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Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"Americans have a right to disagree with all branches of government when we think they're wrong." But you never said you disagreed with the Supreme Court. You said the court should not be trusted. That undermines the judiciary.

I disagree with some court decisions, but I trust that the justices are honorable and working as hard as they can to arrive at just decisions, and I trust our system of government will eventually correct any mistakes they make, because our system provides for such corrections. It is true that judges can be corrupted and bribed, but I doubt you have any evidence that any Supreme Court justices have ever been guilty of those crimes.

Most important, by accepting the court's rulings, however you may disagree, you just might avoid turning a serious dispute into a bloody war. By sowing distrust you guarantee that even minor disputes will end in violence.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/13/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Mr. Skycastle, I see you did not bother to deny that you are a troll on Putin's payroll. Is that a tacit admission that you are indeed an anti-American, pro-Russia troll?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/13/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Is Doug Bruce using the name Skycastle on this board? Doug, is that you? Sure sounds like you!

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 04/13/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Bill, I respect people like you who support the Constitution. I'm with you here - I've been a strident supporter of the Constitution for decades. I believe in original intent - which is how our Founding Fathers' wrote and understood the Constitution. Unfortunately, most supreme court justices no longer support original intent. They prefer to re-interpret the Constitution whenever it suits them, even when their interpretation is opposite what our Founders intended. That's federal lawlessness and judicial anarchy, and we're living under it. It's become so bad that today we have a federal government which routinely violates the Constitution, while claiming to uphold it. And since most Americans have such a poor understanding of the Constitution, it's easy for the government to violate it with little outcry from citizens. If people don't understand it, how can they defend it? This is the problem I always have with online discussions people who lack even a basic understanding of the Constitution (especially in regard to limited federal power) - yet have strong opinions about it.

You wrote: Why put your trust in them? How about because SCOTUS is a co-equal branch of the government created by the Founding Fathers in the CONSTITUTION.
Yes, SCOTUS is part of the federal government, but our Founders NEVER told us to put our trust in government not any branch. Do you understand this? Instead, they urged us to remain vigilant and keep government under control. That's why Benjamin Franklin is famous for saying that they had given us a republic if we can keep it. Because it's up to us the people to protect our Constitution and our rights. We can't just hand our brains over to government, assuming that govt. must be right. That way lies tyranny, for an ignorant and complacent people are easy to control and manipulate.

You wrote: you think your opinion is right and SCOTUS is wrong. You got that backwards. Really Bill? Why? Why must SCOTUS be right? If they understood the Constitution, why would the justices disagree with each other so often? Why would they ever have 5-4 decisions? Obviously, a law degree doesn't guarantee proper understanding. That's why it's so important for people to be able to think for themselves. If we can't freedom will die. An ignorant population will be unable to protect itself from federal abuse of the Constitution, and their rights will be continually trampled until freedom is dead. That's what's happening today. People who can't think for themselves are called sheep, and they need a shepherd government to guide them in all things and protect them from themselves.

You wrote: Your eagerness to dismiss SCOTUS reveals your contempt for everything in the Constitution that doesn't make you happy. It's not a buffet where you can pick and choose. It's the CONSTITUTION, and you don't get to reject SCOTUS and then say you're just following the Constitution.

So Bill, do you see where you're wrong here? You're confusing SCOTUS with the Constitution, and the two are very different. Our allegiance should be to the Constitution itself not to a group of people who mangle it continually with their idiotic interpretations which aren't even based on original intent. SCOTUS treats the Constitution like a buffet I don't. Here's an article I wrote about this issue, so please read it:

http://gazette.com/guest-column-constituti…

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Posted by Skycastle on 04/13/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Mr. K, does your opinion on an issue change when the supreme court disagrees with you? What about when they disagree with themselves? That happens often, and this proves that a law degree doesn't guarantee proper understanding. If it did, then the SCOTUS justices would always agree with each other. BTW, that's rare.

As for Undermining the judiciary, all Americans have a right to disagree with all branches of government when we think they're wrong. Are you under the impression that presidents, congressmen, and supreme court justices are always right? Do you hand your brain over to them to think for you? It's sad that you refuse to think for yourself. That makes you a sheep. And of course, sheep need a shepherd. Government will gladly lead and control you all your life. Dumb people make their lives easy, because they're too befuddled to disagree.

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Posted by Skycastle on 04/13/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"Does it surprise you that CPB is not in the business of funding losers? Doesn't fit in with your personal stereotype of capital-P "Progressives?"

It points out how progressives are two faced and only care about getting what they want...especially with OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY!!!

Why must the taxpayers fund public broadcasting...because we like it and people who don't watch and listen are dumb.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 04/07/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Reader: Correct this blatant violation of the separation of church and state

Yep. Completely ridiculous spending taxpayers money on something that is not needed. Hope everyone in that church is praying for our children to get fed and educated.

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Posted by Nathan Van Horn on 04/07/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"We are no different than Rome and we are going to fall just like them."

I once heard, (but cannot confirm), the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti once said, "Rome was never like this!"

Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"Well it shows you how the Progressives think..."

I hardly think two bloggers are a representative sample of so-called "Progressives" (with a capital P). If it is any consolation, I do not think you are ignorant.

