Weekend Open Thread

“Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.”

–Winston Churchill

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  1. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    Pretty sure that every Republican staffer in Madison Cawthorn's office got an offer from McCarthy to bury him. This time it's his scheduler that says an inappropriate homoerotic relationship exist and he has video and venmo receipts he made to prove it:

    Cawthorn sits in the driver's seat apparently filmed by Smith as he adopts an exaggerated accent and says, 'I feel the passion and desire and would like to see a naked body beneath my hands.'

    The camera then pans back to Smith who says, 'Me too' as Cawthorn can be heard laughing. Smith then films himself reaching his hand over and into Cawthorn's crotch.

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      I wonder whether this might also have been a factor in Madison's recent divorce….

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Interesting that Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is bashing Cawthorn for claiming credit for infrastructure proposals for NC when Cawthorn actually voted against the bill.

        Unlike Senator Tillis, who was one of the nearly 30 Republican senators who voted for the Infrastructure Bill.

    • Voyageur says:

      Cawthorn seems willing to have sex with anything on two legs and most things on four.

      Assuming the orifices he assaults are consenting and of legal age, that’s his business.  But his shrieking hypocrisy and attacks on LGBTetc. folk are disgusting.  And what is the age of consent for a sheep, anyway?

  2. harrydoby says:

    If anyone decides to write a sequel to "Profiles in Courage", they will have a tough time finding examples from today's Republican Party

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      “Tough time?” Not really. Count any Republican who voted to impeach Trump. Count Mitt Romney, who has been carving Trump a new rear end for a long time.

      Count Republican governors Baker, Scott, Sununu, and Hogan who’ve been telling Trump to get off for a long time. Include Senators Murkowski, Collins, Romney, who voted to confirm Judge Jackson for the SCOTUS.

      Count Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who made the Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol into a bipartisan committee.

      Count State Rep. Sandridge who has been taking the rips over the fentanyl bill, from a couple years ago, from Dave Williams, Wayne Lautesgen (sp.?), and other far right wing dingleberries in El Paso County.

      • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

        That reminds me, CHB…..

        As a newly-minted unaffiliated voter who has requested both major party primary ballots and who is planning on only returning the Republican ballot, does the Lincoln Project or some other anti-Trump Republican organization put out a voter guide with warnings?

        Some are easy:  Pam Anderson over Tina Peters. I don’t believe my state rep, Colin Larson, has a primary opponent this time but if he did, that would be an easy choice. But what of the other races?

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Not that I’m aware of, nationally or here in Colorado. The R pro-environment groups I work with, or have awareness of,  all have .501(c)3 IRS tax statuses, which means no candidate guidance.

          Groups like the Lincoln Project and Republican Accountability Project may or may not be able to endorse candidates, again depends on IRS status. These national groups can have influence, though, if one observes who they are against or who they criticize.

        • Dano says:

          I'm also a U and planning on voting the R primary ballot. My list is who to vote AGAINST:

          Senator: Hanks

          Gov.: toss a coin. Lopez has pissed me off more recently

          SoS: Peters

          I live in Denver so the local districts probably don't have primaries, if they even have candidates at all on the R side.

          • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

            "Gov.: toss a coin. Lopez has pissed me off more recently"

            My thinking, too, Dano. Plus, voting for Hiedi Heidi means that if she wins the nomination, it might suppress some of the MAGA vote in November because Ganahl is perceived to be a squishy RINO who doesn't want to answer about "divisive questions."

  3. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    Remember the moral outrage of parents, and the libs of tic toc, and the lawmakers who are fighting the fight against furry infiltration in schools? 

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/04/26/texas-second-graders-furries/

    Turns out some outlets have better factcheckers but libs of tic toc had the Texas AG ear on speed dial. In the DailyCaller's case it had to be told it was a hoax before calling the school district.

  4. kwtree says:

    Rush week at DU…

    I’m living here now, having moved to a house share after my Jeffco “Affordable Housing” complex raised the rent 12%, and Jared Polis closed off any possibility of being able to afford a mobile home. 
     

    So next door, about 100 young white (mostly) people are partying loudly. Parents are in the crowd, so it isn’t out of control, but there is plenty of loud music and shouting. And drinking. I came home from final cleanout to see three young men pissing in the alley, by the garage I meant to park in.

    Being the sweet old retiring teacher that I am, I yelled at them, “Put your dick away! Don’t piss on my garage. What the hell is wrong wilth you?” I complained to one of the parents and hopefully, that will be the end of it.

