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Open Thread - 3/9/2019

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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 D (37)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 11:16 am
7:34 Flower varietals have such cockamamie names - or so it seems - but there's usually a reason, though ithe reason may be lost in the mists of time (and speaking of which ...) Some give you an idea what the flower is like (iris "Blue my Mind"), others not so much (irises "Rum is the Reason" and "Name Game.")

BBA - He clearly thinks "Jewish" and "Israel" are the same. Too many misguided people think the same. A young Jewish writer remarked that what is REALLY anti-Semitic is the implication that ALL Jews could or would support a criminal regime like Bibi's.

Other PP - No, it's not just Trump. But he's legitimized it and given it a focus. So it's almost impossible not to associate it to him. And if - I wish I could say when - he goes to prison, that will focus attention on the similarities between him and the entire party. Not sending him to prison, on the other hand, sends the message that it's all OK.

AlterNet - 1. I would not be the first person to suggest that Idiot son of Idiot named for Idiot got his medical degree from a box of CrackerJack.
2. Aside from the fact that Trump loves Trump and no one else, isn't it odd that infidelity wasn't a "private matter that he didn't want to have discussed with his family" when the President in question was Clinton?
3. Genuine human beings don't put their dogs (who are members of their family) into cages either.
4. He, of course, says that because that's how he thinks - that's what he would do to liberals if he could. I, on the other and, can admit I want to crush conservatISM, with its hypocrisy, viciousness, and evil, without wanting the crush the PEOPLE who are taken in by it.
5. Ilhan Omar's position was and is supported by J Street and by Jewish Voice for Peace.

Cartoon - Baaah! (Kind of unfair to four-legged sheep, though.)


Pat B (356)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 11:43 am
MSNBC: Another insensitive comment, add this to the list.

PPC: Well done. So sad and true!! 'golfing and slacking', amen!!

AN: All good this week, Each story outdoes the next one. Oh, the insaniTEA!!

Cartoon: Got the wool pulled over his eyes, poor sheep!

It's warm here today, supposed to rain though. Hope you have a good evening, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

*This just in: 'New Commandment': "Thou shall not sign the Bible as if you wrote it." ~ God ~
2. "Except for that negative 'stuff' the media dwells on, Ted Bundy lived an otherwise blameless life."
~ John F. ~

Freya H (345)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 2:49 pm
Not anti-Israel - anti-netanyahu, anti-ethnic cleansing. The Jew card has become worn out.

Yep, that's a Republican voter all right, all wool and no brains. Voting to be sheared all the way down to the skin.

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 2:55 pm
MSNBC: Drumph will grab at anything that he can twist around and use for propaganda points! His idiot followers will suck up any garbage he puts out, without thinking; they've been taught not to bother to think.
PPC: So well done, and so true!
Alternet: She was not anti-Semitic. Gohmert, on the other hand, was anti-human and dumb as a bag of hammers!
'Toon: no, that's not just "Another Republican voter," that's Gohmert, himself!

Glennis W (393)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 4:59 pm
Great cartoon. Take care rest wel and enjoy the rest of your weekend Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

David C (80)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 5:07 pm
Trump is anti-life...….

David C (80)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 5:07 pm
Trump is anti-Truth...….

Animae C (507)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 5:20 pm
trump is an inflammatory disease!!!

"Hiding the proof of your crimes, oh, oh, oh", another excellent parody from Don Caron, watched & liked on youtube!

"condemning all hate would be 'dangerous'!"
WOW, really, how do these critters make it into Congress, they knew someone, right!!!


Nita L (127)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 6:05 pm
Thank you for the great posts TomCat. I hope you have a nice evening.

Lona G (66)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 6:53 pm
3:09 Lovely Dahlia, it surely deserves a better name than “who dun it”.

MSNBC: Drumpf made a big mistake because he has no idea about demographics and doesn’t understand that many well-educated Jewish people in America are Democrats, unlike the few wealthy Jewish donors Drumpf and the GOP have, some of them who have a great influence on Israel’s politics too. Many of the Jewish Democrats do not agree with Israel’s illegal land-grabbing politics and its attempt to push Palestinians from their land and from the country. As you say, TomCat, one would hope that most Democrats are against the hateful politics of Netanyahu’s current regime.

PP: Don at his best again: spot-on lyrics to a golden oldie most of us know.

1. Good to hear that Rand Paul was smacked down by fellow Republican, Bill Cassidy, a former physician and someone, unlike Paul, who knows what he is talking about.
2. So Mike Rounds thinks that paying illegal hush payments are just something any responsible family man would do. Of course, being a Republican is a pre-requisite.
3. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s defence, or rather denial, of the use of cages to detain children in was both pathetic and a disgrace to America.
4. Enough with the absurd fearmongering, Rick Wiles!
5. We hadn’t heard from Louie Gohmert for a long time, but he sure made up for that with this absurd remark. One of the most stupid Representatives doesn’t understand that we didn’t expect him to vote otherwise and that we certainly didn’t need an explanation of his reason to vote against. 🤨🤫 For goodness sake, he’s Louie Gohmert!

Cartoon: I wonder if that many sheeple are still dancing. I get the impression many are just grudgingly following.

