Wednesday Open Thread

“Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.”

–Carl Sandburg

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Our next caller is Chris from Ohio. 

    • MADCO says:

      Chris the farmer


      Whatever happened to Joe the plumber?

      Did he ever get to be a plumber? did he win his race for House rep? Does he have a podcast now?




      • MichaelBowman says:

        You had to ask….(it lasted about as long as Drumpf did with Stormy). 

      • Genghis says:

        That brings back some memories. If Chris's name is actually Chris and he's actually a farmer, then he's already two steps ahead of Joe the Plumber, who's name isSamuel and who was never, ever a plumber.

        My rep for the last 13 years I lived in Ohio (1990-2003) was the great Marcy Kaptur. After the 2010 census, the GOP-controlled Ohio legislature ratfucked the congressional district boundaries so that Kaptur and Dennis Kuchinich had to run against one another in a primary. Kaptur won the primary, and coasted to a blowout win against the GOP nominee, Samuel the Idiot. The disconcerting part – close to 70,000 people voted for Samuel the Idiot.

        Back in 2016, I read something to the effect that ol' Sam was voting for Trump because Trump is a billionaire with a hot wife. So yeah, thanks again, John McCain, for giving us both Sarah Palin and "Joe the Plumber."

        Ah, the memories . . .

  2. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    "That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did."

    So I guess they were surprised a man with so many obvious mental impairments actually passed. I'll take an elephant for 200 Alex…

  3. kwtree says:

    Still protesting, still reminding people that black lives matter. About 20 of us at the intersection of Alameda and Wadsworth during Tuesday rush hour, which is a regular thing now. 

    Lots of honks, waves, thumbs up. A few dissenting voices: One driver yelled at my 72 year old grandma buddy to “Get a job!.” We decided that if that happens again, we’ll yell, “If Trump cuts social security, we’ll have to!”

    A few drivers yelled “All lives matter,”, which is indisputable but beside the point. If someone’s walking to raise funds for breast cancer, you don’t get mad at them about all of the cancers they’re ignoring.

    The All Lives Matter viewpoint was represented by a guy with an 8’ sign adorned with waving flags. He wore the Anonymous anarchist plastic mask, which must have been hella uncomfortable, and doesn’t stop Covid germs since it has nose and mouth holes. We had to ask him to back off several times since he insisted on getting up in people’s faces. We were all masked and socially distant.

    Jeffco police drove by several times, but left us alone. 



  4. Diogenesdemar says:

     “Never in the field of modern disease prevention has so little been done by so many public officials to protect the entire population of their country.”

    US is on Track to hit 1 Million New Covid-19 Cases in Two Weeks

    Just after 1,000 people died in a single day, the US is about to reach 4 million Covid-19 cases. 

    To put that in perspective, the first reported case came on January 21. After 99 days, 1 million Americans became infected.

    It took just 43 days after that to reach 2 million cases.

    And 28 days later, on July 8, the US reached 3 million cases. Case number 4 million could be reported just two weeks after that. 

    As of Wednesday morning, more than 3.9 million people had been infected across the US, and more than 142,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

    • kwtree says:

      And the response from Trumpers is to shoot the messenger. My friend working in a Texas hospital with Covid patients is mad about the “hysteria” about the disease.

      My ex-mother in law recently passed away in South Dakota from natural causes at the age of 98. I loved her, but didn’t attend her funeral because I knew they wouldn’t observe CDC guidelines.

      Sure enough, most were unmasked, three were belting out hymns standing close together in the church, they took plenty group photos of all the hordes of grandkids, spouses….( you get 7 farm kids  that have been reproducing for decades….you do the math). So I commented, “Lovely photo, but aren’t you all risking infections?” And got my head virtually bit off, called names, etc. 

      I really hope I’m wrong about the infections. Or at least, selfishly, that my own adult kids, who insisted on going to honor their beloved grandmother, and of course brought the baby,  don’t get sick. But statistics show this bug spreads, even with the best of intentions. 

  5. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from TPM: "‘Proactively’ Arresting People In Portland"

    I guess that is morally equivalent to stop and frisk. Wasn't there something in the morning thread yesterday about that?

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