Tuesday Open Thread | Nature Week: Peacocks

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102 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Nature Week: Peacocks

  1. Ametia says:

    dropping this right here;

    ✌🏾️ RT @__Dutch: Hillary at #BlackGirlsRock like, “it’s lit tonight, amirite?” 💀 pic.twitter.com/keFsV1qURa— CharmaineTyeshaBrown (@oh_ok_) April 6, 2016

  2. Liza says:

    The smear campaign against Bernie is just starting.

    Juan González Was at Bernie Sanders’ NY Daily News Editorial Board Meeting. What Really Happened?
    APRIL 06, 2016


  3. Why isn’t the media reporting on how many states Hillary has lost in a row? That’s the news!

    • eliihass says:


      Hillary Clinton who together with her PUMA pals, have been equal part stealth and blatant accomplices of the attacks on, and the hostile undermining of her only Democratic successor…They were so jealous and threatened by the historic black First Lady, they immediately deemed her an enemy and preemptively worked to sabotage her…and still continue to…

      Here’s a woman who barely has a relationship with the historic first black First Lady …the metaphor for black women at the moment, and the black wife and mother of the black daughters of the President she and her cohorts spent years undermining – but who she now pays lip service to, and only because she needs his coalition to win…

  4. FeelTheBern

    Keep On Pushin’…

  5. Breaking..

    Bernie Sanders is the projected winner in the #WisconsinPrimary

    • Liza says:

      Yep, he sure is.

      MSNBC was showing total delegates for the candidates and including the super delegates with Hillary’s total and NOT identifying them as super delegates. So misleading and so biased.

  6. GPA 101.6

    NY teen accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools

  7. eliihass says:


    What’s pretty funny is watching some folks try to argue how tax ‘evasion’ and tax ‘avoidance’ are completely different and how one is a crime and the other isn’t…

    As if…

    It’s really good to be a big man and a big thief…

    Because then your crimes are explained away in fancy lingo and you get to keep your loot, your power, your influence…and the respect of the so many…even though you’re nothing but a bloody crook and a thief…

    • eliihass says:

      “…Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Iceland’s prime minister, now finds himself in trouble over a British Virgin Islands company used to hold his wife’s investments. Mr Gunnlaugsson stands out among the 140 country leaders and politicians caught up in the huge leak of information from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca about the use of offshore vehicles. Unlike others such as Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, and former leaders of Middle Eastern countries, he is not one of the usual suspects.

      His involvement raises a broader question about how political leaders should behave both in office and after leaving it. Leaders of developed countries, as well as developing nations, are increasingly seen to have exploited their time in office to accumulate money later on.

      The nexus between business interests and political power is on display in countries from Russia to South Africa and Brazil. Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, is under scrutiny over his links to the business empire of the Gupta brothers, while Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, is caught up in the inquiry into corruption at Petrobras, the national oil company.
      There are also risks when leaders behave correctly while in office, but proceed to make money afterwards. Hillary Clinton, the US presidential candidate, faces questions about her behaviour as a result of she and Bill Clinton, her husband and former US president, making $140m in the eight years to 2015.

      The unacceptable is clear — selling political influence for money — although it remains common in some countries. But the boundaries of acceptable are less obvious, and need to be defined clearly when the opportunities for former leaders to accumulate wealth are greater than before.



      And some of the comments on this article:

      LoveIsTheNewHate 1 day ago
      What sort of conduct should we expect from Hilary Clinton now that she’s spent a few years selling political access to the tune of $140 million? One hundred and forty million dollars. Given that we all recognise past as prologue, are we seriously expected to believe that Clinton will now willingly deny what is clearly a voracious appetite for cash?
      Are we seriously expected to believe that someone who has so aggressively pursued monetary rewards of high political office, will, if elected, suddenly change course and remain hands off, ignoring each day the obviously massive commercial rewards of high political office?
      Suddenly, her willingness over the years to subject herself to the brutality of the public sphere is starting to make all kinds of sense. $140 million is one heck of a payday.

