Sunday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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Saturday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

Black teen who applied to 20 top colleges gets full ride to all of them

Micheal Brown is the epitome of black boy brilliance.

The 17-year-old is winning big time after getting 20 college admittance letters to the best universities in the US, reports

The Houston teen also doesn’t have to pay a dime after receiving full-ride scholarships to every school, and an extra $260,000 in additional scholarship offers.
It’s an extraordinary feat the scholar worked long and hard for.

“It’s something I’m proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off,” the student told CNN.

Brown is a busy senior at Houston’s Mirabeau B. Lamar High School. He’s participated on the debate team, mock trial and student government. He might have an interest walking in the footsteps of former President Barack Obama since he wants to major in political science. He even once wrote an essay about a pivotal moment that had him in awe titled: “the moment I saw Barack Obama get elected.”

Brown’s got much work to as he looks forward to visiting the campus of his top eight Ivy League selections: Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown and Vanderbilt.
Brown’s mom, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, said she knew at an early age that he was ambitious. He’s only had one B his whole academic career.

“After sixth grade, Mike was in control of his education,” recalled the proud mom. “He was focused, he knew what he wanted and he made his own decisions.”

Brown has connected with other scholars like himself at all of the top universities through programs like QuestBridge, Emerge Fellowship and Breakthrough Collaborative. Those organizations help students from low-income communities connect with higher education opportunities.

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Friday Open Thread | Don’t call it grifting..that’s too mild. Call it PRUITTING.

In a Cabinet full of thieves, lowlifes, and people who think

their God-given right to live large on the taxpayer’s dime, Scott Pruitt has distinguished himself.

Was going back and forth on another blog, and a poster said,
” you know, grifting doesn’t adequately fit Pruitt – he’s so corrupt.”

I had to agree.
Grift is too mild a word for Pruitt.

So, let’s call it PRUITTING – an endless, bottomless cesspool of corruption and improper practices for someone who is supposed to be working for the public.

Let’s catch you up on a list of what qualifies Pruitt to get a verb named for him.



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Thursday Open Thread | Ben Carson Tells Homeless Woman To Get Married

This came across my Twitter Feed, and I got so mad reading it, I had to share.

Ben Carson Tells A Black Woman To Escape Poverty She Needs To Get Married
The former doctor spit out an offensive talking point that comes straight from Fox News.

Written By Parker Riley
Posted 9 hours ago

Ben Carson is doing his best to make people forget he is unqualified to be the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). From the beginning, his mission appears to be to prevent low-income people from obtaining fair housing. For example, Carson has blocked an Obama-era Small Area Fair Market Rent rule, which would give low-income people better access to schools and jobs, a mandate that was supposed to go into effect on January 1st. He also wants to kick people out of HUD if they don’t work a requirement of 32 hours per week. Regardless of if there are little-to-no jobs in an area, if the jobs are paying a starvation wage or if the job is only 20 hours a week. Of course, he famously said people are “too comfortable” in poverty. Carson appears too comfortable at HUD with a $31,000 office dining room set, his family’s allegedly too involved in HUD and employees filing lawsuits against him.

That said, in a clear effort to clean up his heartless image, on Tuesday Carson visited Winridge Elementary in Memphis, Tennessee. He met with a woman named Shakila Boyd who was once homeless with her child and was saved because of HUD programs (more than likely, the HUD programs under the Obama administration). According to Fox 13 in Memphis, she said, “I’m going back to school now and everything,” Boyd said through tears while holding her daughter, K’Yanna. “I have a house. They helped me get a job and I’m doing better now.”

Carson’s response to Shakila’s story? He believes the way to stop poverty is for more peopleto get married. “Number one: finish high school. Number two: get married. Number three: wait until you get married to have children,” Carson said. “Just those three things, and you’re two percent less likely to live in poverty.” Obviously, getting your education and waiting to have children until you are ready to have children will reduce poverty. But the deeply misinformed Ben Carson is completely wrong about marriage reducing poverty. Countless studies have proven you cannot marry yourself out of poverty. This is a recycled talking point from the conservative right that Carson has the nerve to spit out in front of a woman who poured her heart out. As Kristi Williams of the Ohio State University told The New York Times in 2015, “It isn’t that having a lasting and successful marriage is a cure for living in poverty. Living in poverty is a barrier to having a lasting and successful marriage.”

I’ve told you numerous times why I can’t stand Carson. Man grew up getting every Government program that there was, back when it actually meant something. If he grew up in these times, nobody would overlook his ‘ youthful indiscretions’. He’d have been solidly in the school-to-prison pipeline.
Then, he takes a job that he’s completely unqualified for and proceeds to try and grift – him and his entire family. He absolutely disgusts me, and is turning away from the FAIR HOUSING goal that is the core of HUD’s mission. I can’t wait for when he’s measured for his orange jumpsuit.

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Wednesday Open Thread | Did Black Lives Matter Become a Moment, and Lose Their Chance to Become a Movement

When Black Lives Matter came up, I felt the way the same way that I feel when I look at the Parkland Students:

They are who we have been waiting for. We have been waiting for those to come and pick up the torch. To show us the way, and we were supposed to assist them.

I know that I wasn’t the only ones who felt this way. I read how the Elders from the Civil Rights Era reached out to the young people of Black Lives Matter. How they wanted to give them guidance on what to do. Where they thought they went wrong. How they could help them build a sustainable infrastructure. That there wasn’t anyone in Ferguson or anywhere else, that didn’t have a public job, and couldn’t be fired if we got out and voted and voted in people who would make decisions positive for the community.

