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February 26, 2013 12:37 AM UTC

Tuesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

"Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood–we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we."

–Jean Rostand


19 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Thread

      1. Would it be possible for a logged-in reader to shun certain writers?

        I'd like to turn off the really stupid ones. I'd even like to turn off any thread or any comments or quotes in case somebody else might call attention to the troll(s).

        I recognize that it is hypocritical to post here, but I'd be happy for this comment to trigger the shun filter.



    from the article you cite:


    Castillo, the son of a presidential adviser and the brother of a member of the Dominican Republic Congress, said he has known Menendez for about 15 years but has never seen him with a prostitute. Prostitution is legal in the Caribbean country.

    'I have never seen him behave in any way that was not impeccable and dignified,' Castillo said.


    1. Duke, I'm guessing that the political class are quite willing to lie their ass off for Menendez. I'm not saying they are, but I also wouldn't use those statements as a strong defense. I think we're going to have to wait and see if there's anything to these accusations.

  2. but I also wouldn't use those statements as a strong defense.

    true enough, David, but the testimony of a hooker who claims to not have been paid by an organization that belongs to Rupert Murdoch ( I believe it is , might be wrong on that) is hardly unassailable information.

    And even if he did…prostitution is LEGAL there, according to the story Tadpole cited. If there is a Mrs. Menendez, it would concern her, but no one else.


    1. Just another company going bankrupt and wanting to save cash for those last payouts.

      At least the solar panels might be useful to someone (as soon as Abound stops shopping around for a buyer willing to pay close to full price…). Not like the stuff left over when a coal mining operation goes out of business with the parent company conveniently leeching the operating shell company of all money so that it can declare bankruptcy and leave the leaking mess to future generations of local children.

  3. A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's injunction on Tuesday against Florida's effort to make welfare applicants pee in cups to prove they're not on drugs.

    In a strongly-worded opinion, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a lower court's October 2011 finding that Florida failed to demonstrate a special need for drug testing poverty-stricken parents who apply for cash benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

    "The evidence in this record does not suggest that the population of TANF recipients engages in illegal drug use or that they misappropriate government funds for drugs at the expense of their own and their children's basic subsistence," the three-judge panel wrote. "The State has presented no evidence that simply because an applicant for TANF benefits is having financial problems, he is also drug addicted or prone to fraudulent and neglectful behavior."

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) called the ruling "disturbing" and said the state would take it up with the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Click on link to enjoy another crazy eyed rightie pic.


    1. "Floraida Governor Rick Scott called the ruling "disturbing" and said the State would take it up with the U.S. Supreme Court."

      Frivolous redleg "litigation" redlegs disrespecting our Judicial system.

      Case in point.

      Great catch Bluecat.

    1. Hope the pols people have helped you out. When I first tried to log on after the change it turned out my nom de Pols, BlueCat, no longer worked to log in even though it used to and it's what shows up here. I had to log in again with my first initial dot my last name and re-enter my password.  I still got to specify Blue Cat for showing up but it's the other that shows up in my log in box until I log in.

      As for getting to the new site in the first place, the first time I tried I got an error message that suggested removing some no longer needed letters from the address.  Did it and got connected to pols. 

      I'm sure you can get far superior advice from those who actually know about this stuff but am offering my "For  Dummies" personal experience just in case it helps. Still don't have spell check here, though it appeared and disappeared a few times.



  4. Can anybody tell me about a bill lately passed by the CO House instituting new (drastic) regulations on private restoration (roofing) contractors?  I get the impression that this is a bill pushed by the insurance companies, and not in any way helpful to citizens/premium payers.  Thanks in advance,


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