Facts

Texas embarasses U.S. with “Trojan horse” textbooks

United Kingdom’s The Guardian writes a detailed report on the rewriting of U.S. history by the Texas school board with lessons promoting God and guns, sidelines Thomas Jefferson and drops references to slave trade.

“Texas buys millions of text books every year, giving it considerable sway over what publishers print. By some estimates, all but a handful of American states rely on text books written to meet the Texas curriculum. The California legislature is considering a bill that would bar them from being used in the state’s schools.”

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Fiorina’s Fantasies

Carly was a hot chick – and she knew it – even her name was cool. She’d climbed the corporate ladder slimy rung by slimy rung till she reached the climax of her career: C…E…O. But she kept blowing it and soon she was in hot water with the Board. That grizzled group of grimfaced geriatrics weren’t buying Carly’s happytalk and the employees weren’t following her. They told her to straighten up or else. And the word got out – “honeymoon’s over.” Hell hath no fury like someone without skin when “injured”, as another skinless politician who shall remain nameless would concur. Carly was furious! DUNN!! Find that S.O.B.! I don’t care what you have to do to take him down! DO IT! I’m tough! Nobody screws with me! And then she packed to leave… leaving just one bag for Dunn to hold.

Ah Carly. All that hard work, all those years of sucking up and swallowing crap from the Old Boys – poof… gone in a moment.

And worst of all… everyone remembers. You didn’t just screw one or two people – you raped a company and left it gibbering on the marketplace floor. No one’s going to forget you or forgive the mess you made of HP.

Running for office? Is your ego really that big? Impressive.

You’re still tough I’m sure, but I doubt you’re tough enough for that road. Happy motoring – your mileage may vary.

Oh, by the way, your efforts to expand the H-1B visa program screwed Colorado but good. Don’t think for an instant the Californians are going to forget that… or forgive it.

Special hat tip to Say It Ain’t So Already for bringing this to my attention.

Update – new YouTube video about Fiorina:

Scott Gessler: By the company he keeps

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler, the Republican Party’s ever-so-slick choice to run for Secretary of State this November has a dossier that only an authoritarian father-party could love.

While moaning and groaning, ranting and raving, over the influence of soft (527) money, he is up to his neck inside these organizations.

The 527 designation applies to political organizations that have tax-exempt status under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Service code.  They are organized and operated “primarily for the purpose of directly or indirectly accepting contributions or making expenditures” with the intent of influencing the “selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to Federal, State, or local public office or office in a political organization, or the election of Presidential electors.”

Gessler’s group, Coloradans for Change is a 527 that took at least one massive donation of $125,000 from the Senate Majority Fund and another donation of $100,872 from the Colorado Leadership Fund.  Both groups were defendants in a lawsuit by Colorado Ethics Watch for sponsoring unethical campaign ads and skirting campaign finance laws.

Money, however, appears to flow both ways with some of these 527s.  On two occasions funds flowed from Coloradans for Change to the Colorado Leadership Fund, in one instance for $46,125.  Might this be a case of “political money laundering” or are we merely talking about political incest?  And where Scott Gessler is concerned, there’s certainly a lot of the latter going on.

Gessler is also the man behind the curtain for Colorado Conservative Voters, a 527 whose purpose is “to education Colorado citizens about issues, officeholders, and political candidates that further conservative values.”

And if all this 527 hypocrisy isn’t enough, he’s rubbing questionable elbows with a guy named Scott Shires, also connected to Coloradans for Change and the Senate Majority Fund.

Shires, along with Scott Gessler, is also listed as Western Tradition Partnership’s registered agent.  Western Tradition Partnership is registered with the IRS as a nonprofit 501c4. According to Luis Toro, general counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, these nonprofit groups have come to replace 527 organizations as the favored shell for political contributions.  They became popular after 527s faced greater disclosure requirements at the state and national level.

Gessler joined this shell game with Western Skies Coalition and Coloradans for Economic Growth, both of which have had complaints filed with the IRS presenting evidence that these organizations might have spent more of their total resources on actions that influence elections in Colorado rather than on social welfare activities, in violation of their federal tax-exempt status.

