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“I know that when people pull apart, they usually employ misunderstanding as a weapon, deliberately getting hold of the stick’s wrong end, impaling themselves on its point in order to prove the perfidy of the other.”

–Salman Rushdie

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  1. Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

    We're ferreting out bugs today, so let us know if anything in particular isn't working.

    With the site, we can't help with 2020 in general.

  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Well, then, maybe you could fix the Big Line.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Today is World Contraception Day

  4. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Fluffy's ideological brother-in-arms just got caught posting right-wing misinformation on government time:

    The National Institutes of Health said on Monday that one of its public affairs officers would retire after he was revealed to be surreptitiously attacking his employer and one of its directors, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, in pseudonymous posts on Twitter and the right-wing website RedState.

    The official, William B. Crews, worked for and promoted the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases while simultaneously denouncing the agency’s work and its director, Dr. Fauci, dismissing their research and public health advice in wild and conspiratorial terms under the pen name Streiff.

     

    • ParkHill says:

      The NYT courteously avoids mentioning that Crews (aka Strief) was advocating that his colleagues at NAIAD should be strung-up, tortured, drawn and quartered.

      I'm imagining the awkward water-cooler conversations, but Crews cleaned out his desk very quickly.

  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    In other Moldy bff news…

    To be clear about this. At an event sponsored by the Waukesha GOP in Wisconsin, the mother of the 17-year-old boy who took a rifle across state lines to Kenosha, and shot three people, killing two… Received a standing ovation. Led by one of the right’s most notorious racists.

  6. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    One less thing our junior senator will have to take a position on: "to Pendley or not to Pendley?" 

    Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss, William Perry Pendley, after governor sued

    U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley served unlawfully for 424 days without being confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate.

     

  7. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Tune: Who Wears Short Shorts (old timer week)

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    Who hates real courts?

    Trump hates real courts.

    He likes to steal courts.

    Trump hates real courts.

    Trump hates real courts

    And likes to steal courts.

    That is what fascists do.

    *

    Who names rapists

    And handmaiden aunties

    To the Supreme Court

    And twists his panties?

    Who gets high

    Watching freedom die

    For American women?

    Donald Trump.

    *

    Who hates real courts?

    Who likes to steal courts?

    Who names fascist zeros

    To replace American heros?

    Who puts dumb henchmen

    On the highest bench then

    Pardons all the crooks

    And appoints more snooks?

    *

    Who hates real courts?

    Who likes to steal courts?

    Who names zeros

    To replace our heroes?

    Donald Trump! That’s who!

    That is what fascists do!

    We hate this clown in a million ways

    And will vote him out in 37 days.

     

     

     

  8. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    It hasn't happened here (yet)

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/man-points-gun-protesters-gop-candidates-rally-73262556

    Lauren Witzke, the Republican challenger to Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, said she saw a video of Thursday's incident and denounced the behavior of the armed man, whom she identified as one of her supporters.

    “Firearms should only ever be used to defend life and property,” she said Friday in a post on her campaign's Facebook page. “I denounce this behavior completely, and will support law enforcement as they work to resolve the situation.”

    Witzke is one of dozens of current or former candidates who have promoted or expressed an interest in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which centers on the baseless belief that President Donald Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals.

    Witzke has been photographed wearing a QAnon T-shirt and has used the QAnon slogan “WWG1WGA,”

     

  9. kwtreekwtree says:

    Pueblo, Colorado will be featured on Ali Velshi Live tomorrow. Velshi, an MSNBC journalist who was mocked by $rump for getting hit with rubber bullet at a protest, 

    Velshi’s show is live on MSNBC from 8-10 Sunday morning. He plans to talk with Pueblo voters about who they’re voting for, AG Phil Weiser about Ruth Ginsburg, Secretary Griswold about Colorado’s election system, and Rep. Joe Neguse. 

  10. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    One of the topics on NBC this morning was the likelihood this move by McConnell will delegitimize the High Court. Particularly, if Barrett refuses to recuse herself from election related matters.

    Will the John Roberts' court have any credibility as a clearly political court? Is that something Roberts wants as his legacy?

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Roberts is going to find himself in a very frustrating position. While he is a conservative, he is an institutionalist and worries about the court’s credibility.

      He may end up occasionally voting with the three moderate-liberals, at others times with the right wing bloc.

      Or he may be able to hobble together a coalition with Alito or Gorsuch (like O’Connor and Kennedy became back in the day) writing very narrow decisions with moderate-conservative or moderate-liberal holdings. He will only need one of them to join with him. 

      Gorsuch has surprised people on a couple of issues sexual orientation discrimination and Native American rights being two that come to my mind. Maybe he would be the more likely to join with Roberts. But there are supposedly personality issues between Gorsuch and Roberts.

      Thomas and Barrett will seek to implement their theology as a matter of constitutional law. (I’m a Recovering Catholic so I can say that kind of stuff.) Kavanaugh is still pissed off over all the nasty stuff that came out during his confirmation and will join Thomas and Barrett if for no reason other than spite.

  11. RepealAndReplace says:

    Trump wants Biden to submit to a drug test before Tuesday's debate.

    Sure, provided Trump gives E. Jean Carroll's lawyer a DNA sample.

  12. kwtreekwtree says:

    I’m watching “The Comey Rule” on Showtime. It deals with FBI Director James Comey’s decision to alert Congress that they were re-opening the “Hillary’s emails” investigation a week before the election.

    This at the same time that the FBI  knew pretty definitively that Trump and most of his inner circle were Russian assets. 
     

    And we are in the shitshow we are now in.

    I haven’t read Comey’s own book,”A Higher Loyalty”. Have any of you read it? I’m wondering if Comey ever came to regret his decision to throw suspicion on Hillary Clinton and conceal justified suspicion of Trump. 

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