Ya know, people talkin' about the past. This is all the same stuff – Right here, all the time. Nothing goes anywhere.That's the forward-looking attitude that explains how Fairfield's self-titled debut album, from one year ago, hasn't got a drop of the mawking – but enjoyable – nostalgia we hear in many artists who love their 78 records (think of any number of old-timey bands or Leon Redbone).
You know, I want to continue playing the music that people used to play before it got cast aside. And this is the most natural place to go from – this is about where things left off, and I'm just picking up where things left off, and keep playing and see what happens from there.
الله أكبر, Allahu akbar, God is great: •Maria Schmitt (07-
Fort Collins charter schools
Failure of the charter school education system: Matt Young (03-
[T]he Liberty Common School is a private religious school operated with public funds... I do not want to discuss charter schools in general, but I will discuss Liberty Common's science policy, which reads like a Compendium of Creationist Canards... Why then does Liberty Common have an explicit science policy, and why does it single out biology almost exclusively? I can't read their minds, but I can suggest two possible reasons: First, to send a coded message to parents who want creationism taught to their children. Second, to cover their collective flanks, so that when they are challenged they can say that they told the school district all along what they intended to do and they were permitted to do so.Don't miss the comments to the article, which present more evidence of Liberty Common's creationist designs.
Draggin' the line
Draggin' the line
17th in a food series
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The WTF Church isn't clueless―they're hipster Christians! •Copper Pointe Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, online at www
In order to remain relevant in this new landscape, many evangelical pastors and church leaders are following the lead of the hipster trendsetters, making sure their churches can check off all the important items on the hipster checklist:"Cussing" is one thing. Hanging ridiculous Church banners is another. But elevating Helvetica to a standard of cool?! That's uncalled for.
•Get the church involved in social justice and creation care.
•Show clips from R-rated Coen Brothers films (e.g., No Country for Old Men, Fargo) during services.
•Sponsor church outings to microbreweries.
•Put a worship pastor onstage decked in clothes from American Apparel.
•Be okay with cussing.
•Print bulletins only on recycled cardstock.
•Use Helvetica fonts as much as possible.
•Leverage technologies like Twitter.
16th in a food series
Draggin' the line: Popularity of nopales has been around for generations (02-
Popularity of Nopales has been Around for Generations
The use of nopales in the Mexican culinary tradition predates the arrival of the Spaniards, said Juanita Garza, lecturer and academic advisor for the history department at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg.
Indigenous people in pre-Columbian times didn't use nopales in festivals or religious ceremonies. Instead, the cactus pads were a mainstay of the daily diet just as they are for many people today.
"Nopales is a native food that the Spanish picked up when they came," Garza said. "Then it has remained in the diet ever since, especially during the spring season when the nopalitos are nice and tender, and also when it's Lent season because of the non-meat diet."
Garza said the most important change in the use of nopalitos since the arrival of the Spanish about 500 years ago is the addition of meats. The indigenous people prepared them only with onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and spices.
Tony Zavaleta, professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, said the earliest manuscripts written by Spaniards in Mexico in the 1500s describe the use of nopales.
"This particular form of cactus was cited as one of the staple foods," Zavaleta said. "So, it has been around as long as Europeans have been observing Mexican and Native American practices. It is what is called a cultural super food of Meso-America."
He compared its importance to that of the corn tortilla.
"I think it's ditto," he said. "It's the same thing. Beans would be the next one. Those are the cultural super foods of the indigenous Mexican population."
However, not all Hispanics like nopales.
"Many people would look down their nose at it," he said. "Most of the Mexican Americans that I know, unless they grew up eating nopales, with their mothers preparing nopales, they don't eat it. So when they see it in the buffet line, they just go right past it. It's seen as something that is just too simple. But for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people throughout Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, it's used as an essential staple food."
Indigenous people combined nopales with other vegetables and also with spices.
One of the more popular dishes, says Sylvia Contreras, manager of Emilia's Restaurant at 605 West Elizabeth St., is fajitas Guadalajara, prepared with spicy peppers, onions, melted cheese, avocado, plus the ubiquitous nopales, or nopalitos, a type of cactus.
The cooks at the restaurant now also prepare nopales with meats.
During Lent, Garza said, people prepare them with either salmon or tuna croquets. At other times of the year, they can be prepared with pork, hamburger or turkey meat. "And then of course you add all the spicy kind of ingredients like tomato, onions, chiles," she said.
For breakfast, Contreras said, nopales can be prepared with scrambled eggs with a side of beans.
Emilia's menu also includes the more traditional nopales a la Mexicana: fried nopales with onion, tomato and chile peppers, with rice and beans on the side.
Nopalitos are also believed to have medical uses, Garza said.
"They are used for diabetics," Garza said. "It really helps to bring down the sugar levels."
First and foremost in Contreras' mind, however, is their culinary value. Her mother in Matamoros keeps a large nopal cactus from which she regular cuts pads for use in cooking.
"There's a lot of plates," she said. "My mother, for example, prepares nopales with ground beef and mixed vegetables. She cooks, boils them and serves them with rice and beans. She cuts them in the little pieces and puts them on the grill and puts salt and black pepper. Other people sometimes prepare nopales with little pieces of chicken and green beans, and on the side, some pasta, like Alfredo or fideo. I think there's an infinity of plates where people use nopales."
