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May 06, 2023 12:17 AM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

–Michelangelo

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    1. Whatever my feelings toward Charles or Camilla, I am a major royalty buff and yesterday was likely the only Coronation I will live to see. So that part was exciting.

          1. I've only seen it from the outside, and I regret that, but can't say I didn't see plenty of other wonderful stuff while in London.

    1. Yep, good old Ted is a pompous a-hole. But I still like the music.

      "Journey to the Center of the Mind" "Cat Scratch Fever" et al.

  1. I suppose it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that the folks who argue we don’t need to do anything about climate change or extinctions because the climate is always changing and nature adjusts, are the same folks now arguing for delaying the reintroduction of wolves in NW Colorado because the antelope had such a tough winter it will impact the numbers of hunters and hunting licenses?

    1. You may recall how Bob Beauprez earned the title “Elk Whisperer”.

      Hearing questions about the impact of oilfield roads and construction on the herds of Wapiti hereabouts, he suggested they would just relocate to a quieter place. Making a decision by a show of hooves, perhaps, and selecting one of the many vacancies.

      Attaching anything they (Republicans) say to any form of reality, you do at your own risk.

  2. Posting this without any comment……the latest from Candace C debaca, member of Denver City Council, as reported last evening on 9News. 

    She wants a special tax imposed on white business owners in the City with proceeds to be given to black and brown business owners.

    1. I don’t agree with Cdebaca’s reparations proposal, for a variety of reasons, not least: what does “white” mean, and who gets to decide?
      In today’s multicultural landscape, race is not only a construct, but a blurry, blended construct. People represent themselves as “white” and Latino. Or “mixed race” or “other” and these are accurate. Are we to decide on skin color alone? Then my grandson, who looks white, would have to pay taxes to cover my granddaughter, who looks multiracial.  

      Cdebaca’s proposal seems unworkable and probably unfair. Perhaps she just wanted to start a discussion. 

      However, I would have agreed ( too late now) to preferentially support black and Latine business owners in the Five Points district. What was once a neighborhood of Daddy Bruce barbeque and familia Mexican takeout has become just another boring yuppie gentrification zone. 

      1. Probably, it will hurt Cdebaca's chances. The right wing angstosphere has been running with this story non-stop since it surfaced a  couple of days ago.

        Historically, reparations have gone to groups of marginalized people, via institutions such as scholarship funds or business loans, and are paid for by institutions that have, intentionally or not, caused documented harm to the marginalized people.

        Rarely has it been cash payments from one individual to another based on race alone.

      2. "I'm aggrieved and oppressed, and the world owes me a living", will go far in getting her re-elected-not. She earns as much as an engineer for a part-time job. Poor thing. 

        1. She is certainly oppressed, as an out queer working class Latina. Aggrieved? Depends how you define it. And she was properly elected to her position by her community, who agree with what Cdebaca says.  She’s been a strong advocate for her community, and I agree with most of her positions – just not this particular one about reparations.

          Most of the city council members voted themselves a 9% raise, from 100,000 to 110,000 but I don’t see you mad at them.

          You might not agree with Cdebaca’s views, but then you’re probably not in her district and wouldn’t vote for her if you were.

        2. How do you figure a Denver City Council position is "a part-time job"?

          "Denver’s elected officials (mayor, auditor, clerk, councilmembers) are full-time employees whose work weeks generally easily surpass 40 hours."

          Denverite 4 years ago reported What does the Denver City Council actually do?

          Here are the basics:

          Denver has 13 city council people, and that’s their full-time job. Eleven of them represent distinct districts divided by population (see which district you live in). Two represent the entire city. Most members are Democrats, but the office is technically apolitical.

          Councilors comprise the legislative branch of government — they make laws.

          District councilmembers wind up representing ~70,000 people.  Plenty of angst, complaints, suggestions, and needs to fill up the day.

    1. "We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness”. 

      We are monkeys with money and guns. 

      ~Tom Waits

      1. Great quote!

        One of the most underrated songwriters, but a favorite of ours.                                      

    1. Dallas Morning News report included:

      Saturday’s shooting at Allen Premium Outlets was the 20th mass murder — four or more people killed in a single incident — in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings across the country. It was one of 199 mass shootings this year, which the Gun Violence Archive defines as four or more people killed or injured, not including the shooter.

      Today is the start of the 19th week of 2023.  Yesterday was 126 days into 2023.

  3. Let me see if I have this straight.

    Republicans demanded President Biden "negotiate" with MyKevin over the debt ceiling, but the president said, in essence,"I will not negotiate until you have passed a bill with positions upon which to do so." The Republicans passed a bill. The president invited the leadership to the White House….and yet, the GQP talking heads are still bellyaching, claiming the White House won't negotiate. What did I miss?

    I have repeatedly said on this forum that the GQP is done, unless and until they coalesce around a candidate with the chutzpah and the charisma to challenge Trump.

    It hasn't happened yet. They all fear the violent, racist, horde ruled by the Orange Pretender. The violent, racist mob is subsumed in MAGA world.

     

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