Wednesday Open Thread | Jimi Hendrix Week

Hump Day! Hope you’re enjoying Jimi Hendrix week!

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About Ametia

I am a Spiritual traveler, a devoted wife, mother, sister, lover of dream study, reading, theater, music, dance, and thought-provoking discussions on love, life, humor and service.
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83 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Jimi Hendrix Week

  1. eliihass says:

    Dear Women Everywhere,

    Remember this…if he does it with you…no matter how long it takes, he’ll eventually do it to you..

    Reports say that 33 year old Lis Smith (recently, campaign manager for Martin O’Malley) is shocked and horrified and scrambling to get tested for STDs. This after discovering that 56 year old Elliot Spitzer the married politician and father of 3 who she’d hooked up with after she was hired first as his campaign manager for his failed New York Comptroller re-entry into politics bid…and later to help rehabilitate his image as he was supposedly doing his penance to rebuild trust with his loyal wife of 27 years Silda…

    Lis Smith who was all set to be newly elected Mayor DeBlasio’s Press Secretary – but who was let go after her sordid affair with Spitzer came to light…is shocked that a man who was in the dog house with his wife for having adulterous encounters – including with prostitutes…had been ‘cheating’ on her too with a 25 year old Russian prostitute… for the length of their 2 year relationship…The still married man at the time, who Los Smith had no qualms sleeping and sneaking around – and subsequently flaunting her relationship with – even as he was still married and should have been doing everything and however long it took, to win back his wife – who he was still living with by the way…Lis is shocked that that saint of a man Spitzer – who only had eyes for her – was actually cheating on her with an even younger woman..

    Beware all thirsty women waiting in the wings to ‘snag’ these ‘great catches’ and wonderful prize of men – even before they finish announcing their separation from the wife who’s been there through thick and thin…

    Beware young 32 year old actress grinning from ear to ear clinging to Chris Rock, barely able to contain her excitement at being showered with attention by the 51 year old yet to be divorced comedian…who probably never could find the time or ways to shower his still wife Malaak with any of that…

    http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/actors-megalyn-echikunwoke-and-chris-rock-attend-the-2016-pregrammy-picture-id510346702

    My wise father always said that if more men would look inward and fully invest the same effort, time and energy on their wife and marriage that they willingly expend on the random girlfriend and next woman they court after their frustrated wife leaves them, there’d be lots of happy marriages and no divorce…How is it that some of these men never find time to romance their wife, but suddenly find all the time in the world to court, romance and shower the random, underserving girlfriend who’s invested absolutely nothing, with the time and attention and everything else they denied their wife…

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  3. rikyrah says:

    ICYMI

    Richard Mayhew, BJ’s resident Obamacare explainer, has been skewering Bernie’s Pony and Unicorn ‘Single Payer/Medicare for All’ pipe dream.

    Needless to say…there are some hurt feelings.

    It’s sort of funny..Mayhew was so polite when he began posting about it…and then, as the Berniebots have attacked him..he’s losing his tact and just slicing without mercy..LOL

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  4. rikyrah says:

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

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  7. rikyrah says:

    found this at POU:

    goldenstar
    Received this from a friend of a friend. Gonna leave this right about here:

    “Scalia was a law professor of mine, and was on the faculty of the U of Chicago the entire three years I attended. The law school is one of the smallest in the country, housed in one building and relatively intimate as graduate schools go. While I was there, Scalia was outed as a blatant racist to the extent that the Black American Law Students Association (BALSA) chapter at the law school brought it to the attention of acting Dean Norval Morris in several meetings. Scalia flunked every black student who took his classes that year. Nobody flunks courses in elite law schools. It’s unheard of. He flunked one brother so badly, it skewered his grade average, and he became the first, last, and only student in the history of the school to repeat first year. That man went on to become a repected military judge. Ultimately, no action was taken because the source of the information was private, confidential and privileged, and Scalia’s racist attitude and actions toward black students could be plausibly denied, but just barely. He stuck with his story that he had graded blindly, but it came out that Scalia had done the same thing, when he was on the faculty at the U of Virginia. However, Scalia was an academic star actively politicking for a federal judgeship with national political connections, as well as being quite personable. The school administration passed on taking any action, since the actual facts regarding his intent could not be adduced in a tribunal. However, what he thought of black people was indisputable, and believe me it was nothing nice. Being a swarthy, son of poor Sicilian immmigrants, and intent on becoming an all-American white man, he was consumed with putting as much space between himself and Negroes as possible, and becoming an honorary member of the WASP elite.”

