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Open Thread - 4/7/2014

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 picchetti (304)
Monday April 7, 2014, 5:22 am
Why bother with elections? Just put your vote on AMEX!

Beautiful macaw puzzle time; 5:23.

Lona G (80)
Monday April 7, 2014, 5:38 am
Busy week ahead, I hear, TomCat, unfortunately with a lot of paperwork too. I hate doing that too, but I never allow myself to run into deadlines because I hate that even more. How's your deadline behaviour?

Daily Kos: All my cats are strays or even domesticated ferals, so no link to the GOP there, but after striking it rich with me, they've gotten some GOP habits, but from my point of view (Green Socialist) that would put them in the Democrats corner. They have to share (me) and wait patiently for their food. As they are growing older they seem to lose their touch for cruelty. But even though they all seem to be Democrats with some GOP remnants left, I've all taken them to the vet to be neutered or spayed. That will prevent them from ever turning GOP (again). But I doubt that neutering or spaying the whole GOP will do the trick. If you do it too late in life it'll only make them more spiteful and hateful than they are already.

The New Yorker: I agree, this article by Andy isn't satire but an accurate description of reality. This is what the five of SCOTUS are saying to behind closed doors ignoring the other four and the rest if the US.They themselves have sold their soul a long time ago, now the sell democracy to the highest bidder.

The NY Times: It shouldn't cost that much to show up the Kochs for what they really are: two egocentric, misanthropic, money worshippers. Just show the lay-offs and closing down of factories and hard numbers on the news, they can leave the vilifying to the Kochs, they're doing a perfect job on it themselves.

Arielle S (313)
Monday April 7, 2014, 6:18 am
love the "bureaucrats" comment.... I'd take a rat over a GOP any day of the week actually. They are much more sensitive and compassionate.

Cats have a sense of entitlement that the rest of us only wish for....ours are all feral, all fixed, still spoiled rotten.

Rest up, TomCat - we need you to be your witty, energetic self!

Winnie Adams (179)
Monday April 7, 2014, 6:41 am

Pat B (356)
Monday April 7, 2014, 8:20 am
Daily Kos: Re-read this again, LOL. All my cats are fixed and happy Dems, (thank Gawd), and so is the dog.
New Yorker:Love Andy's take, it's funny, but in a weird way...the way things are going....true. The wealthy do own the government.!!
Cartoon: Mr. Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States.On April 7, 1940, Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp Several years later, he was honored on the first coin to feature an African American, the Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar, which was minted by the United States from 1946 to 1951. He was also depicted on a U.S. Half Dollar from 1951–1954. Also, for his contributions to American society, Washington was granted an honorary master's degree from Harvard University in 1896 and an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth College in 1901. Source: Wikipedia
Here's hoping that you get everything done, take a breather every now and then, and have a good day. Take care, Tom, and Thanks.!

David C (129)
Monday April 7, 2014, 9:54 am
I have heard that my representaive, Keith Ellison, is close to introducing legislation to respond to Citizens United (or as I say Wealthymans United or Citizens Loss) and Mc Cutcheon.....let us hope so.....

David C (129)
Monday April 7, 2014, 9:54 am
..or we will become The Boughten States of America.....

Kit B (276)
Monday April 7, 2014, 10:21 am

Time: 3:52 - I thought that would be easy, I was wrong.

My cats are not republican, and maybe this new puppy is to young to know. Though she is great at sleeping through the night, it's a matter of those last two hours of hyper puppy that makes the cats and I want hide under the sheets. My cats do have a routine, though puppy is not on that list. The puppy, well she is very much a baby, but at times hyper and hell bent to rip and tear through anything in reach. My leg at the moment....Ouch! Come to think of it, not the cats or the dog are paying the rent or buying food. Ummm, maybe I need to read Ayn Rand to them at night. Nah, that would have me tossing my cookies all night.

What makes Andy so darned good? He is a bright, preceptive well educated young man that has a remarkable ability to turn the ills of society something to laugh about, or as it's called satire.

Every now and then I hear about the Koch's from their best defender; none other than Joe Joe Scarborough, the MsNBC hours of banal Bull Turds echoing off into TV land. Jon Stewart keeps us abreast of the many stupid things said by Joe and his talking puppet the bleached blond embarrassment to her father, Mika Brzezinski daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski. Recently praising the virtues of the Koch's by the magnanimous gifts to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Praise worthy indeed, but how many free concerts are given for the poor? Yep, zero. After seeming to toss this in the face of Schumer, Joe did not expect that Chuck would fire back with a long list of the direct interference with the functioning of the government by the Koch's. Though that is what happened. The Koch boys also use PBS as another tax write-off. I watched a science program supported by Koch, and found it interesting that the big bang, climatic change and the word evolution were not mentioned. Like father, like sons these two give a new meaning to pond scum.

Thanks TC -

P A (117)
Monday April 7, 2014, 10:30 am
I tell my own cat off whenever she seems to be becoming Thatcherite in her leanings (wanting to steal the dog's food – nicking the dog's beds when she has twice as many of her own) so I think at the moment she is mostly Independent, not Right Wing – the article was wonderful, thanks TC and JL A!

Ouch – I winced as I read Andy's piece – you're right TC – that was painfully true!

The Koch brothers are apparently sending out emails with the 'real' truth in them to all employees – that should make them happy(!). Mind you, the Right have found lying their ***es off over the years to be extremely effective – God send this won't be!


P A (117)
Monday April 7, 2014, 10:31 am
Commiserations for the amount of paperwork you have to do this week TC!

