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The Conservative ‘Warrior’

As someone who’s very interested in the hijinks of the far-distant right-wing fringe, I subscribe to a number of email lists that give me a peek into the ‘mind’ of extremists.

Recently I got an email from Conservative Party USA that started with this noble-sounding line:

What is the Code of the Conservative Warrior?

Unlike liberals and radical progressives, the Conservative Warrior takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He happily discovers cause and effect relationships in the sphere of human action. His sense of life allows him to experience the joy of his existence.

This is just hilarious on its face.

From my experience, “conservative warriors” let Fox News tell them what to think and that’s what they think – to the exclusion of any and all facts. Period. ‘Sense of Life’? These trogs have less sense and less life than a potted plant. As for experiencing joy, again, from harsh experience I’ve learned that “conservative warriors” only true experience of joy is when they’re beating someone – either metaphorically or literally. They have no sense of fairness or decency. If money’s involved, then it’s no-holds-barred. I was young during the 60s and I *KNOW* how conservatives talk about anyone that doesn’t put on the brown shirt and march in lockstep. They will kill us all, given half a chance.

Self-Mastery means
The individual knows he exists as a being who possesses power. It is possible to call him or her a warrior
That means you gain control of any situation by calculating everything of importance. Then you take the necessary action based on your convictions and beliefs.
Remember, you’re not a leaf who is at the mercy of the wind; although the Deep State would like to reduce you to that state of existence.

Yes, because POWER is the only thing worthy in this world and woe to them without it. Truly Christian. Cold, calculating, controlling and merciless – the exact image of the ‘Deep State’ they’re howling about. Guys. GET A FUCKIN MIRROR.

As a Conservative Warrior
No one can push you or make you do things against your better judgment. You are tuned to survive, and you survive in the best of all possible fashions.”
Not only do you tune yourself to survive, you also thrive. You understand reality and you use your knowledge to succeed in your endeavors.

Yep! That’s RIGHT! If you don’t WANT to do it, “NO ONE’S THE BOSS OF ME”. Very mature. So helpful in a dangerous situation. As for ‘better judgment’ – keep in mind, these “conservative warriors” are the ones who eagerly voted for a man so racist and hateful he’d put children in cages because he didn’t think they were human because of their color. Or point-blank ignore a pandemic warning until it was a crisis. Yes, you “conservative warriors” are really doing your level best to kill us all.

During these trying times
You obtain peace of mind because you are confident in your ability to overcome challenges and obstacles. You believe that you will achieve your goals and desires.
Life continually presents you choices. Your success rides on your ability to make more correct decisions than incorrect ones. That’s especially true when you’re faced with big decisions. You know, the ones that can make or break you. If you decide to live a life filled with reason and rationality…and love that which you most value, you will enjoy living by the Code of the Conservative Warrior.

More code: “You’ve got enough money stashed away to live like a king while your neighbors starve and die, GOOD FOR ME!” Also,

“Life presents you with choices – screw everybody else, get YOURS NOW, so what if they die!! Dirty fucking hippies deserve it.”

It’s important
That you continue to seek new thoughts and new ideas, especially from the great conservative economists and philosophers. So many people shut themselves out when all they need to do is open up and look out. You should always be on the outlook for more information, never taking anything for granted, and never fully believing everything you hear. You must continue to exercise your mind, expanding it into unknown territory.

Yes, lap up the swill pouring from the mouths of thugs like Limbaugh and Hannity, your gods. NEVER BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE TOLD – unless your gods tell you. It’s all a big liberal lie. That kind of retardation is going cost America a LOT of lives – nearly as many as we wasted in their idiotic wars like Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq already. “Conservative warriors” a term of art for “vicious, cold-blooded opportunistic sociopathic racists” and anyone calling themselves such marks themselves as an enemy of Humankind in my opinion. If you do and are reading this, please throw yourself directly into a tree chipper, it’s the highest service you could do right now.

