Open Thread | Where Are We Now?


Where are we now?

We’re at the point where the State Department is forbidding people who have been subpoenaed before Congress to come and testify. It’s past time that these people are held in Contempt of Congress and arrested. Period. Also, Chairman Schiff says that the State Department is refusing to turn over an electronic device with messages on it.

You always knew that their whining about Hillary’s private server was nothing but garbage. Now, we know that these people were conducting the business of the United States. National Security stuff – on the WhatsApp.

A freaking APP.

Da hail?

You can’t make this stuff up.

Maddow has pointed out that the Republicans are attempting to take the sting and obviousness out of Dolt45 and his corruption by throwing the word corruption around. All the GOP is now so interested in corruption. No dice. Every muthaphucka attached to this Administration is rotten. We found out this week that while Rudy was in Ukraine trying to dig up non-existent dirt on Joe Biden, it didn’t slow him or Rick Perry down from attempting to shakedown a local utility, so that they could put their own people on it, and loot it. THAT is corruption, and just another day for this Administration.



I knew, eventually, that our luck would run out -Geopolitically Speaking.

And, it did.

When Dolt45 tweets out that, basically, the United States is abandoning their support of the Kurds, and will let Turkey massacre them.

This can’t be seen as anything other than a complete betrayal of the Kurdish people. It has been the Kurds, who have been fighting ISIS on the ground in Syria, so that American troops don’t have to. They have done the hand to hand combat in fighting this terrorist organization and defeating it in Syria. It’s the Kurds who have the captured ISIS fighters in prison.

And, now, we have a President, who, without consulting the DOD or State Department, has changed American foreign policy on a dime. And, the Kurds might wind up slaughtered because of it.

Then, this dropped too:

Trump apparently wants to pull the U.S. from the Open Skies Treaty, and nobody knows why

3:52 a.m.

On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) released a letter to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien expressing his deep concern about “reports that the Trump administration is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty” and urging the administration to abandon “such a reckless action.”
The treaty, in force since 2002 with 34 nations as signatories, “aims to increase confidence in and transparency of military activities, particularly in Europe, by allowing unarmed aerial observation flights over the entire territory of its participants for information-gathering purposes,” the Arms Control Association explains. Specifically, “the Open Skies Treaty allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployment,” especially in Ukraine, Engels said, and “American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”

OF COURSE, it would benefit Russia. Everything Putin’s flunky does benefits Russia.

The President of the United States is a threat to National Security.

And,he is offensive to the Constitution.

The letter the White House sent to Congress this afternoon.

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125 Responses to Open Thread | Where Are We Now?

  1. My little cousin’s reserve champion heifer was auctioned off for $16,500!

    Yowza! 💰

  2. rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    Elizabeth Warren (former Republican) says she doesn’t remember if she’s always supported marriage equality.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Tynisa Wakandan Witch of Sass Walker (@Kalarigamerchic) Tweeted:
    Its funny how these candidates think picking a VP of color would be better than us just electing a POTUS of color.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) Tweeted:
    You can watch them making Rudy the fall guy for this in real time. He’s gonna have a cutlery drawer full of knives in his back before this is over.

    • eliihass says:

      Yup.. But they’ll all deserve what’s coming to them.. knives, pitches, leaked kompromat, long overdue fall from their unearned, underserved protected perches etc..

      Must admit however, didn’t think it was all going to unravel this soon and this quickly for Gulliani..

      But when you’re one of – and surrounded by as many seriously thirsty, greedy, soulless, power-hungry, unscrupulous pigs all trying line their pockets, solidify power and access ..and all vying for sole control and to be the solitary Svengali to the treasonous buffoon, things quickly get out of hand..

      There is no honor among thieves..

      Couldn’t be happening to a more deserving fella.. Next up, Barr..

  5. rikyrah says:

    Skeptical Brotha 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    Republicans are fighting #Impeachment because they’re afraid that the tsunami of illegal money flowing from Russia and her client states to GOP campaigns and PACs will finally be revealed. Giuliani’s indicted clients are just one conduit. This is a mountain of corruption.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Go Simone Biles 👏 👏

  7. My little cousin, y’all. Reserve champion heifer, reserve champion steer, reserve champion in showmanship…..

    Straight killing it! So happy for this little boy. He worked so hard. It paid off!

  8. rikyrah says:

    did they do this during the crack era?
    Meet Elmo’s friend Karli, kids: New Sesame Street puppet lives in foster care while her mother battles opioid addiction

    Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a friend of Elmo
    Viewers will hear her explain to others that her mom has ‘a grown-up problem’
    Initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online
    5.7 million children under 11 live with a parent with substance use disorder
    Karli had already been introduced as a puppet in foster care earlier this year but viewers now will understand why her mother had to go away for a while
    The segments will feature Salia Woodbury, 10, whose parents are in recovery

    PUBLISHED: 19:02 EDT, 9 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:56 EDT, 10 October 2019

  9. rikyrah says:

    Scoop: John Bolton to write Trump book, via @jonathanvswan Senior administration officials have privately expressed concerns about what Bolton might say and reveal about his time serving under Trump— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) October 10, 2019

    • eliihass says:

      He actively enables and co-conspires with a treasonous buffoon to decimate our democracy and sell out our country ..he’s then humiliated and kicked off the taxpayer funded grift train by treasonous buffoon..

      He still refuses to do his patriotic duty ..and instead hoards and doesn’t come forward with relevant pertinent information necessary to aid the impeachment inquiry in progress..

      Instead he gets a hefty book deal, so he can sell you only some of what information he has..

      What a patriot..

  10. rikyrah says:

    for the gentlemen…
    she does look stunning :)

    Regina King simply stuns in a black thigh-baring gown ahead of her debut as a superhero in Watchmen

    PUBLISHED: 10:11 EDT, 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:53 EDT, 10 October 2019

    She’s taking a starring role after spending most of her career helping other people shine with stellar supporting work.

    And Regina King is ready for her superhero debut in Watchmen as she graced the November cover of Marie Claire with supreme elegance.

    The 48-year-old actress sported gorgeous black gowns for the series where she detailed her rise to becoming a coveted icon in the entertainment industry

  11. rikyrah says:

    Inbox: Chairmen Schiff, Cummings, and Engel have sent a letter conveying a subpoena to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for key documents by October 18, 2019, as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry of President Trump.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 10, 2019

  12. rikyrah says:

    So….the mobbed up friends of Rudy with the one -way tickets were on their way to Vienna?

    That’s where Dmytro Firtash lives.

    Who is Mr. Firtash?

    Ukranian Oligarch who has spent MILLIONS fighting extradition to the United States on charges.

    Sure, it’s just a coincidence that they were on their way to Vienna.
    Yeah…a coincidence.

  13. rikyrah says:

    This is it, folks. Russian money has been funding certain GOP leaders.

    It was always there for those willing to connect the dots.

    — Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) (@HC_Richardson) October 10, 2019

  14. rikyrah says:

    So three days ago, Dowd says Parnas and Fruman won’t testify.

    Then WH releases Cipollone’s letter refusing to cooperate (and DOJ says US v Nixon wrongly decided).

    Then Rudy lunches with the accused criminals.

    Then they try to flee the country?

    — emptywheel (@emptywheel) October 10, 2019

  15. rikyrah says:

    I am tickled that they have all these pictures of Rudy with the two arrested today at the airport. Question….
    who told them that the indictment was coming?
    Don’t you find their trip ‘suspect’?

  16. rikyrah says:

    OWN Just Announced 3 New Holiday Movies. I Am Totally Watching These With My Mama

    Tonja Renée Stidhum
    Yesterday 3:30PM

    Hi! It’s not even Halloween yet and we’re talking about Christmas! Happens every year. Fight us.

    So, OWN recently announced a trifecta of tinsel-decorated films with its 2019 holiday season lineup. Each movie will premiere during the month of November as a perfect pre-game for Christmas!

  17. rikyrah says:

    Sara Gideon (@SaraGideon) Tweeted:
    The Kurds have always been strong allies. Abandoning them was a terrible decision — one that runs counter to our national & global interests and is putting thousands of innocent lives at risk.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Full Dissident (@hbryant42) Tweeted:
    Black athletes speak about police injustice in community dynamics they know firsthand: white fans/media silence them.

    Black athletes remain silent on foreign geopolitical situation 13,000 miles away they admittedly are not versed in: white fans/media accuse them of cowardice.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Sam Stein @samstein
    YESTERDAY: @lachlan reported that former Rep. Pete Sessions got $3m from this pro-Trump super PAC after he wrote a letter calling for the sacking of the Ukraine Amb. that Parnas, Fruman and Rudy wanted out.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Phuck Outta Here

    Justin Baragona
    · 12h
    Now Rudy Giuliani is telling Hannity to “keep your eye on Romania. Just watch Romania” on the Bidens.
    He later says he has another country on his list.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    NEWS: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Giuliani associates who donated to a pro-Trump super PAC, were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules. They have been under investigation by SDNY.

  22. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Pols seek answers on sick immigrant medical program
    Pressley, Markey say Trump administration not following through on reinstatement

    CONGRESSWOMAN AYANNA PRESSLEY and Sen. Ed Markey say the Trump administration has not followed through on its pledge to reinstate a program that helps seriously ill immigrants remain in the country legally without risk of deportation.

    The program, called medical deferred action, provides temporary legal immigration status for sick immigrants that cannot otherwise be treated in their home countries. The program was canceled and then reinstated by the Trump administration over the past two months.

    At a roundtable event at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts on Wednesday, Pressley said attorneys working for patients in the program say they have received no confirmation of the reversal from the Trump administration.

    “None of their clients have received formal approval of their medical deferred action claim since the administration announced it was reinstating this program,” she said.

  23. rikyrah says:

    He was the Secretary of Exxon. Chosen by Putin. Oversaw the dismantling of a functioning State Department. IN WHAT WORLD is he considered a GOOD GUY?😒😒

    • eliihass says:

      Nobody ever thought Tillerson a ‘good man’.. He like every single one of the greedy lot who hitched their wagon to a treasonous buffoon, will always be the scum of the earth..

    • eliihass says:

      Once and for all.. She’s not catching on because people see right through her.. she’s mediocre, she’s inauthentic, rehearsed, lacks conviction.. she’s a band-wagoner who’ll do and say anything ..and entirely for her own aggrandizement..

      Sure, they all are in it for their own aggrandizement .. but some do a tad better job than others in masking it..

  24. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) Tweeted:
    The Cheneys, the Grahams. etc. should withdraw support for Trump’s reelection. Hold him accountable for betraying US and allies. Then they’ll have moral authority to condemn Kurds’s massacre. Right now they’re enablers of Kurdish genocide about to unfold.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Stay on this, Rachel.

    Ill immigrant kids still in limbo despite Trump admin promises

    Rachel Maddow relays reports that despite the Trump administration’s under-pressure reversal of its change in the medical deferred action program for seriously ill immigrant children, the families of those children have yet to hear that their cases are being processed.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Trump Syria flip greenlights Turkey, Russia on Kurdish slaughter

    Wendy Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state, talks with Rachel Maddow about expectations that Donald Trump’s change in Syria policy

  27. rikyrah says:

    Trump abandons U.S. counterterror partners to Turkish aggression

    Rachel Maddow reports on the vital, central role Syrian Kurds played in the U.S. war against ISIS, and the shock and distress being expressed by U.S. military leaders as Donald Trump has revoked support from those allies ahead of an invasion by Turkey.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Trump asked Tillerson to help Giuliani client with DOJ: Bloomberg

    Nick Wadhams, national security reporter for Bloomberg, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that Donald Trump asked his then-Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to help a client of Rudy Giuliani, a Turkish national named Reza Zarrab, who was facing federal charges with the DOJ.

