Wednesday Open Thread

Hump Day!

And we must remember that there’s an IMBECILE in our White House who has access to nuclear codes and thinks photo ops with dictators and murderous leaders is foreign policy.

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93 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. eliihass says:

    I’m posting this fam before it disappears again.. And because we need these saved ..and so that folks are never unwittingly hoodwinked by these soulless, racist opportunists..

    This was originally published in the Washington Post, but has since been scrubbed …I wonder why..🤔🤔

    This is from that ‘feminist’ and all-around gawd-awful spawn of lucifer’s mistress, Tina Brown..
    Here’s who for those who need a pictorial jolt ⬇️⬇️ ..

    “…WASHINGTON – Tina Brown brought her book tour, promoting her dishy memoir “The Vanity Fair Dairies: 1983-1992,” about editing the glossy magazine Vanity Fair, to D.C. on Tuesday night for a party full of people plenty used to gossiping – and being gossiped about.

    At the Jefferson Hotel soiree, Brown was in exactly the form you’d expect, name-dropping bold-facers with rapid-fire ease during a brief Q&A with the hostess, media consultant Tammy Haddad. There’s “Ronnie and Nancy” and Donald Trump, Richard Avedon, Harvey Weinstein … oh, wait. That’s just a tad awkward.

    On Trump, another man with a knack for hype who probably has few fans in this kind of setting, Brown also had surprisingly flattering words. “I like him a lot,” she said…”

  2. Liza says:

    My sheltie is 16 years old today (life expectancy is 12 -14 years). We almost lost her last year when she was having seizures, but she was diagnosed with an insulinoma (pancreatic tumor) and has done fairly well just being on medications. But for some reason, the seizures caused her to lose most of her vision and now it’s all gone.

    She was still going for walks until a couple of months ago, and now she just isn’t up for it. But her appetite is still really good and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain.

    She sleeps most of the time now and she’s increasingly detached from us. I’m praying that she passes peacefully one of these nights. She deserves an easy passing.

    I’m trying to let nature run its course as long as she’s not in pain. Sometimes its hard to tell with dogs because they are so stoic. But I really don’t think she’s in any pain.

    What I’m having difficulty with is the detachment. I didn’t know that dogs did that.

    But she made it to 16, and I’m happy about that.

  3. Ametia says:

    Sistah is a card-carrying member, and she pulled out that card TODAY!

    • eliihass says:

      It’s funny how they get in your face and then act all shocked and ‘broken’ when folk simply return the favor, and refuse to indulge their false sense of superior finger-wag invincibility..

  4. rikyrah says:

    Trump calls on AG Sessions to end Mueller probe ‘right now’
    08/01/18 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Over the weekend, Donald Trump’s tweets about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe got a little manic, with the president tweeting a series of semi-coherent rants about the probe. It offered compelling evidence that the pressure is starting to take its roll.

    This morning, Trump’s missives took on an even more hysterical tone, culminating in rhetoric we haven’t seen the president use before.


    But it’s the Sessions tweet that stands out for a reason: a sitting American president – the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation – has now publicly called on the attorney general of the United States to immediately halt a special counsel probe.

    Somehow, in 2018, this isn’t the basis for a major national political crisis, in part because we know Jeff Sessions has already recused himself from the proceedings – making the president’s appeal practically meaningless – and in part because much of the political world has grown inured by Trump’s unhinged antics.

    NBC News’ Benjy Sarlin noted this morning that if the president’s messages “were leaked secret memos, it would be a huge scandal,” but since we’re reading Trump’s over-the-top instructions via Twitter, this somehow seems normal.

  5. rikyrah says:

    To undermine the ACA, the Trump administration pushes ‘short-term’ plans
    08/01/18 12:44 PM
    By Steve Benen

    If you thought the Trump administration couldn’t take any additional steps to undermine the Affordable Care Act, think again.

    The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums.

    But the policies don’t have to cover existing medical conditions and offer limited benefits. It’s not certain if that’s going to translate into broad consumer appeal among people who need an individual policy.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News this morning, “For many who’ve got pre-existing conditions or who have other health worries, the Obamacare plans might be right for them. We’re just providing more options.”

