Friday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen) is an English traditional Christmas carol. The melody is in Aeolian mode. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.[1]

Like so many early Christmas songs, this carol was written as a direct reaction to the music of the fifteenth century church, in Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. However, in the as-yet earliest known publication of the carol on a circa 1760 broadsheet, it is described as a “new Christmas carol,”[2] suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century. It appeared again among “new carols for Christmas” in another 18th-century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780-1800

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  1. The charges should have NEVER happened in the first place.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Female aides said Franks suggested intercourse to impregnate them
    12/08/2017 03:54 PM EST

    Arizona Rep. Trent Franks allegedly made unwanted advances toward female staffers in his office and retaliated against one who rebuffed him, according to House GOP sources with knowledge of a complaint against him.

    The allegations, which reached Speaker Paul Ryan and top GOP leaders in recent days, led to Franks’ sudden resignation this week. Franks originally announced that he would resign on Jan. 31, 2018. But just hours after POLITICO inquired about the allegations, he sped up his resignation and left office Friday.

    The sources said Franks approached two female staffers about acting as a potential surrogate for him and his wife, who has struggled with fertility issues for years. But the aides were concerned that Franks was asking to have sexual relations with them. It was not clear to the women whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization. Franks opposes abortion rights as well as procedures that discard embryos.

    A former staffer also alleged that Franks tried to persuade a female aide that they were in love by having her read an article that described how a person knows they’re in love with someone, the sources said. One woman believed she was the subject of retribution after rebuffing Franks. While she enjoyed access to the congressman before the incident, that access was revoked afterward, she told Republican leaders.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Rep. Trent Franks resigns, says wife is in hospital for “ongoing ailment”— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) December 8, 2017

  4. rikyrah says:

    Assassins Kill ‘Panama Papers’ Journalist Who Linked Ivanka Trump To Russian Money Launderers

    — Political Dig (@PoliticalDig) December 8, 2017

  5. rikyrah says:

    CPS’ Claypool ‘repeatedly lied’ to cover up ethics breach, report says

    Politics 12/07/2017, 09:19pm

    Dan Mihalopoulos
    @dmihalopoulos | email
    Lauren FitzPatrick
    @bylaurenfitz | email

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s schools chief “repeatedly lied” to investigators and engaged in a “full-blown cover-up” of behavior that he and the top attorney for Chicago Public Schools engaged in over the past 20 months, the CPS inspector general says in a report released Thursday.

    In a blistering, 103-page document he sent Tuesday to the Chicago Board of Education, Inspector General Nicholas Schuler said he was “left with no recourse but to conclude” that the board should fire CPS CEO Forrest Claypool.

    “Claypool greatly compounded the severity of his misconduct when he repeatedly lied to the [inspector general’s office] through two separate interviews,” Schuler wrote.

    But Emanuel rushed to Claypool’s defense after the release of the report. And Frank Clark, the president of the school board — whose members were chosen by Emanuel — also has praised Claypool since getting the report.

  6. AWL. The sun is out and all the snow is melting away.

  7. My yard

    Baby It’s Cold Outside…..

  8. rikyrah says:

    Got this from BJ, from an IT dude about the latest Dolt45/Wikileaks story. This is a HUGE point:

    From an IT standpoint this is interesting. The documents were encrypted by WikiLeaks. IOW, they were reserved for Trump, they weren’t going to give them to anyone else

  9. rikyrah says:

    1. We don’t even know about a country called Russia.
    2. We knew there’s a country called Russia, but we had nothing to them.
    3. We talked to Russia but never colluded.
    4. OK, we colluded, but never used their GRU/WIkileaks decryption keys.
    5. Oh. Wait.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 8, 2017

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Uneven Playing Field
    Sure, don’t stoop to their level. But let’s acknowledge that the game Republicans are forcing everyone to play insists morality is for losers.

