Friday Open Thread | Toni Morrison Week

Hapyy Friday, Everyone.

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  1. eliihass says:

    Happy Friday good people!! Just happened across Kamala Harris on Mrs Greenspan’s hour, and what a total disappointment. Complete weak sauce!! Sorry but anyone least of all an attorney general who ignores the most glaring facts in the highly publicized Ferguson case, and pretends the only issue is ‘building good community relationships’ is simply disingenuous. Ignoring the most glaring problem of police brutality and the unabated killing of black lives at the hands of those charged with protecting all lives, and choosing instead to talk about how truancy is the root cause of incarceration, only lends credence to the already fine tuned effort to continue to distract and shift blame. Truancy and other strains of societal dysfunction in communities that have suffered dehumanization for generations, should not have to mean death in cold blood at the hand of police.

    Frankly, I’m sick and tired of people like Kamala who ought to be articulating and addressing the serious life-ending matters that disproportionately affect people of color, demurring and throwing helpless communities of color under the bus just because she’s so consumed with cultivating her political career, she forgets that speaking up at times like this and taking a clear stand in instances such as this Ferguson case, is precisely what that political/’public service’ career ought to be about. Nobody wants to hear about a truancy study Kamala when these black kids can’t even be allowed to exist. Conditions in Oakland, part of her jurisdiction as California A.G, are even worse than what’s happening in Ferguson. And it’s all been crickets from Kamala. Can’t have anything inconveniently intruding upon her political aspirations. Brutalized black kids be damned.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Give Up, GOP: Climate Change Is The New Gay Marriage
    November 13, 2014

    Bill Scher

    Last month in Politico Magazine as I chronicled how Republicans lost the culture war, I recounted how they bet wrong on gay marriage:

    After 2003, many on the right were in a panic once the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court established equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians. In 2004, Republicans responded by spearheading ballot initiatives in 11 states banning same-sex marriage, including the swing states of Ohio and Michigan. Rove may not have masterminded it, but he told the Ohio media he believed the initiative would boost Republican turnout.

    Republicans won the battle, but they soon lost the war. All 11 passed handily, and another seven passed in 2006. However, the mean-spirited anti-gay marriage campaign actually failed to increase Republican turnout, while alienating the younger generation of voters. American youth who had grown up treating gays equally soon propelled Barack Obama to the White House and invigorated the marriage cause. Ten years after that first round of anti-gay initiatives, same-sex marriage is on the verge of being legal in 60 percent of the country.

    The politics of climate change today are roughly analogous to the politics of gay marriage 10 years ago.

    Like the Massachusetts judicial fiat, President Obama’s planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations stoke panic on the right. Instead of ballot initiatives, we had several Senate races in oil and coal states where both major party candidates took pot shots at the coming climate regulations, suggesting that the order is out of step with the electorate.

    And again, this dynamic is encouraging Republicans to choose “the William F. Buckley strategy: to stand athwart history yelling ‘Stop.’”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Oprah Boosts Effort to Support Homeless Female Veterans

    A veteran Army captain who works to provide housing for homeless women who are veterans is surprised with a $25,000 grant to support her work.

    By: Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D.

    Posted: Nov. 14 2014 3:00 AM

    Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend 2014 tour is wrapping up this weekend in San Jose, Calif. The eight-city self-improvement tour features Winfrey and a host of special guests inspiring and empowering thousands of attendees through personal tales of triumph over tragedy, on-site activities (journaling and exercise breaks) and keepsakes (fluorescent armbands) that symbolize the meaning of the two-day experience.

    Special guests include motivational author and Fix My Life host Iyanla Vanzant, self-help guru Deepak Chopra, author and pastor Rob Bell, plus mega-church pastor and film producer Bishop T.D. Jakes. The tour offers a plethora of inspirational stories, fellowship and empowerment to motivate attendees, mostly women, to take control of their lives and create the present and future they want for themselves.

    Amid the frenetic pace of the two-day weekend is the presentation of the Toyota Standing O-Vation award, which is given in recognition of extraordinary people who are making positive changes in their communities and inspiring others to do the same. During the tour stop at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., the audience is introduced to retired Army Capt. Jas Boothe of Final Salute Inc., a D.C.-based organization that Boothe founded to help homeless female veterans in the United States by providing transitional housing for women and their children.

