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  1. rikyrah says:

    The Life and Times of Doris Payne is now streaming on Netflix!
    Ms. Payne is a con-woman/thief whose ‘career’ has spanned 60 years.

  2. rikyrah says:

    says the Nigra raised in the Projects


    Ben Carson: “Children Raised By Single Parents End Up Poor And Become Criminals”

  3. rikyrah says:

    BWD @theonlyadult
    So now both Hillary and Sanders are running against Obama, but we’re the bad guys for wanting Joe in.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Former Chicago Public Schools chief to plead guilty to bribery

    Barbara Byrd-Bennett had been the chief executive of Chicago Public Schools less than two months when the man who helped persuade the Emanuel administration to give her the job sent an email allegedly laying out the heart of a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme.

    In the December 2012 email, Gary Solomon, the owner of SUPES Academy and a consultant with long ties to the Emanuel administration, assured Byrd-Bennett that trust accounts had been set up in the names of two of her young relatives, each funded with tens of thousands of dollars, federal prosecutors alleged. The cash would be hers once she stepped down from her public post and rejoined his firm.

    “It is our assumption that the distribution will serve as a signing bonus upon your return to SUPES,” Solomon wrote, according to prosecutors. “If you only join for the day, you will be the highest paid person on the planet for that day.”

    The secret bonus was just one part of a massive scheme outlined in a criminal indictment Thursday charging Byrd-Bennett, 66, with steering no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to SUPES in return for promises of up to $2.3 million in kickbacks, other perks and a job.

    Solomon, 47, and co-owner Thomas Vranas, 34, also were criminally charged in the 23-count indictment, as was SUPES, their Wilmette-based business, and Synesi Associates, another education consulting company the two ran.

    At a news conference outlining the indictment Thursday afternoon, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon revealed that Byrd-Bennett is cooperating with investigators and plans to plead guilty to the charges and testify if necessary.

    Fardon referred to the motive in the case as flat-out “greed,” calling Byrd-Bennett “a public official who compromised her integrity … by looking to line her own pockets.

  5. Jay having a blast…

    Jay enjoying the Texans game 14

  6. Looks like he found a girl at the game.

    Herman found a girl at the game

  7. Jay enjoying the game.

    Jay at the Texans game 11

  8. rikyrah says:

    found this at BJ

    David Koch says:

    October 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Last 7 Republican Speakers/Leaders

    Boehner…………..drunk, lazy, corrupt, adulterer
    Cantor……………..extortion, adulterer
    Delay………………corrupt, hot tub adulterer
    Hastert…………….corrupt, pedophile, adulterer
    Livingston…………corrupt, hookers, S&M masochist, adulterer
    Gingrich…………..corrupt, adulterer

    Party of family values. Defenders of the sanctity of marriage.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Fox Orders More Rosewood Scripts

    By Kimberly Roots / October 8 2015, 11:55 AM PDT

    Rosewood‘s future is looking rosier.The procedural — starring Morris Chestnut as a private pathologist — got a boost Thursday when, as our sister site Deadlinereports, Fox ordered three additional scripts.

  10. rikyrah says:


    FX Renews Tyrant for Season 3

    By Matt Webb Mitovich / October 8 2015, 11:00 AM PDT

  11. My youngest…

    Josh at Texans Game 26

  12. My boys at the Texans vs Colts game

    Boys at Texan Game 2

    Boys at Texans game 10Boys at Texans Game 8

  13. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — In a brief meeting Thursday night, North Charleston City Council officials announced approval of a $6.5 million settlement with the Walter Scott family.

    The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote Thursday.

  14. Look who the boys took to the Texans game? Josh invited one of his home boys too.

    Jay Texan football

  15. rikyrah says:

    Hend ‏@LibyaLiberty Oct 6
    I’m gonna start a Muslims In the NRA movement – get chapters open in every state. Two in Michigan. That’ll get gun control going.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Chicago Reader ‏@Chicago_Reader 1h1 hour ago
    Read and weep: the indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Mayor Rahm’s front woman at CPS isn’t pretty.

