Thursday Open Thread

“It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

–Noel Coward

29 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    Gessler has been an extremely partisan secretary. Right out of the gate, he said he wanted to work a second job, moonlighting for a law firm that is very active representing conservative candidates and political interest groups. Months later, after his office levied a fine to the Larimer Republicans for campaign violations, he reduced that $48,700 original fine to $15,708. He then became the guest star of their own fundraiser to pay off the fine.

    When asked about the propriety of that — would he attend a similar fundraiser by a county’s Democratic party — he replied to a Denver Post reporter: “It would have to be an organization I’m philosophically aligned with.”


    The whole mess cries out for a real legislative fix — Hall suggests allowing county clerks to review postal records and send ballots to voters who still live in the county. Another suggestion would be to define “inactive” as someone who hasn’t voted for a few years, not just one election. One election should not be enough to disenfranchise the voters, which is all too easy to do with current law and an extremely partisan Secretary of State.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    I remember back when I was on the Windows team at Microsoft. Apple was small potatoes and we were kicking their butt, yet still they were the leader we were striving to match in terms of the quality of their product.

    His influence went way beyond Apple. What Apple created forced all of us throughout the industry to step up our game. Even when working on a product that did not directly compete, you’re still striving to create a program as elegant and simple as the iPhone.

    The person he most puts me in mind of is Walt Disney. Someone who’s impact across multiple industries is far beyond anyone else.  

    • BlueCat says:

      with Einstein popping up and Disney also seems an apt part of the mix.

      It’s as if he lived his life at the speed of light.  A visionary at 21, a fabulously wealthy titan at 25, sadly gone, one among the tiny elite of true world changers, at 56.  

      • VanDammer says:

        don’t think Jobs was ever out electrocuting dogs and circus elephants to prove Mac OS was the best

        also got a prob with comparisons to Uncle Walt but regardless count me among the believers in the cult of Apple and as Jobs knew best — all things must pass.  

      • Ralphie says:

        Robert X. Cringely (my favorite techie gossip columnist) summed it up pretty well in Infoworld this morning:

        I’ve heard some calling Jobs “our Thomas Edison.” That’s inaccurate, I think. Jobs didn’t really invent anything new. He took existing inventions and improved them. And he did it by making them more human.

        To me, that is the secret of his and Apple’s success. Most geeks started with the technology and tried to work their way toward how people might use it. But most of them never really understood people. (This has always been Microsoft’s problem, and it’s becoming Google’s problem as well.) Jobs started with people and asked how technology might help them do what they want to do. More than anyone, Jobs understood what people (not just geeks) really wanted.

    • Aristotle says:

      was that he apparently vetoed two iPhone prototypes before approving a third one. Given their late start in the smartphone market (where I believe they’re still lagging, compared to their leading positions the mp3 player and tablet markets), that’s gutsy and shows how dedicated he was to realizing his vision. Not to mention his understanding of what exactly the Apple brand has meant since the introduction of the iMac.

      If some of the praise for Jobs sometimes seems over the top, I’ll remember this example as proof that it really is deserved.

  3. BlueCat says:

    We are now to be spared the no talent stylings of Hank Williams Jr before  Monday Night Football games on a permanent basis.  Naturally the slob whose only notable talent is his name is making the usual mistaken squawks about freedom of speech. Note to Jr:  It’s the government that doesn’t get to restrict your mouthing off.  Employers have every right to decide whether or not  they want you to be their public face.

    Also another Republican pol accuses first, is confronted with facts later, kind of like Gessler on voter fraud, Newt on how Planned Parenthood spend funds, Bachmann on vaccines causing mental retardation, etc.:

    Rep. Cliff Stearns admitted Wednesday he’s been mistakenly accusing the White House and Democrats of undermining his investigation into Solyndra by withholding a cache of emails from him over the weekend.

