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Open Thread - 8/23/2013

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Sue Matheson (79)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:38 am

Robert B (60)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:45 am
Vicki Marble (R) said that people are poor because they eat too much chicken. That is just unbelievable!!!!! Which base of village idiots is she pandering to???? What a total moron. She needs to be voted out of office.

P A (117)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:06 am
Your recession ended in June 2009? Ours – thanks to the millionaire Osborne who won't pay his taxes – is still ongoing. SIGH!!!.

"From Think Progress: In a meeting of the state’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force Wednesday, Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble (R) delivered a long monologue suggesting that the reason for poverty among certain minority groups was that they eat too much chicken…" – You WHAT???!!! Are the Republicons really drinking KoolAid? Something has rotted what brain she has – unless she knows something about the chicken she isn't telling anyone…..!

Congrats on day 70 TC – hope you don't get too tired doing your volunteer work – or your place too hot, it seems to get about 20 degrees above external temperature!


Lynn S (235)
Friday August 23, 2013, 10:59 am
Puzzle — 4:38 Great cat toy! I stopped to play!

NY Times — I think this says it all. The 1% aided and abetted by their political whores, the obstructionist and seditious Republicanus/Teabaggers!

“We’ve got more work to do,” Mr. Obama said last month at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. “Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits, nearly all the income gains of the past 10 years have continued to flow to the top 1 percent. The average C.E.O. has gotten a raise of nearly 40 percent since 2009. The average American earns less than he or she did in 1999.”

TPM — It might not be perfect, but then what is? The Republicanus/Teabagger governors just can't help, for the most part, saying "uncle". Given how Scott Walker in Fitzwalkerstan used the mortgage settlement money, it makes me wonder if he will try something silly with some ACA money, or will he say "no way!"

"The governors’ [Rick Scott, R-Fl] desire to gloss over this contradiction reveals the contrast between Obamacare’s fixture as a conservative bogeyman and the good that the law, flawed as it may be, stands to do for many Americans. "

Think Progress — Attractive on the outside but hard and cold on the inside, just like her name. She should have known that her remarks were offensive and her information wrong . . . but then I forgot momentarily, she's a Republicanus/Teabagger!

Cartoon — As provided by Kit B on Care2 22/08/13:

Colonel Ann Wright. Here’s what she had to say about Manning’s sentence yesterday:

“As a retired Army colonel and former US diplomat who resigned because of the war in the Iraq, I deeply appreciate the courage of Bradley Manning to reveal the truth about the war, the number of civilian casualties, the illegal criminal acts as represented by the video Collateral Murder, and the diplomatic interactions that show the duplicity of the US government and the harm it caused to people around the world. Now that Bradley has been sentenced to prison, it is so important that we continue to show him how much we appreciate his courage.”

Here is a link to a petition in support of a pardon for Manning: Pardon Bradley Manning

David C (131)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:04 am
thanks, very interesting.

Deb E (63)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:49 pm
To stereotype the way people eat because of color or ethnicity??? Has she looked at "white" people today? Obesity and Diabetes is rampant in America. Period. Thanks to GMO high fructose (mammals cannot process a lot of fructose - it makes the blood sugar too high) corn syrup being put into everything we eat ... well, I no longer eat it, but the majority does ... and added gluten into the breads and pastas that humans cannot digest, we are a very "sick" nation. It is the "American" diet that is killing people, not the "Southern" diet. What an idiot.

What happened to Manning is why people in this country do not protest. The news outlets go nuts about other governments who kill innocent children, women, and men ... but it is just fine for the American government to go all over the world killing innocent people (including women and children) and when it is shown that they are doing this, the person who shows it gets thrown in prison. So much for freedom. So much for democracy. What has this country become? Sure isn't what I was taught it was ... ever think that your entire life was based on lies?

Thanks for the post. Get some much needed, I am sure, rest, TC.

James Maynard (84)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:26 pm
Congrats on day 70 TC - hope it starts to cool
down for you. We're just beginning the real
heat/humidity part of the season down here.

Dianna M (16)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:28 pm
“My comments were not meant to be disparaging to any community." No, telling people they're poor because of their diet, that's not 'disparaging' at all.

Pat B (356)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:46 pm
Good for you, Tom on your day 70.!! Hope the heat simmers down. What a wonderful way to volunteer, I know that the men appreciate you. Thanks for your post. Take care.!!

Sheila D (28)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:58 pm
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Illuminating, as always.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:56 am
Thanks everyone.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:25 am
Deb said..."What has this country become? Sure isn't what I was taught it was ... ever think that your entire life was based on lies?".... are now awake.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:33 am

Lona G (80)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:45 am
Thanks for your update on American Republican brain density. They'll tolerate Obamacare as long as it isn't called that. Democrats in the states that implement Obamacare but call it Republicare or something have the responsibility to make sure the people who get it know what there getting and where the money is coming from. Otherwise the Republicans will try to get credit for it.

Ms Marble doesn't live up to her name any more. I'm afraid she's lost the last one. Where in the South did she eat all that wonderful BBQ and chicken. It can't have been at the houses of minorities, they can't afford meat ;-{

TomCat S (129)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 1:10 am
Thank you all.
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