Monday Open Thread | #Helsinki protests against Trump

Trump is hated around the world……

(CNN)Protests were already underway in Helsinki on Sunday as President Donald Trump left Scotland, bound for the Finnish capital ahead of his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sunday’s demonstrations capped a weekend in which the US president drew protests no matter where he went — whether in Finland, in London or even at his own golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

People hold placards and flags during a “Helsinki Calling” march to defend human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on Sunday in Helsinki.

Finnish Demonstrators gathered for a colorful and peaceful protest in Senate Square in central Helsinki, carrying signs, giving speeches and making their opposition known to the US-Russia summit.

“USA & Russia, you did not send your best,” read Hammu Jaakkola’s sign. “You sent leaders that have lots of problems. They’re bringing crimes against humanity.” The sign added, “Some of you, I assume, are good people” — a reference to Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

Protesters carried signs in Senate Square, protesting the policies of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Niina, 27, and Semmi, 21, brought with them a sign of Trump’s face inside the triangular recycling logo. “Please recycle,” it said. “He is dangerous for the environment and for all of us.”

The women, who did not give their last names, showed up to the protests to “have their voices heard,” they told CNN.

“Trump and Putin don’t represent what we in Finland stand for,” Niina said. “All people in Finland are free.”

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87 Responses to Monday Open Thread | #Helsinki protests against Trump

  1. rikyrah says:

    NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre with accused Russian spy Marina Butina at the NRA’s 2014 annual meeting in Indianapolis.

    — Robert McNees (@mcnees) July 16, 2018

  2. rikyrah says:

    I understand. I stopped watching because Angela is still alive. My hatred for her AND Tariq…bordered on unhealthy.

    Power Is Finally Back. I Can’t Wait For Every Character to Die

    Panama Jackson
    7/02/18 12:05pm

    Power is one of those shows that is must-see television for me. I’ve been waiting all year for its return so my nephew and I can get back to our after-show debates and commiserate on what shenanigans just ensued. I love the show.

    But I must admit, I have a more nefarious reason for watching the show: I literally cannot wait for every single main character to die. Which is why news that season 5 will be like Vivian Green’s emotional rollercoaster brings tears of joy to my eyes and butterflies to my soul. According to show creator Courtney Kemp, “There are going to be huge deaths and big twists. What happened to Raina is going to reverberate throughout the season.”

    Glory day. Hosanna in the highest.

    Like, after every.single.episode, I get upset that Angela is still alive. She should have been dead seasons ago. And Tariq … oh, Tariq. If there was a spinoff of Power called Killing Angela and Tariq that was an Inside the Actor’s Studio-type show, where different writers and industry insiders talk about how they would have had them both killed, I’d watch it religiously. That’s how in I am for either of them dying.

  3. rikyrah says:

    10 Thoughts About Boyz n The Hood, Released 27 Years Ago Today, and Why It Still Matters

    Panama Jackson
    Thursday 11:20am


    1. I didn’t realize I could care so much about somebody I didn’t know or who didn’t even exist in real life. Every. Damn. Time. (spoiler alert) When Ricky gets hit with that first shot, my heart skips a beat and my eyes start to well up. I’m not even sure it’s healthy or not, but I still pour out some brown liquor for Ricky. The movie basically set me up for Mufasa’s death in The Lion King.


    5. “Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood,” is still one of the most poignant indictments of America’s relationship with black and brown communities ever.


    7. Ricky’s death is easily the most heart-wrenching point of the film. But there are two other scenes that hit me hard. First, Doughboy killing Ferris in the parking lot with pain and tears in his eyes is a very moving scene. Dough didn’t know anything else to do but take the man’s life that destroyed his brother’s and yet, he seemed so helpless even in the violence he was inflicting. It’s deep. And second, after Dough and Trey sit on the steps and talk, Doughboy walks off and fades out as we find out that he was killed two weeks later. All I could think of was Dough and Ricky’s mother, burying both of her sons within two weeks of one another. That’s some sad shit.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The Trump-Bolton Misdirection on Russian Extradition: Plenty of Legal Options Exist to Gain Custody of Russian Suspects

    On Sunday, President Donald Trump stated he “hadn’t thought of” pressing Vladimir Putin to extradite the dozen Russian nationals indicted earlier that week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When asked why not, National Security Adviser John Bolton gave a response that sounded legalistic: it would be “pretty silly” for President Trump to request the Russian fugitives’ extradition, he contended, because the United States lacks an extradition treaty with Russia and Russian law forbids extradition of its own nationals. Both should know better. Their comments suggest not that the Administration lacks legal options, but that it has no political will to seriously seek custody of the Russian fugitives.

    Trump and Bolton’s comments fail—perhaps deliberately—to acknowledge the myriad legal options typically available to the U.S. government in what I call “foreign affairs prosecutions,” or criminal cases in which the executive branch is engaging its prosecutorial power and foreign affairs power at the same time. Such cases have proliferated in recent years due to the rise of transnational crime, which has in turn triggered legal adaptations to U.S. criminal law and procedure to close impunity gaps. Examples include the cases of corrupt FIFA officials, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, and Edward Snowden.

  5. rikyrah says:

    #RusssianOccupation needs to be a hashtag.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Everyone is numb and in shock. We can’t believe what we just witnessed, but for me it’s this simple: The President of the United States openly colluded with Putin to undermine our democracy.

    — Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 16, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING / NBC News: DOJ announces the arrest of Russian National Mariia Butina, age 29, for “infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.”

    She was arrested yesterday.

    — Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) July 16, 2018

    Who is she?

    Cheryl Rofer says:
    July 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    Butina was very active in connecting the NRA with Russians.

  8. rikyrah says:

    This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans
    The GOP can either defend the United States or serve the damaged and defective man who is now its president.

    12:40 PM ET

    There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president.

    Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian interests—witting, unwitting, from fear of blackmail, in hope of future deals, out of manly respect for Vladimir Putin, out of gratitude for Russia’s help during the election, out of pathetic inability to see beyond his 306 electoral votes. Whatever the exact mixture of motives might be, it doesn’t really matter.

    Or he is so profoundly ignorant, insecure, and narcissistic that he did not realize that, at every step, he was advancing the line that Putin hoped he would advance, and the line that the American intelligence, defense, and law-enforcement agencies most dreaded.

    Conscious tool. Useful idiot. Those are the choices, though both are possibly true—the main question is the proportions.

    Whatever the balance of motivations, what mattered was that Trump’s answers were indistinguishable from Putin’s, starting with the fundamental claim that Putin’s assurances about interference in U.S. democracy (“He was incredibly strong and confident in his denial”) deserved belief over those of his own Department of Justice (“I think the probe is a disaster for our country”).

    I am old enough to remember Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon telling lies on TV, about Vietnam in both cases, and Watergate for Nixon. I remember the travails and deceptions of Bill Clinton, and of George W. Bush in the buildup to the disastrous Iraq War.

    But never before have I seen an American president consistently, repeatedly, publicly, and shockingly advance the interests of another country over those of his own government and people.

  9. Are you insane @SpeakerRyan? We don’t want to hear this weak bs. REMOVE the traitor from our sacred Oval Office. Impeach him. The whole country watched him side with the hostile foreign power, who attacked our democracy) over our intelligence agencies

    • Ametia says:

      “blunt” statement? That statement sounds RUSSIAN manufactured

      • majiir says:

        I read Fallows’ article, and I’m wondering why he chose the title for it that he did when he knows the choice has already been made. Ryan needs to sit down and STFU.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Five days until EQUALIZER 2!!!

    I think I’m gonna need this movie by the weekend.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Ex-FBI Asst. Dir. Frank Figliuzzi: “In 25 yrs of working counterintel for this government, I never thought that I would sit here and watch a U.S. president castigate and denigrate the U.S. Intelligence Community … standing alongside the leader of an adversarial country.” @MSNBC

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 16, 2018

  12. #TreasonSummit Ta-Nehisi Coates told us…all Trump had to be was rich and white. The media refused to do their job & allowed this monster on America. They aired his klan rallies in its entirety and now he stood on foreign soil & sided with Russia over our intelligence agencies.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Trump: “My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

    — MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 16, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    Trump: MAGA. Make America Grovel Again.

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

  15. #TreasonSummit We all know it was treason but WATCH how WHITENESS works. Only a white man can commit treason in our face for the whole country to see and no one in Congress will move their ass to impeach him

    • Ametia says:

      That’s right, Mr. Brennan. And those folks who voted and support 45 didn’t mind him grabbing pussy, not submitting his taxes, owing millions, if not billions of $$$ to God knows who or for what, wanted this UGLY, ORANGE, RACISTS IMBECILE in our White House.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Twitter right now is literally just thousands of people saying “WHAT THE FUCK” in various forms

    — Emily Atkin (@emorwee) July 16, 2018

  17. Ametia says:
  18. Wow! Wow! Wow! Even after Mueller indicted 12 Russian officials for interfering in our election, Trump is still saying “no collusion” and when asked if he’d hold Russia accountable. Trump blamed both countries. Someone help me pick up my jaw from the floor. #TreasonSummit

  19. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018

  20. #TreasonSummit High crimes! Treason! Right in our face. He sided with Russia over our intelligence agencies. We are in a Constitutional Crisis, y’all.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Anderson Cooper correctly describes Trump-Putin press conference as “most disgraceful” performance ever by an American president. Putin owned Trump at press conference. If this reflects private US-#Russia discussions, US lost big time.

