Wednesday Open Thread | 2017 Oscar Nominated: Fences


Fences, based on August Wilson’s play, and directed by Denzel Washington, is up for 4 Academy Awards:

Best Picture
Best Actor: Denzel Washington
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
Best Writing Adapted Screenplay: August Wilson



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32 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | 2017 Oscar Nominated: Fences

  1. Ametia says:

    And don’t for one nano second believe the hype about Gorsuch’s statement about 45 & his fight with judges. It’ a PHONEY, FAKE-ASS DISTRACTION.

    Gorsuch ain’t shit, and he proved it b accepting 45’ss nomination. His name Lou, he goes too.

  2. Ametia says:

    Ever fucking Republican voted for Sessions. HANG the AVIL around their neck, because they are all going down the shit holes of history with #45.

  3. Ametia says:
    • Ametia says:



  4. rikyrah says:

    nothing but Twitter truth



    • Liza says:

      Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted for Sessions.

      Well, this is just real bad. Can’t imagine a worse choice.

    • rikyrah says:

      Just brace for the worst.
      But, don’t ever
      and I mean EVER
      purse the phucking lips
      to tell me that I have to understand Dolt45 voters.
      Not today.
      Not tomorrow.
      Not even if Jesus returns.

  5. Ametia says:


  6. rikyrah says:

    Go Oprah

    Oprah Said to Snag $150 Million Selling Klimt to Chinese Buyer
    by Katya Kazakina

    February 8, 2017, 10:00 AM CST

    The art world is feeling Oprah Winfrey’s Midas touch.

    The billionaire entrepreneur sold a Gustav Klimt painting for $150 million in one of the biggest private art deals of 2016, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. Winfrey, chief executive officer of the television channel Oprah Winfrey Network, bought “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” for $87.9 million in 2006 at Christie’s in New York — still an auction record for the Austrian artist. Since then, its value has risen about 71 percent.

  7. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    Three Dimensional Integration

    By Josh Marshall

    Published February 8, 2017, 3:06 PM EDT

    I’ve been saying for months that the language of ‘conflicts of
    interest’ for President Trump is entirely inadequate and frankly silly.
    The concept of a conflict of interest is one that speaks to a situation
    in which an overlap or conflict between an individual’s personal and
    professional or public interests makes it impossible for that individual to act in an ethical manner or to appear to be doing so. It has no meaning when the actor – in this case, the President – is openly using his office for personal profit. In other words, it has no meaning when the President refuses to recognize any difference between his public responsibilities and his personal and familial business interests, the state and himself. He recognizes no conflict. Indeed, there isn’t one.
    President Trump is openly using his office to become the billionaire he always wanted to be. And now his Press Secretary has said as much.

    Just a few moments ago, Sean Spicer said that Nordstrom’s decision to drop Trump’s daughter’s eponymous clothing line constitutes a political attack on the President and he is within his rights to retaliate.

    Here’s Spicer:

    think this is less about his family’s business and an attack on his
    daughter. He ran for president. He won. He’s leading this country. I
    think for people to take out their concern about his actions or his
    executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand
    up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success …
    There’s a targeting of her brand and it’s her name. She’s not directly
    running the company. It’s still her name on it. There are clearly
    efforts to undermine that name based on her father’s positions on
    particular policies that he’s taken. This is a direct attack on his
    policies and her name. Her because she is being maligned because they
    have a problem with his policies.

    This is just the clearest statement of what has been obvious for months.
    President Trump sees the United States and his family businesses as a fully integrated entity because he is President. Remember, just a few days ago the President’s wife argued in court that a disputed and subsequently retracted article damaged her ability to take advantage of the business opportunity of being First Lady. That literally means that her public office is a thing of specifically quantifiable monetary value to which she has been wrongly deprived and for which is seeking compensation. He is the state. He is the business. That may sound dramatic and even hyperbolic. But look at Spicer’s own words. They’re not.

    As I’ve been saying, stop talking about ‘conflicts of
    interest’. Those are guide rails meant to help ethical people to stay
    ethical or unethical people put on a show of it. There’s no show here.
    Trump is openly using the Presidency as the world’s greatest marketing opportunity. Happily, there are some signs his efforts to
    punish companies that don’t enrich him and his family may be backfiring.

    But that’s irrelevant to the question of intent. He’s openly doing
    this. The only question is who helps him and who refuses to accept this as a normal state of affairs.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s faux-pas diplomacy
    The State Department is struggling to contain the fallout as Trump goes off topic in calls with foreign leaders.
    02/08/17 05:08 AM EST

    President Donald Trump spent much of a recent phone call with French President Francois Hollande veering off into rants about the U.S. getting shaken down by other countries, according to a senior official with knowledge of the call, creating an awkward interaction with a critical U.S. ally.

    While the Hollande call on Jan. 28 did touch on pressing matters between the two countries — namely the fight against the Islamic State — Trump also used the exchange to vent about his personal fixations, including his belief that the United States is being taken advantage of by China and by international bodies like NATO, the official said.