The Conservative Party USA is:
Committed to protecting your individual rights…and enhancing your personal liberty and economic freedom.
The great economist Ludwig von Mises chose a verse by Virgil to be his motto: “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”

Faithfully yours,

Sam Gallo, Chairman Emeritus
Marcus Kohan, Chairman
Keith Westbrook, President
And all our other team members

As long as the wealthy approve those rights and as long as you pay homage to them. Again, more hilarity ensues at the mention of Mises – who came to be widely regarded as an “archetypal ‘unscientific’ economist”– polite way to say ‘loon’ in common parlance.

Lastly, Sam Gallo. Jesus… the guy is over 90, white as a soda cracker and from Louisiana. Want to bet he’d bring back slavery in a heartbeat? Wonder if he has a child bride. I mean, a real “conservative warrior” can do anything he wants, right?

This, right here, is the face of the force that’s working hard right now to wreck our country.

Cold-blooded, calculating, ruthless sociopaths that will do anything to get their way.

America is watching guys. Watching close. Taking names and details down.

When this crisis has passed there will be accountability for the crimes that have been committed. With any luck, this “conservative warrior” will be taking a dirtnap by then but his pals will be held up to blowtorching scorn for the rest of time.

People’s families and friends are dying RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

Best you sit down now and STFU now Sammy boy – this crazy talk is going get more people hurt.

Farewell to Rush

List of Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Wikipedia)

Here’s the entry in Wikipedia. Thomas and Harvey are no doubt turning over somewhere.

Some of his more noteworthy remarks. (Snopes)

At least he got his medal

It will look almost as good as one of these on his gravestone.

Having lost my dear friend

Kaye Sillery Fissinger – 5/16/44 – 5/18/17

to lung cancer, I can truly say that I understand the gravity of the situation.

Farewell Rush.

You won’t be forgotten… that’s for certain.

Your entry in this list will be a lasting reminder of GOP corruption gone wild.

Enough yet boys? Is it??!

“Justice” Roberts

Cory Gardner – VOTED FOR NO WITNESSES IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP Jan 30, 2020

How can anyone wearing the robes of a judge sit quietly by as the very concept of justice is made a mockery of? Roberts is proving decisively that he is a creature of the GOP and unfit to wear the robes of Chief Justice. From the very beginning when he tried to muff Obama’s swearing in to now, he’s been a quietly smiling assassin of democracy.

The GOP’s vote today not to have witnesses or evidence is proof that Trump is guilty.

There is a firsthand witness and evidence that these people are also involved – and are now running the trial they are suppressing witnesses and evidence from – neat, eh?

Vice President Pence

Rick Perry

Mike Pompeo

Bill Barr

Lindsey Graham

Devin Nunes

John Solomon

Joe diGenova

Victoria Toensing

Rudi Giuliani

These guys make Nixon look like a piker.

November? Seriously?? Give this crowd of halfwit holier-than-thou hooligans hundreds of days more to wreck our nation??

That is the wrong answer folks.

Trump has to go NOW, the damage being done on a daily basis is horrendous and getting worse by the day.

Now that his buddies look to be giving him a free pass, you can count on it getting far, far worse.

I have every expectation Trump will try to order a nuclear strike somewhere in the middle east at the first opportunity.

Let’s hope our military leaders intervene and save us all.

Why Not Wait?

Bob Seay

First published at BobSeay.com

Should Congress impeach the President? Why not just wait for the 2020 elections and let the voters decide?

These are legitimate questions. Voters, having expressed their preferences at the ballot box, are rightfully suspicious of efforts to overturn those results. Colorado Republicans were reminded of this when they tried and failed to recall Governor Polis and several members of the Colorado legislature.

Many Democrats were disappointed when Speaker Pelosi refused to hold impeachment hearings immediately after regaining control of the House in 2018. Despite this political pressure, Pelosi refused to consider impeachment for presidential actions within the scope of the Constitution. Nancy Pelosi respects the election process and knows how Americans feel about overturning an election. Although she disagrees with President Trump, the Speaker of the House respects the constitutional authority of the President.

President Trump is not facing impeachment because Democrats disagree with his policies. President Trump is facing impeachment because he broke the law.

The President broke the law when he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian President promised to smear Joe Biden. This was the quid pro quo, which literally means “this for that”, to which witnesses testified before Congress. The “quid” was American military aid which Ukraine needed to defend itself from an increasingly aggressive Russia. The “quo” was that the Ukrainian government would help President Trump in the 2020 election. It was as if President Trump told the Ukrainians, “Nice country. It would be a shame if something happened to it.”

