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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

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

"I do not feel I need to prove the obvious."

Except, you totally do: those that make allegations thereby place the burden of proving them upon themselves. It's how jurisprudence works, and is structured as such for specific reasons. Not sure why you consider yourself above such logistics, but that's a matter for you to address and work out, not I.

The only thing patently obvious here is that there was/is insufficient evidence to prove either incident was racially motivated, and not enough to even indict either officer involved.

Irregardless of your, my or Ms. White's personal views, you two have no means to substantiate your opinions, so good luck in continuing to question that which has already been rendered legally resolved.

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 12/13/2014 at 4:27 PM

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

"she may indeed be a racist" - So, she's racist...against her own race? And I'M guilty of engaging in fanciful assumption? LOL!

"You were not there and you do not know what happened or what he was thinking" - And neither were you, did you, or do you, and that's why grand juries are convened; to sort through evidence and reach a conclusion, and neither of these found sufficient forensics to charge either officer.

If Witness #40 is a "racist crackpot", then what of other witnesses, many black, that obviously provided false recollections of the incident, in many cases, contradicting themselves or admitting that they weren't even at the scene? Can they not be racist and trying to convict a white LEO--this is a "racial issue" after all--or does racism only work in support of your theories and not mine?

The onus is upon you (and Ms. White) to prove these incidents are racist, as you've made the allegations. I'm disappointed that I have to explain how such things work, but you obviously have no knowledge about where the "burden of proof" lies in such matters; please research accordingly.

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 12/13/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Are land use and zoning contributing to crime in our cities?

Does "programming and activating" an area really prevent crime, or does it just force it into other areas?

Posted by Dave H on 12/13/2014 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Trinity Brewing insults Colorado Springs, social-media responds with fury

If their beer wins medals, but the people prefer other beers, maybe Trinity needs to re-think what is important.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/13/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Surviving outdoors when things go wrong

Skee rocks and with decades of experience in SAR, he knows his stuff. People need to listen to him.

Staying put is incredibly important and can't be emphasized enough. If you are lost, STOP. Those TV shows that show people performing self rescue are for entertainment value. Every single one of those people, from Les Stroud to Lundin to Grylls will tell you that moving is exactly the wrong thing to do, even though they all show it.

A very simple kit can go a long way. An emergency "space blanket" is small and light and while they have no real insulation value, they do reflect heat back at you and being shiny they make you easier to find. A whistle is incredibly effective at getting attention, far better than yelling and doesn't make you hoarse. A small LED keychain style light comes in really handy at night and can be seen at a pretty good distance. These three things alone can make a huge difference and their combined weight and size is so little that everyone should carry them in a pocket or pouch.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/13/2014 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Pioneers Museum dresses up with a light show

Looking forward to seeing this!

Posted by Mikel Lee on 12/13/2014 at 1:18 AM

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

"Mr. K, you... still can't prove this was racially motivated."

You are laboring under some misapprehension. I am not trying to "prove this was racially motivated." I do not feel I need to prove the obvious.

What I am trying to do, is poke holes in your specious arguments that pretend to "prove" it was not racially motivated.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2014 at 9:00 PM

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

"So, we should automatically assume Wilson is lying..."

No, but neither should we mindlessly assume he is not lying.

"So he made this detail up?"

No, he was handed this "detail" on a silver platter by a crackpot racist, whose words were selectively leaked to the press long before the grand jury was convened.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2014 at 8:55 PM

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

"As for Witness #40; as he didn't pull the trigger, his racial mind-set is inconsequential..."

As Witness #40 is a racist crackpot, he would never have appeared in an actual trial. An actual jury would never have heard his allegations.

"...and unreliable testimony of other witnesses was a compelling reason why this case never went to trial."

Based on the testimony of Witness #40! The testimony of this racist crackpot was used to "prove" that the testimony of other witnesses was unreliable.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2014 at 8:41 PM

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

"There is no discrepancy..." Then why do you immediately proceed to try to explain the discrepancy away?

"...the police chief didn't know Wilson HAD in fact heard of the robbery..." Sorry, Mr. Faltz, but your fantasies, however poignant, carry no weight here. The police chief needs to speak for himself. You were not there and you do not know what happened or what he was thinking.

I believe it is far more likely that the chief spoke to the press after speaking to the officer. If he had not yet spoken to the officer he would have said so. If the topic had not come up in the briefing, then the chief would have said, "I don't know" instead of categorically saying the officer did not hear the broadcast.

