Friday, November 09, 2007

Pick up a copy of The Denver Daily News today (Fri, Nov 9). It has my letter to the
editor, but more importantly a front page article headlined: "Ritter eyes tax increase--Unsure what for." (!!!) Does this signal The Denver Daily News becoming our watchdog?


The Denver Post's Politics West has picked up
yesterday's glorification of the A thru I cash grab.
An interesting dialog has developed about the difference
between a democracy and a republic, see the comments
at the end of the article, then post your thoughts:

Click on: "Sincere Hickenlooper's success" at:


Can we hear you now?

Join us this afternoon for the new Denver Grassroots Rally. Just listen in or get on the soap box for your 3 to 5 minutes. Just show up, or RSVP to get on the speakers list at

Please forward this along to your friends who care, OK? They will thank you, and so will I if you'll let me know what you've done.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Why hasn't a crime report been filed on A thru I?

This morning both Denver daily newspapers glorify the Mayor's massive manipulation as he stole the A thru I election. He spent an incredible $1 million on an advertising and promotional campaign to sell Denver the big lie that a citizens committee of 115 wanted A thru I.

This massive campaign, an "investment" of those who would split up the take, used telemarketing to contact every one of the 470,000 voters in Denver, and this telephone sales campaign identified the gullible and feeble minded, and then stayed in touch with those 50,000 or so suckers until they returned their mail-in ballots, going to their door to pick up the ballot when necessary!

420,000 voted no or were so discouraged they didn't vote at all. 420,000 out of 470,000! The Mayor has perfected this technique, and now it is glorified in your very biased coverage of the campaign.

In the past one of our daily newspapers would have spoken out about this obvious manipulation. But now that there is no real competition between the papers, the people have lost their watchdog. I think that is the reason for the declining circulation of both papers.

Denver citizens need to organize now to prevent the next assault. We need an early warning system, a citizens grassroots network that can spot these efforts as they begin and mount an organized campaign to see that the election truly reflect the will of the majority of Denver citizens.

Those who are concerned are invited to join us each Friday at the Denver Grassroots Rally. Our first project is to encourage concerned citizens to register by the December 5 deadline to be able to participate in the February 5 Colorado Caucus. It will be held this Friday, 4 p.m. at Panera Bread at 13th & Grant near the Capitol. For more information or to RSVP to get on the speakers list, see

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

This just went up on the online Denver Post:

Bond, tax package grabs lead
By Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post

Article Launched: 11/06/2007 09:54:01 PM MST

Early tabulations showed that Denver's $550 million infrastructure bond and tax increase appeared headed toward passage tonight, but the portion that would raise revenue to expand cultural facilities led by only a thin margin.

As of 9 p.m., the $70 million expansion of cultural facilities garnered the favor of 51 percent of the voters in early returns, with 49 percent of the voters rejecting the measure…

John Wren, a Republican who had appeared on radio talk shows in opposition to the campaign, said Hickenlooper may have trouble passing future measures. Wren said he plans to organize opposition, which appeared fractious during the bond campaign.

"People will need to take notice and organize to oppose an end run against a representative system of government, or we'll just continue to see steady increases like this," Wren said. "We need a grassroots citizen network to watch these things as they form."
It appears that the H cultural question here in Denver is too close to call. The city website isn't being updated.

All of the other A thru I questions are passing easily. Encumbents have been reelected on the school board. An the pot question has passed.

The Mayor's million dollar manipulation worked. All voters were called, postitives identified, and their ballots were picked up.

The lesson? Organized opposition needs to be mounted early. Legislation needs to be tracked like hurricanes with an early warning system.

Also tonight Denver Republican's held one of the most postive meeting I've seen here in the last decade. Chair Mary Smith and Vice-Chair did an excellent job of sharing information and motivation with the lively audience of Republican volunteers from across the county.
My friend Elaine writes in the Denver Post today:

Are you independent and proud of it? Do you eschew the Republican and Democratic parties and simply vote your conscience? Would you like to have a say in which candidates make the ballot in the general election?

