Tuesday Open Thread


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    • Liza says:

      Can he govern? No, doesn’t look like it. Flying over the country and holding Klan rallies probably isn’t the best preparation to become the POTUS.

  1. eliihass says:

    And just as Grover Norquist and the Heritage Foundation wanted…for anyone who wondered why the republicans are playing along with the buffoon, and are unconcerned about Russia etc…

    But they better be careful, because, it will all blow up in their faces…it’s just a matter of time..


  2. eliihass says:

    Everyone was let go but him…he’s the only hold-over from the Obama administration…Next time Democrats, don’t give away one of your most sensitive and powerful positions to the opposition…


  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Praying for the Standing Rock community.

    • sunshine616 says:

      And people just rolling over and confirming everyone and giving this burnt sienna piece of shit whatever he wants?!!!! What can we do?

  4. Ametia says:

    Rik, check email, please. Thanks!

  5. Ametia says:

    Told ya’ll it’s only a matter of time before they come after the INTERNET!

    Trump taps net neutrality critic to lead the FCC

    Ajit Pai will oversee the nation’s most powerful telecom regulator.
    By Brian Fung •

    President Trump has named Ajit Pai, an advocate of deregulation and a critic of the government’s net neutrality rules, as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

    Pai’s new position will give him control over the nation’s most powerful telecom and cable regulator, with a 2-to-1 Republican majority that is widely expected to begin undoing some of former president Barack Obama’s most significant tech policies.

    The Indian American who grew up in Kansas had until now been a sitting Republican commissioner at the FCC — meaning he will not need to be confirmed by the Senate before serving as the agency’s 34th chairman. Pai was a staunch critic of Democratic efforts aimed at breaking the dominance of some of America’s biggest Internet providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

    “I look forward to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans,” Pai said in a statement Monday.

    Read more » https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/01/23/meet-donald-trumps-official-new-fcc-chairman-ajit-pai/?utm_term=.ae9a3b8183f8&wpisrc=nl_tech&wpmm=1

  6. I hope y’all see what Spicer is doing. Trump has already hinted at re-election. So they keep pushing the LIE about voter fraud so they can VOTER SUPPRESS. Pay attention!

  7. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid’s tweet in response to LGF’s Charles Johnson who is essentially live-tweeting this insanity.



  8. rikyrah says:

    Stunning. The USDA is now prohibited from sharing data with the public. This should send chills down your spine. https://t.co/u3OJRMJPwm pic.twitter.com/ackOwoZaED

    — Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) January 24, 2017

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      The EPA was directed to freeze all grants.

      • eliihass says:

        But Ivanka ‘cares’ and has ‘progressive’ friends…and she has her father’s ear…

        Come on folks, let’s ‘unite’…rally around and ‘support’ the new ‘president’….they haven’t done anything yet…why is everyone freaking out…

        Oh look, there’s the new Jackie O…so ‘classy’…and there’s Ivanka wearing Carolina Herrera who insists that all designers must come together and dress the ‘president’s’ family…what an ‘honor’…

        We are ‘united’…no need for the ‘hysterics’…Ivanka and Jared would never let anything bad happen….Trump is really not an ‘ideologue’…he’s a New Yorker who used to donate to both Democrats and republicans after all…And he and Ivanka met with Al Gore ..don’t you remember..?

  9. rikyrah says:

    42 million get death sentence “The people who will be hurt the most by Trump’s Medicaid plan” by ThinkProgress https://t.co/fMFLrbX9Fk

    — Pace e Bene (@cmpnwtr) January 24, 2017

  10. Where is the proof? Show the American people the evidence


  11. rikyrah says:

    Martina Navratilova ‏@Martina · 12h12 hours ago

    Getting lectured by trumpists about what communism is really like takes the cake:). #nafc stands for #notafuckingclue . Enough said.

    37 replies 306 retweets 980 likes

  12. Ametia says:

    From WARN

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Congratulations, America — you did it! An actual fascist is now your official president

    America’s increasingly abnormal politics have now fully surrendered to dystopia.

    Donald Trump, a serial liar, narcissist, failed businessman, political con artist, adulterer, professed grabber of women’s genitals without their permission, man who does not read, ignoramus, admirer and fan of despots and dictators, encourager of vigilante violence against innocent people, actor in a porn video, person who does not pay his employees, member of the Vladimir Putin fan club, racist landlord, preferred candidate of neo-Nazis and other fringe racists, professional wrestling villain, and candidate who incites violence against his political opponents, is now the 45th president of the United States of America.

    Consider the following.

    •Donald Trump does not believe in freedom of the press.
    •Donald Trump threatens his political enemies with violence and/or prison.
    •Donald Trump uses ethnocentrism, bigotry, nativism and racism to mobilize his voters.
    •Donald Trump does not believe in standing norms of democratic governance or tradition.
    •Donald Trump is a misogynist.
    •Donald Trump is obsessed with “strength” and his own “virility.”
    •Donald Trump promises “law and order.”
    •Donald Trump is a militant nationalist.
    •Donald Trump traffics in conspiracy theories and lies.
    •Donald Trump admires authoritarians and political strongmen.
    •Donald Trump’s most recent press conference was modeled on the way Vladimir Putin manipulates Russia’s news media.
    •Donald Trump has surrounded himself with a cabal that consists of family members and self-interested Cabinet appointees, who — like him — stand to enrich themselves through the agencies they are supposed to administer in the public interest.


    • Ametia says:

      What to do now?

      Protest marches are great. Now plan for what comes after the cathartic release.

      Run for office on the local and state level. Practice political consumerism: Refuse to spend money at stores, banks, and other businesses that work with Trump, his administration or his enterprises. Target Republican officials with phone calls and emails. Let them know that if they support Trump there will be negative consequences at the ballot box.

      Borrow from the obstructionist strategy that Republicans used against Barack Obama. Turn the metaphorical map upside down and practice political Aikido.

      Learn from those groups and individuals who have been actively fighting fascism. Donald Trump and his movement are not normal. Do not make the mistake of treating them like they are. There is no room for negotiation or compromise.

  13. Ametia says:

    Did ya’ll see this?

  14. And so the destruction begins… God help this country.


  15. If they can’t trust him with the sourcing and yet this man has the nuclear codes? It’s so disturbing.


  16. My soul is so hurt. This won’t end well…


  17. Ametia says:

    This photo of the Obamas, immigration officers, and Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews in the BVI is being circulated widely on social media

    • eliihass says:

      Here’s hoping they have a quiet, peaceful and deeply refreshing, fulfilling and enjoyable time together…A time to reset, fully reconnect, rebuild, renew and restore again as a couple first and most importantly…after years of untold distractions, intrusions, other priorities…

      God’s protection, love, blessings, guidance and safe-keeping always..

  18. rikyrah says:

    Quick Takes: “A Body Blow to Trump’s Populism”
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 23, 2017 5:12 PM

    * Of all the commentary about the #WomensMarch, Francis Wilkinson captured the impact best. He draws a contrast between the attempt by Trump to tout his populist roots in his inaugural address and the way that myth was shattered on Saturday.


    Neither Trump nor the organizers of the Women’s March could’ve known how the populist words of his inaugural would be so devastatingly refuted by Saturday’s tide of humanity. True, it’s a short-term victory. The Trump administration will be the arena for a long and fierce battle. We are at the opening bell.

    But it mattered. Everyone in Washington — from a determined Speaker Paul Ryan to a shellshocked White House, from tentative Democrats climbing out from the rubble to liberal interest groups searching for an ideological anchor — just got a look at a very different people from the one described by Trump.

    * These thoughts were also summed up well in a couple of tweets.

    As a certain community organizer would say, ordinary people working together can do extraordinary things. Awe inspiring. #WomensMarch.

    — David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) January 21, 2017

    Looking at this crowd, if the Dems think they should move away from their multi-racial, female-centered base, they’re crazy — @amjoy

    — Sally Albright (@SallyAlbright) January 21, 2017

  19. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s Cabinet Is Designed to Sow Chaos
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 23, 2017 3:21 PM

    As we watched the Trump transition team roll out its slate of Cabinet nominees, this became a common refrain:

    Former Texas governor Rick Perry has advocated shuttering the Department of Energy he’s slated to lead. Betsy DeVos, who would head the Education Department, is a leading proponent of voucher programs that divert taxpayer funds from public schools. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency and, in his official biography, describes himself as a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” Ben Carson has criticized Housing and Urban Development rules designed to combat segregation in housing. Puzder has fought labor rules intended to protect workers.

