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Open Thread - 9/21/2013

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).

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P A (117)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 3:06 am
Loved the New Yorker article as you say TC satire at risk of becoming fact! Have already signed the Daily Kos petition hooray for Patty! The media should find out facts they should not report gossip and rumour as fact and should be prosecuted if they do!

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:20 am

Carlene V (202)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:00 am
Puzzle reminded me of Cantor without the ears. I was disappointed in Chucky Todd and signed the petition from Credo yesterday. Can't figure out what's going on with Chucky lately. Debunking an outright lie should be reported by the press, not waiting for the liar to retract a statement. But then, all most of the gibberish from the GOP is based on lies and not fact, it would take days to debunk everything wouldn't it?

Day 99! Wow, just wow Tom!

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:31 am

And Judge Clarence Thomas had no comment.

That liberal Pope is really getting on the last nerve of the right wing. Ignore gays? Now really just how crazy is that? I think Andy Borowitz is perfectly in tune with the dilapidated mind of Antonin Scalia.

Thanks TC


Gene J (290)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:17 am
I read the Pope's comment in the paper earlier this morning when I finally got to yesterday's paper. "...the church had grown "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception..." "...he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized."

I had a feeling I was going to like this guy. And I'm not catholic. Finally, someone of the religious persuasion who seems to have actually read the gospels and taken to heart what Christ taught and to whom he ministered. Considering how atrocious the American bishops are in these matters, not to mention their complicity in abetting pedophilia by moving pedophiles around rather then expunging them, I am guessing more than a few are quite unhappy with their new leader. I bet they were wishing they could take back that part about him being the living voice of God now. I can't wait to see what Jon Stewart does with this news.

Pat B (356)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:38 am
Get some rest and hope all goes good for you on the move (next month).! Hope you have a good rest of your weekend. ;-)

David C (129)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:49 am
thanks for Ed, TomCat.....and The Hobbit and LoTR are my favorite books ever....

Arielle S (313)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 12:09 pm
Never get to see the Ed Show anymore - enjoyed this piece, Tom. It surely is the House of 1% - people making $174,000 a year making decisions for people who make $14,000 a year....nothing right about that. Far too many back end of donkeys in there....

Lynn S (235)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 12:36 pm
Puzzle 3:07 Well Congress may be a lame duck, but I think I was going along quite well! So who will make me look more like a Congressional duck?

The New Yorker Why doesn't Scalia just apply for the position of Pope himself? He could screw er . . . influence more people that way instead of just the US. Love AB!

The Daily Kos In Canada, news journalists by law are required to print the truth if they are certain of the facts, and at least do their best to uncover the truth. News is not opinion. That's why Fox News is not allowed in Canada their "news" is at best opinion, and often outright lies. Here is an interesting piece from 2011 by Robert F Kennedy, Jr Fox News Lies Keep Them Out of Canada Also, The Young Turks had a short piece on whether the Canada Radio Act was appropriate for the US. I tend to disagree for the most part with Cenk on this one. The Young Turks

"But, hey, that's not Chuck's fault. It's not his job to, you know, report on things and explain them and clear up misinformation. Because that means research, sifting through facts, figuring out which ones are real and which ones are made up. You know, work."

Maybe Chuck Todd should be replaced by Rachel Maddow! BTW, Rachel should also keep her own programme as her clarity is deeply needed in the sea of, at best, mediocrity that passes for US news.

Petition signed yesterday.

MSNBC I swear Ed was positively apoplectic! Eeee-haw!!!!!

Bill O'Lielly: "He's encouraging parasites." (in reference to Mr Obama)

Eric Cantor: "I understand people's frustration . . . " (No he doesn't!!) Then later on the House floor "There is dignity in work, and I'm supporting this bill today because I want to see, as I know all of us do, more success stories like Sherry's. And the reforms made in this bill will put people on the path to self-sufficiency and independence."

In response to Cantor, there is dignity in work. But how many of those on food stamps recipients are elderly, disabled and unable to work, children whose 'work' is going to school to get an education, people that are working 2 jobs and still can't earn enough to be above the poverty line? Cutting food stamps to society's most vulnerable will not put them on the path to self-sufficiency and independence. What it will do is put the vulnerable into the RepubliCare line!

I applaud the Democrat who made mention of the cuts and then referenced the farm subsidies to wealthy farmers. One of those is a Republicanus/Teabagger. He, his father and brother have all received millions in crop subsidies, yet he would vote against SNAP and for continued subsidies to wealthy farmers.

So the House approved the bill, but now for the senate where I trust it will be stomped on.

Cartoon I wonder if J R R Tolkien envisioned the success of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings would enjoy, particularly in its cinematic form. I wonder what he would say if he were to sit down and watch his stories come to life on the big screen?

TomCat S (128)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 2:07 am
Thanks everyone. Kudos to Gene and Lynn.

As much as I love Tolkien, I prefer Asimov.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 3:16 am
thank you

TomCat S (128)
Monday September 23, 2013, 4:19 am
Gene will enjoy Tuesday's cartoon.
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