Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
American Gothic Horror: Dick and Liz and the creation of Project for a New American Century part deux (2.0) - "The crazies are back" once again
|American Gothic Horror: Dick and Liz Cheney|
AMY GOODMAN: Now one of the things we are talking about a lot and seeing a lot is that the same people that were there during the Reagan-Bush years and even before, the Wolfowitzes the Rumsfelds, Cheneys were there then. What was George Bush’s view of these people then?
RAY MCGOVERN: Well, you know it’s really interesting. When we saw these people coming back in town, all of us said who were around in those days said, oh my god, ‘the crazies’ are back – ‘the crazies’ – that’s how we referred to these people.
The Project for a New American Century was a neo-conservative "think tank," created as a "non-profit educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership," in 1997, by none other than William Kristol and Robert Kagan:
- William Kristol, editor and publisher of "The Weekly Standard." as well as the former Chief of Staff to then Vice President Dan Quayle in he Reagan Administration, and son of Irving Kristol, along with Podoretz, the Godfathers to the neo-con hivemind;
- Robert Kagan, former policy advisor to Hillary Clinton serving on the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, (and we still don't want to believe she is neo-con lite?), Brookings Institute embedded and former member of Reagan Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs that assisted in creating the policies that armed militaristic dictators in Central America leading to the slaughter of indigenous peoples in Nicaragua (war crimes by any other name)
The group even got a tax exemption for being like-kind/like-mind ideologues pushing an agenda onto the people - ruminating old, regurgitated diatribes and passing them off as "new ideas."
For those unfamiliar with the PNAC, the organization boasted membership to include nearly every war-mongering political hack from the Reagan Administration through the GW Bush Administration as well as friends on hangers on that included members of the religious right, extreme nationalists... a virtual who's who of "pious fools" promoting the neo-conservative "noble lie.
|Membership of the original PNAC 1997-2006|
One may have difficulty telling this mass of roiling infectious bodies apart, attempting to determine who worked in which administration without a score card. So many, of the PNAC membership, worked in administrations from Nixon forward. - here are just a few:
- Dick Cheney ran with Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2, only taking the time out to run Halliburton and it's merged monster, KBR, assuring their place in contractor history securing tens of $ Billions off the people in Defense contracts for the Pentagon. His holdings in those companies assured him profits from those investments while he was vice president (while lying about it).
- Elliot Abrams was part of Reagan's foreign policy team that played so well into Reagan's "anti-Communist" obsession (a holdover from his HUAC informant days). He assisted in devising the arms deals that led to the slaughter of thousands of citizens of El Salvador (he lied to Congress about the massacres here) and Nicaragua, and, ultimately, was a part of Iran Contra. He was inherited by Bush 1 and brought into Bush 2 as a part of the team developing and implementing the failed "Global Democracy Strategy" with Condi Rice - he was involved in the 2002 attempted coup d'etat in Venezuela. His neo-con roots are deep married to Rachel Decter, the daughter of original blue bloods of Neo-Conservatism, Midge Decter and step-father Norman Podhoretz (the 2nd patriarch of the Neo-Conservative Movement), and sister to the Prince of Darkness, John Podhoretz.
- Donald Rumsfeld only took time out of Republican Administrations to run Searle, helping to bring Aspertane to market, then General Instrument Corporation (GIC), then Gilead, developer of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir), which made him millions while he served under Bush 2 (and the Avian flu scare). Originally elected as the 13th district of Illinois representative to the US House of Representatives in 1962, 1964, 1966, and 1968 (he was a leading cosponsor of the original Freedom of Information Act), he, subsequently worked under Nixon, Ford (urging Ford to veto FOIA) and then Bush 2. Another guy that never met a war he didn't love, as the head of Searle, he was tapped by Reagan to be special envoy to Iraq that led to "under the table" deals selling arms and equipment to Iraq (to include "dual use" equipment with the knowledge that it "could be" - and probably was being - used to develop nuclear weapons) even after we had full knowledge of Hussein's use of chemical weapons on the Kurds .
- Paul "These are Arabs [Iraqis]... who are going to welcome us as liberators" Wolfowitz, a student of Leo Strauss, Neo-Conservative philosopher and (creator of the basic hive) cheerleader, and Albert Wohlstetter (one of the "mind-trust" architects of the Cold War mentality leading to proliferation of the defense industry and the MIC) at the University of Chicago. He served under Reagan as 12th Director of Policy Planning, 8th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and 10th United States Ambassador to Indonesia; Bush 1 as 4th Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; And Bush 2 as 25th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense - as chief architect of the War on Iraq and, with Rumsfeld, the Afghanistan War - and, finally, given the ridiculous position as head of the World Bank until he was forced to resign due to an on-going affair with one of the World Bank's employees.
