Weekend Open Thread

“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

–Ulysses S. Grant

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    …and Pete Rose is still not in the Hall of Fame? 

    Really?

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    The stink has been impeached.

    Great God Almighty, 

    Convict the stink!

  3. ParkHill says:

    WOTD:

    Censorship of images was widespread in the Soviet Union. Visual censorship was exploited in a political context, particularly during the political purges of Joseph Stalin, where the Soviet government attempted to erase some purged figures from Soviet history, and took measures which included altering images and destroying film.

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      unexpected news … the National Archive responded to criticism by

      • recognizing the problem presented by modifying the photos "to avoid controversy and taking a political position."
      • agreeing to post the original photos WITHOUT the political scrubbing as soon as possible.
      • apologizing for the actions, and
      • agreeing to develop policies to avoid such Stalinist approaches [my wording, not theirs] in the future.

      Apparently, some portions of the Sad!-ministration can still feel shame when people point out errors which undercut their long-standing mission.

  4. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    I have a good friend on Bill Maher’s staff so I got to attend his opening 2020 show last night and then hit the after-party for more conversation. A few take-aways: 1) Nancy took no prisoners last night. Seems like her entire life has made her for this moment. She described the Senate Maj Leader for who he is: #MoscowMitch  2) no one puts all of this in context like Presidential Historian Jon Meacham. (He’s shorter than I thought he’d be ) 3) ‘Woke’ Joe Walsh is engaging and has a kick-ass wife. He privately shared some interesting insights about a few of his Republican colleagues. He’s polling at 14% in Florida presidential primary 4) Andrew Yang is engaging and would make a credible member of the Cabinet. One smart dude. 

    • DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

      But the host has evolved into an insufferable bore who is days away from shouting at the kids to get off his lawn.

      Also, he made no compelling case against hating Trump supporters who are motivated by hierarchical thinking; including racism, sexism, xenophobia, and Christian dominionism.

      It's almost less hateful for Trump to cynically manipulate them to give the GOP donors the deregulation and tax cuts they want, despite him lacking any core beliefs, as that's simply what GOP politicians do.

      I can respect someone's humanity, but holding odious beliefs simply out of misplaced grievance is a choice. Unlike yourself and the Speaker, I am not a Catholic, and don't love everyone.

      Maybe your friend could get Bill to flesh out his point, but he rarely does.  His viewpoint is exalted wisdom to be received from on high (no pun intended,) and if you disagree, you must be one of those woke twitteratti who are going to get Trump re-elected.

       

       

  5. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

  6. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Oh shit, we solved it folks!

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Only if Rand Paul is the first to go there 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      “It’s an absolutely laughable alarmist fantasy believing that human activity can be causing planetary climatic change, . . .

      . . . ummm, you know, unless we chose to . . .

      . . . on another completely different planet, millions of miles, and perhaps even light-years, from here!”  

      Sen. Rand Moderatus

       

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Depending on how you define "human,"  there is

       * "evidence to suggest that archaic humans, of which modern humans are descended, were present as long as 195,000 years ago in what is now Ethiopia, "

       * "Neanderthals appear and are found across Europe, from Britain in the west to Iran in the east, until they become extinct with the advent of modern humans 28,000 years ago "

      Human design folks working on nuclear storage are worried about finding a way to communicate "danger" to any successors 1,000 years from now, and are speculating on how to communicate 10,000 years out.  

      Suggesting "humans" will be around for millions of years is deeply ignorant wish expression.  

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      A clear story … though I must say, I'm a tad confused about a Republican being worried about maintaining a bowling establishment. 

      And may I say, it is a sad commentary that she has to go all the way back to Teddy Roosevelt to find a Republican she wants to emulate.

      • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

        She respects Eisenhower too.

        As to the bowling alley, it's one of the very few establishments that's over 20 years old in Kailua. Everything that used to be there forever has closed down. Coronet – gone. Holiday Mart – gone. Agnes Bakery (awesome malasadas) – gone.

  7. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Oh, you mean THAT Lev Parnas? 

  8. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    After you’ve finished raking the forest, grab your mops and buckets!  
     

    In other #climatehoax news…

     

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Are we out of paper towels??????

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Wow.

      During the viewing of our favorite Ag show this AM, we heard the knucklehead-in-chief apparently chatting with reporters at the “Phase One China Trade Deal Signing Show”. As he explained how the numbers came about, he said the negotiators had agreed to $20B worth of US agricultural products. ” I told them that’s not enough, he went on, ” make it $50B…it should be more.”

      He continued, “they told me…we can’t actually produce that much.” I told them, ” buy a bigger tractor. Buy more land.”

      I didn’t see that clip on any other platform yet. His statement is breathtaking in its ignorance, but so typical of the Orange Destruction. (who, by the way, has squandered the faith of his farmer base. If we could read the message from the farmers by the conversations on todays’ Farm Report, they are, collectively, underwhelmed and growing very tired of being put off and lied to. The soybean farmers are in danger of losing significant market share to Argentina, where they are harvesting a record crop…keeping prices low.

      My message to any small farmers out there: You don’t need to buy a bigger tractor…or more land. The corporation which is going to buy your place in a bankruptcy auction, already has big tractors…and plenty of land. They have the cash from their $2,000,000,000,000 tax cut. Why, they can afford to pay up to 10 cents on the dollar for your farm.

      For the uninitiated, it’s called disaster capitalism.

      An addendum:

      On a separate issue..I see where Blackrock Capital…the worlds’ largest investment company has announced it will no longer invest in fossil fuels and the companies who exploit them..

      Seemed worth noting.

       

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        Blackrock won't invest in corporations with a "major investment" in fossil fuels – which a curious radio interviewer explained in a bit more detail.

        Fink said BlackRock will remove companies that generate more than 25% of their revenues from coal production from its actively managed portfolios. But only about a quarter of BlackRock's assets are actively managed, according to Reuters. The majority of BlackRock's assets are in passively managed index funds, and thus wouldn't be subject to the policy.

      • MADCO says:

        message to any small farmers out there:
        Perfect.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      But doesn't he like to say, "Walls Work!"

  9. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Bennet die-hards drawn to awkward, unusual New Hampshire campaign

    Michael Bennet is polling in 10th place. He hasn’t made a debate stage since July and won’t disclose how much money he raised last quarter.

    And he can be awkward on the stump: In one 45-minute stretch at a recent town hall, Bennet swung his hands so wildly while making a point that he hit a woman in the leg, he tripped over a stool holding his water, and he nearly tangled himself in a microphone cord while trying to take off his sport coat.

    Yet a small number of New Hampshire’s voters and political elites have found themselves drawn to his message, demeanor and experience, hoping almost despite themselves that Bennet could be the ultimate dark horse primary candidate.

  10. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    We interrupt the usual political ramblings for an important announcement.

    Good things happen for people that patiently wait. Kansas City Chiefs going to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.

  11. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Well, the Times got things half right. Amy would be a non-divisive and effective president. Basically the anti-Trump.

      I will say this about Warren though. Since her Medicare-For-All position has turned into an albatross, she has learned the art of triangulation between MFA and MFA-someday (but not quite yet). There is hope for her yet.

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