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Re: “AFA coaches must provide "appropriate disclaimer" on Twitter accounts

I was going to post a comment on this 'non-fix' to the problem [is that by intent?], but find I cannot improve on 'birdmanblue's' excellent comment! Attaboy Birdmanblue!!

Posted by Rael Nidess on 12/10/2016 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Calling all city candidates

Colorado Springs is desperately in need of a fresh and brand new City Council .....

Throughout the weeks and months following Council's 6 to 3 vote in favor of the Broadmoor Land Swap, public opinion has held that representation of the citizens of Colorado Springs was sorely lacking on that issue, and that other considerations strongly influenced the final vote. The April 2017 election will give every voting citizen of Colorado Springs a golden opportunity to make his and her vote count as never before. We can, and must, support and elect responsive, unencumbered, and above all impeccably honest council persons to hold office in Colorado Springs. (It would also help if they can read and correctly interpret the results of polling). This upcoming election holds enormous promise for a city which has been ruled for far too long by forces which jerk the strings of our elected officials like behind-the-scene puppeteers.

April 2017 could be, at long last, the election which proves that the people of Colorado Springs are not as blindly accepting of falsehood, misdirection, and political shenanigans as our present office holders think us to be.

A current councilperson might say to us, "Why punish me for just that one vote when I've done a lot of good with my other votes during my time in office?" Because that vote mattered, Mr. Councilperson. Because it set a horrible precedent which will haunt future generations in Colorado Springs, quite possibly forever.

And most important of all, because it did not accurately reflect the will of the people. It wasn't even close.

Posted by doonya on 12/10/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “AFA coaches must provide "appropriate disclaimer" on Twitter accounts

This really makes no sense at all (the Academy position). Requiring that employees and military at the Academy only have a disclaimer that their views aren't (officially) those of the Academy and are privately held, while the individual posting those comments uses USAFA imagery/branding and is widely known to be a leader at the Academy (e.g., coach, faculty member, AOC, Superintendent, etc) is ludicrous. Would that mean that the colonel could have her own twitter feed, re-tweeting quotes from the KKK (or ISIS/Daech), but by saying "these are my own views and shouldn't be associated with USAFA" that makes it all okay? USAFA leadership could/should apply a simple rule: If it would seem reasonable and prudent for the Superintendent, Commandant, Dean, or Athletic Director to tweet it or post it on their personal Facebook page, then it's okay for the coach to do the same.

Posts by a 3-star on their devotion to a specific religion or rejection of religion--backed by USAFA signage, even with a disclaimer--would be a clear violation of AFI1-1, so why isn't the same true for a football coach or English professor? (Ref: https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2…)

Once again, this is REALLY EASY to fix, Coach Lebotzke: Get two twitter accounts. Use one as a coach and representative of USAFA. Call it "Coach Lebotzke." Get another twitter account (they're free) and call that one "Steed The Evangelizing Dominionist Christian." Use the former to talk about USAFA and football. Use the latter to spread your sky-fairy beliefs. Do NOT cross-tweet between the two. Do NOT allow your recruits or cadets to know about or follow you on the latter. MANY people do this. It's not hard. It's even legal and prudent.

However, since the Academy is NOT providing this type of clear guidance and separation (that would give Steed the ability to practice his religious fervor without issue), I can onl conclude that they APPROVE of his using the twitter feed to spread his religious views while simultaneously doing his job--and that's very, very wrong.

(BTW - the views expressed above are mine only and do not officially represent AF or USAFA policy--except for AFI1-1, which IS Air Force Policy.)

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 12/10/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “AFA coaches must provide "appropriate disclaimer" on Twitter accounts

Weinstein should be ignored!

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Posted by Marinilot on 12/10/2016 at 7:11 AM

Re: “AFA coaches must provide "appropriate disclaimer" on Twitter accounts

More weasel-wording from the academy of team jeezus ! Does their supply of bullshit never run out ?

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Posted by Lee Seligman on 12/09/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Trump's pick for Interior no friend of America's parks, nonprofits say

That's what the people wanted; that's what they're going to get. They obviously wanted a loose-lipped insane man with no filter who is a sexual predator; dirty air and water, more earthquakes, control over women's bodies, continued wage inequality for women, more hate crimes, divisiveness, lower wages, and more money for Drumpf; never mind those pesky conflicts of interest.He has a "work around" for all nasty business.God forbid he SERVE the people and not serve HIMSELF! The list just goes on and on, and his Cabinet picks prove his ineptness. Where's all that "diversity"? All I see are a bunch of white Generals, who know nothing but WAR, and how to wage it. That's NOT real life.

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Posted by mbomcar on 12/09/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Don't expect a fly-over today

Well, the Wright 'Flyer' also had two tails.

Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/09/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Don't expect a fly-over today

Oppps! My bad. Tomcat

Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/09/2016 at 1:04 PM

Re: “UPDATE: AFA coach's tweets spur demand for investigation

BirdManBlue speaks for me !

