10/29/06

"...a serious state of denial..."

Here is a good editorial response to the McIndoe letter:

http://www.chieftain.com/editorial/1162187801/6

The response was written by Tom Clason, a business productivity consultant living in Pueblo.

The McIndoe Letter was a Bush-bashing rant that essentially - and predictably - blames George Bush for all of our woes of today, and even goes so far as to call Bush a greater threat to the country than the Islamofascists.

Here is an excerpt from Clason's response:

"I believe that those who side with Mr. MacIndoe are so blinded by their hatred for President Bush that they totally ignore the real threat to America. George Bush is not our enemy, he is OUR President. He may not be who you voted for, but I assure you he is not on the side of the enemy. If you have to hate someone, hate the enemy!

I encourage everyone to take note of Mr. MacIndoe’s final words in his letter: "Instead of worrying about the terrorists killing us all, we should worry about the next two years under George W. Bush." Honestly, if you are not scared about that kind of ideological rhetoric, you are, as Mr. Hudson suggested, in a serious state of denial."

No whiners here

http://www.chieftain.com/business/1162102906/1

An excerpt:

"In the shadow of the former company that employed them, a group of former Neoplan employees have come together to refurbish their careers much like the buses they repair.

Neoplan USA, which once was a mainstay bus manufacturing company in town, closed its 25-year-old plant last January leaving more than 300 workers without a job and crippling the local economy.

The vacant Neoplan building - one of the town's largest - stands on the east side of Lamar's main drag keeping watch over the small town it once nourished.

More than a dozen former Neoplan employees with more than 200 years of experience have combined to establish a startup company, Colorado Bus Works, that has three areas of emphasis - repair, remanufacture and repowering of used buses."

How 'bout that? No whining about how the city isn't doing this or isn't doing that.

Good ol' American entrepreneurship and hard work is still alive in Lamar.

10/28/06

Another bit of wisdom from "The Religion of Peace"

http://tinyurl.com/yfj9yj

Down Under in Australia, there is a great deal of hoo-hah presently, because of a speech given by Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly. According to "The Australian", a national newspaper Down Under, the head Muslim in Sydney gave a speech that puts responsibility for rape upon women; the old 'they asked for it' gambit. He states that he would have rape victims 'jailed for life'. 5000 of his Islamic supporters cheered the speech.

Non-Muslim Australians have their knickers in a bit of a twist over it. No matter. The Sheik isn't backing down. Okay. No matter. It's yet another example of the intolerant misogynism inherent in "The Religion of Perpetual Outrage". Keep it up, Sheik. You'll make a lot of converts that way. Women will be flocking to the mosques begging to be converted.

The transcript of this medieval throwback's speech is contained off the link posted above. Here is the salient excerpt:

"But in the event of adultery, the responsibility falls 90 per cent of the time with women. Why? Because the woman possesses the weapon of seduction. She is the one who takes her clothes off, cuts them short, acts flirtatious, puts on make-up and powder, and goes on the streets dallying. She is the one wearing a short dress, lifting it up, lowering it down, then a look, then a smile, then a word, then a greeting, then a chat, then a date, then a meeting, then a crime, then Long Bay Jail, then comes a merciless judge who gives you 65years.

But the whole disaster, who started it? The Al-Rafihi scholar says in one of his literary works, he says: If I come across a crime of rape - kidnap and violation of honour - I would discipline the man and teach him a lesson in morals, and I would order the woman be arrested and jailed for life.

Why, Rafihi? He says, because if she hadn't left the meat uncovered, the cat wouldn't have snatched it. If you take a kilo of meat, and you don't put it in the fridge, or in the pot, or in the kitchen, but you put in on a plate and placed it outside in the yard. Then you have a fight with the neighbour because his cats ate the meat. Then (inaudible).

Right or not?

If one puts uncovered meat out in the street, or on the footpath, or in the garden, or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, then the cats come and eat it, is it the fault of the cat or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem! If it was covered the cat wouldn't have. It would have circled around it and circled around it, then given up and gone.

