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May 02, 2015 08:42 AM UTC

Weekend Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“I came through the train on Baltimore last night. I’m glad the train didn’t stop.”

   – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

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  1. A while back, I wrote that I considered Rand Paul to be a serious contender for the Republican nomination. Not any more. His volatile temper, condescending attitude towards

    *female reporters,

    *minority communities with legitimate grievances,

    *any press seriously questioning his prior statements or policy positions

    shows that he can’t take the heat of the political limelight, and should get the hell out of the kitchen.

    1. But Rand would be preferable to Cruz, Santorum, Huckabee, Carson, Perry. Scott Walker may also now be headed to the 3rd tier, given that the lead prosecutor into his campaign corruption case is an apparently honest Republican; and Mike Pence is already there.

        1. Hey now! I thought it was understood Dioge is the funny one.

          But you’re right. Limbaugh/ Hannity/ Fox et al don’t like him… But I don’t recall them loving the other one. s. They’ll line up when it’s time- assuming they are still relevant.

          Despite the fantasies of the left wanna- bes (who don’t win national elections since 1944) Sanders being in the deal will not move Senator Clinton (or is it more correct Secretary Clinton?) to the left. It gives her freedom to move to the center, or even the center right, right until the primary ends. It’s smart and safe politics- sort of her specialty.

          The in a Bush v. Clinton general he wins Florida (Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado and North Carolina) and it’s all Ohio. I know it is rude cuz it’s too early to ask- can she win Ohio? But the answer is no.

          Sure, she beat Obama in 08 (unlike Texas or Nevada) But that was awhile ago. Meanwhile the younger Working D she’ll need are the exodus. It’s an aging demographic, and not much tailwind from the under 24 who didn’t get to vote in 08.
          The Delected in the state are not going to be as helpful in 16 as they were in 08 and 12.

          I also realize Ohio is not what it once was- only 18 just 2x Colorado. But in 16 they get another shot.

          1. Warren is the one forcing HRC to make more progressive noises at this point. Moving back to the center, where she’s always been, will be for the general

          2. I think it should be “Secretary” Clinton, MADCO… “latest” or “highest” office is the standard, I think. In this case, “secretary” fits both…

  2. Better than W, Paul can at least spit out a complete sentence.
    But the ordering of the words is certainly reflective of his addled thinking.

    Taking him literally can give one nightmares.

      1. I found I could really relate to the part in the second one, where the guy jumps off the cliff.

        After listening to these (which I can only attribute to masochism), I cleanse my brain with this, turned up to 11.

    1. “Loves them” (the Euro videos) is an overstatement. I am fascinated with all kinds of multicultural music. My church recently put on a concert of Klezmer music, which was rescued from obscurity after almost disappearing with the musicians during WWII.
      It’s connected with my own Eastern European and Jewish ancestry. But I won’t inflict the concert videos on you all.

      1. I voted for Hungary’s entry, “Wars for Nothing”. I liked the simple and direct staging without fancy costumes or makeup, and the message.

  3. Consider the source and practice healthy skepticism — a surprising article in today’s Denver Post from an unlikely source:

    Even fact-based websites developed by think tanks, academia, government agencies and advocacy organizations often provide only one side of an argument. For this reason, individuals who rely on sources they trust may not be getting the whole picture. Because of confirmation bias, they may not seek out contrary information.

    Unfortunately, we cannot choose a position when we know only one side. In a sense, the position has chosen us and we risk becoming a useful idiot for someone else’s agenda. When we know only a caricature of our perceived opponents, we create straw men of their arguments to torch with the fire of our indignation. There are battles worth fighting, principles worth defending, and wrongs worth righting, but they should be fought on the terra firma of truth.

    No one can doubt that the democratization of information access and dissemination is a positive development for mankind. However, the ease with which an attractive imitation can take the place of the real thing should give us pause. What happens to a democratic republic when citizens are not on the same (Web) page, having not just different opinions also but different facts, if they have facts at all?

    Free citizens have an obligation to be fully informed. We must ask questions even of those sources we trust: How do they know? What is the original source? Who benefits? What aren’t they saying? What are the credentials of the expert? What is happening outside of the narrow camera shot? Is the event orchestrated? Why is this happening now? Is the story internally consistent? Does it comport with what we know of history and science? Is it really Madame Curie?

    A little skepticism goes a long way.

    Krista Kafer (tokrista@msn.com) is co-host of Kelley and Company airing 1-4 pm on 710 KNUS.

    http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_28030488/false-identity

    Krista Kafer — right-wing radio yakker, Independence Institute associate, and employed by John Andrews’ Colorado Christian University. Does this simply prove that even a blind squirrel sometimes finds an acorn, or perhaps she has gotten tired of the information bubbles perpetuated by (predominantly) right-wing news organizations and their self-interested owners?

    (BTW, without the editor and preview function, I am flying totally blind here. No idea how this post will look once I press the “post comment” button. here goes…

      1. Not just “both sides”, but anyone that considers themselves (or wants to be) informed, and an active participant in our democracy.

        The people that really need to take this to heart are our news media (starting with the owners and executives, all the way down to researchers and reporters) and those legislators pushing “statement” bills based on bad (or no) science, prejudice and head-up-their-ass logic.

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