Monday Opening Thread

Happy Monday, Everyone. This week’ featured artist David Sanborn and his many musical collaborations.

David Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school.Sanborn has also worked extensively as a session musician, notably on David Bowie’s Young Americans (1975).

One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as “the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years.” Sanborn is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz. However, Sanborn has expressed a disinclination for both the genre itself and his association with it.
In his three-and-a-half-decade career, Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards and has had eight gold albums and one platinum album. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre.

Music I good for Soul.


This entry was posted in Culture, Current Events, Music, Open Thread, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

80 Responses to Monday Opening Thread

  1. This vile hateful witch. They should have thrown her ass OUT and yell don’t let the door knob hit you in the ass.

  2. Well. Well. ISH has gotten real for Jeff Sessions!

  3. eliihass says:

    Some of the best comments are from women moved by what is a seemingly simple post, but actually powerful and inspiring…there are some from men too…including this military guy who said he didn’t agree with her ‘politics’, but he respected and was grateful for her..

    • eliihass says:

      Tap the image at right and slide to see more images…

      The world may come to understand someday…But this marvelous, marvelous, authentically, inspiringly, unpretentiously, honestly, deeply, percipiently, genuinely, human woman touches my heart in a way no other public person does…

      She’s no cookie-cutter or counterfeit or knock-off of something…this is a valiant woman who against odds – and since she was a little black girl in America, has always known who she is – and without question, on whose shoulders she sits…and to the chagrin of those who’ve tried unsuccessfully to alternately indoctrinate and break her, defiantly refuses to let her soul and being be tangled up and destroyed by the chains that have been used to bound and often been yanked to forcibly control, contain, keep in line, break, destroy …chains that throughout history…have often been used to choke and continue to choke many…including those who erroneously believe that they ‘transcended’…and the ones who ‘transcended’ only by selling out, or via validation and ‘approval’ and tokenism courtesy of the oppressor..

      Some will see this Instagram post as simply, her continued call to women as nurturers and the primary caretakers, emotional burden-carriers and worriers for the family, to take better care of themselves so that they can better care for others…some will see her continued nod to having a network of, to whatever degree, ‘dependable’ girlfriends…

      I see more..

      She has a reputation for being pretty straight-forward…her integrity and sincerity, always present a palpable..

      Her genius to me – among so many things that command and have firmly held my attention and informed my great admiration for her over the years, is that she not only communicates clearly and unpretentiously – and in ways that anyone and everyone who hears her can understand…the hallmark of a great communicator…

      She especially does not do affectation, or employ industry-approved and ubiquitous ‘buzzwords’ often lobbed about by wannabes, the superficial and the pretentious .. to appear somehow faux-deep and ‘intellectual’, or ‘vested’ and ‘stimulating’..

      She does not for instance phonily yammer on about ‘intersectionality’…a word that would be meaningless and lost on a huge swath of people she importantly, wants to participate in and feel a part of the conversation… and she rarely if ever, uses words like ‘feminist’…even though there are few who embody that word more authentically than she… she chooses instead to live and be by example…and powerfully embodies – and without endlessly invoking it, presents her version of it, just by being..

      She’s so clear, unpretentious, and compelling when she speaks, and yet, if you listen even closer, there’s so often still much untapped …so much witting subtext …but so authentically, profoundly, unpretentiously clear, that a woman in some small village in India, Ethiopia, Gambia, Morocco, El Salvador, gets exactly what she’s saying..

      She doesn’t play the silly, exhausting, pretentiously and selectively coy games of the cowardly, fearful, and the PR-manufactured who doggedly and endlessly court publicity, but then insist that they never discuss or share their ‘private’ lives…even as they stalk and usurp and then slyly tweak and present as theirs in future interviews and public outings, themes and narratives and gestures stolen from an authentic woman like my historic first black FLOTUS..

