By Joel Warner
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"They're going to have to change the name" if Obama is elected president.
— Colorado rancher and businessman William R. Farr, talking about the White House at a National Western Stock Show banquet attended by Senator Ken Salazar, Mayor John Hickenlooper and Governor Bill Ritter.
"I mistook it to be humorous, but it was something I shouldn't have said."
— Farr in his apology.
"In my parents' day and age, they were sent away, they were shunned, they were called what they are. There was at least a sense of shame. There's no sense of shame today. Society condones it...I think it's wrong. They're sluts. And I don't mean just the women. I mean the men, too."
— Colorado Springs Republican representative Larry Liston, talking about unwed teen parents.
"I was wrong to use the word, and I'm truly sorry for the offense it may have caused. I learned an important lesson. I apologize to all of you, and I hope that we can move forward to do the work of the people we serve."
— Liston in one of his many apologies.
"We're going to shove a bunch of thirty-second ads up his ass on this issue."
"Slavery gets shit done."
— A "bumper sticker" on the Facebook page for Bob Schaffer's son Justin.
"Riots in Denver at the Democrat convention would see to it we don't elect Democrats. And that's the best damn thing (that) could happen for this country as far as anything I can think."
— Right-wing shock jock Rush Limbaugh on his radio show, talking about the possibility of violent protests during the Democratic National Convention.
"He probably wants to get a new robe."
— An unnamed prostitute who talked with Channel 4 reporter Brian Maass about late-night sex parties at the Denver Club, where a number of girls "roamed around" in Mayor John Hickenlooper's "Hick" monogrammed robe. The mayor, who sometimes plays squash at the club, was not at any of the parties. The interview came in the aftermath of raids on two escort services, Denver Players and Denver Sugar, which were shut down by police.
"We don't need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in the state of Colorado."
— Colorado Springs Republican representative Doug Bruce in the state House chamber.
"I saw the patrons emerging from the bars, and it wasn't a very pleasant sight. Some people were throwing up. Others were in a militant mood. A couple people banged on my car, and it was scary."
— Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown during a discussion about staggering the times when bars close in LoDo.
Lift every voice and sing,
'Til earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on 'til victory is won.
— The first few lines of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," also known as the "Black National Anthem," which jazz crooner René Marie sang to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before John Hickenlooper's State of the City address in July.
Mariachi Alvaro Alvarado-Amarias, 31, was arrested in January and accused of holding bandmate Ervey Ruiz, 52, at gunpoint for five hours because Ervey wanted to quit Toros de la Sierra. Originally charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, menacing and assault, Alvarado-Amarias later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and avoided jail time by promising not to get into trouble again.
A serial bank robber known as "Bank Robber Bob" was captured in September after employees of Provenant Federal Credit Union attacked him as he made his third attempt to rob the institution. When "Bob" leaped over the counter to take the money, they knocked off his hat and wig, exposing his face to surveillance cameras, the Denver Post reported. "Bob" fled, but police later identified him as John Wayne Lehman, 41.
Zachariah T. Frease, 28, was sentenced by an Eagle County judge to two years in prison after he showed up drunk to court, a violation of his probation. Frease had earlier been convicted of having consensual sex with a fourteen-year-old girl.
An inmate who escaped twice from the Pueblo County Jail — and was recaptured both times — filed a federal lawsuit in January saying it was too easy for him to break out: The door to his cell wasn't locked and the ceiling panels were easy to remove, allowing him to get into the ventilation system. Scott Anthony Gomez Jr. also accused jail guards of beating him and said that's why he had to escape.
In May, a shackled prisoner in Denver County Court leaped out of his seat and dove through a closed third-story window. Josephus Haynes, 41, landed on a grate and was sent to the hospital in critical condition. A habitual offender, Haynes was in court on a charge of third-degree assault; police said they didn't know if he was trying to escape or commit suicide.