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Re: “Promposals challenge teen boys

So many things are changing. You don't even have to preserve the corsages for keepsakes anymore. We bought wood flower corsages from a local company, Eco Chic Bouquets, for my son's and his date's corsage and boutonnire.

Posted by Jenny Wilson on 04/18/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Reader: Trump is only playing to his rich constituency

Perhaps liberals may reconsider their choices next time an election rolls around. What is worse than a Democrat president? A lawyer president. A woman lawyer president. In the list of career choices for psychopaths "lawyer" is number 2. If you think Trump is not qualified then consider this:being black is not a qualification nor is being female.
Our legacy is The Constitution and if the writer is so concerned about our legacy then perhaps you all could maybe stop fucking with that document (and The Bill of Rights are a part of it, not simple Amendments as some think.).
I too am a non-rich American, in fact I am below the poverty level. And over 60...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 04/18/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Archaeological notes on 'Russia'

Speaking of fake news...does this "reporter" live in Washington DC. I assume he does as a recent story he mentioned "an insanely warm winter"- which had nothing to do with the story. I assume it was the global warming scare sentence all these folks are obligated to plant in every story. Fake news indeed.
Ever thought about writing something unbiased and factual? Not in the Indy. We should call it "The Endy" since that is what they think they are forecasting.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 04/18/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Reader: We know where this destructive administration is headed

Beautifully written!

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Posted by Nancy Masterson Reinking on 04/18/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Reader: We know where this destructive administration is headed

China's success is the result of President Richard Nixon's foreign policy. He opened up trade with China to drive a wedge between them and the Soviet Union.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/18/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Reader: We know where this destructive administration is headed

I wonder why then Frank has the BLOTUS has gone bankrupt several times - hmmmm.

Because the supporters of the current administration rage in comments about protests I suspect they also understand the power of protest. This power concerns them.

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Posted by TruB on 04/18/2017 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Reader: We know where this destructive administration is headed

Leon Trotsky Lives ?

Socialist/Communist Dogma is dated, you go Bankrupt.

China has overtaken Russia in just 35 years by measuring Performance, NOT Politics.

It Takes a Market !

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Posted by frank1946 on 04/18/2017 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Reader: Trump is only playing to his rich constituency

As a non-rich American, I'd like to express my strong support and best wishes to President Trump.

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Posted by John Howell on 04/17/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Reader: Whose nose is bloodied by climate change?

nice well written letter!! the science deniers and our grabber in chief are set to take us, and the rest of the world, back 20 years. we can't let stupid people make decisions for the rest of us... when profit out weighs the health of our population we are doomed.

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Posted by happyfew on 04/17/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Skycastle wrote, "...power over the environment, wildlife, education, and health was never given to the feds..."

curious affirmed, "He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong."

Then, curious, why do you "thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos"? Education is one of the powers you, yourself, say is reserved to the states and forbidden to the federal government. Yet, you are okay with the feds interfering with the states to promote your pet projects, "School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling..."

That is called a double standard.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/16/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"...I, not so brave..."

Don't be so hard on yourself, curious, and don't sell yourself short. You are in this every day and I have never seen you back down. And you are one the few--possibly, the only one here--to consistently admonish anyone engaging in gratuitous name-calling. I say this as someone who is more often in disagreement than agreement with you.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/16/2017 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans..." who will gleefully sell that freedom we love so much to Vladimir Putin!

I am only a member of the "ignorant citizenry," but maybe some semi-pro Constitutional scholar can explain to us which article allows Russia, or any foreign power, to choose our president for us.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/16/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Reader: Whose nose is bloodied by climate change?

Foolish statements of a crazy person.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 04/15/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Agree with Skycastle on everything he says about the Constitution. He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong. The ignorance of the citizenry re the Constitution is the fault of the public govt schools and the socialist teachers who are brainwashing their empty-headed idealistic students, who exit the schools thinking that diversity, racism, equality of outcome, and climate change are the problems needing fixing so that utopia can be achieved.

I thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos. School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans.

It is BRAVE of Skycastle to present this opposing viewpoint in the Indy blog, and I, not so brave, applaud him.

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Posted by curious on 04/15/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Skycastle:

" 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? "

Seriously...you're embarrassing yourself. SCOTUS is the final arbiter of what is and what is not Constitutional. If you don't accept that (and it's been that way since 1803), you are a traitor your own country and its Constitution. When SCOTUS rules, it is by definition the LAW OF THE LAND.

http://www.history.com/topics/marbury-v-ma…

When you say "think for yourself," what you mean is "reject the government." Sorry. I won't do that.