- Douglas J. Feith worked on Reagan's National Security Council under Richard Pipes, moving to the Pentagon the next year to work as Special Counsel for Richard Perle, another neo-con and future PNAC member. After working in the private sector as lobbyist and MIC corporate protection business (attorney) he joined GW Bush's administration as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy where he worked to place other old neo-con friends into positions throughout the administration. He is best known for creating the Office of Strategic Influence - a group whose only purpose was to create media disinformation, manipulating facts and leaking half truths, lies and damned lies, to prop up support for Bush's "War On Terror"
The PNAC ran just long enough to get a president (front man) elected, to take full control of Washington, and to put the nation into perpetual war. The last time the neo-cons took over Washington was in 1980, defeating Carter in his re-election bid and installing Ronald Reagan as their front man.
The PNAC quietly closed down in 2006. What could they do to follow up after sleeping at the switch during 9/11; Manipulating the nation to a war on Iraq (attacking a sovereign nation, deposing its leader and destabilizing an entire region); Their legacy of torture (from black sites in Poland, Thailand and on the high seas to the flag ship prison camp at Guantanamo); And finally, helping to run the nation's economy into the ground while making millions from their holdings in war machine corporations?
The nation has not recovered from the PNAC and its Children of the Corn. In fact, many of them are still embraced on both sides of the aisle, throughout the Pentagon, CIA and all the way up into the White House. (NDAA, Patriot Act, Trickle Down, Drones, "Kill List," torture, Guantanamo, NSA spying on everyone, privatization of government.... the list is horrifically long)
In July, after Liz Cheney saw the writing on the wall regarding her chances (or, rather, no chance... not even in Dick's future Vice Presidential Suite in Hell) of election to the Senate - the duo of The Dick and his spawn announced a new venture, "The Alliance for a Strong America":
A family of "non-profit" 501(c)4 groups just in time for election season, 2014, and plenty of time for 2016....
And like his predecessor organization, he uses his aging obnoxiousness to lay blame for everything on everybody not him - of course, his way is the only way and what the people think? "So?" (his response to questions about the polls showing 2/3 of Americans thought Iraq is not worth fighting 5 yrs after the invasion of Iraq ).
According to the "Alliance" Press Release:
Sounds suspiciously like the 1997, "The Statement of Principals," screed from the PNAC, written as Clinton began his 2nd term (a distinction without a difference):"....the formation and launch of The Alliance for a Strong America, a 501(c)4 grassroots organization that will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power. The group will be led by former Vice President Cheney, who will serve as Chairman and Liz Cheney, who will be the group’s President. The committee is supported by citizens who are dedicated to the hard but necessary task of preserving freedom and restoring American strength and power in the wake of the Obama administration’s national security failures.”
Statement of Principals
Statement of Principals
June 3, 1997
American foreign and defense policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategic vision of America's role in the world. They have not set forth guiding principles for American foreign policy. They have allowed differences over tactics to obscure potential agreement on strategic objectives. And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century.
We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership.
As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?
We are in danger of squandering the opportunity and failing the challenge. We are living off the capital -- both the military investments and the foreign policy achievements -- built up by past administrations. Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world. And the promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations. As a consequence, we are jeopardizing the nation's ability to meet present threats and to deal with potentially greater challenges that lie ahead.
We seem to have forgotten the essential elements of the Reagan Administration's success: a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities.
Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership or the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.
Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:
• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.
Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.
Elliott Abrams Gary Bauer William J. Bennett Jeb Bush
Dick Cheney Eliot A. Cohen Midge Decter Paula Dobriansky Steve Forbes
Aaron Friedberg Francis Fukuyama Frank Gaffney Fred C. Ikle
Donald Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad I. Lewis Libby Norman Podhoretz
Dan Quayle Peter W. Rodman Stephen P. Rosen Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld Vin Weber George Weigel Paul Wolfowitz
Cheney and Cheney are hitting the floor slithering with interviews and articles on everything Murdoch (FOX, WSJ, et al) and everything neo-con (AEI, Weekly Standard, Hot Air). The demonic duo are whipping up the willfully ignorant, scared and whining base, trying to froth the psychotic rage of exceptionalist immaturity once again.
