Monday Open Thread | Let’s Catch Up On State Sanctioned Kidnapping

YOU STEAL THEIR CHILDREN and then try and deem them INELIGIBLE to get their own children back?





So, I want to make that absolutely clear.

Stealing people’s children has become a BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY, ladies and gentlemen.

Another update Sunday Morning from a Congresswoman who has been on this topic from the very beginning.

And, let’s be clear – these folks need to be brought up on charges at The Hague for what they’ve done to these children.

One of the reunification stories…the people from this Administration should be on their way TO JAIL for what they’ve done to these children

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89 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Let’s Catch Up On State Sanctioned Kidnapping

  1. Liza says:

    OMG. The Internet got this one wrong. Glad they’re setting it straight. Poor guy…

  2. rikyrah says:


    TokenSuperhero (@MarcusTheToken) Tweeted:
    So this morning @PlanetFitness, I was working out with my teenage son. Now when I workout, I always wear a hoodie. Always up. Headband, and headphones. I’ve been going to planet fitness for years. I’m in New Hampshire, and this is my second day going to this location. 1/10

  3. rikyrah says:


    Judge indicated he was not inclined to grant Manafort’s request to ask jurors if they voted in 2016. That sort of question had more to do with “theater,” he said.

    Ellis: “I’m not in the theater business. You have to be better looking for that.”
    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 23, 2018

    • vitaminlover says:

      He ain’t gone do nuthin’. She’s probably back to lying again. Why is she so ugly?

  4. rikyrah says:

    get.that.popcorn :)

    BREAKING: There isn’t just one audio file in the Michael Cohen matter.There are at least 12, and prosecutors got them on Friday – when the Times story ran on one of them.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 23, 2018

  5. Liza says:

    They will destroy EVERYTHING that is good…

  6. rikyrah says:

    Found this explanation about the two different kinds of immunities from an attorney over at BJ

    Immanentize says:
    July 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    @Miss Bianca: I’ll take the use immunity question!!

    There are two types of immunity that a prosecutor can grant — “Use and derivative use immunity (called “Use Immunity” for short) or “Transactional Immunity” The first type is the normal offered by prosecutors and the second is like a Unicorn of the Law. I’ll try to emplain —

    Use and derivative use immunity means that the prosecutor cannot charge you with any crime you specifically testify about — nor can they charge you with any crimes they figure out from that testimony (that’s the derivative use part). But wait! They can charge you with those other crimes if they have an independent source of evidence (say another snitch) that allows them to develop enough evidence without the testimony you provided. That’s a bit complex, but here is an example. If you were testifying about a robbery, but someone was shot and you had use immunity for the robbery — but you testified as to where the gun used was ditched — they could not use your testimony as the basis for going and finding the gun and then charging you with a gun offense (like felon in possession or some such). However, if some citizen was fishing and hooked the gun in a pond, and your prints were all over it, they could use the gun to help prove you were a felon in possession. Because they did not find the gun in any way as a result (derivative use) of your testimony. Got it?

    Now transactional immunity means the prosecution agrees not to charge you with any crime associated with the whole of the transaction(s) about which you testify — regardless of whether they have an independent source of information or evidence. So, in the example above, the prosecution couldn’t charge you with the felon in possession if you has transactional immunity. You would be free and clear on all charges that might be related to the criminal “transaction.” The only person I really remember ever getting transactional immunity in federal court was — wait for it — Monica Lewinsky.

    One last deal. No matter what kind of immunity you have, prosecutors can always charge you with perjury (lying under oath) if you lie about material details or even if you leave out some material details that really ought to have been included in an answer. This is how many “too clever” defendants who get immunity end up doing long time.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Did he speak up this much about proven traitor Mike Flynn?

