Wednesday Open Thread

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96 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. I can’t wait until he gets locked up. Put him in a cage

    • eliihass says:

      Pure evil..

      The sort of deep-seated hate the treasonous buffoon has now actively resurrected, emboldened, fully activated, and stays cultivating and weaponizing to boost his sorry ego and cover his basic con game, and all manner of treasonous activities and other criminality …

  2. John William King didn’t speak but left a short last written statement…

  3. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid hosting Chris Hayes tonight

    • majiir says:

      John William King didn’t think of how precious life is while he and his two buddies were dragging James Byrd behind their truck and beating, urinating and defecating on him, but now, all of a sudden, after taking a life, he doesn’t want to lose his own. I’ve never understood why some people think it’s OK to take others’ lives but don’t want to die themselves. SMH.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Keir Murray (@houtopia) Tweeted:
    Tulsi Gabbard: “there are a lot of bad people in the world…” audience member: “You’re one of them!” #ShethePeople2020

  5. rikyrah says:

    Police officers stand by report that Beto tried to flee scene of drunken crash

    Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has denied fleeing the scene of a crash that caused him to be arrested for drunk driving in 1998, but the El Paso officer who arrested him told the Texas Tribune that he stands by his report of the night.

    What they’re saying: An unnamed female witness told officers that O’Rourke’s car “attempted to leave the scene” after crashing into a truck. The police officer who arrested O’Rourke doesn’t remember the specifics of the night, but said: “I believe we have contradicting stories here. I stand by my report.”

    This is gonna sound simple…but, if it was a crash…wouldn’t they have put fleeing from the scene of a crime in the charges against him? Which means that it would be in an actual police report somewhere….in writing.

    Oh yeah, sorry, I was thinking like a Black person…cause I know they never forget a charge that they can put on us.

    I don’t see how him fleeing, when the cop wasn’t professional enough to put it in the charges against him is supposed to hurt Beto all these years later. It wasn’t up to Beto to put the charges upon himself. It was up to the cop, and if he didn’t do it then…why am I supposed to care now?

  6. rikyrah says:

    New Interior secretary, others subject of ethics investigations
    Rachel Maddow talks about the newly confirmed and already embattled Secretary of the Interior Department, David Bernhardt. He is under investigation by the department’s Inspector General, along with six others at the department.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Well, this is good news :)

    Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York’s attorney general
    Cristina Alesci
    By Cristina Alesci, CNN

    Updated 3:35 PM ET, Wed April 24, 2019

    Deutsche Bank has begun the process of providing financial records to New York state’s attorney general in response to a subpoena for documents related to loans made to President Donald Trump and his business, according to a person familiar with the production.

    Last month, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas for records tied to funding for several Trump Organization projects.

    The state’s top legal officer opened a civil probe after Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified to Congress in a public hearing that Trump had inflated his assets. Cohen at that time presented copies of financial statements he said had been provided to Deutsche Bank.

    The New York attorney general’s office declined to comment.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Welfare for the Wealthy: Trump Administration Tax Loophole Is Government Assistance for Gentrifiers

    Michael Harriot
    Yesterday 9:00am

    Hidden in the new tax code passed by a Republican-led Congress and signed by the Trump administration is a new program that critics say will reward gentrification by giving billions in tax breaks to wealthy venture capitalists, individuals and corporations who invest in low-income communities.

    On Wednesday, April 17, as journalists waited for the release of the much-anticipated Mueller Report, the Treasury Department issued a set of proposed regulations related to a little-known provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Also known as the Wypipo Welfare Act), the GOP’s overhaul of the tax laws. The new rules included government guidance for Opportunity Zones, described by the IRS as economically-distressed communities “where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.”

    A report from Rice University’s Institute for Urban Research called it “gentrification on steroids.” Some lawmakers worry that it will lead to poor people being pushed out of their homes. But Ben Carson insists it will help blacks become self-sufficient and the Trump administration seems to think it will work even though it has been tried many times and always fails.


    First, you should know that one can’t just take his or her savings and invest it into an opportunity fund. Nah, homey, you have to already be rich to get this government welfare.

    You see, while anyone can invest in a business in low-income areas, the Trump tax break only applies to capital gains earnings that are re-invested into opportunity zones. That’s right—the only way to get the Trump tax break is to invest money that you’ve already made from investing money, which means, under the Republican gentrification plan, one must already be rich to make money from poor communities…

    And pay zero in taxes!

    Curiously, the Trump regulations don’t require the opportunity zone real estate investors to lease to residents who already live inside the zones. They don’t even require businesses to hire from within the communities from which they are getting huge tax breaks.

    The result of the incentive will probably be communities like Solé Mia, a $4 billion dollar real estate development in a distressed part of North Miami, Fla. where residents worry about rising rents and gentrification. Bloomberg reports that an investment company is already pumping money from opportunity funds into the project, despite the fact that the venture capitalists would have likely gone through with the project anyway. Instead, the tax breaks simply increase their profit and allow them to colonize more of the poor south Florida neighborhood.

  9. rikyrah says:

    What Would Black America Be Like Under President Pete? Ask South Bend

    Jason Johnson
    Yesterday 10:46am


    This year, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dutifully came to the African American Elk’s Lodge and renamed the local intersection “Solidarity Day Drive” as part of the Dyngus Day tradition. It’s a symbolic gesture, but a telling one, even on a national scale. If Mayor Pete wants to extend his reach from media darling to actual Democratic contender, he’ll have to reach out to black voters, the backbone of the Democratic Party, and he’ll have to have more than symbolic gestures. If my conversations with black residents of South Bend are any indicator, it’s not yet clear that he’s up for the job.

    Ask African Americans about Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s relationship with the black community, and the Midwestern politeness comes out. They like him, he’s smart, he’s their mayor, but…

    “I can’t necessarily say that [the relationship is] good. But I will say he’s come a long way,” said Fowler, a Buttigieg supporter, who in 2015, with Buttigieg’s help, became St. Joseph County’s first ever minority elected executive.

    “He’s evolving,” “He’s getting better,” “You don’t know what you don’t know” are what you hear about Mayor Pete from black residents. You can almost hear a collective church clap and a bless his heart as they detail his numerous early stumbles with black voters. Some residents however, are much less diplomatic.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Waiting Is for White People: The Privilege of Not Impeaching Trump
    Michael Harriot

    If there was one thing about white people I have ever envied, it is their faith.

    White people really believe in the idea of America. They trust that they live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. They have the privilege of using the “Star-Spangled Banner” as a deflector shield, knowing it will envelop them in the loving embrace of freedom and protect them from injustice. It is why they find it inconceivable that anyone would burn a flag or kneel during their beloved lullaby of a national anthem. It must be a wonderful thing to believe in America.

    As a black man, I cannot have faith in America.

    It is not that I am unpatriotic, it is just that I have never borne witness to liberty and justice for all. I have scoured history books for evidence that this country presumes that all men are created equal and, finding none, can only conclude that for me, believing in America is a foolish venture.

    But again, I am black.


    Democratic leaders contend, without a shred of evidence, that impeachment proceedings could backfire and help Trump become president by dividing the nation with a partisan political process, thereby coalescing Trump’s supporters. Dems reason that voters should have the opportunity to decide Trump’s fate during the 2020 election. They advise their constituents to bide their time and wait for the American people to make their voices heard in the ballot box.

    How excellent it must feel to be exempt from the whims of an addlebrained white supremacist with unchecked power who repeatedly points a rifle loaded with racist policies at your head! It is easy to call for patience when your children are not being ripped from your arms. White people can stand to ruminate on their course of action as the president packs the courts with far-right judges who have displayed anti-black animus both anecdotally and statistically. It does not hurt white people to delay or even deny justice while Trump dismantles affirmative action, reverses rules on discrimination, destroys health care, promotes gentrification, champions police brutality and downplays the rise of white supremacist hate groups.

    Yes, waiting is for white people.

  11. rikyrah says:

    I smell phuckery afoot.

    Why the phuck are Democrats getting asked about goddamn INCARCERATED FELONS VOTING.


    Did I IMAGINE, that, in Florida, EVEN AFTER THE REFERENDUM PASSED – that these muthaphuckas are NOW trying to do POLL TAXES to prevent former felons from getting back their franchise?

    And NOW, I’m supposed to be concerned about FOLKS LOCKED UP?

    The universal Democratic Response to this nonsense :
    Until ALL former Felons have their voting rights fully restored across the 50 states…..don’t ask me about some incarcerated folks.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Doria has been staying with Meghan and Harry at Frogmore Cottage since last week as they prepare to welcome their first child, Duchess’ friend claims

    Doria Ragland has reportedly been staying with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
    Meghan’s mother Doria, 62, ‘arrived at Frogmore Cottage from LA on April 16’
    Reports claim royal couple could be considering taking on overseas projects

    PUBLISHED: 04:39 EDT, 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 07:29 EDT, 24 April 2019

  13. Ametia says:
  14. White woman exposes herself, gets racist and pays for it!

  15. rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Swan
    ‏Verified account
    3h3 hours ago
    In his private briefings on his yet-to-be-released immigration plan, Jared Kushner has told people his plan will be “neutral” on immigration numbers, multiple administration and Hill sources familiar with the proposal tell Axios.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Mueller Report: A narrative of obstruction laid plain
    Rachel Maddow recounts just how plainly the president’s obstructive behavior is laid out in the Special Counsel report, and the White House moves to block testimony in newly initiated congressional investigations.

  17. I mean who says that? GET WHITEY? Not Black people. It’s fuckery off Sanford and Sons done by white writers. So stupid.

  18. rikyrah says:


    VoteForWomen ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@AnnAnnChe) Tweeted:
    Mayor Pete was asked last night, “How will you use your lack of experience as an advantage?”

    This is the exact bullshit that not only frames a huge flaw in a positive light, but emphasizes how white men are promoted based on potential.

  19. Liza says:

    I don’t see this working for him.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) Tweeted:
    1. If you want to know how “let’s ignore Trump’s shenanigans and focus on the issues people care about” works against Trump, ask every Republican who ran against him in 2016. That’s exactly what they did and they all lost.

  21. rikyrah says:


    cjtown (@ladyc10) Tweeted:
    I’m not for any specific Dem candidate right now, I’m also not for specific bullshit thrown at any of them right now either. The media wants to purposely destroy any and every viable Dem, fuck that.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Sheila Wilson (@shewillz) Tweeted:
    Showrunners and beyond, on behalf of the WGA’s Committee of Black Writers, I hereby present The Black Book–a list of all the black writers we could wrangle in the Guild! Please feel free to use for all of your staffing needs! :D

  23. rikyrah says:

    Joan Alker (@JoanAlker1) Tweeted:
    Important new study today in JAMA…
    “Medicaid expansion may be helping to reduce racial disparities in one of the most important health indicators of a society—birth outcomes related to infant mortality.”
    Medicaid Expansion and Birth Outcomes

  24. rikyrah says:

    CL Nicholson (@CalvinNicholson) Tweeted:
    Black women are often the tip of the spear & the canaries in the coal mine. They saw Putin’s troll farms coming early!

  25. rikyrah says:

    George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) Tweeted:
    After the Mueller Report came out, Trump’s approval ratings slumped five points. But most Americans still don’t know the details. Congress should hold hearings to help shed further light on them. Trump should welcome this. After all, total exoneration, right?