    Well, sort of. Short-term plans already existed under the Affordable Care Act, but they only last a few months, and they’re designed to serve as stopgap coverage. The Trump administration is changing the rules, opening the door to insurers offering “short-term” plans that cover 364 days, with the option of two annual renewals.


    First, these plans will be pretty awful. We’re talking about skimpy coverage that will leave Americans with huge medical bills in the event of a serious illness. That’s because the safeguards and consumer protections at the heart of “Obamacare” won’t apply to these plans.

    Second, those with pre-existing conditions generally won’t even be able to get these plans. If there’s anything close to an American consensus in the health care debate, it’s protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and this approach doesn’t.

  6. He’s a DEMON from hell. This bottom feeder belongs in jail for harassing the Pozner family.

    • majiir says:

      I hate stupidity no matter who is displaying it. I taught high school world history for at least 25 years, so I know that there were prosperous, highly organized kingdoms in Sub-Sahara Africa with schools, organized religious centers, libraries, medical systems and doctors, streets laid out on a grid system, centralized governments, etc. while Europeans were still living in hovels with no governments or economic systems. It pisses me off whenever I hear/read about someone denigrating and disparaging blacks from any region of the world.

      • Ametia says:

        Yep, just like those white folks at the plant who are crying white tears, because, CLUTCH THE PEARLS, Them Mexicans are speaking SPANISH!

        Never in their wheelhouse to get outside of themselves and LEARN about anyone or anything that does not mirror their own NARROW, ignorant beliefs.

        Easy to cry victim! These folks are the biggest VICTIMS in America, all predicated on the fact that they have been told they are ENTITLED to any and everything, simply because they are WHITE.

  7. rikyrah says:


    @PeteSouza: Interesting that you bring up Capone. He was convicted of tax evasion. Wonder if Mueller has your tax returns?…

  8. rikyrah says:

    Trump obstructs justice in real time on Twitter

    I was completely working on something else for today’s post—I’ll still finish it—but I decided to sleep in late and was greeted with this tweet by Donnie Brasco.


    Now, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow came out later and said this was just Trump’s “personal opinion,” and in no way indicated that he wished to obstruct the Mueller investigation. Yes. And I’m 6’9″ and play point guard for the Lakers.

    Bob Mueller is investigating if Trump’s tweets show a pattern of intimidation and obstruction. That was going to be tough sell… until Trump helpfully sent out a tweet intimidating Jeff Sessions and obstructing. A man with no impulse control, who’s never had to work a day in his life, is the worst kind of person around which to build a fascist takeover. He literally blurts out what Mueller needs to put another nail in his coffin. We should be grateful that Vladimir Putin used such a leaky vessel to attempt to subvert America.

    Even Saint Susan of the Perpetual Concerns was concerned.

    That moment when Susan Collins hears Trump’s Tweet on Sessions: “Jeez!” she gasped as she was read the tweet. “This is unbelievable.”
    via @StevenTDennis

    — Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) August 1, 2018

    She, of course, will rationalize it away. But that moment of unguarded reaction is telling.

  9. rikyrah says:

    44 put out a list of endorsements.


    It is a profound honor to receive President @BarackObama’s endorsement. He knows first-hand that progress isn’t always easy, but it is always worth fighting for—no matter who you are or where you call home. Join us: #TeamAbrams #GAGov #gapol

    — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 1, 2018

  10. Ametia says:

    Outside of Maxine Waters & Ted Lieu, who are the other Democrats speaking out regarding 45?

    POC are always expected to pull the wagon.

    • rikyrah says:

      Ted Lieu
      Maxine Waters
      Senator Mazie from Hawaii

      always bring the fire

      Congressman Lewis tells us to keep the faith and stay on the side of right.

      Schiff from California brings the prosecutor’s points.

      The rest of them need to speak up.

      • eliihass says:

        Betty’s husband sure brings it…

        Love, love his Twitter tag line too –
        Husband of Betty, the love of my life. Father of two great kids. USAF veteran. Member of Congress. In that order. Also, I don’t take orders from Vladimir Putin.

  11. Ametia says:
  12. rikyrah says:

    Sounds like another Build-A-Bear type disaster.


