Wednesday Open Thread

“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”

–E. B. White

43 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DawnPatrol says:

    Anyone surprised by the continuing antics of this knuckle-dragging shite-for-brains? Nah, me either:

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ken-buck-ar15-photo-fundraising

    • DawnPatrol says:

      In his fundraiser, Bucknut cites “your God-given right to bear arms”? WTF? Do these metastatic mongrels ever say anything that hasn’t been freshly pulled from their asses?

      • Duke Cox says:

        Yeah, that “God-given” bullshit really chaps my ass. These ammosexual morons try to use God as an excuse or a prop for all their stupid, self-serving insane claims of rights or privilege.

        They make me sick…

        BUT…today is Earth Day and I am going to try to ignore all those fools who make this planet less inhabitable instead of more so….

        Plant a tree, ya’ll !!  Actually, Arbor day is Friday so …plant TWO trees!!

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Of course Buck’s going to fundraise from his Twitter selfies – name one other thing this pathetic clown has done since arriving in Washington?

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        He voted to repeal Obamacare, he cleared out a pizza restaurant, and he’s warned the world about the ISIS camps in Mexico. For a wing nut, that’s a productive four months.

        Oh, and he’s replaced Doug Lamborn as the biggest embarrassment in the CO House delegation.

        • Davie says:

          Just wait — I’m sure now that Lamborn is feeling the heat from Buck, he’ll step up his game to retain the title of Chief Clown, Accomplisher of Little or Nothing

          • Zappatero says:

            not so sure.

            CD5 and its Super Conservative Christian voters aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. These voters might now be considered old school: they have a long-term conservatism slowly cultivated by large social institutions down here that remain at the top of the Republican thought food chain (Focus, New Life, AFAcademy, etc……).

            Compared to the current crop of Tea-induced craziness that Buck’s relying on, Buck’s voters need that constant anti-guvmint agitation and Obama’s going to confiscate yet gunzzz paranoia so they remember to vote next time. 

            • Miss Jane says:

              On a somewhat brighter note, Amy Lathen didn’t get elected mayor. 

            • Davie says:

              Good points, Zap.  Also a pattern may be emerging — while Lamebrain is like a turtle, that only occaisionally pokes his head out to make a stupid/outrageous comment, Buckhole seems to be in a freshman daze, reveling in the new-found attention his crazy-eyes selfies garner.

  2. Zappatero says:

    Charles and David Koch having a beau-tea contest to decide who they’ll spend their $1Billion on for president:

    “What we’ve told them all is that right now, we’re not supporting anyone,” Koch said. “We’re telling them that if they want our support, one way to get it is articulating a good message to help Americans get a better understanding and a better appreciation of how certain policies … will benefit them and will benefit all America.”

    “Only if somebody really stands out from the standpoint of their message and what they would actually do to benefit America and has a chance a decent chance of being elected, only then would we select one over the others,” Koch said.

    What does a Modern Day Koch Whore look like?

    Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:

    “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”

    “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaidprograms.”

    “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”

    “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”

    “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”

    “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence.  Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”

    “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”“We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”“As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”

    “We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”

    “We advocate the complete separation of education and State.  Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”

    “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”

    “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”

    “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

    “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”

    Thank you, Samuel Alito.

  3. Zappatero says:

    Eliminating the Postal Service, Social Security, the EPA………..sound familiar?

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    If a State in which the consensus of the electorate is that: the universe is bouncing-baby 6,000 years old, that white Jesus rode Triceratops to church, that guns save lives, that evolution is a demonic scam, and that oil drilling is god’s freedom gift to the righteous, can come to this scientific conclusion:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/oklahoma-acknowledges-wastewater-from-oil-and-gas-wells-as-major-cause-of-quakes.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

    then why can’t Colorado elect a governor who enjoys a glass of clean water every now and then?

  5. Duke Cox says:

    then why can’t Colorado elect a governor who enjoys a glass of clean water every now and then?

