TomCat

Apr 162014
 

Although I do not always agree with Bill, his sense of humor is so outrageous that it reminds me of my own.  He invariably leaves me in stiches.  Therefore, I bring him to you, whenever I can find him in a video format available to all.

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Last night [Friday], Bill Maher closed with a New Rule explaining just why right-wing radio is so abundant.

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

 

"They don’t want to go to the moon. They want to howl at it!" I could not have said it better.

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Apr 162014
 

Here are the results of our Campaign Volunteering Poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are often both accurate and indicative of the nation’s view.

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And here are your comments.

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Posted by Fred L.  April 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm.  

 

Also spread the word about the Koch boys. Give Harry some

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credit for doing this as well.

 

Posted by Lynn Squance  April 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm.  

 

Being a Canuck, there isn’t much I can do. However, I can talk up a storm on Care2 and Politics Plus giving my view on a number of issues.

 

One thing that disturbs me is seeing our Prime Minister take the Republican route in Canada. Right now he is refusing to deal with healthcare preferring that we go to a "for profit" system like the US. He also has election reform on the front burner to prevent voter fraud, but it is Conservative election fraud (think robo calls etc) that is the problem. Tinkering with voter ID etc. The damn Republicans are a communicable disease that is infecting other places outside the US!

 

So I’ll talk and be opinionated!

 

Posted by misstexaskitty  April 3, 2014 at 7:05 am.  

 

I do these things every voting cycling and this one will be no different. I’m not happy with DCCCD deciding to hold money from candidates, but that will not stop me from working on this up coming election.

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Posted by IRH  April 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm.  

 

I also sign petitions left and right in order to benefit all animal welfare, all democratic causes, etc. – BUT – unfortunately I cannot donate, but if it helps, I sign form wherever I am in the world. –

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- Be well TomCat.

 

Posted by TomCat  April 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm.  

 

My other is that I write Politics Plus.

 

Posted by Edie  April 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm.  

 

I sign petitions left and right, alienate my friends, and talk politics in inappropriate places all the time. Occasionally, I get someone to agree with me. I don’t have money to donate or time to spend on the phone, but I can do a little.

 

Posted by Joanne D  April 1, 2014 at 7:14 am.  

 

I am retired on Social Security, I am disabled, I have mild PTSD which takes the form of an extreme aversion to telephones, and I am the world’s worst salesperson, which means any attempt by me to educate on issues orally will likely have an opposite effect. I am in a mail-in state so we already have a paper trail. (I do give what I can when I can. For the end of the 1st quarter I made a small donation but it had to be split among 9 candidates and Public Citizen.

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Gee, no wonder I feel helpless.

 

Posted by Rixar13  March 31, 2014 at 2:35 pmFrom 72.91.165.x  Report Abuse 

 

All of the above…

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Nobody admitted to being a lazy lefty. and we had only one goose-stepper.

Not everyone can do everything.  Canvasing and phone banking exceeds my physical limitations, as would poll watching and driving voters to the polls, were Oregon not 100% vote-by-mail.  What is important is that we all do all we can, and I hope this poll helps identify the areas where help is most needed.

The new poll is posted.  Don’t forget to vote, please.

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Apr 162014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and am feeling quite tired, after yesterday’s activities, and groggy, because I just awakened from a nap.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:46 (average 4:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Millions of Americans were in a state of shock this past week after learning that Congress had accomplished something fifty years ago.

Although the incident was widely reported throughout the week, the revelation that Congress had achieved something positive and substantial for the country a half century ago left many incredulous and baffled.

Adding to their disbelief were reports that the accomplishment came as the result of collaboration between a Democrat in the White House and Republicans in Congress.

Making the scenario even more far-fetched, politicians of both parties came to an agreement without the interference of corporate paymasters operating them like puppets.

Dang, Andy!! I’m not sure whether to believe that or not!! ;-)

From Upworthy: There are so many gems in this, but you’re probably busy, so I’m highlighting the best two minutes of this smackdown. (But realtalk, the whole 15-minute speech is the best part.)

 

Nuke those filibastards!! Click through for more.

From NY Times: The insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act will cost $1.383 trillion over the next decade, more than $100 billion less than previous forecasts, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

The nonpartisan budget office’s report, an update to projections from February, shows the law costing less than in previous estimates in part because of the broad and persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs. The news might come as welcome to Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the White House who are struggling to defend the law in an election year.

