Friday Open Thread | Something Positive

With everything going on in this country, I just decided to highlight positive stories. Positive things to take you into the weekend.

And, guess what?

Donald Glover Met the Girl Scout Who Went Viral for Rapping His Song. The Encounter Was Sufficiently Adorable.
By Raisa Bruner
March 1, 2018

Maybe Donald Glover calls his musical alter ego “Childish” Gambino for a reason: he certainly seems to connect with children. At least one child, anyway, Atlanta area Girl Scout Charity Joy Harrison. Harrison recently went viral for singing a cover of Glover’s Grammy-nominated hit song “Redbone” — but she switched up the lyrics to turn it into a sales pitch for those all-important cookies.

On an appearance with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night, the Atlanta writer and actor addressed the phenomenon. “Childish Gambino’s for the children, man,” he explained. “It’s beautiful, but it’s also crazy to me. I never was like, I’ll make this and then one day a girl will sell Girl Scout cookies to it… It’s pretty great. I was touched.”

Even more touching? Colbert brought out the entrepreneurial young Harrison and her dad onto the show to meet Glover — and to give the actor a chance to satiate his cookie craving by ordering from her. But when he realized she still needed to sell 113 boxes to meet her order goals, he decided right then and there to complete the whole thing. “I’ll take ’em all,” he said. Colbert, Glover, and Harrison even all agreed on the correct flavor to order, too. Watch the heartwarming encounter above.

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112 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Something Positive

  1. Ametia says:

    4 black screenwriters on the impact of ‘Get Out’ creator Jordan Peele’s Oscar nomination for best original screenplay

    It starts on the page. That’s what nearly every filmmaker will tell you about creating a film that moves audiences in those dark theater seats.

  2. eliihass says:

    Watch out fam..

    You know who they pushed Hope Hicks out for…?

    Mercedes Schlapp former FOX ‘news’ personality and NRA Board member …and wife of that evil, slimy, CPAC weasel Matt Schlapp …that’s who..×480.jpg

    She apparently was rewarded for her husband’s endless buffoon butt-kissing in September 2017 with the ‘Director of Strategic Communications’ gig in the desecrated People House …and she’s clearly a right-wing mole and part of the Alt-Right brigade trying to take over control of the buffoon… First they flatter you…

    She’s now angling to for Hope Hicks’ job …but they fail to get it… Hope is not replaceable..and her position is not for the taking..

    • Ametia says:

      More white mediocrity & FAILURE

      • eliihass says:

        I kept hearing the name Mercedes Schlapp being thrown around by the usual suspects…and it only just hit me today that it had to be CPAC weasel Matt Schlapp’s wife…

        Same way Condoleeza Rice showed up on MSNBC yesterday to push for some guy named Stephen Biegun who is currently a VP at Ford motors, but worked under her in the Bush White House …to be the 3rd National Security Adviser once they push out H.R McMaster …

        Meanwhile when even Nicole Wallace is calling Condoleeza Rice out for being such a shameless, cowardly, opportunistic weasel, you know how awful Condoleeza really is..

        How on earth does any self-respecting decent person – least of all one who’s held sensitive positions in our government, declare with a straight face that because the buffoon has been ‘nice’ to her the times she’s met with him (including sneaking in through the back door pre-January 20, 2016, to angle for Tillerson for SoS in New York, and sneaking in to periodically meet with the buffoon now)… that his treasonous collusion with a hostile foreign entity and his appalling degradation of the highest office in the land, does not bother her… You could see whatever regard her fellow republican and Bush44 WH colleague had for her just fizzle away…

        It bothered Nicole Wallace so badly, she raised it today..

        Meanwhile, McMaster was sighted paddle-boarding in Southern California on Sunday … LOL..

  3. So damn disturbing that he would pick a fight with UCLA players wanting them to thank him for something he did NOT do. He’s a buffoon! But y’all got your great white hope. An unstable lying ignorant bum!

