Tuesday Open Thread | A Look Back At The Violence In #Ferguson

Darryl PinckneyIn this episode, Darryl Pinckney discusses his essay “In Ferguson.” He visited Ferguson, Missouri, in November, when a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The dissatisfaction Pinckney felt as he followed news coverage of events in the area compelled him to visit and bear witness. Once on the ground, he discovered that despite sometimes violent expressions of anger within the community, the danger he felt was always from the police.

VICE News invited Pinckney to our studios to discuss the civil rights movement awakened by Ferguson.

Read Darryl Pinckney’s essay, “In Ferguson” – http://bit.ly/1Lw7Oyw

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112 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | A Look Back At The Violence In #Ferguson

  1. Gina Loring sings a lament for #TrayvonMartin.

  2. Ametia says:

    “Blurred Lines” Court Battle Heats Up

    Jury selection will begin today in a federal court case that pits musicians Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. (aka Clifford J. Harris) against representatives of the estate of Marvin Gaye. The estate is suing the artists over the perceived similarities between Thicke’s 2013 hit single “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”

    Snip

    Things took a strange turn when deposition transcripts revealed that Thicke told lawyers that he didn’t actually have much involvement in the song’s creation, as he was drunk and high on Vicodin at the time. Thicke also backed away from the statements he made to GQ, claiming he didn’t do a single sober interview that year.

    http://www.vocativ.com/culture/music/blurred-lines-lawsuit/

  3. Ametia says:

    Rik, did you read this? I’ve got to watch this episode from beginning to end, before Thrusday’s show!

    “How To Get Away With Murder” Just Dropped A Bombshell Of A Secret
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/how-to-get-away-with-being-cicely-tyson#.dy22G2eYo

  4. rikyrah says:

    The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

    Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
    ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
    Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death

    The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

    The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

    Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

    Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.

    Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.

    Shackling for prolonged periods.

    Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.

    Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

    At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  5. rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth Warren Shreds Congress For Screwing The Middle Class While Passing Keystone XL

    By: Jason Easleymore from Jason Easley
    Tuesday, February, 24th, 2015, 10:34 am

    While discussing the unveiling of the Middle Class Prosperity Project along with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) ripped Congress for wasting months on passing Keystone XL for an oil company and shutting down DHS while the middle class gets screwed.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/24/elizabeth-warren-shreds-congress-screwing-middle-class-passing-keystone-xl.html

  6. rikyrah says:

    “The New York Times | BREAKING NEWS ALERT

    BREAKING NEWS Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:40 PM EST
    As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality
    Last April, a dozen New York-based Internet companies gathered in the Flatiron Building boardroom of the social media website Tumblr to hear dire warnings that broadband providers were about to get the right to charge for the fastest speeds on the web.
    The implication: If they didn’t pay up, they would be stuck in the slow lane.
    What followed has been the longest, most sustained campaign of Internet activism in history, one that the little guys appear to have won. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to regulate the Internet as a public good. On Tuesday, Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, all but surrendered on efforts to overturn the coming ruling, conceding Democrats are lining up with President Obama in favor of the F.C.C.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/technology/path-clears-for-net-neutrality-ahead-of-fcc-vote.html?smid=tw-bna&_r=0

  7. rikyrah says:

    The New York Times ✔ @nytimes
    Follow
    Breaking News: As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality
    http://nyti.ms/1FV1eTz
    4:40 PM – 24 Feb 2015

  8. rikyrah says:

    Steve Beshear @GovSteveBeshear
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    In 2013, KY had 10th-highest % of people w/o health insurance. Today, we are 11th-lowest. We moved from 40th to 11th in just 1 year! #kynect
    10:38 AM – 24 Feb 2015

  9. rikyrah says:

    Paula Patton Books Lead Role in ABC’s Arms Dealing Drama Pilot ‘Runner’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    February 24, 2015 at 2:11PM

    Again… black actors are in demand – on the small screen specifically.

    Paula Patton has booked the lead role in ABC’s drama pilot “Runner,” which is based on the Turkish series titled “Son” – a “Traffic”-like project, but, instead of drugs, its focus is on arms dealing, and seen through the eyes of a woman lead.

    Written by Michael Cooney, the ABC remake will center on Lauren Marks, whose seemingly perfect life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate, and to uncover the truth, she must follow a trail of lies that takes her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

    Patton will of course play Lauren Marks.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/paula-patton-books-lead-role-in-abcs-arms-dealing-drama-pilot-runner-20150224

    • Ametia says:

      SG2, WHERE ARE YOU? WE CALLED IT!

      Stevie Wonder saw this coming.

      Yet, MSNBC will retain MURDERING JOEY SCAR for 3 hours everyday.

      • We saw this coming a long time ago. And we were on the money.

      • Ametia says:

        Rev Al allowed hiimself to be PIMPED out to MSNBC. We knew he’d be canned like century old tomatoes. Rambling on about what the Fox cable stations were throwing out.

        MSNBC is a joke, as is CNN, CNBC. All CORPORATE-OWNED PIMPS.

        PBO’s leaving office, and these scal-a-wags are now soaking up the $$, because their black asses will be invisible on cable.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Loco Eric @ericsshadow
    Follow
    Would you get your phone if you dropped it in a toilet?

