Friday Open Thread | Yo Yo Ma Week

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  1. eliihass says:

    BBC Question Time with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. June 2nd, 2017.

  2. eliihass says:

    The Germans aren’t really interested in diplomacy any longer it seems..

  3. Bill Maher comfortably used the words “house nigga” and the audience clapped and laughed it up.

    • eliihass says:

      As our favorite 3Chics haiku poet Rykirah says, Uh huh, uh huh..

    • eliihass says:

      You know how it is..

      Date a couple of black women, donate a million dollars to the re-election campaign of the historic President and voila, you get to say and do whatever the heck your inner condescending ‘liberal/progressive’ white supremacist feels completely comfortable and entitled to do and say…no matter how offensive or insulting to the ‘blacks’…

      Some of his best ex-girlfriends and beneficiaries of his generous political campaign donation largesse have been black after all..

      In his mind, he’s bought himself the right to say whatever he pleases..

  4. eliihass says:

    So, turns out that my historic FLOTUS was the Keynote Speaker at this WorkHuman conference in Arizona yesterday ..

  5. rikyrah says:


    Jason Whitlock Needs A Friend (A Clue, A Seat, And Jesus Too, But Mostly Just A Friend)

    Damon Young, 6/2/17


    I know, from pieces I’ve read about Whitlock, pieces I’ve read by
    Whitlock, and conversations I’ve had with people who know him, that he desperately wants to be considered a thought leader. Someone who cultivates, incubates, and creates the types of pieces and opinions and words and ideas that stand the test of time. He wants to be taken seriously.

    And the terribly stupid things he says and does are a mark of a man who recognizes those goals are far out of his reach, but still attempts to grasp for relevance, like a pit bull chasing behind a fucking Ferrari.
    Extending the car metaphor, he’s an 1998 Altima who wishes to be an
    Aston Martin. And knows he’s not and will never be an Aston Martin. But puts Aston rims on his tires and an Aston emblem on his bumper, hoping someone maybe might think he’s one and ask him to race.

    But not only is he not taken seriously, he’s become such an easy
    punchline and punching bag that he’s virtually radioactive. As far as
    Black sportswriters/reporters go, he’s probably one of the three or four most recognizable names. Yet literally zero of his peers —
    well, zero of his peers who aren’t currently employed by Fox — would dare cosign anything he says. Just being associated with a Whitlock tweet is like having digital mono.

    Athletes collectively hate him.
    And not the type of “hate” that’s comprised of the garden variety
    skepticism some athletes have towards the media. But actual “if I see that nigga in the street, I’ll slap the shit out of him”
    Black Twitter — and by “Black Twitter” I mean “literally every
    Black person on Twitter with any sort of relevance and working brain
    cells” — despises him. His “Black people with brains” approval rating is at zero. This is a friendless nigga. Even OJ had Al Cowlings. Whitlock has…hats.

    • eliihass says:

      “…he’s an 1998 Altima who wishes to be an
      Aston Martin. And knows he’s not and will never be an Aston Martin. But puts Aston rims on his tires and an Aston emblem on his bumper, hoping someone maybe might think he’s one and ask him to race…”


      From what I’ve seen, even an old Altima is too generous a description…He’s more like a broken down Yugo or Lincah Gama..

  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Amazing! Retire school teacher Elizabeth Meader has spent fifty years collecting African American history.

  7. Liza says:

    BREAKING: CA, NY and WA governors reject Pres. Trump's decision; will convene alliance of US states that want to uphold climate agreement— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 1, 2017


    • eliihass says:

      And somehow, after these governors, mayors etc. get ahead independent of the federal government, and make impressive gains, he and his cohorts will find a way to take credit for the positive gains made in spite of him and his spiteful, greedy, ignorant decimation of protections..

    • eliihass says:

      I wish people would simply refer to him as “Mr.”…

      He’s not only unworthy of the other title…he never earned it…and certainly hasn’t lived up to it..

      But most importantly, it’s the quickest way to drive him crazy…deny him the title…end live coverage of his grand preening addresses/press statements…instead, play snippets of recorded bits – if there’s anything of interest…and ignore altogether if just another distract and deflect, bait and switch and lie and obfuscate, sham..

      The groveling media – if they can help themselves, should start boycotting these sham events…and instead send one or two representatives in some form of rotation…to take notes..

      Guaranteed to drive him completely nuts..

      But one gets the sense that the media is actually enjoying this insanity…and isn’t eager at all for it to end..

      You almost get this sense that every time there’s a hot lead that’s closing in, they immediately begin to pull back…it’s like they don’t want this thing to come to a head..

      They just end up poo-pooing and walking all over and looking to weaken the evidence they themselves just reported courtesy of a sleuth colleague..

  8. Ametia says:


    • eliihass says:

      Thank you..

      Such a dreadful, dreadful, embarrassment and tragedy…

      The greatest country in the world, and with some of the best minds in the world…and this substandard horror of a thing is what passes for the ‘EPA Administrator’..?