    Chipotle’s free guacamole promotion has made a lot of people pretty angry
    Aly Walansky

    Chipotle has had a rough go for it for the last few years, from serious food safety concerns to a less-than-stellar reception to its first-ever queso.

    So the Mexican Grill chain has been trying to win back customers with various promotions. Thus, free guacamole for all on National Avocado Day was born! What could possibly go wrong?

    Apparently, a lot.

    Last Thursday, the chain announced that on July 31 its guacamole (which has always been an extra cost) would be free to anyone who ordered a meal through the app or online.

    But on Tuesday, things did not go so smoothly for all who wanted to cash in on the deal and by mid-day, there were rumblings on social media that the app and website were not accepting these orders — or giving anyone any free guacamole. Many app and website users have reported being greeted with a “technical difficulties” notification, and many have taken to Twitter to complain that even if they can get through on the app, there’s not even a space for the necessary “AVOCADO” promo code to be entered.

    And since the promotion was only designed for online orders, a lot of customers who went to Chipotle in person are venting their frustration with the deal.

  13. Ametia says:

    I am more forgiving’: When Alex Wagner learned the truth about her family’s history
    By Jonathan Capehart
    July 31

    “It was the first time that I realized that the way that I saw myself, which was generically American … was not the way that everybody else saw me.”

    Alex Wagner was a 12-year-old having breakfast in a diner with her father in a Washington, D.C., suburb when the white line cook asked her, “Are you adopted?” The CBS national correspondent, contributing editor at the Atlantic and the co-executive producer and co-host of “The Circus” on Showtime is the biracial daughter of her Burmese immigrant mother and her late white American father. Her quest for identity and belonging led her to write “Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest and the Secret to Belonging.”

    • eliihass says:

      Funny how in the end, Alex Wagner’s experiences around race – are mostly really myopic and largely self-interested …and sadly, did precious little to inform or temper her own faux-progressive/faux-feminist and insidious racial biases and opportunistic and borrowed sense of racial supremacy …in her own adult perceptions and interactions..

  14. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : August 1, 2018

    noun ree-zor-jih-MEN-toh

    1 often capitalized : the 19th century movement for Italian political unity

    2 : a time of renewal or renaissance : revival

  15. rikyrah says:

    There is no liberal case for Brett Kavanaugh
    AUG 01, 2018 | 4:15 AM

    In the past few weeks, many conservative voices have spoken in support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But so have some liberal lawyers, including some of our colleagues at Yale Law School. Why would left-leaning attorneys lend their authority to a judge who has an unmistakable record of hostility to core liberal causes, from abortion rights to voting rights, from environmental regulations to restraints on presidential power?

    In celebrating Kavanaugh, liberals may be acting out nostalgia for a long-gone bipartisan appointment process. They may be failing to admit the importance of values to judging, or they may be misreading Kavanaugh’s record. Perhaps they think he is the best nominee they can hope for, or that his personal virtue recommends his confirmation. Then again, maybe they are simply seeking influence. None of these are creditable reasons: There is no liberal case for Kavanaugh.


    Given what we know of Kavanaugh’s constitutional vision, and his judicial record, liberals should not support his appointment. As many commentators have argued, Kavanaugh has extreme views on matters ranging from gun rights to abortion to presidential power to the role of money in politics.

    Those views, as well as his attitude toward precedent, were on full display in Garza vs. Hargen, the case of a 17-year-old girl in federal immigration detention who wanted an abortion to which she was entitled under state law. Existing doctrine says that the government may not impose an “undue burden” on a woman’s access to abortion. Against the views of six members of his court, who prevailed, Kavanaugh argued that the government’s refusal to allow the young woman to leave the custody of immigration detention to obtain a legal abortion imposed no such burden.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Rejected by parents, gay valedictorian is going to college, with $50K from donors
    With no financial support from his parents, Seth Owen thought he’d have to give up his college dream. Then his mentor helped “make the impossible possible.”
    by Alexander Kacala / Jul.31.2018 / 3:50 PM EST

    Seth Owen, 18, said attending college has always been his “life goal,” one he has been working on diligently since elementary school.

