Monday Open Thread

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–Harry Truman

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    • bullshit! says:

      And by "bullshit" I don't mean myself. 🙂 The attempt is bullshit.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Maybe someone can explain how an "independent" centrist can gain influence in heavily partisan institutions like the House and Senate? If they run well and win, won't they still need to ally themselves with others in order to get anything done? Or are these idealists who think that their version of "moderate" and "centrist" will somehow attract members of both parties?

      If it is near even and their vote makes a difference, it will only make a difference if they ally with one party or the other to get the Speaker or Majority Leader (and thus determine committee chairs, etc.) If the body is NOT nearly even, they won't have much influence at all, as partisans can ignore them for leadership reasons and assign them to less-than-key committees.

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    Please show me where the presidency touched you.

    Trump calls his presidency 'consensual,' Twitter responds

    Trump initially misquoted conservative columnist Michael Goodwin with two tweets citing Goodwin as saying:

    "'His is turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency. So much so that … there has never been a day that I wished Hillary Clinton were President. Not one. Indeed, as Trump's accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of Clinton in the W.H., doubling down on Obama's … failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election, and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching and necessary.' Thank you Michael Goodwin! (Please read entire column)"

  2. notaskinnycook says:

    Bundy’s off the hook. Dismissed with prejudice. “The judge cited prosecutors’ multiple withholding of evidence from defense lawyers and other evidence violations in dismissing the case.

  3. ardy3 says:

    Where the voters are (a very scary image showing how the acreage of the American west is terribly under represented) xkcd

  4. Duke Cox says:

    There is really only one way I can see the people of this country wresting control of the government away from the oligarchs and kleptocrats that have taken over. The Democratic party is the best chance the people have, at this point, of unifying enough citizens to overcome the monumental efforts the GOP will mount to once again find a way to overcome a popular vote and take the electoral college.

    But not todays' Democratic party. It looks far too much like the party from which it is trying to save us. Fundamental change is needed. Not just in Democratic party platforms but in having the guts to stand up to a liar and call him/her that to their face.

    Republican candidates are trained to lie with a straight face and repeat what they are told ( see…Josh Penry, Ray Scott, Scott Tipton…ad nauseum). Once in a while the GOP leadership will run across a person with principles who crosses them, but rarely do they vote independently.

    Democrats in Red districts are often cowed by the GOPs eagerness to attack anyone who challenges them…

    Ask Bill Ritter.  Ask Tresi Houpt.

    The Democratic party MUST return to being the party of the people again, but will NOT be able to do so until they completely reject the insidious and injurious influence of the same mega-rich military/ industrial complex and its attendant banks and billionaires.

    As long as our political leaders continue to sail the Hudson on Jamie Dimons' yacht, nothing will change. 

    • The realist says:

      Agree, we need to stand up to the liars and call them liars to their face. Red districts are very difficult for Dems because they are ruled by iron Republican fists. I know of rural areas where Dems meet in secret because of their fear! Most of all, Dems need to be masterful this year at pulling back the curtain and showing the poor, disadvantaged, and people of color what Republican dominance is doing to them. 

      • Pseudonymous says:

        I disagree with that last bit.  Dems don't need to show "the poor, disadvantaged, and people of color what Republican dominance is doing to them."  They need to tell those folks what Dems will do for them.  Not "higher wages," "more jobs," "better deal."  And then, they need to actually do that.  What policies will they put in place to actually make these folks' lives better?  To the extent they win in the red zone, that's what'll do it.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          "party of the people"    Coalitions should be developed and not just by party. Last April, an unlikely coalition of progressives and common sense conservatives re-took the Colorado Springs city council from the bloated plutocrats and their minions. Read about it in the Hightower Lowdown.

      • mamajama55 says:

        Hey,  rural Dems are not so secret anymore. Just so you know. Maybe someday  the mainstream media will even stop looking over our heads to interview the holdout Trump voters in search of the "real rural Colorado", or yet another safari to write the story about the "Great Divide".

        I will tell you this. We have umpteen parades in my little northeast Colorado town, and Dems have been loud and proud in all of them, (but the Confederate flag was not allowed.) We have had forum after well-attended forum to introduce our Democratic candidates. Flaming fabulous gay kids walk unbothered and unbullied down our school hallways. In theory, we are a "no -cannabis" town – but the nearest dispensary is only 10 well-traveled miles away.

        There are unrepentant racists and Hillary-haters, true….yet they are finding it harder to "Pump Trump" than they used to.

        The predominant media narrative about "DumPhuckistan" has yet to catch up with reality.


  5. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    News brief in today's Denver Post: Ray Thomas, a founding member of The Moody Blues, passed away last Thursday at age 76.  R.I.P.  and thanks so much for your music.

  6. notaskinnycook says:

    So I just saw, C.H.B. Another bit of our misspent youth gone:

  7. mamajama55 says:

    Rep. Ken Buck is having a Veterans Town Hall this coming Friday, Jan. 12 at 3 pm at 100 3rd St in Castle Rock. Facebook link.

    Ken Buck has been a big advocate of privatizing the VA in the past. The veteran's administration is, after all, the largest and most successful government healthcare program. If it can be privatized, it would undercut any efforts to expand public health care.

    But Ken Buck also wants to privatize social security. "Here's your coupon, grampa, now you go shop for your health care. Good luck!"

    The VA has the highest customer satisfaction (from consumers) of any health care program. It has a unique culture which respects and supports veterans and their families. Yes, the waits are too long. Yes, it is underfunded.  But privatizing it isn't the answer.

    It will be interesting to see which Buckaroo shows up to talk on Friday – the "I'm with ya – thanks for your service!" Buck, or the "Gubmint is bad! Go Tea Party!" Buck.  I hope that vocal vets will show up in droves.

    Veterans in general love their V.A. They don't like the wait for appointments. They want to fund the system and make it better, not tear it down for a profit-making model.

  8. Voyageur says:

    You say buck wants to privatize Social Security but your example would privatize Medicare.  Reading the link, it is pretty clear your example is wrong.

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