9/30/10

A vital issue of the day

Tea Party opponents are vapor-locking over this:

Really. They are:

Tea Party coloring book reportedly prompts death threats

And here we thought Islamic Fundamentalists were whackjobs for vaporlocking over cartoons of The Prophet.

There really isn't all that much difference between their whackjobs and ours, when you come right down to it. Remove the Rule of Secular Law, and you'll have the same kind of zealot-generated anarchy as we see in the Middle East.

John Salazar

Brother John sure is layin' low these days, isn't he? You'd think we don't even have a CongressClown for the Colorado Third.

John Salazar sticks with the party line

John Salazar has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 97.2% of the time during the current Congress. This percentage does not include votes in which Salazar did not vote. See a list of his votes against his party since 1991, a list of all Representatives in the 111th Congress with a similar score, or a full list of party voters.

Like Mike Bennet, Salazar is one of those guys who if Obama, Pelosi, and Reid came to a sudden stop, you'd need a calf-puller to recover him.

Tea Party Leadership

"I'll take you out, buddy!"

Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino was at a Lake George hotel where he was endorsed by the state's Conservative Party. On the sidelines, New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker tried to ask the Buffalo developer to provide proof to back up his suggestion to another reporter that Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo had an affair. 

and

Cuomo is divorced from Kerry Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's daughter. Paladino told the reporter he would provide the proof "at the appropriate time," but then accused him of being biased for Cuomo. He also grilled him because a Post reporter went to the home of his 10-year-old daughter, who was fathered out of wedlock.

I'm not seeing much difference in the 'quality' of the Tea Party's hand-picked candidates and the bidness-as-usual sliminess of the CongressClowns we have now. I'm thinking that while a clean sweep would be a great thing ... do we really want to replace the greedy, self-serving twits we now have with whackjobs like Paladino?

Consider the whackjobbery in the Colorado Republican Party. Really ... Hick is looking better and better, even if I'd still have to hold my nose voting for him.

9/28/10

The Democrats' pathetic new low point

The most despicable political ad

Grayson is a Hero of the Democratic Party. In this ad, he ("I'm Alan Grayson, and I approved this message ...")shamelessly edits the video clip to make it seem that his opponent, Daniel Webster, is saying just the opposite of what he really said.

This is the Democratic Party's concept of 'ethical behavior.'

Well, seeing what's coming out of the White House these days, it's hardly surprising.

A poorly conceived notion

If adopted, Amendment 62 would add this to the state constitution:

Section 32. Person defined. As used in sections 3*, 6**, and 25*** of Article II of the state constitution, the term "person" shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.

The sections of the state constitution cited by Amendment 62 include the affirmation of "... natural, essential, and inalienable rights ..."; "equality of justice;" and "due process of law".

What do they mean by "... beginning of the biological development ..."? The PersonHood website says it means "... when the sperm touches the ovum ...". That website claims that the amendment "... won't ban contraception ...". Amendment 62 supporters dismiss the definition of "conception" held by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which requires the attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine wall. Actually, the sperm cell has to to more than simply 'touch' the ovum; it has to penetrate the cell wall - which is not as simple as it sounds - and deliver its genetic payload.

While most birth control pills prevent ovulation, their other effects can still prevent the attachment of a fertilized ovum - the egg - to the uterine wall in the event ovulation does take place, an event that may occur for a number of reasons, not the least of which is inconsistency in using the pill. The fertilized egg therefore dies and is eliminated from the woman's body. This would violate a post Amendment 62 constitution.

The Amendment 62 supporters’ definition of “conception” would effectively ban the use of today’s most common form of birth control. No woman in the state would be able to obtain a prescription for a drug that "violates" the rights of a fertilized egg, which would now enjoy the full rights of any living, breathing human being. Banning this form of birth control is clearly on the agenda of the supporters of 62; they state as much on their website.

Church doctrines are all over the place on this. Some allow pre-fertilization birth control, some do not, and others leave it up to the church members to "prayerfully consider ...". All of that is fine; it is an individual choice to belong to a church, or not, and even if one belongs to a church, to accept all of its doctrines 'religiously' ... or not. None of these doctrines seem to really define what they mean by "conception." Two of our foremost theologians, Thomas Aquinas with his views on "ensoulment" and Karl Barth with his views on birth control in Church Dogmatics, do nothing to clarify matters. Fundamentalists who insist on the literalness of creation as described in Genesis, using junk 'science' to support that view, will embrace the hard science of embryology, at least that which selectively supports their view.

Amendment 62 supporters are religiously oriented. They present a study in “selective literalism”, that is, taking as literal only those Scriptures that suit one’s political or personal agenda while minimizing or ignoring contradicting or contextual passages. Much of what they say is consistent with various church doctrines, which quite frankly doesn't say much for some church doctrines, but that's another story. The separation of church and state is a two-way concept. The state must be protected from religion as much as religion must be protected from the state. With Amendment 62, some of the most fanatical of the Christian Right are seeking to impose their “selectively literal” Biblical views, or church doctrines, upon all of the state’s residents. It is one thing for members of a church to refuse certain birth control measures based on their beliefs. That's a personal choice. It is something else entirely when they attempt to use the state’s constitution to force their religious views on everyone else.

