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Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Mr. Publish, you remind me of the man whom Oscar Wilde described as knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. No one is going broke funding the MRFF. On the other hand, I cannot be sure the same thing can be said of the American Family Association, because aging zealots have a tendency to go broke trying to buy reserved seats in heaven.

A closer analysis of your untenable "logic" will expose your two-faced argument in all of its glorious hypocrisy. When you give to a charity like Cancer Research, for example, you might get outraged at the CEO's salary because the cause is worthy and you want more of your dollars going to actual research than salaries and administration. Similarly, when you criticize Mr. Weinstein's salary you must be advocating that the MRFF spend more of its funds fighting the military for religious freedom because it is a worthy cause!

Is that really your position? Or are you just pretending in the vain hope it will dissuade anyone from contributing to an effective organization fighting for a worthy cause, of which you happen to heartily disapprove?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/12/2014 at 3:59 AM

Re: “De-treeing city parks, the Maketa saga, PERA, and more

You're barkin' up the wrong tree, Bob Campbell. Grew up in New Mexico and Colorado and I know what can be done in landscaping with natives and those that mimic them. I also have the greatest respect for the foresters of the city and their expertise.

Dutch and Siberian Elms have been seen as a problem since the Fifties because of their tendency toward disease, their prolific seedlings and the difficulty of rooting them out. It is my understanding that most cities, if not all, are attempting to eliminate them from urban forests.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 07/11/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Mikey may be a good person honorable but the word, NON in PROFIT should rule your organization. And as I said before unless YOU too are on the dole, a salary that is almost 50% of income is ridiculous! A fool and his money are soon parted - can't wait to see you turned into a believer.

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Posted by Publisherpikespeakregionlivingmagazine on 07/11/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “De-treeing city parks, the Maketa saga, PERA, and more

Sorry nature is so untidy and inconsiderate to you and your yard. We’re talking here about nature and nature PRESERVES, not manicured, tidy, Better Homes and Gardens centerfolds. My point and my question remains the same: 1) there are NO trees native to this immediate area (other than scrub oak and pines in the hills), and 2) why must park trees be native? Your lawn (not to mention the grassy expanses at Memorial Park, Bear Creek Park, etc.), your rose bushes, marigolds, and tomatoes are NOT native to this area. The huge, beautiful trees magnificently overarching the streets in my west side neighborhood are NOT native to the area. Forestry’s million dollar mission to rid the parks of non-native trees – what Forestry personnel have termed “trash trees” in conversations I’ve had with them – has transformed what used to be large swaths of green, summer shade, and autumn color into a barren expanse of weeds, stumps, and inch-deep wood chips. Don’t take my word for it – go there personally, look around, see for yourself and draw your own conclusion based on what you see. The entire south half of Sondermann is now an ugly, brown, weedy expanse. Unlike you, I DO have a problem with that. Unlike you, I would NOT be happy to see elms "banned" (is this an arboreal immigration problem?). And there has been no “replanting,” by the way – and even had there been, it would take a good decade or two for replanted trees to mature into anything remotely approximating their stately predecessors. But hey – at least now we don’t have those pesky, nuisance, non-native, “trashy” elms using up valuable air, sunshine, and soil. A million taxpayer dollars well spent? The park is now better off?

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Posted by Bob Campbell on 07/11/2014 at 8:01 AM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Mark Twain once said it is better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool, than to open it up and remove all doubt. Mr. Publish is an excellent example.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/11/2014 at 1:34 AM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

You know the famous comment about a fool and his money are soon parted? That certainly applies to those who belong to the MRFF.

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Posted by Publisherpikespeakregionlivingmagazine on 07/10/2014 at 11:28 PM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

'Amen' works fine for me, Mr. K.... In addition to being an MRFF supporter and donor, I'm also an active and devout Christian....

.....which I know messes up the dismissive narrative advanced by some that MRFF is an anti-Christian organization. But whaddya know, it turns out that one can serve God AND respect the US Constitution at the very same time.

Thanks for your comments, I agree completely that this sort of attack suggests an inability to debate effectively the actual issues.

Peace, Mike

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Posted by Mike Challman on 07/10/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Hearing Motor City echoes

Spot on analysis Hazlehurst but the Republicans will dutifully vote for Doug Lamborn who's answer to economic growth is another brigade at Fort Carson.

When the military industrial budget cuts decimate our local faux economy...will the last business leaving the Springs turn off Martin Drake.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 07/10/2014 at 5:56 AM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Bravo, Mr. Challman!--or should I say amen?

We can be sure that Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF have been effective in the struggle for religious freedom when his opponents give up on trying to debate the First Amendment issues and resort to attacking the man--particularly when they use selective information, specious logic, and innuendo as their ammunition.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/09/2014 at 10:20 PM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Re: Helen Sabin's letter......

