Weekend Open Thread

“The simple act of caring is heroic.”

–Edward Albert

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  1. Voyageur says:

    Why do the majestic mountains of western Colorado and the fertile plains of the east harbor so many men and women of staggering stupidity in the arenas of politics and culture?

    It was not always such.

    Conservatives like Bev Bledsoe and Dan Noble knew that conservatives conserve, they don’t destroy.

    Now the Age of the Imbeciles besets us.  Thinking of you, Reppy le Pew Pew.  

    Surely, someday the Hegelian dialectic will bring us new George Norrises and William Allen Whites.

    I probably won’t live to see it, but when the next Davis “Bloody Bridles” Waite rides to the capital, we can all thank the Dukes, the Gerties, the Bowmans and the rest who kept the faith and spread it gently in the years of our heartland’s intellectual abyss.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Leave it to you, V., to make me look up things. I knew nothing of Gov. Waite. A Republican governor supporting the unions AND womens’ sufferage. Ruffling feathers all around.

      And thanks for your kind words. To be included in a sentence with Gertie and Michael is undeserved, but much appreciated, praise. ☺

      • Voyageur says:

        Waite was a favorite of historian Page Smith in his majestic eight-volume Peoples History of the United States.  In general, he dismissed the state government in the Ludlow era as a "wholly owned subsidiary of the Rockefellers and Guggenheims."

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      I might be slightly Junger than some folk here, but I remember being impressed with the GOP's Norma Anderson – didn't always agree but thought she used logic and stood honorably for her opinions. And I know she's not rural. But these posts got me to look her up, and found that she left the GOP to become independent! https://coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/norma-says-no-to-gop,372724

      • Golden Girl says:

        Norma was always a highly independent Republican leader and wasn't afraid to work across the aisle.  Someone asked her once why she wasn't more conservative and she said: "because I'm an Eisenhower Republican."  Not one bit surprised she has left the Trumpsters now that he owns the spineless R's.

        • JohnInDenver says:

          There continues to be a notable trend in Colorado Republican voter registrations.  In seven months since 11/1/2020, there obviously is some list maintenance — but the loss among Republicans is 10 times what it has been for Democrats, and their loss and the gains in other registration groups shows they've lost an entire percent in the share of active voters. 

          The number of Unaffiliated continues to rise, gaining 80,000+ voters and 1.5% share among all Active registrations.

           

    • gertie97 says:

      Thanks for the mention, V.

      Noble, Tillie Bishop and Dave Wattenburg were others. In a way I'm glad they didn't live to experience QBert and other current idiots impersonating political leaders. When people ask me why the Western Slope is getting screwed by the guv and Front Range Democrats, I tell them it's because (with very few exceptions) we keep electing ignorant fools to the legislature.

      Along with Duke, I'd never heard of Gov. Waite. Thanks for steering me to learn about him. What a principled pistol he was!

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Thanks, V. Honored to be in the same sentence as Duke and gertie.  Another name that comes to mind is Bill Kaufman who represented Loveland back in the day. Also Bud Moellenberg (R-Joes) who represented us prior to Greg.  Jung is right, re: Norma Anderson. She was a special lady. 

  2. MattC says:

    Today is Ed Snowden remembrance day.

     

    June 5, 2013

    "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily"

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order

     

     

     

    • harrydoby says:

      Hmmpf — too bad they won't use that information and do a better job tracking down the spammers that call my cell phone incessantly and put them out of business!

      • MichaelBowman says:

        I'm on the ATT network and have experienced a dramatic increase in spam texts.  They've launched a new text feature recently that lets me mark the text as spam.  I opted into Call Protect and it identifies calls as likely spam risks and then I can block them. The spammers have become quite adept at masking their calls with my area code and prefix that makes it look like it's from someone in the hood. 

        It's all annoying but at least these tools provide options. I'm still waiting for the chip that was in my Moderna vaccine to activate so I'll I have to do is think about blocking an incoming number and it automatically executes! 

  3. davebarnes says:

    Today (Sunday) is National Cancer Survivors Day. A personal favorite of mine.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    “…and a majority of 5-year olds believe in Santa”

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    “I like Presidents who actually know how to wear pants.”

    ~Somebody. Probably. 

    This was just the chuckle I needed this Sunday morning.  Grumpy McTurd has moved into a new phase of life.  

    Did Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have Already Begun

    Posting a clip of Trump moving away from the podium, one person honed in on that fact that there appeared to be no zipper on the front of his pants. “Others are noting this, but it can’t be shared enough: Donald Trump gave his big speech today with his pants on backwards,” New York Daily News contributor Brandon Friedman wrote. “Look close and tell me I’m wrong.”

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Antifa landed on the beaches of Normandy 77 years ago today.

    • Voyageur says:

      My father in law was a combat engineer in Normandy.

      It left its mark.

      Long after, my brother in law found him in his truck in their garage, sobbing: ” All that blood.  All that blood. “

      At least, WW2 was necessary, unlike Vietnam, which was just a mistake.  But the price was very high.  The Soviet Union alone lost an estimated 27 million — 13 million military and 14 million civilian — lives, to the nazi beasts that so many Trumpers now glorify.

  7. JohnInDenver says:

    And while some were storming beaches, others — like my Dad — were flying out of Italy to degrade German capabilities — especially oil out of the Balkans and German aircraft production.

    The Fifteenth [Air Force] did at least its part in the war, consistently doing more than expected, taking the air war to the Axis factories and refineries beyond the reach of Britain-based aircraft. Most importantly, the pilots of the Fifteenth in the spring and summer of 1944 turned off the Wehrmacht’s Balkan oil taps, wrecking the Ploesti refinery complex in Romania with strategic effects felt throughout the theater.

    No key date for the effort — just a slog to prepare air bases; get enough crew, planes and bombs in place; and flying missions to Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, France, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Poland, and Yugoslavia.

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    American Legion official resigns over censored Memorial Day speech

    A top official of an American Legion post in Ohio resigned after he and a colleague reportedly censored a Memorial Day speech that mentioned how Black people spearheaded the earliest commemoration of the holiday on record.

  9. kwtree says:

    Big oil pad fire near Bennet yesterday; it burned trucks and equipment, but thankfully, no people. It’s the third major oil well/tank/pad fire I know of this year; ( the others were at Fort Lupton and Brighton).

    No word from the Guv on how his “honor system” plan for air quality and climate change containment in Colorado will cope with these oil industry related fires and accidents. The industry agreed to make public health and environmental quality a priority; there are no significant penalties for not doing so.   I suspect it will take a tragedy before real penalties and meaningful rules are implemented. 

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