Friday, September 1, 2017

Goals of the Radically-Progressive Organization, Together Colorado Springs, to make the city the most progressive city in the country

Together Colorado Springs
Kicked off Feb 2017: Guest Speaker Mayor Suthers.  Several hundred attendees.
Board members
Dawn Halliburton-Rudy – Co-Chair: Homeless Advocate, NAACP, Cahir Civic Engagement & Voting Rights
Greg Walta – Co-Chair-
Jane Ard Smith; Lawyer, Chair Sierra Club Peak Region
Todd Luce: Luch Research.
Polling (Gen Pop/Institutional) - Voter ID/Contact/GOTV - Data Collection - Research and Analysis
Bobby Mikulas; Businessman
Ahriana Platten: From her website: experiential theologian, business strategist
Becca Sickbert: Marketer
John Weiss:
Founder of Indy

Mission Goals from website:
Close Drake Power Plant
Citizenship for illegals
Kill Tabor
Increase City Council Pay and run candidates (website takes credit for the flip in COS council last election).
Goals stated during a meeting attended by a source
Make COS the “most progressive city in the country”.
Major push to turn out the vote in southeast part of COS. They believe they can control any vote if they can mobilize that section of city.
Increase Council pay to 68K to attract more candidates they want to elect.
Will work mission goals through city ballot initiatives push southeast COS to tip vote.
Obtain a local radio station by bankrupting it or obtain other radio station to target southeast part of COS. Use Together Colorado Springs 501s  to run a format of hip hop music and local leftist news and talk programming to help indoctrinate southeast side into a voting block. 
 Board member bragged they have up to 500k to run candidates and push initiatives.
A check of TRACER shows no issue committee by the name of Together Colorado Springs. Together Colorado TRACER check showed expenditures of 87.8K with $82.5K going to CO Families for a Fair Wage.
Aligned with Emerge Colorado: Sister org to 22 other state chapters. Mission:

Monday, November 21, 2016

It Wasn't an Election, It was a Revolution, by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

  This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.

It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.

They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.   They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.

The Great Blue Wall crumbled. The impossible states fell one by one. Ohio. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Iowa. The white working class that had been overlooked and trampled on for so long got to its feet. It rose up against its oppressors and the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with it.

They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.

They fought and they won.

This wasn’t a vote. It was an uprising. Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them. And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been. And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.

Who were these people? They were leftovers and flyover country. They didn’t have bachelor degrees and had never set foot in a Starbucks. They were the white working class. They didn’t talk right or think right. They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.

They were wrong about everything. Illegal immigration? Everyone knew it was here to stay. Black Lives Matter? The new civil rights movement. Manufacturing? As dead as the dodo. Banning Muslims? What kind of bigot even thinks that way? Love wins. Marriage loses. The future belongs to the urban metrosexual and his dot com, not the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.

They couldn’t change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future. Instead they got in their pickup trucks and drove out to vote.   And they changed everything.

Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America. A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies and it was no longer your America. It was his.

He was JFK and FDR rolled into one. He told us that his version of history was right and inevitable.

And they voted and left him in the dust. They walked past him and they didn’t listen. He had come to campaign to where they still cling to their guns and their bibles. He came to plead for his legacy.   And America said, “No.”

Fifty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media. They voted because they believed in the impossible. And their dedication made the impossible happen.

Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into gangland territories.

It was all impossible. And fifty million Americans did the impossible. They turned the world upside down.

It’s midnight in America. CNN is weeping. MSNBC is wailing. ABC calls it a tantrum. NBC damns it. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations and non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.

Instead the people stood in front of the machine. They blocked it with their bodies. They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless. They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration. They looked at the empty factories and barren farms. They drove through the early cold. They waited in line. They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future. They bet on America. And they won.    They won improbably. And they won amazingly.

They were tired of ObamaCare. They were tired of unemployment. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.

And they stood up and fought back. This was their last hope. Their last chance to be heard.

Watch this video. See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump. Here’s three ways Samantha Bee broke the internet by taunting Trump supporters. These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is on the internet. Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters. Watch Katy Perry. Watch Miley Cyrus. Watch Robert Downey Jr. Watch Beyonce campaign with Hillary. Watch fifty million Americans take back their country.

The media had the election wrong all along. This wasn’t about personalities. It was about the impersonal. It was about fifty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back. It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump’s star. It was about the lost Democrats searching for someone to represent them in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures.

No one will ever interview all those men and women. We will never see all their faces. But they are us and we are them. They came to the aid of a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible.  America is a nation of impossibilities. We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them that it couldn’t be done.

The day when we stop being able to pull off the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist.  Today is not that day. Today fifty million Americans did the impossible.

Midnight has passed. A new day has come. And everything is about to change.

