Dan Kuechenmeister

Dan Kuechenmeister 6 days, 22 hours ago on Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

Dan S says, "The issue of crime in African American communities is indeed cultural and goes back to the racism in the south. " Really - what liberal screed did you get that talking point from? Have you considered that 50 years ago 23.6 of African American babies were born to un married mothers. Today (2013 most recent stat I found) 72% are born to unmarried mothers and 67% live in single parent homes. Education in school is difficult because the teachers spend more time disciplining then teaching. I could go on and on but why. But to blame black on black crime to racism in the south. Come on. How about blaming it on a lack of personal responsibility, how about blaming it on making bad choices. A young woman, regardless of color, does not have to get pregnant. A young man, regardless of color, does not have to choose to join a gang. Young people, regardless of color, do not have to choose to refuse to get an education. Yep we have problems in the good old USA, but a lot of them are the result of personal choices, not necessarily racism in the south.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 5 days ago on Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

Eric- couldn't help myself after I saw your Galt's Gulch reference

“The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man's self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breaches or fraud by the others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. But a government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one, the employment of armed compulsion against disarmed victims, is a nightmare infernal machine designed to annihilate morality: such a government reverses its only moral purpose and switches from the role of protector to the role of man's deadliest enemy, from the role of of policeman to the role of a criminal vested with the right to the wielding of violence against the victims deprived of the right of self-defense. Such a government substitutes for morality the following rule of social conduct: you may do whatever you please to your neighbor, provided your gang is bigger than his.”

― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."

Ayn Rand

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Dan Kuechenmeister 2 weeks ago on Sen. Michael Bennet: Hold Congress accountable for shutdown

Hey Chris, You are of course correct about government spending continuing even when congress is not in session. My point is those yahoos can't pass more spending bills if they are shut down. Not that it matters. We are addicted to government spending. James P says "The National debt is a serious issue that at some point will come back to haunt us." I tend to agree with him. But what do we do about it. We continue to elect those who continue to spend money we don't have. Our National debt has doubled in the past 7 years. That is an increase of about 10% per year. As Herbert Stein once said "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop," The FED has become a one trick pony and I guess their next trick will be negative interest rates here in the US as they continue to bail out the too big too fail banks at the expense of we commoners. The fact that the Social Security Fund is the biggest owner of US debt should tell you all you need to know about those depending solely on Social Security. It appears to this gloom and doomer that the US ship has sailed. History has a funny way of repeating and the US is on the downward slide of it's hey day. For those interested I suggest "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Gibbons or "Pillar of Iron" By Caldwell (out of print)

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

"For numerous reasons, the Steamboat Pilot & Today at this point is not publishing Dave Kleiber's letter. Please do not post the letter in its entirety or in part. Those comments will be removed, and the users will be banned from posting." "He who controls the media, controls the mind." Jim Morrison Jackboots are pounding on the door. If you disobey you will be banned and possibly sent to re-education camp.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 3 weeks, 3 days ago on Green teams: Turn out the lights!

While I try to understand the symbolism, turning off "all" the lights for one hour out of the 8760 (8784 in leap year) hours in a year accomplishes nothing. How about what I was taught when I was a young urchin. My father insisted that we turn off lights when we left a room, no exceptions. It is something i practice to this day. (Like Rhys said "ain't rocket science") I did not have to be "taught" at school to not waste. I learned that at home. Seems to me the youth these days should be learning to not waste at home as well. School was (and should still be) for learning reading, writing and arithmetic in addition to learning to play nice with others. With all due respect, this "turn out the lights" campaign does come across as indoctrination.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 weeks ago on Charges filed against man accused of murdering Zimmerman

Scott, Glad to see the post was removed. I am all for free speech but some times it is abused. Seems like this was one of those cases.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 4 weeks ago on Charges filed against man accused of murdering Zimmerman

Liana, Neither growing (the legal amount) nor consuming Mj is illegal. Accusing some one of doing something that they are not doing is potentially defamation. I would think you either prove your accusations or apologize to Scott and wife and then ask the Pilot to remove your comment.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 month ago on Lisa Mason: Leash laws oppressive

Pat, Am I recalling correctly? Have you not complained in the past about posters going off topic. I am curious what your comment has to do with leash laws in Steamboat. If you want to call out the police in Ferguson write a letter to the editor

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