Weekend Open Thread

“Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.”

–Henri de Lubac

30 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    How Congress is killing the recovery

    There is growing evidence that policy uncertainty has contributed to the slow pace and extended length of the current economic recovery.

    And who’s to blame for that?

    Consider what Congress has busied itself with over the past year: An acrimonious debt ceiling debate that nearly resulted in default, a series of battles over whether the federal government should fund its own agencies and a drawn-out fight over whether to extend a 2% payroll tax cut.

    And on these issues the blame lies solely with the GOP. On every single one of these issues the Dems were very willing to pass the legislation stand alone.

    Just as telling is what Congress has managed to avoid, namely the development of credible plans to deal with expiring tax cuts, burgeoning long-term deficits or desperately needed systemic reforms.

    On these issues there is blame on both sides. But while the Dems have made decent steps toward sensible compromise, the only movement from the GOP has to go further out into the bat-shit crazy region of no taxes and no services (for anyone else – but don’t touch my services).

  2. ClubTwitty says:

    Difficult to tell anymore…

    Aides to Ron Paul are concerned their candidate’s once radical-sounding ideas for a revolutionary makeover of the federal government and the U.S. economy are being eclipsed in tone and rebelliousness by the lunatic rantings of Mr. Paul’s opponents in the GOP presidential primary.

    “Every day that Gingrich talks about settling on the moon or Romney talks about fixing the problems of the middle class or Rick Santorum talks about almost anything is a day when Ron Paul’s ideas of going to a gold-based currency, ending the Fed, and prophesying our imminent economic collapse don’t seem all that crazy – and that’s hurting us,” said one Paul campaign worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because under the Paul campaign aegis he enjoys every freedom imaginable except the liberty to speak to the media.

    Aides to Mr. Paul say they never envisioned the day when their candidate’s views would be rendered too uncontroversial by loose-lipped claims and counterclaims made by the party frontrunners. But some advisors to the libertarian-leaning candidate are now urging Mr. Paul to infuse his long-held views with references to Satan to help make them more understandable to the electorate.

    http://www.pekintimes.com/opin

    • BlueCat says:

      Shows what the GOP nomination race has come to when you really can’t tell the  whether an article is Onion ready or straight  journalism.  Anything on any of these guys could probably be both or either.

      And how about our own R. state Sen. Brophy?  While he backs the SOS on draconian measures to solve the problem of illegal voting without a shred of solid evidence to support claims that anyone has successfully had their fraudulent vote count in a Colorado election, he thinks his cousin posting an alert to Dems on facebook, a site where many young inexperienced voters get most of their info about the outside world, that the election has been postponed to a date the Saturday after the election is just a harmless “dumb joke”. He protests that it would be so unfair for his prankster relative to be prosecuted under the Senate OK’d SB147 that calls for punishing  thta kind of voter suppression as a felony with up to 3 years in prison.

      Two questions:  

      1) The best that the SOS could come up with in making a case for draconian measures to protect us from fraudulent voting was 6 cases of voters, spread over 4 CDs, who had moved to Kansas  and tried to vote in Colorado elections.  A facebook post targeting inexperienced Dem voters could reach thousands.  So which has more potential to affect an election fraudulently?

      2) Are Brophy and ArapG twins separated at birth?

  3. nancycronk says:

    Huge turn-out today at the new office. People came to meet 2012 Candidates Joe Miklosi, David Paladino, Jovan Melton, Bill McMullen, Tom Tobiassen, Mollie Cullom, and many more. Joe Miklosi’s office is right next door to the Dems and Joe had an impressive number of people asking how they can donate and volunteer. Awesome day!

    Special shout-out to Young Republican John Gerrard-Gough who has spent so much time tracking Joe, he might just get his own office! John, welcome to Aurora! I hope the next time you’re here, we can sit down and talk about why you chose to be a Republican (I was a young Republican once, too). I think you may find, as I did (and Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan), the party that is prepared to take on the problems, and find the solutions, for the 21st Century is NOT the party of George Bush.

    Peace, my young political friend.

