Wednesday Open Thread

Happy HUMP Day, Everyone.

Dick Gregory: Wisdom | The Two-Hour Special

Ojays, because, I’m home healing, and I need this kind of music.

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112 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    I will ask again…where is the lie?

    Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) Tweeted:
    MSNBC: Is Mike Pence an honorable man?

    @SenWarren: No.

    MSNBC: Want to explain?

    WARREN: “Anyone who engages in the kind of homophobia and attacks on people who are different from himself is not an honorable person. That’s not what honorable people do.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    Just STOP 😠😠

    Sam Stein (@samstein) Tweeted:
    Giuliani Ally: We Weren’t Dangling A Pardon. We Were Referencing Garth Brooks Lyrics.

    Via @swin24

  3. rikyrah says:

    Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) Tweeted:
    I must’ve missed Meghan McCain crying over Tucker Carlson’s deplorable comments about women, his jokes about child rape or Jeanine Pirro’s unhinged comments. But the Black Muslim woman scares her.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer #KamalaHarris2020 (@leftyjennyc) Tweeted:
    Things I have yet to hear one journo who’s interviewed Bernie Sanders ask him directly about:
    1. Rape essays
    2. Being a deadbeat dad
    3. Why he didn’t vote/have a job til 40
    4. Why he’s only proposed 350 bills in 30yrs & gotten <2% passed
    5. His civil rights record since the 60s

  5. rikyrah says:


    Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) Tweeted:
    So, as I understand this, Trump’s acting attorney general Matt Whitaker committed perjury when he told a congressional committee last month that Trump never called him about the Michael Cohen case. Today Whitaker apparently admitted Trump did call him.

  6. All that mocking and wanting to be funny in the hearing but now the shyt has gotten real. Whitaker knows folks aren’t playing.

  7. rikyrah says:


    This was funny as phuck.

    Leo’s ever-growing age-gap: Incredible graph shows that 44-year-old DiCaprio has still NEVER dated a woman over the age of 25
    A groundbreaking graph shows that Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t dated a woman over the age of 25

    PUBLISHED: 17:16 EDT, 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 06:22 EDT, 13 March 2019

    Lenoardi DiCaprio has long been one of Hollywood’s most eligible and enviable bachelors.

    But it seems he has a penchant for younger women, according to data analysis of his ex-girlfriends and former flames.

    One Reddit user carefully studied DiCaprio, 44, and his long list of lovers and concluded that he refuses to date woman over the age of 25, barely more than half of the Oscar-winner’s age.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) Tweeted:
    The Ryan 2024 presidential campaign is underway. This is exactly what Nixon did in 1964 with Barry Goldwater. Nixon expected Goldwater to lose to LBJ (as did everyone) & Nixon wanted to position himself as the inheritor of Goldwater’s right wing base 4 years later. It worked.

  9. rikyrah says:

    White House weighs a deal to rescue Trump’s emergency declaration
    03/13/19 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    With bipartisan support, the House passed a measure a couple of weeks ago to block Donald Trump’s emergency declaration, in which he granted himself the power to redirect funds to border barriers, in defiance of Congress and public will. Over the next day or two, the Republican-led Senate will vote on the same bill.

    On the surface, the outcome seemed obvious. Several GOP senators have already stated publicly that they will vote for the measure, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conceded to reporters last week that it will pass. Though proponents of the bill only need four Republican votes, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested last week the total could be as high as 10.

    A lot can happen in a week, though.


    Although four Republican senators have already announced they will vote to nullify the president’s emergency declaration, one of them — Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) — publicly indicated Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Pence that he could change his position if the administration and senators strike a deal on revising the National Emergencies Act. That would be enough to kill the resolution in the Senate, provided no other GOP senators oppose Trump’s declaration or alter their position.

    The basic contours of the deal are as follows: if enough Senate Republicans agree to defeat the pending resolution, the White House will agree to changes to the National Emergencies Act – the law that Trump appears to have abused through his emergency declaration, and the law that empowers Congress to block the presidential effort.

    Though the details of the changes aren’t yet available, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is reportedly taking the lead on revising the National Emergencies Act so as to limit presidential power going forward.

    And if that doesn’t sound to you like an especially good deal, your instincts are sound.

    For one thing, we have no idea if Trump would agree to limit his own power. There have been other instances in which Pence has tried to negotiate on behalf of the White House, only to have the president reject the terms his own vice president offered lawmakers.

    For another, even if Republicans agreed to change the National Emergencies Act, it wouldn’t be retroactive. In other words, Trump’s recent gambit would be unaffected by the proposed “fix,” leaving GOP senators opposed to his policy with nothing but tepid assurances about the future.

    Complicating matters, if Senate Republicans and the White House struck a deal to amend the National Emergencies Act, those changes would still have to be approved by the Democratic-led House – and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is not a party to this week’s negotiations, announced this morning that her chamber will not approve the Republicans’ solution.

