Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

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80 Responses to Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good discussion here as pertains to today… I am starting the video midway:
    “Uploaded on May 10, 2011
    Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that all would one day truly be equal. And his work has continued long after his death. This week Ovide Duncantell, Founder, Black Heritage Society; Tyrone Tillery, Ph.D, Professor/Author, University of Houston; and Dr. Virgil Wood, Ed.D, former member of Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Senior Associate, Beloved America Jubilee, join us to discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

  2. Ametia, Rikyrah, Liza

    What do you know about Rep. Marcia Fudge?

  3. rikyrah says:

    Steve Marmel ‏@Marmel 3h3 hours ago

    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned from the #DNC
    Also: That’s more responsibility than anyone in Trump campaign has taken for anything.

  4. Ametia says:

    The Pumas are out in full force today, trying to do damage control for the Hillster.

    Hillary Rosen: “DWS’s got her big girl pants on…. WTF. Yes; she does. So now she can put her head between her legs and kiss her over-fried locks GOOD BYE!

    • Liza says:

      Hillary has reached out to Lil’ Debbie and made a special place for her, essentially flipping off Democratic voters who believe that what DWS did to Bernie Sanders was wrong.

      “I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.”

      • Ametia says:

        Of course a deal was struck with LIL Debbie.

        Lil Debbie’s actions helped get her the nomination.

        Debbie’s not going to let her do this, without getting something in return.


      • Liza says:

        Yep. Lil’ Debbie may be an obnoxious, dishonest, manipulating wretch, but I suspect she knows where a few of the skeletons are resting.

    • Angelar says:

      I was not the least surprised about DWS news today. I recall her being a very very strong surrogate for Hillary against Pres. Obama. I told my husband this morning that there was no way she could hold her position and all of sudden become objective for Bernie. No surprise here at all. Wow, does this bring back old memories. Sorry but I will miss the Obamas. I volunteered for them in Alabama, S. Carolina, and KY. Oh man. sigh

  5. rikyrah says:

    Ann Coulter‏@AnnCoulter
    Now, Australian Danielle Pletka says Trump sounds like a national leader “OF RUSSIA.” Pro Tip: Try to get Americans tell us what’s American.

    Danielle Pletka‏@dpletka
    Sweetheart, I am an American. And until recently, a Republican. Thanks for watching.

  6. rikyrah says:

    nellcote • a minute ago
    Pete Dominick ‏@PeteDominick 7h7 hours ago

    MSNBC’s Pros have your Caucasian POV covered

    • Ametia says:

      Brian Willimas: AKA LIAR

      Chuck Todd: former electronic election board massager

      Chris Matthews: Balonia lips-spitting, talks overeveryone

      Andrea Mitchell: GREENSPAN partner who fleeced Amercians as Fed Chairman

      Rachel Maddow: MUCH MORE SMARTER, Superior than POTUS with fake WH EMBLEM on dias!

  7. Hey Chicas!

    When you call out the corruption and fuckery within the Democratic Party, folks think you’re wrong instead of the corruption. Talk about some twisted ISH. I will write what I damn well please and call out the fuckery whether it’s Dems, republicans, black, white, purple or green. The system is rigged AF. The election was a fraud.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Lindsay Gibbs ‏@linzsports
    A cop killed Ruffin-Pratt’s cousin the day she made the @WashMystics. She helped organize the team’s media blackout.

  9. rikyrah says:

    The GOP Shut Down a Program That Might Have Prevented Dallas and Baton Rouge

    Trump is blaming Obama for police shootings. But seven years ago Republicans halted a federal study that sought to detect potential radicalization by veterans.
    July 24, 2016

    During an agitated week in Cleveland, two themes echoed regularly through the Republican National Convention hall and drew thunderous, at times delirious applause: Support America’s veterans. And support America’s police. Thursday night, those themes intertwined in Donald Trump’s declaration that he is the “law and order candidate” in this election.