  17. Ride that horse, girl! Black Trail Riders on their way to the County Fair.

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  18. Ametia says:



  19. Ametia says:

    Kevin McCarthy Enters Rehab After Admitting Struggles with Nouns, Verbs
    By Andy Borowitz

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has entered rehab to deal with his “struggles with nouns and verbs,” an aide to the congressman has confirmed.

    According to the aide, McCarthy abruptly dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House because his difficulties with those two parts of speech had “spiralled out of control.”

    “There was an intervention, in which people who care about the congressman sat him down and showed him video of himself talking,” the aide said. “He agreed that he needed help, although it took people awhile to realize that’s what he was trying to say.”

    A source familiar with McCarthy’s struggles, however, cast doubt on that official story. “It’s not just nouns and verbs,” the source said. “It’s adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns. Kevin’s going to be in rehab for awhile.”

    In a brief statement to reporters, McCarthy offered a blunt assessment of his situation. “It bad,” he said. “But soon it be less badder.”

  20. rikyrah says:


    what da phuq?

    it was the REPEAL of Glass-Steagall, DURING BILL CLINTON ‘S ADMINISTRATION, which set into place, the conditions that brought about the greatest econonmic collapse this country has seen since The Great Depression.

    I say again..

    what da phuq?

  21. rikyrah says:

    Racial Profiling Via

    White Oakland residents are increasingly using the popular social networking site to report “suspicious activity” about their Black neighbors — and families of color fear the consequences could be fatal.

    By Sam Levin @SamTLevin

    The strange glances are starting to become more frequent. James Fisher, a fourteen-year-old freshman at Oakland Charter High School, has noticed that as he gets older, more people on the street eye him with suspicious or fearful stares. “Some of them just look at me, and then they’ll look away,” he said. “Or sometimes, I go into stores, and they look at me like they think I’m going to do something bad.”

    James is a mixed-race, dark-skinned Black teenager who is soft-spoken and looks about three years older than his actual age. On a recent afternoon last month, I chatted with him and Emma, his thirteen-year-old sister, at their house in the Upper Dimond neighborhood in the Oakland hills. The two siblings told me about their first weeks of high school and how they have enjoyed the freedom at times to walk around Oakland’s Chinatown district without their parents.

    But they never walk around their own neighborhood alone.

    The tree-lined residential street of large single-family homes where the Fishers live more closely resembles suburbia than a densely populated city. Positioned at the top of a steep hill near Dimond Canyon Park, their house feels worlds away from the busy urban bustle of MacArthur Boulevard and the Fruitvale district just to the southwest. On the surface, their block looks like an ideal place to raise kids — safe, family-friendly, and quiet. Although their individual street is very diverse — with about ten Black or mixed-race kids now living nearby — white residents are by far the largest racial group in the surrounding area. And it’s in this neighborhood, perhaps more so than any other part of Oakland, that James feels most like a target for the uncomfortable glances that are becoming increasingly common in his life.

    • eliihass says:

      That’s the ‘liberal’ San Francisco Bay Area for you..

      They gentrify Oakland, move in, take over. And then turn around and treat those who were born and raised there as if they are interlopers and have no right to be there..

    • Ametia says:


      • eliihass says:

        God has a sense of humor indeed…

        Remember how Eric Cantor who wanted so badly to be Speaker spent every waking moment obsessively nipping at Boehner’s heels…Cantor helped build this coalition of extreme right-wing crazies to help actualize his dream of being Speaker by annoying Boehner at every turn…

        But then God in His infinite humor, tripped up Cantor at home with some unknown candidate that we’ve not heard from since…And then tripped up Boehner, and then McCarthy – and now we’re getting ready to see what God has planned for good ole sneaky, lying, underhanded Paul Ryan – president wannabe…

        The whole thing is so funny, you couldn’t even make this up…

        The thing about plotting evil is that it ultimately comes back to bite the plotter in the butt..

