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Squatch's Open Thread 15/12/2015

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: GOP Lies, Courts, GOP Hate, Racism, Human Rights, Fantasy Football, Bigotry, InsaniTEA, My Universe, Carson, puzzle, Trump, Quran, Judge Walker-Diallo, US Army, Sikhism )

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Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 12:48 am
Trump is a dipshit

Animae C (508)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 2:54 am
And speaking of the weather, it was 39C degrees in Adelaide today & Sydney was hit by a tornado, destroying many homes & businesses, the hail stones were as big as golf balls!!!
The climate is rapidly changing!!!

Pat B (354)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 5:52 am
HuffPo: Carson (and the GOP ilk), needs to go. Far away.

TP: As well they should. Kudos to the USA for doing so. Now, hopefully, all military branches will follow suit.

AlterNet: Congratulations Judge Walker-Diallo!! She's bound by the Oath or Affirmation, to support the Constitution. Good point, I think this should be at their discretion of what 'book' they want to swear on.

Mu Universe: Is it Friday yet? jk. My cat is 16 lbs, and loves my toes. In bed, the dog is at my head, and the cat at the bottom, under the covers! It can get pretty rowdy at times though, vying for mama's attention at 3 a.m. The pictures shows what it's like having a cat in the house. lol.

AniMae: Oh no!! Hope all are safe!!

We're going from 67 to 37 in a matter of hours today. Weird weather this year, down here in TX. Hope that you get some rest, take care.
Thanks, Lynn.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 7:04 am
I hope your new soak didn't worsten your cold, Lynn. The wet weather is continuing here too and is really getting on my nereves. Winters are dark, there's nothing for it, but when it is cold and snowing it is at least a bit brighter here, now it's just gloomy as it has been for weeks on end now.

HuPo: This security paranoia is getting the better of many Americans as the insanity of the Republican candidates grows. Soon they'll be needing a wall and border patrols around the country to keep the sane ones in who are trying to flee the country. Honestly, I admire you progressives out there who have to live with this insanity every day for almost another year. I'd hoped that Carson would have gotten the message by now that nobody wants an Uncle Token, as TomCat so aptly calls him, for a president, especially not one that is feeble minded at that, but apparently he's been given some more money to give outdoing Trump and Cruz another try.

ThPr: It is a very tiny and very hesitant step, isn't it: one Sikh allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban for a month as a test? Surely there are more Sikhs in the army to give this test a bit more body. I remember that during the last upsurge of Islamophobia in the US, Sikhs were killed because the perpetrators were so dumb they couldn't distinguish Muslims from Sikhs. Perhaps this is the army's way of avoiding trouble?

Alternet: Carolyn Walker-Diallo was absolutely right in choosing the Koran to take her oath on. A bible would indeed have been meaningless and may even have gotten her into hot water with her own religion. And if she had sworn on the bible the outrage on Facebook would have been just as great, possibly even greater, for "defiling" it as a Muslim. Your solution, Lynn would of course be the best and in line with the separation between church and state, in this case jurisdiction, were it not that the commentators aren't interested in that at all, they just didn't want a Muslim judge on the bench, period.

My Universe: Your cats are enormous, Lynn! Are they all ragamuffins or some other huge breed, or are you looking after them too well ;-)

Jim Phillips (3247)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 8:23 am
Some excellent comments above.

FF: Playoffs are here! Who is going to be the "Grand Wizard"... lol.

HuffPo: Paranoia abounds on both sides of the Canadian/USA border. Carson talks about increasing military funding to protect our borders. We do not need to feed the over bloated military anymore money as it can very well take the money from excessive waste programs elsewhere in the military. We do not need to build s wall on the Canadian/USA border.

One commentator in HuffPo says: "I'm not worried about the crazies in the asylums supporting Carson, I'm worried about the crazies that aren't locked up, supporting Trump."

Think Progress: Once again, Separation of Church and State! The military is a governmental organization. It has its rules and regulations, codes of behavors. Enough said.

