Monday Open Thread

Happy Monday, everyone. I no longer sit and watch cable tv news or opinion shows. I surf the net and pick out what I want to watch on my own time.

Here are a few items to share with you, ICYMI:

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Sunday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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Steve King caught on tape referring to immigrants as “dirt” coming from Mexico

This racist bottom feeder need to be expelled from Congress.  Steve King’s racist hate has no business where laws are made.

Last week, Adam Rubenstein visited Iowa to report on Steve King’s re-election effort. He filed several pieces from there, including one that reported on comments King made before a small meeting with voters in Webster City. The headline of that article was: “ Did Steve King Just Refer to Immigrants as ‘Dirt?’” In the story, Adam reported on a jocular exchange King had with a supporter, in which King says that if he wants to grow spicy jalapenos, he’ll have to import dirt from Mexico. When King laughs at his comment, an attendee interjects, saying the dirt from Mexico is already “on the way.” King agrees, saying, “there’s plenty of dirt” coming from Mexico, the West Coast and other places, too. “This is the most dirt we’ve ever seen.” Adam transcribed and printed the entire exchange as part of his article.

King wasn’t happy. His son, Jeff, who also serves as his campaign manager, called and insisted that his father had been misquoted, and accused Adam of fabrication. I told him that his father was quoted accurately and explained that while we would not be emailing him the recording, we reserved the right to post the audio.

On Friday and Saturday, Congressman King sent several tweets criticizing THE WEEKLY STANDARD, claiming we knowingly posted false information and suggesting we weren’t releasing the audio because it doesn’t exist. “You heard it directly from Jeff King and chose to defend your junk yard dog. You refused to release the tape,” he wrote. He later added: “Just release the full tape. Leftists lies exist without original sources because they are false and manufactured accusations. Weekly Standard is transitioning into ‘Antifa News.’”

King’s claims are false.

Here is the audio. The exchange, as transcribed, starts at about the 20-second mark. King is quoted accurately throughout.

So, King claimed our reporter lied. He didn’t. He claimed we didn’t have a recording. We do. He insisted we refused to release the audio. Untrue. It’s worth remembering these things as you evaluate the credibility of the claim from King—a man with a history of bigoted comments and a recent obsession with the “caravan” of immigrants traveling through Mexico to the United States—that he wasn’t talking about immigrants when he joked about “dirt” on its way to the U.S. from Mexico.

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Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.
Hope the video shows.

4 NCCU roommates brought together by fate, share journey becoming judges
By Tisha Powell
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 06:04PM
DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Four young women, who first met at North Carolina Central’s Law School 20 years ago, never knew how important they would be to the success of each other.

They started out as classmates living in a dorm. Then, they all graduated and became successful attorneys.

Today, they’re all judges. ‘The Golden Girls,’ as they call themselves, still rely on each other’s support today just as they did back then.

Judge Shamieka Rhinehart, Judge Camille Banks-Prince, Judge Keisha Wright-Hill and Judge Teresa Raquel Robinson-Freeman’s friendship began in a courtroom on the campus of North Carolina Central University Law School.

They had all gathered there for freshman orientation in August of 1998. “We became fast friends very early,” said Bank-Prince.

This tight group would eventually work their way up from moot court to the bench. Three out of the four women are now in elected positions, but judgeships were never in their original plan. “We just wanted to get through law school,” said Rhinehart.

During law school, the friends bonded in Mclean Hall over good food. The judges said they cooked full meals, mostly in the microwave back then, and they watched marathons of the hit show ‘The Golden Girls.’


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Friday Open Thread | About Our Broken Hearts…

It’s taken me awhile to write this, but I’ll end the week with it.

We have the apparent loss by Beto.

I don’t believe that Beto actually lost. I believe that there were shenanigans.

But, even if I did believe that he legitimately lost, there is absolutely no reason why Beto should apologize.

His candidacy and campaign were the stuff of dreams. He literally did everything that he could to win this race. He put his heart and soul into the campaign. Not only that, but he built a GOTV apparatus FROM SCRATCH. In a state like TEXAS? Do you know how hard that is? What kind of organization and planning that it took?

Beto O’Rourke probably will never read this, but I want to say thank you.

I want to thank him for the people whose lives will be impacted and changed because Beto O’Rouke decided to run for the Senate.

I’m talking about all the people who will be impacted by the people now in positions that they wouldn’t have been if Beto hadn’t of run and had coattails.

There are few systems that have as disparate impact upon the Black community than the Criminal Justice System. The person sitting on the other side of the bench can have a profound impact on the shape and direction of a person’s life. Having diversity of life experience and approach to criminal justice has to matter.

Beto’s coattails will mean a lot to the people in the largest county in Texas. When the Democrats swept all 59 positions in the judiciary, that is touching lives that he will never know. Getting people into those positions who might have compassion and understanding towards those standing before’s a game changer.

I’m going to say it right now- I hope that you run again for 2020. I hope that you continue with the infrastructure that you already built. There were places that were close in 2018; maybe with a little more work and building of the infrastructure, they can get over the hump.

But, from the bottom of my heart, this Northern Black Democrat wants to thank you for your amazing run. Don’t let anyone talk smack that your run for the Senate wasn’t a fierce and passionate and righteous run that will now have ripples you couldn’t have even imagined.


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Thursday Open Thread | Take a Step Back and See Just How Terrific Tuesday Was for the Country

I know that we have broken hearts. I know that. I don’t minimize that.

But, I don’t have to be a cheerleader to see the positive things that happened.

Too often, we look at the big races, as if they are the be all, end all.

They are important, but so must positive happened on Tuesday, that we need to go over it.

First things first:

The Democrats won the House of Representatives.

The American Experiment will continue.

The American Safety Net is secure for the next couple of years. We will fight about in 2020,but now, no more worrying about that.

Let’s go to the state levels.

People don’t even realize the elections that will have the most direct impact on their lives.

They might not know it, but the people of Harris County Texas now have a completely Democratic judiciary.

ALL 59 spots in the judiciary went to Democrats, INCLUDING 19 BLACK WOMEN.

You don’t think that these 59 judges are going to have an impact in the largest county in Texas?

Though Florida was a heartbreaker, with Gillum, something happened that can have the serious potential for changing the landscape in Florida.

Remember, nearly one in FOUR eligible Black voters was automatically disenfranchised because of their association with the criminal justice system. Even after they had paid their debt to society, they had to go through an arcane, arbitrary and biased application system for the restoration of their voting rights, and it often didn’t happen. The passage of the referendum on Tuesday changed that, for over 1.4 million people in Florida. You think that a nice bunch of those who will now see their voting rights restored might become Democrats?

Yes, elections matter.

Then, we have the new Democratic Governors that will be there during 2020 redistricting: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico. This matters, a great deal.

One of the most important legal positions in the state is the Attorney General – the person who SHOULD advocate for the little guy, and fight for the average consumer. It is the State Attorneys General who are leading the fight AGAINST Dolt45 and his Administration, picking up the mantle to defend for what is right. On Tuesday, we got 4 Black Attorneys General: Letitia James of New York, Kwame Raoul of Illinois, Aaron Ford of Nevada and Keith Ellison of Minnesota.


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White House is LYING to smear Jim Acosta: Video of WH aide bum rushing Acosta

The White House said late Wednesday it has revoked press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, following a combative back and forth between Acosta and President Donald Trump at a press conference earlier in the day.

At one point, a female White House staffer tried to take the microphone away from Acosta, who said “pardon me, ma’am” as he held onto it while he attempted to ask Trump another question.

“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Wednesday night.

“We will . . . never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…” Sanders said. “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. . . . The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it‘s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration.”

“This is a lie,” Acosta responded in a tweet. The above video appears to support him, as it does not appear that he placed his hands on the aide.

Revoking the “hard pass,” as it is known, effectively bans Acosta from the White House unless supervised.

Acosta found out when he was turned away by White House security Wednesday night before a scheduled live shot.

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta tweeted. “Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”

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