Tuesday Open Thread

“Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.”

–Charlie Chaplin


18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Tune: Skip a rope


    Listen to the Trumpers as they play

    Ain’t it kind of funny what the Trumpers say.

    Skip a rope

    Trump’s a dope.

    Cheat on your taxes

    Don’t be a fool.

    No Trumper believes in a golden rule.

    Never mind the rules just play to win

    And hate your neighbor for the shade of his skin.

    Skip a rope

    Trump’s a dope.

    He went for years hiding all his crimes

    But now they are in the New York Times

    He hates taxes but oh shucks

    One year he paid 700 bucks.

    Skip a rope 

    Trump’s a dope.

    A teacher or a nurse paid thousands more.

    But Trump spent billions and was short of cash.

    He spent it all on porn stars and whores

    Now all that’s left is this embarrassing rash.

    Skip a rope

    Trump’s a dope.

    Cheat on your taxes 

    Don’t be a fool.

    Trump don’t believe in no golden rule.

    Never mind the rules just play to win.

    Thank God in 35 days we’re done with him.




  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Cpt. Sully has a message for America: Vote. Him. Out. 

    • kickshot says:

      Outstanding ad.

      Sully is literally everyone's hero with a ton of positive, referent power. He's better than a dozen football quarterbacks.

      Everyone wants to be like Sully so having his encouragement to vote Dump out will work.

      Fire the Liar


  3. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Elizabeth Warren lays it all out on the table.


  4. kwtreekwtree says:

    Got a nauseatingly smarmy constituent letter from Gardner about his plans for vetting SCOTUS pick:

    When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent. I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. I look forward to meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett and thoroughly examining her judicial record in the days and weeks ahead as I fulfill my constitutional duty.

    This is a new thing for our Cory, “fulfilling constitutional duty”. He seems quite taken with himself about it.

    • spaceman65 says:

      Yeah, where was that fulfilling constitutional duty thing back in 2016, or is the duty to advise and consent only triggered when it's his party making the nomination?  Yes, that's a rhetorical question

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      " I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. "

      1.  On the immediate question of ACB .. You'll notice he says nothing about the power of stare decisis, nothing about endorsing or denying "legislation" and nothing about what happens with laws that are stricken down.

      2.  On the broader issue of how he approaches judicial nominees, he says nothing about those who have never tried cases, never been a judge, don't at the time of their nomination actually know the law or court procedures, and are considered "unqualified" by the lax standards of the ABA. 

  5. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Bigger than Colorado.

    Fredo comes out of the closet.
    Eric Trump: "The LGBT community, they are incredible. …. I'm part of that community"

  6. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Mark Sumner at Kos: “Buried in Trump’s taxes, what’s going on at his golf resorts makes no sense.

    … This unwarranted fame generated more money than Trump had ever made from his real estate deals: a sweet $427 million in direct payments from MGM and in sponsorships of everything from pizza to detergent. 

    Trump then took this injection of cash and spent it on high-end golf resorts and vacation properties—an investment that is extremely shaky under the best of circumstances. The financial reports from those clubs show just what might be expected: Trump is losing money in Scotland. He’s losing money in Florida. He’s even losing money at Mar-a-Lago.

    But something even more peculiar has happened. As these properties have been consistently bleeding cash, Trump has been reporting that their worth is skyrocketing. Then he has used these ever increasing valuations to borrow still more money. And he borrowed that money from himself … or so he claims. 

    As author and podcaster Adam Davidson points out, this process has been going on for years. Trump reports a loss, inflates the value, and borrows money. Strangest of all, in many cases Trump reports that he sometimes fills every role in this little play: He’s the stockholder losing cash, he’s the property owner reporting a growing investment, he’s the borrower accepting a loan, and he’s the lender forking over the money. And in many years, he supposedly takes that money and invests it into the same property he just “borrowed” from.

    Shifting income from profits to assets – which depreciate. It’s a mix of money laundering and tax fraud

    • ParkHill says:

      Man. Sorry to continue, but I hadn't even read this part:

      But if Trump was getting this money from someone else, then it does make sense. Because in that case, this becomes … a cover for money laundering. As Davidson notes: “These financials are clear: this is not a golf business, it's a money disappearing business.” Trump’s golf resorts aren’t making money. They’re not even designed to make money. They’re meant to lose money, and constructed so that they can make larger amounts of money vanish every year. 

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      @ParkHill: more reason to understand why virtually no US banks are willing to loan him money.

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