Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope you enjoy this weekend with family and friends.

Published on Oct 9, 2014

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President traveled to Indiana and to California, where he spoke on expanding economic opportunity for every American, addressed the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and dedicated the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

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10 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Watching The Cosby Show where Denise tells Cliff and Claire she’s not going back to Hillman.

    Cliff and Claire crack me up.
    The looks on their faces…priceless.

  2. rikyrah says:

    uesday, Oct 7, 2014 10:10 AM CST
    Mark Halperin’s legacy of doom: Why Drudge’s biggest fan keeps getting promoted
    For a million bucks Bloomberg Politics has just hired the king of bad predictions, conventional wisdom — and worse
    Heather Digby Parton

    Many years ago I coined a term for the originators and purveyors of out of touch beltway conventional wisdom. I called them the Villagers after a 1998 column by Sally Quinn in which she surveyed all the denizens of DC for their opinions on l’affair Lewinsky. She correctly noted that a majority of the country believed the scandal was absurd while those in the ostensibly sophisticated city of Washington D.C. were morally outraged. She posited that DC was different because it was the reputation of “their town” the president had besmirched. One quote in particular, from Muffie Cabot a former White House social secretary, summed up the unself-conscious arrogance and insularity:

    “This is a demoralized little village. People have come from all over the country to serve a higher calling and look what happened. They’re so disillusioned. The emperor has no clothes. Watergate was pretty scary, but it wasn’t quite as sordid as this.”

    The extremely powerful political and media elites who make up the political establishment in our nation’s capital more often than not portray their allegedly “small town values” as being “typically” American — more typical than the 300 million or so Americans who live outside the beltway. No amount of polling or canvassing or interviewing can convince these wealthy, influential celebrities and lawmakers and their various hangers-on that they are not the perfect reflection of America itself.

    Which brings me to Mark Halperin’s latest. Halperin is perhaps the quintessential Villager, a man who exhales conventional wisdom the way the rest of us exhale carbon dioxide. Though he lives in New York, he is a legacy Villager, his father having been an influential foreign policy expert respected by members of both parties. The younger Halperin became a political journalist eventually ascending to the highest levels of the celebrity media hierarchy as a “top political analyst.” Salon’s Alex Pareene granted Halperin the highest honor awarded to a Villager back in 2011 when he named him number one on the annual Political Hack list as the world’s laziest dispenser of conventional wisdom. In bestowing Halperin the first prize, after having been narrowly edged out the previous year by Richard Cohen (who will surely be a contender for something in 2014 for the chapter in his new book called “Ethnic Cleansing for a Better World”) Pareene noted:

  3. rikyrah says:

    Michael McDonald @ElectProject

    In GA, we’re back to the Jim Crow days when election officials would just throw out African-American reg forms
    9:12 AM – 11 Oct 2014

  4. rikyrah says:

    In case you need to laugh

  5. Liza says:

    This is a big weekend in Ferguson, Missouri.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning Everyone :)

    Here is an excellent page of articles (if you scroll down, you will see the links):

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