Colorado

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZxk_9GTHrs

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.

Hate Obama? Fire your Democratic employees

The insane rhetoric from the right gets worse and worse.

As if outsourcing jobs didn’t do enough damage to America, now Lunatic Fringers are advocating businesses firing their Democratic employees:

From Neal Boortz (i.e., “Talkmaster”) on Twitter:

How un-American can you get?

This is most vicious, evil cold-blooded thing I’ve ever read.

This is why I will never stop fighting for unions – we need them because of this kind of mentality.

Thanks to Say It Ain’t So Already where I first spotted this.

Wake up Dems – this is just going to get worse.

Sins of Omission

It’s funny how some Colorado news “outlets” just happen to edit out or omit important bits of information (see Don Coulson’s LTE and the careful snipping the TC editorial staff did). This article appeared on the ColoradoPols website:

History of GOP donor omitted from Post article
by: Jason Salzman
Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 18:16:31 PM MDT

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

A March 28 Denver Post article offered up a misleading tidbit that I should have pointed out earlier–before it spread across the country.

I’m not referring to the headline of the Post article, which was bad enough. It read “Markey a Polarizing Force in the 4th Congressional District.” The article wasn’t about whether Markey was “polarizing.” It was about her vote on health care, so a headline related to health care would have been more meaningful.

But more serious is something the story left out.

Discussing the responses to Markey’s vote for the federal health care bill, The Post reported:

Fred Vierra of Cherry Hills Village lives outside the 4th Congressional District but sent Republican congressional candidate Cory Gardner [who’s opposing Markey] a $1,000 donation.

“You can thank Betsy Markey’s health care vote for this check,” he wrote last week in a note to the campaign.

From reading this, you could easily think Vierra’s $1,000 donation is money Gardner wouldn’t have gotten if Markey had opposed the health care bill.

But you need to spend five minutes on the Federal Election Commission website to discover that Vierra is a well-known Colorado GOP donor, who regularly gives to candidates outside of his district of residence and outside of our state.

In fact, Vierra gave $2,000 to Marilyn Musgrave in 2005 and again in 2006. Before the health care bill was twinkle in Obama’s eye, Vierra gave $1,000 or more to Sam Brownback of Kansas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, John Thune of South Dakota, former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, former Montana Senator Conrad Burns, and others, all Republicans. He gave $55,000 to John McCain in 2008. In Colorado, in addition to Musgrave, he’s given big money to Republicans Wayne Allard, Mike Coffman, Rick O’Donnell, Jane Norton, Bob Schaffer, Tom Tancredo, and others. The list goes on and on. It’s pretty amazing, really. Type “Fred Vierra” on this page of the FEC website.

Especially because The Post included the contextual detail that Vierra “lives outside” of Markey’s Distrct, The Post should have informed us of Vierra’s status as a national Republican donor living in Colorado.

A phrase like “Vierra, who gave over $400,000 to Republican candidates across the country since 1998…” would have done the trick. Or even something like, “Vierra, a well-known Republican donor in Colorado ….”

Of course, it’s possible that Vierra wouldn’t have coughed up $1,000 for Gardner if Markey had opposed the health care bill.

But still, Vierra’s history of donating should have been mentioned, to give us a full picture of what’s going on here-and to let us decide what to make of it.

Not only us, but news outlets as well. Here’s what I mean:

After The Post ran the article with the anecdote about Vierra’s $1,000 check, a Post reader, Ann Westmeyer, sent Gardner a clipping of The Post’s article, a $25 check , and a note that read, “Again, you can thank Betsy Markey’s healthcare vote for this check,” according to a story on The Post’s political blog, The Spot.

Westmeyer’s note stated that she also lived “outside the district,” according to The Spot, which unfortunately quoted its own story about Vierra’s $1,000 check, again omitting the information that Vierra is a major Republican donor statewide and nationally.

And guess what happened next? This two-part story, about Vierra’s check and The Post’s article that inspired another donation to Gardner, was picked up by the Washington Post today in an article headlined “In Colorado, health-care debate reverberates in congressional race.”

The Washington Post recounted The Denver Post’s story, reporting:

After the health-care bill passed, a voter from outside the district sent the Republican’s [Gardner’s] campaign a contribution with a note: “Please thank Betsy Markey for this check.” When The Denver Post wrote about it, another voter sent a copy of the article along with a donation to Gardner’s campaign with a note: “Again, you can thank Betsy Markey’s health-care vote for this check.”

That’s how the news media feed on themselves to build a narrative (Angry voters donating to unseat a congresswoman.). Unfortunately, in this case, a piece of the foundation of the narrative is partially rotten, because it lacks critical context.

Bald eagle eggs hatch at Xcel Energy station

According to Xcel Energy, there are two hatchlings in the Bald Eagle nest at their Fort St. Vrain Station in Platteville, Colorado.

According to Xcel’s website, the pair “have a 6-foot-wide by 5-foot-deep nest that sits high in a cottonwood tree near the plant. Eagles return to the nest in the fall and conduct nesting activities from about February to June. The nest has been active for years, with the Colorado Division of Wildlife banding young birds at the nest site each spring.”

Xcel has live feeds on its Web site from two cameras mounted on a tree limb about six feet above the nest.

FRC says no to RNC

From Drudge Retort:

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, urged supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee. “If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values,” he said. “Better yet, become a member of FRC Action and learn about the benefits it offers, including participating in the FRC Action PAC which can support candidates who will advance faith, family and freedom.”

