We Ready

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  1. 1 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 9:55 am

    WE ARE READY!!!😍

  2. July 24, 2020 at 9:57 am

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  4. July 24, 2020 at 10:24 am

    • 15 Obama Grandmama
      July 24, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Speaking of the press slanting the coverage, after hearing the report on AOC where the journalist hearing the words spoken by the male Representative wrote about it then the fake apology occurred. NPR presented it as if he really apologized and as Kevin McCarthy said they should just get over it. I was listening to NPR do a similar hit job this morning on Tammy Duckworth as potential VP choice as they did earlier on Amy Klobuchar this morning. Both women have been hit by staff that had a hard time getting along with them. Never do I remember any male being referred to that way. He is usually depicted as a strong leader if the boss does not accept mediocrity. I was proud of AOC, Amy and Tammy for representing strong women. Move over men the times are a changing! Get with it NPR.

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  8. 20 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 10:44 am

  9. 21 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Haha! I just posted “Get Ready!” for this on the previous thread. Nerdy is always on point! 😁

  10. July 24, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Stacey Abrams,
    Founder of Fair Fight, which works to fight voter suppression, and Fair Count, which works to ensure an accurate count in the Census, talks with Rachel Maddow:
    “Georgia is absolutely a swing state.
    We have the highest percentage of African American voters of any battleground state at 33%. And we saw that level of turnout in the primary. We had a record primary turnout of more than 1.2 million voters including exceeding republican turnout by a quarter of a million votes. But let’s take a step back. In 2018, my election netted 1.9 million votes, the largest number of Democrats to vote in the state’s history. And despite only losing by 1.2%, and since that time 750,000 Georgians who were not eligible to vote for me in 2018, have now registered in our state. 49% of them are people of color, and 45% of them are under the age of 30. In addition, when you look at the trajectory of elections, President Obama lost Georgia by 8 points. Hillary Clinton, the Secretary, lost Georgia by 5 points.
    In 2018 the margin was 1.4%. And that was with the Secretary of State running his own election.”

    • July 24, 2020 at 10:50 am

      “We know that the mitigation of voter suppression that Fair Fight has been pushing, as well as the expansion of access to absentee ballots, and the encouragement of registration, means that Georgia can turn out 16 electoral votes, pick up 2 senate seats, flip another House seat and flip a state legislature, flip the House so that we can actually be at the table for redistricting. Georgia is a battleground state. The numbers say it’s so. And the math works.”

    • July 24, 2020 at 10:51 am

      Maddow: “When you talk about efforts to mitigate voter suppression efforts in Georgia, what do you make about the current status of the controversy in Georgia over sending out absentee ballot applications? We saw that was very successful in the primary earlier this year. We then saw Republicans in the legislature try to block, try to pass legislation that would block the Secretary of State from being able to mail out proactively absentee ballot applications. That legislation did NOT get signed into law. But the Republican Secretary of State appears to have received that message, and now he’s decided on his own that he’s not going to send out those ballot applications. What do you make about the implications of that. And is this part of the fight settled?”

    • July 24, 2020 at 10:53 am

      “Of course it’s not settled. Because until we have the election, we know that shenanigans, the malfeasance, and the incompetence will continue. But what we do know, is that during that legislative session post-June 9th, Fair Fight was at the table and we were able to help block legislation that would have made it more difficult for voters to use absentee ballots. We knew that the Republican Secretary of State was going to bow to the pressure from president Trump, and he would rescind the smart decision he made to expand access to every Georgian who is eligible to vote. And so we are working right now to make certain that those ballots, so the applications get to the voters who need to have it. It’s wonderful when the state actually serves its people, but we’ve lived through long enough to know that we can’t count on that from Raffensperger.”

    • July 24, 2020 at 10:54 am

      “But what we also know is that we saw an incredible amount of participate from communities that normally don’t use absentee ballots. Part of that is driven by COVID-19. But part of it is driven by the education and the work that we did in 2018 to expand access to absentee ballots. We know that absentee ballots will be ONE of the ways Democrats can show up in this election. But let’s remember, voting by mail is as much about safety as it is about winning an election. And we don’t want in the state of Georgia, where we have a governor who is doing his level best to ensure the spread of infection in a state where we already have 156,000 people who have this disease in the first wave. We know that absentee ballots can be one of the few ways we can protect our people so they can participate in a democracy without risking their lives.”