      She is natural, open, refereshingly down to earth and sincere ..even as she sometimes references and very naturally invokes her own lived, relatable, complete, human experiences as a wife, mother, daughter, woman, human, and a full and unabashed part of a historically marginalized minority race in America, to not only connect, but to teach, make suggestions, offer advise, correct, and to inspire…

      And yet, as open and down to earth and unpretentious as she’s always been, she remains as deeply fascinating and still an enigma….and without ever looking or wanting to be…A true enigma…real, not the manufactured sort… unlike those who set out to artificially and forcibly manufacture a forced/choreographed air of ‘mystery’ and ‘enigma’…whether as cover for the many unreconcilable falsehoods and skeletons in their biographies, or simply because they believe it somehow makes them more ‘interesting’…

      In this her latest post, I glean more…she’s not only continuing to inspire and lead and encourage by her example…trying to pull up those who otherwise wouldn’t know how or where to start…especially those who’ve been so systematically hobbled psychologically, and in any number of ways….she continues to stress her familiar recurring themes of importance of family, health of mind, body and spirit, community, sisterhood…women not as back-biters, back-stabbers or adversaries, but as support systems for each other…But she alludes to more…something I think we’ll in the future, get to look back at this particular post and fully understand..

      I continue to hold her and her family in my heart and prayers…I hold her up even more, because in the end, how this affects her and how she processes and reconciles it all…and how it impacts her for the long-term as she lives out the rest of her life, will ultimately, and for better or worse, affect and impact not only her daughters, but so many black girls and women…who may not think or know it right now…She may have been the first black First Lady of this sad racist country that remains hostile to, and still treats black people as unworthy and as 3rd class ‘citizens’, not entitled to dignity or protection or justice….She may have lived in the White House that was built by a legion of her enslaved black ancestors…but though she was expected to be perpetually ‘grateful, and endlessly excoriated by the alt-right and others, for not being ‘sufficiently’ so…aka: she didn’t grovel or cower…There were supposed grand perks of the position, which she was always treated as if she did not deserve and should not have a right to, or even enjoy…though she worked her heart out, and more than just showed up in her un-remunerated supporting position, we’ll never ever begin to understand the trauma, the deep cuts and scars…what this black woman has seen, or what she’s had to contend with…

      When she talks about having to ‘bury her emotions’ to make it through the 8 years of the White House experience…as she recently very candidly shared in her fireside chat at the Apple Developers conference… Or when she shared in Africa a few years ago about having to cut off much of the news, serious media and discourse, that she used to enjoy and voraciously took in to stay informed…having to abruptly eliminate all of it just so that she could be psychologically healthy for her husband and daughters, and ‘provide a soft place for him to land’ at the end of each hard day as she put it then…and to be for the country in her role, what the country needed her to be especially in those earlier tumultuous years…To be able to laugh and interact with, and hug all manner of folks without being weighed down by hard feelings…And in the process, shutting out so much, and shutting herself off…and finding herself mostly only filling up on lighthearted, mostly mindless, less stimulating stuff like HGTV fare …At some point, I’m hoping that at long last, it’ll finally be about not only just merely accommodating or insultingly patronizing her… but fully, completely appreciating her and her contributions and sacrifices – and honoring and celebrating her fully, completely and thoroughly..

      P.S: It’s 11 something here…Hope it’s ok SG, Ametia and Rykirah…that I share my perspectives that end up epistle-long on your blog…Hopefully, many moons from now, future people from that posterity that we often talk about, will happen across your blog, and our various perspectives and take-aways will help shed light on what and how some of us thought of what was happening…But they’d also have have the complete played out history…hopefully truthfully documented…if we aren’t part of the Soviet Union by then…and fake news isn’t the order of the day..

  4. eliihass says:

    Snippet of segment …cuts off the bit by John Heilemann..

  5. Liza says:

    “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America”
    A book by Mary Otto
    Reviewed by Paul Von Blum
    Posted on Jun 16, 2017

    I have often felt that I’ve spent half my life in a dental chair. After three implants, two bridges, perhaps 10 root canals, countless fillings, numerous crowns and one especially painful gum surgery, I am a beleaguered dental veteran.

    But millions of marginalized Americans can scarcely imagine such dental care. Many have never had any dental care in their entire lives. If and when they do manage to see a dentist, the result is often that their throbbing teeth are extracted, alleviating the short-term pain but causing long-term problems. Communities of color and poor whites suffer the most, with a silent epidemic of tooth and gum disease. The consequences are horrific: severe, persistent and often intractable pain; diminished job prospects; acute embarrassment; major interruptions in learning for children with recurring toothaches; and poor nutrition, respiratory infections, diabetes, heart disease and, in extreme circumstances, death.