    “The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass,” Pelosi said in a written statement.

  10. rikyrah says:

    16 COUNTS!

  11. rikyrah says:

    From Silverman at BJ:

    There are five six additional items to keep in mind here:
    1) With today’s sentence, he will be in prison until he’s just about 77. Even Club Fed is unpleasant. And they’re going to have to keep him solitary to keep him safe.
    2) Judge Jackson signed an order for $11 million of addition restitution.
    3) The Special Counsel just hit Manafort with an additional $24 million restitution order in regard to his conviction in the EDVA, which is not subject to Judge Ellis’s approval or oversight. So that’s now an additional $35 million in restitution.
    4) The Special Counsel had not made a final determination as to whether he will appeal Judge Ellis’s sentencing decision. Some of that delay was to see what Judge Jackson did today.
    5) The Special Counsel has not made a final determination as to whether to charge Manafort with the dozens of additional crimes that he committed and that they have not currently charged him with. Some of that delay was to see what the outcomes of both trials were, including the sentencing.
    6) New York state, the City of New York, and the Attorney General in DC will now begin to move forward as to whether they will bring charges against Manafort for the crimes he committed in their jurisdictions, but that the Special Counsel did not charge him for.

    The only answers to 4,5,6 should be YES YES and YES

  12. rikyrah says:

    Saeed Jones (@theferocity) Tweeted:
    BITCHHHHHH. “Prosecutors said William Singer also falsified ethnicities and other biographical details in some cases, to take advantage of affirmative action.”

  13. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : March 13, 2019

    Zero-sum: adjective ZEER-oh-SUM


    of, relating to, or being a situation (such as a game or relationship) in which a gain for one side entails a corresponding loss for the other side

  14. rikyrah says:


    Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) Tweeted:
    In an effort to avoid voting in favor of the House’s resolution to terminate Trump’s #FakeEmergency, GOP senators are proposing legislation to allow Trump to violate the Constitution *just this once.*

    The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.

  15. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Paul Manafort has been sentenced to:- Count 1: 60 months, with 30 months concurrent with EDVA sentence- Count 2: 13 months, to run consecutive to count 1 and the EDVA sentence— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) March 13, 2019

  16. rikyrah says:

    They are closing down all overseas USCIS field offices.

    The offices — which are located in embassies and consulates around the world — handle everything from immigration applications and fraud detection. In addition, the offices provide expertise to other U.S. government agencies and partner with foreign governments.

    While President Donald Trump frequently highlights his opposition to illegal immigration, his administration also has taken steps to make the legal immigration process more difficult. The latest move could affect everyone from members of the U.S. military applying for citizenship to foreigners seeking to join their relatives in the U.S., according to those familiar with the move.

  17. Real life, people. 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

  18. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Me too 😠😠

    April (@ReignOfApril) Tweeted:
    Thinking about how Fox News (and many others) shamed all those Black kids who publicly celebrated after getting into a dozen or more elite schools.

    And I am enraged anew.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) Tweeted:
    I’m not into the sort of kumbaya feminism that props up white women and tells women of color they’ll get theirs if they just wait their turn. Never will be.

    You can keep your trickle down feminism. 🤷🏾‍♀️

  20. rikyrah says:

    US withdraws embassy personnel from Venezuela as crisis worsens
    Rachel Maddow reports on the recent timeline the U.S. disposition toward Venezuela, culminating in the withdrawal last night of all remaining U.S. diplomatic personnel from the embassy as conditions become more dire.
    March 12, 2019

  21. rikyrah says:

    Trump admin assurances on plane’s safety ring hollow abroad
    Rachel Maddow reports on worldwide concerns about potential safety problems with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and why perceptions of Donald Trump as compromised by poor judgment and susceptibility to manipulation have undermined the authority of the FAA and isolated the United States.
    March 12, 2019

  22. rikyrah says:

    Why the GOP’s paid-family-leave plan is not what it appears to be
    03/13/19 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), two of the most conservative members of the Senate, sat down for an interview with CBS News this week to tout their paid-family-leave plan, called the “Cradle Act.” Asked why the United States is so far behind the rest of the world on this issue, Ernst didn’t hesitate.

    “We’ve decided now is the time to step up and really do something about this,” the Iowa Republican said. “We think it’s time to catch up with other countries.”

    That may sound encouraging, but there’s less here than meets the eye.

    The GOP duo promoted their proposal with a new op-ed in the Washington Post, touting the virtues of paid family leave “without burdening either employers or taxpayers.”

    Our proposal, the Cradle Act, would allow both natural and adoptive parents to receive one, two or three months of paid leave benefits. A few decades down the road, those parents would then “pay” for the benefit themselves by delaying their own retirement for two, four or six months.

