Sunday Open Thread

I hope you enjoy the weekend with Family and Friends.

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  1. rikyrah says:

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  2. Ametia says:

    Dark Girls tonight at 9 pm CT on OWN

  3. rikyrah says:

    The Moment Netroots Nation Turned Into CPAC
    Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:37 PM

    What is the key difference between liberals and right wingers? Sure, we have different issue positions, but the difference is deeper than that. Liberals let the facts guide the debate, and conservative wingbats shout down facts they do not like. So Nancy Pelosi went to Netroots Nation in San Jose, CA last night and stated an incontrovertible fact: Edward Snowden violated the law.

    The reaction?

    Speaking at Netroots Nation in San Jose, the House Democratic leader said Snowden “did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents,” prompting loud boos and heckling from the crowd.

    Nancy Pelosi got booed for stating a fact: Edward Snowden violated the law. When facts begin to get booed because they poke holes into your ideological bubble, I humbly suggest you lose the ‘progressive’ label.

    This is to say nothing of the fact that the attendees who are effectively supporting someone who is at the least a coward who illegally released classified information, partly fabricated his own story, and who is at worst guilty of betraying his country – our country. This is to say nothing of people who describe themselves as ‘progressive’ advocating for a man who does not have the courage of his conviction to face the music after claiming having done an act of conscience. And this is to say nothing of the fact that they are defending a man whose idea of protesting surveillance is to do it from China.

    • Ametia says:

      Clearly these folks are not part of the Obama coalition that got him re-elected. They’re Libertarians, which is another way of saying, we’re a a quarter step away from being a WINGNUT.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Paula Deen Scandal Continues As Employees Tell Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Of Alleged Discrimination

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | By Fran Jeffries and Wayne Washington Posted: 06/23/2013 1:18 am EDT | Updated: 06/23/2013 9:43 am EDT

    An attorney for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition said current and former Paula Deen employees told him the famous cook and her brother discriminated against black employees, one of whom was consistently referred to as “my little monkey.”

    After Deen acknowledged using a racial slur, the story went viral and the Food Network announced on Friday that it would not renew her contract when it expires at the end of June.

    Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, are being sued by Lisa T. Jackson, a former employee who claims she endured a hostile work environment replete with racial slurs.

    Robert Patillo, an attorney for Rainbow/PUSH, a civil rights group founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr., said one current and two former employees told him white employees are routinely paid more than black employees and are promoted more quickly. A black man who had threatened to go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Deen’s brother told him “you don’t have any civil rights here,” Rainbow/PUSH said in a press release.

    Rainbow/PUSH said it has “found evidence of systemic racial discimination and harassment” by Deen and that “a family member consistently referred to a black cook as ‘my little monkey.'”

    Patillo, who conducted interviews in Savannah where Deen’s restaurant is located, said current and former employees told him that Deen “preferred white and light-skinned blacks to work with customers” and that darker-skinned blacks were relegated to “back-of-the-house operations.”

    Patillo said employees have been reluctant to talk to him about their experience with Deen because they fear retaliation.

    Deen could not be reached on Saturday for comment on the Rainbow/PUSH allegations.

  5. Nelson Mandela now in ‘critical’ condition

    Nelson Mandela was in critical condition Sunday after a deterioration in his health, and doctors “are doing everything possible” for him, South Africa’s government said.

    The office of President Jacob Zuma said that on Sunday evening the president had visited Mandela, the former president of the country who was imprisoned for nearly three decades as he battled the country’s apartheid system of racial separatism.

    Zuma’s office said he was informed by Mandela’s doctors that his condition had become critical in the past 24 hours.

    Mandela, 94, has been in intensive care for more than two weeks. He was hospitalized on June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.

    “The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable,” Zuma said in a statement. “He is in good hands.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    from TOD:

    Bobfr (@Our4thEstate)

    June 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    As posted yesterday at TPV, MightyP ….

    “As many of you know, I’ve been focused and have tweeted extensively
    about the fatal disease of megalomania that Greenwald suffers.

    For Glenn, that fatal moment was the Monday that Snowden emerged in
    Hong Kong and Glenn (as well as Poitras) did everything he could to let
    it be known how long he had been interacting with Snowden.

