Tuesday Open Thread

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”

–Napoleon Bonaparte

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MADCO says:

    You guys are cray.

    The Bg line is wayyy off.

  2. Big Time says:

    Has anyone else noticed RMGO’s Facebook and Twitter feeds are shooting blanks at the moment?



    Looks like they are in a little bit of a state of shock and awe – even Republicans voted against them.

    Ding Dong Dudley Brown is done and over with in Colorado. 

  3. Zappatero says:

    Big Line off in its positive numbers for Rand and Walker……we’re going to see another Flavor of the Week Club on their side same as last time. These fools got in early to get their share of the cash and that they have done.

  4. Zappatero says:

    Be careful who you’re bipartisan with…..the fever swamp known as the Republican Party is still running a temp:

    [T]the state legislature in Idaho killed a measure that would have brought Idaho into compliance with federal law regarding federal support for child care, and for the enforcement of child-support agreements, and you are not going to believe why they did it.

    The conflict started last week after a House committee narrowly rejected a bill that had sailed through the Senate. The vote came after state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, a Cottonwood Republican, testified that federal regulations incorporated an international agreement regarding child support payments that would subject the state to Sharia law. None of the nearly 80 countries involved in the treaty — the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Family Maintenance, which the U.S. entered in 2007 — is under Sharia law. But Nuxoll and other skeptics said some involved nations informally recognize Sharia courts. They added that Idaho wouldn’t have the authority to challenge another nation’s judgment.

    There are a number of people I would like to congratulate for their hard work in injecting this primeval American idiocy back generally into the political culture of the nation. First among them are the Tenthers, whose most visible champions are Ted Cruz, who is running for president, and Mike Lee, the konztitooshunal skolar from Utah who’s out there peddling a Tenther book about how the Constitution was “lost,” and how he found it again. The conservative echo chamber that has been drifting increasingly to the right as a result of having been driven mad by a black president.

    So now, in Idaho, we have state legislators who look at $46 million in federal aid that will help track down deadbeat dads and see the first stirrings of an American caliphate. And why shouldn’t they believe that? They hear it every day from their favorite radio and electric teevee news-stars. They read it in widely circulated e-mails all over the country. Government is not the solution. Government is the problem, and the national government is the worst problem of all. And they go to the polls and elect the likes of Sheryl Nuxoll, an accountant who sees the fine hand of Islamic radicalism in the Department of Health and Human Services, and who herself is no stranger to the strange.

    And the paranoia inevitably comes cloaked in what is perceived by these people to be the noble constitutional heritage of “states rights.” This ignores the fact that we’ve tried that system at least twice in our history — first, under the Articles of Confederation, and second, in the Confederate States of America — and it failed miserably both times. It is founded in the fundamental American political heresy that holds the Constitution to be a pact between states and not an agreement undertaken by all the American people, as the Constitution says in its first three words. One entire political party is now dominated by this heresy. I am not aware of a single Republican presidential candidate, real or potential, who is not a Tenther in some way.

    There’s that. And there’s also this:

    Islamic extremists have seized control of cities across the United States and have enacted sharia law, according to a speaker at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting who spoke about current and emerging threats to American gun owners.

    Author Steve Tarani said during a presentation in Nashville on Sunday that he has witnessed the alleged “no-go zones” — areas where police cannot enter — while shadowing a friend who serves on the Detroit Metro SWAT Police on a drive in Dearborn, MI.

    And the dirty work of refudiating all this stuff is mostly left to bloggers, who will somehow counteract the hundreds of radio stations, numerous cable TV stations, and NRA members who fear FEMA camps and mass gun confistations with incisive policy posts and snarky headlines here and elsewhere.

    • BlueCat says:

      Good God. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. With this kind of reality, parody will soon be obsolete. 

    • mamajama55 says:

      And the dirty work of refudiating all this stuff is mostly left to bloggers, who will somehow counteract the hundreds of radio stations, numerous cable TV stations, and NRA members who fear FEMA camps and mass gun confistations with incisive policy posts and snarky headlines here and elsewhere.

