Monday Open Thread

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

–Mary McCarthy

71 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    November 1, 1755 – Lisboa, Portugal is totally devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami, killing between 60,000 and 90,000 people.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    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.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    MAGAts – Why do they think we're domestic terrorists?!?

    Also MAGAts – Let's blow things up with Tannerite!!!

    Rep Swalwell wins the interwebs today: 

  4. Powerful Pear says:

    The Democratic Party legacy and future.

    1. Keep them stupid

    2. Keep them in fear

    3. Keep them as slaves

     

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    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.

  6. ParkHill says:

    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.

    • MattC says:

      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

       

    • Genghis says:

      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).

  7. Powerful Pear says:

    Thank you Terry McAuliffe for speaking truth to parents!

  8. spaceman2021 says:

    The Colorado Supreme Court approved the Congressional redistricting map, unanimously.  Good, bad, or otherwise, the map is set.  https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Court_Probation/Supreme_Court/Opinions/2021/21SA208.pdf

  9. Powerful Pear says:

    Thank God for Joe Manchin, NO on the 3.5 trillion big government  assault on the middle class.

    • unnamed says:

      Hi Pear.  Care to tell us why you think this package is an assault on the middle class?

      • Powerful Pear says:

        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?

    • Do you read what you post? BBB is paid for by actually enforcing some level of taxation on corporations and the rich. It was Biden's first stated goal: no increases on <$400k/year.

      • Powerful Pear says:

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

        • unnamed says:

          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.

          • Powerful Pear says:

            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.

            • Voyageur says:

              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.

            • unnamed says:

              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.

  10. JohnInDenver says:

    Just read the Washington Post’s epic article on the January 6 Insurrection: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2021/jan-6-insurrection-capitol/  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.

  11. Diogenesdemar says:

    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?

  12. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    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.

  13. Voyageur says:

    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.

     

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