If you answered “yes” to all three questions, you need to decide which question is most important to you. If you want to have a voice, read on.

Next year, Colorado will have caucuses, and to participate, you must register with a party two months before the caucus. That’s right. Pick a party by Dec. 5 or you don’t get to play.

In “The Box You Got: Transforming the World You Live In,” Steve Bigari offers several of what he calls “bigg ideas.” Among them:

We are all leaders.
“If you don’t think of yourself as a leader, don’t fear. It just means you’ve never gotten in touch with your deepest passions.”

Vision attracts talent.
“Great vision transfers the passion of your heart into the hearts of others.”

Always consider the question, ‘What’s in it for me?’
“The bottom line to collaboration is that it works best when the people involved pursue their vested self-interests.”

Don’t take “no” for an answer.
“Wise people seek alternate ways to get a job done even in the face of opposition, dissent or naysaying. Whatever you’re faced with, there is a solution.”

If you’re afraid of failure, get over it — everybody fails!
“Swinging for the fences means taking more risks. You have to swing harder, commit sooner and react faster.”

You can’t put perfume on a pig.
(Well, you can, but it’s still a pig.) “Like the little child in ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ don’t be afraid to call ’em as you see ’em.”

To order “The Box You Got,” go to ($19.95 plus shipping and handling.)
Main Entry: fraud
Function: noun
1 a : DECEIT , TRICKERY ; specifically : intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right b : an act of deceiving or misrepresenting : TRICK
2 a : a person who is not what he or she pretends to be : IMPOSTOR ; also : one who defrauds : CHEAT b : one that is not what it seems or is represented to be

From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Isn’t the election on A thru I we are witnessing today in Denver a perversion of the truth, a perversion of the true will of the citizens of Denver?

A million dollars spent to run ads, call every voter, send people to the front door to collect ballots of favorable voters. All this is funded through the large contributions of those who will benefit from the money collected?

What is the difference between this and just throwing away the NO votes?

The Denver Post is outraged when Gov. Ritter issues an executive order on a Friday afternoon. The truth is that Mayor J-Hic’s A thru I campaign is a time-release version of the same high-handed approach to government.

Voters of Denver who are outraged need to return their ballots today! Sitting on your ballot in protest just plays into the hands of those who are trying to short-circuit our representative system of government. Just vote NO on A thru I.

Voting NO is not enough. Email and telephone your friends, encouraging them to do the same. For more reasons to vote NO see my posts here over the last few weeks.

Monday, November 05, 2007

On this day in 1912 Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating incumbent William Howard Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt.

My ad in the Denver Daily News was left out of the paper today. Watch for it tomorrow. In the meantime, let's all do the little we can to defeat A thru I. Email and call your friends, be sure to get your own ballot in. For more reason's why, see the entries here for the last few weeks, lots of links to articles and letters the Post and News are burying in their online edition, don't even come up when you search for them, nothing on either front page encouraging voters to return their ballots.

OC Tanner was a very successful entrepreneur in Utah who started the OC Tanner Company, which his daughter operates today.

After reading Ben Franklin’s Autobiography, Tanner chose Socrates and Jesus as his favorite heroes. From the one he took the belief that the unexamined life is not worth living; from the other he learned compassion for human suffering and an unyielding hope for an eventual human felicity.

Denver Post one-sided article profiles backers of A thur I yesterday, it attracted lots of negative comments about A thru I after mine (posted below) here's a sample:
I just witnessed a channel 4 story with a group of people coming to your doorstep and willing to watch you fill out a ballot and deliver it for you to a polling site? For or against that seems inappropriate and coercive! Shouldn't have any problems passing that way.
Lee Starr
Joined: Jun 27
Points: 314 Posted by Lee Starr (aka USAAlltheway)
at 6:16 AM on Sunday Nov 4 Report Abuse | Report Good Comment