Shires, the Republican operative and front man for many 527s, has a history of violating campaign reporting regulations.  Shires has also been indicted on an alleged money laundering scheme to hide an illegal gambling operation.

Scott Shires is behind yet another 527, the Colorado League of Taxpayers who attacked Longmont council candidate Richard Juday in a January 2008 mailer.  A similar event occurred in Garfield County.  Colorado Ethics Watch sued Shires for campaign violations in that case and he was fined in excess of $7,000.

So these two “Scotts” are joined at the political hips.  Both Republican operatives.  Both of whom appear to have never met an election law for which they didn’t have contempt.

Flying further under the radar are Gessler’s other political bedfellows.  He’s allied with Coalition for a Conservative Majority (founded by Tom DeLay, who has been indicted on felony conspiracy and money-laundering charges) and he is a frequent “guest” at rightwing reactionary groups, such as the Tea Party.

Scott Gessler has the political gall to think we should make him Colorado’s next Secretary of State, the position that guarantees the security and legitimacy of our elections.   No way, Mr. Gessler.  You aren’t qualified.  It’s a matter of trust.  It’s a matter of common sense.  It’s a matter of integrity.

A perfect storm for climate change

Photo courtesy of UCAR

As the good ship Copenhagen leaves port this week, it appears to be heading for a perfect storm. Public opinion in the U.S. has shifted. Hit by a tsunami of climate change denial, many Americans do not believe that atmospheric CO2 warms our planet. A recent Harris Poll finds that barely half the people surveyed accept that conclusion, although it’s a view held by a great majority of the world’s climate scientists. In a poll by the Pew Research Center, “climate comes in dead last, number 20 of the 20 big issues of concern to America,” Richard Harris writes in an NPR report (12/7/09). The reason for this change, he writes, is “a relatively small but active group of people who have decided that climate change is a phony issue.”

Enter U.S. Rep. John Linder (R-GA), “There is no need for any climate treaty at Copenhagen. It is time to disband the UN’s self-serving and serially dishonest climate panel. Officially sponsored environmental extremism is a danger to our national security.”

Linder’s statement was published on Speak Out for America, a climate skeptic’s blog started by geologist Steward Leighton. Leighton started Speak Out to question the science behind global warming claims. It opposes the once standard view that CO2 and other greenhouse gases trap the sun’s heat close to the earth, creating the higher temperatures responsible for rapidly melting ice caps and glaciers around the world. Leighton himself calls CO2 an atmospheric benefit, responsible for a 12 percent increase in agricultural productivity worldwide. He argues that CO2 reductions could damage the food supply.

There is clearly some disagreement among scientists, but the real drumbeat shaping U.S. opinion has come from commentators on Fox News and its affiliates. They pound on the theme that there is no climate crisis, that this is a conspiracy of bad science and the Democrats who want to destroy capitalism and the Constitution and turn America into another East Germany. Rush Limbaugh openly says President Obama is a Marxist who hates America. Glenn Beck says Obama hates white people. Among these commentators,  facts are an endangered species, a train of thought hard to catch. Much like old time preachers, they entertain through the power of fear: how terrible are the policies of this president, how sinful is socialism and how fully it will enslave us. In this world President Obama is a kind of thug. Clearly, conservatives fear the president’s popularity and are willing to smear him on any issue and deny him any success. Truth has been sacrificed to partisan politics, damn the consequences.

One consequence is widespread homelessness caused by flooding. Rising sea levels will cause the most serious dislocation of human populations, but high mountain communities are threatened as well. Quickly melting glaciers can flood lakes and rupture dams. Called “silent tsunamis,” these outburst floods are growing threats to communities downstream. Then, as the glaciers disappear, the opposite conditions prevail. High mountain ice no longer provides summer stream flows; downstream populations are threatened with drought. This danger is growing in countries surrounding the Andes Mountains like Bolivia and Peru; also in countries dependent on ice melt from the Himalayas. “Although we are not responsible for climate change, we are greatly affected by it,” says Nepal’s Minister for the Environment Thakur Sharma.

