May 22, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: African American Curators

Thelma Golden used to be mistaken for her own assistant. But these days, there aren’t many in the art world who don’t know the 50-year-old director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Twenty-five years ago, before her closets were written up in O magazine and her 2008 wedding featured in Vogue, Golden was a young curator at the Whitney Museum — its first black curator, actually. Her looks didn’t match people’s assumptions about who got to be a mover and a shaker in the world of art. But Golden, who has a knack for turning setbacks into ambition, now calls those early cases of mistaken identity “liberating.”

“It allowed me the opportunity to not only create a deep impression,” she says, “but also was a way that I personally made goals that moved me toward being known and being understood.” Golden is quite small, with close-cropped hair and an earnest face. Today, in her office at Studio, she’s wearing a bold print dress created by her fashion designer husband, Duro Olowu. There’s no mistaking her for anyone else.

Increasingly, Golden is becoming known beyond the realm of curation. Last year, she was seated next to President Obama at a White House state dinner, leading a flurry of people to ask, “Who was that woman?” Let culture critic Greg Tate, profiling Golden in the Village Voice years ago, answer it: “A stone-cold player. A highbrow mack-diva of the first magnitude.”

In the summer, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Barack Obama Foundation, which will erect his presidential library on Chicago’s South Side, leading one critic to speculate — Golden is this revered — that she might be “too good” for the job. Shortly before that, Studio announced that it would soon be starting construction on a bigger, $122 million home, yielding stories about the growing importance of the museum and its charismatic director.

Throughout her career, Golden has proved adept at putting together shows about race and identity  that are deeply controversial at the time but years later, look prescient. Studio was founded almost 50 years ago as a showcase for important black artists who had been left out of the official (read: white) canon, and Golden’s relationship with the museum stretches back to her days as a college intern there, plus a year after college before she joined the Whitney. When Golden returned in 2000 as Studio’s deputy director, art critics knew the institution as sleepy and genteel; she helped to boldly reshape it. Her first major contemporary exhibition, “Freestyle,” announced the dawn of the “post-black” era — a movement of artists who no longer wanted to be explained or contained by the label “black,” even as they were steeped in racial consciousness. The New Yorker pronounced the museum “post-Golden.” In 2005, Golden became its director.

Golden has cultivated deeply personal relationships with many of the artists she has championed, becoming so close with one that she witnessed the birth of her child.

“As a curator, I’ve always understood my curatorial practice as being highly collaborative with artists,” says Golden, whose run-on sentences sometimes have a Zen quality. “There’s a story for each of them. I know exactly when I first saw the work, or came to understand how I understood the work — or how maybe I didn’t understand the work and that’s what moved me into a conversation with them.”

Now, a decade into helming Studio, Golden is no longer directly curating shows. Instead, she is in what she calls the “institution-building” phase of her career. She lives a few blocks from the museum, and has constructed a travel-heavy, cross-continent marriage with her Nigerian-born, London-based husband. She’s charismatic, but seems guarded compared with her persona in older interviews, in which she brimmed with audaciousness — perhaps because she’s mellowed or because of the heat she has felt in her career for being a first.

(Read more at New York Times)

  • aleth

    In a sick way they know they have the upper hand due to GOP hunger for power and americas racism
    https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/832177917262168065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  • aleth

    morning

    • rikyrah

      Morning aleth

  • Mornin’!

    • rikyrah

      Morning Sepia

    • Alma98

      Morning Sepia!

  • Ms. Golden is fabulous!

  • lamh
    • conlakappa

      He’s like, “ZOMG, you’re my bud! I wanna be just like you when I grow up!!! Wait, will I look that good when I’m your age?! ZOMG, can you and Michelle just move in with us once Sasha graduates?!!!”

  • goldenstar

    I love spotting her in Chicago. I can always find her in a crowd since she’s short like me. And, she is completely disarmingly charming. Oh, how I would love to do a long dinner w/ her and her beloved Duro….

  • Miranda

    Well, ya made a deal with the devil!! Bet he has a real drinking problem by the time he gets fired.
    ——————–
    Priebus struggles to control fractious White House
    After a rocky start, the White House chief of staff is rushing to fix Trump’s early missteps
    02/16/17 05:04 AM EST

    Reince Priebus, facing growing criticism and calls for his ouster, is racing to bring order to a White House that looks to be spiraling out of control.

    After weeks of West Wing turmoil and critiques from the president himself, the chief of staff is scrambling to impose a more traditional approach on a White House that is anything but, according to more than a dozen administration aides and others close to Priebus.

    Priebus, who arrives at the White House by 6:30 a.m. and often doesn’t leave until midnight, has launched an early morning staff meeting aimed at streamlining each day. He spends hours on the phone with Capitol Hill Republicans, who have been left confused and flat-footed by the administration’s stormy opening days. He’s trying to reshape an overwhelmed communications office that has had its share of fumbles. And, along with several others, he guided the search for a replacement for scandal-ridden National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose dismissal an infuriated Priebus helped to engineer.
    […]
    “Trump is nothing like Reince has ever dealt with,” said one person who knows Priebus well. “Would you want the job of trying to control him and getting him to focus?”

    The president can be nearly impossible to staff. His whims, moods and insatiable appetite for TV can throw off plans. Priebus, along with others, often brief him extensively before meetings, telling him about the audience’s makeup and offering guidance for what he should say. Yet Trump has veered off on tangents, like repeating his unsubstantiated claim during meetings with senators that voter fraud was committed in the election. It has often fallen upon Priebus to change the subject—sometimes with success, sometimes not.

    “The staff has to assume that Donald Trump is going to do things in unconventional ways and that he’s not going to change,” said Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican. “They have to learn to work around that.”

    more here: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/reince-priebus-trump-white-house-235076

    • jds09

      Priebus is not going to make it past 90 days. It’s so delicious that the party that won on message discipline is being blown up by a guy with none.

      • rikyrah

        90 days….LOL

        • Miranda

          And gonna be sitting in a circle where he says “hello, my name is Reince and I’m a______” – I don’t know if it’ll be pills or alcohol, but he will be driven to something before this is all over.

          • conlakappa

            Nope. They will threaten to out him, which will make him quit. Then they’ll out him any way.

      • goldenstar

        And destroy the lie/myth that Rs know how to message; therefore won this election due to their superlative skill sets.

  • goldenstar

    This has been sagi’s sermon forever…

    Productivity in Terrible Times

    I think I’m not the only one who hasn’t been getting much done lately in the realm of “normal work”. I may pretend like I’m working on documentation for a new CMS, but — I’m sorry, who was just appointed to the cabinet? He said what? Oh, for fuck’s sake.

    When a solid 67% of your soul is engaged with battles elsewhere, how do you continue on with our ongoing, non-revolutionary work?

    1) Make peace with your job.

    When your heart is worried for your Muslim friends, and deep in your bones you’re terrified about losing access to healthcare, it’s very hard to respond graciously to an email inquiring about the latest microsite analytics numbers. “THE WORLD IS BURNING. I will have those content model updates ready by Thursday. Sincerely, and with abject terror, Eileen.”

