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  3. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Trump Preaching to Shrinking White Electorate Creates Problems for GOP

    His anti-immigrant rhetoric and visceral stance on citizenship rights are forcing Republicans into opposing corners.

    by Ronald Brownstein

    August 26, 2015

    Exactly 19 years ago this week Bob Dole, as the recently chosen 1996 Republicanpresidential nominee, faced the same question that Donald Trump has presented his rivals today: whether to support ending the Constitution’s guarantee of automatic citizenship for all children born in the U.S.

    the national convention that nominated Dole and Jack Kemp that summer, the party’s platform called for revoking the provision in the 14th Amendment that ensured citizenship for all U.S.-born children,
    regardless of their parents’ immigration status. Dole had remained vague on that plank during the convention, but in an appearance with Kemp before the National Association of Black Journalists on Aug. 23, 1996, the new nominee briskly rejected the idea.

    generations, white children of white immigrants, regardless of their
    status, enjoyed citizenship,” one reporter said to him, according to The New York Times.”Now that the new immigrants are black and brown, would you support a constitutional amendment denying them citizenship?” Dole’s reply was unequivocal: “No.”

    For Dole, the choice of defending the 14th Amendment’s
    promise of birthright citizenship “was a no-brainer,” recalled Scott
    Reed, his campaign manager. “There were a handful of issues Dole just didn’t agree with [in the platform] and he wasn’t going to roll along without saying something.”

    This rightward lurch—behind an almost certainly hopeless cause of
    constitutional change—captures the core GOP dilemma now unfolding in the party’s nomination contest.

    Trump is proposing more sweeping change than the 1996 platform Dole repudiated.

    The businessman argues that the 14th Amendment does not, in fact, guarantee citizenship to the estimated 4.5 million U.S. children born of undocumented immigrants; if the courts agreed, that presumably would make those children subject to the deportation he pledges to pursue against all those here illegally.

  4. rikyrah says:

    My Experience With PTSD After Pledging A Black Greek-Letter Organization

    It never once dawned on me that this was the beginning of a nightmare.

    Before heading off to college, Greek life was the last thing on my mind. I had Pulitzer aspirations. And as a direct admit to one of the best journalism schools in the country, social and fraternal organizations were outside of my tunnel vision.

    But as a freshman, National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations (NPHC), or Black Greek-letter organizations, mesmerized me. And over time I learned that being an accomplished Black kid from St. Louis at a predominantly White institution made me a prime candidate for every Black organization on campus, Greek or otherwise.

    Teeth-rattling, high-energy step shows combined with the roar of the crowds at probates as colorfully decorated masks fell to the ground left me in a constant state of bewilderment. My chest full, bursting with anticipation and inspiration after every event. Slowly, I found myself watching the Black sororities; observing them in lecture halls and watching their behavior as they waited in long lines at food halls, trying to see which group best fit me.

    In the spring of 2010, I accepted an invitation to attend a group informational for a particular, well-known sorority. The only other active Black sorority had an unapproachable demeanor on campus that left a bad taste in my mouth. So, to me, this particular organization was the only option.

    The informational was pretty straightforward. With a breakdown of the organization’s key founding principles and a quick Q&A session with the seven members, I started my journey with these ladies. And I was thrilled.

    To this day, I still don’t understand how an act so pure could be transformed into such a poisonous thing.

    The next five months of my life were spent allowing these women, who would be my so-called “sisters,” into my inner psyche.

  5. rikyrah says:

    nobody cares, Rand, what you think


    Rand Paul Thinks He Has A Better Name For Black Lives Matter

    He also doesn’t like this “commandeering the microphone” business.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Wednesday night that the activist movement Black Lives Matter should rename themselves something like “Innocent Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter.”

    “I think they should change their name, maybe,” the 2016 Republican presidential candidate told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Paul went on to suggest a few options and added, “Frankly, I think a lot of poor people in our country, and many African-Americans, are trapped in this war on drugs, and I want to change it, but commandeering the microphone and bullying people and pushing people out of the way … isn’t a way to get their message across.”

    Paul, who has made a point to tour historically black colleges and low-income black communities in the past, had expressed a similar sentiment Monday during an interview with Seattle’s KING-TV.

    “Do I think it’s a good idea for people to jump up and commandeer the microphone? No, and I wouldn’t let them take my microphone,” Paul said on Monday.

    Over the past few weeks, Black Lives Matter activists have led protests at several 2016 campaign events, derailing speeches by Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

  6. rikyrah says:

    this is the truth


    Black People Don’t Hate Dogs. We Just Hate When Their Lives Are Valued More Than Ours

    Damon Young, 8/25/15

    My Pittsburgh Steelers are apparently courting Michael Vick to become their new back up QB.