Ken Buck has 'backed away' from his support of 62. He didn't understand the bit about birth control. It isn't the first time Buck has 'backed away' from a position. The term 'backed away' is what politicians use when they realize their position is going to cost them votes.

Buck's original statement: I am pro-life, and I’ll answer the next question. I don’t believe in the exceptions of rape or incest. I believe that the only exception, I guess, is life of the mother. And that is only if it’s truly life of the mother. To me, you can’t say you’re pro-life and say — if there is, and it’s a very rare situation where one life would have to cease for the other life to exist. But in that very rare situation, we may have to take the life of the child to save the life of the mother. In that rare situation, I am in favor of that exception. But other than that I have no exceptions in my position.

Apparently he no longer believes that. He still doesn't get my vote.

Dan Maes is a 62 supporter. So is Tancredo, though as you can see from the article about Buck, Tancredo is essentially clueless about what 62 really does. That fits in with a lot of Tancredo's other cluelessness as well.

And then in the Colorado 4th, Cory Gardner, another 62 supporter,  now there's a man of real principle: When asked if he would allow exceptions for victims of rape or incest, or when the mother's life is in danger, Gardner said, "I'm pro-life, and I believe abortion is wrong." If I still lived in the CO 4th, I'd sure vote for Betsey, even if she is a Democrat.

As for Dan and Tom ... Hick is looking better every day.

It's going to be another one of those "hold your nose and vote" elections.

9/27/10

Dirty little secrets

Once again it appears that our beloved Federal government is hiding its dirty little secrets, screwups, good ol' boys 'protection', etc etc etc ad naseum, behind the thick curtain of their classification system. But this time, they are spending your money and mine - some $47,000 in this case - to burn books:

Pentagon paid to destroy vet's memoirs

"Given the sensitive nature of this request and the potential damage to national security, the Department of Defense had every reason to believe that this would be handled with the utmost discretion by all of the parties. Unfortunately, someone disclosed to the press these ongoing efforts before the Department of Defense had the opportunity to finish working with the publisher on a corrected version," the official said.
But the Pentagon's claims about national security breaches are still very much in dispute, and the Defense Department had been forced to abandon its request and a majority of others because the information was already public. 
Among the information DIA objected to including in the book were references to a meeting between Shaffer and Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the Sept. 11 commission. 
In that meeting, which took place in Afghanistan, Shaffer alleges he told Zelikow about "Able Danger" and Atta, the ringleader of the Sept. 11 hijackers who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center. 
Shaffer, who was undercover at the time, said there was "stunned silence" at the meeting after he told Zelikow and others that Atta was identified as early as 2000 by "Able Danger." 
"Dr. Philip Zelikow approached me in the corner of the room. 'What you said today is very important. I need you to get in touch with me as soon as you return from your deployment here in Afghanistan,'" Shaffer said.

"... very important ...". Yeah. It made a bunch of government officials look like they had their heads up and locked. Very bad for the career, that, especially when the result is something like 9/11.

It isn't the first time this has happened.

See:

HEAVY GREEN/COMMANDO CLUB/Lima Site 85

And while we're at it, there is that dirty little business in Cambodia:

Cambodia

US Bombing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War

Take a read of William Shawcross' "Sideshow" while you're at it. It's a great example of good ol' red-blooded American patriots leading the nation down the primrose path.

9/26/10

La Junta Homecoming Football

LJ v. St Mary's, with a Tiger win, 31-17.

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9/24/10

Buck v. Veterans

Ken Buck is under the gun over his recent comment about VA hospitals. Buck is of the opinion that the private sector could do a better job of providing care to veterans than does the VA.

The lefties and even a lot of veterans are hangin' him high over the remark.

I have to agree with him, even though I really don't care for Buck. I don't like the cavalier manner that led to his mandatory ethics classes. I don't like his raid on that tax service up in Greeley. He's much too eager to bypass constitutional and statutory safeguards while touting himself as a protector of the Constitution. His comment about Jane Norton was a stupid rabbit trail yet exposes an attitude more appropriate to the cast of "Mad Men." Though a rabbit trail, it does explain his position on Amendment 62, the so-called "personhood" amendment. Then he did a waffle on that position in a blatant attempt to curry favor among we middle-of-the-roaders.  Does Buck mean what he says, or will he say what will get him votes? Then there is his call for a "much closer relationship" between church and state. The man is the darling of the Christian Right.

While he's running as a Republican, he is endorsed by the Tea Party.

Yet Buck is an 'insider elitist.'  A Princetonian, he has been a government lawyer since 1988. His wife Perry spent several years as vice chair of the Colorado Republican Party ... and has been a careerist in the banking industry. What is there to recommend Buck as a Tea Partyer? Other than he isn't a Democrat?

Where were we ... ah ... the VA.

C'mon. The VA is a Federal government bureaucracy. I've dealt with the VA. I would rather not have to rely on the VA for medical care. In this matter, I agree with Buck ... at least on the surface. I'd like to hear exactly how he plans to have the private sector handle veterans. So far, all we have is a sound byte.

