Monday Open Thread

Happy Monday, Everyone. The 2016 Rio games are over. Today we’ll feature highlights.


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  1. rikyrah says:

    Trump casts inner cities as ‘war zones’ in pitch to minority voters
    August 22, 2016, 08:42 pm

    Donald Trump cast inner cities as “war zones” where blacks and Hispanics live in constant fear for their lives as he took his “law and order” campaign to minority voters in Ohio on Monday.

    Speaking at a rally in Akron, Trump painted a bleak picture of inner city life and blamed Democrats for what he described as a festering epidemic of murder and violence in crumbling minority communities across the nation.

    “The Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities,” Trump said. “For those hurting the most, who have been failed and failed by their politicians, year after year, failure after failure, worse numbers after worse numbers, poverty, rejection, horrible education, no houses, no homes, no ownership, crime at levels that nobody has seen. You could go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats.

    “It is a disaster the way African-Americans are living in many cases and in many cases the way Hispanics are living,” Trump continued. “And I say it with such a deep felt feeling, what do you have to lose? I’ll straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back, We’ll bring spirit back. I’ll get rid of the crime, so you’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    Trump threatens to ‘tell the real story’ about Morning Joe ‘clowns’
    08/22/16 07:37 AM EDT

    Donald Trump laced into the hosts of MSNBC’s morning show anew on Monday, accusing one of co-hosts of being “neurotic” and a “mess” and both of them as being “two clowns.”

    “Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!” Trump tweeted Monday, referring specifically to Mika Brzezinski, in response to the first hour and 20 minutes of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

    Minutes after his initial tweet, Trump offered another personal broadside.

    “Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!” Trump tweeted, a day after campaign manager Kellyanne Conway insisted that he “doesn’t hurl personal insults.”

    • Ametia says:

      Oliver’s spot on. Charter schools are (SCAMS)spawns of the DEVIL. Never cared for Arnie D. and PBO could always have a seat for me, when he appointed this dude.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Oliver Willis‏@owillis
    dear washington post, please stop using racist’s branding of themselves in your headlines

  4. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
    ‘I’ve had a good life’: Donna Wold, the ex-flame who inspired the Little Red-Haired Girl in ‘Peanuts,’ dies

  5. rikyrah says:

    The composer of the Sesame Street theme passed away this weekend. He was 91.😢😢

  6. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane™ ‏@docrocktex26 Aug 20

    Imagine the poutrage if Dems told poor, red state White people (the majority of American welfare recipients) to get off the GOP plantation.

  7. Simone looks good carrying the flag. Loves it!

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from link in above tweet:

    Determining whether a § 2 violation exists is a complex, fact-intensive task that requires inquiry into sensitive and often difficult subjects. The facts of this case, which include African American and white voting-age populations at levels of near numerical parity, and a trend in the District that suggests the African American voting-age population is growing, set it apart from most § 2 cases, making review especially challenging. But as the Supreme Court has emphasized time and again, “the question whether the political processes are equally open depends upon a searching practical evaluation of the past and present reality, and on a functional view of the political process.” Gingles, 478 U.S. at 45 (internal quotation marks omitted)(citing S. Rep. No. 97-417, at 30 & n.120 (1982)). Having undertaken that inquiry, I conclude that Plaintiffs have established a § 2 violation. Because the facts of this case are so unique, however, the remedy that is ultimately warranted likely needs to be equally unique. Although I do not make any findings now as to the proper remedy, I encourage the parties, each of whom have a vested interest in the FFSD community, to work together in the remedy phase to devise a solution that effectively addresses the current inequalities impacting the electoral process and accommodates the special characteristics present in the FFSD population.

    Accordingly, and for all of the reasons set out above, I conclude that Plaintiffs have established the three Gingles preconditions, and have established by a preponderance of the evidence that, under the totality of the circumstances, the political processes for electing Board members in the Ferguson-Florissant School District deprives African American voters of an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice in violation of § 2 of the Voting Rights Act. As a result, the Court enjoins Defendants from conducting any elections for the District’s Board until a new system may be properly implemented. I will set a briefing schedule on remedies after a conference with the parties.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Ramen noodles are overtaking tobacco as the most popular currency in US prisons, according a new study released on Monday.

    A new report by Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona’s school of sociology, found the decline in quality and quantity of food available in prisons due to cost-cutting has made ramen noodles

    “[Ramen] is easy to get and it’s high in calories,” Gibson-Light said. “A lot of them, they spend their days working and exercising and they don’t have enough energy to do these things. From there it became more a story, why ramen in particular.”

    Gibson-Light interviewed close to 60 inmates over the course of a year at one state prison as part of a wider study on prison labor. He did not identify the prison to protect the confidentiality of the inmates.

    He found that the instant soup has surpassed tobacco as the most prized currency at the prison. He also analyzed other nationwide investigations that he says found a trend towards using ramen noodles in exchanges.

    “One way or another, everything in prison is about money,” one soft-spoken prisoner named Rogers said in the report. “Soup is money in here. It’s sad but true.”

    Ramen noodles have long been known to be a popular dish in prisons. Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez, who spent more than a decade incarcerated on a weapons charge, wrote a book on its popularity, Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories From Behind Bars.

