Sunday Morning Open Thread

This video by Alfonso Rachel is deplorable.



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  1. Here’s a Thanksgiving classic:

  2. Dora says:

    This is good. 🙂

    • Lulu says:

      Yeah and LISTEN to the voters instead of your Wall St cronies. Fighting back of course helps too. Now he is Sour Grapes Mittens.

      • Constance says:

        Just reading the body language it didn’t appear that the meeting with Trump went very well. Mitt probably went in thinking he was going to school Trump and Trump probably just said “stay out of my way”.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    So I noticed Michelle Malkin twitter bitching about Michelle Rhee (potential Education secretary) and looked her up ….

    I remembered reading about her when she was trying to reform DC’s inner schools by holding teachers accountable and putting children first. Butted heads with the teachers unions because she wanted to rid the system of the bad apples. The wiki gives an overview of her successes and failures, but her heart is in the right place…..the children. I think she’d be a great outside the box choice to actually do some serious reforming. Malkin was a nevertrumper, boo hoo.

    • Dora says:

      I have always had a good impression of her too and I’m surprised to see so many people complaining. I remember when she fought with the teachers’ union and had to leave her position. I have been waiting for her to come back someplace. I think she will do well as Sec of Ed if given the chance.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Unions and politicians need to stay out of education. I remember how brave she seemed to face down that pressure. Reminded me of what Scott Walker dealt with in WI.

    • Constance says:

      It doesn’t seem like there should be a Federal Education secretary. It is the business of the states to look after education. As soon as the Feds are involved it turns in to indoctrination not education.

    • blowme0bama says:

      He needs to hire a bankruptcy trustee to wind it down and close shop.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I can see T putting people in charge of that initially. Would love to see Sarah take over Interior and absorb the EPA and Energy and other superfluous agencies in charge of the environment.

    • swanspirit says:

      She is a great choice!! My confidence in this administration is strong, and growing daily!

  4. Dora says:

    And these kids are supposedly the smart one. They are our future. Yikes!!

  5. Dora says:

    I wasn’t one of his loyal fans, but this is sad.


    Richard Simmons Shutters His Iconic Fitness Studio, Posts Heartfelt Goodbye to Fans–402076855.html

    • Jadzia says:

      I am not exactly what you could call a Richard Simmons fan, but I love the fact that he found so much success being a person who really did nothing but encourage and love and support people, generally overweight older women who tend to be treated as though they don’t have a lot of value. I’ve never heard a bad word about him.

  6. taw46 says:

    What it will be like to have someone who enforces our immigration laws.

    • Lulu says:

      Sessions is going to reduce their voter cheat base not to mention mess up their census redistricting. The fewer illegal aliens, the fewer Dem congressmen, and the less federal money going to those states. I’ve popped off that repatriated illegal aliens will balance the budget and solve the deficit with rising wages and decreasing budget loads for both the feds and most states.

  7. votermom says:

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Poor BOO. He never understood that the Japanese did not want an apology and saw it as insult. Nor does BOO seem to understand that they prefer to deal with Americans as Americans, not a Euro want-a-bes.

  8. votermom says:

    Oh please oh please

  9. lateblum says:

    I looked at yesterday’s thread and didn’t see this story, so I thought I’d bring it over here.
    It appears the Chicago “Hamilton” has also been in the news. . .

    • swanspirit says:

      The people have a right to have their voices heard, amirite? I heard that somewhere. Baked schadenfreude cake with icing on it , now being served.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hamiltongate is not dying out soon, the ACLU’s involved now 😉

      • CiscoKid says:

        Ok, here’s my take on this, any legal beagles out there, chip in.
        You buy a ticket to a play, or any other event.
        Isn’t that a “contract”
        Contract, an offer by one party offering a service and an acceptance by another for some specific service.
        Now I buy a ticket to see a play, only a play and not be chastised or ridiculed.
        Now, if I can show that being chastised or ridiculed is not part of the play, do I have legal recourse for damages
        I believe Pence won’t, but interesting, yes ?
        Maybe I’ve watched Paper Chase to many times.

        • 1539days says:

          You have a right to get what you pay for, but that contract also means that the drunk heckler in Chicago broke his contract and deserved to be thrown out of the theater.

          • CiscoKid says:

            I think now that is boils down to a simple matter of civility, manners if you will.
            Inside the theater, give me what I paid for, only what I paid for.
            Outside, before and after, do what you think you gotta do, but peacefully.
            And maybe, just MAYBE, if you’re not burning the American flag, smashing windows, attacking the police, yelling in my face or hitting me, I might stop and listen to you.
            Till then, deaf ears.

