Saturday Open Thread | Sade Week

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21 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Sade Week

  1. rikyrah says:

    The Navy SEAL Who Swindled His Brothers

    How did a man who made it into the elite SEALs and lived lavishly while running his own money-lending firm end up homeless near an offramp? It may have been the $1 million he stole.

    Navy SEALs divide their own into two groups. As they see it, there are the good mugs you can count on, and then there are the 10 percenters, the minority who slip through the screening process and bring disgrace on everyone else. Jason Mullaney might have started off in the first category, but after conning 11 fellow SEALs out of more than $1 million, he’s decidedly in the second.

    When police caught up with Mullaney in 2012, he’d run through the money he bilked from his friends and the last of his own. After making it onto the SEAL teams and enjoying a lavish lifestyle after he got out, he was found near a freeway offramp, homeless.

    In a San Diego County courtroom Monday, Mullaney, 42, pleaded guilty to grand theft and fraud in a trial that had dragged on for two years. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on October 7 by Superior Court Judge Frederick Maguire and could face nearly 13 years in prison, according to a Fox News affiliate that covered the trial in San Diego. Not so bad compared to the 34 years he could have received if he’d been convicted on all the charges he originally faced.

    Mullaney joined the SEALs in 1993, said Don Shipley, a former SEAL who maintains access to the Navy’s training database. After making it through the rigorous six-month Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course in Coronado, California, famous for its grueling “hell week,” and completing the 26-week SEAL Qualification Training program, Mullaney officially entered the teams.

    Shipley, who has gained notoriety for exposing phony Navy SEALs online, said that after completing his training Mullaney was assigned to SEAL Team 5 and likely served in some overseas assignments, though his deployment record couldn’t be confirmed. At one point Mullaney returned to Coronado and served as a BUD/S instructor training junior SEALs.

    The Daily Beast couldn’t confirm when Mullaney left the military or under what terms, but he was in good enough standing within the SEAL community to attract fellow veterans when he started a new business venture.

  2. It’s seriously dangerous for black people when a black woman can’t kiss her caucasian husband in public & deemed a prostitute & arrested.

  3. rikyrah says:

    The natural hair movement is slowly giving black women power in the haircare market

    by admin / September 11, 2014

    Reported by Liku Zelleke

    One would think that the industry built around the black woman’s hair care and products would be owned and run by black women … or men. But out of 10,000 stores that deal in hair products like relaxers, curl creams, wigs and hair weaves – products made for and bought by black women – only a few hundred are actually owned by blacks. The rest are mainly owned by Korean-Americans.

    The fact dates back to the 70s and has been a bone of discontent between black consumers and the Korean-American owners as blacks see it as one ethnic group profiting from, and yet shutting out, the other.

    Now, the growing trend among African-Americans going “au naturelle” is slowly tipping the balance. Fashions like leaving hair as naturally textured curls and braids is becoming ever more popular and many black female entrepreneurs are taking a bigger bite of the market share.

    We’re aware of where our dollars are going. We’re aware of the power of our dollars, we’re aware of the cultural significance of the way that we choose to wear our hair. There’s been a lot of taking back the power, and a lot of that is from the Internet,” says Patrice Grell Yursik, founder of Afrobella, a popular natural-hair blog.

    The internet has indeed become a great equalizer as bloggers attend shows to test new products in the hair industry, review them and then share their experience on social media sites. There are also thousands of women that follow natural hairstyle tutorials on YouTube.

    Curls and Oyin Handmade are just two of the products that have made it to shelves in retails stores after Rochelle Graham-Campbell of Alikay Naturals initially marketed them in YouTube videos.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Six Californias, Zero Chance
    Posted by Zandar
    Remember “Six Californias”, the ridiculous plan of glibertarian Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper to split the state into six smaller ones (while creating both the richest and poorest states in America as part of the process) and how he declared back in July that he had the signatures needed to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot?

    Looks like Timmy came up short.

    A quixotic proposal to split California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, officials announced Friday.

    The initiative, the brainchild of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, did not have enough valid petition signatures, according to the California secretary of state’s office.

    Draper argued for his proposal by saying California is too large to have a properly functioning government. He called the initiative an “opportunity to reboot and refresh our state government.”

    Opponents said the plan was an embarrassing distraction that would cause political chaos and greater inequity.

    “Six Californias was a solution in search of a problem that didn’t address any of our state’s challenges,” said a statement from Fabian Nuñez, a former Assembly speaker.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Quinn captures lead, not hearts, poll finds

    Illinois voters continue to be dissatisfied with the job Democrat Pat Quinn is doing as governor, but so far they’re willing to stick with him rather than switch to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.

    Although the survey shows voters think Rauner is better equipped to deal with state government’s massive financial problems, it also indicates that Quinn has been able to paint the wealthy Republican equity investor as out of touch. And despite a summer filled with reports on Quinn administration scandals involving state grants and patronage hiring, voters view the governor as more trustworthy than his opponent.

    The poll found Quinn at 48 percent support compared with 37 percent for Rauner, with 8 percent undecided. And 5 percent went to little-known Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm — support that likely would have gone to Rauner if Republican forces had been able to knock the Libertarian Party slate off the ballot.

