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Open Thread - 2/16


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TomCat
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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 4 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown). If you would like me to send you cards with links to my articles, add me as a friend.



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David C (133)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 1:14 pm
I didn't know that the GOP had a birth control plan
 

Joanne D (38)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 1:17 pm
4:46 From Jurassic Park?

Has everyone else seen the clip from Downfall (in German) that some clever person subtitled like it is Hitler reacting to Twitler getting the nomination? I'm not embedding it because I don't want to be distracting, but this is a live link -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEKUIOURVRw
and there is also one of him getting elected, but it's the same clip, and IMO this one is funnier.

YT/GQ - Keith has timed this well. Today, February 16, is set for a general immigrant strike (which many colleagues are supporting). My prayers are with them, and one of my prayers is that no - person - will seize on the occasion to stigmatize them as "lazy" or "ungrateful." Of anything else.

TNY - But it's an idea! (And if they don't use them the way that's implied, TSA can always use them on five-year-olds.)

TP - I agree, it is not looking good. Unlike Pudzer for Labor. I haven'y had time to llook at Acosta yet.

RS - As I have said, “Die in jail” sounds particularly sinister to me. Here’s why: felons under life sentences, or sentenced to death and executed, are held and executed in prisons, not jails. For someone to die in jail, every prison would have to be so full that a lifer was being held in a jail in lieu of a prison temporarily (unlikely with such high-profile felons, and we are talking about the Federal system, not a State system, which makes that virtually impossible), or the felon would have to be in the jail temporarily to be close to a court for proceedings such as maybe an appeal, or conceivably held in a jail before conviction while awaiting trial. Then, he would have to have an unexpected medical event which became fatal. Of course that medical event might be spontaneous, or it might be induced. It’s the last possibility that sounds so sinister. Much of the general public does not distinguish between jails and prisons, but I would expect a senior member of the intelligence community to do so almost automatically.

I can think of all kinds of things which I would believe would happen before a Republican officeholder started acting like a patriot. Yes, Mark Painter is starting to talk like one, but he is retired, and talk is cheap.

Cartoon - Yup. That's all I'm going to say today.

RESIST !!!
 

Gloria p (304)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 1:18 pm
That's the problem with republicans they don't practice enough birth control.
 

JL A (281)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 1:29 pm
I saw where 4-5 Exec Orders are planned to coincide with Pruitt's start...given the disregard for law on outstanding FOIA requests, I can see the 3000 documents forcing a resignation like happened with Flynn...
more convinced that die in jail references Lee Harvey Oswald...
 

Ted W (127)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 2:20 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! Huge thanks for sTomCat!!
 

Animae C (514)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 2:24 pm
It's called barefoot & pregnant or the coathanger David!!!

Your Time 15:07
YIKES!!!
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 2:35 pm
KO: I stand with the protesters, "A day without Immigrants". The two high schools here in town walked out of classes yesterday and today. I was there, and talked with several of the students, and their parents. I was humbled by their words and tangible concerns!! I pray for them, and their communities, and their families...also. Yes, RESIST!!!!!!!

NYer: Or use them as leg irons...how sad.

TP: Well, there goes our health and our environment....I feel sick.

RS: Seems like they are sick and tired of this attack on the IC coming from dt. They are not going down without a fight.

Cartoon: Of course, and they like it that way!!

Get some rest, hope that you have a relaxing evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.
 

Kathleen M (230)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 3:36 pm
Noted. Thx for sharing TC. RESIST! And rest up.
 

Gene Jacobson (290)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 4:55 pm
I've only got a couple minutes but just had to mention this, on the bus tonight, I read a transcript of Trump's "press conference". That was the single most ludicrous, unhinged, illiterate event I've ever seen a president engage in. Granted most of them are skilled speakers, writers, lawyers or just plain smart. But this man? Sounds as if English is his second language. He can't put a coherent sentence together. And he rambled on for more than an hour with his usual litany of poor me, unfair and SAD, bullshit. He even managed to get a dig in about how poorly Ivanka has been treated - what? I still think he plans to keep power until he dies and then turn it over to Ivanka the way they do it in North Korea.

