Weekend Open Thread

“Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.”

–John Russell

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  1. Duke Cox says:

    Anyone still believe the word "nefarious" does not apply to the actions of the 45th president?

    • Voyageur says:

      Nefarious and Stinky both apply!

    • The realist says:

      After all the unnecessary deaths from COVID-19, the heartbreaking "orphaning" of children at the border (we'll never know the true number), the grifting, the destruction of environmental protections, and on and on, it would be a staggering new crime if this country does not hold Trump and all his accomplices accountable for the massive damage they have done. 

      • Duke Cox says:

        I am with you…

        The American people must demand it. This is our chance, as citizens, to show the world how to deal with petty tyrants and would-be dictators.

        Donald Trump and his family should be prosecuted for the crimes against humanity that have been committed at their behest, or by themselves personally. Sedition, conpiracy, fraud, extortion, among many others. 

        Just as Americans would not kowtow to King George…we must now hold the Orange King and his accomplices to account for their crimes against our constitution.

        • harrydoby says:

          Like Al Capone, Trump may never be tried for his crimes against humanity (that would be characterized as political persecution by the RWNJ media), so getting him on all his financial crimes should be equally effective in putting him either or both in bankruptcy and jail, plus instead of being a political martyr to the Right, he would be humiliated as a common criminal.

          And if some of his lackeys in his administration can be prosecuted for financial corruption or influence peddling, that would be an added bonus.

  2. Genghis says:

    Who could have foreseen that being a half-assed college football coach might not fully prepare one for the U.S. Senate (or a middle school government class even)?

    “Yeah and that’s how our government was set up. You know, our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three of branches of government. It wasn’t set up that way, our three branches, the House, the Senate and executive."

    Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-moron)

    Here's hoping Doug Jones gets a prominent position in the Biden administration.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Hey…he was probably a football player in school…so he didn't have to go to history class. 

      And in modern politics, quality is no longer the most sought after characteristic. It is ratings that count.

      Honestly, when I read the quote to my Cat, she thought it was from the mouth of our home town girl, "Calamity Jane Bqebert"

      • JohnInDenver says:

        Politics is increasingly like sports — people continue to back their team unless there is some incredibly disqualifying element to character or capability.  Even then, many will accept problems as "youthful indiscretions," "isolated incidents," "unimportant in the bigger scheme of things," and the like.

        Loyalty and commitment to the team matter much more than other elements. If that wasn't the case, there would have been no comparison and no contest with the primary between Sessions and Tuberville. Or between Tuberville and Jones.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      He would also benefit from a WWII history refresher course.  At least we’re no longer dealing with the guy named after a Civil War figure – that’s progress, eh? 

    • MADCO says:

      Well- that's not really fair. He hasn't been sworn in yet

  3. kickshot says:

    Victory!!!

    Alexander Vindman Joins the Lawfare Team

     

    The Pritzker Military Foundation today announced the appointment of Alexander Vindman as its first Pritzker Military Fellow, based at Lawfare. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and former member of the National Security Council staff joins the Lawfare team for a two-year fellowship, during which he will write a book, complete a dissertation and do a variety of other public speaking, teaching and writing.

  4. davebarnes says:

    Pols,
    Please fix the login issue.
    Thanks

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    As the COVID cases increase again, I wish some restaurants (and other places) would get very strict. Take the temperature of everyone entering (staff & customers) and quiz them. Enforce masking and distancing as best as possible among staff in the back rooms.

    Medical practices (most anyways) do all that. And in a place where there's the possibility of a major breakout, they appear to be minimizing transmission. We could do a lot better in retail.

    It doesn't even have to be required, just define a standard and the businesses that want to advertise they are following the standard. I'd go to restaurants that did this.

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    Magellan Strategy's Colorado 2020 Ballot Return Report — with the following comments on November 9. :

    As of this afternoon there have been 3,303,089 ballots returned statewide in Colorado. Democrats currently have a lead of 80,808 votes over Republicans, while Unaffiliated voters are the largest voting subgroup. It should be understood that these are not the final turnout figures. Updates may slowly trickle in.

    • 942,225 Republicans have voted, 91.8% of all active registered Republicans in the state. 
    • 1,023,033 Democrats have voted, which is now 90.8% of all active Democrats in the state. 
    • 1,285,979 Unaffiliated voters have voted, which is 83.5% of all active Unaffiliated voters statewide. 

    Huge turnout for Unaffiliated voters, and even with the highest turnout rate, Republicans finish in 3rd place.

