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Open Thread - 4/2/2017


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

TomCat
- 777 days ago - politicsplus.org
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown). If you would like me to send you cards with links to my articles, add me as a friend.



   

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David C (75)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 1:22 pm
thanks, hope you have a great work
 

Pat B (356)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 1:42 pm
DK: Quite frankly, she (and others who come up with these notions), should try being disabled, mentally ill, senior aged, physically challenged, bed ridden, or a living as Veteran with a disability. Jesus mentions also, that caring for your fellow man is most important, besides the Golden rule: "Do unto Others, and Others would do unto you". I will say one thing about Texas, they (lawmakers), are consistent with their hatred, and animosity towards their fellow man. How disgusting.

YT: Good video, Very concerning about our Environment.

NYT: WOW! I don't see any contributing to any community, for the betterment of the citizens either. Unreal.

Cartoon: With the OO (orange one) grinning, and smirking behind the curtain...ugh!!

I hope that you get some rest, and that you start feeling better. It poured here this a.m., but now it's sunny and bright outside. Rest and relax, and enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks, Tom.
 

Ted W (127)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 2:58 pm
Noted, shared and forwardee across four networks!! Many thanks for sharing, TomCat!!
 

Ted W (127)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 2:59 pm
Nice graphic BTW!!
 

Donna T (0)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 4:06 pm
thank you
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 4:40 pm
5:20 But they're plastic!

DKos - I did see this in Daliy Kos, but I saw it in Raw Story first, and I fear I lost my temper: "Yeah, I know that verse. It says, He who WILL NOT work, neither shall he eat." It does NOT say "he who had a job and lost it because the company went bankrupt or moved to China." It does NOT say "he who is unemployable because of a mental or physical disability." It does NOT say "he who cannot find employment because of the color of his skin," (and, believe me, that happens ALL THE TIME).
If Republicans - not just the ones in Congress, but also the ones who vote for them - think being unemployed is a choice - they need to be fired. Yesterday would not be too soon."

YT - EDUCATE the Republican rank and file? But they are so opposed to education they have a whole department just to destroy it!

NYT - I think it might be revealing to go through all previous administrations, create a similar chart for each, and then put the net worths into today's dollars. I have a suspicion that this administration might even put Hoover's into the shade (not to mention that Hoover at least had enough class not to hire every relative in sight. Of course, it wasn't acceptable - then).

Cartoon - Question - how did the non-blondes get allowed into that lineup?

RESIST !!!
 

Walter F (128)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 5:43 pm
Thanks for the news Tom and the video on climate change The deniers of it should witness the enormous flooding some of our areas are experiencing and the destruction of hundreds of homes. I like the l.bevy of beauties on your poster,Take things easy rest and stay well
 

Animae C (508)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 5:55 pm
The US is a plutocracy run by plutocrats.... sadly unless there's BIG change, it can only get worse!
 

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 6:09 pm
DK: The Pseudo-Christians ALWAYS cherry pick that which serves their predetermined agenda. And their agenda is to do away with anything that smells of the New Deal…and make more money for themselves, in the process.
YouTube: The climate change deniers are fueled by their greed, as far as I'm concerned. Not that he's on a national level, but Gov. Rick Scott may turn out to be the first "name" to go to the other side, as more and more episodes of sea water invading his state's sewer system occur. Talk about greedy! Then, consider that Pruitt comes from Oklahoma, a center of the fossil fuel industry, as does "Snowball" Inhofe, what a coincidence! Not until last week has the fossil fuel industry come out in support of the truth of global warming, and the Paris Accord. AFTER Tillerson no longer serves as their CEO!!
 

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 6:36 pm
Noted. Thx for sharing TC. Republicons suck...
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 7:31 pm
Great video
RESIST DEFEND PERSIST
Thank you TomCat
 

Sheila D (28)
Sunday April 2, 2017, 8:52 pm
4:17. Those who quote scripture for their own means are not Christians. They also pick and choose what they wish to share, not the full message Jesus was trying to give us. How can you love your neighbor when you don't care if they eat or not?

All of these people, including all Drumpf's picks, only care about their own small circle of family and friends who are just like them.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope this week sees you feeling much better.
 

Nita L (127)
Monday April 3, 2017, 1:16 am
Thank you .
 

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 3, 2017, 2:12 am
Puzzle — 3:44  You couldn't eat them anyway, Puddy Tat!

Daily Kos — They grow them big in Texas . . . assholes that is!  Today's sermon at church was about modelling our love of our fellow human beings.  This guy, as do all Republicans, desperately needs to get the message — we are our brother's keeper.  He is an ideologue who interprets everything through the lens of his ideology.

YouTube — When Mar-a-Lago is inundated by seawater at every corner, I wonder if that will prompt Drumpfenfarten to reconsider his stance on climate change?

NY Times — Oh, they can so relate to working class and working poor, and their day to day struggles! — NOT!!!  And the "poor" among them, Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo, are worth less than $100K each, although it could be more — real peasants!

Cartoon — Nobody won that beauty contest.
 