    1995 – No way

    2015 – Head first without even thinking
    12:17 PM – 11 Feb 2015

  11. rikyrah says:

    Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie
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    Patricia telling people of color to fight for women as if half of women aren’t people of color themselves.
    1:46 AM – 23 Feb 2015

    Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie
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    That’s like me asking a college student to loan me $5. As if they’re not still working to get their feet on the ground. Chile…
    1:47 AM – 23 Feb 2015

    Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie
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    This is why Feminism is constantly critiqued. B/c white women do not center women of color in the “Movement.” It’s not for US.
    1:49 AM – 23 Feb 2015

    Awesomely Luvvie @Luvvie
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    I am a feminist. But I am not here for white feminists’ constant rendering of women of color invisible. THAT shit is wacksauce.
    2:02 AM – 23 Feb 2015

  12. rikyrah says:

    ReasonableBlackLady @AngryBlackLady
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    White women wanted black women to march for suffrage at the back of the line. I mean COME ON with this “we fought for you” bullshit.
    11:23 AM – 23 Feb 2015

    ReasonableBlackLady @AngryBlackLady
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    Read a history book. White women fought AGAINST black women’s suffrage because they were afraid it would harm their efforts to get the vote.
    11:18 AM – 23 Feb 2015

  13. rikyrah says:

    I don’t know if this is the actual picture, but let’s pretend like it is

    https://twitter.com/jbendery/status/570322696539643905/photo/1

  14. rikyrah says:

    I’M BLACK. AND A VEGETARIAN. AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO.
    by Vontilla Steven, 2/23/15

    What is Black Vegetarianism?
    I am a blegitarian vacketerian a Black person who does not eat meat and this piece is dedicated to the wonders and (insert outdated slang reference for fantastic)ness of Black vegetarianism. You can read this entire piece or the first sentence of each paragraph and move to the comments sections. It’s your choice.
    Black vegetarianism reduces pain and extends life. It’s as if you become a mutant in the Marvel Universe (Storm, Black Panther, Misty Knight, and Luke Cage in one person). When compared to those who eat meat, vegetarians/vegans have lower: risks for heart disease, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, rates of hypertension, rates of type 2 diabetes, overall cancer rates, risks for obesity and stroke. According to the CDC, the leading causes of death for Black folks are heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Only the cool POC believe in improving their quality of life by cutting out the meat. Think of it as low cost insurance with no mysterious bill after you have already paid the copay.
    Black vegetarianism is moderation. There is no need to start fast. You could participate in Meatless Mondays, go “vegan before 6,” or eat at least a few vegetarian meals per week. Hell, you could even have a non-meat potluck as an excuse to be nosy and find out what other people like so that you can judge them after they leave. I would also recommend visiting a vegetarian friendly restaurant. Ethiopian food FTW!
    Black vegetarianism is flavorful. A common complaint by those who aren’t vegetarian is the “blandness” and “boredom” associated with eating non meat based items. As if meat has a ton of flavor without seasonings. This is a short list of great tasting soul food dishes I have eaten without any animal products:

    http://verysmartbrothas.com/im-black-and-a-vegetarian-and-you-should-be-too/

  15. rikyrah says:

    HYPERBOLICALLY SPEAKING, EMPIRE IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST SHOW ON TV

    If you don’t watch Empire, you’re fucking up. Plain and simple. It is easily one of the most entertaining shows on television for various reasons. Sure, shows like House of Cards are coming back (!!!!!!) and other shows that people watch are good. Good things are great, after all. But you absolutely do not get with any other show what you get with Empire. Do I know this definitively? Of course I don’t; I think Beyonce deserved the album of the year and still haven’t listened to Beck’s album. Pshaw! But I never let a little thing like fact obscure my opinion. Here are 10 reasons (though by all means nowhere close to all-inclusive reasons) why Empire – after 7 episodes no less – is (hyperbolically speaking) the absolute best show on television.
    1. The very premise of the show makes little to no sense. You’d think that firing out the gate with this assertion would be my undoing. Au contraire. This is the very reason why the show is so great. The premise of the show Empire rests on the main character, Lucius Lyon (played by one of the oddest individuals in the history of anything in Terrence Howard), who has ALS – you know ALS; it’s that incurable disability that you all kept dousing yourselves with ice water out of buckets for – being given a maximum of three years to live and attempting to take his company public via an IPO and forcing his three sons – Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem – into a de facto compeition to head the company after he dies. Nothing too crazy there right? Wrong. Only one of them is even REMOTELY qualified to run the company. How is it even a competition? From the outset, any person watching was like, “oh, Andre the multi-degreed CFO of the company actually handles the fuckin’ COMPANY BUSINESS…he’s the only one that makes sense.” But nope. Jamal, the artsy recluse who seeks acceptance from his father over his gay lifestyle, seems completely unable to run a company, much less his career, and Hakeem, the “star” of the family definitely shouldn’t be running anything. He’s a superstar (on the show anyway), but he ain’t a businessman. So yep, let’s pit these two unqualified brothers + one actually legitimately qualified brother against one another and see how this shit shakes out. Shenanigans ensue. This is the premise of the show. All in, b. All in. It’s almost as if the writers knew we’d know it made no sense but had gotten too far into their story before realizing how non-sensical it is so they just said fuck it, maybe nobody will notice.

    We all noticed.

    http://verysmartbrothas.com/hyperbolically-speakin-empire-is-the-absolute-best-show-on-television/

  16. rikyrah says:

    Loved this article. I’ve watched that scene about a dozen times myself.

    ……….

