Weekend Open Thread

“Criticize power rather than proles.”

–Rob Manuel

42 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:

    . Tune of 16 tons:

    We vote in 65 days and what is the choice?

    A draft-dodging traitor who is Russia’s voice.

    Or a decent man with love in his soul 

    And a woman of color who wants our nation whole.


    We vote in 65 days and what do we get?

    A chance to heal this land without regret.

    Saint Peter don’t you call me cause I can’t go

    Before I vote for Kamala and Joe!

  2. CDW says:

    I'm getting inundated with panicked-sounding emails from Hickenlooper about falling short in fund raising.   He also implies that the gap is closing between him and gardner. How bad is it really?

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      I'm getting inundated with those grainy black-and-white commercials about "Colorado corruption," the 9/11 fund, and Hick's lawyer bills being paid out of COVID-19 funds.

      And they are running them back-to-back whether they are Gardner's nice ads (the ones about Hick not wanting to be a senator when he ran for prez), the RNSC nasty ads, and Terrence Carroll's Unite For Colorado anti-corruption ads. 

      But even with all of that shit being dropped onto Hick, Gardner has managed to only pull within 9 points of Hick in the most recent poll.

      There is a theory that there comes a saturation point where more negative ads have no effect on voters. We may get to see if that holds up this year.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        @CDW: I seem to be getting at least two e-mails per day from the Hick campaign. I just delete them. I've given several contributions, two by check and one on line. I expect to send another check to Hick after Labor Day as I get a regular letter about once a week.

        @R & R: I'm getting really tired of Terrance Carroll's anti-Hick attack ads. As usual, Carroll's group says nothing about the alleged corruption on the Independent Ethics Commission.

  3. itlduso says:

    Troubling experiences with the Post Office.  I use their service called "informed delivery" that notifies me of the day's mail.  A couple weeks ago a check was supposed to be delivered that day yet it took over a week to actually receive it.  And, last week we received a Christmas card (!) returned to us that was apparently sent to an old address — 8 months later.

    Could it be that even in Colorado, with years of experience with mail-in voting, that we can't rely on our ballots being timely delivered?

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      @itlduso: thinking that ballots may be delayed somewhat, thanks to the Trump campaign, people should fill them out and mail quickly after receipt. One can wait a little longer if using a drop box.

      • itlduso says:

        Of course, you and I understand how to protect our ballot.  But, if what is happening to me with the mail is not unique, then we are facing real problems here in Colorado since most voters will not or cannot take actions to insure their ballot is counted.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Let me share this week’s experience with the local Lakewood post office:

          Wednesday, received 1st class letter from Parker with flyers of postal history items for sale

          Thursday, mailed check to Parker

          Friday, check rec’d & registered letter mailed to my p.o. box from Parker

          Saturday, rec’d today. I’ll get it Monday since I didn’t go to the p.o. today until after they had closed.

          Summary: local service can’t get any quicker than what I got.

          • spaceman65 says:

            In the past year, I've had several checks from clients take 2 weeks to go from Denver to Centennial.  Service has noticeably slowed.  The gutting of USPS has been going on this entire administration.  I'm definitely dropping my ballots in a dropoff box 

          • kwtree says:

            If I remember correctly, you live in a fairly well-off district that usually elects Republicans. Perhaps the USPS didn’t mess with your district’s mail. 

            The advice I’ve seen for Colorado voters is: Vote as soon as you get your ballot. Drop it in a drop box, or, failing that, bring it directly to your local election office. If you must mail it, mail it from a box in a wealthy neighborhood. 

            • Conserv. Head Banger says:

              @kwtree: that is the advice I already gave above. As to this “well off district” stuff, my state senator and my state representative are both Democrats.

              And I live in the 7th congressional district. Last time I checked, Ed Perlmutter is still a Democrat.

              • kwtree says:

                Maybe that was someone else who lives in HD22, represented by Colin Larson (R),after he primaried Justin Everett. Median income for Hd22 is $89,000/yr.
                Yes, that’s in Pettersen’s Sd23 and Perlmutter’s CD7. 

                If you’re getting great mail service, good for you. Not everyone is.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Ummm….many people are saying perhaps we shouldn't have elected a thrice-married, six-times-bankrupt reality tv star as POTUS.  

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    My youngest daughter wants to help get Biden elected – this matters a lot to her (one of the good things Trump has accomplished – my wife and daughters have become very interested in politics).

    She's a grad student so she doesn't have money to donate. But she does have time. She lives in L.A. so she figures she should volunteer to help out in Arizona as the closest state that could go either way.

    So… she went to the Biden in Arizona page, and couldn't find anywhere to volunteer.

    She then wen to the national site and posted a message there offering to help.

    And… crickets. No reply.

    Are they full up on volunteers? Or are they just not set up to handle people wanting to help?

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    Where should I donate question (I'm the flip of my daughter, no time but I do have money).

    And my goal is #1 get Biden elected, #2 once that's pretty sure, get the Senate.

    Ok, so first question, I can donate say 50K from my company. Or I can pay 50K as a bonus to me and my wife. We pay our taxes, and then we have 35K to donate. So what's more bang for the buck, 50K to entities that a company can donate to or 35K that individuals can donate to?

    If individuals, I assume that best donation is 5.4K (there's two of us) to Biden and then to the 6 closest Senate races. Is that the best/most effective place to donate?

    If it's a corporate donation, to what entity?

    thanks – dave

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      David: Do a browser inquiry for Biden Victory Fund. It’s a post office box address and I mailed a modest check yesterday.

      Don’t know about the six closest Senate races other than Hickenlooper here and Mark Kelly in Arizona. I’ve given money to Hick and Kelly and will give a bit more to each after Labor Day.

      Others? Maybe Cal Cunningham running against Tillis in North Carolina or Sara Gideon running against Collins in Maine. You may notice that I want Trump out and as many of his enablers from my party as can be bagged.

      Try a browser inquiry for xxxxx for US Senate. You may find phone numbers. Note that you don’t run afoul of campaign finance laws.

    • itlduso says:

      I don't understand the company option.  Political donations are non-deductible regardless of whether paid personally or through a business. 

      I agree with donating to the Biden/Harris campaign as well as close US Senate contests.  That's what I did with half of my PPP loan money — the other half I donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

    • Voyageur says:

      While I have donated to many Senate and house campaigns, the best “strategic” donations are to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (Pelosi’s DCCC) and Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. They triage the races and put money where it will do the most good.

    • Voyageur says:

      duplicate — cuz Trump stinks twice!

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    When a Texan goes to Alaska…Freedumb!!! 

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