7/31/09

La Junta Airport Fun Day

The Smile Hi City Airport Fun Day is on for September 19, 2009, 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM

La Junta Airport Fun Day

More of Obama's lies ...

The Chieftain has a good editorial on The Wonder of Obamacare:

The New Whammy

in which the writer mentions Nancy "The Mouse" Pelosi's proposal for a 5.4% 'surtax' to pay for Obamacare.

Remember when Obama was going on about how those who make less than $250,000 wouldn't see a tax increase? And then it kindasorta dropped to $150,000, maybe?

Now it's on everyone, thanks to that whackjob we have as a Speaker of the House, 3rd in the order of succession to the presidency. If she gets her way, which is by no means a set in stone thing at this point.

Then there is the proposal to raise the payroll tax by as much as 10% to pay for Medicare and Social Security.

Here's where it gets downright surreal. The Dems who are proposing that one have written it so that employers cannot reduce salaries to get that 10%. Which means it comes out of the employers' pockets.

These Congressional buffoons have been in 'deficit-thinking' mode for so long they think business and families can operate the same way as the federal and state governments ... just keep spending, even if the money ain't there.

What's going to happen if this one flies, is that the small business employing - for example - ten people - is going to have to lay off some of them so as to pay the increased payroll tax. Your small businessman can't crap a pile of money every time Congress comes up with a new bit of fiscal stupidity. It just doesn't work that way. Something has to give, so take a guess at what it will be?

If a family on fixed income - and what family isn't, these days - suffers a tax increase, where will the money for those new taxes come from? Something will have to be cut. Food, car repairs, home repairs, medical or dental treatments, clothes for the kids ... something will have to be cut from the family budget.

You simply cannot crap all over small business and expect anyone to do better because of it. CongressClowns just don't get that. They don't. They are operating in some kind of fantasy land.

And our Colorado Democratic Delegation is part and parcel of it.

7/30/09

Four men, three women, and a gorilla

The National Endowment for the Arts has been a bone of contention for some time, given some of the real trash it funds.

But under the Obama regime, they've hit some new lows.

The National Endowment for the Arts, for some reason, qualifies for Porculus Americanus funding. They got $80 million out of the $787 billion that the Obamanians are busily flushing down the toilet.

I'm wasn't sure how shoveling money into the NEA was going to stimulate the economy, but it's becoming clear now.

The NEA is funding .. nude simulated-sex dances, Saturday night "pervert" revues and the airing of pornographic horror films at art houses in San Francisco.

I gotta tell you, I really have a hard time seeing how this is stimulating the economy. I can envision the pervs thumping their mules, so to speak, in the dark theaters, but that's a different kind of 'stimulation'. Is that what Congress had in mind? Well ... maybe Barney Frank ...

The Obama Plan. Four men, three women, and a gorilla. All with jobs. Primary jobs, too. Another Obamanian success story.

Stimulus bill funds go to art houses showing 'perve' reviews

7/29/09

The Gay Marriage Slippery Slope Is Back

Here is an interesting commentary from Bill Jacobson over on Legal Insurrection:

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: The Gay Marriage Slippery Slope Is Back

It's based on an article in the current issue of Newsweek:

Polyamory: the next sexual revolution

If you thought the Fundies could come unhinged over gay marriage, what do you think they will do over this?

Even more interesting are some of the economic 'issues'. Many people don't really think of it, but one of the big arguments against gay marriage has nothing to do with either religion or morality - note that the two are not mutually inclusive.

Nope. It has to do with economics, with finances.

Benefits. Spousal benefits paid by employers. Health insurance, for example. Life insurance. It has to do with taxes. Lots of money in the game here.

Now, if we are going to recognized gay marriage, what possible argument can be presented against legitimizing - particularly for the purposes of collecting said benefits - these polyamoric relationships?

Gay rights activists are already distancing themselves from polyamoric relationships:

Gay-marriage advocates have become leery of public association with the poly cause—lest it give their enemies ammunition. As Andrew Sullivan, the Atlantic columnist, wrote recently, "I believe that someone's sexual orientation is a deeper issue than the number of people they want to express that orientation with." In other words, polyamory is a choice; homosexuality is not. It's these dynamics that have made polyamory, as longtime poly advocate Anita Wagner puts it, "the political football in the culture war as it relates to same-sex marriage."

If that ain't a hoot, I don't know what is. Is the Gay Rights marriage thing about interpersonal love? Or is it simply about sexual orientation? Gay rights activists are fine with dumping the traditional vision of marriage, going on about gay couples who 'love' each other should be able to express this by way of the marriage union ... but they are not going to cut anyone else with ... 'non-traditional' ... views of human relationships any slack at all. Because if they do, it will cloud their own battle, and there's a lot of money at stake in that.

7/28/09

Mississippi Kites

The Tribune-Democrat ran a filler article on birdwatching yesterday. The article was from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and claimed - in the headline - that "Lamar Area Only Place in Colorado To Find Mississippi Kites." The article was attributed to Michael Seraphin of the Division of Wildlife.

Well, apparently we have been mis-identifying a small grey raptor as the Mississippi Kite for a number of years, now. So we sent a query to DoW asking them to identify our Mystery Bird:

In today's La Junta Tribune-Democrat, there appears an article on Mississippi Kites. The title of the article: "Lamar area only place in Colorado to find Mississippi Kites". The article was authored by Michael Seraphin.

If Mr. Seraphin is correct, please tell me what I have been watching for at least the last ten years, all over La Junta, Swink, and Rocky Ford. Here are some photos to assist you in identifying what is now a Grand Mystery of Ornithology:

Mississippi Kites and Eurasian Collared Doves in City Park

Mississippi Kites

Mississippi Kites photo gallery

Interestingly, some of these photos have recently appeared in the La Junta Tribune-Democrat, with captions indicating they are Mississippi Kites. Is the Tribune-Democrat incorrect? Should they print a correction?

Thank you.


So far, no response from DoW.

7/27/09

"Un-Christian behavior ..."

Doug Jones, chairman of the board of the Colorado State University system, is a perfect example of why we do not want a "Christian" or any other religious influence in our political and governmental affairs.

Sound recording of CSU closed-door meeting

The board has agreed to pay legal fees for the Pueblo Chieftain, the Fort Collins Coloradan, and the Colorado Independent, three organizations that filed suit against the board for repeated violations of the Colorado Open Meetings law.

In a recording of the closed door meeting during which the board finally selected then vice-chairman Joe Blake to be university chancellor, board member Doug Jones went on about how efforts by the General Assembly to open the meetings was "un-Christian".

His logic escapes me, but apparently the rest of the board agreed, as they continued to fight to keep their shenanigans out of the public eye.

I would really like for Jones to explain to me the theological foundation for his reasoning. Meanwhile, Jones and his cronies continue to run the university system. We may not have that "Christian" nation the fundies go on about, but we apparently do have a "Christian" board of directors for the state university. I can only wonder if they will bring back burning at the stake those they deem to be heretics.

Airport Fun Day announcement

This year's Airport Fun Day will be on September 19.

Jon Melby Airshows will be the feature attraction.

For more information:

Airport Fun Day

Be sure to click on the Jon Melby Airshows demo video. This is going to be a whiz banger of a Fun Day.

Obamacare: Patriotic Americans know when to die



Dying in timely fashion is simply patriotic. After all, you are going to die anyway, so why drag it out, wasting money and resources better used for more useful people?