    It is not tenable to quit my job and hie off to Planned Parenthood HQ and wait for them to make use of my superior content organizing skills. It is not a good idea for you to resign from stable work that supports your family and community because you’re no longer satisfied by SQL queries. The Trevor Project needs your donation more than they need a JS developer proficient in easing animation.

    Think about what your job lets you do. If you’re making good money slinging CSS, be grateful that you’re in a position to give cold hard cash to causes you believe in. If your copywriting work has a flexible schedule, be grateful you’re able to spend afternoons each week volunteering. If you have a straightforward and stress-free data entry job, be grateful that you have the emotional energy available to support your worn-thin friends.

    By all means, if you’re able to shift your job so that you’re working directly with causes you believe in, go for it. But don’t get stuck on the idea that your job isn’t valuable unless you’ve dedicated your career to a non-profit. All of our work is capable of enabling righteous acts.

    2) Set your environment up to support you.

    I’m a huge proponent of setting up your physical and digital environments to support your larger goals. Most of us were full of work worries and family drama and existential concerns even in The Beforetimes; now we’ve added on American fascism and the literal threat of nuclear war, yet we still expect to get our work done by strength of will alone. As the astute Krista Scott-Dixon writes,

    Your self-control is busy preventing you from stabbing your boss, shoplifting, and running red lights. Thus, “willpower” won’t help you much…. It’s an overdrawn bank account. Use stronger stuff: scheduling, structure, social support, space, systems, and strategies.

    When it comes to Productivity in Terrible Times, we’re operating on a number of fronts:

    Set up automatic donations. Don’t rely on your memory (or your friends) to remind you to support important causes. Larger organizations like The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights are set up to take recurring donations, so do that. For smaller groups like a local food pantry or domestic violence shelter, use your bank’s online bill pay to set up recurring payments.

    https://superyesmore.com/productivity-in-terrible-times-709d4b3127d845e2d090bf94f0b93263

    • rikyrah

      Thanks for this

  • jds09

    Good morning POU Fam!

    • rikyrah

      Morning jds

    • MsKitty

      Morning jds

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds!

  • goldenstar

    Librarian Love!!!

    The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready

    In the fight against fake news and divisive, exclusionary policies and views, a not-so-new resistance is brewing among the nation’s librarians.

    The first few weeks of President Trump’s administration have shown that resistance can come in unexpected forms. From little girls and elderly women in bright pink cat hats taking to the streets to National Parks rangers writing a firestorm of climate change facts on Twitter, Americans have stood up at rates not seen in recent years to protest the new administration’s stance on such issues as climate change, immigration, refugees, gay and transgender rights, women’s rights, and religious freedom.

    Now, librarians are joining in a resistance of their own. Some have created websites to provide information for refugees and undocumented immigrants while others built book displays that focus on Muslim culture or the LGBT community, and many have shared ideas by joining together on social media. Boasting legal documentation and subscriptions to reputable publications and archives has also given the libraries a leg up in providing communities with accurate information as fake news stories run rampant on social media.

    While some have questioned the movement and its ability to politicize neutral, government-funded library environments, librarians say advocating for free, open spaces for all, as well as providing legal resources and accurate facts, shouldn’t constitute a political statement. For them, taking a subtle stance against the administration simply involves showing up and doing their jobs.

    And in turn, many have become hopeful that some of the patrons who left their local library behind as the proliferation of smartphones put answers in the palms of their hands will see a renewed value in visiting their local library.

    “This is like waving a red flag in front of bull or throwing red meat into a tiger’s den for librarians,” Christian Zabriskie, the executive director of Urban Librarians United, an advocacy organization that promotes libraries in large cities, says of fake news and legal questions raised by Mr. Trump’s immigration order. “That’s the war we’ve been getting ready for for a long, long time. We’re not really doing anything different than what we’ve done before, we’re just being called on to do it differently.”

    Trump and fake news are far from the first cause to spur them to action. Librarians have often responded to the current climate when privacy, free speech, or access to information becomes compromised.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/2017/0215/The-fight-against-fake-news-is-putting-librarians-on-the-front-line-and-they-say-they-re-ready?cmpid=FB

    • rikyrah

      I love Librarians as a group

      • jds09

        Yep. They’re helpful and warm while taking absolutely no shit from folks. It’s amazing to watch a reference librarian in action.

      • Miranda

        I do too.

    • MsKitty

      I used to work in a public library years ago. The librarians were truly the unsung heroes. It’s a labor of love for them because it’s not a career in which you’ll get rich, especially with budget cuts being the norm.

  • Miranda

    I wonder who thinks its a great idea to have a big public fight with the intelligence community?? WHO?!?!
    ———————-
    Trump’s War With the Intelligence Community Is His Biggest Yet
    An Epic Showdown with Intelligence Community
    FEB 16 2017, 8:44 AM ET

    First Read: Less than a month in office, President Trump has engaged in plenty of fights already — with the courts, Mexico, the media, and even Nordstrom. But his emerging fight with the U.S. intelligence community (over Russia and leaks) might be his biggest fight yet. On the one hand, you have the New York Times reporting that Trump is planning to appoint an ally who has little experience in intelligence matters “to lead a broad review” of the intelligence agencies. “The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president,” the Times says. And on the other hand, you have the Wall Street Journal writing that U.S. intelligence officials ‘have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised.’

    Of course, we knew this fight was coming — given Trump’s complaints against the intel community during the transition, and after recently departed Michael Flynn fed Trump the line that the intel community was politicized. Still, it’s a remarkable development. Think about it: The day after the New York Times reports that Trump’s presidential campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials, the same paper writes that Trump is putting an ally — with little experience in intelligence matters — to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/trump-turns-heat-his-war-intelligence-community-n721666

    • goldenstar

      Don’t you think that Bannon/Miller faction want this?

      • Miranda

        I do believe they are stupid enough to think they can beat the intel community. Yep.

        • conlakappa

          But they read Clancy, LeCarre, and shit! When neighbor-friend ran into Bannon at the airport, he said that dude was reading a U.S. Grant biography. Hmmm…

          • Admiral_Komack

            They read books, while the IC opens up a 5-gallon drum of whoop-ass.

          • conlakappa

            They have seen all of the Bourne movies. Okay?!!!

          • Admiral_Komack

            They may have seen them, but they didn’t learn the lesson.
            “Don’t fuck with the spook!”
            Oh…has anyone heard from Matt Damon?
            He had a lot to say about the black guy, but I haven’t heard him say shit about the orange shitgibbon.

    • BoomerGal

      Without full intel, how can Trump be an effective CIC? He needs to be impeached.

    • jds09

      Okay, the guy that named his business after the mythical 3-headed dog that guards hell, will definately have some skeletons in his closet.

      These Enron “smartest guy in the room” types are to much. IC will have Mr. Feinberg as a mid-morning snack.

