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Open Thread-1/25/2013


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Democrats, Humor, Military, NRA, O'Donnell, Public Safety, Video, Women's Rights )

Lynn
- 693 days ago - politicsplus.org
From TomCat's Politics Plus blog --- TC is dealing with pneumonia right now on top of a leaky radiator. Hopefully he'll be back soon but to keep his spirits up, he is still writing his blog, or at least the Open Thread.



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Lynn Squance (232)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:20 pm
Puzzle — 3:04 Don't worry TC. It is obvious that the dog is a fool — he likes leashes! Cats are smarter. As a self respecting cat, you were just sitting back watching the dog make a fool of himself! It's all in the perspective.

NY Times — When I was is grade 9 (1965-66), I wanted to join the Canadian Army. In Guidance class, I made a point of saying so and why, but the teacher, a nice man named Art Mann, said that was impossible. I again asked why. He said because there were no facilities for women — no separate quarters etc. My response: "That's ok. I'll share with the men." At that I was told to sit down. In those years, I was willing to do whatever the men did, although Canada was known at the time as a peacekeeping nation. I am glad that women now have that choice in the US armed forces. In one sense, it is too bad that men did not, and do not have that choice, even in an all volunteer force. Look at Israel. The last I heard, both men and women have combat roles. All I say, is the enemy better watch out if the women have PMS!

Huffington Post — Based on the absolutely rabid rhetoric I have been hearing, there is not a snowball's chance in hell that this is going anywhere except into political file 13. Do I support it? Absolutely! But the American image of itself is so wrapped up in guns, common sense cannot prevail, despite saying "from this day forward" and no current weapons would be confiscated.

MSNBC — I learned something new today. I knew that Kerry was in Vietnam in the navy, but I do not recall hearing about his anti war activism. High praise from Nixon indeed — "Extremely effective!" This is probably the only statement that Nixon uttered that I agree with. And I detected a bit of 'fear' in Nixon's voice when talking about John Kerry, or was that my imagination?

Cartoon — I have said for years that union's had their place, particularly during the industrial revolution when conditions were bad for the working person. Today in the US, with all the right to work (what a misnomer!) legislation and tactics coming from the Republican/Teabaggers, I believe there is a new industrial revolution. It's not like the first one with huge technological advances, although there still are some advances. This revolution is more in how we view jobs, work, whatever you want to call it. Corporations have one very myopic view, greed in the form of increasing profits. They have yet to connect the health of their profits with the health and overall wellbeing of their labour force.
 

Lyn Z. (290)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:14 pm
Get well soon Tom Cat!
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:10 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Pat A. (116)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:36 am
Thanks Lynn.
 

John Gregoire (262)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:52 am
Lynn,
As one who was there at the same time as Mr. Kerry I can tell you that his Naval service was less than honorable. He even wote medals for himself, made a big deal of very minor wounds to get a Purple Heart, managed a shorter tour than everyone else who didn't carry his priviliege and was reviled by the SEALS he was supposed to be supporting. Other small boat skippers and their crews despised him.

That said for the record, he and we have grown and he's been very effective in Congress. I believe he had the DNA to make a fairly effective SecState.

Kind of difficult to relkate that cartoon to tofay's scenario where we suffer under the cost of public employee unions, teacher retirement funds and the associated cadillac benefits.
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:43 pm
Get Well Soon Tom Cat, and thank you Lynn for posting his blog.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:52 pm
Noted. Because I've seen clips of Kerry's war protesting days, I have a lot of respect for him.
 

Carlene V. (203)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 6:27 am
Tom - Get well soon you are missed.

Glad that women will be able to make up their own mind about combat duty.

Protesting the war was the right thing to do.

On the cartoon, I am a union wife and thanks to the union we are enjoying a nice retirement and health care (yes, we pay some).
 
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