    Meanwhile, many affluent Americans, in the spirit of Thorstein Veblen’s theory of conspicuous consumption, spend thousands of dollars on various procedures of cosmetic dentistry, in their perennial quest to appear youthful, vibrant and attractive. Thousands of dentists, in fact, devote much or even all of their private practices to these procedures; some attend lavish seminars that show them how to market expensive procedures to their affluent patient populations. Journalist Mary Otto, in her muckraking new book “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America,” addresses and critiques this dubious reality in depth throughout her volume.

    Even more powerfully, she exposes the devastating consequences of ignoring dental health care in America. Her engaging yet disconcerting effort chronicles the hidden reality of oral disease in the United States. It traces the development of dentistry and dental education in the U.S., condemns the opposition of the organized dental profession to alternative, lower-cost approaches to dental care, and, above all, reveals the horrific human cost of oral neglect.

    Of all the elements in this powerful work of investigative journalism, the winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, the most compelling is the tragic drama of people who suffer serious illness or worse from their untreated dental disease. The tragedy of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old African-American boy from Prince George’s County, Maryland, is the most poignant story of the entire book. Young Deamonte died following complications from a tooth abscess after his mother failed to find a dentist who would accept Medicaid to treat his toothache—a common occurrence in this country. After she took him to an emergency room, he received medicine for the abscess and he was sent home. But his condition worsened and he returned to the hospital. Doctors found that the bacteria had spread to his brain. Two surgeries and eight weeks of treatment failed and Deamonte died.

    This is a moral abomination—yet another reminder of how American “health care” falls far below the standard for any civilized society. A simple visit to a dentist would have saved Deamonte’s life. Otto details others whose lives were lost because they had no access to basic dental treatment. As she reveals, “[d]ental visits to emergency departments nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010.” These visits involved tooth decay, oral lesions, abscesses, gum infections, and several other dental disorders and problems. Distressingly but not surprisingly, these patients rarely received any actual dental care, but merely prescription medications like painkillers and antibiotics. The author reports that during that time period, 101 patients died in emergency rooms. The financial cost, of course, was outrageously greater than what routine preventive dental care would have been if such care had been available to these unfortunate women, men and children.

  6. Liza says:

    Have y’all seen this?

    • eliihass says:

      It was not ‘somebody the Washington Post spoke to’, it was a direct quote from the republican chair for the district..

      All these cowardly, mealy-mouthed media people like Brooke Baldwin and David Chalian, are part of the problem…forever white-washing the truth..

      If your not going to report the whole story, don’t do the story then..

  7. eliihass says:

    It would’ve been best if Mr Kushner had remained mute ..

    His voice not only betrays him as ridiculous, and shrinks him even further, but he in this speaking outing is reminiscent of an infinitely dumber version of the lying check forging fictional character in Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale, Jr. – when his scheme starts falling apart and the Feds are closing in… and he freaks out and confesses to his Lutheran fiancée, nurse Brenda Strong, that he wasn’t really a doctor, or Lutheran…that he was really just a kid…he’d run away from home a year and a half before, when he was just 16..

    • Ametia says:

      What a farce, to even put their two thin lips together and declare this idiot could bring about peace between Israel and Palestine.

      • eliihass says:

        More importantly, operation distract and deflect part deux, is now under way – as they all try to reboot -yet again…to try to distract from, or put behind them altogether, the dubious financial entanglements and the whole treasonous collusion with a hostile foreign government ..

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Supreme Court has declared it will consider whether partisan gerrymandered election maps violate the Constitution

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Hate incidents increasing.

    Make it stop!!! Horrible! WH silent.

  10. Tyren M. says:

    Good afternoon 3Chics,
    Saturday I took daughter to Juneteenth here in Minneapolis. Upon seeing the greeters at the gate – white cops – she asked is she safe around the police? She squeezed my hands tightly. All I could think to say was today you are. I got you.
    Sunday, she played and swam while I barbecued. Not a care in the world…as it should be.

    Have a good day ll.

    • eliihass says:

      Bless her sweet, sweet heart…

      Pretty disheartening …and a very sad state of affairs that kids now recognize that uniform and those who inhabit it, not as good/protectors, but as dangerous and a real threat to their overall well-being..