The evidence is clear. The only question is whether President Trump’s actions rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” required for conviction.

So why not just wait for the 2020 elections?

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of the Constitution, which members of Congress have sworn to support and defend. The authors of the Constitution were concerned about corrupt foreign influence and made specific provisions to guard against it. Government officials, including the President, are forbidden from accepting “any present… from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” President Trump has referred to this as “the phony emoluments clause”, but it is as much a part of the Constitution as the Electoral College that put him into office. Dirt on Joe Biden, if such dirt were available, would be a gift from the Ukraine, paid for by the American people.

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of the presidency. Future Presidents need to know that Congress will not tolerate a President who exploits their office for personal gain.

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of our elections. Americans need to know that our elections will not be influenced by foreign governments who wish us harm. Americans need to know that American elections are decided by American voters and not by outsiders working against us.

If the President is not impeached, future Presidents will know they can extort foreign governments for personal benefit. Future Presidents will know they can use the United States Treasury as a campaign slush fund. They will know they are above the law.

This is why this President must be impeached in the House and convicted in the Senate. Americans need to know their Constitution works.

Matt Garrett

There’s a very interesting story here.

I sent Matt a short list of questions as a private citizen and after receiving his answers, asked if I could publish them on FRL. His response was curious to say the least. He claimed he wouldn’t change any of his answers, but because I didn’t tell him I was a news outlet, he retracted it all, with some elaborate (and pointless) claims of privacy.

Matt, you’re a public figure now. If this is how you react to the spotlight, I really don’t think City Council is the place for you.

Based on your website, you have absolutely zero experience as a Council member and see City Council as little more than a booster for local businesses.

Also, based on my findings on the web, you’d be a developer’s dream – happy to sign off on virtually any project.

When I first heard about your bid for Council, it was obvious you were the candidate for the GOP even if you didn’t say so. Clearly Trump has made the GOP brand too radioactive. I understand your desire to distance yourself from that dumpster fire.

However, transparency seems to be tough for folks on the right and this exercise proves that.

I would strongly urge Longmonters not to send Mr. Garrett to Council or our beloved hometown could easily see a series of very-unwanted ‘deliveries.’


Questions sent to Matt Garrett that he decided the public didn’t need to see answers to:

I sent Matt a short list of questions and below are the questions and his answers to same. – FRL

(Not published at candidate’s request)

From your website ‘Where I Stand’ :

“Longmont’s small businesses need to have major support from all city government, using every resource available to promote local purchasing.”

Q : Can you characterize (give 2-3 examples of) what you consider ‘major support’?

Matt:

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“City government should not be obstructionists.”

Q: What specifically has council obstructed? Why do you think they did so?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“Large and small corporations representing a broad range of business models should all feel welcome…”

Q: Can you give an example of the kind of business that Longmont is lacking or that you’d like to see?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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In your interview with John Fryar you are quoted:

“Garrett said he might be considered “a little bit to the right” on the political spectrum because “I have a lot of conservative approaches to economics and government involvement.””

Q: Can you be specific? What approach in use by council now would you change?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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(same interview)

“…cited his opposition to any hydraulic fracturing operations from the surfaces of properties within Longmont’s boundaries.”

Q: Do you believe fracking is environmentally safe in any location?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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(Not published at candidate’s request)

The GOP and Women

Dust bowl mom

Almost a century now of GOP abuse of women.

Women: “Can I have birth control?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “You prevented me from having an abortion so I’m carrying the fetus, but my employer won’t provide reasonable accommodations and is threatening to fire me. Would you please pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?”
Republicans: “No”

Women: “I had the baby, but I’m out of work. Can I have WIC and food stamps until I get back on my feet?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I found a job, but it doesn’t offer me insurance. Can I have government guaranteed insurance?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “My kid got sick and I got fired because I missed time caring for him. Can I get unemployment?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m having a hard time getting my kid from school consistently. Can we fund after-school programs?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m prepared to work to support my family. Can you make sure that a full-time job’s minimum wage is enough to do that?”
Republicans: No. But what’s the matter with you and your family, that working two jobs can’t lift you out of poverty? And what kind of a mother are you, letting someone else watch your child while you work? If your child doesn’t do well in school or gets in trouble, it’s entirely your fault. You shouldn’t have had a child if you weren’t prepared to take care of her.”