    Rand Paul to ask Trump to revoke Brennan security clearance
    Updated 10:53 AM ET, Mon July 23, 2018

    Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who criticized Trump’s performance last week at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In an unusual move, Paul wrote that he will meet with Trump on Monday to discuss allegations that Brennan is “monetizing his security clearance” and “making millions of dollars divulging secrets to mainstream media.” Paul added that he would ask Trump to revoke Brennan’s clearance.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Dispatch from court this a.m. in Manafort’s Virginia case:- Judge will grant govt’s motion for use immunity to five potential govt witnesses. Judge ordered pleadings unsealed, so we’ll find out who they are- Judge expects to rule this p.m. on Manafort’s motion to delay trial— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 23, 2018

    • Ametia says:

      And thus why 45 (or his twitter bot, because I still think someone is tweeting for this idiot) is tweeting in ALL CAPS this morning.

  9. Ametia says:

    TELL.IT. Rikyrah.


  10. Ametia says:

    Notice this article is nearly a year old>>>>>>

    Rand Paul’s Russian Connection
    Paul names controversial Kremlin expert foreign policy adviser
    August 20, 2014 9:59 am

    Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) has named as one of his key foreign policy advisers a controversial Russia policy expert with deep ties to the Kremlin.

    Dimitri Simes, the president of the Center for the National Interest, and Ambassador Richard Burt, a member of the Center’s board of directors, are recent additions to Paul’s foreign policy advisory team, the senator told National Journal earlier this year.

    For years, Simes and the center have provided a sympathetic platform for the Russian government in the heart of the D.C. policy establishment. Its ties to Moscow extend throughout the organization.

    The advisory council of the National Interest, the center’s chief publication, includes Alexey Pushkov, a Russian Duma official recently targeted for sanctions by the U.S. government in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  11. Ametia says:

    Why POS 45 is tweeting in ALL CAPS about Iran today.


    JULY 23, 2018 / 7:39 AM / UPDATED 14 MINUTES AGO
    Trump’s ex-aide Manafort in bid to delay U.S. fraud trial

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) – A court hearing began on Monday on a request from U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to delay his criminal trial scheduled to begin this week on more than two dozen financial charges, including bank and tax fraud.

  12. rikyrah says:

    So…now that the Manafort trial is coming up…
    Tad Devine….

    Immunity Snitch?

  13. rikyrah says:

    2. The bulk of the political coverage for the next 834 days will focus on horse race polling.

    At best, this is a distraction

    At worst, it creates the false impression that the outcome is predetermined and reduces turnout

    This likely happened in 2016

    — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 23, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    Equalizer 2′ squeaks past ‘Mamma Mia 2’ to lead the box office
    The follow-up to 2014’s “The Equalizer” is Denzel Washington’s first sequel and the biggest opening of director Antoine Fuqua’s career.
    by Associated Press / Jul.22.2018 / 5:37 PM ET

    In the battle of two very different sequels at the box office over the weekend, Denzel Washington’s action pic “The Equalizer 2” has narrowly won out over the ABBA jukebox musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

    Studios estimated Sunday that the R-rated “Equalizer” follow-up grossed $35.8 million from North American theaters over the weekend. It’s Washington’s first sequel and the biggest opening of director Antoine Fuqua’s career. The first “Equalizer,” from 2014, opened similarly and went on to earn more than $190 million worldwide.

    Second place went to Universal Pictures’ “Mamma Mia 2,” which took in $34.4 million, a sum that was driven by an audience that was 83 percent female and 64 percent over 25. The film brought back much of the original cast, like Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan, and added Cher, Andy Garcia and Lily James to the mix. Critics overall gave the sequel better marks than the first, which still went on to gross more than $600 million worldwide 10 years ago.

    • Liza says:

      Sounds like the treasonous buffoon is listening to idiotic, neo-conservative warmonger John Bolton.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed.


    Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson hands out cash to potential voters
    POSTED 4:55 PM, JULY 22, 2018,

    CHICAGO — Willie Wilson, the millionaire businessman and candidate for Chicago mayor, handed out cash to potential voters Sunday morning at a church on Chicago’s South Side.

