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  1. rikyrah says:

    GOPer Doubles Down On Excessive Black Voting Complaint: I Prefer ‘Educated Voters’

    ByDaniel StraussPublishedSeptember 9, 2014, 5:56 PM EDT 8312 views

    The Georgia state senator who ranted about excessive black voting and vowed to fight a move to expand early voting in DeKalb County defended his remarks on Facebook, saying that he would rather have more educated voters than an increase in the total number of voters.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Judge Denies Petitions To Release Michael Brown Juvenile Records

    ByCaitlin MacNealPublishedSeptember 9, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT 1341 views

    A St. Louis County judge on Tuesday denied a motion to release the juvenile record of Michael Brown, the black teen shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer in August, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Two media organizations filed lawsuits last week asking a judge to release any juvenile arrest records for Brown.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Kansas Senate Nom Sues Kobach To Get Himself Taken Off Ballot

    ByDylan Scott
    PublishedSeptember 9, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

    Chad Taylor, the Democratic Senate nominee in Kansas, has sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) to get his name removed from the ballot in November.

    Kobach ruled last week that Taylor’s name would not be removed from the ballot in November despite his announcement that he would withdraw from the race. Taylor had previously said that he would challenge Kobach’s decision, and the Associated Press reported Tuesday that he had filed a petition in the Kansas Supreme Court naming Kobach as the defendant.

    Taylor’s decision to drop out of his campaign against incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was seen as clearing the field for independent candidate Greg Orman, who has been polling strongly against Roberts. But Kobach declared last week that Taylor had not meant the legal requirement to withdraw from the ballot by stating that he would be incapable of serving if elected.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Georgia GOPer Complains About Early Voting, Excessive Black Voting
    ByDaniel StraussPublishedSeptember 9, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT 19195 views

    A Republican state senator in Georgia has vowed to end Sunday balloting in DeKalb County due to the fact that the area is “dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches.”

    The news was flagged by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In a longwinded email state Sen. Frank Millar (pictured) rants that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal “appointee Interim CEO Lee May has disappointed those of us that hoped he could help bring the county together.”

    Millar goes on to note that DeKalb county happens to include a number of African American mega churches.

    “Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election,” Millar wrote in the email. “Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.”

    Millar’s vow comes in response to news that DeKalb plans to reserve Oct. 26 for early voting. He ends the email saying he’s spoken with other lawmakers.

    “I have spoken with Representative Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January. Galloway summed it up, ‘Democrats are showing their hand on how they might boost their numbers.’ For this to be called a ‘non-partisan opportunity’ by Interim CEO is an insult!”

  5. Ametia says:

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    Before you watch President Obama’s speech tomorrow, read Eichenwald

    I believe that tomorrow night, President Obama will school us all on how to best deal with a terrorist threat. But before he does, I suggest that you read what Kurt Eichenwald just wrote about ISIS.

  6. Ametia says:

    About Ray Rice’s Elevator Video, Domestic Violence and the Denial of Black Women’s Humanity
    Posted: 08 Sep 2014 10:56 AM PDT
    That woman could have died. The video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (now wife), Janay Palmer in an elevator on February 15 has been released by TMZ. Janay lunged at him and he punched her with all his might right in the face. She fell immediately, hitting the elevator handrail on her way back and was unconscious as she laid on the floor.

    I’m not sure what knocked her out first (the fist or the rail) but it doesn’t matter. She could have died. He then dragged her out of the elevator like he was taking out the trash. She laid face down on the floor as he had a conversation with a man who didn’t seem too alarmed that there was an unconscious woman on the ground.

    For this, Ray received a 2 game suspension from the NFL. TWO WHOLE GAMES. That’s the equivalent of a child being told to face the wall for almost burning the house down. People have been punished more for way less serious offenses (and victimless “crimes”). Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was given a one-year suspension for smoking weed, while Ray used his woman as a punching bag and they told him to be on timeout for 2 weeks.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Behind Closed Doors, Cheney Tells Republicans That Obama Supported Muslim Brotherhood

    The former vice president tries to sell reluctant House Republicans on “comprehensive” action against ISIS by blaming the president, of course.

    Dick Cheney spoke to House Republicans on Tuesday about the need for military action in Iraq.

    With President Obama poised to give a major speech about military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria Wednesday, Cheney spoke to the assembled Republican congressmen about the situation in the Middle East at their weekday caucus meeting. And while the GOP has been fiercely divided over foreign policy in recent years, Cheney didn’t wade into that debate, instead opting to pillory Obama in front of an audience giving him “rapt attention.”

    In Fleming’s account, Cheney said that by “facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood…our policies have been exactly opposite to where they should be.”

