Weekend Open Thread

“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people”

–Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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  1. Voyageur says:

    The Schiltrons of Her Justice


    Her voice was small but mighty

    And was heard the world around.

    The schiltrons of her justice

    Marched in concert with her sound.


    She freed a billion people 

    Before laying down her sword.

    And her dying words still urged us

    To keep fighting on for more.


    Was there ere so small a shoulder

    Behind so long a pike?

    The schiltrons of her justice

    Fought for straight and gay alike.


    For Ruth Bader Ginsburg never

    Ran from battle with our foes.

    No matter that the odds were long

    Her shield withstood their blows.


    The dark oppressor’s legions

    Fought her in every town and vale.

    But her small voice still rallied us 

    In the kitchen, field and jail.


    Her fight for human dignity 

    Has now ended with her death.

    But the schiltrons of her justice

    Will fight on to our last breath.


    –Bob Ewegen, one of her pikemen

  2. MADCO says:

    It's gray and hazy.

    We are burning.

  3. itlduso says:

    What to do?  Donate to Dem Senate candidates across the country, including CO, to flip the Senate.  Elections have consequences.

  4. ParkHill says:

    Tweet of the day:

    Charlotte Alter

    Biden, in an embarrassing senior moment, recites the divergent biological methods of two possible vaccines (molecular structure versus immune system enhancement) and also details the chemical specifics how they have to be stored and transported.


  5. ParkHill says:

    Catastrophe and its consequences:

    If SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare the Democratic Party should redo the ACA as universal health care. It is such a simple and positive outcome, perhaps we should hope for it.

    If SCOTUS strikes down abortion rights, the Republican Party will lose women from now to eternity. Will abortion be prohibited in ALL states, or just conservative ones? Perhaps it will be a situation where you can never get a 12 person jury to convict a woman or her doctor.

    Voting rights is the intervention where Conservatives have put their biggest butts on the scale. This is where Democrats need to produce solid protections across the country.

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    *without delay

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    BREAKING NEWS – Cory Gardner has entered the witness protection program until Election Day. He therefore will not be available to answer any questions.

    • kwtree says:

      It’s very hot dark, moist, and foul-smelling where Cowardly Cory is hiding out. Periodically, he is squeezed out into a golden bowl, and must fight his way to float on the surface among the other Turd Way politicians.  When a reporter or constituent approaches, he hides out in The Lair Liar again.
      In the distance, tiny fingers skitter over Twitter keys.

      Cory considers this process to show “political resilience”. 

  8. Duke Cox says:

    Americans of good conscience, regardless of their affiliations must ask themselves if they will be happy living in an autocratic police state. Democracy WILL NOT SURVIVE four more years of the McConnell, Barr, Trump wrecking crew.

    This has become the fascist nightmare many of us anticipated. Many even predicted it. Small comfort…we are in trouble.

    We must win this election by an uncontestable margin, although, I am not sure even that will be able to stop them.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Some conservatives may be swayed by the consideration of consequences. 

      If Trump nominates and the Senate moves to confirm, consider what will happen the next time Democrats are in a position to exercise power:  possibly as soon as January 3, 2021.

      • elimination of the filibuster
      • expansion of the Supreme Court to 13, without ANY procedural protections to minimize the timing of the expansion and allow Republicans a chance to name justices,
      • new states … at least DC, probably Puerto Rico, and if people are REALLY pissed, the 3 Pacific Island territories as a 3rd,
      • the expansion of the House to better reflect populations, with a representative for any excess over the population of the smallest state. If Wyoming is the norm, the House goes to about 525, and California gains 12 seats,
      • and as many additional poison pills as can be dreamed up.

      Between the announcement of RBG's death and noon (eastern time) the next day, AP reported

      Democrats raised more than $31 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, demonstrating how the liberal icon’s passing and the contentious nomination fight that lies ahead have already galvanized the party’s base.

      The jaw-dropping sum was raised by noon Saturday after news of her death broke late Friday, according to a donation ticker on the website of ActBlue, the party’s online fundraising platform.

      Add more donations not through Act Blue, but directly to candidates or other organizations like Emily's List, NOW's PAC,

  9. Genghis says:

    When the republic came to rest on the shoulders of a terminally ill 87-year-old, the republic itself was terminally ill. That's what they'll write.

    Well, time to read that Shelby County and Ledbetter dissents. Again.

  10. davebarnes says:

    I think Mitch will hold the conformation vote in the lame duck session.

  11. Early Worm says:

    This is a good article about some of the political machinations in play. Can He Get the Votes? One thing it does not mention is that Kelly, if he wins, will be sworn in at the end of November. 

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