Ken Collins: Fountain of knowledge

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I think we Americans should be happy for the future of our country. In this time of many problems with many depths, there may be hope out there. It seems that many Republican members of Congress have stumbled onto something profound.

So many of them have been telling us that “I’m no scientist, but” I know that those thousand or so scientists are wrong on the climate change thing. And they let us know that “I’m no psychiatrist, but” I know we can cure homosexuality with a few sessions (apparently forgetting that homosexuality is not a choice but homophobia is).

How about the “I’m no statistician, but” there is rampant voter fraud, despite all the facts. And one of my favorites, “I’m no Islamic rebel expert, but” Obama better arm the rebels (pick which group) in the latest civil war from (pick a country) and he damn well better pick the right ones because we’re watching and will comment, first thing Monday morning.

Lastly and recently, firing another salvo to try to keep women as second-class citizens, in an “I’m no misogynist, but” the GOP brass, old, rich, white men, gleefully applauded the decision of five black-robed old, rich men who came up with a new definition of pregnancy and contraception, and allowed employers to no longer provide basic health care to women. And women only. A care they provided for years before Obama’s Affordable Care Act, stepping between people and their doctor, which was once their main argument against the ACA.

As you may remember in grade school, when you studied the explorers, Ponce de Leon was looking for the fountain of youth. He never found it. (Of course, if there had been any “I’m no geologist, but” Republican members of Congress around, they’d have shown him where it was.)

But, apparently, our GOP leaders in D.C. have access to the fountain of knowledge and aren’t telling us where it is. Knowledge only they have.

Do you realize what this could mean? It would solve our falling test scores. Goodbye, student loan debts. The SAT would be a breeze. Taxes for schools? We don’t need no stinkin’ taxes. Summer vacations all year. Tourist industry flourishes. The list goes on and on.

All we have to do is get those GOP know-it-alls to tell us where that fountain is. Hey Cheney? Got your little enhanced interrogation handbook nearby?

Ken Collins

Stagecoach

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Brian Kotowski 4 months, 1 week ago

That is possibly the most juvenile and disingenuous diatribe I have ever seen published here. A pathetic array of childish straw men which the author then pummels with his Hasbro light saber.

The Hobby Lobby rant is especially egregious. I'll give Mr. Collins the benefit of the doubt and assume that he's merely ignorant of the ruling and refrain from calling him a liar. Instead, I'll challenge him to provide the "new definition of pregnancy and contraception" he says the Supreme Court has established, and how employers will "no longer provide basic health care to women." Unless he honestly believes that exempting employers from furnishing 4 abortifacients from the list of 20 birth control measures mandated by Obamacare equates to the denial of basic health care to anybody. And if that's what he believes, then it is impossible for rational people to take him seriously.

As an aside, I’d like to know the administration’s rationale for deciding that contraception and abortifacients are the only prescriptions to be provided at no cost to employees. Why not meds or treatment for diabetes, cancer, HIV, asthma, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart conditions, substance abuse or psychiatric care? None of which are considered worthy of being provided free to patients in need. Only contraceptives and abortifacients. And not furnished using a deductible, obliging the employee to pick up a percentage of the cost. Absolutely free. I’d love to have a reporter ask the President/Pelosi/Reid why there are exactly zero similar mandates for other medical needs to help patients in real crisis. But the reality is that our media is corrupt and incompetent, and the American sheeple (read: the American left) are so addicted to the government teat that conceit and cowardice have replaced common sense.

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mark hartless 4 months, 1 week ago

If anyone has indeed "accessed the fountain of knowledge" it sure as heck isn't Mr. Collins.

Do you write this stuff of your own accord, or do you post this for someone else who is too embarrassed to put their name on it?

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Ken Mauldin 4 months, 1 week ago

Why does the Pilot publish such dishonest hit-pieces? If someone wrote an editorial saying that Hillary Clinton was not qualified to be President because she robbed a bank in college, would the Pilot publish it?

Apparently so.

