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Open Thread - 3/28/2017

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Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 12:27 pm
Noted, Thank you

David C (75)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 12:49 pm
I hope all his cronies abandon rats from a sinking ship.....

David C (75)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 12:54 pm

JL A (281)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 1:06 pm
Sacramento voters closed Rancho Seco in the aftermath of Three Mile Island.
There is already court precedents that the feds cannot dictate local law enforcement activities or make them do federal work unless paid by the feds under negotiated bilateral contracts. Don't think such unilateral orders will prevail with court scrutiny.
Glad you got some good sleep.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:18 pm
4:48 Somehow the words "tropical" and "pine trees" don't go together for me.
Russ Feingold is organizing a new group called LegitAction (rather than focusing on whether something is godd or bad, or progressive or not, to focus on whether it can be justified as legitimate in a democracy). I don't expect any Republicans to care about this distinction, but I do. Here's the group's first petition, opposing Neil Gorsuch, on the ground that
Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election by approximately 5 million votes. Donald Trump lost the 2016 election by approximately 3 million.

So when Republicans block President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court for nearly a year in order to install their own pick under Trump, they completely undermine the meaning and weight of the votes all those Americans cast.

And undermining the meaning of our votes undermines not just the legitimacy of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court -- but the very legitimacy of our democratic system itself.

I see there's a new page on Twitter; here's the details:

Keith #51 - "Purging their cell phones." And this, ladies and gentlemen, is EXACTLY why you do not comment on an ongoing investigation. Sure hope it's not already too late. And isn't it ironic that it's the REPUBLICANS who just gave away all our internet histories, allowing ISPs to sell them to the highest bidder?

NYT - You seem to be assuming that Republicans feel a need to show consistency. This has yet to be demonstrated. They are perfectly capable of hitting some harder than others and seeing no problem.

TP - Well, so much for the "free market." But then, we knew that was hypocrisy already, didn't we?

Cartoon - Yup. Kills even more people than fossil fuels, and it's a toss-up which makes their lives more miserable before they succumb.


Animae C (509)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:52 pm

Kathleen M (208)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:56 pm
Noted. Thx for another fine post TC. Glad you got some good sleep! Take good care and RESIST!

Ted W (127)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 2:57 pm
Noted, and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 3:25 pm
KO: Speaks the Truth! Treason: "The betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies." This makes him a Traitor. He's not the only one, get them all out!!

NYT: Deporable!!!

TP: Oh, Mother Russia will guide Thumpelthinskin to what's best for both of them, and not us, nor our jobs.

Glad to read that you got some sleep, what a great feeling, hope it was uninterrupted too. Enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

*Joanne, signed the 'oppose-the-gorsuch-confirmation' petition, thank you.

pam w (139)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 4:30 pm
"Their hateful stupidity just NEVER ends, does it?"

+++++++++++++NOT JUST "NO"....but "HELL NO"

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 7:01 pm
Hi TC. It's great to see you back. I don't know how we can save the environment from these people.

Dawnie W (250)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 8:33 pm
❤️❤️Noted...Good post and Keith never fails, always has a good message. Jigsaw was good as always. Glad to hear you are feeling a tad better.❤️❤️

❤️Thank You...TomCat❤️

😉💜ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ❤️😉

Jim P (3247)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 9:17 pm
Keith Olbermann: Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason!

Referring to Joanne's "new page on Twitter; here's the details:" above. Not to take any good works and donations for the ACLU organization, this is a petition to have Drumpf's Twitler account removed.

Campaign Action

Sign the petition to Twitter: Remove Donald Trump's account.
Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey
Daily Kos
Our Message to Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey :
What the President of the United States tweets has a real impact on world affairs. Donald Trump has abused his Twitter account to spread false information, harass and berate. Now that he is President, it threatens our standing in the world. Please remove his Twitter account.

Sign the petition to Twitter: Remove Donald Trump's account

My comment on the petition:
Take Drumpf's Twitler account away and bar him from Twitler until he is impeached, resigns, becomes a private citizen or dies of acute stupidity.

Also signed the 'oppose-the-gorsuch-confirmation' petition in Joanne's comment box above.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday March 28, 2017, 9:22 pm
4:18. Good to know you got some sleep. Hope your parolee does well when he finally gets out. Thanks for the post, TomCat.


Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 1:57 am
Puzzle — 3:30  I decided to relax on the bench gazing out at the sea, feeling the gentle breezes caress my brow.

YouTube — To quote Keith: "Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! Treason! "  Keith says it all!

NY Times — There is no humanity in the current Republican administration!  If someone takes sanctuary in a church, how would that affect things? . . . or would these Republican asshats barge into the church and remove people anyway?

Think Progress — Drumpf's allegiance is to the oil & gas billionaires — their profits!  He talks about bringing jobs back to the US, some of which he shipped overseas as did some of his cronies, but he totally ignores a growing and vital industry.  To use one of his pet ideas, growing the renewable energy industry is a national security issue.
"The Trump administration, in contrast to China, has shown little interest in spurring innovation or job creation in the renewable industry. The administration’s proposed “skinny budget” cuts funding to Department of Energy programs aimed at investing in clean energy innovation."

Cartoon — Has anyone learned from this mistake?
Resist and Persist!!!

I am glad to hear that you slept well last night.  There is nothing like a good night's sleep.  Keeping the stress down is a good thing so that your body recovers.  I have a feeling that I am coming down with something as I have had a bit of a sore throat and headache today.  I hope I am wrong.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 3:33 am
Noted, Thanks

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 4:52 am
So much good news on the personal front today, TomCat. You finally had a good night's sleep, but you kept yourself from overdoing things and gave priority to writing a letter to the Parole Board for your guy. Being able to do something for your guys must feel good and lift your spirits up a bit too. So don't let Drumpf and his minions get you down; not only RESIST them but also resist the temptation get stressed about it.