    WHY CICELY TYSON COMBING VIOLA DAVIS’S HAIR ON HTGAWM WAS THE BLACKEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN THIS WEEK

    by Damon Young, 2/20/15

    I am convinced there is a writer — or, perhaps, a group of writers — on the How to Get Away with Murder staff whose sole job is to think of and craft the single Blackest scene they can possibly film that week while maintaining the show’s integrity. Perhaps their job title is ‘Blackness Grip” or “Cornel West” or something. Why do I believe that? Well, just let me say this…

    Last night, I attended a screening of August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, the newAmerican Masters documentary on the iconic Pittsburgh-born playwright. The doc — which was amazing — detailed Wilson’s upbringing in the predominately Black Hill District, his involvement with the Black Power movement, and his everlasting love for Blackness; Black customs, Black history, Black colloquialism, Black stories, Black everything. Many of Wilson’s friends, family, and peers — including Charles S. Dutton, Viola Davis, James Earl Jones, and Laurence Fishburne — also spoke of this love, often referencing how his words captured the rhythms and cadences and essences of Blackness in a way they’d never seen on stage or screen. This screening took place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. There was a panel discussion after the screening. Included on this panel were Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson; both of whom also spoke of Wilson’s visceral and bone marrow-deep love of Blackness.

    This was perhaps the single Blackest event I’ve ever attended. A group of beautifully, intentionally, conspicuously, and unapologetically Black people discussing the beautifully, intentionally, conspicuously, and unapologetically Black work of a beautifully, intentionally, conspicuously, and unapologetically Black man. All taking place in a center named after him.

    And it still wasn’t as beautifully, intentionally, conspicuously, and unapologetically Black asCecily Tyson combing Viola Davis’s hair last night on How to Get Away With Murder.

    I watched it at my cousin’s place after the screening. It was her birthday and she’s bougie, so The Wife Person and I brought her some Thai food and a mini red velvet cake, and we all sat in awe as the sound of Davis’s hair becoming combed by the 511-year-old Tyson jumped through the screen.

    I won’t even attempt to unpack that scene because, well, I don’t know if I can. At least not before watching it 17 more times and reading The Bluest Eye again. I just know that it was 8-rock Black. Vantablack. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom but only if Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom took place on an event horizon Black. “I’ve run out of ways to describe its Blackness” Black.

    http://verysmartbrothas.com/why-cicely-tyson-combing-viola-daviss-hair-on-htgawm-was-the-blackest-thing-ive-ever-seen-this-week/

  17. rikyrah says:

    eeeeek!!

    eeeeek!!!

    The complete series of A Different World is coming to Netflix!!

    Available March 15

    A Different World: Complete Series

  18. rikyrah says:

    Check Out These Photos of Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Khandi Alexander & Michael K. WIlliams From HBO’s Bessie Smith Bio + Premiere Date Set

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    February 24, 2015 at 1:18PM

    I smell Emmy Awards consideration for this one, later this year…

    Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama “Bessie,” which is directed by Dee Rees, from a screenplay penned by Rees, Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois.

    With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s.

    The premium cabler has announced, via press release today, that the film will debut this spring, Saturday, May 16 at 8PM. .

    “Bessie” is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

    The cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams as Bessie’s husband, Jack; Khandi Alexander as Bessie’s older sister, Viola; Mike Epps as Richard, a bootlegger and romantic interest; Tika Sumpter as Lucille, a performer and romantic interest; Tory Kittles as Bessie’s older brother, Clarence; Oliver Platt as famed photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten; Bryan Greenberg as renowned record producer and music critic John Hammond; with Charles S. Dutton as Ma Rainey’s husband, William “Pa” Rainey; and Mo’Nique as blues legend Ma Rainey.

    The film will offer an intimate look at the determined woman whose immense talent and love for music took her from anonymity in the rough-and-tumble world of vaudeville to the 1920s blues scene and international fame, capturing her professional highs and personal lows, and ultimate legend.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/bessie-smith-bio-gets-a-premiere-date-check-out-these-photos-of-from-the-film-20150224?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  19. Maybe I’m crazy but I had hope in George Zimmerman paying for his crimes but today TheJusticeDept took it all away.

    • Ametia says:

      SG2, you aren’t crazy. There will be justice, and it will not be man-made.

      Remember the harvest season. It takes a while once the good and certainly the bad seeds to spring up, but none the less they will come forth.

      Reaping & Sowing…..not a manmade law.

    • rikyrah says:

      I am sorry, SG2.

      There will be justice, but this case was no different than those of olden days..when the police departments did everything they could to tamper with the actual evidence.

  20. rikyrah says:

    ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Success Makes Diversity the Latest Network Must-Have

    Thanks to changing demographics and rising minority incomes, black is now the new black

    For years, conventional wisdom in the television industry dictated that having more than one minority-driven show was risky business.

    But this year, it could be said that black is the new black. The television landscape is going through a sea change, ignited by viewers’ evolving tastes, the nation’s shifting demographics, advertisers’ designs on an ever-growing minority population and something called “Black Twitter.”

    http://www.thewrap.com/empire-black-ish-success-makes-diversity-the-latest-network-must-have/

  21. Breaking News: President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102420827

  22. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Natalie Jackson @NatJackEsq

    1. No matter the outcome of the Federal investigation, we all know #TrayvonMartin & his family should be celebrating his 20th this month.

