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Open Thread - 4/16/2014

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Lona G (80)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 4:12 am
You may be tired, but you came up above par with three articles nevertheless, TomCat. Thanks for the hard work and take care.

The New Yorker: Andy is hilarious again, although I doubt that very few made the connection between a Democratic president and him working together with the GOP unless they paid close attention to Obama's speech. If not for Obama being at the helm, the GOP would have rewritten this piece of history to suit themselves too. Because they can't and Obama was the one to splendidly commemorate the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the GOP will do everything to annihilate anything that's left of it.

Upworthy: Kudos to Barbara Mikulski who stood up both for fair pay for women and against the way the house is run by the Republicans, making senators first get 60% of the votes just to get a piece of legislature up for a vote. I wish all the Democrats would get this 'emotional' about it and tell it like it really is. Emotional, my a$$, everyone of her points hit the nail on the head, there's absolutely nothing wrong with her reasoning and rationality. Thank you, Barbara.

NY Times. Great news, now use this to your advantage, Democrats. Get out of defence and on the offence. The ACA is a success, so slap all the Republicans around the ears with their false predictions, trying to scare people into opposing the ACA. Own your success, darn it.

Cartoon: We just couldn't believe the Cambodians, the gentlest of people, would do this to each other then. Now their methods - exterminating everyone with an education, killing all teachers, getting rid of anyone that would think independently with the aim to be left with a docile, dumbed-down mass that would believe anything they were told - have this eerie familiarity about them.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 6:36 am
Andy is so funny - and so spot on. So, every fifty years or so, we can expect Congress to actually do something worthwhile!

Good news about ACA - it gets harder and harder for the GOP to make it look bad, altho I still saw some moron on tv running for office who swore he would never stop trying to kill Obamacare. There are many things a person could say to that but I'll be nice. Today anyway.

Great post, Lona - and TomCat - you are amazing. Many thanks for all you do!

Elle B (84)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:45 am
Ty Tom ... and Care2ers

"Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness." ―Thomas Huxley

“Keep trying to do what is necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you're doing the impossible.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can't have any result whatever, you've beaten them.” ― George Orwell

Pat B (356)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 8:46 am
New Yorker: Good post by Andy, Indeed...., a very GOOD part of History.
Upworthy: A Big Bouquet of flowers and Hugs to Ms. Mikulski for getting emotional. I know she's doing the right thing, and I know that she and fellow Dems will continue to get mad to get the Paycheck Fairness Act passed.
New York Times: I was thrilled to read this, and for the Congressional Budget Office getting the figures out. WTG, Dems, now go forth and give yourselves a pat on the back for this great news.
Cartoon: After years of civil war, Khmer Rouge forces seize Phnom Penh and establish their regime. The Khmer Rouge bans family relationships and begins an aggressive campaign of brainwashing young children to worship the state and spy on their parents.Between 1975 and 1979, roughly 17,000 people, labeled traitors, will be brought to the prison, tortured in order to extract “confessions” and systematically executed outside of the capital.More on
Hope that you get a chance to cat nap, rest and relax some more. Do take good care, have a great day, and thanks, Tom.

David C (131)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:19 am
still really slow, but thanks for the video....I see it, the more my wife is paid, the less I have to work......

JL A (281)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:45 am
The 50 year contrast is indeed telling on how dysfunctional this Congress is. Barbara tells it like it is and how it should be for anyone actually representing their constituents, who are statistically more female than male for pretty much every state and district. ACA has indeed successfully slowed runaway health care costs by forcing providers to focus more on quality of care, avoiding hospital readmissions and limiting insurance company profits. The scary thing is the war on the poor has genocidal potential not too unlike Cambodia.
Feeling tired after that kind of hosting seems pretty normal.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:47 am
Mikulski is my kind of person!

Beautiful bee puzzle time; 6:27. It was so much fun to see him come to life on the flower!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 10:05 am
3:56 I was rushing to see it while it still exists. This is a vanishing sight, thanks to Monsanto, Bayer, et al.

New Yorker - No, Arielle, we can expect Congress to actually do something worthwhile every HUNDRED years. It took us 50 years to get from there to here, and we can expect to take another 50 years to get back. I hope I'm wrong.

