Sunday Open Thread – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!


First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host their annual Mother’s Day tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House. As part of their Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden deliver brief remarks in the East Room followed by a musical performance by Ben Folds. At the event, the First Lady and Dr. Biden also help military kids create homemade gifts for their mothers and grandmothers.

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35 Responses to Sunday Open Thread – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

  1. majiir says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    A 10-year-old African-American student diagnosed with autism ended up handcuffed, face down.— SPLC (@splcenter) May 8, 2015

  3. rikyrah says:

    for those that play the lottery

    daria @dariatbh · 1h1 hour ago
    Every day next week will be the same backwards:

  4. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    Saturday, May 9, 2015

    Jebby Goes Buy Buy

    Posted by Zandar

    If you want to know why Jeb Bush is putting off his official candidacy until next month, well, he has about a hundred million reasons for that.

    Jeb Bush is putting in motion an ambitious plan to develop a super PAC that would be unprecedented in its size and scope — a blueprint growing in scale and intensity as he nears the formal launch of his presidential campaign.

    The group, called Right to Rise, is said to be on track for raising an historic $100 million by the end of May, and its budget is expected to dwarf that of Bush’s official campaign many times over. In interviews, more than half a dozen sources familiar with the Right to Rise plans described a juggernaut that was rapidly taking shape — from its likely headquarters in Los Angeles, 2,700 miles from the Miami office where Bush was basing his campaign, to a new fundraising push aimed at expanding its ballooning coffers.

    Bush is even setting the timing of his official campaign announcement — which is increasingly likely to come in mid-June, following a trip to Europe — around a cross-country fundraising tour. In the final weeks leading up to the launch, his strategists have been devising a plan to allow both arms of the campaign — the official one and the super PAC — to work seamlessly, even as they will be legally barred from coordinating once he officially becomes a candidate.

    There is little question that Right to Rise, with its deep cash reserve, will give Bush a leg up in the Republican nomination contest, especially if it becomes a protracted and costly affair.

    “It’s an advantage. No question,” said Fred Malek, a prominent GOP donor who chairs the Republican Governors Association’s finance committee. “I think Bush will be able to raise three or four times as much as anyone else.”

    So yeah, Jeb may be in the back of the pack right now in Iowa. Just give it a while, when he’s able to pour tens of millions into ads every month for the next several months.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Last Call For Anarchy
    Posted by Zandar
    The “We’re taking our country back from you, using whatever means necessary” contingent of the country is quite upset, and now we have Charles Murray of the WSJ cal;ling for open lawlessness.

    The broadest problem created by intricately wrought regulatory mazes is that, in an effort to spell out all the contingencies, they lose sight of the overall goal and thereby make matters worse. A particularly chilling example is offered by the 1979 Kemeny Commission’s postmortem on the Three Mile Island partial meltdown, which concluded that when “regulations become as voluminous and complex as those regulations now in place, they can serve as a negative factor in nuclear safety.”

    I’ve been focusing on regulation in the workplace, but it isn’t just freedom to practice our vocations that is being gutted. Whether we are trying to raise our children, be good stewards of our property, cooperate with our neighbors to solve local problems or practice our religious faith, the bureaucrats think they know better. And when the targets of the regulatory state say they’ve had enough, that they will fight it in court, the bureaucrats can—and do—say to them, “Try that, and we’ll ruin you.”

    That’s the regulatory state as seen from ground level by the individual citizens who run afoul of it. It looks completely different when we back off and look at it from a distance. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has authority over more than eight million workplaces. But it can call upon only one inspector for about every 3,700 of those workplaces. The Environmental Protection Agency has authority not just over workplaces but over every piece of property in the nation. It conducted about 18,000 inspections in 2013—a tiny number in proportion to its mandate.

    Seen in this perspective, the regulatory state is the Wizard of Oz: fearsome when its booming voice is directed against any single target but, when the curtain is pulled aside, revealed as impotent to enforce its thousands of rules against widespread refusal to comply.

    And so my modest proposal: Let’s withhold that compliance through systematic civil disobedience. Not for all regulations, but for the pointless, stupid and tyrannical ones.

    Identifying precisely which regulations are pointless, stupid or tyrannical will be a lengthy process, but categories that should come under strict scrutiny include regulations that prescribe best practice for a craft or profession; restrict access to an occupation; prohibit owners of property from using it as they wish; prescribe hiring, firing and working conditions; and prevent people from taking voluntary risks.

    So goodbye civil rights protections, laws fighting discrimination in the workplace, and allowing employers to do whatever they want to employees. Let’s take the country back to when white America ruled unchalleged and unbothered by equality and fairness.

