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Beekeeper Blog

Beekeeper Blog CatWhisperer Sun, 11/13/2016 - 22:31

This is a blog of the prosecution of  Benjamin Gilmore, a local beekeeper whom many believe was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for the Penny Flats fire that happened in downtown Fort Collins on October 24, 2011. He made the mistake of being associated with the Occupy Fort Collins movement, and had let them borrow a camper for their use. The Occupy Fort Collins demonstration was one block east of the Penny Flats building which was under development at the time. The discrepancies in this prosecution merit note, and it shows some of the drawbacks of prosecutions in the Eight Judicial District of Colorado:

  • It's not about justice, it's about getting a conviction.
  • It's not about truth, guilt, or innocence, it's about what you can get a jury to believe.

If anybody doesn't believe that, Google up Timothy Mastersangry

"ARSON FRAUD" in Fort Collins? Please rethink Penny Flats and don't prosecute an innocent man...

"ARSON FRAUD" in Fort Collins? Please rethink Penny Flats and don't prosecute an innocent man... CatWhisperer Sat, 05/11/2013 - 06:44

NOTE: Updated 11/13/2016

ARSON FRAUD is when someone setting fire to one's property with fraudulent intent ⇒ such as to collect insurance money. "According to Alfred Manes, the majority of property insurance crimes involve arson. One reason for this is that any evidence that a fire was started by arson is often destroyed by the fire itself." Insurance Fraud - Property Insurance

Last year, I wrote about the Penny Flats fire being a possible case of insurance arson. I'm more convinced of it now, because I worked for the plumbing sub-contractor at Penny Flats after the fire, and spoke to individuals who worked there. The original story was Insurance scapegoat for Brinkman? Why am I writing about it again? I was suspicious a while ago, BTW, (Other Suspects? Follow the money...), so this is nothing new.

What benefit could the Mr. Gilmore possibly have in burning down Penny Flats? The fantasy of making a statement for Occupy Fort Collins? Really? Please! That is a ludicrous proposition. How about we look at who benefited the most by that fire, which was Brinkman Partners and the plumbing sub-contractor (as an aside though, I recall one day waiting on my bike for the light to change on College, and I see one of the McWhinney's looking across the street at Occupy Fort Collins, with this look of absolute hatred, whilst talking on a cell phone. One never knows, when there is a handy scapegoat). Now most people would think that crazy. But why is it crazy?

It is my opinion that because of the watch that was found, the DA here has unreasonably focused on Benjamin Gilmore to the exclusion of other possible suspects or criminal theories. We have precedent for that in this jurisdiction. Tim Masters... So here are some ideas:

  • Has anybody looked into the finances of the companies that were working on site at the time of the arson?
  • Has anybody looked into the insurance payouts for Penny Flats, who got what and how much?
  • Construction site arson fires are rare in Northern Colorado. Has anybody looked into any pattern of criminal activity to find correlations between crimes and contractors.

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Can you guess folks? It's the Benjamin Gilmore trial. Has he been found guilty? Has he been acquitted? Did he change his mind and plead guilty?

Why is nothing being reported on this trial? Why does there seem to be self-censorship going on at the Coloradoan with respect to this trial.

The taxpayer has a right to know the status of this case. We pay the bills here, folks, and we're not asking for a lot. Is the trial still going on? Some basic information would be helpful, and not all of us are unemployed and able to get to the court building to find out for ourselves. 

Coloradoan staff, please do your job and report the news…indecision

"What benefit could the Beekeeper possibly have in burning down Penny Flats? ... Please! That is a ludicrous proposition." Clearly you are naïve. It is not ludicrous to think that activists to burn down a fancy apartment building in order to make a statement, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Liberation_Front I lived through the 2003 San Diego fire only because I was able to evacuate in time, but I still have nightmares about that night. I have no idea who burned down the Penny Flats, but this article is nothing more than baseless speculation.

Ok, so I'll give that is is speculation, an alternate theory based on my opinion of the character of the individuals possible. There is nothing baseless about it though, because it makes NO sense that Benjamin Gilmore did this. It is portrayed that he was a member of Occupy, correct? What is that based on? Him caring a sign saying “Legalize Paragliding”? Really?

The fact is that one jury already didn't believe the DA's shtick. There were enough independent thinkers on that panel that wouldn't swallow a whole cloth story. Because there is that shred of doubt about the DA's theatrical presentation. That being that Benjamin Gilmore and Occupy could have been painted as convenient patsies for a commercial payout arson, and Benjamin was a convenient scapegoat that kind of threw himself into the lions mouth.

What's the idea that he did it based on?

  • His watch was found at the site, but it can't be proved via physical evidence that he dropped it there.
  • He had burns on his hands that can't be tied to the fire with direct evidence.
  • He had a sign at Occupy Fort Collins NOT RELATED TO ANYTHING about Occupy.
  • He spoke at the City Council meeting after the fire.

