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Open Thread - 7/30/2015

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David C (75)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 11:58 am
thank you for all

JL A (281)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 12:08 pm

I like the corrupt and unethical theme of today's posts TC and the homage, mrreow. I an hiding out from that kind of heat myself at the moment.

I bring some good news that should be replicated as many places as possible to fight the GOP's efforts to the contrary. I got this email from Demos this morning:

"I’m writing to share an important agreement we reached today with the state of Oklahoma that will bring comprehensive voter registration opportunities to citizens throughout the state.

This effort began last summer when—on behalf of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma and Metropolitan Tulsa, and YWCA Tulsa – Demos and partners notified Paul Ziriax, the Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board, that it appeared Oklahoma’s public assistance agencies were not offering clients a meaningful opportunity to register to vote.

Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the NVRA) state agencies that provide public assistance must ask clients whether they want to register to vote, offer them voter registration materials and help them complete registration forms. We gathered evidence showing that in Oklahoma these services weren’t being provided.

The number of voter registration applications reported statewide by Oklahoma public assistance agencies dropped 81 percent since the initial implementation of the NVRA in 1995. At the same time, the average monthly participation in the SNAP program, just one of the programs covered by the NVRA, nearly doubled. Only 61 percent of Oklahoma citizens in low-income households were registered to vote in 2012, compared to 81 percent of those in affluent households.

A significant percentage of agency clients we interviewed said that they received no voter registration services. Under the NVRA, they should have.

Oklahoma officials responded by immediately demonstrating a commitment to improving voter registration services. Together, we amicably worked to create a robust roadmap for providing voter registration services across the state’s public assistance agencies. This landmark agreement in a Republican-dominated state shows the bipartisan importance of ensuring the right to vote, and will undoubtedly serve as a model for the region.

You can read the full settlement here.

Through this agreement, Oklahoma has exemplified the principle and promise of the NVRA: States must do their part to bring all Americans into our democracy.

Thank you,

Jenn Rolnick Borchetta,
Senior Counsel, Demos"

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 12:36 pm
I think it very fitting what you posted from The New Yorker .
I am trying to figure out when this trophy hunting started. Did the rich run out of things to do?
Another Cheney photo!
Stay cool, take care and much luck on your foot surgery.

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 12:43 pm
Thank you for the good news from Oakie land, JL!
One can onlyHOPE this settlement serves "as a model for the region."

It's hot on this coast, too. Some rain is on the way, and I will not have to water the veggie garden, I hope.
Good luck with the surgery, Tom.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 12:45 pm
You are welcome Mitch. I've heard of canned hunts of wild boar on private lands in Monterey County--first heard about 1986 so may have been happening more than a century Nancy

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 1:59 pm
4:29 (average 4:29) Seriously. I have no idea how I did that.

New Yorker - I love Joyce Carol Oates and am not a bit surprised that she is channeling Christopher Smart (cat Jeffrey) and that her cat Cherie is channeling Prufrock. Live free or die! Yes!

Daily Kos - Nancy W asks when trophy hunting started. My dear, it has been in existence as long as there have been humans. To be fair, long enough ago and with certain animals, the part of the animal not included in the trophy was used for food. Yes, it is a rich person's amusement and always has been. For one thing, only the rich could afford the weapons needed. For another, only the rich could afford the taxidermy to preserve the trophy. (If you want to be appalled at what people have though was approriate or even cute, Google "taxidermy" sometime [disclosure: when I was stationed in Okinawa in the early seventies, I brought back a taxidermied mongoose-habu encounter. They were common; I did not order it. My cat Archie rightly thought it needed killing and did so.]) It was only in the 1970's and early 1980's (Note to JL - that may nave been when canned hunts started, in an effort to keep out of the public eye) that trophy hunting started to be disapproved of, although its heyday was really the Gilded Age. Prior to that, it was perfectly respectable to society. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Adventure of the Empty House," captures a villain who has been a big game hunter, and describes his own (Holmes') techniques to the captured villain in big game hunting terms.

NY Times - As you say, anyone can be corrupted. Democrats at one time, and especially in cities as you say, were more corrupt than Republiblcans. That changed with the exodus of the Dixiecrats and the passage of Civil Rights legislation. Gee, you don't suppose there might be a connection, do you?

Cartoon - Now that is an ass-teroid.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 4:43 pm
Daily Kos:
I'm blind! I'm blind! I'm blind and my brain just fried.
Please don't blind me and other C2 & PP kiddies with a giant picture of that well known psychopath ever again...


