Wednesday Open Thread

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”

–Dan Quayle

44 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. kwtree says:

    Covid is breaking out at some Jeffco High schools – Arvada West and Lakewood High school , in particular. 

    Mesa County is in much worse shape; over 1000 new cases in last two weeks, 10 deaths. 90% unvaccinated. Under 29 people have the largest group of new infections. https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/datadashboard/

    • MattC says:

      kids don't die from Covid.
      You must be talking about 84 year old men with long, hard lives of service and mostly honor who have other diseases.

      • kwtree says:

        It's rare (less than 1% of all COVID deaths are young kids), but it does happen.

        Long haul COVID symptoms are more of a risk for young children who get infected. One study showed 1/3 of infected children had "long covid" symptoms for months.

        That, and losing their primary caregiver from COVID. US is #4 in the world for orphaned children as a result of caregivers dying of COVID. 

        I know you were being sarcastic, MattC, but real is real. 

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Charles Barkley on NBA star Kyrie Irving not getting the vaccine: “You don’t get the vaccine for yourself. You get it for others.”

          Radio star Howard Stern refers to Irving as a “douche-bag” for not getting the shot(s).

          • Genghis says:

            laugh

            Oh man, if Barkley and Stern are both calling you a fuck-up, then you done fucked up! Losing that money would be a bigger deal to Irving had he not already made so much in seasons past. I guess the Nets will just have to skinny by with James Harden and Kevin Durant.

        • MattC says:

          Of course you are right. 
          I am relieved my children are older and out of school.  I would have thought the big districts in Colorado would know better. 

          And I get angry when the schools allow students and staff to die unnecessarily. 

          Hey! I know – what if we teach the teachers to shoot the virus with automatic weapons! Win Win!

          WWGOWAG

      • notaskinnycook says:

        I see what you did there.wink

  2. davebarnes says:

    October 20, 1973 – "Saturday Night Massacre": United States President Richard Nixon fires U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Colorado governor supports property tax cut measure on November ballot opposed by other Democrats

    Gov. Jared Polis will vote for Proposition 120, the ballot measure that gives other Democrats pause because it would slash property tax assessment rates for multifamily residential properties and lodging properties.

    Polis, who stated his position Monday when asked by The Colorado Sun, didn’t elaborate on why he is voting for the proposition, which is on the Nov. 2 ballot and backed by conservatives.

    A spokesman later distanced the governor from the stance.

    “​​You asked how he plans to fill out his ballot and the governor told you how he is doing so as a Colorado voter,” Conor Cahill, a spokesman for the governor, said in a written statement. “The governor has not officially endorsed these ballot measures or campaigned for or against them, he was simply answering the question asked.”

  4. Voyageur says:

    If you need another fix of Boebert Bashing, Huffpost takes on the Hurl Girl today for her sneering at transgender people.  I can’t link from my Amazon fire but maybe Bowman or Dave or someone will.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    “I never saw that coming” – Literally everyone on the planet who saw that coming

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Bad reporting, unusual for Mother Jones. Manchin has fully debunked it as reported on Yahoo News. Manchin and Bernie Sanders also posed for a picture together.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        I’m guessing there was some strategerie behind all this. McConnell is a power-whore but I’d speculate that between now and next November  he’d rather be the guy killing Dem initiatives and playing minority victim than to be in power and remind the masses why we loathe his procedural treachery. 

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          "he’d rather be the guy killing Dem initiatives and playing minority victim than to be in power and remind the masses why we loathe his procedural treachery"

          Precisely!

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            Some of those Dem initiatives deserve to be killed. For starters, the jobs program, when the federal government already has as many as 80 job training programs. Second, free community college, which means our tax dollars would go for free school for the kids of millionaires. Third, more money for elder care. Would that be the elders who live in those rich gated communities in the Sun Belt, like The Villages in Florida or Del Webb in Arizona?

            From a pragmatic viewpoint, once reasonable means testing is put into place, the $1.5 trillion figure seems far more feasible than the $3.5 trillion progressive wet dream fantasy. Even President Biden is coming around on the means-testing issue.

            • Voyageur says:

              Just got to call Bullshit on you, CHB.  Please specify which comunity colleges millionaires send their kids to. 

              Let’s see, the Rockefellers always go to NJC in Sterling.  The Mellons send their kids to Otero.  The Koch brothers to Aims in Greeley, right?

              Funny thing, when I got my degree as a paralegal from CCD, I don’t recall seeing that many Lambos in the parking lot, which was mostly full of old Hondas.

              Meanwhile those legacy admissions at Harvard and Yale are going begging because all the super rich are clamoring to get into Arapahoe Community College.

              You are better than that, usually, CHB.  But even Moddy is laughing at your demagoguery on this one.

              • Conserv. Head Banger says:

                 

                As a retired journalist; yes, I've seen you on PBS ads; I'd expect you to focus on the conclusion, which is means testing.

              • Diogenesdemar says:

                You are better than that, usually, CHB.  But even Moddy is laughing at your demagoguery on this one.

                Debatable.  Sometimes. Maybe.

                . . . Give him credit though, he keeps repeating that like it’s some kind of bug lodged up his ass.

                As for Moddy, hell, it’s even much, much worse than that — he’s agreeing . . .

              • Genghis says:

                Meanwhile those legacy admissions at Harvard and Yale are going begging because all the super rich are clamoring to get into Arapahoe Community College.

                laugh

                • Conserv. Head Banger says:

                  I’m reminded of the classic definition of a liberal, now progressive: someone who devises creative ways to spend other peoples’ money.

                  And I’m always amused by some of you guys who get your shorts riding up high and hard whenever Moderatus posts. I like him for comedy value and, once in a great while, he says something worthwhile. Otherwise, he’s the alpha male and all the pack members slobber and grovel at his feet.

      • Genghis says:

        It's "bad reporting" because Manchin himself says otherwise?

        lol

        You're making some pretty generous assumptions about ol' Joe's credibility, CHB. West Virginians I know who also know Joe tell me his word doesn't mean much at all. In any event, Manchin calling the Mother Jones story "bullshit" doesn't qualify as a "debunk[ing]" in any meaningful sense of the term.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      I kind of wish he would switch parties. (And take Kyrsten Sinema with him.)

      That way Biden and the Dems could blame Mitch McConnell and the GOP majority for the fact that nothing can be accomplished. 

      As it is now, nothing is being accomplished with a nominal Democratic majority.

      • Genghis says:

        The Mother Jones story says he'd first "send a signal" by telling Schumer he's giving up his Dem leadership positions. If that doesn't get him what he wants, he'll change his registration from Dem to independent. He apparently didn't say whether as an independent he'd caucus with the Dems or the GOP.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        “The Bern” originally wanted $6 trillion in added social spending. Then he and fellow progressives agreed on $3.5 trillion as a “compromise.” CRFB (Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget) looked at Manchin’s $1.5 trillion proposal and found it to be workable, to the point, & fully paid for.

        In the meantime, there are shovel ready projects all around the country that are being held up because the progressives won’t pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    The only country less willing to get vaccinated than the U.S. is Russia.

    • A September survey found that nearly one in five Americans are unwilling to get vaccinated.
       
    • Only one country has a larger share: 28% of Russians are anti-vax.
       
    • Across all other populations, the share of people unwilling to get vaccinated does not exceed 11%.

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