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Open Thread - 2/12/2017

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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. This is my only article today.


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Leo Custer (315)
Monday February 12, 2018, 10:12 am
Thank you for sharing!

Sheila D (28)
Monday February 12, 2018, 10:17 am
5:07. TH: The more I hear about Adam Rippon, the more I like this guy. Plus he's extremely talented. Amazing performance at the Olympics. Go Adam!!!
TP: These large polluting businesses have been waiting decades for this opportunity. If they can proceed without any consequences, we will all be sick with no recourse. Then it won't be a conspiracy theory, it will be fact.
Cartoon: Seems to be a trend.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope your afternoon goes well.

Kathleen M (211)
Monday February 12, 2018, 10:24 am
Noted. Thx for sharing TC! Hope your appointment goes well...

TOM T (248)
Monday February 12, 2018, 10:49 am
This is interesting!
. Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday February 12, 2018, 10:51 am
8:17 Don't break a tooth.

This is probably unfair when you are having such an ordeal with your eyes today - but this is when they were unveiled, so this is the day to show them (and they'll still be there when your eyes are better).

Hill: I wish Adam Rippon the best, for all of his future endeavors, but particularly now, for coming up with and executing a great event that completely steals the show from the Orange House. I expect there are a lot of people willing to help.

DB - People with intelligence who were taken in by Assange at first (and there were some) are starting to be embarrassed that they were taken in. I find that encouraging.

TP - And, of course, these bills are not "sexy," so they fly under most people's radar. Unfortunately, we cannot take breathing for granted.

Cartoon - Oh, Abe, don't do that. Tell them you want THEM to resign!


Pat B (356)
Monday February 12, 2018, 1:31 pm
TH: Kudos to this fine young man, for being proud and strong in his convictions. Believe me, I sure wouldn't go to the WH either. (Adam should hook up with Randy Rainbow...what a team they would be. just a thought) ;-)

DB: Assange got duped! He has been at the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012. Seems he still has connections though, and lots of lee-way too. ugh!

TP: Well, count your blessings now, because we're screwed for sure with this passing!!

The 22 agencies and programs Trump's budget would eliminate = Horrible & Terrible!!!

Cartoon: What Joanne said.

Good thoughts your way at your appointment. Relax, and have a good evening, Thanks, Tom.

Gloria p (304)
Monday February 12, 2018, 2:02 pm
Everyone should boycott the White House until Trump leaves.

pam w (139)
Monday February 12, 2018, 3:04 pm
How're your peepers today, TC?

Animae C (507)
Monday February 12, 2018, 3:16 pm

Glennis W (395)
Monday February 12, 2018, 4:44 pm
Hope all went well with your appointment Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Nita L (125)
Monday February 12, 2018, 5:11 pm
Adam was terrific last night and I'm so glad he is boycotting the White House and doing his own thing.
I hope your appointment went well.
Thank you TomCat.

Ted W (127)
Monday February 12, 2018, 6:20 pm
Noted and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! RESIST!Hope that you got a good report from eye docs!! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday February 12, 2018, 6:35 pm
Yes Adam has my encouragement!
He did the right thing Oh I would too!
How Dare Pence?
Thank you TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday February 12, 2018, 6:38 pm
Today Trump wants even more MONEY for the WALL
He’s gives up even when we don’t need wall

Colleen L (3)
Monday February 12, 2018, 6:46 pm
Hope your appointment went well. I like the pictures of the Obama's too. I like Pat really miss them. Cartoon nice...just wish tRump would resign. Thanks TomCat

Freya H (345)
Monday February 12, 2018, 6:51 pm
The Hill: Bravo Rippon, speaking out for the non-binary community!

ThinkProgress: Scary AF. This is why we need to stay in constant contact with our legislators. RESIST, PERSIST, and above all, VOTE!

Cartoon: If Lincoln was around today, he would be a Democrat.

JL A (281)
Monday February 12, 2018, 8:47 pm
There were two other openly LGBTQ athletes that also got medals like Adam.
Hidden budget positives are reforms to foster care permitting early intervention for families to address poverty and/or substance abuse rather than neglect finding and splitting up family; also allowing trial stay with grandparents or other family, who may make more than means test for federal benefits, without child losing the benefits if it doesn't work out; also several children's health programs funded for years, including CHIP.
DeVos's rewrite for defrauded student borrowers is trying to make the legal standard higher than in other consumer laws, no longer facilitate state AG's facilitation of cases, shorter time period to file and apparently getting rid of gainful employment aspect (avoidance of for-profit college being expected to deliver any results)--akin to the 50 bills to make it harder to get justice when ripped off by companies. Gilldebrand(sp.?) has some good support for moving opposite direction and getting rid of arbitration clauses for sexual harassment in the work place (like Microsoft voluntarily did).
Thanka for the link, Pat...any Texan would shiver at no more oversight from Chemical Safety Board given fire at the chemical plant not that long ago...lots of the others hurt all his rural voters, their local economies, and reduce educational resources, especially those hard to come by and in places with too few resources...