    Unbeknownst to Boothe, Oprah Winfrey and Team Toyota brand ambassador Amy Purdy honored Boothe on the second day of the event with a Standing O-Vation and a $25,000 grant to Final Salute from Toyota for its outstanding commitment to supporting homeless female veterans in the local D.C. community.

    • eliihass says:

      And coming from Dreyfuss too, that’s saying something!! Slowly coming out of his slumber after 6 years – in time for Hillary 2.0. Richard was one of those Hollywood Democrats who showed that they were more Clintonites than they were Democrats. They wouldn’t support then Democratic presidential nominee Obama because he dared beat their inevitable Hillary. Dreyfuss, Jack Nicholson, Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen, Elton John (who even accused Senator Obama of ‘misogyny’, and who out of spite became besties with Rush Limbaugh even as Limbaugh endlessly insulted President & Mrs Obama. Elton John performed at his bestie Limbaugh’s 4th wedding, and sang Limbaugh’s praises – nice guy you know just like Joan Rivers was too. Limbaugh then stopped ridiculing gays, and instead focused entirely on attacking the Obamas); Steven Bing, and the Hollywood Billionaire Zionist Haim Saban who attacked at first, then tried to be slick, but was still and is still part of the stealth and not so stealth anti-Obama ‘liberal’ crowd. Saban recently teamed up with Sheldon Adelson to form a new America-Israeli coalition, and Saban is sure Hillary will repair the American-Israeli relationship if elected president. What Saban forgets is that Hillary was top Diplomat for 4 years and had the opportunity to ‘fix’ whatever needed fixing. She failed. And John Kerry has done more in one year to restart talks, even though people like Saban who insist President Obama has not been good to or for Israel, have done some a lot of sabotaging of that effort. Because heaven forbid anyone succeed where Hillary failed!!

  4. rikyrah says:


    Don’t mess with Papa Pope.

    Just don’t do it.

    They shoulda known better.

    • Ametia says:

      OMG LOL Girl I ate 2 LARGE containers of popcorn last night. No way in HELL does Olivia think she can ever take down daddy. He read her the whole contents in the Library of Congress, all while the men tryna take him down outside were being TAKEN OUT.

  5. rikyrah says:

    April @ReignOfApril

    The media WANT #Ferguson to look like Armageddon. There’s no story in peace. So they hype based on conjecture & fear, not facts.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Will immigration become ‘toxic for a decade’?
    11/14/14 12:18 PM
    By Steve Benen
    There’s been no shortage of provocative political rhetoric on immigration policy, but one quote yesterday stood out for me. In context, the comment came from a congressman opposed to President Obama’s likely executive actions.
    “He will make the issue absolutely toxic for a decade,” Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., said Thursday.
    Norm Ornstein joked in response, “From the lovefest it’s been for the past decade.”

    It’s an important point. I’ve seen some suggestions in recent years that congressional Republicans refuse to consider immigration reform – in any form – because they’re reflexively opposed to giving Obama a “win.” If GOP lawmakers simply say no to everything, including ideas they support, the president will have fewer accomplishments, the public will grow angrier by Washington dysfunction, and maybe Republicans will benefit.

    And while there may be something to this, I don’t think the argument fully captures a more basic truth: Republicans really don’t like immigration reform.

    • eliihass says:

      Any and everything President Obama wants to do to give struggling middle class Americans relief will be considered ‘toxic’ by the evil republicans. All they want is to just pass their harmful laws that satisfy their primary constituents – oil/coal/wealthy oligarchs/racist evangelicals, while essentially paralyzing the President. That’s their plan.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Waving the Red Flag in Front of the Bull
    by BooMan
    Fri Nov 14th, 2014 at 11:54:09 AM EST

    As John Cassidy notes in The New Yorker, President Obama has been on a roll since his party took another midterm shellacking on November 4th. Far from cowering from the onrushing conservative bull, he’s toying with it, working it up into a blithering rage.

    If the midterms were essentially a mass outpouring of elderly white male angst, and I believe that they were, there couldn’t be anything more infuriating for this crew than to watch the president announce that he simply isn’t going to make it a priority to deport millions of Latinos who are in the country without legal authorization. That announcement is coming next week (most likely) and talk of impeachment hearings and lawsuits have already begun.

    If this wasn’t angering enough, President Obama announced a replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder, whose race has been a constant source of consternation for the very kinds of people who disproportionately turned out and determined the outcome of the midterms. But these folks got no relief because Obama’s nominee is not only black, but she’s a woman. It did not go over well.