    By Dahlia Lithwick

    “Al Franken, many argue, should now resign. He should resign immediately because there are credible accusers (another emerged Wednesday), and because the behavior alleged is sufficiently abhorrent that there is simply no basis to defend him. In this parade of unilateral disarmament, Trump stays, Conyers goes, Moore stays, Franken goes.

    Is this the principled solution? By every metric I can think of, it’s correct. But it’s also wrong. It’s wrong because we no longer inhabit a closed ethical system, in which morality and norm preservation are their own rewards. We live in a broken and corroded system in which unilateral disarmament is going to destroy the very things we want to preserve.

    When Al Franken, who has been a champion for women’s rights in his tenure in the Senate, leaves, what rushes in to fill the space may well be a true feminist. But it may also be another Roy Moore. And there is something deeply naïve, in a game of asymmetrical warfare, and in a moment of unparalleled public misogyny, in assuming that the feminist gets the seat before it happens.

    This isn’t a call to become tolerant of awful behavior. It is a call for understanding that Democrats honored the blue slip, and Republicans didn’t. Democrats had hearings over the Affordable Care Act; Republicans had none over the tax bill. Democrats decry predators in the media; Republicans give them their own networks. And what do Democrats have to show for it? There is something almost eerily self-regarding in the notion that the only thing that matters is what Democrats do, without considering what the systemic consequences are for everyone.

    Unilateral disarmament is tantamount to arming the other side. That may be a trade worth making in some cases. But it’s worth at least acknowledging that this is the current calculus. It’s no longer that when they go low, we get to go high. They are permanently living underground. How long can we afford to keep living in the clouds?”

  11. rikyrah says:

    Just passing us by…

    But, MAGA…right?


    EU agrees biggest free trade deal with Japan.

    The European Union and Japan have agreed terms for a free trade deal set to create the world’s biggest open economic area.

    The deal – the largest struck by the EU – is expected to liberalise almost all trade between the bloc and the world’s third-largest economy.

    It is being seen as a challenge to the protectionism championed by US President Donald Trump.

    It must now be ratified by EU members and the European Parliament.

    A joint statement by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the deal had “strategic importance” beyond its economic value.

    “It sends a clear signal to the world that the EU and Japan are committed to keeping the world economy working on the basis of free, open and fair markets with clear and transparent rules fully respecting and enhancing our values, fighting the temptation of protectionism,” they said.

  12. rikyrah says:

    The current state of the Russia probe is this: Russians showed up 20 times saying they wanted to collude. Trumpers said they’d love to collude each time. But somehow they never found the right moment. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 8, 2017

    In other words, it’s sort of an influence operation rom com. But the really frustrating kind where it’s completely implausible that the two love birds never hook up.

    — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 8, 2017

  13. rikyrah says:


    Bobby Three Sticks playing five steps ahead

    Ari Melber breaks story on Mueller’s path around Trump pardon
    MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber reports on how Mueller’s Flynn deal includes a rarely used legal tool to avoid Trump pardon

  14. rikyrah says:

    This is some crazy azz shyt!

    Republican social conservative latest to resign from Congress
    12/08/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced yesterday that he’s stepping down, he became the third member of Congress in the last two months to resign under a cloud of controversy. What we didn’t know was that another resignation would soon follow.

    Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., announced his resignation Thursday evening as the House Ethics Committee announced it was opening an investigation into potential sexual misconduct.

    Franks said in a statement that he had discussed his interest in finding a surrogate mother with two women in his office, making them uncomfortable. His wife has struggled with infertility, he said.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Why Is the VA Hiding a PR Goldmine?
    VA Secretary David Shulkin is suppressing his own book that highlights the agency’s success.

    by Suzanne Gordon December 8, 2017

    In January of this year, President Trump surprisingly named Dr. David Shulkin, a rare Obama administration holdover, to be secretary of Veterans Affairs. He ordered Shulkin to improve medical treatment for veterans, which Trump called “horrible, horrible, and unfair” during the Obama years.

