Wednesday Open Thread

Happy HUMP Day, Everyone!

I need mellow love songs today.

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68 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. eliihass says:

    With all the Democrats putting their names out there, jostling for attention and making big moves about a 2020 presidential run, this is who Drudge and co are completely focused on.. Told you fam, my historic FLOTUS scares the hell out of these right-wingers.. She is who they fear most..

    • Liza says:

      I honestly do not think that our historic FLOTUS would take the job if they cancelled the election and just gave it to her.

      • eliihass says:

        She’s made it very clear that she has no interest – which is why their continued manic obsession with her, and their targeted focus on her and her every move, and every innocuous activity, is not only pathological, but rather amusing.. They keep insisting she’s ‘nobody’, yet they track and obsess over her and her every random move ..

  2. rikyrah says:

    Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) Tweeted:
    Wow: Mazie Hirono spox knocks Tulsi Gabbard for op-ed on “religious bigotry” over Qs for Trump judicial nominee.

    “It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward Qs.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Dear White Reporters,

    Even though she is bi-racial, Senator Kamala Harris has had more of a “regular ” Black experience than Barack Obama.

    Because she has…do some research.
    A reporter following Harris did not…and, the result is unfortunate.


    Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) Tweeted:
    Members of her Howard sorority are in the room, and screeched when she mentioned her time there. Did not expect to hear screeches here.


    The responses are pure gold….among my favorites:

    For Wakanda?! No question! (@lbrass3) Tweeted:
    @chelsea_janes Oh my. This tweet was… unwise 😒
    Coup de Foutre (@babylonbetty) Tweeted:
    @chelsea_janes Ooh, chile, you and your mentions about to go through all the stages of grief in one day.

    Keisha ________ (@Hey_MissKeisha) Tweeted:
    @chelsea_janes Wow. When the AKA’s are done roasting you, you’ll be assigned to the Home & Garden section of the Washington Post

    sister, you are welcomed in this house (@StyleandGrace_1) Tweeted:
    @chelsea_janes Your a journalist . You know that word choice is important … obviously obviously obviously the “screeching” that you so disrespectfully described here has some type of cultural or historical significance. It’s strange that a journalist would make this error


    La Coyote (@satnitespecial) Tweeted:
    @chelsea_janes I’m just here to watch the lovely women of Alpha Kappa Alpha gather this peasant and read her for filth. Continue on, ladies

  4. vitaminlover says:

    I love this song!!!!

  5. eliihass says:

    Fam, this is the brain trust ..

    This is who’s calling the shots on behalf of the once greatest country in the world..

    This is who has the nuclear codes and unfettered access to and final word on our nation’s most sensitive and topmost secrets…

    Really think about it, fam..

    • Liza says:

      I do think about it, Eliihass, countless times each and every day.

      How much longer the grace of God holds out is anyone’s guess.

      • eliihass says:

        It’s all so terribly disorienting and mind-blowing, Liza..

        Sometimes, I think it’s just a really bad dream, that we’ll all wake up from soon..

        A country so blessed, with so many great minds and so many honorable human beings, and somehow a marginally literate, hollow, morally and financially bankrupt, notorious basic con man and grifting, treasonous buffoon and his shallow, corrupt kkklan and cohort of sleazy hangers-on, is running the show and in charge of America – its nuclear codes, top secrets.. the whole shebang..

        And there are those previously presumed credible, effusively co-signing, touting and cheering on this b.s, effusively deferential to the treasonous grifter – and never missing a beat while straight-faced reverentially addressing a treasonous buffoon as ‘president’ …and endlessly validating and enabling him – and positively framing and spinning and helping sell his ridiculous half-baked, uninformed kookery that he consistently pulls out from his nether regions … and helping spin his idiocy, stupidity and dangerous shenanigans as ‘genius’..

        How..?? How on earth did we get here..

      • Liza says:

        People who voted for Trump do not love their country. They wanted something else. Trump was going to right their perceived wrongs, kick ass and take names, blow things up, etc…

        That Marianna, Florida woman who was quoted in the NYT article a couple of days ago spilled it. They wanted Trump to hurt people, the ones they thought deserved it. That’s why most of them voted for Trump. To set things right, for them, what they think is right.

  6. rikyrah says:


    Judah Maccabeets🍝 (@AdamSerwer) Tweeted:
    The daily caller decided to post fake revenge porn because they don’t like AOC’s politics

  7. rikyrah says:

    “Our government may at some time be in the hands of a bad man. When in the hands of a good man it is all well enough. We ought to have our government so shaped that even when in the hands of a bad man we shall be safe.”

    – Frederick Douglass

    • eliihass says:

      This situation and the treasonous character in question is infinitely worse than simply ‘bad’ man..

