Saturday Open Thread

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48 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:


  2. rikyrah says:

    VSB weighed in on Russell and Ciara. The comments, as always, are hilarious.

    Damon Young, 3/11/16

  3. rikyrah says:

    Sarah Kendzior@sarahkendzior

    How many times have you heard “Why did ordinary people not stop Hitler before he rose to power?”

    Then you wonder why people are protesting?

  4. rikyrah says:

    ChaunceyD went to the Trump non-Rally yesterday:

    SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016

    Trumpmania Doesn’t Make a Stop in Chicago: An Initial Report (With Video) About My Experience at Donald Trump’s Canceled Rally Earlier Today

    I made it back from the Donald Trump Chicago no-show rally. I have attached a video of the moment after it was announced that Il Duce Trump would not be making an appearance.

    I have a longer piece that I just finished. These are some quick and initial thoughts.

    1. I am safe…of course you were all concerned.

    2. Trump’s supporters are racist, nativist, bigoted thugs. Some of them are just profoundly ignorant and contrarian malcontents. Others are more dangerous.

    3. Don’t believe the Fox News lie. Almost all of the “fights” were started by Trump supporters. I was pretty close to several of them.

    4. There are lots of very angry and racially resentful white conservatives in this country. I know this to be true as an empirical fact. Seeing it first hand and listening to them behind me in line is another matter.

    5. The Chicago police exercised great restraint. They were professionals.

    6. Black conservative shuck and buck artists are everywhere. Several of them tried to earn points for their white masters by fighting Black Lives Matter and other protesters.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, I remember the Palin rallies. I know they got really ugly, but I can’t anyone getting assaulted. Perhaps it happened and I don’t remember. Palin, of course, was McCain’s gambit, she was chosen solely to reel in all the white trash near trash because he needed those votes and they just weren’t that into him. So, if this is your target demographic, it doesn’t take much to unleash the hatred, resentment, and bigotry that characterizes this group. They aren’t at the bottom of white pecking order because of their intelligence, thoughtfulness, kindness, tolerance, and self-restraint. They are there because they want to be told what to think, and they want someone who will tell them that they are not to blame for their failures.

  5. Ametia says:

    Clinton ‘misspeaks,’ big-time, about Nancy Reagan and AIDS

    What Hillary Clinton was thinking when she credited Nancy Reagan’s “low-key advocacy” with starting a “national conversation” on AIDS we may never know.

    Was she trying to say THE EXACT OPPOSITE?

    That would have made sense.

    What she said didn’t. “It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the 1980s,” she told MSNBC. “And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan, in particular, Mrs. Reagan, we started national conversation when before nobody would talk about it, nobody wanted to do anything about it, and that too is something that I really appreciate, with her very effective, low-key advocacy, but it penetrated the public conscience and people began to say ‘Hey, we have to do something about this too.’”

    WHAT? Who knew that it was Nancy Reagan, all this time, with her low-key advocacy? The lowest-key advocacy. So low-key it was not detectable by the human eye. So low-key that it left no trace at all.

    • Liza says:

      This is really, really strange. More evidence that Hillary often doesn’t know what the hell she is talking about, but she talks anyway.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Republican candidates assess violence at Trump events
    03/12/16 09:05 AM—UPDATED 03/12/16 09:07 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In an election cycle filled with controversy and ugly disputes, last night offered a potential turning point. Donald Trump’s campaign felt the need to cancel an event in Chicago, where the Republican candidate was campaigning in advance of Tuesday’s primary, purportedly in the interest of public safety.

    It was the culmination of months of developments in which Trump has practically encouraged violence against his protesters, which has led to actual violent confrontations at Trump events, and which in turn has intensified clashes such as those seen in Chicago last night.

  7. rikyrah says:

    What Are Trump Fans Really ‘Afraid’ to Say?
    MARCH 11, 2016

    RHINESTONES twinkling around the perimeter of her shades, cornsilk curls undaunted by the Pensacola sun, Elizabeth Kemper, a supporter of Donald J. Trump, is all certainty. She is fed up. “You know, this country is so dang political correct,” she tells a CNN reporter. “I’m afraid to say what I really feel, you know?”

    On her shirt, a silhouette of Mr. Trump’s head nestles in the protective crook of the state of Florida, his face turned stalwartly eastward, away from Mexico, his Mordor.

    Ms. Kemper is blazing, passionate, incredulous. “I think this country better go back to some of those values. Some of the values my parents grew up with, my grandparents grew up with,” she says. “Whatever was wrong, they could point it out and tell you.”

    The notion that Mr. Trump voices ideas that his supporters are “afraid” to express, vital truths lost to the scourge of political correctness, has been a rhetorical through-line of his campaign. Mr. Trump says exactly what he thinks, his fans gush — about immigrants, about Muslims, about women — a bygone pleasure now denied most Americans.

    It’s an odd construction. Once you say, “He says what I’m afraid to say,” and point to a man who is essentially a 24/7 fire hose of unequivocal bigotry, you’ve said what you’re afraid to say, so how afraid could you have been in the first place? The phrase is a dodge, a way to acknowledge that you’re aware it’s a little naughty to be a misogynist xenophobe in 2016, while letting like-minded people know, with a conspiratorial wink, that you’re only pretending to care. It’s a wild grab for plausible deniability — how can I be a white supremacist when I’m just your nice grandpa? — an artifact of a culture in which some people believe that it’s worse to be called racist than to be racist.

    • Ametia says:

      FUCK Hillary Clinton and all these racist POS with the RUSTIEST of PITCHFORKS.

      America will not and can not ever strive to overcome painful dvisions in this country, until it FULLY ATONES for ITS ugly history of SLAVERY & RACISM, and tear down its WHITE SUPREMACIST system.


    • Liza says:

      Here ya’ go, Ametia. Don’t you think that if we just listen to Hillary we can all just hold hands and come together like she says we should?

    • Liza says:

      If Hillary lived in the real world and not the bubble she has been in for the last thirty years, I think that even she could refrain from making these kinds of statements.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Her meeting them will be one of the highlights of this Presidency that I will always remember:

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    I’m at work this morning, but it’s all good.

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