Sunday Open Thread

Lift Every Voice and Sing” — often called “The Negro National Hymn”, “The Negro National Anthem”, “The Black National Anthem”, or “The African-American National Anthem”— is a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) in 1900.

Lift Every Voice and Sing” was publicly performed first as a poem as part of a celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, 1900 by 500 school children at the segregated Stanton School. Its principal, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the words to introduce its honored guest Booker T. Washington. The poem was later set to music by Johnson’s brother John in 1905. Singing this song quickly became a way for African Americans to demonstrate their patriotism and hope for the future. In the calling for earth and heaven to “ring with the harmonies of Liberty,” they could speak out subtly against racism and Jim Crow laws—and especially the huge number of lynchings accompanying the rise of the Ku Klux Klan at the turn of the century. In 1919, the NAACP adopted the song as “The Negro National Anthem.”

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35 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    this just cracked me up

  2. rikyrah says:

    Travyon, the Court, and the Week of Expendable People
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 5:33PM

    I have been criminally tardy in pointing out that Ta-Nehisi Coates pretty much has owned the punditry on the Trayvon Martin case, especially in the always vital “Don’t Bring That Weak Shit In Here” category, aka The Bill Russell Factor:

    It’s worth discerning the subtle differences between the actions of The Daily Caller, Michelle Malkin and Stormfront. But it’s also worth seeing their actions as they are — points on the continuum of racism delineating the cloaked and covert from the naked and profane.

    Yeah, that one’s headed to the loge seats.

    There were two stories running parallel this week, and most of the developments in both of them were fairly depressing. The Affordable Care Act went before a Supreme Court that seemed to be engaged in little more than ideological mummery. (And can we pause for a moment and cheer once again for the bipartisan “compromise” that produced Justice Samuel Alito? Joe Lieberman’s contributions to democracy will live on after him.) Meanwhile, in Florida, the fallout from the shooting of Trayvon Martin became more poisonous as the conservative press, for reasons that only they can possibly understand, decided to take up the cause of George Zimmerman, not out of a sense of outraged justice, but simply because it would line them up against the people they always line themselves up against. What brought these two stories together was an unpleasant common theme of expendability.

    The angry crowd on the steps of the Supreme Court, and the corporate money that is ginning them up, and the conservative politicians who hide behind both the angry crowd and the corporate money, all have in their arguments the sense that some of their fellow citizens are permanently expendable. There were more than a few signs telling Sandra Fluke to “buy her own birth control” and more than a few speeches about “my” health care and a lot of talk about “freeloaders.” Bear in mind: There is no conservative alternative worthy of the name to the current health-care law. If the law falls, at best, we go back to the status quo ante, with pre-existing conditions again whatever some beancounter says they are, and debt-laden college students forced to fend for themselves in a predatory market. People will be rendered expendable to someone else’s bizarre and twisted notion of “freedom.”

    The assault on Trayvon Martin’s character implicitly argues that he was expendable, too, the once-living price we “all” have to pay to be free in the exercise of our Second Amendment rights. It began almost immediately after he hit the pavement. They drug-tested him, but not the man who shot him. Now, we’ve got conservative “journalists” creepy-crawling through every aspect of his life to find some reason… well, to find some reason for what? That he was a kid who tweeted silly stuff, posted some silly stuff on Facebook, and once got suspended because he was found with a bag that may once have held marijuana? This is not a search for justice. It’s a search for an alibi, and it’s a search through some of the uglier aspects of American society to find the oldest, cheapest alibi of all — that the lives of black children are less important than the right of someone to pack heat, that the lives of black children must needs always take a back seat to fear, that black children in this country are bargaining chips, and not very valuable ones at that.

    I continue to fear we’re entering a time of terrible selfishness in this country. We are never at our best with each other when the economy gets soft and the ground begins to shake. We trade a serious search for the reasons why things happen into an unserious exploration for who’s to blame when they do. I watched people outside the Supreme Court this week essentially tell their fellow citizens to take it or leave it, and to intimate that the president is far along in his attempt to turn the country into the Soviet Union or, worse, Canada. (Michele Bachmann, an actual member of Congress, pretty much said this explicitly.) Nobody’s problems were more important than their right to believe the nonsense they’d been fed. I watched the coverage of the Martin case this week and realized that the country is turning into an armed confessional, where we absolve ourselves by destroying the immediate object of our national sins. The only way left for too many of us to prove that the days of racism in this country are over is to turn the possibility back on the people most immediately affected by it. All our investments in each other are vicarious now. Everything is a prop in our personal dramas. The universe of who is expendable gets larger by the day.

