Nice try, PacksA9, but you cannot divert attention away from Bush and Cheney, who are directly responsible for the rise of ISIS, by dredging up ancient history.
Its pretty clear what the founders thought about the military. The sad part is that the more progressives grow government, the farther they move us from original intent.
Article 4, section 4 of the Constitution makes national defense the only mandatory function of the federal government. Article 1, section 8 of the Constitution lists 17 powers specifically granted to congress. Of those, six concern national defense, more than any other topic. Regardless of how suicidal pacifists may whine, national defense IS a job for the feds. The other stuff, not so much.
K- Don't kid yourself. ISIS is just the latest in a long line of jihadis we've been fighting since Jefferson and the USN kicked Barbary butt early in the 19th century. Not to mention the Crusades.
What a convincing argument, Odin! It's not just the facts you present, but the way you have marshaled them into a solid, logical analysis! You force me to counter with the only effective comeback for such a prodigious argument: Is so!
Incorrect, Mr. K--
The ISIS high command is made up of officers driven out of the Iraqi military by our "victory" there. ISIS is the product of our ill-considered and ill-advised invasion. There would be no ISIS today had we adopted pacifist ideals from the beginning.
This comment is for Sulzman, Sir did u ever served in the Military? it is very obvious that u did not. I served this United States of America for 20 years and make me sick of people like you hating the well deserved Armed Forces Of the United States Of America who made a lot of sacrifices for your own freedom. It makes me wonder what are you going to do when the war will be in your own backyard?
Thank you for quoting "pacifist Bill Sulzman", without offering the Military a quote also. Might I suggest that Mr. Salzman fly over to Iraq and check to see if ISIS is on board with the pacifist's ideals. Better yet, perhaps he would be willing to send his children and grand children over to "better educate" ISIS on the message of peace and toleration....
Mr. Gioia would be best served to bring up voter turnout from his demographic above 20%. If the group cannot be motivated to even complete a ballot that is mailed to them and need only be mailed back, it is folly to believe that they will have the will or the attention span to educate themselves on issues and take an active role.
Hopefully Mr. Gioia can turn that around by informing the group of what is really happening in their City--not by using race, age and gender discrimination allegations toward those who do actually vote.
Re: Pale Male Stale...
In other words, Tony Gioia is going to head up a group intending to promote race, gender and age discrimination.
Testing deal reached? So what does prohibit assigning an accreditation rating (based on test scores) to school districts actually mean? Are districts not going to be evaluated at all this year?
"At issue is a fitness test adopted in late 2013 that wasn't adjusted for female ability or age, which resulted in them flunking the test."
...I wonder if all the violent offenders got the memo to "adjust for female ability or age".
Or, if I'm trapped in a burning car, both my life and the life of the first-responder may depend on the physical ability of that responder. I could care less if you identify as male, female, both or none; if you are less physically capable you are a liability to the public and your fellow officers.
There is an old saying, "Been down so long it looks like up to me!" We now have a new wrinkle: Been extreme right-wing so long it looks like the left to me.
What is "the Republican Right"? The Republican "liberty" wing was voted in this weekend. The liberty Republicans want better (more local control, less testing, more competition) education for our kids; don't care to legislate "morality; and support free markets and disdain corporate welfare (Dems and "Pro-business" Republicans like to tax and regulate small biz so we can hand out incentives to the crony-capitalists, and support regulation which tends to provide barriers to new competition). I do not care for "moderates" that are willing to compromise on our Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness
How sad that the Republican right wants to go even further right. That's what's wrong with this Country!They are making sure there is no room for compromise. Isn't that what most people want, is for both sides to work together? In this Country, at this time, that is NEVER going to happen. It's time we started voting more moderates from both sides into office. I've lived a long time and never seen it this bad.
