Monthly Archives: August 2008

A tough choice

What to do for tonight’s festivities.

I can…

A)  Go watch Al Jazeera interview a bunch of folk in Golden.

B)  Go to the third night of Slang TV’s Slang Lounge.

C)  Go to the RMBB 5000.

I wonder which one I’ll attend?

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What to do in Denver when your…..

not a part of the “festivities.”

Well, for me this is a bit of a dilemma.

I am only about six blocks from the capital and it would be no problem for me to go down there and grab a few choice shots of the protests. I’m also very close to the Governor’s Mansion so it would be no problem to walk out my door and see what’s up over there. Finally, it’s actually not that hard to navigate around in Downtown Denver if you know which roads to take so a “safari” to LoDo really wouldn’t be too hard. There is so much interesting stuff that can be seen but do I feel like dealing with all this nonsense?

Not really.

There was a time once when, as a reporter, I would gladly, boldly even, pack my microphone and gas mask and jump headlong into the fray. These days I feel different. I’ve been teargassed more than once, I’ve rubbed elbows with protesters of all types. I’ve even spent twenty hour days covering events from the bowels of the Pepsi Center. Somehow, it just doesn’t have the allure it once did.

I’ve got the “been there done that” blues right now, but that may change.

I’ve heard James Lileks is in town.  Trying to find him and get him to come to the RMBB 5000 might just be the adventure that sets me walking downhill towards the action.

So if anyone see James Lileks, let him know that I’m keeping an eye out for him and would love to buy him a drink at the Cruise Room.

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Denver better be ready….

Because these folks are animals

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It could get ugly….and that’s just the way we like it.

Why else would 20,000 journalists come to town this week?

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An observation in Boulder

I was in Boulder the other day and I made an observation.  It’s probably an obvious one, but I think it says a lot about people’s attitudes towards the United States.

As I was driving I noticed that people who have left leaning bumperstickers, you know the kind, never have American flag bumper stickers as well.  They my have Tibeten flags, Cuban flags, or old Soviet flags (I did see one), but not American.  Conversely, people who had American flags never had left leaning bumper stickers.

This simple observation showed me a lot more about how people view the United States than any other indicator.  It became clear to me that folks who tend to lean left think a lot less of this country than right leaning people.

Does this mean they lefties are less patriotic, or less loving of this country?  I won’t say that, but it sure seemed to me like there is a lack of appreciation for the U.S. and all the good this country has done for the world.

Not a radical observation for sure, but a pretty important one to me.

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My 5280th visitor to this site

A cool number for us Coloradans, but irrelevant everywhere else.

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What about Denver’s prostitutes? An example of media bias

Hey AP, did you ask Denver hookers too?  Do they think they will see a surge in activity when the DNC is in town?  Did anyone at AP even bother to ask?

You see, when people wonder what media bias is, these are the examples I give.  It’s not that the story’s not being reported fairly, but that only one half of the story is being reported at all.

Being a fairminded reporter myself at onetime, I would want to find out if Denver prostitutes are expecting a surge of business due to the Democratic convention.  Then I would go to both cities’ police departments after the conventions to see the numbers of prostitution arrests for that time period, along with out of towners getting arrested.  Once I had those numbers, I could very easily see if there is indeed an increase when conventions come to a town, and also which group of people tend to cause a bigger “surge”.  Sure a reporter would have to make three more phone calls, but I think it’s important to find the whole unbiased story.  Don’t you?

Of course, I’m sure the AP is already working on all of this and I’m waiting to see the AP story about Denver Prostitutes expecting a surge when Democrats…ahem…come here.

I won’t, however, be holding my breath.

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