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Open Thread - 2/11/2019

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Joanne D (37)
Monday February 11, 2019, 12:51 pm
5:24 Pretty.
Petition to Oregon Dept. of Ag. on a tree-killing pesticide.

Other PP - Right on, Don.

Amy - Exactly what you said, TC

WaPo - Thank you for this. If course it's easy to tell the Repub points are lies, because whay would we want what they say we do? We don't. But it's noce to have positive points.

Cartoon - I would have expected him to be a Tory.


David C (81)
Monday February 11, 2019, 1:06 pm
thanks, somewhere in the snow and cold my wife was watching Mrs. Klobuchar's announcement......we think she briefly is visible in one of the Cnn clips, but I couldn't be certain today.....

Freya H (345)
Monday February 11, 2019, 1:16 pm
It is absurd that teachers are paid so little when the service they provide is so vital. This is not to say that they should be given sky-high salaries, just enough to lead a decent lifestyle. Anybody who thinks teachers are overpaid has not walked one step in their shoes.

Our campaign finance system needs a serious overhaul. The plutocracy that oppresses us can be overthrown - but only if WE THE PEOPLE rise up, raise hell, support genuinely progressive candidates, and get out the vote!

The Rethuglicans will grasp at any straw to get their way and make Democrats look bad.

Pat B (356)
Monday February 11, 2019, 1:44 pm
PP: Well sung, played, and said.

CNN: I have a wait and see .. for right now.

WP: They own this, (just like last time). Trying to play the blame game, when it's all on them. (R's) ugh!

Cartoon: Absolutely.

Yes, kudos to those teachers/staff who battled the cold, and protested. I like her sign, and hope for the best!

We're at 64 here w/showers. Supposed to be like this, all week. Hope that you are staying warm, and comfy. Enjoy your evening, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

This just in: "Undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a considerably lower rate than the election campaign staff of D.J.T." ~ Brenda M. ~

Elle B (81)
Monday February 11, 2019, 2:14 pm
TY -

Deeply sad and disturbing that this is even more true today.

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” ― Harry S. Truman

“The biggest threat against the survival of humanity is not brutality and unkindness, it is stupidity and selfishness.” ―M.F. Moonzajer

Mitchell D (82)
Monday February 11, 2019, 2:59 pm
PPC: Saw it on e-mail, sent it around, figured you'd have it it!
CNN-Amy K.- I will vote for whomever gets the Dem nod, hope AOC gets re-elected in 2020, and may be able to run for Pres. in 2024, but who knows what will happen by then.  I just do not want the demo to shoot themselves in the foot, by the election, most of all!
WP: "Republican lies" are all one hears from the GOPIGGIES!"  Their spokespersons, Like Graham, are nothing but more polished liars than Drumph.
'Toon: A day of infamy!  While tomorrow is the B'dy of 2 great men...Lincoln and Darwin! 

Glennis W (393)
Monday February 11, 2019, 4:27 pm
Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

pam w (139)
Monday February 11, 2019, 6:57 pm
Stay warm, TC! Hoping tomorrow's a great day!

Lona G (66)
Monday February 11, 2019, 7:10 pm
3:07 Water lilies, not of the lotus kind though, so we can stay alert.

PP: Don’s is an excellent addition to AOC’s video, kudos! And he’s an excellent producer too, he manages to sound quite a bit like Paul Simon. 😁

CNN: I wish she hadn’t thrown that hat. Not progressive enough and too many candidates already. While I hope she doesn’t get the Democratic nomination, she would of course be better than any Republican.

WP: Our national news (ABC) had an item with a correspondent in the US going along the border with Mexico, interviewing border security workers, immigrants – which were extremely hard to find, certainly not in a caravan of thousands – and even updated with this news, showing the Republican lies in every shot. The correspondent must have been working on it right up to the last minute, but it is sad that Aussies are better informed about American politics if they watch national broadcasts than many Americans are. It’s time for (the return) of some really independent and impartial media, America.

Cartoon: The world would be a better place if Elbridge Gerry had not chosen a political career, or was thrown by his horse as soon as the first spark of this idea entered his mind.

Animae C (507)
Monday February 11, 2019, 7:21 pm
" Let the billionaires sob, Bob, Put an end to their snow job"! 😊

" Be like AOC, Lee, Let that be the key"!

Love it!!

