Wednesday Open Thread | George Michael Week

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64 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | George Michael Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    found at POU:

    How Barack Obama Drove the Right Wing Insane (or JB’s rebuttal to Politico’s “How Barack Obama Created Donald Trump):

    By becoming the first non-white person to win the office of the Presidency, Barack Obama forced uncomfortable questions in the quietly bigoted portion of the population, who had been raised on an assumption of inherent white superiorty.

    People don’t deal well with cognitive dissonance, and to quiet these nagging questions, there needed to be something illegitimate about Obama’s wins, anything. So the bigotry stopped being quiet, and it began with questions of whether the President was actually a US citizen. Along the way, it has morphed into the President being a stealth muslim, stealth socialist, stealth homosexual, etc., and that he was carried to victory by the votes of illegal aliens.

    Anything that allowed them to avoid confronting the fact that a black man beat their chosen candidates fair and square, not once, but twice.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane ‏@docrocktex26 2h2 hours ago
    American foreign policy has basically been White privilege/”supremacy” abroad, so naturally they flip out when a Black CIC changes course.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Jon Swaine ✔ @jonswaine

    News: Autopsy finds Jonathan Sanders death homicide by strangulation & witnesses say cop’s chokehold lasted 20 min+

  4. rikyrah says:

    The thing about Donald Trump being a Democratic Party Plant.

    what he’s saying is filet mignon to the GOP base.

    If what he’s saying is SOOO not Republican…

    then why doesn’t he have Carly Fiorina Poll Numbers?

    I’ll say it again…

    the problem for them with Trump is NOT what he’s saying is WRONG…

    It’s that he’s not speaking in dogwhistles anymore. He’s not speaking in Frank Luntz-approved language.

    Language that the MSM can hide behind and pretend that they don’t know what the GOP is saying and what it means.

    He’s using a 2 by 4 in plain language to show exactly who the GOP is……

    and, they can’t hide it.

    You notice how NONE of the GOP candidates have said that Trump was WRONG. That Republicans don’t stand for what Trump is saying.

    • rikyrah says:

      Yep….seems that folks remember him being kneedeep in sending now, 3 generations of Black men to the Prison Industrial Complex…and, that folks like us always bring it up to their Black sycophants

      Watch next for the Black sycophants to bring up – well, he apologized. He admitted that he was wrong We just need to ‘ get over it’, cause we all make mistakes.

      The articles will be coming soon…you know it…I know it…

      • eliihass says:

        Kweisi Mfume who by the way voted for it, is on with Chris Hayes offering excuses now..

        They played along with this evil that has destroyed so many black families and all these years later they now want to play it off..

  5. rikyrah says:

    The hard questions that Hillary’s speech on the economy left unanswered

    By Greg Sargent July 13

    Hillary Clinton’s speech on the economy today sent an important message: That the ambitiousness of her agenda will be commensurate with the scale of the economic challenges the country faces.

    The speech’s big theme wasn’t just that economic growth and the distribution of the fruits of that growth have come decoupled from one another. It was also that it is within our power to change this through a robust policy response — just as previous generations have “built” (her deliberate word choice) great economies and strong middle classes.

    However, there are still plenty of specifics that need to be filled in — something her campaign has promised she will do in a series of speeches this summer.

    So here are some of the questions that were left unanswered. From the speech:

  6. rikyrah says:

    So much for the GOP’s ‘pivot’ on marriage rights
    07/15/15 11:20 AM—UPDATED 07/15/15 11:21 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It was just two weeks ago that the New York Times reported that many Republican insiders saw a bright, silver lining to the Supreme Court case bringing marriage equality to the nation. The ruling offers the GOP a chance to “pivot” away from an issue on which the party is “sharply out of step with the American public.”

    The piece noted some Republican strategists privately characterized the high court decisions as “nothing short of a gift from above.”

    It is, however, a gift that the party apparently doesn’t want. The Hill reported this week:
    Pressure is mounting on House GOP leaders to call a vote this month on a religious-freedom bill banning the federal government from punishing churches, charities or private schools for actions in opposition to same-sex marriage.