    • Ametia says:

      Hi Tyren. You hold your daughter dear in your heart and hands.

      Did you get out last weekend during the protests?

      • Tyren M. says:

        I made it to Loring Saturday night afterward. Listened to Nekima Levy-Pounds and a few others before heading home. That’s about it.

    • God bless that pretty sweet baby. Our children shouldn’t be afraid of someone sworn to protect them. Oh God, please help us.

  11. rikyrah says:

    White Progressives and the Black Vote
    by Martin Longman
    June 19, 2017 12:17 PM

    If you take a look at the black population of Virginia by county and overlay that with a map of the election results of the gubernatorial primary between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello, you’ll be able to see the correlation quite clearly. It’s particularly noticeable in the southern and western parts of the state where the demographics are less complicated and the culture is more classically Virginia than in the D.C. suburbs. Here are the ten county groups with the heaviest black populations by percentage. Overall, Northam won 56 percent to 44 percent for Perriello.

    Petersburg city: percentage black= 77.8, Northam 73 Perriello 28
    Emporia city: percentage black= 63.6, Northam 66 Perriello 34
    Greensville: percentage black= 59.2, Northam 72 Perriello 28
    Sussex: percentage black= 57.8, Northam 72 Perriello 28
    Franklin city: percentage black= 56.4, Northam 72 Perriello 28
    Brunswick: percentage black= 56.1, Northam 57 Perriello 43
    Portsmouth city: percentage black= 53.5, Northam 76 Perriello 24
    Richmond city: percentage black= 50.1, Northam 55 Perriello 45
    Hampton City: percentage black= 49.7, Northam 72 Perriello 28
    Danville city: percentage black= 49.3, Perriello 88 Northam 12

    You can see that Northam outperformed his statewide average in eight out of the ten, the exceptions being in Richmond where he basically matched his average and in Danville which is a major outlier that I’d love to understand.

    Here are the ten county groups with the smallest black populations by percentage.

    Craig: percentage black= 0.2, Perriello 71 Northam 29
    Dickenson: percentage black= 0.4, Northam 61 Perriello 39
    Highland: percentage black= 0.6, Perriello 62 Northam 38
    Scott: percentage black= 0.8, Perriello 51 Northam 49
    Carroll: percentage black= 0.8, Perriello 58 Northam 42
    Russell: percentage black= 1.0, Northam 65 Perriello 35
    Washington: percentage black= 1.5, Perriello 58 Northam 42
    Giles: percentage black= 1.6, Perriello 72 Northam 28
    Floyd: percentage black= 1.9, Perriello 74 Northam 26
    Rockingham: percentage black= 2.0, Perriello 59 Northam 41

    • Tyren M. says:

      I need to do Juneteenth in TX. Y’all get it IN!
      Minneapolis used to, but they shut it down. They haven’t killed it, but it ain’t the same.

  12. rikyrah says:

    The Manufacturing Jobs Program Trump Wants to Kill
    The little-known Manufacturing Extension Partnership program has helped grow small-businesses like Michele’s Granola.

    by Anne Kim
    June 19, 2017

    Walk into Michele’s Granola factory in Timonium, Maryland, and you smell the homey aromas of toasting oats, brown sugar and vanilla. The facility produces 2,500 pounds of granola a day in eight different flavors—from classic vanilla almond to more exotic varieties like pumpkin spice, lemon pistachio and ginger hemp. This granola is not the heavy, sticky mass-produced stuff you bought at the supermarket and find months later, congealed in a tub in the back of your pantry. It’s airy, light and practically crackles in your teeth.

    “The granola has a very unique texture,” said company founder Michele Tsucalas. “We use just five to seven simple ingredients—nothing you wouldn’t find in your home kitchen.”

    Tsucalas began baking her own granola more than a decade ago, experimenting at home as a weekend distraction from her day job as a nonprofit fundraiser. Once her recipe was perfected, she started selling her granola at farmers’ markets in northern Virginia and then at a food co-op in Maryland. Sales started catching fire, and today you can find Michele’s Granola in a dozen states, including at Whole Foods stores throughout the mid-Atlantic United States, and in Wegmans stores in the northeast. Since her first farmers’ market in 2006, Tsucalas’s business has grown from a one-woman concern operating out of leased space in a commercial kitchen to a sleek boutique business with 35 full-time workers.

