Thursday Open Thread

“To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem ridiculous.”

–William Hazlitt

36 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    re:  the Hazlitt quote.

    the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue … seem ridiculous 

    even to some of us who KNOW we are not a superior race of being …

  2. skeptical citizen says:

    Received from a Facebook friend:

    Don't believe the "Scientific American" endorsement is non-partisan, or even particularly scientific. Their parent company is Springer Nature. A simple Wikipedia search (see Controversies and History) show they have a disconcerting history of censorship and propaganda to the benefit of the Chinese government. More like Election Interference.

    I want to maintain a good relationship with this person, but DAMN

  3. davebarnes says:

    Well, so much for the Denver Gazette. I sent this email to them this morning.

    I signed up for the free trial.

    I was fairly happy with the newspaper and thought about subscribing. The price is good. (We pay $1100/year to get the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.)

    But, reprinting an anti-Obamacare editorial from the Washington Examiner is too much. The Examiner is a vile right-wing rag.

    I will not give Phil money to support his garbage DC newspaper.

  4. davebarnes says:

    Make it a twofer.
    Today is National Apple Dumpling Day and National Monte Cristo Day.

  5. Voyageur says:

    Tune of “House of the Rising Sun”


    There is a stink in Washington

    It comes from Donald Trump.

    He’s been the ruin of the American dream

    Ohh God, let’s dump this bum.


    His father was a racist

    Made a fortune building slums.

    Donald was a gambling lord

    Whose casinos lost billions in sums.


    He has a cohort named William Barr

    Who crawled from the sewer’s slime.

    Barr holds the reins and is the brains

    Behind the Donald’s worst crimes.


    Oh mothers, tell your children

    Not to vote for this lying scum.

    In 47 days we’ll dispell this haze.

    And bring decency back to Washington.


  6. unnamed says:

    A polling outfit named Expedition Strategies polled the CO-03 race.  With leaners pushed, DMB leads by 2 and Biden and Trump are tied.


  7. DavidThi808 says:

    What a waste of time. There was an hour long event where Joe Biden would answer our questions. It was for people who made large-ish donations. So what did we get.

    12 minutes of Biden commercials

    24 minutes of Polis, Salazar, & Bennet talking up Biden

    7 minutes of Biden talking about what he will do

    10 minutes of Biden answering 2 questions

    7 minutes of closing thank yous from Biden

    Here’s the thing, this was a group that clearly will vote for Biden. That has contributed large amounts to Biden. And 50 minutes was selling Biden.

    What a waste of everyone’s time.

    And not just the supporters who attended, Biden must have much more effective ways to use his time. Polis, Salazar, Bennet, Crowe, & Perlmutter must have much more effective ways to use their time. I hope the rest of the campaign is not as mis-directed.

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha…


  9. kwtree says:

    Glimmer of good news:

    Per  Federal judge Stanley Bastian, USPS has to reinstate overtime and reverse operational changes that slowed down the mail. There aren't any orders to replace mail sorting machines or mailboxes that had been removed, though.

    “The states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service,” Bastian said in brief remarks after a two-and-a-half hour hearing in Yakima, Wash. “They have also demonstrated that this attack on the Postal Service is likely to irreparably harm the states’ ability to administer the 2020 general election.”

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