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Open Thread- 2/1/2014

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)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:14 am
Mr O'Leary's words seem to prove yet again that the only thing in his world …. is himself. No-one else exists. Poor man.

So sorry you are still so poorly TC – please take it easy (I will be having to take my own advice too as I am also very poorly).

David C (133)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 7:21 am
....I hate capitalism.......

Lona G (80)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 7:25 am
Three articles, no less. Are you really taking good care of yourself, TomCat? I know, you itch to get back to work and you can't really relax knowing there are articles to be written and the ideas are spinning in your head, but you must pace yourself. You only have nine lives and some of them may have already been spent.

Kudos to Oregon, John Kitzhaber and his fellow progressives and to the people who voted them into office. Thanks to all Oregon is doing so well, despite all the things the opposition is going to say about it now.

Upwothy: I hope Kevin O'Leary is very happy alone in his bunker where he has to retreat to after these statements. They are so abject that the must have incensed a lot of people and perhaps for a few it was the last drop. It might have 'motivated' them to make sure that if they can't enjoy a better life no matter how hard they work, he won't be enjoying his much longer.. When he said "this is fantastic" the interviewer was literally taken aback, she sat back and couldn't say anything. She was just stunned that anyone had the gall to say that he celebrated this news. I'd be afraid, O'Leary, very afraid. We all know the 1% thinks it, but to say it out loud on TV with such sanctimonious, self-satisfied pomp is begging for it.

I've no idea who either Henry A. Waxman or Sandra Fluke are, but I understand that the first will sorely be missed and I have to watch out for the latter from now on.

Cartoon: I think beauty pageants are a very Republican thing and these misses still "know their place"

Joanne D (38)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:13 am
6:10 Year of the plug horse?

Oregon - I trust Oregon's statistics, but I don't trust Florida's. Who did Rick Scott bribe to make it look like Florida is adding jobs? Or are the jobs in the cane fields, or are they counting human trafficking "workers" now?

O'Leary - and honest, hard working real Canadians are just as embarrassed to share a country with him as we are to share a country with ours. I've been thinking lately, where does this whole "I worked for it" meme for the 1% come from? That is not the point of capitalism. If you admit you work(ed), you must be terrible at investing, because that's where the money is supposed to come from. And investing is NOT work.

Waxman - I scanned his record and I see he was influential in chaining up the Postal Service to 75 years of pre-funding retirement. I do appreciate some, even most, of his accomplishments, but I sure don't appreciate that. Sandra Fluke is very bright and progressive but I could do with hearing her stands on other than "women's issues."

Cartoon - Had they but known the flappers were coming.

Pat B (356)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:35 am
Good news re: Oregon. Way to go.!!
NY Times:Happy Retirement, Mr. Waxman, wish him well.
Interesting cartoon.
Need to rest up for the Super Bowl festivities, rest up, take care, GET WELL, and thanks, Tom.!!

lee e (114)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:59 am
First and foremost – take care of yourself TC – no more relapses! That goes for you too Pat! (I'll try to follow suit – I may be in abject poverty, but the one thing wFhat money I have has gone to insurance – and a good thing too, since the last 5 years have necessitated surgery each year, with the possibility of more this summer)!

Good for Oregon – love that State – it's worthy of the progressive State award!

As for Mr. Right-wing nut-job who wants to see everybody become b/m-illionaires; living in NYC – with all the Wall Street coke addicts and the bankers and ad men, I have developed a strong distaste for wealth – it doesn't come by being "clean" – which is what I loved about the movie :Wolf on Wall St. – DeCaprio's best – if he doesn't get an Oscar for that performance there's no justice – but the movie itself is such a commentary on the character of the wealthy – it's priceless (and long — you get your money's worth:)!

lee e (114)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 9:02 am
p.s. - reported the spam! ugh!

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 9:46 am
Take care of your self Cat Man.......don't make me send Gus over there......(S)

I hope Fluke runs.

The super rich POS can kiss my southern end. He lives in his own little unreal world.

JL A (281)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 11:35 am
Waxman will be missed--O'Leary doesn't deserve to be missed.

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Kudos to OR and the jobs number format may be a funky ratio or proportion that is not in keeping with needed jobs for FL's numbers or else it's like the TX claim in past years where it was all minimum wage jobs or attributable to tourism's bounceback after Gulf Coast downsurge

Julia Staten (0)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 12:17 pm
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Gary L (138)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 12:34 pm
scams reported will have more to say later now i have to split some wood

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 1:43 pm
Thanks for sharing.

James Maynard (84)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 2:58 pm
Love how progressive Oregon is.
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It's the year of the Wood Horse,
but my time makes it seem the
wood is still in tree form....

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 3:15 pm
Puzzle — 3:24 This dragon caught your horse!

Fitzhaber — Priorities in putting people first, not politicians and corporations first!

Upworthy — "It looks like there’s no difference between Canadian and US vulture capitalists." Now I could have told you that! But, I think it also true that in many cases, the Canadian vultures learned from the American. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well in this case, I think "greed" is winning out!

NY Times — Fluke in Congress. Now wouldn't that be a kick in the teeth for Republicanus/Teabaggers! Someone should remind the Republicanus/Teabaggers that as you sow, so shall you reap! Better still, don't remind them . . . maybe they will walk directly to the unemployment line!

Cartoon — It would be interesting to know what the suffragettes thought of the new Miss America. From Timelines of History

"1919 Feb 1, “There she is…” The first Miss America was crowned on this day, not in Atlantic City, but in New York City. Edith Hyde was not, the judges found, a Miss. She was a Mrs. Mrs. Tod Robbins, the mother of two children. "

Looks like she fit in with Republicanus/Teabagger ideals . . . a baby machine and willing to lie to win.

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Arlene C (44)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:01 pm

cynthia l (207)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:25 pm
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cynthia l (207)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:28 pm
take care of yourself TC, thx for posting
I love Oregon's progressiveness

. (0)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:58 pm
Great thread, TomCat. Hope you get better soon.

Edith B (146)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:44 pm
Please take care of yourself, TC, hope you feel better soon. Oregon could teach DC some lessons on statesmanship. I don't know where OLeary got his wealth, but I bet it wasn't from working for minimum wage at a company that makes billions in profits very year.

Two spammers, tonight, you are getting noticed TC.!.

Sheila D (28)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 9:22 pm
I love Oregon; loved the people the countryside, the rain, everything. It's quite beautiful. We could all learn from how their politicians get along, because even when they disagree, it seems they work out their differences. This is how our government is supposed to work. Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope you're feeling much better soon.

TomCat S (129)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:33 am
Thanks everyone. We have Baggers here in Oregon too, but at least in the populous areas, we keep them out of power. However, the Kochs are spending a pants-load to defeat Jeff Merkley.

Sandra Fluke was the woman Republicans refused to allow to testify at the hearings on birth control. Limbarf demonized her, accusing her of prostitution foe wanting birth control coverage.

Gary L (138)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 11:06 am
all people who value liberal and progressive positions must promote them and not move one inch toward the center or right
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