Thursday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

Christmas Candles 56Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.

The song was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948,[3] and was popularized the following year in three separate recordings: one by country artist Ernest Tubb; one by bandleader Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra; and one by bandleader Russ Morgan and his orchestra (the latter featuring lead vocals by Morgan and backing vocals by singers credited as the Morganaires).

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48 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2017

  1. eliihass says:

    You couldn’t really make this stuff up if one tried..

    Just caught a segment with Don Lemon and 3 ‘black republicans’ sent out with marching orders from the buffoon and his folks, to ‘take the gloves off’ and take down Omarosa..

    The premise: that these 3, unlike Omarosa, are true ‘ideological’ believers .. But these ‘true believers’ like others, were specifically blocked by Omarosa from getting gigs to ‘advocate the black perspective’, with the treasonous buffoon and his Alt-Right cohort, screwing over America in general, and black folks specifically..

    LOL..

    Please someone find the video if you can..

    You can’t decide if you want to laugh or cry..

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Awesome Luvie has created a web page (with the help of three other women) listing Black women who are running for office. Here is the link:
    https://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/black-women-in-politics

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  6. Liza says:

    Mark Joseph Stern‏Verified account
    @mjs_DC

    Here are all the ways that Alabama tried to disenfranchise voters during Tuesday’s special election.

    2:05 PM – 14 Dec 2017

    First, Alabama appears to have illegally booted a number of voters onto the “inactive” list for failing to respond to a state mailer, in likely violation of the National Voter Registration Act.

    Alabama then required these “inactive” voters, many of whom voted last year, to fill out a lengthy form that required their “county of birth”—another likely NVRA violation.

    The state also failed to teach poll workers how to deal with “inactive” voters. The correct procedure is to simply let them vote after identifying themselves. But some poll workers refused to give them a ballot.

    Other poll workers illegally forced “inactive” voters to fill out a provisional ballot; these voters have until Friday at 5 p.m. to plead with the probate office to count their votes.

    Police officers also staked out at least one polling place in a majority-black community and allegedly checked every voter’s ID for outstanding warrants—a classic voter intimidation tactic. (When election monitors showed up, the officers promptly left.)

    In another majority-black community, police officers staked out the turn lane into a polling place and pulled over every driver who made an illegal left turn. They spent nearly an hour writing a ticket for one woman who was on her way to vote.

    Republican Secretary of State John Merrill also refused to prepare for high voter turnout despite multiple polls indicating widespread voter enthusiasm. Many polling places were understaffed—especially those in majority black communities.

    One polling place literally ran out of ballots—the state simply hadn’t provided enough. Others faced extraordinarily long lines and excessive wait times. Many had just 2 or 4 poll workers.

    These problems disproportionately affected Democratic-leaning counties and majority-black precincts. It is a testament to the tenacity of Jones’ supporters that they were able to elect him in spite of this state-sanctioned chicanery.

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    • eliihass says:

      The effort to normalize this Putin-propelled treasonous travesty that should not even be in the People’s House in the first place, is something..

      There should not be talks of ‘team’ .. diverse or no..

      We should be hastening the permanent end to this entire farce.. and the ridding of the greedy, treasonous crazy that has besieged us..

      With the never ending shenanigans and endless ridiculous gimmicks …’ribbon cutting’ with an oversized pair of golden scissors, of piles of paper representing the ‘cutting of regulations’… As if that is somehow a good thing …and the necessary and significant protections offered consumers, children, adults, the country and our world as a whole, thanks to these regulations, aren’t in fact the measure of a more advanced, educated, informed and consequently, a healthier, safer, fairer world and people…

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    • eliihass says:

      Rubio is very temporarily looking to be courted..

      No matter what he says, he’s all in.. And in the next hour or two too..

      He is one of the most donor-beholden and acquiescent of the lot..

      And he still nurses other political ambitions that will require his wealthy oligarch owners to foot the campaign bills..

      No way he’s letting the down on their tax cuts..

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  11. rikyrah says:

    I love this story.

    ……………………….

    How a former sharecropper in an SUV helped drive Doug Jones to victory in Alabama’s Black Belt
    Updated 3:39 AM; Posted Dec 13, 4:52 PM

    By Connor Sheets csheets@al.com

    If you live in Lowndes County and are of voting age, it’s a safe bet that Perman Hardy has spoken with you about voting at some point in the past 25 years.

