Tuesday Open Thread

Those who will not reason, are bigots,

Those who cannot, are fools,

And those who dare not, are slaves.

–Lord Byron

43 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808 says:

    Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

    If Republicans have perfected a new form of politics that is successful electorally at the same time that it unleashes major policy disasters, it means twilight both for the democratic process and America’s status as the world’s leading power.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Article in TNTSNBN. What is it about the state government that makes it impossible to implement a software system???? This is not brain surgery.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    from The New Republic (a good magazine a long time ago)

    THIS IS IMPORTANT because Obama may now be facing his own crisis of the Union. Over the last four decades, the Republican Party has transformed from a loyal opposition into an insurrectionary party that flouts the law when it is in the majority and threatens disorder when it is the minority. It is the party of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but also of the government shutdown in 1995 and the impeachment trial of 1999. If there is an earlier American precedent for today’s Republican Party, it is the antebellum Southern Democrats of John Calhoun who threatened to nullify, or disregard, federal legislation they objected to, and who later led the fight to secede from the union over slavery.

    • dukeco1 says:

      from the article you linked:

      Republicans are, in effect, demanding a major constitutional change in return for not shutting down the government and undermining the American economy. That’s insurrectionary behavior.

      isn’t insurrectionary behavior against the U.S. government considered treason? Shouldn’t we call out these asshole Tea Party secessionists for what they are?

      If you publicly support the division of the Union of the United States, you are a traitor. ..period. As such, to then suggest you should be elected President of the country you hate is beyond hypocrisy…but that is where these greedy, hateful, racist sumbitches live.

      It is time to follow the suggestion of James Hoffa Jr. and take them (the sons- o-bitches) out…with our vote.    

      • BlueCat says:

        TPers are demanding that Obama rebuke Hoffa for that remark. Remember when they went ballistic over people daring to call Palin’s use of cross hair target graphics against Dem candidates unacceptable?  Guess it doesn’t work both ways in their world.

        Personally, I’m for fogetting about all the rebuking and just letting the people decide who are the biggest jerks and scariest bigots.  But maybe, while they still insist on demanding renouncing, denouncing, rebuking etc., they’d like to first rebuke their Sugar Daddy, Koch, for his remarks?

        “We have Saddam Hussein,” declared billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, apparently referring to President Barack Obama as he welcomed hundreds of wealthy guests to the latest of the secret fundraising and strategy seminars he and his brother host twice a year. The 2012 elections, he warned, will be “the mother of all wars.”

        Charles Koch would probably not publicly compare the president of the United States to a murderous dictator. (As a general rule, he and his brother don’t do much politicking or speechifying in public at all.) But Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio recordings from the Koch seminar, a private event that took place in June at a resort near Vail, Colorado.

        http://motherjones.com/politic

        Of course they won’t see it that way. I’m sure comparing Obama to Osama, killer of thousands on American soil,  and calling the coming election an all out war is perfectly fine whereas the phrase “take out” in reference to them is a heinous crime. Oh the humanity.

        I think the fact that TP can stand for  both Tea Party and toilet paper is a happy coincidence. Let the rebuking begin.  

          • VanDammer says:

            oh but those midterms were so-o-o-o long ago and Dems & Progressives just need to forget all that biggoted hate-filled crap spewed from the ignorant idiots at teabagger protests.

            Rampant disgusting hypocrisy from the RW media but then how is that any different from the last 10+ yrs?

            • BlueCat says:

              Sara Lock and Load, Crosshairs, Obama Wants Death Panels to Kill Mentally Challenged Children Palin is taking the lead on expressing outrage at Hoffa’s comments. Ten years ago she wasn’t even in the picture.  Guess that’s about it for difference. picture.  I called the WH comment line to say that I won’t even vote for Obama, let alone work for him or write checks for him, if he agrees to rebuke Hoffa for his remark at the behest of the TPers and their queen. At least not without demanding they rebuke every offensive comment she and other rightie power figures and pols have made first.  

    • dwyer says:

      I am thinking that JFK was smart to have LBJ guarding his flank.  It wasn’t just good election politics, it was good administrative politics.  LBJ knew the south and he knew the Congress.  Obama has no one who can fulfill that role for him, with the possible “too late now” exceptions of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

  4. ardy39 says:

    Freddie Mercury.

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    People are biased against creative ideas, studies find

    The next time your great idea at work elicits silence or eye rolls, you might just pity those co-workers. Fresh research indicates they don’t even know what a creative idea looks like and that creativity, hailed as a positive change agent, actually makes people squirm.

    At my company we work very hard to embrace new ideas. Doesn’t mean we implement them all, but we respond with kudos and look at each to see which we should go with. Of course you have to do this in the high tech world, otherwise someone else will and they’ll eat your lunch.

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    Do Happier People Work Harder?

    Well duh – Yes!

    Of the seven companies we studied, just one had managers who consistently supplied the catalysts – worker autonomy, sufficient resources and learning from problems – that enabled progress. Not coincidentally, that company was the only one to achieve a technological breakthrough in the months we studied it.

  7. Roger D says:

    Does anyone else think that a Beach Boys concert is an odd way to remember the events of 9/11 and honor those who have have served in Iraq and Afghanistan?

  8. fc-liberal says:

    A good number of progressive folks from Fort Collins and surrounding areas turned out tonight at Avogadro’s Number to hear Tom Griggs announce his candidacy for House District 52. The recent vacating of this seat by John Kefalas, who will be running for State Senate, allows another progressive to step up and continue the tradition of working for the values of the people of Colorado. We can look forward to an exciting year ahead as Tom’s campaign moves ahead to the finish line.

  9. Diogenesdemar says:

    A Congresswoman’s Cause Is Often Her Husband’s Gain

    Federal regulators moved to shut down the kidney transplant program, but the proposed penalty brought a rebuke from Representative Shelley Berkley, Democrat of Nevada, who helped lead a successful effort to get the officials from Washington to back down.

    In pleading for a reprieve, Ms. Berkley and other members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation said they were acting on behalf of the state’s families, citing dire health consequences if the program was halted. But the congresswoman’s efforts also benefited her husband, a physician whose nephrology practice directs medical services at the hospital’s kidney care department – an arrangement that expanded after her intervention and is now reflected in a $738,000-a-year contract with the hospital

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09

    Far too often Democrats can’t even rightfully claim to suck less . . .  

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