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Open Thread - 5/12/2015

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

- 1498 days ago -
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown). This is today's only article from me.


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Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 12:40 pm
For once the NFL did something right.....

Bill hits the Texas nail on the head....they ARE this crazy here.

Bottled water....the biggest joke played on the population since pet rocks.....don't be fooled. I boil our water from tap because I have to and to be very safe. (think fracking, Benzine, chemical plants and oil/gas plants here) Then store it in the frig in gallon pitchers/bottles.

Himicanes --- LMAO I like that Cat Daddy.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 12:56 pm
NFL: Financially Brady nor The Pariots will feel a thing. It's chump change to them. Brady's wife makes more than him. I am happy though with the decision. Brady should have turned over his phone, texts...whatever they asked for. His legacy has now been tarnished.
Texas: it's getting a bit strange. Love Austin but friends are telling me Austin is even getting weird politically.
Bottled Water: Not going to lie I have had to buy if before but like Terrie I boil mine.
Cartoon: Rarely do I hear one named after a man.
Hope your friend is doing well. I haven't forgot her.
Thank you !

Pat B (356)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 1:59 pm
NY Times: And ....though it all Brady smiles. It's his fans and the $$$. Glad they slammed him/team.
Upworthy: I refrigerate my boiled tap water after it cools, I don't buy bottled water. Never have.
Daily Kos: Went to the meeting here locally, a couple weeks ago about this Jade Helm thing, you would of thought the aliens were invading. I left after a few minutes, they're nuts!! I'm w/Terrie, they are crazy here.
Cartoon: Nothing wrong w/that...I kind of like sharing. lol.
Enjoy your afternoon, your meeting with your friend. That's so nice of you. I'm out for practice, so gotta run.
Do take care, have a relaxing evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:04 pm
NY Times: Football - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - The Fresh Prince of Ball Air

Upworthy: Love The Story of Stuff series. They are well made and easy to understand graphics and the taking person. The hardest part, for me, was that
USA is shipping the used plastic bottles off to India as waste. Yes, there are people throughout the world who do not have access to clean drinking like we have here in the states. They are the ones who need expert help in obtaining clean water from reliable sources.

I use tap water for all my drinking needs. Think I'm going to waste my money on bottled water. Nope.

Daily Kos: Good one for Bill Maher and his expose of Jade Helm 15. How about renaming Texass as "White Somalia"... or the Lone Star Lunatics. lol.

Loved this part: ""In today's Republican Party you can't call out nutty people for being nutty," Bill Maher said. "Because they are not a small group. In the Republican Party crazy is a constituency.""

Jon Stewart had his say about Jade Helm here for those who cannot access the link in PP. In the Hulu link, the, the commentary of Jade Helm 15 appears about half way through.
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - To Shoot or Not to Shoot & Fear and Absent Danger

Cartoon: What is a "himicane". Is that a right-wing speak?

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:34 pm
3:23 average (still) 4:51. Lobelia was also the name of one of the hobbits in "The Lord of the Rings," probably not surprising because flower names for girls were extremely common among hobbits.

NY Times - I did think at the time Rachel was too easy on them (she did admit she ws partial). This is actually not the only thing they have done right recently - they also announced they are going to pay their taxes (i.e., voluntarily giving up tax exempt status). I was amazed. But delighted.

Upworthy - After I bought the house I am currently in, I did a little research and bought a reverse osmosis filter which cleans at the home's intake point. They are very low maintenance, nothing to change, and self cleaning (you can push a button yourself periodically or put it on a schedule). When I called my plumber to install it, he said, "Those make your water almost too clean to drink." But of course there's no such thing as too clean to drink if you have allergies. Before I had this, I also used filter pitchers. and agree they are the next best. And permanent drinking bottles - those too. I prefer stainless steel. Yes, they can be pricey. But you can actually design your own if you like. Cafe Press already has at least one with Bernie - they have over 32000 political bottles and not all are progressive so I didn't go through all.,1075334296

Daily Kos - You can always count on Egberto. Yes, this is priceless. It is also priceless (probably not to her) that there is actually a woman in America whose name is "Jade Helm." Technically Jade is her middle name and Helm is her married name, but that hasn't kept her from being annoyed.

