Friday Open Thread

TGIF, Everyone! What’s on your bookshelves, tablets, Kindles, etc.?

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It

About Ametia

I am a Spiritual traveler, a devoted wife, mother, sister, lover of dream study, reading, theater, music, dance, and thought-provoking discussions on love, life, humor and service.
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114 Responses to Friday Open Thread

  1. Damn @SenBobCorker you are a real weasel. So disgusting!

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  2. Liza says:

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  3. Liza says:

    Product information on Amazon. Already #1.

    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Hardcover – January 5, 2018
    by Michael Wolff (Author)
    Product details
    Hardcover: 336 pages
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (January 5, 2018)

    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 309 customer reviews
    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  5. rikyrah says:

    @MikeElk
    Billionaire Cubs Owner Joe Rickets, who fired 115 reporters at Gothamist/DNAinfo, plans to drop $1 million to stem pro-labor momentum in #PA18 Special Election

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  6. eliihass says:

    Happy New Year my lovely people..

    May the New Year bring us all good health, happiness, Joy, peace, safety, and blessings in abundance..

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  7. rikyrah says:

    hat tip-BJ

    Why Fox News, Littlefinger and Horse Twitter Are Beefing with The Root, Explained

    Michael Harriot
    Yesterday 9:00am

    ………………………………

    Wait, who is Tucker Carlson?
    Tucker Carlson is a white man.

    That’s all you got—he’s a white man?

    I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to minimize Tucker Carlson. Tucker Carlson is not just a white man; he’s the white man.

    When you hear black people say, “The white man is a motherfucker,” they’re probably talking about Tucker Carlson. If you looked up “white man” in some dictionaries, there’s just a picture of Carlson. He’s such an unremarkable white man, the universe named him after a penis-hiding process. Tucker!

    Everything about him screams white. He thinks he’s smarter than he really is. He pretends he’s not racist, but everyone knows he is. His face is always adorned with a Lord Petyr Baelish-like smirk that is a mixture of evil, arrogance and bitch-ass-ness. He has a show on Fox News even though he’s not especially interesting, good-looking or talented. He’s perfectly mediocre. There’s only one way to describe him:

    Tucker Carlson is a white man.

    …………………………………….

    On Wednesday at 11:09 a.m., I received a perfectly mediocre email from the head booker at Tucker Carlson Tonight (notice the perfectly mediocre name of the show). They requested an interview, saying: “We often see your pieces in The Root, and we’d be interested in discussing many of the themes relating to race in our country that you often analyze.”

    That seems perfectly mediocre. So you told them “yes”?
    Well, as soon as I read the email, my “nigga senses” started tingling.

    Your what?

    My nigga senses. You see, there are many black people who possess a superherolike sense of detecting white fuckery from afar. Whenever I smell Caucasian shenanigans, I feel a tingling at the tips of my fingers and toes. Some people, including my doctor, think I should be tested for the gout, but trust me, it’s a superpower. It’s like Spider-Man’s spidey senses. When I first discovered them, I put in an application with the X-Men, but they haven’t called back. I know it’s because Wolverine be hating on me.

    So what did you do when you felt the tingling?

    I did what any smart black man should do: I asked a black woman—specifically, my editor-in-chief, Danielle Belton. I knew she would give me a thoughtful, well-reasoned, educated response.


    And what did she say?

    “Don’t do it. Issa trap.”

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    • eliihass says:

      LOL..

      Like that miserable, sadistic, fake-preppy Alt-Righter Tucker Carlson really cares about race beyond white supremacy…

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    • majiir says:

      I’m very familiar with that tingling one gets when one suspects a white person like Tucker Carlson is up to no good. Although those like him think they’re smarter than us, they aren’t, but don’t expect them to ever admit it. We’re smart enough to not fall for their mess and to avoid them like the plague. We don’t suffer from Stockholm Syndrome like they think we do.

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  8. Liza says:

    Thread.

    Seth Abramson‏Verified account
    @SethAbramson

    A core truth we’ve learned from the Wolff book that many are overlooking: the fact that Trump didn’t want or expect to be president means he didn’t want or intend to help ANY of those he claimed to want to help, and instead intended to leave them with Clinton as their president.

    8:10 AM – 5 Jan 2018

    2/ Fundamentally, one CANNOT run for President of the United States without wanting or intending to win unless you’re 100% fine with your opponent becoming president and governing those you’ve publicly said she must never govern. Trump sold out his base to get his own TV network.

