Tuesday Open Thread

“He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.”

–Napoleon Bonaparte

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    First take on the Colorado House and Senate maps:

    Colorado Sun: Democrats poised to keep control of Colorado legislature under latest draft redistricting maps

    The districts will continue to change.

    Nonpartisan staffers are slated to draw another iteration of both House and Senate maps by Sept. 23. How much the maps change will depend on the input the commission receives at public hearings this Friday and Saturday, as well as any new parameters adopted by the 12-member commission. 

    Commissioners will receive a presentation and discuss the latest proposed maps at a meeting at noon Tuesday. 

    Hearings (with signups for limited speaker spots) are Friday and Saturday.  Public comments can be submitted online.

  2. davebarnes says:

    September 14, 1901 – U.S. President William McKinley dies after being mortally wounded on September 6 by anarchist Leon Czolgosz and is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Pelosi pushed back. 

    "What I'm saying to you is they couldn't even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he might do? And is there anyone in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?" 

    Pelosi continues, "You know he's crazy. He's been crazy for a long time." 

    According to Woodward and Costa, Milley responded, "Madame Speaker, I agree with you on everything"

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      As the old saying goes, . . .

      . . . When you've lost Mister Vice President Potatoe Head . . .

      Fears That Trump Might Launch a Strike Prompted General to Reassure China, Book Says

      In the days leading up to Jan. 6, Mr. Pence called Mr. Quayle, the only living Republican vice president forced to certify an election in which he was on the losing ticket.

      Mr. Pence told him that the president was convinced that Mr. Pence could throw out the election results in order to keep himself in power.

      “Mike, you have no flexibility on this,” Mr. Quayle told Mr. Pence. “None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away.”

      “I know, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell Trump,” Mr. Pence said. “But he really thinks he can. And there are other guys in there saying I’ve got this power.”

      Mr. Pence then echoed Mr. Trump’s false claims of election fraud. “Well, there’s some stuff out in Arizona,” Mr. Pence said.

      “Mike, I live in Arizona,” Mr. Quayle said. “There’s nothing out here.”


      • The realist says:

        OMG, this makes Pence sound so weak. Pence calls Quayle??!! You can't make this stuff up.

      • unnamed says:

        I think it's funny that Quayle was telling Pence very pointedly that there is no there there.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          “Donnie’s trying to make me do stuff . . . And, I don’t know . . . He called me some mean names and other stuff . . . Like “Little Pussy Pencey sittin’ on the fencey” . . . But, if I don’t, he says he won’t be my friend anymore? . . . Maybe I should just play along, so he can still be my friend? . . . You’re sure I can’t? . . . Well, I’ll see, but I don’t know, but I do know he won’t like it . . . You’re absolutely sure I can’t? . . . I don’t have that many friends, for some reason not many people ever wanted having me for a friend . . .That’s what “mother” said, too — I even asked her for a note excusing me — but she made me promise not to tell anyone else . . . I could just maybe pretend, like with my fingers crossed behind my back, and then maybe tell ’em I changed my mind later?. . . . Maybe if I tell him you said not to? . . . You’ll still be my friend, won’t you? . . . Oh, bother!”

          Profile in GOPer courage.

          It’d be a hell of a lot more fucking funny if it wasn’t for reals . . . 

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Bless her heart. 


  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    Paging Dr. Strangelove…..

    Capitol Rioter Demands Court Pay $5 Million If He Is 'Forced to Give Bodily Fluids' (msn.com)

    You are needed to extract precious bodily fluids from a patient in Room 1621.

  6. ajb says:

    There's flouride in the vaccine? Who knew?

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    #AmericanExceptionalism We had a three-month head start on vaccinations and totally blew it.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Any evidence the insurance industry is tired of paying for Covid patients? Are pandemics exempt from coverage? I should think every insurance company would be frantic to reduce their exposure.

      • notaskinnycook says:

        Maybe they should add a paragraph in the fine print about taking reasonable preventative steps if the insured wants to be covered; like getting the damned vaccine.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Add an exclusion for post-existing voluntarily acquired conditions…..

        • kwtree says:

          Sure – like having to pay a higher rate if you’re a smoker, or have chronic conditions. Not vaccinated for COVID? That’ll be an extra $ ____ year premium.  That’s the kind of math that will bring the anti-vaxxers down.

          And I have another suggestion for a mean little bureacratic rule. If health care workers in New York are successful in their lawsuit to preserve religious exemptions for required COVID vaccinations, then health care consumers deserve the right to know whether the person swabbing their whatever has been vaccinated. I want V and NV on medical worker nametags, and I want to be able to refuse care from the NVs.

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