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November 05, 2021 11:02 PM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.”

–Josh Billings


29 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

    1. I think we finally have the first Colorado participant to be sentenced for his January 6 activity.

      AP: Colorado man gets house arrest for riot, calls himself idiot

      A Colorado man who told a judge that he is “guilty of being an idiot” for twice entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot was sentenced on Friday to 90 days of home detention.

      U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell also ordered Glenn Wes Lee Croy to spend 14 days in a “community correctional facility,” which is a less restrictive alternative to a jail or prison term.

      … also sentenced him to three years of probation.

      Pleaded guilty, nonviolent, apparently did no damage in his TWO trips inside.  Less punishment than prosecution recommended, more than the “only probation” suggestion of the defense. No details on what is allowed in the 90 days of home confinement.

      No inclusion of the dollar figure will be for home monitoring or probation … but I went looking, and found a recent description. “While on home confinement, the inmate will still be required to forfeit 25% of his gross pay. “

      1. To quote the late, great Paul Harvey, here’s the rest of the story. Could this be any more Trumpian? Everyone except the real Brandon profiting from the stunt: 

      1. This smaller infrastructure bill already passed the Senate, so headed to Prez to sign. The BBB, though, with the “soft infrastructure” still faces an obstacle course. 

      2. The House version will pass the House. It will go to the Senate where it will be amended to take out the stuff that Manchin and Sinema do not want. That will go back to the House.

        There may be a conference committee at that point consisting of Bernie (Senate Budget chair), Manchin (fly in the ointment), and Lindsay Graham (ranking member of Budget committee), Jayapal (the other fly in the ointment), the House Budget chair, and a MAGA nut case (probably Jim Jordan) to be designated by Kevin McCarthy. 

        By October 2022, we will learn whether they can reach agreement or not.

        1. From NBC:

          The House passed a $555 billion infrastructure bill on Friday night, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden who is expected to quickly sign the measure into law.

          Not really that hard to understand, and we need the bridges, broadband, ports, etc.The next battle will be over the remaining 1.75 trillion. This is why progressives didn’t want to split the bills- butthey got split anyway.

  1. November 7, 1492 – The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the Earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.

    1. And who can blame them?

      One of the characteristics of your humble servant is an honest addiction to knowledge of current events…since childhood.

      Tim Kaine said “We need to sell our message better” .

      Perhaps news people should not be so afraid to recognize and accept honest information without such an overpowering urge to play “interrogator”. I am not suggesting any reporter or journalist should take a pass on the truth, but treating an honest messenger like a liar, by default, might need rethinking…right Martha?

      1. Ditto my friend. I’ve always had a ferocious appetite for news and given the proclivities of my parental unit I get more than my share of Fux and NewsMax.  There’s a delicate balance between the desire to be informed and having a good day! 

        Noel Casler nailed it. The MSM is frantically looking for the next cash cow…


  2. We lost an incredible advocate this past week, Colorado native Mark Glaze. It’s hard to image that the public Mark was waging this internal battle with his demons. We all know someone suffering like this. Stop by. Make a call. Offer a hand. We’re become the equivalent of a third-world country on dealing with mental health issues. 

    His obituary is raw and packed with truth. Let’s hope his family’s willingness to share this may prevent another tragic loss. 

    Be at peace, good man. 

    1. What a damn shame …

      The loss of a brilliant and accomplished person.  Another person experiencing continuing "alcohol, depression, and anxiety" committed suicide.

  3. Josh Marshall at TPM also noticed the weird asymmetry Politico used to describing the election results.

    In his apparently humiliating near defeat, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s margin appears to be 50.9% to 48.3% over Jack Ciattarelli. In Virginia the margin of Glenn Youngkin’s triumph appears to be 50.8% to 48.5% over Terry McAuliffe.

  4. I’m looking forward to the day when the headline reads “Xcel partners with Colorado rural electrics….”  Our rural leadership on leveraging these opportunities into rural wealth creation is an utter failure. 

    Xcel Energy and Lightsource bp Partner on Second Large-Scale Solar Project

    Xcel Energy and Lightsource bptoday announced the development of a new 298-megawatt solar farm in Pueblo, Colorado. The project is Lightsource bp’s second inthe city with power sales to Xcel, representing a cumulative half billion-dollar private investment in Colorado’s clean power infrastructure.

      1. Thanks for sharing, skinny. Yes, so much opportunity and av fuel is one of the many promising areas for turning ag waste into biofuels.

        We formed the national ‘25x’25’ alliance in 2004 and worked diligently with DOE and Oak Ridge on the ag waste study. It’s great that we’re finally getting but in and alignment with groups like Farm Bureau. We estimate that we could produce 30-35% of our entire liquid fuel demand with waste-derived biofuels alone. 

        Also, the dirty little secret about DIA is that it’s emissions profile far exceeds our busiest domestic airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson. The feed stock for Colorado aviation fuel is predominantly Canadian tar sands.  We discovered this problem when we were trying to green up Denver for the 2008 DNC Convention. It would be amazing is we could get Colorado agriculture to turn that problem into an opportunity. 

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