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Open Thread - 8/17/2017

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

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Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:13 pm
4:18 At least you'll have water - maybe.

The special election to replace Jefferson Beauregard Sessions in the Senate now has two candidates. The Republican candidate will be Roy Noore, you remember, the former judge who was remved from the bench for cause but was voted back in. Twice. In Alabama, Democrats need a superhero to win. But we may just have one.

Everyone seems to like the VoteVets ads, so here's the newest one.

MoveOn - Of course, this is a feature, not a bug. It's not just Trump, but his key advisers, who don't want there to be a government at all. Of course, if they succeed, they will eventually realize that all those agencies were there to protect them too, but meanwhile, the rest of us will be dead.

TNY - I've been making a case that Germany has turned concentration camps into educational sites, so as not to deny the Holocaust happened, but to condemn it, not to glorify it. I have been suggesting Andersonville as such a site for Confederate "Memorials." But I gather you are thinking of Trump Tower. Well, that works.

DKos - This is perhaps only marginally on topic, but I am vecoming more and more uncomfortable with the term "Antifa." I would have thought our experiences working for women's health would have taught us that it's always a mistake to let the opposition define us as being anti what they are pro. I gather the term antifa has a history, but it doesn't have a history lately, if that's clear, and it's being used by the Alt-Right (Nazis) as a cuss-word. Let's not go there. What about Pro-Human? Or Pro-Dignity? I know there are a lot of people more creative than I am.

Cartoon - In Russia, tea served in glasses, not cups.


David C (80)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:34 pm

David C (80)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:35 pm
Biggest hot spot needing proper staffing and leadership is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20500

Peggy B (43)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:55 pm

Ted W (127)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:56 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!!!! RESIST!! Many thanks for posting, TomCat!!-good luck at the doctors tomorrow!!!

Pat B (356)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 3:35 pm
MO: It's been scary since he (dt) came into office.

NYer: Yes! In total agreement, not only removed, but imprisoned as well.

DK: The repugs will stand beside, and behind Voldemort, and have sworn allegiance to him, by their actions, and lack of standing up to him, and owning a spine. They're as revolting as he is.

Cartoon: Through and through!!

Hope your prayers are answered in Church. I been start praying as my guys play NE on Saturday. Good and safe travels to your appointment tomorrow, and get some rest! Take care, and Thanks, Tom.

*Joanne, your video is very telling, ברכות! (Blessings!) to this Veteran, and Gentleman. Thank you.

JL A (281)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 3:50 pm
Nixon's southern strategy cemented the GOP being wedded to racism that they could not sad even now some want to apparently...
My understanding is the Koch brothers' money created many TP organizations---was it just laundered funds from Putin?

Walter F (129)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 5:43 pm
Tom hanks for the news and videos.I hope you get a good report tomorrow Politics as usual interesting but hard to comprehend for non Americans.. That 's a good shot of Vlad,he's very photogenic. Take things easy ,,don't over resist ,and stay well.

Glennis W (393)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 7:41 pm
Great news and videos. Good luck with your check up hope all goes well Take cre and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Edith B (146)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 8:21 pm
The New Yorker:  I shared this on Facebook, love Andy.
Daily Kos:  This perfectly describes the Trump supporters. I would enjoy the dilemma our GOP Congress faces from him, if we were not in danger from his antics.
Cartoon:  Perfect.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 8:30 pm
Good luck with the DR.
I think TRUMPY is setting himself up to be a dictator just like PUTIN!!!
We cannot allow this CRAP!!
The CRAZY man who was the Nazi KKK at Charlottesville is CRYING & BEING A WHINY AZZ TODAY
After he is afraid of being arrested. Had so many weapons on himself. Talking Big saying he would kill them all. Oh he is a REAL NUT! BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY JUST LIKE THIS! VERY SCAREY
Thank you for the Video's
Thank you TomCat

Sheila D (28)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 8:39 pm
4:10. Even with a car breaking down we have warnings. The rabid Right seems to take joy in ignoring all the warning bells, whistles, and lights. Yes, RESIST! PERSIST! DEFEND! and REMOVE!
Drumpf never hid the fact that he's a racist. People just thought, "Oh, he doesn't really mean that." Yes, he meant every word, even when he knew it was ludicrous or a total "pants on fire" lie.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. We can only hope your part of the country isn't going to heat up too much this weekend.


