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2012 is the 50th anniversary of Carpenter’s historic space flight
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department will host a park re-dedication of Scott Carpenter Park with Commander Carpenter in attendance at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.
The park, located at 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, was dedicated to honor Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter in May 1963. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the earth, and 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of his historic space flight.
“We are honored that Commander Carpenter is able to attend this park rededication,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kirk Kincannon. “As a Boulder native and a truly exceptional American, the City of Boulder is proud of Scott Carpenter and delighted to host this rededication of the park named in his honor.”
For more information about the park rededication event, please contact Sally Dieterich at 303-413-7242.
Tree removals in early July to impact traffic along the Boulder Creek Path and West Pearl Street
There will be minor and temporary traffic impacts as the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Forestry Section will have a contractor pruning and removing trees for safety reasons from Monday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 10 (dates are tentative, as work is weather dependent).
On Monday, July 2, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 3, between 8 a.m. and noon, a large cottonwood with advanced decay will be removed at 646 Pearl St.—the historic Arnett-Fullen house. The eastbound lane of Pearl Street will be closed in the 600 block and flaggers will be used to channel traffic into the westbound lane of Pearl Street on an alternating basis. The property owners are aware of, and in support of, the tree removal for safety reasons. There is a large beehive in the trunk, and as per normal operations, a beekeeper has been contracted to attempt to relocate the beehive during tree removal. A replacement tree has already been planted near this tree’s location.
Tree removals along the Boulder Creek Path include:
● Thursday, July 5, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.: Two large willow trees will be removed south of Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave. One tree is mostly dead and the other tree fell over earlier this year.
● Friday, July 6, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.: One large cottonwood tree will be removed on the west side of 6th Street, south of the Boulder County Justice Center, 1777 6th St. The tree has advanced decay. A replacement tree will planted nearby in spring of 2013.
● Monday, July 9 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 10, between 8 a.m. and noon: Two large willow trees will be removed west of Scott Carpenter Park, 1505 30th St. Both trees have advanced decay in their trunks.
There will be intermittent closures on the Boulder Creek Path, and flaggers will be used to direct bicycle and pedestrian traffic through work zones.
For more information, please contact the City of Boulder Park Operations and Urban Forestry: 303-441-4406.
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help with maintenance and cleanup at both Scott Carpenter Park and Valmont Bike Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands. The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with REI Boulder for this event.
Please RSVP and indicate which project site you would like to support by Thursday, Sept. 22. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mary Malley at 303-413-7245 or email@example.com.
The City of Boulder Utilities Division’s will host its 14th Annual Circle Boulder by Bicycle, B-360 or B-180 self-guided ride, on Sunday, June 5, rain or shine. This leisurely, non-competitive ride follows the city’s bikeways beginning and ending at Scott Carpenter Park, 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, and is open to all ages and abilities. The fun, community ride showcases Boulder’s world-class bike path system.
Riders can register for free and start the ride for the 25-mile B-360 between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Those who want to participate in the shorter, 18-mile B-180 can register for free and begin the ride between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Participants who may need extra time for either ride can register at 2:30 p.m.
This year’s route will highlight the newly-completed underpass at 30th Street and two new path connections: on the west side of Foothills Parkway, connecting to the Goose Creek Path, and from 48th Street, connecting to the Boulder Creek Path. Participants will loop around Boulder using a linking network of paths, neighborhood streets and unpaved trails.
A free, post-ride party will take place at Scott Carpenter Park, where the ride began. The free party starts at 5 p.m.
Riders are reminded to carry water and wear appropriate gear, including a helmet. Participants must stay on trails and yield to other users. No dogs are allowed.
For more information, visit www.boulderwater.net and select “Projects & Programs,” then “Greenways,” or contact Annie Noble at 303-441-3242.
Boulder police gearing up for 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Boulder Police Department’s 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. The event will consist of a 4-mile run/bike portion, as well as a 1-mile walk and parade. Dozens of police officers, City of Boulder employees and their families and friends are expected to participate.
