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July 6, 2012

What the (Bleep) Just Happened? by Monica Crowley

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 9:41 am
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I finally stopped reading Monica Crowley’s book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback (New York:  Broadside-HarperCollins, 2012) about page 99.

Someone with “two master’s degrees and a doctorate” (inside back flap of cover) should know how to properly document information that is not her own original work or common knowledge and be able to write an informative and well-organized volume.

Crowley’s book includes no notes or bibliography.

Also, the ridiculous and clearly untrue statements regularly inserted into the text are just annoying–and distracting.  For example, in a list of spending items from the Democrats’ stimulus package, Crowley includes the following:

  • $50 to convince Barbara Mikulski to jump off the ferryboat
  • $85.000 to find out why people hate this list
  • $2 million to study why people don’t ride unicycles to work

Since no source is given, it’s unclear whether the other items in her list, including “$500 billion to paint Bill Clinton’s face on the side of a pleasure boat” and “$6,000 for a document on Worcestershire sauce,” were really in the stimulus bill.

This is the sad case for the entire book.  Without proper documentation, it’s impossible to know what is true and what isn’t.

If you want to review Obama’s and other Democrats’ recent socialist activities or learn about his background, I’d recommend reading The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh and The Roots of Obama’s Rage by Dinesh D’Souza.

I’m just glad I got What the (Bleep) Just Happened? from the library rather than buying my own copy.

July 14, 2009

Video: “Stimulus Waste”

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 7:12 am
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Video:  “Stimulus Waste

June 22, 2009

Summary of Stimulus Projects Requested for Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 2:18 pm
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The last few days, I’ve been posting the stimulus projects requested for different cities and towns in Colorado as listed on Stimulus Watch.  The following table summarizes the information:

City/Town
Cost of Projects
Number of Projects
Approximate Population
Cost per Person
Number of Jobs
Cost per Job
$4,600,000
4
106,000
$43
*
?
$50,000,000
1
310,000
$161
2,000
$25,000
$52,547,000
9
92,000
$571
1,259
$41,737
$1,333,988,000
69
380,000
$3,510
2,797
$476,935
$341,850,000
24
570,000
$600
2,612
$136,087
$65,870,000
11
17,000
$3,875
6,585
$10,003
$16,254,500
24
33,000
$493
309
$52,603
$78,900,860
9
93,000
$848
*
?
$1,460,000
9
140,000
$10
117
$12,478
$4,734,000
2
300
$15,780
473
$10,000
$10,000,000
1
250
$40,000
200
$50,000
$487,717,676
38
120,000
$4,064
4,961
$98,310
$2,447,922,036
201
5,000,000
$489
21,313
$114,855

* The number of jobs was listed as 0.

