Saturday, July 08, 2006

Colorado chit chat

  • A week ago LGF linked to a story about an Egyptian couple who pled guilty to slavery charges in California. Coincidentally, Colorado's own slavery case was resolved just the day before, when a Saudi man was convicted of "kidnapping, extorting, and sexually abusing a 24-year-old woman who came from Saudi Arabia six years ago as a cook and nanny." His wife had already copped to lesser charges. Bizzare quote from the prosecutor about the sexual abuse:
    "He's thinking if he's going to get caught (for hiring an illegal immigrant), he might as well get his bang for the buck, Tomsic said."
    She's a freakin' idiot, but she won the case.

  • Over nine hundred pages of documents related to the Columbine massacre released last week. Amazingly or maybe not so, there's almost nothing new in all that mass about the evil (a word assiduously avoided in this RMN story) little f*cks. (Update: Just saw this story that Harris actually downloaded a bunch of crude hints of the pair's plan to his school computer files the day before the attack, but nobody noticed until afterwards.)

  • Both parties are making absolute asses of themselves trying to appear tougher-than-thou in the Colorado special legislative session on illegal immigration. Here's the Post and the News today. Can't get very interested, even though I dearly love the term "anchor baby," especially when it's used in a headline like "Fur flies over anchor babies" Poetry! (Update: the News link has expired and the story is in limbo. This happens all the time, and it's irritating as hell. No telling whether it'll ever show up again, at least in the same form.)

  • The AP story on the mess left by the Rainbows (15,000 of 'em) after their gathering last week near Steamboat Springs ran in both Denver papers:
    Aerial photographs show the campers carved 40-50 miles of trails in the woods [must've had a meth lab out there--ed.] and a nearby meadow, Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Ottaviano said.

    Rainbows profess peace, love and respect for the earth, but any gathering that size will have consequences, Ottaviano said.

    "There was just a shocking amount of trails through that area," she said. "Just simply by being there they had an impact on the land." Rainbows dug fire pits and latrines, and foot traffic between camps spread over four square miles trampled grass and left paths.
    Of course, the last two paragraphs take it all back:
    Several hundred Rainbows are expected to stay behind after today's official end to the gathering. Members say they will remain on the land into August, helping to clean up, reseed, remove footbridges and return the land to its natural state.

    Forest Service specialists, including experts in soil and water plan to supervise the restoration.
  • Here's one I missed back in May. Circulation for both Denver papers declined much more than the already horrible national average of 2.6 percent over the previous six months--down 4.7 percent for the Post and 4.3 for the Rocky. Scay-ree.

  • Check out this blog currently appearing on the lame "community" website started by the Rocky and sponsored by both papers, or something. "Timothy's blog" is about
    recent events I witness in my neighborhood (Downtown Aurora), my 11 year struggle with chronic pain (including 7 spinal surgeries and more to come), updates on my hunt for/and disruption of Internet child predators in Colorado, and much more.
    If that doesn't get you interested, Timothy's bio-line reads, "Timothy J. Miller is a Mortgage Professional, Marketing Guru, and 45-day coma survivor."

  • Finally (yay!), I can't stand people who go on about how much they love books and reading and libraries, but this woman's boasting is couched in the story of The Man Who Bulldozed Granby (and then killed himself), so it's worth checking out.

  • Update: Speaking of anchored babies, "makeshift armored bulldozer" is no slouch of a phrase either.

    Update II: Damn if LGF didn't post on the Colorado slavery case tonight (after I did, of course).

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