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  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Marcus Coleman addresses the press at rally for #KendrickJohnson outside what would've been his graduation.— tim franzen (@timfranzen1) May 23, 2015

  2. rikyrah says:


    where are the cooning gifs?


    TV Host Byron Allen Slams President Obama: “A White President in Blackface”

    yron Allen had some choice words for President Barack Obama.

    Allen, host of TV series Comics Unleashed and Entertainers With Byron Allen, lashed out at the president to TMZ, saying Obama should be doing more to help black people.

    “Black people have fallen further behind under President Obama,” said Allen, who also criticized Obama for having referred to the looters and arsonists in last month’s Baltimore riots as “thugs.”

    “President Obama is, at this point, a white president in blackface,” Allen said. “Black America would have done much better with a white president.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    hey, for those who watched it:

    Season 2 of Tyrant begins June 16th on FX.

    Here’s the trailer:

  4. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    Las Vegas tycoon Sheldon Adelson to face graft accusations in US court

    A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and organised crime ties to casinos owned by the multibillionaire and Republican party funder, Sheldon Adelson, will be heard in the US.

    The decision raises the prospect of Adelson facing difficult questions about his business practices following allegations by a former chief executive of his highly profitable casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau that a well-known triad crime figure was used to bring in high-rolling gamblers and of influence peddling with Chinese officials.

    The case potentially has implications for Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands casinos because evidence of ties to criminal organisations could cost them their gaming licences.

    It could also have a bearing on the 81-year-old billionaire’s considerable political influence. He is estimated to have spent $150m in a failed bid to secure a Republican victory over Barack Obama in the last presidential election and is being vigorously courted by Republican candidates in the next race.

    Friday’s ruling follows a court battle earlier this month over jurisdiction in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit by the former chief executive of the Macau casinos, Steven Jacobs. He alleges that he was fired in part for blocking hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to a Macau legislator and lawyer because they may breach US anti-bribery laws. Jacobs also alleges Adelson opposed his attempts to break links to the triads…

    Adelson is also likely to face difficult questions about his denial that his company had links to a senior Chinese official, Ng Lap Seng, who was described in court as “a courier” for Sands Macau and a link man to the Chinese government.

    Ng is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, a political advisory body in China dominated by the Communist party.

    Adelson’s four days on the witness stand during the jurisdiction hearing were marked by combative answers and testimony that contradicted his own executives. He accused Jacobs of “squealing like a pig to the government” with the allegations.

  5. Liza says:

    No words…

    Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived 2 Tours in Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) May 24, 2015

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Racist History of the Charter School Movement
    Touted as the cure for what ails public education, charter schools have historical roots that are rarely discussed.
    By Christopher Bonastia / AlterNet January 6, 2015

    As a parent I find it easy to understand the appeal of charter schools, especially for parents and students who feel that traditional public schools have failed them. As a historical sociologist who studies race and politics, however, I am disturbed both by the significant challenges that plague the contemporary charter school movement, and by the ugly history of segregationist tactics that link past educational practices to the troubling present.

    The now-popular idea of offering public education dollars to private entrepreneurs has historical roots in white resistance to school desegregation after Brown v. Board of Education (1954). The desired outcome was few or, better yet, no black students in white schools. In Prince Edward County, Virginia, one of the five cases decided in Brown, segregationist whites sought to outwit integration by directing taxpayer funds to segregated private schools.

    Two years before a federal court set a final desegregation deadline for fall 1959, local newspaper publisher J. Barrye Wall shared white county leaders’ strategy of resistance with Congressman Watkins Abbitt: “We are working [on] a scheme in which we will abandon public schools, sell the buildings to our corporation, reopen as privately operated schools with tuition grants from [Virginia] and P.E. county as the basic financial program,” he wrote. “Those wishing to go to integrated schools can take their tuition grants and operate their own schools. To hell with ’em.”

    Though the county ultimately refused to sell the public school buildings, public education in Prince Edward County was nevertheless abandoned for five years (1959-1964), as taxpayer dollars were funneled to the segregated white academies, which were housed in privately owned facilities such as churches and the local Moose Lodge. Federal courts struck down this use of taxpayer funds after a year. Still, whites won and blacks lost. Because there were no local taxes assessed to operate public schools during those years, whites could invest in private schools for their children, while blacks in the county—unable and unwilling to finance their own private, segregated schools—were left to fend for themselves, with many black children shut out of school for multiple years.