9/23/10

Oxymoronic

From:

Senate Dems delay vote on Bush tax cuts

we have this:

Pre-election, some Democrats are wary of supporting Obama's plan to let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans, fearing they would be accused of supporting a tax hike. Other Democrats believe they have a winning message of fiscal responsibility while making the rich pay more after years of relative prosperity.

"Democrat" used in conjunction with "fiscal responsibility" is not only oxymoronic, it's just plain moronic.

Have you noticed how Nancy Pelosi has taken to referring to the tax cuts as the "Obama tax cuts?"

That's the surest indication the cuts will be extended. Once they are, Pelosi and her accomplices will call them the "Obama tax cuts" so often that within the week, most people will think its true.

9/22/10

Swink v. Cornerstone Baptist Academy

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The lying bastards ...

We were sitting on the wall at City Park in The Smile Hi City, marveling at the repair work that has been done. The wall is looking pretty good as repairs proceed apace.

"Hey. Hey. This wall is lookin' perty good, ain't it?" observed DinkyDau Billy, who was adjusting his dreadlocks under his Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie.

"Billy, you seem to be wearing that thing a lot more than usual," Leece commented, "I have to wonder if you're feeling alright these days."

"Yeah. Yeah. I'm fine. I'm fine," Billy replied, "but you gots ta unnerstand, what with them UFOs up in Denver and sneakin' around our nukleer weapons, I gots concerns. All them gummint officials is lyin' bastards tryin' to cover it all up, ya see."

"UFOs? Denver? Nuclear weapons?" Leece was somewhat confused. So was I, but with me, that's not all that unusual.

"Yeah. Yeah. You heard about that Initiative 300, right? The one to set up a Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission? Up in Denver?"

"Well, yes, but ..."

"And the UFOs sneakin' around our nukleer weapons, but the gummint made it all secret to keep us in the dark?"

"Well, yes, but ..."

"And the Pope's personal astronomer is ready to baptize aliens, you know."

"Well, yes, but ..."

"Yeah, but only if they want to be baptized, you have to keep that in mind, Billy," Tookie interjected, "the Vatican apparently is not prepared to force baptism on anyone. Makes me wonder, though, how they'll handle things like catechism classes and first communions and confirmations and so on. I only hope our alien lost lambs aren't, you know ... carnivorous."

"Yeah. Yeah. But I wanna know why the gummint's always lyin' to us about these things, that's what I wanna know,:" Billy whined. Billy's been whining a lot lately.

"I'm just wondering if real aliens are going to try sneaking in without visas. We have enough problems will illegal aliens as it is, don't you think?" TootSweet continued.

"I'm just glad we have so many people coming to grips with the vital issues of the day, the really important stuff upon which hinges the fate of the nation," Leece interjected.

We sat on the wall, contemplating the Meaning of It All.

9/21/10

The dirty bastards ...

"Boy howdy, but poor ol' La Junta takes it in the shorts all the time,:" muttered DinkyDau Billy, adjusting his Aluminum Deflection Beanie (AFDB) for a better fit. The tinfoil cap was beginning to look a little ragged.

"Your tinfoil hat is beginning to look a little ragged, Billy," observed Leece, as we sat in The Holy Land Quickee's slurping crappacino and stealing tidbits from Billy's Juan Diego breakfast burrito.

"I can't afford no new tinfoil," our stalwart whined, "not after hearin' about that rate hike that city manager feller is gonna hit us with, sometime, somewhere."

"Rate hike?" I asked.

"Yeah. Yeah. You was at the council budget workshop. You heard it. They's gonna raise rates by $500,000. That city manager feller's gonna stick it to us."

"Yes, we were at the meeting, but I don't remember any rate hikes being mentioned. Quite the contrary, in fact. And that $500,000 doesn't have anything to do with rate hikes," Leece countered, somewhat baffled by Billy's grasp of things political.

"Naw, that Councilman fella, Gene Mestas, he's on top of it," Billy replied, "he was all over that city manager feller like flies on poop, keeping them dirty bastards from screwin' We Little People."

"Well ... Billy, Councilman Mestas raised a stink, but the only thing he 'exposed' was his complete lack of understanding as to what was going on," interjected Tookie.

"Yeah? Yeah?" Billy was nonplussed.

"Yeah."

"See, here's the deal, Billy. First, that $500,000 increase has nothing to do with rate hikes. The city is reserving, buying, an increased amount of electricity. $500,000 worth. The electricity is then sold to customers. There is an anticipation that the city's customers will be using that much more electricity. There's the Lewis Rail thingie, for one," Tookie explained.

"It ain't a rate hike?" he asked.

"No. If you use more electricity in your house - for example, if for some reason you changed all of your lightbulbs from 40 watt to 200 watt, wouldn't your electric bill go up?"

Billy thought deeply for several minutes. "Yeah. Yeah. I guess it would, wouldn't it."

"But did your rate go up, or did your usage go up?"