    But the secret to her success is more than a great product. Also instrumental was a little-known but decades-old government program—the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program—aimed at helping small and medium-sized manufacturers like Michele’s Granola grow. It’s also on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, one of dozens of programs the administration wants to kill.

    While Trump has lately touted his efforts at job creation, including with a recent visit to Wisconsin to promote U.S. manufacturing, his plan to zero out the MEP program would eliminate one of the federal government’s best programs for achieving exactly that goal. It’s yet another example of how Trump’s actual economic policies fail to match—and even contradict—the president’s promises and rhetoric.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Worse than Watergate – Trump and Nixon

    Liberal Librarian
    June 17, 2017

    On the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, it might be instructive to compare that constitutional crisis to the one through which we’re living today.

    The old saw is that Watergate wasn’t about the crime, but about the coverup, which became a greater crime, as it dragged Richard Nixon into obstructing justice.

    With Russiagate, we have a case where the crime and the coverup are feeding each other. The allegations behind collusion with Russia are far more serious than the botched break-in to the Democratic Party headquarters. Nixon was many things, but he wasn’t a Soviet stooge. In Donald Trump, we have a man who claimed the presidency basically with the aid of a hostile foreign power—the exact thing which having an Electoral College was supposed to prevent.

    Such a serious allegation engenders an even more desperate cover-up. Add to that Trump’s own inability to maintain any equanimity, and we have a situation where Russiagate has already dwarfed Watergate, as the attempted coverup relates to matters of national security and sovereignty.

    And, let’s remember: Nixon was a popular president until Watergate broke. Trump entered the Oval Office as a minority president, and underwater in polling. He also entered the Oval Office already under a cloud of investigation. As always, him averring that Hillary Clinton couldn’t win as she’d be under a cloud from day 1 was mere projection.

    This doesn’t even include the investigations being carried out by the New York Attorney General on Trump’s businesses, or the attorneys general of Maryland and DC suing Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause, or House Democrats doing the same.

  14. rikyrah says:

    New story: Leading option in Senate is for deeper Medicaid cuts than House. Growth rate at CPI-U starting in 2025

    — Peter Sullivan (@PeterSullivan4) June 19, 2017

  15. eliihass says:

    Good morning fam…Hope everyone had a great weekend..

    Dems beware..

    5-prong-tongued Joe Scarborough, John Heilemann and co. are back at it…Dispatched once again to do the bidding of those who own them..

    With one day to go, working feverishly to undermine Jon Ossoff ..

    Scarborough and his crew of do and say whatever I’m told to just so I can keep my gig, sycophantic head-bopping yes-men/women, are right back to doing the legitimizing bit, complete with the reverential use of honorific “President” for the buffoon whatshisname …the return to normalizing the buffoon, even though no longer outrightly rah-rah-ing, has been slowing revving back up in the past week…but today was specifically dedicated to taking down Jon Ossoff day on behalf of the republicans…Cast as much doubt with plenty of innuendo, chip away at him…cast him as a green, inexperienced, lightweight, carpetbagger..who does not fit the preferred ‘good ole boy alt-right southern white man’ model à la Haley Barbour..

    Will hopefully be able to find video ..

    MSNBC and CNN clearly have their marching orders to undercut/sabotage Ossoff.. Assist the lousy GOP candidate who can’t seem to cut it by herself in a predominantly GOP district…And once again, per usual, they’ve run for free and in full, the anti-Ossoff attack ads..And they’ve given the GOP chair of the district as much airtime as he needs to push his talking points…He was just on with silly Haille Jackson …with no equal time for/and no Democrats to be found…

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump under the mistaken impression that the economy will save him
    06/19/17 10:30 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump has taken a look at his presidency, and he’s convinced he’s doing a great job. Before his cabinet meeting last week, in which members of his team took turns offering gushing praise for their leader, the president declared, “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions … who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done.”

    Trump tweeted a similar message yesterday, insisting that his “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well.” (Trump seems to have a special fondness for capitalized letters.) He specifically pointed to the number of bills he’s signed and the “great” Supreme Court justice he named to the bench.