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    • As Ametia stated, Scalia has gone before the high court of God. May he receive what he deserves.

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    • eliihass says:

      Here he describes a neighborhood in his version of ‘a lot of diversity in the background’ a ‘New York cosmopolitan neighborhood’ he calls it…in addition to Italian families like his he says, there were Germans (I think he was going to say Jewish but for some reason didn’t), Irish, English – and of course his token minority ‘Puerto Ricans’…

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  10. rikyrah says:

    When Jindal and Brownback agree, be forewarned
    02/17/16 10:40 AM—UPDATED 02/17/16 01:55 PM
    By Steve Benen
    As things stand, there are 31 Republican governors currently in office. One of them, Ohio’s John Kasich, is running for president. Another, Alabama’s Robert Bentley, has endorsed Kasich.

    Other than these two, before this week, the remaining 29 GOP governors were officially neutral – some backed presidential candidates who are no longer in the race, some have remained on the sidelines*.That changed this week, however, when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) got off the fence and threw his support to Marco Rubio.

    The senator welcomed the support, but maybe he shouldn’t have. By most fair measures, Brownback is one of the nation’s least successful governors: his radical economic experiment has failed miserably, and recent polling found Brownback less popular than President Obama in of the nation’s most ruby-red states.

    Perhaps the only thing scarier than a national candidate supported by Brownback would be a national candidate backed by former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). Oh wait.
    It’s been almost a week since Marco Rubio called Bobby Jindal “one of the best governors in America,” so you should have stopped laughing by now.

    Rubio could not possibly have been serious, could he? If a potential leader of the Western world thinks the Jindal administration provided an example worth emulating, then we had better stock up with survival rations and hole up in the wilds.

    In the wake of Jindal’s epic, cringe-worthy failures in Louisiana, the state is struggling through fiscal and budget crises that appear almost beyond repair.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/when-jindal-and-brownback-agree-be-forewarned

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  11. rikyrah says:

    Astonishing

    By JOSH MARSHALL
    Published FEBRUARY 16, 2016, 12:34 PM EST

    Earlier this morning I was listening to Pete Williams on MSNBC saying there’s basically precedent on both sides for what the Republicans are now trying to do: block the President from making a Supreme Court nomination at the beginning of the last year of his term, and that the GOP has plenty of precedent on its side. That is frankly an astonishing claim, with virtually no history to support it. It is also a sobering example of how successful Republicans are usually and are now at working the mainstream media to normalize what are in fact unprecedented actions.

    However, I think, to frame this conversation, it is important to note a critical point: it is really only in the last 50 years and even in the last 40 years that Supreme Court nominations have had any relationship to what we are familiar with today. Basically, most people simply didn’t care that much as long as the nominee was broadly qualified in judicial terms. In one notable or even notorious example, Justice Brennan, who turned out to be an extremely influential liberal Justice, was nominated in a recess appointment in late 1956. When he came up for a hearing, it went on for only a few hours over two days. The questions focused mainly on whether he, as a Catholic, could be loyalty to the constitution rather than the Pope and then a series of questions from Senator Joe McCarthy about American Communists.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/astonishing

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    • eliihass says:

      “…In 1986, Pete Williams was hired as press secretary and legislative assistant in the staff of U.S. Representative Dick Cheney. Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in 1989, following Cheney’s appointment as United States Secretary of Defense, and worked as press secretary of the Defense Department.

      While serving as a Pentagon spokesperson, he was accused of allegedly working to cover up the large-scale irregular military activities that had occurred during the US invasion of Panama under the pretense of apprehending Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, which was later featured in the documentary film The Panama Deception…”

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  12. rikyrah says:

    so now, they’re going to pretend that they’re not obstructing the nominee….

    they’re looking for some Frank Luntz-approved language to gloss it over.

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  18. rikyrah says:

    The scariest truth revealed during the 2016 Election Season:

    George W. Bush was indeed, ‘THE SMART ONE.’

    Everytime I think about it, I shiver.

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  19. rikyrah says:

    pure-d phuckery.

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  20. rikyrah says:

    Bork example offers little help to Republicans
    02/17/16 12:42 PM
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    By Steve Benen
    Senate Republicans know exactly what they want to do: maintain a blockade against any President Obama nominee for the Supreme Court. What GOP senators don’t know is how to defend their scheme.