Some excerpts from the Obamacare Bill:

Pg 22 of the HC Bill mandates the Government will audit books of all employers that self insure. Can you imagine what that will do to small businesses? Every one will abandon “self insurance” and go on Government insurance. So when Obama says that there will still be private health care, it’s simply a lie: this mandate will force employers to abandon their private plans.

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill – a Government committee will decide what treatments/benefits a person may receive.

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – Your healthcare will be rationed, just like it is in Great Britain and Canada, despite Obama saying otherwise.

Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You will have no choice.

Pg 58 HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have direct access to your bank accts for election funds transfer

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations (read: ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Government will create an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 - The govt will specify which doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life


PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. That's right. If you are going though marital problems and you and your spouse are going through counseling, the government is going to know all about it. The government will be sticking its nose into your most personal marital affairs.


There's a lot more. You can read the bill in its entirety here:

Obamacare

And John Salazar, our good pal and Congressional delegate, is in the sack on this with The Obamessiah, Pelosi, Waxman, and all the rest.

7/24/09

American Medical Association weighs in on Obamacare

The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new Health Reform Proposals:


The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception. Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. The Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing. The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

Meanwhile ...

We have a few more photos from our recent trip Down East and other points in coastal Carolina here:

Leece's trip Down East

We have three or four more galleries in the works in addition to these.

Democrats and Bipartisanship: The high hard one

Yeah, that's our president and his sycophants up on Capitol Hill.

My way or the highway.

My way or you get the high hard one:

Roll Over or Get Out of the Way

Fiscally conservative Blue Dogs are holding up the bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee over cost concerns and other issues. But Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Friday accused those Democrats of empowering Republicans.

"I won't allow them to turn over control of the committee to the Republicans," Waxman said, threatening to bypass the committee process.

"I don't see what alternative we have," Waxman said of talks that have raged for days with the Blue Dogs. "This can't be an interminable discussion."

The radical move would mean Waxman would finish writing the bill in private and merge it with the two bills that have already passed out of the committee in the chamber before bringing it to the floor."

Don't you just love deliberative democracy?

Don't you just love the attitude of bipartisan cooperation that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Hank Waxman have brought to Washington?

It's just so ... Jeffersonian. Like in ... Movin' on up to the East Side ...

Ghoulish science?

Malkin has written an article about some of the less visible aspects of Obamacare:

Ghoulish Science: Obamacare

Note the references to 'science czar' John Holdren, who we looked at a while back here on Blogger Central:

Obamacare: How to die with dignity. In that post you will find a link to an article about Holdren and his fascination with eugenics, euthanasia, and population control. Do you think that's a bit of anti-Obamessiah hysteria?

Here's a tidbit from Malkin's article, complete with reference sources linked within:

In 2007, he addressed the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. Holdren served as AAAS president; the organization posted his full slide presentation on its website.

In the opening slide, Holdren admitted that his “preoccupation” with apocalyptic matters such as “the rates at which people breed” was a lifelong obsession spurred by scientist Harrison Brown’s work. Holdren heaped praise on Brown’s half-century-old book, “The Challenge to Man’s Future,” then proceeded to paint doom-and-gloom scenarios requiring drastic government interventions to control climate change.

Who is Holdren’s intellectual mentor, Harrison Brown? He was a “distinguished member” of the International Eugenics Society whom Holdren later worked with on a book about – you guessed it – world population and fertility. Brown advocated the same population control-freak measures Holdren put forth in Ecoscience. In “The Challenge to Man’s Future,” Brown envisioned a regime in which the “number of abortions and artificial inseminations permitted in a given year would be determined completely by the difference between the number of deaths and the number of births in the year previous.”


Think it couldn't happen? Do you think ... oh ... the Supreme Court, for example, would rule against such invasions of basic human rights and privacy?

Think again. It's happened before. Take a read of Buck vs. Bell, wherein those principles of eugenics were upheld by none other than one of our otherwise greatest jurists, Oliver Wendell Holmes:

Buck v. Bell

These are the types of clowns, elitist puppet masters, and other riff-raff who want to decide how you and I live and die.

That's Obamacare.

Amateur hour in the Orchid Office

It's amateur hour in the Orchid Office.

The Obamessiah is expressing 'surprise' at the controversy over his asinine remarks about Cambridge PD:

Obama surprised

Obama just doesn't get it.

It isn't the president's place to be up there, on prime-time TV, taking shots at the cops when he is basically clueless as to what went on. He assumed that because the 'victim' was black, and a pal of his, and cops were involved, that it was another one of those examples of racism on the part of the Po-Po.

We all know what 'assume' does.

It did.

Who's the racist here?

Further exacerbating his monumental presidential stupidity, Obama continues to stick his foot in his pie hole:

"I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement," Obama said in an interview with ABC News, "because I think it was a pretty straightforward comment that you probably don't need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who's in his own home."

Obama remains unconfused by fact. Gates was not 'in his own home' when he was arrested. He was outside, and he was highly agitated, and he was unresponsive to the officers. Any cop who has been on the streets more than a couple of months will tell you this is a recipe for disaster. The cane becomes a weapon. The agitation escalates to violence. It happens every day in this country, and cops get hurt over it. The fact that the escalatee is a Pillar of the Community is beside the point. Social position is no exemption to erratic or irrational or violent behavior. I could write a book about members of the Great, the Near-great, and the merely self-important of La Juntan society who had and who have the same attitude as Gates. No manners, no class, and showing their asses all over the place. Leece saw that as Clerk of the Court, and that's where the title of her book comes from: "Who You Are is What You Get".

Obama needs to stick to his teleprompter.

7/23/09

The Lodging Tax

A tax FOR La Junta, not ON La Junta!

There is currently no dedicated fund in La Junta to promote our city, its events or the wonderful opportunities we have available here. La Junta Economic Development has been paying for promoting La Junta attractions, activities and tourism efforts the past couple of years. It is something that the City cannot take from its general fund, but must be done if we are going to promote all of the things we have available to visitors. Unfortunately we are missing opportunities to promote ourselves because we do not have a dedicated fund.

The attached La Junta Economic Development and golf course ads are examples of the type of promotion the Economic Development office has been running. These ads are currently running EVERY DAY from April 15 through October 15 in a “wrapper” that goes on the Pueblo Chieftain and is placed in all Hotels and Motels in the Pueblo area and the River Walk. Additionally, 1,000 per day will be distributed during the State Fair. It cost about $450 for the golf ad and $1,200 for the other ad. Both are great for exposure for us. In addition, I have placed ads in Encompass Magazine (AAA Colorado @ $1,700!), the Boulder newspaper “Travel Colorado” edition, and numerous tourism Web sites.

As you can imagine, there is significant expense associated with these endeavors, and we are only touching the very tip of the iceberg. A lodging tax would provide funds to do much more extensive promotion in a much broader area.

We now have a site for tourism that La Junta Economic Development has funded and the most visited page besides the home page is the Lodging Page. Because of this site, MOTELS are getting a lot of free advertising and the opportunity to link directly to their site. (www.VisitLaJunta.net)

We have an opportunity to place a lodging tax on the November 3rd ballot if we get enough signatures from registered voters in the City of La Junta. (Signatures from North La Junta residents or residents of Otero County will not count).

