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Open Thread - 1/2/2018

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

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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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Nita L (125)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:03 pm
Feel better soon TC. I hope the Rethuglicans go broke losing to the Dems. Enjoy the cloud coming your way.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:19 pm
4:48 I was a little worried that someone had actually painted cows.

Please feel better. (I used to get a "cold" with every change in the weather, but treating my allergies helped with that. I still have sinus problems, but they are both milder and more stable.)

Salon - As long as they keep spending their money the way they did in Alabama ... and we keep spending our resources the way the Democrats did who worked in Alabama ... let them spend.

NYT - I smoked tobacco so long and, more to the point, so hard, before I quit, that I never want to smoke anything again. I've tried some edibles, and I've tried CBD oil as a rub-on over my worst arthritic spots, and the last seems to be the best option for me. (If anyone cares, because it doesn't contain THC, it's legal in fifty states and the territories.) I would not call it miraculous, but it does seem to help, and I'll take that.

TPM - So of course Donnie Dimwit now wants to lock him up along with Hillary, Huma, and Weiner. Sometimes the hardest part of resisting is to prevent death from apoplexy while doing it.

Cartoon - Seeing as those who came through Ellis Island were mostly "white," I'm not sure they care that much. The descendants of those who came through Ellis Island are often the ones saying things like "My ancestors came here legally! They didn't just walk across the border!" (like that would be easy to do coming from Germany, Italy, Russia etc.) Hey - maybe I'm the one wanting to send them back! (OK, not really. Just SOME of them.)


Mitchell D (86)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:23 pm Though humans are awful at predicting the future, tDump staring down the barrel of that which might just unmake him sounds gooooood to me!
NYT: TC and the “Great Contact High!”
TPM: 2018 may just be the year that Comey gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
‘Toon: tDump’s grandfather, Frederick, became a U. S. citizen in 1892, a year after he emigrated here, reportedly to avoid military service. So, even if the GOPigs could “send them back,” he might still slip through.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:27 pm
Noted, Thank you

Kathleen M (211)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:42 pm
Noted. Thx for sharing TC. Feel better! 💖

Freya H (358)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:48 pm
Salon: I've had the feeling for some time that the 2018 midterm elections will be a political bloodbath. tRump's mishandling of the Presidency has made him a lot of enemies in his own party, as well as around the world. Democratic control of Congress will doom furtherance of his demented plans. Very few will be unhappy if he is a one-term POTUS - or if he doesn't finish even one term.

NYT: Marijuana should be legal EVERYWHERE!

TPM: Go for it, Comey - don't pull any punches!

Cartoon: That's the Rethuglican attitude, except when they want cheap labor to mow their lawns and clean their kitchens.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:49 pm
Salon: Look how far we've come!! Dems as a whole can do this! RESIST those basturds!!

NYT: I don't smoke anymore, but I sure wish I lived in CA, I'm jealous. I'd go there and get a 'tiny' bag too! Of course, the righteous R here in my state, think that it's a sin. I don't think God would agree. It's a natural high. lol.

TPM: Mr. Comey is hoping, (as I am), and I can stay with positive thoughts, that justice will be served, on a HUGE plate...for Dumpty and his minions. RESIST!!

Cartoon: Yea, they'd love that!! (sigh!)

I hope you start feeling better. The change in weather, and it being cold here, has stirred up an upcoming cold for me, I can feel the tiredness coming on. Hope that you get some rest, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.


Ted W (127)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 1:56 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!RESIST!!Hope that you get to feeling better very soon, thanks for sharing, TomCat!!

Donna T (0)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 3:02 pm
thank you

Glennis W (395)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 4:19 pm
Take care and rest well Hope you are better soon Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 5:41 pm
With all the crap/theats he's been tweeting, he's going to remain down deep in the barrell. Hope you get to g=t to feeling better.. Thanks TomCat

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 5:44 pm
Sorry...I screwed up. Should of read. With all the crap/threats he's been tweeting, he's going to remain down deep in the barrell. Hope you get to feeling better.Take care. . Thanks TomCat

Lona G (67)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 6:12 pm
I’ll start off with this YouTube videoYouTube video before I lose my internet connection. I was forwarded to me by my friend Evelyn B.