Alternet: Let us eliminate the affirmation on any religious text and, instead, start affirming on the Constitution, to uphold it. Separation of Church and State! Perhaps the affirmation, swearing into any governmental office should be made mandatory on the Constitution and not on any religious text.

Universe: Eeew... lol.


Joanne Dixon (37)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 8:45 am
4:50 More candy as Christmas approaches? Sugar shock.

Huff Po - National Security. My God. Or maybe I should say my - um, unmentionable body part. It's projection, that's what it is. Republicans are afraid that "The Other" is going to do to them what they have done or want to do to "The Other" all the time. So they are all in "Gotta hit them back first" mode. Which, if it accomplished anything at all, makes their fears that much more likely. Self fulfilling prophecy. I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or scream. NOt that any of the three would have any effect on their lizard brains. National security. Wasn't there a party once that named itself by truncating "national"? Hmmm.

Think Progress - Of course this is what it should look like. I am astonished the military is being so sensible. Of course it may not last. At one time the Navy was allowed beards based on "long standing Naval tradition," That was accurate, but it didn't last. I suspect the rock that such freedoms come to grief on is hostility from below. "I don't care what the Secretary of the Army says, you're in my platoon (or company or brigade or etc.) and you'll do what I say."

AlterNet - Of course this is how it should be. Did anyone on Facebook mention that anyone who said she should be arrested should themselves be arrested for subverting, or attempting to subvert, the Constitution? I didn't think so. Perhaps, ironically, it's Christians who should be refusing to swear, and insisting on affirming instead, to obey the words of Jesus (quoting from memory so it is probably a mish-mash of translations): "Swear not at all. Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no."

Universe - Aaaw, it's just a baby! Of course yours are bigger. You're a good mommy. (Both my experience and my reading tells me that males neutered early enough often get that big. All the growth hormone evidently goes into the bones and muscles, and they are not fat, just big. I knew one who was over 40 pounds once, but he was also more than 3 feet from nose tip to rear end, not even counting the tail. He could drink from the bathroom faucet while standing on the floor.)

AniMae - I know it's possible (I've been through many summer storms, though none like yours), but it's hard to grasp that at 39C hailstones would stay that big long enough to make it to the ground. Wonder how big they were when they formed.

Roger G (148)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 3:09 pm
noted, thanks

Wayne W (12)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 8:09 pm
The news about Simratpal Singh reminded me of this:

History of Hate: Crimes Against Sikhs Since 9/11

In the months following the attacks of 9/11, more than 300 incidences of hate crimes against Sikhs were reported, according to the Sikh Coalition..

Sikhs are neither Muslim nor Hindu. The attacks are a symptom of the cloud of hate and ignorance that hangs over the United States.

Teresa Fazackerley (393)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 8:21 pm
thank you

Debra G (0)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 1:33 am
Agree there should be guards at the US-Canadian - to keep our 'Murican nut jobs from migrating north. (They won't go, though - Canadians welcome Syrian immigrants, tho' settling then in the Yukon is kinda cruel.)

Arielle S (313)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 5:52 am
Well, heck, why don't we just wrap the entire country in cellophane, keeping everyone and every thing out...and then see how long we last? Better yet, how about we build a wall around Carson, Trump and the other nut jobs so we no longer have to see them or hear them?

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday December 18, 2015, 2:16 pm
AniMae, prayers for those affected by the tornado and all those that support them.

Lona, my cats are tabbies and I have added pictures on my open thread for 17/12/15. My vet told me that the boys would be big --- that was when they were 8 weeks old.

Arielle, a wall around the miscreants works for me. Should not have the entire country suffer.

Debra, we don't want any 'Murican nut jobs in Canada. We just got rid of our conservative nut jobs!

Wayne, you're correct, Sikhs are all too often the subject of racism and often mistaken for Muslims because of their complexion and headwear.

Thanks everyone!

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