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Open Thread - 7/20/2017

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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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Joanne D (38)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:03 pm
4:35 I suppose he's lunch today.

If I can handle pictures of Trump (et al.), seeing Stumpy nekkid is a piece of cake. (I'm expecting new glasses myself - it will have to be next week now - so I suspect I will be very understanding.)

YT/MO - Not just Dems, but even Republican Secretaiies of State are resisting this - mostly on the basis of state laws which prohibit the release of information he wants. That's not saying there won't be people who fall throughthe cracks (I'm sure there will), butit heartens me that this has been the reaction. "You get what's public record, and that is ALL" seems to be the most generous.

NYT - Kudos to California indeed. I doubt whether the Republicans in Texas (or elsewhere) care a curse. They only care about their hierarchies.

DKos - Well, of course that was not unexpected to you. What is unexpected, however, is that the Senate has come to this point. How do you suppose they got here? Are they planning to use her to take heat off of Trump, ya think?

Cartoon - Includes interns, I see.


TomCat S (127)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:22 pm
I would invite you all to flag Brent B for his vicious attack against a proud veteran.

JL A (281)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:22 pm
Joanne, I respect you like I do all patriotic veterans who served like you did.

Given that Grassley, who chairs the committee, is on a fishing expedition with the research firm that hired Steele, I'm not surprised he'd go as broad as anyone dreams so other fish get equal attention to the Trump campaign and perhaps media attention, etc.

Pat B (356)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:31 pm
MO: Yes, Resist! Everyday!

NYT: As well they should. Kudos CA for stepping up, and Thank YOU!

DK: Glad to see the ball rolling on this. Get that shovel ready...the hole is getting deeper.

Cartoon: I see it's a family affair.

Great picture, Tom, I'm glad to see a smile too! Enjoy the rest of your day, relax and rest. Take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:41 pm
Nice photo! I hope it works out well.
We better impeach Trump while we are still able to!

David C (108)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:44 pm
more power to the Senate Intel committee, stand strong, resist, and thanks for the picture of you! you look great!

Mitchell D (86)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 3:11 pm
YT- I have signed numerous such petitions. This is a reminder that the North won the war, but the South won Re-construction…and they are still fighting the war!
DK: Jill Stein, and Michael flynn, who’da thunk? Yes, Tom, I recall your pointers about her well! Glad to see that her name is there. I have serious doubts that the papers, and whatever, will be provided!
Photo: Glad to see you smiling. Yes, your brain has to re-learn your environment.
NYT: Some of my favorite people are from Ca. Rock on!

Ted W (127)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 4:19 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!! RESIST!! Thanks for sharing TomCat!!-Special note to Joanne-Thank you for you service to our country and your myriad of wonderful comments that I agree with!!

Kathleen M (211)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 4:23 pm
Vicious comment by Super Troll flagged. Haven't seen one of those in awhile. Another great post! Thx for sharing TC.

Animae C (507)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 9:03 pm
Vicious troll flagged!
i noticed it had nothing nice to say on your previous post too, TC!

Sheila D (28)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 9:10 pm
4:07. You're lookin' good!
Good for California. Texas is a mess and only seems to be digging themselves into a bigger hole.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. We will continue to RESIST! PERSIST! and keep fighting back.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 9:55 pm
Aren't you so glad you got the Eye done? good for you
MCNBC Rachel M. has just said The Spokesman for the legal team for TRUMPY has resigned!
The lawyers' are looking Into TRUMPY'S Question's about if he can pardon his family and Himself!
This Bank is ready to hand over information to Mueller.
Manafort was in Debt 17 Million when he took office and he had said he will work for nothing!
Looking into Ivanka and he paper like Jared had signed because if he didn't fill it out right she didn't either.
Oh the show just get's Better!
The Lawyers are trying to discredit Mueller.
Thank you TomCat



Glennis W (395)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 10:08 pm
Great to hear all is going so well it is really awesome for you , good photo .Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Nita L (126)
Friday July 21, 2017, 12:17 am
Thank you TC. Signed and shared petition.

Dawnie W (250)
Friday July 21, 2017, 12:28 am
💙💚💜Noted...So good to hear all is going really good for you Tom. Thank you for the jigsaw puzzle. And the newsy thread.

💚💙💜Thank you...TomCat.💙💜💚

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

Danuta W (1251)
Friday July 21, 2017, 2:51 am

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday July 21, 2017, 2:59 am
Troll flagged as well as its profile page.