If she was in her room, in her house, wearing her hijab, being chaste, the disasters wouldn't have happened. The woman possesses the weapon of seduction and temptation. That's why Satan says about the woman, "You are half a soldier. You are my messenger to achieve my needs. You are the last weapon I would use to smash the head of the finest of men. There are a few men that I use a lot of things with, but they never heed me. But you? Oh, you are my best weapon."

10/27/06

The Muslim Taxi Driver Histrionics

As we all know, Islamic taxi drivers up at the airport in Minneapolis-St. Paul are refusing to carry as passengers infidels who possess alcohol.

There is a very interesting article up on the Cox and Forkum website about this. Here is a link to the article:

http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000966.html

Note that the organization driving this was actually organized in Egypt:

"The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna. The Tribune described the Brotherhood as "the world's most influential Islamic fundamentalist group."Because of its hard-line beliefs, the U.S. Brotherhood has been an increasingly divisive force within Islam in America, fueling the often bitter struggle between moderate and conservative Muslims," the paper reported."

Also:

"The international Muslim Brotherhood "preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic," according to the Tribune. U.S. members emphasize that they follow American laws, but want people here to convert to Islam so that one day a majority will support a society governed by Islamic law."

Yah, you betcha, Sven. I can just see all dem Minnah-soe-tens converting to Islam.

Once again we see that the "Religon of Peace" is anything but, and is in fact the "Religion of Intolerance".

Yet we continue to worry ourselves to death -literally in some cases - about 'offending the vast majority of peaceful Muslims'.

Yah, you betcha.

Sodium Cyanide

From the 'net:

"Sodium cyanide is a highly toxic chemical compound, also known as sodium salt of hydrocyanic acid and cyanogran. Immediate medical attention is required in the event of cyanide poisoning, as it is quickly fatal. Like the similar potassium cyanide, NaCN has a smell like bitter almonds, but not everyone can smell it. Sodium cyanide is used to extract gold and other precious metals from ore, and so metal mining operations consume most of the sodium cyanide production; see cyanide process for the use in gold mining. Sodium cyanide is illegally used to collect fish; see cyanide fishing. Accidents with cyanide solutions are a severe danger to aquatic ecosystems."

Huh. Sure sounds like this stuff is not the kind of stuff you just want to flush down the toilet or the drain. Or leave lying around the old shop, hey wot? Damned dangerous stuff.

Say...what about, like, you know, firefighters and suchlike. Suppose they have to deal with sodium cyanide while fighting a fire?

"Respirator Recommendations NIOSH/OSHAUp to 25 mg/m3: (APF = 10) Any supplied-air respirator(APF = 50) Any self-contained breathing apparatus with a full facepieceEmergency or planned entry into unknown concentrations or IDLH conditions: (APF = 10,000) Any self-contained breathing apparatus that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure- demand or other positive-pressure mode(APF = 10,000) Any supplied-air respirator that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode in combination with an auxiliary self-contained positive-pressure breathing apparatusEscape: (APF = 50) Any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator (gas mask) with a chin-style, front- or back-mounted canister providing protection against the compound of concern and having an N100, R100, or P100 filter."

More:

"In case of fire in the surroundings: foam and powder, NO hydrous agents, NO water, NO carbon dioxide. "

Like, wowsers. Pretty dangerous stuff, ain't it? 25 milligrams per cubic meter requires that kind of protection? No water, no carbon dioxide? Can you imagine the results of a fire in a place that had this stuff improperly stored? But of course, a firefighter, a properly trained firefighter, would know this, and be able to respond appropriately. But further of course...any business using this stuff would have it properly stored and be disposing of it properly. Any responsible business owner would see to it.

Right? Ain't that so?

Here is a link to the Emergency Response Guidebook for Guide Number 157, which applies to sodium cyanide:

http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/hazmat/erg/gn/157.html

10/23/06

Pinon Canyon II

Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition Meeting:

Friday, November 3
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Otero Junior College
Student Center Banquet Room
2001 San Juan Avenue
La Junta, Colorado

Pinon Canyon I

Since we aren't hearing about Pinon Canon from other sources, here is a press release recently published by the PCEOC:

Kim, Colo. October 22, 2006

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released their Draft Transformation Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) marking the army’s latest move in the Pinon Canyon expansion efforts. “While the Army is quick to tout this EIS as separate from any discussion of expansion, everyone understands this process is connected to an expansion effort,” said Lon Robertson, President of the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition (PCEOC).

