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February 23, 2024 11:18 PM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“There is no method but to be very intelligent.”

–T. S. Eliot


25 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Well it is officaly time to retire my avatar “Casey Duhsantis Doll”. I did love that golden dress. 

    The inspiration: 

    This weekend at CPAC (a gay ol time) –

    Jack Posobiec at CPAC: “Welcome to the end of democracy. We are here to overthrow it completely. We didn’t get all the way there on Jan. 6, but we will endeavor to get rid of it.”

    Trump’s Republican Party openly wants to end democracy. We must stop them.

    — Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) February 22, 2024


    Watching the clip of Mr. Posobiec, it immediately brought to mind Graydon Creed and the Friends of Humanity. (I’m currently revisiting old episodes of X-Men in anticipation of X-Men 97 on Disney .) For those unfamiliar with the 90s children’s cartoons: the real-life Neo-Nazi Frank Collin served as the inspiration for Graydon Creed. Creed is the leader and founder of the anti-mutant hate group known as the Friends of Humanity (FOH). A notorious bigot, Creed later discovers that his father is Graydon Creed Sr., aka the mutant mercenary Sabertooth. This revelation triggers a nervous breakdown, as the mutant gene is inherited from the father’s side, suggesting that Creed either possesses a recessive gene or a non-expressive mutant characteristics. After a period “drooling in a bucket”, Creed attempts to rejoin his old hate group. The FOH uncovers further evidence of Creed’s family “bears much mutant/rotten fruit”, revealing his mother as the mutant terrorist Raven Darkholme, aka Mystique, thus making him the half-brother of Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler. Exploiting this knowledge, Creed kidnaps Mystique in an attempt to lure Nightcrawler and murder them both. When this plan fails, the FOH council of hooded men throws him out of a helicopter, only for him to be parachuted into the waiting arms of his father, Sabertooth.

    Thanks to Jack Posobiec Republican Extremism is now my avatar

  2. In the midst of Colorado's Presidential primary, it is worth remembering:(as Colorado Newsline does)

    • "The RNC is fighting in courtrooms and legal filings in key election battlegrounds across the country to make it harder to cast a mail ballot and to have it counted."
    • “In courtrooms and state legislatures across the country, Republicans are doing everything in their power to restrict mail-in voting,” said Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic election lawyer, in a statement. “The RNC’s legal strategy is clear. The Republican Party no longer seeks to earn the support of a majority of the American electorate. Instead, they are launching a legal assault on our democracy.”
    • "A voter fraud database run by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, lists 279 cases of “fraudulent use of absentee ballots,” going back to 1988 — since which time hundreds of millions of mail ballots have been cast. Five the cases in the database come from Colorado, the most recent being from 2018. One of the cases involves Steven Curtis, the former head of the Colorado Republican Party, who was convicted of fraudulent use of absentee ballots.

    Meanwhile, In Denver, ballots come trickling in:

    Party……….Not Cast……….Cast……….inProcess

    1. Well, they can pry my mail ballots from my cold, dead hands. The very thought of going back to standing in line for hours to vote on one Tuesday in November makes me angry like the Hulk. It's not just an immoral attempt at a power grab, it's just plain dumb and impractical. Grrrr!!!

      1. Colorado started turning blue when mail ballots became. The default voting me thod. Turns out that access to the ballot means that more people vote, and democra cy thrives.

        Yes, Polis, Gill, and the Blueprint * crew had a major impact, as did collaborative campaigns and resource-sharing. But Angela Giron, Dickey LeeHullinghorst, and Dan Pabon created the gold standard fo free and fair elections with with HB1303, the Voter Access and Modernized Elections  Act. 
        And most Colorado Republicans, like you, are firmly attachd to their mail ballot voting.

        * reviewed by Dick Lamm, who was not a fan. 

        1. Thanks for the Lamm link, I had never seen it (probably censored by Soros)! I think I hear what he's saying, maybe paraphrasing the words of Bob Dylan in that "money doesn't talk, it swears." Of course I swear I have no money.

  3. Tee Hee Hee — Clock is ticking for Trump to post bonds worth half a billion dollars

    What company would offer half a billion dollar bond to a serial deadbeat who is convicted of providing false information on loan documents?

    Neil Pedersen, who runs a New York bond-issuing (or “surety”) agency, said beyond the extraordinary size of the bond Trump needs, the risk of having to collect from a former and possibly future president would probably weigh heavily on bond issuers’ decision of whether to accommodate him.

    As a result, bond issuers might require Trump to put up the full amount, or nearly that, in cash, to avoid having to potentially press the occupant of the White House for assets. He would also have to pay a fee to the bond issuer, beyond the judgment penalty and interest, according to Pedersen.

    “In my opinion, what this is going to come down to is whether or not he can put up cash,” Pedersen said.

    1. The judgement is accruing interest at the rate of about 300 Trump Sneakers a day ($111,000) 

      Oh, and Granny Gropert is very excited about yesterday!!  

      Onward and  upwards, indeed !  (and be sure to steer clear of the suburban women) 

    2. Who would post a bond for him?   Probably a Russian oligarch at Putin's command.  And, apparently we won't be told who fronted him the money.  I still would like to know what was discussed between Putin and him during a private meeting shortly after he took office in which there were zero US officials in attendance.

      1. In lieu of cash, perhaps Vlad will agree to deposit the water sports video with the court clerk as a bond.

        If Trump wins his appeal, Vlad gets it back. If Trump loses, then Tish James gets the video to use as she sees fit.

    1. That's Louis DeJoy, Dave. But, he sure ain't bring joy to the Western Slope. This kind of malfeasance ought to be grounds enough for the Board of Governors to sweep him out. 

      1. Just in time to f*ck up the mail ballot election in November. The man never gives up.

        It would be interesting to see what areas in swing states are suddenly undergoing massive post office changes.

        why does he still have a job?

        1. The solution is simple. People should drop their ballots off at the clerk and recorder's offices themselves.

          Why would anyone in their right mind trust the Postal Service with or without DeJoy running the show?

          1. Even without DeJoy, I would never mail my ballot.  Always drop it off in the box.  More satisfying, more secure, and I can blare obnoxious music while doing it in the GVPD/City Hall parking lot.  No love lost for that municipality or its police force

          2. Exactly.  I remember one election years ago when my mailed ballot appeared back in my mailbox after the election, not at the county clerk's office.  The notice on the ballot envelope said "Do not deliver to this address", obvioulsy to no avail.  A vote never counted, and a stamp wasted.

            I did notice this year that my address did not appear on the outside of the ballot envelope, maybe as a result of similar experiences.

            Dropped off ever since.

            1. We're fortunate to have a light rail station a mile or so down the street, so we always drop them in the collection box there. Others may not live close enough to anything other than a postal box.

              1. In Denver County… 42 drop boxes.

                16 voter service sites, plus a mobile coach that hits 4 additional sites.  Plus a team that goes to Group Residences and jails.

                Should be able to return the ballot.

  4. Has there been any push for blue voters to cast a primary ballot for Haley?  It would be a drop in the bucket, but anything to make Don appear weaker.

    1. Voter affiliations would have needed to be changed 22 days before the end of the electio…  feb 12 this year.  I didn't see any organized effort to shift to Unaffiliated, but I talked to a couple of people who did it on their own.

    2. I'm proud to say that I voted for her. Dropped my ballot off before the South Carolina results came in so I could say that I voted for her before she dropped out.


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