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Open Thread - 8/31/2013

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

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

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P A (117)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 4:17 am
Excellent Crooks and Liars article TC – many thanks. Also MANY congratulations on your lungs being the best of 12 years! Fantastic – and congrats on day 78!

Danuta W (1250)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:22 am

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:55 am
Good to hear your doctor has given you new motivation to keep off the fags, TomCat ;-) and thanks for a good tread.

If the speaker of the house has to resort to swearing because he's got no arguments left, you can be sure he's under a lot of pressure. I hope he has to swear a lot more in the coming months.

The peace from the new Yorker was hilarious. I just love that kind of humour. But it took me until I was about halfway through before I was certain it was irony and I had to start again. To close for comfort indeed.

And your comment on your cartoon is ironic too, I hope. It just can't be true that after the refusal of every prominent Republican to attend, GOP's now bitching that it was a Democratic party. They wouldn't be that stupid, would they? That's so transparent

Kudos to Starbucks for their personnel policy., but I still won't go there. They've ruined the coffee culture and coffee taste in Europe.

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:59 am
Oops, excuses for the many, many typos and actual spelling mistakes: thread, piece... I hate these little windows without editing abilities.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:29 am
I, for one, was delighted to NOT see any Bushes at the "I Have a Dream" celebration - but I could picture a lot of KKK members sitting around cursing and throwing beer cans at the tv....

Kudos to Starbucks....

As for Boner - what a class act, huh? Dear Ol' Agent Orange shows us what he's made of once again....

Good news on the lungs, Tom - I hope it's enough incentive to keep you going for another 60 years or so...

David C (129)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 11:33 am
cartoon was very sad, but it was ironic that I wondered where they were the other day while listening to the speeches......

Jason R (67)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:42 pm
Bush is bragging about our over bloated military and can't seem to conjure up any thoughts. Is he dumber than he was? Does he feel guilt or even know that he is the mabus Nostradamus predicted?

Arielle S (313)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:11 pm
I think the answers, Jason, are yes, no, and probably not.....

Lynn S (235)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:17 pm
Puzzle — 3:33 Ah! The ubiquitous snail! Much maligned by various postal services!

When I was a young child (7-8 years old), my brother was allergic to all fur bearing animals so no cats or dogs in the house. We had a large aquarium with fish, turtles and snails. Every morning, I would come downstairs and cross the livingroom floor to the kitchen. You'd hear "crunch, crunch, crunch" as you'd step on the snails (definitely not intentional) — and Jerry wasn't even there! Snails can be prolific breeders and ours were just that. My father finally made a netting to keep them in the aquarium, much to my mother's pleasure as she was the one that got to clean up the corpses.

Crooks and Liars — I remember that earlier incident. Agent Orange is such a spoiled brat — if he doesn't like the fact that he is unable to control his own caucus, and if can't get used to the fact that he does not call the government shots, then he needs to get out of the kitchen. I'll say it "John Boehner, go f??k yourself!"

The New Yorker — Another great contribution from Andy Borowitz. I haven't heard yet exactly what the US will do but I did hear Kerry's report. The UK Parliament took a vote and has forbidden John Cameron from taking action, calling for assurances that he would not use Royal prerogative. Cameron said he would not because it was apparent the people had spoken. I wonder how long that will last?

Daily Kos — Good on Starbuck's. I don't frequent them because I am allergic to coffee and their drinks, like chai tea which I have had and their berry drinks, are loaded with sugar. Not good for diabetics. If I am with someone else, it is bottled water, not something you can screw up. Now I wonder what will happen to the movement to unionise their baristas that is going on in Canada? Don't know about the US.

Cartoon — I can forgive Daddy Bush because of his age and recent ill health and hospitalisation, but not Baby Bush! . . . nor any of the other Republicanus/Teabaggers! They would make a mockery out of it. Let them whine and complain . . . that's all they know how to do. Senior leaders were given the opportunity to speak and declined. I certainly would not expect the organisers to invite Cruz or Paul, 2 of the worst political grandstanders.

In the print copy of Time Magazine, a double issue, people like Malala Yousafzai, weigh in on MLK Jr's "I have a dream . . . " speech. There was a Republicanus/Teabagger who fully endorsed it and it's importance. There was also a short piece by Marco Rubio. Interesting that these two Republicanus/Teabaggers are at odds with their party, well at least in Time, but they are also at odds with their own previously spoken positions. Talk about Republicanus/Teabagger wolves in sheep's clothing! It is a good issue which I recommend (has Dr King on the cover.)

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:52 pm
Well I don't blame RepubliCONs for not going to the "I Have a Dream" Celebration…THEIR dream was entirely different, but they have steadfastly forced it on the "real world" by bankrupting the country & dismantling Every building block for equality & freedom they possibly could! No, RepubliCONs are Not Dreamers, they are the nightmares Democracy hides from.

Robert B (60)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:21 pm
By not participating in the "I Have a Dream" Celebration the Republicans show what dishonorable pricks they are and how utterly STUPID they are. They could have risen to the occasion and been gracious and also shown that they gave a damn about ALL Americans. But no, they have made it CRYSTAL CLEAR that they could care less about anyone but themselves and their corporate sponsers. They not only shot themselves in the foot, they have shot themselves in the ass. If this doesn't make it clear to all what asses they are, then we must be in the Twilight Zone.

James Maynard (84)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:26 pm
Oh dear... first the tortoise and now a snail
and I can't beat either one!!!

Edith B (146)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:29 pm
I am glad the Republicans didn't go to the I Have a Dream celebration. They showed just who they are by their refusals.
Boehner has never shown any class or intelligence, that makes him perfect for his job.

Ellen m (215)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 12:04 am
Great thread and cartoon TC, but those are far surpassed by your wonderful medical news, which almost made me cry I was so happy to hear it.
May you continue improving, and I hope those words your GP said are contagious ♡

TomCat S (128)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 3:49 am
Thanks to all. Kudos to Lona and Lynn. If only more Americans were that attentive to our nation!!

Jason R (67)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 9:23 am
John! No one needed an invitation. It was a MEMORIAL.

Republicans prove that they don't mind being labeled the racists they are or they would have shown up.

TomCat S (128)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:18 am
John, they did not invite him to speak.
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