Friday Open Thread – Hillary Clinton Accepts the Democratic Party’s Nomination for President.

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept the nomination for President of a Major American Political Party.

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73 Responses to Friday Open Thread – Hillary Clinton Accepts the Democratic Party’s Nomination for President.

  1. rikyrah says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Kahn tonight on LOD:

  2. rikyrah says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Kahn on LOD was completely brutal, but in a breathtakingly raw and honest way.

    If someone could post it when it comes up, please do.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Mr.Kahn is on LOD right now.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Another poster at BJ reiterating the importance of General Allen speaking at the Convention:

    Villago Delenda Est says:
    July 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm
    @Quinerly: I’ve stated this before, here and over at Yr Wonkette, that General Allen is really, in my view, a stand in for a whole bunch of flag officers on active duty who need to communicate what a disaster a President Drumpf would be. The friggin’ platoon of retired flag officers and other vets behind him was, I think, there to make exactly that point. Active duty soldiers, by law, cannot do that. Active duty soldiers who appear at political events in uniform as political players (not as a color guard, for example) are subject to UCMJ discipline.

  5. rikyrah says:

    all the dirt’s coming


    Former Fox News Booker Says She Was Sexually Harassed and ‘Psychologically Tortured’ by Roger Ailes for More Than 20 Years
    By Gabriel Sherman

    The morning after Fox News chief Roger Ailes resigned, the cable network’s former director of booking placed a call to the New York law firm hired by 21st Century Fox to investigate sexual-harassment allegations against Ailes. Laurie Luhn told the lawyers at Paul, Weiss that she had been harassed by Ailes for more than 20 years, that executives at Fox News had known about it and helped cover it up, and that it had ruined her life. “It was psychological torture,” she later told me.

    So far, most of the women who have spoken publicly about harassment by Ailes in the wake of Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit had said no to Ailes’s sexual advances. They ran out of hotel rooms, they pulled away from embraces, they complained or avoided or generally resisted, even when it hurt their careers. This is the account of a woman who chose to go along with what Roger Ailes wanted — because he was powerful, because she thought he could help her advance her career, because she was professionally adrift and emotionally unmoored.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane is preaching!!!


    The Great White Hype: Adventures in Overinflated Egos and Election Season Punditry

    How mostly White male talking heads on the left and right completely ignore the asendency and power of the Democratic Party’s inclusive and multifaceted base.

  7. rikyrah says:


    We evolve, and I’m with that; in fact, when I first learned that my fiancee was going natural, I was excited. I figured that meant it would cut down on mirror time. Second big mistake. For my fiancee, going natural turned out to be not really “natural” at all. Instead, it was about crafting the perfect curl out of what was deemed imperfect. Whether it was too curly, or not curly enough, I’m not sure. But the process to obtain “curl-fection” is elaborate and highly manufactured. For you see, I’m natural. My fiancee is natural like nude tights; natural like pre-ripped jeans. Natural like the time I went vegetarian but I only ate McDonald’s fries; I was adhering to the letter of the law, but it wasn’t healthy. Like her natural is really curly and really precise. She has curlers and products, tons of products, actually more products than when she was un-natural. It is a process where you pretend like it’s devoid of process. It’s ritualized and obsessed over.

    The Naturals are a tribe, and I didn’t know that when she signed up, it meant things would change. When Naturals spot each other, they can have a 20-minute conversation about product alone. Which brings me back to the pillowcase. We have six pillows in the bed, one of which is dressed like Prince. It’s shiny and really cool on hot summer nights. This has become her pillow. Why? I do not know. I cannot discuss this with her. I’ve tried.

    Trips to Target are the worst, and, if you are dating a Natural, you know what I’m talking about. Hours can be spent going over products, comparing products, seeing which one is water-based, and which one includes jojoba oil. There are the tutorials on YouTube that show the Naturals how to appear more natural. There are straws, and products to use with the straws. There are painstaking twists that go in, only to be taken out. There is stuff called Bed-Head, which, will make their hair look like they just woke up, but actually waking up and rolling out with actual bedhead is unacceptable. The idea of the natural is to look un-fussed-upon, except everything about the natural is fussed over. My financee will leave the curlers in her hair if certain parts aren’t curly enough, which is how they end up in the car.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Taniel @Taniel
    Court rules NC legislators asked for data, then passed reforms data showed wld make it harder for black ppl to vote!

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Ramsey County Attorney Choi asks special prosecutor Don Lewis to join his office in Castile inquiry”


    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has asked a veteran attorney with roots in St. Paul’s Rondo community to join his office as a special prosecutor in the inquiry into the death of Philando Castile.

    The move is a compromise between Choi’s desire to remain involved in reviewing evidence in the case, and demands by Castile’s family attorney, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several community members that he completely turn over the case to a special prosecutor.

  10. rikyrah says:

    POLITICO ‏@politico 23m23 minutes ago

    #Breaking: Court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law

  11. Ametia says:

    Appeals court strikes down North Carolina’s voter ID law

    A federal appeals court on Friday struck down North Carolina’s requirement that voters show identification before casting ballots and reinstated an additional week of early voting.

    The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit was an overwhelming victory for civil rights groups and the Justice Department that argued the voting law was designed to dampen the growing political clout of African American voters, who participated in record numbers in elections in 2008 and 2012.

    “We can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the majority.

  12. rikyrah says:

    All well and good until the money begins to be messed with….250 good paying jobs – gone.

  13. rikyrah says:

    The Convention Showed Confident Democrats and Progressives
    by Martin Longman
    July 29, 2016 12:00 AM

    Over the last two days of the Democratic convention the primaries began to slide into largely forgettable history and glimpses of the near-future began to snap into place. What had been largely a conversation about the personalities and characters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders became much more about the coalition that will seek to perpetuate and perfect what President Obama has created.

    Eight years ago, Jeremiah Wright was so toxic that Obama had to shush him and make a speech on race at the Philadelphia Constitution Center. This time, Rev. William Barber II was invited to speak in primetime as a warm-up act for Hillary Clinton. The Democrats didn’t shy away from their African-American and Latino supporters. There was no Jesse Jackson figure to bash, no Sister Souljah to scold. Black and Latino organizers weren’t humored and hidden but invited onto the stage, one after another after another. Muslims weren’t a scary constituency to be scapegoated, but the scapegoating of Muslims was morally shamed in the most visible and compelling way possible. The LGBT community was celebrated over and over again. The disabled have never enjoyed so much focus and respect.

    The Democrats did not shy away from celebrating police officers and they went back to the well, over and over again, to emphasize their respect for the military and their concern for veterans. When some in the audience grew uncomfortable and chanted “No More Wars,” the new coalition drowned them out with “U-S-A” chants.

    This was a Democratic Party that was fiercely positive about America and completely non-defensive and unapologetic about how their racial diversity, religious pluralism and cultural liberalism might alienate historically critical voting blocs.

    Tim Kaine spoke a foreign language repeatedly during his speech, clearly demonstrating that the party does not give a shit about alienating the crowd that seethes when told to push ‘2’ for Spanish. Clinton adopted a more progressive set of policy prescriptions than any modern Democrat, in defiance of people’s expectations and the Clintons’ historical positioning as New Democrats. She was carving so much meat off the moderate Republican bone with her proudly American thematics that she was utterly unconcerned about pushing economic moderates into Trump’s arms.

    This was basically the triumph of the counterculture–a kind of bat mitzvah for a decades-long movement–today, you are a woman.

    Today, you are the mainstream.

    No more apologizing for what you believe. No more bashing your own voters to win the support of bigots.

    And because this new progressive movement knows that it is winning and that it owns the future, it’s positive about America. America is a good place that is headed in an even better direction, and they are not fearing any man.

    These are all disorientating developments because they defy what people think they know about the Democratic Party and the Clintons and politics in general.

    And it’s somewhat of a gamble because it’s still possible that the majority of people in this country do not want to be part of a pluralistic, multiethnic, socially liberal and tolerant society led by a party of people who want to enact a broad liberal agenda.