Posted by Corky at 05:31 PM

Oh my God… the Republicans have finally driven off their very best shock troops.

I wonder… does this mean the ‘church campaign’ won’t happen this election cycle?

Bad news for the Lunatic Fringers – but likely not Longmont, those Fringers never waver.

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.

HeavenFest: A Reality Check

Union Reservoir - March 2010 - Photo by Doug Wray

Imagine for a moment that an organization approached your city and requested use of one of its facilities to hold a rally involving up to 50,000 individuals. Imagine that the proceeds from this rally could reach over $2 million but the sponsors offered nothing but payment of a $50 permit and a promise to tidy things up after the event.

Imagine a city council which accepted this offer and instead of negotiating a piece of the gate worth (modestly) at least $100,000, buried the decision for permit approval in the bowels of its bureaucracy where various unelected officials made the decision for them. Public input fell on deaf ears and was not encouraged. Virtually no debate was held by council.

Welcome to Longmont and the HeavenFest concert where rumors of untold riches are rife, all to be generated by throngs of visitors spending wildly in restaurants, hotels and the hundreds of tee shirt and souvenir shops dotting downtown (OK – that does require some imagination).

Reality check: With 918 hotel rooms- most of which are routinely filled on weekends and every restaurant packed with locals, we are to believe that these hordes of visitors will somehow manage in one or two nights to contribute as much as $900,000 in new tax revenue.

But neither Thornton nor Brighton, the homes of HeavenFest ‘09, found any significant increase in revenues related to the event. Why? In part because the attendees stayed in their campsites, or came for one day then went home. Most importantly, with venues already filled to capacity with locals, there was nowhere to spend new money. Longmont’s council and its boys in the back knew this- or should have. It’s called due diligence and objective analysis; both were AWOL when this deal was struck.

Enough- let’s get off the road to Oz and examine the facts:

Fact: HeavenFest is an arm of non-profit Worship and the World Movement (WWM). The announced purpose of this organization is (in part) to; “Proclaim God’s Word through worship and teaching at over 70 events” and; “Support an orphanage in Venezuela”. (source: 2008 IRS Form 990 tax return).

Fact: The gross income of WWM in 2008 was in excess of $300,000. That year it donated about 4.3% of declared income, or $12,923. to Miami-based “Home of Refuge” which runs the Venezuelan orphanage. Based on figures published on their web site, it can be assumed that WWN’s 2009 revenue was well in excess of $750,000. Orphanages received $35,000 or perhaps 5% of income.

Fact: WWM is not a charity and does not claim to be one. Its mission is to grow exponentially in order to reach ever growing multitudes. Let’s be clear on this; how they make and spend their money is their business and no one else’s. I have no bone to pick with WWM and no interest whatsoever in their business model.

Fact: Had a similar request for such a rally been made by any other musical group it would have been rejected out of hand- or subjected to rigorous negotiations for a share of the gate. Even then, council would likely have met a storm of protest and one can be sure there’d have been ample public debate. How then did HeavenFest slide in and walk away with a permit?

Damned if I know, but what is clear is that Longmont is in effect making a six-figure donation to a religious organization. Were this money going to a recognized charity it might be forgivable, but again-WWN is not a charity and consequently should not have received any special consideration. But it did.

Think what $100,000. (or perhaps double that amount) could do for Longmont’s homeless, its food banks, shelters and support groups. None of these will receive a red dime from this event because Longmont’s council ducked its responsibilities. Council has shown an appalling lack of objective leadership and essentially tossed away the opportunity to share in what could be a $2 million plus gate.

HeavenFest may yet prove to be a boon to Longmont and may leave Union Reservoir in better shape than it is today. Then again it may prove to be a monumental irritation to its citizens and an environmental disaster. Regardless the outcome, what happened on the road to a $50 permit should never be allowed to again occur.

Related article: HeavenFest, A Briefing

Home = Humans Live Here

It’s about time some of these issues got dealt with. – mdw

From BoulderBlueLine.org:

Boulder Gives Birth to Senate Bill on Mobile Home Dwellers’ Rights

Mobile Home parks – have you thought about who lives in them? Have you considered what contribution they make to low income housing in Boulder and beyond? Have stereotypes blocked much thought about them? The answer for the City of Boulder is yes – we have thought about them and we are willing to bust through stereotypes and take action. Boulder has spearheaded an effort to update the antiquated and feudal situation in mobile home parks in Colorado and to balance more equitably the rights of mobile home owners and owners of mobile home parks. Why is this important? Well, because mobile homes are not mobile despite their name. Most never move more than once from factory to site and the ownership and equity then become critical with a privately owned home on top of separately owned land.


It’s all about power, folks. -mdw


It is a bit heart rending to realize that Senate Bill 10-156 includes things that are basic rights for most Colorado residents:  the right to consistent delivery of utilities and water and the right to gather in open spaces in the park.  A future bill to build upon SB 10-156 could include:  1) limits on pad rents (which is not the same as ordinary rent control), a provision that more than 30 other states have in their current laws.  This provision would address the “conflict of ownership” issue that is similar to that of condo ownership on rented land; and 2) it could meet the nationwide tend towards resident owned trailer parks.   Seventeen states have specific laws providing residents with an “opportunity to buy” their mobile home park if the landlord decides to put the park up for sale.


Exactly right. I’m very curious to hear what all the ‘property rights’ wingers have to say on this. My bet: nothing except a soft water-dripping sound.

Watch the big-money interests go absolutely insane fighting this.

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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