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Open Thread - 10/27/2013

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)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 6:51 am
The Upworthy video was short and very much to the point – and it is going to get worse – every country in the world is seeing monthly record weather events of some kind – and there were never so many all at once in the past. The planet is trying to tell us that it is heating up and we had better get ready – only the Dino-Ostriches (or the GOP/TP/Conservatives) are trying to tell us that it isn't happening – as they bury their heads in the sand…

I think they were paid to do it as reenactors – but WTF? I cannot understand posing with Mr McConnell like that – look out world, he thinks he is a Confederate General!


Carlene V (202)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 7:24 am
Maybe they can carry those Confederate flags and march right off the side of the earth, it is flat isn't it?

Pat A. is correct, they are Dino-Ostriches and to my mind they look better with their heads in the sand so we can all observe what asses they are.

Pat B (356)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 7:32 am
Cartoon: WOW.! So glad to read that your meeting went well with your guys and Moms too.! You certainly have a positive impact on these men....Kudos, and keep up the good work!! Good luck at the CEO and wishing you a good day. Thanks, Tom for this.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:08 am
Strange and bizarre weather patterns everywhere on the face of the earth yet some would have the global populations believe that …it's all in our heads, we're being silly and (ok, don't laugh your a$$es off here peeps) WILLFULLY IGNORANT about the climate….remember, there is no climate change, right! RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT. Last time I checked……the weather patterns ARE changing, IT IS HUMAN DRIVEN and if we as a planet do not drastically CHANGE the way we live, work and treat the planet in general….we ARE ALL gonna DIE. The Republitards are the ones being willfully ignorant and downright STUPID in refusing to see what is right in front of their eyes. SIGH. Oh wait……it has to do with GASP….science. That takes EDUCATION and CRITICAL THINKING……nevermind.

And YES, Cat Man, we need to start doing a few moves that the Rethuglibaggers use….primary the whole lot of them save for a precious few….and we know who they are….ALL of them from BOTH parties….until we get those in office who are truly there OF, BY and FOR not only THE PEOPLE but also the ENVIRONMENT on a GLOBAL scale. Starting with the lil ole US or A FIRST.

McConnell…….Backwoods inbreeder and proud of it. How sickening, disgusting and deranged. How, 'reenactors' could even think of posing with this Fascist Bast*rd Bigot is beyond me….no matter how good the money. It's just a little thing called….self-respect. At least to me it is. Nevermind the various and sundry other aspects of it.

Yes, a good thing there are more medical students…the down side of it (sorry, I AM very jaded and cynical these days) is….just how many are getting into the profession just for the sake of greed. Sorry, peeps, but I have had waaaaaaaay too many encounters with so-called 'doctors' who are practicing solely for the sake of their own greed and do NOT give a damn about how their patients are faring. They don't care so long as they make money seeing them. Therein lies the Medicare/Medicaid FRAUD. Not from or by the patients, but by and from the so-called DOCTORS who 'treat' them. I hope I am wrong BUT……..from personal experiences, and those of several family members….caveat emptor.

Yeah…..we are tied for firsts, Cat Man….we #1 in the world for aggression/surveillance/WAR and the other is neck and neck….INCARCERATION of ITS OWN PEOPLE!!!!!!! We are just so exceptional….aren't we…….makes me wanna hurl AND Linda Blair AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!!!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:50 am
Everyone deserves a break, Tom, especially someone who works as hard as you do. Enjoy your day!

I suggest everyone watch a movie called "The East" - Group gets tired of those who pollute and poison and decide to give back in kind. I have to admit I loved the concept. Someone said that makes us as bad as they are but how else does one deal with people who have no conscience and no ethics?

Dotti L (85)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 9:05 am
Read and noted. And Carlene, you are so funny my friend.

David C (133)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:09 am
appreciated the video.........hope everyone will wake up......

Lona G (80)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 12:40 pm
Flagged the spammer to start with, aren't they getting terribly annoying?

That Upworthy video is great stuff, it is very well done, gets the message across in just under a minute -so it should suit the attention span of our dear old GOP climate change deniers - and it has some very well known serious actors (both British and American) which gives it extra credibility. I hope there is enough money to buy lots and lots of air time on both sides of the Atlantic.

What's with the Conferderates Secessionists? Is that a new kind of game played in Southern nursing homes where they 'retire' potty old Teabaggers? If all other attacks on the government have failed you play the 0seperation' card, because that is the only way you can have it your way, right? The politicians are just playing, they know better, but the average TP-fan actually thinks that is going to work. How deluded can you be.

Good so many young people are enrolling to get an education to be a doctor. That means that the young are quite sure ACA is going to work AND provides lots of job opportunities.
Extra green stars for you, TomCat, because you "could find no corresponding jump in enrollment for mortuary students" for Republicare: ROTFL

Sheila D (28)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 1:05 pm
The Upworthy video was excellent; right to the point. Honestly, I don't know how we can get through to the rabid Right how dire our situation is. The live in a bubble and think nothing can happen to them because they have so much money.
Good to know there are so many going into medical school.
Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Lynn S (235)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 1:57 pm
Puzzle — 4:08 I didn't get screwed but I surely did get dizzy!

Upworthy — "What are we going to do now?" We need to take back the power that was given to corporations by SCOTUS and Republicanus/Teabagger politicians, using it to affect positive change. We need to modify our claims to sovereignty over the earth and start seeing Mother Earth as a breathing living being worthy of respect. Mother Earth is communicating if only we would listen.

Daily Kos — A most excellent and fascinating article and introduction to the movie "12 Years a Slave".. Having had a maternal grandfather that was, I am sure, just one away from being in the KKK he was so racist, I find this hate and fear unfathomable. It brought back memories of a book I read back in the sixties called "Black Like Me" That there is still a segment in society so fear driven that they try to contaminate the rest of society with that fear, is inexcusable. Perhaps it is time to round up all the secessionists and put them in Texas. Then cut them adrift from the US. Or maybe send them all to Russia where they can get cosy with Mad Vlad, the Russian Teabagger.

Think Progress — This is encouraging news. Perhaps now the US can grow their own instead of pinching Canadian doctors to work in the US. It also depends on the reasons — are these new recruits drawn by the money in healthcare or by the altruistic service to humanity. Regardless of what happens to the numbers of doctors, ultimately, universal healthcare is what should be. Obamacare is a step in the correct direction.

Cartoon — 27 October 1996 1 million people incarcerated. 13 years later in 2009, 2.3 million Americans were incarcerated, and the figure is closer to 2.5 million now. US Incarceration Rates . American exceptionalism indeed . . . #1 in the world . . . not a figure to be proud of.

Thanks TC for all you do to try to help inmates reclaim their lives and reduce the recidivism rate.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 2:02 pm
6:27. Oh well. Someone has to raise the average.

Colorado has a few counties which will have secession on the ballot this year. One of them is the county that sent the fried chicken "lady" to the statehouse. I kind of wish they would. I doubt they can on their own but maybe they can get Wyoming to take them.

BTW, spammer flagged. They are really out in force today.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 2:52 pm

James Maynard (84)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 3:28 pm
Great little video, too bad it's true.
Spiralled out of control on the gate.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 8:22 pm
Yes good Little Video! You think they will be ready next time?
Thank You TomCat

TomCat S (129)
Monday October 28, 2013, 12:47 am
Thanks everyone!!
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