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Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 11:21 am
4:47 Going down for the third time, I hope someone will save me. Squatch - help!

CBC - All I can say is, "Good luck!"

Daily Kos - It's an interesting choice because the dynamics of anxiety is not per se a subject for dumb people; it requires a certain amount of intelligence to grasp. I don't know that I would say dumbing down so much as pandering to narcissism and politically to isolationism. Nothing matters but us! Of course using one's intelligence for the wrong things does cause some dumb choices in areas where the intelligence has not been used. As Governor Brown said to Dr. Carson, "please utilize your considerable intelligence" (to consider climate change evidence).

Nation - No one and no group has a lock on extremism - Amen! Islamophobia is a concet which survives because people WILL NOT use their intelligence to understand Islam - that might cause some soul searching, and God forbid they search their own souls!

Universe - Glad you and Simon are in the same universe LOL.

David C (75)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 11:24 am

Marian Beth B (58)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 11:38 am
Joanne, I agree with your assessment of Islamophobes. Simply reading the Koran would require effort, and Faux viewers are certainly not to expend effort on self-education.

JL A (281)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 11:47 am
I like what Keith Ellison's press release response said"

Rep. Ellison Statement on Comments By GOP Presidential Candidates
Sep 21, 2015
Press Release

Washington DC – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after recent comments made by several GOP Presidential Candidates:

"The freedom of religion is a founding principle of our nation. Our Constitution gives this right to all Americans – including elected officials. For Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or any other Republican politician to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for office is out of touch with who we are as a people. It’s unimaginable that the leading GOP presidential candidates are resorting to fear mongering to benefit their campaigns, and every American should be disturbed that these national figures are engaging in and tolerating blatant acts of religious bigotry.”

Arielle S (313)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 12:48 pm
I surely am disturbed, JL - It was so nice to see the Pope this week, with his smile and his love for all - such a welcome change from the craziness that is the Republican platform. How sad it is that the top three candidates are all hateful, mean-spirited, ignorant human beings.

Another great job, Lynn!

Pat B (356)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 1:08 pm
CBC: That's horrible, and unbelievable at the cost of some meds! So unfortunate for those that need meds. Here in Texas, I know of several people who go to Mexico to get their pills, and dental work done. One retired man even got his dentures there. (Looks nice too, btw).

DK: I agree, I don't watch CNN anymore because of their dumbing down in the early morning. I to read the paper though, more information in there.

The Nation: Their bigotry and hatred knows no bounds. It's disgusting/sickening.

My Universe: I think most cats like boxes, I know, like Simon, mine does.

Sor sorry about your mother, I can't imagine breaking up fights in a care centre. I hope no one got injured. Take time out for yourself, and rest. Have a good day, thanks, Lynn.

Thank you, JL for putting Keith Ellison's Press Release statement on here too. WTG, Mr. Ellison!!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 1:10 pm
You're doing a great job, Lynn, looking after your mother so well and with such great devotion and also keeping TomCats blog up and running together with Nameless, JL and Joanne. Thanks, you guys. Taking care of your mother - and some other ladies in the house too, I gather - may be physically exhausting sometimes, but it is the psychological strain that really gets to you. My mother died two years ago before she entered the last stages of dementia, but long before that it was really painful to look into her eyes on her bad days and see them blank, the personality that was there once long gone. She wasn't dying physically, but the person she used to be was withering away; that what made her HER was dead and gone long before her body gave up. Be content that you can comfort your mother's body and her needs are taken care of so well, and she gets to eat good and appetizing meals. Not many homes offer that. O yes, and the fisticuffs must have been due to the Blood Moon and its full eclipse tonight.

CBC: Of all the greedy money grabbing companies, pharmaceutical companies are the worst. Their CEOs know that the health and even the lives of people depend on their drug prices, but they have no conscience that stops them from starting a court case against the government of another country to hold on to their ill-gained profits no matter the consequence. It doesn't matter if Alexion wins the case or not, the very fact they do this should be in all the media and all their products should be boycotted worldwide as much as possible. There's damn little else that can be done if people's lives depend on their drugs.

Daily Kos: The examples given by Daily Kos of the difference between American Time MAGAZINE covers (and content, I presume) and those of the rest of the world are no less than shocking. The American version of Time MAGAZINE has been reduced to a Reader's Digest with more pictures.The perfect illustration of the "dumbing down" of America, as you say, Lynn, and bitterly ironic at the same time, Because those covers and articles of the external market magazines often display the protests and even revolutions against governments who have tried to keep their people dumb, fearful and cut of from world politics and events, and who have failed miserably. Young people in China, the Middle East, even North Korea, and everywhere else, do know what is going on in the rest of the world AND their own country through (often illegal) (social) media. Only those brainwashed in thinking that their country is the best, the greatest, the most rightful,,, have no interest in others, but fear them as they were taught.

