Friday Open Thread

“The art of our necessities is strange,
That can make vile things precious.”

–William Shakespeare

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

    • OrangeFree says:

      Trumps tweet shows that even Rosenstein should recuse himself from any involvement in the investigation (jesus, is there even anyone left at the DOJ who can manage this?), and Pence getting outside counsel isn't surprising nor unusual. Even if you did nothing wrong, you don't walk into a legal proceeding without a lawyer. 

      • Davie says:

        “The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the president’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter,” Jarrod Agen, Mr. Pence’s communications director, said in confirming the hiring, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

        Good thing Pence's com director wasn't under oath.  Sounds like something Gerbils would say in a feeble attempt to deflect from the harsh reality they face.  A swift conclusion is definitely not in the offing (unless Trump decides to pick up his marbles and go home)

      • MichaelBowman says:

        It's being reported that Trump's personal lawyer has hired a lawyer. Is this some kind of multi-level marketing scheme?

    • Early Worm says:

      The only thing saving Trump (and possibly Pence) at this point is party loyalty. If there was a Democratic House (or with a Democratic president and the Republican House), impeachment hearings would have already started. At what point do the Republicans do the math and decide that their party is better off (in 2018 or 2020) with President Pence or President Ryan? 

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Some encouraging news from Prowers County. A region drowning in natural resources (land, water, wind, and sunshine) should be amongst the most affluent in our state, not host to the poorest city. Kudos to local leaders who are willing to wade into the unchartered waters of public opinion regarding cannabis cultivation on the eastern plains.  

  2. Voyageur says:

    News from Washington is now so grim that the daily Trumpstink report is being temporarily suspended.  As vital as it is, quantifying Trumpstink requires a light heart and a fey spirit and crazed gunmen do not contribute to that atmosphere.

    Stay upwind my friends.  Trump too shall pass.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      It's his wedding planner. Doesn't he need the wedding planner to be on stand-by in case Melania is shown the door? Especially after her "Don't-Touch-Me" photo op while they were in Israel.

  3. mamajama55 says:

    The Grenfell fire in London killed at least 58 people, although many bodies may never be identified. The "vertical slum" may have had 600 people in its 120 flats at the time of the fire. It had recently been renovated by adding a more attractive (and more flammable) "cladding" to the exterior, to make the building less of an eyesore in the neighborhood.

    However, the renovation did not include sprinkler systems. Residents were told to shelter in place, on the assumption that the fire would not spread as quickly as it did.

    Teresa May's government and the neighborhood councils are being blamed for allowing the vertical slum to exist. Some say that the tragic inferno killed so many people "because they were poor".  Public outcry and protests have been continuous since the June 14 blaze.

    What will Britain learn from the tragedy? Not to make firetrap buildings? Not to segregate all poor people into a vertical slum? Perhaps Britain will take a lesson from the GOP representatives in the US Congress, who advocate the killing of poor people gradually, slowly, by lack of access to health care over time, not all at once in a big, dramatic inferno which creates terrible publicity.

    • Duke Cox says:

      I heard a report on the radio yesterday that it has been discovered that the cladding that was used was chosen because it was $2 per sq. metre cheaper than the fire retardant kind.

      Profit before people…every time. Just the kind of politics praised by our Trumpians…which, to me, is becoming the nastiest, most insulting pejorative I know.


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