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Tea Party exposes diabolical U.N. plot

Some commenters scratched their heads after reading my last post, in which I implicitly criticized “U.N.-phobes.” What’s wrong, they wondered, with skepticism about the United Nations’ semi-corrupt bureaucracy and morally-suspect structure? The answer is: nothing, as long as such skepticism is healthy. In fact, I was writing about the other kind of U.N. skepticism. The unhealthy, knee-jerk, black-helicopters-on-the-horizon kind.

As if to illustrate my point, Colorado GOP gubernatorial hopeful Dan Maes just provided me with this real-life example of the sort of U.N. phobia that you’d want to preserve beneath a glass dome in your foyer, keeping it as a sort of grotesque curiosity that you could show off to guests at cocktail parties. Maes last week accused Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper of threatening Coloradans’ “personal freedoms” by encouraging bicycle use. The city, he rails, is part of a voluntary international organization that promotes things such as biking, “strategies,” he says, that are “dictated to us by this United Nations program.”

Of course, for those of us who find Denver’s bike-sharing program at the least harmless and, more likely, sound public policy, Maes has a response: “That's exactly the attitude they want you to have.” Try arguing with that, Dana Scully. I don’t even know who “they” are. He must know something we don’t!

“This is all very well-disguised, but it will be exposed,” he promises. Fine, Mr. Maes. Enlighten us. Just -- please -- not from the governor’s mansion.

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 5, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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Now I understand! Lance Armstrong organizes a bicycle race in Colorado. People get used to the sight of men on bikes. Then hordes of illegals invade from Arizona.

Posted by: zombiewolf11 | August 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

zombiewolf11 @ August 5, 2010 11:21 AM: That makes about as much sense as the claims against the B-cycle program.

What is astounding is that as of a few minutes ago, about 23% took the claim 'very seriously'!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | August 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

to all,

it's NOT about "providing free bicycles" = instead, it's "about" WASTING BILLIONS of our TAX $$$$$$ on BOONDOGGLES like that at the UN.

fyi, the last time i looked, the UN was 67% funded by US taxpayers.

furthermore, given the past HISTORY of the UN, i have reason to suspect that this time they will also spend a LARGE PERCENTAGE of the taxpayers money on FRAUD, KICK-BACKS, BRIBES & just plain WASTE.

check out the number of UN employess who are paid over 300,000 USD for essentially doing NOTHING.
some "job-holders" get a SALARY, great fringe benefits, have a "BIG-sounding title" BUT have NO real job.= when i was stationed in South America,about 8 years ago, we had TWO people "employed by the UN", who had NEVER worked even ONE DAY at the "job" that they were being paid for.
(when we reported that FACT to the US Embassy, we were told: "Don't worry about it, as the UN will fix the problem".= the last i heard,2 years ago, "Thomas" & "Lalya" were STILL being paid for doing NO WORK whatever!)

the old saying: "fool us once, it's your fault; fool us twice, it's OUR fault" comes to mind, EXCEPT that they haven't "played us" once.
instead, it's been HUNDREDS of times that the taxpayers have paid out of our (shallow & getting shallower each day) pockets for NOTHING by the CROOKS at the UN!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

What does the tea party have to do with all this trivia that your reporting. Next year you can have an all Illegal alien race.
As for the UN now thats a waste of money.

Posted by: tglasgow | August 5, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"fyi, the last time i looked, the UN was 67%
funded by US taxpayers. "

You must not have looked beyond your rear end. The actual number is 22%.

Posted by: DataRanger | August 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

TEA-induced dementia and paranoia.

An army of blue-helmeted UN troops invading Colorado, taking away guns, SUVs and forcing the locals to marry illegal immigrants.

I would say that "you can't make this stuff up" but ...... they do!!

Posted by: thebobbob | August 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse


tell me, do you ENJOY being LAUGHED AT, RIDICULED & thought to be a FOOL & a MORON?

solely based on the totality your DUMB-bunny & "PHONEY-BALONEY" posts on PP, you are BOTH & are one of the main LAUGHINGSTOCKS on this forum!

PLEASE keep posting just as you do, as all of us need a good laugh at YOUR expense!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse


according to a news program on THE HISTORY CHANNEL of last Sunday, 67% of the TOTAL (including ALL programs) of the UN's expenses since 1948 have been paid by the US taxpayers.

22% of LAST YEARS expenses were paid by the USA.

imVho, if it was TWO PERCENT of the total spent, it would be TOO MUCH, given the MASSIVE SCAM that IS the UN's bureaucracy!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

As far as I'm concerned, the Republican Party's increasing affinity for outright stark, raving, looney, crackpot nutjobs should be welcomed by liberals, progressives, or whatever we call ourselves these days. Assuming Dan Maes wins his party's nominaation, he has to run for governor against a Democratic opponent. I know little about Colorado politics, but I'm sure that there are more important issues than a UN plot to get people to use bicycles.

Posted by: sjpatejak | August 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

TN46, I think your "Caps Lock" button is sticking.

Posted by: wlgiii | August 5, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

texasnative46 @ August 5, 2010 12:08 PM: A futile attempt to change the subject. The gentleman is complaining about something specific. Your fears, however groundless, are irrelevant.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | August 5, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | August 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I just read "TN46's" screed about bicycling and other UN "boondoogles." I don't know who TN is, but the 46 must refer to his IQ.

Posted by: orray | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

TN46 says, "PLEASE keep posting just as you do".

Indeed, that is my intention , sir.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course Dan Maes is a paranoid loon disconnected from reality. He's a mainstream Republican isn't he?

Posted by: Deirdre_K | August 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The only news I want to hear about the UN is that's it's being disbanded. What a terrible waste of time and money.

Posted by: richard36 | August 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

TN46.. I attempted a little humor, but I am a texas native and have lived here longer than you have been alive. I am tired of having this wonderful state dragged down by paranoid, Glen Beck following clowns like you.

Posted by: zombiewolf11 | August 5, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

holy smokes! they want to make us ride bikes!!! that' lunacy!

Posted by: bdubdc | August 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg,....Do you actually get paid for this? Really? There are a ton of stories out there that are not being covered and you are wasting print space. What about that shooting in Connecticut? Could you think up a new angle?

Posted by: rexreddy | August 5, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

'Baggers: The comedy gift that just keeps on giving.

Posted by: st50taw | August 5, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

zombiewolf; all,

zombiewolf: fwiw, the "46" in my handle is my birth year. = have you been in TX longer than that?
(i retired from the Army shortly after the first war in Iraq.)

fyi, any number of folks on this forum know who i am "in real life". = i'm currently a "policy wonk" for a mid-size/national NGO.
(in point of fact, some have even taken my survey courses, that i teach from time to time, at a community college.)

to ALL: fwiw, those who bitterly complain/moan/carp/whine about my admittedly eccentric typing style have LITTLE/NOTHING of value & relevant to the subject to say.- i believe that saying SOMETHING/anything makes them feel "BIG".

NOTE: IF you have never "been closely associated with" the UN and/or actually "worked" for/with them, you don't have a clue about how TERRIBLE the WASTE/FRAUD/ABUSE is there. ====> the UN has numerous "committees of noted experts & academics" that get RICHLY paid for doing little, or in some cases literally nothing.
most of what they really do could be accomplished by a single gifted college sophamore. - FACT.

if tommorrow, the UN was shuttered, FEW people (other than the employees) would know and/or care.= frankly, the UN does little/nothing well.
what they do BEST is talk/chit-chat/BLATHER and WASTE $$$$$$$, by the truck-load.
(in that, they closely resemble our Congress of LOUD-mouths & cheap, scheming crooks.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 5, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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