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Homeless “Campers” Starting Wildfires: Outside the Social Contract

Nederland, Colorado. A town in Boulder County that had embraced marijuana dispensaries for profit, found itself just outside a wildfire that burned 600 acres in July, 2016. Two homeless men were charged with fourth-degree arson for failing to put out their camp fire. The townsfolk reacted in anger, pointing to the increasing number of homeless people in the nearby national forest. Officials had been forced to deal with “more emergency calls, drug overdoses, illegal fires and trash piles deep in the woods.”[1]Some residents urged the U.S. Forest Service to crack down on the homeless by imposing tighter rules on camping, or banning it altogether in certain parts of the woods most popular with the homeless. An analysis drawing on the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, a seventeenth-century English philosopher can be employed to reveal a broader perspective on the problem.
The full essay is at “Homeless Campers.”
 


1. Jack Healy, “As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns,” The New York Times, August 21, 2016.

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The few, the loud, the anti-fossil fuel crowd

If you get your news from the mainstream media, you likely think the views expressed by the environmental activists represent the majority of Americans. After all, their highly visible protests against the Keystone pipeline—sit-ins in front of the White House,…

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CO Supreme Court: No to anti-fossil fuel extremists – Yes to fracking!

On May 2 the Colorado Supreme Court’s unanimous decision declared Fort Collins and Longmont’s limits on fracking are “invalid and unenforceable” because state law trumps the local ordinances —a victory for oil-and-gas companies and a “disappointment” to anti-fossil-fuel activists. Several states,…

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Colorado Supreme Court refuses to defend religious freedom

The constitutional protections provided in the First Amendment regarding our freedom of religion took another hit in Colorado as the state supreme court refused to intervene in a case where a Colorado baker is being forced by law to violate…

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Is Trump’s lie about being a victim actually a campaign strategy?

Over the weekend, the Republican party of Wyoming held their state conventions to elect the delegates they will send to the national convention in Cleveland later this year. At stake were fourteen delegates, and Ted Cruz won them all. You…

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Trump wasn’t cheated in Colorado – He was simply out-hustled

The reason Senator Ted Cruz swept the Colorado delegate count this past Saturday at the state assembly in Colorado Springs had nothing to do with party malfeasance, establishment monkey business nor any “rigging of the system.”  Donald Trump lost the…

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Trump’s delegate loses due to his ineptitude – not theft

If you’re following this year’s primary season, you have no doubt heard the accusations made by the Trump campaign about how Ted Cruz is “stealing delegates” — a lie being fueled by much of the mainstream media and conservative talk…

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Liberals use Alinsky tactics to “fix” illegal alien problem

When liberals are faced with the challenge of finding ways to advance their progressive agenda, they will often refer to the socialist bible–commonly known as Rules for Radicals–and the gospel of Saul Alinsky. And they will most likely go right…

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Abortion-inducing devices implanted in teen girls without parental consent

Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over Americans citizens. These are the ideas put forth by Barack Hussein Obama’s Science Czar, John Holdren, in a book he co-authored in 1977 titled Ecoscience. In the book, Holdren called for extremely radical ideas in the name of controlling global warming, reducing healthcare costs and a myriad of other “collective good” causes. Some of those ideas are: Forcing women to abort their pregnancies whether they wanted to or not Forced sterilization of the population-at-large using infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s water and food supplies Seizing the babies of single mothers and teen mothers against their will to be given away to other couples to raise Requiring, by law, that people who “contribute to social deterioration” exercise reproductive responsibility in the form of forced abortions and sterilization A call for a transnational “Planetary Regime”—in other words, the United Nations—to assume control of the global economy and dictate the most intimate details of American lives; using an armed international police force So, are you curious about why I’m bringing up this bit of ancient information? After all, these extreme ideas aren’t anything that could actually […]

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Proven Reforms to Restrain Leviathan Government

Back in March, I shared a remarkable study from the International Monetary Fund which explained that spending caps are the only truly effective way to achieve good fiscal policy. And earlier this month, I discussed another good IMF study that showed how deficit and debt rules in Europe have been a failure. In hopes of […]

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Corey Gardner and Ken Buck for Colorado

Early voting is underway in Colorado, so it’s important to cast your vote in this vital election. And when you do, I strongly encourage you to vote for Corey Gardner for U.S. Senate and if you live in District 4 as I do, Ken Buck for Congress. I endorse these candidates for these reasons: Despite promises by Obama and Udall, the Affordable Care Act has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Coloradans losing their health insurance, with more on the way after the elections when the employer mandates take effect. Corey and Ken will work to reverse this disaster by returning healthcare decisions to us and lowering costs through free market solutions. Corey and Ken will work to restore sanity to developing America’s vast energy resources. They will work to reverse the agenda of the environmental extremists with policies that encourage an “all of the above” approach to energy development that lowers energy costs, creates jobs, and protects the environment. Corey and Ken understand that free enterprise creates jobs, not the government. Through their efforts in the areas mentioned above, the economy will begin to see some recovery, but they are also committed to tax policies that will give businesses […]

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Elections in America are being stolen!

