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Open Thread - 2/18/2018

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 4 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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Pat B (356)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 2:13 pm
IMC: LOVE this, and passing this one on too.
Besides you, Tom, and Mr. Reich, y'all are my cheerleaders, and to all like minded folks here too.

PPC: Word. Excellent !!!

LAT: I support our Dreamers!!! Resist for them!!!

BF: Ugh!! What a p.o.S. !!!

Yikes! Now that's cold ! We're supposed to have rain all week, in the 50's or so. I like that, rather than the 30's or below. Hope that you enjoy your pizza, enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

Ted W (127)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 2:19 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!RESIST!!Many thanks for yet another fine post, TomCat-its in the low 70s here-these up and down temps are making the flu epidemic get worse!!

Animae C (506)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 2:31 pm
"You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?".
Good grief!! He's a damn embarrassment!!

YES, TC most Australian Conservatives ARE Republican Ammosexuals!!!
And they luuuurv to quote trump!!!

David C (110)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 2:47 pm
love Robert Reich.....wonder how the founders of this country would feel about a party who purposely have worked to stop the public trust in our institutions and then support a so-called minority elected who is clearly more about profit than about the good for everyone......

pam w (139)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 3:05 pm

Christeen A (353)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 3:15 pm
Naughty boy.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 3:23 pm
5:47 Baah.

Presidents' Day tidbit: Abraham Lincoln loved cats, and had two, Tabby & Dixie, at the White House. Once he fed Tabby with a gold fork at a formal dinner!

Reich - I can't believe that people trust banks over newspapers! That's insane! Well, I guess that's why so few people have divested from banks and gone to credit unions. (It's also insane to trust corporations over government, but that's another story.) I'll stand with you of course, as will everyone here. (Depressing though it is. Was Reich himself fighting tears there at the end when he quoted Niebuhr?)

PP - How serious everything seems today! Well, of course things are serious. This is so true ... and so incomprehensible to present day Republicans.

LAT - Lots of Americans misplace their anger - get angry at those who are fighting for them (and losing, but still fighting) instead of those who are truly crushing them, and winning.) Most of them are Republicans, though.

Buzzfeed - "Conservatives" are creeps, and creepy, wherever they are. Nigel Farage. Boris Johnson. Vladimir Putin. Now George Christensen. No country is immune. Thankfully, not all Australians are "Conservatives."

Cartoon - Yup.


Peggy B (43)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 4:18 pm

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 4:38 pm
Thank you TomCat

Glennis W (395)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 4:42 pm
Don't feel guilty sounded yummy Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Freya H (358)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 5:24 pm
Have we lost the common good? I'm sure it's an interesting book - but I don't think we've lost the common good, not entirely. I have encountered people of many skin colors, age groups and ethnicities willing to volunteer and help others. However, I am not at all surprised that trust in long-established institutions such as banks and government has dropped to such a low. People are waking up to how the moneyed interests are doing all they can to scr*w the working class and make live even harder for the poor.

Nice going, Christensen - your stunt backfired. All you did was further sully the worldwide image of gun owners. It is definitely telling that Australia has not had a mass shooting in over 20 years!

Cartoon: All too true! Keep 'em barefoot and pregnant. Force 'em to have babies they can't feed, then 18 years later dangle the false promise of a military career in front of the poor blighters.

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 6:39 pm
Robert Reich: The things that Joe KennedyIII spoke about in his response to the idiot SOTU message, were about what used to be considered the Common Good!  If we can not get rid of Citizens United, we will never find access to the common good!
PPC: Saw this some days ago, meant to go back and see what they said about the next section of the song, which I understand to be quite awful; will go there after this, thanks, TC.
LAT: Yes, Sam is missing the point.
Buzzfeed: What Freya said about this un-Christian Christensen!
'Toon: "It's too soon to talk about gun control!"  "Why must they politicize this on the day it happened?"  Because you asses are so intent on having any pregnancy go full term, even ones created by rape, but you don't give a damn about the products of those pregnancies, once they are out of the womb!!

Sheila D (28)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 7:02 pm
3:21. Robert Reich is an optimist, overall. Most of the time I believe as he does, it's just those times when we hear about the horrific things happening in our country. Personally, I'm already working towards good relationships with all my neighbors, even those I don't agree with. It's a start.
PPC: Exactly! Love the harmony. RESIST!
LATimes: They must all be concerned with this present administration. No one knows what will happen to any of them.
Buzzfeed: Unfortunately, these idiots are scattered throughout the world and some of them are even in positions of power. What makes them so fearful that they feel a need to walk around armed? RESIST!
Cartoon: Perfect description of the rabid Right.
Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope you really enjoyed that pizza.

