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Open Thread - 8/22/2017

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Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 2:23 pm
5:50 They did build to last back then.

The only one I hope you left in for my sake is "Furies." (wink)

Keith # 109 - People on Daily Kos are starting to discuss Dolt.45's mental state in terms of solipsism, or, to use a more mental health term instead of a philosophical one, derealization. Of course, any time you have racism or other forms of bigotry, you have a situation where those in the disfavored group do not seem to be as human - as real - as you (and your group, whatever that is). But Dolt.45 seems to be taking it to a point where nothing and no one is as real to him as he is. A non-professional like me is tempted to call solipsism "narcissism on steroids."

YT/MM - Well put together. I think everyone has deep within themselves a desire that hurtful people be hurt themselves. Children see "hurtful people" as "anyone but me." Grownups learn to control the desires and find non-violent ways of dealing with problems. Almost defines the difference between the parties, doesn't it?

TNY - Here Andy is trying to reassure us and you come in and give us truth that will keep us all from sleeping!

Cartoon - Sigh. And that's a real sign, isn't it? I won't ask from where.


Ted W (127)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 3:07 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!!RESIST!! I hope that you are able to get you meds soon, thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 3:32 pm

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 4:20 pm
Noted. Thx for sharing TC. Looks as though you have good reason to be tired! Take care and RESIST!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 4:24 pm
KO: Terrifying words, Keith. I wish dt would 'move on' (in a hole). I didn't watch or listen to his speech, but I think he feels emboldened by his words, with the repugs nodding their heads in agreement, and being silent. He's dangerous (dt), and needs to go! OUT! Lord help us.

MM: She said everything that I think of every day. Sad, and very worrisome with the political climate, now that Voldemort has been in the WH.

NYer: Gulp!!!!

Cartoon: Very, very sad.

WOW, you've had a really busy day! Being on the phone like can wear a person out. Hope that you get your much needed rest, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Walter F (129)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 5:10 pm
Tom thanks for the news.I hope your medication problem is solved.Take things easy till the heat abates.

Animae C (506)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 6:45 pm
Thanx TC

Glennis W (395)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 7:04 pm
Hope all is sorted out with your meds, Hope the heat stays a little cooler for you Take care and rest well when you can Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 7:48 pm
thank you for Keith O. always has it right on!
Take a nap quick as you can see yourself clear!
Thank you TomCat

Lona G (67)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 7:55 pm
Keith Olbermann #109: Keith is spot on, of course he is, and it’s actually demoralizing that he always is. Because Republicans just won’t take responsibility for the little monster they’ve allowed to grow in this huge demented monster that terrorizes the nation; they rather let America go bust, or see a new civil war come about (and then go bust) or be blown to pieces, taking the rest of the world with them, than admit to their mistakes and do something about it, and then dissolve the party.

MM: Excellent, but very depressing video. Sadly those that need to watch it won’t. They’re fine with a president fueling hate; it gives them a license to act on it. Charlottesville is only the beginning if the rest of us do not resist.

TNY: For those who got real worried again after TomCat’s remark on Andy’s appeasing message: Drumpf will do more than read two letters. First he’ll hear two phonetic letters from the military alphabet called out, such as “Delta-Echo.” He then has to find these two letters on the “biscuit,” a laminated card he or military aide carries at all times, finds the matching response to the challenge code, translate them to the military alphabet and call that out, as “Charlie-Zulu,” for instance. If Drumpf keeps the “biscuit” on his person, we can rest assured by the fact that it’ll be in his other jacket when he needs it. If his aid has it, we can rest assured again, because there’s no way he’ll have his reading glasses with him or that he can translate the military alphabet to letters, then find the corresponding letters and read them back in the military alphabet. No way! 😜😈

Cartoon: What is most unnerving about this racist sign is its incredible stupidity. White’s? Spanish?

