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June 07, 2023 7:23 am MST

Wednesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”

–Warren Buffett


25 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Speaking of easy things, as the daily quote from Mr. Buffett does:

    [Mike] Johnston made big promises to turn Denver into the best city in the United States. He pledges to end homelessness in his first term by building 1,400 tiny homes and converting motels to shelters. He says he will build 25,000 units of new housing, focusing on the missing middle. To address public safety, he will hire more cops and social workers and provide young people with more after-school programs.

    He has touted that each of his campaign promises are specific and that he has a way to pay for them.

    1. It's fairly predictable based on historical evidence that campaign promises run into buzzsaws of reality at some point. This for Johnston might include finite budgets for hiring, land availability for housing, and community opposition to given projects. But I think he'll make advances on a lot of what he mentioned in the paragraph you posted.

  2. “God isn’t done with America yet”

    She may change her mind before the conclusion of the Republican primaries? 

    1. Sleepy white prosperity jebus!

      But, please do wake me on that day when any of our zealots ever stumble upon that god/child of god who wants us to move things forward, improve conditions for our fellow humans, and temper our actions with care, decency, humility, and respect (instead of dragging us back to some imagined rose-colored halcyon era of dominations, slaveries, and burnt offerings).

      I spose' I'd be OK if she owned a (free range) chicken restaurant . . . 

      1. My favorite parable that is apparently missing from the American evangelical bible:

        “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

        “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

        “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

        “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

        “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

        “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

        “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

        “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

    2. I didn’t watch the canned video but I did make the mistake of watching part of his speech in Iowa while eating lunch.

      He name dropped quite a bit:  Trump, Biden, Biden, Trump.

      So he’s coming out swinging. At least per the written word in the Gospel According to Mother.

      PS I almost didn’t recognize him without his black fly on his white hair.

  3. Anti Woke Centrism. Perry Bacon at WaPo.

    Interesting editorial on CNN’s efforts to distance itself from “wokism”.

    Licht’s comments embody an anti-woke centrism that is increasingly prominent in American media and politics today, particularly among powerful White men who live on the coasts and don’t identify as Republicans or conservatives. It’s deeply flawed, and it’s pushing some important U.S. institutions to make bad decisions.

    There can and should be open debate about police reform, diversity, covid-19 policies and other issues — both between the two parties and among progressives and other non-Republicans. But when we have a left that is pushing America to finish the work of the 1960s and create a true multicultural democracy and a right that is banning Black intellectual ideas from public schools, it’s a huge mistake for powerful non-Republicans in society to spend so much time bashing the left. This anti-woke centrism often sounds as though people are auditioning to be today’s version of the “white moderates” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. castigated six decades ago.

    1. That means it's time for another yuge and bigley fundraising pitch directed at the MAGAdorians.

      I hope the feds require him to wear an ankle monitor if he is released on bail.

  4. At least Magadonia’s Mistress of Defense didn’t confuse D-Day with the Great Battle of Lake Travis Dumbkirk


    According to the Arlington National Cemetery database, Lauren Boebert used a photo of herself visiting a World War I veteran’s grave in her D-Day tweet below.

    The photo is captioned, “D-Day, honoring those that served.”

    D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944, during World War II.

    — PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) June 7, 2023


      1. There oughta’ be a law banning numbering world wars (and all the christian books in the holy American bible) with those woke foreign Roman numerals, instead of our great American 1s, 2s, and 3s.

        PS — Love the twisted sense of humor (i.e., extolling selflessness) of whoever ghostwrote that tweet for Dimbert.

    1. "It is understood" …. by who? 

      The anonymously sourced prediction apparently is only an "understanding".  I guess that makes it a tacit implication from an unnamed person (or two) willing to communicate with the reporter.

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