  “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”   Aristotle

Sunday, August 9, 2015

E-voting: A reckless threat to voter privacy and election security

Thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Owen Hill and Representative Dan Nordberg out-of-state military voters and overseas civilians will now have greater access to securely exercising their right to vote in their hometown elections with extended time to return their mail ballots. However, after tense negotiations just before House Bill 1130’s final passage, a bipartisan committee rejected Internet voting for municipal elections. Despite a unanimous House vote for Internet voting, and ignoring Secretary of State Wayne Williams’s unwise support for email voting, the legislature ultimately and wisely rejected Internet transmission of voted ballots in municipal elections.

As a former state legislator, my committee assignments included hearings that limited Internet voting in 2006. Observing escalating cyber-security risks since then, I was shocked this spring when the House supported Internet voting and Senate Republicans, who ultimately stopped the effort, had such difficulty doing so. Secretary Williams, in lobbying for email balloting, assured lawmakers that it would be secure and “The concern that the system is hackable is a nonstarter….” Security experts, legislators, and voters were baffled by Williams’s stance, given the frequent headlines of Internet and email hacking.

After Williams’s failed legislative effort to apply Internet voting to municipal elections, he moved to then expand email voting for military and overseas voters in federal and state elections by using his purported rule-making authority. Critics allege that he exceeded his authority because the rule conflicts with the legislative intent to strictly limit the use of email voting to extenuating hardship circumstances, as agreed in the legislative hearings. In the 2011 hearings, Secretary Gessler testified that email ballots would not be accepted.  But Williams would seemingly give “convenience” for voters and election officials preference over election security, accuracy, and election integrity.

Most Americans desire enthusiastic voter participation, but making convenience a major goal is certain to undermine the security and verifiability of elections. Not voting is a wise, legitimate choice for those who are not engaged and have not studied the candidates or issues. Our state’s push to force-feed ballots to all voters via mandatory mail ballots and Internet schemes risks canceling out the legitimate votes of eligible, informed voters. Internationally-known election experts John Fund (National Review Online) and Hans von Spakovsky (Heritage Foundation) have called out Colorado and Secretary Williams to their national audiences for this wrong-headed expansion of Internet voting.

With significant numbers of military voters, Colorado Springs and El Paso County are tempting targets for purveyors of Internet voting schemes. Continuing vigilance by local voters and governing boards is required to curtail abuses and risks. In the 2013 recall election, Williams, then clerk of El Paso County, supported a temporary election rule to permit email voting for all absentee voters because all-mail balloting could not be used for that election. Fortunately, the public outcry helped defeat that proposed rule.

Colorado Springs municipal elections now appear to encourage any out-of-state military member or dependent to vote by email, whether or not postal mail is available. With the passage of HB1130, Colorado Springs can implement early ballot mailing times and permit military and overseas voters to vote by email ballot only in truly extenuating circumstances. I urge voters to halt convenience email voting.

In addition, Colorado should ban the state’s privacy-invading online application that voters’ privacy by capturing the voter’s identity and votes. Unbeknownst to most voters who vote by email, their private choices are collected by a commercial vendor, defying secret ballot laws. The opportunities for abuse of this data are alarming and could place an entire election in question.

The situation is likely to require legislation or litigation to stop Secretary Williams on this ill-advised path that puts military and overseas votes and election results at needless risk. In the meantime, voters should insist that county clerks honor the lawmakers’ stated intent to limit Internet/email voting. Hard-won voting rights should never be compromised or subject to tampering at the hands of malicious hackers.

Protect your vote by challenging your county clerk to obey the clear intent of the law, and put voting integrity ahead of convenience and budget considerations. Finally, urge your legislator to introduce and/or support 2016 legislation to curtail the use of Internet/email voting.

Former state Sen. David Schultheis, R–Colorado Springs, served in the General Assembly from 2001 to 2010 and was a member of the 2006 House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, which conducted hearings on Internet voting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Log Cabin Republicans denied booth at Texas GOP Convention

What did the Texas GOP convey to the Log Cabin Republicans when asked to have a booth at the 2014 Texas GOP Convention?

We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit.  Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.  Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable  'alternative' lifestyle, in public policy, nor should "family" be redefined to include homosexual 'couples.'  We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state or origin.  Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values." 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Coerced Oaths vs. Coerced Silence, by Whitney Galbraith

In his essay on House Bill 1425, which would compel all military oaths of allegiance to include "... So help me God," Barry Fagin laments (Gazette, April 23) that it would force military personnel "who cannot say those words in good conscience must either disobey, lie, or be drummed out of the armed forces as unfit for military service."

"Imaginary threat to religious freedom?" "Higher standards within the professional of arms?" "Freedom of conscience" for military members? The "horror of suffering, carnage and death " of co-mingling religious ends such as the "Crusades....and to ISIS?" I like to think, Barry, that you and I have read many of the same "history books that should not be ignored." But just what are those lessons?