Homelessness would increase by an order of magnitude along many coastlines. Dipu Moni, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has said a one-meter increase in sea level would inundate 30 percent of his country. By 2050 he estimates that 20 million people might have to be relocated. Climatologist Konrad Steffen of the University of Colorado estimates that 160 million people in Bangladesh could be homeless by the turn of the century if sea levels continue to rise at current rates.

Many countries including the Netherlands, Vietnam and parts of the U.S. such as South Florida would be heavily impacted. Where would these people go? Who would give them land? How would they support themselves on that land? The Palestinian refugees have been essentially homeless since 1946. Conflict would be inevitable.

The canary in the global warming coalmine is the coral atoll. Tiny nations that rise only a few meters above sea level in some places, they are already taking a hit. Tuvalu, a “paradise” of 12,000 in the south Pacific, has lost one meter of land around the largest of its nine atolls. Kiribati has seen intruding seawater destroy villages and crops. Drinking water has been contaminated. In the Carteret Islands close to Papua New Guinea, retired schoolteacher Rufina Moi says the ocean invades her village at least once a week. Banana and sugar cane crops have been devastated. Clan Chief Bernard Tunim says the pace of erosion will force thousands to flee by 2015. However, as he and others look, they can find no place on the mainland to resettle. In fact, Tunim finds no welcome anywhere. “Who will take us?” asks Rufina Moi, who thinks her only option may be to stay put and watch the waters rise. (source: “Eleven Nations Under Threat,” website of London Telegraph, 12/7/09)

Climate change deniers meet reports like these with skepticism, even cynicism. “Since so many countries are happy to blame the U.S. for the vast majority of what they amusingly claim is a catastrophic slide into global devastation,” Linders writes, “I am sure that a new UN Climate Government will be all too eager to call on the American taxpayer to foot the bill.”

Since 1993 scientist Konrad Steffen has watched average winter temperature rise by 9 ° farenheit at his ice camp in Greenland. He has documented the speeding loss of ice in Greenland and Antarctica for 30 years. Not given to rash predictions, Steffen sees a sea level rise and a warmer planet as inevitable. If we want to know what Mother Earth is up to, I believe we should trust the man with boots on the ice, not the one with lips to a microphone.

Marking a new decade on The Denver Voice

Poll: Most Blame Bush for Economy

From Politico via the Drudge Retort:

Former President George W. Bush gets more blame for the country’s economic troubles than his successor or the Democrats who control Congress, according to a Harris poll out Wednesday.

Thirty-one percent of the 2,344 adults surveyed said Bush deserves the most blame for a rough economy, leading the second-place Wall Street by 6 percentage points.
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Photo from the Documerica Project of the National Archive

Authoritarian Conservatives: An Analysis

Decades ago scientists wanted to know why the people of Germany and Italy were tolerating, even if they were not supporting, Hitler and Mussolini. And thus the study of authoritarianism began. They also wanted to know if blind allegiance could develop in the United States. After more than a half century of study the answers are in.

For several decades Bob Altmeyer, an American scholar at the University of Manitoba, has been a tireless and dedicated researcher. According to the Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, Altmeyer’s work “powerfully predicts a wide rang of political, social, ideological and intergroup phenomena.” Altmeyer’s work is largely directed at other psychologists and social scientists. He has undertaken hundreds of experiments and his work is reliable and valid according to Paul Nesbitt-Larking reporting in Political Psychology in 2004. His work goes the distance in understanding conservatism.

In an article titled “What Happens When Authoritarians Inherit the Earth? A simulation,” Altmeyer explains that, “When I started out, and ever since, I was not looking for political conservatives. I was looking for people who overtly submit to the established authorities in their lives, who could be of any political/economic/religious stripe.” His work identified “right-wing authoritarians” but he was not using the term “right-wing” in the political sense. Rather he used the designation in a psychological sense.

But as he continued his work he reports that “it turns out that in North America persons who score highly on my measure of authoritarianism test tend to favor right-wing political parties and have ‘conservative’ economic philosophies and religious sentiments.” He goes on to say that this empirical finding has been repeatedly duplicated in his continuing studies and has been replicated in studies by others.

The extensive research on the behavior and personality characteristics of right-wing authoritarians and conservatives concludes that they are people who do not see themselves as they actually are and have little facility for self-analysis.