    “Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation,” Trump said. Then he made the two threats one: “The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life.”

    But what if the acts of terrorism—the killings of police officers—are being perpetrated by veterans?

    As the right-wing outrage machine would have it, the shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge by U.S. military veterans were the fault of President Obama. “How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country?” Trump recently wrote in a Tweet.

    But seven years ago, when a little-known division in the new president’s Department of Homeland Security sought to explore the potential violence of returning veterans—one that might have aided local law enforcement with intelligence in Dallas and Baton Rouge—it was Congressional Republicans who succeeded in pushing to shut the program down.

  10. rikyrah says:

    James Fallows
    6:57 PM / July 23, 2016
    On Tim Kaine’s Debut (Special-Edition Time Capsule #53)

    There’s a special “debut” category for vice-presidential selections who very suddenly find themselves in the world’s media glare.

    VP picks who had mounted serious runs for president don’t quite fit this category. They already knew what it was like to handle big audiences and the press. For example: the elder George Bush became Ronald Reagan’s VP candidate in 1980, but only after running against Reagan in the primary campaign. The same was true of Joe Biden, who had run against Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) for the nomination in 2008 before becoming Obama’s running mate, and had run 20 years earlier too. In electoral politics, Dick Cheney had gotten only as far as Wyoming’s seat in Congress when George W. Bush picked him in 2000. But Cheney was already internationally known as Gerald Ford’s White House chief of staff and George H.W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense during the Gulf War.


    Tim Kaine’s debut was the best of these I’m aware of, or can remember. (Barack Obama’s 2004 convention speech obviously put him on the map, but that was a one-time standalone performance rather than the extended attention that comes with running day after day on a national ticket.) You’ll get the idea about Kaine if you watch the first few minutes below. Points about why I thought it worked, after the jump

  11. rikyrah says:

    Iowa DE Faith Ekakitie stopped by police at gunpoint over mistaken identity
    10:19 AM ET news services

    Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie wrote that he “feared for my life” when stopped by police in a park Wednesday while playing the popular mobile game “Pokemon Go” in a case of mistaken identity.

    Ekakitie wrote in a Facebook post that approximately five Iowa City police officers stopped him and four guns were pointed at him as police searched for a suspect who had robbed a nearby bank 10 minutes earlier.

    “My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband,” Ekakitie wrote. “Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view.”

    Ekakitie said he did not initially respond to police orders to stop because he was approached from behind and was wearing headphones.

  12. rikyrah says:

    By Emily Nussbaum
    JULY 22, 2016


    Then there’s Donald Trump with Ivanka. Poised and polished and smiling, she’s the lovely daughter whose good manners have been lauded ever since she appeared in the 2003 Jamie Johnson documentary “Born Rich.” In a truly addled form of grading on a curve, when it comes to kids from Ivanka’s background, simply being polite, graduating from your father’s alma mater, and then going to work for him are all perceived as remarkable achievements. Marketing her low-end designer clothes on Twitter, Ivanka is a sub-brand of her father, a walking aspirational life style: the Lean-In Working Mom. She is also pretty clearly not a Republican. She should be likable, a role model. In fact, if Trump weren’t her dad, it’s easy to imagine her #WithHer, working alongside her former friend Chelsea.

    Instead, Ivanka’s made the choice to use her gifts to prop up her father’s ugly and xenophobic campaign, employing her charm as a kind of weaponized graciousness. She’s his consort, because Melania can’t be. And could Donald be bad, if Ivanka is good? Where Donald is rude, Ivanka is polite. Where Donald makes piggish insults, Ivanka shrugs: “Oh, Dad!” In last night’s seductive speech, with her corporate-P.R.-wiz delivery, she offered the same anodyne generalizations that her siblings and stepmother made in their speeches. Her dad inspired them; he taught good values; he can be trusted. It was like a Mad Libs compiled from Successories motivational posters, very different from the rambling but endearingly specific stories delivered by one of her father’s old business cronies, just before she took the stage, the one who described himself as “an anchovy on an Ivanka Caesar salad.”


