Personally, I’m in favor of the repeal. I’m not particularly anti-marijuana. I wouldn’t mind if it was eventually decriminalized in an orderly fashion with taxes already in place, after fifteen or twenty other states had decriminalized it. The problem I have is that I’m encountering a number of people who moved to Colorado or plan to move to Colorado solely because they can smoke weed, and I’m encountering it more and more in situations where I’m on a family outing, kids in tow, and someone is lighting up within nose-shot. Maybe this jackassery is due to the newness of decriminalization and that eventually things will settle down, but given that weed seems to appeal to young counterculture and your typical young counterculturist doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone but themselves, I’m not hopeful.
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Man, the last couple days have just not been funny. I mean, it’s sort of funny watching McCain get all jealous about a new maverick getting his press, but the laughs have been few and far between.
And I’m pretty certain–for the record, I can confirm that no teleprompter was in front of the senator from Kentucky’s desk,” said Cruz, taking a shot at President Obama’s frequent use of Teleprompters. “Senator Rand Paul, Jimmy Stewart would be proud, sir.”
A shot across the bows of TOTUS.
The Puppy Blender notices something funny about the unemployment numbers, but he forgot the most important demographic
ANOTHER UPDATE: So, basically, the more likely you are to have voted for Obama, the more likely you are to still be unemployed:
The dead, they voted from him 100% and have 0% employment.
This is the part where I defend the Rev Jesse
Jesse Jackson Compares Hugo Chavez To Founding Fathers…
I agree, they’re all dead. Of course, I’m happy about his being dead, not so happy about the rest.
What the fuck is up with California? When last we looked they were $billions in the red and Gov Moonbeam was cutting a few $million.
The new cell phone program will offer “250 talk minutes and 250 text messages” per month to anyone making less than $14,702.
If they were hoping to make it crash and burn as soon as possible, I’d be with them, but they’re counting on Obama pulling their chestnuts out of the fire.
Lifeline is a federal program paid for by a tax on phone bills called the Universal Service Charge. Enrollment in the program has skyrocketed since free cell phones were offered. The FCC has estimated the program will cost $3.3 billion by 2014.
See? Obama doesn’t have enough money for kids to tour the White House but money for free cell phones? Got ya covered.
This one is fucked up. As we all know, Obama always sides against the democracy/republic (note: Not People’s Republic and definitely not Democratic People’s Republic, he loves them), so now we see him sending a crony of Chavez to Chavez’ funeral
President Obama is sending a lawmaker whose relationship with Hugo Chavez has come under scrutiny in the past to represent the United States at the Venezuelan strongman’s funeral on Friday.
The only way I read that is Obama’s letting whoever takes over Chavez’ thugocracy know he’s got their back.
I’m torn on this one, there was one Dem who helped Rand Paul in his filibuster that has McCain’s Depends in a bunch and this guy says (Here’s the info, you decide what you want to do)
So, I would like to encourage my conservative friends to take a little time out from the Paul-a-palooza and show a little love for the sassy Senator from Oregon, perhaps thanking him for having some backbone. His contact information:
Senator Ron Wyden’s Website: http://www.wyden.senate.gov/
Contact Wyden email page: http://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact
Washington, DC Office: 221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510
tel: (202) 224-5244
fax: (202) 228-2717
Me? I’m not fer it. He wants to hang out with people like Nancy Pelosi that’s his fucking problem. Why would me saying “attaboy” do any good? And why should I give him an attaboy for having the courage to want the president to explain if he can kill me? The worst part? That was ballsy, and that’s a whole nother can of shit.
A proponent of one of Colorado’s gun grabbing bills says
“I don’t know how on earth they can draw a casual relationship… I make no assertion that this bill will either increase or reduce violent crime. That is not the premise of the bill… I suppose more knowledge is better than less.”
Well duh. It’s about controlling free people. Trying to control criminals is hard, they don’t follow the laws.
Let Eric explain, he does it pretty well. In a long post about illegal aliens destroying the environment he writes about college students doing the same thing in Ann Arbor
Sure, there are laws against littering and dumping, but like most laws, such laws are for the law abiding. I don’t need a law to “deter” me from throwing my kitchen garbage in the street, so such laws are lost on me. Of course, for the kind of people who do throw their trash in the street, the laws are equally useless, for they are as undeterred as they are undeterrable. Moreover, the police tend not to enforce littering laws against the littering classes. It’s a question of priorities; police don’t want to squander time on “quality of life” issues. Not when there are plenty of opportunities to raise revenue ticketing affluent citizens going too fast on their way to work. The latter are much easier to deal with, and can be depended on to pay the fines that are the lifeblood of the system. This is easy to understand if you put yourself in the position of a cop. Who would you rather deal with? An affluent speeder who will take the ticket and drive away, or a bottom feeder who is unwilling even to toss his garbage into the nearest trash can and who might give you lice?
Perzactly. For those who think I overthink stuff, read Eric’s site. He’s the master of making connections that don’t look all that connected until he’s done.
