Saturday Open Thread

Hello, Everyone. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend with friends & family.


German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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37 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    #FreeBresha @prisonculture

    Congress begins its recess on 2/18 until 2/24. They’ll be back in their districts. Make a point of going to visit their offices.
    6:05 AM – 9 Feb 2017

  2. rikyrah says:

    Avi Bueno@JasperAvi

    Can we differentiate between #leaker & #whistleblower please? The people coming forward now are *not* simply disseminating sensitive info 1/

    They’re acting as whistleblowers, working to inform the public of illegal, unsavory, or otherwise seriously dangerous activity/happenings 2/

    within our government. They’re trying to ensure that *someone* can do *something* with this info, seeing as how the Legislature won’t. It 3/

    is imperative that we protect those who are releasing information that is important to maintain public safety & secure the continuity of 4/

    our Republic. Illegal activity in government, especially behaviors aimed at aiding foreign powers at our detriment *needs* to be passed 5/

    along, so that the American public can protest the actions of a faux authoritarian who has very clearly shunned the oath he took on Jan. 20.

  3. rikyrah says:

    DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they are not having it
    February 18 at 1:15 PM

    Newly minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a hard time getting inside the District’s Jefferson Middle School Academy last week when protesters briefly blocked her from entering. But at the end of her visit — her first to a public school since taking office — she stood on Jefferson’s front steps and pronounced it “awesome.”
    A few days later, she seemed less enamored. The teachers at Jefferson were sincere, genuine and dedicated, she said, they seemed to be in “receive mode.”

    “They’re waiting to be told what they have to do, and that’s not going to bring success to an individual child,” DeVos told a columnist for the conservative online publication Townhall. “You have to have teachers who are empowered to facilitate great teaching.”

    DeVos, who has no professional experience in public education, is an avowed proponent of voucher schools, charter schools, online schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools. Teachers across the country have been galled by what they see as her lack of faith in — and understanding of — the public schools that educate nearly nine in 10 of the nation’s children.

    Jefferson educators found her comments about their work hard to take: On Friday evening, the school responded to DeVos via its Twitter account, taking exception to the education secretary’s characterization of Jefferson teachers.
    “We’re about to take her to school,” the first of 11 rapid-fire tweets said.

  4. rikyrah says:

    And, off to the Spook fold he goes

    White House dismisses NSC aide after harsh criticism of Trump
    Official complained about the president at a closed-door think tank gathering.
    02/18/17 02:21 PM EST

    The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump at an event hosted by a Washington think tank.

    The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC’s senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for a group of about two dozen scholars, Deare harshly criticized the president and his chief strategist Steve Bannon and railed against the dysfunction paralyzing the Trump White House, according to a source familiar with the situation.

    He complained in particular that senior national security aides do not have access to the president — and gave a detailed and embarrassing readout of Trump’s call with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Trump Proposes Checking Chinese Visitors

    Source: Political Wire

    February 18, 2017By Taegan Goddard

    Politico: “The Trump administration is moving to expand social media checks to cover Chinese citizens traveling to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are proposing to ask Chinese visitors to disclose their social media ‘handles’ or other identifiers on common social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The question would be asked online as part of an electronic system Chinese holders of long-term U.S. business and visitor visas use to advise of upcoming travel.”

    “Answering the question would be ‘optional,’ CBP said in a notice set for publication Tuesday in the Federal Register. Those who don’t wish to answer will have their travel requests processed ‘without a negative interpretation or inference,’ the notice said.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Boney Hurdle @eclecticbrotha

    Do not be alarmed or fooled by Mike Pence sounding reasonable in speeches. Its all a front. Trump and the GOP still intend to destroy you.

  7. rikyrah says:

    phuck outta here. is there a President since 1900 where this has happened?

  8. I’m cooking today. Red beans with ground beef, ham hock & sausage, fried chicken and cornbread. Am I country enough? LOL

  9. Ametia says:

    AM Joy 2/18/17
    The rift between intelligence community and Trump

    Is Putin playing Donald Trump like a puppet as the president spars with the U.S. intelligence community? Joy Reid and her panel discuss this shocking possibility

  10. Ametia says:

    UH HUH

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  12. Ametia says:

    Rosie Perez and another lady are taking a white dude to the woodshed on AM Joy

  13. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😐😐😐

  14. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

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