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Open Thread - 3/11/2014

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown). That;s all. Prison volunteer work today.

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Robert B (60)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 6:18 am
Santorum is a joke. If he wants to eliminate the term "Middle Class", how does he want to describe this group of Americans? Average American? So instead of the Republicans war on the middle class it would be their war on the average American. Works for me. What ever the Right wants to call something, they still cannot get away from the reality that they are still BIG SCREW UPS!

Lona G (84)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 7:09 am
I hope your prison volunteer day was a good one, TomCat.

NY Times: Very good piece of debunking yet another myth by Paul Krugman. The GOP wants the whole subject of income distribution banned from public discourse and Rick Santorum wants to ban the term "middle class", probably before it becomes all too obvious that there's no middle class left to talk about if the income inequality keeps increasing. Krugman takes on all the 'truths and known facts' and shows them for what they are: untruths and wrong assumptions. The reality is that America's economic growth would probably increase, not reduce. But that wouldn't suit our GOP and certainly not Santorium. The poor may be better off and the middle class would benefit too instead of be wiped out.

Upworthy: great little video. Story Corps animations are really worth watching. Little stories from real people's lives as told by these people.

TPM: Really, people clean their guns in bed? Is there a name for people who like to do this to get aroused (apart from unbelievably stupid, I mean)

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 9:18 am
4:51 Those spines were killer

NY Times - Krugman is a national treasure. Too bad no one listens to him but us activists.

Upworthy - reminds me of the time I was working with four kids that their parents wanted to learn a little Latin, and the curriculum called for Latinizing all their names as an introduction. How would you translate "Jared" into Latin? Hmmm?

TPM - Perhaps he had been in the Marines and memorized the training rhyme "This is my rifle/this is my gun/this is for business/this is for fun" and got confused.

Cartoon - It's only seven articles and no amendments. If anyone wants to actually read it ...

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 10:08 am
Naaaaaaaa, Joanne, 'Old school' Marines ALWAYS knew the difference between.....guns and rifles. :) I'm a product of that difference LOL. Even 'New School' Marines know the difference. This schmuck just loves his rifles more than his woman. Frikken IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDIOTS....Maybe he couldn't get past the 'This is my rifle, there are many like it, but this one is mine....."

Krugman, like Reich, are two men that our government desperately need but will fastidiously ignore. To all our peril.

Good video! I remember going to school in foreign countries when I was a child and having my name changed to Teresa, Theresa, Therace...etc. So I can sympathize with Latinos having to deal with the same thing once upon a time in AmuriKKKKa.


P A (117)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 12:09 pm
Upworthy they would indeed love to eliminate the middle class and just have lords and serfs, if their behaviour is anything to go by.

I'm sure Patty is right that they are cursing President Lincoln wasn't he also the first man to have a cat in the Whitehouse, TC?

Have a good volunteer day!

David C (160)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 12:38 pm
Viva Facundo....Viva the middle class....but not the ultra-wealthy unless they are willing to share...

Kit B (276)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 7:11 pm

Time - 3:07 something fishy about that puzzle

The pre- assumption that we know how something will work out before it's tried is generally wrong. A scientist would lose all credibility for that but the political scientist is allowed to speak from a place of great knowledge without knowing anything. Redistribution of wealth upward seems to work just fine for the wealthy, why then shouldn't the same hold as truth for redistribution downward? It's only logical that if it works one way it should work the other way. Oh yeah, then we are stealing from the rich who in some mythical book of fables worked very hard to earn that 10 billion dollars. Poppycock. The people that work hard are those who have been stepping stones for the wealthy, shoe carpets for the corporate pleasure. You do not want me king for a day, I would turn things upside down and after the pain and adjustments, their would be those who would again have more than most, and those who didn't care about money beyond the essentials. Their just would not be a false inequality as we have now, false because it has been created for the singular purpose of keeping the masses down.

When someone changes your name, your world of identity, "the who I am" is also changed. One more of way too many examples of how to make the poor, the new comer feel even more like the outsider. Keep making fun and mocking children for their names, their foods, the look of their family and push them out even farther. We are not a nice people. The Rauch brothers that made the film for Up worthy also have wonderful shorts like this on PBS. Some are stories about 9/11 and others are of two people that survived the Holocaust, so many human stories and these two brothers, remind us that we are all the same.

Sorry to be so late, I have been tending to my granny duties. Delightful!


Edith B (146)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 9:52 pm
I hate "spring ahead". It takes me a few weeks to get with it, what a waste.

NY Times: Income inequality suits the wealthy very well. They don't spend their money on mundane things such as a washing machine or table lamp. When manufacturing suffers, so do the middle class, not that we have that much manufacturing in these days of outsourcing. If we don't spend, the wealthy can't be as rich and the govt can't take in as much in taxes. Why doesn't the GOP get this?

Upworthy: We also anglecized Polish, Czech, and German names.

TPM: Glad I dont have to sleep with a gun.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 11:24 pm
Puzzle 3:11 That damn cat got here first! No fishy for me.

NY Times More coin in the pockets of the "masses" means more spending power which can mean greater economic benefits. The wealthy will spend but they are more of a niche market. Additionally there are millions more middle and working class people than wealthy individuals. That means more spending. What is so difficult to understand for the wealthy?

Upworthy Very funny but it certainly speaks to a type of discrimination. Any name changes should be up to the person or parents in the case of children. I worked with a Chinese woman who, when she came to Canada with her parents, had her name changed by immigration or Border Services. Her name was changed to "Purple" while a sibling was named "Orange", and they had no choice. In my opinion, that is unacceptable.

TPM Don't you remember what I said yesterday . . .

"Stupid is as stupid does!

Obviously, when brains were being handed out, Republicanus/Teabaggers, whether at CPUKE or in general, thought the word was trains and said they'd get the next one! BTW, God was handing out brains which confirms for me that they have no direct link and they don't listen, even to God."

Cartoon . . . and in 1865, with the end of the Civil War, it was defeated!

TomCat S (131)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 12:31 am
Thanks everyone.

Jaime Alves (51)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:18 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:27 am
Noted, ty.

Colin Hope (243)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 2:24 am
Signed and noted!!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7:17 am
You're in good form today, Tom - I love the idea of falling back twice.

Kit, I would indeed want you as king for the day....maybe this sorry world would get straightened out.

TomCat S (131)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:48 am
Thanks all!!
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