Monday Open Thread

“Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.”

–Adrienne Rich

24 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MattC says:

    Just now catching up on the Sunday shows. I know Republicans understand how dumb the public is.

    But do they also believe we have no memory? Vaccines and distancing work, but individual choice and individual responsibility mean freedom.

    So Americans have to choose between freedom or public health.

    Wash your hands.

    Get vaccinated – even if you had it.

    Wear a mask – even if no one tells you to.

    Remain distanced.

    Denver police and others claiming that the individuals should be trusted to make their own choice should resign their jobs if their “choice” is to risk public health.

    Be part of the solution, or admit you do not care that you are part of the problem.


  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Mike has a good opinion piece in The Colorado Sun. I’m in the camp of respect the damage Mitch can do as he wields his minority rule power, but stop being scared of him. 

    Littwin: Why would McConnell give Biden a victory on infrastructure? If you’re not suspicious, you’re not paying attention

  3. kwtree says:

    Dr. Jason Johnson has an insightful take on the Ohio primary race: it wasn’t a progressive vs establishment proxy race – Shontel Brown won because she was a better candidate.

    Nina Turner raised $4.5 million in campaign funds to Brown’s $2 million and while outside groups spent slightly more on pro-Brown advertising, Turner had been on the air much longer so the air war was basically a wash. The truth is, had Turner kept the race about fighting crime in Ohio City and PPP loans for failing businesses in Tower City, Jim Clyburn would’ve never driven into Cleveland in a caravan like a Democratic King Jaffe Joffer with the entire CBC in tow. 

    Turner didn’t lose because of “dark money,” she lost because local voters don’t live their lives on Twitter, don’t read puff pieces in The New York Times and didn’t want the Progressive Establishment carpetbagging into town and telling people how to vote. Not to mention, Shontel Brown is actually a pretty darn good public servant.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      For me, Jason Johnson is one of the best outside speakers who appears on the evening shows on MSNBC. I like his approach, and his work ethic in knowing his stuff.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Yesterday was a momentous day for yours truly. I climbed Longs Peak, as a day hike, on August 8, 1988, or 8-8-88. Started at 3:15 AM from the Longs Peak Ranger Station and returned at 5:15 PM. Did 16 miles round trip and 4,800′ of vertical gain. Drove home and “rested at my desk,” at work the next day.

    It was a perfect weather day. I recall it as a Monday and there still were 40 people on the mountain. I’m not sure I’d want to try Longs now on any day. Too many people, who don’t know what they’re doing, kicking rocks down.

    • ajb says:

      Give it a couple of years. Once people realize that all that outdoor activity involves work and getting hot, sweaty, and sore, they’ll slow down and go back to weekends in Las Vegas with Mai Tais by the pool. Backcountry crowds will thin out and you’ll get great deals on lightly used outdoor gear. 

      In the meantime, climb a 13er and travel the road even less well travelled.

    • unnamed says:

      In addition, I would worry about the AQI right now.  We had been checking and it was worse in the mountains than along the front range this past weekend.

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        I climbed a 13er after the Hayman Fire in 2002, and have vivid memories of climbing through and eventually looking down on a stratified layer of fairly dark smoke. Smarter people might have turned back at that point.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Statement from Colorado Secretary of State’s Office Regarding Official Order to Mesa County


    DENVER, Colo- Today, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office issued an Order in response to a potential chain-of-custody and security protocol breach for Mesa County’s voting system components.

    Several items were published online that constituted a breach in the security protocols for Mesa County voting system components. The posted images depict the BIOS passwords specific to the individual hardware stations of Mesa County’s voting system. The public disclosure of the BIOS passwords for one or more components of Mesa County’s voting system alone constitutes a serious breach of voting system security protocols, as well as a violation of Election Rule 20.6.1. This breach in security protocol has not created an imminent direct security risk to Colorado’s elections, and did not occur during an election.

    It is likely from the content of the social media postings that this sensitive information was collected during the limited access trusted build installation in Mesa County on May 25, 2021. The collection and dissemination of this information during the trusted build installation violated security protocols and Department of State rules governing the process.

    In response to this breach in protocols, the Secretary of State’s office has sent an Order requesting inspection of election equipment and other relevant materials to the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, these violations may result in the decertification of the voting systems in Mesa County.

  6. MattC says:

    The IPCC report is clear: nothing short of transforming society will avert catastrophe

    All serious media conclude essentially the same.



  7. kwtree says:

    If you have the stomach for it, Reppy le PewPew did a 3 part interview with Dinesh D’Souza, a long time right wing propagandist. 

    Everything she says can be understood in terms of projection: authoritarianism, partisanship, blame for January 6 are all Democrat’s or Pelosi’s fault.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Just like an Olympic participant will always be referred to formally as Olympian <name>, shouldn't Dinesh always be referred to as Trump-pardoned Dinesh D'Souza? 

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