Thursday Open Thread | ‘Love on My Mind’ Week

More LOVE… So many songs of LOVE.

Robert Palmer-‘Addicted to Love’

Earth, Wind & Fire- ‘After the Love is Gone’

Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting-All for Love

Lou Rawls-You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

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42 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | ‘Love on My Mind’ Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    Say it with me, boys and girls


    I don’t get why this is difficult. Man submits an expense report, and if there are 100 lines listed, 90 have HIS name on it, and you don’t get that this is one long grift?

    That bullshyt about him ‘ forgiving’ the loan he made to the campaign.

    I said it before -the donors weren’t giving shyt for him to repay himself.

    and, if you actually believe he ‘ forgave’ the loan…you deserve to lose whatever monies you give to that con man.


    What is Left Hand Enterprises and why did the Trump campaign pay it $730,000?
    June 23 at 2:30 PM

    One of the top vendors to Donald Trump’s campaign is a company that formed in Delaware at the end of April.

    On April 25, a new company called Left Hand Enterprises LLC was formed in Delaware, listing its address at an incorporation service provider in Wilmington.

    A few days later, the firm received two big payments totaling $503,133 from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to print and send a major shipment of direct mail. The campaign cut another $227,504 check to Left Hand Enterprises on May 2, new campaign finance filings show.

    The rapid series of payments — $730,637 over five days — made Left Hand the 10th biggest vendor to the Trump campaign for the entire election cycle. But why it was hired, and what work it provided, remains a mystery even to some top Trump aides.

    The campaign’s use of the mysterious pop-up firm has surfaced at a time of financial tumult for the Trump operation, which began June low on funds and has come under scrutiny for making large reimbursements to his companies.

  2. rikyrah says:

    About the Supreme Court decision with regards to immigration:

    I hope that folks out there understand this.

    1. THIS is the reason that President Obama wanted Comprehensive Immigration Reform passed in Congress. He DOES NOT like to go the Executive Decision route. He would much rather prefer to it be settled IN LAW – not at the WHIMS of whomever occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    2. THIS is why you need a CONGRESS that will work. So, sniping at the President, or any other Democratic Member of Congress was a waste of time. The ones blocking Comprehensive Immigration Reform have ALWAYS been REPUBLICANS. Your protests and campouts should have been in Mitch McConnell’s and Orange Julius’ offices.

    3. Elections matter. For Congress and Senate – not just President.

    4. Do you see how directly impacted your life is BECAUSE OF THE SUPREME COURT?

    WHY it matters who gets to choose the judges on the Supreme Court.

    If you do not understand what the consequences of a President Trump – not only his existence, but who he would nominate to the Court…

    I’ve got nothing else…

    To me, it’s spelled out, plain as day.

    Folks need to be REGISTERED to vote.
    Folks need to get OUT to vote.
    Folks need to see the importance of voting for CONGRESS and SENATE.

  3. rikyrah says:

    If your opening sentence about Affirmative Action isn’t
    “White women are its largest beneficiary”
    Then I know that you are not interested in having a serious discussion.


    White women benefit most from affirmative action — and are among its fiercest opponents
    Updated by Victoria M. Massie on June 23, 2016, 12:00 p.m. EST

    The University of Texas Austin was Abigail Fisher’s dream school. Fisher, from Sugar Land, Texas, a wealthy Houston suburb, earned a 3.59 GPA in high school and scored an 1180 on the SATs.

    Not bad, but not enough for the highly selective UT Austin in fall 2008; Fisher’s dreams were dashed when she was denied admission.

    In response, Fisher sued. Her argument? That applicants of color, whose racial backgrounds were included as a component of the university’s holistic review process, were less-qualified students and had displaced her.

    Students graduating in the top 10 percent of any Texas high school are granted an automatic spot at UT Austin. Other students are evaluated through a holistic review process including a race-blind review of essays and creating a personal achievement score based on leadership potential, honors and awards, work experience, and special circumstances that include socioeconomic considerations such as race.