    But here’s a thought experiment for you…suppose that this was a loud party of 100 black and Latine adults and youth. Assume the same level of loud music and yelling, drinking and alley-pissing. Would I have merely told an adult, or would I have called the cops? If I called and complained of public indecency by three young black men, what would have been the response? Realistically?

  5. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    So, I was watching Michael Smerconish yesterday and he was talking about Elon Musk's stick figures which led to the Media Bias Chart put out by Ad Fontes Media.

    The Media Bias Chart – Fake News – Library Home at Notre Dame de Namur University (ndnu.edu)

    I'm not really surprised that MSNBC is about as far to the left as Fox TV is to the right although to its credit, MSNBC scored less unreliable than Fox TV.

    But how the hell did the Denver Post end up as neutral and most reliable? (It's next to the Weather Channel!)

    • JohnInDenver says:

      You can look them up and see which content is part of the Denver Post assessment here.  Each dot is interactive, providing a link to what they evaluated.

      In addition, they offer a chance for you to recommend other articles to evaluate here.

      What I found most concerning in the analysis is the group did not put ANYTHING into the "Original Fact Reporting" range. On the other hand, they are not pinged as having fabricated information.

    • Voyageur says:

      I worked at The Post for 37 years.  Today, its hedge fund owners starve it for resources but the few journalists it still has are generally fair and able.  There just aren’t enough of them.

      I’m afraid the glory days of newspapers are far behind them, but I had glorious years at UPI and then The Post.  

      • JohnInDenver says:

        And thank you for all those years of service, helping to create reliable information. 

        The institutional floundering in the midst of the tsunami of "the web" meant disasters large and small, and I've not yet seen wide-spread efforts to re-constitute media to fulfill its functions.  There are a few bright spots — but a fair amount of continuing damage, too.  All of the staff-written articles at Daily Kos now have a note at the bottom of their article, saying.

        Media outlets shed 28,637 jobs last year alone. That's not just journalists, but fact-checkers, editors, and administrative staff. Advertising dollars have been gobbled up by Big Tech and cash-strapped outlets are being bought and sold to the highest bidder.

        Those no longer working for "media outlets" are going in a wide variety of directions, I'm sure, but few will have the same sort of potential for public benefit.

    • Pam Bennett says:

      The visuals of this are great.  Outside with sunshine, the second in line for the U.S. presidency, the head of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Jason Crow and of course the man in the cross hairs, Zelensky.   I am sure KGB agent Puttie is showing this on all the Russian media.

  6. Voyageur says:

    To CHB

    Or The Space Merchants — dead on satire of capitalism’s end game.  Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth.

  7. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    Republican voter fraud perp given probation because not the droids they're looking for?

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/scottsdale-woman-avoids-jail-voting-dead-moms-ballot-84420503

    She still believes the big lie despite being found guilty so they give her probation because… 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      The one-offs of people voting a ballot sent to a recently dead voter are irritating, but unlikely to determine any election. Bureaucratic delays in maintaining a voting list are bound to happen, and some people will take advantage.  Chance of "repeat offender" seems particularly low.

      I'm less concerned about jail as punishment, especially given the background given in the article:

      “Simply stated, over a long period of time, in voluminous cases, 67 cases, nobody in this state for similar cases, in similar context … nobody got jail time,” Henze said. “The court didn’t impose jail time at all.”

      In the meantime, public naming as a cheat, time worrying about the charge, coverage of her conviction, and announcement of her sentence to "two years of felony probation, fines and community service" is not inconsequential.

      Arizona is a moderate state on voting after felony convictions:  "For your first-and-only one-count felony conviction, you automatically regain your civil rights upon absolute discharge from imprisonment or completion of all aspects of your probation. In addition, you must pay all court-ordered fines or restitution before your right to vote will be restored." 

  8. JohnInDenver says:

    Gov. Polis gets a national platform to champion charter schools:

    $$ Washington Post $$ The Education Department’s ‘fix’ for charter schools is misguided

    So it’s confounding that the Education Department is about to create chaos and limit public school choice by instituting new rules that would gut the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) — a program that I helped update and greatly expand, with bipartisan support, during my time in Congress. The CSP supports the development and expansion of high-quality public charter schools and provides technical assistance and training where there is demand….

    The community impact rules would also require schools to demonstrate their intent to have a culturally diverse student body and staff — a noble goal, but one that makes it difficult for schools that focus on an underrepresented population to get funding, especially when they are geographically isolated or serve indigenous populations. Consider Kwiyagat Community Academy, a public charter school in Towaoc, Colo. Founded last year by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, it teaches a new generation a culture and language infamously repressed by previous schools run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. However, under these new rules, the Education Department would disqualify a culturally-affirming school such as Kwiyagat from participating in the grant program,

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