Sunday Open Thread

Have a BLESSED SUNDAY, Everyone.

Because I can’t get enough of this rendition of “Blessed Assurance”…..

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49 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. eliihass says:

    Don’t ever lose sight of this fam…Same-Difference…Same-Difference…Same-Difference…They all serve the same masters…

    And P:S-

    As crazy as it sounds, again, don’t be distracted and don’t be bamboozled…Trump is the least of our problems…if anything, there’s good reason the Neo-cons are scared witless of the brattish and glib trust fund New Yorker…who’s really no more racist than Hill, Bill, Bush, Romney, Bloomberg, Huntsman, Cheney, McCain, Kasich, etc…

  2. rikyrah says:

    CHICAGO 03/12/2016, 11:00pm
    Chicago’s public housing divide, a Watchdogs / BGA special report

    After buying a home in Barrington Hills, Chaoshan Lai and his wife couldn’t unload the 15-year-old townhouse that they’d bought for $935,000 in Central Station, a taxpayer-subsidized development in the South Loop where former Mayor Richard M. Daley lived for years.

    Lai couldn’t even find anyone to rent the townhouse on South Prairie Avenue — until he got a call in 2013 about a woman who’d gotten a “housing choice voucher,” from the Chicago Housing Authority through a program that had long been called Section 8.

    Lai says the woman wanted to lease his three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home, which has a library and is within walking distance of Soldier Field and the lakefront.

    “I said, ‘You probably cannot afford the rent,’ ” Lai recalls. “But they said they have a special program in the ‘opportunity area’ that pays much better. I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’ ”

    It ended up being a good deal for Lai. Since June 1, 2013, he’s collected more than $100,000 from the CHA, which administers public housing in Chicago for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CHA pays him $3,911 a month in federal funds to lease his townhouse to the woman and three others in her household, including a child under the age of 6, records show.

    It also has been a good deal for Lai’s tenant. She pays no rent because, CHA officials say, she has no income. The CHA declined to identify her or other voucher clients, though it released the names of landlords.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Watch Episode 1 of Bounce TV’s Record-Setting Premiere of New Original Scripted Series ‘Saints & Sinners’

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    March 13, 2016 at 3:20PM

    I received a lot of questions on social media last week, asking how to get Bounce TV, or where the network’s first original scripted drama, “Saints & Sinners,” can be watched, after its record-setting premiere a week ago.

    In response to the first question, go to the network’s website (here) and entire your zip code to find out what channel in your area it calls home. Note that Bounce TV is a broadcast TV network, and not a cable TV network, so if you don’t have cable, a basic antenna should suffice.

  4. rikyrah says:

    March 13, 2016 4:56 PM
    The National Review Confirms That It Is, Indeed, Worse than Donald Trump
    By David Atkins

    The establishment Republican ideology prioritizes capital above all else. For them, the market does not exist to serve people: people exist to serve the market. Unregulated capitalism can never fail; it can only be failed by those too lazy, useless and unproductive to serve and profit by it. It is a totalizing ideology as impractical as state communism but lacking the silver lining of its species-being idealism; as impervious to reason as any cult religion, but lacking the promise of community, salvation or utopia; as brutal as any dictatorship, but without the advantage of order and security. Worst of all, it blames its victims for its failure to provide solutions to their needs.

    When those victims were mostly the underclasses and communities of color, establishment Republicans had no difficulty tapping into racist prejudices to excuse the failure of the unregulated market to adequately serve the needs of the whole population. But now that large numbers of previously comfortably employed white communities have been abandoned to the ravages of deindustrialization, automation and globalization, racism and prejudice alone no longer suffice. The communities left behind have found a new savior in a man who promises to give them all their jobs back and make America great again. The establishment has been left flat-footed in response, unable to win an all-out multi-front war against a reality-show buffoon.

    That’s because the only ideologically consistent answer from the followers of Ayn Rand and Rand Paul is to declare those white communities also unfit to live in the new order. But that would be too politically damaging and grotesque to consider.

    Except, that is, for the writers of the National Review and one Kevin Williamson in particular, who is happy to literally condemn his former constituency to death and squalor as undeserving of the middle class lifestyle to which they were previously accustomed:

    “It is immoral because it perpetuates a lie: that the white working class that finds itself attracted to Trump has been victimized by outside forces,” the NR roving correspondent writes. “[N]obody did this to them. They failed themselves.”
    “If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy—which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog—you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that,”
    “The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible,” the conservative writer says. “The white American under-class is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul. If you want to live, get out of Garbutt [a blue-collar town in New York].”

    • Ametia says:

      They’ve always had opportunities, opportunities denied POC.

      TRUTH: These nimwits have been hoodwinked & bamboozled for decades into believing that all they had to be was white and they’d be better than anyone who wasn’t white. That they’d get the jobs, and that merit = SMARTS, didn’t apply to them.

      TRUTH: Based on this corck-o-shit belief, these nimwits have been voting against their own best interests, and thus remain on the karmic hamster wheel of IT’S EVERYBODY ELSES FAULT THAT I’M A FUCKUP-ESPECIALLY THOSE NIGGAS & MEXICANS!

