Tuesday Open Thread

“If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”

–Anatole France

38 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Libertad says:


    Hey it’s only $30 million, it’s not like it’s the nearly $600 mill pissed away at Solyndra, but at least the administration is investigating the misuse of moneies from the national treasury before it spirals totally out of control. 😉


    A Herald investigative report: Rural Internet project suspended as feds investigate Obama stimulus program


    Yeah it’s so bad that even Soros papers are trying to get in front of this one …..


    • BlueCat says:

      ‘tad invoked the name of Soros. Everybody run or buy silver bullets or crosses or garlic or something.  So scary!  But tell me this.  When a Koch brother is standing in front of a mirror is there anything reflected in it?

  2. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Who will never, ever read this blog, but maybe an intern tasked with online reputation tracking will check out Colorado’s leading political blog to see what people think.

    Please don’t judge our state by our John Kennedy. We don’t want him. Actually, could you take him with you when you go, please? Maybe Rhode Island could use him…

  3. Libertad says:

    “I am writing to let you know that I had no involvement in the selection of the Solyndra loan. In fact, the first time I met with representatives from Solyndra was in July 2011, when the company’s CEO, Brian Harrison, informed me – erroneously, it turned out – that the company’s prospects were bright,” writes Waxman, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

    Source: Henry Waxman

  4. Mark G. says:

    “If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”  

  5. PERA hopeful says:

    I like to get my heart pumpin’ blood in the morning so I tune in David Sirota and drink coffee.  (Well, truthfully, Bill Press is on when I get up and I’m too lazy to walk across the room and turn off the radio at 7.)  Did I truly just hear that AM760 is going to broadcast a special program in conjunction with Obama’s speech this afternoon with Sirota as the “anchor”?

    So he spends all morning whining because someone (he assumes someone associated with Sen. Bennet) is going to dump a bunch of money into the Denver school board race and his wife isn’t getting any of it (though she gets lots of free publicity on his show), then he’s going to spend all afternoon whining about how Obama is just a Republican in donkey’s clothing.

    Just kill me now.  This guy drives me nuts.

    • BlueCat says:

      The man is a sophomoric tool, self important and self righteous with little cause for either. Completely humorless.  Not the least entertaining whether speaking or in his writing. Whining is all he ever does. Yet he makes a living as a columnist and radio personality. Go figure.

      • PERA hopeful says:

        Can’t listen to music radio any more because that’s not music, that’s noise.

        Can’t listen to rightie talk radio because that will make me pop an aneurysm.

        Can’t get up and turn the radio off after Bill Press because I’m too damn lazy.

        So I and people like me provide him an audience, which means he gets to stay on the radio. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    Trader Alessio Rastani To BBC: ‘Governments Don’t Rule The World, Goldman Sachs Rules The World’

    The statement came towards the end of an almost three and a half minute interview in which Rastani warned viewers to “get prepared” for the inevitable: “The savings of millions of people are going to vanish” in less than a year, he said.

    “When the market crashes… if you know what to do, if you have the right plan set up, you can make a lot of money from this.”

  7. Middle of the Road says:

    of the party’s executive committee.

    Apparently, they believe he is a secret terrorist. Shocker.

    Republicans, who changed their rules to publicly vet Nezar Hamze and then vote on his application by secret ballot…

    Hamze said he was considering filing a complaint with the Republican Party of Florida because the county party’s constitution says that a “vacancy shall be filled” by a qualified Republican – that is, one who is a registered Republican who lives in the county.

    But the constitution also says that a vacancy “shall be filled by majority vote.” And he lost that badly.

    Before the meeting, a group circulated a petition bashing Hamze.


    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      Why doesn’t he change his registration and begin working on behalf of a party that at least contains a FEW people who aren’t actively working to eliminate people of his religious and cultural heritage from American public life?

      Seriously though–disgusting and unsurprising. Shame on Florida Republicans. Funny how the party that likes to bitch about “union thugs” pulls crap like this…

      • BlueCat says:

        for a heart to heart.

        • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

          Can they Skype or something?

          I have a nice welcome to the Democratic party, we don’t hate you (as much, and at least some of us call out the people who hate you) letter just waiting to be written to this fella.

          • BlueCat says:

            Can you contact this guy and explain how he can find a reasonably comfortable place, as a pro-business fiscal conservative, in the Democratic party where he will not be subject to this kins of prejudice?

            • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

              Just added him on Facebook–we’ll see if he approves my request. Then I can do a “suggest friend” for him and Ali and send Nezar a nice message myself and if Ali sees this maybe he’ll do the same and this fine gentleman can find his ideological home among Democrats like Ali who disagree with the official platform on finance, but agree on opportunity and freedom for all Americans.

              • BlueCat says:

                Still stands but I’m glad other people do it for just such situations as this one. My sisters can still personally e-mail me pictures if they want me to see them!

                • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

                  1) You have to be more selective if you don’t want to be “the vain one”

                  2) You get better comments.

                  Emailed some pix to my grandma this week. She’s super adorable in email!

                  • I’d be happy to convince him to come to the “good” side 🙂

                    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

                      Here’s his Facebook. He hasn’t accepted me yet (last post 20 hours ago, may not have been online) but anyone can message him directly, friend or not, if you want to reach out. You might also be able to get him at nhamze@cair.com — this was his self identified email as of 6/16/2011.

                      I’m going to send him a supportive email as well. Perhaps if he is inundated by friendly messages from Democrats he will see that he has a home with us. Here’s hoping Florida can notch up one more ‘D’ soon… if the Republicans keep driving their devoted party activists out soon they will prove your thesis about party extinction.

                    • BlueCat says:

                      Indulge us.

  8. BlueCat says:

    and do help the economy. But they know the hate the government mantra sells to their target audience.  That’s why they love to beat their chests voting against, then take credit at the ribbon cuttings.

    WASHINGTON — An ardent opponent of the federal stimulus plan showed up Monday in Winnetka, Ill., to smile and cut the ribbon at a ceremony unveiling a local project funded by that very stimulus.

    Village President Jessica Tucker joined the festivities alongside Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), (my emphasis) state Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), state Rep. Robyn Gable (D-Evanston), Metra board member and Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder and other dignitaries among the crowd of more than 40 people.

    During a June speech at the Illinois Policy Institute, Dold lambasted stimulus spending in Illinois as inefficient and wasteful.

    Shortly after being sworn in, Dold also cosponsored legislation rescinding any unspent stimulus money


    Dem ads should heavily feature beaming Rs at ribbon cuttings on projects their vote would have killed.  The tag could be “He (or she) was against it before he took credit for it.”

  9. BlueCat says:

    WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been busy convincing Congress to quickly fill its emergency aid coffers, as the agency finds its funds drained by the natural disasters that have hit the country in recent months. The insistence, led by House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), that Congress should cut spending elsewhere to offset disaster relief funding, led to a partisan standoff and nearly shut down the government.

    On Friday, however, FEMA officials found themselves busy answering to Cantor for another reason: He had requested a conference call to get updates on the disbursement of aid requested by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for his district, which was affected by the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake.


    They know perfectly well  the government they claim to want and support can’t even take care of the basics like disaster relief. They have the ethics and morals of lizards. No offense meant to lizards. They don’t have higher thinking functions. Republican pols kind of do, with some notable exceptions.

  10. DaftPunk says:

    Not that I don’t see this at work every day.

    You hear about the “haves” versus the “have-nots,” but not so much about the “have-one-or-nones” versus the “have-a-fews.” This, though, is how you might characterize the stark and growing fertility class divide in the United States. Two new studies bring the contrasting reproductive profiles of rich and poor women into sharp relief. One, from the Guttmacher Institute, shows that the rates of unplanned pregnancies and births among poor women now dwarf the fertility rates of wealthier women, and finds that the gap between the two groups has widened significantly over the past five years…

    Poorer women suffer when they have unintended births-as do their children. Research shows that women with unplanned pregnancies are more likely to smoke, drink, and go without prenatal care. Their births are more likely to be premature. Their children are less likely to be breastfed, and more likely to be neglected and to have various physical and mental health effects. Then, reinforcing the cycle, the very fact of having a child increases a woman’s chances of being poor.

    • MADCO says:

      I believe in the free market. duh

      It’s pretty easy: if women don’t want to be poor, they shouldn’t have babies until they married (up), they shouldn’t buy shoes, they should never, ever get divorced and they should just stop spending money they don’t have.  Listen to their fathers and stuff. Oh, and don’t be giving away the mile through the fence, whatever that means.

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