Monday Open Thread

“War is fear cloaked in courage.”

–Gen. William Westmoreland

21 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808 says:

    That would be 5:00 pacific time when California starts allowing gay marriage. According to the religious right, that apparently means the end of the world.

    For the rest of us, we’ll see a bunch of happy couples, after a couple of days it will no longer be a novelty, and another step towards equal rights for all will have been completed.

    Personally, I’m always happy to see people get married so congrats to all the upcoming couples.

    • Aristotle says:

      I’m going to enjoy a BBQ with some out of town friends starting at 5:00 Mountain time, so we’ll be full and happy when the end comes ’round.

      • dwyer says:

         the Denver Post columnist who once was a West Point historian? The Denver Post columnist who lives in Salida and emails from a computer held together with string and a clothespin….or the media hack who sits on CISO and looks like Marx, the aging Nederland hippie?

        • bob ewegen says:

          I edited the post paper, The Pointer View, during the Vietnam unplesantness.

          Ed Quillen lives in salida and looks like Marx on a bad hair day.

          I have no idea what CISO is or why anybody would live in Nederland.

          • dwyer says:

            Now I know who you are. I enjoy your columns. Thoughtful.  Didn’t you propose a real solution to I-70 jams, involving railroads and tunnels? CISO is Colorado Inside Out… plus or minus a letter or two.  Good and decent people, both living and dead reside in Nederland.  And, sir, with all due respect, I think you do look like Marx, the aging Nederland hippie.

    • One Queer Dude says:

      Actually, the state will simply turn into a pillar of salt.

    • Middle of the Road says:

      I was hoping to get out of teaching class tonight. With the destruction of the planet, I should be covered, excuses wise.

      • dwyer says:

        While the dems are sitting around, drinking beer and high fiving…the repubs have seized this and the gitmo decision to frame the argument for the election:  “unelected judges can overrule the vote of the people.”  “Liberal judges by fiat are destroying our Kulture” “Individual states should be able to determine their own laws without judicial activism interfering with that right.”  McCain will appoint judges to the Supreme Court who will obey the will of the people and not legislate from the bench.

        A McCain election would mean the end of the constitution as we know it…nothing to celebrate…

        For those who are not going to toss another shrimp on the barbie…and with much appreciation to Aristole..I recommend you those Slaughterhouse cases again to understand the real attack going on from our friends, the repubs.

        • Middle of the Road says:

          My comment was clearly sarcastic. I’m an Obama supporter and if you’re still confused, read my user name.

          If you’re just taking this opportunity to preach to the choir, then I guess I should just say thanks????

          • dwyer says:

            I was just trying to get in on the conversation…which was funny, ironic, and sarcastic.  And if truth be told, I was trying to be sarcastic…

            I felt the times call for some serious reflection on what the repubs can do….with both these decisions.

            I have said time and time and time again, here, that the issue is not abortion, it is not gay rights, it is not even habeas corpus…it is will an independent judiciary survive?

  2. RedGreen says:

    Talk show host Marvin wrote a response to the Marvin/Polis dustup in the comments to last Thursday’s “self-flagellation” thread this morning.

    A Note From Jay Marvin

    I hardly ever post in public places. But I thought I would leave this post. I found the Polis information on my own. Second I like Joan, but I also like Will too. Polis, unlike the others, thought he should get better treatment. He thought so to the point he had to come dowm here with out calling and he started in on John Turk my producer. Not only that his press people kept emailing us over and over again, and wouldn’t take no for an answer. ANY Democrat that would take money from people who have contributed to the Swift Boat people, and not return that money has a real problem. Why didn’t he say “OK, I don’t need their money, and they are unethical people.” No, instead he tried to tell me he had converted them in to being liberal? Come one. If he has so many supporters why does he dump 3.1 million into the race unless he’s trying to buy it? So you can call me all the names you want. The facts are the facts. And right now I like Will the best.

    Marvin had Will Shafroth on the show at 9 a.m. this morning. The audio for that show is now up:

  3. RedGreen says:

    An AP story reports more problems with Bill Ritter’s post-election campaign accounting. Former campaign chief Greg Kolomitz was overpaid $37,500, the Ritter camp discovered, but was also due $27,160 in reimbursements, so wrote a check to the campaign for the difference. These amounts are in addition to previously reported $83,250 Kolomitz is said to have overpaid himself out of Ritter’s inaugural account.

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday notified prosecutors that more spending violations have been uncovered from his 2006 campaign, and that a former aide has written his campaign a check for $10,340 to correct the problem.

    Ritter had told the Arapahoe County district attorney in April that his campaign violated finance laws by improperly paying about $217,000 to 28 vendors last year.

    He said at the time his campaign and inaugural committee chairman, Greg Kolomitz, also overpaid himself and his company $83,250 out of Ritter’s inaugural account.

    Ritter’s spokesman, Evan Dreyer, said the district attorney is still investigating.

    The governor’s lawyer, Michael Plachy, told the district that two more improper payments totaling $37,500 were discovered, but that an investigation by the campaign also determined that Kolomitz was entitled to $27,160 in unreimbursed expenses. He also said Kolomitz last week paid the difference.

  4. Sir Robin says:

    In an interview with former UN ambassador John Bolton today, Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett asserted that Iran’s Shahab missile “could actually hit – I think – some military installations in the United States.” “Absolutely,” replied Bolton, clarifying that it was “U.S. forces stationed in the region” that could be threatened by such a missile.

    Now….facts do get in the way, but that doesn’t stop the likes of Bolton, who has served in several Republican administrations.

    The current range of Iran’s Shahab missiles is said to be 1,200 miles, but the United States and Iran are much more than 1,200 miles apart. The approximate distance between Tehran and Washington, D.C. is actually 6,340 miles.

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