The Nation: The article really speaks for itself and there's little that can be added, except for the observation that Islamophobia is rampant among all right-wing governments/countries all over the world. The naked, raw hate that the right-wing now openly expresses towards Muslims is terribly reminiscent of the 1930s and sadly the right-wing ideology is straight from those years too.

But thank goodness there is My Universe with Simon's Cat to cheer me up a bit. Thanks Lynn.

Ted W (127)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 3:14 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared! Disturbing developments to say the least! Thanks for posting Lynn!

Walter F (128)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 4:05 pm
Thanks Lynn

Animae C (508)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 5:17 pm
Thanx Lynn

Nita L (127)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 5:26 pm
Noted and shared. Thank you Lynn.

Vivian B (169)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 5:34 pm
Thanks to JL A for the forward!
Way to go, Lynn! Excellent post!
I am amazed how the people that espouse how much they want other people to follow EVERY little thing in the Constitution, yet they fail to do it themselves! That little thing in there about religious freedom is kind of a BIG DEAL when it comes to the people that founded this country!!!!
On a completely different subject, I need some help with Fantasy Football thing. If anyone can help me with the "waiver" thing and how to handle the "Bye Week" with replacing the ones that won't play. I am in the total dark about some of this stuff and don't understand the rest of it, LOL! If anyone can help, send me a message on C2 and I will really appreciate it!
Thanks for keeping TC'S blog going! I sure hope he can get better so he can at least get out of ICU. I really miss him and hope he is getting better!!!

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 6:59 pm
Thanks to Lynn and JL.
A dumbed down America is a large part of why people can get so enthused about a Trump, a Bush, a"different" religion, follow a Pat Robertson, or Mike Huckabee, pray at the alter of Faux News.
When critical thinking processes are put aside, people can be led virtually anywhere. Why do you think that Ryan and Rand have been so quick to want to shut down the federal Dep't of Education?
If you can put a bumper sticker on your car that says something like "My hammer is smarter than your honor student," how damned much can you respect the ability to think, to get an education beyond Dick and jane?

Edith B (146)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 8:57 pm
CBC: I certainly hope the drug company is not successful in court. Big Pharma is as greedy as the Arms manufacturers.

Daily Kos: What a sad indictment of us, that we are only interested in personal matters while other people in the world want real news. You are right, Lynn, the dumbing down has worked too well.

The Nation: The only Muslims I know are all medical professionals and are all fine people. Isamaphobia is alive and well here, too, and has been since 9/11. Al Queada and Isis keep people afraid and even though the fear is unreasonable at times, it is still there. A good many of the Christians that I know here are extremists, and each sect believes theirs is the only correct one and that everyone else should be forced to believe that. Kim Davis is a prime example.

My Universe: Oh yes, the box, the precious box. They love a box better than any expensive cat toy.

Thanks, Lynn, for your hard work. I wonder how you find the time to do all that you do.

P A (117)
Monday September 28, 2015, 2:00 am
CBC – this kind of thing will get infinitely worse under TPP/TTIP – please research this then protest it to every government possible!

Daily Kos – sadly I would have to agree – not that we over here can pat ourselves on our backs – UKIP got about 12% of the vote in our last election, which surely argues that we are dumbing down most successfully, alas! We must all beware of it.

My Universe – Simon's Cat – hours of fun – lovely, thanks Lynn!

The Nation – oh dear, what can I say, aren't the Repugs demonstrating a full range of stupidity and sectarianism – who'd have thought it! (I didn't realise that Timothy McVeigh was RC…. – but every branch of religion has someone like that – most sadly).

Thanks Lynn for this and everything …. on the subject of full moons and odd behaviour, hospital staff etc have said for many years that people's behaviour gets more extreme around the full moon – so statisticians measured the numbers of people attending casualty and found no difference, not surprising since that was not what was reported – it was the increased angst and emotionality and sometimes violence that they were reporting, not an increase in the number of cases. I'm very glad that you can break up these disturbances without getting hurt.

Debra G (0)
Monday September 28, 2015, 6:12 am
From the Huffington Post: New York magazine writer Frank Rich says Donald Trump's shocking histrionics are not, in fact, a liability for the GOP candidate, but rather a liability for those running against him.

"He's exposed the weakness of all his competitors and basically in both parties. His unscripted stuff just calls attention to how contrived everyone is," Rich explained to HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps on Thursday.

Trump's manner unveils the competition's "characters, their ability to respond under pressure, and really the contents of their campaigns," claims Rich, who added that the phenomenon has been especially telling in the case of Jeb Bush.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday September 28, 2015, 10:19 pm
Thanks all!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday September 29, 2015, 1:05 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 4:06 pm
Thanks Lynn. Love and magic for TC.
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