I am asking for your support to help promote La Junta in general by signing and/or gathering signatures for a lodging tax to be placed on the ballot in November. The tax (4.5%....State average is 4.468%, Pueblo is 4%, Denver is 10.75%) would only be imposed on hotel/motel lodging (rentals of less than 30 consecutive days), not on rentals of homes, apartments or Junior College Dorms. It would raise about $100,000 a year that can be used to promote and support local activities such as Airport Fund Day, Music at the Junction, Early Settlers Day, OJC events, Art on San Juan, Cinco de Mayo, to name a few as well as help promote attractions such as Otero Museum, the Kiva, Bent’s Fort, Comanche Grasslands, Municipal Golf Course, Picketwire and Children’s Theater and a host of others.

It could be a boon to projects such as the Front Porch Project and welcome signage.

We need 950 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. We currently have about 150-200 signatures and the deadline of July 29 is fast approaching! Please call me at 469-1081 if you are willing to help get signatures. If 50 people would get 15 signatures each over their lunch hour or around their neighborhood….we would be done!

Please help get this important initiative on the ballot so that residents can have the opportunity to vote on it in November.

Thank you

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ron Davis
Director - La Junta Economic Development
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tel 719.384.6965 cell 719.469.1081 fax 719.384.6960
1802 Colorado, La Junta, CO 81050
www.LaJuntaEconomicDevelopment.net

www.visitlajunta.net

"Acting boldly and swiftly ..." ... and stupidly...

That's our President, Barack "Shoot from the Lip" Obama ...

Here are Cambridge PD's Sergeant Crowley's reports:

"I'll speak to your mama ..."

Now it looks like Gates is the racist, and a hater besides. We have a police officer responding to a burglary in progress call, wherein a neighbor has reported two black men shouldering open the door. The neighbor also knows a black man lives in the place. It is the suspicious behavior, the shouldering of the door, that prompted her to call the police.

How does Gates respond to this? By becoming abusive and shooting off his mouth. According to the report, the officer behaved reasonably. I would have asked similar questions. First, ID the guy who is there. Black suspect, black man in the house. So who is he? If he is legit, then perhaps he doesn't even know may have intruders in the house. So ask the question - is anyone else in the house with you? Reasonable question.

But no ...Gates has to show his ass and play the race card. And Barack "Boldly and Swiftly" Obama, also shows his presidential ass and plays the same card. So much for "post-racial" America.

So far, none of the witnesses who were gathering as the result of Gates' "tumultuous behavior" are backing Gates.

The prosecutor has already dropped the case. From the report, there's quite enough to proceed, to bring it before an impartial trier-of-fact... like, you know, a judge. But the prosecutor, like Obama, also apparently likes to shoot from the lip.

The problem with that is, the prosecutor only trashed a misdemeanor charge.

Obama wants to spend another trillion and a half of our tax dollars. Given his judgment on the Gates' thing, I really don't trust him on that. Not a bit. Add to that Porculus Americanus. No, I don't trust Obama one bit with our money.

Oh ... here's more. It turns out that Gates' is one of Obama's pals:

Police officer wants Obama to butt out of arrest

Facts do not confuse our president. He makes up his mind in spite of them.

Asked about the incident, Obama, who is friends with the professor and documentary filmmaker, told reporters at a Wednesday night press conference that he didn't know all the facts. But he said, "the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home."

Gates wasn't arrested for being in his own home. He wasn't arrested in his home. He was arrested outside his home, for being a disorderly horse's ass.

Aerial observations

Today I went up in Luke James' Piper J5, a wonderful old airplane built in 1941, that he uses for flight instruction. I was taking aerial photos:




The photos were for the city administration and economic development. Here is one shot of the city, looking west toward Swink, in the middle distance and Rocky Ford in the far distance. Click on the image for a somewhat larger format:



James' airplane might look a bit rough around the edges but it was quite steady. He is a certified flight instructor. If you are interested in lessons, you can reach him at 469-3913.

Obama's fallacious moral reasoning

Here's a pretty good article on Barack "Smoke and Mirrors" Obama's Obamacare song and dance:

Obama's fallacious moral reasoning on health care

Yeah, it's written by Father Jonathan Morris, a priest. Nonetheless, Morris makes some excellent points, and at least he has not made getting into heaven a political issue. Not directly, anyway.

Here are some excerpts:


President Obama doesn't seem to be aware of any conditions or circumstances that may alter our "moral imperative" to pass his bill and to pass it right now.


We should be aware of many.


1) President Obama's argument that our choice is between a) his bill right now and b) no reform for another forty years is fallacious.

2) His refusal to answer basic questions about how we are going to pay for his bill (refusing to take off the table the massive surtax option while also refusing to say he plans on using it if he can) is not fair.

3) Independent budgetary analysts disagree with the President about what this reform bill will do to minimize overall government health expenditures (the president says we "can't afford" not to pass his bill) and about the impact of the 1 trillion dollar cost on other parts of our economy.

4) Under the proposed legislation individuals will be required to have health care coverage that meets minimum benefits standards. These standards will be established by the Obama administration. There is very good reason to believe these minimum benefits that health insurance companies must provide will include abortion on demand. Obama has said reproductive care is essential care, basic care" and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added, reproductive health includes access to abortion. Congressman Joe Pitts (PA) recently warned in a written statement that any individual who does not have a plan that meets the minimum benefit standards will be forced to pay a 2.5 percent tax penalty. And any employer who does not provide coverage that meets these standards will pay up to an 8 percent tax penalty,"

5) This week the president himself admitted he cannot guarantee tax money will not be used for abortions under his plan. Why can't he guarantee that? Because he wants it in his plan and will mandate it if he can.

6) Euthanasia is not explicitly excluded from the category of basic health care either. If it is not excluded, eventually it will be demanded, and we will pay for it.

For President Obama to continue to use moral arguments to demand immediate passage of his bill, without also putting to rest the conditions and circumstances I outline above, is ethically reprehensible and politically unacceptable.

"The stars are aligned ..."

Yep. That's what The Obamessiah says. That's why we have to get his Obamacare signed right now. Boldly and quickly.

Next time I go for a colonoscopy, will it be with a government-assigned astrologer?

Will I have Sistah Cleo shoving a tube up my ass, aligning those stars I usually see when undergoing that wonderful process every five years? Will I even be able to get a colonoscopy? Or will it be too much money to waste on a curmudgeonly old fart that ain't gonna vote for The One no matter what?

Obama got up there in front of the country on the telly and prattled on, and said nothing. It was his usual smooth, glib, smoke and mirrors.

Here's one:

He rejected the notion that his administration only wants to "spend and spend." In an odd boast, the president said his administration has already reduced the 10-year deficit projection from $9.3 trillion to $7.1 trillion.

"An odd boast"? Are you kidding? This guy keeps bringing up those ten year projections like he's going to be around then. Is he going to take a cue from The Honduran or The Venezualan, both pals of his, and simply appoint himself Leader for Life? Besides ... he can't support that statement. Worse, none of the fawning, simpering pimps of the press even questioned that statement. Or any other, for that matter.

Then The One popped this jewel:

"You haven't seen me out there blaming the Republicans."

Really? How about this:

"Now, that's not good, but it's $2.2 trillion less than it would have been if we had the same policies in place when we came in," Obama said, blaming the Bush administration for the scope of the deficit.

