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Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

For a Ph.D, William Durland isn't too bright.

For starters, the Constitution does say that the President nominates judges, but the “shall nominate” wording in question only means that the President is the only one to do it. It also doesn't indicate *when* they are to be nominated. When the Constitution was written, travel times were far longer than they are now, which is why there are no time limits in the Constitution. As an “originalist and textualist” (meaning, someone who is supposed to know this stuff in spite of himself), he should know that, making that argument disingenuous at best and false at worst.

Then Durland compounds his dimness by claiming that refusal to hear a nomination is “obstruction of justice,” thus confusing a political act (well within the constitutional delegated power of the Senate to set their own calendar and rules of proceedings) with a legal act (see 18 U.S.C. §§ 1501–1517) and then gets the latter completely wrong, because the advise and consent of the Senate in no way interferes with judicial proceedings because the judge in question isn't hearing any cases. That, and the Constitution's supremacy over federal statute, plus the Protection from Arrest Clause in Article 1, Section 6, gives the Senate legal protection from such ludicrous charges even if they were legitimate, and they aren't.

Perhaps Durland ought to return his J.D. and Ph.D to the flea markets he bought them at.

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Posted by Tannim on 03/08/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

As a downtown-area resident for more than 45 years, I become more and more frustrated every time someone says that downtown needs to be a destination go-to for locals with live theatre and music venues. Hello? In the many years I have lived here, we have lost our grocery store, drug store, variety store, family clothing stores, family-friendly restaurants, and on and on. I don't want another bar with music. I want to be able to fill a prescription without driving miles. I want to be able to purchase groceries in my neighborhood. I would love more than one or two restaurants where I can dine alone and not feel out of place because I'm not drinking. I know, I know--old woman, the world has passed you by.

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Posted by Paula George on 03/07/2016 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Jeff you must like the taste of feet. Whats sad is a little fella that wont stop talking when it obvious he has nothing to talk about (keep looking in the mirror). Here Ill spell it out for you. Lil Mick uses his own nic name Bernie Sanders uses feel the Bern in his campaign you use the cutsey nic names you made up trying to be assaulting to the ones that may not agree with you. While also trying to sound so smart. Get It? As far as whooped in a verbal beating around here take a look at just how many agrees with you on about any topic you run off at the mouth about. This neighborhood apparently dont agree with you. Maybe you should go back to the other paper they like you enjoy the taste of wing tips.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/06/2016 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Thanks Dave G. for the opinion about our proposed C4C plans. The sad and looming truth is that it seems none of our opinions matter.
I have no idea how the whole C4C shenanigan was pushed through without any public input- it just seems like well greased corruption.

Bummer!

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Posted by KyleJS on 03/06/2016 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Rocky, you obviously have no method/s to explain your latent hypocrisy (surprise!), so your sole recourse is to suggest I'm somehow making a non-existent point.

Sad in the extreme, and I'm not sure I can lower my expectations further, so let's just agree you took another verbal beating here again. I mean, why deny the obvious?

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/05/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Atta boy Jeff make my point for me!

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/05/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Greaaaattt letter from Dave Gardner re downtown “revitalization”. Even though the begrudging and non-visionary citizens of COS say no way Jose to a downtown stadium/event center, U.S. News & World Report, which just published its list of the 100 most livable cities in the USA, ranks COS #5. Denver ranks #1, which tells City Leaders loud and clear that if only COS had a stadium worthy of America’s Olympic City, it might have beat out Denver for the top spot.

What downtown COS really needs to make it a destination go-to for locals is more small live theatre and concert venues. For just a few million dollars (compared to $300M for a stadium) the theatre space at the beautiful City Auditorium, as well as the entire building, could be revitalized. A year-round Public Farmers Market would make living downtown desirable. The YMCA has just announced ambitious construction plans covering almost an entire block just east of Acacia Park. And then there’s Tejon, the heart of downtown. A 3-block stretch from Acacia Park and south needs to be closed to vehicles permanently. If City Leaders would forego parking meter revenue in exchange for increased foot and bike traffic, Tejon could be a magnet for locals and tourists, just like the Pearl Street Mall is for Denver.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-269465915/…

http://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankin…

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Posted by curious on 03/05/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

@ John Bender, I have been a vocal critique of the Neumann Systems because Colorado Springs rate payers are funding a private for profit company. What we know is the system worked for six hours but it has to be tested for 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months and ultimately 100 days or more before we can agree that it works as designed.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 03/05/2016 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

"Mick", I'm sure you'd love to participate in forums where you aren't challenged and have rhetorical impunity--it speaks to the Socialism you evidently support--but these are open dialogues where ideas, concepts; and yes, candidates and their backers, can be scrutinized and even ridiculed, and trying to stifle dissent from nay-sayers further underscores just how closed-minded you are, my condolences...

