Weekend Open Thread

“Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going your way.”

–Joseph Heller

34 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. allyncooper says:

    Another company moving out of the Peoples Republic of Mexacali to a low tax business friendly state.

    California Firearms Manufacturer Weatherby Moving to Wyoming.

    California Democrats have proposed  a 50% tax on the tax savings businesses will get from the tax reform package. In the nanny state, the government always knows how to spend your money better than you do.

    • Davie says:

      Well, on the practical side, taxing those that are flush with cash to pay for necessary services (pay as you go) is better than the popular GOP short-term thinking strategy of taking out a fat mortgage to pay for necessary services (really, putting our government offices up as collateral on long term loans to pay for this year's road maintenance?).

      • allyncooper says:

        I would generally agree with that. The GOP/Bush strategy of paying for the Iraq war on a Chinese credit card wasn't popular with me. It wasn't even a "necessary service".

        But then we were told the oil revenues were going to pay for the war. An even better one is Mexico is gonna pay for the wall.

    • Voyageur says:

      The story implies it is more Wyoming's pro gun/pro death policies that attracted the gun manufacturers than tax policies.

      • allyncooper says:

        Yes Wyoming is "pro gun" if you will.  Why would a business stay in a state where the government promotes a hostile environment towards the product you manufacture? Weatherby doesn't manufacture "assault" type weapons or  handguns, but high quality hunting rifles and shotguns for the sportsman.

        Pro death policies? Not sure what you mean by that, but if you're talking about the death penalty, Wyoming has executed one person (a triple murderer) in the last 68 years. But then not many people live in Wyoming, so its pretty hard finding people to execute.

         

    • Mike W. says:

      Gasp, 90 jobs making weapons…yeah those 90 jobs were recovered in the time it took to type this. Also, Mexicali is on the Mexico side of the border, Calexico is on the California side. 

      Keep trusting the guy spending $24 million on two Air Force One refrigerators whilst insulting the state with a surplus. 

  2. Davie says:

    More from Davos (via Politico)

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  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Quoth Moderatus:

    It’s not the first time that Democrats have been complete hypocrites about sexual predators in their midst, but you would expect Hillary Clinton of all people to call Weinstein out. Instead it took days for Clinton to say anything, and liberal Hollywood stars are only now distancing themselves from Weinstein.

    Where will it end? How many more liberal misogynists and rapists are hiding in plain sight?

    Republicans have a Steve Wynn problem

    The Journal’s story said that Wynn, who turned 76 on Saturday, allegedly harassed or abused multiple women who worked for him over the years; the paper’s reporters uncovered a $7.5 million settlement Wynn paid to a manicurist he coerced into having intercourse with him in 2005.

    Where you at, son?

     

  4. Davie says:

    Trump's immigration proposal explained:

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  5. Davie says:

    Apparently, Neil Gorsuch, a pretentious little twit, is not impressing Chief Justice Roberts, and is proving to be a second rate mind compared with his peers:

    Neil Gorsuch is supposed to be a good writer. In fact, he once was: During his tenure on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch produced a number of witty, lucid, and pithy opinions. But since his elevation to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch’s prose has curdled into a glop of cutesy idioms, pointless metaphors, and garbled diction that’s exhausting to read and impossible to take seriously. It may even be alienating the conservative justices whom Gorsuch was supposed to beguile with his ostensibly impeccable reasoning.

    Ginsburg, who (correctly) dismissed Gorsuch’s tangent as an irrelevant “history lesson.” She also ridiculed Gorsuch’s “grace period” theory as “entirely imaginative,” given the total lack of evidence that Congress “had any such ancient law in mind when it drafted” this statute. Gorsuch’s dissent, Ginsburg wrote, cannot, “for all its mighty striving,” identify “even one federal statute” that uses the word differently. “From what statutory text, then,” she wondered, “does the dissent start?”