    Fact is, those interactions for both Greenwald & Poitras began before Snowden did his gig at NSA contractor, Booz Allen.

    Quite literally, Glenn put the noose around his neck at that very moment. I have zero doubt the folk at the DoJ noticed.

    Snowden is looking at hard time. He’s a chicken shit. He’ll squeal
    and plea bargain his chicken shit ass off. That’s what Glenn – Poitras
    and likely many others – get to ponder every frigging remaining minute
    of their sorry lives.”


  7. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid


    Daniel Ellsberg speculated that Greenwald
    and Snowden may have met bc Greenwald is on the board of the Freedom of
    the Press Foundation..

    12:31 PM – 23 Jun 2013

    Joy Reid


    …which raises money for Wikileaks. Also on the board: filmmaker Laura Poitras, who made the Snowden Hong Kong video.

    12:33 PM – 23 Jun 2013

    Joy Reid


    On a blogger conference call last week Daniel Ellsberg called the FOTP Foundn “a direct line” from Assange to Snowden.

    12:58 PM – 23 Jun 2013

    Joy Reid


    And Snowden left Hong Kong with someone surnamed Harrison – same name as a Wikileaks legal advisor.

    12:59 PM – 23 Jun 2013

    Joy Reid


    Interesting that Snowden didn’t just leak
    to Wikileaks, but instead went to people with a “direct line” to
    Assange through the Foundation.

    1:00 PM – 23 Jun 2013

  8. rikyrah says:

    Very interesting how Wikileaks’ tentacles are spreading. It’s like a hacker-libertarian assault on US natsec policy.

  9. Ametia says:

    Thanks SG2! Mayor Kasim knows how to deal with the CaCs.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Akiko Fujita @AkikoFujita

    Russian govt notified by embassy in Moscow that Snowden no longer has valid passport & that US “desires to have him deported” via @meekwire
    10:40 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  11. rikyrah says:

    Emily Parker ‏@emilydparker5m
    Snowden apparently can’t leave Russian airport without a visa

  12. rikyrah says:

    Akiko Fujita @AkikoFujita

    #Snowden’s US passport revoked on Saturday 6/22. Senior US official tells @ABC: “We have little idea how he left Hong Kong”
    10:27 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  13. rikyrah says:

    Eli Lake @EliLake

    MT @adamgoldmanap: People surprised Snowden passing thru Russia? What foreign intel agency wouldn’t want to take peak at his computers?
    10:09 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  14. rikyrah says:

    davidfrum @davidfrum

    Actually it’s a very good question to ask @ggreenwald why it’s not a crime to abet transfer of classified docs to foreign govts.
    10:15 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  15. rikyrah says: @TheObamaDiary

    Possible SCOTUS decision: “Blacks/Hispanics could find it harder to vote”. Civil Liberties Warriors: “But: Snowden!”
    10:00 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  16. rikyrah says:

    amk4obama @amk4obama

    If snowden were a non-white, wouldn’t these same libertarian fuckwits be the first to call for droning him?
    9:37 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  17. rikyrah says:

    Greenwald and the Guardian try again, only this time there’s warrants
    Posted on June 23, 2013 by jreid

    Glenn Greenwald, the blogger-polemicist turned Guardian columnist, finally got his walk in the sun, when a disgruntled hacker type named Edward Snoweden pilfered top secret files from … one of his several (?) top secret clearance NSA contractor jobs and leaked them to Greenwald and the Washington Post. Greenwald’s victory lap across our television screens, from friendly interview to friendly interview (except the one where he lectured the CNN anchor for not being solicitous enough), has been impressive. He finally has given Obama disappointees, emoprogs and civil libertarians of the left and right something to wrap their “Obama is just like Bush” mantra around (expressed with more subtlety by Gary Younge here) while also giving us all an opportunity to laugh dryly at CNET. And he has triggered The National Conversation on national security and the war on terror that the president tried and failed to do in May, when his national security reset speech was greeted with snickers of skepticism and contempt from the ranks of emoprogdom, because drones.

