The Longmont Years: 2007-2008 YourHub, LifeBridge, The Bloc, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, and podcasting

In the previous post, I talked about how we came to end up in Longmont and the beginnings of my (and our, including my wife) various activities there, specifically in the political arena.  This next section only covers 2 years, but insanely busy and active years they were, read on… Continue reading…

Sean McCoy’s continuous assault on religion

Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy, either directly or through his loyal mouthpieces, has been on a 4 year tirade against certain religious institutions.  In the following video, and as reported at Longmont Advocate, Sean McCoy makes some veiled insults towards LifeBridge Christian Church in the discussion about a different church that was applying for some improvements: Continue reading…

Longmont gives up HeavenFest for Lent

It was reported today in the Times-Call (through sister publication Loveland Reporter-Herald) that “county staff were quick to jump at the opportunity to work with HeavenFest organizers…”  You didn’t think that was the ever religion-unfriendly Boulder County did you?  Or their elected and non-elected religious/political hit squad here in Longmont?  Nope, that’s Larimer County and the City of Loveland. Continue reading…

Failed councilmember crawls out from under hole

Ya know, I was just going to let the creative rewriting of history last week in the Times-Call Open Forum go.  But now this nonsense has spread to the Denver Post and the Longmont Ledger.  In some kind of feeble attempt to rehabilitate a destroyed public image (and for good reason), former Longmont City Councilmember Karen Benker has found time to comment on two of her monumental failures – and the main reasons why she was trounced in last Novembers election by Katie Witt.  Speaking of which, she still hasn’t conceded or congratulated the victor of that race.  An opponent she laughed at and her clueless compadre Sean McCoy called a “city council wannabe“.  Better than a “city council hasbeen” I guess. Continue reading…

Losers just can’t stop losing

Talk about a losing streak!  A Times-Call Open Forum letter from recent City Council loser Karen Benker and some comments in the always entertaining comment section at the TC online website got me to thinking.  Fellow LA contributor Dave Larison and I have been throwing back and forth the growing list of failures and defeat of the Longmont leftwing losers – sort of like how a pair of cats toss around a dead or dying mouse.   Continue reading…

Longmont LEFT out of Heaven(Fest)

A self-described “charlatan of limited understanding” tried to plead his case for Longmont to halt the permit process of the HeavenFest Christian concert festival at Union Reservoir.  This was the disconnected, fanatical, deranged, lunatic (or fill in your own adjective) fringe at its finest.  The video is worth watching, along with the hilarious commentary, which you can see at this YouTube link.

The speaker is non-Longmont resident Duane Leise, who is also theregistered agent for “What’s In It For Longmont?“, the LLC that’s currently listed as delinquent with the Colorado Secretary of State, which is ironic in and of itself as these same people were just seen recently picketing a reception for a Secretary of State candidate.  The other names in the LLC filing should sound somewhat familiar:  M. Douglas Wray, Kaye Fissinger, and Anita Lynch, sort of a who’s who (more like a what’s that?) of the Longmont leftwing scene.

We keep being told by them that their problem is not with religion or “the good people” who attend certain churches, so are we supposed to take it as a coincidence that they almost exclusively target churches?  Examples:

  • LifeBridge Christian Church – where to start, they got their name and reason for existence because of the Union annexation and development.  But they couldn’t stop at agreeing to disagree, there was no level they wouldn’t stoop to.  This has been written about here and other places ad nauseum, and all they accomplished was pushing a church out of Longmont into the welcoming hands of Firestone with probably lower property taxes (not in Boulder County) and more lenient building codes (like sign height limitations).
  • Rocky Mountain Christian Church – the same hate filled diatribes aimed at LifeBridge were also voiced by these same people in the case of this church’s expansion plans.
  • Front Range Christian Fellowship Church – the church by the Super Walmart they went after because of its very modest expansion plans.  Remember this article and YouTube video of Councilmember Sean McCoy making his usual cheap shots?  That was followed up by Kaye Fissinger making her usual demands from the podium.                …and now
  •  HeavenFest – they are using every medium available to put a stop to this Christian-based concert festival: their own new website, Longmont Ledger, local radio, city council speakers, etc.  Sounds like it’s all for nothing as City Council wont even vote on this and the permit should be issued any day now.

I bring the anti-religious angle up because as you see in the video, this crank complains that people have called him an atheist for being against the LifeBridge development.  Maybe they have, but that’s not why people find this group detestable (notice he didn’t deny it?).  I personally don’t care what the religion or politics are of these people or anyone else for that matter.  It’s the intent and actions that speak louder.  These people, which include most of the others who have recently spoken out against HeavenFest, aren’t content with just making their case – they have to go into character assassination of the groups they are fighting against or people who may not agree with them.

Just look at the rants on their websites (those that haven’t been deleted, that is) and how they talk at City Council meetings.  It’s no wonder the two candidates they’ve put up for election (Kaye Fissinger and WIIFL co-founder Richard Juday) were trounced in their run for city council.  Yet all you’ll hear is that we just had a low voter turnoutwho’s stopping their supporters from voting?  Yep, it’s nonsense.  Fact is they don’t have the support they think they do – they’re screwballs in the eyes of most normal, rational people in the city.

So, remember, laugh when you hear them say “this has nothing to do with religion”.  Or better yet, make a drinking game out of it! 

(I invite commenters to help me recall the names of the people who have spoken out against the bulleted points above)

Longmont Advocate on the 11/17/09 Amy Oliver radio show

Another great big thanks goes out to Amy Oliver (AM1310 KFKA) for asking me to come on to her show to discuss Longmont politics.

We discussed several items, including

  • the ’07, ’08, and ’09 elections
  • Karen Benker
  • Wrongmont
  • Executive Sessions and ensuing Times-Call lawsuit
  • Firestone/LifeBridge annexations litigation
  • The price of activism and free speech
  • Longmont’s Fair Campaign Practice Act

Longmont Mayor Election analysis

The 2009 Longmont Election had four council seats up for grabs, including the office of Mayor.  Running for re-election was long time councilmember and one term mayor, Roger Lange.  There was some chatter that he couldn’t run for mayor due to term limits, but it didn’t get much traction, I never gave it much credit, and it became a moot point as it turns out.  Initially, Dan Benavidez announced he was running, but dropped out before collecting petitions.  Jeff Thompson did collect enough signatures, ran for a short while, but then also dropped out of the race.  Eventually, the race boiled down to two candidates, Roger Lange and late into the race was political newcomer Bryan Baum. Continue reading…

Firestone’s noose tightening around Longmont

Firestone finds way to Union
Mayor says move could void litigation
Times-Call October 23, 2009
Firestone moves closer to developing Union parcel in Longmont
Denver Post October 26, 2009

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People can’t say they weren’t warned about this.  The Benker Bloc and their allies running for Council (Fissinger and Van Dusen) and to some extent Mayor Lange, need to have a “come to Jesus” moment on this one.  I warned back in May 2008 that Longmont’s strategizing was awful and it was just about checkmate. Continue reading…

Progressively regressive for Longmont and America

It is important for common-sense citizens to realize that in opposing the Bloc of Four in Longmont we are fighting the greater agenda of the Progressive Movement, the Modern Liberal, the Boulder Mentality–whatever you want to call it.

It seems that every issue with these leftists comes down to extreme environmentalism, fiscal irresponsibility with taxpayer monies, and basic government control of our lives and free markets. They are driven by some utopian vision; we are driven by what is right and responsible and what works. Continue reading…