    If racial fury was the most salient message sent by the midterm electorate, the second clearest message was that do-gooder liberals shouldn’t stand in the way of raw corporate power. The coal industry routed their opponents nearly across the board, and the consensus seemed to be that the electorate had just demanded that the Keystone XL be built, starting today. The president has threatened to veto that effort and instead announced an understanding with China in which neither coal nor tar sands have much logical future.

    In another move, the president came out strongly in favor of Net Neutrality in a way designed to pressure his own administration not to buckle to the big media providers.

    You can call these decisions what you want, but they are being received as a giant thumb in the eye. The Republicans are talking like the president is standing in the Capitol Building with a can of gasoline and a pack of matches.

    • rikyrah says:

      Barack Obama is, frankly speaking, the nicest Black person that you are going to come across.

      I need to explain this…

      The reason why I’m so strident in continuing to tell you that I don’t give a flying PHUCK at how the 2014 voters feel is…

      Barack and Michelle Obama are literally THE BEST that the Black Community could offer to this country.

      From my Black Perspective, they are EVERYTHING, that White folks SAY they want from Black people.

      On one level, because I have been Black in America longer than 3 days, I knew what they had been saying is bullshyt, but Black people have a strong sense of optimism….how else could we have survived in this country without it?

      It is the FUNDAMENTAL LACK OF RESPECT towards not only this President..


      that is the breaking point.

      We haven’t been on Mars for the previous 43 WHITE PRESIDENTS..

      we’ve been in America.

      And, we can tell the difference.

      I will say it again.

      They better get over themselves because NOBODY is going back.

      NOBODY is playing with them.

      NOBODY gives a phuck.

      WE ARE DONE coddling them.

  8. eliihass says:

    It used to piss me off, but these days I find it amusing that a puny, 2 bit, wannabe journalist like Chuck Todd actually thinks he knows better than the President just about anything, but especially anything about the process, getting results, or keeping ones bearing and integrity in leadership, governing or politics. Chuck Todd the classic poster child for failing upwards and one of the most blatant examples of mediocrity celebrated.

    • Kathleen says:

      You’re being way to kind. Chuckles Toddler is a vile, malicious enabler of hatred and lies. I know his “book” is nothing more than a collection of Rethuglican talking points and gossip from his fellow Village cocktail party weenies. I can’t wait until he loses his Meet the Press gig, What a “noxious congregation of vapours” he is.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Fox News Readers Complain ‘Racist Halfrican’ Obama Nominated ‘Useless Minority’ For Attorney General (IMAGES)

    Author: Valerie Beaumont November 9, 2014 12:54 pm

    When a certain entertainment company masquerading as a news network reported to its loyal viewers and readers the identity of President Obama’s choice to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, those who visit the Facebook page to get their misinformation were livid.

    “Ms. Lynch is a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “She will succeed Eric Holder, whose tenure has been marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement.”

    Lynch is such a great choice that even Fox News had nothing bad to say about her, and will be the first black female Attorney General, if she is confirmed to Holder’s position.


    “Unlike Eric Holder, who was very close to the president – in a way, too close – she doesn’t really have any relationship with President Obama,” said Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers. “I think that bodes well for her.”

    Of course, as an African-American, Lynch is facing intense scrutiny from the Fox News crowd, as is President Obama — not for the quality of his selection, but her skin color.

    Fox readers criticized “Halfrican” Barack Obama’s selection of “another n*gger” over a white man, who is surely more qualified than any African-American ever. Sure, they know nothing of her record and, of course, they haven’t bothered to check — but they are certain that President Obama chose Lynch simply because he is an “anti-white racist.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Fox News’ preoccupation with impeachment
    By Steve Benen
    Charles Krauthammer, one of the most prominent Republicans in U.S. media, argued over the summer that it’s foolish to talk about impeaching President Obama. “There is no danger of impeachment succeeding,” he wrote in an August column. “There will never be 67 votes in the Senate to convict. But talking it up is a political bonanza for Democrats, adding donations from a listless and dispirited base.”

    He added that the impeachment rhetoric not only “energizes Democrats,” it also “deflects attention from the real-life issues.”

    But that was before the election. Now, Krauthammer no longer agrees with Krauthammer.
    Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said potential action by President Barack Obama on immigration may be “an impeachable offense.”