Coup d’état?

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), days after his swearing in (so his oath should have been fresh in his mind) – made a thinly-veiled threat that if the investigation into Trump’s crimes isn’t stopped, the United States is in danger of a “coup d’état”.

REALLY?

Mr. Gaetz, if the GOP impedes the investigation into Trump’s crimes, your entire party will be labelled as traitors for all time.

Sit down, shut up and READ YOUR DAMN OATH you oaf.

This is an open message to ALL Trump supporters – you idiots START a civil war and we’ll FINISH IT. When we’re done with  you there won’t be two bricks on top of each other in the red states. It will make Sherman’s march look like a church picnic.

Seriously. Stop the talk of insurrection. Do it now. It’s disgusting and unAmerican – which is becoming the GOPs callsign.

Racism against Native Americans persists

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Evelyn Red LodgeEvelyn Red Lodge is a contributor to Writers on the Range, the opinion service of High Country News. A writer in Rapid City, South Dakota, she is a correspondent for Native Sun News Today and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

During my 13 years in Rapid City, South Dakota, I’ve learned that racism and ignorance almost always go hand-in-hand. The West was “won,” many people learn in school, but what did westward expansion mean for the Native people who were already living on the land?

The lure of gold brought explorers, miners and then homesteaders to South Dakota during the 19th and early 20th centuries. I imagine that most of those “invaders” — from my point of view — didn’t think twice about booting the local people out of the way. But that was then. The question today is why racism persists when America prides itself on tolerance and respecting diversity.

Here are examples from my life that reveal the kind of blatant racism I’ve experienced, as well as some of the unconscious racism that is sometimes almost comical.

I go to a Rapid City council meeting where a white local suggests placing statues of Native Americans in Founders Park, rather than in the proposed First Nations Sculpture Gallery in Halley Park. As Native author Elizabeth Cook-Lynn put it, the suggestion was made “without a hint of irony.” After all, who were the original founders if not Native people?

I go to the veterans’ parade where the 7th United States Cavalry, formed in 1866 to protect homesteaders and raid Native villages, is still honored. These days, of course, more Natives serve in the military per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the director of the National Museum of the American Indian. But few Natives march with the veterans in the parade.

I find a Black Hills trail guide listing the 7th Cavalry Trail as if it’s fun for people to follow the trail of mass murderers who killed anywhere from 75 to 125 babies, children and women at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Members of the 7th Cavalry Drum and Bugle Corps perform in a parade in downtown Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 11, 2007. Rapid City hosted the parade to honor those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. military. The 7th Cavalry Corps is a volunteer marching band that dresses in authentic 19th century costume during parades in the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller) (Released)

I buy a Happy Meal for my daughter only to find a 7th Cavalry Custer doll inside. She gets upset when I try to explain why I think it belongs in the trash.

In a jewelry shop along Mount Rushmore Road, I look at the gold for which my grandparents’ territory was invaded and spot a wine-bottle holder depicting a Native chief chugging a bottle of wine. Old stereotypes die hard. According to a recent study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Drug Dependence, alcohol consumption by Natives is shown to be generally less than that of Caucasians in the United States.

Just walking downtown in Rapid City, the so-called City of Presidents, I spot the stores along the way that used to sport signs saying “No Indians or Dogs Allowed.” I go to He Sapa — the Black Mountains — where I look upon the faces of past U.S. presidents who helped wipe out so many Indigenous peoples. I remember that Natives were only declared to be citizens by the United States Congress less than 100 years ago.

In 2015, I feared to go to any sporting event after a drunk beer salesman poured beer on Native students at a hockey game and shouted, “Go back to the reservation!” Within days, dumping beer on Natives had become a common occurrence at other venues.

I picked up the local newspaper four days after the drunk hockey fan did his business, and the question was raised on the front page: Had the Native students who were attacked stood for the national anthem? (Not that it should make any difference, but it was reported that the students did stand.)

