Monthly Archives: December 2010

More on CoDA’s blue machine: What 2010 showed

(’76 Editor) My column yesterday, two posts below this one, didn’t have room for several important quotes from sources I talked to. I will add them here. First, as a valuable reference, don’t miss Isaac Smith’s comprehensive bibliography of published material about the Colorado Democracy Alliance and related groups. It’s a sort of election transparency primer, which Smith has authorized Centennial Institute to release for the first time. Election Transparency – A Primer Continue reading

‘Air raid Pearl Harbor. This is not a drill’

(CCU Student) “Air raid Pearl Harbor. This is not a drill,” went the frantic radio message from Patrol Wing Two HQ on this day 69 years ago. Early on December 7th 1941, Japanese aircraft wreaked havoc on the majority of the United States Navy. The ships in the harbor of Oahu, Hawaii were close together and completely unprepared for an attack of the magnitude that startled the country out of its stupor. The Japanese knew the attack had to be swift and deadly; otherwise, the attempt to cripple the US would have been utterly useless. The attempt did leave the United States reeling, but it truly just served to awaken a slumbering resolve to win. Continue reading

Election transparency overdue

(Denver Post, Dec. 5) What is CoDA? If you said a rock group, a wonder drug, or a state agency, you’re wrong. It’s the Colorado Democracy Alliance, today’s smartphone successor to the old dialup state Democratic Party. CoDA’s coup in turning Colorado blue is related in this year’s most important political book, “The Blueprint,” by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer. Continue reading

Policy brief envisions ‘Better Schools on Lower Budgets’

Colorado’s second straight year of inevitable cuts in state aid to education can become an opportunity to improve learning performance while shedding needless costs, according to a policy brief from the Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University’s think tank. The paper is online here: Centennial Policy Brief No. 2010–2 Continue reading

North Korea: Time to get serious, America

(CCU Student) Recently Kim Jong–un was deemed the prospective heir to replace the aging Kim Jong Il. Reading over the article on bbc.uk titled, “Boy Meets World”, I could not help but ask, “What IS the Obama administration’s plan for North Korea?” On November 23, 2010 the Korea DPR fired missiles onto a disputed territory (island) off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and again on the 26th—yet our President appears to not have an elaborative and definitive response. Continue reading