    According to Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, Cheney said Obama “has actually done things that have supported the Muslim Brotherhood.” The former vice president then went on to name the Muslim Brotherhood as “the beginning of all the Islamist groups that we’re dealing with now like Hamas and ISIS.”

    In Fleming’s account, Cheney said that by “facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood…our policies have been exactly opposite to where they should be.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    If you’re in New York State, remember to vote today!

  9. rikyrah says:

    Why Police Treated Cliven Bundy Differently Than Michael Brown Is As Clear As Black and White

    By: Rmuse more from Rmuse

    Sunday, September, 7th, 2014, 6:52 pm

    It cannot be denied that in America there is a set of principles that are applied differently, and usually more rigorously, to one group of people or circumstances than to another. Nowhere is there a blatant double standard than in law enforcement’s treatment or Americans according to race. Whether it is called white privilege, or blatant racism against African Americans, not only is there a double standard based on racial makeup in all aspects of American society, there is a distinctly different response from law enforcement entirely dependent on race.

    During the seditious standoff in Nevada when heavily-armed white militias rushed to start the 2nd revolution by confronting federal law enforcement officers executing a federal court order, many observers noted that if Cliven Bundy and his armed thugs had been African Americans, they would have been summarily massacred. Instead, the local sheriff sat idly by doing nothing, while Republicans, and conservative media heralded the patriotism of the openly seditious Bundy gang and bristled at the idea of federal officials enforcing the law.

    Contrast law enforcement’s overwhelmingly violent military response to peaceful, and unarmed, African Americans protesting the cold-blooded murder of an unarmed African American teenager at the hands of a white Ferguson police officer and one can hardly claim law enforcement does not apply a different standard to armed whites as opposed to unarmed African Americans. Some pundits may claim that the response by Ferguson and St. Louis Missouri law enforcement is an aberration and unique to that part of the country, but any African American, or any person of color for that matter, can attest to the simple fact law American law enforcement applies a different set of principles to white Americans than Blacks.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare Life Spiral

    September 5, 2014 9:38 am

    Ezra Klein directs us to the latest from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which asks what the average Obamacare 2015 premium increase will be for those places for which we have full information — and finds that premiums will actually decline slightly. Ezra tries to get us to appreciate just how good the Obamacare news has been with a thought experiment:

    Imagine taking a time machine back to 2010 and telling Republicans in Congress, who were arguing that the CBO was wildly underestimating Obamacare’s cost, that the law would be cheaper than predicted and, at least in the states that accepted its Medicaid dollars, cover more people than the Congressional Budget Office thought. After the laughing and mocking and the calling of security, let’s say you offered this prediction in the form a of a bet. What odds do you think Obamacare’s critics would have offered? 2:1? 5:1? 10:1?

    But you don’t have to go back to 2010. Look at John Cochrane in late 2013, taking it for granted that Obamacare would implode in a death spiral within a few months. Look at The Hill just four months ago, telling us that double-digit premium hikes were coming.

    One question we might ask here is, why is the news so good? The answer, I’d suggest — although I hope the real experts will weigh in — is that we’re actually seeing the opposite of a death spiral; call it a life spiral. For one thing, the huge surge in enrollments late in the day meant that the risk pool this year is better than insurers expected, and they now expect 2015 to be better still. Also, importantly, big enrollments mean that more insurers are entering the market, increasing competition. And, of course, the better the deal the more people will sign up: success feeds success.

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  12. Good morning everyone. Primary day here in NY. Going for a walk!!

  13. rikyrah says:

    terrycrews ✔ @terrycrews

    The NFL is listed as a non-profit organization. Kinda like a church. Or a cult. I like football, but it’s time we stop drinkin the kool-aid.

  14. rikyrah says:

    The Right Wing’s Unhinged Reaction to the Idea that Janay Rice Is a Victim

    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson more from Hrafnkell Haraldsson

    Tuesday, September, 9th, 2014, 8:14 am

    Now that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been cut by his team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for punching his then fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator, the right wing media has done what we have come to expect from them, and blamed the victim.

    This contrasts very strongly to the calls of a Democratic senator to inflict stiffer punishment on Rice, or to Keith Olbermann, who called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “an enabler” of men who beat women.”

    Media Matters for America provides some prominent examples:

    Fox Contributor Ben Carson: Rice And Wife Both Need Help Because “She Subsequently Married Him.” On NewsMax TV, Ben Carson, a Fox News contributor, implied Rice’s wife was partly to blame for her abuse, saying she also “need[s] some help” for marrying Rice after the attack:

    “I’m hopeful they will get some help for him,” Carson said, after being asked whether he agreed with the moves today by the team and the league. “I mean, obviously anyone who would do something like that needs some help.”