    Meanwhile, in less blatant attempts to avoid desegregation, states and localities also enacted “freedom of choice” plans that typically allowed white students to transfer out of desegregated schools, but forced black students to clear numerous administrative hurdles and, not infrequently, withstand harassment from teachers and students if they entered formerly all-white schools. When some segregationists began to acknowledge that separate black and white schools were no longer viable legally, they sought other means to eliminate “undesirables.”

  7. Ametia says:

    Good Morning Everyone.

  8. rikyrah says:




    Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state corrections director, who took over a crowded prison system just two months ago, has resigned, officials confirmed Friday.

    The governor’s office gave no reason for the premature departure of Donald Stolworthy, named to the $150,228-a-year job March 9.

    “At our request, he has agreed to help during the transition period to continue our transformation of the Department of Corrections while we identify the leader that will succeed him,” Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said in a statement.

    Corrections Department spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said Stolworthy was “not available” for an interview Friday. She referred questions to Kelly.

    The 54-year-old Stolworthy, put in charge of penitentiaries designed for 32,000 prisoners but that hold 48,000, had come from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where he assessed foreign prison systems and guided senior administration officials.

    Stolworthy raised some eyebrows early on with a memo that said sick-time and overtime rules governing union employees were leading to unreasonable costs. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported in April that Stolworthy said contracts with bargaining units — such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — contribute to “many of the ills” in the agency.

  9. rikyrah says:

    $34 million controlled by Rauner, allies looms over legislative session

    As state lawmakers find themselves in their typical late May posture of trying to pass a budget, a new political dynamic hovers over the proceedings: more than $34 million in campaign cash under the control of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies.

    Rauner already has sprinkled a total of $400,000 in contributions to every Republican legislator as he talks about the need for the GOP to “stay unified” at the end of session. Democrats have made those campaign donations an issue, citing what they say are the bad optics of Rauner doling out money at the same time he’s asking Republicans to take tough votes for what he calls his “Turnaround Agenda.

    But Rauner has plenty of money left to unholster against the Democratic-controlled General Assembly should the session go into overtime and stretch into the summer. The implied threat is that incumbents not supportive of the governor could face a barrage of TV and radio attack ads and negative mailings, if not find opponents fielded against them in next year’s legislative races.

    Already, an advertising agency that handled Rauner’s multi-million dollar campaign commercials last year has been inquiring about buying broadcast air time, said one media representative who was not authorized to speak publicly. The ad agency declined to comment.

    If anything, the money held by Rauner’s campaign fund, the Rauner-created Turnaround Illinois political action committee, the Rauner-backed state Republican Party and the Illinois Growth and Opportunity PAC represents the growth in the perpetual political campaign in Illinois.

    It used to be that races for governor and the legislature ended on Election Day and the work of governing began. Now the Rauner-aligned cash and the money collected by Democratic legislative leaders from their allies is escalating into a full-time campaign of contrasting ideals and policy at a critical time for Illinois’ financial future.

    The stakes are high. The Republican governor, in his rookie year in his first-ever elected office, is challenging the structure and systems of government in a state where Democrats have overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate.

    Should Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders fail to reach a budget agreement by month’s end, some Democrats and Republicans said privately they expect Rauner and his allied funds to use money to try to sway public opinion to the governor and blame the General Assembly.

  10. rikyrah says:

    now, she makes me wonder what I’m doing with my life


    80-year-old WCC grad provides lots of life lessons

    Spend just a short time chatting with Loretta Parker, and you’ll begin to think this darn aging thing is not all that bad.

    Parker will be 81 years old next month. She’s also Waubonsee Community College’s “Featured Student” for 2015 for the Applied Science-Administrative Assistant degree she received Thursday evening.

    Parker wasn’t the speaker at the WCC Commencement that took place at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora.

    But she could have been.

    The pearls of wisdom she drops so effortlessly in conversation are the sound bites every person should remember as they journey through life.

    “If you can’t make it better, don’t make it worse.”

    “I’d rather wear out than rust out.”

    My personal favorite – and one I plan to use on my children from here on out — “Every stumbling block is a stepping stone.”

