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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Eight Republican representatives that voted for Cap & Trade

Click the links for their contact information. Cap and trade passed by seven votes.

Mary Bono Mack R (CA)
Mike Castle R (DW)
Mark Steven Kirk R (IL)
Leonard Lance R (NJ)
Frank LoBiondo R (NJ)
John McHugh R (NY)
Dave Reichert R (WA)
Chris Smith R (NJ)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bill Owens "TABOR is Broken"

Colorado's most recent Republican Governor shills for bigger government and more taxes.

Penry is right

BlueCarp gives Republican State Senator Minority Leader Josh Penry credit.

In an article ("Penry's speech rips Dems' policies, blames GOP for losses") by Denver Post political reporter Lynn Bartels, Penry was quoted as saying

"Republicans in Congress doubled the national debt in a span of eight years. Shame on us," he said. "The reality is we are in a political ditch in part for those errors."

The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have the problem. Unfortunately, the Rrepublicans still have 11-steps to go in the 12-step program, and there is little reason to believe they can recover from their collective love with big-government. They have had plenty of chances, and they keep blowing them.

How many times do you take back a cheating spouse?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Sensible Colorado - working for an effective drug policy

Tell antiquated marijuana laws to "take a hike"!

Help Make Breckenridge Sensible.

Help Legalize Marijuana in Breckenridge!

Sensible Breckenridge, a local reform group working with Sensible Colorado, recently began gathering signatures to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana possession under the Breckenridge City Code.

This prestigious group, led by Breckenridge Town Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron and local attorney Sean McAllister, needs YOUR help gathering signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2009 ballot. Signature gathering started last week, and the group must turn in 1000 signatures by July 13 to make the ballot.

In addition to removing criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and older, the ordinance would also remove adult paraphernalia penalties.

If you wish to volunteer, please call 970 453 6594 or email sensiblebreckenridge@gmail.com. To read more about this campaign, click HERE and HERE.

To learn more about Sensible Colorado's work, or to donate to this important cause, check out our website at www.sensiblecolorado.org.

Sensible Colorado | PO Box 18768 | Denver CO 80218

Act now to oppose new Aurora special taxing district.

From Libertarian Party of Arapahoe County, Colorado reports:

Libertarian activist and former candidate for Colorado House district 42 Jim Frye spoke with Acting City Clerk for Aurora, Steve Wasieck, about an upcoming Aurora City Council meeting regarding a proposed new tax for libraries.

Steve said you can submit a written response, prior to the Aurora City Council meeting on July 13th, if you like.

Send your written opinion to: swasieck@auroragov.org prior to July 8th.

They will package up all the responses and forward all of them to each council member.

Steve said if they get a very large response, they may only forward the number of yes and no comments.

Steve also said everyone is welcome to show up at the council meeting.

After you sign in to speak, you would be given 3 minutes to read your opinion piece.

You can do this regardless if you sent in a previous written opinion or not.

Obviously, I urge each and every one of you to email your opposition to this tax increase.

I also urge each of you to forward this message to anyone in Aurora that you know would also oppose having their taxes raised.

Time is of the essence... write your letter of opposition today!



Of a Public Hearing Before The City Council Of The City Of Aurora, Colorado, Concerning The Organization Of The Aurora Library General Improvement District (No. 1-2009)

All electors of the area hereinafter described and all persons generally are hereby notified that, pursuant to a petition filed with the City Clerk, the City Council of the City of Aurora, Colorado (the "City"), will be conducting a public hearing concerning the organization of the Aurora Public Library General Improvement District (No. 1-2009) (the "District").

1. The District Shall include all property located within the boundaries of the City, with the exception of those parcels that are also located within the boundaries of the Arapahoe and Douglas Library Districts.

2. The District will work in partnership with the City to provide public library services and improvements within and for the District, including, but not limited to, maintaining, improving, and expanding existing library services and facilities, increasing library system hours of operation, and providing enhanced library services, such as buying new books and media and improving programs for children, teen, and adults.

3. The total estimated cost of the services to be provided within and for the District in the first year of operation is $12,514,000. The services will be paid for from property taxes levied upon the taxable real and personal property within the District, which, in 2009, is approximately $5.69 per month on a $200,000 home.

4. On Monday, the 13th day of July, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. a public hearing concerning the organization of the District will be conducted by the City Council in the Council Chambers of the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 East Alameda Parkway, 1st Floor, Aurora, Colorado. Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider an ordinance submitting the question of organizing the District and of levying property taxes to pay for the proposed services to the electors of the District at the November 3, 2009, regular municipal election.

