Thursday Open Thread | Armed Black Panthers protest #SandraBland’s death

Black Panthers Waller 15HEMPSTEAD Texas (AP) — Dozens of heavily armed demonstrators rallied in Southeast Texas to protest the arrest and jail-cell death of a black woman arrested after a confrontation with a white state trooper during a traffic stop.

About 25 demonstrators led by the New Black Panther Party marched Wednesday afternoon outside the Waller County jail in Hempstead. A riot response team of mounted Harris County sheriff’s deputies from Houston looked on.

Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her jail cell July 13, three days after her arrest, in what authorities say was suicide.

Bland’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against officials, including the trooper who stopped Bland for not signaling a lane change.

There were no arrests in the two-hour demonstration in Hempstead, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.

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109 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Armed Black Panthers protest #SandraBland’s death

  1. rikyrah says:

    I am watching House Hunters. A Black couple moving to North Dakota…..bless their hearts.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    If Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders are unbeatable candidates with all the momentum then VP Joe getting in the game shouldn’t be a problem.

    • sunshine616 says:

      Wow! They couldn’t give less fucks about anyone but then. I’ve noticed that white people are all about the individual, the selfish. We are more about the village, the selfless.

  3. rikyrah says:

    MAU leaders charged for assault, property damage to driver who drove through protestors

    By Rebecca Rivas Of The St. Louis American | Updated 7 minutes ago

    Update 8/12/15, 6:33pm CST: Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell were released from the St. Louis County jail at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12. They were greeted by celebratory crowd of about 70 people, who had gathered to demand their release. The two had been place on a 24-hour hold.

    Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell – who lead the Ferguson protest group Millennial Activists United – were reportedly arrested around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11 in Clayton. The two had just arrived to inquire about the 64 people who arrested during the Ferguson action that shutdown Interstate-70, near 270 and the Blanchette Bridge on August 10.

    About 80 demonstrators and legal observers were on site as human barricades were created to block I-70 in both directions. The protest began at 5 p.m., peak rush hour time, and transpired for about 30 minutes or so. The actions were part of Moral Monday, a day dedicated to civil disobedience in remembrance of Michael Brown Jr.’s death and of all those who have died at the hands of police.

    All individuals involved in the highway shutdown were charged with “interfering with an officer,” according to St. Louis County Police.

    Their arrest in Clayton on Tuesday was the result of new charges. Templeton was charged with three misdemeanors – assault, trespassing and peace disturbance, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced on August 12, following the police investigation. Ferrell was charged with a felony – property damage in the first degree – as well as trespassing and peace disturbance.

    McCulloch said all charges are related to the highway shutdown. During the protest, one car drove through a line of at least 10 individuals who had linked arms. (See The St. Louis American’s video of the incident.)

  4. rikyrah says:

    Letters Show How Humans Priced for Sale During Slave Trade
    LONDON — Aug 12, 2015, 7:31 PM ET
    By SYLVIA HUI Associated Press

    Researchers at Britain’s Cambridge University have released letters showing how slaves were priced for sale during the 18th century, giving an insight into the wealth and influence behind the pro-slavery lobby at the time.

    St. John’s College, which released the papers Thursday, said the papers helped show the powerful vested interests that the abolitionists had to fight against — an often-neglected side of the story.

    The papers date from the 1770s to the 1790s — during the peak of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Britain and America — and deal with the operation of a Jamaica sugar plantation run by English businessman William Philip Perrin.

    One list containing details of slaves to be bought for Perrin’s plantation included entries such as “Dick, 25, able field negro, 140 pounds” and “Castile, 45, cook and washerwoman, 60 pounds.” The total valuation for 54 male and female slaves came to 5,100 pounds, which researchers say is equal to around 500,000 pounds ($782,000) today.