The registration deadline for this event is Wednesday, May 18. This year, a youth registration was added and kids under the age of 15 can register for a reduced fee of $20, which includes a T-shirt. The regular registration fee is $30. Members of the public are invited to join officers for the Torch Run. To register online, go to www.firstgiving.com/soco.
The goal of the annual Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics and people with intellectual disabilities.
Participants will start at the Public Safety Building at 1805 33rd St. in Boulder, and then start walking south along 33rd Street to the north sidewalk of Arapahoe Avenue. From there, the group will walk east to the 38th Street underpass for the Boulder Creek Path. The remainder of the walk will be along the creek path to Scott Carpenter Park. Walkers can either reverse their direction along the same path or use the signal light intersection pedestrian crosswalk at 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue to return to the Public Safety Building.
The 4-mile run/bike portion will start and finish at Scott Carpenter Park. Participants will use the Boulder Creek Path, leaving from Scott Carpenter Park headed west to a turn-around point at the Library bridge. From there, the route will be back along the creek path, east to the 38th Street underpass and back to the park.
For more inforamtion about the Boulder Police Torch Run and the athletes it helps, contact Sgt. Dave Seper at 303-441-3333 .
Boulder’s 2011 Community Cleanup Day
Online registration is now available for the ninth annual Community Cleanup Day, which will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. The event, sponsored by the City of Boulder, Boulder City Improvement Association II (BCIA 2) and the Daily Camera, provides volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to help clean up a variety of parks, greenways, creeks and paths throughout the city.
After the cleanup, participants meet for an ice cream social from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Scott Carpenter Park, located at the southwest corner of 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue. All participants will receive a free one-day pass to the Boulder Reservoir and have a chance to win one of several gifts offered in the prize drawing.
Registration is available online at www.BoulderParks-Rec.org, (click on “Community Cleanup Day – Sign up today!”) or by calling303-413-7245. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 11, and day-of-event registration will be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Scott Carpenter Park.
For more information about the City of Boulder and other city-sponsored events, visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/.
City asks for feedback about its website
The City of Boulder posted an online survey last week to gather input on its website at http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=4757. The survey will be open through March 4, 2011.
The survey is intended to get input from users on what services and information they like, and what else they’d like to see as well as to gauge how users are finding information on the site. The survey results will be used, along with other information, to make improvements to the city’s website content, organization and navigation.
Scott Carpenter pool improvements begin today
The Parks and Recreation Department began work today, Monday, Feb. 14, to make repairs to the Scott Carpenter Park outdoor pool located at 1505 30th St. Pool repairs and improvements include installation of stainless steel gutters and a surge tank; energy efficient boiler; deck drains; lifeguard stands and a re-finish of the water slide.
Work on the pool is estimated to take approximately 10 weeks (depending upon weather and contractor scheduling) and should not impact the pool’s planned May 28, 2011 opening. According to Steve Whipple, facilities administrator for Parks and Recreation, this work is necessary to enhance the swimming experience, improve water and energy conservation, and improve pool performance and safety. The work is estimated to cost $400,000. The last significant maintenance project at the pool was in 2007, when it was sandblasted and painted. Scott Carpenter Pool is the only 50 meter pool operated by the city.
For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
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Community Cleanup Day, Saturday, May 15
Approximately 400 volunteers are expected to assist with the cleanup and beautification of city parks, greenways, creeks and paths.
Eighth annual Community Cleanup Day. The event is sponsored by the City of Boulder, Boulder City Improvement Association II (BCIA 2) and the Daily Camera.
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15
Several park and greenway locations around Boulder. A free social with Glacier Homemade Ice Cream will be held at Scott Carpenter Park, located at 30th St. and Arapahoe Ave.
For more information and a full list of potential photo/video shoot locations, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
Aging Services to offer Caregiving Symposium on June 10
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Aging Services will sponsor a free educational event – the largest of its kind in Boulder County – for families and friends of elders or for anyone interested in caregiving issues.
What: 2010 Caregiving Symposium, a large resource fair of service providers, nine workshops on key caregiving topics, educational materials, refreshments and more.