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Scott Wedel 4 months, 1 week ago

Gary Hofmeister's piece is no better than this. If one shouldn't be printed then neither should the other.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

So says Ken Collins. "Lastly and recently, firing another salvo to try to keep women as second-class citizens, in an “I’m no misogynist, but” the GOP brass, old, rich, white men, gleefully applauded the decision of five black-robed old, rich men who came up with a new definition of pregnancy and contraception, and allowed employers to no longer provide basic health care to women. And women only. A care they provided for years before Obama’s Affordable Care Act, stepping between people and their doctor, which was once their main argument against the ACA." to misquote Forest Gump - Stupid is as stupid writes. I think Mr. Collins took the most egregiously ridiculous comments of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi regards the Hobby Lobby case and wove them into his fantasy diatribe. Can any one find one shred of truth in the paragraph of his I quoted. I would agree that maybe there should be a sniff test on "opinion" pieces. An opinion is one thing, blatant lies are another. And Ken I would appreciate an answer. How is it that 9 as you call them "black robed old, rich men" can vote on Roe vs. Wade. What do they know about women, pregnancy etc. But please don't stop with your way left rants, the provide great entertainment.

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Ken Mauldin 4 months, 1 week ago

Scott: Please reference a specific false assertion of fact in Gary's piece.

Here, Ken Collins flat-out lies when he states that SCOTUS created a "new definition of pregnancy and contraception" through the Hobby Lobby decision. He doesn't assert this as an opinion, he states it as fact.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

Sorry Scott, after re-reading Mr. Hofmeister's piece I am struggling to find any thing approaching this from Mr. Collins. "Lastly and recently, firing another salvo to try to keep women as second-class citizens, in an “I’m no misogynist, but” the GOP brass, old, rich, white men, gleefully applauded the decision of five black-robed old, rich men who came up with a new definition of pregnancy and contraception, and allowed employers to no longer provide basic health care to women. And women only. A care they provided for years before Obama’s Affordable Care Act, stepping between people and their doctor, which was once their main argument against the ACA."

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Scott Wedel 4 months, 1 week ago

Old white Republican male leaders did issue statements supporting the Hobby Lobby decision.

Sure, the factual claim was surrounded by hyperbolic descriptions, but so is Gary's letter. Gary's claim that the communist system is built upon lies is certainly debatable. A totalitarian government is certainly able to lie, but it is built upon economic and military control.

Since a democracy includes lying politicians campaigning for office then lying is arguably a more fundamental part of democracy than communism.

Paper is obviously willing to print whatever political diatribe that someone is willing to submit as a letter to the editor.

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Paul Hughes 4 months, 1 week ago

A wonderfully satirical piece, despite the hysterical comments from people who should get over themselves.

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rhys jones 4 months, 1 week ago

So the Pilot publishes this rambling, paranoid diatribe, in token representation of the viewpoint from the left, obviously demonstrating the shortcomings of such an outlook -- disgusting. Journalism at its worst. Agenda-setting, in reverse. Manipulation. Brainwashing. Cheap psychology, at work -- and petty psychologists, with big egos.

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john bailey 4 months, 1 week ago

theres not a thing wrong with allowing this piece to be published , it just shows the idiotic mindset of the left . and these are the people that we allow to be in charge of the most free nation on earth. keep it coming ....

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Scott Wedel 4 months, 1 week ago

Just as Gary's letter shows the idiotic mindset of the right.

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john bailey 4 months, 1 week ago

touché .. Scott we're all idiots in some fashion ~;0)

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rhys jones 4 months, 1 week ago

I walk both sides, left and right, depends on the subject, and nobody's right about everything.

It's a shell game anyway, left and right, demons on both sides, when the real culprit behind the charade is the Federal Reserve, in cahoots with big corporations and the defense industry, Halliburton notably, Cheney's gang. Their guys provide vast support services to our troops, formerly performed in-house, for a starting wage of $200K/yr -- and if they get killed in the process, their losses are not recorded as U.S. losses, as technically they are tourists, being civilians. Also thus immune to the Geneva Conventions and much international law, officially representing nobody. Blackwater, DynCorp, and Anaconda live by nobody's rules but their own.