    “What these letters reveal, apart from a total lack of empathy for their human commodities, is the sheer amount of money involved,” said Kathryn McKee, a librarian at the college who acquired the papers. “Many anti-slavery campaigns were grassroots efforts by ordinary people, while the pro-slavery lobby had significant wealth and influence they could use to exert pressure on parliament.”

    The abolitionists eventually won after a 20-year struggle when Britain passed the 1807 bill to abolish the slave trade.

    Images of some of the letters and papers will be available online to researchers and the public as part of a collection of anti-slavery material.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Allan Brauer ‏@allanbrauer 6h6 hours ago
    Not only is @RepHastingsFL opposing #IranDeal, he plans to intro authorization to use military force against Iran. Absolutely unforgivable.

  6. rikyrah says:

    once again….Jeb is the ‘ smart one’.

    Reid J. EpsteinVerified account‏@reidepstein 2h2 hours ago
    Jeb on Iraq, but after Obama became president: “We declared success and then chaos occurred afterwards.”

  7. check your email ladies

  8. rikyrah says:

    skeptical brotha @skepticalbrotha

    Joe Biden and aides ‘calling around’ about potential 2016 run … via @msnbc

  9. Ametia says:

    NPR’s Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
    Obama On Iran Deal: ‘Attitudes Will Change’
    August 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET

  10. Ametia says:

    Ooops! HERE IT IS

    David Simon on Black Lives Matter and Why Bill Clinton Is To Blame For Mass Incarceration
    08.13.155:15 AM ET

    The ex-journalist and creator of ‘The Wire’ sat down to discuss his excellent new HBO miniseries ‘Show Me a Hero,’ Darren Wilson’s shoddy police work, and much more.

    My fellow Americans, I am sad to report that, despite rumblings of a possible prequel and/or movie version of The Wire over the years, the series is done for good—this from the horse’s mouth himself.

    “The Wire universe is done,” creator David Simon tells me definitively. “There are other ways to tell stories, and the artifice in bringing it back would dwarf any good that we could do with it.”

  11. rikyrah says:

    Why This Election is So Hard

    by BooMan
    Thu Aug 13th, 2015 at 11:33:36 AM EST

    I’ve been seeing this quote going around lately from Jim Barksdale, the former CEO of Netscape. He said, “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”

    I like the quote not because it strikes me incredibly astute or wise, but because it seems like it fits in with the present situation facing political analysts in this country. There’s always a place for a piece like this one from Ezra Klein that wisely counsels us to remember that there are many historical examples of presidential candidates catching fire early on only to fizzle when people got focused on electability as a top priority.

    To put the history into a context that is relevant to today, there are four candidates who I thought would be the Republican nominees but who I sometimes wondered if they could really pull it off. Let me walk through them for you.

    In 2000, prior to John McCain’s massive, decisive win in the New Hampshire primary, I never gave him even the slightest chance of winning the nomination. I had to briefly reconsider that assessment, but McCain acted like the dog who caught the car and didn’t seem to know what to do with his momentum. That seemed evident during his victory speech in New Hampshire and it never improved. After his ugly defeat in South Carolina, order was restored.

    In 2008, it was completely unthinkable that anyone other than John McCain would win the nomination but the base hated him and he completely ran out of money and had to stop and retool his campaign. He was just lucky that Mitt Romney wasn’t a stronger alternative. No one else in the field (Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee) could pass the basic laugh test. McCain won because the alternatives were so unrealistic.

    If anything, 2012 was a clearer case of this. Mitt Romney was an unattractive candidate with a record uniquely unsuited for the times and mood of the Republican base. But there was no one else to choose. After flirting with every other declared candidate, the party grudgingly gave the nomination to Romney because they still cared about electability.

    And, ever since 2012, and long before he indicated any intention of running, I identified Jeb Bush as the only candidate who could fit this mold. He was the only Republican in the country who could make any kind of plausible case that he might win the Electoral College in anything resembling normal circumstances. And, yes, this is a straightforward electability argument, which shows that I honor the data and am willing to use it as a guide.

