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Re: “All hail, the military!

Pam, can you tell us anything about the "Colorado Wants You" organization chaired by Don Addy?

Posted by User on 05/18/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Waste Management closes public recycling spot

It's really odd how they closed this recycling spot. Why can't they leave it pen while still offering the public pick-up for those who want it? I think that would be a bit more fair for people like Arval here. Then again,. the extra fee they are asking for really isn't that much.

Posted by Rose Henderson on 05/18/2015 at 9:06 AM

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Re: “Judging a book by its colour

Mr. Benn opines, "I don't think it's about color anymore is it as [sic] about culture," as if that is an enlightened point of view, when in fact it is a thoroughly racist statement. Racism was never about color. Racism has always been about the so-called "inferiority" of Black people, and the Black race, and Black culture.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/17/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

"I do remember there being more tension between the English and the Irish than there was between white families and the Indian family down the street." Because the English have a long history of oppressing the Irish. To justify that oppression, the English came up with all sorts of theories establishing once and for all, and beyond any doubt, the abject inferiority of the Irish as a people and a race. Ultimately, the tension and enmity between the two groups was created by the economics of greed, not any actual substantial differences between them. Quite the reverse, as those differences were trumped up after the fact to justify and promote the continued subservience of the Irish to English will.

Similarly, American racism is not the product of color differences between two people who must live in close proximity to each other. It has always been about exploiting cheap labor, using prejudice and violence to maintain the second class status of the target labor pool.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/17/2015 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

Great piece, Mark, as always. I think if disagree with Simon to some extent. Race is an obvious mark of difference. The ultimate tribal mark, so to speak, as we're very tribal creatures. Racial profiling is the obvious example. More black people are stopped and frisked than whites, yet Are statistically no more likely to be charged than the white people searched. You can't say race isn't involved.

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Posted by Sven West on 05/17/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Playing Around: Xiren

Beware of Xiren a Con Man from Colorado who has swindled International Music Star Oliver Sean and India's Largest Indie Label W.O.A Records
- an open letter by MTV Europe Music Awards Nominee Oliver Sean!oliver-sean-ex…

Oliver Sean Exposes the Con man called Xiren, also known as Darryl Kenny from Colorado who has duped WOA Records, Oliver Sean and the WOA Hotel Partners Sun Village, during the WOA Records Tour in 2008 and is wanted by the police in Goa.

This is a blog post in reply to a ridiculous story posted by a con man called Xiren. This is regarding an incident from 2008 that this person is trying to use to get sympathy by spreading vicious lies about me, Oliver Sean and my company W.O.A Records. This man called Xiren has fabricated a fantastic lie to move the focus away from the truth of how he is wanted by WOA and the Goa Police for duping our Company and our hotel partner in Goa. Read on to see how he is using this ridiculous story to sell his album that he has released saying that it is because he was so wronged by WOA Records and Oliver Sean that he was inspired to write this album and people should help him because Oliver Sean and WOA Records did him so much wrong and that we are not a real person or real company :-) I can't help but laugh while I write this. Xiren has even gone on to say that there is no real company called WOA Records and that there is no well known artist in India called Oliver Sean :-), apparantely I don't exist and/or I am not a well known musician :) - Apparantely in Xiren's mind me being an artist who is nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards and having a Vh1 Top 10 and numerous Number Ones on various charts and to top it off having a PLATINUM album and a Vh1 Documentary done on me consititues to an artist being UNKNOWN :-)). Oh well...

I am writing this blog after the insistence from my employees and my managers that I should retaliate to this. First and foremost the WOA International Music Festival and the WOA Records India Tour is now in its 8th year of production – we have had 7 WOA RECORDS INDIA TOURS featuring artists from all over the world from 2008 till 2015! Artists from almost every country have emailed me directly saying thank you for the wonderful services and support we provide independent artists, so please do not think that I am writing about any one or anything other than about this CON MAN called Xiren who is a shame to Independent Musicians - he is nothing but a Thief and a Liar and has tried to spoil my name and the name of a company that has been a pioneer in assisting Independent Musicians like no other company we know of, offering services, many of them free.