    • majiir says:

      The Talking Yam is, and has always been, a d*mn thief. He steals from PBO’s accomplishments and went on Twitter to pretend that these players were released because of him. He’s a lying, thieving b*tch.

  4. eliihass says:

    Alt-Right John Kelly is so, so drunk on WH gourmet meat loaf and chocolate cake, and has taken to his Svengali ploy like a duck to water..

    He wants to consolidate power, and so wants all threats to his power grab – daughter-wife and husband, gone..

    He also wants McMaster gone..

    By the time this is all over, John Kelly too will be completed humiliated ..

    There’s no honor among thieves..

    Murdoch used and threw his mentee Jared under the bus too..

    One minute you’re the special swan and toast of the town …and the old greedy cows are paying homage, making pilgrimages to and fêting you … praising you and daughter-wife as young, smart, indispensable powerhouses…

    Next, you’re the scum of the earth…and your wife – the daughter-wife, is cast as ‘dumb as a brick’…

    The political opportunists and hangers-on who swarm around like vultures, also take time to sniff out, and glean your weaknesses …which they turn around and arm themselves to use against you..

    And it’s even more devastating when employed against incredibly shallow and pretentious phonies with way too many secrets …and that which they’re so desperate to hide… the tale of the secret-havers and the secret-keepers..

    The sudden need for privacy by the faux-‘reserved’ has more to do with the fear of their many secrets and lies being exposed..

    As my ever percipient historic #ForeverFLOTUS and prophetic voice for those who have ears, said in her final interview from the White House:

    “..The next family that comes in here ..every person in that family…every child, every grandchild ..
    Their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American understands…”

  5. And that fraud wanted the players to thank him? OMG! This man is unstable. And he’s in the WH has the nuclear codes

  6. eliihass says:

    Insider trading… (And Martha Stewart went to jail for far less..)

    “…Billionaire investor and longtime Trump confidant Carl Icahn dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel last week, just days before Trump announced plans to impose steep tariffs on steel imports.

    In a little-noticed SEC filing submitted on February 22, 2018, Icahn disclosed that he systematically sold off nearly 1 million shares of Manitowoc Company Inc. Manitowoc is a “is a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions” and, therefore, heavily dependent on steel to make its products.

    The filing came just seven days before a White House event where Trump announced his intention to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports.

    Trump’s announcement rattled the markets, with steel-dependent stocks hardest hit. Manitowoc stock plunged, losing about 6 percent of its value. Reuters attributed the drop to the fact that Manitowoc is a “major consumer of steel.” As of 10:20 a.m. Friday, the stock had lost an additional 6 percent, trading at $26.21.

    Icahn was required to make the disclosure because of the large volume of his sale. The filing reveals that he began systematically selling the stock on February 12, when he was able to sell the stock for $32 to $34…”

    • eliihass says:

      Carl Icahn – a former adviser to the buffoon – resigned from his ‘special adviser’ position last summer …just before the New Yorker expose that revealed he contacted the EPA to advocate for a regulatory change to benefit one of his investments ..

      They are all crooks and grifters…

      And soulless greed will be their undoing..

      How much more ill gotten dough does an geriatric man 2 steps away from the grave need..

  7. rikyrah says:

    I got nothing.
    Read this twice and still don’t understand.


    Donations of deer semen make up majority of contributions in Texas candidate’s race: report

    A candidate in the race for a South Texas state House seat has reportedly received $87,500 in campaign donations, more than half of which is made up of deer semen donations

  8. eliihass says:

    I just love love love that John Brennan has absolutely, absolutely refused to address the traitorous impostor as ‘president’..

    He simply won’t do it..

    It’s either Mr. or his first and last name..

    There will be no pretense or playing along with this maddening legitimizing of a treasonous buffoon..
    thank you John Brennan! Thank you –

  9. rikyrah says:

    Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan to invite more than 2,500 members of the public to wedding celebrations, @MIHolden reports via @ReutersTV

    — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 2, 2018

  10. rikyrah says:

    New: EU is preparing to impose tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorbikes, bourbon whiskey & Levi’s jeans in retaliation for Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminium imports -European Commission

    — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 2, 2018

  11. rikyrah says:

    There were no prepared, approved remarks for Trump to give on trade and tariffs, NBC News reports.

    There was no:
    —Diplomatic strategy
    —Legislative strategy
    —Communications plan

    No one at the following departments had been told about the policy:

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2018

  12. rikyrah says:

    Jared making deals in the White House. Trump signing tax cuts for real estate developers. The first family is not draining the swamp, they’re licensing it, and branding it with great big gold letters.

    — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 2, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: Mueller team asking if Kushner foreign business ties influenced Trump policy
    MAR 2 2018, 1:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are scrutinizing whether any of Jared Kushner’s business discussions with foreigners during the presidential transition later shaped White House policies in ways designed to either benefit or retaliate against those he spoke with, according to witnesses and other people familiar with the investigation.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has asked witnesses about Kushner’s efforts to secure financing for his family’s real estate properties, focusing specifically on his discussions during the transition with individuals from Qatar and Turkey, as well as Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates, according to witnesses who have been interviewed as part of the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 election.

  14. eliihass says:

    Jeff Daniels last night on Colbert, was terrific.. the man clearly has had enough..

    “They want their card to polite society back..”

    “These are not the actions of an innocent man”

  15. rikyrah says:

    The Securities and Exchange Commission late last year dropped its inquiry into a financial company that a month earlier had given White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm a $180 million loan, AP reports.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    FBI agents are reportedly inflating the threat of MS-13 to please the White House

    — The Real America (@ThisIsAmerica) March 2, 2018

    • eliihass says:


      And everyone thinks it’s perfectly normal to not just appease a petty, silly, mad man, but to disingenuously and actively play to him and his childish ego and power trip, with these overblown and frankly, dangerous gestures that bother on the ridiculous, the inane and insanity at its worst..

  17. rikyrah says:

    Things no one named Trump knows:

    1. Tariffs are taxes.

    2. USA tariffs are not really paid by China. They are paid by USA consumers of Chinese goods.

    3. Tariffs raise prices of foreign goods & also raise prices of goods made in USA.

    4. Wall St knows all of this.

    — Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) March 1, 2018

  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart Raise Minimum Age For Firearm Purchases”

  19. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    L.L. Bean raises minimum age for gun purchases to 21″

  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I just finished reading the sci-fi novel Binti. I enjoyed all of its 90 pages and now want to read the two other in the series by author Nnedi Okorafor.

    Here is Amazon’s description at

    Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

    Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

    If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      No, no, no Orin…let’s not talk like that.

      Please behave yourself.

      • eliihass says:

        Oh Yahtzee..

        You sweet lady..

        Sadly, Orin has lost whatever decency or moral compass he was ever said to possess..

        Jeff Bridges said it best last night on Colbert..

        The republicans need to know that they don’t get to destroy this great country for party..

  21. Ametia says:

    Gap Wins Widespread Praise for Breastfeeding Ad That’s an Instant Classic
    Apparel effort succeeds where others have failed

  22. Ametia says:

    How prescient

    Note to Robert Mueller: Hope Hicks Was Part of the Cover-Up
    Trump’s aide told one of the biggest Russian whoppers of the campaign.
    DAVID CORNNOV. 21, 2017 6:00 AM

    Hope Hicks’ time in the barrel may come soon. Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly aiming to interview the White House communications director as part of the Trump-Russia investigation. When he and his team of lawyers do so, they presumably will be mindful that the 29-year-old Hicks told one of the biggest whoppers of the 2016 campaign.

    Two days after Donald Trump won the election, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the Russian government had been in contact with the Trump campaign. “There were contacts,” he remarked. “We are doing this and have been doing this during the election campaign.” He noted that the Kremlin knew many of Trump’s closest allies and was in touch with them. “Obviously, we know most of the people from his [Trump’s] entourage.” he said. “Those people have always been in the limelight in the United States and have occupied high-ranking positions.” Ryabkov added that these contacts would continue.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      This precious girl knows ALL that she can be!

    • eliihass says:

      “..I’m also thinking of all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who…will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall in this great American institution,” she told the crowd. “I know the impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls..”

      – First Lady Michelle Obama, @Smithsonian portrait unveiling.
      February 12, 2018.

  23. rikyrah says:

    KABOOM: The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump has asked White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to oust his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

    Dear @IvankaTrump & @jaredkushner Looks like this experiment is OVER!

    — Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) March 2, 2018

    • Ametia says:


      Now #45 needs to be OUSTED

      • eliihass says:

        Along with Kelly too..

        The whole lot of them..

        And then we close down the White House for a couple of months to cleanse, debug, exorcise etc. before reopening it..

        The desecration …the evil that has permeated that space in the last year+, will take a long while to sweep away..

        And we need to get the permanent White House staff some counseling and ptsd treatment too..

  24. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    How The Russian Social Media Effort Boosted Bernie

    — Vermont Public Radio (@vprnet) March 2, 2018

  25. rikyrah says:

    At the intersection of #BlackHistoryMonth & #WomensHistoryMonth, we see Past, Present and Future: A guard looks on as a little girl gazes at the official painting of Former First Lady @MichelleObama at the National Portrait Gallery @NPG
    (h/t @EvanHandler)

    — Dudette (@Dudette9t9) March 2, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    When Republicans don’t like election results they refuse to hold elections. Scott Walker sued today in Wisconsin for blocking special elections for vacant legislative seats

    — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) February 26, 2018

  27. rikyrah says:

    The two most dangerous words in Trump’s vocabulary: ‘It’s easy’
    03/02/18 10:55 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s not often that American presidents publicly praise international trade wars, which is probably why this overnight tweet from Donald Trump was seen as important across the globe.

    “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”

    It’s important to understand that Donald Trump lacks any kind of meaningful understanding of what trade deficits are and what they mean. Trade wars are not, in fact, “good,” and this president’s economic illiteracy remains a serious national threat.

    But for me, the two most important words in the presidential missive were actually the last two: “It’s easy!”

    As a candidate for the nation’s highest office, despite lacking any experience in government or public service, Donald Trump repeatedly assured voters that every challenge has a simple solution, and the only reason policymakers hadn’t yet implemented these easy solutions is that the nation is run by idiots. Elect Trump, he said, and he’d “make possible every dream you’ve ever dreamed.”

  28. rikyrah says:

    As ACA support climbs, Hatch calls law’s supporters ‘dumbass people’
    03/02/18 10:01 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The Kaiser Family Foundation has been conducting extensive public-opinion research on the Affordable Care Act since “Obamacare” became law, and the latest results are striking. KFF’s report this week found 54% of Americans now have a favorable opinion of the health care law – the strongest support to date.

    It’s against this backdrop that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered remarks yesterday, suggesting those who support the ACA – which is to say, a majority of the country – are idiots.

    “We also finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called ‘Obamacare,’ Hatch, who is retiring after this term, said while discussing the Republican tax overhaul.

    “Now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic. That was the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen. Now, some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met.”

  29. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s new suggestion to address the opioid crisis: executions
    03/02/18 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Last weekend, Axios had a report that Donald Trump has privately expressed admiration for how Singapore deals with drug-trafficking offenses: the government executes those found guilty. The American president, the report said, has been “telling friends for months” that Singapore’s model is effective.


    President Trump suggested that executing drug dealers could help solve the opioid crisis during a White House summit Thursday, an event the administration billed as a way to measure its progress in combating the nation’s drug problem.

    “Some countries have a very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty, and they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” Trump said.

  30. rikyrah says:

    This story made me furious!!

    Maddow is the one following this in the MSM

    ACLU fights anti-abortion zealot holding undocumented minors

    Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney for the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, talks with Rachel Maddow about the legal fight against Trump appointee Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, who is obstructing pregnant undocumented minors being held at a refugee center from obtaining abortions

  31. rikyrah says:

    Trump nepotism causes strain within White House, security risks

    Rachel Maddow looks at the strife within the White House as Donald Trump’s top White House staff come into conflict with unqualified family members Trump hired.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Mueller appears to be working on Trump Russia collusion question

    Rep. Adam Schiff talks with Rachel Maddow about indications that special counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to engage the matter of the Russian hacking of Democratic e-mails and the central question of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

  33. rikyrah says:

    CNBC obtained 50+ docs through an obscure portal on the website of America First Policies, the dark money group with close ties to Trump.

    The group has hired Trump’s pollsters to conduct polling and research—raising concerns about potential coordination.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 2, 2018

  34. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Trump confidant dumped millions in steel-related stock last week, days before tariff announcement— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 2, 2018

  35. rikyrah says:

    The thought…that your NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

    finds out that not only is Kushner taking private meetings in the White House..
    But, it’s doing it ALONE , without professionals…
    AND, he’s not telling the White House that he’s doing it….



  36. rikyrah says:


    Hope Hicks kept DIARIES


  37. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    This is so wrong! …and scary!
    “How Lenders Are Turning Low-Level Courts into Dickensian ‘Debt Collection Mills’ ” </strong.


    Federal law outlawed debt prisons in 1833, but lenders, landlords and even gyms and other businesses have found a way to resurrect the Dickensian practice. With the aid of private collection agencies, they file millions of lawsuits in state and local courts each year, winning 95 percent of the time. If a defendant fails to appear at post-judgement hearings known as “debtors’ examinations,” collectors can seek a warrant for contempt of court — even if the debtor didn’t realize they were being sued…

    “A Pound of Flesh: the Criminalization of Private Debt,” the ACLU report, sheds light for the first time on the frequency of modern-day debt imprisonment, estimating that courts are issuing tens of thousands of arrest warrants each year for debtors owing as little as $30. Forty-four states permit judges to issue these warrants, often known as “body attachments,” in civil cases.

    An ACLU report estimates courts are issuing tens of thousands of arrest warrants each year for debtors owing as little as $30.
    “This has been a largely invisible problem, because the people it’s happening to typically don’t have lawyers and aren’t speaking out,” says Jennifer Turner, a human rights researcher at ACLU. “Many low-level courts have essentially become debt-collection mills.”

    One in three Americans has a debt that’s been turned over to a private collection agency, and the ACLU found cases of warrants being issued over almost every kind of consumer debt—payday and auto loans, utility bills, even daycare fees. Many cases begin with an emergency expense that someone is unable to pay, sending them into a spiral of debt and imprisonment. The use of cash bail often compounds the problem; debtors languish in jail for up to two weeks, according to the report. In some jurisdictions, judges routinely set bail at the exact amount of the debt owed, then surrender it to the collector once paid.

  38. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Column: A frightened child in Chicago and an immigration policy unbecoming of America”

    “Excerpts from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union involving a mother and her child from Congo, formerly Zaire, separated by U.S. immigration officials upon their arrival in San Diego. (Tribune illustration)” :×788

  39. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Winter Storm Riley State by State: Evacuations Ordered for Massachusetts Coast; 350,000 Without Power from Michigan to North Carolina”

  40. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from the article at this link:

    The gun-control group Giffords has put out its annual scorecard, ranking states on their gun laws as the nation is again embroiled in debate about gun policy in the wake of a shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day. The group gave 25 states — including Florida — an “F” rating.

    The annual scorecard measures what lawyers at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence consider “the relative strength or weakness” of gun laws in each state in 2017. The findings, they argue, show a correlation that indicates that gun laws work: “States with strong gun safety laws have fewer guns deaths per capita than states with weak laws.”×0/

  41. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from article at this link:

    “How would you like to be the real-life Black Panther character Erik Killmonger who retrieves artefacts that were taken from his country?

    “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is advertising for a repatriation research specialist, and one of its curators posted the job details and used an image from the film of Killmonger known for ‘liberating’ museum art.

    “The successful candidate will spend their time returning museum artefacts to tribal nations and indigenous communities.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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