    • eliihass says:

      Zuckerberg was always, always a craven self-serving weasel..

      Who can forget when he was falling all over himself making a complete a*rse of himself, kissing up to Xi and Peng.. just to get into China.. by asking Xi to name his first child … which Xi declined to do..

    • Liza says:

      The problem, of course, is that with Trump occupying the Oval Office, a lot of people are getting what they don’t deserve.

  29. Liza says:

    Is Amber Guyger really worth all this? Or is it the fear that if one goes down they’ll fall like domino? Killing with impunity might end.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Mean Ass Muthafuckin Hateful Angry Bianca Delarosa (@JFakhredin) Tweeted:
    Black Voters are done being your scapegoats.

    For two cycles, Dems have been putting all energies into luring back a few of the Whites that fled to the GOP.

    Even now y’all lament Obama to Trump voters and push candidates you believe could win Whites back.

    You’re fucking up.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) Tweeted:
    I keep thinking how near all this was to working. We all just could’ve woken up one day to headlines that Ukraine was investigating Hunter Biden.

    If Republicans in Congress protect Trump from consequences here, the lesson isn’t “don’t do this.” It’s “do it better.”

  32. Liza says:

    Yeah, the marijuana part is strange. They could have cooked up a better story, cocaine, heroin, meth…

  33. Liza says:

    The Republicans do not want this country to be a democracy.

    They have decided that if they cannot slow down or reverse demographic trends that will result in a white minority, then the country cannot be a democracy.

  34. Liza says:

    Such a coincidence that Mr. Brown would be terrified about giving testimony in a cop’s murder trial but at the same time working a big drug deal so he could conveniently be executed when it fails only days after the cop’s conviction.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Cake or Death (@Johngcole) Tweeted:
    It says something to me that every single person I served with in the Army and who I still keep in touch with (about 50 people), 75% of whom are Trump supporters, to an individual, is horrified by the decision to let the Kurds be slaughtered.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Bianca Delarosa aint a bot, you fake struggle liar (@JFakhredin) Tweeted:
    It seems Liz Warren was offered her position back after that first year, but she declined.

    She was never fired.
    She never faced discrimination.

    I do not tolerate LIES.
    I’ve quit a job b/c sexual assault AT WORK.

    This is called stolen valor.
    Stop lying for attention, Liz.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Bianca Delarosa aint a bot, you fake struggle liar (@JFakhredin) Tweeted:
    She’s been doing this shit the whole time.

    When asked about inconsistencies in her “Native American” fable, she leaned in hard on family stories.

    Maybe her family stories should STFU and stop lying too.

    She always knew she herself was white.

    She is unacceptable.

  38. rikyrah says:

    Skeptical Brotha 🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) Tweeted:
    Name a District Attorney anywhere that put a cop on trial for murder and used a drug dealer as a chief witness. I’ll wait. #JoshuaBrown

  39. rikyrah says:

    Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) Tweeted:
    I’m actually offended by how patently ridiculous this Dallas PD story is.

    If Joshua Brown was a drug dealer, we woulda known already bc it would’ve come up during cross examination!

    Also, Louisiana has plenty of weed. Zero people are driving 4 hours for weed.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Black Women Views- UNBOSSED & UNBOUGHT (@blackwomenviews) Tweeted:
    A few more thoughts of allyship and policing/tone policing Black folks, specifically Black women on Twitter. Quit poking the bear and quit throwing around your so-called allyship like it is some sort of charitable act for us. #ListenToBlackWomen

  41. rikyrah says:

    Man, I love Lynn Whitfield👏👏👏

  42. rikyrah says:

    Black Voters Remain A Hurdle For Elizabeth Warren

  43. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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