Wednesday Open Thread | Simply Red Week

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  1. eliihass says:

    Just got another of those e-mail solicitations from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz…

    I don’t know how the DNC doesn’t see how incredibly objectionable she is to so many of us …there’s a certain tone-deafness and arrogance at play here when she actually believes she has the clout or confidence with those of us they acquired through the OFA list – or more importantly, that she can convince me to part with a dime of my hard-earned money…

    The whole ‘the repugs are coming, be afraid’ scare tactic is not only played out and worn-out, but coming from such an untrustworthy person as Debbie, is almost laughable in its attempt at getting her desired response..

    Go away Debbie..and please take Hillary with you..

  2. eliihass says:

    “I married her soul, her character, and she’s the only woman that will continue to fulfill my dreams.”

    Still one of the more redeeming and uplifting stories about true love and devotion in our modern shallow world..

  3. Ametia says:

    Krispy Kerme, Christie accusing the government of stealing. That tub of lard is so corrupt, POT.MEET.KETTLE

  4. rikyrah says:

    Just finished Wicked City……I’m gonna have to think about it…..

  5. rikyrah says:

    Shortly after midnight on September 14, 2000, James Ghent slipped out of his Miami home, climbed into his car with a suit, a toothbrush, and a change of underwear, and drove nearly 500 miles to Tallahassee to ask Jeb Bush for his rights back…

    Ghent completed his final prison sentence in the early 1990s and his parole in 1995. He got clean. He remarried and raised a family. He went back to school for a degree in radiography.

    But like everyone convicted of a felony in Florida, Ghent permanently lost his right to vote, serve on a jury, and run for office. The only way to regain these rights was to petition the governor for clemency. Ghent believed voting “should always be a right,” but he was also motivated by economic concerns. He couldn’t receive a professional license to practice radiography unless the governor granted his petition. And so on that September morning, Ghent descended into the basement of the state Capitol with dozens of other petitioners for a unique Florida ritual: ex-felons entreating the governor and members of his cabinet for the restoration of their civil rights.

    These hearings, held four times annually, begin promptly at 9 a.m. One by one, ex-offenders like Ghent approach a podium, where they have five minutes to make their case. A red light signals their time is up. If the governor recommends clemency, and if a majority of the cabinet members agree—and they almost always do—the ex-offender’s civil rights are restored. If the governor feels otherwise, the petitioner returns home without the full privileges of citizenship…

    Bush issued his verdict as soon as Ghent concluded his pitch. “I’m going to deny the restoration of civil rights,” he said. He wanted to see Ghent remain on the straight and narrow a bit longer, to prove he had really changed his ways. “I hope you come back, and I wish you well.”

    Fifteen years later, Ghent remembers the sting of those words. “He was very dismissive,” says Ghent. The ex-felon wanted to push back against Bush’s decision. But he simply said, “Thank you,” and turned away.

    Ghent was destined to remain an unwilling member of an unlucky club: the legions of Florida citizens—disproportionately African Americans, like him—who since the Civil War have been barred from the democratic process because of past convictions. Florida is currently one of three states that permanently disenfranchise everyone with felony convictions, even after they have completed all the terms of their sentences—a practice that today excludes nearly 1.5 million Floridians from voting, including about 20 percent of the state’s black voting-age population. Under Bush, some low-level offenders regained their rights without appearing in person. But for many ex-felons, including some convicted of minor drug crimes, the only way to prevail was to show up and plead for clemency.

    The year Ghent stood before Bush at the podium, the consequences of felon disenfranchisement were particularly profound. The 2000 presidential election was ultimately decided by a 537-vote margin in Florida. More than 500,000 ex-felons were barred from the polls, including at least 139,000 African Americans, who vote overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates. Their exclusion almost certainly changed the outcome of the race. The beneficiary, of course, was Jeb Bush’s brother.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 4:16 PM
    Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison Reunite, Join Zendaya on ‘K.C. Undercover’
    Yolanda Sangweni

    Dwayne and Whitley—oops, we mean Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison—are back!
    Hardison, who plays K.C.’s (Zendaya) dad Craig Copper on K.C. Undercover, gets to reunite with his castmate from A Different World on an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel’s hit spy comedy. Guy will guest star as Erica, an enemy agent who has been in hiding for several years.
    The episode will air in early 2016.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Halloween Content ✔ @AdamSerwer
    40 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Went To HBCUs … via @sydneymscott

  8. rikyrah says:

    They say truth is stranger than fiction.

    But, even if you believe it’s just fiction, it’s one helluva story. Get your popcorn and read on:

    • rikyrah says:

      a description from another poster:

      Quick version – a story about how an encounter in Hooters leads to a weekend trip gone wrong in FL. Long version: there is a Storify link below with the whole saga. It is truly The Young and Ratchet.

