Marijuana Has Claimed Its First Victim

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Bet you won’t see or hear this in the main-stream, pro-cannabis media.

Marijuana has claimed its first, of many to come, overdose victims. The Colorado victim was 11 months old. And it only took two years to find out.

We are all well aware of the epidemic of drug overdoses throughout the country. Overdose deaths in 2016 topped 60,000 nationwide. 2017 is likely to exceed that number.

And this didn’t just happen all of a sudden. The opioid epidemic has been building for years, but as CNN reported in August, “the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the number of drug overdoses involving opioids between 2008-2014 was likely underestimated by 24%. When looking at overdose deaths involving heroin, the percent of overdose deaths were underestimated by 22%.” In other words, it’s much worse than reported.

However, these are hard drugs which are easily abused. This does not include Marijuana.

Unlike other drugs, pot is said to be, and advertised as a safe drug. It is also said to not be a gateway drug. For those unfamiliar, a gateway drug is a habit-forming drug that, while not highly addictive itself, may lead to the use of other addictive and more powerful drugs. read more

Colorado Vying for Election Fraud Champion

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Evidently Colorado has been working hard to obtain the crown of biggest election cheaters in the nation. They have some stiff competition, but with Governor John Hickenlooper’s 2013 signing of a new election law, I’m sure they feel confident.

The 2013 law has effectively nullified Election Day in Colorado. All ballots are now mailed to voters far in advance. Of course one can’t just mail back the ballot. According to the Jefferson County election website, “You must seal your ballot in the official return envelope”, and then one can mail it in.

But is there another option if you choose not to mail in your ballot? Why yes… yes there is. You may drop off your ballot at any one of many 24-hour, undoubtedly unmanned drop-off sites.

Colorado Common Cause thinks this is a great idea, saying that, “Under the new law, every registered voter will receive a mail ballot and it will be their decision on how to cast their vote. Voters can mail back their ballot, drop it off, or vote at a voting service center during early voting or on Election Day.”

“The goal was to assure maximum access to the ballot and integrity in elections,” said Carol Tone of the Colorado League of (liberal) Women Voters. read more

Christian Baker Sentenced to Re-Education

from RedState:

An Administrative Law judge in Colorado named Robert Spencer has issued an extraordinary rule in the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop which refused to help two homosexuals make a mockery of marriage.

A Colorado baker found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple must go through sensitivity training as part of his penance and rehabilitation. In December of last year, Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer found Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, guilty of discriminating against same-sex couple Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig when he told them in July 2012 that he couldn’t bake them a wedding cake because homosexual behavior conflicted with his Christian beliefs.

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Gun Club Drops Goal

from The Blaze:

A Colorado gun club avoided eviction this week by agreeing to drop a new requirement that its 700 members join the National Rifle Association.

Just days after being threatened by city officials, John Malarsie, president of the Durango Gun Club in Durango, Colo., announced in a letter the group’s decision to “voluntarily suspend this membership requirement.”

City Manager Ron LeBlanc told the Durango Herald: “We told them either to stop or get evicted – I think that’s pretty clear.” read more

The Pledge in Arabic?

Well now, here is evidence of what I’ve been saying all along and that is that you cannot be religiously neutral. It just can’t happen. Religion is at our very core and if we will not honor the true and living God as God, then we will fill that vacuum with a false god. Exhibit A: Rocky Mountain High School in Colorado. Outrage is building over the fact that students were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic replacing “one nation under God” with “one nation under Allah.”

The school’s principal, Tom Lopez, is standing by his decision to allow the pledge after receiving a flood of complaints from parents outraged over the incident. He claims to not be pushing and Islamic agenda.

Lopez told Fox News, “These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”

Danielle Clark, communications director of the Poudre School District, said “We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”

On the other hand, she said she received one email from a person who “thought it was a great thing.”

Catch that? In all of those that responded, Clark got one email that thought this was a “great thing!” Is this action backwards or what? Parents in Colorado, I’m warning you to get your children out of the public school system. This will continue to happen more and more.

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As the Unofficial Goodwill Ambassador Plenipotentiary from the State of Utah to Western Colorado, I, in my unauthorized capacity do hereby extend the offer of asylum to any Coloradoans seeking same in the Beehive State, as their state slides toward Californiacation.

