Wednesday Open Thread | ‘Love on My Mind’ Week

Happy HUMP day, Everyone. Today’s LOVE tunes feature the QUEEN of SOUL & The Emotions

Aretha

Emotions

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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  6. rikyrah says:

    Awesomely Luvvie ✔ @Luvvie
    “Strength like yours is best expressed in stillness.” That’s Saved and Sanctified speak for “GIRL STFU already.” #Greenleaf

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  8. rikyrah says:

    President Obama
    7 hrs ·
    Today, people on both sides of the Atlantic are coming together to honor the remarkable life of Jo Cox. I did not have the privilege of knowing her. But I know the spirit that defined her life. When I first ran for President, she came to America and volunteered on my campaign. She gave her time and passion to a country that was not her own because she believed in an idea that transcends borders and cultures – the power of people to bring about change, from the grassroots up.

    She later described being in North Carolina on election night watching an elderly African American grandmother holding her granddaughter on her knees. And through her tears, she told her granddaughter, “When I was your age they said we couldn’t sit on the bus, now we’re the President. We must never doubt how much things can change.”
    Jo knew that our politics, at its best, still works – that, if we recognize our humanity in each other, we can advance the social justice, human dignity and peace that we seek in the world.

    Reflecting on a difficult time in university, she once said that it made her realize that it mattered where you were born, how you spoke and who you knew.

    In her radiant life, Jo turned that truth on its head. She was such an effective public servant for her beloved Yorkshire because she was born there. She earned the respect of her colleagues in Parliament because she was unafraid to speak her mind. And countless women, children and refugees around the world live with more dignity and hope because they knew Jo Cox and were touched by her work on their behalf.

    Today, we stand united – British, Americans and people around the world – to affirm that the hate and violence that took her from us are ultimately no match for the love and compassion that she spread in her life.

    On behalf of the American people, I offer our deepest condolences to Jo’s parents, sister, husband Brendan, son Cuillin and daughter Lejla. May these two young children, like all our children, never doubt how much things can change. With our help, may they grow up in a world of greater tolerance, justice and peace – a future that would make their mum proud.

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I wonder how their knees and backs are doing. It’s not like they are in their youth. (Contrast to the young activists chant in 2014 which was “We’re young. We’re strong. We’ll march all night long.”)

    Wonder how much they thought this through. The women should certainly should have realized that skirts and dresses were not practical for a sit-in.

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  12. eliihass says:

    Good for Donna Edwards for being the bigger person…sitting with those petty backstabbers …

    Still waiting for anyone to make the lame argument that we need more women in the Senate – after the women backed a man over a qualified and capable and well-prepared woman who would have also made history…

    Except that Donna Edwards didn’t make the cut because she wasn’t Becky with the good hair…or Becky’s half-sister…

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Register for Kids Skate Free!

    http://kidsskatefree.com/

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  14. rikyrah says:

    FYI:

    Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long, Valued At Over $500 Per Child!
    Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

    Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

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    • Ametia says:

      Rubio & Christie, TWO MAJOR FAILS

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      • eliihass says:

        In the end it’s no surprise really that all these politicians ain’t sh*t …and worse, have absolutely nothing going for them – or anything to offer …especially when they are finally stripped of all the many magic cloaks the media and their handlers and the spin-masters swathe them in …

        They are all nothing but deeply hollow megalomaniacs and narcissists who are fluffed-up and propped-up creations of media and political operatives working at the behest of their equally megalomaniac and narcissistic oligarch owners…

        Hillary Clinton included…(especially when after 35 years in ‘public service’ all one really has to show for ‘tangible accomplishments’ is a singular one….’helping’ to get 8 million kids covered under the CHIP program – based entirely on efforts led by, and legislation Ted Kennedy had long pushed for and sponsored – and gets every credit for…)

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      • Liza says:

        Yeah, and Ted isn’t here to defend his accomplishments. Kind of like grave robbing, huh?

