Weekend Open Thread

“The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth.”

–Pierre Bayle

24 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    The past week saw a fair amount of economic news breaking.  I followed the lead of someone on a different board and went to look at what the US Department of Labor was saying about Colorado’s unemployment.  Like the national report, it isn’t ideal, but a HUGE improvement over a year ago.

    Initial Claims Filed During Week Ended April 24

    Colorado

    Advance….Prior Wk…..Change

    5,737……..6,741………-1,004

    Insured Unemployment For Week Ended April 17

    Advance…..Prior…….WkChange

    63,301…….63,456…..-155

  2. Duke Cox says:

    An interesting quote this morning, Alva. 

    It got me to thinking about a conversation I had last night on facebook with a former executive for a newspaper here on the western slope. The subject was the inherent cronyism in the hiring by Colorado Mesa University of long time employee, John Marshall, to replace outgoing president Tim Foster.

    He ended his comments with a blanket assertion that there were 4 different truths at play. This is, fundamentally, impossible. 

    By asserting that there is more than one truth, you then give yourself the ethical and moral leeway to pick the one you like. I expected better from this professional, but political survival in this area pushes many into illogical positions.

    How did what’s his name say it…? SAD!

  3. davebarnes says:

    Today (Saturday) is International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day 

  4. Genghis says:

    We totally missed Confederate Heritage Month, you guys. It ended yesterday.

    By way of belated "celebration," let us honor the memory of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing. Despite suffering mortal wounds, he stayed with his artillery battery and continued turning Confederates into pink mist during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg right up to the time he died.

    • Voyageur says:

      “That’s the best thing to do with them! “

      –Douglas MacArthur, upon being warned that his troops had just killed a Japanese sniper where he was visiting.

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    Just went to see a COVID site I visit:  https://91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/  Among the visualizations possible, new cases per week normalized to a population of 100,000.  

    In the past 4 weeks, Colorado has risen from 22.4 to 30.3.  We are #2 now, trailing only Michigan — but it is dropping quickly from 58.9 to 42.7.   The US as a whole moved from 19.6 to 15.3.

    Here's hoping the race to vaccinate will being having a greater impact sometime soon.

     

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Who's going to break this to Moddy? 

    Koch-backed group joins marijuana push after Zoom with Snoop Dogg

    The idea for the Cannabis Freedom Alliance sprouted from a Zoom call between Angelos, Snoop Dogg and Koch last summer. Koch expressed support for legalizing all drugs, to the surprise of Angelos.

    “I had known that his position on drugs was very libertarian,” Angelos said. “I just didn't know that he supported the legalization of all drugs.

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    My vote is for old, white southern men whose ancestors were slaveholders to sit in the back row and practice the art of being silent. 

    McConnell wants '1619 Project' removed from federal grant programs

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday headed a letter sent to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to remove The New York Times's "1619 project" from federal grant programs.

    The "1619 Project" was started by the New York Times in 2019, aimed at highlighting American history since the first slave ship arrived in the American colonies in 1619 and exploring the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.

    McConnell's letter contends that the project has been criticized by historians and serves to “double down on divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda.”

     

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?

    During the 19th century, college education in the United States was offered largely for free. Colleges trained students from middle-class backgrounds as high school teachers, ministers and community leaders who, after graduation, were to serve public needs.

    This free tuition model had to do with perceptions about the role of higher education: College education was considered a public good. Students who received such an education would put it to use in the betterment of society. Everyone benefited when people chose to go to college. And because it was considered a public good, society was willing to pay for it—either by offering college education free of charge or by providing tuition scholarships to individual students.

    Of course, it would be a bunch of white, rich, frathouse rats that would screw it up: 

    The perception of higher education changed dramatically around 1910. Private colleges began to attract more students from upper-class families—students who went to college for the social experience and not necessarily for learning.

    This social and cultural change led to a fundamental shift in the purpose of a college education. What was once a public good designed to advance the welfare of society was becoming a private pursuit for self-aggrandizement. Young people entering college were no longer seen as doing so for the betterment of society, but rather as pursuing personal goals: in particular, enjoying the social setting of private colleges and obtaining a respected professional position upon graduation.

  9. MichaelBowman says:

    The upcoming “what do sane people think of *ucker?” focus group is gonna be lit. It’s almost as if he forgot Luntz is a Republican icon?

    PS: Democrats need our own version of Frank.

    • MattC says:

      "… random people yammering…"

      Yeah, I feel like Carlson knows about that.

       

      As for the Democratic Luntz – concur. Not me, someone way smarter. And someone not aiming to hold office.

       

       

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I guess I’m at the age that, when I wake up in the morning, the very first question I usually ask myself is, “How can I get out of this damn bed without hurting myself”? . . .

      . . . I can only imagine that folks like Tucker (thankfully, there’s not all that many) must wake up and ask themselves first, “What’s the dumbest fucking thing that I can do/say today”?

    • ParkHill says:

      Rachel Bitecofer?

      She's the political scientist who had the insight about partisan alignment dominating persuasion, which explained Democratic success in Virginia and also the Democratic dominance in 2018.

      She is building an anti Republican PAC called "StrikePac".

      • JohnInDenver says:

        Biecofer has the polling background and seems to have chosen a side.  She'd need to jettison some of the academic impulses and amp up the pr game to have a similar impact. 

        I can't think of a single pollster with a similar level of clout among Democratic campaigns and organizations. 

        It would be great if J. Ann Selzer and her enthusiasm for getting things right would have a political clone, someone wanting to work beyond an Iowa & journalism focus.

  10. davebarnes says:

    Today (Sunday) is International Scurvy Awareness Day 

  11. MichaelBowman says:

    Where to next, Big Little Dan??  CO-3 calling? 

  12. MichaelBowman says:

    So we're having a War on Dandelions now?  For all the "military-family values" crowd, the emblem of the military child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will always plant roots and blossom wherever it lands.

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