LORD OF THE FLIES? Beyond Feces in Hallways, New Report Outlines EPA Employees’ Inappropriate Behavior

Hey EPA, stop crapping on taxpayers

A new Energy and Environment (sorry about the paywall) report outlines additional details of inappropriate employee behavior at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 Denver office.  In June, we reported on an emailed memo going around the EPA’s Region 8 offices asking employees to not defecate in the hallways.  We couldn’t then believe that this was even something that anyone, much less so-called professionals, would need to be told.

This new report outlines (graphically, really sorry) just how bad things got over there, and describes at least nine suspected bathroom incidents:

“‘A male supervisor…told her that management knows that it is a female on the [redacted] floor who has been wiping feces and menstrual blood on the walls…and that they are worried that her behavior is escalating,’ the official said in an email.

Misbehavior wasn’t just limited to the restrooms

I had one employee report that her house keys were stolen off her desk on Jan. 31st and she had to have her locks changed – she also said that this place is getting strange so I am going to apply for the buy out,” said another official….

There were reported problems in both sexes’ restrooms but on Jan. 13, the ninth floor men’s restroom had ‘a trail of poop leading out in hallway,’ according to the incident report.”

According to the report, the Poopetrator (@SooperMexican) appears to not have been caught.  Apparently, the aggressively foul actions stopped soon after the memo went out and the EPA beefed up security.  Nonetheless, what on earth is missing in terms of leadership from the EPA when, as of late, there have been three high-profile events of employee misconduct.  First, it was EPA employee who watched porn all day, then, it was the EPA employee who laughably claimed to be a CIA agent, and then, this.

Maybe the EPA should worry about its own internal environment before asking the rest of us to make major lifestyle shifts and expenditures to clean up ours.


BREAKING UP WITH HICK: Moderate Businessman Pens Breakup Letter

“Don’t let me be lonely tonight”

“So here’s the thing Hick, it’s not you, it’s us… JK! JK! JK!  It’s totally you!”

After reading how Gov. John Hickenlooper takes his break-ups like a little bitch (seriously, who drops out of college because a girl broke up with them?  Can we get someone to track that girl down?  Hick, do you have her address?  Still stalk her on Facebook?), we’re thinking once he reads this latest breakup letter, he’ll be in Alaska next week sporting a mustache, trying to grow gooseberries.

In what should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to how Hickenlooper governed these past four years compared to how he campaigned in 2010, one unaffiliated businessman is having buyer’s remorse.  Dave Maney was more than excited to donate to Hick in 2010.  This time?  Not so much.  Here’s some excerpts from the breakup letter he sent to Hick’s campaign:

Maybe next time John will stick to the socially liberal, fiscally conservative, live-and-let-live Colorado themes that got him elected rather than sidling up to the radical left…  in this election, I’m a Beauprez donor

In the future 1) Don’t use weasel words in death penalty cases. I could’ve taken either “for” or “against”, but not the weasel road John took. 2) When your party goes radical and controls the legislature, rein them back in instead of letting them run riot. [the Peak’s emphasis]

Don’t worry, Hick, as long as you are Governor for a while longer you can still pay for other businessmen to hang out with you.  Nothing makes fast friends for life like cronyism.  Joshua Sharf over at Watchdog Wire details how a few large donors for Hickenlooper were able to buy a veto from him, hosting a max-dollar fundraising event the very same week the bill they were opposed to was introduced.

Two of those developers, brothers Chad and Troy McWhinney, have been longtime supporters of Republican office-seekers. However, they held a fundraiser for Hickenlooper in Windsor the week that the bill was introduced into the legislature. The suggested contribution for that fundraiser was $1,100, the maximum allowed under state law.

As Sharf points out, it was revealed just recently how large donors for Hickenlooper have a direct line to him.  Are we to ignore that Hickenlooper vetoed a grand total of just five bills over the past two years when nearly a thousand have been passed, and that one of those bills happen to be from donors who hosted a maxed-dollar fundraiser for him?

Is Hickenlooper just so old he knows he couldn’t take any sort of rejection anymore, that he’s willing to pay for companionship friendship.  Is his real reelection campaign theme, “Just don’t let me be lonely tonight?”  If that’s the case, Hickenlooper better start growing that beard now.


