Open Thread | Congratulations to Simone Biles!👏👏👏

The nightmare that is our current political situation will still be with us. I chose today to celebrate something positive. To celebrate Black Excellence👏👏

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85 Responses to Open Thread | Congratulations to Simone Biles!👏👏👏

  1. rikyrah says:

    Ange (@Nakee_Amene) Tweeted:
    Donald Trump raised $15 million dollars in 2 days.

    2 fucking days folks.

    What Elizabeth Warren is talking about is unrealistic.

    Democrats need to take ALL the money.


  2. rikyrah says:


    Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) Tweeted:
    NEW w/ @ec_schneider: Warren bashes 2020 rivals for ‘hobnobbing with the rich and powerful’ and calls on them to release all bundler names/campaign titles, fundraisers dates/places.
    Matches Bernie in pledging to ban corporate $ to DNC next summer.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) Tweeted:

    The head of the association of Democratic state chairs bluntly warns that Trump is badly swamping Dems in the impeachment ad wars.

    “The vast majority of resources being raised is not being spent against Trump right now,” he tells me:

  4. rikyrah says:

    CBS vice-chair Shari Redstone ‘is looking into launching a rival to Fox News and has already spoken to Megyn Kelly’

    CBS Corp and Viacom Inc reached a deal in August to reunite 96-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone’s U.S. entertainment empire after 13 years apart
    Daughter Shari is said to have had meetings about a conservative-leaning show
    A source said CBS News would likely be shielded if the venture goes ahead
    She may rebrand an existing Viacom channel, according to Hollywood Reporter
    A Viacom spokesperson denied any new channel ‘conservative or otherwise’
    Sources say Redstone is understood to have met with Trump in recent weeks
    The president has been increasingly critical of Fox News on Twitter

    PUBLISHED: 15:42 EDT, 15 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:54 EDT, 15 October 2019

  5. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s foreign policy reaches the ‘collapsing into catastrophe’ stage
    10/15/19 03:22 PM
    By Steve Benen

    U.S. military forces in northern Syria helped maintain a degree of stability in the area, though it was fragile and disrupted almost immediately after Donald Trump announced withdrawal of American troops. The Republican president ignored the advice of his foreign policy and national security teams, and he saw no need to consult with anyone – other than Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who encouraged Trump to make the drastic and dangerous move.
    As the White House struggled in recent days to come to terms with the consequences of the president’s decision, a senior administration official conceded to the Washington Post on Sunday, “This is total chaos.”

    It’s important to understand the scope and scale of that chaos, because we’re not just talking about an inept White House, unsure what to do in response to quickly changing circumstances. We’re also dealing with a national security crisis, a diplomatic crisis, and an American foreign policy that, as Rachel put it on the show last night, is “collapsing into catastrophe.”

    On the ground in Syria, for example, our Kurdish allies, abandoned by Trump and confronting a brutal massacre, have now allied with Russia and Syria’s Assad regime, largely because they needed a reliable ally and could no longer count on the United States. The Kurds, of course, were fighting ISIS, but that’s no longer the case because Trump effectively cleared the way for Turkey to launch a brutal offensive against the Kurds. ISIS, naturally, is delighted.

    American troops, meanwhile, have reportedly been “bracketed” by Turkish artillery fire, which (a) puts those American troops at risk; (b) means an ostensible NATO ally is firing on our military servicemen and women; and (c) potentially leaves those Americans stuck in a highly volatile area, since Turkish forces control the nearby roads. By some accounts, an airlift may be necessary.

