Free to be deranged and delusional

You may have noticed our motto on the right as “a mentally balanced community of adult contributors“.  If on the other hand you’d like to see what the alternative looks like, I can point you in that direction if you prefer.

It would be a full time job correcting the lazy writing and fact checking of our local leftward loons, but that would assume they have much of an audience, so why waste the time?  Previously, they claimed my wife was at some function she was miles from, and now one of their contributors claimed I wrote something I didn’t, and that I “write for big money”.  I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. Continue reading…

Local angle on potential national bombshell

That ever so subtle whiff of possible felonious activity you may or not be aware of at President Obama‘s cabinet level is also something addressed at the local level in Longmont.  The current Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act has a provision for “encouraging withdrawal from a campaign“.  The federal version is an impeachable offense and could land one in prison, the local version carries the highest penalty ($499) of any any offense in the ordinance. Continue reading…

Shocker! Organizing For America exploits children

File this under “too good not to repeat” – from the Daily Gut:

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So “Organizing for America,” which used to be called “Obama for America,” held a contest to create an ad for health care reform. And they asked “you,” to contribute your ideas. Of course, when they said “you”, they really didn’t mean YOU. They meant the typical left-wing artist they enlisted to film the ads for them! That’s why it`s called propaganda, not art. Check out the winner. Continue reading…

Here comes the astroturfing

Citizens of Longmont, prepare.  You’re about to be astroturfed!
(If you need a definition of astroturfing, here’s the definition according to Wikipedia)
I’m sure you’ve heard of grassroots efforts.  Well, the opposite of that, the manufactured kind of fake support is fake grass, aka astroturf.  The Obama-bots and their arm Organizing For America are the Houston Astros of astroturfing, fakery and fraud down to an art form.  I’m sure you’ve seen their signs that are uniform in color and design (and intentionally so, to look like Obama’s campaign signs) at various events where they inject themselves, usually uninvited.
Well, now the mother party is injecting themselves into our local non-partisan city council race.  According to the Longmont Dim(wit)s, er Dems – “participate in a lit drop for the 3 Democratic City Council candidates.” They don’t name those 3 City Council candidates, but we’ll assume it’s Karen Benker, Kaye Fissinger, and Bill Van Dusen based on previous articles here and there.
Funny how I heard these same types complain when some candidates went to a Republican Women forum (they despise women with differing views) crying foul that political parties shouldn’t get involved.  After this I don’t want to hear any more of this hypocritical double standard swill that they peddle endlessly.  Some of these same candidates that went to the Republican function went to the Longmont Area Democrat forum, where they had to endure a number of questionably hand picked questions.
So look for literature to drop on a porch near you.  I’m sure their candidates names will look really attractive in Obama Blue with the same fonts and catch phrases.  Their meeting to discuss this will be at the Longmont Public Library on Oct 17 at 9:00am.  Don’t expect to be allowed in.  This is a secret society after all.

Telemarketing For America (TFA)

The good little lapdogs of (Community) Organizing For America (never forget the “CO” in ACORN is “Community Organizations”) will be coming to a phone near you, probably right around dinner time.  See, you need to be reminded to get in line and support the Obama effort, in whatever shape or form that may be.  Let’s take a look at how many “volunteers” are signing on to be involved:

Here’s a snapshot of what would appear a fairly large operation, at least you’d think.
Colorado Democratic Party Office (Denver, CO)
777 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Your energy is needed more than ever to help OFA reach out to our neighbors in gathering support for the President’s three principles for real health reform. Reform and change is within our reach–we can’t let fear overcome our strongest, most honest hopes for comprehensive change in our health system. THIS IS OUR TIME, RIGHT NOW!

Even if you have only an hour to spare—your efforts will help OFA connect with people that we may not have been able to reach. Every bit helps our cause–so do not hesitate-ACT NOW!

And those “volunteers”:
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Thursday, September 3 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Tuesday, September 8 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
1 person has signed up to attend this event on Friday, September 11 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Monday, September 14 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Tuesday, September 15 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Wednesday, September 16 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
1 person has signed up to attend this event on Thursday, September 17 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
1 person has signed up to attend this event on Friday, September 18 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Monday, September 21 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Tuesday, September 22 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Wednesday, September 23 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Thursday, September 24 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Friday, September 25 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Monday, September 28 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Tuesday, September 29 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
0 people have signed up to attend this event on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Odds are, if you’re reading this blog (as in your typical, average, non-U.S. hating American) you probably won’t be getting this call – this is more of a preaching to the choir kind of thing.  But I guess anything is possible, our local OFA contingent has been in the paper here recently and occasionally speak at City Council.

