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And now, we take a quick break for beauty. The 2013 Doors Open Denver Photography Contest is upon us. Here are my entries (and Greg Thow's), and we hope you'll check out all the shooters and throw a few stars to the images you like best.
Happy Sunday.And now, we take a quick break for beauty. The 2013 Doors Open Denver Photography... more
The Recession has turned once stable families into the new homeless – and left many living in budget hotelsExcerpt: "Across the country, suburban poverty rose by more than half in the first decade of the new century. Families now find themselves navigating landscapes that were built around wealth: single-family houses that are sold, not rented; too few apartment buildings; and government agencies hidden at the far edge of the suburban ring, more responsive to trash-pickup complaints than rising hunger rates.
"The Ramada families became homeless because they could no longer pay rents and mortgages and found little help to slow their fall. In 2011, Colorado ranked eighth in foreclosures nationwide. When families in Jefferson County, which encompasses Denver's western suburbs, lost their home in the recession, they flooded a market that had the lowest number of rental vacancies in ten years. The Section 8 program in the area dispenses vouchers through a random lottery that typically has about 2,500 applicants; in any given year, only 30 to 40 spots become available. The school system, which keeps the best records of homelessness in the county, says the number of homeless students rose from 59 in 2001 to 2,812 in the current school year. Unable to find another home and unable to find space in the county’s shelters, which hold fewer than 100 beds, the new poor disappeared into the suburban landscape wherever they could find a roof. With nowhere else to go, they turned the Ramada Inn into an impromptu SRO."Excerpt: "Across the country, suburban poverty rose by more than half in the... more
Rosa Linda’s Mexican Café has been Denver institution for over 25 years. It is a family run business that also serves a vital role in Denver’s community. Every year, the Aguirre family who owns the restaurant, hosts their annual Thanksgiving Feast that has fed thousands of hungry people over the years. But because of a story posted at Westword, and most certainly picked up by Republican websites and their bigoted readers, they have faced a barrage of threats – including death threats – after refusing to be a campaign stop for Mitt Romney.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43773Rosa Linda’s Mexican Café has been Denver institution for over 25 years.... more
Big night, what about the morning?
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/rocky-mountain-high-debate-night-poster.html#axzz277NLPFg6Big night, what about the morning?... more
So much for the fires: an ark with two animals of each kind just floated down my street… | Scholars and RoguesNah, no climate weirdness going on in Colorado at all.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is currently featuring an installation of site-specific bamboo pieces entitled Kizuna. Cool stuff.The Denver Botanic Gardens is currently featuring an installation of site-specific... more
Since 2010, these groups have been staging hunger strikes and sit-ins across the country, especially in and around US Senators’ offices in New York, California, Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire. Most recently, they occupied President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Thus far, activists appealed to Democrats and Republicans alike. At an event in Texas, DREAMers were arrested and jailed when they attempted a sit-in at the office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Activists at the New York office of Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were arrested and jailed in June 2010.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=37336Since 2010, these groups have been staging hunger strikes and sit-ins across the... more
Denver Chalk Art Festival 2012: color, perspective, history, and coolness as far as the eye can see | Scholars and RoguesThis year's Denver Chalk Art Festival was awesome. Lots of pics....
Two shots from Supermoon Saturday night in Denver from Greg Thow. The electrical storm photo is simply stunning.Two shots from Supermoon Saturday night in Denver from Greg Thow. The electrical storm... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 17:13 EDT
R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Tuesday denied there was any reason the United States should regulate marijuana the same way it regulates alcohol.
“There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana,” he said at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress.
“I often hear about tax, regulate and control as an answer,” Kerlikowske continued. “And then I look at prescription drugs — which as I mentioned take over fifteen thousand lives a year, let alone the number of people who come into emergency departments and the number of people that are treated — and prescription drugs are already taxed, are already regulated, are already controlled and we do a very poor job of keeping them out of the hands of abusers and young people.”
“So I don’t see that we would do a very good job with a substance that can easily evade the tax scheme because it doesn’t take rocket science to grow marijuana.”
Residents of Colorado and Washington will vote on a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in November. A similar ballot initiative failed in California in 2010.
Watch video, clipped by the Marijuana Policy Project...