Now war is cool again!! There's injustice all over the world, and we're just the guys to fix it.

Especially places with oil. Central Africa, genocide going on -- eh -- who cares; too many folks anyway.

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Michael Bird 4 months, 1 week ago

Scott, Since there is not a democracy on this planet, how can we have politicans lying be a more fundamental part ? FYI - the USA is and always has been a REPUBLIC. It is a representative form of government - NOT a democracy. Do we really have to have everybody go back and learn the words of our Pledge of Alligence ? How sad if we do.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

So Scott, You are validating Ken C commentary because old white Republicans issued statements supporting the Hobby Lobby decision. Really. Read his paragraph again and tell me you think he is correct. I wonder if any young female Republicans supported the decision. I wonder if any young or old African American Republicans supported the decision. I could argue that Mr. Collins comments are racist, sexist, bigoted but then he might take the Dan S strategy and complain to the Pilot about ad hominem attacks. I feel bad for you that you think there is any comparison between Gary's commentary and Ken's commentary.

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Scott Wedel 4 months, 1 week ago

Where does that paragraph say that there are zero young female Republicans that support the decision?

He focuses on a group that included people that did support it.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

"He focuses on a group of people that supported it" in his ideological world. Where did I say he said "zero young female Republican females that support the decision." I never said that so stop putting words in my mouth. Are you telling me that no women, no African Americans, no Hispanics, no millenials supported the Hobby Lobby decision. Personally I don't care, I am just tired of ideologues spewing their bs with no one calling them out. Apparently you are ok with that. I am not ok with that.

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Dan Shores 4 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Ken! Couldn't agree more. Well said and well written. It's nice to hear someone speak the truth for a change.

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Robert Huron 4 months, 1 week ago

Rhys is right there is big money for a few in war. When I was in Vietnam our troops worked the mess halls as cooks etc. (KP-kitchen police) and took care of all types of services like electricians and plumbers. We did have some Vietnamese working the mess halls doing clean up duty at little cost. In Iraq and Afghanistan it was all out sourced to a few defense contractors mainly a company called Halliburton. They were given no bid cost plus 10% contracts to provide all services. I knew a few people who took jobs in Iraq as plumbers on a one year contract. The base salary was $80K tax free for unskilled labor in the mess halls and over $100K and up based on specialty. When he arrived in Iraq he was one of 8 plumbers stationed on a USAF base. When they had a job all 8 would go out. One would work and the other 7 would watch. They would take turns over the year doing some work but there was never enough work for 2 plumbers let alone 8 but it was a cost plus 10% contract so the costs had to be inflated to maximize profit. This was why there were more civilian contractors in Iraq than our troops and this went on for 9 years. These 2 wars cost over $2 Trillion(all borrowed) with less than 1% of our population in uniform. As a comparison WW2 cost $4.1 Trillion in todays dollars with 14% of the population in uniform. There is also the case of the$100 million in cash that was flown to Iraq that is still missing. The Defense Contractors laughed all the way to the bank and our troops and their families cried all the way to the cemetery. And to make things worse the same people who got us in this mess(the darlings of the Steamboat Freedom Institute) in the first place want us to get back in. Wonder why?

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mark hartless 4 months, 1 week ago

Robert,

Do you think the tactics and work habits are any different working for the government in another location?

Do you think those same scams are not being ran by contractors here in America? Do you think agencies like the EPA, IRS, FDA, DOT, FAA, FHA, FEMA, ATF, etc, etc, are not wasting money? Are not scamming taxpayers? Do not use union employees who work way less than they get paid?? Is Cheney involved in all of them?

Do you think we can have big government cheap so long as it doesn't operate in Iraq??