    3/ FIRE AND FURY ends the illusion that Trump cared about those he claimed to care about during the campaign. You can say that Bannon cares about them—you can say that folks like John Kelly do care about the country—but you CANNOT say Trump cares about the country OR “his base.”

    4/ We can say that Trump doesn’t care about the country—and that FIRE AND FURY finally PROVES it—because Trump was not only OK with someone who he said was unfit to serve being president, he PREFERRED that outcome to him having to do the job instead of getting his own TV network.

    5/ We have AMPLE evidence Trump tried to lose the election and abandon his “base.” Remember that $1 billion he promised to spend to win? Instead he spent almost nothing—preferring to hoard his gold in anticipation of a TV network rather than lose any real coin to help his “base.”

    6/ Wolff establishes that Trump and his team wanted it to be a close election in Hillary’s favor so they could all go on to bigger and better things than public service. He establishes, too, that Trump had no political beliefs—no commitment to any “base”—besides getting richer.

    7/ So what emerges from FIRE AND FURY is that the entire Trump campaign was a scam and the entire Trump presidency an unhappy accident that no one in Trumpworld was prepared for or even remotely interested in. There’s no sense that Trump wanted to help ANYONE or advance ANY idea.

    8/ This is why so much of Trump’s statement in response to Steve Bannon was about Trump having an agenda, and that agenda being about “the forgotten men and women” of America. Because the book establishes that the man most likely and eager to forget them was Donald Trump himself.

    9/ My question is how the MEDIA now recalibrates its coverage of the administration, knowing it came in with no agenda, values, or interest in governing. Do we still pretend Trump has a coherent ideology on anything?

    Or rather, as McConnell says—per Wolff—”he’ll sign anything”?

    10/ I worry we keep learning things about Trump—for instance, that we must hunt not for the lies in what he says but the truth, as the latter is vanishingly rare—but somehow coverage of him never really changes because the media (as an institution) is stuck in navel-gazing mode.

    PS/ I agree with those who note Trump surely believed a narrow Clinton victory would help launch Trump TV with four years of nonstop Hillary-hatred. Trump could then help handpick the GOP challenger to Clinton—perhaps even Ivanka—making the whole election a lose-win-win for him.

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    • eliihass says:

      This twisted nightmare of a joke will have to end sooner or later..

      Who’s getting caught in the trap and thrown overboard next..? Before they finally rope in the fast fading buffoon whose faltering ‘digits’ they’re hurriedly guiding to sign off on all their wet dreams …in return for keeping him puffed up in his entirely fading figurehead, ceremonial role..

      Who will go down next…

      Ms. Lindsey, Rat Nunes, Shifty Jim Jordan, Alt-Right general Kelly, Perp Sean Hannity, Slimy Ryan..

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    • Ametia says:

      LMBAO Don’t think for one minute that the GOP aren’t behind Trump 100% Granny-killing, zombie-eyed Ryan, McTurtle, the lot of them.

      They’ll all go down with the ship, but noy before they try to take all the treasures with them.

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      • eliihass says:

        Exactly..

        There are no honorable, ethical patriots left …

        It’s all greed, greed, more greed with treason thrown in for good measure..

        They all deserve to be hauled out in front of the Capitol, stripped naked, flogged, and then passports revoked, loaded on a aging plane, and sent one way to Russia.

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    • eliihass says:

      Gaslighting..

      This is what they do best…

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  12. Ametia says:

    Too much cuteness, smartness, goodness right HERE

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  13. Hey, Riki-yrah

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  14. Liza says:

    Reefer Madness trailer, 1936.

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    • eliihass says:

      The buffoon is such a childish, hollow, little scaredy coward…

      He’ll not only wreak as much havoc as he possibly can, he’s trying to make sure he takes as many people as he possibly can, down with him…

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  18. They had no business taking their grifting asses into the White House. Pay the Piper!

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    • eliihass says:

      When this is all over, there are some follow-up questions and chats that need to be had..

      E.g, what was Janice Min doing having an intimate dinner for six with Roger Ailes and Bannon ..etc..

      I’ve always had my concerns about her..

      But right now, we’ll keep our focus as we should, on Bannon and co…

      But after the trash is completely swept out of the people’s house, let’s not forget to revisit the likes of Janice Min and their dubious relationships …and all their intimate access and footsie playing with the very same dubious, hate-filled, horrid folks devastating our fragile union, country and democracy…

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    • eliihass says:

      A superb #NYC day. #obama 💖🍎

      A post shared by Janice Min (@janicebmin) on

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      • eliihass says:

        And then,

        “…Min recalled attending the $400,000 speech Barack Obama made as an ex-president to an A&E Networks advertising upfront at the Pierre hotel in New York in April.