In Cliff Riedel's mind, that indicates arson. In the mind of others in the community, that's not enough. There is a history here in this Judicial District of prosecutorial tunnel vision and misconduct that can't be disregarded. Our current DA is part and parcel of that 'Olde Schoole'. This could be exactly what I say, or it could just as well be contractor negligence, or an accident of the homeless, as well as it could be Benjamin Gilmore.

Look at it this way, there is ONLY ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE that ties him to the fire, and that is the watch. It could have gotten to the fire in many ways other than on the person of Mr. Gilmore. Without that watch, the prosecution's case stands on nothing but the FANTASIES OF A STORYTELLER! That's my problem with it…

I have to say that from my experience with both DA's Larry Abrahamson and Cliff Riedel, that these two could not find the truth on anything, even if someone used a nail gun to attach the truth to their foreheads. A good example are the many requests to support the claims made by DA Larry Abrahamson that a broad spectrum antibiotic was to treat a young girl for heat stroke. I guess it is above the investigative skills of these two idiot to find documentation that antibiotics do no good for the treatment of heat stroke, and heat stroke is not that hard to diagnose. The outright lies made by DA Larry Abrahamson just proves that DA Larry Abrahamson is an idiot. Then if you read the transcripts to the case, it becomes clear that 8th Judicial District Attorney Investigator, Elliot Phelps is just plain incompetent. How low the prosecutors will go to gain a conviction or get someone to take a plea deal is criminal. We should expect more competence from those who work for us, and they should find the truth, which they have not much since Blair and Gilmore paved the was for the use of perjury to be a stepping stone to gain a seat on the bench of the 8th Judicial District Courts. The DA's Office is full of DIRT BAGS, like David Vandenberg, Emily Humphrey, Andy Lewis, Nick Cummins, and others. From the case I am talking about disgraced Judge Gilmore, allowed now Judge Thomas Lynch to use perjury to gain a conviction. Thomas Lynch should join the club of disgraced Judges Blair and Gilmore. These are truly to many DIRT BAGS on the bench in the 8th Judicial District.

You've already done more work than the DA's office, Mr. Reaud. 

This line of critical thinking is definitely outside the box, and desirable when investigating suspects. The People (citizens, not the government representing the people) deserve better than narrow focus to the point of tunnel vision. Wrongful prosecutions are not victories.

Re-trial of Ben Gilmore for this fire?  The DA shouldn't get do-overs - the jury rests.

Looks bad for Mr. Gilmore

Looks bad for Mr. Gilmore CatWhisperer Sat, 01/21/2012 - 09:53

But that is what the preliminary hearing is all about, showing that there is enough evidence to bring things to trial. Obviously, there is. Convictions, however, don't occur at preliminary hearings, and those hearings are biased predominantly for the prosecution. There not much defense counsel input into them.

Looking at what was reported on the Coloradoan story quoted below, the most damaging piece of evidence is the watch. How did the watch get to be in the area? I won't get into conjecture on that one point, because that is a crucial piece of evidence. Kind of like homie's broken hand that didn't hit nobody. Some thoughts on everything else though:

  • The burns are probably explainable. One possible reason is manufacturing charcoal.
  • There's any numerous reasons for having a bandage on the hand.
  • Was there clothing with accelerant smell on them or evidence of combustion. Some forensic chemical analysis of clothing similar to what they do when they test for gunshot residue.
  • There are thousands of black hoods in the Fort Collins area. The problem I have with this piece of video evidence is resolution. The other problem is contrast. Try the experiment at home. After midnight take a video of your kid or significant other half way down the block in a black hoodie. What do you get? I haven't tried this myself, BTW, but will tonight. I'll post the results when I can.
  • Whatever happened to the "homeless individuals"? That theory appears to have slipped quietly under the water like a submarine. Remember what I've said about insurance companies not paying without a suspect/conviction.
  • Motive still comes to mind. Or for that matter instability. The sign at the Occupy gathering "Legalize Paragliding" still tweaks me.

Taken in total, though yes, a jury needs to decide. Saying that, I would sincerely ask Mr. Gilmore to look into himself, judge, and be a man. If you did it, spare your wife, family, loved ones, supporters, and the taxpayer a bunch of grief. If you did it own up.

If you can honestly take that look and say “no, I didn't do it”, then fight like an animal. Remember though, it's not about guilt or innocence, but rather about what you can convince a jury to believe.

Coloradoan Story: Investigators say at time of his arrest Penny Flats fire suspect had 'blistering, peeling' wounds
Corresponding story: Evidence linking Fort Collins fire to activist detailed (not quoted)
Author: Robert Allen
Quote (1/21/2012 Updated story):

 A judge today bound over for trial all seven charges - including attempted murder and arson - against Benjamin David Gilmore in the case of the Oct. 24 Penny Flats fire.

The lead Fort Collins police detective investigating the fire testified in today's evidentiary hearing that when suspect Benjamin David Gilmore was arrested, he had blistering, peeling wounds on his hand and foot.