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  19. Ametia says:

    I’m sorry folks, but I can’t get with all these photo ops, smiling and cheesing for the cameras to get gun legislation passed.

    It feels staged, and likely nothing will come of it, except these folks being remembered for the sit-in doing election time.

    Have I become TOO JADED, TO CYNICAL? Don’t judge me. LOL

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    • eliihass says:

      I’m all the way there with you Ametia..

      My initial and only reaction was YAWN…and a couple of eye rolls…My poor eyes have been completely overworked recently..

      This is like several years too late…way too little, way too late…

      And even then, look at them…each trying harder than the next to make sure they have just the right spot so they are seen on camera…

      If these folks had been doing their job all these years, and fully asserting themselves as fully elected members of Congress…instead of cowering and slithering around in dark shadows and mostly MIA and mealy-mouthed… we would be so ahead by now…and the republicans wouldn’t have gotten away with all the obstruction and crap they’ve gotten away with…

      Most of these folks we’re now seeing and hearing from again, have been completely MIA for 8 years…

      But we’re supposed to pat them on the back now for sitting on the floor of the House today…pffftt..

      Please..

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    • Liza says:

      I am so jaded and cynical that I cannot even recognize when other folks are. It just seems normal. But I agree with Eliihass, it’s too little and it’s too late. And from what I can see in pictures, there aren’t very many of them participating.

      They are going to have to feel immense pressure from the electorate before they get anything done on gun control.

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      • eliihass says:

        This initially landed under the wrong post …

        Like this is somehow going to make a difference…so ridiculous..

        These are legislators that if they had been doing their job and pushing back hard and giving as good as the bloody republicans had been giving, should have had more to stand on today…

        But no…they were too busy doing everything but the job they were sent to D.C to do…and too busy and cowardly alternately sulking and dodging…

        Sulking that they were not being sufficiently wined and dined and being made to feel important by the President…

        And too busy dodging so as not to be seen as aligned with the President so as not to offend some of their benefactors and crazy constituents..

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      • Ametia says:

        Think about it, ladies, all these folk who’ve been MIA for the pat 8 years, were the first ones to come out of the gate for the HILLSTER.

        RIGHT ON CUE.. JUST IN TIME, even Hillary’ FAKE-AZZ TWEET in support of their sit-in.

        WE SEE THEM

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      • eliihass says:

        Exactly Ametia…that’s what I’ve been trying to remind my fam…

        I will give Gwen Moore a slight pass for being the only one honorable enough to endorse and stand with Donna Edwards in that mess that was the Maryland Senatorial primary…

        Women for women my foot..

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  20. LIZA

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    • eliihass says:

      SG, you know there’s a concerted effort to shut this all the way down…make it all go away…

      The media have their orders not to cover any of it …and even those we thought honorable..and who we thought ought to know better, are complicit..

      It’s all well and good to focus on damning Trump and making a case against him ever being president based on his character…but that does not in any way explain away, absolve or redeem Hillary and *her* character… her dishonesty, integrity deficit… and just how corrupt and dishonorable she is in even more potentially impactful and concerning ways …

      Precisely because she is entrenched in, and embodies all that has been worst about our democracy as it has operated (something we all believed we were on our way to doing away with – or at a minimum, reversing) …and in every way, she’s been part of what is wrong with and worst about our politics…what and how we’ve been as a country…the corruption that threatens our faith in our democracy…and as it remains, American democracy at its dishonorable best…with its double standards and back room deals…
      ..and dubious dealings that spill over into policy and how and why we continue to do what we do that has proven not only futile, but disastrous and dangerous…at home and abroad …and more importantly, stuff that remains at its heart, inconsistent with what we as Americans – and our great and honorable nation, are supposed to be and stand for – if we are to believe those who insist in making supposed moral arguments, that this is not who we are as Americans…or that this is not what America stands for..