    • July 24, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Maddow: “You’ve been fighting this fight at the state level in Georgia. You’ve just laid out the terms of that battle in very stark terms. But I know that there is a presidential initiative that is going to affect the small-d democratic rights of Georgia voters that you’ve taken a very strong stand on…
      One of the reasons 2020 is such a hugely important year is that it’s a Census year. Census is how we get congressional districts. Which is how we get who is in control in Washington. Two days ago the President signed a memorandum stating that we should change how we apportion congressional districts out of the Census, we ‘should make it citizenship dependent’. Which is not what the Constitution says. This strikes me as something that the president has both tried to do before that’s blatantly unconstitutional, that he’s not likely to get away with. How important is this as a structural effort to try to entrench Republican power?”

    • July 24, 2020 at 10:59 am

      “Well as you’ve pointed out numerous times. Sometimes it’s what he does, and sometimes it’s what’s behind what he’s doing. I agree with you that the legality of his executive memo is likely going to fail in the courts. But what he’s really trying to do at the same time is discourage immigrants, refugees, and large communities of color from participating in the Census. Right now we’re about 4% behind the response rate where we were in 2010. But for Black and Latino and Native American communities, they’re behind by 10%. Using this as a threat to say to immigrants ‘do not complete this’ you heighten the likelihood that the Census will look whiter. Which tends to mean that the voting power is more Republican. And he is trying to scare people out of participation. But we have to understand that if the Census is not accurate, the cost is spread across communities. It doesn’t just hurt communities of color. It can decimate budgets especially in the midst of COVID recovery.”

    • 29 Dudette
      July 24, 2020 at 11:30 am

  11. 30 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 10:54 am

  12. 34 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 11:04 am

  13. 35 Nerdy Wonka
    July 24, 2020 at 11:13 am


    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      July 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      She was brilliant. Nancy Pelosi was gushing earlier, complimenting AOC’s every word. Yes!!!

  14. July 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

    • 38 Obama Grandmama
      July 24, 2020 at 11:45 am

      I have a personal favorite, Kamala Harris that I would like to see as VP, but I have let that go. I have decided Joe Biden should be totally in charge of whom he picks after he has them completely vetted. Just like PBO it needs to be someone he can work closely with and get along with. In short it should be his choice. I do hope that instead of a strategic choice it should be a heartfelt choice since I really like the Prez and VP working together as PBO and Joe did rather than as adversaries relocating the VP to minor duties signifying being backbenched to not get in the way as we have seen time and time again. Any of the women being vetted would make excellent choices.

      • July 24, 2020 at 7:48 pm

        I agree with you completely. Folks are treating VP as though he were either a child, or one who cannot make decisions on his own. It’s that simple. Leave the man alone and trust him.

  15. July 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Speaker Pelosi talking with Joy Reid:
    “Well, let me say this President has been the biggest failure practically in the history of our country.
    A pandemic that is rolling, Trump virus I call it, is rolling like a freight train. It took nearly 100 days, just about 100 days to get the first one million. Just under 50 days to get to the second million. Just over 25 days to get to the third million and now, just, what, fourteen, seventeen days to get to the 4 million mark of people infected. Just think if he had thought that these ‘overrated’ tests weren’t overrated a long time ago, how many lives could have been saved. But you said it very well, four million people, eighteen straight weeks of people filing for Unemployment Insurance, a time when people are – millions of children are food insecure, just so many people going to food banks who never thought they would, evictions imminent because the moratorium will end. People are hungry, they’re concerned about their housing, their jobs and the rest. And the Republicans are saying, ‘Well, let’s just wait around until Monday to see what we might be able to come to terms with among ourselves.’
    Two months and seven – eight days ago we put forth The Heroes bill, very responsible, lean and mean, exactly what we needed to open up our economy by testing, testing, testing, rewarding our heroes with assistance to state and local government and money in the pockets of the American people in a very strong way.
    This all will expire in, like, a week.”
    Full transcript: (https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/72320-5)