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Ken Collins 4 months, 1 week ago

For those of you that called me a "liar": There are many top GOP congressmen saying climate change and human influence is "biggest hoax on mankind", and 97% of scientists surveyed say differently. Fact! There are about 15 or so states, mostly red ones, presently trying to cut down voter participation with the reason of voter fraud although the facts aren't there. Fact! There a many conservatives, maybe not totally Republican, that think you can change a gay person's sexual orientation. BS. Fact! There are busloads of GOPers that wanted Obama to jump into every middle east conflict in the last 5 years even though nobody in their right mind knew who to back. Certainly not the love-pair McCain and his boyfriend. Fact! For those who called me an "idiot", for maybe saying the SC came up with a new definition of pregnancy and contraception: The 4 contraception choices that are now off the list, are not abortifacients. They keep an egg from being fertilized or keep a fertilized egg from implanting, which most don't implant anyway. Neither of those are considered abortions. Pregnancy is an implanted fertilized egg. Where the SC went wrong is going with Hobby Lobby in their incorrect definitions of pregnancy and abortion or contraception. And, a big AND it is, HL covered those items for years before they decided to back out of their responsibility. They still cover Viagra and vasectomies. But women are much easier targets.
I don't really care if you call me an idiot but a liar is a bit far. Especially, considering in the context, I'm neither.

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David Ihde 4 months ago

The fact that HL was or wasn't providing the said birth control is irrelevant as our healthcare is none of the governments business in the first place. There wasn't any law mandating HL or any other business to provide any kind of healthcare to their employees, let alone birth control before the ACA. The ACA was and is a clear case of Congress passing a law that violates the free exercise clause of the first amendment. What Hobby Lobby did of their own free will before the ACA has nothing to do with anything. Therefore SCOTUS did not err at all.

Having said that, it is unfortunate that the Today chose not to let anyone respond to your assertions in your letter. Therefore I will post it here and above.

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David Ihde 4 months ago

To Mr. Ken Collins, I do not profess to know the fountain of knowledge anymore than the next person. But I do know that it does not reside with you. First off, concerning climate change, are they the same 1000 scientists who were claiming that we were heading to the next ice-age when I was in High School? To the point that Time Magazine had it on its cover? I guess all those deniers then were correct, weren't they?. Any bets that they are correct again this time around? Especially since your side had to change the name from Global Warming to Climate Change and got busted with e-mails showing data manipulation during Climate-gate? One scientific conclusion can be made though, and that is consensus is not science! Does not matter whether it's 1974 or 2014, whether there are 1000 scientists or a million!

Secondly, if you do not believe that there is voter fraud going on in this country, look no further than the recent Republican primary in Mississippi. Why did a Democrat AG in Nevada prosecute ACORN for voter fraud in the 2008 election? Same in Washington, Pennsylvania and Florida! Only in Wisconsin did a Republican bring charges. And you need Voter ID to get into any government building, including the ones the EPA does its business in. Does that mean only the leftist elite are allowed? Same with a bank account, buy beer, drive a car Welfare Benefits etc., etc.

Thirdly , it was Obama's foreign policy that upset the apple cart in the middle east, not Republicans. The rest is just a mess.

Fourthly, the recent Hobby Lobby decision by those 5 black-robed old rich men did no such thing as allow employers to no longer provide woman access to basic healthcare. That is an outright lie let alone a component of the fountain of knowledge. They just said they don't have to pay for those components that offend their religious beliefs. Something that was allowed prior to the ACA (Obamacare) butting their nose where it did not belong! Nor are they stepping in between people and their doctors. That's also a lie but ironically is a component of the ACA, that lied to us about keeping our insurance plans, doctors and hospitals if we liked them! And it was black-robed old rich men that gave us Roe v. Wade was it not? Were they misogynists back then too?

Fifthly, no republican ever said that we do not need taxes for education. They just said that it was not a Federal function, but instead a state and local one. And based on the test scores we have seen since they (the Federal Government) have been involved, I say they are right! Nowhere in the constitution does it give authority to the Federal Government over our education or our healthcare for that matter.

And that is one fountain of knowledge that I do know and am certain of!

