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Re: “Reader: Free speech is for everyone except Christians

Rev. Thomas Pedigo statement reflects his slanted view of a right wing nut construct. No one is "actively pursuing the elimination of Christian beliefs" while the groups you work are not working for all Christians.

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Posted by TruB on 05/18/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Reader: Free speech is for everyone except Christians

Of course, you can support this with specific examples, keeping in mind that free speech does not include:
*the right to someone else's platform
*the right to someone else's audience
*the right to a captive or cooperative audience
*the right to use government to push your beliefs
*the right to your own facts
*the right to not be criticized

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Posted by sidhe3141 on 05/18/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

Can you be arrested for burlesque? Yes, but it is highly unlikely and the charge wouldn't be prostitution. if a burlesque performer was arrested for a performance the charge would be along the lines of something to do with obscenity or public indecency.

The terminology 'sex work' and 'sex worker' was introduced to battle the pervasive stigma associated with prostitution and prostitutes. It was also thought to be a way of humanizing and legitimizing the trade and vocation. However, whoever coined that term wasn't thinking of how it might be misused or how it could derail important work by confusing the issues- which the above article demonstrates.

Now, years later- in some regions, particularly America, it has become a 'catch all' phrase. Basically anything to do with erotica and the exchange of money, whether sex is involved or not, whether the vocation is criminalized or not, can be described as 'sex work' in the eyes of many.

Some take the label as a show of solidarity. A nice gesture, but how does this add up in terms of activism, the fight for decriminalization and the movement seeking to establish access to human rights for people working in the criminalized sex trade?

I am an erotic service provider.

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

The term 'sex work' or 'sex worker' is very loosely used in the USA. Prostitute on the other hand- wouldn't encompass everything that 'sex worker' often has. Many in the adult services and performances arena use the term sex worker even though they aren't providing sex and aren't criminalized. Others don't want to use it for that reason. I personally prefer 'erotic service provider' a terminology coined by long time prostitute and human rights activist Maxine Doogan who founded the Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project as well as the Eroric Service Providers Union. It more accurately encompasses any and all vocations and services which span a spectrum in the adult industry. Burlesque could easily be considered an erotic service, but SEX work? I don't think so. Could you refer to a burlesque performer as a prostitute? I wager most would say NO. A burlesque performer is a burlesque performer. If the performer is also providing sexual services as a prostitute, that would be another vocation all together. A prostitute who also performs burlesque. Erotic service provider would cover it all even when they are taking it off.

LOVE to my sisters and brothers in the erotic services industry!

Support the case to decriminalize consensual erotic services: http://decrimnow.com

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Former Colorado Springs reporter named as finalist in prestigious contest

Hobbs shouldn't have trouble competing against young reporters at the Washington Post, as the Post no longer employs any reporters. All they have left are opinion piece writers and click-bait headline editors.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/18/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

very well written article! the poor poor persecuted religious freaks... these holier-than-thou fools want their tax exemption and also the ability to snub their self-righteous noses at the rest of us intelligent and patriotic tax payers

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Posted by happyfew on 05/18/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Obituary: 'Street Smarts' writer Bob Campbell

I just went to Bob's old home to tell him an article idea I had last month I could see he no longer lived there. In the past years we would bump into each other on trails and talk for long periods. Ironically, I only found out he died 15 minutes ago when looking at an old photo of a guy on Facebook I know who happened to be reading an independent from Oct. 26 and I could partially see this obituary on that photo in his lap. I've known Bob since he and his wife first came to Colorado Springs. My daughter played with his. My parents actually got to know his family first, often meeting with them in Manitou's Memorial Park so our children could play together. Soon, I got to know him better because Bob was the editor of the Cheyenne .Edition, a paper that I often contributed articles to as President of CMEA.. He was a good and reliable friend, humble about his academic background, always interested in the truth and in making his community and his town a better place. I will miss him.
-Jonathan Reilly

Posted by Jonathan on 05/18/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Stephany Rose Spaulding hopes to better represent Congressional District 5

I have known Stephany for a decade now as a fellow college instructor (Dr. Spaulding) and as a spiritual advisor (Rev. Spaulding). She brings it on ALL levels...whether getting our respective students together for Discussions groups on Race Relations (and other social issues), jointly organizing a social justice political rally, or in seeking prayer and healing in the local community reacting to crazy proposed legislation fit only for the rich and militaristic powerful few. I'm ALL IN when it comes to working with this amazing person of character and strength who is ready to represent ALL of us!
--Bruce McCluggage, PPCC philosophy instructor

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Posted by Bruce R McCluggage on 05/18/2017 at 6:17 AM

Re: “The future of science ain't what it used to be

TruB, we are not discussing an "abbreviation," but a scientific equation. You have compounded the error by substituting 'M' for 'm' (the symbol for mass) and 'C' for 'c' (the speed of light).