I feared to walk on the north side of Rapid City in 2009 and 2010, after at least two Native families with children were egged while racial slurs were hurled at them. “Go back to where you came from!” is a laughable favorite. One Native woman, who was disabled, was run off the road while driving her car. Urine in bottles was thrown on other Natives. Some Natives were shot with pellet guns.

At the same time — and I am glad to report this — many of the attackers were held accountable after much public outcry:

The jewelry store owner removed the wine holder featuring a drunken Native from her window after local media asked why she’d given it prominence.

The newspaper removed its victim-blaming story from its Internet site.

Two 21-year-old women were arrested in the incident involving the disabled woman, becoming the first in the state to be charged with its new hate-crime law, “malicious intimidation or harassment.”

As for failures in the quest for justice, the drunk hockey fan was eventually acquitted of his one and only charge of disorderly conduct. And I am unaware of any charges brought against anyone for the attacks involving egg and urine throwing and pellet guns.

Racism persists, I am sorry to report. I still feel it every day.

Full disclosure: I am a Facebook friend to Evelyn Red Lodge – FRL – Thanks to High Country News!

The GOP and the Tall Tree

From Shareblue Media:

Missouri state Rep. Warren Love said on Facebook that he hoped Confederate statue vandals are lynched.

Missouri state Rep. Warren Love

Ever since the deadly neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville, which centered on a condemned statue of Robert E. Lee, efforts to remove Confederate monuments have intensified.

But the statues, many of which were erected by white supremacist groups explicitly to protest Black civil rights, still have defenders.

Several Republicans, including Donald Trump and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, insist the statues are necessary to honor Southern history, even as they hypocritically allow Black heroes of the Civil War era to go unhonored and forgotten.

On Thursday, Missouri state Rep. Warren Love took his defense of Confederate statues to a violent extreme.

After a Confederate monument in Springfield National Cemetery was vandalized, Love took to Facebook to write, “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”

The idea of an elected lawmaker calling for people who defaced a statue to be lynched is horrifying. Love is explicitly invoking a terrorist act historically used by the KKK and white supremacist mobs.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Black men were lynched for everything from trying to register to vote, to looking the wrong way at a white woman. Whites who were too outspoken in sympathy for Black rights were also targeted. People seen as a threat to the white social order were randomly made examples of, to terrify the rest into compliance.

Love’s post was met with immediate outrage. State House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty thundered that Love “invoked a form of political violence used throughout the South to keep African-Americans subjugated for generations following the fall of the Confederacy.” Missouri Democratic Party chair Stephen Webber demanded his resignation. Sen. Claire McCaskill agreed, calling his comments “unacceptable.”

Amazingly, Love is not even the first Republican lawmaker this week to threaten racial violence.

On Tuesday, Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer warned former Black Democratic lawmaker LaDawn Jones that if she keeps criticizing Confederate statues, “I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive. People in South Georgia are people of action, not drama.” He added that people who do not watch what they say “will go missing in the Okefenokee. Too many necks they are red around here.”

Republicans insist their support of Confederate statues has nothing to do with white supremacy. But their impulse to echo the threat of white terror betrays their motives.


Author

Freelance Political Writer

Matthew Chapman

Video game designer and science fiction author from Texas. Can be found on Twitter @fawfulfan.

Remembering LBJ

Lyndon B. Johnson – 8/27/08 – 1/22/73 – 36th President of the United States

Any of you folks from my generation remember this picture? It was taken 45 years ago today. High school teacher >> Congressman >> Senator >> Senate Majority Whip >> Senate Majority Leader >> Vice President >> President >> derelict. What a long, strange trip it was.

I remember Lady Bird took some heat for telling the hippies to “get a haircut.” Though both were diehard liberals, Lady Bird took a stand against us longhairs. Yet when LBJ retired, he grew his hair out, as if in solidarity. Or maybe as an apology. Whatever the reason, it was in defiance of his own wife’s cleanup campaign (which also included a war on billboards).

Lyndon Johnson was a complex man. He did so much good during his 5+ years in office, yet he’s the president who told us “We have to save face” in Vietnam. To which, those of us nearing draft age wore T-shirts that read “Save Lives, Not Face.” Mine was dark blue with white lettering.