Got news for ya, brutha Prez ... it ain't Bush's fault any more. Wake up, take a wander to the Rose Garden, and take a whiff. It's your bag, dude. And check out his opening statement, where he wields the tar brush mightily:

"I've heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it's better politics to 'go for the kill.' Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about 'breaking' me."

So it's personal now, is it?

Speaking of blaming Bush and the Repubs ... American GI's are checking out in Afghanistan in increasing numbers. That's not Bush's deal either. The One has bought into Afghanistan. That's his bag, too. No hard question from the pimps of the press on that one, either.

Meanwhile, Obama has already concluded his own investigation into the Cambridge Po-Po dustup over Henry Gates, the black Harvard professor. He has determined that the Cambridge police "acted stupidly". Maybe they did. But the mayor of Cambridge - black female, BTW - has said she doesn't have enough facts yet to make that determination. You gotta remember, the cops were responding to a break-in in progress call, wherein the suspect(s) was/were described as black men. And Gates was being less than cooperative. Maybe that was because the cops were being jerks. Could be. Who knows? Apparently, only Obama. And perhaps Jetstream Jackson and Al "Jewbaiter" Sharpton.

We're poised to blow another trillion-and-a-half, but not really, because "Smoke and Mirrors" Obama tells us he's really reducing the deficit.

Meanwhile, I have an appointment with Sistah Cleo, up at AVRMC.

7/22/09

Your new doctor

Michael Ramirez has one up about Your New Doctor under Obamacare:

I'm your new doctor ...

and on the efficiency of government when applied to health care:

Take a number

Meanwhile, as Ramirez points out in today's cartoon, the government is going at it hammers and tongs to cut that wasteful $1.75 billion F-22 program, while trying to ram through a $1.5 TRILLION Obamacare bill.

Of course, the F-22 cut is one of the few sensible things this administration has done, as Rich Galen points out in his column today.

Obama Was Against Compulsory Health Insurance, Before He Was For It

Bill Jacobson over on Legal Insurrection has a kinda sorta funny post about Obamanian flipfloppery on 'compulsory health insurance':

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Obama Was Against Compulsory Health Insurance, Before He Was For It

Back during the campaign, when he and Hillary were ripping each other's political guts out, The One lost no opportunity to point out The Hill was pretty much incompetent. Come to think on it, now that she is The One's Secretary of State, nothing much has changed, other than instead of pointing out her ineptitude, he just ignores her.

But we wander afield. Here's the video. Listen to what he said then about mandates and fines for people who did not comply with the 'compulsoriness":

7/21/09

Goat cheese, cherries, and Vidalia onions

We were out today taking some pictures and getting some info for an article Leece is going to do on the markets.

As a bit of a preview ...

Vanhook's has some cherries that are nothing less than awesome. We snuffled half a bag this afternoon and will probably pay for it tomorrow but boy howdy, they are great.

Vanhook's also has some very nice looking peaches and various squashes. And Vidalia onions, which I like to eat in chunks with whatever cheese is available.

Speaking of cheeses ... Lusk's market, out west of America's Favorite Place to Shop, has some goat cheese from Mini Moo Grade A goat dairy. It goes well with the Vidalias. Lusk's also has some excellent melons of various kinds.

Both markets have peaches and cream corn. Neither one is swamped with goods quite yet, but either one is worth a trip.

Obamacare: How to "die with dignity" ...

... and in the process, save the government money:

Democrats want to teach you to die with dignity

and

Kennedy lives; grandma dies

Our President Who Cries Wolf now insists that we 'act boldly and swiftly' over health care. He wants a complete reform out of Congress by August. Are we going to have yet another whopper of a bill, costing trillions, that no one reads?

I don't know about you, but I've had quite enough of this Obamanian nonsense where everything is a 'crisis'. Everything has to be done 'right now'. Since January 20, we have been in a continual crisis state. Does he think if he keeps us in a state of continual crisis, we won't notice that he is really incompetent? You can only go so far with smooth glibness. Then some substance is required, and our President Who Cries Wolf is sorely lacking in that area.

Do you think the articles linked above are a bit of hysteria?

Then how about this:

Obama's science czar considered forced abortions and sterilization as population growth solutions

Yep. I can see it now. Will we have a panel, kind of like a draft board of years gone past, a panel of 'friends and neighbors', making the decision as to whether or not your life is worth the costs to the health care system?

And Obama is not taking the surcharge off the table. He's looking at that additional fee to fund all this. Bill "Land of the Fee" Ritter must be salivating over that one.

7/19/09

Down East

We had a great visit with family back in coastal North Carolina this past week. Here are a few photos, in no particular order:

Leece on the beach near Fort Macon on the east end of Bogue Banks. It was a blustery wet day and we had the beach to ourselves. Leece scarfed up on some rather nice shells. Fort Macon was the site of a short but fierce battle during the Civil War, and served as a coastal artillery battery during World War II. The jetties near the fort were designed and built by then Captain Robert E. Lee of the US Army's engineers. Blackbeard the pirate also frequented these waters in even earlier times. His ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, was lost on the shoals near where Fort Macon sits. A wreck strongly presumed to be the QAR was found in 1996 a short distance off Beaufort Inlet, almost directly off where Lee's jetties continue to help control beach erosion.


Hatteras light, marking the northernmost of the North Carolina capes, and probably the most famous with Diamond Shoals as "the Graveyard of the Atlantic".


Leece pauses on the beach in front of Lookout light to set up for some shorebird photos. Cape Lookout figured prominently in Operation Drumbeat during World War II, when over two dozen ships were torpedoed within sight of the lighthouse. The tankers Papoose and Atlas are now favorite fishing 'holes'. Papoose was sunk by U-124, which sank eight other ships in the general area in the same week. The Atlas tanker was sunk by U-552, which sank several other ships off the North Carolina capes in the same week as the Atlas. The Papoose is noteworthy also for its population of sand tiger sharks. Here is a QuickTime video clip of sand tigers around the wreck of the Papoose. And here are some stills and some other info about the Papoose. In this link, note the confusion over wreck identities.


Leece wades in the suds on Cape Lookout, gathering shells and taking pictures of shorebirds.


We took the Cedar Island - Ocracoke ferry, run by the State of North Carolina, to visit the Ocracoke lighthouse and Ocracoke village, on the run up to Hatteras. This is the lighthouse from across the Ocracoke Harbor. We had a great dinner of broiled bluefish, shrimp, and real hushpuppies. Real ones, not those bits of frozen dough from Sysco.


Trawlers in Atlantic, one of the thirteen fishing villages that make up "Down East". We went to Atlantic to find the Hunting Quarters Primitive Baptist church as part of a series on old Down East churches, and found some commercial fishermen having a few cold ones after having been out dragging nets all night. They steered us to the church.

Some bird photos:

An Eastern Willet, on Core Banks near Lookout light. See also Eastern Willet.


A brown pelican gliding along looking for a meal. On the trip over to Ocracoke, the pelicans were very cooperative, with several flights passing close by the ferry.


The ubiquitous Laughing gull.


Immature white ibis, lounging about in a loblolly pine on Core Banks.

Leece took these shots:

My sister Susie cooks up a part of a pile of fresh Core Sound shrimp while brother Tommy waits to snuffle. We stuffed ourselves on sea food. Leece had 'real' hushpuppies for the first time, as well as fried jumping mullet, broiled and fried bluefish, Down East clam chowder, 'real' shrimp (definitely not farm-raised), she-crab soup, and soft-shelled crabs.


