Thursday Open Thread

“The main thing is to make history, not to write it.”

–Otto von Bismarck

49 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    Here we go ….

    ‘Corruption’ or ‘socialism’: GOP takes aim at South Texas either way – POLITICO

    For what it is worth, if I lived in TX-28, I probably would vote for Cisneros in the runoff but it's immaterial. The seat is lost regardless of which one wins the runoff.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Representative Sirota introduces a new bill — necessary protection for election workers. Colorado election workers could soon get new protections against threats, doxxing

    If you see or write to your state legislators, this seems like an idea whose time has come [unfortunately].  While it ought to be bi-partisan, I'm thinking it likely to be a project of the Democratic legislators.

    • kwtree says:

      I agree; it’s a good idea to write to one’s state legislators, urging them to vote for 1273, the election-worker protection bill.

      I’d like to see this extended to school board members, as well. They’re getting nasty emails and calls including pictures of their children. This is clearly intended to  intimidate , and should be prosecuted as a crime.

  3. ParkHill says:

    Heather Cox-Richardson calls our attention to:

    Please take note of how dramatically Twitter has changed since the freezing of Russan assets. Suddenly all those anti-Biden "Amrican patriots" have disappeared.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Captain PewPew? 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Jennifer Cohn is doing a good job of connecting dots (the plane issue doesn't show up until tweet #8)

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      Q-bert Airways.

      Where the flight attendant dresses like a Hooters' server while packing heat.

    • kwtree says:

      There’s a human story connected to Texas’ anti- Trans laws. Jeff Younger, a Texas legislative candidate who supports the Governor’s anti-Trans directive, and who also has a transgender daughter, lost custody of his child after refusing to pay child support, and fighting with his ex-wife over the child’s medical treatment.

      Younger and his daughter, Luna, ( now 12) are the ones mentioned in the last paragraphs of this aricle about how trans children are being used to promote right wing candidates in Texas. 
      Younger was shouted out of a Texas university when he  came to promote the “Trans treatment is child abuse” bill.

       

  5. notaskinnycook says:

    Alva, I inadvertently clicked on the banner ad at the top of the page and it hijacked my homepage. You might want to take a look at that.

     

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Hitting closer to home..,

    Russia billionaires move superyachts to Maldives as sanctions tighten
     

    The Titan, owned by Alexander Abramov, a co-founder of steel producer Evraz, arrived on Feb. 28.

  7. Promo Code: says:

    The news is hard to watch. It is demoralizing, dehumanizing, and hurts the soul. The continuous images of young women and their babies stampeded into escaping the war zone is so heartbreaking. Saying good bye to their sons and fathers is so traumatic. If you have had a loved one go off to war you know the crushing anxiety and sadness of the circumstances. Not only do you worry about their physical safety and exposure to horrific actions that may leave many not the same as when they left.

    The Good Samaritan risk his safety to give aid to one in need. We have become a nation of selfish people, constantly asking the question of “whats in it for me”. We calculate the cost benefit of every action, and change as soon as something goes south. How pitiful we have become.

    Past Presidents and politicians have proclaimed the US is the shining city on the hill, a thousand points of light, worlds strongest democracy, world superpower. What good are these accolades without action? GOD will not look favorably on our country.

    Why can’t we do anything? A man does not light a lamp and put it under a blanket. We have capability to help innocent people.We are supposed to have fancy airplanes that are invisible, stealth airplanes, stealth helicopter and who know what else. Can we not fly our airplanes at night and bomb the Russians? Can we paint Ukrainian flags on the machines and let the Ukrainian pilots fly them?

    We promised Ukraine we would standby their security when they gave up nuclear weapons, and now we don’t. Our selfishness will not be rewarded.

    Lord we need your supernatural help. Bring fire on the advancing Russians. Stop this by what ever means you choose. Please do not take your hand off of this world. Amen

    • JohnInDenver says:

      You may want to review what sort of security assurances were given by the United States.  The ones I consider relevant say

      4. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used.

      5. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm, in the case of Ukraine, their commitment not to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear-weapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, except in the case of an attack on themselves, their territories or dependent territories, their armed forces, or their allies, by such a State in association or alliance with a nuclear-weapon State.

      6. Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America will consult in the event a situation arises that raises a question concerning these commitments.

      Ukraine is not a part of NATO or the EU. There has been US military aid (of various sorts) given in the past decade — but again, I don't know of any explicit guarantee beyond "we will deliver these goods."