"I don't think he ever answered the question, and Yes, we just may legalize marijuana here in Colorado in November!!!" =)By Eric W. Dolan Wednesday, May 2, 2012 17:13 EDT R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director... more
To: The Broomfield, CO Police Officer Who Pulled Me Over the Other Night
From: Sam Smith
Re: Goddamned Colorado Drivers
To begin with, sir (I’m sorry that I didn’t catch your name while we were exchanging pleasantries, and my regards to your family, by the way), I’d like to thank you for only giving me a warning. I realize that you could have written me a citation, as I was clearly guilty of making a lane change without signaling. Twice. I would like to explain myself, however, by way of an observation or two about the state of driving (and manners) in Colorado, a beautiful place that confers motor vehicle operating privileges on any self-involved, belligerent jackhat who can schlep him or herself into a DMV office.
I did not signal for two reasons...To: The Broomfield, CO Police Officer Who Pulled Me Over the Other Night From: Sam... more
By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, April 6, 2012 11:14 EDT
Colorado’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has just fired its first big advertising salvo, and it looks to be an effective one.
A new billboard unveiled Thursday by the group just blocks away from Mile High Stadium in Denver shows a smiling woman with her arms folded, next to the text: “For many reasons, I prefer… marijuana over alcohol. Does that make me a bad person? RegulateMarijuana.org.”
“That’s what we want to talk to Coloradans right now,” Betty Aldworth, advocacy director for the campaign, told Raw Story on Friday. “We’re trying to educate them about why it is that marijuana is safer than alcohol. If you look at every objective study comparing the safety of the two, you’ll see that marijuana is clearly safer than alcohol.”
Not only is the billboard near Mile High Stadium, it’s also right next to Mile High Liquors. The group said on its website that the location was optimal because it will force some drinkers to confront their bias toward marijuana users. It was also a good deal, too: the campaign told Raw Story that their sign only cost $5,000.
Their claims aren’t just a clever pitch for the drug, either: Marijuana has in fact been shown to be less addictive than alcohol, and its more enthusiastic users tend to exhibit fewer adverse health effects than alcoholics. It is also impossible to overdose on marijuana, which its adherents see as an advantage over the relative ease of alcohol poisoning.
That’s the message the campaign is trying to bring to Coloradans, and Aldworth explained that they’ve only just begun. “We’re asking volunteers to talk to their neighbors, their family members — and particularly aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents, people in the next two generations up,” she said. “Young people, for the most part, get it, they’ve seen their friends use marijuana and alcohol, and how they affect people. They understand… There is no logical reason to punish people for marijuana.”
She added that volunteers have seen “almost exclusively positive reactions so far,” but noted that their educational campaign has only just begun.
That campaign will directly support the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which has secured a spot on the state’s 2012 ballot. It would allow for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults age 21 and over. It would also allow the state and local governments to enact regulations on the commercial production and distribution of marijuana, as well giving local governments the option to prohibit marijuana sales altogether.
“This could be a watershed year in the decades-long struggle to end marijuana prohibition in this country,” Art Way, Colorado manager of the Drug Policy Alliance, explained in a statement. “Marijuana prohibition is counterproductive to the health and public safety of our communities. It fuels a massive, increasingly brutal underground economy, wastes billions of dollars in scarce law enforcement resources, and makes criminals out of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens.”
It’s not yet clear if Colorado will become the first state to legalize marijuana, but that is a distinct possibility. Even moreso than California in 2010, which defeated legalization by a double digit margin, Colorado leans heavily toward favoring marijuana regulation, and lawmakers there became the first in the nation last year to begin directly licensing medical marijuana businesses. The state’s Department of Revenue has even sent a formal letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that it recognize the plant’s inherent medical value.
If the old thinking holds true and these lawmakers truly are a reflection of their constituents, Colorado just may be on track to buck the trend and embrace regulation this fall.
With prior reporting by Raw Story associate editor Eric W. Dolan.
"Very Coool, this is the second item I have posted this week on my home State, I do agree with this post much more than the last!!!" =)By Stephen C. Webster Friday, April 6, 2012 11:14 EDT Colorado’s Campaign to... more
By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 9:55 EDT
A former Colorado police sheriff, who was once named national “Sheriff of the Year,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of trading methamphetamine for sex with a male prostitute.