      • goldenstar

        Wow, this is another movie script! Where’s Don Cheadle’s House of Lies when we need it???

  • rikyrah

    Good luck lamh

  • Miranda

    Basically, to sum up this article…the republicans are proving to be the wreck PBO warned everybody about.
    ————————
    GOP’s Grand Vision Is Now A Mirage
    Feb 16, 2017

    Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on a legislative elliptical trainer, gliding toward nowhere.

    At this point in Barack Obama’s presidency, when Democrats controlled Washington, Congress had passed a stimulus bill totaling nearly $1 trillion to address the financial crisis, approved a measure preventing pay discrimination, expanded a children’s health insurance program, and begun laying the groundwork for major health care and financial regulation bills. President George W. Bush came into office with a congressional blueprint for his signature education act, No Child Left Behind.

    The inactivity stems from a lack of clear policy guidance — and, just as often, contradictory messages — from the Trump administration, which does not appear to have spent the campaign and transition periods forming a legislative wish list.

    more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/congress-republicans-health-care-infrastructure-taxes.html?_r=1

    • Kennymack1971

      The GOP from Congress to the WH has no idea WTF they’re doing. I’m shocked.

    • jds09

      Nah, the 45’s administration is on track. It’s never been about governing, it’s been about looting.

  • Kennymack1971

    Good morning POU Family. We are truly living in some strange days.

    • goldenstar

      Strange but we have each other to weather these pampered fascists.

    • MsKitty

      Morning Kennymack.

      Like I said the other day, when I check my phone first thing in the morning these days it’s with a feeling of dread.

      • conlakappa

        One of my dance friends, who retired from the fed last year, calls it something like daily dread. There is stuff I read her that she hadn’t even heard about. I think it only made her more depressed.

    • rikyrah

      Morning KennyM

    • Alma98

      Good morning Kennymack. I’m back to waking up and cussing at white folks for drumpf.

  • goldenstar

    It’s a beautiful thing. The wonderful thing about doors is that they close and open. This needs to be a movie…

    [#DESTINATIONGREATNESS] MYRON ROLLE: FROM THE NFL TO NEUROSURGEON

    “I played football, but I didn’t want to be categorized as just a jock.” Those are the words of Myron Rolle. Coming out of high school, Myron was the #1 football prospect in the entire U.S. He was a First Team Freshman All-American in 2006 and earned both Third Team All-America and Second Team All-ACC honors in 2008, his final season in Tallahassee. NFL scouts definitely took notice. Myron Rolle was rated by ESPN as the #1 football recruit in the U.S. in 2006, so it’s no wonder he went on to play in the NFL.

    During his time in the NFL, he wasn’t your usual player. He researched stem cells. He started anti-obesity programs that the U.S. Department of Interior adopted. He even raised money for hospitals.

    But just before his NFL dreams came true by enlisting in the draft, as scouts were eager to snatch him up, Rolle decided to delay his entering the NFL draft for a whole year to study medicine in Oxford, England. During that time, he was named a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship, the most prestigious academic award given.

    When he made it back to the States, the Tennessee Titans took on Rolle, selecting him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. The progress he made in his first year with Tennessee — “I thought I was making strides and getting better with each snap, picking up things I didn’t pick up before,” he said — took a hit with the departure of head coach Jeff Fisher and the 2011 lockout putting a halt to OTAs.

    [#DESTINATIONGREATNESS] MYRON ROLLE: FROM THE NFL TO NEUROSURGEON

    Rolle was released right before the start of the 2011 season. The Steelers signed him to a reserve/future contract the next offseason, only to release Rolle at the tail end of the 2012 preseason. Afterward, it took Rolle three weeks of soul searching to realize that it was for the best that his football-playing career was done at age 25.

    “I talked to my family, brothers and pastors asking them what they thought,” he said. “I still received interest from a few teams, and it didn’t have to be over. Then I said to myself, ‘I can knock my head against the wall for 8-9 years or move on to medicine.’ I was leaving the game with no concussions and dexterity in both my hands, where I could be a neurosurgeon one day.”

    http://blackdoctor.org/512383/myron-rolle-from-the-nfl-to-neurosurgeon/2/

    • Miranda

      He would be a great motivational speaker – for young minority high school boys especially.

    • rikyrah

      I read that yesterday, and smiled all the way through

  • Kennymack1971

    Another day, another episode of white folks just GOTTA be white….
    https://twitter.com/MorningEdition/status/832214344079384576

    • Miranda

      ‘I began to then challenge them more and say “How can you not at least listen to this person’s argument?”‘
      ——————-
      So he believes one should just hear the argument for white supremacy, give it a chance.

      EAT SHIT AND DIE YOU WORM.

      • Kennymack1971

        And when people told him that he got hurt fee fees and became a conservative. Between this ass and Susan Sarandon…mannnnnnn

      • Admiral_Komack

        Um…’cause he’s full of shit?

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      If he must leave, let his dumbass go.

    • GOVCHRIS1988
  • Miranda

    You piss off all the federal workers, intel community and the beltway media and think you gonna stop leaks?? Good luck with that.
    ———————
    Gizmodo Ads Target Potential Trump Leakers
    Facebook ads steer government agency employees to TellOnTrump.com, which explains how to securely send tips and documents
    Feb. 15, 2017 3:44 p.m. ET

    With the Trump administration proving to be a leaky ship in its early days, one news outlet is launching an ad blitz to find the next Deep Throat.

    The Gizmodo Media Group’s investigative team has taken to buying highly-targeted Facebook ads to steer potential leakers to a new website, TellOnTrump.com, which lays out a variety of secure methods to pass on sensitive information.

    “One thing we know about Donald Trump is that there are a lot of things Donald Trump doesn’t want people to know about. If you’ve reached this page, you might have information about the conduct of Donald Trump or his administration that you’d like people to know about. Here’s how you can tell us,” the site explains.

    The Univision Communications Inc.-owned media group, which operates sites like Fusion and the former Gawker Media sites like Gizmodo, Deadspin and Jezebel, started running ads on the social media platform within the last week that specifically target people who list certain government agencies as their employers. The ads don’t specify which news outlet is running the campaign, but the site which the ads point to clearly identifies the Gizmodo special projects desk.

    more here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/gizmodo-ads-target-potential-trump-leakers-1487191482

    • jds09

      Death by a thousand cuts. I wonder if this will bust the Fox News bubble.

    • Town

      LOL @ Tell On Trump

      LOL @ Tell On Trump being owned by Univision

      • Miranda

        I bet a black person came up with that. LMAO

    • This is what gets me. Smarter people than Trump with experience contacts and the resources couldn’t stop leaks. Trump’s swinging at the wind.

    • nellcote

      noticed tweets from at least half a dozen media outlets (propublica, nyt, motherjones etc) advising secure sites to send tips.

      all things considered these stories coming out seem more like whistleblowing than “leaks”.