    I received an email yesterday from a conservative reader responding to a piece on Republicans abandoning traditional norms with their radical tactics. His response read, “Two words: Robert Bork.” As Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert noted, there’s apparently a lot of this going around.
    “Democrats have been blowing up the appointment process piecemeal since they turned Judge Robert Bork’s last name into a verb back in 1987,” wrote Jonah Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times, in a column about the fight over replacing Scalia.

    “Look at what the Democrats have done in poisoning the well, particularly on judicial nominations, stretching back to 1987 and the character assassination against Robert Bork,” complained Townhall political editor Guy Benson on Fox News.
    The problem with the comparison is that the two examples just don’t have much in common – or at least not as much as Republicans and their allies would like to believe.

    As longtime readers may recall, Bork was a Reagan nominee for the Supreme Court in 1987, and he became one of the most controversial choices in American history. Shortly after the president’s announcement, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivered a famous condemnation on the Senate floor: “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, school children could not be taught about evolution, writers and artist could be censured at the whim of government.”

    It was a stinging indictment, based largely on fact. Bork, who developed an unfortunate reputation stemming from his role in Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973, was on record defending Jim Crow-era poll taxes, condemning portions of the Civil Rights Act banning discrimination in public accommodations, and arguing against extending the equal protection of the 14th Amendment to women.

    As we discussed several years ago, the ensuing fight marked a turning point in the confirmation wars. It was during consideration of Bork that senators largely decided it wasn’t enough to merely consider a Supreme Court nominee’s qualifications; they also had to consider whether he or she was ideologically and temperamentally suited for the bench.

    In Bork’s case, it was a test he failed. When his nomination reached the Senate floor, 58 senators, including six Republicans, voted to reject him. (After the vote, Strom Thurmond, of all people, urged the Reagan White House to nominate someone less “controversial.”) The Republican president soon after nominated Anthony Kennedy, who was confirmed by the Democratic-led Senate, 97 to 0.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/bork-example-offers-little-help-republicans

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  24. eliihass says:

    Here it is..

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  25. eliihass says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing watching this…Anyone who can mislead with such a straight face is not to be trusted ..

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  26. Liza says:

    Obama To Meet With Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter Activists

    The White House told BuzzFeed News that President Obama will host a landmark meeting with activists from the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements on Thursday. Icons like Wade Henderson and John Lewis will meet with movement leaders like Brittany Packnett, Aislinn Pulley and DeRay Mckesson.

    posted on Feb. 17, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
    Darren Sands, BuzzFeed News Reporter

    WASHINGTON — President Obama will meet with two generations of civil rights leaders on Thursday afternoon, BuzzFeed News has learned.

    Obama will convene leaders from the two generations of civil rights activists in the Roosevelt Room. The attendees will attend the Black History Month reception with the the president and First Lady, the White House said. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will also be in attendance.

    “On Thursday afternoon, President Obama will meet with a group of civil rights leaders prior to the annual White House Black History Month reception to discuss a range of issues including the Administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform, building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and the president’s priorities during his final year in office,” a senior administration official told BuzzFeed News in an email.

    A White House official said Obama — a bridge between the generations of leaders — will preside over the conversation between the leaders and members of his administration.

    Here is a list of the attendees, per the White House:
    • Aislinn Pulley, Co-Founder and Lead Organizer with Black Lives Matter Chicago
    • Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network
    • Ben Crump, President of the National Bar Association
    • Brittany Packnett, Member of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Co-Founder of We The Protestors and Campaign Zero
    • C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Leader and Author
    • Carlos Clanton, President of the National Urban League Young Professionals
    • Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP
    • Deray Mckesson, Co-Founder of We the Protestors and Campaign Zero
    • Deshaunya Ware, Student Leader of Concerned Student 1950 at University of Missouri
    • John Lewis, United States Representative (D-GA)
    • Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League
    • Mary Patricia Hector, National Youth Director of the National Action Network
    • Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
    • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change
    • Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    • Stephen Green, National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division
    • Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

    The meeting comes just nine days before the South Carolina Democratic primary, where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both jockeying for position with the high percentage of black voters.

    Clinton herself on Tuesday met with civil rights leaders at the headquarters of the National Urban League, including Marc Morial and Al Sharpton. Afterwards, Clinton delivered remarks at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. She said ending racial inequality would be “the mission” of her presidency.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/darrensands/obama-to-meet-with-civil-rights-black-lives-matter-activists#.sxBDB7dxQ

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    • Liza says:

      So Hillary is going to make ending racial inequality the mission of her presidency after she and her husband did so much to promote it.

