2018-19 #TrumpShutdown Day 34 Open Thread

“Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”

–Donald Trump

27 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Sniveling little shit wants to be reëlected.

    "Cory Gardner will vote to reopen government without wall funding"

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    The Trump quotes remind me of when Pols would post Limbaugh quotes for the daily quote.  They are so gobsmacking insane that I want to throw my toothbrush at them.  What's worse is they come from our president instead of a drug addict.

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Well, that's an interesting approach…

    Colorado Rising files lawsuit on behalf of Broomfield residents, asserts oil and gas forced pooling is unconstitutional

    Statewide, operators requested to pool about 30,000 non-consenting mineral owners in 2018, according to a news release from Colorado Rising. The commission does not track information on how many properties have been forced pooled.

    "Colorado is one of the few states that has what is known as a penalty forced pooling statute," the release states. "Other states require a threshold, usually a majority, of mineral rights owners to voluntarily participate in the fracking project before the operator can force the non-consenting owners to participate."

    The complaint, filed with U. S. District Court, challenges the statute on constitutional grounds, including arguments that the law violates mineral owners' rights to contract, equal protection, freedom of association and due process, among others.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      I just sent the reporter a polite e-mail. 5th paragraph references a spokesperson for the Parks & Wildlife Commission. Wrong Commission.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Forced pooling is nothing short of a criminal racket. It is the ace in the hole when recalcitrant land owners also own their minerals. 

      The simple fact is…you cannot say no. They will do what they want…then send you a check for what they say they found… after expenses, that is.

      It is time for the Oily Boyz to be invited to a "come to Jesus" meeting by a governor who is not afraid to call them out for their bullshit and make some wholesale changes in a monumentally intrusive and unfair system.

      Start with repealing the ad valorem tax credit. Then, subject all industrial activity, including oil and gas operations to the same zoning laws. Next, enforce bonding requirements, … The list goes on and on…

      There are dozens of Coloradans who have been working for decades to undo the profound injustice of the "Split Estate". The governor should take action now…put them to work. He knows who they are.

      The question is…is Governor Polis ready to morph into Governor "Petro-lis", or is he willing to take on the brutality that will be heaped upon him if he seeks ANY meaningful change?

      The Oily Boyz are very persuasive…

      Are you ready to ride that tornado, Governor?


  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Could it be any more utterly delicious (if eating shit sandwiches is your thing) to watch ol' Wilbur Ross, in effect, tell federal workers to Let 'em eat cake!  A man who made his fortune on the backs of unpaid sub-contractors, bond holders and stiffed employees? 


  5. UglyAmerican says:

    Irony died on November 9, 2016. 

  6. Zappatero says:

    Just watched the end of SFL Bennet’s floor speech on the shutdown votes. Showed some sincere passion, but still too dependent on being bipartisan with his peers and way too timid in calling out their destructive behavior. 

    Bottom line: Not presidential…at least not with our current dynamic. 

  7. DENependent says:

    Since I shoveled my block’s sidewalks today I rewarded myself with hot chocolate. Here is how I make it.

    12 oz. Chocolate chips
    1 cup heavy cream
    pinch of salt

    Put all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and melt them at half power. Stop every minute to give a good stir with a spatula. Eventually the chips will melt into the cream making a very smooth mixture.

    Cool the chocolate mixture and then scoop it into about 1/4 cup portions. Wrap in plastic wrap then store in a ziplock bag in the freezer. When you want to make hot chocolate unwrap a portion and put it into about 8-10 oz. of milk. Microwave for a minute, stir, let sit, microwave for another minute. Stir.

    This is the real stuff only for those who expend calories shoveling snow or chopping wood or something.

    • mamajama55 says:

      Chocolatey! Will this work with non-dairy milk, like coconut cream? I suppose I could find out. Thanks for the idea.

      • DENependent says:

        The thing I would worry about is that cream has emulsifiers that keep the cocoa butter from separating out. I do not know enough about coconut cream to say if it would have the same hold onto the chocolate power so that it melts easily.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Sounds yummy, DEN. When we have to shovel or do other things out in the cold, I make hot chocolate with Dutch cocoa, milk, vanilla, and sweetener. Then, I add cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Really warms you up from the inside out.  

    • DaftPunk says:

      FYI, that's chocolate ganache.

      Put it in the middle of your batter when you bake a cupcake and you have molten chocolate cake.

      • notaskinnycook says:

        Daft, I didn't know you cook! I use that mixture to make truffles for gifts at the holidays. Chill it well and scoop it out with a small ice cream scoop. Working quickly, roll the scoops in your hands to form perfectly round balls. Dredge the balls in coconut, chopped nuts, sprinkles or cocoa and set them in small cupcake liners. Then pop them back into the 'fridge to firm back up. 

  8. Arvadonian1 says:

    Don't know how to put a link here, but Sen. Bennett just completely eviscerated Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate on a debate about the government closure.  Well worth a google search.  

  9. marc sobel says:



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