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Open Thread - 8/12/2018

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Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 12:42 pm
5:38 - More toothbreakers.

New from VoteVets

Florida - Very funny, but some of it was even more insidious - votes were changed so that the voter couldn't see the changes. Paper trail! Vote on paper if at all possible! (Absentee usually accomplishes that.) And exit polls. Lots of exit polls.

Axios - He will still be on the ballot, because it is too late to change them, and I believe Republicans are searching for a write-in, but that situation usually doesn't work well for the cheaters. We'll hope that holds.

MoJo - Amen! You don't mention it, but I'm sure you know they have had to keep the location of her grave secret to prevent vandalism. Disgusting. I have the greatest admiration for Heather's mother, who has to cope with this sort of thing and is not backing down a millimeter.

Cartoon - I would say, in hindsight, that the Republican love affair with Russia started with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when they ceased to use the word "Communism" to describe their government ad started using words like "free market." Republicans are easily manipulated with sords they don't understand.


Freya H (358)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 1:00 pm
Resist, persist, insist! Make sure you are registered to vote - you may have gotten caught up in voter purges. Granted, it makes sense to strip out the names of people who have moved or died; however, names can be removed for other reasons, such as not voting for a while.

Make sure all your kith and kin 18 and up are registered. If you have any kids/nieces/nephews/cousins/etc. who are approaching 18, remind them and their under-18 friends of the necessity to vote, and tell them to put a reminder on birthday #18 to register for voting.

Volunteer at a voter registration drive, especially in a traditionally marginalized community. Volunteer to drive people to the polls.

Do your homework so you can cast an informed ballot - and cast that ballot!

Pat B (356)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 2:49 pm
YT: We are paper here, thank gawd....always has been. Thankfully. I pick up my gal pals along the way, we vote, and then go have lunch. It's a given. ;-)
At the DEFCON convention, "In a room set aside for kid hackers, an 11-year-old girl hacked a replica of the Florida secretary of state’s website within 10 minutes — and changed the results."

Axios: Good riddance!! imho.

MJ: "No place for Hate", "Don't respond to the violence." Continued prayers to Heather's memory, and to her family,

Cartoon: Yep!

Hi, WWWendy! Have a good lunch. Hope that you have a great evening, relax, and take good care. Thanks, Tom.
*Score: Yikes!!! yea, preseason...whew!

*Joanne: Very touching vid. TY!

Edith B (146)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 3:07 pm
I wish we would go back to paper ballots. We won’t though.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 4:54 pm
Rest in peace Heather.

Mitchell D (86)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 5:03 pm
Thanks for the heads up, Tom, be well.
Voting Machine; I remember it from that long, long, long, ago.
Axios: Good damned riddance!
MoJo: I was not aware of the secrecy behind the location of her grave site.  Perhaps they ought to publish it, and have a sniper sit around waiting for someone to try to vandalize it.
'Toon:  The GOPIGS have long waxed rhapsodic about their admiration for Putin's wonderful leadership qualities!

Mitchell D (86)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 5:15 pm
I had anticipated that you would post about the Empty Orange's new move in favor of Russian asbestos.  I was wanting to say that this is nothing but another way to pay off his Russian masters, but, darn, you did not put it in here.

Glennis W (395)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 5:46 pm
RIP Heather. Take care rest well enjoy the coolwhile able Good luck tomorrow Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

pam w (139)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 6:31 pm
How about you? I GET SO TIRED OF SEEING PUTIN WITH HIS SHIRT OFF! One of these days soon...we'll see the GROPER with his shirt off...emulating his hero! (BARF BAGS ARE AVAILABLE, FREE, ON MY EMAIL SITE!)

Colleen L (3)
Sunday August 12, 2018, 10:14 pm
Florida, funny voting machines, asking you numerous questions after you make your pick. I would get ticked at having to use them. We still use paper here too thank goodness.
Hope all go well for you with the tests and office visit.
Take care. Thanks TomCat

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 13, 2018, 12:56 am
Puzzle --- 4:16 Definitely non edible!

YouTube --- I remember this and think it very funny! What I do not find funny are the real life hacks and voting systems irregularities. This was online today 670 ballots in a precinct with 276 voters, and other tales from Georgia's primary. The seeming lack of concern by the state's Republican administration is disgusting.

