Wednesday Open Thread

“Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.”

–Queen Victoria

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    He made Ukraine an offer . . . 

  2. kwtreekwtree says:

    Interesting history about the roots of the violent white supremacy movement:

    The massacre that spawned the Alt-Right
     

    I was a young feminist  radical in 1979, but don’t remember the Greensboro Massacre, although I do remember the name of Jim Waller. I didn’t respect the opportunistic, sexist communist/socialist party organizers-perhaps that was why.

    Or maybe an unholy alliance of the Klan and the Nazis murdering 5 Communists just never got much press….

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      Oh, it got a huge amount of coverage at the time, thanks to some caught on film gunfire.  But the lack of convictions isn't hard to understand since "Death to the Klan" and use of weapons and force by the communists made it easy to claim self-de fense.  A validation of Martin Luther King's philosophy albeit at bitter cost.

  3. Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

    What! Trump still President. I though you guys had him with the ambassador.

  4. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Senate president: Kentucky governor's race could be decided by state legislature

    Under state law, Bevin has 30 days to formally contest the outcome once it is certified by the State Board of Elections. Candidates typically ask for a re-canvass of voting machines and a recount first.

    Section 90 states: "Contested elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be determined by both Houses of the General Assembly, according to such regulations as may be established by law."

    Sam Marcosson, a constitutional law professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, told The Courier Journal that this language of the state Constitution suggests there must be procedure established by law for a review of a contested election to take place by the House and Senate.

    “They can’t just make them up,” Marcosson said.

    Further, he said, such a review would be extremely risky for lawmakers to undertake without clear reasons for a contested election.

    If you’re comforting yourself with notions of comity and bipartisanship, remember: one side will consider and usually do anything they can to hold power.  Do you want to bring an olive branch to that gunfight?

    • The dKos article notes that the last time someone contested the Kentucky governorship was in 1899; the populist Democrat won, but the Republican – supported by the legislature – contested and was initially named governor. After an outcry, the legislature met in secret and reversed themselves. But a Republican fanboy shot the Democrat and he died of his wounds three days in to his tenure.

      This sounds ominously possible in today's climate.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      To quote Donald Trump:  "It's a coup! They're trying to nullify the results of an election they lost!"

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Delightful…..Our favorite Bernie Bro has returned. At least he is being honest in telling us how much MFA will cost of us.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      What a sweet deal!!!  Bernie is a god!!!  (Not).

      Lost in the fine print is how the grandiose M for A, advocated by Sanders and Warren, would be paid for. Ruinous taxation and big reductions in reimbursements for physicians and hospitals, just for starters. And where would all the doctors come from to do M for A?

      And “tough shit” for you if you like your existing insurance. The ultra left knows what is best for you. Just like the religious right evangelicals know what is best for you, for your religious views. 

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    All those guys with far-away eyes, . . .

     

    Trump’s Impeachment Allies Are Staring Into The Void

    As it turns out, it can be quite difficult to defend the indefensible.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/155617/trumps-impeachment-allies-staring-void

    . . . or staring at shoelaces ??

  6. Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

    Got a coded message from Vladimir this AM to contribute to Tulsi Gabbard campaign. As a powerful bot in the war against Democrats I immediately complied. Please help Tulsi qualify for the December clown show debate. Donate $40 dollars today.

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