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Colorado Shooting

I’m sorry for the folks who were killed, injured or harmed in any way by the Colorado movie theater shooting.

Here is a list of the 26 mass murders in the United States in the past 30 years.

This nation is violent and sick.

July 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Thank You Tea Party For Running Crazy Senate Candidates

THANK YOU TEA PARTY FOR RUNNING CRAZY SENATE CANDIDATES IN NEVADA,DELAWARE & COLORADO THAT ALLOWED DEMOCRATS TO KEEP THE SENATE EVEN IN THIS BIG REPUBLICAN YEAR.

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Mitt Romney Not First Mormon Running For President To Rack Up Second Place Finishes

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney finished second in the Republican New Hampshire primary yesterday. This comes after his second place finish in the Iowa caucus last week.

Governor Romney had invested a great deal of money in both states, but was unable to win. The people did not want him.

Governor Romney is not the first Mormon candidate for President to run up a string of second place finishes in the Presidential nominating process.

In 1976, Democratic Representative Morris K. Udall (photo above) of Arizona finished second in six primaries without winning a single one. He finished third in seven primaries.

Rep. Udall was a Mormon.   

In New Hampshire, Rep. Udall lost to Jimmy Carter 28% to 23%. Birch Bayh of Indiana ran third with 15%.

Morris K. Udall was a great liberal.  

However, running second does not get the job done—As Governor Romney is finding out.

As far as I can recall or read, Udall’s Mormonism was not an issue in 1976.

This may have been because religion was not the same kind of issue it is today, and because the Democratic primary electorate in 1976 did not have a religious litmus test for candidates the way the Republican electorate does in 2008.

Udall’s brother Stewart was Secretary of the Interior for President Kennedy.

Two Udalls serve in the House of Representatives today.

Democrat Mark Udall, son of Mo, represents the second district of Colorado. This district is focused on western suburbs of Denver and on Boulder.

Mark Udall is running for Senate to win the seat of retiring Republican Senator Wayne Allard.   

Stewart’s son, Democrat Tom Udall, represents New Mexico’s third district in the U.S. House. This district includes Santa Fe, Clovis and much of the top one-third of New Mexico.  

This Udall is also running for the U.S. Senate. He is running for the seat being vacated by Republican Pete Domenici.

A Udall cousin is Republican Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon. Senator Smith will hopefully be defeated for reelection in 2008.

1/16/08—Update—Romney has broken the Udall/Mormon curse and won the Michgan primary.

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Colorado’s 6th U.S. House District—These Are The People Who Elect Immigrant Basher Tom Tancredo

  

Immigrant-basher Tom Tancredo is a U.S. Representative from Colorado and a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination. 

As a member of the Colorado House, Mr. Tancredo was a member of a group called ” the crazies.” These were representatives engaged in extreme tax cutting in Colorado. Before joining Congress, Mr. Tancredo was head of a libertarian think tank.

Congressman Tancredo has written the book  In Mortal Danger  about immigration to the United States. ( That title might also cover the genocide of Native Americans that made white settlement in Colorado possible.) He has called Miami a “third-world country.” Mr. Tancredo wants to tax money that immigrants send back home. He may feel that Mexico is not poor enough already. 

Here is the Tancredo Watch blog which stopped adding new entries when Mr. Tancredo announced he would not be running for reelection.

I’ve wondered who would elect such a mean person to Congress? ( I know— Plenty of people would.)

Representative Tancredo represents the 6th District of Colorado.

Here is information about the 6th District of Colorado from the 2008 Almanac of American Politics.

” Two generations ago, most people in metro Denver lived inside the city itself….Today, more than three-quarters of metro Denver residents live outside the city, some in long-settled suburbs, some in huge new subdivisions raised up in the 1990’s and 2000’s…..You can see the boundaries to these areas in Littleton, originally a long-settled suburb just south of Denver, but now extending to vast new tracts; this is the site of the massacre at the Columbine High School….Just south of Littleton is Douglas County…from 1990 to 2003 it was the fastest growing county in the United States as young families moved into 35 acre “ranchettes”…and took high paying telecommunications jobs.

In 2000, Douglas was the nation’s most affluent county in median household income and had the smallest percentage of people living in poverty….This is patio land, as David Brooks has described, with a high-tech economy, a highly educated population with relatively conservative cultural values, family men and women who want to create a safe, comfortable environment for their children with the serenity if not the personal ties of the traditional small town…”The fastest growing regions of the country tend to have the highest concentrations of children, young families move away from what they perceive as disorder, vulgarity and danger and move to places like Douglas County,” Brooks wrote…”

Just a few thoughts–    

What took place at Columbine High School was awful, but can you imagine how mean some of those kids must have been to students who were different or perceived as “losers.” You don’t deserve to die for insulting people, yet one wonders what adult supervision and help there was to create a culture of respect in the schools of a community such as the one detailed above. It’s clear enough that the parents in that school district were content to have a Congressman make his name off of attacking people who are different.

I also note that the people of this district do not seem very vulnerable to losing their jobs to lower-paid immigrants. What is it they are afraid of? Denver-proper has long had a large Hispanic population. I don’t always subscribe to fully racial explanations of anti-immigrant sentiment, but in this case it seems race might play a large part.

Here in Houston many of the high-growth areas are very ethnically diverse. That does not seem to be the case in at least Mr. Tancredo’s part of the Denver-area. His district is listed as 1.9% black, 2.6% Asian and 5.8% of Hispanic origin.

I’m glad Mr. Tancredo is leaving Congress at the end of his current term.     

December 10, 2007 Posted by | Books, Campaign 2008, Immigration, Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments