Thursday Open Thread | This is why the kids will win

I am so impressed with the Parkland kids. I think they are the leaders that we have been waiting for. They just need for us to have their backs.

The latest from the kids is that they are going on a Summer Bus Tour. At each stop, not only are they having town halls, but there will be also VOTER REGISTRATION.

March for Our Lives: Road to Change

This summer, the students of March For Our Lives are making stops across America to get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote. We call it March For Our Lives: Road to Change.

When people across the country rallied at the March For Our Lives just over 2 months ago, we showed our politicians that we refuse to accept gun violence as an unsolvable issue. Now it’s time to turn our energy into action.

If you want to be alerted as to when the tour will hit your area, just click on the link above and sign up for notifications.

This is brilliant on so many levels.
School is out. So, there will be no school shootings. But, taking these young people and using their energy when they are out from school. They can relate to other kids out from school.
Someone wrote on another board that this reminds them of the Freedom Rides, and why not?
The Voter Registration is great on another level.
1. It’s practical
2. It’s useful
3. You can get anyone involved in it.
Know that song ‘ stay in your lane’….well, not everyone can be on television…not everyone is a great public speaker.. not everyone can do policy papers with politicians…but, pretty much anyone can be in the ‘Voter registration’ lane. And, it’s a way to keep people involved, because there are ALWAYS people that need to be registered to vote. Always someone young just turning 18. Always someone moving into a new voter jurisdiction. Always someone out there that needs to update their voter registration.

I love that the kids have hooked up voting and registering to vote with EVERYTHING that they send out. I appreciate that.

People look at this

and go…

No No…MY child should NOT have to be reading this….and, it steels the spine to fight. The kids get a new ally.



Trump’s School Safety Commission Won’t Look at Guns, Betsy DeVos Says

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the federal commission on school safety set up this year after the Parkland, Fla., school massacre will not focus on the role guns play in school violence…
“That’s not part of the commission’s charge, per se,” Ms. DeVos said in response to a question from Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, about whether the commission would look at the role of firearms in the gun violence that has plagued the nation’s schools.
“So we’ll look at gun violence in schools, but not look at guns? An interesting concept,” Mr. Leahy said in response.

Think that they’re going to be so smart. Naw, you unqualified piece of garbage…folks see right through this. And, they are not going to let you and your ilk just lie about it.

They really think that they’re gonna just shove some bullshyt about arming teachers, and force folks to just accept their fealty to the NRA.
Well….someone needs to tell the insurance companies, because they haven’t gotten the message…

Efforts To Arm School Teachers Run Up Against A Problem: Insurance Companies
In the end, it may be insurance companies that have the biggest voice in the debate over arming teachers.

Doug Mataconis
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kansas has a problem: It has a law allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom, but almost no schools are using it because insurance companies refuse to provide coverage if they do. As EMC Insurance, the largest insurer of schools in Kansas, explained in a letter to its agents, the company “has concluded that concealed handguns on school premises poses a heightened liability risk.”

Then came the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February, leading frustrated Republican legislators in Kansas to try forcing the issue with a bill banning “unfair, discriminatory” rates for schools that arm staff. The insurance industry held firm. Last month, the bill failed.
“I don’t think insurance companies are notorious anti-gun liberals,” said Mark Tallman, associate executive director for the Kansas Association of School Boards, “so we think they’ve got good reasons for not doing it.”

As proposals to arm teachers sweep across the nation, insurance companies are being forced to weigh the risks of these controversial plans. Some insurers are balking. Some are agreeing to provide policies but lamenting the lack of evidence about whether it makes schools safer – or increases the chances of people getting shot. Others are raising rates.

“There’s not a lot of carriers that want to insure that risk,” Nate Walker, a senior vice president at insurer AmWINS Group.

And, then, you have those who have pledged fealty to the NRA, AND have the nerve to NOT DO THEIR DAMN JOBS over the little legal gun laws that actually exists:

Florida Didn’t Conduct Gun Background Checks for a Year Because an Employee Couldn’t Log In
By Alana Abramson
June 8, 2018

The Florida government did not conduct background checks on thousands of applicants for concealed weapons for a year because the state employee was unable to log into the system.

