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May 13, 2024 08:07 AM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”

–Blaise Pascal


15 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. BFOTD. (Brain Fart of the Day). "The Late Great Hannibal Lector". 

    It's a psychological mash-up. Talk about Hannibal Lector "having a friend for dinner", and seque into "those" people "we" don't want coming into "our" country.

  2. Now the French government is calling Kristi Noem a liar for claiming she cancelled a meeting with Macron. Possibly the worst book rollout in the history of books. Damn.

    1. And Gov Noem is now barred from 6 Sioux reservations (out of 9 in the state), about 20% of the land area.

      She apparently thinks the tribal nations' leaders are in cahoots with the drug cartels, and has said so outloud several times.

  3. I know, I know, I'm over reacting again. Silly drama queen that I am.

    A poll eleven nine seven five months out from an election is virtually meaningless. But the numbers have been static.

    Van Jones: Trump-Biden poll ‘a wake-up call’ for Dems | The Hill

    As Bill Maher said, The Democrats' election strategy is based upon telling people, "We can't believe you'd be stupid enough to vote for someone like Trump," to which Trump voters respond, "Watch us!"

    1. By all means, please over react LaBo. Maher is not wrong. Democrats cannot continue to win by claiming to speak for the voiceless when their attitudes suggest the voiceless shouldn't get to speak.

      1. 49er, which Democrats "have attitudes [which] suggest the voiceless shouldn't get to speak."

        What, specifically, are you referring to?


    2. Don't know if you are over-reacting or not … but all is not doom & gloom on the polling front

      Key thought from Simon Rosenberg … look for the survey samples.  All adults looks worst for Biden, then Registered Voters, and, when you get to the various versions of "Likely Voters," Biden is doing his best.  That hints that the most regular, most engaged voters trend to Biden, and as others become more engaged, perhaps they will, too.

      When it comes to "real voting" — Trump is losing 15-25% of Republican primary voters, Biden is losing 10-15% of Democratic votes.  And the stories I've read seem to consistently come up with a story about even those voting for Trump now have a chunk who say they won't vote for him if there is a conviction (and a few also say more details on the documents case may sway them away from Trump, even if there is no trial).

      1. "When it comes to "real voting" — Trump is losing 15-25% of Republican primary voters, Biden is losing 10-15% of Democratic votes"

        Valid point. Trump is losing more than Biden is losing from each candidate's base as reflected in the 20% or so that Nikki Haley continues to get since dropping out.

        And what is Biden doing to pick up some of those Haley voters? Not much.

        Opinion | The Simple Math That Could Swing the Election to Biden – The New York Times (

        I know, it's Mark Penn for God's lack.  (Groans from the hard lefties since Penn's voice doesn't bounce off their echo chamber very well.)

        And it's from behind the paywall of the corporate NY Times (Imagine, a newspaper in the business of making money! Who would have thought such was possible!)

        Unfortunately, though, it makes sense. 

  4. Great article on DailyKos this morning that highlights the achievements of the Colorado legislature this year. Mark Summers compares Colorado with the guns, guns, guns approach of the Tennessee legislature.

    PS: Still need to learn how to do links correctly.

  5. “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.

    Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.”

    ~John Berger

    A few weeks back Jon Stewart hosted Stephanie Kelton, a former chief economist to the Senate Budget Committee.   She’s on a tour, Finding the Money, a journey through Modern Money Theory or “MMT,” to unveil a deeper story about money, injecting new hope and empowering democracies around the world to tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century: from climate change to inequality. It’s a powerful message and one i hope progressives can link to and begin to frame a new narrative about how we’ve been schooled to think about money.


    Enjoy this clip.

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