    Well the breathless coverage of Snowden has settled into variations on this face –> x_O, due to Snowden having shifted gears from warning that any given IT guy at an NSA contractor has the “authorities” to email-tap the president, expose all our CIA assets, and listen to your calls to grandma, to telling the Chinese and the Russians on us. So maybe “hero” not so much… And now he’s charged with theft of government property and two violations of espionage laws: unlawful distribution of classified material to an unauthorized source, and unlawful dissemination of classified information about communications intelligence (the charges not being quite the Government Sanctioned Hit he darkly warned of… but it’s setting up an extradition drama with Hong Kong anywyay.)

    INTERESTING READ: NBC’s justice correspondent Pete Williams explains why Edward Snowden does not qualify as a whistleblower

    Which brings us back to Mr. Greenwald, who from his undisclosed location, continues to act as Snowden’s chief promoter and hype man … I mean “journalist” … conducting live web chats!… and otherwise working hard to weave Snowden into a mythic hero of old. (I’m thinking a Gandalf beard might help. Greenwald should have Snowden get working on that…)

  18. Ametia says:

    Chipotle the first US restaurant chain to go ahead and label all GMOs

    In a display of effective consumer activism, Chipotle Mexican Grill has become the first US restaurant chain to go ahead and label all GMOs sold through their locations on the menu. And unlike Whole Foods and other grocers, who are making similar strides but are actually years away from actual implementation, Chipotle has already launched the labeling initiative into existence.

    In case you’ve never heard of Chipotle, it is a ‘natural’ Mexican food restaurant that you could say is essentially a fast food hybrid. The chain actually had a major investment from McDonald’s back in 1998, but the fast food titan ultimately divested from Chipotle in 2006. Subsequently, that’s when Chipotle really started to explode with over 500 locations — now hitting 1,400 chain locations with an income of $278 million. In other words, we’re talking about a major fast food chain that is highlighting the issue of GMOs in a way that’s really important.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Bob Cesca @bobcesca_go

    Attention reporters of the world! Snowden is handing out free top secret documents! Get them while they’re hot! #nihilism
    3:39 AM – 23 Jun 2013

    • rikyrah says:

      William K. Wolfrum @Wolfrum

      It took me 30 minutes on Twitter to learn Snowden left HK, flew to Russia & is heading to Venezuela. Sure, the U.S. will never catch him.
      5:40 AM – 23 Jun 2013

  20. rikyrah says:

    You Lost Your Credibility

    by BooMan
    Sun Jun 23rd, 2013 at 10:39:00 AM EST
    Nowhere in this Matea Gold piece in the Washington Post is it mentioned that the main reason that super-wealthy Republican donors are not giving money as readily this year is because they were told that the polls were skewed and that Mitt Romney was going to win. Now they don’t believe the fundraisers and consultants anymore. They now believe that they given false assurances; they were bilked; they got conned.

    And that is not a good feeling.

  21. rikyrah says:

    10 black child geniuses you should know – Posted on 03/01/2013

    If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young blacks, you would probably think that the majority of black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music, or caught up in crime and debauchery.

    However, the face of black success isn’t limited to the fields that are occupied by Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James. There are a multitude of young blacks who are achieving at a high level in science, math, classical music, chess and other knowledge-based areas and preparing to change society.

    Click continue to view the 10 black child geniuses you should know.

  22. rikyrah says:

    AngryBlackLady has info on the person who was booing Nancy Pelosi re: Snowden at netroots nation:

    This guy honestly thinks that only he knows the truth about the surveillance state and Snowden and that he HAD to stand up and shout. #NN13

    “I’m not an ordinary IT person. I’m an *extraordinary* IT person.” – #shoutywhiteprivilege dude #TWiB

    RT @goldietaylor: RT @QuadCityPat: Pelosi heckler Marc Perkel muses,”Should Blacks thank America for ending Slavery?”

    My face when the Pelosi heckler said he thinks Obama is a white man bc he was raised by white people. #TWiB #nn13

  23. rikyrah says:

    Parent Tip: In the toddler community, saying “We’ll see” is the equivalent of knowingly writing a bad check.

  24. Ametia says:

    Pam Spaulding is leaving House Blend Blog per MHP.

