Weekend Open Thread

“It’s not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions.”

–Norman Mailer

28 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55 says:

    "Mild by Comparison" – How two Michigan legislators tried to cover up their affair by spreading rumors that one of them was gay. On the taxpayer's dime, by the way.

    You couldn't make this shit up.

    I do wish this had come out before OutHouse – it could have made that scandal even more entertaining.

  2. MichaelBowman says:


    King Coal, Long Besieged, Is Deposed by the Market

    “This has been a storm gathering for a very long time,” said Jeff Goodell, author of the 2006 book “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future.” “When I wrote my book, coal looked indomitable. But below the surface you could see all these issues coming at them. You can only hold off the larger forces of progress and science for so long. The bottom line is that it’s a 19th-century fuel very badly suited for the 21st century. There’s no way you can wash or scrub coal to make that essential fact go away.”

    But it seems safe to say that the coal industry will never wield the enormous economic and political clout that it had even 10 years ago. “In the aftermath of the Bush-Cheney administration, there was this resurgence of the idea that coal was the American rock,” Mr. Goodell said. “America’s industrial strength was built on burning coal. No politician wanted to mess with coal.”

    But with the shrinking of the industry, coal interests “are losing their clout, and they’re not going to get it back,” Mr. Goodell said. “It’s becoming clear where the future is going. The politically smart thing is to jump on the renewables bandwagon.”

    One word: Solyndra  (the not-so) "FutureGen"

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Message to Donald Trump:

    Hey asshole your wonderfulness, 

    How are your going to put the final nail in the coffin of the Republican party save this country if they don't let you play?


    • BlueCat says:

      Guess we all knew the fun couldn't last forever. I predict he won't run as third party either.  Think of the pay cut he'd have to take as President with no time to be a reality TV celeb. Not to mention the danger he'd face of being found out to have nowhere near the worth he claims. Come to think of it, how is it that a many times multi-billionaire master of the Universe has the time or inclination to be a reality TV star in the first place? I believe the last thing the Donald wants is to actually be President instead of star of the Donald Trump Campaign reality TV show. Limited run.

      • Davie says:

        I don't think Trump believes or wants to be President either.  But he'll stay in the race as long as he feels it is to his image's and pocketbook's advantage (there's got to be a profitable endgame involved here).  Up to and including a third party run if that's what it takes to satisfy his own sick ego's wish fulfillment.

    • Progressicat says:

      Show up anyway, and give the speech.  They can let it happen and he'll get attention, or they can try to shut it down and he'll get ten times more.  It's a perfect play.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    There seems to be a lot of e-mail mining going on these days, especially just using someone's address without consent. I just unsubscribed from Morgan Carroll's list. I've also found myself getting e-mails from Julie Williams and Ted Cruz; will unsubscribe from both next time I hear from them.   C.H.B.

    • gertie97 says:

      If your everyday e-mail gets on to anybody's list, it seems it opens the floodgates to all who are similarly aligned. A Dem list will get you more Dems and left-leaning groups. An R list will do the same on the other side. The unsubscribe function does heavy work at my house.

      The toughest to get away from was OFA. It's relentless.


      • BlueCat says:

        Yeah. Every Dem and Dem and/or progressive org sends me stuff. I don't opt out because a few items are interesting but I do a lot of deleting without opening. Every time I've gone to a GOP  site to find out something, then I get on their lists. I do opt out of those. My faves are the notices I get that my R party membership is expiring.

    • mamajama55 says:

      If you join a Facebook group, they can and will email your Facebook address.

    • exlurker19 says:

      I'm on a ton of Dem lists (even people I've never heard of), but luckily for me, no Julie Williams or Ted Cruz.  I would certainly make the effort to unsubscribe from them.

      Oddly enough, I live in CD-6 and haven't heard a peep from Morgan Carroll.

      • Davie says:

        I can help with that!  You're welcome 🙂




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      • BlueCat says:

        Really. Wish I could reroute half of mine to you.

  5. notaskinnycook says:

    I have and I'm in CD-1

  6. Andrew Carnegie says:

    NFL’s Second Female Coach:



  7. mamajama55 says:

    Fake Black Lives Matter group is a Trotskyist front group

    Many of us were and are disturbed and confused by the shutting down of Bernie Sanders' latest Seattle rally by two protesters who claimed to be from "Black Lives Matter". Their actual affiliation is "Outside Agitators 206".  (OA206) From the Facebook page of OA206, the links and most of the content goes back to Glen Ford's Black Agenda Report.

    The real Seattle BLM group did not know the two OA206 protesters, who started a facebook page only two days before the event. It seemed to me and many others that the mission of this group was primarily to destroy and undermine the Sanders candidacy, and to prevent that grassroots group from dealing with its internal conflicts on race, and from moving forward.  As evidence, when the two women got the mic, which Sanders ceded to them, they didn't know what to do with it. They had no prepared statement. They asked for four minutes of silence for Michael Brown, and got it.

    So, being me, I did some digging.

    The fake BLM group is sponsored by Glen Ford's " Black Agenda Report". (BAR) BAR is a program on the Canadian "The Real News.Com", (TRRN), which is a leftist Canadian news program. Most of the Board of TRRN are white.  Ford is a Canadian Trotskyite, a member of a group of leftists interested in promoting third party alternatives to the two party system. Ford himself spoke at a Socialist Action Canadian conference on “The Democratic Party, Death Trap for U.S. Blacks—Independent Labour/Black Political Action”

    At the end of this talk, which claims that the Democratic party, and in particular, Sanders' candidacy, has nothing to offer African Americans, Ford extols the virtues of the Communist Party in the US.

    Glen Ford is apparently a real journalist with an impressive resume. But he's also an avowed Trotskyist and Communist, whose agenda, like the Socialist Workers Party, like all those opportuistic groups, is to co-opt and undermine and destroy any other really powerful groups in the interest of building his own party. Just be aware – things are not always what they seem.

    I've dealt with the Trotskyites in the past – they always destroy what they are trying to "help organize", because party building is their only real agenda.

    Just be careful. Bernie Sanders needs to have real security onstage – he does not need to be vulnerable to any random audience member to rush him and grab the mike – and they need to structure in some real forums with the real Black Lives Matter group. The Trotskyites need to be exposed as people with no interest in seeing Bernie succeed. They should still have a voice, but not enough of one to shut down a fricking 15,000 person rally.

    I'll probably write a diary on this on here and on kos, along with the 4 or 5 other diaries I'm in the middle of currently.

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