    And while it’s true Neil Gorsuch is now on the high court – filling a vacancy of dubious legitimacy – Trump’s legislative accomplishments are hard to take seriously. An NBC News reported, “Three of those bills were appointing three members to the Smithsonian’s board, another approved a war memorial, a fifth promoted women in entrepreneurship, and a sixth encouraged the display of the American flag on Vietnam War Veterans Day.”

    Hardly the stuff of presidential legend.

    But at the core of Trump’s defense of his presidency to date, over the weekend and in recent weeks, appears to be an unshakable belief that the economy can serve as a political life-preserver. Scandals and investigations may represent rising waters, but Trump seems to believe that the economy will keep him from drowning. The Washington Post reported:

    President Trump is telling his supporters to concentrate on the economy — not an investigation into his campaign’s relationships with Russian officials that has now expanded to include the president himself, as he acknowledged Friday morning. […]

    “Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great,” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning. “Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!”

    • eliihass says:

      “…Scandals and investigations may represent rising waters, but Trump seems to believe that the economy will keep him from drowning…”

      That’s because that’s what all the random talking heads he relies so heavily on for direction as he consumes endless hours of television …and routinely pulls out nonsensical, fake, 140 characters/1 page ‘policy’ from his youknowwhat…based on what he just heard on t.v that he’s been told is the guaranteed magical elixir to win over more fawning folks…nab him some major brownie points…and boost his poll numbers.. In much the same way he heard many of them say that ‘terror attacks’…and stuff like the baseball shooting, is usually great for rallying the country behind a president…which is why he kept invoking it – albeit unsuccessfully…desperately hoping that it would elicit not just sympathy, but boost him and add some gravitas…

      They forgot to tell him that one had to actually have moral authority and standing and integrity in spades…based on ones public and private behavior over time…and more importantly, one has to actually be a legitimate, non-treasonous, non-Russian colluding and propelled pretend-president, who actually wasn’t and still is, the biggest purveyor of divisive rhetoric and inciter of hate …

      They talking heads and those who own them, desperately want ‘tax reform’ and ‘regulatory roll-backs’…partly why some who’ve been at various points on the treasonous traitor’s bandwagon, keep getting off it whenever they think he isn’t focusing specifically on their singular most important agenda: tax cuts for them..Which is mostly couched dubiously as ‘economic agenda’..

      • Ametia says:


        looking for the video from CBS this morning. They had Frank Luntz on with a preview of his latest focus group. ONE COONING NIGRA in the whole lot of these folks.

        That shuckin & buckin’ coons said #45 has done more in his 140 some days than PBO did in 8 years. UNFUCKINGBELIEVALB.E!

  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump IN LESS THAN ONE YEAR is expected to outpace the entirety of former President Barack Obama’s eight-year travel costs.
    — Anthony De Rosa 🗽 (@Anthony) June 19, 2017

  18. rikyrah says:

    Amazing video from neurologist explaining how repealing Obamacare will harm her patients.
    If you’re a doc, send me your videos & ill RT
    — igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 17, 2017

  19. rikyrah says:

    NEW INFO ON SENATE BILL: Word is bill submitted 2 CBO is actually MORE severe than the House bill.
    Same House bill Trump described as mean.
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) June 19, 2017

  20. rikyrah says:

    They could start filling hearing rooms with people who’ll be uninsured. McConnell’s strength is knowing his callousness can’t be matched.
    — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 19, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    .@GOPLeader just ran away from me in Johns Creek, GA and ducked into a car when I tried to ask him about the GOP’s health care plan
    — Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) June 19, 2017

  22. rikyrah says:

    While MitchyBoy won’t meet with the March of Dimes:

    Reminder: During ACA debate, Obama visited GOP retreat & answered questions at length; later held day-long bipartisan session at Blair House
    — Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) June 19, 2017

  23. rikyrah says:

    About Dolt45’s Twitter silence with attacks on Muslims:

    And yet, in the first chaotic hours of the London Bridge attack, he was retweeting Drudge and using the moment to push for his travel ban.
    — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 19, 2017

  24. rikyrah says:

    Klobuchar: Trump makes no sense on Cuba
    Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Rachel Maddow about the acquittal of the police officer who killed Philando Castile, Donald Trump reverting some sanctions on Cuba, and the call for Jeff Sessions to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Planned Parenthood funding creates key challenge for Senate GOP
    06/19/17 10:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    About a week ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Senate Republicans plan to “strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood … and add several other abortion restrictions” to their still-secret health care bill. That may not sound especially surprising, given much of the GOP’s fierce opposition to the group in recent years.