June 21, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Thornton, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 6:19 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Merino and Rico.  Thirty-eight projects, totaling $487,717,676 (about $4,064 per person* in the city), have been submitted for Thornton:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-21-09)
Colo Blvd: 91st to I-76 Thornton CO 600 $60,000,000 Streets/Roads 2
84th Avenue/I-25 Interchange Thornton CO 250 $25,000,000 Streets/Roads 24
Colo blvd: 144th to HW-7 Thornton CO 250 $25,000,000 Streets/Roads 16
128th Avenue Interchange at I-25 Thornton CO 210 $21,000,000 Streets/Roads 96
Quebec Improvements to HW-7 Thornton CO 180 $18,000,000 Streets/Roads 47
104th Ave: Colo Blvd to Platte River Thornton CO 160 $16,000,000 Streets/Roads 12
Quebec Interchange at E-470 Thornton CO 160 $16,000,000 Streets/Roads 34
144th Ave: Wash to UPRR Thornton CO 125 $12,500,000 Streets/Roads 8
Holly Street: 144th to HW-7 Thornton CO 120 $12,000,000 Streets/Roads 40
Washington St widen over E-470 Thornton CO 110 $11,000,000 Streets/Roads -4
144th Ave: UPRR to Colo Blvd Thornton CO 97 $9,700,000 Streets/Roads 11
Mustang Run Drainage Thornton CO 80 $8,000,000 Streets/Roads -7
Holly Street: 123rd to 128th Thornton CO 62 $6,200,000 Streets/Roads 9
144th Ave: Colo to Holly Thornton CO 60 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads 31
152nd Ave: Colorado to Holly Thornton CO 60 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads 8
Sack Creek Drainage Phase 2 Thornton CO 60 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads -6
Shay Ditch Drainage Thornton CO 60 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads -10
136th Ave: Cherry to Holly Thornton CO 28 $2,800,000 Streets/Roads 13
128th Ave: Washington to I-25 Thornton CO 20 $2,020,000 Streets/Roads 44
Washington St Bridge at 153rd Thornton CO 16 $1,600,000 Streets/Roads -2
Washington St Bridge at 160th Thornton CO 16 $1,600,000 Streets/Roads -2
Wheeling Plan Implementation Thornton CO 677 $67,773,000 Water -20
West Sprat Expansion Thornton CO 260 $26,000,000 Water -14
Water Treatment Plant Expansion Thornton CO 225 $22,500,000 Water 6
Raw Water return pipeline and pump Thornton CO 170 $17,000,000 Water -4
Zone One Potable Waterline Thornton CO 100 $10,200,000 Water 2
Biological Nitrate Removal Facility Thornton CO 95 $9,500,000 Water -5
Big Dry Creek Parallel Sewer Thornton CO 30 $3,000,000 Water 0
Carpenter Rec Center/Thornton Trail Winds Park & Open Space Thornton CO 80 $8,000,000 CDBG -18
Local Street Rehabilitation Thornton CO 16 $1,650,000 CDBG 8
Streetscape Improvements Thornton CO 8 $800,000 CDBG -16
Park Village Pool Rehabilitation Thornton CO 10 $389,000 CDBG -33
City Building energy efficiency improvements Thornton CO 10 $1,006,190 Energy -1
Fire Station #5 Thornton CO 60 $6,000,000 Public Safety 23
High Density Housing Crime Prevention/Enforcement Unit Thornton CO 4 $1,065,500 Public Safety 0
K-9 (canine) Team Thornton CO 1 $306,986 Public Safety -23
Crime Analyst Thornton CO 1 $107,000 Public Safety -15
Grade Separation at 136th Ave/York/North Metro Rail Line Thornton CO 490 $40,000,000 Transit 6

* The population of Thornton is about 120,000.

June 20, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Merino and Rico, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 9:06 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Lakewood.  Two projects, totaling $4,734,000 (about $15,780 per person* in the town), have been submitted for Merino:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-20-09)
Wastewater Collection Treatment System Improvements Merino CO 313 $3,134,000 Water 11
Water System Improvements, New Well and Distribution Lines Merino CO 160 $1,600,000 Water 2

* The population of Merino is about 300.

One project, totaling $10,000,000 (about $40,000 per person* in the town), has been submitted for Rico:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-20-09)
Waste Water Improvement Rico CO 200 $10,000,000 Water 13

* The population of Rico is about 250.