He pushed through civil rights legislation (against the will of the Dixiecrats), established his landmark Great Society, and when the day came when he was challenged by “Mr. Conservative” a mere year after ascending to the White House via Lee Harvey Oswald’s marksmanship, LBJ crushed Barry Goldwater like a smoldering cigarette butt.

It’s odd to think that I’m older today than he ever lived to be. His oddball ways notwithstanding, I don’t think he was a bad man. I think he was a decent man who tried to do the right thing during tumultuous times, but those times simply swallowed him up. I don’t think he lived long enough to ever admit that the escalation of Vietnam was a colossal mistake, but I KNOW he knew it.

In fact, I believe it’s what killed him. He died from a heart attack, five months after this picture was taken. 58,000 + 1.

RIP, LBJ

Bruce Lindner, Portland, OR

Bruce Lindner is a political commentator, humorist, coffee expert and part-time mechanic.

Littwin: Gigantic, enormous, colossal, unpresidented women’s march drives Trump mad

From the Colorado Independent:

These are, as they say, early days. And as the nascent Trump era progresses — if that’s the right word — we will continue to see things we’ve never seen or heard before.

For starters, we’ve never heard an inaugural speech like Trump’s American carnage address.

We’ve never seen a counter-inaugural demonstration drawing an astonishing 3 million across the country, many of the protesters wearing pussy hats and many carrying signs about a president keeping his tiny hands off the First Amendment. If you think you were stunned by the turnout — the 100,ooo-marchers-strong aerial shot of Civic Center is a remarkable testament to those Coloradans trying to take their country back — imagine how Trump felt.

We’ve never seen a press secretary, on his first day, ordered by the president to read out a pack of lies about, of all things, crowd size and insist they were true – period. Or see a presidential counselor say the lies were actually “alternative facts.” Or see Orwell cited quite so accurately quite so early in a president’s tenure.

We have seen Trump embarrass himself many times, but never quite as he did, as president, at the CIA, standing in front of the wall honoring the CIA dead, using the occasion to accuse the press of willfully deflating his inauguration numbers and of falsely creating a rift between him and the intelligence agencies that he had compared to Nazis.

We’ve never seen a president, in his first days, hold a meet-and-greet with congressional leaders and tell them the already clearly debunked lie that he had lost the popular vote only because 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants voted for Clinton, who apparently was not smart enough, as several observers have pointed out, to wield these voters in, say, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

He can’t let go — of anything. He can’t move on — from anything. Getting elected isn’t enough. It has to be the greatest election. The most colossal crowds. A global movement. And still that won’t satisfy. We can only imagine what the GOP congressional leaders were thinking – that they have to pretend for four years that this is remotely normal. Remarkably, in the face of Trump’s allegation of massive voter fraud, no one called for an investigation. A better response, of course, would be to call for an intervention.

Read the rest at the Colorado Indpependent.

Comparing Collateral Damage

Bush Administration

  • 13 Embassy Attacks
  • 66 Deaths
  • 3 US diplomats killed
  • 22 Embassy employees killed
  • Investigations [ 0 ]

Reagan Administration

  • 10 Embassy Attacks
  • 318 Deaths
  • 1 US ambassador killed
  • 18 CIA officers
  • 254 Marines
  • Investigations [ 1 ]

Obama Administration

  • 2 Embassy attacks
  • 4 US deaths
  • Investigations [ 13 ]

Cost to taxpayers for partisan witch hunt: $14 Million.

This is what the GOP thinks is more important than serving the American people.

Exxon’s inconvenient truth

This Guest Opinion first appeared in the Times-Call (FRL)

Back in the day when Exxon was just a gigantic oil company, before its merger with Mobil, Exxon had its own inconvenient truth. Based on investigation by Inside Climate News (ICN) as well as research by the Los Angeles Times in conjunction with a project at Columbia University, in the late 1970s and early 1980s Exxon scientists conducted pioneering research on climate change.

The ICN article is the basis for the following. In July 1977, James Black, one of Exxon’s senior scientists, gave a sobering report. From a written version he recorded later, Black said: “In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels.”