    It does, however, create a challenge for Republican leaders, who have precious few votes to spare in this endeavor. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for example, recently said, “It’s not the only issue in this huge bill, but I certainly think it’s not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood.”

    She’s not the only one. Politico reported late Friday:

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski has assured an Alaska constituent that she’s committed to preserving Planned Parenthood funding as part of a health care bill – the strongest line she’s drawn yet over one of the most controversial elements of the Obamacare repeal effort.

    “I am committed to ensuring that important provisions of the ACA, such as covering those with pre-existing conditions, continued support for Medicaid expansion, coverage for dependents and no lifetime limits, and funding for Planned Parenthood remain intact,” Murkowski wrote in the constituent letter obtained by POLITICO.

  26. rikyrah says:


    Cause these muthaphuckas are still gonna vote for it.


    Secret health care bill roils Senate Republicans
    06/19/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 06/19/17 09:21 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When a reporter noted the other day that Senate Republicans are pushing a health care bill amid a level of secrecy “not seen since before World War I,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) dismissed the observation as “crazy talk.” In this case, the GOP gambit may be “crazy,” but the charge is true.

    Don Ritchie, the official historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, told the L.A. Times last week that during the Wilson administration, Senate Democrats crafted major tariff reforms in secret, but such an approach to federal legislating “hasn’t happened since.” The report on the GOP’s health care scheme, citing Ritchie’s analysis, added, “[N]ot since the years before World War I has the Senate taken such a partisan, closed-door approach to major legislation.”

    The truth may make Cornyn uncomfortable, but doesn’t make it wrong.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Under latest Trump policy, ‘Dreamers’ remain in jeopardy
    06/19/17 09:20 AM—UPDATED 06/19/17 09:29 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The fate of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has been unclear for months. As a candidate, Donald Trump said the programs’ beneficiaries – children, known as “Dreamers,” who entered the country illegally at a young age – would be subject to deportations, but as president, Trump said the kids could “rest easy.”

    Soon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asked about these young immigrants’ fate, said, “Well, we’ll see. I believe that everyone who enters the country illegally is subject to being deported.”

    Friday brought some clarity to the issue: the White House announced that while President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) is no more, DACA would remain in place. In effect, young people who benefited from Obama’s policies don’t have to worry about deportation, and they can continue to receive work permits, but their parents may yet have a problem.

    And at first, the continuation of the status quo – DAPA was blocked in the courts – seemed largely encouraging for Dreamers and their allies. But the details matter: these young immigrants aren’t in the clear yet. The New York Times reported:

    President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration on Thursday night.

    But White House officials said on Friday morning that Mr. Trump had not made a decision about the long-term fate of the program and might yet follow through on a campaign pledge to take away work permits from the immigrants or deport them.

  28. rikyrah says:

    CIA Director Pompeo ducks query from Senate Judiciary Committee
    Rachel Maddow reports on congressional committees building their witness lists in the Trump Russia investigation, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo missed the deadline to reply to a query from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Team Trump looks for nuance in the words ‘under investigation’
    06/19/17 08:00 AM—UPDATED 06/19/17 08:08 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The news last week was stunning and historic: the special counsel’s investigation into the Russia scandal now includes “an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.” It makes Donald Trump only the third sitting American president ever to face a federal probe from the Justice Department.

    Responding to the multiple news outlets that reported the developments, Trump complained on Twitter, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” The statement seemed to represent a not-so-subtle shot at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but it also seemed to confirm the underlying story.

    Or so we thought. As Rachel noted on Friday’s show, the White House balked soon after, arguing that just because the president wrote, “I am being investigated,” it doesn’t mean he’s being investigated.

    If that wasn’t confusing enough, things got worse yesterday. Jay Sekulow, best known for his role as the head of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s legal group, appeared on several Sunday shows in his capacity as a leading member of Trump’s defense team. He repeatedly insisted the president is not being investigated and Friday’s tweet was intended to paraphrase media accounts. (This is not the first time Trump World said it’s the media’s fault the president used words the White House didn’t want him to use.)