I’m a USAFA graduate (’85) and veteran who supports MRFF. The kerfuffle stirred up by Stephen Losey’s recent article is unfortunate, because the issue is a red herring at best and an unfair hatchet job at worst.

Unlike some organizations, MRFF’s does not collect donations and use that money for financial support of some constituency. There are groups that do that – two that spring to mind are the Wounded Warrior Project and the Fisher House Foundation (where both CEO’s earn more than MRFF’s CEO, I believe). That is not the model or mission under which MRFF operates. Donors to MRFF understand that we support the expenses and viability of the organization, including Mikey Weinstein’s salary. There is no subterfuge. No misrepresentation. No broken promise.

Mr. Losey’s selective use of Charity Navigator’s guidance is also troubling. Beyond general advice about expense ratios and board structure, CN also cautions: “Consider the performance of the charity in relation to the CEO's pay. If you come across a charity whose CEO pay is higher than other similar charities, don't immediately dismiss that charity's request for funding.” (2013 Charity CEO Compensation Study). By any measure, Mikey has been enormously successful as a leading voice in the fight to ensure all military members fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they are entitled under the First Amendment.

As a corporate executive, I appreciate the links between skill sets, job requirements and salary. Mikey is appropriately compensated for his talents and for the tremendous job requirements that he shoulders. He brings to his role vast experience and capability as an attorney and former JAG, attributes that would be valued (and appropriately compensated) by many organizations.

Mikey is one of the most honorable and genuine men I know. It’s important to note that, despite misspeaking in the Losey interview, Mikey actually does not vote on his own salary. He is worth every cent of his compensation, and I know my donations are a solid investment in an important cause.

Mike Challman

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Posted by Mike Challman on 07/09/2014 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Save up for a better boyfriend

Mr. Smith, how about the "sweet man" who pretends to care about women, but actually only wants to advertise his predatory loan service for free.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/09/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Local pot pioneer wants out, Springs cannabis comic fest debuts and more

OOPS, Before we started Cannabis Therapeutics, it was, from the HEART, about patient care. WE gathered Colorado's BEST doctors, Lawyers, Caregivers, and Patients for Development of a Compassionate Care based reasonable access offering to patients.

What we have seen in years subsequent is: Perversion, Pollution, Distortion, Over-Regulation, and Greed Driven solutions, none of which Benefit REAL patients or their cause~~ alternatives for non-synthetic prescription narcotic drugs!!

Although, I walked away from Michael Lee's operation numerous years ago, I Totally Agree with him that monetary interests in the 'Wild West' of politics, have been allowed to FEED long a d HARD in the 'lil piggie' troughs of GREED, so sad, really.

Here is Just a Glimpse at the MADNESS, currently a part of the Rocky Mountain Cannabis Landscape:

A New Day Today, But NO Response from DPA? Oh, ART WAY did change the identity of his posting to Anonymous, SO MANY, that IS his response. His original posting tone, sounded like he WAS speaking as head of the organization.......apparently NOT!

Drug Policy Alliance Blog 'HEATS UP'!
http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/lessons-lea…

My Comment:
While I thank you for the opportunity to Dialogue, Art Way, I am from the reality of the fact that you have literally had Zero Interest in engaging with patient-based interests, for numerous years. Nope, Sensible Colorado doesn't count, as, first off, they are NOT about patient's interests and issues at all, having proved that in recent years, but, historically, lending a deaf ear to those individual patients in legal trouble with comments like, "your case doesn't really fit the scope of our practice", or other such nonsense, as numerous NORML Lawyers have been known to do in the past.
So, here you are, separating Industry issues from patient issues, all the While feeding your own organizations money troth with New Cannabis Industry Monies, all the while, refusing to allow patients the opportunity to be able to afford hundreds of dollars of 'reduced rate' options to attend your conferences, AND Have their interests and voices heard.

So, line 'em up, Sensible Sucks, Norml Sucks, NCIA Sucks, ASA SUCKS, as shown by the "Coloradans for Safe Access" caregiver steering fiasco that pulled them OUT of the Rocky Mountain State Completely, and others. Oops, Sensible did help One highly publicized politically charged patient case or two, one patient 'helped' compared to how many hundred thousand patients now. Right, fund raising IS important! It can help Fund a new East Coast Cannabis Law Practice, after all, aye? Another proud association you've maintained over how many years?

You've listened to Them ALL, Art Way, except you have NEVER listened to the whole host of Important Patient Issues, but, it is now time to MAN UP?

I have about the same, or similar, level of the lack of RESPECT I have for Soros 'Bought & Paid For' Intern Womanizer Rob Kampia of the Other Dastardly Organization, MPP Marijuana Policy Project. Since the numerous lawsuits for inappropriate sexual office activities, Kampia was RUN out of Washington, D.C., Only to Come Here to a new Denver lifestyle of respect for women and the Importance of a new industry development to Glob on to, you think? Come on, Art Way, how often do you two get together for a real patient-centric dialogue? NOT.

