Sunday Open Thread

Happy Sunday, Everyone! And I say to myself, what a WONDERFUL WORLD.

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  1. Bill Clinton: President Obama is selling the “biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen”

  2. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:52 PM UTC
    Koch brothers’ Detroit abomination: Stunning avarice and cruelty reaches new low
    Why is their group giving millions to stop bipartisan bankruptcy settlement for Detroit? The details are harrowing


    It’s against that backdrop that the Koch brothers’ new crusade against a landmark bipartisan settlement of Detroit’s bankruptcy crisis seems particularly greedy and cruel. After much controversy and debate, Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has agreed to provide $195 million in state funding that will limit pension cuts to no more than 4.5 percent and protect the Detroit Institute of Art from liquidating its collection.

    “This is a settlement. This not a bailout,” Snyder said. “And I want to be very, very clear about that.”

    Not so fast, Gov. Snyder. Americans for Prosperity has built a shiny website, shamelessly named, that shrieks “NO MORE BAILOUTS.” It has committed to contacting 90,000 Michigan conservatives to get them to tell their Republican representatives to buck Snyder and (what rhymes with buck?) Detroit. The group promises to run ads against any Republican who votes in favor of the bankruptcy settlement.

    Remember, Snyder is no bleeding-heart liberal; far from it. He has come under fire from Democrats and civil rights advocates for his heavy-handed use of executive power to put the finances of struggling Michigan cities, including Detroit, under state control, often usurping the power of African-American elected officials. In 2012, he flip-flopped on campaign promises to oppose an anti-union right to work law, signing the bill much loved by the Koch brothers.


    Of course, Detroit bashing has long been a staple of right-wing rhetoric, in which the city’s troubles are solely the fault of poor choices and corruption by its African-American leaders and the moral faults and bad behaviors of its African-American residents. Dog-whistling about Detroit continued during the 2012 GOP primary, you’ll recall, when Newt Gingrich declared: “I know how to make the whole country look like Texas. President Obama knows how to make the whole country resemble Detroit.”

    But some Michigan Republicans are tuning out the dog-whistling and Koch-whining. Foundations and arts benefactors have pledged $466 million for the deal, while the United Auto Workers and the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council have pledged to contribute to the settlement. That has won over Republicans who said they’d oppose the deal unless unions coughed up money too.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Actress Thandie Newton: ‘There’s This Ghettoization of Makeup Right Now’

    The 41-year-old film star, known for her roles in The Pursuit of Happyness and Mission: Impossible II slammed the beauty store Boots for taking beauty products for dark skin off shelves sooner, forcing darker women of color to go to specialty stores to get products that suit them.

    British actress Thandie Newton isn’t impressed with the lack of representation of products geared for dark skin in beauty stores, and is calling the industry out on it.

    According to the Daily Mail, the 41-year-old British and American film star accused chains, such as Boots, of only stocking dark shades of makeup when a line is originally launched, before taking them off the shelves and leaving darker women to their own devices to find what they need in specialty stores.

    Speaking at an event at Selfridges, a high-end department store chain in the U.K. last Tuesday, the actress, who also represents Olay said, “If the makeup was in there longer, the girls would go and get it and then the stores would get more, and they’d realize that everybody wants it, and then they would stock it.

    “There’s this ghettoization of makeup right now. The right shade is there for everybody but you can only get it at specialized shops,” she added. “’So you don’t go to Boots. So as a result we are all being physically separated when we go and buy makeup.”

    Newton also lamented the lack of dark-skinned models, the Daily Mail notes, saying that the situation was something she hates.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Grambling family sets world record for the most graduates from one university
    June 22, 2014
    Posted by admin

    The Guinness Book of World Records has officially recognized the Wayne Family of Marion, Louisiana, for having the highest number of graduates in a family and from the same university – Grambling State University.

    Grambling State University is probably best known for Eddie Robinson the coach – for 56 years – of a winning team. Now, the university has another achievement to be proud of. The Wayne Family was notified last month that their bid to be recognized had been accepted. A total of 86 members of the family attended the HBCU out of which 40 graduates were accepted by Guinness.

    The Wayne family has been a part of the university’s student body from 1956 to 2010. They graduated with degrees in a diverse range of subjects: education, criminal justice, computer science, electrical engineering, business, music education and English literature.

    Although the family made a claim to 52 graduates, only 40 of them were accepted because of missing and/or lost documents. Yet, they still managed to beat the record – by a large margin, it must be said – that was previously held by the 15 family members in Alabama.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Child’s mother sues after her son hangs himself with school jump rope
    June 22, 2014 Filed under children, News Posted by admin

    A mother is suing a daycare for wrongful death after her five year old son was found hanging from a jump rope at the school. The little boy passed away from his wounds, and the mother is trying to figure out what happened.

    The shocking incident took place in Michigan City, Indiana. Amareon Williams was at Tricia’s Playhouse day care center at the time and the boy instantly died on June 9th after being left unsupervised. The boy’s mother is hurting over her inability to protect her child on that day and may never be able to get rid of her pain.