      LoveIsTheNewHate 1 day ago
      @Sean Citizen We don’t need new rules. We need new politicians.

      Cookham 2 days ago
      “The unacceptable is clear — selling political influence for money — although it remains common in some countries.”
      Denise Rich gave the Clintons $1 million, and Bill Clinton provided a presidential pardon for her husband, all with no repercussions what so ever. I’m afraid you’re wrong, selling political influence for money is very much acceptable.

      ceteris paribus 2 days ago
      David Cameron has called an anti-corruption summit! Isn’t this a couple of days late for April Fools?

  8. eliihass says:

    Bakari Sellers sure does study up on his assigned talking points…Bless his heart…

    Strange to see all of these same folks who were right there with us in the trenches fighting the dirty tricks and lies of the Clintons just the other day, now slip right into complete opposite mode and comfortably and without any shame or awareness slip in with the very same Clintons and begin to utilize some of the very same tactics they were so shocked, disgusted and appalled by when we were on the same side and all about decency and integrity in our democracy…

    He even very obediently employs that now stealth attempt to ultimately appropriate the ACA as hers…

    ‘…It was after all HillaryCare before it was called ObamaCare…’ LOL..

    Soon, very soon fam…

    They’ll keep at it until it eventually becomes all hers …and it’s seen as and believed to be another one of Hillary’s ‘accomplishments’..

  9. rikyrah says:

    Journalist Arrested During Ferguson Protest Is Convicted
    Videographer Mary Moore is among more than two dozen news professionals arrested covering protests since the police killing of teenager Michael Brown.
    03/18/2016 07:17 pm ET | Updated Mar 19, 2016

    ST. LOUIS — A freelance journalist has been convicted in Ferguson Municipal Court of failure to comply with a police order for taking video of a peaceful protest against police brutality in 2014.

    Mary Moore, a videographer who has worked with ABC, CNN and BET, was notified this week that Municipal Judge Donald McCullin dismissed charges of disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, and imposed a suspended sentence on the failure to comply conviction. The suspended sentence means Moore won’t be punished if she avoids trouble in Ferguson for a year.

    Moore is one of least two dozen journalists arrested or detained covering Ferguson protests since the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in August 2014. Some of the journalists have sued police over their arrests, and at least one has won a legal settlement. Moore said her conviction is likely to affect how she approaches her job covering news.

    “I think the failure to obey charge is very untruthful and unfair,” said Moore, who claimed she followed police commands prior to her arrest. “This is Ferguson’s way to control how and if we cover the news or exercise our rights. I feel like now it would be a target on my head.”

    • eliihass says:

      And there’s good ole Robert Gibbs who also broke ground as one of the folks who not only brazenly disrespected – in his case outrightly cussed out the historic first black First Lady – and without repercussion…and together with other staff, including those who felt allegiance to Gibbs because he personally hired them into the fold, helped set the course for putting the black First Lady in her place, by cutting her down to size utilizing every means at their disposal…including commissioned hit pieces that freely slandered her – and which to this day, still went completely unaddressed …with a number of the co-conspirators still very much active as high-profile actors still milling around freely at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

    • Ametia says:

      Still even DUMBER to realize that she actually does CONDONE racism instead of CONDEMNING it.

      What a DIMWIT. Dumber than a box of rocks!

  10. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Trump is playing GOP voters for chumps. And they love every bit of it.

    By Greg Sargent April 5 at 8:53 AM


    The big news of the morning is that Donald Trump has finally revealed how he’ll force Mexico to pay for the Great Trumpian Wall that he would erect along our southern border. In a memo to the Post, Trump said he’d threaten to cut off “remittances” sent home from Mexicans abroad (meaning those in the U.S.) as leverage to force a $5-10 billion payment for that wall. Experts doubt the legal and practical viability of this scheme.

    But the details don’t matter in the least. What really matters is the story Trump is telling, which is that economically struggling Americans are getting fleeced by illegals and the elites who are gaming the system in their favor (and on behalf of other various villains); that only Trump is politically incorrect enough to say so; and that only Trump is tough enough to do something about it.