    Still, this electability thing is subjective and it’s not just some abstract concept that sits there fixed and immutable. There are mechanisms that are used to build up a candidate’s electability and to challenge the electability of others.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Muthaphucka please

    As if you needed any more proof the NYPD is made up of whiny diaper babies on ever dickish, often lethal power trips: In an effort to embarrass Mayor Bill de Blasio or something, the second largest policeman’s union in New York City has begun photographing the homeless and uploading their pictures to Flickr for an initiative called (I shit you not) “Peek-a-Boo, We See You!”

    In an initiative glowingly profiled by the New York Post, the Sergeants Benevolent Association is encouraging cops and their pals to take picture of homeless people and upload them to this Flickr account while they are off duty, as it’s illegal for a police officer to photograph the public while on duty. The purpose seems to be three-fold: To mock efforts to hold police accountable for their behavior via videos and body cameras, to kick homeless people when they’re down, and to embarrass de Blasio by showing that New York still has homeless people a full year and a half into his mayorship.

    • Ametia says:

      These MOFOs are such COWARDS. Mocking the homeless, when we all know that they’d just assume shoot them dead, like so many of the black unarmed men they have slaughtered.

    • The homeless are on the street because the shelters are more dangerous. The homeless situation here has been going on since I was a little girl and I’m 55. They don’t want de Blasio to have a second term.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly Cast in NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

  14. rikyrah says:

    if you have no uniform on….

    how is someone to know that you are a cop?

    Black child sees White folks jumping out a van and running towards him?


    in the history of AMERICA…

    would make that child think that this is going to turn out well for you?

    Hell, if you’ve seen one episode of Criminal Minds…

    you know this won’t end well for you….


    Trenton 14-year-old was unarmed when shot 7 times by police, family’s lawyer says
    August 12, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    TRENTON – A Trenton teen was unarmed when he was shot seven times by police officers Friday night while attempting to run from the officers, a lawyer for the teen’s family said Wednesday.

    Radazz Hearns, 14, remains in stable condition at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton after being shot five times in the right leg, once in the left leg and has a bullet lodged in his pelvis, said the lawyer Samuel A. Anyan Jr.

    “He’s lucky to be alive,” Anyan said, speaking out on behalf of the family for the first time since the shooting. “We’ll be seeking justice. This appears to be an unjustified shooting.”

  15. Wow! Wow! Dayummmm..

  16. rikyrah says:

    Whole lotta truth in this statement from BJ:

    Matt McIrvin says:

    August 13, 2015 at 9:49 am
    @Woodrow/asim: I think it’s basically all about race, and US demographics. White people in the US correctly perceive that they are gradually losing power as the unquestioned kings of America. The election and re-election of an actual literal black President just drove the point home.

    And there’s a subset of white Americans, larger than we like to think, who are really, really boiling mad about that. For a while, they mostly talked about it with euphemisms, or coded it as economics-speak about moochers and broke nations: the cycle that Lee Atwater famously described. But the euphemistic economics talk is actually getting less potent these days; Democrats recognize it for what it is a bit more than they used to, and you can’t get bipartisan support with it any more. Meanwhile, the far right is getting tired of it. They want to express their naked racism out in the open.

    They’re not going to give up power without a fight. In some cases, a bloody fight.

    I don’t actually think they have the majority of United States opinion any more. But they’ve also been good at rigging the political system to give superior leverage to the power they do have. And it’s conceivable that they still have enough that a sufficient victory could allow them to nail things down, and establish something like the white minority rule in apartheid South Africa. It’d take a lot of killing, of course.

  17. rikyrah says:


    Another Holocene Human says:

    Sometimes JEB! says what he actually thinks, to his detriment.

    Still, it will take more than acknowledging a basic reality to overcome his own history in Florida with Stand Your Ground, privatizing and over-testing public education, and so on.

