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Open Thread - 12/24/2013

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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)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:07 am
'm so very sorry to hear you have been poorly again TC, and I do hope and pray you will be quite better again soon! Have a lovely Christmas Day in your new apartment – it will be so wonderful to be able to celebrate without that load of assorted characters you left behind!

The Australian Minister's idea for tailing the Japanese Whaling Fleet reminds me of a glorious verbal mistake one of our most respected journalists and broadcasters made earlier this year, on the BBC's Today Programme – he unfortunately called Mr Hunt (we have one too) something similar – but accidentally changed the first letter of his name to the third letter in the alphabet…. which in itself made the news for several days! Perhaps it is only right that when seeing the name of that Tory, I have to say HHHHHHHunt as my subconscious supplies the third letter of the alphabet and I try not to say it.

Sorry this is inadequate TC – am still v poorly.

I hope everyone on PP has a lovely and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 6:47 am
Merry Christmas TC

Mitchell D (104)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 7:24 am
Yes, you have said it many times, and I have echoed you, and urged people to read "Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti, who writes about the conservative drive to wipe out any residual bits and pieces of the New Deal, as part of their drive to funnel wealth upwards.
The GOP's desire to run the country as a dictatorship is evident, as you state, and they probably have some religious based BS rationalization about why they are entitled to do so.

But, to cite Carrie B., who quotes J.K. Galbraith, "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

Then there is a relevant quote from Dietrich Bonhoffer: "The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."

It is the leadership (failed) that makes me want to believe in Karma: these dirt bags ought to come back as the excrement of dung beetles.

JL A (282)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 9:51 am
Santa is under siege because he rewards good and kindly behavior without regard to personal wealth and related status.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 10:51 am
About time you got back in the groove, Tom! No more excuses, we need you!

And having that same flu bug myself leaves me with little patience so I will just say I found nothing in the video nearly as offensive as everything the Rethugs do - and the Japanese whalers can simply go where the sun never shines and good riddance to them. And I do hope they take all the warmongers with them.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 10:56 am
Thanks TomCat for all you do! Have a Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year. Fresh starts are fabulous in your new home and for the New Year!

Malgorzata Zmuda (197)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 11:32 am
Wesołych świąt

Beverly T (82)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:13 pm
Have a VERY happy holiday. May it be filled with all you need to be merry and bright, Tom !!!!!!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:16 pm
Your last sentence before the cartoon sums it up perfectly re: the republicans, so true.!!! Bravo and bless the Captain and crew of the Sea Shepard for their humanely actions against Japan. I hope and pray that no whales get killed for 'research'. Loved the cartoon. Take a day off, and relax. Happy Holidays, Tom.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:53 pm
I hope the new place works and brings you years of joy and fun. Today I am just thinking about G-d love and Christmas. There is plenty of time to deal with those that don't have our best interests at heart.

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 1:21 pm
Cute video.
Santa needs some "stealth" tech.
Used up all the Christmas "magic"
on yesterday's ornaments! :(

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:09 pm
5:30 I -um – got hung up on the GREEN roof.

Elves – I am torn here. Patty has a great point. Although I have never met a man who let "bad body image" get int he was of believing he was "entitled." I think by and large I am on the "sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" side.

Sea Shepherd – Calling them a "militant" group appears to do violence to the concept of militance. Aggressive, yes. While it is true that one can see a lot wider area from up there than from down here, I certainly have no faith in the Abbott administration's motives.

War – Maybe we need to resurrect "Don't Be a Sucker" a 1947 US War Department propoganda film. Although the production values suck (pun intended), it doesn't do a bad job of demonstrating what the Rethugs are doing and what it leads to. It can be viewed at – at least it can until the Rethugs discover and censor it. Downloading it might be a wise precaution.

Cartoon – Don't count on NORAD, it is in Colorado Springs, a hotbed of Republicans.

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 4:17 pm
Tom, So nice to have you back, I know we all missed you! Enjoy your first Christmas without the old neighbors, like Guitar Man or the rest of the misfits.
Merry Christmas and I hope 2014 keeps you in tip-top shape and happy!

On whaling, I hope the whaling ships break down and never get fixed. Give those beautiful creatures a chance to swim away. Unfortunately,this is not the only atrocity that goes on in Japan when it comes to animals. Double shame on all of them!

Regards to the video, I'm thinking,wow, those guys are so good looking and who cares who they love or why they love? Only a Republican group, who for the most part seem obsessed with sex, would give a darn.

Lona G (84)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:49 pm
Almost back to your old self, I see, TomCat. Take your time to get your health back completely, though, so don't overdo Christmas.

I can't possibly see any reason for the Republicans to get upset by the GetEnrolled video, it was so demure that it even appealed to straight ladies (I thought the guys to be quite dishy). But then it is about the ACA, isn't it, and that it what sets them off again and again, no matter what message is sent.

Australia's new government is a great move to the right and they've undone anything the Labour government has done towards social services, the environment and anything else that is not contributing directly to their 'economic growth'. A smaller government, austerity, giving corporations bigger tax-cuts etcetera, etcetera. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The Aussies could wait for the government to cut costs on the fight against commercial whaling. They couldn't go back on their word, of course, but reducing the whole operation to some planes going across the area now and again has turned it into a farce. Announcing it just before the Christmas holidays started made sure that most Aussies didn't even hear the announcement. I hope the Sea Shepperd and its crew will be able to stop most Japanese ships from whaling like they did last year.

Sadly, both Daily Koz and you are perfectly correct. The Right is out to destroy democracy. And even more worrisome, they want to do that in far too many places. It's going viral on a global scale.

Have a good Christmas nevertheless, all of you!

JL A (282)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 9:11 pm
spam flagged and to quote Tiny Tim "God Bless Everyone"

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 11:28 pm
Tx TC for everything you do. Don't wear yourself out cooking...No more "sick-time" for you.! Now that you're in your new home all will be much more crazies......Yes, I agree. Our Democracy...our in danger. The out to make it theirs....and to he-- with the rest of us.....I guess life is one big, long fight.

John B (185)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:18 am
Thanks Tom. I thought the video was great!
The Japanese whalers are environmental terrorists!
Once again, Tom your assessment of the goal of the GOP is right on target!
Read and noted.
Have a wonderful Christmas Day and dinner, but don't over do it.

TomCat S (132)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:47 am
Thanks everyone!

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:16 pm
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