Axios --- May Collins only be the first to exit! There are 6 other Republicans who Collins recruited to invest and had insider info from Collins to dump their stock. If an investigation of their dealings pans out, may they also find themselves out of a job and in prison.

Mother Jones --- This is Diaper Don's tweet from yesterday as noted in AlterNet:

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," Trump tweeted Saturday. "We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!"

That's rich! Diaper Don condemns all racism and violence??? He was the one promoting it during his campaign and ever since he was elected!

IMO, a fitting tribute to Heather Heyer would be to have Diaper Don removed from office and have all white nationalist etc organisations declared domestic terrorists. After all, their raison d'être is to subjugate and terrorise non whites.

Cartoon --- Republicans have been and still are playing Russian Roulette!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

It is much cooler but the humidity is unreal! I sat in church and could feel the humidity pressing in such that I just wanted to get outside. It is going to warm up again although hopefully it won't be in the mid 30sC. Yesterday was my anniversary --- I started my career 11 August 1971 which makes for a 45 year banking career. I predate computers and even calculators in banking here. Good luck on the A1c.

Lona G (67)
Monday August 13, 2018, 4:26 am
YouTube: Sad, isn’t it, having to go back to paper to keep democracy afloat – and then hope that a paper vote doesn’t disappear, is counted correctly, isn’t “diluted” with prepared votes added to the box… as we saw in Russia recently. It can’t be helped now, but as soon as Democrats are back in power, Americans should demand that they clean up the hole voting process.

Axios: Good riddance to bad rubbish. A pity Collins feels the need to fill out the remaining months of his term, which means he’ll do just as little for his constituents as he did before, so no one will really notice.

MJ: Thank you for honoring Heather Heyer, TomCat and leave those white supremacists to protest ignored and unnoticed. They’re not worth paying attention to, Heather certainly was. Drumpf as usual couldn’t be bothered to mention her name and, also as usual, tried to make himself the good guy in it all.

Winn Adams (179)
Monday August 13, 2018, 5:51 am
RESIST . . . . .

Nita L (125)
Monday August 13, 2018, 5:55 am
YT: We are paper here too.
Axios: Good riddance Collins.
MJ: I didn't realize they had to keep Heather resting site secret.
Great cartoon.
Thank you TomCat.

Sheila D (194)
Monday August 13, 2018, 9:33 am
Also paper here in MN. May be in the minority, but Go Vikes...Thanx TC.

Sheila D (194)
Monday August 13, 2018, 9:37 am
Forgot to add that absentee ballots may leave a trail, but they have to actually be counted Before someone is elected. There were some 1000+ absentee ballots mailed in to I forgot the place, then sat, not counted until after the election. Wonder whether or not they they all were actually counted, but whoever pulled out the Dem votes and let them sit. Curious...

Debra G (0)
Monday August 13, 2018, 12:50 pm
Re: paper ballots. This - Sen. Ron Wyden (Dem of OR, of course) is trying to get the PAVE act passed, which would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require paper ballots.

Some humor from Andy regarding Omarosa’s “betrayal” of Drumpfelthinskin:
“The sooner we can rid the White House of reality-show con artists, the better off the country will be," Trump said. The White House is no place for lying lowlife.

Good luck with your appointments.


David C (108)
Monday August 13, 2018, 2:00 pm
thank you

TomCat S (127)
Monday August 13, 2018, 2:07 pm
Thanks, Hot Hugs! 😻

Janet B (0)
Monday August 13, 2018, 7:54 pm

Sheila D (28)
Monday August 13, 2018, 8:14 pm
3:56. A Blast: I always vote paper as I always vote absentee. Doesn't matter if you're home or not, plus it comes at least a week or two before election day and there's lots of time to peruse the entire ballot. Everyone should do this.

MJ: Heather Heyer should never be forgotten.

Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Janis K (126)
Monday August 13, 2018, 10:01 pm
Thanks for sharing

Roberto MARINI (88)
Tuesday August 14, 2018, 8:54 am
noted thank you TomCat

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday August 14, 2018, 1:36 pm

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday August 15, 2018, 7:57 am
Enjoy Subway!
if you don't Vote you can't complain you had your chance to change things
Thank you TomCat
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