Friday Open Thread

“Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.”

–John C. Maxwell

9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. itlduso says:

    Beware the Ides of March.

    (And Trump stinks.

    Lo, doth he stinketh.)

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    WAPO horse race coverage by their pundits puts Hickenlooper in 8th, Bennet in 10th.

    Who knew Colorado queso without chile could be so popular?

  3. ParkHill says:

    WOTD via TPM: 

    Frank Wilhoit: “Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition …There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect. This seems increasingly true.”

  4. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Mark Summers: "Violent Rhetoric of White Nationalism"

    Over and over again, the shooter’s manifesto talks about “invaders” and “invasion.” As the shooter puts it, the real blame for the shootings is an immigration policy that fails to protect "the historic European-Christian composition of society and embrace our language, culture and values as a people." Wait, that’s not the shooter, that’s a racist Australian senator. “We are talking about an invasion of our country.” Hang on, that’s Trump.  “We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history.” There. That one is the shooter. And none of the three appear to get the irony of decrying “invasion” in support of a white European “culture” that moved in in the last few hundreds years to displace natives who had lived there for thousands. 

    It doesn’t matter what Sarah Sanders says. “Invasion” is the language of violence. It’s a term that so heightens the threat that it licenses “good patriots” to do anything in response. “Enemies of the people” is the language of violence. And certainly warning people that he has tough guys ready to do bad things to his opponents is the language of violence. Donald Trump has advocated for beating up protesters, for greatly expanding the death penalty, and for taking away children as a means of controlling their parents.

  5. Anyone looking for an Irish bar experience over the weekend, I'll be on stage at Slattery's and Maggie Smith's with my band Boys of the Town for 4 performances of traditional Irish music.

    Times and places on FB at

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Sounds like fun! . . .

      . . . I think I’ll be looking out for that Irish bar what has some rockin’ blues and/or cool jazz, or maybe some ska bands (and no, absolutely no, and never will have any ever, green beer for gawdsakes).  wink

      Could you make that happen at Slattery’s, PR?

      • MADCO says:

        I wouldn't call it rockin blues or ska – but traditional Irish is jam-band-ish-jazz-ish

        PR- I'll say hi if I make it

      • Sorry, I don't control the band list, I just PTFT (play the f-in' tunes). And sing, which, being I sing some sean-nós style and lilting, might be kinda close to jazz (Irish 'teas' – pronounced jass, meaning heat or vigor).

        Also, please don't venture that close to the words "no, nay, never"… 😉

        Hope to say 'hi' to folks between sets.

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