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Open Thread - 4/23/2018


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

TomCat
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Joanne D (38)
Monday April 23, 2018, 1:02 pm
4:58 Republican brains.

Vox - The Republican Reich fails to see ALL the natural features and phenomena which must be pretected in order to protect us. Every unnecessay dead animal, every piece of plastic that goes into the ocean, every chemical that goes into the air, every poison that goes into drinking water, threatens the survival of the entire human race. And they don't get it.

WaPo - Isn't that the truth. I think I've signed everything by now. Does anyone besides me think he kind of resembles Alex Jones?

TPM - And then there's this:
http://atlantablackstar.com/2018/04/23/victims-senseless-waffle-shooting-remembered-suspect-remains-large-may-armed/
"...authorities said he may be armed with one of the guns seized from him last year after he tried to enter the White House..." Now how would he be in possession of a previously seized weapon? Well, the Sheriff gave them to his daddy on condition that he never be allowed acces to them. Daddy gave them back to him.

Several people are talking about how Greek tragedy may help us cope with what we are going through. The Resistance, OTOH, sent and email with a quote from a Greek COMEDY.

SOCRATES
If, when summoned to court, you were in danger of losing your case for want of witnesses, how would you make the conviction fall upon your opponent?

STREPSIADES
That's very simple and easy.

SOCRATES
Let me hear.

STREPSIADES
This way. If another case had to be pleaded before mine was called, I should run and hang myself.

SOCRATES
You talk rubbish!

STREPSIADES
Not so, by the gods! if I were dead, no action could lie against me.

SOCRATES
You are merely beating the air. Get out! I will give you no more lessons.

That’s the pointed advice of Aristophanes to Trump from 25 centuries ago: hang yourself, and you’ll win every case. Bonus: the rest of us would not have to suffer through any more “lessons” from The Donald.

Cartoon - Well, Well.

RESIST AND PERSIST !!!
 

JL A (281)
Monday April 23, 2018, 1:24 pm
Wow Joanne!
Thanks for answering my question about the report I read of 'Daddy getting him his gun back.'
Just read that Manchin joined Heikamp in saying he'd vote for Pompeo...very heavy sigh
No longer having discrete ecosystems will radically upset the balance of nature in the Arctic...
 

Freya H (358)
Monday April 23, 2018, 1:29 pm
Vox: Let's see the global warming deniers explain this.

TPM: So, what exactly is a "sovereign citizen"? Sounds like a weasel phrase to justify anything that anybody wants.
 

David C (115)
Monday April 23, 2018, 2:34 pm
thanks
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday April 23, 2018, 2:42 pm
Noted
 

Pat B (356)
Monday April 23, 2018, 2:55 pm
Vox: We're going to hell in a hand basket. So very, very depressing!!

WP: Gawd...say NO, and RESIST!!!

TPM: James Shaw told how he was grazed with a bullet and suffered bumps and bruises when he tackled the shooter, who was wearing only a green jacket when he opened fire at a branch of the Waffle House chain. He's been hailed as a hero. The Guardian has an article saying that authorities have captured the gunman suspected of killing four during an attack on a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville on Sunday. The man was apprehended in a wooded area.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/23/nashville-man-a-hero-after-late-night-meal-becomes-a-scuffle-with-a-shooter

Freya, sounds like royalty, doesn't it? It's not. I guess that the shooter had rights, as he was naked, with a jacket on while murdering people. Here's a link from the SPLC defining the term. btw...you described them perfectly.

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/sovereign-citizens-movement

Hope that you get a chance to relax. Take good care, and Thanks, Tom.
 

Lynn S (235)
Monday April 23, 2018, 4:12 pm
Puzzle — 4:13 A Drumpf wall for the southern border? It even has a window so the border patrol can see to the other side!

Vox — “What the Republican Reich fails to see is that protecting the arctic is necessary to protect us.” — I agree, but let’s not forget that the Republicans can’t think that far ahead. They eschew critical thinking and science.

