Thursday Open Thread

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

–Arthur Conan Doyle

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is National Gummi Worm Day

  2. harrydoby says:

    Proof that if you come up with a fool-proof solution, Mother Nature will come up with a bigger fool.  Returning from a shopping trip just now, what did I see fluttering across 3 lanes of traffic, but a reusable shopping bag! 

    What did they do, put it on the roof of their car before driving off?

  3. 2Jung2Die says:

    Well, this might put a crimp in Kent Thiry's political future:

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Didn't Rick Scott serve as CEO of a health care provider not only indicted but found guilty only to run successfully for governor and senator?

      • JohnInDenver says:

        The story is clarified at PolitiFact

        if you don't want to go read it, the short summary:  The company under Scott billed various federal medical programs.  The company was indicted.  Scott stepped down.  The company eventually settled:  "Columbia/HCA agreed to pay $840 million in criminal fines, civil damages and penalties."

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        I did some super-quick googling, and also believe Scott was not indicted personally but the company of which he was the CEO was fined. From Wikipedia:

        Scott was pressured to resign as chief executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997. During his tenure as chief executive, the company defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. The Department of Justice ultimately fined the company $1.7 billion in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Just another day in America First land (and your daily reminder that Gaetz still sits on the House Judiciary Committee):

    Matt Gaetz hired legal firm used by Jeffrey Epstein and El Chapo, campaign report shows

    With his legal troubles still looming over him, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s campaign paid $25,000 last month to a law firm that represented convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Mexican drug lord El Chapo and former mobsters, according to his most recent campaign finance report.

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      If I know El Chapo, he's trying to distance himself from any association with those two!


    • JohnInDenver says:

      I'm thinking the Gaetz selection criteria focused less on El Chapo and [alleged] mobsters, more on the expertise developed with

      • Armand d’Amato – Lobbyist and Ex-U.S. Senator’s Brother
      • Kurtis Blow – Legendary Hip Hop Pioneer
      • Joseph J. Santopietro – Ex-Waterbury, CT Mayor Accused of Political Corruption
      • Malcolm Smith – State Legislator Accused of Trying to Bribe His Way into NYC Mayoral Race
      • MattC says:


        Gaetz is accused of sex with a minor and trafficing, because she was a minor.

        But sex with a minor hardly ever results in criminal conviction or even end of career. It would appear his best defense is the Judge Moore non-defense defense.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    BLOTD . . .

    (biggest laugh of the day) 

    That huge I-76 nutter billboard (on the north side of the interstate about halfway between Wiggins and Fort Morgan) which now reads:

    Ttump 2024

    Save America

    (Bright Ttump hat red background with white lettering)

    Someday I'd really like to thank that landowner for all the chuckles he's given me over the years!  This one is by far the best.

    • kwtree says:

      This one
      With the eastand west facing signs?

      If so, this is its latest iteration. It got vandalized so often that they were leaving the sign to deteriorate for a while. Last I saw a couple of years ago, it was “God bless the Americn flag”, which is fairly anodyne.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Not sure, dunno? Maybe.  

        This latest billboard is between Wiggins and Fort Morgan — probably 20ish miles east of Roggen?

        The “god bless . . . the flag” billboards are down.   Maybe god retired from the quilt-blessing business?

        • MichaelBowman says:

          You’re right, Dio.  A big belly laugh every time I drive by. They’re big enough you’d think they might be targets for MTG’s Jewish Space Laser villains? 

          I have a suggestion for their next version:

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