      • Promo Code: says:

        Ukrainians are members of the human race, does that count for nothing?

        • kwtree says:

          Nobody’s arguing that Ukrainians aren’t human. Your prayers for them are well-intended and , I think, helpful,, along with everyone else’s, including heathens like myself. I hope you’re not above helping with material aid; several organizations are helping refugees, for example.

          I do wonder what your political agenda on here is; your first posts were incoherent, at best. Are you a “ It’s Biden’s fault for being weak”, or “ It’s Trump’s fault for promoting Putin as a great leader, undermining NATO, and extorting Ukraine for political blackmail” kind of guy?

          Or are you, as your screen name implies, merely another commercial spammer who will eventually implore readers to click on your product’s “promo code”?

           

          • Powerful Pear says:

            I give substantially to my church and trust them to make wise decisions for the needs that are expressed.

            I have nothing to sell. Does it matter who’s fault it is, can’t we just make a new decision and do what is right for humanity?

            • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

              "I give substantially to my church and trust them to make wise decisions for the needs that are expressed."

              Like all those saps who trusted and donated to the likes of Oral Roberts, Jim and Tammy Bakker, and Ted Haggard?

              Or maybe Roger is a Roman Catholic, and his donations go towards paying the attorney's fees and settlement costs of the pedophile priest lawsuits. 

            • kwtree says:

              Your church may be doing great work…many are. But yes, it does matter “whose fault it is.”

              The day that you actually concede that your support of Trump was misplaced, and that he lost the election to Biden will  be the day that people start having useful conversations on here, instead of just hurling insults back and forth. 

              • Conserv. Head Banger says:

                I don’t think Pear has to concede anything regarding his support of Trump in 2016 being “misplaced.” It’s not necessary to repeat, but I’ll do it anyway, that both a lot of people got snookered by the corrupt grifter Trump and that Hillary was a weak candidate.

                A lot of facts have come out in the past four years about Trump and his supporters. Many people fell away and either withheld their votes in 2020 or voted for Biden. Information continues to come out. Yes, the far righties deride the various investigations in NY and GA as “partisan witchhunts,” as well as the January 6 committee. But they can’t hide the fact that Trump’s long time accounting firm, Mazar’s, bailed out on him.

                Articles in the right leaning magazine, The Washington Examiner, are opining in almost every issue now that Trump should not be a presidential candidate in 2024. The Examiner is not known as a hotbed of “Never-Trumpism.”

            • Diogenesdemar says:

              “I give substantially to my church”

              10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

            • ParkHill says:

              Church of Trump. Beware false prophets.

  8. kwtree says:

    Just the DNA, please.

    E Jean Carroll, who said that Trump raped her in the 1990s, only wants a DNA sample from TFG. 

  9. Powerful Pear says:

    Wow, I thought climate change was the mother of triggers. Who knew it would be God!

    I worship an Awesome God. Tell me about your God. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      C'mon, PP.

      It ain't about God, and you know it. It is about churches of men who profess to speak for God. They are a tool of the right wing. 

      Prosperity Jesus has a message a little different from the one I learned. I have attended numerous churches, never having found one that surpassed my closet. 

      I sat with my mother in her little country church in Texas while her pastor delivered a message from John Hagee. It was a hate-filled, self-righteous, excoriation of all things Obama and Democrat…and a call to political action.

      I asked my elderly Mom what she thought Jesus would think of that. She said, "He would weep".

      She soon after left that church.

       

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Don't confuse the issue, Pfruit.

      It's not God . . . 

      "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

      . . . it's you.

       

       

      • Powerful Pear says:

        You got that right Diode. It’s me it’s you, for we all have sinned and fallen short. Get on board. 

        • Duke Cox says:

          It is good that you finally admit the truth.

          It is you…and all the delusional, holier- than-thou, self-righteous, church going phonies like you.

          You act like this is a game…Isn't it fun to see your heros' hero teach those evil Ukranians a lesson? What could be more fun than watching Putins' army blowing babies into little bits?

          Yes…you must be proud.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      "the mother of triggers……."

      Nope, the "mother" is saying anything bad about the Trump & Putin bromance buddies.

  10. gertie97 says:

    What PP and his ilk can’t explain is this: if your God is so awesome, why does he require worship from lesser beings?

    How could such an awesome being have such low self-esteem?

     

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