    “I just hurt for my baby. I hurt for him so bad, because Amareon was a special kid,” his mother, Anita Laflore, said. “I just wish I could have protected him. I wish that I could have been there. I wish I could have saved him because he’s gone now. He didn’t deserve that.”

    The lawsuit references several warnings that were given to the facility by the state, many of which were ignored. Despite these warnings, the facility remained in business, putting the children’s lives at risk. The mother’s legal team says that the daycare should not have been operating without addressing these very serious problems.

    “Six weeks prior to this tragedy, six serious violations were found which caused the state to put them on probation,” attorney Mark Novak said. “This is an unspeakable tragedy. This is a tragedy that never should have happened.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Student Becomes First African-American Valedictorian At Benjamin Cardozo High School

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Queens high school student has made academic history after becoming the first African-American student to be her school’s valedictorian.

    As 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported, Shanelle Davis is a senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside and will be graduating at the top of her class.

    “It’s an incredible honor. It’s still surreal to me,” she said.

    Davis, who lives in Jamaica, Queens, said she didn’t realize she was making history until the studentrankings were announced.

    “Out of 845 students and mine said number one. And then afterward I was speaking to administration in theschool and they’re like ‘you know we’ve never had an African-American (valedictorian) before.’ Then that’s how I found out,” she said.

    Davis said she hopes that her achievement inspires underclassmen in her school.

    “School is like, it’s very diverse, but it’s predominantly Asian. So most African-Americans in the school think that OK so since there’s been like always an Asian or a white valedictorian that they can’t do it. But then I can be an example for them to show that they can also do it. So maybe next year they’ll have another African-American one,” Davis said.

    Davis, who is a Milken Scholar, plans to attend Harvard University in the fall. She is the first in her family to attend a four-year college.

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    • Ametia says:


      Norman: "In spite of my growing up in the Jim Crow laws of the segregated south,, PEOPLE need to understand that we had communities, we had families, and extended families,that made sure we understood that we were people, that we were worth something, and that we were LOVED. MORE THAN ANYTHING THAT WE WERE LOVED

  8. rikyrah says:

    Monday, June 16, 2014
    I doubt that anyone has ever honestly used the word “authentic” to describe Hillary Clinton. And so as far as I’m concerned, if she decides to run in 2016 and gets the Democratic nomination, it will be back to politics as usual.

    In contrast, we are living in an era where the President of the United States is described this way:

    He doesn’t do schtick well, right? It goes back to that authenticity thing. He knows who he is, he believes who he is and he’s not going to put on some facade just because he’s supposed to glad-handle someone.

    When a person is authentic you can trust them, whether you agree or disagree on any particular issue. Its a sad but true fact of politics that having someone in the White House that you trust is probably a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. That’s why I’ve wanted to savor every moment of these eight years. I’m not very confident it will ever happen again.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, June 19, 2014
    The “what about me?” syndrome
    For years black academics criticized the Obama administration for not targeting programs to the African American community. Obamacare didn’t count – even though it has disproportionately affected people of color. All of his talk about income inequality didn’t matter, neither did his proposal for universal pre-K. What they wanted to see were initiatives that directly (and only) affected African Americans.

    Then along came the announcement about President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program targeting boys of color. It didn’t take long for many of the same critics to go after that one because it didn’t include girls. As I see it, this is what most efforts to target a specific community will eventually face…the “what about me?” syndrome.

    That’s not to say that its wrong to initiate and promote targeted programs. Sometimes they’re needed. Its more about the fact that when they are proposed, we need to remember WHY they’re targeted and – by definition – will exclude.

    There’s a reason why I referred to “black academics” in describing the critics. Efforts like “My Brother’s Keeper” have been underway in many communities around the country without the kind of backlash we’re seeing to President Obama’s initiative (see: Becoming a Man). There are even national programs like the Cradle to Prison Pipeline started years ago by the Children’s Defense Fund (based on the fact that 1 in 3 black boys will spend time in prison over their lifetime) that have escaped the “what about me” syndrome. That’s because people in the community (both men and women) KNOW these issues in their bones. It is their sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, etc. who are living the reality right in front of their eyes. Truth be told, they’re pissed and want action to change things…yesterday!

    All of that is not to say that women of color don’t experience their own kind of oppression in this country. But the last thing that is going to be effective is to simply import an initiative designed to help boys (i.e., My Brother’s Keeper) and assume it will be effective in helping girls. As someone who worked in this field for decades, I can say with certainty that both the challenges and the solutions are very different. This is an example of where targeted initiatives are necessary.

  10. rikyrah says:

    just finished watching one of my guilty pleasures: Malibu’s Most Wanted.

    cracks me up everytime.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Sunday, June 22, 2014
    Republican rhetoric is dangerous
    Over the last six years, we’ve seen challenges to the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency take the form of demands to see his birth certificate, threats to blow up the global economy if he doesn’t comply with Republican demands, and a government shutdown with this as an accompanying visual.
    The latest craze has been to call the President “lawless.”

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls President Obama’s tenure “an increasingly lawless presidency.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) cites “the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness.”

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) called a hearing to examine how Obama “has blatantly disregarded the Constitution’s mandate to faithfully execute the laws.”

