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Springs mantra: Enough with COStupid

Forget "I HEART COS", our long-overdue bumpersticker is "Enough with Stupid!" If you think that's rude and won't win hearts and minds however pea-brained they are, this isn't about convincing elected officials about climate change. Their positions are dictated by the coal industry that financed them. This game is called PULL THE DONKEY BY THE EARS!

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 he was doing his. So the Gazette was not satisfied to blackout reports of the community rally, but aimed to sabotage it as well. Whose job was Wayne Laugesen doing exactly? Was he confusing his publisher for the overseers who hold his tether: the pro-industry PR mill Americans For Prosperity? It could be. But the Gazette is now hardly distinguishable from contract stink-tank corporate profiteering advocacy. When conservative mummies Freedom Communications supervised the Gazette, the pretense was tax-cutting, tax-dodging libertarianism. The Gazette's new owner made his billions in corrupt oil, real estate and privatization schemes, so prospects are looking dim for the region's daily paper to offer authentic news. Having their editorial hit-man on the ground as a pretend grass root weed killer is a disturbing development that must not go unchallenged. Contrast the Gazette blackout and the relatively tepid coverage by the weekly Independent, with the monthly African American Voice which gave the previous anti-fracking rally a front-page, full color, two-page article, whose theme accurately accused the city council of being "out of touch with the community." AAV publisher James Tucker has participated in several of the rallies and understands whose interest he represents. On the other hand, Tuesday was the umpteenth time the Gazette has ignored the rising community effort to oppose the oil and gas lobby. For many months of city council meetings, Gazette correspondent Daniel Chacon has dutifully sat at his stenographer's seat and witnessed testimony after testimony from community voices without reporting a single one. On one particularly contentious council meeting in November, Chacon summarized the council's decision without mentioning the overwhelming community presence. This Tueday's voices were joined by EPA-whistleblower Wes Wilson and environmental activist Phil Doe, who'd come from Denver to testify before the Colorado Springs council. Phil Doe made an earnest plea for council to

Everybody must now be watched in downtown Colo. Springs – so who will go downtown in that SICKO ambiance?

The Colorado Springs municipal government has now decided to gamble city tax funds into the National Security State by spending tens upon thousands of dollars in surveillance cameras. However, who will want to go into an already sterile downtown environment into the Downtown Surveillance State future? My guess is that it will be less than we have going downtown now. Who wants to be watched all the time IN PUBLIC as if they were automatically suspected of being potential criminals? Nobody. People will instead go into public spaces elsewhere and will give downtown businesses a pass. Where did this reactionary city government mindset come from? It came from the national military industrial prison foreign occupation mindset, did it not? Why YES it did now, Conservative Assholes. Thanks for talking it up against Big Brother but actually backing it at every major opportunity. Colorado Spring is actually a small peanut in this spread of surveillance, as we can see Everybody’s a Target in the American Surveillance State from this article discussing what it calls 'the crown jewel' in the Federal Program of surveillance of its own public citizens. Could we actually expect the reactionary dips we have on the city council and as mayor to counter the national trend when we, John Q. Public shows such generalized apathy about the loss of our own freedoms? I rather think that we couldn't have expected much thought from this group of mental and political midgets that supposedly represent us locally, and we got exactly that nothing of thought in what they just voted to watch us with... SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.

City Hall of Mirrors

As cities around the US bully Occupy groups around on park verges and college campuses, we here in Colorado Springs have not remained unscathed. Monday morning saw our friendly neighborhood "Homeless Outreach Team," (HOT), and a much less friendly contingent from the city's code enforcement office dismantle the previously permitted Occupy site at Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. A surprisingly good-sized group materialized after midnight to vocally express displeasure at the actions of the city as rendered by the police and what appeared to be a rather callous batch of contracted laborers hired to accomplish the actual dismantling. No one got beat up or gassed. The permit surrounding which had developed controversy in our little microcosm is gone and we will now be required to redefine, restructure, and proceed without it. Personally, i feel it to be a good riddance even though we here in Colorado Springs seem to be experiencing a bit of disorientation as a result. Dan and M.J. of the HOT team, (a redundancy, i know, but common parlance), were present for the dismantling of the tents that had been a fixture at our protest site. Some 50 or so protesters managed to flood the scene, even at the late hour of the event. Despite the relative peace between authorities and Occupiers here, the police present were fully prepared to inflict harm if we protesters had engaged in any form other than the sometimes obnoxious yelling. The whole scene, not unlike other aspects of our unusual local manifestation of the Movement, produced and continues to produce a sense of extreme ambiguity in my own psyche. I like to think of Dan and M.J. as friends, at least in a provisional sense, but i have no choice but to acknowledge that none of my closest friends would ever even think of putting me in jail or beating me up, even if i piss them off. Tuesday a fairly large group of Occupiers attended a City Council meeting with a previously established agenda, none of which was to address Occupy directly, though it would be difficult to conjure a government meeting with an agenda that pertained to no issue encompassed by Occupy at this juncture. My own experience at the council meeting felt very much like an exercise in futility. A gentleman preceded us Occupiers with a request to restore city funding to his non-profit that helps supply transportation to disabled city residents. As the council and mayor did with our objections next, they seemed to tolerate the man's speech and then perfunctorily ignore it. No indication of interest or intention to act was in evidence. Aimee Cox, serving as some sort of city liaison, distributed a few sheets describing the city's appeal process in a few sentences. The remainder of the council meeting involved investment strategy and plans to extract additional money from residents in the form of utility rate hikes. The minutiae to all this wrangling is just about as pointless to describe as anything i can picture. The

Now, here’s a surprise…

Our local District Attorney has declared the case closed that the Real Estate industry who own City Hall and the Mayor and the County Commissioners might be using the legislative and enforcement powers of City Hall and their appointed servants in the Police and Courts to rig deals that profit... The Real Estate Cartel. Couldn't possibly be that Rich People would use their wealth to buy political power and use that power to route Public Money into their already swollen bank accounts. No, they're above that sort of behavior. Or so we're told, this time by their bought-and-paid (through stolen public money, perhaps?) District Attorney. Because wealth and the attendant Greed would never invite them into corrupt practices. No not never!

Growth Busters’ all white cast asks dark skinned people not to have kids

COLORADO SPRINGS- Local filmmaker, city council candidate, and critic of urban sprawl, Dave Gardner, screened his new doc GROWTHBUSTERS to a receptive hometown audience last night, on the heels of its world premier in Washington DC. Gardner has long defined his personal mission as questioning the wisdom of "growth". Finally his unpopular theme is gaining traction. With GrowthBusters Gardner addresses economic growth, rampant consumption, carbon footprints and over-development, building to what he's decided is the most elephantine challenge in the room, global population growth. Except, I'm sorry, that's an elephant of another color. I resisted the Q & A, not wanting to pull down the evening's celebratory curve. A giddy panel of white folk is for me as much a temptation as the easy target Gardner chose. In the privacy of the internet, we at Not My Tribe don't have bubbles we're too reluctant to burst. Dave Gardner's long unrewarded campaign against our city's recidivist, graft-driven, and ever tragically unsustainable growth is so damn laudable, and his chopping away at the Capitalist assumptions of neoclassical economists is so urgently pertinent. But by folding both into the Inconvenient Truth of exponential global population rise, does Gardner mean the Colorado Springs audience takeaway to be we must distribute condoms to our Machiavellian land developers? Let me first applaud Gardner's critique of our region's imbecilic growth. It's ugly and residents are unhappy but powerless to depose the greedy exploitative speculators in charge. A memorable segment describes the Southern Delivery system being built to bring Pueblo water northward to serve El Paso County's endless eastward developments. The energy to pump that water uphill will require the output of an average coal fired power plant, that much more emissions, pollution and coal ash. Over the years Gardner has proven to be more than a gadfly battling our land barons. When he challenged Jerry Heimlicher, a pro-growth incumbent for a seat at the city council, the otherwise like-minded progressive adversary beat him, only to resign after his victory to make a sudden move out of town, leaving the position to be chosen by the usual undemocratic powers, looking suspiciously like his campaign had been a desperate measure to keep Gardner's anti-growth voice off the council. There's more to applaud about Gardner locally, but first-- I know this is easy to overlook in Colorado Springs, but Dave, the demographic character of the Stargazer Theater audience was what, last night, entirely white? It was, and probably not coincidentally, the dozens of experts you interviewed onscreen were also with one single exception white. Further, I'm sure we can agree the economic class represented was equally homogeneous; let's call it comfortable. Tell us then, Dave, what does Middle America's middle class white birthrate add to the worrisome arc of population growth? Not that I think any socioeconomic group should address itself to out-breeding the next, but an audience with a zero or negative birthrate hardly needs to concentrate on curbing its numbers. Anticipating the challenges of exponential population growth is important, but

Colorado Springs councilwoman pulls her Lisa Czelatdko card, thinks being a dumb blonde joke deflects accusations

Which is worse on a city council? A council member who's disabled mentally or morally? At least in combination, stupidity gives away dishonesty. Colorado Springs city council real estate proxy Lisa Czelatdko tried to use her position to get preferential treatment at the Pikes Peak Center box office, then wrote about it on Facebook: "I pulled the city Councilmember card." When criticized, Czelatdko fabricated an alternate tale contradicting her own words, then belittled accusations of wrongdoing, based on the logic that her ploy had been unsuccessful. When she finally apologized, she was sorry that... everyone had gotten the wrong impression! So let's see: influence peddling, stupidly describing it, lying, being too stupid to recognize the transgression, stupidly thinking no harm done, & making a dishonest apology. In sum: Czelatdko's integrity ties 3/3 with her intellect. Getting her off the city council might be as easy as removing her chair before the next meeting, unless she steals someone else's. Lying may be par for political office, acknowledging right from wrong too much to ask as well, but failing to understand why her constituents take offense is a disaster. I know some find this quality disarming in a politician, for example George Bush the Last. Like Dubya, Czelatdko's mental shortcomings appear to concentrate in the moral. In her own words, here's what happened: LCz on FB: "Boo hoo. Tried to get (tickets) ... with no luck. Finally getting desperate I pulled the city Councilmember card and that (Pikes Peak Center) is in my district, nope, nada, nothing! I guess I just have to listen to them on my iPod,” When the fans hit the shit, Czelatdko pretended that the story had been misinterpreted, that she was name dropping in effort for the clerk to get the spelling of her name correctly. Except, she'd already explained she'd tried to use the influence card. Not just being a council member, but the member responsible for their area. Do we know if Czelatdko got to see the show? Maybe her Facebook plea reached somebody who wanted the opportunity to do her a favor. A box office clerk would be an unlikely person to need to bribe a councilwoman, even one responsible for their employer's district, but no doubt there were businesses out there who could scramble something for the pandering politico. It's not that a city council person boohooing is unbecoming, the fundamental expectation of privilege is unseemly, and then especially to pretend it means nothing.

Sunday Afternoon sur Lac du Prospect

I don't know if this scene strikes me because it's George Seurat's idyllic park, or because I'm nostalgic for Colorado circa prosperity. Circa 2011, the privatization cronies are after our city's public gem, Prospect Lake. Colorado Springs local John Moore made a video, which features this and other vintage memories. (See video below) Moore's video show a webpage on which City Councilman Tim Leigh outlines his proposal for Prospect Lake, a recurring theme among his "fresh ideas" for Colorado Springs, in which he targets now public resources for lease or sale to private for-profit enterprises. Leigh's text below: RE-IMAGINE NEIGHBORHOODS AND REESTABLISH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY Imagine that, instead of continuously developing the open prairie to Kansas, we took a 2nd look at existing neighborhoods, utilized existing utilities & roadway infrastructure and created a culture where existing, stable neighborhoods were prized and could be reasonably redeveloped and modernized. RE-IMAGINE PROSPECT LAKE Imagine that Prospect Lake is fully utilized as the prized asset that it is; where a private entrepreneur promoted the water venue with exciting events throughout the summer.  Imagine the boat house being re-deployed as a high-end restaurant or some similar use all acting as a catalyst for redevelopment of the entire neighborhood.  Imagine immediate benefits to the city – funding the operation of Memorial park, not from general collections, but from leasing fees and new found sales and property tax generated specifically from that venue.  Imagine playing to our vision as recreational Mecca and imagine a public/private partnership creating a community asset where we all win.