The research demonstrates that conservatives delight in hurling invectives against their enemies and often prove to have the thinnest of skins if the same is done to them. Many conservatives are unaware of their illogical, contradictory and hypocritical thinking. And if they are forced to address it, either rationalize it away, fail to care, or go on the attack against those who reveal their human weaknesses.

John W. Dean, after studying the works of Altmeyer and others, reports in his book Conservatives Without Conscience that because such thinking is the reality of contemporary conservatism, anyone who operates from a logical mind, or has an inclination for reasoned judgment, is problematic for them.

The work of New York University of professor John T. Jost and his collaborators reveals that those who are or become political conservatives have various psychological attributes such as fear, intolerance of ambiguity, need for certainty or structure in life, overreaction to threats, and a disposition to dominate others.

This data was collected from conservatives, through various testing techniques, who agreed to explain their beliefs and have their psychological dynamics studied. According to the work of Jost and his colleagues, these characteristics typically cannot be ascribed to liberals.

Altmeyer’s studies of authoritarian behavior reveal that the behavior is frequently malicious and mean-spirited and that it is often not expressed for some political purpose but engaged in for the pure pleasure of it. He found that for most right-wingers it was difficult to talk about any subject about which they felt strongly without attacking others. He goes on to reveal that it is their remarkable self-righteousness that keeps them living in an “attack mode.” They are convinced that they are right and are bursting with indignations and a desire to slap down their enemies.

And who are their enemies? Research indicates that these conservatives are defined by what they oppose. And what they oppose is anything and everything that they perceive to be liberal. “Liberal” includes not only Democrats or those who identify themselves as liberal but anyone with whom they disagree. For decades the enemy of communism united them. They require the power of negative thinking and common enemies to unite them.

“Probably about 20 to 25 percent of the adult American population is so right-wing authoritarian, so scared, so self-righteous, so ill-informed, and so dogmatic that nothing you can say or do will change their minds,” said Altmeyer, adding that “they would march America into a dictatorship and probably feel that things had improved as a result.”

Professor Robert O. Paxton observed in his “Anatomy of Fascism” that a “fascism of the future…need not resemble classical fascism perfectly in its outward signs and symbols.” Because of these right-wing authoritarians, authoritarian followers, and social and religious dominators, a new American fascism may have already arrived

This article first appeared July 17, 2008 on YouHub.com Longmont.

ICE: Nature’s Thermometer

“Nature’s best thermometer, perhaps its most sensitive and unambiguous indicator of climate change, is ice. When ice gets sufficiently warm, it melts. It asks no questions, presents no arguments, reads no newspapers, listens to no debates. It is not burdened by ideology and carries no political baggage as it crosses the threshold from solid to liquid. It just melts.” –

Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus of Geophysics, University of Michigan.

Experience the retreat of the Mendenhall glacier (Alaska)  through time-lapse photography showing how much of the ice has melted over a two year period.

Judge: Bush overstepped wiretapping authority

From AmericaBlog:

It’d be nice to think that this will amount to something in the end, but I just don’t really think it will. Sadly.

A federal judge has rejected the Bush administration’s justification for warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists and ruled that federal agents had eavesdropped illegally on a U.S.-based Islamic charity.

The ruling Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco focused on the surveillance of a single organization, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation – the only plaintiff in dozens of wiretapping lawsuits around the nation that had evidence its calls were intercepted.

But Walker’s reasoning struck at the heart of the program President George W. Bush authorized after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allowing agents to intercept phone calls and e-mails between Americans and suspected foreign terrorists without a warrant.

I beg to differ Mr. Aravosis – I think once the public realizes exactly what this means they’ll be screaming for blood. The key is, will the media sweep it under the rug?

Leaps and Bounds

I’m pleased and more than a little proud that our fledgling site is getting some very impressive traffic. The number of visits has tripled and is now in the high thousands per month – much of it new visitors. Other progressive sites are linking to us and we’re sharing articles, helping to promote progressive ideas throughout Boulder County.

Our staff of writers is working on articles we know you’ll enjoy and we hope you’ll keep coming back to the Free Range, where you can be sure to find the news that others can’t (or won’t) publish, in other words – the real thing.

