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September 07, 2017 05:52 AM UTC

Thursday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“If the mindless few defeat the thoughtful majority we are all doomed.”

–Gary Lineker


28 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

    1. Sorry, Voyageur. Trump may deserve insults, but that particular one hides rather than addresses the real problems we face.

      Try this insult. It frames the issue:

      Trump is morally and intellectually unfit to be President.

      Or this. It names the actual problem:

      Trump's extremist rants on Twitter are a strategy to distract attention from the anti-science and racist actions being carried out by the US government.

    1. "Hillary Dems" must be really fricking worried about those polls that show most Americans favor some variation on a  Medicare for All, universal coverage, single payer health plan. You know, like Bernie and Liz Warren  introduced yesterday.

      AP: Most Americans favor universal health coverage provided by the government.

      Kaiser: 53% favor a single payer plan.

      Gallup: 58% favor replacing the ACA with "a federally funded healthcare system that provides insurance for all Americans."

      Hillary Clinton: provide public option within the ACA. allow adults 55+ to buy into Medicare. This is to the right of what most Americans want.

      It is not a coincidence that the announcement of this big new Verrit "Pump up HRC and smack down every other Dem leader!" movement is timed for the introduction of the Sanders Medicare for All bill.

      It's pitiful and sad that these yahoos have to try to replay 2016 again. In case they didn't notice, those tactics (marginalizing progressive wing)  didn't work, and backfired big time. 

      Someone needs to pull HRC's pantsuit sleeve, and let her know that no,  the third time is not the charm for a Presidential run threepeat. FYI, before y’all jump down my throat, I don’t want Bernie to run again, either.


  1. That's a great quote………..let those to whom it applies weigh its meaning. 

    Now, why isn't Michael Bennet ever around when stuff like this happens?

    Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) will not give his approval for Donald Trump's pick of Minnesota state Supreme Court Justice David Stras for the 8th Circuit Court. The Senate has traditionally allowed home state senators to approve or oppose nominees to the judiciary. Senators will sign off on a nominee by submitting a "blue slip" to the chairman of the Judiciary committee, which in this case Franken will not provide.

    “The president should be seeking out judges who bridge the issues that divide us,” Franken said in a statement Tuesday. “I fear that Justice Stras’s views and philosophy would lead him to reinforce those divisions and steer the already conservative Eighth Circuit even further to the right.” […]

    Oh, it's because he's busy upholding Senate protocols, being a good-ol'-boy in his role as Senator for Life, and gladly introducing nominees for a Supreme Court seat stolen during Obama's tenure by lying hypocritical despicable untrustworthy (except to Bennet himself) Republican Senators.

    Boy, does he know how to play the rubes back home, or what?

  2. Michael Bennet should be feeling this pressure more every day

    It’s looking increasingly likely that supporting single-payer health care will be the standard for Democratic lawmakers who want to be considered serious 2020 candidates, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced Thursday that she will co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Medicare for All bill.

    “There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. "

    And he should feel the guilt for abandoning single payer after lying to Coloradans about his support in 2010. 

  3. Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer's Protein From The Brain

    "Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells," says one of the team, David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. 

  4. Great piece by Garrison Keillor:

    When a red state gets the blues

    The Republic of Texas believes in self-reliance and is suspicious of Washington sticking its big nose in your business. “Government is not the answer. You are not doing anyone a favor by creating dependency, destroying individual responsibility.” So said Sen. Ted Cruz (R), though not last week. Sunday on Fox News, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Texas would need upward of $150 billion in federal aid for damage inflicted by Harvey. The stories out of Houston have all been about neighborliness and helping hands and people donating to relief funds, but you don’t raise $150 billion by holding bake sales. This is almost as much as the annual budget of the U.S. Army. I’m just saying.

    I’m all in favor of pouring money into Texas, but I am a bleeding-heart liberal who favors single-payer health care. How is being struck by a hurricane so different from being hit by cancer? I’m only asking.

    Houstonians chose to settle on a swampy flood plain barely 50 feet above sea level. The risks of doing so are fairly clear. If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in a different tree.

    1. The Senate vote on the Harvey disaster funds was 80 to 17. All 17 were Republicans including the usual suspects – Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Pat Twomey, Ron Johnson, and Ben Sasse – but missing Ted Cruz who put re-election ahead of principle.

  5. From the Sorry-Keith-I-Guess-It's-Not-A-Full-Time-Job-After-All department:

    Tom Perez, former U.S. labor secretary, to teach at Brown

    Perez, a 1983 Brown graduate, will work with students, faculty and others, “sharing insight and knowledge gained from the years he served as a member of President Obama’s administration,” as well as his time spent as a local organizer. Perez will lead a study group called “Governance and Leadership in Challenging Times,” and it will feature speakers including Denis McDonough, Obama’s former chief of staff; Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo; Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and others.

    DNC solved!

    1. AFP, Inhofe, Pruitt and the rest of their ilk remind me of the tobacco industry in the '70’s insisting that there was no concrete proof that cigarette smoking was bad for folks' health.

    2. Not so fast says the King of KKKonservative Talk Radio  thrice married drug addict.

      As hurricanes and wildfires rage, US climate politics enters the realm of farce

      On Tuesday afternoon, as Southern Floridians nervously watched Hurricane Irma become a Category 5 monster, they received an odd message from popular right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh: The hurricane forecasts are not to be trusted. 

      In “official meteorological circles,” he said, “they believe that Al Gore is correct” about climate change. They “desire to advance this climate change agenda,” he warned, “and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it.” So these meteorologists, he argued, create needless fear and panic.

      What’s more, local TV stations are hyping the hurricane to drum up bottled-water sales for local businesses. (Seriously.) For Limbaugh, the hurricane conspiracy goes deep.


      1. The hurricane forecasts are not to be trusted. 


        That's one way to thin the herd.

        1. It appears that #LimpBalls doesn't have any confidence in his conspiratorial conviction. His numbnutz audience has been punked. 

          Mark Steyn is filling in on Rush Limbaugh's radio show today, because Rush has had to evacuate his FL home/studio.

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