When: Thursday, June 10 from noon-5 p.m.
Where: Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Ave., Boulder
Cost: FREE. To register, please call 303-441-1685, go to www.BoulderCountySeniors.info or register at the door.
The event is sponsored by Boulder County Aging Services (a division of Community Services), with assistance from City Senior Services and co-sponsoring agencies.
Current caregivers, those who anticipate becoming a caregiver or those who want to learn about resources for assisting caregivers are encouraged to attend this once-a-year occasion for all or part of the event.
Free on-site respite care (substitute elder care) is available, as well as financial assistance for respite care at home or at an adult day program. Prior arrangements are required; call 303-678-6286 to learn more.
Police department to participate in Torch Run on Friday, May 14
The Boulder Police Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Colorado is just a day away. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 14. Dozens of officers, department employees and family members are expected to participate in the event, which features a 1 mile walk and parade, followed by a 4 mile run/bike and a cookout catered by the Lazy Dog Grill.
Participants will gather at the Public Safety Building, 1805 33rd St. in Boulder, then start walking south along 33rd Street to the north sidewalk of Arapahoe Street. From there, the group will walk east to the 38th Street underpass for the Boulder Creek Path. The remainder of the walk will be along the creek path to Scott Carpenter Park. Walkers can either reverse their direction along the same path or use the signal light intersection pedestrian crosswalk at 30th and Arapahoe streets to return to the Public Safety Building.
The 4-mile run/bike portion will start and finish at Scott Carpenter Park. Participants will use the Boulder Creek Path, leaving from Scott Carpenter Park headed west to a turn-around point on the west end of Boulder High School. From there, the route will be back along the creek path, east to the 38th Street underpass and back to the park.
Employees and other volunteers are paying registration fees of $30 to participate in hopes of raising money for the Special Olympics Colorado. In addition to this event, Boulder police officers also have participated in Tip-A-Cop events to benefit the organization.
For more information about the Boulder Police Torch Run and the athletes it helps, contact Sgt. Dave Seper at 303-441-3333.
Press Briefing for May 18 City Council meeting
City of Boulder Municipal Lobby, May 14 at 10 a.m.
The City of Boulder press briefing scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, May 14 will preview the following items to be discussed at the May 18 City Council meeting:
- Medical marijuana – third reading to approve zoning and dispensary regulations
- Grassland Ecosystem Management Plan – public hearing and discussion of prairie dog/grassland management
- SmartRegs – public hearing and discussion of housing code revisions and energy conservation proposals for rental units
Staff will present a brief overview of the items to be discussed and staff experts will be available to answer media questions during the briefing.
The press briefings are an effort to help reporters obtain information for their weekend and Monday stories prior to the council packet publication Friday afternoon.
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Cool cars & company at the May After Hours
Business After Hours | Wednesday, May 19 | 5:30-7 pm | 915 Pearl St. | Register
Join the Chamber and Tesla Motors for a very cool May Business After Hours gala at their swanky new dealership in downtown Boulder! There will be loads of food and libations by the Big Red F Restaurant Group (Happy, West End Tavern, Jax Fish House and Centro) at this highly anticipated event.
Tesla Motors designs and sells, high end, high performance, electric cars that combine style, acceleration, and handling with advanced technologies making them the quickest and the most energy-efficient cars on the planet.
Cost for Chamber members is $15 if you register before Wednesday, May 19. Day of/walk-in cost is $20. Future member cost is $30. Register soon!
Futurist Thomas Frey to speak at BEC Summit
Boulder Economic Summit | Wednesday, June 2 | 7am-1:30pm | CU-Boulder’s Glenn Miller Ballroom – Euclid & Broadway | Register
The 2010 Boulder Economic Summit, Boulder in 2035: Opportunities and Insights, will feature Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist and Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute. Frey, a member of the celebrity speaking circuit, has been referred to as the “Father of Invention” by the Daily Camera and “Dean of Futurists” by The Denver Post.
Audiences for his keynote talks have ranged from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies. Frey’s talk is part of a dynamic slate of speakers and breakouts addressing what’s ahead for Boulder in the next 25 years. Registration for Chamber members is $60 (includes breakfast and lunch). Read more.
