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May 22, 2017 06:36 AM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

You won’t believe what happens next!


58 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

    1. Pear, you might have forgotten this is a state political blog. Although we're talking a lot about federal issues right now you might dust off your Google machine and refresh your memory on which party has effectively been running the legislature since 2004 and sitting in the big chair since 2006. Our message isn't lost: Hillary won Colorado overwhelmingly and Michael Bennet couldn't be beat in a wave year for Republicans.  We're doing our job for the Republic. 

      1. Mainly I was referring to National Democratic Party. When the DNC Chairman, who himself is far left policy guy is booed, loudly. The question is, is there any room in the Democratic Party for a Democrat the likes of Joe Manchin or Jim Webb? How do you capture that voter, given the extremist media?

      1. Gerbils is only interested in rehashing 2016 because, well, he's got nothing to talk about ever since the GOP got all the levers of power, and they've been doing face-plants ever since.

          1. . . . yeah, but if you were McDonalds would you trust that guy to deliver your fries uneaten???

            (“Hey, I asked — they told me they would Supersize it, swear to God!” . . . What? No that’s blood. I, I, I, umm, I cut myself shaving while driving over here! . . . Yeah, I know, lot’s of people tell me my blood smells like ketchup — it’s a condition . . .”)

  1. "Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party,  the American people and the world."

                                                        Barry Goldwater


    1. Nixon at best was a troubled personality. He did leave a strong legacy of pro-environment laws that he signed, like NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) and the Endangered Species Act, to name just two. In less than 5 months, Trump is doing everything possible to undo Nixon's legacy, as he (Trump) is powered by the anti-public lands Utah "congressional mafia." 

        1. My term. Rep. Mia Love isn't always there altho gets heavy pressure from Rep. Rob Bishop to toe his line. But doesn't appear that you follow public lands issues very closely.

      1. Well, it does open the possibility of the further votes in the committee or in the Senate as a whole to pursue the subpeona. Next illustration of the Republicans choosing party over country.

    1. Cummings: Flynn appears to have lied to security clearance investigators

      Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday his panel has obtained documents “that appear to indicate” that Michael Flynn “lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal.”

      Flynn told security clearance investigators he was paid by “U.S. companies” for his 2015 trip to Moscow for an event celebrating the Russian propaganda outlet RT, where he sat at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      1. Click "Recent Diaries" at the top of the page. Gee, how long have you been here? I’m hurt, I thought you were one of my best buds.

        1. You might want to save the lectures for a time after you've learned to post a picture. Just saying'… (we'll have a tutorial over the beer)  

    1. Hey Pugnacious Pear, you should read Pols "How to Write a Post" if you want to get promoted.

      It needs to be newsworthy, and relevant to Colorado politics.

      The Pear Pity Party about how all lefties are so mean to you and "people of faith" doesn't cut it. I avoided commenting on your diary because I don't want to encourage such nonsense.

      BTW, I'm a person of faith…..just not your brand of faith.

        1. Your rhetoric points in one direction, but why don't you tell us to which church you belong.? We wouldn't want to misunderstand you…

        2. No, but pretty sure it isn't my brand. Unless you're a closeted ethnically Jewish Episcopal Alien lapsed Pagan Unitarian Universalist, that is.

          One way I can tell is that I feel no need at all to tell others what to do with their own sexual organs, minds, or spare time. Other than keeping things school-appropriate, doncha know.

          1. Unless you're a closeted ethnically Jewish Episcopal Alien lapsed Pagan Unitarian Universalist, that is

            Maybe he thought you were a member of the Pity Party, I'm a Victim Church of Easily Misled Followers like him.


            1. Perhaps I date myself. But I do remember the late and great comedian Flip Wilson, with his routine as Reverend Leroy and the Church of What's Happening Now. Far better than any offerings from the fake TV and radio preachers.

    1. yesyes Except for Utah, which had the genius idea of giving homeless people homes!!

      Say what you will about Mormons, they are practical people. Even though some of Utah's success is due to fiddling the numbers, they are at least getting people out of the streets and also dealing with the root causes of their homelessness.

      Much better than Colorado Springs' solution, which involves a bus ticket to anywhere else, or Denver's which involved rounding them up and stealing their property.

  2. I'm not sure "Mansions for winos" is a great political slogan for 2020.  But anything has to beat "Stronger together" , so maybe _Dodd has a point.

  3. Gah! Drumpf Commerce Sec Wilbur Ross marvels at how protest-free Saudi Arabia is…"Not a single hint of  a protester. Not one guy with a bad placard."

    Saudi Arabia executed 47 people in Jan. 2016 following Arab Spring protests and activism from 2011-2014. Protests and marches were outlawed 6 years ago. This poet / activist is still in jail – only 850 lashes to go. State repression could have something to do with the lack of "guys with bad placards". While some of those executed were violent jihadists, others were simply critics of the government.

    I'm  disgusted, frightened, and angered with how enchanted our Pres and buddies are with brutal authoritarian regimes. Seems they've never met an autocrat they didn't like.

    And we're apparently selling weapons to this government so that it can continue to keep its people down.

      1. Those must be the Turks that Flynn was a foreign agent for. Their security guys beat up Kurdish protesters, then blamed it on the DC police.

        One person's freedom fighter is another's terrorist; and they can switch off in a heartbeat, depending upon which way the money is flowing. Right now McCain wants to "arm the Kurds", and this has been US policy since the Gulf war. The Kurds are doing a great job containing ISIS, so this seems to be good policy.

        But if the Trump administration thinks that the Turkish autocrat Erdogan is more simpatico with its vision of How Shit Should Be Run, the Kurds could find themselves without a US ally.

    1. "Buddies with authoritarian regimes". You mean like Obamas friends, Iran, Cuba, Chavez, Putin (flexibly after the election). Don't be afraid, help has come.

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