Monday Open Thread

“The American people have not become heartless.”

–Joe Biden

33 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Duke Cox says:

    In view of our new national moral imperative, I think it is time we dismantle the Statue of Liberty…or at the very least, give her an AR-15.

  2. unnamed says:

    Trump Stinks!

    Sessions Stinks!

    Miller is our Goebbels!

    ICE is the new Gestapo!

    Stay upwind!

  3. Zappatero says:

    What are Polis, Perlmutter, Bennet and DeGette doing to uphold and defend the Constitution?

  4. Zappatero says:

    It’s part of their job description and they make $175,000 a year. 

  5. Pseudonymous says:


    Our party has:

    Droned babies.

    Practiced indefinite detention and extrajudicial killing.

    Kept immigrant children in cages.

    The GOP is morally bankrupt, but we don't have a monopoly on conscience. Let's strive to do better.

    — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) June 14, 2018

  6. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Josh Marshall: "Performance Cruelty"

    The separation of children from their parents is intentional. It is a form of Dominance Theater. The cruelty is a feature, not a bug.

    The goal is to demonstrate to the racist base dominance over "those people". Welcome to NAZI 101.

    I guess it is also some kind of hostage situation:

    President Trump just made the terms pretty clear. The kids can see their parents again if Democrats agree to fund his wall. That’s actually what he’s saying here. If Democrats will support his bill to fund a wall the kids can go free.

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    Five years ago yesterday Congressman Polis submitted amendment #192 to the 2013 Farm Bill debate and the first step to creating a legal, domestic agricultural hemp industry was taken.  Ultimately the amendment passed and became federal law, a provision in the 2014 FAARM Act.  In the five years hence we've literally grown an industry from a few bags of seeds to what was estimated a $200 million domestic industry in 2017.   Last year over one-third the entire US acreage was grown in Colorado (it's market value already surpasses western-slope peaches).  Not bad for something described as nothing more than a niche crop not long ago: 

    Ryan Warner: I think if you talked to a hemp farmer they’d say, “Gosh, the promise of this industry is huge. The potential is huge in Colorado.” It sounds like you’re not– shall I say betting the farm on this crop.

    Gov. John Hickenlooper: I don’t want to hemp and haw and about this but it is…

    Ryan Warner: Ouch.

    Gov. John Hickenlooper: Again it’s a great – I’m sorry. It’s a great crop, right? But it’s not huge. Again, it’s legal in Canada, and they’re not – you don’t see vast tracks of hemp in Canada. I think it’s a niche crop. I think you can get a good price for it, but I think the market – the depth of the market – isn’t as large as what we might hope.

    Experts project the industrial hemp industry (largely driven by CBD production) to be north of $2.1 billion by 2020. It's well within the realm of possibility this industry will surpass the adult-use markets over time. 

    This is the kind of leadership I look for and expect from my elected representatives. Congressman Polis doesn't look first to see which way the wind is blowing.  Jared has been on the right side of this argument from the beginning and both Coloradans and American farmers and consumers across the US are the beneficiaries of his leadership.  

    The Hickenlooper ribbing is somewhat in jest.  Even though the Gov was anti-64 and failed to see the enormous potential of the agricultural side of this equation, he has been a solid supporter of all bills relating to the growth of the Colorado industry during his tenure. Our state department of agriculture is bar-none one of the best groups of hemp administrators in America.  

    • mamajama55 says:

      Hick can always be trusted to "lead" once the people get out in front of him.

      Fortunately, we have people like you and the rest of the Hempy Warriors, and yes, Jared Polis.

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile, Captain Bone Spurs can keep track of Little Rocket Man from space


  9. Davie says:

    Trump is rooting for German Chancellor Merkel's government to fall, spreading lies about migrants, and having Pompeo, Bannon, his German ambassador as well as himself meeting with the new Fascist leaders in Europe.  Putin is pleased.

    Mr. Grenell, Mr. Trump’s new ambassador to German, voiced his desire to buttress the European right in an interview with Breitbart News, a far-right website once closely associated with Mr. Trump’s former senior adviser, Stephen K. Bannon.

    Mr. Bannon himself has been touring Europe. He met with Mr. Orban; praised Italy’s new government; spoke to far-right activists in France; considered creating a Breitbart-style news operation in Central and Eastern Europe, in collaboration with one of Mr. Orban’s closest advisers; and described himself as “the infrastructure, globally, for the global populist movement.”

    “There is now a real worry that the Trump of the campaign — with Bannon on his shoulder whispering disrupting ideas in his ear — is back,” said Tomas Valasek, the director of Carnegie Europe, a Brussels-based research group.

    Mr. Trump’s agenda is the “exact opposite” of American policy in Europe after World War II, when the United States also meddled in European politics — but to bolster the Continent’s liberal order rather than to bring it down, said Mr. Valasek.

    Though a majority of Germans support greater immigration restrictions, Ms. Merkel remains Germany’s most popular politician, according to recent polling, and crime in Germany is at its lowest for a generation.


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