Clueless Fairview High students, and more


By Max R. Weller

e5wtt“No testing! We’re standing up for our right to be morons! Got a nugget?”

NBC US teens lag in global education rankings as Asian countries rise to the top. Yes, indeed, boys and girls — let’s celebrate mediocrity in a cloud of dope smoke!

Only in Boulder . . .

National Weather Service forecast for the next few days in Boulder, CO. I knew we would have to pay for that Indian Summer which hung around into this month of November.

After drinking decaf coffee yesterday, I’m back to the leaded version this morning. A bit of caffeine does make me more alert, and with creeping senility setting in I need all the help I can get. Don’t want to wander around in a fog, like the Fairview High kids.

Read Longmont steps up for the homeless in the Times-Call. Kudos to HOPE and Agape Family Services, and to the churches involved, and to the volunteers. They all understand that saving lives in wintertime must be the first priority.

“Housing First saves taxpayers’ money.” It’s the mantra of the do-gooders here in Boulder, CO and elsewhere across America. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to document these alleged savings because of HIPAA and similar privacy laws at the state and local levels. I have to question if those running the nonprofits and donors have special access to poke around in homeless people’s medical and arrest records; I strongly doubt this is the case. Just because you repeat something over and over again doesn’t make it true, and building a 31-unit Housing First project in Boulder, CO for well over $6 million — while hundreds more homeless men, women, and children remain on the streets — is just irresponsible.

Also see this letter-to-the-editor in the T-C, copied here in its entirety:

As a homeowner with a fracking site less than 200 yards from my property and two more within a half mile, I take exception to Ms. Hildebrandt’s opinion, and no, I get no royalties. Our economy relies on fossil fuels to provide the ability for our people to move its goods and services around the country and around the world to the people who want and need them.

The fracking industry is more tested and regulated than the marijuana industry in this state. Recreational marijuana will do more harm to the state economy and society than the fracking industry ever will. A recent University of Colorado study says fracking fluids are no more toxic than common household products.

The writer wants to end fossil fuel production and move to a renewable energy economy. To compare fracking to slavery is ridiculous. I also believe clean renewable energy is in our future but until we get there we need the fossil fuels to power our economy and our way of life. Wind turbines, solar arrays and batteries for our cars and electronics are a long way from replacing fossil fuels. These alternatives have their drawbacks.

The sites to mine the materials for batteries are toxic waste sites, the wind turbines only work when the wind blows, and the solar industry is not viable to power transportation. What the writer doesn’t understand is that we the people know how food gets to our table and how we are able to clothe ourselves and put a roof over our head. Until we can find an acceptable alternative, because there is none yet, or we can do without food, clothing, housing, etc. we need fossil fuels. Instead of assailing fossil fuels why don’t you put your energies into finding a viable alternative?

Les Gardinier


Interesting column by a LIBERAL commentator, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post via the Denver Post: A White House of cheerleaders. Quoting from it below:

Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, had a peculiar reaction to the Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections, widely blamed on President Obama’s unpopularity.

NBC White House correspondent Chris Jansing asked the 44-year-old McDonough to name “one thing you can say to American voters they’re going to see that’s different given the message that they sent on Tuesday.”

McDonough’s reply: “They’re going to see Washington working better if this president has his way. That’s what he’s going to do.”

“How?” pressed the reporter.

“Well,” said McDonough, “we’re going to do it any number of ways.”

For example: by rubbing a rabbit’s foot, wishing upon a star, sprinkling Capitol Hill with fairy dust, and scouring the Mall for four-leaf clovers and heads-up pennies.

McDonough’s willful cluelessness about the message from the midterms is the latest evidence that Obama urgently needs new blood in his White House . . .

Unfortunately, Barack Obama is incapable of becoming a statesman like Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan, two presidents who worked well together with the opposing party’s leaders in Congress, Newt Gingrich and Tip O’Neill respectively. Notice how this LIBERAL commentator points at others in the Obama White House, not at the president himself.

Consider this opinion piece by Charles Krauthammer from the Washington Post: The Gruber Confession. Excerpt appears here:

Now, it’s not unconstitutional to lie. Nor are laws enacted by means of deliberate deception thereby rendered invalid. But it is helpful for citizens to know the cynicism with which the massive federalization of their health care was crafted.

A final thought, taken from my Facebook page:

Dear Kim Kardashian:

Please go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and rent a pressure washer, then wash that layer of grease off of your body, AND PUT ON SOME CLOTHES.

Thank you in advance!

The Public


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