      Individual 1 is an unchecked and over-indulged, corrupt, traitorous, unscrupulous, brazen 2-bit criminal – A vapid, lily-livered fraud and greedy, grifting dimwit, so vacant, so ignorant, so hollow, so superficial, so dumb, so incurious, so entitled, so irresponsible, so dubious, so devious, so cowardly, so connivingly mercurial, so self-serving, so selfish, so narcissistic, so corrupt, so insecure, so cruel, so juvenile in the worst arrested development mould, so vile, so malevolent, so immature, so emotionally and psychologically dulled and twisted, so intellectually stunted, so vindictive, so manically sadistic …And so evil..

      He’ll burn down the White House and destroy this country in a heartbeat, to save face and avoid paying for his crimes..

      That there are those who claim to be ‘patriots’ still enabling and supporting this narcissistic, grifting, treasonous pos, is mind-boggling..

      But in the end it seems, racism, white supremacy, greed and power trump all else – country and patriotism be damned..

      And those who continue to endlessly use the sacred honorific to reverentially address a brazen, common quisling – only boost his overblown ego, and validate his unchecked, dangerous and criminal tendencies, and unpatriotic, self-involved shenanigans ..

      Want to start taming the insanity..? Stop addressing him with the sacred honorific that only puffs him up..

      Start addressing him by his first and last name.. bring him down to earth ..

  8. eliihass says:

    The world is mouth agape watching this Vlad-engineered circus, and wondering how much longer.. How much longer will Americans allow this ridiculous charade to continue ..

    It was amusing for a bit, offering the rest of the world equal parts shocked comic relief and in their minds, overdue comeuppance for the U.S …but even they have tired of the treasonous buffoon and his shenanigans and no longer think this funny..

    The greatest democracy in the world has allowed a vacant, narcissistic, megalomaniac, treasonous, basic, 2-bit con man and criminal ignoramus, turned Russian asset and puppet, hijack and have free reign to decimate over 2 centuries worth of hard-won progress and careful construction of our fragile union..

    For shame..

  9. rikyrah says:

    I read this tweet and my eyebrows arched 🤨🤨
    All the while thinking..


  10. rikyrah says:

    What the ENTIRE Phuck is wrong with these people?😠😠😠

  11. rikyrah says:

    ” temper tantrum”

    Comparing him to a child.

    Damn Skippy.

    • eliihass says:

      I think Steny Hoyer ought to be featured more often…

      He’s infinitely better, more authentic and convincing than the rethugs at that ‘authoritative outrage’ and ‘righteous digging-in’ thing the rethugs so love to routinely feign..

      And Steny’s straight out of ‘central-casting’ – as far as that ‘acceptable’ image rethugs obsess over and insist ‘authority’ looks and sounds like.. and so, automatically ought to be taken seriously..

  12. Trump is a sadistic sob who don’t give a damn about inflicting pain on others. Come on Mueller and send this treasonous mofo to prison.

    • eliihass says:

      Jon Karl who was one of the most viciously snarkiest of the lot with his endless hit pieces even against my historic FLOTUS, is suddenly left stammering and sounding all reverential to a fraud and basic con man, treasonous buffoon and known Russian asset..

      • majiir says:

        F*ck Jon Karl. He attacked everything PBO or FL MO ever did/said, and he did it in service to the GOP. He’s now discovering that all of his efforts on behalf of the GOP meant absolutely nothing. I hope DJT continues to denigrate him because the b*st*rd deserves every bit of it.

  13. rikyrah says:

    I Was Pregnant and in Crisis. All the Doctors and Nurses Saw Was an Incompetent Black Woman
    January 8, 2019

    The first dream for my imagined future self that I can recall starts with a sound. I was maybe 5 years old and I wanted to click-clack. The click-clack of high heels on a shiny, hard floor. I have a briefcase. I am walking purposefully, click-clack-click-clack. That is the entire dream.

    I dreamed of being competent.

    I have never felt more incompetent than when I was pregnant. I was four months or so pregnant, extremely uncomfortable, and at work when I started bleeding. When you are black woman, having a body is already complicated for workplace politics. Having a bleeding, distended body is especially egregious. I waited until I filed my copy, by deadline, before walking to the front of the building, where I called my husband to pick me up.


    Until I started bleeding. That day I sat in the waiting room for thirty minutes, after calling ahead and reporting my condition when I arrived. After I had bled through the nice chair in the waiting room, I told my husband to ask them again if perhaps I could be moved to a more private area. The nurse looked alarmed, about the chair, and eventually ushered me back. When the doctor arrived, he explained that I was probably just too fat and that spotting was normal and he sent me home. Later that night my ass started hurting. Just behind the butt muscle and off a bit to the side. I walked. I stretched. I took a hot bath. I called my mother, The Vivian. Finally, I called the nurse. She asked me if my back hurt. I said no. It was my butt that hurt. The nurse said it was probably constipation. I should try to go to the bathroom. I tried that for all the next day and part of another. By the end of three days, my butt still hurt and I had not slept more than fifteen minutes straight in almost seventy hours.

