Weekend Open Thread

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

–Milan Kundera


43 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Saturday is National Bologna Day.

    Il Porcellino makes excellent mortadella.

  2. kickshot says:


    A new billboard in Times Square by The Lincoln Project depicts Ivanka Trump presenting the number of New Yorkers and Americans who have died of COVID-19 and Jared Kushner next to a Vanity Fair quote.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      @kick: just saw this on Yahoo. Ivanka and Jared are threatening to sue. Lincoln Project response to their attorney was: "nuts." 

      Lincoln Project is promising an intensive lesson in civics and First Amendment rights if they do sue.

      • kickshot says:

        Yep. I saw that too. Boo frickin’ hoo. Poor little rich kids.

        They remind me of people I saw in the course of working security at an outdoor concert venue in Cinci one summer.

        Our first show was Volunteer Jam w/the likes of Def Leppard and Hank Williams, Jr. People got so drunk that they couldn’t even sit in their chairs. They threatened each other with “I’m gonna kick yer ass!!!!”.

        The last show was Sting. The main threat issued was “I’m gonna sue yer ass!!!!”.

        Inequality and privilege expose themselves in the most unusual ways sometimes.

      • Genghis says:

        lol That's awesome.

        To echo the sentiments of the Trump base, fuck your feelings, Vanky and Kush.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      The response from @LincolnProject attorney is pure genius (with a hint of more to come in the last sentence): 

  3. itlduso says:

    Biden’s closing argument: Leadership.

    Trump campaigned in 2016 saying he would bring the “best people” with him.  In less than four years he has spit out four national security advisers, four White House chiefs of staff, two Secretaries of State, two attorneys general, etc., etc.  
    Competent leaders listen to other leaders in their fields.  Trump claims to know more than generals, to know more about health care and “wind”.  He calls Dr. Fauci and other scientists “idiots”.  
    Competent leaders strengthen our allies and weaken our enemies.  Trump attacks NATO and abandons the Kurds while embracing Putin and other dictators.

    Barack Obama and I inherited an economy in 2008 that was in free fall.  More than 800,000 jobs were lost in one month.  We turned that around in less than three months and led an economic expansion lasting through our eight years in office.  Trump inherited this expansion and squandered it like the money he inherited resulting in four bankruptcies.  He has left our country in shambles with an out of control pandemic, record unemployment and a $3 trillion annual deficit.

    If elected I will restore our country like we did in 2008.  I will restore competent officials in government.  I will listen to experts like Dr. Fauci.  I will restore our standing in the world.  And I will restore dignity to the office of the President.  
    Vote this election to restore competent leadership and dignity to our country.

    (Hire the Lincoln Project folks to produce the commercial)

  4. Duke Cox says:

    Jerry Jeff Walker…RIP. Texas is weeping.

    • Voyageur says:

      “The only kind of man that you ever wanted was the one that you knew you couldn’t hold very long.  Now you’re sitin’ there cryin’ like I’m the first to go.”

      He was one of the greats.

  5. davebarnes says:

    Why can't I stay logged into Pols?

  6. kwtree says:

    Oh, Lisa. Think of the country. Put on the big girl pants and deal. 

    Lisa Murkowski Says She’ll Vote To Confirm Amy Coney Barrett

    • notaskinnycook says:

      She's another one I can't figure out what's happened to. Ever since the ascension of The Yam, she hasn't been worth the powder and shot it'd take to put her out of our misery. 

  7. davebarnes says:

    Sunday is Euskadi Eguna.

    Pintxos for everyone.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Did you ever have an opportunity to attend one of Jean Urritys' Western Slope Basque Festivals? He brought dozens of performers and artists to western Colorado back in the day.

      Very much fun, they were.

  8. Voyageur says:

    The Queen's Gambit.  As an ardent chess player since grade school and an admirer of uppity women for even longer, I urge all Polsters to watch Queen's Gambit on Netflix.  My wife and I binged it Friday and Saturday.  It's a wonderful tribute to the human mind and the feminine spirit.  Gertie, Cookie, and enligtened males like RandR and our stalwart Bowman and Duke will grok on it, if they haven't already.

