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Open Thread - 2/2/2014

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

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Gloria p (304)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:48 am
Wow TC I love your groundhog cartoon. If you haven't had enough groundhog yet try this one also They even have an official groundhog band!

About straight party voting. It ended in Illinois several years ago. It's dreadfully inconvenient as you can't vote in like one minute. You actually have to bring along election materials in your purse or man bag.

Lona G (80)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:45 am
To start with your masterpiece: LOL, your Ground hog cartoon is right there in my top 10. I'll be hard to surpass this one this year.

Andy Borowitz is surpassing himself too, PIGnocchio keeps inspiring him to do great things. I just love all the excuses the Christie team has come up with until now, but "“so far, we don’t have a winner.”" He must have spies in PIGnocchio's office, because this sounds so true! I just doubt that the governor would ever have said "“things don’t look very good for me right now,”", his egocentric brain isn't ready for that yet.

Dayly Kos: What Eugene Kontorovich in fact is doing is pleading against campaigning and trying to influence people with inflaming ads. If they react to that and vote on basis of that they're not voting rationally, but emotionally. Funny thing is that this is exactly how the GOP is trying to get its votes through irrationality and emotion. And they have the most money to advertise this broadly.

Alternet: what I see and understand of all these ways of stealing votes and prohibiting people from voting, makes me realise that the battle cry "Vote all Republicans out of office" so often heard here on Care2" is in reality not doable. The system in many states are so rigged and tampered with that the Democrats can only win if no Republican gets to vote at all. Do Americans realise how little their 'democratic tools' differ from those of totalitarian regimes elsewhere? It is really scary, guys.

Pat B (356)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 7:46 am
I submitted just now, and it went into cyberspace.
New Yorker: This is really funny, I think Christie lied from the beginning.
Cartoon: Scary, even Phil knows how RePugs are.!!!
Hope you have a good day, relax, take care, enjoy your Broncos, and Thanks, Tom.

P A (117)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:01 am
Love the cartoon and Andy! Go Broncos!

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:12 am
The Goombah's piehole is open and its lips are flapping.....he's lying. Standard practice for politicians. Andy kills me all the time!

Voter suppression because of early voting? Noooooooooooooooooooooo, really? Pla-eeeeeeeeeeeeeze.....Dawg how much BS do these idiots think we cannot detect? What a fool. But hey, it does work on their inbred faithful and gets them all gooey inside for more attacks on their rights. Lemmings.

North Carolina can;t hold a candle to Texas when it comes to rigging and hoops to jump through when attempting to vote.....we have all that and then some. TX has GOT to be the MOST rigged in the South,m if not the nation, when it comes to voting and who is on the ballot and one knows its a bought bi**h when even the so-called 'Democrats' get voted in and then a couple of months after the election publicly state that they have 'changed parties' because the 'Democrat' party just doesn't reflect 'their values'. Yeah right, more like they were already RethugliFascists hiding in DINO clothing just to get the public to vote them in under FRAUDULENT guise. Yes, this really happened in my town and NOTHING was done about it. This goes on all the time in this backwoods Baggerville and nothing will ever be done about it. Rethuglicans running as Dems to make it LOOK like there is a balanced ticket.....revolting and sad.

Absolutely LOVE your 'toon, Cat Man. Lona is right, one of the very best!

Dotti L (85)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:12 am
Great cartoon. Will not be watching the Super Bowl, but will be rooting for the Broncos.

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 9:10 am

I think one day voting probably worked well when we had small cities and the whole country was less than 100 million people. I guess it depends on the state but I believe all states have had early voting for many years now, why change that? Simple, for same reason we suddenly need two forms of picture ID, a DNA test and written affidavit from the doctor that assisted in our birth delivery, a secured form of birth certificate and 10 fellow citizens that will affirm they know us. I don't mind having a photo ID for voting, one ID should be enough, early voting cuts down the long lines and allows every one to have a chance to vote and not take time off of work on a Tuesday.

I have been called for Jury duty twice, neither time was I asked for any form of ID. Not that I'm saying that certain states are trying to exclude a large part of legal voters. Well, yeah I am saying that.

Feel better TC - hoping you get some rest. I guess I will not be going to join friends for the super bowl as planned. We have freezing rain, expect ice by noonish and snow around 6 - 7 this evening. :(

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 9:17 am
5:23 My Mama always told me not to gun it through yellow, so I didn't.

The New Yorker - Why one should probably not watch politics and sausage being made - except in this case I do think everyone should see this. Satire or not, it's quite accurate.

Kos - I think I said this on site, so I apologize if I repeat myself. Yes, I used to like to wait until Election Day to vote, because I wanted to make sure all the facts were in. Now (besides the fact that Republicans are Republicans and that is just not changing), I just want to get my vote in and counted. The earlier the better. Colorado is an all-mail state now, but I was on the permanent mail-in list before that happened. Why take the chance of not getting there?