    Read more:

  3. rikyrah says:

    Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT
    Coon hunting, slave-catchers and vigilantes +*

    by Denise Oliver Velez

    As the groundswell of support nationwide grows with calls for Justice for Trayvon Martin, there have also been pathetic attempts to smear Trayvon, and to spin what appears to be damaging evidence of George Zimmerman’s racial animus.

    For me, the most glaring event was the appearance of the self-described “friend” of Zimmerman, Joe Oliver, who got face time on numerous television talk shows where he made attempt after attempt to flip the meaning of words heard on Zimmerman’s 911 call: “fucking coons.”

    Here is how the tape has been transcribed by some listeners, and as Ta-Nehisi Coates says, “I hear it clear as day.”

    Zimmerman: Shit, he’s running!

    911 Operator: He’s running? Which way is he running?

    [sounds of Zimmerman’s labored breathing and car door sounds]

    Zimmerman: Down towards the, uh, other entrance of the neighborhood.

    911 Operator: Okay, which entrance is that that he’s heading towards?

    Zimmerman: The back entrance.

    [sounds of Zimmerman’s labored breathing]

    Zimmerman: Fucking coons.

    911 Operator: Are you following him?

    Zimmerman: Yeah.

    911 Operator: Okay, we don’t need you to do that.

    Zimmerman: Okay.

    Once that news broke, the damage control posse was unleashed to attempt to make this not about race.

    Charles P. Pierce has taken this on ably in his Esquire piece “The ‘Color-Blind’ Delusions of the Trayvon Backlash”:

    Ask Joe Oliver, this “friend” of the gunman who insists that Zimmerman might have said “fucking goons” and not “fucking coons,” because the latter is an obsolete racial slur and the former is a “term of endearment,” according to Oliver’s daughter. This is enormously believable because, if you’re an armed 28-year old gunslinger in pursuit of what you believe is a dangerous burglar, the first descriptive that would leap to anyone’s mind is a term of endearment used by high-school girls. Yeah, sure. Whatever. As if. And it is enormously believable because This Is Not About Race.

  4. Ametia says:

    Black History Moment ~ Mr. Emmitt Till
    Posted on April 1, 2012 by Jueseppi B.
    Thorough & complete write up with video. MUST READ & VIEW!

  5. Ametia says:


  6. rikyrah says:

    Biggest Dolt in the Universe: Tom Maguire

    by BooMan
    Sun Apr 1st, 2012 at 01:31:35 PM EST

    Tom Maguire is an impossibly stupid man, and his commenters are probably even dumber. Maguire had anticipated the possibility that voice analysis would determine that Zimmerman was lying when he (allegedly) told the police that he was screaming for help. His argument was that we can’t use science to identify voices unless we can recreate exactly what those voices were saying. So, for example, if you scream in fear of your life into a tape recorder, the only way to match that recording is to have another recording of you screaming if fear for your life. We couldn’t use your 911 call from moments earlier. Also, you can’t use science to identify a voice if there is any background noise.

    This, of course, ignores the entirety of the Orlando Sentinal’s explanation:

    Though the term “biometric analysis” may sound futuristic, it basically just means using personal characteristics for identification. A fingerprint scanner is an example of a biometric device.

    Much as the ridges of a human hand produce a fingerprint, each human voice has unique, distinguishable traits, Owen says. “They’re all particular to the individual.”

    Another benefit of modern biometric analysis, Owen said, is it doesn’t require an “in context” comparison. In other words, Owen didn’t need a sample of Zimmerman screaming in order to compare his voice to the call.

    The technology Owen used to analyze the Zimmerman tape has a wide range of applications, including national security and international policing, he said. A recently as January, Owen used the same technology to identify accused murderer Sheila Davalloo in a 911 call made almost a decade ago.

    Owen testified that it was Davalloo, accused of stabbing another woman nine times in a condo in Shippan, Conn., who reported the killing to police from a pay phone in November 2002.

    Davalloo was convicted, according to news reports.

