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Open Thread-1/31/2013

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Cartoon, GOP Lies, Humor, NRA, O'Donnell, Public Safety, Satire, SCOTUS, Video )

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Tom Cat's blog --- there may be a delay of a day or two as his building is being fumigated and he has to pack up all his clothes and food etc and vacate his building for half a day. In his words: AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:54 pm
Puzzle — 3:52 This little flutterby came out of its cacoon and one wing is stretched and dry, but the other is not. No flying today!

MoveOn —- Back then, Injustice Scalia probably wasn't the activist that he is now. Or would it be more appropriate, however sexist it might seem and coming from someone of the female persuasion, to say "It's a woman's perogative to change her mind. Just shows that Injustice Scalia is an old woman."

MSNBC — In this segment, it is quite apparent that Gayle Trotter was backed into a corner by Lawrence and feeling trapped. Despite her protestations to the contrary, she appeared to be avoiding the questions asked which were very specific and direct. I listened to several additional segments of Lawrence O'Donnell and was moved by the testimony of David Wheeler, father of a Newtown child victim, at a Conneticut Legislature bipartisan hearing in Newtown. In a well crafted statement, he made reference to Thomas Jefferson's words "life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness". Wheeler said (paraphrased) "The right of ownership of guns is second to our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". As Lawrence said, the judicial enquiry should have heard this testimony. Wheeler received a standing ovation from legislators and the public. Additionally what was interesting, Wayne LaPierre is totally at odds in 2013 with what he advocated in 1999 — detailed background checks.

The New Yorker — I remember reading an article many months ago about this very thing but I just can't remember the dollar figure mentioned — I think $10K for your average politician, and more for leaders. And then there is that damn score card that the NRA keeps and holds over a politician's head.

In my estimation, the NRA is just too big for its britches! But as usual, Borowitz is so funny in his accuracy.

Cartoon — As socialist as everybody thinks Canada is with its universal health care, Canada Pension did not start until 1966. Now there is the CPP as well as the Old Age Security which is a smaller of the two. Workers contribute to CPP but OAS is funded by the federal government and available to all who qualify. CPP is only available to those that contributed through their employment.

P A (117)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:40 am

Your apartment is being fumigated – for Pete's sake TomCat, please be careful of the fumes – four hours does NOT sound long enough for the air to clear enough for compromised lungs!
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