Weekend Open Thread

“Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.”

–Elbert Hubbard

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  1. Voyageur says:

    They have.now proven that the MAGAvirus is transmitted by wearin g those stupid caps.

  2. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Sean Illing at Vox: "What we get wrong about misogyny"

    Great article talking about misogyny and sexism.

    What is misogyny? How is it different from sexism? And why does the male-dominated status quo seem to persist?

    new book by Cornell philosophy professor Kate Manne has answers. She argues that misogyny is not about male hostility or hatred toward women — instead, it’s about controlling and punishing women who challenge male dominance. Misogyny rewards women who reinforce the status quo and punishes those who don’t. 

    In this interview, we explore how sexism and misogyny are different, how misogyny is embedded in our customs and institutions, and what Trump’s election and our current moment reveal about our future.

  3. Duke Cox says:

    In his desperate search for loyalist staff, T***p is hiring college students to run the government.

    Next…watch for the ODs' campaign to open recruiting offices in our middle schools. I believe that has been done before. 1930s , I think.

    All you need are some small MAGA hats…

    and maybe some candy.

  4. harrydoby says:

    Let FreeDumb Ring! 

    Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump on Friday announced a major staff overhaul, naming Rep. Mark Meadows as his new chief of staff and replacing Mick Mulvaney, who has been acting in the role for more than a year.

    That'll leave a job opening in the FreeDumb caucus — just what Ken Buck was born to do!

  5. MADCO says:

    "President Trump said at a Fox News town hall forum that he intended to cut entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. "

    "Oh, we'll be cutting," he said.

    https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/trump-cut-funding-entitlements-social-security-medicare-national-debt-reelection-2020-3-1028972301

  6. harrydoby says:

    Mike Littwin has another excellent column, this one about the factors that weighed against Elizabeth Warren's campaign.  Life isn't fair, but hopefully, she will have a key role in the next Democratic administration.

    But the more likely explanation is that this election — maybe more than any election in modern history — is about defeating the incumbent, who is almost certainly the worst president in the nation’s history. Beating Trump matters more than anything else. And because Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 to Trump, many saw this as a woman losing to Trump, rather than a particular woman losing to Trump. That’s a good working definition of sexism.

    Biden’s semi-miraculous comeback was a move back to what suddenly looked like the safest pick even if Biden has been, throughout the campaign, somewhere between a weak and a terrible candidate. But his win in South Carolina — a win that wouldn’t have been possible without Jim Clyburn and Biden’s overwhelming support from African Americans — gave Dems hope, maybe a false hope, that they didn’t have to settle for Mike Bloomberg’s billions or Bernie’s revolution or Warren’s plans.

    And so, Biden won in states where he hadn’t spent a nickel. He won in states that Bernie easily won in 2016. He won in states where the youth-vote advantage didn’t turn out. Did younger voters stay home because of billionaires or corporate media? 

  7. Pseudonymous says:

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    THE DARK PRINCE OF SEYCHELLES – Erik Prince, brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and security contractor with close ties to the Trump administration, has helped recruit former American and British spies for secretive intelligence-gathering operations that included infiltrating Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda, according to interviews and documents. 

  9. harrydoby says:

    What Trump is actually focused on:

    Political cartoon

    Political cartoon

  10. Genghis says:

    Hick got exactly zero votes at our precinct caucus. The entirely of our whopping 2 delegates to the county assembly are pledged to Romanoff.

  11. kwtree says:

    Our HD28 caucus had at least 300 people attending – an impressive turnout, by all accounts. State Rep Kerry Tipper and State Senator Brittany Pettersen attended and spoke, as well.

    My little precinct is sending two Zornio delegates (me included) to the county assembly on March 21. Two Zornio votes, one Hickenlooper, one Romanoff in our precinct. We all managed to disagree respectfully. It’s hard to be really snarky when your neighbor is sitting across the table from you.

    Even though we all voted for the resolution to eliminate caucuses and go all-primary ballot elections, the caucus is such a grassroots democratic institution that I’d hate to see it go completely. Maybe we could combine the processes somehow- have large multi precinct meetings at which we could meet our precinct neighbors, talk and promote our favorite candidates and causes, then cast our primary ballots that same night.

    Other ballot turn in places and times would be available for the rest of the primary voters, of course.

  12. Pseudonymous says:

  13. JohnInDenver says:

    Kamala Harris did endorse.

    Amy Klobuchar had a Freudian slip about being on the ticket:

    "I could not think of a better way to end my candidacy as hard as that was to do with our beloved staff and everyone else than to join the ticket — to join the Joe Biden," Klobuchar said, stumbling over her words and prompting the audience to burst out in "Amy" chants and uproarious applause.

    "I was going to say, you guys, I was going to say, then to join the terrific, the terrific campaign of Joe Biden," Klobuchar said, correcting herself with a laugh as the crowd cheered the prospect of her as vice president.

  14. JohnInDenver says:

    And "the Establishment" rationales continue to pile up:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he believes "the establishment" forced Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg out of the 2020 presidential race to ensure that voters "coalesced" around Joe Biden in order to defeat him.

    Why it matters: Klobuchar and Buttigieg both dropped out and endorsed Biden last week, helping the former vice president earn a sweeping victory in 10 out of 14 Super Tuesday states — especially among late-deciding voters. Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he would have won more states if the two moderates hadn't dropped out.

  15. itlduso says:

    On Friday, I posted that only 75,000 coronavirus test kits had been shipped.  This was a number I saw on both CNN and MSNBC.  Pence stated that 1 million kits were being shipped on Friday with another 600,000 being shipped on Monday.  Today, the renowned CDC Dr. Fauci confirmed these numbers.  Yet, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said he's seen no evidence of this in his state. 

    I would think that if the CDC actually shipped 1 million plus test kits in just a couple of days that there must be a massive operation doing this work.  I would think there must be an enterprising reporter somewhere who would want to see this operation in action and report how amazing it is.  Anyone seen such reporting that I must have missed?  Are we now at the point that we can't even trust Dr. Fauci?

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Maybe so, itlduso. Yammie-pie’s been on a tear lately; purging anyone who is disloyal (read: not a total kiss-ass). So appointees may decide that keeping their jobs outweighs providing correct information, even in so dire a circumstance as this.

  16. Pseudonymous says:

    Validation, of a sort.

  17. kwtree says:

    Happy International Women’s Day– it has been 109 years since the first IWD celebration. (Originally on March 11)

    Now women are marching and striking around the world, and often met with water cannons, tear gas, and arrests, as they challenge the patriarchal and exploitative mores of their countries. 

    Mona Eltahawy
    “Misogyny has not been completely wiped out anywhere. Rather, it resides on a spectrum, and our best hope for eradicating it globally is for each of us to expose and to fight against local versions of it, in the understanding that by doing so we advance the global struggle.”

    Here’s my favorite version of “Bread and Roses”, the classic IWD song.

  18. MichaelBowman says:

    Who'd have thunk? Are we tired of winning yet? 

    Fed study: Trump tariffs backfired, caused job losses and higher prices

    President Trump's tariffs on imports – meant to boost the economy – ultimately led to job losses and higher prices, a new study from the Federal Reserve has found.

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