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Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson was named to the 2013 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team, in addition named a finalist as the top defensive player award announced Monday.
The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. The award will be presented to the nation’s top defensive player on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.
Roberson, the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first team conference selection, is the only Pac-12 player named on the 21-player list. He finished second nationally in rebounding (11.2 rpg.) and was also No. 30th in steals (2.16) and No. t-158 in blocks (1.32).
Roberson helped the Buffaloes to the Pac-12’s top scoring defense (conference games-only) of 62.2 points per game. Colorado finished the season with a 21-12 record and NCAA Tournament second round appearance. Roberson also set the school record for a junior in a single season with 347 rebounds, in addition establishing a career-best 66 steals. The 11.2 rebounding average is also a career-high.
Joining Roberson on the team are Khem Birch (UNLV), Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook), Will Cherry (Montana), Ian Clark (Belmont), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Gorgui Dieng (Louisville), Jontel Evans (Virginia), Shane Larkin (Miami), Zeke Marshall (Akron), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Trevor Releford (Alabama), Durand Scott (Miami), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Michael Snaer (Florida State), D.J. Stephens (Memphis), Darius Theus (VCU), Julian Washburn (UTEP) and Jeff Withey (Kansas).
Driesell is best known for his time at Maryland leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and to the ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.
CU SPORTS MEDIA RELEASE
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL QUICK FACTS
2013 COLORADO Schedule
(Won 1, Lost 11; 1-8 Pac-12)
Colorado State (Denver)
CENTRAL ARKANSAS FRESNO STATE
*at Oregon State
*OREGON (Family Weekend) *at Arizona State *ARIZONA (Homecoming) *at UCLA
*at Washington *CALIFORNIA *SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA *at Utah
Colorado State (Denver)
at Fresno State
*at Washington State *UCLA (Family Weekend) *ARIZONA STATE
*at Southern California
*STANFORD (Homecoming) *at Arizona *WASHINGTON
Head Coach: Mike MacIntyre (Georgia Tech ‘89) Record at Colorado: 0-0 (first season)
Career I-A Record: 16-21 (three seasons)
Office Telephone: 303/492-5330 Twitter: TBA
Location: Boulder, Colo. (Pop., 102,500)
Enrollment: 29.884 (full-time)
Nickname: Buffaloes Colors: Silver, Gold & Black Conference: Pac-12
Stadium: Folsom Field (53,613; natural grass/opened in 1924)
*—Pac-12 Conference game.
2012 Record: 1-11
Pac-12: 1-8 (6th/6, South Division) National Rankings: NR
Program Quick Notes: This fall will celebrate CU’s 124th season of intercollegiate football (first was in 1890) … Colorado has had its last 26 games televised nationally or regionally, upping its total to 203 (out of 282) dating back to 1990 (72%); 43 of CU’s last 49 regular season non-conference games (88%) have also been on the tube … CU has been ranked 293 times in its history, the 26th most all-time… Since 1989, CU has played the sixth most ranked teams in the nation (114), trailing Florida (130), LSU (120), Michigan and Ohio State (117) and Florida State (116) … CU’s 43 wins over ranked teams dating back to ‘89 are the 16th most in the nation (third in pac-12, behind USC, 55, and Oregon 44; all-time, Colorado’s 66 wins over ranked teams are the 23rd most in history …The team’s 2.683 cumulative grade point average through the Fall 2012 semester is its highest on record.
Lettermen Returning: 63 (29 offense, 30 defense, 4 specialists) Lettermen Lost: 11 (6 offense, 4 defense, 1 specialist)
Starters Returning (18)—Offense 9: C Gus Handler (15/5), OT Jack Harris (13/11), OG Alexander Lewis (14/11), WR Tyler McCulloch (12/10), C/OG Daniel Munyer (15/12), OT Stephane Nembot (7/7), TB Christian Powell (9/9), WR Nelson Spruce (9/9), QB Jordan Webb (9/9). Defense 9: CB Kenneth Crawley (10/10), CB Greg Henderson (21/9), S Marques Mosley (7/7), DB Parker Orms (16/10), SS Terrel Smith (19/7), DT Josh Tupou (7/7), DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe (17/10), ILB Derrick Webb (16/9), CB Yuri Wright (6/6).
Others Returning With Significant Starting Experience (14; min. 3 career starts)— DB Jered Bell (3/2), DT Nate Bonsu (5/5), QB Nick Hirschman (3/2), TE Vincent Hobbs (5/5), TB Tony Jones (4/2), DT Samson Kafovalu (4/4), DE Kirk Poston (3/3), WR Paul Richardson (13/0), TE Kyle Slavin (4/3), WR Gerald Thomas (4/4), WR DaVaughn Thornton (3/0), ILB Paul Vigo (6/5), DB Kyle Washington (5/2), FB Alex Wood (3/3).