Susie's better half, Louie, fixes a mess of soft-shelled crabs.

And here they are, ready to be snuffled. Notice that unlike someplaces, like up in Maryland, these guys have the top shell pulled before cooking. These are really, really good.

Susie and Louie, on the porch of their place in Davis.

Stay tuned ...

7/10/09

Bill "Land of the Fee" Ritter and his Special Interest Stimulus Bux

We already know that Bill "Land of the Fee" Ritter is quite willing to screw We the People to the wall with new fees. That way, he can avoid those aggravating little TABOR requirements to get the approval of the people before he shoves his sticky little Democratic fingers deeper into our pockets.

But did you know that Bill "Land of the Fee" Ritter has blown $40,000 of our Tax Bux - part of that money shoveled out under that bit of legislative largesse known as The Barack Obama Generational Theft Act of 2009? If you are a Democrat, you know that as The Stimulus Bill, a sort of fishes-and-loaves thing stemming from the Second Coming, which occurred back on January 20.

How did he blow it?

By shoveling it into the pockets of his cronies and pals over at his former employer's office. From the Chieftain:

Ritter hired his former law firm, the Washington-based Hogan & Hartson, in a no-bid contract to review stimulus spending, The Denver Post reported Friday. It said the firm was paid $40,000 in stimulus money through June.

Aides to the governor insisted the contract was properly awarded. The state attorney general's office deemed the contract necessary to allow the state to have speedy legal advice about stimulus money. The contract is too small to require competitive bidding.

Ritter worked for the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson in 2005, leaving the following year when he ran for governor. The law firm has about 1,300 lawyers across the country and specializes in public finance, real estate, white-collar litigation and environmental and governmental regulation. Many of Hogan's lawyers are Ritter supporters, and two who work directly on the state's stimulus issues are contributors.


We seem to be spending a lot of that 'stimulus' money at the state and Federal levels to tell how we are spending that 'stimulus' money. Look at the $18 million in 'stimulus' money they are urinating away on Obama's website extravaganza. They don't even try to hide it any more.

And Ritter's merry little band of spend-the-taxpayers'-money-like-water gang is predictably putting it everywhere but southeast Colorado. Also from the Chieftain:

Evidently, many of the states, including Colorado, took the path of least resistance. They often selected highway and education projects already on the drawing board in larger metropolitan areas with the resources and political influence to get to the head of the line. Likewise, states appeared to have little trouble getting money out to keep teachers off the unemployment lines, increase Medicaid payments and provide a cushion to state budgets.

Boosting Medicaid and cushioning state budgets is an old line all too familiar to Southeastern Colorado and other high-unemployment areas of the state.

Stimulus spending was supposed to be different, being billed as a way to jump start the economy, build new schools and usher in more education reforms where most needed.

It turns out about half the money set aside for road and bridge repairs is being used to repave highways rather than to build new job-creating projects.

Hope and change, baby. Hope and change.

"There's nothing that we would have done differently ..."

This ad is from the Party of 'Family Values':



and it's obviously slanted against The One. That's OK. I'm slanted against The One myself, and make no bones about it. I'm also slanted against the Party of 'Family Values', but they aren't in charge right now, and their screwups seem to be limited to parking their peckers where they shouldn't oughta and thereby engaging in political self-immolation. But in the ad, did you notice the bit about the $18 million for Obama's 'recovery.gov' website?

That's for a five year 'professional services' contract. So who got the $18 million? And by the way, $9.5 million of that will be spent in the next 5-7 months. The site is supposed to be fully operational by January.

Meanwhile ... who got the $18 million?

On the surface, it seems to have gone to a Maryland-based company, Smartronix Inc.

Are there any political connections between Smartronix Inc, which has received a quarter of a billion bux worth of government contracts since 2000, and Capitol Hill?

Yah, you betcha (wink):

Smartronix, a medium-sized Maryland-based firm (over 500 employees) founded in 1995, boasts a large number of government clients, mostly military. The company appears to have just one important political connection: according to FEC records, Smartronix president, Mohammed Javaid, vice president Alan Parris, and partner John Parris have together given $19,000 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) since 1999. There is no record of a Smartronix employee contributing to any other federal politician.

Interestingly, website design is something that Smartronix Inc does not list as one of their services. Their website design 'experience' is extremely limited. It is certainly not in keeping with what our beloved government says it was looking for: "... an innovative, award winning, Web-design and implementation firm with expertise on user-focused, data-driven web designs."

There is already a Tweet petition of sorts circulating to " ... encourage Smartronix to disclose in a transparent way how it is spending money on Recovery.gov since the Recovery.gov project is "all about transparency."

Obama focuses ...

Obama is attending the G-8 summit in Italy, where he is focusing on economic and other issues:

7/9/09

Rare photo of 1940 Tour de France

Here's one for all the cycling enthusiasts and history buffs in the readership:

More from the party of "Family values"

Ensign's parents gave mistress nearly $100,000

The plot thickens, and gets increasingly bizarre, in the case of Sen. John Ensign's affair.

The Nevada Republican, through a written statement by his attorney, admitted Thursday that his parents paid the family of his mistress nearly $100,000 last year.


Here's a good observation:

"It just makes John Ensign look all the worse," [Sloan]said. "He's a senator, not a 12-year-old. Now he needs his parents to come in and clean up his mess?"

Republican senator Tom Coburn, from the Okie Bible Belt, has had his fingers in the Ensign pie from the beginning. He's the one that Hampton - husband and pimp, or pimp and husband, take your pick - alleges was talking money. Coburn refuses to discuss what advice he took, since Coburn is - naturally - a deacon. An ordained deacon. Well sure. Figuring out a fair settlement for clearing out one of those pesky "Family Values" things certainly comes under 'religious counselling'. Not only that, but Coburn is claiming doctor/patient confidentiality, since he is a physician, too.

Problem is ... Coburn is an obstetrician. Since Ensign is such a pussy, I wonder if his vagina was hurting. Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

Roll Call reported Thursday that Coburn is claiming that because he gave the advice as a "physician and as an ordained deacon," he doesn't have to testify. Roll Call reported that Coburn cited constitutional protections for religious counseling as well as for patient confidentiality.

Coburn, though, is an obstetrician, making it unlikely that Ensign was a patient in the traditional sense.


Republicans. The party of Family Values. What a joke.

John Ensign and his shackrat

More embarrassment for John Ensign the senator that was boffing one of his staffers:

Ensign paid mistress severance, husband says
An excerpt:

Hampton told the newspaper that he learned of the affair between his friend the senator and his wife when he discovered an incriminating text message. He also detailed a February 2008 meeting in which he, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and others encouraged Ensign to end the affair, as well as the working relationship with the Hamptons. Hampton said Coburn and others tried to encourage Ensign to compensate the couple and help them relocate.

"These men were the ones that said, 'What we need to do is get Doug Hampton's home paid for, and we need to get Doug Hampton some money. We need to get his family to Colorado,"' Hampton said in the interview, according to a transcript obtained by The Associated Press.