    A new Quinnipiac poll helps shed more light on this dynamic: It finds that an enormous majority of Trump supporters think “the government has gone too far in assisting minority groups.”


    Today’s Quinnipiac poll also finds that 78 percent of Trump supporters say they are “falling farther and farther behind economically,” a larger percentage than any other candidate. Meanwhile, 85 percent of Trump supporters say that “America has lost its identity.” This suggests the possibility that the “economic anxiety” often described as the source of Trump’s success does matter, but it’s one side of the coin, while the resonance of Trump’s suggestion that he’d turn back the demographic tide through sheer force of will is the other. As Wonkblog’s analysis of recent polling data concluded, Trump supporters tend to believe their “losses are being caused by other group’s gains.”

  11. eliihass says:

    Van Jones just now on CNN says that if Bernie doesn’t win New York after ‘all his attacks on her’, he has to take stock and decide if he wants to continue to do ‘the Republicans work for them’…that he’ll have to look in the mirror and ask himself if he wants to be forever known as the guy “who poisoned the well for Hillary Clinton’…


    You really couldn’t make this stuff up…

    • Liza says:

      There was a time when I had a much higher opinion of Van Jones.

      • eliihass says:

        Proud to say that I was never really ever in danger of being taken with him or impressed by his hustle…Perhaps it helps to have been a tad familiar with his notoriety for cheap hustles and shameless exploitation of causes for self-promotion when he was in California…

    • Ametia says:

      LOL ‘poisoned the welll for Hillary Clinton?” NO one could pour as much poison into the Clinton well then the Clintons themselves, along with the Beowolf-like screechings of James Carvelle, Assclown Mark Penn, John Podesta, PUMA, Mr. Confederate flag-photo op-Harold Ford Jr, Karen Finey, Joan Walsh, Donna Brazille, NOW, CBC, and a host of other throw me some shrimps & champagne house negroes.

    • eliihass says:


      Since when was misogyny or sexism a thing…or applicable or offensive when it comes to black women…? Since never…

      And don’t anyone dare nit-pick good ole David Brock whose dedication to Hillary and her ambition to be president, has earned him all the penance he needs – and complete absolution of all of his sins especially those committed in his creepy efforts on behalf of Hillary…like conducting the sleaziest and slimiest what he termed ‘opposition research’ against V.P Joe ….and he and other Hillary surrogates leaking bits of it including very personal and sensitive stuff…as preemptive ‘warning’ shots…more like threats and blackmail…to keep him out of the race…All this while V.P Biden was freshly reeling from the untimely death of his first born child..

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Brock, your opinion is ignorant.

  12. rikyrah says:

    itgurl ‎@itgurl_29
    Oh, please. This is really about getting white women to feel comfortable enough to buy your products. https://twitter.com/SheaMoisture/status/717382623581048832

  13. rikyrah says:

    tell is, Mr. President.

    Obama: It’s Not Just Trump, Cruz’s Proposals ‘Draconian’ Too

    PublishedAPRIL 5, 2016, 12:52 PM EDT

    In brief remarks to the press Tuesday discussing new Treasury Department regulations, President Obama also commented on Donald Trump’s recently-released plan to make Mexico pay for a U.S. border wall, and he argued that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) supported “draconian” proposals, too.

    Obama was asked whether Trump’s proposals — including his latest, to use the remittances Mexicans immigrants in the United States send back to Mexico as leverage to fund a border wall — were doing damage to the U.S. image abroad.

    “I’ve been very clear earlier that I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made. I do have to emphasize it’s not just Mr. Trump’s proposals,” Obama said. “You’re also hearing concerns about Mr. Cruz’s proposals, which, in some ways, are just as draconian when it comes to immigration, for example.”

  14. Liza says:

    Lol, this is funny…

    Is there such a thing as a "big tent" feminist? Can you believe in Civil Rights and support segregation? https://t.co/uniWbQEpIT— Lizz Brown (@lizzzbrown) April 5, 2016


  15. rikyrah says:

    Sean Hannity And Ex-Breitbart Reporter Trade Barbs: Some ‘Friend’ You Are!

