Thursday Open Thread | Steve Winwood Week

More Winwood…. C’mon now, folks, ya’ll know you listened & loved this music of the 80s!



While You See a Chance

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28 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Steve Winwood Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    Adam Jentleson
    Reid on the floor: Since McConnell is “embracing Trump, you can only assume he agrees with Trump’s view that women are dogs and pigs.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    On Facebook, Trump’s Longtime Butler Calls for Obama to Be Killed

    “This prick needs to be hung for treason!!!”
    By David Corn | Thu May 12, 2016 1:40 PM EDT

    Anthony Senecal, who worked as Donald Trump’s butler for 17 years before being named the in-house historian at the tycoon’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, has repeatedly published posts on his Facebook page that express profound hatred for President Barack Obama and declare he should be killed.

  3. On my way to see my sister. She just came home from the hospital. She wanted my Chicken Noodle Soup. She must think I can cook? :) She’s the chief cook in the family.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The fallout from House Bill 2 just keeps getting bigger


    McCrory has claimed that a large number of businesses supported the law, but his office has not listed those companies despite many media requests.

    NC Values Coalition, which urged passage of the law, claimed in a Tuesday news release that it had a list of more than 300 North Carolina businesses which had pledged support for HB 2. Claiming that most businesses feared retaliation if their support was made public, the group released a list of 17 companies it said had agreed to openly support the law.

    But the largest and most influential of the companies on that list — HanesBrands of Winston-Salem — said it doesn’t support the law and asked to be removed.

    “HanesBrands has not taken a position on HB 2 other than to note that it will have no effect on our company’s strong anti-discrimination policies and practices that include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” spokesman Matt Hall said in an email to the News & Record.

    When asked about the HanesBrands error, NC Values Coalition spokeswoman Kami Mueller said her group acknowledges the mistake and has removed the company from its list.
    When asked about the veracity of the rest of the list, Mueller clarified that it actually represents more than 300 individuals, not businesses.

    “The people on the list are business leaders who gave permission for their companies to be listed,” Mueller said.

    But Keith Zimmerman, the HanesBrands employee on the NC Values Coalition list of supporters, “does not hold a leadership position in which he would speak for the company,” according to Hall.

  5. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh


    The persistence of the reality gap matters
    05/12/16 12:45 PM—UPDATED 05/12/16 12:56 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The latest national survey from Public Policy Polling included quite a few interesting tidbits, but there was one area in particular that stood out for me.

    There continues to be a lot of misinformation about what has happened during Obama’s time in office. 43% of voters think the unemployment rate has increased while Obama has been President, to only 49% who correctly recognize that it has decreased. And 32% of voters think the stock market has gone down during the Obama administration, to only 52% who correctly recognize that it has gone up.

    In both cases Democrats and independents are correct in their understanding of how things have changed since Obama became President, but Republicans claim by a 64/27 spread that unemployment has increased and by a 57/27 spread that the stock market has gone down.

    “It’s a fact that unemployment has gone down and the stock market has gone up during the Obama administration,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But GOP voters treat these things more as issues of opinion than issues of fact.”

  6. Lord, come and see about us….

  7. Ametia says:

    Hola! Everyone.:)))

  8. rikyrah says:

    Hiring ‘the best people’ shouldn’t be this difficult
    05/12/16 10:40 AM—UPDATED 05/12/16 10:49 AM

    By Steve Benen
    Donald Trump likes to boast about his ability to hire extraordinary employees. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin joked a couple of months ago, “Donald Trump brags that as president he will hire the best people, the greatest people. They’ll be so great, you’ll be sick of great people.”

    If only Trump’s claims were in any way true. In the private sector, the New York Republican struggled to hire the best people, but as a presidential candidate, he’s surrounded himself with a rather woeful team.

    And the problem is arguably getting worse. Politico reported yesterday:
    Donald Trump’s campaign has enlisted influential conservative economists to revise his tax package and make it more politically palatable by slashing the $10 trillion sticker price. […]

    [T]he campaign last month contacted at least two prominent conservative economists – Larry Kudlow, the CNBC television host, and Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation and a longtime Wall Street Journal writer – to spearhead an effort to update the package.