Gilmore was arrested after investigators found a watch engraved with his name at the downtown Fort Collins fire scene, according to Detective Mike Averch.

After that, police began to watch Gilmore and saw him testify at a Fort Collins City Council meeting wearing black gloves and on another occasion with a bandage on his hand.

Gilmore, 30, a local beekeeper and Occupy Fort Collins activist, was arrested Nov. 4 on arson charges.

Benjamin Gilmore was taken into custody near Picnic Rock, according to police testimony. Following his arrest, authorities searched Gilmore's vehicle and found a black hooded sweatshirt, fire wood, a gas can, start sticks and gauze with bodily secretions on it, according to police testimony.

This month, the Larimer County District Attorney's Office added a second arson count, a second criminal mischief count and two attempted first-degree murder charges to the original arson charge in the case.

Earlier during today's preliminary hearing, prosecutors showed a cell phone video of the fire shot by a third-floor Penny Flats resident who reported seeing a man wearing a black hoodie and green pants running from the scene, according to prosecutors.

Gilmore was an early supporter of Occupy Fort Collins, which had set up camp a block away from where the fire burned. Days before his arrest, he addressed City Council asking the city to be more accommodating to the movement.

Gilmore faces a total of seven counts, all felonies. The attempted murder counts, class 2 felonies, carry sentences on conviction of eight to 24 years in prison. The two arson and two criminal mischief counts are class 3 felonies, each with possible penalties of four to 12 years in prison.

 

Observe Eighth Judicial District Modus Operandi

Observe Eighth Judicial District Modus Operandi CatWhisperer Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:33

With respect to the Coloradoan story quoted below, I can honestly say, from very personal experience, that this is the standard modus operandi in this Eighth Judicial District of Colorado. Stop a second, and step back. Look at the forest, instead of the trees in front of your face.  What year is this? 2012, duh. What is this year? Umm. An election year. Pray tell, who is term limited this year? Head scratching? Yes, well I want y'all to think, deep and well about this because if you DON'T pay attention, you, dear electorate, will be played like a cheap violin, and might I venture to say, yet again.

What my next question would be is: Has Mr. Gilmore given notice that he is taking it to trial or has he refused a plea. When my incident with the Larimer County employee, related in posts below this one, occurred and I responded to criminal charges with a lawsuit against the county employee, they operated in the same fashion.

What is really going on here? What I mention above is hypothesis trying to explain known data. But please recall a certain individual that was wrongfully convicted that cost to the county probably $14,000,000 (no accounting on that exactly, yet). Watch out we don't repeat the same here to forward somebody's career via the proxy of a sacrificial victim… That's a topic to be covered in the Elections 2012 section though.

Coloradoan Story: Attempted murder added to Occupy activist's charges in Penny Flats fire case
Author: Robert Allen
Quote:

A Fort Collins beekeeper and Occupy activist, accused of starting a fire causing $10 million in damage to an Old Town building complex, now faces two additional charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, an outspoken Occupy Fort Collins activist, remains out on a $250,000 bond after he was arrested Nov. 4.

The Larimer County District Attorney's Office has since added a second arson count, a second criminal mischief count and the two murder charges. Officials have released limited information regarding Gilmore's arrest because all supporting documents have been sealed by court order.

Prosecutors are expected to reveal evidence against Gilmore at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.

Gilmore is suspected of starting the Oct. 24 fire that destroyed the four-story Mason Street Flats building under construction at 311 Mason St. and damaged the next-door Penny Flats, a residential and mixed-use retail building. He has declined media requests for interviews, and his attorney has said he maintains his innocence.

Gilmore, a registered Republican, was an early supporter of Occupy Fort Collins, which had set up camp a block away from where the fire burned. Days before his arrest, he addressed City Council asking the city to be more accommodating to the movement.

Gilmore faces a total of seven counts, all felonies. The attempted murder counts, class 2 felonies, carry sentences on conviction of eight to 24 years in prison. The two arson and two criminal mischief counts are class 3 felonies, each with possible penalties of four to 12 years in prison.

Insurance scapegoat for Brinkman?

Insurance scapegoat for Brinkman? CatWhisperer Thu, 12/22/2011 - 08:37

NOTE: Updated 11/13/2016

An interesting development in the case of Mr. Benjamin Gilmore. First off, if you don't believe he did it, please join the Facebook account supporting him, https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperjustice.

At first I thought he did, due to the sign he held at one of the Coloradoan photo shoots. But then other things came to light that caused me to change my mind:

  • There have been allegations of homeless individuals sleeping in the area where the fire was burned.
  • One report stated that a construction worker told the homeless individuals that they could sleep there.
  • Homeless individuals were reported as acting suspiciously after the incident at the Occupy Fort Collins gathering.
  • One report from Denver has a commentator stating that: "It's sexier to blame this guy than to have homeless individuals being accused". That I think came from a Denver Post news reporter.