      Those words sound just as ridiculous and ring just as hollow when we are told that Hillary has somehow earned the right to not only be the first woman president, but to even occupy the oval office at all…

      America can do so much better …

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    • Liza says:

      It is outrageous that she did this to begin with, the whole private server setup. All these concerns about national security information and the SoS sets up her own shop. Her insistence that all of this was perfectly okay is even more outrageous. If she doesn’t understand this technology, which she clearly doesn’t, it was all the more reason to abide by the rules and work within the system provided by the government.

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      • eliihass says:

        Like this is somehow going to make a difference…so ridiculous..

        These are legislators that if they had been doing their job and pushing back hard and giving as good as the bloody republicans had been giving, should have had more to stand on today…

        But no…they were too busy doing everything but the job they were sent to D.C to do…and too busy and cowardly alternately sulking and dodging…

        Sulking that they were not being sufficiently wined and dined and being made to feel important by the President…

        And too busy dodging so as not to be seen as aligned with the President so as not to offend some of their benefactors and crazy constituents..

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      • eliihass says:

        Sorry Liza, my other response landed under the wrong post..

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  21. Liza says:

    Y’all, have any of you watched this documentary on ESPN? If so, what do you think?

    Wow !!!! Ok we're gonna have to talk about this tomorrow on The Collision #OJMadeInAmerica pic.twitter.com/eB6Y5aR2eV— Etan Thomas (@etanthomas36) June 22, 2016

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    • Ametia says:

      No, but I just watched ‘The People vs OJ Simpson 2 weekends ago.

      It was riveting, even though we knew the outcome. Great cast too.

      I heard this ESPN take was SCATHING on OJ.

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    • rikyrah says:

      I lived through the OJ case the first time. Don’t need to see anything more about it.

      The jury got it right.

      The Not Guilty was right.

      The LAPD attempted to frame a guilty man, and because they did and got caught doing it, he had to go free. No other outcome

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      • Ametia says:

        SPEAK on IT.

        And it was because the jury came back with the CORRECT VERDICT that Black folks have been paying for it with their LIVES…..The justice system IS set up to ensure those verdicts for Trayvon, Michael, Eric Garner’s KILLER GO UNPUNISHED!

        BLACK LIVES MATTER

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    • Liza says:

      Amazingly enough, the OJ trial missed me back in the 90s. It happened when we were having all kinds of problems at work, we just had a big lay-off, and I was working long hours. All I ever knew were the highlights that you couldn’t miss. But over the years I’ve picked up on the story.

      In general, I think that documentaries are just getting really good as more talented filmmakers are getting resources to make them at a very high level. This documentary is no exception, it is excellent work.

      I don’t think anyone involved in this was spared by the filmmakers. I believe that they made this documentary intending for it to have historical significance which means they had to be truthful to be at that level.

      They presented the relationship between LA law enforcement and the black community in considerable depth but mostly focused on the recent events (including the Rodney King beating) prior to the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

      But throughout the documentary, they interviewed various people who were connected to the story in some way and have a wide range of opinions and/or knowledge. No one gets sympathetic treatment, in my opinion, they are allowed to speak freely.

      As for the outcome of the trial, the filmmakers leave it to the viewer to decide what they think. A case could be made that Johnny Cochran and his team created reasonable doubt which is what they were hired to do. But a case could also be made that Johnny Cochran put the LAPD on trial because there would never be another opportunity like this to show the nation what was happening to the black folks in LA. Kind of an end justifies the means position. Lives could be saved. And there are people who simply believe in OJ’s innocence, like one of his childhood friends who says that he will never believe OJ was capable of such a crime, nothing can make him believe it.

      I think the film is fairly effective in exploring why most folks in the LA black community supported OJ, even though he never supported them and always made it clear that he was in it for “OJ” (referring to himself in the third person) and no one else. But he willingly accepted their support when he needed it and transformed his predicament into a civil rights issue. And, arguably, the LAPD was sloppy at best and the racist cop Mark Furhman was one of the worst prosecution witnesses in the history of law enforcement. One could say the legal standard of reasonable doubt had been achieved. But many folks talked about how the trial became bigger than itself, and there was something much greater at stake than convicting a man who might have killed two white people. One black preacher referred to OJ as a “vessel.”

