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Re: “Hamilton Electors now eying Supreme Court case

Ideally, 7 of the 9 electoral votes would be based on the winner of each respective congressional district that they represent. The remaining 2 electoral votes would either be split proportionally or based on a vote by the state legislature. This is because electoral college votes are allocated on the number of representatives/congressional districts we have plus 2 for senate seats.

If done this way, Clinton would have received 4 of the 7, Trump would have received 3 of the 7, since Clinton carried 4 of the districts and Trump carried 3, and if the remaining 2 were assigned proportionally, Clinton and Trump would have split them. Therefore Clinton would have received 5 and Trump would have received 4 votes in total from Colorado.

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Posted by Dvalin on 04/18/2018 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Reader: There are plenty of things we're not permitted to own already

There are many thing people mistakenly think we are not allowed to own. Here are some and their legality under federal law.

Hollow point bullets: Perfectly legal and highly advisable in many instances

Teflon coated bullets: No prohibition on bullets with Teflon or any other coating. A particular bullet, the KTW, which was designed by and for police, was banned and it happened to have a Teflon coating, but it was banned because of its internal construction, not the coating.

Sawed-off shotguns: Also known as Short Barreled Shotguns, these can still be owned, but require some extra paperwork. It is illegal to make your own without the appropriate paperwork.

Short barreled rifles: Same situation as Short Barreled Shotguns.

Firearms larger than .50 caliber: These can be owned, but in some cases are considered Destructive Devices and may require some extra paperwork. Exceptions include shotguns (almost all shotguns aside from the diminutive .410 are larger than .50 cal) and black powder or muzzle loaders. Also certain large, dangerous game rifles (ex. .577 Nitro Express, .585 Nyati, .600 NE, and .700 NE) are not considered DDs.

Machine guns: This includes true machine guns, true assault rifles, sub-machine guns, etc. all of which will fire multiple shots per trigger pull. These are perfectly legal to own, but are expensive and require extra paperwork. They are limited to those made and registered by 1986. Note that the civilian semi-auto AR-15 is NOT a machine gun and NOT an assault rifle.

Cannon: Muzzle loading cannon are perfectly legal. Breech loading cannon (functional) are considered DDs and require extra paperwork -- de-mil'd (not functional) are perfectly legal.

Gatling gun: As long as these are completely manual, they are perfectly legal unless larger than .50 cal when other restrictions may kick in.

Some additional areas of mistakes include age requirements. Under federal and Colorado law:

Must be 18 to purchase a long gun (rifle or shotgun) from a dealer and must be 21 to purchase a handgun from a dealer.

No age limit for possession of a long gun or to receive one in a private transfer, must be 18 to possess a handgun or to receive one in a private transfer.

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Posted by Dvalin on 04/17/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Reader: There are plenty of things we're not permitted to own already

The civilian semi-auto AR-15 is an much "war tech" as a bolt action rifle. Semi-auto rifles have been sold for hunting and recreation for over a century. And among rifles, the standard chambering for the AR-15 is one of the least powerful among centerfire rifles. You want to blow someone's leg off, the AR-15 is not a great choice; however your average deer hunting rifle is much more likely to.

With well over 10 million AR (the AR stands for Armalite, the orginal designer of the rifle) platform rifles in circulation, if these rifles really were a problem, we would see a heck of a lot more of them being used in homicides. Instead, we see that rifles of any kind (semi-autos, ARs, bolt-actions, break actions, etc.)are used in about as many homicides as shotguns and in fewer homicides than either knives, blunt objects, and even less than are committed by unarmed attackers.

The fanatical obsession by the gun controllers in focusing on the AR platform is insanity at is best and even if they succeed in banning them, the impact on homicides will be so insignificant as to be almost unnoticable.

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Posted by Dvalin on 04/16/2018 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The Nextdoor app shows neighborhood issues are pretty universal

Next Door sounded great when I signed up for it. And there some good posts from some neighbors, though generally it was not very useful. But the level of advertising and spam on it was just too much, so I dumped it.

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Posted by Dvalin on 04/16/2018 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Cog Railway closure could impact recreation on Pikes Peak

Many visitors to Pikes Peak take the Cog because they are concerned about the drive, either from a vehicle reliability aspect, heath/altitude issues, or just nervousness because of the steep drop-offs.

Many of those people will no longer visit Pikes Peak without the option of the Cog. And the Cog is an atraction in and of itself. It also brings a fair amount of business to Manitou Springs (though it also brings parking problems).

Those who do decide to drive up will no doubt increase the coffers of Colorado Springs, who owns the Toll Road and the Summit House (not sure who owns the gift shops at Glen Cove or Crystal Reservoir), however, the increased road traffic and limited parking at the summit will undoubtedly be a concern.

Add in the transportation concerns you mention: Hikers have long relied on it as a way back down after going up Barr Trail, its use to shuttle supplies to Barr Camp, it is how many from El Paso County Search and Rescue and Pikes Peak ARES get in position to support the Ascent and Marathon, etc.

Granted, the Cog is old and keeping it running is expensive. And the Broadmoor, who owns the Cog, is a for profit business that has to look at its bottom line. But the Cog is a regional, even state, treasure. Shutting it down permanently would not be a good thing.

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Posted by Dvalin on 03/17/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Sessions to open door for marijuana crackdown

All true, Odin.

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Posted by Dvalin on 01/07/2018 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Why real news is so important

UCanSeeClearlyNow is kind of correct. However, this is nothing new, as Dave H points out.

The fact that many idealistic reporters and journalists had a hard time accepting is that their job isn't so much about telling the truth or even telling their story in a fair and balanced manner. Their job is about selling, be it selling papers or selling air time. Their job is to get viewers, listeners, and readers. To bring people in. Because without viewership, they get no advertising, and that is where they make their money -- how much they can charge for advertising.

And the fact is that fair, truthful, balanced stories rarely sell very well. Sensational stories sell, and biased, less than 100% factual stories sell. And yes, biased news is fake news IMHO a well, especially when it is deliberately biased.

Trying to explain this to many reporters and journalists will not garner you any friends as many of them refuse to come to grips with the truth. Many will flat out deny it, refusing to face the facts. Their job is to sell advertising space.

While the First Amendment is extremely important, the fact is that the media has long abused their power. No right is unlimited. No right is without restrictions. No action is without consequences. Yet the media tries to demand exactly that, to the point that it is nearly impossible to hold them accountable for their actions when they lie, omit, spin, twist, etc. even if they destroy people's lives in the process. The media gets away with it time and time again. It is long past time that they be exposed for their bias, lies, omissions, and sensationalism, and be held accountable, even legally accountable, when they knowingly distort the truth.

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Posted by Dvalin on 01/01/2018 at 10:49 PM

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