    Btw, to give some context, graduation rates and test scores are on an upward trend for many years, a secular trend. There is completely, absolutely no evidence that what Jebbers did to fuck up Florida’s once surprisingly progressive education system* has anything the fuck to do with increasing scores. (Kevin Drum’s leaded gasoline theory is far more plausible IMO.)

    *-for the Southeast, lol, okay? and it’s a sad story, people got together to fix it and then JEB smashed it up. ironically Crist was a friend of schools and teachers but the deadenders put Lizard Scott back in there again

    Also, hasn’t been mentioned, JE Bush was a major enemy of organized labor. Most union members in Florida, I think I can say without fear of contradiction, work for the public sector, and have disproportionately Black membership. (It’s a Right to Work state.) JEB stacked up the Public Employees Relations Committee, which is like Dept of Labor for union disputes on the state level–public workers, not private workers–with anti-labor people. They’ve been busy redefining what an Unfair Labor Practice is and so on. (Rick Scott has been raging against the courts because unions moved their disputes to the Florida state court system and have been winning because the courts were reformed in the 70s and the reforms haven’t been rolled back yet like they were in the Lege.)

    Okay, I know this sounds obscure and all. But JEB, through his executive appointments to the Labor board and the Worker’s Comp board and so on has directly screwed over hundreds of thousands of workers of color who are union members in the public sector in Florida. We’re talking job losses, many of them illegal direct or structural firings, uncompensated injuries, undercompensated injuries, as well as the consequences of this, unsafe working conditions leading to permanent and unnecessary disability. Families devastated by loss of income.

    By going after organized labor he has done more to hurt communities of color than anything else he’s done. (The criminal justice system was porky pig territory long before he rolled into town.)

    And his supporters KNOW THIS. They’ll be the first to tell you that unions suck because they don’t let the boss reward the “best workers”, but instead work under seniority rules. Because under seniority a Black dude might have seniority over you, pick a nice piece of work over you, make more than you. And that’s just not right.

    • sunshine616 says:

      Because he will win by running on pbo’s success instead of running away from it. You know who our Potus is gonna campaign for and that scares the fuck outta them. If biden’s in, he’s gonna win!!!

  18. Baby on the hip and shutting it down.

    In the words of Silentó
    Can you doooo it?
    Ooh watch me, watch me
    Ooh watch me, watch me
    Ooh watch me, watch me

  19. Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian military chiefs given deadline

    Boko Haram crisis- Nigerian military chiefs given deadline

    Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has given his new military chiefs a three-month deadline to defeat the Islamist militant Boko Haram group.

    He gave the order at a swearing-in ceremony for the new service commanders he appointed last month.

    When Mr Buhari took office in May, he vowed to tackle the six-year Islamist insurgency “head on”.

    He has made a boosted multinational force of 8,700 central to his strategy in tackling the crisis.

    At least 17,000 people have been killed since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in northern Nigeria 2009, according to Amnesty International.

    Although the militants have lost their strongholds, they are still active and there has been an upsurge in suicide attacks since Mr Buhari took office.

    There have also been more attacks in neighbouring states.

    The BBC’s Randy Joe Sa’ah in Cameroon says suspected Boko Haram militants killed five villagers and a soldier on Wednesday night.

    The militants entered the village of Lame, near the town of Fotokol in the Far North region, almost silently using horses and bicycles, a military source said.

    They burnt down homes and schools and managed to escape before army commanders arrived at the scene.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Q&A: Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, on the Black Lives Matter Movement, Racial Justice, Gun Violence, and Why She’s Not Ready to Forgive.
    By Margaret Hartmann August 13, 2015

    Black Lives Matter is, in a sense, Trayvon Martin’s legacy. The hashtag first began appearing when George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who fatally shot the 17-year-old as he walked home in a small Florida town, was acquitted in July 2013. While Zimmerman walked free, Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, found themselves at the forefront of an urgent new national movement that has only been fueled by a series of other shootings of black youth by the hands of police, as well as several deaths while in police custody. Fulton, at first unwilling to be a spokesperson, has since grown into her role, traveling around the country to speak about racial violence on behalf of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, and connecting with the “Circle of Mothers,” women who have lost children to gun violence. This week, one year after Michael Brown’s death and more than three after Trayvon’s, Fulton spoke with us about healing, justice for her son, and why, for her, there is no moving on.

    Since Trayvon’s death, we’ve seen story after story about the murder of young black men and women. What is that like for you?
    It hurts every time I see another tragedy in the news. I feel for those families, I can understand that mother’s cry, and that father’s yelling. I can understand those things because I’ve been through it, and I’m still going through it years later. The pain is so fresh, it’s like it never goes away. It’s better at some times, but it never goes away.

    With the Foundation we reach out to the families but I don’t like to get involved prior to the funeral. I usually wait until after they have buried their loved ones. Then either Tracy or I, or sometimes both of us, will fly to that city and just show that family support and love. In the past year I’ve met with the families of some of the high-profile victims like Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, and Ramarley Graham in New York; Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago; Oscar Grant in Oakland; Michael Brown in Ferguson; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; Jordan Davis in Florida — the list goes on. Last week, I met with Sandra Bland’s mother and sister. It’s just unfortunate, the shoes they have to walk in and the journey they have to take.

    I have a group called the Circle of Mothers that brings together mothers from all over the United States who have lost their children to violence. We had a retreat in May. It was an opportunity to be in the same room and to say to each other, “I know how you feel.” I noticed that women tend to heal in a different manner than men, so I felt that it was necessary for women to come together and heal together, laugh together — to try to take the grieving process, absorb it, and realize that this is a stage and we have to move to the next step. We have to do something with that grief, we have to do something with that pain, and that hurt, and that disappointment. I want to give mothers a way to remember a child that has been a victim of senseless violence.

  21. Ametia says:

    I see Trump has brought the media. It’s him 24/7 for the last month & 1/2.

    • Liza says:

      No words to describe how I loathe the sight of his ugly face. Media goes along for the usual reason, it relieves them of reporting the world’s important news and they still make money.

    • sunshine616 says:

      I don’t even bother turning on msnbc anymore. I hear more about celebrity scandals than the scandalous corruption, arrogance and violence of this country’s law enforcement. Save me from the endless distraction that is our msm.

  22. Ametia says:

    Show them some love

    Posted by: Helen Philpot | August 7, 2015
    On a stage with no vaginas, there were a lot of opinions

    Margaret, let’s be clear. I am obviously using the term vagina in the narrowest sense of the word as defined by the Republican Party: a noun referring to women. And it was pretty clear at the debate that vaginas have no value unless a baby needs to pass through one on its way to church or its minimum wage job. Of course, if that baby is black or brown, then the intended destination changes to either prison or Mexico respectively.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Obamacare’ opponents fall on hard times
    08/13/15 10:22 AM—UPDATED 08/13/15 10:32 AM
    By Steve Benen
    If you’re desperately waiting for the Affordable Care Act to fail, and for the entire Obamacare-based American system to collapse, this week must be crushing.
    The number of people without health insurance has declined by 15.8 million since ObamaCare’s coverage expansion took effect, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    The National Health Interview Survey finds that the number of uninsured people has declined from 44.8 million in 2013, before ObamaCare’s coverage expansion took effect, to 29 million in the first quarter of 2015. The uninsured rate fell from 14.4 percent in 2013 to 9.2 percent in 2015, according to the CDC.
    To be sure, it’s an arbitrary threshold, but the fact that the uninsured rate has dropped to single digits is both encouraging and historic – since public officials began keeping track, it’s never been this low in the United States.

    Looking closer at the data, note that the CDC data is based on surveys conducted between January and March. In the five months since then, it’s likely the uninsured rate has improved a little more – Charles Gaba pegs the figure at about 8.8%.

    And this wasn’t the only bit of good news. NBC News reported that the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics pointed to fantastic news on expansion of the availability of coverage, and a new report from the Rand Corporation research group found similar results.

  24. rikyrah says:

    WH warns states: Defunding Planned Parenthood might break law
    By Peter Sullivan – 08/12/15 02:55 PM EDT

    The Obama administration has warned Louisiana and Alabama that they could be violating federal law by cutting off Planned Parenthood from their states’ Medicaid programs.

    The Republican governors in both states this month terminated their state Medicaid contracts with the organization in the wake of controversial undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue for medical research.

    But the White House points out that federal law says Medicaid beneficiaries may obtain services from any qualified provider and that cutting Planned Parenthood out of the program restricts that choice.

    The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) has contacted Louisiana and Alabama about the issue.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Cruz accidentally gives away the game
    08/12/15 12:57 PM—UPDATED 08/12/15 01:05 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) new campaign ad targets Planned Parenthood, which wouldn’t be especially noteworthy were it not for the far-right senator’s specific pitch.

    As msnbc’s Emma Margolin reported yesterday, Cruz also intends to “prosecute” the health care organization over fetal-tissue research.
    “For a century, Americans have helped heal and care for millions in need. Our values propelled extraordinary innovation. America made the world better,” states a narrator in the 30-second spot. “So how did America become a country that harvests organs from unborn children? And who has the courage to stop it?”

    “Ted Cruz will prosecute and defund Planned Parenthood,” the narrator continues. “Help Cruz restore American values.”
    The most glaring problem with the commercial is the contradiction Cruz and his team failed to notice. The ad opens with images of Polio victims while the narrator touts America’s history of helping “heal and care for millions.” It’s a nice, accurate message, except for the fact that fetal-tissue research used “fetal kidney cells to create the first poliovirus vaccines, which are now estimated to save 550,000 lives worldwide every year.”

  26. rikyrah says:

    h/t Kay at BJ.
    Folks are beginning to wise up and not fall for every scam down the pike.

    Amplify, a much-heralded push by News Corporation into digital education, led by Joel Klein, a former New York City schools chancellor, is nearing an inglorious end.

    News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, said on Wednesday that it would take a $371 million write-down on the education division and would move to wind down the production of tablets for schoolchildren, a key part of the unit’s offering.

    • sunshine616 says:

      Out here in fl, more and more schools are going full digital. No textbooks at all. That is so infuriating. Nowadays the only time some kids see an actual book with pages is at school. Just information without knowledge. That’s the extent of education. That’s why my last kid is homeschooled.

  27. rikyrah says:



    David Oyelowo Will Be the First Black Actor to Play James Bond – At Least on an Audiobook

    David Oyelowo can officially claim to be the first black actor to play James Bond – at least, in audiobook form. Not on the screen. Sorry if I got your hopes up!

    Oyelowo has been tapped to portray 007 (and other characters) in an audio recording of the new Bond novel titled “Trigger Mortis,” the UK newspaper The Guardian reported today.

    “I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special,” the star of “Selma” said, adding, “I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say ‘I am the new James Bond’… even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the ‘to be or not to be’ speech.”

  28. rikyrah says:

    Man, the internet can be hilarious sometimes.


    Bullet points from Jeb Bush’s speech to black people

    by on August 1, 2015 at 1:00 am

  29. rikyrah says:

    Christie no longer sure about birthright citizenship
    08/12/15 04:08 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Republican primaries can do funny things to politicians. It wasn’t too long ago that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), for example, supported comprehensive immigration and boasted about his support from Garden State’s Latino community.

    Now that the Republican governor is running for president, he opposes the bipartisan reform package – “This path to citizenship stuff is garbage,” Christie said last week – and has no qualms about pandering to the anti-immigration elements in the Republican base.

    Just how far is the New Jersey Republican prepared to go down this path? ThinkProgress flagged an interesting Christie quote from this morning.
    In a radio appearance on Wednesday, conservative host Laura Ingraham asked Christie for his opinion on birthright citizenship, a topic he does not seem to have specifically addressed before. In response, Christie said he believed the policy may be outdated.