As someone who lives within a figurative chip shot of the border, my wife and I occasionally make forays into the Centennial State for day trips and weekend getaways. It is very beautiful. It has picturesque towns with fascinating shops that have things like wine tastings and display exquisite artwork. Believe it or not, we actually bought some handmade plates and cups from an exquisite (and pricey) boutique. In the days when I was still bitterly clinging to my progressive roots, we also made excursions to the music festivals in the state. Colorado is many things. And in particular, it is very, very progressive.

The nation knows by now that this week, Governor John Hickenlooper put his signature on some pretty eyebrow-raising laws that is if one is not Diane Feinstein. The scope of these measures have been broadcast, blogged, and discussed ad infinitum and other articles on Townhall address them.

We all know that Colorado has cracked down on guns. Given the state’s trajectory, it was only a matter of time. But what is not being widely discussed is the impact of that trajectory.

Just on the basis of the bills signed on Hickenlooper, Magpul is leaving the state. The gun magazine restrictions alone could mean a major hit for the company, who expects to put Colorado in its’ rearview mirror by the end of the year. Magpul is considering moving to Texas, Wyoming, and possibly Utah. And when it goes, it will take hundreds of jobs with it.  Colorado may want to take note: jobs and companies mean tax revenue. A lack of them also means a lack of money.

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Here’s What Happened With Colorado’s Gun Bills (Including the ‘Shotgun Ban’)

by: the Common Constitutionalist

With the miriad of varied bills be offered up at the same time, could the gun control vote in Colorado have been an example of the Overton Window? What is the Overton Window? [Nathan Russell, Mackinac Center]  Imagine, if you will, a yardstick standing on end. On either end are the extreme policy actions for any political issue. Between the ends lie all gradations of policy from one extreme to the other. The yardstick represents the full political spectrum for a particular issue. The essence of the Overton window is that only a portion of this policy spectrum is within the realm of the politically possible at any time. Regardless of how vigorously a think tank or other group may campaign, only policy initiatives within this window of the politically possible will meet with success.

Politicians believe they are elected to do 2 things; get reelected and pass laws. I contend that if politicians present many bills at the same time, from the relatively sublime to the absurd, the seemingly less harmful bills stand a better chance of passage. Thus, taking action within that “window” appears reasonable. You be the judge.


DENVER (TheBlaze/AP):

Heres What Happened With Colorados Gun Bills Last Night


• ​Online gun certification: ​Senate Bill 195, banning online certification for concealed carry permits and requiring people to attend classes in person — advances in Senate

• ​Liability for “assault”-style weapons: Senate Bill 196, holding manufacturers and sellers of semiautomatic weapons liable for violence committed with them — ​killed by sponsor

• ​Gun ban for domestic abusers: Senate Bill 197, banning certain domestic violence abusers from owning guns — advances in Senate

​• Limits on high-capacity ammunition:​ House Bill 1224, limiting gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds but amended to not outlaw the “standard shotgun”​advances in Senate

​• Gun ban on college campuses:  House Bill 1226, banning concealed weapons on college campuses — ​killed by sponsor

​• Background check fee:​ House Bill 1228, requiring gun buyers to pay for their own background checks — ​advances in Senate

• Universal background checks:​ House Bill 1229, requiring background checks for all gun transfers, including private sales — ​advances in Senate

[via the Denver Post]

 Lawmakers advanced Colorado’s strictest gun proposals in recent memory, during marathon debate in a state caught between a history of horrific shootings and a Western heritage where gun ownership is a daily part of life for many. Continue Reading

Gun Ban, A Grand Conspiracy

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was never much of a conspiracy buff. Those who believe there is a centralized power such as the Bilderbergs, controlling the world or secretly planning a one-world government, I thought to be kooks.

grand conspiracyI’ve always concluded that people of similar beliefs just think the same, thus come up with the same ideas independent of one another, but just appear contrived because the outcome of those ideas were analogous. I didn’t buy the notion of a bunch of bureaucrats sitting in some dimly lit antechamber plotting away, “Now your assignment is to call the senator and convince him to propose something and you call that Governor and insist he proposes something else.”

Well, I’ve begun to rethink my position and may be completely wrong but it sure seems like it could be happening just that way.

