Churchill's attorney, David Lane, asked why it was necessary for the regents to allow review of all Churchill's writings."Where do you guys get off looking at every word he has ever written when the only thing he wrote that upset you was the 9/11 essay?" Lane asked.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers unveiled a slate of dramatic education proposals Monday with the goal of bolstering Colorado's school-reform credentials enough to win a $1 billion prize.Only about 10 states will be selected to win what Sen. Chris Romer called "the golden ticket," an approximately $500 million grant from the federal government's new Race to the Top program that will go to the states making the biggest strides in education reform. Romer and other lawmakers said private foundations are expected to match the federal prize, leading to a one-time windfall that has the potential to remake the Colorado education landscape."There's too much money at stake to stand still," said Romer, D-Denver.
The front page of today’s Denver Post includes this article from the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON — American authorities are planning a broad new campaign to choke off the prime source of financing for terrorists in Afghanistan, sending in dozens of federal drug-enforcement agents to disrupt the country's massive opium trade and the money that streams to the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Neither police nor military force can overcome market force. The only way to take away drug profits from the terrorists is by competition. Take away the price premium created by the black market, and the illegal profits dry up. Legalize the drugs and allow legitimate markets.
Phillip Morris and Anhueser-Busch sell legal drugs, and the profit does not go to terrorists.
The only argument against legalizing other drugs is that drugs are bad and it is unpalatable to legalize them. Granted.
But how unpalatable is terrorism? Ignoring the cost/benefit analysis does not make the cost go away. The cost of the “War on Drugs” includes terrorist funding.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Republicans deserve the ridicule. The Democrats deserve our disdain. Reject the two party duopoly. Join the Libertarian Party.
the Electoral College system gives more of the country a voice in selecting the president, even though its detractors say it gives small states a disproportionately large role. Even the smallest states get three electoral votes.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The front page description of the longer article says
Colo. jobless stunner03/28/2009 12:23 AM MDTThe rate jumps to 7.2%, the steepest in decades. But the mark triggers more federal benefits. New state unemployment figures, the highest in more than 20 years, triggered a 13-week extension in federal unemployment benefits.(Emphasis added).
The writer, like many others, seems to think it is good that additional federal benefits are now available to address the unemployment situation in Colorado.
It is not. The feds got that money from the people that are now unemployed. They took it via federal income tax and, payroll deductions and other taxes.
If the feds had not taken all of that money from the then productive but now unemployed, the unemployed would not need their own money given back to them.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The drug war is another example of how the two-party duopoly looks to the state to solve all of society's problems, real and imagined.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"Considering the trillions being spent on bailouts for failing companies, the $6 billion that would be spent on this program over five years is a wise investment in the infrastructure and fabric of our country."In other words, since we have wasted trillions of dollars on socializing failed businesses, what's another $6 billion gonna hurt?
"At this moment of economic crisis, when so many people are in need of help and so much needs to be done, this could not be more urgent. It is up to every one of us to do his or her small part to make the world a better place.”
“Civil society works because it’s everything that government is not – it’s small, it’s personal, it’s responsive, it’s accountable. Civil society must be protected from anything that makes it more like government."
"The devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government"
It is invigorating to hear the truth, even from Europe.
Hannan could be giving this speech in the U.S. by substituting "Obama" for "Brown."
Let freedom ring.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"Are you sitting here asking this jury to give you money?" his attorney, David Lane asked.
"No," Churchill answered.
"What are you asking for?" Lane asked.
"I want my job and I want restitution and acknowledgment that the entire process to remove me from the university was fraudulent," Churchill said.
So, he does NOT want money, but he wants restitution? It's the same thing, Ward.
In his Complaint against the University of Colorado, he specifically asks for "Damages in an amount to be proven at trial, prejudgment and postjudgment interest, attorneys' fees . . . and costs."
That's all money, Ward.
Apparently Ward's understanding of the English language is as good as his scholarship.
CU's attorney should remind the jury that Ward said he didn't want any money.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Hi everyone I just listened in to the House Judiciary Committee where Rep Rice asked and the committee unanimously voted to kill HB 1238 with the understanding that he would be introducing a new bill.
