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Photos: Seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record

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Denver International Airport
Most politicians like to hear themselves talk, but Mayor Michael Hancock may have taken an appreciation for his own voice to a new level over the past three years. During that time, the mayor has recorded at least seventeen messages that been played inside the terminal trains at Denver International Airport. It has all been done in the name of art, of course, since the recording, known as "Train Call," is actually a public art piece -- although a much less menacing one that Leo Tanguma's gas mask-clad marauder in "New World Order."

But the latest message raised a few eyebrows. That's because Hancock, a Democrat in a predominantly left-leaning city, was welcoming the 24-member Republican National Convention's site-selection committee, who were in town June 9-11 to evaluate whether Denver should play host to the next Clint Eastwood chair-a-thon in 2016.

"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to the entire RNC Site Selection Committee. We hope that our vibrant city and friendly people makes us the perfect host for the 2016 Convention," the message said.

(Listen to "Train Call" here.)

Hancock has done messages for specific events in the past. For instance, he wished Colorado swimmer Missy Franklin good luck before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

He's also cheered on "the USA's women golfers as they compete in the Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club" in August 2013 and wished "all the cyclists from around the world a safe and enjoyable journey as they race 600 miles through our beautiful state in the USA Pro Challenge" that same month.

But this one was different because it was highly specific (it was targeted toward just 24 people) and oddly divisive, since politics don't usually put people at ease -- something that airports try to do for their travelers. And that's all well and good with us. In fact, we've come up with a list of other very specific, possibly divisive messages that the mayor could record as part of the next "Train Call" message. Count them down below.

Number 7: Maureen Dowd

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Maureen Dowd
"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. We hope that our vibrant city and friendly marijuana salespeople remind you to read the instructions before you consume edibles."

Number 6: Denver Comic Con

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"This is Mayor Michael Hancock and I'd like to extend a warm Denver welcome to the cast of Star Trek Deep: the Next Generation, in town for Denver Comic Con. We hope that our vibrant planet and friendly Ferengi makes us the perfect host. Make it so."

Continue to keep counting down seven new DIA train greetings Michael Hancock should record.



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22 comments
Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

No skrillex in the airport. That would be awful

goaway
goaway

"Hi, Im "Mayor" Hancock-- Im a greedy, non-accountability having, pandering slimeball who is trying to sell off our city park spaces for more and more and more and more development that is geared towards high income, empty, vacuous people. Please enjoy your stay in our city, but do be careful of our consistently violent and backwards police force that I and our governor refuse to do anything about. Now, if you will excuse me, Im off to hang out with yuppy elites and prostitutes"

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Recording a greeting for the Fascist Party's scouts didn't cost anything -- other than reinforcing Hancock's image as a greedy panderer.  Fortunately, the Fascists want money, and Denver, which wastes it faster than it can raise new sources of revenue, isn't offering enough.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Uh, like wow, welcome to Denver, whatever.

Barneby
Barneby

@goaway "sell off our city park spaces for more and more and more and more development that is geared towards high income, empty, vacuous people."


I suppose that's one way to say trading an empty abandoned parking lot/praire dog infested dirt lot to DPS so they can build a school. But you keep on keeping on. 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Barneby   Wasn't that the City's propaganda?  The advocates for keeping Hentzell Park a park seem to think it was a park and picture I saw in Westword seemed to show a park.  What about your other false assumption, that DPS' decisions should be trusted implicitly?


Reality is that most high schools graduates in Colorado (and the certainly in Denver) lack twelfth-grade competence in math, English, or both; many are being graduated without ninth-grade competency in these subjects.  DPS is engaged in systematic fraud, at taxpayer expense, which has occasionally even been covered by the Denver Post, but so-called "credit recovery" is a policy accomplished not just by supposed rogue principals, but by charter schools, and other means as well (sometimes, even by the achievement of competence), the net result being that the academic integrity of the public secondary system as a whole has been destroyed.  I believe in the principle of public education yet, but in the face of massive failure and worse on the part of the District and voters just having lent it over $500,000,000 less than two years ago, aren't people inclined to begin to question how their money is being spent?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase @Barneby


Gosh bobbie, the socialist influenced government school system run by the socialist inspired unions is, by your own admission, an abject failure and being a socialist, you no doubt want more of the same.


Are you like the donkey boy?


TOO OBTUSE TO BE OF USE!    