      • Miranda

        I’ve been wondering why these are described as “leaks” as opposed to whistleblowing. I would hope the Dems would soon make the case that it’s the latter when talking about disclosing potential criminal activity.

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU!

    • MsKitty

      Morning BoomerGal

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, MsKitty

    • rikyrah

      Morning BoomerG

      • BoomerGal

        Morning, rikyrah

  • Miranda

    SMDH…….basically the intelligence community is keeping us safe…FOR REAL
    ———————–
    Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns

    Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president
    Feb. 16, 2017 12:33 a.m. ET

    U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

    The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

    more here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/spies-keep-intelligence-from-donald-trump-1487209351

    • BoomerGal

      Yup! ITA

    • jds09

      As that conservative from Utah McMullin explained, they took an oath to defend this country from enemies foreign and domestic.

      That’s some quality shade right there.

      • goldenstar

        He’s former CIA so knows….

    • Kennymack1971

      Damn. The intelligence community can’t trust the President of the United States. This is some unprecedented shit man.

    • rikyrah

      The magnitude of this…Is EPIC

    • rikyrah

      I have said before:
      The one place in America that has NEVER forgotten Vlad’s former job as head of The KGB….IS LANGLEY.
      This isn’t a case of where they believe that the President is weak. They have lived through that.
      The CIA is in the position of believing that the President of the United States is an ASSET OF A HOSTILE GOVERNMENT, among others in the WHITE HOUSE.

      • This will not end well for Sir Ferrethead.

  • Miranda
    • MsKitty

      Are those tweets from today? Dude has lost what little of his mind was left.

      • conlakappa

        I thought they finally wrestled his phone away from him.

        • Miranda

          He probably threw a tantrum until they gave it back.

          • conlakappa

            Threatened to hold his breath until he turned blue? HOTUS was like, “let ‘im!”

          • Admiral_Komack

            I don’t think they ever got the phone away from him.

      • Miranda

        Yep

    • Kennymack1971

      Bear in mind he’s not outright denying anything coming out is not true he’s mad that it’s being leaked.

      This is about to be a scandal unprecedented in scope.

      • BoomerGal

        That first one, annoys the fuck outta me!!! UGH!!!!!

    • Alma98

      Crazy orange muthaphucka!

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!!!

  • MsKitty

    Morning lamh. Good luck with the interview.

  • MsKitty

    I want to be her when I grow up.

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

  • Miranda

    I just giggle at the mention of Ginni Thomas…remembering how she was drunk calling Anita Hill in the middle of the night…..
    ———————-
    Leaked Emails Show Justice Clarence Thomas’s Wife Pushing Travel Ban

    In leaked emails, Ginni Thomas asked for advice on how to organize in favor of Trump’s travel ban. But by doing so, she may have inadvertently made it harder for the executive order to survive the Supreme Court.
    02.16.17 1:15 AM ET

    In an email sent to a conservative listserv on Feb. 13 and obtained by The Daily Beast, Ginni Thomas asked an interesting question: How could she organize activists to push for Trump’s policies?
    “What is the best way to, with minimal costs, set up a daily text capacity for a ground up-grassroots army for pro-Trump daily action items to push back against the left’s resistance efforts who are trying to make America ungovernable?” she wrote.

    “I see the left has Daily Action @YourDailyAction and their Facebook likes are up to 61K,” she continued.

    She then linked to a Washington Post story about the group.
    “But there are some grassroots activists, who seem beyond the Republican party or the conservative movement, who wish to join the fray on social media for Trump and link shields and build momentum,” she wrote. “I met with a house load of them yesterday and we want a daily textable tool to start… Suggestions?”

    Neither Ginni nor Clarence Thomas returned requests for comment. The group she referred to, Daily Action, encourages people who oppose Trump’s agenda to make a phone call every day on relevant issues—including the travel ban. Thomas, on the other hand, has characterized former acting Attorney General Sally Yates as part of a “subversive alt-government” trying to undermine the president and make America “ungovernable” in a recent Daily Caller article. Yates drew ire from the right when she refused to have DOJ lawyers defend the president’s travel ban.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/16/leaked-emails-show-justice-clarence-thomas-s-wife-pushing-travel-ban.html?via=twitter_page

    • goldenstar

      He still will not recuse himself from cases…

    • Town

      Ginni Thomas could not get the thought of Clarence thinking about Anita Hill’s luscious brown skin, full lips & hips. It disturbed her that her White Woman Magic ™ over Clarence had been broken by this prim black woman. These disturbing thoughts have been in her head for the past 20 years and she couldn’t take it anymore.

      Anita Hill did the right thing by letting that crap go straight to voicemail, then releasing the voicemail so ERRYBODY could see what a silly insecure fool Ginni Thomas really is.

  • BoomerGal

    Now, this is coming from YOUR OWN PEOPLE/NOMINEE!!! This is the only descent one in his entire cabinet!!

    Trump’s defense chief Mattis: ‘Very little doubt’ that Russia interferes with elections

    Source: Reuters

    16 FEB 2017 AT 08:39 ET

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary on Thursday said he did not see the conditions for military collaboration with Russia, in a blow to Moscow’s hopes for repairing ties with the United States following Trump’s election.

    “We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground,” Mattis told reporters after talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

    Asked whether he believed that Russia interfered in U.S. presidential elections, Mattis said: “Right now, I would just say there’s very little doubt that they have either interfered or they have attempted to interfere in a number of elections in the democracies.”

    Mattis’ remarks came shortly after his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu expressed readiness to resume cooperation with the Pentagon and the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was in the interests of both nations to restore communications between their intelligence agencies.

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trumps-defense-chief-mattis-very-little-doubt-that-russia-interferes-with-elections/

  • Miranda

    YALL….WHAT IN THE HELL?!?!?!
    —————–
    https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/832246271175954435
    Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet.

    Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg — the CEO of Lockheed’s chief rival, Boeing Co.

    Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the $379 billion F-35 program as “out of control,” made the highly unusual calls to Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan on Jan. 9 and Jan. 17, according to two people familiar with the matter. Muilenburg, whose company makes a fighter jet Trump has suggested might replace one F-35 model, was in the president-elect’s New York office for a meeting during the second call. He appeared caught off-guard but heard at least Trump’s end of the call, according to the people, who asked to remain anonymous discussing sensitive information.

    • BoomerGal

      Which one is getting the contract for the new air force one?

      • Town

        Funny thing is, HE won’t be the one flying in it. It will be whoever is the president in 2024.

        • BoomerGal

          LOL!!! Maybe he’ll get some kick back from it.

        • Admiral_Komack

          Maybe he thinks HE’LL be President in 2024.

  • TyrenM

    Looking at this has me thinking Kanye: Broke Phi Broke! We ain’t got it!

    Good luck with your interview.

