Tuesday Open Thread | The American Experiment

That’s why I call it the American Experiment. I agree with this Twitter thread about the stakes for 2020. It literally is about America’s survival, and folks who don’t get that…..we can’t joke or waffle about it:

coop (@coople) Tweeted:

  1. America is an idea, a noble one, but it’s an anomaly in history. If racism destroys this noble idea, what rushes in to fill the void will plunge civilization into darkness. This sentiment has to be delivered with urgency and righteous anger. This candidate has to carry the

coop (@coople) Tweeted:

  1. the banner into the belly of the beast and implode Whiteness. Republicans have been successful w/their Southern Strategy bc Dems and cautious white folks have been afraid to run afoul of Whiteness. They’ve been afraid to call a spade a spade. They’ve equivocated. Media



coop (@coople) Tweeted:

  1. have too. But now is the time. If trump wins reelection, Whiteness/racism will destroy democracy, cobble America and embolden the forces of autocracy and authoritarianism. The Democrats, so reticent and solicitous have to choose ye this day. If night, America

coop (@coople) Tweeted:

  1. will begin the long day’s journey into night. @3ChicsPolitico @YNB @AvaJacq @Amy_Siskind @JoyAnnReid @DrJasonJohnson @JasonOverstreet @RepJerryNadler https://twitter.com/coople/status/1153455360574967809?s=17

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70 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | The American Experiment

  1. rikyrah says:

    Never forget

    November 2018 saved the American Social Safety Net


  2. rikyrah says:


    I don’t believe that this is random. Why do I feel that they were targeted 😠😠


    • eliihass says:


      Not even..

      And then we wonder why and how we lose.. how we always, always manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…

      A bunch of mostly paid or ego-stroked media/social media types try to fluff-up and talk-up and whip up an artificial frenzy around underwhelming, one-dimensional, mediocre, manufactured career pols with no conviction or vision – outside of their own self-aggrandizement and political ambition… and precious little to show for been propped-up from one elective office to the next through the years by a corrupt state party machine.. try to insist that their fluffed-up person is ‘ really, really happening’ …really catching on.. and that we all ought to get onboard..

      There will be yet another wake-up call for us if this ends up playing out as the social media bubble brigade dictates..

      I’m not a Hillary person, but there is not even any comparison..

      Hillary was an infinitely superior candidate/politician/human.. by every measure..

      I’ll take Hillary over any day …and that’s saying a lot..

      That the media and certain folk are pretending that this slate of Dem candidates aren’t in fact mediocre, and for the most part, utterly unimpressive, has to be the biggest joke played on us..

      …the continued elevation of the treasonous buffoon and his endless criminality and traitorous shenanigans, aside..


      If ‘taking it to the treasonous buffoon on the debate stage’ (something that for all intents and purposes might not even happen if he – with the enabling of the media – suddenly opts out of debates and decides that he’s simply not interested)…

      If that is the only criteria for our next nominee, then we have already lost..

      Folks need to read the comments on the recent New York Times article for a sampling of what a vast majority of Democrats are actually thinking..

  3. rikyrah says:

    In addition to being a Russian asset, #MoscowMitch is also letting down the people he promised to help. This is what happens when you pretend to love coal miners but what you really love are checks from coal barons. https://t.co/Yg0revv3ue— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 30, 2019

  4. rikyrah says:

    I didn’t realize that Trump called in an astroturfed anti-gay pastor who falsely claimed to be a civil rights leader to defend him on Baltimore. This is what happened when I asked the actual surviving leaders who he was https://t.co/Edue5ShLAE pic.twitter.com/BazqnlxT4Z— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) July 30, 2019

  5. rikyrah says:

    Jaw-dropping story in the Wall Street Journal.High-income parents in Chicago are transferring legal guardianship of their children to friends so the kids can claim financial aid.https://t.co/GC4rEhTE6F— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) July 30, 2019

  6. rikyrah says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) Tweeted:
    We had a meeting about this @TheLastWord. I began & ended with the admission that I don’t know how to cover a presidential campaign of full throttle racism. We must begin by not pretending we know how to cover Trump. It’s a new challenge everyday & our old tools don’t work. https://t.co/VNTyKxcwd2 https://twitter.com/Lawrence/status/1156244753719209984?s=17

  7. rikyrah says:

    Meet The Right-Wing Consultant Who Goes From State To State Slashing Budgets
    By Matt Shuham
    July 29, 2019 3:50 pm

    A few days after a powerful earthquake hit the state last November, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) issued an order increasing the power of the state’s budget office, led at the time by a woman who had lived in Alaska a mere two weeks.

    In her newly empowered role, Donna Arduin — an infamous budget-slashing expert — and Dunleavy went on cut to hundreds of millions from the state budget. They aim to trim even more in her second year in the remote state.

    It’s hardly Arduin’s first rodeo. The budget consultant has served in several Republican-led governor’s offices, slashing state expenses while cutting or resisting efforts to increase tax revenue.

    She’s also one of three leaders of the right-wing consulting firm Arduin Laffer & Moore Econometrics. Her partners are “Trumponomics” co-authors Arthur Laffer, the trickle-down economics evangelist, and Stephen Moore, who in May ruefully wished there was a “statute of limitations on saying stupid things” so he could’ve had a shot at joining the Federal Reserve Board.


    Since arriving in Alaska last year, Arduin has led the governor’s attempt to cut a whopping $1.6 billion in spending from education, social services, the arts, and nearly every other corner of state government. Between legislative cuts and line-item vetoes, Dunleavy has so far cut “almost $700 million” from the budget in his first year, Arduin said in an interview earlier this month, despite a failed recent attempt by the legislature to override his vetoes.

    “We’re about halfway solved,” she said. “We’re going to be looking towards reducing the budget another $700 million next year.”

    The University of Alaska’s Board of Regents, at a meeting in which they declared financial exigency last week, sounded less enthusiastic. The institution has been “crippled,” its president said, by the governor cutting roughly 40% of the school’s state funding — over $130 million. Thousands of students across the state found their state-funded scholarships suddenly defunded with the school year looming. “We will not have a university after February if we don’t make a move,” one regent noted.

    Another Alaskan who had scheduled a dentures appointment four weeks after having his teeth extracted was left with gums flapping in the wind, after the governor eliminated Medicaid dental coverage for adults. That saved the state $27 million.

    But the steep cuts aren’t surprising to Americans in several other states. Following an internship in the Reagan-era Office of Management and Budget and stints at Morgan Stanley and elsewhere, Arduin has crisscrossed the country slashing state budgets left and right.

  8. rikyrah says:

    WSJ editorial board comes to defense of McConnell: https://t.co/6VCPT1rHOb— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 30, 2019

  9. rikyrah says:

    Of course, he’s a lying muthaphucka just like his boss.

    The Curve for Unqualified White Men is REAL.

    Did Trump’s pick for intelligence director misrepresent his record?
    07/30/19 10:05 AM
    By Steve Benen

    It’s alarmingly easy to come up with a list of reasons Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) is a misguided choice to serve as the director of national intelligence. Almost immediately after Donald Trump tapped the far-right congressman for the gig, it became obvious that Ratcliffe lacks the appropriate experience, temperament, judgment, and credibility needed to oversee the entire U.S. intelligence community.

    But for now, let’s focus on just one of those.

    When the president announced his selection over the weekend, he specifically pointed to Ratcliffe having served as a former U.S. Attorney. It wasn’t immediately obvious why serving as a federal prosecutor would help prepare someone to oversee 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, but in theory, there could be some relevant overlap.

    If, for example, a former U.S. Attorney had extensive experience trying counter-terrorism cases, and it required detailed cooperation with intelligence officials and agencies, that could matter when evaluating candidates for a high-ranking intelligence position.

    So, did Ratcliffe try counter-terrorism cases and engage in detailed cooperation with intelligence officials? The Republican congressman’s website boasts that he “put terrorists in prison,” but NBC News reported that there is “no evidence he ever prosecuted a terrorism case.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    UH UH UH

    EXCLUSIVE: Murdered Ole Miss student Ally Kostial, 21, was ‘PREGNANT with accused killer’s baby’ and was shot shortly after she told him and refused when he demanded that she have an abortion

    Friends of Ally Kostial, 21, claim she was pregnant with her accused killer Brandon Theesfeld’s child
    They said she told him the news not long before she was found dead on Saturday morning
    Kostial and Theesfeld, 22, ‘had dated on and off since her freshman year’ and Kostial’s pregnancy was not a secret on the Oxford, Mississippi campus
    ‘Her sorority sisters say they knew knew she was pregnant and that she had told Brandon. He was really upset about it, that it would ruin his life and his future,’ a friend said
    She added: ‘He was really mad that she wouldn’t get an abortion. She was like, ”No, I don’t believe in that”’
    The friend, who asked not to be named, said she believes Kostial told Theesfeld that she was pregnant on the same day she was killed
    ‘Her sorority sisters thought it was Brandon because he was in a rage earlier in the day,’ she said
    Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to DailyMailTV that they were aware of the claims that Kostial was pregnant and it was part of the ongoing investigation

    PUBLISHED: 10:47 EDT, 30 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:28 EDT, 30 July 2019

  11. rikyrah says:

    There are 2 dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, but it’s really only a 5 person race
    Joe Perticone

    The field of Democratic presidential candidates all vying to unseat President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020 is historically massive. While there are 24 legitimate candidates, it is more or less a five-candidate race by all realistic measurements: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg.

    What each poll shows, whether in a national scope or narrowed down to specific early voting states, is that only a few candidates emerge at the top of the field, while the remaining dozen-and-a-half candidates barely crack 1%.

    Consistently, each poll paints a similar picture in which Biden holds a commanding lead, which has slimmed down a bit since he underwhelmed at the first primary debate in Miami, followed by a mix of Harris, Sanders, and the resurgent Warren. Buttigieg has maintained a strong showing after emerging from obscurity into an unlikely frontrunner.

  12. The day thousands and thousands of African Americans call the White House to tell Trump what a great job he’s doing is the day the sun doesn’t rise and Jesus comes back.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Sexual assault allegations to feature at Joint Chiefs hearing

    Joy Reid alerts viewers to the beginning of confirmation hearings for General John Hyten, Donald Trump’s nominee to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who has been accused of sexual assault by an Army Colonel.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Mass arrests at Moscow protest point to cracks in Putin control

    Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, discusses the arrests of over a thousand people in Moscow at a protest over city council elections, and wonders what has Vladimir Putin so anxious about what is arguably a minor election.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Calls for impeachment inquiry surge in wake of Mueller testimony

    Rep. Dina Titus discusses what it was about Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, and what other factors, moved her to join the calls from the opening of an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, and how the issue registers with her constituents.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump settles into racist insults as campaign foundation

    Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Steele, former RNC chairman, talk about Donald Trump’s escalating use of racism and demagoguery as the basis of his 2020 re-election campaign, and the meekness of elected Republicans who refrain from speaking out.

  17. .@ChrisJansing there’s no such thing as a racially charged attack. It’s racism. Period. There are NOT thousands & thousands of African Americans calling the WH & telling Trump what a great job he’s doing. In what world? The man is morally bankrupt. Stop reporting his lies.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump poised to take major step to politicizing US intelligence

    Ned Price, former intelligence officer at the CIA and former National Security Council spokesman, talks about the damage Donald Trump is doing to the United States intelligence community by looking to staff top positions with sycophants, with the latest example being the nomination of John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as DNI.

  19. rikyrah says:

    The Fed’s real message: Save the economy from Trump
    The central bank is expected to cut rates this week in part to offset President Donald Trump’s trade war.
    July 30, 2019 at 9:25 am EDT

    Central bank officials are expected to cut interest rates for the first time since the global financial crisis not because Trump demanded it. Instead, they will move in part because the president’s bruising trade policy has helped fuel a global manufacturing slowdown and injected deep uncertainty into executive suites around the world.

    Fed Chairman Jerome Powell won’t directly say it directly after his meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. But the central bank will reverse course at least in part to save the Trump economy from Trump.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Kamala Harris Health Care Plan Exposes the Lie to ‘Single Payer’ Medicare
    By Spandan

    This morning, Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign released outlines of her health care plan. She calls it Medicare for All, although far Left and single-payer purists are sure to raise a commotion over the name. But if we are being honest, her plan is actually much more deserving of that title than that of Bernie Sanders, for example. Kamala Harris’ plan is also politically smart, if disappointing for the purity crowd.


    The biggest change the Harris plan makes from the current system is to set public (FFS) Medicare as the default for most people – including the uninsured and newborns and allows people to opt to choose a different, private plan if they wish. She would also expand coverage, eliminate copays and deductibles after the 10-year transition period, and shore up the standards under which Medicare Advantage private plans operate. Her plan would hit the note on several consensus issues, such as addressing prescription drug prices, allowing re-importation, etc. Harris’s plan is, for all practical intents and purposes, an expanded version of Obamacare structured in a way to be able to lay claim to the name ‘Medicare for All.’

    Medicare in the United States has never been a ‘single payer’ plan. From the onset, Medicare has put a share of the cost on the beneficiaries in the form of premiums and copays, creating at least a dual-payer system (government and beneficiary). Since the 1970s, Medicare has had some form of private coverage option as well. Today, 22 million people are covered by private Medicare Advantage plans. While Sanders and the backers of a single-payer government-only health care system are already trashing Harris’s plan as not being a ‘real’ Medicare for All plan, in truth, it is Sanders and the ideological backers of a single-payer system who co-opted the term ‘Medicare’ because it works better as a soundbite and hides how truly drastic a departure their vision is from actual Medicare.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) Tweeted:
    This, from the Sanders campaign, exemplifies everything wrong with that campaign — smearing (and misrepresenting) a reasonable proposal that would make the US system resemble several successful European systems. Advocating pure single-payer is fine; smearing alternatives isn’t https://t.co/mofOfTcLJS https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1156180284330663936?s=17

  22. rikyrah says:

    The Biden numbers are objectively, pretty interesting. Again, just a hunch: they seem to indicate a propensity to return to him, even in the absence of tons of positive media attention. He hasn’t gotten a lot the past month. He’s been basically out of the news the past 2 weeks.

    — Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) July 29, 2019

    His uptick is basically equal to uptick in voters seeing as most electable. Democrats are scared and every poll where the others don’t lead Trump by Biden’s margin sends them back to Biden. https://t.co/nJ7QnCXqHs

    — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 29, 2019

  23. I wish this thug would stop LYING on African Americans. Black people in my neck of the woods despise HIM to the core of their being. Do this ignorant buffoon think they’d vote for the oppressor?Those in the media need to stop peddling his lies about Black people. They HATE him!

  24. rikyrah says:


    Ben Carson says as a pediatric neurosurgeon, he hesitated to send children back to ‘infested’ homes in Baltimore

    John Wagner

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defended President Trump and his characterization of Baltimore as a “rodent infested mess” and said that while working as a pediatric neurosurgeon in the city, he hesitated to send children back to “infested” homes.
    Carson, who spent much of his medical career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, broke his silence Monday night during an interview on Fox News two days after Trump started attacking Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and the city he represents.

  25. rikyrah says:


    Abubakr Al-Shamahi (@abubakrabdullah) Tweeted:
    Three racist pricks decided to be big big men by throwing an ice slushie in my 62 year old mom’s face as my dad was driving in Birmingham. They’ve been in the country 40 years but nothing like that’s ever happened. But Islamophobia doesn’t exist apparently. Mama’s bruised but ok. https://twitter.com/abubakrabdullah/status/1155964308620054534?s=17

  26. His racist rhetoric is inspiring violence but others get their accounts suspended or features limited for calling him a moron. Go figure.


  27. rikyrah says:

    sussexsquadpodcast (@sussexpodcast) Tweeted:
    #SussexSquad I see some of you like @Telegraph and their little video about #DuchessofSussex never forget this same paper called you Megbots, incited racist against Meghan with Meghan’s mosque, wrote the sally jones lie, etc! Stop the circle of abuse! SMH 🤦🏾‍♀️ https://twitter.com/sussexpodcast/status/1155844985503256577?s=17

  28. rikyrah says:

    Tell it👏👏

    Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) Tweeted:
    When white people are poor or struggle with problems like addiction, they are “forgotten” or “left behind,” politicians have failed them and have a moral obligation to do something. When black people have those problems, it’s our fault and proof that white people are superior. https://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/1156171409569275904?s=17

  29. rikyrah says:

    john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) Tweeted:
    Racism isn’t a political tactic you discuss the practical pros and cons of on national tv. Racism isn’t a form of social tension. Racism is a violent, hateful ideology that has resulted in the deaths of untold millions of people and should treated as such. This isn’t hard. https://twitter.com/dcbigjohn/status/1155974934310445057?s=17

  30. rikyrah says:

    Haven’t folks like me been telling you that the problem they have with Dolt45 is that he won’t talk in Frank Luntz-approved dogwhistles😒😒


  31. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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