Others Returning With Significant Position Game Experience (13; two or fewer career starts)— TB Donta Abron, WR Keenan Canty, C Brad Cotner, TB Malcolm Creer, ILB Brady Daigh, TE Scott Fernandez, TB Josh Ford, TB D.D. Goodson, DB Jeffrey Hall, DT Tyler Henington, OG Jeromy Irwin, DE Juda Parker, DT Justin Solis.
Starters Lost (5)—Offense 2: OT David Bakhtiari (33/22), TE *Nick Kasa (12/12). Defense 3: OLB Jon Major (31/12), DT Will Pericak (49/12), FS Ray Polk (33/7). *—career starts at tight end; previously a DE.
Others Lost With Significant Starting/Playing Experience (4)— OG/T Ryan Dannewitz, WR Dustin Ebner, OG Eric Richter, ILB Douglas Rippy. Specialists Returning (4)— PK Justin Castor, SN Ryan Iverson, P Darragh O’Neill, PK Will Oliver.
Specialists Lost (1)— P Zach Grossnickle.
Base Spring Roster (97 players/71 scholarship)— 17 seniors, 29 juniors, 28 sophomores, 23 freshmen (18 redshirt/5 true).
2013 Spring Schedule
Colorado is allowed 15 practices over 34 days per NCAA rules (not including spring break); sessions break down as follows, tentatively listed below on the column on the right: three in shorts (no contact), four in pads (no tackling, or NT below), four in pads (tackling allowed 50 percent or less of the time), four in pads (tackling allowed throughout). The primary location will be the practice fields north of Boulder Creek; the spring game will be at Folsom Field (other scrimmages on the practice fields).
Calendar (dates, times approximate and subject to change; confirm daily with the CU Sports Information Office)
MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH
5— Pre-Spring Coach Mike MacIntyre Media Roundtable (10:00 a.m., Dal Ward Center)
7— Practice # 1
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
OPEN shorts/helmets OPEN shorts/helmets OPEN pads-NT
OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads
8— Practice # 2
12— Practice # 3
13— PRO TIMING DAY (8:30 a.m., Dal Ward Center/Practice Bubble; ’12 seniors: assorted sprints and drills)
14— Practice # 4 15— Practice # 5 19— Practice # 6 21— Practice # 7 22— Practice # 8
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage)
—————————————————— Spring Break (March 23 through March 31) —————————————————
APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL
2— Practice # 9 4— Practice #10 5— Practice #11 9— Practice #12
11— Practice #13 13— SPRING GAME 16— Practice #15
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(Practice #14; meetings TBA, 10:30 a.m. game; Pac 12 Network, KOA-Radio) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:30-5:00 p.m. practice)
OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN shorts/helmets
PRACTICE ACCESS (MEDIA & PUBLIC): All spring practices are generally open, however the last 20 minutes or so of most if not all will be a closed period. Photography and video are permitted during the first 20 minutes; see below for additional information.
2013 Expanded Schedule
SEPT. 7 SEPT. 14 Sept. 28 OCT. 5 Oct. 12 OCT. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 NOV. 16 NOV. 23 Nov. 30 Dec. 7
Colorado State (Denver) tba CENTRAL ARKANSAS tba FRESNO STATE tba at Oregon State tba OREGON (FW) tba at Arizona State tba ARIZONA (H) tba at UCLA tba at Washington tba CALIFORNIA tba SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tba at Utah tba Pac-12 Championship Game ESPN
at campus site (division champion with best record)
OPEN WEEKENDS: Sept. 21, Oct. 19. *—Pac-12 Conference game; (H)—Homecoming; (FW)—Family Weekend. tba—to be announced (games on the selection menu of ESPN-ABC, FOX Sports/FSN and the Pac-12 Networks; most arrangements will be announced up to 12 days in advance). RADIO: All games broadcast locally on the Colorado Football Network. National radio games to be determined.
