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July 20, 2013 01:37 AM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

"A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth."

–Tim O'Brien


14 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. I'm having a hard time understanding the criticism of Predident Obama's comments about race yesterday.  It seems a large number of conservatives (is it fair to call them Obama haters? I think so.) want to argue that racism no longer exists, or black on black crime (which couldn't possibly be because of institutionalized racism) somehow makes racism irrelevant. 

    I think most of it is resentment on the part of working class whites who have experienced any number of difficulties because of the crumbling of the American dream (because of "free market" policies of the last 30+ years) and see no hand up for them that minorities get.  I think the same people responsible for that deterioration stoke that resentment for electoral advantage.

    1. Many people want to have someone to blame if they're not doing well – they blame "illegals," blacks, whatever useful target there is.  Sadly, they're aiming their anger at the wrong target.

        1. If I keep voting Republican, one day there'll be a knock on my door and the Republican Grand Poo-bah will be there and say, "Welcome, you are now one of the Super-Rich and Powerful!" and all those votes will pay off. I jusk know it.

    2. I agree with you PCG.

      Worth noting is that data shows 90% of black murder victims are shot by other black people. Same study (I'm sorry I can't remember the source, I'll try to get it to you) shows 87% of white murder victims are shot by other white people.

      I found the President's remarks very appropriate and his tone was perfect. It was in direct contrast with the end zone dance the goonies are running in the aftermath of the ghastly zimmerman verdict.

      It was important to recognize the grace with which the Martin family continue to conduct themselves after seeing the justice system fail them.

      It's perspective. You can choose to accept the President's remarks to the Whithouse Press Corps for what they were and how he meant them, or you can be an asshole like the republicans/conservatives/teabaggers and contort them to fit your agenda.

  2. Capitol HVAC update

    P/R and I were having a discussion about the true cost of the system. So I contacted legislative services and was able to talk with Doug Platt who's a P.R. person for the state. And I know this will shock everyone, but the Post article was wrong (or at least missing a lot of info and confusing).

    Including the federal funds as part of the payment (ie don't assume free money), the system installed cost about 2M more than putting in a conventional system. Of that 2M, the state is gauranteed to have 1.4M paid by the contractor using the 100K/year savings. The contractor gaurantees the 100K/year and after interest, etc., over 30 years that's 1.4M. (This is the 100K listed in the Post article I'm guessing).

    That leaves it at 600K more – at most. If energy prices go up, then the state saves more than 100K/year and the savings increase. Same if a our politicians ever summon up the courage to institute a carbon tax (which is unlikely).

    So with the "free money" from the feds, a very sweet deal. Without that grant, still a sensible approach.

  3. A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were all given a red rubber ball and told to find the volume. The mathematician carefully measured the diameter and evaluated a triple integral. The physicist filled a beaker with water, put the ball in the water, and measured the total displacement. The engineer looked up the model and serial numbers in his red-rubber-ball table.

  4. @Pols: Why, oh why, am I requested to log in, but prohibited to do so by WordPress Fickle Mafia, Inc., to only one current post? The post where I want to jump on Dwyer's ass and try to give a reasoned response to David?  Weird and frustrating. @Phoenix and others: keep up the good work on the education funding post until I can jump back in. Thanks.

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