      Unquestionably, racism is at the core of this story, it is the story. Without racism, OJ would have been a successful athlete with an outstanding NFL career. He probably would have gone to LA to be a businessman and movie star. If he married Nicole Brown and became an abusive wife beater turned stalker then murderer, he would have been picked up by the cops, tried and convicted and no one would have cared except the victim’s families. But in racist America (hence “Made in America”) OJ was the superior black athlete who “transcended” race. He was in it for himself, he said, “I’m not black, I’m OJ.” But why should anyone need to transcend race? OJ saw the opportunity to be that guy, the one who transcends race, and it worked for him until it didn’t.

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  23. rikyrah says:

    The Republican healthcare plan isn’t actually a healthcare plan
    06/22/16 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) boasted on Twitter yesterday, “You’ve asked for it and tomorrow, House Republicans will release our plan to replace Obamacare.” Whether or not this actually constitutes a “plan,” however, is open to some debate.
    After six years of vague talk about a conservative alternative to the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans on Tuesday finally laid out the replacement for a repealed health law – a package of proposals that they said would slow the growth of health spending and relax federal rules for health insurance. […]

    In finally presenting one, Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and his Republican team did not provide a cost estimate or legislative language. But they did issue a 20,000-word plan that provides the most extensive description of their health care alternative to date.
    Perhaps, but let’s not grade on a curve. It was seven years ago this month that House Republican leaders began promising to unveil a GOP health-care-reform plan, and for seven years, the party has done nothing except offer vague soundbites and vote several dozen times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, replacing it with nothing.

    Or put another way, we’ve seen seven years of posturing on health care policy, but no actual governing.

    The New York Times is correct that we now have an “extensive description” of the House Republican vision on the issue, but an “extensive description” does not a plan make. There’s still no legislation; there are still no numbers; there’s still no substance to score and scrutinize.

    The Huffington Post summarized the problem nicely: “Speaker Paul Ryan wants to replace 20 million people’s health insurance with 37 pages of talking points.”

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    • Ametia says:

      It’s Granny-starver’s way of distracting from a thankless job he’s not qualified to do, his party’s presidential nominee is a HOT MESS, and there literally is no competent GOP leader in WASHINGTON.

      WE GOT YOUR NUMBER PAUL RYAN.

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  24. rikyrah says:

    Speaker Paul Ryan Goes “Post-Truth” on a Health Care Plan
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 22, 2016 4:31 PM

    To the extent that Republicans have become “post policy,” Speaker Paul Ryan seems to be leading the charge to return them to being “post truth.” In other words, he is attempting to revive the old system of pretending to present policy proposals that help Americans, but really just benefit the 1%ers. Nowhere is that more obvious than with his unveiling today of a GOP plan to replace Obamacare.

    There is nothing new in this plan. It contains all of the old standbys Republicans have been talking about for a while now: refundable tax credits, health savings accounts, high risk pools, block-granting Medicaid, a voucher program to replace Medicare, etc. Oh, and as Kevin Drum notes, while we’re at it, lets raise the eligibility age for Medicare to 67. But there are two pretty big things that were not included in this “plan”:

    1. No budget information on costs

    2. No projections on what it would mean for the 20 million people who have gained insurance under Obamacare.

    When those kinds of questions come up, here is the response:

    Asked about the plan’s effect on coverage, a Republican leadership aide said Monday, “You’re getting to the dynamic effect of the plan and we can’t answer that until the committees start to legislate.”

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  26. rikyrah says:

    John Lewis – thank you.

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  27. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Here is the live streaming from a representative’s periscope:

    https://www.periscope.tv/w/1RDxlwkaQPgJL

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    • Ametia says:

      Thanks for this, yahtzee. This sit-in is all well and good, but these folks have been at this game long enough to know better to think we’re going to give them a pat on the back for staging these acts.