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL STAFF
Mike MacIntyre (Georgia Tech ‘89)
Brian Lindgren (Idaho ‘04)
Gary Bernardi (Cal State-Northridge ‘76) Klayton Adams (Boise State ’05)
Troy Walters (Stanford ’99)
Toby Neinas (Missouri ‘95)
Bryan McGinnis (San Jose State ’07) Adam Toyama (Hawai’i ’04)
Darian Hagan (Colorado ’96)
Katie Bason (Wake Forest ‘05)
Max Allen (Colorado ‘10) Scott Unrein (Colorado ‘11)
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Secondary / Cornerbacks
Secondary / Safeties
Kent Baer (Utah State ‘73)
Andy LaRussa (Southern Utah ’02) Charles Clark (Mississippi ’07) Jim Jeffcoat (Arizona State ‘82)
Offensive Graduate Assistant Offensive Graduate Assistant Defensive Graduate Assistant Defensive Graduate Assistant
T.C. McCartney (Louisiana State ’11) Mike Pitre (UCLA ‘07)
Omar Young (Savannah State ‘05) Jeff Smart (Colorado ’09)
Director of Sports Performance Dave Forman (James Madison ’02) Assistant Director of Sports Performance Kerry Johnson (Mississippi ’05)
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL LETTERMEN PICTURE
Colorado has 63 lettermen returning for 2012 (61 from the 2012 team, with an additional two from the 2011 season); they break down into 29 on offense, 30 on defense and four specialists; the Buffs lose 11 lettermen off the 2012 squad (6 offense/4 defense/1 specialist). CU returns 18 starters from last season (9 offense/9 defense), losing 5 (2 offense/3 defense); several positions had multiple personnel shuttle in and out, so there are several other players back with starting experience. The 2012 starters are listed in bold (six or more starts, thus occasionally two players listed at same position if they shared time due to injury or rotated), and (*) denotes letters earned primarily on special teams. The breakdown:
2013 Colorado Football / Alphabetical Roster 2-2-2
49 RASMUSSEN, Kory 89 RAY, Austin
7 REED, Markeis
6 RICHARDSON, Paul 14 SCHROCK, John
88 SLAVIN, Kyle
23 SMITH, Josh
41 SMITH, Terrel
57 SOLIS, Justin
22 SPRUCE, Nelson
38 STEWART, Alexander 82 STUART, John
25 THOMAS, Gerald 9 THOMAS, Jeff
42 TU’UMALO, K.T. 55 TUPOU, Josh
86 TURBOW, Alex 51 TUSO, John
96 UZO-DIRIBE, Chidera 32 VIGO, Paul
26 WALKER, John
4 WASHINGTON, Kyle 1 WEBB, Derrick
4 WEBB, Jordan
97 WILHELM, D.J.
45 WILLIAMS, Lowell 90 WILSON, De’Jon 47 WOOD, Alex
5 WOOD, Connor
2013 TEAM CAPTAINS: To be named in the fall.
Reichert family will receive $20,000 worth of energy upgrades
Boulder County, Colo. – John Reichert and his family received a pleasant surprise today when the Boulder County Commissioners and EnergySmart staffers visited to award them the Grand Prize in the EnergySmart Home Energy Makeover.
The Home Energy Makeover grand prize, valued at approximately $20,000, includes a new energy efficient furnace, air sealing and insulation upgrades to the attic and crawlspace/basement, an energy efficient water heater, cooling system upgrades, and $4,000 to use for recommended energy upgrades of the homeowner’s choosing.
John and Kathleen Reichert live in Boulder with their son, James, 6. They purchased their home intending to make it a more sustainable place to raise their family. “Have you ever been caught by a six-year-old for putting an aluminum can in the trash?” John said. Shortly after moving in, however, John’s position at work was eliminated and Kathleen’s hospice-care salary didn’t allow for the planned upgrades.
The Reichert family made it through three rounds of selection to win the grand prize. In round one, their home was identified as one of the top fifteen poorest performing homes having received an EnergySmart assessment.
In round two, the Reicherts submitted a short essay explaining why they needed a Home Energy Makeover, which was selected as one of three finalists by a panel of local energy expert judges. In round three, the three finalists were interviewed and the Reicherts were chosen as the best fit for the award.
Earlier this week, four homes won equal second place prizes, including a new energy efficient furnace, home air sealing and insulation upgrades, and $1,500 to use toward a recommended energy upgrade of the homeowner’s choice.
Contest prizes were largely donated by local contractors:
• Grand Prize package: Solar City
• Insulation/air sealing: EcoHandyman, ThermalCraft Insulation, EcoSmart Homes, ERC Insulation.
• Furnace installations: Service Experts, SAC Mechanical
EnergySmart focuses on improvements that will reduce energy waste, improve comfort, and produce cost-savings for both residential and business participants. Services include energy assessments and expert advisor assistance with finding contractors and all available rebates and financing options for energy efficiency upgrades.
Since the program’s launch in January 2011, EnergySmart has helped more than 6,600 residents and 2,200 businesses throughout Boulder County.
EnergySmart is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings grant program and is sponsored in partnership by Boulder County, the City of Boulder’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax, the City of Longmont, Xcel Energy and Platte River Power Authority. For more information, visit www.EnergySmartYES.com or call 303-544-1000 (for homes) or 303-441-1300 (for businesses).
