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Open Thread - 6/11/2014

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

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P A (117)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 4:40 am
I got the same as Patty with the puzzle!

Daily Kos – how is it that people in America don't know about WalMart and their prices, wages and policies – I know and I am over here! (Rhetorical question, I do realise there are people all over the world who don't care about others and keep determinedly ignorant of such subjects – and the vast majority of them vote Right Wing).

Good for Mark Udall – there was a speaker over from Germany to Galway University a few days ago, speaking about Green Energy – he apparently touched on the inertia from governments and said that we must emphasise to people that Green Energy is CHEAP and in a few years (paying off purchase price and installation costs etc) it will be free! As we know entrenched interests are doing their best to muddy the waters and lie about such things, we must keep emphasising the monetary savings to those who don't care about climate change and climate chaos!

Brillliant cartoon TC – well done!

Lona G (80)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 5:19 am
Glad you noticed I had your new stash of catnaps trained to let you sleep enough but not oversleep. I'm also glad you've got this whole thing with getting your blood O2 levels sorted now. Nice to have someone come around to measure them, if you can manage to have it coincide with day your groceries are brought, you only have to clear and clean your place only once ;-)

Thanks for the update on Cantor. If he was beaten by a real nut of a Teabagger, and the Democrats realise this and get of their couches to vote, maybe this will give the Democrats' candidate a chance despite the Gerrymandering.

The New Yorker: Hillary's book can't be all that bad if pre sales have hit over a million, the book is already translated in Dutch and on the market and the Republicans already have a publication "Failing Choices" to counter it. But of course Andy needed it otherwise to make fun of Rand Paul. For satire's sake he has also have Paul read the autobiography, but I doubt Paul can read anything longer than a page.

Daily Kos: all the (grass-root) actions to put Walmart on the spot seems to pay off, people are clearly taking notice. The next step for activist may be harder, though. Making people even more aware and start boycotting Walmart, may first result in Walmart employees losing their jobs before the company is brought to its knees and starts paying them a liveable wage. It's very difficult to ask people who already have a tough time keeping their heads above water to sacrifice their jobs without financial support and I'm sure Walmart is counting on that.

NY Times: Mark Udall really understands the opportunity he's been given by Obama's plans on limiting CO2 output. If he really makes climate change and the way to prepare fore it and the way to fight it his own he can challenge the lies of his GOP opponents and focus on both the disasters that are upon his state if nothing is done and the benefits "his" plans have for the state. The other Democrats running for Senate seats should take him as an example to follow instead of cowering in the corner.

Cartoon: Sadly very true.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 6:24 am
Congrats on Day 51! We're proud of you!
Only 27% think Walmart is bad?
Good for Mark Udall - at last, someone with some gonads.
And yes, the cartoon is sad but true....

Pat B (356)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 7:22 am
New Yorker: , re: Paul Rand: “I read a lot of books, and it’s rare that I don’t find a passage or two to lift here or there. I just read the second Harry Potter book and I thought there was some dialogue of Voldemort’s that could work well in my stump speech. But this Hillary book? Nada.” Andy is so funny.!

Daily Kos: I thought that the percentage of consumers not pleased with Walmart would be higher. But it's a start, I don't shop there, haven't in several years now.

Cartoon: Unfortunately, so very true and sad.

Glad to read that you talked with the Head Honcho, and got things straightened out, and that they will get someone out to you for your testing at your place. Some of them need to take a refresher in Human Relations and be kinder to those they serve. In the meantime, have a great day, get your cleaning done quickly so that you can rest and cat nap. Take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 8:11 am
6:11 I knew it would be tough. Too much admiring the littlr jeweled darling instead of concentrating.

Breaking - I suspect a big factor here was that slightly less crazy Republicans were overconfident because of the polls and the money, and stayed home in droves. This is a horrible warning for us if so. We could have a Brat-by-name-brat-by-nature in the House next year. More to the point, we could lose the Senate.

New Yorker - That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. If you listen to him, he never steals anything that makes sense.

Daily Kos - How nice. Apparently Target hasn't been exposed yet. Costco does seem to treat its employees better than the other two without losing business to lower prices.

NY Times - And I am so proud of him. I might add he has voted his conscience from Day One. Very occasionally his vote disagrees with what I would expect, and he is always willing to explain why, and even if I still don't agree, it makes sense.

Can't add a syllable to the cartoon.

David C (129)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 8:15 am
so sad...schools safer being closed than open, > 1 school shooting per week schools are in session.....

JL A (281)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 11:41 am
Got a giggle out of Andy.
Read this morning that Walmart's CEO initiated discussions with employees who attended/spoke at the shareholder meeting yesterday--will track to see whether it becomes real or is just e.lipservice.
Kudos to Udall for showing the example of what leadership looks like!
I'm predicting we see Cantor at the Heritage Foundation in 2015.
So glad to hear your manager contact resulted in what always should have been the case confirmation and a plan that is less cumbersome for the future!

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:14 pm
Why is there not a national discussion on mental health.

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:16 pm
In light of Cantor's defeet ( yeah, the spelling is correct as Cantor is walking out the door), I'll bet that Republicans are wishing that they had supported abortions now! Think of it . . . Republicanus could have aborted, and continue to abort, the Teabaggers! What a dream!!!

