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Open Thread - 8/9/2017

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

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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 (37)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 1:10 pm
4:39 Except malachite, the mineral, looks like this.

I had to break out both the quilt and the heating pad last night. Relief is likely on the way for you, I would guess.

YT/PBS - There's a word for "leakers" who are true patriots. They are calle Whistleblowers.

Upworthy - I won't say I am not uneasy about Pencildick, because I am. However, I also suspect Mr. Mueller has his eye on him along with the other traitors in office. I am not going to panic - YET.

WaPo - Apparently, they would have had to demonstrate two things to get that warrant, one being reason to believe that, without it, evidence might not be turned over (might even be destroyed), and the other first, reason to believe evidence woulf be found which would show the fruit of a crime.

Cartoon - But they also do the opposite, which is even worse.


David C (80)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 2:17 pm
biggest threat to the world in so many ways is the GOP and tRUMP

Ted W (127)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 2:47 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!!!! RESIST!! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!! Hope things cool off for you soon!!

Pat B (356)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 2:56 pm
PBS: Those in charge, unfortunately, are in denial over this subject.

Upworthy: He's a sneaky snake for sure. I'd type 'ugh!' 20x's, but that's a lot of typing. UGH!

WP: The hole is getting deeper and deeper.....I love it!!

Cartoon: What Joanne said. ;-)

Hope that you have a good evening, rest and relax. Thanks, Tom.


JL A (281)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 3:04 pm
Deeply disturbing developments divulged daily

Walter F (129)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 5:30 pm
Tom thanks for the news and video .Watching your political saga with interest.Keep cool and stay well.

Kathleen M (210)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 5:54 pm
Another brilliant post! Thx for sharing TC.

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:27 pm
4:16. Pence is, and always has been, a die-hard conservative. It doesn't help that he wants to take women back to the dark ages when they were property. He's done his "disappearing" act because he knows (as the great orange pumpkin head does not) that you can get more done quietly than by spouting off about everything. This is not good for the American people.
Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 6:34 pm
PBS: The orange house will do all it can to disparage the report its own government produced, period!

Edith B (146)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 7:46 pm
I hope you get a break from this weather, soon!
YouTube:  When the leakers are caught, they will be fired.  In the meantime, they are doing us a service.
UPworthy:  In some ways, Pence is scarier than Trump.  I think he honestly believes that his religion should prevail over all of us.
Washington Post:  I would love to know what the FBI  found in Manafort’s home.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 7:52 pm
A very Exciting day today, there had to be a good reason for the FBI early pre-dawn search!
Hope they get them all. On MSNBC there was a FBI agent said it had to NOT BE A GOOD SITE!
Chances are a lawyer was called and The FBI spoke with them on the phone right then.
It's moving along quite FAST! GET THEM GET THEM
NoW it's even being said that TRUMPY DID THE KOREA THREAT ALL ON HIS OWN!
TILLERSON SAID SLEEP WELL AT NITE. So he;s even saying it was not approved!
thank you for the Article TomCat

Glennis W (393)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 8:03 pm
Love the cartoon. Hoping for the humidity to drop and weather gets cooler for you. Take car and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Lona G (66)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 8:27 pm
While it’s officially winter down here in OZ, that would normally mean that out here (in the Great Divide “mountains” in subtropical Queensland) the nights would be cold (freezing, close to zero Centigrade) but the daytime a pleasant 17-18°C. We’ve already had one night where the temperature wouldn’t drop below 15°C, and while the temperature dropped to -2 or -3°C last night but is expected to pick up to 25°C, and even more tomorrow. Weird.

PBS: Leaking this report as an act of patriotism is beneficial to American society, but it goes beyond patriotism as it signals to the international science community that for their part, American scientist are still independent and apolitical thinkers and their research and findings can be trusted by their peers in the world. Their unbiased contribution is of great importance to the the rest of the world in the combat of the effects of climate change and minimizing further temperature rise globally. Kudos to the leakers on behalf of the rest of the world too.

Upworthy: If Pence isn’t indicated in Mueller’s investigation too, America is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes down to impeaching Drumpf. Oh, and don’t forget about Ryan, who’s next on the list.

WP: This FBI raid on Manafort’s house the day after Manafort voluntarily appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee indicates that the FBI doesn’t only trust him to have been truthful or have handed over all relevant material, it also tells a story of an FBI that doesn’t care much for the way the Committee operates either. Let’s say the FBI is “not impressed” and feels they have to do better.

Nita L (127)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 10:44 pm
Thank you TomCat.

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 12:06 am
Puzzle — 3:58  It is so hot and humid today that I could not move fast enough to save this little beauty.

YouTube — According to the CBC, the report as such was not leaked.  Apparently it has been accessible online in one of its iterations as the scientists have reviewed and revised it according to Katharine Hayhoe, one of the chief authors of the report and a Canuck.  With the content of the report and its availability to the public, the climate change hoax supported by Drumpf and his sycophants is going to be a tougher sell.  With midterms coming up in a year, do they want to fight that battle?  My guess is that Republicans are so beholding to the fossil fuel industry that they will fight that battle.  I can just hear Drumpf saying “what report?” and calling it fake news.  I rather hope that Mar-a-lago becomes a victim of sea levels rising and Drumpf takes a financial hit for his arrogance and stupidity.

Upworthy — “…let’s keep a watchful eye on what he’s doing now because he might just be president one day.” — Another pseudo Christian!  Christ did not force people to follow him or to believe.  He made the knowledge available but the decision was up to the person.  Pseudo Christians force people to submit to their religion whether people believe or not.  Pseudo Christians worship false gods (money, greed) and discriminate against other people (LGBTQ, transgender) which is not in keeping with Christ’s teachings.  Look out because with Pence, the country might just become a Christian theocracy.

WaPo — There is not a chance that’ll take that bet!

Cartoon — I’m thankful I live in Canada.  We sent our “Republicans” to the showers in disgrace back in 2015!

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Hot and humid are the words for today!  31 C (88 F), 60% humidity and lots of smoke.  Word has it that there is a chance of rain on the weekend, but I am not holding my breath.  Also the winds are supposed to pick up and change direction which should clear out much of the smoke.  I’m from Missouri — I’ll believe it when I see it!  If it does rain, I’m going to go out and dance in it! . . . and I won’t care  if I get soaked to the bone!

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 3:56 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 6:04 am
My solution to climate change; die and go to heaven where everything is perfect.

TomCat S (128)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 1:50 pm
Thanks all. Hugs.

TOM TREE (247)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 2:37 pm
Interesting ... Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

Panchali Yapa (26)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 7:16 pm
Thank you

Colleen L (3)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 10:11 pm
Interesting. So much going on. Everyday it seems to get even worse. Thanks TomCat

Winn Adams (179)
Friday August 11, 2017, 7:21 am
Thanks Tom Cat - Hope the weather improves for you. Here in Bellingham we may get some rain by Saturday evening which will help with all our smoke. Hang in there.

TomCat S (128)
Friday August 11, 2017, 2:23 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday August 16, 2017, 11:57 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday August 26, 2017, 7:15 am
Thanks again
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