JL A (281)
Monday April 7, 2014, 10:57 am
If you don't think you might owe taxes, you have cheated yourself by waiting so long. Approach them like you do your blogging--like with spreadsheets that captures your/your organization's relevant tax categories; enter the amounts as they accrue, double check against Jan. tax forms and voila--ready to file in Feb.

I feel honored by your hat's off (and my cat feels entitled yet also is considerate, giving and expresses thankfulness for the rescue and opportunities for entitlement--perhaps victims do not become GOP?)

I agree with cause for tears and fears for democracy with AB.

I am so glad the spotlight is shining on the Koch Brothers--if it had on their father and his John Birch Society shenanigans they might never have dared this takeover coup attempt.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Monday April 7, 2014, 11:17 am
Thank you

Avril Lomas (0)
Monday April 7, 2014, 1:14 pm
HI TC.from Avril,4 dogs, 4 cats (all adopted(or found their way to my door.) All I hope screaming progressives!.
I have come to a VERY sad conclusion.
Follow this !. When polls announced that 1 in 4 Americans believe that the sun orbits the earth,My conclusion. 25% of Americans are stupid, the I heard that 31% of Americans do not believe in environmental problems or climate change .I upped the stupidity ante to 31% stupid! Toay I hear that 52% Americans have NEVER heard of the Koch brothers, guess my conclusion. an astounding 52% now qualify for the distinction of stupidity,(or maybe have their heads somewhere else ,apart from on their shoulders!
This makes me VERY depressed!. That these two plutocrats are aiming to BUY America,and getting away with it more than sad.

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:14 pm
Thank you.

Dianna M (16)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:35 pm
Yes, Andy Borowitz often hits too close to the mark to be funny. But when I do post his stuff on my FB page, I've taken to putting the words **WARNING--SATIRE ALERT** as my comment . . . ever since one of my cousins re-posted an article and asked, "Good grief! Is this for real?" (I had to explain that no, Andy Borowitz was a satirist.)

James Maynard (84)
Monday April 7, 2014, 2:45 pm
My two felines are MazatleCats.
Andy, Andy, Andy.... :)
No "portrayal" needed as far as
I'm concerned.
Pretty bird, poor puzzler....

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday April 7, 2014, 3:04 pm
4:40 Is that the royal "we" or were your 4-legged housemates helping?

Kos - This is indeed a great article. But if Republicans could provide as much affection as cats (or, come to think of it, bring down our blood pressure instead of shooting it up), we might be more accepting of their, for want of a better word, quirks too.

New Yorker - "Va', pensiero, sull'ali dorate; Va, ti posa sui clivi, sui colli, ove olezzano tepide e molli l'aure dolci del suolo natal! ... Oh mia Patria sμ bella e perduta! O membranza sμ cara e fatal! ... T'ispiri il Signore un concento che ne infonda al patire virtω!" (Partial translation: My country, so beautiful and lost! Grant us strength to bear our suffering." There is a petition to impeach SCROTUS here.

NY Times: There is a petition out there to WGBH to bounce David Koch here

Sheila D (28)
Monday April 7, 2014, 3:32 pm
Geoffrey has his owner well-trained.
Parody was right-on.
The only way to get back at the Koch's is to broadcast, repeatedly, the things they do to screw the American people. If you only do it once, no one cares. Most people just don't "get it" the first time around. That's why the Shrub kept repeating his lies, and even made a joke about it being true if you repeated in often enough. Repeating the truth does not make it less true!
Great cartoon. Loved the puzzle. Thanks, again, TomCat.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 7, 2014, 9:44 pm
Puzzle — 2:59 Love me those colours!

Daily Kos — Great and thoroughly enjoyable article. I am proud to say that my 3 cats are definitely not Conservatives or Republicanus/Teabaggers. They have compassion for each other and me. They earn their food by taking care of me, and they don't believe in torture (well my Primo does torture my feet in bed!) and do not bring trophies into the house.

The New Yorker — Andy is so spot on, unfortunately! Here is a link to a petition on Credo which would send a note to SCROTUS.

NY Times — Well if the pot isn't calling the kettle black!

"Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said he found the line of attack unseemly because Democrats appeared to want to punish the brothers for exercising their First Amendment right to political expression. “What I find startling is singling out private American citizens who have decided to engage in the political process, and basically demonizing them by name,” he said. "

If the Kochs were Democrats, Rubio would be on the attack against them. Isn't it amusing that what is good for the gander is not good for the goose, despite what Rmoney used to say.

Cartoon — Although he was born 13 years before Mahatma Gandhi, he appears to have shared a non violent approach towards goals as did Gandhi, which put him at odds with the more radical NAACP formed in 1909. From Wikipedia:

"His long-term goal was to end the disfranchisement of the vast majority of African Americans living in southern states, where most of the millions of black Americans still lived."

An interesting fellow!

Avril Lomas reminded me of something I was thinking about earlier: if 52% of Americans don't know who the Koch brothers are, then 52% of Americans are at best politically illiterate! All I can say to that is "Heaven help the US!"

Edith B (146)
Monday April 7, 2014, 10:23 pm
Daily Kos: All my cats are Democrats, else they could not live here. I read the article and his cat surely is a Republican.

The New Yorker: Sadly, this is more truth than satire.

NY Times: Let us also not forget that the Koch Bros owned the company that caused the massive chemical spill in West Virginia that contaminated drinking water for half the state and is still causing problems.

Cartoon: Can't believe the Republicans didn't stop this stamp.

TC: you need to slow down and take some time to relax.

TomCat S (128)
Monday April 7, 2014, 11:52 pm
Thanks all.

Kudos to JL. :-)


Danuta W (1250)
Friday April 11, 2014, 4:04 am
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