“Happiest Ending Ever”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Wanderlust stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in what is not so much a romantic comedy as it is just a happy comedy, if there is such a classification.
In fact, the plot is as simple as “Boy has girl, boy almost loses girl, boy and girl stay together.”
However, what makes the movie interesting is where most of the story takes place, which is in a hippie commune that was started in 1971.
George and Linda are a young married couple in New York City whose professional lives take a sudden turn for the worse, and so they decide to pull up stakes and move to Atlanta, where George’s brother and his family live.
After a long drive, Linda insists that she has to get out of the car, and so they drive into a place with a sign that identifies it as “Elysium,” where they are greeted by a slightly overweight, naked man.
Startled, George tries to drive away, but he wrecks the car, and they are forced to stay there in what the residents call an “intentional community.”
When they introduce themselves to the group, George is asked, “If you’re George, where is John, Paul, and Ringo?”
The group claims that they have no leaders, that Mother Earth is the only leader they need, and there are no rules, just the way they all think about stuff.
In addition, there are no doors, even on the bathrooms, all the members share everything, and they believe in open sexual boundaries, which means that anything goes and with anyone.
At first, George likes living there more than Linda does, saying that he feels like he can breathe there for the first time, but then Linda starts to enjoy it more than George does, even though the most attractive woman in the group tells George that she believes that they should have sex together.
The scene in which George tries to prepare himself by boosting his confidence in front of a mirror is one of the funniest in the movie.
However, the plot turns weak when one of the oldest cliches in the world of movie plots occurs, that of developers wanting to take over the land and develop it into something else.
Wanderlust, though, has the happiest ending ever, and make sure you stay for the outtakes.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
“Definitely Not for Everyone”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Tinker Tailof Soldier Spy appears as if the title is missing some obvious punctuation, which is an excellent metaphor for this excellent adaptation of the 1974 novel by British author John le Carre, which many audience members will also claim is missing details.
So, prepare to be confused, but also prepare to be thrilled if you make it to the end and then start thinking about it afterwards, because you cannot lose your concentration or let your mind wander for just one second while you are watching it.
Even so, this film is so convoluted that you are still not sure what all happens and what everything means, which is another excellent metaphor for the spy business back in the Cold War of the 1970s.
In fact, the director, Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson, said this in an interview about the film: “We tried to give as little information as possible. When you create music or theater or film that fits everyone, the quality and the personal touch can get lost.”
So, not only do we get as little information as possible, but there are also many scenes that are disjointed with no beginnings or ends, and the story is not told chronologically, but contains many shifts back and forth in time.
The story begins in 1973 with a British intelligence mission in Hungary that ends in failure. Consequently, the head of the British intelligence agency, MI6, who is called “Control” and played by John Hurt, is forced to resign, along with his Number 2 man, George Smiley, who is played by Gary Oldman.
However, not long after that, Smiley is called back into MI6 for a specific mission: to find a mole at the high level of MI6, who was planted there by the Russians.
Control had been working on discovering the mole himself before he left, and he had narrowed the mole’s identity down to five possibilities, whom he had referred to by the code names Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, and Spy.
In his investigation, Smiley learns that the fifth man whom Control suspected was Smiley himself.
So, are you up for a suspense thriller that does not contain any car chases or loud explosions, but does contain sex, nudity, murder, and intrigue?
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a thinking person’s film that is definitely not for everyone.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
Halloween: A Celebration of Evil
Boulder celebrates all forms of evil, torture, murder and spiritual decrepitude this weekend. It is our largest most drunken holiday. Modern celebrations of Halloween may appear on the surface to be quite harmless, but the spiritual implications of dabbling with the spirit world are extremely serious.
What must an unfamiliar observer think of Halloween? Parents dress their children as monsters, vampires, devils, witches and ghosts and encourage them to approach total strangers to ask them for candy and other treats. Homeowners decorate their houses with images of black cats, ghosts, goblins and carved pumpkins and sometimes transform their yards into make-believe graveyards. Adults dress in similar strange and outlandish costumes and go to parties in rooms decorated like dungeons or crypts.
Why are such bizarre practices so popular? Why would anyone celebrate a holiday emphasizing the morbid and macabre? Where did such strange customs originate?
As with Christmas and Easter, we can trace the roots of Halloween far back into the pagan past. The Encyclopedia of Religion says, “Halloween, or Allhallows Eve, is a festival celebrated on 31 October, the evening prior to the Christian Feast of All Saints (All Saints’ Day). Halloween is the name for the eve of Samhain [pronounced sow-en], a celebration marking the beginning of winter as well as the first day of the New Year within the ancient Celtic culture of the British Isles. The time of Samhain consisted of the eve of the feast and the day itself (31 October and 1 November)” (1987, p. 176, “Halloween”).