Instead, let me tell you from the outside, it IS ALL about the MONEY! Have you asked, EVER, of your constituents, legislative contacts, and Lobbyists, alike, to dialogue about the continual perpetuation of Five Plus Felonies on the books in Colorado still, involving marijuana that Robert Chase speaks so tirelessly about? DRUG POLICY, nawh. Cricket chirping, or, might you come back with the Old Tired Line about 'Baby Steps' that was overused by Tvert and Company for years, as you stood in the Background for support?

REALITY TIME, since this is getting old, the NEW news is, Let me spell it M-O-N-S-A-N-T-O influences. What say you about the current industry state of affairs with your friends at River Rock Wellness? And, let's digress to the idea of 'Shake' cannabis with No Buds in Connecticut, for, what nurse Eileen calls "pharmaceutical standards" to insure batch consistence, huh?

Do "I" NEED to Challenge you to a Large Public Forum DEBATE, so we can see just how distorted by GREED and MONEY INFLUENCES your DPA philosophies have gone?
Surely, you can't be against a dialogue of Transparency to identify exactly where DPA is at with these concerns~~ GMO MARIJUANA, etc.

We can Do it at a venue some night like Quixotes, so people can come out for Charity. Not like Denver Relief's non-existent Light Bulb donation to Boulder Flood Victim kind of 'Charity', but split up amongst legitimate non-profits like the Phoenix Tears Foundation, to help Kill Cancer with Cannabis, ok? What have you got to lose at this juncture, caught in bed with the Corporate Slugs, or can YOU Rise Above, in a Legitimate DRUG POLICY DEBATE! Industry, Government, and Science VS. individual Patient Interests, Alternative Naturopathic Therapies, and Home-Based Medicine.

Ground up Shake or Pharmaceutical Standards, YOU Decide?

https://m.facebook.com/GroundCloud/posts/6…
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Something Disturbing to me about that Headline in Last Night's WESTWORD Post!

"Cannabis leaders of the future: Murphy Murri" --
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2014/…

NEVER HEARD of HER!
Especially weird Since I have a Long Well Known Statewide History with Medical Cannabis, second facility in the State Cannabis Therapeutics, etc. Knew Both Rev. Jeremy and Jenny Kush, but don't recall her, sorry.
Is She Another Media Darling the Corporate Paid Off THUGS of the current traditional media want to showcase? With so many State Licensed business interests, is she like River Rock's Wellness, and, obviously intertwined 'hidden' financial interests with Big Money MONSANTO type interests using figureheads?
Today's Facebook Posting Tells More Hints of What is to cone when REAL REPORTERS Start Covering REAL STORIES, like WHO Owns these Dispensaries, EXACTLY? Will it take future Legislative Hearings to finally Bring out the Truths of 'Big Business' Infiltration of the Colorado "New Cannabis Industry". The same gang of Thugs currently traveling across the USA staking Claims.

Fuckin' Journalism, Sheesh!!
DIG DIG DIG

Today's Facebook Posting
Colorado Rare Dankness Seed Announces NO LONGER working with River Rock Wellness
This evening's Facebook Posting from
RareDankness Seed
Effective immediately Rare Dankness seed will no longer be working with River Rock Wellness or any of its affiliates.
We at a Rare Dankness hold no animosity to the owners/employees or patients of RRW. I believe, that at this time, our companies philosophies and goals are headed on opposite paths.
My goal and hope has always been freedom for this plant. I want to see Cannabis legalized, decriminalized, and just allowed to exist as any other plant exists. Free from oppression, and available to everyone. I'm a grower and my commitment will always be to the grower.
I realized that in order to maintain our course and commitment to this plant will require RD to take fuller control of all aspects of production.
From seed to harvest, breeding and mother facilities and curing time on flowers. It has become an obsession to bring back herb that has been grown to perfection and taken a step beyond perfection with a proper cure and handled with love and respect.
We are now in the process of finalizing the new Rare Dankness Colorado home, which we are very excited about. We will make that announcement in the next few weeks.

MY COMMENT:
I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND your Reasoning!! I Mean, if River Rock wouldn't have hired a 40 year Monsanto Exec
was also sued for $700 Million for dumping PCB's, as a Savvy Business Person, I would Want to Dis-Associate, also!
http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/wash…
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Colorado: RIVER ROCK Dispensary Officially tied to MONSANTO
http://marketfy.com/content/46121-intervie…
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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbi…
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The C.D.P.H.E. Dr. Wolk Opening Remark for the Upcoming
"MMJ for Medical Professionals Conference" includes speaker list with River Rock's "CAREGIVER" Tony Verzura​​ talking about patient treatment "PLANS"!

