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October 31, 2021 10:21 PM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.”

–Mary McCarthy


71 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. Trump’s New Company Is Planning For His Possible Conviction (Or Presidential Run)

    The future is unclear for Donald Trump. On the one hand, a grand jury has already accused the Trump Organization of committing a series of crimes, and rumor has it that more indictments are coming. On the other hand, the real estate tycoon might run for president again in 2024. 

    His new venture, the Trump Media and Technology Group, is planning for both possibilities. Buried in an 86-page merger agreement released last week, the Trump Media and Technology Group said the former president’s position and ownership would be structured in order to maintain continuity at the company if a “material disruptive event” were to occur. The document goes on to define a “material disruptive event” as one of two things: either Trump (a) running for office or (b) being personally convicted of a felony.

  2. Some great background on our current supply chain challenges for the next time you're MAGA relative is yelling at the TV for Pete Buttigieg taking parental leave and letting the system collapse while he's learning to breastfeed. <sigh>

    I’m A Twenty Year Truck Driver, I Will Tell You Why America’s “Shipping Crisis” Will Not End

    My prediction is that nothing is going to change and the shipping crisis is only going to get worse. Nobody in the supply chain wants to pay to solve the problem. They literally just won’t pay to solve the problem. At the point we are at now, things are so backed up that the backups THEMSELVES are causing container companies, ports, warehouses, and trucking companies to charge massive rate increases for doing literally NOTHING. Container companies have already decreased the maximum allowable times before containers have to be back to the port, and if the congestion is so bad that you can’t get the container back into the port when it is due, the container company can charge massive late fees. The ports themselves will start charging massive storage fees for not getting containers out on time — storage charges alone can run into thousands of dollars a day. Warehouses can charge massive premiums for their services, and so can trucking companies. Chronic understaffing has led to this problem, but it is allowing these same companies to charge ten times more for regular services. Since they’re not paying the workers any more than they did last year or five years ago, the whole industry sits back and cashes in on the mess it created. In fact, the more things are backed up, the more every point of the supply chain cashes in. There is literally NO incentive to change, even if it means consumers have to do holiday shopping in July and pay triple for shipping.

    This is the new normal. All brought to you by the ‘experts’ running our supply chains.

    1. Want a solution?

      You ordered the product. The truck is here to unload, you have 1hour free or pay $150 per hour detention.

      You ordered the truck. The truck is here to load, you have 1hour free or pay$150 per hour detention.

      Outlaw lumpers. Make union warehouses accountable for detention.

      1. Why do I get the feeling that was a cut and paste? 

        Funny, neither of my postings above mention the problem is rooted in union issues? It appears we can lay this at the feet of the modern financial constructs.

        Time to impose some holistic thinking into our system.

    2. Well, it is a long standing tradition but we could follow the example of former Secretary Chau and hire an overpriced contractor, preferably a republican married to an elected office holder, to fix it. 

      Is Erik Prince available?


  3. Quote of the day from Supreme Court Justice Thomas:

    Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. questioned Stone about unusual aspects of the Texas law that allow any person, anywhere to sue someone who helps a woman terminate a pregnancy after six weeks and without a personal connection to the abortion at issue.

    “Usually there’s an injury to the individual” that permits a person to sue, Thomas noted. “What’s the injury?”

    Stone said an individual could experience “extreme moral or psychological harm” after learning that a friend had chosen to get an abortion in violation of the law.

    1. Hey, I experience  moral or psychological harm daily due to things done by people that my only personal connection with is that we are both alive in America.  So that part makes sense


    2. Looks like the money shot in that exchange came from Texas's lawyer. Ol' Clarence's participation is noteworthy in that he usually says nothing at all during oral argument. Here, it appears he was lobbing a beach ball to counsel, under-handed, hoping the lawyer would make a point about standing. The point, of course, is that federal constitutional rules governing standing in federal courts do not apply in state courts, and that the question of whether the statute violates some standing requirement of the Texas constitution is a question for Texas state courts, not SCOTUS. Judging by that limited excerpt, the lawyer whiffed spectacularly (not that it'll make any difference to the outcome of the case).

      1. Inflation is a hidden tax on the economy that everyone who consumes goods and services pay without regard for disposable income. You see that in gas prices, food prices and anything else you buy.

        The no tax on anyone over $400,000 is a straw man aimed at the low information voters (morons) who subscribe to the politics of envy. Your life is not made better because your neighbor pays more in taxes.

        The government could confiscate the entire wealth of millionaires and billionaires and not be able to pay for the cost of the legislation. 

        For citizens, this is economic slavery to the State. Are there any adults that will think beyond their selfish short existence on the planet for the betterment of their children and grandchildren?

        1. For citizens, this is economic slavery to the State. Are there any adults that will think beyond their selfish short existence on the planet for the betterment of their children and grandchildren?