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  27. eliihass says:

    President Obama’s cabinet was billed a ‘team of rivals’ for good reason…being appointed even to sensitive, critically important roles, was never an indication of how close – or how trustworthy, or how highly the President thought anyone…

    For those who keep running around confusing those who weren’t paying attention or who just aren’t into politics….the President did not appoint Hillary SoS because she was a ‘dear, trusted friend’…it all boils down to wheeling and dealing…and extracting concessions..

    Many of those President Obama nominated and appointed to his Cabinet – including to top, sensitive posts – Defense Secretaries – Bob Gates, Leon Panetta – and even the current SoD, Ash Carter, have not exactly been trustworthy or big fans of the President – and they have been critical and contemptuous of the President in their post-office memoirs…while being very complimentary of Hillary, curiously…Who can forget Larry Summers, Judd Gregg, or OMB Director Peter Orszag who was leaking and undermining from within the administration…Who can forget David Petraeus, who the President appointed to several powerful and sensitive positions – including CIA Director…or Stanley McChrystal …and please don’t tell me that friendship, closeness, trust or faith in his judgement, prompted the President to appoint James Comey to be the current FBI Director – a critical position which has a 10 year tenure by the way…

    As our ever so insightful and honest FLOTUS says, politics is not a noble profession…

    I don’t trust any of the folks circling the Obamas in the White House – or any of those who’ve since left and are invested in the Obama legacy only to the extent that they and their various hustles and grift, very specifically benefit (and immensely too!) from it…they are only invested in sustaining it only as far as they can benefit from and exploit it and them – and only for their specific interests…

    In one of the released Hillary emails, Sid Blumenthal is telling Hillary that his sources tell him that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is put off and unimpressed with the circus and celebrity of President Obama…Sid advises Hillary to take advantage of Merkel’s disgust – and to try to get close to Merkel and cultivate a personal relationship with her …so Hillary essentially spent her time as SoS cultivating personal ‘friendships’ with world leaders for her own purposes and specifically to try to undermine and one-up her boss..

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  28. rikyrah says:

    how you gonna poll Democrats in Nevada and have no Latino sampling?

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    • Ametia says:

      Can you say BULLSHIT SHE-NAN-I-GANS?

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    • Liza says:

      I don’t know anything about this poll in particular, but many “Latinos” racially identify as white and that is how they would answer in a survey. A better poll would identify white Hispanic and non white Hispanic ethnicity and black racial identity if they were trying to get a better picture of the demographic landscape in a western state.

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Residents of the State of Illinois:

    TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF VOTING!!!

    Not registered to vote?

    DOES. NOT.MATTER.

    You can register to vote and vote at the same time.

    It’s called Grace Period voting.

    YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE.

    For Registered voters:

    EARLY VOTING BEGINS FEBRUARY 29TH!!!!

    So, load up the car full of those non-voters and get thee to a Grace Period location.

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  34. I’ma leave this right here

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  35. rikyrah says:

    This is the best explanation that I’ve seen as to why Jeb is still in the race from another blog:

    Re: Bush is a Drag on Kasich’s Support (4.00 / 4)

    I think you are missing an elephant sized point (or maybe not, maybe you just don’t delineate it).

    Why would Bush CARE whether or not Kasich does well? For all his faults, Bush is not stupid and his political advisors are not uninformed about what it takes to win. So why has he not saved himself a lot of heartache, travail and aggravation? In a word: “P”

    The FOURTH generation of Bushies. Just for shits and giggles, I did a google search on “Jeb attacks Cruz”. Not ONE hit. Plenty on Cruz being attacked by Trump, Rubio, Fiorina and the others. But not one single hit on Jeb.

    I’m not saying that Jeb never said anything bad about Cruz, I am saying he’s never said anything that can come back and haunt P (4th gen Bush) in Texas.

    Occam’s Razor: That explanation that best accounts for all know facts is probably the most correct explanation. Bush attacking Trump and not attacking Cruz is a forward payment for Cruz either helping or staying the hell out of the way of P.

    And there it is. The REST of the story.

    Its not about the Presidential nomination. Its about protecting the next generation from vituperative assholes like Cruz, and (possibly) keeping VP aspirations alive. If Trump gets the nomination, it means nothing to the Bushies except some embarrassment as long as Cruz doesn’t decide that Jeb hurt him and wants to get some of his own back from GPB.

    At this point there is nothing to indicate that Bush can get the nomination. He does not lack name recognition, he did not lack $$$, he did not lack political backing and he was not particularly despised by the Tea Party (granted, they didn’t like him, but that was more because of his name, than him).