Thanks for visiting and we hope you’ll consider writing for us.

Right in your backyard

From the Southern Poverty Law Center

Name
Type
City
Aryan Nations Revival
Christian Identity
Creativity Movement
Neo-Nazi
Denver County
Family Research Institute
Anti-Gay
Colorado Springs
Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints
General Hate
Mancos
Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints
General Hate
Florence
Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints
General Hate
Cotopaxi
Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints
General Hate
Custer County
Knights of the Nordic Order
Neo-Nazi
MSR Productions
Racist Music
Wheat Ridge
Nation of Islam
Black Separatist
Denver
National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Olathe
National Socialist Movement
Neo-Nazi
Hudson
Nationalist Coalition
Neo-Nazi
Denver
New Century Productions – A Conversation About Race
White Nationalist
Littleton
Rescue Without Borders
Anti-Immigrant
Boulder
Scriptures for America Ministries
Christian Identity
Laporte
United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Longmont
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Klan glossary

AKIA: A password meaning “A Klansman I Am”, often seen on decals and bumper stickers.

Alien: A person who does not belong to the Klan.

AYAK?: A password meaning “Are You a Klansman?”

CA BARK: A password meaning “Constantly Applied By All Real Klansmen.”

CLASP: A password meaning “Clannish Loyalty A Sacred Principle.”

Genii: The collective name for the national officers. Also known as the Kloncilium, or the advisory board to the Imperial Wizard.

Hydras: The Real officers, with the exception of the Grand Dragon.

Imperial Giant: Former Imperial Wizard.

Imperial Wizard: The overall, or national, head of a Klan, which it sometimes compares to the president of the United States.

Inner Circle: Small group of four or five members who plan and carry out “action.” Its members and activities are not disclosed to the general membership.

Invisible Empire: A Ku Klux Klan’s overall geographical jurisdiction, which it compares to the United States although none exist in every state.

Kalendar: Klan calendar, which dates events from both the origin and its 1915 rebirth Anno Klan, and means “in the year of the Klan,” and is usually written “AK.”

Kardinal Kullors: White, crimson, gold and black. Secondary Kullors are grey, green and blue. The Imperial Wizard’s Kullor is Skipper Blue.

K.B.I.: Klan Bureau of Investigation.

KIGY!: A password meaning “Klansman, I greet you!”

Klankfraft: The practices and beliefs of the Klan.

Klanton: The jurisdiction of a Klavern.

Klavern: A local unit or club; also called “den.”

Kleagle: An organizer whose main function is to recruit new members. In some Klans, he gets a percentage of the initiation fees.

Klectokon: Initiation fee.

Klepeer: Delegate elected to Imperial Klonvokation.

Klonkave: Secret Klavern meeting.

Klonverse: Province convention.

Kloran: Official book of Klan rituals.

Klorero: Realm convention.

SAN BOG: A password meaning “Strangers Are Near, Be On Guard.”

Terrors: The Exalted Cyclops’ officers.

Tea Party, Rocky Mountain High

Some excerpts from the Denver Post:

Tea Party groups aim to storm caucuses, shake up system
By Nancy Lofholm
The Denver Post

GRAND JUNCTION — The Tea Party Express, the Tea Party Patriots, the 9.12 Patriots and dozens of related groups first drew attention during their angry, sign-waving protests over taxes and health care reform a year ago.

Since then, these conservative groups, or “pro-patriots” as they prefer to be called, have been busy in church halls and in coffee shops from Greeley to Bayfield.

Their plan: Use Tuesday’s caucuses to shake up the established party system that, so far, they have been railing at from the outside.

To that end, Tea Party coffees, “meet- ups,” forums and online chat rooms have been buzzing with caucus talk.


Democrats may be most Tea Partyers’ main nemesis, but the list of other things they are against is lengthy.

(- I can only imagine. Soggy Rice Krispies being high on the list. -mdw)


Separating from fringe

Some have tried to write them off as conspiracy-addled and uneducated, but conservative organizers say the far-right-wing fringe gets too much publicity. The movement is trying to push aside those waving Obama/Nazi signs and advocating armed resistance to the federal government.