  • Alma98

    Morning POU

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Alma

    • MsKitty

      Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning MsKitty

  • Miranda

    Mannnn, they are telling everything…including how Trump so stupid he can’t understand anything so they have to dumb down their reports. We heard about this already, but now more detail from yet another leak.
    ———————–
    Exclusive: Classified Memo Tells Intelligence Analysts to Keep Trump’s Daily Brief Short
    And go easy on the nuance.
    FEB. 16, 2017 8:58 AM

    Keep it short and free of nuance—that is the new guidance that has recently circulated to some intelligence analysts who compile materials for the President’s Daily Brief on security threats around the globe.

    The classified guidance, which was reviewed by Mother Jones, suggests that President Donald Trump’s daily national security briefing contains far less information than the daily reports presented by the intelligence community to past presidents—and about a quarter of the information President Barack Obama received.

    The memo sent to certain analysts within the intelligence community notes that the commander in chief’s daily briefing book typically contains reports on only three topics, typically no more than one page each. According to the guidance, Trump’s PDB also includes space for a short update, presumably on matters brought up in previous briefs. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the process of producing the PDB, declined to comment on the memo. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

    “That unfortunately sounds like…bowing to the reality of a president with a short attention span and little ability to deal with ambiguities,” says former CIA official Paul Pillar.

    The guidance states that analysts should only include facts that support their analyses, and it explains that topics presented in the PDB will not be covered from different perspectives in separate briefings. That means that dissenting or conflicting views might not be presented to Trump. Obama’s PDB did include dissenting information, when appropriate, according to a former top CIA official with direct knowledge of the PDB.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/classified-memo-tells-intelligence-analysts-keep-trumps-daily-brief-short

    • conlakappa

      Maybe they should put the info between drapery swatches?

    • MsKitty

      So basically Cliffs Notes. SMH.

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!!!

    • jds09

      We have a president that is dumber than W. I never thought I’d see that in my lifetime.

      • BoomerGal

        Said the SAME thing!!! LOL!!!!

      • conlakappa

        G. Dub wasn’t dumb. Just so over programmed that he was afraid to make a step without using his daddy’s friends’s advice. Having a mother who pointed out all his flaws and weaknesses on the regular couldn’t have been helpful either.

        • BoomerGal

          I’m not going to beleaguer the point but the general consensus has always been related to his character more so than intellect even though, he was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, being a C student in college. I always found this interesting:

          The dunce

          His former Harvard Business School professor recalls George W. Bush not just as a terrible student but as spoiled, loutish and a pathological liar.

          Topics: George W. Bush, News

          For 25 years, Yoshi Tsurumi, one of George W. Bush’s professors at Harvard Business School, was content with his green-card status as a permanent legal resident of the United States. But Bush’s ascension to the presidency in 2001 prompted the Japanese native to secure his American citizenship. The reason: to be able to speak out with the full authority of citizenship about why he believes Bush lacks the character and intellect to lead the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy.

          “I don’t remember all the students in detail unless I’m prompted by something,” Tsurumi said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “But I always remember two types of students. One is the very excellent student, the type as a professor you feel honored to be working with. Someone with strong social values, compassion and intellect — the very rare person you never forget. And then you remember students like George Bush, those who are totally the opposite.”http://www.salon.com/2004/09/16/tsurumi/

    • MonieTalks

      Never forget…

      the Trump dossiers were orchestrated on behalf of Republicans, not Democrats, but Republicans!

    • edp4bho

      ” a quarter of the information President Barack Obama received.”
      Fitting, since PBO’s brain is 4x superior to dumpster’s !

  • aleth

    So they are going to assault the IC, so they won trully. SMDH. WOW and GOP gonna be quiet I guess. It looks like the oligarchs have finally taking over the country and clearning anyone that does not go their way. They don’t care for russia or human rights, only amount money. i guess USA is over and the new country back in action.

    45 has gotten away with alot of things and I anticipate he will his way too.
    https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/832241650160300032

    • Town

      The thing about spies is you don’t know who is a spy. That’s why they’re a spy. I’m pretty sure the IC community has intelligence on anyone who threatens them.

      The IC community will punish Trump and bring him down.

      • aleth

        We shall see because for now they don’t have the true link

        • Town

          The intel community isn’t just the CIA, it’s the NSA, the military, law enforcement, FBI, private security, govt contractors etc.

          Trump thinks if he replaces the heads of CIA, FBI, NSA etc the leaks will stop. It won’t. The government/IC is too big to put it back in a box. You don’t know who knows what. The CIA receptionist might know more than the CIA director.

          • goldenstar

            Add in the cooperating international spies in the mix & what you will see is Trump inc on their knees & butts in the chaos.

          • rikyrah

            Yep. The foreign spies are cooperating

      • Miranda

        The thing about spies is you don’t know who is a spy. That’s why they’re a spy.
        ————–
        Precisely why I find it fascinating that they believe they can take on the intel community. You can’t replace 20,000 plus employees on a dime. You can’t replace god-only-knows undercover agents around the globe when you don’t even know what they look like, where they are, nothing…..they’ve been reading too many fictional books.

        • Town

          Their job is to gather intelligence. You don’t think they don’t have intel on Feinberg or anyone else Trump puts out?

        • conlakappa

          You also cannot just recruit from Liberty University like G. Dub did with the DOJ. It is so much deeper than that.

        • aleth

          I think they think they can take it on because this time they have another foreign government with a spy agency of the same caliber. Furthermore, they know the left has an eroded trust in the IC and can be easily do away with them.

          We shall see. Routing for IC because only one standing in the way. Fingers and toes crossed

    • jziglar

      LOL! They haven’t won. The IC is way too deep and sophisticated. We are talking about organizations that have been around for decades. Anyone who believes that this guy is going to be able to stop or “change” the IC doesn’t understand how powerful these organizations are. Trump and his team are a band or morons who are in over their heads. Some people need to stop acting like these guys are intelligent and have some game plan. It’s been pretty clear over the past couple of weeks that they don’t have a clue.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      They are gonna eat Ritchie Rich’s ass.

  • Town

    We know that Congress will do nothing about Trump so it’s going to be up to the media to bring Trump, the GOP and Congress down. Most of them will hold water for Trump but there’s got to be at least one or two who want to be the new Woodward & Bernstein.

    • jziglar

      It’s basically going to be leaks from the IC, civil servants in departments, and investigative reporters.

    • Miranda

      And more than likely, it will be regular low-level staffers that have been working in the White House for years who went from a professional atmosphere to this mad house, and sick of it, that will provide an investigative reporter with what they need to topple these nuts.

      • sagittarius

        ITA Miranda. A similar situation: when PBO and FLOTUS did not get the whole story from the SS about those gunshots into the WH when they were out of town and Mother Robinson and the girls were there. The WH domestic staff ran and told that.

        • Miranda

          YEP!! I remember!

        • Town

          That’s why you’re nice & polite to the “little people,” the janitors, housekeepers, mail room, receptionists, office managers, admins, security guards etc.

          THEY are the ones with the real tea and they can gather it because nobody thinks they matter or are important.

          • BoomerGal

            Yes!! My mother always instilled that in me b/c they’re the ones who can make or break you.