      The little he ‘knew’, and mostly over-defensively and inarticulately spat out, he mostly got entirely from watching 3 hours of Morning Joe this morning…reconstituting and regurgitating much of what James Baker and Joe Scarborough threw out there..

  9. eliihass says:

    I’m watching the BBC Question Time with their PM Theresa May…

    Informed and impressive young people in the audience…

    Some of their questions and retorts have been brutal…and left Ms May looking quite weak..

    They’ve completely pummeled her..

    And after refusing to participate in debates with the rest of the field, which left even some of her Tory supporters scratching their head, she’s not looking quite as strong in this forum, as she once did ..

  10. Liza says:

    Senators who urged Trump to leave Paris climate accord took millions from oil companies.— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 2, 2017


  11. Ametia says:

    #45 & RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!!!!

  12. eliihass says:

    The other video cut off much of Lisa Bloom’s preamble…

    • Ametia says:



      • eliihass says:

        I’d hoped that they would raise how Trump, his cohorts and alt-right supporters…thought nothing of traumatizing 9 year old Sasha and 12 year old Malia and their mother for all these years…

  13. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump’s unhealthy preoccupation with being laughed at
    06/02/17 11:33 AM—UPDATED 06/02/17 12:09 PM
    By Steve Benen

    When Donald Trump spoke yesterday about his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, he seemed to ad-lib one of his broader concerns:

    “At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? … We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won’t be. They won’t be.”

    It’s hard to overstate the degree to which Trump obsesses over this point. In his mind, being laughed at appears to be the single worst reaction a person or a country can experience, and so he seems to evaluate decisions based less on merit and more on whether they’ll generate laughter from others.

    A month ago, for example, Trump sat down with Time magazine, which asked about his decision to launch a strike on Assad forces in Syria, despite having promised to do the opposite before the election. “I think we have to be a strong nation,” he replied. “I think we were being laughed at by the world. They’re not laughing anymore.”

    There’s no real-world reason to believe anyone was laughing at the United States over its reluctance to attack multiple sides in Syria’s civil war, just as there’s no evidence of laughter being curtailed in the wake of Trump’s strike. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s the lens through which this president sees the world: Trump is paranoid about ridicule that doesn’t exist, and he makes decisions based on his desire to stifle laughter that only he can hear.

    This is a longstanding point of concern for him. In the Reagan era, Trump insisted that “bad guys” were “laughing at” the United States. In 2011, The Atlantic ran a piece noting Trump making the same argument about international laughter, at Americans’ expense, during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama eras.

    “Everyone is always pointing and laughing at America, in Trump’s view,” The Atlantic piece noted. “A psychologist might have a field day with this.”

  14. eliihass says:

    Sean Spicer looks so depressed…and like he’s not gotten a goodnight sleep lately..

    It’s only a matter of time now…

    And he’ll have plenty of time on his hands …and hopefully, haunted and kept awake for a long time, by whatever bit of conscience he ever had…or the consequent shame and anger over completely selling his already dubious soul to Satan – and having only skid marks and knife stab wounds on his back from being thrown under the bus and being stabbed again and again, to show for it…

    His self-esteem like his ho-hum reputation, is in complete tatters…And for what..?

    Maybe like Scott McClellan he’ll ultimately have an awakening …

  15. eliihass says:

    Good for Lisa Bloom…I only wish Kathy Griffin hadn’t given them the satisfaction of seeing her break down…or broken..

  16. Ametia says:

    White folks are trying to figure out why their is so much disgust and anger abour #45? Really?

    • eliihass says:

      You’d be shocked to know just how oblivious some folks even on our side are…Including those who are eager to normalize the buffoon via his complicit Birther 3rd wife..

      It’s insane..

      • Ametia says:

        ANSWER … because it’s a REFLECTION of them white folks too.

        When #45 is mocked, teased, taunted, humiliated, chastised, and criticized, and called him out for his LIES, RACISM, XENOPHOBIC, ISLAMAPHOIC bullshit, we’re doing it to them as well.

        Because he’s a white, mediocre, COWARDLY bully who now inhabits the Oval Office, and he represents THEM, not US

        They CLAIM it, we NAME.


        THE END

  17. rikyrah says:

    Now Trump Will Take Away Your Contraception
    by Martin Longman
    June 2, 2017 12:03 PM

    A lot of women I talk to are concerned about Donald Trump and his connections to the Russians, but express concern that Vice President Pence would be an even worse president for them because he seems to come straight out of the cast for The Handmaid’s Tale. In no way do I want to diminish or dismiss the validity of their point of view, but I want to highlight that Trump seems to be nearly as obsessed as Pence with the fecundity of the fairer sex.

    As proof, let’s look at what Obamacare has done for American women who want to control their reproduction:

    The architects of the Affordable Care Act intended to broadly expand access to contraception by making it a regular benefit of health insurance, and the Obama administration’s goal was to guarantee birth control for as many women as possible. More than 55 million women have birth control coverage without out-of-pocket costs, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration and cited in the draft rule.