Robert B (55)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 5:04 pm
How can someone "love" to kill innocent animals for fun???!!! What sort of warped heartless mindset do these Bastards have???!!!!! The eyes of animals are the eyes of KARMA and what KARMA sees will determine your reward, or in this case, your punishment. Palmer and his kind are nothing but evil, vile psychopaths.The wheel of Karma is turning.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 5:42 pm
I will share what you said, Robert. My heart has been very heavy.I hope that the wheel of Karma turns quickly.

Animae C (509)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 6:17 pm

Edith B (146)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 9:17 pm
I went to Politics Plus to get your posts yesterday since I didn't get a card. I am stalking you! LOL Good luck tomorrow!

The New Yorker: And that is why I love cats. I tried to share it, unsuccesfully.

Daily Kos: I understand that Palmer has gone into seclusion, wise choice. l will never understand how anyone can take joy in killing. And, he spent $50,000 to do it. Think how much good that money could have done for a Hunger Pantry or Animal Shelter. I signed a petition to Zimbabwe?(sp) to stop these hunts, hope they do.

NY Times: My Dad always said that we have the best government money can buy. He would be appalled at how deeply the corruption runs in Congress today. While I prefer the Dems to the REps, there is corruption in both parties. Most of them are voting for their purse, not our well being.

Cartoon: I wish!

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 11:07 pm
Puzzle — 2:47 So it was the flowers that started me sneezing today! I should have known!

The New Yorker — Cat-licious poetry! I love how what is known as "man's best friend" is relegated to the status of a swear word! Being a crazy cat lady, a kitten at heart, I have immense appreciation for cuddley felines. This could be Cherie! I did this in 2:44 average 5:56.

Daily Kos — The following question from the article: "WHY? What motivates someone to kill endangered species?" I ask what motivates someone to kill any animal, especially for sport, which is in my opinion, a misnomer. I am not a vegetarian but I have meat free meals about 70% of the time.

BTW, why wasn't there a "Super barf bag alert" before the picture of "He who cannot be named" except as warmongering asshole?

NY Times — I hear the clang of the jailhouse door! Such corruption, no matter the party or the person, reflects badly on democracy, such that it is.

Cartoon — Oh look! It's a falling star. Either that or falling space trash. Whatever, even the universe doesn't want it! May it burn up completely during reëntry!

Heat wave indeed! Today was 30 C (86 F) and the coming days a bit hotter, but we are still behind Portland. This is a long weekend in most of Canada previously known as the Civic Holiday. In BC, it is now known as BC Day. I will not be going anywhere but will be going to Costco with my ESL student and afterward spending some time with her 8 year old daughter continuing to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Amazingingly, her youngest child who 15 months old, called me Grandma on Wednesday which rather hit me in the heart in a good way.

P A (117)
Friday July 31, 2015, 2:08 am
New Yorker – lovely poem. I remember reading lately that according to DNA evidence, our beloved house cats are really 99% tiger!

Daily Kos – poor dear Cecil the lion – to my joy one petition to get Palmer to face charges in Zimbabwe had over three quarters of a million signatures on it! I do hope cowardly Palmer faces jail time – and is extradited if necessary! (He is also an idiot [as well as all the other things] – he said “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted. " – that means that HE checked and is thus responsible. )

NY Times – how I wish corruption was only on the Right.

Cartoon – if only!

Gloria p (304)
Friday July 31, 2015, 4:17 am
Flowers wheel wall puzzle time; 4:47.

Lovely cat homage!

Palmer is in big trouble. The AM news said Zimbawe wants his hide. He used to have a good dental practice but now he will be lucky if he has any teeth left.

Arielle S (313)
Friday July 31, 2015, 6:52 am
I think this sums trophy hunting up pretty well:

"JULY 30, 2015 by MARCO TORRES
Trophy Hunting Is Exposing The Weakest and Mentally Ill Members of Our Society

One of the most cowardly and selfish acts now practiced by thousands around the world is trophy hunting--the act of killing defenseless animals for pure sport and pleasure. It clearly takes a special kind of mental illness to engage in this type of activity--one who not only lacks basic empathy, but fails to see the greater consequences of their actions. Earlier this month, locals in Zimbabwe found a protected lion named Cecil shot, beheaded and skinned. After an investigation, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has named Cecil's killer as Walter Palmer, a dentist and known big game hunter from Minnesota who is now in hiding and fearing for his life after very serious threats were made once he was exposed as the killer."

Palmer, Cheney.... all the same. Palmer in hiding thinks he is safe... haahahaha

TomCat S (125)
Friday July 31, 2015, 3:24 pm
Thanks all, Pooped hugs.

Roslyn McBride (26)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:37 am
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