        • blowme0bama says:

          Eh… there may be bad faith breach. I don’t see Pence pursuing that.

          • CiscoKid says:

            Vice-President Mike Pence has more important things to do.
            Like helping MAGA!
            It couldn’t and won’t be stopped.

      • lateblum says:

        On whose behalf? I guess I’ll have to look it up. Been away today.

    • lateblum says:

      Shocking that NPR wants to control the narrative.” Let’s not allow any controversy that WE, ourselves didn’t initiate.” Now that they’ve lost their easy access to the WH, they are not about to allow input from nor give equal treatment to the evil Right.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Yes ! Long overdue for PBS too.

        • foxyladi14 says:


        • blowme0bama says:

          They often brag about how small a part of federal funding is to their operational income, so let’s see.

          National Endowment for the Arts should be precluded from contributing to broadcasting orgs as well, other than performances.

        • kanaughty says:

          Probably have an in black budget if we defunded this,epa, pp, and sanctuary cities. Maybe even put a dent in national debt.

          • blowme0bama says:

            EPA has a place and good purpose, in my mind, but they need their jurisdiction substantially curtailed by Congress.

          • kanaughty says:

            I understand the epa being important, but i feel like under obama it has become too powerful like the irs targeting certain groups. The epa is being used as a political weapon now instead of watching out for fair and sensible regulations. I would love to see the executive branch give back a lot of it’s power back to the lawmakers and purse strings, but that’s probably a dream only. 😦

          • The problem with a lot of these agencies like the EPA is they are always looking for new problems to fix and new things to regulate.

          • blowme0bama says:

            Oh, I understand and agree. I have no doubt that some of the most recent efforts to include jurisdiction of tiny streams waaaaaaaaaaayyyy the hell away from actual rivers was an effort to eliminate development, including building a residence, anywhere except in urban areas. Obama’s group was political, calculating, destructive and evil in everything they did.

  10. Jadzia says:

    Open thread? I feel like I have a hangover from partying ALL DAY YESTERDAY. With a bunch of 5 year olds, for Cuteness’s birthday. Not a drop to drink, but SO MUCH TATTLING AND SCREECHING. Why the hell did I agree to have this event at the house? It’s 4pm and I still wanna go back to bed.

  11. helenk3 says:

    I am laughing so hard I have tears running down my face.
    we all have dated some asses in our time, but there was never an app for that and $2000 start up was not needed

    • CiscoKid says:

      “Massive deportation forces”, “Boys and men of color fear for their lives”
      And my favorite, “reproductive justice rights”…so that’s what abortion is called now.
      Mega-crazy I tell you.

  12. CiscoKid says:

    potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    James MattisAP
    2. “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
    (Business Insider)

    3. “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    4. “Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    5. “Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”
    (Business Insider)

    6. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    7. “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    8. “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
    (Mattis’ Letter To 1st Marine Division)

    Mattis in 2006 / FlickrGen. Mattis in 2006 / Flickr
    9. “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
    (Business Insider)

    10. “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
    (Defense News)

    11. “There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    12. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    Gen. Mattis and Gen. Dempsey / FlickrGen. Mattis and Gen. Dempsey / Flickr
    13. “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

    14. “I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
    (San Diego Union Tribune)

    15. “Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”
    (Mattis’ Letter To 1st Marine Division)

    16. “Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit”
    (Mattis’ Letter To 1st Marine Division)
    Did Trump pick the right man or what?
    Best quotes of Marine General James Mattis
    Lifted from freebeacon

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Where was the ACLU when the IRS was trying to actual suppress conservatives’ rights to peaceful assembly ? Or the rights of theater patrons to enjoy the theater not a political rally?

    • 1539days says:

      We don’t need the ACLU, we need the free market. Trump should not demand apologies on behalf of Mike Pence. He should encourage people not to bother going to Hamilton.

    • 49erDweet says:

      If every person present had been given the opportunity to comment to everybody else for the same amount of time, it would be ‘free speech’s. They weren’t and it wasn’t. The ACLU is stoopid. Again.

  14. Dora says:

    Barry Husein is not going quietly.

    ==== Fight, ‘we’re not backing down’

    • Lulu says:

      So they came up with a rationalization on why they still need to fund-raise. Scammers gotta scam. Bronco needs some Chicago walking around money.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Oooooooooooooooookkkkk Barry. I thought Trump might just let you off the hook out of decorum and keeping the peace, but if you insist…….

      Confirms this guy is not very damned bright.

