Monday Open Thread

“When the pressure comes, preferences give way while convictions hold firm.”

–Edwin Louis Cole

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. itlduso says:

    Last Friday night, Rachel Maddow totally slammed our favorite son, Eli Stokols as an example of what is wrong with the national press corps.  Stokols left Denver's Fox Channel 31 a few months ago to work for Politico.  His report on Jeb Bush's foreign trip was titled, "Jeb's Gaffe-Free European Trip".  It's a gushing report on how Bush, unlike many of his fellow GOP candidates, "traveled abroad without committing a blunder."

    Rachel Maddow begs to differ.  She pointed out how Bush met with a high ranking Polish official who had resigned just one day before because of remarks secretly taped at a super-expensive restaurant bashing the US-Poland relationship as "worthless" and other much more unsavory characterizations.  Bush's response was to basically deny what the Polish politician said. 

    Maddow, in her inimitable way, used Stokol's report as Exhibit A in what is wrong with our nation's political reporting.  Poor Eli, we hardly knew ye.   What has happened to you in just 4 short months in DC?

    • BlueCat says:

      And most aren't as good as Stokols. Pretty sad. Politico does strive for he said/she said "centrism" so that may have something to do with it.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      Given Repub pols' history of committing faux pas while traveling abroad, Jebby probably does deserve a round of applause for not fucking up. Who can forget Mittens' crack about the London Olympics or Dubya's creepy backrub given to Angela Merkel (who did not appreciate the massage)?

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Did she play the tape? If not, wake me up when she does.   C.H.B.

  3. MADCO says:

    Another CoPols conpiracy to keep us underinformed.

    Single payer healthcare in Colorado?  Initiative #20 on the ballot in 2016  if they can get the signatures.




    • mamajama55 says:

      Or you could look at my write up on Initiative 20 and the right wing losing their teeny dinosaur brains over it.. CoPols didn't conspire on that one. But the groups promoting it had no idea what was lining up against them until I tipped them off. 

      And by the way, I20 isn't single payer healthcare. That would be "Health Care for all Colorado", which the ColoradoCareYes group grew out of.

      Initiative 20 doesn't call for single payer health care. It calls for single payer health insurance administration, at a minimum level, for everyone in Colorado. People are still free to supplement as they see fit.

      But yes, it's probably time to do an update.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:


    Today is the 800th anniversary of King John signing the Magna Carta (Great Charter) at Runnymede Meadow. The Charter is the foundation for individual freedoms and liberties held by citizens of the English speaking countries (UK, US, CAN, AUS, NZ). While other countries try to imitate such freedoms; and often successfully (Scandinavia, Germany, as examples); the 5 major English speaking countries generally remain the most free countries in the world. 

  5. Chickenheed says:

    A good take on the beer "boycott" by "free-market" righties… Beer, Coal Mines, Irony and Double-Standards

  6. mamajama55 says:

    Steve House just resigned as GOP chair for "personal reasons". I'd post a link, but…um, no. check your twitter and facebook posts.


  7. mamajama55 says:

    Randy B Corporon@randycorporon 8h8 hours ago Denver, CO

    Becky Mizel​. chairman of the Pueblo County Republican Party, announces the resignation of Steve House as Chairman of @cologop .

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    9:16 PM – 15 Jun 2015 · Details

    However, another source says that House withdrew his resignation after he made it.

    Lots of drama at the GOP last night, apparently.

  8. Duke Cox says:

    Everything is fine…there are no Americans at the airport ….

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