Thursday Open Thread

“It is not power that corrupts but fear.”

–Aung San Suu Kyi

33 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Even the Turkish government supports Jared.

  2. itlduso says:

    Twenty minutes.  That's how long my ballot sat on my desk before I filled it out, signed the envelope, attached two stamps and brought it to the mailbox.  That ties the record for me that was first set in 2008 in terms of enthusiasm for voting.

    A concern, though, is how daunting the ballot is to the average voter.  Three long pages including seemingly dozens of Amendments, proposals and judicial retention questions..  I think campaigns, like Polis and Crow's, should encourage voters who are intimidated by the ballot to simply search for Democratic candidates to vote for, and leave the other stuff blank.  There is nothing more important, this election,  than to "vote 'em out" as Willie Nelson sings.

  3. OpenSpace says:

    Saw Stapleton in action for the first time on Ch 9's debate last night.

    Holy. I had no idea how poorly prepared he is for this kind of gig. 

    Polis– must be feeling pretty confident to wear a dark suit with light blue tennis shoes. A podiatry issue? Color blind?

  4. Genghis says:

    The Colorado Court of Appeals held today that statutes prohibiting the sale, transfer and possession of "large capacity magazines" do not infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms set forth in Article II, Section 13 of the state constitution.

    Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper, 2018 COA 149, ___ P.3d ___.

    The plaintiff will no doubt seek review in the Colorado Supreme Court, which has complete discretion as to whether or not it takes the case. For now, though, suck it Dudley.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Huzzah ….

      Fits right in with the Heller decision, which allowed guns "in common use" but doesn't limit restrictions on sales or accessories not needed for common activity.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Was Moddy’s girlfriend counsel of record for Hick?

      • Genghis says:

        You betcha! Part of the AG's job is defending the state, its agencies, and its officers/agents in cases like this. Taller Coffman's name appears first among counsel for the defendants, although I'm certain she did precisely 0.00% of the work. 

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Here is the real kicker. Since this only involves interpretation of the STATE constitution, Dudley and friends cannot eventually petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. They are stuck with this decision or whatever the state Supreme Court issues in the event it accept the case on cert.

          • Genghis says:

            Yep, and since the claim preclusion doctrine precludes relitigating all claims that were brought or could have been brought in this case, Dudley's outfit and the other plaintiffs won't be file a brand new lawsuit asserting a Second Amendment claim. 

            Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how "big" Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is? I know it's a duly formed Colorado nonprofit corporation and all, but as a practical matter, is RMGO really anything more than Dudley Brown and the braying voices ricocheting around inside his skull?

  5. notaskinnycook says:

    Not political and apropos of nothing. I learned something last night that is so clever I'm telling everyone I know. Ever mark on a plastic surface with a Sharpie and then cuss 'cause you didn't mean to? Go over the marks with a dry erase marker and the Sharpie wipes right off. It turns out the dry erase pen has solvents in it. I saved myself from having to replace my eyeglasses with that trick. Google is your friend.

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    Colorado 6, final: Crow 47 (D), Coffman 38 (R, inc) We had Crow+10 in September. Widely considered a "lean Dem" race at this point, and this certainly won't dispel that notion

  7. Pseudonymous says:

    Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats Got Played Yet Again

    Last week, Chuck Schumer didn’t listen to Splinter, and agreed on a “deal” to allow the confirmation of 15 federal judges nominated by President Donald Trump in exchange for allowing Senate Democrats fighting for their re-election to go home and campaign, instead of just letting them miss the votes while safe Democrats stayed in Washington. And, what do you know: the Republicans fucked the Democrats—and more importantly, America—yet again.

  8. Arvadonian1 says:

    Quite the quote by Aung San Suu Kyi.  I'd say it is fear that has corrupted her…and she had always presented herself as fearless.

  9. notaskinnycook says:

    I've discovered another place to view Colorado's ballot. It's a site that emails you a daily rundown of national and international news as well as some quirky stories you don't see elsewhere. I like it a lot. Go here for the sample ballot and then check out the main site.  It even provides a printable cheatsheet so you can whip through your ballot after you’ve studied up.

  10. Davie says:

    Whew!  We just finished filling out our ballots.  Like simultaneously defusing two bombs discovered on the beaches of Normandy (I've cut the red wire! Ok, cutting my red wire, too!)

  11. Davie says:

    Republicans lie.  It's what they do best.  And it has been working for years.

    Paul Krugman asks the question:

    Anyway, at this point Republicans are proclaiming that war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength and the party that keeps trying to kill Medicare is actually the program’s greatest defender.

    Can a campaign this dishonest actually win? We’ll find out in less than three weeks.

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