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Open Thread - 3/19/2014

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Gloria p (304)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 4:19 am
He's just worried about conservatives losing more elections.

Puzzle time 5:23.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 6:20 am
I hope you did well on your self test and one step closer to certification of your prison volunteer work, TomCat.

Right Wing Watch: You can keep your disgusting Pat Buchanan all to yourself, America. We've got plenty of equally disgusting populists spouting the same racist demagoguery as he does. Lately these populists around the world are seeking each other out and starting to form all kinds of nasty alliances. Our own bleach blond Nazi impersonator has been welcomed with open arms in the States, France and even Australia, so this column may well be a result of such a meeting between kindred spirits.

Daily Kos: Don't be too hard on the US, TomCat. The Netherlands are still in the death throws of a deal with Belgium to have ONE high-speed track from Amsterdam to Paris, started 9 years ago. The track has been built, but the Italian built trains won't function and have been sent back at half price. Now the fast track is used by 5 - 6 normal speed trains a day. The whole fiasco has cost about $ 0.5 billion. Te third world has just become a bit bigger.

Raw Story: I didn't know that Stand your Ground also applied to trucks as a weapon.

Cartoon: LOL I like the picture of a very the very empty House. You could have taken that any time or day.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 6:33 am
P.S. I hope you at least enjoyed your long catnap, TomCat, then I don't mind taking the blame :-)

Pat B (356)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 7:35 am
Right Wing Watch: Seriously??!! Mr. Buchanan, you need to retire, get away from people. Be at one with nature, but just go away.
Daily Kos: Amazing. A very quick trip too.! We are behind big time with commuting on trains. Just for fun, I just checked local Amtrak's schedule: Here's some info: Austin TX., to San Diego, CA. Total Time (stop over in LA)..1 day, 15 hours, and 50 minutes.
Raw Story: What a tragedy! We're reading and hearing more and more of these acts of violence, and it's very disconcerting.
I am certain that you did very well with your self-test portion of your certification, you are an asset to your 'guys' and being there for them. WTG!!
Have a great day, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 8:19 am
"This was the day pork became ham" - LOL - unfortunately, ever so true!

The train pics do indeed make it obvious we are no longer first rate (in much of anything) ~ why is it so many refuse to see it or worse, do anything about it?

I did see a lady on Jon Stewart who said the upcoming generation is much more liberal and WILL change things - take that you, grumpy old white men!

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 9:23 am
One related infrastructure element is that in Europe public transportation trains include stops/stations at high speed train stations, as well as at airports, so that tourists and other visitors may never need a taxi or rental car during their visits (and designs are wheelchair accessible so rolling luggage not a problem either). Such an integrated approach to transportation could do wonders for carbon reduction in the US, too.

Sad that Buchanan still has an audience and that people still view violence as a viable tool for addressing conflict.

David C (131)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 9:25 am
If I say anything about Mr. Buchanan it will be wasting my time.....

I would love a bullet train from Mpls to Chicago......Amtrak the way it is now is really good, would be better if even faster.....what happened to "only capitalism" can create the best and newest innovations?????? No, its really about greed putting brakes on everything......

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 10:13 am
4:50 Interesting. What kind of flower opens via a wardrobe malfuncton?

RWW - I don't want to sound even more racist than Mr. Buchanan, so let me stress that I am thinking in terms of some partial analogies here that do not by any means follow completely. That said, parents are supposed to bring up their children so that they will be independent and successful people in their own right. Some do not. Some want to maintain a parental superiority position forever. To move away from this, all of us are supposed to assist other people to be the best they can be. That is everyone's job. If people of color decide that they want to live like white people, and learn to do so, and do as well at it or better, then WHITE PEOPLE ARE DOING THEIR JOB. Except of course for racists and Mr. Buchanan, who seem to think they are parents and want to maintain lifelong parental superiority. This is NOT to imply that whites stand as parents to children of color all the time across the board - althought that might be how Mr. Buchanan sees it. I know there are people who could say this better than I can. But I wanted to try to state how small-minded I think it is to deplore successes which are actually cause for rejoicing.

Daily Kos - There is also a difference in attitude. For Asia and Europe, trains are transportation. For Americans, they are entertainment.

Raw Story - And I can hear the NRA now screaming "See! See! If someone wants to kill someone, they don't need a gun! Leave ourg guns alone!" I leave it to the imagination of sane people how many might have been injured or killed had the pickup driver had and used a gun instead.