  14. rikyrah says:

    From TOD:

    July 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Good morning all. I slept well last night, knowing that DT is not going to be the next president. A very calming effect from the convention.

    Had some thoughts also. Hillary said that when you break a barrier for one group, you break it for all…speaking of a woman becoming president being good for our daughters AND sons. So…..I worked with this thought. If Hillary had been nominated eight years ago, she would NOT have been elected. The country would not have elected a woman for president. The white male was still considered the only possibility. Barack Obama by the power of his personality, clarity, organizing, charisma, and so much more won, and broke the barrier of white male presidential privilege. He was a male…..although a man of color. Breaking the white male privilege was a bigger deal than we realized at the time, I think. We have seen the sad results for eight years, BUT, that barrier was broken forever. Think about it…..the President was a man of color, the VICE president was a white male. That was earth shaking for a number of people. It has taken PBO eight years to begin to receive the recognition and respect he has deserved since the beginning. People are seeing that the caricatures….or cartoon as Bill said about Hillary, were not true. He broke the barrier for us all.

    So, now, since he broke the white male only president barrier, Hillary, a woman can become president. This is a slow process. She has the good fortune to build on the foundation he built. She knows it, I’m sure. Without him going before, she would not, could not be where she is today.
    This time, too, a white male, will be the VICE president……two times in a row, that is remarkable. We are indeed change makers and we are the revolutionaries.

    I read somewhere recently….when one has grown up and lived with privilege, equality feels like oppression. Certain white males are feeling this, sadly for them. They see life as zero-sum……they don’t realize there is enough for all. President Obama will only continue to grow in the eyes of the country and the world. He has changed forever the trajectory of the country. Now we have to get the support for Hillary, we never were able to get for him.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Holder: Trump May Lack ‘Intellectual Heft’ Needed To Be President
    Published JULY 29, 2016, 8:48 AM EDT

    Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday night suggested that Donald Trump may not be “very smart” because he “sees everything in black and white terms.”

    CBS News’ Charlie Rose asked Holder about his Wednesday comment questioning whether Trump has “the gray matter” necessary to be president.

    “You mean he’s not smart enough to be president? Rose asked.

    “Yeah, I wonder,” Holder responded. “I sometimes think that he hides behind a certain bravado to hide a lack of substance that he has.”

    “A person this far along in the process, I think we would know a little more about what his plans are. We’d know more about who his mentors might have been, who his intellectual guides might be. And I don’t have any sense that there is any of that to him,” he continued. “He seems to me to be a very shallow man.”

  16. Liza says:

    Random thoughts this AM.

    I can’t wait to see who Hillary chooses for Attorney General. The Clintons are strong believers in croney-ism, and I believe that will be her first priority in her choices. If Loretta Lynch is asked to stay on, well, that opens up a whole other set of questions.

    And I can’t wait to see what happens to Lil’ Debbie. Honestly, I think she’s already endured the worst of it, having to watch the convention on TV. I predict she will be rewarded, perhaps not right away, but eventually.

    Bernie will be squashed like a bug, or at least she’ll try. No Secretary of State for Bernie, or anything else. Again, not right away, but eventually.

    Also, I don’t think the Trump jokes are going to win Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania where the election is most likely going to be decided. The conventions are over. Now it’s all about math and ground games. Hillary and Trump are household names, folks think they know them. Neither one of them has much of a frontier of new or undecided voters to fire up. The rest of this election is really just a slog through an ocean of sh!t, getting all those complacent and/or disillusioned folks off the couch and into a voting booth.

  17. rikyrah says:

    From Paul Krugman:

    So if it seems strange to you that these days Democrats are sounding patriotic while Republicans aren’t, you just weren’t paying attention. The people who now seem to love America always did; the people who suddenly no longer sound like patriots never were.