  16. July 24, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Honoring John Lewis.
    Speaker Pelosi: “We hope that as an honor to John Lewis, in this bill we will have the money to do our vote-by-mail, our vote-at-home provisions with, again, the opportunity for many more people to have obstacles removed as they vote in a way that they don’t have to choose between their health and their vote, but that they can do so. I think that would be an appropriate way for us right in the here and now to honor John Lewis. “

  17. July 24, 2020 at 11:30 am

  18. 43 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 11:32 am

  19. 44 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

  20. July 24, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Robert Reich: “The real choice, social control or social investment.”
    Social-control societies = Invest in police, prisons, surveillance, immigration, enforcement, military.
    Social investment societies = Invest in healh care, education, affordable housing, jobless benefits, children.
    w/fab teaching video: (https://yubanet.com/opinions/robert-reich-the-real-choice-social-control-or-social-investment-video/)
    –(c/o Velshi)

    • July 24, 2020 at 11:39 am

      “Donald Trump epitomizes the former.
      He calls himself the “law and order” president. He even wants to sic the military on Americans protesting horrific police killings. He has created an unaccountable army of federal agents who go into cities like Portland, Oregon – without showing their identities – and assault innocent Americans.
      Trump is the culmination of forty years of increasing social control in the United States and decreasing social investment – a trend which, given the deep-seated history of racism in the United States, falls disproportionately on Black people, indigeneous people, and people of color.”

    • July 24, 2020 at 11:40 am

      “Spending on policing in the United States has almost tripled,
      from $42.3 billion in 1977 to $114.5 billion in 2017.
      America now locks away 2.2 million people in prisons and jails.
      That’s a 500 percent increase from 40 years ago.
      The nation now has the largest incarcerated population in the world.
      Immigration and Customs Enforcement has exploded.
      More people are now in ICE detention than ever in its history.
      Total military spending in the U.S. has soared from $437 billion in 2003 to $935.8 billion this fiscal year.
      The more societies spend on social controls, the less they have left for social investment. More police means fewer social services.
      American taxpayers spend $107.5 billion more on police than on public housing.
      More prisons means fewer dollars for education. In fact, America is now spending more money on prisons than on public schools.
      Fifteen states now spend $27,000 more per person in prison than they do per student.
      As spending on controls has increased, spending on public assistance has shrunk.
      Fewer people are receiving food stamps. Outlays for public health have declined.
      America can’t even seem to find money to extend unemployment benefits during this pandemic.
      Societies that skimp on social investment end up spending more on social controls that perpetuate violence and oppression. This trend is a deep-seated part of our history.”

    • July 24, 2020 at 11:40 am

      “The United States began as a control society.
      Slavery – America’s original sin – depended on the harshest conceivable controls.
      Jim Crow and redlining continued that legacy. But in the decades following World War II, the nation began inching toward social investment – the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, and substantial investments in health and education. Then America swung backward to social control.”

  21. 49 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Whoa! 👁👁

  22. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    July 24, 2020 at 11:41 am

  23. 51 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 11:42 am

  24. 52 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

  25. July 24, 2020 at 11:59 am

    • 54 marleysperson
      July 24, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      She is the most offensive and disgusting individual ever. This state said no to her the first time… then the kiss ass Governor appointed her anyway. In 2020, AZ will show her out the door. Then we’ll slam it on her way out. Then we’ll lock it. She is horrid and we don’t want her anymore. Never did.

  26. July 24, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Fab interview.
    Ava Duvernay and Colbert here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-0HlFss9w4).
    They talk about her movie “13th”:
    “Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Av a DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration
    in America.” Won a slew of awards.
    Full feature here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8)

  27. 56 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 12:05 pm

  28. July 24, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Eh that time (this week) when:
    Beto Rourke said “This is a death cult, the Texas GOP. Only they want you to do the dying.”
    And called governor Abbott’s pandemic response one of the most “craven, callous failures of leadership”
    he has ever witnessed.”

