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Re: “Local lawmakers split over Comey testimony

Congressman Doug Lamborn issued the following fake news after former FBI Director James Comey delivered:

The Lamborn alternative facts:
"... The former Director refused, under multiple avenues of questioning, to state that the President impeded or obstructed any investigations. I hope that we can now move on from the political theatrics of this hearing and return the focus to the important policy work being done to improve the lives of the American people."

The facts:
He refused, even under attack by Republican lawmakers asking multiple versions of the same question, to state that the President impeded or obstructed any investigations, IN AN OPEN, PUBLIC, FORUM. He deferred answering in public because it is an on-going investigation and the information is classified.

Yes, they are investigating your hero, and yes, we can now move on, to the criminal investigation. And no, not everyone is so distracted that we haven't noticed you passed deregulation of financial corps., giving them a license to steal while simultaneously defunding their oversight.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/09/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Commissioner Littleton proposing planning for the worst

Ham radio, while a quaint and reliable 'old school' communication method, could not possibly meet the requirements of communicating to a population that is cell phone and television oriented. In fact it would have the effect of channeling information through voice relay, the least reliable form of communication (remember the telephone game?).
The existing reverse 911 voice, data and text system with support from local cell service providers, who already have emergency power generation for their systems is a more robust solution, and youre most of the way, if not all the way there already. A solar flare or similar electromagnetic radiation incident with the energy to knock out the electrical grid is going to impact all RF communications for days or weeks anyway.
Blizzards are rare and may cause problems, but only for two, maybe three days, especially here, where the climate will sublimate the problem away in short order, and we are not as vulnerable to coal delivery delays as we once were. The infrastructure already exists and emergency management already has the tools to implement a communication plan which I am sure a city and county of this size must have. If there are still comms. issues, and there were many identified during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest wildfires, they should be addressed, but a 1950s civil defense plan is not the answer. Finally, the last thing the county needs to do is hire another gofer to Interface, liaise, analyze, or study some ill-defined non-existent problem.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/08/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Actually Maeve, the reason they weren't prosecuted and executed for treason was logistics. It simply wasn't possible to put them all on trial. Lincoln was criticized for this failure and because there was no accounting made at trial for people like Lee and Jefferson, and other Confederate leaders, later generations started to laud them as heroic. Gen. George Thomas predicted in 1868: "The crime of treason might be covered with a counterfeit varnish of patriotism, so that the precipitators of the rebellion might go down in history hand-in-hand with the defenders of the union."
Battle flags do not make soldiers brave, and losing a war doesn't make you a winner, and false equivalence doesn't change historical fact.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/03/2017 at 12:10 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

So, how much did we pay which consultant to calculate future population growth?

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/01/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Diana, you can't possibly be for real. No one is really that ignorant about US history. My grandfather's cousin, Brigadier General John R. Jones, was commander of Stonewall Jacksons 2nd brigade. He made no apologies for his views on slavery and advocated the violent overthrow of the evil United States to his students at his military school in Maryland. They were traitors, to this country, to the constitution, and to the cause of the revolution. They should have had their lands confiscated, their money taken, and been put to forced labor to repair the damage they caused, because they were the losers of that war, and they surrendered unconditionally. But Lincoln didn't see that as helpful in getting the country back on its feet and allowed the "South" to rebuild and become economically viable again. That they decided to build monuments to their losing cause and glorifying a symbol of enslavement was their attempt to rewrite history. It might make you angry that there are those who see removal of these monuments as a step in the direction of healing the divisions that still exist in this country.
I had 25 ancestors fighting for the Union and 16 for the confederacy. The survivors helped each other to heal, becoming founders and builders of churches and helping to rebuild the farms and plantations of middle Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. THAT is the history of the war.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/01/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Reader: Another civics lesson, via Obama-era politics

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Jeffrey, now please allow me to retort...


1) Meddling, self-absorbed liberals ponder how they can get the government to intervene on their behalf to force others to fund initiatives and benefits they feel they're "entitled" to.

R- By definition, liberals are not self-absorbed. Personally, I would just like to see billionaires and corporations pay the same percentage of income tax that I do. We wouldnt be having these arguments about national debt or who is going to pay for what.

2) Although they can't explain where/why/how the government has been granted the authority to force the citizenry to purchase a private good and/or commodity under penalty of law, they nevertheless continue under the auspices of "helping others," while claiming health-care is a "right."

