Wednesday Open Thread

Happy HUMP day, Everyone.

REPOST- Remember, #45 spewing “DUE PROCESSS”

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96 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    There have been 11 school shootings during the first 23 days of 2018.

    -Olive School
    -New Start School
    -Forest City School
    -Coronado School
    -California University
    -Grayson College,TX
    -Wiley College
    -Wake Forest U
    -The Net Charter School,
    -Italy High School,
    -Marshall School

    — Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) February 14, 2018

  2. Ametia says:

    Surrounding himself with COONERY is REAL, ya’ll

  3. rikyrah says:

    This document essentially says we don’t care about your ideology, we care about your black identity,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who worked in the counterterrorism division. “It’s an enormous classification that could encompass any violence by a black person.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    This is so really, really bad: Cost to taxpayers: $122,334. via @reinlwapo and @alexhortontx who helped break the initial story.

    — Greg Jaffe (@GregJaffe) February 14, 2018

    IG finds @SecShulkin “chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary’s wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer” per @Reinlwapo

    — Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) February 14, 2018

    The attempt by Shulkin to say that his wife secured the Wimbledon tickets because she was good friends Victoria Gosling, chief executive for the 2016 Invictus Games, did not end well

    — Sam Stein (@samstein) February 14, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:


    Want to talk about Michael Cohen?

    Stop it with porn stars. Look at the body bags and money laundering.

    — Eric Garland (@ericgarland) February 14, 2018

    Stormy Daniels: They’re fronting her because Trump’s history with women is way worse.

    Rob Porter: They’re fronting him because Trump’s history with women is way worse.

    — Eric Garland (@ericgarland) February 14, 2018

    Information warfare: they control the damage of incriminating information by releasing stories they can control.


    — Eric Garland (@ericgarland) February 14, 2018

  6. Ametia says:


  7. rikyrah says:

    Armies of click farm trolls & bot programs micro-targeting people on Facebook & Twitter is labor-intensive, time-consuming, expensive, and doesn’t guarantee the outcome Putin needs to lift the sanctions & get Crimea recognized as Russia, in order to get his $500BILLION –

    — bardgal (@bardgal) February 14, 2018

    Trump & the GOP are SILENT on stopping more #RussianElectionHacking because it will keep them in office until all of Putin’s multi-billion$ investments in Trump & GOP (via NRA laundered money) have paid off. Why haven’t the new sanctions been implemented? Putin = POTUS Actual.

    — bardgal (@bardgal) February 14, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    White supremacist and other far-right extremist groups have killed 51 police officers since 1990, according to a report published by the Anti-Defamation League last week. Left-wing extremist groups, including black nationalists, killed 11 during the same period.

    In 2017 alone, black nationalists and other leftists killed no police, while white supremacists and anti-government extremists fatally attacked a police officer and two corrections officers, the report said.

    But while the FBI tracks so-called “black identity extremists” as domestic terror threats — as an FBI counterterrorism report completed in August and leaked in October revealed — it doesn’t have an equivalent designation for white extremists.

    Experts worry that the broad labeling of black groups, and not white ones, is an indication that federal law enforcement’s targeting of certain groups is based less on evidence than on politics.

    That targeting can significantly affect how law enforcement chooses to police protests or events organized by specific groups. Many worry the report on black identity extremists specifically could be used to home in on members of Black Lives Matter – possibly infringing on their right to speak freely and protest peacefully.

    The Congressional Black Caucus asked FBI Director Christopher Wray in a private meeting in November, as well as during public testimony in December, to rescind the report. Wray did not commit to doing so, but in his December testimony noted that “we continue to evaluate the data as it rolls in” and anything from a retraction to a reaffirmance to a clarification of the August report was possible. FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said Tuesday there was “no update” since then.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Andy Slavitt@ASlavitt
    BREAKING: Idaho and insurer set to violate ACA rules and begin discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
    The Federal government needs to act or this is will be the new standard.

  10. Ametia says:

    Pence is making rounds on TV to spew how he and the president think there is no one more
    ” honorable” than John Kelly is to his (country.) notice they are touting his military service here.

    KELLY RESIGNING IN 5…4…3…2 ..1

  11. rikyrah says:

    No More Mister points out (a couple of sources) that the lawyer doesn’t actually SAY he paid the $130,000. He says he used some of his money to FACILITATE the payment. Reporters are terrible at parsing nuance, and then the story just gets passed around. In other words, reporters many reporters don’t comprehend complexity, and they can be lazy in arriving at a common version of a story rather than looking deeper.

    Yesterday Cohen made this statement admitting the bulk of the story. “In a private transaction in 2016,” Cohen said, “I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to [Daniels]. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with [Daniels], and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”

    … Does Cohen actually say he paid the $130,000 out of his own pocket? … All Cohen says is that he used his personal funds to “facilitate a payment of $130,000.”

    … if it took Cohen a few hundred dollars to set up an entity to pay Daniels, and to wire someone else’s $130,000 to her, then he would have been using his own personal funds to faciltate that payment.

  12. Ametia says:

    17 Jewish organizations send open letter demanding Stephen Miller’s dismissal
    By Leslie Salzillo
    Feb 13, 2018

    Last week, seventeen Jewish organizations penned an open letter and sent it to the White House calling for a dismissal of the far-right Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller. The letter claims Miller is guilty of “extreme viewpoints and advocacy of racist policies.” The protest was led by the National Council of Jewish Women. Here are excerpts:

    “As Jews, we are in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and believe that our nation must be a refuge and welcoming home for new Americans,” they wrote. Miller “has been an obstacle to passing widely-supported, bipartisan, popular, badly-needed immigration policy changes throughout his time in the administration.”

  13. Ametia says:

    John Kelley’s theme song

    • eliihass says:

      He’s lost whatever ounce of faux-honor/dignity he and those who constantly touted him ever pretended he had..

      By the time this is all over, everyone who shamelessly hitched their wagon to this treasonous spectacle would have been rightly exposed and disgraced for the greedy, unpatriotic, unprincipled weasels they really are..

    • Ametia says:

      Elaine Cho another thugging, lying POS

    • Ametia says:

      and another shameful missed opportunity by journos to DO THEIR FUCKING JOBS

      • eliihass says:

        They’re too busy playing footsie for access ..and instead of reporting what they find, and helping to end this nightmare, storing up damning stuff for the book they’re working on, and the book deals they’re trying to finagle… All while furiously badmouthing, discrediting and trying to block Omarosa from getting the book deal she’s auditioning for …even as they suck up and provide cover for the likes of Elaine Cho and Gary Cohn – the shameless Jewish Goldman Sachs guy who grovels to stay …even as tiki-torch carrying Nazis and anti-Semites who chant ‘Jews will not replace us’ on the streets, are defended by the buffoon he now wants to oust the alt-right former general Kelly, as chief of staff to replace ..

  14. Ametia says:


  15. rikyrah says:

    Trump lawyer says he paid Stormy Daniels from own money: NYT

    Rachel Maddow reports breaking news that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, responding to an FEC complaint, insists he paid $130,000 to adult performer Stormy Daniels from his own money, not Trump Org or Trump campaign money.

    • eliihass says:

      It’s kinda tough being stuck between admitting to paying off a pornstar who had an adulterous affair with the sleazy married John you’ve long represented and covered for – and being potentially charged with the serious matter of misuse/misappropriation of campaign funds..

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump administration giving Russia what it wants on sanctions

    Rachel Maddow shows how Russia’s chief goal seen throughout the Trump Russia scandal is to roll back Obama era sanctions and prevent any new sanctions, and the Trump administration has so far been obliging.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Echoes of Mike Flynn in White House bungling of Porter scandal

    Rachel Maddow looks at the slow response of the Trump White House in dealing with Mike Flynn despite his access to confidential material, to their inaction on Rob Porter who also continued to have classified access.

  18. rikyrah says:


    LarryO said last night that there upwards of

    People working in the WHITE HOUSE..


    Think about that.
    People who cannot get the approval of the FBI for the job..and they are STILL employed at the White House

    This is the reason why the Porter story isn’t going away.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Did Trump make up major GM manufacturing news?
    02/14/18 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Donald Trump hosted a discussion on trade at the White House yesterday and decided to break some news about a development that seemed pretty important.

    “I do want to tell you, we just got this notice: General Motors in Korea announces the first step in necessary restructuring. They’re going to – GM Korea company announced today that it will cease production and close its Gunsan plant in May of 2018, and they’re going to move back to Detroit.

    “You don’t hear these things, except for the fact that Trump became president. Believe me, you wouldn’t be hearing that. So they’re moving back from Korea to Detroit…. General Motors is coming back into Detroit. That is a really significant statement.”

    Well, maybe, though there’s reason for some skepticism about whether the “really significant statement” is true.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Dems are ‘winning elections in places where they shouldn’t be’
    02/14/18 08:40 AM—UPDATED 02/14/18 11:51 AM
    By Steve Benen

    State Senate special elections don’t generally receive national attention, but yesterday’s race in Florida did. And as the Washington Post reported, it’s Democrats who are celebrating the results.

    Democrats continued a streak of special election wins with a victory along the Gulf Coast of Florida on Tuesday, the 36th red-to-blue switch in a state legislative race since the 2016 election.

    Democrat Margaret Good triumphed by seven points in the Sarasota-based 72nd District, defeating Republican candidate James Buchanan in an area that backed Donald Trump for president in 2016 by more than four points.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Philadelphia’s DA office keeps secret list of suspect police
    FEBRUARY 13, 2018 — 5:42 AM EST

    The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office last year secretly compiled a list of Philadelphia police officers with a history of lying, racial bias, or brutality, in a move to block them from testifying in court.

    The confidential list of about two dozen was assembled by prosecutors on a special Police Misconduct Review Committee at the order of former District Attorney Seth Williams, sources familiar with the roster said. .

    It was supposed to attack locally a national problem: police “testilying” — falsifying evidence, framing suspects, and lying about it in court.

    The list has not been made public, but the sources said it included Reginald V. Graham, who in 2007 arrested the rapper Meek Mill, whose jailing for violating probation on those gun and drug charges has stirred widespread debate about the fairness of the criminal-justice system.

  22. Ametia says:

    Israeli police recommended Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in two corruption cases.

    The move ramps up pressure on the prime minister to resign, even as there is no indication Bibi is interested in doing so. Israel’s attorney general will now decide whether to move forward with the case. (Loveday Morris and Ruth Eglash)

  23. rikyrah says:

    Stormy Daniels is bringing her “Make America Horny Again” strip-club tour to West Palm Beach—just across the street from Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach Post reports.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 14, 2018


  24. rikyrah says:

    I woke up irritated at this #quinnnorton nonsense because prominent white journos are rushing to her defense, calling her friendship with weev a flaw or calling his genocidal tendencies a flaw.

    Black people are NEVER given these sorts of opportunities.


    — Imani Gandy is definitely irritated. (@AngryBlackLady) February 14, 2018

  25. rikyrah says:

    White House won’t say what the immigration status is of Melania’s parents

    — Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) February 14, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    Let me get this clear, Trump wanted a night with a porn star. Michael Cohen paid her money after services rendered. This is clearly prostitution.

    — Paul Young (@palavid) February 14, 2018

    Legal standard for fed election law is not whether a person pays from personal funds. An in-kind contribution is any “expenditure made by any person in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign.” Cohen is in big trouble.

    — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 14, 2018

    Written statement last night by Pres Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen about 2016 payment to porn actress “Stormy Daniels.”

    — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 14, 2018

  27. Herman brought me balloons 🎈 candy, chocolates covered strawberries 🍓 and card for Valentines.


  28. ❤️❤️❤️

    Josh showed up at my door with flowers and candy for Mama.

  29. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I wish the funds could have been found to save this historic hospital.

    “Baltimore’s first African-American run hospital set to be demolished It would have cost approximately $2 million to restore the building”


    “Baltimore, Md.’s first African-American hospital is set to be torn down after over a century of existence.

    This combination hospital, medical school, and church was run by Dr. George Whittington Kennard, an African-American doctor in 1885.

    Pastor Jo Farley of Christ Institution Church wanted to restore the building, but she was unable to gather the funds needed for repairs.,g_center,w_auto,q_auto:best,f_auto/l_text:Verdana_10:Blavity,g_south_east,x_0/v1518134675/l4sfy1luthhiuu9lf0tu
    (Dr. George Whittington Kennard)

  30. eliihass says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day fam..

    And to those who observe, may this Ash Wednesday be the start of a positively introspective, instructive and fruitful Lenten season..

  31. rikyrah says:

    Countdown Clock:
    TWO Days Until WAKANDA 😎😎🙆🙌👏

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

  33. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Thanks for posting the two videos, Ametia.

    I ache for all that the Central Park Five and their families went through and also admire how they made it through the struggle to rise to where they are today. The two that are in the videos you posted today, Ametia, are very wise and possess strong character. They have my deep respect!

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