    — Steven Pifer (@steven_pifer) July 16, 2018

  22. rikyrah says:

    GOP Candidates Emulating Trump Across the Country With Rude Behavior
    July 16, 2018 at 8:14 am EDT

    In races across the country, other Republican candidates — and some Democrats — also are branding their opponents with unflattering nicknames, tweeting in all caps, refusing to apologize for things that politicians once apologized for, being proudly politically incorrect, circulating false information, calling their hometown newspapers ‘fake news,’ releasing damaging information about their opponents and generating controversy to get headlines, even unflattering ones.

    A Republican candidate for California’s state legislature, copying Trump’s foray against President Barack Obama, has even launched a birther movement, demanding proof that his Democratic opponent is a legal citizen of the United States.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Trump keeps casting Russia’s election intervention in terms of a Democratic excuse for its defeat, not in terms of a foreign power’s actions.— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 16, 2018

  24. rikyrah says:

    He’s bad at being President. He’s bad at being a patriot. He’s bad at being an America. He’s owned. He might as well be wearing a dog collar and looking up at Putin for Donnie Snacks.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 16, 2018

  25. rikyrah says:

    Wow, Trump is going out of his way to praise Russia. I guess “wow” is now an understatement, but this is truly a remarkable moment in American history, 72 hours after the DoJ accused Russia of a criminal act against the democracy, POTUS essentially forgives Russia on world stage— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) July 16, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    Dr Auma Obama – Barack Obama’s sister – tells us why she’s trying to persuade Kenyan people it IS a good choice to stay and work in their villages. President Obama is opening a new training centre in Kogelo, his father’s village, today.

    — BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) July 16, 2018

  27. 12 Russian officials indicted‼️#TreasonSummit

  28. rikyrah says:

    Barrack Obama is so much at peace, and relaxed… looking very happy to be in Kogelo 🤡🤡
    Clapping 👏 👏 to every performer, and even dancing to the songs… 😂#ObamaKaribuDala #ObamaInKogelo @citizentvkenya

    — Arthur Mbugwa (@2015ArthurM) July 16, 2018

  29. rikyrah says:

    Trump struggles to tell the difference between friend and ‘foe’
    07/16/18 08:00 AM—UPDATED 07/16/18 09:24 AM
    By Steve Benen


    President Donald Trump is going into his much-anticipated meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday having called the European Union “a foe” of the United States and with the promise that nothing bad will come from the discussion.

    “I think we have a lot of foes,” Trump told CBS Evening News in a segment of an interview that first aired on “Face the Nation.” “I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe.”

    As part of the same response, the American president added, “Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad.”

    So, asked to name the United States’ “biggest” international foe, the European Union – which is to say, our allies – was the first thing that came to Trump’s mind. Russia and China came next, though the Republican’s comments about them came with qualifiers.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Following indictment of Russian operatives, Rand Paul shrugged
    07/16/18 09:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    After traveling to Moscow over the 4th of July holiday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) – the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, who also chairs a Senate Foreign Relations panel – came back with some unexpectedly provocative thoughts about U.S. policy toward Russia.

    For example, the Wisconsin Republican questioned the efficacy of existing sanctions, before insisting that concerns about foreign interference in American elections has been blown “way out of proportion.”

    Johnson’s comments looked a little worse when, a week later, 12 Russian intelligence officials were indicted for their role in attacking our political system in 2016.

    But at least Johnson can argue he hadn’t seen the new indictment when he made his recent comments – which is more than we can say about Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who waited until after the indictment to make the case that the attack on our elections was no big deal. The Kentucky Republican, who also serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN’s Jake Tapper yesterday, “We all do it.”

    “I think really we mistake our response if we think it’s about accountability from the Russians. They are another country. They are going to spy on us. The do spy on us. They are going to interfere in our elections. We also do the same.”

  31. Treason right in the country’s face. Talk about glaring white privilege. He doesn’t care because some of his Congressional buddies are compromised too. We’re in deep trouble, America. He’s the enemy within.

  32. Ametia says:

    Why are 45 & Putin getting media coverage, when no one is allowed to sit in on their private meeting?

  33. rikyrah says:

    whine whine whine

    Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson on Monday penned an angry editorial for Fox News in which he bitterly complained that his parents, who are two lifelong Democrats, are refusing to endorse his campaign.

    Nicholson, who is running against incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) this fall, wrote that his parents’ decision to support Baldwin over their own son was emblematic of liberals’ supposed “intolerance” for dissenting viewpoints.

    The candidate seemed particularly upset that his parents not only endorsed Baldwin, but sent the maximum allowable donation to her campaign.

    “They decided to make the maximum contribution to my Democrat opponent in my campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, an intentional personal blow that made headlines across the country,” he complained. “It was deliberate — and it is a true representation of the intolerance of a political philosophy that stands on the false platform of tolerance.”