    There are several reasons to be for (i.e.: the Steelers haven’t had a
    back up QB with an actual pulse since Charlie Batch) or against (i.e.: Michael Vick is the same age as “Rapper’s Delight”) this move. (For the record, I’m for it.) None of these reasons, however, should have anything to do with dogs.

    Unfortunately — and predictably — Vick’s decade-old history of financing a multi-state dog fighting ring has been brought up by many as a reason why the Steelers — and every other team — should stay clear of him. This despite the fact that Vick has already been punished legally and financially and has continued to be an outspoken advocate against animal abuse since his release. (And
    despite the fact that the Steelers’ most prominent player — someone we seem to have no trouble cheering for — has been accused multiple times of sexually violating actual human women.)

    Just as predictably, the Vick argument seems to be split down racial
    lines. Obviously, not all White football fans believe Michael Vick
    should be persona non grata. And there are also many who just don’t want to see the Steelers sign Vick because, even in his athletic prime, he was turnover and injury-prone. But the people who remain extra vehement and vigilant with their Vick hate do tend to be White. And this conversation often leads to another conversation about certain types of White people valuing the lives of dogs more than the lives of Black people. Which then often leads to another conversation about Black people not valuing the lives of dogs at all.

  7. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH


    Ohio cop tells black man he tailed him and pulled him over for ‘direct eye contact’
    Arturo Garcia
    27 Aug 2015 at 17:55 ET

    A black Ohio man got a police officer to admit to him on video that he followed him for nearly two miles and pulled him over for making “direct eye contact,” talk show host David Pakman reported.

    “As suspicious as ‘making direct eye contact’ may be to a police officer, doing the exact opposite — that is, avoiding eye contact with a police officer — could be considered equally suspicious by an officer,” Pakman noted. “In other words, both making eye contact and not making eye contact with police could, conceivably, be grounds for a traffic stop, if you agree with the general principle suggested herein.”

    The motorist, John Felton, posted the video online after the encounter earlier this month, saying he started recording as soon as the officer started tailing him as he drove to his mother’s house in Dayton.

    “He saw Michigan plates,” Felton says. “He just needed a reason. Why would you follow me every step of the way, every turn I make?”

    The officer is seen telling Felton he pulled him over for not signalling a turn 100 feet before doing so, before asking for both his driver’s license and his passengers. When Felton asks why the officer needs the other man’s license, the officer says, “I can identify who’s in the car.”

    Later, the officer tells Felton he is letting him off with a warning.

    “Like I said, it’s a violation if you don’t turn your turn signal on,” the officer says, before Felton cuts him off.

    “You’ve been tailing me for how long? You just needed a reason to pull me over,” Felton says. “No disrespect, I don’t have nothing against police officers, but all this sh*t that’s going on now? That’s some scary sh*t. To have a police officer just tail you, and then you pull me over, ’cause you said I didn’t signal — what? Do you know how it looks?”

    Felton then asks the officer again why he would pull him over.

    “Because you made direct eye contact with me, and you held on to it while I was passing you,” the officer admits.

    “What?” Felton asks incredulously. “I didn’t even see you.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    this is all kinds of real.


    Woman strips to show fresh mastectomy scars as Virginia official calls to defund Planned Parenthood

    David Edwards
    27 Aug 2015 at 16:39 ET

    Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian was interrupted by a
    breast cancer survivor as he was pushing to defund Planned Parenthood at a recent press conference in Virginia.

    According to The Roanoke Times, Bedrosian had been on a “crusade” to defund the United Way since a conservative group released deceptively edited videos of Planned Parenthood employees speaking about fetal tissue donations.

    Roanoke County’s United Way helps fund non-abortive
    education provided by local Planned Parenthood chapters. The county does not provide funding to United Way or Planned Parenthood. But it does participate in a fundraising campaign, allowing government employees to give to United Way.

    “Let’s make everybody happy,” Bedrosian told a group of
    anti-abortion activists in front of the county administration building.
    “Those that want to support Planned Parenthood, go for it. Do it. We’ll continue to pray on our side that we get out of this business of killing babies, but you can do it if you want. That’s freedom in America. But to actually enhance, facilitate or enable it through county government is where I have a problem.”

    A woman who was identified as Leigh Anne Woods by WDBJ walked up the podium and took her shirt off as Bedrosian was speaking.

    “You have a problem because they perform abortions, look at everything else they do, they save lives!” Woods said.

    “It’s more than birth control,” she insisted. “It’s more than abortion. They save lives.”

    Woods told WDBJ that she wanted to show the county
    supervisor the scars from the mastectomy she had just weeks earlier, and she credited Planned Parenthood for saving her life.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Obama admin issues landmark labor ruling redefining the term “employer”:
    NLRB rules against business in pivotal joint-employer decision
    08/27/15 02:45 PM EDT

    The Obama administration is redefining what it means to be an employer.

    The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday handed down one of the biggest decisions of the Obama presidency, ruling that companies can be held equally responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors.

    At issue is whether waste management firm Browning-Ferris is responsible for the treatment of its contractor’s employees. The Houston-based company hired Leadpoint Business Services to staff a recycling facility in California.

    The labor board determined Browning-Ferris should be considered a joint employer with the Phoenix-based staffing agency. As a result, the company could be pulled into collective bargaining negotiations with those employees and held liable for any labor violations committed against them.

    This is a sharp departure from previous labor laws that hold companies responsible only for employees who are under their direct control by setting their hours, wages, or job responsibilities. Companies could avoid those requirements by hiring staffing agencies and subcontractors that deal more closely with the workers.

    But the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charted a new course Thursday. A regional director initially ruled in favor of Browning-Ferris, but the Teamsters union, which represents the workers, appealed the case to the national board.

    It’s the latest in a string of major victories for labor groups under President Obama’s administration, which has already issued several sweeping executive actions on worker protections and wages.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Identity of Baseball Stealing Woman Revealed…
    September 9, 2014

    That horrible baseball-stealing woman with the Suze Orman lipstick lesbian haircut — that square-assed old hag in white pants and a big bully belt who snatched away a baseball from a child, has finally been identified. Her name is Grennele Brashkowitz, and if you think she is the most hated wicked witch in the world, wait until you hear what she does for a living.


    “I was on a cross-country vacation with my life companion Judy, and we decided to go to a baseball game. I even bought a special outfit at Nordstrom — white shirt with white pants and a huge leather belt — I looked great and I deserved to be on TV. I deserved that ball too. That little kid will have a lot of chances in life. Sometimes she will screw up and sometimes she will succeed. That’s the way life goes for everybody. So get over it!”

    Brashkowitz is now heading back to her native Quebec since she feels that her life has become unlivable since she snatched the ball from that poor little girl. She is being drummed out of her job and shunned in her community.

    “I didn’t even know the kid was there. I didn’t even see her, but what difference should that make? I win! That is what I do! In the long run the kid will get on TV shows and whatever but I will always be seen as an evil woman with a big ugly belt. Yeah, that’s what the guy on the local news said about me. He said I had an ugly belt. Can you imagine saying that about a belt I bought for $99.00 and that was with 40% off. How could it be ugly?

    “I can’t take it anymore in this f****g country and I don’t care what anyone thinks of me or my hair or how out of style they say I looked or that my ass was big and flat like they say. Yeah, let’s see you live with those kinds of insults and see how long you can take it. And all this because I beat out a little brat for a baseball. Give me a break!”

    Grennele Brashskowitz is a child psychologist in private practice with four other clinicians. So far all of the staff has walked out and the partners are in the process of buying her out of the business. Strangely enough, according to her associate, Daneesh Pargrim PHd. she is beloved by her patients and has never had a blemish on her record.

  11. Ametia says:


    • majiir says:

      I wished on yesterday that I’d been standing somewhere near Piysh Jindal when he told the president that he shouldn’t talk about climate change in his speech today. I’d have given him a piece of my mind and would have had to restrain myself from hitting him in his mouth. He has some d*mn nerve trying to tell PBO what he can/can’t say in a speech in a city that was devastated by a hurricane due to cliimate change. He, like Rick Scott and other GOP/TP cc deniers, seem to think that if the word isn’t mentioned, climate change isn’t happening.

  12. rikyrah says:

    my uterus is none of your business, mofo.

  13. rikyrah says:

    you know they took that boy out of his bed from his nap..LOL

  14. rikyrah says:

    Black Lives Matter Boos Washington Mayor’s Anti-Crime Plans

    WASHINGTON — Aug 27, 2015, 2:22 PM ET

    By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press

    The boos began as soon as Washington’s mayor said she was putting more police officers on the streets in neighborhoods affected by violent crime. They didn’t let up for the next 18 minutes as Democrat Muriel Bowser laid out her plans to address an increase in homicides in the nation’s capital.

    Bowser was repeatedly heckled and interrupted by a few dozen protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement during her address Thursday inside the sweltering gymnasium of a long-shuttered school in southeast Washington.

    Shouting “Jobs, not jails!” and “More police is not the answer!,” the protesters accused the mayor of failing to address the root causes of violence and advocating for policies that would do more harm than good.

    Bowser, who is black, said she wanted “to make ‘Black Lives Matter’ more than just a hashtag.'” The hecklers said they didn’t believe her.

    “I think she doesn’t really care. From the beginning, the mayor has been completely aloof from the broader conversation that the Black Lives Matter movement is driving,” said Eugene Puryear, a protest organizer. “At the end of the day, tougher penalties and more cops, which have only been proven to have a negative effect, are something that she’s going to continue to support.”

    There have been 103 slayings in the District of Columbia this year, a 43 percent increase over this point last year and just two fewer than in all of 2014. The increase in violent crime has represented the first real crisis for Bowser, who took office in January and pledged a “fresh start” for the city after her predecessor was dogged by campaign-related scandals.

    • Kathleen says:

      From our “NFS” Department…

      • Kathleen says:

        My reply here is at wrong spot. This was meant to be after WSJ survey about economists Geezer posting again.

        I do have response to this post, however, and that would be rikyrah’s cat gif from up post. Thank you for that, rikyrah. I sent it to my family and friends who are cat people, and they are legion.

  15. rikyrah says:

    their silence means a lot. they aren’t coming out against him, saying that he’s wrong.


    Republicans stay mostly silent in face of Trump’s bigotry and misogyny

    By Dana Milbank Opinion writer August 26 at 5:31 PM

    Wednesday was Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote 95 years ago.

    And how have Republicans marked this egalitarian milestone? Why, with another bimbo eruption, of course.


    Trump’s response, at a press conference in Iowa: “It is a very small element in my life, Megyn Kelly. I don’t care about Megyn Kelly. No, I would not apologize. She should probably apologize to me, but I just don’t care.”

    Right. The victim of Trump’s misogyny should apologize to him.

    More telling than Trump’s latest disparagement of women, or his flip rejection of Ailes’s demand for an apology, is the reaction from the rest of the Republican presidential field: virtual silence.

    Even businesswoman Carly Fiorina, one of the few candidates who has called out Trump in the past, stepped carefully when asked about Trump on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday. She said Trump represents “a wake-up call to a lot of folks,” and the closest she got to criticizing him was to say that “character will be revealed of all the candidates over time and under pressure.”

    But the character of the candidates already has been revealed. Trump is acting like a sexist and a bigot — and the rest of the candidates are, with occasional exceptions, too timid to call him what he is.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Morning Plum: How Democrats will use Donald Trump to try to destroy GOP among Latinos
    By Greg Sargent
    August 27 at 9:40 AM
    The damage radiating outwards from the epic slow-motion disaster otherwise known as Donald Trump is only just beginning. Or at least Democrats hope this will prove to be the case — and they are now taking new and active steps to make that happen.

    If you want to get a sense of how Democrats hope to use the rise of Donald Trump to damage the GOP among Latinos — a project that will probably continue for many months, deep into 2016 — take a look at this new ad from the Hillary Clinton-allied Super PAC Priorities USA:

    “Seventeen Republicans are running for president — with one message for immigrant families,” the ad intones. It then airs footage of Donald Trump calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and calling for mass deportations; Jeb Bush defending his use of the term “anchor babies”; and Scott Walker seeming to agree that we should end birthright citizenship.

    “This is the Republican Party,” the ad concludes. All of this rhetoric from the GOP Presidential candidates is helpfully translated into Spanish text that spools forth on the screen.

    Maggie Haberman reports that the ad will start airing in states with large Latino populations, such as Florida, Colorado, and Nevada.

  17. rikyrah says:

    GOP discovers it doesn’t like filibusters after all
    08/27/15 12:46 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Sen. Tom Corker (R-Ark.) didn’t just complain this week about the international nuclear agreement with Iran; he also targeted the nature of the Democratic support for the policy. Apparently, Senate Dems expect the Republican majority to get 60 votes for their plan – and Cotton thinks that’s outrageous.

    “Harry Reid wants to deny the American people a voice entirely by blocking an up-or-down vote on this terrible deal,” the right-wing freshman complained.

    Ah yes, the ol’ “up-or-down” vote – the one thing the majority party loves, until it falls into the minority, at which point it rediscovers the “cooling saucer” metaphor, right up until it reclaims the majority and the cycle begins anew.

    Cotton isn’t alone, of course. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), upon learning of the likely Democratic filibuster, responded, “Are you kidding me?” Politico reported today:
    “Is that where they really want to be? Do they really want to vote to block consideration of … probably the biggest foreign policy endeavor?” Corker said in an interview. “Do they want to be in a place where they voted to keep from going to the substance [of the Iran debate]?”
    Corker may not have fully thought this one through.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Pollsters dumbfounded by Trump
    August 27, 2015, 06:00 am

    Polling experts agree on one thing when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential run: They’ve never seen anything like it.

    The businessman’s dominance of the Republican presidential race is forcing experienced political hands to question whether everything they know about winning the White House is wrong.

    The shocks have come in quick succession, with the businessman first rocketing to the top of national polls, and then taking double-digit leads in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

    In another act of political magic, Trump managed to flip his favorability rating from negative to positive in one poll during the span of a month — a feat that Monmouth University’s Patrick Murray called “astounding.”

    “That defies any rule in presidential politics that I’ve ever seen,” Murray, the director Monmouth’s Polling Institute, told The Hill.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump’s Insults Rattle Republican Rivals, Please Fans

    Stream of barbs aimed at fellow GOP candidates startle even those used to rough political discourse
    Trump’s Insults Shock Even Seasoned Politicians
    Aug. 26, 2015 7:44 p.m. ET

    Donald Trump “is turning the schoolyard taunt into a political art form,”.

    These aren’t gaffes or off-script asides. They are part of a strategy, people close to Mr. Trump say, of knocking his Republican presidential rivals off their game. That, at least for now, is getting him the attention and poll ratings he wants among voters looking for an antidote to the artifice of U.S. politics.

    But the intensely personal nature of Mr. Trump’s insults, sometimes mocking his rivals by mimicking them, is startling even to those who have grown accustomed to the sometimes low levels of civility in politics today.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Fabulous comment from TOWN:


    This is interesting, we have Morrissey (who?) claiming Obama’s done nothing for victims of police shootings, Judd Apatow claiming Bill Cosby’s daughters need to apologize/counsel to his victims, white people demanding to know why black people aren’t marching in the streets for white people gunned down by cops and/or black people killed by other black people and people claiming Beyonce needs to speak up on black issues.

    So, why are black people ALWAYS expected to do the heavy lifting in this country?

    If Morrissey is that distressed over black people getting killed by the cops, why doesn’t he lend his star power to the cause?

    If Judd Apatow is so concerned about Bill Cosby’s victims, why doesn’t he offer them couseling at his expense?

    If the liberal thinkpiecers are so concerned about black issues, why don’t they bring them to the forefront?

    If white folks are so concerned about white people being gunned down, why aren’t THEY protesting the cops?

    If white people are so concerned about black on black crime, why aren’t they doing something about it?

    The best way to shut down BS is to turn these questions around and ask the questioners, “What are YOU doing about it?”

    Because the questioners don’t actually care about Cosby’s victims, black on black crime, white police on white people crime or domestic violence (Chris Brown/Rihanna) or Black Lives Matter (Morrissey/Beyonce).

  21. rikyrah says:

    Charles M. Blow ‏@CharlesMBlow 2h2 hours ago
    Watched interviews of Va victim’s dad/bf this morning. Rightly, no one asked them if they forgave shooter… Why was Sam Dubose’s mom asked?

  22. rikyrah says:

    ‘Stop Chris Christie’ PAC Disbands: He’s Already Stopped Himself
    August 27, 2015

    The treasurer of the Stop Chris Christie PAC, Thomas Bjorkland, made the announcement in response to a letter from the Federal Election Commission that warned the super PAC must change its name or else clarify the nature of the committee. Bjorkland wrote in a letter to the FEC that “based on recent polling and the miserable showing of the candidate in question,” the committee decided to instead wind down its operations.

    “Our committee believes that Mr. Christie has already performed the service of stopping his campaign in spirit, (without our aid) even if not by the letter of the law,” Bjorkland wrote in the letter. “Therefore, we intend to stop (cause to come to an end) the Stop Chris Christie PAC within the next 30 days.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    VoteRiders ‏@VoteRiders 16m16 minutes ago
    Article: Judge upholds lawsuit challenging Kansas two-tier voter registration system

  24. rikyrah says:

    Lehigh389 ‏@Lehigh389 19m19 minutes ago
    Kansas statistician suing the state to obtain election records, says voting results don’t add up via @41actionnews

  25. rikyrah says:

    ok, this just made me LMAO


  26. rikyrah says:

    Black pitmasters left out of US barbecue boom

    …The US is undisputedly in the midst of a barbecue boom – there are currently more than 14,000 barbecue restaurants in the country – but African American restaurateurs and pitmasters may be getting left in the dust. Thanks to television and professional barbecue competitions, barbecue chefs have become celebrities with cult followings, but those celebrity faces are largely white.

    “National press is infatuated with white, male hipster BBQ,” writes Robb Walsh on the blog First We Feast. “Believe it or not, blacks, Latinos, and women are involved in the barbecue biz too.”

    The trend continues when it comes to new restaurants opening around the country.

    “New barbecue joints generally are run by white men. That just seems to be the trend,” says Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. “The movement that gets troubling is the, ‘I’m a chef, I’m bored, I want to find my soul, so I’m going to go into barbecue now. That’s going to be my culinary fling.'”

    White ownership is, of course, not in and of itself troubling. But the assumption that the faces on television reflect the totality of successful pitmasters does trouble John T Edge, author and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. That point came into sharp relief after a recent article was published on the Fox News website, entitled “America’s most influential BBQ pitmasters and personalities.” Of the dozen named chefs and writers, not a single one was African American.

    “This shows no historical awareness of the central role that African American people and other people of colour have played in the most primal of American foods,” he says. “I’m not saying it is a racist act. By way of its omission it is racist.”

    In some of its earliest days in America, barbecue was plantation feast food. Whole hogs were cooked in wood burning pits to celebrate the end of the summer growing season. While white plantation owners may have partaken, it was the black slaves who were in the pits working.

