Weekend Open Thread And MLK Day

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I am still in Las Vegas enjoying the Continental Curling Cup (go, USA!), with tickets to see Cirque du Soleil Saturday night, and spending time with our dear friend, Gina. What a gift THAT is. And, by the time this posts, I will have seen “13 Hours.” Just from the trailer, I expect this to be an intense, riveting movie, but even more so from having watched interviews with the three men who fought to protect Americans.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot going on in the political realm. I imagine there is still some fallout from the latest Republican Debate from Thursday night, not to mention Obama’s State of the Union Address (ugh). Hopefully, the FBI is coming ever clsoer to charging Sec. Clinton with more than a few crimes. But, hey – I’ll leave that to you to discuss.

Since I have shared a bunch of cool Curling shots already, this is the Cirque du Soleil performance we will be attending:

Just incredible, isn’t it? I never cease to be amazed at the abilities of the human body. What is even more amazing is how many people are capable of performing these kinds of feats. This is but ONE of the Cirque du Soleil shows going on in Las Vegas. There are a number of them. Just incredible…

Oh, who am I kidding? Of COURSE I have to do a Curling clip:

Such a game of skill and strategy, all on ice. Amazing!

Ans since I won’t be back until Tuesday, I would be remiss to not mention the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is celebrated on Monday, January 18. And I cannot mention Dr. King without including this historic clip from his speech so many years ago:

The power of King’s words resonate today as much as they did over fifty years ago. Oh, how I long for King’s dream to be fulfilled that content of character is what is most important in this nation. “Let Freedom Ring” indeed.

Sadly, at this point, that is just not the case. And sadder still, the chasm between races is greater now after having elected a biracial President not once, but twice. That I find to be particularly demoralizing, especially how that divide has deepened over the course of the past few years, particularly the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

That movement was addressed recently by David Horowitz in this piece from Front Page Mag , whichKenoshaMarge was kind enough to share. Here is the salient portion of Horowitz’s piece:

[…] Black Lives Matter is a movement built on the fiction that police have declared an open season on innocent blacks. According to progressive fictions, police are the agents of a “white supremacist society” – a claim alone that should make one wary of the sanity of those who advance it. Facts belie the very basis of the claim that there is open hunting season on African Americans. African American males, accounting for 6% of the population are responsible for more than 40% of violent crimes. But a Washington Post report on all 980 police shootings of 2015 reveals that only 4% of fatal police shootings involved white officers and black victims, while in three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack themselves or defending civilians,” in other words,” as Michael Walsh observed in the NY Post, they were “doing their jobs.”

[…]

Ignoring the facts, Black Lives Matter promoted the lie invented by Brown’s robbery accomplice, that Brown had his hands up and was attempting to surrender when he was shot. “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” quickly became the anthem of the movement. But this lie was refuted not only by black eyewitnesses testifying before the Grand Jury, and by forensic evidence, but by a review conducted by the Holder Justice Department, otherwise bent on demonstrating the existence of bigotry in the Ferguson police department. Meanwhile Black Lives Matter went about setting fire to Ferguson, causing millions of dollars of damage, because if there was no justice – no hanging of Wilson – there would be no peace, as the now familiar lynch mob slogan framed it. Black Lives Matter then set about taking its crusade to other cities, most prominently to Baltimore, where a career criminal named Freddie Gray became another cause celebre. Gray had suffered fatal injuries inside a police van where only another captive was present. As the Black Lives Matter inspired mobs began to gather in “protest,” Baltimore’s black Democratic mayor ordered police to stand down allowing them to destroy millions of dollars of property. The state’s black Democratic prosecutor then indicted six officers, three of them African American, on various ludicrous charges including first degree murder, although none except the African American driver were in the van with Gray.

The immediate result of Black Lives Matter’s war on law enforcement was an epidemic of crime, as police officers decided that aggressive law enforcement was dangerous to their careers and lives. Homicides in the St. Louis Ferguson area and in Baltimore jumped 60% setting records in the annals of criminal mayhem. Virtually all the victims were blacks, revealing the hypocrisy of a movement for which black lives didn’t really matter – the attacks on the law enforcement and the “power structure” and on whites did.

[…]

Blindness to the accountability of inner city populations for their off the charts violent crime rates, and their failures to shoulder the responsibilities of parenthood is as characteristic of the progressive attitude as is its blindness to the betrayal of inner city communities by Democrats and progressives. The disgraceful conditions of America’s large inner cities is almost entirely the responsibility of these two political actors. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis and numerous other sites of out-of-control black poverty, failed public school systems and black on black violence are 100% controlled by the Democratic Party and have been for 50 to 100 years. Yet 95% of the black vote and 100% of the progressive vote continues to go to Democrats who oppress African Americans. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I cannot help but wonder what the good Reverend King would think of the Black Lives Matter movement. I can share with you what his niece, the RecDr. Alveda King, has to say about it:

And if you want to see a longer piece on Dr. King’s thoughts on the BLM Movement, you can click HERE.

