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Rachel on Reagan

Rachel Maddow is wrong. The GOP does not want Reagan to be a saint, they want him to be God. Anyway, she's talking about the GOP's obsession with naming everything after Reagan. Reminds me of this:

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Apr 23, 2014, 09:11 PM (7 replies)

My apologies for foolish posts

My profound apologies. Yesterday I posted a couple of pieces about a fracking company backing down:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024855244 and


Silly me. Today, the same company got very happy news (for them) from the city. Again, my apologies for even remotely suggesting the tiniest possibility that these people are capable of giving a damn.

Largest well site in Greeley city limits gets approval from Planning Commission

The largest well site in city limits was approved by the Greeley Planning Commission on Tuesday, allowing for up to a total of 58 wells on an existing pad near U.S. 85 and Colo. 34.

The 20-acre site, southwest of the intersection of 1st Avenue and Colo. 34, was also approved for an expansion that would make for a total of 42 oil tanks, eight water tanks and 52 separators.
Sara Barwinski, a member of Weld Air and Water, spoke on behalf of the group on Tuesday, saying they like the location of the well site near other industrial properties, and they understand and appreciate the clustering of wells to avoid spotting the city with even more well pads. “The challenge that remains to be faced in this era of rapid oil and gas development is that the incredibly high yields of such operations means that unprecedented volumes of flammable materials need to be stored on site in ever-increasing batteries of tanks,” Barwinski said.

She said the well site is still too close to an urban environment, including a highly traveled intersection near U.S. 85 and Colo. 34, a new charter school, Salida del Sol, and a subdivision.

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This is my home, and they're fucking killing us!
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 09:03 PM (2 replies)

Greeley school parents' fury forces oil and gas driller to back down

An oil and gas industry proposal to drill 19 wells within 900 feet of an elementary school in Greeley ignited such parent fury that company officials on Monday backed down.

Mineral Resources Inc. officials said withdrawing their application to drill by the Frontier Academy school is an example of listening to community concerns.

They made their decision as state regulators are investigating recent fires and explosions at industry storage tanks northeast of Denver — including one last week by a different elementary school.

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What the story does not mention is that Logan Richardson, one of the owners of the drilling company, sits on the local school board. This is not viewed as a conflict of interest (according to him and the Greeley Tribune) because Frontier Academy is not part of the school district...

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 01:57 AM (0 replies)

We are so screwed. Drilled. Whatever.

At a public forum on fracking, one of the questions was about the relationship between fracking and earthquakes. In response, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey likened the fracking process to sticking a shish kebob through the ground. “The stability of the ground really isn’t influenced by the drilling,” she said.

I'm guessing that she won't be appearing at any similar forums in Ohio or Oklahoma or Texas.

story here ---
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Apr 15, 2014, 06:30 PM (2 replies)

Colorado Democratic Party Assembly

In case you weren't there, check the comments section for the videos of candidates speeches:

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Apr 13, 2014, 01:21 PM (0 replies)

Bucking Buck

Suffice it to say that the local Republicans did not go swooning into paroxysms of ecstasy with the presumptive switch between Ken Buck and Cory Gardner. Instead of lauding the maneuver, GOPers from several levels swarmed into the candidate parade for the CD4 seat. Along with a former mayor from Rhode Island who does not even live in the congressional district, there’s current Weld County commish Kirkmeyer who is as teabaggish as they come, all pro-egg pro-gun pro-secession and unabashedly pro-OnePartyRule. To no one’s surprise, term-limited state senator Scott “Leviticus” Renfroe jumped into the mess. He’s every bit as teabaggish as Kirkmeyer, with a dollop of xenophobia tossed in just for fun; he’s also a bit grammatically challenged, which might qualify him some day for a job painting tea party protest signs.

Anyhow, the Republicans had their congressional district assemblies today. If Ken “I don't wear high heels” Buck thought he’d have a cake walk, he got disabused of that notion when Renfroe got more votes. They both qualified for the June primary. Kirkmeyer, who declared that she has no intention of following Gardner in moving away from personhood, petitioned her way onto the primary ballot, as did Laffey (the guy who lives outside the district).

Meanwhile, at the Democrats’ CD4 assembly, Vic Meyers was nominated. There really is something to be said for sanity.

Check him out: www.vicmeyers.org , then tell your friends to do likewise. And if you can throw a dollar or two his way, please do so. CD4 borders Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. It's huge, and the residents deserve real representation.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Apr 11, 2014, 10:39 PM (2 replies)

Before the drilling rigs got here



This young man is singing in Weld County, where we have over twenty thousand wells and more on the way.

This is my home.
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