Weekend Open Thread

“Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.”

–Horace Mann

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  1. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    The next up-and-coming MAGA asshole …..

    Opinion | Anti-Gay? Anti-Science? Antisemitic? Run for Governor of North Carolina! – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

    What more can you expect from the state that gave us Jesse Helms, Barney Fyfe, John Edwards, and Madison Cawthorne?

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Your story is behind a pay wall.

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        An excerpt below. Paywalls are indeed annoying, but media outlets that actually do the work that feeds social media or blogs need some type of revenue. Guessing you could read the link at the end of the Paul Pelosi paragraph without a paywall.

        (Mark) Robinson’s religion is indeed the whipping, slashing kind. It mingles cruelty and snark. When Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his home by a hammer-wielding intruder, Robinson didn’t offer prayers for his recovery. He expressed doubt that Pelosi was an innocent victim — and mocked him.

        He has referred to homosexuality as “filth” and to the transgender rights movement as “demonic.” He’s preoccupied with the devil, whose hand he saw in the movie “Black Panther,” which was “created by an agnostic Jew and put to film by satanic marxist,” he railed in a Facebook post that could have used some copy-editing.

        His whole persona could use some copy-editing. It’s all exclamation points.

        But that’s his power, too. “Mark Robinson is extremely popular with the Republican base and the Republican rank and file,” Chris Cooper, a political science professor at Western Carolina University, told me. (He has no relation to Roy.) “The reality is that he’s a compelling speaker. And just as many Republicans thought that Donald Trump went too far but at the same time were happy he gave the finger to ‘the establishment,’ Mark Robinson has many of the same advantages.”

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Thanks. I’m all in favor of the desire to seek out revenue. But most everybody, and his sister/brother, has a paywall now. One can’t subscribe to them all and stay personally solvent..

          • 2Jung2Die says:

            I get the solvency thing. A lot of outlets allow some number of free stories before they cut you off.

            I might like to see news subscriptions where a reasonable fee gets you access to a package of outlets, but have no clue how the numbers would work for the news outlets. For now, I pay for a few online subscriptions and honestly get much more stuff than I can read.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Buy a Tesla, save the environment, enjoy a long day in Bakersfield, CA

    (yes I own a Tesla)

    • harrydoby says:

      OMG!  All those idling Teslas spewing polutants! 😉

      I've heard Las Vegas is even worse.  Just wait until they open up the Superchargers to all the CCS EVs!

      Which Tesla did you get?

    • davebarnes says:

      We charge our VW ID.4 in our garage for 5¢/mile.
      We do have free charging with Electrify America, but I really don't care about free fuel as we will only drive about 2500 miles/year.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Good friends recently purchased an ID.4 and love it.  I have a Ford Lightning (with long-range batteries) on order and a fast plug installed in my garage. Looking forward to having an electric vehicle in the barn. 

        • harrydoby says:

          The long delivery times are going to be with us for at least another year or two as manufacturers ramp up factory capacity.  I'm still waiting for delivery of my wife's Model Y, which, fingers-crossed, should arrive next month (no guarantees).  I'm fortunate that both of ours will share the same fast charging plug in our garage.

          But it'll be worth it as EVs with 500,000 mile drivetrains and low operating costs will provide massive savings to owners.  Our cars have a lot more miles in them than we do! 

          It will also force a complete transformation in the automotive market, particularly for dealers.  I can foresee the majority of the transportation market leaving car ownership behind, with people subscribing from a menu of personal transportation services — from dedicated vehicles to a spectrum of shared, on demand, vehicles. 

          I don't think I'd ever buy a fully autonomous vehicle, but I hope one day to use them regularly for everyday needs.

      • JohnNorthofDenver says:

        Ive only used a public charging station for the novelty. I don't think the claim that the infrastructure isn't there is correct just in the fact every house has electricity.

  3. Pam Bennett says:

    I am starting to wonder if it is too early for the pool on whether "George Santos" disappears one night and never shows up in the U.S.A. until extradited?  DOJ has open criminal investigation going on into something.

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    Bad news on the anti-trust front. From BIG:

    Alas, it’s not all good news. On Friday, Bloomberg’s Emily Birnbaum confirmed some bad news about the Republican Party.

    It's confirmed: Rep. Ken Buck, one of the most fervent tech critics in the House, will not be the chair of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee. It will be Rep. Thomas Massie, who takes a libertarian view on corporate oversight. This is a win for the big tech companies.

    Buck was the key anti-monopolist on the House Antitrust Subcommittee, and he lost a major battle with libertarian Jim Jordan and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy over whether the GOP will do anything on antitrust vis-a-vis big tech. There’s a shot that there will be some action in other committees around app stores, but the antitrust story for the coming House of Representatives is an ugly one.

    Buck was doing good work on the anti-trust front.

  5. Duke Cox says:

    I have a question for the assembled political junkies here…

    What has been, to the degree it is possible to pick, McCarthys’ biggest mistake, so far?

    I think the unleashing of Margie Greene must be one of his most boneheaded choices. Once she cements the power he has given her, she will bite off his head.

    • kwtree says:

      Empty G does have  that “ Praying Mantis” vibe. Fun fact: During mating, if the lemale mantis bites off the male mantis’ head, he has  a spare, smaller brain in his tail section.

      if McCarthy is similarly equipped, it may explain his subsequent decisions after giving EmptyG everything she wanted. 

      To answer your first question, though, I think that seating George Santos is going to bite MyKevin in the ass, big time. 

      • notaskinnycook says:

        Empty G is a mean girl. That's all she is. I expect that's all she's ever been.

        • Duke Cox says:

          I remember listening to her speak when she was campaigning for the first time, or had just gotten elected…don't recall which. 

          She was ranting about why she ran for Congress, saying she was angry because "they" wouldn't listen to her and she was going to get in a place where they would HAVE to listen to her. 

          This is going to get even crazier.

    • Genghis says:

      Qev's biggest mistake thus far was seeking the speakership in the first place. No room for debate on that point. The pot of gold at the end of that rainbow is two years of herding psychotic, wet-brained cats. What a dumbass.

      Number 2 has to be hitching his wagon to Mad Madge's star.

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