Memorial Day Weekend Open Thread

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  1. davebarnes says:

    Today (Saturday) is Composting Day

  2. Golden Girl says:

    Dems need a super majority (or at least 4 more) in the US Senate to make Mitch and Manchin irrelevant.  I don't know which one irritates me more.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Still peeved at Cal Cunningham.  If he'd kept his man parts where they belonged during the campaign he would have been North Carolina's junior senator and we'd only be negotiating with one of the two Dem roadblocks. 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      according to 270 To Win’s 2022 consensus assessment, to increase the Democratic majority,

      hold the 4 “Lean” D seats: AZ, GA, NH, NV.; others appear safe.

      pick up Republican seats, probably from the following 6:

      Tossup R:  NC, PA

      Lean R:  FL, WI

      Likely R: MO, OH

      the other 14 in regular rotation are listed as Safe R: 

      Candidates obviously make a difference, but do you see a path to get the 4 you say are needed?

      • ParkHill says:

        NC, PA & WI are possible. Forget MO and OH

        FL is only possible if a Cuban-american runs. You can't win FL without splitting the Cuban vote.

        The other thing that might happen is for the traditional Republican establishment to run spoiler candidates in order to kill off the GOP, either via write-ins or a new, "Conservative" Party. Liz Cheney has guts, and might be viewing the long-game. She's likely to lose in 2022, setting her up for the future, although 2024 is too soon of a future.

  3. skeptical citizen says:

    Remember the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    "Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them."

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Just finished the series Atlantic Crossing” on PBS that covered the relationship between FDR and Norway’s Princess Marta during WWII. Things we didn’t learn in high school history class! 

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Imagine being the kind of hatriot snowflake that thinks wearing a mask makes one 'de-humanized'?

  5. davebarnes says:

    Today (Sunday) is International Hug Your Cat Day

  6. Voyageur says:

    Today, May 30, is the true Memorial Day.  It is also Voyageur's birthday.  Our Pedo Viejo is 76.  He was born before the atomic age began, while World War II  was still raging in the Pacific.

    What a long, strange trip it's been.

  7. Mr. L. Prosser says:

    I play this every Memorial Day. A beautiful rendition

  8. kwtree says:

    Colorado GOP is asking DPS Director Tay Anderson to resign. The impetus for this is an accusation by Mary-Katherine Fleming , a.k.a. Mary Brooks Fleming, that 62 young people came to her and reported that they had been assaulted by Mr. Andeson.

    Not one single victim has come forward. No names, no dates, no specifics. Ms. Fleming claims that the reticence is due to the victims all being DACA recipients, or undocumented students. Police have not received any reports or accusations against Anderson. There was a previous allegation posted on a BLM page. Again, noname, no specifics, no police report.

    So the public is asked to believe that 62 young people came on their own to Ms. Fleming’s home, and confided to her about sexual abuse by Mr. Anderson. Ms. Fleming does not list Spanish, or any language except Russian, on her LinkedIn profile. She is a well-heeled professional fitness coach who lives in an upscale neighborhood. She is not a medical, educational, or any other kind  of mandatory reporter. Why would 62 Dreamers suddenly pop in to her lovely home and tell their stories to her? 

    Anderson has denied any wrongdoing. Fleming’s accusation does not pass the smell test. If it is completely false, she may well be criminally liable. 

    In any case, Anderson should not resign, He is too effective as a community advocate, speaking against testing overkill during COVID, and on other issues of ecucational equity. 

    Which, in my opinion, is exactly why he is being targeted with these clumsy accusations.

    If there are specifics to these charges, let Fleming bring them forward. Colorado GOP should stop trying to smear Anderson until or unless that happens. 

    UPDATE: Anderson says that he will “step back” from DPS Board duties until the investigation is completed.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      I’m not a fan of Tay Anderson. I think he got too much power and authority at a very young age without getting the maturity that life experiences will bring.

      At the same time, as a registered Republican, I find it very far fetched; and lacking in credibility; that 62 juveniles came to this woman with their stories. Why her? Equally not believable is that they’re all DACA recipients, or otherwise undocumented.

      Fleming has left herself open for a big time malicious slander lawsuit, which I would bring, after some dust settles, if I was in Anderson’s shoes.

      • davebarnes says:

        “as a registered Republican” is just sad

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Why is that, Barnes? I remain as a registered Republican and, among other reasons, my saying that allows this site to be able to say it’s not totally a stronghold for the far left. And I suspect that a lot of Republicans lurk around the edges here.

          • Duke Cox says:

            …and many "ex" Republicans,

            as well.