        “Afterwards, amid rapturous applause, he walks right over to Harvey Weinstein and gives Harvey a hug,” Min said. “You can see the optics of it all. It makes your head explode if you think of the inability to explode the male network.”

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      • eliihass says:

        There was a video, but I can’t find it now…I’ll keep looking, because the way Janice Min spat this out on the video I saw …and how it came across, was worse than how it comes across in print..

        “…As Janice Min, the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, told me, when Barack Obama stepped off a stage and into Weinstein’s arms for a big hug after giving a $400,000 speech as an ex-president in the spring, it sent a signal that the ogre was in a protected magic circle…”

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  20. Ametia says:

    LIZA,

    White House Staff Forced to Act Out Michael Wolff Book for Non-Reading President
    Jared Kushner played the role of Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump played the role of Ivanka Trump, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders played Steve Bannon.

    By Andy Borowitz

    http://links.newyorker.mkt4334.com/ctt?kn=15&ms=MTI2ODc0MjMS1&r=MTMzMTgyNDUyMzAyS0&b=0&j=MTMyMDM2NTc0MQS2&mt=1&rt=0

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  23. Ametia says:

    FUCK #45’s BASE. Nobody wants or needs to understand why they voted for him and still support him.

    THEY SHOW THEIR ASSES. SO W4 CALL IT WHAT IT IS.

    AN ASS

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  24. rikyrah says:

    The MSM is mad because Wolff’s book confirms everything that our side has been saying from the beginning about Dolt45. They are mad because we have confirmation that our worst fears were true. And, they are mad because Wolff’s book is basically a whole barrel of receipts about their professional incompetence during the 2016 campaign.

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    • Tweeted it. Keep it coming.

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    • eliihass says:

      Notice how most of them have been trying to muddy up stuff.. as they alternately try to poo-poo some of it..

      You keep seeing the various connections many in the media privately have with a lot of the treasonous and complicit crowd…

      They’re family friends… or run in the same social circles and feel an obligation to protect them.. for instance, there was Stephanie Rhule putting out a carefully packaged alibi for Gary Cohn …insisting that there’s no way ‘Gary’ wrote that email to ‘Lloyd’… And Erin Burnett confessing that she knows the Trumps very well …they’re families have been friends for a long time..

      And then you look at Mika and Joe Scarborough who were quick to attack Omarosa, but nary a peep about their close pal Dina Powell who’s been in thick with the innermost sanctum of the buffoon and the now desecrated People’s House.. in fact, Mika introduced and recommended her to the buffooon and daughter-wife. But hey, no talking Dina, but attack Omarosa..

      Sometimes I fear we’ll never get to the end of this …entirely thanks to many in the media..

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    • eliihass says:

      No wonder Reince has been MIA and as quiet as a church mouse..

      He’s just disappeared since his humiliating ejection…

      But he’s always been quite a slippery one.. so who knows…

      My only concern is that the GOP establishment and the Alt-Right together, all coalescing around the buffoon against Bannon, may deter others from going against the buffoon..

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  26. rikyrah says:

    This story infuriates me. I am outraged by McGahn undermining the rule of law in the country I love. While McGahn was demanding Sessions’ break the law, I was on the other line with DOJ demanding Sessions recuse. What I think of your attack on America, McGahn, isn’t fit to print. https://t.co/JgHgPKR0PA

    — Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 5, 2018

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  28. rikyrah says:

    New California bill could serve as national boilerplate for skirting Trump’s tax law
    By Damian Paletta January 4 at 7:42 PM

    A California Senate leader introduced legislation Thursday aimed at circumventing a central plank in the new Republican tax law, introducing a model that — if successful — could be replicated across the country.

    California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D) introduced a bill that would allow taxpayers to make a charitable donation to the California Excellence Fund instead of paying certain state taxes. They could then deduct that contribution from their federal taxable income.

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  29. rikyrah says:

    ‘I think the rest of the world will never see us quite the same’
    01/04/18 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said something in a radio interview yesterday that’s worth remembering.

    SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick asked Haass, who used to be a preeminent voice in Republican foreign policy circles before taking over the non-partisan CFR, about how foreign officials perceive Donald Trump’s presidency. Haass briefly reflected on international bewilderment before concluding:

    “I think the rest of the world will never see us quite the same. I know that sounds quite strong, but if this could happen once, why couldn’t it happen again?