    2. Parents have worked hard traveling the nation w/#TrayvonMartinFoundation so that his legacy is one of strategy, solutions, solidarity.

    3. #TrayvonMartin’s death & the people who said “NO MORE” sparked a movement & new national consciousness that indeed #BlackLivesMatter.

    4. B/C of his family & their loyal & VOCAL supporters #Trayvon’s legacy of “unity 4 justice” far overshadows his irrelevant killer’s antics.

    5. @SybrinaFulton was absolutely right when she said on July 13, 2013: A VERDICT WILL NOT DEFINE THEIR CHILD’S LEGACY…THEY WILL!

  23. Equal justice under the law for African Americans is.. A sham! A mockery! A Joke!

  24. AmeriKKKa You can follow someone,shoot them to death & claim self defense & white supremacy will protect you & give you money for doing so.

  25. Liza says:

    Been waiting for this, now here it is.

    https://twitter.com/splcenter/status/570278551263584257

    • I saw it on Twitter. My energy drained from me.

      • Liza says:

        I’m just sitting here thinking about it. I would so love to read the file that the DOJ has on Zimmerman. It’s hard for me to believe that they don’t think they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was a hate crime, that the child was racially profiled, stalked, physically assaulted, and then murdered.

        One of these days the DOJ is going to have to prosecute one of these killer cops or white supremacists who commit hate crimes. They seem to think that broad sweeping reforms are going to be more effective. I’ve got some advice for them – DO BOTH.

        And if I hear one more person say that George Zimmerman is Hispanic I may explode. That mofo racially identifies himself as white.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Live on, Trayvon, live on!

      Prayers and love to Sybrina, Tracy, and Jahvaris.

    • Ametia says:

      *SIGH*

  26. rikyrah says:

    Moving forward to fix our broken immigration system

    by President Obama

    Our immigration system has been broken for decades. Our country deeply values fairness, but our immigration system has become unfair to businesses, workers and families alike.

    That’s something I’ve been trying to change as president. We have focused on securing our borders, and today the resources that the Department of Homeland Security dedicates to the southwest border are at an all-time high. Since I took office, apprehensions at the border — a key measure of illegal crossings — are at their lowest level since the 1970s, and the number of undocumented individuals living in the U.S. has stopped growing for the first time in decades.

    We also worked with the last Congress on a comprehensive fix to our broken immigration system. Sixty-eight Republicans, Democrats and Independents passed a common-sense bill in the Senate to reform our immigration system while helping to grow our economy and shrink our deficits. Yet for more than a year and a half, Republicans in the House kept that bipartisan bill from reaching my desk.
    In 2012, I took an initial step to help hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” — young people who were brought to this country as children — live and work in the country they call home. And late last year, in the face of congressional Republicans’ continued refusal to act, I took new common-sense steps within my authority to fix as much of our broken immigration system as possible. The steps I announced will help us secure the border, prioritize scarce resources, and hold millions of undocumented immigrants accountable by requiring them to pass background checks and pay taxes in order to have a chance to temporarily remain here without fear of deportation.

    These steps are good for our economy, for our families and for our country. They are also the kinds of steps taken by every Republican and Democratic president for the past half-century. They are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and with rulings of the Supreme Court.

    Understandably, however, much recent attention has focused on a single court decision in Texas in response to a partisan lawsuit that delays some of these lawful, common-sense steps. To those who are affected and disturbed by this ruling, I share your concerns. To those who have questions, the Department of Homeland Security will continue to provide information.

    But make no mistake, I disagree with this judge’s ruling. Just yesterday, the Department of Justice asked the court for an emergency stay of this misguided decision, and it has already filed a notice of appeal. My administration will fight this ruling with every tool at our disposal, and I have full confidence that these actions will ultimately be upheld.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/233585-moving-forward-to-fix-our-broken-immigration-system?awesm=ofa.bo_j37r&utm_medium=socnet&utm_content=20150224_bo_the-hill-op-ed_immigration_1&source=socnet_tw_CIR_20150224_bo_the-hill-op-ed_immigration_1&utm_source=tw&utm_campaign=socnet_tw_CIR_20150224_bo_the-hill-op-ed_immigration_1

  27. rikyrah says:

    IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break, Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor
    Posted: 02/24/2015 8:07 am EST Updated: 3 hours ago

    Illinois’ new GOP Governor, Bruce Rauner, will personally receive a $750,000 per year tax cut as a result of his decision not to continue the state’s temporary 1.25% income tax surcharge that expired last year.

    His taxes were cut by an amount equal to the annual income of 14 families of four making the median income. And remember that after adjusting for inflation, that median income number has not materially increased in about 35 years, since virtually all of the income growth resulting from the massive increase in worker productivity over that period has been siphoned off by speculators like Rauner.

    Rauner, who made $61 million in 2013 – or $29,000 per hour – is one of a small group of multi-millionaire speculators who would directly benefit enormously from lower state tax rates. Among them is his friend Ken Griffin, reputedly the wealthiest man in Illinois, who contributed $2.5 million to Rauner’s campaign for Governor – and has also pitched in $10 million to a $20 million campaign war chest that Rauner plans to use to run opponents to members of the Legislature that oppose his policies.

