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June 09, 2023 05:50 PM MDT

Weekend Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“There is nothing radical about moral clarity”

–Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


24 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Western Conservative Summit appears to be ignored by major media outlets.  Google this morning turned up a blank — no AP, UPI, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, or NBC.  Washington Examiner has two pieces focused on Asa Hutchinson

    No CPR, Denver Post, CS Gazette, Denver Gazette, Aurora Sentinel, or Colorado Sun. 

    0:13 video of an empty stage and half-filled seats on a tweet from Lucas Brady Woods, claiming at 7:32 pm "Here’s the crowd moments ago, just as the speaking program kicked off."

    This year, the "Summit" seems more like a soapbox.

  2. I went 7-8 years ago. Which got me onto Jeff Hunt’s Centennial Institute mailing list.

    However, I’ve been busy on the 2nd Saturdays of the month for the past several years and had other things going on yesterday.

  3. Trump's "Nuremburg" Trial. EmptyWheel.

    Best and most detailed coverage coming at EmptyWheel.

    It should be no surprise to anyone that the Trump indictment echoes Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg. Before he was named as the Special Counsel in this matter, Jack Smith had spent several years working at the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

    Trump and his supporters are trying to position this investigation and indictment as political revenge. Sadly for them, Special Counsel Jack Smith appears to understand the best lessons to come out of the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi leadership after World War II.

    The US legal delegation at Nuremberg was led by US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. In his opening statement at the first trial, he acknowledged that the victors in the war were in charge of the trial.

    "Unfortunately, the nature of these crimes is such that both prosecution and judgment must be by victor nations over vanquished foes. The worldwide scope of the aggressions carried out by these men has left but few real neutrals. Either the victors must judge the vanquished or we must leave the defeated to judge themselves. After the first World War, we learned the futility of the latter course."

    But how does a prosecution by the victors avoid being accused of running a kangaroo court? Again, from Justice Jackson:

    "We will not ask you to convict these men on the testimony of their foes. There is no count in the Indictment that cannot be proved by books and records. The Germans were always meticulous record keepers, and these defendants had their share of the Teutonic passion for thoroughness in putting things on paper. Nor were they without vanity. They arranged frequently to be photographed in action. We will show you their own films. You will see their own conduct and hear their own voices as these defendants re-enact for you, from the screen, some of the events in the course of the conspiracy."

    1. Where am I supposed to go for a casual dining experience that’s compatible with my biblical worldview?

      . . . ummm . . .

      KKK Christian BBQ??

      Whitey’s Fish & Bigots??

      Mike Pence’s 1950’s Country Diner??


      1. So Cracker Barrel and Chick-fil-A figured out what every other "family restaurant" has: Christians are cheapskates, complainers, and lousy tippers. When I worked food service at those kinds of places, nobody wanted Sunday afternoon or Wednesday night shifts. They ordered the cheapest things on the menu, ran you ragged, and left little or no tip.

        1. Their god only gets, at most, 10% — adjusted (e.g., after social security, taxes, other permitted personal prosperity deductions, etc.).

          Why would they give that obviously [take your choice of any or all: heathen, sinner, taker, illegal, woke] waitperson any more?

          1. "Their god only gets, at most, 10% — adjusted (e.g., after social security, taxes, other permitted personal prosperity deductions, etc.)."

            Does the "etc." include hush money for porn actresses and/or pool boys?

      1. You learn something new every day.

        Thank you for sharing the definition of "pegging." I'm 66 years old and did not know that until this morning.

    1. Relax, Bobes, no doubt you’re getting this one all wrong, too. It’s probably just the Pentagon’s “Idiots” list — for all those Tweeting typos, grammar errors, obvious lies in the face of evidence, historical inaccuracies, and your inability to distinguish reality from BS self-imagined blabbering nonsensical juvenile fantasies and lunacies.

    1. That’s what she said in ’16, but snuggled right up to him once he had the nomination. I don’t trust Blanche any further that I can pick her up and throw her. The best thing that can come out of this is Dems being able to knock Republicans off of their “national security uber alles” throne. After letting The Screaming Yam walk away from the White House with truly dangerous national security files, the MAGAts can sit down and shut up on that subject.

      1. "The best thing that can come out of this is Dems being able to knock Republicans off of their “national security uber alles” throne"

        The irony is delicious. I'm old enough to remember Tricky Dick trashing George McGovern and most of the rest of the Democratic Party as a bunch of "pinkos" (Communist sympathizer).

        I guess it's not only on civil rights that the two parties have done role reversals.

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