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Ditching schools to make American Taliban enclaves in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- While secularist crusader Richard Dawkins was delighting evangelical atheists at a nearby college campus, addressing how the charter school movement is subverting public education with religious indoctrination, the local District 11 school board was selling off another two primary schools --to charter school privateers! Flipping moribund neighborhoods to the Christian Soldiers. 38518

Now Colorado College students have to ask permission if they want to protest

COLORADO COLLEGE- How do you protest having to seek permission to protest? Do it without. But Colorado College students learned on Wednesday that protesters risk arrest for trespassing: trespassing on the private property of a private college ostensibly protecting the non-dissenting students from having to see dissent. It would be interesting to see college administrators have to explain that on their campus, the freedom to speak didn't include the freedom to hear.

14 cents

Since cities like Colorado Springs are trying to make it illegal for anyone to ask for spare change on downtown streets and elsewhere, the State of Colorado in its infinite wisdom and kindness of the bosses has just now raised the minimum wage by 14 cents an hour! Whoopeee!!!!!! Now don't go out and spend it all in one place, You Miserable Wage Slaves. And remember.... it's real criminality to be asking anybody for an extra something or other. Shame on you if you persist in doing that.

Gazette not only blocks story of local fracking protest, but assigns goon to disrupt it

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- This past Tuesday saw the largest demonstration yet against oil and gas drilling in Colorado Springs and the ugly practice of hydraulic fracturing. Several dozen fractivists allied with Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights (CSCCR) and Occupy were joined on the steps of City Hall by Colorado College students who'd marched from their campus with banners and posters denouncing fracking. You didn't hear about it did you? After the rally everyone filled the council chamber to give 3-minute personal testimonials that ran for two hours. That too went unreported, in particular by the Gazette, who had two reporters in the room, one who'd conducted interviews, and both who took notes during the presentations. But neither produced a story -- an odd dereliction of responsibility you might say. Even more odd was the role played by Gazette editorial page writer Wayne Laugesen who ultimately opined on the city council's decision to postpone their vote, as "caving to anti-energy activists", offering no details. Laugesen actually interjected himself into the rally outside as a lone counter-protester, interrupting interviews being filmed for TV stations KRDO and KKTV. When they asked Laugesen to let them do their job, the goon replied that

Colorado Springs anti- panhandling ordinance set to become Mayor Bach’s expensive big flop and political fiasco

The creepy new Right Wing mayor of Colorado, Steve Bach, has gotten HIS anti-panhandling ordinance passed this week and it's set to become an expensive big flop that city tax payers will have to pay out with our monies, as the city attorneys try to defend municipal enforcement for a clearly illegal measure that will fail all the basic tests in the courtroom. Why is that? Short answer is simply that the new law violates all OUR remaining rights to hear free speech voiced in this country and this city of Colorado Springs. See Amid debate, Colorado Springs may join cities banning panhandling where the LA Times shows us how this form of anti free speech legislation has been faring in other spots across the US? 37768

Unlike in Colorado Springs, Americans in Auburn, Washington were not subjected to a completely pro- more war parade on Veterans Day

What a contrast in Auburn to what Right Wingers subject us all to here in Colorado Springs each and every Veterans Day as they use our collective public tax monies to parade their pro war sentiments through public streets. See events in Auburn, Washington... Anti-war veterans took part in the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn on Saturday, a day after a federal judge ordered the city to allow them to participate.--- Thank You, Antiwar Vets, for the service you do for our country. 37730

‘Lesser-evil’ politics demoralize and demobilize progressives

'Both parties have been driving the country in the same direction for decades now, and towards the same destination. Their road is to a future in which the government safety net is dismantled, working conditions and wages decline to be globally “competitive,” and the power of capital is unrestrained by labor. The Republicans want to speed things up so we get there faster, while the Democratic driver prefers a slightly slower, cruise-control pace. But the car is heading in the same direction regardless of who is driving.' ---(Taken from Reviewing the failed strategy of the ‘pragmatists’) 37574

US gov supported ‘disappearing’ people in Colombia and now runs Mexican ‘drug war’ killings out of Peterson AFB

The US currently intervenes inside Mexico by running Mexico's 'drug war' out of Peterson AFB, located right here in Colorado Springs where NORTHCOM is located. What track record do the US government and military have in their bloody Made-in-the-USA 'drug wars' in the Americas? See Killing in The Name of... Death Squads, Murder and U.S. Corruption in Colombia.

Walmart: Strike you goddamn morons!

Finally, finally Walmart slave-wage workers are marching, on their off hours, picketing their stores. Finally. It's tempting to get out there and hold signs in support, but where were they when we were protesting Walmart ourselves? The pathetic Walmart "associates" couldn't be convinced we weren't jeopardizing the source of their livelihoods. Except their jobs aren't livelihoods. Even as Walmarts in more and more cities face a growing uprising, I'm not convinced that our local workforce can wise up beyond agitating to medicate their lives with pot or jumping at the chance to scab each other's part-time hours.

Democracy How?