    Before Ivanka’s performance, her brother, Donald, Jr., predicted that his sister would succeed, because she “does the princess thing very well.” Her royalty is what makes her father’s royalty feel real. You’re not supposed to criticize someone’s daughter—and, if the press does, Trump will surely be able to score points by defending her. But this is the ugly truth: Ivanka has made a conscious choice to deodorize the stink of her father’s misogyny, to suggest that because he loves her that means he loves women—to erase the actual policies he supports. She could have stood by his side and smiled in mere family solidarity. She could have used her newborn or her work as an excuse to stay away from active campaigning. Instead, she’s stepped forward to blind female voters to who her father is and what he stands for.

    • Angelar says:

      Same reason they issued comments that Melania “admired” First Lady Obama after being caught stealing parts of FLOTUS’ speech; to neutralize any further criticism of Melania. After all how can one criticize Melania for admiring our so very popular First Lady.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Obama: Donald Trump’s nomination ‘says something’ about the Republican Party
    July 24 at 11:57 AM

    Eight years ago, Donald Trump lead the birther movement against then-President-elect Obama. Now, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.

    In a taped interview with CBS’s John Dickerson that aired Sunday on “Face the Nation,” Obama said that fact “says something about what’s happened to the Republican Party over the course of the last eight, 10, 15 years.”

    He went on to say that past Republican leaders such as Bob Dole, Jim Baker, Howard Baker, Dick Lugar and Colin Powell were conservatives who “also understood that our system of government requires compromise, that Democrats weren’t the enemy, that the way our government works requires us to listen to each other.

    “And that’s not the kind of politics that we’ve seen practiced,” Obama said.

  14. Breaking News: Donna Brazile will serve as interim DNC chair through election. #DNCLeaks

    • No one forced the DNC to be biased against a candidate and write those emails. DNC did it to themselves. They killed democracy.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, they should have followed the rule, “Never put into writing what you would not want on the front page of the New York Times.”

        They did this. It’s real. They got caught.

  15. rikyrah says:

    From BooMan:

    Picking Kaine is Taking the Pot Off Boil
    by BooMan
    Sat Jul 23rd, 2016 at 12:40:22 AM EST

    Here is what I said about Tim Kaine when he was just one of several names being floated as a running mate for Hillary Clinton. Here is what I said about Virginia being a very important state for blocking Trump’s stated Electoral College strategy.

    My immediate take is that Clinton just took the heat of this election down a notch. She didn’t look to polarize it further by picking a liberal firebrand or try to win some demographic arms war by responding to Trump’s anti-Latino legions with a Latino running mate. She didn’t pick someone who can throw bombs with Trump, like Al Franken.

    She went with steady, likable, qualified, compatible, and uncontroversial. Kaine can tick off a lot of boxes, too. He has the unusual ability to disarm detractors with his faith. His religiosity invites people in without putting them off. He’s bilingual and fluent in Spanish, and he has experience living in Honduras as a missionary. He’s well-liked by both labor unions and business interests, making it just a little easier for Clinton to capture the monied interests from Donald Trump at minimal cost with her base or as the cost of winning their support. He has more executive experience (as a mayor, lieutenant governor, governor, and head of the DNC) than any of the names that made it onto Clinton’s short list. He’s extremely well-liked and respected by his Republican colleagues in the Senate.

    He’s popular in his home state, too. He has never lost an election.

    Naturally, people will nitpick him. He isn’t from the left fringe of the party, and he’s probably temperamentally moderate by nature. He didn’t win all those elections in Republican-leaning Virginia by letting his liberal freak flag fly. He represents an extremely pro-business, pro-military state that until five minutes ago was culturally conservative to the core

  16. rikyrah says:



    Trump On Cruz: The RNC Crowd Would’ve ‘Ripped Him Off The Stage’
    Published JULY 24, 2016, 1:45 PM EDT

    Donald Trump surmised that the crowd at the Republican National Convention would’ve “ripped” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) off the stage had he not entered when he did.

