Saturday, July 17, 2004

Steve Meyer (on the left, with Howard James, Denver Pachyderm Club Historian) spoke with the new Denver Pachyderm Club about his Robin Hood Republican way to gather support against the "King" see below.
Robin Hood Republican Voters: "Robin Hood RepublicanSM
Voter Group

Time remaining to change a voter's paradigm for the 2004 elections *

Incoming and outgoing chairs, CRBC.
Colorado Republican Business Coalition: "Marie Rossmiller, Outgoing Chair 720.364.2537
Primerica Financial Services
John G. Nelson, New Chairman 303.573.5900
Welcome to Pete Coors for U.S. Senate: "Pete Coors holds a commanding 19 point lead over Bob Schaffer on a trial ballot test for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Fifty-three percent (53%) of likely Colorado primary voters indicate they would vote for Coors, and only 34% indicate that they would vote for Bob Schaffer. There are 14% of Republican primary voters who are undecided on the trial ballot test."

Scaffer supporters need to take action now or Bob doesn't have a chance. I sent this to the Post and RMN last week:

In football, size makes a difference. In the U.S. Senate, political experience makes a big difference. Pete Coors has no experience being elected and doing the job of representing those who elected him. He's trying to pass that off as a virtue. It's not.

Rational Republicans and unaffiliated voters who care about Colorado should vote for Bob Schaffer and can Coors. (Voters registered as unaffiliated can affiliate with a party and vote in the August 10 primary.)
The New York Times > Arts > Young Right Tries to Define Post-Buckley Future: "In May the Philadelphia Society, a prestigious club for conservative intellectuals, tapped Sarah Bramwell, a 24-year-old Yale graduate and writer, to address the views of the young right at its 40th-anniversary conference. 'Modern American conservatism began in an effort to do two things: defeat Communism and roll back creeping socialism,' she began. 'The first was obviated by our success, the latter by our failure. So what is left of conservatism?'
Rearing new conservatives has long been a subject of keen interest to their elders. To counter what they considered the liberal dominance of the major universities and news organizations, a handful of conservative foundations has helped build a network of organizations to train young members of the movement, most prominently the 51-year-old Intercollegiate Studies Institute. It publishes journals and books, sponsors fellowships and administers a network of 80 conservative college newspapers.
'I think one of the principal, even signal, features of the conservative movement is its overriding concern for nurturing young people,' said Jeff Nelson, 39, the institute's vice president for publications.
Mr. Buckley recently chose Sarah Bramwell's husband, Austin Bramwell, 26, as one of five trustees of National Review. Mr. Bramwell, a clerk for the federal appeals court in Denver and an alumnus of the institute's programs, declined to comment because of his job at the court."
OxBlog: "I see many parts of contemporary political conservatism as being in conflict with my philosophical conservatism. Two examples: first, as I think I mentioned, I'm pursuing an academic career. I find the disdain that many conservatives have for the academy ('liberal academia,' etc.) to be distasteful, unconservative, and counterproductive. I think it's distasteful and unconservative because philosophical conservatism, as I understand it, reveres learning; it holds that we can only understand our situation in the present through the study of the past; and it maintains that it is impermissibly hubristic for us to dismiss the wisdom embodied in tradition without a very compelling reason. But all of these things require learning, and the academy is the seat of learning. I find many conservatives' dismissal of the academy to be counterproductive because, if you keep talking about how academia is hopeless and a waste of time, then of course young conservatives will shy away from it! Intelligent and respectful criticism of specific thinkers, not dismissal of the entire academic enterprise, is the proper attitude of a philosophical conservative towards the academy. And the refusal of many political conservatives to take this philosophically conservative attitude greatly bothers me. The idea that scholarship is inherently political also bothers me. At Yale, I double-majored in philosophy and a program called ethics, politics, and economics. At Oxford, I'm finishing up my doctorate in politics with a topic that straddles the line between law and politics. In my seven years at these two universities, I've never had a professor whose political views affected his/her fairness. Frequently, even in classes on politics or law or history, I've had no idea what the professors' political views were. In my experience, most academics are scholars first and foremost -- that's "
Rocky Mountain News: Columnists: "Armstrong conceded he supports Schaffer but 'I'm not involved in his campaign and not an officer.
'I had to go to Bob and (manager) Pat (Fiske) and tell them I didn't want them to tell me anything about their plans for the campaign in terms of message or media or strategy or polling or anything like that,' Armstrong said.
You retain certain First Amendment rights under McCain-Feingold, he added, 'but those rights evaporate if you're knowledgeable about those things.'
He makes no bones about his unhappiness with the law. 'I personally think it's a terrible situation that, in order to exercise the same rights that people have exercised back to the Federalist Papers, you have to cut yourself off from the cause you're trying to express an interest in,' Armstrong said. "
Rocky Mountain News: Columnists: "Look at any poll. I'll pull out the one from the Pew Research Center on the 2004 political landscape, headlined: 'Evenly Divided and Increasingly Polarized.' If that's too subtle for you, the report makes the point that since the 50-50 Bush-Gore election, we've had a recession, a significant business scandal, the 9-11 cataclysm and two wars, and yet we remain, through all the ground shocks, a 50-50 country.
Need more? Here's Matthew Dowd, the president's pollster and strategist, in the Los Angeles Times: 'You've got 80 to 90 percent of the country that looks at each other like they're on separate planets.'

