Archive for February, 2010

Beer Policy Bash on Indepedent Thinking

Posted by on Feb 26 2010 | Idiot Box (TV Show)

Should convenience stores be allowed to sell full strength beer? And if so, why can‘t liquor store owners operate multiple locations? This weeks Independent Thinking takes a look at Colorado’s complex and antiquated liquor laws and the bills currently in the legislature that would change the way beer is sold in Colorado. Joining me is Eric Wallace from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont and Dennis Dinsmore from Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Ft. Collins. It’s a beer policy bash this week on Independent Thinking. Tune in tonight at 8:30 PM on KBDI Channel 12, Denver. Re-broadcast the following Monday at 1:30 PM.

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The Dirty Dozen and TABOR

Posted by on Feb 18 2010 | Economics, Idiot Box (TV Show)

Just how dirty did the debate over the “Dirty Dozen” tax bills get on the floor of the Colorado Senate? Now that the dust has cleared, State Senators Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) and (“dirty” author) Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) join me to talk about the package of recently passed bills, otherwise known as the “Dirty Dozen,” that both undo existing tax credits and incentives and raise new taxes in Colorado. Questions abound concerning raising taxes without a vote of the people as required by Colorado’s Constitution via TABOR. That’s tomorrow night at 8:30 PM on KBDI Channel 12, Denver. Re-broadcast the following Monday at 1:30PM.

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Special Announcement from LPR

Posted by on Feb 18 2010 | Events

President Reagan’s words have never been truer: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness…”

We’re counting on you to lead the charge to preserve “the last best hope” for future generations.

You’re invited to attend:
2010 Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) Annual Retreat
February 26 – 27th
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

The Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) 2-Day Annual Retreat brings together public policy leaders, Founding Father-style activists, influencers from every industry, and the “who’s who” of emerging leaders across Colorado — all convening around shared principles, conservative camaraderie, and a resounding conviction and hope in the great experiment of America.

With national security and sovereignty issues taking center stage almost daily, we’re especially pleased to showcase Ambassador John Bolton, serving as the past U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as our Dinner Keynote Speaker. Dick Morris, one of the most prominent American political consultants, is our keynote lunch speaker. Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal senior economics writer and frequent FoxNews contributor will share pressing economic insights as a speaker on Saturday.

You’ll hear an entire line up of high-caliber national figures speak on public policy issues, current events, founding principles, and enduring truths, seeking to inspire, motivate, educate, and engage retreat participants. (We’ll be announcing new speakers to the line up via email each week.)

This is the conservative event of the year for Colorado. Check out: of give us a call at 303-488-0018.

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Perhaps We Should Get Smart on Crime Instead

Posted by on Feb 12 2010 | Idiot Box (TV Show)

For two decades Colorado lawmakers have enacted “tough on crime” legislation. But with a budget gap to close, and sentencing reform recommendations flowing out of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), is it finally time to start being “smart on crime” instead? On this week’s Independent Thinking, State Representative Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) and State Senator Pat Steadman (D-Denver) join me to talk about the work of the CCJJ, and the chances of sentencing reform legislation coming out of this year’s General Assembly. That’s tonight at 8:30 PM on KBDI Channel 12. Re-broadcast the following Monday at 1:30 PM.

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Important Message from Liberty on the Rocks – Red Rocks

Posted by on Feb 11 2010 | Uncategorized

Handgun Safety Class for Concealed Carry Permit

Who should consider this class? This class is designed to cover handgun safety and a review of Colorado statues pertaining to handguns, and will satisfy the requirements necessary to apply for a concealed handgun permit (see below for more detail). We will not be firing any handguns and request that you do not bring any handguns to class. This class would be most beneficial for participants that are already familiar with handling a handgun, or participants planning to become proficient with a handgun in the near future (with additional “hands on” classes or firing range time). Considering the momentum on the US participation in the UN Small Arms Treaty (you probably don’t need the details – what do YOU think the UN’s objective is?), this a great opportunity to further secure your 2nd amendment rights.

Our instructor, Mike Holler, has certified over 5000 students. Besides offering the course to us at a phenomenal price, he is being gracious enough to donate a portion of his fees to Liberty On The Rocks. Mr. Holler is also the author of The Constitution Made Easy; he will be our guest speaker and conduct a book signing at Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) later that afternoon at Old Chicago (near 6th & Union, books available for $10)

Handgun Safety Class Details

Date: February 15, 2010
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 1:30, class will begin promptly at 2:00)
Location: Independence Institute
13952 Denver West Parkway, Suite #400
Golden, Colorado 80401
Cost: $50 (cash or check only, bring payment and registration form to class)
Instructor: Michael Holler, NRA Certified Instructor

Class Description:

The class is focused almost entirely on gun safety, and meets the handgun safety training requirements for a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit. Items covered include:

– Nomenclature. Names of the parts of the most common handguns
– The three most important rules of gun safety
– Eight more rules of gun safety
– How to safely store your guns
– What to teach your children about your guns and how to identify a real gun by sight (without picking it up)
– How to safely load, unload and handle your guns
– How to safely draw, fire, and re-holster your guns and secure them
– How to behave in public, especially when armed

The course also covers the application process, which states honor Colorado’s permit, and where you can and cannot legally carry in Colorado, plus some of the laws regarding use of force in and out of the home.


Thank you,
Jeff Sacco
Chapter President
Facebook group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

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Why Government Monopolies Are Bad

Posted by on Feb 09 2010 | Economics

Solid video from the Cato Institute starring the famous Izzy Santa. Makes you wonder why the left, who routinely criticizes the competitive behavior of businesses competing in the marketplace, have absolutely no problem with government monopolies — which are far more harmful.

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Why Not Legalize ALL Marijuana?

Posted by on Feb 09 2010 | Events

Coloradans voted against legalization of marijuana in 2006 after approving it as a medicine in 2000. But now lawmakers are struggling with an upsurge in dispensaries and ill-defined “medical” users. How should public policly balance freedom, virtue, prudence, and practicality in dealing with this issue? Specifically, why not legalize all marijuana?

That question, and others, will be asked and hotly debated at this Centennial Institute Colorado policy debate featuring: District Attorney Carol Chambers, State Rep. Tom Massey, State Sen. Shawn Mitchell, and our own policy analyst Jessica Corry.

The event will take place  next Wednesday the 17th at the Colorado Christian University Music Center – 9200 W. Ellsworth in Lakewood – from 7 to 8:30pm.  It is FREE but seating is limited.

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Best Superbowl Ad

Posted by on Feb 08 2010 | Uncategorized

So what Audi’s message? Buy our enviro car, not because you care about the environment, but because it will keep the governmental enviro-nutjobs off your back.

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A Lesson in Tax Policy for Children

Posted by on Feb 08 2010 | Economics

Here’s a pretty clever way to explain taxes that even I can understand…

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Can the State Be As Transparent as Jeffco?

Posted by on Feb 05 2010 | education, Idiot Box (TV Show), Transparency

Colorado’s largest school district has become a national leader in transparency by posting detailed spending online for citizens to search. Will the state of Colorado and other government agencies follow the example of Jeffco Public Schools? On this week’s Independent Thinking, Jeffco’s chief financial officer Lorie Gillis and Independence Institute policy analyst Ben DeGrow join me to explore the growing trend of governments opening up their checkbooks. Tune in tonight at 8:30 PM on KBDI Channel 12, re-broadcast the following Monday at 1:30 PM.

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