Friday Open Thread

“There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.”

–Otto von Bismarck

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  1. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Sit down, John.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      Get off my lawn, John!

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      OMG….that wins the internets today. 

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Half of America is listening.  The other half sits around in the local coffee shop wearing their silly red hats and (still) referring to the previous POTUS as 'that n****** in the White House.  They listen (and swallow hook, line and sinker) the free market bullshit espoused by their state and federal reps.  They fight mandates the would force the necessary changes to the system to meet new consumer demand while being fisted by Adam Smith.   Rural America has met its enemy – and it's not who they think it is.  Given my work over the last two Farm Bills I can say with certainty that Land O' Lakes hands aren't clean on this issue. 

      What we need as a new, New Deal; in this case more Democratic Socialism, not less. 

      Land O’Lakes CEO: Farmers Are in Crisis—and America Isn’t Paying Attention

      Roughly one in three rural Americans, and one in four farmers, are without broadband access, cutting them off from services like telemedicine and educational tools. Many parents have to drive to the local McDonald’s so their kids can get Internet access to finish homework. Rural America faces a shortage of doctors—more than 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010—even as they endure the regular dangers of farm life and the rolling tragedy of an opioid crisis. “Three in four farmers and farm workers (74%) are or have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, either by knowing someone, having a family member addicted, having taken an illegal opioid or having dealt with addiction themselves,” according to a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

    • Poor Napoleon says:

      Hick's probably not going to get to the second debate, and the Sanders campaign is clapping back at him?  Como se dice "rise to the bait"?

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I’m not clear here . . .

      . . . Is BS implying that Hickenooper would have made a better 1930’s Republican than he is today??

  2. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    NBC announces lineup of Democrats for each of the two nights for first 2020 debate

    The first group of 10 appearing on Wednesday, June 26: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

    The second group of 10 appearing on Thursday, June 27 are: Sen. Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, author Marianne Williamson, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado.

    Congratulations to President Warren!

    • Genghis says:

      lol Marianne Williamson

      Kinda gotta admire someone who figured out how to make bank on the Dunning-Kruger effect years before the term "Dunning-Kruger effect" existed, but still … a televised presidential debate?

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Random draw manages

      • a 3-3 split of women running (so obviously, a 7-7 split of males, too)
      • a skew of polling results, with the "top tier" dropping into the second group.  
      • an immediate conspiracy theory, with instant claims of "rigged by the DNC/MSM;"
      • speculation of who would "attack" Warren in the first group; who would "attack" Biden or Sanders in the second group; and finally,
      • if Biden & Hickenlooper would work out a tag-team routine for the bout.
      • RepealAndReplace says:

        "An immediate conspiracy theory, with instant claims of 'rigged by the DNC/MSM'"

        Where were Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Terry McAuliffe at the time these decisions were being made?

        As for "random draws," to hell with that. This should be like seating arrangements at a wedding reception where you want live entertainment and place those who get along the worst with one another at the same table.

  3. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    I don't know about a flag, but this is the Trump coat-of-arms: (sort of):

     https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/business/trump-coat-of-arms.html

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      It’s the misappropriation plus the lack of integrity that swells Pfruity’s admiration most . . .

       

      • DavieDavie says:

        Maybe it's also the fact that *rump doesn't even try to hide his thievery, frauds or lies that gives Pitiful Pair the best stiffy he's had in years! 

        Remember the fake TIME magazine covers that adorned the walls of all *rump's properties? 

        I mean, man, if you can fake it all the way to the Presidency, then there is always hope for every corner 3 card monty guy too!

        If Pitiful Pair only had a dozen *rumps working for him, he'd be a billionaire by now too!

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Cookie….is that the coat-of-arms for Trump or Drumpf

      The Donald’s grandfather (the guy who fled Bavaria to avoid military service, then made his fortune operating whorehouses in the northwest) was a German immigrant named Frederick Drumpf who emigrated to the U.S. in 1885 and became a naturalized citizen in 1892.

      At some point, he started calling himself “Frederick Trump,” but it is unclear if he ever changed his name officially. Some have speculated that he didn’t want to be known as “Drumpf” because of prevailing prejudice against Germans (which would heighten, of course, during World War I).

  4. DavieDavie says:

    Oh Noes, Negev — the NRA needs your help, stat!

    Inside the NRA’s finances: Deepening debt, increased spending on legal fees — and cuts to gun training

    The gun rights group’s 2018 financial report, which was obtained by The Washington Post, portrays the longtime political powerhouse as spending faster than its revenue rose, with deepening debt. Together, the NRA and five affiliated groups ended the year $10.8 million in the red.

    The new details about the NRA’s finances come as the organization, a key ally of President Trump, faces pressure on multiple fronts, including an investigation by the New York attorney general.

    The Church of the NRA depends on the tens of thousands of Americans that are sacrificed on the altar of guns each year. 

    Don't let their sacrifice be in vain!  Surely, you can share all your riches to save the sacred flame defending the 2nd Amendment!

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