Washington Post — And how would Huckabee categorise the failure of Republicans to hold a vote for Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to SCOTUS, let alone approve him. You can’t have it both ways hypocrite!

TPM — So how much play time will this white male Republican ammosexual terrorist get in the media compared to any other terrorist, let’s say like someone of the Islamic faith? I dare say very little and Republicans if asked, will change the subject. If you ask me, the most prolific terrorists in the US are the home grown white Republican males. A mass murderer to be sure. When Drumpf sought cover from his Secret Service protectors during the campaign, perhaps it was this guy just wanting to talk to Drumpf about a few ideas.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

It is supposed to be hot here this week too. At least if you are buttoned up for the air con, there won’t be any green clouds coming north. That last one literally made me ill!!!
 

Nita L (123)
Monday April 23, 2018, 5:04 pm
Thank you TomCat
 

pam w (139)
Monday April 23, 2018, 5:08 pm
Yes, TC...thanks. AS ALWAYS.
 

Glennis W (396)
Monday April 23, 2018, 6:28 pm
The weather has gone crazy everywhere Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat
 

Mitchell D (87)
Monday April 23, 2018, 7:03 pm
YT/VOX: Why expect the Rethuglicans to recognize the damage they do, when all they look at are their bank accounts?
WP: The only political game players are tDump and the GOPIGS that support him.  To block Pompeo is the patriotic thing to do.
Travis is a sick puppy!  His father ought to be indictable. 
 

Peggy B (43)
Monday April 23, 2018, 7:19 pm
TY
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday April 23, 2018, 7:54 pm
The weather has bee crazy everywhere. Mammals, fish all going different directions/areas due to it. It's insane we still have idiots like tRump, Pruitt and other s who don''t believe in the Climate Change., .
Travis is like Mitchell said, sick puppy. They were saying his father will be punished for giving these guns back to him. Hope it's a very harsh punishment. Thanks TomCat
 

Winn A (179)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 6:15 am
Thanks
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 6:49 am
Vox: If Republican are so simple minded that they rather deny Global Warming than think trough on its consequences, how are they supposed to understand how a complex ecological system can be damaged by “some seawater going up one degree in temperature”? What irks me most is not that they’re stupid, which they’re not, i.e. no more than others, but that they’re wilfully ignorant: too lazy to think about it and accept some responsibility for what’s happening.

WP: A year ago, we could have thought, or at least hoped for some sense among those who vet the likes of Pompeo and other Drumpf nominees, but considering what they’ve let pass since then and how often ‘Key Republicans’ fell over after a little pressure, I wonder how many still think that, or get their hopes up. Pompeio is just about the most disqualified person for the job, but that won’t stop them.

CNN/USAT: According to the news here, alleged gunman Travis Reinking, has a long history of psychoses for one so young, and should be categorized as “as mad as a lead door”, as we call it, rather than a terrorist, who in my opinion has some sense of what he’s doing. The real question again is: how did such an extremely unstable mind get his hands on a whole arsenal of guns and how did they get in his possession again after they were taken away from him by authorities? After earlier incident it apparently had occurred to them Reinkin was as mad as a hatter. Reinkin’s father apparently was given the whole arsenal on (legal) demand, but is not available for comment right now. Fill in the blanks yourself, please. If anyone is a terrorist, it’s his father.
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 11:52 am
I am too easily amused. Then the news said that guy went home to put some pants before he went on the run I lost it LOL for an hour.
 

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 1:20 pm
Thanks all. Hugs! 😻

Chick through for my reply to Lona.
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 7:51 pm
Thanks
 

Janis K (126)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 9:58 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

TomCat S (127)
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 1:01 pm
YVW! 🐱
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 6:29 pm
Racherl Maddow has 23 stated about Ronnie Jackson,
he is a screaming maniac, he wrote himself prescriptions.
The White House handed out records and gave them tot he press!
he is frustrated and says he may remove his name from consideration
GOOD!
Trumpy says he will review the papers for Cohen! How can he do this?
RESIST
be sure to go Vote!
Thank you TomCat

 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 2:31 am
Thanks
 
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