          • Miranda

            Trump and his supremacists don’t even see that staff. That’s why they’re having meetings in the damn dark, because they don’t even acknowledge the facilities staff and therefore the facilities staff not offering to do one darn thing outside of their duties.

          • MsKitty

            And you know that the current crew is treating the WH staff like furniture at best, and subhuman at worst.

    • Admiral_Komack

      If it’s up to the media, we’re fucked.

      I think it’s the intelligence community that will take down the orange shitgibbon.

  • Alma98

    Morning lamh, sending good vibes your way for your interview.

  • conlakappa

    So many folks who don’t expect to lose a step of privilege and will brook no attempt at othering. Snowflaking like it’s his full time job.

    Meanwhile, has Andrew Sullivan been heard from in a while?

    • Miranda

      I’ve seen Sully on twitter a lot lately…..apparently he has had a come to jesus meeting with himself.

      • conlakappa

        Unless he’s changed Twitter accounts, what I was able to find seems dated. This past week though he’s said that Cheetos is mentally unstable.

  • lamh
  • Miranda

    Jeezus…the Time cover story:
    ————————-
    Inside Donald Trump’s White House Chaos
    7:16 AM Eastern

    For two years, Donald Trump mastered the art of disruption. Name a political precept and he probably broke it during his improbable march to the White House. But disruption in government–the rulemaker breaking the rules–turns out to be more costly. In the first month of his presidency, the New York billionaire has witnessed the lesson of Samson: toppling the temple can be painful if you try it from the inside.

    Federal judges in four courts froze a hastily issued Executive Order barring certain immigrants from entering the country. Intelligence officials leaked descriptions of classified intercepts in a winning attempt to force Trump to fire his National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, who had misled the nation about his ties with a Russian diplomat. Then more leaks came, from current and former officials to the New York Times, asserting that Trump campaign aides and senior Russian intelligence officials had been in contact during the 2016 presidential campaign. And the President of China, Xi Jinping, successfully pushed Trump to retreat from his pledge in December to give more recognition to the government in Taiwan.

    Disruption can take many forms. Protesters have filled the streets, blocked airports and interrupted town-hall meetings by lawmakers across the country. Republicans, meanwhile, have been growing increasingly restless, with the House Oversight Committee probing Trump’s security protocols for discussing classified information at his weekend retreat in Mar-a-Lago, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell suggesting that the Senate investigation of Russian interference in the election would expand. Others in the GOP have raised concerns that their legislative hopes under unified Republican control could fade, given the confusion over Trump’s priorities on issues such as tax reform and trade. “There are a lot of questions on the part of the people who took the President home after the dance,” explains Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas.
    In response, the White House has fallen back on its reality-show ways, distracted by the internecine drama of senior aides who spend their days mixing government business with jockeying for position and favor with the boss. No one has felt the pressure more than White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was christened as the man “in charge” by the President mere weeks ago yet has been trailed ever since by snipers regarding his aptitude and longevity for the job. Running the White House in a normal environment can be overwhelming. But the affable 44-year-old routinely finds himself rushing down the hallway from his office to intercept unscheduled visitors to the Oval Office. He had to break up one impromptu meeting of Trump and his Homeland Security adviser after an aide asked the chief if there had been a change to the schedule.

    Little takes place in the White House these days without a complication or contradiction. Take the dismissal of Flynn. As senior aides prepared to announce his departure as a resignation, counselor Kellyanne Conway, who often boasts of her direct access to Trump, went on television to declare that Flynn had “the full confidence of the President.” Then as officials quickly tried to correct that statement, Priebus received notice on his phone that a release had misspelled the name of Colombia, a South American ally whom Trump had called earlier in the evening. At roughly the same time, others close to Trump were telling Breitbart News, the conservative website once run by Trump strategist Steve Bannon, that aides were drawing up a list of replacements for Priebus. (Bannon denounced the story. “This guy is doing an amazing job,” he tells TIME of Priebus. “I’m proud to call him a partner.”) The next day, Conway was on Twitter fending off reports of her own demise–“Uninformed chatter doesn’t matter”–just hours before the Office of Government Ethics suggested that the White House discipline her for likely breaking government rules when she endorsed Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on live television.

    The result of all the melodrama is a sense of constant chaos for a watchful nation and a crippling anxiety for White House officials. Some aides now refuse to communicate by email, given that federal law requires such messages to be archived for historians and investigators. Many have taken to using encrypted apps to get around the investigations Trump has ordered to clamp down on leaks. Others are skittish about even picking up the phone, assuming someone is always listening or monitoring calls.
    At the center of this tempest of confusion Trump has continued to hold court and set the tone, doing things as he has always done them, in his own way. Without his wife or family in the residence, he calls friends late at night and rings up offices through the White House switchboard early in the morning. He invited his daughter Ivanka, an amorphous adviser without an official title, into sensitive meetings, and cheered his policy aide Stephen Miller when he went on television to peddle baseless conspiracy theories about phantom Massachusetts residents voting illegally in New Hampshire last fall.
    more here: http://time.com/4672974/donald-trump-white-house-chaos/?xid=homepage

    • BoomerGal

      Heh. Aptly described.

  • Alma98

    ICYMI unfortunately you’ll have to listen to Stephen A. droopy lips ass.

    • Miranda

      LOL@ droopy lips

  • Miranda
    • sagittarius

      Unless it was those pee girls you hired in Moscow, I don’t think so.

      • conlakappa

        Ha! Meanwhile, who’s the hair-tossing blonde next to him?

        • sagittarius

          I dunno – his next wife maybe?

          Nah, she’s got too much meat on her.

          • conlakappa

            She’s working that hair toss and talking a lot with her tongue [ht Joan Rivers] so I don’t know.

        • I think she’s in Congress???
          If that is the “Trump Caucus” meeting I vaguely remember from this morning.

        • nellcote

          marsha blackburn

          • conlakappa

            Ah, the one they trot out so they don’t seem anti-woman.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Hee, hee, hee!

    • GOVCHRIS1988
    • aleth

      So not that what they said is wrong but it was “leaked” lol lol lol

      SMDH SMDH Did y’all see the characters behind him just trying to hold a laugh in

    • Worldwatcher7

      Happy Thursday POU. So Cheeto thought leaking was great during the campaign (Wikileaks) but it’s a problem now? Hypocrisy much?

    • jds09

      Jeebus, that audio currently being editing into Lord know what. lol

    • Alma98

      Look at Omarosa’s thirsty ass back there skinning/grinning.

  • sagittarius

    Morning Fam!

    I hope all is well and everyone is engaging in self-care. A few thoughts:

    1. Remember when I mentioned back in December that Jill Stein AND Bernie Sanders were tied to the Russians? Everyone has seen the photo of Stein at the dinner with Putin and Flynn. what folks aren’t focusing on is BS’s (I think I’ll use this refer to him from now on) campaign manager Ted Devine, who worked with Paul Manafort on Viktor Yanukovych’s 2010 Ukraine presidential campaign. BS has gotten money, which is why he won’t release those taxes. This is why he won’t say isht about Russia – they got him by the short and curlies, too.

