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Open Thread - 10/30/2013


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, video )

TomCat
- 254 days ago - politicsplus.org
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).



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Pat A. (117)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 7:39 am
Oh the New Yorker article is utterly gorgeous – and utterly true! Thanks TC!

BTW – thanks very much TC for trying to help those of us out of the country to see the videos – much appreciated. I clicked on the video in hope but it said 'We're sorry but currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu's international availability click here…" I did and was taken to another site which also didn't let me see things but had a superimposed rectangle asking me to fill in my name and email and country and they would let me know when they managed to straighten out international issues… I haven't filled in my name and address yet as I haven't met 'Hulu' before.
 

Pat B. (352)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 8:04 am
New Yorker: Love it.! Bing Video: Gosh...I read well from a prepared script, however, I think next time I talk in front of a group or students, I'll copy the script from Wiki. How original.! Cartoon: I remember my father (me as a youngster), talking about the radio broadcast of 'War on the Worlds', and his parents being skiddish about it, while he, as a young man was not. Rest up, take care, and thanks, Tom.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 8:23 am
I watched Rachel Maddow last evening and I laughed and laughed at that idiot Rand Paul.
 

Carlene V. (201)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 9:44 am
We also watched Rachel last night. Watching Paul talk after memorizing Wiki article was great entertainment. Showing that many of his "ideas" come from somewhere else and some from the little men inside his head, his talking points were useless as usual. Also, his Spanish is horrible, thanks Tom!
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 9:45 am
Not even in the New Yorker's parody there is a hint of the NSA going to stop spying on European allies. They have abused the trust of some of their closest allies but only because they were found out. Scary thing is that the NSA and those pulling its strings really think that way, so the spying will not be stopped soon and the gap between the US and Europe may widen further.

I salute you, TomCat, for posting an article about turning back legislation to protect consumers from idiotic, high risk financial products in which the Republicans are not the only bad guys but have support from Democrats who rub bellies with Wall Street. Makes you wonder how many of the representatives in the House are in the pockets of big money. I think we're all happy to hear that there are wiser men in the Senate and in the White house.

I love to see Rachel on Paul's speeches, but can't, so I hope you find another link for us aliens.

War of the worlds in 1938: that's when and how Fox News has learned to keep their listeners/viewers scared stiff and up i arms with pure fiction.
 

Arielle S. (314)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 11:45 am
"Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after idiot" - LOL - Makes me laugh every time. But isn't it sad to think this is the best our country has to offer? My "reps" (and I use the term loosely) could be poster children for stupid and arrogant. But they are always "glad to hear from me" which is a good thing because it keeps me from screaming at my cat.

 

Birgit W. (140)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 1:06 pm
Noted.
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 1:30 pm
6:04 My "pumpkin spice" flavored coffee didn't help.

New Yorker - the only satire there is the suggestion they they would admit it so candidly and publicly. I got an email which said "The NSA has become a rogue agency," to which I take exception, because you cannot "become" something you have been from your inception. Security agency hiring principles seem to consistently run along the lines of the Egyptian executioner who shared that strangling has been his hobby since childhood. Seen this today? http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html

Here's a YouTube link to Rachel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYg7vSd7RBA
She sure has trouble trying to keep a straight face, doesn't she? (Grin)
 

Lynn Squance (224)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 1:34 pm
Puzzle — 3:29 I dressed as a pumpkin for Hallowe'en years ago. I was a bank manager and had the audacity to walk down the main street of North Vancouver in my get-up to the honks and blasts from dump trucks and cars alike. The costume was the length of a bathing suit so my chubby gams were hanging out. I had two big pillows for stuffing, not that I really needed any stuffing!) and I had an orange curly hair wig with an orange Mother Hubbard hat complete with vines and leaves on my head. I certainly had everybody laughing!

Fantasy Football — I maintain my almost perfect score! It seems I do OK in the first half, but in the second half, I poop out. Well I'm good to go for this week.

The New Yorker — "“There are two important jobs for every spy agency: spying on people and avoiding detection,” said the N.S.A. chief General Keith Alexander. " I guess you could say that the NSA did a half assed job! Must be the Republicanus/Teabagger half.

