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Open Thread - 7/11/2014

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- 1416 days ago -
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown). That's all today. 2nd attempt to upload.

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JL A (281)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:51 am
Jordan and Lebanan are pressured to take immigrants from Syrian violence yet those arriving at the US fleeing similar violence are here just to sway elections when most are too young to vote? And he should recall it was Nixon who took us off the gold standard.

Since you asked, I'd love to ask TP folks to consider what would Balou do.

Today is supposed to be our coolest day in many moons, so I can relate (down to a high of 92).

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:14 am
5:00 My computer maven was here yesterday and tripled my memory. It didn't solve everything, and I don't expect it to show in every puzzle, but coming closer to TC than to average is an achievement for me. Did you know that polarized sunglasses can help you drive in the rain? I don't remember how it works exactly but you sort of see through the drops. We don't get much rain here but when we do it tends to be fast and heavy.

Upworthy - it stalled on me at 2:00, but what I saw was very good and I will keep working on it (going to YouTube didn't help). But TC, your chess game comment makes me wonder what they would do with a blue queen.

Daily Kos - New Mexico is the state where Republicans (God knows why) are trying to register foreign nationals - and also trying to convince natives that they must re-register before every election (they needn't). But even they are not dumb enough to try to register children.

Got to go, have help coming over - will be back later.

Lona G (80)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:36 am
Stay cool and keep your cool too, TomCat. Tomorrow is another day, and we are very understanding of your predicament. Walking in this heat isn't only unpleasant but also onerous for you. Good luck and stay safe.

Upworthy: Nice going by Hari Kondabolu, he gave every Right Wing meme a dressing‐down in about six minutes time. Very funny and spot on. And so was your remark, TomCat. Thank you for posting it.

Daily Kos: I read the name Gohmert and saw your barf bag alert so I really debated with myself whether I should watch this video. Was I up to it today? Could my blood pressure stand the assault? Did Terry have enough space left on her desk to bang my head against? After a while I took the risk and watched it. AAAAAHHHHRRRRGGG, and found out I shouldn't have. It was the combination of the ranting - this time almost coherent - of Louie Gohmert and that equally demented nodding of the disgusting host, Steve (S)Malzberg, that did me in. Steve's German or Austrian ancestors must have dropped the S from their name as soon as they got here, because as a mountain of lard you don't get far in the world. Sadly it didn't help Steve much, he didn't get far in the human being department.

TPM: Randy Neugebauer, another Texan of course, plays the one card that the Republicans have left that will bring them something: lying your fracking a$$ off. Which is best done on radio, because there you can't be expected to show some visual material that proves your point. And if the left comes up with photos or videos that completely contradict your assertions, no harm done, because your audience has already taken your lies hook. line and sinker and don't pay attention to those commie media.

Cartoon: The chances of some species to go extinct through fracking is 100%, the human species is of course the last one to go after all the vertebrates have gone, leaving the world to some insects and a few invertebrates, but mainly to bacteria, the super adaptable.. The earth will have come almost full circle then.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Friday July 11, 2014, 9:34 am
Upworthy: Enjoyed Hari Kondabolu's brand of standup comic commentary. Unusually different. lol.

Daily Kos:
Andy Borowitz | Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists
[Sarah Palinsane]

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — A new poll released Thursday reveals that a broad majority of Americans describe themselves as “deeply unhappy” to have been reminded that the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin exists.

Palin’s call for the impeachment of President Obama, a ploy to remind people that she still roams the earth, appears to have backfired, the poll shows.

With seventy-two per cent of respondents saying that they were “upset” or “very upset” to be reminded of her existence, Palin is one of three non-officeholders whose recent utterances have traumatized Americans.

According to the poll, eighty-one per cent were upset to be reminded that Ann Coulter exists, while a hundred per cent felt that way about the existence of the former Vice-President Dick Cheney.

To use TC's time honored phrase "Barf Alert": Sarah Palin- ‘You Don’t Bring A Lawsuit To A Gun Fight’ (VIDEO) [Sarah Palinsane]

ty, tc.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:05 pm
I'm back - my BFF was available on short notice to help me with my jungle of a yard. We didn't finish but every little bit helps.

TPM - When was the last time you heard of a kid, I know they are all ages but I am imagining 8-10, all excited about free health care? Aren't they usually as excited as a cat going to the vet? I doubt if "being treated lovely" ever goes through their minds. This sunds like more of the rich thinking the poor have it easy (the Lucky Ducky meme). Grrrr.

Cartoon - I see I would not have been able to be the first to say "it's a crap shoot" even had I stayed earlier. I do think, compared to drilling, shooting craps has much more respectability. Better odds, too.

