And the Lie of the Year is the gift that just keeps on giving, unfortunately; and 200,000 Coloradans are learning this the hard way. Gee, I wonder how many of those folks losing health care coverage in that Blue state voted for Obama?
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Nearly 200,000 insured Coloradans will lose their health-care plans next year under the state’s embattled ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.
State insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar touched off an outcry Friday by confirming to news outlets that health-care policies covering 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because they fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act.
Well, way to go lefties! Now the price of eggs and milk and, well just about EVERY FREAKIN’ THING at the grocery store is going to go up in price! Not to mention the cost of a Big Mac, or Whopper or etc…
At the stroke of midnight today, 19 states increased their minimum wage. Residents of three more and the nation’s capital can expect hikes later on this year.
A year ago, the White House and Democratic lawmakers embarked on a campaign to make the minimum wage a defining issue in the 2014 elections. And although that didn’t pan out exactly as planned at the federal level, nearly half the states took action on the issue.
In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama urged members of Congress to pass bills from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
“Say yes,” Obama said. “Give America a raise.”
Federal legislation was met with resistance. though. Republicans argued raising the minimum wage would cause an increase in prices for consumers and low-wage workers likely would face layoffs as companies grappled with the higher costs associated with hiked wages.
Some of those concerns were validated last month by a University of California, San Diego, study. For three years, researchers followed low-income workers residing in states that saw wage hikes and those that did not. The study found that minimum wage hikes had negative impacts on employment, income and income growth.[…]
“Minimum wage supporters have good intentions, but those good intentions cannot repeal the law of unintended consequences,” James Sherk, an expert in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. He added:
Minimum-wage increases reduce the total earnings of low-wage workers — the higher pay for some workers gets completely offset by the nonexistent pay of those no longer employed.
In its study, UCSD researchers found that after minimum-wage increases, the national employment-to-population ratio decreased by 0.7 percent points between December 2006 and December 2012.
In addition, the study found that minimum-wage increases hindered low-skilled workers’ ability to rise to lower-middle -lass earnings.
The principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is facing a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.
The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”
But the principal says his school isn’t pushing any agenda, Arabic or otherwise.
Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying, “These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”
Principal Lopez doesn’t make any sense. Speaking unintelligible words in Arabic in some way accentuates their meaning? That is an extremely weak argument in defense of an ill-advised decision.
He said the cultural clubs seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.
That would translate into “destroy the barriers to Islam and embrace it,” correct, Mr. Lopez?
So this school made a mistake, right? I mean everyone is entitled to make a mistake. Well, maybe they’ve been down this road before…
The Poudre School District communications director, Danielle Clark, said they understand why parents are upset. She told Fox News, “We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”
Let’s put his into perspective for the feeble-minded Clark and Lopez. It is not the student’s choice. They do not control the public address system. It was a school choice.
The amount of stupidity that these school administrators can stoop to, is only surpassed by their apparent lack of knowledge of our country’s founding.
Her simplistic defense included a reference to “one” supportive email and a reference to a similar mistake last year which drew controversy when the pledge was recited in Spanish. Somehow not learning from and expanding upon your previous mistakes is perceived as a viable defense for these educators.
“We deferred to the students because it’s their deal,” she said.
As if to reinforce the idiocy of reciting the pledge in another language, Clark said she did not hear the pledge and does not speak Arabic so she could not confirm exactly what words were used.
But one local resident broke it down to a level that, hopefully even the “elite masterminds” in control at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado can understand.
One resident, Chris Wells put it in terms even educator Lopez could understand. Writing in The Daily Coloradoan, he said:
“As a veteran and a friend of a man killed defending these children in their little games they like to play with our pledge, I’m offended. There are things that we don’t mess with – among them are the pledge and our anthem.”
Just in case those folks in Colorado are too “fuzzy” from a “contact high”, here is another explanation of our beloved Pledge of Allegiance. Please pay attention Red Skelton’s voice at the end of this video. You can hear the catch in his throat as he gets choked up over expressing his love for his country.
Hollywood, AND Rocky Mountain High School in Colorado, you could do well to learn a thing or two from this Great American.
For this author, it’s pretty cut and dried. You need a state-issued ID to vote.