    “Barbecue is long, hard, hot dirty work. When given an option, particularly in the south, that’s not the work white people did,” says Lolis Eric Elie, author of the classic barbecue tome Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country.

    When the enslaved African Americans got pigs of their own, necessity inspired nose-to-tail consumption, as well as the ingenuity to create dishes to make the pig’s least pleasant parts edible. Those culinary skills were vital after the end of slavery, when black men and women needed to go into business for themselves.

    “An African-American man – or woman, but less often women – could literally dig a hole in the ground on the side of the road, lay on some bed springs, shovel in coals and start a business,” says Edge. “Barbecue was a food with low cost of entry. It was the food truck of the 19th century.”…

  27. rikyrah says:

    Escape from New Orleans: As waters rose, a white suburb across the Mississippi closed a key bridge to fleeing residents
    By Gary Rivlin for Yahoo News 7 hours ago

    This excerpt is from “Katrina: After the Flood” by Gary Rivlin, which was published this month.

    A little past noon on Tuesday, August 30, 2005, the first RTA employees and their relatives—who had been sheltering at the agency’s headquarters on Canal Street—dropped into the dark, murky waters that were chest high on a six-foot man. Around two-thirds of their group—two hundred people—chose to walk rather than remain. Children were hoisted on air mattresses, along with most everyone standing under maybe five feet five inches tall. Those tall enough to walk sloshed through the smelly, oily water, guiding the others on the makeshift rafts.

    Residents walk through floodwaters on Canal Street in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina …The temperature was in the nineties and the humidity high. From the interstate they had an expansive view of watery New Orleans—a perfect vantage point for contemplating a drowned-out home. The bridge ahead led to Algiers, the New Orleans neighborhood on the other side of the Mississippi. Only later did they appreciate that it was also the route to white-flight suburbs such as Gretna, the first town they would reach once they had crossed the Crescent City Connection. At least one of them was in a wheelchair, and their ranks included grandmothers, toddlers, and several police officers. None seemed to be thinking about what it meant that theirs was an almost all-black group heading into a predominantly white community.

    A bus driver named Malcolm Butler and his wife, Dorothy, were among the first to notice the blockade. Initially, Malcolm Butler thought his eyes were playing tricks on him in the hot, midday sun. Butler was set to retire, after thirty-three years on the job, on August 31—the next day. Their home in New Orleans East had most certainly flooded. Butler, who is not tall, had walked through greasy water up to his neck, his nose and chin pointed upward, guiding Dorothy, who clung to an air mattress. They had probably been on the interstate for less than an hour when Butler stopped and asked Dorothy if she was seeing what he was: a pair of police officers brandishing weapons, blocking their passage. “They was standing up there with their automobiles blocking the bridge with shotguns and M16s and told us we couldn’t go no further,” Butler recalled.

    Wilfred Eddington, the police officer assigned to walk point as they headed toward the West Bank, figured he was around one thousand yards from the foot of the bridge when he saw the two police cars parked nose to nose, forming a wedge to block their passage. Eventually, he heard them yelling, “Go back! Go back! Get off the bridge!” He noticed their black uniforms—they were members of the small force responsible for policing the bridge.

    “They was standing up there with their
    automobiles blocking the bridge with shotguns and M16s and told us we couldn’t go no further.”– Malcolm Butler

    Eddington was dressed in jeans but wearing a dark T-shirt stamped with the word POLICE in large letters. He wore a holstered gun on his belt. He asked the others to slow down while he approached his counterparts. The smaller of the two bridge cops, a young black woman, didn’t seem to care what it said on Eddington’s shirt. The closer he got, the louder she seemed to scream. “She was out of control,” Eddington said. “She was irate.”

    “You gotta bring it down a few notches,” Eddington said, looking at the female officer. He was a cop with two decades on the job, counseling a less experienced officer. “But she remained belligerent,” Eddington said.

    Ruben Stephens, a lieutenant in the New Orleans Police Department who headed up the transit agency’s police unit, jogged up from the back of the ranks. He introduced himself and explained that a group of city workers on duty at the time of the storm had gotten trapped by the flooding. They were only trying to reach their facility in Algiers, where some buses would be picking them up.

    “You’re not crossing my damn bridge,” the female officer responded.

    “You better get your rank,” Stephens snapped.

    “Pedestrians are not permitted on the bridge at any time!” she countered, as if this was any other Tuesday.

    “She was hollering, ‘I lost my house, I lost everything,’” Wilfred Eddington said. But she was also adamant. “You all ain’t going nowhere,” she repeated.

    At the back of the line, Sharon Paul, a 54-year-old RTA dispatcher, looked uncomprehendingly at the police cruisers parked to block their way until someone told her, “Police say we can’t cross.”

