Friday Open Thread

“I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy–but that could change.”

–Dan Quayle

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  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is World Semicolon Day; just for V.

  2. Golden Girl says:

    Calamity Jane tweeted this morning after the Fedex shootingthat "mass shootings are illegal."  Gosh, I didn't know.  Did you?

     

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Those who fail to learn the lessons of history . . . 

    F.D.R. Didn’t Just Fix the Economy

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/opinion/fdr-new-deal.html

    . . . and why today’s fascists GOPers are so eager to sell you alternative facts, and “prove” that democratic government can’t work.

    • MattC says:

      Back when I started voting the responsible Republicans had long since accepted that FDR saved American democracy.* There were some Birchers where I grew up, but we all thought they were crazy. Like KKK and other unhinged righties. 

      I left the party after Perot and Obama was the best president I ever got to vote for. 

      I miss Eisenhower, if Ike was even real. 

       

       

      *https://youtu.be/herczHmAyno?t=100

       

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Thoughts and prayers…

    Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 Million

    The new suit, which alleges breach of contract and fiduciary duty, claims that Mr. Falwell withheld scandalous and potentially damaging information from Liberty’s board of trustees, while negotiating a generous new contract for himself in 2019 under false pretenses. Mr. Falwell also failed to disclose and address “his personal impairment by alcohol,” the suit alleges.

  5. Meiner49er says:

    Yet another case of cops gone wild right here in Colorado. Likely just the tip of the iceberg.

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      That's someone's sweet old grandma for Pete sakes, and she's obviously disoriented and scared.  A little common sense would dictate that she is no threat, and doesn't need to be manhandled (which resulted in her being injured). What she needed was help. Is this really an appropriate proportional response to Wally being out 14 bucks?  That cop is a condescending smug asshole who needs to be fired.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        The Walmart employee got the shoplifted items back according to the reporting last evening on 9 News.

      • kwtree says:

        The mentally ill are always an easy target for bullies, in and out of uniform. 
        1/4 to 1/2 of police fatalities are folks with disabilities. It’s why we need to re-imagine policing , bringing in other first responders when there isn’t imminent danger to the public.

        • NOV GOP meltdown says:

          Agree kwtree.  This would have been an ideal situation for another type of first responder.

          • Voyageur says:

            Read the article:It stresses the need to treat the mentally ill BEFORE they get into violent interactions with police.

            The other night my son-in-law responded to a huge naked guy with a knife in the middle of a street threatening people.  They successfully disarmed him.  I doubt highly that one of your beloved social workers could have done so well.  

            • notaskinnycook says:

              Boy, are you ever wrong on this one, V. I don’t know where your kids live, but a STAR team could most likely have talked the guy down and gotten him the help he needed.                                     https://denverite.com/2021/02/02/in-the-first-six-months-of-health-care-professionals-replacing-police-officers-no-one-they-encountered-was-arrested/            

    • Genghis says:

      Yet another case of cops gone wild right here in Colorado. Likely just the tip of the iceberg.

      Great. Just great. Another police-public interaction that goes all Maslow's Hammer, except for real instead of as an explanation of a cognitive bias. Here's hoping Loveland pays through the nose and the cops lose every non-exempt asset they have.

  6. unnamed says:

    So, there is a new interactive map showing 2020 Presidential results by state legislative districts.  There were no Trump-Dem districts in Colorado for either chamber, though there were 2 Biden-GOP districts in the House: HD-22 and HD-43.  Both of these are kind of surprising to me.  In the Senate there are 3 Biden GOP districts:  SD-8 (a little surprising since it has been pretty Republican, though Polis carried it in 2018), SD-25 (no surprise), and SD-30 (very surprising).  

    Link below:

    https://cnalysis.com/maps/2020-presidential-by-legislative-district-and-most-recent-election-result/

    • Voyageur says:

      Your article talks about "troubled non-violent people," Cookie. If that's your definition of a naked man in the street with a knife, I hope I never meet a violent one.

      • notaskinnycook says:

        Paul Childs wasn't violent. He was disturbed and the cop who responded knew that. Yes, he had a knife, but probably wouldn't; have done any harm if a STAR team had responded rather than a cop who was just tired of dealing with him.  Read this, V :https://time.com/5955411/biden-police-reform/

        • Voyageur says:

          Again, a knife-wielding repeat offender like Childs can’t be confused with Gandhi.  The cop who killed him was suspended for violating standard procedure in those cases — primarily, if I recall, for not waiting for back-up. 

          There were two other cops at the scene with tasers. Indeed, Child’s family said he should have been tasered, not shot.
          But proper procedure, like my son in law and his back-up used, would have spared his life.  re-read the earlier article.  None of the Star offenders were armed or dangerous.  In many cases, the cops themselves called star.  That’s great, where appropriate.

          but siccing social workers on a knife-wielding thug like O.J. Simpson will just add to his body count.

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