Wednesday Open Thread

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

–Soren Kierkegaard

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is Root Canal Appreciation Day 

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    What could possibly go wrong? 

    Glenn Youngkin, Trumpist Businessman Backed by Religious Right, Wins GOP Nomination for Virginia Governor

    Glenn Youngkin, who made a fortune at the massive private equity firm Carlyle Group and has never held public office, claimed the Republican nomination for this year’s Virginia gubernatorial race on Monday night. Youngkin, who poured millions of dollars of his own money into his campaign, embraced former President Donald Trump and promoted the Republican “election integrity” agenda that is grounded in Trump’s lies about a stolen election. Youngkin’s campaign touted endorsements by Sen. Ted Cruz and religious-right activists.

    • harrydoby says:

      I suppose his campaign slogan will be something like "Up with Theocratic Dictatorships!  If you can't bend democracy to your own will, what good is it anyway?"

    • JohnInDenver says:

      I read today that Youngkin won the nomination (emerging ahead of 6 other candidates from a dubious "drive in" convention, which the WAPO described as "a complicated, ranked-choice balloting process that slowly whittled down the field from seven contenders." ["About 30,000 registered delegates cast ranked-choice votes at 39 locations around the state Saturday."  "Youngkin led in each round, but never with more than about a third of the vote in early rounds of counting."]

      After Youngkin won, Trump endorsed him.


  3. Pseudonymous says:

    For Mr. Bowman. The phase out is BS, but one takes what one can get:

    HB21-1312: Insurance Premium Property Sales Severance Tax

    Currently, the first 300,000 tons of coal produced in each quarter is exempt from the property tax. There is also a tax credit equal to 50% for coal produced from underground mines and another credit in the same amount for lignitic coal. Beginning with the 2022 taxable year, section 11 phases out the quarterly exemption and both tax credits. The additional severance tax that results from these changes is credited to the just transition cash fund under section 12.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    QOTD . . .


    “There was an undisciplined mob. There were some rioters, and some who committed acts of vandalism. But let me be clear, there was no insurrection and to call it an insurrection in my opinion, is a bold faced lie. Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol, and walk through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures, you know,” he continued.

    “If you didn't know that TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” Clyde said.

    . . . comments by Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., during a House Oversight Committee.

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