The feds know and have tried to put forth anti-gun legislation in both the House and Senate and gotten nowhere. To any progressive, this is unacceptable. It however, w1.6 billion bulletsill not deter the Marxists from attempting to control and eventually take our guns. There is always a back door, either through regulation or other means.

There’ve been many articles written about various departments of the federal government buying up billions of rounds of ammunition. Heck, I’ve published a few myself.

The latest is the 1.6 billion-ammunition purchase by Homeland Security over the next 4 to 5 years. The feds call it “Strategic Sourcing Contracts” and it is said to get them a better price, which I’m sure it does. Odd that the purchasing contract directly coincides with Obama’s second term of four years. I’m just saying.

Anyway, Homeland Security uses about 15 million rounds of ammo every year. Let’s do some quick math. 1.6 billion divided by 15 million equals a little more than 106. So Homeland wants to buy 106 years worth of ammo? That sounds reasonable.

Now, I’m a gun owner. I don’t know about you but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to purchase ammunition. Going to any local gun shop is a joke. Their shelves look like Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. Online imagazinessn’t much better. Everything is out of stock. How odd.

Companies that produce ammunition must follow a pecking order of customers. Guess who is the head pecker, as it were? You got it; the federal government. What a great way to usurp gun control legislation. With the feds buying up all the ammo a lot of good your gun will be without it. Voilà; instant gun, or ammo control.

States across the country have been testing the waters by passing numerous gun bans. The latest is the proposal in Colorado to ban high-capacity magazines. Citizens of the state are just figuring out that due to the wording of the bill, the run-of-the-mill pump action shotgun would be deemed illegal

Then there is Democrat Illinois representative, Luis Gutierrez. He is changing things up a bit. Instead of going after those scary and expensive “assault weapons”, he is proposing a ban on the production of inexpensive lower quality handguns, known to some as “Saturday night specials”. Now I haven’t seen the bill yet, but I can bet it is aimed directly at less expensive handguns, the kind that someone on a budget might only be able to afford; someone who doesn’t have $800-$1000 to spend for personal protection. I guess they’ll just have to call 911 and

It’s becoming apparent that one way or the other, the full spectrum of weapons will be covered. That’s the hardware portion of gun control. The software ban is in the conditioning of the population, or the collective.

We are hearing stories virtually every day of one child after another being suspended or somehow reprimanded for the most ridiculously innocent things, from eating a Pop Tart into the shape of an “L” and pretending it’s a gun, or a picture of a gun or a cut up piece of paper that vaguely resembles one.

From prekindergarten through college our children are being conditioned to have a completely illogical fear of guns. They are being taught that guns can’t protect or defend; they can only do harm.

Children and adults alike are being conditioned and trained into believing it is wrong to fight back. We must cower and wait for the “First Responders” to come save us. Young women are being told that it is better to be raped than protect themselves with a gun.

The brave high schooler that wrestled a gun away from another student gets suspended when he should receive a medal. See, he didn’t wait for “Capt. Planet”, the first responder to save the day. I was going to say Capt. America but that would be jingoistic. That young man took it upon himself and that just won’t do. I bet he’ll think twice before rescuing his fellow man captain planetand next time leave it to the professionals the way it is intended in the collective.

Maybe that’s what Obama meant when in 2008 he said, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Could it be that’s what Homeland needs those 1.6 billion rounds for?

We are being assimilated into the progressive’s idea of a peaceful utopia. I for one will not succumb because I know it can’t be done. This attempt, if allowed to continue, like every other time before it, will end badly.

‘Coming After the Standard Shotgun’

Coming After the Standard Shotgun: Colo. Gun Bill the Most Extreme Proposed Firearms Law

Image source: KCNC-TV

A bill making its way through the Colorado state Capitol could outlaw the best-selling hunting shotgun in the state.

“They’re coming after the standard shotgun,” Republican state Sen. Greg Brophy told KCNC-TV.

The bill, aimed at banning high-capacity ammunition, has already passed the House and has support from Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. If it’s signed into law, it will also seriously limit shotguns used by most hunters in the state, according to the station.

“Hundreds of thousands of pheasant hunters are probably going to be carrying around a gun they won’t be able to replace after July 1 this year,” Brophy told KCNC. Continue Reading