    …because no one would primary him….

    • Duke Cox says:

      and by him…I mean Frackenlooper.

      • mamajama55 says:

        Me, too…(sigh). I filled in the little arrow by Hick’s name, and will probably do the same for Bennet, however reluctantly. But it would be good to have someone primary Bennet, or at least mount a decent third-party campaign against him.

        These DINOs take their Democratic base entirely for granted, saving their loyalty for their corporate funders. 

        • Duke Cox says:

          ugotthatright…

        • BlueCat says:

          If Bennet doesn’t do something to raise his Colorado profile and popularity, filling in that little arrow reluctantly may not be enough. I bet ten times as many people know at least something about potential opponent Coffman and his association with vet issues (I know but perception is what matters) than could even name Bennet as one of our Senators. I bet new Senator Gardner has better name rec. Bennet pretty much went to DC and fell off Colorado radar. He’s going to have to start fixing that or do us all a favor and get out of the way in time for another more Colorado connected charismatic Dem candidate to start building a campaign. Bennet’s already on the most vulnerable list. I believe his placement there is pretty accurate. 

  6. BlueCat says:

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) economic “experiment” obviously hasn’t gone well. The combination of debt downgrades, weak growth, and disastrous state finances have created an ongoing disaster in one of the nation’s reddest states.

    Complicating matters, conditions aren’t improving. The state AP reported yesterday that Kansas is projecting the state will generate $187 million less in tax revenue than expected over the next year. The report is slightly worse than the projections Kansas officials faced a month ago, which were slightly worse than the projections the month before that.

    Looking further ahead offers little relief. The unexpected shortfall is poised to get worse: the same projections show tax collections nearly $300 million below expectations through mid-2017.

    The AP report added that the latest fiscal forecast is “likely” to force the Republican-dominated state government to “consider larger tax increases than they had expected to balance the state budget.” That’s true, though as Max Ehrenfreund explained yesterday, who’ll pay shoulder the burden makes a big difference.One thing they’re not considering: asking the wealthy to chip in. Instead, in a legislature that last week barred welfare recipients from using their benefits to go swimming or watch movies, the proposals that look most likely to succeed are sales and excise taxes that would be paid disproportionately by Kansas’s poor and working class. […]

    People who make less are more vulnerable to increases in sales and excise taxes, since they spend more of their money buying basic goods and services they need to get by. This is especially the case in Kansas, where food is subject to sales tax. Kansans can receive a tax rebate for their food purchases, but those who make nothing or too little to owe income tax aren’t eligible. They pay the sales tax on food in full.

    It’s best to call this what it is: a redistribution of wealth, from the bottom up.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/kansas-eyes-redistributing-wealth-the-wrong-direction?CID=sm_fb_maddow

    • Davie says:

      Wichita Kansas is World HQ for Koch Industries.  Give the Wealthy whatever they want, send the bill to the Poor!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_Industries

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        The Koches had to issue a clarification today. They have narrowed the list of Republican presidential candidates whom they find acceptable down to five (Jebby, Walker, Cruz, Paul and Rubio…..sorry Ben Carson, Piyush Jindal, Chris Christie, Blanche DuBois Graham, Huck and Frothy Mix Santorum), and plan to spend money promoting all five in the early primaries. 

        Here’s $$$ saving suggestion:  why don’t they keep their wallets closed unless one of the unacceptable ones starts to show some signs of life, then crush that one’s candidacy like a bug?

        • Davie says:

          I don’t think saving money is at the forefront of their strategy.  Recall, they’d rather pay $400 million in penalties instead of investing in maintaining the safety and integrity of their pipelines and equipment (see Environmental and Safety Record in link above).

          But since all 11 candidates have enthusiastically kissed the Koch ring, it must be devastating to the lower tier 6 to be deemed toxic waste by the experts in, well, toxic waste.

          Also shows that even a “moderate” like Jebby pretends to be is actually just another bought and paid for puppet, and willingly if given the chance, will sell out Americans in favor of his two benefactors.

