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Man who advocated for immigrants killed by illegal alien who was ordered to be deported 8 months ago

Sean Buchanan: Permanently separated from his family

If you’re wondering what type of immigrants he probably advocated for, keep in mind that legal immigrants don’t need an advocate.

From Daily Mail: A staunch supporter of the rights of immigrants – and a married father of five – was killed last week when an illegal immigrant from El Salvador facing deportation crashed into his motorcycle in Colorado.

Sean Buchanan, 45, was driving northbound on Highway 83 on August 2 when Colorado State Patrol say a southbound truck operated by Miguel Ramirez Valiente went off the side of the road, then over-corrected into the wrong lane and crashed into Buchanan’s bike, killing him.

Valiente, an undocumented immigrant who was slated for deportation eight months earlier, was charged with misdemeanor careless driving with a revoked license in the deadly accident.

In an ironic twist, Buchanan was known among friends a passionate advocate for all immigrants.

Officials do not suspect that drugs, alcohol or excessive speed played a role in the collision, reported The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Valiente has a criminal record in Colorado that includes a 2018 conviction for a DUI charge, which earned him a year’s probation and the revocation of his license, and a guilty plea to a charge of reckless endangerment in a child neglect case.

On August 1, less than 24 hours before the deadly crash that killed Buchanan, Valiente’s probation was extended because he had failed to complete his court-ordered treatment program and community service.

He made national headlines in January when he sought sanctuary at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in January to avoid deportation to El Salvador during the federal government shutdown. ‘I can’t be separated from them,’ he said at a press conference at the time, according to The Denver Channel. ‘I have always worked hard to support my family, and they depend on me.’

But according to a close acquaintance of Valiente’s speaking to The Denver Channel on condition of anonymity, the reality of his life was far from the public image he had sought to create. ‘This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with,’ she said. ‘He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.’

The woman argued that the fatal accident that took Buchanan’s life could have been prevented, especially given Valiente’s history of run-ins with the law.

‘My personal opinion is that we don’t do enough to stop this kind of thing because it could have been stopped,’ she said. ‘You’re here and you’re a hard worker and you’re not causing trouble and doing bad things, that’s fine, but he had already been in trouble, several times, and now we have a death because of it.’

Buchanan had just started a new job in communications. His wife of 16 years, Kathy Wierenga Buchanan, is the author of The Brio series of books for teenage girls, and a writer and director for Adventures in Odyssey, an Evangelical Christian radio show produced by the conservative organization Focus on the Family.

The Buchanans have five children: daughters Jasyln, 15, Maleah, 12 and Bella, 10, and two sons they adopted from Burundi, eight-year-old Michla and six-year-old Divin.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Perpetual victimhood: Failed demorat congressional candidate Saira Rao is a miserable womyn who hates everything

Via Ryan Saavedra’s Twitter timeline the other night, I discovered a miserable demorat womyn. Her name is Saira Rao and she ran, unsuccessfully, for Congress in Denver. From her Twitter bio:

“Writer| Columnist @browngirlmag and author of upcoming BROKEN NEWS @mcsweeneys. Founder @intogethermedia. she/her/hers”

She is apparently a “brown girl” and has a serious problem with many things in America:

The American flag
Perceived “white privilege”
White men
White folks

She also claims that: “If you are not actively anti-racist, you are actively racist.”

And this: “White people have done everything to make my life miserable. Yet I’m supposed to not hate white people?”

Her Twitter timeline gives a glimpse into the liberal mind of misery, hate, misconstrued perceptions, and mental disorder.

Imagine going through life being so miserable and having such a sense of perceived victimhood. And having the desire to share your misery on social media.

Sounds like the girl needs some therapy…

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Colorado governor signs law that gives state’s electoral votes to national popular vote winner

Over two years later, butt hurt from Hillary’s loss still alive and well.

From MSN (via CNN): Colorado could be part of voting history next general election day, joining 11 other states looking to ensure that their electoral college votes echo the will of the American majority to elect the next president.

