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Re: “UPDATE: Bach won't run

In our "modern times" Mayor Bach was indeed the "first strong mayor." But COS has been down this road before. Back in 1909 we (well not me, but I'm sure my ancestors) adopted the Mayor-Council form of government. Each Councilman (called "commissioner") was head of one of the four major city departments, and the Mayor was considered the CEO with the ability to hire and fire employees of the city. Sound familiar? After several years of haggling, our form of government changed again in April, 1921 to the Manager-Council form of government. The reason was to remove partisan politics and individual shenanigans that seem to get a lot of goodhearted folks in a lot of hot water. Sound familiar? So, here we are over a hundred years later still trying to figure out what is best. Folks back in the early 1900's realized a "strong mayor" wasn't really that great of an idea. Perhaps it's time folks here in 2014 realize the same.

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Posted by Shamrock on 12/16/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

Actually, Robert, it appears that he did let go while Garner was still able to speak as the it appears that Garner spoke a couple times after the hold was released. The biggest issues were Garner's physical condition (very obese, asthmatic, heart disease), positional asphyxia (tends to affect the obese when they are cuffed and laid prone), anxiety, and someone being on his chest. The Grand Jury was likely asked if Garner would have still died regardless of any hold on his neck and in this case he probably would have.

Oh, and BTW, this "kid" remembers Gates quite well.

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Posted by Odin on 12/16/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Lamborn: My big fat abundant life

Indy, this is all you got? Criticizing a politician for sending out Christmas cards?

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Posted by Chuck Noland on 12/16/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

Jeff Faltz. You said "brainwashed" about an officer but actually the process of brainwashing is complex and difficult. It is designed to break down a captive little by little. Many confuse the term with other more common conditioning techniques such as propaganda or the conditioning of recruits in basic training. Basic training is designed to have each man lose his "self" and then re-shape all recruits to begin to act as one. The individual is now the team thus orders are obeyed and confusion or fear is diminished in a battle situation. A police officer that freezes up or fails to act is obviously under-trained or not trained at all. Not conditioned to lead or follow or somehow isolated. Female black sergeant? Promoted without merit due to Equal Opportunity requirements? Government interfering with itself? Not a surprise. Fatal results as well? Again, not surprising. New slogan "Less government saves lives".
I digress. Ask that officer who killed if he was in fear for his life as a citizen must demonstrate if he kills in self-defense. A group of armed citizens attacking or subduing one person who dies will never convince a DA they all were in fear for their lives. They will go to trial for illegal homicide of some degree. Guaranteed.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 12/15/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

I will add this to my prior comment in case the point was missed. LAPD sets precedent for all other police departments but not by design but none-the-less. The choke hold quote was a major news item so choke hold knowledge had to have been added to every police training manual. Police knew and still know the outcome of using this tactic. It stands to reason that this officer did as well. He was not fighting one on one for his life. He knew he could let go but he did not. The Grand Jury is and always has been a travesty and does not have to follow The Bill of Rights as do other courts and jurors. Too many out of control badge heavy sociopaths on the police force in every town USA. They do not put their lives on the line and are not heroes. The bottom line is The Bill of Rights that so many seem to think is outdated, is all we have to save ourselves. Exercise your Rights with vigilance and never talk to police, you have the Right to not self-incriminate which means shut up and wait for due process. Government has power but it does not have Rights, you do. Your Rights give you the power to limit government's power or take it away completely.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 12/15/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bach won't run

Interesting, but not surprising, that all the candidates displayed tact and professionalism in their comments about the Mayor, except for that quitter, Joel Miller.

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Posted by Owen on 12/15/2014 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Lamborn: My big fat abundant life

Lamborn has burrowed his way into our pockets to the tune of $8 million for one piece of passed legislation. As for his religious affiliation, he's a pseudo-Christian. A false witness (Proverbs 6:16-6:19). If he was a real Christian he wouldn't have voted to cut WIC and SNAP. Hurting the needy,elderly and our young military families is not the Christain thing to do. Voting to shut down the government hurting his constituents is not the Christain thing to do. Supporting legislation that cuts Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid hurting young children, young families, retirees, is not the Christain thing to do. Voting to support the interests of Mammon is not the Christian thing to do.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/15/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Lamborn: My big fat abundant life

Once again, too bad Irv Halter wasn't elected. Mr Lamborn has yet to be successful and has burrowed his way into our pockets. At some point the Republicans in COS will realize that there's more to it than being the right kind of Christian, and not elect politicians because they look right and go to the right church.

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Posted by Milt_johnson on 12/15/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Lamborn: My big fat abundant life

I still have a hard time believing that this man was reelected. We had a chance to have an intelligent, good, compassionate, hardworking man (Irv Halter) and the idiots in this District chose this clown. How can so many people be so stupid?