    But Sekulow’s case took a strange turn during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace: I bolded the phrase that stood out as especially problematic:

    “And now he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice – because the special counsel under the special counsel regulations reports still to the Department of Justice, not an independent counsel – so he’s being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination. So that’s the constitutional threshold question here.”

    When the host noted that Sekulow had just twice said the president is under investigation, the attorney insisted otherwise. “No, he’s not being investigated,” the president’s lawyer said.

    “Sir, you just said two times that he’s being investigated,” Wallace responded, looking rather annoyed. “No,” Sekulow said, “The context of the tweet, I just gave you the legal theory, Chris, of how the Constitution works.”

    Sekulow went on argue that to say he claimed Trump is under investigation is “unfair,” adding, “I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth.”

  30. rikyrah says:

    Fmr. US ambassador to NATO says unpredictability of Trump administration may open opportunities for opponents
    — ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017

    • eliihass says:


      No ‘may’ here…it will and it already has..Everyone knows they’re dealing with a grade A buffoon…A petty, shallow, vacant, incurious, vindictive, chest-puffing, easily-impressed, easily-manipulated, narcissistic man-child simpleton, with an overwhelming need to be liked and to be thought important..

  31. rikyrah says:

    Watching different videos on Facebook makes it obvious that the fire in London wasn’t just tragic, but devastating.
    Like HUNDREDS of people dead devastating.
    They are playing with those people, not releasing a list of the victims. It’s like pouring salt on their pain.
    This is a political philosophy that wound up getting those people killed.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Young boy holds on to his Mom while law enforcement tries to take her away for Immigration laws 😞
    — Hip Hops Revival (@hiphopsrevival) June 17, 2017

  33. rikyrah says:

    Tonight’s terror attack in London – a van plowing into people – is, multiple reports say, the work of a white man targeting Muslims
    — West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) June 19, 2017

  34. rikyrah says:

    1. Putin plays the long game-he’s done with Trump. Has been for a while. It may not seem evident now-but it will soon. It was about creating
    — Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) June 19, 2017

    2. chaos. He has. The Republicans should be afraid of what comes next. Very afraid.
    — Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) June 19, 2017

    • eliihass says:

      They seem to have their eyes set on ‘Democrat’ Tulsi Gabbard…and if she plays ball fully like they want, republicans are going to find themselves ditched sooner than later in favor of that ‘progressive’…But not before some damaging kompromat is spilled…there’s a reason the buffoon and so many republicans are treading very carefully…

      There’s no surprise that the many alt-right Russian bots supporting, doling out computer-generated ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ – and generally running interference on behalf of the buffoon and his kkklan on social media, are quite fond of and supportive of Ms. Gabbard too..

      In the end, their preference I suspect would be the republicans…but if they/the buffoon don’t deliver soon on promises made to their Russian benefactors, they’ll be moving on to their next grooming in progress ‘candidate’..

  35. rikyrah says:

    — ☪️ Charles Gaba ✡️ (@charles_gaba) June 19, 2017

  36. rikyrah says:


    This week undecided Senators will be making up their minds.
    THIS. IS. IT.
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 18, 2017

  37. rikyrah says:

    The Navy has released names of the 7 sailors who died in Fitzgerald collision; youngest was 19 years old. RIP
    — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 18, 2017

  38. rikyrah says:

    President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move! party dominates French parliamentary elections.
    — ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2017

  39. rikyrah says:

    Story #3

    “In DC, 17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque…”

    It was obvious that she was a Muslim.

    Don’t know yet if it will charged as a hate crime, even though it was plain as day that she was a Muslim.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Story #2.

    Charleena Lyles.


    “In Seattle, Charleena Lyles, an African-American woman, called the police on a burglar and was shot by the police…

    Terrorism by police. She was killed in front of her CHILDREN.

    This is the second of such stories in less than a month – Black people calling the police because they had caught someone in their home, and THEY wind up being shot. The other story was in Ohio.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Story #1

    “There are one dead and ten injured in the London van attack…

    Terrorist attack.

    Even though the victims are Muslims, they ARE calling it what it is…


    Wonder if Dolt45 will tweet about it.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐 😐😐

  43. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

Leave a Reply