Lona G (66)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 1:42 am
TH: I don’t blame Adam Rippon for not wanting to go through such an ordeal of vile hypocrisy and Kudos for him for wanting to do something at the set time that would help the LGBT community in a positive way. But I think that the White House is giving a sigh of relief, except for Drumpf who misses his photo opportunity to show of how good he is with “the gay”.

TDB: If this was the real Assange,and that is by no means certain, then it’s interesting to see if he communicated with Hannity before and made some similar offers. But I’m sure the FBI would already be well aware of that.

TP: This is the evil Republicans are doing in Congress while nobody is looking, distracted by all the Drumpf brouhaha. And this is the evil these sock puppets are payed to do by the 1%; they are there to represent the industry, not their constituents.

Cartoon: As Drumpf said: “Not many people know that Lincoln was a Republican”, but what he doesn’t understand is that’s because it’s just too hard to believe. The GOP has become its own diametrical opposite since then.

Ben O (139)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:07 am
Terrific tuesday...? Well, hang in there Tom! : ~ )

Mitchell D (81)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:41 am
TH: More power to Adam! Pence’s event at the games showed him to be totally inept, spreading not an ounce of “Great” in relation to America. He was a has been before tDump picked him out of the garbage bin, and needs to go back there.
DB: Is there a real Assange, or is what we think is him just a hologram?
TP: Restrictive laws in the land of the “Free to be screwed!”
TC, I'm assuming that your posting is evidence that all went well, yes?

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 1:22 pm
Puzzle — 6:00 At least you don’t have to eat stones and worry about your dental bill!

The Hill — Kudos to Adam Rippon! It is people like Rippon that make America great, not bigots and racists like Pence and Drumpf and many Republicans who ride on their coattails.

The Daily Beast — IMO, Hannity should be investigated for seditious activity since he seems to be so closely linked to Assange and so many conspiracy theories. To me, much of this goes beyond freedom of speech, straight to undermining the US. But then, Drumpf and Pence and all Republicans do a great job at undermining the US, bringing it to its knees internationally!

Think Progress — There will be another American revolution, or I guess, more correctly, another civil war and it will be caused by Republicans and their efforts to destroy The People and the rule of equitable law. A budget and other policies that do great harm to the fabric of American society can do nothing else but create civil unrest — think French Revolution, English Revolution, Russian Revolutions and the 1st American Revolution.

Cartoon — In today’s world, I think Lincoln would be a Democrat. For his birthday, I think he would tell Republicans to shove any Present “up their asses”!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

OK, I’m back, sort of. I’m still very sore (muscles) in the neck and back which I think is the result of the fall. The nose swelling is pretty much gone although my glasses still bother me some so I am lifting them about every 10-15 minutes. The scabs have come off and new ones have formed. The Polysporin is doing its job and appears to have kept infection at bay. I hope your visit yesterday to the oncologist went well TC.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 1:32 pm
Happy Tuesday the 13 th !!!!!

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 1:34 pm
Thanks, stars and hugs to all.
Which 2, JL A?
Good 👀

Debra G (0)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 4:28 pm
The Orange Ogre tweeted support for Porter the wife-abuser, but nothing to or about the Olympic athletes. Classy guy. Rippon is also speaking out about eating disorders in male athletes - looking out for others.

Glad your eye check went well.

Canadian skater Eric Redford is other gay medalist. Gus Wenworth is gay US skier - don’t know if he’s medaled. I’m sure there are lots of gay athletes, after all, there is a Pride House in the Olympic Village: What makes the Pride House in Pyeongchang special is that it's the first one to be affiliated with and hosted by a national Olympic committee. It's also the first Pride House in Asia. (First popped up at Vancouver, unsurprisingly no Pride House at Sochi.)

Janis K (128)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 5:32 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Wayne W (12)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 6:40 pm
I'm proud that Adam is from my small town here in NE PA.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday February 13, 2018, 8:52 pm

Winn A (179)
Wednesday February 14, 2018, 7:51 am

TomCat S (127)
Wednesday February 14, 2018, 12:51 pm
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