Then we come to the idea that is bothering me. Brinkman Partners was the general contractor for the project. Occupy Fort Collins was making much noise a block away, on the site of the tire store, which was also slated for redevelopment.  Insurance companies don't pay on arson claims unless there is a suspect in custody and a conviction occurs! Think folks... A man, happily married, kid on the way (if I remember correctly) with a thriving business just up and decides one day to become an arsonist and burn down a building under construction. How likely is the scenario? Is this the normal modus operandi of an arsonist?

Here's a second idea. Is anybody interested in the business property of Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore? Has there been any offers to buy up the lot prior to this arson? So my question to you, people of Fort Collins is:  Did Benjamin Gilmore really do this crime or is this a massive case of "Arson Fraud", to the tune of $10,000,000?

Burning The Beekeeper - The Conviction of Benjamin Gilmore

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There are individuals who stood to profit from this fire. My belief is that the Occupy protest provided a very good smoke screen for an insurance payout arson scam here in town, knowing that the authorities would be looking at Occupy protesters, and not following the train of money and motive.

Why would a pacifist commit arson? What benefit was there to Mr. Gilmore in burning down Penny Flats? What benefit did that arson have for others? I can't name names, because it's all conjecture and suspicion on my part, but I damn sure hope that this is not another Tim Masters fiasco that will cost the local taxpayer MILLIONS! AGAIN!

I don't know who lit the fire.

I know that a high-profile building project burned and spread to an adjacent occupied building and resulted in much damage.

I really don't care about Brinkman's financial losses.

I know that a suspect is in jail with an unreasonable bond.

I know that people are presumed guilty without supporting evidence. 

I know that 8th JD prosecutors prevail at trial anyway and obtain plea bargains through coercion and threats.

I don't know Mr. Gilmore but he deserves for truth and justice to prevail. 

Looks as though if you comment in a sane and thoughtful manner the trolls vote you down mercilessly.  When I heard about what was being done to Ben I KNEW it was all lies; he  would NEVER do such a thing.  Unfortunately, this is Fort Collins where they railroaded Tim Masters, Stacy Lynne and God only knows how many others.  The city and county just disgust and appall me.  The whole government, court system, power structure there needs to be utterly demolished.

My observations from observing much of this trial convinced me the DA had other suspects they should have considered. The smoking gun (watch at the scene) was not enough to convict Mr. Gilmore because there were plausible scenarios to consider that were not. Mr. Gilmore testified consistently, calmly, and credibly.

Ms. Humphries on the other hand, worked overtime to stir up sympathy of the victims and thus, the jury.  This tactic nicely overrides the lack of evidence. Dramatic re-enactment speculating how the fire started was ridiculous considering Mr. Gilmore has one arm and could not have climbed a two-story wall with a gas can. There were many accusations that were unsubstantiated and half the jury understood this.

For all we know, spontaneous combustion, lightening, or a Molotov cocktail hurled by whoever left their bike helmet and Sterno can near the scene could have ignited the fire.

A motions hearing yesterday Dec 14 resulted in the following settings:

Trial is set to start Sept 16 and run 5 days a week for up to 4 weeks. Pretrial conference August 12, 9 am.

Norm Townsend is representing Ben, with cooperation of others in the PD office (attorneys Esser and Lowry and the PD investigator).

Justice would be to dismiss charges against Mr. Gilmore and seek out the other suspects that probably left the area by now. The guy who threatened to light the fire and then claimed he did it... Might be a good place to start.  Actually heard that he was allowed to leave the state while on probation here, and now can't be found. I hope our system works better than that, but who from probation would clarify it?

What have taxpayers already paid to prosecute Mr Gilmore? Admit defeat and move on, Ms. Humphries. You did not prove your case.

Catwhisperer's Blog

Catwhisperer's Blog CatWhisperer Tue, 11/22/2016 - 17:37

These are my own personal opinions, concerns, rants, gripes, moans, etc., that didn't fit the story or article format. Where necessary, I've changed them to articles when the story is more about events.

Ever read a book that really pissed you off?

Ever read a book that really pissed you off? CatWhisperer Sun, 04/21/2013 - 15:24

Note: Updated 11/25/2016

One of those that gets your blood boiling, your blood pressure and heartbeat up? If you have you know the feeling. I just finished reading through such a book. The name of the book is "Drawn to Injustice", by Timothy Masters with Steve Lehto. It's well worth whatever they charge for it.

Having done my share in removing Judges Blair and Gilmore in 2010, what gets me pissed is that I've personal experience with some of these individuals, and the shell game they play with both justice and truth. How many more perpetrations in Larimer County remain undiscovered? How many more innocents sent from this jurisdiction to DOC on false testimony, malfeasant prosecution, and with the help of the fantasies of statistical phrenologists? Innocents that just didn't have the luck of drawing a Maria Liu… You know, where there is smoke there is fire, and an iceberg only shows 10% of it's volume above the surface.