    Griffin and his soon-to-be former wife, Anne Dias Griffin, are involved in a high profile multi-million dollar divorce battle. He and Dias are fighting over the control of tens of millions of dollars.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/il-governor-rauner-gets-7_b_6742500.html

  28. rikyrah says:

    Zendaya blasts ‘Fashion Police’ host Giuliana Rancic’s ‘ignorant’ red carpet dis
    By Abby Phillip February 24 at 8:19 AM

    E!’s acerbic fashion review show “Fashion Police” may have finally crossed a red line.

    Host Giuliana Rancic employed not one but two racially tinged stereotypes to criticize Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman’s red carpet look: a sleek Vivienne Westwood gown and dreadlocks.

    “I feel that she smells like patchouli oil . . . or weed,” Rancic said during Monday night’s show. “Yeah, maybe weed.”

    Chuckles all around.

    Zendaya, whose father is black, immediately zeroed in the not-so-subtle racial subtext of Rancic’s comments.

    In response, the 18-year-old star issued a rather lengthy takedown of Rancic’s comments — noting that despite the stereotype of dreadlocks being associated with weed smokers and Rastafarians, they are a symbol of “strength and beauty.”

    “There’s a fine line between funny and disrespectful,” she wrote in the missive on Twitter.

    Zendaya noted that Ava DuVernay, who directed the Oscar-nominated film “Selma,” Harvard professor Vincent Brown, author Terry McMillan and Grammy-nominated soul singer Ledisi all have dreadlocks.

    “There is already a harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair,” she added. “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/24/zendaya-blasts-fashion-police-host-guiliana-rancics-ignorant-red-carpet-dis/

  29. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    ……………………….

    Newsmax boss Chris Ruddy explains why he gave to the Clinton Foundation

    By Erik Wemple February 23 at 6:14 PM

    Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of the Web and cable-TV outlet Newsmax, says there’s a good reason why he pledged a seven-figure donation to the Clinton Foundation. “I really like what he does,” says Ruddy, referring to Clinton Foundation name partner and former president Bill Clinton.

    Ruddy and Clinton have come a long way, as explained in this New York Times piece by Jeremy W. Peters. Back in the 1990s, Ruddy was a well-known Clinton antagonist, as he explored the death of White House aide Vince Foster in the New York Post and later at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2015/02/23/newsmax-boss-chris-ruddy-explains-why-he-gave-to-the-clinton-foundation/?tid=pm_opinions_pop

  30. rikyrah says:

    Deranged by Obama, Republicans are spouting nonsense

    By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer February 23 at 8:05 PM

    Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest — without, of course, actually being on the ballot.

    GOP power brokers and potential candidates surely realize that President Obama is ineligible to run in 2016. Yet they seem unable to get over the fact that he won in 2008 and 2012. It’s as if they are more interested in vainly trying to rewrite history than attempting to lay out a vision for the future.

    Obama Derangement Syndrome is characterized by feverish delirium. The Republican Party suffered an episode last week when former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani began speaking in tongues about Obama’s patriotism.

    “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”

    This is obviously a nonsensical thing to say about a man who was elected president twice and has served as commander in chief for more than six years. Pressed to explain himself, Giuliani ranted and raved for several days about Obama’s upbringing, made demonstrably false claims about the president’s supposed denial of American exceptionalism, insisted that “I said exactly what I wanted to say” — and then finally issued a non-retraction retraction in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-obama-self-deception/2015/02/23/640da4fa-bba2-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

  31. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Outstanding video commentary by Darryl Pinckney.

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting it!

    (This morning, I’ve been researching and posting on your “FDR’s Black Brain Trust” page:

    http://3chicspolitico.com/2015/02/21/black-history-black-brain-trust/ )

  32. rikyrah says:

    Dreaming of Condi
    The Rice boomlet exposes the sorry state of the once-mighty California GOP.
    By Todd S. Purdum
    2/24/15 5:37 AM EST
    Updated 2/24/15 5:37 AM EST

    LOS ANGELES — It is a testament to the dormant state of California’s once mighty Republican dynasty that the only GOP candidate either party gives a shot at capturing Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat upon her retirement next year is the one who is resolutely refusing to run: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    Last week, Rice topped a statewide Field Poll of 18 potential candidates, drawing the support of 49 percent of likely voters, compared with 46 percent for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only declared Democratic candidate so far. That sparked a fresh flurry of speculation about a Rice candidacy — and the latest emphatic denial from her chief of staff that she has any interest in the race.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/condoleezza-rice-california-2016-senate-election-115427.html#ixzz3SgS7SmPm

  33. rikyrah says:

    please proceed, Ted.

    ………………..

    Stop Loretta Lynch

    Republicans must oppose Loretta Lynch—or lose all credibility on lawlessness.By SEN. TED CRUZ

    February 24, 2015

    What does it take for Senate Republicans to decide not to confirm Loretta Lynch, who is President Obama’s nominee to be attorney general? At what point is the lawlessness simply too much?

    It is entirely within the power of the newly elected Republican majority in the Senate not to confirm Ms. Lynch. The only question is whether the GOP majority will exercise its constitutional authority to do so.

    Personally, I wanted to support Ms. Lynch’s nomination. Six years of Eric Holder has done enormous damage, and Ms. Lynch’s service as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has earned her a reputation as a relatively no-nonsense prosecutor. However, the answers she gave at her confirmation hearing are, in my view, disqualifying for serving as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

    When asked how she would be different from Eric Holder—the most partisan attorney general our nation has ever seen—she could identify no meaningful way she would differ from him.

