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Open Thread - 8/25/2014

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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Terrie Williams (798)
Monday August 25, 2014, 6:17 am
SSDD all around....

Keeping all the victims of both Gaza and the earthquakes in my thoughts and Karmic prayers.

LOL, yeah that's about right for those greedy bastages.....(toon)

Lona G (80)
Monday August 25, 2014, 7:29 am
Terribly sorry to hear you can't do your prison volunteer work at all this week, TomCat. I seem to remember you couldn't go last time for similar reasons, so this must be really getting to you, and your boys, I think. If there was a way you could get a backup ride to Salem, no doubt you'd tell us about it. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get to Salem on your next volunteer day.

Daily Kos: Democrats should be reading this thread, don't you think, TomCat? We've all agreed here that the ACA was turning into a big plus months ago and that the Democrats had it thrown in their lap to score with in their campaign. Now if they'd only listen...

TPM: So the Israeli are finally getting down to some serious bombing, huh? No more Mr. Niceguy for the Palestinians, right? How much more can the Palestinians in Gaza take?

Huffington Post: dreadful business. I hope the critically injured will pull through,the others are able to leave hospital soon and the area remains quiet now.

Cartoon: If yo've money to burn than I suppose you can use it for other purposes too.

JL A (281)
Monday August 25, 2014, 7:53 am
Thankfully the evidence is that that was the big one and not a precursor of a larger quake. Sounds like it could've been worse if different timing. Concerning that some of the buildings damaged had been retrofitted for seismic events like this that didn't protect them. Sad that the early warning system hasn't been funded. Kudos to all the emergency personnel who minimized damage and facilitated calm and effective emergency services.

Glad you feel good about your team but sad your transportation for helping your guys won't happen. Any possibilities for a back-up ride option?

The headline is far less appropriate now than it might've been several months ago now that all the evidence points to ACA success and increasing popularity. It looks like CA may have a related proposition on November's ballot to keep insurance companies from claiming mega-entertainment events as expenses to justify premium increases, etc. One of the loopholes it would be nice if Congress or DHHS fixed for all states.

To quote the Holocost survivors in their recent letter "Never again means never again to anyone." Compassionate and caring people anywhere from any background must feel concern for the victims.

Cartoon: sounds like Ryan's proposed budgets' math,

Arielle S (313)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:11 am
Congrats on Day 126, TC - we're all very proud of you and happy that you are free of that bad stuff. I'm sorry about the prison but now you'll have even more time for US! (It is all about US, isn't it?)
I should hope the Dems will be more supportive of Obama than they have been - distancing themselves does not win any points from me. We just need to get rid of the governors who will not participate in the medicare program. Ok, we just need to get rid of the Republican governors... that would do it.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:19 am
Bug on purple puzzle time; 5:58.

Wow Tom Cat falling asleep at the keyboard! I wish your ride had worked out because you put so much into your prison work.

As for the rest. I think the world is ending pretty soon!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:35 am
5:05 So symmetrical it looks like it's posing for its portrait. It couldn't be, could it?

Daily Kos - It's news to me, but apparently "lede" is correct. The archaic spelling was picked up around 1976 to distinguish the lead-in of a story from lead, a strip of metal separating lines of type. Now that we have PCs and the internet, I questions whether there are still strips of metal separating lines if type, but it stuck among journalists, anyway, and there's at least one blog and a radio show named for it. Not being a journalist, I'm not embarrassed that I didn't know.

TPM - The Anti-Defamation League needs to wake up and realize that the biggest threat to the good name of the Jewish people is Zionism. Similarly the biggest threat to the good name of Christianity in the United States today is dominionism. At least Zionists know they are Zionists. Way too many dominionists have never heard the word and think they are just poor, persecuted Christians (well, they are piss-poor Christians, but that's not how they mean it.) I do think the situation is way beyond Kristallnacht, though. And with no end in sight.

HuffPo - I haven't heard from any of my cousins yet and hope they are all right. It does sound like it could have been much worse, but that's small comfort if it is you or your loved one who is hit.

Cartoon - That sounds unusually generous for a Republican. Sure he didn't mean six ones for a five?

Pat B (356)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:46 am
HuffPost: Keeping the folks in CA., and Gaza in my prayers, and also the parents/residents in Ferguson. RIP Michael.
Cartoon: Sounds like Rick Perry. (snark!!)
Great numbers on your counter, so proud of you.! Sorry to read about your prison volunteer days nixed, I know you feel bad, but at least you can take some time to take a breather. Gotta run, busy day w/volunteering @school. In the meantime, thank you for all you do, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Jim P (3257)
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:43 am
Huffington Post:
I live only 9 miles from the epicenter of the 6.1 earthquake. I was watching a DVD TV series when I felt a rumbling and then I was jerked, rolled from side to side and was instantly wide awake. Power went out and was out for several hours. Walked outside, after getting dressed, to town of Sonoma and it looked ok. Ran into a few of my neighbors and discussed what was what. People were getting into their cars and driving off and away. Came back home, puttered a bit. Somethings were all over the floor, a small mess, and picked up in the AM, in daylight and after the electrical power came back on. Had to reconfigure the internet connection (a drag), lol.

