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Thursday, September 8,2011

Ten years after 9/11

By Paul Danish
Since 9/11, we have liquidated the Since 9/11, we have liquidated the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the Ba’athist regime in Iraq; shot bin Laden and thousands of his excitable boys; dragged Saddam out of a hole and enabled his hanging; stood up a working, if not exactly flourishing, democracy in Iraq; foiled dozens of terror plots and prevented another terror attack of 9/11 proportions from taking place in the American homeland...
Thursday, August 25,2011

Redeveloping 11th and Pearl

By Paul Danish
Karlin Real Estate, the company that bought the building at 11th and Pearl that once housed the newspaper that was once known as the Boulder Daily Camera (before it dropped “Boulder” and “Daily” from its name), recently presented its plans for the redevelopment of the site to the Boulder Planning Board and the Landmarks Board — which were underwhelmed.
Thursday, August 11,2011

Banning corporate personhood would destroy U.S. economy

By Paul Danish
About the anti-corporate personhood referendum that might be on the Boulder ballot this November — I smell a rat. Several, in fact. The ballot proposal put forward by Councilman Macon Cowles would put Boulder voters on record as favoring an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to “abolish corporate personhood and prohibit the granting of constitutional rights to any entity other than a human being.”
Thursday, July 28,2011

Municipal power is cheap in Longmont, but not Boulder

By Paul Danish
Come November, Boulder voters will be asked whether they want to throw the city’s franchise with Xcel Energy under the bus and set up a municipal electric utility in its place. Voters will also be asked to double the city’s carbon tax (to 0.99 cent from 0.49 cent), mostly to pay the lawyers who will be handling the Boulder-Xcel divorce.
Thursday, July 14,2011

A modest proposal for ending the budget impasse

By Paul Danish
In his weekly radio address this past Saturday, President Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to make “political sacrifices” to break the budget impasse and prevent the collapse of civilization as we know it. I have a modest proposal for that. It will require Republicans and Democrats to make painful political sacrifices alright, and to add insult to injury, it will require them to throw core principles, values and beliefs under the bus.
Thursday, June 30,2011

T.J. and gay marriage

By Paul Danish
'Radical?' T.J. said coldly. 'Of course it's radical! I am a radical! I am not just a radical; I am radicalism! I wrote the most radical document in American history. The second sentence of that document is the most radical sentence in human history. Allow me to quote it to you in its entirety:
Thursday, June 16,2011

The drug war turns 40

By Paul Danish
I was just kicking back with my second piece of Alice B. Toklas fudge when there was a knock on the door. It was Richard Nixon. “I thought you were in Purgatory,” I said. “Bill Safire used to say you were there for sticking the country with wage and price controls in 1971.” “I’m out on a pass,” he said. “Tomorrow [ June 17] is the 39th anniversary of the Watergate burglary, and we’re having a reunion.”
Thursday, June 2,2011

Obama should talk to Douglas Bruce

By Paul Danish
OK, let us stipulate at the outset that Douglas Bruce is an irascible conservative - and that is an understatement of breathtaking proportions, sort of like calling Mao Zedong a Chinese agrarian reformer. And to say he is influential in Colorado politics is also wrong.
Thursday, May 19,2011

Fight terrorism by creating a gas glut

By Paul Danish
Coal is a hydrocarbon that, to the profound annoyance of a lot of people, sustains civilization as we know it. It's mainly used to generate electricity, and nearly half the electricity used in the U.S. comes from coal-fired power plants. Another 20 percent comes from natural gas-fired ones.
Thursday, May 5,2011

Who was hiding the snake?

By Paul Danish
Late last Sunday evening, a Navy SEAL team dropped in unexpectedly on Osama bin Laden and said, in so many words, 'Hi, asshole. We understand you want to die for your religion, and we think that's a great idea. We're from the federal government, and we'd like to help.'