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, himself seeking reelection, joined Wilson at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church at the event.

    An aide to Wilson said the businessman gave away $300,000 to 2,000 people through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Such organizations are tax-exempt, must not be organized for the benefit of private interests and are restricted in how much political activities they can conduct. Wilson says he organized the giveaway to assist homeowners who are struggling to pay their property tax bills.

    “My wife and I have been blessed by God to be able to get a few of the material things out of life and so it’s up to us to now continually to share back with all of you all and others,” Wilson told church members during the event.

    Wilson’s campaign spokesman insists today’s appearance was not campaign related. But Chicago politicos on both sides of the aisle raised concerns about the event.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, Ann Kirkpatrick is the elderly Republican-lite ding bat that the Democratic party, specifically the DCCC, is ramming down our throats in my congressional district (AZ CD2).

      They had a candidate forum last Thursday, 450 people attended. They made it known they did not like Ann.

      When she represented CD1 in northern Arizona, she was Annie Oakley, a gun loving cowgirl with an “A” rating from the NRA. Well, when the tide changed she decided she did not want to be Annie Oakley anymore. So, she tells people publicly (she has said this many times), that she changed her mind when people she knew personally got shot, Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John Roll in the Tucson massacre (Jan, 2011).

      She repeats this over and over, tone deaf to how offensive it is. Anyone who got shot prior to January 2011 didn’t matter because she didn’t know them.

      I could go on and on about how bad she is for my district, there are other issues like opposing the legalization of marijuana.

      But suffice it to say that the politically engaged Democratic voters in this district are seething with rage that this ding bat was imported from northern AZ and rammed down our throats by the DCCC because apparently they think we are too stupid to pick a good candidate who actually lives in our district.

      Rant over.

      • rikyrah says:

        If not ANN, who is your choice, Liza.

      • Liza says:

        I’ll probably vote for Matt Heinz in the primary. He’s the only candidate who raised enough money to compete with Ann K who is taking PAC money. But Bruce Wheeler (former state legislator) and Billy Kovacs have consistently been the crowd favorites at the forums.

        Matt Heinz is a physician at Tucson Medical Center and a former state legislator as well. Billy, Bruce, and Matt are almost interchangeable if you’re talking about their politics. But Billy and Bruce haven’t raised nearly enough money to run a campaign.

        I think CD2 would be just fine with any one of these three.

      • Liza says:

        Here’s Matt’s website.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Bruce Japsen (@brucejapsen) Tweeted:
    Kentucky’s Medicaid administration costs jumped more than 40% after implementing work requirements @FitchRatings #PoliticsNation #CNNSOTU #ThisWeek #AMJoy

  17. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : July 23, 2018
    Pro rataplay
    adverb proh-RAY-tuh

    Definition: proportionately according to an exactly calculable factor (such as a share or liability)

  18. rikyrah says:

    Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) Tweeted:
    The sheer number of tweets in which Trump predicted Obama would go to war with Iran for political purposes is staggering

  19. rikyrah says:

    Candidate whose data was hacked in 2016 talks defending democracy

    Former Rep. Brad Ashford, whose data was stolen in the hack of the DCCC by Russia military intelligence, talks with Rachel Maddow about how details of the hack were addressed by the Democratic Party, what it meant to his campaign, and what it means to American democracy.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump camp changed strategy after Russians stole DNC analytics

    Rachel Maddow looks at the timing between the theft by Russian military intelligence of DNC analytics data in September 2016, as described in the recent indictment brought by Robert Mueller, and an abrupt change in campaign strategy by the Donald Trump campaign in early October.

  21. rikyrah says:

    As Trump threatens war with Iran, few know whether to take it seriously
    07/23/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Welcome to Monday morning, Americans. Your president published a series of tweets overnight, directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, raising the prospect of a war.


