Exercise Tips And Tricks That Will Work

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Jeffco School Board Open Thread

For all my Jeffco peeps:

This thread is intended to be a place to share information about the struggle for a representative school board in Jefferson County, vs. right wing ideologues that apparently would like to:

 

  • break the education unions
  • channel more funding to charter schools
  • politicize and narrow the curriculum to fit right wing ideology

So here's a link to a page, Jefferson County School Board Watch, that appears to be a forum and clearinghouse for rumors and information on what's going on with the School Board. A community member reports on intimidation and sneaky tactics at an informational meeting Feb 11..

 

You all will have to take it from here; I'm just putting up this thread. Peace!

‘Twas the #FAIL Before Christmas…

In less than one week, jolly Saint Nick will take off from the North Pole and make the rounds to deliver Christmas gifts to boys and girls. But sometimes Santa’s Christmas Eve adventures include unforeseen mishaps. These accidents could be costly—if Santa doesn’t have health insurance.

Down the chimney Saint Nicholas came with a bound…
A crackling fire can be the perfect addition to a cold winter’s night. Unfortunately, leftover embers could cause second-degree burns for Father Christmas. And without health insurance, this fireplace blunder could cost Santa some major dough.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf…
Kris Kringle loves to indulge in delicious cookies and ice-cold milk youngsters leave out for him. But when eager beavers set milk out too early, it could wind up sour by the time Santa makes his appearance. And without health insurance, food poisoning, courtesy of sour milk, could clean out dear ol’ Saint Nick’s reindeer-shaped piggy bank.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter…
Small kiddos aren’t the only ones fighting to stay awake and listen for the telltale signs of Father Christmas. Fido, the family pooch, is on high alert Christmas Eve, barking and growling at unfamiliar noises. Fido’s protective instincts could go awry if he thinks Santa Claus is actually a burglar and attacks, leading to a costly injury for Santa if he doesn’t have health insurance.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work…
Santa Claus fills stockings and places gifts under the tree, always careful to leave houses as he found them; but what happens when Santa tries to do you a favor and unknowingly plugs your Christmas lights into an overloaded socket? It could mean mild electric shock for good ol’ Saint Nick.

‘Tis the season to get covered, Colorado…
There’s no denying it: Even the jolliest of the jolly need health insurance. In fact, without insurance, Santa’s #FAIL could cost him upwards of $11,600,* which could really put a damper on Santa’s pocket book.

However, thanks to recent changes in healthcare, getting health coverage is easier and more affordable—for residents of the North Pole and Colorado. Many Coloradans may also qualify for help paying for insurance, which may help significantly lower costs. Find out if you qualify.

Learn more about new health insurance options at COHealthOP.org and follow the Get Covered, Colorado! campaign on social media with #GetCoveredCO. And remember, in order to be covered by January 1, 2014, you need to sign up for health insurance by December 23, 2013. If you’re not able to sign up by December 23, you can continue to sign up for a new plan through March 31, 2014.

“He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!’"

-‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem

*https://healthcarebluebook.com/

Mad Libs/ Mad Cons

 

This is an equal opportunity politician and political party bashing spree . If you don’t know how to play Mad Libs/ Mad Cons,  you make a list with the part of speech or requested noun. Don’t scroll down to read the paragraph! You may have to use a word or text doc or  (gasp!) paper  to record your choices.

THEN scroll down, and fill in the numbered blanks – plug them in to the paragraph below. No cheating! It’s funnier if you don’t. Either this will be hilarious, or lame, or both. It's non-partisan, , but you don’t have to be, and it can be NSFW. Please post your completed mad libs/mad con paragraphs in the comments. Thanks to slavdude and realist for the idea. Suggestions welcome.

 

1.     verb participle (ends in –ing)

2.     emotion

3.     adjective

4.     political party

5.     verb (present tense)

6.     adjective

7.     group of living beings i.e. bankers, inmates, Democrats, tea-baggers, children, teenagers, cats, etc.

8.     adjective

9.     group of living beings

10. Name of politician or celebrity

11. Noun (person, place, thing)

12. Political party or group

13. Collective noun, i.e. crowd, gang, party, family, town, band

14. Intense adjective, (fierce, hated, adored, putrid,hairy, smelly)

15. Plural noun (ends in s)

16. Verb

17. Preposition (through, above, into, out, around)

18. Body parts

19. Body part

20. Verb

21. Adjective

22. Plural Insult noun

23. Adjective

24. adjective

 

Fill in below: 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am just so 1. ____________ 2._________ about the damned _3_______________ _4_______________s. How dare they _5________________ our__6__________________ 7____________________  away, and put all of the 8______________ _9__________________out of work!,’”

 

10_____________ ___________, a famous spokes11__________________ for the 12____________________, 13___________ today.