But I do think it is a great mistake to lump all progressives together, just as it is for progressive wannabes to lump all conservatives together, as if there are not often huge differences between any given two, who both proudly call themselves conservative.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:25 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

"CPB I just found out likes to give money to stations who are able to raise the most money."

Does it surprise you that CPB is not in the business of funding losers? Doesn't fit in with your personal stereotype of capital-P "Progressives?"

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

" The only people that are allowed to manipulate in the Progressives world are the do gooders like those who run public broadcasting and our Government in general."

You forgot to mention the Russians, who are allowed to use trolls and bots to manipulate our elections by drowning out all opinion, conservative as well as progressive, in favor of delusional conspiracy theories.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/07/2017 at 2:05 AM

Re: “Reader: Correct this blatant violation of the separation of church and state

Such a waste of money.

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Posted by Alexandra Malecki on 04/06/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

Oh and the CPB I just found out likes to give money to stations who are able to raise the most money. I know this because I personally talk to a person that worked in public media.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 04/06/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

Public Broadcasting does allow some what advertising....they can't do Call For Actions or as Prairie Chix says manipulation. The only people that are allowed to manipulate in the Progressives world are the do gooders like those who run public broadcasting and our Government in general.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 04/06/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

No I am the dumb one. Well it shows you how the Progressives think they are smarter than everyone else. After all they use "other peoples money" to piss on the rest of us. We are no different than Rome and we are going to fall just like them. How do you know that I am uneducated??? Just because I don't agree with your worldview. I am a conservative, but not a FOX News fan. Their are other Faux News so called that hold to my worldview just as NPR and then some hold to Progressive World views.

If anyone is the adult in the room, its the Conservatives not the Progressives who think they are on the side of the Greater good. Look at how many of the upper crust of public broadcasting are quite wealthy.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 04/06/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Reader: Correct this blatant violation of the separation of church and state

The author doesn't realize that the chapel has U.S. National Historic Landmark status or that his 'argument' is so off the wall as a reason he feels millions could be better spent.

Mr. Harry Miller - the upper chapel is Protestant and I am not sure what you are on about that it is some sort of religious bias. Then again you seem to think the upper Chapel is full of glitz. You also mistake the Buddhist chapel for Muslim.

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Posted by TruB on 04/06/2017 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Reader: Correct this blatant violation of the separation of church and state

Mr. Sulzman clearly and purposely misquotes the Constitution which makes NO reference to a separation of church and state. That is a later interpretation of law. As written in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,". Almost all military bases have on-site churches/chapels built to support their military community. The AFA having one is no different, but as a high visibility national facility, all the structures of the campus were built beyond normal costs and aesthetic/artistic planning considerations.

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 04/06/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Reader: Correct this blatant violation of the separation of church and state

The religious bias is actual a bit more so when you realize that the big showy part of the chapel is the Protestant part. Underneath all that glitz is the much smaller and more austere Catholic chapel. And then you have to go down a hallway to find the Jewish Temple (a nice medium size room) and the Islamic Mescit (prayer room). Several years ago I assisted a friend of mine who had the maintence contract for the large pipe oragn in the main hall, which contains 4500 pipes and the Catholic chapel's organ which has 2600 pipes. No ostentatious pipe prgans in the Jewish or Muslim rooms.
The chapel was designed and built to be a showpiece for the Academy. Most of the $68 million is to redo the roof which although impressive, it has a couple of design faults one major one being that it's made of aluminum which tends to expand and contract alot and considering the temperature variations of the region, it has been problematic since day one. The large pipe organ has the same fate because we would tune and adjust it in the cool mornings then the tuning would change once the metal structure warmed up. Talk about your basic high maintence wife!

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Posted by Harry Miller on 04/06/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

Don McCullen and others do not seem to understand the VERY important role PBS plays in our WARN (Warning, Alert, and Response Network) . Ever notice that even without cable or an antenna, your television ALWAYS gets PBS? There is a reason for that. PBS provides an alternate path for WEA alerts to wireless carriers. The alerts are transmitted through the PBS satellite network on the AMC-21 satellite to PBS stations who broadcast the messages over their transmitters for reception by wireless carriers at their cell sites. For the Republicans out there, that means, that in the event of a NATIONAL emergency,PBS is responsible for sending that alert to our phones. Get off your ridiculous high horse, do a little research, and understand this.. 'Progressives' get it far better than you do, silly little man. Now run home, the grownups are trying to clean your mess.

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Posted by emilydianebailey on 04/05/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Reader: Defund public media, it'll be fine

People like Don McCullen think they have it all figured out, but they don't recognize how woefully uneducated they are. McCullen just wants to believe that what he hears from Faux News and Rush is the gospel truth. When other media sources publish viewpoints that he doesn't agree with, he attacks progressives!
Public radio and TV, some of the finest news programs in our nation, are considered to be an enemy of the people because their crime is to educate the public, not to spout the right wing line.
Anyone who watches commercial media knows how much time is devoted to advertising. I appreciate that PBS and NPR don't bombard us with commercial manipulation, and the programming is just the best. Taxpayer dollars spent on public broadcasting are well spent, too bad Doug is too ignorant to acknowledge that. Lets get out of the "Right-wingo universe" that Trump and his dull supporters are spinning these days.

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Posted by prairie chix on 04/05/2017 at 9:56 AM

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