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Re: “Hope swings eternal

Update August 25th: In announcing yesterday that they were suspending Hope Solo for 6 months, the US Soccer Federation summed it up quite nicely...

"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action."

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Posted by Melchett on 08/25/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

One thing to remember about Mikey and his crusade against the Air Force Academy. He used the system to obtain a free law degree only. This is not a combat vet, not someone who served our country in it's defense. He simply became an Air Force lawyer using taxpayers money. Now, instead of using that degree to honorably serve the rule of law, he formed this non-profit group (from which he gets paid very well) to avoid having to do any real work defending clients or prosecuting cases which would require real effort on his part. We can certainly understand his reluctance to offer prayer... not many life threatening moments sitting behind a desk in Washington. But hey, it's even easier now, fill out some paperwork and threaten a lawsuit and settle... easy money. Can't say to blame him, that's the system and he takes advantage of it but don't be fooled that this is an honorable Air Force veteran, standing up for comrades in arms. This is a easy money making scheme picking low hanging fruit and riding the system like he's done over his entire career.

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Posted by Bigtime on 08/25/2016 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

U.S. Department of Labor Policy Statement on Harassing Conduct in the Workplace The Department of Labor plays a critical role in contributing to the nation's economic future. As such, we should incorporate the strongest and best workplace practices in order to effectively serve as a model for employers. As Secretary of Labor, I fully support the Department's strict prohibition of harassment. We must maintain a work environment that is free from unlawful harassment and where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. The Department's policy strives to prevent harassing conduct from reoccurring or to eliminate harassment before it becomes severe or pervasive enough to violate the law. The Department defines harassing conduct as any unwelcome conduct, verbal or physical, based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation or belief, that either:  can reasonably be considered to adversely affect the work environment, or results in an employment decision affecting the employee and is based upon the employee's acceptance or rejection of such conduct.

Harassing conduct has no place in the Department; therefore, we apply this policy equally to DOL employees, applicants for DOL employment, and contractors. Harassing conduct by managers, supervisors, or employees, including contractors, at any level, will not be tolerated. Any employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to, or has witnessed, any harassing conduct should report the matter promptly to a person in their supervisory chain, their Agency EEO Officer, or, for regional office employees, the Regional Administrator of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) in the region where the conduct took place. Similarly, any applicant who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassing conduct during the process of applying for DOL employment should report the incident to the EEO Manager of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.

https://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/crc…

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Posted by guruD on 08/25/2016 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

Weinstein is a Christ-hating bigot, no more. No champion of freedom, he's singled out one religion to eradicate it wherever he chooses. Government officials do NOT give up their rights to free expression of religion, just like everyone else...military included. Those rights they enjoy are the same ones we fight and die for when called to do so. If military members choose to have the Quran, the book of Satan, or the Talmud on their desk, no one would care...but, if they did, shouldn't it be Weinstein that's leading the charge to remove it? But, alas, he wouldn't because it's not representative of Christ.

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Posted by BigBri on 08/25/2016 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Goat Cheese: A love-hate kinda thing

Awesome cheese! We just bought green chili goats cheese from both suppliers at the little grocery store in Aguilar. I think it was called Ringo's. We will be stopping in every time we pass by the exit from now on. I encourage you to do the same. We also bought some green chili Italian sausage, house made. It went into a wonderfully spicy lasagna. Enjoy!

Posted by Chris V on 08/24/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Commentary: CSPD operates under a veil of mystery

You post that the CSPD responded "none of your beeswax". Seems journalistically irresponsible to place something in quotes when it is not a direct quote. Work on your journalistic integrity, Ms Zubeck.

May I also point out that the fact you have to keep scrounging up this same story over and over is indicative of the fact this this is NOT the norm at CSPD, as you repeatedly imply in your coverage. Otherwise, I'm certain you'd have new material every day, given the several thousand contacts CSPD makes every single week. If CSPD were brutalizing citizens on the regular without cause, maybe you'd be able to stop beating THIS dead horse.

Posted by ufgmin on 08/24/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

So the same person who approved said bible is the one investigating? Gee, that's not a conflict of interest or anything.

Watch an officer put out a highlighted copy of ANY other religious text, and he'd have it removed so fast his head would spin. Government officials may not endorse religion. Period.

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Posted by Sarah Jones Geer on 08/24/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

Sic em, Mikey. Good on ya!

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Posted by longtooth on 08/24/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

I GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO GET THE ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) TO SUE THEM ON THIS MATTER: MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein called the investigation "a sham and a travesty," because Col. Lisa Johnson, the commander who approved the Bible's placement in the first place, apparently was the one in charge of the investigation. That hasn't been confirmed by the Air Force, however.

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Posted by guruD on 08/24/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Hope swings eternal

Diane, Solo didn't as much 'walk back' her comments as to explain them. Paraphrasing: she's a bad loser, apparently, so that's OK then. If you can show me a professional athlete who's a good loser, I'll show a professional athlete who should be preparing for a very short career. Her follow up comments were the furthest thing from an apology that one can imagine: http://nypost.com/2016/08/13/hope-solo-adm….