It irks that as you read, you find out that one of the main individuals who fought TOOTH and NAIL to prevent justice for Tim Masters after Maria Liu became involved was Cliff Riedel, who got 'elected' in our judicial district to District Attorney in 2012. 'Elected' in quotes because he ran unopposed (again unopposed in 2016… What is up with that?). What is wrong with this jurisdiction when many a good lawyer didn't want to have the position? How much money did Mr. Riedel cost the local taxpayer fighting every request that Maria Liu made, to the point where the Larimer County DA's office had to be removed from the case. Interesting that once the question got outside of the control of this jurisdiction, justice was served.

We hope that in the end, justice prevailed for Tim Masters. The money he was awarded may not recover the time lost in prison under a false conviction, but it will help in the future. However, for the People of the State of Colorado, the victim Peggy Hettrick, and her family, there is no justice. In the megalomania chase after Mr. Masters over the years, individuals who's duty it was to effectuate justice wound up perverting that justice, and got away with that perversion. Will the murdered of Peggy Hettrick ever be bought to justice? Probably not, and only the tolling of time will bring final justice to that individual.

The thought comes to mind that maybe there's a lot more swept under the rug in this jurisdiction. Maybe some of the intensity of the fight against Tim Master's release was that there was fear that the rug would eventually be lifted to expose the dirt underneath. We expectantly await the day when the rug gets pulled up so that the vermin and dirt gets cleaned up. Until then, continue to expect the status quo ante

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The problems with the justice system are still with us to this day, and so called election of Cliff Riedel as District Attorney just continues the legacy of incompetence that was displayed in the Tim Masters case. What I find funny is that I have asked Cliff Riedel some questions about my case and others, that show the incompetence of Elliot Phelps in my case and others. What has been the response of the ethical Cliff Riedel? Silence and refusal to answer these questions. I guess he thought he could keep it out of court, but I have a civil case, where I will present evidence of three doctors perjuring themselves so Thomas Lynch could gain a position on the bench of the 8th JD much like Blair and Gilmore gained their positions. One has to wonder why Erin McElroy, Thomas Lynch and Elliot Phelps could gain an understanding of the information and know that perjury was used in the case. The dirt bags that were present in the District Attorney's office have only gained more experience as dirt bags. I hope there is a very big truck to take away the dirt under the rug because it may be a more than a couple of loads.

I found the book so interesting I donated a copy to the DA's Office. Maybe they sneak peaks in the bathroom.

As for Broderick's retirement on easy street, I'd question if anyone would agree to serve on a local grand jury  after that slap in the face (Ken Buck). His decision should have been left to a jury.

Disturbing that justice takes so long, if it ever comes. Usually it does not. Former Judge Gilmore didn't mind prosecutorial misconduct, perjury from witnesses, ineffective counsel,  or evidence tampering as he sat behind the bench either. And he's left a sad legacy of illegal and harsh sentences. Shame on Gilmore for many things, including his friendship with Dr. Hammond.

RIP Nikki Hound

RIP Nikki Hound CatWhisperer Sun, 05/22/2011 - 21:23

May you rest in peace good friend, Nikki Hound

Go roll in the carcasses wherever thou be, dear friend, you were always a Good Girl... Actually, I didn't much like dogs till I met her!

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Sometimes I think it's us more than them. They are in a better place, no matter what your version of the afterlife is in most wisdom traditions.

This post came up randomly on the days popular content, and I never noticed how close the day of taking the picture was to the day of her passing. She wouldn't look at the camera. Methinks she knew she was at the end of her walk down the path…

Murrvalus's Blog

Murrvalus's Blog Site Meister Tue, 08/30/2016 - 17:27

These are entries from Valeda Murr's Blog on the old site that I've decided to resurrect for posterity. I knew Valeda for a long time, well over thirty years. So this is a memorial to her. She is missed and I hope to see her in the afterlife so that I can again enjoy her sarcastic humor, constant wit, and loving presence.

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Petitioners in front of Ace Hardware

Petitioners in front of Ace Hardware murrvalus Mon, 07/18/2011 - 19:42

So, I went for a job interview down by the Ace hardware on East Harmony.  Three petitioners (2 men, 1 woman)  for the ballot issue of closing the dispensaries were sitting outside.  I was early so I sat outside about 10 feet away and listened to the lies they were telling people.  I heard them repeatedly telling people that since the dispensaries opened up, possession of marijuana crime has gone up 300%.  They are claiming that drug pushers are buying the marijuana at dispensaries and then selling it to teenagers.  This is crap, the drug pushers aren't going to do this because it would kill their profit margin.  They are claiming that marijuana use among teenagers has risen.  I waited until after my interview to walk over and say something to them. 

I started by saying they were unthinking, uncaring and unfeeling.  They care only for their own views and not for the people who need the marijuana, especially those in chemo.  They replied they were not banning dispensaries only within Fort Collins city limits so people would only have to drive 3 or 4 miles farther (that would depend on where you live).  I said that obviously they had not had a loved one in the hospital with cancer that needed relief from the chemo.  You put in 30 hour days under these circumstances,  Driving just a little farther is just not feasible.  They also brought up Marinol, which I said doesn't work (and it doesn't).  I again called them unfeeling, uncaring and unthinking.  The woman especially got madder and madder, saying they were only trying to protect my grandchildren to which I replied that my children didn't need their help in protecting their children. 

