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Open Thread - 5/17/2018

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.


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Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 2:01 pm
6:35 And it might have been a good evolutionary strategy, if it hadn't been for those darned meddling h. Sapiens!

I sure wish I could send you some of my ability sit in front of the computer and just zone out into sleep for a half hour or so. Well, no, I don't guess you'd want that, but I wish someone would and could take some.

MSNBC - "Had the FBI been as circumspect about Hillary Clinton as they were about Donald Trump, we would likely have a President." It really would be difficult to say what we would have. We are in Bizarro World, Upside Down World. While it would have been an error, it's not inconceivable that someone in the FBI might have felt it was superfluous to be circumspect about the Clinton email investigation, if it were already clear there was nothing to it. Any investigation into Trump could not possibly have looked at any point as though there were nothing to it.

TNY - So believeable.

AlterNet - Of course, when the drumpter fire's lips are moving, he is lying. But if you want to get an idea what reall is happening, try reading this. Warning: hanky alert.

Cartoon - She looks like too nice a person to be in the Drumpf regime.


pam w (139)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 2:07 pm
"The President knows he's a lock for the Nobel." GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Pat B (356)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 2:42 pm
MSNBC: The more that dt (and his minions) holler about this, it shows to me, that he's guilty as hell. Well, we knew that all along though, didn't we?

*Wired Magazine has an excellent article on Bob Mueller, re: this. here's the link:

There's also an article on his service in Vietnam there too. Lengthy, but very good about the man in charge.

NYer: Yea, I can see him (dt) doing this...ugh! lol, Andy.

AN: Hitler said the same word to refer to Jews. What a horrible thing to say, but he's says stuff every day like this, it seems, now.

Cartoon: She was, Joanne, I agree. She is ranked as the top-ranking female villain for her performance in the Wizard of Oz. On a lighter note, she was a former schoolteacher, who gained recognition for her work as an advocate of causes designed to benefit children and animals, and retained a lifelong commitment to public education. *wiki
btw: dt will never attain that status. Ever.

Well....we had our first fire here for 2018, about 15 miles away, a truck's chains were dragging on the road. It's contained now, thank the Lord. Hope that you have a relaxing evening, take care, & Thanks, Tom.

Freya H (358)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 3:11 pm
Witch hunt? Qui parle!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 3:53 pm
That cartoon is great!

Carrie B (306)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 4:51 pm
Do so love the cartoon! Good Job, TC. Witch Hunt my a$$!

Nita L (123)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 5:41 pm
I agree with Joanne and Pat.
I love the cartoon.
Thank you TomCat.

Animae C (506)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 5:43 pm
“…trump “took the initiative” to award himself the Peace Prize rather than “waiting around” for the Nobel committee, in Oslo, to bestow it on him.”
Surely you jest?!?!?

TC get yourself some Chamomile, brew yourself a pot, stir in honey & down it ☕ before you hit the sack, i promise a very sound night’s sleep follows, without drowsiness the following morning! 😻

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 6:26 pm
MSNBC: Sounds good to me. May Mueller and his team thrive, and do so for a long time!
New Yorker: So…he’ll put it next to his “Man of the Year!” bogus award? I’m thinking Kim Jong-un is claiming a possible non-meeting with Dumpy, to burst his Nobel posturing?
Alternet: Dumpy comes from a line of dirtbags, but, yes, he just reflects the GOPIG view of “We the people.”
‘Toon: I am anticipating the day that we can look Dumpy in the eye, and say “Yeah, witch hunt, and guess who they caught?”

Colleen L (3)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 7:16 pm
I too agree with Joanne and Pat. Love the cartoon.Fits tRump perfectly. Thanks TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 8:14 pm
There is a lot going on and I can see it takes a bit to go to sleep!
Oh Yes it's a Crossfire Hurricane!
Manafort's son-in-law is co-operating! wow!
There is jail time for many here
Get them all the whole Family, they are trying to make themselves wealthy at the expense of the Taxpayer's
Get the one's who covered things up too
Liar's and story teller's.
Thank you for the Video TomCat
Thank you TomCat

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 8:15 pm
Great Picture of The Witch!