    “I was the nerd in fifth grade who walked around recess talking about how I wanted to be an astronaut,” Owen told NBC News. “I was always in a textbook, always in the library, always reading something.”

    With a 4.16 GPA and an acceptance letter from Georgetown University, it seemed like the high school valedictorian’s dream would become a reality. But when he received his financial aid package from the prestigious school, a different reality set in: The financial aid package had been determined based on the expected contribution of his family, a family he said drove him out of his home due to his sexuality.

    “I started to cry, because I realized there was no way that I could go to college,” he said. “Georgetown was my only option, because I had already denied my other acceptances.”

    With Georgetown refusing to amend his financial aid package and $20,000 needed for his first year’s tuition, the Florida teen thought his situation was hopeless. But then his former biology teacher stepped in.

    “Seth was just a kid that really stood out to me,” the teacher, Jane Martin, told NBC News. “He was super ambitious and was always trying to go above and beyond to make sure he could be as successful as possible.”

    Martin set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Owen’s tuition, hoping to “make the impossible possible,” and she succeeded. As of Tuesday afternoon, the fundraising page raised over $50,000 — more than double its initial $20,000 goal.

  17. Ametia says:

    The Sound of White Silence

    Michael Harriot explains how the concept of whiteness breeds a troubling kind of complacency.
    michaelharriot in Words That Matte


    But 2017’s explosion of whiteness wasn’t just about white supremacy. This year, we found out that controlling the presidency, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, the criminal justice system, the education system, 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and almost every seat of private or institutional power in America wasn’t enough for whiteness. Poll after poll revealed that a majority of white Americans think they are discriminated against because of their race. The fact that this country no longer feels the need to silently swallow whiteness has led to their wholehearted belief that they are under attack, and they are pushing back.

    They want to make “white” silent again.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Looks beautiful

    In Mexico City, Ballerinas Dance in Traffic—and It’s Absolutely Captivating
    A burst of brightness in a city notorious for traffic.
    DAVID BEARDAUG. 1, 2018 9:00 AM

    Is this a flash mob? A comedy troupe? Some strange protest along a busy intersection in Mexico City?

    Not quite. These seven ballet dancers from the Ardentía dance company are performing selections from “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” and even grooving to Michael Jackson in a downtown crosswalk in the Mexican capital.

    Granted, the performances only last 58 seconds—the time it takes for a traffic light to change from red to green—but they’re making a big impact. Over the past couple of weeks, the Ardentía company has performed these mini-shows to brighten the lives of weary commuters, part of an initiative called “the theatricality of public space,” reports the Associated Press. The performances have drawn large crowds and captivated photographers across the city.

  19. rikyrah says:

    George Takei was on LarryO last night talking about his experience at the Internment Camps during WWII. Heartbreaking.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Facebook still being used to stoke racial animus, split Americans

    Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode, talks with Nicolle Wallace about Facebook’s announcement that it has found more “bad actors” using its platform to try to divide Americans against each other, and the problems Facebook is having policing its own platform for this kind of material.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Schmidt: GOP losses will concentrate more extreme Trump support

    Steve Schmidt, political strategist, explains why Republican losses in a blue wave election would leave a smaller, more loyal-to-Trump group of Republicans with only the most extreme Trump supporting constituency.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Public evidence suggests Mueller able to bring conspiracy charge

    Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, and Jeremy Bash, former CIA chief of staff, talk with Nicolle Wallace about the legal meaning of conspiracy and why they think, based on the evidence made public so far, that Robert Mueller has enough to charge someone with conspiracy.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Targeting voting rights, Trump stumbles on how grocery stores work
    08/01/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    At a campaign rally in Florida last night, Donald Trump made quite a few unfortunate comments, but his unscripted remark about grocery stores was especially memorable.

    “You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture,” Trump said at Tuesday night’s Tampa, Fla., rally to drum up support for GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial bid.

    He was – in the moment – throwing his support behind tougher ID requirements for voters.

    “Only American citizens should vote in American elections. The time has come for voter ID like everything else,” Trump said.


    But even more important is the fact that the president is still responding to an imaginary problem, calling for new national voting restrictions that would serve no legitimate purpose.