          Funny.  I was wondering the same thing.

        1. FLASH!!! Government lies. Politicians will say anything to get elected. How old are you?

          True.  The frequency of government lies was at its highest from 1/20/2017 to 1/20/2021.  The number of lies during that time, especially from the Executive Branch during that time was record shattering.

          1. Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon lied to America and 58,000 warriors died in Vietnam. You don’t really get it. You want to think Trump was the worst. (Whispering voice), They all do it! Don’t be a fool.

            1. Yes, all politicians lie from time to time.   But Trump does it compulsively.   In John Henry Faulk's lovely Texas line, Trump is the kind of man who would lie on credit when he could tell the truth for cash.

            2. Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon lied to America and 58,000 warriors died in Vietnam. You don’t really get it. You want to think Trump was the worst. (Whispering voice), They all do it! Don’t be a fool.


              So, Johnny does it too is your defense.  You rip on politicians lying and saying everybody does it.  So if everybody does it, it is all equal even if one person does it more.  

              Also, you know what Trump did that Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT did not do?  Foment an insurrection.

              Oh, and he lied about that too.

  4. Just read the Washington Post’s epic article on the January 6 Insurrection:  Details fill in the already known sketch on 

     * the instigation of Trump’s lies about a “stolen” election BEFORE the election,

     * the reinforcement of the idea after the election,

     * the preliminary demonstrations

     * the disbelieving law enforcement’s handling of warnings

     * the tick-tock of episodes of violence on January 6

     * Trump and his supporters at the White House refusing to do anything effective

     * the aftermath among politicians and election officials

    Here’s hoping they eventually do a story on planning and financing of the Jan. 6 demonstrations, the investigation effort, the prosecution effort, the guilty pleas and verdicts, and how those involved were sentenced.

  5. That’s quite a Pfruitstorm for so early in the season . . .

    . . . I guess the Washington Post reporting on Ttump’s whiffed insurrection and other criminal enterprises must have really stirred up the hive over at Fox & Fux?

  6. I see the MAGAts are all in a huff now that Jen Psaki has Covid. " Why should I get vaccinated if I am going to get Covid anyway ? ".  For the 6,000th time, so it won't kill you, you dumb assholes.

    I kind of hope these are actually cases of willful ignorance, because if it isn't, god help all of us who have to live in this country with these idiots.

    1. It’s worse than that. These people know that vaccinations work – that’s why they are all vaccinated.

      Pear knows that there is no assault on the middle class. He understands that’s a lie. It’s all about loyalty and spreading the fox talking points.

      1. What are you doing watching Fox. Blowman and Dio said you can’t watch FOX. You must tow the line! One media, one view. Write 100 time on the blackboard (no racist reference), I will not watch FOX.

        1. Is this what you call "owning the libz"?  Because it mostly just takes up space on the blog and makes you look silly. The trucking conversation was at least informative.

          Trump's  henchman DeJoy is still wrecking the Post Office, too, so have to either buy local , make gifts, or order way ahead for the holidays. Good to know.

          I watch Fox  occasionally, to know what the lies and talking points of the day are. 

        2. Au contraire, Pearrear . . .

          Of course, there are people who can watch Fox, . . .

          . . . they’re the folks who aren’t so stupid as to believe any of it . . .

  7. The Denver Broncos have traded Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams for a gallon jug of Night Train and a coupon for $2 off on a Big Mac.

    Damn them.  Damn them.

    So much for loyalty to a man who gave us his all and carried our dreams to glory.

    We’ll never forget you, Von.


    1. AND the Donks are paying $9 million of his remaining $9.7 million salary for this year. It's pretty clear they're closing up shop for this season. Miller ain't happy, but it's a nice deal for him. He's going to a legit contender and will be playing alongside the best D lineman in football.

      Meanwhile, the Donks are looking at an ownership change followed by a tear-it-down-to-the-studs retool. Gonna be a long decade.

        1. The team isn't an estate asset. It's been owned by a trust since well before Pat Bowlen died. It's no secret that the NFL has long been displeased with that arrangement.

          There was a probate proceeding in Arapahoe County District Court aimed at blowing up the trust (in part) that was scheduled to go to trial this past summer. The case settled at the eleventh hour. The terms are confidential, but word around the campfire is that a sale will occur before next season. We'll see, as there's litigation pending in another Colorado court to determine whether the Estate of Edgar Kaiser has a right of first refusal.

          As an NFL exec, Elway is dumb as dog shit. However, he remains much beloved by fans. Any new owners may well keep him around for public relations purposes, but no way he'll have any say whatsoever regarding football ops.

    2. Good luck to Von Miller.  Hate to see him go.

      Broncos starting QB's since Peyton Manning  (2015):

      Brock Osweiller, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Drew Lock, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, Teddy Bridgewater

      It isn't working.  Really hope the Bowlen estate will sell…

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