Republicans Can’t Win on Issues So Revert to Re-Igniting the Culture Wars
by Art Goodtimes
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Head: Republicans Can’t Win on Issues So Revert to Re-Igniting the Culture Wars

Up Bear Creek

By Art Goodtimes

PALIN DRONE … I’m your everywoman soccer mom. Hockey jockey. Pit bull with lipstick. I stand by my man. My unwed daughter. My son I’m shipping off to Iraq … Yep, get ready for another round of the Rovian culture wars. Religion dumbed down and bitter. Campaigns trying to lure the working class into tax cuts for the rich, our military into unilateral foreign adventures and oil riches for corporate profiteers. To seduce the poor into deeper poverty and the uninsured into voting against their own self interest … Read George Lakoff at Huffington’s Post for the best Palinalyis I’ve read so far … And here’s what ex-Norwoodian and astute observer of the Colorado political landscape Randy Russell has to say, “Sitting here in a swing state, I can report that watching any local channels is already a barrage of image advertisements. You folks in New Mexico and Nevada are getting that as well. We're not expensive media markets, so I assume all slots are already booked. I think the Obama campaign has the resources to both counter the image stuff and still push issues. But I think we're in for culture wars again, as the GOP has no other choice given the vice grip on the party by the extreme right wing. Any pro-choice VP pick would have killed their base, and what they picked up would be cancelled by that base staying home. We're in for non-specific insipid sound bites appealing only to gut images ad nauseam again” … And here’s a response from a person involved in community organizing who didn’t appreciate the body slams from his own party, “As a life-long Republican, the comments I heard last night about community organizing crossed the line. It is one thing to question someone's experience, another to demean the work of millions of hard working Americans who take time to get involved in their communities. When people come together in my church hall to improve our community, they're building the Kingdom of God in San Diego. We see the fruits of community organizing in safer streets, new parks, and new affordable housing. It's the spirit of democracy for people to have a say and we need more of it,” said Bishop Roy Dixon, prelate of the Southern California 4th Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ … And bottom line, all the other inappropriatenesses about this woman’s candidacy aside, once again the Republican party betrays its own roots by giving us rhetoric about fiscal responsibility, while offering a candidate who promises only to dig taxpayers deeper into the deficit hole. According to the website <>, “Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla. That amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.”

WEEKLY QUOTA … “Be well – and be ready. Change is upon us, coming in all sorts of ways, perhaps no less profound than the one at the KT boundary! Not a good time for the dinosaurs among us – but for Homo telluridensis an opportunity not to be missed!” –Gary Lincoff

WATERSHED PROTECTION … It was sad, but oh so predictable for the Norwood Town Council to catch flak for trying to set up a municipal watershed protection district, particularly as runaway gas leasing starts to encroach on the town’s municipal water supply … Sad because watershed protection is a good goal – one that only municipalities are authorized to enact. Nearly 40 municipalities in the state have some level of watershed protection. Grand Junction prohibits “high risk activities,” in its watershed, and Palisade prohibits the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers without a permit … But the over-the-top reaction on the part of a few outspoken local characters was predictable too because Norwood’s council went about it almost the textbook wrong way – announcing a draconian draft ordinance before identifying the problems and isolating reasonable solutions … There are two kinds of municipal protection ordinances in Colorado: prescriptive and performance-based. Prescriptive ordinances contain numbers or specific measurements, like requiring a 25-foot setback from a property line. Performance-based ordinances regulate or prohibit uses that could pollute the water … Making every property owner in the watershed area come running to the Norwood Town Hall for permits to build a fence, or cut a tree, or whatever, is not in keeping with the quality of life and restrained government that Old West communities like Norwood find desirable. But at the same time, no one wants to see a wildcat driller puncture holes in a water table and poison our drinking water with unregulated and toxic frac’ing materials … Let’s hope Norwood doesn’t give up on watershed protection, like an earlier board did, but let’s also hope they go about it by consulting folks within the protection area and find out what’s reasonable and what the problems really are.

CARL MARCUS … If you haven’t visited <>, then you haven’t seen what our resident backwoods Thoreauvian has been doing with his big photo lens lately. It’s nothing short of stunning.

UNDERGROUND POWERLINES … Although San Miguel County’s decision to force undergrounding of a new Tri-State powerline from Nucla to Telluride was overturned by the Colorado PUC and we were drawn into a legal nightmare that we’ve managed to negotiate out of – reaching a shared cost settlement to protect our source of power from interruption and all the attendant chaos and cost that would bring – the California PUC has come out with a new report blaming improperly maintained above-ground powerlines for three San Diego-area fires in October last year that burned more than 207,000 acres, destroyed 1,141 homes, damaged scores of others, killed two people and injured 40 firefighters … The call from local politicos – bury those powerlines. Exactly what San Miguel County tried to tell Tri-State it needed to do eight years ago, until the state interfered.

CHINESQUE LUNAR POEM … Rafael is an old friend from the Bay Area, and a marvelous poet of place. I was so pleased to hear him read at the Farmer’s Market in Berkeley a few months back. He is a scholar with a retired teacher’s dedication to the practice of poetry. Here is Rafael’s own translation (basically, he writes in both languages) of this week’s Gourd … We look at the full moon / from different places. / Perhaps from where / you see it / it is as full / as it would be / if we saw it together … <>

© 2008 Art Goodtimes


Poema Lunar chinesco

Vemos la luna llena

de distintos lugares.

Tal vez de donde

túla vez

estátan llena

como lo sería

si la viéramos juntos.

Chinesque Lunar Poem

We look at the full moon

from different places.

Perhaps from where

you see it

it is as full

as it would be

if we saw it together.

Rafael Jesús González


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