I’ll be guest-hosting for Mike Rosen on Denver’s 850 KOA on Monday, March 25 from 9 AM to noon Mountain Time.
I hope you’ll tune in.
Likely topics include gay marriage and the death penalty, as well as the 10 AM hour being the usual Money Monday segment with Jordan Goodman.
Hope you can tune in over the air or online at http://850koa.com
I hope you’ll consider attending the tribute for General Jim Hall on Sunday, March 24 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at the Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. Congressman Mike Coffman will also be attending.
More info HERE…and below:
Entertainment will be provided by Anthony Kearns, one of the world’s leading tenors, who is making a special appearance in Denver at General Hall’s request at the height of the “Irish season” (since Anthony is Irish through and through.)
There will also be an exclusive preview of the general’s parachuting display which will then move to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
The event is to benefit the general’s son, Eagle Hall, who has special needs, particularly to allow him to continue to participate in the Special Olympics.
To learn more about the event, guests can call (720) 675-7056. Guests must RSVP to RSVPMarch24Tribute@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 20. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $35, or $50, with the $50 option including a signed copy of my book, “Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico." Checks made payable to “Glenmoor Country Club” and sent to Andi Allott per the instructions in the invitation form which you can find here:
The event will feature an Irish-themed menu with Irish signature drinks at the bar (it is a cash bar). There will also be delicious Irish coffee after the program and a meet-and-greet with special guests.
A little more about General Jim Hall:
Throughout his 36 years of military service and in his civilian life, General Jim Hall became a pioneer in the field of parachuting. A Master Parachutist with more than 1,800 jumps, he created the premier parachuting program for the U.S. Air Force Academy, which now trains 600 cadets annually and ranks first in the world. In addition, he created the “Buddy System” for free falling and the “4-line cut” for parachuting emergencies. In 1959, Hall and a partner founded the first professional parachuting firm ever. As Col. John Buckley said, “Almost every parachute development done for the USAFA in the first 30 years came from General Hall… he truly was a USAF pioneer…” General Hall’s developments saved lives and therefore, pilots everywhere owe General Hall for his contributions.
Gen. Hall has been honored numerous times, including receiving The Leo Stevens Parachute Medal (the highest award given annually for achievements in the field of parachuting) and the Colorado Meritorious Service Medal (the highest award that the state of Colorado can award to a member of the military). Learn more at: http://parachutingassociates.com/Pages/AboutJim.php
Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy (R-Wray), in debating the Michael Bloomberg-pushed “high capacity” gun magazine ban in Colorado, announced that if the bill becomes law, he will not obey it.
Neither will I, and I imagine many thousands of other Coloradoans will also refuse to comply. (The link and embedded video below start at the 10:48 point in Brophy’s testimony where he says this, followed by cheers from the gallery that the Senate President silences with the gavel. But I encourage you also to watch the entire 12 minutes.)
Not only does the measure ban pistol and rifle magazines with capacity greater than 15 rounds, but it bans magazines which are “designed to be readily converted to accept more than 15 rounds.” As Senator Brophy explained at the beginning of his testimony, this bill makes illegal the standard magazines of 15-round (or less) capacity for many guns, including Glock pistols, probably the most popular handguns in the United States, because Glock magazines and most others include a removable base plate which allows an extender to be attached. Thus the 15-round magazine is “designed to be readily converted” to exceed that limit, and is thus illegal even if not converted.
At least unless and until Glock makes a magazine without a removable base plate (which is also useful for magazine cleaning), the magazine ban effectively bans the sale of many or most handguns.
It is time for those who support Second Amendment rights to stand up even more aggressively (but not violently) against these out-of-control anti-gun bills, including by contacting Governor John Hickenlooper to let him know that we will refuse to abide by this law.
Greg Brophy is truly a champion for the rights of Coloradoans. (And to be clear, I’m fairly impressed with most of our Republican state senators on that score.) It is a long time until the next election, but I trust that Democrats will be harshly punished for ramming unpopular legislation down their constituents’ throats in the service of Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden. If they want to represent New York and Washington, DC, I encourage them to move there. Until then, it will be the voters’ job to move them out of their seats in the legislature.
Although the corpse of Colorado House Bill 1226 is still warm, it appears to have died the death of a miscreant which should never have been born, one of a raft of anti-gun rights bills being put forward for final vote in the Colorado State Senate today.
The bill would ban concealed carry of handguns in college campus buildings and stadiums, and at other college campus events where college management wanted to ban (otherwise legal) concealed carry by permit holders.
The Senate Committee which had jurisdiction over the bill passed it on a party line vote on Monday despte the objections of the brave Amanda Collins who testified that because her Nevada college was a gun free zone, she left her legal-to-carry handgun at home one day and was raped in a school parking lot – by a man who went on to rape a second victim and then rape and murder a third.
At this time, it appears that the Senate sponsor of the bill, Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) will pull the bill before letting it get to the floor for debate.
It is worth noting that Senator Heath had a town hall meeting planned for two days ago in my town outside Boulder. On Tuesday, I got a blast e-mail from his office saying that it had been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. I sent him an e-mail asking him to tell me what the other event was, because I believe he canceled simply to avoid hearing from gun-rights activists, even in liberal Boulder County. Other state senators have done that very thing. Needless to say, I never got a response from Senator Heath.
The first very bad press for this bill came when “Clueless Joe” Salazar suggested that if a female student were being attacked on a college campus, she might not have the presence of mind to know if she were about to raped, and therefore not know if she were about shoot a guilty person or an innocent person.
The final nail in the coffin of the bill was probably the disgraceful Sen. Edie Hudak who told Amanda Collins that gun statistics “are not on your side.” But it turned out that even the anti-gun Denver Post called out Hudak for, to put it politely, data abuse, saying that the “stats don’t apply in (this) case.” Less politely, Evie Hudak is a despicable liar, using irrelevant propaganda to a rape victim that others who might end up at the same risk should not have the opportunity to defend themselves.
Again, at this writing it’s not absolutely certain that the bill is dead but it seems very likely. Good riddance, and now let’s get rid of more of the barrage of terrible, pointless, Democrat anti-gun bills.
Making the news today due to a blog posting by Media Trackers is the story that Rhonda Fields, one of the leaders of the assault on gun rights by Democrats in the Colorado state legislature, has a criminal record:
While I wasn’t aware of these facts not living anywhere near Ms. Fields’ Aurora district, this is in fact an old story, though made more dramatic by the mug shot (which I had originally posted in this note but have since decided is unnecessarily inflammatory.)
The report says that the original mugshot picture came from the Magpul Industries Facebook site and was posted by a private (non-Magpul user), but it appears that it first showed up on another Facebook page, likely GunsForEveryone.
Media Trackers do show a document from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation which seems to back up the claim that Fields was arrested in 1976 for larceny and 1991 for shoplifting. Also interesting to note that Ms. Fields (not of cookie fame), has used at least 5 different names. I assume that some of that might be maiden names versus married names. And perhaps her criminal behavior, which was not recent, was the product of youthful indiscretion. Nevertheless, it is galling to have someone with a criminal record trying to disarm law-abiding Coloradoans.
The response from Ms. Fields and her friend in the legislature is that this is old news, that she’s not proud of it, and doesn’t like to talk about it. You don’t say.
Indeed, it is old news, with the Denver Post having reported on Fields’ record (along with other candidates who had criminal records) in 2010.
I take Ms. Fields at her word when she says “I’m so glad I’m not the woman I was back then.” I’m glad, too, though at least back then she only hurt a few people with her crimes rather than the thousands of Coloradoans she aims to put at risk through crimes posed as legislation.
You’d think that someone who had been a criminal, even if driven by dire circumstances, would understand better than anyone that there are bad people out there, that even otherwise good people have the potential to do bad things, and that it is important that we have the right to defend ourselves.
I would add something else: Ms. Fields’ son, Javad Marshall-Fields, along with his girlfriend, Vivian Wolfe, were murdered in 2005 prior to testifying against gangster Sir Mario Owens. The shooter, Robert Ray, has been sentenced to death, as has Owens. As a parent, and having seen the effect on my mother of the death of my brother (accident, not murder), I can barely attempt to imagine Ms. Fields’ pain at the loss of her son. And with a gun having taken the life of her loved one, it is difficult to be as angry with Ms. Fields’ misguided attempt to disarm law-abiding citizens as with other Democrats such as Edie “the statistics aren’t with the rape victim” Hudak for whom there is absolutely no excuse.
But despite my sympathy for Ms. Fields, I do not forgive her and her colleagues for any of their feel-good, let’s-just-do-something assault on our constitutional and natural rights. Nor will I forgive Governor John Hickenlooper – who has mostly governed as a moderate – if he goes along with them.
[Meanwhile, Magpul, which will leave Colorado if the pending ban on magazines with capacity greater than 15 rounds becomes law, is offering a special deal, called the Boulder Airlift, to Coloradoans on several magazines for AR-15 style rifles.]
On Monday, I had my first opportunity to be a guest on the Sean Hannity radio show. It was a lot of fun as the conversation started off about Colorado Democrats’ radical anti-gun agenda but then moved to the topics of legalized marijuana, Amsterdam, and Atlas Shrugged (the movie.)