  9. eliihass says:

    Oh oh..

    Jeb and Marco getting into it – The gloves are officially off… God-father respect poof..gone for little Marco where Jeb is concerned..LOL..

    • Ametia says:

      BWA HA HA HA

      Lil Marco came well HYDRATED tonight.


      • eliihass says:

        LOL Ametia..

        I just can’t seem to take Marco seriously..He always reminds me of the little know-it-all on the high school debate team – dressed in his father’s suit..

        Jeb is that weirdo in high school that tries to act normal, but completely creeps one out..

        I didn’t even know Mike Huckabee was still in the running..

        The whole bunch of them suck..

        We’re in deep doo-doo…What a weak slate of candidates – the world is laughing at us and wondering how a great country like ours got stuck with so many deluded losers as potential leader of the world’s greatest nation..

        I despair…

      • eliihass says:

        I’m frankly surprised at how mediocre John Harwood and the rest of the CNBC team come across..

      • Ametia says:

        The panel mods are piss poor. And they are allowing the GOP candidates do what they do best, DEFLECT, BULLY, GRANDSTAND, LIE, DISTORT, AND BLAME GOVERNMENT.
        While trying to get into the highest office in the land POTUS, which leads GOVERNMET.

        These ares some TWISTED MOFOs.

    • Ametia says:

      And Carly Fiorina, LARWD, that face; and her canned delivery. Another mediocre female candidate, that thinks she’s entitled. “i’m a conservative, we benefit both men & women. REALLY?! ANTI CHOICE, ANTI EVERYTHING. GTFOH

  10. eliihass says:

    This GOP-CNBC debate is a disaster..

  11. rikyrah says:

    Bougie Black Girl @BougieBlackGurl
    We the Black delegation would like to trade with the White delegation Raven Symone & all of her continents in Africa for @cher

    • eliihass says:

      I’ll take Cher only some of the time…

      I think we can give Raven-Symone away for free – no need for trade – we can afford to give her away for free..

  12. rikyrah says:

    Dante Boykin @DanteB4u
    African-American’s Buying Power Projected To Be $1.1 TRILLION In 2015 … h/t .@Mahogany1992 #BoycottTheHolidays #BLM!

  13. rikyrah says:

    U.S. Women Win Third Straight World Gymnastics Title
    By Associated Press | Oct. 27, 2015, 5:58 p.m. (ET)

    GLASGOW, Scotland — The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won its third straight world title on Tuesday night, going nearly mistake free to easily grab the gold and state a case as the heavy favorite to repeat next summer at the 2016 Olympics.
    The Americans put together a total of 181.338, well clear of China and far ahead of surprising Great Britain during two hours that felt like little more than a two-hour exhibition of U.S. dominance.

    Anchored by two-time world champion Simone Biles on vault, the Americans took an early lead then watched everyone else fall to the wayside.

    The title is the fifth world crown for the U.S., all of them coming after Martha Karolyi took over as national team coordinator in late 2000. With 10 months to go until Rio, it appears the gap between the Americans and the rest of the world has become more of a canyon.

    The Americans rolled easily last fall then added reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas and three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman to an already deep roster. The team breezed through qualifying, posting the top score by more than five points. It was just as overwhelming in the finals. Led by Maggie Nichols, the only American to compete in all four events, the U.S. put up the top score on vault, beam and floor while the other eight teams were forced to settle for silver.

  14. rikyrah says:

    oh no….the Nigra wants to let other Nigras out of jail!

    • Ametia says:

      The DANGEROUS THUGS have already been released, without having gone to prison.

      They are the GOP, right-wingers, anti-government ant-everything accept for whites, race-baiters, warmongering, killer cops who are brutalizing BLACK MEN, WOMEN, BOYS & GIRLS.

  15. rikyrah says:



    10 Things Worse Than Slavery, According To Ben Carson

    Damon Young, 10/27/15

    While on Meet the Press last weekend, unintentionally ironic neurosurgeon Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery, stating “During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. Anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery. I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do.’ Where would we be?”

    I imagine many of you are reading this and wondering how and why Carson felt the need to make that analogy. Some of you might have even re-read my previous paragraph twice, just to make sure you weren’t missing anything. And I’m sure a couple of you even googled this quote, just to make sure it wasn’t taken out of context. If you did any of this, you did it because you’re a sane person. And, like most sane people, you probably have trouble understanding why quasi insane people do and say the things they do and say.