What the divide means or how enduring it might be has inspired a cottage industry for the writing set, not to mention hours of talk in the slow hours on cable-TV news.

Here's a thesis: People from the two sides look out the window at the same tree, for lack of a better metaphor, and see it entirely differently. But they believe, because it is so obvious - it's an oak tree, OK? - that the other side must see the tree the same way they do.

And whoever says differently must be a liar. "

Document Library - The community of practice ecosystem - On competition, cooperation, differentiation, and the role of blogs: "This paper will also strive to place blogs in such a perspective. Blogs are a type of
personal web pages defined by their strong focus on the personal views of a particular
author, and by their modern web publishing tools and cross-linking methodology."

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Crowley Post Signal: "America needs to 'Get out of Bed' and act decisively now. America has been changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. We cannot afford to keep hitting the snooze button again and again and roll over and go back to sleep.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said ' seems all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant.' This is the message we need to disseminate to terrorists around the world.
Support Our Troops and support President Bush for having the courage, political or militarily, to address what so many who preceded him didn't have the backbone to do. Both Democrat and Republican. This is not a political thing to be hashed over in an election year. This is an AMERICAN thing This is about our Freedom and the Freedom of our children in years to come."
The New York Times > Opinion > "(S)cripted conventions that will soon be offered to the nation once more as lean cuisine for thought...this year's one potentially risky innovation, accepting dozens of free-form online bloggers as accredited convention journalists."

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Downtown Denver 2nd Wednesday Group of CoCaCoP (Colorado Caucus Community of Practice) heard Robert McGuire (shown here with Mary Clement) talked about his election as GOP National Delegate at the 1st Congressional District Convention.

First to arrive at the first meeting of the new Highlands Business Association: Brian Jewell, jbal systems; Michael Ambroziak, Ambroziak & Associates; and Joseph Markwith, TMAGuild.
The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: The New Groupthink: "The salient news in the Senate Intelligence Committee report is this: all you have been hearing about 'he lied to us' and 'they cooked the books' is a lot of partisan nonsense.
The 511-page Senate report concluded this: Nobody in the White House or the Pentagon pressured the C.I.A. to change an intelligence analysis to conform to the judgment that the world would be a safer place with the monstrous Saddam overthrown."

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Business Report - Young men are turning to crime, not own projects: "the development of entrepreneurs had been made more difficult by inadequate educational systems, low growth and the endless bureaucratic red tape facing any would-be business.

Orford said that only 35 percent of men under 45 years old believed that they could start their own business, which was just over half the average for other developing countries. This was often because they had few, if any, role models in their own communities who could help them learn through observation.

Only about 41 percent had completed secondary education, even though this alone was not enough to help them set up businesses because of the content and quality of the education.

This highlighted the need for programmes for young men who had fallen out of the formal education system, to provide them with skills, restore their self-esteem, and willingness and/or ability to seek work."
|:| KNRC Radio - Where Denver Talks |:|: "Jimmy Lakey has been called a rising young talent in radio. While Jimmy began his radio career only a few years ago, he has already seen the top of the ratings and has worked the coveted morning drive slots in two major radio markets. After success in music radio, Jimmy delved into talk radio and has interviewed Governors, Senators, & even President George W. Bush. Jimmy Lakey is a refreshing new voice in American Talk Radio. With his refreshing and energetic style, even critics have called him a new generation of American conservative.'

Here’s the latest update to the agenda for the DDRO (Downtown Denver Residents Organization) Candidates Forum on July 27, 2004.