How many of you remember all the Republican claims that health care costs would skyrocket?

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Apr 152014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow.  This morning I overslept.  I awakened two hours before my prison volunteer group Board Meeting was set to start.  The first words out of my mouth was “Holy”.  I’ll let you guess the second word.  Nevertheless, I was ready on time.  I cooked baked breaded cheddar chicken breasts, blended rice, and broccoli with mushrooms.  For dessert, I served red seedless grapes and mini-cinnamon rolls.  After the meeting, I took our President to the bank to finish putting her name on the account and removing our old President’s name.  When I returned, I cleaned up the mess.  It is now after 6:00 PM, and I just checked my email for the first time today.  I’m pooped.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:22 (average 4:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

By the way, the meeting went very well.

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Apr 142014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow early in the morning.  Because I’m swamped with prison volunteer Board Meeting preparations, this is today’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:43 (average 4:18).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Why Birth Control Needs To Be Covered By All Insurance Plans, In One Simple Graphic

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In addition, nothing else prevents more abortions.

From Daily Kos: Rick Wiles is one of the more prominent talk show hosts on the right-wing fringe.  Among his guests in the past have been Tom Tancredo, John Fleming, Matt Barber, Harry Jackson and other big names on the far right.  They’ve continued to troop to his show even though he claims, among other things, that expanded rights for gays prompted North Korea to threaten nuclear war, that Columbine and Sandy Hook were carried out by "mind control assassins" and that North Korea threatened nuclear war with us because we’re moving toward expanded rights for gays.

Well, yesterday Wiles outdid himself even by his standards.  He called for President Obama to be thrown out of office by a military coup.  People for the American Way got a clip.

I warned in 2008 that Barack Obama’s mission is to instigate a second Civil War in America. His regime is deliberately ripping the country apart and if the US Military doesn’t take action soon to arrest Barack Obama and remove him and his regime from the White House, there will be no country left for the military to defend. We are on the edge of collapse as a nation. Jesus Christ is America’s only hope. Let us pray that Almighty God delivers us from this very real tyranny that seeks to persecute the saints of God.

If I had time, I’d give this seditionist Republican scumbag a "parade".  Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity is NOT Christian.  It is the opposite.

From Alternet: Detroit columnist Nolan Finley: Woman candidate is “milking the vagina business.”

Detroit News’ editorial page editor and columnist Nolan Finley displayed his ability to keep it real classy this week. Notoriously anti-Democratic and pro-corporate, he has long been using his perch to rabidly oppose the candidacy of Democrats, most recently Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schnauer and his running mate, Lisa Brown. This week Finley wrote:

[Brown’s] confrontational style will give the ticket the spunk the colorless Schauer lacks, but won’t broaden his appeal. Brown could help bring in campaign cash, however. She’s still milking the vagina business, and is a minor celebrity among feminists.

Wait, there’s a vagina business that can be milked? How come we did not know that?

What that curious term means to Finley is that Lisa Brown favors reproductive rights for women, which in his world (roughly the 1950s) makes her an extreme left-wing liberal.

Milking the vagina business.

What will the Republican woman haters club come up with next?

This is just one of seven Republican absurdities from last week alone. Click through for the other six.  Thou shalt NOT commit TEAbuggery!!

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Apr 132014
 

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Here is the forty-sixth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Rancher, Cliven Bundy. He is so honored for his violent Republican solution to federal attempts to enforce a law he refuses to obey.  He called out the TEAbagger militias and their guns.

0413RoPWe provide armed response,” according to a Montana militia member named Jim Lordy. Lordy traveled to Nevada in order to support a local rancher for believes that he should not have to follow federal court orders. When he arrived there, he told a local reporter that “[w]e need guns to protect ourselves from the tyrannical government.”

Lordy belongs to a militia group called Operation Mutual Aid, which provides “[d]efense of public and private property, lives, and liberty to exercise God-given rights [Republicans delinked], seen plainly in the laws of Nature, and codified in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, at the request of such parties in need of such defense,” according to a website associated with the group. Although only three militia members had arrived at the Nevada ranch by late Wednesday, when the latest reports came out, other militia groups reportedly “inundated the [rancher's] household with calls and pledges to muster at the site.”

The Oath Keepers, a right-wing law enforcement organization that warns about the government “disarm[ing] the American people” and “blockad[ing] American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps, [Republicans delinked]” also announced that it will send people to support the defiant rancher [Republicans delinked].

