68th Colorado General Assembly, Second Session Open Thread

Shake hands and come out swinging.

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  1. Libertad says:

    This is a total campaign move, and Veterens and Medical professionals should be asking why she didn’t move this issue forward earlier.

    Worse, why duplicate efforts. There exist today many community partnerships focused on this issue … Her effort only takes the wind out of existing successful efforts.

    Associated Press

    7:09 a.m. EST, January 11, 2012


    В Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries.

    The initiative is part of the first lady’s Joining Forces campaign, which focuses on issues affecting veterans and their families.

    Mrs. Obama is to announce the commitment from more than 100 medical schools during an appearance this afternoonВ at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The schools are agreeing to step up training for medical students in how to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury, increase research into the conditions and share new information and best practices.

    Aides said Mrs. Obama will emphasize that while most troops come home from combat with few or no mental health issues, those who do should not see it as a source of shame or weakness.


  2. Libertad says:

    Vestas Wind Systems tomorrow plans to announce organizational changes that may cut thousands of jobs at the world’s biggest wind turbine maker while preserving the position of Chief Executive Officer Ditlev Engel.

    As many as 3,000 of Vestas’s more than 23,250 employees may lose their posts, said Jacob Pedersen, an analyst at Sydbank.

    Read more: Vestas restructuring, may cut jobs – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/brea

    Read The Denver Post’s Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/term

    The jaded Denver Post actually had the nuts to say that the Vestas CEOs position would remain. Now we all know that the liberals desire socialistic business organizations … Benefit corporations and what not … But really? Of course the CEO position remains … We’ll hear more details later and hopefully no job losses occur or at least not in Colorado. Just horrible news all around.

    • Middle of the Road says:

      You really do assume none of us read links, don’t you? Or was it just a completely innocent oversight on your part to mention that the vast majority of jobs being cut will be in Denmark, not here?

      And that is it highly likely that jobs here in the US will be “spared” altogether, according to your own linked article, because of the combination of both demand and the tax credits that support wind energy (that you so abhor, except when they are going to oil and gas industries.)

      But your concern for Denmark is deeply touching.

  3. Automaticftp says:

    The less the legislature does, the better the session.

  4. DaftPunk says:

    Man Wounded in Arizona Shooting Hates Gabrielle Giffords

    Reporters have finally managed to locate a man who may be the only American that doesn’t find Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery inspirational. In fact, he’s disgusted by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly and says, “Every time I see them on TV, it makes me want to vomit.” George Morris knows firsthand what the couple have been through, because he’s one of the victims of the Arizona shooting. Morris was wounded in the attack and his wife was killed, yet he’s challenging anyone who says the lesson from the attack is that there needs to be more civility in politics.

    • Complete and total denial, blaming Giffords’ husband for the attack rather than the actual shooter.

      But I don’t think he’s the prime asshole in Arizona; that title remains with Sheriff Arpaio.

    • Middle of the Road says:

      I read his original interview with the AZ Central and I have mixed feelings after reading it. I’m truly glad he has found someone new to share his life with, am sad and sympathetic to the enormous loss he has experienced (married 54 years to his wife, one of the victims) and downright nauseated at some of his comments.

      I can’t understand him blaming Mark Kelley for this, as though Gifford’s husband single-handedly should be responsible for security for a member of Congress at an open meeting. Maybe his way of getting through this experience is finding someone to blame? I really don’t understand where he’s coming from with his level of despisement for Giffords and Kelley.

      I’m really left sort of speechless after reading the entire interview.  

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    from today’s three-hour I-25 session:

    Sure is nice to have those big, expensive road signs letting us know that this road may be icy .  . .

    Mitt Romney is nothing but another smug child of privilege . . .

    Why the fuck didn’t I call in sick today? . . .

    Shouldn’t this country have at least one sunbelt state not overrun by the right wingers?? . . .

    Bumper sticker of the day:  Wag more, bark less.

    I’d probably wag a lot more if I could spend days like today lying around and licking myself . . .

    The driver that Leaf is sure a douchenozzle . . .

    Maybe I should take a look at early retirement?

  6. Lurker19 says:

    So I got a Kindle for Christmas and it only took me until today to figure out how to turn it on.  I ordered a $3.99 game (you know, to prove I could) and I was charged $0.31 in sales tax.  


    I thought Amazon-dot-commie was fighting that?

  7. DavidThi808 says:

    Reddit will go dark for 12 hours on January 18 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

    Mashable reported that last month Reddit got 2 billion page views (yes, billion). That was twice as many as December 2010 and included 35 million unique visitors who looked at an average of 13 pages each.

    Assume just 2% of them call Congress to complain – that would be 700,000 phone calls in 1 day.

  8. DavidThi808 says:

    Yes it does exist. Of course, it was Republicans, they were caught, and they’re facing felonies.

    But I appreciate them showing that the present laws are sufficient. And that the only people we need to worry about are Republican activists.

  9. Diogenesdemar says:

    Buffett to Republicans: if you pay, so will I

    (Reuters) – Warren Buffett is willing to put his money where his mouth is, if only congressional Republicans would join him.

    The American billionaire investor, in the new issue of Time magazine, says he would donate $1 to paying down the national debt for every dollar donated by a Republican in Congress. The only exception is Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell – for whom Buffett said he would go $3-to-$1.


    Remember all those Republicans obsessed with the need to shrink the deficit???

    C’mon Yertle, baby, THREE TO ONE!!  Put your money where your mouth is, boys . . . or STFU!!  (And, go ahead and keep your money because STFU would be far more than worth it.)

    see also: Nobody Understands Debt

    (BTW, isn’t it about time somebody from Nebraska — and, I mean in my lifetime . . . although William Jennings Bryon still has some appeal — ran for the White House?)

  10. Diogenesdemar says:

    in South Carolina go unwatched in Colorado simply because our Republicans lack the good sense to schedule their primary earlier.

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    • MADCO says:

      It’s stupid and pointless, because there is nothing here that hurts in the primary.  Sure a bunch fat white American  workers lost their jobs, but some other guys got really rich.

      Of course, in the general it plays a little harder. Fork, thank you.

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