A child should be a choice 5

Today I hung my No On 62 sign on my patio door. I don’t actually have a yard, so yard signs aren’t really possible. I also got my Blue Book today, which I tore in to immediately. Mostly because I was curious about what the Blue Book had to say about Amendment 62, since the ...

Cycling our way to a New World Order 4

This is why I love state/local politics. It’s also why I occasionally feel the need to drink cough syrup until I put myself in an uncaring stupor so that the unceasing bombardment of stupid will just stop for a moment. Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor’s efforts to promote ...

Local: I fear for the future of education in Colorado 1

SB10-191 (“Ensuring Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness”) has passed the Colorado state senate and moved on to the House education committee. This is another bill in the tradition of “blame the teachers if students fail.” I realize that mediocre and downright bad teachers exist. We’ve all had them in the past and can remember them ...

Just a quick follow-up from yesterday

I think that this is a fine example of why I think the proposed “religious bill of rights” for students in Colorado would be a stupid, stupid idea. Because if nothing else, a lot of the language in that so-called “bill of rights” sure makes it sound like this kind of shit would be acceptable: ...

Like a fish needs a bicycle.

Saw on Phil Plait’s blog this morning that the Colorado state Legislature is considering a “religious bill of rights” for students. Phil’s got a lot of good commentary about it already, but I thought I’d take a look through it myself and see what I thought; local issues are pretty darn important. What caught my ...

Local: Heene gets the book thrown at him 3

Richard and Mayumi Heene got sentences this morning for wasting everyone’s time with their balloon hoax. (See here for a reminder if you’ve somehow forgotten that glorious week in October for which the highlight was video of a six-year-old boy vomiting on national TV.) The jail sentences are fairly light (Richard Heene is going to ...

Another bit on climate-gate.

Mike Littwin did a lovely opinion piece in the Denver Post about it today. I don’t often read the local paper (unless they inexplicably have cattle mutilations as the front page story, as if the health care debate and even Tiger Woods had ceased to exist), and I hear a lot from my mother about ...

Moo? Moo.

You know who else is always baffled, along with doctors? Apparently: Ranchers, cops, and a UFO believer. Cattle mutilations in Colorado! Woohoo! And on the front page of today’s Denver Post. I hadn’t realized it, but apparently we have our own tradition of whacky cattle mutilation tall tales in Colorado. “Phantom Surgeons of the Plains” ...

"Get a new hobby" doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Denver voters will be asked to create UFO commission Oh yes, Peckman is back. In 2003 it was a plan to instate city-wide stress relief programs. Last year it was his utterly asinine “alien” video, which the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society*** utterly demolished. And now, because not enough people think he’s crazy, or think that ...

A Home-Grown Hoax

I figure most people are already familiar with the entire “Balloon Boy” incident that happened in Colorado six days ago. But just in case, a quick recap: A Colorado family, apparently famous for having been on the reality TV show “Wife Swap” claimed that their six-year-old son, Falcon Heene, had somehow climbed in to an ...