Peak Feed: Congressman Coffman Challenges Romanoff to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

UPDATE: Andrew Romanoff has graciously accepted the challenge and is looking for folks to nominate.  Have a favorite politician?  Suggest it to him via Twitter.

If you haven’t seen the ice bucket challenge all over Facebook and beyond, you must be living under a rock.  Just in case you don’t know what we’re talking about, here’s the gist. It’s a viral campaign to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), perhaps more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a devastating progressive degenerative neurological disease. Most patients survive just two to five years after diagnosis.  Those challenged with the Ice Bucket Challenge either have 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice over their heads or donate $100 to the ALS Association. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman was nominated.  The video below shows him accepting it. He has now nominated his challenger, Andrew Romanoff.  Coffman was a good sport, even agreeing to donate one dollar for every “like” his post receives.  Will Romanoff take him up on the challenge?

From Coffman’s challenge to Romanoff:

“Hi, everyone, I’m Mike Coffman and I’m running for re-election to Congress from Colorado’s Sixth District.I was challenged by Jenny Ly to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I wanted to have the opportunity to participate in such a great cause to raise awareness and funds to combat this terrible disease.  ALS affects tens of thousands of Americans and their families every year. I hope this ALS challenge plays a part in bringing us closer to a cure.  In addition to completing the challenge, I also will be donating one dollar for every like this video receives. Let’s help get the word out about ALS. To learn more about this disease, I encourage you to visit www.alsa.org.

In the spirit of forming a united front to fight this disease, I nominate my opponent Andrew Romanoff.  You have 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Association. I hope you can join me in raising awareness for ALS.”


PICK-UP OPPORTUNITY: RGA Invests in Colorado

Last month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, visited Colorado to throw his support behind GOP candidate Bob Beauprez.

Now, the RGA is putting up the money to back Christie’s promise.  They released the first of several ads attacking Gov. John Hickenlooper, yesterday, and it signals what will likely be a very large investment in Colorado.

There are already 30 Republican governors, and Colorado is actually one of the very few pick-up opportunities for the RGA this cycle.  Having raised a formidable $100 million, they have a lot of money to play with.  That should have Hickenlooper very, very nervous, especially considering he’s never been the target of massive outside spending before.



THE KID NEXT DOOR: Gardner’s Colorado Roots Contrast With Udall’s Dour Demeanor

In a new long video by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP puts forth its greatest strength in defeating Sen. Mark Udall this fall: Rep. Cory Gardner.

The seven-minute video fleshes out the background of Gardner for those who are not familiar with him.  A fifth-generation Coloradan who comes from a small business family with a demeanor that is at once welcoming and confident.  The positive personal piece is a breath of fresh air in a race that has been dominated by Udall’s quite cynical and very negative campaign.  Udall has already splashed out millions of dollars in negative ad after negative ad after negative ad ($10 million approximately, and yet no movement in the polls.  Ouch).

The contrast between the two couldn’t be sharper: the youthful, energetic, positive, charming Gardner versus the old, dour, cynical, negative Udall.  Even if that doesn’t reflect who Udall is personally (as some people claim *cough* Bartels *cough*), it certainly reflects the campaign he has chosen to run now.  That Udall is willing to let his name be attached to such an endeavor speaks louder than anything else.

Gardner, on the other hand, is a man rooted in Colorado values, a man who couldn’t have avoided them even if he wanted to, a man born, raised, and brought up in them.  Like they say in the ad:

“Those Colorado values were the foundation for Cory: where everything counts, and everyone matters because we’re all in this together.”

Who better reflects Colorado values?  The man in the video below or Udall and his multiple, cynical political ads polluting the airwaves right now?


PEW SAYS NO: Gov. Hickenlooper’s Claims About Economic Growth in Doubt

Gov. Hickenlooper has pegged his re-election efforts on the so-called “fact” that Colorado has grown economically, but this morning, The Washington Post‘s headline forcefully injected doubt into those claims.  Headline: There are zero states where the percentage of people employed has gone up since the recession.

The headline is referring to a Pew study that found the following:

“In 2007, leading up to the Great Recession, 79.9 percent of people ages 25 to 54 in the United States had a job. In the 12 months ending June 2014, five years after the recession ended, only 76.2 percent of people in that age group were working.”

