Miller Hudson

HUDSON: AL-TURKI'S FATE IN JUDGE’S HANDS

Colorado’s Islamophobia Lollapalooza

The Colorado Statesman

For a brief week that encompassed two and a half days of court hearings, Homaidan al-Turki was back in Colorado asking Arapahoe County District Judge Mark Hannen to grant him probation, for which he is eligible after more than eight years in Colorado prisons, and a return to Saudi Arabia. He would receive sex offender treatment there and serve out the remainder of any sentencing conditions under the custody of the Kingdom’s Ministry of the Interior.

Valerie Plame’s dispatch from her river of no return

The Colorado Statesman

Blowback is a spy story co-written by Valerie Plame with the thriller novelist Sarah Lovett, featuring a CIA operative, Vanessa Pierson, who is intent on protecting the world against the proliferation of nuclear weapons — much like Plame herself before she was “outed” as an undercover agent by Scooter Libby and others in the Bush White House during the aftermath of our Iraq invasion. Plame, who is married to Ambassador Joe Wilson, recounted that tale in the non-fiction Fair Game.

The energy revolution is unfolding in slow motion

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty years ago during my brief stint as a nuclear trashman I used to joke that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (better known today as NEPA) was actually a disguised employment program for the superfluous college graduates parented by America’s middle class. Perhaps Richard Nixon actually signed this legislation in a surreptitious effort to create paying jobs for all those anthropologists, field biologists, sociologists, statisticians, hydrologists, ecologists and other assorted Liberal Arts & Sciences students who would have wound up flipping burgers without it.

HUDSON: AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES PLAY OUT ON STAGE

Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us was compelling as a book — as theater, not so much

The Colorado Statesman

When the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Kent Thompson approached Helen Thorpe about adapting her book for the stage, I’m sure it felt like a good idea. The book had done well for a non-fiction report on the dilemmas created by America’s dysfunctional immigration policies. The author was married to the Governor and a Denver audience would be familiar with the outlines of her tale about four Latina women approaching high school graduation and intent on acquiring college degrees.

Washington shuts down, but not the rumor-mongering

The Colorado Statesman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington, D.C. was padlocking the nation’s treasures as I flew in last week for my high school reunion in neighboring Montgomery County. My scheduled meetings were cancelled, so I took a few hours Wednesday afternoon to survey the consequences of shutting down the federal government. The Mall was eerily empty as barricades prevented tourists from parking along the frontage roads serving the museums that stand shoulder to shoulder between the Capitol, and the Washington monument.

HUDSON: WADING THROUGH THE WEEDS FOR ANSWERS

Free soaring EAGLE-Net is prey for rural phone companies in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Whoever first speculated that the road to hell is paved with good intentions may well have had Colorado’s EAGLE-Net Alliance in mind. During the Legislative Audit Committee’s investigative inquiry last week, Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D–Adams County, expressed the nearly universal sense of confusion pervading the committee room when she observed, “The deeper we get in the weeds here, the weedier it seems to get.”

Is anti-discrimination policy that fails to discriminate a form of discrimination?

Provide supporting Constitutional citations, but limit your response to 400 words
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents met Tuesday at the University Memorial Building in Boulder. Much of the day’s agenda was dedicated to the stultifying consideration of contracts, financial statements, planning reports and Board approvals for a metastasizing and dizzying array of academic degree programs. The low-ceiled room where the Regents met felt like an interrogation chamber at Guantanamo — underlit, view lines blocked, muted conversations transpiring in small huddles and presenters prone to acronymic obscurity.

HUDSON: EXCUSES WON’T WIN ELECTIONS

Looking back at the recall elections, I’m still pondering what happened

The Colorado Statesman

In the entry hall at Pueblo’s Union station hang two large portraits, one of Woodrow Wilson and the other of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. During the golden age of rail, each of these Democratic Presidents made campaign stops in this hot and dusty corner of Colorado. While Roosevelt was running for re-election at the time of his visit, Wilson was attempting to sell his League of Nations, created by the Treaty of Versailles, to an isolationist and skeptical U.S. Senate. Leaving Washington Sept. 3, 1919, on a 17-state marketing tour, Wilson stumbled ascending the stage in Pueblo on Sept. 25.

Giron recalled; Pueblo voters ambush the pundits

The Colorado Statesman

Fighting your way south from Denver through the quasi-permanent orange cone zones that beset I-25, you are abruptly reminded of the character of El Paso County politics as you cross the Douglas County line. A discreet sign announces you will henceforth be traveling on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. Then, crossing into Pueblo County, I-25 becomes the John F. Kennedy Highway. However, there was no ‘yin and yang’ between these neighbors on Tuesday evening, when voters in both counties tossed their Democratic Senators in favor of replacements.

HUDSON: MARKETPLACE SOON TO OPEN

Fontneau and Colorado Health Exchange are ready to connect with Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

“…Eight,7, 6, 5, Connect4Health, 3, 2 — October 1 and the Colorado Health Exchange will open for business whether you’re ready or not!” They seem to be sales ready and politically bulletproof. Even if Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are successful in shutting down the federal government over funding of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare will continue to unspool in Colorado. As one of the states organizing its own health insurance marketplace, Connect4Health Colorado’s money is in the bank and there will be no strangling of this baby in the cradle.