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Open Thread - 3/2/2013

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

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

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P A (117)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 6:56 am
Thanks TC

Carlene V (202)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 7:08 am
Thanks Tom. Snyder will lay off every employee he can now that he has taken control. Of course, it will be those employees involved with a union. The degree of nasty with these Repub governors continues.

Mike S (86)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 7:09 am
Thanks TC.

David C (131)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 8:28 am
excellent post, always fantastic work and we need to keep spreading this information to everyone possible.

John B (185)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 11:39 am
Thanks Tom for the post.
MoveOn; Hate and religion is a choice. Being gay is not!
Click on Detroit: Governor Snyder is typical of the GOP's slide further into realm of "American Fascism".
YouTube; Great take on the "Jedi mind meld" (Vulcan mind meld).
Good cartoon!
Read, viewed and noted.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 1:36 pm
Puzzle — 3:42 I'm with you Patty — so much of the same or very similar colours can be deceiving.

MoveOn — He is so spot on! A lifestyle choice when used in conjunction with being gay is a total misnomer. As Stewart says: "At what age did you choose not to be gay?" A perfect look at the issue from the other side of the coin, so to speak. Personally, I never chose not to be gay, and I'm not, and I have friends that never chose to be gay, but they are!

Click on Detroit — I don't know what is going on in Detroit — it just isn't news here on the west coast of Canada (unless it is about the 8-3 thumping of the Canucks by the Red Wings of course!). However, from a business point of view, there are times when a leader has to take the bull by the horns and deal with important issues. But in doing that, especially in cases like this, it should never be done to the exclusion of the local management team. The old saying "Honey attracts more flies than vinegar" rings a note of truth. Schneider has jack-booted himself into a situation into a situation that needs more finesse, negotiation and influence. And in doing so, he has shown his Republican/Teabagger colours. If I recall, didn't he do the same thing in Flint and another small town on the lakeshore that took him to court and won back their town from the "king's men"?

Youtube — "Obama is certainly no Vulcan. If he were, Republicans would accuse him of being an alien, demand to see his birth certificate, and call him a Muslim." But they did accuse him of being an alien — the birthers, a Kenyan, and a Muslim. I wish he were a Vulcan so he could mind meld with the Republican/Teabaggers and turn them into respectable humanbeings and politicians.

Cartoon — I didn't know anything about Hayes so naturally I googled him. Seems he and Harry Reid have something in common, handshake agreements with the opposition (no documentation).

"In 1876, Hayes was elected president in one of the most contentious and hotly disputed elections in American history. Although he lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, Hayes won the presidency by the narrowest of margins after a Congressional commission awarded him twenty disputed electoral votes in the Compromise of 1877: the Democrats acquiesced to Hayes's election and Hayes accepted the end of military occupation of the South. . . ."

"The Compromise of 1877, also known as "The Great Betrayal",[1] refers to a purported informal, unwritten deal that settled the intensely disputed 1876 U.S. presidential election, and ended Reconstruction in the South. … The compromise essentially stated that Southern Democrats would acknowledge Hayes as president, but only on the understanding that Republicans would meet certain demands. The following elements are generally said to be the points of the compromise:

The removal of all federal troops from the former Confederate States. (Troops remained in only Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida, but the Compromise finalized the process.)
- The appointment of at least one Southern Democrat to Hayes's cabinet. (David M. Key of Tennessee became Postmaster General.)
- The construction of another transcontinental railroad using the Texas and Pacific in the South (this had been part of the "Scott Plan," proposed by Thomas A. Scott, which initiated the process that led to the final compromise).
- Legislation to help industrialize the South and get them back on their feet after the terrible loss during the Civil War.

In exchange, Democrats would:

- Peacefully accept Hayes's presidency."

Has anything really changed? The current southern Republican/Teabaggers are still crying foul and haven't learned that the Civil War is over.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 3:20 pm
noted,great post

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 3:42 pm
Love Jon Stewart! I personally think RepubliCON homophobes are scared to death that if Gay Marriage is recognized nationwide that one day they'll wake up "gay-married" in Vegas!;) Me thinks they doth protest too much..;)
I am such a Sci-Fi fan! Spock was my second love (sorry, but I fell for Geronimo in first grade!;) Tom has hit the nail on the rock-hard head of RepubliCONs - mind-melding with alien rocks would make more sense than a tormented RepubliCON mind!
And I hope all ya'll will start watching CONTINUUM on Monday nights at 7 Central on SyFy network! It's about time-travelers thrown back to now from a future where Corporations run everything & Coporate Congre$$ makes the pretense left of "democracy" as we know it! And here's a glimpse of life immitating art:""Today, Governor Snyder has decided to unilaterally take over control of the City of Detroit from its democratically elected leaders. This is nothing but a hostile take-over; we would expect this from a CEO, but not from a Governor,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair, Lon Johnson."


SΓΌheyla C (234)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 4:26 pm

. (7)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 11:26 pm
Noted, thanks Tom.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 11:54 pm

TomCat S (129)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 6:42 am
Thanks everyone!

Joe R (190)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 6:39 pm
Thanks TomCat. (3:53)

Carol H (229)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:10 pm
noted, thanks Tom
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