    I think a deal has been made. Bush stays in and stays away from Cruz, steals Kashich’s chance, attempts to keep Rubio under control in FL and tries to hit away at Trump. Cruz stays away from GPB altogether regardless of the outcome. It wouldn’t be the first time a deal such as this was made … by the Bushies.

    Grab ’em by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow — LBJ

    by DerFarm on Mon Feb 15th, 2016 at 11:01:40 AM EST

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  37. Liza says:

    Ametia, I am loving Jimi Hendrix week. Takes me back, way back.

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  39. I can’t get with this logic…Don’t cast your vote for Bernie Sanders , he voted for the 1994 crime bill. Vote for the ones who lobbied for the bill & signed it into law?

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    • Liza says:

      Right. And at the same time, forget all about Hillary’s vote to invade and occupy Iraq.

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      • They won’t bring that ISH up.

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      • Liza says:

        You know, SG2, it isn’t logic, it can’t possibly be logic. It’s emotion, at least for the older black folks. And the younger ones probably listen to the older folks. But it is an emotion that I don’t feel and I don’t understand and I can’t even identify, to be honest.

        With PBO, I felt plenty of emotion. It was like a gift from God to live to see something happen that I never thought I would. Yet, I also believed PBO was the best candidate. I agreed with him on so many things, not everything, and I would have voted for him regardless of his race of ethnicity. He was the best candidate.

        But this attachment to the Clintons, what is it based on? They never came through, they never delivered. And, by the end of Bill’s second term, they were totally consumed with themselves, in my opinion.

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  40. Folks want to ignore this. Why did she do it?

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    • eliihass says:

      But meanwhile some woman wrote an article about how after reading Hillary’s emails, how she was now a huge admirer and how ‘wonderful’ she found Hillary to be and how ‘respectful’ of President Obama she was…How she showed ‘integrity’ and ‘dignity’ throughout…

      And I couldn’t stop laughing because this woman is either banking on the people who read her rubbish not to verify by reading the emails themselves…Either that or the woman can’t possibly know the meaning of the words integrity, respect or dignity…and worse, her standards must be painfully low for how a top diplomat interacts with not just employees, but with outside advisers who spent the bulk of their time gossiping with her – and disrespectful of the President and gleeful every time their undermining efforts – or that of other hostile folks dinged the President..

      As revealing as these selectively released e-mails are, remember that these are the ones Hillary decided to release by the way – after having destroyed the ones she deemed none of our business! If these were the ‘harmless’ e-mails, one can only imagine what was in those they destroyed…

      Meanwhile everyone conveniently forgets that her former aide Bryan Pagliano who set up and worked on her personal email server – and was personally paid by the Clintons for the upkeep, pled the fifth and disappeared..

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      It’s called a smear campaign by the desperate Clintons who when they start flailing throw everything and several kitchen sinks at the person they see as threatening their kingdom and their coronation..

      It’s amazing just how everyone has convenient amnesia over how hostile and evil the Clintons have been to the Obamas – not just in 2008, but through to this day…

      My family and friends can’t stop being alternately stunned and amused at Hillary having the nerve – and with a straight face no less – accusing Bernie Sanders of calling the President ‘weak’ and advocating a primary challenge against him in 2012…

      The fact that a very hostile and resentful Hillary and Bill and their flunkies continue to this day – as they have since 2007- to disrespect, undermine and strong-arm the President seems to be completely lost on everyone…

      The Clintons have been as big a threat to the Obama presidency – and to the Obamas themselves – in much the same way as the GOP has been…To pretend otherwise is to be in denial..

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    DES MOINES REGISTER EDITORIAL

    Editorial: Grassley’s Supreme Court stance is all about politics

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/02/16/editorial-grassleys-supreme-court-stance-all-politics/80409360/

    The GOP effort to block an Obama nominee from the court isn’t about letting voters have their say, or respecting past precedent, or demonstrating strict adherence to the Constitution. In fact, it’s precisely the opposite.

    This could have been a “profile in courage” moment for Sen. Grassley. This was an opportunity for our senior senator to be less of a politician and more of a statesman. It was a chance for him to be principled rather than partisan.

    He could have made it clear that he favors a Senate vote on the matter — a move that still would enable Republicans to accept or reject the eventual nominee based on merit — but he chose instead to disregard his constitutional duty by rejecting a nominee who hasn’t even been named.

    It’s wrong. It’s not unexpected, and it’s not a surprise, but it’s still wrong.