    To choose the paid parental leave option, parents would first have to notify the Social Security Administration of their plan to take paid leave before the expected birth or adoption. Then, after parents applied for their baby’s Social Security number, payments would begin in two weeks.

    If this sounds at all familiar, it’s because the Ernst/Lee plan is very similar to the “Economic Security for New Parents Act” unveiled by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), which we discussed last year.

    In practice, both suffer from the same fundamental flaw: the plans are less of a benefit and more of a loan, from you to you.

    In nearly every advanced democracy on the planet, new parents receive paid family leave as a benefit of citizenship, like health care, police protection, and public libraries. Funding mechanisms vary, but the programs tend to be financed through tax dollars, government mandates on private industry, or some combination therein.

    Under the Republican vision in the United States, families should have similar benefits, just so long as they pay for it themselves by sacrificing future Social Security benefits.

  23. rikyrah says:

    This is the Democratic Party Calendar for 2020:

    February 3: Iowa caucus
    February 11: New Hampshire primary
    February 22: Nevada caucus
    February 29: South Carolina primary
    March 3: Super Tuesday (Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia primaries; Democrats Abroad preference vote through March 10)
    March 7: Louisiana primary
    March 10: Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio primaries
    March 17: Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries
    To be determined: Colorado primary (March 3, 10 or 17)
    April 7: Wisconsin primary
    April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries
    May 5: Indiana primary
    May 12: West Virginia primary
    May 19: Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oregon primaries
    June 2: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries[206]
    June 7: Puerto Rico primary
    June 16: District of Columbia primary

  24. Oh good grief. 🙄 Lock him up and toss the key. #ConMan

  25. rikyrah says:


    Mother Jones (@MotherJones) Tweeted:
    Newly-released tapes capture Fox News host @TuckerCarlson:
    • Describing Iraqis as “semiliterate primitive monkeys”
    • Crediting “white men” with “creating civilization”
    • And comparing women to “dogs”

    Jesus Christ.‍

  26. rikyrah says:

    irony left name change guy (@hasanthehun) Tweeted:
    never forget that george w bush got into yale through affirmative action for the wealthy. He was a legacy, and his family donated a wing of the library.

  27. rikyrah says:

    I ♥️him.

    Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) Tweeted:
    Everybody who bitches about affirmative-action now gets to:
    A. Kiss my black ass.
    B. Shut up forever and ever and ever.

  28. rikyrah says:


    The Crisis Magazine (@thecrisismag) Tweeted:
    After white mobs destroyed “Black Wall Street”, killing hundreds, where are the bodies buried?

  29. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒

    Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) Tweeted:
    Incredibly weird that @SenSanders has lied about when he would release his taxes(said he would, never did last cycle)and still has not done it after announcing his second run for President.Enabling the norm-busting corrupt refusal of @realDonaldTrump to release his taxes is nuts.

  30. rikyrah says:


    Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) Tweeted:
    After years of working to enact the home of Medgar and Myrlie Evers as a national monument, I am proud to announce it has been signed into law. I hope this enactment affords my long-time friend Myrlie Evers some assurance that her husband’s legacy lives on.

  31. rikyrah says:


    Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) Tweeted:
    It’s nice to know that whatever decision the FAA is making on the 737, I have TOTAL faith it’s being made on the merits and not because of some corrupt and hidden influence on our President or a cockamamie idea planted in his head on the back nine.

  32. rikyrah says:

    TRUTH 👏👏👏

    Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) Tweeted:
    Reminder: Harvard admits more white students with legacy preferences than the total number of black students admitted each year. And that’s for being *related* to privilege, not even counting the kids whose parents just purchased their admission.

  33. rikyrah says:

    I see what he’s saying…but, my tiny violin is still out.😒

    Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) Tweeted:
    I feel kinda uncomfortable w/ two well-known moms being the face of this college scandal. i.e. the central fixer was a man, many of the charged coaches were men, lots of husbands/dads were involved etc.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Jim Roberts (@nycjim) Tweeted:
    Since the dawn of aviation, the US has set the standards for air safety. Now the world is ignoring the FAA in grounding Boeing 737 Max-8 gets. “What we’re looking at here is almost a rebellion against the FAA.”

  35. rikyrah says:


    Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) Tweeted:
    The juiciest, most revealing fact in the college-bribery story isn’t the Hollywood celebrities. It’s a guy named Bill, whose alleged involvement tells us everything we need to know about our age.

  36. rikyrah says:

    I love this kind of petty. All here for it.

    The speaker giveth, and the speaker taketh away.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revoked Vice President Mike Pence’s office space in the House.

    — NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) March 12, 2019

    VP is president of & has office space in the Senate. Paul Ryan broke protocol, gave Pence space in the House of Representatives – which he never should have had – and, Nancy Pelosi is returning the House back to the American people; not lobbyists & corporate America. Understand?

    — Mary (@mryfrtsn) March 13, 2019

  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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