Open Thread: White Supremacist Welfare Moocher Has A Rich Fantasy Life

Big props to Jason Kander, and his uncles! Per IMBD:

“Tomorrow Belongs to Me” was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb in the style of a traditional German song, sung by the Nazi youth in the movie, to stir up patriotism for the “fatherland”. It has often been mistaken for a genuine “Nazi anthem” and has led to the songwriters being accused of anti-Semitism. This would be most surprising, as they are, in fact, Jewish (This fact has not stopped openly racist and anti-Semitic rock groups, like Skrewdriver, from recording the song and performing it at White Power rallies)…

Speaking of scrabbling around, grifting off other people because that’s his only talent…

Spencer, along with his mother and sister, are absentee landlords of 5,200 acres of cotton and corn fields in an impoverished, largely African American region of Louisiana, according to records examined by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The farms, controlled by multiple family-owned businesses, are worth millions: A 1,600-acre parcel sold for $4.3 million in 2012.

The Spencer family’s farms are also subsidized by the federal government. From 2008 through 2015, the Spencers received $2 million in US farm subsidy payments, according to federal data.

Although Spencer has attracted extensive media attention as a leader of the so-called alt-right movement—particularly after he drew Nazi salutes at an event celebrating Donald Trump’s election—he has never explained publicly how he supports himself while actively promoting his agenda via conferences and media appearances. The finances of his nonprofit think tank, the National Policy Institute, are a mystery; the organization hasn’t filed a public report since 2013. On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the IRS revoked the institute’s tax-exempt status….

My first thought upon reading this: Does he charge his followers a premium for white hoods made from his own artisanally-sourced cotton?



Thursday Morning Open Thread: The Trump/Ryancare Rollout Is Progressing Not Necessarily to the GOP’s Advantage…

… as the Emperor of Japan is reputed to have said, explaining the country’s surrender at the end of World War II.

What’s on the agenda as we slog through another day?
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Late Night Open Thread: We’ve Made Progress, Despite Everything

There’s been lots of change for the better just in my lifetime — too much for the Angry White Men fronting the Republican party right now.

I keep reminding myself, our job is to resist going backward, so that the rising generation will never have to be grateful for a world where the N-word is considered more socially toxic than the F-word, and phrases like ‘sexual harassment’ or ‘domestic violence’ aren’t odd jargon beyond the understanding of all but a few ivory-tower academics…



Sunday Afternoon Open Thread: People with No Fvcks Left to Give


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May they continue to be an inspiration to us all…



Sunday Morning Open Thread: Profiles


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What’s on the agenda as we prepare for another week?

Not quite up to the standards of the last First Lady, but then…

And speaking of fierce woman warriors…



Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Happier news…

Buzzfeed with more details:

Financial terms of the deal with Penguin Random House were not disclosed, but the publisher said it will donate one million books to a nonprofit partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. The Obamas also plan to donate a significant portion of the proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation, the publisher announced…

While the financial terms weren’t disclosed, a publishing deal worth $60 million would break a record for presidential memoirs — George W. Bush’s and Bill Clinton’s sold for $10m and $15m, respectively, the FT reported…

And in local news…

The Boston Globe:

The Grammy Award-winning artist — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — was in town Tuesday to receive the college’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.

And not surprisingly, her presence created something of a stir on campus.

By 7 a.m., students were already lining up to ensure they’d get tickets when they became available at noon. And as the day’s 4 p.m. ceremony approached, the line to get into Sanders Theatre stretched well down the block…

The point of the festivities, though, was to honor the performer’s humanitarian work, a lengthy resume oftentimes overshadowed by her success in the music industry.

At just 18, she founded the Believe Foundation, which provided support to terminally ill children.

And since then, she hasn’t much slowed down.

Her Clara Lionel Foundation — named for her grandparents — tackles a range of causes, from education to health and emergency response programs. And her work with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project helped convince Canada to pledge $20 million to the Education Cannot Wait fund…

In thanking the university, she spoke about family, and her grandmother’s losing battle with cancer. She spoke of her upbringing in Barbados, and her childhood dreams of saving the world, one 25-cent donation at a time.

Mostly, she urged students to do their part, to make a commitment to help just one person.

“People make it seem way too hard, man,” she said. “You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help someone, you don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated.

“My grandma always used to say if you’ve got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”



Tuesday Evening Open Thread: “What Are the Republicans Afraid Of?”

Excellent question, Madame Pelosi!

She says the Democrats will be “per our traditional standards, courteous” tonight… but she’s wearing suffragette white and purple, and so will many of the other female Democratic legislators.

Out of curiosity, how many of you are gonna hate-watch the President-Asterisk’s speech this evening?