June 19, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Lakewood, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 7:18 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Greeley.  Nine projects, totaling $1,460,000 (about $10 per person* in the city), have been submitted for Lakewood:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-19-09)
Garrison Street, Alameda Avenue to Jewell Avenue – Repair of curb, gutter, sidewalk, asphalt overlay of pavement, in laid long life striping Lakewood CO 20 $900,000 Streets/Roads -6
Kipling St and Wesley Ave – Guard rail installation Lakewood CO 15 $35,000 Streets/Roads -1
Kentucky over Weir Gulch – Install bridge railing Lakewood CO 15 $25,000 Streets/Roads 4
Estes Street over Bear Creek – Upgrade bridge railing Lakewood CO 15 $20,000 Streets/Roads -6
Jewell Ave between Union and Kipling – Upgrade guard rail Lakewood CO 12 $10,000 Streets/Roads -7
Linda Vista Dr and Nelson Ct – Upgrade guard rail, both sides Lakewood CO 12 $10,000 Streets/Roads -2
Linda Vista Dr and Newcombe Wy – Upgrade guard rail, both sides Lakewood CO 12 $10,000 Streets/Roads -3
Clements Community Center – Roof Replacement Lakewood CO 10 $250,000 CDBG -12
Clements Community Center – HVAC System Replacement Lakewood CO 6 $200,000 CDBG -13

* The population of Lakewood is about 140,000.

June 18, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Greeley, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 6:01 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Englewood.  Nine projects, totaling $78,900,860 (about $848 per person* in the city), have been submitted for Greeley:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-18-09)
20th St from 71st to 83rd Ave widening Greeley CO 0 $5,168,180 Streets/Roads -23
9th and 10th Streets at 23rd Ave reconstruction Greeley CO 0 $3,100,000 Streets/Roads -3
North 11th Ave from 2nd to D St widening Greeley CO 0 $2,251,720 Streets/Roads -9
23rd Ave and 4th St intersection reconstruction Greeley CO 0 $1,611,360 Streets/Roads -10
Bellvue transmission pipeline Greeley CO 0 $37,609,900 Water -25
Ammonia removal project Greeley CO 0 $3,677,700 Water -7
Public Safety/Government Training Facility Greeley CO 0 $17,373,000 Public Safety -52
Fire Station No. 2 replacement Greeley CO 0 $4,228,740 Public Safety -13
Fire Station No. 3 replacement Greeley CO 0 $3,880,260 Public Safety -13

* The population of Greeley is about 93,000.

June 17, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Englewood, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 6:02 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Durango.  Twenty-four projects, totaling $16,254,500 (about $493 per person* in the city), have been submitted for Englewood:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-17-09)
South Broadway Median extension. Continuation of traffic median program initiated in 2000 with a federally funded project and extended with a second federally funded project in 2008. This project would complete the medians throughout the . . . Englewood CO 30 $2,000,000 Streets/Roads -24
Street rehabilitation program-upgrade of City street infrastructure. This is a continuation of 4 year project initiated in 2006, but discontinued due to lack of funding. Street system infrastructure is over 50 years old and has been severely damaged. Englewood CO 20 $920,000 Streets/Roads 10
Concrete replacement program. This project is the annual sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement program for the City and funding of this project is matched by property owners through an annual concrete utility fee. Englewood CO 20 $268,000 Streets/Roads -5
Bridge rehabilitation program. Continuation of annual program for rehabilitation of bridges as identified by the Colorado Department of Transportation 2008 bridge inspection program. Englewood CO 5 $140,000 Streets/Roads 15
Water storage tank rehabilitation. Rehabilitation/valve replacement of the City’s three water storage tanks. Englewood CO 15 $1,000,000 Water -1
Replace roof of Water Treatment Plant Englewood CO 8 $500,000 Water -6
Hampden Avenue 16″ Water Main replacement Englewood CO 10 $500,000 Water 6
West Union Avenue 16″ Water Main replacement. Englewood CO 10 $500,000 Water 4
Elevated tanks and pipe rehabilitation Englewood CO 5 $423,000 Water 3
Pipe City Ditch (open water delivery ditch) in southern areas of City. Englewood CO 6 $300,000 Water -6
Water main replacement – replacement of aged water mains – 2 year planned replacement program Englewood CO 10 $300,000 Water 4
Sanitary sewer main replacement- replacement of aged sewer lines-2 year planned replacement Englewood CO 3 $200,000 Water 5
Storm water line replacement – replacement of storm water lines – 2 year replacement program Englewood CO 4 $200,000 Water 2
Water pumping transformer replacement. Englewood CO 2 $106,000 Water 1
Water system security vulnerablility assessment upgrades Englewood CO 1 $25,000 Water -5
South Broadway ornamental lighting and median landscape renovation. Provide for the replacement of deteriorated street median landscaping and obsolete and malfunctioning ornamental lighting in the historic downtown district on South Broadway. The . . . Englewood CO 30 $900,000 CDBG -54
Sidewalk missing links program. Provide for sidewalks in areas of the City in which sidewalks are not present. The majority of these are located in low income areas and serve transit connections and the Alternative High School. Englewood CO 10 $130,000 CDBG -8
Fire SCBA – Self-Contained Breathig Apparatus replacement. Replace end-of-useful life SCBA equpment and mobil servicing vehicle. Englewood CO 0 $300,000 Public Safety 7
Mobile Data Terminal replacement- replacement of obsolete mobile data terminals Englewood CO 0 $100,000 Public Safety -12
Evidence tracker software Englewood CO 0 $60,000 Public Safety -12
Tactical vests for SWAT team Englewood CO 0 $55,000 Public Safety 5
Digital Interface Police/Court case Management System Englewood CO 0 $37,500 Public Safety -11
Bates Avenue Light Rail Station – city share of new light rail station. Denver Regional Transportation District is funding 1/3 of cost, which is currently in place. This project will allow for redevelopment of former foundry/brownfield site . . . Englewood CO 120 $7,200,000 Transit 15
Purchase two 25 passenger, handicap accessible buses for intercity transit service (Art Shuttle) Englewood CO 0 $90,000 Transit -11

