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Open Thread - 3/8/2014

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

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:27 am
"Will their humiliating defeat in Arizona be the end of Republican attempts to codify theit hatred, through discrimination against LGBT people?" I voted yes. They cooked their geese. And Reich's seven dots proves it. Wait until the primaries!

My puzzle time was 9:02. I guess TC and I are the cheapest dates in the world. Just give us a cup of coffee and an iPad. We will work puzzles all night and be very quiet!

Arielle S (313)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 6:31 am
Thank the powers that be for people like Jon Stewart and Robert Reich (as well as TomCat). I have always tried to find something redeemable in every person but nowadays, when it comes to the Republicans, there is nothing there worth saving. We need to kick every single one of them out of office. And the harder the kick, the better.

Lona G (80)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 8:00 am
Good to hear that your extra sleep had its desired effects and that you feel more awake now, TomCat.

Media Matters: Mythpedia Instructional video. It looks like a wonderful tool, but at the same time it is very sad indeed that the US is in need of such a tool to debunk all the created in the media, mainly by the Republicans. Besides, the people who are in dire need of using it - guess who - aren't the ones who are going to use it, are they.

Upworthy: I think I've seen Reich's 2:15 minutes before, but it never bores. So to the point, not a word to much, every statement nailed home with the same precision. Please get some funding together, Democrats, to get it on air at all the stations that'll have it again and again.

Daily Kos: Of course Jon Stewart had it easy to put the shameful behaviour of the Republicans by trying to get their Iran agenda passed as an amendment to the veterans bill. Their excuse was that they couldn't attach it to anything else, so to hell with the veterans. The GOP-O-meter-of-shame will never be big enough to hold all their shameful acts.

Cartoon: I don't think many GOPers would agree with you, TomCat, as most of them have never even heard of Kepler, or Galilei, and still think the sun revolves around the earth.


Winn Adams (179)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 8:38 am
Vote these hate mongers out of office now!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 8:54 am
6:53 So when people say they don't care two pins about something this is it, hmmm?

Media Matters - Bookmarked, thanks.

Upworthy - Spot on as always.

Daily Kos - As a veteran, I was of coursse disgusted, but, as a veteran, republicans always disgust me.

Cartoon - Can't apply to us then. Our planet is mostly blue with brown and green accents. Yes, there's some white at the top and bottom, but it's disappearing fast.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 9:31 am

Time 3:48

I also bookmarked the Media Matters, will get to that later.

I love it when Reich explains these concepts in his 2 minute chats. In two minutes he shatters all of the tons of elephant poo out there as talking points - empty talking points or full of well, you know.

Four nights a week I watch Jon Stewart just before going to bed, sometimes that may not be the best time to watch, I laugh with his shows all four nights and wish it could be a seven day show. Though on Friday evening there is Bill Maher. Thank goodness we have comedians to put all this into a realistic perspective. It's laugh or cry most days and I like to laugh.

Sorry Johan Kepler - we just don't "believe" in science anymore. There sure are a lot of republicans screaming about health care a totally science based endeavor/profession. Like the bible and the constitution, they just pick and chose what science they like.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 12:43 pm
Love me some him every night and like Kit, I watch Bill on HBO.

Bob Reich needs to be in the Cabinet telling the Prez what real economics are and how to get this country back in jobs. But noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, gotta keep the Fascist Basta*ds happy and not do what they all know is the right thing to do. I am so tired of their BS games that cost we the people everything and those sorry &*(^&$%$^& nothing.

LOL, 'white planets' good 'toon as usual, Cat Man.

Avril Lomas (0)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:16 pm
HI TC. Hope you are having a good day. I never miss Jon Stewart,(I record it) Simply put He just "gets IT"
I have a great Idea. RE. Darryl(call me Gloria Swanson")Issa.(he is still waiting for Mr DeMille.) see Sunset Boulevard!!!)
His totally futile "investigations" Fast and furious,IRS.etc etc. have cost US(the American Taxpayer) $ 14+ million . No wrongdoing was found in ANY of them!.
Mr Issa is the richest member of Congress, maybe he would like to pitch a few mill,(since he owes us)to partly cover the cost of his performances,!?. Don,t hold your breath though . He is TOO busy insulting other members of Gov. turning off mic,s etc.

Dianna M (16)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:36 pm
Seriously? Jon Stewart brought out a nun to 'shame' Congress? Doesn't he remember 2012 and the 'Nuns on the Bus' tour--when Eric Cantor, John Boehner AND Paul Ryan ducked out of meeting the nuns?

And then, of course, the right-wing media accused Obama of 'promoting a schism within the Church.' Meanwhile, Paul Ryan is probably STILL touting his economic BS as being "in complete accord with Catholic social truths as I understand them."

Birgit W (160)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:09 pm

James Maynard (84)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:16 pm
Mythopedia just got shared with all
my fellow Democrats Abroad.
Robert Reich is wonderful!
Stick a pin in me - well done, well
over - *sigh*

Pat B (356)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:36 pm
Upworthy: Good video, I like Reich's presentations.
Daily Kos: Love Jon's show. Hate the RePugs for NOT passing these bills, but it doesn't surprise me in the least. I guess we're not important enough to them. Shame!
Glad to read that you got some well deserved rest. Take care, enjoy your day, and thanks, Tom for this.


JL A (281)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3:32 pm
Mythopedia is useful for when not dealing with an ideologue that is not interested in facts.

Reich explains well how the pressure is for people to dig their own graves.

The new face of shameless I guess.

Glad you're feeling more like yourself again TC.

Gary L (138)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3:48 pm
thanks TC always good to read your posts Robert Reich is a very valuable asset in the info wars waged by the republinazi's

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 7:43 pm
Puzzle 3:30 I am so tacky!

Mythopedia I had a look and it is very interesting!

Upworthy Reich on the Reich!. . . That is to say, Robert Reich on the Republicanus/Teabagger Reich! So spot on to the nth degree!

Daily Kos There is something morally wrong when the pronunciation of a person's name is deemed more shameful than the treatment of a nation's military vets who have been sent to fight illegal wars. Shame on those who have no sense of priorities, and double shame on the Republicanus/Teabaggers who have voted down benefits for vets. Add to that, a bill to wage war against Iran is attached to a bill for vets' benefits.

Cartoons Wouldn't it be great to send the Republicanus/Teabaggers into interplanetary motion!

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Edith B (146)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 10:05 pm
I am glad you finally got some sleep.

Thanks for Media Matters, bookmarked and shared on Facebook.

Upworthy" Shared this on Facebook, too. Having worked in Unemployment Insurance for 27 years, I have been appalled at the deliberate blocking of these benefits by the Republicans. I cannot recall this ever happening before.

Daily Kos: They should all be kicked out of DC. They are punishing the people they sent to war so they can start another war. Disgusting.

Cartoon: I think you are right. I read an article this week that says there are hundreds of galaxies with solar systems similar to ours. Do the Republicans know this?

TomCat S (129)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:07 am
Damn spammer!

Thanks everyone else.

Ths onl fit planet for Republicans is an alternate spelling of Uranus.
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