Immediately after the DEIS’s release, the Opposition Coalition set in motion its response plans. Many groups, supporting agencies and individuals working alongside the PCEOC are an active part of those plans and the mutual efforts to halt the Army’s expansion of the Pinon Canyon maneuver site East of Trinidad. “Numbers are key in any battle and this one is no different. Our numbers convert to more and more votes every day,” said Mr. Robertson. “The tremendous support from so many different groups and so many people is very exciting and it obviously illustrates the national importance of this issue,” he added.

To date, PCEOC has close to 1,000 members and those members are making widespread efforts to educate and inform the nation of the Army’s intended SE Colorado expansion. They have written their members of congress, state legislators, and elected officials all across the country. These efforts have made Washington D.C. very aware of the Pinon Canyon issue.

Over the next several days PCEOC will be encouraging its members, other groups and interested persons to attend all three hearings that are part of the PCMS DEIS process. These hearings will allow public comment by individuals and parties that have an interest (stake) in the issue. They are scheduled for 5:30 pm on November 1st in Colorado Springs, 5:30 pm on November 2nd in Trinidad and 5:30 pm on November 3rd in La Junta.

For more information on the DEIS Hearings locations, the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site or the Opposition Coalition please visit www.pinoncanyon.com. A toll free number is also now available by calling 1-866-426-7026.
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This Press Release, and all the land associated with it, are NOT FOR SALE to the Army!

10/22/06

The Cheraw Fire Department

Actually, there is no 'Cheraw Fire Department', nor, as Joey Gacnik has pointed out, is there a 'Cheraw Fire Chief'.

But some people apparently think there is.

The current dustup, reduced to its most simplest terms, is over training. The Fire District, to which the Cheraw Fire Station belongs, is a stickler for training. I've watched the Hosers do their training every week for years. They do this training so as to keep up with new techniques in fighting fires, in executing rescues, in emergency medical practices.

They do it so as to make sure the fire fighters and EMS people maintain a high level of competence, which means that they are able to provide a very high level of service to the community, as safely as possible.

And they do a very good job of it.

I've always thought that we are very fortunate to have a fire department as good as the one we have, all the more so given that it is manned primarily by volunteers.

So I gotta tell you, when four Cheraw fire fighters start whining about how they are being picked on by the fire district because they haven't maintained their training levels, I have no sympathy for them. Worse, they have done the entire fire department/district a great disservice with their ignorant rumor-mongering and smear campaign.

I say we're better off without them. Give 'em the boot. If they don't want to maintain and improve their skills and knowledge, who needs 'em? Sure, I appreciate their volunteering, but these days there's a lot more to firefighting and EMS work than just the label. When they volunteer for such as the fire department, they also take on a responsibility to maintain those skills and their knowledge. Almost everyone in the various sub-departments of the fire district does an admirable job of doing just that.

But not those guys in Cheraw. With their whining, gossip-mongering, and smear tactics, they have stabbed the entire fire service in the back. Who needs 'em?

If you haven't read Joey's letter to The Fence, you should snag yourself a paper copy of the fishwrapper and take a look at it. It goes a long way in setting the record straight.

Vital Issues of the Day

You will all be happy, nay, thrilled, to know that the Federal government continues to be ever vigilant in protecting us from threats from overseas.

The government has cracked down on the importation of Vegemite, a substance used by Australians everywhere, in an effort to protect us from the insidious effects of folate:

http://tinyurl.com/w7hv9

An excerpt:

"Former Geelong man Daniel Fogarty, who now lives in Calgary, said he was stunned when searched for Vegemite while crossing the US border on a trip to Montana recently."

It's truly good to know that our Federal government continues to work diligently to protect us from all threats, foreign and domestic.