    PublishedAPRIL 5, 2016, 8:46 AM EDT
    Et tu, Hannity?

    Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields slammed Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday evening for not calling out Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s “lies” about allegations that his campaign manager manhandled her at a campaign event.

    In an interview with Hannity, Trump again floated the idea of filing charges against Fields after his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery for allegedly roughing up Fields in Florida.

    “She grabbed me!” Trump said. “Maybe I should file charges against her for grabbing me.”

    Fields responded on Twitter to say the presidential frontrunner “continues to lie and lie and lie.”


  16. rikyrah says:

    Michael Jordan congratulated Allen Iverson on making the Hall of Fame
    By iamhectordiaz  @iamHectorDiaz on Apr 5, 2016, 12:26a


  17. Liza says:

    Some Democrats are really losing it. They are shocked, shocked that so many of us have not bowed down before their chosen candidate or at least accepted the inevitability that she shall rule us. Okay, but when did insulting your own base ever win their hearts and minds?

    You, Mr. Frank, are a low information congressman.

    Former Dem Cong Barney Frank compares Sanders supporters to Trump supporters calling them “low information” voters.https://t.co/4tJhMG1oPd— Lizz Brown (@lizzzbrown) April 5, 2016


  18. Liza says:

    Love the peacock videos. They know they are awesome.

  19. Ametia says:


  20. rikyrah says:

    Clinton, Sanders knock controversial judge as Wisconsin heats up
    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the presidential primary race as both parties turn their focus to Wisconsin where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both including criticism of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley in their campaigning.

  21. rikyrah says:

    I might have missed it, but did we discuss Ivana’s latest statements?

    From the New York Post:

    Ivana Trump said the first step for America to regain respect is adopting the billionaire’s immigration policies.

    “And I’m an immigrant,” said Ivana, who was born in the Czech Republic.

    “As long as you come here legally and get a proper job … we need immigrants. Who’s going to vacuum our living rooms and clean up after us? Americans don’t like to do that,” she added.

    The Republican presidential front-runner’s first wife insisted she has “nothing against Mexicans.”

    “But if they [come] here — like this 19-year-old, she’s pregnant, she crossed over a wall that’s this high. She gives birth in American hospital, which is for free. The child becomes American automatically,” she said. “She brings the whole family, she doesn’t pay the taxes, she doesn’t have a job, she gets housing, she gets the food stamps. Who’s paying? You and me.”

    • eliihass says:


      The privilege of having the ‘right’ color …whether born in America or not…

      No matter how previously lowly and impoverished, morally bankrupt or despicable…one gets to take their rightful and automatic place at the top of the wrung in America …and then proceed to freely proffer ones racist and condescending opinions in the worst possible english – complete with foreign accent, dripping entitlement and all…

  22. rikyrah says:

    Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey
    The soprano makes an historic return to the Met — accompanied by choir and special guests — in a recital of Spirituals inspired by the journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad.


  23. rikyrah says:

    West Wing Reports ✔ ‎@WestWingReport
    Commencement addresses by Michelle Obama this year: Jackson State U. (Jackson, MS); Santa Fe Indian School (NM), City College of NY

    • eliihass says:

      Do some of these folks think that by addressing her as FLOTUS, or the First Lady, that their followers and readers wouldn’t know …or they’d leave their readers ‘confused’ about who they’re talking about..

  24. rikyrah says:

    Replacements Making Obama Look Very Good
    by BooMan
    Tue Apr 5th, 2016 at 08:22:40 AM EST

    Rasmussen polls has never been very friendly to the president, but even they acknowledge that his full month index reached a three-year high in March. And they’re the only polling outfit that still shows Obama with a net negative approval number. Polling from Gallup, Pew Research, ABC News/Washington Post, and CNN/ORC all has the president with an approval number better than fifty percent. Bloomberg has him at 50%-44%. I probably don’t agree with John Hood about much, but I think he’s right about this:

    Most voters think Clinton, at least, has relevant experience, which is why she thumps Trump in virtually all head-to-head polls and is heavily favored in the fall. But most Americans are disappointed in the choices before them, and rightly so.

