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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

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Is Doug Bruce using the name Skycastle on this board? Doug, is that you? Sure sounds like you!

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 04/13/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Bill, I respect people like you who support the Constitution. I'm with you here - I've been a strident supporter of the Constitution for decades. I believe in original intent - which is how our Founding Fathers' wrote and understood the Constitution. Unfortunately, most supreme court justices no longer support original intent. They prefer to re-interpret the Constitution whenever it suits them, even when their interpretation is opposite what our Founders intended. That's federal lawlessness and judicial anarchy, and we're living under it. It's become so bad that today we have a federal government which routinely violates the Constitution, while claiming to uphold it. And since most Americans have such a poor understanding of the Constitution, it's easy for the government to violate it with little outcry from citizens. If people don't understand it, how can they defend it? This is the problem I always have with online discussions people who lack even a basic understanding of the Constitution (especially in regard to limited federal power) - yet have strong opinions about it.

You wrote: Why put your trust in them? How about because SCOTUS is a co-equal branch of the government created by the Founding Fathers in the CONSTITUTION.
Yes, SCOTUS is part of the federal government, but our Founders NEVER told us to put our trust in government not any branch. Do you understand this? Instead, they urged us to remain vigilant and keep government under control. That's why Benjamin Franklin is famous for saying that they had given us a republic if we can keep it. Because it's up to us the people to protect our Constitution and our rights. We can't just hand our brains over to government, assuming that govt. must be right. That way lies tyranny, for an ignorant and complacent people are easy to control and manipulate.

You wrote: you think your opinion is right and SCOTUS is wrong. You got that backwards. Really Bill? Why? 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? Obviously, a law degree doesn't guarantee proper understanding. That's why it's so important for people to be able to think for themselves. If we can't freedom will die. An ignorant population will be unable to protect itself from federal abuse of the Constitution, and their rights will be continually trampled until freedom is dead. That's what's happening today. People who can't think for themselves are called sheep, and they need a shepherd government to guide them in all things and protect them from themselves.

You wrote: Your eagerness to dismiss SCOTUS reveals your contempt for everything in the Constitution that doesn't make you happy. It's not a buffet where you can pick and choose. It's the CONSTITUTION, and you don't get to reject SCOTUS and then say you're just following the Constitution.

So Bill, do you see where you're wrong here? You're confusing SCOTUS with the Constitution, and the two are very different. Our allegiance should be to the Constitution itself not to a group of people who mangle it continually with their idiotic interpretations which aren't even based on original intent. SCOTUS treats the Constitution like a buffet I don't. Here's an article I wrote about this issue, so please read it:

http://gazette.com/guest-column-constituti…

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Posted by Skycastle on 04/13/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Mr. K, does your opinion on an issue change when the supreme court disagrees with you? What about when they disagree with themselves? That happens often, and this proves that a law degree doesn't guarantee proper understanding. If it did, then the SCOTUS justices would always agree with each other. BTW, that's rare.

As for Undermining the judiciary, all Americans have a right to disagree with all branches of government when we think they're wrong. Are you under the impression that presidents, congressmen, and supreme court justices are always right? Do you hand your brain over to them to think for you? It's sad that you refuse to think for yourself. That makes you a sheep. And of course, sheep need a shepherd. Government will gladly lead and control you all your life. Dumb people make their lives easy, because they're too befuddled to disagree.

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Posted by Skycastle on 04/13/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

What is so depressing about CS is not so much the Right Winger nuts here all over... because we expect them to do as they do. But it is the supposed opposition to them that is even worse dealing with since they're such milquetoast Right Centrist Democrats.

'You could feel the instant anticipation, almost palpable, after the results came in April 4 for the 2017 Colorado Springs city election.'

Jesus. The instant boredom of people like Routon, Weiss (Indy publisher), and Skorman is that there is actually no 'palpable' change ahead in anything here locally. These folk are also MIC lovers, too. Sick.

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Posted by Tony Logan on 04/12/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “FoodMaven could do more harm than good in the fight against food waste

Worth noting Food Maven does not/will not/cannot sell direct to the public. They supply restaurants, who are facing increases in food costs without ability to raise prices do to market thresholds, schools, institutional food service, and other places that food costs at a large scale is an issue.

They also give a TON (or should I say tons?) of food to local food kitchens, food banks, and other nonprofits who feed those who are going hungry on a daily basis. In Southern Colorado I heard a number around 25,000 people each week don't get to eat 3 meals a day or even every day.

Food Maven is taking food from places like Safeway, King Sooper's, etc... who'd normally let the food go to waste and in some cases literally throw away perfectly good food. They are then selling it to our local restaurants at a killer price that can help them get the margins they need to stay in business.

I don't see this hurting Mike's business. I will always go to a local burger joint for my local burger, and if a model like Food Maven allows a place like say McCabe's get it's buns & fries cheaper for my burger so they can make a profit and still afford to offer a premium product like Callicrate beef well so be it.

Posted by Jon Severson on 04/12/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

Nice wish list. All cost money.
Nothing about creating jobs and expanding revenues?

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/12/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Hi Stacy! That's really great and detailed reporting. I'd love to write like that. So I can understand the whole deal.
I guess part of my issue is getting the channels I want and such but yes- those bundle and THOSE CONTRACTS!

But I do get it and it's a tough argument though it sounds like you went the way of the Antenna more so. Nothing wrong with that. I like what you wrote as I feel about the same.

Me- I live my Netflix, Amazon Prime (it makes sense for me as I order so much online), etc.

Thank you kindly for a great comment. I really enjoyed it and I like hearing from other corners. That's pricey on the electric. I wonder if it's not something I could help with? Either wayI thank you for your input as I am sure others di. You are speaking at a level that I do normally.

Do reach out to me if you have some area that perhaps I can give an educated opinion on. Kinda been there, done that- ya know? Take care!
brian@techpertise.com

Posted by Techpertise on 04/11/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Did the cut the cable thing in 2008. Lived in Woodland Park. Got a broadband antenna installed from Peak Internet for $30 a month, streamed Netflix, Hulu and Cracker very well but occaisional buffering. Went to OEM parts and bought two Winegard antannae. Pointed one at Denver and one at Colorado Springs. Used R6 coaxial from Balun to receivers with Radio Shack signal booster (110 volt). In 2008 we were getting 58 stations. Mind you some were double i.e. two ABC,NBC,CBS stations, but some Indys like ION, MyTV and CW had a lot of good old shows.It was very functional. Now back in the Springs and I just don't feel the need to set that up again. Got Xfinity in three rooms and 256 internet for 130 a month. Sounds pricey until you realize that my electric bill went from $300 to $140 between Woodland Park and the Springs. My electric bill savings payes for my cable/internet with a couple bucks left over. Black Hills Energy sucks and you guys should be grateful for Colorado Springs Utilities, I know I am.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 04/11/2017 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Finding cheap internet is not easy

Hi Friend, in regards to the C Springs Council- with the latest ballot measure passing it actually could help us out. I agree that it's sad the control the monopolies have.
It's why we ALL PAY TOO MUCH. I am right with you.
Thanks!

Oh thanks to Gene also. I would have added that into my article but space it tight believe it or not. That's very useful!

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Posted by Techpertise on 04/11/2017 at 1:22 PM

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