A few percentage points may not sound like a big deal, but it is to the families who are struggling to make ends meet here in Colorado.  Pew deemed 19 states’ ongoing unemployment statistically insignificant.  Colorado wasn’t one of those states.  Translation: Colorado is still hurting.

While our families are important, this finding also has consequences for our state budgets, according to Pew:

This finding has significant budgetary consequences for states:

  • Without paychecks, people pay less income tax and tend to buy less, reducing sales and business income tax revenue.
  • Unemployed people frequently need more services, such as Medicaid and other safety-net programs, increasing costs at a time when state governments may have less tax revenue.

And, that brings us back to Hick.  He can tout what a great economy Colorado is experiencing, but all that does is drive a wedge between him and voters who know better and who are experiencing a different reality.


PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN: Mortgage Subprime King Funds Ads Against Gardner

Yesterday, NextGen, the super PAC set up by Tom Steyer to push his radical environmental agenda, launched an ad against Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against Steyer’s pet, liberal Sen. Mark Udall.  We’ve talked about Steyer’s agenda for some time, but the next largest donor to NextGen is pretty interesting. Let’s take a look at subprime mortgage king and billionaire Herbert Sandler, who donated one million dollars to the effort.  It turns out, he’s no stranger to Colorado politics.

He and his wife also funded 75% of these ads against Pete Coors in 2004, which some media outlets (e.g., The Rocky Mountain News and The New York Times) explain in greater detail.

But, who is Herb Sandler and why should Colorado care? Time Magazine named Sandler (and his now-deceased wife) one of 25 people to blame for the subprime mortgage crisis, which is basically what ignited the most recent recession.  Here’s what Time said:

“In the early 1980s, the Sandlers’ World Savings Bank became the first to sell a tricky home loan called the option ARM. And they pushed the mortgage, which offered several ways to back-load your loan and thereby reduce your early payments, with increasing zeal and misleading advertisements over the next two decades. The couple pocketed $2.3 billion when they sold their bank to Wachovia in 2006. But losses on World Savings’ loan portfolio led to the implosion of Wachovia, which was sold under duress late last year to Wells Fargo.”

In essence, he created the “magic mortgage” which Colorado heard about on the radio.  The deal was that you pay as much as you want and the rest was tacked on to your principle.  It caused many with that mortgage to be underwater on their homes and when housing prices plummeted….  Well, it’s not crazy to surmise that some of these folks probably lost their homes.

Other shady endeavors that Sandler has had a hand in? ProPublica, the really left-leaning source that pretends it’s non-partisan.  Sandler also funds the Center for American Progress and the laughable Center for Responsible Lending, which is responsible for Operation Choke Point – a reason that marijuana cannot be banked in Colorado.

Sandler also was known to use political organizations to attack his corporate competitors, from The Spectator:

“Subprime mortgage hucksters Herb and Marion Sandler, who founded the S&L known as World Savings Bank, paid ACORN around $11 million.

In an incredible non-coincidence ACORN stirred up trouble for the left-wing couple’s competition, Wells Fargo.”

Additionally, Sandler and his wife were spoofed on “Saturday Night Live”, according to Activist Facts:

“In October 2008, “Saturday Night Live” parodied the Sandlers in a skit about the financial crisis. Their characters appeared in a mock congressional hearing, over the caption, ‘People Who Should Be Shot.’ SNL and parent company NBC removed the skit from the Internet and reruns after the Sandlers protested loudly for censorship.”

Don’t worry, PeakNation™, you can still watch this clip here.

We aren’t arguing Sandler doesn’t have a right to participate in the political process by any means, but we are suggesting that Coloradans consider the slimy source of ads against Gardner.


FLAMING OUT: Spontaneously Combusting Birds Illustrate Environmentalists’ Hypocrisy

28,000 a year

For being so concerned about Mother Nature, environmentalists who preach the gospel of renewables, seem like they couldn’t care less about birds.  It was reported earlier this year that wind turbines were a major source of killing birds, especially among raptors.  In more disturbing news, new solar power plants are causing an estimated 28,000 birds a year to spontaneously combust and streak across the sky like a mini-fireball.  This is happening so often workers at the plant, who estimate seeing an average of one every two minutes, has nicknamed such birds as “streamers.”  As The Associated Press reports:

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. [the Peak's emphasis]

We here at the Peak can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of the non-response coming from the environmental Left on this.  If even a single bird, let alone a thousand, was bursting into flames above and oil or fracking well, all those Chicken Little Environmentalists would be running around screaming, “THE CHILDREN, THE CHILDREN, WHO WILL THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!”  President Obama is threatening to shut down a large majority of Western Slope land because a fracking well ten miles away might disrupt the mating habits of the Gunnison Sage Grouse.  Yet, 28,000 birds getting Kentucky Fried over 300,000 mirrors the size of garage doors gets a collective shrug?

