Wednesday Open Thread | Chaka Khan

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108 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Chaka Khan

  1. Ametia says:

    You don’t want none of Kareem, Donald. Your arms are way to SHORT to box with him

    Here’s how Donald Trump responded to my essay about him

    The bully proves my point.

    By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar September 2 at 4:56 PM
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, is a former cultural ambassador for the United States and the author of several bestselling books. His latest novel, “Mycroft Holmes,” comes out this month.

    This morning, an essay of mine was published titled, “This is the Difference Between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.” Trump’s response to my piece is the best, though inelegant, support for my claims. Here again, he attacks a journalist who disagrees with him, not by disputing the points made but by hurling schoolyard insults such as “nobody likes you.” Look behind the nasty invective and you find an assault on the Constitution in the effort to silence the press through intimidation. The full text is below.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL And this turd went to Wharton School of Business. Sophomoric indeed

      Dear Kareem,

      Now I know why the press always treated you so badly — they couldn’t stand you. The fact is that you don’t have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again!

      Best wishes,

      Donald Trump

  2. Ametia says:


    Judge nullifies Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in DeflateGate case

    .S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman on Thursday nullified the four-game suspension given to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by the NFL over the DeflateGate case.

    [Ruling isn’t necessarily the end of DeflateGate]

    At issue was whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell followed the rules set forth in the league’s collective bargaining agreement when he suspended Brady for four games and then upheld that suspension upon appeal. The league’s main argument was that Goodell had the right to punish Brady however he saw fit, based on the collective bargaining agreement, and that courts have long deferred to arbitrators when ruling on similar labor conflicts.

    Lawyers from the NFLPA, representing Brady, contended that Brady’s punishment went above and beyond anything outlined in the collective bargaining agreement and that the league kept changing the reason why it punished Brady, initially claiming he had a “general awareness” of the plot to deflate footballs but then saying he had an active role in the scheme.

    The NFLPA also argued that Brady’s appeal should have been heard by someone other than Goodell, claiming he was biased against Brady.

  3. Liza says:

    This wide violence against all of us, regardless of what uniform any of us wear, has to end.— AG Loretta Lynch (@LorettaLynch) September 2, 2015


    • Liza says:

      Yes, ma’am, I agree. But if the Department of Justice is too afraid to prosecute a police officer, this violence is not going to end. Please explain why the DOJ hasn’t even pursued the cop who put the choke hold on Eric Garner and murdered him in broad daylight with a bystander filming the entire crime. If the DOJ can’t win this case then we are in a worse fix than we imagined, but we certainly can’t win if the cop is never indicted and brought to trial. Investigations and reports are good but they are no substitute for that cell door slamming behind a few ex-cops who kill unarmed, non-violent, innocent citizens for no reason related to rightful law enforcement. I would think that destroying a person’s body and leaving it dead or maimed is a violation of that person’s civil rights.

      • Ametia says:

        Liza, when I saw that segment with AG Lynch babbling on about nonsense about all in uniforms….I screamed at the TV.

        Rev Al ended his show with the police who have been killed. The MSM is pushing this away from the COPS killing BLACKS to a few cops who have been killed.

        They can’t fool us, we see them. It’s only going to get more ridiculous, as the Freddie Gray trial goes on too. They are going to all they can to distract, distort, and lie, when it comes to BLACK LIVES MATTER.

        We can’t have that kind of focus on the cops killing us, but they have been pushing TRUMPS racism and foul hate for 3 months.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, that has always been the justification for killings by cops, that their lives are always on the line, they fear for their lives, they kill in self defense, blah blah blah. Except the videos show, as we have always known, that they kill innocent people for no reason. Then one cop gets killed by some lunatic, and yes that is going to happen in a nation of 310 million people, and suddenly that justifies every killing by police that ever happened. And that is just bullsh!t.

      I’m sorry to say, I am very sorry to say that I believe AG Loretta Lynch is just a placeholder. She’s there to fill a space until the next election. I had a little bit of hope in the beginning, but that’s gone. She’s a report writer.

  4. Ametia says:

    and NO Hillary, you do NOT get credit for the Iran deal.