"Well, I guess my usage would go up," he said, stroking his chin thoughtfully.

"Exactly. It has nothing to do with raising your electric rates. In fact, the juice is coming from ARPA, rather than the grid. If it came from the grid, it would cost a lot more."

"Really?"

"Yep. Mestas really needs to do his homework. It would be helpful if our council members had a clue as to what they were voting on or talking about."

"Huh. Well, what about them tires out at the Oakley Indian Mound?" he asked, "Mestas was all over that, too, about them tires."

"You mean the OCLI landfill, Billy; it isn't an Indian mound. But if I recall correctly, Mestas voted on all that every time it's come up. Dan Eveatt and Rick Klein have explained it more than once. The tires have to be shredded before they can be put in the landfill, and at this time, there is no economical market for the tire carcasses. There are some uses for shredded tires, such as we see with the base for the new Tiger Field. But the supply of old tires far exceeds the current need. Maybe what Mestas should be doing is studying recycling and coming up with solutions. Isn't that what we expect from our elected leaders?"

"What a concept," chortled Tookie.

"Well, what about Cathy del Rio's suggestion that they get grants from the Federal government to help pay utilities bills for selected citizens?" Billy queried.

"Oh sure," Tookie grumbled, "like grant money drops from the skies like manna. Doesn't she understand that the money has to come from somewhere, like out of someone's pocket?"

"Probably not. It's free gummint munny. It grows on trees, or perhaps Obama has a stash in a trunk under his bed in the Lincoln Bedroom," I said, admittedly somewhat sneeringly, "I have an idea. Let's just take up a list of people who want free munny from other people so as to pay their utility bills. Then you and I can write them checks directly. We can eliminate the government middleman."

We sat there for awhile, marveling at the Great Minds we have in The Smile Hi City, solving today's problems with today's solutions.

"There's one other thing, " Tookie noted, "Mestas was blaming Rick Klein for 'hitting us with that rate hike.' I thought it was city council that does that. Don't rate hikes have to be approved by city council? And isn't Gene Mestas on city council?"

We sat there some more, marveling at the disconnect from reality apparent in some people's thinking.

9/17/10

"Recovery Summer" Needs Life Support

"Recovery Summer" Needs Life Support
  • A day after the national press corps proclaimed the death of the Republican party because Christine O'Donnell won the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Delaware, some really awful numbers came out showing why the geniuses in the Obama White House have got this all wrong.
  • As a reminder, the Senate race in Delaware is for a seat currently held by a Democrat. In a CNN interview Wednesday afternoon I was asked if O'Donnell's nomination meant the GOP would not control the Senate next year.
  • I looked directly into the camera and said: If, six months ago, I had told you that after the November elections the GOP would have 49 seats in the U.S. Senate you would have told the cameraman to stop the tape and you would have had me escorted out of the bureau.
  • This past summer had been billed as "Recovery Summer" by the Obama White House.
  • Unfortunately for them:
    - the unemployment rate has been stuck in the mid-nine-percent range, - the Dow Jones average has been stuck in the mid-10-thousand range, and
    - the trade deficit (according to the AP yesterday afternoon) "grew to $123.3 billion in the April-to-June period, a 12.9 percent increase from the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday."




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  • In addition to the terrible trade deficit numbers yesterday, the Obama Administration had to announce that the poverty rate had reached historic levels.
  • According to Reuters:
    "The U.S. Census Bureau said 43.6 million people, or one in seven Americans, lived in poverty last year, up from 39.8 million in 2008."
  • And USA Today's take was:
    "The number of people in poverty reached its highest level in 51 years."
  • Obama has successfully steered the economy in reverse to the point that he has equaled the poverty level not seen since the last years of the Eisenhower Administration.
  • If that is true, then the poverty level in the U.S. is worse than it was when Lyndon Johnson declared his "war on poverty."
  • If it weren't for the artificial effects of extending unemployment benefits and a bonus to Social Security recipients, the numbers would be even worse.
  • Nicely played, Mr. Obama! Well done.
  • But wait! There's more!



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  • Also yesterday, the Obama Administration was forced to announce the first numbers following the enormous success of his highly touted health care legislation. According to AOL.com:
    "The percentage of people with private coverage, 63.9 percent, is the lowest since 1987, the first year the bureau collected health insurance data. The percentage covered by government programs, 30.6 percent, is the highest since record-keeping began. "The number of children without health insurance remained at 7.5 million, or 10 percent of those under 18."
  • Private health care … lowest in 23 years. Government health care … highest ever. One out of ten children without health insurance.
  • Reporter Andrea Stone wrote in her AOL piece:
    The delayed benefits, combined with rising insurance rates and the president's back-tracking on how fast his plan would bring down costs, have caused widespread skepticism amid a majority of Americans who deride the law as 'Obamacare.'"
  • Hello, Tea Party?
  • We are just outside six weeks from the mid-term elections. The national press corps is in an ears-back panic looking for ways to show that Republicans have overplayed their hand.
  • Even the most liberal of the liberal press - the NY Times and CBS News - in their current poll, have Obama's job approval at 45-47. That is not among likely voters. That isn't even among registered voters. That is among adults - typically the most Obama-favorable construct.