    “Don’t they know we’ve got water where we came from?”–as-waters-rose–a-white-suburb-across-the-mississippi-closed-a-key-bridge-to-fleeing-residents-215830472.html

  28. rikyrah says:

    Cruz hedges on controversial immigration posture
    08/27/15 08:43 AM—UPDATED 08/27/15 08:52 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The obvious problem for Republicans watching Donald Trump with dismay is that the New York developer is dominating in practically every poll. The less obvious problem is his influence over the Republican conversation – and what happens when Trump’s rivals try to keep up.

    The GOP frontrunner, for example, took a fairly bold line on birthright citizenship: just because someone is born on American soil, Trump argued, doesn’t make them an American citizen, 14th Amendment be damned. A new litmus test was born – soon, every Republican was pressed on the same issue.

    Some struggled more than others. Just ask Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who offered three very different answers over the course of six days.

    Also note what happened when Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to weigh in this week. Politico reported:
    “What would President Cruz do? Do American citizen children of two illegal immigrants, who are born here, the children, get deported under a President Cruz?” Kelly asked. Donald Trump, she said, “has answered that question explicitly.”

    “Megyn, I get that that’s the question you want to ask,” Cruz said. “That’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask.”
    After some dodges, the host asked, “Why is it so hard? Why don’t you just say yes or no?”

    Rather than answering, the far-right senator retreated to the usual rhetoric: officials “can have a conversation” about this after “we’ve secured the border.”

    This isn’t nearly as good an answer as Cruz thinks it is.

    As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent noted yesterday, “Kelly is absolutely right to note, in the context of the birthright citizenship debate, that Trump has answered questions ‘explicitly,’ while Cruz won’t. This illustrates, once again, that Trump’s immigration plan, if you can call it that, has had the effect of making GOP evasions on the overall immigration issue much harder to sustain.

    I agree, though I’d add just one thing. Last week, Cruz appeared on Michael Medved’s conservative talk-radio show and the Republican candidate told the host, “We should end granting automatic birthright citizenship to the children of those who are here illegally.” Cruz even elaborated on his approach, talking about pursuing a constitutional amendment.

    Ordinarily, when politicians vacillate, they move in a predictable direction: they dodge questions, avoid specific answers, and then eventually take a controversial position. Cruz, like Walker a few days ago, is doing the exact opposite – both Republican candidates announced their opposition to birthright citizenship and then decided to retreat to ambiguity on the issue.–latino-approval-plummets-513846851669

  29. rikyrah says:

    Trump mocks Asians, Latino voter approval plummets
    Rachel Maddow reports on the low approval of Republican 2016 candidates among Hispanic voters, Donald Trump in particular, and highlights a moment in Trump’s Iowa speech in which he mocked Asian business negotiators.–latino-approval-plummets-513846851669

  30. rikyrah says:

    Clinton email story still lacks a punch line
    08/27/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 08/27/15 08:06 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spoke to campaign reporters yesterday and took responsibility for the controversy surrounding his email-server-management issue. She apparently adopted a tone many of her critics wanted to hear.

    “I know people have raised questions about my email use as secretary of state, and I understand why,” the former Secretary of State said. “I get it. So here’s what I want the American people to know: My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department. It clearly wasn’t the best choice. I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work.”

    She added, “I take responsibility for that decision, and I want to be as transparent as possible, which is why I turned over 55,000 pages, why I’ve turned over my server, why I’ve agreed to – in fact, been asking to – and have finally gotten a date to testify before a congressional committee in October.”

    The response coincided with an interesting report from the Associated Press, which raised the question of whether the controversy should even exist in the first place.
    The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

    Clinton’s use of a home server makes her case unique and has become an issue in her front-running campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. But it’s not clear whether the security breach would have been any less had she used department email.
    The AP report noted that these practices were ordinary for many years, including in the Bush/Cheney State Department.

  31. rikyrah says:

    they thought they could control them
    By Liberal Librarian

    Yesterday, Jorge Ramos of Univision was unceremoniously escorted out of a Donald Trump press conference by one of the Hair’s goons, for daring to ask a question “out of turn”. Trump told Mr. Ramos to “sit down”, and then to “go back to Univision”. (I guess even The Hair wasn’t prepared to say “go back to Mexico, you wetback.”) Our brave press corps… did nothing. Journalists of conscience would have gotten up en masse and walked out right behind Mr. Ramos. I’m old enough to remember when the good and the great of the major media outlets rallied around Fox News when President Obama took off the gloves with them. Imagine if Pres. Obama had done something like this at one of his campaign press conferences, or, heaven forbid, at a presidential one. Calls for his impeachment would be hurling in 72 point type on newspapers and from well-coiffed news anchors.

    However, even though I was going to write at length about this contretemps, I realized that the expulsion of Mr. Ramos is not the story. It is a mere manifestation of a much darker reality.