So, now there will be an investigation (so unfair!) but not independent. Well, about that. If Nixon's little skullduggery deserved an independent prosecutor than so does conspiring with a hostile foreign government to steal an election and undermine the electoral system of the US. That's what the whole "Russia" thing is about, even if it is UNFAIR and FAKE news. With a Russian ship sitting 30 miles off our coast and Russia deploying new missiles and their aircraft buzzing our ships while this fool does nothing but complain about how no one thought he'd get 220 electoral votes. Still. TODAY. OMG. When are even the idiots in Congress going to understand this man is clinical and a danger to himself and others. Especially others. Maybe even them the dumb chits. If he accidentally gets a nuclear war going, and he effing could, they burn too. Their offices are not bomb proof. It isn't enough to resist, it is time to impeach.
 

Glennis W (403)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 5:35 pm
Great cartoon All this so called Faked News is cheesing me off. Hope you rest well and sleep better . Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat
 

Vivian B (169)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 7:17 pm
Not one. Not single ONE is FIT for the office the are nominated for!!! They are just there for window dressing to keep the repubes appeased!
 

Sheila D (28)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 8:44 pm
3:49. Sorry you had a bad night. With me it's the pressure; low pressure with all that humidity is awful on the joints and any problems we might have.
Keith: California understands the importance and necessity of field workers, which is why we're a sanctuary state.
Wouldn't it be nice if the tiny handcuffs were for our illustrious leader; the one with the tiny hands?
As for the cartoon: I'm surprised they didn't put her in a dress, too.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope tonight gives you better rest.
 

Dawnie W (250)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 8:59 pm
❤️Noted...Thanking you kindly for sharing this interesting post. Jigsaw firth, then Keith, then the German parody, which was so funny I nearly fell off my chair. But on the other hand it is so sad for America. this Bloke Trump has provided the comedians with more material than they know what to do with. There is no doubt this man is a walking talking disaster.❤️

😉💜ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ❤️😉
 

Katie and Bill D (107)
Thursday February 16, 2017, 9:47 pm
Keith O. is so right think of all the jobs that will no longer have help. The taco's cooks, restaurant's ,hotel's, lawn help, no end to it all. And all the families that have been torn apart! Rachel has been blowing them apart the last few nites. Carl's Jr, & Hardee's owner Rachel had found a lot about him and Bannon, wife abuser's. Pudzer withdrew. after it was on TV about his wife she was on Oprah back in 2015. it was wives form prominent men. she had been disguised. Rachel had been trying to get the tape of the show but another woman had been on the show and had it taped & sent it. Pudzer had hit his wife and beat her kicked her in the back rupturing 2 disc's and vertabraes . Bannon had lef tthe hosue and his wife went to the car and asked for the American express card to go get Grocerie's he told her to write a check that it was his money he grabbed her arm and tried to pull her into the car and then her neck she finally broke loose and ran to the house he was following her she grabbed the cell phone and called 911 he jumped over the twins (7 Mo old) threw the phone and it broke apart. Police came and she was still shaking, she wondered how they got here so fast, so her 911 was good. all was in the reports pictures were taken of her neck and arm and all. He told her to leave town so she wouldn't be served she took the twins and left till her lawyer said to come back. What a guy! NO ONE DID A BACK GROUND CHECK??? Maybe he wouldn't; be there now! She had a good show last nite.
Tonite the Dems are doing a all niter!!
TRUMP KEEPS RIGHT ON A LYING!!
RESIST DEFEND AND PERSIST
Thank you TomCat
 

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Friday February 17, 2017, 1:48 am
noted
 

Lynn S (235)
Friday February 17, 2017, 2:36 am
Puzzle — 3:20 They are almost as old as I feel today!

YouTube — Definitely apropos! There is a petition on Care2 to free Daniel Ramirez Medina who holds a work permit under DACA. He was arrested, not for criminal acts, but because he came into the US as a young child without documentation. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/574/791/580/free-innocent-daniel-ramirez-medina/ It is as if people are being punished because they work hard and participate positively in their communities.

Resist!!!

The New Yorker — Maybe the FBI is preparing for the time they will have to arrest Drumpfenfarten for treason or whatever is appropriate at the time! We can hope, eh?

Resist!!!

Think Progress — I read elsewhere today that John McCain will miss the vote and Susan Collins will vote against Pruitt. However the expectation is that Democrats Manchin and Heitkamp will vote with the Republicans. Can Democrats delay the vote with procedural means until after the court imposed deadline to turn over emails?

Resist!!!