Rep Rice said he would be willing to meet with opponents but he recognized that it wasn’t likely that there would be consensus and he anticipated that his new bill would also be controversial.
Rep Rice indicated that one of his primary reasons for sponsoring HB 1238 was to bring more forfeitures back to state court, rather than having federal forfeitures. His comment was that the reforms in 2002 made it virtually impossible to do state forfeitures so law enforcement are forced to go to federal court where there are fewer due process protections for property owners.
I don’t think that Rep Rice is aware of the state law that restricts state/local law enforcement from seeking federal forfeiture unless the property owner is convicted in federal criminal court and that current practice by law enforcement may actually violate state law.
I’ve only briefly reviewed the new bill but it would, among many other things, lower the burden of proof back down to a preponderance of evidence (rather than the current “clear and convincing” standard; and allow law enforcement agencies (including DAs) to directly receive the majority of proceeds for their agency use.
Thank you for all your help.
It’s really important that we continue to stay involved.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
From our friends at CCJRC: Send emails and phone calls as soon as you read this alert. Stop this horrendous, statist legislation.
CCJRC ACTION ALERT
It is possible to kill this bill. Your calls and emails are making a difference. If you haven’t had a chance to call legislators, please do so before 1:30 p.m. March 23rd.
Right now would be an excellent time to do it.
So far we have heard from the following members of the House Judiciary Committee that they OPPOSE HB 1238. If you contact them, please thank them for their opposition and their commitment to preserving due process and property rights.
Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), chairman – 303-866-2578, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dennis Apuan (D-El Paso), 303-866-3069, email@example.com
Rep. Bob Gardner (R-El Paso), 303-866-2191, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Joe Miklosi (D-Denver), 303-866-2910, email@example.com
Rep. Sal Pace (D-Pueblo), 303-866-2968, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mark Waller (R-El Paso), 303-866-5525, email@example.com
We do not yet know the positions of the following members of the House Judiciary Committee. If you contact them, please urge them to OPPOSE HB 1238.
Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), vice-chairman – 303-866-2959, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Steve King (R-Delta), 303-866-3068, email@example.com
Rep. Ellen Roberts (R-Archuleta), 303-866-2914, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Su Ryden (D-Arapahoe), 303-866-2942, email@example.com
As always, thank you for all you do.
Action Alert – Oppose HB 1238 (civil forfeiture)
Please forward this action alert to any of your friends and family that value due process and property rights. The Colorado Springs Gazette published an editorial in opposition to HB 1238. To read it, click here: http://t.ymlp77.com/qhaxauwhavahmjakaemyj/click.php
HB 1238 is opposed by a diverse, bi-partisan coalition including:
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Independence Institute, ACLU, Colorado Union of Taxpayers, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, The Center for Justice, Peace & Environment, SAFER Colorado, Pendulum Foundation, Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Metro Community Church of the Rockies, Drug Policy Alliance, Colorado Libertarian Party, Empowerment Program, Alexandria Temple, National Lawyer’s Guild-Colorado, Law Offices of Phil Cherner, Sensible Colorado, Colorado CURE, Cynergetics Institute, Kilmer, Lane and Newman, Youth Transformation, Charities House Ministries, Montview Presbyterian-Peace & Justice Taskforce,
What is “civil forfeiture”
Civil forfeiture is used by law enforcement to seize personal property (real estate, cash, jewelry, etc.) they believe was used during the commission of a criminal offense or is proceeds from criminal activity. When property is seized, prosecutors then file a civil forfeiture action against the property and, if the prosecution prevails, the property owner loses all right, title and interest in the property.
Current forfeiture law requires that:
· In most cases, a person must be convicted of a criminal offense before their property (cash, real estate, cars, etc.) can be forfeited for being involved in or proceeds of criminal activity.
· Law enforcement and prosecutors are not allowed to directly keep proceeds from forfeitures but are reimbursed for actual expenses related to the seizure and forfeiture. Once lienholders, innocent co-owners and victims are compensated, any remaining balance is divided 50% to fund substance abuse treatment at the local level and 50% to the county commissioners/city council (depending on whether police or sheriff did the seizure) to fund “public safety”.