    Indeed, American elections do face a real threat, but it comes from foreign adversaries. On that front, as NBC News reported last week, “there is no coherent Trump administration strategy to combat foreign election interference – and no single person or agency in charge.”

  24. rikyrah says:

    FiveThirtyEight has obtained nearly 3,000,000 tweets from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, the fullest empirical record to date of Russian trolls’ actions on social media.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 1, 2018

  25. rikyrah says:

    Today at @senjudiciary hearing on family separation and reunification, I asked each witness “what went wrong?” Thankfully, Mr. White gave me an honest answer. I can’t say the same for the others. #FamiliesBelongTogether

    — Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) July 31, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and I’m excited to be traveling across the country to listen to and learn from their leadership. #SeatAtTheTable

    — Tom Perez (@TomPerez) July 31, 2018

  27. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Federal judge issues temporary restraining order stopping release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed guns

    — The Associated Press (@AP) July 31, 2018

  28. rikyrah says:

    Rihanna becomes the first black woman to grace the cover of British Vogue’s prestigious September issue

    — CBS News (@CBSNews) July 31, 2018

  29. rikyrah says:

    Phuck stepping down..she should be arrested and sent to The Hague.

    The Trump Administration’s policy of separating children and their parents will likely cause harm to these children for the rest of their lives. I’ll repeat what I said weeks ago: those who created and implemented this policy, including Secretary Nielsen, should step down.

    — Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 31, 2018

  30. rikyrah says:

    NEW: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina exchanged over $300,000 in suspicious bank transactions with a Republican operative, @BuzzFeedNews reveals

    — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 31, 2018

  31. rikyrah says:

    Cohen used to say he’d take a bullet for Trump. Now he’s shooting the bullets himself.
    Rudy used to be sane, now he’s insane.
    Mooch used to be insane, now he’s sane.
    Spicer used to lie for Trump, now he’s an author.
    Only constant is Trump. He’s always been a lying pig.

    — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 29, 2018

    • eliihass says:

      “..Rudy used to be sane, now he’s insane.
      Mooch used to be insane, now he’s sane.
      Spicer used to lie for Trump, now he’s an author…”


  32. rikyrah says:

    Ok let’s start here – Rick Scott is filthy rich and Bill Nelson needs our help:

    — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 31, 2018

  33. rikyrah says:

    It is common to criticize D’s for being against, rather than for, things. But I am against jailing children. I am against taking away healthcare. I am against government the transferring wealth upward. I’m against oppression. I’m against corruption. I’m against pollution.

    — Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) July 30, 2018

    • rikyrah says:

      But, when you vote for the muthaphucka that runs on building a wall……what did you think was gonna happen?

    • Liza says:

      They are lost. Stupid, sad, misguided losers.

      We have to outnumber them.

      • eliihass says:

        They’re neither ‘lost’ or ‘misguided’ Liza, they’re willful participants in what they see as their ‘cause’ to save/reclaim their ‘supremacy’..

        Nothing else matters..

        And everything will be justified – as long as it’s about asserting and ‘protecting’ said ‘supremacy’..

        The self-serving, self-interested, corrupt, treasonous buffoon is the figurehead alt-right pied-piper …they know he’s no good, they see his every wart, and frankly, don’t care… that’s not what it’s about… Not the economy, not abortion… it’s all about asserting white ‘supremacy’ for most of them … And as long as he doesn’t turn black on them, they’re good..

      • Ametia says:

        See The SOUND of White SILENCE

      • majiir says:

        I also cannot overlook the fact that many in our MSM that are now whining about these Trump-instigated attacks on them failed to do their jobs in thoroughly vetting him in 2015 and 2016. In a way, they brought this on themselves. They should have been exposing all of his ugliness when he was running for POTUS instead, they were focused on his insane antics and ignoring his many lifetime ethical problems.

    • eliihass says:

      The ‘economy’ voters are the oligarchs and plutocrats who’ve already collected the first of the promised tax cuts – with another in the offing …

      The poor supporters really don’t care about the economy… for them, more than anything, it’s all about their racial insecurities and reasserting and safeguarding their ‘supremacy’… and top-perch spot on the totem pole..

      They don’t mind starving as long as their top-perch ‘superior’ status is assured..

  34. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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