"Noble Lies" (not at all noble but mere echo-chambered memes of fear-mongering feigned outrage) still used to create a fog over the reality. Political power makes big bucks for he, his progeny and their friends while it keeps the world imploding and entire populations dying.... All for greed and control to feed that greed.
The question is, will we allow it to happen once again or will we stake this latest taxpayer sustained incarnation of Dracula before he has time to sink his teeth into this weakened and balkanized nation, bleeding us dry - laying to waste what is left of America?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
|Police advance through smoke Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.|
CREDIT: AP PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,"
George Santayana, The Life of Reason
Recent events in Ferguson, MO, should bring us all to question why it is that when the people confront injustice, they are met with brute force and despotic militarism in an attempt to quash that very confrontation of injustice, especially in a nation that claims that its very basis for existence is that ability to be free from tyranny.
A Police State by any other name...
It isn't just in Ferguson today. It has been a solid part of the 230 years of our existence as the United States of America.
|Farmers Tar & Feathering an Excise Officer|
From the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794; to Gabriel Prosser’s slave insurrection in 1800; to Haymarket Riot in 1886 - all pushing forward in the streets bloodied with beatings and murders. All rolling hard towards the Civil Rights Movement of the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's...
|A 17-year-old Civil Rights demonstrator is attacked by a police dog in|
Birmingham, Ala.,on May 3, 1963. This image led the front page of the next day's
New York Times. Photo courtesy of Bill Hudson/ASSOCIATED PRESS
... to the anti-war protests of the 1960's and 1970's (and again from 2003 to 2012)...
|March on the Pentagon, 1967|
...to the women's rights movement of the 20th century carrying into 1960's and 1970's...
|Women's Suffrage protest 1918|
|1966 the National Organization for Women|
...... to the environmental movement of 1980's, 1990's and into the 21st century...
|AP Photo/Susan Walsh - Several hundred students and youth who marched from|
Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline
are arrested outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
... to the WTO, 1999...
|WTO protests in Seattle, November 30, 1999 Pepper spray is applied to the crowd.|
.... to Occupy 2011-2012 moving towards Worker's Rights of 2013 and 2014..
|May, 2014, Oak Brook, IL, McDonald's Campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)|
The anti-war movement, labor movement, women's rights movement, environmental movement and the culmination of all into Occupy and the Day of Rage - these warriors for the people have all have seen their members bloodied and beaten by police acting at the behest of a government threatened with a call for freedom, liberty and equality....
Ferguson isn't just about "race", though the promoted racism and inequality play a huge part in the events leading up to the explosion taking place there right now - a community made up of a majority of black families and citizens under the thumb of Ferguson's nearly all white police force, white school board, white power structure; a community that finds an overwhelmingly hostile attitude by its public servants towards its citizenry.
Ferguson is another example of a government's fear of its own citizenry - a fear expressed through an excessive need to control to the point of domination enforced by an overly hostile, overly armed and overly militarized police force choosing might over right and violence over reason.
And the Ferguson Police, like other police departments around the country given access to military grade weaponry, is more than happy to oblige by answering the call to brute force - what little boy can't wait to play with that brand new Transformer Technology given to them for free by a bloated Pentagon with way too much surplus weaponry - M-Raps, camo, nightvision goggles, M-16s and grenades?
Ferguson is just the latest in a long line of Police State acts against the people:
Police Riots in Chicago, 1968 - Mayor Daley armed his police to the teeth and sent them out to crack heads...any heads.
Kent State, 1970:
The WTO, Seattle, 1999:
The Redwood Forest, 2008...
And anywhere they are confronted with their own fear of truth and the people's right to be heard...
Ferguson is not a "one off"; It is not simply a racial issue though the use of "race" and the perpetuation of that form of bigotry is part of the manipulation to keep us divided (just like class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, and anything else one can use to keep us balkanized); And, it is not a unique situation.
Ferguson is the example that proves the rule - the US is a nation balkanized by a government so afraid of its people and the people's basic human rights, that it will do anything to quash the people's voice; deflate their resolve; destroy their independence; and dismantle their power (and their ain't no power like the power of the people and the power of the people won't stop).
It isn't a Right vs Left thing; It isn't a White vs Black thing; It isn't even a Republican vs Democrat thing. It is a power and control thing. When those placed in that tiny off-headed, out of touch ivory tower of power are threatened, they will always unleash all the fire-power at their disposal.
Ferguson, you have threatened the power structure of America and they have unleashed hell to rain down upon the streets - first with tear gas and rubber bullets, next with curfews and National Guard.