    On May 31, Shulkin trooped over to the White House to deliver his first “State of VA” address since his promotion to head the agency. Shulkin likened his agency “to a patient in bad, but improving, health…We are still in critical condition and require intensive care.” He pledged to tackle some of the agency’s pressing issues, such as the backlog of 90,000 disability claims, and the persistent problem of veteran suicides, which is estimated at 20 per day. Secretary Shulkin rated the performance of 14 out of 168 veterans hospitals as less than acceptable, and noted that Veteran Health Administration (VHA) infrastructure was “increasingly falling into disrepair.”

    Yet, what went unmentioned at Shulkin’s White House briefing—or anywhere else apparently—was the findings of a book, published a month later, by the VA itself. Titled Best Care Everywhere, and co-edited by Shulkin, this 440-page compilation of clinical case studies hails the VHA’s little-publicized role as an incubator for “real change” in treatment methods.

    Shulkin dedicates this well-documented book to America’s “men and women in uniform,” and thanks Washington Monthly senior editor Phillip Longman, author of Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Would Work Better for Everyone—from whose 2012 book he borrowed his title—for showing “us that the VA provides some of the best health care anywhere and who inspired us to disseminate our best practices and pursue the audacious goal of delivering the best care everywhere to our Veterans.”

    In his introduction, Shulkin describes the way the VA is “changing veterans’ lives” and notes that “it takes an average of 17 years for new medical evidence to reach patients in clinic or at the bedside”—a problem that all health care systems are grappling with. Yet, according to Shulkin, “VA is leading American health care in fixing it.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Ginni Thomas Presented James O’Keefe With an Award
    by Martin Longman December 7, 2017

    So, this happened yesterday:

    James O’Keefe, the conservative activist who attempted to plant a false story in The Washington Post this month about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, was presented Wednesday with an Impact Award, handed to him by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    O’Keefe accepted the award on behalf of his organization, Project Veritas, at an event hosted by the conservative group United for Purpose at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C..

    “Proud to receive the Impact award from Ginni Thomas on behalf of the @project_veritas team,” O’Keefe wrote on Instagram, before praising other 2017 award recipients such as Fox New host Sean Hannity and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton as “fighters.”


    Fortunately, the Post’s reporters were vigilant and figured out the entire scheme before publishing any false information. But the effort was clearly concocted in an effort to discredit Moore’s accusers and to give substance to the accusation that the mainstream press is biased and untrustworthy. And this was in the service of getting a plausibly-accused child molester elected to the U.S. Senate.

    For this, the wife of a Supreme Court Justice gave him an award. And not just any Supreme Court Justice. Clarence Thomas was also plausibly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, which you may remember from his confirmation hearings

  17. rikyrah says:

    Glenn Simpson Fusion GPS Senate testimony approved for release
    Rachel Maddow reports that the transcript of the testimony of Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, the company that hired Dossier author Christopher Steele, is approved for public release as long as Chuck Grassley delivers on his promise to publish it.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Russian media report confirms cyber attack on US election
    Rachel Maddow shares the details of a Russian media report that explains that the reason Russian intelligence cyber experts were arrested for treason a year ago is that they were the sources that helped the U.S. figure out who was responsible for the DNC hack.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Another Trump official knew of Trump Tower Russian meeting: CNN
    Rachel Maddow shares details of a CNN report that new e-mails show that Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with Russians did have some follow-up that included Trump social media director Dan Scavino.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Congressional ethics scandals roil both parties
    Rachel Maddow reports on a spate of ethics scandals by members of Congress including Al Franken, John Conyers, Blake Farenthold, and Trent Franks, and one member, Devin Nunes, cleared by the ethics committee in what is likely to be bad news for the productivity of Trump Russia investigation.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Judge in Mike Flynn case recuses himself
    Rachel Maddow reports that the judge in the Mike Flynn case has recused himself, and depending on the reason, Republicans trying to undermine the Trump Russia investigation will likely latch onto this development.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Are Frantically Trying to Find an Alternative to Corey Stewart vs Tim Kaine

    …Stewart, who narrowly lost the GOP nomination for governor in June on a platform of Trumpism and what he called “Confederate heritage,” has promised a “vicious” campaign in 2018 against Sen. Tim Kaine (D), a popular former governor who is seeking a second term in a state that he helped Hillary Clinton carry by five points as her running mate in the 2016 presidential election.

