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Open Thread - 2/18/2013


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

TomCat
- 579 days ago - politicsplus.org
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).



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Lynn Squance (232)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:11 pm
Puzzle — 3:19 I clipped my wings on a leaf just before getting to TomCat! Arghhhhh!

MoveOn — I saw an interview with Stallone in which he expressed this very sentiment. I have never been a Stallone fan, and I am still not, but I have great respect for him with his stance on an assault rifle ban.

The New Yorker — I had this in my inbox and laughed myself silly.

Lamar Smith (R – TX) and "scientific skeptic" — now there's a non sequiter! How can he be a "scientific skeptic" when he doesn't believe in science period?

Lamar Smith “That theory would also have us believe that there were dinosaurs.” — What proof does he need of the existence of dinosaurs? He just has to look at the Republican/Teabagger side of the Congress and he'll see all sorts of dinosaurs!

NY Times — An excellent article that hits home a number of truths.


"… The point is that no one makes it on his or her own…."

Gee, doesn't that just sound like something Mr Obama said in Roanoak, Va on 13/07/12, which of course was taken completely out of context by the Republican/Teabaggers:


If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Had I been advising Mr Obama, I might have changed the wording at the end to "Somebody else helped to make that happen."


A more educated population yields greater innovation, a robust economy and higher incomes — which mean a higher tax base.

Cartoon — Sad when you think that Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin passed away at such young ages. I think the rest are still around, of course in their 70s, 80s and 90s now. Those times certainly changed how life was viewed by many, but unfortunately not by everyone as today's conservative movement demonstrates.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:27 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Pat A. (117)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:35 am


So sorry you are still ill TC! Glad Patty is OK.

I didn't know Stallone was against assault rifles – am amazed!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:32 pm
Thanks TomCat.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:44 pm
I would like to see the WALL$TREET 378 not acquitted any day now!;) Maybe UN troops could do that for us? We could just lock them up in their Ivory Towers, no need to build new prisons..just cut the power lines so they couldn't mess with the stock market & banks! Of course then CONgre$$ would be picketing & demonstrating - hmm, they already Don't do their jobs, so having them in the streets like hippies back in the day would probably be a "Good Thing" (as Martha Stweart Didn't say from Her Prison Cell!;)
 

Yvonne White (232)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:45 pm
Sorry, full disclosure: I made up the Number of needed indictments, could be less, could be lots more!;)
 

Birgit W. (144)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:36 pm
Noted
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:38 pm
Although I admire Sylvester Stallone's personal opinion of assault weapons, I'd admire him more if he hadn't made millions of dollars glorifying them.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:48 am
Hope you're better soon.

Thank you for all you do.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:55 am
Was disappointed then and didn't need the reminder. Locally we had a picture of a bunch of fully armed Black panthers taking over a building at Cornell -same time period. Can you imagine what would have happened had they tried that today? How times have changed.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:21 pm
Thanks
 

marie c. (168)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:02 pm
Susanne R you made me smile so True
 

James Maynard (68)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 10:07 pm
Thanks!
 

TomCat S. (286)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:11 am
Thanks all.

John, it was a police riot, as the appeals court found. Black Panthers at Cornell is an altogether different issue.
 
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