    A few are accepted through provisional slots that include attending a summer program prior to the fall. One black student, four Latino students, and 42 white students with lower scores than Fisher were accepted under these terms. Also rejected were 168 African-American and Latino students with better scores than Fisher.


    A 1995 report by the California Senate Government Organization Committee found that white women held a majority of managerial jobs (57,250) compared with African Americans (10,500), Latinos (19,000), and Asian Americans (24,600) after the first two decades of affirmative action in the private sector. In 2015, a disproportionate representation of white women business owners set off concerns that New York state would not be able to bridge a racial gap among public contractors.

    A 1995 report by the Department of Labor found that 6 million women overall had advances at their job that would not have been possible without affirmative action. The percentage of women physicians tripled between 1970 and 2002, from 7.6 percent to 25.2 percent, and in 2009 women were receiving a majority of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, according to the American Association of University Women. To be clear, these numbers include women of all races; however, breaking down affirmative action beneficiaries by race and gender seems to be rare in reported data.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Mom reveals her secret spy life to kids
    By Martha D. Peterson, Special to CNN
    Mon June 20, 2016

    The following is an excerpt of Martha Peterson’s book, “The Widow Spy.”

    (CNN) – Before I left for work that balmy spring morning in McLean, Virginia, I placed my casually worded note on the kitchen counter where my kids couldn’t miss it.

    It was April 1997.
    Tyler was 17 and Lora was 15. They had the day off from school with no plans, so I didn’t have to compete with more interesting options. Who knew what made me decide to tell them on this particular day, wondering how they would react to my secret.
    Maybe this wouldn’t be a big deal to them, but I was apprehensive.

    Friends at work warned me, if I waited too long for this true confession, my children would be angry that I had not trusted them. I always stressed to my children that their only choice was to tell the truth.

    Now I had to admit that I had lied to them.

    Lora called me around 10 a.m., having been awakened by her voracious hunger pangs. I replied that I wanted to meet them for lunch because they had a day off for Good Friday. I sensed this aroused her curiosity because I never met them for lunch. She agreed to get Tyler up in time to arrive in McLean by noon. I assured her that Tyler knew where the Roy Rogers was.
    I had been parked for fifteen minutes when Tyler wheeled his Chevy Blazer into the spot next to mine. Tumbling into my car, Lora in front and Tyler in back, they asked, “So what’s up?”

    Funny, after all the roles I had played in my life, I had not devised a suitable preamble for what I was about to tell them.

    So I just blurted out: “I work for the CIA.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Damon Young, 6/23/16


    This decision is a major blow to 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier-ass White people who wish to be treated like Maseratis. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a White person. (Hi White people reading this!) Or even being an average White person. Most people — Black, White, Kappa, etc — are average people. Because math. But there is something particularly and specifically American wrong with reflexively assuming that the reason why your second Wednesday in March-ass ass was passed over was because you happen to be a White woman. And then being so hurt by this fabricated wrong that you take your regifted bottle of three-year-old Almaden Heritage-ass ass to the Supreme Court.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Supreme Court blocks Obama admin’s immigration policy
    06/23/16 11:01 AM—UPDATED 06/23/16 11:08 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In November 2014, soon after the midterm elections, President Obama announced he’d found a way forward on overhauling immigration policy, relying exclusively on his executive authority. As regular readers may recall, the result was a policy known as DAPA – Deferred Action for Parental Accountability – in which the White House, among other things, extended temporary status to millions of undocumented immigrants, shielding them from deportation threats and allowing them to apply for work permits.

    At the time, the Justice Department took the unusual step of publishing a dense, 33-page legal memo, explaining in great detail exactly why the president’s executive actions are legally permissible under existing laws, rulings, and precedents. Federalist Society members couldn’t come up with a constitutional objection; Obama’s actions are in line with what some of his Republican predecessors did without incident; and the whole legal argument against Obama’s actions seemed a little silly.

