Monday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2019

White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.[1][2][3][4]

Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song.[4] One story is that he wrote it in 1940, in warm La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel, a frequent Hollywood retreat also favored by writer-producer Frank Capra. He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!”

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28 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2019

  1. Liza says:


  2. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: ABC News can confirm that the Trump “family member” referenced in the Inspector General report who had a friendship with dossier author Chris Steele, was Ivanka. She met him in 2007 at a dinner in London when he was still working for MI6.

    — Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) December 9, 2019

  3. rikyrah says:

    The new Miss Universe, everyone :)

    But in her final question of the competition, when asked what we should be teaching young girls today, “leadership” was the new Miss Universe’s answer:

    “It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time—not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labeled women to be,” she told host Steve Harvey.“I think we are the most powerful beings [in] the world, and that we should be given every opportunity, and that is what we should be teaching these young girls: to take up space. Nothing [is] as important as taking up space in society, and cementing yourself,” she added, as the audience roared in agreement.

  4. rikyrah says:

    I was still shook that we have a black girl with natural short hair as Miss South Africa and she went and became Miss Universe!!! Against the status quo. A breath of fresh air. CHANGE!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    — Kolisa Yola Sinyanya (@Kolie_Yola) December 9, 2019

  5. rikyrah says:

    Miss Universe is Black.
    Miss America is Black.
    Miss USA is Black.
    Miss Teen USA is Black.
    A first ever.
    A mood forever!! #Blackgirlmagicwinsagain

    — xoNecole (@xonecole) December 9, 2019

  6. rikyrah says:

    “And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.”

    — Barbara Jordan (during impeachment hearings against Nixon)

  7. rikyrah says:

    Can confirm NYT report ( that Barr made a last minute declassification of details about Steele that will be in IG report. Steele was told about this yesterday and was not given a chance to review the new information, which as NYT notes is highly unusual.

    — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) December 9, 2019

  8. rikyrah says:

    The Criminality of Betsy DeVos:

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pushing ahead on her plans to cancel only a portion of loans taken out by defrauded college students, even amid legal setbacks and as House Democrats prepare to grill her during a hearing next week.
    DeVos in recent weeks directed the Education Department to carry out a new policy that will provide partial loan forgiveness to many borrowers whom the agency determines were duped or cheated by their colleges, according to an internal memo obtained by POLITICO.
    The memo, which was signed by DeVos in mid-November and hasn’t been reported previously, instructs department officials to resume issuing decisions on some of the roughly 227,000 pending applications filed by borrowers seeking debt relief based on their colleges’ alleged misconduct. That process has been stalled for the past 18 months.
    Department officials now plan to move ahead adjudicating those claims — most of which allege fraud at for-profit schools like Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech — by using a new formula. It calculates loan forgiveness based on how much a defrauded student’s “estimated earnings” differed from those of students who attended similar programs across the country.
    The policy is a departure from the practice of the Obama administration, which provided full relief to all borrowers that the Education Department determined were defrauded. And it comes as DeVos has been at the center of a legal and political firestorm over her handling of the claims, which are made under a provision of federal law known as “borrower defense to repayment.”

    DeVos has agreed to testify about the issue before the House education committee on Thursday after the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), threatened to subpoena her amid a monthslong dispute over access to documents about the program.

    The new policy follows a federal judge’s decision last year to block DeVos’ first attempt at providing partial loan forgiveness to a group of borrowers who were misled by Corinthian about their chances of getting a job if they enrolled at the now-defunct for-profit college. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim of the Northern District of California ruled that the department violated federal privacy law in how it used borrowers’ earnings data.

    More recently, Kim held DeVos and the department in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating her order to stop collecting on the loans of those Corinthian borrowers. The department this week was forced to disclose that it erroneously targeted more than 45,000 Corinthian borrowers for collection, nearly three times the amount it previously said.

    The Washington Post reported Thursday that DeVos’ setback in the case had drawn the ire of some White House officials, who are reportedly scrambling to come up with a more populist student loan forgiveness plan to compete with those offered by Trump’s 2020 Democratic rivals.

    The new partial loan forgiveness policy — which the department calls a “tiered-relief methodology” — will apply to all existing claims except those from Corinthian students that are part of that class-action lawsuit. The new policy relies on “publicly available earnings data” in order to avoid the privacy law problems that halted the administration’s first strategy.
    Liz Hill, an Education Department spokesperson, said that the agency planned to make an official announcement about the new methodology “as soon as it is able,” but declined to address specifically the memo DeVos signed last month.

    The latest on her criminality, from poster Kay,who is an attorney and has studied DeVos for years:

    The “privacy issue” the students sued on is this- DeVos hired a far Right lawyer to lead a team to use the student’s personal information to investigate the students and deny their loan relief claims. The personal information was collected by the Department in the process of administering the loans- it’s illegal to use it for other purposes.

    I imagine they’ll be back in that court since if looks like they lied about how many students they targeted- they told the court targeted 16,000- the correct number is 45,000.
    I think they only corrected the lie because they have to appear before a House committee this week, and the House committee may have know the original number was a lie when it was submitted to the court.


    DeVos needs to go to jail.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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