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Yesterday I posted a comment online in support of this letter to the editor...

http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_22177062/andrew-j-oconnor-time-repeal-second-amendment

It's headline is "It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment"

And it is.

I could go on and on about how the 2nd amendment doesn't--or shouldn't--make it legal for every single person in every single state to own as many guns and as much ammunition as they can get their hands on! And about how a "well regulated militia", even if it was ever a valid reason to make guns legal, is no more applicable to our world than are wooden butter churns or small pox vaccinations. And how no one has EVER thwarted a nut intent upon mowing down as many children as possible by using a legally obtained, legally concealed gun of his/her own to shoot the shooter before he completes his grisly task. Or how "this isn't the time to discuss it".

This is the PERFECT goddamn time to discuss it!

How Our States Were Named

I'm having a "Publisher's Special" sale for the next ten days to catch any procrastinators (like myself ) who still have tough names on their Christmas lists, and have already blown through their budget (again, like me ).

If you'd like to check it out...

www.MountainStormPress.com

K&R if your getting a little tired of people telling you to K&R their posts.

I'll K&R if I want to. Not because you tell me to.

Great history of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

The title is "Massacre at Mountain Meadows" (duh), and there are three authors: Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, Jr., and Glen M. Leonard.

It was published in 2008, and it takes a new look at the causes and repercussions of the massacre. In light of our most recent election and the Mormon theme, this book is even kind of timely.

It uses some new methods to look at the psychological and emotional justifications by the perpetrators in the run-up to the tragedy.

It's very well written. I'm a little over half way through, and I'm loving it (in a morbid, educational sort of way ).

Boulder DA dismissing small-scale marijuana possession cases in light of Amendment 64

Source: Boulder Daily Camera

District Attorney Stan Garnett today announced that his office will dismiss all pending cases of marijuana possession under one ounce, saying the overwhelming support for Amendment 64 in Boulder County would make it highly unlikely a jury would ever reach a guilty verdict in any of those cases.

"You've seen an end to mere possession cases in Boulder County under my office," Garnett said.

Garnett said his office will also not prosecute any marijuana paraphernalia charges in light of Amendment 64 passing statewide earlier this month. Amendment 64 will legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Colorado for those over the age of 21.

Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_21994403/boulder-da-dismissing-marijuana-possession-cases-light-amendment

specifics

Did anyone else notice that when the woman asked Romney about specific tax deductions that he might or might not keep, he STILL would not say? It got kind of glossed over, but she mentioned four specific deductions (education, mortgage, charitable, and one other that I can't remember), and Romney gave a long, rambling answer but still didn't say if he would get rid of those specific deductions.

Election activists blocked from watching printing of Boulder County's ballots

http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_21675887/election-activists-blocked-from-watching-printing-boulder-countys

Election activists blocked from watching printing of Boulder County's ballots
County clerk says Aurora facility couldn't accommodate viewing
By Erica Meltzer Camera Staff Writer

The Colorado Secretary of State has signed off on Boulder County's ballot procedures, and a federal judge tossed a lawsuit that aimed to stop the practice of printing identifying numbers on ballots. But Boulder County elections activists are still concerned that Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall's policies could lead to voters' choices being revealed.

Over the weekend, a group of activists went to the private printing facility in Aurora where Boulder County's ballots are printed to inspect the ballots and observe the sorting of the printed ballots. They were denied entrance to the facility, a move that they say raises questions about transparency and accountability.

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I read an article that gave me some clarity on the abortion issue.

Here in Colorado the sec. of state's office just ruled that the group trying to have a THIRD go at a "personhood" amendment didn't get the required number of signatures, so the measure won't be on the ballot. Great news!

But the article also talked about the women's health groups who had to spend a boat-load of money to fight it off. It made me realize that they're not really trying to get the amendment voted on again. The times it got voted down weren't even close, so I'm sure they know that they don't have a shot at passing it. But I realized that that likely isn't their goal.

Their goal is to force these groups who have little enough money to spend on women's health to spend their meager funds fighting this issue. It's kind of like fighting the unions in order to bankrupt the Democratic campaigns.

We donate regularly to Planned Parenthood, but I took note of the two groups who fought this issue, and talked to my husband about putting them on our donation "list" as well. (Sorry, I can't find the names of the groups right now, and I'm not at home. I'll post them later.)

I don't think I'm being paranoid here. I think these "personhood" proponents know exactly what they're doing. I've posted before about how if this measure ever passes it will have a seriously negative effect on my daughter and her future reproductive health (http://journals.democraticunderground.com/kag/26). I despise the idiots who want to do that to her, and I will do everything in my power to stop them!

Anti-abortion personhood amendment won't make Colorado ballot

By Electa Draper and Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post

The proposed anti-abortion measure known as the Personhood Amendment won't be on the ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Wednesday, but supporters promised to challenge what they call a wrong result.

Gessler said the personhood petition drive fell short of the required number of signatures by 3,859.

Proponents of Initiative 46, which would amend the state Constitution to extend protection of life to "all human beings at any stage of development," have hired election-law specialist Shayne Madsen of the Jackson Kelly law firm to contest the count.

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http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21430098/anti-abortion-personhood-amendment-wont-make-colorado-ballot#ixzz25E9FwV33


Great news!

On Edit: And Scott Gessler is a Republican.

Boulder County concealed weapons permit applications triple following Aurora Shootings

Source: Boulder Daily Camera

BOULDER -- Boulder County officials report that applications for concealed carry weapon permits spiked in the week after the July 20 shootings at an Aurora theater that left 12 dead, and local firearms advocates believe it shows some people are ready to take self-defense up a notch.

From the week of June 4 to the week of July 16, the weekly average of applications for concealed carry gun permits in Boulder County was nine. The week of July 23, the applications jumped to 28 and as of Tuesday last week, the most recent data available, the sheriff's office had already tallied 15 new applications. It takes about 90 days for the county to review an application and issue a permit.


Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_21237536/boulder-county-concealed-weapons-permit-applications-are-up



Great. Just what we need.
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