Tuesday Open Thread

“Nothing in fine print is ever good news.”

–Andy Rooney

31 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    In case Ron Hanks is reading Pols, a federal judge just ordered about $187,000 in fines for 2 Colorado lawyers who filed frivolous lawsuits over the 2020 election results.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Washington Post is now all pay wall, all the time.

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        Sorry CHB, Bezos needs your money, but here's an excerpt:

        The two lawyers, Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker, filed the case in December 2020 as a class action on behalf of 160 million American voters, alleging there was a complicated plot to steal the election from President Donald Trump and give the victory to Joe Biden.

        The two argued that a scheme was engineered by the voting machine vendor Dominion Voting Systems; the tech company Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan; and elected officials in four states. They had sought $160 billion in damages.

        Their case was dismissed in April. In August, Neureiter ruled that the attorneys had violated their ethical obligations by filing it in the first place, arguing that the duo had run afoul of legal rules that prohibit clogging the courts with frivolous motions and lodging information in court that is not true.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        a friendly, less-cash-oriented location for the story:  Daily Kos.  Starts with the memorable observation:

        You know the old saying: The wheels of justice turn exceedingly slow, and the only certain outcome is that when it's all over you're going to owe people a lot of money.

        • 2Jung2Die says:

          Thanks for this JiD, though the Kos piece starts with a link to the same WaPo story. I will perhaps rot in hell for saying anything nice about the Bezos empire, but a digital subscription to the Post has been sort of worth it for me. Lots of coverage, plus their writing style isn't as much about flexing literary muscles as the NYT.

          • JohnInDenver says:

            I dropped the NYT in 2016 over the "creative" coverage of HRC.  Bought into the WaPost and have kept that ever since. 

            In the past 5 years, Rubin, Gerson, Boot, Robinson, Milbank, Rampell, Sergant, Waldin, and a few other op ed writers have been worth the cost — making a variety of other sources and attractions a "bonus" of supporting (mostly) high quality content. Jeering at Thiessen, Hewitt, & Will is a steady entertainment.  Abernathy, McArdle, and Olsen at least make me think and are not QUITE able to be easily dismissed.

    • Meiner49er says:

      Bad optics, for sure. But see MB's Walmart comment below: "the combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful"… for quite some time now.

      • kwtree says:

        That is Polis’ signature schtick– building public / private partnerships for public good. And it’s worked really well on some ventures, like the New America School ( not to be confused with the New Americans initiative) and his signature universal pre K program. Right now, most childcare programs exist on a mix of public and private dollars. 

        But on this covid consultant thing, if you tell the public that your friends are volunteering, and then they bill for 1.6 million n consultant fees- that is a bad look. 

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    I think we may be close to the end of the tunnel on the pandemic. We've got vaccinations about as ubiquitous as we can get. With the recent relaxation we've now infected most of the hold outs.

    We need to run through this last surge of the stupid. And then it'll be something always with us, like the flu. But it'll be manageable. And for those that get the shot and if they feel sick, go get the treatment, it'll be an inconvenience and nothing more.

    And the country will become a little smarter and a little more Democratic due to the deaths of those that put their beliefs before science. Darwinism works.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      I admire your optimism … but I don't yet see it.

      Colorado's group of modelers dropped the percentage of that population with high antibodies due to COVID variants demonstrating they could re-infect those who had been sick or vaccinated months ago and had not gotten vaccinated or a booster.  Their Nov. 3 paper is here.  The end of the paper says

      This review of potential explanations for the timing of the surge does not lead to a single, responsible factor. Rather, we point to unanticipated synergies that have ignited and sustained the pandemic among the unvaccinated. In terms of measures to take to end the surge, this explanation points to the need for a two-pronged strategy of strengthening the application of non-pharmaceutical interventions while pushing to vaccinate the unvaccinated, provide booster shots, and vigorously implement vaccination programs for those 5-11 years old.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      If I read the German health minister right, by the end of this winter, Germans will be vaccinated, recovered, or dead.

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    How exciting is this?

    Rep. Louie Gohmert announces he's running for Texas AG – POLITICO

    Who knew he even had a law degree….. 

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    We're going to need some input from Pfruit to give this story some balance. 

    Walmart CEO Says Biden Instrumental in Supply Chain Improvements

    Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillion praised the Biden administration's actions and noted that they are having a noticeable impact. He singled out the deal brokered to keep major ports open 24 hours a day as helping move containers of cargo at a quicker rate.

    "The combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful," McMillon said. "We've had a lot of participation, been able to participate in solving some of these congestion issues, so I would like to give the administration credit for helping do things like get the ports open 24 hours a day, to open up some of the trucking lines…and then all the way through the supply chain there's been a lot of innovation."

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    *not satire*

    Paul Gosar says he will arm wrestle Matt Gaetz to decide who gets Kyle Rittenhouse as an intern

    Gaetz told Newsmax on Wednesday night that he wanted to hire Rittenhouse. "Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a pretty good congressional intern," the congressman said. "We may reach out to him and see if he'd be interested in helping the country in additional ways."

    • kwtree says:

      What could possibly go wrong?

      I just wish reporters would quit calling Rittenhouse the “gunman” or the “protest shooter” and call him a murderer or killer. He shot deliberately at four people, killing two, wounding one. I know that his dog and pony show “trial” exonerated him….but facts is facts. 

      Had Rittenhouse been black and walked into that Kenosha protest, a) he probably eouldn’t have survived his first encounter with police. If he did survive, the media would be calling him an “unrepentant murderer” “ savage killer” , and worse.

      • Voyageur says:

        Rittenhouse is as innocent as O.J. Simpson.  In America, any killer, black or white, can walk if he has $2 million to spend on lawyers.


        • RepealAndReplace says:

          At least OJ used his own earnings made prior to the notorious wrongful deaths to pay his so-called Dream Team.

          This punk is living off of the kindness of Rupert Murdoch, Tucker Carlson, and the other folks at Fox News.

          That is not to say that he lacks earning capacity. He will make a lot of money off of this tragedy in the future. In a just world, much of what he rakes in should go to the surviving victim and the families of the two deceased victims in the tort cases which are coming.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Rep. Cawthorn has made the offer of an internship for Rittenhouse, too. 

      Odd that they are vying for the honor of having a someone saying he is a BLM supporter in their office as an intern.

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