Today is November 2, 2010 and it’s election day in the United States.
One thing that you need to do is vote. There is nothing more American than getting out and exercising your right to vote.

I’ve voted, have you?

Homeowner’s Association’s are just nuts

I am in a crazy homeowner’s association. It is not like the rules are crazy against me as a property owner or my neighbors.
It is the quorum that is required to change the bylaws. For quorum, we need 60% of the homeowner’s. That is 188 homes. We also must be unanimous. If one person votes no, then it is dead.

We are trying to change it, but there are many that don’t care. We barely got over 100 households tonight.

Hopefully the changes and future votes will allow us to manage our homeowner’s association. But the way it’s going now, we can’t even change the board members.

This is one big mess-up. Neumann Homes messes it up for us again.

Student who had NOBAMA sticker on chest settles lawsuit

Last year the day before the election, a high school student Blake Benson was waiting in line to attend an event where Michelle Obama was appearing was pulled from the line and arrested for having a NOBAMA sticker across his chest.
He was held on a misdemeanor charge of interference with school and staff which could have resulted in him spending 6 months in jail.

This is something that shouldn’t have been done by the school principal or the Jefferson County sheriff. He was just exercising his free speech rights.

The even was open to all and not a closed event. They should never had bothered him.

The ACLU represented him and he received a $4,000 settlement from Jefferson County and the Jefferson County School District.

I think that he said it best with his quote.

“What my teachers taught me about our constitutional rights wasn’t respected outside the classroom,” Benson said in a written statement. “If one thing comes from this case, I hope it is that other students will learn more about their free speech rights and not be afraid to use them.”

Denver May Be Pot Capital USA

As dispensaries pop up, Denver may be Pot Capital, U.S.A. – The Denver Post
The Denver City Council should regulate the medical pot industry and restrict where dispensaries can locate. It’s there duty.

The medical marijuana industry should have to do what any other business has to do and abide by the laws of the citizens.

I find it pretty ridiculous that there are more marijuana dispensaries in the city than there are liquor stores, Starbucks coffee shops, or public schools. I find it ridiculous especially since it is for a “medicine” that has no regulation by the FDA which manages all of our medicines.

The city of Denver must do what it can to protect all of the citizens of Denver.

Napolitano should resign now

Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano should resign her position. She just doesn’t get security or what it takes to defend this country.
Earlier today she said the “system worked” in the twarting of the bomber on the Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. Huh?

A bomber was able to get material that he used to try and blow up the flight. He actually started the fire in his lap. If it wasn’t for an observant passenger who tackled the bomber there would have been a big disaster.

Excuse me Madam Secretary. The system didn’t work.

The U.S. Government knew that there were concerns about this passenger when the bomber’s father notified the U.S. Embassy that he was concerned what his son would do. The terrorist was also known to have ties to Al Qaeda and should never had been on that flight.

What we now have to be concerned with is being scared of these terrorists. I am scared the new security measures that DHS will now implement. They tend to over-react to things and implement security measures that are show and do no real good for the security of the flight.

Napolitano should resign and someone with a real security background and knowledge become the Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

Schools ponder showing Obama speech to students

Schools ponder showing Obama speech to students – The Denver Post.
This is the most ridiculous thing that I have heard of or read.

Regardless of your political stance, this is a speech challenging children to do well at school. Barack Obama is the President!

Most of the school children need this challenge and hearing it from the President would be a good thing.

Wise up parents and schools. Let the children see this.

Update: It looks like the concern is the lesson plan that the U.S. Department of Education issued to schools following the announcement. I personally don’t see a need for a lesson plan. It is just the President speaking which I think that all of us should listen too.

I find this funny that President George H. W. Bush did this in 1991 and the Democrats reacted the same way. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

Breckenridge’s wildfire-safety law, residents should be held responsible

Breckenridge’s wildfire-safety law rescinded – The Denver Post
Recently the homeowner’s in Breckenridge rolled back a law that is meant to protect homes, residents, and firefighters during a wildfire. This is plain stupid and ignorant.

Breckenridge and most mountain towns are having a big problem with homes moving out into the forest. But if there is a wildfire, there needs to be defensible space around that house to protect the home, homeowners, and specifically the firefighters who will be there trying to defend that space.

Well if homeowner’s don’t clear and thin the trees around their house, there will be no defensible space.

What Breckenridge was trying to do was put in an ordinance that required homeowners to do this so their would be defensible space. It was ground-breaking in Colorado.

Breckenridge is one of the mountain towns that has a lot of homes moving up into the trees. They are also having a big problem with the pine beetle, killing many of the trees that these homeowners are trying to protect.

But homeowners, many who live out-of-state, didn’t want to touch their beautiful trees. They felt the government was over-stepping their bounds. Well not me. Continue reading “Breckenridge’s wildfire-safety law, residents should be held responsible”

CBO: Health bills to increase federal costs – CQ Politics-

CBO: Health bills to increase federal costs – CQ Politics-
I thought this was interesting and wanted to share with everyone. Basically, the new health care reform they are talking about will increase federal costs, not reduce them like we are being told.

This is straight from the Congressional Budget Office who looks at the total costs and provides that information to Congress.

My stance is that something needs to be done for health care. It is getting quite expensive and I don’t see how people who don’t have health insurance get medical care.

A couple of years ago I had to have emergency surgery to have my appendix removed. Luckily I had, and currently have, real good health insurance. It was amazing to me all the charges that came with the surgery and recovery in the hospital.

If I didn’t have that health insurance, it would have been a real big hit to us.

People should be able to afford health insurance and plans should be available for people to choose for themselves, not be forced to have one type of plan for many or all.

If you look at Canada or England, we can see that people have health care, but it is quite expensive and not real good. If you hurt your knee, you could wait weeks to get time for a MRI. That is not good.

So I think that something needs to be done with health costs. It just needs to be reduced. Finally we need to have realistic health plans for people to choose that will meet their needs. Not mandated or required.

Colorado Congressional Delegation shouldn’t take Army for granted over Piñon Canyon

In today’s edition of the Denver Post Representative Mike Coffman nailed it when he said that Democrats in the Colorado delegation are taking the U.S. Army for granted.
In the article, GOP lawmaker raises stakes in Piñon battle, Coffman states that “the legislation being prepared by Colorado Democrats to permanently prohibit the expansion of the Army’s Piñon Canyon training area would severely undermine the future of Fort Carson, setting off a devastating economic ripple effect in the southern part of the state.”

What people, especially Congress, doesn’t fully understand is that U.S. Army and the military is a tremendous economic force and driver in southern Colorado and throughout the state. Do people really believe that if Fort Carson is no longer, will Peterson Air Force Base remain? The two are dependent on each other.

If you don’t think so, look what happened to the miliary in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Continue reading “Colorado Congressional Delegation shouldn’t take Army for granted over Piñon Canyon”