I disagree with a lot of SCOTUS decisions, particularly as they apply to the 2nd Amendment and campaign financing. While I disagree, I still accept those rulings as the law of the land. That's the country we live in...a nation of laws, not a fantasy nation stuck in the 18th century.

Incidentally, you constantly bring up 5-4 decisions. Those split decisions have EXACTLY the same legal effect as any 9-0 decision. Your assertion that a close decision is suspect on its face is indefensible.

Dissent is routine and protected by the First Amendment. But for those who think we are living under a runaway unconstitutional rogue government, I have one piece of advice. Find a country...any country...that is better.

You can't.

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Posted by Bill W. on 04/15/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Propaganda, Syria, contemporary art, and our reality show President

How is this for a conspiracy theory: Trump is getting anxious because Congressional and FBI investigations are narrowing in on his campaign's collusion with Russia. He has tried to derail the investigations with tweets about phony "wire tap" conspiracies, trying to send the investigators off on a wild goose chase, but these tactics have only served to delay the investigations, not end them. So, he cooks up a cynical scheme with Putin to get Syria to use chemical weapons, so that Trump can feign outrage and shed a few crocodile tears for the innocent children--whose blood is on his hands as well as Assad's and Putin's--before launching a "retaliatory" missile attack, so he can pretend to be at odds with Russia.

The missile attack is a great propaganda success, in spite of being so ineffective it fails to actually halt Syrian use of the air strip, which was exactly the desired outcome--that is, to look like we are attacking, without causing any real damage to the Syrian war machine. But it gives Trump and his ally Putin a chance to rave and rant as if they have actually fallen out. Because of this phony, but well-orchestrated, con job, people start to think Trump could not be working hand-in-glove with the most vicious enemy of our nation and all of humanity, leaving Trump and Putin free to continue their clandestine campaign to destroy American freedom and democracy.

Fortunately, the plan seems to be failing, as it has not stopped the steady release of damning evidence against the Trump election campaign staff that is now pouring in even from foreign intelligence agencies around the world. Unfortunately, this setback may serve to spur the despotic duo into even more desperate and deadlier measures to hide their collusion in the promotion of their evil agenda.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/14/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

In his very first post to this thread, Skycastle called Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, a "vile racist." Fortunately, Wikipedia tells the true story:

"Sanger worked with eminent African American leaders and professionals who saw a need for birth control in their communities. In 1929, James H. Hubert, a black social worker and the leader of New York's Urban League, asked Sanger to open a clinic in Harlem. Sanger secured funding from the Julius Rosenwald Fund and opened the clinic, staffed with black doctors, in 1930. The clinic was directed by a 15-member advisory board consisting of black doctors, nurses, clergy, journalists, and social workers. The clinic was publicized in the African-American press as well as in black churches, and it received the approval of W. E. B. Du Bois, the co-founder of the NAACP and the editor of its magazine, *The Crisis*. Sanger did not tolerate bigotry among her staff, nor would she tolerate any refusal to work within interracial projects. Sanger's work with minorities earned praise from Martin Luther King, Jr., in his 1966 acceptance speech for the Margaret Sanger award."

Skycastle went even further, calling her a "genocidal maniac." Wikipedia says: "Due to her connection with Planned Parenthood Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of abortion, although Planned Parenthood did not begin providing abortions until 1970, after Sanger had already died."

Perhaps, Skycastle believes promoting birth control is an evil, and tantamount to genocide! Or, he believes he has no duty to verify biased propaganda, as long as it seems to validate his prejudices.

Given these egregious errors and distortions of plain, simple facts, I see no reason to give any credence whatsoever to anything he writes or says.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/14/2017 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"It's sad that you refuse to think for yourself." What you really mean is you are sad because I don't agree with you. And by not agreeing with you, I establish that I do think for myself.

"That makes you a sheep." Bah! Not that tired, old argument again, that anyone who disagrees with you is an easily led sheep! I have seen this same trope trotted out dozens of times--you, yourself, resort to it twice in a row!--and it always indicates the writer cannot defend his views using facts and logic, so he must resort to name calling. Furthermore, you don't know me, but you will not let your ignorance interfere with insulting me just to score some dubious debating points.

If you were really as intelligent as you think you are, you would get to know me and see if there are any arguments I respond to positively. Then, you might actually win a convert to your cause. Instead, you dictate your opinions and slander anyone with the temerity to disagree. That is the behavior of one who does not even believe his own words, and needs to validate his ideas by bullying others into agreement.

"Dumb people make their lives easy, because they're too befuddled to disagree." Since I have consistent disagreed with you, I cannot be befuddled. But you are most definitely befuddled, as you do not even realize that you are the one who is acting "dumb!" Because only dumb people try to win an argument by name calling.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/14/2017 at 12:19 AM

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

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