Cartoon - and on May 12th of some year or other, Nikita Krushchev walked out on a summit conference somewhere. Hence, in social bridge, a trick containing four honor cards is (or used to be) referred to as a "Summit Conference, and one with three honor cards and one non-honor card is a "May Twelfth." Or used to be. I am pretty old and it has been a long time since I played.


Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:38 pm
PS - Nancy, Florida is not going to forget Hurricane Ivan any time soon. It's true we don't hear most of the names in any years, as they are also assigned to tropical storms which fizzle out. But when a storm becomes a hurricane, or even close, it's already too late to name it.

Animae C (509)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 4:16 pm

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 5:30 pm
Lobelia laxiflora puzzle time; 4:00.

I think Brady is pretty bold but it's sports.


Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 8:15 pm
Right on with Maher!
Thank you TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 8:15 pm
Right on with Maher!
Thank you TomCat

Edith B (146)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 9:45 pm

NY Times: The whole NFL needs to be investigated, and they certainly should not be tax exempt.

Upworthy: I quit buying bottled water years ago. I have a filter on my tap water and on my refrigerator and I have a permanent water bottle that I carry with me. Most of the bottled water is more polluted than our tap water.

Daily Kos: I did not think they could come up with any crazier conspiracy theories but I was wrong. Now that I know Rand is investigating it, I can sleep, (sarcasm)

Cartoon: About time!


Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 10:18 pm
Puzzle — 2:59 Sorry Patty, couldn't do it! On the other hand, maybe Puddy Tat wind will smell better.

NY Times — I was thinking that the Patriots should have the Super Bowl championship taken away and given to Seattle but the League had control of the balls for the championship and Seattle was not affected. I hope the penalties stand because this is such a high profile incident, if the penalties are reduced there may be others who try illegal tactics. There need to be severe consequences as an example to young players.

Upworthy — I am guilty of drinking bottled water . . . Perrier for the fizz! I have permanent water bottles for the times I drink tap water on the go. And I ALWAYS recycle my bottles. Here, when you purchase bottled water, pop, or many juices, you are charged 5 cents for containers 1 litre or less, and 20 cents for containers over 1 litre. These fees are refunded when we take the bottles back. In addition, we are charged an enviro fee of 3 cents per bottle that is not refundable. After watching the video, I am now wondering if the bottles really are recycled.

Daily Kos — "The Republican Party in Texas is in a turmoil where logic is in short supply." Short supply? I thought that logic in Texas had been put on the endangered species list as almost extinct after Perry ran his course! I love the "white Somalia" comment . . . it is so descriptive.

Cartoon — About time too!

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 10:31 pm
After Much Criticism, N.F.L.’s League Office Drops Tax-Exempt Status


Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 6:41 am
Hope you had a nice time out, having a coffee with your friend, TomCat. Breaks like that take some of your research time, but are terribly important for real social contacts and give energy back, don't you think?

Upworthy: Excellent video, getting its message across in a way that appeals to the younger generations, because I believe thei are the ones most taken in by commercials, aka lies, by big, global companies. Since the sixties the Dutch tap water is excellent, purified far above the norms and without additions such as chlorine (I smelled that coming from the tap a lot in the US and other countries), it has one of the highest qualities in Europe. Yet young people, the soft drink generations which came to be after those in America, made a dash for it and went really big for bottled water, buying into the myths of health, pure spring water and the need to drink gallons of water a day (with the risk of water-poisoning...). But as recycling is rather big here and most consumer agencies quickly burst the bubble by comparing bottled water with tap water, the hype is not completely over yet, but we're getting there. People still buy bottled ((naturally) carbonated) water, especially in restaurants so they don't look cheap, but people buy far less to take with them and recycle the bottles by re-filling them with water from their taps. Hopeful.

Daily Kos: Fantastic! "your barely in the current world order" ROTFLMAO. "White Somalia", one to remember long after everyone has forgotten about Jade Helm.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:10 am
No sympathy for the NFL....they should headquarter in Texas where they would fit right in with so many other crazies. Thank the goddess for people like Bill Maher who just say what needs to be said.

David C (75)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 12:26 pm

TomCat S (125)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 12:32 pm
Thanks all. Hurrying.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 1:54 pm
Mahr nails Texas so well!
NFL did do good.
It would be good if bottled water, once a status symbol indicating coolness, went the way of the Hummer!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 4:12 pm
Noted and thanks TomCat.

P A (117)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 12:27 am
Sorry TC – v poorly.

TomCat S (125)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 1:18 pm
Thank you both!
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