      No BILL, NO BREAK. We need to vote all these MOFOs out. CLEAN HOUSE-SENATE.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Yes, vote out those with no conscience who refuse to ban assault weapons and refuse to vote for gun control. Sinful that they have done nothing.
        Video (“prayer of the children (Sandy Hook Elementary, 12/14/12)”)

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      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        John Lewis:

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      I have been singing the refrain of “Now! Now! Now!” from Lena Horne’s civil rights song because we have to have gun control NOW!

      I will continue to sing it within myself until we have gun control, justice and equality!

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  33. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    And there have been so many more since this video was made.

    Demand gun control now! Ban assault weapons!!

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  35. America was NEVER white. White Europeans invaded Native land and STOLE it. Act like you don’t know? This “MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN” is the erasure of Native Americans….and YOU will NOT.

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  36. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    John Lewis sit-in speech:

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  43. rikyrah says:

     Are Black Voters Invisible to Democrats?
    High turnout among African Americans was crucial to Democratic victories in 2008 and 2012—so why are they being ignored this time around?
    By Steve Phillips
    JUNE 6, 2016

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     NO PLANS FOR MOBILIZING THE BLACK VOTE
    What you won’t see in the announced plans on the left is any money for making sure that black voters turn out in large numbers in the first national election of the post-Obama era. While Priorities USA has said it will spend some of its $5.3 million set aside for radio ads on black radio and an undetermined amount on digital ads targeting African Americans, there are no funds specifically targeted for the proven and effective grassroots, person-to-person work required to get people out to vote. While there is at least a modest, albeit also underfunded, program to mobilize Latino and immigrant voters, the left and its donors have failed to fund anything comparable among African Americans.

     How is this even possible? The single most frequent question I hear as I travel across the country on my Brown Is the New White book tour is, “Why don’t Democrats and progressives understand the importance of investing in voters of color?” I can think of three reasons for this sad state of affairs: progressives can’t count, don’t care, or can’t see.

    CAN PROGRESSIVES COUNT? THE MATH COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR

    Simple arithmetic shows the centrality of voters of color to any hopes for keeping Trump out of the White House and reclaiming control of the Senate. Twenty-three percent of all Democratic voters in 2012 were African American. More of Obama’s votes in 2012 came from black folks than came from white men. Nearly half of all Democratic voters are people of color (46 percent in 2012), and even more of the potential voters in 2016 will be people of color (31 percent of all eligible voters, up from 29 percent in 2012—an increase of 7.5 million people). For the past 40 years, voters of color have on average cast 79 percent of their votes for Democrats. If 28 percent of the electorate consists of voters of color, and the Democratic nominee gets 81 percent of their votes and 37 percent of the white vote, Trump loses.
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    BLACK VOTERS STILL TAKEN FOR GRANTED
    If progressives can count and yet are still not making smart investments, then it’s possible that they are taking black votes for granted because they see those voters as less important than white swing voters who may be receptive to Trump. Many in the media are equally afflicted with this political myopia. A recent 4,000-word New York Times article purported to analyze the electoral dynamics in eight swing states (Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona) and failed to make any mention at all of black people. This despite the fact that Obama got 5 million fewer white votes in 2012 than in 2008 and was only reelected because of the support of African Americans and other voters of color. It’s as if black folks had nothing to do with electing the first black president and are irrelevant to selecting the next president. It’s as if black people are invisible

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  44. rikyrah says:

    SG2,

    I have not been in your threads about the trial, because it would just keep me in a state of constant rage. As to the racist mofo whose tweet you posted…

    ‘ the innocents’?

    the only one INNOCENT WAS FREDDIE GRAY.

    Who, as I have said from the beginning….

    was ALIVE AND HEALTHY 5 MINUTES BEFORE ENCOUNTERING THE POLICE.

    and DEAD afterwards, with an 80 percent severed spine.

    INNOCENTS?

    Next thing this racist muthaphuckas will be saying is that Gray did this to himself.

    They STILL can’t answer WHAT LAW Gray broke to be confronted by the police in the first place.

