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Open Thread - 5/30/2017

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

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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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Kathleen M (208)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 2:09 pm
Noted. Great post! Thx for sharing TC. Glad it's more comfortable yonder. Re: cartoon...mostly hate!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 2:11 pm
4:02 Pretty scene. I suppose you could chomp a tourist. Oh, wait, no, you can't - I saved them for a change!

Merck Manual - (devil face)

Guardian - He really doesn't get it, does he? Serve him right if such a group (correctly) arrested HIM.

Hill - Most people (to be clear, not most people in the country, but most people who are actively pushing the investigation) are not so much angry at the Russians (after all, they are just being Russians, or, more, precisely, Russian oligarchs) as at the Republican collusion, which is (IMO rightly) seen as treason.

NYT - You are so right. Speaking of current office holders, did you see the photos of Darrell Issa "hiding" (in plain sight) ON THE ROOF of his office building? I don't think too many people were yelling "Jump!" because the building isn't really tall enough.

Cartoon - And women have had a love-hate relationship with it ever since.


David C (75)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 2:26 pm
stand strong, stand together, resist

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 2:51 pm
The Guardian: So sad, and so sad that there are peole who can be so insecure that they have to hate so intensely!
NY Times: Yes, now would be a good time, but, I'm not going to hold my breath!


Ted W (127)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 2:53 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!! Hope you will be able to get some rest now! RESIST!!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 2:58 pm
FF Announcement: Giggle!!

Guardian: Gulp! Now that's downright scary!

Hill: Quite frankly,. I've been very concerned, since this administration took office. It's gone downhill (quickly) since the dumpelthinskin took office.

Cartoon: What JD said.

Hope that you relax and take it easy. Enjoy your weather/evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 3:55 pm
It's a lot cooler here too, wonderful isn't it, TomCat!

TG: Be weary, be very weary when Republicanso mention militias as security. That resulted in the Kristalnacht in the 1930s and we all know where that ended.

TH: Agressive isn't the word that comes to mind in this case. How about "assisted" or "implemented"?

NYT: How very Republican to want to have your cake and eat it too. Let's hope whatever choice they make it is the wrong one and Democrats, i.e. Progressives, take the House back again.

Walter F (128)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 5:45 pm
Tom thanks for the news .Stay well . I remember seeing older native women with boobs down to their navels The bra has been a great aid to prevent premature drop,like it or not.

Glennis W (393)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 7:49 pm
So great to hear it has cooled down for you Hope it stays that way. Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

pam w (139)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 8:53 pm
Hang in, Tom....(no pun on the bra story) :-)

Dawnie W (250)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 9:20 pm
❤️❤️Noted...Very interesting article. Great little jigsaw. Tom you should travel this way and you will cool down fast believe me. Hope you are feeling a tad better each day. Take good care of self and remember to be kind and gentle to self.
❤️❤️Thank you...TomCat.❤️❤️

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

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 10:02 pm
So glad you have cooler weather, always good!
I am watching on MSNBC Ivanka's shoe's are in Trouble they only pay the worker's $1.00 an hr in China
No response form Ivanka. 2 worker's husband and wife worker's have disappeared. Maybe whistleblower's??
Isn't surprising when husband Jared is a SLUMLORD
I am guessing Bannon will be calling the show now! He is the only one that told TRUMPY NOT TO FIRE COMEY.
Thank you TomCat

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday May 30, 2017, 11:52 pm
Cool weather indeed!  It rained here last night and it has been drizzling all day.  The temp is 14 C (57 F), such a change from last weekend when it hit 33 C (92 F).  Even my 3 babes are enjoying the cooler weather.

Puzzle — 4:19  I tarried too long looking at the view.  I had a similar view from my room in Bandol, France.  I would go to the market in the square, buy some fresh food, a bottle of wine, then sit looking out the window while I ate.  Moments of private bliss.

FF — I better make sure that I have my password.  It's on the calendar.

The Guardian — That's like asking the fox to guard the henhouse!  Wasn't it one of these militias that helped the Bundy's at Malheur Lake, Oregon?  Only a Republican would think to police and citizen's that way.  If Republican's are so afraid of their constituents, they should leave politics to people who actually care.  As Lona says, be wary of militias which "resulted in the Kristalnacht in the  1930s and we all know where  that ended."

The Hill — "They could get away with being so aggressive only because one of the candidates was an active partner in their interference." — Amen!  Where is smoke, there is usually fire.  Where there is a lot of smoke, there is definitely fire!  Drumpf is not worthy of the office he holds.

NY Times — Can a Republican be trusted?  They seem to all stick together, even when they disagree.  It is all for the party, and to hell with their constituents.

Cartoon —  . . . and it has been down hill ever since!
Resist and Persist!!!

I'd give stars to all but the system won't let me. I just received 3 days worth of stars so I suspect that some others did too. I am sure that is what is blocking stars right now.

Gene J (287)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 5:55 am
7:11 of 7:52 on today's butterfly bulbs.

I'm so sorry for the horror going on in Oregon, TC. That piece of trash goes so far as to say he was right in what he did, the two heroes who lost their lives to his madness attest to the simple fact that the "right" has lost its collective mind. The racism and bigotry that Trump fomented on the campaign trail has come to this, murder in our streets by thugs encouraged and celebrated by the Republican party. It took Trump DAYS to tweet about this ugly horror - and the suspicion is someone else wrote the tweet as it was not in his usual style. Which, of course, is loud, vulgar and self pitying, no matter the subject.

"Clapper noted that the Russians have long tried to interfere in presidential elections, but characterized the 2016 efforts as the most aggressive and direct."

I characterize it more strongly. That it was cyber does NOT change the fact that it was an act of war, interfering so aggressively in the internal affairs of another sovereign nation is an act of war. Why the republicans are not upset about this is clear too, they are complicit and traitorous. They, as a party, colluded with an enemy state to suborn our electoral process to steal an election so they could enact their hateful political agenda. This is the modern republican party. Not a patriot among them, not even McCain who shames his honorable military service by his shameful complicity in this egregious violation of our sovereignty. He makes a few weak statements, but he votes 100% republican. As do they all. For now.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 6:24 am
Stay cool . . .

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 7:26 am
Noted, Thanks

Vivian B (169)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 11:45 am
Gotta get myself back in C2! Just been too achy lately.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 12:11 pm
Noted, Thank you

TomCat S (125)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 2:08 pm
Thanks all. Hugs~!

Janet B (0)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 2:38 pm

pam w (139)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 3:15 pm
Tom, I thought of you immediately when I saw that horrible person mouthing all that hatred....

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 8:03 pm
We've been experiencing May gray here. Tomorrow will be June gloom. Agree with David's comment to stand strong and stand together. Thanks TomCat

Nita L (127)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 8:14 pm
Thank you TomCat.

Joette B (0)
Wednesday May 31, 2017, 10:45 pm
that is a cool photo I really like it but we must protest trumpertantrums and his noncompliance of the Constitution we must demand our civil rights be actively enforced if he won't and he does not he must be held responsible for defying his oath of office to protect and defend and where is our domestic tranquility? did he hide it with his tax records ??? STAND UP AND PROTEST LOUDLY, FOR NOW, WE HAVE THE RIGHT FOR HOW LONG???? ANOTHER STORY

Margie F (148)
Thursday June 1, 2017, 2:25 am

TomCat S (125)
Thursday June 1, 2017, 7:10 am

Sheila D (28)
Saturday June 3, 2017, 7:48 pm
4:18. We actually had rain on Wednesday; wonderful! Thanks for the post, TomCat.
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