  26. rikyrah says:

    cjtown (@ladyc10) Tweeted:
    The biggest mistake Dems made was using and repeating the word collusion, they should have been saying obstruction, lying, and witness intimidation.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Bianca Delarosa disobeys Trump’s orders (@Bravewriting) Tweeted:
    Elizabeth Warren is right about damn near everything, and so is Kamala Harris.

    All of you men posting things saying a woman can’t win in this environment need to cut it OUT.

    Women can do anything men can.

    We just do it better, backwards, in heels, and WE don’t cry “Rigged!”


    Imagine what else goes on that we don’t know about and will never see the light of day?

  29. rikyrah says:

    Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) Tweeted:
    New from me: Kushner downplayed Russia’s interference as a “couple ads” that did no real harm. But he obliged Russian attempts to cultivate a backchannel to the WH—twice.
    A new DOJ filing says such backchannels can result in “commensurate harm” to the US.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) Tweeted:
    In case you missed it, @JulianCastro went on @Morning_Joe today and laid out the situation at the border and what exactly his plan (the only one in the 2020 field) would do to fix it. #TeamJulián

  31. rikyrah says:

    skeptical brotha 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    Charlotte’s Police Chief, Mayor, City Manager, and District Attorney are all Black People. So why do CMPD keep killing Blackfolks for unjustified reasons and covering it up? #DanquirsFranklin #KeithLamontScott #JonathanFerrell

  32. rikyrah says:


    Cake or Death (@Johngcole) Tweeted:
    Me: There’s no way Peter Daou could be more insufferable


  33. rikyrah says:

    Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) Tweeted:
    Dems still worried about being “divisive” as if we’re not already living under the most divisive president imaginable. So, you think not pursuing impeachment is going to bring everyone together under a peace umbrella to sing kumbaya?!

  34. rikyrah says:

    Hunky Gay Jesus™ (@HunkyGayJesus) Tweeted:
    I don’t understand folks who insist Bernie should be the Democratic candidate. Bernie is NOT a Democrat and, given his deliberate trashing of the party, shouldn’t benefit from its backing and resources. Your thoughts?

  35. rikyrah says:

    Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) Tweeted:
    I’m gonna be so disappointed in Dems if Castro doesn’t make it to the stage. He’s incredibly accomplished. He is our only Latinx candidate. He speaks candidly about racism & justice. He’s brilliant. & he shows respect for his female opponents. Plz donate:

  36. rikyrah says:

    David Corn (@DavidCornDC) Tweeted:
    I see a congressional hearing in which former Trump officials are asked how much attention @realDonaldTrump devoted to protecting the United States from another Russian attack on an American election.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Denise Oliver-Velez (@Deoliver47) Tweeted:
    This is not a “feud.” Puerto Rico has no power to stop Donald Trump’s vendetta against the island and our 3.6 million U.S. citizens there.

  38. rikyrah says:

    I’m going to ask this…
    Were all the other candidates asked about sex workers?
    When did sex workers become a Presidential issue?
    And, if nobody else was asked this bullshyt question, why the Black woman was asked this garbage 😠😠😠

    Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) Tweeted:
    Not a single thing was answered about how she will protect sex workers. And one thing is for sure, the ONLY thing that will protect sex workers’ health and rights is a FULL decriminalization approach. The irony of also vouching for SESTA/FOSTA and saying you have experience.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Democratic candidates set to speak at She the People Summit
    Aimee Allison, She the People founder, talks to Rachel Maddow about the presidential forum her organization is hosting April 24 to provide a space for Democratic candidates to speak directly to and with women of color, rather than just count on their votes.

  40. rikyrah says:

    White House plans to block aides from testifying before Congress
    Robert Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post, talks to Rachel Maddow about how Trump plans to block White House aides from testifying before Congress by asserting executive privilege.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

  42. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : April 24, 2019

    Writhe: verb RYTHE


    1 : to move or proceed with twists and turns

    2 : to twist from or as if from pain or struggling

    3 : to suffer keenly

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