Monthly Archives: December 2013

Colorado my home

 

By Bob Cox

December 30, 2013

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

The year is now gone. We can all sit around and brag about our accomplishments or lament our failures. We can pat ourselves on the backs for having survived another year or drive ourselves crazy wondering what the next year will bring.

 

As far as I am concerned Colorado should be looking at the next year with a substantial amount of pessimism. We have, as a state, gained national recognition for all the wrong reasons and those who think we have accomplished grand things are looking forward to screwing up the state even more.

 

First or all, Colorado managed to pass some glaringly unconstitutional gun laws in 2013. Sure, a couple of supporters of those laws were recalled and sent back to their districts with their tails between their legs, but the laws are still on the books and law abiding citizens are suffering because of them.

 

Then there is the ridiculous legalization of “recreational marijuana.” I was always willing to listen to the medical argument, but this thing is a travesty brought on by a bunch of people who think it is okay to fill their brains with chemicals if it comes in the form of marijuana, but will pick up their signs and head for the nearest protest gathering if someone wants to do a little fracking and release some valuable and much needed natural gas and oil from their self-defined “Mother Earth.” This law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, will allow those over 21 to purchase an ounce of the wacky weed if they are residents and a quarter ounce if they are from another state.

 

Enforcement will be a nightmare and those involved in trying to prevent drunk driving and the consequences thereof now have another problem to deal with. Where the hell are all the mad mothers now?

 

Of course all those thousands and maybe millions of dollars that are to be collected in the form of taxes on pot are going to be going to the school systems. What are the chances of it being enough? I am willing to bet the price of a lid of grass that someone will want more “for the children” before the sun sets on 2014.

 

Don’t despair though. The minimum wage in Colorado is going up to $8 per hour on the first of January. I will wait for the promised end of poverty and increase in employment that is supposed to bring. Again, I am betting against it. The minimum wage is a dismal failure at doing anything for the economy or unemployment. The only people who do not know that are the idiots we have elected to buy votes with our money.

 

Then there are the new health care laws. I have tried reading as much as I can on that, but every time I get to the end of the first chapter there is a news release from Washington, D.C. that changes the whole thing and I have to start all over again. Maybe I could get Nancy Pelozi to separate her gritted teeth a little and explain to me whether she ever got around to reading the darn thing after they passed it. I am sure that would shed some light on the issue.

 

Another wonderful new law is the new way of determining how much alimony one person must pay to another in the case of dissolution of marriage (or whatever they call it now). It seems the judges in these cases were having a hard time figuring out if some poor jilted spouse was entitled to more money, so the legislature stepped in and passed a big long law that is full of “exceptions” to make it easier on the judges.

 

Then there are the regulations, and believe me there are more than I want to comment on here. We can rest assured though that those pesky incandescent light bulbs are finally on their way out. As of Jan. 1, the 60 watt and 40 watt versions will no longer be manufactured in the United States. Sorry Mr. Edison, but you really screwed up. When you said you had not failed, only found 10,000 ways something did not work, little did you know that the EPA would make that 10,001 ways and not have even a twinkle of evidence to support their hair-brained regulations.

 

But, in spite of it all, I have to remain just a little optimistic. I see people pointing at the right people and accusing them of lying. I see a few brave souls standing up for what they believe in, and I see friends and family around me. There is still hope.

 

Happy New Year

Bob

 

Obumacare

 

By Bob Cox

December 23, 2013

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

First and foremost, each and every one of you has a very merry Christmas and may the New Year be a bright one.

 

Today marks that day when so many Americans were supposed to be all signed up for the Affordable Health Care act. What it really is turning out to be is the day when many of those Americans are realizing that they have been lied to, led astray by their so-called representatives and made to feel like they have been taken advantage of.

 

Each time I hear a new twist to the faults of the Obama Care, I make an attempt to understand. Frankly, I usually get only more confused. This whole debacle lacks any logic whatsoever.