In 1978, Black gave an updated report to a larger audience of Exxon scientists and managers. According to a written summary of his talk, Black warned: “Present thinking holds that man has a time window of five to ten years before the need for hard decisions regarding changes in energy strategies might become critical.” Among other things, Black also predicted that rainfall might get heavier in some regions, and other places might turn to desert. In the written summary of his 1978 talk Black said: “Some countries would benefit but others would have their agricultural output reduced or destroyed.”

In 1982, Exxon developed a primer on climate change and carbon dioxide. Again, from ICN: Marked “not to be distributed externally,” it contained information that “has been given wide circulation to Exxon management.” In it, the company recognized, despite the many lingering unknowns, that heading off global warming “would require major reductions in fossil fuel combustion.” The ICN article continued: Unless that happened, “there are some potentially catastrophic events that must be considered,” the primer said, citing independent experts. “Once the effects are measurable, they might not be reversible.”

Exxon continued with its climate change research, an issue that posed an existential threat to its oil business, until the late 1980s. Exxon scientists even were permitted to publish at least three peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals on their ground breaking research.

Unfortunately, in the late 1980s Exxon shifted tactics to stressing the uncertainty of research into the greenhouse effect. This change apparently was due to financial considerations and was not based on any research challenging its previous findings. Since then, Exxon and climate-change deniers have been successful in preventing effective action on this issue. We have lost 20 to 25 years when steps could have been taken, and now the window for alleviating the worse effects is much smaller. Every year we delay taking effective action means that future actions will have to be much more draconian or the effects of climate change will be far worse.

It appears as if nothing very constructive will be achieved during the current talks in Paris. The fossil fuel industry still has sufficient clout to stop effective action. Distressingly, the U.S. is pushing voluntary national reductions. There would be no requirements since each nation does what it wants when it wants. On top of that, there would be no enforcement mechanism to hold a nation to its commitment.

Talk about perversion— the worse climate change impacts will initially be experienced by those nations that had little to do with causing climate change. The U.S., a key contributor to the increase in greenhouse gases, will generally initially suffer lesser impacts. Coming generations, including the young children and grandchildren of today, who have had no role in causing climate change, will face the greatest suffering. Those generations aren’t going to think kindly towards us and our lack of action.

Ron Forthofer is a retired professor of biostatistics who lives in Longmont.

The Big Red Scare

Joe Stalin, nothing like Bernie Sanders.

Joe Stalin, conservative boogieman

Beware! Be very afraid is the message George Will imparts in his commentary, “When history books make history,” published in the Opinion page Aug. 9. But to me the overriding theme is the hubris— excessive pride— Will attaches to the power of writers. He singles out Robert Conquest, who, according to Will almost single-handedly brought down the Soviet Union with his honest and truthful description of the evils of communism under Joseph Stalin.

Understand there has been no communism except in theory, especially under the brutal dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. Everyone was not equal but there was a level of thugs at the top who were “more equal.” Everyone else followed orders or got sent to gulags in Siberia, or were shot. No writers brought down the Soviet system, and neither did Ronald Reagan as has been claimed for him posthumously. No, the Soviet Union collapsed in utter failure with a corrupt government, a failed economy and by investing in an arms race resulting in total disregard of its people.

By some estimates, Stalin had more than 20 million citizens murdered in order to instill his brand of communism. Stalin was guilty of “moral obtuseness,” meaning he said one thing and always did what he wanted, which usually resulted in breaking treaties and murdering anyone who got out of line. Liar and hypocrite are the most polite words we can associate with Stalin.

Yet, in his meandering punditry of 700 words, Will brands U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders with moral obtuseness. That is one writer’s hubris run amok. It is also disgustingly false.

So just what has Bernie proposed that is so threatening it receives a label the writer also chooses for the worst killer dictator in human history? Here is a sampling: healthcare for all by extending Medicare; eliminating tax evasion techniques by large corporations that offshore profits and jobs; extending Social Security to all by applying the payroll tax to income more than $250,000; raising the minimum wage to $15/hour; paying for parental leave and vacations; and foremost, getting big money out of politics.