    At one point, Trump declared that the French can continue protecting NATO, but that the U.S. “wants our money back,” the official said, adding that Trump seemed to be “obsessing over money.”

    “It was a difficult conversation, because he talks like he’s speaking publicly,” the official said. “It’s not the usual way heads of state speak to each other. He speaks with slogans and the conversation was not completely organized.”

  9. rikyrah says:

    For decades, there have been few photographic images of Harriet Tubman depicting how the abolitionist and Civil War spy looked in her lifetime.

    Now there’s one more.

    New York City auction house Swann Galleries has announced that it will auction a newly discovered photo of Tubman March 30. The photo shows her seated, wearing a black blouse with an overlapping white collar, and a white patterned skirt.

    Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, author of the biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero,” estimated that Tubman was between 43 and 46 years old when the photo was taken, placing it shortly after the end of the Civil War. At the time, Tubman was living in Auburn, where she had purchased land in 1859 from then-Sen. William H. Seward — land that will soon become part of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

    The photo comes from an album owned by Tubman’s friend and fellow abolitionist Emily Howland, of Sherwood, Larson said. The same album also contained the widely known picture of Tubman standing with her hands on a rollback chair in the early to mid-1870s.

    Larson said the new photo communicates parts of Tubman’s life that previous ones have not. She’s clad in simple but beautiful clothing that accentuates how Tubman was actually petite and feminine, Larson said, whereas most of the previous photos showed a weary veteran of the Underground Railroad and Civil War.

    “What’s remarkable about this photograph is that she’s so proud and dignified and beautiful. She looks so young,” Larson said. “This is the vibrant young Tubman just coming off her work during the Civil War. She’s building her life with her family in Auburn.”

    Larson continued, “It just surprised me, and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people.”

    • Ametia says:

      The GOPers never intended to really do any tangible PLANNING to repeal Obamacare. They just chant that repeal mantra, because that is what they know supporters want to hear. IGNORAMOUSES!

  10. rikyrah says:

    This is from Mayhew over at Balloon Juice about leaked healthcare changes from Dolt45:


    Trump Insurance rules

    by David Anderson

    at 8:55 am on February 8, 2017

    Politico evidently got their hands on a leaked draft rule making document for the insurance exchanges. There are a couple of significant tweaks in the rules. The most important thing so far is that the draft document accepts the ACA as it is and works on the margins. It is not an attempt to blow things up. But let’s look at the details:

    The administration is also looking to slash the 2018
    enrollment period in half. It would run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, rather
    than through the end of January 2018 as the Obama administration had proposed.

    The logic of this rule is that a December 15th end date means every
    policy starts on January 1st. This will do two things. First it will
    give more member months total in the pool as the current open enrollment period has both February 1 and March 1 start dates. Secondly and more subtly, it will shift the enrollment of the healthiest cohort on average from a March 1 start date to a January 1 start date. The length of healthy member stay will be longer.

    This is not a bad idea. It would be similar to what happens in
    Medicare. I would tweak it slightly. I would try to line up the ACA
    open enrollment period with the Medicare open enrollment period so that we develop a national window where everyone worries about next year’s healthcare at the same time.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Donald J. Trump


    My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
    9:51 AM – 8 Feb 2017

  12. rikyrah says:

    Sean Spicer Makes Up Atlanta Islamist Terror Attack

    Kellyanne Conway is not the only Trump adviser to make up a terrorist attack. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly listed Atlanta among cities wracked by Islamist terror.
    02.08.17 1:00 AM ET

    Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green massacre” isn’t the only case of a White House aide pointing to a terror attack that didn’t happen to make the case for President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order limiting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly pointed to Atlanta, along with San Bernardino and Boston, as one of three U.S. cities that have been attacked by Islamist terrorists to argue that the Trump administration needed to act quickly to prevent another attack in the future.
    In a Jan. 29 appearance on ABC’s This Week, Spicer explained to Martha Raddatz that the White House needed to implement its executive order quickly, before another terror attack could take place. “What do we say to the family that loses somebody over a terroristic (sic), to whether it’s Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber?”

    Spicer used a similar line the following day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters asked him if President Trump had signed the executive order as the result of an imminent terror threat on U.S. soil. “Too many of these cases that have happened, whether you’re talking about San Bernardino, Atlanta, they’ve happened, Boston,” Spicer said. “Jeremy, what—do you wait until you do? The answer is we act now to protect the future.”

    The White House did not respond to a request to clarify what Spicer was referring to when he named to Atlanta in a list of past Islamist attacks. In 1996, a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park during the Atlanta Olympic Games, but Eric Robert Rudolph, a Florida-born domestic terrorist, was convicted of that bombing.

  13. Liza says:

    Senator Elizabeth Warren was shut down in the US Senate for trying to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King.— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 8, 2017


  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😐😐😐

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