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Open Thread - 8/7/2017


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

TomCat
- 348 days ago - politicsplus.org
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 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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Freya H (358)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:26 pm
IMHO, TomCat, your cartoon is much too optimistic.
 

Joanne D (38)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:31 pm
5:29 Aaaw - how sweet.

I kind of wish I could send you our weather today.High 60's-low 70's and rain.

Trae Crowder, the liberal redneck, and his two buddies who, with him, make up wellRED Comedy, are going to be in Kansas City, MO on 8/26-27, Lexington, KY 9/14-16, and Portland, OR on 12/21-23. In 2018 they hve some shows in Texas, but not in 2017. I have the complete (so far) schedule through January and early, not-open-to-the-public ticket links (as do all subscribers, of course) if anyone cares.

MM - And then there's this. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/6/1687413/-Trump-Launches-The-Real-News-State-Propaganda-TV

DKos - Of course Republicans suspect everyone of deciding justice on the basis of bias instead of fact. THEY all do.

NYT - What's laughable is that he has the gall to deny it. It's so obvious even some Republicans can see it.

Cartoon - I doubt if they are going to leave even bare arches standing. That pic just shows them waiting for enough people of color to get beneath it before they take it down.

RESIST AND PERSIST !!
 

Kathleen M (211)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:32 pm
Noted. Thx for sharing TC. Wish i could send you an igloo or something! RESIST!
 

David C (120)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:54 pm
thanks, 6:04, and stay cool as possible
 

Pat B (356)
Monday August 7, 2017, 3:17 pm
MM: I don't watch the 'faux' channel. Can't stomach any of them.
*Joanne: This is scary. Yep, not good at.all.

DK: Absolutely no integrity, they're (repugs) thinking the 'Rule of Law' doesn't apply to them.

NYT: Oh, pleeezzee! He'd be foaming at the mouth to be in the the Oval Office. He wouldn't look back, either.

Cartoon: Amen! How sad!

YAY!! We got rain!!! Soaked the ground good too! Glad that you got things back in order. Now you can relax, ad enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.
 

Jim Phillips (3257)
Monday August 7, 2017, 5:19 pm
Media Matters: Megyn Kelly may very well move back to Faux Noise or be out of a job as her show and stint has bombed on NBC with very low ratings. Poor baby, Megyn carried way too baggage, misinformation, lies and her brand of racism to the NBC viewers to stomach. She may or may not have her morning show on NBC.

DKos:
Trump Launches "The Real News" State Propaganda TV
Trump just launched his own "not fake" state propaganda channel,Trump TV.
This first segment posted earlier today on Donald Trump’s Facebook page: Kayleigh McEnany is the face of the new Trump TV. Be forwarded that this is a BARF ALERT!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/6/1687413/-Trump-Launches-The-Real-News-State-Propaganda-TV

Includes Keith Olbermann's reaction on Twitter: ✔ @KeithOlbermann
The Closure: Last 11/3 we posited "Trump TV" wasn't his "fallback." It was a prototype for State Propaganda. It has now launched.

NYTimes: Whether Mike Pence wants to admit or not, he is, after all, one step removed from becoming President should something happen to Drumpf before 2020. The only reason he is asking for money is for his team of lawyers should he be implicated in the PutinGate investigation.

Cartoon: Of things to come in the aftermath of the Drumpf administration.
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Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 7, 2017, 5:33 pm
Puzzle — 4:40 Too sweet for me!  It is all yours Puddy Tat!  Just looking at it, my teeth are standing straight and saluting!

Media Matters — I thought this was strange given that I had just read within the past week (and of course it is in the tabloid headlines that one sees at the grocery checkout line) that Kelly is thought to be replacing Matt Lauer on NBC’s The Today Show.  Then I looked at this article and it is from 2013.  I somehow doubt that Kelly would go back to Faux Noise even though Roger Ailes is dead.  There were others that were sexually harassing her.  Having said that, Hannity might be going because he is in bad graces courtesy of his conspiracy theory BS etc.  Any way one cuts it, Faux Noise is still a tool of disinformation and lies, and the Republicans like it like that.

Daily Kos — That sounds suspiciously like Drumpf’s statements about Judge GP Curiel who had the Trump University lawsuit before him.  Drumpf: “Curiel does not like me because he is Mexican!”  Only a racist Republican would think like that, and most Republicans in politics are racists.  Gee, Newty is a racist Republican.  What a surprise! NOT!!!

NY Times — Let Pence bullshit all he wants now about this issue, but it is logical, given Drumpf’s troubled presidential history, that Pence would be thinking about this NOW!  According to the constitution, there are no term limits on vice presidents as there are for presidents.  Conceivably, Pence could serve 2 full terms as VP and them 2 full terms as POTUS.  Pence will be thinking longer term . . . that is if he does not get dragged under by all the scandal including Russiagate.  Amazing how fast those buses run when someone throws  another under one!

Cartoon — I think that picture is a little too optimistic for life after Republicans!

Resist, Persist and Remove!!! 

It is 30 C (86 F) with 48% humidity as I write, however the humidity was 66% earlier.  The wind is gusting from the west at 7km/hour . . . not nearly enough to clear the smoke.  We still can’t see the mountains around us . . . almost like Beijing’s smog.  I have been super heated all day even though I am doing very little.  And of course, the smoke is still affecting eyes, throats and breathing.  Today is a holiday here — BC Day — so more people are off work but few have gone camping, a normal activity for many this long weekend.
 