    “And let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy,” Carson continued. “He obviously has some real problems, and his wife obviously knows that, because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help. So rather than just jumping on a punitive bandwagon, let’s just see if we can get some help for these people.” [Mediaite, 9/8/14]

  15. rikyrah says:

    Monday, Sep 8, 2014 06:44 AM CDT
    Watergate’s most lasting sin: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and the pardon that made us all cynics

    Ford let Nixon off 40 years ago today. That launched Iran-Contra, “too big to fail” — and proved power trumps law
    Rick Perlstein

    When you’ve published a book about Watergate, your phone rings off the hook in the days leading up to Aug. 9, 2014, the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation. But my phone’s been quiet this week — even though the event that took place almost exactly one month later, on Sept. 8, 1974, is the one that really changed the world. It’s still changing the world 40 years later.

    Gerald Ford had announced upon acceding to the highest office in the land, “Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not men. Here the people rule.” For the sentiment, he reaped a harvest of gratitude. The very existence of this new presidency, everyone said, proved that “the system worked.”

    Then, four Sundays later, 11:05 a.m., when many Americans would have, like Ford, just returned from church — in the mood, he hoped, for mercy — Ford proceeded to read, then sign, a proclamation announcing that pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, he was granting “a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20 through August 9, 1974.”

    It was an enormously unpopular act. Ford’s approval rating declined from 71 to 49 percent, the most precipitous in history. This pardon was proof, the people said, that the system didn’t work — America was still crooked. Suspicions were widespread that it was the fruit of a dirty deal between Nixon and Ford: the presidency in exchange for the pardon. “The son of a bitch pardoned the son of a bitch,” was how Carl Bernstein broke the news Bob Woodward on the phone.

    Since then, judgment on the pardon has reversed 180 degrees. First Woodward, then Bernstein, came to conclude there had been no deal, and that this was instead an extraordinarily noble act: Ford “realized intuitively that the country had to get beyond Nixon.” After Ford died in 2006, Peggy Noonan went even further. She said Ford “threw himself on a grenade to protect the country from shame.”

    They’re wrong. For political elites took away a dangerous lesson from the Ford pardon — our true shame: All it takes is the incantation of magic words like “stability” and “confidence” and “consensus” in order to inure yourself from accountability for just about any malfeasance

  16. rikyrah says:

    Kevin Grüssing @KevDGrussing

    Janay Rice’s post is heartbreaking because you know Ray yelled at Janay after he got the call his contract was terminated.

    • rikyrah says:

      Kevin Grüssing @KevDGrussing

      What Janay Rice has done since being abused is textbook of the reaction of abuse victims. Defend her abuse to prevent further abuse.

      • rikyrah says:

        Kevin Grüssing @KevDGrussing

        She’s standing by her man for one reason and one reason only: She doesn’t want further abuse from Ray. This is how these things work.

  17. rikyrah says:

    First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

    The open Senate seat is a critical battleground in the national fight for control of the Senate, in which Republicans must gain six seats to win the majority. Businessman David Perdue has relentlessly tried to tie Nunn to President Barack Obama, who did not win Georgia in 2008 or 2012.

    Mrs. Obama made the trip to boost voter turnout for Nunn among independents, minority and women voters. She told a large crowd gathered in a recreation center just steps from the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta that Nunn and Jason Carter, a Democrat running for governor, can win in November if just 50 Democrats per precinct who voted in 2008 and 2012 cast ballots this year.

    “Barack won because record numbers of women and minorities and young people showed up to vote. But then when the midterms came along and too many of our folks tuned out,” Mrs. Obama said. “That’s what folks on the other side are counting on because when you stay home, they win.”…

    Mrs. Obama’s visit was designed to pump up a voter registration effort led by the state party. Georgia Democrats have been hoping that an increase in out-of-state residents and a growing minority population would help them regain power after Republicans claimed every statewide office in 2010.

    That year, in a competitive governor’s race, the Democrat lost by about 259,000 votes. Democrats are hoping that by use of targeted voter registration and outreach efforts, including contacting voters who only vote in presidential years, they will be able to make up the difference. In addition, they are working to reach an estimated 800,000 eligible voters who are black, Hispanic and Asian that for one reason or another are not registered.

    And a change in early voting could also help lift Georgia Democrats in November. DeKalb County, one of the largest sources of Democratic votes, plans to add a Sunday to its early voting period, which would be the first county in the state to do so, according to state party Chair DuBose Porter. In 2012, DeKalb County alone represented just over 13 percent of Obama’s vote in Georgia.

    “Democrats believe that the easier you make it for people to participate in their government, the better,” Porter said, adding he hopes every county does the same. “We’re for expanding the franchise to make sure that democracy actually works and we know when we do that a true reflection of the state will be represented.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone at 3CHICS!!

  19. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone!:-)

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