You are no doubt correct that such legislation will not pass constitutional muster and that many of your fellow Americans will share your vision that the American military should not become an "Army of God."

But, is it fair for us to ask what motivates such a legislative initiative, even if "misbegotten." Could it be that HR 1425's sponsors share your vision of freedom of conscience and religious expression and fear for our liberties precisely as you do? Are they reacting just as you are reacting to perceived injustices?

Take, for instance, Navy Chaplain Lt. Commander Wes Modder, who was arbitrarily "fired" and physically removed from U.S. Naval Weapons Station, South Carolina, for daring to uphold his Christian beliefs regarding marriage and human sexuality.

Or, the campaign by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a “world-class human relations education” to convince military personnel that "The Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration Of Independence, All Perpetuate Sexism" and should not be referred to within the ranks.

Or, the Houston National Cemetery preventing Christian prayers from being said at military funerals and where the honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars was prohibited from referring to "God."
Or, the Chief of Staff of the U. S. Air Force issuing a service-wide memorandum "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion" forbidding commanders to "openly support" chaplain-run events which might lead to a "unit's morale, good order and discipline."

Or, when Walter Reed Medical Center attempted to physically ban the presence of Bibles as part of its official patient and visitor policy.

Or, when deployed soldiers in Afghanistan were ordered to remove crosses and cross-shaped windows on chapels while being ordered to keep chapel "religiously neutral (!)"

Or, when Army Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a U. S. Army Band member at Fort Myer, FL, was ordered to stop reading books by Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and David Limbaugh "while in uniform" and to refrain from serving Chick-Fil-A at his home promotion party.

Or, when an Army Chaplain's assistant in Colorado Springs was forced to remove from her personal Facebook account her "hostile and antagonistic" opinions regarding homosexual behavior and "holding to orthodox Biblical instruction."

Or, when Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk was relieved of his duties at Lackland AFB and denied further access to base facilities, and subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for refusing to endorse same-sex marriage when ordered to by his commander, a self-proclaimed "lesbian."

Or, when a Catholic chaplain at the U. S. Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia, was threatened by the Department of Defense with arrest for celebrating Holy Mass on the base.

Or, when soldiers attending a counter-intelligence pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood were told by the command that soldiers who contributed to Christian or Tea Party organizations were "tearing the country apart" and that the soldiers would be subjected to disciplinary procedures under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Or, when two chaplains were subjected to "months of abuse and ridicule" by the director of the San Diego VA-DOD Clinical Pastoral Education Center for their Biblical beliefs, forcing the two to withdraw from the facility.
Or, the DEOMI forcing the 158th Infantry Brigade at Camp Shelby, MS, to stop using the word "Christmas" to promote a Christmas football tournament.

Or, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA, refusing a student choral group permission to sing Christmas carols to veterans.

Or, the VA Medical Center in Dallas rejecting Christmas cards for veterans because of "unacceptable" language of "Merry Christmas" and God Bless you."

Or, a cadet at USAFA forced to remove a quote from Galateans 2:20 from his personal white board because it violated the Academy's "leadership" standards.

All of which, Barry, is but a sampling of the episodes that for many Americans represents a strategic frontal assault by the Department of Defense and unhappily the Services themselves, a campaign orchestrated by the Barack Obama administration whose command five years ago to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell is reaping its bitter fruit. You refer to ISIS metaphorically to describe what excessive religion can lead to. Allow me to walk that line with you for a moment. Do we dare to imagine a shortening of the gap between what is happening to Christians in the Muslim world and what we are seeing happening to Christians in our own country, in an attempt to redesign society itself by placing people of faith defined by their time-honored convictions in a ghetto from which they can never return - at least alive?

Tell us, Barry, as a seasoned political scientist with your understandable reaction to coerced oaths, where, in as pure a cause-and-effect paradigm as either of us can imagine, we should place your vocabulary of "threats," "good conscience," "higher standards," "horror of suffering," and "drumming out of the service." Should all the above service members enjoy the same "optional" speech, as is "....So help me God?"
Let's talk!

Whitney Galbraith
Colorado Springs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Debate on the need for the Republican Party to change

On December 10th there was a guest editorial by Robert Blaha entitled: Republican Party Needs a Makeover, which implied that a more business-like model should be used to "fix" the Party.  That piece can be found here.

I took issue with much of what was written and was fortunate enough to have the Colorado Springs Gazette print what I wrote as a rebuttal.  One can read that here.

These two articles say much about what the Party should consider as it moves ahead to the 2016 Election.  I would welcome any comments on these two somewhat divergent positions.  You can send them to .