Given the recent city council and Chamber of Commerce funding

And endorsement... How, for instance, does Steve Bach afford signs plastered all over town the very minute he announces his candidacy? Princess Lisa Czeladtko, Jim Leigh? Supposedly non-politicians, right? "Business" men and women, right? Seems mighty coincidental. Also that they're part of a so-called "isolationist" political party, or "strict nationalist" and whatever other bullshit way they want to describe their Überpatriotisch mask? But wait, sez ye, what would the Chambers of Commerce have to do with, say, foreign governments including the (GASP!) British Crown financing the Republican and Tea Party candidates, especially since the Tea Party claim to be Revolutionaries, eh? Celebrating the casting off of the Throne and the Crown Governors? OH... THOSE "grass roots" Corporate Astroturf "patriots". There's what, Emirates chipping in bread to the Campaign Slush Funds of the ones who manipulate the Racist Freaks? The anti-Muslim racists who think that Turkey is about to take over the world? Or Iran, or China, or Russia, or Mexican Migrant Workers or whoever their so-called preachers tell them the New AntiChrist is this week? Hmmmmm... All those bright shiny professional looking signs, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on campaigns for political offices which pay less than that for the entire term? Like Monty Brewster, character portrayed by Richard Pryor said "it's because they'll be able to steal it back---with interest". Now, the Chambers of Commerce were confronted with this when they were spending billions of dollars buying a Brand New Tame Congress... Now, we KNOW why the Chamber of Congress would want to control government in America, it would be a perfect springboard for Korporate Diktatorship like Scott Walker in WI or Rick GoodHair in Texas, spending Public Funds to enforce slave wages and other economic giveaways for their Corporate Sponsors. The cops, prosecutors and judges needed to keep filing RICO charges against unions, the penitentiaries, the wars to seize assets from other nations, those cost a lot of money and the Chambers of Commerce are getting them delivered for a song. And massive tax breaks too. So it's easy to see why THEY would want to buy an election. Preferably with somebody elses money. But what, what what would the Emir of Kuwait or the Queen of England want to buy an "american" election for? Ending a sentence a preposition with. Twice. The Chambers of Commerce said that even though Foreign Princes clearly violates every principle of the Constitution and it's THE single most "Commonly Consensual Original Intent" of the so-called Founding Fathers who their TeaBag Moron Minions worship as though they were gods.... that the princes and kings and queens and other foreign governing agents giving them more money than they get from American sources doesn't mean anything because they, knowing that it's illegal to use such funds for campaign contributions, bribery and other forms of lobbying, use those Foreign Funds for operating expenses and only spend the American Bread for campaigns, lobbying and other forms of bribery. Let's say I've got two jobs. Hasn't happened in a while but.. But one paycheck goes to

Okay I’ll bite, why did Colorado Springs City Council candidate Lisa Czeladtko call a Nebraska animator a Sick F-ck?

Actually conservative candidate Lisa Czeladtko called former Colorado Springs resident Dan Robertson a Sick F#^& in an email saying she was filing a police report against him. Robertson has been helping his friend Ed Billings lampoon the aspiring bureaucrat on their respective Youtube channels. Their animations are irreverent, and self-evidently grasping at straws, so the characterizations seem wildly inspired when they appear to have got Czeladtko's goat. But is it harassment? Let me say for the record, I think the humor will prove just infantile enough to torpedo a conservative like Czeladtko. Where progressive critics elevate the debate, straightforward differences of opinion are easy to parry. No one's saying pro-business candidates aren't clever, but satire seems to bring out deficiencies common to uncritical thinkers, for example an inability to see things through the eyes of others. Wouldn't empathy be an indispensable qualification for a municipal representative? Lisa Czeladtko and mentor-development-lobbyest Sally Clark may be indignant about these low brow attacks, but I believe they're about to get schooled on the hazards of grabbing for public office as an unrepresentative. Blue collar heroes Robertson and Billings are simply tired of suburban class socialites who think they can traipse into city hall to curry the favor of fat cat friends. Wage-earning, bus-riding, social service using citizens don't need more tax-cutting, poverty-indifferent private-interest shills thumbing their noses with smug hors-d'oeuvre-fed smiles.