    As one of the thousands of sharecroppers who worked white men’s land in Lowndes County over the years, 59-year-old Hardy recalls picking cotton after school growing up. She eventually finished her education, bought her own home, and had a successful career as a home health nurse.

    But for the past two-and-a-half decades, Hardy has dedicated much of her free time to another pursuit: trying to ensure that every single person in Lowndes County shows up to the polls for every election in Alabama. A native of the unincorporated community of Collirene, she has done about as much as one person possibly could to boost turnout in the impoverished, majority-black county with a population of just 10,458 people.

    “That’s my goal is to make sure everyone votes. That’s always been my goal. This is what I do every election,” she said as she steered her forest-green Chevrolet Tahoe through Collirene, a rural area that was once home to several cotton plantations that employed generations of slaves and sharecroppers.

    “We’re in an epidemic poverty county so it’s so important for us to vote today,” she told AL.com. “I took some people today who’ve never cast a ballot before.”

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  12. rikyrah says:

    Good comment at BJ:

    Dmbeaster says:
    December 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    There has to be a reason why from Day 1 the Trumpies pursued an I heart Russia policy. The starting premise has to be that the entire crowd saw big money in Russian deals. Manafort, Flynn and the info re Russian financing for Trump business activities – they all point to this corrupt motive. How Pence figures in is interesting, since how can this apparent pinhead end up being connected to everything.

    The Russian interference in the election appears to be of purely Russian origin, and is just the Russian state weaponizing the Russian credit card scammers. If anything, the Russian meddling was overplaying it, and has created a problem for Trump since they would have been happy to perform favors for the Russians for business deals without regard to election meddling. The Russians dangled election meddling as additional bait, and the naturally corrupt Trump crew jumped at that. Just how much they jumped is unclear, but they were clearing willing to collude. Someone came up with the idea of using Wikileaks as the intermediary in order to give everyone deniability, and Assange was more than happy to give cover to Russian espionage in order to fuck with Clinton.

    I dont think the Trumpies gave much thought to the blowback that would result from Russian election meddling, or their involvement in it. Like many craven business people, they were nosing for deals, and pulling on threads to see what profit might result from it. Blowback is just not a concern cause its almost never an issue in their world.

    Winning the election meant pursuing these Russian deals in exchange for lifting sanctions on Russia. They knew this was radioactive. Its why Kushner was caught trying to set up secure communications through the Russian embassy. They knew they had to keep this secret from US intel. It shows the corrupt motive. What I wonder is who gave Kushner the idea to do this – Kushner was acting pursuant to someone elses plan.

    Its also why they have lied non-stop about endless contacts with Russians. They knew they were persuing dirty deals, and assumed they could just lie their way out of it. After all, that usually works in their business world. Flynn had to go first cause he got caught – not because anyone was surprised or unaware of the lie. Imagine what Kushner thought, since he repeated the same lies endlessly for his security clearance.

    Trump himself knows all this, and went into damage control with Comey. When he realized Comey would not heel like an obedient dog, the Trumpies started to freak. They decided jointly to fire him, and its clear Kushner was part of this obstruction since he could clearly see that he had the same problem as Flynn, only much worse.

    Trump gleefully acted like this act, akin to a mafia hit, solved his problem. And who does he brag to about this? The Russian foreign minister the very next day in the Oval Office. You can sense the Russians waiting with some unease for the Trump promise of sanctions rollback to come to fruition, and the Trumpies saying wait until the smoke clears.

    This issue exposes the corruption and lying of the Trumpies right to the core. They would sell out US interests for Russian money, and claim that is good policy.

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Devastating investigative report by @BuzzFeed connecting the $230m theft Sergei Magnitsky exposed and was killed over to Russian funding for ISIS and Syrian chemical weapons. All done through Cyprus https://t.co/aMRJEN34rX

    — Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) December 14, 2017

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  14. rikyrah says:

    A WSJ investigation has uncovered thousands of fraudulent posts on agencies’ dockets, in areas like net neutrality and payday lending, some using what appear to be stolen identities posted by computers programmed to pile comments onto the dockets. https://t.co/PJr9YjWaHA

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 14, 2017

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    • eliihass says:

      They voted..

      Ajit Pai is that slow poison/twerp that gets carried away with the false and fleeting sense of Massa-delegated ‘power’, that ultimately ends up ensnaring him, as he trips himself up..

