Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

IRS may get special counsel after all

By Jack Minor –   While Attorney General Eric Holder has so far resisted demands from Congress to appoint a special prosecutor over the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the agency may not have dodged the bullet after all as a federal judge is calling the agency on the carpet to explain itself over the [...]

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High court rules in favor of religious freedom

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that closely held corporations, in this case Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, are excluded from Obamacare’s mandate that employers must provide birth control for their employees. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion which found that the government may not force “closely held” [...]

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NoCoGazette – smarter readers better news from a Simpler Time

by Craig Masters While regular readers of the Northern Colorado Gazette don’t always agree with the opinion pieces, they always trust that the news is reported with minimum bias. We don’t have to report stories we might not like or want to give exposure. If an article is under our opinion column, it is more often [...]

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Fracking for oil through Common Core

by Craig Masters I attended the Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) fracturing event held at Colorado School of Mines this past Wednesday evening. Even though the venue is probably one  of the most industry friendly venues in the country, it was nevertheless one of the largest crowds I have seen attend a “truth about [...]

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Supremes could decide fate of NSA spying program after conflicting rulings

Contradicting an earlier ruling last week that the NSA’s collection of data on most Americans was flagrantly unconstitutional, another judge has ruled this week that the agency has the right to collect data in order to prevent terrorist attacks.   U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the NSA spying program [...]

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White House, Dems compare GOP to terrorists over government shutdown

By Jack Minor –   While the traditional wisdom is that if the US government were to endure a shutdown over stalled negotiations in Congress, the Republicans would end up bearing the brunt of the blame. However, recent statements by the White House indicate that they are the ones who are digging in their heels [...]

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Two Judges rule against Obama / Reid

by Craig Masters In the state where card games are big money, two Nevada judges have called a spade a spade in ruling that Obama does not have the Constitutional authority to change law to suit his political agenda. This ruling could mark the beginning of a flood of rulings that will reverse administration imposed [...]

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Cooke, Moreno reelection decision could wait until next year

by Jack Minor –   The question of whether Weld County’s clerk and recorder, and sheriff can seek another two terms may not be decided until next year, the county attorney said.   “This concept of saying have a judge review it isn’t the type of thing that can happen now,” county attorney Bruce Barker [...]

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“Skip” Carlson best qualified for House race

I have real concerns for our country, state, and the politics that affect us all. Loyalty to political parties trumps the message of the candidate and what they stand for in this day and age of media sound bites. I am a proud independent unaffiliated registered voter and as such can support members of both [...]

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Hank Williams Jr. doubles down on Obama in new song

by Jack Minor–   Once again, Hank Williams Jr. has taken aim at President Barack Obama with a new song where he tells the President to “pack his bags.”   The latest song, “Take Back our Country” from his new album “Old School, New Rules” is played to the tune of “Mind Your Own Business” [...]

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Personhood leaders attacked following Newsweek article

by Peter Grady –   A local pro-life couple has had to go into seclusion after vandals threw a large rock through their window following a profile of their work in Newsweek.   Keith and Jennifer Mason were profiled in an article for Newsweek magazine that was featured online in the Daily Beast. The piece [...]

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Personhood one step closer in North Dakota

by Peter Grady –   With the defeat of a state senator who personally killed personhood measures in South Dakota, supporters now say lawmakers will aggressively pursue the measure during the next legislative session.   Incumbent state Senator Curtis Olafson (R), who personally killed personhood proposals in 2009 and 2011, lost his bid for re-election [...]

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School Board member tells public – it’s none of their business

a commentary by Craig Masters Nancy Rumfelt stepped to the podium at the Wednesday meeting of the Thompson School District Board of Education and the standing room crowd of teachers was dead quiet. The main item on the agenda was the approval of the new contract with the Thompson Education Association and Rumfelt was there [...]

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AP head hints at type of campaign coverage to expect in local outlets

by Jack Minor– An analyst with a media watchdog group says the chairman of the Associated Press sent strong signals as to the type of coverage to expect by the majority of media outlets this campaign season. The Associated Press is the major source of news for tens of thousands of media outlets including the [...]

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The Rant: Baby Boomers Present Huge Challenges for U.S. Economy

by Mike McCune –   Far too often in these degenerate days what passes for research is skewed because the research is biased towards the the outcome favored by entity funding the operation and the education given the researchers. As a result, non-logical answers are arrived at which fall apart under scrutiny. A paper released by Mark [...]

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The Rant: America’s Pump Price Pain Is Pure Fed Folly

by Mike McCune –   The top headline in today’s local paper recently read “Who’s To Blame For Gas Prices?–The More We Pay At The Pump, The More We Want To Know Who Is Responsible.” There were pictures of President Obama, the street sign for Wall Street, an oil refinery and Capitol Hill accompanying the twsiting [...]

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The Rant: Government NEET Counting Covers Economy’s Weakness

by Mike McCune – “I have sworn on the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”–Thomas Jefferson   Government is fond of spouting its version of the truth while forgetting the jury also demands the whole truth and nothing but the truth. With that established, most everyone [...]

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Obama called most “thin-skinned” president ever

by Jack Minor – A conservative media watchdog says President Barack Obama’s claim that the Fox News Channel is responsible for his low approval ratings and other political woes is “ludicrous.” “According to Politico, in journalist David Corn’s new book, Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea [...]