Petition Sallie Clark not to groom Lisa Czeladtko city council campaign

Conflict of interest, anyone? County Commissioner is one of those "low paid" jobs in local government which pays off hugely in graft money, if one is so disposed to take advantage of that opportunity, by voting tax breaks, zoning laws (enforced at Public Expense) and other Pork-barrel subsidies for the actual paying business of the Commissioner. Quasi-legalized Grand Theft would be a better word for it. editorial note: There are lines even in Colorado Springs politics which should not be crossed. Such as paid representatives using their positions of power to influence elections. Sally Clark is an Earth-raping Fascist a Land Developer, part of the "in crowd" who destroyed the economy of the U.S., the entire planet and in particular Colorado Springs with their Ponzi-scheme federally subsidized Mortgage Ripoff. And who bought her position and vote not only as city council but as County Commissioner. Same as always Lisa Czeladtko is running for City Councilor of Colorado Springs Colorado. The status quo in Colorado Springs shows hatred toward victims of a poor local economy. Former Colorado Springs City Councilor and current El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark is the campaign manager for Lisa Czeladtko. Lisa Czeladtko has negatively criticized the New Life Church for having helped victims of a fallen economy in Acacia Park. Lisa Czeladtko has publicly demonized victims of a fallen economy. Sallie Clark is acting as her campaign manager while serving as El Paso County Commissioner. Sallie Clark must either resign as El Paso County Commissioner or resign as Lisa Czeladtko's Campaign Manager. Colorado Springs needs fair minded representatives on the City Council not those who express hatred toward toward people who were negatively affected by the downfall of the economy. Furthermore let this petition serve as a notice that the whole world is watching Colorado Springs There was a Richard Pryor movie long ago "Brewster's Millions: an American excess story" in which the question was put, of a mayoral candidate, "Why would anybody spend 30 Million dollars to get elected to a job that pays a hundred Thousand a year? Answer: because he can steal it back, with interest" While the campaign costs for City Council and County Commissioner here aren't that large, neither is the actual pay for those positions. Since every man jack and girl Jill on either board considers or at least calls him/her self a "conservative" and with business ethics which start and end with Profit At Whatever Moral Cost, that leads to a (yet another) wide-open all-you-can-steal-buffet publicly funded trough where the Rich can feed. Exact text of petition: Please Resign Greetings, We feel that your efforts to help Lisa Czeladtko win a seat onto the Colorado Springs City Council are with hatred toward the victims of a poor economy in the Colorado Springs Area. We the undersigned feel that it would be in the best interests of the people in the Colorado Springs and El Paso County Area if you resign as Lisa Czeladtko's Campaign Manager and/or El Paso County Commissioner [Your name] Of course my take on it remains unchanged The City of

Questions for Ed and Herb Weinberg to ask Lisa Czeladtko

Herb Weinberg is a retired ABC News reporter. A link to Ed and Herb teleconferencing. Herb suggests taking a list of questions to ask, here's a few of MINE:   Yeah, actually, there's a cop shop right there at the park. Did she KNOW that the man swearing at the Uncle Wilber fountain was actually homeless, actually schizophrenic, or was she making a snap judgment? Usually it takes a team of behavioral specialists and a Neurologist and an Endocrinologist DAYS to diagnose schizophrenia. Does she know for certain that he was there for the pizza or just happened to be there? Does she intend to make the city parks off limits to people based on her Snap Judgments, or worse yet, on the judgment of Neighborhood Vigilantes? Who wouldn't have all that wonderful educational background she boasts of, where she's Super Psychiatrist and can judge somebody "guilty" of Schizophrenia based on a momentary observation, THOSE Vigilantes? I've stopped at the same park while riding my bicycle across town to a doctors appointment, to rest a few moments. I'm in the Autism Spectrum, does that mean I'm guilty of "being mentally unfit" to use public services like the Parks? Did she make a similar snotty statement about the Deranged TeaBags when they use the same park to shout their screed that people who are poor and disabled should just F. Off And Die? Or does their Economic Status make their murderous mental illness less dangerous, merely because they're in a large menacing group? Does she propose segregating Mentally Ill and other disabled people from "Normals" ... "for the safety of the kids, of course" Making the park off limits to anybody who doesn't pass her Arbitrary Inspections for mental, moral and above all, economic fitness? If she doesn't, why the Hell would she even mention it? Does she propose an ordinance that people who she judges to be mentally unfit should refrain from speaking to the "Normals" at any time, unless they're spoken to first, and then the only reply acceptable would start with an apology for DARING to offend by being seen by Her Royal Personage?

