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Name: Jim Guyton
Gender: Male
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Nederland, Colorado
Member since: Sun Oct 15, 2006, 03:45 PM
Number of posts: 983

About Me

Grumpy old fart.

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HRC Visits Boulder Tuesday, shows priorities

The free event at the Boulder Theater:

Clinton is slated to take the stage at 11:30 a.m.

so far so good. But then this:

Clinton also is set to appear at a previously announced private fundraiser on Tuesday at the Boulder home of Jennifer and Mo Siegel, founder of Celestial Seasonings.

That event is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and her campaign is asking for a $2,700 donation from those who attend.

Hmm, not so bad until you do the math on the timeline:

Two hours at at $2700/per/person fundraiser, after maybe most of an hour at the free event.

Note the Boulder Theater can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

There were 9,000 at Bernie's CU Boulder event.

Draw your own conclusions, but I'm very nervous about getting the vote out for HRC --- even if the GOP puts forward a completely insane person for her opponent.

Quotes from: http://www.dailycamera.com/local-election-news/ci_29140864

Daily Camera coverage of Bernie Sanders today

Here's a decent link:


There are some decent photos if you follow the picture link. Here's one:

Trump's "Wherever" comment -- time to cut the stupid some slack?

So first of all Trump said "WHEREVER" not "WHATEVER", below is a link to the video on youtube: (1).

Then he tried to neutralize it by asserting he really meant to say "Nose" but was just too rushed. And he also misquoted himself to change "wherever" to "whatever" (the press statement is written like this from Trump's campaign, even though it is in the third person):

Mr. Trump said “blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever” meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics. Only a deviant would think anything else.

But! The problem is that Mr. Trump never hesitates to tell us just how really smart he is (3):

“I went to the Wharton School of Business,” he noted several times. “I’m, like, a really smart person.”

So which is it Mr. Trump? Do we believe that you're so stupid that you couldn't come up with the word for Nose? Or perhaps you were thinking what we all think of when we heard you say "wherever" and you just barely didn't say something vulgar out loud? For comparison, would any of us have doubted W if he had tried to use this excuse?

Frankly, given that I can't listen to him talk without thinking that his diarrhea-of-the-mouth is Palinesque, I'm going with stupid. Your opinion may differ, but given his statements, this guy is not "a really smart person".

And I think it's really sad that the GOP considers willful ignorance to be a virtue (4).

(1) wherever clip:
(2) full Trump statement included in this: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/422272/trump-hits-back-only-deviant-would-think-anything-else-alexis-levinson
(3) Trump is really smart: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/12/im-like-a-really-smart-person-donald-trump-exults-in-outsider-status
(4) But I'm really dumb: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/03/3575849/not-a-scientist/

Jeb Bush the bully ...

from http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/jeb-bush-was-perma-stoned-bullying-d-student-at-chi-chi-prep-school-say-classmates/

Bush denies the bullying, saying, “It was 44 years ago and it is not possible for me to remember.”

Note he says he doesn't remember ... not that such behavior would have been impossible and out of character for him. Just that it was too long ago for him to specifically recall that instance of abusive behavior.

So he's basically admitting that it was in-character for him to have done such a thing.

Yeah, that's someone we want as president.

Don't call for help in Evergreen if you don't live there


If you get in a car accident in Evergreen and get assistance from the fire department, expect to pay for it.
The fees new this year apply to motor vehicle accidents and hazmat situation standbys. The charges for individuals who live outside the district will be $500 for the first 90 minutes and $500 for every 90 minutes thereafter.

No word yet on whether or not you'll need to punch in a credit card number after dialing 911 before getting help dispatched. Or if they'll show up and just stand there and let you die if the paramedics aren't certain that you can pay. Best to just stay out of Evergreen entirely.

"accident" my ass


Jaden Rahm, 16, was driving a pickup carrying three of his friends on Monday, headed from Yuma High School to lunch, when one of the teens in the backseat tried to move a hunting shotgun out of their way.