    When asked whether she would defend President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty—which Obama himself acknowledged, 22 times, he had no authority to undertake and which a federal court has just enjoined as unlawful—she responded affirmatively, saying that she thought the Administration’s contrived legal justification was “reasonable.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/loretta-lynch-115438.html#ixzz3SgR2ERN9

  34. rikyrah says:

    Gallup poll: Democrats losing sympathy for Israel
    By KENDALL BREITMAN 2/23/15 12:43 PM EST

    The number of Democrats who feel more sympathetic toward Israelis than Palestinians has dropped 10 points in one year, according to a new poll.

    In a Gallup poll released Monday, less than half of Democrats — 48 percent — say they sympathize more with Israelis than Palestinians when it comes to tensions in the Middle East. By contrast, 83 percent of Republicans sided with Israel. Fifty-nine percent of Independents answered similarly

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/democrats-israel-palestine-gallup-poll-115419.html#ixzz3SgQho4D1

    • Ametia says:

      I’m ONE Democrat that has NEVER had sympathy for Israel.

      • Liza says:

        I haven’t either. And it makes me so angry that this country supports all of their human rights violations. What is it going to take to get rid of this so-called “relationship?” And they really don’t need our foreign aid money, they have plenty of money.

  35. rikyrah says:

    States Are Blocking Local Regulations, Often at Industry’s Behest
    By SHAILA DEWANFEB. 23, 2015
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    Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has warned that cities are undermining the business friendly “Texas model” with a patchwork of ill-conceived regulations. Credit Eric Gay/Associated Press
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    Darren Hodges, a Tea Party Republican and councilman in the windy West Texas city of Fort Stockton, is a fierce defender of his town’s decision to ban plastic bags. It was a local solution to a local problem and one, he says, city officials had a “God-given right” to make.

    But the power of Fort Stockton and other cities to govern themselves is under attack in the state capital, Austin. The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, has warned that several cities are undermining the business-friendly “Texas model” with a patchwork of ill-conceived regulations. Conservative legislators, already angered by a ban on fracking that was enacted by popular vote in the town of Denton last fall, quickly followed up with a host of bills to curtail local power.

    “The truth is, Texas is being California-ized, and you may not even be noticing it,” Mr. Abbott said in a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an influential conservative think tank, just before he took office last month. “Large cities that represent about 75 percent of the population in this state are doing this to us. Unchecked overregulation by cities will turn the Texas miracle into the California nightmare.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/us/govern-yourselves-state-lawmakers-tell-cities-but-not-too-much.html?smid=tw-share&_r=2

  36. rikyrah says:

    this mofo here!

    ………………

    Manchin Would Vote To Block Obama’s Immigration Actions After DHS Is Funded

    BySAHIL KAPUR

    PublishedFEBRUARY 24, 2015, 11:16 AM EST374 Views

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can count on the vote of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on his new standalone bill to overturn President Barack Obama’s 2014 immigration actions, but only after a “clean” Homeland Security funding bill passes, according to his office.

    Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said in an email Tuesday that the senator would want both the Senate and the House to pass DHS funding legislation first.

    Manchin said recently he would refuse to link the immigration provisions to DHS funding, but said when asked that he would support standalone legislation to block the president’s executive actions on immigration.

    “Sure,” he told reporters earlier this month. “Yeah.”

    “I agree the president overstepped. I’m fine [with a standalone bill]. I’ll vote,” Manchin said, adding that he would refuse to support linking it to DHS funding because “the security of our nation is too important.”

    On Monday, facing implacable Democratic opposition, McConnell moved to de-link DHS funding from the immigration proposals and released a separate bill that reverses Obama’s latest immigration initiatives.

    If McConnell keeps the 54 Republicans in line, he’ll need 5 Democrats along with Manchin to defeat an inevitable filibuster.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/joe-manchin-obama-immigration

  37. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Just Blinked In The Big Immigration Stare-Down With Obama
    BySAHIL KAPUR
    PublishedFEBRUARY 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    WASHINGTON — Republicans just blinked on immigration.

    The months-long standoff over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration took a major turn late Monday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed decoupling funding for the Department of Homeland Security from legislative action against Obama on deportations.

    The threat of withholding DHS funding to block Obama’s immigration moves has been the centerpiece of the GOP’s political strategy for months. McConnell’s proposal to de-link them is a sign that he’s trying to find a way out of a battle that GOP leaders in both chambers never really wanted, but which has been pushed by hard-liners within the party.

    The DHS funding bill that blocks Obama’s initiatives to shield more than 4 million people from deportation has already passed the House, but McConnell has been unable to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. McConnell brought it to a vote again Monday afternoon, and for the fourth time Senate Democrats successfully filibustered it.

    Moments later, McConnell put legislation on the calendar to overturn Obama’s immigration actions in a standalone manner — separate from DHS funding.

    “This looks like a cover vote to eventually pass a clean DHS bill,” said a conservative Republican aide on Capitol Hill, who requested anonymity
    to criticize the party leader.

    The new legislation targets Obama’s immigration initiatives in November 2014 to shield mostly undocumented parents of American citizens from the threat of deportation. Unlike the House-passed bill, it does not target Obama’s 2012 program to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, the so-called DREAMers.

