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Open Thread - 8/4/2014

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

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

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Gloria p (304)
Monday August 4, 2014, 3:22 am
Bee on lavender puzzle time; 5:13. It's one of the prettiest bee puzzles.

The purpose of government it do nothing until the president you don't like leaves office. And we pay for it.

P A (117)
Monday August 4, 2014, 3:58 am
I love the Neil de Grasse Tyson clip - I remember seeing him on the Discovery Science channel in a programme about 10 - 12 years ago (when it was better than it is now) and hoping he would become more prominent in the media - and he seems everything I hoped for!

It is so worrying that nearly half the population don't seem to use their brains when it comes to the unmitigated tripe dished out by the GOP and their allies - they say they haven't done things that they are a) clearly documented as doing and b) have appeared on the media boasting that they are doing them - then they appear a few weeks later and blame the Democrats, saying that the Dems are doing what they just did - and their bewildering supporters believe them! Nuts!


Arielle S (313)
Monday August 4, 2014, 5:57 am
The Republicans are obviously a lost cause....oh, how I wish they would just get lost. Those of us who are old enough remember the hope, the pride we had during the Space program.... now life is scary and full of nut cases who can only think of how to make the President look bad. Do we not need GOP volunteers to populate Mars? It seems a much more suitable planet for them than earth.

Jim P (3257)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:19 am
The more suitable planet for the gop/tp people is on a
gaseous planet called Youranus (Uranus)... lol.


JL A (281)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:49 am
Your chili sounds fabulous--wish it were strong enough to knock the hot air out of the stooges to deflate their egos. The space program was sacrificed by the Bushes to pay for their wars--you can either protect oil interests or be competitive in space but not both if you do not want corporations and the 1% to pay their fair share of taxes.

Pat B (356)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:52 am
Upworthy: 'How much would you pay for the Universe?' Man...I'd take a class if Dr. Neil Tyson was the speaker locally. I'd sign up for anything he taught...he's awesome. Loved this presentation.
Daily Kos: Speaking of the universe...sign the Repugs on the next flight. What Jim said.
Cartoon: Spot on.!
You're as good as Andy B., in describing your chili entree this morning. I will look for your 'cloud' and hope it turns into a storm here. (We could use some thunder) ;-) Kudos on your counter too. Hope you have a great day, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday August 4, 2014, 8:59 am
5:36 Well, there's one alive anyway - unless this is am old picture.

Upworthy - While I agree with George and Neil on this point, I am miffed with Neil because he is also a stealth spolesman for Monsanto. I don't like that. I also feel much is left out of his argument to the point that it is disingenuous.

Daily Kos - Certainly there is competition, but Gohmert has a track record that makes him the gold standard, the bar with which other are competing (and which others do occasionally exceed).

TPM - Sometimes I wonder what Steve King thinks Iowa had that immigrants are going to take away from him. Or refugees. The Iowa of "The Music Man" no longer exists (although he does have an affinity with the character assissins bewailing "dirty books" in it).

Cartoon - And that too. How many Dreamers do you think are in Iowa?

David C (129)
Monday August 4, 2014, 10:16 am
thanks for the video.

David C (129)
Monday August 4, 2014, 10:16 am
deport the one I know would want them though.

Chris C (152)
Monday August 4, 2014, 10:50 am
I love Neil DeGrasse when he sticks to space science. I think the Space Race died with JFK. We had really better get busy and explore space ASAP because the earth will no longer be suitable for life by 2100.

As for the GOP/Tpukes -they are also a dying "race". Thank God.

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 4, 2014, 1:25 pm
Thank you TC.

Lynn S (235)
Monday August 4, 2014, 3:32 pm
You might have walked a mile for a camel (they really fart up a storm) … er … can opener, the green cloud arrived here last evening. Suddenly the skies clouded over although it was very hot. That explains the greenish haze and cloud cover!

Puzzle — 3:31 Honey, sweey comb honey! The thought is taking me back to my childhood when we would get Québec comb honey for our toast. Better than any pasteurised over processed honey of today. I can smell it and taste it even now. ARRGGGHHHH!!!!!

Upworthy — I remember John Glen's flight and of course Aldrin's and Armstrong's moon landing in 1969. There was excitement about it all. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the military budget (or at least a big chunk of it) were diverted to space exploration?! That won't happen because the neocon wing of the Republicanus/Teabagger party won't let their budget be decreased.

BTW, I could not hear the voice of George Takei, only Neil deGrasse Tyson. Either that or their voices sound alike.

Daily Kos — Goh-merde sets the bar high in the stupidity competion, but he is getting plenty of competition from thers like "cantaloupe calves" King. With so many being lawyers, how did these stupid morons ever survive before politics?

TPM — (really big eye roll) — It is amazing and stupefying that with breath, Boehner is suing the POTUS for using his executive powers granted by the constitution, then takes the House on holidays for 5 weeks without passing immigration funding and says the POTUS has the executive power to deal with it on his own. Hmmm … and if that is not enough, now "cantaloupe calves" King is saying that using executive powers would mean renewed impeachment talk. Can they not make up their bloody minds? Not to mention the noted constitutional crisis. The only constitutional crisis I see is the Republicanus/Teabagger obstruction that is more prevalent than fleas on a dogs back.

Cartoon — Yeh, right. Deport all Republicanus/Teabaggers to another galaxy far, far away! Mind, earth would probably be charged with pollution, but it might be worth it.

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:37 pm
Noted. Republicans are useless in elected positions.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday August 4, 2014, 6:54 pm
Thank You TomCat

reft h (66)
Monday August 4, 2014, 10:45 pm

Lona G (79)
Monday August 4, 2014, 11:19 pm
I could do with one of my own catnaps, TomCat, and it will probably glue me to my pillow just as long, because this jetlag is nearly zonking me out as it is. Will try to get back to commenting tomorrow.

TomCat S (128)
Monday August 4, 2014, 11:29 pm
Thanks all.

Jim, don't you dare put a Republican on my anus!! :-( ;-)

Lynn, the text before the video was Takei.

Sleep well, Lona!


Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 11:01 am
Thanks for the articles, Cat Man. And the oh-too-true 'toon. :)

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 11:23 pm
Thanks Dawgie Darlin'!
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