The formulation, "mc2," translates into "m times c times 2," whereas the equation is supposed to mean "m times c squared" or "m times c to the power of 2." In print this is indicated by the '2' being printed as a superscript. In this forum, where we do not have access to superscripts or subscripts, it is valid to use an in-line substitute, like 'c**2' or 'c^2' to indicate what you mean, but that does not apply to print.

No, that is not my only takeaway from the article. I just found it to be ironic and humorous.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/17/2017 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

I'm sure Jim Daly appreciates the easing of the Johnson Amendment as much as he appreciates the $2.3 M Focus on the Family received from the Koch Bros for their political arm. (Denver Post). So does this mean that Focus on the Family (a business) has the spiritual welfare and needs of the Koch Bros. come before the needs of their flock? Do all followers of Focus on the Family support the voter suppression laws that are advocated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (a Koch funded political group)? Does Focus on the Family support voter surpressuon through its political arm? Do you think Focus on the Family really believes in the teachings of Christ when they are a mouthpiece for the Koch Bros.? When Jim Daly advocates for a candidate or piece of legistion in the halls of government or ballot issue, is he avocating for this flock or the Koch Bros.? Will Focus on the Family allow opposition to their position (KB) to be spoken at the same time? How does a front group for the Koch Bros. qualify for tax exempt status? Questions that need to be answered.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Reader: Where's my protest paycheck?

I've noticed everything claimed by many conservatives actually applies to them.

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Posted by TruB on 05/17/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

This position appears to be a 'working' position. However, if among criteria considered for this job, a 'high coefficient of Schmooze' is top on the list - - then Mr. Routon is correct: Mrs. Clark would do.

Has thought been given to calling for a true administratively skilled person for this position and assigning the 'Schmooze' role to the Chamber which they do well and removing the EDC from their purview and forming a new EDC with those who can actually get the job done?

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Posted by Richard Wehner Fiscal Realist on 05/17/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Trying to fix the Front Range transportation problem by building a wider I-25 is like trying to fix obesity by putting on a larger pair of pants - if we don't address the problem of over reliance on a single, highly-inefficient mode of travel, then it doesn't really matter who leads the effort, it will be a temporary solution at best.

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Posted by David E on 05/17/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Reader: Representatives, support the people and our public lands

How much federally owned land is enough, and can there ever be such a thing as too much?

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Posted by John Howell on 05/17/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Reader: Feeding children is not a waste of money

How much nutrition is there in a school lunch that ends up in a dumpster because kids will not eat it?

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Posted by John Howell on 05/17/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “13 authoritarian jokes on America

You forgot a pack of goose-stepping authoritarian atheist Storm Troopers marching into the workplaces of American business owners and ORDERING them to violate their religious beliefs or suffer a jackboot on their neck. I have others if you'd like to read them.

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Posted by John Howell on 05/17/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “LGBTQ people change the burlesque landscape and find outlets for their identities

Just correcting my name... It's Viva Valezz! (not Valdez) - thanks so much for including me in this piece. Wonderful!
Though Mr. Valdez and I could be distant naked cousins! ;)

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Posted by Andrea Varela on 05/17/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Stephany Rose Spaulding hopes to better represent Congressional District 5

Heard her speak at a Teller County Democratic Meeting. She is articulate, intelligent (very), impassioned, educated, and inclusive. She will make an outstanding representative for our district! Vote for her!

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Posted by Rita Randolph on 05/17/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

This position requires one with strong administrative skills, not a narcissistic political gadfly.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 05/17/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

Sometimes it's frighting when people say things like he is a man of God but has never proved that his sons was raised back to life . He should go out of his way prove it happened. If he does not prove that one thing he is a feud and a lied about the whole thing. Does that then still make him a Man Of God .........I don't think it squares up with what Jesus said Let your yes mean yes . One lie leads to another you cannot trust a double minded man .

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Posted by Grame on 05/16/2017 at 12:57 PM

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