    The legislation, dubbed the First Amendment Defense Act, is gaining steam.
    That’s a fair characterization. In the House, the bill is up to 124 co-sponsors – including 17 who’ve signed on just this week – and in the Senate, a companion measure has 34 co-sponsors, which is nearly two-thirds of the Senate Republican caucus.

    Heritage Action isn’t just pushing party leaders to support the legislation, the far-right group is including co-sponsorship of the bill as a “key vote” that will go towards members’ ratings on Heritage scorecards. (Usually, “key votes” are actual votes on legislation. Heritage is going one step further on this, treating sponsorship as a vote.)

    Even Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a relatively constructive member who’s close to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said he hopes to see the proposal on the House floor. “Members going home for August town halls would like to have had an opportunity to stake out their position on this,” Cole said, adding, “There’s clearly quite a head of steam.”

    So much for the “pivot.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    Walker wants Boy Scouts ‘protected’ from gay people
    07/15/15 08:40 AM—UPDATED 07/15/15 09:36 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The Senate last night took up a measure intended to prevent anti-LGBT bullying in public education, a policy long sought by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). The final vote was 52 to 45, but it was not majority-rule – the policy needed 60 votes to advance. All 45 opponents, who ended up killing the measure, were Republicans.

    Progress on civil rights for the LGBT community has been extraordinary of late, but as last night’s developments in the Senate reminded us, the Republican Party’s resistance to the national trend remains entrenched.

    Indeed, yesterday offered even more striking evidence on the presidential campaign trail.

    The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America unanimously approved a resolution this week “that would end the organization’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let scout units set their own policy on the issue.” It sounds like an overdue shift, though as the Washington Post reported late yesterday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) disapproves of the change.
    [Walker] said Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America should keep its blanket ban on openly gay leaders because the policy “protected children and advanced Scout values.”

    “I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values,” Walker told the Independent Journal Review, a popular news site with a young conservative following that published his comments on Tuesday afternoon.
    The full report from the Independent Journal Review is online here.

    The governor’s campaign spokesperson later added that the previous, anti-gay policy “protected Scouts from the rancorous political debate over policy issues and culture wars,” which isn’t exactly persuasive – is that supposed to be a defense for discrimination? – but it’s also not what Walker himself said.

    Rather, the leading GOP presidential candidate said banning gay Scout leaders is worthwhile because the policy has “protected children.” He didn’t talk about shielding the institution; he talked about the kids themselves.

  8. rikyrah says:

    First Look: Parker Sawyers & Tika Sumpter as Barack & Michelle in ‘Before Sunset’-Style Romance

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 14, 2015 at 1:30PM

    Parker Sawyers, known for parts in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), is playing Barack Obama to Tika Sumpter’s Michelle Obama (who was Michelle Robinson at the time the story takes place), in a film based on the early romance between Barack and Michelle.

    Titled “Southside With You,” the project is being sold as a “Before Sunset”-style type of film (in short… man, woman, lots of mostly profound conversation over a specified period of time), which will take place entirely in one day, set during the summer of 1989, when one Barack Obama (then a first-year Harvard Law student) took his future wife, Michelle (an associate at a Chicago law firm), out on a first date, which included a tour of Chicago’s South Side.

    The future couple also caught a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” – something the president has talked about previously. I assume that moment in time will be incorporated into the script.

  9. rikyrah says:

    ok, this is something I would like to see.


    Teaser: ‘L’Esclave Furcy’ – Animated Feature on True Story of Slave Who Sued French Government for His Freedom

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 14, 2015 at 10:44AM

    Take a look at a teaser for “L’Esclave Furcy” (“The Slave Furcy”) – an upcoming french animated (rotoscopy) feature film directed by Serge Elissalde, based on the true story of a slave who sued the French government in 1817 to obtain his freedom.

    The project centers on the unique lawsuit by a slave named Furcy. The case culminated in the 1843 decision by France’s Supreme Court of Appeal to recognize the freedom of Furcy on the basis of the Free Soil principle, that any slave setting foot on French soil was free. As my research tells me, the Furcy case has been completely ignored in French scholarship until very recently, thanks to the research done by Washington State University faculty member, Sue Peabody, Ph.D., a professor of history, with concentration on enslaved people in 18th and 19th century France, who participated in legislative reforms to advance the antislavery movement. Her project, “Furcy: Biography of a Slave,” takes a personal look at the life of a slave in regards to the rapidly changing political climate of France, from the royal Old Regime to the Revolution of 1848. The book has yet to be published

  10. rikyrah says:

    Scott Walker Says Poverty Pay Is A Living Wage
    By: Rmuse
    Tuesday, July, 14th, 2015, 10:25 am

    It never fails that some Republican announces they are running for the highest office in the land because their particular supreme being whispered in their ear that they should be president. In Scott Walker’s case, his demigods, the Koch brothers, anointed him a couple of months ago as their next big purchase in their drive to takeover America. However, just prior to Walker’s announcement that he was running for the presidency, he claimed that it was god, not the Kochs, who planned for him to be president.

    The Koch surrogate Walker said, “My relationship with God drives every major decision in my life. Each day I prayed and then took time to read from the Bible and from a devotional named Jesus Calling leading up to my announcement that I would run for president. With a lot of prayer I am certain: This is God’s plan for me.” If Walker is driven by private utterances from god, and Jesus Calling, then it is curious why he parrots his real god, Charles Koch’s reason for creating a nation living in poverty.

    Walker said, “America needs new fresh leadership and big bold ideas from outside of Washington. We enacted big, bold reforms and took power out of the hands of big government special interests and gave it to the hardworking taxpayers.” One of the “big bold ideas” Walker wants to bring from Wisconsin is right out of one of his puppeteers, Charles Koch, who said in a self-promotion commercial that Americans earning poverty wages need to shut up and stop complaining. The uber-rich billionaire said that a family of four earning $34,000 annually belong to the richest one-percent of income earners in the world. Scott Walker did Koch one better and claims that that Wisconsin and America’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a living wage, and low-income workers in Wisconsin have nothing to complain about.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Obama launching Internet access program for low-income households
    By David McCabe – 07/15/15 09:00 AM EDT

    President Obama on Wednesday will announce plans to work with local governments, telecommunications firms and nonprofits to provide broadband service and digital training to more than a quarter million low-income households.

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pilot program — dubbed ConnectHome — is designed to bring residents of public or assisted housing online in 28 communities.

    The plan will bring broadband Internet service and training to close to 200,000 low-income children, the administration said.

    “While many middle-class U.S. students go home to Internet access, allowing them to do research, write papers, and communicate digitally with their teachers and other students, too many lower-income children go unplugged every afternoon when school ends,” the White House said.

  12. rikyrah says:

    she really needs to go as the head of the DNC.


    Wasserman Schultz: Donors dubious about Iran deal

    The Florida lawmaker says she’s willing to hear Obama out.

    By Sarah Wheaton

    7/14/15 10:56 PM EDT

    Top Democratic donors weren’t exactly popping the champagne corks over the nuclear deal President Barack Obama proudly announced on Tuesday morning, according to the party’s top official.

    Asked if attendees at a roundtable-style fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee were excited about the accord, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the committee’s chairwoman, said instead they were “pensive.”

    Read more:

    • Liza says:

      One word. Israel.

    • eliihass says:

      There’s a strong Zionist movement in Florida –

      Haim Saban, Sheldon Adelson pal and Zionist partner, and close Clinton friend, top Hillary bundler, (now owns Univision and has donated over $50 million dollars in ‘grants’ to the Clinton Foundation in the past few years alone) and mega-Zionist, is against the deal too. And if Haim Saban is against it, nobody he owns can be for it, even if they rush to the microphone to pay lip service to ‘the Obama coalition’ for the sole purpose of winning an election only.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Predicting The 2015 Emmy Award Nominations

    Photo of Oliver Lyttelton
    By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist

    July 14, 2015 at 2:11PM

    If you’re a movie-lover of a certain stripe and you’ve been feeling a certain itch for awhile, there’s probably one explanation: you’re also an awards-watcher, and you’ve been over four months without speculating on who’s going to win at the Oscars. Fortunately, the entertainment industry has you covered, because this Thursday will see the nominations announced for the 2015 Emmy Awards.

