Thursday Open Thread | Classic Soul Train Week

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    • majiir says:

      This crow will do everything except confronting the cyber bully she married. She needs to sit her @ss down somewhere. I’ve never, and never will, believe anything her self-serving @ss has to say on any subject.

    • majiir says:

      Many on the right said the same thing about PBO being re-elected in 2012. The claim at that time was that Black Americans would riot if PBO wasn’t re-elected. It never happened. They made a similar claim that if HRC wasn’t elected POTUS in 2016, the left would riot. That didn’t happen either. These folks are terrible when it comes to making predictions. If anyone would riot if Trump were impeached, it would be some on the right and Giuliani knows that. They’re the party that permitted nutters to take charge, not the left.

    • vitaminlover says:

      His bread ain’t done, the paint ain’t dry. He’s a few bricks shy of a load. Looks at those crazy eyes.

  1. rikyrah says:

    When O’Rourke speaks on the stump, he punctuates his points by moving his left hand up and down, like he’s directing traffic. His voice isn’t particularly melodic; he’s Lincoln-lanky; he lacks the preacher’s cadence that marked former president Obama’s speeches. But O’Rourke’s energy is palpable, infectious; his sweat is the physical evidence of that energy leaving his body. And it seems to be working. Even as he struggles with a continued lack of name recognition, in a state that has consistently voted Republican for the past three decades, recent polling places O’Rourke just two to six points behind Cruz. Among volunteers, there’s cautious yet barely contained glee: Could O’Rourke pull off an upset that, just six months before, seemed impossible?

    By the time O’Rourke reaches the peaks of his stump speech in Kerrville — advocating for better treatment of Texas’s teachers, arguing for universal health care, and decrying family separation at the border — his shirt is full-on stuck to his back, and the crowd feels ready to ignite. When he announces that he hasn’t taken any money from PACs, instead raising $10.4 million (with an average donation of $33) to Cruz’s $4.6 million over the last quarter, the audience explodes.

    Afterward, an endless line forms to meet and take selfies with the candidate. One man makes small talk with O’Rourke’s communications director, Chris Evans, who’s filming the entire thing — as he does every town hall — for Facebook Live. “You’ve got to get that man another shirt,” the man says. “He knows he only gets one shirt for the day,” Evans responded. “He sweat through this one early.”

    A politician’s stump speech has the same effect as a good sermon. For those who already believe, it reenergizes the faithful. But a truly great stump speech also appeals to the skeptic — and provides moments of near-spiritual conversion. That’s what a Beto O’Rourke speech does. It makes people believe: believe that the country doesn’t have to feel the way it does right now, that people who think differently can still have a conversation, that you can be conservative and vote for a candidate without an “R” beside their name. While we’re 30 years removed from the election of a Democrat like Ann Richards to run the state — current governor Greg Abbott is a hardline conservative — a Beto O’Rourke speech makes people believe that a Democrat can win a major statewide race in Texas again. And these believers can help make it happen.

    O’Rourke has taken to calling the coming election “the most important of our lives,” which, depending on one’s age, may or may not be an overstatement. But it’s an expression of how many people, including the 10,000-plus who’ve volunteered for his campaign, conceive of it. In supporting O’Rourke, they’re supporting a different vision of both Texas and the United States — one, as O’Rourke emphasizes, in which politicians show up to listen to all citizens, no matter their political inclination, or the size of their town, or their ability to donate to the campaign. One in which Texas — one of the most diverse states in the nation — models an empathetic, progressive way forward for a divided country…

    Speaking with dozens of hopeful supporters over five days in West Central Texas, it’s clear that the enthusiasm and organization around O’Rourke’s campaign is there. And based on conversations with independent and Republican voters at his events, his message is traveling beyond progressive bubbles. He’s in small towns like Iraan, population 1,236, talking to a dozen people about rural issues like broadband internet; he’s filling theaters in bright red cities like Abilene. He has a veritable army of volunteers. But there’s a gap between energy and obtaining the kind of power that can effect change, and it’s one that it’ll take more than a “blue wave” to fill. It’s not just about convincing voters to swing O’Rourke’s way. It’s about convincing people to vote, period.