    I mocked Trump (I refuse to be polite and call him “Mr.”). I thought he was the greatest thing to happen to Democrats since Dan Quayle. And, if by some malfeasance he does manage to be the GOP nominee, he lost the general election yesterday. The image of the Latino Walter Cronkite being frog-marched out of a press availability will galvanize the Latino community like nothing else. Not because Latinos are celebrity-mongers who will rally around Mr. Ramos, but because he and his treatment represent what Latinos fear the most from the GOP. Trump just handed the Latino community the symbol it needed, in a way which even his outrageous words didn’t.

    But I’m no longer mocking him. I’m taking him very seriously. Because what may have begun as a lark is no longer that. It’s obvious that Trump is taking this campaign to heart, and is in it to win. And that should give everyone a good scare.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Updates on Steve McQueen’s “Epic” Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    August 26, 2015 at 5:57PM

    Almost 2 years ago, in early 2014, Steve McQueen revealed that he was, at the time, working on a drama about the lives of black Britons for the BBC, sharing that the drama would be “epic in scope” and will follow the lives of a group of friends and their families from 1968 to 2014.

    “I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” McQueen said, and he wants to do something about that.

    He added that the project would be developed over the following year with a writer and group of actors. He said it would be set in London, emphasizing: “This isn’t a black ‘Our Friends in the North'”, referring to the 1996 BBC drama that followed four friends from Newcastle.

    A year later, The BBC formally commissioned the “epic” Steve McQueen drama, which will be produced by “Game of Thrones” producer Frank Doelger via his Rainmark Films banner, and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, with a spring 2016 shoot date eyed – which means we likely won’t see it until 2017.

  33. rikyrah says:

    found this comment at TOD, and I feel her:

    August 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm
    I’ve felt sympathy for Hillary in the email brouhaha. Felt she was being unfairly targeted..

    But my sympathy erodes when I hear her defensive tones. “What we did was legal. Many other people did the same thing.”
    Today’s story that Caroline Kennedy had a private email, too, was the last straw.
    It is not the GOP putting out the Caroline Kennedy info, right?

    And the “It was legal” protestation is the same justification every financial criminal uses. The hedge funds and big banks stole this country blind by staying within the letter but not the spirit of the law. That is why PBO has been unable to prosecute them.

    I’d like a candidate who has respect for something other than winning at any cost. HRC is not that candidate.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Frank E. Petersen, First Black General in Marines, Dies at 83

    Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83.

    The cause was lung cancer, his wife, Alicia, said.

    The son of a former sugar-cane plantation worker from St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, General Petersen grew up in Topeka, Kan., when schools were still segregated. He was told to retake a Navy entrance exam by a recruiter who suspected he had cheated the first time; steered to naval training as a mess steward because of his race; and ejected from a public bus while training in Florida for refusing to sit with the other black passengers in the back.

    In 1950, only two years after President Harry S. Truman desegregated the armed forces, he enlisted in the Navy. The Marines had begun admitting blacks during World War II, but mostly as longshoremen, laborers and stewards. By 1951, he recalled, the Marine Corps had only three black officers.

    But in 1952, Mr. Petersen, by then a Marine, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and the Marines’ first black aviator. He would go on to fly 350 combat missions during two tours, in Korea and Vietnam (he safely bailed out after his F-4 Phantom was shot down in 1968), and to become the first of his race in the corps to command a fighter squadron (the famous Black Knights), an air group and a major base.

    Less confident men might not have persevered.

  35. rikyrah says:

    I still believe this is a bad idea. not hating on him, but the entire remake is a bad idea.


    Malachi Kirby Is Kunta Kinte in Upcoming ‘Roots’ Remake
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    August 26, 2015 at 7:13PM

    British actor Malachi Kirby (he starred in fellow Brit Destiny Ekaragha’s feature film debut, “Gone Too Far,” and was a regular on the TV series “EastEnders”) has signed up to play Kunta Kinte, joining the previously-cast Laurence Fishburne as the second actor to be book a role in the upcoming remake of “Roots,” which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks.

    Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series).

    Will Packer is an executive producer, and original “Roots” cast member LeVar Burton (who played Kunta Kinte in the original) is a co-executive producer, along with Mark Wolper.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Michael Hargrove @MichaelHargrov1

    Always believed that if Blacks and Hispanics started going to gun shows in mass, gun control would be addressed instantly.

    • Ametia says:

      Right, because being black is a weapon, but add negroes with guns……

      This is what they did with the Black Panthers back in the day. They yelled 2nd amendment rights, yada, yada! until the BLACKS took up arms, and they Ray-gun and nem shutdown that shit with a quickness, with gun control laws.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  38. Ametia says:



    — MSNBC announced that Al Sharpton’s weeknight show is going off the air next week. As a consolation, the Reverend will get a one-hour weekly show to air Sundays at 8 a.m. Eastern, per the Los Angeles Times.

  39. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

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