Silly ideas

Talking camera aimed at sex on the beach

The county is exploring the idea of installing “talking” cameras at several of the public beaches to ward off or catch people engaged in public sex.

“I’m all for it,” said Commission Chairman Michael DiTerlizzi, who first proposed putting Web cams at beaches after several recent arrests of men soliciting men for sex at county beaches. “Anything that deters that kind of activity is going to be good.”

FlashCAM devices sense motion and then flash a bright light, said David Graham, assistant to County Administrator Duncan Ballantyne.

After being activated, the cameras issue a pre-recorded verbal warning to let people know they are under surveillance, Graham said. Sixty seconds later, they start recording.

The cameras, which the California company of Q-Star Technology makes, are solar powered and can be connected to light poles or even trees along the shores, Graham said.

Proposed Colorado Measure on Rights for Human Eggs

A proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution that would give legal rights to fertilized human eggs may be headed for the ballot next year, raising the prospect of a heated local debate over abortion at the same time that Democrats are gathering here for their national convention.
The ballot measure, which passed a legal hurdle this week when the Colorado Supreme Court upheld an administrative panel’s ruling about its wording, would give Colorado perhaps the most sweeping language in the nation about the rights of the unborn, legal experts said.

The proposal must go through several other steps between now and Election Day 2008, including gathering of enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

But both sides agreed that the measure, if it passed, would have immense ripple effects. The measure, just one paragraph long, would ask voters whether inalienable rights, due process rights and equality of justice rights as defined in the state Constitution should be extended to “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”

The Florida story… okay, it’s Florida, ffs, but I thought Coloradans were smarter than this.

We are talking about the same Colorado that was one of the first states to make a big show of banning gay marriage?

Don’t let Denver or the resort towns fool you, Colorado is a farming state with a rural outlook in a lot of ways.