David Ihde

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

Ken Collins says " The 4 contraception choices that are now off the list, are not abortifacients." My understanding is that 2 of the 4 contraception choices off the list are morning after pills The following is from the web site www.morningpill.org. Now it's possible this is false info but I have found nothing to suggest it is.

"Therefore, if a woman ingests emergency contraception after fertilization has taken place, the third mode of action can occur. The lining of the uterus can be altered causing the woman's body to reject the living human embryo, making implantation impossible and the child will die. This result is called a chemical abortion; therefore emergency contraception is an abortifacient."

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

Ken Collins says "There are many top GOP congressmen saying climate change and human influence is "biggest hoax on mankind", and 97% of scientists surveyed say differently. Fact!

Forbes magazine says; http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/05/30/global-warming-alarmists-caught-doctoring-97-percent-consensus-claims/ "Global warming alarmists and their allies in the liberal media have been caught doctoring the results of a widely cited paper asserting there is a 97-percent scientific consensus regarding human-caused global warming. After taking a closer look at the paper, investigative journalists report the authors’ claims of a 97-pecent consensus relied on the authors misclassifying the papers of some of the world’s most prominent global warming skeptics. At the same time, the authors deliberately presented a meaningless survey question so they could twist the responses to fit their own preconceived global warming alarmism.

Global warming alarmist John Cook, founder of the misleadingly named blog site Skeptical Science, published a paper with several other global warming alarmists claiming they reviewed nearly 12,000 abstracts of studies published in the peer-reviewed climate literature. Cook reported that he and his colleagues found that 97 percent of the papers that expressed a position on human-caused global warming “endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.”

As is the case with other ‘surveys’ alleging an overwhelming scientific consensus on global warming, the question surveyed had absolutely nothing to do with the issues of contention between global warming alarmists and global warming skeptics. The question Cook and his alarmist colleagues surveyed was simply whether humans have caused some global warming. The question is meaningless regarding the global warming debate because most skeptics as well as most alarmists believe humans have caused some global warming. The issue of contention dividing alarmists and skeptics is whether humans are causing global warming of such negative severity as to constitute a crisis demanding concerted action.

Either through idiocy, ignorance, or both, global warming alarmists and the liberal media have been reporting that the Cook study shows a 97 percent consensus that humans are causing a global warming crisis. However, that was clearly not the question surveyed."

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Robert Huron 4 months, 1 week ago

Mark how many people are killed by the gov't scams you perceive? None that I know of. How many were killed or disabled by your buddy Cheney? The answer is thousands plus a few $Trillion on top of that.. That is the difference with his lies which is why he should be in jail or with LBJ. Now you know why neither G.W. Bush or S. Libby has talked to him since Jan. 2009. Maybe we should build another $750 Million embassy in Afghanistan too. It was disgusting that he set foot in our town.

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rhys jones 4 months, 1 week ago

That "Freedom" group was the most egotistical group of entitled self-righteous snobs I have ever seen. They really think they are superior.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

Hey everybody, going off topic here. As some may know, hearings started today on whether the administration should be sued. I am not a big fan, but I agree with Jonathon Turley that something needs to be done. Who is Jonathon Turley you ask? Here is part of his bio. In numerous appearances on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show, he has called for criminal prosecution of Bush administration officials for war crimes, including torture.. Here is part of his testimony today. "Reflecting these views, the Framers stated that the President “shall take care that the laws of the United States be duly and faithfully executed.” It was a direct mandatory statement that stood in contrast to the fluid notion of executive prerogative. I have previously testified on the history and meaning of that clause, which I will not repeat here. However, some of President Obama’s statements come strikingly close to assertions by King James I that he could apply “natural reason” to the alteration, and even the suspension, of federal laws. .

