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Open Thread - 8/22/2014

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

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

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Lona G (80)
Friday August 22, 2014, 2:50 am
I hope your surgery will more minor than last time and won't trouble you, TomCat. Take good care of yourself out in the heat and start on your research or blog only when you are ready for it. Good luck.

Daily Kos: Excuse me, who is fanning the political flames exactly? Denying that Ferguson is all about race is fanning the flames with a helicopter. This is so typical (white) GOP that I think even I could have written this scenario, this reaction is just too predictable.

YouTube: Have you no shame, TomCat? LOL Even if it is a 5-year old video, I'd be too embarrassed to show the world this American kind of unbridled stupidity and hatred. And in addition add that the same ignorance and bigotry continues. Have you no pride left, my feline friend? ;-)
Excuse me while I purge myself from an overdose of right wing Patriotism, Republican style.

Right Wing Watch: Oh no you don't, not after I just overcame the previous dose of obnoxious hate mongering. Not Fisher again. My weekend is about to start and Fisher is not going to ruin it, try as he may. His previous toxic rants have hardened his listeners, so each time he has to be a tad more hateful and offensive. One day Karma will get him for these rants, but I hate to be around and see the result when he gets his just deserts.

Cartoon: Aussies don't have the right type of toilets to see that happen, TomCat. I've yet to witness it. LOL

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday August 22, 2014, 5:08 am
Tree avenue puzzle time; 5:16.

Let's just win in November.

Arielle S (313)
Friday August 22, 2014, 6:20 am
Ugly just gets uglier, doesn't it? All of those Republicans have the intellectual wattage of a lug nut. If karma works, they will all come back as cockroaches.

Joanne D (38)
Friday August 22, 2014, 6:20 am
5:51 Glad I didn't have to climb them.

Daily Kos - Somewhere in the reams of inforation I'vs been reading about Ferguson was that elections for local and civic offices are held in the Spring. That's bad because it's harder for minorities to vote. But it's also good because there will be time before the next one to put up real candidates. I hope the people helping will be able to commit, some of them, to that length of time.

YouTube - If Obama were really Hitler, Glenn Beck would by now have been dead at least four years and eleven months (or within four months after this).

Right Wing Watch - Really I just can't this morning. I need to drive.

Cartoon - Like the US, Australia was settled largely by misfits. Also like the US, Australia is having Republican problems. They are not flushing enough of them. God help the Great Barrier Reef because Australia's politicians won't.

Robert B (60)
Friday August 22, 2014, 6:41 am
My puzzle time was terrible. seems I couldn't see the forest for the trees (like the GOP) :P
How laughable and stupid of the right wingers to actually object to voter registration booths in Ferguson. These people have truly sold their souls to the silly god of the willfully stupid.
Tom, I hope every thing goes well for you. Thanks for the posting.

JL A (281)
Friday August 22, 2014, 7:20 am
May the surgery go smooth and the Broncos provide good after surgery pain relief.
The Beck and Fischer examples seem to be exemplifying the heightened sensitivity people have to their own weaknesses displayed by others.
Kudos to whoever set up the voting booths to help the people in Ferguson see the relationship to their low voter turnout to how their community is run. Heard last night that Nixon called home the National Guard saying it was because of two quiet nights in a row...perhaps it was actually more because he failed to do it according to the rules for the feds to pay for it? We did hear Obama say the requisite notification hadn't been made.
Can't think of Cook without thinking of some of his less humane legacies revealed to me when I read the novel "Hawaii."

Avril Lomas (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:08 am
Rep Barbara Lee.discusing the terrible situation in the middle East,(last night) Stated that the Congress should be convened to debate possible solutions!?
Which Congress Ms. Lee,? the current one could NOT debate what to have for supper, let alone arrive at a consensus!! on such a matter. SURELY YOU JEST!

P A (117)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:41 am

Re the first video – what an indictment on the mental health system and the education system – and the media she watches – that sad woman was. Whoever told the daft bat that fascism was left wing! Did she just shout rubbish till she got some attention from someone, then stuck with it like a scratched record? Poor soul.

I completely agree with your RepubliSpeak Dictionary – brilliant!

I hope your paw surgery goes well and provides some relief – to have a sore paw and bad COPD in the heat must be awful – poor kitty!