Besides Halloween, the Celts observed many other holidays including the winter solstice (later transformed into Christmas), spring fertility rites (reborn later as Easter) and May Day as a harvest festival.
Concerning Halloween The Encyclopedia of Religion continues: “On this occasion, it was believed that a gathering of supernatural forces occurred as during no other period of the year. The eve and day of Samhain were characterized as a time when the barriers between the human and supernatural worlds were broken. Otherworldly entities, such as the souls of the dead, were able to visit earthly inhabitants, and humans could take the opportunity to penetrate the domains of the gods and supernatural creatures.
“Fiery tributes and sacrifices of animals, crops, and possibly human beings were made to appease supernatural powers who controlled the fertility of the land … Samhain acknowledged the entire spectrum of nonhuman forces that roamed the earth during the period” (pp. 176-177).
On this holiday “huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits … The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favourable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, Micropaedia, Vol. 4, p. 862, “Halloween”).
Ancient practices continued today
As with Christmas and Easter, church leaders adopted this ancient celebration to serve their own purposes. “Samhain remained a popular festival among the Celtic people throughout the christianization of Great Britain. The British church attempted to divert this interest in pagan customs by adding a Christian celebration to the calendar on the same date as Samhain. The Christian festival, the Feast of All Saints, commemorates the known and unknown saints of the Christian religion just as Samhain had acknowledged and paid tribute to the Celtic deities” (The Encyclopedia of Religion, p. 177, “Halloween”).
Several ancient Halloween practices still exist in modern observances. Bobbing for apples was originally a form of divination (fortune telling) to learn of future marriages. The first person to bite an apple was predicted to be the first to marry in the coming year … The jack-o-lantern … represent[ed] a watchman on Halloween night or a man caught between earth and the supernatural world” (Jack Santino, All Around the Year: Holidays & Celebrations in American Life, 1994, p. 26).
Civilized peoples condemn the occult
Although some may dismiss the demonic symbolism and divination associated with Halloween as harmless fun, the Biblical teaching reveals the existence of evil spirits, led by Satan the devil, whom God holds responsible for great suffering and sorrow inflicted on the human race. Revelation:12:9 speaks of “the great dragon … that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan … [who] deceives the whole world …”
The name given him in the Bible, Satan, means adversary or enemy. The apostle John tells us that “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John:5:19). Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) constantly try to keep humanity spiritually blinded, turning them aside from their awesome destiny as part of the family of God.
As a loving Father, God commands us to avoid things that can harm us. Concerning the spirit world, notice what God says to His people: “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus:19:31).
In addition to this command to avoid practices that pertain to evil spirits, God warned ancient Israel to avoid any kind of occult practices: “There shall not be found among you anyone who … practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord ” (Deuteronomy:18:10-12).
God has called His people to a different standard. Instead of superstitions and myths, God tells us to look to Him for our blessings, direction and future.
Modern celebrations of Halloween may appear on the surface to be quite harmless, but the spiritual implications of dabbling with the spirit world are extremely serious. Fortune-telling, Ouija boards, astrology, voodoo, clairvoyance, black magic and the like can all be related to occult, satanic forces or the worship of natural phenomena and are forbidden in Scripture.
Jesus Christ tells us that “the first and greatest commandment” is to love our Creator “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew:22:37-38). God alone is the giver of life and all good things. To give recognition to false gods, and to imitate practices that honored them, is unacceptable and idolatrous.
Halloween was the celebration of the beheading of children, carving their skulls and leaving them in front of homes with candles to appease evil spirits. Today this is symbolized by carved out pumpkins.
This is akin to celebrate the Nazi slaughter of Jews during world war II , yet the community does not celebrate that. It sound too horrible, yet Boulder celebrates an equally evil holiday by acting out chilling events on the Pearl Street mall. One has to question. BOULDER SHOULD BE ASHAMED
by Tommy Garrett on Oct 18, 2011 – Canyon News
BOULDER, Colo.—Nearly 15 years ago in 1996, a 6-year-old little girl, who the media constantly refers to as a pageant queen, JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in her parents’ Boulder, Colorado mansion the day after Christmas. Parents John and Patsy Ramsey, who worked hard to achieve the American dream, succeeded and became the quintessential beautiful affluent family in the Rocky Mountain region of the country were vilified by the Bolder authorities, including a former prosecutor and various police detectives, who were unable to solve the murder of their beautiful daughter. The media onslaught the Ramsey family endured would not only focus on John and Patsy but also journalists turned their ire on 9-year-old brother Burke, who was victimized all over again when he watched himself and his parents be accused of a horrific crime against a family member.
