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Open Thread - 8/3/2014

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

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

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Arlene C (44)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 4:31 am
merci Tomcat

Lona G (80)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 5:39 am
Thanks Tomcat. I see your still working on the next 100 days on the counter. Keep it up.
Hopefully mpre time to read and comment in a few days time.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 5:42 am
Cactus top down puzzle time; 4:54.

While republicans scramble to leave town calmly wait to leave the planet so I never have to hear about them again.

David C (133)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 7:19 am
I am always hoping that the people of the US will wake up and vote out all the GOP, but sadly it doesn't seem to be going that way......

Arielle S (313)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 7:44 am
I want to send Lois Lerner a ton of flowers for actually saying what we all think anyway. The worthless weasels in Congress just can't handle the truth....

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 8:16 am
6:17 Bravely struggled through the sharp spines. Bleeding.

The New Yorker - I hate to say this, but Andy's suggested excuse makes more sense than that of the actual lawsuit. Defamation is at least a recognized tort. Using executive authority is not. TC, you made me laugh harder than Andy did.

Daily Kos - Good grief. That less aggressive spike in the West must be red places like Idaho, Montana, Utah, Kansas, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and is Oklahoma part of the West in this chart? Or is it just because California's population is so big?

New York Times - I notice the old gray lady stops short of explicitly placing blame on Republicans, and keeps talking about "Congress" as the problem when the problem isn't Congress, it is the Republicans in Congress. If you read the article and pay attention you will see that it is Democrats who are trying, and Republicans who are blocking, but only thise Americans with an attention span greater than a gnat's will do that. And it is the Americans with attention spans the same as or less than a gnat's who need the education. Thanks for singing my song, TC.

Cartoon - That was a day!

Pat B (356)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 11:02 am
New Yorker: Now THIS is really funny.!! LOL.
NY Times: The Repugs may as well go on a 5 week recess, as they worked tirelessly doing absolutely nothing.!!
Cartoon: Jesse Owens is remembered for one stunning week in 1936, when he won four track and field gold medals at a single Olympics. (100- and 200-meter dash, the broad jump and the 4x100-meter relay). Also, In 1976, President Gerald Ford awarded Owens the prestigious Medal of Freedom. Source:
Still have my company...I'm looking forward to a long catnap(s), after cleaning/picking up stuff. Hope that you have a great rest of your day, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

JL A (281)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 11:06 am
I guess TP GOP aren't concerned about their interviews with St. Peter at the pearly gates.
CA's employers are less apt to provide health insurance than elsewhere is part of why Joanne:

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 1:03 pm
LMAO @ Andy!

RepubliCare -- Yeah ain't our FREEDUMBs grand here in the South....NOT. I am one of those tenderly caressed by the RebubliCare system of healthcare....and yes, I am free to die in my home or in a store or in my truck or in the street because I cannot pay and because, ya know, freedumb. I loathe Herr Perry....

Congress' Recess -- I want a frikken Super Tsunami, not just a tiny whilwind. I want EVERY DEM to get out and vote these sorry excuses for humanity OUT!!!

Love the 'toon, Cat know that burned ole Adolf's little curlies, dontcha! LOLOLOL

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 6:47 pm
Puzzle — 4:10 I definitely did not get the point of that puzzle.

The New Yorker — "There is no justification for her to refer to Republicans in terms so much kinder and more generous than they deserve." — LMAO!!!

Daily Kos — A very telling graphic.

"Whereas 41.5% of the nation's uninsured lived in the South last fall—before Obamacare kicked in—by June the number had risen to 48.9%. Just under half of all uninsured Americans are Southerners, even though the South is only 37% of our country's population according to the 2010 census."

And you have people like Rand Paul and McTurtle who would deny health coverage to over 421,000 of their constituents by cancelling out the Kentucky programme.

A quote from Julius Caesar on patriotism which Dandelion brought to one of her posts is applicable here I think given that these Republicanus/Teabaggers are voted in by the citizenry.

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

Those that see affordable health care as a "liberty" issue need to think carefully about Julius Caesar's words. The Republicanus/Teabaggers have fired up their base in such a way that they are blindly bowing to them as they strip people's rights away.

The NY Times — Congressional … er … Republicanus/Teabagger dysfunction is an understatement!

"Mr. Obama, in a mocking tone during a news conference on Friday, said that House Republicans had made the bill “a little more extreme” so it would pass. He then chided Republicans for voting to sue him for an abuse of his executive authority one day, yet demanding that he assert it the next. “They’re not even trying to solve the problem,…”

Cartoon — From Wikipedia:

"He was the most successful athlete at the games [1936 Olympics in Berlin] and as such has been credited with "single-handedly crush[ing] Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy."

There is more in Wikipedia which is very interesting, and more telling of US attitudes towards African Americans. Publicly, Owens was "single-handedly crush[ing] Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy.", but at home in the US he was snubbed by FDR and others. He had to ride freight elevators and stay in segregated hotels, while in Germany there was no segregation. An interesting read.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 7:40 pm
Congratulations on the 104 days!!
Thank You TomCat

Edith B (146)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 8:57 pm
The New Yorker: Andy is funny, but what you said is funnier.

Daily Kos: This makes me sad as I am a southerner and most of my relatives live in southern states. I am thankful that Kentucky is not among those states who denied these benefits to their citizens.

NY Times: I hope this do nothing congress has made enough people so angry that they get off their duffs and vote them out!

Cartoon: That is probably what he would be called today.

TomCat S (129)
Monday August 4, 2014, 2:21 am
Thanks all. Lona got me again!
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