Friday Open Thread | Out of Africa

African Sunset 25Tribute to African sunsets…

Only an African sunset can bring an elephant’s shadow and show its smile.

Only an African sunset streams golden liquid on dry land and makes the lions and chimps tap dance to the beat of the Serengeti drums.

Only an African sunset sends waves of light that move in perfect rhythm with the native heatbeat.

All hail the African sunset’s fire and brilliance as night creeps in for sleep

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52 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Out of Africa

  1. rikyrah says:

    what is this foolishness?

    they are SO MAD that Valerie Jarrett is still there


    Fire Valerie Jarrett

    If Obama really wants to shake things up, his closest adviser should be the first to go.


    November 07, 2014

    Read more:

  2. rikyrah says:

    can’t wait to see this

  3. rikyrah says:

    Democrats’ Fatal Error: Benching Obama
    Spandan Chakrabarti November 7, 2014

    This morning, the Labor Department released unemployment numbers showing the unemployment rate dropping to 5.8% – the lowest in six years – and employers adding 214,000 jobs, while numbers from August and September were revised up significantly. This extends the longest streak of private sector job creation in American history, putting us at 10.6 million additional jobs since the end of the Great Recession. Average job growth in 2014 has so far been nearly 230,000 per month.

    Since the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act last year, the number of uninsured adults dropped by 10.3 million – and may have dropped as much as 17 million – in addition to 3 million more children who have insurance because of Obamacare. The uninsured rate has fallen by 5.3 percentage points.

    The federal deficit has been cut by two-thirds as a percentage of the gross domestic product, and it has fallen every year Barack Obama has been in office. The American auto industry, along with American manufacturing, has come roaring back. The stock market is getting ready to hit 18,000. At the end of the Bush Great Recession, it was hovering around 6,500.

    A madman in the middle east has been disarmed without a single shot being fired. The advancement of the radical Islamic State in Iraq is being beaten back. US is curing ebola cases.

    This is the record Democrats could have run on this year, but chose not to. Because like Republicans, they believed that anything with Obama’s cooties on it is icky. What in this record is to be ashamed of, to run away from, I will never understand. But perhaps the most disturbing part of the Democrats’ strategy was to run away from the President while cynically using him to “turn out the black vote.”

  4. Ametia says:

    I don’t know about anybody else, but enough already of these space movies

    Geroge Clooney/SandraBullock in “Gravity and now Mattherw McConaughey- Anne Hathaway in “Interstellar.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    all I can say is…

    Negro Wakeup Call


    I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.
    By Lawrence Otis Graham
    November 6

    I knew the day would come, but I didn’t know how it would happen, where I would be, or how I would respond. It is the moment that every black parent fears: the day their child is called a nigger.

    My wife and I, both African Americans, constitute one of those Type A couples with Ivy League undergraduate and graduate degrees who, for many years, believed that if we worked hard and maintained great jobs, we could insulate our children from the blatant manifestations of bigotry that we experienced as children in the 1960s and ’70s.

    We divided our lives between a house in a liberal New York suburb and an apartment on Park Avenue, sent our three kids to a diverse New York City private school, and outfitted them with the accoutrements of success: preppy clothes, perfect diction and that air of quiet graciousness. We convinced ourselves that the economic privilege we bestowed on them could buffer these adolescents against what so many black and Latino children face while living in mostly white settings: being profiled by neighbors, followed in stores and stopped by police simply because their race makes them suspect.

    But it happened nevertheless in July, when I was 100 miles away.

    It was a Tuesday afternoon when my 15-year-old son called from his academic summer program at a leafy New England boarding school and told me that as he was walking across campus, a gray Acura with a broken rear taillight pulled up beside him. Two men leaned out of the car and glared at him.

    “Are you the only nigger at Mellon Academy*?” one shouted.

    • Ametia says:

      Wake up call for sure. How about ya’ll just be you. When are black folks going to get it, that it’s that “BLACK SKIN.”

      Better start LOVING that SKIN you’re in.

      Nothing else they attempt to tack on to that BLACKNESS for respectability need APPLY!