Ted W (127)
Monday August 7, 2017, 5:58 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!!!! RESIST!! Many thanks for yert another fine post, TomCat!!
 

Sheila D (28)
Monday August 7, 2017, 6:07 pm
3:38. Kelly is doing quite well in her new job so I doubt she'll go back to the fake news store.
Newt Gingrich is the original Grinch, though I don't think he'll ever change. He loves spreading rumor and innuendos, making up stuff, and generally being loud and stupid (just like our very own pumpkin head).
Pence would be worse than what we have now, hard to believe as that is. Pence knows how to get things done without making a production, demanding attention, or throwing a fit when things don't go his way. Yes, far more dangerous.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hoping it rains or an Arctic front heads your way.
 

Glennis W (394)
Monday August 7, 2017, 7:43 pm
Interesting message, Sure wish it will cool down for you soon Take care and rest well when you can Thank you for caring and sharingTomCat
 

Lona G (78)
Monday August 7, 2017, 7:45 pm
Sorry to hear about your card mishap which won’t allow you to make your trip to the bank while the Portland temperatures are still (very) relatively low, TomCat.

MM: Megyn Kelly was doing such a good job having viewers get the wrong end of the stick in 2013 that she managed to get herself a time slot on NBC. But apparently the jury is still out on whether she did a good enough job to have her stay. And with Hannity being Drumpf’s all time favorite and personal mouthpiece, there’s little chance of her returning to Faux News, I would think.

DK: Republicans like Gingrich have little understanding of how investigation processes like Mueller’s work, but even if they do, the count on it that Drumpfians have even less understanding of it but will believe anything that exonerates their darling. Yesterday you gave us DINO Alan Dershowitz, TomCat, who came up with this idea of Drumpf getting an unfair deal because the grand jury is situated in DC, and therefore “too diverse”, i.e. biased, now the argument has been taken up by Gingrich for much the same reasons. And I’m sure many Drumpf supporters in the GOP will follow. Because these all know that Drumpf will only be let of the hook if Mueller’s grand jury were made up entirely of white, biased Drumpf voters, and they will do their damnedest to have Mueller disqualified this way, because all other ways have failed until now.

NYT: Pence so vehemently denying disloyalty to Drumpf was news here in Oz too and met with the same derision Drumpf is usually peppered with. So EVERYONE knows your nauseating display of hurt feelings is BS, Mr. Pence.

Cartoon: Agree with everyone else, the cartoon needs to be tuned down a bit, it’s too optimistic. Five years of Republicans topped with six months of Drumpf has wreaked havoc the kind Nameless is depicting.
 

Dawnie W (250)
Monday August 7, 2017, 8:17 pm
💙💚💜Noted...

💚💙💜Thank you...TomCat.💙💜💚

💚😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ღ💙😉💚
 

Katrina & Willi D (107)
Monday August 7, 2017, 8:18 pm
Thank you for the Interesting Article TomCat
Every day is more Crap from Trump!
It can't be just one thing it's a BUNCH!
RESIST PERSIST DEFEND
Stay cool as you can!
 

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 3:44 am
noted
 

Les L (12)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 6:13 am
Are you being affected by the wildfire smoke from BC as well? I pray not!
TYFS TC
 

Winn A (179)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 6:29 am
The smoke here in Bellingham is still bad but out temps and the smoke is suppose to get better. I hope it does the same for you. We can't even see Lummi Island from Bellingham Bay. Stay cool and take care of yourself TC.
 

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 7:36 am
I can't imagine watching Rush on TV. It must be ugly.
 

Jim Phillips (3257)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 9:26 am
Current updates on Megyn Kelly's new "stint" on NBC as a show host.
Aug 3 2017
Megyn Kelly's new show is NBC's worst nightmare: It's boring
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/08/03/megyn-kellys-new-show-nbcs-worst-nightmare-its-boring/217508

June 21 2017
The network’s vaunted new hire has whiffed her first opportunities to shine. Did NBC make a $17.5m mistake?
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nbc-megyn-kelly-problem-1202474927/
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Nita L (123)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 9:31 am
Thank you TC.
 

Penni B (0)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 12:59 pm
The difficulty I have with both parties is that the rule of law is disregarded by both sides , sometimes on similar issues, sometimes on different issues: Congress as a whole routinely exempts itself and staffers from laws we 'common men' are held to. Case in point: the Affordable Care Act's mandates. The mandates are a violation of the First, Fourth, and Ninth amendments, but neither side is trying to correct this problem (with the notable exception of a few on both sides of the aisle ) The same applies to the Patriot Act, which was another indirect attack on the the Bill of Rights. Both sides tend to fight for restrictions on the freedoms of those on the other side of the aisle, and, unless this stops, we may end up with no freedoms left.

Regardless of what side of the aisle you fit best in, it is reasonable to move toward libertarian principles to show respect for those who may disagree with you. www.zeroaggressionproject.org/mental-levers
 

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 1:33 pm
Thanks to all but the Trump supporter. the notion that the two major parties are the same is absurd. Until our entire national election system changes, any vote against Democrats are votes for Republicans. That was proven in 2016.

Heated hugs.

Freya, I stand corrected on the cartoon.
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 3:57 pm
Interesting article. Thank TomCat
 

Panchali Yapa (26)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 12:15 pm
Thank you
 

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 1:04 pm
YVW!
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 2:18 am
Thanks
 
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