    Owen says the audio from Zimmerman’s call is much better quality than the 911 call in the Davalloo case. Voice identification experts judge the quality based on a signal-to-noise ratio; in other words, comparing the usable audio in a clip to the environmental noises that make a match difficult.

    And the call on which the screams are heard is better quality than is necessary, Owen says.

    “In our world, that’s the home run,” he says.

    The article even includes the testimony of someone who doesn’t believe the biometric method is rigorous enough. And he also confirms that the voice is not Zimmerman’s. I’d add to this that, while it is by no means adequate to present as evidence at trial, no one but a moron can listen to the audio of the 911 call and not conclude that the screamer is a young man or boy.

    It’s remarkable that Maguire reacts to this news by instantly adopting the pose of a defense attorney:

    If I were the prosecutor I would be begging for better experts – sending up a guy who doesn’t believe in the science won’t be helpful. Sending up a guy who says he can’t match it to Zimmerman so it must be Martin will be ripped up by defense experts who will explain the limitations of the techniques. They will uncharitably point out that it might not be possible to match the voice to either person, the judge can then expound on “innocent until proven guilty” and “resonable doubt”, and away we go.

    He questions the assumption that if it’s not Zimmerman, it must be Martin. Does he have a theory that that there was a screamer on the grassy knoll? He knows that the reason the voice was not matched to Martin is because the researchers didn’t have a sample of his voice. Does he have any reasonable expectation that the match will not be made if and when a sample is provided?

    The cognitive dissonance is overwhelming:

    MY HEAD IS SPINNING: Am I anti-science because I don’t accept on faith the pronouncements of these two experts in a field far beyond my expertise? Or am I pro-science because I am trying to reach an independent opinion guided by other experts whose qualifications I am unable to evaluate? That might seem like a hard question, but since I am a righty, I know libs know the answer.

    His “other experts” is really just a discussion of speaker recognition software that was among the first results of his Google Search. The study explains how computers can be used to recognize voices and some of the challenges those computers must overcome in order to do a good job.

    Then we have this piece of brilliance. What if both men were screaming at the same time? What would that do to the 48% match to Zimmerman’s voice?


    From ‘myiq2xu’, who may also be aided by stronger coffee:

    Did anyone consider the possibility that BOTH men were screaming and yelling at the same time?

    If Zimmerman did half the screaming they have a 96% match.

    We can only hope that was a failed effort at snark. He acts is if he believes that the test showed that the screamer was Zimmerman with 48% confidence. What the test showed was that the voice shared less than half of the measured characteristics of Zimmerman’s known voice. In other words, it certainly was not Zimmerman.

    Maguire doesn’t offer a conjecture about why Mr. Tom Owen would make up his conclusion. Nor does he challenge Mr. Owen’s assertion that the 911 tape is very high quality. He’s just throwing sand in his reader’s eyes so that they can maintain the fiction that there remains any real doubt about the fact that Trayvon Martin was screaming in terror prior to being executed by George Zimmerman.

    Was he trying to get Zimmerman’s gun when he died? Wouldn’t you?

  7. Ametia says:

    Making the case for space/science Neil Degrasse Tyson on CNN Fareed Zakaria- Love him!

  8. rikyrah says:

    Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 08:00 AM PDT
    Opening Pandora’s Box: Why my 22-year-old kid needs Mommy’s insurance+*

    by Susan Gardner

    Thirty-three days ago, my 22-year-old daughter had an eight-hour open heart surgery at one of the top cardiac care facilities in the world. On my employer’s health insurance.

    Thank you, President Obama.

    Her Pandora’s Box of problems began opening in September 2010. She worked full time, went to college part time. She was doing all the “get ahead” go-go-go moves conservatives love to laud—paying taxes, working, going to school—all the while keeping her regular cardiology check-ups. With a heart pumping in reverse, a pacemaker, strong beta-blockers, an internal cardio-defibrillator, and a terrific cardiologist specializing in adults with congenital heart defects, she was able to function at a level that made her indistinguishable on the surface from any other young adult.