Lona G (66)
Friday August 18, 2017, 12:40 am
You better not hang around on Care2 as long as your goat isn’t roaped, TomCat, in case something happens to it and you’re accused of neglect or abuse. And if you tie it down, you can point at it if someone asks where the smell comes from.

MO: I can’t see any videos at the moment, but if the title is any indication perhaps it’s better that his administration is under-staffed rather than staffed with the incompetence that do more damage than good. As little as possible from Drumpf’s agenda shouldbe accomplished.

TNY: That vile object should be taken down to the basement…uhm dungeon.

DK: Top notch argumentation, from DK and from TomCat.

Arielle S (313)
Friday August 18, 2017, 6:27 am
Once again, Andy speaks truth and fact. I am struck by Ali Velshi of MSNBC who is a Muslim, born in Kenya, raised in Canada, recently became a US citizen. He said he was always so impressed by how no matter what happened, our president would pull us together, make us feel better, keep us whole. Not so any more, of course. Velshi very sad.... me, too.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday August 18, 2017, 7:33 am
Noted, Thanks

Winn A (179)
Friday August 18, 2017, 7:37 am
The Moron must go. Impeach tRUMP NOW! Pence won't be much better and will hide behind his "religion" but at least the tweets will stop!

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday August 18, 2017, 11:45 am
Noted, Thank you

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday August 18, 2017, 12:24 pm
Puzzle — 3:41 Drumpf may claim to drain the swamp but I drained the bottle!  BTW, he did not drain the swamp only increased its size.
Move On — From Trump on down, all of this administration is guilty of treason or sedition, not the legal definition perhaps, but they have all contributed to the dismantling of the structures and institutions that support the people.  That cannot be allowed to continue.  It must be brought to heel.  The other day, I read a short piece where one of Drump’s longtime business partners told his family that he and Drumpf were going to prison.  It is thought that this business partner and Manafort may have both cooperated with the special counsel.  If this is true, and I hope it is, that is when the expanded swamp will start to drain assuming that Pence does not continue in the same way and assuming he is not tied in.
The New Yorker — A statue of Drumpf . . . surround it with a pigeon coop and let the hordes of pigeons living in it shit all over him!  Another idea as TC says, is to ship  it “To Russia With Love” . . . maybe after removing it from the pigeon coop and not cleaning it up!
Daily Kos — Well Sessions at least already has his sheet and hood washed and ironed and ready to wear. . . and likely Bannon too!  The rest are on order.  I do not see any of them changing their ways, unfortunately.
Cartoon — Indeed!

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Well temperatures have certainly moderated, thankfully.  The winds are coming in from the SSW today (from the direction of Portland).  Perhaps with the cooler temps and some rain, will keep the TomCat perfume at bay!  Busy day yesterday so I had to do my comments today.  I kept falling asleep!  Good luck with the checkup today! 

Nita L (127)
Friday August 18, 2017, 12:35 pm
Shared video on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you TC.

Colleen L (3)
Friday August 18, 2017, 1:29 pm
Good news and video. Thanks TomCat

TomCat S (127)
Friday August 18, 2017, 2:20 pm
Thanks all. Hugs!

Debra G (0)
Friday August 18, 2017, 6:53 pm
Well, Bannon's gone. And today I saw this headline: Trump’s Entire Arts Council Just Resigned With A Scathing Charlottesville Open Letter (the first letter of each paragraph spelled RESIST). (Guess he'll replace artist Chuck Close with that acting genius Chuck Norris.) And Queen Elizabeth canceled Drumpfelthinskin's visit. What will he do to retaliate?

Borowitz: Poll: Americans Favor Replacing Every Confederate Statue with a Trump Chicken.

Heading out to the coast for the eclipse. Will also be doing a Star Wars marathon and walking the beach with the grandkids. 5 days with no TV...

TomCat S (127)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 2:04 pm
Enjoy your trip!

Janet B (0)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 7:48 pm

Animae C (507)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 7:04 am
Thanx TC

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday September 1, 2017, 5:38 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday September 4, 2017, 3:51 am
Thanks again
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