    2. PBO, VP Biden and Hills are staying above the fray. They need to. The isht that will come out will be devastating and folks (namely the GOP and the tighty righties) will be looking for a scapegoat. These three can truly run around the US as a singing group performing Chingy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me”. Furthermore, it sets the three of them up to steer the country back in the right direction.

    3. There aren’t too many folks on the GOP side that AREN’T compromised. The list off the top of my head: Trump, Pence, Bannon, Kushner, Sessions, McConnell, Ryan, Comey, Guiliani. The devastation of the attack on America by Russia will take out a majority of the line of Presidential successors.

    4. That’s why everything is not coming out… I believe there are folks in the IC still crossing t’s and dotting i’s. When this wrapped up tight, it will drop in the laps of Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and possibly John Lewis.

    Thoughts?

    Take CARE of yourselves!

    • I remember reading about Ted Devine months ago. It has influenced the way I view Bernie Sanders and his campaign. Going scorched earth on Hillary was deliberately damaging. Bernie was just another tool in Putin’s arsenal.

      • sagittarius

        BS is a non MFing factor. Lil’ Debbie should forever be ridiculed for giving this shlump a podium.

        • True. She was trying to be too cute by half in letting a non-Democrat run in the Democratic primary.

          • BoomerGal

            Naw, she had the back of her “brethren.”

        • Town

          BS is a factor in that he’s a Russian agent paid to fracture the opposition (Democrats).

          • sagittarius

            True.

      • gn

        His antics immediately after 11/9 also threw the Democratic response into chaos and reinforced the bs narrative that “working class white” voters should disproportionately matter, and those voters had not been “talked to.” The whole narrative is garbage and also obscured the reality that the majority of US voters selected Hillary. Bernie f-ed us before, during, and after the 11/9 occurrence. As you suspect, I also believe it was deliberate.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

    • MonieTalks

      Trump won’t release his taxes.

      Nigel Farage won’t release his taxes.

      Bernie Sanders won’t release his taxes.

      But they’re populists and “anti-establishment..gtfoh.

      • sagittarius

        HI Monie!

        The same thread binds them all.

      • Admiral_Komack

        They’re Russian vassals…yeah, I said it.

    • Miranda

      My prayer is that the intel community will stop any “distraction” that Bannon & Co will try and plan to throw the country in complete disarray. Quite frankly, I see the spooks as our last line of defense.

      • sagittarius

        ITA Miranda

      • jds09

        They’ll be able to get America’s attention back with some videos.

      • Admiral_Komack

        So do I.

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!

      • sagittarius

        Morning Alma!

    • aleth

      morning. how is the book coming along?

      I am currently ye of little faith but i will be back in a few. It just seems this dude always gets away with the shit his entire life

      • BoomerGal

        That’s the story for most white males.

      • sagittarius

        Morning aleth,

        We all work through this madness the best way we can… there is no right or wrong way to do it. I love this website because it provides a safe space to do just that. We got you, girlfriend!

        The book is coming along, in the homestretch. I hope to have an announcement within the next 10 days!

    • jds09

      Yep. IC community is gonna take them out one at a time. Gonna let them think that they are in the clear (like Pence) then crush them in full view of the world.

      For what it’s worth, on my twitter feed last night someone quoted IC, saying that they are going ‘nuclear’ on 45, which means prison.

      IMO, that’s the only thing that will stop him is prison. All his life he has avoided the consequences of his actions by lying, shredding documents and lying some more.

    • goldenstar

      SAG!!!!!!!

      • sagittarius

        Hey G!!!!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

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      — – -THIS:- –3. There aren’t too many folks on the GOP side that AREN’T compromised.
      The list off the top of my head: Trump, Pence, Bannon, Kushner,
      Sessions, McConnell, Ryan, Comey, Guiliani. The devastation of the
      attack on America by Russia will take out a majority of the line of
      Presidential successors.

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        HI GLH!

        Sending thanks, hugs, prayers and blessings to you!

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    • Kennymack1971

      Morning Sag!

      Bernie is definitely in the mix with these people. He only has harsh words for Democrats with everything that’s going on? Shady AF.

      • sagittarius

        Morning KMack!

  • Miranda

    wait a minute………………..WHAT?!?!
    https://twitter.com/BukiWilliams/status/832265695488573442

    • conlakappa

      ::Blinks::

    • Alma98

      wow they better get rid of this nut asap.

      • goldenstar

        Which one?

        • Alma98

          Nutanyahoo lol

    • MsKitty

      Wow

    • aleth

      yikes

    • Admiral_Komack

      Oh, so it just happened that way? (snark).
      You bastard!

  • MonieTalks

    10 Resign from President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    by TRACI G. LEE

    Ten members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) submitted their resignation to President Donald Trump, NBC News has learned.

    In the letter addressed to Trump and obtained by NBC News on Wednesday, the 10 members — approximately two-thirds of the commission — stated their objection to the president’s “portrayal of immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening, and a drain on our nation.”

    more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/10-resign-president-s-advisory-commission-asian-americans-pacific-islanders-n721386

    • Miranda

      “AAPIs cannot participate in this,” Nguyen told NBC News. “Even if the actions [of the Trump administration] may not be specifically directed at one AAPI group or another, we have suffered this kind of discriminatory, exclusionary actions, and we do not want to support any of that.”

      He also said that he believes the Trump administration’s activities over the last month have threatened the progress made by former President Barack Obama for AAPI communities, which Nguyen said “generated an unprecedented amount of connection” between AAPIs and the federal government.
      ——————-
      YES! Good for them! Do not allow yourselves to be a part of this hateful administration!

    • conlakappa

      We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

      -Letter from a Birmingham Jail

  • sagittarius

    Morning rikyrah!

    Returning positive thought to you!

  • GOVCHRIS1988
    • MsKitty

      The hair though.

      • Alma98

        They actually gave him more hair lol!

    • BoomerGal

      LOL!!!!

    • Alma98

      hahahaha!!!

    • jds09

      Everybody is trying to save themselves.

    • aleth

      wow, y’all know i get this magazine for free but been mad since their election coverage so don’t read it so I will actually read it today lol

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  • 7thangel
    • BoomerGal

      LOL!!!

    • goldenstar

      Yassssss!

    • Alma98

      LOLOLOLOL

    • Miranda

      HAHAHAHAHA!!

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    • MsKitty

      I’m hella pissed that she’s gonna be in the FX show about Bette and Joan. I’m all about that feud and it would have been an entertaining show to watch, but I’m not supporting this pretentious twit so I’m gonna have to take a hard pass on the show.

      • conlakappa

        As I wrote yesterday, I won’t even look at the ads for the show, that’s how pissed off I am at her.

  • MonieTalks

    What’s going on with Deray and the BernieBros, FauxLeft.

    They hate him now too?

    • Miranda

      He posted a pic of him talking to Tom Perez and saying he comes away more and more impressed with him…so of course he is now a mortal enemy of the berniebots.

