Friday Open Thread

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”

–Oscar Wilde

30 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MattC says:

    Hey, Colorado!

    Remember not that long ago when Colorado was mostly a red state.
    Do you remember the local Ds acting all arrogant but weirdly loserish?   We had the better candidate, a great canddiate! We'll get 'em next time!

    Arizona needs your help.

    Lamon (seriously pronounced "lame-en") is in the bizarre mix of R primary loons for the US Senate. He has come up with the cheddar to run a Superbowl ad. In it, he simulates shooting Senator Kelly and other political opponents.

    Recall it was then astronaut Kelly's wife, Gabrielle Gifford who was "targeted" in a notorious tv ad and then was shot with 18 others in a grocery store meeting.

    AZ D's are still living in a mostly red state and see the world through the filter of decades of second class citizenry.. Red state D's need to know – it is not ok to lose. Winning matters more than any consolation from taking the high road.

    If you can, move to AZ before next summer (90 days before the first week of October preferred) and organize or other wise help remind AZ D's that they have one job this year. Just one.

    Same goes for Georgia – of course. But unless the self identified mentally health challenged R front runner withdraws (he or his alter ego might) that is a different fight.

    • Tazistan Jen says:

      I do remember, and I also lived in California when it was turning from purple to blue. I don't think it has much to do with changing minds or even running perfect campaigns (though you can ruin your chances with a bad one).  It has to do with changing the electorate.  Either the people eligible to vote change (people move in or leave, or turn 18 or die) or people who don't usually vote are convinced to vote.  It is only the latter that can be affected by a party.

      In other words, all GOTV, all the time. See Georgia.

  2. Nasty Old Man Suffering From Dementia says:

    Thanks for the invite, I’ll be on the way.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Can you find your way from Canada?  How's the strike going

      • Nasty Old Man Suffering From Dementia says:

        Governments are on the razors edge when they start fucking with truck drivers. Trucks off the road for 3 days and your grocery store will be empty. You will be ok because you can eat the hemp you grow, but what about “the children”?

        • allyncooper says:

          Eh ?

          Truckers of the world unite!  You have nothing to lose but your chains !  (your tire chains no doubt)

          Interesting how Democratic governors are now starting to rescind their mask mandates.

          You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.


          • ParkHill says:

            Canadian authorities have been blind-sided because the right-wing is willing to break the rules. That was the lesson from Trump's sociopathy. Bitch slap the mayor of governor and challenge them to respond. 

            I think they should start seizing the trucks and cars being used in the blockade. Put them in compounds and wait for the slow wheels of justice to determine if they've been used in criminal activity.

            A big-rig is a hell of a lot more expensive than a bicycle. 

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          But, what will “the truckers” eat, Pfruit? . . .

          . . . Have you forgotten, “Man does not live by bread truck stop beef jerky and Flaming Hot Cheetos, alone.”???

        • kwtree says:

          If the trucker’s blockade happens in Cali and DC, it will probably reflect what’s happening in Canada now- a lot of blaring horns and “patriotic”  posturing, , signifying nothing. 
          Very few protesters are left at the Ottowa camp, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance says  that 90% of the protesters have no connection to the trucking industry, per link in Michael’s post, but the right wing commentators and foreign trolls are milking it for all it’s worth. 

          If the protesters and blockades become a real threat to public safety in a Super Bowl / State of the Union protest, the National Guard or other entities should be called in to disperse them. DHS is already on the case. 

        • unnamed says:

          Great job of using your words, if only there was a point to make.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Union heads in Canada, including the Teamsters, have stated that 95% plus of Canadian truckers aren't standing in solidarity with the a-hole blockaders.

        • JohnInDenver says:

          You may be amused to read a Canadian's fact check on the Canadian "truckers" strike

          Fact check: Debunking false claims about the Canadian convoy protests

          By Daniel Dale, CNN  Updated 7:03 AM ET, Wed February 9, 2022

          * Canadian journalists put the number of trucks in the hundreds in late January. Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly told reporters on January 31 that it was impossible to provide exact crowd-size figures but that he had "heard" numbers as high as 18,000 total demonstrators — not just truckers — present in the city at the peak of the protest on January 29.

          and tonight … apparently the "demonstration" has alienated Conservative Doug Ford

          Friday by threatening C$100,000 fines and up to a year in prison for non-compliance.

          Announcing the penalties as part of emergency measures, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said they were needed to "make crystal clear it is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure."

          and a local judge has granted an injunction;

          Superior Court Justice Geoffrey Morawetz said his order would come into effect at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (0000 GMT) on Friday to give people some time to clear the area.

          What could happen?

          the protesters' vehicles—which are currently blocking the bridge—could end up being seized.

          WXYZ-TV tweeted out a picture of a notice being handed out by Windsor Police. The notice states that arrests will begin after midnight due to an official state of emergency.

          Ontario was also considering "taking away personal and commercial (CVOR) licenses from any protestors who do not comply with this order," according to the notice.



  3. 2Jung2Die says:

    Haven't read any type of prophecy in a long time, but I seem to remember that a Universal Designated Hitter rule was a sign of the apocalypse…

  4. itlduso says:

    Democracy.  Pass it on.

  5. Denise Spencer says:

    Republicans pass tax cuts for the rich and send our jobs to china. Democrats do nothing to repeal the policy. One party is responsible, the other complicit. No Democrat or republican deserves re-election.

    NO ONE got anything they wanted except the rich and they do all they can to keep it that way.

    • Nasty Old Man Suffering From Dementia says:

      Republicans & Democrats pass tax cuts for the rich and send our jobs to china. Democrats & Republicans do nothing to repeal the policy. Both parties are responsible, and complicit. No Democrat or Republican deserves re-election.

      NO ONE got anything they wanted except the rich and they do all they can to keep it that way.

      So what are you going to do about it?

      • Duke Cox says:


        If your aren't going to use a quotation box, at least use quotation marks. Not doing so is terribly bad form. You have enough problems, does bad grammar have to be one of them?

      • unnamed says:

        Yeah.  You know, pnasty, the last guy who was President passed that tax cut for the rich back in 2017.  Raised taxes on the rest of us.  

        Also, you lament that the rich are the only ones getting what they want and want to keep it that way, yet you seemed totally cool with that in the past.  

        To quote you:

        Great job of using your words, if only there was a point to make.

  6. Denise Spencer says:

    Sen Michael Bennet has a progressive primary challenger.Finally someone willing to stand up to the right wing failed record of Bennet and his corporate corruption.

    Karen Breslin will get my support at the dem caucus so we can get her on the primary ballot against bank owned property like Bennet. It's a long shot but our best hope.
    At least I will be able to vote for a progressive democrat in the primary. I was planning on not voting at all for senate or house in the general election as dems offered nothing to vote for.

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