    After listening to her story, you realize these phrases really are more than just a bumper sticker or embroidered wall hanging for Parker: These are the observations that defined her life.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    in Art, Books| March 28th, 2015

    You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs.

    • Ametia says:

      Happy 116, Ms. Jeralean Talley!
      I’d love to sit before her and harness all the wisdom she’s collected and lived for over a century.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone :)

  13. sunshine616 says:

    Good morning, chicas….I’m a bit weary today. Yesterday’s verdict was some of the biggest injustice I’ve seen. When I think about all the untold stories, about how many of our young brothers and sisters have been taken far too soon by a system that was designed to incarcerate us and kill our mind, spirit and body. Who protects us? It really seems like we are on our own here. They will not stop and why should they. No one holds the cops responsible. The largest crime syndicate in America is the American police departments. Look what happens if you snitch, if you don’t remain loyal. There is not a single fucking reason to believe anyone with a badge or standing behind a podium. Keep your words, your actions have said it all.

    • It’s exhausting. What can we arm ourselves with in this continue battle to be treated as equals with humane rights. To not fear for our lives and the lives of our love ones who are just walking, driving or standing while being black.

      • sunshine616 says:

        Even when armed with the truth, even when armed with the image, even when armed with peace, they can’t accept. I believe money is the only weapon. Our words and bodies mean nothing to them. They only get scared when their bottom line gets affected.

    • rikyrah says:

      It wasn’t the biggest injustice that I’ve seen, but it does come close. I understand your weariness.

    • The Judge is the epitome of evil. How long, Lord?

    • Liza says:

      They say that the darkest hour is just before dawn. What we can say unequivocally is that awareness of this horrific injustice continues to grow. But sadly, all populist movements seem to pay the price in blood for whatever success they might eventually achieve. I realize this is not comforting to the families and friends of those who are lost forever, nor is it comforting to the protesters and their supporters. Is this going to be the story of America? Does every generation have to learn the same lessons over and over? And do we keep doing this until we, as a nation, have squandered every opportunity we have had for peace and justice and equality within our own borders? Shouldn’t people be able to instinctively understand basic human rights?

      Even so, despite all of the above, I feel certain that this movement will eventually bring on major changes that affect deserving people in positive ways. And a huge debt of gratitude will be owed to those who understand that progress is slow and incremental and are still willing to fight. We know how this story unfolds, but we are forced to watch in horror while Oscar Grant is shot in the back while restrained, while Eric Garner is choked to death, while Freddie Gray’s 25 year old body is fatally mutilated. The effect is cumulative, and we alternate between being heartbroken and being ready to explode with anger. And we have given up on trying to imagine what happens next or how long it will be before this ends.

      I think that a lot of folks are feeling weary.

      • sunshine616 says:

        Just wow! No truer words. Thank u for this..

      • Liza says:


      • Ametia says:

        No truer words spoken, Liza.

        “Does every generation have to learn the same lessons over and over? And do we keep doing this until we, as a nation, have squandered every opportunity we have had for peace and justice and equality within our own borders? Shouldn’t people be able to instinctively understand basic human rights?”

        It’s like being on a hamster wheel. Eventurally there has to be a way off. This nation’s racial karma will eventually be resolved or it will be the death of us all.

      • rikyrah says:

        comment from TOD:

        May 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm
        My son and his family are with us this weekend. They drove up from Dallas yesterday, and got caught in torrential rain and a tornado warning so had to stop at a pizza place for almost two hours, then came on in through heavy rain. They left Dallas about 2:00, and got in about 9:30…..that’s quite a long time for what is generally a four hour trip. BUT, they made it safely. Fortunately our son knows the roads here and knows which intersections to avoid. I’m so thankful to have them here. They tried to come Mother’s Day, but had to turn back in Denton because of flooding.

        This morning he said something that showed me that some people are noticing important differences in the treatment of black and white people by police. He just stopped and said…..I noticed how those thugs were treated in Waco….and thought how different it was from Ferguson and Baltimore, and then thought what was the difference…..and he and I both said together….the color of the people. I told him….that is a perfect example of white privilege, and he replied,” yes it is. I never really comprehended it before.” My son would not have really accepted this idea of white privilege to this extent before, but these events have made a powerful impact on him, and I believe that they will do the same with millions of people. People are having the scales removed from their eyes…….the process may be slower than we’d like, but it will happen.

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