Draggin' the line
•Stretch out on the grass in the middle of the day, and take a nap.Having said all that, for God's sake don't hug the elms. People will rightly think you're weird if you do. The elms are only trees.
•Take your significant-other across the street, to Las Salsitas Mexican Grill (1010 South College Avenue); get an authentic Mexican take-out lunch; and enjoy it together on the Oval.
•Photograph the elms in the most interesting way you can. Or, take any snapshot of the elms, to remind yourself later that the elms are still there.
•Walk around the perimeter of the Oval and down the allée. Note the spaces where elms have died and have not been replaced. Consider counting the elms and spaces.
•Find the replanted trees. Ask yourself how they'll look, when they mature and all the elms on the Oval are different ages.
•Take your mobile device to the Oval. Sit on the grass, and find the Cans Around the Oval webpage. Read the history and significance of this program, which collects food for the Larimer County Food Bank. It's a pretty amazing story, which the elms have borne witness to.
•Go online. Find historic photographs of the elms. Print off the photos on the worst printer available to you, even if that only means printing-off the photos on a printer that's low on ink. Bring the grubby printouts with you to the Oval, and see if the images do – or don't – still capture a representation of the elms you see in real life. (This will be more fun than it sounds; I promise.)
•After experiencing the elms in some way – and before you leave the Oval – reflect on how your perception of the elms has changed (or not) from what it was when you first stopped to admire them.
Photo art (updated with a personal note to Laura Schlesinger and Sarah Palin)
Parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony: Playboy Portugal (Jul-10), cover photograph and multi-page photographic spread [photographer un-named].
Playboy has always dealt with the lighter side of contemporary life, but it has also—tacitly and continuously—tried to see modern life in its totality. We hope that Playboy has avoided taking itself too seriously. We know that we have always stressed—in our own way—our conviction of the importance of the individual in an increasingly standardized society, the privilege of all to think differently from one another and to promote new ideas, and the right to hoot irreverently at herders of sacred cows and keepers of stultifying tradition and taboo.
Economic fundamentalism (updated)
Unemployment Truth Would Cause Riots
I would like for the media to report the unemployment in two categories: private sector versus public sector. And then maybe even break the latter down into state/local employees versus federal employees. If this were done, I would suspect there would be blood in the streets as people begin to see what is really going on here.
This is a blatant destruction of the private sector as socialism is forced upon us all. And in January, President Barack Obama will raise taxes on every successful small business left standing, as well as on anyone with the temerity to invest in business who might make a capital-gains profit, by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire.
No terrorist could have hurt this country more than we have seen these past two years - which was actually begun in January 2007 when the Pelosi/Reid Congress took over the running of the government. Eighteen months later, the meltdown hit, and it has been downhill ever since.
November is our only hope, and that might be too late.
Hog wild: Bugman (09-
Fort Collins built environment
Draggin' the line: •Susan K. Dailey [fine artist], Art in public places: Avogadro's Number, online at www
•The link between Easter Island's megaliths and Star Trek's exploration of space.Then, on the outside wall of the north side of the building, there's a wizard sitting in a tower. He's studying a book of ciphers (we assume it's Avogadro's Number), while eating a sub. Children – or the representatives of some diminutive species – play in the bushes. That is, they play in the landscaping. Part of what makes the mural enjoyable is the way it accommodates, wraps itself around, and comments upon the building's door, windows and shrubbery. You don't see that kind of site specificity in other Old Town murals or in the ghost signs.
•Our familiarity with a jungly environment, where bobcats and elves emerge from behind the leaves.
•Our familiarity with a Poudre River pastoral, where deer graze beneath the cottonwoods – and keep us at several snouts distance from the picture plane that they gracefully inhabit.
Total number of patrons =What estimate do you get? Somewhere between several hundred thousand and a million patrons? That's a lot – and all of them passed through the terrace in warm proximity to Susan Dailey's mural.
Patrons on the terrace per day × Days amenable to outdoor dinning per year × 20 years
Fort Collins Preservation Officials Consider Signs in Old Town Square
Preservation Officials Working on Specifics
by Kevin Duggan • firstname.lastname@example.org • June 8, 2010
An iconic Old Town "ghost" sign may be restored in the coming months, although just how lively it will be remains to be seen.
Fort Collins historic preservation officials are exploring their options for preserving the familiar Coca Cola and Angell's Delicatessen signs on a brick wall near an entryway to Old Town Square off Mountain Avenue.
The faded, peeling signs were painted on the side of the building that now houses CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing Co. in 1958 by noted local artisan Don Brown.
In 2009, the city's Historic Preservation Office received a $22,200 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund to preserve the signs.
During the past year, matching funds for the grant have been secured for the project, including $13,411 from the Downtown Development Authority, $6,388 from the city, $2,195 from Progressive Old Town Square LLC, which owns the building, and $500 from the Fort Collins Historical Society.
