@debbie6487.... let me instruct you in creative use of hate; because my first amendment right to hate your stance with satire is every bit as valid as any so-called Christian’s first amendment right to hate:
^ (Rated S for sick, parental advisory) btw, I ‘hate’ people who proselytize, they're too often arrogant, judgemental, and come off as people too concerned with minding other peoples lives to pay attention to cleaning up their own act-
KS's "imprecatory prayers", HMMPH! Prey pray ... I will repeat, prey pray. Yeah, yup ... I am a non-believer, an atheist. A science guy. "Show me the damn evidence, Bro!" Mikey is our tip-o'-the-spear. I have dealt with the VA Chaplaincy mostly - ALL 10 of 'em are Xians in the very large VA Med Ctr in La Jolla, CA. They have a $1,000,000 yrly budget and the compensation alone ranges from $70,000 t0 $100,000 per annum. A very nice subsidy from govt to religion, AHEM! -- Xians. They have no productivity reports, keep no statistics that that FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) can tease out. We have NO IDEA just what the hell they do from a basic business sense? I conclude that just from what I have seen in that venue that the feedback I get about the xian proselytizing in the regular military service is every bit as true as what Mikey has lanced out. I TOTALLY SUPPORT Mikey in his work. FYI, it was the Rev. Billy Graham that - thru the weak spines of three POTUS's - managed to link PATRIOTISM WITH XIANITY. If patriot, then xian; if xian, then patriot. If not ... NOT xian, then (maybe not or) 1/2 way patriot. Sad. Shameful.
Deb – I am on the Advisory Board for Mikey and I don’t like being called one of his “personality-disordered mouth-breathing zealots.” You obviously have no clue concerning the workings of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), so let me educate you. Mikey is the face and founder of MRFF but there is also the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters of which 75% of us are Christians. Ninety six percent of our soldier clients are Christians which makes us the greatest defenders of Christians in our military. Mikey doesn’t act on his own but on the complaints he receives from soldiers who are harmed by the blatant trampling of our Constitution and military law concerning religious neutrality in the military. Every complaint is vetted before taking it on. If Mikey “has no real voice or seat at the table” then why was he invited to appear before the House Armed Services Committee on religious accommodations? As far as effecting change, they are too numerous to post here. In 2012 Mikey was listed as one of the “100 Most Influential People in US Defense.” Mikey is credited by Defense News as having “driven real change in religious policy throughout the military.” Mikey and MRFF has been nominated 7 times in 6 years (including this year) for the Nobel Peace Prize. Your comment here is reminiscent of the hate mail we receive from arrogant, judgmental Christians. Klingenschmitt is a liar as proven by the government.
What is so hard to understand? Military personnel cannot proselytize for or against ANY religion, though they can believe ANYTHING privately that they choose. The USA stands as a secular nation. It and its several arms of national power cannot advocate for or against against ANY religion. The people and groups Mikey spends the bulk of his time resisting want the USA and its military to advance their version of Christianity. Whose version? No doubt your god differs wildly from my same-named deity.
"I'll fight for our country, but not for your god."
I have seen many dozens of death threats to Mikey Weinstein and his family. Several of these abhorrent messages wish violent, painful mutilation of Weinstein and the rape of his wife, Bonnie. Nearly all are strongly anti-Semitic.
An omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God does not need nor seek such vile and undercutting support.
Every time a hater of the Weinsteins sends such a message she or he commits a sin by violating the second Commandment. Exodus 20:7.
In my opinion, Klingenschmitt's public calls for imprecatory prayers against the Weinsteins foster these mentally unstable elements of society.
Many in El Paso County hate Mikey Weinstein, enough so to elect a pronounced fellow hater of Weinstein. I pray that they spend some introspective time examining what is in their hearts.
Ad hominem attacks are useful, deb. Thanks. What I don't understand is how a conservative, military-influenced district in this City, decides to vote in a zealot that was court-martialed and cashiered for failure to follow a direct verbal order; for failing to support and defend the Constitution that he had sworn to defend. Then he files suit to gain retirement benefits that he did not earn. Those are facts. He's dismissed for a "lack of career potential," but that means he can represent a full district in the State Legislature. The same people that claim that some politicians on the left do not support our military or our Constitution vote FOR someone who was found guilty of exactly that--now that's some inexplicable hypocrisy to me. You may not like Mikey, you might not like the words he uses, and you may choose to take the easy route of calling him names instead of addressing his key point, BUT he's never been court-martialed and fired from the military and, in fact, almost his entire family has served honorably, all avoiding court-martial.
I was at Univ Village again today; that place is really hopping and more stores are being built even now. If this place isn't a success then I don't know what it takes to be a success or how any URA place can be considered a success. I love UV - if that is what failure looks like, I like it, I love it, gimme more of it.
"It's too early to call any current urban renewal districts a failure"... however--speaking of University Village on Nevada:
1. Will the improvement be successful enough to pay back the bonds in a timely manner? Answer. No. Already the URA has defaulted on the bonds and are now seeking legal help to figure out what steps to take next.