OK ... now, Ensign did screw the pooch, in a figurative sense. We already know about the literal sense, and I'm not sure she's a dog. But consider this:

The husband is right in the middle of all this. It's like he's the shackrat's press secretary and broker. Did you catch that business about the husband being at the meeting with the other senators who were trying to 'encourage Ensign to end the affair"? That's the same meeting where they were trying to broker 'compensation' for the Hamptons. "... get Doug Hampton's home paid for ...". Get him some money. Get them moved to Colorado.

The cynic in me wonders ... was Hampton her husband, or her pimp? Think about it. There's a bunch of Republican senators, sitting around with Ensign and his shackrat's pimp, negotiating a price. "Family values" at work. Not only is Ensign dumber than dog crap, but so are his pals. And consider this somewhat cynical thought: Was the whole thing a setup? Did the Hamptons, once Ensign started sniffing around, put together the Rest of the Plan in order to squeeze some bux out of Ensign? Wasn't extortion part of the original story?

This is really quite a sorry mess. These are the clowns who are running the country.

Then, Ensign, like Sanford, just has to bring God into it:

In the Feb. 2008 letter posted on the newspaper's Web site, someone signing their name "John" says he takes "100 percent responsibility for my actions." "God never intended us to do this. I walked away from Him and my relationship with Him has suffered terribly," the letter reads.

Wow. "John" has just had a theological Revelation. Not bad for a Republican, a member of the Family Values Party. Why is it that these guys don't seem to remember these little details when they are running around suffering from Erectus Permanitus?

"Family Values". You gotta be kidding.

7/8/09

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse ...

... it does:

Debate churns over proposed Jackson butter sculpture

Yep. For like reals, dude:

Michael Jackson may be memorialized in wax at Madame Tussaud's, but it's not yet clarified whether he'll get butter treatment at the Iowa State Fair.

The debate over how to honor the late King of Pop is churning for Iowa fairgoers who will vote on whether to include Jackson's image as part of the fair's 2009 display of celebrated butter sculptures.

On June 30, fair organizers announced plans to honor the deceased singer's musical feats through a butter sculpture of Jackson to appear alongside a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on moon – a recognition of Jackson's famous "moonwalk" dance step.

But after tempers began bubble, organizers decided to cut the fat and feature Jackson's buttery image in a "small side portion" of the moonwalk sculpture. They said in a second press release issued on the same day that Jackson — whose personal reputation is controversial — will not be honored for his character, but for "recognizing his piece of Iowa State Fair history."

That still didn't satisfy everyone's taste, and after hundreds of complaints, fair officials opted to let the public vote on whether Jackson should win a coveted spot in the buttery line-up.

FoxNews cutness with the 'churns' and 'clarified' aside ... they were really going to put a butter sculpture of Jacko alongside an Apollo commemoration? Because Jackson, like Neil Armstrong, did a moonwalk?

Do these yay-hoos not understand the difference?

This dearly departed sounds like she was a downhome hoot ...

Nancy Lee Hixson
(April 17, 1944 - June 30, 2009)

Danville - (Nancy) Lee Hixson of Danville, Ohio died at sunrise on June 30, 2009.

She was born Nancy Lee Wood in Cleveland on April 17, 1944, baptised at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Valley City Ohio, and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Independence Ohio.

In addition to being a teetotaling mother and an indifferent housekeeper, she was a board certified naturopath specializing in poisonous and medicinal plants; but she would like to point out, posthumously, that although it did occur to her, she never spiked anyone’s tea. She often volunteered as an ombudsman to help disadvantaged teens find college funding and early opened her home to many children of poverty, raising several of them to successful, if unwilling, adulthood.

She also enjoyed a long life of unmentionable adventures and confessed she had been a rebellious teen-aged library clerk, an untalented college student on scholarship, a run-away Hippie, a stoic Sunday School teacher, a Brownie leader, a Grange lecturer, an expert rifleman, a waitress, a wife once or twice, a welder, an artist, and a writer.

She was in earlier years the president of Rainbow Systems Trucking Company, Peninsula Ohio, and she drove tractor-trailers over-the-road hauling freight commodities to startled customers from Minnesota to Florida. She was the CEO of the Cuyahoga Valley Center of Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT), where she lived in a remote and tiny one-room cabin in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Despite the lack of cabin space and dining table, she often served holiday dinners to friends and relatives and could seat twenty at the bed.

She lived the last twenty-three years at Winter Spring Farm near Danville where she built a private Stonehenge, and planted and helped save from extinction nearly 50 varieties of antique apple trees, many listed in A.J. Downing’s famous orchard guide of 1859 – among them such delicacies as Summer Sweet Pearmain, Sops of Wine, Westfield Seek No Further, and Duchess of Oldenburg. Her homemade cider and wine were reputed to cause sudden stupor. She befriended countless stray dogs, cats, horses, and the occasional goat. She was a nemesis to hunters, and an activist of unpopular, but just, causes. In short, she did all things enthusiastically, but nothing well.

After moving to Danville, she bravely suffered with a severe and disabling disorder and a ten-year battle with lymphoma that ultimately took her life. She was often confined to the home where she continued to tirelessly volunteer and donate her limited resources to needy teens in the area, always cheered by their small and large achievements. Sympathy and big donations may be extended at this time.

She was predeceased by her father Dwight Edward Wood of the Ohio pioneer Wood family of Byhalia, who died in the Columbus Jail having been accused of a dreadful crime, and by her second father Ted A. Cznadel of Danville who adopted her, loved her and raised her despite it all.

She is survived by her dearly beloved son, her heart and soul and every breath, Christopher Daniel Hixson of Akron, (a sterling citizen who rose above his murky childhood with a scandalous mother), and by his loving partner Mitchell Kahan. She is also survived by her mother, the opinionated and stubborn Ann Gall Cznadel; by her brother the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Sluberski, a Lutheran minister and professor, most recently of Rio de Janeiro; by her gentle, ecological brother Gregory T. Cznadel, a quality manager of Cleveland; by her talented sister Linda R. Cznadel Hauck, a librarian from sea to shining sea, of San Luis Obispo; by her genius nephew and godson Matthew Hauck of Minneapolis; and the other half of her heart, her patient friend and backstairs lover of thirty years, David Paul Bleifus who resides at the farm.

Ms. Hixson traced her lineage directly through eleven generations to Governor William Bradford of the ship Mayflower and the Plimouth Colony, and was in the process of membership to The Mayflower Society. She was a long-time card carrying member of the ACLU, the Democratic Party, and of MENSA.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gene Morris for his care, understanding and sense of humor through it all; Dr. Paul Masci of Cleveland Clinic Wooster; and Dr. Skip Radwany and the nursing staff of the Palliative Care Center at Summa for their compassion as Lee shuffled off this mortal coil.

Cremation has taken place. Immediate family and friends will gather at Stonehenge on a sunny summer day to celebrate her life. Interment is in the family plot at Brinkhaven Hilltop Cemetery in Brinkhaven, Ohio, where she will await an eventual and probable slide down the cliff to the Mohican River below. In lieu of flowers, please pray for the Constitution of the United States.

Now Voyager depart, (much, much for thee is yet in store)… -Walt Whitman

The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is assisting with arrangements.Please visit www.legacy.com to sign the online guest book.

The Golf Course subsidy

Speaking of the government giving our tax dollars to private business, what about that $150,000, give or take, that goes to the golf course?

That's tax revenues that are directly subsidizing a 'for profit' private business. The Federal government can't afford to do that - though they obviously haven't figured it out yet - so how can local government?