There is no license in the Madisonian system to “go it alone.” Our country is sharply divided politically and that division is manifested (as it should be) in Congress. During times of division, less may get done. Both sides must either compromise or seek to change the balance of power in the next election. The assertion of executive prerogative to implement changes without Congress is tantamount to a pledge to govern alone. Such a dominant executive certainly promises to “get things done” but at a prohibitive cost. Those who remain silent today should consider that, in less than three years, a different president will sit in the Oval Office. That person could use the very same claims to suspend environmental or anti-discrimination laws. The short-term benefits of achieving such changes will pale in comparison to the long-term damage to our system from fueling the rise of an American über-presidency. The safeguard for our system remains our federal judiciary, but as discussed below, the courts have increasingly detached constitutional rights from judicial remedies" Here is his testimony in total - might be worth and printing to read while enjoying the beverage - alcoholic or non - or toke of your choice. http://docs.house.gov/meetings/RU/RU00/20140716/102507/HMTG-113-RU00-Wstate-TurleyJ-20140716.pdf

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mark hartless 4 months, 1 week ago

"How many are killed by government scams... none that I know of."

Are you high??

You think nobody was killed by the guns Eric Holders Justice Dept ran across the border? You think people are not dying down there along our border every day?

You think the ATF's Lon Horriucci didn't put a bullet in Vicky Weavers head as she held her baby in her arms? You forget what the ATF and FBI did at Waco?

You think any of these illegals cause death and destruction once they disappear into our nation... DUI crashes, etc, etc? Any of them dealing deadly drugs to american school kids? You think those illegals aren't gonna end up costing us "a few $Trillion"??

You think the money wasted by our big, fat, retarded government doesn't translate into shortened lives for many Americans?

You think that fradulent welfare funds never contribute to heroine overdoses?

You think the FDA refusing to permit the sale of expirimental drugs to terminally ill americans causes zero deaths?

Finally, do you think I voted for Cheney? Not once. Do you think I'm defending Cheney? Wrong. You think I wanted to piss away one thin dime in that armpit of civilization called Afghanistan??No.

Will you EVER realize that big government is like a bull in a china shop no matter whether it is deployed in Iraq or Idaho? I doubt it, cause you are sooo heavily invested in the trees that you can't see the forest. It's too big, Robert. If it were 1/4th the size and mandated to not borrow any $$$ for anything then it could never have invaded Iraq, could it???

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Karl Koehler 4 months, 1 week ago

I applaud the Pilot's willingness to publish a variety of opinions and perspectives from local contributors. It's up to us, the readers, to keep our facts straight. For the record, Hillary did not rob a bank in college. But shortly thereafter, as a young attorney, she did vigorously defend a child rapist.

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Ken Collins 4 months, 1 week ago

Dan K, a fertilized egg that has not implanted, which is often the case anyway, is not an embryo. Therefore, it is not an abortion. It's a contraception. And none of you are addressing the fact that HL covered all those contraception methods for years before deciding to challenge the law. Why now?

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months, 1 week ago

Ken, Are you saying the info I posted from morningpill.org is: a) incorrect, b) you don't agree with it or c) it doesn't fit your ideology. On your statement about Hobby Lobby I have no idea on why they changed their position. I am assuming you are correct (or is that like the 97% climate change stuff you posted) as I have done no research on that point as I don't really care. Maybe they got angry because the government tried to shove it's crap down their throat. Maybe had the government never decided to force companies to make all birth control stuff free to all employees HL would have never changed their policy. Maybe HL decision falls under the "laws of unintended consequences". Maybe HL said, you know what we have had enough, you o great and powerful government have gone too far.But that's just speculation on my part. Do you have the "inside baseball" on that decision. If so please share that info with we less informed. I am curious if any female HL employees have left the company because of HL's apparent policy change. Hey, the good news is you didn't have a come back on my response to your 97% climate change myth so maybe you are off that band wagon. O and any comment on Jonathan Turley's testimony on Presidential use of "executive privilege" that I posted yesterday. And don't you love that I have come back and answered your questions.

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mark hartless 4 months, 1 week ago

Hey Ken,

Here's a little knowledge for your own fountain:

The Environmental Impact Study done by the Obama State Dept headed by Hillary was released in January. It contained the following key statement which you must have overlooked when you wrote that delusional piece about KXL a while back:

" ...approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including the proposed Project, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States." In other words, the oil would be coming out one way or another, Ken.