Elle B (84)
Friday August 22, 2014, 10:08 am
Ty Tom...all the best for your surgery and healing. . .

How about rounding-up all the Shoot-to-Kill Faux-Military CamouCop types across the nation for immediate deployment to USIS/ISIL fronts...[odd they aren't all enlisting poste haste...with like mindsets and tactics...seems they would be there on their own dime by now...looks like the perfect storm match-up opp...or perhaps they don't meet those US military requirements for genuine combat duty...regularly shooting down unarmed citizens--the donning and doffing camou-costumes may not cut it.] Such an effort could work to solve the demilitarization of domestic policing dilemna and the Camou-Crowd would soon find out what "shoot-to-kill on sight" and a "hostile threat" really means. . .that is if they could keep their heads about them.

Trivial Point: Has anyone ever explained to Camou Cops ... that the purpose of the camouflage garb is to decrease visibility? As usual...cross file under "Too Stupid" and "Deeply Disturbing" . . .


Chris C (152)
Friday August 22, 2014, 11:16 am
I'm with Gloria...we WILL win in November!

Yvonne White (229)
Friday August 22, 2014, 1:07 pm
I like Elle's suggestion - deport the killer kops to war zones! :)

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 22, 2014, 2:28 pm
Thanks TC.

Lynn S (235)
Friday August 22, 2014, 3:49 pm
Puzzle — 3:49 I was on the correct path but pooped out before getting to grandma's house.

What the hell is going on today . . . what should have been three, 3, trois, tres, drei, три . . . count them . . . barf bag alerts in today's post? Are you trying to "kill" us?

Daily Kos — So little Matty has his knickers in a twist because people, specifically African American people who make up 57% of the Ferguson population, want to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

It is only inappropriate if you're a Republicanus/Teabagger racist that has had it easy in the past because of low voter turnout in a traditionally Democratic area. Matty, tell someone who cares about your opinion!

YouTube — I hope these 2 women were able to go back on their meds! Apparently education was not their forté because they surely did not understand their "isms".

Right Wing Watch — Like usual, Fischer is wrong. Fischer is like the ebola virus.

Speaking of Muslims, here is a very short post from The Canadian Press ;

'They are terrorists and must be punished:' Calgary imam speaks out against ISIS

Fools like Fischer cannot conceive of good, law abiding Muslims. Too bad because he is missing some really nice people. As you say TC, Fischer and the terrorists have more in common with each other than either has with authentic Christianity or Islam.

Cartoon — Yeah, the Republicanus/Teabagger pseudo scientists also hold that Australians stand on their heads all day. Originally settled by the English in 1788 as a penal colony, but aboriginal peoples have been there for over 40,000 years.

Sheila D (28)
Friday August 22, 2014, 5:29 pm
It seems as if Ferguson, MO, is showing us very clearly what a militarized police department is going to look like; us against them, whether we're law abiding, or not. Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Bonita Annis (20)
Friday August 22, 2014, 6:33 pm
I made a comment on FB that the military is to protect the homeland against enemy forces, the police are to protect communities. If we have "military police" then does that make the American citizen the enemy?
The next day someone had a meme up that stated the same reaction..I did some digging and found that many police departments across the US are being sent to Israel to learn their tactics..paid by the taxpayer of course. Also that military equipment that is provided to police department MUST be used or it is not funded..
All curious things..once again, it seems that purse strings are and profits are again a downfall for our "democracy"..I am saddened by what we are becoming..

Edith B (146)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:48 pm
Good luck with the surgery, hope that mean COPD clears up soon.

Daily Kos: That almost sounds like an Andy Borowitz article, too bad it was real.

Crooks and Liars: Are we really surprised that someone who would go to a Glenn Beck Fest is an idiot? Just sayin'

Right Wing Watch: I didnt watch the video. These people are so out of touch with reality there is hardly any hope for them.

We are experiencing severe flooding in our area tonight, over four inches of rain fell in an hour. I am nearly on top of a mountain and in no danger, but many of my friends are. Makes me sad.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:13 pm
Thanks all. Lona, are the out back there? ;-)

David C (131)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 12:58 pm
can't get through either video...both sickening....

James Maynard (84)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 3:25 pm
Can't watch the ignorance and
hate in the videos, think I'll go
for a walk in the woods............
Liked the walk in the woods so
much I got under the average
with 5:46.
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