Monday Open Thread

“Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.”

–Vannevar Bush

31 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. notaskinnycook says:

    Here's a nice way to start off the week, Alex Jones files Chapter 11: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/18/us/alex-jones-infowars-bankruptcy.html

    • ParkHill says:

      Trying to protect his assets from his legal troubles.

    • Genghis says:

      Chapter 11 is a pretty sweet deal. Essentially, the corporation keeps doing business exactly as before, gets access to financing it couldn't have dreamed of getting pre-petition, gets a lengthy holiday from bill-paying, and gets its tit out of the wringer with regard to the overwhelming majority of pre-petition debts.

  2. Whitey Bulger says:

    I hear that the asshat Sean Hannity is implicating my nephew with the junkie, pervert Hunter Biden. Hannity is slime, my people know what to do with the likes of Hunter Biden. We are not in business with them, they work for us.

    Currently the Feds have seen to it that I’m cut off from my regular contacts. Since I can’t do it myself, I’m asking the 51 former intelligence officials to get to the bottom of this atrocity!

    • kwtree says:

      Hi, Pear. Who is Whitey Bulger's nephew, and why should we care?

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Pfruit has a new bone to chew on. They desperately need a distraction from the Kushner crime spree. 

        • Voyageur says:

          MSNBC reports Kushner originally sought $10 billion from the Saudis. The price of blood money is rising.

        • Powerful Pear says:

          Since I have deep connections within the underbelly of the shadow government. I can confirm that the 51 former intelligence officials will, very soon, validate anything MSNBC claims about Kushner. The 17 Nobel laureates will claim the fraud is doubled any MSNBC number and the 16 intelligence agencies will agree completely.

          Record high inflation, Biden poll numbers in the tank, out of control illegal immigration, crime out of control: Joe Biden sucks at being President, Kamala sucks and is also a bad Vice President. This is too delicious to watch as the lefts stomach  churns from digesting KOOK ideology of the Green New Deal and Climate Change.

          Nobody like Democrat policy. Own it!

          • JohnInDenver says:

            Inflation is higher than it has been … but well within the inflation rates of many other nations around the world NOT impacted by Biden's economy.   And if you look at the "real" rate of inflation for those in the lower half of the economy, the increases in salary or wages cut the impact of inflation in half.

            Unemployment is low and continuing to fall.  And as several have pointed out, the harms of unemployment dwarf the problems of inflation.

            Biden poll numbers are low … and continue to beat Trump's numbers at similar points in that Sad!-ministration's history.  Gallup has Biden at 42%, comparable to Trump 39% in the spring of the second year.

            "Nobody like Democrat policy" — your incorrect grammar & word usage aside, I can think of a few people who like Democratic policy — the 15.5 million with affordable health insurance for 2022.

            Gotta admit … I'm surprised that people continue to support Senators who wanted to throw out election results and game a way to maintain Trump in office.  And do you have any thought on the current Dept of Justice record on January 6 prosecutions, now standing at 259 convicted individuals, 1 acquittal, 1 dismissed? 

            • Powerful Pear says:

              Check with Melissa and see if she gives a shit about inflation rates is other countries

              Check out the labor participation rate.

              Maybe you haven’t heard Trump is not President

              Do you know anything about Affordable Health care? $10,000 deductible are real affordable for Melissa and friends of the same circumstances.

              Get a grip John. Biden and the Democratic Party is a threat to the Constitution and individual freedom.

              Why do you continue to be fooled by Democrat policy that is counter to the ideals of America?

              • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

                "Biden and the Democratic Party is a threat to the Constitution and individual freedom"

                Really? I don't see Biden and the Democratic Party exhorting evangelicals and other religious nuts into launching a jihad upon women's uteri.

                • MichaelBowman says:

                  QOTD: just what would Pfruit haul in his big ol’ trucks if America wasn’t a premiere player in the global marketplace?  (where everyone is feeling the pain of inflation) hint: he’d be doing something akin to raking the forests with Fluffy.

                  • Powerful Pear says:

                    You have your wealth so it’s real easy to talk about global inflation rates. People like Melissa don’t care about your inane comparisons. She is trying to scrape out a living. 

                    Just more words from elite moneyed Democrats who are more concerned about power that the welfare of working people.

              • kwtree says:

                Pear…let “Melissa” go. She is doing well these days in Colorado, with our 3.7 % unemployment rate,  (down from 6.6  in 1/21)and our average $49/ hr wage, with $12.56 / hr minimum wage now. Labor participation rate is 69.2%, up from 68.3 in November 2021. Thanks Democrats!

                Rent is too damn high, but that’s due to investor speculation. If you want to help Melissa, focus on housing costs. But you’re definitely not on her mind the way she is on yours. Let her go. 

                • unnamed says:

                  Well, housing may be an issue for "Melissa", but she's living rent-free in pfruit's head.

                  • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

                    Melissa should just be grateful that she lives here in Colorado and not in some shithole state like Mississippi, Alabama, or South Carolina. 

                    • Powerful Pear says:

                      Typical Democrat, telling people what they should be grateful for. Be satisfied with the crumbs we Democrats give you.

                • Powerful Pear says:

                  Nope. Progress Now explored Melissa for political gain. The premise that a minimum wage provides a living wage is and always will be false. Unless Melissa has increased her skill set she is suffering mightily under the Biden. Thanks Democrats!!!!! %$*&(#@@

                  • kwtree says:

                    You're right. $12.56 an hour isn't a living wage. $18-22 an hour is what people need now in a one-wage-earner household to keep up with those high rents and costs of living.

                    But $12.56 an hour is closer to a living wage than $8.25 an hour, which is what it was before Democrats and union activists got involved. 

  3. ParkHill says:

    Heather Cox-Richardson speaks to Elliot’s sophistry. “questioning the moral foundation of Western civilization”

    Increasingly, Republican lawmakers have called not for the U.S. government to leave business alone, as was their position under President Ronald Reagan, but to use government power to crack down on “woke” businesses they insist are undermining the policies they value—meaning companies that protect LGBTQ rights, racial justice, reproductive choice, and access to the ballot. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis and his supporters have threatened Disney for its mild defense of LGBTQ rights, insisting the company grooms children for sexual abuse, and Texas Republicans are considering barring local governments from doing business with any national company that provides abortion coverage for its employees.

    Democracy is a moral position. Defending the right of human beings to control their own lives is a moral position. Treating everyone equally before the law is a moral position. Insisting that everyone has a right to have a say in their government is a moral position.

    After World War II, the Supreme Court began to insist that all Americans really do have a right to self-determination and that they must be treated equally before the law. Using the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee that no state can “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” it began to upend longstanding racial, gender, class, and religious hierarchies.

    It said, for example, that the promise of equality before the law meant that people of color had a right to a jury that was not made up exclusively of white people, that Black and Brown kids had a right to attend the same public schools as their white neighbors, and that white Americans could not kill or assault Black Americans without consequences.

    It decided that states could not privilege one race or one religion over another and that people have the right to marry whom they wish, across racial and gender lines. It decided that people themselves, not the state, had a right to plan their families.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    This may be the most Floriduh thing you watch all day:

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