Part of the reason Solo is being so vilified is because this is just the next in a LONG line of outbursts from her, pillorying her USWNT predecessors, former coaches, opposing team coaches, and just about anyone else who gets her back up.

I'm not going to call her out for her passion - in fact, I applaud that. I won't apologize though for being another to bring attention to the inappropriate way in which she conducts herself. So to clarify, you're quite happy with what she said and how she represented herself, her team, and her nation at the Olympics? You would just rather she got a pass?

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Posted by Melchett on 08/24/2016 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

Mikey Weinstein is a hero, standing up for the rights of others when they fear to stand up for themselves due to the nature of the superior/subordinate relationship in the military and the prevalence of evangelical/dominionistic tendencies among the senior enlisted and officers. He seeks to hold ALL the military leadership to their own regulations and US law, especially constitutional law.

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Posted by Mark Sebree on 08/23/2016 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

Mikey Weinstein is one evil man..

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Posted by Georgia Hileman Halloran on 08/23/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Neumann reports better performance than expected for Drake scrubbers

Neumann Systems Group is out of business they laid off their last employees in July 2016.

Posted by Matt Pfister on 08/23/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Hope swings eternal

@Melchett - I said Ronaldo got much less flak, no one seriously called for him to quit the game..or worse. I also didn't argue tactics. Bunkering is an accepted tactic but it doesn't stop a player from feeling they didn't have a chance to actually play the game, much like a home run hitter would feel disappointed when they are intentionally walked, without a chance to actually play the game. Athletes of all kinds have made comments immediately after a game that aren't pretty, and the media seeks them out hoping they'll catch them in one. Solo says it like she feels and I won't fault her for that. Like I said she walked back her choice of words later, but you refuse to acknowledge that apparently.

@happyfew - you already didn't like Solo, so I'm not surprised you agree. To say she's a horrible person, who I assume you only know through media, is quite the judgement. I only know you through your comment, so I'll reserve judgement.

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Posted by Diane on 08/23/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Hope swings eternal

agree with melchett, there is no sportsmanship is putting down the other team... only a lack of it. especially when you are in the Olympics, you not only embarrass yourself but your entire country. she is a horrible person... and she shows it in times of stress.

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Posted by happyfew on 08/23/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Hope swings eternal

Sorry, Diane, but that's nonsense. Ronaldo got flak for his comments, too, and rightly so.

There is no such thing as, 'and refuses to give you a chance to play the game as intended'. Some teams are better playing a certain way than others. Using your rationale, any team playing Barcelona in the last decade should hang their heads in shame because none were able to match their tika-taka play, and on those occasions when a team were able to eek out a victory through playing a more conservative type game containing Barca, they should be even more ashamed of themselves. How dare they try and impede Barca's ability to exploit space between the lines and carve them to pieces!

I would agree with you that there are varying degrees of beauty (subjectively speaking) to which the game can be played. Sweden - much like Iceland v Portugal - may not have the prettiest approach to getting the job done. But I've often found that while someone is pointing the finger at an opponent suggesting they couldn't get the job done in the 'right' way, they tend to ignore the irony of 3 fingers pointing back at them.

The US fell short, Solo had a poor tournament, she's bitter about it, and apparently incapable of conducting a post-game interview that maturely expresses that.

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Posted by Melchett on 08/23/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Hope swings eternal

Solo said what she felt and if most people who have played a sport are honest with themselves they've felt the same way. If your opponent refuses to play in a way that you know they are capable of and refuses to give you a chance to play the game as intended, then you feel hard done by..and in the aftermath of losing to that opponent, in the immediate aftermath - on a global stage, you might just say how you feel. She did walk it back in a later statement, but no one seems to want to acknowledge that. Of course parking the bus is a tactic, but one that almost every opponent hates, so seeing Solo say what many of us have felt was refreshing and vindicating for many of us less accomplished sportswomen. Ronaldo said the same thing using different verbiage and got much less flak because you know, men are supposed to be competitive..women, not so much.

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Posted by Diane on 08/23/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Doctor who rid the world of smallpox dies

modern day hero

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/23/2016 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Pennies from heaven (taxpayers) sponsor events

Ugh.

Posted by Lalahartma on 08/22/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Green Party presidential hopeful comes to Colorado

Jill is visiting Colorado Springs because voters deserve to learn about all possible choices for POTUS. This presents a historic opportunity being that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the most disliked candidates in history.

Keep in mind that there are also 118,934 unaffiliated active members and thousands of inactive voters who didn't vote during the last general election, more than likely because neither candidate excited them! Also, while El Paso County only has 911 registered Greens, I was still able to earn 11,264 votes when I ran for County Commissioner District 2 in 2012 on the Green Party ticket. Clearly, it DOES make sense for Jill to visit COS.

We cannot have a real debate about politics if some voices are silenced or left out. We invite all who do not feel represented by Clinton or Trump to join us!

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Posted by Karynalemus on 08/21/2016 at 7:38 PM

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