What's Vegemite?

Check here:

http://www.vegemite.com.au/

10/21/06

One Ranger Speaks...

http://tinyurl.com/yc2u8b

This is a perfect example of how a couple of young men can march off to the beat of the drums, filled with patriotic fervor or whatever you want to call it, and then find that it really doesn't work that way.

Pat Tillman was, you will recall, killed by 'friendly fire', and then the Army tap-danced around that. It was like pulling molars, getting the truth out of the Army.

From my own experiences with the military, it was nothing new. Pat Tillman was a 'high visibility' soldier. Killing him off by 'friendly fire' was bad for publicity. 'Friendly fire' incidents do happen. And the military has taken some great strides to reduce such incidents. But the sad fact of the matter is, they do happen.

That's not the real stink here. The real stink is that rather than just admit it in the beginning, the Army had to try to spin it.

Hand out some medals; give one of those real tear-jerker funerals; wrap it all in the flag and make it look good.

That's the Army. It was that way during Vietnam; it's that way now, despite all the changes for the better.

How many families have trusted the government with their kids, and had this happen to them? A substantial number, is the answer.

So. Are there any answers for Kevin Tillman's questions? Are they valid questions? Good questions? Or is he just another young fellow who has found out the Truth, as so many have before?

10/12/06

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we're free at last!

http://www.chieftain.com/editorial/1160653317/1

Colorado Springs dumped another 10,000 gallons of raw sewage into Fountain Creek on Monday. This latest Chieftain editorial describes the pathetically inadequate actions of the Colorado Springs government in dealing with the sewage and runoff problems that affect everyone downstream.

Excerpts:

"THE COINCIDENCE would be laughable if not so serious. On the same day Colorado Springs again delayed a decision to implement a stormwater fee, the city's inadequate utility system spewed another spill of raw sewage into Fountain Creek."

"El Paso County Commissioner Douglas Bruce has threatened legal action against the stormwater fee. Mr. Bruce believes a fee constitutes a tax and, therefore, is subject to voter approval under his own Taxpayers Bill of Rights amendment."

"Colorado Springs officials face a firestorm of protest from their own constituents if they implement a stormwater fee. If they don't, they will spark a renewed political battle with Pueblo and others downstream who want the Fountain cleaned up."

We Hicks from the Sticks are sucking up the poop and slime from Colorado Springs. What are our local governments doing to bring pressure to bear on Colorado Springs to force them to clean up their act?

Yup. You got it. We're free of pit bulls.

What are we doing to counter the economic impact of the Pinon Canyon expansion?

The Cowboy Store is gone. The Watterhole is supposed to be closing. George's might be closing, or he might just be throwing a snit fit over being 'abused' by public safety officials over storage of hazardous materials. Ranchers' Supply is rumored to be laying off people. Is that just normal end-of-season cutback? Or something more ominous?

What's going to happen to local business if the Army has its way? Why do we have to go to the Chieftain or the Gazette for more news about what's up with that?

Not to worry.

We're free of pit bulls.

10/11/06

Handwringing over North Korea

Cox and Forkum have a good article up about why North Korea is the wrong focus:

http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000954.html

They talk about China being the key player in all this. They're right.

But China is now a major trading partner with the US. What's going to happen if the US starts slapping sanctions against China? How is that going to affect America's Favorite Place to Shop?

Meanwhile, a good many people snicker over the North Korea's posturings, seeming to draw reassurance of some sort from the small yield of the bomb they tested on Monday, or the failures of their missile program.

But does anyone remember our own missile program? If we hadn't had those sanitized Nazi rockets scientists, like Werner von Braun to help us along, we'd still be blowing 'em up on the launch pad. And the Trinity shot was only a precursor to goodies like that wonderfully all-encompassing and perennial favorite, the B61.

So while we're out buying cheap shoes at Walmart, the people who made those cheap shoes are working on snookering us hugely, in a game where there is no second-place winner.

Historical tidbit:

http://www.brook.edu/fp/projects/nucwcost/b61.htm

10/8/06

Support your military

That's the clarion cry of the Democratic Party website.