  5. rikyrah says:

    September headache ahead for GOP leader McConnell
    By Alexander Bolton – 09/02/15 06:00 AM EDT

    September is shaping up to be a headache for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    The Kentucky Republican is facing an uphill battle to reject President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and is pushing back on intensifying speculation that the government could shut down at the end of the month.

    McConnell plans to take up the Iran disapproval resolution as soon as lawmakers return to Washington after Labor Day, but he is short the 60 votes he needs to overcome a Democratic filibuster.

    So far only two Democrats, Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.), have voiced support for the disapproval resolution, while centrist Democrats such as Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) have already said they back the nuclear deal. McConnell must scrounge up at least four more Democratic votes in the next two weeks.

    On his right flank, conservative colleagues are challenging him to include a policy rider to defund Planned Parenthood on a stopgap spending measure to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30, something Democrats staunchly oppose.

    Senate Republican leaders have been dreading the return from the August recess for weeks.

    “We knew September would be awful,” said a Senate GOP leadership aide.

    • vitaminlover says:

      I am so proud of President Obama. Isn’t he the first sitting President to visit Alaska? He is such a trailblazer.

  6. Ametia says:


    PBO dances with students at Dillingham Middle School

  7. Ametia says:

    The “Coming White Minority”: Brazilianization or South-Africanization of U.S.?
    August 31, 2015 • Joe • “coming white minority”, Americans of color, demography, desegregation, racial segregation, social change, white privilege

    To understand the so-called “browning of America” and “coming white minority,” we should accent the larger societal context, the big-picture context including systemic racism. “Browning of America” issues have become important in the West mainly because whites are very worried about this demographic trend. Black-British scholar, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, has noted that whites are fearful
    because for such a long time the world has been their own. . . . There is an underlying assumption that says white is right. . . . There is a white panic every time one part of their world seems to be passing over to anyone else. . . . There was this extraordinary assumption that white people could go and destroy peoples and it would have no consequence.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Stock Photos of Black People Are Finally Moving Beyond Racist Stereotypes
    By Hannah Giorgis

    Like so many millennial ideas, Kenneth Wiggins’s innovation gained its momentum from social media. This April, the web designer and front-end developer posted a tweet to a now-deleted Instagram post to gauge interest in an idea he’d been tossing around in his head: “Any photographers interested in submitting work for an open source (free) stock photography site featuring African Americans?”

    Wiggins had been working on a project for a client and grew frustrated when all the stock images of black people he found online felt inauthentic—pictures that hardly moved beyond the stale stereotypes that categorize the vast majority of black representation in visual culture.

    “I couldn’t really find the images that invoked the messaging behind the brand visually,” Wiggins told me. “There are other resources out there that have images of black people…but just the attitude and the emotion I was looking for behind the pictures, I couldn’t find.”

    Within days of his initial post, photographers had chimed in, eager to be part of the kind of platform Wiggins was proposing: a stock photography site dedicated to providing nuanced, varied images of black people. Catalyzed by the positive response, BlackStockImages took shape rapidly, its pace matching the urgency of its mission.

    “The response was kind of overwhelming so I just sat down and thought about it [all] weekend and kinda hit the ground running ever since,” Wiggins said. “The original idea was to just do something small where I just uploaded images or had images uploaded [by others] and people could download them.”

  9. rikyrah says:

    Tonight’s Republican Debate Is the Party’s Worst Nightmare
    By Brian Beutler @brianbeutler

    Well before Republicans officially lost the 2012 election, leaders of the party, along with Mitt Romney’s campaign strategists and countless conservative opinion-makers, understood just how damaging the presidential nominating process had been for them. The gravest damage came from an unconstrained series of 20 debates, which pit candidates against each other in a madcap dash to win the hearts of audiences that booed gay soldiers and cheered at the notion that society should allow uninsured citizens to die.

    Along the way, the eventual nominee gained notoriety for an agenda that included privatizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency, squeezing unauthorized immigrants into discomfort until they self-deported, and for offering an underdog a $10,000 bet.