When the Supreme Court decided recently that Texas could keep their voter ID laws in place for the November elections, the cries from the left of racism and disenfranchisement was, as you would expect, right on queue. After all, voter fraud simply isn’t a problem in America. Yeah, and I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. No sooner have these objections from the left been raised that we have been provided with several examples of the fraud and abuse that voter ID laws—along with calls to eliminate early voting and mail-in ballots—are needed if we are to preserve the integrity of elections in America. In Arizona, a civil-minded volunteer Hispanic political activist with the bipartisan radical left-wing group, Citizen’s for a Better Arizona was caught on camera doing his civic duty stuffing the ballot box at a local polling place in Maricopa County. Here’s the story from Townhall.com: In Colorado, mail-in ballots once were reserved, on request, for those absent on Election Day or too infirmed to reach the polls. Last year, Colorado Democrats to this concept to levels guaranteed to produce voter fraud. With zero Republican support—isn’t that how we got Obamacare?—Dems went with a 100% mail absentee ballot system. This has resulted in millions […]

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Democrats’ worst nightmare?

This article suggests that Democrats’ worst nightmares are right around the corner: Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the […]

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Senate majority flipping?

These polls don’t inspire optimism for Democrats hoping to keep their Senate majority: Mark Begich, the Democratic incumbent senator, hasn’t led in a poll since he ran an attack ad accusing Dan Sullivan of “signing off on the early release of a sex offender who now stands charged with murder and the sexual assault of […]

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Shutting down free speech: A Udall family tradition

Each week I write an energy-themed commentary. The topic on which I write is generally something that my readers—even those in the energy industry—don’t know about. I frequently get grateful responses for the information, education, and deadlines addressed. One reader reported that when my column comes out each week in his local paper, he takes it into the shop and passes it around for all the guys to read: “I’ve been in this industry all my life, and I know we’ve done a poor job explaining what we do and educating people. That’s what you do. It is good for my guys to know that there is someone out there who is looking out for them and their jobs. Plus, reading your column gives them a perspective on the industry that is bigger than their individual job roles. Thanks for what you do!” Another offered this complement: “You have carved a really nice little niche out for yourself. Each week when I read your column, I think ‘I should know this stuff’—but I don’t. I appreciate the effort you put into keeping us informed about what is going on in the energy world. There is no one else doing what […]

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The Scots Weigh Independence from Britain as the British Consider Leaving the E.U.

The debate over whether the Scottish region of Great Britain should secede from the UK extends beyond whatever provincial interests unite and divide the state’s regions; it “is also part of a larger question that extends well beyond Britain, to Texas and Colorado, for example, and elsewhere: What are the benefits and drawbacks of larger, politically diverse countries, compared with smaller, more homogeneous ones?”[1]Yet is Britain a large, heterogeneous country even as it is a state in the European Union? Texas is much larger, and yet it too is a state in a union of relatively homogeneous states.

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[1] Katrin Bennhold, “How Scottish Independence Relates to Larger Tax Fights,” The New York Times, August 21, 2014.

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Harry Reid, Minority Leader?

Stuart Rothenberg’s latest article predicts a GOP majority in the Senate: While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats. But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain. Rothenberg then adds this: But […]

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Obama schools John Hickenlooper on pool and politics

When he was hiding out from the media after his failure to deal with the border crisis several weeks ago, Barack Obama came to Denver for a photo-op and a Democrat fundraiser. Even though Senator Mark Udall was unwilling to appear in public with the Golfer-in-Chief, Colorado’s Governor had no such reservations, finding time to share a beer a play some pool. During their game, John Hickenlooper learned that Barack “The Shark” Obama isn’t only good on the green grass of a golf course, but he’s Willie Mosconi on the green felt of a pool table. While there is no official record as to the nature of their conversation during the game, we have reason to believe that perhaps Hickenlooper was seeking advice from Obama on how to advance a politically unpopular idea when faced with growing unpopularity and increasing opposition from the electorate—something Obama knows a lot about: Hick: “Nice shot, Mr. President.” Barry: “Please, John. Call me ‘Chosen One.’ I don’t hear that as often as I used to.” Hick: “OK, Chosen One. May I ask you a question about an issue I’m dealing with?” Barry: “What is it, John?” Hick: “Even though I supported Colorado’s death penalty when I ran for […]

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What will Mark Dayton say this time?

Now that Advanced Auto Parts is shutting its Bloomington, MN office, the big question is simple. What will Gov. Dayton say about this company taking more high-paying jobs out of Minnesota? Here’s what’s being reported: Advance Auto Parts Inc. announced Thursday that it will shut its corporate office in Bloomington in September 2015 as part […]

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Conservative Comedy 4/25/14

It’s time for some Conservative Comedy at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best Conservative political satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Due to a personal emergency, the Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change is taking a few days off. Not to worry though, I found a recent cartoon in the archives containing a timely message. It seems that John Boehner is continuing to play the Mitch McConnell card by attacking fellow Republicans who refuse to march in lockstep with the G.O.P. insiders when it comes to immigration reform amnesty for illegal aliens. Speaking in his home district in Ohio, Boehner ridiculed those who don’t believe as he does on the issue: “The appetite amongst my colleagues for doing this is not real good…here’s the attitude: ‘Ohhhhh, don’t make me do this! Ohhhhhh, this is too hard!’ You should hear them. You know, we get elected to make choices.” Was that crying fake? He cries for real so often that it’s hard to tell. Besides the fact that he’s wrong about why members of Congress are elected—you get elected to represent the will of […]

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