          Given the list — Jebby, Walker, Cruz, Paul and Rubio — either the Kochs have broadened their ideological beliefs, or there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference among the bunch.  I’m betting on the latter.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          “It’s good to be king a white guy!”

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      I suppose that depends upon your definition of the phrase “gone well.” If your objective is to become something akin to Somalia (no taxes and theocratic nut cases running around loose), then the Kansas experiment is coming along nicely.

    • exlurker19 says:

      He wants to tax the HMOs.  But Aetna isn’t having it.  They’re saying insurance policies would go through the roof in KS.  Poor Brownback.  He might (shudder, shudder) have to accept Medicaid subsidies through Obamacare to fund some of the ginorme Kansas deficit.

    • The consequences of Tea Party budgets….

      Six Kansas school districts have announced that they need to close early this year due to budget shortfalls originating in state funding cuts. A court has ruled that the Kansas state government is not living up to its constitutional educational funding requirements (remember that lawsuit here in Colorado?) and needs to pony up at least $500m more in funds to the state’s public schools. But the legislature and governor aren’t planning to do that.

      Down in Louisiana, Gov. Jindal’s proposed budget has no fewer than 20 state colleges and universities preparing bankruptcy documentation. Even LSU says they’ll need to file for protection if Jindal’s budget goes through. Way to pick an idol in Gov. Brownback, Gov. Jindal!

      In Florida, Gov. Scott has filed suit against the Federal government to force it to extend a pilot program that would help the state fill a gap in Medicaid spending caused in part by a planned series of tax cuts. But they won’t take Federal money for Medicaid expansion through Obamacare, because – well, I’m guessing it’s because the nickname for it has the word ‘Obama’ in it. Not coming up with the money will probably lead to the shuttering of (more) Florida hospitals in the next fiscal year.

  7. Diogenesdemar says:

    The time is now to get in front of an expected massive influx of diseased Orange County Laura Woods anti-vaxer refugee voters . . . 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/us/bill-to-require-vaccination-of-children-advances-in-california.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

    . . . we could either build some kind of very high barrier wall . . . 

    . . . or we could pass similar sensible legislation to protect the health of our citizenry, and scatter the potential disease vectors of ours into diaspora in Kansas, Wyoming, and parts redder!

  8. Canines says:

    Shepard Fairey Earth Day imagery.

  9. FrankUnderwood says:

    Taking a cue from Tom Cotton and his posse writing to the ayatollahs, the state senate takes up SJM15-002 which memorializes the legislature views on negotiations with Iran. The sponsors are Lambert, Lundberg, Balmer, Cadman in the senate, and Mini Timmy, Humphrey and Dr. Joshi in the house.

  10. (not) Dr. Chaps says:

    After subsisting for days on only Chick-fil-A and the tears of House Democrats, I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m needed in the state Senate.

  11. milloy36 says:

    Denver “2015” Auditors Election

      O’Brien was approved by the Colorado Legislator to be the State Auditor 12 years. He has guided a large department of people to conduct 750 State audits. Saving the state $200,000,000. He has been a licensed CPA in the state since 1974.  Look at his web site, seeing all of these facts, O’Brien has the leadership and experience for the best auditor for our city.                                                                                                 I don’t see any Auditing or Accounting experience in the background of Nevitt.

    He keeps saying “none of the others have”.  Noting Nevitt has been on the City Council for 8 years, how can he conduct an audit of the Council with out it being a conflict of interest? He has accepted money from devlopers that are chosen by the Council.   

      Watching the two debates, Nevitt stumbles his way with his answers to the questions. He clearly has no idea how to run this office. Anyone wonder how Nevitt has all of this backing from the Politcials in this city when this guy has no experience of any  kind of experience in Auditing field?

    O’brien is running as an Independent and doesn’t want to be associated with and party. No favors owed or expected from anyone.

    Robert A. Clark

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