Monthly Archives: August 2011


Color us red in 2012?

(Denver Post, Aug. 28) I wish Tom Tancredo was Governor of Colorado. I wish Scott McInnis was. Heck, I wish the ill–starred Dan Maes was governor. Any Republican, any conservative, rather than the limousine liberal Democrat we’re stuck with, John Hickenlooper.

Head On TV: Hang onto Your Wallet

Coloradans had better brace to fend off the same bad idea as President Obama wants to impose nationally: higher taxes, warns John Andrews in the August round of Head On TV debates. No, replies Susan Barnes–Gelt, the idea is a good one and indeed doesn&sdquo;t go far enough. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over the Tea Party, the Obama record, debt and deficit issues, and the Denver mayor&sdquo;s wobbly start.

Fracking poses no threat, none, to public health

(Centennial Fellow) The misinformation was so great in a recent guest op–ed in the Denver Post that it could not have been manufactured by one person alone. It took a consumer group organizer, a member of the Sierra Club and a trouper from George Soros&sdquo;s to misrepresent a salvational technology known as fracking as a weapon of mass destruction.

Unasked questions in syrupy series on Islam

Are many Muslims devoted to a doctrine called jihad, which commands violence against infidels, and another doctrine called sharia, which forbids obedience to the U.S. constitution or any other civil government? Do many Muslims interpret the Koran to require brutal abuse of women, gays, Jews, and Christians?

Immigration favoritism mocks the rule of law

Again the Obama administration announced that bureaucrats may decide when they will ignore laws. This instance involves illegal immigrants. But that’s not the point. The true problem is inconsistent, arbitrary application of government.

Where the buck stops

(Washington Times, Aug. 12) Perhaps the most telling remark during the whole of the debt–ceiling negotiations came on Aug. 7 from White House consultant David Axelrod. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Axelrod echoed a growing chant from the left wing: The Standard and Poor’s downgrade of America’s credit rating was “essentially the Tea Party downgrade,” he charged—adding that the “Tea Party brought us to the brink of default.”

Despite pundits’ scorn, Tea Party won big

(Nantucket)The 18th century English political sage Edmund Burke wrote that the vigor of any society can be measured by the “balance between its impulses of innocence and decadence”. He further noted that when that balance tilts decisively toward decadence then “decline is steady and inexorable”.

Mortgage miscreants nailed in ‘Reckless Endangerment’

(’76 Contributor) Authors Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner have done the country great service with their book, Reckless Endangerment, recently noted at # 1 on the New York Times hardcover business reading list. If you anguish and puzzle as I do about our country’s future, here’s what you need to know about the mortgage meltdown and the unpunished scoundrels behind it.

Tea Party on a winning streak

(The Daily Caller, Aug. 9) Terrorists, are we? How banal the left’s invective has become. Fiscal responsibility is no doubt a terrifying prospect to the irresponsible spenders and entitlement addicts. But really: In their horror of sobering up, can’t Vice President Joe Biden, Congressman Mike Doyle, and Joe Nocera of the New York Times do better than to equate Tea Party patriots with suicide bombers?

Media coverage of Summit was national & then some

Centennial Institute tips our hat to Jim Czupor and Marta Sipecki of InterPro Group public relations firm in Denver, who served expertly as press secretaries for Western Conservative Summit 2011, July 29–31 in Denver. (They previously handled the same duties for Tribute to the Troops with Sarah Palin, May 2 at the CCU campus.) You can learn more about their firm at After each day’s program wound up at the Summit, Jim burned the late oil compiling a log of media coverage. His own words after the final day give the best summary: “Pretty amazing!”