“They are crazy. They have no place in our movement,” said Jeff Crank, a conservative radio talk-show host from Colorado Springs and state director of the Americans for Prosperity. “We can’t allow our movement to be hijacked by nuts.”

(- gives the intensity of the local vitriol a context, eh? -mdw)


Lu Busse, who is chairwoman of the 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition that takes in two dozen conservative and patriot groups, said lack of money plus the mostly leaderless nature of the groups make it hard to gauge their strength in Colorado.

(- well, Longmont doesn’t have the money problem.)


Related groups

Colorado has dozens of groups, each with its own slightly different focus, associated with the Tea Party movement. Among them:

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS

Three core values are fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.

TEA PARTY EXPRESS

Planning a national tour this spring to demonstrate against bailouts, government-run health care, deficit spending and government takeovers of sectors of the economy.

9.12 PATRIOTS

Followers of talk-show host Glenn Beck who believe the country should pull together as it did the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The group’s nine principles and 12 values include a belief in God, the sacredness of marriage and the family, courage and personal responsibility.

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY

Republican-based group committed to mobilizing citizens to fight for limited government, free markets and the return of the federal government to what the group sees as its constitutional limits.

HEAR US NOW

The Colorado-founded group helped organize the state’s first Tea Party demonstrations. The organization examines proposed legislation to help educate members.

ROAR AMERICA

The Colorado-based Revive Our American Republic says it aims to make elected officials hew to the Constitution. The group researches candidates and monitors proposed legislation.

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Removing Jefferson

They're grim alright

Cutting out Jefferson?

So much for those ‘Founders’ we hear so much about.

From TFN Insider:

9:30 – Board member Cynthia Dunbar wants to change a standard having students study the impact of Enlightenment ideas on political revolutions from 1750 to the present. She wants to drop the reference to Enlightenment ideas (replacing with “the writings of”) and to Thomas Jefferson. She adds Thomas Aquinas and others. Jefferson’s ideas, she argues, were based on other political philosophers listed in the standards.


To paraphrase a local political figure: I will fight you with every fiber of my being before I let you do this.

Apparently politics is supposed to get extreme this year – and this is exactly the way to start it by attacking the core of America’s beliefs.

Hat tip to Say It Ain’t So and TFN

Think Progress has more.

Longmont’s Hidden 100

Longmont's oldest political syndicate?

The Spartans had their 300, Longmont has its 100 – but Longmont’s tiny army has a bit of an advantage: they never have to show their faces to the ‘enemy’. These are real ‘heroes’ – people who ‘support their candidates wholeheartedly’ but live in horror of ‘retribution’ and that they might be ‘exposed’.

I doubt these folks are afraid of anything but an IRS audit or their proctologist.

This fine group donated no less then $6269.61* to the Western Tradition Partnership, a viciously hard-core right wing partisan group from Montana associated with Scott Gessler, now a candidate for Colorado Secretary of State – just like Ken Blackwell in Ohio. Original document filing
* does anyone see the pattern of 6s in that figure?)

All this money was spent by one hundred Longmont residents who don’t believe the majority should have any rights at all – to them it’s all about money and power and to hell with the ‘little people.’ They managed to cover the town with political toilet paper that activated the far-right factions and disgusted the left to the point of not voting – much to the glee of the people who decried low turnouts during the last election.

We’d love to hear from anyone that can help us identify Longmont’s Comehere Rouge Guerrillas** and help bring them out of the mists of secrecy into the light of day – and I’m NOT talking about the way the Times-Call plays fast and loose with the political process.

(** it’s a joke, for all you humor-impaireds out there)

There’s a new kid in town

…and he seems hungry.

From

Mondo Newspapers Highest Circulation Colorado Newspapers

Longmont Daily Times Call 21,127 Lehman Communications Corp.
Longmont Ledger 20,000 MediaNews Group, Inc.

Here’s some other sites that follow the fate of foolscap-based news: Newspaper Death Watch as well as The Awl.

When you have those charts as a backdrop, the circulation comparison above leaps into stark focus.

Clearly the community is ripe for a new (and hopefully reliable) source of news.

Times Call, you’d better check that lunch menu… you appear to be on it.