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January 13, 2012 04:37 PM UTC

Open Line Friday!

  • by: Colorado Pols

“We think the country’s imperiled, and we think something needs to happen to save it, and we think Obamacare is the ball game, and we think that every freedom that we take for granted is gone once the government gets that fully implemented. It’s serious. But I’m left to wonder, does Romney look at it that way? He may not.”

–Rush Limbaugh, yesterday


32 thoughts on “Open Line Friday!

  1. On a religious liberty issue.

    The Nine voted in unison on earlier this week to give religious groups free choice in choosing and dismissing their leaders.

    With Roberts and Thomas writing (pretty sure Clarence didn’t ask any questions during the hearing) on behalf of the decision it appears to be a victory for conservative interests. Liberals may find this case provides support for future arguments to keep government out of the public arenas.

    1. I know there are some upset liberal folks out there on this decision, but it’s the only way I think the Court could have ruled given the circumstances.

      The other side of this coin is that it opens the door to more clear decisions by governments on whether or not they should fund religious schooling.  If called teachers are essentially immune from government protection and regulation, then the inability to regulate them should be a prime deciding factor leading toward denial of any religious school’s desire to participate in public funding.  In an age where we’re looking to better school oversight, this decision says “don’t look for it at religious schools”.

    2. The ACLU spokesman on NPR said they thought this decision was fair. It’s also a very limited scope decision if you read more about it.  

    1. Link to pdf here:

      Numerous self-serving statements praising policy here:

      (I do love the picture of Adm. Willard.)

      This is bad for the stone-age thinkers still clinging to the idea we have to fight the Soviet Tank Armies as they stream thru the Fulda Gap, but a really REALLY good policy in facing future conflicts.

      One thing that does worry me is the idea that Aircraft Carriers are somehow invulnerable to future weapon systems.

      Back in my Ops Specialist days at Fort Hood, we fought a sim where the US had to take Taiwan back. I got to command the Airborne task force that landed on the island – and the airlift got wasted before we even got close to the island. When the carriers moved closer for CAS and interdiction, satellite-based systems rained munitions down on them and SANK most of the fleet.

      I know that the spooks at DARPA aer building stuff to fit into this plan, but the Chinese are doing the same thing…

      1. In 2002, a classified, $250 million Defense Department war game concluded that small, agile speedboats swarming a naval convoy could inflict devastating damage on more powerful warships. In that game, the Blue Team navy, representing the United States, lost 16 major warships – an aircraft carrier, cruisers and amphibious vessels – when they were sunk to the bottom of the Persian Gulf in an attack that included swarming tactics by enemy speedboats.

  2. Get that one on one interview with Mark Udall at long last.

    Please join me this Wednesday, January 18, for a town hall meeting in Fort Collins.  

    I’m kicking off the year by traveling our beautiful state to talk with Coloradans, and I will be holding a town hall meeting in Fort Collins next week. I want to hear your ideas on policies that will help create jobs and spur the economy, and how I can better partner with you to accomplish these goals.

    Please register online to be notified of specific location information and to let me know what you would like to discuss. Please note that seating is limited, and admittance will be first come, first served.


    Colorado State University

    Fort Collins


    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


    Job number one for Congress this year needs to be getting our economy back in shape. We’re on the right track, but progress has been painfully slow, and millions of Americans still cannot find work. We need our government to focus on practical solutions, not political agendas, and I promise to continue to be a voice of reason in the U.S. Senate.

    I hope to see you this Wednesday.

  3. not the stacking of the deck in favor of the 1%, not the changing of the rules for the priviledged American aristocracy as they go, not the vulture capitalism, not the parasitic raiding of pension funds, not the firing of thousands for the pocketbook of one, not the destruction of the middle class, not the patent unfairness.

    No, just turns out its just envy !  What an asshole.

