Friday Open Thread

“There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.”

–Ann Landers

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ParkHill says:

    Republican Performative Agitprop… At least he's not your member of Congress.

    Meanwhile, newly elected House Republican Cory Mills of Florida, endorsed by Trump, handed out defused grenades today on the floor of the House. Mills is an election denier who boasted on his website that he sold tear gas used on Black Lives Matter protesters. Mills accompanied the grenades with a note suggesting he was sending them because McCarthy has put him on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.

  2. ParkHill says:

    "Drunken talk-radio caller from Queens". Charlie Kirk should go on the Daily Show. H/T Mahablog.

    "Dems Go on Offense. Republicans Bay at the Moon"

    There was a point in time at which Trump’s unusual verbal affect and singular nose for underutilized wedge issues gave him a competitive edge. Now? Now, he’s morphing into one of the three witches from Macbeth. To peruse Trump’s account on Truth Social is to meet a cast of characters about whom nobody who lives beyond the Trump Extended Universe could possibly care one whit. … safely ensconced within his own macrocosm, Trump is busy mainlining Edward Lear. Day in, day out, he rambles about the adventures of Coco Chow and the Old Broken Crow; the dastardly Unselect Committee; the (presumably tasty) Stollen Presidential Election; the travails of that famous law-enforcement agency, the Gestopo; Joe Scarborough’s wife “Mike”; and other unusual characters from Coromandel. “Where the early pumpkins blow / In the middle of the woods / Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò / Who STOLLE THE ELECTION / Don’t you know?” …

    … Throughout his public career, Trump has resembled nothing so much as a drunken talk-radio caller from Queens, and, on Truth Social, readers get the treat of watching him at the zenith of his rhetorical powers.

  3. notaskinnycook says:

    The Arizona legislature has decided to exempt itself from the state’s sunshine law. After some of the shenanigans related to the 2020 election, I’m wholly unsurprised. But if there isn’t a lawsuit filed by media outlets by the close of business today, I will be. The Washington Post had this story this morning, but I don’t want anyone to hit a paywall:

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Sasquatch gotta Sasquatch…

    Marjorie Taylor Greene's amendment to bar Biden from selling oil goes down in massive bipartisan defeat

    It seems that the vast majority of members of Congress — including the vast majority of her Republican colleagues — thought that this was a bad idea, as a vote on the amendment ended with just 14 votes in favor and a whopping 418 votes opposed.

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    The Top Issues we Face in Colorado

    With the new legislative session started, here's what the leg should focus on

    Ok, so we have a strong Democratic majority in both houses of the legislature. Time to turn the whole state into a replica of Boulder. Actually, what is needed is thoughtful legislation to address the hard problems we face. And for most (all?) of this, with good answers that have strong support from across the state.

    So here they are in priority (granted, my priority is urban as water is #1 for the rural areas):

    • ParkHill says:

      Good ideas to consider. We know how to fix homelessness, at least one-on-one.

      The problem is that more people are becoming homeless than we can help.

      The necessary fix would be huge improvements to the social safety net. The US is very wealthy, so it is quite easy to direct money to improving social services, health care, job training, mental health, etc.

      Except there are a few people (ahem) who think that would be socialism which would destroy our FREEDOM, which allows both the rich and the poor to sleep under bridges.

      We have a bunch of people (Republicans) who believe in Savage/Jungle Capitalism, vs a bunch of others (Democrats plus a majority of the people) who believe in improving the social safety net.

      • Chickenheed says:

        I'd be curious if Republicans have any ideas to address homelessness that isn't "Make it a crime so it won't happen."

        Republicans: Do something about the homeless who leave spent needles and piss wherever they go! It's horrible!!

        Democrats: We could spend money on social programs to help the homeless not leave spent needles and piss wherever they go and get them housing.

        Republicans: Spend money?! On the homeless?! That's SOCIALISM! You want to infringe on American's rights and freedom to leave spent needles and piss wherever they go!

        Democrats: …ok? What have you got?

        Republicans: Do something about the homeless who leave spent needles and piss wherever they go! It's horrible!!


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