· Law enforcement is required to submit an annual forfeiture report to Dept of Local Affairs.
These changes came about pursuant to the passage of HB 02-1404 in the 2002 legislative session. HB 02-1404 was sponsored by (then) Representative Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) and (then) Senator
WHAT HB 09-1238 WOULD DO:
1. Erodes reasonable protections for property owners by
a. repealing the requirement that someone be convicted of a criminal offense before their property can be forfeited. (in a civil forfeiture action, a property owner does not have 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination nor the right to counsel)
b. allowing for forfeiture even if the owner didn’t know that the property was used in violation of the law under the theory that he/she “reasonably should have known.”
c. repealing the requirement that the plaintiff prove that the property being forfeited was instrumental in the commission of an offense.
2. Reintroduces the profit motive to law enforcement and no longer requires forfeiture proceeds to be allocated through an accountable budgeting entity (like City Council or
3. Removes any transparency and accountability by repealing all forfeiture reporting requirements and repeals the prohibition on transfer of forfeiture cases out of state court when local or state law enforcement were the seizing agency, with limited exceptions.
Current law ensures that forfeiture actions are fair and that property owners have due process without undermining law enforcement’s ability to use forfeiture as a legitimate tool. Current law also brings the revenue generated from asset forfeiture into an appropriate budget process and provides accountability while removing any appearance of impropriety. HB 09-1238 repeals these fundamental principals of fairness and due process. It also creates an unacceptable profit motive for law enforcement.
Please forward this e-mail to friends and family who are concerned about defending our freedoms!
My contact information:
David K. Williams, Jr.
President, The Gadsden Society
Let freedom ring.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Hearings on two government transparency bills will be held tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2009.
The fight is far from over. If these issues matter to you, TAKE ACTION.
Senate Bill 57 - the School District Transparency Act - public input will be heard at 1:30 p.m.
Senate Bill 87 - the Special District Accountability Act - public input will be heard "upon adjournment." Which could be as early as 9:30 a.m.
More information direct from each bill's sponsor:
From Senator Ted Harvey:
As you know, Senate Bill 57 -- the School District Transparency Act -- passed the Senate last month with bipartisan support.
Now the bill faces its next major hurdle in the House Education committee. My co-sponsor in the House, Representative Amy Stephens, is a skilled legislator who is the best possible advocate to get this bill through the House.
Amy will be presenting the bill in the House Education committee this Thursday at 1:30 pm. It is vital that the committee members witness the strong public support for government transparency.
You can help Amy pass SB 57 in two ways:
You can attend the committee hearing this Thursday to testify in favor of the bill. Your testimony does not have to be detailed - you can simply state why you support government transparency, or share any experience you have about this issue.
The hearing will take place in House Committee Room 0112 in the basement of the capitol. If you cannot attend but would still like to listen to the debate, you can stream live audio through this link:
I also encourage you to call or e-mail the members of the House Education committee and urge them to support Senate Bill 57. I've included the names and e-mails of the committee members below.
I hope you can help pass this important piece of legislation. I'll keep you updated.
House Education Committee members:
Mike Merrifield - 303-866-2932 - Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Solano - 303-866-2918 - email@example.com
Randy Baumgardner - 303-866-2949 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Benefield - 303-866-2950 - Debbie@debbiebenefield.org
Tom Massey - 303-866-2747 - email@example.com
Karen Middleton - 303-866-3911 - Karen@karenmiddleton.com
Carol Murray - 303-866-2948 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherylin Peniston - 303-866-2843 - email@example.com
Kevin Priola - 303-866-2912 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Scanlan - 303-866-2952 - Christine.email@example.com
Sue Schafer - 303-866-5522 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Summers - 303-866-2927 - email@example.com
Nancy Todd - 303-866-2919 - firstname.lastname@example.org
SB - 87 The Special District Accountability Act
From Representative Cherylin Peniston:
Dear all, I was given your names by Senator Carroll because you have been involved in helping pass SB 087. I am the House sponsor and will present this bill to the House Local Government Committee on Thursday, March 19. It meets upon recess on Thursday morning. Recess means whenever we finish working on the floor of the House, so it is not very convenient, I'm afraid. We could start as early as 9:30 or somewhat later. Would any of you be available to come down and testify as to the need for this bill? It would really help get it passed.