The argument that the golf course brings in visitors and money is specious at best and is a testimonial as to just how stupid its proponents think we are.

If you buy into that argument, then let's subsidize other businesses that bring in visitors and money. How about the Fox Theater? At city council the other evening, it was noted that our sales tax revenues are pretty stable. Maybe even slight growth. Yet Pueblo's sales tax revenues have dropped ... what? Ten percent? That's a terrible hit.

Why aren't ours dropping? Well, for one thing, many people are shopping local. Where people used to go to Pueblo for shopping and a flick, they now stay home and go to the Fox.

So if we are going to subsidize the golf course, let's subsidize the Fox. Let's also subsidize Safeway, because people stop in there to shop and spend money locally, even visitors off the highway. Ditto for Walmart. How about the motels? How about the restaurants? Let's subsidize them. They attract visitors. How about the Kiva? Same thinking applies.

Do you find that to be nonsense?

So is subsidizing the Chiaramontes to the tune of $150,000 a year.

The Cap and Trade Snow Job

Over on Red Planet:

Capped

Check the cartoon. Unfortunately, it applies to local government as well as the Feds and the state.

Meanwhile, as for Cap and Trade ripoffs, here's a good read from Jamie Dupree:

Cap and Trade grows

An excerpt:

Oh yeah, other stuff caught my eye as well, like on page 473, "Bounties for Replacement, Retirement, and Recycling of Existing Low-Efficiency Products."

You read that right - under this bill, the Secretary of Energy would pay money to retailers that get rid of older appliances and machines that use extra energy.

In the same section, the bill lays out "Premium Awards" that would be paid to the manufacturers of new energy efficient appliances.

From what I can make of the legislative gobbledygook on page 479 of the bill, it looks like the feds would pay the manufacturers of "Superefficient Best In Class Products" for each unit that they produce.

* $75 for each dishwasher
* $250 for each clothes washer
* $200 for each refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer
* $250 for each clothes dryer
* $200 for each cooking product
* $300 for each water heater

Now I don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that if you pay enough of those awards, that is going to be a big chunk of change in Fiscal Years 2011, 2012 and 2013, which is when the awards would be paid out.

How much money are we talking here? Well, the entire section relating to super efficient appliances would get $600 million for FY 2011, 2012 and 2013 - and then "such sums" as may be necessary in the future.

The bill specifically says that "no less" than 40% of the money in those first three years shall be for "Premium Awards for Development and Production of Superefficient Best-in-Class Products."

This would be a great horselaugh if it weren't the Real Deal. They are going to give away your money and mine, to private business. Well, we should be used to that by now.

Speaking of which ... how we doin' with that $150,000 subsidy to the golf course? That contract is up for renewal, and we have elections coming up this November.


Continuing the ID nonsense ...

The more I think about this latest bit of legislative ineptitude, the hotter I get.

Coming on the heels of the pit bull ordinance, where input from citizens and experts alike was pretty much tossed into the trash and the ordinance passed nonetheless, and that downright silly pooper scooper thing ...

If I were a bar owner, I'd refuse to comply with that ordinance. Flatly. Publically. Go ahead. Cite me.

Then I'd ask for a jury trial in Judge Manley's court. That piece of trash should never have gotten out of the city attorney's office, much less presented to council, much less passed through council. Let the court try to figure out what it means.

It's really quite an example of legal and legislative incompetence.

And if by some wild chance I was found guilty (guilty of what? which bit of stupidity would I be found guilty of?), think of the entertainment value of running it up through the state court system.

7/7/09

The Great ID Fiasco

There is Great Confusion in The Land over the ordinance requiring ID for booze sales.

The ordinance does not require that ID be shown for each purchase. It does not require that each customer show ID in order to make a purchase. What the ordinance requires is this:

Any person failing to produce photographic proof of age when requested by any holder of any class of liquor license or any employee thereof shall not be allowed to purchase the liquor, wine, beer, or other spiritous beverage as requested.

But here is the signage, also from the ordinance:

WARNING: All persons purchasing liquor, wine, beer or other spirituous beverage in this establishment, must produce photographic identification showing proof of a minimum of 21 years of age.

You see the difference. The signage requires everyone to be carded. The text of the ordinance does not; it only requires 'photographic proof of age when requested ...".

So there is a conflict within the ordinance.

Why is this even being discussed? How can it be enforced? The ordinance as written makes no sense. I'd love to see a bar owner dragged into court over violating this one.

The question remains, nonetheless, as to whether or not the city should be involved in this. State law does not require ID. What state law requires is that sales will not be made to persons under the age of 21. And from that, we have to ask ... why doesn't the state actually require ID? Does it have to do with any Constitutional 'issues'?

Here's another one. What exactly is 'photographic proof of age'? Is it the same thing as 'photographic identification'? Both terms are used within the ordinance. Yet neither is defined. If I have a picture of myself as a baby, lying in my crib with a copy of the Carteret County News-Times showing a headline, "Hiroshima bombed by General LeMay's Forces", would that work? Why not?

If the intent is to require some kind of official photo ID, then why not say so, and why not list acceptable types? The City of Boulder lists these as the acceptable types of ID for alcohol purchases:
  1. A valid driver’s license containing a picture - issued by any state
  2. A valid identification card containing a picture – issued by any state
  3. A valid military identification containing a picture
  4. A valid passport containing a picture
  5. A valid alien registration card containing a picture
What is the origin of that standard? It can't be the Colorado Code of Regulations pertaining to Liquor Sales, specifically 47-912:



Check that first sentence. Note the sublime simplicity of the wording. Is it hard to understand? Why, then, is this ordinance such a fine example of three monkeys having sex with a football (figuratively speaking, of course)? If we really need an ordinance, why not adopt the regulatory language, and give it force of law in the statutory sense?

Why require Smile Hi City booze establishments to ask for ID in the first place? Because, despite the Common Sense Factor brought up by Gayle Eveatt at the council meeting, the number of closed liquor establishments demonstrates either a lack of common sense, or the presence of stupidity or indifference or even a lack of knowledge - or a deliberate intent to sell to whoever walks in the door.

There is an education component to the ordinance that addresses the lack of knowledge.

But how about the requirement that a valid photo ID be presented on demand, or there is no sale?

I like the valid ID argument. Councilman Bob made a very good point the other night, and it is consistent with my own experiences and observations. He noted that many people who avoid obtaining valid ID and who continue to carry around expired ID rather than get it renewed do so for a very good reason. They have warrants out for their arrest. Or other sanctions. Such people tend to be ... well, there is no better term: 'riff-raff'. So by requiring a valid ID be presented when challenged by a salesperson, you tend to keep the riff-raff out.

That reduces the number of bar fights, hookers, dope dealers, and other unsavory characters and events.

By extension, it reduces the number of sales to minors.

But shouldn't the liquor outlet owners take care of this on their own? Yes. Certainly. And some do. They ain't all stupid dirtbags. But not all of them do. And there's the rub.

How would this ordinance be enforced? Who knows. But it might just be another one of those really useful ordinances like the pooper scooper deal. Boy howdy, hasn't that one cleaned up City Park?

The real question, however, is why, given the intense legal scrutiny that all of our proposed ordinances undergo, this particular one has such glaring errors in it.

Aye. That's another rub, ain't it? And why has this dragged on since November of last year? We've seen other ordinances greased through so fast you'd think some kind of legislative laxative had been administered.

