Friday Open Thread

“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.”

–W. Edwards Deming

24 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Duke Cox says:

    "True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice."

    Jane Addams

  2. Duke Cox says:

    She's baa'aack!

  3. davebarnes says:

    September 17, 1862 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history.

    • Voyageur says:

      And on the very same day, in Akron, Ohio, a dog barked!

      • And, on this *very* day, Voyageur shouted at the wind. Again. I find davebarnes' tidbits occasionally interesting and / or amusing. Your "get off my lawn" responses, not so much.

        • Voyageur says:

          If Barnes' inane declarations about potato day, artichoke day and other dumbass commercial promotions fill your heart with joy, Corkscrew, you are in a distinct minority. Most polsters are thoroughly sick of his stupidities.

        • kwtree says:

          I have to agree with V on this one.😲😲🤫 Davebarnes’ inane “today is” posts trivialize what should be a political blog with serious issues to discuss. It gives the impression of “ a show about nothing”, to borrow the Seinfeld show description.

          They probably do amuse some of those of davebarnes’ age and gender.  The rest of us, not so much. And they are pinned to the top of the daily thread, every fricking day. Since Dave is a moderator and starts the daily thread, he gets the first pinned post every day, of course. The gigantic egotism of that practice speaks for itself. 

          It’s getting harder for me to recommend that new readers check out Pols, when I know the first post they’ll see is something silly and relevant to nothing anyone cares about. 

    • DavidThi808 says:

      McClellan won because through a stroke of luck he got a copy of Lee's orders in advance.

      And McClellan was so afraid to take any risks, he turned what could have been an overwhelming victory into a bloody brutal slugfest that he won – barely.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      I like Dave's daily items. Some bring a smile to me and that's always a nice thing.

      Now if only he would do a daily Russian Music video too…

  4. MattC says:

    “Over 100,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, and over 1,000 people are dying every day.

     “..over 98% of them have one thing in common: despite the ready availability of Covid vaccines, they chose not to get them.”



    Forbes – freakin' pro-big government commies, anti-liberty obviously. 

    Chamber of commerce and 'the street' should be in favor of vaccines and vaccine mandates.  Capital is worthless without labor and consumers.


  5. DavidThi808 says:

    Is any legislator considering a law to make the gig workers (Uber, et-al) employees? I think that is the most impactful thing the state can do to ameliorate one of the big negative impacts of big tech.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      California tried … and triggered a Proposition campaign (The labor legislation known as Proposition 22) …. and the Proposition now has been deemed a trial court level…. appeals will continue.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Unfortunately, the California legislature didn’t factor in those gig workers who want to be self-employed. The number included consultants of all kinds, other contractors, writers, etc. 

        Myself, I’m a consultant in several business areas. While 95% plus of my work is pro-bono, I would object strenuously to someone trying to make me an employee of another person or company.

  6. The realist says:

    Speaking of COVID, this was included in an email message to Club 20 members this morning, regarding Club 20's recent Fall Conference in Grand Junction:

    We were made aware that the myColorado contract [sic] tracing app indicated that there were COVID positive individuals in attendance both Friday and Saturday of our event. As such, we would encourage anyone exhibiting symptoms to get tested per CDC guidelines.

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