We can confirm that one ISAF-contracted civilian died when three individuals wearing Afghan National Security Forces uniforms and driving an ANSF vehicle forced their way on base and turned their weapons against International Security Assistance Force service members and civilians today in eastern Afghanistan. All three individuals were killed during the engagement and the area has been secured by ISAF and ANSF. Afghan and coalition officials are looking into the circumstances of this incident.
Fuck the boy fucking savgages. I’ll tell you the “circumstances”, those fucking boy-fucking savages like killing Americans. I say we tell them we’re leaving, have some SF guys make a few house calls then drop a bunch of MOABs around the place, including both sides of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border and let them know they really don’t want us coming back, cuz next time we won’t be landing, we’ll just send B-52s, A-10s, AC-130s and Apaches. Have a nice day.
I’ve been seeing this article since early in the Aughts, the Sun is refusing to do what solar scientists think it should be doing.
Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent,’ the space agency says.
The image above shows the Earth-facing surface of the Sun on February 28, 2013, as observed by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
It observed just a few small sunspots on an otherwise clean face, which is usually riddled with many spots during peak solar activity.
But the Sun is still quiet, and that’s why global worming is “suspended”, not because Gaia stepped out for a beer.
This makes me laugh.
Experts have been baffled by the apparent lack of activity – with many wondering if NASA simply got it wrong.
The hell you say! James Hansen’s group getting the Sun wrong?!?!?!?! Will Wonders Never Cease?
Why, next you’ll be saying that Global Worming will not cause the Earth to Explode! (hilarious PDF warning)
The heat generated inside our planet is predominantly of radionic (nuclear) origin. Hence, Earth in
its entirety can be considered a slow nuclear reactor with its solid ”inner core” providing a major contribution to the total energy output. Since radionic heat is generated in the entire volume and cooling can only occur at the surface, the highest temperature inside Earth occurs at the center of the inner core. Overheating the center of the inner core reactor due to the so-called greenhouse effect on the surface of Earth may cause a meltdown condition, an enrichment of nuclear fuel and a gigantic atomic explosion.
You have to admire the mind that thought that one up. My only question is, was it for real or did Steamboat McGoo slip one in on them?
Valle talked about the mechanics of fitting a woman’s body into an oven
This guy looks surprisingly like Jessica Ridgeway’s alleged murderer, which makes me wonder if we’re starting to see the first tick-tick-tickings of a genetic time bomb that’s going to blow and cause the Mayan end of the world. At least I live not too far from the Denver Airport, I can go hide in the catacombs in the basement since it was set up to protect us during the coming of the New World Order.
This post is tmi3rd’s fault. He also pointed out that they both vaguely resemble Justin Bieber, which confirms my suspicions about the end of the world nearing.
Two frequently climbed 14,000+ foot mountains (known as 14ers) in Colorado are Mt. Evans and Mt. Bierstadt. They are both relatively easy (for a 14er) climbs on their own, both with Class II routes to the summit. A Class II route may not be an easy trail, you might occasionally have to put a hand out onto a rock for balance. Evans and Bierstadt share a saddle called the Sawtooth, which is a Class III route. Class III means that you will likely be using your hands, you probably won’t need ropes to climb it but it might be a good idea to have them with you.
On August 11 at about 7pm, a hiker named Scott Washburn made a post on the website 14ers.com, stating he and his wife Amanda were hiking the Sawtooth when they found an abandoned German Shepherd. The dog’s paws were cracked and covered in dried blood and the dog appeared dehydrated and gaunt. Despite giving the dog food and water and bandaging its paws, they were unable to convince her to walk down with them. The size of the dog (around 100 pounds) made it impossible for the couple to carry the dog down the Class III terrain on their own. The Washburns called the local Search and Rescue organization but were told that the services were for humans, not pets.
Two of the University of Colorado campuses are segregating their campus housing, based on whether a student has a CCW permit.
So now we know the following things about CU Boulder and CU Colorado Springs student housing…
- The dorms where other conservative students can be met will be easily found
- It will be easy to avoid younger students since the age to obtain a CCW permit in Colorado is 21
- Rapists, murderers, and burglars will have an easy time finding the dorm where they won’t get killed practicing their craft
(CU Denver isn’t in this, likely only because they have no on-campus housing.)
Since when is mastery of algebra a “lofty mathematics bar”? (warning, NYT link)
I am so tired of teachers complaining that they’re being required to teach to the test. In the case of mathematics, especially, there’s no excuse for not teaching to the test – there are clear concepts that demonstrate mastery, the answers are not vague and ethereal and open to interpretation. Instead teachers try to slide on the idea that some students are too stupid to learn algebra, when I think an argument can be made that everyone from normal intelligence up should be able to learn first-year algebra. It’s not just about the math, stupid, it’s about understanding how pieces of the world fit together. It’s about learning to think critically and logically – something a writer for the New York Times likely doesn’t understand.