Support your military?

You betcha.

But...

Take a look at LGF:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=22868_Democratic_Party_Fauxtoshops_Veteran&only

It seems that the picture of the soldier the DNC had on their website isn't a US soldier. He's Canadian.

And the picture has been Photoshopped and cropped to make it hard for the average American to tell. But...anyone who has any fundamental knowledge of US military uniforms can tell that it isn't a US uniform, and that it is missing some of the usual badges.

Why is that?

Why would the DNC find it necessary to use a foreign soldier for this?

Or are they so removed from reality, do they know so little about our military, that they can't tell the difference?

Here is the link to the original DNC website page:

http://tinyurl.com/mugqy

which was still active as of 8 Sunday morning.

10/6/06

County Commissioners Candidates' Forum

There will be a county commissioner's candidates' forum on October 12, 2006, 7:00 PM, in the Rocky Ford City Council chambers.

Dapper Dan the Sheriff Man

The sheriff's race over in Pueblo County is heating up, with incumbent Dan Corsentino increasingly under the gun over some of his more imaginative practices and theories.

http://www.chieftain.com/metro/1160140523/2

I like this observation he made about his recent scheme to charge inmates five bux a day, and how his projected 'savings' came out completely whacked:

"OK, so the math was off," he said. "I was trying to do it off the top of my head. But Kirk Taylor knows nothing about jails. We already have a precedent of charging a sliding fee for inmates on work-release, and there are other jails in the country that do charge regular inmates a fee." Inmates on home-electronic monitoring units also pay a daily fee."

So the math was off. So what. Nice attitude on the part of Pueblo County's LE CEO. Kirk Taylor, his opposition, may not be an expert in how to run a jail, but he apparently does know how to figure a budget. And doesn't the PCSO have a professional jail staff?

Didn't Corsentino have some 'issues' with sexual harassment awhile back?

Maybe it's Time for a Change over in Pueblo County, too.

10/4/06

"D" is for "Defeat"



Cox and Forkum have a good one up this morning at:

http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000950.html

in a reposting of Robert Tracinski's "The Democratic Party Adds Nothing to the National Debate" from over on Real Clear Politics.

An excerpt:

"In the American system, of course, we don't vote for parties but for individual candidates. So if your local congressional candidate has championed a particularly evil political agenda, is under indictment, or is named "Katherine Harris," then by all means vote for the other guy. But if your local House and Senate candidates are unexceptional--and too many of them are--then your vote is really about which party should have the power to appoint committee chairmen, hold hearings, issue subpoenas, and steer the nation's legislative debate. And the Democratic Party no longer has anything of value to offer. ...

"[I]f you want to have a debate over how to fight and win the War on Terrorism, you'll have to have it within the right. The left contributes nothing but proposals for surrender, appeasement, and passivity. As far as the war is concerned, that "D" next to a candidate's name on the ballot stands for "defeat." ..."

Once again, the original article, dated 27 September 2006, is here:

http://tinyurl.com/h64vl

Pitbulls and 2A

At Monday night’s council meeting, four of our local veterinarians, professionals, each of whom deal with more dogs in a week that I will in a year or more, were present to add their expertise against the pit bull ordinance.

There were also a good many citizens in attendance, most of whom also spoke against the ordinance. This is consistent with previous readings of the ordinance.

There has been overwhelming opposition to that ordinance, backed up not with emotion, but with factual, often scientific, as well as legal evidence to support that opposition. There was never anything factual to counter that opposition. Nothing but anecdotal and unreferenced material of questionable value was presented in support of the ordinance.

Several citizens repeatedly asked The Four, those councilpersons who voted for the ordinance, why they were so adamantly in favor of the ordinance, so much so that they consistently and persistently voted for it despite an overwhelming community response against it. They never received an answer.

In fact, Charleen Cordo was challenged by Councilperson Sneath over questioning the integrity of council.I was not at Monday night’s council meeting, but I have heard a lot about it today, none of it good. There are even mutterings of a recall. When I heard about Ms. Cordo being challenged over her comments, rather than listen to hearsay I obtained a copy of the audio recording of the meeting and listened to it directly. I found nothing in Ms. Cordo’s comments to indicate that she was questioning anyone’s integrity.