      A painfully hollow and mediocre and less fortunate John Yoo imitation..

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    • Ametia says:

      Exactly. and like clockwork, the media tries to push Omarosa, as the Black angry, disruptive woman at us.

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      • eliihass says:

        I’ll say it again, Omarosa may be the pits, and an opportunist who inserted herself into a treasonous, mediocre, racist set-up with a megalomaniac buffoon principal she struck up a dubious relationship with..

        I’ve paid attention, watched and listened very closely, since the weird campaign started 2 years ago, and until now …And I can categorically say that even in all the crazy, and even with some so-called ‘allies’ bashing and insulting and attacking, not once has Omarosa ever badmouthed or attacked the Obamas.. or black folks as a collective ..never..

        Which ironically is much more than I can say for some of the very gleeful folks now running around ramping up the racial insults and stereotypes in attacking her and pushing for her to be burnt at the stake..

        Same folks who consistently treat as ‘delicate’ and as merely an ‘innocent bystander’ ..and quick to jump in to excuse, protect and defend the ‘honor’ of the very complicit, vapid, lying, hollow, racist Birther 3rd wife who not only is a willing accomplice of many years to the geriatric megalomaniac buffoon whose pocket books she burrowed her way into …And for many, many years, the direct beneficiary of some of his ill-gotten spoils which she continues to enjoy uninterrupted to this day..

        Same folks who still treat daughter-wife with kid gloves too, even as they are very careful how they address her, and how the restrainedly and sheepishly pretend to ‘tackle’ her assessed sins ..

        The vast difference in the language used for Omarosa, and that used for the treasonous buffoon’s brazenly complicit 3rd wife and daughter-wife, worlds apart..

        I refuse to participate in the continued selective dehumanization of black women.. And in this case, one who may have strayed to the dark side, but very consciously, never ever attacked the Obamas.. or threw black folks under the bus in general.. the stark difference between Omarosa ..and Ben and Candy Carson, and that gawdawful Paris Dennard..

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    • rikyrah says:

      Bye Bye Pajama Boy

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    • eliihass says:

      If Al Franken and others had to go now; retirement ..’later’, is not good enough as far as Farenthold is concerned..
      Farenthold needs to go right now…

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    • majiir says:

      Farenthold should never have been elected to Congress in the first place because he’s an immature buffoon with a frat-boy mentality. I’m not buying his excuse that he’d never run a congressional office before. Any mature adult should know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate workplace behavior. I think the truth is that he won the seat, it went to his head, and he went wild with the new power he’d acquired. I’m glad the persons he abused and sexually harassed decided to expose his corrupt, lying behind.

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  22. #AlabamaSenateElection Thank you so much #BlackWomen voters in Alabama. Still rejoicing.

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  23. He’s in denial that black women went to the polls and kicked him to the curb. They had enough of his racist, child molesting ass.

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    • majiir says:

      I can well imagine that what bothers him the most is that it is black women who really possess and live true Christian values. He has long run a religious con game that has convinced most Alabamians that he’s a Christian and lives the life of a Christian when he isn’t, and doesn’t. Black women in Alabama have shown him that being a Christian involves more than just talking about Jesus—it involves walking the walk, a walk we know very well.

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    • eliihass says:

      “..Maranda Richmond, now 21, told KyCIR that Johnson, who’d been her pastor and a close family friend, sexually abused her in 2012 when she was 17. She said she’d been spending the night with Johnson’s daughter when the pastor, apparently intoxicated, returned home and groped her breasts while she was sleeping on a sofa.

      “He stuck his tongue in her mouth. Then, he forced his hands down her pants, underneath her underwear, and penetrated her with his finger,” the report said.

      Richmond later reported the incident to police, but investigators closed the case months later without interviewing Johnson. In the aftermath of the KyCIR report, the Louisville Metro Police Department said this week that detectives had reopened the investigation.

      Johnson, who narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Linda Belcher in an election last year, had been asked to resign from his seat before for posting racist content on his Facebook page, including images depicting former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as monkeys.

      At a news conference Tuesday, Johnson vehemently denied the claim of sexual assault and said he would not resign…”

      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dan-johnson-kentucky-suicide_us_5a31e98be4b07ff75b003089

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    • vitaminlover says:

      He must have been one of those FINE, UPSTANDING AMERICANS!

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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