They’ll be calling you with a prepared script, maybe you should have your own!  Think of it like a candid camera (oh yeah, record it!) or that MTV show “Punk’d” and have a little discussion with them.  Use your imagination, maybe things like:

  • Why are you interrupting my dinner?
  • Does it hurt to have your own thoughts and spine ripped out?
  • Did you always blindly follow marching orders, or did you at one time think for yourself?
  • Didn’t the early days of the Nazi movement also “rally” their troops like this?
  • At what point do you question if what you’re doing is right?
  • Why do you hate your country so much that you’d just blindly go along with just about anything for the “cause”?
  • Are you on drugs, or in need of some?
  • No habla ingles.
  • Would you be my friend?
  • Where can we meet to discuss this?  Dark alley around late o’ clock?
  • Who are you?  Who sent you?  Are you with the government?!
  • What about healthcare for prairie dogs?  No, I’m not joking.

Have fun with it, the possibilities are endless.  Maybe you’ll bring a little smile to a fairly miserable bunch of people.  Remember, they won!  They control all branches of our government.  Yet why do they seem more miserable than ever?  Food for thought.

Longmont group part of White House screwup


Sometimes guilt by association is a necessary part of politics. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I’m no fan of hero worship when it comes to politicians. All one has to do is look to past examples where this has gone really, really bad. I’m also not a fan of jumping on political bandwagons and avoid it as much as possible, even if it’s a cause, position, or person I may personally agree with. I tend to look differently at that particular cause, position, or person when it/they try to get this cult of personality thing going for them. Sort of like what Obama did in this last election cycle, and the mindless (of some, not all) following he gathered.

The problem with groups like this is they don’t seem to know when to step back and take a look at what they (or their leaders) are doing, and if it’s very smart. Example: Longmont Organizing for America, which use something like my.barackobama.com/xxx for their website address. I already mentioned them in my “Neighborhood liars, thugs, and brownshirts” story, and this isn’t a rehash of that, there’s more interesting national news regarding them.

The Associated Press reported today that “The White House is blaming unnamed political groups for the unsolicited e-mails it had wrongly insisted no one was receiving from its online operation.” I’ll help out and name one of those unnamed political groups: Longmont Organizing for America. They sent us an unsolicited email from Senior Advisor of the President David Axelrod, and included their own commentary, which in part included:
You may have already received this email from David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama, but Longmont Organizing for America would like to emphasize the importance of forwarding this ” Reality Check” information to your family, friends and neighbors.”

I’m sure other arms of Organizing for America sent out similar emails to thousands of people. These are the so-called groups the White House is blaming for this massive spam attack. This is also connected to the White House email address (flag@whitehouse.gov) that was a collection point to turn in and monitor dissidents of (so-called) health care reform. Is this what we’ve become as a society? Sad.

Getting back to the local aspect of this: did anyone else notice the complaint in the TC Line about political activities at the local farmers market? Guess what one of the activities listed on Longmont Organizing for America (can we cut the BS and call it was it is: Longmont Organizing for Obama) is? Yep, activism at the local farmers market. Anything for the cause, right? Even if it means bothering people in public (or spamming them online), the masses must be educated!

The people behind this should be fairly familiar to anyone who watches local politics. (The following is the case for the most part, with some exceptions)

  • They are the same people trying to kick LifeBridge out of town, go after rank and file church members, and want to block any possibility of them building their new church outside of Longmont (after forcing them out).
  • They were strong backers of the majority of council who were voted in back in ’07 (McCoy, Levison, Hansen, and Benker in her losing bid for Mayor).
  • They endlessly parade to the podium in support of these councilmembers – sort of like the blind hero worship they have for Obama, based on no real results, but just because they are on their side.
  • They are in favor of continuing litigation (and endless wasting of money) against the Town of Firestone and LifeBridge.
  • They back council’s position on backyard chickens and the endless hours of wasted time spent on that issue.
  • They back council’s position on limiting spraying for West Nile Virus, meanwhile traps around the city are catching elevated numbers of the types of mosquito’s that carry WNV, and people have contracted the virus.

There’s more, including the way they go after people with differing opinions in the above examples, often in a fairly nasty way. Again, anything for the cause(s), right?

This group is closely aligned with Karen Benker and Sean McCoy (who made an unforgettable speech about his hero), who in their own words during council meetings have gushed over Obama (not as much lately) and are all smiles when these people march before the podium. The other birds of a feather who are candidates this year are Kaye Fissinger (about the worst candidate this city has seen in a long time), Jonathan Singer (had some emails with, seems like a decent guy, but the DNC/Obama thing is a little much for me), and Bill Van Dusen (know very little about – does anyone? – except runs with the same crowd as the above).

If what this group does or says (look at that list again) aligns with your thinking, then there are your candidates.

If not, then you know who to vote against.

