Sunday Open Thread

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Published on Nov 12, 2014
    SELMA director Ava DuVernay, producer/co-star Oprah Winfrey, star David Oyelowo, co-star/songwriter/performer Common, and producers Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner discuss the film with Alfre Woodard following its premiere screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood as part of AFI Fest presented by Audi on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  2. rikyrah says:



    Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

    … In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions.

    The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is the pope’s wish to directly influence next year’s crucial UN climate meeting in Paris, when countries will try to conclude 20 years of fraught negotiations with a universal commitment to reduce emissions.

    “Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial decisions,” Sorondo told Cafod, the Catholic development agency, at a meeting in London. “The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.”

    Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology. Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.

    …In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.

    “The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.

    “The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.

    …However, Francis’s environmental radicalism is likely to attract resistance from Vatican conservatives and in rightwing church circles, particularly in the US – where Catholic climate sceptics also include John Boehner, Republican leader of the House of Representatives and Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate.

    …“A papal encyclical is rare. It is among the highest levels of a pope’s authority. It will be 50 to 60 pages long; it’s a big deal. But there is a contingent of Catholics here who say he should not be getting involved in political issues, that he is outside his expertise.”

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Some Catholics and wingers don’t want the Pope to get involved in political issues, but yet, they want religion involved in other political issues they choose.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Damn ,

    your own child throwing you under the bus


    Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell’s downfall is wife’s fault, daughter says

    One of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell’s daughters says his stunning downfall and conviction on public corruption charges can largely be attributed to the corrosive effects of just one person: her mother.

    Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky wrote in a blunt letter to a federal judge that it was former first lady Maureen McDonnell’s materialism and mental-health issues that derailed the rising political career of her husband. The letter of support for Robert McDonnell was part of a trove of 440 submitted by his attorneys, who are seeking leniency at his Jan. 6 sentencing in Richmond.

    “My mom . . . has always been concerned about getting discounts or freebees,” McDonnell Zubowsky wrote. “She hid her coordination with people for free or discounted things or services and she didn’t communicate with my dad because she knew he would not approve. . . . The testimony about my mom was not just part of a defense strategy and was not an attempt to ‘throw her under the bus,’ but unfortunately, was the reality.”

    • eliihass says:

      This is too sad. When greed, power and the pursuit of power and wealth devastates a family. What else is left if we do not have family and the unshakeable love and unbreakable bond of family? This is too disconcerting for words.

  4. rikyrah says:

    No, We Don’t Care If President Obama Goes to Church

    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Saturday, December, 27th, 2014, 6:27 pm

    Jennifer Epstein felt the need to write at Politico on Christmas Eve, “President Barack Obama rarely goes to church and has spent just one Christmas morning of his presidency in the pews.”
    Really? With all that is going on in the United States – and I’m speaking here of the nonstop Republican obstructionism dating back to 2009, with all the religion-based madness coming from the Republican Party, like a Missouri Republican wanting to force women to get permission slips from men before they can have an abortion – this is what they want to talk about? If Obama goes to church?

    It’s like 2010 all over again, when the headline appeared at, For first time in months, President Obama attends church publicly.

    We are used to Republican attacks on Obama’s Christian faith, with Fox News, as ever, leading the way. We expect it, with Tucker Carlson’s complaint about Obama’s church back in 2007 that, “[I]t’s hard to call that Christianity,” or any of a number of things Hannity or O’Reilly or others have said over the years.

    And then there is Ben Wolfgang, who wrote at the Washington Times in April, “analysts say he’s opened himself up to continued criticism by failing to find his own church after five years in Washington,” and that “he’s come under fire for rarely attending church during his time in Washington.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    UH HUH


    Chuck Todd Defends Not Challenging Republican Lies On Meet The Press

    By: Jason Easley
    Sunday, December, 28th, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Chuck Todd explained that the mainstream media has sold out facts for access. Todd said that he allows guests to lie on Meet The Press, because if he didn’t, politicians (Republicans) would refuse to be on his show


