Friday Open Thread

TGIF, Everyone.

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  1. eliihass says:

    Fam, I told you Condoleeza Rice is the pits..

    in 2005 ms rice called me into the state dept to tell me i needed to let my activist friends know that W couldn’t do anything about the genocide in darfur and, i quote, “you need to tell them to shut up…” true story …— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) March 5, 2018


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    • eliihass says:

      A man so hollow, so superficial, so craven he’ll do just about anything for attention and to avoid accountability, or taking responsibility …and to extricate himself from illegal schemes and negative situations he actively aided and abetted and exploits..

      The out of left field announcement re: meeting with the North Korean guy, was as usual all about him trying to recapture the news cycle and controlling the narrative.. And the media as usual fell for it, and so it worked…

      If this megalomaniac will dangle North Korea as distraction from his personal woes, just imagine what he’s willing to do, say and what he’s done and said to get his way, mislead, deflect, distract and to control..

      Nothing is sacred and nothing is exempt from his shenanigans and crooked and outsized and reckless need and reach to self-preserve ..

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  5. rikyrah says:

    Highest levels of Trump DOJ pushing to sabotage 2020 census by massively suppressing immigrant responses. Pay attention to this

    — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) March 9, 2018

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Found this at TPV:

    PSA: Sam Nunberg has been testifying to GJ for over 6.5 hours now


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  7. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed.

    Trump’s lawyers desperately trying to convince Mueller to wrap up his investigation
    Noor Al-Sibai NOOR AL-SIBAI
    09 MAR 2018 AT 15:16 ET

    Lawyers representing President Donald Trump are seeking a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to end his investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice for the firing of ex-FBI director James Comey.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump’s lawyers may negotiate a meeting between the president and the special counsel “as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation.”

    According to a source close to the investigation who spoke with the Journal, the president’s legal team is considering potentially using a sit-down meeting with Mueller in exchange for a number of factors, “including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation.” One deadline they floated was 60 days after said meeting, the source told the Journal.

    Beyond weighing strategies to hurry the conclusion of the investigation, Trump’s lawyers are also reportedly considering ways to strike an agreement with the special counsel “on the scope of his questioning of the president,” other sources familiar with the matter told the Journal. The president’s legal team expect those questions “to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey,” the report continued.

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  8. Straight to jail….

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  9. Ametia says:

    This BOZO ORANGE POS, kills off a man’s father and he’s not dead

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  10. rikyrah says:

    tee hee hee

    On the Monday before his sentencing, Shkreli was ordered to forfeit almost $7.4 million. His assets include a Picasso painting, $5 million in a personal trading account, and a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, as well as an unreleased Lil Wayne album.

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  13. Ametia says:

    Barack and Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

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  14. rikyrah says:

    DA PHUQ???

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has reportedly cut off contact with top agency officials and now operates out of an office with an armed guard at the door amid ongoing tensions with top staff.

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    • eliihass says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing..

      These people are so dishonest, they’ll do anything – including tampering with and fixing numbers to make the buffoon happy..

      We can no longer trust any of these offices under these crooks and impostors..

      It’s all very sad..

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  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Cyclists concerned over alleged racial profiling in CPD bicycle citations”

    CHICAGO (WLS) — “Cyclists packed a room at City Hall Wednesday to appeal for intercession from the mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council on alleged racial profiling.

    “Many cyclists said they are concerned by a recent report that suggests African-American cyclists are more likely to be ticketed than white cyclists.

    “The Chicago Tribune reports that 56 percent of all 2017 bike citations were issued in majority-black neighborhoods.

    “24 percent of the citations were issued in majority-Latino neighborhoods, and 18 percent were issued in majority-white neighborhoods.”

    More info at this link:


  21. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    This 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Created A Subscription Box To Empower Youth Of Color”


    When 17-year-old Journi Prewitt noticed her cousin wasn’t interested in reading, she was determined to inspire her. And as the avid reader and aspiring entrepreneur realized more young children held that same lack of interest, she came up with a way to empower young girls and boys of color to embrace their heritage and learn to love reading, too.

    Confronting negative stereotypes and underrepresentation of black men and women in the media, Prewitt created Black Butterfly Beautiful, a monthly subscription box for young girls of color to celebrate their beauty and heritage through books and products from black-owned businesses.

    “I want each box to show young girls they are beautiful and should celebrate who they are,” Prewitt says.

    Alongside her entrepreneur mother and a project manager, Prewitt curates and designs a special box each month with unique products that young girls will find inspiring.

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  22. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “African-American lawmakers share stories during Alabama racial profiling bill debate”


    MONTGMERY, Ala. (AP) — African-American lawmakers on Wednesday shared stories of being stopped by police as they debated a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops.

    The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on the bill by state Sen. Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat from Birmingham. The bill, which was approved by the Senate in January, would require the officer to record the race of a person pulled over in a traffic stop. Police agencies would submit data annually to the state attorney general’s office.

    “In the world I live in it’s: DWB— Driving While Black,” Smitherman said. He described being stopped by police while driving one of his luxury vehicles in predominantly white neighborhoods when he was sure he had not committed a traffic offense. He said in one instance he was riding with his wife, who is a circuit judge.

    Rep. Merika Coleman, a Democrat from Pleasant Grove, said “every person of color in this room” knows what it is like to stopped for “absolutely no reason but for the color of our skin.”

    “I wish every last one of you could walk a mile in our shoes,” she said. “There is a conversation that we have with our children, that some of you don’t have to have with your children.”

    Here is a link to the PDF of the bill which passed in the State Senate and now is before the State House of Representatives:

    Click to access SB84-int.pdf

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      How dear!


    • majiir says:

      I can’t buy a toy like that for my Penelope because she tends to tear up every one of them. I adopted her from our local shelter last year. She’s a lab-mix. She’s a sweet baby, but she’s rough on her stuffed toys. I researched her breed and discovered that labs have a natural tendency to chew and it sometimes lasts until they’re 3 or 4 years old. Penelope just turned one last September, so I’m looking at maybe 3 more years before her fascination with chewing up stuffed items subsides. So far, she’s chewed up three beds, one of them being a rather expensive sofa-type bed.


  23. rikyrah says:

    Typical attendance for Boston @MomsDemand monthly meeting: 30 people

    Tonight in a snowstorm at Old South Church: Nearly 1,000 new volunteers #mapoli

    — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 9, 2018

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  25. Folks mocked & called President Obama naive when he talked about meeting with leaders of Cuba, North Korea and Iran without preconditions. But when Trump agrees, it’s a ‘supremely self-confident approach’. Wow! See how whiteness works?


  26. rikyrah says:

    Need weekend plans? The #PA18 special election is Tuesday and @ConorLambPA is neck-and-neck in a district that went heavily for Trump.

    Sign up here for our remote phonebank:

    — Swing Left (@swingleft) March 9, 2018

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Paul Manafort has TWO Ankle bracelets…


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  28. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    From 2016 ICYMI :

    “Twin girls realize they look exactly the same”

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  30. ICE shackled 92 Somalis for 40 hours…. Were they re-enacting enslaved people on the ships bound for the Americas? Cruel barbaric sobs.

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  31. rikyrah says:

    We don’t have an Ambassador to South Korea…
    And, the most experienced person in the government that dealt with North Korea has quit….

    But, Dolt45’s gonna have a sit down with North Korea?

    Um, ok. Good luck with that.

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  34. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma March 9, 1965:


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  37. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Civil right activist, Floyd McKissick was born on this day, March 9, in 1922.

    From Wikipedia:

    Floyd Bixler McKissick (March 9, 1922 – April 28, 1991 )became the first African-American student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Law School.

    In 1966 he became leader of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality, taking over from James L. Farmer, Jr. A supporter of Black Power, he turned CORE into a more radical movement. In 1968, McKissick left CORE to found Soul City in Warren County, North Carolina.

    He became a state district court judge in 1990 and died on April 28, 1991. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. </blockquote)

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  38. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Jazz saxophonist/trumpeter/composer Ornette Coleman was born on this day, March 9, in 1930.

    The Adventure – On Free Jazz & Ornette Coleman (I of II)

    The Adventure – On Free Jazz & Ornette Coleman (II of II)

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  39. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Happy Birthday, Lloyd Price! 🎈🎂🎈 (Born March 9, 1933)

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  40. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    On this day, March 9, in 1841, the Amistad mutineers were freed.

    Excerpt from Wikipedia

    On March 9, Associate Justice Joseph Story delivered the Court’s decision. Article IX of Pinckney’s Treaty was ruled off topic since the Africans in question were never legal property. They were not criminals, as the U.S. Attorney’s Office argued, but rather “unlawfully kidnapped, and forcibly and wrongfully carried on board a certain vessel.”

    …The Africans greeted the news of the Supreme Court’s decision with joy. Abolitionist supporters took the survivors – 36 men and boys and three girls – to Farmington, a village considered “Grand Central Station” on the Underground Railroad. Their residents had agreed to have the Africans stay there until they could return to their homeland. Some households took them in; supporters also provided barracks for them.

    The Amistad Committee instructed the Africans in English and Christianity, and raised funds to pay for their return home. Along with several missionaries, in 1842 the surviving 39 Africans sailed to Sierra Leone. The Americans constructed a mission in Mendiland.

    You can find more information at this link:


  41. rikyrah says:

    Darn that dust…
    Keeps on getting to me every time I see this video 😭😭😭

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  42. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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