Romancing the desk
Ergonomic Tips to Benefit Your Business | Tuesday, May 18 | 11-12:30 pm | 2440 Pearl St. | Register
As part of the Chamber’s monthly Business Skills Seminar Series, Nick McElhiney of Ergonomic Evolution LLC and Dana Wodtke of Body BeneFits are teaming up to provide ergonomic tips to help you increase your company’s productivity and profits! They will discuss the history and psychology of ergonomics, importance of ergonomics in the business world, benefits to employees and employer, return on investment, and rules for healthy desk usage.
The seminar will include product demos and one lucky attendee will take home a complimentary Rollo keyboard (the new super-slim light weight flexible keyboard). Cost is included in your Chamber membership ($25 for future members).
Get your green on in our parking lot
Green Oil Changes | Thursday, May 20 | 8am-4pm | 2440 Pearl St. | Pre-register (required)
Get a green oil change in the Chamber’s parking lot – exclusively for Chamber members – from new member Green Garage for $69.95. This service to your car will eventually save you $175 over 30K miles with less fuel use and less oil use as you’ll only need to change the oil filter every 8,000 miles (instead of every 3,000 miles). Plus they’ll include free nitrogen and tire rotations – all to help your car get better gas mileage. Other tune-up packages will be available on-site as well.
You’ll be sure to notice a big difference in your car. Pre-registration is required in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303.991.5650.
Member to Member
Take Advantage of Chamber Member Discounts in 2010!
COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL: is offering members buy-one get-one half off! Use the code BCMEMBER when ordering tickets at
www.COmusic.org to any Thursday/Friday Festival Orchestra concert between these dates: 7/1/2010 – 8/6/2010. Online offer only – see Web site for full details.
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If you’d like to offer a member-to-member discount click here.
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive two free Business After Hours passes! Just send/call in your referrals for new Chamber members, and when they join you will be rewarded. Contact Jan Berg at 303.786.8076 or email@example.com.
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Location of RMPJC: 3970 Broadway, Suite 105. From Quince and Broadway, go east on Quince and turn right into the second driveway. You’ll see RMPJC in front of you.
ACTION ALERT! CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY!
Call our Senators regarding the Merkley-Levin amendment to the financial reform bill in the Senate. The amendment would stand up to predatory and deceptive banking practices by stopping government-insured banks from engaging in risky trading. Senator Michael Bennet is undecided, Senator Mark Udall supports it. Please call Senator Bennet at 202-224-5852 asap because vote is imminent and ask him to support it. Thank Senator Mark Udall for his support 202-224-5941.
UDATE ON MUSIC NIGHTS Music / Poetry nights will resume on Friday, May 14th at 7:30 PM. at RMPJC.
SUPPORT THE HOMELESS IN GETTING LEGAL PLACES TO SLEEP!
Saturday, May 15- Tuesday May 18
BOULDER HOME Warming Party! The Homeless community speaks up and warms up! Since May 1, when emergency shelter at both the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and the overflow shelter closed, most homeless people in Boulder have had no legal places to sleep.
Noon to 6 p.m meet and talk with members of the homeless community
4-6 p.m. Nonviolence training for people joining the “sleep out”
6 p.m., Potluck
7-9 p.m. Stories of homelessness
10 p.m. Sleep out.
These events will take on the grassy area west of the Boulder Municipal Building.
MORE ON THE SLEEP IN/SLEEP OUT THIS WEEKEND:
People are invited to join a SLEEP IN/SLEEP OUT to move the Boulder City Council to a more humane position regarding the need for legal places to sleep in Boulder. The sleep-in/sleep-out will be at nearby place where people won’t get sprayed by a sprinkler in the middle of the night. In order to comply with the city “camping law”, people are asked not to bring shelter, including sleeping bags, tents, blankets. Also no alcohol, drugs or anything that could be construed as a weapon (even a knife).Do feel free to layer your clothing as much as you want (you won’t be breaking the law). Call Carolyn for more information and to join the sleep-in. 303-444-6981×2.
