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Open Thread âEUR" 11/13/2017

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

- 336 days ago -
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. This is my only article today.


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Joanne D (38)
Monday November 13, 2017, 12:51 pm
5:39 Seasonal.

So sorry about the orb. Dumb Broncos.

TNY - Cue sockpuppets tweeting and re-tweeting this in 3... 2... 1...

AlterNet - Plumbers are worth a lot of money, but not $319 an hour. Really great teachers and really great nurses might be worth $319 an hour (not that they would ever see wages like that.) Can you think of anyone else?

Common Dreams - It seems like reading Andy to be reading that McConnell came even as close to truth as "I misspoke." And then to read that he now believes Roy Moore's accusers and says the Mooreon should drop out of the race - if this is a dream I don't want to wake up.

Cartoon - No kidding. Nice Tarot card (Of course, Tarot cards are so elaborate that I think they're all nice.)


Kimberly Wallace (0)
Monday November 13, 2017, 12:55 pm

Kathleen M (211)
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:10 pm
Noted. Thx for sharing TC. Feel better! 💖

Jim P (3247)
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:27 pm

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Rachel Maddow shared two simple graphics showing just how huge the Virginia wins really were

Les L (12)
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:34 pm
I agree with TC. Why do they say he misspoke when he lied. Call it what it is!!! He lied, plain and simple!

Pat B (356)
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:35 pm
NYer: dt drools over putin, he's sickening. Mueller's investigation is like reading a good 'who dun-it' novel, gotta see what happens at the end. I can't wait !!

AN: Plumbers are not thought about, until I need them. Then it's a matter of necessity. That seems awfully steep for the pay though. I think our Military could use a pay raise, imho.

Cartoon: Gawd, isn't that the truth!!!

My guys lost, ...dismally. 3rd loss in a row now. Bummer about your guys too. Get some rest, enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Peggy B (43)
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:36 pm

David C (108)
Monday November 13, 2017, 1:38 pm
thanks and very sad about your Broncos.....

Colleen L (3)
Monday November 13, 2017, 2:04 pm
Sorry about the Broncos. . Agree with you that he lies. I truly believe that he does't know what "truth" is or means. Thanks TomCat

Nita L (125)
Monday November 13, 2017, 3:52 pm
Feel better. Thank you for the posts TomCat.

Ted W (127)
Monday November 13, 2017, 3:56 pm
Note and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!!RESIST!!Grab as much rest as you can-hope you feel better soon!!! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Walter F (129)
Monday November 13, 2017, 4:14 pm
Thanks Tom hope you're improving ,rest till you arecompletely better, The death card can indicate change ,you've linked to the republic party ,I'm sure you hope to witnesss it soon and you no longer have to resist.

Lona G (67)
Monday November 13, 2017, 6:16 pm
TNY: Despite his stone-faced demeanor, I think Mueller has a great sense of humor (something has to get him through the day) and this is exactly what Mueller said to his team on their Monday morning meeting. And then they did a group ROTFLMAO before getting back to business to persecute the hell out of Drumpf and his minions.

Alternet: Mayor Carmen Julín Cruz could smell the rotten fish in Whitefish Energy’s barrel a mile away, and had their contract revoked. Better no work at all than the little of the botched work they did. But that doesn’t mean that the company will be made to pay back much of the $300 million of American taxpayer’s money, does it. And there will not be an inquiry into how this novice energy firm got this contract without any credentials either, right? Reminds me of the stories of the military being sold bolts for tens of dollars a piece which were sold for cents in any hardware store during the Iraqi war. Just imagine how Drumpf’s cronies are going to deliver if they’re awarded the infrastructure contracts like he wants them to. Republican rip-off indeed.

CD: It’s hard not to misspeak if you’re talking with a forked tongue out of the side of your mouth. Funny how the GOP’s speech suddenly clears up after their plans are finally expertly analyzed…

Cartoon: As Republicans are also against assisted death or euthanasia their Republicare will even begrudge you a quick and dignified death.

Good to see you keeping a low profile and not braving the dreaded CAPTCHA, TomCat. You need to be restored to full health before you’re allowed to face that monster.

Glennis W (395)
Monday November 13, 2017, 7:20 pm
Glad to hear you are feeling a little better Take it easy rest well and take care Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Freya H (358)
Monday November 13, 2017, 8:12 pm
That whole Whitefish is definitely - ahem - fishy. Boys and girls, can you say blatant overcharging? And they had only two employees when they got the Puerto Rico contract? Now tell me there wasn't something stinky going on sub rosa--

The cartoon is spot on. I was able to renew my Obamacare at a lower rate, but that isn't the real solution to our healthcare woes. We still need a single-payer system.

Vivian B (169)
Monday November 13, 2017, 11:08 pm
Whitefish was a stinker from the get-go! $300m for TWO employees? Puuullleeeezzze! That's just because Zinke is from the same town! What a crock of B.S.! $319 an hour? No wonder our disaster funds have run dry!

JL A (281)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 5:40 am
I also saw, like Lona, the contract was yanked over a week ago. In addition, reports are that the higher person in the indictments is Miller, bringing Mueller's case into the WH and current staff.
Apparently neither the House bill nor the Senate bill meet the standard on deficit at 10 years out to not require at least 60 votes in the Senate--game on! Freya has posted several related petitions worth signing.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 12:07 pm
Puzzle — 4:50  Dang, I can’t even come in under the average!

The New Yorker — What!!!  Drumpf’s “take him at his word” seems to be contagious!  It would appear that the inmates are in charge of the asylum! Lord have mercy for everyone else.

AlterNet — And now the Puerto Rican governor is off to Washington to attempt to get equal treatment for Puerto Rico with that received by Texas and Florida during their weather related crises.  I wonder how that is going?  A $300 million contract to a new company with only 2 employees and no track record?  How typically Republican — I wonder which Republican in DC is getting kickbacks?  You know there will never be an investigation of this travesty, nor a law suit against the company for overcharging.  And who will suffer? . . . Puerto Rico whose people are all American citizens.  

Common Dreams — I hadn’t made it to your comment when my own was already on my tongue . . . McTurtle LIED which is all that Republican knows how to do.  McTurtle and the rest of them are heartless bastards that don’t give a rip about ALL the people they supposedly represent.  They are totally vacuous, devoid of all ethics and decency!

Cartoon — And you can bet that the only one’s to benefit from this benefit are the Republican undertakers.

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Hope you get to feeling a little everyday! Although I am a bit better, I still hack away. Today the hacking is worse because I am up and down two flights of stairs doing laundry. We wouldn't want a "nekkid" Sasquatch would we!

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 1:36 pm
Thanks, hugs and stars to all.

pam w (139)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 5:00 pm
Thank YOU, Tom!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 6:16 pm
Bout time Mueller get's into the WH w/ Miller too! Good
Continue to rest and recoup TomCat
Thank you TomCat

Janet B (0)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 6:38 pm

Mitchell D (86)
Tuesday November 14, 2017, 6:42 pm
TNY: Hey, question Putin’s veracity? If tRump did so, Putin just might pull the plug out of the Orange Gasbag!
Alternet: Aren’t these two guy connected to tRump? Nothing he does, or touches, is not all about him!
Common Dreams: “Misspoke” is code for “I lied my damned ass off!”
TC: Feel still better!

TomCat S (127)
Wednesday November 15, 2017, 1:06 pm

Robert B (60)
Friday November 17, 2017, 6:47 pm
Thanks for the posts Tom, take care of yourself and get some rest.
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