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Open Thread - 5/15/2018

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TomCat S (126)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 1:22 pm
Patty Monster is Patricia Lasek here.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 1:30 pm
5:34 That actually looks pretty good - which unfortunately means I'm still feeling pretty bad. Some improvement, but not enough.
I'm sorry, but this development is truly funny. Or maybe I'm actually not sorry. Not at all.

MM - Yes indeed. Mother Jones promoted this story too, and the term in their headline was "sycophant." I love your "suckophant."

RS - Only someone thoroughly delusional could possibly have expected peace from this thumbing-of-the-nose gesture. Sane people expect only death, death, and more death. Heck, some of the delusional expect death too, but welcome it as "fulfillment of Biblical prophecy."

NYT - Well, well, well. Who knew the Hoosier Mortician could be so sneaky, and use that sneakiness right under Trump's nose (which of course is probably stopped up with Putin, but still.) Just kidding, of course. Only everyone who has been paying attention.

Cartoon I - Patty Monster! Long time no see, hear, or read! I most certainly hope all is well with you, and that you are able to enjoy an ecstatically happy day!

Cartoon II - It WAS a lynching. A rope is not required to make a lynching a lynching.


David C (111)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 2:01 pm

Freya H (358)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 2:44 pm
Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a yuuuuge mistake. I fear that we will pay for it dearly.

Party on, Patty!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 2:52 pm
MM: Question here, Where in the hell are their kneepads??

RS: What a tragedy!!! This is heartbreaking, imho.

NYT: Yep, living up to the term, 'Sneaky Snake', where are HIS leakers to leak the things that they're not supposed to leak?

Cartoon: Happy Birthday, hope that you have a wonderful and Happy Birthday!

Cartoon: Very sad.

Hope that you have a good quiet evening, and take good care. Thanks, Tom.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 4:16 pm
AWESOME! It's the "Patty Monster's" Birthday.

Enjoy your special Day and behave. lol.

Animae C (506)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 5:12 pm
Happy 🎂 Birthday 🎁 Patty, i don't think i know her.

i couldn't stomach the trump vid😠 i'm still having breakfast!


Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 6:13 pm
MMC: Robertson? One POS to another!
Rolling Stone: I did not look at the Robertson piece, but I’m sure that Patty Boy “Knows” that his god meant for Dumpy to move the embassy, probably thinks the world was created just so he could do that, and bring the end of the world that much closer.
NYT: Oh, gee, did the king of business acumen choose a sneaky, underhanded, stab-you-in-the-back-first -chance-I-get, running mate? Pence’s big secret is his Dominionist agenda? Jesus whispering in his ears? Bat-s**t crazy?
Happy Birthday, Patty!

Nita L (123)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 8:23 pm
Happy Birthday Patty! 🎂🎁
Thank you TomCat

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 8:55 pm

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 9:59 pm
I agree with others that the move was a huge mistake. I heard about the video of tRump speaking there, and it makes me ill to hear him speak of Peace when all he really means is torture. and hatred with all that he has done. And he continues each and every day with even more. He is despicable. I hope Melania is doing better. I Hope she;s enjoying the time away from him. I know I certainly would, not that anyone loves being in the hospital. Happy Birthday Patty Monster. Thanks TomCat. ..

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 11:39 pm
Puzzle — 3:59 Makes me want to go get some pineapple from the fridge. I’ll be back!

Media Matters — “One of the most loved and respected.”??? Lou Dobbs lives in an alternate reality where alternate facts aka bullshit reigns supreme and the koolaid is plentiful! And of course the narcissist-in-Chief is going to agree with him. Laura Ingraham giving Drumpf credit for the economy??? Another one living in an alternate universe! I have no use for these sycophants and suckophant morons! I know, I know . . . the International Brotherhood of Morons is going to sue me!!! Thank God for your barf bag alert!

Rolling Stone — IMO, Drumpf is purposely stoking the flames of hate and violence. He is endangering the lives of Americans and many others. It seems that Israel is the proxy of the US while Iran is the proxy of Russia. The flames, encouraged by this proxy war, are licking at our boots. Add North Korea into the mix and we have the potential of an Armageddon. I am not sure if NK is the proxy of China.

