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Open Thread - 12/15/2018

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divergent r (309)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 11:42 am
Bummer Buddy
moving is stressfull all by itself
sorry the new digs suck

Pat B (356)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 12:12 pm
PPC: Good song, with a great message! Bravo!

Jeff M: The border debacle must stop! Bring back the Family Case Management Program to help, and not hinder these folks coming across the border. NO wall !!! WTG, Mr. Merkley!

RR: Ms. Warren's 'Accountable Capitalism Act' sounds great, and RR's explanation of it sounds good too!

Cartoon: Awwwww!!

I'm so glad to see you back, TC!!! I'm so sorry for your troubles though. Losing precious living space is not good either, and I hope that they get the shower fixed quickly for your needs too. Hope that things get better for you too. Take good care, Tom, and Thanks!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 1:48 pm
Koi 5:24 Very fishy.

How great to see you back - but what a chapter of horrors. We knew you were a survivor - they didn't need to make you prove it again!

The Other PP - Well, after a blue wave, I'll take a green tide. There's a petition to put AO-C onto the Ways and Means Committee. It has many sponsors. Here's the one from Credo.

Jeff - This broke my heart. Gabe Ortiz at Daily Kos did the best rundown of it that I saw. I'm not a bit surprised that Jeff is on it and on the entire issue. There is no fricking reason to separate families at the border. "When you have a program that works perfectly well" - that's a signal to the Trump regime to destroy it.

Reich - "In the 1980's." Yes, That was Reagan and "trickle-down" economics - it certainly was obvious to anyone on the left from the beginning what that "trickle" comprised. Was ANYONE ever fooled? Yeah, thank heaven for Warren, and thanks to RR for promoting her.

Cartoon - HOORAY !!!


Pat B (356)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 1:48 pm
This just in: "When we must mourn the loss of a migrant child on the anniversary of a school massacre, we've lost our soul as a nation." ~ American NX ~

David C (89)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 2:03 pm
Welcome back, I could send you a million stars....although it would take too long

David C (89)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 2:04 pm
sorry your move was so awful, hope the 2/3 place ends up being much better than you hope and expect

Glennis W (393)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 4:38 pm
Sorry to hear the moove was awful Hope you get all sorted out soon Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 4:53 pm
Glad the move is over with and you are back online. You were misses!

Colleen L (3)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 5:41 pm
PPC: Good tune. I signed the petition that Joanne listed:
68% We've reached 51,329 of our goal of 75,000.
Jeff: Saddens me that this little girl suffered like she did. Even if they were illegally entering, there was no reason that this should of ever happened.
RR: Warren...sounds good.
Cartoon: cute.
Sorry the move has been a major pain. Plus the size being so small.. Aren't the movers responsible for repairing your computer? I'm hoping it may be? Enjoy your evening with Wendy.
Take care. Thanks TomCat

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 6:50 pm
3:34 (average 4:48) You’ll have to contend yurself with fish sticks, TomCat.

Good to see you back, but sorry about the terrible move and the Neanderthals who executed it. Aren’t they liable for the things they break?

PP: All Democrats should take this wonderful parody to heart and listen to it at least once a day. Republicans should listen to it at east five times a day, but we all know they won’t even hear it once.

Jeff Merkley: You can’t let this administration out of your sight, not for one minute, and thank goodness Sen. Merkley doesn’t do that. Whenever things go bad for immigrants, he’s there to point it out and put an end to it. Kudos to you, Jeff!

Robert Reich: Sounds like a plan! Now get Democrats to push or it without letting it watered down into oblivion by Republicans.

Welcome back, TomCat!

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday December 15, 2018, 8:10 pm
Puzzle --- 3:41  No fishie fricassée tonight Puddy Tat.  Here in Metro Vancouver at the Dr Sun Yat-sen Gardens, there is a large pond which contained about 15 large koi, one being the matriarch of the pond and 50 years old.  All but 2 adults including the matriarch were eaten by an errant river otter.  Attempts to trap the otter were unsuccessful and he disappeared when the remaining fish, 2 adults and some 348 babies, were rescued by draining the pond and transferring them to the Vancouver Aquarium until next spring.  This is a true fish tale!

Parody Project --- Time for the new Democrats or the New Democrats?  I think our New Democrats might be too socialist for you lot south of the 49th!  Great parody!

Jeff Merkley --- "The Republican plan is ugly. If the children are not white, killing them is OK." --- Yup!  Look also at the situation in Yemen which the US supports with its support of Saudi Arabia.  Like JD, I read an account of this child's death yesterday.  Other than being appalled at her death, I was appalled at DHS saying her death was the fault of her father.  Don't look for contrition or compassion from the Trump régime.  It does not exist!  Here is another case from Gabe Ortiz ofproposed family separation, only this time, it is not at the southern border but in Washington, DC.

Robert Reich --- He says it all so succinctly and so accurately!

Cartoon --- Welcome home Puddy Tat!  It just wasn't the same without you!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!


Animae C (508)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 7:17 am
Moving is cr*p!!!

Hugs, TC

pam w (139)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 7:34 am
THERE YOU ARE! Maybe you can use this time to divest yourself of the ''barnacles' we all collect? You'll settle in....I'm so glad you have the Wonderful Wendy!'

Nita L (127)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 7:43 am
Thank you for the great articles.
I'm so sorry your new place is so awful and that your move was a nightmare. I think the moving company should have to pay for the computer repairs since they broke it .

Ben O (135)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 8:25 am
Great to have you back, Tom! -Take it easy now...

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 10:02 am
Thank you

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 11:56 am
So sorry to hear you had so much trouble moving. yes the mover's are responsible for damages like it or not.You should be recompensed!
Trumpy We believe will make a deal - something like Don't let my Kids go to Prison and me and let me keep The Money! Jared may be on his own!!
He has tried to Destroy everything that has been set up for years all for the Good for everyone.
NOW It's Obamacare!?? Trumpy doesn't give Hoot about a Butterfly refuge beautiful as they are!
Merkley is a good guy along with Sherrod Brown also and other's
Glad to see you Back TomCat
Thank you

TomCat S (126)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 2:35 pm
Thanks and pooped hugs! 😻

Janet B (0)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 7:48 pm

Sheila D (28)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 8:14 pm
3:41. Good to have you back. So sorry to hear your move was so difficult.
Senator Merkley is a voice of reason among so much chaos and insanity.
Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Fran F (116)
Sunday December 16, 2018, 10:34 pm
Glad you're back, TC! I'm so sorry about the move from hell and the damage to your stuff. Hang in there!
I'm very proud of our Senator Merkley too. Oregon has a good-to-brilliant House and Senate delegation except for republican Rep. Greg Walden and the supposedly Democratic Kurt Shrader, one of the "problem solvers" who tried to deny Nancy Pelosi another term as Speaker.

TomCat S (126)
Monday December 17, 2018, 10:38 am

Janet B (0)
Monday December 17, 2018, 7:37 pm

Gino C (0)
Sunday December 30, 2018, 12:56 am
thank you for sharing
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