Flag pin betrayal

Of course you know I would just never unleash a vicious attack like mocking a fake-patriot or faux-elitist move like wrapping ones bullshit in either the flag or the cross. Just have to point out that the flag lapel pin, the one Republicans bitched and whined so much about Democrats not wearing, the one Lisa Czeladtko is wearing in the picture chosen by Gag-Zette writer Daniel Chacon when "calling out" Ed over his Free Speech opposing a political candidate. Not that The Gag-zette (Colorado Springs Gazette, "Freedom" Communications") has ever so much as given a mild tsk-tsk'ing to violent attacks on Free Speech in Colorado Springs, usually instigated by City Council or persons very close to them.St Paddies Day 2007 leaps to my mind. Or to Fake Patriotism. You'll notice, if you're observant, that the "flag" in question has 7 stripes and 18 stars. It's a sign of the depths of rabble rousing the "elitists" will plumb when wanting to silence any opposition to their agenda as "unpatriotic" and Anti-Christ. "Calling out" by the way, is in Colorado and other Western states, a challenge to physical violence. Usually issued by a heavily armed Coward who is so sure of victory that he assumes he can force the other person to apologize for saying anything. Then go get drunk with his redneck comrades. Might makes right, Oderint dum Metuant "let them hate us as long as they fear us". Maybe Chacon should more carefully consider HIS choice of words. That way he wouldn't leave himself open to Attacks errr... criticism that lumps him in with the likes of Caligula, King Charles II of England and George W. Bush. So the Rich Pigs are afraid their piglets will see what poverty looks like, instead of, as Ms Lisa Siddhattha suggests, hiding the poverty from the delicate eyes of the Piglets? Lest they see the human price of their own opulent lifestyle. Actually, her ties to Developers, like the Flag Pin, betray her true agenda. According to the Developer Religion, evidenced by the Real Estate Developer who "founded" Colorado Springs, the idolatrous statue of whom sits in the meddle of the intersection at the Northwest corner of Acacia Park, According to their money worship Cult of Mammon, the sight of poverty in CS would drive down real estate prices. Therefore they wouldn't have enough blood-money profits from selling their stolen-at-gunpoint land. One of their High Priestesses, Janis Heuberger, wrote in her blog that Bicycles should be banned from acacia Park, because "only the Homeless" ride bicycles. There were further suggestions by one of her sycophantic supporters that people who LOOK homeless should be banned from city parks. Imagine that, the "non-elitists" as they style themselves, seeking to impose a conformist dress code on the citizens of Colorado Springs. To protect their profit margin. And even ban an economical, non-wasteful and healthy form of transportation. Unless you drive a gas-guzzler you're not welcome in Colorado Springs. Nothing elitist about that, No Sir! And failing to admit that it was Real Estate Developers who

Transit Authority “Let them Eat Cake” meeting Oct 11

Public meeting that was scheduled for this past Monday, 27 Sep 2010, postponed until Monday after next, the 11th of October. Strong-arm Mayor Rivera and his Puppet Council are pushing to sever Front Range Express, thus ending any chance of a Regional transportation system, along with the Ute Pass bus service, welcomed by so many in the Back Range because it gives the people as far away as Divide, or really any place like Florissant or Cripple Creek or Guffey a chance to park the gas guzzlers and make the trip down 24 the RIGHT way. The Rich folk don't seem to care because they can always hop into their Corporate Welfare Subsidized Cars and drive to Denver or Divide, threaten anybody who dares to share their Own Personal Road with them and deduct the money spent, including gas, maintenance and even the cost of their vehicles as "Business Expenses", leaving the rest of us to pay for their luxury. Way to GO, Rich Bitches! I'm certain that Janis Beep-beep, Mayor Rivera, Bernie Herpin and the other Thieves who prey on the tax base like that, will of course honor the soldiers they send to foreign lands to suppress the price of gasoline and ensure that those Naughty Nationalists in OTHER nations don't develop any perilous notions like the idea that they can offer their resources to whoever they choose, rather than giving it to the US and British oil companies at the prices the U.S. and British Oil Companies want to pay. They'll honor them by laying wreaths at the national cemeteries, on designated holidays, get plenty of free advertising in the way of Right Wing Media reports on how very "patriotic" they are, and they'll charge the costs of the wreaths and the costs of transporting them to the cemeteries and memorials from their taxes as "charitable deductions". Meanwhile they're talking about cutting off the bus service at 1:00 PM and ending the Front Range Express and Ute Pass bus services. All the (other peoples) money they would have to otherwise pay for bus maintenance and operations, thus would be in places and situations where it would be easier for them to steal it. Their meeting where Rivera and his accomplices are expected to once more tell us to eat sh.. errr "cake" and die, is October 11th and will of course be during regular working hours, therefore those of us Bus Riding Peasants who are hanging on to our gainful employment will be excluded from the meeting. If they're true to form it will be at 2 PM and you'll have to check your torches and pitchforks at the door and go through security checkpoints to gain the privilege of City Council sneering at you in person.