  5. rikyrah says:

    Another Hillary Scandal: For Profit Colleges
    by Steven D
    Sun Mar 13th, 2016 at 01:44:55 PM EST

    The for profit college industry is one of the worst scams going, at least if you are one of their students. They have a much lower graduation rate than traditional colleges, and an absurdly high number of their students rely on student loans to fund their education. On average, tuition costs are much more expensive. Many are rife with fraud and deceptive business practices. Their business model relies heavily on federal funding, and many exploit veterans and low income students.
    Candidate Hillary Clinton has stated repeatedly on the stump that she will crack down on these for profit higher educational scam artists. However, not so long ago, she was much less concerned about the for profit college industry. In fact, she actively favored one particular for profit college while she was Secretary of State, Laureate International Universities:

    [In 2009] Clinton wrote in an email to a top aide that she wanted to add Laureate Education to the guest list for the event. Describing Laureate as “the fastest growing college network in the world,” Clinton said the company was “started by Doug Becker who Bill likes a lot.”
    “It’s a for-profit model that should be represented,” she added in the August 2009 email. A senior vice president at Laureate was added to the guest list, a separate email shows.

    Former President Bill Clinton several months later became an honorary chancellor for Laureate International Universities, a role for which he was paid $16.5 million between 2010 and 2014. Clinton stepped down from the position earlier this year.

  6. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Morning ladies and I pray that you have an abundantly blessed day filled with blessings that overflow today.

  7. rikyrah says:

    How Trump Happened
    It’s not just anger over jobs and immigration. White voters hope Trump will restore the racial hierarchy upended by Barack Obama.

    By Jamelle Bouie


    For some on the left, Trump is the result of decades of divisive politics—the inevitable outcome of a Republican political strategy that stoked white racial resentment to win elections. “Trump’s campaign can best be understood not as an outlier but as the latest manifestation of the Southern Strategy, which the Republican Party has deployed for a half-century to shore up its support in the old Confederate states by appeals to racial resentment and white solidarity,” writes Jeet Heer in the New Republic.

    For some on the right, Trump is the grassroots response to Republican elites who have abandoned their working-class voters to the whims of laissez-faire capitalism. “[T]he Republican Party, and the conservative movement, offer next to nothing to working-class Trump supporters,” writes Michael Brendan Dougherty in the Week. “There are no obvious conservative policies that will generate the sort of growth needed to raise the standard of living for these working-class voters.”


    All of which is to say that we’ve been missing the most important catalyst in Trump’s rise. What caused this fire to burn out of control? The answer, I think, is Barack Obama.

    There have been some conservative writers who have tried to hang Trump’s success on the current president, pointing to his putatively extreme positions. But in most respects, Obama is a conventional politician—well within the center-left of the Democratic Party. Or at least, he’s governed in that mode, with an agenda that sits safely in the mainstream. Laws like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act weren’t impositions from the far left; they were built out of proposals from the right and left, passed by a majority of Congress that was elected to pursue solutions on health care and the economy. Barack Obama is many things, but conservative rhetoric aside, he’s no radical.

    We can’t say the same for Obama as a political symbol, however. In a nation shaped and defined by a rigid racial hierarchy, his election was very much a radical event, in which a man from one of the nation’s lowest castes ascended to the summit of its political landscape. And he did so with heavy support from minorities: Asian Americans and Latinos were an important part of Obama’s coalition, and black Americans turned out at their highest numbers ever in 2008.

    • Liza says:

      Bravo! Trump talks a lot of trash, to be sure, but his primary motivation for running for the GOP presidential nomination is his SEETHING hatred for President Obama. And that seething hatred is birthed in one and only one fact, that President Obama is black. So Trump took it upon himself to get revenge. He tried that birther nonsense and failed, but when he looked out at that sea of white haters, he knew who could be manipulated and who would follow him if he ran for the GOP nomination. And, I suspect he also guessed correctly that his GOP competition would be lame and most of them could not compete with his name recognition and free media coverage.

      If Trump were to be elected president, just writing those words gives me a chill down my spine, but if he were to be elected, his white trash supporters would have a rude awakening. Yes, he believes in white supremacy, but not THEIR brand of whiteness. He knows they are losers, he just needs them to vote for him. God only knows what he would do if he were elected.

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        Well, it won’t be anything nice. He will destroy our relationship and respect with foreign countries. Visualize darkness, misery, and bloodshed combined.

      • Liza says:

        I agree. Even if it’s only one term, a lot of irreversible damage could be done. George Bush had done most of his damage in his first term, the rest was fallout.

  8. rikyrah says:

    “As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar. Obviously, while I appreciate that we had supporters at Trump’s rally in Chicago, our campaign did not organize the protests.

    What caused the protests at Trump’s rally is a candidate that has promoted hatred and division against Latinos, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities, and his birther attacks against the legitimacy of President Obama.

    What caused the violence at Trump’s rally is a campaign whose words and actions have encouraged it on the part of his supporters . He recently said of a protester, ‘I want to punch him in the face.’ Another time Trump yearned for the old days when the protester would have been punched and “carried out on a stretcher.’ Then just a few days ago a female reporter apparently was assaulted by his campaign manager.

    When that is what the Trump campaign is doing, we should not be surprised that there is a response.

    What Donald Trump must do now is stop provoking violence and make it clear to his supporters that people who attend his rallies or protest should not be assaulted, should not be punched, should not be kicked. In America people have a right to attend a political rally without fear of physical harm.”

    • Liza says:

      Go back to your trailer park you white supremacist POS. Go back into the shadows and keep your mouth shut, no one is turning over the country to ignorant scum like you.

    • Liza says:

      Hey, someone seems to have removed the Trump supporter video.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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