BLM in no uncertain terms to at least wait until they got a new management plan in place, which BLM has been working on a while, but they keep getting distracted helping the drillers get at the public’s treasures.  

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The so-called ‘current’ management plan is anything but, from sometime back when James Watts was roaming the territory with his diverse band of equal-opportunity-in-action bureaucrats.  

Apocalyptic asshole was covered in that posse, certainly, and from that was spawned the Uncompahgre Field Office Resource Management Plan, which has reanimated Mr. Watts-so to speak-in the form of 30,000 acres of oil and gas leases up Paonia-way.

BLM first ‘scoped’ it’s proposed action to lease 30,000 acres and received the massive shit storm described above-which mostly said the ‘current’ (i.e. ancient) management was not sufficient and the BLM should wait to finish its revised land use plan that it is already working on.  

And on top of all the locals and local governments, agricultural businesses,ditch and water companies, realtors…pretty much almost everyone told BLM its 1980s-era management was not current, not appropriate, not sufficient to protect the resources and communities that exist today-decades and decades after the BLM decided that oil and gas development would likely never come to the sleepy backwaters of the Bum Fork…

So what did the BLM do?  It came out with a ‘refined’ proposal-to lease 25,000 acres and spelled out the ancient management so as to help the dense country and small town folk better appreciate how wonderful land use planning under James Watts really was.

Which is to say that the BLM thinks we’re all fucking stupid up here. Now we are at the start of a 30 day public comment to either dissuade them of that notion, or at least to show them what a shit storm really looks like.  And once shit goes flyin’ its hard to keep it off everyone around.  

The lease sale is currently scheduled for August right in the middle of a hot campaign season and the BLM answers to Obama. That will certainly be something we’re thinkin’ about up here in the summertime, as we pick our tooth with a cherry stem and ponder how important it really is to bother with voting, again, for change that never came.  James Watt reanimated. Thanks.