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April 18, 2011 03:47 PM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • 49 Comments
  • by: Colorado Pols

“It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are.”

–O. Henry

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49 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. Josh Penry abandoned western Colorado long before he dropped out of the Governor’s race and finished his term as Senator (SD7)but he never really admitted how Denver-centric he’d become until now…


    PENRY: OUT OF THE CLOSET IN MY SUPPORT OF A DEMOCRAT

    Not a GOP in sight? Romer’s right pick as Mayor for center and right Denverites

    http://www.coloradostatesman.c

    So now you know – Penry is a full fledged Denverite and wanting to influence your local elections as he did ours.  Aren’t you lucky…

    1. really irritated me until I remembered that the only Republican to win more than 30% of our vote was Suthers (33%).

      That’s why there aren’t any Republicans running, Josh (I know, I hate Independents, too). Boo unions was a nice touch to prove how out of it you are.

      Now the bigger question: Who is GWB endorsing?

      1. for his failed bid for governor, I see.

        And awkward is exactly the word to describe the scene when I rolled into a fundraiser for Romer a couple months back – out of place, I was. I could feel the stinging glares of Romer’s young Democratic staffers, many of whom had probably posted all manner of ugly things about me anonymously on Colorado Pols.

        1. a thousand of us Romer-lovin’ staffers over here at stinging glare Pols.

          (And, we’re all lovin’ your endorsement.  That’s gotta be the best thing to happen for Chris since candy sprinkles.)

          1. Like any of us wouldn’t say (or haven’t said) these nasty things to his face. Our anonymity is important, but so is bitching at people who deserve it.

            Also, where’s my check? I still don’t have one from that other guy, now Romer’s supposed to be paying too? WTF?

        2. OK, I take back what I said about how he should never have been pushed out of the governor’s race because he was the best Republican candidate. Since he thinks we all just trash talk him around here, and he’s not going to bother figuring out whether or not he’s right before making the accusation, I’ll jump on the bandwagon: Penry’s father was a hamster and his mother smelt of elderberry. So there.

          1. the hamster spawn is totin’ an obvious grudge.  How many places on the http://www.interwiz can there be where no one says something “ugly” about Penry?  His Facebook page maybe?

            When JoP peers into a mirror and sees ugly, I’m guessing it’s probably not the mirror’s fault?

    1. First, it’s the publishers who are offering the eBooks in a lot of cases.  So unlike the newspaper industry, which is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to online content, the book publishers are at least still getting a piece of the pie with eBooks.

      Second, as you note, book publishers provide editing as part of the bargain, and professional book editors aren’t so easy to come by.  (Contrast to the music studios, whose sole contribution to music today is really the promotional / placement bit; artists can go get an independent sound engineer, can get their own CDs burned if need be – but the RIAA still has a pretty tight hold on distribution channels.)

      Some authors are escaping the arms of the publishers through eBooks, but it’s largely the well known authors who are able to do so successfully.

  2. …and while I could babble about Adobe PASS and Final Cut Pro X, the most remarkable exhibit I saw there was from the US Dept of Commerce.

    Considering that one of the few export surpluses we have is entertainment, and the fact that production geeks like me want those tach products from Japan to get here faster, I’m very impressed with the people manning the booth.

  3. It celebrates the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery under Pharaoh. Thousands of years later the Egyptian people, too, can celebrate getting out from under Pharaoh but their liberation is far from complete.  Here’s hoping that they will successfully complete their journey from slavery to freedom via the building of enduring democratic institutions including a constitution that guarantees civil rights and liberties and an independent judicial branch to protect those rights.

    And may relations between Jews and Egyptians one day be such that we can celebrate together, joining in repeating together the ancient Passover declaration “Once we were slaves and now we’re free” handed down over the millenia even to casual, liberal Jews like me.  Pretty cool to be part, and know that my son has been taught that he’s part, of that unbroken chain. Regardless of how much or little of the story is historic, the chain is real.  Happy Passover.