However, I have to ask - if our elected officials repeatedly ignore solid factual evidence, documentation, testimony by professionals, and vote for an ordinance that is overwhelmingly opposed by citizens who have presented logical and reasoned arguments against the ordinance - why should not citizens question at least the intellectual integrity of those council persons supporting the measure?

Being the hopeless idealist that I am - although the scar tissue on my backside has caused a certain cynicism to arise from time-to-time - I refreshed my recollection of a few of our more useful historical documents. I re-read that Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution of these United States. And then I went through that pesky Bill of Rights thingie again.

Since when must citizens who are reasonably questioning the processes of government be subjected to insult by the governing body? If a citizen attends a public meeting of the governing body, and reasonably presents argument against a measure up for a vote, how can that be construed as challenging the integrity of the governing body? Quite the contrary, the citizen now finds herself in the position of having her integrity challenged by the governing body, merely for participating in the process.

I've noticed that trend in the last several council meetings, when citizens have attempted to voice their opinions. It’s all right there in the audio records.

Are the values and views expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution something provided as source material for politicians to tearfully and emotionally quote on Flag Day or the Fourth of July while stumping for votes, and then forget the rest of the time?I thought the thinking expressed in those documents was the foundation of our professed American values.

But if you exercise those American values, do you do so at your peril?Will you be subjected to public ridicule if you do? Will you have members of the social and political elite making back channel calls to your boss putting on pressure to have you canned?

That First Amendment is a wonderful thing, something that politicians will wax eloquently over – until it is actually used. Free speech is great, so long as you agree with everything. But why would you need a First Amendment if you agree with everything? If you’re just going to stay at home and let government do whatever it wants?

Of late, participation in government seems an exercise in futility. This pit bull thing is the second time recently that city council has ignored citizen input - informed citizen input - in favor of sticking with emotion and/or special interests.

On the other hand, I would like to thank Councilpersons Friedenberger, Moreno, and Mestas for having the cojones to stand up for their constituents, and to vote with their minds rather than something else. I’m glad that Mr. Friedenberger and Mr. Moreno represent my ward.

And I think the paper should go back to the last meeting’s audio recording, back in September, and publish all of Mr. Friedenberger’s comments. He hit the nail right on the head that time, and none of it showed up in the paper. Too bad more people weren’t listening.

As for 2A…vote to increase taxes on myself? For what? While we’ve been tail-chasing over this pit bull thing, what’s being done about tourism right now? Or are we to vote for a new tax based on promises steeped in bovine methane and reflected from streaky mirrors? What about another store closing downtown? What’s happening about that? Vote for 2A? Not a chance, sports fans. Not a chance. You’ll see snow piled up at 3rd and Colorado at high noon on the summer solstice before I’ll vote for that one. That was clearly catering to the special interests of a minority of two. Now they’re out there stumping for votes. They won’t have mine.

10/3/06

More Extremism

Here is one that's making the rounds, following the death of San Francisco police officer Nick-Tomasito Birco back in July:

http://tinyurl.com/g3qcm (opens directly into Windows Media Player)

It's a San Francisco police captain expressing his views of the criminal justice system, the local judges, and the media. The media had gone into a moonbat feeding frenzy over the pursuit of the armed robber, blaming the police department rather than putting the blame where it belongs: on the robber, and especially on the judges who repeatedly let the bail-jumping FTA thug loose on yet another bond. Listen to the captain recite the litany of offenses over which the judges involved let this criminal skate.

But obviously the police captain is an extremist, failing to grasp the foundational fact of the matter: if the police hadn't pursued the armed robber, none of this would have happened.