R- No one is forced to buy government health insurance via the individual mandate, but individuals are strongly incentivized to have the minimum essential health coverage to avoid a penalty. In the past, emergency rooms were filled with the poor and uninsured and their bills were paid with taxpayers money. Now that money subsidizes their insurance and the costs are spread across a greater size insurance pool. Just like auto insurance, a well-established precedent, you have to buy automobile insurance for your pickup truck, dont you? This is to protect your financial investment in your vehicle, your house, and your bank account when you crash your truck while driving to Walmart.

3) They decide to intrude upon the lives and individual choices of the populace by demanding mandatory, not voluntary, participation in the scheme.

R- See 2) above, and if people had a choice whether to insure their vehicles, many would not, either too self-confident or too poor. When they run their $250 72 Oldsmobuick into your new $50,000 dually, you could sue them, if youd like to pay a lawyer for nothing, which is what you would collect, $0. I bet you wouldnt like that one bit.

4) Their "leader" (cough) makes utterly ridiculous statements like you can keep your policy and/or doctor and that the measure will save families $2,500 annually just so he can create a "legacy" as part of his of social engineering.

R- Their leader was your leader, unless you are an illegal immigrant, well, are you? Can you prove it? Where are your papers?

5) Those insufficiently intelligent/nuanced to recognize such obvious falsehoods soak up the suggestions unquestioningly.

R- Or those insufficiently educated to recognize their arguments use only worn out rhetorical devices and attacks ad hominem, its old stuff, amateurish and crude, like a playground taunt.

6) Dem legislators support the measure many without actually reading it as part of their partisan subservience to party, not principle or consequences.

R- Wow. That sounds familiar, kind of like the ACA repeal that was voted on more than 50 times, no substance, no chance of passing the senate, or your leaders desk, just an exercise in wasting time and taxpayer money.

7) Architects rely on the support of the "stupid" for continued support.

R- You must be talking about Trump voters. Your sentence is also redundant sentence.

8) The measure is passed along completely partisan lines, thus underscoring how inherently flawed it is.

R- see 6). Dj vu all over again. Youre repeating yourself. Out of rhetorical devices?.

9) Predictably, the rollout is a disaster, key aspects are delayed or never implemented, policies are cancelled, premiums skyrocket and insurers leave the exchanges.

R- You predicted that? Probably not. But I can predict what will happen if the AHCA passes as it currently reads, no more Republican majority in congress.

10) Regressives trot out manufactured outrage and faux-indignation that the tire-fire is imploding and is finally repealed replaced by an only slightly less odious meadow muffin.

R- You didnt bring a single cogent argument to the table, just a lot of name calling, provocation, and useless bluster. But in the interest of fairness, here are some supporting arguments from your fellow Republicans:

You know, I think maybe its easier to run on these platitudes, run on a platform like this, said Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., when asked by local radio station if Republicans ran on repeal simply to get elected or re-elected.

Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., promised that if elected he would repeal, defund, delay, and dismantle Obamacare. He recently conceded, in an interview with Delaware County Daily Times, that previous repeal efforts were a sham.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told reporters last Friday that the dozens of repeal votes were cast in the past without any plan for viable legislation. Sometimes youre playing fantasy football and sometimes youre in the real game, Barton told Talking Points Memo. We knew the president, if we could get a repeal bill to his desk, would almost certainly veto it. This time we knew if it got to the presidents desk it would be signed.

Paul Ryan said We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do, adding that his party wasnt prepared to be the governing party.

The assault on ACA was an exercise in cynical politics, and an outright repeal was never on the table. The arguments for repealing it lack substance, kind of like your spitting angry 10 step program.

R. Jones

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Posted by rangesaf on 05/28/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Reader: The Academy Chapel is a beloved national monument, you crazies

It is a beautiful chapel, an architectural achievement that should be preserved for future generations. That being said, it should also be reconstructed to better reflect the religious makeup of the cadets. Perhaps the main chapel should be catholic now, or Mormon, or perhaps a place of reflection for atheists and agnostics, and let the Protestants and Jewish and Catholics subdivide the basement. The chapel has, unfortunately, become a monument to intolerance and division and I'm quite sure any attempt to make it reflect acceptance and recognition of others religious beliefs would meet with harsh resistance.

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Posted by rangesaf on 05/15/2017 at 11:50 PM

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