    After the election, the Republican National Committee set about sanding off the party’s rough edges. It encouraged Republicans to pass immigration reform and soften their rhetorical tropes, and in so doing repair the party’s relationship with a younger, more diverse segment of the electorate. It also set about tightening the rules governing primary debates—to limit the total number of them, exclude certain networks and moderators, and penalize candidates for circumventing the process. By doing so, the RNC hoped the party could escape its own primary without incurring the self-inflicted wounds it suffered in 2012.

    Thursday’s Fox News debate represents the failure of that effort. The RNC, led by Reince Priebus, succeeded only in holding the number of debates to seven, which is still enough exposure time to wash out the kinder, gentler image he wants the party to project.

    The complete explanation for the failure is complex, but it stems from the fact that the GOP (partially by design) has become dominated by reactionaries and ideologues, rather than by allied factions amenable to compromise. That explains both Donald Trump’s emergence as a towering Republican figure, and the influence Fox News has over the party. Both of those factors, in turn, explain why Thursday’s debate, and perhaps debates to come, will bear so much resemblance to the 2012 debates Priebus hoped to vanquish.

    Fox’s influence has been particularly devastating. Trump isn’t the first flash-in-the-pan candidate to illuminate a party’s dark underbelly. But Fox amplified the incentives he created for other candidates to jockey for attention.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Where Reince Priebus’ well intentioned plan went wrong
    09/02/15 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Once the 2012 election cycle came and went, and Republican officials examined Democratic successes up and down the ballot, GOP officials took deliberate and constructive steps to prevent another disaster.

    Indeed, Republicans genuinely believed that it wasn’t just their candidates and message that led to Democratic victories, but rather, the process itself undermined the party’s chances and produced a weakened national nominee. The New Republic’s Brian Beutler had a good piece on this about a month ago.
    After the [2012] election, the Republican National Committee set about sanding off the party’s rough edges. It encouraged Republicans to pass immigration reform and soften their rhetorical tropes, and in so doing repair the party’s relationship with a younger, more diverse segment of the electorate.

    It also set about tightening the rules governing primary debates – to limit the total number of them, exclude certain networks and moderators, and penalize candidates for circumventing the process. By doing so, the RNC hoped the party could escape its own primary without incurring the self-inflicted wounds it suffered in 2012.
    And at face value, Reince Priebus’ plan wasn’t bad at all. Republicans would curtail the number of debates, choose moderators satisfying to the party, front-load the nominating process, and effectively stack the deck in favor of established, electable candidates. Before the process even began, GOP lawmakers would take lessons from the 2012 losses, pass immigration reform, and take steps to broaden the base.

    The party, the argument went, would position itself for victory in 2016 by avoiding an embarrassing circus and steering clear of a madcap process that tarnished the party and its candidates alike.

    Is anyone, on either side of the political divide, prepared to say the Republican plan worked?

    There are far fewer debates, but they’re still a mess – first Fox clumsily bungled the process of dealing with a 17-candidate field, and now CNN is struggling in similar ways.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Don’t laugh, but I was so happy to see that Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is now available for streaming on Neflix!!

  12. Ametia says:

    cops investigating themselves, ya’ll

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Scary. That officer should not have been cleared of wrong doing.

      Bad cops get away with so many instances of wrongdoing because their own insiders perform the investigations. This needs to stop.

    • My son has manic depression and has spent most of his adult life in jail. He did 4 years in solitary confinement. I was able to write the warden and get him released into general population. When he was home this past few months he was homeless and refused to get help. I worried until he got arrested. It’s the lesser of two evils because one, I know where he is and he does take his medication when he’s on Rikers. He was arrested back in May. He wasn’t taking his meds and was smoking that K2 stuff. He was delusional when he was first locked up finally they sent him to the hospital and it took almost two months to get his thinking right. Something needs to be done with the system. When he gets released he will be homeless and the cycle will begin all over again. It’s a nightmare for us both whether he’s on the street on locked up.

      • I’m so sorry. Prayers.

      • Ametia says:

        Hi SHO. This so heart-wrenching. I will lift you and your son in prayer.

        This is the real crime against humanity.

      • rikyrah says:

        Sorry for your son. These is such a gap about mental illness in this country. So many in our prisons should be getting help and not being imprisoned.

