Sunday Open Thread

Happy Sunday, Everyone.

AMERICA’S FIRST FAMILY

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And our First Grandma, Marian Robinson

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Our First Dogs, Sunny & BO

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44 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Solange Has Won at Weddining
    Luvvie — November 16, 2014

    Today, Solange Knowles got married to her longtime LAVAH Alan Ferguson in New Orleans and pictures dropped and everyone has lost their minds. Why? BECAUSE SO MUCH FIERCENESS!

    Looking like the angels in the thug mansion that Tupac was talmbout. I’m so here for this picture. *I* wanna get Solange’s wedding photo with her girls and put it on my wall. Just because the pic is so damb magnificent. WERK, FIERCE ANGELS. And Tina. BIIIISSSHHH listen. Coming out the house looking like a tall drink of good almond milk. SLAY, Mama Knowles! Sixty years old and FINER than frog hair.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/11/solange-wedding.html

  2. vitaminlover says:

    What is this about Snit Romney saying my beloved President shouldn’t ‘get too uppity’?

  3. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, November 16, 2014
    Obama Calls The Bluff
    Posted by Zandar
    Shorter President Obama to Republicans: Please proceed, GOP.

    A defiant Barack Obama dives into what could be a defining period of his presidency this week, after repeatedly enraging Republicans from afar during his Asia tour.

    Obama faces showdowns with the GOP over immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline and his drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, all of which have huge consequences for his political legacy.

    Far from being chastened by the Republican capture of the Senate, Obama is setting out to prove he is no lame duck and can still set the agenda.

    But the GOP insists the mid-terms gave them a share of power in Washington, and believe Obama risks usurping his authority and even the constitution with his bold new strategy.

    Obama chose a highly symbolic setting to set the tone for two final White House years in which he will face a unified Republican Congress.

    Side-by-side in Myanmar with the world’s most famous dissident, Obama refused to bow to what Republicans regard as the capital’s new political “reality.”

    On the veranda of the lakeside villa from where Aung San Suu Kyi faced down a junta, Obama said he had long warned House Republicans he would use executive power to reform the US immigration system if they failed to.

    “That’s gonna happen. That’s gonna happen before the end of the year.”

    The president doubled down in Australia on Sunday, before boarding Air Force One for home, saying he would be derelict in his duties if he did not act.

    “I can’t wait in perpetuity when I have authorities that at least for the next two years can improve the system,” he said.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/11/obama-calls-bluff.html

  4. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Bipartisanship, Right?
    Posted by Zandar
    Republican Senator Orrin Hatch remind us what the GOP hopes to accomplish in 2016 for America and voters, to focus on what’s truly important for the country.

    Getting revenge.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) came out swinging against Democrats Friday, telling a room of conservative lawyers that Republicans were ready to give the other party “a taste of their own medicine.”

    “Frankly, I intend to win with our candidate for the presidency in 2016, and we will give them a taste of their own medicine,” said Hatch. “And we’re going to win. We’re going to win. These next two years are extremely important. Maybe the most important two years in our history.”

    Hatch delivered his remarks at the Federalist Society’s annual conference in downtown Washington, D.C., Friday afternoon. He also said he is in favor of keeping current filibuster reforms in place, even though he protested when Democrats changed those rules last year. The new system requires just 51 votes to advance most nominees, instead of the 60 votes that were previously required. Democrats will not have 51 members in the new Senate. Republicans also have an incentive to keep the new rules in place in anticipation of success in 2016: If they win the presidency and maintain control of the Senate, they would have an easier time confirming their nominees.

    “We should not return to the old rule. We should teach those blunderheads that they made a big mistake. And we have the votes to stop bad judges if we want to,” he said.

    Bipartisanship! Comity of the Senate! The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body! I tell ya, it’s just shocking that anyone would believe Republicans really want to punish Democrats and the people who voted for them, because those people have to be put in their place, you know.

    And that’s exactly what the next two year will be about. Putting the black president and his supporters in their place, and to teach us a lesson. The supposed “will to govern” that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner were talking about has evaporated in less than two weeks. Now it’s about shutting down the government again.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/11/bipartisanship-right.html

  5. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, November 16, 2014
    Yes, Republicans Want To Impeach Obama
    Posted by Zandar

    Let’s remember folks that Republicans want to impeach Obama more than anything right now, and so far in just the last few days we’ve had Republicans openly threaten to do just that.