    -Ryan Winger, Magellan Strategies

  7. harrydoby says:

    At least one guy in the Trump White House is having fun in the last weeks!

    Over the past week, President Trump has axed his defense secretary and other top Pentagon aides, his second-in-command at the U.S. Agency for International Development, two top Homeland Security officials, a senior climate scientist and the leader of the agency that safeguards nuclear weapons.

    Engineering much of the post-election purge is Johnny McEntee, a former college quarterback who was hustled out of the White House two years ago after a security clearance check turned up a prolific habit for online gambling.

    A staunch Trump loyalist, McEntee, 30, was welcomed back into the fold in February and installed as head of personnel for the Trump White House.. Since the race was called for President-elect Joe Biden, McEntee has been distributing pink slips, warning federal workers not to cooperate with the Biden transition and threatening to oust people who show disloyalty by job hunting while Trump is still refusing to acknowledge defeat, according to six administration officials.

    More firings are expected, White House and agency officials said, including a top cybersecurity official whose agency on Thursday disputed Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud. While the motives are not always clear — is the White House pursuing last-minute policy goals or simply punishing disloyalty? — critics say the dismissals threaten to destabilize broad swaths of the federal bureaucracy in the fragile period during the handover to the next administration.

    Yup, Trump only hires the best!

    McEntee is not just firing people. The Pentagon general counsel this week hired former Republican operative and political appointee Michael Ellis as general counsel of the National Security Agency, making him a civilian member of the senior executive service. That gives Ellis civil service protections that will make it hard for Biden’s team to push him out. Several officials said McEntee also wants to help campaign allies secure jobs in the White House.

    Some officials said they worry the new hires could destroy briefing documents prepared for the incoming Biden administration.

  8. RepealAndReplace says:

    MSNBC reports that "hundreds" of Trump supporters took to the streets of DC to celebrate the "Million MAGA March" today.

    • kickshot says:

      from Daily Beast:

      "Let’s just call what happened in Washington, D.C. today yesterday what it was: An anti-democracy protest by an assortment of white supremacists, violent fascists, and conspiracy nuts. They came to town to collectively demand the disenfranchisement of more than 78 million Americans, Joe Biden voters, and to reaffirm that “legal votes” can only be cast by white folks outside of miscegenated cities."

  9. RepealAndReplace says:

    It isn't the Colorado GOP, but can anyone seriously doubt that the Party of Neville and the Party of Buck wouldn't try this here……

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/outrageous-republicans-blasted-for-alerting-only-gop-side-about-covid-cases-in-minnesota-senate/ar-BB1b142X?ocid=msedgntp

     

     

  10. MichaelBowman says:

    It’s the battle for the soul of MAGA (well, maybe more like whack-a-mole). Zero sum. We lose a Koch, gain a Mercer..

    Parler, Backed by Mercer Family, Makes Play for Conservatives Mad at Facebook, Twitter

    As Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have taken a harder line against unsubstantiated claims of a stolen presidential election, prominent conservatives on both platforms have responded with anger and a frequent retort: Follow me on Parler.

  11. Duke Cox says:

    A special shout out to all those GOP senators and congressmen who have asked their Democratic colleagues to congratulate president-elect Joe Biden…

    Fuck you, you chickenshit cowards. 

  12. Early Worm says:

    Trump admits this morning, in a tweet, that Biden won: "He won because the Election was Rigged." This was in response to a Fox News idiot tweeting that Biden's win "just doesn't feel right."

    After 4 years of "f*** your feeling," Trump and his ass suckers are telling us he won because it doesn't feel right for him to lose. 

  13. harrydoby says:

    Guaranteed to raise your blood pressure:

    It turns out there was a coordinated attack on the 2020 election after all. It began several years ago and accelerated in the last several months. Now that Election Day has passed, it has launched into overdrive.

    Its weapons are baseless insinuation and evidence- free charges, deployed solely to sow chaos and undermine the results of a free and fair election — one that produced a clear winner and an even clearer loser. But the most dangerous attackers of American democracy aren’t the Russians or the Chinese. They are the leaders of the Republican Party.

     

  14. harrydoby says:

    This one should garner a guffaw or two — the travails of the Trump legal brain trust as they try to argue vote fraud in front of incredulous judges.  It ranges from absurd to just plain pathetic!

    Rather than revealing widespread — or even isolated — fraud, the effort by Trump’s legal team has so far done the opposite: It’s affirmed the integrity of the election that Trump lost. Nearly every GOP challenge has been tossed out. Not a single vote has been overturned.

     

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