Wednesday Open Thread

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–John Wanamaker, the “Father of Advertising”

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  1. Libertad says:

    … even with the growth at DPS, its overall graduation levels still lag far behind the statewide average, according to data released by the Colorado Department of Education.

    DPS rates increased by 4.3 percentage points – to 56.1 percent ….

    Read more: Denver schools’ graduation rates up 4 percentage points to 56% – The Denver Post

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    • ClubTwitty says:

      Did the electro-shock work this time?

    • Aristotle says:

      At least when it suits your agenda.

    • SSG_Dan says:

      ….and see what DPD is doing to boost the rates:

      Tania Molinar could have every excuse not to graduate from Abraham Lincoln High School on time.

      She’s a first-generation high school student. English is her second language. And she’s a mom.

      But she’s not making excuses.

      This May, she will graduate on time – with honors. In the fall, she’ll enroll at the University of Denver with the hope of becoming a physician’s assistant.

      “I’m going to open doors for myself, my son and my younger siblings,” said Molinar, a gregarious 17-year-old who credits an array of advisers, teachers and school programs for leading her to those doors.

      And it’s why Lincoln, which increased its graduation rate by about 12 percentage points to 63.5 percent in 2011, was the backdrop Friday as Denver Public Schools touted significant gains in on-time graduation rates last year.

      Maybe I missed your usual jabbering simpleton snark, but are you saying this is something you DON’T want a public school to do for it’s students?

      Take your time answering – I’m assuming you’re still amped up from slaying orcs and many cans of energy drinks….

    • DavidThi808 says:

      One fucking year! This is extraordinary. If they do this for 3 more years they’ll be at Boulder levels. They do it for 4 and they’ll lead every district in the state.

      Your comment is total bullshit and shows that you will spin an incredible accomplishment trying to make it fit your view.

    • VanDammer says:

      why waste a scintilla of time or effort responding to a ‘turd dump & run?  There’s nothing to accomplish.

      ‘turd MO is to post some ill-read misunderstood cut & paste, link to biased  polls, or offer up one-sided WorldNutsDaily “report” with serious disputed facts — or otherwise he just plays the troll.

      People’s Collective & the rightie blog tips tells ’em to actively waste the time of Progs & Libs by trolling sites. Yeah, its a concerted effort trying to get Dems & Progs BVDs inna bunch and they can do it just by posting this idiotic crap. Rightie troll actions are exactly the same and unfortunately a lot of active bloggers fall into the same responses.  Why?  WHY??  Whatever one hopes to accomplish with a response to ‘turd or MarkG or BJ or MEllis (if still around) is unfounded and futile.  Trolls don’t want the truth or facts, they want to you to waste your time and efforts with having you respond.  Think about it.    

      Progs & Libs have better things to do, better topics to discuss, and much better discussions to be had than to be dickin’ around with these idiot-boy trolls (and notice a male prevalence among the idiots).  Just sayin …      

  2. Aristotle says:

    because I think it’s a significant detail.

    One thing to add….

    The distance from Colfax and Downing to the 1700 block of Pennsylvania is well over half a mile, pushing 3/4 mile. (Replay 0:50-1:05 of the press conference video on yesterday’s thread to confirm this.) Pennsylvania is 7 blocks west of Downing, and 17th Ave (denoting the 1700 block) is two north of Colfax. That is a hell of a long way to go to “get out of traffic,” and much more than the “couple of blocks” indicated in the diary.

    That’s one more thing that raises my eyebrows. I would guess that the legislative plates on Rep. Bradford’s car had a lot to do with why she wasn’t forced to pull over sooner – or maybe this is what police do if DUI suspects aren’t really making a run for it? I don’t know. BUT… I do think it’s one more thing that makes it appear that she was pretty intoxicated at the time. I’ve been pulled over a few times over the years, and I know I didn’t travel that far before I stopped, not even when it was on the freeway.

    • VanDammer says:

      well it’s apparent they’re above the law when a Leg session convenes (even when they ask to be treated like everyone else wink-wink) so how in the hell would those flashing red & blues be meant for her?

      Guess her resolve for normal citizen treatment and deserving DUI & drunk tank spell quietly abated while they were sharing small talk waiting for a cab.  But whaddabout the gat — was it retrieved, secured, or handed back to her when she was sent tipsey-toddlin’ on her way?

      What was the procedure?  Did DPD lock it in the car & left both on the side of Colfax,  did they secure it & give her a claim ticket to come on down, or did they send that home along with some “know-your-officer” tchotchkes?

  3. SSG_Dan says:

    ….I’d like to post something he can understand – a color picture explaining fiscal policy:

  4. MADCO says:

    What if I loaned my CoPols user name to someone?

    Could I (MADCO) still try and be FPE?

    Is it  a penalty boxable offence?

    Would it just be wrong?

