Saturday, September 29, 2007

In today’s Rocky Mountain News:

But John Wren, the House District 5 Republican chairman, said city officials should have done a better job maintaining public buildings with past tax increases.
"I think they better be better stewards of the money they've already been given before they do these sob stories and create hysteria," Wren said. "Taxes going up is a bad thing, and I don't think the mayor has any conception of that."

Recent newspaper headlines saying that marrage is on the rocks are wrong. The divorce rate has been falling continuously over the past quarter-century, and is now at its lowest level since 1970. While marriage rates are also declining, those marriages that do occur are increasingly more stable. For instance, marriages that began in the 1990s were more likely to celebrate a 10th anniversary than those that started in the 1980s, which, in turn, were also more likely to last than marriages that began back in the 1970s...

Why has the great divorce myth get the headlines? Reporting on our families is a lot like reporting on the economy: statistical tales of woe sells newspapers and provide the foundation for reform proposals. The only difference is that conservatives use these data to make the case for greater government intervention in the marriage market, while liberals use them to promote deregulation of marriage.

The Durango Herald is reminding it’s readers to register to vote, and it’s explaining our wonderful Colorado neighborhood precinct caucus system. Why don’t we see this kind of story in our local Denver papers?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rob McNealy, a local entrepreneur, started Startup Story Radio - a weekly radio show that is dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs.

The show airs at 3 p.m. Saturdays on Boulder's Progressive Talk, AM760 KKZN. The show features interviews from authors, advice from experts and personal stories from local business owners.

McNealy already has had Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and local venture capitalist Brad Feld as guests.

"The purpose of the show is to motivate and inspire people to become successful entrepreneurs," McNealy said. "I want to help people take that leap of faith to venture out on their own and start a business."

Am I going crazy?

It’s a phrase we’ve all uttered to ourselves from time to time, but now a new Web site helps you figure it out for sure. Check out, which offers a simple online quiz designed to assess aspects of your mental health, including your risk for depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders.

The sanity quiz was designed by Dr. John Grohol, the psychologist who created PsychCentral , said to be one of the best online mental health resources by a New York Times health writer. Still under development, his sanity test is based on several scientifically validated mental health assessments, and it asks the questions that a mental health professional might ask about mood and eating and sleeping habits. Your score is a numerical expression of your overall emotional health, says Dr. Grohol.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. Winston Churchill

Never let yesterday use up too much of today. Will Rogers

Shake the dust from your feet. Luke 9:5

Yesterday I heard Greg Moore, publisher of the Denver Post, and John Temple, publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, talk about operating under the JOA (Joint Operating Agreement) that was put in place January 2001. Moore said, “The first thing I do each morning is go out on my driveway and get my copy of the Rocky Mountain News.” He’s one of the few in Denver to read both papers, Moore and Temple agreed that people who read both papers regularly has dropped way, way off and is now less than 10% of newspaper readers. They also agreed that the competion today is not each other but the Washington Post, the Los Angels Times, the New York Times, and Matt Drudge online.

John Temple is under the impression that coverage of Denver and Colorado government and politics is better now, what do you think? Temple also stated that he doesn’t think the Colorado caucus is worthy of a news story, that people just aren’t interested in it. Maybe he’ll get interested in the story if the New York Times and the other national online news media start covering it. That should happen this year as both the GOP and Dems do overnight reporting of caucus results.

While selling out isn't every entrepreneur's objective, perhaps it should be, says Ned Minor, a transaction attorney in Denver and author of the book Deciding to Sell Your Business: The Key to Wealth and Freedom. "Eventually, every business owner will leave their business," says Minor, "either sitting down at the deal table, or feet first on a stretcher."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

On this day in 1919 President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colo., during a tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

Here in Colorado, recall is in the fall air. For now, Vail's Arn Menconi will kept his seat at the head of the Eagle County Board of Commissioners for at least the rest of the year. Petitioners missed the deadline to submit the required signatures for an election late this year to recall Menconi, but that does not mean the effort is over, said recall leader Mike Reid.

Will there be a recall of J-Hic here in Denver as he goes on a spending spree heading into the DNC national convention less than a year away?

Denver GOP Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz said in theory she could support J-Hics new pay plan for city employees if the city paid out the same total amount of money to all employees (which seems very unlikely to me). She said the reason she supported the proclamation (to consider the scheme)was to avoid collective bargaining. "I want to keep the frustration level (among city employees) from getting out of hand," Faatz said. (Denver Post)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Yesterday in 1939 Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London at age 83.

Freud’s ideas about authority help us understand (and in some measure sympathize with) the hunger for absolute leaders and absolute truth that probably besets us all, but that has overwhelmed many of our fellow humans who find themselves living under tyrannical governments and fundamentalist faiths. Freud was a great patriarch who struggled for nothing so much as for the abolition of patriarchy.

"As a Christian, you have to come to grips with what's in the culture and learn from it," said Steve Perry, whose DU campus Bible-reading group is called the Navigators.
"It's part of the college experience to call everything into question," Perry said. "My goal is to shock students out of the coma of casual Christianity and get them thinking seriously about it."

In "Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin," we see how Franklin's inventions from more than 200 years ago still have an impact on things we use, such as illustrations in the newspaper, bifocals, electricity and daylight-saving time.
"Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin" by Gene Barretta; Henry Holt and Co.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Do you want to start your own business? Today's gosple tells us how. Here is what Jesus suggests (if you are serving God and not money):

Lk 16:1-13 or 16:10-13

Jesus said to his disciples,
“A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said,
‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another the steward said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’
The steward said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
“For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than are the children of light.
I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

Eugene Peterson in his translation calls this "creative survival", focusing on the bare essentials. A lesson I very much need to learn if I’m going to be able to continue with the IDEA CafĂ© and Franklin Circles.

Alan Greenspan was on the Charlie Rose show last week. I keep thinking about the term he used, "market capitalism" as opposed to "crony capitalism." Would a term for what Jesus is telling us here be "Christian capitalism" or "creative capitalism"?