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Political correctness went into overtime during the Halloween season on two college campuses this year. The University of Colorado posted a memo asking students to be careful of "stereotypical and offensive" costumes: "As a CU Buff, making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other peoples' cultures," the memo said, before singling out blackface, sombreros, serapes, geishas, Indian "squaws," white trash, ghetto, hillbillies and prostitutes. The University of Denver, meanwhile, said that "Halloween can also be a time when the normal thoughtfulness and sensitivity of DU students can be forgotten and some poor decisions are made. So, if you are planning to dress up for Halloween, or will be attending any social gatherings planned for this weekend, we encourage you to think on these questions before deciding upon your costume choice: Are you wearing a funny costume? Is the humor based on making fun of real people, human traits or cultures? Are you wearing a historical costume? If this costume is meant to be historical, does it further misinformation or historical and cultural inaccuracies? Are you wearing a 'cultural' costume? Does this costume reduce cultural differences to jokes or stereotypes? Could someone take offense with your costume, and why?"
A smelly diaper led to a heated exchange between some Denver Starbucks employees and their customers last May — and eventually resulted in the police being called. The situation began when Ruth Burgos decided to change her one-year-old son's diaper at her table because there was no changing station in the restroom. According to news reports, a Starbucks employee called her out on the dirty deed and tossed her a rag. At that point, the boy's father, Alex Burgos, dumped his coffee on the floor and told the employees to clean it up. That's when the police were called. No one was arrested, and Starbucks apologized.
Phil Steel hates unmanned drones, and he attracted a huge media spotlight this fall when he drew up a proposed ordinance for the small town of Deer Trail that would let people apply for hunting permits that allow them to shoot drones out of the sky. A vote has been postponed at least twice because of legal challenges — not to mention the fact that it's illegal to destroy government property and that the FAA has said that shooting unmanned aircraft is a crime — but a judge has ruled that an election can now take place in January. In the meantime, Steel — a longtime skeptic of government surveillance — organized a drone-shooting practice event involving rockets.
POLITICS AND BEDFELLOWS
Greg Brophy, the same guy who actually wasted effort and energy twice trying to get a law passed that would have put Colorado on daylight-savings time year-round, was back with another time-waster in January. This time, the state senator from Wray introduced the so-called Drinking With Dad bill, which would have allowed parents to buy alcohol for their kids, eighteen and over, in bars and restaurants. Brophy said he brought the proposal forward because he was sad about not being able to buy his twenty-year-old daughter a drink when the family went out for dinner for her birthday. The bill was defeated. Oh, and by the way, Brophy is running for governor, so get ready to party.
Democratic state representative Dan Pabon — and a clothed group of Republicans — proposed a law that would have prohibited people from withdrawing welfare-money benefits at ATMs located inside strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. The measure, which was similar to a recently passed federal law, was killed in April by Democrats — who said those ATMs are the only ones available in some poor neighborhoods — but not before the Denver Post's Lynn Bartels reported the following quote from a Republican representative: "If you're on the dole, you shouldn't be on the pole."
In September, speaker of the house Mark Ferrandino, who is gay, and his partner, Greg Wertsch, revealed that they had successfully adopted a baby daughter. Most people congratulated them. But not former state senator — and champion of small-minded xenophobes and racists — Dave Schultheis, who wrote: "To deprive this little girl of a loving mother for the sake of self-gratification is perverted. I would place it in the category of deliberate child abuse." But the comments were nothing new for Schultheis, who'd landed in Westword's Hall of Shame in 2009 for his comments on Spanish speakers, AIDS-infected babies and President Obama, whom he compared to the 9/11 terrorists.
Jaxine Bubis was one of two El Paso County Republicans who wanted to replace Democratic Senate president John Morse, recalled from office in September because he voted in favor of several common-sense gun-control measures. But Bubis had a public-relations problem when it was revealed that she writes erotic fiction and calls herself the "erotic grammy." The El Paso County Republican Party ended up supporting her competition, Bernie Herpin (who eventually won), so Bubis filed a legal motion, saying that her own party had leaked the info about her writing and asked for $54 million in damages. The news drew national attention as well as this coy statement from one daily newspaper about the book Beantown Heat: [The book,] "which was available for download online and published by eXtasy Books — contains extremely explicit and graphic scenes depicting raunchy sex and other romantic encounters. Much of the content is not fit for publication in a family newspaper such as The Colorado Statesman."
" Greg Brophy, the same guy who actually wasted effort and energy twice trying to get a law passed that would have put Colorado on daylight-savings time year-round"
I'll vote for him if he runs on this platform.
Who doesn't want Colorado to go on daylight-savings year round? Farmers and idiots, that's who.