  6. rikyrah says:


    Just today, I have seen Donald Trump’s son, Ron Paul’s son and Mitt Romney’s niece speak out forcefully about how bad it is to use family connections to advance your career.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 15, 2019

  7. rikyrah says:

    Looking for an Unconventional Way to Give Back to Your Alma Mater? Take The Homecoming Challenge

    Panama Jackson
    Friday 3:00PM


    Enter the Homecoming Challenge. What started out as a simple means of creating connections has become a movement. Spelman College alumna Dana Davenport and Morehouse College alumnus Chris Evans took an idea and turned into a charge and challenge. As their motto states, when you go back, give back. They asked folks to put some money and a card in an envelope and go back to their freshman dorm and basically hand over an opportunity and some much needed financial assistance to the next generation of students coming up in a familiar environment. They filmed the interactions (where possible) and sparked an interest in others to do the same.

    How cool would it have been if anybody who had stayed in White Hall 126 (my freshman dorm and room number) had stopped by and handed me $20 and a phone number to call if I ever had any questions about college and life? Pretty cool, is what I think. Dana and Chris have taken what I’d hope many folks already do and leveled it up into a concerted effort that they take from school to school, particularly HBCUs (as graduates of HBCUs, it’s only natural). I’ve already grabbed a bunch of business cards in anticipation of SpelHouse’s 2019 Homecoming during the last weekend of October.

    With HBCU homecoming season in full swing, and I imagine PWI homecoming season (is that a thing? No shade, I really don’t know), too, now is the perfect time if you’re heading back to your alma mater to kick it to also make a difference. My freshman dorm is now the ROTC dorm on campus, so I don’t think I can even get in, but somebody’s gonna catch this crips $20 (or maybe more) and some business cards. And hopefully, I am able to help a Morehouse student navigate his own experience, if need be. Otherwise, I’ll make it known to be considered as a resource if need be, which is probably the best gift that you can give (along with donating to your school, especially at HBCUs) as an alum.

    I’m taking the Homecoming Challenge.

    What about you?

  8. rikyrah says:

    A theory about Chairman Schiff’s Testimony Strategy:

    October 15, 2019 at 1:18 pm
    @MisterForkbeard: I’m starting to understand how smart Adam Schiff is with out he is going about these hearings. They are basically following the watergate model:

    1. Closed hearings where they take days of testimony from each witness. Many of these folks are testifying for up to 9 hours a day behind closed doors. So a TREMENDOUS amount of information is getting on the record but is also being kept mostly confidential for now so upcoming witnesses don’t know EXACTLY what was said. Yes, GOP congressmen can leak out certain details. But they are not going to get nearly everything right as if the hearings were public. This means each new witness walks into the closed door hearings not knowing exactly what has already been said and documented. This makes lying under oath extremely risky. Do you REALLY want to do that to save Trump, much less folks like Rudy?

    When all the information is collected behind closed doors and there are no more strings for Schiff to pull, they will turn around and

    2. Being open public hearings to commence the actual impeachment proceedings. However every single witness will have already been on the record behind closed doors so Schiff and the Democrats will only be asking questions that they already know the answer to and every single witness will be in a major purjury trap if they deviate in the slightest to what they said behind closed doors. This will all be 100% under the control of Schiff because he will only need to call the exact witnesses he needs to make the case he wants and they will all be trapped as hell. They can have their previous testimony read back to them to refresh their memories. And if any witnesses try to worm out of testifying the second time around for some bullshit reason, Schiff can put their words up on the screen for all to see. And then call in other witnesses to confirm them.

    The only way out of this trap for the GOP is to ditch Trump. At some point I expect they will decide to cut their losses if it looks like Trump is bringing down the entire GOP edifice around him. At which point Dems will have to decide whether or not to play along and just take down Trump or the rest of them as well.</blockquote.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Here’s a photo of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on his election night face to face with Giuliani associate/Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas. It was captured by our @TB_TimesCurso.— Steve Contorno (@scontorno) October 14, 20

  10. rikyrah says:

    Linda is 63?

    Linda Hamilton, 63, looks effortlessly chic at Terminator: Dark Fate photocall in Mexico… as she reprises Sarah Connor role 28 years after Judgment Day

    PUBLISHED: 04:10 EDT, 15 October 2019 | UPDATED: 04:12 EDT, 15 October 2019

    er role as fearless action hero Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise after 28 years.