    The poll, conducted Sept. 3 through Friday by APC Research Inc., featured interviews on landlines and cellphones with 800 registered voters. It has an error margin of 3.5 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent. That means if it were possible to contact every likely voter registered in Illinois, it could be said with 95 percent certainty that the results would differ by no greater or less than 3.5 percent.

  6. You miss me? I miss all of y’all. Hey! Hey!

    You wanna ride it….. my motorcycle
    You’ve got a license… but you got the right to…


  7. rikyrah says:

    Organizing Fast Food workers



    Fast-food workers and a new form of labor activism.

    By William Finnegan

    Most of the workers here make minimum wage, which is eight dollars an
    hour in New York City, and receive no benefits. Rosa Rivera, a
    grandmother of four who has worked at McDonald’s for fourteen years,
    makes eight dollars and fifty cents. Exacerbating the problem of low pay
    in an expensive city, nearly everyone is effectively part time, getting
    fewer than forty hours of work a week. And none of the employees seem
    to know, from week to week, when, exactly, they will work. The
    crew-scheduling software used by McDonald’s is reputed to be
    sophisticated, but to the workers it seems mindless and opaque. The
    coming week’s schedule is posted on Saturday evenings. Most of those
    who, like Rivera, have sided with the union movement—going out on
    one-day wildcat strikes, marching in midtown protests—suspect that they
    have been penalized by managers with reductions in their hours. But
    just-in-time scheduling is not easy to analyze.

    Arisleyda Tapia,
    who has been working here for eight years, and makes eight dollars and
    thirty-five cents an hour, says she was fired last year by a supervisor
    for participating, on her own time, in a protest. She was reinstated
    three days later by cooler management heads, but Tapia, a single mother
    with a five-year-old daughter, says that she now gets only thirty hours a
    week. She used to average forty. “And they don’t really post the
    schedule anymore,” she told me. “They just give you these.”


    She waved a thin strip of paper in the air. It was like the stuff that
    comes out of a shredder. Tapia laughed, and mimicked a manager
    frantically snipping each line out of a printed schedule, for individual
    distribution. “This way, it’s harder for us to see what’s going on at
    the store. You see only your own hours.”


    Did she really believe that Bruce Colley could unilaterally raise the pay of all his employees to fifteen dollars an hour?

    looked down. “He used to give us just one shirt,” she said, finally.
    “We tried to give a petition to La Dominga about people getting their
    hours reduced, but she wouldn’t accept it. Then Bruce came and had a
    meeting with us. He came because we have a strong union committee. He
    didn’t go to any of his other stores. He listened to us. Then they gave
    us each a box with four uniforms. That was a real strike victory.” She
    sighed. “But we know who our real opponent is. It’s the corporation.


    Tapia was excited about going to Chicago. She had never been west of New York. The cornfields of Ohio seemed to go on forever. It was so different from el campo back home. No grasslands, rain forest,
    cane fields, coffee farms. She wondered about the cost of living out
    here. It was surely cheaper than New York. But you would probably need a car, which was expensive. Hearing that South Bend, Indiana, had a famous Catholic university, she made a mental note—possible college for Ashley. At the rest stops, the younger men sauntered across the strangely wide Midwestern forecourts, wearing baggy basketball shorts, neck pillows still in place. But most of the conferencegoers were older.

    Alvin Major, the father of four teen-agers, was from Guyana and worked at a K.F.C. in Brooklyn. His oldest was going to college upstate this fall. He sometimes worked three jobs, collecting three paychecks, all from K.F.C.—but no overtime, which wasn’t right. Jorel Ware worked at a McDonald’s in midtown. He was thirty-one. He still made minimum wage, after two years. “They say the franchisee is just a small man in the middle,” he said. “If that’s true, then who am I? I’m just a dot on the wall. I just want to be able to get an unlimited MetroCard. I can’t
    afford nothing.”


    Tapia said afterward that she was surprised to see that the movement was predominantly African-American. “That’s good,” she told me. “Because they’re not afraid. They have nothing to lose. We’re all afraid of getting deported. They’re not.”

  8. Ametia says:

    Smartypants takes the switch to Maddow

    Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Obama Hugs!!!

    According to my twitter timeline, this week Rachel Maddow made a most outrageous statement that CANNOT go unchallenged!

    That bitch Maddowonly see & hears what she chooses. I LOATHE these MOFOs.

  9. Listening to the most beautiful Native American music. Native American Drums: The Heart & Soul of the People.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s beautiful.

      Drowns out the fact that the media is going after BLACK PEOPLE. The POTUS, Rice & his family, and Adrian Peterson. Not that they are perfect, but notice how they are DEAD silent about FERGUSON & KILLER COP DARREN WILSON!!!!!

    • Ametia says:

      This Adrian Peterson thing STINKS to high heaven.

      All of a sudden there’s concern for how he disciplines his child, his black child?

      Our children need protecing all children need it, but something’s not adding up here with Peterson.

      I smell conspiracy here.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Ahh……a spiritual lift.

      Thanks for posting this wonderful video!

      Praying for the First People and their descendants.

  10. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone!

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