  18. rikyrah says:

    The Father of an American Muslim War Hero Indicts Donald Trump’s Patriotism
    By Eric Levitz

    After the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Donald Trump revived his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Among his justifications for a policy of overt religious discrimination was that, even if the government could properly vet all Muslim immigrants, it still wouldn’t be able to prevent “the radicalization of their children.” Even a Muslim citizen born in this country, Trump suggested, was an inherent risk to the safety and well-being of other Americans.

    In 2004, captain Humayun Khan lost his life in Iraq while protecting the safety and well-being of his fellow American soldiers. On Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, his father, an American Muslim immigrant, delivered another powerful indictment of Donald Trump’s patriotism in a convention that’s been full of them.

    “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims,” Khizr Khan said in Philadelphia. “He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump: You’re asking Americans to trust us with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy!”

    As Khan pulled out his pocket version of the U.S. Constitution, the convention hall exploded.

    “In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,’ Khan instructed. “Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You’ll see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.”

    “You have sacrificed nothing!” Khan shouted. “And no one!”

  19. Liza says:

    Let’s be clear…

    My favorite line from Dr. Barber tonight (and the identity statement of the revival):I do not come representing…— Traci Blackmon (@pastortraci) July 29, 2016


    • Liza says:

      Not a good look in this photo. Hillary should have worn a dress with mid-calf length skirt. (I figure I may as well be shallow, why not?)

  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:
    “Published on Jul 28, 2016
    In his first public appearance since being shot by North Miami police, Charles Kinsey says he is “mentally distraught” and grateful to be alive. Kinsey says he believes he did “everything the right way” when he was interacting with police before he was shot.”


    Girl, I guess I’m with her
    Tho’ I’d love to have someone else
    Early on I was feeling the Bern
    But that’s not how enough people felt

    Girl, I suppose I’ll deal with her
    Don’t want Trump to pick Supreme Court
    No telling who he would come up with
    Another Scalia may be in his port

    Girl, I guess I’ll bear with her
    At a critical time she was silent on Trayvon
    Didn’t want to offend swing voters
    Knew she had a firewall to lean on

    Girl, I guess I’ll stay with her
    Not sure that the love is returned
    She called black youth “Super Predators”
    You would think we would have learned

    Girl, I guess I’ll vote with her
    My conscience tells me I should not
    Been better to groom our own person
    Rather than follow her like a robot

    • Ametia says:

      HI Double D. Thank you for another brilliant poem. You are a gifted Wordsmith.

      Vote your conscience.

    • Liza says:

      TY for this, DD.

      My sister lives in Ohio and I told her that she should vote for Hillary. I have family in Florida, but no influence over how they vote, what can I do? I’m in the red state of Arizona, which will go to Trump.

      So, I’m not really with her. I’ve done all I can by talking to my sister in Ohio. That’s my contribution.

      • Thx for responding Liza! I hear you. The choices are awful this cycle, but there’s no way I’m voting for Trump and I won’t sit the election out either. Hence: Girl, I Guess I’m With Her! LOL! Life’s not fair.

      • Liza says:

        And all of that collusion and corruption within the DNC hasn’t exactly been inspirational. But here we are. I feel so sad.

        But I do have a vague feeling that something is taking root in America. That folks are getting fed up to their limit and that populist movements are going to eventually prevail regardless of the prevailing power structure. I’ve said for some time that we are witnessing the last dying gasps of white establishment rule and white supremacy. But this 2016 election makes me feel that they have been provided with ventilators. Maybe this is the step backwards before the surge, maybe not. I think a lot of people coming of age right now are realizing that complacency is not an option, they have to organize and make demands or 2016 will be their future. And that is scaring the hell out of them.

      • Well said Liza! You hit the nail on the head. Whites are fearful of losing ground to POC and Trump speaks to their anxieties. I’m not worried about surviving a Trump presidency so much as I’m worried about surviving the legacy he would leave. The next President will appoint as many as 3 Supreme Court justices. That’s a generational change. We can’t leave something that important in Trump’s hands. So I’ll hold my nose and “Be With Her”

      • Liza says:

        Agreed. Trump MUST be defeated, and I think he will be. Even so, there is so much work to do, and it’s going to take an army of volunteers.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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