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April 25, 2015 07:12 AM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

–Henry David Thoreau


26 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Koch Brothers Launch a Surrogate Campaign Against Pope Francis. Hey folks, the world is laughing at us because of the colored Muslim in the White House – it you rich white crackers who play the poor white crackers like a fiddle.  Just saying’…

    The Pope already drew the wrath of both evangelical and Catholic Republicans in Congress for criticizing the greed and income inequality championed by the GOP, but now he has the undivided attention of the Koch brothers, Exxon, and their dirty energy cohorts. The cause célèbre for the Koch-funded evangelical movement is the Pope’s recent announcement that it is beyond high time for the world, and “all Catholics” to join the fight to reduce the existential threat to human beings from anthropogenic climate change. Last October, the Pope harshly condemned “The monopolizing of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics that are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness.”

  2. Is anyone else experiencing a weird bug with Firefox browser on this site, where when you try to post a comment, the “most visited sites” tab asks you to fill out a field?

    Very annoying.

    I fiddled with the preferences of Firefox – don’t know what I did, but was eventually able to disable the pop-up message. (Or I wouldn’t have been able to post even this comment). The only other cure I know is to only use Pols in a “private window”, which coincidentally makes it run much faster, and I don’t get as many ads spying on my shopping or browsing habits.

  3. Not Colorado, but close (as in Iowa).

    “Governors can certainly read about foreign policy in briefings, and meet with experts, but there is no way they’ll be ready on day one to manage U.S. foreign policy” – Marco Rubio (junior Senator for 4.4 years).

    Marco just shit on:

    Ronald Regan

    George W. Bush

    William McKinley

    Rutherford B Hays

    Bill Clinton

    Jimmy Carter


    Woodrow Wilson

    Grover Cleveland

    James Polk

  4. Denver Post’s Joey Bunch: 

    Legislators reach out to ‘rural Colorado’ after landslide to the right

    Bunch quotes only residents who back his assertion that Democratic legislators don’t care about rural issues, and are only in it for the votes. That’s his claim, and he’s sticking to it. Never mind the facts – they’d only get in the way. 

    Never mind that the reason that these worthy pieces of legislation haven’t passed are that they were blocked by Republican legislators, who apparently don’t want funding for emergency services, better telecommunications, schools, consumer protections, or a slew of other foundered policies voted down or stuck in Kill Committee Swamp.

    Bunch’s “news” article is primarily a commercial for gas and oil interests, as it promotes, without any statistical or economic data at all, the idea that renewable energy mandates will raise energy rates. 

    Sure, if your rural co-op hates solar and wind and puts a surcharge on it, as some have done, that will raise your rates. But blame the co-op, not the technology. 

    Bunch also carefully neglects to mention the real “War on Rural Colorado” waged by Senators Scott and Sonnenburg – these Senators killed a 2 million grant which would have brought real money and real jobs to rural Coloradans laid off or displaced when industries left their communities. 

    Spin, spin, spin. 

    1. What utter bullshit…

      Nathan Weathers, 32, a third-generation farmer in Yuma County, traveled two hours to Denver, parked downtown for $15 and sat through six hours of statehouse testimony two years ago.

      He eventually got to say his three-minute piece against the renewable-energy mandate that he contends will cost him tens of thousands of dollars in higher electricity to run his field sprinklers. (my emphasis).

      He was preparing this week to plant corn, wheat and potatoes, run a 200-head cattle operation and pay electricity bills jacked up by the 2013 renewable-energy requirement. 

      “…what we really need is for them to just leave us alone. They’re going to regulate us out of business.”

      I’m confident Mr. Weathers won’t be returning his subsidy check, or acknowledge the role of Democrats in rural electrification (which makes his lifestyle possible), or the billions in subsides ($5.43 billion) rural farmers have benefitted from since 1995.  Or the BEST program that is building brand new schools in small communities like Otis and Idalia.  Or the federal cheap corn policy we’ve had for years that lets the world’s largest feedlot (now owned by the Brazilians) across the road from his farm flourish; ditto for the pork complex in Yuma County (now owned by the Chinese).

      I blame the state party for this chasm.  Week after week, in ad nausea, the party hacks submit guest editorials to the local papers in support of liberty and freedom (their version) – the party wastes no ink or investments in promoting their policies outside of the metro area.  

      It’s a sad state of affairs – but progressives let it happen. 

      Lest we forget – here is where Mr. Weathers gets his faulty info:

      It’s nothing but con games and bad math. They are the Jackass Whisperers. 

  5. Tried twice on Friday to make a post using Chrome; another one just a minute ago. Chrome doesn’t seem to work as nothing happened when I hit “Post.” Now trying Safari……which seems to work. I hope someone is alerting the webmaster re the problems with the affected browsers?   C.H.B.

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