Taking over the City Council!!

Apparently I’m an extremist now in this poster’s eyes on macwebguru.com:

“Now the extremists are at it again with yet another (anonymous of course!) site clawing desperately for relevance, linking to articles on FreeRangeLongmont.com as well as my personal political blog. They claim they want a discussion but so far all they’ve done is try and spin the evidence that Gabe Santos was very obviously running a hard-core smear campaign with the help of some of Longmont’s most powerful right-wing partisans including two past mayors and the pastor of LifeBridge church Rick Rusaw.

The PowerPoint presentation has all the evidence a thinking person needs to see that Mr. Santos had built a powerful cabal dead-set on taking over the Longmont City Council. Of course the new ‘discussion’ site neglected to include the link. Golly… there’s some intellectual honesty. Very likely the site’s owner (whomever it is) got banned from commenting at FreeRangeLongmont.com for failing to follow the commenting guidelines. The Times-Call may allow anonymous attacks but FRL does not.”

Yes Mr. Wray, I’d love to have some intelligent debate with some of the posters on your site, but have thus far been unsuccessful. That’s ok, I’m still available here. 🙂

And the link you mention that I “neglected to include” was not included because I was not aware that such a link existed. I linked to your rant at the City Council meeting (which showed most of your slide show), and I figured that was enough for people to see where you were coming from. Intellectual dishonesty? Sorry to disappoint you. It still dumbfounds me how anyone would come to the same conclusion you did about Gabe Santos’ meaning in his email, but since accepting the correct interpretation would pretty much blow a hole through a lot of your corruption charges, I guess I can see why you are clinging to your opinion so tightly.

One other paragraph was kind of interesting:
“Well, I have to say I’m flattered that Longmont’s Lunatic Fringers have clearly set aside funds just to attack myself and Kaye Fissinger. It’s how I know we’re having an effect and helping to wake up Longmont to the extremist takeover and rape of Longmont.”

I’m not sure if this is a reference to LongmontResponds, but I do tend to be pretty critical of Mr. Wray and Ms. Fissinger on here, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it were. Assuming that to be the case (which I admit is just my assumption), then I’d just like to say that 1) NO funds have been set aside in the creation of this site or the time used to post on it, and 2) This site wasn’t started as a result of being woken up to the extremist takeover and rape of Longmont. It was started for just one reason…to respond to misconceptions and opinions that I believe were interpreted incorrectly or needed clarification, because respectful disagreement was not being tolerated elsewhere.

Hope you have a great day, and happy campaign 2012!

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Nailing it…

I saw a post on the dooty and honor blog a few weeks ago attributed to David Brooks:

“Very few people have the luxury of being freely obnoxious. Most people have to watch what they say for fear of offending their bosses and colleagues. Others resist saying anything that might make them unpopular.

But, in every society, there are a few rare souls who rise above subservience, insecurity and concern. Each morning they take their own abrasive urges out for parade. They are so impressed by their achievements, so often reminded of their own obvious rightness, that every stray thought and synaptic ripple comes bursting out of their mouth fortified by impregnable certitude. When they have achieved this status they have entered the realm of Upper Blowhardia.”

I’m pretty sure the poster intended to use this as a description of Chris Rodriguez, who seems to be a constant thorn in the side this particular blogger. But after reading it a few times, I think it “nails” the opinion of most of Longmont towards a prominent progressive activist in our fair city:

“Luxury of being freely obnoxious” – I’d say FRL has given her that luxury in abundance.

“Most people have to watch what they say for fear of offending their bosses and colleagues. Others resist saying anything that might make them unpopular.” – This individual certainly does not watch what she says, as is very apparent from her numerous City Council meeting PITBH appearances. And I’m not sure one individual could be much more unpopular to the general public.

“But, in every society, there are a few rare souls who rise above subservience, insecurity and concern.” – She certainly is not lacking in her own security.

“Each morning they take their own abrasive urges out for parade. ” – Again, just watch a typical City Council meeting. I don’t know of anyone who has had more members of the public respond to her at City Council meetings to refute her often abrasive charges.

“They are so impressed by their achievements, so often reminded of their own obvious rightness, that every stray thought and synaptic ripple comes bursting out of their mouth fortified by impregnable certitude.” – This is most evident from her FRL postings and comments. The arrogance that comes forth is downright comical at times.

“When they have achieved this status they have entered the realm of Upper Blowhardia.” – Again, I think the vast majority of Longmont would agree on this one.

The poster was indeed correct. Mr. Brooks certainly did nail it.