  4. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    It could be a lot worse Starting an online store [in Greece] is no easy business

    Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples

  5. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    First off I don’t think content creators are in any danger at present. But the distribution part – it’s going away.

    From TV Is Broken

    “Can I choose?”, Beatrix [age 4] asks. She’s still confused. She thinks this is like home where one can choose from a selection of things to watch. A well organized list of suggestions and options with clear box cover shots of all of her favorites. I have to explain again that it does not work that way on television. That we have to watch whatever is on and, if there is nothing you want to watch that is on then you just have to turn it off. Which we do.

    It’s been years since anyone in our family has watched TV commercials. And the only items watched when broadcast are items like the Super Bowl where they start about 20 minutes late using the DVR so they can fast forward over the commercials.

    And the vast majority of what we watch we get over the web at a time of our choosing. For the generation my daughter’s age and younger – they don’t watch TV. And as the demographic watching commercials gets older and smaller, the TV stations will find themselves facing the same dwindling revenues that newspapers face.

    It’s also interesting for political ads. Paid TV may still be the #1 but there is a significant chunk of voters that never see those TV ads. For them you’ll do better to put ads on YouTube and hulu (Ron Paul is all over both).

  6. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    3 of 4 GOP candidates would add to deficits

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Newt Gingrich’s economic plan would do a lot of things. But reducing the debt and balancing the federal budget aren’t among them.

    Same goes for Rick Santorum’s and Mitt Romney’s economic plans.

    Indeed, a preliminary analysis by the independent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released Thursday estimates that the three candidates’ plans could add between $250 billion and $7 trillion of debt over the next nine years.

    Why are the Republicans the party of increasing deficits?

  7. SSG_Dan says:

    ….”klootzak.” It should be used in the same sentence as Santorum whenever possible.

    Sen Frothy is now in FULL MSU mode when he describes Dutch culture and their medical practices regarding terminal illness:

    “In the Netherlands, people wear different bracelets if they are elderly. And the bracelet is: ‘Do not euthanize me.’ Because they have voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands but half of the people who are euthanized – ten percent of all deaths in the Netherlands – half of those people are enthanized involuntarily at hospitals because they are older and sick. And so elderly people in the Netherlands don’t go to the hospital. They go to another country, because they are afraid, because of budget purposes, they will not come out of that hospital if they go in there with sickness.”

    See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    Now, here’s a fine column in the Washington Post that pretty much dismantles his comments as the ranting of a stammering dumbass:



    Euthanasia in the Netherlands: Rick Santorum’s bogus statistics

    (there’s a lot of facty things so we’ll just skip to the end:

    The Pinocchio Test

    There appears to be not a shred of evidence to back up Santorum’s claims about euthanasia in the Netherlands. It is telling that his campaign did not even bother to defend his comments.

    Four Pinocchios

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

  8. Ralphie says:

    per The Paper Which Shall Not Be Named

    http://www.denverpost.com/legi

    Sorry if this is old news, but the dateline on the article is today.

  9. rocco says:

    The Rickster actually effectively self destructed and torpedoed his own run on Meet The Press this morning.

    His rant on President Kennedy “not being religiously courageous enough” during the 1960 campaign is a self imposed deal breaker.

    He literally meant that a President’s decisions should be predicated by his religious opinions.

    And his dog whistle attack on the President over Afghanistan appeals only to a very few wild eyed conservative zealots.

    As much as I want frothy as their guy, the reds aren’t going to nominate him.

    • sxp151 says:

      “Six months ago” is ancient history in the modern news cycle. By August few people will remember anything said during the primary campaign, least of all political reporters. And those who do remember will consider it “old news.”

      The nice thing about having a candidate with a huge amount of baggage is that the negatives can only come up when the opposition party runs an ad, but you can’t put EVERYTHING in an ad. So most of the crazy things Santorum has said would never come up at all.  

      • rocco says:

        as while I rarely commet, I read you all the time.

        I do believe separation of church and State is a huge issue, and next to Santorum’s total inability to respect women as equals, his biggest turn off for voters not completely hard right extreme.

