Monday Open Thread

“The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.”

–Mark Twain

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Today is Hell-Stinki day.  God help us all.  Except MAGAts.  They can live with it.  Besides, they got theirs.

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    The middle class is shrinking in Colorado

    Coloradans are under too much financial pressure to achieve a middle-class lifestyle, even with what are considered middle-class earnings, according to a study released this week.

    The study, prepared by the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs, also showed that the share of families classified as middle income — that is, earning between double and two-thirds the state’s median family income of $59,000 — declined between 2000 and 2016. The middle-class lifestyle remains accessible to dual-earner, highly-educated families and a challenge for almost everyone else.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      That definition of "middle class" startled me until I read it more closely. So, Colorado is losing families with income (adjusted for inflation, presumably) of $118,000 down to $40,000.

      Two adults, working minimum wage jobs for 40 hours every week, would earn $42,432. So, pick your explanations —

      • ParkHill says:

        DINKY Budget:

        3600 Monthly
        600 Taxes
        1200 Housing
        1200 Health Insurance
        600 Food

        Hmm, I think I see why they don't have any kids.

        I guess you can always take a split shift at MacDonalds.


  3. ParkHill says:

    WOTD "Judas Trump Iscariot".

    Today: “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said.

    November 2017: “He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump said.

    July 2017: “President Trump said he’s heard Putin’s very clear statements that this is not true and that the Russian government didn’t interfere in the elections and that he accepts these statements,” Lavrov said, according to a translation by CNN. “That’s all.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    If anyone in Congress is paying attention our purchases of Russian crude oil are on the rise.  At 17 million barrels it’s a drop in our bucket but still a significant number in rubles. The entirety of our Russian purchases could be offset by 20 advanced biofuel facilities in rural America.  

    We have a lot of options that could make our rural areas great again – including broadening our definition of ‘energy producers’ to the many green energy products, both liquid and electrons, that can come from our rural communities.

    In this case we can bring opportunities to the rural landscape while dishing out some penance to Moscow.

  5. Pseudonymous says:

    Russian pro-gun activist linked to NRA charged with spying in US for Moscow

    As a side note, don't post Russian text as a joke.  You will get black holed by the site's spam filter 🙁

    An investigator’s affidavit.

  6. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Wonder if Walker Stapleton is still excited to have Comrade Trump come to Colorado to campaign for him?

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