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In Colorado's 4th congressional district, thousands of people found themselves suddenly and unexpectedly relying on government assistance. Their homes were destroyed or severely damaged in the flooding, everything they owned is gone. Families and seniors are now living in community shelters, their children are now wearing donated clothing as they return to school. They're going to need assistance of many kinds for a long time.

And how did their congressman help? He voted to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program.

Cory Gardner. Gee, what a swell guy.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 19, 2013, 11:56 PM (1 replies)

My "representative" and food stamps

I just spoke with two staffers at Cory Gardner's DC office; he represents Colorado's 4th District, heavily impacted by the recent floods.

I pointed out that thousands of residents of CD-4 have found themselves suddenly and unexpectedly dependant on programs like food stamps. I asked, "In today's vote on the Republican bill to make massive cuts from the food stamp program will the congressman stand with his constituents or will he vote for the bill?"

Neither staffer would answer the question.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 19, 2013, 05:26 PM (1 replies)

Yo, Boehner --

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Sep 19, 2013, 12:07 PM (0 replies)

Tone deafness on steroids (Colorado)

Our mayor has deemed our fracking concerns "irrelevant" and dismissed evidence of fracking-related health issues as presented by worried doctors and nurses, and has waved off citizens who have found their property values falling with each fracking well that goes in next door.

We've been all over the news with the flooding, and FINALLY the media is covering the awful added reality of leaking, falling, floating tanks and numerous broken gas lines.

So hizzoner decided his campaign needs a boost, and sends out this invitation. The fundraiser is hosted by one of the larger locally owned drilling companies. Please note that he is wanting to make our town safe for the oil industry, no such concerns for us citizens.

We have a very dynamic candidate going against him. It's going to be a battle -- she's a Democrat (and this town has been owned by Republicans for a long time), she's Hispanic (and this will be a problem with the entrenched old white person faction), and she's female (OMG).

Please send good thoughts and strengthening vibes. We're working our butts off to replace this tyranosaur with someone who will actually give a damn about the people who live here.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Sep 18, 2013, 11:54 PM (2 replies)


The sun has returned!

In the span of a few days we have gone from drought roasting in the high 90s and low 100s, to freak hail storms, to receiving in three days more precipitation than we usually get in a year.

Thousands of homes have been destroyed, some floated away on rivers that hadn't existed only minutes before. Thousands more homes have been damaged. The counting will go on for some time.

Thousands of businesses have been impacted, some of them are gone. An area 100 miles x 100 miles has been covered by water that is, in many places, potentially toxic thanks to spillage from upturned tanks storing chemicals used in fracking. Unlike alluvial areas that rely on seasonal flooding, this event may render an entire region unsuitable for food production because of the nature of those chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens. And because our waterways are not closed systems, those chemicals are now on the way to rivers and states to the east and south.

We do not presently know what is going to come of all this.

We do know that the loss of life is far less than it could have been. We do know that the emergency shelters are being provisioned by agencies and organizations which we support through our taxes; even more, volunteers by the thousands are bringing carloads of toiletries and diapers and clothing to those shelters. We know that cash and canned goods are coming in to area food banks, along with volunteers to sort and help distribute. We also know that horses and livestock are being shuttled to safer ground by farmers and ranchers whose own lands were safe on higher ground.

It's amazing to watch as rescuees are interviewed. None have whined in self-pity, every single one expresses profound gratitude. Some, left with nothing but the old pickup in which they left their now vanished home, offer to help others retrieve belongings. There is sorrow, to be sure. And uncertainty about what the future will bring. But the over-arching sentiment is one of profound gratitude.

Doubtless, in the days ahead we will find ourselves devolving into our usual squabbles. But at this hour the sweet truth is that we are, indeed, a remarkable people joined by a common ability to rise above, to extend a hand of help, and savor a moment in which we come together in simple thanks.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 09:02 PM (1 replies)

White sheets

Colorado citizens needing assistance to evacuate are being asked by the National Guard to make themselves more visible to chopper crews by waving white sheets.

To our lurkers from freeperville: this is a proper use of white sheets.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 03:06 PM (8 replies)

One more time...

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 02:56 PM (4 replies)


My congressman, Cory Gardner CO-4, accompanied the governor, both senators, and a couple other representatives on a helicopter tour of our flood-ravaged countryside. Their tour got extra media attention because they had the chopper land a couple times to pick up stranded residents.

His weekly newsletter arrived in my inbox last night. In it, he devotes four sentences to the flood crisis. Four sentences. Then he devotes four paragraphs to emphasizing his commitment to defund and repeal Obamacare.

There's a reason I refer to him as my alleged representative.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 11:23 AM (2 replies)

A Colorado Memory

About sixteen years ago I was privileged to watch the creation of a sand painting. It was round, and about twelve feet in diameter. The creator spent three days on it, and spoke to us as he worked.

He explained that it was spiritual more than artistic, often regarded as healing, that the process itself is deserving of respect because of its connection to spirit; because of this it is to be entered from a certain direction, and the work is done in deliberate order, just like the earth of which it is made.

He mentioned several times that humans have forgotten that they belong to the earth, not the other way around, that because of that forgetting we are losing the ability to hear the earth when it speaks to us. He went on to say that the earth has been lamenting the imbalance we bring, and that the earth will eventually have no choice but to fight back.

We respected his request that no photographs be taken. Having watched him work, I realized that it would have been as intrusive as filming someone at prayer. It doesn’t matter, the colors are still vivid in memory. And the same can be said of the vibrancy of his message.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 02:51 AM (1 replies)

Adapting to climate change

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Sep 14, 2013, 10:09 AM (0 replies)
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