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  • Finally, if you are looking for an antidote to the "Republicans are in really trouble now, boy" stories how about this one: Jimmy Carter - arguably the worst President in history - not just American history but all of history, everywhere - is going to be on 60 Minutes this Sunday saying, according to the Associated Press:
    "Americans could have had comprehensive health care coverage decades ago if Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hadn't blocked a plan Carter had proposed."
  • Whoa! Check, please. A former Democratic President dissing a Kennedy? How can this be? Won't Democrats have to choose sides? Isn't this evidence of the Democrats in disarray?
  • Nah.
  • Although, when it comes to the failure of the "Recovery Summer" it looks like it's time for a voter intervention.
  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the trade deficit, the poverty rate, the NY Times/CBS poll, and the Carter rant against Ted Kennedy. Also a pretty amusing Mullfoto and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

9/16/10

Airport Fun Day

is this Saturday, at La Junta International Airport.

Airport Fun Day

Festivities start at 9 AM. The airshows will start about 9:30.

The Helicopter will be back, giving rides. Also a Stearman, but no word on cost of rides.

The Yaks will be back.

A B-25 is flying in.

There is no confirmation yet as to any military aircraft coming in.

9/15/10

The Tea Party's Poster Child

So Christine O'Donnell has become the Tea Party's poster child. They poured more than a couple of hundred thousand bux of supporters' donations into the O'Donnell campaign, and sure as God made little green apples, O'Donnell beat RINO Mike Castle.

But what did they get?

O'Donnell is strange even by Republican standards, though she might do well here in Colorado. Here is an Examiner commentary from 6 September:

Delaware still looking for a credible Tea Party candidate

Well, today is 16 September, and since she won, O'Donnell is apparently "credible", at least in some fevered minds. But is this what we want in the US Congress:

Former O'Donnell campaign aides recently released a video on the Internet asking, “Isn't Mike Castle cheating on his wife with a man?” When asked about it on radio last week, O'Donnell unnecessarily repeated the unsubstantiated rumor twice in the process of distancing herself from it.

Also last week, O’Donnell told 
The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack that she fears for her safety during this campaign. “They’re following me,” she said. “They follow me home at night. I make sure that I come back to the townhouse and then we have our team come out and check all the bushes and check all the cars to make sure that—they follow me.”

O’Donnell then claimed someone vandalized her home during her 2008 run against Joe Biden. And who was that? “I’m not sure who did it, but I know for a fact that Mike Castle and [Delaware GOP chairman] Tom Ross were campaigning against me,” she said. “They’ve been sabotaging my candidacy since 2008.”


Come to think on it, she'll probably fit right in, there in Sodom-on-the-Potomac.

She sued a former employer for 'mental anguish' caused by 'gender discrimination' leading to her firing. However, the employer reports that she was fired for running a for-profit business on company time. O'Donnell dropped the suit in 2008, claiming she had run out of money.

Speaking of which, like Timmy "I'm too stupid to use TaxCut" Geithner, O'Donnell has had some 'issues' with the IRS, leading to that agency filing a tax lien against her. O'Donnell insists "... there wasn't even a tax lien ...", which is not true:

Christine O’Donnell: Errors, Mistakes, Smears, and Thug Politics

Then there's the house foreclosure on top of the tax 'issue':

In the case of the tax lien, O'Donnell said in March 2010 that she was being audited and the IRS agent she is working with was "perplexed" by the lien. O'Donnell, however, does owe $11,744.59 in taxes and penalties from the 2005 tax year, according to a lien filed by the IRS on March 2, 2010, the News Journal reported.Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010(5)Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010

Her mortgage holder also secured a default judgment against O'Donnell for $90,421.31 on May 13, 2008, a few months before the GOP primary when she would be selected to square off against Senator-turned-Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.).Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010(5)Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010

The government would have sold the property in August, but O'Donnell moved to sell it to her then-boyfriend and Senate campaign attorney, Brent Vasher. She ultimately moved out of the property, however, though she said she never received a foreclosure notice.

"I had every intention of buying it back, eventually, even as of this fall I wanted to buy it back," she said. "I chose to run for office instead."Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010(5)


There's also the niggling little detail of paying her rent - on the townhouse where the Democrats are lurking,but hopefully not masturbating, in the bushes - with campaign contributions, and not paying her staff.

If that isn't enough, here's more:

Why in God's name are conservatives supporting Christine O'Donnell

Sara Palin is O'Donnell's big endorser.

And now, so it appears, is the GOP:

GOP pledges support for O'Donnell

Yeah, the GOP. First they weren't, now they are.

The only good thing about this is that O'Donnell - in the event she is elected - will help negate the Democrat's supermajority. But she is as far right as Obama and the Dems are far left. Extremes are not good for any of us.

9/14/10

Tancredo stays

Tancredo can stay on the ballot:

Tancredo remains on the ballot

According to the Denver Post, Tancredo is now ahead of Maes in the polls:

Tancredo pulls ahead of Maes in race for "first loser"

Heroes and American values

These right-wing politico-religious groups like the so-called "Freedom Congress" have really latched onto Ollie North as a True American Hero .