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    • Ametia says:

      I feel you Rikyrah. It’s unbearable the lies, deceit, and outright despicable behaviors of our justice system.

      The problem is, NOT ENOUGH FOLKS ARE OUTRAGED! It’s a lot for a few of us to try and stay engaged and informed about all the fuckery that is happening.

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  45. rikyrah says:

    The Future is All About Fusion Politics
    As Republicans cement themselves as the “White People Party,” Democrats need to make room for everyone else.

    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    While remembering our past grounds us, it is also important to have a clear-eyed vision for the future. Over the weekend, my friend Denise Oliver Velez addressed that with an important piece titled: People of color and the future of the Democratic Party, which highlights something Rev. William Barber (leader of the Moral Mondays Movement) calls “fusion politics.”

    The complexion of the United States has shifted over the last few decades, and the future will demonstrate an even more varied set of racial and ethnic demographics. Little wonder why there is a rabid response of racism, xenophobia, and anti-immigration rhetoric from the Republican Party—which we might as well call “The White People Party,” since, according to Gallup “non-Hispanic whites accounted for 89% of Republican self-identifiers nationwide in 2012.”…

    This shift presents a challenge, and not just to white Americans. It also highlights inter-ethnic positions and tensions. Let’s not fool ourselves: Developing fusion politics with whites and erasing friction between and among peoples of color is a challenge…

    No longer is it a given that straight white males will be always be the defining force in Democratic party national or local elections. For us, fusion is our future. Failure to accept, acknowledge, embrace, and work toward that future will set us back.

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  46. Look at this Chicas. Your thoughts on the age of this racist bigot?

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    • Liza says:

      I’m not a linguist, of course, but I’m guessing mid-thirties to forty-ish. Someone who reads and/or listens to right wing propaganda regularly and exclusively. This is based on “linda” being totally misinformed, but believes his/herself to be very informed. Notice that the statement is basically without content, just an insult, and declares the cops innocent. Based on what? “FeralNegros” not having “half a CLUE?” Insulting, but meaningless. I’m estimating the age based on certain words/phrases such as having a clue, reframe, and railroading, as well as a presence on Twitter.

      This is a pathetically ignorant statement by someone who essentially has nothing to say (probably does a lot of parroting what others say) but cheers for the racists who do not want cops punished for killing black men.

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    • Liza says:

      SG2, I looked at this person on Twitter. This is a person or group promoting and defending cops. In other words, noise.

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  47. Trying to get things ready for the 4th of July. I want a flag cake with some strawberries.

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  48. rikyrah says:

    What Happens When One Party Doesn’t Care About Governing?
    Republicans have increasingly become post-policy.

    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 22, 2016 9:32 AM

    Over the course of the Obama presidency, we’ve watched as Republicans have thrown out many of the norms that have been established in order to keep our democracy functioning. It isn’t just things like shouting “You lie!” in a presidential address before a joint session of Congress. And it isn’t just a requirement that basically any vote (including presidential nominations) get a super majority in the Senate. It includes doing things like overtly undermining the executive branch during complex negotiations with other countries (i.e., Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord) and failing to give a Supreme Court nominee a hearing. Remember back during Obama’s first term when Republicans were taking the global economy hostage by threatening to not raise the debt limit? Now we’re witnessing a truly bizarre presidential candidate who is basically running on a platform of breaking all the norms.

    These are the kinds of things a party does when it doesn’t care about governing. So what is it that they actually want? Perhaps Sen. Mitch McConnell articulated it best when – during Obama’s first term – he said that his ultimate goal was to ensure Obama was limited to one term. It’s basically the same rationale he and Speaker Ryan have given for supporting Donald Trump – they want to win the White House, even if it means electing a racist/sexist narcissist. In other words, it’s a power game with the interests of the American people as the pawns.

    I am reminded of something a blogger named mistermix wrote back in 2010 during the height of the budget negotiations.