What they were told:
” This isn’t our grandparent’s movement.”
” We like being decentralized.”
” This talk about politics and voting is respectability politics.”

So, it was amusing to watch so many of the ‘ woke’ come for the Parkland kids. The kids who stepped up, and decided to organize by setting up a 501 (c)-3 group to raise money.

So, while they these tools to build an infrastructure,the BLM folks are talking about GoFundMe’s. And, because there was no formal infrastructure, who were people to come to and ask if things were legitimate.

They set themselves up to be played. And, played they were.

From The Root:

The Biggest ‘Black Lives Matter’ Page on Facebook Is a Fake: Report
Monique Judge
Yesterday 10:58pm

As Facebook continues to be mired in controversy over the way its user data has been used by outside companies and how its platform has repeatedly been infiltrated by Russian troll farms, a new report indicates that the social network’s largest Black Lives Matter page was not affiliated with BLM at all—and was, in fact, a fake.

Doing its own investigation, CNN found that the page—titled simply “Black Lives Matter”—was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia.

The page had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, which is more than twice the number of followers indicated on the official Black Lives Matter page. In addition, the page was tied to online fundraising campaigns purported to be raising money for Black Lives Matter causes in the United States. Those fundraisers brought in at least $100,000, and CNN reports that at least some of that money was transferred to Australian bank accounts.

So, after setting themselves up to be scammed, was there introspection by the BLM crowd, that maybe they should be doing things differently?
That maybe it’s time to try a new model?

The answer, unfortunately, is no.
No, rethinking that maybe they need to humble themselves and see that they blew the golden opportunity that they were given during 44’s Administration. And, because they blew it, they would have to do grassroots work to rebuild in a different way.

I hope that sooner, rather than later, they understand.
There are many of us out here rooting for them to get it.

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Tuesday Open Thread | Say Her Name – Naomi Wadler

We have to support these children who have chosen to stand up. We must have their backs. We must let them know that there are millions of us who are so appreciative that they want to help improve this world.

‘Never again’: how 11-year old Naomi Wadler became a rallying voice of black protest

After making a global impact at the March for Our Lives last weekend, Naomi Wadler and her mother retreated to a beach house. They spoke to the Guardian about activism and gun deaths

by Lois Beckett in New York.

When 11-year-old Naomi Wadler gave a speech at last weekend’s March for Our Lives in Washington about the importance of remembering the lives of black women and girls lost to gun violence, the reaction was intense and immediate.

That morning Wadler, who was the second-youngest speaker at the march – after nine-year-old Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King’s granddaughter – had been worried that she was “going to mess up”.

Wadler and an 11-year-old friend had organised a walkout at their Virginia elementary school earlier that month. While many American student protests had lasted 17 minutes – to honour the 17 victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland – the two elementary school pupils had decided to add an additional minute to honour Courtlin Arrington, an African American teenager shot dead at her high school in Alabama in early March.

“African American women, when they are shot and killed … their names aren’t remembered, so I thought it was important to add,” Wadler explained on the day of the walkout.

This statement had gone viral, attracting wider media attention and leading to an invitation to speak at March for Our Lives in the capital.

To write her own speech for the DC rally, Wadler had watched – “like, 10 times” – the speech Parkland survivor Emma González had given days after the shooting at her high school. She had worked with her mother to take “all of my big bundles of feelings” and cram them into a speech.

When she went out on stage in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters, Wadler said she kept her eyes focused on just the first few rows of people.

“I am here to acknowledge the African American girls whose stories do not make the front pages of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” she said.

“It wasn’t until I said my ending ‘thank you’ that I realised how many people were looking at me,” Wadler said in a phone interview that Saturday night.

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FBI raided the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

The FBI’s raid today of Michael Cohen’s office and residence was a big enough deal on its face that it’s sent shockwaves across the landscape. Cohen is arguably closer to Donald Trump than anyone outside of Trump’s own family, meaning that the Feds are now striking at the heart of Trump’s financial crimes. But upon closer inspection, the whole thing turns out to be even worse for Trump than you’d think.

It’s rare for the Feds to execute a search warrant for documents without bothering to subpoena them first. It’s extraordinarily rare for the Feds to take this kind of action against a criminal subject’s attorney. The real upshot here is that a federal judge signed off on this kind of search warrant against Trump’s attorney. That alone means that the judge believes Cohen was in possession of documents of a crime that involved Trump.

In other words, this isn’t merely the Feds raiding Michael Cohen to gather evidence against him in the hope of pressuring him into cutting a plea deal against Trump, though that’s part of it. This was an attempt at gathering physical evidence of Trump’s guilt. And again, this wasn’t just a stab in the dark or a fishing expedition, because a judge had to be convinced that the resulting evidence was likely to justify the extraordinary step of raiding Trump’s attorney.

There’s one other crucial factor here. Even if Michael Cohen’s Office contained documents that showed Donald Trump committed a crime, it still wouldn’t be admissible as evidence due to attorney-client privilege. So this means the judge believed evidence would be found that Trump and Cohen conspired to commit a crime together, which is the only instance in which attorney-client privilege is forfeited. We don’t know what evidence was or was not found today, and only a jury can decide guilt, but we’re now in a whole new ballgame.

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