    “I believe it is an impeachable offense,” Krauthammer told Fox News host Megyn Kelly Thursday evening…. Krauthammer also said an executive order on immigration would be a “flagrant assault on the Constitution.”
    How does the conservative pundit explain the change of heart? He doesn’t. In August, faced with the likelihood of Obama pursuing changes to immigration policy through executive actions, Krauthammer saw impeachment as pointless. In November, facing the identical circumstances, Krauthammer suddenly wants to talk up the idea.

  11. Good morning and have a great weekend.

  12. rikyrah says:


    loving the Minneapolis Mayor!
    this was muthaphucking ETHER!!!


    Posted on November 13, 2014 by Mayor Betsy Hodges

    A few days before the November 4th election, I took a photo with an organizer while doorknocking to get the vote out. In that photo, the organizer and I pointed at one another (after, it has often been remarked, an awkward moment of set-up). A local news station ran a story that the pointing of our fingers constituted gang signs, that the photo undermined the morale of the officers in the Minneapolis Police Department, and that participating in the photo constituted poor judgment on my part. The head of the Minneapolis Police Federation — the union that represents Minneapolis police officers — made a comment publicly to that effect. He said, “She should know better” and asked, “Is she on the side of the cops or the gangs?”

    As one of the two people pointing in the photo, I’ve tried to understand what the head of the police union thinks I should do, or not do. There seem to be four options.

    First, maybe the head of the police union would like me to stop pointing altogether for the safety of the community. If that were truly his concern, that my pointing constitutes gang activity, then his outrage would have been sparked long, long ago. Because as the internet has documented in great detail, I point. I point a lot. Lots of people point. The President. Bill Clinton. Stephen Colbert. Babies. It is the earliest form of human communication.* I’m not going to stop pointing.

    That option doesn’t make sense.

    Second, maybe the head of the police union wants me to refrain from being in the presence of people whose criminal history I don’t know. In other words, maybe the head of the police union doesn’t want me interacting with the public. When I meet people, I don’t know if they have ever been arrested for or convicted of embezzlement, or domestic assault, or shoplifting, or murder, or burglary, or driving under the influence, gun or drug possession, or too many parking tickets. I have no way of knowing, nor do I ask. Frankly, if I did know that someone had a criminal past, it wouldn’t prevent me from talking with that person. It certainly wouldn’t prevent me from working on a Get Out The Vote drive with that person. That’s the kind of mayor Minneapolis chose.

    That option doesn’t make sense, either.

  13. rikyrah says:

    One week after the elections, GOP shutdown talk grows louder
    11/14/14 08:00 AM—UPDATED 11/14/14 08:10 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It was just 10 days ago that Republican candidates won big in elections nationwide. It was just nine days ago that incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) publicly declared, “There will be no government shutdown or default on the national debt.”

    But that was last week. This week, as Benjy Sarlin reports, many congressional Republicans are gearing up for yet another shutdown showdown.
    President Obama is considering an executive order that would provide relief for as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. And Republicans are gearing up to fight the White House “tooth and nail” over the action, with conservatives in Congress drafting a plan to tie up a must-pass spending bill that could lead to a government shutdown.
    Predicting the likely outcome of the fight is tricky, in part because no one has actually seen the White House’s executive actions that Republicans are already condemning, and in part because Republicans themselves are divided on how best to proceed.

    For his part, McConnell said again yesterday that “there is no possibility of a government shutdown,” at least not in this session. Soon after, however, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declared that “all options are on the table” when it comes to GOP opposition to the president’s policies.

    Boehner’s posturing is very likely the result of pressure from his House Republican members, who tend to lead their leaders, rather than the other way around. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) has assembled 59 GOP lawmakers – and counting – who’ve endorsed a letter calling on Congress to “prohibit the use of funds by the administration for the implementation of current or future executive actions that would create additional work permits and green cards outside of the scope prescribed by Congress.”

    To be sure, 59 is hardly a majority, but the number is growing and Republican fury isn’t subsiding.

  14. Ametia says:

    I’m a black woman with a white husband. People assume I’m a prostitute all the time.
    By Maureen Evans Arthurs– November 13

    Recently, Ebony editor Jamilah Lemieux wrote on Twitter, “RT if you are a Black woman (trans or cis) and have been assumed to be a sex worker by a White man.” It was retweeted more than 150 times. Here are some responses:

    Jamilah Lemieux ✔ @JamilahLemieux
    RT if you are a Black woman (trans or cis) and have been assumed to be a sex worker by a White man.

  15. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! It’s FRY-day. :-)

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