Avril Lomas (0)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:38 pm
I concur with comments re. Mr Cantor,but I realise that he will go from strenth to strength in the system. (Lobbyist etc). Too bad that middle class workers whose jobs are lost do not get the same opportunities,THEY JUST GET THE SHAFT!.
May I conclude with the hope that Susan Collins, whose bill cut the rest hours needed for Long distance drivers,Loses a great deal of sleep. over her meddling. Accidents happen when one is sleep deprived.
SWEET DREAMS Ms. Collins!.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:46 pm
Thank you TC.

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:48 pm
Breaking: Eric Cantor. Just who is David Brat and where does he stand on issues?

New Ayn Rand Nutjob Goes to Washington? The Scary Economic Thinking of Dave Brat
Majority Leader Eric Cantor is ousted by a Rand-worshiping econ professor.

Since Cantor is no longer "in line" to become the next speaker of the house. If John Boehner does step down and retires, who would be next in line for that position? There is talk that Paul Ryan just might be that person if he wants the job. Right now, with the immigration issue upfront, there is a huge vacuum in the gop leadership. Maybe, just maybe that people are getting fed up with the obstructionism and power broker, corporate tactics of the gop in Congress is why the voters decided to oust Cantor.

ty, tc.

Dianna M (16)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 1:59 pm
Eric Cantor, in his concession speech, said, “We want(ed?) to create a Virginia that works for everybody.” Everybody, that is, except homosexuals, Democrats, Latinos, blacks, immigrants, the poor, homosexuals, women who want birth control, homosexuals, immigrants, women who want control of their own bodies, people who want people to have health insurance, Democrats, people without jobs who can’t find another one and who want/need unemployment, women who don’t want to be raped, people with dark complexions, people whose homes were destroyed through an act of nature and want/need help rebuilding, people who don’t vote Republican, women, “those” people, people who don’t have billions of dollars to donate to my campaign, people who aren’t white, people who want American citizenship, and same-sex couples who want to get married.

Also immigrants. And Democrats. And black people. And Obama, who falls into two of the last three categories (although I STILL hear people spouting that birther crap, which means they believe he fits in all three.)

The cartoon: I have repeatedly demanded that "my" representatives in Congress explain how they can call themselves "pro-life" yet still block legislation that would keep people from buying guns which they then use to murder lots of children. Good thing I'm not holding my breath on their 'explanation', I'd've stroked out and died a long time ago.

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 3:21 pm
CO2 Blood Levels---Dontcha just love it, Cat Man, when Karma embraces someone who should have known better and did it anyway......I do. :)

Bagger Buggered Cantor--ROFLMBFACO!!!!!! Hopefully though, the Dem porf will win in the end in Nov. I hope so. We don't need no more stinkin' FundyFascistBaggerBast*rds up on the Hill.

Hillary's Book--Andy hits it again...thing is, not even Son Of Idiot wants to plagiarize it because it probably has a lot of nasties in it called FACTS and TRUTHS that the FFBB's just cannot own up to.

HelMart--There's a reason I call it HelMart and I never go there.

Good on Mark Udall. Ram it down the Repuke's throats for them. Make them choke on it.


Edith B (146)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 10:24 pm
I am glad you got the Medical Equipment fiasco straightened. The woman SHOULD be in trouble.

The New Yorker: Rand would probably plagiarize "See spot run" if he were not afraid it was about a mixed race child, he certainly doesn't want them to have any notice. He embarrasses me everytime he speaks. I am not even in his district yet he still represents me. Yuck

Daily Kos: Looks like all the publicity we have been giving Wal Mart about the way they treat their employees is working. I post every petition and ad I receive about this on Facebook.

NY Times: I wonder if Udall would consider moving to Kentucky? Nahh

The cartoon says it all.

I celebrated when I heard Cantor was gone, too, but after reading about who defeated him some of the air went out of my balloon. Keeping my fingers crossed that the guy does not defeat his Democratic opponent.

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 10:48 pm
Puzzle — 2:59 My little wings could not quite keep up! Maybe it's the weight of my big feet!

The New Yorker — Andy's been on a roll lately! . . . but I didn't know that Rand Paul could read!

Daily Kos — I am surprised that WalFart didn't have a higher unfavourable rating. There's an old saying that "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." I guess there are 72% of the people that were fooled by WalFart! Lord knows it doesn't include any of the 1% because they would not deign to shop and WalFart. Besides, they support the Waltons.

NY Times — A man of conscience! . . . good conscience! How refreshing!

Cartoon — If it isn't removing education or the SNAP programme or school lunches, then it is defending gun rights beyond all else, including common sense.

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 11:36 pm
Thanks all.

Jonathan H (0)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 4:29 am

James Maynard (84)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 10:51 am
I am getting hints that this was a
Democrats' take-over of the open
Republican primary.....Could make
a huge difference come November.
One word definition of corporate
welfare - Walmart.
Little hummer was long gone by
the time I finished......

TomCat S (128)
Thursday June 12, 2014, 11:47 pm
Thank you both. James the exit data shows that id not the case. The Democrat couldn't have voted in the Republican primary. He died. ;-)

Graziella Veri (0)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 7:58 am
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