    But then a cascade began, a not uncommon one with her correction. Tachycardia, fibrillation, fatigue, dizziness. Treadmill tests, catheterizations, ablations, electo-physiological studies. A couple of months were spent trying to pin down what turned out to be two separate issues. Months and months ensued of failed mild interventions, further diagnostics, tweaks, all trying to avoid a risky open heart surgery that would remove all the device leads that had become embedded over the years in her heart wall tissue and her mitral valve, obstructing flow and triggering heart rhythms in excess of 250 beats per minute. Multiple firings of her ICD left her shaky and weak with one foot planted in the land of PTSD.

    While she was insured as an adult through work, it was not an ideal plan for someone with her condition—high deductibles, high co-pays, high out-of-pocket on a salary set right at living wage. Her employer hires lots of young, healthy adults and for those workers, it serves. For my daughter, not so much. Until Obamacare, it was the best she could do. My employer, on the other hand, had a great insurance plan. The moment adult children under 26 became eligible, I moved her onto my insurance, and with zest and thankful prayers, I paid the extra premium. Just in time, as it turns out, for the downward spiral of hospitalizations.

    You want to know what it’s like to hear your daughter is at high risk for something called sudden cardiac death syndrome? No, you don’t. Really.

    Understand this, though: The last thing you want to be inflicted with, on top of every other worst case scenario playing out in your panicked brain, is concern about whether the good news is that you’ll have to help your daughter figure out how to declare medical bankruptcy from a hospital bed at age 22.

    Again, thank you, President Obama.


    Before this week, we already were worrying about her 26th birthday, the confusion of entering the nobody-in-their-right-minds-wants-to-insure-you arena. Face it, what we have here is the mother of all pre-existing conditions. But we figured we had a couple of years to learn the bureaucratic ins and outs. Our talisman has been the pre-existing conditions clause of the health care act; we’ve been hanging on for dear life to that, whispering it to ourselves as we fall asleep at night: “No discrimination due to pre-existing conditions.” In 2014, the year my daughter turns 25, that life-saving prohibition goes into effect.

    Thank you, again and again and again, President Obama.

    But now my daughter’s entire future is in the hands of nine black-robed jurists, and we are terrified.

  9. Ametia says:

    Russell Simmons Names Keith Olbermann The New CEO Of Global Grind… Or Not
    by Josh Feldman | 10:12 am, April 1st, 2012

    Hip hop mogul Russell SImmons announced early this morning that Keith Olbermann is going to be the newest CEO of the pop culture website Global Grind. April Fools! Yes, to kick off what’s sure to be a day of levity and good humor from many in the media, Olbermann graciously accepted a formal offer from Simmons to head up the website, saying that the only problem he expects down the road is switching to a vegan diet.

  10. Ametia says:

    Looks like NBC in competition with ABC Katie Couric to host

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  12. Ametia says:

    GOP Sunday shows spinning like a MAYTAG…

  13. rikyrah says:

    Source: Sanford police chief, state attorney made Zimmerman ‘no charge’ call in person

    By Joy-Ann Reid

    4:00 PM on 03/28/2012

    A source with knowledge of the investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin tells theGrio that it was then Sanford police chief Bill Lee, along with Capt. Robert O’Connor, the investigations supervisor, who made the decision to release George Zimmerman on the night of February 26th, after consulting with State Attorney Norman Wolfinger — in person.

    Wolfinger’s presence at the scene or at the police department in the night of a shooting would be unusual, according to the source. On a typical case, police contact the state attorney’s office and speak with an on duty assistant state attorney; they either discuss the matter by phone or the on duty assistant state attorney comes to the crime scene – but rarely the state attorney him or herself.

    A spokesman for the Sanford police department confirmed that Lee and O’Connor went to the shooting scene that night. Sgt. Dave Morgenstern said that is typical for a homicide case, particularly in for someone like O’Connor, who was hired by Lee last year to oversee all criminal investigations for the department.

    TheGrio reached out to all of the parties involved for comment. A recording at the telephone number for State Attorney Wolfinger’s media representative states that the Trayvon Martin case has been reassigned to the Jacksonville state attorney’s office and that Wolfinger’s office would have no comment. And a spokesperson for the state attorney’s office replied to theGrio by email saying, “by law, we are unable to discuss the facts involving this investigation.”

    TheGrio could not reach former chief Lee for comment.

    ABC News reported Tuesday that, after questioning Zimmerman at the Sanford police station, homicide investigator Chris Serino filed an affidavit February 26th stating that he did not believe Zimmerman’s account of the shooting. He recommended charging the 28-year-old with manslaughter, but was advised by Wolfinger’s office that there wasn’t enough evidence to secure a conviction. Zimmerman was subsequently released.