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/05/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Hey Rocky, then what does it mean when a contributor calls themself a nick-name, like "Lil Mick" did here?

And why is it okay for them to employ a tired, trite phrase such as "Feel the Bern", yet I can't do the same?

Thank you for today's regressive, hypocritical double-standard; no wonder people don't take you seriously, LOL!

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/05/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Mr. Faltz, you must get alerts and then with the little to no self control that you exhibit, you simply cannot stop yourself from responding immediately in an infantile, name calling response. Not every comment involves you.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 03/03/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

All I was saying was thanks to those folks in your state who voted for the Bern. He won Colorado, if you didn't vote for the Bern then it was not intended for you (Mr. Faltz).

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Posted by Lil Mick on 03/03/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Jeff I do agree this election cycle is ridiculous. But your cutesy little nik names for the candidates while also trying to sound sophisticated are why people dont take you serious. Any way I personally wonder if Trumps campaign may be a very well thought out plan to put Clinton in office. Not long ago there was hugs and kisses between the two like best buds. Trump was playing the liberal game and then BOOM he is a major Conservative and running around talking about every issue the Tea party folk wants to here. No solid evidence just something I have noticed. But like I have said once the nominations are solid thats when the gloves come off and we will see. The Clinton's can be ruthless so Trump could be in for a heck of a fight.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/03/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Lil Mick, you're obviously just another "Bern-victim" who thinks that utopian fantasy is a reasonable substitute for fiducial reality, personal responsiblity and self-sufficiency instead of Big Gov mandates and dictates.

The flame is "Berning-out" and will soon be snuffed by the Hildebeast prior engaging in battle with Dizzy Donald, and although I admire the spirit exhibited by those courting "change", the way/s it would supposedly manifest itself are far too ridiculous to consider.

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/02/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

"I have many hours in History "

That's nice, Rocky. When I went to school we had to have lots of hours of History just to graduate High School, not to mention all the History classes I had in college. So again, heed your own advice before you admonish others. As for the rest of your post, please re-write it in coherent English, not the gibberish of your latest response.

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Posted by Dave H on 03/02/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Thank you Colorado for "Feeling the Bern"!

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Posted by Lil Mick on 03/02/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

I was trying to say WONT ADMIT and it printed (admit admit) o well gives Jeff something to crow about.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/01/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Dave I have many hours in History and while you admit admit that our system of voting in a Democratic way to get us to our Republic is without a doubt exactly what we are. A Democratic Republic I want to share something with you. My sons goof ball friend thats 26 years old told me hes voting Republican because if we live solely in a Democracy that would make us all Democrat's. I about fell out my chair. No wonder our Country is falling to crap.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/01/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Sorry Rocky, but while I generally respect Eugene Volokh and have enjoyed correspondences with him, he is mostly quibbling over the difference between a representative democracy and a direct democracy and avoiding the difference between a representative democracy and a republic. I know there are a lot of people who think they are the same thing, but there are differences, some of which I have already spelled out. In fact, the writings of John Adams which Volokh references speaks differently of republics and representative democracies. Also, in Tucker's writing he says that we have the form of a republic and ONLY in those areas where we depart from that form are we a representative democracy. So, while we have adopted some democratic procedures, that does not make us a democracy. When describing the structure and function of our government, it most closely matches that of a republic. The truth is our government is a mishmash hybrid of several ideas including parliamentary (bicameral at that), triumvirate, republic, democracy, etc. So, before you admonish me to go back to history class, I recommend you take your own advice.

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Posted by Dave H on 03/01/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

"the NRA has been controlling the studies by the CDC and the way statics are kept by law enforcement"

If so, explain how they've infiltrated these organizations to such an extent and why even allow opposition to their diabolical schemes.

After all, if they're so omnipotently powerful, they could control liberal legislature, the MSM, and grass-roots anti-gun groups, correct?

Thanks for the conspiratorial gibberish, it made my day, LOL!

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/01/2016 at 7:13 AM

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