    Like so many other blue-wave candidates across the US during these midterm elections, O’Rourke must convince nonvoters that voting actually matters — that they have the capacity to change their own lives and the lives of those around them. Texas is an enormous and varied state, and one that — no matter how purple its political demographics might seem — still votes red. How many shirts must O’Rourke sweat through to win its heart?…

  2. rikyrah says:

    Nixon example suggests indictment possible post-presidency

    Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks with Rachel Maddow about President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon after he left office, before he could be indicted.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Cohen takes extra step of filling out Trump scandal narrative

    Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Michael Cohen’s guilty plea has put other people in trouble and why Cohen said more than was necessary in court.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Who else may be implicated by Michael Cohen’s guilty plea?

    Rachel Maddow notes that Michael Cohen was not alone in committing the crimes to which he pleaded guilty, and wonders what can be expected to happen to the companies and individuals who worked with Cohen.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Last week, Rand Paul asked Trump to lift sanctions on Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, who, according to the Steele dossier, met with Michael Cohen in Prague to discuss “how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers.”

    — Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) August 23, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    New Cohen subpoena could mean new legal trouble for Trump family

    Rachel Maddow reports on the background of the investigations into the Trump foundation, as well as the Trump Organization’s role in Michael Cohen’s crimes and notes that Donald Trump’s family and business are not protected from prosecution the way the presidency is.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Get ready for the Autumn of Allen Weisselberg.

    That is the name we will soon be hearing constantly.

    — Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) August 23, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:

    Security team violence lawsuit adds to Trump’s legal headaches

    Rachel Maddow reports that a lawsuit over violence committed by Donald Trump’s security team, including Keith Schiller, against protesters outside Trump Tower, will go to a jury.

  9. rikyrah says:

    The president says it should be illegal for criminals to co-operate with the government:— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) 23 August 2018

    • Ametia says:

      Could it be that HE-45 & GOP are the Government CRIMINALS?

    • majiir says:

      Trump doesn’t seem to understand the concept of self-preservation unless it’s his own. He thought his buddies would be buddies to the end, but he’s wrong. When some persons find themselves facing serious legal troubles and facing years in federal prison, self-preservation kicks in. Most persons, except for maybe parents, won’t take the fall for someone else. Trump doesn’t have as many “loyal friends, employees, and associates” as he thought he did.

  10. rikyrah says:

    May his Negro Wake Up Call be glorious!

    CNN Suspends Paris Dennard After WaPo Uncovers Past Sexual Misconduct Allegations
    by Tamar Auber | Aug 22nd, 2018, 10:07PM

    CNN has suspended one of its most vocal, pro-Trump commentators after a Washington Post report detailed past alleged sexual misconduct that resulted in his firing from Arizona State University four years ago.

    Paris Dennard, who was recently praised by President Donald Trump as “wonderful,” was serving as the events director for ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership when he according to a 2014 university report obtained by The Washington Post, “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures.”

    Dennard called the allegations “false.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    Uh Uh Uh

    REPORT: Urban Meyer Destroyed Old Text Messages Before Handing Over His Phone
    Jason McIntyre

    Urban Meyer will serve a 3-game suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, but some news that has emerged after the report may hurt the Buckeyes coach even more the court of public opinion.

    According to report released by the University:

    And when Urban turned his phone over to the investigative team, it had no text messages that were older than one year. Holy crap.

    – Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 23, 2018

    There’s a saying – the coverup is worse than the crime – and it may apply here. It’s clumsy for the school to suspend Meyer three games for the way he botched his train wreck of a position coach. It feels like an all-or-nothing situation. Three games reeks of, “he wins, we need him, here’s a slap on the wrist

  12. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : August 23, 2018

    What 45 is hinting around to Manafort

    Oblige : verb uh-BLYJE


    1 : to constrain by physical, moral, or legal force or by the exigencies of circumstance
    2 a : to put in one’s debt by a favor or service
    b : to do a favor for
    c : to do something as or as if as a favor

  13. rikyrah says:

    Uh uh.
    Naw, muthaphuckas 😠
    You have been mute so far. And complicit. Dolt45 is your boy.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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