        • He has spent so much time in jail for really petty crimes. He got 7 years for stealing a walkman because he needed something to turn off the voices. After he stole the walkman he sat in the same location and listened to music. He needed help not jail.I could get him help when he was a teenager but as a man he could refuse treatment after 72 hours as long as he’s not a threat to himself or others.

      • Liza says:

        SHO, this is so sad. Seven years for stealing a Walkman and four years in solitary confinement really is brutal punishment. It seems there is a small but growing amount of attention being paid to law enforcement’s brutal treatment of the mentally ill, so maybe there is hope for your son. If prison is better than the outside, or safer, then his life must be agony. This just shouldn’t happen in America. God knows we have the resources to care for people, we just don’t have the will.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Senate candidate from Nevada

    Heck: Immigration reform talks should include birthright citizenship

    By Ben Botkin
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    U.S. Rep. Joe Heck said Thursday that birthright citizenship should be on the table in the broader dialogue about immigration reform.

    The 3rd Congressional District Republican made the comment to reporters after speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. The event drew about 200 people to the Vdara.

    Heck is seeking his party’s nomination for the Senate seat of Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is not seeking re-election in 2016. Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is seeking the Democratic nomination and has Reid’s support.

    The race is shaping up under a broader national backdrop, the discussion of immigration reform that has dominated the presidential race. Republican front-runner Donald Trump, for example, has gained widespread attention by calling for the end of the birthright citizenship provision in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That provision gives citizenship to infants born in the U.S. even if their parents are in the country illegally.

    Heck was noncommittal about whether birthright citizenship should change.

    “I think it needs to be part of the discussion,” Heck said. “People want to talk about immigration reform so if we’re going to talk about immigration reform, then let’s talk about all aspects of immigration reform. Let’s come up with a system of immigration that works for Americans. So I think it should be part of the discussion.”

    Heck said the immigration discussion should include other components such as border security, e-verify and a path to legalization for citizenship.

    • Ametia says:

      Finally, a sane-talking GOPer.

      How the hell is anyone going to talk about reform in one breath and then talk about building walls in the next breath?

  14. Ametia says:


  15. rikyrah says:

    Louisiana trying to take a step backwards on public health
    09/02/15 10:03 AM—UPDATED 09/02/15 10:13 AM
    By Steve Benen
    When it comes to sexually transmitted infections, Louisiana is the wrong kind of national leader. As the New York Times reported, the state “ranks first among the states in cases of gonorrhea, second in chlamydia, and third in syphilis and in H.I.V.” It’s not a record to be proud of.

    It’s also a public-health problem that will get worse if Louisiana Republicans, led by Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal, succeed in scrapping all public funding for Planned Parenthood.
    The political dispute embroiling Planned Parenthood here and nationwide is over abortion, though public funds are not permitted by federal law to be used for abortion, except in cases involving rape, incest or a pregnancy that threatens the mother’s life. Neither clinic in this state — like nearly half of all Planned Parenthood centers — performs abortions. What the Louisiana Planned Parenthood clinics did do last year was administer nearly 20,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections, as well as provide gynecological exams, contraceptive care, cancer screenings and other wellness services for nearly 10,000 mostly low-income patients.

    “You can’t just cut Planned Parenthood off one day and expect everyone across the city to absorb the patients,” Dr. Taylor said. “There needs to be time to build the capacity.”
    Dr. Taylor, in this case, is Dr. Stephanie Taylor, the medical director overseeing programs to combat sexually transmitted infections for the State Office of Public Health. As the NYT report added, she’s also the director of Louisiana State University’s sexually transmitted infections program.

    When she argues that it’d be a mistake to simply cut off Planned Parenthood, Taylor knows of what she speaks.

    Perhaps, as some conservatives claim, those resources can just be moved to other health organizations? Nope.
    [S]ince most funds that Planned Parenthood receives from taxpayers are reimbursements for tending to Medicaid beneficiaries, experts in health policy say lawmakers cannot simply take money from the organization and redirect it to other facilities.

