Monthly Archives: February 2006

Colorado Springs -1, Salazar 0

Well this is a fine developement for Colorado Springs. Arguably the highest profile progressive elected to a local post, city councilman and vice-mayor Richard Skorman, has resigned his position to become the regional liason for Senator Ken Salazar.   The … Continue reading

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Tired of milquetoast advice

A conglomeration of peace activists took part in the Manitou Carnival Parade this year. We had fire-breathers, our Blue Lady, and a banner which read TIME TO REBUILD: A NEW WORLD IS POSSIBLE -THE PIKES PEAK JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION. … Continue reading

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War criminals at large

Serbian General Ratko Mladic, seen here with NATO commander General Wesley Clark, wearing each other’s caps, is accused of the infamous massacre of 7,500 Muslims at Srebrenica. Separated from the women, all the men and boys from Srebrenica were gathered … Continue reading

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Giving Catholicism its due

I might never have imagined myself saying this, being somewhat agnostic in my practices, certainly atheist in my personal dialogs. I had a Catholic upbringing, even some years at Catholic schools. I’ve railed against the dogma of organized religion, the … Continue reading

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Wonderful horrible picture of the year

Does this picture say it all? An American serviceman coming home, a population oblivious sort of. They can see something happening outside the plane, the half on this side of the plane at least. And that’s all there is to … Continue reading

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How to tell the media is lying, the deficit

Since Bush has been in office, a half trillion dollars was added to our nation’s deficit. How much of that was due to our disastrous and costly war? A third. How much for our social welfare, including for Katrina? A … Continue reading

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How to tell the media is lying to you, healthcare

How do you know you are not hearing the straight scoop from the media? Health care.   How many industrialized nations are there? Twenty-five or so? And our nation is among them. We don’t have the highest standard of living, … Continue reading

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Address to the Democratic Party

I went to a Democratic party fund-raiser last night, the TRUE BLUE AMERICAN RALLY. I stood by the door most of the night and handed out fliers about tomorrow’s meeting to reclaim the media. I knew all of the politicians … Continue reading

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Playing dirty pool

When Michael de Yoanna from the Independent called me to research his February 1st article about KRCC losing some of its funding from Colorado College, I told him I thought it highly unlikely. I took the opportunity to explain the … Continue reading

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The Colorado Springs anti-antiwar list

Trying to cajole community leaders into putting their weight in support of a couple progressive causes, it had been recommended to me not to address the small matter of the war. Fair enough, with consensus-building comes compromise.   So next … Continue reading

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Trickle-down news

Another reason to wait 18 hours to call the cops? For alcohol to leave your system? And Cheney didn’t have a hunting license. Better to be called a bumbling hunter than a drunk poacher, or the person who authorized Scooter … Continue reading

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Dear members of the A. C. L. U.

(I was asked to make a pitch to the local ACLU for the upcoming community forum about media reform. Here’s my letter. Could this not be addressed to any number of civic organisations? Meanwhile, you can find a plea to … Continue reading

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The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission

Yesterday I attended the annual members meeting of the Justice and Peace Commission and felt like there was an inertia of inactivity, or let’s say activity of lesser consequence, which was not to be overcome. As if perhaps the PPJPC … Continue reading

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The white Olympics

Today I watched the opening ceremonies of the White Olympics in Torino.   Yes, White Olympics. Virtually all the athletes are white. White because winter sports take place in northern climes where most everybody is white. White because winter sports … Continue reading

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The Axis of Evil

The alliance of Chavez, Morales and Castro is not surprising. It is the South American revolution which Castro and Guevarra hoped to ignite 45 years ago. Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba are united by purpose and philosophy, reclaiming power for the … Continue reading

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When have humanists been wrong?

May this thought-bubble hover over your head like a personal black cloud: When in all of human history have community activists turned out to be wrong? Human rights? Religious freedom? Liberty? Peace? Do you think they’re selfish? Self-serving? Do you … Continue reading

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Enron blaming the victims

Enron super-con man, alleged, Jeff Skilling, explained today that the Enron bubble need never have burst if only investors had held their confidence in Enron’s outrageous marketplace success. On paper. I recently saw a presentation by one of the authors … Continue reading

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First they came for Cindy

Is protest now a crime? Someone called the police on the CPT vigil. Just after noon on Thursday, a patrol car pulled into the Toons parking lot. The officer rolled down her window and motioned for someone to come over … Continue reading

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Standing on principle

I cannot agree to disagree. Not while you are torturing and killing innocent civilians, I cannot agree to disagree about whether it is necessary or whether as you suggest you are doing it at all. When you stop waging this … Continue reading

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Strength in numbers

Two German newspaper have joined a leading French newspaper in reprinting the controversial Danish caricatures of Islam’s prophet Mohammed. They are acting in solidarity with the Danish paper whose actions provoked an international boycott of Danish products. This is how … Continue reading

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Boerlandia and other parables

One day the Boers of South Africa decided to retain the greater part of the country, wall themselves off from the rest of the South African population except for a good number of black natives which it kept as non-citizen … Continue reading

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