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Open Thread - 4/18/2014

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

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday April 18, 2014, 2:25 am
I wonder if the billionaires who buy the elections will see their money fail them anyway because who wants to vote republican?

Crazy comb puzzle time: 6:00.

Arielle S (313)
Friday April 18, 2014, 6:33 am
Isn't it amazing that such a smart country would have so many dumb people in it? Now it's Obama's fault that people didn't sign up for insurance when they had the chance? Those folks don't have the sense God gave a corn muffin so not a lot of sympathy from here.
As for Faux Noise and the Koch brothers - that's the only time I would ever consider using RoundUp...

P A (117)
Friday April 18, 2014, 6:50 am
Thanks for the Bernie Sanders/Huff Post link, TC – an excellent article – here's a bit more that really spoke to me -

"Here is what every American should be deeply concerned about. The Koch brothers, through the expenditure of billions of dollars and the creation and support of dozens of extreme right organizations, have taken fringe extremist ideas and made them mainstream within the Republican Party. And now with Citizens United (which is allowing them to pour unlimited sums of money into the political process) their power is greater than ever.

"And let's be very clear. Their goal is not only to defund Obamacare, cut Social Security, oppose an increase in the minimum wage or cut federal funding for education. Their world view and eventual goal is much greater than all of that. They want to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!

"The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.

"Our great nation must not be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers.

"For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must fight back."

God send every person reading the article shows it to a few more and so on – and that we all heed and are inspired by his words!

Kit B (276)
Friday April 18, 2014, 7:34 am


A right to vote gained at the expense of those brave women that endured prison, chained to their cells, gavage, rape and torture. Women today owe these our fore women a debt, vote. Do we have to do this again to get the right for equal pay? Other countries mock us and for good reason.

We are now at 8 million and soon the republicans will talk about the ACA, not Obama care. Why because it is working. If we add to that the number of people now covered by parents insurance and Medicaid, the number climb to 14 million.

"This law is working," Obama said. "This law won't solve all the problems in our health care system. We know we've got more work to do, but we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans, and take insurance away from millions more." said President Obama (

Citizens United is a misnomer and should be Citizens Divided because this is what is has accomplished, a division among those who want free and open elections and those who want our elections to be purchased by the highest number of dollars.

Koch Brothers Net Worth Soars Past $100 Billion - more than the GDP of 48 countries. Now they are working to own this country.

I support Bernie Sanders for president, if does not run then at least his messages to all of us should have some strong influence on coming elections. (

If my first comment should show up; I apologize for taking up the extra space.

Thanks TC


Joanne D (38)
Friday April 18, 2014, 8:03 am
5:00 Quite happy to have beaten the average, thank you very much.

Upworthy - Well, yes, but this video was put up by the UN. I don't think it's the local GOP alone. I think it's the worldwide "GOP." As Kit says we are a laughingstock to some - but in other coutries it's even worse than it is here.

Daily Kos - Oh, well, that's the GOP - damned if you do, damned if you don't. Since the signups are up to eight million now (with GOP silence), I'm not going to lose too much sleep. (Also, I would think it would have been difficult to miss the fact there was a deadline.) Has any of them ever heard of a "qualifying event," by the way?

HuffPo - I received this from Bernie in an email (which I saved). Glad to know it's in HuffPo, that may save me some cutting and pasting.

Cartoon - Well, that was certainly a loss.

I must run now but will note all articles and come back later.

Pat B (356)
Friday April 18, 2014, 9:21 am
Upworthy: Wow..good video.We do owe a debt of gratitude to women past, but we still have a long way to go.
Daily Kos: Gawd, really? They just keep it up, don't they? They continue to scorn the success of Obamacare. "We have a sizeable part of the U.S. population now for the first time in many cases in a position to enjoy the financial benefits of health insurance,” Obama said at the press conference on Thursday. Great news!
Cartoon:Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. His great intellectual achievements and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius.
On 17 April 1955, Albert Einstein experienced internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.Einstein refused surgery, saying: "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly."[86] He died in Princeton Hospital early the next morning at the age of 76, having continued to work until near the end. Source: Wikipedia.
Do take plenty of cap naps, have a fun day, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

JL A (281)
Friday April 18, 2014, 9:56 am
Same song different verse? Fox should decide whether the problem is doing it or not doing it--not finding both a problem.
Too bad so many you shared with us ignore so much of Einstein's wisdom.
Thanks TC.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Friday April 18, 2014, 10:22 am
UPWORTHY: "“The ads are shocking because they show just how far we still have to go to achieve gender equality. They are a wake up call, and we hope that the message will travel far,” adds Kareem Shuhaibar, copy writer."

"For UN Women, the searches confirm the urgent need to continue making the case for women’s rights, empowerment and equality, a cause the organization is pursuing around the world. UN Women is heartened by the initial strong reaction to the ads and hopes they will spark constructive dialogue globally."

My own search using Google and the words "women should" revealed, today, April 18, 2014, came up with these top six autofills using "women should": 1. shouldn't: 2. should; 3. shouldn't vote; 4. should stay at home; 5. should not work; 6. should be seen and not heard.

Have a look at the UN LINK above for a graphic presentation of these phrases using A. women should; B. women shouldn't; C. women cannot; D. women need to.

It is rather depressing that women still cannot be treated as equals the world over including here in USA. Remembering I once said, in C2, that half of the world's human population has a vagina and the other half has a penis. In my opinion, women do much more than men.

ty, tc.

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Friday April 18, 2014, 3:25 pm
My husband and I joke that we both should be happy we have each other, so we can blame each other for everything. Now I get blamed for you oversleeping your catnaps. I can take it, but shouldn't you get alarm clock that plays "I wish I was in Dixie"?

Upworthy: Must be an American thing, because Google did not auto-complete "women should" here. So this war on women hasn't reached European shores yet, phew. So do whatever you can to vote these Talibangelist control freaks out of office, please before we get infected with these pox too.

Daily Kos: This was sooo to be expected. I hope people who can't enrol now will take their complaints to the one who is responsible for it: the GOP.

Huffington Post. I just love the way Bernie Sanders put things into perspective, explains in a way that everyone can understand without becoming patronising or childish and steering clear of dramatics and overstatement. And than this clear and well-put perspectives makes me sad, even depressed. There is no getting away from the awful truth: oligarchy is lurking in the shadows everywhere, but soon it will be out in broad daylight, having taken over the world.

Lynn C (94)
Friday April 18, 2014, 5:35 pm
noted & thanks

Edith B (146)
Friday April 18, 2014, 9:47 pm
Upworthy: Women should be and do anything they choose, sad that we are still having to fight for basic rights in this country. Yet the Republicans keep insisting there is no War on Women.

Daily Kos: Hypocrites is right. They are only "against" something until they are "for" it, and then only if the Democrats haven't done it to their satisfaction.

Huffington Post: I wish every citizen in this country would read Bernie Sanders' posts. He makes more sense than all the rest of our senate and congress combined. I wonder, when the Koch's have complete control, will they turn the country into a slave nation?

TomCat S (129)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 12:01 am
Thanks everyone.

Lona, I'm an expert at sleeping through alarm clocks.

James Maynard (84)
Saturday April 19, 2014, 9:43 pm
Did the Google...unreal....
Think I need a comb over....

Sheila D (28)
Monday April 21, 2014, 9:03 pm
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Guess we'll all have to Google "women should be: politicians, astronauts, president, CEO's, (etc)."
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