Gov. Jared Polis (demorat) signed a law Friday that would allot the state’s electoral college votes to whichever candidate won the national popular vote. The Washington Post previously reported the law’s signing.

The trend comes as Americans have shown greater support in recent years for a more democratic presidential election process, without the translational risks of the electoral college. But the daunting requirement of changing the Constitution, where the electoral college is formally codified, has posed a challenge to both public and political support for the issue.

The state’s legislation would only take effect if enough other states sign on to secure the cumulative 270 electors needed to elect a president, and Colorado’s votes raise the current total to 181 electors. Most states have winner-take-all laws in place dictating that their electors go towards whichever candidate takes the state’s popular majority, while Maine and Nebraska opt to proportionally split their electors based on the vote.

The eleven other states that have signed on — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state — as well as the District of Columbia and now Colorado, make up the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. New Mexico, which has five electoral votes, sent a bill to the governor’s desk to elect the president by popular vote and may soon join the group as well.

And the electoral college had been contentious not long ago. In 2016, President Donald Trump won the presidential vote with 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232 votes. But Clinton won the popular vote, garnering 48.5% of the vote to Trump’s 46.4%.

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Steven Crowder’s latest undercover video at Colorado late-term abortion clinic

Not for the faint of heart…

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Deranged Left: Republican Colorado senator’s wife received text with attachment showing beheading, family members doxxed

Senator Cory Gardner: Victim of unhinged lunatics

Catch the bast*rd and lock him up. This violence coming from the progressives MUST STOP.

Don’t forget this madness:

From Fox News: In the wake of his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., revealed to Fox News on Sunday that his wife had received a graphic text message with a video depicting a beheading, and that someone has publicly posted the names and addresses of his family members.

Gardner announced his support for Kavanaugh in July, and reaffirmed it after reviewing the supplemental FBI report into uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Late last month, Gardner received a letter from an anonymous individual apparently in Denver, alleging that Kavanaugh had “shoved” someone up against a wall “very aggressively and sexually” during an outing in 1998 in front of four witnesses. The allegation was later deemed not to be credible.

“Every victim of abuse, assault, and violence has been through an unspeakable tragedy and we need to do a better job listening to them, ensuring support is available, and fighting to end abuse of any kind,” Gardner said in a statement prior to receiving the graphic text messages. “I hope that the partisan divide we all feel today does not hinder the people that have bravely come forward.”

Kavanaugh, his wife Ashley, and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford have also all received numerous death threats in recent days.

The apparent intimidation efforts follow reports from Capitol police that the Democratic congressional aide accused of publishing the private information (known as “doxxing”) of at least three Republican lawmakers last month also allegedly threatened to leak senators’ children’s health information if a witness told anyone about his activities.

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h/t Twitchy

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Pathetic: ABC News suspends Brian Ross for four weeks for spreading fake news

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Wow, he gets to enjoy the holidays with his family. Such a serious punishment. Wretched hacks.
From MSN: ABC News has announced that Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay “effective immediately.”
“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience – these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday,” the network said in a statement on Saturday. “Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”
Ross came under considerable fire on Friday after he erroneously reported on live television that then-candidate Donald Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. In a correction seven hours later, the channel admitted that it was “President-elect” Trump who had made the request of Flynn — a pretty significant difference.
ABC issued a correction on Twitter and also updated their original article.
ABC has sustained withering criticism from all corners of the internet since the error first became known Friday.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” the network continued in its latest statement. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.  As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online,” it concluded.
It’s not the first time Ross has come under fire for playing fast and loose with the facts, either. In 2012, he falsely suggested that the Aurora shooter Jim Holmes had been a member of the Colorado Tea Party — he was not.
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Colorado VA kept secret wait lists for vets' mental health care

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Par for the course under Obama’s administration. See also:

From Fox News: A new government watchdog group found that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Denver violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track mental health care that veterans received.
Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed whistleblower and former VA employee Brian Smother’s claim that staff kept unauthorized lists instead of using the department’s official wait list system.
That made it impossible to know if veterans who needed referrals for group therapy and other mental health care were getting timely assistance, according to the report. The internal investigation also criticized record-keeping in PTSD cases at the VA’s facility in Colorado Springs.
Patients there often went longer than the department’s stated goals of getting an initial consult within a week and treatment within 30 days, investigators found. In one case, a veteran killed himself 13 days after contacting the clinic, which was supposed to see him within a week.
Investigators said the unofficial lists did not always identify the veteran or requested date of care, and they could not determine how many veterans were waiting to receive help and for how long, even with the help of staff at the facilities.
“My worst fears have been realized in this Inspector General’s report that Chairman Johnson and I demanded,” Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardener said in a statement. “It highlights even more VA mismanagement and lack of accountability in Colorado. This cannot happen again, and it’s time for the VA to finally wake up and ensure our men and women are getting the best care possible. I will continue to work with Chairman Johnson to ensure the accountability that somehow the VA refuses to accept.”
Smothers, who worked at the VA in Denver as a peer support specialist on the post-traumatic stress disorder clinical support team, informed Gardner and his fellow senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, last about the VA facilities in Denver and nearby Golden using wait lists for mental health services from 2012 until last September. Gardner (I think they mean Smothers here) resigned from his post at the VA shortly after going public, citing retaliation from VA officials in Colorado.
“Putting veterans on secret wait lists is not acceptable,” Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said in a statement. “The VA should implement changes to provide the highest quality care for our veterans and hold wrongdoers accountable. I thank Brian Smothers, the whistleblower who bravely came forward to shed a light on these unacceptable practices at the VA so they can be prevented in the future.”
Speaking to the Associated Press, Smothers said he was disappointed the report didn’t make clearer that VA staff knew full well what they were doing. “We renamed the files ‘interest lists’ so people wouldn’t know we were breaking the rules” on how to maintain wait lists, Smothers said.
The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care system said in a statement that while it agreed with much of the report’s findings it bristled at the idea that its wait lists were “secret.” The statement says that “nothing about this process was secret” and that it was discontinued once staff became aware it violated VA policies.
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Black cadet admits to writing racial slurs outside Air Force Academy dorm room

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How about: If you can’t treat your duty with respect, then you need to get out.


I beg to differ with Lt. Gen Silveria: The circumstances ARE the point that needs to be addressed. Knowingly submitting false statements is what is needs to be emphasized, not political correctness.
From NY Post: One of the black Air Force Academy cadets who claimed he was targeted by racial slurs scrawled outside his dorm room actually wrote the hateful messages himself, school officials said this week.
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria — whose passionate message to cadets at the Air Force Academy’s Preparatory School in Colorado went viral after five black cadets found the words “go home” and an accompanying racial slur outside their dorm in September — confirmed the finding and reiterated the need for inclusiveness at the academy outside Colorado Springs.
Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” Silveria told the Colorado Springs Gazette in an email. “You can never overemphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect — and those who don’t understand those concepts, aren’t welcome here.”
The cadet candidate, whose identity was not disclosed, was no longer enrolled, although it’s unclear whether he was expelled or withdrew from the academy. Several sources told the Gazette that he scrawled the words on a whiteboard outside his dorm room in a misguided attempt to get out of unspecified consequences for unrelated misconduct at the prep school.
“We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage told the newspaper in an email. “The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”
Herritage declined to discuss details of the incident due to privacy concerns, but said racism “has no place” at the academy.
“We will continue to create a climate of dignity and respect for all, encourage ideas that do so, and hold those who fail to uphold these standards accountable,” Herritage’s email continued.
Silveria’s frank, emotional message to cadets in late September made national headlines, and a video of the speech that was posted online has been viewed more than 1 million times. At one point, Silveria urged cadets to take out their phones to record his words.
“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”
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Good Samaritan shot trying to stop kidnapping by illegal alien

