Monday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is a popular Christmas song written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle. It was recorded and released that year by pop singer Andy Williams for his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. However, the song was not released as a promotional single by Williams’ record label (Columbia Records) that year, as they instead opted to promote his cover of “White Christmas” as the official promo single from the album.

The song is a celebration and description of activities associated with the Christmas season, focusing primarily on get-togethers between friends and families. Among the activities included in the song is the telling of “scary ghost stories,” a Victorian Christmas tradition that has mostly fallen into disuse,[2][3] but survives in the seasonal popularity of numerous adaptations of Charles DickensA Christmas Carol. Other activities mentioned include hosting parties, spontaneous visits from friends, universal social gaiety, spending time with loved ones, sledding for children, kissing under the mistletoe, roasting marshmallows, sharing stories about previous Christmases, and singing Christmas carols in inclement weather.

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36 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

  1. Oh I see. So sexual assault, sexual misconduct, pedophilia, racist hate and bigotry is no problems for republicans? They’ll endorse for office. This is full blown madness. Buckle up, folks. The country has gone to hell in a hand basket.

  2. rikyrah says:

    These muthaphuckas here:

    The GOP had originally intended to abolish the AMT. But on Friday, with the clock running out — and money running short — Senate Republicans put the AMT back into their bill. Unfortunately for McConnell, they forgot to lower AMT after doing so.

    This is a big problem. The Senate bill brings the normal corporate rate down to 20 percent — while leaving the alternative minimum rate at … 20 percent. The legislation would still allow corporations to claim a wide variety of tax credits and deductions — it just renders all them completely worthless. Companies can either take no deductions, and pay a 20 percent rate — or take lots of deductions … and pay a 20 percent rate.

    With this blunder, Senate Republicans have achieved the unthinkable: They’ve written a giant corporate tax cut that many of their corporate donors do not like.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Future Trump: I didn’t know lying to the FBI was a crime when I tried to protect Flynn. Past Trump:— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) December 4, 2017

  4. rikyrah says:

    They’re going to try to hang a whole obstruction defense on the idea that Trump didn’t know lying to the FBI was a crime. Trump 100 percent knew lying to the FBI was a crime.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) December 4, 2017

  5. rikyrah says:

    Brian Beutler‏Verified account @ brianbeutler
    I will die on this hill.
    I’ll be dead and people will still be talking about “alleged collusion.”
    But at least I’ll be dead.
    “To say collusion allegations remain unproven is materially misleading. Collusion has been conclusively proven.”

  6. Liza says:

    Just look at Grassley. Great photojournalism here, showing all that is wrong with the Senate in the face of one octogenarian, totally and completely out of touch with the 21st century.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Taking Stock, Pt. 1: The Race for Russia

    Published DECEMBER 3, 2017 9:55 PM

    As we sift through the details of the Flynn court documents we inevitably see them through a distorted prism because we know 2017 as it happened rather than as the Trump team intended it to unfold. This is particularly important for the roughly three months between candidate Trump’s election victory on November 8th, 2016 and Mike Flynn’s ouster on February 13th, 2017.

    We see Flynn’s covert communications with Ambassador Kislyak; we see the escalation of the FBI’s scrutiny of Flynn; we know other top Trump officials, like Jared Kushner, were meeting with Kislyak and others and also possibly trying to execute financial transactions with Russian government officials. It’s all sort of a jumble. But the logic of events only really comes into focus when we realize that there was a sort of race taking place between the Trump team’s effort to arrange a rapid rapprochement with Russia in the first weeks of January and February and a mix of the intelligence community, the national security apparatus and the press piecing together what had happened during the 2016 election. Imagine it as a starting pistol firing off on the morning of November 9th, with both teams racing to get more of their critical work done by the end of January.


    I think people are over-interpreting the seemingly explosive point 3. But two overall points are clear. 1) The transition needed to make sure Obama did not create an escalation of tensions that made Trump’s rapprochement impossible. 2) More based on point two than on point three, it’s clear McFarland knew that Russia had in fact intervened in the election. Otherwise why anticipate a report that “catches Russians red handed”?

    If the fullness of what happened during 2016 became known (even if it was only Russian actions on behalf of Trump and not Trump advisors conspiring with Russia) that would make the grand bargain impossible, as McFarland clearly understood. It had to become a fait accompli before the full story emerged. Indeed, if the Trump Team could get in place before most of the information was revealed it might never become known at all since they would take over the key agencies doing the investigating. The urgency of reaching out to Kislyak was to make sure a rapprochement was still possible by late January. Yet it was the fact that Flynn got caught doing so that became the central reason the Trump Team’s plans for January and February were eventually dashed.


