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Open Thread - 8/25/2013

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). Hat-Tip to Joanne Dixon for the first Short Take.

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Lona G (80)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:12 am
Thanks TC for the thread. I've never looked at the puzzle, but one day - when I'm educated enough in American politics, I'll have a try.
You're so right, the little big-men at the top, who's finger never actually touches the trigger, but might as well have, get green stars only, the demented psychiatrist gets no-life for the rest of his life (as he should). Nothing new, though.

II have not much of a comment, but it was such a pleasure to be the first and not the very last, that I just couldn't resist ;-)

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:50 am
Graham was disgusting then and he remained/remains disgusting now. You are right, Cat Man, it is not the exception and never was. It never will be….in their version of Christianity.

The Hague is calling all their names. I understand there is an open warrant for the Bush Crime Family, Inc. (includes Rummy, Wolfie, Darth Vader as well). If they step out of the US they can be had. Came close twice on Rummy. Hopefully, one day, there will be justice for these illegal and immoral wars for profit. But, right now, I will settle for this dude getting life without parole. First one I have heard of concerning Iraq/Afghanistan.

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 5:00 am

Gene J (290)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:48 am
Billy Graham got his start here in Minneapolis at a small seminary just north of the city proper. Had his organization here for a long time, the mailings and what not, he was himself nicely ensconced on that huge ranch/farm of his. What a hypocrite that man was, his son is even worse. He was not part of the organization for a long time, out carousing and hell raising, until Billy began ailing and Franklin smelled money. He's turned out even worse than his father. Still peddling hellfire and damnation to the weak of mind and shilling for the republican party.

Here in Minnesota, our legislature is supposed to redraw the congressional districts after each census, if they cannot agree, which is always, our Supreme Court does it. How that turns out depends on whose been appointing Justices. Gerrymandering is a monstrous problem and if it doesn't violate the Voting Rights Act in many states I can't imagine what would. This is but one of the reasons it is virtually impossible to defeat an incumbent. That is a problem crying for a solution, but there isn't enough moral courage in this entire country to come up with a fair way of doing that and so we get what was in those 6 ridiculous states.
I did them, but it was insane, it will always be insane and it really is hard to say which was worst, cuz they all stunk to high heaven.
Iowa 0.27, MI 3.44, NC 2.16, PA 4.11, MD .53 And count me puzzled. :^)

P A (117)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:49 am
Billy Graham said he felt like slashing reporters' throats?!!! [And all they did was tell the truth - patently a matter for which everyone needs to be murdered!]. Holy Hannah! The vile disgusting apology for a human being – and by his own words patently never ever a Christian! You are right TC – he is one of the 'Supply-Side pseudo-Christians' – I never took to the man, didn't know much about him, but from the little I knew he seemed too triumphalist to me – now I know he was working for the other side – which is presumably where he is now! Can I give others links to this page so they can see what he said?

Arielle S (313)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 7:45 am
"Murder 16, and you get life without parole. Murder hundreds of thousands, and you get a Presidential Library on the campus Texas A&M." Ain't it the sad truth? Now how can we lure Bush and Cheney, etc. out of the country?

Never did like Billy Graham but what a coup to hear him be how we thought he was! The phony baloney!

JL A (281)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 7:53 am
The bigger they are (or try to be) the bigger they fall and the more their feet of clay get noticed/

Dotti L (85)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 8:06 am
Personal experience as far as Billy Graham is concerned. When I was in High School, my parents banished me to a Christian school (Bob Jones). Was forced to listen to Billy Graham preach. And many other Evangelists. I shudder to think about it. In later years, I heard him say that God sent Aids to rid the world of all the Gays.

Mitchell D (104)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:04 pm
I could not access the piece about Billy Graham, whose daughter has been known to try to further his religious horseshit, but I want to put out another "Thanks, so dearly," to Saint Reagan, for helping Billy, a priestly parasite, get so much in bed with the political parasites.

Mitchell D (104)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:08 pm
Wait a minute! How can that ass get a Presidential library, he never published a thing before becoming president, and nothing he did as president had any "socially redeeming quality?" And, the man can barely speak the language! Did he ever even learn to pronounce "nuclear" correctly?

Pat B (356)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:48 pm
Don't listen to Billy, never have...and after watching the video, glad I didn't. So two faced. Loved the cartoon. Hope that the finalization of your new apartment IS September...that would be nice! Take care, Tom, glad you got a breather from the weather.

Lynn S (235)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 3:41 pm
Puzzle — 3:02 Whooo-hoo is going to swoop down ahead of me?

Slate — I drove myself nuts trying to get the pieces exact, adjusting, not realising that the pieces didn't have to be exact. My times on the first try: Michigan 3.1; NC 2.35; PA 5.0; MD 1.1; Ohio 2.25. I waited about 10 minutes and then did it again, not being so exacting this time. Times: Michigan 1.23; NC 1.11; PA 2.47; MD .45; Ohio 2.7. Given the shapes etc of some of those districts, I defy anyone to remember them. I don't think I have seen anything quite so ridiculous as this gerrymandering boondoggle!

NY Times — I don't believe in the death penalty, so life without parole is good. He won't get to watch his children grow up and marry; he will likely lose his wife (who could blame her?); and he'll never taste freedom again. I can certainly understand the disappointment of the Afghanis, particularly the man who lost 11 members of his family. And this brings to mind the case of Maj Nidal Hassan who was found guilty but cannot face the death penalty.

And yes, I agree TC, Baby Bush and Cheney sent thousands to their deaths — US soldiers and Iraqi citizens — under false pretenses. Cheney gets a new heart and Baby Bush gets a Presidential Library. Oh, and did I mention that they are both walking free, continuing to pollute the US political scene? Both should face charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague. I'd say in the US but we all know that there would be no justice.

MSNBC — I never was a fan of Billy Graham, however my grandmother was, unfortunately. I do however believe that she had no knowledge of his shenanigans, and only listened to his biblical message. He was truly a supply-side pseudo Christian. All of these televangelists — Baker, Falwell, Graham, Robertson, etc — were/are pretty much the same —- all about money. A temple clearing is soooooooooooooooo overdue!

Cartoon — I have 3 cat scan "machines". I get the scans free! Plus I get CLBST on a regular basis! That's Cat Lick Brain Stimulation Therapy as coined by Susanne R from Care2.

Speaking of cat scans, I am proud to announce that my Primo is fully recovered and back to himself. His little butt is almost as bare as a baboons, but that will change in time. I could run into this again though because, according to his regular vet, his anal glands are out of place. The problem originally happened because the duct was kinked, not unlike a kinked garden hose, because the gland was in the wrong position.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 4:25 pm
Slate - Iowa isn't bad, but I have to assume, since they have Steve King, that it would be attention-gettingly awful if they didn't have extremely strict redistricting laws. Bless whoever thought of those and put them in place back in the day.
Redistricting is a pet - peeve? project? of mine. I was pushing a Democratic governor here in 2010 specifically because of that. And I just put a note in a CREDO survey that they need to consider NOW that they need to look at governors who will be overseeing redistricting from the 2020 census, and please budget for that.
Lynn - so glad Primo is well! That must have been terrifying.

Carlene V (202)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 5:01 pm
Tom, Day 72 and chilly, it's all good for you plus your team won! Good luck on the new apartment too.

Graham is a despicable man who parades around preaching to those all too willing to believe his phony Christian-like comments. Slit their throats? Really Billy, that's a shameful thing to say.

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Sunday August 25, 2013, 5:26 pm

TomCat S (129)
Monday August 26, 2013, 3:04 am
Thanks everyone. Kudos to Joanne and Primo!

A reader informed me that Billy Graham is still alive, so I apologize for the brain-fart.
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