    Pawn to King 4!

    • harrydoby says:

      My wife and I caught the first episode last night — loved it!  We'll stretch out our viewing since neither of us can stay away much past 8:30pm these days (our cat alarm clock goes off around 4am each morning)

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Thanks, V.  I’m watching Borgen right now – a Danish version of West Wing. Highly recommend the series. 

      In other news I had lunch in Big Springs last Thursday. Local farmers from both sides of the state line discussing our socialist state and joking about whether they can sign the Recall Polis petitions. I politely shared my opinion of the Guv as I left the diner.

      On the way through Holyoke a big ‘sign here’ event at the stoplight for the recall with a handful of oldsters sitting at a picnic table. A Trump rally on Main Street Wray and Yuma made the front page this week (no mention of a Gardner Grand Marshall).

      Life in the elusive 51st-state.

      I reckon as long as they’re chasing farts in a whirlwind they’re not causing problems somewhere else. 

  9. harrydoby says:

    The New York Times Editorial Board mourns the rot and decline of today's GOP.

    Of all the things President Trump has destroyed, the Republican Party is among the most dismaying.

    “Destroyed” is perhaps too simplistic, though. It would be more precise to say that Mr. Trump accelerated his party’s demise, exposing the rot that has been eating at its core for decades and leaving it a hollowed-out shell devoid of ideas, values or integrity, committed solely to preserving its own power even at the expense of democratic norms, institutions and ideals.

    They conclude with this prescription:

    Mr. Trump’s corrosive influence on his party would fill a book. It hasin factfilled several, as well as a slew of articles, social media posts and op-eds, written by conservatives both heartbroken and incensed over what has become of their party.

    But many of these disillusioned Republicans also acknowledge that their team has been descending into white grievance, revanchism and know-nothing populism for decades. Mr. Trump just greased the slide. “He is the logical conclusion of what the Republican Party has become in the last 50 or so years,” the longtime party strategist Stuart Stevens asserts in his new book, “It Was All a Lie.”

    The scars of Mr. Trump’s presidency will linger long after he leaves office. Some Republicans believe that, if those scars run only four years deep, rather than eight, their party can be nursed back to health. Others question whether there is anything left worth saving. Mr. Stevens’s prescription: “Burn it to the ground, and start over.”


  10. ParkHill says:

    Duly Noted:

    Brown UniversityRhodes Center for International Economics & Finance https://watson.brown.edu/events/2020/book-talk-dan-davies-lying-money-how-legendary-frauds-reveal-workings-our-world: 'Friday, October 16, 2020 12 p.m. – 1 p.m edt:

    Most white-collar crime works is by manipulating institutional psychology… creating something that looks as much as possible like a normal set of transactions. The drama comes later, when it all unwinds…. There are only so many ways you can con someone out of what’s theirs. In Lying for Money, veteran regulatory economist and market analyst Dan Davies tells the story of fraud through a genealogy of financial malfeasance, including: the Great Salad Oil swindle, the Pigeon King International fraud, the fictional British colony of Poyais in South America, the Boston Ladies’ Deposit Company, the Portuguese Banknote Affair, Theranos, and the Bre-X scam. Davies… shows how all frauds, current and historical, belong to one of four categories ("long firm," counterfeiting, control fraud, and market crimes) and operate on the same basic principles. The only elements that change are the victims, the scammers, and the terminology. Davies has years of experience picking the bones out of some of the most famous frauds of the modern age. Now he reveals the big picture that emerges from their labyrinths of deceit and explains how fraud has shaped the entire development of the modern world economy.

  11. kwtree says:

    Speaking of the West Wing show, a former Polster got their TV script published as a fundraiser. The premise is, “What if the West Wing characters reacted to the President’s diagnosis of Covid19?”

    It started out as a tweet …..and it’s pretty fricking hilarious.

    Proceeds to benefit the Center for Civics Education.

  12. MichaelBowman says:

    Let me fix that headline

    Republican National Committee chair warns of "most progressive, radical takeover recovery of our country" if Biden wins 


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