    “I think all this stuff needs to be reexamined in light of the current circumstances,” he said. “[Birthright citizenship] may have made sense at some point in our history, but right now, we need to re-look at all that.”
    I can’t vouch for the exact wording – I didn’t hear the interview myself – but if Christie seriously believes birthright citizenship is ripe for a “reexamination,” he’s adopting a needlessly radical position, especially for someone who tried to be mainstream on the issue up until fairly recently.

    As regular readers may recall, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution doesn’t leave much in the way of wiggle room: the rights of American citizenship are given to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” The principle of birthright citizenship has been upheld by the Supreme Court many times since its enactment following the Civil War.

  30. rikyrah says:

    GOP Fight Club!

    Donald Trump mocks Rand Paul, calls on him to quit presidential race
    By Jose A. DelReal and David Weigel August 12 at 7:32 PM

    UPDATE: At 6:50 p.m., Donald Trump sent The Washington Post a lengthy response to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s ad. Here it is, in full.

    Rand Paul is doing so poorly in the polls he has to revert to old footage of me discussing positions I no longer hold. As a world-class businessman, who built one of the great companies with some of the most iconic real estate assets in the world, it was my obligation to my family, my company, my employees and myself to maintain a strong relationship with all politicians whether Republican or Democrat. I did that and I did that well.

    Unless you are a piece of unyielding granite, over the years positions evolve as they have in my case. Ronald Reagan, as an example, was a Democrat with a liberal bent who became a conservative Republican.

    Recently, Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf. I easily beat him on the golf course and will even more easily beat him now, in the world in the politics.

    Senator Paul does not mention that after trouncing him in golf I made a significant donation to the eye center with which he is affiliated.

    I feel sorry for the great people of Kentucky who are being used as a back up to Senator Paul’s hopeless attempt to become President of the United States— weak on the military, Israel, the Vets and many other issues. Senator Paul has no chance of wining the nomination and the people of Kentucky should not allow him the privilege of remaining their Senator. Rand should save his lobbyist’s and special interest money and just go quietly home.

    Rand’s campaign is a total mess, and as a matter of fact, I didn’t know he had anybody left in his campaign to make commercials who are not currently under indictment!

  31. rikyrah says:

    How come nobody goes to WHITE lawmakers, when some group like CODEPINK protests.
    UH HUH\


    The Hill ✔ @thehill

    Black lawmakers defend hijacking of Sanders rally by #BlackLivesMatter activists:

    • rikyrah says:

      Nobody went to LATINO lawmakers and asked them to defend Immigration Activists and their tactics.

      please retweet on this foolishness.

    • rikyrah says:

      from POU:


      You noticed that they only asked after BLM heckled Jeb Bush’s rally ? The media had no problems with democrats being heckled but once they went after “prince Bush” the media asked black lawmakers to defend their actions.

      • rikyrah says:

        Town is on point with this:


        It’s not the MSM who needs to stop the bullshit, it’s BLACK PEOPLE who need to stop the bullshit (from Obama on down).

        When these white MSMs out here ask us BS questions we need to call out the bullshit and keep it moving.

        Stop entertaining bullshit, because it legitimizes bullshit. Just because you are asked a question doesn’t mean you need to answer it.

    • sunshine616 says:

      What?? We are apologizing for what??? We hurt someone’s fucking feelings??? There is way more than hurt feelings in our communities. Deaths initiated by the construction of a system designed to comfort white feelings!! Gtfoh!!! These motherfuckers stay blind because of the splatter of our blood in their eyes. Miss me with your feelings!!!!!

  32. rikyrah says:

    As governor, Jeb Bush used e-mail to discuss security, troop deployments
    By Ed O’Keefe March 14

    Jeb Bush used his private e-mail account as Florida governor to discuss security and military issues such as troop deployments to the Middle East and the protection of nuclear plants, according to a review of publicly released records.