Amy Goodman of the program Democracy Now was in Colorado Springs last night (Thursday) speaking to a small group of patrons of KRCC radio crowd which, along with Colorado College the owner of the station, did a royally piss poor job of building the event. Few people were aware of the event taking place and few showed up as a result of that lack of promotion for the show. Corporate pushing KRCC never seemed to have ever wanted to carry Democracy Now in the first place, favoring Mobil-Exon Oil promoted PBS (Corporate Broadcasting System) by far in their huge hours given to push PBS's Democratic Party/ Republican Party ONLY politics nonstop over Colorado airwaves. KRCC is certainly not my idea of what a credible ALTERNATIVE media outlet should be sounding like. How could it be, with Sue Woolsey, wife of the former CIA director and notable Right Winger creep James Woolsey Jr., chairing the board of Colorado College and by extension, KRCC itself? The Woolsey family are big pushers for starting war against Iran. 37209

Springs Mayor Steve Bach’s downtown plans centered on real estate speculation and corruption

As I was listening this AM to Right Wing talk radio on 105.5 today, they had Colorado Springs mayor telling us in an interview that it was no secret that he wants a baseball stadium to be built downtown which he claims will somehow revitalize the center of the city. That's as doubtful a claim as his idiotic boast that he personally will direct the city into 'creating' 6,000 new jobs during his term, which could only come about with a US economic recovery he banks on seeing happen though he would have no responsibility in bringing any such possible thing about. 37047

What the persecution and continued prosecution of Josh Carrier says about the craziness of Colorado Springs cops, its politicians, and its people

Let's admit it- we live in one of the nuttiest cities of a crazy sick and sad society called the US of A. Nothing locally illustrates this more than the total idiocy of city officials regarding one of the city's ex-cops, Joshua Carrier, who in an abuse of local policing authority fondled several high school boys at a local middle school of D-11, which is a nutty, sick and dysfunctional school district here. 36934

One man’s war hero is another’s snitch. Iraqi informant Jasim Mohammed Ramadon is also an American rapist.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Haha. Iraqi "war hero" Jasim Mohammed "Steve-O" Ramadon was granted asylum in the US after snitching on his countrymen, his tribe, and own father, as a youth informer for the US Army. An American soldier brought Ramadon back to Ft. Carson and praised him as a war hero in his memoir. Now Ramadan has been getting himself into trouble for drunk driving and beating women. Recently, he and four other Iraqi expats were arrested for the violent sexual assault of a neighbor, probably the everyday rape M.O. of American soldiers in occupied lands. I'm laughing because while Ramadon betrayed his dad, beat his girlfriend, and now faces charges of rape, local teabag Red White & Blue guy Jim Cross stepped forward as character witness for Ramadon, saying "his heart is in the right place." Does being a conservative jingoist mean you have to hit every sour note?   I was reminded of Cross today because our City Hall fracking protest was interrupted by the stereotypical blimp-neck sticking his smartphone in our faces with lame gotcha questions, beginning with the usual insincere "So what's this about?" Today's idiot was no brighter than Cross, and thought he'd caught

What type of creep helps US military in their occupation of his own country?

PROFILE OF AN IRAQI FRIEND OF THE PENTAGON- '(Jasim Mohammed Hassin) Ramadon was featured in “A Soldier’s Promise,” a combat memoir by Army First Sgt. Daniel Hendrex, published in 2009, that detailed his relationship with Ramadon as a teenager who risked his life to provide information to U.S. soldiers deployed in Husaybah, a town in Al Anbar Province of Iraq. During an interview months ago on KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Ramadon said his mother told him to help the Americans. When he tried to return, she told him he had to go back to the soldiers or be killed. His Army protectors said Ramadon ultimately turned over 40 insurgents to the Americans, including his father. (...) Several soldiers interviewed by KOAA-TV said Ramadon was brought to the United States for his help and he settled in Colorado Springs, where the Army unit was based at Fort Carson.' from Iraqi hero among 5 arrested in Colorado Springs sex attack that left woman seriously injured.

University of Colorado lease does not guarantee Memorial Hospital will continue to admit Medicare patients

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Local voters have until next week to decide whether to accept the offer to lease the city's Memorial Hospital to a University of Colorado non-profit entity, but there is no guarantee that the community health needs will continue to be met, in particular, that Memorial will continue to accept Medicare. Indications are not encouraging. At a symposium held tonight by 9 to 5 Colorado addressing privatization of public services, it was revealed that Memorial provides more care to indigents than any other hospital in the state. At the same time, the Denver hospital run by the University of Colorado currently ranks last there for indigent care. Apparently teaching hospitals prefer teachable cases, and excuse themselves from the cases that create billing difficulties because "it's not their mission." Alas, the prestige of becoming a teaching hospital is how politicians are selling the Memorial deal, now obviously dubious. And ordinarily the privatization of medical facilities in Colorado is regulated by what's called a "conversion statute" except --it protects the public interest only in cases of hospitals sold, not leased! While a 40-year "lease" sounds less commital, it actually circumvents Colorado's protections. Now let's consider the implementation of President Obama's

Colorado is simply full of people who do not respect Mother Nature at all — You Morons!