The moderator for the forum will be KNRC’s “morning drive time personality” Jimmy Lakey - .

We look forward to your attending this important event.


Steve Dwyer
Vice President


July 27, 2004
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th Street Denver, CO 80202
5:30 to 8:00PM

5:30 - 6:00 Meet Your Neighbor – Cash Bar

6.00 - 6.10 Opening Comments/Introductions – John Maslanik, President
1. Purpose of Forum
2. Introduction of the Moderator - Jimmy Lakey, KNRC
3. Brief introduction of the Candidates

6:10 – 6:50 Opening Statements by Candidates (4 min. each):

Michael Carrigan CU Regent
Howard Gelt CU Regent

Beth McCann District Attorney
Mitch Morrissey District Attorney
John Walsh District Attorney

Joel Judd State Representative District 5
John Wren State Representative District 5

Roland Chicas US Representative 1st District
Diana DeGette US Representative 1st District (Can Not Attend)

6:50 – 7:45 Open Discussion with Questions from the Audience

7:45 – 8:00 Closing Statements by Candidates (2 min. each)

Wrap-up Summary Comments/Thank You – John Maslanik, President
Media: Bill Moyers is stepping down: "In the course of his career, three themes, it seems to me, have run through his work: a concern for religion, influenced by his early education in a Baptist seminary and exemplified in his PBS series on Genesis; issues of fairness, specifically the unjust distribution of the world�s economic resources; and the condition of journalism itself, where power has become concentrated in too few hands."
Paul Harvey - The Voice of the New Millennium "Paul Harvey told me... well, he didn't tell just me..." often gets my friend KC Truby a laugh. If you can't tune in Paul Harvey on the radio so he can tell you, too, tune in here on the internet to this fast, informative way to get news and insightful commentary. - John Wren's IDEA Cafe | community | events: "Workshop for people who are starting a new project, business, campaign, or career. Speakers share their startup experience, and we do brainstorming. Free and open to all who are starting something new, we just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming."
John--Please Post

I'm looking at the Republican candidates. One is a valued businessman who while in his senior years is choosing to run for the United States Senate. Another with extensive government experience at the Colorado State Senate as well as the United States House is choosing to run for the same seat. What is the deciding factor?

Well one is age. While that may be taboo, look at it this way:

The power in the Senate is in the chairperson positions. As Senators gain seniority in the Senate, they are assigned and later choose which committees to sit on and in some cases which committees to chair. These chairpersonships, in the past have gone to Eastern or Southern Senators; they have affected the laws and regulations associated with the Western States. However, now as these Eastern and Southern Senators begin to retire, there is an opportunity for Colorado Senators to gain more powerful positions in committees.

One candidate, if elected, could serve three terms in the Senate and still be under 60 years of age. Only one of our republican candidates can serve multiple six year terms and still be under 60. Yes, that man is Bob Schaffer and that is who I’m going to vote for.

Art Onweller
5052 Syndt Rd.
Evergreen, Colorado 80439

Monday, July 12, 2004

Cutting Democracy (
National Endowment for Democracy: "The Endowment is guided by the belief that freedom is a universal human aspiration that can be realized through the development of democratic institutions, procedures, and values. Governed by an independent, nonpartisan board of directors, the NED makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Untitled Document Homicide, rape, burglary, and motor vehicle theft were down for 2003, according to this Colorado Bureau of Investigation report that was recently released.
The New York Times > Books > Sunday Book Review > The New Pamphleteerswe are living in an era when many of our key institutions are failing. Before Watergate and the collapse of Vietnam, there existed an American Establishment, a bipartisan group of bankers, politicians and journalists who shaped the contours of national opinion...Pamphleteering is what happens when no one -- editorial writers, university professors, publishing executives -- is doing much ''filtering.'' Without strong political parties and powerful labor unions, Arianna Huffington's and Sean Hannity's politics is the kind of politics you get…
If the only choice we have is between no politics and vituperative politics, the latter is -- just barely -- preferable. Of course this could change if we recreated an Establishment that decided which television programs we would watch and how much dissent we would permit -- a prospect as unlikely (because the Establishment is gone) as it would be unwelcome (because it would constitute censorship). In the meantime, we argue about politics and even argue about how we argue about politics, just what you might expect when no one is in charge but ourselves.
Alan Wolfe is the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is working on a book about the idea of American greatness.