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Colorado Supreme Court ruling moves sexual assault case forward

by Peter Grady– A case against involving an alleged sexual assault on a child will be moving forward following a Colorado Supreme Court ruling in favor of an appeal filed by Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. The case involved Yrineo Salazar, who is accused of sexual assault on a child. During pre-trial motions, Salazar’s [...]

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The Rant — Government NEET Counting Covers Economy’s Weakness

by Mike McCune – “I have sworn on the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”–Thomas Jefferson   Government is fond of spouting its version of the truth while forgetting the jury also demands the whole truth and nothing but the truth. With that established, most everyone [...]

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The Rant – Experts Puzzled As Americans Shun Stock Markets

by Mike McCune – “I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”–Thomas Jefferson The markets may reach the moon in their gravity-defying surge but Main Street American consumers aren’t participating. In fact, Americans are pulling their money from the marketplace at record levels–$19 [...]

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Is Comptroller General sending us a message?

by Craig Masters A March 1 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is titled, “The Federal Government Faces Continuing Financial Management and Long-Term Fiscal Challenges.” Unlike nearly every major federal department, the GAO is not under the direction of an Obama-appointed czar. This agency is directed by a Senate confirmed professional who rose to [...]

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Custodians earn trust in schools

By Craig Masters An open letter To all Thompson School District custodial staff, families and friends: In response to dozens of requests since January, two articles have been published to bring attention to the failures of school districts across the country to successfully allow custodial services within public schools to be adequately managed by private [...]

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The Rant – Goldman Sachs Ruins Western Economy For Political, Monetary Profit

by Mike McCune –   Wall Street is moving further into the realm of weightlessness, the euro’s demise moves closer by the moment while the United States government by passing tax cuts without corresponding spending cuts pulls the noose tighter around its own economic future. These events all have one entity to bless for their convergence–Goldman [...]

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The Rant – Tax Cut Extension Creates Jobs, Solves Employment Problem

by Mike McCune – Numbers mean nothing to Washington politicians and bureaucrats. The difference between white and black carries much more weight in our national capitol and that is why everything seems to be a similar shade of gray when it comes from the heart of the country.   Today’s point is the way Congress almost unaimously [...]

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Judge orders woman to provide unencrypted hard drive to prosecutors

by Matt Lacy– Civil-rights advocates have said a ruling by a Denver judge ordering a woman to unlock her computer for authorities chips away at constitutional protections in the digital age. Civil Liberty groups have been watching the case carefully saying it pits the rights against self-incrimination against technological advances in a digital world. Ramona [...]

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The Rant: “U.S. in Wonderland” Or Going Down the Rabbit-Hole

     by Mike McCune   The stock markets continue to soar in early 2012–allegedly from sterling reports, European countries are finding buyers for their debt and the U.S. is peddling its debt with remarkable ease at very low interest rates that badly lag inflation’s bite. This all sounds too good to be true. Among other news [...]

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The Rant – Reported Facts Don’t Fit In Same Puzzle

by Mike McCune – Liberal-funded New Economic Foundation made the case for a 21-hour work week late last week in a published report. That was issued the same day Forbes and Local Market Monitor, a research firm, released a report trying to show America was on the verge of a brilliant recovery in the housing [...]

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The Rant – Greenspan Speaks, American Wallets Will Get Lighter

by Mike McCune Ex-Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan opined about the impending financial collapse of the American government “on the record” Jan. 5. While he scored some point with statements like “Arithmetic demands it (change in the economy)” and “The U.S. welfare state has run up against a brick wall of economic reality…” he missed [...]

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Is the media overplaying the Iowa caucuses?

By Craig Masters The mainstream media has produced non-stop coverage of Republican candidates fighting among themselves to “win” the Iowa Caucuses and hopefully move on to be the next President of the United States. But is the mainstream liberal media really interested in discovering the opinion of Iowa republicans or is the over-the-top coverage really [...]

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The Rant: Middle Class Suffers Most From Political Mismanagement

by Mike McCune –   The federal government keeps pumping out the news they want you to hear, mass media seldom questions what officialdom is saying until a Solyndra-type mess occurs and the Federal Reserve keeps the whole thing afloat with its green-inked printing press. But if you want a true picture, take a ride [...]

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The Rant

by Mike McCune – Merry Christmas! Sometimes the best present anyone can receive is a good wakeup call. Earlier this month a “Rant” about the declining wealth of the average American caused a stir among readers. Some contended I had misread the information, others claimed I had overstated the poorness of the country and others [...]

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ACLU settles Howling Pig case for $425,000

by Matt Lacy – After more than eight years of litigation, Weld County has settled a case against a blogger that used satire to show a picture of a college professor with a Hitler moustache. Tom Mink, publisher of the Howling Pig, had his computer confiscated by law enforcement after a University of Northern Colorado [...]

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Trump tells RNC independent run still on the table

by Peter Grady– Billionaire Donald Trump has lashed out at the Republican Party and said he will not agree to demands he not run as an independent presidential candidate. Trump is scheduled to moderate a Republican debate sponsored by Newsmax that will featured on ION Television Friday evening. The majority of the candidates have refused [...]

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Kagan told to recuse herself from Obamacare case

by Jack Minor – An organization committed to restoring the judiciary to its constitutional role has called on Elena Kagan to recuse herself from deciding a case involving Obamacare when it reaches the Supreme Court next year. Since its passage, the Health Care Reform Act has been in and out of courtrooms. Conflicting rulings on [...]

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