Saturday Open Thread

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47 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. You say no thanks and he pulls you up anyways. Arrrgh. Folks looking at me.

  2. Oh God! A big tall guy pulls me on the dance floor.

  3. Ametia says:

    John Goodman Debuts Dramatic Weight Loss on the Red Carpet

  4. rikyrah says:



    This Document Reveals Why The House Of Representatives Is In Complete Chaos

    BY JUDD LEGUM OCT 9, 2015 9:51AM

    The House of Representative is in chaos. John Boehner announced his intention to step down as Speaker at the end of the month. There doesn’t appear to be anyone to take his place. The leading candidate, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly withdrew from the race yesterday. Another popular choice, Paul Ryan, says he’s not interested.

    What happened? How did we get to this point? One document, produced by the House Freedom Caucus, holds all the answers. Framed as a “questionnaire” the document effectively makes it impossible for any candidate to both: 1) Get elected speaker, and 2) Not send the entire country (and maybe the world) over a cliff.


    Sounds perfectly reasonable, right?

    What the Freedom Caucus actually wants

    Yesterday, Politico published the House Freedom Caucus “questionnaire” which it described as pushing for “House rule changes.” The document does do that. But it also does a lot more. It seeks substantive commitments from the next speaker that would effectively send the entire country into a tailspin.

    For example, the document seeks a commitment from the next speaker to tie any increase in the debt ceiling to cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    The United States will reach the debt limit on November 5. If the limit is not raised prior to that point, the United States could default on its obligations. This could have disasterous effects on the economy of the United States and the entire world. In 2013, a Treasury Department report found “default could result in recession comparable to or worse than 2008 financial crisis.”

    Cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is extremely unpopular, even among Republicans. These programs are sacrosanct to most Democratic members of Congress. There is effectively no chance that President Obama or Senate Democrats — both of whom would need to support such legislation — would agree to “structural entitlement reforms” in the next month under these kind of conditions.

    The House Freedom Caucus essentially wants to make it impossible for the next speaker to raise the debt ceiling. But that is just the beginning.

    The House Freedom Caucus also wants the next speaker to commit to numerous conditions on any agreement to avoid a government shutdown:

  5. rikyrah says:

    Ex-staffer: Benghazi committee pursuing ‘partisan investigation’ targeting Hillary Clinton

    By Jake Tapper and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Updated 5:46 PM ET, Sat October 10, 2015

    Washington (CNN)A former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi is accusing the Republican-led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead of the thorough and objective fact-finding mission it was set up to pursue.

    Major Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a conservative Republican, told CNN that the committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. That new focus flipped a broad-based probe of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, into what Podliska described as “a partisan investigation

  6. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Ted Cruz’s audacious plan to win the GOP nomination

    By George F. Will Opinion writer October 9 at 7:34 PM

    If America’s 58th presidential election validates Ted Cruz’s audacious “base plus” strategy, he will have refuted assumptions about the importance of independent “swing” voters and the inertia of many missing voters. Critics say his plan for pursuing the Republican nomination precludes winning the presidency. Jason Johnson, Cruz’s chief strategist, responds: “I’m working backward from Election Day,” because Cruz’s plan for winning the necessary 1,236 convention delegates is an extrapolation from his strategy for winning 270 electoral votes.

    All presidential campaigns aspire to favorably change the composition of the electorate. Cruz aims to substantially reconfigure the electorate as it has recently been.

    Between George W. Bush’s 2000 election and his 2004 reelection, the turnout of non-Hispanic whites increased by an astonishing 10 million. Barack Obama produced a surge of what Johnson calls “two-election voters.” In 2008, the African American voting rateincreased from 2004 while white voting declined slightly; in 2012, African Americans voted at a higher rate than whites.


    Nonvoting whites, especially those without college experience, are among Cruz’s principal targets. His geniality toward Donald Trump reflects the Cruz campaign’s estimate that perhaps one-third of the Trumpkins have not voted in recent elections. If so, Trump is doing downfield blocking for Cruz, beginning the expansion of the 2016 electorate by energizing people whose alienation from politics has made them nonvoters.

  7. rikyrah says:

    this is HUGE!!!


    October 10, 2015


    In a bid to improve voter turnout in California elections, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to automatically register to vote anyone who has a driver’s license or state identification card.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Afternoon Everyone.
    Love the groupon.
    Tried out two new places today.
    Lunch was cherry tomatoes, cucumber, falafel, garlic naan,stuffed grape leaves, hummus and baba ganoush.
    Dessert was lemon on lemon cake-the cake was moist, and the icing was divine. I have found a new bakery.

  9. I’ll check out the million man march when I get back. Too much going on.

  10. Ametia says:

    SG2, did you go eatin’, ridin’, dancin’ with the Cowboys?

  11. Ametia says:

    MSM is pulling the whtie m,an gets attacked by shark news today, instead of reporting on the


  12. Ametia says:

    Well Ladies; YOUR THOUGHTS?

    Why the next education secretary will be good for diversity in schools
    By Jonathan Zimmerman October 9 at 8:18 PM

    Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history and education at New York University.
    Let’s try one of those word-association games you used to play as a kid. If I say “racial integration of schools,” who comes to mind?

    If you’re like most of us, you conjured figures from the past. Perhaps you thought of the heroic young African Americans who desegregated all-white schools in places such as Little Rock and New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s. Or maybe Earl Warren, author of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision barring schools from separating students on the basis of race.

    I doubt you chose anyone from contemporary American life. Our schools are more segregated than at any time since the late 1960s, but you probably can’t name a national political figure today who has insisted — loudly, clearly and consistently — that kids of different races should be in the same classrooms.

    That’s about to change. The incoming secretary of education, John B. King Jr., has been a forceful advocate for integrating American schools. This month, President Obama tapped King to replace Arne Duncan, who focused less on integrating the races than on closing the “achievement gap” between them.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone.
    Off to swim and run errands.

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