  4. VanDammer says:

    Florida Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Dwarf-Tossing Ban

    Melbourne, FL’s Rep. “Ritch” Workman is fighting to repeal the “archaic” 1989 Florida Statute 561.665, which bans bar games that use people with dwarfism as sporting goods.

    Rep. Workman is railing against the ban which serves no other purpose than to “prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get? … In this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?”  While not a fan of dwarf-tossing he still believes the state shouldn’t make it illegal for dwarves to be tossed for pay if they want to.

    Gainful employment — huh??  

    Now if only our Congress folk were as committed to creating jobs as this lowly FL rep.

  5. VanDammer says:

    Gotta love the locals — from WestWord: Joe Sandoval, city council candidate, when stopped for DUI: “Don’t you know who I am?”

    Cut to this past Saturday night, when an Adams County deputy pulled Sandoval over on suspicion of DUI. According to an incident report obtained by 7News, he responded to a request for his license by flashing his Department of Revenue badge, emblazoned with the word “police,” then asking, “Will this work?”

    Apparently not. The deputy insisted that Sandoval perform a roadside sobriety test, in part because he smelled alcohol on his breath — and Sandoval allegedly admitted to downing some brewskis. “Are you really going to do this to me?” Sandoval wondered. “Don’t you know who I am?”

    Moments later, Sandoval failed said sobriety test — and after he agreed to blow through a Breathalyzer, he registered a blood-alcohol content of .093, over the legal intoxication limit of .08.

    Joe works as a criminal investigator for the CO Dept of Revenue – Division of Gaming and does the same in the MMJ Enforcement Division.  This former cop also serves as a school-resource officer, a citizens’ police academy coordinator and a public-information officer.

    Might not know who he is but anyone wanna say what he is?

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Feds target pot dispensaries for closure

    SAN FRANCISCO – Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law.

    In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, at least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters this week stating they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The state’s four U.S. attorneys are scheduled to announce a broader coordinated crackdown at a Friday news conference.

  7. Diogenesdemar says:

    Fitch slams proposed foreign profit tax break

    (Reuters) – Giving corporations a tax break on their overseas profits likely would not boost the economy or jobs, said credit rating agency Fitch Inc on Thursday after two senators unveiled a tax “holiday” bill.

    . . .

    “Proposed legislation to provide a temporary tax holiday for U.S. firms repatriating foreign earnings is unlikely, if passed, to support growth-oriented investment by U.S. firms,” said Fitch, a top global credit rater, in a statement.

    “Fitch expects most firms benefiting from the proposed repatriation tax relief, notably large multinational companies in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, to prioritize share repurchases at a time when cash balances are strong and capital spending plans are increasingly uncertain,” it said.

    Multinationals have been pushing for months for the tax break, hoping to replay a similar Bush administration holiday.

    [emphasis mine]

    What’s say we give our fabulously wealthy job creators an early Christmas present this year?  (It’s the “mavericky” thing to do . . .)  

  8. DaftPunk says:

    From the Miami Herald:

    “In other words, they don’t just want to go after the last 18 months, they want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America,” Sebelius said.

    “We’ve come a long way in women’s health over the last few decades, but we are in a war,” Sebelius said at a NARAL Pro-Choice America luncheon attended by about 300 people, who gave some of their loudest applause at her mention of the Obama administration’s support for requiring insurance plans to cover birth control without copays…

    Outside the event, a dozen anti-abortion protesters silently held large grisly signs depicting aborted fetuses, and Sebelius mentioned the demonstration in her speech.

    “I know that some people were a bit appalled at walking through the demonstrators as you came to this lunch,” Sebelius said. “It is a discomfort when you’re coming to lunch, but think about the women who are trying to tap into the health services they desperately need who have to go through that kind of gantlet in order to access all-too-infrequent services.”

    Powerful support from a cabinet secretary.

  9. DavidThi808 says:

    With the commments so easy to answer there was no reason for her to not return. So why the drive-by?

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