2. Will the district use generate enough TIF to pay back the bonds and interest to construct the public improvement? Answer. See #1
3. Will the proposed use outlast the lifetime of the urban renewal district of 25 years? Is the state of the land after 25 years better than it was prior to urban renewal? Answer: Maybe. Or will we find ourselves with another South Academy or other neglected area as developers jump from spot to spot and the next best thing comes along? Ivywild is an example of good urban renewal. Calling a field urban blight is quite another.
4. What are the hidden costs of the improvement? If it is infrastructure, what are the maintenance costs during the Urban Renewal timeline? What will the costs be to the city after the 25 years are up? In reference to the stadium, hidden is a key word in every aspect--from surveys, to feasibility studies, to the actual costs, etc. The anticipated timeline of 30-50 years for the stadium just to pay for it will have the city going directly from building into remodeling/refurbishing. Whether you are for or against the stadium, it will affect citizens and taxpayers of this city and so we should get a vote on it.
Weinstein is nothing but an attention whore who keeps trying to get attention for himself (via the strawman of his cause) DESPITE THE FACT that he knows he has no real voice or seat at the table, and no way to ever effect real change, due to acting like a maniac all the time. He has some good points, but he comes across as being completely and utterly crazypants, every time he opens his mouth or sits down at his computer. And the worst part is, he has a bunch of personality-disordered mouth-breathing zealots who follow him around - in person, and on the Internet - doing EXACTLY what he accuses others of doing: harassing and tearing apart anyone who dares to disagree with Mikey. He should address his own hate speech and that of his followers before calling out others.
Interesting point- in about 2060 National Geographic predicted that most people will be mix-race and the Whites will be the minority race. Hope you enjoy living in that society GK. LMAO!!!
If you want to pay for a stadium , move to Detroit
When I was a teenager there were wells for water in the mountains west of Walsenburg, Colorado that had enough gas to burn on top of the water if you lit a match to the water--fracking was unheard of then--there was gas in the water. It was a while back, I am 78 years young!
"Convention Center Follies" by Heywood Sanders is an interesting read as one weighs the pros and cons of the downtown stadium/event center and/or the potential for financial viability.
If, as the elected officials are stating, there will be no public monies spent to fund the stadium portion of the project without a vote - - and with the anticipated defeat of 1B having come true, what should be the next step? And will two funding issues on a ballot scare voters who often balk at just one measure? Do you have thoughts to share?
I will be applying for this position and my application will be in this week. Encourage the Council and everyone associated with this process to be transparent. All questions and answers need to be submitted, not only to City Hall and the Council, but to the Gazette, Independent and Business Journal. Nothing less.
As a Vietnam decorated combat helicopter and later as a master aviator/instructor, I would give high altitude training by the simple expedient of power restriction. Of course, having a real high altitude place nearby is good, but dangerous, and noisy for anyone within miles. Give them one place,
and that is it. The rest with power restriction and simulators for training, along with a good ground school course on the elements and dangers of high altitude operations. The general course I taught was also for airplanes.
Why would you be expecting more? This is just a scenario, that, we as cab drivers, experience on a daily basis. We never know what happens to a person after the police take them away. We are left with a decision to either continue to work or to go home and try again the next day.
The US almost always has 1ppm fluoride or less in tap water. No studies show any problem at that level.
Most of you against fluoride probably drink some type of alcohol. Alcohol is a toxin, though with small doses can be beneficial.
Why are many people scared of a little fluoride in water. Maybe they trust peoples opinions more than scientific studies or have never even looked into the subject. I can't understand their thought that dentists are ignorant sheep of whoever.
I read some posts until I seen Jared say "....impose heinously deceitful evil....". That sounds like a phrase Elisabeth Hasselbeck from fox news or Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC would use for even minor issues. Both are at the extremes of their political parties and both often sound insane to me.
I'm a common sense man that would rather have facts than take someones word for issues on health. I mostly trust my medical specialists(including most dentists) because they keep up with the latest and most reputable studies in their field.
Tax Increment Financing has been proven to be financially detremental to cities and have not brought the rewards as predicted. It also goes to reason that with the city's very low tax rate (i.e. the city's take of property taxes on a $246K house is approximately $85/yr.), enough money wouldn't be generated to pay help pay for the issued bonds.
California outlawed TIFs becuase cities were getting into deeper financial straights. Maybe this is something the Colorado state legislature can take a look at to prevent cities from taking on more debt than they can realistically handle.
Staci6: You were doing great until you threw in the red herring about pension-retirement funding. It's simply not an issue. All "rank and file" city employees are covered under one of two STATE retirement plans: PERA (Public Employees) or FPPA (Fire and Police). The city does NOT "fund" these plans, the state does. The city and the employees make contributions to the appropriate STATE fund, and the rest is managed at the state level. Every participant in the state (employer and employee) puts the same amount into the plans. Although there are some variations, no one puts in less than the minimum. In fact FPPA members (employees) recently voted to increase their contribution (NOT the city's contribution) over the next 8 years.
It gets kind of old hearing that the employees doing the real work in this (or any city) are responsible for any budget problem, especially when those complaints are based on erroneous information.
Stoked it's back open. Such damn good food.
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