Deciphering political doublespeak

I about fell over laughing when I saw the following tagline “Members of Congress must embrace accountability – People across the country are tightening their belts, and we must expect our government to do the same.” That was the op-ed title from U.S. Representative (Dem-04) Betsy Markey in a special to the Times-Call on March 25, 2009.

Six days earlier I wrote a piece requesting an apology for what our current crop of representatives pulled with their signing of the stimulus bill without reading it. I’m not going to jump to conclusions and delusions of grandeur that these representatives actually read it or care what I wrote, but I did log a lot of hits from U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic National Headquarters computers. They like Googling themselves apparently, cute.

But this pack of nonsense from Ms. Markey was just too much, and more than likely people bought it hook, line, and sinker. She just signed the bill that people are howling over because of these AIG bonuses, yet now proclaims she and her fellow representatives “must embrace accountability” and “tighten their belts”? This is the same old claptrap of “do what I say, but not what I do” in the guise of freshman, inexperienced politics. This of course includes their party leader, President Obama, whose last press conference was a clinic in doublespeak and dodging.

She mentions “implementing effective policies”, like these ridiculous deficits over the next 12 years? Like not noticing these AIG bonuses you signed for? She’s “proud” of her “efforts to bring real change to our government”. Sounds like more of the same, including the lousy congressional ratings. But what “change” has she brought? Once again, I’m all ears.

She worries about the word “accountability” being “in danger of becoming just another meaningless buzzword”. She’s right, and she’s engaging in that very activity. What total hypocrisy and double standards.

When I met and spoke to her my advice was to try to run a clean campaign and stay above the mud slinging, and that she’d probably have a good chance at winning. I wasn’t saying that because I necessarily wanted her to win. While being a nice enough lady, I saw her as a fairly inexperienced, unseasoned future bureaucrat who couldn’t even keep our fairly large union’s name straight. But I gave this suggestion because she needs to keep in mind the district she represents, which is not some heavily leftwing district by any stretch of the imagination.

You that were fooled into voting for her, you’ve also been put on notice by her, if you didn’t catch it. If you read between the lines of her op-ed she’s telegraphing that she’s about to disappoint a lot of people who voted for her. Sure didn’t sound that way during the campaign jumping fully onboard the Obama bandwagon like a bunch of other suckers. This is the problem with going all in with the hero worship when it involves politicians, whether its people seeking office or their minions. Of any party. Sooner or later these people let you down or will be let down, and they sure take it harder than finding out something like Britney Spears isn’t all she was cracked up to be, or the pundit (or governor) they follow is a pedophile, home wrecker, or tax cheat.

When in comes to Ms. Markey, this isn’t some newfound independent streak, it’s the classic art of political self preservation. She knows she’s in a mostly rural, fairly Republican district. She knows she won against an incumbent (and incumbent party) that wasn’t very popular. She knows she played dirty during the campaign. She knows candidates are lining up against her for 2010 already and that she’ll be in one of the national “targeted” races. She knows she needs either a) Republican votes to win, or b) hope, as in 2008, that Republicans don’t show up on Election Day, or both. She hopes op-eds like this one will fool enough people into believing what she says, and ignores her actual actions on The Hill.

Since I gave advice once, and know these blog entries somehow get the attention of certain sites (mentioned above), here’s another tip for Ms. Markey: be yourself. That’s right, be yourself. You were elected to represent this district, but being this is (still, for now) a representative government, you don’t need our constant approval or endless polls, nor do you need numerous town hall meetings to hear griping and your sycophants nudging. (But if you are going to have these kinds of meetings, can they at least be in non-partisan locations and venues?)

Stand and vote on your principles, whatever they may be. You won, with a majority even. Don’t just pander for the next election, actually do something, you may not have a second chance (as in term). And I think you know that. If how you vote now is contrary to what you “sold” during the campaign (for instance, did you say you were against the assault weapons ban? I didn’t hear that), explain it – don’t try to cover it up like this op-ed piece does. Your voting record will be closely scrutinized, count on it. Might as well make the best of it.

But while you’re at it, don’t forget you don’t just represent your party or the drones who would vote for you no matter what. You don’t just represent women, you don’t just represent this district or state. You represent this country above all else. Waste that and you don’t deserve support or re-election.

Local representatives: apologies expected

Oh, the AIG outrage! How could we have been so hoodwinked with these bonuses being paid out? Sounds like some people want blood for this, right?

Well, you don’t have to look far. Look right at your local representatives, that would be Markey, Polis, and Udall. If they went through the trouble to read what they sign they might have noticed this little gem hidden somewhere deep inside. But they or their staffers didn’t apparently, so they just blindly voted along anyway like good little rubber-stamping chimpanzees.