John Ramsey’s adult children were also investigated, and it was well over a decade before the Boulder authorities, under new management would finally clear the parents of murder. Patsy Ramsey succumbed to ovarian cancer long before her good name was finally cleared. This case became an unsolved murder mainly because authorities decided the killer or killers were inside the family and living in the beautiful home, that many police officers on that cold December day felt envy of. John Ramsey had built up a technology business in the heart of Colorado and become one of the nation’s billionaires. Only to see his fortune disappear as he was forced to defend himself, his wife and children against an almost lynch-mob mentality in the media and in local law enforcement trying to pin the crimes against little JonBenet on the Ramseys themselves.
Now after the disgraced self-proclaimed pedophile John Mark Karr, who initially placed himself at the scene of the crime has been officially proved to be a liar. Many around the U.S. and the world are wondering if after almost a decade and a half has passed whether this is a case that can be solved by the Boulder Police, which lost a solid decade investigating an innocent couple, who barely had time to grieve because of the media spotlight placed on them.
Larry Schiller author of a book on the case, “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” told ABC News last year, “This is a case that embarrassed an entire community,” he said, pointing to the inexperience of the Boulder Police Department in 1996. “They live under the shadow of this case.” Schiller is correct. The city still lives under the specter of this murder case, which over the past few years has yielded few clues, but all of which point away from John and Patsy Ramsey and all other Ramsey family members. JonBenet’s body was found beaten and strangled in a very dark corner of the Ramsey family’s home. At least two TV movies have been done on the case, countless hours of news programs and even the Ramseys themselves have appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and all of the other major network news shows, and magazines.
Ever since that morning after Christmas in 1996, when Patsy placed the frantic 911 call to Boulder authorities, Americans felt the loss of a little girl that was known to her family as the most beautiful child they’d ever seen, an American princess even though she became more famous after death than she ever was in her short six years on earth. However, recently I saw a documentary on the ID cable network about the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard at the age of 11, by madman pedophile Phillip Garrido and his equally as evil wife Nancy Garrido. This couple kidnapped Jaycee at the tender age of 11-years-old and held her captive, even for months with her hands cuffed behind her back in the backyard of their Northern California home, where she was repeatedly rapped, tortured and forced to bear two children by her kidnapper, who now has been sentenced to well over 400 years for his crimes against Ms. Dugard. Wife Nancy Garrido has been sentence to at least 35 years.
When I watched the show, almost sickened to the stomach by the depravity of the two people, who masterminded the 18 year-long ordeal that Dugard faced, not to mention what she must be going through today, even away from the couple, I saw eerily similar aspects of the two crimes that gave me pause for consideration. Surely Phillip Garrido’s DNA is on file in California, and surely it’s been submitted to the authorities in Boulder, Colorado for examination, hasn’t it? I actually could not truthfully say yes to that question. The State of California very shamefully failed Jaycee and her two daughters for decades. Garrido, a paroled sex offender had his home inspected hundreds of times, even after a next-door neighbor reported seeing children playing in his backyard tent-city area. Yet the parole authorities in California never bothered to go 100 feet outside the back door to search or even inspect that location, even though Phillip Garrido’s ankle bracelet showed thousands of trips per month back to that part of his property.
Jaycee was kidnapped when Phillip Garrido used a stun-gun to disable her, so that Nancy Garrido, his wife could carry her and put her in the backseat of their car. They used binding on her to subdue her until they got her to their home less than one hundred miles away. So I wondered, could Phillip and Nancy Garrido have seen a photo of JonBenet in some pageant materials or literature, and could Phillip Garrido be so obsessed with her, that he and wife Nancy would break into the Ramsey home and wait for the family to return from a party they all attended on Christmsa night? The Ramsey family hired retired Boulder detective Lou Schmidt, who as stated repeatedly that he joined the Ramsey legal team, because of evidence that he felt pointed away from any Ramsey family member being involved in the murder of little JonBenet. Schmidt has said that he found on several of the autopsy photographs, markings on JonBenet that are consistent with a stun gun being used on her during the crime.
One of the things that stumped authorities for so long, was the ransom note left in the Ramsey home, written by what they believe to be by a woman. Nancy Garrido has proved over the years that she would protect her husband, and would commit unspeakable crimes on young girls, such as Jaycee, in order to offer her husband whatever sexual fantasies he had. Is it possible the couple drove to Boulder and are responsible for the murder of the young girl on that night? Perhaps Boulder, Colorado authorities should take it upon themselves not to assume that California has done the right thing by submitting Garrido’s DNA sample to the natoinal data bank, since they didn’t properly supervise his parole for close to two decades. Maybe the Boulder authorities should contact authorities in California to get a sample of Phillip and Nancy Garrido’s DNA for testing in the unsolved murder case of JonBenet Ramsey.