        And then you realize that these Republicans never actually had any plans to begin with…they’ve all been bluffing all along..

        Even lil Jason Chaffetz – failed Secret Service job applicant, was all shook up today when the Bakersfield boy dropped out…But you were running against him – or weren’t you..?

        I suppose he missed orientation classes, but someone has to explain to Jason Chaffetz that the Congress/Speaker’s job is not to “take it to the President – or the American people…”

      • Ametia says:


  22. rikyrah says:

    Trump not fading, readies second campaign offensive
    Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump ramping up his campaign operation with the purchase of political ads, enlisting the help of his wife and daughter, expanding his campaign with the guidance of Koch-trained staffers.–readies-second-offensive-540685379751

  23. rikyrah says:

    Robert CostaVerified account ‏@costareports 13m13 minutes ago
    Rep. Peter King tells me that members are crying in cloakroom, unable to handle the unrest and confusion. “A banana republic,” he says.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Drug tests for Medicare recipients?
    10/08/15 11:20 AM—UPDATED 10/08/15 11:49 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In recent years, a growing number of Republican officials, especially at the state level, have pushed drug-testing programs for Americans on “welfare.” The idea is predicated on an unfortunate assumption: if you’re struggling and need to rely on a safety net, the government should suspect you of drug addiction and check your bodily fluids.

    The drug-testing programs have, in general, been a costly and pointless disaster. But in Kentucky, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Matt Bevin has expressed support for expanding drug testing to include senior citizens on Medicare.

    The Lexington Herald-Leader reported yesterday on the latest debate between Bevin, who has never held public office, and state Attorney General Jack Conway (D).
    …Conway asked Bevin about his statement from April that recipients of Medicaid and Medicare should be drug-tested.

    In April, Bevin said during a Louisville Tea Party forum that he supports random drug testing for recipients of both programs. “I firmly believe we frankly should drug test people that are on Medicaid and Medicare,” Bevin said at the time. “We just should.”

    During Tuesday night’s debate, Bevin didn’t back away from that call, saying “there should be expectation of you as somebody who is a recipient, or, as it’s often referred to in this state, on the draw.”
    After the debate, Bevin said he was referring to Medicaid beneficiaries, suggesting the GOP candidate is more comfortable going after low-income families than seniors. I’ll concede that I did not see the debate, but the Lexington Herald-Leader’s article added that Conway “interrupted Bevin to make clear that he was asking about Medicare and not Medicaid.”

    Bevin responded, “Understood.”

  25. Cheer leader Pictures, Images and Photos

    Uhh ohh! uhh ohh! Houston! Texans!

    What we gone do! What we gone do!

    What we gone do! What we gone do!

    What we gone do! What we gone do!

    What we gone do! What we gone do!

  26. rikyrah says:

    Rupert Murdoch apologizes for ‘real black President’ remark

    Rupert Murdoch on Thursday apologized for his controversial tweet a night earlier in which he said America could use a “real” black person in the Oval Office.

    The media mogul said he meant no harm with the tweet, in which he praised 2016 Republican candidate Ben Carson and took a thinly veiled swipe at President Obama.

    “Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming,” Murdoch tweeted Thursday morning, following a massive backlash to the original tweet.

    “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else,” the 84-year-old tycoon tweeted a night earlier.

    The incendiary swipe at the commander-in-chief sparked outrage from celebrities like Star Jones and actor Harry Shearer.

    “The day I start allowing @rupertmurdoch to define what it is to be #black …is the day I turn in my #blackcard,” Jones tweeted.

  27. Ametia says:


  28. Ametia says:

    BYE BOY!

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner, House Republicans say.