    …Stewart dismissed national Republicans working against him as “Mitch McConnell’s bozos,” referring to the Senate majority leader…

    Republicans retain power in the lower chamber by a hair. They hold a two-seat majority, with recounts scheduled in three races and expected in a fourth.

    For many party leaders, the message from voters was clear: A Republican who can’t appeal to all wings of the party as well as independents has no chance in a state where polls show Democrats are so unhappy with President Trump that they’ll punish anyone with an “R” next to their name.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Exclusive: Email shows effort to give Trump campaign WikiLeaks documents
    CNN Digital Expansion DC Manu RajuJeremy Herb
    By Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN
    Updated 8:00 AM ET, Fri December 8, 2017

    Washington (CNN)Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

    The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race — two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails.
    The email came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email.

  24. Liza says:

    God help us. This video was just released. Warning – this is an execution.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Horrific execution!

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Where and when did this happen? Is the officer going to be investigated?

      • Liza says:

        Daniel Shaver: Police officer not guilty of murder
        3 hours ago

        A police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed man in the US state of Arizona has been found not guilty.

        Philip Brailsford shot and killed 26-year-old Daniel Shaver in the hallway of a hotel in early 2016.

        Bodycam footage of the incident, released after the verdict, showed Mr Shaver on his knees asking officers not to shoot him just before he was killed.

        Mr Brailsford was acquitted of murder and a lesser manslaughter charge.

        Mr Shaver was shot five times with a semi-automatic rifle as he crawled towards the officers, sobbing.

        Prosecutors argued that the officer had responded appropriately, according to his training, when Mr Shaver reached towards his waistband – because he believed there was a concealed firearm there.

        Mr Shaver was confronted by police responding to a report of a man pointing a gun out of his hotel room window in January 2016.

        The police report said he showed guests in his hotel room a rifle he used for work, killing birds.

        It later emerged that the rifle was an airsoft or pellet gun, rather than a genuine firearm.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, what I read is that Daniel Shaver was in the pest control business. He’s got this air rifle he’s going to use to shoot birds that get indoors. He’s got some people in his motel room, he’s showing them the air rifle, someone outside calls the cops and says a guy is pointing a gun to the outside.

        Well, it’s clear that Daniel was scared sh!tless and trying to comply without getting killed.

        It was a horrible way to die.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I appreciate the info, Liza.

      So heartbreaking.

      (If you try lying on your stomach with your legs crossed and then put your hands in front of you and try to get into a kneeling position. I just discovered that it puts all your weight on just one knee and causes you to lean a bit to the side. )

    • Police are using humans for target practice. It’s madness.

  25. rikyrah says:

    LarryO was not pleased with the Democrats with regards to Franken.

    Lawrence on the historical context of Sen. Franken’s resignation

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

  27. Right now I am livid at @TheDemocrats. Always effing things up. They did it in 2010, 2014 and ran Democrats distancing themselves from a successful Potus, making ads saying “I Am Not Barack Obama”. I am seething at them. Stupid mofos!

    Sen Franken was the best senator we had. And he is gone. Not one in the senate can compare to him. At this moment I despise @TheDemocrats as much as I despise that fraud in the WH. I can’t express on Twitter what I really want to say and I have a boatload of words for them.

    • Liza says:


      Roy Moore is polling ahead of Doug Jones but Nate Silver of 538 is saying that Doug Jones is “within a polling error”, so it’s close.

      After all this, we could end up with Roy Moore in the Senate and an unpredictable open election in 2018 in Minnesota.

      Will they ever learn?

  28. Good morning, everyone!

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