    If you know anything about the Emmys, you know that, in terms of rewarding ongoing series, the awards electorate too often falls back on the same actors and shows long past a series their prime, respectively (*cough* “Modern Family”). It means that a lot of stuff gets overlooked, and we tried to highlight some of them in a piece last week.

    But now, we’re 48 hours from the announcement, and our minds are turning from those who probably won’t get nominated to those who actually will. Below, you’ll find our predictions and reasoning in all the major acting and best show categories across the TV Movie/Miniseries, Comedy and Drama divisions. Agree? Disagree? Weigh in with your own predictions in the comments, and check back here bright and early Thursday to see how close we were.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Why Trump’s surge among GOP voters matters
    07/15/15 08:04 AM
    By Steve Benen
    When Donald Trump started faring well in Republican presidential polling in June, some observers suggested it was a post-announcement bounce that would quickly fade. After all, it’s a pattern we’ve seen more than once this year – national candidates kick off their campaign, get a burst of attention, and see their standing temporarily rise.

    But in Trump’s case, it’s been a full month since he announced his White House run, and USA Today reported yesterday afternoon, his bounce remains on the upswing.
    Donald Trump has surged to the top of a crowded Republican presidential field, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, but the brash billionaire is also the weakest competitor among the top seven GOP candidates against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    In the nationwide survey, Trump leads at 17% and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is second at 14%, the only competitors who reach double digits.
    To be sure, 17% may not sound like a dominant position in a primary, but Trump is not only leading the GOP pack, his 17% is stronger than the support for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul combined.

    What’s more, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, released this morning, shows Trump’s popularity among Republicans surging to new heights – his favorability rating among GOP voters has jumped from 23% to 57% in just two months. A brief, post-announcement bump this isn’t.

    Among voters overall, of course, Trump remains deeply unpopular – the gap between the American mainstream and the GOP base is growing – but the mainstream will have no real say in the Republican nominating process.

  15. rikyrah says:

    10-year-old lemonade business owner invited to White House
    AUSTIN — Local entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer, known for her delicious product BeeSweet Lemonade, attended the White House Kids’ State Dinner on Friday.

    The 10-year-old was invited to the event by First Lady Michelle Obama. Ulmer’s acclaimed lemonade received an investment from “Shark Tank” as well as a loan from Whole Foods Market.

    Ulmer has been running her business for five years with the help of her family, and uses a portion of her profits to help save bees.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Articles like this scare me:

    The Really Big One

    An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.

    By Kathryn Schulz

    Most people in the United States know just one fault line by name: the San Andreas, which runs nearly the length of California and is perpetually rumored to be on the verge of unleashing “the big one.” That rumor is misleading, no matter what the San Andreas ever does. Every fault line has an upper limit to its potency, determined by its length and width, and by how far it can slip. For the San Andreas, one of the most extensively studied and best understood fault lines in the world, that upper limit is roughly an 8.2—a powerful earthquake, but, because the Richter scale is logarithmic, only six per cent as strong as the 2011 event in Japan.

    Just north of San Andreas, however, lies another fault line. Known as the Cascadia subduction zone, it runs for seven hundred miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, beginning near Cape Mendocino, California, continuing along Oregon and Washington, and terminating around Vancouver Island, Canada. The “Cascadia” part of its name comes from the Cascade Range, a chain of volcanic mountains that follow the same course a hundred or so miles inland. The “subduction zone” part refers to a region of the planet where one tectonic plate is sliding underneath (subducting) another. Tectonic plates are those slabs of mantle and crust that, in their epochs-long drift, rearrange the earth’s continents and oceans. Most of the time, their movement is slow, harmless, and all but undetectable. Occasionally, at the borders where they meet, it is not…