Colorado Democrats' tribute to Jacko

From "Face the State":

FTS Humor

"... oh God, I can't talk ..."

The news coverage of Michael Jackson' demise and the on-going circus over his funeral is downright obscene in its intensity and scope.

Nothing else seems to matter to the mainstream media as they continue their frenzy.

How about this:

Relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan Decry Lack of Coverage Amid Jackson Spectacle

Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media," Martha Gillis wrote to the Washington Post. "Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?"

Gillis' nephew, Lt. Brian Bradshaw, 24, died in Kheyl, Afganistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Bradshaw, of Steilacoom, Wash., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was one of at least 13 U.S. soldiers to die in Afghanistan since Jackson's death on June 25.

Bradshaw's mother, Mary, said she agreed with Gillis, saying the nonstop coverage of Jackson's death has become "totally ridiculous" and laughable.

"I can watch the news many nights and there's no mention of what's going on in Afghanistan or Iraq and there's boys dying over there," Bradshaw told FOXNews.com. "Oh God, I can't talk."


It is obscene. We are worshipping a man who at best had strange appetites and who led a debauched life, and who at worst was an unrepentant pedophile protected by the same worshipping mindset that we now see everywhere.

That he could sing and dance, no matter how well, changes none of that.

This media coverage has become a national embarrassment.

You're going green with cap and trade!

7/6/09

Common sense

In the previous post, we mentioned 'common sense' in the conduct of both business and politics.

Here's another commentary, this one from Chris Muir over on Day by Day, regarding the current Sara Palin dustup:

Common sense

"Il est grand le mystère ... ''

It really is.

A great mystery, that is.

At tonight's city council meeting, Gayle Eveatt took council to task over an apparent requirement that everyone who purchases booze in The Smile Hi City must produce ID.

But it ain't that way ... or it isn't supposed to be that way. It seems there is confusion, disparity, between what was intended - or what's in the ordinance - and what is in the signage requirement.

Unfortunately, for now, that's the way it is.

Eveatt quite rightly noted that state law does not require the production of ID. State law simply requires that booze not be sold to anyone under 21. Common sense would seem to indicate that the easiest way to achieve that goal is for booze outlets to ask for ID if their sales people are not sure of the customer's age.

Yep. Common sense. It isn't something you can learn in school, Eveatt said. Well ... the thing is, while Eveatt may be possessed of the requisite common sense, the last sting operations here in the lower Arkansas Valley would indicate that a goodly number of liquor outlet operators are remarkably lacking in that regard. That's why so many of them got bagged.

Then Jerre Church addressed council on the 'issue', wanting to know why no one knew about any of this.

Mr. Church's question is a very good one. Is city council operating as a secret cabal, passing ordinances behind closed doors, in the proverbial smoke-filled room?

A casual examination of past issues of the Tribune-Democrat shows that several articles were published about this 'issue'. Yep. It was discussed at the regular-open-to-the-public meetings, and it was covered repeatedly in the paper.

Perhaps if more people attended council meetings, or read something other than the obituaries and comics in the T-D, Mr. Church's question would find an answer.

Meanwhile, Gossman-Steeves advises that she will provide autographed copies of all of the articles she wrote covering this 'issue'. You'll have to provide your own frames.

And just what drove the ordinance enactment in the first place?

Well, it was liquor store owners who apparently lack common sense (witness the sting busts) to make sure they do not sell to underaged buyers. Too stupid, or too lazy, or too lacking in common sense to handle the matter themselves, it was actually brought to council by at least one owner of an existing outlet. Why? Do city's liquor store outlet owners really need council to wipe their butts and serve as their fall guys for what is clearly a business owner responsibility? Obamamania is alive and well in The Smile Hi City.

Further meanwhile, Mr. Bradbury continues on in his role as political activist over the 'issue' of uncontrolled intersections. In his statement to council this evening, Mr. Bradbury observed that if this council was unresponsive to the 'issue', he would take the necessary measures to ensure that the next council was more compliant.

Perhaps Mr. Bradbury is considering a run at the mayoral seat?

Stay tuned ... the real reportage will appear in tomorrow's T-D. Reserve your copy now.

The bleeding of Hillary Clinton

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Amber Alert for Hillary Clinton

Bill Jacobson has a pretty good off-the-cuff analysis of how Hillary is being "... bled by leeches ..." of her political capital and persona.

He has some excellent points.

Hillary, though at one time a formidable politician, has consistently demonstrated that while she might be really good at the political in-fighting, the hacking and back-stabbing, she really doesn't have what it takes to be a diplomat on the international stage. Nor is she "presidential".

We've hit on this in a few posts:

Hillary steps on her whang ... again

and a kind of precursor to that one:

Hillary steps on her pecker ... again

and

The moral incoherence of the Obama administration

Mean, vengeful, spiteful, vituperative ... all of those and more fit The Hill.

But she has been skewered by The One. Belled by The Cat. Her fangs have been pulled. She is not part of The One's "team". Boy howdy, did Obama give Hillary a political comeuppance, that we are now only beginning to see.

Loser. That's our Hill.

God, creation, and balance

This one shows multiple sources:

God was missing for six days (like Mark Sanford?). Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired, “Where have you been?”

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, “Look, Michael. Look what I’ve made.”

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, “What is it?”

”It’s a planet,” replied God, “and I’ve put life on it.. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a place to test Balance.”

“Balance?” inquired Michael, “I’m still confused.”

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. “For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I’ve placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things.”

God continued pointing to different countries. “This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”

The Archangel , impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land area and said, “What’s that one?”

“That’s Washington State , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of aircraft and software.”

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, “But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance.”

God smiled and said, “There’s another Washington. Wait till you see the idiots I put there.”

"Enhanced breeding opportunities are the whole point ..."

A good commentary on the continuing saga of Mark "King David" Sanford and "The Argentine Firecracker":

Hypocrisy all around

Some excerpts:

Like many South Carolina aristocrats, he's an Episcopalian. However, like most Southern Republicans, Sanford talked like a biblical fundamentalist, piously condemning others' sexual sins and boasting about his own righteousness.

He does sound like a Fundie. A really sanctimonious, self-righteous prick of a Fundie, full of himself, hoping to con us into 'forgiveness' as he sucks along trying to keep his job. If I hear one more biblical allegory or metaphor from Sanford, I think I'll barf again into the potted plants.

GOP hypocrisy regarding the "culture war" that Newt Gingrich declared against Democrats a couple or three marriages ago is getting to be a very old story. It's hard keeping track of the virtual parade of naughty congressmen, philandering mayors and governors, polymorphously perverse right-wing preachers and senators variously soliciting undercover cops, patronizing prostitutes and sleeping with the help.

and

Some Republicans complain of a double standard. Nonsense. They're the ones who opened Pandora's Box. Washington Monthly's Steve Benen put it best: "If you help run Mothers Against Drunk Driving and you're caught drunk driving, it's going to be a bigger deal than the typical DUI."

He got that right.

Someone speaks the truth ...

At last! Someone in the public eye has grown a pair and speaks the truth about Jacko:

New York congressman blasts Jackson as pervert and low-life

The only thing I can see wrong with what Pete King says is that he has it toned down too much.

I lost my virtual cookies when the idiots started talking about Jacko being a 'role model' for youth.

Pardon me while I go barf in the potted plants.