The conversation went on for a few minutes and the woman got angrier and angrier.  Finally the last time I called them unfeeling, unthinking and uncaring, she was furious and her voice was raised.  She told me I just didn't understand and she did too care.  I figured it was good time to walk off, my good deed of the day was done.

I only saw 1 person sign in the 45 minutes I watched.  Most just shook their heads and kept walking, or told them the voters legalized it, leave it be.

They did say that today was the last day, so I suppose we can be grateful for that.  I truly hope that the people of Fort Collins can see past these out and out lies and exaggerations.

Is there a reporter on staff?

Is there a reporter on staff? murrvalus Tue, 06/21/2011 - 15:39

Has anyone else been following the story of the young man on the Frontier flight from Dallas to Denver that was removed because the pilot thought it was unsafe (not clear to who) to fly with him on board?  If you will notice in the many articles on the Internet, he is from Fort Collins.  Nice of the Coloradoan to do a story.  Ya gotta wonder if there is still one real reporter on staff.  I know for sure there is no proofreader, so maybe they did the same with the reporters. 

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I saw him on the trail taking photographs on the river one day that I was. I think it was Trevor Hughes. His camera was an iPad it looked like. I'll eventually post the pictures from that day in Poudre River Rising 2011. But a lot of the content does make you wonder. Too much reliance on feeds and syndicated content, IMHO.

Questions that need to be answered that could provide story line:

  • What is the status of the Broderick case.
  • Who did the drive-by downtown.
  • What was the cause of Brian Dean Porters death at LCDC.
  • And the death of the 25 year old before that.
  • Where is the new LDS temple going up.
  • so on and so forth…

I'm sure that if everybody got their own list and sent it in to Bob Moore, they would need to start hiring reporters to cover the possible stories and angles thereof.

Politics

Politics murrvalus Wed, 04/27/2011 - 18:05

I hope that this time the so-called "birthers" will sit down and shut up.  But it is probably a vain hope.  These fools are a waste of air.  And I am sure that now they will simply say it was forged.  Or put in the system later or some such dumb ass idea.

Obama is right, it is time for the silliness to end.  This country has major issues to be resolved and for the Republican Party to continue to do this is just ludicrous.  And it is the Republican Party, when two of their so-called front runners for next year are talking about it, it is a party platform.  Of course, if  I had to chose between Palin and Trump for president, I would prefer to move to another country.

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murrvalus,

I have to agree with you that the issue is not worth pursuing. But at the same time what was so secretive about the birth certificate, not to produce it. I do not think either side acted well over this whole thing. When Obama was asked to produce a birth certificate, and he did not. That raises it own set of questions. Then when most of the Republicans said they were happy with whatever had been produced before. The reason this debate continued was because Obama would not produce a document that most of can get in about five minutes if at home. I think the blame lies with everybody in the argument.  

Actually he did produce it, way back before he was a front runner for president.  It was the short form, the one that we all have copies of.  I pulled it up and looked at on the Internet back when the Republican dumbasses first brought it up.  He wasn't secretive, no one else was asked to produce theirs.  If he was the only one asked to produce it, to me that makes it a racial issue, would they have questioned his nation of birth had his father been French.  No.

I would hope that if his father had been French, that he would have been prevented from even being considered to run for office. I think that being French would have been a very serious liability. Then again I have spent to much time in France recently. But being French would explain the push for social programs. They are failing in France, and the rest of Europe, but we need to do the same????

I always found it surprising that the issue was even bought up in the last election. Constitutionally, the candidate that had a definite, obvious problem was the Republican candidate, Senator McCain, not then Congressman Obama. Think about it honestly, and not via right-think. McCain was born on a military base in the Panama Canal, thereby making him ineligible for the presidency. That's a plain fact. Sad too, because if anybody in the Senate has earned the privilege to lead this country, it would be Senator McCain, for his outstanding service to this nation.

What we all have to watch out for is Republican political-transference. Political-transference is where one party takes the issues created by itself or problems it itself has, and re-directs it to the other party. The example here is that though the actual constitutional problem occurred with McCain, the Republicans transferred it to Obama; at the same time mostly keeping McCain's constitutional problem obfuscated, apparently with a willingly complicit media.

Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution reads:
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president; …

There is precedent from the 19th century, where some of the presidents were from the Territories rather than one of the States. But the legal question becomes one of sovereignty. If Senator McCain has been born at the US Embassy in Panama there would be no issue. The US Embassy there is sovereign territory. However, a US military base is not. A US military base in a foreign country is there by invitation, usually, unless we happen to be at war with that country. Hence if born on such military base, that makes one a citizen of the country wherein that base resides, unless treaty dictates otherwise. But it DOES NOT make you a natural born citizen. Unless the Constitution changes…

So why does the right wing keep wasting our collective time with this nonsense?