Rep. Cherylin Peniston
If you can't attend, please contact the members of the committee and tell them you SUPPORT SB 87 and want to reign in the abuses of Special Districts.
Members of the House Local Government Committee
Cherylin Peniston, Chairman - 303-866-2843 - email@example.com
John Soper, Vice-Chairman - 303-866-2931 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Acree - 303-866-2944 - email@example.com
Laura Bradford - 303-866-2583 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Liston - 303-866-2965 - email@example.com
Wes McKinley - 303-866-2398 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Middleton - 303-866-3911 - email@example.com
Sue Schafer - 303-866-5522 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Tipton - 303-866-2955 - COHD58@yahoo.com
Edward Vigil - 303-866-2916 email@example.com
Mark Waller -303-866-5525 firstname.lastname@example.org
Let freedom ring.
Please forward this message to friends and family who are concerned about defending our freedoms!
My contact information:
David K. Williams, Jr.
President, Gadsden Society of Colorado
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I attended a breakfast meeting at the J.W. Marriott on March 5, 2009. The hotel is across the street from the Cherry Creek Mall. My meeting started at 7:00 in the morning. Several attendees of the meeting parked in a surface lot of the mall, directly in front of a restaurant.
Mall security noticed what was going on, and they called the folks at the Marriott and said they would start towing cars if they weren't moved. The Marriott folks told the mall people that the meeting people were attending would be over by 8:30.
Mall security was not swayed by this knowledge. They put these stickers on at least 20 cars.
These "FINAL WARNING" signs were deemed necessary, notwithstanding that the restaurant spaces we were using did not serve breakfast. Even if it did, the restuarant was out of business. Completely closed. It wasn't going to be serving lunch or dinner on March 5 or any day soon. It is still closed as of today.
The Cherry Creek Mall itself does not open until 10:00 in the morning.
I am going to do my part to help solve the Cherry Creek Mall parking problem. I will not use any of their spaces. March 5, 2009 was the last time I will take up a parking spot at the Cherry Creek Mall.
The next time I chose to frequent a mall, I will use the ample parking provided by the Town Center of Aurora or the ample parking provided by the Park Meadows Mall.
Retail is a competitive business. Cherry Creek Mall has landed in the loser's column.
Monday, March 16, 2009
said that scientific progress "results from painstaking and costly research, from years of lonely trial and error, much of which never bears fruit, and from a government willing to support that work."
Thus it was that without King George's courtiers winding kite string for Ben Franklin and splitting firewood and flipping eye charts to advance his painstaking and costly research into electricity, stoves, and bifocals, Ben's years of lonely trial and error never would have borne fruit.We'd probably have telephones and light bulbs if President Rutherford B. Hayes (a Republican) had been willing to support the work of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.
March 16, 2009 Denver - Colorado Senate Bill 09-241, which would mandate the use of government force to take DNA samples from innocent citizens, made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 5-1 margin on March 11, 2009. A wide range of groups have joined together to fight this un-American bill, which would cost taxpayers over $1.7 million to implement.
The Libertarian Party of Colorado, the Colorado ACLU, the Gadsden Society, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Colorado Public Defenders Office, among others, all oppose this costly Orwellian expansion of government power over innocent Americans.
David K. Williams, Jr., Legislative Director for the Libertarian Party and President of the Gadsden Society is among those against the bill.
“The backers of this bill claim it will help law enforcement. Undoubtedly it would,” Williams said. “So would the repeal of the Fourth Amendment. So would micro chipping newborns so the government knows where they are all at times, from cradle to grave. So would putting video cameras in every house.
“The point is that helping law enforcement is not the only concern Americans should have. Protecting the Constitution and preventing government abuse of power should also be a concern of all Americans.”
The next stop for the bill is the Senate Appropriations Committee, where a hearing date has not yet been set. If the Appropriations Committee decides it is a good idea to spend $1.7 million of taxpayer money to implement the proposed DNA database, the bill would move to the floor of the Senate for debate.