    Nicholson went on to claim that he does not “enjoy talking about this highly personal experience,” despite the fact that he wrote an entire op-ed for Fox News about it. He says that he decided to talk about what has happened to him as a way to let other supposedly wary Democrats know that it’s OK for them to leave the party.

    “Many others who have decided to leave the Democrat Party have also likely paid a personal price for their decision,” he wrote. “And others are not yet ready to leave because of the judgement and ridicule they will undoubtedly receive from other Democrats — whether family, friends, or co-workers. Unfortunately, their fear is founded.”

  34. rikyrah says:

    From Charles Blow:


    …none of this is fine. None of it! Trump should be directing all resources at his disposal to punish Russia for the attacks and prevent future ones. But he is not.
    America’s commander wants to be chummy with the enemy who committed the crime. Trump is more concerned with protecting his presidency and validating his election than he is in protecting this country.

    This is an incredible, unprecedented moment. America is being betrayed by its own president. America is under attack and its president absolutely refuses to defend it.

    Simply put, Trump is a traitor and may well be treasonous.

  35. rikyrah says:

    The last time a note taker was present, the notes revealed that Trump had told Russia’s foreign minister that by firing Comey he had taken the pressure off.

    So this time, he wanted no note taker.

    — Will Saletan (@saletan) July 16, 2018

  36. rikyrah says:


    Please do not tweet the #TreasonSummit hashtag as it might become a top trending topic and embarrass our president while he is engaging in treason at the summit, which is a #TreasonSummit. #TreasonSummit

    — Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) July 16, 2018

  37. rikyrah says:

    It’s quite painful watching @ocasio2018 stutter and stammer and duck and dive trying to speak on an issue she has ZERO knowledge about. She should take a cue from Bernie and just tell the interviewer she refuses to speak about foreign

    — Chris Evans 💬 (@notcapnamerica) July 16, 2018

  38. rikyrah says:

    Everyone who works for Trump: quit now. Save your souls. Save your honor. Save your reputation. Russia attacked our democracy. He doesn’t care, won’t defend our country.

    — Ruth Marcus (@RuthMarcus) July 16, 2018

  39. rikyrah says:

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, following Prince Louis’s christening.

    📷 by Matt Holyoak.

    — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 15, 2018

  40. rikyrah says:

    CNN (@CNN) Tweeted:
    Parents waiting to be reunited with their children: “To the people of the United States, please help us. We are desperate parents… The United States government kidnapped our children with tricks and didn’t give us the opportunity to say goodbye”

  41. rikyrah says:

    The case for treason

    Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution details the legal definition for treason against the United States.

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

    On Friday, July 13, 2018, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released indictments against twelve Russian military intelligence officers. The indictments accused them of being behind the cyber attacks on the DNC, DCCC, and Clinton campaign. The indictments also detailed that voter rolls were hacked. Furthermore, and important for this discussion, the indictments state that Americans were involved with these officers as being beneficiaries of their actions. One can surmise that their indictments will be arriving anon. In indicting the Russians first, Mueller is laying the legal groundwork for charging American co-conspirators.

    The fact that this was a GRU (Russian military intelligence) operation is the key to determining whether or not this is treason.

    An arm of a foreign nation’s military attacked the United States. It didn’t attack it with bombs, or guns, or ships. It attacked the United States with bits and bytes, with malware, with phishing expeditions. But it was an attack, nevertheless.

    In his bid to restore Russian prestige, Vladimir Putin has been involved in an undeclared war against the West. It’s an asymmetric war. Putin isn’t suicidal; he doesn’t want to test the West’s military might. What he does instead is use the tools the West created against it. He uses the West’s openness and liberal democracy to undermine it. And as the West’s leader, the United States is his prime target.


    But those who actively conspired with Putin are not idiots. They did so with full awareness of what they were doing. They sided with a foreign power against their own country. Politically and morally they are traitors. And as we are in an undeclared, ghost war against Russia, then they should be held legally accountable for treason.

    Russia’s American co-conspirators are levying war against the United States. They are giving aid and comfort to an enemy. And the indictments are the testimony.

    What Bob Mueller did today was begin to lay out the case for treason. Not for obstruction of justice, not for mere conspiracy. The Russian military conducted a cyber attack against this country. Our cities aren’t in ruin. But something equally as precious is under threat: the idea of who we are as Americans. That can be just as destructive.

    • Ametia says:

      But those who actively conspired with Putin are not idiots. They did so with full awareness of what they were doing. They sided with a foreign power against their own country. Politically and morally they are traitors. And as we are in an undeclared, ghost war against Russia, then they should be held legally accountable for treason.

  42. rikyrah says:

    New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) Tweeted:
    The real estate company formerly headed by Jared Kushner exposed children to cancer-causing substances as part of a campaign to push rent-stabilized tenants out of their apartments, a lawsuit claims

  43. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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