Monday Open Thread

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”

— Roald Dahl


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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Gardner reports fundraising:  $2 million donated, $4.9 million on hand.

    The closest Democrat:  former state Sen. Mike Johnston, who reported $1.6 million in donations.

    I know money isn't everything — anyone have a sense of what it will take for a Democrat to be competitive or advantaged in the race?

    • 2Jung2Die2Jung2Die says:

      This will be an 8-digit race, almost certainly for both the D nominee and ol' what's-his-name from Yuma. A ballpark of say $15 mill might be enough to keep a D financially competitive, but trying to get to "advantaged" might require Tom Steyer to drop his presidential bid and focus solely on funding a few Senate races. I wouldn't worry horribly much about D fundraising until the real finalists are a bit more apparent, and even then the primary winner will get a lot of money love once there's a nominee.

    • Mike W. says:

      There's a sharp falloff to the value of those dollars after a certain amount. Gardner could raise $10 billion and it would be about as helpful as $10 million. You can only put up so many commercials, hire so many organizers, send so many mailers before they stop providing a return on investment.

      Most of Gardner's money will probably end up going to "consultants" anyways (the actual investment he's making being the buying of a lobbying position for when he loses, afterall).

  2. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    There's a humongous crack in 36 eastbound, between Church Ranch and Wadsworth. 36 commuters should not expect this to be fixed soon, and should find other ways to get where you're going. 

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Perhaps Doug Bruce and John Caldera will stand out there and direct traffic as folks detour their way around the right wing nut hole.

      Ah, freedom ….. you gotta love it!

  3. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    The first since the Great Oleo Repeal in 1932! An initiative to repeal the National Popular Vote Compact law will probably be on the ballot in 2020. Per John Frank, The Sun.

    I saw this coming, from lurking on right wing pages. This has been the one thing all the factions have been unified on: trying to keep the electoral college going so that more Republican Presidents can get elected.

  4. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    "Evangelical" has its roots in the Greek word for gospel. One of the primary tenets of evangelicalism is the belief in spreading the message of the Bible. In Catholic and other Christian churches this weekend, Luke 10:25-37 was read to attendants at weekly services. In this passage, when asked what a believer must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus answers, "Love your neighbor as yourself." He illustrates this point with the parable of the Good Samaritan. 

    While this message was being preached in houses of worship, Trump (on his way to the golf course, not church), tweeted a racist broadside which was the antithesis of the message of Jesus. I have yet to hear a single evangelical leader condemn Trump's message. Makes you wonder if they are really concerned with the Gospel, internal life, or their neighbors. 

    • gertie97 says:

      Of course not. They're in it for the money.

    • MADCO says:

      good point

      Republican Jesus is an awesome Jesus.
      And prosperity gospel seems ok with the death penalty and only loving neighbors who share the prosperity.

      Refugees with non-white skin? President already told us they're rapists. He should know.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:


      I will only get into my background if needed, but please take my word that I have adequate experience to say this.

      While the pastors may read the cited passage on Sunday, every other action of the church is telling you who that neighbor shouldn't be.

      No they are not really concerned with the gospel. Evangelical Christianity is not one thing. "Christians"…with a capital C. are not very Christlike generally, but when you get into that old time religion, it is all about the Benjamins. Washing them, let's say.

      I sat, some years ago, in my late mothers' church in east Texas and listened to an assistant pastor read a letter from John Hagee. It was filled with hatred, lies, and was little more than a fear mongering, Obama Derangement Sydrome call to Christian soldiers everywhere. It made my mother cry. I asked her what she thought Jesus would say about that and she said she thought he would cry, too. 

      Thousands of tiny churches across the country heard that letter on the same day. They hear it constantly. On the radio, on TV, and in church…the message is the same.



  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Oh yay.  Mitt has a plan.  Any bets that it looks just like his old plan, just a new name?  The one Obamacare is modeled after?

    Republicans ready to dive off a cliff on Obamacare

    “I have a plan that I would be delighted to have Congress pick up and go forward with,” added Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) of a proposal to protect pieces of the law. “Necessity is the mother of acceptance. I hope that we reach that necessity and that would propel my proposal to see a good deal of support.”

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