That statement flies in the face of your assertions in that letter, doesn't it?

The Sierra Clubs assertion (and your's) that "In order to expand production, tar sands producers must reach the U.S. Gulf Coast" is also mistaken, since last month Canada moved forward with plans to allow Kinder Morgan Canada to expand it's pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver.

I am sure your next letter to the Pilot will contain all the proper retractions, no??

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Brian Kotowski 4 months, 1 week ago

Um... no. Duh. It's curious dynamic: facts make demagogues like Mssrs Collins & Hall Monitor even more delusional and disingenuous. If Mr. Hall Monitor cares to acquaint himself with the definition of 'disingenuous', I'm sure he'll launch himself into a fury of self righteous indignation and report me to the authorities. I would expect no less from such a vigilant hypocrite.

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Fred Duckels 4 months, 1 week ago

Ken's little diatribe is a distraction from talking about the worst president in history. The tit for tat game invariably ends up at his level and who con compete with his experience?

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David Ihde 4 months ago

It is unfortunate that the Today chose not to let anyone respond to Ken Collins false assertions in his letter. So I will post mine here.

To Mr. Ken Collins, I do not profess to know the fountain of knowledge anymore than the next person. But I do know that it does not reside with you. First off, concerning climate change, are they the same 1000 scientists who were claiming that we were heading to the next ice-age when I was in High School? To the point that Time Magazine had it on its cover? I guess all those deniers then were correct, weren't they?. Any bets that they are correct again this time around? Especially since your side had to change the name from Global Warming to Climate Change and got busted with e-mails showing data manipulation during Climate-gate? One scientific conclusion can be made though, and that is consensus is not science! Does not matter whether it's 1974 or 2014, whether there are 1000 scientists or a million!

Secondly, if you do not believe that there is voter fraud going on in this country, look no further than the recent Republican primary in Mississippi. Why did a Democrat AG in Nevada prosecute ACORN for voter fraud in the 2008 election? Same in Washington, Pennsylvania and Florida! Only in Wisconsin did a Republican bring charges. And you need Voter ID to get into any government building, including the ones the EPA does its business in. Does that mean only the leftist elite are allowed? Same with a bank account, buy beer, drive a car Welfare Benefits etc., etc.

Thirdly , it was Obama's foreign policy that upset the apple cart in the middle east, not Republicans. The rest is just a mess.

Fourthly, the recent Hobby Lobby decision by those 5 black-robed old rich men did no such thing as allow employers to no longer provide woman access to basic healthcare. That is an outright lie let alone a component of the fountain of knowledge. They just said they don't have to pay for those components that offend their religious beliefs. Something that was allowed prior to the ACA (Obamacare) butting their nose where it did not belong! Nor are they stepping in between people and their doctors. That's also a lie but ironically is a component of the ACA, that lied to us about keeping our insurance plans, doctors and hospitals if we liked them! And it was black-robed old rich men that gave us Roe v. Wade was it not? Were they misogynists back then too?

Fifthly, no republican ever said that we do not need taxes for education. They just said that it was not a Federal function, but instead a state and local one. And based on the test scores we have seen since they (the Federal Government) have been involved, I say they are right! Nowhere in the constitution does it give authority to the Federal Government over our education or our healthcare for that matter.

And that is one fountain of knowledge that I do know and am certain of!