This conflict arises out of rancher Cliven Bundy’s many years of illegally grazing his cattle on federal lands. In 1998, a federal court ordered Bundy to cease grazing his livestock on an area of federal land known as the Bunkerville Allotment, and required him to pay the federal government $200 per day per head of cattle remaining on federal lands. Around the time it issued this order, the court also commented that “[t]he government has shown commendable restraint in allowing this trespass to continue for so long without impounding Bundy’s livestock.” Fifteen years later, Bundy continued to defy this court order… [emphasis added]

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The article goes on to explain how authorities are attempting to enforce the laws by seizing the cattle on federal land.  Click through.

Like so many Republicans, Bundy seems to think that he should get to thrive by devaluing what belongs to all of us.  Like so many Republicans Bundy is responding to what he doesn’t like with criminal violence, the Republican Second Amendment Solution.

One might think that mainstream Republicans would distance themselves from this nut job, but he has the support of Nevada’s Republican Governor and US Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).

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Apr 132014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and am feeling a bit tired, because yesterday, I walked to my volunteer organization’s bank to update our account to reflect changes in address and leadership.  Don’t expect too much in the next couple days, because I will be preparing for a Board Meeting of that group here in the Cat Box on Monday, so tomorrow, I’ll be pre-cooking and cleaning, preparing a Treasurer’s Report, and setting up other documentation.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:10 (average 5:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: When we ignore the people around us who are struggling to get by, isn’t it a lot like putting on the first sign this guy wears?

 

Where I live, I can see people sleeping in doorways from my window on all but the coldest nights, and sometimes even then. Sadly, I have to be very selective about helping, because I have little.  Also, more often than not, "spare change" converts immediately to alcohol and drugs. Enabling is not helping. When I can, I give them food.

From Daily Kos: Avoiding reality must be a full time Republican occupation. After over 40,000 people delivered Ted Cruz an epic smack down on Facebook, you would think that any Republican would be aware enough to not tempt a similar fate. You would be wrong.

Apparently nothing penetrates the arrogant ignorance and hubris of today’s Republicans. Example number 666 – Senator Mitch McConnell – who has asked Facebook followers who they’d want as Senate Majority Leader starting in 2015. [Bought Bitch delinked]

Over two thousand comments have been posted thus far. The majority of them are not what Senator McConnell thought he’d be reading – everything from "you need to retire," "Harry. Thanks for asking," to longer comments like this - 

At least Reid supports a liveable wage, equal pay for woman, veteran bills, jobs bills, healthcare for everyone, free and fair elections, tax reform, ending corporate tax evasion, clean drinking water, disaster relief, not borrowing money to start unnecessary wars, not stealing and destroying farm land so oil companies and foreign countries can profit(i.e. Keystone pipeline) he’s against voter suppression, he supports teachers, police and fire fighters, fixing our infrastructure, feeding the poor and poor children… Should I continue? Because Mitch has blocked or cut all of the above.

Click through for more comments and videos. LOL!! Bought Bitch Mitch TEAbuggered himself!!

From NY Times: Federal investigators have opened an inquiry into the tragic case of a high school student in Bastrop County, Tex., who suffered severe brain damage and nearly died last fall after a deputy sheriff shocked him with a Taser, a high voltage electronic weapon.

In North Carolina, civil rights lawyers have filed a complaint with the Justice Department, charging the Wake County school system with violating the constitutional rights of minority children by subjecting them to discriminatory arrest practices and brutality by police officers assigned to schools. In one nightmarish case described in the complaint, a disabled 15-year-old was shocked with a Taser three times during an interrogation at school, resulting in punctured lungs. And in New York, civil rights lawyers have sued the city of Syracuse on behalf of two students. One was shocked three times, not for threatening behavior but for lying on the floor and crying, they say, and another was shocked while trying to break up a fight.

Complaints about dangerous disciplinary practices involving shock weapons are cropping up all over the country. The problem has its roots in the 1990s, when school districts began ceding even routine disciplinary duties to police and security officers, who were utterly unprepared to deal with children. Many districts need to overhaul practices that criminalize far too many young people and that are applied in ways that discriminate against minority children. In the meantime, elected officials need to ban shock weapons in schools.

I am in complete agreement with this author. Such behavior by police and security officers must not be permitted to continue.

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