    Notably, Roberts—who generally shares Gorsuch’s commitment to states’ rights—declined to sign onto this nonsense. Instead, he cast the decisive vote against this warped analysis. Alone among the conservatives, Roberts seems to have recognized how silly Gorsuch’s position is, and how gruesomely it mangles the text of a statute to reach an unfair result. The chief justice deserves credit for refusing to play along with Gorsuch’s pseudofederalist posturing and following the more practical route.

    Gorsuch’s argument in Artis bears a vague resemblance to his notorious frozen trucker dissent, in which he twisted the actual words of a statute to deny relief to a deserving plaintiff. What’s particularly irritating about this bad Gorsuch opinion, though, is that he makes his terrible argument so poorly.

  6. itlduso says:

    Democrats are so bad at messaging.

    [crowd] "How bad are they?"

    Democrats are so bad at messaging that they need Republicants and former GOPers to explain the dangers of Trump.

    Consider the following conservative pundits:  Joe Scarborough, Jennifer Rubin, Bret Stephens, Bill Kristol, Nicolle Wallace, and my favorite, Steve Schmidt.   They all do a better job slamming Trump than almost any Democrat.  Sigh….

  7. Pseudonymous says:

    Local Democrats warn DNC: Cash crunch threatens November gains

    At a time when many Democratic candidates and groups are reporting record-breaking fundraising, the top state party officials gathered here for the meeting of the Association of State Democratic Committees say their local parties are cash-starved, raising the prospect that they won’t be able to take full advantage of what could be a historic opportunity in the midterm elections.

  8. mamajama55 says:

    Here's one for Michael:

  9. Gray in Mountains says:

    145 S. Sheridan. Location of Rep. Polis' Jeffco office opened yesterday. About 150 folks listened as Jared answered questions for about an hour. This is a very smart, compassionate guy. I took advantage of the balmy day in January to drive from Leadville to attend.

    Polis is most likely our next governor. Today Polis' campaign is opening an Adams county office. I'd encourage Front Rangers to attend. He has a LOT of young, enthusiastic volunteers. You'll be inspired I think.

    Hope I used possessive apostrophe correctly.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      You did, Gray. I'm going nuts seeing “Sessions's” in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Even MS Word knows that's wrong and flags it.

    • Duke Cox says:

      That age old debate is alive and well, Gray. I have been chastised in years past for my old school opinion, but I am one of those who uses a following apostrophe to indicate possession…believing that a writer should not ask the reader to decide if an inserted apostrophe is a contraction or possessive.

      Just my opinion …but …I don't use an apostrophe on "its" as part of a negotiation with a couple of other posters.

      It's not a big deal…really😀

      • mamajama55 says:

        So I'm teaching grammar to English learners. English is an inconsistent language. There are a few rules, and many exceptions. In general, if a plural form noun ends with s, and something belongs to it, you'll write it with a following apostrophe:   EX: debate over states' rights, girls' rooms, firms' profits, etc.

        For an irregular plural form noun, this rule does not apply: ex: women's restroom, sheep's pen, children's rights.

        And nobody wants to be caught mushy mouthing dresses's or sessions's, or Polis's. Hence, if a plural noun or pronoun ends with s, and you want to show possession of another noun (dresses' hems, sessions' times, Polis' poll numbers), the apostrophe follows the s. 

        It's can be used with an apostrophe if it's a contraction for "It is". Otherwise, it should be " its" , for the reasons you gave, Duke.

         

  10. Diogenesdemar says:

    On time, and scale, and climate, and the history of the earth . . . 

    Rambling Through Time

    https://nyti.ms/2FlWzwz

    . . . the significance of insignificant pussbags gleefully destroying their homes.

    (Bonus question: If you were from an advanced extraterrestrial alien society, would you have anything to do with the ignorant life forms here, hellbent on making their only home into a shithole planet? . . .

    . . . except for, maybe, a handful or two of the more intelligent Norwegians . . .)

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