But of course the Dems will yell that we’re being mean to minorities, trying to suppress their participation in our free elections, via Jim Crowe and the ever-dreaded, oft threatened (by Liberals, that is) “Poll Tax”!!
Okay, fine. So where are the loud Liberal voices when those very same minorities are LEGALLY forced to show a STATE-ISSUED ID to purchase Sudafed?
…or beer, wine and liquor?
…or to rent a car?
…or to stay in a hotel?
Aren’t those very same minorities’ participation in cold medicine, alcohol and cigarettes being suppressed?
A recent study is only confirming what many Americans already knew – voter fraud exists and in a large enough scale so as to change the outcome of elections.
A new study shows that percentage of non-American citizens who illegally voted in close races in recent years may have garnered the Democratic Party victories.
Using data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, The Washington Post reported Friday that the number of non-citizens voting for Democrats in past elections was “large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.”
The paper estimates that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent voted in 2010. In each case those voters overwhelmingly favored President Obama.
The paper also cited Sen. Al Franken’s 2008 victory in Minnesota as a prominent example where illegal voting may have swayed an election. Mr. Franken won his race by 312 votes.
Yeah, but since we know this now, we’re doing SOMETHING about it, right?
Right? Something effective?
Nope, sorry. Nothing.
The study also found that measures put in place to prevent voter fraud have been largely ineffective.
“Nearly three quarters of the non-citizens who indicated they were asked to provide photo identification at the polls claimed to have subsequently voted,” the paper reported.
Okay, that’s the latest study, but voter fraud is nothing new. Although you’ll never hear about it on the network news.
Here are just a few stories going back to 2012.
Too bad no one listened.
The standard Liberal reply, that is if you can find a Lib that WILL reply once presented with the facts that voter fraud does, in deed exist, is that it’s only a few people, it’s not enough to change election outcomes.
To which the best Conservative reply is, “Why are you okay with voter fraud if it’s only a few people? Isn’t ONE person voting who doesn’t have that right, one person too many?”
It seems that among younger folks, the legalization of pot has led to an increase in traffic in Denver’s homeless shelters.
Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.
One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.
“Of the new kids we’re seeing, the majority are saying they’re here because of the weed,” deputy director Kendall Rames told The Denver Post. “They’re traveling through. It is very unfortunate.”
Part of the increase in the homeless shelters is people that have migrated to Colorado with hopes of working in the pot industry.
The Salvation Army’s single men’s shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds there.
The shelter housed an average of 225 each night last summer, but this summer it’s averaging 300 people per night. No breakdown was available by age, but an informal survey found that about a quarter of the increase was related to marijuana, including people who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry, said Murray Flagg, divisional social services secretary for the Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division.
Some of the homeless have felony backgrounds that prevent them from working in pot shops and grow houses, which are regulated by the state, Flagg said. He also thinks others may find work but don’t earn enough to pay rent in Denver’s expensive housing market.
At the St. Francis Center, a daytime homeless shelter, pot is the second most frequently volunteered reason for being in Colorado, after looking for work.
It’s a long title, but very much needed. If you have been following this blog over the last few years, you will know that the pro abortion crowd has taken a few hits. For example, various abortion providers were caught on video showing what they thought was a 13 year old how to get an abortion and cover for what they thought was a 30 year old lover. In other words, they seemed very willing to cover up statutory rape. Also, medical providers were caught penalizing health care workers that refused to assist in abortions, or any other medical procedure that kills a baby. Then, to top it off, he Gosnell case showed pro-abortion crowd at it worst-killing live, born babies. Then, Live Action found other abortionists that would break the law in the exact same way. Needless to say, these stories, among others, have exposed the abortion business for what it is-a immoral death machine.
So then, what are the Democrats, who favor the abortion industry, to do about these blatant violations of the law? Well, if the Dems in Colorado represent the nation as a whole, you deal with illegal behavior on the part of abortion providers by making it legal! DCXPOSED, via Girls Just Wanna Have Guns has the details…
The bill repeals the Colorado criminal abortion statutes and in addition removes freedom of conscience – or, a health care workers right to refuse to be a part of an abortion procedure (so much for choice – so hypocritical). It also protects an abortionist in the case that a minor is brought in to have an abortion, perhaps by her parents or guardian, against her own will. In that circumstance the abortionist cannot be charged.