Aside from an ability to sell books and spout pseudo-patriotic pablum and look good in uniform, I am not sure what qualifies North as an American Hero.

In 1979 we saw the Iranian Revolution, which overthrew the U.S. supported fascist Shah of Iran. The Shah, though an ally of the U.S., had a poor and well-documented human rights record.

After the revolution, the West imposed an arms embargo against the Iranian Islamic Republic. In the mid-80’s the Reagan administration decided to violate that embargo to build “good will” with the Republic. Enter now Oliver North. North “facilitated” an arms deal with the Iranians. It was all under the table because of that pesky arms embargo. And, there were those hostages held in Lebanon. As we all know, the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists. We can, however, buy them off through people like the Iranians if no one knows about it. Apparently this is an expression of “American values.”

Then North diverted money from the arms sales - these days we call it 'money laundering' - and used it to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. There was also that interesting financial relationship with drug kingpin Michael Palmer.

The Contras were a right-wing fascist outfit at odds with the Sandinistas, an unabashedly socialist revolutionary movement bent on overthrowing the far right and extremely oppressive Somoza regime. The Somoza regime understood “American values” about as well as the Shah, but what the hey, at least they weren’t communists. By 1979 the Sandinistas had succeeded with their revolution.

The Sandinistas were also big on that liberation theology stuff that drives Glenn Beck up the wall. But Glenn Beck has never lived in abject poverty under totalitarian right-wing fascist dictators, so he can afford to rant about the evils of liberation theology.

The Sandinistas took their name from Augusto C├ęsar Sandino, leader of the revolt against the US occupation of Nicaragua in the 1920's and 1930's. Sandino had this quaint idea that he and his fellow citizens didn't have to put up with foreign troops occupying their country. Clearly Sandino did not appreciate “American values.”

By the time Oliver North got his fingers into the pie, the modern-day Sandinistas were in power. The U.S. couldn’t have another communist regime in Latin America. So the U.S. backed the Contras, as vicious a collection of political thugs as you would find anywhere, including the Sandinistas.

How is backing murderous thugs with money laundered from illicit arms sales to a hostile Islamic republic and tied in with Latin American drug smuggling in any way reflective of "American values"?

How is supporting morally corrupt, oppressive right-wing regimes that deprive their own people of those ‘inalienable rights’ we Americans hold so dear, an expression of “American values?” How can we as a nation buy into the lie that all of this was for the good of those people, that our actions somehow “protected” them?

Where are the "Christian values" in all this? And tell me how violating the Constitution with lies, deceit, and flagrantly illegal activity is living up to an oath to protect and defend that Constitution?

North excelled in the unsavory tactics of international politics. Till he got caught. And then he and his henchmen wrapped themselves in the flag and hollered about "American values." A number of Americans, especially the Christian Right, bought it hook, line, and sinker.

The Christian Right are politico-religious ideologues who rely upon you and me to not do our own critical thinking. They whine about ‘revisionist history’ and then present their own skewed version as the “truth,” in the process reducing God to a mere political pawn.

It is as contemptible as it is insulting.

On the drug smuggling connection:

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 2: The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations

On the thuggery of the Contras:

"Right to Survive: Human Rights in Nicaragua" (print). The Catholic Institute for International Relations: "The record of the contras in the field, as opposed to their official professions of democratic faith, is one of consistent and bloody abuse of human rights, of murder, torture, mutilation, rape, arson, destruction and kidnapping."

On the idea that North took the hit for Reagan, we have this excerpt from North’s book Under Fire: An American Story:

"Ronald Reagan knew of and approved a great deal of what went on with both the Iranian initiative and private efforts on behalf of the contras and he received regular, detailed briefings on both ... I have no doubt that he was told about the use of residuals for the contras, and that he approved it. Enthusiastically.” See NYT article: North Says Reagan Knew of Iran Deal

9/13/10

JV Tigers v. Alamosa

Image galleries are up here:

Image galleries under the Sports | Football section. There are two galleries:

La Junta's JV Players 2010
La Junta v. Alamosa JV 09.11.2010

9/12/10

A one way street

So we went to that Freedom Congress thing in the park today. Boy howdy, but the guy does indeed talk a good talk. Like Glenn Beck, however, he relies mixing some very obvious truths with some not-so-obvious half-truths and downright bullcrap. And most importantly, they rely on a constituency that doesn't read or think much for itself, depending instead on false prophets feeding them a line of drivel with which they agree.

With one statement it was quite clear that this Freedom Congress thing has missed the point completely. "Jefferson's Wall was one way, to keep the government out of our churches."

No. It was not. While it is necessary to protect the church from the state, it is equally as necessary to protect the state from the church.

That is fundamental to the entire concept of freedom of religion. You let these guys get their version of God into the government, and we are all screwed.

TJ and the Boyz from Phillie understood this very well, having as they did close historical proximity to the events leading to the establishment of the Church of England. And anyone who has even superficially examined the role of the Roman Church in the governments preceding the time of the Reformation can't help but grasp that point.