    As Tim F. posted earlier, Ezra Klein thinks that Obama’s a bad poker player. He may be right, but the analogy isn’t helpful. Poker is a win/lose game. Negotiation is a win/win game, because both parties get something when a deal is struck. Republicans aren’t playing poker or negotiating. They are playing another game, call it “You Must Lose”. They’re happy with win/lose, if they win, but they’ll tolerate lose/lose as long as Obama loses.

    The only analogy that springs to mind when I look at the Republicans’ recent behavior is a bad divorce. Think of a situation where Lisa and Bob are getting a divorce, and Bob is so hell-bent on hurting Lisa that he doesn’t care about their kids or their bank account. Bob will deploy a hundred variations on the same tactic: put the Lisa in a bind where she has to choose between damaging the children and losing money. Lisa will lose money almost every time in order to save the children.

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  49. rikyrah says:

    REMINDER:

    there are 2 episodes of Greenleaf tonight on OWN.

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  50. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    :) Love this:

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  51. rikyrah says:

    Quick Takes: Trump Was a Roy Cohn Apprentice
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 21, 2016 5:32 PM
    POLITICAL ANIMAL BLOG

    * A lot of people (including me) have heard echoes of the McCarthy era in Republican rhetoric over the last few years – especially from Donald Trump. So it should come as no surprise when Jonathan Mahler and Matt Flegenheimer tell us that the presumptive nominee was mentored by none other than Roy Cohn – McCarthy’s right-hand man.

    For Mr. Cohn, who died of AIDS in 1986, weeks after being disbarred for flagrant ethical violations, Mr. Trump was something of a final project. If Fred Trump got his son’s career started, bringing him into the family business of middle-class rentals in Brooklyn and Queens, Mr. Cohn ushered him across the river and into Manhattan, introducing him to the social and political elite while ferociously defending him against a growing list of enemies.

    Decades later, Mr. Cohn’s influence on Mr. Trump is unmistakable. Mr. Trump’s wrecking ball of a presidential bid — the gleeful smearing of his opponents, the embracing of bluster as brand — has been a Roy Cohn number on a grand scale. Mr. Trump’s response to the Orlando massacre, with his ominous warnings of a terrorist attack that could wipe out the country and his conspiratorial suggestions of a Muslim fifth column in the United States, seemed to have been ripped straight out of the Cohn playbook.

    “I hear Roy in the things he says quite clearly,” said Peter Fraser, who as Mr. Cohn’s lover for the last two years of his life spent a great deal of time with Mr. Trump. “That bravado, and if you say it aggressively and loudly enough, it’s the truth — that’s the way Roy used to operate to a degree, and Donald was certainly his apprentice.”

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  52. rikyrah says:

    When It Comes to Health Care for Poor Americans – Elections Matter
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 21, 2016 3:39 PM
    POLITICAL ANIMAL BLOG

    According to the newly elected Democratic Governor of Louisiana – John Bel Edwards – elections matter for poor people without health care. Here is what happened following his own election last year:

    Edwards said the state already has signed up 204,000 people for the expanded Medicaid program since enrollment started June 1, with coverage starting July 1. He, along with of state Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee and Medicaid enrollment director Ruth Kennedy, described the intensive planning that enabled the state to get so many people signed up so quickly, with the goal of enlisting 375,000.

    But even bigger than that, here is what he predicts if Clinton wins the presidential election in November.

    If Hillary Clinton and the Democrats win the November elections, four or five more Southern states will expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act next year, Louisiana’s new Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.

    “If it becomes obvious the Affordable Care Act won’t be repealed, a number of states will opt into the expansion fairly quickly,” he said.

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  53. rikyrah says:

    Listening to the radio news this morning. So, the Orlando killer liked him some Latino love. And, if the report from Univision is to be believed, he just recently found out that one of his secret life “friends ” was HIV+ I do believe that frames what happened in that club clearer now. The question of whether Latin Night was a deliberate choice-I would say yes

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  54. Ametia says:

    How long is Van Jones going to be a fixture on CNN? Any guesses?

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  55. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning ☺, Everyone 😃

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