    … When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries. Some of that shift will take place beneath the ocean, displacing a colossal quantity of seawater… The water will surge upward into a huge hill, then promptly collapse. One side will rush west, toward Japan. The other side will rush east, in a seven-hundred-mile liquid wall that will reach the Northwest coast, on average, fifteen minutes after the earthquake begins. By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”

    In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America…

    … [W]e now know that the odds of the big Cascadia earthquake happening in the next fifty years are roughly one in three. The odds of the very big one are roughly one in ten. Even those numbers do not fully reflect the danger—or, more to the point, how unprepared the Pacific Northwest is to face it. The truly worrisome figures in this story are these: Thirty years ago, no one knew that the Cascadia subduction zone had ever produced a major earthquake. Forty-five years ago, no one even knew it existed

  17. rikyrah says:

    Why Obama Is Late to Prison Reform

    by BooMan
    Tue Jul 14th, 2015 at 11:48:06 PM EST

    Yeah, I know, the president is a little late in making a push for prison reform. You know, he had that Great Recession to deal with and a major auto industry bailout. There was a national health care reform to enact. And he had to track down that bin-Laden guy. He was busy repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and converting the Defense of Marriage Act into a Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. Speaking of which, there were a couple of woman he needed to see confirmed to the Supreme Court. He had to get us out of Iraq and wind down the war in Afghanistan. He had to normalize relations with Cuba. Since the bedwetters in Congress wouldn’t let him close down Gitmo, he had to empty it of all the folks who didn’t actually do anything. There were some banks that needed to get kicked out of the Federal Student Loan program. He had to double the fuel efficiency of cars and turn solar energy into a booming industry. He had to reform the credit card industry and create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He had to completely makeover and modernize the nation’s food safety protocols and make it so the FDA could regulate tobacco. He was busy getting rid of that crack/powder cocaine disparity and crushing the corrupt for-profit college industry. And don’t make me tell you about the Lilly Ledbetter Act, how he had to produce his birth certificate, or all the times he had to go to court to protect his accomplishments.

    It’s kind of telling what’s been unable to do. He got comprehensive immigration reform through the Senate with something like 18 Republican votes, but it died in the irredeemably racist House of Representatives. He couldn’t get any background checks on gun purchases even in the face of many appalling mass shootings, including the massacre of two classrooms of first grade students in Connecticut. And he is only now getting to a push for real prison reform.

    We have many hard problems in this country, but none more difficult than guns and race. Compared to guns and race, Cuba and Iran were easy. Think about that for a while.

    But, if I told you back in 2007 that if you helped elect Barack Obama he would accomplish all these things and that the Confederate Flag would come down all over the country, too, you would have signed up to volunteer, right?

    What if I told you he would do it with no help from the Republicans who would fight him every step of the way?

    Would you bet against him getting something done about our senseless system of mass incarceration?

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  19. Ametia says:

    A good time to put these principles into practice would be like decades ago

    A new conservative self-help manifesto from the head of AEI

    — Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is positioning his think tank to play a bigger role in 2016, offering more issue briefings and debate preparation for candidates. His new book out this week, “The Conservative Heart,” can be read as a communications manual of sorts. It also prods GOP leaders to outline a conservative social justice agenda. “Forget the scapegoats,” Brooks writes. “When the vast majority of Americans agree that conservatives are not compassionate, the time has come for a little introspection. The central problem is not what others say about us. It is what we say about ourselves.”

    Brooks, who told The Daily 202 that Jeb Bush has already read the book, is upset by the extent to which Republicans have run against Barack Obama in recent elections, rather than outlining their own vision. He thinks the GOP must become less “oppositional” to become a majority party. “Our politics have to be joyful, optimistic and in the service of people,” he explained in an interview. “Right now, the left and right are offering two negative, pessimistic, dividing options.”

    • TyrenM says:

      Put lipstick on that pig, it will still leave a bad taste and leave your pores sweaty days after the fact.

  20. Ametia says:

    JAMES HOLMES, MASS MURDERER-that’s his name

    Jurors begin deliberations this morning in the Aurora theater shooting murder trial after closing arguments wrapped up yesterday.

  21. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone!

    Julie, guess what day it is?!!! LOL

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