Thursday Open Thread

“If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.”

–Sun Tzu

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    According to the Denver Post, the standoff between Cory Gardner and Attorney General Sessions regarding marijuana is now at 30 days and counting. Gardner's hold on Justice nominees has now affected 11 nominations with more to come. Negotiations continue between Gardner's staff and the A.G.'s office. 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Nutlid and his toy brigade of Law and Order Republican's heads must be exploding this morning. Let me be the first to say thank you to the Senator for standing firm on his holds.  We clearly have our differences on other issues but credit where credit is due.  

      • Gray in Mountains says:

        the rest is not all seeds and stems though

        • MichaelBowman says:

          It's nothing more than a band-aid for now.  Our 'free' nation has a cancer (the failed, trillion-dollar social experiment called Prohibition), a malignant tumor that needs to be removed (removal from CSA).  Until then, this is the best policy option we have.  Only Nixon could go to China; only a Texas oil man could put a renewable fuel standard in place.  Perhaps only a tea-tolling POTUS can end Prohibition? It’s time Congress steps up and puts something on his desk.  

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    Toll lane in the statehouse, anyone?

    If you can pay $250, Colorado lawmakers may let you skip security at state Capitol

    The aim is to alleviate lines created by enhanced security measures this session, but the $250 price tag is prompting concerns that it grants certain people — particularly lobbyists — special access to the statehouse.

    “It’s very much like an express lane on the roads,” said state Rep. Dave Williams, a Colorado Springs Republican and bill sponsor. “You can use it if you are willing to pay for it. But if not, you can … go through the process as it is now.”

    • slavdude says:

      Hey, we don't need Access Neutrality.  This is Freedom of Access.


      (h/t Ajit Pai)

    • allyncooper says:

      DP article quotes Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp that there's a problem with men walking around the capitol without their belts. To be sure a dangerous predicament, because first its no belts, then the pants come off and the potential for sexual harassment becomes apparent. To preempt this pay the $250 !!!!

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Same as it ever was . . . 

      . . . just pass a fucking budget, and go home already!  Please.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      We could make it so much easier for our valuable lobbyists and save them time and their invaluable dollars:

      Let’s just build them their own outdoor lobbyist’s corral (Hey, it’s Colorado) outside of one of the entrances. No waiting in time-wasting lines, no burdensome fees, and bonus: the public gets the transparency of seeing who their legislators are spending their tax dollars and time meeting with??!??!??

      Whadaya’ say rootin’, tootin’, fiscally-responsible, transparency-lovin’ Colorado Republicans??!!!!!

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Hail Ceasar! . . .

    “The world knows America has a military. It’s in their countries right now. If you really want a parade, every time there’s a drone strike just fly another drone behind it playing marching music.” — TREVOR NOAH

    “No one comes up with dumber ideas. At this point, he’s really his own competition: He’s the Usain Bolt of stupid.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

    “Trump told the Pentagon to plan a military parade. All right, check your cards — who has dictator bingo? I was close, I had ‘rallies’ and ‘attack the free press’; I didn’t have ‘military parade.’ ” — STEPHEN COLBERT


    OLIVER: It’s an odd thing: For a man who seems incurious about everything, that really stuck in his head, that French parade. He obviously thought, ‘I want one of those.’

    COLBERT: Well, I think the ceremonial aspect of being president is what he thought the entire job was.

    OLIVER: I think that’s his favorite part of a job that he has otherwise no interest in.

    COLBERT: Right. He thought the president was basically an inflated version of cutting a ribbon at a strip mall.

    OLIVER: Yeah, he’s going to watch the royal wedding and think, ‘I want one of those. Sorry, Melania, it’s time.’ ”

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Some good news out of the CO Senate this morning: SB18-009 passed out of the chamber with bi-partisan support.  Clean coal is dead never was; clean, infinite, job-creating renewable energy empowered by our ingenuity, entrepreneurship and sound public policy are the future.  


    • I don't think so. 2017-2018 Democrats are contesting seats they haven't even tried to win in ages – and they're winning a lot of them. There are pending gerrymandering cases brought by Democratic allies (and one Republican case) that could squash the new computer-driven micro-targeted redistricting trends.

      I think Democrats learned from 2010 – we can't compete just at the Federal level (or more narrowly at the Presidential level). Control of the levers of state power, especially when it comes to redistricting, are vital.

      The primary example playing out now is Pennsylvania. In PA, the state legislative districts are drawn by a bipartisan commission. But that commission has a fifth tie-breaker supposedly agreed-upon by the other four commissioners. Failing that, the State Supreme Court picks the fifth. In 2010 that court was controlled by Republicans, but now it has a Democratic majority. That majority has just ruled against the state's very partisan Congressional gerrymander, and legislative Republicans are unhappy. They've gone so far as to threaten the court majority with impeachment, though they haven't followed through yet. Bringing impeachment charges quickly would throw the redistricting (final maps due by next Thursday) into a tailspin as the justices would be unable to participate in the court until the Senate trials were completed (assuming the Senate Republicans don't unanimously vote on a temper tantrum to remove the justices…).

      This isn't a game to Republicans – it's all-out for the permanent Republican majority as envisioned by Rove, the beginning of a new autocratic nationalist system of government (you might call it 'fascism'…).

  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    The Dow is down 650 points already today.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I guess those “treasonous” bastards on Wall Street didn’t have a chance to listen to Cheetolini’s “good, old days” speech? . . .

      . . . or, perhaps they did, and are now responding to the obvious danger of having a President who has just demonstrated, again, that he knows absolutely squat about economics?

  6. notaskinnycook says:

    It got worse.
    From Reuters:
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 1,032.89 points, or 4.15 percent, to 23,860.46, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 100.58 points, or 3.75 percent, to 2,581.08 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 274.83 points, or 3.9 percent, to 6,777.16.

  7. RepealAndReplace says:

    Trump wanted a shut down. Looks like he's getting one.

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