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Open Thread - 9/22/2012

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Joe R (190)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:59 pm
Thanks TomCat!

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 2:44 pm
Puzzle 4:09 Pretty flower. I wonder what they smell like? I had heard of mammosa or mimosa but never knew what it looked like. Apparently this erica mammosa is native to South Africa and comes in several different colours.

MoveOn Another excellent and very understandable video that even Republicans should understand, since according to Santorum, all the smart people are Democrats. The 'making the polluters pay' statement reminded me of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. One of the BC government concerns is the cost of a cleanup. It was noted by the government , who maintains a 'polluter pays' policy, that the spill insurance that Enbridge carries is for $60 million, but the cost of the Kalamazoo spill in Michigan that took two years to complete was $762 million. When told that Enbridge needed to increase its insurance substantially, Enbridge basically said "Relax. Trust us. We have it covered." Fertilise your veggies with that one!

Compare 2012 "[T]he Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court." I'll bet this one will help Baby Bush and Cheney sleep better, not to mention future Republican warmongers! I wonder if they will insist that others, like Ahmadinejad, be turned over to this court, that they don't believe in, for trial? Or will they just casually eliminate them and say they did the world a favour?

I think this is an excellent tool but people do need to do more digging so they are comfortable with the issues.

Chicago Tribune Well as Lee might say "La-di-dah!" I guess the election is just close for the Republicans and another crisis would only stict in everybody's memory. Not to mention that Rmoney is creating enough crisises all by himself!

Cartoon A glorious day, and yet it took another 100 years see more implementation of racial freedom. And now, Republicans are trying to take the country back to pre 1862 policies. Sad, maddening, disgusting! It should never be allowed to happen.

I found this article on Care2 a comparison of George Romney and his son, Mitt Romney. Rather interesting as are some of the comments. The apple sure fell a long, long, long way from the tree.

Get out the vote!!!!!

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

Dee C (229)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 3:02 pm
Thanks Tom..

Mary T (178)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:09 pm
Thanks Tom, Noted.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 10:34 pm
Great video! It's time voters exercised their power to rid our government of politicians who represent corporate criminals and their lobbyists!

Where else but in Congress can you have a job that's little more than a long break that you get to leave a few times a year for another long break in your own hometown? In the spirit of the video Tom posted, we need to vote out the slackards who represent corporate America and start to participate more actively in our government. Despite Mitt's remarks to the contrary, we do pay taxes --most of us at a rate that is disproportionately higher than that of the very rich-- and we have a right to decide how our tax dollars are spent!

Again, Tomcat, another GREAT post!

P A (117)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 2:00 am
Most interesting picture and remark - I am certain that any of the old Republican Presidents (including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower*) met today's Tea Party - the TP would call them 'socialists' (ie code for Communists) and the old time Presidents would be so horrified with them they would destroy them in debate and evict them from what used to be called the GOP.

Please rest enough this week TC - lots of extra prayers will be going up for you - two prison visiting days in one week is heroic!

[[*I think I am correct as to political affiilations - but please make allowances if I make a mistake!).

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 3:29 am
Noted. Thanks.

Carlene V (202)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 8:55 am
Great video Tom, thanks! Will the "right" people watch and learn? Doubt it, they are too into drinking the Koolaide of faux noise, NewsMaxx, Hannity, Coulter, et al. If, and that is a BIG if, we can get the newbies in Congress to try and work instead of stall and say no, things could change. I hope those that have put a stranglehold on our country get the boot.

TomCat S (128)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 11:10 am
Thanks to all, except John, who does not seem to real;ize that is what I have been doing.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 11:50 am
I realize, Tom, and so do appreciate your research and bringing us the truth.

Carol H (229)
Monday September 24, 2012, 5:08 am
noted, thank you Tom
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