Tuesday Open Thread

“The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.”

–Bess Myerson

31 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Go Raiders Redux says:

    Trump is a horrible evil person, republicans should be deported, and all gun owners have small penises…

    Democrats are all perfect and Russia stole the election from Hillary

    There, set the tone for the day for you…

  2. allyncooper says:

    "Massive success is the best revenge."   

    Frank Sinatra

  3. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    You forgot that Trump stinks!  Stay upwind, America.

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules

    U.S. senators are planning to mark the 10th anniversary of Wall Street’s meltdown this year with a gift to the nation’s banks: a bill that would unravel regulations put in place after the crisis.

    The proposed rollback of some key post-crisis rules – which could advance in the coming weeks – is one of the few examples of bipartisanship in Washington since President Donald Trump's election.

    Yet the bill is driving a wedge between Democrats and threatening to magnify the party's divisions as it fights to win back Congress this year.

    Sponsors of the bill include our own Senator Michael Bennet.

    But, hey, at least you get what you pay for.

  5. DavieDavie says:

    Mueller's investigation has collected another cooperating witness in the Trump investigation.

     An attorney, Alex Van Der Zwaan, with Ukrainian banking connections is copping a plea to lying to the FBI about his communications with fellow plea copper, Rick Gates, and another 'unnamed person' (just guessing, but their initials appear to be Jared Kushner):

    Last year, Van Der Zwaan married the daughter of a Ukrainian-Russian energy oligarch, German Khan, who Forbes ranks 138th on its list of billionaires, with a net worth of $9.3 billion.

    Khan is a senior official at Alfa Group, a politically connected Russian financial conglomerate that briefly drew FBI scrutiny after reports that the group's banking arm had unusual online contact with a Trump Organization computer server. 

    That was about the time Kushner was visiting the Russian Embassy to set up a secure (from US surveillance) comm link to the Kremlin.


    • Person A is a Ukranian. Some suspicion that it might be Oleg Deripaska, who fits the criteria laid out in the indictment. German Khan could also fit the bill…

      Regardless, this is – for now – mostly about Manafort and his shady dealings. Of course, if there really is dirt on Alphabank and Trump campaign coordination, then Van der Zwaan could possibly know about it if he and Dad-in-Law were talking…

  6. DavieDavie says:

    Paul Krugman has some interesting thoughts on today's GOP (and a question for Moldy):

    Even those who have long since accepted the premise that Donald Trump is corrupt, self-centered and dishonest seem a bit shocked by his tirades over the Presidents’ Day weekend. Using the Parkland, Fla., massacre as an excuse to attack the F.B.I. for investigating Russian election intervention on his behalf — while lying about his own past denials that such intervention took place — took vileness to a new level, which is truly impressive given Trump’s previous record.

    Yet if you step back a bit and think about it, Trump’s latest outbursts were very much in character — and I don’t just mean his personal character. When did you last see a member of the Trump administration, or for that matter any prominent Republican, admit error or accept responsibility for problems?

    Krugman really nails the problem:

    So what happened to the character of the G.O.P.? I’m pretty sure that in this case the personal is, ultimately, political. The modern G.O.P. is, to an extent never before seen in American history, a party built around bad faith, around pretending that its concerns and goals are very different from what they really are. Flag-waving claims of patriotism, pious invocations of morality, stern warnings about fiscal probity are all cover stories for an underlying agenda mainly concerned with making plutocrats even richer.

    Expand your vocabulary today:

    We are living in a kakistocracy, a nation ruled by the worst

  7. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    In my county, we got robocalls for a school threat that turned out to be some attention-seeker in Jeffco.

    Brighton High School, Caprock Academy in Mesa County, and students in Jeffco schools were all threatened "as a joke".

    Everybody's scared. Everyone's reacting out of fear. No one feels safe. But hey, RMGO and NAGR are making bank, so all's right in Gunzo World.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Well you learn something new every day…..

      I had never heard of NAGR before although always presumed there was some national organization with which RMGO was affiliated. 

      • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

        RMGO lobbies at the state level; NAGR at the national. Dudley Brown is CEO of both. NAGR thinks and raises funds from the idea) that the NRA and all other"gun rights" organizations are a bunch of wimps.

        NAGR , a "nonprofit, educational" corporation, raised over 10 million in 2015.


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