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Open Thread - 9/7/2013

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

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Lona G (80)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:42 am
Things are cooling down with you, I believe, TomCat. Your threat is almost all positive news. Your fridge has been defrosted, local communities are (successfully) battling the big fossil fuel companies and CREW has convinced the court to give public interest priority of the private interest of that vile Ensign. And with a bit of luck Obama can persuaded to nominate Yellen and righting some of his wrongs where his economic team is concerned. It all makes for a nicer weekend.

Gene J (290)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:23 am
Excel is the energy provider for much of Minnesota as well, Minneapolis has been considering this same idea with the same nonsense from Excel. I'm forwarding the url to the video to our local paper. I don't get my power from Excel, I get it from a cooperative, which gets it from companies owned by Excel. Same shell game as everywhere. I'm afraid climate change is coming, too late to reverse, but if the lights are going out, why not go out with a rousing fight against the darkness that is causing it? This is a fight worth having and the best part is it does scare the hell out of the 1%. And that's gotta be a good sign we're on the right path. Because they are NEVER for anything that benefits the world, its people unless it benefits them more. Dirty energy is the biggest cause of the climate issues we are having. The only people profiting from that are the Koch boys and their 1% friends, and some trickle down (the only instance in which that theory works) to their republican puppets who carry their water in Congress and state legislatures around the country, and export their wicked ways to the reichs of the world, their only true kin. Everyone else disowned them.

P A (117)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:45 am
Hooray for the people of Boulder Colorado and their fight for renewable energy sourced by themselves! Xcel will try everything to stop them in case their example leads to others declaring energy independence, and the polluting power companies' billions in profits start to vanish!

Re CREW – how is it that the adulterous Senator Ensign and the adulterous wife were protected – yet the cheated on husband was prosecuted? ??? Thanks for the info about Senator Ensign helping Uganda draft the law to kill gays – what a vile apology for a man!

Very scary cartoon, TC!!

Deb E (63)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 9:25 am
Wow!! Thanks for sharing the video, TC. Seems like every day now (or at least a couple days a week) I hear of more young people who are starting to fight back. For so long I have wondered when they were going to step up and give the old folks the break they need, after having fought for our democracy for so long. The corporate suckers had planned for them to all get old and quit the fight before the new generations caught on to them ... I was fearful that it was working, but in the past few months, I have seen just enough evidence to show that the trickle of resistance from the young people is growing. I hope I live to see it become a river. Kudos to Boulder!! Everyone should do what Gene said he was going to do. I know I am.

David C (131)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 10:10 am
local power!

Pat B (356)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 11:36 am
Glad to read the weather is somewhat cooler for you, Tom, hope you have a good weekend. Take care.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 12:55 pm
Puzzle — 3:45 St Francis was too busy helping you to help a 'heretic' protestant like myself, a liberal protestant to boot!

Upworthy — Outstanding! Never underestimate Davey! It only took Davey's one well placed stone to bring down Goliath.

Crew — Kudos to U.S. District Court Judge John Bates for doing the right thing. Like Pat, I was aghast that the cuckold chief of staff was prosecuted while the senator and the wife of the staffer were not. That certainly does not make sense.

"Given Sen. Ensign’s status as “a high ranking and high profile elected official who resigned following accusations of significant public corruption,” the court concluded the substantial public interest outweighs Sen. Ensign’s privacy interests.""

Certainly there was no such concern about the chief of staff's privacy. He was offered up as shark bait!

NY Times — I think the US needs a permanent Summers vacation. I have signed several petitions decrying Summers and supporting Janet Yellen. What hold, 5 years into his presidency, does Clinton have over Obama that he still clings to her baggage? After all, she is no longer part of the cabinet etc.

Cartoon — So McCain sees foreign relations and governing the country as a poker game! He is vile and despicable. I'd be surprised if he is not primaried or outright defeated the next go around which I think is 2014, n'est-ce pas!

James Maynard (84)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 9:55 pm
Kudos to CREW - indeed!
Santo Francisco no me gusta! :(

TomCat S (129)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:56 am
Thanks to all. Kudos to Pat for swnding me that video!
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