In a blistering article the Denver Post ripped the new legislation and stated that an abortionist, according to the Planned Parenthood contrived laws, could not be charged even if it was the pregnant women who was harmed or even killed during a botched abortion procedure (Gosnell is facing one count of murder relating to a young women who died in his clinic of anesthesia complications):
DeverPost.com: Planned Parenthood has passed HB 1154 which bans criminal charges for women killed in abortion procedures and repeals Colorado criminal laws that have been on the books for years.
Under these new laws, if Gosnell had been operating his clinic in the state of Colorado, he would never have been charged.
“Planned Parenthood’s backdoor attempt to repeal Colorado criminal laws has passed. No matter how negligent an abortionist may be, even if he is on par with Kermit Gosnell, he or she can no longer be criminally charged. Planned Parenthood has effectively created an abortion free-for-all in Colorado. Planned Parenthood’s deceptive new bill has created an infinitely more dangerous environment for pregnant women.”
Colorado Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, told WND the measure is misleading – attempting to justify killing of innocent children “under guise of protecting pregnant women,” and insisted that by repealing the previous abortion standards the bill is nothing more than “the Kermit Gosnell Enabler Act. HB 1154 is a defining example of the lengths the abortion industry will go to garner more protection for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell than they will for pregnant women and the children they carry.”
OK folks, as you can see. Gosnell would not be charged with killing live babies under this legislation. Rapists/child molesters are protected, and anyone who refuses to go along can be fired. Sounds great for Planned Parenthood, instead of trying to prevent illegal activities by abortion providers, they’ll just get some allied politicians to make the illegal legal, and the killing can continue unabated.
This is the Democrat Party. They are the party of death. Progressivism isn’t progressive, it’s murderous.
With several areas of the US being covered in a foot thick blanket of snowglobal warming the big lie, the climate alarmists appear silent. How, in the age of global warming, can we be having such a major May snowstorm? FOX News has the info..
DENVER – People in parts of Colorado and Wyoming pulled puffy jackets, hats and umbrellas out of the closet again Wednesday for another round of wet spring snow.
The May Day snow storm was making travel difficult on Interstate 70 in Colorado’s mountains and along Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming, but the snow wasn’t having a major impact on Denver’s airport, though there have been de-icing delays.
Nearly 3 feet of snow is possible in the foothills and mountains of northern Colorado while around a foot is expected at lower elevations in parts of both states. By midday, over a foot fell at Rocky Mountain National Park. The heavy snow caused power and heat outages there and in Cheyenne, which received 15 inches of snow by noon Wednesday. West of Cheyenne, 20 inches fell near Buford, while Casper saw 4 inches of snow.
Let me guess, the warming caused it to be cold, and snow? How much you want to bet they will blame a major snow event on warming?
It’s been an irony weekend at the CH 2.0 this weekend. The later example of irony comes from Denver, where their 4-20 celebration (4-20 is code for marijuana use) turned violent, with two people being shot. UPI has more…
Two people were shot in Denver’s Civic Center Saturday where thousands of people gathered for marijuana-inspired “420 Day” festivities, paramedics said.
Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said a man and woman in their 20s were both shot in the leg, The Denver Post reported. They were expected to survive, said the newspaper, which initially reported three people had been shot.
Police said they were looking for two suspects and were asking witnesses from the big crowd that scattered when the shots were fired about 5 p.m. to come forward.
“Everybody fled. That’s the problem,” Jackson said.
The reason for the shooting had not been determined.
Johnny Lee, who was at the civic center when the shooting erupted, said he didn’t hear any disturbance beforehand.
“Everybody started to run,” Lee said. “They were running over people.”
Damontay Wimberly told the Post he heard about seven shots.
“Pow-pow-pow-pow-pow, about seven times,” he said.
The irony? Well, marijuana users are supposed to be calm and chilled out. That didn’t seem to apply in Denver. And by the way, didn’t Colorado just pass some new restrictive gun laws? Surely there could be no shootings with the new guns laws, could there be?
Another company has announced that they are “going Galt,” and abandoning Colorado due to it’s animosity towards the Second Amendment. HiViz Shooting Systems recently announce the intention to move their corporate headquarters to a yet-to-be named neighboring state. Weasel Zippers has more…
April 1, 2013, Fort Collins, CO–HiViz Shooting Systems (a division of North Pass Ltd.), announces plans to relocate operations out of the state of Colorado due to recent changes in Colorado state gun control legislation. HiViz President and CEO, Phillip Howe, states that talks are currently under way with officials of a neighboring stater egarding the move.