    McConnell said the bill gives Congress “another option we can turn to” for the purpose of funding DHS if Democrats don’t let up in their filibusters.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republicans-blink-on-immigration

  38. rikyrah says:

    GOP gets bad news on ObamaCare repeal plan
    By Alexander Bolton – 02/24/15 06:00 AM EST

    The Senate’s chief referee has dealt a significant setback to conservatives who want to send an ObamaCare repeal bill to the president’s desk this year.

    GOP sources say Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has raised red flags in response to queries about whether it’s possible to use a special budgetary procedure to repeal the controversial law “root and branch,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said.

    Senate Republican officials have pushed for an interpretation of the rules that would allow for repealing the law with a one-sentence provision on a simple-majority vote.
    The special process is known as budgetary reconciliation. It can be used to circumvent the Senate’s customary 60-vote threshold to produce changes in spending and revenue.

    But it’s a matter of debate about how broadly it can be interpreted.

    Some conservatives argue that because ObamaCare impacts spending and revenue, 51 Senate Republicans and a majority of the House can pass a one-sentence provision. While President Obama would surely veto a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, many Republicans want to get such a measure on his desk.

    And there is growing pressure on GOP leaders to make that happen. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tea Party groups, including FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, have called on the Republican-led Congress to use reconciliation on ObamaCare.

    “We think from what we’ve heard there’s a really credible case to be made that the one-sentence repeal instruction for reconciliation passes all the tests,” said Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action for America.

    “From our vantage point, we think there are credible arguments that you can get all of ObamaCare [repealed] through reconciliation and that’s where the focus of lawmakers should be as the budget comes up and as instructions are written,” he added.

    But sources say MacDonough, who declined to comment for this article, doesn’t agree.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/233582-gop-gets-bad-news-on-obamacare-repeal-plan

  39. rikyrah says:

    The Humbling of Rahm
    All signs point to a second term for the Chicago mayor. But at what cost?
    By CAROL FELSENTHAL
    February 23, 2015

    It ought to be a coronation, Rahm Emanuel must figure. But as he nears what might or might not be the end of his exhausting race for a second term as Chicago’s mayor, the former White House chief of staff and tough-guy insider on Tuesday faces a possibly humiliating setback—particularly ego-crushing because he is running against an extremely weak field of four, has vastly more money than any of them, has television ads airing 24/7 and has run the table on endorsements. He ought to be resting easy—well, Rahm seems never to rest, but at least he should be confident of a win

    That’s never been the case in this contest, though, and every day that the uncertainly lingers is a day that exposes Emanuel’s weaknesses, especially in minority neighborhoods that seem sometimes to double as shooting galleries, where schools are hopelessly bad and jobs are near impossible to find. During his first run, against more seasoned competitors, it was clear early on that Emanuel would win; four years later, after Chicagoans have gotten to know the guy who spent most of his career in Washington—he was a congressman for four terms before heading to the White House—it’s not clear whether he wins outright tomorrow (he needs 50 percent plus one vote) or, according to the rules, faces a time- and money-consuming runoff on April 7 against the second-place candidate.

    That will almost certainly be fellow Democrat Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a Cook County Board member, former alderman, state senator and protégé of the beloved (by minorities and progressives) late Mayor Harold Washington. While I regularly tell friends and colleagues that I think Rahm will win outright, I’m too chicken to make that prediction here. A Tribune poll last week had Rahm at 45 percent to Chuy’s 20. Rahm’s trend is inching up slowly, but so is Chuy’s. An autodial poll of 737 people conducted Saturday by Chicago-based Ogden & Fry found Rahm at the tantalizingly close 48.3 percent; Chuy had 26.5.

    I am brave enough to predict, however, that while there’s a chance Rahm might have to roam the frigid, windy wards of Chicago eating many slices of humble pie during the six weeks between Tuesday, February 24, and Tuesday, April 7, he will win in April. And when he does, I’ll also predict that Rahm, not known for introspection or self criticism, will become an even more arrogant and impatient version of the mayor who appears to think he is smarter, more energetic and more disciplined than any of the Chicagoans he governs—or certainly than any of his opponents and their supporters.

    But here’s hoping that tomorrow’s election at least brings a wakeup call for the mayor and the city he is struggling to serve. The race might still be a crapshoot, but Emanuel has so many advantages, he should never have had to break a sweat.

    To begin with, his opponents, all Democrats, except perhaps for Willie Wilson, who supported Republican Governor Bruce Rauner last November, are small names. Not even I, an avid follower of Chicago politics, knew who Chuy Garcia was when he announced his candidacy a few months ago. Bob Fioretti, one of 50 city aldermen—and, to his credit, one of the very few on the City Council who dares to vote against Emanuel—has little to show voters except his council dissent and an endorsement by former Bears coach Mike Ditka. (Rahm has Magic Johnson in his corner.) Fioretti and Dikta might appeal to the city’s white ethnics, but so does Emanuel’s predecessor, Richard Daley, who has endorsed Emanuel. Wilson, a multi-millionaire businessman—hospital supplies and gospel music—has a 7th-grade education. (On Sunday, speaking at a west side Baptist church, he urged young people to remain in school but also noted that, although he could afford to return to school himself, he chose not to “because our young men need to know that if they drop out of school, they can look at me and say, ‘I still can make it like he made it.’”) Finally, William “Dock” Walls might as well have the word “perennial” as his first name, because he runs regularly for mayor and loses always, usually with low single-digit totals.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/rahm-emanuel-chicago-race-115440.html#ixzz3SgNmf3Ex

  40. rikyrah says:

    OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT SEEN AS CHILDREN

    ………………

    A City of Two Tales
    The Justice Department says Cleveland is in crisis; the city’s black mayor and police chief say the opposite. Who’s right?
    By CONNIE SCHULTZ
    February 23, 2015

    Loomis objects to much of the above depiction of events, shifting between past and present tense as he explains why.

