Tuesday Open Thread

“The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.”

–H. P. Lovecraft

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Trump stinks and jailbirds fly free.

  2. davebarnes says:

    Sad news. Not!

    'Westmoreland Coal Company of Douglas County said…it had retained financial advisers, "to explore strategic alternatives…may include, but not limited to, seeking … Bankruptcy…"'

    https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2018/04/10/colorado-coal-companys-financial-woes-under.html

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Do you suppose POTUS could build his wall with the bricks he shat yesterday?

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Apparently, serving a warrant on the *resident's personal attorney and then reading Trump's tweets about "an attack on our country" does not disturb the stock market too much. Nor does further discussions of a US-China trade dispute. Nor Trump threats to do something significant in Syria. 

    Dow Jones up 450 (1.9%) and S&P up 42 (1.7%).

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Random thot:

    Maybe instead of Congress spending time investigating how Facebook could better protect my data from misappropriation, they should spend time figuring out how to allow me to protect my data from being appropriated by the Facebooks of this world?

  6. Dotzero says:

    Trump cancels Latin American trip to spend time on Syria and domestic issues. "I didn't want to go to that Shithole anyway".

  7. Davie says:

    Trump's illegal campaign contribution tab is now up to $280,000:

    Ms. McDougal has claimed that she had a 10-month affair with Mr. Trump 12 years ago, saying on CNN recently that she was intimate with him multiple times during what she described as a consensual affair. American Media, which is owned by David J. Pecker, agreed to pay Ms. McDougal $150,000 for the rights to her story in August 2016 after Mr. Trump secured the Republican nomination, but did not publish it in a practice known as “catch and kill.”

    In the mean time, Trump has steam whistling out his ears and is about to blow:

    Mr. Trump’s advisers have spent the last 24 hours trying to persuade the president not to make an impulsive decision that could put the president in more legal jeopardy and ignite a controversy that could consume his presidency, several people close to Mr. Trump said. The president began Tuesday morning with a pair of angry tweets, calling the raids “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!” and venting that “attorney–client privilege is dead!

  8. Davie says:

    It's wandering the halls talking to the portraits of the Presidents time:

    A GOP operative close to the White House told POLITICO: “The all caps tweet, that’s the primal scream. That’s the war cry.”

    “He’s losing his shit,” the operative added. “We’re at a different level now.”

    Amid the furor, the White House announced earlier Tuesday that Trump would skip an upcoming trip to Latin America and instead stay in Washington. Trump’s decision to scrap this weekend’s long-planned travel to the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, will leave the president largely alone in the White House with little on his schedule, giving him time to stew and watch cable news.

  9. Pseudonymous says:

    Doug E. Doug's safe for now.

    JUDGE: Five of the 7 circulators in question fulfilled the "substantial compliance" question. They moved here, registered, collected signatures, still live here today. #copolitics

    — Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) April 10, 2018

    JUDGE: Plaintiffs did prove one of the collectors, who turned in 58 signatures, did not intend to stay as a resident. Removing those signatures gets @RepDLamborn down from 1,269 to 1,211. #copolitics

    — Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) April 10, 2018

  10. Davie says:

    The New York Times Editorial Board unloads on Trump:

    The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump

    This is your president, ladies and gentlemen. This is how Donald Trump does business, and these are the kinds of people he surrounds himself with.

    Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of developers and celebrities, and also of grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks. He cuts corners, he lies, he cheats, he brags about it, and for the most part, he’s gotten away with it, protected by threats of litigation, hush money and his own bravado. Those methods may be proving to have their limits when they are applied from the Oval Office. Though Republican leaders in Congress still keep a cowardly silence, Mr. Trump now has real reason to be afraid. A raid of a lawyer’s office doesn’t happen every day; it means that multiple government officials, and a federal judge, had reason to believe they’d find evidence of a crime there, and that they didn’t trust the lawyer not to destroy that evidence.

    Among the grotesqueries that faded into the background of Mr. Trump’s carnival of misgovernment during the past 24 hours was that Monday’s meeting was ostensibly called to discuss a matter of global significance: a reported chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. Mr. Trump instead made it about him, with his narcissistic and self-pitying claim that the investigation represented an attack on the country “in a true sense.”

    No, Mr. Trump — a true attack on America is what happened on, say, Sept. 11, 2001. Remember that one? Thousands of people lost their lives. Your response was to point out that the fall of the twin towers meant your building was now the tallest in downtown Manhattan. Of course, that also wasn’t true.

    This is the end of the beginning.  Next up — the beginning of the end.

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