See also:

http://www.sfgov.org/site/police_index.asp?id=43742

10/2/06

Dashboard Mohammed

By popular request, here is the source for the dashboard Mohammed bobbleheads:

http://www.dashboardmohammed.com/store.html

10/1/06

Extremism Redux



From Michelle Malkin:

A former Marine is selling bobblehead repros of Mohammed, based on the cartoons that appeared in Danish newspapers awhile back, setting off yet another wearisome round of lunatic murdering, burning, bombing, blood-letting, and general mayhem on the part of the Practitioners of the Religion of Peace.

http://www.michellemalkin.com/

"The unapologetic creator, Timothy Ames, 28, said the bobblehead is similar to "dashboard Jesus" figurines that can be stuck with adhesive to flat surfaces. "I thought, 'If they flipped out over some cartoons what will they do with a dashboard Muhammed?'" Ames said from his home in Hawaii.

But Islamic experts are not amused, saying the bobbleheads could anger Muslims, whose religion strictly prohibits depictions of the prophet.

"No depiction of the prophet, even if it is positive, should be made ever - and certainly not one as ridiculous as the bobblehead Muhammed," said Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, an assistant professor at New York University. "I don't think it's about freedom of speech. This is the freedom to insult, which he shouldn't be doing."

And of course, the Religion of Perpetual Outrage has its standard response:


Well, what can we say? When you have extremists like our former Marine running around, what else can you expect from a good Allah-fearing Muslim, browbeaten and emotionally and spiritually traumatized by US policy and the Gang of Three: George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Don Rumsfeld, and undoubtedly driven mad by the heat building up from global warming caused by the Asian Brown Cloud....oooops...nope...by Jane Soccermom's SUV, you know, the one with the emissions inspection sticker on it.

Amendment 42

Amendment 42 is a perfect example of why we should change the ease with which the state's Constitution can be amended.

42 is the raise in the minimum wage in the state. It calls for kicking the minimum wage from 5:15/hour to 6.85/hour, effective 1 January 2007.

It also mandates annual increases based on the CPI in the Denver-Boulder area.

This would become part of the Colorado Constitution.

Why is that necessary? Why do we want to make that a Constitutional issue? Why do we want to essentially do the same thing with the minimum wage as we did with educational funding? If you think there's a 'rachet effect' with TABOR, especially when tied to mandatory increases in educational funding, what do you think is going to happen with mandatory increases, Constitutionally-mandated increases, in the minimum wage, especially when those increases are based on Denver-Boulder's cost of living?

What's going to happen is if that thing passes, you're going to see those costs passed on to everyone else - you're going to see higher prices at the checkout stand. And you're going to see employers, especially smaller employers out here in the sticks, start laying people off. You can't get blood out of a turnip. The Federal government, the state government, and East Otero R-1 may run on deficits, but businesses can't operate that way. It just doesn't work. It doesn't work in the long run for government, either, but try telling that to a politician.

This is going to be another one of those deals where if you oppose it, you must be a blood-sucking running dog imperialist war-mongering capitalist who is out to squeeze the lifeblood from the downtrodden working man.

Yet if it passes, the downtrodden working man has a much better chance of being laid off; and anyone who shops - that is, buys stuff like, you know, food - is going to tighten up the belt, meaning less sales, which means more layoffs in the long run.

The minimum wage is like the pitbull ordinance. It violates every precept of common sense. It makes no sense. There's a wealth of information that supports the view that it makes no sense.

Yet both have a real good chance of passing, and both have a real good chance of causing all kinds of problems down the road.

Here is a Chieftain editorial on it:

http://www.chieftain.com/editorial/1159708729/4

BTW...where is the T-D editorial on this. There is an editorial opinion over there at the T-D, isn't there?

Here is a Pro/Con piece from the Chieftain:

http://www.chieftain.com/editorial/1159708729/1

You'll notice that the fellow who wrote the Pro section is president of the state commun...Labor Council...and is also a union member. I would suggest that unions today cause more trouble than they are worth. If you don't think so, ask the residents of Flint, Michigan.

On the Con side, Bill Artist centers his argument on this:

"Not only does Amendment 42 put the minimum wage into our Constitution, it also provides for automatic increases every year, based on prices consumers pay for housing, goods, and services in the Denver-Boulder area. It locks those automatic increases into the Constitution, where they cannot be changed to reflect real economic circumstances."