* The population of Englewood is about 33,000.

June 16, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Durango, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 7:29 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Denver.  Eleven projects, totaling $65,870,000 (about $3,875 per person* in the city), have been submitted for Durango:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-16-09)
Florida Road Improvements – Plans for widening this busy arterial road include the installation of curb, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, medians, landscaping, streetlights, storm drains, and other safety. . . Durango CO 1550 $15,500,000 Streets/Roads 14
SMART 160 Multi-modal Trail – U.S. Highway 160 is the only east-west highway through La Plata County and has long been an impediment to safe travel for bicyclists and pedestrians due to the high traffic volumes and speed. Durango CO 800 $8,000,000 Streets/Roads -10
Sidewalk Replacement in Historic Downtown – Deteriorated sidewalks in historic downtown Durango have been identified in the Downtown Vision Plan as a priority project. In addition to replacing the sidewalks, the project includes installing street . . . Durango CO 300 $3,000,000 Streets/Roads -18
Traffic Signals – This project includes the reconfiguration or installation of new traffic signals to improve traffic flow at highly-congested areas of Durango. Included in the project are plans to incorporate bike- and pedestrian-friendly . . . Durango CO 240 $2,400,000 Streets/Roads 6
Accessible Sidewalks – Constructing accessible sidewalks along Main Avenue from 14th Street to 37th Street in Durango would allow consistent and improved access to the businesses along Main Avenue. Few of the intersections have sidewalk ramps at this . . . Durango CO 90 $900,000 Streets/Roads 5
Railroad Crossings at 32nd Avenue – This project will replace the current traditional crossing at 32nd Avenue with a crossing made from recycled materials that is safer for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Durango CO 25 $250,000 Streets/Roads -9
Storm Water Pre-treatment – The City of Durango currently maintains 57 storm drain pipelines that collect storm water from throughout the cityÂ’s roadway system. Sediment and hydrocarbons are washed from the roadway surface into the storm . . . Durango CO 340 $3,420,000 Water 2
Airport Terminal Roadway Reconstruction Project-This project will replace the terminal roads that are currently in very poor shape and are failing. Included in the project are best management practices. Durango CO 130 $1,300,000 Airport 4
Regional Materials Recycling Facility – DurangoÂ’s existing recycle center is 14 years old and has become insufficient to handle the amount and type of materials the community recycles. Durango CO 1500 $15,000,000 Energy 5
Historic Library Remodel – After 105 years, DurangoÂ’s public library has moved to a new location, leaving behind a historic building with old, inefficient systems. The City of Durango owns the building and would like to remodel the building for City . . . Durango CO 340 $3,400,000 Energy -34
Downtown Parking Garage – This 224,000-square-foot parking garage would provide adequate multi-modal parking to attract development to downtown Durango. The garage will be constructed in conjunction with the new regional transit center (already under . . . Durango CO 1270 $12,700,000 Transit -23