    I realize that Kudlow and Moore probably aren’t household names, but if these are the folks Team Trump is turning to, it’s a reminder as to just how bad the campaign is at choosing “the best people” for key tasks.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Rudy Giuliani eyed for controversial GOP ‘commission’
    05/12/16 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As recently as December, Donald Trump announced support for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Asked last week whether he stands by one of his most outrageous proposals, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee reiterated his support for the idea – twice.

    Yesterday, however, as Rachel noted on last night’s show, Trump told Fox News the proposed ban was “only a suggestion,” adding, “It hasn’t been called for yet.” I’m not altogether sure what that means – it has been “called for,” by Trump himself – but this is apparently Trump’s way of making his more outlandish ideas sound more palatable.

    Nevertheless, Trump is moving forward with ideas as to how best to implement his “suggestion.” The AP reported yesterday:
    Donald Trump says he may set up a commission to study his immigration policies and his proposed ban on foreign Muslims entering the U.S. The man he may ask to lead the commission is the former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, who’s called Trump’s idea of a Muslim ban unconstitutional. […]

    He says a commission would examine all those issues, as well as the question of letting in Syrian refugees, and it would be “possibly headed” by Giuliani, the mayor when New York was attacked on 9/11.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Why Donald Trump’s tax-return defense isn’t working
    05/12/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 05/12/16 08:26 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump suggested to the Associated Press this week that he may be the first major-party nominee in the post-Watergate era not to release his tax returns. That’s touched off a fairly serious controversy, for which the candidate has no credible defense.

    The presumptive Republican nominee spoke to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren last night about his position, arguing that he’d “like to” disclose the tax documents, “hopefully before the election,” but he’s waiting for the end of an IRS audit. The problem with this excuse is that it doesn’t make sense: an IRS audit doesn’t preclude someone from sharing their returns.

    Indeed, as Rachel noted on the show last night, even Richard Nixon, during his presidency, released his tax materials in the midst of an IRS audit. Trump could, if he wanted to, release these returns whenever he feels like it. For reasons he won’t explain, the GOP candidate just doesn’t want to.

    But my favorite twist in this story was this quote from a prominent Trump ally. Politico reported:
    Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier who recently backed Trump, told Fox News that the real estate mogul’s reluctance is due to “the complication of the return, the fact that he’s under an audit, he feels that he doesn’t want to give out that information to the general public and have a whole nightmare situation with opposition research trying to pick holes through the return.”

    Note, Scaramucci, a prominent Republican fundraiser, just this week signed on as an official member of Trump’s national finance committee. He’s not, in other words, just some outside observer; Scaramucci is a new member of Team Trump.

  11. rikyrah says:

    ‘the face of american fascism’
    By Nerdy Wonka

    Half of Americans see “fascist undertones” in the Donald Trump campaign according to a Huffpost/YouGov poll released this week. I would go further and say that in this election, we are facing a choice for the first time in American history to vote for or against fascism assuming control of the U.S. presidency. Donald Trump is the face of American fascism. I don’t know if those polled know what fascism means, but as a student of political science and history, I know the meaning of the word in its common ideology and how fascist dictatorship has damaged our world historically. The common elements of fascism as an ideology have been these: appeal to authoritarian absolutism, violence as a means of assuming and maintaining power and order and eliminating or intimidating political opponents, racism as a means of scapegoating and targeting ethnic and religious minorities, misogynistic patriarchy as a means of subjugating and dominating the female population.

  12. rikyrah says:

    VoteRiders is making sure that no eligible citizen is denied his or her right to vote for lack of ID.

    VoteRiders focuses on states with government-issued voter ID laws or that require documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote. Our current priority state is Wisconsin, and we are also supporting efforts in AL, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, MS, NC, ND, NH, RI, SC, TN, TX, and VA…

  13. rikyrah says:


    George Zimmerman is auctioning off his firearm that he used to kill Trayvon Martin.

    I will not link to the story.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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