If you have extra coats, gloves, hats or socks, please bring them by the Peace Center or to the event.
Also send an email to the Boulder City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and express your support for legal places for homeless people to sleep.
AND PLAN ON COMING TO THE BOULDER CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, MAY 18 AND ASK THE COUNCIL TO FIND LEGAL PLACES FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE TO SLEEP. The public comment section is at 6 p.m. In order to speak people should get to the Council at 5 p.m. to sign up for public comment. If this changes,we’ll let you know before Tuesday (as far as we know this issue is not on the agenda).
PUBLICLY-FUNDED BALLOT INITIATIVE: SIGNATURE GATHERERS NEEDED:
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Please go to www.CleanCampaignsColorado.com to sign up and find out what you can do to help pass a ballot initiative for publicly funded campaigns in Colorado.
For info about gathering signatures in:
Boulder– Carolyn at 303-444-6981 ext. 2,
Longmont–shari malloy 303-678-8215;
Lafayette/Louisville-John Lamb at 303-665-4830;
Broomfield–Sue Mitrovic at 303-507-3979; and
Denver–Dave Bean at 303-777-0395.
Trainings in Boulder for petition gatherers:
Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m., and Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. All of these trainings are at RMPJC (see above for location of RMPJC). Carolyn is also willing to train people one-on-one. It takes about twenty minutes. Call for an appointment 303-444-6981 ext. 2.
Lafayette / Louisville training for petition gatherers: Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the Cannon Mine Coffee Company, 210 South Public Road, Lafayette, 80026. John Lamb is also willing to train people one-on-one. It takes about twenty minutes. Call for an appointment 303-665-4830
If you are in an organization that might want to endorse this ballot initiative, call Ken Connell at 720-275-4399.
To help collect signatures for the ballot initiative at the State Democratic Assembly in Broomfield on May 22, please contact shari malloy 303-678-8215.
To collect signatures during the Boulder Creek Fest in Boulder, call Carolyn at 303-444-6981 ext. 2.
City water customers may experience rusty water Monday, May 10
City of Boulder water customers may notice discolored or “rusty” water on the morning of Monday, May 10 when the Utilities Division brings the Orodell Hydro/Boulder Canyon water transmission line back into service. The waterline was temporarily disabled while crews performed work as part of the Betasso Area Pipelines Replacement Project.
There are no known health hazards associated with rusty water. However, due to the unpleasant taste, it is recommended that water users wait until the water has cleared before drinking it.
Running several cold water taps at full force for a short period may help flush the rusty water out of your system. A general recommendation is to flush for 20 minutes, then if the water is not clear, wait for an hour before flushing for 20 minutes again. To conserve this water, collect it and use it on plants or landscaping. It is also recommended to not do laundry during the rusty water event, as the rust can stain clothing, and to avoid using hot water to prevent sediment from entering a hot water heater.
2010 Community Cleanup Day Registration Deadline Approaches
The online registration deadline is Wednesday, May 12 for the eighth annual Community Cleanup Day, which will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. Advance registration is free, and allows participants to select their preferred park or site. Please register at www.BoulderParks-Rec.org (click on “Community Cleanup Day May 15”). Day-of-event registration will be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Scott Carpenter Park, 1505 30th St.
The event, sponsored by the City of Boulder, Boulder City Improvement Association II (BCIA 2) and the Daily Camera, provides opportunities for individuals, families and groups to help beautify a variety of city parks, greenways, creeks and paths.
A free ice cream social with Glacier Homemade Ice Cream will be held at 11:30 a.m. for all participants at Scott Carpenter Park, located at 30th St. and Arapahoe Ave. Participants will also receive a free one-day pass to the Boulder Reservoir and be entered in a raffle drawing.
Creek-side memorial construction to begin May 10
Phase 1 construction of the Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker will begin on Monday, May 10. The Memorial will be located in Central Park, just east of the Broadway Bridge, on the north side of Boulder Creek. Phase 1 construction is anticipated to take one week. It will involve excavation, drilling and forming a concrete pad in preparation for the installation of the memorial. The work is not expected to impact traffic along the Boulder Creek Path.