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Posted by Lee Seligman on 12/09/2016 at 10:32 AM

Re: “UPDATE: AFA coach's tweets spur demand for investigation

Not ALL of the military has a "long History of ethical and spiritual loyalty to God." I have a personally long history (over 25 years) of loyalty to support and defend the Constitution of the United States--that's the oath I took. When I've faced "America's enemies" (and yes, I've been 'shot at' more than once), I didn't look for religious reinforcement, I depended on my training, education, and the professionalism of those around me. Instinct? Yes, based on my training and education. Emotions? No. I completely agree with you that Freedom of Religion is a cornerstone of both--but having/practicing religious belief is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for honorable service, and IMPOSING one's religious views on subordinates or judging someone based upon their religious views (vs their actions to complete the mission) is completely counter to the principles upon which this nation was founded.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 12/09/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “UPDATE: AFA coach's tweets spur demand for investigation

Military has a long History of ethical and spiritual loyalty to God, no other choice, when
you face America's Enemies you look for guidance and strength in your soul to endure
and survive the conflict !

Christians follow the Ten Commandments, others follow instinct, emotions or personal
gain.

Freedom of Religion a cornerstone of Military Service, Ditto Citizenship !

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Posted by frank1946 on 12/09/2016 at 4:22 AM

Re: “Don't expect a fly-over today

It's TF/A-18. Navy bird.

Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/08/2016 at 9:20 PM

Re: “UPDATE: AFA coach's tweets spur demand for investigation

this is my opinion. This coach is a member of what I call Christian supremacists, those who believe the Christian demand that adherents must convert others. In service to that demand they will lie (these tweets are examples of lies, they knowingly attempt to circumvent separation of church and state), hatred (so many to hate, muslims, those who seek abortions, atheists, on and on, in service to their god), murder and war. For those who believe in satan, these Christian supremacists are an example of satan in action, they seek dominion over this nation, and their actions are purely those of a satan. There appears to be a severe infection in our military, and it must end if this nation is to stay on the path to freedom.

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Posted by Jim Slark on 12/08/2016 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Don't expect a fly-over today

Actually, that looks like the twin-tail version of the F16 with the lower airscoop removed! The ones subcontracted to the firm in St. Louis by the firm in Fort Worth. The carrier version, no less! :--}}

Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/07/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Don't expect a fly-over today

Pam,

Just a small criticism: if you are going to talk about a flyover (or non-flyover) of F-16s, then the picture of a jet should be an F-16

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Posted by Scott Hente on 12/07/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “UPATE: Did dinosaurs and humans co-exist? Flier at USAFA says yes.

I find it amazing that Mikey Weinstein and his group spends so much effort and time in attacking any vestige of Christian thought in relation to the military. Why is it so important to dampen the belief of many service people of faith? Christians do not attack the stand of athiests. I look forward to the new Administration coming in
..probably actually fight the harassing efforts of Weinstein.

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Posted by Neil Heater on 12/06/2016 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The United [super-sized] Soccer League

Still saying it.

The article was a biased article that did not shed any light as to the situation. Instead of an accurate dissection of the NASL's flaws and missteps, the author simply cherry picked some stats and attendance figures and then proceeded to made a series of apples to rutabagas comparisons that had nothing to do with the true weaknesses in the NASL's front offices and mistakes in their approach, i.e. attempting to gain Division 1 status through the courts instead of concentrating on improving their infrastructure.

And the USL remains, in large part, a reserve league for MLS. The waivers that the USSF would have to grant to the league to give it, and many of it's individual teams, Division 2 status (ownership's financial worth, suitable stadiums, etc.) are many. Simply because the NASL ultimately folded due to it's internal mistakes does not make the USL a legitimate Division 2 league, and the lack competition to MLS (for the USL will provide none) will only ultimately hinder the development of a higher level of soccer in this country and delay the day that MLS becomes a league equal in stature to the big 5 leagues in Europe.

The old Appalachian saying goes "Even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while." The article was the rootings of said pig (figuratively typing, of course). Yeah, the NASL folded. But the article he wrote had absolutely no insight as to why it did so. And it certainly didn't make a case for the USL getting Division 2 status.

Posted by Scott Anthony Kerssen on 12/06/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “The United [super-sized] Soccer League

I'm sorry, Scott, you were saying...?

http://sbisoccer.com/2016/12/report-cosmos…

Posted by Melchett on 12/06/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

For protecting parks - and utilities, it might be prudent to closely examine those candidates for city council endorsed by Colorado Springs Forward.

http://gazette.com/upcoming-colorado-sprin…

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/06/2016 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

This whole land swap nightmare has to be fixed. The City has conducted a flawed public comment process, and withheld all kinds of important facts in the matter from the public. The good news is that the truth has a way of never dying. The City is not a sovereign entity, and cannot just do as it pleases. My personal demands for the City to disclose all information about the land swap and the Incline will never go away. Unless the City becomes honest and accountable in this matter, they will bring unwanted legal problems upon themselves. John Suthers led us to believe that as a former prosecutor he would clean up the culture that had developed in our City government, he is making a big mistake in doing the opposite. I manage a Facebook page named COS Land Swap that discusses the problems I am referring to.

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Posted by Carl Strow on 12/05/2016 at 8:07 PM

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