Tuesday Open Thread

“Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society.”

–Robert Reich

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Powerful Pear says:

    Joe Biden said he wrote the 3.5 trillion, spending bill, it was his bill. I’m sure glad he wrote in 3 billion for tree equity. The question is, will plants feel disenfranchised?

    • kwtree says:

      Woah, Pear. Better step away from the ivermectin. Stamp twice if you disagree.

      barnes, better get out here and make the spam diaries go away and tell us something irrelevant to commemorate.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Answering, again, the question: . . .

      . . . “What’s the second thought that comes into the minds of old men desperate for attention, first thing in the wee a.m.?” . . .

    • MichaelBowman says:

      "If we have the power to turn another planet into Earth, then we have the power to turn Earth back into Earth."

      ~Neil deGrasse-Tyson

  2. davebarnes says:

    October 5, 1921 – The World Series is the first to be broadcast on radio.

  3. Peromyscus says:

    Looks like Kristi Burton Brown's true colors are about to be revealed!  Even Peterboil and Jimmy Sanganbarger of KNUS are coming down against her, in today's a.m. talkfest.

    Court Documents Reveal Colorado GOP Chair Led Conspiracy Group in 2020 (coloradotimesrecorder.com)



    • JohnInDenver says:

      What are the "true colors" of an opportunist, someone who steps out of one position when she realizes it jeopardizes her chance for another?

      • Peromyscus says:

        JID, I was referring to KBB's continued insistence, in talk radio shows like Boyle's (where she appears regularly) that the CO GOP should "look to the future" and not talk about Trump's loss in 2020.  Boyles tries to pin her on it over and over ("Was the election stolen?") and she just slithers away.  As it turns out, she presided over a group that was determined to promulgate the Big Lie, and flood the courts with baseless lawsuits.  Opportunist or liar?  Maybe just a typical Colorado Republican, moon-walking in a skirt and lying with every breath.

        Oddly, I think her lieutenant Priscilla Rahn (vice chair) is better spoken and certainly has less stinky laundry to content with.  Perhaps she will step in when KBB resigns.  

        • notaskinnycook says:

          Yeah, okay, Peromyscus. But what’s Boyles’ take on The Big Lie?

          • Peromyscus says:

            Surprisingly (since Boyles still holds closely the birther crap), he thinks the Big Lie is indeed a Big Lie, and will be the death knell for the CO GOP.  He claims he wants CO to go back to being purple, by "finding another Ronald Reagan" for its bench.  There are tons of holes in *that* fine theory, but at least Boyles is urging all GOP candidates to admit that Trump lost, fair and square.  

            • notaskinnycook says:

              Well, that makes me feel a smidge better. But how long before he’s pilloried for a heretic?

              • Diogenesdemar says:

                Should Boyles be pilloried (for whatever of his many transgressions, past or present) it’s long, long overdue and well deserved . . .

                . . . you can put me down as a “yes” for donations of overripe tomatoes and vegetables. 

                • kwtree says:

                  I mean, I'm down to pillory Boyles whenever. 

                  But speaking of Denver area conservative talk radio, I landed on 93.7 "Freedom" during my lunch break today. 

                  It was the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton show. Just by the names, you kind of know where they'll land on the Big Lie, vaccinations, etc. But their main point over the lunch hour was that people are suppressing conservative's free speech.

                  That's right – the conservative Iheart talk radio show with all the sponsors in a sea of other pablum classic rock and Christian stations is complaining that conservative speech is being suppressed. Buck and Clay also managed to land some hits at the Facebook whistleblower, and throw in some QAnon references about Bill Maher being "redpilled", whatever that means. 

                  • notaskinnycook says:

                    You piqued my curiosity, kwtree so I went a-googling: The terms “red pill” and “blue pill” refer to a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill or remaining in contented ignorance with the blue pill. The terms refer to a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix. Wikipedia

  4. Former Fort Collins City Councilmember Gino Campana files for US Senate Run:

    The owner of Bellisimo development company, which built the Artisan Village at Jessup Farm, Bucking Horse subdivision and Pateros Creek neighborhood on Wood Street, Campana, 51, has long been active in Republican politics and an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump. 

    A month before he left office, Trump nominated Campana to become chairman of the Public Buildings Reform Board, an independent, nonpartisan board that looks at reducing the federal government’s real estate holdings as a cost-saving measure.

    So it’s Trumper vs. Trumper (vs. Trumper?) in the US Senate Race. Although I’m not sure being a City Councilmember qualifies you in any way for the US Senate. Campana is apparently rich, though, so there’s that (someone should probably look at whether he enriched himself or any of his buddies while on that “nonpartisan board”). Do note that this may be a factor in Trump’s endorsement picks.

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    A bit of good news about vaccine mandates. Denver Post reports:

    Out of UCHealth’s 26,500 employees statewide, 119 — or less than 0.5% of the system’s workforce — did not get a COVID-19 vaccine or receive one of the exemptions, spokesman Dan Weaver said in an email.

    “Any of those leaving UCHealth employment are welcome — and encouraged — to re-apply for their positions should they decide to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wish to return,” Weaver said in a statement.

    The vaccine mandate has actually improved staffing levels, Weaver said in the statement, since fewer employees are testing positive for the virus.

  6. MichaelBowman says:

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    I wish Congress would take this to heart. It could well make up for the reduced spending. https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/will-monopolies-steal-the-infrastructure

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