Sunday Open Thread

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

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Yes, it does, Liza.

      Draylen’s life was viciously stolen from him. The world has lost an outstanding individual who would have contributed so much to making the world a better place. He was so gifted and had such a promising future.

      My heart aches for his family and loved ones.

      May he rest in peace.

  1. Ametia says:
  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Happy Birthday, Ms. Aretha Franklin! 🎈🎂🎈 (March 25, 1942)

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    This should NEVER happen!!!

    “Wrongfully accused man released after spending 3 years in Rikers”

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Excerpt from article linked below:

    Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine shot back Sunday at President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on DACA, saying the president is “lying“ or “delusional” when he blames Democrats for the end of the program.

    “He is either lying or he is completely delusional,” the Democratic senator said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding later: “If President Trump believes in DACA, all he has to do is retract his executive order from September, where he broke a promise to Dreamers and said he was going to end the program.”

  5. Ametia says:

    Keep shouting, don’t become anesthetized, pope tells young people

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting Holy Week services leading to Easter, urged young people on Sunday to keep shouting and not allow the older generations to silence their voices or anesthetize their idealism.

  6. Happy Palm Sunday, everyone!

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Making the US Senate work again”

    IT’S LONG BEEN OBVIOUS that the US Senate is broken, but nothing better illustrates the problem than the recent debate over DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — and the Dreamers. One proposal failed 52 to 47. A second went down 54 to 45. A third lost by the same margin.

    But how can the three proposals all have been defeated if they all had majority support? Because in today’s Senate, everything needs 60 votes, the number it takes to end a filibuster. Or, more accurately, a threatened filibuster or virtual filibuster, since these days, no one actually gets up and talks as part of a filibuster unless it’s for political show.

    So on a matter where there’s widespread public support for action, and where Republican leaders have repeatedly said a deal should be within easy reach, nothing happened.

    Time was, important issues were routinely decided according to a majority vote. A filibuster was only an occasional thing. And a senator or group of senators had to hold the floor and talk in order for a filibuster to continue. But no longer. Once a senator threatens to filibuster, action on that item stalls unless 60 senators vote to move forward…

    …Witness DACA. As majority leader, McConnell promised a fair debate, saying that “whoever gets to 60 [votes] wins.” (Nobody did, of course.) But why should passing a DACA bill require 60 votes rather than a simple majority?

    So what would it take to fix the Senate? Among the possible rule reforms: expanding the list of matters that aren’t subject to a filibuster and limiting to one the number of times a filibuster can be used on a specific piece of legislation. A broader proposal is to require those filibustering to hold the floor and speak in order for their filibuster to continue.

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Letter to the editor: Lent is a time to pray for Dreamers”

    These vigils have truly felt sacred. Recently I brought paper monarch butterflies — symbolizing Dreamers and migration — to a vigil hosted by Tehachapi UCC and Farmworker Institute of Education & Leadership Development. We each took one for every person for whom we wanted to pray for — each person living in fear of our nation’s cruel immigration policies. Naming each person reminded me of what my Christian faith entails: loving God with my whole mind, heart and soul, and loving my neighbor as myself. Each one of those butterflies, each one of those prayers, was for someone whom Jesus would call my neighbor. I refuse to be like the man asking who is my neighbor — who belongs and who doesn’t.×1022/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/-/m-0404e.jpg

  9. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    ‘America is all we know’: As Congress waffles on finding a DACA solution, undocumented youth grow fearful


    “To those who wish to repeal DACA, think about what it would be like to live your whole life in one country, and then be sent back to another country that you know nothing about. Think about how scary it is to be taken away from your family, your daily routines, and your own home,” Mancilla, a 20-year-old DACA recipient from Kern County said. “You would hurt a lot of people, you would hurt a lot of families. Just have some compassion.”


    Many lived blindly unaware of their citizenship statuses until they were old enough to drive, but couldn’t get a license because they lacked Social Security numbers and U.S. birth certificates.

    For Emmanuel Henriquez, a Bakersfield College sophomore, it was even earlier. He found out in middle school that he was born in Jalisco, Mexico.

    His parents explained to him again and again the difficulties he would face because he was born in another country, and how much harder he would have to work because of it.

    That hard work started as a child, when he woke early each day to help his parents pick fruits and vegetables in the fields. Things haven’t changed much since then. He can’t secure financial aid for college as easily as U.S. citizens might, so the hard work continues. He’s taken up two jobs while balancing classes.

    “There’s days that I don’t get sleep trying to get everything done, but it’s harder when you don’t have the financial help to go to college like others do,” Henriquez said. He pushes forward, however, “to show the world that my parents’ sacrifices were worth it.”

    And despite the now infamous rhetoric of President Trump, all Mexicans are not “rapists and drug dealers,” Henriquez said. “We are all here to work hard and better ourselves.”

    He’s the first in his family to attend college and hopes to someday graduate with a degree and open his own small business — something made possible by DACA.

    That program gave Henriquez hope, he said.

    “(Before DACA), I always feared leaving my house and not being able to come back to see my family, or even worse, have them taken away from me,” Henriquez said. “It was a feeling I wouldn’t want to wish on anyone.”

    That’s why he said he’s hoping for a solution that provides a pathway to citizenship for recipients. Still, he knows that nothing is certain.

    “Whether we are wanted or not in America, at the end of the day, America is all we know,” Henriquez said. </blockquote.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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