Perhaps one of America’s most celebrated unsolved mysteries could be solved by this testing procedure. Famed Attorney Robin Sax, who practices law in California and who is well versed in the Ramsey case, since she also was involved in the capture of John Mark Karr spoke to Canyon News from her beautiful new Century City offices. When asked about Garrido’s DNA being on file, Sax said, “Absolutely, yes and probably was on file from his previous prison conviction too!”
America and the Ramseys would like to solve this unsolved case. JonBenet deserves justice as well. The little girl would be a college student now, probably a pre-med major. Who knows what and where JonBenet Ramsey could have done with her life, which was snuffed out, brutally, by a deranged person, who should be in prison today.
Anyone with potential information regarding this case should contact the Boulder Police Department.
Also to learn more about JonBenet Ramse, go to: JonBenet-Ramsey.com
reprinted from Canyon News
The males of two bipedal hominid species that roamed the South African savannah more than a million years ago were stay-at-home kind of guys when compared to the gadabout gals, says a new high-tech study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
The team, which studied teeth from a group of extinct Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus individuals from two adjacent cave systems in South Africa, found more than half of the female teeth were from outside the local area, said CU-Boulder adjunct professor and lead study author Sandi Copeland. In contrast, only about 10 percent of the male hominid teeth were from elsewhere, suggesting they likely grew up and died in the same area.
“One of our goals was to try to find something out about early hominid landscape use,” said Copeland, who also is affiliated with the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. “Here we have the first direct glimpse of the geographic movements of early hominids, and it appears the females preferentially moved away from their residential groups.”
A paper on the subject is being published in the June 2 issue of Nature. Co-authors included CU-Boulder anthropology Professor Matt Sponheimer, Darryl de Ruiter from Texas A&M University, Julia Lee Thorp from the University of Oxford, Daryl Codron from the University of Zurich, Petrus le Roux from the University of Cape Town, Vaughan Grimes of Memorial University-St. John’s campus in Newfoundland and Michael Richards of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
The new study results were somewhat surprising, said Copeland. “We assumed more of the hominids would be from non-local areas, since it is generally thought the evolution of bipedalism was due in part to allow individuals to range longer distances,” she said. “Such small home ranges could imply that bipedalism evolved for other reasons.”
The team used a high-tech analysis known as laser ablation, zapping the hominid teeth with lasers to help them measure isotope ratios of strontium found in tooth enamel in order to identify specific areas of landscape use. A naturally occurring element, strontium is found in rocks and soils and is absorbed by plants and animals.
Since unique strontium signals are tied to specific geological substrates — like granite, basalt, quartzite, sandstone and others — they can be used to reveal landscape conditions where ancient hominids grew up, said Copeland. “The strontium isotope ratios are a direct reflection of the foods these hominids ate, which in turn are a reflection of the local geology.”
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Max Planck Society, a University of Colorado LEAP Associate Professor Growth Grant and the University of Colorado Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
“It is difficult enough to work out relations between the sexes today, so the challenges in investigating the ways that male and female hominids used the landscape and formed social groups over a million years ago are considerable, to say the least,” said CU-Boulder’s Sponheimer. “Disembodied skulls and teeth are notoriously poor communicators, so the real difficulty with a study like this is finding new ways to make these old bones speak.”
Strontium isotope signatures are locked into the molars of mammals by the end of tooth enamel formation — for the hominids, probably at about eight or nine years old when they were traveling with their mothers. The Sterkfontein and Swartkans cave systems that yielded the teeth are less than a mile apart and dominated by a sedimentary carbonate rock known as dolomite, which has a distinct strontium signal, she said.
The team tested 19 teeth dating from roughly 2.7 to 1.7 million years ago from both Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus individuals from the two caves, which are well known for yielding valuable scientific data on hominid evolution.
Because the male hominids, like male humans, were larger than the females, the team used the size of individual molars to determine which were most likely from males or females, said Copeland. They also compared them to teeth and jaw fossils recovered from five early hominid sites in South Africa.
Both Paranthropus robustus and Australopithecus africanus were part of a line of close human relatives known as australopithecines that included the Ethiopian fossil, Lucy, estimated to be some 3.2 million years old and regarded by many as the matriarch of modern humans. While Australopithecus africanus may be a direct ancestor of modern humans, Paranthropus robustus and its close relative, Paranthropus boisei, both dead-ended on a side branch of the hominid family tree for reasons still unknown.
The female dispersal pattern believed seen in the two hominid groups is similar to that of many modern humans, chimpanzees and bonobos, said Copeland. But it is a dispersal pattern unlike most other primates — including gorillas — where the females stay with the group they are born into and the males move elsewhere. “This study gets us closer to understanding the social structure of ancient hominids, since we now have a better idea about the dispersal patterns,” she said.