  29. July 24, 2020 at 12:12 pm

  30. 59 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    100% correct. All of them need to go. They refused to take action when the facts were presented and understood. They were silent and let this all continue because they were afraid of a person. They are incapable or unwilling to fight for the people and do what’s right. They ALL NEED TO BE VOTED OUT

  31. July 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Not only but also this week:
    Congressman Jamie Raskin discusses Turnberry and Trump’s emoluments violations with Maddow:
    Congressman Raskin:
    “It follows the Ukraine playbook pretty much to a ’t’.
    You apply coercive pressure to the U.S. Ambassador in order to extend coercive pressure to a foreign government, in order to do the bidding of a foreign government. In this case just to advance his (Trump’s) financial enrichment. You know that has been the original sin of the Trump administration from day one, which is he refused to divest himself from 200 businesses all over the world, and he has turned the presidency into a money-making operation. And you know the founders of the country warned about this. You got to go back and check out Ben Franklin who said there are two main passions…love of power, ambition…that’s who politics attracts. The other is the love of money, avarice…We have to make sure that candidates are not drawn to the job because they can make money…domestic emoluments close: president should make no money from the government other than his or her salary. And the foreign emoluments cause says the president cannot accept any…from a foreign government without the consent of Congress. And this president has been violating both almost on a daily basis since the administration began. The whole thing has been a racket.
    A money-making operation from day one. And now as he lurches into violent authoritarianism,
    all of that is about defending his power so he can keep the money-making operation going.”
    More here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf-ToYlZQu8)

  32. 61 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Take nothing for granted. Keep pushing, but the day just got a little brighter.

  33. 62 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 1:31 pm


  34. 63 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 1:32 pm

  35. 64 Dudette
    July 24, 2020 at 1:34 pm

  36. July 24, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Notes from Indian Country
    Native American Culture lesson 101
    By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji – Defender)
    “All week I have heard so many idiotic comments by fans of the Washington Redskins that I believe
    it is time for a short lesson in Native American Culture 101. First begin by looking up the word “redskin” in any dictionary or Thesaurus and you will find that the word is derogatory and racist to Native Americans.
    Now learn about how it was first used. There was an advertisement in a Minnesota newspaper many years ago and it advertised the bounties offered for “red-skins” in the amount of $200.
    That was a pretty good amount of money to kill a human being and bring their red-skin (scalp) into the bounty office. Now if the offer was for white scalps (white-skins) wouldn’t any of you find this just a tiny bit offensive?
    Now the advertisement for red-skins is real and many Native Americans were slaughtered in order to collect that $200 including women and children. Nearly every Native American knows this to be true, but it is one of those bits of history that seems to have escaped the “let’s keep our history great” generation of white people.
    How could any government pay a bounty on the lives of other human beings?”

    • July 24, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      “With the Redskin management in the process of changing their name …
      The change is here and it came on my 86th birthday and a finer present I could never have expected.
      Two of my fellow protestors Michael Haney and Vernon Bellecourt have passed away and I am really sorry they are not here to celebrate this victory with me. But Charlene Teters and Suzan Harjo are still here and they fought the good fight alongside of us. Hopefully this change and awakening will lead to better things for people of all races. But never forget that Native Americans are human beings and not mascots for American sports fans.”
      —-Tim Giago has been a newspaper publisher for 40 years and was the founder of the Native American Journalists Association.

  37. 67 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    They ARE the Swamp

  38. July 24, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Because we’ve been so maungy lately….
    “Sweet love, renew thy force”: Shakester sonnet # 56.
    -imo very good for what ails thee.

  39. July 24, 2020 at 2:13 pm

  40. 71 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Lazy media DO YOUR JOBS!!

  41. 72 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Lazy media DO YOUR JOBS!!

