The Day Prior

So, here we are, a day before the inauguration of the 45th President of the USA, Donald J. Trump. It would seem that there is a collective holding of the breath as we ready to push off this ski run. I think it might be more than a double diamond. I’m not sure if the Ski Patrol will even respond to our pleas or PIEPS signals. “You’re on your own up there, buddy. Maybe you can see if that Heli pilot will come back and get you…/static white noise/”

Colorado: We may win a national political contest only to lose multiple ballot questions that will eviscerate all pretext of progressive advancement

Oh, we will still be able to smoke recreational pot for now at least, but by any indication, the GOP will trounce any and all proposed November 8 initiatives that will roll back the systematic elimination or contraction of social, economic, and environmental progress we have fought for in the past 20 years. The Koch brothers and others are pouring money into Super PACs that are producing really slick TV and print ads that; (1 oppose restoring school funding to pre-2008 levels (Taxes!), (2 advancements in state-wide health care (Big Government! Taxes!), (3 removing indentured servitude in the state penal system (Law & Order!), (4 Assisted Suicide (Don’t make the Baby Jesus Cry!), (5 hamstringing the ability for ballot initiatives to be brought to a vote in state election (Fscking Socialists! This ain’t the People’s Republic of Colorado! edit Oil companies can frack anywhere we damn well want to, who do you think runs things around here?/edit), (6 $12 state minimum wage (Bad for business! Not a market solution! Will kill the ‘recovery’!), (7 Denver Area Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (Socialism! Not a Market Solution! Taxes!), and (8 Increase in taxes on a pack of Cigarettes and other tobacco products (Taxes!).

These ads are good, slickly produced, sound reasonable, and stand in ‘reasonable and measured’ opposition to the increasingly oppressive, government overreach that is threatening to destroy the very fabric of life in Colorado we’ve been able to salvage after the common-sense restrictions imposed after the Liberals Recession following Obama’s election.

Arguments are presented in a way that seems sensible to low-information voters and just ‘the right thing to do’. Local and state level Democratic candidates are presented as ‘Tax and spend liberals!’ (yes, we’re back to those tropes) and non-partisan offices are nevertheless populated with reasonable candidates that are opposed by those that would take your rights away and give them to people who do not deserve them. No, really. Schools Board elections, District Attorneys, and other races feature ads that are likewise polarized and low information.

As far as I can tell, the Democratic Party in Colorado is having a had time organizing the GOTV efforts for the election, much less doing any outreach. I fear for the outcome for a majority of the races and questions below our contentious Presidential election.

VOTE 411 is a great resource provided by The League of Women Voters.

Also, don’t forget to register AND vote on November 8.

The Story Behind The POW/MIA Flag

When you are in a calm and thoughtful mood, give this a read:

You know that flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down.Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about this.

Source: The Story Behind The POW/MIA Flag

Rick Perlstein is the national correspondent of The Washington Spectator, on whose site this article first appeared. This piece was updated by the Spectator on August 13 to remove the word “racist” from the headline, and has been similarly adjusted here. An apology from the author and a response from Spectator editor Lou Dubose were also appended to the original article and have been replicated here at the bottom of the piece.

Make it Stop…

Today is mid-term Election Day and we have been inundated with ads here in Colorado. Supposedly more ‘outside money’ has been spent here than anywhere else in the country. I’m tired of it, sick and tired of being bombarded with ads.

I turned in my ballot almost two weeks ago and most of the political snail mail stopped but not TV ads and certainly not the carpet bombing of political emails.

We are not even turning on the tv tonight. Somehow, I think we will be hearing about the results. For weeks.

Labor Day

Thank you Workers!

Catching up on Frontline from last May. The two-parter about the NSA warrantless wiretapping. I still fail to understand why the bulk of the Bush administration and, frankly, some significant sectors of the Obama administration, have not been indicted and sentenced to some serious prison time. And I’m not even referring to the banking crisis (you know, 2008?)

I think I know why Mitt Romney is so hesitant to release more of his tax returns

I’ve lived and worked around ‘card carrying’ members of the Mormon church — those with the temple recommend — for over 30 years. The only thing that I can suppose why those returns have not been released — IMNSHO — is that the LDS church would find out the Romney has not been fully tithing (contributing 10% of his income) to his church. *That* would be the only thing I can come up with that might cause him to behave this way. Again, In My Not So Humble Opinion. Otherwise why would he not just say, again, that “I paid *all* the taxes I was legally required to pay and not a penny more.”

Thoughts?

Why I No Longer Read Newspapers

… and haven’t for a long time. I got disenchanted several years ago when the editorial pages of the local paper, The Las Vegas Review-Journal became infested with knee-jerk Tea-Bagger rhetoric. I’m in Denver with Ian at my in-laws house for a wedding and they get the Denver Post every morning. I had forgotten how “red state” newspaper journalism is in Colorado. Of course, the Post is a MediaNews Group newspaper. Not so divergent from the Ganett Group that the R-J is part of. Perhaps it is that way everywhere. Whew.

Yes, I’m keeping my opinions to myself! Family harmony and all that.