Thursday Open Thread

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    • Diogenesdemar says:

      With the stock markets today again remembering that the coronavirus can’t be ignored, wished, bluffed, or inepted away, Der Orange Fuehrerbunkerinspector may have a plan to shed the blood of a few more black men on camera himself, just for the market bump?

      Not sure why those FOXMarkets aren’t giving him his full deserved credit for all the black Covid fatalities? . . .

      • harrydoby says:

        RE: the stock market — I was thinking on Monday the Quants on Wall Street had finally programmed the highspeed trading systems how to pull off the classic Long Island Boiler Room "Penny Stock Pump and Dump" scheme.  It didn't take them very long to pull the trigger.  First one to hit the exit wins!

  1. Genghis says:

    According to this cop, police officers are models of restraint because statistically speaking, they should be shooting many more black people than they are. And, of course, there is absolutely no such thing as systemic racism.

    This bozo is the cream of the crop in Tulsa, OK, a public face of the department. Today I am happier than usual about not living in OK.

    The solution, according to many, is throwing more money at a system that values and elevates sociopathic pieces of shit such as this guy. smh

  2. kwtree says:

    Here’s the second Romanoff-Hickenlooper debate from last night. Sponsored by CBS and the Colorado Sun, this one was an hour, and so allowed for more in-depth answers.

    My superficial takes: Both men look healthier, and seem to have worked on their remote presentation skills. Hick still evades questions, and shouldn’t. Romanoff has an annoying cough/laugh/snort tic, but is by far the better communicator.


    • davebarnes says:

      How large was the audience for this debate? Three or four people?

      • kwtree says:

        Dave, it was a remote debate sponsored by CBSnews, carried live on their TV channel, posted on their website, and also sponsored on the Sun’s website, as well as on YouTube. There was no live audience. 
        Feel free to estimate the viewership of CBS in this market, plus readership of the Sun, plus random you tubers or social media users who have shared it around. Then get back to me with an estimate.

        I suppose your point is that “nobody cares”. But these savvy news organizations would not waste precious air and staff time if that were true. 

  3. harrydoby says:

    The ground under Trump's feet is growing increasingly shaky:

    The Pentagon’s top general apologized on Thursday for his appearing alongside President Trump near the White House after authorities forcibly removing peaceful protesters from the area, saying that it “was a mistake that I have learned from."

    Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the remarks in a prerecorded graduation speech to students at the National Defense University.

    Milley advised the students that it is important to keep “a keen sense of situational awareness” and acknowledged his failure to do so on June 1, as he walked from Lafayette Square in combat fatigues alongside the president, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and other senior advisers.

    “As many of you saw the results of the photograph of me in Lafayette Square last week, that sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society,” Milley said. “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment, and in that environment, created the perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”

    • Duke Cox says:

      I am sure the general has been thinking about this a lot. He is to be commended for speaking up. I am sensing fewer and fewer people in Washington DC who are afraid of the OD. The leadership of Seattle and Washington state don’t seem to be daunted by le Enfant Orange, at all. 

      I have noticed, in all my years of watching politics, an unfailing phenomenon. When people like Donald T***p, who has systematically and repeatedly shit on people his entire life, finally start to get their comeuppance, those people, upon whom he has shitted, will rush to kick him when he goes down.

      His “subjects” are telling him no…and he doesn’t like it. It is just going to get uglier and uglier.


    • MADCO says:

      General Milley gave half an answer, and then only when pressured after.

      The way it was taught in my time
      – it's not enough to say what should not have done, you have to say what should have been done

      – and you should be the one to step up without pressure

      • JohnInDenver says:

        The episode was June 1. 

        June 2, Milley had a memo out to the command structure & DoD — stressing the oath to the Constitution.   Not an indication of waiting and responding only to pressure.

        Since then, there have been several stories of his pushing to argue against any use of troops, apologizing for the impression of being involved in domestic politics, taking approving positions on rewarding any national guard troops pulled out of their usual lives, and talking with many Senators and Representatives.   The White House has initially blocked Milley from testifying — Pentagon liaison says "we are working on it."

        • Duke Cox says:

          He seems genuinely contrite. That, or what that seemed to be, is a place in history he doesn't want to occupy. 

          He blames it on a lapse in his "situational awareness". Well…that has happened to me. On the other hand…I am not Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, so…you would think he might be paying more better attention.

  4. davebarnes says:

    A Colorado-related question: How much money could El Chapo raise to offer as a bribe to The Dumpster® for a pardon?

    A billion $ USD?
    Enough that the Orange Buffoon would take it on November 4th and issue the pardon?

    Oh, I know what you are thinking—even Donnie Boy would not sink that low.

  5. harrydoby says:

    How's that saying go?  A gaff is when politicians accidentally speak the truth?

    G.O.P. Platform, Rolled Over From 2016, Condemns the ‘Current President’


  6. Pseudonymous says:


    Corporate Donations To Governor’s Office ‘Raises All Sorts Of Red Flags’

    A CBS4 investigation has uncovered millions of dollars in donations from corporations and private foundations to the governor’s office. The off-the-books donations date back at least 20 years. Gov. Jared Polis’ Office says he has five privately funded positions in his office, including one funded by an anonymous donor who funneled $135,000 through the Silicone Valley Foundation.

    But former Gov. John Hickenlooper admits he took the public-private model to a new level, funding programs and even positions in his administration with no oversight.

    Among the biggest donors was the former Anadarko Oil and Gas. The company donated $25,000 to the governor’s office in 2017, just days after a deadly explosion in Firestone was tied to a leaking underground pipeline owned by the company. Over the course of four years, it gave the governor’s office more than $330,000, money for which there is little accounting.

    “We tried to be as transparent as we could be, we issued press releases,” said Hickenlooper.

    He said the donations were for a variety of initiatives and provided flyers for some of them, showing Anadarko as one of many sponsors.

    But the only other public accounting of the donations is on a little-known website called the Transparency Online Project. After a time-consuming, multi-step search, CBS4 found the Anadarko donation under a tab titled “Combining Special Revenue” along with money from other private companies and foundations.

  7. Duke Cox says:

    "Combining special revenue"…nice. Can I have some?

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