Cartoon - Pork barrel politics got a bad name after the Civil War. The original connotation was that a barrel of salt pork "was a common larder item in 19th century households, and could be used as a measure of the family's financial well being." James Fenimore Cooper in 1845: "I hold a family to be in a desperate way, when the mother can see the bottom of the pork barrel." So it was originally a metaphor for a politician keeping in mind his constituents' well being - if you will, for keeping safety nets in place. Now, of course, it implies Corporate Welfare insted of the general welfare, and I suppose it's way too late for it ever to be redeemed to the original meaning. (quotes from Wikipedia)

P A (117)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 10:14 am
Well done on completing your manual/self test portion of your new assignment how do you do it all TC? Can I have any spare energy?(!).

Reading what Pat Buchanan wrote did remind me of the theory that all the people who want to go out and conquer other countries and smash things down are compensating for their own inadequacies, particularly Freudian ones!

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:30 pm
PS I realize it was yesterday that the Robin Hood tax was featured but here is another action I just got an email on. It refers to a bill actually in Congress, and gets creative by letting you select an e-postcard (all 3 are great).

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:07 pm

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:18 pm
Buchanan -- it spewed again? Sigh......i just wish he'd......nevermind....

High speed rail......but, but, but...we are just SO exceptional....even at being a third world nation.

Living in this hellhole called me, the vehicular homicide wasn't about the movie, it was about all the nasty vile things the murderer said to the victim, before he killed him with his backup. And anyone tells you that one cannot see out the back window or the rear-view mirror of a flat out LYING to you. I have a pickup and I can see where the hell I'm going when I back the damn thing up. HELLO!!! That is what they made rear-views for...ya dumba$$!!!! PS: Looking in the rear-view becomes instinctual to all 'normal' pickup truck drivers, even before one turns the key to start it. Not to mention looking in the side mirrors too!!!! This killer wasn't 'normal' and he probably got told where to stick his bullying and he didn't like it, Yeah, takes a really big man to kill someone with his pickup truck....not. All it takes is a coward being told off. Especially in this 'Kill Um All, Let Gawd Sort Um Out' state.

Love the 'toon, Cat Man, hasn't changed much since 1979 has it....other than when they ARE there, they play up for the cameras.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 4:36 pm

Time: 2:57 - I'm getting good at this.

Gee, one might get the notion that Pat Buchanan is a wee bit racist, or maybe that's an over reaction to man that is more concerned about the endangered white European. The world is changing Pat old boy, and in time there will be no race distinction. Just human beings without color or heritage concerns. I wonder if Buchanan is aware the most beautiful humans on the planet, Brazilians are so physically beautiful because they are the result of so much inter mixing of races. Nah, we probably should not share that with him.

Why is it that a country that was first in so many things is now last in everything? We not only should have high speed rails, we need high speed rails. Soon these trains will be generating their own power systems or some will use solar power. Making them clean, efficient and fast. That will cut down on the need for dirty jets, but is that really so bad?

I often kill people that disagree with me, but I am a Texan so it must be okie dokie. I thought we were supposed to be shooting each other, what is this business of abusing our trucks. Sorry, folks but there still is no fixing stupid, and maybe that also applies to mean. I often read these stories and wonder what people are thinking to take a life over a disagreement. I don't expect to have an answer to that.

Thanks TC have great evening.

Lynn S (235)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 9:50 pm
Puzzle 3:53 Sorry Patty but you have to share the whizdom today!

Right Wing Watch Buchanan is a twit!

" he laments is turning "European Man" into "an endangered species.""

The only "endangered species" is the Republicanus/Teabagger angry, white male! . . . or it should be!

Daily Kos North America has become too dependant on the family car, losing touch with rapid transit and alternate transit. China, which is spreading its economic wings, is looking to grow in the 21st century, while North America had its growth in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sitting on laurels? Maybe.

Raw Story "Stand Your Ground" Texas style! It seems that violence is becoming more common as a means to settle disputes or disagreements. Seems to mean that anger management needs to be a compulsory course in school!

Cartoon Do House Representatives have to be members of SAG (Screen Actors Guild)?

TomCat S (129)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 3:48 am
Thanks all

Gary L (138)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 9:16 am
thanks TC I don't read or watch any of these right wing nut jobs as it tends to make me puke

Robert B (60)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 11:26 am
Oh Pat!!!! I hear voices in the distance, I think it's your village calling you.

TomCat S (129)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 11:54 pm
Thank you both!
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