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Open Thread - 2/13/2019

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

- 35 days ago -
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and 2 homemade cartoons (1 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)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 12:42 pm
4:25 Oh, yeah. Valentine's Day. Hugs to all.

El Paso - "Socialists are coming for your money - coming for your freedom" - meaning, coming to take them away (we aren't). I prefer the way Stacey Abrams uses the phrase - "I knew you ewere coming for me (i.e., coming to pick be up and take me to safety)" - and in that sense she says, correctly I hope, that "we are coming for you, America!"

Rachel - Off topic, but some of those fireworks are televised every year on PBS as part of a Fourth of July concert. 7:00 pm Mountain and I assume Central, repeated at 8:30 - so, on the coasts probably 8:00 pm repeated at 9:30. Too bad he missed it. Does he think he is John Adams or something? John was one of the least leftist of the Founding Fathers, but he wasn't nearly that bad. I was thinking the other day that Hans Christian Andersen must have been terribly naive. What would really happen when the kid cries, "The Emperor has no clothes!" would be that the kid would be shut up and dragged off to a reeducation camp, maybe at Guantanamo, along with the parents who raised such a dangerous criminal. It's not, I presume, illegal to donate to something political after it is over. For one thing, campaigns can rack up debts, which aren't automatically wiped out when the campaign (or whatever it is) is over. But - this was ridiculous. I remember at times during my lifetime having feelings of pride that our officials could not be bought - at the same time realizing that that state of affairs was not a given but needed to be maintained with substantial effort. Good thing titles cannot be copyrighted, because the title for a book or movie about how we got here really should be called "While You Were Sleeping."

NYT - None of the professional tax accountants was fooled for an instant. But who listens any more to people who know what they are talking about? Frankly, I was worried myself, but, for this year at least, my situation stayed the same: nothing withheld, nothing owed, just sent the papers in.

Cartoons - Sweet kitty - who will NOT be wherever Scalia is at any time, ever.


David C (80)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 12:50 pm
can't be "prolife" and "pro-coal" or "anti-environment" aka "anti-earth"......

Freya H (345)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 1:10 pm
All the bozos who howl about socialism have no idea how much they benefit from "evil socialism." Public schools, public libraries, public transit, public utilities, public police and fire departments, publicly funded infrastructure - I could go on and on. The dips that call for minimal government will soon be screaming for more government intervention when their tap water is undrinkable, their roads are a mess, their wages won't make ends meet, and they are living in tents because their houses burned to the ground in the last wildfire.

David C (80)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 1:34 pm
I don't know any decent dog that would want to spend anytime with tRumplethinskin

Nita L (127)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 1:34 pm
I'm so glad that we took the House in November and that the House is investigating dumpy's money trail.

Thank you TomCat.  Tell WWWendy hi.

Pat B (356)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 1:38 pm
LSC: Priceless, and I'm passing this one on. Love it!!! Yes, he is guilty!

RM: Corruption at it's finest!! ugh! Not good for the environment. dt doesn't care either, what you or I think about it.

NYT: We have received $$ back in previous years, but I think this year, we'll have to pay. We'll know here shortly.

Cartoon 1: Look at you!!! Adorbs!! 2. Yep!

Hope that you get all your chores done. Hi, WWWendy! Enjoy your evening, take good care, Thanks, Tom.

*This just in: "Elect a clown. Expect a circus." ~Les C. ~

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 2:55 pm

pam w (139)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 4:29 pm
3:29...not bad! That coffee looks GOOD!

Glennis Whitney (393)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 4:48 pm
Take care and rest well when able Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 5:46 pm
3:23. LSC: Colbert's skits before the show are getting better and better.

MSNBC: I was married to a Gemini (for a very short time) who truly believed some things that he read had actually happened to him. If he read about a movie scene where a horse was jumped off a cliff with a rider on board, he would say he had been there and had actually seen this happen. Agent Orange has the same problem, like he's schizophrenic. I think he truly believes some of the things he says, even when they make no sense to anyone else. Rachel grasps this fact, but still has a hard time understanding, as do we all. As for Mr. Murray; he would have done a better job putting that $1 million towards safety measures for his workers. They are all shameless, corrupt cons who are only in it for the money. Resist!!!

TNY: Just what I expected. I'm not looking forward to doing my taxes this year.

Cartoon: Love the kitty. ***
Not only his old friends, but lots of new ones in the future.

Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 6:07 pm
El Paso: "They are coming for your money."  Damn, if you are, or were, in the middle class, you probably don't have any more, as the GOP has already come for it, and sent it up to the Billionaires!  Are these people THAT stupid?  Well, they are at his rally, are they not?This is like "Obama's coming for your guns."  Pure bulpoop!  
Rachel: Corruption?  His middle name.
NYT: Will be seeing my tax guy soon.  Maybe, just maybe, this will create some more "buyer's remorse."
'Toons: Looking good, Tom!   Oh, are those ORANGE flames around Mr. Scalia?  Yeah, and many more are coming!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:13 pm
Everyone knows he lies and the crowd was NOT That Big!
Beto's was Bigger he is very Knowledgeable it is his Hometown!
Thank you
Thank you TomCat

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:43 pm
El Paso: Love it. Especially where he says "He guilty." That's the only two words he's ever spoken truth.
R.M.: Corruption is something he seems to know best. He like mUrray are senseless greedy fools. Only for themselves.
NYT: Really sad that there are ones who really thought the idiot in office was going to do something good for them with their taxes. Boy are they going to have heir bubble popped. As usual it's for the 1% not us.
Cartoon 1: You're cute.
Cartoon 2: Patiently's coming soon.
Take care. Thanks TomCat


Lona G (66)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 9:45 pm
Sorry, I got up at 4:30 AM this morning after hardly any sleep, picked up my hubby from the airport and doused myself with a codeine cough mixture after the 5 hour drive, to and fro, to get this tickling cough that prevented me from sleeping under control. Now I keep ending up with my face on the keyboard. I’m off to bed.

Animae C (507)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 6:32 am
“Face on the keyboard, that is emitting a distinct odor of codeine cough mixture!”
🤣 🤣 🤣

Happy ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ to all!!!

Elle B (81)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 8:54 am
TY TC. . ..

Cartoons: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” ―William Shakespeare

“The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.” ―Daniel Webster

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

“The tyrant is a child of Pride
Who drinks from his sickening cup
Recklessness and vanity,
Until from his high crest headlong
He plummets to the dust of hope.”
― Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

TomCat S (128)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 9:59 am
Thanks and Luv Hugs to all! 😻

Janet B (0)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 12:48 pm

Debra G (0)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 2:27 pm
Good news: The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors voted to shut down two aging coal-fired power plants, defying a tweet from President Donald Trump on Monday urging the agency to keep one of them open. The TVA directors voted overwhelmingly to close the Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky and the Bull Run plant in Tennessee. Three of the four people appointed by Trump to the TVA board joined the 6-1 majority voting to close down the Paradise coal unit and all four joined the unanimous vote to retire Bull Run.

Followed closely by Drumpfelthinskin declaring the border a National Emergency, so he can rob another agency for his wall funding. Come on, Congress Critters, tell that majesterial moron he isn’t getting one more dime.

Janis K (129)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:02 pm
Thanks for sharing.

TomCat S (128)
Friday February 15, 2019, 10:35 am

Caitlin L (0)
Saturday February 23, 2019, 1:04 am
thank you
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