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Open Thread - 10/25/2013

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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Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 1:32 am
amazing how similar our politics are now days to our prison systems..and very sad..both so dysfunctional, ..and it is 2013!..Planet Earth!..America.
(I am a tough old goat, have little compassion for a true criminal......BUT, I AM SO THANKFUL FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU, THAT WILL CARE AND FIGHT FOR RIGHTS FOR A SECOND CHANCE FOR THOSE THAT DO DESERVE IT...THOSE, THAT TRUELY ARE INNOCENT, AND NEED TO BE RELEASED..and those that need to stay behind bars and treated humanely,...taught skills, that all need to live in any of our society, sanely, safely for all around them (us) and themselves....I miss, being able to walk through my neighborhood at night, and see the moon, shooting stars, teach what that star formation is called, watch raccoons and opossems, etc....because the "crack head's rule at every person WE can help BEFORE THEY GET OUT, is a better moment for all of us!...thankyou tom, for all you do and please tell your guys, "WE are counting on them and want to so much believe in them..BE WELL GUYS!! WE ARE BANKING ON IT!!!"

Lona G (79)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 6:01 am
So funny, a committee grilling Web-site contractors on IT, but also so sad because so true: they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about and in reality the contractors can get away with building sites that do absolutely nothing and then take the money and run. Unless governments are prepared to employ experts and pay them market rates, and have these experts on the committees, there's little chance anything worthwhile and affordable ever gets produced.

After seeing the 'interview' with Mr. Silver it suddenly dawned on me. If Mr. Silver's independence is representative of just half of the unions, there's hope for America yet. It Doesn't lie with politicians, not even Democrats because some of them would allow social securities to be cut, but with these unions who aren't in the pockets of the 1% and who, if they get their power back, are able to organise people and take a stand. Until then, Kudos to Silver, a breath of fresh air who didn't let himself be bullied by the stuck-up presenter.

How despicable can you get, using a non-profit organisation named Center to Protect Patient Rights , which has a ring of respectability to its name, as a front to financially influence (that is bribe in laymen's terms) elections.The fine of $ 15 million is still peanuts to the Kochs, but a start. The best thing about it is that it's out in the open now.

Great cartoon, TomCat, although it's still 75 cents, isn't it?

P A (117)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 9:46 am
I'm so glad your prison meeting went so well – they do say that if offenders meet (for example) the householders whose houses they have burgled that in most cases both benefit from the meeting, though I would imagine it needs a lot of careful input by the organiser. Congrats on another of your chaps getting a release date for February! (It is interesting how many of our great actors have had brushes with the law, and who have said that if they hadn't found acting they would have ended up inside…). [There but for the grace of God...]

Loved the New Yorker article – painfully true I would imagine! Damon Silver acquitted himself well – those were 'moderators'?? Really? Oh my!

I see yet another non-profit, The Center for Patient Rights, has been unmasked as anything but honest – and the Far Right are at it again…. Things are now so bad that if I see something with an optimistic/pretty (fluffy even) name then I instantly suspect it as probably doing the opposite of what it says – and investigate it further till I find out. People usually try and mask their misdeeds behind pretty words.

Deb E (63)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 10:49 am
I think what you do at the prison is fantastic, TC and can't agree more with Shelly. We need those guys to know that we are counting on them to turn it around and become the good guys out here. Everyone makes mistakes in their lives ... some just get caught. I don't think any prisoner is past becoming a decent citizen unless, of course, we are talking about violent crimes that are committed by those who have mental instability. We can't just lock people up and toss away the key. I wish there were more opportunities for people to volunteer at the prisons. The program you talked about sounds like a very good one. Okay, so now we have to figure out how to get the "real" crooks and cheats and liars and thieves into prison ... those who have names like KOCH.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 11:08 am
Congress critters acting like they understand high technology……….can I stop laughing now, I am about to pee my panties! Pla-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze…… Love the Freudian slip….fake like we do….YUP YA THINK?!!!!

I would love to see the Kochroaches pay DOUBLE the fine…..just for GP. Millions are nothing to them who have billions.

SCRAP THE CAP!!!!! Yes, yes,yes!!!!

Rethuggars would love to see it go to zero, many do not want even a federal minimum wage. They salivate in their darkest fantasies about 'slave' labor. The Fascist Bast**ds.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 2:20 pm
Puzzle — 3:34 A bridge too far!

The New Yorker — Their "understanding" of the internet rivals their "understanding" of women's bodies, and that has not stopped the Republicanus/Teabaggers from legislating against women. “So it was absolutely imperative for us to fake that we do.”

A real FUBAR!

Upworthy — Scrap the cap! Canada too has a cap on contributions to the Canada Pension Plan. Harper and his harlots have made some changes, but not the changes like the cap that will benefit the majority.

NY Times — Life can be sweet when the conservative wallet is hit with a $15 million fine! I'd like to see more of that movie!

Cartoon — That's a big increase — almost 100%. I know the Republicanus/Teabaggers would like to cancel the minimum wage and let it be market driven. What crap! Currently, the lowest minimum wage in Canada (provincial jurisdiction) is Alberta's $9.95 and the highest $11.00 in Nunavut. BC is $10.25. The problem is the same all over — the minimum wage does not keep up. In Nunavut where food etc are outrageously expensive because of living so far north, $11/hour is barely going to heat your house.

JL A (281)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 3:50 pm
MN's governor is striving to increase min. wage to $9.50 and CA just tightened up some campaign disclosure laws with things the Governor signed--so maybe Congress is leaving it up to CA to restrain the corruption?

TomCat S (128)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 12:24 am
Thanks everyone. Guess who's back. Kudos to Shelly. The more we do to help prisoners habilitate themselves on the inside, and the more assistance we give them to transition when released, the safer our communities will be for all of us.

Deb, it's OSP.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:01 am
The prison program that includes the victim's mothers and the offender's mothers is really amazing. You are really quite a guy TC.

David C (129)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:06 am
spam reported....

I always "love' (hear the sarcasm) how Congress-people suddenly are experts on "everything" just by being Congress-people....they think they're experts on health care, computers, etc, etc, etc.....some of them have very little experience with the issue and just sound as if they have a few talking points to express at most of these meetings...

TomCat S (128)
Monday October 28, 2013, 12:48 am
Thanks Gloria! I do what I can.

Amen Dave!
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