Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning. Hope you’re enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

Published on Jun 19, 2015
This week was Maker Week and Pollinator Week! The President was a busy bee himself. He stopped by a Congressional baseball game and a Congressional picnic, congratulated My Brother’s Keeper mentees, and presided over the ceremonial swearing-in of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Meanwhile, the First Lady crossed the Atlantic in the name of Let Girls Learn and Let’s Move! That’s June 12th to June 18th or, “Her Map & Compass.”

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17 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Orphan Black-did not see that coming

  2. rikyrah says:

    Mariah has a new beau

    Mariah Carey Dating Billionaire James Packer

    6/19/2015 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

    Mariah Carey has got a new boyfriend, TMZ has learned, a billionaire who’s the 4th wealthiest person down under.

    The guy is James Packer, a 47-year-old entertainment mogul who sold a media company and now owns a string of hotels and casinos around Australia and other countries. He’s worth an estimated $4.6 billion, according to Forbes.

    We got this pic of Mariah and James taken Friday in Capri, Italy. They’re staying on Packer’s yacht and we’re told they’ll be on the boat for “an extended vacation.” After Capri, it’s on to Cannes and St. Tropez.

    Read more:

  3. rikyrah says:

    This is what black fatherhood really looks like (Slideshow)
    by Luis Antonio Thompson | June 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM

  4. rikyrah says:

    Conservatives frustrated by GOP’s drop in working women’s votes

    By Danielle Paquette June 19 at 7:27 PM
    The trend that worries conservative thinker Sabrina Schaeffer is this: Three elections ago, nearly half of all working mothers chose George W. Bush. In 2008, the share dropped to 40 percent for Sen. John McCain. By 2012, only about a third backed Mitt Romney.

    But even more alarming to Schaeffer is that few, if any, of the current presidential candidates have made the needs of female breadwinners a centerpiece of their campaigns.

    “For years now, Democrats have been saying: We are focused on women in the workplace,” said Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservative policies. “For whatever reason, Republicans keep ignoring these issues. It’s the absolute worst thing they can do. They need to understand, engage and offer better solutions. They can’t be afraid.”

    Schaeffer is among a chorus of conservatives who have grown frustrated — and increasingly vocal — about the lack of proposals from GOP candidates that could help reverse this exodus of swing voters from the party.

    These conservatives say Republicans have an opportunity to exploit new proposals in Washington that have been embraced by influential right-wing policymakers and economists.

    But some Republican strategists say that many of the candidates are planning to wait until after the primary to take up such ideas, so as to not prematurely alienate social conservatives who think families are better off when one parent stays home. That has dismayed some in the party who view the matter as urgent, especially with Hillary Rodham Clinton looming as the likely Democratic nominee.

    “Every parent who works has been through the day-care nightmare,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was the senior economic policy adviser to McCain (R-Ariz.) during the 2008 election. “This has been underappreciated by Republican candidates in part and conservatives in general. They think this stuff is automatic.”

  5. Kathleen says:

    Per NBC, SC Supreme Court ordered Gosnell be removed as judge (saw this on Twitter):

  6. rikyrah says:

    Eavesdropping on the Talk of a Lifetime with Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama
    Power. Passions. Work. Mothers. And Sting. When Meryl Streep visited the White House for an intimate conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama, they dug deep into the topics that accomplished women talk, worry and wonder about. Read on
    by MORE


    MICHELLE OBAMA: It made you arrogant but capable. It’s so interesting, because what you say about your mom is a mirror image of what I think about mine. If I point to anything that makes me who I am, it’s that I have a whole lot of common sense. I’ve got a good mind and a good ability to read people and situations. A lot of that is because that’s who my mother is.

    MS: But are you like her? Are you really like her?

    MO: I’m probably more like her than I’d imagined. I see it now that we’re living together. Sometimes she does things that annoy me, and I’m like, Oh, I kind of do that, too [laughs]. My daughter just criticized me for that.

    But she doesn’t think I’m like her because she doesn’t see herself as being as capable as she thinks I am. I always joke with her and say, “You raised me!” But she wasn’t taught to value that in herself. She is a highly capable woman. She doesn’t have degrees, but she can do anything she wants to do. And she raised us to do things [she was] afraid to do. So many women hold their kids tight because of their own fears. My mom pushed us out there. She doesn’t like to travel, but she said to my brother when he had a chance to play pro basketball in Europe, “Here’s a ticket. Get on the plane; you’re going to Paris.” She was able to understand that she shouldn’t pass on her fears to us. I try to emulate that for my kids: not suffocating them with my mess

  7. rikyrah says:

    Obama to be first sitting U.S. President to visit Ethiopia
    By Kristen Holmes, CNN White House Produ
    Updated 3:57 PM ET, Fri June 19, 2015

    Washington (CNN)The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama with travel to Ethiopia late next month, the first sitting U.S. President to do so.

    While in Ethiopia, Obama will participate in bilateral meetings with the Governments of Ethiopia and with the leadership of the African Union

    This visit “will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit by strengthening ties with our African partners and highlighting America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa,” said Press Secretary Josh Earnest in a statement.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Federal judge says NYC buses and subways can refuse to display Pamela Geller’s anti-Muslim ads
    19 JUN 2015 AT 17:31 ET

    New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority need not display a controversial advertisement from an anti-Muslim group on its buses, a federal judge ruled on Friday, after the agency voted to ban all political ads from buses and subways.

    U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan said the new MTA policy approved on April 29 mooted his earlier preliminary injunction requiring that it display an ad from the American Freedom Defense Initiative that was critical of Hamas, and referred to Muslims killing Jews.

    Koeltl said the policy change likely converted MTA buses and subways into a “limited public forum” or “nonpublic forum,” giving the agency more control over ad content.

    “Some may regret the MTA’s prohibition of political advertisements and the resulting loss of a public forum for heated political debate,” Koeltl wrote. “But no law requires public transit agencies to accept political advertisements as a matter of course, and it is not for this court to impose its own views on what type of forum the MTA should create.”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone.
    Off to swim and run errands.

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