          • ParkHill says:

            Alan Wolfe (2004): A Fascist Philosopher Helps Us Understand Contemporary Politics: ‘Liberals think of politics as a means; conservatives as an end. Politics, for liberals, stops at the water’s edge; for conservatives, politics never stops. Liberals think of conservatives as potential future allies; conservatives treat liberals as unworthy of recognition. Liberals believe policies ought to be judged against an independent ideal such as human welfare or the greatest good for the greatest number; conservatives evaluate policies by whether they advance their conservative causes. Liberals instinctively want to dampen passions; conservatives are bent on inflaming them. Liberals think there is a third way between liberalism and conservatism; conservatives believe that anyone who is not a conservative is a liberal. Liberals want to put boundaries on the political by claiming that individuals have certain rights that no government can take away; conservatives argue that in cases of emergency … the reach and capacity of the state cannot be challenged… 

    • Duke Cox says:

       She is a well-heeled professional fitness coach who lives in an upscale neighborhood.

      Doesn't this description apply to another needy publicity hound we all know?

    • Genghis says:


      You never, ever, under any circumstances lead off a statement such as this with "unsubstantiated." Breathtakingly stupid.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        The statement reads like it was written by Anderson, NOT by an experienced attorney or public relations/crisis management professional. 

        What is NOT clear from media stories or Anderson's statement is what sort of investigation is going on.  Nor what "step away" means,

  9. kwtree says:

    Thank you Texas Democrats! 
    They blocked the voter suppression legislation by locking their desks( including voting keys), and forcing adjournment by walking off the floor en masse.

    Governor Abbott will have to call a special session now to get the election law bill done….so at least they’ll have some inconvenience and have to do it in the daylight. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      The next time the Texas legislature gets together to vote, there will be considerably more attention from the press. I applaud the Dems willingness to play hardball with the thugs running the Trumplican© party.

      The long-standing, poisonous, attack mode adopted by the RNC, then honed by the TFP (Trumplican© Fascist Party) has been successful in its efforts to alienate many voters since the effort began in earnest in the 1980s. Millions of Americans believe things about Democrats that simply are not true.

      The message machine created by the backroom operators of the GOP…Gingrich, Luntz, et al…was implemented on a national scale through a myriad of influences. The Evangelical christian community, also doing business as the American Taliban, has been one of the more effective means by which the fascist minds driving this insurrection have controlled the narrative and brought us here.

      The American people, however, are overwhelmingly behind the vision of the Democrats once they know and believe the truth of things. The Orange horde is peeling away at the edges. Trump is a loser. The TeaParty threw their support behind the Orange Phony because he promised them that he was the winner for whom they had prayed so devoutly. Every day more and more see the loser he is, and always has been.

      During the campaign, when promises are the only capital, he was able, with the help of an array of criminals, to sell his lies. But then…the dog somehow caught the car…and it was only then, the world found out what many already knew.

      That dog doesn’t know how to drive…and doesn’t want to.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        The narrative of Trump as "winner" is taking a beating.  A point I read at several places from mentions of an original story at TheWrap was that Trump's hour-long interview on NewsMax got less than half the audience of a repeat episode of a cooking show.

        the former president’s Tuesday interview on Newsmax. The one-hour sit-down with Steve Cortes and Jenn Pellegrino averaged just 295,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

        That’s less than half the eyeballs for a repeat of Food Network’s “Chopped,” which pulled in 651,000 on average in the midst of a multi-hour marathon of the cooking competition in the 9 p.m. timeslot.


  10. kwtree says:

    Ugh..will Idaho vote for Ammon Bundy for Governor? He thinks so….

    If he’s a convicted felon, wouldn’t Idaho need a “liberal” law to allow him to run for office?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Finally … someone who can deliver freedumb from tyranny in Idaho!! 

      Did those bootstrappers deadbeats ever pay their grazing fee?

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Bundy was acquitted for Malheur activity.  I don't think he was ever charged with anything around the earlier stand-off with federal agents.  And his most recent arrests for demonstrations are misdemeanors, as far as I know.

      I think Bundy would have bigger election problems due to his statements about the Latter Day Saints and his claim to be a "high priest."

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Any guesses whether Annond’s bid will be more successful than his brothers Nevada campaign? (how long before #PewPew gets the itch?)

      (from 2018)

      States’ Rights Rancher Ryan Bundy To Run For Nevada Governor

      Ryan Bundy, who was at the forefront of two armed confrontations between right-wing militia activists and the U.S. government over the past four years, said on Thursday he planned to run for Nevada governor on a states’ rights platform.

      Bundy, 45, said in a telephone interview he would mount a petition drive to qualify for the November ballot as an independent candidate, and canvass the state to gather support in “face-to-face conversations” with voters.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Once they’ve dined under the bright light psychosis of Newsmax, how you gonna’ keep an aspiring national disgrace down on the ptomaine grille??? . . . 

  11. MichaelBowman says:

    “The soul of America is animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts, which we’ve seen of late, and our better angels. Between 'Me first' and 'We the people.' Between greed and generosity."

    ~Joe Biden, Arlington National Cemetery 

  12. kwtree says:

    A furnace exploded at the Evraz Steel Mill in Pueblo on Saturday, injuring 8 workers. Two are still in the ICU and one is in a burn unit in Denver.


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