Keith Olbermann: Love that man; there's no way Drumpf or any one around him will escape his relentless scrutiny. Has Keith been a prosecutor or something similar in a former life? He seems to make a solid case for the prosecution in each of his videos. The way to go is clear: first get Nunes out of the committee as chairman – and put him under investigation too – then go full force, not accepting perjury as they did with Sessions, and going all the way to the top. If treason turns out to be the case, then persecute those guilty of it. There's no need for Committees to hold back to protect America's reputation, there's no longer any reputation to protect.

NYT: What a bunch of hypocrites. When red states refused to comply with federal law and made school honor their state's Bathroom Law to force transgenders to use the bathroom according to the gender on their birth certificate, they cried foul loudly when government took federal funding of schools away and took it to court. Now the shoe is on the other foot and the threaten to take federal funding of law enforcement away from those states who won't comply with the Draconian immigration laws (or is it still just a decree?). And telling those states they will lose their federal funding if they do not comply when they 're about to lose it anyway is not hypocritical, that is fraudulence, a con. Welcome to governing a country like it's a business.

TP: On the news here, someone took the trouble of looking up the people working directly in the coal mines: the jobs Drumpf is always talking about, and the numbers are even worse: there are only 65,000 coal miners left compared to 830,000 people working in energy efficient jobs. The executive order Drumpf signed yesterday will not create more jobs in the mines. The mines will stay open for a few years longer, but mechanization of the work will only make more miners jobless while owners maximize their profits at the cost of jobs and the environment. If America were to investigate whole-heartedly in forms of green energy the number of jobs in that sector could rise from 1.3 to 1.9 million jobs by 2050.
And then we're not even talking about the effect this executive order will have on the efforts of all those other countries who have signed the Paris treaty to reduce their CO2/methane footprints. America is not going to get its levels down as promised, in fact is not even trying to, but increasing them instead. Other countries will find it hard to stick to their agreements in the knowledge it just won't be enough. Drumpf may have made history yesterday by signing our planet's death warrant.

Cartoon: We can count on it that a lot more nuclear power plants are going to be build too, but not only for 'clean' energy. Those nuclear missiles Drumpf and the weapon industry are so keen to make Tippy Top again need their ammunition, don't they.

Les L (12)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 1:35 pm
Glad to hear you are sleeping better!!!

TomCat S (125)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 1:41 pm
Thanks all! Hugs!! Stars!!

Janet B (0)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 1:55 pm

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 6:00 pm
Thank you for Keith O. he always is so right.
I am also reading that Good OL" Paul Ryan is coming out will a new Healthcare on Thursday He hasn't given up yet keep your eyes open they will try to push another one thru!
Keep right on RESISTING!!
Glad you are doing better and got some good sleep TomCat. Thank you

John B (185)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 6:23 pm
Thanks Tom for the post. Do take care and don't stress yourself.

KO: I so hope Flynn flips and Trump is impeached or is forced to resign. .

NY Times: You are so right Tom. The cuts are already being put into place.Sessions is just exercising his Napoleonic complex.

Think Progress: Trump can't bring back job in the coal market. He is attacking clean energy to help his fossil fuel backers.

Cartoon: I remember that. There might be another nuclear situation if Senator Mitch McConnell has his way.


Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 6:50 pm
KO: Treason is treason, is treason, is treason…regardless of who might benefit! Those who do benfit, if it happens, will call it by some nice, sweet euphemism; but I'll call it Trumpson!
NYT: These hypcritical clowns will stop at no subterfuge, never have!
TP: What? Facts? Don't you know what St.Ronald thought of facts, and these clowns just love them some St. Ronald: "Facts are just annoyances!" Now, there's some intelligence for you!
Joanne, I signed the petition, as well.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 29, 2017, 11:01 pm
Agree with Joanne, Jim and Pat's comments. Signed the petition regarding Dtrump and Twitter. Thanks TomCat

Debra G (0)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 12:07 am
Coal mining will go away when China shuts down their last coal-fired plant - and they're working towards doing that. (But I still can't get the image of the miner holding his toddler grandson and saying he wants the boy to have a good mining job when he's old enough - a Drumpfelthinskin campaign ad - out of my head. Made me want to scream.) Getting rid of the coal-fired plants in the US will have to be state and local efforts. For example, NM only gets 3% of its energy from solar and the people of Santa Fe are getting mighty PO'd at their utilities' hampering solar expansion - talking of creating their own local utility co. Change is inexorable- Mango Mussolini and Pruitt are just slowing it down.

Continue healing.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 2:05 am

Terrie W (798)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 6:01 am
Love my Keithy!

Gestapo Tactics of Der OrangeGlo Cheeto....Yeah, go ahead, cut off the funding, it won;t stop sanctuaries. We don' need no stinkin' federal grants.

Clean Energy....I would love it too much if wind and solar panel got DIRT cheap that even us poor peons out here could afford to put up a wind jenny or two or solar panel our entire roof. Then, if EVERYONE did it...Viola! No more need for their nasty, stinky, polluting, OBSOLETE fossil fuels. I know, I know, but it's my fantasy, I can dream big if I want to!

'Toon.....Yet another reason nuke fuel should never be used, another obsolete form of energy.

TomCat S (125)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 12:50 pm

Glennis W (393)
Thursday March 30, 2017, 6:44 pm
Glad you are sleeping better, great Drump video it was a beauty. Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat
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