    “Somebody says, ‘Oh, we’ll just move $500 million over.’ First of all, most of that is Medicaid, so you can’t just move it over,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, which recently released results of a three-year study of community health services and family planning nationwide. Ms. Rosenbaum called it “an absurd claim” that other health providers could replace Planned Parenthood, especially in the South and the Midwest.
    Complicating matters further, the Associated Press reported yesterday that the Justice Department told a federal judge this week that Jindal’s decision “to oust Planned Parenthood from Louisiana’s Medicaid program appears to violate federal law by denying Medicaid patients the right to choose their health care providers.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    What a ‘career politician’ looks like
    09/02/15 09:28 AM—UPDATED 09/02/15 09:32 AM
    By Steve Benen
    If recent polling is any indication, Republican voters place a premium on inexperience. Donald Trump, who’s never worked in government at any level, is obviously the dominant GOP candidate, at least for now, but he’s followed by Ben Carson, a retired far-right neurosurgeon who’s never sought or held public office.

    Add Carly Fiorina to the mix and their combined poll support points to a striking detail: about half of GOP voters are backing presidential candidates who’ve never worked a day in public service.

    It’s leading more experienced White House hopefuls to downplay their qualifications and pretend they’re not so experienced after all. The Associated Press reported yesterday:
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denies he’s a career politician – even though he has been in elected office since he was 25 years old and first ran for office when he was 22.

    The 47-year-old Republican presidential contender said in an interview with CNBC, released Tuesday, that he is “just a normal guy” and rejects the career politician label despite being in politics for most of his adult life.
    The two-term governor argued, “A career politician, in my mind, is somebody who’s been in Congress for 25 years.”

    By any fair measure, this really is silly. There’s no point in having a semantics debate over the meaning of the word “politician,” but when Scott Walker dropped out of college, it’s not because he was flunking – he was motivated in part by a desire to run for public office. The Republican lost that race at the age of 22, but Walker then moved to a more conservative district, tried again, and won a state Assembly race at the age of 25.

    The man has, quite literally, spent more than half of his life as a political candidate or political officeholder. As an adult, Walker’s entire career has been in politics. The AP report added that Walker has served “nine years in the Assembly, eight years as Milwaukee County executive and is now in his fifth year as governor.”

  17. Ametia says:

    PRESIDENT Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes
    By Erica Werner | AP September 2 at 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

    Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor of the agreement.

    “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,” Mikulski said in a statement. She called the accord “the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal.”

    The backing from Mikulski, who is retiring next year, gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an Obama veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval if Republicans pass such a measure later this month.

    And it spells failure for opponents of the international agreement who sought to foil it by turning Congress against it. Leading that effort were Israel and its allies in the U.S., who failed to get traction after spending millions of dollars trying.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Going to Alaska is on my bucket list, so I have loved these pics from POTUS.

  19. Ametia says:


  20. rikyrah says:

    September 01, 2015 12:00 AM
    Jeb Isn’t Tough Enough
    By Martin Longman

    I kind of wanted to claw my eyeballs out after reading Ann Althouse’s take on Donald Trump’s emasculation of Jeb Bush. She is one strange lady. But I will say this: it’s never good when a male politician is made to look weak, and it’s particularly devastating when the office they seek is the presidency of the United States of America.

    Donald Trump may mince around like a showgirl in Ms. Althouse’s imagination, but he’s got a left hook like Joe Frazier and he’s knocked Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, and Jeb Bush flat on their asses.

    Now, for starters, Jeb Bush is supposed to be a colossus. With the amount of money he raised and his family’s deep connections in the Media Establishment and throughout the Republican Party all the way down to the precinct level, Jeb Bush is supposed to be intimidating. If you cross this family, you should expect to pay a heavy price. From Grandma Barbara on down, this group doesn’t even let the dish grow cold before they start exacting revenge. As for Dubya, he cut his teeth as the Sonny Corleone of the family, cutting people off, delivering the death stares, calling people on the carpet and even taking care of the most unpleasant firings. If Poppy was genteel and civilized, his boy-consigliere was a head-cracker. And when it came time for Dubya to become a politician in his own right, he brought on guys like Karl Rove and eventually Dick Cheney to show you how a ratfucking is properly applied.

    You could run against them, and maybe even beat them, and you could cover them on your political beat, but you needed to show some respect or you’d know about it.