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@fishingblues You may lack the context to understand, but public education has worked quite well in the past in this country, and blaming teachers because they organize for better pay and working conditions is really idiotic (your daft references to "socialist"). Unionism is not the problem at all, but unions have been complicit in school administrations' systematic falsification of academic standards -- the program to graduate as many people as possible irrespective of what they know and can do comes from above (district administrations) and from outside (politics).  Only the blindest right-wing ideologue (the U.S. has so very many) can imagine that teachers (or their unions) are at the root of the problems in education. That said, the unions do bear a lesser share of responsibility for failing to challenge administrations' progressive debasement of academic standards.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase 


Of course a socialist twit would think everyone in the US, outside of another degenerate socialist twit, is a "right-wing ideologue".  That is why you have no say in any practical discussion.  It is not because anyone is exclusionary, it is because you have nothing to say of any value.


I can sum up one of the union's biggest failures in education in one word --"tenure". 



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@fishingblues  Nonsense!  Leaving aside the issue of whether unions should have ever been able to achieve job security for those who want to make teaching their career, you would insinuate that the system is full of bad teachers, when objective measures of teachers' competence have long shown most highly proficient.  The entire pretense of "holding teachers accountable" -- for the failings of district administrations, students, and parents is misdirected effort (and taxpayers' money) that can achieve nothing more than the worsening of already bad morale among the ranks of those who teach the next generation.  This scam is one of many examples of bad policy emanating from the Fascist (Republican) Party, but acceded to by the Collaborationist (Democratic) Party.  Your aim is simply the destruction of teachers' right to engage in collective bargaining over the terms of their contracts of employment, and it is fundamentally wrong.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase You are truly full of crap.  

I "insinuate" nothing other than the  bottom 10% is the  bottom 10%.  If any system is to improve, it must eliminate the bottom 10%.  Of course, dumb-ass socialists believe everyone is the  same.  

I hold teachers just as accountable as I would anyone.  They get no special privilege.  I hold the administrators and parents to the very same standard.  Unfortunately, we can not eliminate the bottom 10% of parents.  

Your assertion of an "objective measurement" is preposterous.  Any measure will be biased by the designer, the administrator and the grader.   


Your name calling of the two major political parties in this country is laughable and meaningless coming from a socialist.  

And lastly: my aim, as you ignorantly suggest, is nothing other than the education of our youth.

You obviously have no clue as the the definition of "fundamentally".

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@fishingblues  P.S.  I propose a reallocation of blame for the catastrophe underway in public secondary education onto: 1) public policy -- we must make alternative institutions of socialization and vocational training (think CCC, Job Corps) co-equal with traditional high schools, 2) the system administering our schools, from principals on up -- when most graduates lack the competence supposed to be represented by their diplomas and those administering our schools do not so much as publicly acknowledge the disaster, there is a fundamental disconnect between popular perception and reality -- so profound that administrators have heretofore escaped almost all responsibility for outright misfeasance and malfeasance, 3) parents -- those who abdicate all responsibility for educating their children to the State need to understand that education and socialization are not the same, and not expect academic recognition for non-attainment of the standards represented by a high school diploma.  

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@fishingblues  The United States of America, supposed "land of the free", is now the least free country on the face of the planet.  The two main political parties and their policies over the course of the past thirty-four years are directly responsible; only a fascist could find that "laughable".  No patriot can brush off the contradiction of our founding principles of freedom accomplished by the Fascist (Republican) Party and the Collaborationist (Democratic) Party the way you do.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase Damn, get off you freaking soap box.  You project yourself as overly verbose, pompous,pretentious and arrogant (which of course you are).


We will agree on one point. That is that vocational training in high school should command equal time and status as college prep.  



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase


As a Libertarian, I have my problems with both the Dems and the GOP.  However, as previously stated, a socialist has no credibility on the subject.  


"... is now the least free country on the face of the planet."  WOW!  quite the pronouncement.  See why your opinion is worthless?  

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@fishingblues  No, not even on that -- vocational training and socialization need their own campuses and programs, linked with academic instruction, but not conducted in lieu of it.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase @fishingblues


I have no problem with separate campuses.  


However, when you state "not conducted in lieu of it" you stray from reality.  All students need a healthy dose of the three R's, but reality dictates that one can only persue one discipline at a time.

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