    Trump reportedly stated on Showtime’s “The Circus,” that he wish he had waited to enter the arena because Cruz would’ve been booed off the stage. Cruz took the stage at the RNC, asking the audience to “vote your conscience,” but not endorsing Trump.

    “I walked in and the arena went crazy,” Trump said, as flagged by Politico. “Because there’s great unity in the Republican Party, and people don’t know it. Had I not walked in, I think that audience would have ripped him off the stage. I think I did him a big favor.”

    Trump got to read the speech beforehand, but thought it wasn’t “very good.” Trump said he thought it would’ve been a bigger deal to kick him out of the speaking lineup, and that it didn’t make a big different to have his endorsement.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump On Muslim Ban: It’s Not A Rollback, It’s An Expansion!
    Published JULY 24, 2016, 10:10 AM EDT

    Donald Trump insisted in an interview aired Sunday that he was not rolling back his Muslim ban, rather his new stance could be considered an expansion.

    NBC News’ “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Trump about a line in his speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he said that the United States should, “immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”

    Todd noted that it seemed like a “rollback” when compared to the “complete and total shutdown” of Muslims from entering the country, which he proposed earlier this year.

    “I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at territory,” Trump said. “People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m okay with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”

    Trump went on to say that he loves the nation’s constitution.

  18. ADIOS, Little Debbie!

    Breaking News: Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down as DNC chair after the convention.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Man With Autism in Police Shooting of Charles Kinsey ‘Traumatized’: Family
    July 23, 2016

    The man with autism who police union officials in North Miami say was the intended target in an accidental shooting of his unarmed caregiver was left “traumatized” by the incident, his family said Saturday.

    The family of Arnaldo Rios-Soto argued that law enforcement officers need better training in dealing with people who have mental disabilities.

    Since Monday’s shooting, Rios-Soto is “not sleeping, he’s not eating, he’s not the same anymore,” his sister, Mariam Rios, told reporters.

    Rios-Soto, 26, had wandered from the MacTown Panther Group Homes and was being assisted by therapist Charles Kinsey when police responded to a 911 call about a suicidal man with a gun.

    Rios-Soto was unarmed but clutching a toy truck.

  20. Liza says:

    Man who posted video of #AltonSterling police killing arrested on false charges, loses job— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 24, 2016


  21. rikyrah says:

    Daniel Dale ‏@ddaleDaniel Dale
    With Hispanics, Donald Trump managed to achieve the rare convention anti-bounce.

    Sahil Kapur‏@sahilkapur
    .@LatinoDecisions/@Fusion poll found that every day of the RNC, Clinton’s numbers went up and Trump’s went down.

  22. rikyrah says:

    At Fox News, Kisses, Innuendo, Propositions and Fears of Reprisal
    JULY 23, 2016

    In 2006, after nearly a decade at CNN, Rudi Bakhtiar came to the Fox News Channel’s headquarters in New York with a command of foreign policy, an appealing personality and a delivery that easily switched between light and serious.

    After a six-month freelance arrangement, the network signed her to a three-year deal. Pretty quickly, she said, she was spending half her time in Washington, where the network sent her to fill in temporarily as a weekend correspondent, a post she hoped to win permanently.

    Her break seemed to come in early 2007, she said, when she met for coffee in the lobby of her Washington hotel with a friend and colleague, Brian Wilson. He told her he would soon become Washington bureau chief and wanted to help her get the weekend job. Then he said, “You know how I feel about you, Rudi.”

    Recalling the encounter in a recent phone interview, Ms. Bakhtiar said she was thrilled and told Mr. Wilson she would make him proud. But, she said, he repeated himself, asking, “You know how I feel about you?” When she asked him what he meant, he said, “Well, I’d like to see the inside of your hotel room,” adding that he wanted a friends-with-benefits relationship.