      • Alma98

        Another black person they can’t point too when trying to convince us niggras of what’s good for us.

    • jds09

      Yep. Deray has denounced the effectiveness of purity. Heard him on Favreau’s podcast.

      • Alma98

        Took him long enough lol.

        • Admiral_Komack

          IF he believes it.
          He may want YOU to believe it.

      • conlakappa

        While actually owning his actions are speaking about it theoretically/rhetorically?

    • 7thangel

      truth is, they always did.

    • sagittarius

      Deray is this generation’s Jesse Jackson. Whoever is in power, wherever the cameras are, he’s about it to get his – and not isht else.

      • MsKitty

        Jesse had his bloody turtleneck, Deray has his blue vest.

        Same song, different verse.

        • Alma98

          LOL

  • Miranda

    Kremlin Tells Media to Cut Back on Fawning Trump Coverage, Sources Say
    February 16, 2017, 9:28 AM EST

    The Kremlin ordered state media to cut way back on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, reflecting a growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new U.S. administration will be less friendly than first thought.

    The order comes amid a growing chorus of anti-Russian sentiment in Washington, where U.S. spy and law-enforcement agencies are conducting multiple investigations to determine the full extent of contacts Trump’s advisers had with Russia during and after the 2016 election campaign.

    more here: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-16/kremlin-said-to-tell-media-to-cut-back-on-fawning-trump-coverage

    • Alma98

      hmmm….

    • Kennymack1971

      I’m calling this a feint to throw people off the scent. I don’t think the Russians were expecting the IC to come this hard this soon.

      • sagittarius

        ITA

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– -The ECONOMIC REPORT- — Continues 2 B BASED on the WORK- – of OUR Beloved PRESIDENT♥– –

    – — -☺http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-climb-5000-to-still-low-239000-2017-02-16
    – –Jobless claims climb 5,000 to still-low 239,000– –

    — — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits in mid-February rose by 5,000 to 239,000, but they remained at exceedingly low levels that reflect the resilience of a nearly eight-year-old economic recovery.
    — –THIS Is the WORK of —PRESIDENT OBAMA!♥–:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥—.TWITTER- – — – -TRUTH!!– -[With Shaaaaade]

    — -☺Brian Klaas

    Trump can briefly distract from the Russia scandal by naming a new Labor Sec. b/c the old one allegedly beat his wife. So, it’s going well.– –

    — -☻http://cdn.straightfromthea.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/side-eye-gif1.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– – No SURPRISE– -“IT”— Is- – -A HATE-FILLED- – RACIST!!— –

    – – – ☺ABC News

    Trump cited in Southern Poverty Law Center report finding increase in domestic hate groups for second year in a row. http://abcn.ws/2kNVnrU

    – – –RESISTANTS♥- – — STAND- STRONG!!- –

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– – LOL– –A Little- — LEVITY♥:— -“CAT—Itude”– — annnnd- –“SQUIRREL– – Itude”.— –:>)

    – – -☺https://twitter.com/ABC/status/832222760294232064

    — -FUNness :>)

    • Alma98

      LOL the squirrel is teasing him. They do that to my dog when he’s looking out the window. They jump on the outside windowsill and tease him and he has a fit lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- – ☻http://www.lovethispic.com/uploaded_images/297108-Good-Morning-Have-A-Great-Thursday-God-Bless-Gif-Quote.gif
        — alma—:>)- –**BIG HUG** :>)- —
        I KNOW-HUH? – –:>)- -Sorry that Your- –“DAWG”—is being Teased. :>)

        Have a BLESSED Day♥U♥/Mom♥/Family♥/DAUGHTER♥- :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– —RESISTANTS♥— -Onda- -MOVE♥–:>)

    —-☺https://twitter.com/CNN/status/832269438707695616

    –BLESSINGS♥— -2 ALL♥- –:>)

  • Alma98

    From 27 degrees with windchill to 60 degrees in the middle of February tomorrow. But there ain’t no such thing as climate change right, pffft!

  • Miranda
    • BoomerGal

      *See story down thread.

    • Town

      They all have the same loser look. Sad.

    • Alma98

      uh huh

    • rikyrah

      Hmmph

    • Admiral_Komack

      The cell block will love him.

  • BoomerGal

    Not a Muslim, so nothing to see here, folks!

    FBI arrests man in Myrtle Beach allegedly planning attack in the spirit of Dylann Roof

    Source: WMFB-TV

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”

    On December 26, 2016, McDowell posted to Facebook a message: “I love love to act what u think,” followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to court documents obtained by WMBF News. Horry County Police indicated to the FBI that McDowell had established White Supremacy Extremist connections while serving in prison in South Carolina for various criminal offenses. He also had tattoos indicating an affiliation with these groups.

    According to the federal complaint document, on January 5, 2017, McDowell posted to Facebook an anti-semetic screed referencing Dylann Roof, which included the statement: “you want to post if you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like dylann roof did you need to shut the f***** up…”

    …McDowell first met with the undercover FBI agent on January 12, believing that the agent “handled problems for the Aryan Nations,” the court document states. The agent met with McDowell at a Myrtle Beach hotel and discussed obtaining a gun, saying that he didn’t want it being traced back to him. McDowell said he didn’t want an attack coming back to him either, and he wanted to be “scot-free.” He emphasized that he did not want to get caught and go back to jail.

    Read more: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/34521384/fbi-arrests-man-allegedly-planning-attack-in-the-spirit-of-dylann-roof?clienttype=generic&utm_content=buffer89ed9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • aleth
    • sagittarius

      He’s going down too.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥– –IMHO– -It makes NO DIFFERENCE- – -That Mr. Acosta- -is a Minority.– -Ifff he can STAND 2 B Associated With an AVOWED RACIST!!- – –Then He Is Subject 2 THIS:

    —☺https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrUX0uAUAAEimUS.jpg

    He is tethered 2 a HATE-FILLED– — CRIMINAL!!- –Who is HURTING PEOPLE — -DAILY!!– – – geesh!!

  • Alma98
    • Miranda

      Yet hate the federal government. So ironic.

    • BoomerGal

      Uh huh

    • conlakappa

      All day, every day. They deserve it though!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥- – -Thank U :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Alma- – -http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/waving.gif

    Thank U 4 your KIND BLESSINGS♥– — -Sooo APPRECIATED♥- –/Needed. :>)

    **HUGS** :>)

  • BoomerGal

    Rep. Cummings explodes: “Chaffetz Appears to be Taking Marching Orders Directly From Trump”

    Kyle Griffin ‏@kylegriffin1 1h1 hour ago
    Elijah Cummings slams Chaffetz for leak probe: “Chaffetz appears to be taking his marching orders directly from President Trump’s tweet.”
    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/832225905598676993

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ BoomerGal. :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)

      GR8 GET!!– – TRUTH!!– – :>)

      Good 2 C U♥ :>) Have a BLESSED DAY♥ :>)