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Posted by Michael Patrick on 12/15/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bach won't run

I'm glad he's out. Now if we can just stop City 4 Chumps we'll be doing something.
Suthers is just another establishment facade, but at least he has a brain.
I wonder which candidate will get Koch funding, most likely Suthers.
Joel Miller or Mary Lou Makepeace are the better persons who're running.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/15/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Lamborn: My big fat abundant life

When Hollywood remakes "It's a Wonderful Life" they'll cast Lamborn as Mr. Potter.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/15/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

You kids won't remember this gem from 1982. LA Police Chief Darryl Gates discussing the controversial use of choke hold and deaths resulting from the use of:
(from wiki)His dismissive response to concerns about excessive force by police employing "choke holds." In 1982, Gates attributed several deaths of people held in choke holds to the theory that "blacks might be more likely to die from chokeholds because their arteries do not open as fast as they do on 'normal people.'"

LA Police Department had the first SWAT and was the first para-military police force. Now every large city police department is and has. My opinion is that this kind of police force is what escalates violence and leads to deadly confrontations. They want you to believe it is the other way around but really? police have armored vehicles because the bad guys had them first?! Violent incidents involving blacks are without a doubt rooted in racism. You can argue that point but not with me please. Police cannot be judge jury and executioner but they cannot second guess when guns are drawn. A choke hold is another matter and takes much longer than a bullet. The War on Drugs has also contributed a great deal to this insanity. Time to quit.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 12/15/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Rock of ages

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Re: “Dirty, rotten fraud: AG issues warning, ads

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Posted by Creators Makers on 12/15/2014 at 12:58 AM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

There is a saying among New York lawyers: If you have the facts, argue the facts; if you do not have the facts, argue the merits; and if you do not have the facts or the merits, then argue like hell! Mr. Faltz, you are now arguing like hell.

For the record, what started this off was not any claim on my part. You claimed that the Garner death could not possibly be considered racist because a Black, female sergeant did not intervene. I have merely demonstrated the fallacies in your simplistic argument.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/14/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

"I wrote "may be" - Implying opinionation, conjecture and assumption at best. Again, can you prove your assertion? Anything in her record that would support this, or should we just assume you're right because you "care more" than others?

Q: If she's black, how can she be racist by allowing a fellow black citizen to be choked to death by a white cop?

Oh' wait, you've elaborated, "You find it totally unbelievable that the oppressed sometimes identify with the oppressor?"

So, this Sargeant (still have yet for you explain why this isn't a distictive position) is utterly deluded and uneducated, and has been so indoctrinated and brain-washed by law-enforcement ideology--primarily Caucasian, right?--that she is in lock-step with a department that is absolutely, undeniably racist in thought, word and deed?

I couldn't fabricate something this outlandish; thank you for providing it as "reason".

Why am I even engaging you here? No matter how you wish you could make these incidents indicative of covert--and overt--racism, the facts can't be gathered, assembled and/or spun to prove it, so I guess that leaves you on the outside, looking in. C'mon, wise up and I'll buy you some cocoa...or Kool-Aid...

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 12/14/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Let my people go big

"Moses communicates with a Yahweh who has taken the form of a preternaturally serene young boy." Sounds to me more like Dionysus or Apollo!

The Mosaic Law strictly prohibits creating visual images of God. Congratulations to Ridley Scott for managing to disrespect Moses and the Hebrew religion twice in one scene! First, by depicting God at all. Second, on drawing from Greco-Roman mythology for his imagery. Check out Ezekiel, Chapter One, for a Hebrew view of what God might look like.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/14/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Let my people go big

The photo caption reads, "Christian Bale gets his gospel on..." Since when is Exodus part of the gospel?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/14/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Sports

I have been looking for a way to thank you, Sensei, for your training while I was in the Air Force in 1997!!! Your training helped save me last night from being seriously hurt when I fell down four stairs. My ankle that I injured has become seriously weakened over the years and I have fallen three more times due to it turning. The right knee is also now bone-on-bone. Last night, I came home from work and took a bath. Then, I went to bring down the trash from the bathroom and bedroom, but only made it four stairs from the bottom. The left ankle turned first, then my right knee, both my problem joints at once. I managed to turn my body so that the left side of my back would take the fall, and somehow remembered to tuck my head!!! Amazingly, while I sprained the ankle and the knee again, I have no bruising on my side or back, and I did not hit my head. It was frightening for me, as I now live alone-my husband and I divorced three years ago and due to a furnace issue, my children are living with him-at least, till it is replaced Monday. I managed to get up and out to my car, and got to the VA. No breaks!!! I feel my training after all these years came back to me just when I needed it-that, and God's mercy!!!!

Misty Henry
(A1C Misty Ray when you taught me!)

Posted by Misty Henry on 12/13/2014 at 8:26 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

"So, she's racist..." I wrote "may be". You do know the difference between "may be" and "is"? I also wrote she may be afraid for her job or just plain incompetent. As you do not question those two possibilities, I take it you agree.

"...against her own race?" You find it totally unbelievable that the oppressed sometimes identify with the oppressor? Yet you have the nerve to try to pass yourself off as someone knowledgeable about the subject if racism!

"LOL!" Indeed.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/13/2014 at 6:55 PM

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