Coming to the fact that Oliver Sean is not a real person and/or not a well known musician in India.... errrrr – what exactly should I say to this??? I have thousands of fans and am loved by them so who gives a rats ass about what this loser called Xiren thinks? He has not even achieved 1% of what I have in my music career and he came to me to help him get to the next level Internationally - enough said :-)

This con man Xiren, and I keep saying con man for very specific reasoinbs - read on to know who this con man really is and why we keep repeating this - Xiren, a wanna be musician from Colorado submitted him music via sonicbids for the WOA Records India Tour 2008, he was the last person selected, a street musician at the time, due to his emails begging us to get him on tour and we finally agreed - and this was a FREE tour, where we, WOA Records and ME Oliver Sean, pay for everything incldung Hotels, Food, Domestic Travel etc. During the 2008 tour we had a few shows that got cancelled so he and another 2 artists called Mana3 and Dave J started creating problems for WOA Records and our other artists during that time with their complaints. Their tour contract had clear instructions and terms that they agreed to follow before coming on tour. I asked them to leave if they didnt want to do the other shows and they then cowered down and said they wanted to stay. So we let them. Unknown to us that these artists had already racked up massive bills in their hotels and were planning on slipping out and leaving without clearting these room service bills for alcohol and lobster and steak dinners (we still have these bills and are in an open poilce file for theft against Xiren).

We also got the other shows in order and took care of their accommodation and meals for 14 days, this was EXTRA days for free in a 4 star hotel called the DeSouza group of hotels – a wonderful hotel – which Xiren has spoken such rubbish about and has the above mentioned unpaid bills till today (7 years later and is still absconding and to be arrested the minute he lands in India). One of the reasons we call him a con man is because this disgusting person slipped out of the hotel with his bags leaving a huge room service bill which he was responsible for. He also went on to post horrible blogs about some of the other musicians like Jesus Aaron who was also part of the tour and completed the tour successfully and has nothing but praise for WOA records and me (Oliver Sean).

I think its time this guy Xiren and his LIES about his inspiration for his album and the con he says he experienced and the tragedy of his life in 2008, be brought out to the public – There was no tragedy! There was no Con! WOA Records India Tour was and IS a legit tour we organise every year, artists love the WOA Records India Tour and we get thousands of artists requesting a slot with us EVERY YEAR! Our 7th Annual Tour was just completed on the 13th of Feb. The tour took place from 31st Jan to 13th Feb 2015 with 5 amazing International artists.

We have had amazing artists on the India Tour who have gone off to do really well in this region and we have promoted them more than any other agency in the world ever does! The India Tour started in 2008 and is today one of the biggest tours of its kind in this region. There are hundreds of articles and documentaries done on the WOA Records India Tour that was conceptualized and till date produced by Oliver Sean and the wonderful WOA Records Team of musicians and music lovers who help me, Oliver Sean, every year to organise this tour.

The WOA Records Tour is still supported every year, 7 years and counting, by the wonderful Vh1 TV Network and the Sun Village Hotel, WOA Records India Tour and Festival has been covered by Newspapers and Television and Radio in countries around the world including Portugal, the UK, Costa Rica, Dubai, Spain, France, America and Canada. The tour and festival is also promoted extensively on Times of India and the Herald and The Hindu, Indian Express, Hindustan Times – all reputed newspapers. We even have the Government of Goa Art and Culture Department who supports the festival in Goa every year.

This blog post is of course to you, fans of the OIliver Sean Band and the supporters of WOA International and the WOA Records India Tour so that you know that this person called Xiren, and I say it again - the CON MAN XIren, is just trying to slander my name, Oliver Sean and my company’s name, W.O.A Records and WOA International. However this blog post is also targeted to every reviewer and fan of Xiren who has believed this pathetic guys story of being conned by my company and me and how he says this “Tragedy” and “CON” inspired him to write this album and that how the hell he went through in India was the “inspiration” for his album – He is a Liar! LOL. Xiren was put up in a 4 star hotel room at the Sun Village and provided breakfast everyday for 14 days by WOA Records and dinner was provided every night for the show days. He was put on a television show on HCN which is a satelliet channel based in Goa broadcast acroiss the sub continenet and the middle east– a huge 4 part TV Show they did on the tour! He was put on India’s ONLY fully International music FM radio station Radio Indigo, he was given press articles on press from all across India and was provided with PRESS CONFERENCE at the MANDOVI Hotel in Panjim, attended by journalists from every major news paper including the Associated Press and CNN IBN! His music video was also played on Vh1 via our marketing of his profile - and all he paid to be on this tour was 25 US Dollars, from which 50% went to sonicbids and after taxes WOA Records were paid 10 US Dollars - Xiren was given all this for 10 US Dollars purely on good faith and the fact that we would work together in the future - little did we know that this COn man came on the tour with the intention to duope WOA Records and Oliver Sean and take wantever he could from us and then run away in the middle of the night with huge hotel bills pending at ouyr hiotel poartners.

So I will end my blog post by saying thank you to the wonderful artists I have met through the various India Tours and I chalk this experience with the con man and liar caled Xiren and his friends as a one off experience and hope to God I never meet or interact with people like Xiren – they give a bad name to us musicians! Beware of Xiren, a Con Man wanted in Goa by the Police and by WOA Records.

