Thursday Open Thread

“There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.”

–James Russell Lowell

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world

    But the great advances of mankind come about not from statesmen, but from ordinary people. Governments across the world appear stuck in what Michael Lind, on page 30, describes as an era of ‘turboparalysis’ – all motion, no progress. But outside government, progress has been nothing short of spectacular.

  2. PitaPita says:

    Of course you have to exchange ‘working on campaigns’ for “in the Senate”.

    Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) in a farewell speech on the Senate floor:

    “When I started in the Senate, the blackberry was a fruit, and tweeting was something only birds did.”

  3. caroman says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

    Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper said “the time is right” for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile shootings, including a movie theater rampage in suburban Denver, that have shocked the nation.

    “When you look at what happened in Aurora, a great deal of that damage was from the large magazine on the AR-15 (rifle). I think we need to have that discussion and say, `Where is this appropriate?'”

    Good job, Hick!  Maybe you’re not such a weenie after all.

  4. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has asked the Obama Administration what exactly its plans and policies will be regarding the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and suggests that Congress may need to legislate the legalization of weed at least in some cases.

    RawStory has the whole story.

  5. The realistThe realist says:

    The Legislative Audit Committee just voted unanimously to approve the request for an audit of Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s reimbursement practices that was submitted by Sen. Lois Tochtrop and myself. I’m pleased that the Legislative branch has opted to use this check and balance against what appear to be questionable practices by an executive officer. We’ll get to the bottom of this!

  6. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Hanging here off the end of the day’s thread, listening to Christmas music, sipping a vokada, not too worried I’m screwing up the thread, I just got around to opening a card from my sister Charlotte (R). (We used to be sister- and brother-in law; since my brother, her husband, died, we’ve become true sister and brother.)

    Hi, Larry–Merry X-mas! Why in the heck did you knock on so many doors? I woke up and–we were Socialists!

    God, I love her. She’s got a pair.

    From a Dec. 6 Advocate op-ed by RJ Aguilar: http://www.advocate.com/commen

    Of course, the GOP doesn’t seem to be learning from its mistakes. Now, as someone who supported the Democrats in the last election, I’m just fine with my adversaries repeating the mistakes of the past and possibly setting themselves up for even more failure. At the same time, though, I have to look at my Republican friends and family and say to them: “for God’s sake, grow a pair already!”

    He continues:

    I’ve watched for years as loud-mouthed, fanatical, borderline-rabid hyper-conservatives have pushed around all of the rational, reasonable moderates of the party. Yes, it is in the nature of the democratic process that you’ll need to compromise in order to get things done (or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work-ahem). [snip]… But now I think it’s time for moderates to stop enabling their hyper-conservative peers and start playing hardball.

    This has little to do with John Boehner. My minority view is that he’s not a moderate being held hostage by crazies: He’s one of the inmates. But if moderate Republicans don’t grow a pair, in the winner-take-all game he’s playing with with Obama, they’re going to lose a pair.

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