Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs Filling Ranks of Deputies in Southern Colorado

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday August 27, 1903
Idaho Springs, Colorado - A Fair Judge Part III

Governor Peabody was most unhappy with the actions of Judge Owers, and gave an interview critical of him for offering "protection" to the Western Federation of Miners. The Judge responded publically to the Governor:

Not having passed my life in the arduous toil of calculating interest at 2 per cent per month, I naturally have not that fellow feeling which, judging from your conduct, exists among bankers as a class, and I might, therefore, if I were governor, do as I am doing, enforce the law without fear or favor, treat a riot as a riot, call a mob a mob, whether led by a banker or a pauper, order the militia to restore men to their homes and instead of writing platitudes and insulting the courts and judges, I should endeavor to prove that through the courts sure and swift punishment will be visited upon offenders, of both low and high degree, and thus in the only way possible, as I believe, stop mob violence and the appeal to that "higher law," which is but another name for anarchy. Permit to thank you for the compliment you pay me, by your disapproval of my attempt to enforce the law.

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Gender Prison: The Cheapness of Our Lives

The Organization of American States has been busy collecting data on the dangers of being LGBT in the Americas. A recent report reveals that 39 Lesbian, Gay and Transgender people were murdered in July of this year alone…23 of them transgender.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the OAS issued a warning earlier this month, “reiterat[ing] its deep concern on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and intersex persons (LGTBI), and against persons perceived as such in the Americas. IACHR urges OAS Member States to adopt urgent measures to prevent this violence and discrimination. In particular, the Commission is concerned about the high levels of violence and discrimination faced by gay, lesbian and trans youth in the region."

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Hellraisers Journal: United Mine Workers Forms Policy Committee for District 15

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday August 26, 1903
Idaho Springs, Colorado - A Fair Judge, Part II

While issuing the restraining order against of the Citizens Protective League, Judge Owers made this statement:

This complaint states nothing but that which is a right of every citizen of the land, the right to attend to his business and stay at home if he desires. the restraining order must be granted.

He further issued arrest warrants for 42 members of the CPL who had participated in the deportations of 18 members of the Western Federation of Miners. These 42 prominent citizens found themselves in jail by the night of August 11, much to their surprise.

The Judge referred to these powerful citizens, including the president of the First National Bank, as a mob guilty of "sheer anarchy, an outrageous violation of rights guaranteed by the Constitution to the humblest person."

A Denver pastor may have summed up the miners' feelings toward Judge Owers when he preached from the Sunday pulpit:

The remarks of Judge Owers on the situation and principles involved have been most refreshing. There is no need to add to them, but it is fitting to say, thank God for such a man on the bench at such a time.

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Bathroom Panic and the Fear Monger's Shoppe

WND has cast rights for transgender students as a War on Children. A video, produced by WND, featuring an asshole named Molotov Mitchell, mocks the new California law to protect transgender students as "comprehensive bathroom reform."

The video never once uses the word "transgender," preferring to monger "bathroom panic", while casting transgender kids as "horny adolescent boys" sneaking into girls restrooms and locker rooms.

Thanks to this law, it's also legal for horny adolescent boys to join the girls' wrestling team if they so desire, to stand around in their locker rooms while they change, and even shower with them if they want. What a brilliant way to protect children!

Finally, at K through 8 schools, middle school boys can now go into little girls' bathrooms. What could possibly go wrong? I think we all know what can - and will - go wrong.

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Sunday Train: Florida Rapid Rail project moves toward a 2015 ribbon cutting

I saw on the twitter feeds of some transit/transport bloggers (twitter list) some interesting news about the ongoing All Aboard Florida project for a 3hr rail service between Miami and Orlando. They are seeking land for their Miami station complex:

Managers for All Aboard Florida, the project to build an Orlando-to-Miami passenger train service, are about to begin negotiations with Miami’s Community Redevelopment Agency to acquire two parcels in downtown Miami as part of the plan to build a massive train station and transportation hub downtown.
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He [Michael Reininger, president and chief development officer for the train project] said the two parcels are key to the project, as they are integral to the planned station and transport hub, a project he said will dramatically transform downtown Miami and Overtown, where project managers expect to create jobs and new opportunities for area residents and businesses. “We are not just developing these two blocks,” Reininger said. “In fact, we’re developing a very major infrastructure and development program that will be transformative for the entirety of downtown Miami.”


Besides building the Miami station for the Miami-Orlando train, Reininger said, All Aboard Florida is also planning a transportation hub that would provide links between the intercity train and the Miami-Dade transit services there such as Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus.

And are also bidding for additional develoment on a neighboring site, which would crosslink the All Aboard Florida Station to the MDM proposals for a new Marriot at Miami Worldcenter:

The company that is planning to build a 3-hour rail link between Miami and Orlando recently responded to an RFP by the Overtown CRA for a plot of land near a station that they are planning to build in downtown Miami.


All Aboard Florida proposes to build office, retail and residential uses, including a 24-story tower on the overtown parcels. It would be linked to a new Marriott at Miami Worldcenter proposed by MDM, as well as the All Aboard Florida station.

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Hellraisers Journal: United Mine Workers of America Preparing for Strike in Southern Colorado

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday August 25, 1903
Idaho Springs, Colorado - A Fair Judge, Part I

After the shameful destruction of the Sun and Moon property in late July of this year, the blame was immediately fixed, without any proof whatsoever, upon the Western Federation of Miners. Honest miners, men who created the great prosperity of this part of Colorado, where pulled from their beds and arrested by the Sheriff of Clear Creek County. But the men were not taken to jail, instead they were turned over to a mob calling itself the "Citizens' Protective League." Several of these miners were then summarily exiled from their own town, their homes, and their families.

Now, it is not often that we find judges who concern themselves much with the rights of union men, but Judge Owers is an exception. He immediately issued an injunction against the CPL. The 18 miners who had been deported where allowed to return to their homes and their families. Judge Owers then issued arrest warrants for the members of the CPL who had taken part in the illegal deportations.

More on Judge Owers in tomorrow's Hellraisers.

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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners setting up stores throughout the strike zone.

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday August 24, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - W.F.M. Establishes Stores for Strikers The merchants of the Cripple Creek District may yet rue the day that they denied credit to the striking miners! They did so three days after the miners went on strike, hoping to starve them into surrender. The Western Federation of Miners, however, has met this challenge by establishing stores throughout the strike district without delay.

Tom Parfet and George Hooten of Cripple Creek along with John Harper of Victor have been appointed store managers by their local unions. They have been going about the city of Denver purchasing goods from the wholesale merchants, always looking for the best prices.

The stores are being placed in the buildings owned by the Western Federation of Miners. Each store has a meat market, a grocery and a green grocery. The stores provide strike relief as well as providing goods for the community at large, at better prices.

Big Bill Haywood was heard to say that the merchants are so worried that they are in a state of insomnia.

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