 

The latest is that there is a possibility that volunteer firefighters might be considered employees for the purposes of determining the number of employees within a business or organization. That is that magic “50 or more” we have heard so much about. I am a big fan of volunteer fire departments and I truly believe we have some of the best there are in our area. I have had the opportunity to personally get to know many of the members. I make no secret of the fact that the Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia firefighters are, in my opinion some of the best in the state. I will never forget the passion and dedication of people like Doug Fritz, Who takes his role as a volunteer firefighter as seriously as he does his business.

 

Under the law, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Delta will not be among those with more than 50 employees, leading some to wonder why I bring them up at all. I will get to that. Meanwhile, keep in mind that, as of the last information I have available, Montrose Fire District has a total of 52 members. Fifteen of those are either reserves or volunteers. This could well have an impact on that district.

 

What bothers me most is that the IRS is in charge of these determinations. They are the real regulating agency behind the AHCA. There is no doubt in my mind that we have not heard the last of this. If you thing otherwise, simply use your favorite search engine and look for the IRS regulation 4980H. A very small, and I do mean very small part of that regulation reads:

(4) Full-time employee

(A) In general

The term “full-time employee” means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week.

(B) Hours of service

The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall prescribe such regulations, rules, and guidance as may be necessary to determine the hours of service of an employee, including rules for the application of this paragraph to employees who are not compensated on an hourly basis.

 

Don’t be fooled. It will not be long, in fact it is already being discussed that even things like shirts and training trips might be considered “income” when given to these volunteers. The number of volunteers might not even be considered when it comes to a new income stream for the regulators to tuck into their the thousands of pages of new regulations expected over the next year. How are you going to feel when those shirts worn by the Hotchkiss Fire Department while they serve a pancake breakfast to raise funds to buy their own equipment is taxed as income?

 

If any man or woman even hinted that they supported the Affordable Health Care Act and they are now sitting in a position of power in Washington, D.C., they should be removed from that position at the earliest possible time. For many that means 2014. It is now our turn to turn things around.

 

See you next year.

 

Bob.

 

P.S. My first session of year with Jim Kerschner on KUBC AM 580 will be on January 11. Tune in and let us know what you are thinking.

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Oh my Colorado

 

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

December 16, 2013

 

So, here we go again. Colorado is once again getting attention by the national media. We are not being promoted because the early snowfall has created some great skiing conditions, nor are we handed accolades because, according to a study released on Dec. 11, we rank 8th among all states for our good health.

 

No, the media is once again targeting us because some idiot did something stupid and walked into the Arapahoe High School in Centennial with a shotgun. He shot one innocent student, and then turned the gun on himself.

 

And, once again the liberal media has a problem. First of all, hours and even days after authorities identified the shooter, 18-year-old Karl Pierson, most of the mainstream media was still referring to him as “the shooter” or the “teenaged shooter.” As usual, and as should happen, news outlets began looking into Pierson’s background, but they very obviously did not like what they found. He was not some right wing, Tea Party, Constitution toting radical, but rather a self-described hater of those kinds. In a Facebook post, he described Republicans as the “let them die party.”

 

What upsets me as much as anything is the fact that some of these so-called news outlets changed their stories when it became obvious that their agendas could not be met. In one article the Denver Post quoted Thomas Conrad, an acquaintance of Pierson’s, as describing Pierson as “a very opinionated Socialist.” Oops, that doesn’t fit. The Post’s follow-up story conveniently left out the word “Socialist” and limited Conrad’s description to “very opinionated.” That is journalistic malpractice.

 

I don’t want to trivialize what happened. I do want to point out that there is evil out there and that we cannot control evil by covering up the fact that it is evil. Claire Davis, an innocent victim of this outrageous crime, as of this writing is fighting for her life. That is sad and should not be ignored, but she is a victim because of an evil person, not because of what he used to perpetrate his evil methods.