In any event, one thing is clear: we still, over fifty years later, have a long, long way to go…

Okay that is it for me. Feel free to discuss any of the above, or whatever else is on your minds. Have a good weekend, friends!

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46 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread And MLK Day”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Having spent a good part of the last 8 years battling Obots I am amazed and dismayed that now we must go to war against the Trumpkins. These are people that condemned the same kinds of narcissism, dishonesty and insults from Obama that they now find wonderful in their new God. I find myself a stranger in a strange land and I haven’t even left home. 😦

    Donald Trump: A Foreign Conservative in Ted Cruz’s Court

    While Donald Trump now questions whether American women give birth to American children depending on where they are in the world, Ted Cruz has tried to help Trump work this out.

    Cruz explained that the guy Trump blames for causing the Donald’s supposed birther confusion is “a left-wing judicial activist Harvard Law professor who was Al Gore’s lawyer in Bush versus Gore.”

    Cruz even pointed out that “[Larry Tribe] is a major Hillary Clinton supporter, and there’s a reason why Hillary’s supporters are echoing [Trump’s] attacks on [Cruz].”

    Granted, the average conservative instinctively knows that if they simply believe the exact opposite of everything a liberal law professor like Tribe comes up with, they’ll almost always be right. But Donald Trump is not the average conservative. He’s more like an enigma.

    Considering that many liberals really believe that Bruce Jenner is a woman and that murdering unborn babies is a Constitutional right, it’s not too surprising that a guy like Donald Trump might really believe the Constitution makes foreigners out of American women’s children, especially when those children are battle-tested conservatives.

    Then again, maybe Trump just believes the Constitution changes when the poll numbers do — that was Ted Cruz’s conclusion.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/leeculpepper/2016/01/16/donald-trump-a-foreign-conservative-in-ted-cruzs-court-n2105503

    Amazing how conservatives that usually wouldn’t believe the sun comes up in the east if a liberal law professor from Harvard told them so are suddenly willing to believe Lawrence Tribe if it help Donald Trump. Did I say conservatives? My mistake, I meant to to say Trumpkins.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Marge, I know exactly what you mean abt battling Obots and now Trumpkins. It is astonishing how they are incapable of seeing they are just like Obots. Their allegiance to Trump is just as blind and irrational as Obots to Obama. It is exactly the same.

      It is demoralizing, to put it mildly.

      I just have to hope and pray that enough people will come to their senses before it is too late – I mean, really – at least 70% of people DON’T support Trump. I reckon we need to really start getting behind SOMEONE else, like Cruz or Fiorina or Rubio and fast.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Don’t you just love how people are all ga-ga because Trump is “acting” more presidential. Acting is exactly the right word. Let’s see how long that pretense lasts. His attack on Frank Luntz is an indication that the tweeting idiot has like the leopard, been unable to change his spots.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        ROTFLMAO – what a great cartoon. I swear, Marge, that is exactly how people are acting. Just because Donald didn’t call someone stupid or a loser in the debate does NOT mean he did a better job. Hell, he never finished a sentence and he was speaking at abt a first grade level most of the time. WTH is WRONG with people??

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Lawyer Challenging Ted Cruz Eligibility Was Suspended From Practice of Law

    A birther lawsuit challenging Ted Cruz’s eligibility was filed today in federal court in Texas. I had previously written that such a lawsuit challenging the eligibility would most certainly lack standing and would be frivolous. The lawyer who filed the complaint, Newton B. Schwartz, Sr., had been suspended from the practice of law by two separate states for disciplinary infractions.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/01/15/lawyer-challenging-ted-cruz-eligibility-was-suspended-from-practice-of-law/

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Don’t you think someone who is talking about a subject on television should know something about it? Even on CNN?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      One would think, but ever since Obama came on the scene, the truth does not seem to matter a whole lot to people. And CNN seems all too quick to throw it by the wayside if it disagrees with the tack they want to take…

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Glad Glenn Beck is getting this video of Trump out there. I doubt it will matter to the Trumpkins, but still: http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-the-1999-video-of-donald-trump-thats-spreading-like-wildfire-its-not-good/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Sadly, that seems to be the case. I have lost a lot of respect for Maria Bartiromo as she continues to laud Trump’s response to Cruz making it abt 9/11, and how Presidential he was in that moment. There is no doubt that 9/11 was a terrible moment for us all, and how NY responded in that moment was stellar. But a few years later, they were abt to let Muslims build a mosque near the site. (And as you likely know, it is SOP for Muslims to build mosques on top of sites they have destroyed. Seriously. Look it up.) To call Trump “PRESIDENTIAL” just because of his one response to that is a mighty low bar. WHO isn’t moved by what happened then? But as long as she and the others refuse to connect the dots and why Cruz said it in the first place is disingenuous at best. Oh, and Bartiromo is leaving out part of Cruz’s answer. That is unacceptable.

