Thursday Open Thread

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson


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  1. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    from Fox News – how on earth this ever got approved is beyond me.

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    from CNN

    A U.S. soldier has been captured by militants in Afghanistan, the U.S. military and the Taliban said Thursday.

    Here’s hoping that they are able to rescue him.

  3. Laughing Boy says:

    But this is ridiculous.

    For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post has offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, non-confrontational access to “those powerful few” – Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and – at first – even the paper’s own reporters and editors.

    The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff.”

    With the newsroom in an uproar after POLITICO reported the solicitation, Executive Editor Marcus W. Brauchli said in a staff-wide e-mail that the newsroom would not participate in the first of the planned events – a dinner scheduled July 21 at the home of Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth.

    H/t Redstate

  4. johnpauljones says:


    Not ready to call a Bob Schafer moment, but where is the photo from behind the tag line “What do you want for the future of Colorado?”  

    Looks like North Maroon Bell photo shopped on top of the Collegiate Range.  And where in Colorado is a mountain of such stature with a wooded mountain valley.  

    I have had one person speculate this is Montana or Idaho.  

    The mountain shadows are not consistent.  Makes me think photo shop is in play.  

    • johnpauljones says:

      Mt of the Holy Cross made the cut in the photo shop experiment.


      • Wrong shape, wrong mountain face…

        • johnpauljones says:

          Look for cross over the U

          • First, the Holy Cross is more vertical, less slanted to the right.  Second, the arms of the Holy Cross tilt up on both sides, whereas this mountain has one “cross” arm up and one down.

            I think gertie is right – it’s somewhere in the San Juans.  I was oggling through pictures and found a few San Juan peaks that had the horizontal banding that makes you think “Maroon Bells”.  See, for example, Gilpin or Vermillion Peaks.

            • johnpauljones says:

              A lady in our office pointed out, that if that picture were really in Colorado and was not photo shopped, wouldn’t we all know it right away.  

              Like Mt Sopris, Lake San Crystabal, Mt Sneffels, Mt Massive, Longs Peak, Pikes Peak, ..

              A vista that beautiful, across a valley that wide should be instantly recognizable.    

            • I’ve never seen the Mt. of the Holy Cross from the side, but I do have to say it looks kind of closer from that angle…

              • johnpauljones says:

                Holy Cross is the highest peak in its vacinity.  I do not believe there are taller mtns close to it and not from a lower angle.  Also you have to hike to Holy Cross or view it from the top of Vail Ski area.  There are no large valleys there except Minturn, and that is not Minturn.  

                • I can find a half-dozen other peaks with “crosses” on them – the Mt. of the Holy Cross is only significant for the isolation of its display.  There’s a cross, for example, visible from the top of Mt. Sneffels.

                  (You can view the Mt. of the Holy Cross from Shrine Pass as well, BTW, and while the view has forested valleys, the perspective is totally wrong.)

                  I don’t know where this is.  But given my admittedly mid-level PhotoShop skills, I think it unlikely that this is a PhotoShop job.  I’d like to know – it’s a pretty site.

            • Car 31 says:

              but not sure.  The angle is strange, are we looking across the valley from the SE?

              Looked on (the best website for 14ers!!) for some comparisons, but, again, the angle is weird.  


              If it is Maroon Bells, yes, it is the most photographed mountain in Colorado, but it is in Pitkin County, firmly Democratic country for our state.

              Odd choice, I would have chosen something in the Sangres, maybe Crestone, Kit Carson with the Sand Dunes in front….

              • The valley at Maroon Bells is decidedly mixed composition, with visible lakes and not much civilization – not even fire breaks.  Additionally, there’s only the small glacial valley at the Bells – no larger valley below that would match the image.

                The valley in the picture has a U-shaped glacial valley pouring into a wider valley, and the lower valley is both evergreen and lightly populated (small town?).

                I could swear I’ve seen that peak before, either in an image or in person.

                • Car 31 says:

                  and you’re right the valley doesn’t match with where the mountains are situated.  The approach to the Bells, with the lakes and all would be behind the ridge, past the big U in the ridgeline.

                  I dunno…

    • It’s a pretty good detailed transition from the valley floor to the mountains, and the same goes for the transition across the glacial valley heading up to “North Maroon Bell”, or what looks like NMB…  The sun is shining through haze from the left side, and shadows are consistent IMHO.  My guess is, it’s not Photoshop.

      I don’t know of too many wooded valleys like that in the state, complete with a small town.  My guess is it’s got to be somewhere near the Maroon Bells; that rock formation, which creates the characteristic horizontal banding, isn’t very prevalent except in that area.

      I’d like to know, but looking at the rest of the site the campaign has been very good at using Colorado images.  I’d ask for answers but give him the benefit of the doubt for now…

    • The realistThe realist says:

      is why ColoradoPols is the top political blog in the state!  Good job, folks.  Now will someone please explain why it is so difficult for certain candidates to find Colorado views for their ads and websites?!!

  5. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Hi all – I’ve got a free copy of my book No Bugs! for those that want it. If you’re not a programmer you will find it totally uninteresting. If you are a programmer, it’s a bit dated (C/C++) but the first 2 chapters are still very useful.

    Both a PDF and PRC (Kindle) file.

    • parsingreality says:

      ..the one credited to Grace Hopper, (Hooper?) you know?  Here’s a matter of a few degrees of separation.

      Last summer an old neighbor (his is old, I didn’t know him since he moved in after I moved out) was in his yard so I went and introduced myself.  I knew that his wife had died some months before, and he started telling me about her.

      Seems that she was working in the Navy on computers way back when. He told me about finding a moth in one of them and taping it into the logbook.  About this time I’m trying to match this with what I’ve heard.  I asked her name, and it did not compute, to coin a phrase.  And then Dave mentioned that his wife was working with Grace Hopper.  

      How about that?  

      • harrydobyharrydoby says:

        She came to the University of West Florida and told the story of the first bug, among other great anecdotes.  I remembered the bug as a cockroach (a.k.a. Palmetto bug, the official State of Florida pet ;-), but you’re right, it was a moth.

        I loved her story of the nanosecond (see anecdotes) — in the mid-80’s, a friend working for a supercomputer manufacturer here in Denver couldn’t get his IPL boot program to work on their 16-cpu system.  A tech put an ocilliscope on the system and determined that it’s timing was off.  He cut out about a foot of wire from the last CPU, and the darn thing booted right up!

        • parsingreality says:

          An uncle of mine was also doing computers in the Navy in the sixties. Once while vacationing with us my mother noticed some scribblings of his, all 1’s and 0’s.  He was using binary for his own brain so that he could “see” things like a computer.  Those were NOT the days….

          Now, if I can only get my little three computer P2P to keep working reliably.  Sigh…..

  6. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    and doing her job just maybe too well.

    It turns out that Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot, an attorney with the SEC, found a lot of irregularities with Madoffs firm back in “04 and wanted to persue the investigation further.  

    She was directed elsewhere by her superiors, one of which later married Madoffs niece:

    Anyway, good on you Mrs. Walker-Lightfoot.

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