Federal and state biologists call the number of deaths significant, based on sightings of birds getting singed and falling, and on retrieval of carcasses with feathers charred too severely for flight…

Wildlife officials who witnessed the phenomena say many of the clouds of smoke were too big to come from anything but a bird, and they add that they saw “birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently become a streamer.” [the Peak’s emphasis]

Look, we love a barbeque as much as the next person.  The issue here for us is not so much whether you like your bird crispy or extra crispy, but the hypocrisy of the Left, who will champion wildlife and all things Mother Nature when it suits their agenda, and conveniently leave such hysterics behind when it doesn’t.

Next time the Left wants to plaster photos of seagulls covered in oil, we’ll just be sure to have photos of the thousands and thousands of birds flaming out over their solar plants that they could care less about.


CONSPIRACY THEORY: Judges Benefitting from PERA Block Greater Transparency of Fund’s Records

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s appeal to get more information from the state’s pension fund about the top 20 percent of benefit recipients.  The move has Stapleton – and us – questioning whether the ruling was colored by a very obvious conflict of interest: the fact that the judges themselves are members of the state’s public employee pension fund.     

Here’s what Stapleton had to say in the Grand Junction Sentinel:

“The fact that the court doesn’t take up a case where three statewide elected officials from different political parties are all asking to please review the case I think is deeply disappointing,” Stapleton said. “Call me a cynic, but it’s also worth pointing out that every single member of the judicial branch are also members of [the Public Employees’ Retirement Association] PERA.”

The three elected officials Stapleton is referring to include himself, Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper.  The issue of transparency and pension solvency clearly crosses party lines, so why is the Court so reluctant to pull back the curtain? 

PERA has been fiscally unsound for years, and Stapleton has simply been trying to figure out just how bad the state’s pension solvency really is by requesting some basic information.  Since any PERA shortfall would be backfilled by Colorado taxpayers, the public has a right to see these records.  By refusing to let Stapleton shine a light on PERA’s books, the justices are just fueling the suspicion that there is something to hide.


OBAMACARE, OBAMACARE, OBAMACARE : Crossroads Up With Another Ad Attacking Udall

“I’d do it again!” (Udall on Obamacare)

Crossroads GPS is up once again with another ad attacking Sen. Mark Udall for his Obamacare vote.  According to the most recent Quinnipiac poll, Coloradans still oppose Obamacare 57%-40%, this is pretty much a no-brainer.  Especially when one considers that without Mark Udall voting for Obamacare, we would not now have it in its current form.

Democrats have been playing fast and loose with Obamacare to make it is as palatable to the public as possible.  President Obama disregards whole sections of the law passed by Mark Udall and his fellow Democrats, trying to prevent it from becoming a bigger disaster than it already is.  Which makes one wonder, why was such a monstrous, horrible bill forced through with such gusto so quickly to begin with?  To think, if Udall had taken a moment to slow down and truly question whether this bill would be good for Colorado, he could have prevented so much harm.  Instead, Udall rubberstamped whatever Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi wanted at every turn.

Now, Colorado Democratic-appointees like state Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar are doing their best imitation of Obama in trying to cover for Udall this fall.  State Senate Republicans sent a letter at the end of July, demanding to know with what authority did Salazar unilaterally change federal law when even herself a few months before said she couldn’t:

“What laws were changed between your March 25 statements at a stakeholders meeting, where you said the policy could not be changed without legislative action, and your May 2 announcement where you did a complete 180?” asked State Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud). “Was your reversal of policy due to more information on what the law required?”

This issue is far from dead, and as the Crossroads GPS ad shows, the preponderance of f*#%-ups in this law are rampant.  When stacked together like they are in this ad, they hurt Udall’s reelection chances, especially with nothing else for him to turn towards.

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