    • kanaughty says:

      As long as they never realize it is them and their radical and hysterical agenda and actions that voters have had enough of, they will keep losing. Regular voters aren’t believing their BS anymore. They see the faux rage and the colleges not letting other view points speak up and freedom of speech being taken away because people take offense or say it’s hate speech when it’s just speech that goes against the all knowing left. So keep it up alinskyites, you will keep losing, you big cry babies.

  15. Dora says:

    It might be strange for a while, but I’m sure they will visit.


    Melania and Barron Trump won’t be moving to the White House

    • Lulu says:

      Who blames them? I wouldn’t move from my penthouse with a kid into that nasty, backbiting hateful shithole DC either. The White House needs major renovation, the WaPo has a major snide hateful non-government story daily, the White House Correspondents dinner went after Trump, so why would they want to live among the monsters? I hope Trump stays at his hotel during the week too since the White House will be a building zone and NO PRETENTIOUS PARTIES FOR THE ELITES to attend which they will bitch about also but the public won’t care.

    • votermom says:

      That probably is the best choice for Barron.

    • Dora says:

      • DeniseVB says:

        Comments to that tweet are pretty nasty towards Melania. I have little hope for the left surviving the next 4-8 years in that state of mind. Good.

        • Lulu says:

          I’m looking forward to their economic hard times. They get to play by the same rules as everyone else. I hope they enjoy being in reduced circumstances like all the people they are superior to and hate so much. The economic playing field has shifted and they are scared.

    • 1539days says:

      New York values. 😛

    • Jadzia says:

      Sounds like she is putting her child first, which I think is a good thing. It’s not like they don’t have the money to pop down to DC on weekends.

    • mothy67 says:

      He’s what 10? Will never by anonymous again. Probably best he finish out middle school in NYC. Give him some continuity. A second term would place him in high school. Media should back off him which they couldn’t do in DC.

  16. helenk3 says:

    my favorite judge

    • DeniseVB says:

      WoW, she’s good. Tied it all up in a tidy bow at the end there ❤ She had a meeting at the Trump Tower last week? Hmmm, SCOTUS? It would probably be too much of a pay cut.

      • taw46 says:

        Judge Jeanine is so outgoing, maybe she wouldn’t want to shut herself up in the Supreme Court. But I would like to see her with some position.

      • swanspirit says:

        The bottom line as far as “art” goes for me, is that if you don’t or didn’t get your message across through your art, you have failed n your artistic endeavor. So those self righteous hypocrites on stage lose again. I don’t care how hip hop they make the revolution, there is one going on right under their noses and they missed it. Again, they lose.

        • CiscoKid says:

          PERFECT !
          How many other writers, actors, directors throughout history have made their take on life and all its foibles without insulting its audience ?
          Sure, some if not many, but in a way to make the audience say/think…hmmm
          To me , if you have to get on stage and explain what you ment, you have failed.

      • blowme0bama says:

        No, she’s not S.Ct. material.

        • blowme0bama says:

          I’ll explain, without just dismissing it. They need to have some federal or state appellate court experience, or be just a blow me away scholar. Elena Kagel didn’t have the background either, but you know how reality is – Harvard Dean is automatically given a lot of respect.

          • Jadzia says:

            I agree. The debating and presentation skills that make a person a good/interesting/entertaining legal commentator aren’t all that relevant to the USSC. That said, it’s sometimes hard to get judges with paper trails confirmed (Exhibit A: the brilliant Alex Kozinski–Scalia’s natural heir IMHO, and 100% unconfirmable because he’s decided too many cases and you can’t please all the people all the time), and scholars can have the same problem.

  17. helenk3 says:

    the Philly way

  18. DandyTIger says:

    • votermom says:

      I had to look up when it will be – not until April. There is a primary this November in the Republican Party between Sarkozy & some other guy. Hollande will run for his commie party, and Marine Le Pen for National Front.

      • Jadzia says:

        The primary was actually TODAY. Sarkozy came in third, so he’s out of it. I didn’t vote in this primary because (a) I was offended that “les republicains” are CHARGING people to vote in their primary (WTF); and (b) Sarkozy lost my vote with a plan for the university system that would basically result in the creation of an American-style student loan system, and hey NO THANK YOU to that. The top two were Fillon and Juppe, and you guys probably know about as much about them as I do, because Sarkozy tends to suck all of the oxygen out of the room and so I was mostly paying attention to him. Le Pen won’t be primaried, of course, given that the FN is basically her family business.

        Hollande is providing some excellent entertainment. At one point a few weeks ago his approval rating dipped into SINGLE DIGITS. Today there was a Chris Crocker-style “LEAVE FRANCOIS ALONE!!!!” ragetantrum type “open letter” signed by 60 celebrities (I like to think of them as Hollande’s 60 remaining voters in the entire country) whining about the media’s negative coverage of his (disastrous) administration that was published in, um, the media.

