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Open Thread - 4/11/2014

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

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Gloria p (304)
Friday April 11, 2014, 2:55 am
The budget cuts are simply deadly.

Beautiful baby barn owl puzzle time - 6:11. It's one of the most fun to do.

Wow Tom Cat I am moving pretty soon too. I can't look up things for my friends because the books are packed!

Lona G (80)
Friday April 11, 2014, 5:42 am
Hope you can stay of the fags from now on, TomCat. As you well know COPD and smoking make terrible bedfellows, so better a bit lethargic for a few days than breathing problems. Be a good cat and have it checked out if it continues for more than a few days, though.

Daily Kos: word of this monster El Niño has already reached our news and weather channels and though the Netherlands won't be bothered much by it, my second home, Queensland, Australia, is already getting the full brunt of it with this storm bearing down on Cook Town. Last summer has already been far too dry, there was no "wet"to speak of, and extremely hot. El Niño will make this coming year even drier and hotter. It really worries me and there's nothing to be done about it.

NY Times: No surprise there then, the Republicans blocking legislation to close the pay gap. At least they were true to themselves, but didn't use the real arguments you mentioned (men's property should be kept barefoot and pregnant). According to the opposing GOP "[] given existing anti-discrimination laws, the legislation is redundant and is a transparent attempt by Democrats to distract from President Obama’s much-criticized health care law." And I have know doubt Republican women will buy that and will keep on supporting their male masters.

TPM: The house passed a GOP budget blueprint which translates into major cuts and "The sharpest cuts would come to health care programs for the poor and uninsured, food stamps, and array of domestic programs, including Pell Grants, education, and community development grants." Even if it is purely symbolic, that is really something to be proud of, GOP. I expect your corporate masters are well pleased.

Lona G (80)
Friday April 11, 2014, 5:43 am
Good luck with your move, Gloria. I hope everything goes well.

JL A (281)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:10 am
The chantix could indeed explain it. You did well for so long, I know you can do it for longer. Know I'll be rooting for you and praying for you.
I hope your move results in some improvements in the quality of life you value Gloria.
The GOP also blocked the vote on ENDA about the same time, sadly.

El Nino and La Nina have always been considered primary factors on what weather to expect in CA; past floods wreck havoc much like hurricanes do elsewhere in the country.

David C (129)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:43 am
CO2 levels just hit 402 ppm on Mt Mauna Loa Observatory....."record early high"....+ El Nino......not a fan of chantix so be careful with it.....

Pat B (356)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:46 am
Daily Kos: This is really scary, as it's already dry in some areas here in Texas, with 'drought conditions' plus being very hot in the coming months.
New Yorker: Ahh...the RePugs working hard NOT to pass this legislation for the betterment of Equal Pay for gals. “For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans don’t seem to be interested in closing wage gaps for working women,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said in a floor speech. figures.!!
Cartoon:In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat with a mixed record on race, signed the Civil Rights Act into law — something his Republican challenger in that year’s election, Sen. Barry Goldwater, had voted against, despite having a solid civil rights record up to that point. Source: The Blaze.
Do hope that your med works for you, I think one of the side effects of that is lethargy. You picked a good Q day for it anyhow. Hope all is well and the noise isn't too, too bad, that you can't relax a bit. In the meantime, do take good care, take a breather, and Thanks, Tom.
**Gloria: The best of luck to you with your moving. Take care.**

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday April 11, 2014, 9:06 am
5:38 That includes the approximately 14 seconds the site froze all the pieces to make me wait for a pop-up which I am supposed to have blocked. The site's parents could not possibly have been married.

Daily Kos - Yes, well, when I am housebound here due to a blizzard in July I will come here to cry. I won't even think about listening to locals droning "What global warming?" I can't stand any more of that.

