Friday, April 13, 2007

This is a fantastic experiement. What happens when one of the world's best musicians plays for free as a street musician. Do the people value the music? Take 20 minutes and read through this and listen to the wonderful music on the videos. Really interesting. What does this teach us?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Self-Reliance (1841)
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I called into the Peter Boyles show this morning (KHOW AM630 here in Denver.)

The topic at 5 a.m. was Don Imus (fired for racial slur against Rutgers women's basketball team), I wanted to talk about the Denver elections so the screener wouldn't let me through. So I called back, said I wanted to talk about Imus in light of Daniel Bell's book The Cultural Contridictions of Capitolism. What? Imus will know the book and understand I said.

Long talk about the Roman circuses, the decline and fall of all great empires, and what it means when no Denver talk show is focusing on the elections as we all get our ballots in the mail. At the end of the call Peter said, "good call, very well thought out." We'll see if it effects the show in the morning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

We Will Re-elect Mayor Hickenlooper. He is absolutely unbeatable. It would be a complete and total waste of energy to continue to promote a write-in campaign against him.

What a brilliant insight, right?Everyone else could see this months ago, but not me. It finally sunk into my thick skull when last night I attended the first of a series of meet the Mayor events that are being held around the city.The next one’s in South Denver tonight, but I think I’ll pass. If you want to go, see

The event last night was highly orchestrated to prevent any exposure for those in the audience who might want to announce a write-in campaign. Questions were only taken in writing and then screened. I asked a couple of tough questions that weren’t selected.

Dennis Gallagher should be reelected as City Auditor. I like Bill Wells very much, but it is clear that Dennis will be in a much stronger position to provide the guidance that the Mayor will need in his next term.

Wellington Webb's daughter Stephanie O'Malley is running for Denver Clerk and Recorder. It looks like she will be the people's choice, as her lone opponent has not mounted a campaign.

There is no opponent in my City Council district. Ike Kelley has announced in District 4 and seems to be attracting support in his tough race to beat a popular incumbent.

The Denver GOP is rising from the ashes under the leadership of Mary Smith. Let's all do what we can to help her build a grassroots organization that can field strong candidates by 2011. If you aren't sure how to get involved, attend our next New Denver Republican Meetup, RSVP at

Like good discussion? Join us for Socrates Cafe this Thursday, 7 p.m. at Trinity Church, 18th & Broadway. RSVP at

Starting a new business or new business project? Get help turning your idea into effective action at the Denver IDEA Cafe each Friday afternoon. More info at

Monday, April 09, 2007

I just sent this to the Denver Post:

Ballots are being mailed out this week for the Denver elections,
but there is nothing in your paper this weekend about the local
races. All politics is local, but it seems the focus of the Denver
Post political news is state and national!

John S. Wren
960 Grant St. #727
Denver, CO 80203
cell (720)495-4949

Note: (not for publication)
I'm encouraging people to run as a write-in candidate for
Mayor. My barber Walt Young at the Upper Cut Barbershop
figures he can get 400 or so votes from his customers.

Here's the flier I've been distributing: