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Open Thread - 3/7/2019

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pam w (139)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 10:34 am
SIGH! I remember "Bloody Sunday." Sometimes, it GALLS me that so many of us believed it was over...that we'd finally made peace with our multi-cultural, multi-colored society. I see I was wrong. The bloated buffoon and his racist pig friends are working to undo all the work that was done.

Elle B (81)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 11:53 am
TY TomC. . .

Cartoon: i remember very don't forget the stench from hell. . .

"Hell is empty and all the devils are [still] here!" ―The Bard

Nielsen, Higgins videos:

"If your brains were dynamite there wouldn't be enough to blow your hat off." ―Kurt Vonnegut

"Evil isn't the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it's a hell of a lot more common." —Jim Butcher

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." —George Carlin

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 12:10 pm
6:27 I don't care 2 pins about these - um - two pins.

Nielsen - Lord, what a fiasco that was.

Higgins - Nothing but BBAs today - at least for videos.

Withdrawal - I can't speak for alcohol, and she doesn't mention nicotine, but I once swithched from caffeinated coffee to decaf, and found that a tiny pinch of salt in each cup of decaf alleviated the worst of the symptoms. And, when I was quitting smooking, Gatorade was still making an electrolyte balance gum, and it definitely helped me get through the first year, which was by far the worst. I don't say that keeping your electrolytes in balance will help break any addiction ... but I don't see how it can hurt. Me, I'll just give up my claim on the British throne for Lent.

Cartoon - John Lewis remembers:
On March 7th, 1965, hundreds of peaceful protesters were viciously attacked by state troopers in a confrontation at Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Joanne, I was one of those protesters.

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of Bloody Sunday -- a day that will be forever etched into American history.

I saw unconscionable hatred that day. I saw pure racism. And I thought I saw death.

But despite Bloody Sunday, the physical attacks, the serious injuries and more than 40 arrests, I remain a devoted advocate of nonviolence.

I believe love will always triumph over hate. I believe we are all worthy of respect. And I believe that peace is the only true way for change.


David C (80)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 2:07 pm
Nielsen is awful

Pat B (356)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 2:44 pm
MSNBC: Release those sweet babies now!! btw...for training purposes...Nielsen should put herself in one, to see how it works out for her. js.

BBA: Good grief !!! what an A-s !!

NW: Having been raised Catholic, every year was the same promise, sweets. Has been through the years, but on a positive note, I've recently given up 'sky diving'. I'm petrified of heights, but I thought that this would be a nice leverage. Personally, I would never pursue diving in the sky one of my 'to do' activities.

Cartoon: I remember my father speaking about this, and we watched the horror and violence on TV. He made us read and talk about this event. Thanks, Joanne, for John Lewis' words. Speaks volumes after this many years.

Good news, indeed ! Glad that you got everything fixed. Thank you! Hope that you have a good evening, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

*This just in: "Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty."
~ Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda minister.~

Glennis W (393)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 3:45 pm
Take care and rest well when able Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 3:54 pm
MSNBC: All one will ever get from anyone in the Shi*hole administration will be rancid the image of their Fuhrer!
DK: Same goes for the other GOPIGGIES!
'Toon: And the bigotry and hate lives on, and on;is thriving in the era of the Orange Hater! 

Colleen L (3)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 5:29 pm
MSNBC: How all of tRump's puppets can stand up in these hearings and feed lies like the do, I'll never understand. I tale it that she is just as heartless as her boss to speak false information.
DK: Ditto of what I wrote above. All speaking false lies.
Newsweek: Yes remember having to give up a certain thing during the religious time.I had a couple of days here where I didn't drink my morning sugar free Rockstar energy drink and both times I was suffering from a awful headache.So I can relate to the symptoms of suddenly cutting caffeine. I never thought that just one could have such an effect on me. Crazy.
Cartoon: Was an awful day. Sorry to say I agree with Mitchell that it still lives on....all because of a leader that preaches hatred and racism.
Glad things are finally getting back into place for you TC.
Take care. Thanks TomCat

Nita L (127)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 6:41 pm
MSNBC: Nielson is just as heartless as her boss.

BBA: What a bunch of horse hockey.

Thank you TomCat

Lynn S (235)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:28 pm
Puzzle — 4:29 Well I obviously got the point . . . right in the butt!

MSNBC — Michael Steele: “… for the Democrats if they’re smart, the strategy isn’t impeachment, that’s an afterthought … you can bring administration officials up to Capitol Hill to go after on uh and thereby effectively impeach not just the president but the entire administration and its policies over the next year.”

I agree with Michael Steele (hard to remember that he was the chairperson of the RNC — he is probably still a Republican but certainly not a Trump Republican).

As to cages, if it has 4 walls and not means to get out on one’s own, it’s a CAGE! Nielsen is so full of shit, her eyes are brown!

Daily Kos — Dingbat indeed! Dingbat is as Dingbat does!

Newsweek — “I think I’ll give up goose-stepping with the Republican Reich, and wearing Republican sheets and hoods for Lent.” — You’ve been doing that for over 10 years. Lent is supposed to be only 40 days long!

Many, many years ago in what seems another lifetime, I stopped drinking regular Coke. So not only did I give up the sugar but also the caffeine. I went through withdrawal for about 4 days and it was somewhat nerve racking with headaches and mood swings. After that, no problem.

Speaking of addiction, I think it is time for a mid-afternoon snuggle with some kitties!
OK, I’m back after a wonderful snuggle!

Cartoon — You’re correct JD, John Lewis, badly beaten by Alabama State Troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama would remember! And John Lewis remained a staunch believer in non violence in the mold of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King who was assassinated 3 years later. There is an excellent short video (4:04 min) of the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Having been significantly gutted by SCOTUS, the full Voting Rights Act must be restored so that every citizen his the same right to participate in the path forward in the country.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Sorry I was not in long enough yesterday to do the OT. Yesterday was my busy day. I was up the mountain seeing my little one when it started snowing. I made it down 3 hours later and did a quick grocery shop but it was so slippery that just staying upright was work. Being very tired, I kept falling asleep at the keyboard. The snow was very wet but when I awoke this morning, it was snowing hard with big flakes. It has been on and off all day, sometimes mixed with rain, so I have been in all day. In the news, it is said that the storm came in from the south . . . Portland is my guess, personally instigated by a wiley Puddy Tat!

Sheila D (28)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 9:46 pm
3:13. MSNBC: If Nielsen doesn't think these are cages, what does she think a wall looks like. Michael Steele is correct; we need to focus on the entire mess that's been created out of this WH, not just Agent Orange. The Wall is not an emergency! RESIST!

BBA: What an idiot.

Newsweek: Other addictions most people don't consider are the Internet, cell phones, and other electronics. As for sugar, alcohol, and/or caffeine; always in moderation. Smoking was hardest for me to stop and it took a full year before the craving went away completely.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. Always informative.


Lona G (66)
Thursday March 7, 2019, 11:24 pm
Thank you for all the trouble you took to restore your site to its former glory, TomCat. The editor does most of what I need it to do, so no complaints from me. I can add enough bling to comments and articles to make them a bit more attractive if the mood takes me and time allows me.

3:14 Good thing the pins kept me awake.

MSNBC: So DHS Secy. Kirstjen Nielsenwas hammered when she tried to defend the indefensible for her boss and very likely will get fired for it as a thank-you because she couldn’t do the impossible, effectively terminating her career, because who is going to take her on after having worked for Drumpf and after this pathetic performance?

DK: And here I was, thinking that Louis Gohmert was the worst, ding-bat crazy, House Representative…

Newsweek: I’ve never had dealings with lent, so I had to think very hard on something I would find hard to go without for 40 days. Politics Plus popped up. Aren’t you a little glad I’m not Catholic, TomCat? 😁

Cartoon: Bloody Sunday will be linked to Northern Ireland in my mind for ever when on 30 January 1972, British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a protest march against internment. Fourteen people died.

Danuta W (1251)
Friday March 8, 2019, 3:39 am

Angelflowers D (1)
Friday March 8, 2019, 4:19 am

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday March 8, 2019, 8:01 am
she sure is Not Qualified for this Job, Put her in a cage and she will see chain link!!
Thank you TomCat

TomCat S (128)
Friday March 8, 2019, 11:40 am
Thanks and Hugs to all!

Janet B (0)
Friday March 8, 2019, 12:40 pm

Debra G (0)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 12:42 am
Feeling the accumulation of all the shite happening: Manafort’s slap on the wrist, Bernhardt gets the official nomination to run Interior, blackouts in Venezuela, the fallout from Ilhan Omar’s anti Semitic comments, Brexit, and Drumpfelthinskin the antiChrist signed Bibles in Arkansas... Not even ice cream helped today.

Nielsen is just another worthless cog. Fortunately, a judge sided with the ACLU’s case to reunite the kids with their parents.

TomCat S (128)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 10:27 am

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday March 14, 2019, 3:54 am
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