* The population of Durango is about 17,000 (13,922 in 2000).

June 15, 2009

Stimulus Projects Requested for Denver, Colorado

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 5:59 am
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Yesterday I posted a table with the stimulus projects requested for Colorado Springs.  Twenty-four projects, totaling $341,850,000 (about $600 per person* in the city), have been submitted for Denver:

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio (6-15-09)
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Montclair Outfall Denver CO 112 $20,000,000 Water -5
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Large Pipe and Manhole Rehab Denver CO 56 $10,000,000 Water -1
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: 14th and Stout Storm Drain Denver CO 35 $6,200,000 Water -3
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Bayaud Outfall Denver CO 35 $6,200,000 Water -4
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Park Hill Pond Denver CO 31 $5,500,000 Water 4
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Cherry Creek North Outfall Denver CO 22 $4,000,000 Water 0
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Florida Outfall Extension Denver CO 20 $3,500,000 Water 2
Critical Stormwater Conveyance Projects: Wolff Street Bridge over Lakewood Gulch Denver CO 8 $1,500,000 Water -6
Operational Safety: Smart Meter parking meter replacement Denver CO 22 $4,000,000 Public Safety -150
Operational Safety: Safety Improvements at 15 Intersections (Signal Replacement) Denver CO 20 $3,600,000 Public Safety -8
Operational Safety: Upgrade Traffic Signal Control Systems Denver CO 17 $3,000,000 Public Safety -2
Transit Support Project: Denver Union Station *Number of jobs created based on EPS study. This number is the annual average over years 2009-2013 Denver CO 1190 $88,000,000 Transit 30
New Transportation Construction: Central Park Blvd Interchange Denver CO 280 $50,000,000 Transit 6
New Transportation Construction: Broadway/I-25 Interchange Improvements Denver CO 213 $38,000,000 Transit 8
Transit Support Project: Downtown Circulation Infrastructure Denver CO 140 $25,000,000 Transit 11
New Transportation Construction: Federal Blvd. (7th to Holden Place) Denver CO 115 $20,600,000 Transit -20
Transportation Reconstruction: South Broadway (Iowa to Asbury) Denver CO 95 $17,000,000 Transit -9
Transit Support Project: 16th Street Mall Reconstruction Denver CO 90 $16,000,000 Transit -68
Transportation Reconstruction: Cherry Creek Drive South (Alameda to Colorado Blvd.) Denver CO 39 $7,000,000 Transit -43
Enhancement–Bike and Pedestrian: West Alameda/RR Underpass (ADA and bike improvements, and rehabilitation of structure) Denver CO 28 $5,000,000 Transit -19
New Transportation Construction: 56th Avenue, Quebec thru Havana Transition Denver CO 17 $3,000,000 Transit -1
Transportation Reconstruction: Alameda Avenue (University of Cherry Creek on south side of Cherry Creek) Denver CO 17 $3,000,000 Transit -16
Enhancement–Bike and Pedestrian: Bike Station at Denver Union Station Transit Hub Denver CO 6 $1,000,000 Transit -32
Enhancement–Bike and Pedestrian: Alameda to Broadway Bikeway (Alameda LRT Station to Broadway LRT Station) Denver CO 4 $750,000 Transit -14

* The population of Denver is about 570,000.

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