The current hysteria over sharia reminds me of the campaign against the presidential candidacy of Al Smith in 1928, when paranoid opponents claimed, if he were to win the race, the pope would end up ruling America and imposing Catholicism on all citizens.
So you fail to mention what Bill Clinton was doing with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval office. Then all the other women that came out and said he either had affairs with, fondaled, assaulted and or raped them over the years, as Hillary supported him by trying to discredit or destroy them. Hummmmm I don't really see the balance in your reasoning.
Run Sallie Run ......
So bobo, are you really that scared of the islamists that you think they can take down the USA? Sorry, but I have way more faith in this country than that. Ain't no way those two bit $#!^heads could ever pose a real threat to this great mighty nation. The terror you're showing in that you're scared of their takeover is exactly what they want, but in a nation where Christianity is seen as overly strict, I don't see extreme wahhibism catching on anytime soon.
Hope you like sharia law.
Well said, T.Rump - I just experienced something of the sort in the industrial hemp arena - the FDA, DEA (still pissed at Jared Polis' hemp flag flying over the US Capitol building) and the USDA have declared that cannabidiol from industrial hemp cannot be used in edibles because it's an adulterant. It's the same cannabidiol that is extracted from the Charlotte's Web low THC marijuana, but CW Pharmaceuticals (CW = Charlotte's Web) is still using it in their products.
The CDPHE has always been 'business friendly', and this is no exception. Granted the MMJ and Rec business has been a boon for Colorado revenue coffers, but producing cannabidiol from hemp is far less expensive (licensing and cultivation issues both) than producing CBD from high THC marijuana. Characteristically, high THC marijuana is also low in CBD. CBD from hemp would virtually cancel the economic value of that compound in the MMJ/rec industry.
This growing season saw the entry into the industrial hemp CBD market of some substantial investments, only to have them put on hold by the back room machinations of the CDPHE, DEA, FDA and USDA. "Not enough research on industrial hemp" they say. Bull plop.
Colorado Springs is just being true to its lily white anglo-saxon protestant roots in attempting ban anything that has the appearance of being either fun on good for you.
The task force on Medical Marijuana was rigged from the beginning. It was designed to eliminate the MMJ industry in Colorado Springs. 75% of the panel is anti MMJ. Rigged panel and a complete failure! Did not even address the reason it was formed.
In April hopefully we can vote out from council these complete failures: Bagley, Pico, King and Knight.
Carolyn, you have it exactly right. Colorado Springs has been the focus (pun intended) of the religious right for years. When a middle schooler can stand up in a public school waving a Bible and say that it is the only book he needs it smacks of propagandistic indoctrination at the most insidious level. The religious right spent years trying to compromise the Constitutional edict of separation of church and state by compromising the Air Force Academy. Thankfully, they have failed, but not before doing some significant damage within the ranks of the Air Force. It's a shame.
My father, a career Air Force fighter pilot, said that he felt the military, especially career military, should NOT be allowed to vote. His reasoning was that the military would vote for more wars and more military/industrial complex - job security, so to speak. I disagreed with him at the time, but then the Air Force general (who now supports Trump) said that the war in Iraq (started on false pretenses from the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal) was the new "Crusade" and intimated it was the beginning of a religious war. We don't need his vote in our democracy, nor do we need the votes of anyone like him.
Just a reminder - T.Rump will only accept the results of the election "If I win". Very dangerous.
Tannim, you sound more and more like a 'sovereign citizen'...I'm still identifying as an American.
Janet, I support your right to choose how you die. All other opinions are based on mythology.
I'm stoked about the Islamic perspective in the religious part. Hating whiskey and porn makes sense if I was a hater.
she never should of even had a third term except due to lack of integrity of her and the board and their admitted scheming of the election process... money, money, money above all else it appears.
Michael Gabriel: Who paid for the trip? If it's the city, then you're spot on. If it's Suthers himself, then you have no argument.
Carolyn Cathey: You have it wrong. The right to associate also includes the right to not associate, and as such the state's Public Accommodations law is an unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment. Furthermore, requiring the public use os private property violates private property rights. You can't complain about alleged civil rights when they are used as a stick to violate the rights of others, and civil rights in commerce simply don't exist except as a legal fiction created to push liberal big-government agendas at the expense of the very rights you're claiming to protect.
Doug Nelson: Apples and oranges. Clinton violated national security. Trump did not. The only common fruit is that both are felonies. That common fruit is enough to not vote for either of them and instead vote for the honest candidate in Gary Johnson.
Janet Brazill: Exactly, but to statists, you, your body, and your choices all belong to them.
Ben Miller: No, the irony is that Amendment 71 would not have made the ballot at all under its own conditions.
Doesn't a constitutional amendment have to be ultimately voted by the people to pass? I agree with mr. miller on amendment 71. with more barriers to getting an amendment on the ballot then only the rich interests (like oil and gas promoting this amendment) can get an amendment on the ballot.
the voters should be the main barrier to an amendment not money. do we have so little faith in the voters of this state... ok forget that (amendment 2) but money should not be the main barrier to let the people have a say in this state.
That was a great article. Mark is one of the most upstanding men I know and I'm not writing this because he's my nephew. I have been at almost every milestone of Mark's, from graduating BYU, Georgetown & Boston Law School, to the batispm of his children. Mark is an unusual candidate in that "WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET" Mark will not tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what he believes in his heart! Mark will never compromise his beliefs and moral for a "vote" but will always stand up "with a strong ethical voice" Hopefully the voters of Colorado Springs will vote for "CHANGE" and vote for a Strong Ethical Man! A very proud aunt in Las Vegas... Helena Garcia
Has anyone considered that Trump is not genuinely running for President? Maybe Clinton just needed a buffoon for hire in order to make her appear to be a reasonable candidate. I would not be surprised to find Trump working for the Clintons. Either way, no matter who secures the position, there will be no winners in this election. Every American citizen loses this time around. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.