Senator Morgan Carroll (D – Aurora) was the lone “no” vote in the Judiciary Committee.
SB 09-241 language:
SB 09-241 Fiscal Impact note:
SB 09-241 Senate Judiciary Committee Roll Call vote:
About the Gadsden Society
The Gadsden Society is a non-partisan public advocacy group, fighting for the preservation and expansion of individual liberty throughout Colorado.
The Gadsden Society monitors bills pending in the state legislature and advocates on behalf of legislation that expands individual liberty and opposes legislation that contracts individual liberty.
Contact informationDavid K. Williams, Jr.
President, The Gadsden Society
4155 East Jewell Avenue
Saturday, March 14, 2009
As an example, RealClearPolitics points to Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. On the recent budget and its earmarks, McConnell said:
This Alice In Wonderland, Orwellian absurdity is our fault. It aint' THEIR fault. It's OUR fault.
"In the midst of a serious economic downturn, the Senate had a chance to show it could impose the same kind of restraint on itself that millions of Americans are being forced to impose on themselves at the moment," McConnell said from the Senate floor.
Following the vote, McConnell issued a press release that simultaneously announced his opposition to what he said was an oversized bill and touted the millions of dollars he personally brought home to Kentucky.
They do it because we not only let them do it, we demand they do it. If they don't bring it home, we vote for someone that will.
The only way to change politicians is to change us.
We vote for the status quo, we get the status quo.
That really should not be a shock to anyone.
What some have not considered, however, is that voting for members of the two-party duopoly that perpetuates this nonsense is indeed a vote for the status quo.
Will either the national or the Kentucky GOP take McConnell to the woodshed for his nonsense? Of course not. If they do, the Democrats will use the criticism against him in the next election.
If the Democrats get that seat, then Democratic causes and donors will get the pork. Not the Republican causes and donors that McConnell just paid off.
And make no mistake. The two party duopoly has only one overriding goal. That goal is retaining power.
It is not smaller government. It is not liberty. It is not free markets. It is not your individual well-being.
It is winning. It is controlling the pork.
Helping and supporting the two party duopoly is complicity in our own robbery. (I think John Galt said substantially the same thing).
And until we start doing something about it, until we fundamentally change the way we approach our passive acceptance of the two party duopoly, we can all just keep writing checks to Mitch McConnell's favorite Kentucky causes.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
...members of the legislature... they insinuate that we [criminal defense attorneys] are radicals, but it is they who are radicals, they who would encroach upon our constitution, our right to counsel, a principal that has existed for over 200 years, a principal that has always meant and means today zealous, effective, skillful, hard working representation and those people that mock that, they are radicals... Every man and woman, no matter how wretched the allegations, they have the right to have us defending them and when that right is eroded, liberty itself is eroded.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Wadhams is the Chair of the Republican Party in Colorado. Dick Stone is challenging him. Stone says:
groups like Liberty on the Rocks and Save our State as examples of conservative groups that don't necessarily identify with the party's socially conservative values.
"We have to think about what does smaller government mean to the millennium generation," Stone contemplated during his interview. "A lot of these younger people believe smaller government means not having a big government with a lot of regulations that tells us how to live our lives. When they say lower taxes, what they really mean is they want to keep more of their own money to lead their own lives."
Stone is right. Electing him would be a step in the right direction for Colorado Republicans. Of course, they won't elect him. The GOP will demonstrate once again it has no interest in changing its failed policies and strategies. Join the LP.
2. From Steven Thomma of the McClatchy Newspapers:
Strip away the political finger pointing over President Obama's proposed budget and the fight boils down to a clash of values. Both major parties are really for big government — just big in different places.
All I can say is, "No crap."
Anybody that has been paying attention knows this.
Reject the two party duopoly. They both favor big government intervention into your private life and your pocketbook.
Join the Libertarian Party.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
We need you to come up with a slogan, in ten words or less, that we'll put on a billboard where he can't miss it -- in his hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida. We'll go through all the slogans we get, and the winner will have his or her message appear on the billboard -- and receive a free T-shirt featuring the winning slogan.