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A representative republic can be uncomfortable at times for the representatives.

The Denver Post called the crowd's behavior "an embarrassment for the left".

After a year of hiding out, Sen. Cory Gardner emerged Tuesday in Colorado Springs, but really the crowd was so unruly at times he might as well have been a cardboard cutout.

You know, like the cardboard Cory who appeared at events this summer when the Republican senator refused to hold in-person public events. That’s apparently what the crowd who gathered at Pikes Peak Community College Tuesday morning really wanted: someone to yell at, about President Donald Trump and health care.

A woman dressed in a chicken costume at the front entrance — a nod to Gardner’s fear of public events of late — stood next to a nearly life-sized cutout of the senator and cracked a joke about his stature.

Gardner was met with hostility, rudeness and aggression. He was unable to speak over a crowd that yelled things like “single payer” and “you suck.”

As long as they don't become violent, constituents have a right to be as angry as they want, of course. A shout-fest rather defeats the purpose of the town hall setting, however.

We saw the other side of this coin in the early days of Obamacare, when those opposed were voicing their displeasure to the Democrats who held town halls, which not many did at first. The difference is that those crowds were portrayed as astroturf efforts by conservative money people, with ZOMG THE KOCH BROTHERS being Public Enemies numbers one and two.

It's far more likely that Lady Chicken Suit was paid for her appearance by some union money. Those things don't just grow on trees.

Just did a Facebook Live vid on the PJ Media page talking about leftists demanding that all conservatives apologize for the actions of people who aren't conservative. Like Nazis.

(A little Colorado member-measurement here.)

Hey, Tyler, I grew up in Alamosa. You can't out-Mars me.

Charlie, to be fair to Mars, I grew up in Boulder, and I can tell you sometimes it does feel like it's colder than Mars. After all, if you're outside on Mars, you don't be feeling anything!

Trump is not going to Charlottesville anytime soon. One aide reportedly said, "Why the hell would we do that?" He will be criticized for that, as he would be criticized for doing anything.

The left would love a Chief Brody Slap moment in Charlottesville, but the mother of Heather Heyer, the young woman run over by the racist, talked to NBC News and said "hate does not fix the world." She also thanked Trump in a tweet for his words of "comfort."

“She was there with her friends, and she was trying to simply cross the street as the movement was breaking up that day, and she was plowed down by a young man who was intent on spreading hate and thought hate would fix the world,” Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told NBC News. “And hate does not fix the world.” …

“I wouldn’t say that she was an activist,” Albro added. “But I would say that she felt strongly about certain things and had no problem standing up and showing support.”

Ed Morrissey described the statement as a "moment of extraordinary grace" -- a word rarely used in these times. The young woman's father also sounded a note of class and forgiveness:

Even though he is still in shock over his daughter’s death, Mark Heyer said that people on all sides need to learn to forgive each other.

“I include myself in that in forgiving the guy who did this,” he said. “I just think about what the Lord said on the cross, ‘Forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.’  … I hope that her life and what has transpired changes people’s hearts,” he said.

It's obvious that the parents of Heather Heyer will be of no use to the left and their sentiments will be ignored

Before we had Department Store Mannequin Nazis, we had... The Kids in the Hall.

Today's science news:

(It's 73°F in Boulder right now.)

This is how the Compromised Media™ creates and propels its own Narrative:

President Trump shared on Twitter a cartoon on Tuesday morning of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person’s head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later.

Mr. Trump has been under fire for how he has publicly addressed bloody demonstrations by white nationalists over the weekend. Promoting a cartoon of a person being run over by a train appeared to belittle the attack by a driver who ran into a crowd of counterprotesters, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead on Saturday and 19 others injured. An Ohio man has been charged with second-degree murder in the crash.

"Appeared to belittle." Appeared to whom? To the New York Times?  To the writers, Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman, the latter of whom is one of Trump's most persistent and virulent critics -- and so, naturally, she is one of the two White House correspondents for the newspaper? (The other is the self-admitted "hack," Glenn Thrush; both he and Haberman were outed in the Wikileaks drop of John Podesta's emails last year.)

A White House official said early Tuesday that the tweet of the train was posted inadvertently and was deleted as soon as it was noticed. A retweet requires two actions, clicks or taps on a smartphone or computer, in order to post, meaning the president would have had a second chance to be sure he wanted to tweet the cartoon.

The former director of the Office of Government Ethics called on lawmakers to condemn Mr. Trump’s post.

And speaking of Haberman and Thrush:

Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, refused to even say he could work with him.

For months, Mr. Trump has considered ousting Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and relentless nationalist who ran the Breitbart website and called it a “platform for the alt-right.” Mr. Trump has sent Mr. Bannon to a kind of internal exile, and has not met face-to-face for more than a week with a man who was once a fixture in the Oval Office, according to aides and friends of the president.

But what once endeared him to the president has now become a major liability. After the president waited two days to blame white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville, there is new pressure from Mr. Trump’s critics to dismiss Mr. Bannon.

“I don’t think that White House has a chance of functioning properly as long as there’s a resident lunatic fringe,” said Mark Salter, a longtime adviser to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. At best, he said, Mr. Bannon seems willing to “tolerate something that’s intolerable” in Mr. Trump’s base.

They never stop, they never sleep, they never quit.  It's long past time to stop treating them like journalists and start treating they like what they really are: saboteurs.

Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway.

The city council in Alexandria, Va. has voted to rename Jefferson Davis Highway. You can submit your own suggestions online. Here's the story, via WTOP:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After Alexandria’s city council voted to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the city, planners are now asking for help to find a new name.

“It’s not that … whatever name gets the most suggestions will win, it’s just a brainstorming process,” said Craig Fifer, spokesman for the City of Alexandria.

Fifer said the City of Alexandria’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway’s survey has already received several hundred name ideas.

So far, the city has seen a wide variety of names according to Fifer. The suggestions include local figures, others are geographic in nature and some suggest extending the names the road takes in other parts of the town, which include Patrick and Henry streets.

Here are three suggestions:

C.S. Lewis Highway — after notable linguist and Oxford University professor Clive Staples Lewis, famous for his religious writings and his Narnia novels like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

The Street of Steel — after the notable street in King's Landing, the capital of Westeros in George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, popularized by HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones."

The Highway That Must Not Be Named — after the notorious Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort, who was known as "He Who Must Not Be Named." This is fitting, because rather than being so inspired to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway, the Alexandria city council merely decided to reject the current name. Instead of renaming the road, it should be referred to as "The Highway That Must Not Be Named" so as to inspire the fear of Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis.

After all, as J.K. Rowling wrote, "Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself." Isn't that what everyone wants? Rather than facing America's history head on, it seems like this movement wants to brush that history away, fearing to discuss the truth. To aid in that effort, we should adopt a national style of denial, and call anything with a Confederate connection "The ____ That Must Not Be Named." That would be psychologically healthy, right?

This is exactly what I was talking about earlier.

Sigh.