 

Why, if I only had 14____________ 15_______________________s, I’d 16_________________ _17______________ every single one of their _18____________ ________________ so fast, it would make their 19_________ __20__________________. That would show the 21____________ 22_________________.

 

My fellow Americans, let’s take our country back!  Then we can truly be the land of the _23__________________, and the home of the 24____________________.

 

 

 

 

Open Line Friday!

“You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.”

–Rush Limbaugh, Wednesday

Behold, We Go To Prepare a Place For You

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What ISN’T Wrong With Colorado Republicans?

Eli Stokols, Fox 31′s political reporter, has a long blog post over at 5280 magazine attempting to analyze the problems with Colorado’s Republican Party. Stokols points out one specific problem that we have long scratched our head about in regards to the GOP:

Early in 2012, Mitt Romney paid his first visits to Colorado, to far-flung places such as Fort Lupton and Craig, a good 200 miles from Denver. After a few such trips, some political observers, myself included, began to wonder why the GOP nominee was focusing on these reliably red and sparsely populated parts of the state. It made a certain amount of sense: No one expected Obama to win Colorado as easily as he did, and no one ever expected Mitt Romney to win Denver County anyway.

However, it’s become clear that Obama’s margin in Colorado owes itself to not just winning Denver, but to flat out running up the score here, thumping Romney by almost 150,000 votes. Breaking the 70 percent mark in a base county is a positive for any candidate; doing it in a state’s most populous county means game over.

We’ve written in this space many times about how Democrat Ken Salazar defeated Republican Pete Coors in their 2004 Senate battle because of Denver. It wasn’t that Salazar outperformed Coors in Denver in terms of percentages, but rather the enormous number of votes that gave him a cushion to win the seat despite tighter results elsewhere in Colorado. We’ve never understood how Republicans don’t seem to understand that 85% of Colorado voters live along the Front Range, and Mitt Romney’s campaign is yet another example of that confusion.

In late May 2012, Romney’s campaign made a big deal out of his appearance in Craig, Colorado, a town in Northwest Colorado with a population of less than 10,000 people. We were baffled at the choice of Craig as a campaign stop, but Romney did go on to win Moffat County (Craig is the largest town in Moffat) with 76 percent of the vote. Nevermind that the vote totals were 4,695 for Romney and 1,330 for Barack Obama.

Romney continued to generally avoid large population areas in Colorado, and at one point in the fall he hadn’t visited the Denver Metro area in 30 days. Perhaps he thought each Colorado county would serve as 1/64th of an electoral vote, because the numbers are staggering otherwise.

Obama defeated Romney in Colorado by 137,858 votes. Of Obama’s 1,323,101 votes in the state, 914,815 came from just seven counties (Jefferson, Denver, Boulder, Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams and Larimer). In those seven counties, Obama outpolled Romney by 264,193 votes — nearly double his final margin of victory.

Maybe Romney wouldn’t have performed much better if he had campaigned more in Metro Denver, but he couldn’t have done any worse. Outside of Douglas and El Paso counties, the two largest Red counties in Colorado, Romney’s only hope was to somehow increase turnout in smaller West Slope counties. Of course, that would only work if he simultaneously figured out a way to dramatically increase the population of Western Colorado.

This isn’t the only reason why Republicans are having a hard time winning major statewide elections in Colorado, but it’s a big one.

 

Tuesday Open Thread

“In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.”

–Aeschylus

Radio host doesn’t ask State Senator for the names of legislators who “just don’t like Christians”

(The “War on Christmas” starts earlier each year – promoted by Colorado Pols)



On the radio Monday, State Sen. Greg Brophy said there’s an “element” of  ”folks who just don’t like Christians” in Colorado, and “they are well represented at the State Capital right now.”

Citing Obama’s victory, as well as the passage of a measure legalizing and taxing marijuana, Brophy said on the radio:

BROPHY: “That’s what leads me to say that we’re kind of a Libertarian/Left state.  You know, and geez, I hate to say this, but it sure seems like there is an element of an anti-Christian bent in Colorado which probably does also play into that Libertarian/Left side of things…and they’re well represented at the State Capital right now.”

KFKA radio’s guest host Krista Kafer didn’t ask Brophy to reveal his list of anti-Christian folk up at the State Capitol. So I called him to find out whom he was thinking of.

Brophy referred me to an opinion piece he wrote arguing that Senate Democrats were attacking hospitals for their religious convictions. They passed a bill, which did not clear the House, that would have required hospitals to post services that they elect not to provide due to religious, not medical considerations (e.g., abortion and some contraception services), but Senate Democrats rejected an amendment requiring all hospitals to list services they don’t provide, Brophy wrote.

If you remember,” Brophy told me, “when I was [on the radio], I said I don’t want to say this because it’s kind of a harsh thing to say, but I think it’s an accurate observation.