Just to show you how far Sonoma was from the 6.1 earthquake from the epicenter.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 3:20 a.m. and was centered:
6km (4mi) NW of American Canyon, California
9km (6mi) SSW of Napa, California
13km (8mi) NNW of Vallejo, California
14km (9mi) SE of Sonoma, California
82km (51mi) WSW of Sacramento, California

More on the earthquake with photos:

There are a few members on C2 who do live in the Napa area as well as here in Sonoma. I do hope the members in Napa are doing ok.

ty, tc.

P A (117)
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:44 am
Deepest sympathies with you falling asleep over the keyboard TC I may do the same soon!

Such a terrible situation in Gaza and there seems to be nothing we can do to stop it, no matter how many petitions we sign, Netanyahu and the Right Wing are determined to pound it into dust and cannot see how abominable and inhuman their actions are and how much misery they are setting themselves and their people up for in the next how ever many years as a result. God bless the very brave Jews in Israel who get spat on and worse, trying to demonstrate for peace.

Sorry to hear about the earthquake I hadn't heard.

Nameless, it is no surprise that a) you are a GREAT uncle and b) that your great nephews are so smart hooray for them!


P A (117)
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:48 am
Wow Jim - so glad you are OK - and so phlegmatic about being in an earthquake, I do hope everyone is OK!

Chris C (152)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:00 am
"Democratic candidates who are smart will make the ACA a campaign issue, because Republicans are still denying millions their health care and trying to deprive more millions of theirs."


David C (129)
Monday August 25, 2014, 12:08 pm
if you can't get behind the doing good of the ACA then you have some problem yourself....

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 25, 2014, 1:33 pm
Thank you TC.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 25, 2014, 2:39 pm
Noted TomCat. Thank you...I enjoyed your site.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 25, 2014, 4:01 pm
Puzzle 3:24 An entomologist I am not . . . bugs drive me crazy sometimes, especially those of the group Diptera and Myrmecia. But I love those of the Apidae group because they are so sweet.

Daily Kos I think it is past time to do a Shout Out for Obamacare! Nothing is perfect, especially in a programme that affects millions upon millions of people. But for those that still want to bitch about Obamacare, it is time for Democratic candidates to remind voters what state they are in. Did that state not expand medicaid? If so, that is the culprit, not Obamacare.

TPM I was appalled at this strike. I read in Al Jazeera I think that the Israelis gave Gazans a 10 minute warning to get out of the building. How thoughtful . . . NOT! Netanyahu and the Israeli leadership have learned all to well from Hitler who tried to wipe out Jews, and others. Destroy a 12 storey building with 44 apartments all for one war room? ***sigh*** Insanity!

Huffington Post The earthquake certainly made the news here. Every time there is an earthquake in the Pacific Rim, the buzz for weeks around here is "are you prepared"? I am very glad that Jim is OK. He was the first person I thought of, but of course I am concerned about others too. I hope there will be help from the government but I am not holding my breath.

Cartoon I'll accept a fiver from a Republicanus/Teabagger providing it didn't come from the pit beneath the kybo! That's a 20% return! I wonder if he has a large supply of $5 bills he wants to trade on the same basis?

Gary L (138)
Monday August 25, 2014, 6:48 pm
thanks TC keep your head up you should be proud of your service I'm sure you will iron out the kinks

Edith B (146)
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:48 pm

So sorry you won't get to go see your guys.

Daily Kos: These dems should start embracing the ACA as more people are realizing its benefits. It is not a perfect act but it is a very good start to providing universal health care for our country.

TPM: I recognize that Israel has to defend itself, but cannot understand why they are destroying entire housing complexes. Children are being harmed and killed in these bombings. Too complex for me to deal with.

Huffington Post: Sending good thoughts to the people of NAPA, and also the people of Eastern Kentucky whose homes were flooded Friday night.

Cartoon: Love it, that is really how they do math, isn't it?


TomCat S (128)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:39 am
Thanks all. Pit Stop. Fell asleep working at keyboard again.

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 8:36 pm
It's amazing more people weren't hurt in the Napa earthquake; thankfully, no one was killed. My prayers are with them, and all those whose homes are in danger due to flooding, fires, and earthquakes. Great cartoon. Thanks for the post, TomCat.
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