The firearm accidentally discharged, authorities say, sending a blast through the driver's seat and into Jaden's chest.

You don't go around leaving loaded guns in a car and get to call it an 'accident' when the damn thing goes off.

I wish we would all quit using the term 'accident' when it's a clearly foreseeable outcome of negligence or risky behavior.

It's time that Israel act MORE like Germany.

Of course I mean the Germany of 1990 when the Berlin wall fell.

A Gaza Wall:

West Bank:

Simply put, if Hamas wanted to offer a real challenge to Oslo and Israel, it would aim its missiles directly at the wall and security fence system that has penned in Gazans for a generation, not over it.


NSA's vacuum-cleaner collection methods did NOT start with the War on Terror!

Please note that Snowden's revelations, while useful, are not the first exposures of the NSA abuses.

Way back in 1983, James Bamford documented in his amazingly detailed book, The Puzzle Palace, that the NSA was collecting everything they could get their hands on, warrant or no warrant, and only began to consider privacy issues *after* it'd been filtered by a computer and forwarded to humans for review.

I.e. NSA computers and intercepts would collect *everything* (domestic, foreign, it didn't matter) and scan for interesting tidbits to review, and only upon human review was it considered even to have been read.

It's an astonishing perspective, obviously unconstitutional, and yes has been going on for decades. And Obama isn't about to stop it without a lot more pushback than he's been getting so far.

Turn the tide with a Discharge Petition!

So there's a way to go "around" the speaker of the house -- it's called a "discharge petition" and it's a way to bring a bill to the floor in spite of the speaker.

But ... history and common wisdom says that there's a steep price to be paid for undermining the authority of the speaker, e.g. you lose chances of getting chairmanships (http://blogs.rollcall.com/hawkings/gop-rebels-scour-the-back-pages-of-the-rule-book).

BUT ... things are a bit different now:

1) public opinion of Congress could hardly be lower
2) "moderate" republicans are sick of the tea-party and want an out of this mess
3) Boehner is being setup as a fall-guy for most Republicans in the house to later claim "I didn't really want to shut down the govt, but the speaker wouldn't bring us something that would pass."

Democrats need to push hard on a clean-bill and get it to the floor in a discharge petition and vilify any and all Republicans that don't sign the petition as putting the tantrums of the tea-party ahead of the needs of the country and abandoning "small-d" democracy to give power to those that would simply destroy the government.

I don't think Boehner has a chance of saving his speakership if Dems point out just how ineffective he's been on accomplishing any of their goals and how he's been one-step shy of treasonous in his behavior.

Syria and civil disobedience? What?

I have a mildly radical suggestion that I've not seen aired yet. Bear with me ... it's short.

First my assumptions:

- Under current international law, any nation that attacks another without being attacked first, is committing a war crime.

- Every politician/soldier/citizen that votes-for/implements/supports such actions are also guilty of war crimes (Nuremberg defense anyone?)

But!! What if a situation is intolerable and we feel compelled to "go it alone" because we can't drum up the international support we need to make it legal?

So here's my modest proposal:

Everyone violating international law should admit, up front and publicly, that:

- they are knowingly committing a war crime with full knowledge that they are breaking the law and could be held accountable

- the international law they are violating is wrong and should be repealed or updated to make their current actions legal

Seems pretty simple and obvious, yes? What you don't do is ignore the law and act like it's ok as long as you don't get caught and held responsible -- that way leads to chaos.

Is Obama (et al) prepared to say the international laws they propose violating should be discarded? How about after Putin sends us "a message" about our failure to bring admitted torturers to trial or our other many failings?

We need a new dialog on just when it's appropriate for nations to intervene. We need international agreement on when and how to act. We can't be cowboys anymore ... or we will be astonished when we wake up some day and are no longer the biggest, baddest, bully on the block and are held accountable for our, yes, war crimes.
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