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Open Thread - 3/7/2018

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

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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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David C (110)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 12:37 pm
thanks, 5:05

David C (110)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 12:37 pm
Hallelujah is hilarious, but so true, too

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 12:58 pm
4:58 So, when I don't care two pins, this is what I don't care?

Brand new from Randy and so heartwarming!

Just following up on Levi Sanders, in case anyone is looking.

If you are getting email or seeing headlines on "16 Democrats selling us out to big banks," as I am, I think it's worth pointing out that so far those claims are dishonest, and dishonest in a way that is frequently used BY DEMOCRATS and I think they should stop doing that. And I admit that, with the dynamics being what they are, this doesn't look very good. But these 16 Democrats did NOT vote for the bill. They voted to bring the bill to the floor. They are not committed to voting for it, and some will in fact vote against it. Sometimes (and again, I grant, this doesn't look great) bringing a bill to the floor is a way the get it rapidly voted down so they can stop being distracted by it. But in any case, the vote is not a vote on the bill itself, and to suggest it is, is disingenuous at best.

PP - Brilliant as always!

USA Today - Can't blame him. If one is hired to advise one has a reasonable expectation of at least being heard. He isn't.

Texas Tribune - Now THIS deserves a "Hallelujah!"

Cartoon - Yup.


Pat B (356)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 1:27 pm
PPC: True Words sung brilliantly!! Well sung too!

USA: Shame that Mr. Dumpty doesn't listen to any advisors on anything, and also this. Here we go again.

TT: Beto is DA MAN!!!
Have you seen this though??? Cruz attacking/mocking Beto. Beto IS the bigger man here though, by far!!

Cartoon: Oh, absolutely!!

Hope that you can relax and rest for your evening. Take good care, and Thanks, Tom.


pam w (139)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 2:33 pm
I'm excited to see the outcomes of these elections!

Donna T (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 3:42 pm
thank you

Glennis W (395)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 7:03 pm
Great post and fantastic comments Great videos to Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 7:48 pm
Trumpy is changing his mind on the Trade WAR!Mexico and Canada is Exempt tody! he had Promised Austrailia too s o we will see what Happens!
Tonite On MSNBC they tell MCConnell says it may escalate into something more broader!!
Yes it may Bankrupt the USA check what Happened when Eisenhower was in Office back in the 50's~~
Hard telling what he is thinking now!
Mueller has said he has found Back Channels to Russia today!
TRUMPY won't say anything about STORMY!!
Amazing that TRUMPY"S Lawyer would pay her and Never even Collect from TRUMPY!!
Thank you TomCat


Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday March 7, 2018, 8:06 pm
David Hogg student of Parkland made comments of Betsy Devos (Erick Prince's sister) she never went to a public school she had made a large contribution and that's how she got into her Job! this was On MSNBC Lawrence O'Donnell
The Student's are succeeding!
TRUMPY"S Steel meeting with Steel worker's is cancelled tomorrow he is not ready!
He is being Urged to THINK AGAIN! a 10 and 25 % Tarriff will do nothing BUT HURT the USA!
he had asked Key witnesses question's.
George Nader is cooperating with Mueller
What in the world is he Doing??
Interfering! Sure


Lona Goudswaard (67)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 4:30 am
PP: Spot on and so professionally done. Don really knows how to pick his tunes to give his sweet-voiced message some extra bite.

USAT: I have no stocks or bonds, and my only interest in that market is very general in what it would mean for my pension funds (and that has been negative since 2008), but exchange rates are far more interesting right now. It struck me today that the Dollar is at an all-time low compared to the Euro since Drumpf came on board, which is remarkable since the Euro had been the weaker coin for quite some time. In January last year, when Drumpf arrived on the presidential scene €1,00 bought me $1,06, today it buys me $1,24. Which means that it has become cheaper for us to buy American goods and more expensive for you to buy ours. So there is no need for Drumpf to add tariffs to goods from abroad, the weaker dollar is doing the job for him. A tariff war will only mean that other countries will not buy more American goods even though they have become cheaper and non-American goods will become unaffordable for you. Drumpf is not only causing the collapse of America as a world power, but now also hastening it, so it’s no wonder DINO’s like Cohn do not want to be linked to that.

TT: You wonder if the rest of the staff would agree on endorsing progressive Beto O’Rourke over creepy-crawly Ted Cruz, TomCat?! Even some Republican voters would endorse Beto over the least-liked Senator in Congress if they had the guts.

Cartoon: Oooh, right, so that’s why this government tries all to stop strikes.

Hope your appointment went well and didn’t burn up all your energy, TomCat.

Ian Crory (31)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 8:30 am
uh huh

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 10:09 am
Puzzle — 3:46 I got the point!

Parody Project — How does one adequately comment on 4:37 of absolute brilliance other than to say


I found myself singing the chorus with Don, albeit not so sweetly! Two lines that resonated with me:

“Your rigid stance results in death.
You claim that right with every breath,
howling through your broken hallelujah! …
The arms race lost, it would appear
and you’ve become the thing you fear,
an echo of your bloody hallelujah!”

I will say it again, AMEN!!!

USA Today — “The rat is deserting the sinking ship.” — An ill fated ship with a hole in the hull, a big hole! With a question from a reporter about the significant numbers of people leaving the Drumpf régime, Cohn being the most recent, Huckabee Sanders said that this is normal in all administrations. I am not sure if she pulled that out of her ass, or the Fuhrer’s! The most recent comments I have heard indicates that Drumpf is backing off for Canada and Mexico, and perhaps Australia because they are not national security risks. Does that mean that he considers the UK, a country that has stood shoulder to shoulder with the US in several ill conceived military actions, and much of the EU as national security risks? National security??? If that is Drumpf’s concern in all this BS, why has he not imposed the sanctions against Russia that the Congress approved? Drumpf’s ship is sinking fast, and with it, the US’s reputation and standing.

Texas Tribune — Ted Cruz: ” … Congressman O’Rourke is a left-wing, liberal Democrat — he is running like Bernie Sanders across the state, and the voters of Texas will have a decision of what policies and values reflect their own values.” — Let’s hope that the voters of Texas have more brains than Cruz and vote for Beto. I hope Beto uses Cruz as a mat on which to wipe his feet! Cruz on his own is an apocalypse!

Cartoon — Of course Republicans agree with that. Look at all their ‘right to work’ legislation, a misnomer to be sure, clawing back workers’ rights.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

I hope your appointment went well Puddy Tat! My quarterly blood tests are coming up in 2 weeks. I’ve been very busy these past few days and have half finished comments to post. I hope I will finish them today. Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous with sunshine and no clouds. We’re back to rain today but there is a lot of snow still piled up, and even more up the mountain where my friends live.

Janis K (126)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 11:22 am
Thanks for sharing.

Sheila D (28)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 11:44 am
4:19. PPC: These guys are phenomenal.
Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Nita L (123)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 1:12 pm
Parody Project-These guys are great.
I'm so glad Beto is going against Cruz.
Thank you for the Randy Rainbow post Joanne.
Thank you TomCat.

Janis K (126)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 1:14 pm
Thanks for sharing.

TomCat S (126)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 1:19 pm
Thanks, stars, hugs, and amen to all! 🐱

Winn A (179)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 5:33 pm
Thanks! Great video.

Janet B (0)
Thursday March 8, 2018, 8:37 pm

TomCat S (126)
Friday March 9, 2018, 1:19 pm
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