        There’s also a little twit who just flounced from the Socialist Party because he’s a super special snowflake who has had the TOTALLY ORIGINAL IDEA THAT NOBODY HAS EVER HAD BEFORE that he is smarter than everybody else because he’s “neither left nor right!” unlike the rest of us presumably idiotic partisans. He has formed a Lieberman-style “Party of Me” and it will be delicious to see him get his ass kicked in the general. His wife is the French Mary Kay LeTourneau; she was his high school teacher and is at least 20 years old than he is, making him a 34-year-old grandfather.

        • votermom says:

          You had to pay to vote in the Republican primary? Huh.

          • Jadzia says:

            Apparently the idea was that charging people would prevent a “vote for the worst” situation in which a bunch of lefties would show up (it was an open primary, so anybody could vote) and get the weakest candidate into the general. I kind of think that if you’re motivated enough to drag your ass out on a miserable Sunday morning (it’s raining cats and dogs, as is typical at this time of year), 2 euros isn’t going to be much of a deterrent. I just thought it was stupid, plus the 7 candidates the Republicans (I still can’t believe they adopted the American name) were running are pretty Tweedledum and Tweedle-dumber, so I didn’t have much of a personal preference among them. I’ll vote in the general, obviously.

          • Jadzia says:

            My point is that no, it’s not normal here to be charged to vote.

        • blowme0bama says:

          Jadzia, If I understand correctly, the French presidential candidate must receive more than 50% of the votes in order to win outright? If Marine Le Pen achieves less than that, can’t, and isn’t it likely that, the other parties must form a coalition to put together combined majority of the votes and decide who will be the President?

          Parliamentary government: how the fuck does it work?

          • Jadzia says:

            We’re still in the primary stage (so LePen and the other non-Republicans aren’t in the mix at the moment; the socialist primary isn’t for another month or so). But my recollection from 2012 is that we have an Election Day and then if nobody gets 50% (which will definitely be the case, given that we basically have three major parties right now, plus Snowflake), there is a runoff election one week later between the top 2 vote-getters. So at the end of the day, we always do end up with somebody who got more than 50%, even if it wasn’t on the first “tour.” That said, we do have coalitions but I can’t for the life of me remember why, so I’ll ask Mr. Jadzia and get back to you on that.

          • Jadzia says:

            OK, I now have more information. Like in the US, the legislators are elected separately from the president. So theoretically it is possible to have a “republicain” president and a socialist legislature. In practice, the 5-year terms of the president and the legislatures run at almost the same time (president is elected in May, legislators are elected in June), so whatever electoral wave puts a president in office would tend to put his (or I hope someday, her) party into power in the legislature.

            When we vote for the legislature, we vote for a party, not a person. (So you would vote socialist or republican or green or whatever.) I BELIEVE (because my husband cannot even explain this) that the way you end up with coalitions is that we’ve got at least 3 parties with the ability to win at least one legislative district, which means that often there’s no absolute majority in the legislature. Thus forcing the major parties to cut deals with each other (and the republicans and socialists have been VERY interested in working together ever since LePen started to pick up steam) or pick up the tiny parties that might only have a few reps.

            I’m still confused, TBH.

          • blowme0bama says:

            Thanks. I only gleaned that, as you mentioned, some people believed that the socialists and republicans would somehow combine to deny LePen the presidency.

          • Jadzia says:

            They can still do that in a sense, by throwing support to the non-Marine candidate in the event that Marine advances to the 2nd round. We had some off-year elections a year or so ago, and that strategy caused a HUGE fight among “les republicains” because the non-Sarkozy faction wanted to endorse/work for the socialists in areas where it looked like the FN might win, and the Sarkozy wing said no fucking way (and IIRC the socialists ended up endorsing/working for the republicains instead, so well played, Sarko).

  19. lyn says:

    Two Trumps are in my home state of Montana!

  20. helenk3 says:

    I never thought I would think this let alone say it, Trump should hire his own security

    • CiscoKid says:

      Obama? Fuck him!
      I still believe though that the Secret Service has truly professional men and women who would relish the opportunity to protect the President-elect and those that their duty requires. I don’t believe that Obama lacked anything less.
      Of course I would have chosen anything else but Presidential protection duty had I been SS under Obamas regime.
      That just me.

      • lateblum says:

        Well, it sounds like several of them did have preferences OTHER than provide for POTUS. Remember all the scandals, even leading to the replacement of the leader of security? Parties, orgies and drunken driving, etc?

  21. votermom says:

    mosaic of smug Trump made up of crying leftist snowflakes

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