Sunday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you’re enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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61 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Jordan Peele WON! Best Original Screenplay!

  2. Ametia says:

    Jordan Peele wins Oscar for screenplay
    GET OUT!

  3. rikyrah says:

    AM Joy 3/4/18
    Qatar: Kushner company sought investment, Jared backed blockade
    Jared Kushner is under scrutiny after the Kushner family company failed to acquire investment from a Qatari entity, followed by Jared Kushner allegedly supporting a U.S. blockade against Qatar. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

  4. rikyrah says:

    AM Joy 3/4/18
    NRA: Republicans appear to side with NRA over voters
    Republican lawmakers are coming under scrutiny for NRA-ties and large NRA campaign contributions.

    Joy Reid and her panel discussion why 5 million NRA members appear to have outsized influence on many GOP Members of Congress and other elected officials

  5. rikyrah says:

    In case you don’t understand what ‘lips pursed’ means…
    Joy is Example 101:

  6. rikyrah says:

    Ivanka Trump: Born to legitimize corruption and make the shoddy look cute

    By Virginia Heffernan
    Mar 03, 2018 | 4:15 AM

    On July 27, 2017, near the end of the one of the most compelling hearings yet on the Trump-Russia affair, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) offered an extraordinary insight. It shot through the proceedings like a comet.

    “Corrupt kleptocrats and international criminals make themselves rich in criminality and corruption,” he said. “Then at some point they need the legitimate world in order to protect and account for their stolen proceeds.


    Oh, Ivanka. Her livelihood is as opaque as her full-coverage foundation, but she plays a critical role in her father’s administration — and in the broader danse macabre of corruption and legitimacy.

    The so-called first daughter proves that “laundering” applies to more than money. She washes and gilds just about everything she touches. Consider her warehouses upon warehouses of petroleum-based separates, many of them sewn for poverty pay in sweatshops. When you call this schmatte smorgasboard the Ivanka Trump Collection it does brisk business — if not on Rodeo Drive, then in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

    She has the same magic touch with the multitudes of flesh-and-blood rogues who flock to her for redemption. It’s Ivanka who first brought Gen. Michael “Lied to the FBI” Flynn into the administration, according to the New Yorker; she praised him for his “amazing loyalty” and offered him his choice of positions at a transition-team meeting. One person present said, “It was like Princess Ivanka had laid the sword on Flynn’s shoulders and said, ‘Rise and go forth.'”


    It’s impossible to keep track of all the gangsters Ivanka has palled around with. But what’s truly damning are the shady real-estate projects she has made rise and go forth.

    In 2006, she oversaw the development of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City. The project was connected to a Brazilian money launderer later arrested for fraud and forgery as well as a Russian investor who’d previously been jailed in Israel for kidnapping. On Wednesday, a dispute between Trump’s company and the building’s owner turned violent. The journalist Marcy Wheeler has suggested the fight concerns records that may show Ivanka knew the property was laundering money. Police in riot gear stormed the hotel that Ivanka once hyped as “exemplary of the grandeur in which we like to enter a market.”

    Ivanka was also a ranking official on the Trump SoHo, which has since shed the name Trump. In 2010, as ProPublica and WNYC have reported, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office began building a criminal case against Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. for using inflated sales figures to defraud prospective buyers. After receiving a visit from Trump family lawyer and campaign donor Marc Kasowitz, then-DA Cyrus Vance Jr. backed off.

    Just Thursday, CNN reported that FBI counterintelligence officials are investigating another Trump real-estate deal, the 63-story Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which opened after Trump became president.

  7. Ametia says:

    Have a Blessed Sunday, Everyone.

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    March for Our Lives – Find an Event


    On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities.

    Join the March for Our Lives event near you.

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Ban assault weapons!

    “Wounds From Military-Style Rifles? ‘A Ghastly Thing to See’ Trauma surgeons tell what it is really like to try to repair such devastating injuries. “Bones are exploded, soft tissue is absolutely destroyed,” one said.

    Wounds From Military-Style Rifles? ‘A Ghastly Thing to See’
    Trauma surgeons tell what it is really like to try to repair such devastating injuries. “Bones are exploded, soft tissue is absolutely destroyed,” one said.

  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from

    “EAST LANSING – Those opposed to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s planned appearance at Michigan State on Monday [March 5] will have numerous alternative events available to them.

    “There’s the Spartan Day of Love and Solidarity, which includes a diversity celebration at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing and a free screening of “Black Panther” at NCG Cinema.

    “MSU College Republicans and Democrats are planning a peaceful rally in opposition to Spencer, alongside the democratic socialist and libertarian student groups.

    “Closer to the action, protesters are planning to demonstrate outside the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, where Spencer is scheduled to speak beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

    I imagine there will be a lot of signs like this one tomorrow:

  11. vitaminlover says:

    Good morning, yahtzeebutterfly. Our people are so incredible. As a race we have been so oppressed and that is because we are so powerful and ‘others’ picked on it and tried to steal and then oppress us. God has us here for a reason and that is to improve mankind and rise. We are a most creative people. I am black and I am proud. We will do even more in the future and it is nice to look in the past to see what we have accomplished.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:


      Your words ring so true! I truly believe along with you when you write:

      “God has us here for a reason and that is to improve mankind and rise. We are a most creative people.”

      Always rising, always caring, always contributing with strength and love.

      Nothing has power over the spirit and essence of African Americans nor ever will.

  12. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School professor Chester Middlebrow Pierce was born on this day, March 4, 1927.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Pierce was a professor of education and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He became the first African-American full professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “Pierce was a past president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the American Orthopsychiatric Association and later a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2001-2004 he was on the Carter Center Mental Health Task force and a founding president of the Black Psychiatrists of America. During that time he was also the National Chairperson of the Child Development Associate Consortium. He spent much of his career as a Senior Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and worked as a psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 25 years…

    Pierce published over 180 books, articles, and reviews. In 1998, he was the topic of the book titled Race and Excellence: My Dialogue with Chester Pierce by Ezra E.H. Griffith. His work mostly surrounds areas of racism, societal tensions, sports medicine, and the media. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences as well as at the American Academy of Arts and Science. Pierce guest lectured at over 100 universities in the United States alone. Although Pierce retired as a psychiatrist in 1997, one of his most recent accomplishments came in 2002 when he organized an “African Diaspora” conference that brought psychiatrists from all around the globe to discuss issues and problems. Because of his efforts, the MGH Division of International Psychiatry was founded in 2003. The Harvard Foundation also commissioned a portrait of Pierce, which now hangs in the residence hall in which he lived as an undergraduate at Harvard.

  13. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Ida Gray,born on this day, March 4, in 1867, was the first African American woman to become a dentist.

  14. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Garrett Morgan, who invented the gas mask and a traffic signal, was born on this day, March 4, in 1877.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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