    The shocking move came without warning as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select their nominee for speaker. Boehner has also postponed internal leadership elections that were supposed to start on Thursday.

  29. Ametia says:

    About the Cocaine Apartment and the Tender Reporting of a White Victim

    The media doesn’t even TRY to ACT like it isn’t engaging in shady ass biased practices anymore. We are all clear that press has never been objective, and outlets lean one way or another, based on who is behind them and the people they hire. They have set agendas and what they cover and how they cover are strategic decisions. Unfortunately, when most of the people in media are white, it means that their biases are going to affect the reporting of stories based on color more often than not.

  30. rikyrah says:


    please retweet:

    I will continue to say this.

    Ben Carson is who he is



    Back when you were Black and Poor and talented, there was an actual investment in you.

    And, the Ben Carson of 2015..

    With Ben Carson’s teenage ‘attitude problems’ and his ‘ mischief’

    Would NOT be on his way to medical school..

    Would NOT be on his way to even community college…

    With the personality issues that Carson had in his teens..

    The Ben Carson of 2015 would not be given the opportunity to ‘ find his way’…

    He’d be firmly entrenched in the SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE.

    That this Kneegrow stand there, spouting that right-wing nonsense….

    Pulling up the ladder for those in 2015, who were no less talented than him…and WITHOUT his personality disorder issues….

    Disgusts me to no end.

  31. My boys are going to the Texans vs Colts game. My daughter bought tickets for my youngest son because he LOVES the Texans. She made her bro very happy. Bought 4 tickets. 2 for the boys & 2 for their friends.

  32. Ametia says:

    Both Democrats & Republicans could & should help pass gun control bill, but neither party wants the BLACK PRESIDENT & his administration to get credit for it.


    • eliihass says:


      The unprecedented, baseless and particularly vicious and dehumanizing attacks on FLOTUS from white racists – male and female – Attacks that dissect her very being, her looks and even spitefully question her womanhood, her marriage, her husband’s love for her and her biological birth of her 2 beautiful daughters – and the constant disregard, questioning of her, and discounting her and her important place as wife and equal partner to her husband the President, and the tendency to resent her and pretend she doesn’t exist by some of her husband’s supporters, all stem from the very same place…

      It’s a visceral reaction and preemptive response to her undeniable blackness…Without uttering a word, she stands as a constant reminder of that which so many with amnesia and guilty others who just want ‘to move on’ and are in fact inconvenienced and annoyed by what they see as a ‘constant rehashing of the past’ would rather forget…They want us to ‘move on’ they say – and even without saying anything, her blackness and her unwillingness to play along or go along with the okey dokey, to be bland and adulterated – or to go overboard with suck-up gestures that apologize for her blackness or absolve others of their racism, makes them extremely uncomfortable… It doesn’t help that she isn’t grateful and never speaks about or gleefully claims as some would – a white heritage begotten of a slave owner who raped her great, great, great grandma..

      They think, if we overlook, diminish, discredit and dismiss her, or preemptively attack her, hysterically whip up and make up all manner of silly, slanderous and vicious stuff to put her down and blame her for, and create cover, cause and justification to validate their hate for her – or if they deny her her rightful, respectable, prime and important place next to him and as wife, equal partner, next of kin and First Lady to her husband the President; pretend she doesn’t exactly count, matter or exist in the grand scheme of things, that her husband just happened into the White House entirely without any effort on her part or input from her, they can preemptively trump her, knock her down a peg or two, permanently put and keep her in her place in the slave quarters, even destroy and permanently erase her — and they don’t ever have to be found at fault or guilty of their new round of racist hate – or the sins of their forebears..

