Friday Open Thread

Happy Friday, Everyone!

WaPo  journalist Jonathan Capehart’s audio series on the Civil Rights Movement

You can listen to the podcast series here:

The day Martin Luther King Jr. died: ‘Voices of the Movement’ Episode 1

Andrew Young, King’s chief strategist with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others who were close to King recall the moment they heard of his assassination.

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78 Responses to Friday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Trevor On #TeamSchiff Knows Collusion Isn’t Okay (@TPVTrevor) Tweeted:
    Friendly reminder that @BernieSanders twice filed for extensions and ultimately refused to release his final FEC filing in 2016. #VettingBernie #ReleaseYourTaxes

  2. eliihass says:

    To think I was one of those who thought he was treated rather unfairly and actually boycotted Grey’s Anatomy in support of this now ADOS-nonsense pushing, 2A gun-toting wannabe, fake-walkaway, trying to cover his silly white-supremacy-supporting, suck-up, fake black power, idiotic a*rse..

    So starved for attention and got carried away for a moment there when his tweets in support of a racist treasonous buffoon predictably, got lots of likes/retweets from the Alt-Right …And when trying to straddle for their likes and maintaining his fake-woke Africa/black power diddle fell apart, decided to go full-blown cray …

  3. eliihass says:

    So, Van Jones – ever the cowardly weasel – runs around recruiting as many D-list ‘celebrities’ and former celebrities turned pariah… to accompany him on his dubious footsie-playing voyage with white supremacy …to provide him cover …take the heat and focus off him as he slobbers up to a treasonous racist and his treasonous, corrupt spawn.. who throw out cheap, stingy, stale bones to the likes of Van and co. who help talk them up and help distract from their numerous egregious crimes …and as they continue to plunder and conspire with murderous despots around the world in exchange for money to bail out their struggling family business..

  4. rikyrah says:

    Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) Tweeted:
    Hillary Clinton released 30 years of tax returns

    Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by 4M votes.

    Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3M votes.

    Hillary Clinton raised $45M in the 1st quarter.

    Hillary Clinton gave DNC $125M, supported down the ballot Democrats.

    Respect it.

  5. rikyrah says:

    That’s right, Baby girl😂😂😂

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) Tweeted:
    For months, the vacuous, self-impressed popinjay, Howard Schultz, has been roving the country serving up trite political pap without a scintilla of pushback.

    Then he ran into Ali Velshi.

    This is brutal.

    Made my day, @AliVelshi

  7. rikyrah says:


    Manu Raju (@mkraju) Tweeted:
    House Dems are telling Capital One to turn over a host of financial records about Trump and Trump Hotel, as part of a wide-ranging investigation into potential financial conflicts of interest and whether POTUS in compliance with emoluments

    Bank says it wants subpoena to comply

  8. rikyrah says:

    KD (@Fly_Sistah) Tweeted:
    @notcapnamerica Trump 2.0. Bernie is just going to do whatever the hell he feels like, when he feels like it & force Congress to rein him in just like the moron we are dealing with now. He’s had 3 years to release his taxes & clearly is hiding that he’s now a millionaire & hypocrite.

    • eliihass says:

      Stay laser-focused on strategically targeting all voting blocs …And campaigning and winning everywhere… Ignore the headlines and polls …

      No matter what the headlines and polls say, it’s not over until it’s over… And anything can happen …between Vlad, GRU, a very desperate and now even more emboldened, corrupt treasonous buffoon taking refuge from the law by squatting in the People’s House … and his equally unethical, thirsty and desperate cohort of agenda-driven enablers and greed-agents who’ve benefited immensely from their symbiotic/quid pro quo alliance with a megalomaniacal useful idiot … And of course, a complicit media that again and again helps gin up the worst, runs interference for white supremacy …and of course, actively aids and abets the democracy-decimating, tax-break giving, regulations overriding favored party of their oligarch owners …deliberately stepping all over, minimizing and whenever possible, killing every credible smoking gun against the buffoon and Republicans…helping them frame and reframe narratives and push propaganda that favor republicans and their destructive agenda..