Contractors that would stabilize the wall and work on the images have been selected. Now comes the hardest part, said Carol Tunner, a historic preservation consultant who is managing the project – deciding what the spruced-up signs should look like.
"Everybody has an opinion," she said. "I'm going to do what I can to make everybody happy."
The issue is choosing the point in time at which the signs should be restored, said Tunner, who formerly worked as a planner with city's Historic Preservation Office.
Options include repainting the signs to their original colors, keeping them as they now appear and recreating what they looked like some years ago based on photographs, she said. Some people support just letting the signs continue to deteriorate until they naturally fade away.
"I personally don't like that idea," she said. "I think they should be saved for future generations to see."
Considerable public input has already been received about the project, said Karen McWilliams, a planner with the Historic Preservation Office.
More input will be taken before choosing which treatment to apply to the sign, she said. Stakeholders include the state historic fund, the city's Landmark Preservation Commission and the City Council.
"We just want to make sure everybody is on the same page," she said.
During a recent City Council meeting, some members said the Coca Cola sign should continue to look old to fit in with the ambience of Old Town. Mayor pro tem Kelly Ohlson said "a giant, new Coke sign" would not "look right at all."
Ohlson said "lightning would have to strike" before he would support restoring the sign to its former appearance.
"I think we ought to protect it as is," he said. "I think going back even five years and trying to make it look kind of old and funky... (is) even more faux than redoing it."
Mayor Doug Hutchinson, who ate at Angell's Delicatessen while growing up in Fort Collins, said he was "bowled over" by the thought of a sign being painted to look like new.
Restoration efforts will include replacing mortar between bricks in the wall, removing flaked paint and applying a special varnish to the paintings to stop further deterioration, Tunner said.
The J.L. Hohnstein Block, which has the signs, dates to 1904.
Hand-painted advertising signs on the sides of commercial buildings were common in the era before mass-produced signs and billboards, city officials say.
Coca-Cola paid Brown $400 to paint the sign; the restoration project is budgeted for $44,694.
Tunner said the process of preserving the sign will be complex. Special scaffolding will be brought in during the work, which is likely to happen this fall or next spring.
Draggin' the line: •Tom Bender (06-Jul-10), It's time to replace Obama's team [letter to the editor], Coloradoan [Fort Collins, Colorado], online at www
But I found myself going back to Bender's claim of "Obama's Godless team." I must admit that I have trouble understanding how God has anything to do with government and politics (except perhaps as a negative example such as the government of Lebanon, and, yes, even Israel, during the years), but I began to wonder if these are code words for something else. I don't pretend to know what President Obama's religious beliefs are, although I have heard him express religious sentiments, but I do know that Rahm Emanuel, the president's chief of staff, is a practicing Orthodox Jew. David Axelrod, Larry Summers, Ben Bernanke are all Jews. The president and his family have honored his Jewish staff and Judaism by celebrating two Passover Seders in the White House. I don't look for anti-Semitism around every corner, but I am wondering what a "government of moral stability" really means.Our respect and thanks go out to Susan Lauscher for calling Bender on his rhetoric.
Tom is a California native who moved to Colorado in 1950 where he graduated from Limon High School and enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 1957. Tom ended his military career, moved to Larimer County, built his home, and established the Bender Tree Farm in 1977. During his military service, Tom was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Force Commendation for his participation in four combat campaigns in the Republic of Vietnam.
Tom and his wife, Mary, of 43 years have three daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren. Tom and Mary are members of John XXIII Catholic Community and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Tom worked in the electronics division of Woodward Governor until 1984 when he became a full time tree farmer...
•Served as a county fair natural resource judge for 4-H projects and exhibits at the Larimer, Weld, and Adams county fairs over the past 6 years.
•Served as a volunteer firefighter for the Rist Canyon Fire Department and as fire chief for six of those years.
•Member, former chairman, and co-founder of the Larimer County Tree Farmers Association.
•Former member and president of the Colorado Forestry Association.
•Served for ten years on the Colorado Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee.
•Served two years on the Extension Renewable Resources Committee. Tom is one of the first graduates and practitioner of the Colorado Master Tree Farmer program.
•The Tom and Mary Bender Tree Farm was designated the first Colorado Stewardship Forest in 1991.
•Designated Colorado Tree Farmers of the Year twice.
•Designated Western Regional Tree Farmers of the year in 1996 for outstanding resource management and environmental stewardship.
•Received a leadership and "Teammate" of the year awards from the Colorado State Forest Service.
•Received many certificates of merit from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
•As a member of the Larimer County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for the past ten years, Tom served as the National, State, and Local Legislative Affairs Chairman and for four years on the Colorado Farm Bureau Land Use Policy Development Committee.
•Member of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Tom continues to serve as an active member in patriotic, American organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Rifle Association. Tom is a member of the American Legion and VFW honor guard and firing squad for flag honor ceremonies and military funerals.
Tom has served as an election judge, a precinct committee chair, delegate to the State and 4th Congressional conventions for the Larimer County Republican Party. Tom is a graduate of the Republican Leadership Program in 1998. Tom is a member of the Larimer County Republican Breakfast Club, Larimer County Republican Club, and auxiliary member of the Larimer County Republican Women's Club.