    What was not stated was that, on the night of the killing, Wolfinger may have traveled to either the scene of the shooting or the police station to discuss the case with Lee and O’Connor, who was briefly named interim “co-chief” with the current acting chief, Darren Scott, when Lee announced he would step down temporarily last week.

    In this case, the source says investigators spoke to the on-duty assistant state attorney — an unidentified woman — who did not come to the scene, but that Wolfinger did.

    And according to the source, after a conversation between Lee, O’Connor and Wolfinger, the decision was made to “cut Zimmerman loose.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    Time for the DOJ to Expand Investigation

    by BooMan
    Sun Apr 1st, 2012 at 10:36:13 AM EST
    Who was crying for help seconds before George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin? Not Zimmerman:

    Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to rule out Zimmerman. Another expert contacted by the Sentinel, utilizing different techniques, came to the same conclusion.

    Zimmerman claims self-defense in the shooting and told police he was the one screaming for help. But these experts say the evidence tells a different story.

    Once again, we have further evidence to suggest that Officer Tim Smith submitted a false police report. His report, which he filed at 3:29 AM on the night of the shooting, has the following exonerating information:

    While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and was covered with grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground. Zimmerman was also bleeding from his nose and back of his head.

    …Zimmerman was placed in the rear of my police vehicle and given first aid by the SFD [Sanford Fire Department]. While the SFD was attending to Zimmerman, I over heard him state, “I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me.”

    Every bit of this exonerating evidence appears to be false. None of it is corroborated by the police report of Ricardo Ayala that was submitted at 2:28 AM. The video of Zimmerman arriving at the police station a mere 34 minutes after the police arrived on the scene shows no evidence of blood on the head, nose, or clothing. It shows no evidence that Zimmerman had received any medical attention. There is no visual evidence of grass or wetness on his jacket. And the experts say that it was not Zimmerman crying for help on the 911 call. It is now time for the Department of Justice to expand their investigation:

    Attorneys for the family of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin are asking the U.S. Justice Department to review reports that prosecutors undermined a police investigation of shooter George Zimmerman by overruling a detective who wanted to charge him…

    …Lawyers for Martin’s family are preparing a formal request that the federal government also investigate the specific report that state attorney prosecutors interfered with a homicide detective who wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter.

    “We are asking the Justice Department to investigate that,” attorney Benjamin Crump, who has been retained by the Martin family as it pressures authorities to arrest Zimmerman, told Reuters late Saturday. “We are concerned about interference in the investigation.”

    …Sanford police detective Chris Serino, unconvinced by Zimmerman’s story of self-defense, wanted to charge him with manslaughter but was overruled by the office of State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, the prosecutor whose district includes the city of Sanford, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

    Wolfinger has declined all comment since removing himself from the case on March 22…

    …A separate report by, unconfirmed by Reuters, said Wolfinger left his home the Sunday night of the shooting to meet with Sanford police in person.

    “Why did he get out of his bed and go to the police station that night and overrule the lead investigator?” Crump said. “It doesn’t fit well.

    Why did Officer Tim Smith insert this exonerating information in his police report at three-thirty in the morning? When did the prosecutor arrive at the police station? Who did the prosecutor talk to prior to setting out for the police department? Why did the prosecutor later recuse himself from the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest?

  15. rikyrah says:

    Obama takes back the lead in Florida
    By Jonathan Easley – 03/31/12 12:45 PM ET

    President Obama has regained the lead over Mitt Romney in Florida, a crucial swing state that has seen a drop in unemployment.

    Two polls released this month give Obama the edge in Florida, which has the third-most Electoral College votes of any state in the presidential election.

    Winning Florida would give Obama a large share of the swing-state delegates he would need to hold the White House, if voting patterns from the 2008 election carry into 2012.

    The president will likely need to win about half the electoral votes in 12 battleground states — Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire — if he is to secure a second term.

    The president won all of those states in 2008, and has been trending upwards in Florida in 2012.

    According to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week, Obama leads GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney 49 percent to 42 percent in Florida. The two were tied at 45 percent in January, according to the same poll, and Romney led the president 47 percent to 40 percent last September.

