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Open Thread - 5/19/2013


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

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



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Arielle S. (317)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:24 am
Welcome back, Tom!!! We surely did miss you and your wit ~ now just stay out of that hospital, ok?
 

Pat B. (354)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:54 am
Good to see you on the postings.!!! We missed you, and WELCOME BACK.!! Do take care...;-)
 

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Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:41 am
Glad to see you back, Tom!!! Take care and be well.
 

Elle B. (82)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:40 pm
Was watching for your posts. . .so good to see them up again . . ."Welcome Back" . . .

The 27th amendment was first introduced in 1789. . . great reference point for the millions of citizens today who expect the makings of a democracy to progress according to the timelines of a 24 hour infotainment cycle [especially with massive debris obstructing information channels]. . .

“Keep trying to do what is necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you're doing the impossible.”
― St. Francis of Assisi [1181 – 1226]

 

JL A. (276)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:08 pm
Welcome back!
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:12 pm
Glad to hear from you Tom!
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:00 pm
Too sick to chase Nurses eh? Man, that was sick! lol, Welcome back Tom.....Now stick around, please. Rest, fluids.....well you know the drill.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:28 pm
Puzzle — 4:00 I'm going to be catty and say I was monster mashed! And was I critter crunched!

NY Times — So, if I understand this correctly, the Republican/Teabagger party, which through Baby Bush and his henchmen started the illegal war in Iraq and opted into the war in Afghanistan thereby being responsible for the deaths and disabilities of American service persons, wants to castigate Mr Obama and his administration for a backlog in disability claims? Further, these same Republican/Teabaggers wanted to cut VA benefits back in 2011 and likely still do. They have also called for reduced funding for the VA administration if I recall correctly. What a bunch of asswipes! This just further shows their partisan agenda in something that should NEVER be partisan. I really have to wonder how these idiots can dare call themselves 'patriotic' Americans when they use disabled veterans as pawns in their political games!

Crooks and Liars — At first I thought this had to have come from Andy Borowitz because it sounded so "Andy", so satirical. But no, it is for real, or unreal as the case is!

"…“it is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to conduct oversight hearings on those actions, but it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference.”

“To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference. …""

So DeMint is telling Republican/Teabaggers to not do the job they were elected to do, representing their constituents in favour of partisan political bellyaching and obstruction. This seems like sedition to me. If it isn't, it should be and every Republican/Teabagger that goes along with it should be removed from office at the first available opportunity. If I recall properly, federal Representatives and Senators cannot be recalled, but they can resign. Too bad!

Washington Post — From an outsider looking in, if the US would be less inclined to use Manifest Destiny, it might find itself less often the target of international terrorists. Domestic terrorists like McVeigh etc are another matter all together.

"“He will review the state of the threats we face, particularly as the al-Qaeda core has weakened but new dangers have emerged,” the official said. “He will discuss the policy and legal framework under which we take action against terrorist threats, including the use of drones. And he will review our detention policy and efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.”"

Cartoon — The 27th Amendment from Wikipedia:

"No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened."

"The Twenty-seventh Amendment provides that any change in congressional salaries may take effect only after the beginning of the next term of office for Representatives. Sometimes called the "Congressional Compensation Amendment of 1789", the "Congressional Pay Amendment", and the "Madison Amendment", it was intended to serve as a restraint on the power of Congress to set its own salary—an obvious potential for conflict of interest."

Interesting — there is no allowance for incompetence or not doing the job a representative or senator was elected to do. And as I understand, other than resignation, there is no way to get the representative or senator out of that position except at the next election. While I can understand the intent of the amendment, it fails to go far enough by not acknowledging those situations where a representative or senator might not be doing their job. What a sweet deal! One can get full pay, benefits and pension for not doing their job. I'll bet Jim DeMint loves that one!
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:46 am
Angelica said "What we have to remember is that we are stronger than the republicans because of our sheer numbers. I just discovered an app for the iphone that could really change things. It's called "Buycott." You scan it over products at the grocery store and the app tells you if the company is owned by the Koch brothers, Monsanto, or if it was mader with slave labor. Over 36,000 people have already downloaded the Koch brothers boycott membership. The app is free. If we boycotted some of these companies that fund republicans…well, just imagine how great that would be! Imagine what the republicans would be like without those hefty campaign donations from greedy one percenters."

What wonderful news Angelica! I wish we had that over here – I'd definitely use it (though most of my products are organic so should be moral – I hope!).

Rest, dearest TC, we need you for the long haul!
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:05 am
Buycott is available in the USA my daughter said, however there are still bugs to be worked out on it. When it is working correctly I'd like to think this would go onto as many phones as possible. It might even have me go get a cell phone or iphone, not sure what the difference is but whatever it can be applied to. Cell phones is something I've yet to get into, but I'd get one for this alone. Would make it easier on me.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:23 am
Per Lynn S:

NY Times � So, if I understand this correctly, the Republican/Teabagger party, which through Baby Bush and his henchmen started the illegal war in Iraq and opted into the war in Afghanistan thereby being responsible for the deaths and disabilities of American service persons, wants to castigate Mr Obama and his administration for a backlog in disability claims? Further, these same Republican/Teabaggers wanted to cut VA benefits back in 2011 and likely still do. They have also called for reduced funding for the VA administration if I recall correctly. What a bunch of asswipes! This just further shows their partisan agenda in something that should NEVER be partisan. I really have to wonder how these idiots can dare call themselves 'patriotic' Americans when they use disabled veterans as pawns in their political games!

A big Aho to that one.....aho, I agree!
 

Carlene V. (203)
Monday May 20, 2013, 9:01 am
Tom, So good to get your card and know you are feeling better. You have been missed!
 

Ben Oscarsito (351)
Monday May 20, 2013, 9:16 am
Welcome back, Tom! Take it easy...
 

TomCat S. (231)
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:40 am
Thanks all. Just an pen thread today. On the way up.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:53 pm
Tom, I cannot tell you how much you were missed.
WELCOME BACK!!!
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:01 pm
Noted.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:07 pm
Noted. My first visit to PoliticsPlus: very, very interesting, thanks.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:19 pm
Welcome indeed.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:23 pm
welcome back Tom.feel better fast!!
 

Sheila D. (26)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:48 pm
Good to have you back. You have been missed...
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:52 pm
Hey! Welcome Back!
 

Bill and Katie D. (90)
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:30 pm
Thank you!
Very nice Article good reading!
 

TomCat S. (231)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 5:21 am
Thanks everyone. I'm pooped, but it's good to be back.
 

Dotti Lydon (112)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 8:34 am
Welcome back, Tom. As usual, I am a day behind and truthfully have been neglecting Care2 except for daily clicks. Finding you in my Inbox has been enough to spur me on.
 
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