Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Denver Post (see "Civil-unions bill advances") has this to say about Speaker of the House Frank McNulty and his decision on how to handle the bill once it reaches the House:
Hard-right members of the party already have accused the House speaker and majority leader (Amy Stephens) of not being conservative enough, and failure to assign the measure to a so-called "kill" committee will only further their anger.
The Post gets this wrong. The "anger" felt toward McNulty and Stephens by some small-government activists has very little do with social issues like "civil unions." The "anger" is about perceived squishiness on fiscal issues.
No doubt, McNulty and Stephens will face heat from social conservatives on this issue, but that heat will be from a different constituency.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The Guardian, a paper based in the UK, covered Sarah Palin's visit to India. (See "Sarah Palin uses India visit to fuel rumours of her White House ambitions.")
The writer, Jason Burke, made an error in his story. I responded via email thusly:
The article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/19/sarah-palin-delhi-presidential-speculation states that "she revealed a deep ignorance of international affairs, famously saying that Russia could be seen from Alaska."
You can see Russia from Alaska: http://www.slate.com/id/2200155/
You are probably confusing comedian Tina Fey, when dressed as Palin and mocking her, said "I can see Russia from my house!" http://politicalhumor.about.com/b/2008/09/14/tina-fey-skewers-sarah-palin-on-saturday-night-live.htm
The irony of your writer accusing Ms. Palin of "deep ignorance" is apparent. I am no fan of Ms. Palin, but facts are important. I hope you see fit to print a correction.
Thank you for your consideration of the matter.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Consent is an affirmative act. The concept of "implied consent" by silence is untenable. If a person comes to you and says "I'll give you $500 for your car" and you ignore him, he cannot take your car regardless of whether or not he gives you the $500.Words have meanings. Consent means consent.The social contract loyalists are applying the notion of consent when it does not exist. They are unilaterally applying it to me as an individual against my will. They are telling me I have consented when I have not. Black is white. War is peace. Welcome to Newspeak, the official language of statists of all stripes.
I am simply agreeing with George Washington: "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force." The only thing keeping any government in place is force or the threat of force. That is an undeniable fact. Let's not gloss over it. Statists come up with all kinds of nonsense to justify that use of force, but even if it is justified, it is still force.Whenever forms of government are discussed, the discussion is actually "when is the use of state sanctioned force justified?" Right now, today, how many U.S. citizens would pay taxes in support of the federal government but for the threat of jail? Some. I submit a small percentage of those currently paying income taxes would still do so without the threat of a federal agent eventually coming to your house with a gun. Most would not. That is force.Is it justified? That is a different conversation. I say it is not.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Also, a handful of people testified that the ban is unnecessary.David K. Williams Jr., a Denver lawyer, said a state ban would be like banning table salt or fatty foods in restaurants. Asked about whether a ban wouldn't help discourage Spice use among youths, Williams scoffed."It's my responsibility to teach my daughter to make good decisions, not the government's," Williams said.
Dear editor:Kristen Wyatt's characterization of my response to Senator King's question is completely inaccurate.I didn't scoff at all. I agreed with Senator King that [the synthetic cabbinoids] should be banned for minors, just like cigarettes and alcohol. The implication that I was anything less than respectful before the committee is offensive and inaccurate.My entire point was that prohibition does not work and never has. I did not compare salt and fat foods to synthetic cannabinoids, I said that banning of things for "own good," like salt, is nannyism and is not the role of government.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
But like the wonderful progressive he is, Ed never mentions how much his wonderful anecdotal public employees get paid. Not once. You see, cost matters not to compassionate, wonderful progressive people like Ed. Cost is irrelevant in his wonderful world of selfless wonderful public servants. They are wonderful. Worrying about such nasty capitalistic things as "cost" is so un-progressive. It is so non-compassionate. It is so un-wonderful.
And we all know, in Ed's wonderful world, money does not make the world go 'round. Love does.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
A beginning Scientologist like herself could never comprehend the writings. "Cause it's hard on them," Jan Fowler said. ". . . that's why it's confidential. Not from commercial reasons. Not because it is hurtful. . . . it's big dose for somebody who's not ready for it."
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
The Gadsden Society is urging Senate President Shaffer to send this bill to a committee that will give it a fair hearing. We ask you to do the same. In your own words, please contact President Shaffer via email, email@example.com, and ask him to send the bill to a committee that will give it a fair shake. See our letter below as an example.
Dear President Shaffer,
Now that this bill has passed the house and is on it’s way to theSenate,
the Gadsden Society and our members ask and hope that this bill be given the
opportunity for a fair hearing in a Senate committee, and not sent to die in the
Senate State Affairs committee. We understand that you may consider running
against Cory Gardner for US congress in CD4. We believe giving this bill a
fair hearing will be beneficial to you in that endeavor, especially among the
many pro-2nd Amendment and pro-freedom voters in that district.
Thank you for your consideration on this important matter.
Sincerely, David K. Williams, Jr., President
Molly Vogt, Vice President
The Gadsden Society of Colorado