Sine Die Open Thread

Because it couldn’t possibly go on forever.

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  1. Zappatero says:

    Easily the most Monumentally Stupid, Glaringly Dishonest, Manipulative and Hypocritical Liar in the US Senate: Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, gets some of that Daily Show truth serum (putting link here cuz WP editor wipes out my embed url):

     

    He manages to get these insults off:

    "The modern Democratic Party has become an extreme radical party."…"liberal fascists"…."Birkenstock wearing" (omg, really? Do they even make them still?)…etc. 

    And because I criticize Ted Cruz, and Cruz lies about Obama from the senate floor, people can say, "both sides do it", which is a political tactic that allows them to pretend they occupy a pristine, moral policy middle-ground where the adults decide what’s best for us, or for their corporate sponsors.

  2. MapMaker says:

    Eisenhower, the socialist.

     

    youngrepubs_labor

     

    Who knew? Joe McCarthy, TeaPublican hero.

    • BlueCat says:

      He was pursued to run as a Dem also. But it wasn't just Ike. The entire Republican Party Platform he ran on reads to the left of anything today's centrist Dems will admit to being for. Which makes the Cruz characterization of Democrats that much more insanely ridiculous.

      The Dem party now occupies a place to the right of the Republican party of 1956. You know. The good old days the wackos like to hark back to when we were all so much more patriotic with such solid family values that included keeping women barefoot pregnant and in the kitchen where they belonged except when they were in the bedroom, blacks and Mexicans in there proper places and only white folks, who lived in idyllic Father Knows Best/Ozzie and Harriet families really counted? And the day time sky was always blue, it only rained after sundown and there was a unicorn in every picket fenced back yard?

      Yeah. I don't remember a childhood like that either and I was 8 when the 50s were over, nine the month JFK was inaugurated. I do remember that my family were staunch Dems who didn't vote for Ike but couldn't help liking him OK as president.

    • Elijah Rock says:

      Denver voters had little choice in Mayor's race, but the spoke loudly in a couple of local contests.

      Tim O'Brien was one of the big winners. No real money, no real name recognition, no political experience and he beat a better resourced, well known and heavily endorsed opponent to become the City Auditor.

      Another big winner – Rafael Espinoza who ousted the incumbent by a margin of 2 to 1 and now represents NW Denver on City Council.

       

       

       

      • OrangeFree says:

        Don't forget Kashman in in District 6. 

        The anti-development crowd just got two very big megaphones on the city council. I can't wait for the dog and pony show these two put on in an attempt to halt development in the city. The St. Anthony's issue is going to be a shit show now. 

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Dear Legislators,

    Please don't let Denver hit you in the ass on your way out the door!

    (Just wait 'til next season 2016! . . . )

  4. kickshot says:

    Meanwhile, in Parker, at a pre-prom party:

    Confederate Flag Prom Photo With Gun-Toting High Schoolers Backfires

     

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/06/confederate-flag-prom-photo_n_7219802.html

  5. Davie says:

    Despite Mike Coffman's best efforts, his attempt to deliver our troops into the clutches of Pay Day Loan sharks failed:

    Soldiers make particularly good targets for payday lenders, in part because of the reliability of their military paychecks. The military has been combating the debt burdens that payday loans can create for soldiers since at least 2006, but lenders including some of the nation's largest big banks have tailored new items to exploit loopholes in the regulations. In response, the Pentagon finalized a new set of regulations in late 2014 to restore protections for military families. The American Bankers Association has lobbied against those rules, which are strongly supported by consumer groups like the Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen, the National Consumer Law Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

    But around 4 a.m. Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment authored by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to strip out the GOP language to delay the new rules. Democrats voted unanimously in favor of the amendment, which passed 32 – 30 with support from five Republicans: Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.).

    According to a 2014 study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, interest rates on products targeting soldiers frequently soar to 300 percent or higher, far above the 36 percent interest rate cap imposed on payday lending to soldiers in 2006, thanks to loopholes in that cap.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/30/payday-lending-soldiers_n_7182510.html?cps=gravity_2425_-9072374640557528294

    • BlueCat says:

      Dem pols and ops had better get over being afraid to say anything mean about R pols with military experience where votes dealing with troops and vets are concerned and hit Coffman hard, loudly and repeatedly for this and for all of his other screw the troops and vets votes going into the next election. Otherwise nobody outside the choir will ever know a thing about any of it.

      One thing you have to hand Rs. They never worry about being mean to anyone, including triple amputee decorated Dem candidates. They attack effectively, usually with nothing but blatant lies. Dems are afraid of looking a tad mean to total hypocrite R a-holes, with or without military backgrounds, simply by stating the truth. You don't get extra points for bending over backwards to avoid any appearance of being mean to the bullying opposition. What you get is screwed.

      People say they want everyone to be nice and all politics to be civil the way they say they're for helping little old ladies across the street and against drowning puppies. When they vote they go for strength over weakness. Dem pols and ops need to grow a pair.

      • Davie says:

        Absolutely correct, BC!  I think I know of someone in CD6 that meets your criteria 🙂

        — Morgan Carroll — isn't she term limited in the Senate for 2016?

        I gave hard-earned money to Andrew in 2014.  I'd give even more if she decided to challenge Coffman in 2016!

  6. Zappatero says:

    Seems Colorado's Senior Senator Bennet is not so proud of his vote to give Fast Track trade status to the Trans Pacific trade agreement being pushed by Obama and a few of his favorite billionaires. 

    Searching bennet.senate.gov gets you nothing of his actions up to now.

    Mike's colleague, Bernie Sanders, is quite adamant that this new trade deal is not a good idea.

    A few other of Mike's colleagues in the senate are skeptical: and have a petition where you can add your skepticism:

    Under the rubric of "prioritize jobs" Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, Gary Peters, Brian Schatz, Tom Udall, the Ohio Democratic Party and the Searchlight Leadership Fund are sponsoring a petition that says no to fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Searchlight was founded 18 years ago by Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Minority Leader who is retiring at the end of his current term.

    An email under Reid's name duplicates the language on the petition website:

    Dear Zappatero,

    Free trade agreements have a history of killing jobs in America.

    NAFTA displaced almost 7OO,OOO American jobs. CAFTA caused more than 5O,OOO job losses.

    Since I’ve always put American jobs first, I’ve never supported a trade agreement. I’m certainly not going to support authority to move trade agreements through Congress faster.

    That's why we're organizing a grassroots push to demonstrate support for putting U.S. jobs first. We’d like you to join us. Click here and add your name to the petition today.

    House Democrats aren't so hot for this deal, neither is Ralph Nader, who is looking forward to Democratic debates on the issue between Hillary and Bernie. (CPols, following the lead of Senator Bennet, doesn't really think we need to hear such a discussion.)

    Maybe Mike is responding to the overwhelming demand of Coloradans to fast track this deal. Or not. Or maybe he's just an old "New Democrat" who can't figure out what happened between his last election and his next last election.

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