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Monday February 19, 2018, 6:10 am
IMC: Robert Reich doesn’t say it in so many words, but he does imply that the public is right not to trust the government, corporations, banks, newspapers and so on because it sees that the 1% has changed the rules and none of these are working for the Common Good. We, the public, however may have gone a bit overboard and are distrusting just about everything now, painting our distrust with a very broad brush. And that distrust is further whipped up by the Right, spreading fear, making us distrust neighbours and colleagues, believing everyone is only looking out for themselves. Reich is right of course in saying that only hope can change this outlook on life. And, I think, a personal willingness to trust others to do the right thing if your also willing to do the right thing. We need to start at the bottom, with us.

PP: Bravo, Don Caron, wish everyone would sing your version on President’s Day, especially those in earshot of a Republican.

LAT: Sam’s anger is understandable, but directed at the wrong group.As you say, the Dreamers didn’t accept Drumpf’s plan, the worst of the three, nor did they accept the Republican plan either, I believe, just the bipartisan plan. Whatever, or rather whoever gave him that idea? 🤔

Buzzfeed: Yes, they are everywhere, Republicans. And Populists, for that matter. Australia has a right-wing coalition federal government of Nationals and Liberals at the moment (I don’t have to explain again that almost everywhere else Liberals are the right-wing, do I?) with a very small majority in parliament and not doing so well. Lots of strife between Nationals and Liberals and between Liberals at the moment. And yes, they are Republicans in many ways, but some more than others with George Christensen by far the worst. That man is really vile and will do anything to get attention, especially now that his seat is under threat from the extreme-right populist National Party.
The Greens leader has reported the post to the Australian Federal Police, and “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the post “very inappropriate”, and told radio station 3AW he had checked with police this morning and gathered “they are still evaluating the referral”.
Mr Turnbull also noted that Mr Christensen “took it down after he was spoken to about it”.
Christensen said he had taken it down after he was asked to do so by the acting leader of the Nationals.

Cartoon: Except for their wives and mistresses.

Ben O (140)
Monday February 19, 2018, 8:23 am
Yet another magnificent monday! : ~ )

Winn Adams (179)
Monday February 19, 2018, 9:34 am

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday February 19, 2018, 10:28 am
Puzzle --- 4:07 This old goat was born in the year of the dragon which won't come again until 2024.

Robert Reich --- AMEN!!!

Parody Project --- Oh that it were! Excellent!

LA Times --- A programme has to start somewhere and at the time DACA was born, ages of inclusion were established. I know that I have said in the past "I wish that had been available when ...". Envy and bitterness will not change the situation. Instead, get active and fight those that would attempt to turn back the clock on everyone . . . Republicans!

Buzzfeed --- What a despicable little person! Unfortunately, we have a few here too, part of the Conservative party mostly. As I watch world news, there are far right populists everywhere . . . Marine LePen in France, Nigel Farage in the UK, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands etc. It is time to put them all out of business.

Cartoon --- . . . because without them, there is more fodder for the Republican wars!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Be prepared Puddy Tat . . . more Arctic air moving south! But I do believe that it is coming from Alaska, not Canada! One good thing here, it might be cold but it is also sunny!

TomCat S (126)
Monday February 19, 2018, 1:31 pm
Thanks all! Hugs! 🐱

John B (185)
Monday February 19, 2018, 5:01 pm
Thanks TomCat for the post.
Common Good. Awful downward stats. My public library has the book but there is huge que to check it out.
Loved the video.
Fully agree with the line "DREAMers rejected the Trump plan that would have saved them. They were too decent to throw the undocumented workers like Sam under the bus"
I certainly hope Christensen is voted out of office.
Cartoon is right on target.


Janet B (0)
Monday February 19, 2018, 7:20 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday February 19, 2018, 11:28 pm

Nita L (123)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 1:47 am
I shared both videos.
Our Public doesn't even have The Common Good. I'll have to get it online.
Thank you TomCat.

TomCat S (126)
Tuesday February 20, 2018, 1:54 pm
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