    Lewis Black asked Todd how he put up with guests who babble on with their talking points without barking at them, and Todd’s answer revealed why people don’t trust the media. The Meet The Press host said, “We all sit there, because we all know, the first time we bark is the last time that they do the show. You say something, and sometimes it is last time they will ever come on your show. There is that balance.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian
    That awkward moment when @Slate tweets about “non-traditional families” with a picture of the Obamas. Oh, and fuck you.
    12:40 PM – 28 Dec 2014

    Liberal Librarian @Lib_Librarian
    Let’s see, @slate: The Obamas are a father, mother, and two daughters. What’s “non-traditional” about them?
    12:42 PM – 28 Dec 2014

  7. rikyrah says:

    Cuomo and Christie, Defying Legislatures, Reject Bill to Overhaul Port Authority
    DEC. 27, 201

    ALBANY — The governors of New York and New Jersey, defying the unanimous votes of both their Legislatures, on Saturday rejected a bill aimed at curbing political interference and patronage at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, more than a year after lane closings at the George Washington Bridge set off a scandal that looms over the agency to this day.

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat, announced the veto of the bill just hours before a midnight deadline and in the face of almost-unheard-of bipartisan support.

    Because the authority is governed by both New York and New Jersey, approval is needed by both Legislatures to make changes in its structure and operations. On Saturday night, the anger over the governors’ rejection of the bill was felt on both sides of the Hudson River.

    “It’s appalling and disappointing,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, a Democrat of Bergen County, N.J., who sponsored the bill in Trenton, adding: “The Legislatures of New Jersey and New York crossed party lines to pass Port Authority reform. The governors crossed party lines to obstruct it.”

    The veto came as prosecutors continue to investigate the politically motivated lane closings at the bridge last year, a scandal that marred the reputation of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey as a rising star in the Republican Party. A bistate agency whose commissioners and top staff members are appointed by the two governors, the authority has vast transportation responsibilities, including several of the region’s airports and major bridges.

    But it has also faced withering ethical questions over its reputation for rewarding politically connected officials with patronage jobs and allies with lucrative contracts.

    The legislation vetoed on Saturday would have remade the authority’s daily operations, providing a raft of new financial, ethical and administrative rules, including opening all of its meetings to the public and asking its 12 commissioners to acknowledge that they have a “fiduciary duty” to the Port Authority.

    • majiir says:

      This is evidence that neither Christie nor Cuomo really wants to solve the issues related to curbing political interference and patronage at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Why should they when each has used the lack of adequate oversight to reward their rich donors with lucrative jobs and contracts? Imo, their veto of the bills is a clear example of their willingness to use the lack of proper oversight to advance their political careers.

      • eliihass says:

        More like evidence that these two are as alike and as despicable as they come. Different political party affiliations, but same allegiances, same dubious motivations and same demons of greed and evil heart.

  8. rikyrah says:

    The HGTV Dream home is on Martha’s Vineyard this year. Looking at a preview on DIY – the house looks beautiful.

  9. What are your most unforgettable images of 2014?

  10. Ametia says:


    • Liza says:

      Sarah needs money to continue living the high life to which she has become accustomed. Why doesn’t she just sit in the street with a tin can and spare us bullsh!t?

    • eliihass says:

      There is nothing about this shit-stirrer who has incited so much hate and division, that even remotely suggests Christ – or Christmas and joy.

  11. Ametia says:

    Rise in Loans Linked to Cars Is Hurting Poor
    DECEMBER 25, 2014 12:13 PM

    The rusting 1994 Oldsmobile sitting in a driveway just outside St. Louis was an unlikely cash machine.

    That was until the car’s owner, a 30-year-old hospital lab technician, saw a television commercial describing how to get cash from just such a car, in the form of a short-term loan.

    The lab technician, Caroline O’Connor, who needed about $1,000 to cover her rent and electricity bills, believed she had found a financial lifeline.

    “It was a relief,” she said. “I did not have to beg everyone for the money.”

    Her loan carried an annual interest rate of 171 percent. More than two years and $992.78 in debt later, her car was repossessed.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

  13. Ametia says:

    Happy Sunday, Everyone! :-)

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