re: Balloons :
So, Scott Appelman is going to shock and awe us for $90,000 by bringing in really cool shaped balloons (which we already attract) and events between and after the balloon launches ,like a food truck competition, well hell there is a brilliant idea! The trucks are already all parked together 1 mile away daily at platte and Nevada, this stuff is Genius!!! really? maybe a car show? brilliant. and it had a name Colorado Springs Colorado Balloon Classic and was a great event with 38 year history!, no the mayor and facebook and the news media want us to name the Balloon event and it must have the name Colorado springs in it , how stupid are we? "The New Colorado Springs Balloon fest and Car Show , now with food truck wars" yeah thats a better name than "Balloon Classic"! I can't wait to see just how much more fabulous it will be for our $90k investment.
The Bus Service and PPCC need to pull their heads together and put a route in at the Rampart Campus. It makes absolutely ne sense to schedule degree required classes where there is no public transportation. The alternative is to cancel classes at Rampart, forcing more traffic on the roads to the Centennial Campus.
There are degree specific, non core, non online classes that cancel for lack of enrollment. Get it together, folks. Especially since you've got the OK to offer 4 year degrees.
Our town with an airport is missing out on BILLIONS of dollars in revenue . But I would like to see a socialist solution for the pot of gold, that is legal marijuana. How about everybody is required to grow 16 plants,outside, where plants belong, to be surrendered to the city. The city gives jobs prepping the organic matter to be sold at the CITY AUD for what ever the world price is, ( Denver average, Washington , Oregon , or DC) we sell it for half, to be sold in increments of twenty dollars a bag. At the same time, Jack up the gas tax to 10cents per gallon to be sunsetted when the roads get fixed. In order to purchase the cheap pot, visitors need to buy it from the central location that is the CITY aud? only buy it in $20 increments, so naughty people from out of sate cannot buy it up all at once. Also, host world class acts at the auditorium , three shows a day, so the visitors have something else to spend their money on when they are in line . The visitors will pay for the gas tax, which will pay for the roads. Our reward for growing and surrendering 16 plants will be a solar panel system, to be installed immediately on all customers of CSU. If customer lives in apartment, then a solar collective will pass on the savings to the CSU customers who grew the weed. When they leave town, the solar panels get surrendered to the city. Then we will make our emissions goals for the coal plant, due to less use of the facility. Having solar panels will create jobs in installation, maintenance , re wiring your house, and of course the best benefit will be cheaper electricity, cleaner air, and visitors paying for our streets! All can be done in two years time. Oh yeah, if you don't wish to grow, assign the task to someone on the books who needs a job at the colorado Coloradoworkforce. It would be nice to clear the books, and give everyone hospitality jobs too! It has to be done this year, or will loose the novelty. I am sure the alcoholic community would like to see their bars filled too. It is so depressing to go to these restaurants, and see them be mostly empty on most nights. The hospitality industry could sure use a boost! So if we host the world , for two years, we could get their revenue to pay for our solar panels. We could call it HELP GREEN COLORADO SPRINGS! If everybody planted their seeds in May, and have the visitors start showing up in October, when it is harvest time, by next year we should have all our roads paid for by visitors, and locals who buy gas. Locals will be saving thousands on utility bills over the course of twenty years, so everybody should be on board.
Road raging roads of a broken Colorado Springs . Time to dismiss all members of city council if they cannot understand how to budget for potholes. Hey ,guess what? It snows in the winter, and they're surprised there are potholes when they do nothing? Hahaha next winter there will also be potholes. They need to get fixed every year , or we will be paying more for broken axles, and loose struts and shocks. Is it mayor Bach's own way of an income stimulator? Perhaps people should not purchase new cars until the roads are fixed. Boycott motor city until the roads get fixed annually?
Lawsuit on the way: Each district or county needs to take care of their own mitigation. This is not the springs problem, you have fountain, security, and lot's of empty space in between. Who ever was dumb enough to agree to that should go pitch in for the people down stream.
Current utilization of preventive services is about 60-70% of what is clinically suggested in PPACA. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=5596
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