NY Times — And the poll asks if Pence would be better or worse than Drumpf, should Drumpf get shot down in flames by Mueller. I think this article answers that question somewhat . . . he’s sneakier and quieter. Drumpf does not know how to shut up and is the author of all his misfortunes. Pence on the other hand, is right there in the open but is quietly going about with his own agenda, and to boot, he is dragging his pseudo Christian religion along with him.

Cartoon — Happy B’Day Patty! When are you coming back to comment etc. Hope you and the hubby are well! Miss you!

Cartoon — The more things change, the more they remain the same. 48 years later it is still SSDD!!!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Lona G (67)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 4:34 am
MM: Made it through to 1:55 of the video, but had to stop or risk the bottom of my barf bag falling out. Suckophants indeed.

RS: Israel blamed Hamas for the 60 people they killed yesterday and the more than a hundred they killed on that border since protests began, and America followed suit.

The death-toll was a reason for the UN security council to come together. The meeting began with a minute's silence for the victims the day before yesterday. However, the American ambassador Nikki Haley and her Israeli colleague Danny Danon only entered the room after the minute's silence. Haley then gave a short speech in which she said that none of the fifteen members of the Security Council responded as moderately as Israel, if their borders were threatened. 'Let it be clear: Hamas is satisfied with the results of yesterday,' said Haley, referring to the victims of Monday. According to her, Hamas has sent Palestinian demonstrators to the fences on the border by calling loudspeakers that the Israeli soldiers have fled. (none of this was reported by foreign correspondents in the field). She left as soon as Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour addressed the council.

In Belgium the Israeli Ambassador was asked to appear before the PM after she had maintained in an news interview that all those who were killed (including women and children) were terrorists.

It appears that most of the world is pretty disgusted with both the excessive force the Israeli use on Palestinians and by Drumpf's decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, igniting the Palestinian powder keg. The White House likes to keep Americans in the dark too about how Jaret Kushner, Drumpf's delegate to broker a peace treaty between Palestinians and Israel, handles his job. To show his intentions, Ivanka opened the new embassy, and her husband gave a speech the transcript of which the White House felt needed editing as Edits Transcript of Jared Kushner. His spoken line: "As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,” was deleted from the transcript.
"I am honored to join the delegation representing @POTUS, his Admin & the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. We will pray for the boundless potential of the US-Israel alliance & we will pray for peace."
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) 12 mei 2018

Yes, pray for peace is about the only thing left to do now.


Beryl Ludwig (80)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 4:46 am
Thank you TC
Happy Birthday Patty🎂
be well my friend❤

Winn A (179)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 6:09 am
Happy Birthday Patty

pam w (139)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 11:18 am
OKAYYY....I'm out of stars so.....GREEN STARS TO EVERYONE! Thanks! (And..I got the puzzle in 4:30. Getting better!)

TomCat S (126)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 12:48 pm
Thanks all! Hugs! 😻

Barb K (1692)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 4:45 pm
Happy Birthday Patty!!
hope you feel better soon.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 6:18 pm
Happy Birthday Patty!
Thank you TomCat

Janet B (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 7:16 pm

Janis K (126)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 8:24 pm
Thanks TomCat!
Happy Birthday Patty!

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 1:30 am

Sheila D (28)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 12:49 pm
4:05. BBA: These people ask only questions they know will make our idiot in charge happy. They really don't care that they are perpetuating the lies he spouts. Sick.

RS: Personally, I think this is the opening salvo of WW III. Disgusting how easy this was for our current leader.

NYT: I've never trusted that POS Pence and always felt he was and is worse than his boss. Terrifying thought to think he could be President.

Happy Birthday, Patty. Wishing you many many more!

Cartoon: Wish we were past this horrific part of our history, but we're not. Seems things are getting worse. RESIST! PERSIST! VOTE!!!

Thanks for the post, TomCat.


TomCat S (126)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 1:24 pm

Maria P (0)
Thursday May 24, 2018, 12:12 am
thank you
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