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September 30, 2021 06:32 AM UTC

Thursday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions.”

–Gloria Steinem


26 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

  1. I am convinced now that Joe Manchin and Kirsten Sinema are, essentially, no different from Boebert, McConnell, or any of the other hypocrites who claim to represent the citizens of their districts while they really only look out for the interests of their wealthy donors.

    And then call themselves "Christians".

      1. Sadly, we have a congress full of multimillionaires who are committed to keeping it that way. How long did it take congresswoman Boebert to make her husband a millionaire?

        She is still traumatized by the memory of having to eat government cheese as a child? Poppycock! What do you call all of this money flowing your way, you lying hypocrite? Your newly found fame and fortune is of, by, and funded by government.

        Reppy le Pew-Pew is a phony. She is an actress like her pro wrestler daddy was an actor. She is a repugnant insult to every American who believes in the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty…a shameless grifter.

        And a successful one.



  2. I like both the policy AND the expression in today's editorial from the Aurora Sentinel:

    PERRY: Stop coddling crazy people and curmudgeons who have the freedom to keep their COVID at home

    It’s clear now, we can’t get there from here.

    Less than a year ago, the entire nation seemed to be champing at the bit to get access to a vaccine that would save our lives, our jobs and our world as we once knew it.

    Somehow, the easy way out of the pandemic became an insane cause celebré for people who love Donald Trump or generally don’t like needing to be told to come out of the rain.

  3. From the article:

    Of Vaccine Mandates and Facing Reality

    which, If I'd written it would have been:

    Fuck 'Em if They Can't Take a Joke Won't Take a Shot

    The point is that most vaccine resistance isn’t about deep concerns, but it often involves assertions of the right to give (misguided perceptions of) self-interest priority over the public interest. So, luckily, many resisters fold as soon as the calculus of self-interest reverses, and refusing to take their shots has immediate, tangible financial costs.

    The geographical evidence is also stark. Counties that strongly supported Donald Trump have far lower vaccination rates than counties that strongly supported Biden. And since June 30 the Trumpiest tenth of the country has had 5.5 times the Covid death rate of the least Trumpy tenth.

    All of this has a clear policy implication for the Biden administration and for other leaders like governors and mayors — namely, full speed ahead. Vaccine mandates won’t cause mass resignations; they will cause a sharp rise in vaccination rates, which is key both to finally getting Covid under control and to achieving sustained economic recovery.

    And Democrats shouldn’t fear the political fallout. Almost nobody will vote Republican because they’re enraged by public health rules, since such people are most likely to vote Republican anyway. What really matters for Democrats’ political fortunes is that life in America be visibly getting much better by next fall — and getting shots in arms is the way to make that happen.

    1. Lots of  vaccine resistant healthcare and hospital workers getting media.

      Their stories all sound the same: I love my job…I am a crucial award winning worker, on the front line helping covid patients … personal choice 

      The part they miss is that yes, they have all manner of personal choice, but not unlimited. Their employer decides it is not a personal choice to set work hours or dress code or how to speak to patients or how to minimize spread of covid. 

      Then if they really love their job, and are a great worker they will get to work on time, dressed appropriately, speaking to patients appropriately while also minimizing the spread of covid. Their choice is to work someplace else. 

    1. You were responding to a spam comment, BTW. We were hit with a new round of manually-posted comment spam last night that appears to copy/paste previous comments with a spam link.

      We're working as always to stamp them out.

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