According to a February 2016 investigative report from Florida’s Inspector General, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, a state Division of Licensing employee identified as Lisa Wilde was unable to log into the system to actually complete these background checks. She never mitigated this issue.

When determining eligibility for purchasing a firearm, applicants must undergo a background check known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is administered by the FBI. In Florida, these background checks are used as indicators of eligibility for concealed weapon licenses.

In March 2017 — over a year later — an employee with the Bureau of Licensing realized the NICS records were not being reviewed. The report was issued in June of 2017.

He needs to ba nailed to the wall and voted out of office. He DID NOT PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

And, you think he’s the only one? Of course, not.
He will be made an example of in the next election. As will others.

We need to connect the dots. We need to help these kids connect the dots. We need to have their backs.

Updated – this just came in last night.
Don’t think the kids are winning?


Now, WHY would they do that?

Could it be this?

“Our grades are a member service,” she explained. “Our members vote and one of the services that we provide them is to assess — to the best that anyone can — the candidates’ position on the Second Amendment and make a determination what candidates in a very specific election are the best candidates to protect and defend their constitutional rights.” The grades are issued as close to the election as possible in order to have the most relevance to that election.

Pressed on the rationale for the change to the website, Baker first expressed frustration at the question.

“I don’t understand– Why are you asking? What does it matter to you?” she asked. “The grades are not relevant after the election.”

Oh no Dear..the grades are RELEVANT—before the election….so that voters can judge accordingly.

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63 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | This is why the kids will win

  1. Liza says:

    Please, God, can You direct a lightning bolt to wherever this guy is standing? Or let the Earth open up and swallow him?

    • Ametia says:

      that “laws of our country” “rule of law” bullshit is a cover for

      LAWS APPLY TO POC, NOT WHITE FOLKS, esp. that orange POS in our WH.

  2. Ametia says:
  3. Ametia says:


  4. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    Just talking to a former IRS official about this. He was amazed at the range of the violations here. “They hit an extroardinary catalog of how *not* to run a private foundation. There’s little else he could have done that would have made it worse.”

    — David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) June 14, 2018

    It is amazing. It’s not that Trump tried to get around the law, or find loopholes, as other rich people do. It’s that he completely ignored the fact that laws governing charitable foundations exist.

    — ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal) June 14, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:



    Check Chris Hayes’ twitter feed.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Let’s get real Rep Schiff and stop with the ‘rhetorical question(s).’

    The ONLY open issue is just how big a laundry did @realdonaldtrump & his #TrumpCrimeFamily operate.

    Period. #TrumpRussia#TaxReturns

    cc @FBI @TheJusticeDept @EricHolder

    — Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 14, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    Particularly heinous: the $2.8mm Trump raised at an event in Iowa in 2016 that was supposed to be for veterans groups, instead went from the Trump Foundation to the Trump campaign.

    — Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 14, 2018

    • Liza says:

      How do they get away with that? I wonder if some small percentage went to the “veterans” to make it legal?

  8. rikyrah says:

    That’s right, ABL!

    When trump was inaugurated, I said I would not give him an inch.

    I am still not giving him an inch. Some of y’all are all, “but whut about ✌🏾peace talks✌🏾 in DPRK.”

    Not. A. Single. Inch.

    — Imani Gandy🍍 (@AngryBlackLady) June 14, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:

    Anyone want to read the letter the NY AG sent to the IRS about Dolt45’s ‘ Charity Foundation’:

    Includes this beauty:

    the Charities Bureau has concluded that the Foundation and its directors and officers violated multiple sections of New York state law, including provisions that prohibit foundations from engaging in self-dealing, from wasting charitable assets, and from violating the Internal Revenue Code by…making expenditures to influence the outcome of an election.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Greenwald — who is on Fox News to conspiracy-monger about the Hillary Clinton IG report — attacks the media for having “very little interest” in the Hillary Clinton IG report. #InsightfulAnalysis— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018

  11. I went to visit Carson yesterday. I bought him some diapers, wipes, baby wash and capri sun, he loves it. They were eating when I got there and Carson was sitting in his high chair eating fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. LOL!

  12. rikyrah says:

    House Republican retweets Nazi sympathizer, faces no punishment
    06/14/18 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) ugly history on matters related to race, alas, is not new. And yet, new King controversies keep coming up. The Washington Post reported:

    Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa is drawing scrutiny after sharing a social media post from a British white nationalist who has described himself in the past as an admirer of Hitler’s Germany and a “Nazi sympathizer.”

    King, whose racially inflected comments on subjects such as immigration and Western culture have drawn headlines for years, retweeted the British white nationalist Mark Collett, who had shared a statistic from Breitbart News on Tuesday morning about opinions of “mass immigration” in Italy.

    “Europe is waking up,” King wrote, above Collett’s tweet. “Will America … in time?”

  13. rikyrah says:

    “NY Atty General sure @realDonaldTrump and 3 Trump kids, alleging “persistent illegal conduct” at Donald J Trump Fdn. ”

  14. rikyrah says:

    PLEASE contact your Senator if there name is not here:

    So far…

    Van Hollen

    — Tamara (@thoude) June 13, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    World Cup announcement comes at awkward time for U.S. under Trump

    Rachel Maddow notes that while FIFA was hoping to send a “nice message” by holding the 2026 in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, that message is also a little awkward given Donald Trump’s steady stream of insults directed at both neighbors of the United States.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Tom Barrack draws Mueller’s eye to UAE, Saudi Arabia: NYT

    David Kirkpatrick, international correspondent for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump friend and inauguration chair Tom Barrack serving as a bridge between Trump and princes from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and drawing the attention of Robert Mueller.

  17. Ametia says:

    London Breed wins SF mayor’s race as Mark Leno concedes
    By Dominic FracassaJune 13, 2018 Updated: June 13, 2018 7:55pm

    Board of Supervisors President London Breed made San Francisco history Wednesday as she was assured of becoming the first African American woman to be elected mayor.

    “I’m so hopeful about the future of our city. I’m looking forward to serving as your mayor, and I’m truly humbled and truly honored,” Breed said in a brief appearance on the City Hall steps after the only candidate with a chance of catching her, former state Sen. Mark Leno, conceded the race.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump turns his back on Michael Cohen at crucial point in case

    Emily Jane Fox, senior reporter for Vanity Fair, talks with Rachel Maddow about the betrayal Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen feels at losing the support of Trump, to whom he has devoted so much of his life’s work.

  19. rikyrah says:

    The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex observed the national silence in memory of the people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, a year ago today.

    — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 14, 2018

  20. rikyrah says:

    Michael Cohen parts with lawyers as case enters new phase

    Emily Jane Fox, senior reporter for Vanity Fair, talks with Rachel Maddow about what is means (if anything) that Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has parted ways with his lawyers just as prosecutors are about to get access to the material seized in searches of Cohen’s home and office.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Nixon lawyer’s prison time casts shadow over Michael Cohen

    Rachel Maddow looks back at how Richard Nixon’s lawyer Herb Kalmbach ran into legal trouble for the work he’d done for Nixon, and looks at some of the decisions Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen appears to be facing as his case enters a critical stage.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Hey @WaltonFamilyFdn @Walmart you guys digging how your former store is being used as an effective CONCENTRATION CAMP?

    How about spending a few of your BILLIONS to PURGE @realdonaldtrump & EVERY OTHER @GOP Nazi wannabe & the US Media Propagandist who enable them?

    — Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) June 14, 2018

  23. rikyrah says:

    The Trump admin are putting children in camps with no access to their parents and they are doing it with impunity.

    This level of impunity is unusual even in autocratic states. When there is child labor or child abuse, officials will usually take pains to hide it.

    Not here.

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 14, 2018

    This is beyond kleptocracy, this is sadism aimed at children, who the administration have dehumanized through propaganda.

    It is unconscionable and anyone who stands for it OR any official who stands by and does nothing when they can stop it is unconscionable.

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 14, 2018

    I tried so hard to warn you that this was coming, to take Trump seriously, to do everything you could to stop them because they WOULD take it this far — and further.

    Now you know. You have no excuses, no feigned ignorance. You need to help those families and those kids — now.

    — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 14, 2018

  24. rikyrah says:

    If this had happened during 44’s Administration?


    THIS didn’t even happen during Shrub’s, even after 2 failed wars and Katrina.

    White House Advertises at a Job Fair
    June 14, 2018 at 6:55 am EDT

    The White House – which has been having trouble filling positions as it bleeds staffers – is now trying to find recruits at a conservative job fair on the Hill. ‘Interested in a job at the White House?’ is the subject line of an email that was blasted out widely to Republicans on the Hill late Wednesday advertising the upcoming event. It promises that ‘representatives from across the Trump administration will be there to meet job seekers of every experience level.’

    A person familiar with the planning said that Johnny DeStefano, who oversees the White House personnel department, and Sean Doocey, a deputy assistant to the president for presidential personnel, are expected to be on hand, among other officials from the West Wing.

    The flyer lists positions open in the White House as well as a handful of government agencies including Defense, Interior, Commerce, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, NASA, Energy, and Treasury.

  25. rikyrah says:


    A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

    Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger.

    The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute.

    He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria

  26. rikyrah says:

    All About the Royal Train That Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Are Sleeping Aboard Tonight
    Simon Perry

    16 hrs ago

    All aboard!

    On Wednesday, Meghan Markle becomes the first of the younger generation of royals to score a ride on the royal train for an official outing with Queen Elizabeth.

    The train has been called an exclusive “palace on wheels,” but when Meghan, 36, steps aboard tonight for her journey to Cheshire alongside the Queen, she will find it very different from the castles and palaces she has already experienced in her short time as a royal.

    Although it doesn’t have quite the same degree of luxury, the train is preferred by the Queen, 92, and other senior royals because it is a home-away-from-home — complete with an office, sleeping quarters and dining areas.

  27. rikyrah says:

    The Duchess and the Queen! Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Step Out Together for First Time
    Simon Perry 2 hrs ago

    The Duchess and the Queen have arrived!

    Meghan Markle stepped out in northwest England on Thursday morning alongside the ultimate royal companion: Queen Elizabeth herself. The monarch wore a lime green suit dress by Stewart Parvin and a matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, while Meghan wore a light beige pencil dress with a cape top by Givenchy (her wedding dress designer!).

    The new Duchess of Sussex, 36, and the Queen, 92, disembarked in Cheshire, some 200 miles from London, via the royal train in Runcorn after spending the night aboard. The train is a favored travel option for the Queen and other senior royals because it allows them to work and relax en route.

    Not even a month since Meghan married Prince Harry on May 19, this is the first occasion the Queen has taken her new granddaughter-in-law on an official visit. The joint outing is “happening at triple speed” compared to Meghan’s predecessor, Kate Middleton, royals author Ingrid Seward previously told PEOPLE.


    The outing is seen as the Queen’s way of helping immerse Meghan into public royal engagements. “It is the way of the royal family—all part of the training and getting used to being in public life and under public scrutiny,” Elizabeth’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, tells PEOPLE. “Showing people the ropes is a high priority for the Queen.”

  28. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : June 14, 2018

    Defenestration play
    noun dee-fen-uh-STRAY-shun

    1 : a throwing of a person or thing out of a window
    2 : a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)

  29. rikyrah says:

    Don’t know if anyone mentioned this from that reporter on Hayes’show last night that went into that detention camp for the children..
    You have the government prescribing drugs for these children 😥😥😥
    I know that I have said that I have been in a constant state of rage since November, but the situation with these children 😥 😥 .
    I just can’t. I have never felt such hatred in my entire life as I do now.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Kids in immigrant detention center ‘effectively’ incarcerated via @msnbc

  31. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah, #Chics Family & Friends.

      Well-constructed post, Rik. Thank you!

      The fact that their has always been a push to deny, suppress, expunge our votes is SIMPLE

      White men don’t want POC and any one below their economic scale VOTING.

      VOTING IS A POWERFUL TOOL to spotlight who gets the reigns of POWER in our government, local & federal.


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