CON GAMES: Pitkin County, Colorado, Suicides A Way Of Life

In 2005, the death by suicide of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Jr. at his home in Woody Creek, Pitkin County, Colorado, was literally the shotgun heard round the world, reverberating between and among political and literary types circumnavigating the planet. Nonetheless, the famous doctor’s death was not... Read more →

Guilt By Association Not Fair In Aspen Cocaine Bust

In a comment following Con Man’s blog about cocaine in Aspen, Post blogger Taylor Colton writes that guilt by association is completely unfair: “In defense of our Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo, I think anybody pointing fingers is guilty of slander. To assume that we all know everything about our neighbors... Read more →

CON GAMES: Aspen Cocaine The Shame Of The City

The willingness of the Aspen community to adopt a don’t ask/don’t tell policy when it comes to cocaine trafficking—and then to slavishly say they like it that way—is shameful, disgraceful, and all but indefensible. Want to hear the latest joke? Both Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo and his... Read more →

The Great White Whale

Yes, the Bob Braudis Glorification program is underway again with a full-frontal profile in the Sunday Denver Post–the front page, no less!–that misses all that is malevolent about the Sheriff of Pitkin County’s drug infested reign as the cooler-than-thou top cop on the Western Slope.... Read more →

CON GAMES: Pro Publica Wannabe Flunks Test

I’ve seen some lousy reporting at the Aspen Daily News—including the one this year about a drunken editor trying to bribe a cop—but some of the worst ever can be found in Brent Gardner-Smith’s coverage of the resignation of Hugh Zuker, a candidate for Pitkin County Sheriff.  The story is actually... Read more →

CON GAMES: Aspen’s Big Lie

Why hammer a man so beloved? Why criticize the most popular politician every to walk these particular crags of the Rockies?   One way it is to make sure you don’t really know the man, that you won’t take the chance of succumbing to his charm. The other piece is to simply see what he’s done and... Read more →

CON GAMES: Prince Bandar In $2 Billion Pickle

 ASPEN, COLORADO—What does the little town of Harper Woods, Michigan, unremarkable in so many ways, have to do with the Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, Aspen’s own monarch with the $135 million manse in the beyond posh Starwood section of this mountain town? Here in Aspen, in fact, the... Read more →

CON GAMES 24/7: AVSC, Democrats Rally

The Con Man welcomes the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboarding Club back to the program, then explains why the conventional wisdom that said Democrats would be damanged by the primaries was so completely wrong.  Click here for the complete “Con Games with Michael Conniff” for Tuesday June 10,2008.  Read More →

CON GAMES 24/7: Burlingate And Other Scandals

The Con Man can’t help himself: he has to liken the Burlingate affordable housing scandal in Aspen to the neoconservatives who rule(d) Washington. What do they have in common? Both the local liberals and the Beltway conservatives felt they knew better. Don’t miss the call from former... Read more →

CON GAMES 24/7: Our Veterans, True Patriotism

The Con Man gets a visit from Lt. Colonel Dick Merrit and Seaman Dan Glidden, two retired veterans who stand for all that’s good about those who have served the country. Also: a bit of a rant of flag lapel pins and taking back the lapel flag pin–and the flags–from those who desecrate... Read more →

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