    And yet, the White House’s Republican critics felt a little differently, and 26 states a filed suit challenging DAPA. In an unexpected result, the far-right opponents of the administration’s policy have won – at least for now. NBC News’ Pete Williams reported this morning:

    The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 Thursday over a challenge to President Obama’s immigration policy, a result that prevents the administration from putting the program into effect during the rest of his term. […]

    The death of Antonin Scalia left the Supreme Court evenly divided on the issue. Thursday’s tie vote means the justices were unable to announce a ruling, an outcome that leaves in place the lower court rulings against enforcing the plan.

  7. rikyrah says:

    An on point comment from BJ about what opposing the President with regards to the immigration case is REALLY about:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    @Face: Once they succeed with that, they want to get rid of family integration green cards and birthright citizenship. Then get rid of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. Then interning undesirable citizens like the judge with Mexican heritage. Its all a part of Make America White Again. Most immigrants get this.

  8. rikyrah says:

    About the Affirmative Action Case:

    The Fisher Case was bogus as phuck to begin with. I can’t even begin to explain how ridiculous it would have been to strike affirmative action over this case, of a mediocre White girl who was either too stupid or too lazy to do the work that would have gotten her into the top 10% of her class, and thus, an automatic spot at UT.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Cantaloupe King Loses Bid to Block Tubman Twenties
    Iowa Rep. Steve King might be the worst person in the House of Representatives.

    by Martin Longman
    June 22, 2016 11:57 AM

    Based on what I know about Rep. Steve King of Iowa, it would be inexplicable if he didn’t introduce an amendment to block the Treasury Department from putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. That he did so was as predictable as April Showers.

    What was also very predictable was that he’d shirk taking ownership of his racist motivation. I don’t quite understand why Rep. King is so willing to be a voice for the most reactionary white supremacists in the country but always claims that he’s not a racist and that it’s his critics who are the racists.

    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) proposed an amendment to a spending bill that would [prohibit] the use of funds to redesign any Federal Reserve note or coin. He said that the amendment was not intended as a slight to Tubman, but a symbol of his “conservative” commitment to preserving history.

    “It’s not about Harriet Tubman, it’s about keeping the picture on the $20,” King told Politico. “Y’know? Why would you want to change that? I am a conservative, I like to keep what we have.”

    The Iowa Republican went on to say that it was “racist” and “sexist” to suggest that a woman or person of color be included on U.S. currency. For King, the proposal to replace former president Andrew Jackson, a slaveowner, with an abolitionist and feminist icon was “liberal activism.”

    “This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine’s unifying,” he told Politico. “It says just don’t change anything.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    Bevin Dis-Kynects Medicaid In Kentucky
    And so seven months after taking office, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin makes good on his threat to wreck the country’s most successful Medicaid expansion under the ACA and replace it with Indiana’s broken plan where everyone pays a monthly premium for Medicaid “out of dignity”.

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday he’s seeking a Medicaid waiver from the federal government.
    If the Medicaid waiver is approved, Bevin said it will result in $2.2 billion in taxpayer savings.
    Bevin announced his “transformative and sustainable program” called Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health, or HEALTH. Under the plan, Kentucky would impose premiums on able-bodied adults from $1 to $15, depending on their income levels.
    Bevin said requiring Medicaid expansion users to pay for their own premiums will give them “dignity and respect.” The program is about teaching people, he said, emphasizing it is a “learning experience.”

    One catch though, for people who have been on Medicaid for “years” it seems that $15 a month may not “fully cover” benefits. Also, it seems that Gov. Bevin will “use health care dollars” to address the state’s opoid addiction epidemic, but he doesn’t say how. On top of that, there are several things that will no longer be covered by HEALTH that Medicaid in Kentucky covers now, like “non-emergency transportation”. Also, Bevin says that the program will go statewide but start as a “trial” in “select counties” first, by which I’m betting he means Fayette and Jefferson counties. You know, Lexington and Louisville. Where those people live.

    That’s how he’ll get away with it with the voters until after he’s up for re-election in 2019.

    Oh, and finally, he’s taking 400,000 hostages.

    Bevin said if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does not grant the waiver, he will still move ahead with his plan to repeal Medicaid expansion in the state.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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