    And Linda Hamilton had barely aged a day since 1991’s Judgment Day as she attended the photocall for Terminator: Dark Fate in Mexico City on Monday.

    The actress, 63, cut an effortlessly chic figure in an elegant black sweater and leather leggings as she joined her co-stars Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davies and Diego Boneta.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Victoria Beckham admits it was ‘love at first sight’ with David as she reveals the ‘secret sauce’ to 20-year marriage is always putting the children first

    PUBLISHED: 10:42 EDT, 15 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:15 EDT, 15 October 2019

  12. rikyrah says:

    Recycling royal! Meghan Markle re-wears her engagement dress and coat she wore to Sandringham at Christmas as she arrives hand-in-hand with Prince Harry for the WellChild Awards
    Meghan, 37, looked glamorous as she wore the camel coat over her recycled green dress by P.A.R.O.S.H
    Matched her outfit with a £688 tortoiseshell scarf bag and light brown £562 Manolo Blahnik heels
    Prince Harry looked similarly sleek in dark blue suit and light blue tie as they arrived hand in hand
    The WellChild Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill young people

    PUBLISHED: 12:14 EDT, 15 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:48 EDT, 15 October 2019

  13. #TakeItBack #Astros #Clutch

    Carlos Correa crushing it…..🙌

    Carlos Correa’s INSANE WALK-OFF to win game for Astros in ALCS Game 2

  14. rikyrah says:

    Chris Murphy
    🚨Fiona Hill describes this scene:
    In a White House meeting, Sondland tells Ukrainians they will get a Trump meeting if they open the investigations Trump wants. Then, Sondland follows the Ukrainians out of the meeting to privately make clear he’s talking about Hunter Biden.

  15. rikyrah says:

    I do believe I’m going to get the Disney streaming service


    Disney Plus unveils its massive lineup of over 600 movies and TV shows… spanning nearly 100 years of content

    Disney unveiled an epic Twitter thread unveiling all of the titles that will be available upon the launch of Disney Plus
    The movies and TV shows include Disney’s first feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    There are also obscure films like The Story of Perri and films from the 20th Century Fox merger such as Miracle on 34th Street
    Other titles include the numerous Star Wars movies and TV shows, and superhero adventures from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
    There will also be titles from 20th Century Fox, National Geographic, Pixar, Disney Animation Studios and much more

    PUBLISHED: 19:51 EDT, 14 October 2019 | UPDATED: 19:59 EDT, 14 October 2019

  16. rikyrah says:

    Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) Tweeted:
    Breaking: Bolton instructed aide to report Giuliani pressure campaign to White House lawyer. “I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton said, according to testimony to House investigators. @npfandos

    • Liza says:

      Actually, I can believe this. Bolton had his heart set on a war with Iran, the one he didn’t get to start during the Bush Administration because Iraq became a quagmire. I doubt he cared much about anything else.

  17. Liza says:

    Dwayne Betts used to post on Ta-nehisi’s blog back in the day. A recommendation from Kiese Laymon is very good, very good indeed.

  18. Liza says:

    Well, it’s been a long time since the Allies marched into Paris. I wouldn’t be hoping for any American exceptionalism any time soon, certainly not in time to help these people.

  19. Breaking: Officer who shot #AtatianaJefferson inside her home resigns.

  20. Well. That’s what the spider gets. The spider had it coming. 😂😂😂

  21. Liza says:

    Thread. The video is posted at the bottom of the thread.

    The video is racist, violent, and mostly just asinine, about what you would expect from Trump supporters. What is so immensely disturbing is that it was shown on Trump’s property. These people are evil.

  22. Liza says:

    Happy Indigenous People’s Day, y’all.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Banerjee and Dufflo are husband and wife.😲😲
    Is that a first?🤔🤔

  24. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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