Been there, the Veteran Security and their lil PTSD dog are Overbearing, first. Sensitivity with PATIENTS, even when he is two foot Bigger than you~~ Professionalism & NO FEAR. Shake for $99. an Ounce is there apparent idea of a "Treatment Plan".
River Rock Wellness Treatment Plan=Fiction It Doesn't Exist people, Sheesh!
My alleged BudTender, identified himself as a New 'Trimmer' employee was, Basically, unknowledgeable of the 40 per cent of Therapies available for sale in coolers, mini-frigs, racks, and multiple complicated displays. Marys Medicinals Sticks in back wall jar, no price, AND, if I wasn't personally familiar with the product or the offering, I would be Clueless and Lost, just like my "Budtender" or "Patient Therapy Professional" or "Patient Treatment Plan Facilitator" or whatever Else, the 1% er "Children of Monsanto" have come up with here! Marijuana for Medical Professionals
effort and Conference
http://mmjfordoctors.com/faculty-speakers/
STATEWIDE PATIENT FORCES, OCCUPY Volunteers,& ANONYMOUS Volunteers,& OUR 'WE THE PEOPLE' Supporters,
I IMAGINE, will SOON BE ASKED ENMASS TO PUBLICLY PROTEST THESE Behind the scenes activities.
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More About the MONSANTO RIVER ROCK GROW EMPIRE, Where GMO POT GROWS?
http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/4/19/56186…

Posted by Timothy Tipton on 07/09/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Save up for a better boyfriend

I don’t think that you have to use men but women must be cleverer. I know so many women who helped their boyfriends or who took cash advance loan no faxing on this site: http://www.cashadvanceloanstore.com/ for paying debts of their men. It seems to me that men often use women and I wasn’t to advise you not to take any loans if this man is not your husband. Be careful with different sweet men who promise you everything what you want.

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Posted by Brian Smith on 07/09/2014 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Budget cuts hit Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station

So, you didn't get to see the lake(s)? I mention Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Strike Three, my post-apocalyptic novel, and I am curious...

Posted by Joy V. Smith on 07/08/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “I.D. please

When I turned 21, I had already been legally allowed to drink for 3 years as at that time you could drink beer and wine at age 18. Plus the age for drinking on post was 18. Additionally, when I was 20 I was assigned overseas where there basically was no age limit off post. And finally, we had been allowed to drink in our house at age 15. So no, it was no big deal. Would I go back and do it again? Hell yeah! I was young, single traveling the world and doing and seeing thing most of my peers will never do in their entire life.

Posted by Dave H on 07/08/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Stakes high for November

Mr. Murray, I always enjoy your contributions because they are factual, informed, and to the point. The tale of the turtle and the scorpion is an African folk tale, and what the scorpion says before drowning is, "I stung you because it is my nature." In other words, the scorpion could not help himself. Even though he did not want to drown, even though he intended to keep his promise, he could not help himself, because it is in his nature to sting.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/08/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Stakes high for November

John- this reminds me of the old story about the turtle and the scorpion trying to cross the river. Why should I 'trust' you asked the turtle. Because we would both drown said the scorpion. Halfway across, the scorpion stings the turtle and as they are both drowning, the turtle asks why the scorpion did it. Because, I am a scorpion! "Prize steers begin as pets, HOWEVER it is the public who will end up at the slaughterhouse if he is elected!" As you have pointed out, special interests are trying to finish taking control of our local and national politics. "Why should I trust you asked the public. His answer-Because, we would both drown." And, we will! In partisan rhetoric, bickering and paying back favors. It's not the promise, but the delivery. Service after the sale. Either he can be part of the solution, with solutions, or he is already part of the problem and will continue this path. Buyer Beware!

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 07/08/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Slice of Life

Just wanted to clarify that the ordinance does not allow 2 goats per resident but 2 goats per RESIDENCE. Female goats or neutered males under 100 lbs at maturity are now legal within city limits unless your HOA prohibits it. If you own goats then you can only have a total of 4 licensed pets on your property so if you have 3 dogs and a cat you can't legally own goats too. If you do not have goats then the total is 8 licensed pets per property. Chickens don't count in that total since they aren't licensed in Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Monycka Snowbird on 07/08/2014 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Hill Climb, Initiative #75, birth control, and more

"Spencer Penrose is probably rolling over in his grave." Was this deceased Penrose fellow a driver in past Hillclimbs? Open wheel, stock car...? Did he own that hospital too?

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 07/05/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “The Hill Climb, Initiative #75, birth control, and more

Publish, the oil on the beaches of New York did not ooze up from under the sand. That was the residue of years of industrial waste pumped into the Hudson River to be washed into the ocean. Are you aware that once upon a time there were fish in New York Harbor?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/04/2014 at 12:43 PM

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