The Government, i.e., taxes, defense, take from the poor and give to the rich

The Government, i.e., taxes, defense, take from the poor and give to the rich murrvalus Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:59

Once again the US congress boggles my mind.  Here is the simple way to view our "two party" system, the Democrats want to cut the defence budget and put the money in humanitarian programs, the Republicans want to cut the humanitarian programs and put most of it in the defence budget.  The rest should go in the pockets of the rich in tax cuts. 

If you make millions of dollars, you should be paying more taxes.  What we really need is to toss the IRS out the window and start from scratch, if you make 25,000 a year and are married with one or more children no taxes.  If you make 10 million a year, lots of taxes.  We need one system of taxation.  A flat percentage, adjusted somewhat those with children.  The less you make the less you pay.  No more crazy charts and weird deductions.  How about 5% of what you make, add a percentage for Social Security we could massively cut the federal budget by getting rid of the IRS.  Think of the savings there! 

Republicans in my opinion come in one color, green.  People with money vote Republican.  Tell me how many poor people vote Republican, because I don't know any.  Personally one of my heroes in the 60's was a Republican, Barry Goldwater has got to be rolling in his grave if he has the stomach to watch his party now.   All they care about is their wallet. 

And all both parties care about is getting reelected!

Lack of snow removal

Lack of snow removal murrvalus Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:31

Aren't businesses and homeowners supposed to remove the snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours after it has snowed?  I live in the vicinity of LaPorte and Shields.  Apparently the home and business owners in this area are exempt from the ordinance.  Because at least half haven't lifted a shovel all winter.  I guess if you wait long enough the snow will melt on it's own.  There is an apartment complex at the corner of LaPorte and Sheilds and its sidewalks are treacherous.  I don't think they have done a thing to remove the snow all winter.

These sidewalks are a hazard.  So take some time and clear your walks.

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But if you get injured walking to and fro on your daily business, you have good grounds for getting some money. But that sucks, and people should just get it shoveled. But it is a landlord and management company responsibility, not the responsibility of the tenants.

That's why it doesn't get done, and may not be enforceable as a clause in a lease.

Revolution

Revolution murrvalus Tue, 02/01/2011 - 20:29

As I watch the unfolding of revolutionary change in Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt, I wonder when the dictators around the world will figure out that in the 21st century, keeping the populace living in fear and ignorance is coming to an end.  A college professor of mine asked a question during a lecture, "What is the most important element needed by a populace to have democracy?"  Answer - an educated populace, and in my opinion, the second most important component is communication.  In today's world, planet wide communication is available in all countries.  Not perhaps to all people, but in all countries.  What began in Tunisia spread to Egypt, and now Jordan.  With mass communication, it will be harder and harder for dictators to maintain what is needed most to maintain power, ignorance. 

Death to ignorance means a birth of democracy.  Democracy is not perfect, no government is, but it remains the best we have. 

A heartfelt salute to those protestors in Egypt, may you step forward into a better future!

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From what they are protesting about the lack of jobs and opportunity, it may not be that long before this country is rioting much like they are Tunisia and Egypt. If Obama does not bring some real changes to the over-regulation of business I feel that we are not far behind.

For example, my mother was telling me of eye ointment that cost $3.00 a tube and about three different companies manufactured it. The Obama Administration came in and made regulations on the size of the tube, then made other regulations on the length and diameter of the end of the tube where the ointment comes out of the tube. Now there is only one company manufacturing this ointment and they are charging $28.00 for a tube that holds half as much as the one that cost $3.00.

If you think about this, Obama Care does the same thing for the creation of jobs. As Ed Schultz of MSNBC always rants about creating jobs for Americans. Think of this for a minute. The government is going to increase the regulations for complying with providing health care to employees. This same company can set up shop in many different countries and pay half the wage they do here, and they do not have provide any health insurance. If you owned the company what would you do? So we may not be that far behind having riots like Tunisia and Egypt, and for the same reasons.

I have finally gotten on board of Obama's slogan Hope and Change. 

I Hope we Change presidents 

On this topic, try buying your medications out of country by mail-order.

Upside: They cost pennies on the dollar, so you can afford them (rather than die) even if you don't have The Obama's soon to be mandated insurance.

Upside: They are made by the same generic drug compounder that supply your local Walgreens, so you know they are safe.

Downside: Depending on the medication, buying prescription meds on the Internet is a 3rd or 4th degree felony that could put you in a Colorado prison for 12 years.

Thank God we live in a "free" country!

You betcha, she's hoping we change presidents too. Do you really want to go there Gregg? Could you imagine the Office of POTUS filled by Sarah Palin?

