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May 21, 2021 06:43 AM UTC

Friday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.”

–Milan Kundera


26 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

  1. Those who live in or are visiting the Grand Junction area need to be aware of the rapidly increasing Covid case count in Mesa county. Nearly 700 new cases in the past 2 weeks. These cases include the variant from India and the “Bolsonaro” variant from Brazil.

    Sorry, no linky but the Daily Sentinel has a story by Charles Ashby.

    The problem is our pathetic vaccine response. Even Health Dept. Director Jeff Kuhr has lamented the unwillingness of locals to be vaccinated. He said, “It’s political”.

    1. "it's political….." Mr. Kuhr should be careful. Other local health directors around the country have been threatened for taking stands like that and many have left their jobs. We wish him well.

    2. I just got back from Utah and Texas.

      Everyone knows the pandemic is over, masks are only necessary for cowards, and the vaccine is a scam that the Simpsons knew about years ago.

    3. If you listen closely, I’ll bet you’ll hear that the reason for that pathetic vaccine response is  “really” because, “The front range is stealing all our water vaccine!” . . .

      (. . . when you’ve already got a working one-size-fits-all boogeyman, why reinvent the wheel?)


    1. VoteVets, a support group for veterans, has a new name for Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO).     “Hate Crime Hawley”

      He was the One in the 94-1 Senate vote approving the AAPI hate crimes bill.

      1. Reminds me of the time our favorite watermelon farmer from Wray was the lone, dissenting vote (99-1 in the combined chambers) in the legislature to divest from companies operating in Darfur.  I believe his direct quote was "it isn't government's business to tell a business how to operate" (even in light of the genocide).  

        If you haven't seen the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback, put it on your list.  We brought Brian Steidle to Colorado during that timeframe for three events showing the documentary and then a Q&A following with (then) Speaker Romanoff.  Great, informative events. 

  2. Funny how stories like this never made it into US history books.  It makes me think of my of my favorite quotes: 

    Until the lion tells her side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

    One of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — 107 years old — wants justice

    “I’m a survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre,” Viola Fletcher, 107, told members of a House Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday. “Two weeks ago, I celebrated my 107th birthday. Today, I’m visiting Washington, D.C., for the first time in my life. I’m here seeking justice and asking my country to acknowledge what happened in Tulsa in 1921.”

    Fletcher, her 100-year-old brother, Hughes “Uncle Red” Van Ellis, and a third survivor, 106-year-old Lessie Benningfield Randle, appeared before the subcommittee to push for reparations for one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.

      1. There's always a reason . . .

        History Can Be Erased. It Often Has Been.

        One of the most remarkable things about that massacre was the concerted effort by the city to erase it from history, and just how effective that campaign was.

        Now, to be sure, that massacre happened before the time of television, the internet, social media and cellphones. But, there were images, not to mention the scores of families who lost loved ones. There were graves.

        As The New York Times has reported:

        "After the massacre, officials set about erasing it from the city’s historical record. Victims were buried in unmarked graves. Police records vanished. The inflammatory Tulsa Tribune articles were cut out before the newspapers were transferred to microfilm.”

        The Times continued, “City officials cleansed the history books so thoroughly that when Nancy Feldman, a lawyer from Illinois, started teaching her students at the University of Tulsa about the massacre in the late 1940s, they didn’t believe her.”

        We sometimes underestimate human impulses and human nature when we simply assume that the memory of a thing, a horrible thing, will last forever.


        What to Know About the Tulsa Greenwood Massacre

  3. Liz Cheney’s wannabe GOP primary opponent self-immolated, admitting that he banged and impregnated a 14-year-old at age 18. Someone tell the Qs we’ve found yet another Republican child molester.

    This dipshit hasn’t (yet) trundled out the Roy Moore defense (“Whadaya mean, ‘child’? In the time of Jesus, 14 was middle-aged”). He’s thus far sticking with the Tale As Old As Time defense (“We were just like Romeo and Juliet”). They were kind of like Romeo and Juliet, except that in this case only the girl offed herself.

    At this point, dudebro seems unaware of his self-immolation. When he finally understands where that ghastly smell is coming from and steps aside, perhaps the Wyoming GOP can replace him with one of those fuckhead fertility docs who surreptitiously impregnate dozens of patients with his own jizz.

    1. In Wyoming (state motto: Baaaaa means Yes!) it’s unlikely there’s any sheep who make it to 14 . . .

      . . . Bouchard’s got nothing to be nervous about here yet — unless he’s caught saying something truthful about Ttump or January 6th.

      BTW how’d that Romeo and Juliet thing ever work out? — I mean for Romeo and Juliet? . . .

  4. An 18 year-old Impregnates a 14 year-old, then does what at that time was considered the right thing by marrying her?  And we are shocked, shocked.  My, my, we dimmycrats are paragons of chastity.

    This scum kisses Trumps ass and that is reason enough to condemn him.   I’ll save the moral outrage for the Gaetz’s of the world, whose statutory rapes occurred as a supposedly mature adult.

    1. He is a candidate. A righteous, hypocritical candidate. 

      I hope this ends his career. 

      Even 37 years ago, she was a minor. The "right" thing would have been to wait until she provided consent.

      1. I hope this ends his career.

        We'll see, I suppose. Dudebro is in the state legislature, but got elected long before the child rape came to light.

        I suspect Dio is probably right, though. The only unforgivables in the GQP are questioning the Old Incontinent Fat Guy and suggesting that the 1/6 "patriots" may have done something wrong.

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