      FLOTUS’ unabashed blackness unnerves and unsettles them…

      She stands in stark brilliance as a very powerful symbol and reminder of America’s greatest sin…And even as she goes about living her life happily and normally, she unlike so many, does not go out of her way to play down or reapportion blame/responsibility – nor does she go out of her way to try to make anyone feel better about that original sin… She allows them twist themselves into pretzels trying to find new and interesting ways to make their racist discomfort with her, all her fault…

      I’m often amused even as I observe some of the President’s ‘greatest supporters’ some of whom by the way think political support means automatic ownership of the man, and the disrespectful appropriation of this black woman’s husband in some of the most inappropriate of ways — scuttle away whenever FLOTUS is mentioned or she appears…Although some have been slyly making more of an effort these days to hide their discomfort and resentment of her…others, much like the racists on the other side, remain a bit more brazen in their negative attitude towards her…Where the right-wing/Libertarian racists that typically also hate her husband, albeit not as much as they often hate her, think they both don’t belong in the White House, the rather stealth, conscious/unconscious racists on ‘our side’ who do support her husband, resent her and don’t think she’s deserving…that her blackness disqualifies her as wife of the now world-renowned President – For some of them FLOTUS’ husband is their Mandingo, better still, begotten of a white mother – and as usual in their telling of it, the triumphantly white side they credit entirely for giving us the first black President they so proudly boast support of and as yet evidence again, and ironic indeed – that they aren’t in the least bit racist..

      See they say, I voted for and I support the first black President – I don’t like and can’t relate to his too black wife – why is she even around anyway, and by the way, he’s only great thanks to his white side..

      Now if only FLOTUS would quit being all right-minded, honorable and sensible and proud and stuff, and start actively speaking on and claiming and playing up her whiteness – and that wonderfully grand and automatically elevating white rapist slaveowner in her lineage – perhaps the racists might just start ‘relating’ to her – and just might stop hating and resenting her and her blackness so much…

  33. Who knew being proud of one’s blackness was killing piersmorgan?

  34. rikyrah says:

    I think the entire story about this is so sad. One of the scariest possible deaths to me is to drown at sea. I think about all those crew members, being at the mercy of Mother Nature.


    El Faro crew member sent final email to mother
    Oct 8th 2015 6:52AM

    A crew member of the El Faro container ship that went missing last week sent her mother one final, heartbreaking email.
    34-year-old Danielle Randolph was the second mate of the ship. Before she and 33 other crew members got caught in Hurricane Joaquin last week, she was able to email her mother Laurie one last time saying, “We are heading straight into it, Category 3, last we checked. Winds are super bad. Love to everyone.”

    • Ametia says:

      America’s RACIAL ISSUES started 400 YEARS AGO by WHITE FOLKS, and it’s not up to one Black President to fix it.

      That’s like saying, if only ya’ll weren’t black, we wouldn’t have all these racial problems.


  35. Ametia says:

    You know it’s ALL ABOUT THAT B.L.A.C.K. vote, until it’s not

    Biden Bid Could Lead to Battle for Minorities
    By JONATHAN MARTIN- OCT. 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Facing a spirited challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign has reminded her supporters that she will be better positioned to defeat Mr. Sanders once the primary fight moves to more racially diverse states, where polls show she has a large advantage over him among blacks and Hispanics.

    But a late entry by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. into the Democratic contest could complicate Mrs. Clinton’s strategy, particularly if he were able to portray himself to minority voters as President Obama’s rightful heir.

    There may be no more consequential element to a campaign by Mr. Biden. If he were able to loosen Mrs. Clinton’s grip on nonwhite voters by the time votes are cast in South Carolina, Nevada and the Southern states holding contests on Super Tuesday, it could set off a prolonged, bruising and expensive Democratic primary season.

    • eliihass says:

      We can’t forget…

      We can’t let the unnecessary deaths of these black women at the hands of tax-payer funded uniformed murderers, be in vain..

