Tuesday Open Thread | About Those Rural White Voters….Uh huh

Done told you…I’m tired of articles about them…
Interesting how nobody ever goes and studies rural BLACK folk..it’s like they don’t exist.

A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off
Hint: it’s not about the economy.
By Sean Illing
Mar 13, 2018, 8:50am EDT

Robert Wuthnow, a sociologist at Princeton University, spent eight years interviewing Americans in small towns across the country. He had one goal: to understand why rural America is so angry with Washington.

Wuthnow’s work resulted in a new book, The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America. He argues that rural Americans are less concerned about economic issues and more concerned about Washington threatening the social fabric of small towns and causing a “moral decline” in the country as a whole. The problem, though, is that it’s never quite clear what that means or how Washington is responsible for it.

So I decided to speak with Wuthnow about what he learned and whether fears about America’s “moral decline” are really just a cover for much deeper fears about race and demographic changes.


Sean Illing

In the book, you argue that the anger we’re seeing in rural America is less about economic concerns and more about the perception that Washington is threatening the way of life in small towns. How, specifically, is Washington doing this?
Robert Wuthnow

I’m not sure that Washington is doing anything to harm these communities. To be honest, a lot of it is just scapegoating. And that’s why you see more xenophobia and racism in these communities. There’s a sense that things are going badly, and the impulse is to blame “others.”

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101 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | About Those Rural White Voters….Uh huh

  1. vitaminlover says:

    Ladies, I am hearing on Chris Hayes show that we have yet another explosion in Austin!

    • eliihass says:

      This person has to be caught..

      Say what one may about ‘privacy’ etc., this is where CCTV comes in very handy.. the police would have at the very least id’d the perpetrator by now – instead of chasing their tails – and more bizarrely and ridiculously, pleading with the bomber to turn himself in…

      Living in London as an expat for years, the joke was that you always had to look your very best …because from the minute you stepped out your front door in the morning, to the time your returned in the evening, you were on camera..

      And once anything happens, it takes the authorities only so much time to review CCTV footage..

  2. rikyrah says:

    Technically I didn’t sleep with the POTUS 12 years ago. There was no sleeping (hehe) and he was just a goofy reality TV star. But I digress…People DO care that he lied about it, had me bullied, broke laws to cover it up, etc. And PS…I am NOT going anywhere. xoxoxo https://t.co/Js9sEnanIk

    — Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 20, 2018

    • Ametia says:

      BWA HA HA HA HA Dumpster’s done met his match on Twitter.

      Short: Don’t fuck with Stormy

      • eliihass says:

        Infidelity/adultery as far as I’m concerned is right up there with murder.. I have absolutely no respect or use for any man or woman who indulges in it..

        I loathe cheaters however they’re packaged …Seemingly strait-laced and ‘devoted’ like John Edwards, or as notoriously sleazy, immoral and a gawdawful slime ball like the buffoon aka David Dennison.. As well, the sidepieces who hook up with these men ..

        As someone said, Marla Maples was Ivana’s Stormy, the imported lying Birther was Marla’s Stormy, and Stormy became the imported lying Birther’s Stormy..

        This particular filthy dynamic leaves Ivana as the only innocent, and the only one in the mix deserving of sympathy ..

        I still do hope Stormy takes the buffoon down..

  3. rikyrah says:

    House GOP plans to impeach 5 Democratic Supreme Court Justices>>House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda https://t.co/sWYCN3wFm6 #PASenate #PAHouse

    — Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) March 20, 2018

  4. rikyrah says:

    danielx says:
    March 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Cambridge Analytics…

    The following was published at Antidote Zine on January 22, 2017, originally from a German language publication. If you want to know how far behind the curve mainstream media was on this whole deal, the date tells you a lot right there.

    Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

    • Ametia says:

      When ALL is SAID & DONE, folks who blackened that oval or pulled that lever for #45 November 8, 2016, had it in their DNA long before the DUMPSTER and Cambridge Analytica came along.

  5. rikyrah says:


    Facebook had an emergency meeting to talk about the Cambridge Analytica scandal — but Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t there https://t.co/XenSBIlT2I pic.twitter.com/jD7QNYJOmq— Business Insider (@businessinsider) March 20, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Federal judge scolds Kobach for violating her trust at contempt hearing

    March 20, 2018 01:17 PM
    Updated 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach could be facing a contempt order from a federal court after a judge on Tuesday tore into the Kansas Republican about repeatedly skirting her orders.

    U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson chastised Kobach, a candidate for governor, at a contempt hearing for suggesting that her previous orders have left any room for ambiguity.

    “I’ve had to police this over and over and over again,” Robinson said with frustration during the hearing in Kansas City, Kan.

    Robinson in 2016 ordered Kobach to fully register thousands of Kansas voters who had registered at the DMV but had failed to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, as required by a Kansas law that Kobach crafted.

    “The real question is why has the secretary of state not complied with it until he’s called on it. … There’s been no change of rules. There’s been no ambiguity,” Robinson said.

    The contempt hearing capped two weeks of courtroom battles between Kobach and the American Civil Liberties Union as Robinson weighs whether federal law allows Kansas to impose the requirement.

    Robinson will rule in the near future whether to hold Kobach in contempt of court and will separately rule on the overall case, which will determine whether thousands can cast ballots this November when Kansas elects a new governor.

  7. My day was going well and then BAM….shot to hell.

  8. rikyrah says:

    UPDATE: Emerdata Ltd created by SCL/Cambridge Analytica’s Julian Wheatland, with Erik Prince’s business partner Chun Shun Ko appointed director Jan ’17 – just added Rebekah Mercer & Jennifer Mercer as directors, along w/Alexander Nix HT @SoftWarmKitties https://t.co/L4lq0XkX1j pic.twitter.com/ypIXkXNnRK

    — Wendy Siegelman (@WendySiegelman) March 20, 2018

    💥 Cambridge Analytica executives created a company in 2017 with the Executive Director & Deputy Chairman of Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Grouphttps://t.co/5Mz7ZmgslS

    — Wendy Siegelman (@WendySiegelman) March 19, 2018

    A quick clarification, I removed “in 2017” in article title – Emerdata was incorporated in 2017 and Erik Prince’s business partner Chun Shun Ko was appointed Director on January 28, 2018, which is noted in article, so this is a recent business partnership

    — Wendy Siegelman (@WendySiegelman) March 19, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:


    — Mike Dorning (@MikeDorning) March 20, 2018

  10. rikyrah says:


    Ms. DeVos will testify before the House Appropriations Committee, whose staff was told a week ago that her office had withheld vital information from it regarding the department’s budget for the fiscal year that begins in October. The budget request calls for a 5 percent spending cut, eliminates dozens of programs and pitches a $1 billion school choice proposal. It also includes a shake-up of several divisions that is already underway.

    A career department official unveiled details of Ms. DeVos’s “Education Reform Plan” in an email to staff members on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The email, obtained by The Times, said information driving budget decisions was omitted from budget justifications submitted to Congress.

    Among the proposals outlined in the 56-page plan, obtained by The Times, was the consolidation of a number of administrative offices, cutting the number of regional offices in the Office for Civil Rights and acquiring several programs run by the Department of Labor.

    Department officials said they have since abandoned the civil rights proposals, which were sure to be the most controversial part of the plan. They said the plan remained in flux. It was created last fall to comply with Trump’s executive order to curb the reach of federal agencies and cut duplication and inefficiency.

    For the most part, Ms. DeVos’s restructuring plan involves consolidating offices, such as merging the office that oversees charter and private schools with the main office that oversees elementary and secondary education in public schools. The plan would eliminate the Office of the Under Secretary, a position that has helped shape higher education policy, and create a new Office of Lifelong Learning. It would also reduce the number of political appointees.

    The proposal also seeks to acquire several programs run by the Department of Labor. The department proposed to take over adult and unemployed worker programs run by the Labor Department, and to redirect the funding for those programs to federal Pell grants so that unemployed workers can enroll in higher education and vocational programs. The department would acquire an “out-of-school youth” program from the Labor Department, as well as a program that helps reintegrate ex-prisoners.

    Details of the plan surfaced amid a bitter contract dispute between the DeVos administration and the union that represents the department’s 3,900 employees. Union leaders believe the contract gutted all protections that would allow its members to defend themselves in the department’s overhaul.

    Most notably, the contract cuts down the use of “official time,” which employees could use to do union activities, a benefit Congress extended 40 years ago, and instead requires that representatives take unpaid leave for such activities with permission from their supervisors.

    The goal of the collective bargaining agreement, Ms. Hill said, “is to treat all employees and the American taxpayers fairly.”

    Union officials say the agreement also stripped out previously negotiated provisions for pay increases and promotions, performance evaluations, work schedules, child care and overtime. It also limits the issues that can be brought up as a grievance and eliminates a guarantee against retaliation for filing one.

    “Things have gotten pretty awful here,” said the email from the Education Department official, which noted that the department would start requiring screening of all communication with Congress. “And at this point, employees are willing to accept whatever fallout comes with exercising a right to make sure Congress gets information it needs. Employees are tired of seeing their colleagues deputized into misleading Congress.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    Wow, the Senate Intelligence Committee just came out in favor of all U.S. voting machines having an auditable paper trail. And they made clear that the U.S. must make clear that the attack on our election in 2016 was a hostile act. This is shockingly productive.

    — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 20, 2018

  12. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Just in from BBC News – Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by UK Parliament to give evidence about the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica.Cambridge Analytica: Facebook boss summoned over data claims https://t.co/kvOLtTGpe9

    — ProfHelen (@Helenhs) March 20, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    pass the popcorn

    A New York judge ruled today that a defamation lawsuit against @realdonaldtrump related to an allegation that he sexually harassed Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant, can go forward https://t.co/l3LsrCn20V— Mark Berman (@markberman) March 20, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    New from @NYTimes—”A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring her silence.”https://t.co/5d2L7rKcTo— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 20, 2018

  15. Ametia says:




    Stormy Daniels passed a lie-detector test in which she said she had unprotected sex with Trump
    25 min ago – Michal Kranz 27m The adult-film actress Stormy Daniels passed a 2011 polygraph test in which she said she had unprotected sex with President Donald Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.


  16. Ametia says:

    Judge rules defamation case against Trump may proceed

    A New York judge said Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit against President Trump related to an allegation that he sexually harassed a former “Apprentice” contestant may go forward.


  17. Ametia says:

    #45 & CO.

  18. Ametia says:

    Folks chose this POS to be America’s president. ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS

  19. Ametia says:


  20. rikyrah says:

    I can confirm that @gibsondunn and Theodore B. Olson will not be representing @realDonaldTrump— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) March 20, 2018

  21. Ametia says:


    Cambridge Analytica was built to destroy democracy … by any means necessary
    By Mark Sumner
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2018 · 9:48 AM CDT

    The name suggests erudite research, but in just the last few days the story of Cambridge Analytica has expanded to include stolen data, bribery, blackmail, sex workers—and violations of laws around the globe. CA was a primary tool of the Trump campaign, and the public is only beginning to see what made them so important.

    Cambridge Analytica was founded in 2013 by conservative hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. They spun the company off from its British parent, SCL Group, expressly for the purposes of impacting American politics. At the head of this play was Steve Bannon. The Mercers were already the money behind Breitbart News, and Bannon convinced them that the way to shift America was not by just backing conservative candidates, but by planting stories and ads that shifted the culture. To do this, Bannon hired Canadian data analysis expert Christopher Wylie to combine the tools of military disinformation campaigns, with the power provided by social media, big data and targeted advertising tools. Together they built what Wylie called Bannon’s “psychological warfare mindfuck tool”—a device designed to tear open America along racial, gender and social boundaries, so that Bannon could take advantage of the discord.


  22. Ametia says:

    BY ABC News Radio | March 20, 2018


    Carson said Tuesday that staff told him they needed to replace the dining set because of exposed nails and chairs that might collapse and that it was a facilities decision to replace it, not a decorating expense. Carson also said he dismissed himself from the decision because he was busy with other issues and that he asked his wife to help make the decision.

    “I left it with my wife I said help choose something but I said the money that is going to be used, we need to take care of the deputy secretary’s office, and you know whatever’s left over take care of the dining room furniture,” he said.


    • eliihass says:

      But Carson’s $31,000 dining set pales in comparison to the excesses on taxpayer dime of the other treasonous players.. Zinke, Pruitt, Shulkin, the grafting buffoon, his grifting $80,000 spa-trip-loving 3rd wife, daughter-wife and Jared..

      Who’s pursuing those.. It’d be curious to know..

  23. rikyrah says:

    Breaking –> Trump legal team seeks to add star GOP attorney Theodore B. Olson, @costareports & @CarolLeonnig report exclusively https://t.co/5vl3OCHBRE— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) March 20, 2018

  24. Ametia says:


    Notice how they describe these POS who go on these killing rampages?

    Why do you suppose they carefully select to call them “GUNMAN?

  25. Ametia says:

    2015 ya’ll

    Cruz-Connected Data Miner Aims to Get Inside U.S. Voters’ Heads

    Funded and promoted by secretive hedge-funder Robert Mercer, employed by Ted Cruz’s campaign, Cambridge Analytica promises a transformative new approach to identifying voters. Does it promise too much?


    • eliihass says:

      By the time this is all over, the Mercers will be completely exposed and hopefully, made to pay too for their many crimes against this country..

  26. Ametia says:

    Rocket science, huh?

    Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists

    A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, finds that in 99 percent of neighborhoods in the United States, black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys who come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. This undermines the widely-held belief that class, not race, is the most fundamental predictor of economic outcomes for children in the U.S.

    The study looked at racial disparities in income over generations by looking at de-identified data from 20 million U.S. children and their parents. It tracked outcomes for Hispanic, white, Asian, black and Native Americans.


    • Ametia says:

      Waking up to hear this first thing this morning. This high scool is less than a hour away from where I grew up in Southern MD. We were sports rivals.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Spencer Haywood says he sees ‘tinge of slavery’ with treatment of college players
    Tom Schad

    Hall of Fame basketball player Spencer Haywood told Sporting News that he sees “a tinge of slavery” in the treatment of college basketball players.

    Haywood, the leading scorer on the United States’ 1968 Olympic basketball team, told the website that he agreed with a sentiment expressed late last month by Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, that there’s often a racial component to arguments against paying college basketball players.

    “Let’s think about it,” Haywood told Sporting News in a story published Monday. “If you have 11 blacks on your team and you are say, in Kentucky, and they’re creating all this wealth but not getting paid? It does have a tinge of slavery.

    “It is what it is. It is very racist because they’re not helping the communities where those kids come from, Chicago and Detroit and so on.”

  28. rikyrah says:

    5th Bomb in Austin

  29. rikyrah says:

    This is why local elections matter. Democrats with majorities in state governments flip voter suppression on its head by making voting and democracy more inclusive NOT less. https://t.co/Tjj9du4zhO

    — Nate Lerner (@NathanLerner) March 20, 2018

    ✔ WA Voting Rights Act
    ✔ Same-day registration
    ✔ Automatic voter registration
    ✔ Pre-reg. for 16/17-year-olds
    ✔ DISCLOSE Act

    They are law! #voting #votingrights #democracy #vra #waleg pic.twitter.com/Nqm5amJwoV

    — WA Senate Democrats (@WASenDemocrats) March 19, 2018

  30. rikyrah says:

    School shooting in Maryland.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed.

    From WaPo:

    President Trump’s attorneys have provided the special counsel’s office with written descriptions that chronicle key moments under investigation in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview, according to two people familiar with the situation.

    Trump’s legal team recently shared the documents in an effort to limit any session between the president and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a few select topics, the people said.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Trump corrupting Mueller probe by attacking witnesses, officials

    Neal Katyal, former U.S. acting solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about how out of line Donald Trump is with his attacks on law enforcement officials and witnesses in Robert Mueller’s Trump Russia investigation.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Democrats seek tech company probe as part of election protection

    Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Rachel Maddow about the need for tesimony and investigations into the abuse of American voters’ personal information on social media sites vulnerable to unscrupulous bad actors.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Mike Flynn back in public eye to endorse dubious candidate

    Rachel Maddow reports on disgraced former Trump NSA Mike Flynn’s endorsement of Omar Navarro, a fringe Republican candidate running against Maxine Waters.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Democratic senator calls on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress
    CBS News
    Alan He

    The tech giant Facebook is facing a growing backlash on Capitol Hill as more lawmakers demand that CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify about reports that Cambridge Analytica, a political data consulting firm utilized by the Trump campaign, harvested the information of up to 50 million users.

    “Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify under oath in public before the Judiciary Committee. He owes it to the American people who ought to be deeply disappointed by the conflicting and disparate explanations that have been offered,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, told reporters Monday evening. The former Connecticut attorney general warned, “Zuckerberg ought to be subpoenaed to testify if he won’t do it voluntarily.”
    Fallout over Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of data from 50M Facebook users
    So far Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has not tipped his hand on what he intends to do.

    Two other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, John Neely Kennedy, R-Louisiana, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, sent a letter on Monday to Grassley requesting a wider hearing with tech CEOs from Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

    “A hearing featuring testimony with CEOs would provide the Committee the opportunity to hear an update on the progress of these companies’ voluntary measures to combat attempted foreign interference and what is being done to protect Americans’ data and limit abuse of the platforms, as well as to assess what measures should be taken before the next elections,” they wrote.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Report: Arrest warrant issued for Jonathan Martin, who is facing five charges
    Jesse Reed

    Last month, former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin made threats on social media to his former Harvard-Westlake High School in Southern California. He was also found by police to be in the possession of a loaded gun, a knife and an ax.

    Now, authorities have reportedly charged Martin with four counts of making criminal threats, and one count of possessing a loaded firearm, per TMZ Sports. Furthermore, the report states there is currently a warrant issued for Martin’s arrest.

    Martin originally shared a photo of a shotgun and bullets with the caption “When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge.”

    It also included Martin mentioning former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, who were at the center of the bullying scandal that featured Martin himself with the Dolphins back in 2013 (more on this here).

    He later was was being held in a mental health facility. We sincerely hope that Martin gets the help he so obviously needs.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Jealous Corey Lewandowski leaked info about Rob Porter’s abuse because he wasn’t over Hope Hicks: report

    Trash…all of them…

  38. rikyrah says:

    Michael S. Schmidt
    ‏ @nytmike

    Dowd wants to quit. Trump’s talking about firing Cobb. Another lawyer — who says FBI made up evidence against Trump — was hired today and more new lawyers may be on the way.

    • eliihass says:


      Remember when the usual suspects …the designated ‘authorities’ that decide who and what matters, told us just how respected and ‘indomitable’ Dowd was …and how his addition to the buffoon’s legal team was a sign that the buffoon was making the right moves and such nonsense..

      And right out the gate, the ‘respected’ Dowd was name-calling and throwing tantrums just like his client..

  39. rikyrah says:

    Humpty Trumpty ran on a Wall
    Humpty Trumpty had a great Fall
    All the Tsar’s hackers and all the Zuck’s men
    Couldn’t keep Trumpty out of the Pen.


  40. rikyrah says:

    Wellwishers have been crowdfunding to send pizza to 225 students at a Pennsylvania school who were given detention for taking part in protests against school shootings.

    Students at Pennridge high school took part in a national school walkout on 14 March against the wishes of the school board. The board warned pupils in advance that anybody taking part in the protest would receive the standard punishment for skipping class – a Saturday morning in detention.

    Anna Sophie Tinneny, one of the students who helped to organise the protests and get the message out on social media, told the Guardian: “Two hundred and twenty-five students walked out of the front doors for 17 minutes of silence and a few speeches afterwards. As we walked into the school, we were put in single-file lines and had to sign up for detention before returning to class.”

    The students then turned the detention into another opportunity to protest. They attended the session on Saturday wearing signs bearing the names of those killed at the Parkland school shooting in Florida, and turned the detention into a sit-in.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Cambridge Analytica scandal rocks already rattled Trump world

    As Donald Trump’s lawyers are desperately trying to protect him from a Robert Mueller interview and the top level firings keep piling up, Rachel Maddow looks at a whole new arena of scandal for the Trump team.

  42. rikyrah says:

    @HillaryClinton testifies for 11 hours on live television, answering every question put to her. Yet coward @realDonaldTrump refuses to be questioned by Mueller in private while doing everything he can to discredit the US Justice system…on Putin”s orders? #RyanMcConnellAreSilent

    — Cassandra (@CassandraApollo) March 20, 2018

  43. rikyrah says:

    Trump won the election by leveraging stolen data from a shady firm and stolen emails from a foreign power. He received $30M from the NRA that might’ve originated in Russia. And Congress might be being blackmailed or bribed to go along with it. This is a criminal enterprise.

    — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) March 20, 2018

    Twitter truth

    • Ametia says:

      NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. And any Rethug who is going before the cameras or tweeting about #45 and the Mueller investigation and how he should let the investigation play out need to have a stadium full of seats.

      They are all COMPLICIT.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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