    She politely rebuffed him, she said, apologizing for giving him any wrong impression. After that rejection, she felt caught in a whirlwind in which, she said, network executives canceled her Washington appearances, directed her to report her allegations to human resources and, a few weeks later, let her go, with the Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, telling her that her tenure was ending because of her performance. On Saturday, a senior Fox News executive repeated that assertion.

    In a short time, she went from thinking she was in line to land the job she coveted to unemployment. After a mediation process, she reached a settlement in which Fox News paid her an undisclosed amount.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Charles Johnson ‏@Green_Footballs 21h21 hours ago

    People often argue to me that it’s better to allow neo-Nazis and white supremacists to speak unchecked on Twitter and other social media.
    The idea is that by allowing racists to publicize their views, people will become aware and they’ll be shunned and ostracized.
    But just look around you; this is *obviously* not working. The GOP nominated a far right nativist w/ a following of white supremacists.
    And these hateful freaks are all over Twitter, driving away decent folks and creating an ugly, hostile environment for all.
    The racist elements of US society have surged back into view in an unprecedented, truly disturbing way.
    Some of the most popular “conservative” sites on the web openly pander to and encourage the “alt-right” racist movement.
    Far from being shunned and ostracized, the extremists are gaining strength and recruiting new people all the time.
    It’s clear that Twitter’s (and other influential social media’s) de facto policy of allowing unfettered hate speech has been disastrous.
    And it’s time to stop this lazy, amoral laissez faire approach to hate speech. It’s having real negative consequences for our society.

  24. rikyrah says:

    “How come ya’ll don’t care about violence in Chicago?” We out here every Friday night… 78th and Racine.

  25. Liza says:

    Y’all, I am so angry about what the DNC has done under the “leadership” of the most irresponsible, dishonest, manipulative, wretched woman right now in national politics. And you can just bet she did it for herself, probably has fantasies all day of herself in some BIG JOB in the Clinton Administration.

    As I’ve said many times, the DNC has played a very dangerous game.

  26. Ametia says:

    Wonder who else Hillary’s going to throw under the BUS, now that the nomination has been RIGGED for her.

  27. Ametia says:

    And let’s remember that TRUMP hasn’t released his TAX RETURNS, ALSO TOO.

  28. Ametia says:


    All Debbie Wasserman Schultz appearances scrapped from DNC

    CNN) — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not speak at or preside over the party’s convention this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee’s impartiality during the Democratic primary.

    The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday rescinded Wasserman Schultz’s position as convention chairwoman, instead naming Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as permanent chair of the convention, according to a DNC source. She will gavel each session to order and will gavel each session closed, a role that had been expected to be held by Wasserman Schultz.

    “She’s been quarantined,” another top Democrat said of Wasserman Schultz, following a meeting Saturday night.

    Wasserman Schultz’s stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, but her removal from the convention stage comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails.

  29. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I haven’t seen this story in the national media:

    “Kansas court upholds death sentence for sheriff’s killing”

  30. Ametia says:

    Lookie Here. Shirley Temple’s not going to speak next week @ DNC

  31. Ametia says:

    White people think racism is getting worse. Against white people
    By Samuel Sommers and Michael Norton

    How do Americans think about the role of race in our country’s daily life? News reports, social media and uncomfortable dinner conversations often point to one conclusion: They disagree. Many white Americans believe that the United States has entered a post-racial phase; many black Americans believe that race is as salient an issue as ever.

  32. Ametia says:

    President Obama’s on CBS Face the Nation this morning.

    • Ametia says:

      PBO asked about Hillary and her qualifications : “We’re not best buddies, but she is tough.”

      FLOTUS after hearing that statement

      michelle-obama-who gone check me boo

      • Liza says:

        Ha ha ha, “we’re not best buddies.” I’d lay odds that PBO hates her guts, but we’ll never know for sure.

  33. rikyrah says:
  34. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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