If you’d like to listen – it’s about 10 minutes – you can click here or (if you see the player on your screen) hit the play button:
On Monday as I visited the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to witness the spectacle of Democrats pretending to care about testimony regarding their raft of anti-gun rights bills, I had the opportunity to meet two remarkable young women.
Kim Weeks (from Colorado) and Amanda Collins (from Nevada) were each victims of rapists who believe that their a gun would have made a difference. The man who attacked Amanda went on to rape another woman, and then rape and murder a third.
I had the opportunity to help each of them get a little bit of time on Denver radio on Monday, and I offer for your edification their interviews. Please share widely, as anyone with the courage to tell a story this difficult should have their friends, even friends like my readers whom they will never meet, try to magnify the influence of any positive impact which can come from the horrible crimes committed against them.
First, Amanda Collins on the Mike Rosen Show on 850 KOA. (Right click here to download and save the file, or left click to play if you don’t see the play button below to listen.)
Next, Kim Weeks on the Michael Brown Show on 630 KHOW, with guest-host Dan Mandis covering the first part of the interview and Brown taking over for the rest. (Right click here to download and save the file, or left click to play if you don’t see the play button below to listen.)
Judging from the stock market, Republicans should keep doing exactly what they’re doing when it comes to the sequester. Well, almost exactly: it would be better if they didn’t implicitly buy into any of the Obama administration’s sky-is-falling rhetoric by calling, in near-panicked tones, for meetings with the president or for the Senate to do something.
But still, based on people putting their money where their brains are, what’s happening now is basically fine, which is more than enough for a Republican Party that has been routinely outmaneuvered by this president and that often shows less confidence than a 40-year-old virgin visiting the Chicken Ranch.
In the 11 months since the failure of the Simpson-Bowles Commission in March, 2012, the S&P 500 index is up approximately 7%. More interesting, over that same time period, the defense and aerospace industry (as represented by the Exchange Traded Fund, PPA, which holds many of these names) – those companies which the administration is putting forward as likely to suffer pestilence, famine, and huge job losses – is up the same percentage as the broader market.
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
As a Republican member of Congress whose mixed-in-every-way Colorado district includes Aurora, suburbs of Denver, and a large Air Force Base, Mike Coffman has long argued that the nation must make cuts in the Defense Department budget.
This week, Coffman will propose legislation to cut $500 billion from defense spending over the next decade through a range of 15 measures that include reducing programs “which do not contribute significantly to military capability,” using local civilian contractors instead of military personnel for “commercial-type activities at military bases,” lowering bureaucratic head count through attrition, and reducing the number of U.S. troops stationed in Europe.
This man is no RINO, and no naïf on defense issues. In addition to having an American Conservative Union ranking of 95 in his four years in Congress and serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Coffman has served in both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps (in active duty and reserve capacities in each).
He volunteered to join the Army when he was 17 years old. And in more recent years Coffman voluntarily gave up safe, comfortable jobs in Colorado government, both while serving as a legislator and later as State Treasurer, to serve in combat in Kuwait and later helping to establish local governments in Iraq.
Today, Rep. Coffman believes — or at least hopes — that the sequester gives him “leverage to try to get these reforms done.” He doesn’t have illusions that his reforms will pass in the roughly 100 hours before the sequester hits, but rather that over coming months he will be able to pass, whether as amendments or stand-alone legislation, changes that replace across-the-board cuts with specific cuts aimed to save nearly as much money.
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
Colorado, the site of the Columbine and Aurora mass shootings, is now ground zero in the national debate over “gun control.” Last Friday, the State House of Representatives — controlled by Democrats after yet another dismal election showing by the GOP here — passed four bills restricting gun rights. They will soon go to the State Senate, where passage is likely given the Democrat majority in that chamber, and then on to Governor John “Really, I’m a Moderate” Hickenlooper (above), who has already said he will sign at least three of them.
Colorado Democrats have avoided the “assault weapon” debate and are focusing on ways more likely to fool average citizens into feeling good about “doing something.” Unfortunately, what they are doing will harm both liberty and safety for most Coloradoans.
The debate in the Centennial State is garnering national attention, with Vice President Joe Biden calling four perceived Democratic moderates (three freshmen and the Speaker of the House) to encourage them to vote for the measures. One Democrat who received a call said that “[Biden] just said he’s watching us and asked if we had a chance to move these bills forward and said what an important signal it would send to the country if we do.” I imagine that the “watching” part sounded very much like a threat, given the schoolyard bully nature of this administration. After all, this is a president who said to a Democratic member of Congress “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”
The four measures, which passed out of committee on party-line votes and then passed the House with unanimous Republicans (and a few, but not enough, courageous Democrats) in opposition, include:
Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here: