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Open Thread - 8/27/2013

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

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Danuta Watola (1250)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:44 am

Robert B (60)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:49 am
After reading what Lonegan said the only thing I can say is: What a total ASS!!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 6:03 am
Noted. Thanks.

P A (117)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 7:19 am
Congratulations on day 74, TC! Hope your volunteer day in prison went well – please don't post on Thursday, you have an enormously long journey to see the doctor!

Lonegan is an utter imbecile – or a hypocrite – or both. Probably both. The same goes for DeMint and Bash – what an 'impartial' (hah!) pair!!! Oh my!

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 7:46 am
Working the puzzles now almost every day but I am so slow...
Lonegan ought to put his money where his mouth is but that would be hard as his foot is already there. He is, like most of them, living in la-la land or some other make believe place. SNAP should not be taken away from the people who need it most. But then Republicans have proven over and over again they don't care about kids once they are born.

DeMint is full of BS. He quit so he could peddle his lies to the sheeple. Wonder who is paying for all this talk and how much he is making? Can we say Bros Koch??

Lona G (79)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 7:54 am
Lately I've seen a few Republicans defending either their cuts of subsidies on the poor, or the low minimum wage or simply their hatred of a minority by telling some sob story about their own youth some 40 years ago. They were either manager at McD at 16 or their mother made a brilliant career after his father died when he was a teenager or... Does anybody bother to check these stories and confront them with the reality? Because I don't believe the stories and even if there was a grain of truth in them, in no way can they be used to prove a point 40 years later, as you correctly remarked, TC.

And the US has a another list on which it features proudly, 4th after three very renowned countries, Russia, Ukraine, and Lebanon in degree of wealth-inequality. A sad list indeed, with 2 dictatorships and the other on the brink of another civil war. No wonder the GOP felt so at home with Putin.

David C (129)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:26 am
excellent piece......

Mari 's (1356)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:56 am
Noted ty Tom :)

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:11 am
We didn't have SNAP when I was a kid either - but when my father's workplace went out of business and my mother's shop went on strike, we got cheese, eggs, powdered milk and few other things from the government.
(Yuk to all but we didn't starve). These people who are so quick to criticize programs like SNAP had best hope they never need a hand....

Scary Scalia.... reminds one of Halloween, doesn't he?

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 12:42 pm
Good thing that boat had oars, cause I
was just drifting along.
Congrats on Day 74 TC and best wishes
with the medical stuff.

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:07 pm
Puzzle — 3:18 Seems my boat has hole in it and I don't have a bucket with which to bail! Reminds me of an old camp song "There's a hole in my bucket!"

Think Progress — How's that working for everyone? Lonegan is so full of BS, is so out of date and anachronistic, so unintelligent that he is laughable. These are different times, different circumstances from his youth. There is no comparison other than the rich still want more at the expense of everyone else and they have people (I use the term loosely in referring to Lonegan) like Lonegan to do their bidding so that they don't get their hands dirty with anything other than money.

"Lonegan, … encouraged single mothers to roll up their sleeves and go to work, adding that free market policies and less government will free “individuals to achieve their best potential.”"

Here is what Noam Chomsky had to say about Richard D Wolff, professor of economics for his book "Capitaism Hits the Fan":

"Richard Wolff's constructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations for a much more authentic democracy and sustainable and equitable development, ideas that can be implemented directly and carried forward. …"

Truth-out — I actually saw this in Alternet and posted it to Care2. Much of this we already know but sometimes it pays to be reminded. But then I got to point 5 where "India just approved a program to spend $4 billion a year to feed 800 million people", the chains began to rankle. The INEQUALITY!

"It's not the obligation of any one of these individuals to feed the world. The disgrace is in the fact that our unregulated capitalist system allows such outrageous extremes to exist."

Crooks and Liars — Anything a Republicanus/Teabagger, especially people like DeMint and Cruz, says is automatically suspect to me and needs to be fact checked. People need to look for themselves and think about what is best for them. Don't listen to all the talking heads, do your research. I know Kit B on Care2 has posted several articles about the 'terms and conditions'.of Obamacare which is great. Personally, I think there should have been an automatic educational mail drop in laymen's terms to help educate people. Or maybe there was but I don't know about since I live in Canada.

Cartoon — This picture reminds me of hiding under the blankets in bed when I was a kid, flashlight pointed up as I read scary stories to my little brother. Scalia is one scary dude!

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 12:07 am
Thanks everyone. I am soooooooo pooped!

Judy C (97)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:57 pm
The statement that really got me the most: "The extremes are just as filthy at the global level. The richest 300 persons on earth (about a third of them in the U.S.) have more money than the poorest 3 billion people." This is so unconscionable. Thanks T.C.

TomCat S (128)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:05 am
Thank you both.

John, that's just Care2's new format and it's everybody's posts, not just mine. For legibility ion the graphics, you'll need to click through

Sheila D (28)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:31 pm
Thanks for the post, TomCat.
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