So it’s based on that? Or are there other things?

“That’s a very public observation that’s been out there,” Brophy said. “Other stuff is certainly more subtle. You never can tell for sure, Jason, what someone’s thinking or what motivates them. You can only tell what they do. And when I wrote that op-ed I specifically went into what they did.”

I thought it was ironic that Brophy was raising the specter of anti-Christian bigotry at the State Capitol, given his comments about gays in the same KFKA interview Monday.

Brophy said he believes civil unions are one thing, but it would go too far to require an adoption agency, for example, to award a child to a traditional couple over gay couple based on the adoption agency’s alleged religious beliefs about the morality of homosexuality.

BROPHY: “But isn’t there a happy medium here where you can also have an adoption agency that says, “All things being equal, we would prefer to have a male-female married couple work with our adopted children – all things being equal.”  I mean, I think most people believe that too, and I would hope that we could find a happy medium.  I suspect that we will end up settling this question at a U.S. Supreme Court level within just a couple of years, because there are some cases that are testing this.  For instance, say, if you run a Bed and Breakfast and want to cater to folks who are on, you know, bible study-based family vacations, and you refuse to rent a room to somebody who isn’t married, or who is in a same-sex marriage, you can be sued for discrimination.  And your- that’s a direct contradiction between the civil rights protection and the religious liberty protection.

We heard a lot about religious liberty during the election, as Republicans argued that restrictions on abortion and women’s health should be accepted as religious freedoms instead of as a war on women.

Brophy’s comments, about gays and Christian haters, leave me thinking that he’s not going to back away from the election rhetoric. He didn’t talk about Republicans working with each other or with Democrats, but instead about Republicans picking sides within their own party and fighting, building a movement of social conservatives prior to the next primary.

BROPHY: “And there’s an element, there’s a leg, or an element of the Republican Party that has always been rather embarrassed by the Christian conservative component of the Republican Party.  I don’t know what to do with them. I mean, you know, we form our coalitions in U.S. politics before the primary and so, pick your side.  And as for me, I’m going to be on the side that argues for fiscal restraint, and that argues for religious liberty and individual liberty, limited government and less spending by the government, but either people buy that argument or they don’t.”

If I’m a reporter, and I hear Brophy, I’d be watching to see if the election collapse had any impact at all on him and like-minded Republicans. It appears it did not.

If Not For You Meddling Kids, African Americans, and Hispanics

Washington Post, defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney goes all Scooby Doo villain:

Mitt Romney is blaming his loss in the presidential election on “Obamacare” and other “gifts” he says President Obama handed out to African Americans, Hispanics and other core supporters, according to news reports Wednesday.

The defeated Republican candidate told donors in a conference call that Obama targeted those demographics, along with young voters and women, through programs such as health-care reform and “amnesty” for children of illegal immigrants, according to articles posted online by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Both papers appeared to have listened to the call or obtained at least partial transcripts.

In explaining his overwhelming electoral college defeat last week, Romney said Obama followed what he called the “old playbook” of seeking votes from specific interest groups, “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” the New York Times said. “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” he added, according to the paper.

The Los Angeles Times quotes Romney directly:

“With regards to African American voters, ‘Obamacare’ was a huge plus – and was highly motivational to African American voters. You can imagine for somebody making $25-, or $30-, or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free healthcare – particularly if you don’t have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 a family, in perpetuity, I mean this is huge. Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus.”

Pivoting to immigration, Romney said the Obama campaign’s efforts to paint him as “anti-immigrant” had been effective and that the administration’s promise to offer what he called “amnesty” to the children of undocumented immigrants had helped turn out Latino voters in record numbers.

“With regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for the children of illegals – the so-called Dream Act kids – was a huge plus for that voting group,” he said. “On the negative side, of course, they always characterized us as being anti-immigrant, being tough on illegal immigration, and so forth, so that was very effective with that group.”

Back in September, the presidential race was upended by the release of a secretly-recorded video of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney disparaging roughly 47% of the nation as voters who “believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.” And you’ll recall Romney spent the rest of the campaign, a few hiccups aside, trying unsuccessfully to live those disastrous remarks down.

Well folks, the campaign is over, and Romney just confirmed he felt that way all along.

As The Hill reports, Republicans with a future are throwing Romney under the wheels:

A former surrogate for Mitt Romney’s campaign called the former GOP nominee “absolutely wrong” in blaming his recent election loss on President Obama giving “gifts” to black, Hispanic and young voters…

“I absolutely reject that notion,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Wednesday on a conference call with donors, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party. And that has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election…”

“We have got to stop dividing the American voters,” he said. [Pols emphasis]

That’s as damning an indictment of the GOP in 2012 as any Democrat could offer. We’ll take Bobby Jindal at his word about where he wants his party to go, but must take issue with the claim that Romney doesn’t represent “where we are as a party.” As in today.