David Ihde

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Robert Huron 4 months ago

David I can only comment on one of your points because I have spent many years in the Middle East since the 1970's. "Obama foreign policy upset the apple cart in the Middle East" not the Republicans. The Middle East has been a mess for decades way before Obama was born. It started with the creation of Israel after WW2 in the heart of Jerusalem which went against a promise made by FDR in 1944 to the King of Saudi Arabia when he gave us oil for the war effort. Jerusalem was supposed to remain an international city not in control of Israel or any nation.. In 1954 Pres. Eisenhower had the leader of Iran ousted and he was replaced with the Shah of Iran who sold us oil for weapons. This eventually caused the Iranian Revolution and the take over of the US Embassy. There was the 1967 and 1973 wars that LBJ and Nixon supported. Reagan supported Sadam in his war with Iran. Then there was Reagan's Iran Conta scandal that followed. Reagan also supported the Taliban in Afghanistan after the Russian invasion. Lastly the biggest foreign policy blunder was when G W. Bush invaded Iraq not Obama. It was the most grossly mismanaged war since Vietnam which led to the sectarian warfare that continues today. It was Pres. Bush in 2008 who negotiated and signed the status of forces agreement with Malaki of Iraq that called for the total withdrawal of US troops in 2012 not Obama. There is plenty of blame to go around for the Middle East mess caused by both Republican and Democrat Administrations since WW2 but to say Obama caused it all is ridiculous. It will continue to be a mess in our lifetime and way into your great grand children's life time no matter who is President. .

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David Ihde 4 months ago

Yes, it has been a mess for many years. However, the Arab Spring came under Obama and his policies. From not fully supporting Israel, inviting regime change in Syria, Libya and Egypt to not leaving the suggested 10,000 troops in Iraq can be laid at Obama's feet. Having said that, I did say the rest is just a mess.

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David Ihde 4 months ago

And Reagan did not support the Taliban. He supported the Mujahideen.

The 28 April marks the 19th anniversary of the Mujahideen's victory over the Red Army forces in Afghanistan. The original Mujahideen of the 1980s and today's Taliban may use the same language of holy war, but their understanding of jihad is worlds apart.

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Robert Huron 4 months ago

You seem to forget who started and grossly mismanaged the Iraq war. No amount of US troops can stop the sectarian violence. Bush negotiated and signed the status of forces agreement with Iraq in 2008. This called for total withdrawal. Yes Obama tried to negotiated to leave a small force but it was Malaki that refused to give our troops immunity like he did with Bush which caused us to withdraw totally and I'm thankful for that. You don't know what it is like to do one tour in a war zone let alone 4, 5 or 6 like our troops were forced to do. Now you know why the VA is so overloaded. Israel is supported by the US to the tune of $3.1 Billion a year and has been since the late 40's under every President. That mess will go on forever until both parties get serious and stop caving in to the extremists on both sides. Bottom line the Middle East will be a mess and nothing we can do will stop that and in fact the US hasn't helped because we always seem to pick losers to support.

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mark hartless 4 months ago

Robert is right. Obama didn't cause the middle east turmoil and he sure as heck hasn't the capacity to fix it.

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Robert Huron 4 months ago

Mark no one has the capacity to fix it which is why it goes on decade after decade. All you have to do is look what is going on in Gaza. It just never ends.

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mark hartless 4 months ago

Agreed. I personally don't believe there is a human alive that has the ability to fix it.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months ago

Robert says "there is plenty of blame to go around" seeming to indict both parties (which I agree with) and then mentions Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush and LBJ. 4 Republicans and one Democrat. "Plenty of blame to go around". Robert me thinks your bias is showing. No mention of Carter, Clinton, Kennedy. Weren't they presidents between Eisenhower and Obama. Just asking? I also agree that there may be no solution in the Middle East. The goal is to re-establish the Caliphate and they don't care how long it takes and who they murder to accomplish it.

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Robert Huron 4 months ago

The statement was "Obama upset the apple cart in the Middle East not the Republicans" which is why I mentioned mostly Republicans under this circumstance. I let you add Carter, Clinton and Kennedy and what they did.
PS. I'm not a Democrat and neither a Republican anymore. They both suck..

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Brian Kotowski 4 months ago

"Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us." ~ Golda Meir, 1957

Just as true now as it was more than a half-century ago.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 months ago

Ken C You asked questions and I tried to answer them. I asked questions and you ignore them. Nice job. No surprise from my perspective. That's the easy way out. Post your hit piece and exit stage left, running all the way, even.

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jerry carlton 4 months ago

Jesus Christ will solve the mid -east crisis according to the book of Revelation but no one knows when.

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