    What Donald Trump has done is just waltz right in and show this family, and their second-rate Prince Harry, whatever is less than zero respect.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump Is the Favorite to Win the Republican Primary
    By Brian Beutler  @brianbeutler

    The hopeful case for Republicans concerned about Donald Trump’s persistent lead goes something like this:

    At this point in the last Republican primary, Rick Perry was pulling away from Mitt Romney. He briefly opened up a 10-point lead, and then just as quickly gave way to pizza magnate Herman Cain, who in turn gave way to Newt Gingrich, and so it went until Romney cleaned up in the end. Yes, Romney polled better than Jeb Bush is currently polling, but Romney was pretty much alone among establishmentarian candidates, while Bush is splitting that share of the primary electorate with two or three other candidates. Likewise, in 2012, the reactionary share of the vote was about the same as it is now—larger than the establishment share—but it wasn’t enough to win then, and it won’t be enough to win this time around.

    The differences between the 2012 and 2016 fields makes this rosy scenario hard to envision. Which is why Republicans are having a harder and harder time articulating scenarios in which Trump becomes a non-issue before the primaries, for reasons that don’t involve nativist GOP voters undergoing a sudden, collective epiphany.

    For this race to play out like the last one did would require a series of increasingly unlikely assumptions to come to pass:

  22. rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Weisman ✔ @jonathanweisman

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski supports the #IranDeal — the 34th vote. She makes a filibuster of the Iran deal

  23. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    Now that Sen. Mikulski has become the 34th vote to support the #IranDeal, look for Sen. Booker to publicly denounce the deal. #Coward

  24. rikyrah says:

    Crossing my fingers for POTUS and the Iran Deal. If he wins, ….I’m holding back my peace on some stuff that’s just aching to burst forth.Oh please, win this POTUS.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Conservative provocateur flops with anti-Clinton stunt
    09/02/15 08:48 AM—UPDATED 09/02/15 08:49 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The political world learned on Monday that conservative provocateur James O’Keefe and his operation claimed to have damaging new information about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. They scheduled a Tuesday morning press conference to unveil the findings, and everyone was assured, this was going to be a big deal.

    So, what exactly did we learn yesterday from O’Keefe and his Project Veritas? MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reported on the new, not-so-devastating expose.

    [O’Keefe] claimed his hidden video cameras had caught two senior Clinton campaign officials accepting illegal contributions from a foreign citizen at the candidate’s June kickoff rally in New York City.

    The size of the donation – $40 for a t-shirt – did not impress the assembled press corps. “Is this a joke?” a reporter with the Daily Beast asked.

    As best as I can tell, O’Keefe wasn’t kidding. He organized an event at the National Press Club with under-cover proof of a Canadian buying a t-shirt.

  26. rikyrah says:

    CNN changes debate rules after Fiorina outcry
    09/01/15 05:43 PM
    By Carrie Dann

    CNN is amending the rules for its September 16 Republican debate amid outcry that its criteria for participation would unfairly exclude Carly Fiorina despite her recent boost in national polls.

    Previously, CNN planned to average national polls dating from mid-July all the way until a cutoff date on September 10. The top 10 candidates, according to that average, would participate in the network’s primetime debate, while the remainder of the GOP field would be relegated to a secondary forum earlier the same day.

    But that criteria looked likely to exclude Fiorina, who registered very low numbers in the nine national polls taken before the August 6 FOX debate, where her performance earned her a polling bump.

    Fiorina had complained for weeks that CNN’s rules were unfair.

    According to the new rules, “any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included,” CNN said in a statement.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Senator Amy Klobuchar’s career born of a mother’s outrage

    Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Rachel Maddow about her start in politics and the lost art of civility in today’s politics

    • TyrenM says:

      Good Morning 3Chics,
      I’ve been a fan of Sen. Amy for years. In the late 90’s while I was a temporary photocopier/messenger I mosied into her office and was in straight up groupie mode. We spoke briefly. She was real cool about it.

      After becoming county attorney she put away a 20yo who was messing with my teenaged sister. She didn’t hang him. Some time and put on the registry. While I didn’t agree then, now that I’m older I can live with that decision.