    I went to the hospital. They asked again about my back, implied I had eaten something “bad” for me and begrudgingly, finally decided to do an ultrasound. The image showed three babies, only I was pregnant with one. The other two were tumors, larger than the baby. The doctor turned to me and said, “If you make it through the night without going into preterm labor, I’d be surprised.” With that, he walked out and I was checked into the maternity ward. Eventually a night nurse mentioned that I had been in labor for three days. “You should have said something,” she scolded me.

    When I awoke I was pushing and then my daughter was here. She died shortly after her first breath. The nurse wheeled me out of the operating room to take me back to recovery. I held my baby the whole way, because apparently that is what is done. After making plans for how we would handle her remains, the nurse turned to me and said, “Just so you know, there was nothing we could have done, because you did not tell us you were in labor.”

    Everything about the structure of trying to get medical care had filtered me through assumptions of my incompetence. There it was, what I had always been afraid of, what I must have known since I was a child I needed to prepare to defend myself against, and what it would take me years to accept was beyond my control. Like millions of women of color, especially black women, the healthcare machine could not imagine me as competent and so it neglected and ignored me until I was incompetent. Pain short-circuits rational thought. It can change all of your perceptions of reality. If you are in enough physical pain, your brain can see what isn’t there. Pain, like pregnancy, is inconvenient for bureaucratic efficiency and has little use in a capitalist regime. When the medical profession systematically denies the existence of black women’s pain, underdiagnoses our pain, refuses to alleviate or treat our pain, healthcare marks us as incompetent bureaucratic subjects. Then it serves us accordingly.

    The assumption of black women’s incompetence —we cannot know ourselves or express ourselves in a way that prompts people with power to respond to us as agentic beings—supersedes even the most powerful status cultures in all of neoliberal capitalism: wealth and fame. In a 2017 interview, Serena Williams describes how she had to bring to bear the full force of her authority as a global superstar to convince a nurse that she needed a treatment after the birth of her daughter. The treatment likely saved Serena’s life.

    In the wealthiest nation in the world, black women are dying in childbirth at rates comparable to those in poorer, colonized nations. The CDC says that black women are 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than are white women. Medical doctors surely know about these disparities, right? Why, then, would a global superstar have to intervene so directly in her own postnatal care, and what does that say about how poorer, average black women are treated when they give birth?

    To get the “healthcare” promised by the healthcare bureaucracy, it helps tremendously if the bureaucracy assumes that you are competent. When I called the nurse and said that I was bleeding and in pain, the nurse needed to hear that a competent person was on the phone in order to process my problem for the crisis that it was. Instead, something about me and the interaction did not read as competent. That is why I was left in a general waiting room when I arrived, rather than being rushed to a private room with the equipment necessary to treat a pregnancy crisis. When my butt hurt, the doctors and nurses did not read that as a competent interpretation of contractions and so no one addressed my labor pains for over three days. At every step of the process of having what I would learn later was a fairly typical pregnancy for a black woman in the United States, I was rendered an incompetent subject with exceptional needs that fell beyond the scope of reasonable healthcare.

    “Black babies in the United States die at just over two times the rate of white babies in the first year of their life,” says Arthur James, an OB-GYN at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus. When my daughter died, she and I became statistics.

  14. Liza says:

  15. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh

    21m21 minutes ago
    even with a losing hand, Republicans don’t want to fold on shutdown without extracting SOMETHING.
    Veteran GOP Rep. Cole: “Pelosi and Schumer cannot obtain absolute victory unless we give it to them”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Worth remembering:
    -Trump could end this stupid shutdown at any point, by saying “Let the rest of the govt function while we figure out The Wall.”
    -McConnell could do it *tomorrow* by bringing up again the same budget resolution that passed Senate w/o opposition three weeks ago.

    — James Fallows (@JamesFallows) January 9, 2019

  17. rikyrah says:

    The fact is: there are 800,000 workers who are suffering because of the #TrumpShutdown.

    It’s time Republicans stop playing games with people’s lives — and #EndTheShutdown now. This manufactured crisis is not something the people can afford.

    — Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 9, 2019

    • Ametia says:

      Here’s the ticket, Speaker Pelosi, 45 & his cabal are scrambling to secure enough $$ for those white voters who are starting to FEEL THE BURN OF THE SHUTDOWN.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump and Republicans want to scare you. They want you to feel frightened and fall for their lies.

    They did it days before the election, and they’re doing it now because they know the People’s House is going to hold them to account for their corruption.

    — Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 9, 2019

    • Ametia says:


  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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  21. Ametia says:

    Paulie + Russia=45’s gas-lighting media for ratings.


  22. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : January 9, 2019

    Behest: noun bih-HEST

    1 : an authoritative order : command

    2 : an urgent prompting

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