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Open Thread - 8/7/2014

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

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 4:59 am
Dog angle puzzle time; 6:11. Can I keep him, please?

Mo Brooks drank too moon shine or something.

I am not excited about Walgreen's staying because they expect a tax deal. Walgreens and I both come from Lake County, Illinois. When I used to have investments they were my first choice and I did well with their stock.

Lona G (80)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 5:37 am
Still going strong on the Day Counter, I see, TomCat. Kudos for sticking to it. And still having troubles with the old sleep rhythm too, I noticed. I can make you a new batch of catnaps, but they would be an Aussie strength of course. I"m not sure if felines are very partial to Eucalypt, so I'll just send you a tryout first, see how you like it.

Daily Kos: Thinks may look slightly different if you move halfway across the world to the southern hemisphere, or perhaps it's the jet lag in its final stages, but I think even rep. Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama, isn't taking himself too seriously. They (the GOP) are running out of steam, aren't they, and it must be really difficult to outdo all the other nutcases before him, so he's not even trying very hard. Just enough for the odd headline in a local paper, but nothing outrageous, really. Just more of the "blame it all on Obama" with the usual projection thrown in as a bonus and that is getting tiresome.

NY Times: Another issue on which Obama circumvents Congress to get things done and which will be followed by another lawsuit Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. (Will Shakespeare always comes in handy).

TPM: This must have been a lark, surely. Somebody pulling Rush's leg and the arrogant buffoon fell for it. If not, that teacher made another case why schools should stick to a prescribed curriculum devoid of religious influence and Republican rewriting of science and history.

Cartoon: By default, my dear Wattson, by default.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 7:15 am
A star to you, Lona, for thinking the GOP is running out of steam - I surely hope so as I'm running out of tolerance. It has become somewhat of a joke - "oh, what did Obama do now?" Whether he just ate breakfast or blew his nose, there is something really wrong with it and he should surely be impeached. My thought on all this is that the world is made of protons, neutrons, and electrons with a huge supply of morons, too.
As for Limbaugh.... SNORT! Was that an Andy Borowitz column?

Pat B (356)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 7:59 am
NY Times: These big companies that have millions in profit don't give one iota about "Economic Patriotism" as our President has said. It's all about the billions/millions they make without having to pay taxes, and they "Don't Care" is their motto.!!
TPM: Most states (46 including SC), have implemented Common Core State Standards into their curriculum. This teacher gushing over Barf's book is out of line, and she needs to be counseled on appropriate core topics. On a side note I did find this on Wiki also:
SC Governor Nikki Haley (R), criticized the Standards, saying "We don’t ever want to educate South Carolina children like they educate California children." A bill to repeal the Standards has been filed in the State Senate, and is currently in the Education subcommittee, with amendments under discussion to delay until 2016 rather than repeal outright. .... (Figures) !!
Cartoon: Well, of course.!!
Good luck with your team. Kudos on your counter, so proud of you.! You have a busy day ahead, with house cleaning, and groceries coming in. Get in a good catnap, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 8:05 am
5:19 "Here comes a dog with his tongue hanging out" is actually a song lyric - by Garrison Keillor.

Daily Kos - And who is he fooling? Other racists.

NY Times - Walgreens caved purely from public outcry (and boy, am I glad about that.) But there are plenty of corporations whose management is made of sterner stuff. So I hope the administration acts strongly and soon.

TPM - Unless the teacher was using the book as an object lesson of how partisans can twist history for their own ends (which may be a bit heavy for third grade), not only does the teacher need a new day job, but the class needs to be watched as they grow up for potential terrorists. Perhaps one of the investigative reporters at Kos, MoJo, Take Part, or another group will dig it out. Or, as Patty says, maybe it isn't even true, truth not being Limbaugh's strong suit. We will hope that's the case.

Cartoon - We also don't need no facts, evidence, or logic.

JL A (281)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 8:31 am
Indoctrination of our young is always to be avoided; yet indoctrination using myths as the foundation is even scarier. That is one of the foundational reasons why curriculae in public schools have approval processes.