TC, I join the chorus of "Don't overdo." We want to keep you, not work you to death.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:39 pm
Sun glasses puzzle time; 6:13.

Instead of going to two wars we could have sealed our borders and coasts.

David C (131)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:04 pm
cartoon is awesome

David C (131)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:06 pm
I would have thought that Mrs. Palin and her Christian values would want to go spend time at the border helping these children in any way she could....

David C (131)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:07 pm
glad you warned me about the need for a barf bag....

Edith B (146)
Friday July 11, 2014, 8:45 pm

I hope you had a better day than you expected.

Upworthy: I love this site, and loved this segment. This comedian hit the mark all the way around. I tried to e mail it to my son, he has no FB account, couldn't do it. I know he would love it.

Daily Kos: He should change his last name to Goof mert. Wow did this cretin ever get elected to any office?.

TPM: The Republicans only care about fetuses, not actual, living children. They are using these poor kids against Obama as they have every single issue or non issue they can find. I wonder why he even wanted a second term. He has been treated miserabley since he was first elected.

Cartoon: YOu should submit that to the RNC, they might just adopt it as their logo, you could be rich!

Love Dave C;s comment.


Lynn Squance (235)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:05 pm
Puzzle — 3:59 No sun in my eyes but I am a bit disadvantaged. Both my hands have deep wounds on the palms and fingers from when Winnie went bezerk at the vet's. Here saw a dog (which was quietly waiting his turn) and that as that. I ended up being bandaged up by Winnie's surgeon. One finger turned blue immediately from a puncture and the rest are deep scratches and punctures. Hurt like hell and of course I keep knocking the wounds when I do anything. At least right now I can drink tea (not insaniTea) with my pinky more or less proerly in the air.

Upworthy — "In that chess game, the Republican white pawns would try to impeach the black king." — Absolutely! The white Queen Sarah is yelling "Impeach that black King!" Won't take long for the pawns to join the chorus!

Daily Kos — Goh-merde (translation: Goh-shit for brains) is certifiable IMHO. Gomer Pyle has an IQ of 200 compared to this reject. He must have received his law degree from a Cracker Jacks box. And being elected . . . there must be people just like him because he was elected. I wonder if he will survive the 2014 midterms?

TPM — Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) said

" … We've got to send a signal that we cannot be the world's peacekeeper, and we can't be the world's humanitarian relief organization. The American taxpayers can't be responsible for this."

Sorry guys, you know I luvs you, but I damn nearly coughed up a furball on this statement. When was the US the world's peacekeeper? That whole statement shows that Nutbauer is delusional. You'd never get a Republicanus/Teabagger to admit to the real intent of a "peacekeeping mission". Just look at Iraq. The stated purpose was WMD and freedom for the Iraqi people. The real reason for Bush and Cheney dancing the light fandango in Iraq — oil! But I digress. The US detention centres fetid and inhumane. I'd like to see Nutbauer spend a week in one with no special privileges. Bet he'd be crying for his mommy! . . . or a lawyer.

Cartoon — It's not a crap shoot, it's reality! If we don't mend our ways NOW, we will win the big prize . . . extinction!

@ Dave C --- Hey Dave, did you know that supposedly Sarah Palin converted to Judaism. Not doubt she uses that to get away from her Christian values! To be clear, my statement is about Sarah Palin's duplicity and is in NO WAY reflective of the Jewish faith.

TomCat S (129)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:52 pm
Thanks all. I made it. Tomorrow will ne the same, except the walk will be longer and the day hotter.

Avril Lomas (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 11:37 am
John McCain wants ankle bracelets on the refugee chldren from central America. Would someone please tellhim that they arechildren NOT terrorists. How about some compassion Mr McCain and how about thinking retirement. A.S.A.P.

Pat B (356)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 1:11 pm
Upworthy: Enjoyed viewing this segment. I like watching Conan's show.
Thanks for the warning on the Alert, sure did need it.!
Cartoon: So very, very sad, but true.!
Went to a funeral for a dear friends' nephew. I'm bummed, he was only 21. Hope your day is good, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Katie and Bill D (107)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 7:31 pm
All of these families talking trash have been immigrants or they wouldn't even be here today!!
Boehner, McCain, Palin & this Nut Barf Bag, Many more!!
Thank you TomCat

James Maynard (84)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 1:10 pm
Hari Kondabolu is quite funny,
because he's pointing out truths.
Louie Gohmert is another sad
embarrassment....along with
Randy Neugebauer .....
Should have put on my
sunglasses to do that one....

TomCat S (129)
Monday July 14, 2014, 12:35 am
Thanks all!

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday July 14, 2014, 6:42 am
Thanks Cat Man. Love the 'toon too!

Chris C (152)
Monday July 14, 2014, 10:51 am
Thanks, Tom - good reading!
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