Must be a Drumpfian troglodyte! Using Republican tactics.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday July 21, 2017, 3:37 am
Puzzle — 4:43  Not my day to rescue fishies! 
YouTube — Where was the barf bag alert?  These two conniving cretins make me sick.  As I recall, the two voter fraud incidents from the last election involved Republicans  trying to vote twice.   Drumpf is just pissed because he didn’t win the popular vote, and I dare say that if a popular vote was done today, he would lose by even greater numbers.  Mind there still is no great love for Clinton.
NY Times — Kudos to California for taking a stand for human rights.
Daily Kos — Want to bet that some emails etc from the campaign and the régime disappear, if they have not already?  As far as Jill Stein, it is about time that her contacts were looked into.
Cartoon — Ain’t that the truth!

Resist and Persist!!!
Good pic!  Stumpy is rather cute nekkid.  I am so glad that the surgery was a success and you are already planning the next one.  You are going to be the “totally new and improved” TC.  Take care.
I was listening to the news earlier and it seems that a Conservative federal politician went to the US and was interviewed by Faux Noise re the $10.5 M settlement to Omar Khadr whose human rights were violated as judged by the Supreme Court of Canada.  Conservatives (formerly Harper’s Harlots) are just stirring a big pot.  Trust them to go to the bastion of stupidity, Faux Noise.

Jim P (3247)
Friday July 21, 2017, 5:30 am
TROLL flagged for his comment as well as his profile page.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday July 21, 2017, 5:59 am
Noted, Thanks

Arielle S (313)
Friday July 21, 2017, 6:19 am
The top picture much more appealing than the second, TC…

Grateful you are feeling good and doing well.

As for everything else, I’m just waiting for Mueller to order the arrest of all things trump.

Lona G (67)
Friday July 21, 2017, 7:05 am
MOC: It never ceases to amaze me how Americans, so quick to protest when they feel the government infringes on their right to free speech, or to carry guns or any other right that is dear to them at the moment, care so little for their right to vote or for any other rights so interwoven with our idea of a democracy. That wouldn’t be because Kobach’s “voter fraud” commission (so rightly called voter purge commission by MoveOn) are only taking those rights away first from people of color, then the poor, then immigrants, then progressives…, would it? This is a rhetorical question of course, and the order or speed in which these rights are stolen from different groups is only there to warn you that soon it may happen near you, or to you.

NYT: California leads the way again; let’s hope other progressive states will follow soon. On the other hand it is sad to realize that laws like this Texan POS on the one hand and “retaliation” like California’s ban on the other, will only increase (one of) the enormous gap(s) that is dividing Americans these days. Where will it end?

DK: So agree with Lynn: it’s very likely indeed that (a lot) of papers/information has been destroyed prior to this notice. Is that the reason Republicans have tried to stall this request going out as long as possible? And that Jill Stein has gotten a notice too, isn’t unexpected, but it is a surprise to see it come from the senate committee that has been dormant for so long. Given it is a mainly Republican committee, we better remain on our guard and watch out for Stein being used as another deflection to take the attention away from the Drumpf mafia. Stein should get what she deserves for any collusion with Russia, but it should not take priority over that of the Drumpf team and administration.

Cartoon: And they look so cute and innocent too!

Just like you do in the picture you included, TomCat. And Stumpy looks fine and well-healed, no need to cover him up. Keep yourself rested and relaxed for the next operation in August, TomCat. Good to see they’re making haste with them now so they can get to correcting your double vision shortly after that.

Lona G (67)
Friday July 21, 2017, 7:08 am
Tried to flag troll Brent, but his vicious remark has already been taken down.

Pat B (356)
Friday July 21, 2017, 7:12 am
Flagged him last night, hateful comment.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday July 21, 2017, 9:48 am
Noted, Thank you

Winn A (179)
Friday July 21, 2017, 10:08 am
Thanks TC and take care of yourself

TomCat S (127)
Friday July 21, 2017, 1:16 pm
Thanks and hugs to all, especially to those that flagged the vicious Republican. He appears to no longer exist here.

pam w (139)
Friday July 21, 2017, 4:19 pm
LOVED that cartoon, TC!

Janet B (0)
Friday July 21, 2017, 7:04 pm

Colleen L (3)
Friday July 21, 2017, 8:47 pm
Thanks TomCat

Debra G (0)
Friday July 21, 2017, 10:56 pm
Ah, the Friday antics: Spicey is gone because Scarey-moochi is new communications director (we're stuck with Huckleberry's spawn as spokesliar); Jared amended his financial disclosure forms again; Drumpfelthinskin ponders his pardoning power; Mueller wants to look at President Mousse-and-Squirrelhair's tax returns (no doubt, the commander in thief will try to fire him now).... interesting times.

Good for California. There are now 8 states on their shit-list (TX joins NC, KY, MS, ND, AL, I forgot the other 2).

Never heard of a klutzy kitty, but there's always a first time. Take care.

TomCat S (127)
Saturday July 22, 2017, 2:12 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:13 am
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