    Under normal circumstances, when a sitting American president threatens a possible war with a foreign adversary, it would be a development of great international significance. But Donald Trump’s presidency offers little in the way of normal circumstances.

    It’s an awkward feeling. On the one hand, the Commander in Chief of the world’s strongest military is publicly raising the prospect of a deadly conflict, and it seems irresponsible to just shrug that off as background noise. On the other hand, most observers realize that Trump is an erratic amateur with the temperament of an elementary-school bully, who finds joy in chest-thumping bluster, and whose occasional tantrums frequently amount to very little.

    The former suggests last night’s presidential tweets were important. The latter suggests we should roll our eyes and focus our attention elsewhere.

    The uncertainty is itself an issue the nation needs to come to terms with. When a sitting American president threatens a war, and no one’s sure whether to take it seriously, there’s a problem.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Why it matters that Kavanaugh questioned a key Watergate ruling
    07/23/18 09:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is controversial for a variety of reasons, but near the top of the list are the conservative jurist’s views related to the power of the American presidency.

    As has been well-documented, Donald Trump’s choice for the high court is on record arguing that sitting presidents shouldn’t have to deal with “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations. In Kavanaugh’s vision, a president shouldn’t have to deal with civil suits, criminal probes, or even questions from federal prosecutors.

    But the scope of the judge’s thinking on the subject is still coming into focus. The Associated Press reported over the weekend:

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided.

    Kavanaugh was taking part in a roundtable discussion with other lawyers when he said at three different points that the decision in U.S. v. Nixon, which marked limits on a president’s ability to withhold information needed for a criminal prosecution, may have come out the wrong way.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Excellent thread from a former senior counsel on the Senate Intel Committee and head of intelligence law at NSA

    — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 23, 2018

  24. rikyrah says:

    This is just being rotten for rotten’s sake. Makes no phucking sense.


    The Trump admin is planning to eliminate a vast trove of medical guidelines that for nearly 20 years has been a critical resource for doctors, researchers and others in the medical community, according to The Daily Beast.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 23, 2018

  25. rikyrah says:

    Hidden Figures: Black Women Have Always Been On The Frontline Of American Activism

    — Alycee (@jazziz2) July 23, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    DA PHUQ?

    ‘Alabama-based League of the South launches Russian-language page to promote ‘Southern nationalism’’

    ‘The new page will reflect that the Russian people and Southerners are natural allies’ 🤦🏻‍♀️

    — RynheartTheReluctant (@TheRynheart) July 21, 2018

  27. rikyrah says:

    Watching all these old white @HouseGOP @SenateGOP men end their careers happily jumping off the cliff for a vile cretin traitor like Trump is in many ways validation of what a vile party it really is and has been all these years. BE A VOTER. The future is DEMOCRATIC.

    — meta (@metaquest) July 22, 2018

  28. rikyrah says:

    erica orden (@eorden) Tweeted:
    An AP investigation found that over the past three years, more than 250 rent-stabilized apartments — 75 percent of the building — were either emptied or sold as the Kushner Cos. was converting the building to luxury condos.

  29. 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

  30. 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”

  31. rikyrah says:

    Doug Rand (@doug_rand) Tweeted:
    In a series of recent memos, @USCIS has effectively enacted a “zero-room-for-error” policy for visa applicants attempting to navigate the legal #immigration system. 1/

  32. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
    The Interior Department has commissioned a $1,700,000 expedited environmental review of the impact of leasing part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling, according to a document released under the FOIA.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) Tweeted:
    So Konstantin Nikolaev is the oligarch who bankrolled Butina. His son, erm, volunteered for the Trump campaign:

  34. rikyrah says:

    Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) Tweeted:
    @PMourdoukoutas @Forbes Sigh.

    Every few months, a moron like you comes along to say libraries should be replaced. I have to wonder what it is about libraries which frightens people like you so much that you want to be rid of them.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😔😔😔

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