Mr. Howe comments, “I make this announcement with mixed emotions. Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base.” Mr. Howe notes that prior to the changes in law in Colorado, he made several attempts to persuade state officials via emails and telephone calls to proceed slowly with gun control legislation that would impact individual shooters and the shooting industry as a whole.
Although the relocation will be expensive and time consuming, he adds, “It is in the best interest of our company and our customers.” Starting with corporate headquarters, the operations will be moved over an extended period of time ensuring no interruption of services to its customer base, and HiViz states that the majority of its employees will make the move with the corporate operations. More details regarding the location and timing of the relocation will be announced as details are finalized.
As we are all aware, Democrats in Colorado are exploiting the deaths of innocent Americans to pass restrictive gun control-so even more innocent Americans can be killed. As a response, the Outdoor Channel is promising to leave if Colorado, and cease all filming there. Girls Just Wanna Have Guns has the story…
Outdoor Channel’s executive producer Michael Bane recently sent an email to state Senator Steve King (R-Grand Junction) warning him that if the gun bills under consideration by the state senate pass, the channel would say good-bye to the centennial state.
Bane wrote in the email, “This morning I met with my three producers, and we made the decision that if these anti-gun bills become law, we will be moving all of our production out of Colorado. We have already cancelled a scheduled filming session for late this month.”
Not only will Bane–host of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery–and his colleagues abstain from filming the state, they will also not recommend Colorado in their shows.
It’s heartening that so many are lining up for the side of freedom. After the election, it was easy to think that the good people were gone. Now, I see they are not.
As for the Democrats, I wonder-as their policies and laws cause more people to leave the areas that are under their control-if they plan on building walls to keep their own people in.
It seems that Colorado Democrats are resorting to their time tested tactics…bullying and threats, to silence dissent. The Democrats in Colorado not only denied many a voice at hearings, but they threatened the salaries of the Sheriffs! Gateway Pundit has the audio…
So, you better just go along with losing your freedom, or they’ll find a way to punish you.
In all of this, the hypocrisy abounds. If a Republican did anything close to dismissing the story or claims of a rape victim, there would be an outrage. If elected Republicans threatened the salaries of other elected officials for opposing policy, it would be a national story. It’s sad that the only way this gets reported at all is because of citizens such as Jim Hoft, myself, and a talk show host. In a sense, I’m glad I’m still outraged, because I still expect America to be America. Sadly, thugs own one of the major parties, and a bunch or amorphous neocon RINO slugs own the other.
I just want to say, statistics are not on your side, even if you had had a gun. You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experience in taekwondo, and yet because this individual was so large and was able to overcome you even with your skills, and chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get than from you and possibly use it against you …
Or she could have shot him, or cornered him and called 911 to get the police to come pick him up. A pistol can be a great equalizer in the face of a threat.
So, the Senator lied about the stats, and basically told this woman that she could not have prevented here rape. And, the feminists are silent.
I’m sure that rapists are applauding this, and the feminists are helping by their silence.
And who is waging a war on women? Who is making it easier to rape them? I know the feminists have fallen to their knees for Democrats before, notably Bill Clinton, but to aid and abet rape? Their silence speaks volumes.
Um, are we going to tell women that they have to submit to rapists for the good of the gun control narrative? And, notice the silence from the Tammies?
Not only are they being thrown under the bus (AGAIN), but they stay silent when real women stand to be hurt in real situations. I guess they are standing by their their regressive man. Or, are they kneeling in front of him?
Isn’t it hilarious that when these things happen, they are NEVER picked up by the national media. However, if a Conservative dog catcher would have stubbed his toe, and cursed loudly, more attention would have been paid?
Lassie, a Collie who likes to hang out with United States Forest Rangers has spent the night in police custody after being named a “Collie of interest” in the raging wildfires devastating Colorado.
Suspicions were first raised about Lassie when Bob Erickson and Scott Turner the two forest rangers who adopted Lassie noticed burns on Lassie’s paws.