According to KUSA-TV, 69-year-old Patrick Sullivan confessed to a felony drug possession charge and a misdemeanor charge for soliciting a prostitute.
Sullivan was caught in an undercover sting operation last November after going to a home in Aurora, Colorado to trade meth for sex with a male prostitute. Deputy Attorney General Michael Dougherty said Sullivan’s actions during the sting, such as undressing after throwing the meth on the bed, revealed that Sullivan committed the practice multiple times before.
Dougherty lambasted Sullivan, saying he was “a man who’s brought disgrace upon himself and law enforcement” and “a disgrace to the badge.”
The former sheriff, who already spent eight days in prison, will serve the remainder of his 38-day sentence in a jail named after him in Arapahoe County, Colorado.
“I apologize to the court, to the community, to my family,” Sullivan said. “There is no excuse for my behavior.”
Sullivan served as sheriff for Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002 and was named the “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriff Association in 2001.
WATCH: Video from KUSA-TV, which was broadcast on April 3, 2012.
"I was hoping to be the first to Post this, as this happened here in my State, some say he got off Lucky, and I agree with Mr. Sullivan, "There is No excuse for his Behavior!!!"By Andrew Jones Wednesday, April 4, 2012 9:55 EDT A former Colorado police... more
Dr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturingDr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fine offered these comments during a Feb. 27, 2012, presentation to the John Locke Foundation's Shafesbury Society. Video courtesy of CarolinaJournal.tv. Watch full-length video of JLF events here: http://www.johnlocke.org/events/videos.htmlDr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North... more
Colorado is a great place to find photographers. Let’s face it, we live in a postcard out here. The natural beauty of the Centennial State attracts and inspires shooters, providing them with more material than they have time and memory cards. What struck me about Thow, however, was the power of his city images. Most Colorado photographers spend all their time in the mountains, and there is comparatively little in the way of interesting work focusing on the 5280. Which is a shame, because it’s a beautiful, nuanced city, both up close and seen from a panoramic distance.Colorado is a great place to find photographers. Let’s face it, we live in a... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, February 27, 2012 17:43 EST
Residents of Colorado will have the opportunity this November to legalize marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana in their state.
The Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Monday certified a ballot initiative for the state’s November general election after Denver-based activists gathered more than 170,000 signatures.
If approved by voters, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act would allow for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults age 21 and over. It would also allow the state and local governments to enact regulations on the commercial production and distribution of marijuana, as well giving local governments the option to prohibit marijuana sales altogether.
“This could be a watershed year in the decades-long struggle to end marijuana prohibition in this country,” said Art Way, Colorado manager of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Marijuana prohibition is counterproductive to the health and public safety of our communities. It fuels a massive, increasingly brutal underground economy, wastes billions of dollars in scarce law enforcement resources, and makes criminals out of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens.”
Last year, Colorado became the first state in the nation to begin issuing licenses for businesses that sell medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products and also formally asked the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana. Currently, the DEA classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug: the most restrictive classification reserved for dangerous drugs with no real medical value.
Although Colorado has legalized medical marijuana, those who distribute the drug still risk running afoul of federal law. The Obama administration’s Department of Justice has made a practice of not prosecuting medical marijuana patients in states where the drug has been approved, but it still considers distributors to be fair game for arrest.
In January, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, warning them that they faced legal repercussions if they did not close down within 45 days.
"It's High time we Free the Weed!!!" =)By Eric W. Dolan Monday, February 27, 2012 17:43 EST Residents of Colorado will... more
By David Edwards
Monday, February 13, 2012 11:40 EST
A Colorado medical marijuana grower was sentenced to six years in Illinois state prison after he was caught with a shipment of 42 pounds of marijuana in Chicago.
Former Chicago mortgage broker Ryan Bailey had moved to Colorado as a part of the “green rush” of young entrepreneurs going west to make money in the cannabis industry.
A Chicago Police sting caught Ryan Bailey in a home on the Northwest side with dozens of pounds of medical pot on March, 9 2010.
A drug-sniffing dog had located a box with Tupperware containers filled with 42 pounds of weed at a UPS facility, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Labels on the package indicated it had been shipped from a California law firm to a design company in Chicago.
An undercover officer posing as a UPS worker delivered it to the home, where it was signed for by Jason Duda. Authorities claim that Bailey had paid Duda $200 to accept the package.