5. All complaints and objections that are made in writing concerning the District by the electors of the District will be heard and determined by the City Council before final action is taken. Said hearing and determination will take place at the meeting referred to above. Debra Johnson/City Clerk

Please visit Meetup to RSVP and indicate your interest in opposing this measure.

Mykl Kryka
Publicity Director, LPAC

Friday, June 19, 2009

PETA glorifies murderer Che Guevara, defends flies.

PETA has employed Che Guevara's granddaughter, Lydia Guevara, to a appear in a series of print ads themed "The Vegetarian Revolution."

Rumor has it PETA is searching for grandchildren of Stalin and Mao to continue the series.

While PETA glorifies the murderer Che, they are aghast that President Obama, in their words, performed an "execution" on a house fly.

Socialists are immune to the concepts of irony and hypocrisy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Sheriff's department without a county

According to this Denver Post editorial, "Denver's deputies don't need more arrest powers," the Denver Sheriff's Department wants more power. (Of course they do.)

For those unfamiliar with the City and County of Denver, the two entities share the same exact boundaries, and govern the exact same people and the exact some property. There is no unincorported Denver County where the Sheriff has sole jurisdiction, because there is no unincorporated Denver County.

Instead of giving the Sheriff's Department what it wants, I have a better idea: completely do away with the Denver Sheriff's Department and put it all under the Denver Police. Eliminate overhead and duplicative administration. The people win.
Of course, it will not happen. The Sheriff's Department is its own little fiefdom, and what's best for us poor vassals is irrelevant to the little princes who rule over us.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nationalized companies are run by congressional gangstas.

Her last question in the clip: "is that what we've come to?" The answer is "yes."

This is what happens when the quality of the product you sell is less important than the quality of the influence you sell.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Milton Friedman speaks crystal clear truth

"Where in the world are you going to find these angels to organize society for us?"

Thursday, June 11, 2009

No good argument for death penalty

In response to the death sentence recently imposed on Robert Ray, Mike Littwin, the Denver Post's resident old hippy, wrote a column on the death penalty, "What do we owe crime witnesses?"

Littwin, like me, is against the death penalty. Nevertheless, he believes

If there's an argument for deterrence, this is it — the freebie murder, once explained to me by a prosecutor, of killing someone who might put you in jail for the rest of your life. Without the death penalty, what's there to deter you — two life sentences?

The flaw in that argument is obvious. No matter what the maximum penalty may be, once the person becomes subject to it, there is no more deterrence. What are you going to do? Give someone two death sentences?

If matters not if the maximum punishment is a life sentence or the death penalty.

Al Pacino, as Detective Vincent Hanna in Heat, summed it up:

Once it escalated into a murder one beef for all of 'em after they killed the first two guards, they didn't hesitate. Pop guard number three because... what difference does it make? Why leave a living witness?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

A snippet from an article by Frank Nutting at MarketWatch.com, "We're wasting our chance to fix the banking system:"

"... these banks know that the federal government will bail them out, if necessary, no matter what they do, no matter how many stupid investments they make, or how much they pay their executives, traders and shareholders, or how many gold-plated toilets they install. They get trillions worth of government insurance for nothing."

I think even my Obama-loving friends agree rewarding failure is not a good idea. And the Dems didn't start it, the Repubs did. G. W. Bush and McCain both backed the original financial bailouts.

What's the common theme? The two party duopoly rewards its own. They take taxpayer money and give it to their cronies. The cronies may be slightly different, but it doesn't matter to us poor vassals. The effect is the same.

Reject the status quo. Join the Libertarian Party. Join the revolution. 

At the very least, quit expecting anyone benefiting from the current system to change it. Who benefits? The Democratic and Republican establishment.

You can either sanction your own robbery, or fight it. The Democrats and the Rebublicans are robbing you.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Media appearance

I will be on Bo Shaffer's television show, "Common Sense," live tonight at 7 p.m. mountain time. In addition to being able to see it live on Boulder cable channel 54, it will stream on Citizen's Community Television 54's website.


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Pass a law. Solve a problem?

The Denver Post's front page headline, "Ban on driver texting," refers to Governor Bill Ritter's signing of a bill that makes it illegal to send text messages while operating a motor vehicle.

The story is written by John Ingold. His lede declares, "Coloradans' days of texting while driving are now officially numbered."

Even allowing for potential hyperbole or poetic license, the statement is absurd.

Unfortunately, all too many people would agree with the premise behind it.

The premise is that a law stops the behavior it prohibits. The premise is nonsense. 

A law punishes behavior. It may, although I doubt it, deter that behavior. It does not and never has, stopped behavior. 

Ifpassing a law stopped behavior there would be no need for a criminal justice system or prisons. 

To blithely equate passing a law with solving a problem perpetuates the myth. Newspapers should perpetuate truth.