Colleen L (3)
Monday February 11, 2019, 8:03 pm
PP: Right on Don..
CNN: Seen Amy's speech yesterday and she was impressive, but like you point out there's going to be more progressive candidates running. We will certainly be doing our homework well before it's time to vote.
WP: Too much garbage going on all because of his stupid funding for a useless Wall. Supposedly tonight they were saying that they might of reach some sort of agreement to avoid a shutdown on Friday. Will hear more tomorrow, So I pray that's it's a true shutdown.
My best to the teachers out there in Denver on strike/ I've heard that the students are joining in on the strike too. Power to them all.
Take care. Thanks TomCat

Sheila D (28)
Monday February 11, 2019, 8:38 pm
4:00. PPC: Couldn't get it for some reason.

CNN: She's impressive, though I don't really know enough about her to decide. Yes, I will certainly back her if she's the nominee.

WP: If it sounds off it probably is. Thanks for checking into this and giving us a much more accurate look at what's going on. Agent Orange doesn't want to compromise, just win. He has his guard dog/turtle to make sure things go his way, even if AO gives in.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. Stay warm.

Lynn S (235)
Monday February 11, 2019, 9:31 pm
Puzzle --- 4:04 Beautiful but they can be deadly if you get your legs etc caught in their rhizomes.  Fish love to hide beneath them in their shadows.

Parody Project --- Fifty ways to leave a donor . . . but the only one that counts is the one that is permanent!

CNN --- As per usual, Trump responded with a tweet, one of his nicer ones, if he has any.  What an unintelligent, misogynistic, narcissistic cretin he is!  She showed she has more and bigger balls than he does . . . even if they are snow balls.  She is loving it and I think the snow is emblematic of her fight and toughness!  Trump is a wimp!

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!
2:04 PM - 10 Feb 2019

If I could vote and Klobuchar were the Democrat nominee, I'd vote for her.  However Liz and/or Bernie are really where it is for this social democrat Canadian. 

Washington Post --- When is a Republican not a Republican?  . . . when his mouth is closed and there is no sound emanating from him, not even a hum!

Cartoon --- No doubt there!  Gerrymandering should be outlawed by any and all parties!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Well it snowed yesterday afternoon and it kept on until after midnight.  That's when the ploughs came out and went all night.  Unfortunately, I heard them (my home backs onto an arterial route) so the sleep was lacking.  It looks like it is starting to snow again.  We will see what happens tomorrow.  I have a meeting tomorrow evening so if the snow is bad, I'll stay home.  I don't worry about my driving but I do worry about that of others.  Mad dogs  and Englishmen!

Nita L (127)
Monday February 11, 2019, 11:15 pm
Petition signed.  Thank you Joanne.

PP:  Another great one by Don.

CNN:  Not my firsy choice but if she gets the nomination, I'll vote for her.

WP:  I agree with you Pat.

Thank you TomCat.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 9:07 am
It's always the Fearful, anything they can do to make you so scared!
and TRUMPY has been proven there is nothing going on at the Border that needs more troops!
Again Lies, More Lies!
Beto comes across strong too, but Like you I will wait there will be more we like too. it's still early!
Susan Collins needs to be Voted out ! Kinda a lot Wishy Washy!
El Paso - Trumpy said he had over packed the stadium when he really didn't there were people outside but they were not in and counted! Bet prob;y had more people!
Thank you TomCat

Winn A (179)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 11:06 am
Petition signed. Thanks Joanne

TomCat S (127)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 12:40 pm
Thanks and hugs to all. 😻

Janet B (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:01 pm

Debra G (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 4:51 pm
I’m quite pleased Klobuchar jumped in (mid-snowstorm, too). I’ve watched her for years and think she can take on Drumpfelthinskin. Right now, almost all the Dem candidates (go away, Tulsi Gabbard) give me hope. They are intelligent, thoughtful, articulate, substantive, and competent. The debates will be exciting to watch.

Now, if we can just get the media to stop obsessing about whether: Gillibrand shouldn’t have started to eat fried chicken with a fork instead of her fingers, Klobuchar is too tough on her staff, Warren should have released her DNA results, Harris shouldn’t have dated Willie Brown while he was separated from his wife.... Notice a pattern? NO analysis of their policies, but ripping the women for their “authenticity and rectitude.” Waiting for some news outlet (besides Faux Newz) to criticize their hairstyles....

Drumpfelthinskin ‘s new campaign mantra: Finish the wall. But...The deal worked out by Congress grants him much less money and fewer miles of “new” fencing (which could just be replacement materials for what’s already there.) Gah!

Enough rain already! My yard runners over.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 8:21 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Angelflowers Dawkins (1)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 2:29 am

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 6:52 am

TomCat S (127)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 12:24 pm

Janet B (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 12:49 pm
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