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Open Thread - 2/12/2019

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, videos )

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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 (37)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 12:54 pm
8:48 My heart must not have been in it.
Well alrighty then, this is not a story that one sees every day.

RR - OMG gentrification! I imagine everyone here already knows my opinion on that, so I won't have to use extra cuss words today.

BBC - The criminal hatred displayed by the Republican Party has been evident, yes. But thanks to Traitor Tot, it is becoming more violent, more publicly violent, and definitely more dangerous. Stochastic terrorism.

AlterNet - Coulter, Hannity, Ingraham, the entire Freedumb Caucus hate this deal. But it beats the heck out of another shutdown.

Cartoon - Beautifully done.


David C (80)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:33 pm
cartoon also pertains to ....anything GOP has done to create peace....anything GOP has done to help people....anything GOP has done to help the environment....anything the GOP has done to help the budget.......and last all the good things the GOP has done since 1981

Freya H (345)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:41 pm
Gentrification is one of many banes inflicting this country. The destruction of the middle class means the destruction of the USA and everything it is supposed to represent. We need laws to designate certain areas for affordable housing.

I certainly hope that our Congress critters can hammer out a deal to prevent another shutdown - without tRump's idiotic Maginot Line. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I fear that bad things will happen if we get tRump Shutdown II.

Thanks for the story, Joanne - at least Tyson is now at a proper sanctuary. Tigers belong in the wild!

Actually, Republicans do create jobs - for prison personnel, and in overseas sweatshops.

Elle B (81)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:54 pm

“Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.”
―Frank Zappa

“Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time. ” ―George Carlin

"Out o f my sight, thou doest infect mine eyes." ―The Bard

"Your brain is as dry as the remainder of biscuit after voyage." ―The Bard

Cartoon: Says it all...

Pat B (356)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 2:16 pm
RR: So true. Seeing more and more of helplessness than in the past. So sad !!!

CNN: It's dangerous to cover his rallies, with so much vitirol emanating from his followers....downright scary.

AN: Nope! We certainly don't need another shutdown, for gawd's sake.

Cartoon: Yep.

*Joanne, glad the tiger was rescued. thx!

Hope you get to feeling better. Enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

*This just in: 1. "President's Day Sale!!! Everyone must GO!" ~ Sylvia E. ~
2. 'MAGA' - Moscow Agent Governing America." ~ Gary R. ~

Glennis W (393)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 2:19 pm
Hope you are feeling better soon Take care and rest well Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Nita L (127)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 3:03 pm
Thank you TomCat. I hope you feel better soon.

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 3:57 pm
RRC: Yes, and you might notice, that on the East coast, the burgeoning centers are in the NORTH east, except D.C., according to Reich.  He did not cite Atlanta, or the college town/cities in the Raleigh/Durham areas. Jared Diamond, in "Collapse...," writes about a beautiful part of Montana, where, apparently, the vast majority of young folk who go off to college, never return to live, but go off to the big cities.  Republicans and their greed have emptied the country of the blue-collar jobs, and associated unions, that used to feed and clothe so many people, indeed.
CNN: These poor folks are so primed to buy his B.S. wholesale, with no questioning!  It is obscene.
 Alternet: Let us not forget, "Freedom Caucus," is just the latest name for the Tea Party, champions of "No compromise politics."
'Toon:  Jobs, sure.  Elsewhere, at peon wages.  More money for the CEOs, screw the people.

Lona G (66)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 5:48 pm
5:12 Some lovely blue stones there.

Robert Reich: This Inequality of Place is not only a problem of the US, but a global problem where strong urbanization has drawn people to the cities, leaving the rural, strongly conservative areas underpopulated and strongly increasing the number of very poor and homeless people in those urban high-development areas at the same time. In those countries, there is simultaneously a fast growing (income) gap between the extremely rich 1% and the very poor, exacerbated by right-wing governments with their welfare for that 1% but not for those who need it most. Unless we all adopt a more social – note I’m not saying socialistic – economic model and are willing to share both wealth and knowledge (education) with each other, that gap will only widen. Unless America acknowledges this, its former strong economy will come crashing down (the cracks are already there) despite these economic strongholds on its coasts.

CNN: Of course the mindset of Drumpf supporters has been groomed for years by the Republicans, but never before has an American president been known to actually sic his dogs, i.e. incite his followers, on the media present at rallies. Banana republic dictators are envious of how Drumpf gets away with enticing violence against members of the press present while he speaks.

Alternet: $1.3 billion is too much of a concession already. Give him this and ‘next week’ he’ll threaten with another shutdown because he wants more. Give Drumpf a finger and he’ll take your whole arm. For that wall is the lifebuoy that keeps him afloat with his base.

Cartoon: Republicans have many of these ‘lists’ to their name.

Animae C (507)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 5:51 pm
'MAGA' - Moscow Agent Governing America."
Love that one Pat!

Hope your republicosis is cured real fast TC! 🤒

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 6:30 pm
5:21. RRC: Unfortunately, we see homeless everywhere. Of course Robert is correct. And it is only getting worse.

CNN: It's disgraceful that his rallies have gotten so violent. Yes, this is something that has been building for decades, but Agent Orange feeds off the chaos and works at making it worse.

AlterNet: Nothing that looks like a compromise is going to satisfy the rabid Right. The Dems offered more than $1.3 B for better technology, better training for Border Patrol Agents, and more Agents, and that wasn't acceptable. The fact that they actually reached a deal of some kind is practically a miracle.

Love the cartoon: so true, so true.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. We're expecting 4 to 6 inches of rain, so possible flooding. I hope your place is keeping you warm and your "troubles" are over soon. Hugs.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 8:16 pm
RR: Sad he speaks such true facts that doesn't seem to be getting any better for our country. With heartless leaders, it isn't going to get any better.
CNN: Doesn't surprise me. The idiot he's there to see, tRump, is one who brainwashes hatred in all of his followers.
AN: They were showing tRump telling them that he's "Not Happy", with what they are offering. Seems like he's going to continue being a real jackas* about it.
Wish they'd have a "special vote" that would let us vote whether or not we want a wall, so we can put an end to this crap now.
Cartoon" Looks exactly like the kind of brainless list they'd have...blank.
Take care. Thanks TomCat

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 8:28 pm
OK...after doing that puzzle...I'm now officially CROSS-EYED!

Tom, I hope you get a good night's sleep and that tomorrow's a great day!

Lynn S (235)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 2:44 am
Puzzle --- 4:36  My heart!  When I was a kid, we watched I Love Lucy!  As the credits rolled at the beginning of the show, my brother and I used to compete to yell"My heart" when the heart first appeared.  Fond memories!

Robert Reich --- I wonder if the Trumpians (older, white, less educated and poorer) in the heartland will ever accept that it is Republicans and their policies that are "killing" them off.  And then there are those left behind in the bigger centres where costs are skyrocketing.  I see it too here in Metro Vancouver, the most expensive city in which to live in North America.  As a society, we MUST deal with these divides to survive.

CNN --- The criminal hatred of the Republican Reich may have been evident for decades, but I think that Diaper Don has amplified it and taken Republican bullshit to new levels of callousness and greed.  And now his deranged groupies are taking their violence up a notch or two.  The problem is that his groupies are too stupid to know what is actually happening.

AlterNet --- I doubt Diaper Don will sign this deal.  Last time, he allowed a few ultra conservatives (Coultergeist, Limbaugh, Ingraham, the Freedom Caucus) to sway him into the shutdown despite the fact that the shutdown caused $11 billion in economic damage.  A few rabid Republican dogs cost 800,000 federal employees their wages for 35 days.  If he does it again, the damage will be catastrophic and his approval numbers will be like the temperature here . . . lower than dirt and in the negatives.  When the Congress has the ability to play god as in orchestrating a shutdown, the US is no longer a democracy but a Republican dictatorship.

Cartoon --- Short list but then from Republicans, that is to be expected.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

So we have your snow do we?  It snowed again last night and this morning.  My neighbour again shovelled my walk.  Then it started to snow again much to her disgust!  We have about 30 cm (11.8 in) of snow.  The ploughs and sanders have been going up and down the road behind me.  Apparently more snow is forecast for Wednesday - Friday.  Thankfully I like snow.  It may be snow angel time by Friday!  Given what it is like down here at the base of the mountain, I doubt I will be teaching tomorrow since my student lives fairly high up the mountain.  And speaking of snow and screwed up weather, I heard that it was snowing in Hawaii today, albeit on the highest mountain.  But still . . .

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 4:04 am

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 8:28 am

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 8:42 am
McConnell had to agree with the deal! although I am surprised!
That' shutdown is what happens when Trumpy thinks he can do anything!
He's is such a good negotiator you know!!
Then why was he ever Bankrupt 6-8 times??
Thank you for the video's
Thank you TomCat

Ben O (135)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 9:51 am
Wacko Wednesday! : ~ ) -Thanks Tom, take it easy now...

Winn A (179)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 10:06 am

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 12:21 pm
Thanks and Hugs to all. 😻

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

Debra G (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 6:17 pm
Drumpfelthinskin is exploring ways to use executive actions (divert money, still declare an emergency, get El Chapo to pay - a Ted Cruz idea, hit a double bogey...) to get more wall money, but he’ll spin it as a win. Gotta love all the winning. Meantime, consumer debt is climbing, car loans are more than 90 days in arrears by a majority of borrowers, and the government contractors are getting screwed by the Republicans refusal to give them back pay.

Janis K (129)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 8:43 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Angelflowers D (1)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 3:29 am

TomCat S (128)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 10:02 am

Caitlin L (0)
Saturday February 23, 2019, 1:03 am
thank you
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