Gilbert White is known as the “Father of Floodplain Management” and prior to his death in 2006, Gilbert F. White was a Gustafson Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Colorado and was widely recognized as a leader in the world environmental movement. The memorial project was made possible by contributions from Gilbert’s colleagues, friends, and family.For more information on Gilbert White and the Gilbert White Memorial go to: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/gfw/bio.html
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|Media Matters: After Times Square plot, conservatives pass Glenn Beck en route to crazytown
When the right-wing media attack machine gets revved up these days, it’s a rare thing not to find Glenn Beck in the driver’s seat. That said, it’s unheard of that Beck, who expresses his frustrations with the Obama administration by pretending to light people on fire, would actually stand athwart his colleagues’ hyperbolic attacks on the White House and actually come off as a voice of (relative) reason.
But these are strange times, and that’s exactly the situation we found ourselves in this week as conservatives grasped at each and every straw in attempting to politicize the failed car-bombing in Times Square and blame it all on President Obama.
When word got out that the authorities had arrested Faisal Shahzad as the suspected would-be bomber, Fox News immediately began complaining that Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen, might be read his Miranda rights. Confronted with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade’s scenario that Shahzad might “know information that could wipe out some of your friends and family,” Beck supported giving Shahzad his constitutionally protected rights. Of course, Beck’s commitment to good civics was selective and short-lived, and just a few hours later, he expressed his desire to personally waterboard another terrorism suspect and otherwise torture non-U.S. citizens.
But still, it’s a sad commentary on the state of the right-wing media when Glenn “OLIGARH” Beck comes off as (slightly) more reasonable than the company he keeps.
And just how out-of-hand did things get? Right from the get-go, conservatives were claiming that the Times Square plot shows that the White House doesn’t care about terrorism, or is actually inviting terrorism by being too nice to Muslims. Former CIA employee and longtime sayer of crazy things Michael Scheuer pronounced the failed attack a “100 percent success” for terrorists and attacked the president, saying he “has made things much, much worse because he promised the Muslim world things that he will never do” and “bowed to the Saudi king,” showing “subservience.” New York Post columnist and longtime sayer of crazythings Ralph Peters wrote that the administration “goes to absurd lengths to convince Muslim radicals that we respect their views,” and this sort of “appeasement” emboldened Shahzad.
The reality of the situation is that the administration has been killing, capturing, and convicting terrorists like it’s their job. Because, you know, it is. In fact, Shahzad reportedly told authorities that he was driven to attack the United States because we’ve become way too good at killing terrorists.
Then there came word that the Obama administration might have removed Shahzad from a terrorist “watch list” prior to the attempted attack. The third-rate right-wing blogger whostarted this story (which predictably jumped to Fox News) based the claim on a CBS News report saying that Shahzad was on the list from 1999 to 2008. For those of us with even a semi-firm grasp of the American political system and the immutable progress of time, it was immediately clear that Barack Obama could not have removed Shahzad from that list because he was president for exactly zero days between 1999 and 2008.
And, of course, no high-profile act of violence can be committed on U.S. soil without the right claiming that the perpetrator is a liberal Democrat, and thus Rush Limbaugh, picking up where the blogosphere left off, proclaimed: “Guess what? Faisal Shahzad is a registered Democrat.” To be a “registered Democrat,” however, one has to register to vote, and Shahzad had not fulfilled that requirement.
The lesson to take away from all of this is that right-wingers make these sorts of ludicrous statements about Obama ignoring terrorism and appeasing our enemies not just because they themselves are detached from reality, but because they really have no other option. As Slate.com’s John Dickerson observed, Obama “has spent a lot of time formulating and putting in place anti-terrorist policies and giving speeches devoted to the more efficient killing of terrorists,” and that strategy has been effectively implemented. Sure, they couldargue as to whether the strategy best serves U.S. interests, but why engage in an informed discussion about terrorism when there’s politics to be played?