We cannot expect the police to resolve this crisis, we cannot expect state troopers to resolve this crisis; We cannot expect the governor or the national guard to resolve this crisis; We cannot expect Obama or the DOJ or the FBI to resolve this crisis; And, we definitely cannot expect Congress to resolve this crisis.
It can only be resolved with the power of the people and that power of the people must be realized.... Standing together, throwing off the shackles of balkanization, we have embraced to feed our anger and keep us divided, and demanding change - real change - as we dismantle the false paradigm created to keep us chattel.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|The art of Dale Chihuly|
“The process is so wonderfully simple, yet so mystifying.”
~ Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly - America's Art Glass Master - was born during WW II (1941) in Tacoma, Washington.
In 1961, he learned to melt and fuse glass...and has been creating beautiful art glass ever since...
On June 14, 2014, Denver's Botanic Gardens became the temporary home for a collection of Chihuly's exquisite art glass sculpture....
Forms set in the natural beauty of the gardens ....
No better way to spend this Sunday - my walk through the art.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
BANGKOK, Thailand — For 24-year-old Pa Kou Vang, home is a shared room in the heaving alleys of Bangkok where she shields herself with silence so locals don’t hear her accent and call the police. Selling fried chicken on the streets for about $4 a day, she does her best to care for and protect her…
The Vietnam War might seem like ancient history, but thousands still risk arrest and torture for helping the US
Thursday, August 14, 2014
|"John Brennan" by DonkeyHotey|
Jim Hightower, one of the few things coming out of Texas in the last 6 decades worthwhile, writes, "Why does John Brennan still have a job?"
From his post:So the guy who's in charge of America's deepest secrets had to trek up to Capitol Hill and apologize to Sen. Feinstein, admitting that he didn't know what was going on in the spy agency that's meant to spy on foreign terrorists, not US senate committees. Of course, Brennan might've known and was simply lying back in March when denying the CIA would do such a thing. After all, this is the same John Brennan who flagrantly lied in 2011, ridiculously claiming that dozens of US drone strikes had not caused "a single collateral death." So who in the world would trust anything Brennan says?
Well, Barack Obama would. After the Feinstein fiasco, the President expressed full confidence in the Liar of Langley – the town outside of Washington where the CIA is headquartered. After all, said Obama, Brennan did man-up and apologize to the Chairlady. That's sweet, but she's hardly the only one offended by the CIA's arrogant, autocratic overreach. How about us – the people who pay the tab for Brennan's out-of-control operatives?
I couldn't agree more. But, I might add, Why in the hell was he hired in the first place? John Brennan has a long history of lies, damned lies and sycophantic apologism for crimes against both the people of this nation and the people of the planet.
I can go off on the hypocrisy of a Senate that is only "now" taking offense at this war criminal's behavior - and only because he had the audacity to spy on the Senate. Who give's a dying rat's ass that he stood by Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al, in their abuse of everything sacrosanct by sanctifying torture and slaughter for bloody oil and hubris?
|John Brennan—Obama’s Eminently Qualified Cold-blooded Imperialist Assassin|
February 17, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Or his channeling of Curtis LeMay ("There are no innocent civilians." U.S. General, Curtis LeMay, 1945)
in an unholy, single man cheerleading squad for the use of drones for everything from murder of American citizens (who give's a crap about the Constitution and the idea of "due process") to..well, mass murder of innocents on the ground in foreign lands - more unjustified attacks on sovereign nations.
So why was he even confirmed to be the head of America's favorite Spook agency?
And why the hell was he even considered for anything other than fitting for an orange jumpsuit and a suite the ICC Detention Centre in Scheveningen?
Especially by the current self proclaiming "transparent and accountable" president ,who refused to even look at the crimes against humanity committed in OUR name by him and his predecessor and his predecessor and his predecessor and his predecessor?
Oh, right - we can do better; we can be better - we must move forward and not look behind...
That is what the talking point has been since Obama was elected in 2008 - When he forgot all of his promises of transparency, accountability and "habeas corpus" rights, and that pesky little torture crap he stood against but now, well, not so much.
John "Little Cheney" Brennan lied to Congress, lied to the SSCI and lied to the people - why is it that he sits in posh offices making decisions that threaten the peace and the people of the planet?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
From my friend, Anomaly100: #OpFerguson: Anonymous Responds To Mike Brown's Shooting Death By Police
#OpFerguson: Anonymous Responds To Mike Brown's Shooting Death By Police
James O'Keefe Tries His Dumbest Stunt Yet
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Why can't Star interview Omar Khadr?: Public Editor
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Ex-NSA Boss Says He's 'Just A Cyber Guy,' But Major Questions Abound
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Happy Anniversary! August 6, 1945, America became the FIRST nation to attack a civilian population with a nuclear bomb....