Yes, just as labor violations are now to be used in determining whether to award a contract, being a US taxpaying company should be a prerequisite to compete just like many states do not permit state government to award contracts to businesses not based in their state. I'd like the lawyers to find additional executive order options to reduce incentives beyond this slam-dunk one that has lots of precedents (yet could be undermined by TPP and other similar free-trade agreements if language not sufficiently controlled).
Those who do not recognize racism seem doomed to express it ad nauseum.
I don't care which team wins.


David C (129)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 8:34 am
could it simply be that Obama and fault just both have 5 letters????

all the GOP words have 4.......GOP, Alec, Koch, Bush, Cheney.........war, war, war,

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 9:11 am
Thank You TomCat

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 10:12 am
Bubba Bagger.....ROFLMAO....I like that one! And yes, he is projecting exactly what the GOPeepanties ARE conducting on EVERYONE not in their club. Goebbels would be so proud.

Tax Dodgers -- I hope the Prez puts the hurts to all of them....permanently.

3rd grade teacher----needs to be fired and like you say, Cat Man, committed. You know her students were fed utter BS and 'revised' history.

'Toon.......oxygen is even his fault.......morons.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 2:17 pm
Why are they Now Rushing to do something that has been going on since the 70's???? "Treasury Department officials are rushing to assemble an array of options that would essentially wipe out the economic incentive for the deals, Mr. Lew said. No final decision has been made. ..See How RepubliCorp Is Ducking Taxes. At the very least, Obama could disqualify such companies from government contracts and subcontracts." My mother worked at a shoe company in the late 60's-early 70's, she was paid TRA when it shut down & got they just leave & too bad for their workers..:(

Lynn S (235)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 8:36 pm
Puzzle — 3:25 That's the best it is going to get after an afternoon of sleeping to get rid of a migraine that has me down to a drunken stupor which is a decided improvement.

Daily Kos — Mo "Bubba Bagger" Brooks was declared Asshole of the Day 04 August 2014 for this racist BS.

"But these rich white Republicans in positions of power will let go of their victimization narrative when you pry it from their cold, dead hands."

Hopefully, that will be 05 November 2014 when they join the line of unemployed politicians!

NY Times — With Boehner already suing Obama and then "double dawg daring" him to act unilaterally on another matter, there are risks in taking any unilateral actions. However, if he stays within the executive powers of the office, whether Boehner likes it or not, I say go for it. Additionally, if people are helped to understand that without this action the tax base and tax revenues will fall dramatically even more, I think the average citizen will understand that no corporate revenues means more out of their pockets. Maybe they could find a way to tax the kool-aid so even sheeple could understand.

TPM — You just had to put that post in there didn't you. Now I have to thoroughly clean my keyboard! Oh the insaniTea! That classroom person needs to be arrested for impersonating a teacher,

Cartoon — May a camel walk backwards up the Republicanus/Teabagger noses and fart . . . just because they can!

Edith B (146)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 9:16 pm
Best of luck on your holy day!

DailyKos: Rep. Brooks gives a typical Republican response. Racism abounds in his party and that is probably why he belongs it.

NY Times: I hope the Prez does circumvent Congress to stop these "inversions". They are all ready suing him for using executive privilege so he has nothing to lose. They will never vote to stop this on their own, they are all getting too rich from the benefits of it. They much prefer cutting food stamps and lunches at schools for poor children than oppose their corporate masters.

TPM: How sad that a teacher would be so uneducated.

Cartoon: Of course it is all his fault. History books will probably show what a good president he has been, despite Republican obstructionism, but try telling that to people today. The Republican propaganda is too pervasive and people believe the tripe they hear on mainstream media

TomCat S (128)
Friday August 8, 2014, 12:03 am
Thanks all. I'm running late.

James Maynard (84)
Friday August 8, 2014, 1:57 pm
If Mo's first name were Mel, I would
know to laugh. As it's not, his
comments are just sad.
Do my best to not support business
that do not support the U.S.
Avg was 5:06 - me 5:19
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