And they liked my t-shirt. It isn't a very Christian t-shirt, but that doesn't seem to bother them at all.  They seem to be very Old Testament in much of their thinking.

9/8/10

It ain't our fault ...

The Republicans are sounding more and more like Democrats with their whining and two-stepping over their screwups.

Now it's the Maes campaign whining about how complicated it is to sort out campaign finances:

More Maes fines

Nate Strauch, spokesman for the Maes campaign, e-mailed this response on the issue of fines:

“What these fines showcase is the byzantine maze that is political finance regulation. Dan Maes has run a grassroots campaign with a skeleton-crew staff from the beginning, and this just goes to show how difficult it is for an everyman to jump through the hoops.”


No, Nate. What it shows is that the Maes campaign is a) too stupid to figure out what needs to be reported - and it ain't rocket science; or b) just downhome sleazy, and got caught at it.

It's right here:

Colorado Campaign Finance

Say, Nate. Perhaps you and Dan should get together with US Secretary of the Treasury Timmy "I'm too stupid to use TaxCut" Geithner, and compare notes.

9/7/10

Jumped ship too late?

Two metro area Republicans have filed suit against Secretary of State Bernie Buescher in Denver District Court to have gubernatorial hopeful Tom Tancredo removed from the ballot. Tancredo is running as a third-party candidate, affiliated with the American Constitution Party.The plaintiffs are Marian Olson of Golden, and Joe Harrington, of Highlands Ranch.

Their lawsuit contends that Tancredo switched parties too late. Tancredo abandoned the Republican Party in July. According to the Colorado Revised Statutes, specifically 1-4-402(d)(I): Any candidate nominated by a political party shall have been affiliated with the party for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the date the convention begins, as shown on the voter registration book of the county clerk and recorder.

The American Constitution Party's bylaws require a candidate to have been a member of the party for at least six months prior to nomination, but this can be waived. The party's role is further complicated by the bylaws, which also state that the party's state assembly must validate the candidate. This was not done in Tancredo's case, where only the party's vacancy committee was involved in the selection.

Tancredo's running mate, Pat Miller, did not switch to the American Constitution Party until August 24.

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs also state that Tancredo's nomination is a failed attempt to force Dan Maes to withdraw from the race. Tancredo has been quite vocal in his dislike for candidates Scott McGinnis and Dan Maes. Of Maes, who won the Republican primary, Tancredo says "There are times when the party asks too much. When they asked me to support someone like Dan, I simply will not do it." and "The Republican party's chances of winning the governor's seat were destroyed August 10, with the election of Dan Maes."

Tancredo had issued an ultimatum to McInnis and Maes back in July, giving them until "high noon" on July 26 to withdraw from the race or face his entry into the campaign as the American Constitution Party candidate. Neither backed out, and Tancredo is now - for the moment - the American Constitution Party's candidate. The acrimony between Tancredo and Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams has grown to the point that Wadhams actually referred to Tancredo as a "maniacal egotist" on the Caplis and Silverman radio talk show, and in the Colorado Statesman. Tancredo replied by indicating he thought Wadhams had need of some medical marijuana. The sparks flew again on the Peter Boyles show, when both men called each other liars in a heated on-the-air exchange.

The case is to be heard in Denver District Court on Monday at 9:00 AM.

The Republicans' Chernobyl

The Chernobyl incident was a spectacular nuclear reactor fire and melt down that sent radioactivity over much of Europe and the western Soviet Union, forcing the evacuation of over 330,000 people and rendering the city of Pripyat uninhabitable.

The Colorado Republicans seem to be suffering a Chernobyl-like political melt-down that may make the state house uninhabitable by a Republican. Dan Maes, who won the primary election, has become politically radioactive. Statements he made about serving as an undercover officer in Kansas are figments of his imagination. He has little in the way of fiscal resources. He’s tap-dancing around what he said and what he meant. He’s postulated a grand UN conspiracy theory. Most of Maes’ support has blown away like dust in the wind. The Tea Party and a host of Republican luminaries have dropped Maes like a Chernobyl cinder.

Tom Tancredo has become the darling of the Tea Party – “a real Republican and conservative” - and a real hawk when it comes to sending other people’s kids off to war. Never mind that his detractors laughingly refer to him as “Ol’ 1Y” in reference to his draft exemption for psychological “issues” back during the Vietnam War. Listening to Tancredo, I don’t think much has changed since those days though he sounds good superficially. Like Glenn Beck, he serves as a great Pied Piper. The “Christian” Right loves that babble about bombing Mecca. Meanwhile, Tancredo’s off on his third-party jaunt, doing a great job of splitting the Republican vote.

Then we have Ken 'Buckpedal' Buck, who brought new meaning to the term 'weathervaning.'

Now Bob McConnell and Maes are making the campaign a mission from God: “This morning my Pastor talked to me about “putting on the full armor of God.” This evening I received an e-mail from Dan Maes, using the exact same phrase. He is no longer fighting just a political battle, but a spiritual one. I stand with Dan Maes, shoulder to shoulder, to fight that battle as well. What are you prepared to do?”