You can bet that there will be people out there who will exploit this terrible event. Keep your eyes and ears open and keep an open mind. Listen to who speaks up and what they say. Too often I hear the words that sound so compassionate and understanding, only to realize that they are hollow and agenda driven.

God bless Clair Davis and her family. I hope they realize that Karl Pierson got just what he deserved. He did the right thing when he turned the gun on himself, even if he did it for all the wrong reasons.

 

Those are my notes for this week. Remember, if you know of someone who might like to read these thoughts, please share them and encourage them to send me an email – coxnotes@Reagan.com – to get on the mailing list. I do not spam and I do not share email addresses.

 

Thanks

 

Bob

First Amendment

 

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

December 11, 2013

Imagine if you will the following scenario:

A common citizen walks into a Halal butcher shop in the greater Denver area and asks the proprietor if the shop does custom butchering. The owner, a devout Muslim eager to please his potential customer answers,  “Certainly, what do you have in mind?”

“I need a large hog cut into appropriate pieces for a barbecue being held in honor of my daughter’s confirmation,” replies the customer.

The owner politely rebukes his customer by informing him that Muslims are not allowed to handle pork and that pork, according to his religion should not be eaten. He declines to enter into an agreement whereby he would cut up the hog.

I have no idea if this has ever happened, but I am betting that the guy that wanted the hog butchered would have one hell of a time getting some judge to force the Halal butcher to provide the service, but that is exactly what happened to a Christian shop owner when a gay couple wanted him to make them a wedding cake.

When Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver told his potential customer that based on religious beliefs, he had to decline making them a wedding cake. The two gay men immediately went running to the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU jumped at the chance to render the U.S. Constitution a little weaker and filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

It is not bad enough that the ACLU took such a stance. They actually found a judge that agreed with their ridiculous claim. Last week judge Robert N. Spencer found that Phillips violated the law and basically ordered him to set his religious freedom aside and bake the cake.

How can this happen in the United States of America? How can a judge not know what the First Amendment is all about? Here is how the ACLU sees it:

“While we all agree that religious freedom is important, no one’s religious beliefs make it acceptable to break the law by discriminating against prospective customers,” said Amanda C. Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. “No one is asking Masterpiece’s owner to change his beliefs, but treating gay people differently because of who they are is discrimination plain and simple.”

Judge Spencer may like to think that what he said and did is “plain and simple,” but it is anything but. When a person is forced by the law to set aside his religious beliefs, he is being subjected to the exact atrocity that sent our ancestors to the banks of the New World. This judge, the ACLU and the CCRC have gone way beyond the scope of the law. What they have done is unconstitutional.  They should be reprimanded, but who will reprimand them? The power these people have is quickly becoming omnipotent. We must find a way to limit that power and we must do it soon.

 What makes this even more disturbing is the fact that the Denver Post chose to go along with the judge. The Denver Post actively participates in the Colorado Press Association’s contests, some of which honor those who stand up for freedom of the press – a right also articulated by our founders in the First Amendment. I cannot help but wonder what argument they will have when this radical judge decides that they cannot say what they want to say because they are “treating people differently because of who they are…”

Here, in part is what the Post had to say:

Masterpiece Cakeshop is a commercial enterprise, not a religious institution, even if Phillips believes he honors God thr0ugh his artistic efforts in cake decoration.

How ridiculous is that? Once again, the Denver Post is coming down on the liberal side of the agenda and throwing objective journalism to the wind.

I am getting pretty tired of Colorado being on the leading edge of these radical stories. Just today I hear about a six-year-old being accused of sexual harassment because he kissed the hand of one of his female classmates. Zero tolerance? Bull! This is zero sensibility.

And, don’t forget that I get into the thick of things with Jim Kerschner every Wednesday morning at about 8:05 on KUBC AM580. We have fun and sometimes get someone riled up.

Those are my notes for now.

Bob