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Open Thread - 3/12/2019

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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)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 11:34 am
5:00 Some days I feel just like that "tree."
PEN AMERICA has a new 76-page report out called "Truth on the Ballot" regarding misinformation and disinformation. You can read the main points at this link, or link from it to the full report.

RR - Republican tax cuts ... and Republicans throwing money at the military. The military does have legitimate needs, including some which are not obvious. But it has gotten ridiculous (and of course Robert gets that.)

FCarlson - And there's a reason I spell his name with an "F." And of course phrasing slurs as questions is the most effective way to brainwash. It is a pity that we are too honest to indulge in it ourselves?

TNY - Why would anyone be surprised that he would embezzle government money for personal use? He's been doing that his whole life, and sees nothing wrong wth it. Straight news.

Cartoon - Well, Someone had to be the first. No one could have predicted the morphing of this benign service to the country into Fox News. We'd better take a good long look at that report I linked above.


PANDA B (79)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 12:25 pm

Freya H (345)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 12:43 pm
If Robert Reich isn't willing to run for President, he should be the advisor for the next one! Right-wingers are experts at spewing propaganda and B.S. all over the place, so we have to spread the truth far and wide.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 1:39 pm
RR: Good video, passing this on too.

MSNBC: There are things and people that I don't watch on tv, and this one is a prime example of why I don't watch Faux news!

NYer: Hilarious! and yet, I can see him doing this. He's done it his whole life.

Cartoon: Eight days after his inauguration, President Franklin D. ... gives his first national radio address—or “fireside chat”—broadcast called the 'Banking Crisis', (Great Depression) *wiki

I feel ya about dentists. I had my appt. with a side dish of anxiety, last week. Hope that they can save your tooth though. Spring has sprung here, and the live oak pollen is full force w/the wind. SXSW is going strong, traffic is congested up in that area, goes on up to St. Patty's Day, last day/night. Hope that you have a good evening, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

This just in: "Democratic Party - "We're not perfect, but they're NUTS!!" ~ Left A. ~

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 3:30 pm
Puzzle — 5:01 The tree was not the only thing that was wrecked!

Robert Reich — Reich is spot on! It is past time to reverse the tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations and reinstate progressive taxation with higher rates to the wealthy and corporations. It has already been shown that the benefits of the tax cuts rarely showed up in the hands of the workers. The tax cuts showed up in the pockets of the wealthy and corporations and not in the economy.

MSNBC — I have one thing to say to Tucker Carlson: STFU! He is a smarmy, lying, racist, bigoted POS. As you say, Carlson is the Republican rule!

The New Yorker — You know, sounds like Andy is doing straight reporting again! It would not surprise me if Trump used public funds to bail out certain “elites” like his kids and himself.

Cartoon — A game changer . . . taking government information to the people faster. In those days, the family usually sat around the radio during the evenings, like we do the TV.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Glennis W (393)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 4:55 pm
Take care and rest well when able Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Nita L (127)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 4:59 pm
RR:  He is absolutely right.  I shared this video.

MSNBC:  Carlson is disgusting.  He is another reason why I don't watch Faux News.

NYer:  Andy is reporting straight news again.  I, like the others in this group, can see the orange ogre doing this.

Thank you TomCat.  I wish you luck with your tooth and well check this week.

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 6:39 pm
RR is always spot on!
MSNBC: I tried!  I really tried, but the garbage they spew is just so toxic.  Carlson a=was on, at the gym tonight, with a piece about how all the other media "Speak with one voice."  Well, duh, yeah!  Because they are aware of how full of it Drumph, and, by extension, Faux News are, or is it really the other way around?  In Goebbel's day, Faux would have been proud to state "We have the best propaganda around!"  
New Yorker: Yes, Andy is doing real news again.
"Toon: FDR was not perfect, understandably, but must be rolling in his grave about now!

Lona G (66)
Tuesday March 12, 2019, 7:17 pm
2:43 I think it’s about the third or fourth time this puzzle has come up, and this time the pieces of tree, sand and sea were laid out well for me to assemble.

Robert Reich: You said it so eloquently, TomCat: “Sick of getting peed on? Vote BLUE.” If there really was a trickle down economy, everyone would be happy to get trickled on a little. But when the GOP gladly helped Drumpf to implement his tax cuts for the rich, every serious economist, i.e. not on the GOP side, foretold that it wouldn’t work and that the next step of the GOP would be to cut social security, Medicaid and Medicare. Boy, that GOP is predictable, isn’t it? You’d think that among GOP and Drumpf devotees there would be enough people on social security, Medicaid or Medicare to say “enough is enough”, but apparently their anger and hate makes them blind, deaf and dumb and they’ll stay loyal to the great liars.

MSNB: True, the Tuckers and “judge Janines” of this world get away with their mind-blowing bigotry by starting their program items with a question. They give themselves the excuse that they are starting a debate on a topic, because people then forget they always follow this “question” with filling in their “side” of that debate without even bothering to have someone else fill in the other side. And when they do, they have made sure that this other side happens to coincide with theirs. If they don’t, they’re view just isn’t aired, the way Tucker Carlson deleted the Dutch Historian from his show because he couldn’t handle him. This al is standard practice on Faux News, so their apologies for anything untoward is pure 🐄💩.

TNY: If Andy had mentioned $50 million for bail in Drumpf’s budget, I would have found it more convincing. That amount probably comes closer to what Drumpf already has taken from the government/tax payers and stashed away for ‘a rainy day’.

I feel for you having to visit your dentist, TomCat, because I intensely dislike visiting them too. So I won’t make matters worse for you by embedding a clip of the short version, i.e. the worst of W.C. Fields’ The Dentist, just put a link here for those with a strong stomach, a wicked sense of humour and absolutely no fear of dentists. 😈

Elle B (81)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:00 am
TY TomC. . .all the best on your dental expedition. . .

“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.” ― Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:31 am
Yes he does have a face that looks like it is begging to be punched!
Thank you TomCat

Ben O (135)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 10:27 am
Wunderbar Wednesday...Keep on rockin´!

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 10:43 am
Thanks and Hugs. 😻

Janet B (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 12:35 pm

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 5:40 pm
3:16. RRC: We all knew this long ago when Reagan tried to do it. Bush I called it voodoo economics, it didn't change when Bush II was President, and it certainly hasn't magically changed now that Agent Orange is in office.

MSNBC: FAUX News has far too many people who are racist, misogynist, just plain evil. who masquerade as journalists or talk show hosts. Tucker is just one of many who are despicable. Last I heard he was on "vacation" for awhile. One can only hope he never comes back. Now if only Judge Janine and a few others would do the same. Agree with Joanne about Carlson's first name. RESIST!!

TNY: This sounds perfectly true.

Cartoon: And now we have Agent Orange, who tweets constantly. The "Fireside Chat" is something I would enjoy going back to.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. I hope all goes well with your dentist appointment.


Janis K (129)
Wednesday March 13, 2019, 10:03 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Angelflowers Dawkins (1)
Thursday March 14, 2019, 3:40 am
Tyfs Tom.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Thursday March 14, 2019, 3:51 am

TomCat S (128)
Thursday March 14, 2019, 10:08 am
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