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3 hours ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Bob Kropfli: House com... · 0 replies · +3 points

I trust you'll forgive this trite quote, but from the boys down at the pool hall, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

4 hours ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Ed Engle: The trout, t... · 0 replies · +2 points

Yes, Ed, keep us posted. Lookin' forward.

8 hours ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Fareed Zakaria: Britai... · 7 replies · -3 points

Cameron's calling weekend staffing of local hospitals a major concern in the midst of all the havoc around Europe reminds one of Obama's declaration that our major concern should be climate change. This disease of copping out from one's leadership responsibilities must be catching. We may have to endure some domestic terrorism ere we return to our participation at an appropriate level. I pray not, and I hope we are not too late.

22 hours ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Jeff Wasden: Congress ... · 0 replies · 0 points

Arguments against, according to Wiki:

"Unconstitutional: Groups opposed to Trade Promotion Authority claim that it places too much power in the executive branch, "allowing the president to unilaterally select partner countries for ‘trade’ pacts, decide the agreements' contents, and then negotiate and sign the agreements—all before Congress has a vote on the matter. Normal congressional committee processes are forbidden, meaning that the executive branch is empowered to write lengthy legislation on its own with no review or amendments."

"Lack of transparency: Democratic members of Congress and general right-to-know internet groups are among those opposed to trade fast track on grounds of a lack of transparency. Such Congressmen have complained that fast track forces "members to jump over hurdles to see negotiation texts and blocks staffer involvement. In 2012, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) complained that corporate lobbyists were given easy access while his office was being stymied, and even introduced protest legislation requiring more congressional input."

While most of us are in favor of free trade, I'm a skeptic here for the reasons listed above. I don't trust Obama, so to the extent he has any freedom to act on his own, without the possibility of amendments, this is not a perfect deal. I don't think Mr. Wasden was wise or fair to leave out what the term "fast track" means here, which is to give the president a great deal of power, which he has already used to keep the bill somewhat secret. There are clearly two sides to granting this authority, so I think his argument might have been more credible had the other view been mentioned.

23 hours ago @ Longmont Times-Call - 1 dead, another in cus... · 1 reply · -5 points

Read much?

1 day ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Alan Cipriani: Iraq in... · 0 replies · +1 points

In order to know whether G.W. believed there was a credible threat, one would have to see all the information he read and heard from advisors, and get inside his mind and heart. To accuse him of putting our men and women at risk for some personal reason is a terrible judgement to make of him or anyone else who supported the invasion. To accuse him of bad strategy is an entirely different matter, and he would be the first to agree mistakes were made - there are mistakes of judgment in every major military exercise. Some military folks agree the surge brought Iraq to a state of order which could have been maintained except for the complete and precipitous pullout. I accuse Obama of that pullout for political reasons, against the better advice of his military administration. Is that a fair judgment?

Some have forgotten Saddam had already killed over 100,000 Kurds, many via the use of chemical weapons. (Do you remember the graves discovered during the invasion?) An interview of some thousands of Kurds and others given freedom from Saddam might temper some of the current harsh judgments. Many have forgotten or are too young to remember Saddam was making daily promises to obtain nuclear bombs and kill us all. Nobody knows or can ever know what might have happened if we had not eliminated Saddam. None of the critiques I read ever face the notion that had even half of Saddam's daily threats come to fruition, we might have suffered far greater losses of lives and treasure.

1 day ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Jim Martin: Housing pr... · 1 reply · +2 points

Perhaps the best part of the Boulder housing market, like the market in hundreds of towns/cities in California, is that if he has been around long enough or is a little bit lucky, when one reaches retirement age, he can sell his home, move a short distance, downsize, and retire comfortably with cash in the bank. This option has blessed thousands who weren't otherwise able to cut back on work and enjoy their grandkids. I reckon Mr. Martin can point out the negatives about young middle-income folks not being able to live in Boulder, but they have good options too, not far away - close enough to grandparents. Enjoy!

2 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Sally A. Madden: Flati... · 0 replies · +2 points

flat,

If after all your studies you have drawn the conclusion there's no big difference in Jesus, Gandhi, Krishna, Muhammad, et al, then you and I are worlds apart. I believe Jesus claimed to be God. He's hardly comparable to others. You either think He is a liar or lunatic or Lord if you compare him to other men. I believe him, and I believe IN him. That doesn't make me, or you, a fool, but we can't both be correct here - your preaching of "we're all the same, and only gullible fools fall for the Flatirons message" is easy to do, because you'll find receptive audiences. but I think you are incorrect, and it's wrong for you to suggest that you have such things as theology nailed. What you have, in my opinion, after your observations and studies, is an absence of conviction. I would find you more credible if you simply said you think we're all fools for believing made-up stories - because I think that's what you believe. Am I wrong?

3 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Paul G. Bursiek: Say w... · 0 replies · +1 points

Rock,

Please read, or at least browse, C.S. Lewis' MERE CHRISTIANITY and get back to us. You may note Christians do not check their brains at the door of their churches, but are quite capable of exhaustive research and open debate.

4 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Kathleen Parker: Jeb B... · 1 reply · -1 points

Did you note the success of Jeb's school programs? With school choice and other good moves, FL's advances during his tenure in K -12 were outstanding. I don't know enough about Common Core to comment, except to say we need some form of measurement of progress, and whatever he employed in Florida worked.

Re immigration, Jeb is in favor of making it possible to stay, not to encourage others to come. I will not line up behind folks who would split and deport families who have been here for years and established good records as residents. It took guts and great sacrifice for some of our Mexican and other folks to risk coming here - and I won't judge someone who came from places like certain areas of Mexico (e.g. Tijuana and Oaxaca) to work and fell in love with the notion of being paid well for work well done. While I lived in California, I learned how easy it was for me and my neighbors to depend on our immigrants, whether legal or illegal, for good work at a reasonable wage. I also learned most employers are withholding payroll taxes legally, because to avoid doing so was landing them in big trouble, finding padlocks on their business doors. Of course we need to make our borders secure, but the way to handle over ten million illegal immigrants is not simple. In my opinion, forcing them to return to their country and start all over is in some cases terribly unfair. Yea, they broke the law - to give their kids a chance. I would have tried the same thing on my best day.