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August 01, 2018 06:10 AM UTC

Wednesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.”

–Charles de Gaulle


25 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. “You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.”

    –Charles de Gaulle

    That was quite stupid of the Americans to commit their blood and treasure to liberate a country so incapable of its own defense the Germans overran it in 90 days.

        1. That's a lot of snark to reply to a simple, reasonable question about which country you were referring to.

          There were several countries that the Germans overran, which the USA aided, eventually. If you need to refresh your memory, I'm sure that there are some basic history sites that can help you out.

    1. My brother used to be quite a pugilist. As we grew up, I was only one of many little guys my brother protected.

      He was and remains my hero.

      Many French people feel the same way about us…at least, they used to.

    2. Well, we did owe France a debt.  There were more French troops at Yorktown than Americans, if you don't count militia, and the victory of the French fleet forced Cornwallis to surrender.  Lafayette, you da man!

      1. Perhaps Allyn is the one needing a history lesson. The French were still using World War I strategy; the Maginot Line; to their detriment. No one was prepared for the new Blitzkreig strategy, especially on hilly or flat, and not mountainous, land.

        Norway bled the Germans more than the French, the Benelux countries, or Denmark did, because of their mountainous terrain. Churchill's 6 volume history of the Second World War is a worthwhile read for the history buff.

          1. No conspiracy theory comments, please.  But perhaps there could be an introduction from Tad Devine … "the chief strategist for the Bernie Sanders campaign [who] was in contact with Paul Manafort and a Russian alleged spy also indicted ….


  2. Bigger Paychecks, Bigger Tax Bill: 30M Taxpayers Will Owe More Due to Low Withholding, Auditors Find

    Well, it looks like the joke is on Moddy, who so proudly claimed he was busy "counting his money from the tax cut".  Skeptical Democrats wisely ordered a congressional audit of the tax tables provided by the IRS after the tax scam bill passed in January.  Despite Treasury Sec Mnuchin's assurances that fears of underwithholding were "ridiculous", that's exactly what the audit found for 30 million taxpayers.  The newer, new tax withholding tables will start taking a bigger bite from their paychecks to make up for the shortfall.

    So, for 30 million taxpayers, next April 15th is going to be "April Fuck Day".  They fooled ya again, Moddy! (not a difficult task, obviously)

    Republicans are not happy their scam was uncovered prior to the mid-terms, obviously.

  3. Stock tip:  Buy Kimberly-Clark, makers of Depend adult underwear, because Republicans are going to be buying them by the truckload come Sept. 11th:

    [Bob] Woodward is taking on the Trump administration. Simon & Schuster, Woodward’s publisher, announced Monday that it plans to release his 19th book, titled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” on Sept. 11.

    According to Simon & Schuster, the book will reveal “the harrowing life inside Donald Trump’s White House and how the president makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies.” The cover is a striking red wash over an uncomfortably close close-up of Trump’s face.

    1. Why's free beacon so pissed about that?  If Jared Polis hires 3 Nannies, and accuses one of them of stealing, will they unleash their butthurt then?  Besides, the GOPs tax bill should help Jared.  One I'm guessing Free Beacon just loves.

    2. re: "incompetent" —

      1. The reporting is done by someone BOUND to be objective…. "Todd Shepherd is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He began his reporting career in radio, working as an anchor and reporter for KOMA in Oklahoma City and KOA in Denver. He spent eight years as the investigative reporter for the Independence Institute in Colorado, a free-market-based think tank. "

      2. The returns are based on Congressional reports, which ask for "broad ranges" of valuation.

      3. There is no consideration of the possibility that Polis gave away a substantial chunk of money or sheltered it in a trust for his kids or did any number of other financial maneuvers which would diminish the assets.

      4. Can we have a comparison with other candidates for governor, clarifying how much has been gifted or inherited, how much made from work, how much created by investment decisions, and how much has been donated to political campaigns and public charities?

        1. Koma was the only station carrying rock and roll in eastern Colorado at night in the 50s and 60s.  We worshipped it.  By day, KIMN, 950, but you needed a fairly good radio to pull it in out east.  I had a 9 transistor radio that brought in KIMN clear as a bell.  It made many an after noon on a tractor bearable.

            1. It was KIMN by day (early days of Steve Kelley) / KOMA by night.  For farm news we listened to KRVN (Lexington, NE) that signed off every evening at sundown (starting in the early 80’s) with Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless the USA. Saturday mornings it was KXXX, Colby, KS, for SockHop. As kids mom always had KOA on in the mornings while we were getting ready for the bus – Weatherman Ed Bowman was her favorite! (no relation). We could only get three TV channels at the time: KLOE, Goodland, KS; KTVS, Sterling, and sometimes when the weather was just right, Channel 6 out of Oberlin, KS.

              Here’s a little trip down memory lane…

              1. We listened to KIMN in Denver, too, but one of my favorite stations was the soul station KDKO with Doctor DaddyO.

                They played the best of old time R&B and Motown hits, which people at East High School loved to dance to. One of these ws a prized possession:

                Image result for old time transistor radio

                Later on, some of the universities were doing community radio, and our little grassroots groups got to have our own news hours. But what I really miss is progressive talk radio, which came along in the late 70s, mid 80s I think – it was such a refreshing change from the all-conservative-all-the-time talk radio scene. I'd still like to see a consortium of people do that again. Some of the colleges, like KUNC, do a pretty good job of offering alternative points of view now, but have a limited range.


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