Any elected official running for reelection who supported Donald Trump most certainly should lose. Trump has proposed "extreme vetting" for people immigrating to this country. I should think that those sycophantic supporters (make that mostly former supporters) of Donald Trump should have done a little "extreme vetting" of their own...almost everything that has come forward about this boorish lout is on the public stage, either in his ghost-written books or in the multitude of interviews and show out takes, leaked videos and vile comments directly from the horse's asses mouth. This goes for local elections as well as national down-ballot races.
There will be no change if incumbents who supported T.Rump are reelected. Throw the bums out.
Misty Plowright? Arn Menconni?
Steve Wood does great work by combining community engagement and art into fun and artistic projects!
To the editors of the Indy-
I am gathering that this publication is in support of HRC for president. I also see that nationally, the public is receiving the ultimatum of "vote HRC, or Trump may nuke the world".
I cannot vote HRC. I do not want Trump as president, and I recognize this crossroads.
HRC, objectively, is a war-hawk. The current situation in the Middle East ( notably Libya, Yemen and Syria) is directly attritubuted to the line of thinking to which she aligns and has promoted.
There are, literally, many millions of people in suffering we cannot empathize with. Millions without water, electricity, medical services- due to our unrelenting, and unconstitutional, bombing campaigns. We have provided over $100 billion in arms deals to Saudi Arabia since 2008, it is the only true Caliphate in the region. HRC is a direct supporter of this and we are likely to see continued escalation in the area with her presidency. Literally- millions of people dying and suffering- for selected economic interests of the plutocracy. We may as well be voting in one of the Dulles brothers.
Add to that the reality that the democratic primary process was fraudulent - it is very difficult- for me impossible - to morally justify a vote for HRC with the idea of her being any kind of good leader for our country.
As a progressive publication- respect the many voices of objectivity which do not have such an easy time acquiescing to the corruption of our supposed democracy, or the murder of millions in the Middle East which do us no good. We hope that our refusal to accept to such corruption- and our vocal admonition against it- serves to prevent it in the future. What are your thoughts?
Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents may or may not have believed in nukes, actually who did? However, pamphlets, flyers, radio broadcasts warned those people days in advance to evacuate those cities. The Japanese being proud of their culture of brutality toward other people under the rule of an Emperor and tyrant stayed put.
Tim LaFrance (all the way down in Durango) says Voting Libertarian is actually a vote for Trump?? Okay then I will vote as I had planned, LIbertarian. Only idiots and fools would vote democrat or republican. They have been in charge too long. So you believe Trump will really screw things up?? Good. That means for once in its history America and its citizens are going to have to get busy. First keep your Rights and second learn them. Third study The Constitution and restore government back to that concept, it worked and is still viable. Fourth turn off the TV, that is where your stupidity comes from. Better start getting to know your neighbors and trust them. If you cannot then it sucks to be you. Defend yourself, nobody else will.
A Trump presidency and its predicted disaster for us all is really the best thing one can hope for, unless you are, as I said an idiot, then again it sucks to be you as well. Hillary? Reallary?
Trump's a Chump- do you love it, do ya hate it, there it is the way you made it. Get out of your smug little world and say only what you know not the crap you think is true because stupid debates and campaign lies not to mention the Indy told you. Politicians, the media and your children all lie to you. I would never dream of doing that.
Jennifer St George Palmer - as the husband of a retired teacher I agree wholeheartedly that the conflicting messages are a bad visual...and that schools need more support economically. The bulk of anti-school rhetoric comes from people who don't understand the benefit of good education for ALL of our children because they don't have children. And don't pay any attention to Tannim, our resident snarker in chief - he only does that when he doesn't have anything deeper to say.
Larimore Nicholl: Spot on. I live in the proximity of an old processing facility that still pollutes our environment after being declared a Superfund site in '86. Lots of 'unexplained' maladies here. am not interested in nuclear power or nuclear weapons as solutions to anything human.
Gina: At one point I would have said it was over the top...but no longer. No way we let that orangutan near the Court or the nuclear codes. Speaking of the court, if folks would dig down into the reason for our backward slide economically under W, remember, he had two appointments to the Court - electing a Republican, whether he nominates Charlie Sheen or not, would keep the Court in its current 5 - 4 configuration. Similarly, keeping Congress in its current configuration would literally mean 'more of the same' - more sequesters, more shutdowns, more obstructionism. Hard to really blame any sitting president for the actions of a Congress that openly declared their opposition to anything that president proposed - like the Republican Congress did to President Obama. (Notice the use of the respectful term for our current president?). BTW, not that he would accept after the meat grinder he's just been through, my choice might include a former recently sitting President...chew on that one, all you regressive types!
Reasonable conclusion regarding state elections, John, but still missing the point as far as national election is concerned. I get the feeling that a part of that proposal should be reworded, but still support the right of unaffiliated voters to participate in the process. The key word in all of this is 'voters'. Let's try not to disenfranchise anyone.
BigJ - Got one right and one wrong. And Tannim was wrong about no one being entitled to a vote. He's still all hung up on the 2nd and 4th Amendments and has forgotten we ALL have the right to vote (unless we live in a state where those RIGHTS have been suppressed). Oh, and the shots aren't called from Shriever - that stuff happens over under Cheyenne Mountain - but we're still a pretty rich target.
And, lastly - Tannim: Gosh, you're so predictable it's silly. Still the snarky one. Grow up...although I agree that votes can't be stolen - at least without gerrymandering shenanigans or Russian hacking.
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