    1. I’m pleased she’s dating a Jewish person. I did too for seven wonderful years of my life.

      The 40 years in the desert was always a mystery to me, since the distance between Cairo and Jerusalem is about 275 miles.

      I very good Jewish friend of mine answered it over dinner recently. According to her, they stayed away from the promise land for more than a whole generation, so that those to be born in the Promised Land would have no vestige of slavery in their heart or soul.

      Thanks for the Passover post BC!

  4. and all of his previous diaries. Hmmm. I’m sure he’d like to delete all of his comments, too, but unfortunately for him, those remain.  

      1. Angry Hippie, AKA Hancock’s shill, had posted a diary about the Boignon endorsement. Big whoop. Most of the comments were about what a douche Angry Hippie is.

        1. He’s not a shill for Hancock. He’s pretending to be a shill for Hancock. To piss people off at Hancock. True, his efforts were crap and unsuccessful but props to a group of folks for trying, a group of folks that seem to know how to lose and lose often.  

          1. In how to be a not-as-bad shill. It’s bad enough they’re here, but do they have to be so OBVIOUS? That makes it no fun identifying their agenda.

  5. Editorial cartoonist at the Daily Prophet wins a well-deserved national award!

    Editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe of the D****r P**t has won this year’s Pulizter Prize for cartooning. He won the 2011 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition earlier this year so he is on a roll. His home paper reacts here.

    http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011

  6. I have barely read some of this but I don’t think that Dems in Colorado should ignore this information.

    This first link that I went to is:

    http://www.eclectablog.com/201

    I didn’t think that Michigan would start pushing elected officials out so quickly.  They are determined to make a lot of progress toward their radical agenda before they get pushed out!

    Then:

    Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here)

    http://scholarcitizen.williamc

    Lots of good information in the above link.  The comments section is very informative also.

    Then:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P

    Protest ALEC:

    http://seeyouincincinnati.com/

    My favorite Weyrich quote:

    “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”[30]

    It is more impressive in his own voice.  I have heard audio of that quote, and a video clip actually, and it gives you chills!

    That quote tells you why the Republicans try so hard to disenfranchise voters.

    1. Here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T

      “This essay is based on the belief that the truth of an idea is not the primary reason for its acceptance. Far more important is the energy and dedication of the idea’s promoters-in other words, the individuals composing a social or political movement…”

      “There will be three main stages in the unfolding of this movement. The first stage will be devoted to the development of a highly motivated elite able to coordinate future activities. The second stage will be devoted to the development of institutions designed to make an impact on the wider elite and a relatively small minority of the masses. The third stage will involve changing the overall character of American popular culture…”

      “Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions…”

      “We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment’s rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today’s American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.”

      “We must create a countervailing force that is just as adept as the Left at intimidating people and institutions that are used as tools of left-wing activism but are not ideologically committed, such as Hollywood celebrities, multinational corporations, and university administrators. We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths…”

      “We will be results-oriented rather than good intentions-oriented. Making a good-faith effort and being ideologically sound will be less important than advancing the goals of the movement…”

      “We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with the existing state of affairs. … contribute to a vague sense of uneasiness and dissatisfaction with existing society. … We need to break down before we can build up. We must first clear away the flotsam of a decayed culture.”

      “We need more people with fire in the belly, and we need a message that attracts those kinds of people…We must reframe this struggle as a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple terms…”

      1. They have been doing a really good job of this for the last 30 years!

        “We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment’s rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American.

        Keep pointing out what you consider the best info there.  It would probably take me forever to go through it and parse it out so if you read a lot of it, I would be interested in knowing what you thought was most important.

        1. These lines – When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today’s American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.” is downright frightening.

          Of course, this line – We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths…” is just as frightening.

          This line seems to advance abandoning morality and ethics – “We will be results-oriented rather than good intentions-oriented.

          Then there is the undeniable “at war” and agressiveness about the whole thing that is unnerving.

          Most important? I’ll let others weigh in on that!

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