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Open Thread - 7/4/2018

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David C (110)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 12:28 pm
thanks, resist, persist, and vote, vote blue, vote blue no matter who

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 12:39 pm
5:58 Must be the adrenaline.

CSpan - Our relationship with the Netherlands has been friendly since we took those religious fanatic off their hands about 400 years ago. Sometimes I'm sorry we did, of course. We still have them and the Netherlands doesn't.
Alex - oh, yes. You should read some of the letters from this second Civil War. Not while drinking coffee, though.

C&L - Sigh. If we didn't feel obligated by true patriotism and integrity to stay and fight, I'd ask Lona if she'd put us all up - in either country.

Cartoon - Another sigh. Well, they did try.


Pat B (356)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 1:05 pm
DK: Did dt even grasp what he was saying? HI 5 to the Netherlands. LOL to your comment, Tom.

BBA: "Killing people is easier than cooking dinner." What a horrible video. Sadly, people listen to this sheet.

C&L: Reporter, excellent job. Mic Drop!

Cartoon: Absolutely, vote BLUE!!

It's raining here, yay, no fireworks!! Sorry to read that you got your groceries so late! What was their reason for that?? Hope that you have a good afternoon/evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

*Joanne: The letters (comments) from this second Civil War is priceless! Someone should author a book about this. I'd buy it. lol. ;-)

Freya H (358)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 3:24 pm
The Orange Ogre has no sense of responsibility. He is no businessman, not with so many bankruptcies in his wake and being bailed out every time by the National Bank of Daddy. He couldn't organize a beer bust in a brewpub.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 3:36 pm
The book Pat might want is discussed at:

I will leave it to Lona to share "the rest of the story" on this Dutch politician--she convinced me not to give him too much kudos for this.

60 Minutes interviews used to be somewhat like that...glad the skill still exists in this world

Nita L (123)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 4:03 pm
DK: Way to go Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
BBA: Disgusting people.
C&L: I agree TomCat. We need journalist like her.

Joanne: The tweets from the second Civil War had me in stitches.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 5:48 pm
DK Channel: Dumpy sits there nodding dumbly, probably has no idea, whatsoever, what is being described!
MMC: As mentioned yesterday, the bozos at Faux News are priming their sheep for a war, and these a**holes are fueling the fire.
C and L: Oh, yeah, just like our “journalists” telling Paul Ryan, or Mitch McConnell they are full of BS!😉
‘Toon: Had they been able to see the future, they would have incorporated an article outlawing the Koch brothers, bringers of Teabuggery!

Glennis Whitney (395)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 6:27 pm
Great videos.and comments Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 7:45 pm
DKC: Love the way tRump just keeps nodding his head like an idiot while the Dutch Prime Minister speaks of trade and other issues. He hates when others take over the floor.
BBA: Totally disgusting.
C&L: Great journalist. . .
Sorry to hear your groceries got there so late. Hope your day got better. take care. Thanks TomCat

Animae C (506)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 7:58 pm
This isn’t the first time ‘senator’ (effing wanker) David Leyonhjelm has spewed misogynist remarks at women, he told an elderly woman she’s a bimbo & more, he has committed political suicide, it’s over for him, the fugly just hasn’t realized it yet!!!

Virginia Trioli (the reporter) is awesome isn’t she!!!

Sarah Hanson-Young calls out David Leyonhjelm for ‘offensive & sexist slur’

Sarah is my senator & i’m 👹

Get rid of that infowars maniac, there’s enough violence in the US without that SOB promoting more!


Winn Adams (179)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 4:56 am
Thanks TC

Lona G (67)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 5:27 am
DK: I’ll give you the same background story I gave JDL after she sent me a similar clip.