Let’s average our weather out for a while, TomCat. We’re in for an autumn heatwave this week. It’s 35℃ (95 F) at 1 PM and expected to rise to at least 38℃ (100 F) by 4 PM. 💦

Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 7:31 pm
Thank you for the Article TomCat
We will always see more from TRUMPY
he is in another world!

Colleen L (3)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 9:10 pm
MSNBC: Funny what he's accusing the Democrats of turning into.....seems like he's only speaking of himself. He's the one who's name calling sick minded pure evil villain that only speaks off the wall lies.
PP: Spot on Don. Like you point out TC, he know tRump and his cronies well. All full of flipping lies.
Cartoon: Agree with Joanne and Pat.
Take care. Thanks TomCat


Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday March 9, 2019, 11:39 pm
Puzzle --- 5:24 Pretty posey and it would seem that Puddy Tat won't even get salad courtesy of the Napster!

MSNBC --- Trump is an asshole who knows not of which he speaks . . . as usual. I do not consider myself anti Israel or anti Jews. I am however anti Bibi and I disagree with many of the policies that he espouses such as settlements in all the wrong places, a wall and apartheid that oppress the Palestinian people. The holocaust did not teach people the dangers of such policies. Of course, Trump admires Bibi and his big wall and wants to repeat it at the southern border. And shall we talk about Charlottesville where the white nationalists, "the Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us!” were described by Trump as fine people.

Parody Project --- Perfect!

AlterNet --- Rand Paul says we shouldn’t be “giving up on liberty” by ensuring kids get vaccinated. --- Oh, and what about my liberty and that of my child who is vaccinated? What about the liberty of the non vaccinated child to be healthy and to go to school for an education? IMO, the anti vaxxers are so misguided to the point of stupidity. And people like Rand Paul are doing people such a disservice. Stupid is as stupid does! Ask my mother what it was like having a baby and a toddler with the measles at the same time in 1954 about when the vaccine was introduced but too late for her 2 children.

Mike Rounds says Trump only ordered illegal hush payments to women he slept with because he “loves his family.” --- Rounds must have be smoking wacky tabacky when he thought that one up. Just another example of Republican family values. Yikes!!!

Kirstjen Nielsen says putting kids in cages is okay because they’re larger than dog crates. --- She is demented! Does she have kids? Why doesn't she try that with her own kids? No? Is it because her kids are not little brown kids? Absolutely demented!!! Lock HER up!!!

Rick Wiles says liberals are going to put conservatives in concentration camps. --- OMG!!! Wiles needs an eight by eight padded cell. Is that projection or what?

Louie Gohmert says it’s “dangerous” to pass a House resolution condemning hate. --- Of course it is because Republicans would then be displaying their hypocrisy for all to see! There is a reason I write Louie's surname as Goh-merde. It's because he has shit for brains. A sac of hammers has more value.

Cartoon --- "Republican sheeple dance in gleeful ignorance, as the 18 wheeler of Republican policy is about to splatter them!" Yup! And they'll never know what hit them!

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 4:41 am

Ben O (135)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 7:50 am
Thanks Tom!

TomCat S (128)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 8:07 am
Thanks and hurries hugs! 😻

Janet B (0)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 12:18 pm

Debra G (0)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 12:40 pm
As a Jew, I was distressed by the conflation of anti-Semitism, anti-Israel and anti-Netanyahu comments. Rep. Omar's comments were insensitive and ignorant. The dual loyalty canard was also used against Catholics (would President Kennedy go against the Pope???), the Irish, Chinese, and pretty much any ethnic or religious group. But she apologized and tried to learn from her mistakes, and the Democrats found a way to move on.

As J Street has put it, we need to find the answers to: How can the US promote a two-state solution to secure Israel’s future and bring an end to the occupation? How can we push back against settlement expansion and creeping annexation in the West Bank? How can we help undo the damage that has been done by President Trump’s disastrous cuts in aid to the Palestinian people?

Freya, the "Jew card" is not worn out, not as long as Jews are still subject to discrimination and acts of vandalism and violence because they are Jews. And, believe me, we still are. So far this year: Belgium featured a parade float with hook-nosed Orthodox Jewish puppets sitting on bags of gold. Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, and schools got swastikas painted on them (55 acts of vandalism in NY alone). An Ohio doctor threatens online to give Jewish patients the wrong medicines. The head rabbi of Argentina was beaten up. Malaysia bans Israeli athletes at 2020 Paralympic Games. Netherland football fans chant "Jews burn best" at game against rival Ajax. And so on...

Winn A (179)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 3:46 pm
Thanks Tom Cat

pam w (139)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 3:56 pm
It almost surprises me, sometimes, to realize that anti-Semitism still exists!

Sheila D (28)
Sunday March 10, 2019, 7:35 pm
3:44. MSNBC: Agent Orange is, of course, creating more hatred, more animosity, and dividing the country even more.

PPC: Awesome how they come up with these incredible, true lyrics.

AlterNet: It seems they get loonier every time they try to make a point. Just insane.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope you're staying warm.

TomCat S (128)
Monday March 11, 2019, 12:28 pm

Kudos to Debra

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday March 14, 2019, 3:56 am
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