Other stories this week:
Heckuva damage control job, Fox
It wouldn’t be a normal week without a scandal over the complete lack of journalistic standards at Fox News. Once again, they didn’t disappoint.
On Monday, Neil Cavuto hosted disgraced former FEMA director Michael Brown to discuss the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Rather than share his expert advice on how to properly mismanage disaster relief and judge show horses, Brown used the time to throw around insane conspiracy theories about the Obama administration’s response to the spill.
Brown repeatedly suggested that the administration deliberately let the spill worsen so it would have an excuse to “shut down offshore drilling.” This apparently didn’t bother host Neil Cavuto, who offered no pushback.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called out Fox for its failure to challenge Brown’s absurd conspiracy. In response, Fox publicly reprimanded Cavuto and apologized for helping to promote outlandish conspiracy theories on its “news” network.
Just kidding — Fox hosts attacked Gibbs and completely misrepresented the Brown interview in order to cover their tracks. Discussing Gibbs’ criticism on Fox’s flagship “news” program, Special Report, that night, senior political analyst Brit Hume and anchor Bret Baier zeroed in on a mostly insignificant distinction between Gibbs’ characterization of what Brown said and Brown’s actual remarks. To further obscure Cavuto’s failure to challenge Brown, Baier and Hume refused to air, quote, or accurately describe Brown’s controversial remarks.
On Wednesday morning, Bill O’Reilly got involved, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos onGood Morning America that he “would have slapped” Brown if he had made the comments on the Factor, “but he was on another program.” While this certainly sounded like a repudiation of Cavuto, O’Reilly was singing another tune when he returned to his own show,falsely claiming that Cavuto “stuck up” for Obama during the Brown interview.
Cavuto was apparently so impressed with Baier and Hume’s dishonest defense that headopted it on his own show the next day — focusing on the same insignificant distinction and refusing to air the worst of Brown’s comments (or discuss his complete failure to challenge them). According to Fox’s response, the fact that Brown only suggested that the administration let the spill worsen on purpose rather than claim it started it isn’t too troubling.
After all, Brown was merely echoing Fox’s Eric Bolling, who pushed almost the exact same conspiracy theory on Fox & Friends on Monday morning. As Media Matters president Eric Burns noted on MSNBC, by pushing these absurd oil spill conspiracy theories, Fox is putting itself “in a league with the 9-11 truthers.”
The Phoenix Suns, “Protesting the American Dream” of racial profiling
The controversy over the recently passed Arizona immigration law crossed over into the sports world this week, and conservative media figures responded with their usual combination of smears and dishonesty.
On Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns announced they would wear their “Los Suns” jerseys during a May 5th playoff game in order to, in the words of managing partner Robert Sarver, “honor our Latino community” and the “diversity of our league.” Sarver expressed concerns about the law’s effects on “basic principles of equal rights and protection.” Suns star Steve Nashechoed Sarver’s concerns by saying the law “really damages our civil liberties.”
Apparently not convinced by Nash and Sarver, Fox News ran with a slightly different interpretation of the Suns’ protest:
City of Boulder to begin regular press briefings
The City of Boulder announces that it will begin holding bi-weekly press briefings on upcoming City Council meeting topics and other items beginning Friday, May 14 in the Municipal Building lobby. The second briefing is scheduled for May 28. Press Briefings will begin at 10 a.m.
Topics covered at the briefings will usually include the more complex or newsworthy topics on the upcoming City Council agenda, and other timely topics as appropriate. The press briefings are an effort to help reporters obtain information for their weekend and Monday stories.
The May briefings are a trial period to determine the usefulness to the media. The City Council will be on recess beginning June 9. At that time, the city will evaluate if the press briefings were utilized by the media and determine whether to continue further regularly scheduled press briefings. An announcement will be made in June as to the status of the briefings.
Staff experts will be in attendance to provide a quick overview on a topic and then be available for questions.
A list of topics for each meeting will be sent to the city’s media list by the close of business on the Thursday preceding the press briefing.
For more information, contact Patrick von Keyserling at 303-441-4959.
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