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  48. rikyrah says:

    twitter truth:

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  49. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    …………….
    02.16.16 11:01 PM ET

    Vermont’s Black Leaders: We Were ‘Invisible’ to Bernie Sanders

    He’s paying attention to the concerns of black America now, as a presidential candidate. Back when he represented Vermont? Not so much, local activists say.

    Back in 2006, the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, a Brattleboro area civil rights organization hosted a Candidate Night. The race for the open U.S. Senate seat between Bernie Sanders and Richard Tarrant, a Republican and one of the wealthiest people in the state, had grown increasingly acrimonious.

    The audience of African-American activists and other Vermonters of color should have been a friendly one for the socialist congressman.

    Instead, remembers Curtiss Reed Jr., the executive director of the group, it became something of a showdown. Sanders “was just really dismissive of anything that had to do with race and racism, saying that they didn’t have anything to do with the issues of income inequality,” Reed told The Daily Beast.

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  50. rikyrah says:

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

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    Sounds Like James Franco is Columbussing Zola’s Story (UPDATE: Zola is Involved)
    Awesomely Luvvie — February 5, 2016

    Remember the chaos-filled story that a stripped named Zola tweeted (read: Lessons from Zola’s Story: The Great Saga of Trapping and Mayhem)? Of course you do. The epic tale took us all by storm and the internet spent like a week talking about it, which by today’s standards is a long time on one topic. Celebrities chimed in on how they were hooked and EVERYONE saw the movie potential of this.

    Yesterday, it was announced that James Franco is adapting “the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted” for the screen. I immediately winced, even from seeing just the headline.

    And then I clicked through to have my fears confirmed and I wanted to dropkick every trashcan in a 25 mile radius.

    I am not okay with it.

    In the Vanity Fair piece I read about it, nowhere was it mentioned if Zola herself will be involved with this production. Same for this Rolling Stone piece. Instead, it’s James who will direct and star in it. The script was written by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts.

    WHAT PART IS ZOLA HERSELF PLAYING IN ALL OF THIS??? Will she be compensated for this? Will she get producer’s credit? Will she be allowed on set as a consultant? None of that was mentioned in the piece.

    Just to be sure, I Googled Andrew and Mike and they’re also of course, White Men.

    What this gives me is PURE COLUMBUSSING VIBES. And if there’s anything white men can do really well, it’s to take the ideas of others, profit from them and then erase the originator. That is their superpower.

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  53. rikyrah says:

    Tell it, Mr. President.

    Tell it.

    Obama delivers unmistakable message to Republicans

    02/17/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 02/17/16 08:16 AM
    By Steve Benen

    President Obama hosted a press conference at the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in California yesterday, which comes against a backdrop in which the future of the Supreme Court is dominating much of the domestic political conversation. The president is obviously aware of Senate Republicans’ plans for a total blockade against nominee, regardless of merit, so Obama took some time to remind GOP lawmakers about the constitutional process.

    “The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen now. When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the President of the United States is to nominate someone. The Senate is to consider that nomination, and either they disapprove of that nominee or that nominee is elevated to the Supreme Court.

    “Historically, this has not been viewed as a question. There’s no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years – that’s not in the constitutional text. I’m amused when I hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the Constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there. There is more than enough time for the Senate to consider in a thoughtful way the record of a nominee that I present and to make a decision.”

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  54. rikyrah says:

    From Luvvie:

    It’s Hard Out Here for a General: Scandal Episode 510 Recap
    Awesomely Luvvie — February 13, 2016

    SCANDAL IS BACK, SNITCHES!!! I wrote a piece the other day on what I’ve thought the trailer meant, so read that. But let’s get right to it. I’m thirsty.

    Dining Pope – We land 6 months past where we left, and Sally Langston is still being Petty Labelle on her little commentary show. Eli is at dinner with his daughter, who is rocking a bright orange dress. Off the bat I’m uncomfortable. This ain’t the Liv we’ve known. Papa is fussing at her because he can’t believe she walked away from the Oval Office, by dumping Fitz when she coulda been FLOTUS. Our girl said she felt like she was in prison, doe. And then he tells her “Jake has come home. You should too.” Is AirBnB busy? Why is Jake from State Farm now living with Papa Pope?? Lawd.

    Liv gets home and finds Jake standing in front of her apartment. Here, she’s rocking a pink and red cap over her dress. She don went full Skittles on me in one #alphet. This is gonna take getting used to. At first, she tells him to leave but a switch went off because next thing I know, she literally jumps his bones and they hustle into her apartment and get handsy in the dark.

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  55. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP Day, Everyone! :)))))

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  56. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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