Don't you get sick of the annual Pikes Peak auto races? I do. The whole event is simply morons trashing out Mother Nature. Jeremy Foley Crash - Pikes Peak 2012 ...With people like this seeing their 'races' as sport, firing guns off at firing ranges in the mountains, and all the other stupid activities morons like to do with their expensive toys, it is no wonder we have so many huge forest fires each summer. And this is not to even mention the little girl almost killed this year.... How Pikes Peak Became The Most Dangerous Place I’ve Ever Raced ...These races are an embarrassment to the city of Colorado Springs, which is already an embarrassment to Colorado. Part of our city's ugly face to the rest of the world, along with the religious nuts and military mind set all over the place...

Steve Bass found guilty of camping not occupying, but could jury have ruled otherwise without hearing his defense?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- You may have underestimated the importance of today's Camping Ban trial. The local media, social justice community and rights watchdogs missed it. But judging from the police force on hand and the elaborate lock-downs placed on the jury pools, it was evident the City of Colorado Springs thought a lot was at stake. I've written already about the draconian motions to prevent defendant Steve Bass from explaining his motives, including a ban of the word "Occupy." Today the court made audience members remove their "Occupy Colorado Springs" t-shirts, but let the cat out of the bag by the palpable gravitas with which the court officials and police handled jury selection. Except for the absence of TV crews outside, you'd have thought Steve Bass was Hannibal Lector tripped up by an urban camping ordinance at "what happened last year in October at a park downtown." 36411

Steve Bass to get his day in court, but he can’t say what he was doing or why, & above all he can’t mention “Occupy”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Municipal Court Judge Spottswood W. F. Williams heard a final motion today before the AUGUST 10 trial of Occupier Steve Bass, charged with violating the city's camping ban. The prosecution motioned to forbid from trial, "discussion of political, economic, or religious beliefs or ideology as a purported justification for the alleged acts", and even "arguments related to the belief that the defendant's conduct was constitutionally protected", and in true Colorado Springs fashion, the judge GRANTED the city's motion! YES THAT'S RIGHT, now if Bass wanted to say he wasn't "camping," he can't say what else you would call it! In effect, Defendant Bass is prevented from explaining WHY he was occupying, or even THAT he was occupying, because saying "OCCUPY" is expressly forbidden. The judge will play it by ear whether to make an exception for himself during "voir dire" if selecting impartial jurors might require asking their opinion of "Occupy". That's IF BASS GETS A JURY AT ALL, because next, Judge Williams prompted the city prosecutor to research whether Bass was entitled to a jury of his peers for the infraction of camping... 36040

Heads kept down in Colorado Springs as professional gunman, Army Ranger ‘Little Monster’, threatens rampage

COLO. SPRINGS-- The CSGT morning headline described Aurora shooter: GUNMAN WAS LIKE ASSASSIN GOING TO WAR, but the next news cycle warned of a pro, this time an Army Ranger, cruising the city, who'd flown from Fort Lewis, Washington with the intention of killing his ex-fiance, her new boyfriend, then himself. The 5-foot-5 Sgt. Joshua Johnston Daner, a special forces soldier nicknamed "Little Monster", has three guns, "violent tendencies" and possibly an injured hand from punching a wall. If you think having to look out for one Army Ranger is bad, imagine a city in a US war zone, Iraq or Afghanistan where Daner served for example, bracing for teams of "Little Monsters", a death squad of Rangers, or brigades of regulars behaving with less discipline than special ops, with the authority to hit you as they would a wall. 35987

More troops, more ‘drug war’, more bloodshed to be result of recent rigged Mexican presidential election

This picture depict 750 more Mexican troops arriving this week with grand public display to Torreon, a metropolitan area of about 1,500,000 south of Chihuahua on the route north to Ciudad Juarez-El Paso. The newly selected Presidente Nieto is going to continue the US government's 'drug war' in Mexico that the previous presidente, Felipe Calderon, was known for implementing. More death and more horror for Mexico, all forcibly imported from the Pentagon, NORTHCOM Mexican 'drug war' command center, Peterson AFB located just outside of Colorado Springs. See America's Mexico Blog for more info about NORTHCOM.

Colorado Springs holds memorial service for young American, Armando Montano, murdered in Mexico City

Among the tributes Sunday were those from Montano's colleagues in Colorado, Mexico and elsewhere around the world. In honor of his life, the song "Gracias a la Vida" by the late Argentine artist Mercedes Sosa was performed, as well as a video and a slide show montage compiled by his friends and family.' Our heart goes out to the family of this young man. 35556

US Made War Zone – Ciudad Juarez

There is a recently made video that examines in a very balanced manner, the Mexican elections as seen from the viewpoint of the people living in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua- US made war zone. It is very informative and well worth the time watching this 20min film... THE FEMALE JOURNALISTS OF JUAREZ. One has to ask why is it that the US can run this 'drug war' inside Mexico from right out here in NORTHCOM command center, Colorado Springs, and nobody in Colorado Springs knows anything about it? Why? And where are our tough, hard hitting local journalists from The Gazette and The Independent? They're both missing the big story. In fact, they have utterly failed to keep us Colorado citizens informed.

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