Sunday Open Thread

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  1. rikyrah says:





    TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014

    Yesterday, we told you about the map cartographer Geoff Maas put together showing howMinneapolis’s interstate highways cut through what were (and to a large extent still are) some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Maas recently gave St. Paul the same treatment. As you’d probably expect, the same conclusions hold true, though the severing of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood provides perhaps the starkest example of how interstates disproportionately affected poor (and often minority) Twin Cities communities


    In the 1930s, Rondo Avenue was at the heart of St. Paul’s largest African American neighborhood that was displaced in the 1960s by freeway construction. African Americans whose families had lived in Minnesota for decades and others who were just arriving from the South made up a vibrant, vital community that was in many ways independent of the white society around it. The construction of I-94 shattered this tight-knit community, displaced thousands of African Americans into a racially segregated city and a discriminatory housing market, and erased a now-legendary neighborhood. While the construction of I-94 radically changed the landscape of the neighborhood, the community of Rondo still exists and its persistence and growth are celebrated through events like Rondo Days and the Jazz Festival.

  2. rikyrah says:

    zizi has a new post up at TOD:

    trump perverts obama campaign style

    By zizi2

    But first, it was only a matter of time before the object of Prez Obama’s ridicule at the White House Correspondents’ Dinners in 2011 and 2015, would be prompted to redeem his ego. Behold, the Trump2016 presidential run.

    In 2011, President Obama chose deliberately to inflate Trump’s gargantuan ego, using the very vehicle of birtherism to surgically puncture Trump’s pompous ass at the precise moment for maximal humiliating effect, the night before the OBL operation. That we the American people enjoyed the take down of the hotair without knowing about the OBL mission underway, only prolonged the deliciousness of the schadenfreude when we found out the next night when POTUS interrupted Trump’s “Apprentice” show to deliver the unbelievable news. Trump was doubly slayed. We roared!

    As icing on the cake, Prez Obama gave us a spoof sneak peak into what a Trump White House might look like, complete with gaudy Trump insignia plastered all over the WH exterior, plus female posse wading in the WH fountain. We found the idea of a Trump presidency absurd. But Trump began dreaming big.

    The coup de grace came this year, when POTUS Obama raised and then immediately dashed Trump’s hope of the President engaging him again in full glare of the cameras. POTUS simply said “Donald Trump is here…..still”, then moved on to the next segment. Ouch!

    I posit that Trump’s mind was made up that night to run for President by hook or crook. How do we know this? Answer: Trump himself is the fire breathing clue. A narcissist thrives on attention, and President Obama flippantly cut off that oxygen on an important media stage, the same one on which he had been humiliated irreparably in 2011. Trump could deal with the ridicule during the previous WHCDs, because they accrued to him media notoriety. Media attention is the currency of Trump’s very existence. But to be swatted away like a fly with nary a word more from Prez Obama to indulge his outsized narcissism? Naw. He had to get even.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Decoding Scott Walker’s dodge on birthright citizenship

    By Greg Sargent August 21
    In an interview with John Harwood, Unintimidated Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had this to say about the debate over Donald Trump’s call for ending birthright citizenship:

    “I’m not taking a position on it one way or the other.”

    A lot of folks, myself included, had some fun with this on twitter, mocking it as the latest sign that Trump’s GOP rivals are so fearful of alienating his supporters that they are afraid to oppose something as radical as ending birthright citizenship.

    But on reflection, Walker’s dodge today actually runs a lot deeper than it seems. What it ultimately and inexorably leads back to — as so much of the Republican debate on immigration has for years now — is that many Republicans, Walker included, are still not willing to say what, exactly, they would do about the problem of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this counry.

    Walker’s position on birthright citizenship, to the degree that it exists at all, is roughly that the proper way to deal with the problem is to eliminate it by getting rid of illegal immigration by their parents before they give birth.

    Walker doesn’t put it quite this way. But watch the full interview.

  4. rikyrah says:




    It’s not quite what you’d expect.


    Feminism came to mean something very different from girl power. And Hillary Clinton came to look like the symbol of an older generation of women more concerned with female empowerment—in particular, with white, middle-class, American female empowerment—than with broader issues of social and economic justice. Svokos says she’ll vote for Clinton in 2016, but she’s not expecting her to make social justice and inequality true priorities if she makes it to the White House. “I find her lacking, in that I realize she’s not likely to push for the kind of change I’d like to see,” Svokos says. “At the same time, though, I believe she knows how to manage politics and will be more than capable in the position.”

    Among feminists of her generation, Svokos is hardly alone in her lukewarm feelings about Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. I recently interviewed 47 young women, most in their early to mid-20s, who call themselves feminists; they talked about what feminism means to them and shared their thoughts about Clinton’s candidacy and public image. While the overwhelming majority of these women said they would likely vote for her in 2016, only about a quarter of them were enthusiastic or emphatic in their support. Jennifer Schaffer, a 22-year-old weekend editor at Vice, summed up a common sentiment among these women: “I’m glad we have a female presidential candidate,” she told me, “but it’s incredibly difficult to get excited about something that should have happened decades ago.” A vote for Clinton, many said, would be a vote by default, because no other viable progressive alternatives—female or male—are in the offing.

    While it’s not exactly news that Clinton is a less-than-ideal candidate for many on the Left, the critique of her from those on the vanguard of contemporary feminism is more surprising—and potentially problematic for her presidential effort. To win in 2016, Clinton doesn’t just need half-hearted support from young women; she needs them to be a base of her grassroots efforts, as fired up as young people were for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But even as more and more young women are embracing the “feminist” label—with pop-culture icons like Beyoncé making it central to their public personas—the feminism that Clinton represents seems increasingly outmoded. While her campaign banks on young feminists like Svokos and Schaffer being “Ready for Hillary,” these women say they’re ready for more.