        Not for nothing, but look at who NYC’s Mayor is, who their Governor is, and the policies they support. Just sayin’.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And speaking of who their Governor is, my friend, Gina, just provided this interesting piece abt Cuomo’s claiming “Conservatives have no place in NY.” Oops – guess he forgot that before he acted all sanctimonious abt this whole thing: http://www.chicksontheright.com/ny-values-insulted-ny-governor-forgets-he-said-conservatives-have-no-place-in-ny/

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    I lost a lot of respect for Maria Bartiromo when she used a New York Times hit piece about Cruz to question him. Why should any Republican candidate have to answer anything from the NYT aka DNC Annex?

    Cruz Crushes the ‘New York Times’

    By Andrew Klavan

    All in all, I thought Senator Ted had a great debate, his best so far and the best of anyone on the platform. For me, the high point was his response to a New York Times hit piece headlined “Ted Cruz Didn’t Report Goldman Sachs Loan in a Senate Race.” The Times, a former newspaper, actually tore some front page space away from its eight or nine articles eulogizing David Bowie’s pioneering androgyny to attack Cruz for this obviously innocent paperwork error and, when Fox Business news questioner Maria Bartiromo brought the piece up during the debate, Cruz’s response was masterful:

    Well Maria, thank you for passing on that hit piece in the front page of the New York Times. You know the nice thing about the mainstream media, they don’t hide their views. The New York Times a few weeks back had a columnist who wrote a column saying, “Anybody But Cruz.” Had that actually — that same columnist wrote a column comparing me to an evil demonic spirit from the movie, “It Follows” that jumps apparently from body to body possessing people.

    So you know the New York Times and I don’t have exactly have the warmest of relationships. Now in terms of their really stunning hit piece, what they mentioned is when I was running for senate — unlike Hillary Clinton, I don’t have masses of money in the bank, hundreds of millions of dollars. When I was running for senate just about every lobbyist, just about all of the establishment opposed me in the senate race in Texas and my opponent in that race was worth over 200 million dollars. He put a 25 million dollar check up from his own pocket to fund that campaign and my wife Heidi and I, we ended up investing everything we owned.

    https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2016/01/15/cruz-crushes-the-new-york-times/?singlepage=true

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Walmart Cancels Plans for Two DC Stores Due to Minimum Wage Concerns

    DC officials are furious as Walmart has reneged on a promise to build stores in lower-income areas of the city. Walmart announced last week that they will be shuttering 269 stores throughout the country. (The already-existing three DC stores will remain open.)

    The company cited the unexpectedly high building and labor costs as to why they would not move forward with the additional locations, but was more open in a meeting as to how DC’s labor laws, including its higher minimum wage, are making it harder to operate a business.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2016/01/17/walmart-cancels-plans-for-two-dc-stores-due-to-minimum-wage-concerns-n2105692

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      People tried to tell all of these “pay unskilled workers a fairly high salary” people that it was unsustainable, and was going to affect the those poorer people the most. It is a shame for the communities, but those kinds of demands have real life consequences. Money really does not grow on trees…

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  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    So who’s going to watch Sunday Dem Debate instead of NFL Playoffs?

    With Sunday debate, DNC places NFL, ‘Downton Abbey’ fans in tough spot

    Once again, a Democratic debate is being held on the weekend, and this one could have a slimmer audience than usual — coming on the same day as two NFL playoff games, not to mention “Downton Abbey.”

    The Sunday night debate in South Carolina, hosted by NBC News, is the latest in a series of weekend Democratic bouts. The timing has fueled allegations from Hillary Clinton’s rivals that party leaders are working behind the scenes to minimize her exposure.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/01/so-whos-going-to-watch-sunday-dem-debate-instead-of-nfl-playoffs/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I can’t even imagine taking 2 seconds to choose watching Downton Abbey over the snooze fest of Clinton – Sanders and what’s his name.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Um, no one?? I sure won’t be. Even if tonight wasn’t the deciding factor in the Continental Curling Cup Championship (the World and North America are tied), I still wouldn’t be watching!

      Btw, so sorry abt the Pack. I was really hoping they were going to make it…

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  9. kenoshamarge Says:

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Has anyone heard from Helen? She seems to me MIA again.

  11. foxyladi14 Says:

    She hasn’t posted on FB since the 11th of Jan. 😦

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Wonder what’s up. Maybe Rev Amy knows.