Hacker tries to argue that math is the reason kids drop out of high school and college. I believe the real reason math is so problematic is math teachers – too many teachers who never loved math are in the position of teaching that apathy to their students. Students who do well in math go on to be engineers and scientists and take other geeky jobs that pay much better than teaching. There’s no distinction at the K-12 level, though, for paying math and science teachers notably more to entice math achievers to go into teaching. In some cases, such as the state of Colorado’s retirement plan, the system has been designed to discourage career math and science workers from going back and teaching later in their careers by leveraging harsh penalties on retirement pay for taking the teacher salary’s pay cut.*
I’m curious to hear what our three readers think – do you feel math and science teachers should be paid a salary that is maybe not comparable to what they’d make in the private sector, but high enough that they’re going to have to eat love of teaching for dinner? Or should anyone who wants to teach just be willing to make that sacrifice?
*I know the retirement thing makes no sense unless you’re in it, so I’ll try to explain further – I know a systems architect (that’s a high-level computer nerd, for those of you who aren’t geeks) who works for a school district. His plan when he started working for the district was to work in IT until he hit 63, then teach for five years or so during the years when a geek’s not likely to be at the top of his game but isn’t entirely useless. He’s been in a mentoring role in his department for a long time, he’s demonstrably good at teaching, so having him bring his actual job experience into a classroom would be valuable for the kids. The Colorado retirement system restructured a few years back to pay retirement based on the last three years of employment, not the highest three years. Because of this, his retirement pay would be taking as much as a 70% hit if he chose to teach for any of the last few years of his career. Because all the state school districts and colleges use the same, failing, retirement system, there’s no option to retire at a normal retirement age and then teach elsewhere unless he moves out of state or waits a couple of years and then goes back into the system.
There are three major wildfires and seven minor wildfires currently burning in Colorado. I’m classifying major vs minor primarily based on proximity to cities and large-scale damage. I’m not going to post pictures here; there are a million on the Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette websites and available on Twitter at the respective hashtags.
The Flagstaff fire (#FlagstaffFire) is currently burning on one of the mountains that overlooks the city of Boulder. The Flagstaff fire was started by lightning in a dry thunderstorm. Firefighters managed to contain the fire before it spread to the neighborhoods to the west of the fire, and have cleared firebreaks to prevent it from moving into Boulder. Assuming no freak weather occurrences like what happened in Waldo Canyon, the city should be safe despite the fire reaching within a mile and a half of city limits. If the fire does manage to come down the mountain, the National Center for Atmospheric Research is in its path. The fire has burned somewhere between 230 and 300 acres, depending on where you get your news, and is 30% contained.
The High Park fire (#HighParkFire) has taken a back seat in the news recently due to the more dramatic fires in Boulder and Colorado Springs. The High Park Fire is believed to have been started by lightning. It has burned over 87,000 acres (that’s over 135 square miles) but isn’t threatening much in the way of homes and businesses. Containment is at 75%.
The Waldo Canyon fire (#WaldoCanyonFire) is the fire you’re seeing on the news and on Michelle Malkin’s blog. The fire is starting to burn neighborhoods in Colorado Springs and is approaching the Garden of the Gods and the Air Force Academy. The Waldo Canyon fire wouldn’t be nearly as serious as it is if it weren’t for the winds; Tuesday the winds kicked up to 65 MPH and blew the fire across the two firebreaks that were protecting the city. The fire is at 18,500 acres with containment at 5%.
The Waldo Canyon fire is believed to have been caused by arson. There are a couple of interesting things about this. One is a Craigslist post by someone claiming to have seen the arsonist and claiming that calls to the tipline are not being returned. Another is the question of whether the arsons (both in Colorado Springs and in neighboring Teller County) are related to terrorism. The FBI is investigating the Waldo Canyon fire, but I’m not convinced there will be an announcement if there is something more than a garden-variety firebug at work.
Despite the objections of many of the locals, President Obama will be arriving in Colorado Springs tomorrow to g
ladhand and campaign survey the damage. I’m certain our President will be able to turn back the flames with the power of his mind, and won’t burden anyone at all with any security concerns.
I feel the need to post a few things.
One – I bet Bill “All of Colorado is burning” Owens feels like a fucking idiot right now.
Two – I hope the douchetwattle who’s setting fires in southern Colorado is caught and tied to a beetle-kill tree in a lightning storm.
Three – I feel the need to re-post something I wrote a couple of years ago. When we were in RMNP yesterday, we encountered tourons smoking pipes and cigarettes in the dry dry dry forest (because everyone goes to the wilderness to enjoy second-hand smoke), and we managed to miss the Woodland Heights fire by about two hours. In keeping with the law of averages, we countered our fantastic snowfall two seasons ago will horrid snowfall last season, so our forests are drier than Hillary’s coochie when Bill comes a’knockin. (more…)
Does any actual citizen truly believe that the difference between having American citizenship and not having American citizenship is just “nine digits”?
“A Social Security number — that’s it,” Hernandez said, shortly after Metro State’s board of trustees voted 7-1 Thursday to pass a new tuition rate for illegal-immigrant students like her.
The criteria for this tuition category that I find most interesting is this:
• Provide proof they are in good legal standing, other than their undocumented status, and that they plan to seek lawful status when eligible.
I think an argument can be made that every student who is not currently in the application process for residency or citizenship is in violation of this term. Is there something I’m missing about the immigration or naturalization process that can explain how someone can be ineligible to apply for even a student visa?