    By spring 2014, two-thirds of women using birth control pills and nearly 75 percent of women using the contraceptive ring were no longer paying out-of-pocket costs. In 2013 alone, the mandate had saved women $1.4 billion on birth control pills, according to the National Women’s Law Center.


    So, here’s what Trump is going to do:

    The Trump administration has drafted a sweeping revision of the government’s contraception coverage mandate that could deny birth control benefits to hundreds of thousands of women who now receive them at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.

    The new rule, which could go into effect as soon as it is published in the Federal Register, greatly expands the number of employers and insurers that could qualify for exemptions from the mandate by claiming a moral or religious objection, including for-profit, publicly traded corporations. A 34,000-word explanation of the intended policy change is blunt about its likely impact on women: “These interim final rules will result in some enrollees in plans of exempt entities not receiving coverage or payments for contraceptive services.”

  18. eliihass says:

    Hopefully, few tune in to the Megyn Kelly-Putin charade..

    Both, as with the buffoon and his brood, need to be denied any more orchestrated, empty, fatty, artery-clogging, high-calorie, no-value, attention-seeking, self-promoting publicity …

    These are all narcissists of various stripes, and starving them of the supply they crave, is a good first step in nipping the out of hand madness..

    • Ametia says:

      I have ZERO interest in watching REHASHED, BLEACHED-OUT, BOTOXED FOX REJECTS

      • eliihass says:


        Or the megalomaniac with a serious napoleon complex who heads and orchestrates the hostile actions of the hostile foreign government behind the abominable actions to destroy America, its fragile union, and its hard-won democracy..

  19. rikyrah says:

    General McMaster’s former officers claim Trump is ‘using’ him and tarnishing the military

    — Raw Story (@RawStory) June 2, 2017

    Daily Beast: H.R. McMaster is ‘being used’ for his general’s stars, his old military comrades say.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 2, 2017

    • eliihass says:

      He alone is to blame for prostrating himself before the treasonous buffoon to be ‘used’..

      ‘Tarnish’ the military…? I think Flynn has already set the low, low bar for that..

      There aren’t any justifications…and there certainly isn’t enough money, desperate craving for power, title and perks in the world to impel a person of honor and integrity to align themselves with, or to work for and with brazenly corrupt and treasonous, hostile foreign entity owned alt-right folks..

      And worse, to actively provide cover for them and their dubious activities…even when and if he has to lie or bend the truth..

      At this point, the whole lot of these enablers are not only merely complicit, they’re actively and fully colluding …

      No way a military general touted as smart…and one who’s written a book that’s ironically titled ‘deriliction of duty’, and is all about how the military failed to properly and truthfully advise/counsel the president…and the consequent disastrous outcome…no way this person isn’t aware of what’s going on…And yet with each passing day, he and Gary Cohn and Sean Spicer and the lot of them, trip all over their tongues trying to spin and cover ..

  20. LOOK, people. White guy still alive after reaching for gun. Cops not afraid for their lives. But unarmed LaQuan McDonald walking away shot 16 X’s.

    • Ametia says:

      And remember they killed 12 YEAR OLD Tamir Rice, for carrying a toy gun.

    • eliihass says:

      The awesome perk of being white in America..

      No black person would have lived beyond the first second of this encounter..

      The guy might even get to sue the cops… and the judge, jury or city might even be inclined to gift him a hefty judgement or settlement..

  21. rikyrah says:

    Bilderberg 2017: secret meeting of global leaders could prove a problem for Trump
    The annual gathering of government and industry elites will include a ‘progress report’ on the Trump administration. Will it get a passing grade?
    Charlie Skelton in Chantilly, Virginia
    Thursday 1 June 2017 03.00 EDT

    The storm around Donald Trump is about to shift a few miles west of the White House, to a conference centre in Chantilly, Virginia, where the embattled president will be getting his end-of-term grades from the people whose opinion really matters: Bilderberg.

    The secretive three-day summit of the political and economic elite kicks off on Thursday in heavily guarded seclusion at the Westfields Marriott, a luxury hotel a short distance from the Oval Office. The hotel was already on lockdown on Wednesday, and an army of landscapers have been busy planting fir trees around the perimeter, to protect coy billionaires and bashful bank bosses from any prying lenses.

    Perched ominously at the top of the conference agenda this year are these words: “The Trump administration: a progress report.” Is the president going to be put in detention for tweeting in class? Held back a year? Or told to empty his locker and leave? If ever there’s a place where a president could hear the words “you’re fired!”, it’s Bilderberg.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Speaking of a child.
    LarryO reported last night that Dolt45 withdrew from the Accords because Macron hurt his fee fees?
    The Everloving PHUCK

  23. rikyrah says:

    I love that Congressman Lieu was like..

    Hell yeah, Kushner committed a felony. Don’t give none of that bullshyt that he FORGOT to add those meetings to his Security Clearance application.

    No hemming or hawing-yes, a FELONY

  24. rikyrah says:

    Remember when we all read the link about the meeting at the Mayflower Hotel, and it read like something from a Grisham novel?

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😐😐😐

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