But what I believe does not amount to a hill of beans either. The police chief never explained the discrepancy and he is the only one who can.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “State of the Region addresses good, bad news

Home building is fools gold - as the short term benefits of jobs and sales taxes are ultimately overcome by the costs of maintaining roads/infrastructure and building/staffing fire stations and police substations.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 12/12/2014 at 8:08 PM

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

"If she sensed a racial motive, she had the power to command Pantaleo to cease, so is she a racist for allowing the level of force used to continue?"

First of all, regardless of race, she should have stopped everything as soon as the officer started using the illegal choke hold. Her failure to do so is at the very least a sign of her incompetence. Perhaps her incompetence also extends to a failure to recognize the situation as racist as well as lethal.

On the other hand, she may indeed be a racist. Or she may be afraid of losing her job. Or all of the above. Her actions, or rather the lack thereof, do not prove that Garner's death was not an act of racism.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Strange Alliance

Why would I pay $22 to see someone that doesn't even have a torrent of their music online? I can't find anywhere to listen to his music to see if I would WANT to go...

Posted by Shane Gitter on 12/12/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Trinity Brewing insults Colorado Springs, social-media responds with fury

Once again, Jason shows himself as an ass.

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Posted by Lalahartma on 12/12/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Trinity Brewing insults Colorado Springs, social-media responds with fury

Thanks Benjamin Brubaker for your Wikipedia-founded rhetoric. That was useless.

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Posted by Ryan Hannigan on 12/12/2014 at 10:30 AM

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

“Mike Brown had commited a theft, assaulted Wilson, attempted to escape, then charged Wilson again after repeated warnings and multiple wounds."

These are the circumstances/facts of the matter, and no matter how you wish they were different or could be explained, they will not change, and led to no indictment being handed down by the GJ.

"Shortly after the shooting the police chief told the press that the officer had not heard of the theft before the incident. By the time the grand jury convened the officer testified that he had heard of the theft and had heard a detailed description of the suspect. No one has explained the discrepancy"

There is no discrepancy: the police chief didn't know Wilson HAD in fact heard of the robbery until Wilson was able to give a more detailed accounting of events and timeline. You say yourself that the PC made his comments "shortly" after the incident; too quickly, in hindsight, and he probably should have relied upon "no comment" instead, but there is no controversy here.

As for Witness #40; as he didn't pull the trigger, his racial mind-set is inconsequential, and unreliable testimony of other witnesses was a compelling reason why this case never went to trial.

So, we should automatically assume Wilson is lying about Brown's charging him because? He was correct about Brown assaulting him, correct about shooting him in the vehicle, correct about his (Brown's) attempt to escape and correct about only shooting him while facing forward, not in the back. So he made this detail up?

Mr. K, you have failed to provide additional insight into the circumstances of this incident, and still can't prove this was racially motivated, but by all means, keep at it, as I'm sure you'll become privy to currently unforeseen evidence in due time...

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 12/12/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Hair ye, hair ye

You might look deeper into David Felices employment with Colorado Springs P.D., many of Felices actions are outlined in a letter, written by cd employees the city government regarding numerous, unethical actions taken by Felice. It's my understanding this letter was read into record at a city council meeting. I found a copy of the many year, but when I tried to find the letter at a later date, it had been removed. Felice was largely responsible for a lawsuit that cost the city millions of dollars, somewhere in the area of twenty million. He brought this same behavior to Durango PD. Maybe there are unethical reasons for his departure, maybe there's a reason another employee left the Dept. Within 2 weeks of Felices departure.

Posted by Lynn Mclaughlin on 12/12/2014 at 1:54 AM

Re: “Trinity Brewing insults Colorado Springs, social-media responds with fury

"While researchers have found that moderate alcohol consumption in older adults is associated with better cognition and well-being than abstinence,[1] excessive alcohol consumption is associated with widespread and significant brain lesions. The effects can manifest much later—mid-life Alcohol Use Disorder has been found to correlate with increased risk of severe cognitive and memory deficits in later life.[2][3] Alcohol related brain damage is not only due to the direct toxic effects of alcohol; alcohol withdrawal, nutritional deficiency, electrolyte disturbances, and liver damage are also believed to contribute to alcohol-related brain damage.[4] The long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption on brain chemistry is an important cause of chronic fatigue."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-term_impact_of_alcohol_on_the_brain

"Long term exposure to cannabis poses a risk of irreversible cognitive impairment in children and pre-pubescent adolescents; other than for the very highest of doses, no similar risk has been established for adults.[2] Negative changes in attention, psychomotor task ability, and short-term memory are associated with very recent (12 to 24 hours) marijuana use. Any long-term central nervous system effects of the residual drug are indistinguishable from variations in the user's susceptibility, or any pre-existing psychiatric disorder."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-term_effects_of_cannabis#Memory_and_intelligence

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Posted by Benjamin Brubaker on 12/11/2014 at 7:08 PM

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