When asked about this, Jared Polis gave some smarmy response that, and I’m paraphrasing “yes, much of this was already looked at prior to vote, we knew for the most part what was in this.” Oh really? Did you know about these bonuses? If so, then your vote approved it, didn’t it? I haven’t heard Markey or Udall’s response to these bonuses or their blind votes; someone may need to wake them up.

Odd how silent many of their supporters are over this nationally and locally. All I’ve heard them complain about lately is lamenting over the signing of contracts (homes, credit cards, cars), not fulfilling them, and those darn consequences of breaking these contracts. Well, Congress just did you one better. They didn’t read these bills and budgets, signed them anyway, and we all pay the price for their (here it comes, these types favorite word) malfeasance!

Perhaps our local representatives, and their ilk who all voted for this fiasco should heed these words:

When you rush these budgets that are a foot high and nobody has any idea what’s in them and nobody’s read them. And it gets rushed through without any clear deliberation or debate, then these kinds of things happen.”

Who said that? Senator Barack Obama November 22, 2004

So go ahead, we’re waiting for your apologies. Better yet, your resignations.
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Had requests for the source of the above Obama quote, I’ll do it one better, here’s the YouTube with the actual audio:

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additional relevant quotes: Jared Polis said this was a “great bill”, and “There’s really no excuse for (members of Congress) not knowing what is in this bill.” During a question-and-answer session with the audience, Polis also addressed concerns that the package contains too much funding, or not enough. “Nobody knows,” Polis said, defending the act-sooner-rather-than-later approach. – from ColoradoDaily.Com
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“We will hunt you down!” thundered Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis during the AIG bonus demagogue-a-thon on the House floor Thursday (3/19/09)
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Amateurism from the top down

It’s a new day in America, or so we’re told. More like that ghastly movie “Day After Tomorrow” if you’re one of the millions who have seen your job go away or a good portion of your retirement account. We kept hearing that “the adults are in charge now”, funny, we haven’t heard that lately.

Buffoonery is in full bloom from Washington all the way down to little old Longmont. Let’s start at the top and work our way downward, literally and figuratively. From the Telegraph UK, in reference to President Obamas snub of British Prime Minister Brown: “Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.” But what parties they are throwing!

And this gem of true class: “Mr Brown handed over carefully selected gifts, including a pen holder made from the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade – a sister ship of the vessel from which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama’s Oval Office desk. Mr Obama’s gift in return, a collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought from any high street store, looked like the kind of thing the White House might hand out to the visiting head of a minor African state.” Yep, in over his head. Maybe Hillary Clinton was right.

Speaking of our new Secretary of State, the Russian media is having a field day with her “reset” button that she gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “But instead of the Russian word for “reset” (perezagruzka) it featured a slightly different word meaning “overload” or “overcharged” (peregruzka).

Which brings us to our local, ahem, leaders. From the Times-Call: “A Longmont lobbying effort, including Dove chocolate squares taped onto sheets of talking points, fell short of securing federal stimulus funds for a new Diagonal Highway interchange. Before the start of Wednesday night’s Denver Regional Council of Governments meeting, Councilwoman Karen Benker distributed the chocolate-bearing fact sheets — and a letter from Mayor Roger Lange — arguing the case for a $25 million interchange at Colorado highways 119 and 52. Benker is Longmont’s representative on the DRCOG board…” It gets better.

In another Times-Call story, at the same DRCOG event (reminder of previous sentence – “Benker is Longmont’s representative on the DRCOG board”): “No one stepped forward at Wednesday’s hearing to testify in support of Longmont’s application for the McIntosh Lake trail proposal.” Did this part occur prior to the other? Was she out buying a $3 bag of Doves? The result was the same whether Councilmember Benker was there (in the first case) or not (in the second case) – nothing for Longmont. Thanks for the great representation!

But what did get approved? Among other things, a project for Nederland that will help them with their Frozen Dead Guy Days. Ironic that Ms. Benker should choose chocolate from a huge food conglomeration (I happen to love Doves by the way – only if dark) at around the same moment news breaks of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory closing its store at the Twin Peaks Mall (another place I love and will miss). It’s almost like dancing on the grave of your constituents who just lost their jobs. Wait, someone did that too, Congressman Jared Polis about the Rocky Mountain News shutting down.

The fun never ends.

State capitol rally against generational theft


Since most of you probably had to work on Tuesday, or have what I like to call a “life”, you probably missed the rally held at the State Capitol over the so-called stimulus package. Aka Porkulis, AKA Generational Theft Act, or whatever you prefer to call it.

I had the day off and had to be in the area anyway, so I went down there – along with another contributor to this site, much to our mutual surprise. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, thought you might like to know what this observer saw. Continue reading…