Make sure you make time for cat naps when you’re so busy and it is so hot. You’ve gone through all that trouble to make sure nothing stands in the way of your second cataract operation, so please take care of yourself too.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 7:57 pm
That’s not a busy day, that’s two busy days!
Joanne, as a professional, I’d have to say that you hit it right on the head! His brand of Malignant Narcissism might be seen as saying “There is nothing in the world but that which I conjure up in my head, but since that seems to have a mysterious existence beyond me, I’ll crap all over it, just in case.”
“Trump Fuels Hate:” So, tonight he is having a Hitler like rally in Phoenix, with non other than Dr. Ben sharing a few ill chosen words. Pence did the intros. Bozos loving it up with Bozos!
New Yorker: Funny …and sad.

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 2:48 am
Puzzle — 3:41  Nobody in that castle cares about the time.

YouTube — If I may use a hockey analogy — keep the puck moving and don’t telegraph your opponent as to your plan of action.  I don’t think Drumpf is smart enough to understand the analogy, but that sure is what his actions look like to me.  Keep everybody off balance by moving the puck, or moving from situation to situation and not understanding any of it.  Drumpf is playing with fire (or maybe fire and fury) when he fails to appreciate the situations he is creating.  Or is it all just a short attention span and an even shorter memory?  Drumpf is off leash and needs to be reined in NOW!

Media Matters — This is 100% correct IMO.  Republicans may have promoted violence prior to Drumpf, but Drumpf kicked it up more than just a few notches.  For someone who aspired to the presidency and then took it, Drumpf is not presidential at all.  During the campaign he talked about being the great uniter of people, but in fact he is the most divisive of people.

The New Yorker — Drumpf would probably use the letters “F” and “O” in dealing with the process and in so doing, start a nuclear war.

Cartoon — Disgusting!!! . . . but I too noticed the spelling error or grammatical error, whichever one choses to call it.

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!

My day sounds a lot like yours . . . doctor appointment, prescriptions filled most of which I’ll pick up tomorrow, appointment made to have a bone density scan, fresh fruit and vegetable shopping at Costco, to the vet’s to pick up baby food (20 kg which will last 2 months), bottled water pickup (Perrier) and finally home where I had to unpack the car.  The rest of the week is brutally busy too!  Temps today 34 C (93 F) so I am thoroughly done in.  Fortunately, tomorrow should be about 23 C (73 F) with rain and/or thunder storms in the afternoon.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 5:07 am
Noted, Thanks

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 6:00 am
As much as I totally despise trump - and I do - I despise those allowing him to stay in power just as much.
Whatever is wrong with these twitheads?
Mama said there'd be days like that, TC - you deserve a good rest and some cool drinks .

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 8:28 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 8:28 am
Sorry....Noted, Thank you

TomCat S (126)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 1:40 pm
Thanks all! Hugs!

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 1:50 pm
3:41. Keith is correct. Drumpf acts like he's playing a game, with no lives to risk, nothing at stake, and, like a little kid, thinks he can take his toys and go home anytime he gets tired of the game or someone goes against his rules.
The rabid Right has been promoting violence for decades, Drumpf just tapped into it and brought it out of hiding.
Unfortunately, he probably has just enough knowledge to figure out the launch codes, even when he can't figure out anything else.
Cartoon: Disgusting.
Sounds like your day was exceptionally busy with just getting things straightened out. Stay cool...
Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Dianna M (16)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 4:00 pm
TWO LETTERS? That's it?

Wait, maybe we can get the Secret Service or whoever's in charge of carrying those codes around, couldn't we get them to reprint the codes, say on a CNN letterhead? 'Cos I'm guessing this Republican Not-My-President would be too busy screaming "FAKE NEWS!" to remember what he was gonna do . . .

David C (110)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 5:05 pm
our so-called minority liar in chief is also the biggest divider in this country

Nita L (123)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 6:45 pm
I like your idea Dianna. Thank you TC.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 7:15 pm

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 7:44 pm
Hope things work out with your meds. We must keep fighting and Resist. Thanks TomCat

W. C (7)
Thursday August 24, 2017, 11:32 am
Thank you.

TomCat S (126)
Thursday August 24, 2017, 2:25 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday September 23, 2017, 12:39 am
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