    And first-term Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.) amped up the rhetoric an ugly notch, with pre-State of the Union tweets — from the House floor, no less — denouncing Obama as “Kommandant-In-Chief” and a “Socialist dictator.”

    And now George Will has joined the chorus with a column titled Stopping a Lawless President. The means Will is advocating to do so would be for the Republican-led House of Representatives to challenge President Obama in court for his failure to adequately implement Obamacare. This is one of those times that I’m tempted to echo the President’s words and simply say, “Please proceed, Mr. Speaker.” The idea that Republicans would mount a constitutional challenge to the President’s implementation of a law that they were trying to sabotage and/or repeal would present an interesting spectacle.

    But that ignores the fact that – especially in our polarized political climate – this kind of talk is dangerous. I hope I don’t have to lay out why. I’ll simply say that promoting the idea of a “lawless” president in the minds of those who are already considering “second amendment remedies” is a recipe for disaster. While establishment Republicans attempt to calm the fires they ignited with their radical fringe back in 2010, this kind of rhetoric simply throws gasoline on the flames.

  12. rikyrah says:

    from Miranda at POU:


    wonderfully written – Joshua Dubois, who led the White House faith-based initiative in Obama’s first term – ways in on the My Brother’s Keeper controversy

    I have to admit that this caught me by surprise. I worked in the White House for years. I saw up close and personal the amount of time and policy effort poured into women and girls—including women and girls of color. I saw our domestically focused agencies devote a substantial portion of their budgets to their pressing needs. I saw the influence of leaders like Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes, Lisa Jackson and Susan Rice, Heather Foster and, of course, Michelle Obama, and many more. They were bosses and mentors and friends to me—I felt their power, and know them well.

    But those points did not matter this week. Some black women, in the face of My Brother’s Keeper, felt left out. They saw it as yet another slight from a country, and a gender, that sees them as an afterthought, that has been doing stuff like this for years. Just like we have done to so many generations before this one. To Fannie Lou Hamer, and Hadiya Pendleton, and Billie.

    In response to these concerns, I’ve been searching for the words to explain what I know to be true: that the president, at a bedrock level, gets it. If you spend more than a few moments with him, you’ll realize that strong women, including black women, are at his vital core. That he paces most of his footsteps to the words “Malia” and “Sasha.” That woven throughout the Affordable Care Act and the education reforms and the STEM initiatives and the Women and Girls Council and the Mentoring Initiative and all the rest are grandmothers and mothers and daughters, Marian Shields and Ann Dunham and Michelle LaVaughn.

    He gets it enough to know that in order to do all that we can for black women, we must also do all that we can for black men. Perhaps Billie Holiday survives if it wasn’t for Jimmy Monroe. Maybe some of our boys need someone to pull them aside, and encourage them, and speak courage to them, and life. So that they can return and approach the world—and approach women—with constructive confidence and calm. In a lot of ways, that’s what My Brother’s Keeper is all about, and why it’s so important.

  13. This is real fking bullshit right here. WTF is wrong with the media? What in the name of God is wrong with ABC asking Dick Cheney about Iraq?

    • Ametia says:

      Karl is trying to help REVISE Iraq, by giving Cheney a mic, the very THUG who constructed the war for PROFIT, is now going to tell the BLACK POTUS what to do in Iraq, now that’s some fucking BULLSHIT right here.

  14. Ametia says:

    Sunday, June 22, 2014
    Republican rhetoric is dangerous

    Over the last six years, we’ve seen challenges to the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency take the form of demands to see his birth certificate, threats to blow up the global economy if he doesn’t comply with Republican demands, and a government shutdown with this as an accompanying visual.

  15. Ametia says:

    Jesse Norman on MHP. She is BREAKING.IT.DOWN.

    SG2, can we get the clip posted when available, PLEASE?

  16. And she has the endorsement of George H. W. Bush? WTFF? I mean really. It’s like the Sarah Palin and Katie Couric interview all over again.

  17. Loves Louis Armstrong this morning.

  18. Ametia says:


    And his widown Sally

    DUMB as a BOX-O-ROCKS!

  19. rikyrah says:

    jds09 •

    It’s official only 40% of white democrats have some sense…..I always thought it was true.

    “In their minds, members of the Clinton team surely never thought of themselves as inciting racial divisions. They believed they were merely anticipating Republican incitement. In the face of impending right-wing racism, what choice did liberals have but to rally around the white candidate, in pure self-defense? (I heard this argument myself from a famous movie director and generous Clinton donor at a dinner party in 2008.) It was a highly convenient self-exculpatory argument. I’m not myself suggesting that Barack Obama is an alien with no right to sit in Washington’s chair … but other people will think so, and so what choice do I have but to urge the media to work harder to find a tape of Obama’s wife denouncing white people?”

    The conservative are so primed to defeat HRC, the Obama Coalition won’t have to lift a finger. David Frum is getting his shots in now.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  21. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    Thanks, Ametia, for posting Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World.”

    I was watching Louis Armstrong’s eyes in this particular recording. His eyes seemed to show what he saw and felt about the world at that time…. while at the same time singing this song as a type of “I Have a Dream” song.

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