Saturday Open Thread

oHappy Saturday, Everyone. Enjoy your weekend with family & friends.

I’ve been watching TCM AKA Tuner Classic Movies. They are doing a countdown of Oscar winning movies.

1939 movie clip from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. 1939, folks. Seem familiar?

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Breaking: Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians for election meddling

(CNN) Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice has announced.

In addition, three defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as any connections between Russia and Trump campaign associates.

Beginning as early as 2014, the Russian organization Internet Research Agency began operations to interfere with the US political system, including the 2016 elections, according to the indictment, which was released by Mueller’s office Friday.

The defendants allegedly posed as US persons, created false US personas, and operated social media pages and groups designed to attract US audiences, the indictment reads.

The Internet Research Agency had a “strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system” including the election, according to the indictment.

Russians posted “derogatory information about a number of candidates,” and by mid-2016 they supported Trump and disparaged Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. They bought ads and communicated with “unwitting” people tied to Trump campaign and others to coordinate political activities.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will announce the multiple indictments against Russian nationals and entities Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department source.

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Speaker Paul Ryan’s Comments on Mass Shootings: Chris Hayes Rolls “Supercut”

ICYM Chris Hayes ran a “Supercut” of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s comments on current and past mass shootings in America.

He’s parroting NRA talking points are breath-taking, and really illustrate the GOP’s stance on guns, and their blatant disregard for victims of the ugly mass shootings and murders.

“Second Amendment rights,” “Mental Illness,” “Not the time for Knee-jerk reactions,” Take a break and collect the fact,” “We want to protect law-abiding citizens”

Sounds familiar?

Speaker Paul Ryan is the top recipient of NRA contributions.

Paul Ryan:  $171,977, Republican
Wisconsin, District 1 18

Look here for NRA contributions to top GOP LAWMAKERS

Anyone beholden to the NRA, are never going to serve the greater good for Americans’ safety from these weapons of war killing innocent children and other Americans.

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Friday Open Thread

TGIF, 3Chics Family & Friends!

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Thursday Open Thread

Repost ICYMI When you get a some free time, please sit back and watch, listen, and learn from FLOTUS.

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Wednesday Open Thread

Happy HUMP day, Everyone.

REPOST- Remember, #45 spewing “DUE PROCESSS”

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Tuesday Open Thread

Jane Matilda Bolin LL.B. (April 11, 1908 – January 8, 2007) was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first to join the New York City Law Department. She became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States when she was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court in 1939.

Jane Matilda Bolin was born on April 11, 1908 in Poughkeepsie, New York. She was the youngest of four children. Her father was Gaius C. Bolin, a lawyer and the first black person to attend Williams College, and her mother was a white, British woman named Matilda Ingram Emery who died when Bolin was 8 years old. Jane Bolin adored her father and she always knew she wanted to be a lawyer as her father but her childhood was completely destroyed when she saw all the horrible articles and pictures of the extrajudicial hanging of black southerners she saw in The Crisis, the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bolin grew up as an active member of Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church. Bolin attended a high school in Poughkeepsie and was one of two black students in her class at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Most of the white students ignored her and she lived off campus with the other black students. A careers adviser at Wellesley College tried to discourage her from applying to Yale Law School due to her race and gender. She graduated in 1928 in the top 20 in her class, and enrolled at Yale Law School where she was the only black student, and one of only three women.[1] She became the first black woman to receive a law degree from Yale in 1931 and passed the New York state bar examination in 1932.

She practiced with her father in Poughkeepsie for a short period, and then with her first husband, Ralph E. Mizelle. She ran unsuccessfully for the New York State Assembly as the Republican candidate in the seventeenth district in 1936. She then joined New York City’s legal department, serving as Assistant Corporation Counsel. The mayor of New York City, Fiorello La Guardia, appointed 31-year-old Bolin as a judge of the Domestic Relations Court on July 22, 1939, at the New York World’s Fair.[2] She remained a judge of the court, renamed the Family Court in 1962, for 40 years, with her appointment being renewed three times, until she was required to retire aged 70.[3] She worked to encourage racially integrated child services, ensuring that probation officers were assigned without regard to race or religion, and publicly funded childcare agencies accepted children without regard to ethnic background.



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