    “I think the rest of the world will never put so many eggs in America’s basket again. I think the rest of the world will adopt something of a hedging strategy – because if this happened once, how do they know that there won’t be elements of this again in our future?”

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    • Ametia says:

      Frankly, the world is not that naive to not see UGLY America for what it always has been. #45 Dumpster has just magnified it ALL

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      • Liza says:

        Good point. It has been part of American revisionism that we have not squandered all of our post WWII goodwill. We have. Trump’s occupation of the Oval Office just highlights internal disintegration and division.

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Wolff’s Trump book dominates Amazon charts

    Source: The Hill

    BY MAX GREENWOOD – 01/05/18 10:19 AM EST

    As of late Friday morning, the hardcover edition remained in the No. 1 slot, while the audiobook sat at No. 13.

    Discussions of “Fire and Fury” consumed Washington this week as excerpts were published in the news media ahead of its official release. Those excerpts painted a portrait of a White House in chaos and contained provocative accounts of Trump’s campaign and time in the Oval Office.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/news/367585-new-trump-book-dominates-amazon-charts

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    • eliihass says:

      I’m thrilled for Mr Wolffe..

      But I’m one of those who’ll just be reading as many excerpts as I see…and perhaps peruse a copy standing up, at our local bookstore – if they have it..

      As much as I’m rooting for this book to be part of the final undoing of buffoon and co.. it’s still very much against my religion to enrich certain folks …no matter how little the book costs..

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Monday – Michael Wolff on LarryO’s show.

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    • Ametia says:

      This clown has displayed acted out everyone of these in FULL DISPLAY before the MSM and behind the scenes,.

      FORTUNATELY, we read, travel, have some grasp of the constitution, maintain our mental stability, value and respect other’s freedoms and rights, live within the bounds by being responsible citizens, and consciously follow the rule of law.

      So if #45’s base follows this clown, they’re in the history books right alo9ng with him as an unstable, insecure, thugging, selF-agGrandizing POS

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  35. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/4/18
    Legal marijuana states prepare to resist new Sessions policy
    Mayor Jenny Durkan, former U.S. attorney who helped draft President Obama’s marijuana policy, talks with Rachel Maddow about her city and state’s preparedness to resist Jeff Sessions’ plan to enforce federal drug laws in states that have legalized marijuana.

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  38. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/4/18
    Devastating Trump book offers reporting leads
    Rachel Maddow looks at some of the reportable, find-out-able claims in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, beyond the salacious stories that have left the Trump team sputtering with rage and humiliation.

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  39. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/4/18
    Trump wanted Sessions’ protection from FBI investigation: NYT
    Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about the pressure Donald Trump put on Jeff Sessions to protect him from investigation, and lengths to which Trump staffers went to try to stop him from firing James Comey.

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  40. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/4/18
    Priebus notes confirming Comey another tool for Robert Mueller
    Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about how former Trump chief-of-staff Reince Priebus’s notes corroborating James Comey’s notes about meetings with Donald Trump might be used in a court case.

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  41. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/4/18
    Comey notes claims about Trump confirmed by Priebus notes: NYT
    Michael Schmidt, reporter for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about his reporting about Donald Trump’s pressure on Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe, and Reince Priebus notes confirming James Comey’s notes about encounters with Trump.

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  42. rikyrah says:

    Trump Spoke to Rebekah Mercer on the Phone. Then She Knifed Steve Bannon.
    Steve Bannon may have no GOP donors left to fund his ‘war.’
    LACHLAN MARKAY
    ASAWIN SUEBSAENG
    01.04.18 9:06 PM ET
    Republican mega-donor Rebekah Mercer publicly rebuked Steve Bannon on Thursday in a rare, and brutal, public statement. But before she did, Mercer spoke to President Donald Trump.

    During the conversation, which took place Thursday afternoon and was relayed to The Daily Beast by a senior White House official, Mercer and Trump addressed Bannon’s scorched-earth comments that appear in Michael Wolff’s new book on the Trump White House, and the donor reaffirmed her support for Trump’s presidency and his agenda.

    White House spokesman Raj Shah declined to confirm the call or its details, but did not deny that it took place.

    The interaction underscored the high stakes of the very public and very ugly feud between the president and his former chief strategist. Bannon, again the chairman of the right-wing, pro-Trump Breitbart News, has in two days been publicly scorned by his most high-profile political ally in Trump, and his most deep-pocketed financial backer in Mercer.

    “My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements,” Mercer said, in a statement to The Washington Post published Thursday evening.

    While it was clear that the Mercers were publicly distancing themselves from Bannon this week, two people with knowledge of their past meetings and conversations disputed the claim of “many months.” According to these sources, Bannon and Mercer met in New York as recently as October. And right around the time of Bannon’s ejection from the Trump White House in August, Bannon met with patriarch Robert Mercer for a five-hour-long meeting “to plot out next steps,” according to a report in Axios at the time.

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    • eliihass says:

      if There’s still a country and even a world left after all this madness… universities will be offering courses around so many of these beware! Watch your back, betrayal And the many what not to do moments…

      The Mercers were first Bannon’s benefactors …he brought them to the buffoon..

      But the oligarchs are all loving the tax cuts and the drilling of oil anywhere they please..

      They intend to prop up the corpse of the buffoon and have him keep signing as many of their lobbyist drawn-up EO’s and deregulation bills, for as long as they can get away with it..

      That’s all he’s good for, the buffoon…

      As for Bannon, he’s outlived his usefulness… And just like that, he’s done… As we talked about, just like Ailes, they’re all dropping like flies …with nary a whimper..

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  43. These racists mofos….

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    • Ametia says:

      How are they going to achieve this?

      SET UP CONCENTRATION CAMPS?
      EXTERMINATE THEM?

      Just asking

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      • eliihass says:

        Bibi and his buffoonish Alt-Right pals over here, mirroring each other..

        This is all Sheldon Adelson’s wet dreams all playing out.. And Haim Saban’s too… (thanks Jared..)

        And there’s no longer an American government that’ll call him out.. or withhold money..

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  44. rikyrah says:

    “This is Going To Be Fun”
    Bannon Banished for Telling Truths About Trump as MAGA Monsters Turn on Each Other

    Watching Bannon fall victim to the claws of the monster he helped create mostly invokes the response of ‘Alexa, order all the popcorn.’
    01.05.18 5:00 AM ET

    Steve Bannon’s spectacular fall from grace in Trump World is a big, salty, delicious bowl of schadenfreude from the political gods in celebration of the new year.

    Bannon wasn’t just one of Trump’s most senior aides and an architect of the destruction of the Republican Party; he was the multi-shirted, red-eyed White House troll, leaking tales of his brilliance to a constellation of reporters in the ostensibly hated mainstream media. His house organ Breitbart and a host of Trump-right websites and news outlets sang praises to his dank genius. Bannon, they proclaimed, was Trumpism in its distilled essence: revanchist, ahistorical, racially inflected, and consumed with an imaginary war on the media and America’s broader society.

    Now, like two rats in a bag, Trump and Bannon are tearing at one another in a delicious public spat that has every possible bit of drama, except Bannon drunkenly bellowing for a round of fisticuffs with all comers and Trump offering to compare the length of their relative manhoods on live television. They deserve one another in so many ways.

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  45. rikyrah says:

    JUST IN: Vermont House passes bill to legalize marijuana hours after Sessions announces ant-pot policy https://t.co/yjzxdBkFHm pic.twitter.com/viyeFBNY7R

    — The Hill (@thehill) January 5, 2018

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    • Liza says:

      And so it begins…

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      • eliihass says:

        Katy Tur is also part of the problem..

        Flim-flam, flim-flam .. can’t decide if she hates the buffoon or if to pull back …from hour to hour on MSNBC it’s like she morphs into different people depending on what time she’s on, and whose segment she’s covering…

        Most of them are guilty of this..

        There’s the ridiculously milquetoast, desperate to be token and promoted Craig Melvin who not only has on, doesn’t challenge or correct, and plugs lying Alt-right Hugh Hewitt but also, outright racist cray-cray, Keith Koffler from his measly Breitbart wannabe hate blog..

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    • Ametia says:

      Imagine a Jewish guy getting the upper hand on the DUMPSTER!

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  48. Good morning, everyone!

    LOL! Folks are ticked at Wolff….calling his credibility into question. FOH! They’re mad cuz he’s got the goods and beat them all to the punch.

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  49. rikyrah says:

    The wheels on the bus are coming off, day 2

    This morning, as promised, the Hollywood Reporter published an extended essay by Michael Wolff based on his upcoming tell-all about the Trump regime, Fire and Fury.

    We all read or saw snippets yesterday, mostly concerning Steve Bannon. This piece, “You Can’t Make This Shit Up: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House”, is even more revelatory, and frightening.

    It details a government in free-fall. At the center is Trump, a man not only supremely unfit for the office he stole, but seen as so by everyone around him. Reading the piece, I’m reminded of nothing so much as the late Western Roman Empire, when factotums were placed on the throne in Ravenna and generals and courtiers plotted around them to be the real power behind the throne. And we all know what happened to Rome.

    ………………………………………..

    What is also stunning is that it took someone regarded as a mere gossip to write a book like this. Again, for all the good reporting coming out of the mainstream media, the one glaring blind spot it has is still trying to treat Trump like a normal politician. He’s not. And Wolff dispenses with that pretense. He shows Trump in all his dysfunctionality and hubris. This Trump is not remaking the Presidency; he’s destroying it. Expect journalists to attack Wolff, not to dig in to what he has written and verify accounts.

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  50. rikyrah says:

    I’m still tickled that it’s confirmed that Reince was the snitch that we always knew him to be. He’s not remotely going to jail for anyone.

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    • majiir says:

      Reince may be many things—greedy, an unrepentant liar, a con artist, etc, but he has zero desire to end up on Mueller’s hit list, so he’s turning over every piece of evidence he has on hand.

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  51. rikyrah says:

    I already..um..looked up the Black Panther toys on Amazon..

    For Peanut, of course…

    Yeah,…for Peanut..LOL

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  52. rikyrah says:

    LMAO

    Are we about to see Bilbo Biggot ride in on a horse to lead federal troops to set fire acres of marijuana crops and arrest growers in legalization states? https://t.co/ruvAKXhSzk

    — Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) January 4, 2018

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  53. rikyrah says:

    Swing states Nevada, Colorado have recreational cannabis Swing states Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Arizona and more have medical cannabis. https://t.co/KEnw6n8pTF

    — Tom Matzzie (@tommatzzie) January 4, 2018

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  54. rikyrah says:

    Marijuana IS a gateway drug…
    To voter registration.
    Swing states: NV, CO… you just got overruled by fascist elf, Jeff Sessions.
    306 days until the mid-terms.https://t.co/JBW9pZwMTK

    — Steve Marmel (@Marmel) January 4, 2018

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  55. rikyrah says:

    The empire strikes back.

    Jeff Sessions is obsessed with cannabis, and with locking up people of color. He may perceive California as the tipping point in legalization. This very well could be his last chance to preserve mass incarceration as he knows it. https://t.co/QfzdOMyopO

    — Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 4, 2018

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  56. rikyrah says:

    GOP states rights:

    You can’t force us to recognize & protect people’s rights & freedoms.

    We can force you to restrict & deny people’s rights & freedoms. https://t.co/S1d0HIPwwg

    — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 4, 2018

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    • Ametia says:

      b>Being Black in Trump Country: Dozens of People Arrested for Less Than an Ounce of Weed,” by The Intercept’s Shaun King: “After claiming to find less than an ounce of weed in total — which has a street value of around $150 to $200 and would mean only a ticket in the nearby city of Atlanta — police in Cartersville charged all 70 people gathered for a birthday party — including men, women, boys, and girls, ranging from the ages of 15 to 31 — with drug possession and hauled them off to Bartow County Jail. … Many of these people’s lives will be ruined because of that small amount of marijuana. Scores of lawyers have been hired; nearly $100,000 in bail money was paid[.] … Their mugshots were publicly released. Unable to afford bail, many of the men and women who were arrested were then fired from their jobs after they were left in jail for days on end.”

      https://s2.washingtonpost.com/2f1645/5a4f7bd2fe1ff6657b19d6b7/YXdhcmVvZjQxMUBnbWFpbC5jb20%3D/32/159/3a569220054ddfca9b49a25bb24a75b5

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  57. rikyrah says:

    No idea if Jeff Sessions actually cares about pot but he and cops deeply care about cops being able to arrest and imprison the “wrong” people whenever they want to and petty possession charges are a tool for that.

    — Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) January 4, 2018

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  58. rikyrah says:

    Marijuana industry in chaos as Sessions plans to pull Cole Memo, legalization states looking at their legal options – https://t.co/sdrDO8KuXd

    — Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) January 4, 2018

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  59. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

    Like

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah :)

      Amelia, I enjoyed reading the article about Derrick and Ramunda and their online bookstore. What a great service and outreach they are providing. I am going to look up the book you are reading. It sounds great.

      Here is the book I have been reading:

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