    Obama’s favorability ratings in Florida have also improved, with 51 percent telling Quinnipiac they have a favorable view of the president, compared to 44 percent unfavorable. In January, those numbers were reversed, at 45 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Rep. Ryan: ‘I Really Misspoke’ When I Said The Generals Were Lying

    By Annie-Rose Strasser on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) today walked back his previous accusation that generals were lying about their support of President Obama’s Pentagon budget. On CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning, Ryan said that he had called to apologize to Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

    RYAN: I really misspoke, to be candid with you, Candy. I didn’t mean to make that kind of impression. So, I was clumsy in describing the point I was trying to make. The point I was trying to make — and General Dempsey and I spoke after that. I wanted to give that point to him, which is that’s not what I was attempting to say. […]

    CROWLEY: You have apologized to him?

    RYAN: Yeah, I called him to tell him that.

    On ABC’s This Week, Ryan also said he “totally misspoke,” and claimed, “My issue is I think that the president’s budget on the Pentagon is a budget-driven strategy, not a strategy-driven budget.” But even that statement is a false attack on the generals.

    After ThinkProgress reported earlier last week that Ryan said he doesn’t “think the generals are giving their true advice,” Gen. Dempsey explicitly said, “My response is: I stand by my testimony. This was very much a strategy-driven process to which we mapped the budget.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    Liz Trotta: Black Anchors Covering Trayvon Martin ‘Can Only Hurt Their Credibility’ With Personal Stories
    by Frances Martel | 6:43 pm, March 31st, 2012

    Many conservatives are upset– and some rightfully so– with the way some liberals in the media have approached the Trayvon Martin case. Liz Trotta added

    “It was really ugly to watch because of the bias and virtual conviction,” Trotta told anchor Gregg Jarrett of the coverage. She crowned MSNBC “the worst offender,” but objected also to NBC News using “my favorite anchorman of all time” Lester Holt to cover the story with Tamron Hall, where they “had to agree to telling their experiences as a black person, how the cops would follow them, how security and police would follow them.” “Why do you involve your black reporters and anchors in this kind of framework that can only hurt their credibility?” she asked of NBC executives. It isn’t exactly a demand for less diversity in the media, but more of a desire to neuter the potential of that diversity before it is ever tapped, because, one assumes from her argument, white anchors never share personal experiences on television over any case, ever. She seems to legitimately not see any value in hearing prominent people of color describe experiences only people of color can have. She added a scoff at Al Sharpton– there’s always Al Sharpton, with his ‘unique perspective.’”

    Jarrett replied that he found it bizarre that the focus was on “something that is statistically rare but ignoring that which is quite common in America which is black on black crime,” which prompted Trotta to reply that a “wonderful piece” by Pat Buchanan had addressed this, and to call for the public to “not fry the guy before he’s even given the hearing.” “It’s disgraceful,” she concluded.

    • Ametia says:

      GTFOH Liz Trotta. We know the game; shut down the BLACK VOICES, who can GENUINELY speak to BLACK ISSUES OF INJUSTICES

      “TROTTA” your ASS somewhere and sit down, and STFU.

      Rev al is an Activist, it’s what he does. Phil Griffith doesn’t have a problem with it.

  18. Ametia says:

    over 800,000 views… MSM SILENT

  19. Ametia says:

    Republicans Reveal that Entire Presidential Race was a Prank
    April Fool’s Day Announcement Brings Practical Joke to an End

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – In an April Fool’s Day announcement that took the political world by storm, the Republican Party revealed today that its entire presidential race had been an elaborate prank.

    “April Fool!” exclaimed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at a press conference in Washington, where they were joined by fellow merrymakers Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.

    Moments after revealing that the GOP primary had been one long practical joke, Mr. Santorum explained the rationale behind staging such a complicated and expensive prank.

    “A lot of Americans are suffering right now and need a good laugh,” he said. “I think my colleagues and I can be justifiably proud of the entertainment we provided – even if it meant me wearing these ridiculous sweater vests.”

    Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain agreed that the prank had gone well, but added, “I’m just amazed that the American people never figured out we were kidding.”

    “I mean, I kept saying ‘9-9-9’ every four seconds, which was total and utter bullshit,” he said. “And everything out of Michele’s mouth made her sound like a mental patient.”

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