      We all do what we can with what we have. What do we have? Our words, our bodies, our dollars, our votes.

  5. doremi says:

    Yesterday’s Gun Day at the Legislature ended at 12:50 a.m. with six bills to loosen gun laws defeated.

    Most surprising were 4 no votes by Representative Dan Thurlow (Republican) of Grand Junction.  Here’s to Rep. Thurlow for having the courage to vote his conscience (and for common sense laws) instead of following party dictates!

    Thurlow voted NO on repealing Background Checks, Guns in Schools, and Permitless Concealed Carry (2 bills). 

  6. Davie says:

    Wayne LaPierre, in a noble attempt to elevate the nation’s political discourse, has settled on a replacement for the overused, but well-known N-word, when referring to President Obama as “demographically symbolic” 

    One can only wait with eager anticipation what terms he’ll decide to use when referring to a female president one day.


    As Jon Stewart mentioned in his commentary about LaPierre’s speech this week, he doesn’t bother using a dog whistle anymore, just a regular one everybody can hear.

  7. DaninDen says:

    With H-Rods entry, Al Hunt’s informative, What to expect, “interventionist” and sadly pro trade agreements (they mistake movement with progress while gutting labor & working class)with caveats.. (TPP sux)

  8. Zappatero says:

    Will our side ever learn?

    Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time. – Harry Truman

    Has Bennet distinguished himself as a Democrat while working in Washington, DC?

    A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in a statistical tie with U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, the Aurora Republican most often mentioned as a possible 2016 challenger to the incumbent Democrat.

    Asked who they would vote for if the election was held now, respondents preferred Coffman to Bennet by 43 percent to 40 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

    • BlueCat says:

      Not surprised. I also attribute a lot of it to name rec.  Coffman has been around in Colorado elected politics for a long time and people have heard of him. If they know anything about him they know he’s a vet. He also still has a rep for being moderate. Don’t ask why he just does. Bennet is still largely unknown, low name rec. He’d better start raising his profile and in a way that doesn’t completely piss off the base. He could easily be the party’s next Udall, out the door as an incumbent, even in a presidential year. I agree that, even if HRC takes Colorado, it won’t be by a landslide or even close and it won’t provide a whole lot in the way of coattails for Bennet.

    • MADCO says:

      What is your recommendation?

      Bennet should just admit he is a Republican and switch parties?

      Bennet should move left, embrace President Obama even more than he has (when has he not voted with the president when it mattered?) and realize that all the true, liberal, progressive D’s that would sweep him to re-election by a safe margin have been not* voting, and are  just waiting for him to authentically move left?

      Either way- you are crazy.

      We’ll be lucky enough not to get Senator Coffman or Senator Buck in 16. I know- let’s all register R, nominate Don Maez and then safely count on the D to win no matter who it is. 




      *perhaps not voting in Colorado.  I haven’t seen numbers, but perhaps housing expense has risen so much due to inflow of liberal voters who previously lived outside Colorado or were too young to vote.  Maybe.  If the hard voter reg numbers, and polling of newcomers and under 24 voters supports that, then I will apologize for calling you crazy.

      Although, if that is true, it should mean Bennet is safe from all but a far left challenger.  Who’s it going to be?  Gut instinct tells me that any statewide D candidate needs to win CD1, 2, and 7 and at least be really competitive in 6.  3, 4, 5, can be lost – but not HUGE.  Who is the Colorado Sanders that can do that? I want names – not speculation and frustration with voters who just don’t want to agree with you.

  9. Progressicat says:

    Today in Felonious Personages:

    Douglas Bruce wanted on Ohio municipal arrest warrant; owes taxes

    Oh what a tangled web we weave…

    The part that made me blow water through my nose was the “; owes taxes.” I wonder if there’s a word processor macro that just appends that to the title of any Doug Bruce story by the paper

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