  36. rikyrah says: @TheObamaDiary
    .@piersmorgan trying to school @Deray on issue of racism is like Sarah Palin lecturing @BillNye on science. Stick to phone hacking, Piers.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Kasich’s clumsiness continues to be a problem
    10/08/15 08:02 AM
    By Steve Benen
    A few weeks ago, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took his Republican presidential campaign to Los Angeles, where he tried to praise Latino voters. It didn’t go well – the GOP governor clumsily conflated Latinos, service-industry workers, and his hotel room’s maid.

    This week, as the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, Kasich had a similar stumble, this time in Virginia.
    A University of Richmond student says Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich demeaned her by joking about Taylor Swift tickets during a question-and-answer session at the school Monday.

    Kayla Solsbak, 18, wrote an account of her experience for student news outlet The Collegian, saying Kasich responded “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Taylor Swift concert tickets” when Solsbak raised her hand with a question.
    American Bridge 21st Century, naturally, captured the moment on video. Kasich is seen dramatically waving his hand, telling the young woman, “I don’t have any tickets for, you know, for Taylor Swift or anything or, you know, or Linkin Pa… Go ahead. Yes. I know. You’re just so excited. Yes.”

    According to the report from the college newspaper, the Republican presidential candidate told another young woman at the event, “I’m sure you get invited to all of the parties.”

    Kayla Solsbak, not surprisingly, didn’t appreciate Kasich’s attempt at humor: “What continues to strike me is the hypocrisy of his condescension. He touted his ambitious energy as an 18-year-old man, but as soon as I, an 18-year-old woman, exhibited ambition. I became the target of his joke.”

    • eliihass says:

      Kasich isn’t ‘clumsy’, he’s a fake and part of the evil team that brought this country to its knees..

      God’s seeing to it that he’s not going to fake or con his way into the White House…

  38. rikyrah says:

    Only4RM @Only4RM
    Dems running away from Obama think it’s fine because voters won’t go GOP. They forget voters can stay home. Turnout’s THE key. @calatayud7

  39. rikyrah says:

    McCarthy’s odd demand: ‘Stop playing politics’
    10/08/15 08:35 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Today is likely to be a pretty big day for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). He and his Republican colleagues will meet behind closed doors this afternoon, at which point the GOP leader expects to be nominated for Speaker of the House.

    The process, however, is proving to be unexpectedly difficult. The right-wing House Freedom Caucus announced yesterday that its members are throwing their support behind Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.), one of McCarthy’s lesser-known rivals. Even if that proves inconsequential, McCarthy will still have to wait until Oct. 29 – three weeks from today – before the House officially elects the new Speaker, giving his rivals and his critics 21 days to derail his promotion.

    McCarthy’s principal trouble is his accidental candor: he recently admitted that his party’s Benghazi committee is a taxpayer-funded political operation intended to undermine Hillary Clinton. Everyone already knew that, but GOP officials aren’t supposed to admit this truth out loud. McCarthy told an intra-party secret and he’s been in trouble ever since.

    The California Republican is still scrambling to clean up his mess, conceding yesterday that he “could have been more clear in my description of what was going forward.” But National Journal noted that’s not all McCarthy said.
    “Let’s be very clear: Benghazi is not political,” Mc­Carthy said. “It was created for one purpose and one purpose only: to find the truth on behalf of the families of the four dead Americans. Period.”

    “The integrity of [Committee Chairman Rep.] Trey Gowdy, the integrity of the work that has been done has never come into question, and it never should be. Stop playing politics,” he added.”
    Let’s take these one at a time.

    First, McCarthy probably doesn’t believe his own rhetoric about the GOP’s Benghazi committee being non-political. In fact, we know the opposite is true because McCarthy told us so last week.

  40. rikyrah says:

    the Kennedy Center will celebrate the lifetime achievements of American rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson. CBS will broadcast the Honors gala on December 29, 2015.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Thank you for bringing the realnesss about sharecropping to us. Spread that knowledge.

    • Ametia says:

      There is NO such thing as ‘white progressives,’ only folks who think they can decide what is good for them, first, then well the rest of us can just SUCK IT!

  42. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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