Monthly Archives: April 2007

Going too far to protect us

Time to get a grip people

GREELEY – Brittany Bethel says she is in the midst of a personal battle. “It is the hardest thing in my life,” she said.

Now she says she is battling a public embarrassment as well and blames a feature on the University of Northern Colorado Web site.

“I was hurt and embarrassed and very upset when I actually saw my picture on the Web site,” said Bethel.

Bethel is on UNC’s banned student list. The list of names and pictures were posted on the site this week. The school says it is a response to the shootings at Virginia Tech University, but it admits not everyone on the list is a potential danger.

Why is she on the “banned” list? Big trouble right? That’s what I thought, until…..

Bethel says she was working at the UNC recreation center in September when she collapsed from complications from an eating disorder. She says she was then diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

As a result, she says she was suspended from the university because she was considered a threat to herself which breaks the school’s honor code of conduct.

It states that a violation includes, “Conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, or welfare of any person or university property.”

The interpretation of “any person” includes being a danger to one’s self.

Are they kidding? Really?

Look, Virginia Tech screwed lots of folks up. Just like Columbine. Just like Jonesboro. Just like Dunblane. Just like OKC. Just like 9-11.

But that doesn’t mean we all gotta go crazy trying to save each other. These events are rare. Much more rare than someone, say, dying of Anorexia Nervosa. UNC needed to help this girl. Instead they banned her.

Well, I have some news that might shock y’all but here it goes.

The majority of people in this country are adults. Adults who have the freedom to do lots of things. Lots of things that are bad for us. Whether it be eating donuts like me, or starving ourselves for eating that donut. It may be having sex too young, or meeting the partner that’s all wrong for us. It may mean owning guns and being responsible with them, or leaving a toddler near an upper story window.

The point is this. Mass killings won’t go away. Not if we ban guns, ban knives, ban pills, ban cars, or ban people. The only way we can keep them rare is to interact and communicate with each other.

In good faith.

Think what would have happened at Columbine if a few of the “white hats” had said good morning to Klebold and Harris instead of teasing them, or if Terry Nichols had told Tim McVeigh that having all this fertilizer might not be a good idea.

It might not have stopped it, but then again in might have. So let’s stop this talk about banning things.


The more choices a person has, the more alternatives to killing people the person has, and I think we all can agree that less killing is always a good thing.

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Go Nuggets!

This was a great performance

 This is what the Denver Nuggets had in mind when they acquired Allen Iverson to go with Carmelo Anthony.The high-scoring All-Star duo provided the offense and the Nuggets were tough defensively, too, as they beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-89 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Sunday night.

The bad news that we’ve seen this before, but this feels different.  The Nugs controlled this game from the start, and looked like a team on a mission.  San Antonio wasan’t worried after losing Game 1 two years ago, I’m not sure their feeling so confident this time.

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Funny, but really wrong

This is unbelievable….

Allegations of staff photographing babies in sexual poses, including one child shown in a suggestive manner and smoking a cigarette, prompted the closure of an employee child day care center at Copper Mountain Resort, state officials said.

I mean, how dare they have a baby smoking.  Think of all the other babies subjected to second-hand smoke!

But seriously, I think maybe Copper Mountain ought to do a little more research before hiring folks to look after kids.   Just a suggestion.

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A terrible day.

There’s nothing to say about the tragedy at Virginia Tech except that my thoughts are with the whole Virginia Tech family.  I got the flag from Instapundit and copied it.  I’m pretty sure he won’t mind.

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Aloha Don Ho, We’ll miss you

From AP….

Legendary crooner Don Ho, known for his raspberry-tinted sunglasses and catchy signature tune “Tiny Bubbles,” has died, his publicist said Saturday. He was 76.

I love lounge and Don Ho was the original lounge lizard. Plus his Korbel commercial is one of my all time favorites. I’ll have to by some of my own wine with “tiny bubbles” in it tonight and toast the King of Hawaii.

Rest in peace Don.

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About weather prediction

I hear we’re gonna get a foot of snow…

As a native Coloradoan, I doubt we’ll get 2 inches let alone a foot…

I may be wrong, but I had to write it down. I don’t believe these out of town interlopers with their newfangled weather gadgets for a minute.

I’ts nearly 2:00 am and I think we would have seen it by now.

UPDATE:   I tell ya, it’s tough being right all the time.

Don’t listen to the “weatherpeople”…just look west.

I should get paid for predicting the weather here…I know more than the rest of them combined…

or maybe it’s the rum….you decide.

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A note on the First Amendment

Here’s what it says

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What it doesn’t say is that you can’t get fired for an offensive statement.  It doesn’t say people can’t use their First Amendment rights to tell you what they think of your offensive statement.  And it certainly doesn’t say that people have to respect you at all for making your offensive statement. In fact, the only thing the First Amendment says is that you can’t get tossed in prison for making a offensive statement.

People interested in keeping their jobs, friends, and credibility really should remember that.

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A great day for my sports teams

It’s not everyday when Rockies, Nuggets, and Avs all win!  And all three in such dramatic fashion!  I can go to sleep happy.  Plus Jeff Bzdelik is going to coach the University of Colorado.  Woohoo!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been this upbeat about Colorado sports.  Of course, they’ll all get crushed next game.

It almost makes up for my girls soccer team getting trounced today.

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I wanna new drug, family edition

By Keith Richards….

Keith Richards has acknowledged consuming a raft of illegal substances in his time, but this may top them all. In comments published Tuesday, the 63-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist said he had snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine.

I’m sure that if Keith’s dad had did half as many drugs as Keith, it was a heck of a rush.  Keith’s ashes are already being sold for $1000 a gram.

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To change or not to change…a city’s name

Should Commerce City change its name?

Voters in Commerce City headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to change the name of the city in which they live.

I think it’s interesting that Commerce City wants to change their name because of the image of the city, but their image really has nothing to do with the name.

Maybe they should work on that first.

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