Upworthy - I just watched the short clip. But I feel the need to point out that trying to make good decisions without emotion is stupid, stupid, stupid. This study is just one of many which demonstrates that. It also cites Damasio, who pointed out that people who lose access to their emotions through profound head injuries, and therefore make presumably "purely rational" decisions, make TERRIBLE decisions. (I wonder if this has anything to do with Paul Ryan's problems.)

NY Times - Lona (Care2) is right on about Democrats getting behind ACA. Daily Kos Election Digest has some good advice on how to do it, incidentally - links to good commercials from those doing it right.

Cartoon - Yeah, I noticed the same eerie familiarity that Lona did. The American Khmer Rouge is even referencing the same color. Goose bumps.

Wayne W (12)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 12:22 pm
Thank you, Tomcat.

Thinking about your motto, "Overcoming right wing insanity, one day at a time", this one may take more than a day. Way more.

Taking a break from the Republican planning for the secession of Wisconsin from the Union, Wisconsin State Senator said this, "“If one would have told me, even 15 years ago, that it would become mainstream Democrat thinking to bring China’s sex-selective abortion policies to our shores I would have never believed them."

In other news, in keeping with the Borowitz piece, there's this:

In a stunning joint press release today, the Republican National Committee
and the American Legislative Exchange Council, have announced that
David Koch has formally and legally adopted every Republican member
of Congress. They will now all formally and legally change their
names to Alec Koch.

In an equally stunning development, Charles Koch announced today, following the Supreme Court decision that money is free speech, Americans can now purchase all Koch Industries' products with free speech.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 1:19 pm

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 2:21 pm
Andy is good as usual.
Controlling runaway costs is
a main benefit of the ACA.
Now, on to Medicare for All.
Little bee left me long ago.
Got tired of waiting for me to
finish the flower....

Winn A (179)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 3:06 pm
Vote all republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity. Thanks Tom Cat.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:33 pm

Speaking of Right Wing insanity, by now I'm sure all have heard or seen the stand off between some real wackos and the police outside of Las Vegas. I think the National Guard should have been called in, this is no protest, not by a long shot. (pun intended) These are armed insurgents and should be treated as such. So, the question, why are we all ready to jump up and scream about those few jihadists and allow these dangerous home grown terrorists free reign?

Next question should be why we don't use our vote and get these very stupid people that do support these groups, out of office?

I was moved to write a quick note to Senator Barbara Mikulski and thank her for speaking out in the Chamber of horrors we call the Senate. Just the idea that we are still debating whether or not women should be paid for equal is work, speaks loudly about how dysfunctional our Congress has become. Get those people out of there, they are like a stone around the neck of a drowning man. I like others, am sick and tired of the foot dragging and myriad excuses for getting nothing done. Boys, let's be clear paying women equal pay for equal work is not up for discussion or dissembling, just get it done. Those women who are so pathetic to allow themselves to be drawn to defend this, should be very ashamed.

There are those poor souls out there that still do not understand humor or satire. For them, I'm sorry Andy is one funny guy.

Thanks TC - please do get some rest and feel better.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:48 pm
Need more like Mikulski,
Good Speech!
Thank you TomCat

Edith B (146)
Wednesday April 16, 2014, 9:14 pm
You need to take a day off and just rest.

The New Yorker: Andy is great. It is difficult to realize that Congress once had reasonable people who could actually talk to each other and listen and compromise. Thanks to our Supreme Court, those days will probably never return. Too much money and too many morons in office.

UPworthy: I love Mikulski! I clicked through and read the posts. For some unknown reason, I am not getting sound on these videos. I have tried all that I know to do to restore sound, no luck.

NY Times: The REpublicans are not giving up, we are being deluged with commercials from those running this year about how Obamacare is bankrupting the nation. and closing hospitals, and putting people out of work.

Cartoon: They think they ARE the KHMER ROUGE!

TomCat S (129)
Thursday April 17, 2014, 12:05 am
Thanks everyone.

Any Dem that runs away from the ACA is a fool.

P A (117)
Friday April 18, 2014, 11:47 pm
Terrifying cartoon TC – all too true, I fear! Lovely article by Andy!
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