I'd watch out what you wish for Gregg, LOL

Cat,

I am not saying that I want Sarah, I am just saying I want someone who will place the economy above some social agenda (like Health Care). The economy needs jobs!!! Obama creates a need for health care as most people have health care from jobs. No jobs no health care, manufactured emergency. Why, Obama did not work on jobs for the past two years, then health care? Now it is being fought in court by 26 States. What a waste of two years. Now the Egypt thing, oil prices going up, in the middle of a depression. Obama could have done a lot better for America, with the creation of jobs then work on the social agenda. IMHO.

Yes, he could and should have done a lot better.

The needed healthcare reform was botched and as it stands is a fiasco. 

We are still mired in two wars we can not afford.  There are more cameras on every street corner across major US cities.  The patriot act is still in place.

Large multinational corporations with allegiances to nothing except their own greed still get tax breaks as they outsource jobs.  And you can't blame them, as they don't know what the tax laws will be the day after tomorrow.

Companies like Corrections Inc. still lobby for mandatory minimums for minor drug offenses, and are successful; and the Feds are still busting MMJ grows, contrary to Obama's directives.

In the last election the Libertarians ran a turn-coat crackpot, Barr, who a few years earlier wanted to criminalize everything from pot to porn.

I hope 2012 will provide us with a better Libertarian candidate.

A new decade begins

A new decade begins murrvalus Fri, 12/31/2010 - 12:40

And so begins a new decade, for me it begins with high hopes.  A new start in Ft. Collins, a new job, my son newly married and expecting the end of May.  My daughter and her family returned from three years in Germany.

I also lost an uncle this year, one of the penalties of getting older, and a high school friend to cancer.

I am grateful for all the good things in my life and chose to put aside the bad and look forward to a new year and a new decade with a positive outlook.  Remember to try and make someone else smile every day, this was something my late husband did, and it does send positive energy back to you.  Say please and thank you.  Tell those you love, that you love them often.  Be kind to the planet, it is the only one we have.  Be safe and have a great new year!

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech murrvalus Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:26

At last an intelligent way to battle censorship. As long as the Coloradoan sees fit to ban those whose viewpoint they don't like, may there always be ways to sail around it.

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Why Selection of Judges is Important

I would like to comment on the recent appointment of the two new judges. I am so glad that no candidates from the Larimer County DA's Office, and the Larimer County Attorneys Office made it past the selection committee. As none of the candidates presented to Gov. Ritter were from these offices. I think that the selection process worked, and that the selection committee did listen to those who called in and expressed concern about past actions that they have experienced from the work that was done by both the District Attorney (DA) and Larimer County Attorney personnel. The Fort Collins Coloradoan, has been deleting many comments about this from the public comment section.

From the experience that I have had with both the DA's and Larimer County Attorneys offices, I feel that future judges should not be appointed from either of these offices. First after Elliot Phelps, Special Investigator for the 8th Judicial District, investigated and determined that Linda Connors (Larimer County Attorney) and Angela Mead and Susan Kaul (Department of Human Services) made false statements in child abuse case, but found that these statements were not material.

The question becomes, do the citizens of Larimer County want to appoint a judge from a pool of applicants that are willing to make false statement in a child abuse case (Larimer County Attorneys Office)? Or, do the citizens of Larimer County want to appoint a judge from a pool of applicants that are willing to use the testimony from a source that their own investigator determined will make false statements in a child abuse case (Larimer County District Attorneys Office)?    

I have to add that from personal experience from the work of David Vandenberg and Andy Lewis that these are also two individuals that should not ever be considered for appointments to the bench. Work that is done by Renee Doak should also prevent her from being appointed for a position on the bench. the use of false and fabricated evidence should never be the end result of any criminal investigation. David Vandenberg, Andy Lewis and Renee Doak have all demonstrated that this in fact an acceptable practice and thus they should never be recommended for appointments to the bench in Larimer County, or any other county or state.

I for one would not like to see any appointments come from either of these offices, as the actions in my case and from others that I have heard about that involve DHS have shown that the truth is not the goal of the DA's Office. I will not go into the Tim Master's case. Citizens in Larimer County deserve to have judges appointed that have demonstrated that the truth is the most important commodity in the legal system. Up to this point this has not been demonstrated by those who are currently employed in the Larimer County District Attorneys Office nor is the truth important to those employed by the Larimer County Attorneys Office.

Why the Larimer County Board of Commissioners accepts all of these problems that are being generated by County employees from the Larimer County Department of Human Services (DHS) is hard to understand. The only explanation is that as DHS is funded by federal grants, that the county is willing to allow and hide these criminal acts to continue to receive the funding source for the county. While this money should be used for the intended purpose, of helping the less fortunate, not being diverted to the Sheriffs Department.   

One thing that should make one question the current motives of those employed in these positions that uphold our legal system, is that not one person from either of these offices joined the effort that citizens of Larimer County ultimately decided with their votes that the Larimer County Justice system is broken. Not one person stood with those who worked to bring about the votes that showed the door to Blair and Gilmore. The citizens of Larimer County should ask themselves why not one of the current employees of the county judicial system participated in the effort of the citizens to help bring about a better justice system in Larimer County?

 

Gregg Leverett