  42. 74 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 2:37 pm

  43. 76 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 2:48 pm

  44. 77 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 2:49 pm

  45. 78 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm

  46. 79 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 3:04 pm

  47. 80 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 3:11 pm

  48. 81 marleysperson
    July 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm


  49. July 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    “In accordance with March 2020 guidance, nonimmigrant students in new or initial status after March 9 will not be able to enter the U.S. to enroll in a U.S. school as a nonimmigrant student for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials wrote Friday on the agency’s website.

    “Nonimmigrant” is a reference to foreign nationals who seek to temporarily work and live in the United States.

  50. July 24, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Many of the Celebration of Life ceremonies will be livestreamed, in part, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Saturday, July 25, Troy and Selma – Service celebrating “The Boy from Troy,” 10 a.m. CDT, Trojan Arena, Troy University, Troy, Alabama. Afterward, Lewis will lie in repose from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT.

    Selma honors Congressman John Lewis, 6 p.m. CDT, Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, Selma, Alabama. Afterward, Lewis will lie in repose at the church 8-11 p.m. CDT.

    Sunday, July 26, Selma and Montgomery – Procession crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge, 10 a.m. CDT, Selma, Ala. The public is invited to view the procession from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the historic 1965 voting rights marches.

    Ceremony at Alabama State Capitol, 2 p.m. CDT, Montgomery, Alabama. Afterward, Lewis will lie in state 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Central.


    Monday and Tuesday, July 27-28, Washington – Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, 2 p.m. EDT. Lewis will lie in state 3-10 p.m. EDT Monday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday.


    Wednesday, July 29, Atlanta – Ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda, 2 p.m. EDT. Lewis will lie in state 3-7 p.m. EDT Wednesday and 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday.

    Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity will hold a service 7-8 p.m. EDT Wednesday.


    Thursday, July 30, Atlanta – The funeral for Congressman John Lewis, 11 a.m. EDT, Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary. This event is not open to the public. Lewis will be buried at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta.

  51. July 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    More Than A Vote, a campaign the Los Angeles Lakers player started with other Black athletes and artists last month to fight Black voter suppression, is partnering with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), a group that helped end Florida’s lifetime voting ban for most people with felony convictions in 2018. They hope to raise $100,000.

    There are around 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions, the FRRC said. And as of 2016, one in five Black citizens in Florida were disenfranchised. As Politico noted, as many as 775,000 people in Florida with felony convictions face financial penalties that render them ineligible to vote until they can pay them.

  52. July 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm


  53. 86 Don
    July 24, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Most of the time I try my best to use a civil tongue, and some times it doesn’t work, though I try. It was the African American community the saved Joe Biden’s campaign, more specifically it was Black women that did the heavy lifting. Now, President Obama chose Joe to be his running mate, I would have preferred Hillary but all in all things worked out wonderfully. I had no problem voting for Hillary in 16 because she was the most qualified and experienced. But quite frankly I’m fed up with the leaks coming out of Joe’s campaign about Kamala, these leaks are so goddamn disrespectful of Kamala, this shit has gone on long enough. Joe needs to get ahold of his campaign, fast, they are playing with fire. Joe needs to stop being cute and make a fucking selection.

  54. 92 Hillary Darton
    July 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Congressman Yoho is one of those right wing racists sexists bigots just like the man he worship….Trump.

    • 93 Don
      July 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      And then this Son of a bitch is going to get up there and start crying about his wife and the fact that they were on food stamps. And without looking at his record I bet somewhere along the way he had no problem voting against people getting food stamps or some other type of assistance.

  55. 94 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 6:52 pm

  56. July 24, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Howard Dean just said that he thinks AOC could be President..

  57. July 24, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Sometimes i wish i could tune out somewhere

  58. July 24, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    The fight is on!!

  59. July 24, 2020 at 7:16 pm

  60. July 24, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Hearing that the armed untethered militarized squads on the streets are…hired goons.

  61. July 24, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Seems rights protected by the law are only applicable to white landlords…

  62. 104 jer44
    July 24, 2020 at 7:25 pm

  63. July 24, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    He shouldn’t be pontificating to your pet goldfish but they’ve got his mincing voice on NPR….why? why? why?

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  67. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    July 25, 2020 at 2:09 am

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