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Open Thread - 11/26/2012

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread )

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

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David C (133)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 7:58 am
People are the picture of the two men from Israel and Palestine....I wish we could see more of that.....maybe if they all moved to the USA and we left the land to wildlife.......

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 8:04 am

A sad reminder of what could happen again and is happening in too many countries around the globe.

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 11:23 am
Football — CFL (Canada) finals yesterday — the 100th Grey Cup — in Toronto with the Toronto Argonauts, the eastern conference finalists, meeting the Calgary Stampeders, western conference finalists. Toronto won 35 – 22. The BC Lions, who won the Grey Cup last year, were sent to the locker room last week when they met lost to Calgary in the western conference final.

Puzzle — 3:35 That camel was never going to get away from me! Those puppies run extremely fast but really look funny doing so. Third try 3:20. I actually taught people how to draw stylised camels so that they could make their own Christmas cards.

MoveOn — Imagine . . . AMEN! I certainly recommend the book "I Shall Not Hate – A Gaza Doctor's Journey" by Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish. We could all learn a lot from Dr Abuelaish, and not just about the Israel/Palestine situation.

NY Times — It never ceases to amaze me that these stupid "little boys in short pants" are willing to tank the country just to get their own way, a way so filled with self interest that there is no room for anything else. They are implacable and full of their own self importance! Too bad they don't understand the basics of a stronger middle class providing the essential consumption of products. Not only are these "little boys" wearing short pants, they are short on vision too.

Daily Beast — Well, if the Republican/Teabaggers want to even seriously try to win the White House, there 2 big things they will have to do:
1) divorce the Teabaggers and become the Republican Party again; and
2) do a lot of "mortal sinning".

Cartoon — 01 September 1939 Germany attacked Poland, and just over one year later the Warsaw Ghetto was created. I wonder, had Romney won, how long before the Republican/Teabaggers and their psycho evangelical "preachers" would be creating the camps the preachers talked about during the election? I am glad that we don't have to find out!


JL A (281)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:20 pm
Illusive peace, preservation of human dignity and avoidance of harmful austerity economic policies are all worthy issues to highlight TomCat. Thank you.

Susanne R (234)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 7:35 pm
From the article:

"Still, haven’t crises like the one envisioned by deficit scolds happened in the past? Actually, no. As far as I can tell, every example supposedly illustrating the dangers of debt involves either a country that, like Greece today, lacked its own currency, or a country that, like Asian economies in the 1990s, had large debts in foreign currencies. Countries with large debts in their own currency, like France after World War I, have sometimes experienced big loss-of-confidence drops in the value of their currency — but nothing like the debt-induced recession we’re being told to fear.

So let’s step back for a minute, and consider what’s going on here. For years, deficit scolds have held Washington in thrall with warnings of an imminent debt crisis, even though investors, who continue to buy U.S. bonds, clearly believe that such a crisis won’t happen; economic analysis says that such a crisis can’t happen; and the historical record shows no examples bearing any resemblance to our current situation in which such a crisis actually did happen.

If you ask me, it’s time for Washington to stop worrying about this phantom menace — and to stop listening to the people who have been peddling this scare story in an attempt to get their way."

Very wise words from a very wise man! We have to stop listening to stories of gloom and doom told by con artists who are comparing apples to oranges in an attempt to further their own agendas! Is it possible that a private equity billionaire like Peter Peterson, or big corporations from Goldman Sachs to the United Health Group, are interested in the financial well-being of the average citizen? All they've ever been interested in is their own bottom line, and that will never change.

Great article! Thanks, Tom!

Joe R (190)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 1:33 am
Thanks TomCat. (4:05)

P A (117)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 2:59 am
Thanks for the photo of the two men who find it easy to get along – and I thank God for them! Good to hear Warren Buffett is still talking common sense (though that will NEVER get through to the Right Wing!). Will try and send Susanne another star - wonder if the computer will let me?!

TomCat S (129)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:23 am
Thanks everyone!

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 1:12 pm
Kit right again!

Dotti L (85)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:43 pm
Great article, Tom. I mention the puzzle only because whatever the average time is, my time is double that.
Today 7:04. average 6:15. Getting better and aiming to improve.

James Maynard (84)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:50 am
Thanks TomCat. I really enjoy reading Dr. Krugman.
This is the first Jigsaw I've gotten close to the average
time, so I guess practice does help!! Ha ha ha.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 7:33 am
Thanks everyone!
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