    I’m not saying it happened or will. Just asking.  

  5. VanDammer says:

    I was revisiting my old posts and this great bit of Ali prognostication regarding Newt gave us some laugh-out-loud gems: Not to be a jackass, but…

    I think Palin is going to run – SarahPac just sent out 400,000 fundraising mailers – after running for office twice, no one understands the price of mailers better than me – 400,000??? That’s a Presidential campaign right there


    Newt is going to SMOKE everyone in the debates


    Romney is at his best right now when he can fundraise – once the debates start, he’ll be a trainwreck


    I would BET money that Newt Gingrich will be the nominee, simply on the basis that he’s going to smoke everyone in the debates – if not Newt, then it’ll be Sarah Palin

    What’s worse is Ali first posted this in June (but he gave himself calling on Romney taking the CO caucus) but he then had the hubris to repost it all again in December.  Hmm, Ali needs to wash out the tea cup and tamp down the wagers on Uncle Newt.    

    • BlueCat says:

      close contact with Newt,  Newt being an honorary uncle and all, who not only doesn’t consider him slime, not only doesn’t dislike him, but actually loves him.  Well, possibly besides Callista. For now.  I’d advise her not to get sick. Or old. Or object to Newt’s next mistress.  

    • sxp151 says:

      who was predicting a Gingrich win. As I recall dwyer and Dave were predicting it only a couple days ago. And predicting that Gingrich would even get out of the single digits anywhere was pretty brave back in June 2011.

      And Ali’s prediction that Gingrich’s debate performance would boost him in primaries was true (though not true enough). His first surge was just because it was his turn to be the not-Romney, but his second surge was solely based on his yelling at a black man about the inadequacies of black people during a debate. It defied all my mathematical modeling.

      • BlueCat says:

        As you say, plenty have talked up Newt’s chances. That’s not what I said stands out.  It’s the fact that Ali knows him and actually likes him. A lot. You’ve got to admit, that puts Ali in a very exclusive subset. Like phone booth size. With room left over for those who share Ali’s love for Doug Bruce. Not that there’s anything wrong with Ali’s endearing, undying loyalties.  Their just….unique.  

      • VanDammer says:

        he was also sure about $ister $arah and  he waxed on about Guiliani “Rex” both at the demise of Mittens.  It was all so bad that I just had to laugh & share.  

        I’m sorry to diss Ali ’cause I like his input and welcome most insights in his participation but the original post and then to hubris in reposting just so we were sure to heed his words with a lead in of “I might be a jackass …” is just too good.

  6. ClubTwitty says:

    Newt Gingrich’s campaign paid him $47,000 for a list of supporters

    Read more:

    Is this a great country, or what?

  7. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Tried to promote the post about Romney’s feelings on the very poor, but I wanted to push it down with the morning content to leave Laura Bradford her well-deserved spotlight for now. Instead it ended up in Tuesday’s content, even though it is timestamped Wednesday 9 AM.

  8. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    I caught one of his tweets on the right margin —->

    some people are so self unaware to the point they don’t get the memo that no one else gives a shit.  Wasn’t the level of embarrasment from stolen valor enough ?  Jesus, just go the fuck away.

    • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

      That’s sort of why they describe it as mental illness.

      I’m not qualified to diagnose, but there’s pretty clearly something seriously wrong in the guy’s head, given his behavior.

      • SSG_Dan says:

        The only person to diagnose Rick with any kind of behavioral or mental health issue is Rick….usually in front of a camera attempting to divert guilt.

        I’m willing to let him enjoy his few remaining days of freedom by cluelessly tweeting comments, prior to his return to a cell to stand trial for the pile of Stolen Valor charges.

        • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

          But one can be “guilty, but mentally ill.” I suspect Rick is. You don’t have that much of a disconnect from reality if you’re a mentally healthy person. The politically incorrect old phrase “criminally insane” would be applicable here…  

          • SSG_Dan says:

            Diagnosis by Google search is the only one that Rick has received. It’s “curious” that all of the personalities that Rick has adapted (Lawyer, IT Consultant, Car Race Promoter, etc.) all involve some form of extracting monies from other people.

            If you’d like to make the case that criminal behavior is mental illness, I’d agree. But not for anything else.

            And Fidel, someone has a FakeRickStrandlof twitter account.  

            • ProgressiveCowgirl says:

              He is not a rational human being and does not seem to have any understanding that his actions are wrong. I have met him and I have my guesses–and none of them is anything treatable, sadly–but we’ll have to agree to disagree. I respect your opinion and agree that he needs to go to jail. My point is just that there shouldn’t be anyone surprised when he behaves in ways that are not typical of a person who feels things like shame or remorse. He does not appear to have those emotions.

  9. Aristotle says:

    Interesting mix of Dems and ‘pubs voted with the majority in a final talley of 28-21. And a couple of Dems were on the losing side.

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