Raw Story — Drumpfenfarten is Ein Arschloch. He goes to war with the intelligence community and they have responded to him with withholding some information because they don't want it leaked out, and they believe there is a leak in the WH. Jail or prison for Drumpfenfarten . . . we can only hope!

Resist!!!

Cartoon — Yeah! More human fodder from the Drumpfenfarten's nuclear war machine! Drumpfenfarten is so stupid that he hasn't figured out that today's nuclear bombs 1. would be answered by another nuclear bomb; 2.will annihilate the world with radiation and a nuclear winter.

Resist!!!

I am glad that you enjoyed the chili. Perhaps it was the deleterious effects of the chili that kept you from getting a good sleep. It is said you reap what you sow, don't you know! Temps here were weird too. This afternoon it was 16 C (61 F) here in Port Moody (part of Metro Vancouver).

@ Gene --- AMEN!!!!! Very well said.
 

Arielle S (313)
Friday February 17, 2017, 6:09 am
Watched that sorry press conference - I was on twitter at the same time - Joy (from AMJoy) asked how long it would be before he mentioned his big win in the electoral college and just as the message came up, he started talking about his big win in the electoral college. Biggest ever, he said, which of course, is a blatant lie along with being first in his class at Wharton. He rambled and contradicted himself, sometimes in the very same sentence….said his approval rating was 55% - in what world??? Even Republicans should be worried about this man...
 

Lona G (80)
Friday February 17, 2017, 7:46 am
Hope you get some sleep tonight, TomCat, when the humidity comes down.

Keith Olbermann: Of course Keith makes an excellent point about Americans not wanting to do the job illegal immigrants do and definitely not for the little money they get for doing it. And if Americans would be forced to do it when jobless – that is always the next step in those situations – they would have to be paid minimum wages, in those states that have minimum wages, that is, which would make those products go up in price and out of reach of these same workers and many more Americans besides. This is true for almost all Western economies though, most can only thrive on workers doing the worst jobs for minimal, not minimum, wages and of course there is something terribly flawed with this system which is now quickly spreading right into the middle classes because of the ever increasing inequality. Just standing up for illegal immigrants so that they can do the job while barely making a livable existence for themselves and their children is not enough. Following through on Bernie Sanders' ideas on redistribution of wealth needs to be part of the parcel too.

TNY: You've got that all wrong, Andy. The tiny handcuffs are meant for the children the FBI is now going to arrest for one Drumpf-given-reason or another. Remember that tiny girl that was handcuffed at the airport when detained with her parents when the Muslim ban first came into force?

TP: Just hearing from Sam Bee what the Republicans have pushed through behind everybody's back in terms of unmitigated environmental disaster, it seems very unlikely that any Republican will come aboard to keep Pruitt away from the EPA, doesn't it, TomCat. He'll probably get a standing ovation instead from them next Friday.

RS: These were twitters from before Drumpf threatened to ask Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire investor and a member of his economic advisory council, to lead an assessment of spy operations. The possibility has top intelligence officials on edge and fearing that a review by a Trump ally with no intelligence experience would stifle their independence. I wonder if they will still go "nuclear" or that they chose to stay in their job.

Cartoon: From the picture it looks like this birth control policy, like all Republican policies, is a failure.
 

Terrie W (798)
Friday February 17, 2017, 8:46 am
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh....SSDD...just another day of The Donald.....
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday February 17, 2017, 9:30 am
Noted, Thanks
 

Winn A (179)
Friday February 17, 2017, 11:00 am
Can you imagine 4 years of this crap. Seriously, Trump and Bannon are mentally ill and when is the impeachment process going to begin!
 

TomCat S (129)
Friday February 17, 2017, 1:28 pm
Thanks all. Hugs!

Just learned that pruitt was confimned.
 

Debra G (0)
Friday February 17, 2017, 3:54 pm
Andy Borowitz on Pruitt: Choosing Scott Pruitt to run the EPA makes as much sense as picking a blithering baboon to run the Department of Education. Oh wait.

With his OK emails just released, ramming through his confirmation is so blatant that Repubs should be ashamed......bwahahaha.
 

Janet B (0)
Friday February 17, 2017, 5:20 pm
Thanks
 

TomCat S (129)
Saturday February 18, 2017, 2:29 pm
Amen Deb. YVW Janet.
 

Carol B (409)
Sunday February 19, 2017, 4:18 am
Thanks for sharing Tomcat and rest up.
 
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