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Re: “Reader: We have a Russian agent for president

Ironically, Trump is now accusing Russia of intervening in the 2018 elections on behalf of Democrats. It seems like every day craziness is elevated to new heights.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/29/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Garden of the Gods frame to be removed

Not sure that the frame isnt a not-so-subtle revelation of how we perceive nature, how we've relegated nature to no more than a pretty picture or a source of revenue.
Then again, the ambiguity of this frame somehow provokes thoughts beyond its existential presence...how our views are constrained, managed by others, encouraged to disregard the big picture that can be seen simply by stepping back, or around.
It would be interesting to watch how individuals spontaneously respond upon encountering its unexpected presence, and what those responses could tell us about us.
After all, if the purpose of art is to stimulate a reaction, then, as we see, this is a pretty successful "work of art".
That said, I havent found any indication that any aesthetic considerations were put into the frame, or it's placement. Just as in nature, however, some art is unintentional.
I am reluctant to condemn such. I think I'll visit the FAC and look at some frames.

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Posted by asawatcher on 12/16/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Reader: Progressives want to steal America as we know it

Odin;
Your insult notwithstanding, I would NOT be charged with a crime if I smashed an AK-47 or some Bushmaster xm15 model. The Constitution protects the rights of individuals, NOT the rights of inanimate objects.
I agree that keeping and bearing arms IS protected, BUT, there is NO provision in the Constitution protecting some imaginary right to manufacture a SPECIFIC kind of weapon, and there are laws currently regulating and/or banning the importation of any number of manufactured products. If Im not mistaken, there are laws on the books now concerning gun running. And banning the transfer of ownership of semi-automatic weapons in no way violates the owners right to keep a legally owned semi-automatic weapon or to bear it in some manner.
Youre going to have to come up with something better than an insult to justify the seemingly unlimited proliferation of semi-automatic weaponry.

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Posted by asawatcher on 11/18/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Reader: Progressives want to steal America as we know it

Odin;
There is NO protection for firearms themselves. There IS protection for the INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms.
But Jasmine would be correct were she to point out that there is no protection in the Second Amendment for the manufacture of SEMI-AUTOMATIC weapons, or the importation of such, or the transfer of SEMI-AUTOMATIC weaponry.
It would be no violation of Second Amendment rights if we were to BAN the manufacture, importation, and the transferring of ownership of ALL automatic and semi-automatic weapons.

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Posted by asawatcher on 11/16/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Reader: Prayers and concealed guns won't change a thing

Mikeb45 lists the liberal, Democrats that were mass killers, so I just took one name at random:
I had forgotten the name of the shooter at Virginia Tech, so I decided to check out Seung-Hui Chos political affiliations.
Hmmm, seems Seung-Hui Cho was a Korean national, NOT even a US citizen. It is quite doubtful, then, that he was ever registered to vote, much less as a Democrat in Virginia, which doesnt even record party affiliation on voter registrations; yet, Mikeb45 makes the claim that he was a registered Democrat.
Im wondering how many more on Mikeb45's list of evil mass killers were in no way motivated by partisan considerations or would pass muster as a Liberal or a Socialist or a left-winger, much less a Democrat.
For example:
Nidal Hasan, Ft Hood Shooter was NOT a registered Democrat.
James Holmes was neither a registered Democrat nor any of the other attributes Mikeb45 claims of him.
And I dont think Harris and Klebold celebrated Hitler's birthday the way they did because their parents were "progressive leftists".
Mass shooters are alienated individuals, not individuals who felt they were a part of a political organization, much less a political ideology that generally opposes unregulated access to the unlimited proliferation of weaponry which enabled their actions.

Posted by asawatcher on 11/16/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Local Democratic leadership tries to rekindle a fraught relationship with organized labor

This is an important issue with important consequences.
There are very basic principles that Democrats should restore to the Party Platform when it comes to unions, and the American worker.

1...A commitment to the aspiration that the first to profit from the creation of wealth is the worker whose labor creates that wealth.
2...A commitment to the right of workers to organize their workplace and to negotiate the conditions of their employment.
3...A commitment to protect and advance the best interests of the American worker.

The Democrats' commitment to those basic principles has eroded, and that erosion, along with largely successful Republican efforts to destroy labor unions, has resulted in general social dissatisfaction, materializing in large Occupy Wall Street protests, demonstrations for increasing the minimum wage, a feeling of great resentment for the widening income disparity, and other unintended consequences, one of which is, ironically, the ascension of Donald Trump.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/30/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Salida Arts Festival speaks to Salida's status as a solid artistic community

Last year's show was wonderful. Looking forward to this year's.

Posted by asawatcher on 07/20/2017 at 9:58 AM

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