NY Times - Please be understanding of me because it makes me really crazy to see Republicans execute obvious ploys to make Democrats look bad, which would not deceive a baby who was paying attention, but which do make the tin foil hat brigade say "Look what the Senate did! Got to get them Dimmycrats out of there!" So if my language gets colorful, please just look the other way.

TPM - Of course it passed the House. Did anyone think it wouldn't?

Cartoon (particularly in connection with the short takes) - I think we need to redefine "humanity" as "that which perished in the Zeppelin crash in 1937." I was brought up to believe that humans are defined by their humanity, but I was wrong. Sure, some humans have humanity (look at TC and all his voluntarism) but it certainly doesn't distinguish the mass of humanity I see around me today.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday April 11, 2014, 8:49 pm
TC, when at first you don't succeed, try, try again! There is no shame in trying, only in giving up!

Puzzle — 3:27 I love owls! They are so wise! I wish I were wise.

Daily Kos — Over the course of my relatively short life span, I have seen many kinds of weather change. Winters were cold and snowy in southern Québec and Ontario always. Then by the time I hit high school there was a decided change to being wetter and milder, but still what one would call cold. I remember being disappointed when there was significantly less snow, especially at Christmas. But now there are extreme ice, snow and wind storms that blow through creating havoc. During the spring and fall, there seem to be more tornados which I never saw as a child. Summers are hotter and muggier. It is fine to say that these are normal fluctuations, but in my mind, they are not. The changes hold more intensity and are less predictable. Climate change is real. The global temperatures are increasing and weather patterns changing significantly. Add to that man made events that can screw things up — Bohpal and Chernobyl for example — or natural events such as the Mount St Helens eruption and the volcanic eruptions in Iceland. These events have changed patterns around the world. Man's dependence on dirty energy in various forms also contributes big time to climate change.

NY Times — Equal pay for equal work!

"… framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women."

Now why the hell would the Republicanus/Teabaggers want to "go to war" over women's issues/policies? Women compose one half of the electorate. That is not good, clear thinking on the part of the GOP!

I wish I could vote in a US election because I would love to nail a Republicanus/Teabagger ass to the barn door, maybe even use it for target practice. Rotten eggs at 20 paces?

TPM — No surprises in Lyin' Ryan's budget. He should also look at increasing revenues . . . but that won't happen because the easiest way to increase revenues is to tax the 1%. Instead he probably increased taxes on the poor and middle class and then declared that that did not help the balancing of the budget enough. What a long nosed putz!

Cartoon — The Civil Rights Act was long overdue! Too bad that 46 years later, the Southern Strategy is still being used to marginalise and deny people.

Edith B (146)
Friday April 11, 2014, 9:26 pm
I hope you feel better today. Chantix does some strange things to you, might be better off without it.

Daily Kos: I looked at the graphs and feel very ignorant. The written data, however is scary. Of course, the naysayers will say it is just a natural order if we have sunamis floods and hurricantes. To say other wise would be to admit to global warming.

NY Times: I read the whole article, I am so glad(sarcasm) that Mitch is watching out for women. He is really worried this time around, he has two challengers in the Republican primary, and Grimes, the female democrat is leading him in the polls. Ask a woman who is doing the same work as the man beside her who is making more money if she feels the act would be redundant. Women outnumber men in this country, if more women would wake up and use their power to vote, we could stop this nonsense.

TPM: I normally do not wish anything bad to happen to anyone, but I hope Ryan has to ask for help someday, really be brought down to the level the poor and middle class suffer. He is an elitist who pretends he cares while pulling the rug from under people who are all ready deprived. Bet he goes to church every Sunday.

Cartoon: The Civil rights act was necessary and has improved conditions for many peope. The Republicans decided to use it to their advantage at the time and have ruined the party that Eisenhour represented.

I am sad over the utter divisivness our country experiences today, so much hatred and so many mean spirited people in office!

TomCat S (128)
Friday April 11, 2014, 11:57 pm
Thanks to all for the support.

Good luck to Gloria.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 7:11 am
Thank you
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