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August 18, 2021 06:39 AM UTC

Wednesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.”

–Leon Trotsky


24 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

    1. Did you just discover that, Dave?

      Helium’s been around ubiquitously about 14 billion years now, since the early dawn of the universe . . .

      . . . it’s more like Dave’s Humans Finally Got a Clue Day?

      Same as every other day, except when they don’t . . .

  1. Thinking of the Census numbers … Washington Post had an article on critical infrastructure from years ago, and I-70 Vail Pass was a lead example. 

    When this stretch of I-70 was completed in the 1970s, only 2.2 million people lived in Colorado. Now 5.7 million do, a number that’s expected to grow by more than a third in the next three decades….

    State officials estimate that each hour [closed] results in $1 million in economic losses, and between 2014 and 2017 alone, the pass was shut down for 1,548 hours.

    Makes me wonder about the economic impacts of Glenwood Canyon being shut down. Anyone seen an estimate?

    1.  I am so not surprised by this. There is more money swirling around her than she’s ever seen in her life. Say I’m awful, but she’s really just poor white trash and I’m sure she couldn’t resist the temptation to feel wealthy.

      1. In general, I never liked the characterization white trash. 

        Poor seems accurate, and while I do not know that to be true, it seems likely. 

        Maybe she was inspired by Duncan Hunter's pardon. 


          1. You are seeing it here. I grew up in trailer parks and rural small towns in Kentucky. As a small child (4th grade and earlier) we lived in mostly rural areas around Atlanta, Ga. Then to the enlightened turf of eastern Kentucky in the early 1960s

            My “white trash” kinfolk look down at the Indian side of the family…can you believe it? Muy confundito para mi.

        1. There a whole lot of poor folks who aren’t trash, and lots of trashy folks who aren’t poor, and melanin has nothing to do with it.  The racial connotation bothers me most with that phrase, because of what it does, and doesn’t, seem to imply (i.e., that it’s somehow notable, or an exception, that a white person can be trashy, and also …).

          Perhaps we can all agree the Qpė was raised poor, and that she enjoys spending her desperately emotionally needy adulthood wallowing in dumpsters???

  2. The one person that seems to go unscathed in this Tina Peters and Lauren Q-bert debacle is Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland.  She took great pride in supporting both, particularly Calamity Jane.  I keep wondering when some deep diving reporter will do their archive search and write a story.  Too much to ask of the Sentinel but I have to hope their are others curious enough to do the job.

  3. Recently, I attended a fundraiser for Michael Bennet.  I had the chance to ask him privately if he would support breaking the filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation, particularly the voter nullification laws whereby GOP legislatures can determine for themselves who won their state’s federal elections.  He was completely on board.  Then, I asked about John Hickenlooper.  Michael said Hickenlooper was cagey about this.  But, he looked me in the eye and said Hick would be on board, too.

    Well, since then Hick penned an op-ed in the Denver Post heralding the return of bipartisanship because the Senate passed the $1 trillion infrastructure bill with GOP support.  Hick suggested that everything is rosy again in DC and that bipartisanship reigns supreme!

    I call bullshit, particularly when it comes to the upcoming voting rights bills.  Here is my letter to the editor published today in the Denver Post:


    Our junior senator, John Hickenlooper, believes passage of a budget busting $1 trillion infrastructure bill shows that bipartisanship can still be achieved.  I disagree.

    There is no easier vote than for a politician to give free things to his or her constituents without paying for it.  The true test for the Senate will come when voting rights legislation is considered.  Congress must overrule state voter nullification laws that allow GOP state legislatures to take federal election certification out of the hands of election officials.  If such laws were in place in 2020, then Donald Trump would be president today since these legislatures still believe the Big Lie that the election was stolen from him.  And, Hickenlooper would be a minority member of the Senate.  We must ask Hickenlooper if he will support a carve out of the filibuster rules to retain election control with qualified state election officials.

    Bipartisanship is a laudatory goal, but not when the very foundation of our democracy is at risk.

    Now is the time to contact Hickenlooper and demand that he support carving out the filibuster rules regarding voter nullification legislation, at the least.  Maybe raising alternatives (Neguse and Crow come to mind) might focus his attention. 

    Democracy is truly facing an existential threat.

  4. I'm sitting in a diner in California's central valley and in the booth next to me are five elderly gentlemen, two wearing the red hat.  Did you know that the western drought is a construct of the western Democrat governors who have destroyed 400 dams in the west – all to exasperate the dwindling water supplies – just so they can fine people for using the water?

    This is why we can't have nice things. 

  5. The US recorded 1,055 (largely preventable) COVID deaths today — the first time the death toll has exceeded 1,000 deaths/day since March. 


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