Bernie HerPin, Billionaire Propagandist Rush Limbaugh, have a lot in common

--Like business ties to BP. The USOC deal the City Council made was also a BP front.   Then there's their Anti-Worker ARROGANCE like this. Neither I nor Miss Johnnie can actually WALK anywhere. Both of us thrown to the wolves by the Corporatists, told that the medical treatments that could have kept us from becoming this badly disabled were “Too Expensive” and the Governments which THEY own, and are going to spend BILLIONS to stack with even more of their Greedy Political Whores, such as at local level our entire City Council, enforce that Corporate Welfare decision with "right to work" Slavery and "Tort Reform". My feet were broken by negligence on the part of Halliburton, who were making 4 times as much from my labor as I was paid, and wouldn’t pay so much as Workmans Compensation Insurance before the fact, fat chance they’d pay any of their bills for their Negligence afterwards. AP and other Tame Propaganda “news” sources for BP come off with an “aw, gee shucks, it ain’t that bad, look, the Seafood Industry isn’t suffering as bad (at one level) See, there’s these chefs who are proving the shrimps and such are safe to eat, don’t y’all worry your heads”. Not mentioning the massive hole the Bastards Punched into the Ecosystem. Miss Johnnie and I were in a cab going to the store. When I travel around town with her, because she can’t ride a bicycle anymore, it would be a choice of WALK which NEITHER of us can do, ride the Bus which doesn’t run on weekends or after 6 any other day, or take a cab. The Cabby is one of those Socially Inept types who feels he has to make his passengers listen to Rush Limbaugh spout his SHIT about how those Poor, poor misunderstood Rich BITCHES at BP are taking such a huge hit from all these Greedy Freeloaders who expect to Be Paid for the damage that BP did to their lives. The Billionaire Pussy Professional Liar claims he’s fighting for the “little people” who had invested their money into BP. Had to fix the code on it because everything from this point was in All Bold fonts. Why should THEY have to pay for the damages which were caused by the Business Practices, just because for years they’ve had a comfortable living off exploiting the workers not only in their own corporation but every ancillary and auxiliary industry around them? Claiming that they’re Being Punished By President “socialist” Obama, the one who has obviously Been Punked by the Oil Companies, Hell, he’s extending the wars Being Publicly funded for their Private Benefit. That somehow all the Corporate Welfare that has been funneled into their pockets and by extension HIS pockets is just their due reward. And the Taxpayers who have supported their Parasite Class for so long don't have any right to demand compensation when they break OUR ocean and OUR planet. Meanwhile “our”

Give the homeless a hand, not the boot

Is the Colo. Springs homeless camping ban a done deal? Nonsense. The City Council has yet to ratify the ordinance, so there's still time for city officials to reconsider a higher road. The decision last week weighed only two options: doing something or doing nothing. The police chief carefully avoided detailing the real alternative to criminalizing the poor. Help them.

Will our city presume to prohibit life for whoever can’t afford to pay their way?

In case you thought City Council's reprieve earlier this winter reflected a soft spot in their heart for the homeless forced to live in tents, in reality the city attorneys advised any purge of the unsightly camps be delayed until an iron-clad ordinance could be devised. The suggested legal verbiage was reviewed at Monday's meeting, to be formally adopted today. It reads "9.6.109. Camping on Public Property Prohibited." The definition of "camping" to include: "Sleeping or making preparation to sleep, including the lying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping." No sleeping. On public property. By the way, I care not the least about a slippery slope that might infringe on your prerogative to take a nap in the park. This is not about the average man losing his middle class privileges to the creep of authoritarian rule-making. At some point I have to presume we agree that human beings have some inalienable rights. They used to be lofty ideals, protected by fundamental principles. On the issue of sleep, we are discussing the right to an involuntary life function. The right to defecate is what's got these homeless camps in trouble, but it stands to reason that to shit is more than a right too, it's a necessity. All of this is dreadful platitude unless it's escaped our city administrators. Are they suggesting that because the city cannot provide for the services for its people, that the people must forgo their basic creature needs? What inhuman folly. And on public ground. Where are they to go? Must man pay rent to exist? That you can dictate the rights of another on private land is open to debate. By whose authority do you claim dominion to use land for yourself? How dare you refuse a fellow human being, wherever he might need to rest his head? Granting the argument for private property, who are you to force your will upon others on shared common property? Others can't do what? Where? Do public lands belong only to property owners? You can legislate the right to take property for yourself, but you can't hoard all of it. You have the right to private land precisely because the remainder is reserved for the public. The authority to give the deed to you comes from a governing entity empowered by everyone. A government is bound to providing for the land-less in exchange for the privilege to sell premium land to the better-off. And a city has obligations to service that public land just as much as it serves the private lots. Can local administrators say, sorry, no more money for water, sewer, utilities, or security? Neither can it fail its responsibilities to the poor. You aren't obligated to provide eat, drink and shelter to all, but you can't deny men access to the basic resource of land. Would you have men born into cells until they agree to work for their sustenance? Colorado Springs would deny them heat and sleep too. If we could, would we regulate breath? On public

Teabag Springs

TEABAG SPRINGS, COLORADO- How did it feel to hear Diane Sawyer talk about our city, poor as dirt, not for lack of resources, landmarks or climate, but so stupid, so corrupt and tax-averse, to have run ourselves straight out of operating funds? Our future has been painted indelibly: dried up parks, extinguished street lights (misquoted as "1/3 of traffic lights," they imagine us that dumb), our services and security compromised, and public spaces boarded until we can float another financial bubble. Not mentioned: the war economy is booming, and many of the private war-profiteers are local. Through whose fingers is the military largess escaping? We knew Springs voters were dumb, our teacup overfloweth, now we're poor folk too.