This is devastating to us. We loved the dog. He showed up at our forest station one day and kind of became our mascot. He would hang around with us when we were fighting fires. We never suspected a thing. Though he did like to smoke, which we thought was kind of odd for a Collie. And he bought a blowtorch on eBay once. Also he had a tattoo that said, “Burn Baby Burn.” And occasionally he would ask us questions like “what is the best accelerant to use if one wanted to start a fire” and stuff like that. He said they were just hypothetical questions and we believed him.
However, unbeknownst to the trusting forest rangers, Lassie was under suspicion for the murder of his former master, foster child Timmy Martin.
According to an FBI agent involved in the investigation:
Timmy was always getting into scrapes, sometimes dangerous ones. Well one day Timmy found out that Lassie was setting him up and was in fact responsible for putting him in danger in the first place. He would then show up and play the hero and save the day. We suspect Lassie has a borderline personality disorder and this was a way of getting more attention from Timmy. We think this angered Timmy to no end and he tried to give Lassie away. That was the last anyone saw of him.
Agents immediately suspected Lassie and followed him from Timmy’s home to the ranger’s residence.
We watched very carefully where he defecated. After he finished we’d collect the feces and send them to our lab. Sure enough they contained human remains. And strangely usually a few KFC Double Downs.
A warrant was put out for Lassie’s arrest just before the wildfires started.
He knew we were on to him. He started the fires to distract us and try to escape. He denies this of course but the evidence is clear.
Lassie’s lawyer, famed mafia attorney Bruce Cutler denies any involvement in the crimes by his client.
Lassie is innocent. Capish? Now why don’t you be a good boy and behave yourself?
Lassie is currently free on bond but must wear a paw-monitoring bracelet.
Since the inception of this blog, I have covered allegations of voter registration fraud. There were many stories, and quite a few guilty pleas or convictions. And all the while, critics minimized the trend, stating something along the lines of, “you can’t prove that any of those people voted.” As of yesterday, we can confirm exactly that. Here is some information from The Hill…
Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election.
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the panel’s chairman, called the study “a disturbing wake-up call” that should cause every state to review its safeguards to prevent illegal voting.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.
Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican John Buck.
This also raises the specter of the Soros, “Secretary of State Project.” The goal of this is to have hard leftists in the Secretary of State position in each state. Of the Secretary of State of Colorado was one of these “progressives.” do you think that this would have been even investigated, let alone reported publicly?
What’s next, the sun, moon and stars? The answer is probably yes.
There are practical things that people can do to conserve. I think that using some frugality and not wasting resources is something that every one can get behind. One way to do that is to capture rainwater and put it to use. People do that all the time. They use rainwater for gardens, and such. It saves on the water bill, and it relieves demand on local water utilities.
Check out thisYouTube videoof a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.
After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an “unlawful diversion of rainwater.” Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it’s still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah’s various government bodies.
“Utah’s the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that,” explained Miller in response to the state’s ridiculous rainwater collection ban.
Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use “their” rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don’t actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what little freedom we actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn’t you agree?)
Here’s the video mentioned in the excerpt.
So, this dealership builds, at the owner’s expense, a system that allows him to wash cars without using scarce water resources, and he runs into the law for it?
Here’s some more…
Utah isn’t the only state with rainwater collection bans, either. Colorado and Washington also have rainwater collection restrictions that limit the free use of rainwater, but these restrictions vary among different areas of the states and legislators have passed some laws to help ease the restrictions.
In Colorado, two new laws were recently passed that exempt certain small-scale rainwater collection systems, like the kind people might install on their homes, from collection restrictions.
Prior to the passage of these laws, Douglas County, Colorado, conducted a study on how rainwater collection affects aquifer and groundwater supplies. The study revealed that letting people collect rainwater on their properties actually reduces demand from water facilities and improves conservation.
Now, on the surface, states easing restrictions might seem like progress, but the problem remains. The states are still saying that the literally own the rain, but they’ll let homeowners keep it. Isn’t that nice of government to let someone keep something that actually belongs to them? It comes down to a question of ownership. Apparently, to Colorado, or Utah, you might have a piece of paper that indicates property ownership, but with the state exerting that much control, what do you really have?
Also, considering the fact that rainwater collection DOES ease demand on utilities, it indicates that states and municipalities pass these laws in order to exert control over property.
In the final analysis, if the government owns the rain, what don’t they?