  25. Ametia says:

    N.S.A. Leaker Leaves Hong Kong on Flight to Moscow

    A passenger from the Hong Kong flight on which Edward Snowden is believed to have arrived was besieged by journalists at Sheremetevo airport in Moscow.
    Published: June 23, 2013 109 Comments

    HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government announced on Sunday afternoon that it had allowed the departure from its territory of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has acknowledged disclosing classified documents about United States government surveillance of Internet and telephone communications around the world.

  26. rikyrah says:



  27. rikyrah says:

    Re Snowden truthers “on the left”:

    This is honestly their position: uphold the law! *person breaks laws by leaking classified info* Stop upholding the law!

    @DCPlod Their position is totally congruent with the GOP theory that a black Democrat cannot, by definition, be a legit President.


    • Ametia says:

      THIS: @root_e
      @DCPlod Their position is totally congruent with the GOP theory that a black Democrat cannot, by definition, be a legit President.

  28. rikyrah says:

    New Hospital in Haiti is Fully Powered by 1,800 Solar Panels

    Over the past 25 years Partners In Health (PIH) has been working to bring the benefits of modern medical science to poor residents who need it most in mountainous Central Haiti. But here’s the problem: The electric power there is intermittent at best, with random outages for three or more hours every day.[….]

    By turning to renewable solar energy to solve these problems the new teaching hospital in Mirebalais, 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, has landed itself in the forefront of health care innovation around the world. Stretched across the roof of the 200,000-square-foot University Hospital is a vast array of 1,800 solar panels — making it the largest solar-powered hospital in the world that produces more than 100 percent of its required energy every day, an impressive feat for a hospital in the middle of Haiti.[….]

  29. rikyrah says:

    White House LOVES #Snowden folly. Smothers existential debate about security, liberty & habitually deceptive Gov’t #AudacityToRopeADope
    — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 23, 2013

    .@ron_fournier yeah that’s why POTUS sat with Charlie Rose, met with Civil Liberties board, and directed a review of FISA opinions
    — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) June 23, 2013

    .@jonfavs A good start, for sure. Looking forward to rollback of patriot act and more transparency about what we’re doing and why.
    — Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 23, 2013

    .@ron_fournier well maybe you should say something sensible like that instead of accusing WH of cheering a smothered debate
    — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) June 23, 2013

    • Ametia says:

      LOL @ AudacitytoRopeADope!

      Yes, some of the white liberal/progressive’s creed: ” We made you prez; so we get to control your moves. it’s their paternal nature to direct the negroes. Wow! sounds alot like SLAVERY doesn’t it?

  30. rikyrah says:

    In Major Blow To Consumers, Supreme Court Protects Mega-Corporations From Liability

    In case it wasn’t clear already, the U.S. Supreme Court hammered home Thursday morning that it will protect the rights of corporations to force arbitration over the individuals’ access to the court system at any expense.

    In a 5-3 ruling with Justice Sonia Sotomayor recused, Justice Antonin Scalia eviscerated almost any opportunity small merchants have to challenge alleged monopolistic practices by American Express in their credit card agreements.[….]

  31. rikyrah says:

    @TheObamaDiary @ggreenwald LMAO!!!!! Glenn sounds now like Paula Deen in her multiple apology videos

  32. Ametia says:

    Edward Snowden, the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges, has arrived in Moscow, WikiLeaks said in a Twitter post on Sunday.

    The organization has said it helped Snowden leave Hong Kong, but it has not revealed what country could be his final destination.

    Snowden, who leaked top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday “through a lawful and normal channel,” the Hong Kong government said.

    He took off with the help of WikiLeaks, which assisted with his “political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers (and) safe exit from Hong Kong,” the group said on Twitter.

    • Ametia says:

      Source: BBC

      United States intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on a flight bound for Moscow, reports say.

      The South China Morning Post, quoting what it says are credible sources, said he was due to arrive in Moscow on Sunday evening.

      It said Moscow would not be his final destination.

      Snowden, an intelligence analyst, fled to Hong Kong in May after revealing details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by the US gencies.

      Read more:

  33. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :-)

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