Lona G (67)
Friday May 18, 2018, 2:31 am
MSNBC: Timing is everything in these investigation, so I imagine that Mueller and his investigators want to avoid any mistakes in timing with such dreadful consequences and takes all the time he needs to do a thorough job. But then he can do that as a special prosecutor with a mandate, were he still the director of the FBI he wouldn’t have been able to draw things out this long,.

TNY: Actually, Andy, Drumpf has had two replica’s made: one for the Oval Office so that everyone who comes in there can admire him, and one for the night stand next to his bed so he can remind himself how great he is first thing in the morning and admire himself. It doesn’t matter he doesn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize in our reality; in his reality he deserves it twice over.

Alternet: You are absolutely spot on, TomCat. On immigration, as on so many other subjects, Drumpf is merely a mouthpiece of the GOP. When Drumpf is removed from office one way or another, Pence will not speak of immigrants as animals but use a more diplomatic language to convey the same depersonalized image which appeals to the Republican base.

Cartoon: Excellent!

Winn A (179)
Friday May 18, 2018, 10:02 am

Dot A (182)
Friday May 18, 2018, 10:43 am
hummmm, is that hat actually a Dotard Dunce Cap? How fitting!!! which ever way you witch it to be~

Sheila D (28)
Friday May 18, 2018, 11:06 am
3:51. MSNBC/11th Hour: Keeping the information on dt out of the Presidential race was a mistake, just as much as revealing the email information on HC was a mistake. Having a traitor in charge is terrifying.

TNY: Truly a narcissists dream.

Alternet: Even though he was talking about a specific gang, it's still a bad idea to single out any group to talk down or bad-mouth.

Cartoon: Love this picture.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. RESIST! PERSIST! VOTE!!

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday May 18, 2018, 11:59 am
Puzzle — 3:46 Pretty flower! Pretty pollen machine!

MSNBC — I am not saying that the FBI is perfect, as after all, it is comprised of human beings. But Drumpf and his allies are way out in right field in attacking the FBI and the DOJ. They have absolutely to respect for the law whatsoever. They only court the law when it is to their advantage.

The New Yorker — I believe that Drumpf would actually do this. His narcissism is beyond the pale! . . . way beyond . . .

AlterNet — “The Fuhrer does not set the tone for Republican racism. He merely reflects it.” — That maybe so, but when are We The People going to kick the really bad people, the Republicans, out???

Cartoon — Great photoshop of Drumpf as the Wicked Witch from Oz! He’s scarier even without the green makeup than Margaret Hamilton with her green makeup! Maybe it is the orange!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

OMG, the temperature has dropped! Isn’t that glorious!!! Right now it is about 17C (63F) and cloudy but no rain. No rain yet but there is supposed to be some over the weekend. And like all good plans, this is a long weekend for us — Victoria Day. It is traditionally the beginning of the spring/summer growing season and the first camping weekend but the earlier hot weather rather changed that. I found someone to go on that 3 night stay in Whistler with me. Her mother, Molly, and mine were good friends at the care centre until they didn’t recognise each other. Molly passed away at the end of January and her daughter, Maureen, still has her father to look after (he is now in care) and a developmentally disabled adult daughter. I thought a few nights to herself were in order. Now all I need are the details of the get-away and to set a date with Maureen.

TomCat S (126)
Friday May 18, 2018, 1:10 pm
Thanks and hugs! TGIF! 😻

Glennis W (395)
Friday May 18, 2018, 6:48 pm
Great cartoon Take care and rst well Have a great weekend . Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Janet B (0)
Friday May 18, 2018, 7:32 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 1:15 am

Marco C (31)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 7:21 am
The Nobel Prize may have to go to Mueller and his team for doing what Trump said he would, but hasn't and cleared the swamp.

May the Americans eligible to vote cast their ballots and clear the little corner of the swamp in their districts. Ideas, energy and moving forward. Fluff and fraud- you're on notice - swim out of the swamp and make something of yourself or into the septic tank for you.

Janet B (0)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 7:46 pm

Robert B (60)
Monday May 21, 2018, 7:33 pm
The Witch's supporters don't know what a Peace Prize is. The were probably thinking "Pizza Prize" to go along with his cheeseburgers.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday May 29, 2018, 12:26 am
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