  9. rikyrah says:

    LiberalPhenom (Obama is my president forever) (@LiberalPhenom) Tweeted:
    Biden isn’t making a joke of those who speak out. But you folks with your over the top attacks are weakening MeToo. When do you go after Bernie for allowing an atmosphere of sexual harassment to be rampant in his campaign?

    • majiir says:

      Harris is pushing the facts. I pushed all of my students but placed special emphasis on my students who were POC. A lot of my kids went on to college and ended up working in high-paying professions. It’s exactly what I wanted them to do, and I’m so proud of them. One of my former students works at my doctor’s office. When she showed up there, I asked why she wasn’t in school to become an RN. I stayed on her. She has a little more than two years to go before completing the degree to become an RN. I’ve also been pushing the other employees at his office to return to school, and they’re now telling me they’re beginning to move in that direction. I always told my students that they could be anything they wanted to be, if they were willing to study and work hard. Some of them are Harvard-trained lawyers, teachers, college professors, are or have been in the NBA and the NFL, and others are doctors, dentists, nurses, accountants, dental hygienists, etc.

  10. rikyrah says:

    If I have to choose between a woman who switched from Republican to Democrat and a man who only claims to be a Democrat when he’s running for the party’s presidential nomination, I’m backing the woman every time.— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) April 5, 2019

  11. rikyrah says:

    Hey, guys? I may have figured out Sanders’ reluctance to release his tax returns. If I’m right, he WILL release ten years’ returns (2008-2018) as soon as he’s filed for 2018 — because the return he’s always been worried about is for 2007.1/— M.S. Bellows, Jr. (@msbellows) April 5, 2019

    Why do I say this? Because his wife, Jane, allegedly profited from ad buys in his first Senate campaign in 2006:— M.S. Bellows, Jr. (@msbellows) April 5, 2019

    The Sanders denied it at the time, but think: the biggest ad buys are made late in the year. Jane’s ($ millions) commissions likely wouldn’t have been paid until 2007 — meaning they’d be disclosed on their 2007 1040, not their 2006’s.3/— M.S. Bellows, Jr. (@msbellows) April 5, 2019

  12. rikyrah says:

    Amene (@Ange_Amene) Tweeted:
    Major erasure of Black Leaders and POC leaders.

    Completely tone deaf. 🙄

    What’s with the obsession of white men to be first?

    Bernie Sanders Says He May Be Old, White, and Male, But He Was Here First

    • eliihass says:

      How do you begin to even make up for this..?

      • Liza says:

        When I read stories like this, my first thought is that at least they don’t have to die in a cage. A cage they never deserved to be in.

        But it is heart wrenching, these stories. These are stolen lives. And these people had mothers, fathers, families, friends, communities that care about them. And what happens to those people?

        We need to place a higher value on people’s lives.

      • rikyrah says:

        You can’t😢😢😢

  13. rikyrah says:

    Another GOP Voter Fraud Claim Falls Apart, and Democrats See an Opening
    APRIL 4, 2019
    Republican voter fraud allegations are getting embarrassing—and politically damaging—for the GOP.

    The latest overblown Republican claims of voter fraud have been thoroughly debunked, now that a federal judge has blocked a massive voter purge in Texas, and accused GOP election officials there of creating a “mess” that intimidated vulnerable voters.

    But instead of eating crow, Republicans are doubling down. In Texas, even as a federal judge intervened, Republican state senators were advancing a bill that would erect fresh barriers to registration and voting. And President Donald Trump, having tweeted in January that the supposed illegal voting in Texas was “the tip of the iceberg” told GOP officials this week that they needed to be “careful” in upcoming elections, “because I don’t like the way the votes are being tallied.”

    Nevertheless, GOP voter fraud claims and voter restriction efforts could come back to haunt Republicans in 2020. In Texas, the debacle that began when GOP Acting Secretary of State David Whitley announced erroneously in January that 95,000 noncitizens had registered in Texas, and 58,000 had voted, removed more than a dozen eligible voters from the rolls. (They were later reinstated.) Latino voting rights advocates, who successfully sued to block the Texas purge, predict a voter backlash.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Love the Star Wars Meme

  15. Ametia says:


  16. Ametia says:

    This is who 53% of white women voted for

  17. Ametia says:
    • Liza says:

      Betsy de Vos reminds me of those talking dolls that had a cord in the back of their necks that you pulled to get them to say the same stuff over and over.

      • majiir says:

        I had one of those dolls. You’re talking about “Chatty Cathy!” DeVos is trying hard to distance herself from that report she used to rescind the Obama disciplinary rule and is talking exactly like that doll. Every response she gave was the same. Every one of them. She’s knows nothing about education or teaching. It was my experience that some kids from all racial and socioeconomic groups get into trouble. It was also my experience that if the child was white, came from an influential family, or was an important member of a school sports team, s/he would get a lighter punishment than students who weren’t in one of these categories.

    • eliihass says:

      You often get the sense that the right-wing furiously wheels out and momentarily holds up the likes of Herman Cain, Silk and Diamond and all the rest of the embarrassingly stupid, vacuous, greed-driven dregs of loathsomeness that have willingly attached themselves as token black useful idiots to the Use-Me-As-You-See-Fit Massa hustle caravan …merely as a way to irk the rest of us, and to generally mock and demean black people as a collective – and further assert for their purposes, the ‘blacks as all-around inferior’ narrative..

  18. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : April 5, 2019

    45 to a tee

    Brummagem: adjective BRUM-ih-jum

    Definition : not genuine : spurious; also : cheaply showy : tawdry

    • eliihass says:

      And there’s more than enough of the Brummagem knock-offs doing their painfully lame darnedest to mimic the real deal, out and about on the political roadshow..

  19. rikyrah says:

    Visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Was the Most Emotional Museum Experience I’ve Ever Had
    Panama Jackson
    Yesterday 3:42pm

    I went to the Lorraine Motel and the National Civil Rights Museum for the first time in January, and I can say, without question, it was the most emotional experience I’ve ever had at a museum. I’ve been to African-American history museums near and far, and if I’m in a city and there is a black museum, I make it a point to go. Some are more difficult than others, almost intentionally—I will never forget walking through the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit with my daughter and how they make you walk through black history, including the hull of a slave ship with slave mannequins stacked up alongside one another—literally, it was #DisTewMuch. Others are easier to digest.

    But the Lorraine.

    It felt different almost from the beginning. As I walked up on the museum and saw its physical presence and location, it felt almost surreal. For starters, it’s so much smaller than it lives in my mind because of its significance. You almost forget that it was an actual motel. I got caught up in the history and the sadness and more or less paced back and forth the length of the museum for about 10 minutes, working myself up to go inside. I couldn’t stop staring at the balcony; there’s a wreath that hangs on the railing where King was felled.

  20. Liza says:

    I love this so much. Prescott AZ has a lot of retired folks living there. But here they are, marching, they bring their dogs.

  21. rikyrah says:


    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    White people, I have a suggestion.

    When black people tell you we’re hearing a dog-whistle, and that someone’s rhetoric surrounding race and identity is problematic, you don’t have to agree.

    But assuming that we’re misinformed or simply not understanding, makes you an asshole.

  22. rikyrah says:

    They Had It Coming
    The parents indicted in the college-admissions scandal were responding to a changing America, with rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs.

    APR 4, 2019


    Ever since the scandal became public, two opinions have been widely expressed. The first is that the schemes it revealed are not much different from the long-standing admissions preference for big donors, and the second is that these admissions gained on fraudulent grounds have harmed underprivileged students. These aren’t quite right. As off-putting as most of us find the role that big-ticket fundraising plays in elite-college admissions, those monies go toward programs and facilities that will benefit a wide number of students—new dormitories, new libraries, enriched financial-aid funds are often the result of rich parents being tapped for gifts at admissions time. But the Singer scheme benefits no one at all except the individual students, and the people their parents paid off.

    The argument that the scheme hurt disadvantaged applicants—or even just non-rich applicants who needed financial aid to attend these stratospherically expensive colleges—isn’t right either. Elite colleges pay deep attention to the issue of enrollment management; the more elite the institution, the more likely it is to be racially and socioeconomically diverse. This is in part because attaining this kind of diversity has become a foundational goal of most admissions offices, and also because the elite colleges have the money to make it happen. In 2017, Harvard announced with great fanfare that it had enrolled its first class in which white students were in the minority.

    When I was a prep-school college counselor 25 years ago, I thought that whatever madness was whirring through the minds of the parents was a blip of group insanity that would soon abate. It has only gotten more and more extreme. Anyone can understand a parent’s disappointment if he had thought for 17 years that his child would go to Yale one day, only to learn that it’s not in the cards. But what accounted for the intensity of emotion these parents expressed, their sense of a profound loss, of rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs? They were experiencing the same response to a changing America that ultimately brought Donald Trump to office: white displacement and a revised social contract. The collapse of manufacturing jobs has been to poor whites what the elite college-admissions crunch has been to wealthy ones: a smaller and smaller slice of pie for people who were used to having the fattest piece of all.

    In the recent past—the past in which this generation of parents grew up—a white student from a professional-class or wealthy family who attended either a private high school or a public one in a prosperous school district was all but assured admission at a “good” college. It wasn’t necessarily going to be Harvard or Yale, but it certainly might be Bowdoin or Northwestern. That was the way the system worked. But today, there’s a squeeze on those kids. The very strong but not spectacular white student from a good high school is now trying to gain access to an ever-shrinking pool of available spots at the top places. He’s not the inherently attractive prospect he once was.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Jesse Lee
    ‏Verified account
    16h16 hours ago
    More Jesse Lee Retweeted Manu Raju
    It’s already easy to take for granted, but I feel like had Democrats not taken the House, the Barr cover-up letter might have been the only thing we saw from the Mueller report for years.

  24. rikyrah says:

    I deleted my post, Ametia

  25. rikyrah says:

    This phuckery here!!!

    New reporting suggests strain between Barr and Mueller team
    Rachel Maddow looks at new reporting from several news outlets that members of Robert Mueller’s team are not only unhappy with William Barr’s characterization of their work, but resent that their summaries were supplanted by Barr’s four-page memo.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Exception to grand jury secrecy has clear and familiar precedent
    Rachel Maddow explains how the principle of grand jury secrecy was overridden in a court ruling in favor of the public interest in materials related to the investigation of Richard Nixon.

    Public interest can top grand jury secrecy: fmr Watergate counsel
    Philip Lacovara, former counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor, talks with Rachel Maddow about his successful argument for the release of the Nixon tapes and grand jury material related to the Watergate investigation that ultimately led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Trump inauguration subject of at least seven open investigations
    Rachel Maddow reviews the myriad investigations into Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, though little is known about the specifics or why so many.

  28. rikyrah says:

    They are messing with my bacon 😡😡😡

    Mother Jones (@MotherJones) Tweeted:
    Trump is about to make the pork industry responsible for inspecting itself.

    • Ametia says:

      I’ve been backing away from meat for quite some time.

      I’ve been eating lots of tofu, veggies, and lots of soups for my spring cleaning. .

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄 😄

  30. rikyrah says:

    Some on Mueller team concerned about Barr views on obstruction
    Carol Leonnig, national reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting into unhappiness among some members of Robert Mueller’s team with how Attorney General William Barr has so far presented the results of their work.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Sorry Ametia. I thought that you just couldn’t get the post up this morning, so I did one. Good to see you.

    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah. Thanks, it’s been a bit challenging this week. But I got something up. LOL I’ve been in a great deal of discomfort. But now have adequate pain relief.

      so resting up now and checking in when I can. Please excuse typos.

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