The News Media is NOT THE ENEMY of America!

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 21:17

Much has been said about our current presidential administration, and about President Trump stating that the news media is the "enemy of the American people". This is a very dangerous proposition, and one that is contrary to the founding principles of our country. In America, and historically throughout the world, a free press has been the bulwark of a democratic society.

To quote from the USA Today news article (one of many news outlets carrying the story) Trump again calls media 'enemy of the people':

William McRaven, the retired admiral who planned the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said this week that Trump's attacks on the media may also be undermining democracy itself. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven, now chancellor of the University of Texas system, said in a speech. “This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” (emphasis mine).

We can see the truth of the value of the media by looking at what dictators do,

Beekeeper Blog

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sun, 11/13/2016 - 22:31

This is a blog of the prosecution of  Benjamin Gilmore, a local beekeeper whom many believe was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for the Penny Flats fire that happened in downtown Fort Collins on October 24, 2011. He made the mistake of being associated with the Occupy Fort Collins movement, and had let them borrow a camper for their use. The Occupy Fort Collins demonstration was one block east of the Penny Flats building which was under development at the time. The discrepancies in this prosecution merit note, and it shows some of the drawbacks of prosecutions in the Eight Judicial District of Colorado:

  • It's not about justice, it's about getting a conviction.
  • It's not about truth, guilt, or innocence, it's about what you can get a jury to believe.

If anybody doesn't believe that, Google up Timothy Mastersangry

Want to Help Justice in Larimer County, Colorado?

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 23:02

If you really want to, don't retain Judge Carroll Michelle Brinegar. We can't do anything about (Eighth Judicial District) District Attorney Clifford E. Riedel, who is running unopposed, but you can choose to remove a judge from that bench that should never have been put in that position in this jurisdiction. As an ex-employee of DA Riedel, it can reasonably be assumed that Judge Brinegar will be biased, consciously or unconsciously, towards the prosecution, e.g. her ex-coworkers.

This recommendation was bought about by a Loveland Reporter-Herald news report “Berthoud man's trial internet luring of a child postponed". I commented on the strangeness of that case, but the comment has since been removed. This case is interesting, because the alleged perpetrator, Jarold Alan Mentzer, “…was arrested in November 2013 in Berthoud after Loveland police conducted a months-long investigation…”, but the case has dragged on for almost three years next month (November). Here is the reason given for the postponement: “"It was due to a jury not being available to be polled," DA spokeswoman Jodi Lacey wrote in an email."”

I find that a very un-plausible, hard to swallow reason for a 

Catwhisperer's Recommendations for Election 2016

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 21:50

This recommendation is a work in progress as we just got the sample ballot and the Larimer County Local Ballot Issues booklet. We will continue this and expect to be completed by this coming weekend.


U.S. President/U.S. Vice President - Got this one wrong on the electoral votes but called it on the popular vote.
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine :
If you haven't watched, heard, or read enough yet to understand why Donald Trump is neither qualified or of the proper character to be President of the United States then vote as you see fit because nothing I can say will change your position.

U.S. Senator (Colorado) - CALLED IT!
Michael Bennet

U.S. Representative (Colorado's 2nd congressional district) - CALLED IT!
Jared Polis


CO Member, University of Colorado Board of Regents - CALLED IT!
Heidi Ganahl

CO State Senator (Colorado State Senate district 23) - Got it wrong.
T.J. Cole
Because looking at Vicky Marble's voting record, I don't believe she espouses those values that make Colorado a great place to live. Pay special attention to her voting record and what she voted for and against, such as voting against every environmental measure placed before her. Vicky is not the kind of candidate I want representing me in the Colorado Senate… vs
CO State Representative (Colorado State House district 52) - CALLED IT!
Joann Ginal
She appears to be doing a good job, is highly educated, and appears to be for conservation, health, and welfare of all Coloradoans. vs
District Attorney - 8th Judicial District
No vote for the candidate, not that a lack of vote matters on this question however, because Clifford E. Riedel is running unopposed. IMHO, this is an example 

Targeting of African-American's by Law Enforcement...

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sun, 10/02/2016 - 20:55

One report too many, one more African-American life lost, one more family grieving, one more community outraged… We've seen it ALL TOO OFTEN recently. With me, the last straw was the following report that came up on the RSS feeds Sunday, October 2, 2016. This RSS entry resulted in the start of this book, because of the reasons stated.

This is a topic where, IMHO, one has to tread with respect, but also without fear for the benefit of our society.

So are law enforcement officers just targeting African-Americans for extra-judicial justice or is the news media just focusing on law enforcement shootings of African-Americans? Don't police shoot individuals of different ethnicities and races every day across the country? The actual answer from this source is “At least 8,882 civilians have been killed by police since 9/11.” (MintPress News) That's approximately 1.6 civilian shootings by police per day in 

Enquiring Minds Want To Know...

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sun, 10/02/2016 - 18:10

This book results from an idea that I just had, which will be covered on the first book page of this set. The idea is that there are forces at work that would love for the United States to go down the path of Rome, with the quickness. Sometimes I get to wondering about what is and isn't reported, and the agenda (or lack thereof) behind such reporting. Is it just clickbaiting, or is there actually an agenda, whether nefarious or not? Not everything we read on the Internet, on TV, in the newspapers, or on this site for that matter, is absolutely true and factual. Be very cautious of what you believe that's stated online, a'la Zen and the Art of Debunkery. As I regularly caution with respect to images seen online (especially related to Facebook providing funds based on clicks, unicorns, Chupacabra, Sasquatch, and UFOs). So with that in mind, one final report broke the proverbial camel's back and we're here holding forth on our soapbox…


Murrvalus's Blog

Submitted by Site Meister on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 17:27

These are entries from Valeda Murr's Blog on the old site that I've decided to resurrect for posterity. I knew Valeda for a long time, well over thirty years. So this is a memorial to her. She is missed and I hope to see her in the afterlife so that I can again enjoy her sarcastic humor, constant wit, and loving presence.


Submitted by Site Meister on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 17:20

This is a section of book pages that are blogs created by different individuals of the old site. Some are friends, some are strangers, some may be offensive. However, at the time they were posted, they were pertinent to the times current to their posting. I hope y'all get to enjoy their thoughts…


Thought Of The Day Archive

Submitted by Site Meister on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 22:37

We are resurrecting a fun section of CACN, one which was called Thought of the Day (TOTD). As we create new content for the site, we attempt to add on a semi-daily basis the Thought of the Day. TOTD may be generated by an application called fortune-mod in a random semi-automatic process. The fortunes come from a database of over a million entries. Some of them are excellent, and most are apropos to the issue of the day.