NY Times — This is pure BS. First of all, retirees do not have the time to make up losses from risky transactions. Second, derivatives have already proven to be enough to bring down the house of cards. Re-enact Glass-Steagall for better regulation of the financial world. Bankers CANNOT be trusted! They have dollar signs for eyeballs.

MSNBC — Hulu is not available in Canada. I went to the MSNBC site to view the video.

Rachel actually did 2 pieces — this one and the sequel. Apparently Rand Paul was found to have done the same thing going back to March, and who knows if it goes back further. At the very least, he should have to pay a fee for that information. At worst, Wikipedia should take him to court. Just goes to show, no new ideas can come from Republicanus/Teabaggers. They're all reruns!

Cartoon — That broadcast really had people jumping! In one sense, it is almost amazing the effect the broadcast had on people, but on another level, given that the world had endured the Depressioin and events were heating up in Europe with the help of Herr Hitler, I can see why people might have been scared.
 

Dave C. (209)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
I was hoping for an anniversary replay of War of the Worlds on radio again.......although no longer as scary since we have had to live through the GOP House these past years......
 

Winn Adams (187)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:56 pm
You know a mind is a terrible thing to waste and the republicans and tea baggers have a monopoly on it. It's sad to see what they are doing to America.
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 8:38 pm
Why was the country more spooked about War of the Worlds than the Tea Party effort to crash the world economy? Is Rand Paul trying to become the new Dr. Spock?
 

Karen Chestney (100)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 9:36 pm
Spying...Yes we are very good at it.....but...obviously....not so good at not getting caught.!!! Now we have to deal with the consequences. Yet we know our allies are doing the same thing.They just haven't gotten caught. Son of idiot...Rant Paul just doesn't think he "did" anything. that's why he is an idiot in his own right. Rachel keeps explaining it & he just doesn't get it !!! Bills in the House...NO they will never make it through the Senate.....and....yes...Pres. Obama will Veto !!!
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:24 pm
"STUCK ON STUPID!"...is one of my favorite quotes..and I use it on myself , all the time!..and I fake slap myself on my forehead..like the V-* commercials..then I say," OMG!..I'm stuck on stupid!..(fake slap on the forehead).."OHH! I made amistake!..I should have done this!..".."okay! I will from now on!..damn, I need a V-8!..sorry! I will go fix this right now!"..AND I DID!!!..and bosses, coworkers ..would be "dumbstruck!"..like deer staring in the headlights"...I admitted I made a mistake. problem solved, gave that 20 second stint and went and corrected the problem..and learned from the mistake...smart people see that as maturity with some humor, because it is responsible!...........insecure people, "stare at you like deer in the headlights".....and the "bad guys", see admitting to making a mistake, as weakness,,when just the opposite is true!!!!
Our whole Country is "STUCK ON STUPID"!...EVERYONE NEEDS TO PRETEND SLAP THEMSELVES...and many polititons NEED TO BITCH SLAP THEMSELVES!!!!!...and everyone deserves a V-8 or toast with your other preferred beverage!
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 11:53 pm
Rachel Maddow can be seen on iTunes and Miro for free.

What! "Citigroup lobbyists helped write one of the bills, which would exempt a wide array of derivatives trading from new regulation."

Derivatives are extremely risky and should not be exempt from regulations is just plain wrong! Congress must reject this bill.

Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act now.

Ty, Tom.
.
 

TomCat S. (287)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:54 am
Thanksa everyone. Running out of gas here.
 

Gary A L. (129)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 8:43 am
the problem today is that most people derive most of their information from a limited source making it easy for frauds like Idiot, son of idiot and named after idiot to lie so it's refreshing that there are a few who will expose them I saw the same show Rachel you are priceless
 

James Maynard (64)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 3:20 pm
Anything that I oppose, you can make a
very safe bet that my un-representatives
will gladly vote for.
Actually just beat the average on the
puzzle today! Must be magic!
 

TomCat S. (287)
Friday November 1, 2013, 1:36 am
Thank you both! Gary, that's why I read a wise variety of sources, inclding rabid right ones.
 
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