    The e-mails include two series of exchanges involving details of Florida National Guard troop deployments after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the review by The Washington Post found.

    Aides to Bush said Saturday that none of the e-mails contained sensitive or classified information, and that many of the events mentioned in them were documented in press accounts, either contemporaneously or later. But security experts say private e-mail systems such as the one used by Bush are more vulnerable to hackers, and that details such as troop movements could be exploited by enemies.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Jeb Bush flubs test of self-awareness
    08/13/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 08/13/15 08:11 AM
    By Steve Benen
    On Tuesday night, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush complained bitterly about conditions in Iraq, which he blamed on President Obama and his team, rather than the disastrous war launched and mismanaged by his brother. It was a topic Jeb should have gone out of way to avoid, but the Florida Republican jumped in, head-first anyway.

    A day later, the former governor decided to go after Hillary Clinton’s emails. Once again, it’s a topic Jeb should have gone out of way to avoid, but the Florida Republican jumped in, head-first anyway. NBC News reported:
    The former Florida governor also knocked Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state. Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday announced it would hand over the server to the Justice Department. “It looks like she’s hiding, the way she’s going about this I mean disclose it,” Bush said. “The FBI took it, it’s a little bit different than disclosing it.” […]

    Bush cited his own release of 33 years of tax returns and his own emails from his time in government as proof that his approach is superior to Clinton’s.
    Right off the bat, when someone turns over a server to the Justice Department for review, as part of a probe in which that person is not a target, that’s not “hiding.” It’s the exact opposite.

    But the more striking problem is Bush’s willingness to site his own record. It’s one of the more obvious failures of self-awareness seen on the campaign trail this year.

    Revisiting our coverage from March, the Washington Post reported the details that show just how vulnerable Bush is on the issue he’s now focusing attention on.
    Jeb Bush used his private e-mail account as Florida governor to discuss security and military issues such as troop deployments to the Middle East and the protection of nuclear plants, according to a review of publicly released records.

    The e-mails include two series of exchanges involving details of Florida National Guard troop deployments after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the review by The Washington Post found.
    The Washington Post’s report on the security risks surrounding Jeb Bush conducting official business on his private account coincided with a New York Times article, which noted that it took the former governor more than seven years “to comply fully with a Florida public records statute” on email disclosure.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  35. Ametia says:

    The photos of these Black Panthers is a sight to BEHOLD.

    It really is the only LANGUAGE white folks understand, and it shows them that they are not the only ones who have thosse SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!

    Now these folks have the right to carry guns and demonstrate. They know theri rights, and are not afraid to exercise them.

    Don’t come for us, unless we send for you. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    Don’t start NONE, won’t be NONE.

  36. Imagine if a black Presidential candidate said he’d fight white women who interrupted his rally with protests? Would the media be gloating? I know darn well DEMOCRATS aren’t going to remain silent about a Presidential candidate stating he’d commit violence against women?

  37. Good morning, everyone!

    Is it Friday yet? I want this week to be over already.

    SG2 haz a sad. :(

    • Ametia says:

      TGIF!!!! Hi SG2 & Everyone. I have been working on major projects this week with great success. It’s absolutely imperative that we stay vigilant in support of BlackLivesMatter, and balance our lives too.

      Thanks for holding it down.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Words of wisdom from 1966 in the February 19-20 issue of The Southern Courier by Mrs. Mary Marshall, president of the Voters League (when a speaker was late):

        It’s sad thing to have to have a special speaker to get this many people at our meeting,” she said. “This is our struggle. We just can’t let other people lead us. We’ve got to step up and see what we can do to help.”

        Then John Kelly Jr. (VP of Voters League) really nailed it:

        There’s something each of us can do. If you can’t pull the cart, then push. But please- – don’t ride.

    • vitaminlover says:

      Awwwwww, SG! I hate it when you have a sad. Things have a way of working out. (smile)

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