      Fast forward to 2009 after joining the Senate, she spoke for an organization that helps adults get back to work for a living wage that I attended. 2011 I took a picture with her at MLK Breakfast and she “remembered me” crashing her office all them years ago lol.

      2014 she comes into the firm I work for hat in hand. I tell all the partners there she’s running unopposed. She laughed but was not amused.

      I wish she would speak louder on issues that matter to me, but I’ve never seen any bs votes. Though I don’t care for her (and Al) being TeamNotReady, I appreciate the work she does.

  28. rikyrah says:

    GOP base: Obama wasn’t born in US, but Cruz was
    09/01/15 04:08 PM—UPDATED 09/01/15 04:11 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The Rachel Maddow Show got an exclusive look last night at the new, national poll from Public Policy Polling, which offered some tidbits that are worth appreciating in detail.

    While top-line results are usually the most important takeaway from polls like these, that’s only part of what’s amazing about these new results. Consider this excerpt from the latest PPP report:
    …51% [of Republican voters] overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship. 54% think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29% grant that President Obama was born in the United States. That’s less than the 40% who think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.
    Let that one roll around in your head for a moment. Nearly seven years into the Obama presidency, less a third of Republican voters believe the president was born in the United States. A significantly higher percentage believe Ted Cruz was born in the U.S – and he wasn’t.

    Sometimes, when it comes to chronic breakdowns in the political process, the problem is with Republicans in Congress, who are too often an obstacle to good governance – they’re opposed to compromise, uninterested in policy outcomes, more reflexively partisan, etc. – in ways the American mainstream is not.

    But once in a while, it’s worth holding Republican voters themselves responsible. This is one of those times. I’m sure partisan tribalism plays some role in misguided attitudes, but there’s no excuse for willful ignorance on this scale.

    Indeed, the same PPP survey asked Republican respondents whether President Obama is a Christian (he is). A 54% majority of GOP voters said the president is not a Christian, while 32% aren’t sure. In other words, even now, a whopping 86% of rank-and-file Republicans are skeptical of the president’s faith.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Ted Cruz shows how not to respond to police killings
    09/02/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 09/02/15 08:52 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Any time a police officer is killed in the line of duty it’s a tragedy, but when there are two slayings in quick succession, the anguish is that much more severe.

    Late last week, Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down at a Houston-area gas station. And then yesterday in northern Illinois, Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz was killed, sparking a manhunt for three suspects.

    It’s against this backdrop that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently sees an opportunity: the far-right senator wants Americans to blame President Obama, among others, for the brutal gun violence.
    “Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz told reporters after a town hall meeting in Milford, New Hampshire. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.”
    Yesterday, Cruz went further, accusing the president of “silence” on the issue, which the senator described as “completely wrong” and a “manifestation of the divisiveness, the partisanship and of the hostility to law enforcement that has characterized the entire Obama administration.”

    The GOP candidate has not yet produced any evidence of the president being hostile towards law enforcement.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Sues Hasbro For $5M Over Harris Faulkner Hamster

    The six-time News Emmy winner is not happy at all about the “demeaning and insulting” Hasbro toy hamster that has both her name and, she claims, her look. In fact, Fox News Channel’s Harris Faulkner is taking the world’s third-biggest toy manufacturer to court for $5 million over under trademark law for false endorsement and unfair competition as well as violation of her right of publicity. In addition to the financial damages, the Outnumbered co-anchor wants a full accounting of how much Hasbro has made off the toy and the company stopped from making and selling any more of that Harris Faulkner.

    Let’s be honest – Harris Faulkner is not the most common name around and the journalist has been in the public eye for many years before Hasbro introduced the toy as part of its Little Pet Shop line back in 2014. In fact, Faulkner’s lawyers say she put Hasbro on notice about the matter in January this year but nothing happened. Well into the summer the toy was available for purchase off Hasbro’s online store – which might be of additional interest to you if you are a Terri Bowman or Dash McDernutt. The Harris Faulkner toy hamster does not seem to be on Hasbro’s Little Pet Shop site today.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

  32. Ametia says:

    It’s Hump Day! And I love what I feel.

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