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Open Thread - 2/11/2014

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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Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:26 am
At least one guy not only gets it but he also says so.

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 2:19 am
He's the .00000000000000000000000000001% of the 1%ers who gets it.

The Rethuglifascists are sociopaths, they have no hearts, no souls and no empathy for anyone other than themselves. If something doesn't effect them or their close family (even that is iffy) members personally, it simply does not exist in their insane world. My greatest fantasy now is to one day see ALL of them experience what it is to be poor or struggling middle class living paycheck to paycheck, but, my darkest fantasy is the former. I want them to live it, not just for a week or a month, no. I want to see them live it for real, every single day for the rest of their miserable, callous, petty, little lives.

Too bad we can't legally dig Mr. Gerry up from his grave and hang him (yeah, I am kidding--wouldn't do any good anyway, he's more than likely dust.) Because of him we now have a corrupt voting system that should never have been allowed, condoned or implemented. Lust for power is such a turn-off to me (and millions of others), let alone what it does to the country. It should be highly illegal and people who do it should be put in prison on very lengthy sentences. But, that will never happen. Disgusting.


John B (185)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 3:27 am
Thanks Tom for the post.
Upworthy: At last! A 1%'er that gets it! Kudos to Mr. Hanauer!
NY Times: Thanks for the link to the full article by Mr. Krugman, who is right on target.
TPM: Let us make 2014 the year we take back the House from these idiots!
Very appropriate Cartoon.
Read, viewed and noted.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 4:25 am
Puzzle — 2:52 That is one tough and fast puddy tat!

Upworthy — I always like listening to Nick Hanauer because his enlightenment is spot on. His reference to the 1% not generating jobs but generating status, privilege and power is right on. And I loved it when he said trickle down economics is wrong and must be replaced by "middle out economics". You and I are the job creators with our purchasing power . . . or lack thereof. Any doubt about that? Look at the big corporations that have changed their tune about some things when consumers boycott them over issues and the bottom line takes a hit!

NY Times — I, as a longterm unemployed person, can attest to the bias that some employers have, although I'll never categorically prove it. And as an older employee (62), well did you know that I am incapable of learning anything new? The longer that any person remains unemployed and actively seeking work, the fatigue factor and demoralisation sets in. It took me 4 years of "no" or "we chose someone with skill sets closer to our needs" before I finally gave up. And that's for positions in my field for which I was over qualified.

Republicanus/Teabagger politicians in the US (and Canadian Conservatives) haven't a clue about surviving in today's world. May they all go into the unemployment line at the next election!

TPM — May the Republicanus and the Teabaggers take a hit during the midterms and beyond. Both are power addicts and need to go into rehab. You know, I think there is a movie about them — no heart, no brains, no courage. Now where are those red shoes!

Cartoon — An old Republicanus/Teabagger "tradition". After all, the Republicanus/Teabagger party is a decendant of the Democratic-Republican party to which Elbridge Gerry belonged.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 4:30 am
Hopefully there is an end in sight to you being cooped up for so long. I know my cats, even when they spend most of the 24 hours sleeping in wintertime, do like to go out, romp around for a few minutes, eat and then go back to sleep.

Upworthy: Where did they find this Nick Hanauer? A very rich guy who dares to admit that he was wrong in thinking that he was a job maker and that the 1% saying this was in reality making a claim on status, privilege and power. Kudos to him speaking out against it and I hope to see a video soon where is shown what he does to put his money where his mouth is.

NY Times: Some sound reasoning again there by Krugman, showing the fallacies of the GOP once again, but it doesn't stop them from using the same old tired arguments to stop anything the Democrats or President put forwards and try to get their way. And Krugman also knows that he is making no headway despite all his formidable reasoning skills and he's getting to sound a little desperate and harsh too: "And this imperviousness to evidence goes along with a stunning lack of compassion…". But that won't bother the GOP either, it probably makes them think their winning.
TPM: I agree with you there, TomCat. The Teabaggers and the GOP are of the same mould, the Teabaggers just more outspoken in their hate, religious fanaticism and racism, but only venting what the GOP has always been thinking and discussing behind closed doors. The few Republicans who really take issue with the Teabaggers, leave the party. The rest of them just pretend they're not amused.

When are w getting to se a cartoon of the man or woman who put gerrymandering in the grave next to Gerry where it belongs, once and for all?

Robert B (60)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 6:33 am
GREAT COMMENTS! I think as long as we have the CORRUPT system of gerrymandering, we can't have a level playing field and without that we really don't have a Democracy. We need to pressure congress to ban this evil practice. This should be our FIRST PRIORITY as soon as the Democrats retake congress and keep the Senate. I am surprised this vile practice was never struck down by the Supreme Court.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 8:34 am
4:55 Not what one expects from the expression "Mountain Cat."

Upworthy - Gosh. Do you think he could be cloned?

NYTimes - You know, when we talk about Republicans voting against their own best interests, we are generally thinking about the Republicans in the 99%. But it can't be good for the 1% to have the economy collapse around them, to have no new customers, to have ever declining receipts. Look at WalMart's fourth quarter losses. Look at how the Dow tanked right after those losses were made public - and tied to cuts in SNAP. Apparently ALL Republicans are voting against their own best interests.

TPM - Let's not get all comfortable because the insaniTEA is so obvious, though. There are a lot of them out there, and they VOTE. We have to vote too, and get the vote OUT. It's our biggest obstacle.

Cartoon - Yup. Only one of many election-throwing Republican techniques.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 8:57 am
UpWorthy: Great video. Kudos to Mr. Hanauer, for his down to earth take on realizing that customers are the job creators. It helps the middle and poor classes thrive for themselves and their families. We need more people like him to set the course straight.
Hope that your COPD gets better, and that you can get outside at least for a little trip. Thanks, Tom.

David C (133)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 9:02 am
...thanks....and the most important jobs we need to make sure we fill correctly are remember that any GOP politician in office is one more politician against your interests (and those of the entire earth and the future, too)......unless you are the 1%.....

JL A (281)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:04 am
May these voices of economic reality be heard by enough more to influence the 2014 election results.
May progress also be yours personally on the weather and health fronts.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:43 am
OMG: I just got an email from CODEPINK that a drone strike victim and witness, Kareem Khan, was kidnapped just a few days before he was due to testify in Europe. They have a petition at
where you can also read more of the story. If someone who has a chance of making it to the front page would post this it would surely help.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:29 pm
Thanks for sharing.

. (0)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 4:54 pm
Great thread, TomCat. Sorry to hear you're still having issues with the weather and your COPD.

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 9:19 pm
I find it immensely interesting that actual price tag on the Repug Government is enough to fund extended unemployment benefits for 4 YEARS. The price of 1 year of extended unemployment benefits is $6 Billion and the Cost of the Repug Shutdown was a minimum of $24 Billion.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:10 pm
Lots of good comments. Thanks for another great post, TomCat. Hope you are feeling better soon.

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 11:50 pm
Thanks everyone!

James Maynard (84)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 2:59 pm
We need to get the clowns out of
Congress and the State Houses,
and institute redistricting by
non-partisan panels. Please Vote!

Cat climbed that mountain faster
than I could put it together....

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday February 14, 2014, 2:31 pm
2/14 I just got an update that Kareem Khan is free! He attributes his release to the efforts of activists all over the world. And he will be able to testify in Europe.
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