    • piper Says:

      IIRC, Helen said that family was visiting for a while. Could also be computer issues again.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, she had been having internet problems before. She has posted less often on Facebook as a result, too. I’ll send her a Private Message and make sure she is okay.

        Y’all are so sweet!

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  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A little Curling update from Las Vegas. The last session is tonight. They play three matches simultaneously. These are Skins games, so points are awarded for each end (what they call a period, and there are eight ends a match, with eight rocks for each team in an end). At this point, after three and a half days of competition, the two teams are TIED. Tonight is the deciding Championshio session. Very exciting!

    And we did get to the Hoover Dam this morning. What a sight that was to see. Wow. It is truly n engineering marvel. I’ll put up some photos and video from Curling after I get home.

    We did get to see “13 Hours,” too. More on that later as well, but suffice it to say, it was powerful, moving, disturbing, and upsetting, especially the betrayal of these warriors by their country. Incredible movie, and I highly recommend it.

    Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    In case you missed it, along with most of the rest of the country:

    Winners and losers from the fourth Democratic presidential debate

    Winners

    * Bernie Sanders: Yes, Sanders has one volume: shouting. And, yes, he got tripped up a few times during the debate on his voting record — especially on guns. But throughout the debate’s first hour — the hour when most people, especially on the East Coast and in the Midwest, were watching — he was the prime mover in virtually every discussion from Wall Street reform to health care to climate change. He was on offense, accusing rival Hillary Clinton of half-measures and political caution at a moment when boldness is required.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/17/winners-and-losers-from-the-4th-democratic-presidential-debate/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Naturally, I didn’t watch it since I was at the Curling Finals, but wouldn’t have anyway. The factcheck I read at Fox highlighted the times Bernie spouted lies. Hillary, too, of course, but Bernie was wrong on a few things. I forget that doesn’t matter to sites like WaPo, though.

      And his wanting universal health care paid for with our taxes, after the Obamacare debacle, should scare the saner Dems.

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      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I found it interesting that ever faithful Dem activist called Bernie the winner. He, naturally, paused to kiss Hillary’s hem, but was not as biased for her as he ordinarily would be.

        I wouldn’t have watched anyway but watch Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley instead of Downton Abbey? Not even a close call.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That says something – they have gone from wanting the “cool guy” to wanting the gramps who is constantly yelling. WTH?! Wow…

          LOVE the cartoon!

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I have no doubt Dr. King is right abt Dr. King and where we are with religious freedoms today. He was a minister, after all: http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/19/niece-martin-luther-king-jr-racism-not-erased/

  16. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And this piece highlights how Cruz is right abt Trump and those “New York values.” The author notes that Cruz has “rattled” Donald, the first to really do so: http://thefederalist.com/2016/01/18/cruz-is-right-about-trumps-new-york-values/

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thank Citizens United That You Can See ‘13 Hours’ This Weekend

    Thanks to our First Amendment, there is nothing the Obama administration can do about it. Government may not censor films about current events, politics, or any other subject even if they might affect an election. Indeed, they may not be censored even if they are designed to affect an election.

    Government may not censor films about current events, politics, or any other subject even if they might affect an election.

    That seems obvious to anyone with even a passing knowledge of our First Amendment, but the Supreme Court did not firmly decide this principle until 2009. That year, in a 5-4 decision, the court overturned a law in which Congress had granted the administration the power to censor just such a film. By one vote in Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court struck down the government’s power to censor films or other publications intended to influence elections.

    http://thefederalist.com/2016/01/14/thank-citizens-united-that-you-can-see-13-hours-this-weekend/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      indeed, it is thanks to them. Of course, Hillary’s poll numbers have gone up again because there is NO understanding these folks. But yes, Citizens United definitely deserves thanks.

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    NY Gov Who Told Conservatives They Weren’t ‘Welcome’ Says Cruz Should Apologize for ‘Values’ Comments

    Andrew Cuomo said:

    “The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

    Maybe Cruz will apologize when Cuomo does.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2016/01/15/ny-gov-who-told-conservatives-they-werent-welcome-says-cruz-should-apologize-for-values-comments-n2105186

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No freaking kidding. What a hypocrite! That is just more of the sanctimonious, holier-than-thou rhetoric we have come to expect from Dems. Good grief. Cuomo needs to take a good, long, look in the mirror. Jackalope.

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      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It’s as if they forget what they said and think there is no record of it. Cuomo was supposed to be a rising star for the Dems – someone to counter all the rising young stars on the right. They must have forgot the yeast – he doesn’t look like he’s rising to me.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It never ceases to amaze me how they forget there is often video evidence of their comments. Do they think all of these things are wiped away a la Clinton’s server so they won’t ever be held accountable for what they say? Well, I guess they aren’t by the MSM or Dems, but the rest of us see them for who they are.

          Uh, yeah – Cuomo is a rising star no more…

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