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SquatchâEUR(TM)s Open Thread 26/09/2015

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Bernie Sanders, Chomsky, Elections, Fiorina, GOP Lies, InsaniTEA, jigsaw, MLK Jr, My Universe, Republicans: radical insurgency, socialism )

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David C (75)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 9:29 am
“This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.”

– The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

would also work if socialism is replaced with word power/rights and personal responsibility replaced rugged individualism..........hope we can make progress now, close to 50 yrs after MLK said this.....

JL A (281)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 9:47 am
Love the kitties! Thanks for helping people understand historical reality and current practices related to socialism and corruption as both relates to presidential campaign.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 9:57 am
4:31. Shows why this combination is called a Bluepoint. (Although not a Siamese - might be a Birman, or not.)

RSN - Socialism for working people is indeed what we had roughly FDR through Eisenhower, and it was pretty radical when it came in. But starting with Reagan, the system radically (=down to the root) changed again, back to pre-FDR conditions. The fact that it did so gradually does not mean it was not radical. Now unfortunately we need to go back down to the root to get back the democratic socialism we once had.

Raw Story - Oh, I think that Fiorina represents EXACTLY the kind of leadership Republicans want in the White House. A real role model.

Alternet - While I hesitate to disagree with Chomsky, who is SO right so much, I would say Trum may or may not be comic, but he is definitely NOT relief.

Universe - Too cute. Reminds me of the time I went on a roller coaster with a six foot six recruiting poster male Marine and he could not open his eyes or unclench his fists during the entire ride. Theese kittens are doing better than that.

Pat B (354)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 10:12 am
RSN: Love Bernie!!! Excellent quotes too.

Raw Story: Can one even fathom what would happen if she were elected?? No ethics, as she just looks out for herself. And…not only that, after being sneaky at HP, she manages to get a 21 MIL severance package?? wth?

My Universe: Love the kitties having a blast. Going outside, it's beautiful here, hot still, but we did get a little rain last night. Thanks, Lynn. Have a relaxing day.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 10:22 am
I'm still chuckling over the kitta-kittas.

Socialism. MLK Jr got it right, FDR got it right and Bernie does too. I distill it down to this.....
Fascism = Corporate/wealthy socialism Socialism = Of, by and for the PEOPLE w/highly regulated business/banks/markets

Fiorina -- A massive failure as a businesswoman and human being. Would be a disaster in the WH and for the people.

Love me some Chomsky but this time I agree with Joanne....Mr. Rughead is neither comic nor relief.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 10:41 am
So many people in USA do not really understand that our country is already Socialistic!

This was presented by TC on August 31, 2015 in PP.

The Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge

See and read the entire comment, # 5 in PP for this "Pledge".


Nita L (127)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 11:35 am
I love what you said Dave. Chomsky was so right on target. Thank you Lynn.

pam w (139)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 11:43 am
Thanks, Lynn...loved the thoughts on Bernie!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 11:50 am
Thanks for all the hard work again, Lynn, keep it up. One thing you can't say now is that your days are monotonous. Although you might have wished this one to be a little more so after 2.5 hours of strenuous physiotherapy?

RSN: I never understood what America's hang up was with socialism; Americans really don't know what they've been missing out on, but Bernie soon will bring the country up to speed on the benefits of true socialism, not your upside-down version of it. Go Bernie!

Raw Story: Carly Fiorina may not be our idea of an ideal presidential candidate (which one of the Republican hopefuls is?) , but if she truly misappropriated federal tax incentives to buy back stock and then fired thousand of HP workers then this coldhearted, lying, and corrupt bitch must be the Republicans favorite after Donald Trump. She certainly must be ticking a lot of boxes for the equally coldhearted and corrupt Kochs and their friends, except for one: she's a female. She's just as much the token women for them as Carson is the token black man.

Alternet: Noam Chomsky possesses those rare qualities of excellent political insight, eloquence and the (British) type of understated humor which combined make whatever he says both a joy to listen to and hit every nail on the head. Of course there is no difference between Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP insurgency, Donald only says it in other, even more extreme language than they do.

My Universe: Yes, let's dance the night away.

Ted W (127)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 12:24 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra liberally! A long time ago back in 1972 in poly sci 101 A prof said "Everyday the United States gets more socialistic and everyday the USSR gets a bit more tolerate and liberal and one day they wil both meet somewhere in the middle!
Low and behold over the years I have watched this happen! Remember Cuba?
Loved the kitties! Thanks for sharing, Lynn!!!

Marian Beth B (58)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 2:23 pm
I really love this page, and wish to thank sincerely those who have labored so hard to keep it open for TC.

Animae C (508)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:33 pm
Thanx Lynn

Walter F (128)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 4:09 pm
Thanks Lynn

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 4:46 pm
“You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker”
― Malcolm X

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
― Hélder Câmara, Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings

“The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all ... The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor.

The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands - the ownership and control of their livelihoods - are set at naught, we can have neither men's rights nor women's rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.”
― Helen Keller, Rebel Lives: Helen Keller

“A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil.”
― Terry Eagleton, Ideology: An Introduction

*Be Honest *Be Kind *Be Brave *Be Strong *Be Loud *Be Clear *Be The Change You Want To See! *Be Like Bernie!

Edith B (146)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 8:52 pm
RSN: Remember, we have been taught to fear socialists since the cold war,by our government. Few people understand the true meaning of socialism. I have referred to my grandfathers before, who fought for a union for coal miners, so from an early age, I understood the concept. I am sharing this article on Facebook and hope some of my red friends read it. Many of my friends are on Social Security and Medicare and don't even realize what hard fought battles were waged to make this possible. We just have too much ignorance.

Raw Story: Fiorina makes a perfect Republican. Take all you can, while you can, and make someone else pay for it. She is surely not the type of person I would want in the White House, but, I am not a Republican. She has no integrity, if she did she would admit she lied about Planned Parenthood.

Alternet: Chomsky has it right. Our country is in deep trouble when we have religious extremists determing the fate of the rest of us while chanting about how they hate all Muslims and Sharia law. I really don't want to have to wonder if the guy behind me in the check out line has a gun, but thanks to so many concealed/carry laws that have been passed you never know. Bigotry has free rein, so does greed. This is not the country I grew up in and was taught to love.

My Universe: Very cute, but no cat of mine would ever have enjoyed this.


Vivian B (169)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 8:58 pm
EXCELLENT post, Jim!
Signed and shared the petition!
Thanks for all you Lynn! You are a jewel!

Sherri G (128)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 9:49 pm
TY for sharing Noted

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 11:00 pm
If you have time, try and enjoy reading the comments posted by the readers of this DailyKos "Pledge" article. Some of them are downright hilarious. Others are point-on.


Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 3:02 am

P A (117)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 4:17 am
Gosh Lynn – 2.5 hours is a LOT of physio! So glad you could help your student too – what a blessing.

RSN – God bless and protect Bernie!

Raw Story – a typical lying incompetent hateful example it seems to me. Surely a perfect Repug candidate.

Alternet – Noam Chomsky is always worth reading – a wise man – and he is saying what we here, and most outside America have been saying for decades.

My Universe – nooooo! Poor kitties!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 6:43 am
"Carly Fiorina may not be our idea of an ideal presidential candidate (which one of the Republican hopefuls is?) , but if she truly misappropriated federal tax incentives to buy back stock and then fired thousand of HP workers then this coldhearted, lying, and corrupt bitch must be the Republicans favorite after Donald Trump. " LOL - You do have a way with words, Lona, and I love it! Coldhearted is exactly how I see this woman - not my choice for first woman president at all!
Cute kitties - kudos and love for all working and all supporting this group!

Dianna M (16)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 1:52 pm
“Is Fiorina the kind of leadership that the Republicans want in the White House?” What a silly question! In a word--Yes. Committing fraud? Oooooh—she’s GOOD! We can live with that. (But only if I make a profit.) Laying off tens of thousands of workers? Meh. Who cares about those losers? Not me! Lying about the Planned Parenthood videos? BRAVO! She HAS done nothing wrong! Yessiree! Poor people getting healthcare, who needs that? More tax breaks for the rich, that's what we need. That's the answer. Uh huh. Paying people more only encourages them to work harder--wait, that didn't come out right. Treating workers like they're human beings and caring about their health and safety is the right thing to--oops, let me try again. Paying CEOs $5,000+/hour is stupid and--no, no, no, that's not what I meant to say. We CEOs are jobs creators--for China, so they can lift those poor, downtrodden Chinese out of the gutters and pack them into unsafe sweatshops, paying them pennies a day compared to what we'd have to pay American workers, to maximize my profits because I’m a greedy bloodsucking—WAIT! That's not what I meant to say! Dammit! OMG I’ve been brainwashed by those DAMN LIBERAL LEFTIES!!

Birgit W (160)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 2:20 pm
Thanks for sharing Lynn.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 5:04 pm
Thanks for the post, Lynn.

Leanne B (46)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 5:30 pm
Thanks Lynn.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 5:52 pm
Thanks Lynn---Love and magical healing for TC.
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