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October 12, 2022 07:09 AM UTC

Wednesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.”

–William Gaddis


34 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Day 9 of waiting for Furry Granahl to post her detailed plan on how she is going to eliminate the income tax and still pay for critical public services.

      1. I truly doubt ColoradoPols' malfeasance covering the CD-08 race gives Kirkmeyer any advantage regarding anything.  Very few minds to change at this point and very few contributors/readers of the site actually live within the CD-08 boundaries.  Like all the close races, this one is going to turn on turn out.  Gentlemen and women, start  your ballot chasing engines.

  2. Coming to a theater near you…

    A $100 million campaign aims to fix Jesus’ brand from followers’ damage

    The recent scandal involving Herschel Walker, the former football star turned outspoken antiabortion Senate candidate who allegedly paid for and pressured a former girlfriend to have an abortion, seems to fit how many of those outside the church see Christians — especially after many of his supporters rallied around Walker, despite the scandal.

          1. Be interesting to know what Osteen considers to be the general definition of "fact."

            I've seen a few things that educated and experienced people from that field didn't expect — generally, the explanation goes something like "I don't know how that happened."  But I haven't heard anyone say "that flatly contradicts a fact."

  3. Presiden Biden promised to unite the world and repair the damage caused by Trump. Now Biden is threatening Saudi Arabia with consequences for cutting oil production. Biden administration incompetence is a threat to our economy and national security.

    1. Saudi Arabia has actively sought to disrupt this country and/or the world economy how many times since its oil reserves dragged it up from irrelevance? In addition to the 1979 OPEC crisis, the support of 9/11 bombers, and now this, there have been countless other mini-crises spurred by the Saudi government.

      It's way past time we made them irrelevant on the world stage. Imagine if we had pushed forward with the R&D that President Carter envisioned to protect our nation from such hostage taking.

      1. “Imagine if we had pushed forward with the R&D that President Carter envisioned to protect our nation from such hostage taking”

        So true! I’m old enough to remember when Carter gave his famous energy policy speech in 1977, and everyone laughed at him.

        In 1980, the Reagans complained that energy conservation meant that they would be hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

        Now that both of them are cold in the ground, the rest of us get to deal with climate change.

        Or in 2000 when Dick Cheney said that conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not part of an energy policy.

        Like anyone ever accused Cheney of being virtuous.


        1. …and then there was Exxon: (circa my birthday, 1977, the day Carter created the Department of EnergyBombs)

          Exxon Knew about Climate Change almost 40 years ago

          Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue, according to a recent investigation from InsideClimate News. This knowledge did not prevent the company (now ExxonMobil and the world’s largest oil and gas company) from spending decades refusing to publicly acknowledge climate change and even promoting climate misinformation—an approach many have likened to the lies spread by the tobacco industry regarding the health risks of smoking. Both industries were conscious that their products wouldn’t stay profitable once the world understood the risks, so much so that they used the same consultants to develop strategies on how to communicate with the public.

          We dodged a bullet with this one…who's going to tell her?

            1. Instead, we got Rick "Good Hair" Perry and he got to learn that the Energy Department does lots of things — and little at all to do with what one-time Governor Perry thought was "energy."

    1. Musk also wants Taiwan to be forcibly joined with China in a "SAR" similar to Hong Kong and Macau. From TPM.

      Yesterday I noted this odd report that Elon Musk’s weird foray into Russo-Ukraine War peace-making was preceded by a call with Vladimir Putin. This was revealed in a global intelligence newsletter published by Ian Bremmer. Then Musk denied that any such call had happened. That’s where we got to yesterday. But there’s more from overnight that I want to update you on.

      The short version is that it seems pretty clear that Musk’s denial is a lie. And the original tweets themselves have a variety of references that seem like they come from a Russian nationalist or someone very familiar with the set of post-Soviet grievances which are the mother’s milk of Putin’s political world. (They refer to “Khrushchev’s Mistake” and the conquest of Crimea in 1783.)

      I know for some of you Musk is just some weirdo tech billionaire who’s buying or not buying Twitter and not really part of any serious discussion of politics. But I don’t think that’s quite right. He’s a very consequential figure, if also an at least partly malevolent and thoroughly ridiculous one. 

      1. Touché – who knew you had a sense of humor!  BTW, Ford will be manufacturing 180 Shelbys over the next three years.  Tesla (not a Musk fan, but he did create the marketplace) has built over 3 million with a run rate of 2 million annually starting soon. 

        Out on the plains one might call that "leaving them in the dust". 

  4. The Sandy Hook jury verdict is in for the Alex Jones – InfoWars trial in Connecticut.  One plaintiff alone is getting $120 million.

    Update: verdicts top $1 billion. Can we throw in eternal damnation? 

    Update 2: let the grifting commence!

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