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Open Thread - 12/15/2017

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Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday December 15, 2017, 1:58 pm
4:42 They are real fighters, so watch yourself.

Congratulations on the religious ecstasy ...

This cartoon is too copyrighted to show ... but it certainly is accurate on the tax scam. ?61?

These Doug Jones petitions are separate from the joint group ones

As so many are pointing out - our comedians have more compassion and better priorities than "our" politicians. Jimmy Kimmel petition to fund CHIP.
And one more for CHIP

Rachel - Yes, I'm familiar with Iowa District 3 - as familiar as one can be if one doesn't live there, just has a friend who has family who live there. Yes, this was impressive. In Texas I'll be supporting Beto O'Rourke. You are right that Republicans are that devious ... but I am far from convinced it would work for them.

DKos - Yes. The entire poll is hysterical.. I encourage people to click through.

NYT - Sure is too bad Republicans think the Old Gray Lady is purely fake news.

Cartoon - Oh, so there are a FEW gifts Republcans will allow kids to receive.


Ted W (127)
Friday December 15, 2017, 2:22 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!RESIST!!Thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Freya H (345)
Friday December 15, 2017, 2:24 pm
Jones' upset win in Alabama is a glimmer of hope that we need in these dark times. We may yet turn this country around by legal and peaceful means.

DK: I have a feeling those were the top three PRINTABLE responses--

Global warming is REAL, it is happening right now. But our bungling buffoon that thinks it is POTUS orders the term "climate change" removed from government sites. He is like the toddler who closes his eyes and thinks that he can make his angry parents go away.

Cartoon: All too true.

David C (108)
Friday December 15, 2017, 2:25 pm
How about them Broncos??? 2 in a row, too bad its too late????!

David C (108)
Friday December 15, 2017, 2:27 pm
climate change, warming, real, man-made (and I believe almost entirely) and just one symptom of how people destroy and destruct and don't think...........but I keep care2ing, planting lots of trees and want to yell....reduce, reuse, recycle, offset, compost, educate and spread birth control....extinct is forever and that may include humanity one day if we don't act.........

Pat B (356)
Friday December 15, 2017, 3:04 pm
RM: Encouraging except for the tax bill. Love seeing the Resistance!!!

DK: A--Hole comes to my mind, instantly. The top 3....ok...but he's still an A==!!!

NYT: Very, very concerning, and sad. What are we leaving for our children, grandchildren and future generations?? to live here on Mother Earth? btw....I viewed the short video of the dying starving polar bear in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, and it drove me to tears. This is what's happening globally.

Cartoon: UGH times 1000!!!

WOW!!! Good score for your guys!!! We play the Jags Sunday. Enjoy your evening, and take good care, thanks, Tom.

Animae C (507)
Friday December 15, 2017, 4:52 pm

Mitchell D (81)
Friday December 15, 2017, 5:10 pm
DK: Yeah, my word would not have been printable in a prime time show!
NYT: The Koch boys funded a research project with a Professor Muller, a few years ago. Muller was a serious skeptic before the study (gee, is that why they picked him?), but after the study, he, and others similarly, became believers! Of course the ****suckers did not publicize the results!

Colleen L (3)
Friday December 15, 2017, 5:54 pm
Glad your Broncos won. As for the two idiots that changed their minds/votes today, hope they get stoned by thousand of phonecalls and emails letting them know how wrong it is. Like the cartoon. Fits them to the T. Thanks TomCat

Glennis W (395)
Friday December 15, 2017, 6:29 pm
Great post and comments. Take care and rest well have a great weekend. Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday December 15, 2017, 9:55 pm
Yes and both cannot be trusted, What Sneaks!
Both said oh no we won;t vote for ti then turn right around and do a U turn!
Well they couldn't make a Healthcare Plan and I say they Can't do this either.
Not a One Dem was Involved with this SCAM!
If I was the Dems, when they get back into control the Repubs would not have a say so in anything!!
The Dems did this all for their Own Pocket's. over 1100 pages for the Tax plan!
Thank you TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday December 15, 2017, 9:57 pm
I said it wrong the Repubs did this TAX Plan! sorry!! All for their own Pocket's

Lona G (67)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 5:57 am
Rachel Maddow: I wish she had gone on for hours with the list Republicans are worried about instead of less than 12 minutes, it’s gratifying and comforting. But it builds up hope and fortifies me for the next month or so when I’m Down Under again and because of terribly slow and too expensive reception of the internet can’t view videos. Shades of things to come when net neutrality is killed?

DK: In percentages the top words that come to mind to 1,211 surveyed voters IDIOT, LIAR and INCOMPETENT were very low (53, 44 and 36 voters – not percentages – respectively), but low percentages on such open-end questions in surveys is standard and a lot of people may have had trouble sticking to only one. 😒It’s both remarkable and mind boggling to see that 35 thought of “leader”, 35 of “strong” and 21 of “great”. Even in a poll Drumpf turns out to be divisive. 😱 But overall 30 of 48 five people agreed on were negative. Your a**hole came in 6th, TomCat (I think that is the word you’re referring to, isn’t it).

NYT: If scientists (in this case two independent groups of them) come up with conclusions in such strong wording, you can be sure their data supports them very strongly with very significant findings. Which is a good thing if their conclusions weren’t so depressing in the knowledge that the leadership of one large country (and large contributor to global warming) is ignoring them.

Cartoon: Yes, some new additions to their arsenals under the Christmas tree is their idea of peaceful bliss.

Sheila D (28)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 10:20 am
3:27. Good to see your Broncos won.

MSNBC: Iowans seem to be leaving the dark side, though still not enough to make a major difference. No matter how they twist it, the tax bill is a mess and the only people who will benefit are already wealthy.

DK: My top two answers are narcissist and sociopath. Of course, liar goes with both of those and would be my next choice.

NYT: The drought continues in California. Apparently it usually takes more than one year of good rain to break the trend. And the fires continue to burn. And the winds are making it all worse.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope you and WWW have a wonderful Christmas.

Lynn S (235)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 11:57 am
Puzzle --- 4:08 I know who is going to attempt to eat fishie for dinner!

TRMS --- Are people finally catching on that Drumpf is a narcissistic, racist, xenophobic, homophobic billionaire who cares nothing for anyone but himself? It sounds like it! He appeared to ride in on a white horse last November, but he appears poised to depart with the garbage. I hope the Democrats can hold that line and advance it.

Daily Kos --- My first thought was f***ing asshole because just one word was not enough . . . actually 2 isn't enough either. It boggles the mind that anyone can see Drumpf as a leader. A dictator, a bully . . . yes, but leader, never. JD is right . . . read the rest, especially the comments. They are definitely unforgiving and rightfully so!

NY Times --- And Drumpf wants to keep drilling for oil etc. The Times has another article about drilling in the Arctic Refuge. This is totally disgusting and we need to hold our politicians and ourselves accountable.

Cartoon --- Yup! I just wish their earth was located somewhere else!

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

TomCat S (127)
Saturday December 16, 2017, 1:26 pm
Thanks all. Tired hugs!

Nita L (126)
Sunday December 17, 2017, 6:46 am
Thank you TC.

TomCat S (127)
Sunday December 17, 2017, 12:59 pm
YVW, Nita!
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