Thursday Open Thread

“A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.”

–Harry S. Truman

44 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. PitaPita says:

    No Kidding!

    “I think the U.S. economy wants to be strong,” said Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO of JPMorgan Asset Management. “It wants to be.”

    But she also said the bickering in Washington is holding it back.

  2. Albert J. Nock says:

    “I prefer Uranium fried Japanese over Plutonium fried Japanese.” Harry S. Truman

    • roccoprahn says:

      Are you a United States Military combat veteran?

      Truman was. While he was turned down for an Appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point due to poor eyesight, he joined the Missouri National Guard in 1905(he memorized the eye chart) and eventually deployed to France as a Captain, in Command of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 60th Brigade, 35th Infantry Division, upon America’s entry into WW1.

      His outfit fought off a surprise German assault on their position in fierce hand to hand combat. Battery D also laid down heavy artillery fire support for George Patton’s armoured assault at the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

      President Truman was definately a man that had seen the horrors of war, had made a decision to drop two Atomic bombs, and in context, was justified in a remark in 1945 that today would be callous at best.

      In a society where “men” scream for their gun rights while aggressively avoiding military service, and women are now taking up the slack and void in the U.S. Military left by a cowardly but nonetheless gun crazed male population by serving in combat roles, anyone other than a combat veteran who quotes a statement like that by President Truman sounds like ted nugent, dick cheney, “w”, mittens, and rove.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      What a surprise. Nockworst apparently made up this quote.
      I can find no source for it. And it is highly unlikely that Truman would have said it, since it apparently stems from the difference in the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs.

      To quote the Wiki: “Two types of bombs were eventually devised by scientists and technicians at Los Alamos under American physicist Robert Oppenheimer. The Hiroshima bomb, known as Little Boy, was a gun-type fission weapon made with uranium-235, a rare isotope of uranium extracted in giant factories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.[31] The other was an implosion-type nuclear weapon using plutonium-239, a synthetic element created in nuclear reactors at Hanford, Washington. A test implosion weapon, the gadget, was detonated at Trinity Site, on 16 July 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.[32] The Nagasaki bomb, Fat Man was also an implosion device.”

      I am not sure Truman would have been briefed on the technical differences and almost certainly would not have used that difference to justify his bombing — especially since he dropped both types.

      So, Lunchmeat boy, either show a source for your quote or admit that you are a lying piece of crap.

  3. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    4 Continents, 25 Schools, 100 Teams, 332 Students

    And the event makes for great TV (trying an embed):

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    Yet we can’t get any network to cover it. For all you press people reading this – this will make a great story for this Saturday. Very compelling video.

  4. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Isn’t this treason?

    El Paso County passes measure defying Obama’s gun control orders. And as such, isn’t that grounds for removal from office?

    • MADCO says:

      I think maybe you mean pointless.

      Treason, Article 3, Section 3

      Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

      The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

    • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

      Stupid, yes. Treasonous, no.

    • gaf says:

      Seems a clear indication they are willing to violate their oath of office.

  5. AristotleAristotle says:

    The GORP (Grand Ol’ Rape Party) is at it again:

    A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.

    House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”

    “Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.

    Given the fact that it has no chance (Dems control both chambers of NM’s legislature), one really wonders what the legislator is trying to prove.

    • ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

      Someone needs to explain prenatal paternity testing to Brown. If the evidence is so important to the trial, they can test the aborted fetal tissue.

      • No-one needs explain anything, PC – it’s the same old anti-choice crowd looking to excuse their callousness by yet one more inane excuse.

        I do hope one of the conservative SCOTUS justices (or swing vote Kennedy) retires this term, because most of the current state laws against abortion are obvious legalistic ploys attempting to circumvent Roe v. Wade and not addressing actual issues.

        • slavdudeslavdude says:

          Sadly, only liberal and moderate Justices retire. The others hang on for life. See Rehnquist, William.

        • ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

          I just wonder if some interest group sold this to the GOP rep by telling her (accurately) that in abusive relationships, the abuser may be “choosing” on behalf of a pregnant woman–whether the choice is to keep or terminate the pregnancy, it’s rarely the woman’s choice if she’s still married to her rapist. The “with intent to destroy evidence” part would be so hard to prove that it doesn’t seem like it would actually halt many abortions, though it definitely is a setup for a court challenge to Roe v. Wade, and whatever group came up with this legislation surely intends it that way–I just wonder if the rep does. Maybe I’m being too generous.

          • AristotleAristotle says:

            Don’t assume anything. Like, don’t assume that someone “sold” her on this idea, because it’s possible that she came up with it all on her own. Frankly, that’s much more likely and believable.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      he’s trying to prove he is an idiot…are you convinced? 🙂

    • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

      And given the fact that dead bodies, even fully grown ones, are often used as evidence… .

      I’m so sick of this macabre horseshit. Don’t those ghouls ever think of bright sunrises, warm embraces, velvety cat fur, or ripe peaches? They’re truly psychotically obsessed.

  6. roccoprahn says:

    Must see TV!!!

    Senator Kerry is literally holding class, toying with the clueless pinko twits on the SOS confirmation hearing.

    rubio, johnson, mccain, and now barasso have failed in an embarrassingly flacid attempt to discredit SOS Clinton and the President.

    Sen. Kerry shows no daylight from SOS Clinton. His acumen is not only 4.0, his ability to humiliate these red lightweights is very obvious.

    While redleg duplicity and outright electioneering is on view, so is the unquestiond competence of the Senator from Mass.

    Watch this, it’s worth it.

    • Gray in Mountains says:

      I watched for a good while until I had to leave or a meeting. How about Rand Paul? Did he dare to open his pie hole?

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        Rand Paul is a thoroughly dangerous man. You know those kind of guys who plot military coups in third world countries? I think he is one of those kind of guys…

        • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

          So you don’t believe the US is shipping armaments from Libya to Turkey?!!!

          Loved it when he said (later) he didn’t have any “reports” or “evidence” to that effect, but it still needed to be answered.

          Yes, he’s dangerous. And clever.

          • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

            We ship a lot of arms to Turkey. They have been an ally for decades. Whether we ship them from Norfolk or Tripoli makes no difference.

            This conspiracy theory is being proffered by one of the worlds’ foremost military and political experts…Glenn Beck.

  7. Gray in Mountains says:

    some good news: it is snowing in some of our highest communities

  8. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    I do not have the technical savvy to post it, but I know one of you does. The internets are reporting an AFT raid at 4648 S. Swadley Way, Morrison. Google that address. Someone needs to post the street-view pic. I am thinking that has to be a USMC flag.

  9. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Pols, Another deficiency in the new toy: Can no longer click on a user’s name and get info, such as when they created account, etc.

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