    Which is why, I believe, President Obama’s approval ratings are on a bit of an upswing. By comparison, he looks like a leader…


  25. rikyrah says:

    ‘One person, one vote’ prevails at Supreme Court
    04/04/16 12:40 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The fundamental principle of “one person, one vote” is widely recognized as a pillar of the American political system, but some conservative legal activists pressed the Supreme Court to clarify exactly what it means. As MSNBC’s Zack Roth reported this morning, the justices did exactly that this morning.
    By a vote of 8-0, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge brought by conservative voters to the principle of “one person, one vote.” […]

    “As history, precedent and practice demonstrate, it is plainly permissible for jurisdictions to measure equalization by the total population of state and local legislative districts,” wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the court. Ginsburg’s opinion was joined by Justices John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito each wrote separate concurring opinions.

    You read that right: in one of the term’s most important cases, the Supreme Court’s justices were actually unanimous. The full ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott is online here.

    Some high-court cases can be tough to navigate, but this one’s pretty straightforward. As we discussed last May, under the status quo, legislative districts are based on total populations. The Census Bureau counts the number of people and lines are drawn accordingly, with roughly equal numbers of people in each district.

    For some conservatives, however, this is a flawed and unfair model. Counting everyone, they argue, ends up including people who can’t vote – non-citizens, ex-felons, minors, etc. – which has the effect of diluting the voting power of those who live in districts with more voter-eligible citizens. When drawing district lines, the right has argued, it’s better to look exclusively at the number of eligible and/or registered voters. The counter to this argument is that elected officials represent the needs and interests of an area, without regard for whether the people in that area are voter-eligible citizens or not.

    There is, of course, a reason conservatives have been excited about this case, and it has nothing to do with democratic principles. As we talked about in December, if legislative districts are drawn based on the number of eligible voters, instead of the number of people, it has the practical effect of shifting political power away from cities (which tend to be more progressive and more diverse areas) and towards rural areas (which tend to be more conservative and less diverse).

  26. rikyrah says:

    As minimum wage makes gains, the opposition splinters
    04/05/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    There is no realistic hope of raising the federal minimum wage so long as there’s a Republican Congress, but away from the Beltway, striking progress continues.

    In a political climate defined by stagnant wages for millions of workers, growing inequality and populist revolts in both parties, activists from outside of the political establishment and low-wage workers achieved a major victory on Monday when the Democratic governors of California and New York both signed bills that would gradually increase their states’ minimum wages to $15 per hour.

    In California, the legal minimum will go from $10 an hour now to $15 in 2022. In New York, which currently has a $9 minimum wage, the increase to $15 will apply to New York City by the end of 2018, counties surrounding the city by 2021, and more gradually in parts of the state where the cost of living is less.

    In a statement celebrating the developments, President Obama said, “Since I first called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage in 2013, 18 states and more than 40 cities and counties have acted on their own – thanks to the strong leadership of elected officials, businesses, and workers who organized and fought so hard for the economic security families deserve. Now Congress needs to act to raise the federal minimum wage and expand access to paid leave for all Americans.”

    Of course, with a far-right Republican majority in the U.S. House and Senate, the odds of success are effectively non-existent. But why is that? GOP opposition to even a slight increase in the federal minimum wage is as obvious as it is ferocious, but why are Republicans so obstinate on the issue, especially in light of broad public support for a wage hike?

    Most GOP policymakers won’t simply acknowledge their philosophical objection, but rather, they’ll say Republicans are honoring the wishes of “job creators” in the private sector – to raise the minimum wage, the argument goes, will hurt employers in businesses nationwide who don’t want, and can’t afford, a higher federal minimum.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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  30. Good morning, everyone!

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