    • Ametia says:

      We’ve long since passed on any OBJECTIVE media reporting in this country.

    • Kathleen says:

      YESSS!!!!! This is some of the best news I’ve heard all day. Many of the clips from Baltimore featured activists and protesters calling out the media and the reporters on camera. More, please.

  6. rikyrah says:

    NC Prosecutor denies aid to Latino victims
    May 9, 2105

    Evelin was pregnant when she says her boyfriend assaulted her by punching her in the stomach. She was living in the United States illegally but went to police in Gaston County and pressed charges.

    Her actions made her eligible for a U visa, which grants immigrants living here illegally the right to remain in the country for four years and seek permanent residence. Federal lawmakers created the program 15 years ago to encourage immigrants in the country without permission to report crimes to police.

    But Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell refuses to let crime victims such as Evelin receive the visas, even though the program was meant to help them.

    Bell said that if a crime victim is Latino and the accused is also Latino, he will not certify visa applications that come through his office. Evelin came to North Carolina from Honduras, and her ex-boyfriend is from Mexico.

    Without confirmation from Bell, Evelin and other victims of domestic violence, rape, human trafficking and about two dozen other serious crimes cannot obtain U visas.

    In an interview, Bell said he would only certify cases for Latino immigrants who are victimized by non-Latino assailants.

    He said Congress passed the law to protect immigrants, who often move into crime-prone neighborhoods and fear deportation if they call police.

    “It was never intended to protect Latinos from Latinos,” Bell said. “It was designed to protect them from high-crime areas.”

    Legal experts said that’s a misreading of the law. Eligibility for the program, they said, does not take into account the victim’s or the assailant’s race.

    Deborah Weissman, a UNC-Chapel Hill law professor, said she believes Bell’s actions violate federal laws banning discrimination based on race.

  7. My kids are taking me to my favorite place this afternoon. Pappadeaux Seafood! Gumbo, Fried crawfish! Yum! Yum!

  8. vitaminlover says:

    Happy and blessed Mother’s Day, ladies!

  9. Ametia says:

    Hello, I’m still searching for the full video of FLOTUS’ Tuskegee commencement address. If anyone comes across it, would you please post the link to it. THANKS!

  10. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers. God bless everyone of you!

  11. Ametia says:

    Baltimore: Focusing on What Really Matters (not CVS)
    May 9, 2015 • Athena and Joe • urban revolts

    An interesting lingering theme of the Baltimore riots is the narrow focus of the CVS Pharmacy. This may be partially due to the hyper-concentrated media coverage on the destruction of the pharmacy coupled with coaching the viewers to ask the big question of “why” they would destroy a business that “they” (whoever “they” might be) finally got to agree to invest into “this” particular community—as if having a local pharmacy in the community is some sort of special privilege for the largely invisible underclass community members in the U.S.

    The awe and outrage shown for the destruction of the pharmacy by outside society highlighted the fundamental human disconnect contemporary privileged U.S. society has with Black America in general. If this level of concern and despair exhibited for the lost pharmacy (as if the pharmacy was more humanized as a tragic victim of an unjust system) was equally shown for Mr. Gray (as well as the thousands of others over the last several decades and the millions over centuries) then perhaps the pharmacy would not have been burnt down (as well as all of the other destruction that occurred with the riot—but the pharmacy is emphasized here because it has received central coverage and has become an icon of the Baltimore riot).

  12. Ametia says:

    South Africa opposition elects Maimane first black leader

    South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader, a move the party hopes will widen its appeal.

    Mmusi Maimane, 34, was clear favourite to succeed outgoing leader Helen Zille.
    Mr Maimane became party spokesman in 2011, regularly locking horns with the South African President, Jacob Zuma.

    The DA won its best-ever share of the vote in the 2014 elections, but has struggled with perceptions it primarily represents white South Africans.
    Mr Maimane faced party chairman Wilmot James for the job, and was elected at a party conference in Port Elizabeth.

    In his victory speech, he called on the party to unite.
    “We are democrats guided by our values. It is our values that unite us and I want to tell you today, it is our values that will lead us to victory.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Went to a baby shower yesterday. Young family just starting out-they got a good stash. He is in the Navy; she is a teacher. They are moving to San Diego, after the baby’s birth; it’s where he has been assigned. It was wonderful shower.

    • Ametia says:

      Rikyrah, sounds like this was pretty special for you to honor this young couple. Giving them this kind of sendoff will help them financially. What a blessing!

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

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