Resist and Persist!!!
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday April 3, 2017, 4:16 am
Noted, Thanks
 

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday April 3, 2017, 5:17 am
Slowly getting back on your feet, I hope, TomCat. Take it easy and take your time.

DK: I don't care if those lawmakers are Christians of Devil worshippers. There is simply no excuse, religious or not, for a (state) government to deny people who can not work an existence other than going begging in the streets.

YouTube: My goodness, is there nothing bipartisan anymore in America? Must everything be down to politics of two warring parties nowadays? It's shocking to hear that many people's stand on global warming have become part of their identity, especially when America is the number one country for "not believing" that global warming is a fact. As if it's something like a faith, that is only there because people believe it's there. With this attitude, this planet is doomed.

NYT: Oh yeah, Drumpf clearly has drained the swamp, and what he found at the bottom he offered a job in his administration.
 

Gene Jacobson (287)
Monday April 3, 2017, 5:25 am
Yeah those evangelicals, just full of the love of Jesus aren't they? He had a litmus test too. If you showed up, He fed you. No other questions. And, of course, they misinterpret that verse, but then they misinterpret the entire bible, most particularly the gospels. They use that as their excuse for hating everyone who isn't just like them and already rich. They're disgusting people and the very same ones Christ railed AGAINST during his entire time on earth. They're horrible people. Always have been, always will be - and the entire thing is THE reason separation of church and state is part of our constitution. Because when you mix the two you get this kind of crap.

There is no way forward on climate change until the Trump administration is no more. Speaking of which, that is the single best reason for NOT confirming Gorsuch. A president who is impeached, removed from office, indicted, tried and convicted for treason and who then spends the rest of his life in prison is NOT qualified to appoint anyone to the Supreme Court particularly a man whose age makes him likely to be there 40 years. Put everything on hold until the main mess is handled. Everything but keeping the lights on because when this man goes so does his cabinet, at least those members who were ever part of his campaign or transition team. They're all tainted by the same stink and a new president will appoint his own anyway. Personally, I think the election should be voided by SCOTUS, there's no precedent for that, but we've never had a president collude with a hostile foreign power to steal an election before either. I don't know if that means do-over or the loser is the winner. Whatever it is, it puts Trump out of work and his little rich cabinet too.

Cartoon. Disgusting but true. That is the republican dream. Just ask Bill O'Reilly. Or Rupert Murdoch - the reason he keeps paying those settlements is he and Bill have a LOT in common. Just look at Fox "personalities" (they are NOT journalists), old men and beautiful young women - willing to sell their soul in order to not have to get a real job.
 

Arielle S (313)
Monday April 3, 2017, 5:48 am
I hear so many who still seem to think we are full of lazy bums who are not willing to work and they get all this free stuff just handed to them. These are obviously the fortunate ones who have not faced tragedy or financial ruin or bad health...imo, they have an ethical and moral obligation to help those who are not as fortunate but when you have hundreds of millions of dollars, how can you possible relate?
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday April 3, 2017, 6:35 am
And some of ma peeps still don;t get why I do not partake of either type of Christianity. The real or the Fake Fascist Fundy kind.

However....if the Nazi Fundy kind want to believe the BS in their fashion....then NONE of the FREELOADERS and TAKERS in DC should get one scrap of a crust of bread. The bast*rds.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Monday April 3, 2017, 6:50 am
Scumbags all
 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Monday April 3, 2017, 7:25 am
Kos: Texass lawmakers = hypocrites. All the while they claim to be God-fearing Christians, they are not. They are a pitiful bunch and should be ashamed of themselves and using the Bible words, verse to justify themselves. Ugh!

YouTube: Just so you don't forget that Rupert Murdoch now owns National Geographic Magazine, he is a climate denier. The impression I gathered from Susan Goldberg was that she couched her words carefully in her "description" of global warming.

NY Times: The face of fascist plutocracy: None of them have any political nor government experience as far as I can determine. They should not be in any of those positions.

Cartoon: The current debacle involving Putin's & Russia's hand in the recent 2016 election has these three "figures" leading the way to Stardom are MissInform, MissLead and MissTake leading the way for contention. One contestant appears to be missing: MissDirection. lol.
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Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday April 3, 2017, 7:55 am
Noted, Thank you
 

Dawnie W (250)
Monday April 3, 2017, 7:58 am
❤️❤️Noted...Great topic and an Interesting jigsaw...❤️❤️

❤️Thank You...TomCat❤️

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

TomCat S (125)
Monday April 3, 2017, 8:18 am
Thanks. Sick hugs!!
 

John B (185)
Monday April 3, 2017, 5:38 pm
Thanks Tom for the post.
Daily Kos: Those Pseudo- Christians pick and chose what they want from the Bible. They seem to forget the theme of the New Testament which is compassion.
YouTube: Great interview. Science and the environment are not in the GOP's vocabulary.
NY Times: Definitely the face of fascist plutocracy.
Cartoon: Right on the money!
 

Carol Bischoff (409)
Tuesday April 4, 2017, 3:13 am
Thanks for sharing TomCat. RESIST !!!
 
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