After obtaining a search warrant, police allegedly found Bailey in the home holding a package of marijuana, which he quickly tossed into a box.
“Some people in the industry have gotten lucky,” he told the Sun-Times last year. “Other guys like me have gotten caught in the system.”
Bailey is being held in Stateville Correctional Center after being sentenced to six years last week, CBS Chicago reported.
He also faces separate charges in Colorado where he is accused of growing more than 670 marijuana plants.
Under Colorado law, medical marijuana patients can grow up to six plants for personal use. “Caregivers” can grow additional plants for up to five other patients.
North Metro Task Force commander Jerry Peters said there was some wiggle room in the law that could allow patients to grow more plants if they can demonstrate a need.
“But six people could not possibly consume 670 plants in a month,” he added.
Bailey’s wife, Amber Cook, operates the Grass Roots Organica marijuana dispensary in a small Denver home. She is not accused of any wrongdoing.
"Awww Bailey, I thought you lived in Texas???" LOL!!! =)By David Edwards Monday, February 13, 2012 11:40 EST A Colorado medical marijuana... more
Here's a cool time-lapse video of the record snowstorm that hit Denver the first four days of February.
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/06/cool-time-lapse-of-record-denver-snowstorm-video/Here's a cool time-lapse video of the record snowstorm that hit Denver the first... more
Six more weeks of winter, eh? The bizarre weather outside is more like spring, with a blizzard in Denver and tornado warnings and watches elsewhere all in the same day.
One day after the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil "forecasted" six more weeks of winter, a potentially record-breaking blizzard is socking Denver today (Feb. 3). By the time the storm passes on Sunday, it could set a February snowfall record in the city. This storm is odd because big snowstorms in Denver are actually more common in spring than winter.
And more springlike weather is sweeping across the southern United States as well, with tornado watches and warnings under way from Oklahoma to Louisiana.
Rare winter storm
In Denver, a foot (0.3 meters) of snow has fallen this morning, forcing schools to cancel classes and grounding more than 400 flights at Denver International Airport, according to AccuWeather. With temperatures around 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 degrees Celsius), winds of 40 mph (64 kph), and whiteout conditions due to snow falling at rates of up to 2 inches (5 cm) an hour, the weather in Denver is downright nasty.
Adding insult to injury, the snow is falling east of the Continental Divide, where many ski resorts are, so they will get little benefit from the blizzard.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Denver until 5 a.m. Mountain Time (7 a.m. EST) tomorrow (Feb. 4). Close to 2 feet (0.6 m) of snow could fall by then. [Weirdo Weather: 7 Rare Weather Events]
This blizzard is unusual for Denver because big storms typically hit here in the fall and spring, not the winter, according to the Weather Channel's Eric Fisher (A wild snowstorm hit Denver this past October).
Springlike conditions are also sweeping the South, with a tornado watch in effect this morning for parts of central Oklahoma and the southeastern Texas panhandle.
"We have a fairly warm and somewhat unstable air mass over the area right now and that's partly contributing to the rounds of severe weather," said meteorologist Andy Patrick with the National Weather Service office in Lake Charles, La.
Earlier this morning, tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Texas-Louisiana border, but no tornadoes were reported to the nation's Storm Prediction Center. This springlike weather will continue to move east throughout the weekend, and "could make it somewhat favorable for some tornadoes," Patrick told OurAmazingPlanet.
A "tornado watch" is issued by the NWS when conditions in the atmosphere are favorable for tornadoes. A "tornado warning" is issued when a tornado has been spotted or after radar suggests that a tornado has formed. A "tornado emergency" is the highest level of warning, and is issued when a large, violent tornado could cause widespread damage.
While winter in much of the United States has been wimpy with little cold or snow, January saw above-average tornado action. January tornadoes are not as common as spring tornadoes, but severe weather can strike any time of the year.
Central Alabama, where tornadoes took a deadly toll in 2011, is braving the twisters again in 2012. Alabama had 10 tornadoes on Jan. 23 and another one on Jan. 26. The tornadoes included an EF-3 on the tornado damage scale, and three people were killed during the outbreak.
More at the linkSix more weeks of winter, eh? The bizarre weather outside is more like spring, with a... more