    “It really is unprecedented, not just the degree to which some of these nominees despise the mission of the agencies or departments they’re tapped to head, but the sheer number of them,” said John Hudak, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

    Last week Michael Kruse interviewed three Trump biographers. The transcript is full of interesting tidbits about what we can learn from this president’s past. When it comes to his Cabinet nominees, here’s an insight from Gwenda Blair, author of The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a President:

    The cabinet appointments seem to me to be people who have been successful in some realm, so he takes that as proof of their abilities. But he’s also looking for people that will be in conflict with everyone in that department. Down the line, it’s the same kind of sowing-conflict mode that he’s used throughout his career of setting people against each other so that they’re not going to be loyal to each other and they’re going to be loyal to him.

    Once you begin looking at this administration’s actions through the lens of sowing chaos as both a product of Trump’s personality and a strategy for his political operatives, much of what is happening becomes clear. Not only will Trump’s cabinet nominees create chaos in the departments they are assigned to oversee, we’ll see a lot of chaos between cabinet members and other advisors. According to the Wall Street Journal, some of that is already happening.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Next time an “ACA replace” package claims it allows “patient choice,” understand what they intend to exclude. This just passed the MN house. pic.twitter.com/WKaK85s99w

    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) January 24, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    And yes. POTUS/Breitbart is a seamlessly unified corporate media entity.

    They generate their own news. Control supply AND demand.

    — 5’7 Black Male (@absurdistwords) January 24, 2017

    You cannot think of this White House as a White House. It isn’t.

    It’s merely a money laundering center with nukes.

    — 5’7 Black Male (@absurdistwords) January 24, 2017

  22. rikyrah says:

    ,a href=”http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/medicaid-overhaul-republicans-234049″>GOP split over Medicaid imperils Obamacare plans
    Republicans want to cut costs, return control to states and keep people covered — a near impossibility.
    01/23/17 06:38 PM EST

    Top GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump are coalescing around a plan to turn Medicaid over to the states as part of their Obamacare replacement. But the push is already driving a wedge between congressional Republicans and could gum up the repeal process altogether.

    Conservatives have long called for block-granting Medicaid, which would cap spending and give states direct control over the program that provides health care coverage for low-income Americans. That goal is finally within reach now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

    But divisions over how to do it are already causing tension. At the crux of the matter is an impossible task set forth by Trump: In recent interviews he has said he wants to block-grant Medicaid funding to the states but also ensure the roughly 11 million people who received coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion do not lose it.

    Those two things are fundamentally at odds with each other because block grants are widely viewed as likely to result in sweeping cuts in government-subsidized health insurance for the poor. The mixed signals to the Hill are making it hard for lawmakers to get on the same page and coalesce around a plan.


    Contrast that with House Budget Vice Chairman Todd Rokita, a strong advocate of block granting.

    “Medicaid is among the top three drivers of our debt,” the Indiana Republican said. “It’s unfair for the citizens of tomorrow to bear the burden through our debt load for the health care of today’s poor, and it’s especially not fair for them to pay for [able-bodied adults] who otherwise should be making their own way.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    This article http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/officials-beg-trump-send-help-after-storms-kill-20-across-n711071 “Officials Beg Trump to send help after storm”

    Pointing out Not ONCE in 8 years did “officials beg for help”. Nope, they didn’t have to. We had a President that responded to emergencies every single time.

  24. rikyrah says:

    CIA folks are worried if they find dirt on Putin and tell Trump, Trump will blow up their source’s spothttps://t.co/Mzv94jf7xd pic.twitter.com/Iqr9h9Zh3t

    — Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) January 24, 2017

  25. rikyrah says:

    The Obamas arrive in British Virgin Islands for vacation https://t.co/569i0qZJch

    — meta (@metaquest) January 24, 2017

  26. rikyrah says:

    This rant was glorious. 😄😄😄😄

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

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