    1. After long days of soul searching, I’ve discovered that my sense of justice and belief in equality were mere masks of my envy of those who worked so hard to be born into millions. How dare I – how dare any of us – judge a man who has earned everything by being born at the very top, and whose hard work at Bain earned him a rumored $26 million annual paycheck every year since he left? Any of us could have done that if only we worked hard. It’s not his fault we chose not to be born into vast wealth and social advantage.

      I envy that son of a bitch for making the right choice – the one I should have made.

    2. about real life for the 99 percent.  

      And who thought Rick “Goodhair” Perry could serve a useful function in the election — his phrase “vulture capitalism” is memorable and vividly descriptive.

    1. If people are only willing to sit at their keyboards and hurl their latest greatest thoughts little changes. Change happens when what we talk about here translates into action.   That requires people knowing who you are, what you are about, and what you are willing to do.

      On that note can please reinstate:

      Steve Harvey!

        1. I mean that seriously. You all add a lot to the conversation.  And when I find myself being judgmental I want to slap myself.

          All is goo my firend!

      1. Look at that chart!

        But seriously though… the point isn’t about “translating talk into action,” but about the quality of that talk in the first place. But I think you get that.

        I posted this mostly because Nancy has a long record of claiming moral superiority due to the fact that she posts under her own name. (Even though Nancy used to use a psudonym.) And Dave has generally favored the notion of real names, too, albeit because he believes people are more restrained and less apt to be full-on assholes. (He’s probably correct.)

  4. …I feel the need to post this Onion article today.

    (BTW I’ll be wearing my vintage Broncos Tom Jackson Jersey as I enjoy the music.)

    Athletes And Religion

    Tim Tebow has reinvigorated discussion on athletes using the field as a pulpit, but of course he’s hardly the first to do so.

       * Bill Belichick: Had God killed in 2003

       * Barry Bonds: Pointed to the sky after hitting his 756th career home run, mocking the weak God he’d bested with the power of science

       * Muhammad Ali: Made a principled religious stand against serving in Vietnam, although there were plenty of other fine reasons to want to stay out of that one

       * Tiger Woods: As a practicing Buddhist, he subscribes to the Four Noble Truths: Life is suffering; the origin of suffering is attachment; the cessation of suffering is attainable; when the river’s running red, take the dirt road

       * Hakeem Olajuwon: In 1995, named the NBA Player of the Month during Ramadan, despite fasting that caused him to lose weight and shrink 9 inches

       * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A proud Muslim who changed his name to reflect his faith, Abdul-Jabbar is certainly glad he played when he did

       * Sandy Koufax: Jew

       * Secretariat: Famously changed name to Yousef al-Salaam after winning 1973 Preakness

       * Reggie White: Credited his 198.5 sacks to Jesus even though they were actually granted by Indra, the Hindu deity of war, rainfall, and the Green Bay Packers

  5. NY Tech Meetup Will Physically Protest Senators Over SOPA/PIPA

    NY Tech Meetup, an 8-year-old trade organization made up of 19,000 plus members of New York’s thriving technology industry (aka Silicon Alley), took the unprecedented step on Friday of emailing every member in its contacts list calling for them to all show up outside the Manhattan offices of New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday, January 18, to protest the Democratic lawmakers’ co-sponsorship of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

    I wonder if it would work to do the same thing here? Jared Polis has been fantastic trying to stop this disaster. But Senator Bennet has come out in favor of it – placing Hollywood campaign contributions over both freedom of speech on the Internet and Colorado’s high tech community.

    For those wondering what impact it can have on you, the first time there’s a complaint that someone posted a link to pirated material on Pols, say goodbye to Pols. Gee, no one would do that on purpose would they…

  6. South Carolina Was Always Going To Be A Fight, And Now It Is

    Now new Public Policy Polling (D) numbers out Friday show Romney in the lead with 29 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 24, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) with 15 and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at 14. The rest of the field is in single digits.

    Now Romney has a mere 4.7 percent lead in our numbers

    Gingrich is within the margin of error and his numbers are climbing while Romney’s are dropping.

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