These are major issues for the 99 percent of us who are being squeezed out of the middle class by stalled wages and benefits. Yet somehow Will and conservatives in Congress interpret our issues and Bernie’s common sense solutions as “socialist threats.”

America is a social country. Our history is marked by communities coming together to deal with tough issues. Every farming community has a cooperative that allows members to save money through bulk purchasing of goods and services at lower prices. Foremost though are the many benefits derived by all of us by combining our taxes for the common good: setting up public utilities and services, public libraries, public education, highways and roads top the list. Consider too that we have a national military, Social Security and Medicare.

Realize that many hardline conservatives like George Will consider social services undeserved entitlements. What is scandalous is the association of Bernie Sanders’ stand on providing for the people first akin to the moral obtuseness of Joseph Stalin. Rather, I believe entitled is the No. 1 characteristic of large corporations avoiding taxes and offshoring jobs. Entitled describes a Congress that votes itself better health insurance benefits and a better pension system than it allows the people it is supposed to serve.

Where Bernie would extend Social Security, conservative pundits like Will would cut it, limit benefits and raise the eligibility age.

A final thought. My friend Hermine is from Germany, a democratic socialist country. In a recent discussion she was asked about health insurance there. Her answer: Everybody has it. What about unemployment insurance? It never runs out. What about the homeless? She says there isn’t any. Parental leave and vacation pay? Yep, Germany has those too. Other studies point out the happiest people live in Scandinavia, where democratic socialism also exists with the benefits found in Germany.

In the next 15 months, pundits and politicians will try to scare you with demagoguery tactics like Will’s. “The Big Red Scare” was a farce perpetrated by radical anti-communist demagogues like Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. Don’t believe the ghosts of that era posing as pundits and candidates for the presidency.

Bill Ellis is a local author; reply to bill-ellis@comcast.net
Bill Ellis

St. Vrain Valley Voices

TC Sale Delicious Irony

From TimesCall.com

NEW YORK — Digital First Media, the operator of The Denver Post, Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call, Colorado Daily, Broomfield Enterprise and Colorado Hometown Weekly, announced Friday that it will “evaluate and consider strategic alternatives” that could lead to the sale of some or all of the company.

CEO John Paton said the company has retained UBS Securities to review a full range of alternatives — including selling the entire company, selling regional clusters or doing nothing.

“We believe we have many options available to us to maximize the value of our businesses for our stockholders and the board of directors has therefore decided to assess the full range of these opportunities,” Paton said.


The Times-Call, despite FRL’s continuing calls to moderate comments and require identification of commenters has stayed the course and now the newspaper finds itself again on the chopping block.

This comment in particular stands out:

AsokAsus

More deckchair rearranging. The death of print media is inevitable, and shifting to digital publication means nothing but competition with billions of other well-established websites which are already far better organized than the virtually unreadable digital newspaper sites, but even worse for the print publishers, ad revenue per ad is at least one ten thousandth less for a digital ad vs a print ad.

Bottom line is that printed newspapers are dead and their brands are worth zero. And quite frankly, it couldn’t happen to a better bunch considering that the bulk of newspapers have been unrelenting in blatantly pushing a s0cia!istic, “Progressive” agenda for decades instead of engaging in objective news reporting. So, basically, good riddance to bad rubbish.


Yes, the Times Call, that bastion of ‘Progressive’ thought. *COUGH*

No more bully pulpit for this bully.

No more bully pulpit for this bully.

To the extreme right of Longmont – your house organ has imploded and your pet hate-blogger has moved on. My advice is to clean up your act and start working to help Longmont. FRL is willing to publish your articles but you’ll need to stop trying to blame all your ills on the left.

Free Range Longmont is still here despite years of smears and lies aided and abetted by the Lehman family via the Times-Call. Now we get to see them hoist on their own petard.

The irony is truly delicious.

Here’s wishing the legions1 of anonymous hate posters a not-so-fond farewell and hoping the Times-Call gets the wire-brush cleaning2 its needed desperately for decades.


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Longmont's self-proclaimed 'First Lady'

Longmont’s self-proclaimed ‘First Lady’

Maybe not legions, perhaps just one or two very dispepsic hate-mongers?

2. As in all the Lehmans gone (waving merrily) Bye!!