Wednesday Open Thread


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  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:



    These are the times that try women’s souls.
    The sunshine soldier, the summer patriot,
    Count their tax cuts and roll back regulations.

    But when women protest a rapist on the high court,
    They are told: “Don’t worry your pretty little head about it.”

    It’s Code Pink
    Against the Stink.

    And if the women don’t save us,

    We shall not be saved.

    • unnamed says:

      Did you leave that blank on purpose?

      I think you meant to say "Trump Stinks.  And his mushroom really stinks."

    • The realistThe realist says:

      It’s Code Pink
      Against the Stink.

      And if the women don’t save us,

      We shall not be saved.

      100 percent correct.




    • Genghis says:

      And if the women don’t save us,

      We shall not be saved.

      I was counting on that in 2016, when Trump took 53% of white female vote nationwide. If the U.S. is to be saved, even temporarily, non-whites are gonna have to do all the heavy lifting.

      It could happen. After all, 68% of whitey Alabama voters wanted that child rapist to represent them in the  U.S. Senate, but the other guy narrowly won thanks to non-white voters.

      • ParkHill says:

        I disagree with: "If the U.S. is to be saved, even temporarily, non-whites are gonna have to do all the heavy lifting."

        Let's not confuse marketing cross-tabs with facts on the ground. The Democratic Party is probably 50/50 white/non-white. The Republican Party is probably 90/10 white/non-white. 

        Yes, non-whites need to vote in higher percentages. (And, it would help if they had more confidence that Democrats would address their problems.)

        Isn't it interesting how the Republican Party fails to appeal beyond a certain portion of the White Populace? Racist white people are a minority of the US, but it is beneficial that they have clustered themselves in the Republican Party.

        This process will speed up over the next few election cycles, and there is a benefit to collecting all the racists in a minority party. That allows the Democratic Party to start solving the real problems.

        See for example: California.



        • Genghis says:

          Thanks for taking time to respond, ParkHill. smiley

          The percentage of whiteys in the GOP and the Democratic party isn't germane to the  point I was trying to make. In my strictly anecdotal experience, white Dems are not significantly less racist that white Republicans as a group, but that's not especially relevant either.

          White voters went for Trump overwhelmingly. And it's not just a Trump thing, seeing as how Romney's advantage among whites was about the same (a bit higher, in fact). The simple truth of the matter is that if it were solely up to whites, there may never be another Dem POTUS.

          Saying this brings no pleasure, me being a whitey and all, but white folk are dumb as dog shit.

  2. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from DKOS & Politico: "Karma's a Bitch".

    Under the rules of the Judicial Conference governing the behavior of federal judges, misconduct includes “conduct occurring outside the performance of official duties if the conduct might have a prejudicial effect on the administration of the business of the courts, including a substantial and widespread lowering of public confidence in the courts among reasonable people.” If substantiated, this allegation meets that test. Little could have worse impact on the “public confidence in the courts”—assuming women to be part of the “public”—than allowing someone who has been credibly accused of an incident Ford’s therapist’s notes describe as a “rape attempt” to decide cases.

    Professor Ford need not file a complaint to initiate this investigation. Under the Judicial Conference procedures, the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit can “identify” a complaint based on media reports.

    Google: "Chief Judge of the DC Circuit."

  3. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    Sexual assault doesn't matter to Republicans. Speaker Hastert's abuse of young men and boy was known by several of his colleagues and it didn't matter. Clarence Thomas was accused of sexual harassment and his accuser was put on trial. Jim Jordan is likely to be the next Republican leader in the House precisely because he reacted as all good Republicans do when made aware of sexual abuse…ignore and cover up. Trump voters knew he treated his wives like garbage and sexually assaulted numerous women, and they voted for him because not only does sexual assault not matter to them…women and children don't either. Kavanaugh will be approved for the court because he recognizes that women's bodies are not theirs to control…he didn't sexually assault that woman…he merely grabbed organs that were his to control anyway….they just happened to be housed on another body.

  4. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    From Dianne Feinstein's progressive challenger, Kevin de León.

  5. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Wondering if Jessie Danielson is really a serious candidate for the open seat in Senate District 20? Since first of the month, have received at least a dozen mailers either pushing Christine Jensen, the Republican, or anti-Danielson; at the home address and the post office box combined. The anti stuff is the usual short sound bites

    The anti-Danielson stuff comes from Senate Majority Fund IEC, registered agent Katie Kennedy. All I've gotten from Danielson is a single e-mail announcing some canvassing. Jensen has been walking the district. Haven't seen any sign of Danielson.

    I'm also wondering if this is another case of "Hillary disease" (Dem complacency). Whatever, time is growing short until ballots are mailed out, and my vote is up for grabs to whichever candidate sounds the best on my particular interests. 

    • ParkHill says:

      This is probably the year to vote a straight ticket. The GOP is corrupt, top to bottom, and it should be kicked to the curb.

      At present, the only reasonable solution for your vote-grabs is within the Democratic Party. You'll get another chance in primary season of 2020.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        I never vote straight ticket. To me, that is a refuge for those unable to think for themselves. My vote is there for Danielson. But I need to hear why I should vote for her, from her or the campaign.

        • DavieDavie says:

          CHB, I did a quick web search, and her campaign website certainly isn't flashy or slick.  But it shows that she is extremely effective at her current position representing her house district.  A work horse, not a show horse.

          The list of her achievements in bills passed protecting seniors, veterans, families, kids and education looks pretty impressive to me.  No red meat bills, just tasty well-prepared meals to feast upon wink

          • RepealAndReplace says:

            These generic commercials trashing Danielson, Tammy Storey and Brittany Pettersen (my district candidate) are getting boring.

            They are also a little puzzling. The two reps have voted to raise income taxes in Colorado. Really? How is that possible under TABOR? Do they mean they voted to ask voters if they wanted to raise their own taxes? Because how is that a problem?

            And at the same time they vote to raise income taxes, they are voting to cut money for education. That is even more bizarre given the symbiotic relationship between the Democratic Party and the teachers' union. I presume that the mean Pettersen and Danielson oppose giving tax dollars to vouchers and charter schools. I'm okay with that.

  6. unnamed says:

    All this talk about Trump and Mushrooms made me think of this: 

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