        • sxp151 says:

          I think Santorum, should he get the nomination, would paint himself moderate and stop talking about all that stuff, and nobody would hold him accountable for it. If he stays preachery, then I agree he’ll turn voters off. I was thinking more about the likely strategy.

        • dwyer says:

          Dog whistle:  caput, the ex-denver bishop, also attacked Kennedy and the Houston speech.  Remember (My memory may be a bit faulty) when Democrat Madden invited a priest from Colorado Springs to say the morning prayer at the State House and he used the time to attack Kennedy????  She also tried to get a law passed that would have eliminated the statute of limitations on child abuse and the catholics really went after her….she either lost her seat or choose not to run again.  Does anyone remember these circumstances better than I?  I can’t place this in an electoral cycle.

          Most people are really turned off by Santorum and this talk…however, there are niche voters who are positive to this message….

          the bishops are in full attack mode and kennedy is only one of the politicians in their sights.

          • breatheandreboot says:

            don’t have any memory of any of that, but for Majority Leader Alice Madden (D-Boulder) was term limited.

            • dwyer says:

              I will see if I can find accurate information about the priest.

            • dwyer says:

              This is from the Rocky archives in the Denver Public Library:

              Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Wednesday, April 14, 2004

              Author: Peggy Lowe, Rocky Mountain News

              A Catholic priest mixed politics with prayer in the Colorado legislature Tuesday, asking God to make lawmakers “the antithesis of John Kennedy” and use their faith in public office.

              But that statement aroused the Irish temper of Rep. Alice Madden , D-Boulder, who was horrified that the Rev. Bill Carmody bashed one of her heroes.

              Saying the official prayer at the start of House work, Carmody, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Security, said Kennedy’s pledge to keep his own Catholic faith out of the president’s office has led to a “vacuum of morality in public debate.”

              • dwyer says:

                Sex-abuse bill advances – Measure would lift cap on deadline to file civil lawsuits

                Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Tuesday, March 28, 2006

                Author: April M. Washington And Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News

                There would be no time limit for child sex-abuse victims to sue alleged perpetrators under a controversial bill approved in a Senate committee Monday.

                Currently, a minor victim has six years to sue an individual and two years to sue a public institution.

                House Bill 1090, opposed by the Catholic Church and supported by victims-rights groups, passed 5-1 in the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee after more than five hours of testimony by 20 people.

                The bill states that institutions such as public schools and Catholic churches, as well as individuals who work for them, can be sued for years after an alleged crime occurred.

                The bill caps damages against public institutions and individuals at $150,000 each; the class-action cap is $600,000.

                In the case of a private entity – a church – the caps are $366,000 for individuals and $732,000 for multiple victims.

                House Bill 1090 also modifies current law to allow adults who don’t realize they’ve been molested until years later to file civil claims within six years of their recollection.

                The bill now goes to the Senate for full debate.

                Testimony on HB 1090 followed a noon rally on the steps of the Capitol, where about 40 activists and lawmakers gathered to support passage of the bills.

                “My bill is about children, no matter how it’s tried to be twisted,” said Rep. Gwyn Green, D-Golden, sponsor of HB 1090. Later, Green said she was alluding to the Catholic Church’s efforts to block her measure.

                Rep. Alice Madden , D-Boulder, later talked about the church’s opposition to Senate Bill 143, a companion measure to HB 1090.

                She cited “the hundreds of e- mails” she’s received from Coloradans who say that Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput wanted them to protest the measure.

                “And I’ve received hundreds more who say they’re embarrassed by (him),” Madden added.

              • rocco says:

                Like you, I semi remembered the rant, but couldn’t remember the actor.

                This got play the next week on Caplis’ show, but there was so much crazy stuff going on at the time that it kind of just went away.

                But it sure does show us that in ’60 the republicans were screaming that religion has no place in politics and that in 2012 the republicans are screaming that religion needs to be the guiding factor in a political leader.

                Make up your minds.  

          • The realistThe realist says:

            the disgusting news of what was covered up for years just keeps coming:

            Accused Pa. monsignor: Cardinal had my list of 35 active, accused priests destroyed in 1994

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/

            IMHO they need to get their own house in order before they begin attacking others.

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