....and August 9, 1945, America became the last nation to attack a civilian population with a nuclear bomb.
August, 1945 - the final moments of the 2nd part of a world wide war pitting "civilization" against "civilization;" politician against politician; exceptionalist against exceptionalist; ideologue against ideologue; and hubris against hubris.
The "War to End All Wars" morphed into the War that proved war would never end - that proved that old men and women, acting as politicians and guided by their exceptionalist hubris, will always find a way to demand wars to be fought by thousands of the strongest and most innocent of youth and that those innocents caught in the crossfire will always be the ones to suffer the most pain and death.
"Little boy" by US government DOD and/or DOE photograph - Copy from U.S. National Archives, RG 77-
AEC. Chuck Hansen, The Swords of Armageddon: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Development Since 1945
(Sunnyvale, CA: Chukelea Publications, 1995).
Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
At 2:45 a.m., August 6, 1945, a Boeing designed B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed The Enola Gay, took off from Tinian, a North Pacific island in the Marianas, heading for Japan with a massive "super weapon" - a bomb with the destructive power of an explosion equivalent to 22,000 sticks of TNT embodied in a single atomic blast - with the codename "Little Boy". The plane was piloted by one Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., commander of the 509th Composite Group of the United States Army Air Forces.
|The crew of the Enola Gay, August, 1945|
At 8:15 a.m, August 6, 1945, Little Boy was dropped from the Enola Gay and exploded 1900 feet above the city of Hiroshima - at the time, a city of approximately 380,000 people (about the size of Honolulu, Hawaii). The mushroom shaped cloud reached an estimated height of 40,000 feet at its peak.
Staff Sergeant George Caron, the tail gunner, described what he saw:
"The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside... It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city..."
"Hiroshima aftermath" by U.S. Navy Public Affairs Resources Website - http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/images/historical/hiroshima.jpg.
Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
On August 9, 1945, the larger "Fat Man" was dropped on Nagasaki...
And at what cost?
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Here's a novel idea: Convert former prisons into Pot Facilities - A man in Colorado hopes to do just that
Colorado, 1st to legalize recreational use of Marijuana, has had Medical Marijuana by Constitutional Amendment since November, 2000. Unfortunately, Colorado still arrested 210,000 for possession of Marijuana between 1996 and 2010 - 108,000 were arrested after 2001. Even after Colorado made Medical Marijuana legal in 2000, Marijuana arrests continued to grow in number annually to a peak of approximately 11,000 a year. Since December, 2012, when Amendment 64 went into effect, the average number of marijuana related arrests in Colorado dropped from 11,000 a year to only 4,000 in 2013.
Colorado has refused, to date, to release those prisoners arrested and incarcerated for marijuana related charge's that would no longer be illegal under Amendment 64. The state has, to date, no formal treatment programs established to use as an alternative to prison for those arrested on drug offenses.
|High Plains Correctional Facility closed in 2010 after the state|
takes the remaining inmates away from the Brush prison.
(Jesse Chaney/Brush News-Tribune)
Brush, Colorado, was the home of the infamous High Plains Correctional Facility. In its lifetime, the installation has been 2 private prisons - 1st, a private 180 bed facility for "Youth" offenders was closed by 1998 after losing its license for, among other reasons, "...female staffers who had sex with boys, physical and verbal and emotional abuse of inmates" and suicides; Next, established in 2003, as a private 272 bed facility for women, owned and operated by Texas-based Cornell Companies, Inc., until it closed its doors in 2010.
High Plains Correctional Facility for Women had a history of abuse and inappropriate behavior - staff on inmate sexual abuse; facilities not meeting required guidelines; issues with lack of proper training of staff; lack of treatment programs. The standard "for-profit" prison model.
When Brush, Colorado - a town with a population of about 5500, approximately 90 miles northeast of Denver, located on the high plains of eastern Colorado - found out the facility would close, they were concerned...Concerned about the $22,000 in revenue the town received annually from the operating prison and the 83 citizens who might be losing their jobs. These are significant losses for a small town in the midst of an economic downturn effecting the nation.
But one entrepreneurial citizen has come up with a novel idea to put the 22 acre property into use and bring assistance to the economy (KMGH 7News - Denver's ABC affiliate):
Bringing new meaning to the town's motto: The City of Brush - Homegrown Happiness!