    AT THE ANNUAL Women in the World Summit in New York this April, Sam Viqueira stuck out from the crowd. The summit, a high-powered gathering of leaders and activists launched by former New Yorker and Daily Beast editor Tina Brown in 2010, this year featured a keynote address by Hillary Clinton. Most of the women in attendance looked like Clinton’s crowd, her generation: Dressed business casual, the mostly middle-aged women flocked to the free coffee and Luna bars on offer, chatted in small groups, and snapped selfies in front of a Dove-sponsored backdrop. The 17-year-old Viqueira and her high school friend stood off to the side in a small lounge, looking like they were dressed for a regular day of school. They’d taken the train in from Maplewood, New Jersey. “To me, feminism isn’t only about wanting equality for all genders,” Viqueira told me later, “but wanting and advocating for the equality of all oppressed groups, which can and do intersect.”

    • Liza says:

      Hillary is not a good candidate by any measure, and the Democratic leadership has made a terrible mistake. Next year’s presidential election is really worrisome.

  5. Janet Mock to Mike Huckabee


  6. rikyrah says:

    GOP struggles to replace ObamaCare without losing voters
    By Sarah Ferris – 08/23/15 02:30 PM EDT

    Just before Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal revealed his plan to replace ObamaCare last year, he sat down with 15 of Washington’s top conservative healthcare wonks to discuss it. They didn’t approve.

    “Near the end, they said, ‘You make a good point, but what you’ve put forward, we just don’t think it’s politically viable,’” Jindal’s long-time adviser Curt Anderson recalled in an interview this week.

    To his surprise, he said the group agreed the next GOP nominee couldn’t entirely roll back ObamaCare for fear of losing votes from millions already with coverage. In other words, even ObamaCare’s toughest critics say that parts of the law are here to stay.

    The 2016 election will mark the first time Republicans will be running against Obamacare since its biggest pieces have gone into effect, including billions of dollars of subsidies that have helped millions to gain coverage.

    Already, GOP strategists are getting heartburn about how to fight against ObamaCare without turning away those who are benefitting.

  7. rikyrah says:

    MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Trump Fans ‘White Americans Who Feel Left Out of Obama’s America’
    11:27 am, August 22nd, 20152229

    Prior to Donald Trump‘s (not-so-) massive Friday evening rally at an Alabama football stadium, MSNBC’s Joy Reid offered her take on who composes the majority of the billionaire developer’s support base.

    “I think what you have with Trump, and what I see as his base, is not just the far-right, but the right,” she told Hardball host Chris Matthews, “and it’s a lot of Republicans who are disgruntled with the Republican party.”

    According to Reid, there’s a racial element here as well:

    It’s white Republicans. It’s mostly white male Republicans and it’s basically white Americans who feel left out of Obama’s America; who are peeved with the fact that their preferred party can’t seem to beat Obama; and who want to hear a guy be able to stand up and be as politically incorrect as they can’t be. They’d get fired from their jobs if they put on Facebook some of the things Trump said. But here’s a guy who can say what he wants to. Be a man’s man and get out there and be the kind of Ronald Reaganesque kind of America where we what we want, said what we want, pushed the world around, and told them to go to hell if we wanted to.

  8. rikyrah says:

    this probably will be Rand Paul’s opponent.


    Rising Democratic star puts Rand Paul on early defense

    Rachel Maddow shares video of a recent speech by Adam Edelen, Democratic Kentucky auditor of public accounts, and shows how his evident political potential has Rand Paul and Kentucky Republicans already afraid for Paul’s Senate reelection.

    Duration: 6:01

    here’s his website

  9. rikyrah says:

    because the rules do not apply to him. after all, this IS Mr. SELF-CERTIFICATION


    The Kentucky GOP’s central committee voted Saturday to adopt a presidential caucus system next year, clearing the way Republican Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and reelection at the same time.

    Paul, who is in his first term, had pushed Kentucky Republicans to move from a primary to a caucus system as a way to get around a state law forbidding candidates from appearing twice on the same ballot. He has pledged to pick up the tab for holding the caucuses, which could run $500,000 or more

  10. rikyrah says:


    “Boston PD stops violent plot aimed at Pokemon Championship” is a headline you don’t expect.

    — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) August 23, 2015

  11. Tweets are embedding again. YAY!

  12. rikyrah says:

    All About Eve on Netflix streaming!

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  14. check your email, ladies.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    When you hear White folks crying about “political correctness” it means they’re pissed they can’t be racist w/no blowback.

  16. rikyrah says: @PINACnews
    #Texas Cop Threatens to Arrest Teen for Smiling

  17. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26
    Trump makes racist people feel fancy free to be racist without having to couch it into supply side economics they never understood anyway.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Mona Quisha @Shugah
    @David04G @politicalseason The Trump fans that beat up the immigrant lived illegally in public housing.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Allan Brauer @allanbrauer
    But if you’re bashing Biden before he announces his decision, it means you feel his entry threatens your candidate. See Carville, James.

  20. Ametia says:

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015
    “The Ritual”: White America Does Not Forgive, Why Should Black People Always Be Expected To?

    On the one-year anniversary of the death of a 18-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown by a (now confessed racist) white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, was asked if she forgave Darren Wilson for his cruel and wanton act of legal murder. She told Al Jazeera that she will “never forgive” Darren Wilson and that “he’s evil, his acts were devilish.”

    Her response is unusual. Its candor is refreshing. Lezley McSpadden’s truth-telling reveals the full humanity and emotions of black folks, and by doing so defies the norms which demand that when Black Americans suffer they do so stoically, and always in such a way where forgiveness for racist violence is a given, an unearned expectation of White America.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone:)

  22. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

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