    “Tamir Rice is in the wrong,” he said. “He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body. Tamir looks to his left and sees a police car. He puts his gun in his waistband. Those people—99 percent of the time those people run away from us. We don’t want him running into the rec center. That could be a whole other set of really bad events. They’re trying to flush him into the field. Frank [the driver] is expecting the kid to run. The circumstances are so fluid and unique. …

    “The guy with the gun is not running. He’s walking toward us. He’s squaring off with Cleveland police and he has a gun. Loehmann is thinking, ‘Oh my God, he’s pulling it out of his waistband.’”
    As for Loehmann, whose lawyer did not return a call for this story, Loomis is livid about media coverage of the young officer’s personnel file from his time in 2012 with the police force in Independence, Ohio. The file, which Cleveland police admit they never saw before hiring Loehmann in March 2014, outlines numerous concerns about his emotional maturity that led to his forced resignation. Much of the coverage focused on a description in the file of Loehmann breaking down in tears at a firing range.
    All rubbish, Loomis said.
    “This Timothy Loehmann thing, this is a sideshow,” he said. “Nothing in Timothy Loehmann’s history would have made him ineligible to be hired. The Select Committee recommended him unanimously. He was emotional at the firing range because his girlfriend of three years broke up with him in a text message.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/tamir-rice-cleveland-police-115401_Page3.html#ixzz3SgLhlWuB

  41. rikyrah says:

    Wasserman Schultz Reportedly Wanted to Paint Obama as ‘Anti-Woman,’ ‘Anti-Semitic’ If Ousted
    by Andrew Desiderio | 4:14 pm, February 22nd, 2015

    Buried inside a Politico report about Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s (D-FL) future aspirations was an interesting revelation: “When [Wasserman Schultz] sensed Obama was considering replacing her as chair in 2013, she began to line up supporters to suggest the move was both anti-woman and anti-Semitic.”

    Wasserman Schultz is reportedly very much at odds with White House staffers, and rarely even speaks with President Barack Obama.

    The report mainly focuses on Wasserman Schultz’s political future, and whether she should stay on as DNC chair through the 2016 campaign, co-chair a likely Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, or even run for Senate in 2016. A position in House leadership is unlikely for her, as the report notes, because Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are unlikely to leave any time soon. Her current term as DNC chair ends at the beginning of 2017.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/report-dws-wanted-to-paint-obama-as-anti-woman-and-anti-semitic-if-ousted-as-dnc-chair/

  42. rikyrah says:

    By E. J. Dionne
    We Would Miss Obamacare

    February 23, 2015 12:00 am

    WASHINGTON — Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done?

    Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening on Friday to talk with Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of Health and Human Services.

    You might think of her as a wonk with a heart. She refers to her agency as the “Department of the Kitchen Table” because the issues it deals with, from health care to food safety to the problems facing elderly parents, are the sorts that we discuss at breakfast or dinner.

    What does Obamacare mean at many of those kitchen tables? Because of the law, at least 10 million fewer Americans are uninsured — and that’s a conservative number. The drop in the nation’s uninsured rate is the largest since the early 1970s, when Medicaid was still taking hold and both Medicare and Medicaid were expanded to cover people with disabilities.

    These aren’t just government numbers. Here is what Gallup said in January: “The uninsured rate has dropped 4.2 percentage points since the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for Americans to have health insurance went into effect one year ago.”

    Gallup might have mentioned not just the mandate but also the financial help many Americans have received to buy coverage under the ACA. Some more numbers: 87 percent of the people who signed up on the exchanges qualified for subsidies, and the average assistance to each was $268 per month. Perhaps some out there would rather not have government help people buy health insurance, but this seems to me a good and decent use of our tax money.

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/miss-obamacare/

  43. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  44. Ametia says:

    The video above is on point and why the GOP are going nuts. All that BLACKNESS in the White House has driven them over the CLIFF.

    Deranged by Obama, Republicans are spouting nonsense

    The GOP still can’t seem to deal with the fact that it lost twice to Obama.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-obama-self-deception/2015/02/23/640da4fa-bba2-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

  45. Ametia says:

    Maybe the Sno-Hoe will keep her ass in Alaska now.

    Alaskans Now Allowed to Get High at Home

    Alaska has beaten most of the lower 48 to getting high—legally. On Tuesday, the state law permitting residents to smoke marijuana in private went into effect. It makes Alaska the third state in the country to legalize recreational pot use. People in Alaska are also allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants and can carry as much as an ounce on them in public, though they can’t light up there. As with liquor, the law permits marijuana use only for people over the age of 21. Also, some counties have already started passing local ordinances to limit marijuana usage.

    On Monday night, Wasilla banned the making of pot brownies as well as other restrictions, but those measures may stand once the state releases it guidelines for marijuana growers, clubs, and companies some time within the next nine months.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/02/24/pot-is-officially-legal-in-alaska.html?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition

  46. Ametia says:

    WaPo Ed Board: DHS Shutdown Would Prove GOP ‘Incapable of Governing

    http://t.co/HT6r6TzouI

  47. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :-)

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