Saturday Open Thread

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49 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Imani G
    (Angry Black Lady)

    – -Bottom line: Black women got it right.

    It would behoove you to listen to us. To listen to people like Maxine waters.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin


    Sens. Warren and Murray say one of Betsy DeVos’ senior advisers at DoE is still getting paid by a for-profit college—and they want answers.
    9:19 AM – 1 Apr 2017

    • Liza says:

      Interesting, many good points made.

      My own perspective is this. I’m holding on to the hope that the Democrats will take back the Senate and/or the House in 2018. I cannot even think about the possibility that they could fail. I just can’t go there.

      And the harsh reality is that the Democrats have got to start winning more elections at both the national and state levels. And they haven’t much time to reverse the current trend.

      For that reason alone I am willing to accept anyone who is at least on the right side regardless of past differences. For me, that would be the Hillary supporters.

      The issues, whatever is important to us, universal healthcare, protection of voting rights, raising the minimum wage, etc… cannot be realized if we lose our elections and fail to gain majorities in Congress and state legislatures.

      We need a better understanding of why we are losing. Hillary lost the electoral vote in three blue states by a total of 106,000 votes. Good Lord, this should not have happened.

      The Democrats could learn a lot from Bernie Sanders. His talking about universal healthcare now is actually a brilliant strategy. He is taking advantage of a very small window of opportunity where people are actually paying attention. By talking about this now, there is a chance that more people will come to believe that healthcare is a right and not a privilege. And over time they will be less and less tolerant of the GOP’s desire to deprive the poor of that right and allow them to suffer and die.

      And this is how we can win. This is how we build coalitions of like minded people. It is about knowing when it is your moment and having the resources to build a base of support. Or I guess we can hope that 2018 will be a vote the bums out year like 2006, but that is too risky given the enormity of our crisis.

      Winning isn’t everything, they say. Except when it is, and that’s now.

  3. rikyrah says:


    I don’t give a phuck about these people.

    Write an article about someone not stupid enough to vote for DOLT45, who sees the harm that they suspected ACTUALLY COMING TO THEIR LIVES.

    THAT is the article I want to read.

  4. Kid is killing it today! He got Reserve Champion Heifer too…..


  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    This is so wrong and upsetting:

  6. rikyrah says:

    I’m still thinking about this week’s Underground.

    I can’t wrap my mind around Cato. He confuses me.
    He was FREE, yet went back to America. I think that I understood. For every Black person that became and ex-pat. Sure, you could go elsewhere, but America is your home. Your passport was paid for with the blood of your ancestors. In Cato’s time, it was LITERALLY HIS BLOOD. So, unlike his woman, I understood he went back to America.

    I think Cato is going to become a radical. Same as Elizabeth, who I see joining John Brown’s believers before it’s all said and done.

  7. rikyrah says:

    From TOD:

    March 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    As a black woman, being “scared shitless” was when I was 16 and couldn’t find my father because he had been beaten by white police officers and we weren’t notified until we searched the hospitals and found him. Being “scared shitless” is wondering if my black son or other family member is gonna be shot to death by a rouge white police officer. This criminal in the WH makes me angry, but not “scared shitless”.

  8. rikyrah says:

    40% US jobs at risk from automation; time to stop blaming trade, immigration & get serious re life-long ed/training

    — Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) March 26, 2017

  9. rikyrah says:

    Here is my theory of how Donald Trump will be impeached, and scores of people around him jailed.

    It wasn’t just money laundering – it was “data laundering”.

    My theory is based on public reporting, to which I will link in the text. Here it is:

  10. rikyrah says:

    Senate Republicans’ decision to rush Price through confirmation has set up an explosive corruption bomb inside the administration.

    — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 1, 2017

  11. rikyrah says:

    This Presidency Is Failing — and Stunningly
    By Michael Gerson
    March 31, 2017

    Heading into the 2016 election, Republicans knew that this problem — the tea party predicament, the Freedom Caucus conundrum, the Boehner bog — had to be dealt with. The GOP needed a large and capable leader who could either unite the whole party (at least temporarily) with a bold, unifying conservative vision, or peel off some centrist Democratic support with innovative policy. They needed an above-average president.

    What they got is unimaginably distant from any of these goals. They got a leader who is empty — devoid of even moderately detailed preferences and incapable of using policy details in the course of political persuasion.

    Republicans got a leader who is impatient and easily distracted…

    Republicans got an administration that is incompetent…

    Republicans got an administration that is morally small…

    It is now dawning on Republicans what they have done to themselves. They thought they could somehow get away with Trump. That he could be contained. That the adults could provide guidance. That the economy might come to the rescue. That the damage could be limited.

    Instead, they are seeing a downward spiral of incompetence and public contempt — a collapse that is yet to reach a floor. A presidency is failing. A party unable to govern is becoming unfit to govern.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Dan Rather has observed other failed presidencies. Here’s what he sees now:

    Both Johnson and Nixon were seasoned politicians and they were surrounded by Washington insiders who knew how the game was played. Both men had pulled off remarkable achievements to their agendas. And there were long stretches of stability in their administrations. We are just over two months into President Trump’s term and already there is civil war in his own party in the wake of the health care debacle. His Muslim travel ban is suspended indefinitely, and then there is always the Russian shadow, which continues to become more serious, now with new allegations of White House interference. We have record low approval ratings and a White House that is understaffed and those who are there do not seem up to the task of governing…

    We have seen no evidence to suggest that this Administration can stabilize itself. There seems to be no ballast of seriousness or sober mindedness to right the ship.

  13. rikyrah says:

    * The folks at NBC’s First Read summed things up this way:

    Just 10 weeks on the job, President Trump’s approval rating is stuck in the 30s and 40s. His health-care effort failed. The travel ban is tied up in courts. Congress and the FBI are investigating his campaign’s possible links to Russia. He’s calling out fellow Republicans for failing to help him on health care. His White House tried to cover up (for a while at least) his aides providing information to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. And now his ousted national security adviser says he’ll cooperate with the FBI and Congress in exchange for immunity.

    Any one of these stories would ensnare a presidency in a crisis. But you add up these seven storylines above — we’re sure we’re leaving others out — and it’s unsustainable.

  14. Liza says:

    I agree with this.

    Pretty big indictment of the Hillary campaign that the fucking Kremlin knew to campaign in Wisconsin but she didn't.— maple cocaine (@historyinflicks) March 31, 2017


  15. rikyrah says:

    Judge: Why Is Giuliani Defending Alleged Iranian Money Launderer?

    A federal judge has ordered defense attorneys for an alleged money launderer for the Iranian government to detail the involvement of President Trump’s “cyber czar,” ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey in the case.

    As NBC News reported yesterday, Giuliani has joined the defense team of gold trader Reza Zarrab, who is under federal indictment for fraud, money laundering and evading sanctions on Iran, and who has ties to Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

    Zarrab, a 33-year-old dual Turkish-Iranian citizen, was arrested March 19 in Florida. He’s accused of ducking sanctions by moving hundreds of millions of dollars for the Iranian government and Iranian firms via offshore entities and bank accounts.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump walked out of an executive order signing ceremony without having signed the executive orders

    — POLITICO (@politico) March 31, 2017

  17. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I just looked up and found the sermon that Deray mentions in his tweet here. I will post it under his tweet.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

  19. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Heading north toady. Make it a great day.

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