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The Buck stops here.

In 2006 DA Ken Buck (now running for Congress) helped to orchestrate the December raid on a meatpacking plant, a raid that resulted in numerous families being torn apart just in time for Christmas. Two years later Buck joined with Sheriff John Cooke in raiding "Amalia's Tax Service", which caters primarily to Spanish-speaking taxpayers, wherein they rifled through hundreds of confidential files in an effort to troll for illegal activity; for that raid, Buck and Cooke had their ears pinned back by the state Supreme Court.

Fast forward to today, and this facebook post from Vic Meyers, the Democratic candidate for the 4th CD seat being vacated by Cory Gardner:

Some moments are sweet.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Sep 26, 2014, 01:06 AM (1 replies)

CD4 debate

There was a debate last night. Four candidates for the seat being vacated by Cory Gardner: Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian.

Democrat Vic Meyers brought erudition and a command of facts and figures; he pointed out where Ken Buck contradicted his own statements from only a few days ago. He gave detailed responses to the questions, as detailed as two minutes would allow. Ken Buck literally recited tea party talking points, and got almost entertainingly huffy while defending Citizens United (which has endorsed him).

Sadly, and no doubt to Ken Buck's great relief, the local newspaper (Greeley Tribune) barely managed to cover a debate where even some Republicans in the audience were heard to express positive commentary about Meyers.

But there was a spectacularly sweet moment afterwards. In the lobby, where candidates were meeting and greeting, a young woman approached Ken Buck. She was wearing a Vic Meyers campaign button, but Buck gladly clasped her extended hand. She gifted him with a beautiful smile and told him, "Mr. Buck, you truly inspired me tonight. Thank you for confirming that I made the right choice in supporting Vic Meyers!" She withdrew her hand and walked away, as he stood there with his hand in empty air and a stunned look on his face. Damn I wish I'd had a video camera for that.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:41 AM (1 replies)

Travel WTF

A friend just posted her present situation on facebook. I'll paraphrase it here:

She's mid-20s, rather striking in appearance, some would say she's statuesque. Her father is Saudi, her mother is from New England. Born in the Middle East, she's lived here ever since she was a toddler; we became acquainted while working on a congressional campaign a couple years back. She presently lives on the west coast, works weeks-long stints in Alaska. In her off-time she loves to travel, her favorite travel attire being a slacks and a light sweater. She and her boyfriend are in the process of returning from a trip to Europe, and spent a day visiting friends in Chicago before heading home.

At O'Hare they were in line preparing to board when she was pulled out of line and subjected to a full "inspection" in front of everyone in the boarding area; since this was a last-minute thing and the airline did not want to inconvenience the other travellers, their seats were made available to stand-by passengers. As she put it, she stood there getting publicly groped while their plane left the gate. When she asked why this was happening, she was told only that it was "at the discretion of the airline"; no other explanation. She and her boyfriend were given stand-by tickets for the next flight that had seating available; adding insult to injury, the step-down to stand-by status took away the upscale airport lounge access that had come with the original tickets.

She's boiling, and I don't blame her. I had no idea this sort of thing happened, much less to anyone who had already passed through security.

Has anyone here ever witnessed this kind of thing?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Sep 21, 2014, 07:47 PM (22 replies)

Civics and public education

Mine was in 1962, ninth grade, and Civics was a required course.

When was your last public education Civics class?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 05:22 PM (13 replies)

How do we...?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 03:19 PM (4 replies)

How do we...?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 01:59 PM (2 replies)

Why is it different?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Sep 19, 2014, 10:47 AM (3 replies)

We need to fix that.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 18, 2014, 09:58 PM (0 replies)

They never answer

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Sep 17, 2014, 06:41 PM (34 replies)

They never answer

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Sep 17, 2014, 06:40 PM (1 replies)
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