    He was inspired to write the book after a race riot in 2009 led to a standoff between a group of Hispanic and African American inmates. An older inmate quelled the dispute and the two groups resolved the tensions by cooking a feast together, largely with ramen noodles.

    The book, released last year, includes several recipes such as Ramen Tamale, using Doritos, canned pork and beans, and ramen. It recommends mixing strawberry jelly with soy sauce to make teriyaki, to go with Cheesy Meat Tacos. The book also includes the favorite ramen recipes of celebrities such as Shia LeBeouf and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

    The study paints a bleak picture of the state of food available at the prison. Gibson-Light found that black-market food became more valuable after control over food preparation switched from one private firm to another in the early 2000s.

    “That change was part of a cost-cutting measure,” Gibson-Light said. “With that change that resulted in a reduction in the quantity of the food the inmates were receiving.”

    Inmates at the prison Gibson-Light studied went from receiving three hot meals a day to two hot meals and one cold lunch during the week, and only two meals for the whole day on the weekend.

    The phenomenon is described by Gibson-Light as “punitive frugality”. Spending on corrections has not kept pace with the number of inmates in prisons since 1982, the report found.

  10. Ametia says:

    Yep, the Hillster’s tryna blame Colin Powell for using private emails server


  11. Ametia says:

    The World Honors George Curry, Black Journalism Pioneer and Champion

    Curry, who notably founded “Emerge” magazine and spent his life empowering Black community media, died at the age of 69 this past weekend.

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  13. Ametia says:

    When is Hillary going to do a press conference with the BELTWAY JACKALS, HMMM?

  14. Liza says:

    I guess Lochte figures that if he keeps talking the facts will eventually change in his favor.

    Ryan Lochte Says Gun Being Pointed at His Head ‘Didn’t Happen’
    By TOM LIDDYDAVID CAPLAN Aug 21, 2016, 5:21 AM ET

    Embattled American Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte said in a new interview that he “over-exaggerated” the story about being held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

    Lochte claimed during the games that he and three other swimmers were held up at gunpoint after leaving a party and one of the claims he made was that a gun was cocked and pointed at his forehead.

    “That didn’t happen,” he said. “The gun was drawn but not at my forehead.”

    Police said Lochte’s story was a fabrication and that the Olympians were not robbed and were not victims. Rather, they alleged that the Olympians vandalized a bathroom at a gas station and were confronted by armed security guards.

    • Liza says:

      This is what really hurts…

      Speedo has ended its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte

    • Ametia says:

      Lockte can sit the fuck down and shut the FUCK up already.

      He’s a grown ass man, and a LIAR, plain and simple.

      • Liza says:

        It’s probably the first time in his life that he has faced consequences for his actions. But what I find absolutely astounding is his sense of entitlement. I’ve lived near the southern border for a long time, and I know one of the last places I would want to be is in a Mexican jail. Even a sh!t-for-brains a$$hole like RL should have an appreciation for staying out of jails in foreign countries. But what applies to others does not apply to him because that is apparently what he has been told all of his life.

        RL and his buddies felt like being drunk and disorderly and destroying property so they went ahead and did it, fully expecting no interference from the locals. No worries about surveillance cameras or armed security guards or the possibility that they would be treated like the Ugly American a$$holes that they are. I have to believe that the made up robbery story was RL’s lame attempt at damage control in case the story did get out. The foreigners, however, were not intimidated by his “status”. Good for them, they did us all a favor.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Break On Through (To the Other Side): Part II
    by D.R. Tucker
    August 21, 2016 3:30 PM

    Are the Republicans who are declaring that they’re “with her” quietly admitting an inconvenient truth about the man who was declared victorious over Al Gore sixteen years ago?

    Notice the common thread that runs through the words of pro-Clinton Republicans: they’ve declared that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is “completely unqualified” for the White House, and has “undermined the character of the nation.” Could it be that on a very subtle psychological level, these Republicans are acknowledging that the last member of their party to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was indeed an epic screw-up, and that the bigoted billionaire would equal, if not surpass, Dubya in his dimwittedness?

    Yes, a number of these GOP-for-Hillary types backed the likes of Jeb Bush and John Kasich during the Republican primary; some of them backed Mitt Romney in 2012. Presumably, these folks believed that Jeb, John and Mitt could not have possibly botched things as badly as Bush did a decade ago. Now, facing a choice between Clinton and Trump, these Republicans find they can no longer lie to themselves. They know that a President Trump would be an icon of incompetence, just as President Bush was before him.

    Even the Republicans who haven’t officially coalesced around Clinton are subtly stating that the left was right about the right all along. When former Romney adviser Avik Roy says that “the gravitational center of the Republican Party is white nationalism,” he’s quietly admitting that Bush was among those who pandered to white-nationalist sentiments when he bonded with the bigots at Bob Jones University during his 2000 campaign–the same bigots who presumably cheered as Bush turned a blind eye to the black bodies floating through the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit five years later.

    It’s good to see so many Republicans haunted by the Bush years.

  16. rikyrah says:

    It was so funny. A whole lot of athletes were getting selfies with Simone. Why not. ….she’s a bona-fide international superstar now. Before, only the gymnastics world knew her…now the world does.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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