Oh, I dunno, Bob. Are you and Danny going to confiscate my bikes? The Democrats want my guns; do the Republicans really think I’m part of a Denver-based bicycle-driven UN conspiracy?

If Maes wants to pray about his “issues” and seek guidance in that manner, that’s great. I don’t know very many people who don’t do that, even if only when their lives and careers are in the toilet. But please, don’t bring God in as a Republican. Is this campaign now a Holy War? A righteous Christian jihad? Have the Democrats by implication become The Great Satan?

Many people are increasingly fed up with the insane fiscal and political policies of the Obama administration. The Republicans have a chance to change the balance of power, though I don’t want to see a Republican super-majority any more than I want what we now suffer under. All we can hope for is a balance that keeps our political buffoons from doing more damage than we can handle. But I don’t think we’ll see that change in Colorado, as the state Republican Party snatches defeat from the jaws of victory through ineptitude, disorganization, psychotic babbling, and by eating their own young. If this is the best they can do, we don’t need them. As for the Democrats, after Ritter, do we really want Hinkenlooper? Hey. How about a “Bozo the Clown” write-in?

"Christian" church plans to burn Korans

In an expression of red-blooded all-American patriotism, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Fl is planning to burn Korans on 9/11.

The Center is a small, evangelical "Christian" church. From a blog on the church's website:

In a blog on the church's website, writer Fran Ingram offered the groups’ reasoning for burning the Koran, arguing that it is not God's word and denies Jesus is the son of God, that Islam is totalitarian and that the religion teaches idolatry, paganism, rites and rituals.

"We are using this act to warn about the teaching and ideology of Islam, which we do hate as it is hateful. We do not hate any people, however. We love, as God loves, all the people in the world and we want them to come to a knowledge of the truth," the blog reads.

Other writings by the same blogger include headlines like "Islam is Cursed by Cursing Israel" and "The Koran: A Sorcerer's Scroll."


I guess we can all thank whatever God/god/gods we worship that Fran and friends, in their "Christian" ardor, are selective literalists when it comes to their own Bible.
Otherwise, I'd be a good candidate for a good old-fashioned stoning. I just checked. The shirt I'm wearing is made of two different fabrics. Cotton and some synthetic.

Gen'rul Petraeus isn't too happy about it, either. He expects that the lunatic Islamic fundies will lose their minds over the burnings, that the burnings will incite a wave of anti-American sentiment - as though they need an excuse. But Petraeus has a point.

Washington is "deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups."


I expect the 'rightie-tighties' response to that would be some drivel about Muslims not worrying about offending "Christians". But all that does is reduce Americans to the same level as whackjob Islamic fundies. Which, come to think on it, is right about where "Christian" fundies float. The same level. Good thing we have all that secular Rule of Law stuff, ain't it, to keep 'em from going off the deep end and going about stoning everyone who doesn't agree with them.

9/5/10

Tiger football

The La Junta v. Rocky Ford JV football game gallery is here:

Image Galleries

Scroll down to the Sports section, then Football. Click on the link for the game. Fifty images.

Update: The Swink v. Holly game has also been posted.

9/2/10

Colorado CongressCritter signs Arizona Amicus Brief

Coffman Signs Amicus Brief Supporting Arizona’s Appeal of Immigration Law Ruling
Meets with Bill Author State Senator Russell Pearce While in Arizona

(LONE TREE, CO)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today joined more than 40 of Members of Congress in signing an updated amicus brief supporting Arizona’s appeal of Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton’s recent decision that sections of the new Arizona immigration enforcement law are unconstitutional.   After signing on to the brief Coffman released the following statement:

“The brief we are filing reasserts principles put forward in the first congressional brief and goes into new detail on the errors of Judge Bolton’s findings.  This brief asserts that on many different occasions the District Court erred in holding that the executive branch’s enforcement authority pre-empts key provisions of the law.  It also asserts Congress has plenary power over immigration law and has enacted laws that the executive branch has failed to enforce.   We maintain that it is not the right of any administration to decide which laws to enforce and which to ignore.”

“This past weekend I met with Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of the new Arizona law, while in Phoenix.  When meeting with Sen. Pearce he shared that during the drafting of S.B. 1070 constitutional scholars were consulted specifically in anticipation of federal litigation.  He firmly believes the law will stand up to legal challenges by the Obama administration.”

“Arizona’s action to enact this law was a direct cause of the federal government’s failure to enforce existing federal immigration laws.  I believe Arizona has the right to enforce these laws and despite Judge Bolton’s recent ruling, I am confident the courts will find in favor of the State of Arizona.”

“Furthermore, the fact that this administration has chosen to go after a state that seeks to harmonize their policies with current federal statutes rather than prosecute “sanctuary cities” that harbor illegal immigrants is political posturing at its worst.  I remain steadfast in my support for Arizona’s right to protect its borders and enforce immigration laws.” 

Vets

From a link over on Dr. Bridget Cantrell's Facebook page:

Enough

From Chris Muir, over on Day by Day:

Enough