Treachery on the Springs City Council!

COLORADO SPRINGS- I have to admit dropping my guard on the TABOR issue yesterday after 5 out of 4 council members pledged on Monday to vote in favor of putting reform on the November ballot. Private citizens who testified before the council went home satisfied that the city had heeded their words. No such luck. On Tuesday when the official vote was taken, two of the members changed their vote to NO. Council woman Jan Martin and Mayor Lionel Rivera decided to reverse what they'd told the public they'd do. I was most surprised to see Mayor Rivera presiding with his usual pomp. Alive and well. From local editorials I got the distinct impression the disgraced mayor was no longer even showing his face. Apparently being caught serving moneyed interests, does not shame our local bureaucrats. They're in the pocket of developers, they know it and we know it. Putting it in print doesn't inform anyone I guess.

Right-wing KVOR radio goon tries to intimidate city council

I snapped this photo at Monday's city council meeting: A stringer for right-wing KVOR radio holds his microphone up to the chamber's amplification system. Curiously, he only assumed this conspicuous stance when the council members were explaining their votes, and then, ONLY for those anticipated to speak against TABOR and its proponents.   As the councilmen vied to straddle the fence on the issue, this gentleman would slowly stand whenever someone's reasoning appeared to vacillate against the interests of the anti-tax wingnuts, Local Liberty Action, and teabagger Sean Paige.

Weiss TABOR reform has votes to pass!

COLORADO SPRINGS- I attended a COS city council meeting today, lured by the prospect that Vice Mayor Larry Small was going to call the CS Independent publisher a liar to his face.   I'm always excited at the prospect of differences of opinion reaching a level of incivility. Do we care about these issues? Or is it all about liking each other, regardless who's oppressing whom? We gentlemen debaters, after all, are never those affected by the injustices in question. To the city's credit, Small made it a point at the very start of the meeting to make a public apology. He and John Weiss shook hands and that was that. What's more, he cast his vote with Weiss's proposal, a deciding vote, to put repeal of the city's TABOR restrictions on the next ballot. Small is not saying he's for it, simply considering that it might be germane to consult the voters. Where it stands, the city council members declared their intentions on how they will vote tomorrow, and 5-4, they intend to back the proposal. Without any name calling. That said, some pyrotechnics can very easily be a bore. For example, there were grunts from the peanut gallery at this meeting, in particular from ex-editorial page tyrant Sean Paige. The silver-locked loudmouth, now shilling for Local Liberty Action, sat in the back and harrumphed as Weiss gave his reasons for reforming TABOR. Although Paige is no longer with the Gazette, I've seen him gesticulating at local Teaparty rallies. Like his Norquesque mentors, the editorial bully is set on strangling the baby in the bathwater. How satisfying then to see Paige grovel before city council to urge them "not to throw [his TABOR] baby out with the bath water." Paige spoke as if "TABOR proponents" need to be consulted in any ongoing discussions about reforming it. Just because those idiots got the law passed, and doomed municipalities to impoverished services, who is to say their voice should have a grandfather clause? Here's a chance for city council to hear the cries of outrage from Colorado Springs residents who want the damn thing repealed. They want their public services back. TABOR was an initiative which asserted that a citizen couldn't trust their representatives with tax dollars. What does it mean to have councilmen say they "believe in TABOR." They know they shouldn't be trusted? Did they run for election on that slogan? Here's a chance for the city pols to grab the reins. What else are they supposed to be deciding at their jobs? And they took it, with four dissenting opinions. First, Bernie Herpin, who doesn't see any reason to rush to address TABOR's ratchet lunacy. Another no vote comes from Jerry Heimlicher. The meeting's highlight was Councilman Jerry Heimlicher's kiss-fest with Sean Paige. Let Westside voters who rejected Democrat Dave Gardner as an alternative, note what Heimlicher can be very obstinate when he's decided he'd rather give in to the Teabaggers. Two more NOs came from Glen and Purvis. Purvis took the chance to compare proponent

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