Friday Open Thread

“To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.”

–John Burroughs

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is National Welsh Rarebit Day 

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    Pols could have taken today's quote from Wayne Williams quizzing Sherronna Bishop.  Using your imagination to analyze facts is the kind of thing Stephen Hawking would do.  Imagining facts without proof is what the majority of Republicans do.

  3. Voyageur says:

    The silence among Top Republicans is telling: Where is the rejoicing that they have outlawed abortion and are sending bounty hunters to attack American women?

    There have been more than 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade.  Okay, some women had multiple abortions.  Some of those women have since died.  Not all are registered voters, though that may change.  

    That is still a hellova lot of voters to sic your goons on!  And they have sisters, mothers, daughters and millions of men who symphathize  — they didn't get pregnant by themselves!

    You still think you are going to regain the House or Senate.  Keep all those legislators and governors?  After insulting 50 million women?

    This far-right victory is the stupidest thing since Pearl Harbor.

    The leader of that attack, Adm. Yamamoto, reportedly said afterwards: "I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

    Or, in this case, 50 million sleeping giants.

    After they crush Republicans in 2022, court-packing may not be so difficult after all.

     

     

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Turnout is everything, V. By this time next year, how many of those anti-right wing suburban women will even remember the Texas abortion law, unless extraordinary measures are taken?

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    So Texas thinks they’re clever. Don’t need legislators or courts to enforce the law. Turn enforcement over to vigilantes. Well, let’s extrapolate. What other laws touching on privacy and personal autonomy will “concerned citizens” now be empowered to enforce without the messiness of involving the courts?  Anyone? Beuller? Beuller?
    I just ran across a great quote from a story on The Hill “Cole Leiter, who served as communications director for the DCCC in the 2020 cycle, told the Morning Report. ‘When you attack that fundamental and established right you piss them off and remind them how much their health is at risk. Pissed off people vote, and they’re not confused about who pissed them off,’ Leiter added.

    • Genghis says:

      I wonder if a majority of SCOTUS would have had an easier time getting beyond its (feigned) procedural befuddlement if some state legislature had delegated to private persons enforcement of sweeping new restrictions on firearm use/ownership.

      lol j/k. Nothing to wonder about there at all.

      But yeah, this may just provide the Dems an eensy weensy, ever so minuscule hope of hanging onto Congress next year.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        That's the lemons to lemonade approach…..

        Just like Trump's bogus national emergency to allow him to divert $$$ from the military to his frigging wall, the left can and should start with a national handgun emergency declaration and/or giving individuals to bring civil suits against gun owners and manufacturers.

        Ditto, climate change.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Cook: also don't forget that once Roe is gone, many of the far right wing loony religionists already have their sights set on repealing Griswold and Eisenstadt. After all, in their warped reality, any form of birth control, including condoms, "interferes with creation of a baby."

      • notaskinnycook says:

        Don’t I know it! I don’t think that’ll be as easy a sale, even among a lot of not quite as loony religionists. Griswald’s as old as I am, that’s a long way to turn back the clock. Also, it interferes with a marriage But I am concerned about Eisenstadt.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Some days our Governor leaves me scratching my head . . .

    The Spot: Polis never wanted federal unemployment benefits

    “We would’ve loved as Colorado to use that money in some other way. And it could have been better used for almost anything — infrastructure investments, tax cuts,” he said at the conservative Steamboat Institute’s Freedom Conference last week.

    https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/02/the-spot-jared-polis-never-wanted-federal-unemployment-benefits/

    . . . perhaps one of us just really needs a long holiday weekend?

  6. Genghis says:

    Here's the latest from the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission.

    • ParkHill says:

      They’re trolling us. What are Communites of Interest?

      It seems bizarre to create districts that extend the Denver suburbs out into the rural areas.

      Neguse vs Boebert, as Boulder would be part of the NW CO-03, unless Boebert moves to Mesa County. 

      Fort Collins & Douglas County (?!) plus all of Eastern Colorado.

      Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties are split.

    • ParkHill says:

      This is the first of three that will be released. 

      Check out the article in the Colorado Sun.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      It's intriguing. Three Dem districts and one competitive leaning Dem. Two GOP districts and one competitive leaning GOP. And one truly toss up. 

      Worst case scenario for Dems:  probably 4 seats. Best case scenario:  6.

      Worst case scenario for GOP:  probably 2 seats.  Best case scenario:  4.

      I love the idea of putting Neguse in with Q-bert in a Dem district. The debates – if there are any – will be a hoot.

      Can Perlmutter hang on to a district with some some of those red counties added in CD 7?

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