Because for the present, Romney most certainly does.

Lamborn understands Veterans and their concerns

(Did Lamborn–who has zero years of military service–just lecture veterans on hard work and self-sacrifice?   – promoted by ProgressiveCowgirl)



Some folks, including Vets themselves, might think that what Vets care about are things like medical care and educational opportunities.  

Nope.

What Vets really want is a strong economy, even if that means cutting taxes on the rich.  

How do I know?

I just got an email from Contressman Lamborn telling me so.  

From doug.lamborn@houseenews.net:

Our Veterans Deserve a Strong Economy

by Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

The best way to honor and take care of our veterans is to ensure the country they come home to is vibrant, prospering, and ripe with opportunity. Our veterans represent what makes America great, they served their country with honor and distinction. These American patriots and their families model the service and sacrifice that have made and kept our country great. United States military veterans volunteered to serve at the front lines of freedom. They knowingly committed to place their lives at risk to advance the cause of freedom, protect the Constitution, and the rights granted by it.  No cause and no sacrifice can be greater.

Only a healthy, vibrant and opportunity-rich economic and employment landscape will truly support our military members when it is time for them to hang up their uniforms for the last time. We need a country that will encourage them and allow them to continue to serve, contribute and succeed. Like the World War II generation, these young men and women will serve as our country’s future leaders. They have the desire and heart and firm grasp of the core values that make America great. The lessons of leadership, hard work, and self-sacrifice so vital to the success of our armed forces are not lost once they complete their military service commitment. These vital character traits, also vital to the private sector, transcend military formations and transfer to their professional civilian endeavors. These same values will help our country recover and prosper again.

At a time when our nation faces unprecedented annual deficits and a crushing debt burden, it is clear we have tough spending and policy choices ahead of us. We need common sense reforms now. We need reforms that will grow our economy and encourage private sector business investment. We need a fairer, flatter, and simpler tax code. We need a government that will get out of the way of the people it is supposed to support and defend.  

Government doesn’t have the solutions for a growing, vibrant economy. More government is not the answer for America’s economic troubles. In fact, as we have witnessed these last few years, bigger government weighs on individual freedoms and ingenuity, increasing economic woes. We need the federal government to stop inhibiting American ingenuity and drive to once again illustrate the power and promise espoused by American exceptionalism.

Veterans understand that America must lead from a position of strength. They understand and appreciate the transformative power of education and the opportunities for prosperity that it creates. They know that success comes through hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. They recognize that you need to lead, follow, or get out of the way.

We as Americans must overcome our differences to protect the position of American strength and leadership. Our veterans understand American exceptionalism because they themselves are exceptional Americans. We should take a lesson from our veterans to inspire the changes we need to put this county back on a path to prosperity. If we truly care about taking care of our veterans, the best we can all do for them is preserve traditional values and take care of the country for which they sacrificed so much.

Lamborn is a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.

Glad he clarified that for me.  

Vets may have sacrificed, but we just can’t afford all those “entitlements” and veterans benefits.  

Boulder County DA Dismissing Marijuana Cases Post-Amendment 64

That in a brief statement today on Boulder County DA Stan Garnett’s Facebook page:

Amendment 64 passed in Boulder County, 66%-33%; accordingly, the 20th JD DA’s office will dismiss all pending possession of MJ less than an ounce, and MJ paraphenalia cases, for defendants over the age of 21. Cases of driving under the influence of MJ (or any other drug, including alcohol) remain a top priority.

It’s the first such move in Colorado, coming after a number of prosecutors in Washington state took similar action in the wake of that state’s passage of Initiative 502. In response to questions from John Schroyer of the Colorado Springs paper, Garnett says he’s not waiting:

Gazette John Schroyer: Does this mean you’re dismissing them starting now? Today? Or does “will dismiss” mean starting once Gov. Hickenlooper signs the amendment into the constitution?

Stan Garnett: Immediately, John. My senior staff and I have concluded that we have no reasonable likelihood of securing a unanimous jury verdict of guilty on such cases, which is the ethical standard that applies to commencing or maintaining a criminal prosecution in Colorado.

We expect Garnett’s action will not be the last, but it’s the first real action taken after passage of Amendment 64 we know of. Politically, it’s a bold move for Garnett to be the vanguard on this issue, but it could pay significant dividends. We recall Garnett’s run for Attorney General in 2010, and it’s a good bet he’ll endear himself to lots of statewide voters by being the first Colorado prosecutor to put Amendment 64 into practical effect–dropping marijuana possession charges on the grounds that convictions are no longer possible (or appropriate).

Perhaps it will incentivize Gov. John Hickenlooper to grow some spine of his own.