Thursday Open Thread

“Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.”

–Mel Brooks

28 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MADCO says:

    Ideas for which there is no dat thaat neighbors and others are clinging to:

    – virus will just go away… disappear
    – corona infection confers immunity, like chicken pox or measles
    – retaining bases and other federal assets named for confederate generals is useful for historic memory and is not intended to remind black Americans of their unique history
    – the NFL is necessary

  2. Genghis says:

    Not to be outdone in the violent sociopathy department, a U.S. Park Service Ranger stopped a 25-year-old Grand Junction man for speeding in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The speeder got a bit lippy, so the ranger tried to tase him. That failed, so the ranger tried to kick the guy's ass, which also failed. At that point the ranger did what any other reasonable person would do, and pumped two rounds into the guy. The second pierced the guy's heart, killing him.

    After the speeder had been lying on the ground for several minutes, the ranger handcuffed the corpse and announced that the corpse was under arrest.

    I don't know whether the Parks Service uses an IQ cap in screening ranger applicants, but this story suggests an affirmative answer.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    I was surprised to read an email today about a Colorado race I'd not heard of …

    A recall election seeking to remove Lance FitzGerald from his position as Ouray County Sheriff in Colorado was approved by voters with 92.8% of the vote on June 30, 2020, according to unofficial election night results. Justin Perry (unaffiliated) defeated Ted Wolfe (R) in the election to replace FitzGerald. … The Ouray County Republican and Democratic parties created a recall committee together to lead the effort.

    Apparently, there are some things which can bring about bipartisan cooperation.

  4. MichaelBowman says:



    “On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in New York in front of George Washington and his troops. In reaction to what had been read, soldiers and citizens went to Bowling Green, a park in Manhattan, where a lead statue of King George III on horseback stood. The mob of people pulled down the statue, and later the lead was melted down to make musket balls, or bullets for use in the war for independence. (3) Careful records were kept, and it is known that 42, 088 bullets were made. (4)

    This incident was symbolic because it showed that Americans were ready to be independent and free from tyrannical rule, but also by pulling down a statue of the King, it was a symbolic gesture to make historic change from the rule of a monarchy to the rule of a democracy. (7)”

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    9-9-9 has the 1-9

    Herman Cain Hospitalized With COVID-19 After Attending Trump Tulsa Rally Maskless

    Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was hospitalized for coronavirus on Wednesday, two weeks after he attended President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa bare-faced.

  6. RepealAndReplace says:

    Since I returned to this charmed circle from my sabbatical, I've seen Motor Anus post a few of his pathetic remarks but no signs of Powerful Pear. Is Roger still with us or did he take his Dear Leader's advice, slam some Clorox and have a bad reaction? 

  7. Voyageur says:

    Haven't seen Pear and I miss him.  We shouldn't be just an echo chamber.  Unlike Moddy, Pear usually stayed in. bounds and avoided personal attack.   

    • kwtree says:

      He did pay up on his bet to send $30 to Elizabeth Warren – I forget what my side of that bet was. Anyway, good on Roger for being a man of his word.

      I messaged Roger “Pear” on Facebook. He said that he needs to “disengage from political / virus negativity”, and asked me to say “Hi to the Polcats” for him. So there ya go.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Good on Roger. 

         “disengage from political / virus negativity”

        I'm guessing that's MAGA-speak for "I can't deal with the ass-kicking that is looming on the horizon". 

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          ROFL . . . 

          . . . This is one “kook” that ain’t gonna’ start now — when it’s apparent to even the MAGAest fool with some slight grasp on reality that FOXie Donnie’s clearly circling the toilet, and bent on taking all of America with him — giving a single shit about what any piece of pfruit, reformed or unreformed, thinks.  

          Fuck him, then and now . . .

      • JohnInDenver says:

        thanks for passing it along …

        and I can certainly understand why a principled person would see politics and virus situation as "negative."

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Dude: I try not to be an "echo chamber" for you.

      • Voyageur says:

        You’re middle of the road but loathe Trump.  Roger represents that 40 pct of America that thinks Trump does a good job. Or maybe he’s seen through Trump at last– and thatmaybe why he no longer hangs out here.  Whatever.  I miss him.

  8. kwtree says:

    Here's a change of pace, and an uplifting story. Those that have driven much on the NE plains have driven past the ghost town of Dearfield, a few miles east of Greeley on 34.

    Dearfield was once a thriving black town in Colorado – it had hundreds of residents, and a full cultural life. Whites were such"welcoming" neighbors, they christened the town down the road "Masters", in a not-subtle dig at the descendants of slaves.

    Just last year, Dearfield was just a few falling-down buildings, regularly plundered for their picturesque old lumber, eventually fenced off to avoid further vandalism. It was one of only two homesteading black communities in the country with any  original buildings still standing.

    Now, in a partnership between Clayton Homes and the Black America West Museum, Dearfield will be resurrected as a cultural and historic site, part of Colorado history. 

    Here is a Wikimedia Commons image of what I think is the old Dearfield gas station:


  9. MichaelBowman says:

    Great essay by Ian Desmond:

    Rockies' Ian Desmond's passionate essay reveals why he's skipping pandemic-shortened season

    “America’s pastime is failing to do what it could, just like the country it entertains.

    "Think about it: right now baseball we’ve got a labor war. We’ve got rampant individualism on the field. In the clubhouses, we’ve got racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or flat-out problems. We’ve got cheating. We’ve got minority issue(s) from the top down. One African American GM. Two African American managers. Less than 8% Black players. No Black majority team owners.

    “Perhaps most disheartening of all is a puzzling lack of focus on understanding how to change those numbers. A lack of focus on making baseball accessible and possible for all kids, not just those who are privileged enough to afford it.

    “If baseball is America’s pastime, maybe it’s never been a more fitting one than now.”

    • Duke Cox says:

      There is no baseball. With the advent of the "universal designated hitter", baseballs' descent into irrelevance is complete. Baseball is dead to me.

      There is only one way for Major League Baseball to repent…admit Pete Rose to the Hall of Fame. I do not plan to see another game under any circumstances until the hated DH is completely removed…but if they are finally nice to Pete, I won't hate them forever.

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