    Rep. Joe Barton of Texas:

    “Well impeachment is indicting in the House and that’s a possibility. But you still have to convict in the Senate and that takes a two-thirds vote,” Barton said. “But impeachment would be a consideration, yes sir.”

    Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who reiterated last month what he first said in August:

    “Congress has to sit down and have a serious look at the rest of this Constitution, and that includes that ‘I’ word that we don’t want to have to say,” King said on Fox News Sunday.

    “I only say that now on this program because I want to encourage the president: Please don’t put America into a constitutional crisis,” he added.

    Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina:

    “To me a constitutional question means that we have the option of impeachment,” Jones said in an interview Breitbart published Thursday. “We have a Constitution, and I am very disappointed from year to year that we do not follow the Constitution. To me, if you think the president has violated his trust of office, meaning with the American people, then follow the Constitution.”

    And let’s not forget the GOP hype machine. FOX News is calling for impeachment already:

    On the November 13 edition of Fox News’ The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly suggested that “some say Republicans have no choice” but to impeach President Obama if he issues executive action on immigration reform. Fox contributor Charles Krauthammer agreed, saying Obama’s executive action is “an impeachable offense.” Kelly went on to advise Republicans on legal options to “thwart President Obama’s executive action,” suggesting impeachment again, and adding a lawsuit, cutting off the funds needed to carry out the executive order, and holding up Obama’s judicial and other appointments.

    And of course National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has written an entire book about impeaching Obama and is calling for it again now, saying Democrats should join Republicans in convicting him:

    In the past, presidents acting in such ways would surely have been impeached. But as Kelly and Krauthammer illustrated, tolerating Obama’s lawlessness invites a destructive new era of dictatorial presidency. Not all future presidents will be liberal Democrats. Even with the press as the wind at their backs, Democrats faced with a Republican president who exploits Obama’s precedents to impose his agenda lawlessly will experience what Republicans are going through today: They will have insufficient support for ending the lawlessness. Obama will have devolved us into a banana republic where might makes right.

    This is the theme of Faithless Execution: All Americans who aspire to sustain a nation of laws not men have a vital interest in rejecting executive lawlessness. The Framers understood that presidential usurpation of lawmaking power would be the road to tyranny. They were right . . . and avoiding tyranny should not be a partisan issue.

    So yes, I fully expect the President to be impeached and soon. This was always going to be the endgame of the Obama presidency after his re-election in 2012. They have to destroy him now.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2014/11/yes-republicans-want-to-impeach-obama.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ZVTS+%28Zandar+Versus+The+Stupid%29

  6. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, November 16, 2014
    Understanding the threat of a confederate insurgency
    Rev. William Barber captured the moment we are living in by talking about a Third Reconstruction.

    Doug Muder expanded on that idea with an article titled: Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party. Muder’s point is that in order to understand the Tea Party today, we have to realize that – unlike what our school history books told us – the south didn’t really lose the Civil War. Much like George W. Bush preemptively declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq, the Civil War didn’t end when Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

    After the U.S. forces won on the battlefield in 1865 and shattered the organized Confederate military, the veterans of that shattered army formed a terrorist insurgency that carried on a campaign of fire and assassination throughout the South until President Hayes agreed to withdraw the occupying U. S. troops in 1877. Before and after 1877, the insurgents used lynchings and occasional pitched battles to terrorize those portions of the electorate still loyal to the United States. In this way they took charge of the machinery of state government, and then rewrote the state constitutions to reverse the postwar changes and restore the supremacy of the class that led the Confederate states into war in the first place.

    By the time it was all over, the planter aristocrats were back in control, and the three constitutional amendments that supposedly had codified the U.S.A’s victory over the C.S.A.– the 13th, 14th, and 15th — had been effectively nullified in every Confederate state. The Civil Rights Acts had been gutted by the Supreme Court, and were all but forgotten by the time similar proposals resurfaced in the 1960s. Blacks were once again forced into hard labor for subsistence wages, denied the right to vote, and denied the equal protection of the laws. Tens of thousands of them were still physically shackled and subject to being whipped, a story historian Douglas Blackmon told in his Pulitzer-winning Slavery By Another Name.

    So Lincoln and Grant may have had their mission-accomplished moment, but ultimately the Confederates won. The real Civil War — the one that stretched from 1861 to 1877 — was the first war the United States lost.

    Let that one sink in for a moment, white folks. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it all. That’s what happens when it turns out that a story you’ve been told all your life doesn’t really capture what happened. All the links to meaning that have been created by believing the story have to be re-examined as well. That is the path each of us must take if we’re ever going to be successful at “undoing racism” in our own lives.

    Muder goes on the make the connection between the mindset of the insurgent confederates and today’s tea party.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/11/understanding-threat-of-confederate.html?spref=tw

  7. rikyrah says:

    Japan’s levitating train hits 311mph in first public tests
    Harry Readhead for Metro.co.uk
    Saturday 15 Nov 2014 4:17 pm

    Specially-invited members of the public boarded the new ultra-high speed train for its first trial with passengers in Tsaru, Yamanashi Prefecture.

    And the driverless train, which is due to run between Tokyo and Nagoya when it’s finished, topped out at over 500km/h – to the delight of the 100 passengers on board.

    http://metro.co.uk/2014/11/15/japans-levitating-train-hits-311mph-in-first-public-tests-4949728/

  8. rikyrah says:

    Reagan, Bush acted alone on immigrants
    No political dustup happened in earlier amnesty extensions
    Associated Press
    Published 7:22 pm, Saturday, November 15, 2014

    President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent.

    Two of the last three Republican presidents —Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986.

    There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now.

    A tea party-influenced GOP is poised to erupt if and when Obama follows through on his promise. He wants to extend protection from deportation to millions of immigrant parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and expand his 2-year-old program that shields immigrants brought illegally to this country as children.

    http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Reagan-Bush-acted-alone-on-immigrants-5895967.php

  9. Ametia says:

    Not much in the so-called news about how DEMOCRATS shat on their own party, the President, and the voters.

  10. rikyrah says:

    This is a beautiful First Family!

    • Ametia says:

      Yes, they are, Rikyah. This is why the RACISTS & the few powerful are mad. They can’t have these kinds of images out there of REAL, BLACK, HUMAN FAMILIES!

      Too bad, the Obamas are in the HOUSE until JANUARY 2017.

  11. Ametia,

    I’m enjoying the photos of our First Family. Good job!

    • Ametia says:

      Thanks. These are the IMAGES we need to keep front & center, so America can never loose sight of the fact that a majority of them ELECTED & RE-ELECTED our current POTUS

  12. rikyrah says:

    The New York Times @nytimes · 2h2 hours ago
    If Obama is already a lame duck president, no one seems to have told him

    WASHINGTON — President Obama emerged from last week’s midterm election rejected by voters, hobbled politically and doomed to a final two years in office suffering from early lame-duck syndrome. That, at least, was the consensus in both parties. No one seems to have told Mr. Obama.

    In the 10 days since “we got beat,” as he put it, by Republicans who captured the Senate and bolstered control over the House, Mr. Obama has flexed his muscles on immigration, climate change and the Internet, demonstrating that he still aspires to enact sweeping policies that could help define his legacy.

    The timing of the three different decisions was to some extent a function of separate policy clocks, not simply a White House political strategy. Mr. Obama, for example, had been scheduled to travel to China for a summit meeting in mid-November, and American officials have been trying for most of the year to negotiate a climate agreement for him to announce while in Beijing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/14/us/politics/down-but-not-out-obama-presses-ahead.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

    • Ametia says:

      Leave it to the (NYT) “NOISE YOKELS TOO MUCH RIGHT WING” PROPAGANDA rag.

      President Obama has never allowed the media and the GOP to dictate how he ROLLS. In fact, if he were to gauge any actions on how the media reports about him, he would truly be a FAILURE, like the GOP. Only the media covers for the GOP, and except for 2008 & 2012 election coverage has totally IGNORED or attempted to TARNISH any and ALL major accomplishements President Obama’s administrations has made.

      EXAMPLE. ACA aka OBAMACARE.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Romney: Obama Needs to Learn That He Lost the Midterms

    by Andrew Kirell | 11:04 am, November 16th, 2014

    On Sunday, former GOP presidential candidateMitt Romney sat down with CBS Face the Nationto criticize the president’s handling of the battle against ISIS forces, as well as his potential executive action on immigration.

    Romney reiterated his belief that the president has been “inept” on Middle East policy, asserting that it was a mistake to declare “no boots on the ground” in the region. “It is not acceptable for ISIS to present the kind of threat it does to the world,” the former governor said after suggesting the “no boots” remark will necessarily prove contradictory.

    “If it takes our own troops” to destroy ISIS, Romney said, then “you don’t take that off the table.”

    As for the possibility of Obama taking executive action to overhaul policy and protect millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the states, Romney said: “The president has got to learn that he lost this last election round.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/romney-obama-needs-to-learn-that-he-lost-the-midterms/

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Still mad you’re NOT POTUS, Mittens!

      • Liza says:

        Haha. Romney needs to learn that he lost the presidential election. Geez, what is so bad about living in La Jolla, California, with millions of dollars (that he didn’t earn) that makes him want to keep shooting off his mouth? Give it a rest, Mittens.

  14. rikyrah says:

    CBS News ✔ @CBSNews
    Follow

    GOP says Obama “poking an eye” and going against “the American people” on immigration – http://cbsn.ws/11brLdu
    12:30 PM – 16 Nov 2014

  15. rikyrah says:

    Keith Boykin @keithboykin
    Follow

    President Obama responds to Fox News’s Ed Henry about Jonathan Gruber: “We had a yearlong debate, Ed.” http://youtu.be/TQOuVeolN6g

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

  17. vitaminlover says:

    Lovely pictures! I wonder if they are going to do a new official White House family portrait soon?

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, vitaminlover. Thank you. Always a delightful sight to feature our First Family. I’m sure they’ll sit for another official photo, until they leave the WH. Certainly hope they do.

  18. Ametia says:

    When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 4

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/opinion/sunday/when-whites-just-dont-get-it-part-4.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=1

    CO-SIGN:

    Chutney NY 2 hours ago
    “I sometimes think the black community would have been better off if we had stayed segregated — if not by law then at least by choice. Desegregation dismantled the glue that held the black community together. Granted we received better education and more opportunity. But at what cost? The knowledge and investment were not returned.

    What could have become thriving black communities and businesses instead became dismantled dreams, stunted in their growth process.
    I recently read a book on European immigration to America — specifically on the Irish, German, and Jewish families who came to New York. What stuck out most for me was that immigrant communities stayed close together and built economic security amongst their own first, before branching out to assimilate into “white” America.

    Black Americans would have been better served with this model instead of trying to be accepted into a community that didn’t (and still doesn’t) want us. IMHO the black community spends way too much time worrying about what white people think. We need to focus on educating our own youth with our own curriculum, running our own businesses that cater primarily to our needs, and building our own communities that can sustain wealth and financial security. Then, if white America wants to appropriate our culture, they do so at our pleasure and not their own.”

    • I agree with you. Happy Sunday and enjoy your week.

    • Liza says:

      “IMHO the black community spends way too much time worrying about what white people think. We need to focus on educating our own youth with our own curriculum, running our own businesses that cater primarily to our needs, and building our own communities that can sustain wealth and financial security.”

      Easier said than done, but it would be fantastic if it could be done. My fear is that values and core beliefs have shifted too far in the opposite direction for this kind of thing to take root again anytime soon. What is absolutely the worst is the excessive consumerism that has swept the entire nation. And corporate media hammers these values into everyone all day and night. So, how do you get folks to agree that building communities is more important than an SUV, a dream kitchen, a lot of clothes and toys and gadgetry, etc…? In fact, how do you even convince one generation to sacrifice for the next in the absence of a catalyzing event? Most people aren’t very good at that anymore.

      These big box stores have been able to take over the country because people want a lot of stuff at a cheap price. And they want it because everyone else either has it or wants it. It will take a major cultural shift for communities to thrive with local merchants, local tradesmen, local banks, local restaurants, local entertainment, local food sources, etc… But it can certainly be done.

  19. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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