Alternet - A fine article. I also saw another fine article while I was there, about getting out our message, which could of course be helpful in getting out the vote. (Hint: People vote with their emotions, so we need to be more emotional!!!)

Cartoon: Poor Punxsutawney Phil! He will need eyewash!

Reba Mendoza (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 11:25 am
my classmate's ex-wife makes USA dollars===73 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her pay check was USA dollars===21761 just working on the laptop for a few hours. try this out ....,,,..,.

JL A (281)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:01 pm
CA has long verified that as the population increases, more options for voting are essential to preserve the right to vote and maximize civic engagement.

AB is spot on and I love the cartoon.

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 1:43 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:07 pm
Noted, thanks.

Arlene C (42)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:15 pm
Apprécié les commentaires des membres CARE2

Kathy B (106)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 4:18 pm
Here in Washington state we vote by mail, and I think that is the way to go. TC, you have vote by mail in Oregon as well, do you agree?

. (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 4:47 pm
Great thread, TomCat. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 5:34 pm
Puzzle — 3:33 No catching that Miss Kitty with her low kitty profile, agility and claws for traction!

The New Yorker — Can't say it enough . . . Mr Christie, your cookies are crumbled! DOA!

Daily Kos — Kontorovich is suffering from insaniTea! What a crock! All the more reason then to establish voting day as a national holiday; mail in ballots; and a totally reformed federal election system that does not allow the states to make individual changes which create inequities. Too true that Kontorovich has his PhD (Piled higher and Deeper) in Republicanus/Teabagger Bullshitology!

Alternet — "… the new twist among Republican intellectuals…" Now that is one humungeous oxymoron! A Republicanus/Teabagger intellectual, or its plural, simply does not exist.

What a bunch of bunkum! Electoral fraud if ever there was any!

Cartoon — Check out Wiarton Willie

Fortunately we don't have Republicanus/Teabaggers, although our Conservatives lead by Harper are coming closer, so no chance for a permanent Republican winter of our discontent.

Oops, I forgot. I have the game on the TV in my room and it is half-time.

Seahawks 22 Broncos 0

2nd half just started and Seattle kicked Bronco butt with an 87 yard TD. The game is not over yet, but . . . 29-0

Go Seahawks!!!

Wayne W (12)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 5:37 pm
Thank you.

Happy Groundhog Day.

Groundhogs! Why won't they just share the ground?

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:34 pm
OOOOOHHHH!!!! dear friend, TomCat...HAW-HAW-HAW- HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..."we not be no "evil sea-chickens!....WE BE SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...(the beautiful melody of NATUE IN YOUR EAR!!!!!!...THE REALLY COOL SCORE RIGHT NOW, 3RD QUARTER!!........awe, but the game is not over yet!!!!!....I will bet you one can of tuna, your choice (sea-chicken) against...what will you put up for the Broncos????????...( I always wanted a horse!!!...but it would have to include the land and barns and feed to take responsible care of such a gorgeous being!),,,,,,,,,,,,,what say you my friend!!?!! WILL YOU PLACE A FRIENDLY WAGER!!!??!!!.......(ATTEN: IRS:..we really are only kidding!!!).............SO WHAT SAY YOU MY FRIEND!!!???!!....YOU WIN, I SEND SEACHICKEN TUNA....AND I WIN , YOU SEND ME A PONY!!!!!...(or a really pretty picture of one!!!).......A FAIR WAGER!!!...WHAT SAY YOU , MY FRIEND!!!!???????????
lOTS OF LOVE, Shelly!

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 7:17 pm
YYYYEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!!...the game is over! (until next year!) what kind of a pony are you sending???....wish list: frezians, shetlands, those beauties from Greenland, mustangs(or the car could be subtitueted!!!..very gladly accepted..hmmm, what else can I add to the wish list!?!)...awe, your choice, my friend!!!..( I am feeling very gracious!!!..with the sound of fireworks going off in the neighborhood and people screaming "happy" sounds!!!)...fair is fair! send me a pony and I will send you some "sea-chicken", anyway!!!!!..which brand do you prefer?..please let me know! I so want to be accomendating!..(maybe you should send me a spelling book!)...............ALWAYS BELIEVE IN THE 12TH MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....................AND NOW, THIS IS WHAT WE NEED IN OUR POLITICS AND THE LEADERSHIP IN EVERY STATE OF OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!(...GREAT Segway and concept, don't you think!?!) HAPPY SEAHAWK DAY, EVERYONE!!!!!XXXXX000000XXXXXXXX
I love Care2, and all of you!...and always special recognition to OUR TomCat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Maynard (84)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 10:04 pm
Andy nails another one....
Kontorovich's statement is illogical
and stupid.......
NC, NC, NC, you used to be a
Another great cartoon, TC...and
I stopped too long at the traffic

TomCat S (129)
Monday February 3, 2014, 3:09 am
Thanks everyone. Vote by mail is definitely best.
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