The team also used laser ablation to zap 38 fossilized teeth of baboons, antelope, and small, rodent-like creatures known as hyraxes that lived in the same area at about the same time as the two australopithecine species under study. The results showed nearly all of the mammal teeth were local, implying such groups had relatively small home ranges, much like the australopithecine males, said Copeland.
While Sponheimer said the study could be taken as support for the position that bipedalism arose for reasons other than improved locomotion, the data might also indicate that many hominids simply preferred to live on dolomite substrates where caves would have been abundant. “I’ve never thought of these early male hominids as the quintessential cavemen, but the potential use of caves at this early time period is something worth considering.”
In addition, the team analyzed more than 170 modern plants and animals within a 30- mile-radius the two cave systems, sampling 11 different geological substrates. The minimum distance from the cave systems to non-local geology areas is about two miles to the southeast, four miles to the northwest, and more than 20 miles each in northeast and southwest directions, said Copeland. It is still not clear where the roaming female australopithecines identified in the study spent their formative years, she said.
“One Terrific Thrill Ride”
THE NEXT THREE DAYS is an exciting thriller that has you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what happens next and wondering if it is going to turn out the way you want it to.
Now, if you heard that it’s about a married couple in Pittsburgh, he’s a college professor and she’s his wife, you would probably pass on seeing it, right?
Right, but you would be wrong.
Russell Crowe plays John, Elizabeth Banks plays Lara, and they are anything but ordinary.
You see, three years earlier Lara was arrested, tried, and convicted of murdering her boss in a parking garage, but we don’t know if she did it and John is convinced that she couldn’t have done it.
In fact, when he and their son Luke visit her in jail, John tells her, “Everything is going to be all right. I promise.”
And then begins the extraordinary part of the story in which this mild-mannered college professor begins to figure out a plan in which he can break Lara out of prison, because all their appeals have failed.
First, he begins with an expert, Damon Pennington, played by Liam Neeson, who tells John in a wonderful scene that escaping from prison is easy, but the hardest part is staying free. He also tells John that Pittsburgh is “tough” and gives John exact details about what the authorities will do once someone breaks out of prison.
Naturally, John runs into difficulty acquiring the fake IDs he needs, as well as obtaining enough money to live on for five to six years.
In addition, John might be being watched by the police, and he can’t tell Lara about his plan, because he knows that she wouldn’t agree to it.
And then once the breakout occurs, the movie turns into one exciting scene after another, and it couldn’t get any more exciting.
A major hitch in John’s plans comes up, the story gets tighter, time is running out, and then a shock to end all shocks occurs, and it still isn’t over.
You ask yourself how you want it to end, and then there are some very nice touches at the end.
THE NEXT THREE DAYS is one terrific thrill ride without anything being blown up that keeps you guessing all the way to the end.
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oooh, dirty, dirty…read on…here is exhibit A, from zee website of the Citee of Lafayette:
City Council Vacancy
Lafayette City Council is looking for someone to serve out the term of a seat vacated by Councilor Kerry Bensman. The term will extend through certification of the November 2011 election. Individuals interested in serving must be registered to vote and must have lived in Lafayette for at least one year. To obtain an application packet, please contact the City Clerk after July 9 at 1290 S. Public Road, Lafayette, Colorado 80026. Applications must be returned by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 19. Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, July 27 beginning at 6 pm. For more information call 303-665-5506, ext. 3313 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yeah, but guess what, the council changed it’s mind about the above. Here’s what happened: Someone in the clerk’s office made the mistake of thinking there wasn’t a corrupt process happening and instead of keeping to the interview schedule as posted on their website and copied above, the council decided to dispense with the drama, dispense with the interview process, dispense with the pretense of fairness, and go with the “heavy hitter”. The Daily Camera article on this quoted one of the council members saying John Buechner, the newly appointed Lafayette council member was heads and tails (heads and butthole?) above all the other candidates.
The Camera article, no doubt borrowing from Camera archives, noted that Buechner resigned under a whopping scandal-cloud, having given a $140k contract to his secretary/intimate associate Fran Raudenbush to head up a major CU initiative. ONLY THAT WASN’T THE REAL SCANDAL…the real scandal lay in the fact that he was humping the chick at a Longmont hotel, with the tab picked up by taxpayers. The Colorado Daily ran that story and it caused his resignation in ‘99 at least as much as the contract. They had copies of receipts. They had dates and times when Buechner and Raudenbush had their little business meetings out there (hand me the Snickers bar, please.) Buechner himself at one point offered a silly quote about it, indicating it was perfectly normal for top staff to get away from the pressures of work at the CU Boulder campus. Yes, perhaps, but John…please…
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