Wednesday Open Thread

"Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both."

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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  1. roccoprahn says:

    Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of retired Arizona Congressional Representative Gabby Giffords, will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee today.

    Carnival huckster Wayne Lappierre, head pitchman for the firearms industry and nra mouthpiece, will also be there, probably to continue his advocacacy for the continuation of the unlimited sale of semi-automatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines and the right to sell firearms with no background checks at gun shows.

    The stark contrast between Congresswoman Giffords' husband, a national hero, and the 64 year old Vietnam era draft dodging and school mass shooting/massacre advocate Lappierre,  should make for compelling TV on CSPAN.

    • Gray in Mountains says:

      I do find it compelling though it is about over I think. I only now got to begin watching because I had an early meeting. Ted Cruz behaved as though LaPierre was a weapons expert. Guess what, he is not. But, now he is endorsing building more prisons, "what works". "The innocent are being preyed upon… they want to protect themselves… the titans get protection…"

    • VanDammerVanDammer says:

      While Giffords and sane gun control folks testify there were 5 shot at a mortgage firm in Phoenix by what police identify as a older white male.  Yesterday in Alabama, an 60+ yr old white male (whom some describe as having mental issues) shot & killed a school bus driver and took one child in a continuing hostage situation.

      Anyone in Senate have balls enough to ask LaPierre if it was videogames or music that caused the most recent murderers to flip?

      Also, a young musical performer that just sang at Obama's innauguration was shot & killed yeterday in Chicago.

      How the fuck are more guns the answer?




      • The realistThe realist says:

        And a Denver sheriff's deputy was shot this morning.

        At the DU gun panel last week I submitted a question about numbers of guns in the US – Dudley Brown and Randy Lee Baumgardner had spent the entire 1 1/2 hours spouting the message that you're not safe without a gun.  I wanted to ask if 300 million guns in the US are not enough for safety, how many do we need – 600 million? A billion?  Needless to say, my question was not asked.  My other question was also not answered – why no women on the panel for the event.


  2. Sir RobinSir Robin says:

    I always thought, not having done any research on the matter, that Google did their mapping with satelite imagery. Now, they've released the first maps of the ultra secretive North Korea.Where did they get the data to create these maps? Citizen cartographers. Go figure.



  3. ardy3ardy3 says:

    Why is it we celebrate "Independent" voters?

    Here is figure from a just published study that asked people about the reality and causes of cliimate change. For "Independents" their responses depended on the recent weather conditions.

    From the authors: "Independent voters were less likely to believe that climate change was caused by humans on unseasonably cool days and more likely to believe that climate change was caused by humans on unseasonably warm days. The shift was dramatic. On the coolest days, belief in human-caused climate change dropped below 40 percent among independents. On the hottest days, it increased above 70 percent,” Hamilton says.

    There are also some interesting findings based on political party identity as well as education level. Spoiler alert: Increasing education level does nothing to free Republicans from the bondage of ideology.

    The publication: <a href= "">Hamilton, L.C. and M.D. Stampone. 2013. Blowin’ in the wind: Short-term weather and belief in anthropogenic climate change. Weather, Climate, and Society. </a>

    The press release:<a href= ""&gt; Climate Change Beliefs of Independent Voters Shift with the Weather, UNH Study Finds</a>

    Note: ardy3 = ardy39. I am unable to login as ardy39 – I discarded the associated email address long long ago. Curiosly, the alias ardy3, which I used when I was out of the country years ago and couldn't recall my password, does still work. Isn't this world great?!


    • ardy3ardy3 says:

      Oh, and where's that tutorial? And how is it that I edit a recent post so that I can correct the html tags? (A "preview" function would help those of us who still use html so that we can assess whether we have all the right punctuation in place.) Grrr.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Interesting stuff…good to see you back ardy…even though your new self (and original self) is just a fraction of your former self.

      So, paraphrasing…independent voters are wishy washy by nature…or just simple minded??  🙂

    • GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

      Well, this proves me wrong. There actually is such a thing as "independent voter"?

      I've always maintained they are secretly partisan folks who don't want to get a lot of partisan solicitations, or are avoiding publicly taking sides out of fear or embarrassment, or are more busy than I am, enjoying their real life.

      It turns out they're real people. They just don't put on sweaters when it's cold and don't have enough sense to sit in the shade when it's hot. Now that's a demographic the Republicans can successfully reach out to with new messaging.

  4. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Note to GOP:  Obama's "unabashedly far-left-of-center inaugural speech" (Sen. Mitch McConnell) is supported by 60% of Americans:

    According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 60 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the president, while only 37 percent said they had an unfavorable view.

    The poll was conducted between January 23rd and January 27th, in the days following his inauguration speech.

    Maybe this explains why even Republicans like Tea Partier Sen. Rubio is creaping back off the far-right lunatic fringe cliff.  Even Rush Limpbaugh was blowing kisses Rubio's way on the immigration issue.

    Link to quoted article from HuffPo: 

  5. AristotleAristotle says:

    An amendment to legalize same sex marriage in Colorado has been filed.

  6. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    @Pols, please prove there are 17 users on now. And that five minutes ago there were twenty-something. How? Let me click on the "users on line now" and view their names. There have never, repeat never, been this many users on line this time of night before. Prove it. Let me see them.

    • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

      The new "users online" counter counts, in addition to logged-in registered users as the previous one counted, all the web sessions of non-registered "lurker" readers as well. That's the difference you're seeing.

      We'll see about some way of displaying that in more detail, but the count you see is accurate–and better reflective of actual readership.

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