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Open Thread - 10/6/2013

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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Terrie W (798)
Monday October 7, 2013, 4:52 am
LMAO love the 'toon, Cat fitting.

Yeah, the SCROTUMS, right.....I said it right the first time.....are baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.....interesting to see what more they can give to the Fascist Corporate Regime or take away from the people (same difference, I know). How much more are they going to strike from the Constitution and Bill of Rights, which they profess to love and understand better than the rest of us (yeah, I'm coughing and gagging here), before the entire public body reacts en masse? THAT will be the interesting part.

Lona G (80)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:32 am
Your cartoon is in my top 10, TomCat.

The tweet would be hilarious if it wasn't so perfectly true. Thanks for posting it.

With SCOTUS back in session and the government shut down, the US is in dire straits, my friend. And if the shut down continues or is surpassed by a debt default, the ripples of that financial tsunami will reach other shores too, so get the hell going. But as The Rosetta Stone of the Teaparty item explained, it's unlikely the few Republicans that still can think straight will lay their jobs on the line. You say that giving in to the Teabaggers is incompetence, and it is, of course. Because Incompetent, liar and coward are all synonyms for Republican.
Don't ask me to come up with synonyms for Teapartier, English is not my first language.

Carlene V (202)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:40 am
Love this cartoon! Bonehead could sure use one of those pacifiers, have you seen him contorting his lips when he talks lately? Red eyes, is that from working so late to end the shut down or drinking to forget what a mess he is in?

JL A (281)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:45 am
The one silver lining is that at least 17 GOP TP seats have become vulnerable to DEM opponents in the latest polls due to this seditious negligence.

Terrie W (798)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:12 am
The latter, Carlene...the latter. He's perpetually pickled.

!7 for now, it keeps going and soon ALL of their seats will be in play.

Deb E (63)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:43 am
Love the tweet. Don't agree with Kornacki. I think the Tea Party has shown its' true colors and there are enough sane people out there to see what those people have done to the Republican Party. If liberal news media were smart, they would be promoting the sanity of any Republican who would sign the discharge petition, calling them heroes and the most patriotic of patriots for doing it. That would show them that even Dems can get along with Republicans ... the ones who are sane. The more the left wing news media says that they can't sign the petition because they will lose their seats to Tea Pukes if they do, the less likely they are to sign one. Ted Cruz is not getting good press over this, and I think Boehner has been threatened with more than his job ... or he's getting a ton of "free speech" for keeping this from a vote. Now he is saying he won't allow a vote on the debt ceiling either unless Obamacare is gutted, and he is also saying he wants Medicare and Medicaid cut before he will allow a vote on the debt ceiling. This is treason. And he needs to be taken out of Congress in handcuffs. the man has lost his marbles ... if he ever had any. Talk about a power trip. This country should NEVER be able to be held hostage by one man. And, the worst of this is the fact this man is third in line for our Presidency.

P A (117)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:02 am
BRILLIANT cartoon TC – the GOP/TP need a dummy/pacifier – in fact issue them with one each! The tweet was perfect - and perfectly true too!

Pat B (356)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:26 pm
That's a good cartoon, & the one tweet from Daily Kos. Glad that your Broncos won...Hope that you rest up, and have a good rest of your day. Thanks, Tom.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:48 pm
Great Tweet & cartoon!:)

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:25 pm
5:11, just under the wire …

There is a petition on Credo to send Agent Orange a pacifier for every signer. It's at and they are up to 178,672 and going for 200,000.

Yes, the tweet nails it superlatively.

I was sort of expecting to hear something about Oregon passing its own little Monsanto Protection Act. You certainly have my sympathy. I think the newest story is at

Birgit W (160)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:47 pm
Noted, thanks.

David C (133)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:49 pm
I notice that the 2 pictures on your articles today are meant to fit together.....

David C (133)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:55 pm must be exhausted if you watched the entire football seems college football (little defense, lots of offense) happened in Texas.....stuning to hear Broncos are 28 pt favorites in Vegas next week vs Jags and scored in this one game what Jags have scored all season....don't get too confident though.....

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:10 pm
Puzzle — 3:12 I was stomped by big horse feet, not cute puppy feet!

Daily Kos — Those 26 words perfectly encapsulate the current political situation in the US, such that even the low information sheeple, Republicanus/Teabaggers and Faux Noise can understand. Just like 2 year olds, the Republicanus/Teabaggers don't know the meaning of anyone else's "No!" other than their own, and I'm not convinced that they know that either.

"We're very excited. … It's exactly what we wanted and we got it." — Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

"We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is." — Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)

"At times, you must act on principle and not ask at what cost…" — Steve Pearce (R-NM)

Children who play with matches get burned!

NY Times — Hold your nose because I think the stench of conservative judicial activism is going to permeate the SCOTUS! Arrggghhhh!!!!!

MSNBC — Kornacki is so right. Just look at the fear of being primaried that lives in McTurtle on his next re-election bid in 2014. And he has not been subject to that threat before since senators run every 6 years and his Kentucky area was strongly Republican the last time around. In my opinion, part of the reason that Boehner seems more and more intransigent on the shutdown and the debt ceiling is the fear of being primaried. Yes he was vulnerable in 2012 but made it through. What will 2014 be like? It seems like the Teabaggers are stronger than in 2010, if only because mainstream Republicans are afraid of them. They are so far off the grid of craziness, it is truly amazing that anyone with any brains embraces their ideology, or idiotology as I call it.

Cartoon — To paraphrase a song

"Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those peepers?
Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those ayes?"

Those "ayes" for the government shutdown (and the potential "ayes" for the debt ceiling default) certainly did not come from the American people!

I hope that Boehner, Weeper of the House, remembers to share the pacifiers with the rest of the Republicanus/Teabagger whiners!

Ganaisha Calvin (7)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:57 am
thanks for sharing

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:27 am
Thanks everyone. Pooped and rushing. Glad you liked the cartoon. Jo, I replied in detail at the site.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:57 pm
Always enjoy your voice of reason, TomCat. BTW, pacifiers are called "dummys" in Canada, or at least they were when I lived there. Seems much more appropriate. Thanks for the post.

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Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:44 pm
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