Since the days my grandpa took me fishing in the Fairplay —before I could even walk—I have been in love with the outdoors. That connection to the wild, the openness, the escape from the concrete jungle; it’s one of the most important things we can do to feel human. My hunting buddies and I always joke with each other that tourists will pay thousands of dollars to experience just one week in the same wilderness we all enjoy right here in our backyard.
This happens all the time in the Fever Swamps™. Climate change is obviously a hoax because it snowed!
I’m not sure who is running the astroturf outfit Advancing Colorado these days. They haven’t issued any press releases since Jonathan Lockwood moved on to Oregon to be the mouthpiece for the Oregon Senate GOP. But occasionally they still tweet, and this recent one caught my eye.
I spend a lot of ink in this column pointing out and criticizing the immoderate and extreme views of Republican officials and activists in Colorado. Having raised several children, however, I know that the carrot can be as effective as the stick—in fact more so.
Former GOP candidate for Congress Casper Stockham likes to lecture people about what is and isn’t fake news. Yesterday, he posted this on Facebook:
I ran across this post by Pueblo County Republican chair Marla Reichert and it seemed fishy to me.
Derrick Wilburn is a willfully ignorant man who seems to go out of his way to express his hatred for former President Obama whenever he can. Here he goes on a Facebook diatribe claiming Trump said something on Easter that Obama would “never, ever utter.”
Casper Stockham unsuccessfully ran a campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver), and will likely run again in 2018. I’ve flagged a few of Casper’s more egregiously nutty posts, because if nothing else, he’s entertaining. Casper’s fake news beliefs are instructive, however, and represent a microcosm of how the GOP base consumes news. Here’s what he said on Facebook a few days ago:
I ran across this post from State Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud). Taking a standard position in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision, he argues in favor of Senate Bill 283, which would let businesses discriminate on the basis of “the fundamental right of conscience.” That’s shorthand for “religious beliefs.”
I run into this a lot in the Fever Swamps: Someone posts a meme or statement urging a certain sort of behavior that they themselves do not adhere to. Today, I ran into a couple of impressive examples: