Tuesday Open Thread

“We Can’t loose with God on our side.”

Word of the Day : July 10, 2018


adjective buh-NEV-uh-lunt

1 a : marked by or disposed to doing good
b : organized for the purpose of doing good
2 : marked by or suggestive of goodwill

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73 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread

  1. I talked with my brother tonight. Told him I was feeling discouraged. He reminded me that “the race is not given to the swift nor the strong but unto them that endure to the end.” He said the enemy wants you to feel like things are hopeless but it’s NOT. Just keep fighting!

    • Liza says:

      Well, of course your brother is right, SG2.

      We are far from defeated and not without hope. But a lot of folks who have not yet woke up need to do so and very quickly.

      The enemy is working as fast as they can to destroy democratic institutions, perhaps anticipating their time is short.

      No matter what we do some of the damage will be devastating, like losing SCOTUS to the arch-conservatives. Schumer said he thinks we can stop Trump’s nominee if the American people stand up. There will be some Republican senators who might vote against him. That’s Schumer’s plan, says there’s nothing he can do procedurally blah blah.


      Well, we’ll fight on, there’s no question about that. But it’s always helpful to be honest about what you’re up against. That’s all that’s going on here.

      Also, anything can happen. We never know what is going to happen. We don’t know everything, and there is always the possibility that opposing forces will prevail in unexpected ways.

  2. Liza says:

    A lot of people feel this way. But it’s unreasonable to think this is going to be the answer to our problems anytime soon or at all.

  3. Liza says:

    I always believed that the two Obama administrations would be an oasis in a desert. I said so many times and never thought otherwise.

    The Bush II presidency was, of course, catastrophic. Obama gave us a chance to recover and find our bearings. On the other side I expected an unremarkable Clinton presidency, possibly one term, unable to accomplish anything with a Republican dominated Congress.

    I never saw this sh!t coming, y’all. I didn’t see it until election night while watching the results come in. I never even thought about a worst case scenario as bad as this.

    I never thought we could lose this much ground this fast.

    • Liza says:

      And I might add that I’m not exactly blown away by Schumer/Pelosi leadership. Not one damn bit. And it’s not because I’m fed up with “establishment” Democrats who are more vested in their powerful positions than in taking care of their constituents. It’s because they are not populist leaders in a time when we MUST have populist leaders.

  4. rikyrah says:

    You are apparently better off trapped in a remote flooded cave in monsoon season than in the Trump administration’s custody. https://t.co/SG660kOGVI— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 10, 2018

  5. Ametia says:
  6. rikyrah says:

    Kavanaugh already saying what the White House wants him to say
    07/10/18 10:02 AM
    By Steve Benen

    After Donald Trump announced that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be his nominee for the Supreme Court, the president welcomed the conservative jurist to the podium to deliver some prepared remarks. These were his first three sentences:

    “Mr. President, thank you. Throughout this process, I’ve witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

    “No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.”

    The fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination is going to cover an enormous amount of important ground, and I’m sensitive to the importance of not letting trivia detract from what really matters.

    But before the debate begins in earnest, it’s probably worth pausing to note that these opening comments were quite odd and raise some legitimate concerns about why in the world he’d say something like this.

    First, his presidential praise was almost certainly wrong. Conservative interest groups presented Trump with a list of jurists deemed acceptable by the right, and the president chose from his menu of pre-selected options.

    Let’s not pretend Trump carefully and thoughtfully scrutinized the possible nominees’ rulings and academic work. The Washington Post reported two weeks ago that the president asked aides about prospective nominees’ academic writing – not because he cared to read any of the published pieces, but because Trump simply wanted to know if the work exists.

    Second, in American history, there have been over 160 Supreme Court nominees. According to Kavanaugh, before Trump, “No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.”

    There’s simply no way Kavanaugh can speak to this with any authority. For him to state such a claim as fact is hard to take seriously.

  7. rikyrah says:

    In secret recording, GOP candidate made candid comments about party primaries
    07/10/18 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen


    And what a recording it is. We learned a month ago, for example, that Cagle admitted to Tippins that he deliberately supported “bad public policy” as part of a scheme to hurt a different rival candidate. Yesterday, a new revelation from the recording emerged, and this one may be even more politically damaging.

    Cagle can be heard candidly discussing the GOP primary’s sharp turn to the right, saying the five-man race came down to “who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck and who could be the craziest.” […]

    “The issues you talk about are the issues I care about as well. The problem is in a primary – and you and I are just talking off the record, frank – they don’t give a (expletive) about those things, OK. In the general election, they care about it, OK. But they don’t care about it in a primary.” Cagle says in the newly released snippet.

  8. vitaminlover says:

    Today is my birthday. (smiley)

    • Ametia says:


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    • Liza says:

      Happy Birthday, VL!!

      I hope you’re celebrating and having a good day.

      • vitaminlover says:

        Thankies, Liza! Hubby and I are relaxing in Panama City.

      • Liza says:

        Well that is what I call having a good day! I love Florida, having grown up there but on the Atlantic side in Jacksonville.

        Enjoy your stay, VL. There’s nothing quite like the ocean.

      • vitaminlover says:

        Say! We’ve visited there before and Orlando and Tallahassee. Not Miami though. Not sure about that one. Were you actually born in Florida too?

      • Liza says:

        VL, yes, I was born in Jacksonville. And I lived there (in the same house) until I went to college in Tallahassee. So I never actually left Florida until I graduated from college. For a long time I thought about moving back, but I never made any serious effort in that direction. I visited fairly often until my mother passed away.

        One reason I didn’t want to go back is that the population was exploding during those years. Florida just wasn’t the same. But when I visited my family I would try to spend a couple of days in Daytona Beach which was my favorite beach back in the day.

        Florida beaches are the best.

      • vitaminlover says:

        How interesting! Same house huh? Cool! Now we raised our daughters in the same house through young adulthood. Now growing up we lived all over the country but I promised myself that if I ever got married we were going to be stable and live in one city and raise our children there. We took them on trips though all over these United States. Am glad we did it that way.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, there’s a lot to be said for stability when you’re raising children. And Jacksonville was a pretty good hometown.

        But looking back, I’m glad I left the Deep South (which most definitely includes northern Florida). I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to have never left. I think I would be a very different person in some ways, but who knows?

        But I will say this. I miss all the water and trees and pretty much everything that grows in the earth.

      • vitaminlover says:

        Understood because sometimes you follow your heart.

    • Happy birthday, beautiful lady!

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      😃 Happy Birthday, Vitaminlover!!!🎈🎂🎈


  9. rikyrah says:


    • The four members of the Thai military — one army doctor and three Navy SEAL members — who had stayed with the team for days have come out of the cave together. The rescue operation is officially complete.

  10. I feel so discouraged. Hope is slowly fading, y’all. Justice Kennedy negotiating his replacement, Trump’s brazen in your face obstruction etc. Checks and balances gone. Some democrats tweeting defeatism. Feels like we’re fighting a hopeless battle. It’s too much.

    • Liza says:

      Just be glad that he showed his ugly, racist ass. Better that than have him continue being a prosecutor.

      Let them show themselves. Let them emerge one by one.

      No problem is ever solved until it’s defined and its parameters are known.

      In the meantime, a few of the serpents get their heads smashed.

    • Ametia says:

      SMH Trash

    • Liza says:

      Good Lord, it’s like every batsh1t crazy bitch in the country feels like they have to make a public display of their ignorance and hatred.

      Interesting that they thought it was against the law to film them but okay to knock a cellphone out of someone’s hand which would be assault.

  11. rikyrah says:

    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass https://t.co/AmKmAoKMbu

    — Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 9, 2018

  12. rikyrah says:

    See the giant Map of connections between Trump and Putin here:

  13. rikyrah says:

    Tremendously important development in Michigan, where organizers turned in far more than the required 316,000 signatures. If petition is validated, Michiganders will vote on an ambitious voting-rights package, incl. automatic registration & same-day registration. Stakes got high! https://t.co/KA2Ke6rgqj

    — Taniel (@Taniel) July 9, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:


    BREAKING: A judge has rejected the Trump administration’s bid to change a 1997 settlement that limits how long kids can be held in immigration detention — getting that settlement changed was a central part of Trump’s executive order last month https://t.co/C2413bEoxy pic.twitter.com/XSdCtTQdcC

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 10, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    Teenage gun reformers in Phoenix managed to register at least 100 voters in the 100-degree heat on Friday. https://t.co/PuUCbAEamD

    — The Trace (@teamtrace) July 9, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:

    Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn’t Get The Care They Needed https://t.co/uthgpG4J5Z

    — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 9, 2018

  17. rikyrah says:

    Abortion rights advocates see ominous choice in Kavanaugh

    Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, talks about Brett Kavanaugh’s record on abortion access, Donald Trump’s stated goal of choosing anti-abortion justices for the Supreme Court, and the need to protect abortion rights for women in the United States.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Kavanaugh gives Democrats ‘ample opportunity to get to no’

    Adam Jentleson, former senior aide to Senator Harry Reid, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Senate Democrats can maintain a unified opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court choice of Brett Kavanaugh.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Trump works tricky political equation with Kavanaugh pick

    Chris Matthews talks with Rachel Maddow about the political factors that likely went into Donald Trump’s choice of Bretty Kavanaugh as his choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump prioritizes self-protection in SCOTUS choice of Kavanaugh

    Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent and senior editor for Slate.com, talks with Rachel Maddow about Brett Kavanaugh’s previously stated position on whether a sitting president can be indicted, and the role that likely played in Donald Trump choosing him for the Supreme Court.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Booker: ‘We cannot let this confirmation process go forward’

    Senator Cory Booker talks with Rachel Maddow about what is at stake in Donald Trump’s pick of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Brett Kavanaugh brings long record to SCOTUS confirmation process

    Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent and senior editor for Slate.com, talks with Rachel Maddow about Brett Kavanaugh’s political past and legal history that will all be brought to bear in his confirmation process.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Kavanaugh the product of rigorous right-wing political process

    Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow talk about the right-wing political pipeline that makes sure Republican Supreme Court picks will be reliably conservative.

  24. rikyrah says:


    If you follow me on Socials Media you may have noted that on Saturday morning I participated in the “Shut down the Dan Ryan” march in Chicago that achieved its goal of saturation local media coverage in addition to national exposure…as a way Fox News could offer its dying, elderly audience a group of black people to be mad at for no particular reason.

    The reasons I went are many. One is that the South Side is routinely an afterthought in this city, even among people who live here. Another is that since a Catholic parish organized and led the event, I thought there was at least a decent chance the police wouldn’t just club everyone over the head and herd them into paddywagons. But mostly I was eager to participate to use the experience of being there as a baseline for evaluating the media coverage (and social media commentary) on the event after the fact. Here are, in no order, some observations….

  25. rikyrah says:

    All the boys and the coach are out!!🙌🙌🙌

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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