  6. rikyrah says:



    Holder in Newly Released Emails: ‘Some People Can Kiss My Ass’
    by Josh Feldman | 7:38 pm, November 7th, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal today reported on more emails the Justice Department handed over to the House Oversight Committee, and one of them shows Eric Holder getting a bit profane and testy with critics over the Fast and Furious scandal.

    In a previous email released this week, the attorney general trashed House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa and his “idiot cronies” making this investigation all about politics. The email in question today, however, concerns Holder’s response to an email about U.S. attorneys across the country upset about the forced resignation of one attorney in Arizona over the failed gun-running operation.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Nancy LeTourneau @Smartypants60 · 4h4 hours ago
    One take-away from potential Lynch nomination is the very deep bench of skilled AA talent in this country as a result of affirmative action.

  8. rikyrah says:

    I’ve been out of the office for the past few days, so I only get to catch up to the day’s events when I get home. The reading has been good! You all keep me up on what’s going on.

    President Obama continues to crack me up….he’s like…bring it!


  9. Lily Lau says:

    Africa’s beautiful, I’m firmly planning to go there next year, maybe to stay :)

  10. Potus be like…Pick your poison—>Lynch or Holder <—? LOL! I might OD on some popcorn.


  11. Ametia says:

    Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, is expected to be President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, U.S. officials briefed on the matter told CNN’s Evan Perez.

    An announcement is expected in the coming days, though the timing is complicated by the President’s plans to travel to Asia this weekend.

    U.S. officials say the President’s decision is not official until there is a formal announcement from the White House.

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced in September his plans to step down.

  12. Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

    Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

    Two sources familiar with the process tell NPR that Loretta Lynch, the top prosecutor in Brooklyn, could be nominated by President Obama as attorney general in the coming days.

    Lynch is the lead federal prosecutor in a district that serves 8 million people. But outside of law enforcement circles, this daughter of a preacher is not widely known. Friends say that’s because Lynch prefers to let her cases speak for themselves.

    And let’s start with this one: a violent sexual assault against Haitian immigrant Abner Louima back in 1997. Prosecutors called that case one of the worst acts of police brutality in New York City history, and a central figure in the attack, Justin Volpe, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Lynch, a graduate of Harvard Law School, worked her way up the ladder in Brooklyn, a huge office that handles everything from old-school Mafia busts to new forms of cybercrime.

    Here’s Lynch talking last year about a $45 million ATM robbery. “This was a 21st century bank heist. But instead of guns and masks this cybercrime organization used laptops and malware,” she said.

    More recently, Lynch made a splash for indicting a Republican congressman from Staten Island on fraud charges. That lawmaker, Rep. Michael Grimm, once worked as an undercover FBI agent — an irony Lynch pointed out at a news conference.

    “Michael Grimm made the choice to go from upholding the law to breaking it,” she said.

    Grimm, who was re-elected Tuesday, has pleaded not guilty.

    That’s not the only politically sensitive case on her docket. Brooklyn prosecutors are also investigating money-laundering allegations against an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    If she’s selected by President Obama to lead the Justice Department, Lynch would become the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general. She was born in Greensboro, N.C., in 1959, a year before black students there sat down at a whites-only lunch counter and helped catalyze protests around the country.

  13. Beautiful! Thank you for posting!

  14. 214,000 jobs added in October, jobless rate dipped to 5.8%.

    run <—-Democrats

  15. Ametia says:

    I’m sure these numbers explain why the Dems lost so dismally Tuesday

    U.S. added 214,000 jobs in October, jobless rate dipped to 5.8%
    U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years, according to the Department of Labor. The burst of hiring lowered the unemployment rate to 5.8 percent from 5.9 percent, the lowest rate since July 2008.

    The agency also said that 31,000 more jobs were added in August and September than it had previously estimated.

    • Kathleen says:

      But Ametia, these are facts! Neither Rethuglicans nor the media can be bothered with silly facts, especially when facts don’t support why aggrieved white people need to “feel” scared and “victimized”.

  16. Ametia says:

    JOBS: Payrolls in U.S. rose 214,000 as unemployment drops to 5.8%:
    7:34 AM – 7 Nov 2014

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  18. Breath-takingly beautiful

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