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From Fox News: A good Samaritan is expected to recover after being shot more than a week ago by an illegal immigrant trying to kidnap a woman, according to a report.
Fox 31 Denver reported Friday that former paratrooper Brian Geer was shot when the woman, a total stranger, ran up to his house and frantically banged on the front door for help. Geer’s home surveillance camera captured the whole thing as the woman tried frantically to get away from the suspect, Jesus Garcia-Chavez, the station reported.
“I could hear screaming as I was approaching the door and I probably heard a gunshot,” Geer, a paramedic, said. “After I made contact with him he said, ‘Oh you want shot too,’ and he pulled the trigger.”
“She’s screaming for help still so I ran toward him,” he told the station. “I’m not sure what I was thinking at this point except that she was in trouble.” The woman is also expected to recover.
It took police six days to track down Garcia-Chavez. He was arrested after a standoff at a Denver motel Friday night. He is being held on kidnapping and assault charges.
Fox 31 said Garcia-Chavez has a long criminal record and was wanted on two outstanding warrants.
Police said his criminal history includes assault to a peace officer, assault, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, felony menacing, assault, eluding, resisting arrest, forgery, trespass and possession of a controlled substance.
He was illegally in the U.S. after previously being deported, according to the station. KMGH-TV reported that after his deportation Garcia-Chavez slipped back into the U.S. two or three years ago.
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Colorado School District to Arm Its Security Patrol With Semi-Automatic Rifles

And liberals’ heads explode.
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From GMA/Yahoo: A school district in central Colorado announced on Monday that it has upped the firepower for its armed security patrol division, reigniting a debate about what some see as the over-militarization of school security personnel.
The Douglas County School District spent $12,300 on 10 semi-automatic Bushmaster rifles and equipment back in January, but several school board members were only notified of the purchase recently, according to the school district’s public information officer Paula Hans.
The rifles will be assigned to the district’s eight armed security patrol, Hans told ABC News yesterday. She explained that the officers, who already have handguns, still need to go undergo rifle training with the local sheriff’s department before they are qualified to use the weapons.
“The decision to buy these guns were part of a proactive approach to figure out how to best protect students and staff in our district that sprawls across approximately 900 square miles,” Hans said. “Richard Payne, the district’s director of safety and security, wanted to make sure his officers have all the tools necessary if we have to respond to an incident to keep our students, staff safe.”
While the school’s armed security officers are on the duty, the rifles will be “stored in locking mechanisms” in school district vehicles and stored “in a safe during off-duty hours in the security office off school property,” Hans said.
School board member Wendy Vogel told ABC affiliate KMGH that she wished the school board was given the opportunity to discuss the purchase of the guns before they were made. Vogel said she only learned on Monday that the rifles were purchased.
“We’ve got to keep our kids safe, and we’ve got to keep our staff and community safe, but in my opinion, that’s the role of law enforcement,” Vogel told KMGH. “It’s not the role of a public school district.” Vogel did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for additional comment.
Another school board member, Meghann Silverthorn, told ABC News today that the conversation about the rifles began in July 2015 and that some board members were elected later on in November, so they might have been left out of the loop. “Also, purchases only of $75,000 or more typically go before the board,” she said. “This was way below that.”
Silverthorn said she thinks “the reason people found out about it is that someone was looking at our financial transparency website and got alarmed like, ‘Whoa, what’s that?'”
She added that “the district makes hundreds of expenditures every day, and some wires may have crossed” but she’s happy to talk to anyone who believes more discussion is necessary.

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The miscommunication in the district about the purchase is “troubling,” according to school safety and security expert Kenneth Trump, who is president of National School Safety and Security Services, a private consulting firm based in Cleveland. Trump added that he hadn’t heard of school security officers equipped with such firepower and that he thinks the school will need to have “important, necessary conversations about implementation. “The devil is often in the details of implementation, and this is what concerns me,” Trump said. “They will need to think about where the officers store it and how they will access it in the case of an emergency.”
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