Salon: I’m getting really uncomfortable about those midterm elections in November. That is 10 months from now and a lot can happen in those 10 months, as we have seen in the past year. My main worry is that after a few victories in the past few weeks, the losses before that seem to have been forgotten and the media is full of “possible, “almost certain”, “victory” for Democrats. This is no time to get complacent about that.
Remember when Democrats were certain that they would have their candidate win the presidential election. And then they pushed the wrong candidate and having her lose in key states? Democrats should learn from that.
This midterm election looks like another battle of the richest. Republicans have always found it easier to gain support, and therefore campaign finances, from the rich who got the promise of tax cuts in return. Republicans also didn’t seem to be above “buying” their votes with their abundance of money. Democrats must not be drawn into making the same mistakes: they want to win the vote of the Democratic voter who is sick and tired of the elitist candidates financed much in the same way by the absurdly rich as their Republican counterparts and behaving much the same way too. The “new” Democratic voter wants progressive candidates financially beholden to as few as possible. The “new”Democratic voter want Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid, high taxes for the rich and low taxes for them, fair pay for the work they do, a fair justice system, and a responsible candidate when it comes to polution and global warming. If these messages do not come across during their campaigns, democratic candidates will not win the Midterms. So RESIST but also look towards the future, i.e. further than the next elections in 2020.

NYT: What’s so unusual about that news? Forgive me, I’m Dutch.

TPM: Mueller better get’s cracking then if he wants to see the dream of a former colleague realized.

Cartoon: Republicans want to do what Australians do with all immigrants who arrive on a boat: send them to a neighbouring country, which can use all the money they get, to have them incarcerated there, and left to rot while they are “processed”, not.

Please take it easy until you’re fully recovered, TomCat. Three articles is a lot of work!

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 6:23 pm
4:24. Salon: Vote! RESIST! We can beat them even if big money throws all their ill gotten gained taxes back at them.
NYT: Now we need to make sure all those who were thrown in jail over these past decades are released. If it's now legal, they shouldn't be incarcerated.
TPM: James Comey was a good FBI Director and our toddler-in-charge made a big mistake when he fired him. Comey makes good points without being nasty, which is very hard to do under the circumstances.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope you're feeling back to normal very soon.

David C (108)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 12:12 pm

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 1:03 pm
(Sending tissues and lots of hot soup, TC!)

TomCat S (127)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 1:10 pm
Thanks all. Sick hugs.

Debra G (0)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 7:39 pm
Drumpfelthinskin just disbanded his voter fraud commission. Guess Pence and Kobach will have to find new ways to disenfranchise voters.

I think marijuana sales are only possible in the Bay Area, L.A. and San Diego right now - other cities didn't get their sales regulations filed on time. The cloud will grow over time.

Enjoying the excerpts from Michael Wolff's book. Bannon has pushed Trump and family under the bus. Trump's twitter fingers will be dancing on his phone. (Borowitz: No, Trump, your button isn't bigger - your tiny fingers just make it look that way.)

Race ya back to a healthy condition. I've eaten - and kept down - a banana and a cup of rice today. Rib muscles sore from puking. Supposed to start driving back to Portland Saturday, but I can barely stand. But you, sir, run the risk of getting pneumonia. Rest!

Janet B (0)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 8:20 pm

Les L (12)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 8:28 pm
Take good care TC and get lots of rest. Hope it's not the Australian Flu!!! Be good to yourself

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 9:24 pm
YES I do think the Repubs are getting worried abput getting elected now after doing all they have done!
Hope Mitch and Ryan pay for what they have done, especially shitting out the Dems making decisions!
Thank you TomCat

Winn A (179)
Thursday January 4, 2018, 7:49 am
Take Care Tom Cat and I hope you feel better soon.
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