This got a lot of attention outside of The Netherlands, but not so much here. Rutte, a Republican in many ways, is in hot water himself here as he’s tried to lie his way several times out of a crisis he himself has created by pushing a dividend tax cut of 7 billion Euro (which is an awful lot on a total of €285 billion) through, which later turned out on behalf of Shell and Unilever. He admitted before leaving he’s focused on jobs and national security, just like Drumpf, so people didn’t expect much of him. Everyone here knew it was a photo op, nothing more, and his mumbling “No, it’s not positive”, which Drumpf didn’t even hear, didn’t impress over here.

That sheepish grin is Rutte’s trademark, by the way. Another leader with a lot of uncertainties.

MM: That clip made it very clear that the extreme right is hell bent on provoking a civil war because they know they’re a minority and chances are they will be represented in appropriate fashion after November 6. It also makes it very clear that they’ll destroy your Democracy rather than admit defeat. Very Scary.

C&L: Still in the Netherlands I’ve been following David Leyonhjelm’s slow political suicide just from the ABC’s news site, but hadn’t seen this 7.30 interview yet. I agree with Animae, David Leyonhjelm has now cut his carotid artery with this interview. I hadn’t seen Virginia Trioli as a bit-bull interviewer on 7.30 yet, only as a ABC breakfast show presenter, but she did a great job and was the equal of 7.30’s Leigh Sales, who is feared by politicians and their ilk for her cut-the-crap style. Australia’s (inter)national broadcaster ABC has a number of other great, fiercely independent programs of high journalistic integrity and calibre as ABC News, Four Corners and Q&A. And you know they are truth-bearing programs when the current liberal/conservative government (i.e. Republican in American terms) is heavily cutting down the ABC budget and have even considered selling the ABC to a commercial stakeholder, and Labor vowing to return their budget to normal as part of their election program.

Cartoon: 😔

wendy kelly (161)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 8:02 am
A little off topic, but i wanted to share my anger, that the British people will have to pay 5 million pounds, in security fees, to enable Trump to play golf in Scotland, !!! grrrr, we don't want him to visit ,
On a lighter note -Activists have been given permission to fly a gigantic orange Trump baby balloon, where ever Trump goes if / whilst he visits here, wish i could share the pic, but just google Orange Trump baby balloon, you are bound to get a pic, - good conversations happening here, love hugs to all x wendy k x & kelly cats xxxxx
ps there is a pic of Trump baby balloon on my profile lol,

Roberto MARINI (88)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 8:32 am
noted thanks

TomCat S (126)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 12:10 pm
Thanks and Hugs to all. 😻

Regarding the Dutch pol. Even the bad guy shined next to Trump.

Wendy, throw his balls in a firth, ;-)

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 12:24 pm
Puzzle — 5:25 I tarried too long in the purple bougainvillea not quite getting the point!

Daily Kos — I think that anyone standing up to His Orangeness publicly deserves support. However, I am mindful of Lona’s comment. Too often we only see snippets and do not see the entire picture, and snippets can be deceiving. As you said Puddy Tat, “… Donald Duck could give Resident Trump a lesson in being a world leader.”

Media Matters — Alex Jones, Ted Nugent, the lying NRA mouthpiece . . . they are all sorry excuses for human beings promoting fear and violence. This really needed a multiple barf bag alert. With idiots like these, the US does not need foreign enemies. These unpatriotic Americans ARE the enemies of the US!

Crooks & Liars — Animae, a really bad trade! Pirro, Puddy Tat??? You’d inflict that kind of pain on an ally? Mind you tried to get Canada to take Cruz . . . more than once! Kudos to the journalist who is not afraid to confront this idiot!

Cartoon — AMEN!!! Trouble is, these gentlemen could not see far enough into the future. They certainly had more honour than the Republican rabble that currently infest the WH and Washington.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

This was the first Wednesday in a long time that I have had in a very long time. I found myself missing Sareena who was sitting in London’s Heathrow waiting for her connecting flight to Tehran. Four and a half weeks until she is home again. And here, it was about 28 C (82 F) but it turned very overcast in the late afternoon, cooled off and then rained last night.

Janis K (126)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 9:55 pm
Thanks for sharing.

TomCat S (126)
Friday July 6, 2018, 1:25 pm
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