    There was another critical factor: these weren’t the smartest people. I don’t mean mainly or only that they’re dumb. They’re people who lacked judgment. Almost everyone who found their way into the Trump orbit got there because they weren’t wanted anywhere else and they made an early bet on Donald Trump, someone no one took seriously or expected to win. This is the recurrent story with Flynn, Manafort, Lewandowski and virtually everyone else involved in the effort.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation

    … With his stealth morning arrival Thursday, White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II became the latest in a string of high-level witnesses to enter the secretive nerve center of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Twenty hours later, Mueller and his team emerged into public view to rattle Washington with the dramatic announcement that former national security adviser Michael Flynn would plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

    The ensnaring of Flynn, the second former aide to President Trump to cooperate with the inquiry, serves as the latest indication that Mueller’s operation is rapidly pursuing an expansive mission, drilling deeper into Trump’s inner circle.

    In the past two months, Mueller and his deputies have received private debriefs from two dozen current and former Trump advisers, each of whom has made the trek to the special counsel’s secure office suite…

    The special counsel has continued to make ongoing requests for records from associates of the Trump campaign, according to two people familiar with the requests. The campaign associates aren’t expected to finish producing these documents by the end of the year. Mueller’s team is also newly scrutinizing an Alexandria-based office and advisers who worked there on foreign policy for the campaign.

    In the past several weeks, Mueller’s operation has reached out to new witnesses in Trump’s circle, telling them they may be asked to come in for an interview. One person who was recently contacted said it is hard to find a lawyer available for advice on how to interact with the special counsel because so many Trump aides have already hired attorneys…

    People familiar with the Mueller team said they convey a sense of calm that is unsettling.

    “These guys are confident, impressive, pretty friendly — joking a little, even,” one lawyer said. When prosecutors strike that kind of tone, he said, defense lawyers tend to think: “Uh oh, my guy is in a heap of trouble.”

  9. rikyrah says:

    “The volume of questions about Kushner in their interviews surprised some witnesses.”

    — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 3, 2017

    Another excellent story from @CarolLeonnig. This is the best account of the Mueller operation as an operation I have yet read:

    — Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) December 2, 2017

  10. Ametia says:

    I love the gif

    Rihanna Tells Fenty Beauty Fan She Refuses To Use Trans Community As A ‘Convenient Marketing Tool’

    A fan suggested that she cast trans women in her next campaign, but Rih doesn’t want them to be used as tokens.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Radio Employee Fired, Another Suspended After Racist Comments Go Viral
    8:05 AM, DECEMBER 4, 2017

    FOREST CITY, Iowa – Controversial commentary from two local radio employees at a high school basketball game in northern Iowa is going viral — and has resulted in the firing of one employee and the suspension of the other.

    A video clip from a boys basketball game between Forest City High School and Eagle Grove High School was posted to Facebook Sunday night. It contains racist comments by an announcer and producer. The clip is from a longer online broadcast of the Nov. 28th game, with audio provided by KIOW-FM in Forest City.

    According to KIMT the exchange in the clip is between Orin Harris and a producer. Harris is a longtime announcer for Forest City Athletics.

    The two make several comments about the ethnicities of some of the Eagle Grove players, discussing the “Espanol people in Eagle Grove.”

    Harris also says, “As (President) Trump would say, go back where they came from.”

  12. rikyrah says:

    George Papadopoulos’ late night with the FBI
    ‘Law enforcement likes to get somebody’s attention as much as they can in a lawful way,’ one of his lawyers said of the July arrest.
    12/04/2017 05:16 AM EST

    When former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos stepped off a flight from Germany at Dulles Airport outside Washington last July, he had no inkling of the unwelcome surprise in store for him: FBI agents waiting to place him under arrest.

    For the 29-year-old Chicago native, it was going to be a long night.
    Jail records obtained by POLITICO show Papadopoulos was booked in at the Alexandria (Va.) city detention center at 1:45 a.m. the following morning.

    Despite the late arrival at the jail and the fact that Papadopoulos later agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, his Chicago-based defense lawyers Thomas Breen and Rob Stanley said in an interview that the FBI did not attempt to interrogate him right away.

    Stanley said Papadopoulos arrived on a Lufthansa flight from Munich that touched down at about 7 p.m. on July 27, and the FBI intercepted him as soon as he got off the plane.

    “He was arrested before he got to Customs and he was then held at the airport before being brought to a law enforcement office,” Stanley recalled.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Exclusive: Trump lawyer claims the “President cannot obstruct justice”

  14. Liza says:

    Sexual predators stick together…

  15. rikyrah says:

    The attack on the National Monument in Utah that they want to destroy

  16. Hollaring! Am I wrong for laughing? I’m sorry.

  17. vitaminlover says:

    It’s the most wonderful tiiiimmmee of…the…yeeeaaarrr!

  18. rikyrah says:

    This truly is my favorite😄😄😄
    Everytime I hear it, I just want to dance 💃💃

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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