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Open Thread - 4/15/2019

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

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Ben O (135)
Monday April 15, 2019, 10:17 am
And, here comes Messy Monday! Be cool Tom...
-Let it all hang out!

Joanne D (37)
Monday April 15, 2019, 10:56 am
4:44 OMG, that is a YOOGE bee.
Say, TC, is this by any chance the yeast in your infection? If so (or even if not), I admit I had no idea what I was talking about when I said antifungals (fungicides) weren't being overused. Sigh. I hope you are feeling better by now.

You know, after publishing Everyday Erinyes #162, I saw this, and I'm thinking maybe the Furies can take their time a little.

MSNBC - Sarah Huckleberry doesn't know much about anything, does she? You know, I just saw one frame from an old Robert Reich clip, which pointed out that one reason a special counsel might be fired would be for violating Department policy. Well, indicting a sitting President violates Department policy. That also must be considered concerning Mueller's decision not to indict.

Guardian - I won't be watching either. However, as I've said before, there is a difference between allowing Faux to moderate a debate and one person voluntarily appearing on Faux to reach out on specific issues. I'm fine in principle with Bernie doing this, and wish him the best. Regardless what else happens, we should learn something about if and how this is to be done by others.

CNN - Ha! Trump is ugly enough to say (as Lincoln did) "If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?" But he never will. He thinks he looks WONDERFUL (Barf).

Cartoon - Yeah. Well, the IRS can only administer the law. Don't blame them. Blame the (Republican) Congress that past the current rapey tax program.


Freya H (345)
Monday April 15, 2019, 11:23 am
Agent Orange is indeed a politician, talking out of both sides of his mouth - not difficult, when you have such a big one.

Leo C (312)
Monday April 15, 2019, 12:33 pm
Thank you for sharing.

David C (78)
Monday April 15, 2019, 1:06 pm
Personally I am proud to pay taxes, but I am not proud that so much goes for military and warfare and so little for education, health care, clean energy, infrastructure, etc.......

David C (78)
Monday April 15, 2019, 1:15 pm
SNL skit that Joanne shared was odd, but hilarious.......No, I don't think drumpf realizes "we have videos"

Pat B (356)
Monday April 15, 2019, 1:59 pm
MSNBC: Barr protecting his president from the report. Why doesn't dt just release his taxes? Well, imho, he likes the drama, and he's skirting the issue of the report due to come out this week. If he has no worries about anything that he's done, why not release them? Watching Sarah is like having a bad toothache. It won't go away, till the tooth is gone.

Guardian: I wish Bernie the best, and for his safety too. I'll not be watching it either. Sorry, Bernie.

AN: This would be funny, but it's sadly pathetic and alarming of this man who is in the WH. Every single day.

Cartoon: Yep!

Beautiful day here. Hope that you have a good rest of your day, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

Mitchell D (82)
Monday April 15, 2019, 7:05 pm
Drumpy, lovely Sarah, Barr, all cut from the same block of toxin laced BS!
How will Bernie's speech go, how will it be received?  Should be interesting.

Colleen L (3)
Monday April 15, 2019, 8:35 pm
MSNBC: tRump continues to play games with his flipping taxes. Really must have lots to hide. Sooner or later the truth will come out. Hopefully it will be soon. Sarah is a flipping joke. Seeing her yesterday morning on This week with George S, sucked. What comes out of the marked up/torn thru report Barr releases on Thursday, I can hardly wait to hear what it states. I honestly hope Mueller speaks out if a good amount is missing.
Guardian: Praying for Bernie....Go Bernie. He will stand strong..
Thanks TomCat

Lona G (66)
Monday April 15, 2019, 9:11 pm
2:49 Saved it from you, TomCat, because bees need all the protection they can get these days.

MSNBC: The redacted report is just more stalling. “The redacted Mueller report could be out as early as Tuesday.” NO! Barrf has promised it within a week. Nobody should bother with the redacted, or rather rewritten, rag, throw it in the bin and demand the full report. Stop allowing Drumpf to stall.

TG: I expect Bernie’s speeches will be as much ‘redacted’ by Faux News before broadcasting as Mueller’s report is by Barff.

CNN: Three minutes? This item could have been 60 minutes long and still not have covered all Drumpf’s turns and back-flips. We all know he’s demented, but sometimes that is also a case of convenient dementia…Uh, I don’t remember…I know nothing about…
Real dementia is Drumpf thinking he knows best about fires and tweeting:
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” the president tweets. “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
Of course:
“If you hit that with tons of water from above, that’s going to collapse the entire structure and make the situation worse,” said Wayne McPartland, a retired New York City Fire Department battalion chief. “If you miss, you might hit civilians in the street.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 3:46 am
Puzzle — 4:39 Buzz … Buzz … Buzz!

MSNBC — I heard on the news that Barrf will have the redacted report out on Thursday. IMO, the Dark Lord is as guilty as sin and that will never change. It will be interesting to read it. I also hope that appropriate congressional committees can compel Mueller to testify. Very interesting series. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. And the potential of indicting a sitting POTUS is in play today. The Dark Lord is such an asshole as are all his minions!

The Guardian — Isn’t that one of the tenets of campaigning — meet the people where they’re at? I agree with Bernie trying to reach to reach Trumpies, however he can’t spend a lot of political time on these Neanderthals. Strength to Bernie and don’t let Faux Noise run all over you Bernie!

AlterNet — The rest of the Dark Lord’s pResidency will be more of the same . . . ad nauseam! And we all thought that Willard did flip-flops. He’s got nothing on the Dark Lord!

Cartoon — I don’t know when income taxes became “a thing” in the US, but income taxes were establishe in Canada to pay for WWI. Too bad that Baby Bush did not think about that before putting multiple wars on the nation’s credit card.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Tuesday is the birthday of my two boys . . . they will be 11 years old. We will celebrate with roast chicken. My physiotherapist will be away and he thought bringing his two love birds over for me to babysit would be a great idea. He asked if the cats would bother the birds. I just told him to give me a key to the house. I am sure the birds would die of fright not to mention that my Winnie would likely succeed at opening their cage.

Lisa M (15)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 6:56 am

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 9:57 am
Thanks and Hugs to all 😻

Debra G (0)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 12:35 pm
April 15 - Titanic sank, Lincoln died, Notre Dame burned, Tax Day, and my birthday. Well, it was a good one, anyway. My daughter and I took a Thai cooking class - my nose is still running from all the chilis.

Bernie’s call for Medicare for all received a thumbs up from the Faux Newz audience. Well done, Bern.

Interesting tidbit I just read: Russia’s aluminum giant Rusal invested $200million in a plant in Mitch McTurtle’s Kentucky right after the sanctions were lifted. Coincidence? Nah.

Good news - the damage to Notre Dame was not quite as devastating as first believed. Many treasures were saved, including the Rose Window. Alexandra Petri had a beautiful tribute:

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 12:39 pm
3:21. MSNBC: Barrff is doing whatever possible to keep Agent Orange out of trouble. I doubt we'll see the entire Mueller report or AO's taxes this year.

TG: All of the Presidential candidates should go on Faux News. It's the best way for people who only watch that station to understand who these people are.

AlterNet: Yes, it's very funny that Agent Orange contradicts himself so much. Day to day, minute to minute; whatever catches his base's attention.

Thanks for the post, TomCat. Hope "tax day" wasn't too hard on you.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 2:49 pm
Happy Birthday, Debra G. !!
Hope that you had a great day!

Janet B (0)
Tuesday April 16, 2019, 5:37 pm

Animae C (509)
Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6:58 am
"Bernie does faux" was magnificent!!
The corporate dems are freaking out!

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday April 17, 2019, 10:40 am
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