Oliver Sean

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Posted by Oliver Sean on 05/17/2015 at 8:07 AM

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Re: “Judging a book by its colour

One of the first things I learned was how big the divide is between blacks and whites. It still amazes me today. But I don't think it's about color anymore is it as about culture. A black person grows up conservative he's called an uncle Tom by other blacks. The three blacks being charge in the gray case are called white African Americans. What the??????

None of the shootings happened because someone looked different as your post suggests that simply isn't true and the outrage at these springs is always one sided. Yes black lives matter as does every other life.

But when a culture is fighting for more entitlement there comes a time when the citizens will say no

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Posted by Simon Benn on 05/16/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Academy accused of targeting religious group

Wow people ... We are our own enemies. Fighting amongst ourselves when there is a much worse enemy outside of our borders, and inside as well for all we know, who wants to destroy us all because we're Americans. Isn't it about time to be respectful and compassionate instead of all the hate messages and disparaging comments I see above? I originally read this article for research and was curious was comments folks wrote, and kept reading and reading because they just kept getting worse, and worse. It really makes me sad because we should be United in the fact we are Americans and we live in a country where you aren't persecuted for your beliefs. Do individuals violate that principle, sure. But, the way to solve it isn't be spreading negativity and hate. Please carry on and make it your mission to be kind and have a positive influence in the world. If everyone did that, or at least a greater percentage than those that do now, this world would be a much better place.

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Posted by Bostonblnde on 05/15/2015 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

When the Affordable Care Act passed, Bob Gardner co-sponsored the state bill to establish a state health exchange. States that refused to set up their own exchanges had the federal exchange foisted upon them. No doubt Gardner will defend his decision as having been the best way to minimize federal government intrusion into local business, which does not contradict his stated basic opposition to the federal act.

My religion taught me to give people the benefit of the doubt, to be reluctant to accuse anyone of a serious infraction. So, I am inclined to dismiss Klingenschmitt's illogical conclusion as a misunderstanding rather than a deliberate attempt to mislead.

On the other hand, I am appalled and dismayed by Mr. Klingenschmitt's rush to judgement and casual accusation of dishonesty. Mr. Klingenschmitt likes to wear his religion on his sleeve. The admonition against bearing false witness is one of the Ten Commandments. Perhaps he does not understand what that means either.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/15/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Arts Month begins with a mighty First Friday

I am particularly moved by the artistry of Neil Fenton and Phil Lear. Both are extraordinary talents.

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Posted by LocalReachMktg on 05/14/2015 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Suthers out-raises Makepeace again

In the Gazette editorial today, we are told that Martin is the reason there are potholes in COS.

Also today, an article on the front page tells of a city owned drainage ditch causing a landslide in Rockrimmon. The city, despite repeated requests by the homeowners, did not secure the ditch because there was no money in the budget. And yet Martin and other City Leaders are comfortable with spending $200M of sales tax revenue to build a stadium and millions more to upgrade access roads and build a parking structure and bridge to ATB park.

Potholes. Drainage ditches. Washed out roads. Fixing these is a top priority that will take years to accomplish. City Leaders who cared about COS and its citizens would use the sales tax they will siphon off to build the stadium to fix these problems. In fact, City Leaders should abandon their plans to build the stadium. No stadium. Now. And never.

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Posted by curious on 05/13/2015 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

How can this Gordon James Klingenschmitt claim a state lawmaker—whether a conservative Republican like Bob Gardner or anyone else—could "co-sponsor Obamacare" in the General Assembly? Does he think voters are stupid? Neither party had anything to do with enacting that federal law. It was Congress' doing. Klingenschmitt accuses Gardner of a "phony denial," but given Klingenschmitt's own flat-out fallacy, he sounds like the phony to me. Voters are sick and tired of that kind of fast and loose campaign rhetoric. I'm going to guess some BIG MONEY and SLICK CONSULTANTS out of Washington are behind Klingenschmitt's early use of the big lie.

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Posted by Sandy Vernon on 05/13/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

Stan, I wasn't familiar with Klingenschnitzel's academic record other than that his alma mater really is the former Christian Broadcasting Network University. Back when he first made the news and I couldn't get enough of his loopiness, I did poke around on the Web but couldn't get past his uproarious YouTube "debate" with the Owensboro Baptist nut over whether God actually hates gays or just wants guys like Dr. "Chaps" to exorcise them. Not making THAT up, either. Check it out; this guy's a hoot:

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Posted by Ion Cscityhall on 05/13/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

Speaking of fact checking, what WAS that issue with Corporal Kingerschnitzel's "PhD"? Maybe some of his other purported degrees, too? And to think that, in the first place, it was issued by a fringe diploma mill like "Regent University" (formerly the "Christian Broadcasting Network University"—not making that up).

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Posted by Stan Sloothe on 05/13/2015 at 3:21 PM

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