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Open Thread - 12/29/2013

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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Jennifer B (85)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:09 am

Kit B (276)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:00 am

2:50 - got lucky

And...with a brand new QB Dallas takes on the Iggles aka Philadelphia, Romo is out for the season with back surgery. This will be interesting. Good luck TC.

I'm sure by now everyone has heard the complaint by Bill Maher that California's population deserves at least one more Senator, while states like Montana or Wyoming deserve at most one Senator. He does have a point, that's beyond equal representation.

For the game tonight I have fingers crossed, salt over the should and maybe a fake rabbits foot. Knowing this could be the last game of the season for my Cowboys.


Arielle S (313)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:06 am
I love the tiny houses - everyone needs a spot to call their own.
Your photo reminds me of that movie where the cigar store owner took a photo every single day - sometimes things change so slowly, we don't notice them but a photo would show that. Your building looks as if it is secure and has a great foundation - you're starting the new year right, Tom!

Pat B (356)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 8:17 am
Lovely pictures of your new location, looks really nice.
Truthdig: Bad news for our future generation(s), re: droughts. I can't fathom the magnitude of devastation down the road.
Kudos to Occupy Madison for building and helping the Homeless. How wonderful.!
Cartoon: A Moment of Silence and Reflection today for the Fallen Lakota who died that day, (and of the injustices the tribes have endured even today.
Hope your worship service goes well at the CEO. Relax, enjoy your day, and Thanks, Tom.

Jerry B (128)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 10:28 am
Noted great pics thanks for sharing TomCat!

Winnie Adams (179)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 12:16 pm

Wayne W (12)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 12:39 pm
Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both Democrats, are the US Senators from California. They represent more people than the total population of 13 states that have 2 Republican Senators, yet on every vote in the Senate it's 26-2 Republican.

Gerrymandering has stilted the vote in the House. In North Carolina, Democrat House candidates won the aggregate state-wide vote 51% to 49%. The NC House contingent is 9 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

Republicans are way over-represented.

JL A (281)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:17 pm
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That close to groceries option handy to have (I had that blessing one place I lived).
Other approaches that seem to get community OK for serving the homeless include permitting car to be parked in a business parking lot overnight with permit (often issued by law enforcement) which also cuts down on property crime in a win-win and church co=operatives with group bussed from church to church each night and dinner and breakfast provided.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 1:18 pm
4:38 I thought the bands of color made it easier. Of course I also just changed the battery in my mouse.

Pictures look great. I'm sure it will all be worth all the effort!

Map: I saw that on Kos and I violently object to where I am. Colorado Springs needs to be in Shiprock. For one thing, Doug Lamborn is bad enough, I don't need to also be in the same state as Dick Cheney. For another, I realize this is a stretch, but I would love to have two Senators named Udall. OK, I know the whole thing is a dream. But just maybe getting rid of the electoral college is an achievable dream.

Truthdig: With hindsight, I can see that the effects of climate change the effects one "feels" through unusual weather go back a lot farther than I thought. But then, denial is denial, and sees nothing. Maybe we could get the GOP to change their name to the "Know-Nothing" party? It's been done? Oh, well, it was a thought.

Crooks and Liars My butterfly brain flitted to a quote from Moyers today. Guest Tom Cahill referred to Pope Francis as showing the spirit of Occupy. Besides the obvious, it's nice to hear someone who does NOT think that the Occupy movement has no definite goals. Again, denial sees nothing.

Cartoon I almost expected to see the little elephant saying "It wasn't enough" or "We need to kill more" or the like. But thank you for keeping it respectful.

Completely off all topics, but if anyone is interested in a Hidden-Object-Puzzle-Adventure game in which the villain's name is Dimon (not really a spoiler, it's pretty obvious pretty soon), the two "Twilight Phenomena" games will deliver. And very satisfying it is to defeat him! Even if only in a game.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:06 pm

Madeleine watt (243)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 3:35 pm

Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:45 pm

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 7:50 pm
Thank You TomCat

Lona G (80)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 10:07 pm
Nice photos of the street you live on and the outside of your building and apartment., TomCat. Nice, well kept urban surroundings.

I like the map of America according to Neil Freeman. Not only do the areas of each state reflects the number of citizens, most of the recent history has been done away with by giving them new names, most of them seem to be indigenous names at that. That is a good new start in my book. While Neil is at it, why not add "one person one vote" to equal representation ratio in the Senate.

Twenty percent more draughts by the end of this century. But other areas may experience more floods. And how about the mixture that is becoming more prevalent these past years? First a long, hard drought followed by excess rain which washes everything away because the dried out soil can't retain anything. Of course these reports do not yet take into account that tracking uses enormous amounts of water which cannot be used again. The scenario seems very grim indeed.

The little houses in Madison, Wisconsin look very neat. They look like a good temporary solution to a problem that is often ignored in other cities and states. Being responsible for its maintenance and moving it every two days makes the owners feel like citizens again and will help them get off the street if they're also given job opportunities.

Wounded Knee: the scar made on that day still isn't healed.

TomCat S (128)
Monday December 30, 2013, 12:25 am
Thanks and kudos to all but the spammer.

James Maynard (84)
Monday December 30, 2013, 3:13 pm
Looks like a nice location. Hoping
the neighbors are as well.
Still getting some Christmas magic
with 47 seconds under average on
the puzzle.

TomCat S (128)
Monday December 30, 2013, 11:49 pm
Thanks James. The neighbors are fine so far.
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