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Open Thread - 3/15/2012


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

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



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Autumn S. (142)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:43 am
Thanks, TC :)
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday March 15, 2013, 9:11 am
cartoon is true!!! thanks Tom, noted
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 15, 2013, 9:29 am

Could not connect to puzzle.

I saw this brave woman admit to her mistake. Not something seen very often in Congress....when is the last time?

I watch Chris Hayes on UP each weekend and sure hope that he continues that show, it really is excellent.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 15, 2013, 9:31 am

Ever felt slapping the silly off the face of some smirking idiot? Well that is how I feel each time I see that Ryan-Rand face.
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Friday March 15, 2013, 9:53 am
I like Chris Hayes too, he'll be fine in the evening, though I will miss Ed Schultz there. Did anyone watch his show where he interviewed the guy who took the 47% video, forget his name, but I watched it online last night, great segments. Nice to watch MSNBC online so you can skip the commercials. But that guy is a modern American hero and what he did really did have an effect on the election, a positive one in my book.
 

Dave C. (213)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:33 am
thanks....don't watch much MSN except when I have overnight work and not much to do, but I do listen to Ed Schultz on radio and miss Rachel Maddow on radio......worried that as the future comes the progressives will have less and less air-time whether it be radio, tv or newspaper (i.e. concerned about some discussions I have heard about between Kochs and Hubbards)......
 

Mary T. (188)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:35 am
Thanks Tom, I agree with Gene 100%, I will miss The Ed Show though the week but will be sure to watch on the weekends, As for Ryan I would love to slap his disgusting dumb face.
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:39 am
If JP Morgan Chase is regarded as too big to fail and too big to prosecute – they are going to run roughshod over every person in the world (power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely). God bless Elizabeth Warren and all like her!
 

Yvonne White (231)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:42 pm
Ryan must be an illegitimate Bu$h baby..he brings out the arsonist in me (always wanted to see a burning Bu$h!;)..
 

. (3)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:56 pm
Your cartoon is right on! Thanks Tom.!
 

Lynn Squance (226)
Friday March 15, 2013, 8:59 pm
Puzzle — 4:12 Yellow is a cheerful colour!

MoveOn — Obviously a very emotional time for this former legislator. It sounds like she got into politics for the right reasons; found out it was a snake pit of partisanship, especially on the Republican/Teabagger side; and left after one term. I wonder if she left because she was being told to vote party line no matter what her personal values told her, or if she was defeated at the polls?

NY Times — Oh, the shit should fly on this, far and wide!

"JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank, ignored internal controls and manipulated documents as it racked up trading losses last year, while its influential chief executive, Jamie Dimon, briefly withheld some information from regulators, a new Senate report says. …

As the traders in London assembled increasingly complex bets, JPMorgan ignored its own risk alarms, according to investigators. In the first four months of 2012 alone, the report found, the chief investment office [headed by Ina Drew] breached five of its critical risk controls more than 330 times."

Jamie Dimon is documented to have known more than he has admitted to the authorities. As CEO, it is his job to take responsibility for matters this large. It is inconceivable to me that he did not know what was going on as he would have had daily contact with people like Ina Drew, especially after the 2008 financial crisis and resultant fallout.

And THIS is who legislators listen to when establishing laws??? Thank goodness that Elizabeth Warren is there. If the Senate banking committee were wise, they would unleash Elizabeth Warren on JP Morgan executives and banksters in general. It is time to return to Glass-Stegall, and it is time to prosecute bank executives and other "small fish" complicit in large scale boondoogles like JP Morgan Chase's. Too big to fail and too big to prosecute is not an option.

And TC, I agree with you. If the DOJ does not move on this, "off with their heads"!

Washington Post — I heard Ed announce this on his show along with his "10 lb walleye fish story". To me, this sounds like semi-retirement so that he can spend more time with his wife and soon to be 11 grandchildren. Life's priorities! But at least we can still get our "Ed fix" on the weekends. I too like Chris Hayes and respect his journalism.

Cartoon — This comment will follow Lyin' Ryan for the rest of his political career, indeed for the rest of his life! Unfortunately, the Republican/Teabaggers won't realise that magnitude of Ryan's faux pas until it is too late. And HE is one of their bright stars?!? I think this star will go super nova, just don't know when.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 15, 2013, 11:52 pm
Thanks very much Tom!
 

John Gregoire (257)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:59 am
Some just don't get it and never will
 

Arielle S. (316)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:45 am
"Ever felt slapping the silly off the face of some smirking idiot? Well that is how I feel each time I see that Ryan-Rand face." - oh, YES, Kit -that's exactly how I feel..... the guy just makes my skin crawl. The devil doesn't always have horns and a tail.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 1:21 pm
Kit B--"Ever felt slapping the silly off the face of some smirking idiot?" Yes, but in Paul Ryan's case, you'd probably just get broken bones in your hand. Unless your arm fell off first.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 1:27 pm
Love your comment, Arielle. Great cartoon and puzzle. I did good this time.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 1:41 pm
Wow, two Republicans in one week to come out FOR same-sex marriage. Gotta be a record! While I do agree with comments like, "Better late than never, but isn't it disgusting that they seem to come to the realization that everyone should have equality only when it affects their own family members?" I have to point out that at least they're learning. At least Rob Portman didn't try to cover it up, he didn't denounce his son or disown him. And he didn't take his son to the Bachmanns to "pray the gay away." That can't have been easy, and both these people are gonna get slammed by their own party.
 

James Maynard (66)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:01 pm
Great 'toon.' I enjoy the puzzles, but, will
likely never get close to your scores.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:56 pm
Noted
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:01 pm
Thanks TomCat--again.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:59 pm
Paul Ryan doesn't need a primary care physician or a general practitioner. All of his health needs can be addressed by a proctologist...
 
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