Just say NO With the economy faltering, housing prices in free fall, forclosures at record highs, and State taxes skyrocketing this is NOT the time for the largest tax increase in Denver's history. In addition to funding questionable projects which should be paid for by the users of the facilities, these taxes never go away. We're giving the tax and spend mayor and his spendthrift democratic buddies on City Council a blank check. The mayor has spent his political capital and it's time to tell him to take a hike. Imagine a great city that you can actually afford to live in. When the city learns to spend the tax dollars we're already paying maybe I'll consider voting for a tax increase but not until. VOTE NO on A thru I.
Joined: Jun 22
Points: 327 Posted by Dave (aka uncledave)
at 6:37 AM on Sunday Nov 4

Just vote NO on A thru I and do what you can to encourage others to do the same. Lots of people who are against A thru I are just not voting, what you do today could make a difference! Email and call your friends, call into radio talk shows.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

On Nov. 4, 1879, Will Rogers, the American actor and comedian, was born. Following his death on Aug. 15, 1935, his obituary appeared in The New York Times.

Well, that only goes to show the success magazines are full of bunk when they write about a fellow winning fame and fortune by working hard and sticking to one job. All of you know, as well as I do, it was some accident started you off on the right track, but you ain't going to tell the reporters that, the next time they interview you. Will Rogers

New movie theatre & café here in Denver near the Tattered Cover on Colfax.

With the low turn-out that is expected, your vote could make a big difference.
Email and call your friends and encourage them to do the same.
For where to drop off your ballot CLICK HERE

The Denver Post ran a very biased article today on the Denver A thru I election. It says there is no formal opposition. Hidden in the story footnotes are these comments:

Rick Nevin said he thinks the new libraries, especially those in Stapleton and Green Valley, should have been built by developers. He also worries about the cost to staff those existing facilities, which wouldn't be paid with bond revenues.

Mary Smith, the chairman of the Denver County Republicans, said she served on a subcommittee that studied the issues proposed on the cultural portion of the bond package. That subcommittee originally recommended a more measured approach, but ended up getting overruled by an executive committee that forwarded recommendations to the mayor.

I posted this online comment to the article:

Does opposition have to be formal for it to be reported in the newspaper?

There is no shortage of people who are against A thru I, why aren't their comments included in the main body of this story?

People are wondering how this $1/2 BILLION blank check will really be spent with the DNC coming to town and collective bargaining for the city on the horizon, why aren't those concerns part of the story?

Bruce Benson backed Ritter on C and D, now he's being duped by Mayor J-Hic on A thru I. Maybe it's an alphabet thing...

My fellow informal opponents of A thru I, send out emails and make phone calls to your Denver friends TODAY. For reasons why see and what has been posted there over the last few weeks, including a link to where to drop off your ballot by Tuesday (why wasn't where to vote included in the story?)

Buried in the online letters to the editor of both papers are buried comments from the informal opponents of A thru I. Here’s an example. Why weren't the thousands of people like this quoted in the Post article today? Just because they aren't organized?

Vote no on all Denver bond issues
Thursday, November 1 at 1:12 PM
Gary R Reed of Denver writes:

Let me begin by saying that I worked for the City of Denver for 31 years. I gave a lot of myself to the Fire Department and I believe that I have at least earned the right to comment on our current City government.

Lost in all the Rockies hoopla is the fact that Mayor Chickenlooper wants us to approve millions of dollars in bond issues. I wonder? Millions spent on dancing space aliens, blue bears and an exploded erector set called an Art Museum but we need to pony up (again) for necessary infrastructure.

Millions for “art” but Mr. Mayor objects when someone proposes a decent pay raise for City Workers.

A Fire Fleet that has survived on bailing wire and glue (at enormous risk to the citizens of Denver) but nothing in this bond issue to buy equipment or increase the ranks of Firefighters.

I am voting NO all the way across the board on these issues and until and unless the Mayor gives equal voice to the real needs of this City instead of to the “ascetics” he wants in place for the Democratic National Convention, I will continue to vote no on every bond issue the City proposes.

TODAY, take a minute and email and call your friends,
and encourage them to do the same. Stop the insanity!
Just vote NO on A thru I!