    Unfortunately, your efforts will be in vain. Because trying to understand why Ben Carson connected abortion to slavery is like asking a box of Pampers Swaddlers for directions to Detroit. All you need to know is that, for whatever reason, Ben Carson likes to compare stuff he doesn’t like to slavery. For instance, here are his thoughts on Obamacare in 2013:

  16. eliihass says:

    Gosh, this Sheriff is just no good…Just as evil and cowardly and awful as they come..
    I wish that young girl didn’t have to return to that school – that some really wonderful prep school far away from South Carolina and the South, will reach out to her and her family…

  17. rikyrah says:

    From POU:

    Remember when I said Ebony was having financial problems? Well, those problems have spread to their Fashion Fair cosmetics line. I would not be surprised if they end up selling the line outright, or a percentage, to a private-equity firm in the near future.

    What happened to Fashion Fair? Why the black cosmetics brand is so hard to find
    By Robin Givhan Fashion critic October 27 at 1:51 PM

    …Customers who rely on Fashion Fair for exact skin tone matches and
    perfectly flattering lipsticks have been unable to locate their favorite
    products — or any products at all. In stores and online, they’re finding color selections so skimpy and stock so depleted there has been little for sales representatives to even sell. Even counter clerks have been asking: What’s going on?

    Fashion Fair’s response has been, for many loyalists, deeply unsatisfying.

    “Thank you for your patience as we rebuild our inventories.”

    “We acknowledge that stock has been low in previous months; however, the replenishment process [is] underway!”

    “Are they going out of business?” asks longtime customer Allana Smith.

    “No,” says Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., which owns the makeup line. “We’re not going out of business.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    I am torn….on the one hand, I don’t know if I want it to be remade. on the other hand…couldn’t find an actor to do the role? REALLY?


    Fox Shelves its ‘Luther’ Remake Because It Can’t Find a Suitable Actor – Marlon Wayans Was Briefly Considered
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    March 10, 2015 at 6:55PM

    In short, the show’s producers couldn’t find an American version of Idris Elba.

    In news that will probably be music to the ears of many (especially those who weren’t too thrilled about an American version of the BBC’s “Luther”), Fox TV has put off its previously-announced “Luther” serial remake because they couldn’t settle on a leading man to replace Elba.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has thus decided to set the project aside for now, at least until the end of the current pilot season, when it will resume its search for the right actor to cast in the role; assuming they actually do eventually revisit the idea.

  19. rikyrah says:

    from KennyM at POU:

    Statement from the Commissioner of the Black Delegation:

    “This is a reminder to all members that just like Don Lemon, Raven Symone, Ben Carson and Crystal Wright have all been released and we are not required to acknowledge their coonery on any level. Let them coons go man. Commissioner out. “


  20. rikyrah says:

    Pete & Bo have a special relationship

  21. rikyrah says:

    OF COURSE, they are a scam.

    and a fraud.

    And Jeb is kneedeep in them.

    This is NOT about educating children.
    It’s about taking money from the public pool of funds.


    Online Charter Schools Have An “Overwhelming Negative Impact,” Study Finds

    More than 200,000 students are enrolled in the online schools, but evidence suggests they are getting a very bad education in return.
    posted on Oct. 27, 2015, at 3:30 p.m.

    Online charter schools, which enroll 200,000 students nationwide, have an “overwhelming negative impact” on the academic outcomes of students by almost every measure, according to a series of sweeping national reports released today by three different policy and research centers.

    Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, or CREDO, found that students at online charter schools saw dramatically worse outcomes than their counterparts at traditional, brick-and-mortar schools. Over the course of a year, cyber school students lost out on the equivalent of 180 days of learning in math and 72 days reading, the center said.

    In the most comprehensive examination to date of online charters, CREDO found that more than two-thirds of online charter schools had academic growth that was worse than traditional schools. James Woodworth, a research analyst for CREDO, called the study’s overall findings “somber” in a statement.

  22. rikyrah says:

    but, see…he was YOUR BOY 6 years ago……so, color me unimpressed with your buyer’s remorse.


  23. rikyrah says:

    Black Man Seeks Asylum In Canada Because He Feels Racism Puts His Life In Danger [WATCH]
    Comments: 8 | Leave A Comment
    Oct 27, 2015 By Tonya Pendleton,

    Hundreds of years ago, slaves sought the North Star to point them in the direction of Northern states and Canada so they they could escape a live of slavery and degradation. Now a Black American is trying to do the same by seeking refugee status in Canada claiming that he’s in danger in America because of his race.

  24. rikyrah says:

    what da hail?


    KIPP Forces 5th Graders to ‘Earn’ Desks By Sitting On the Floor For a Week
    One hundred 10-year-olds spent the first week of school sitting on the floor. What was it they were supposed to have learned?
    By James Horn / AlterNet

    The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is the largest corporate charter school chain in the U. S, with 141 schools and 50,000 students in 20 states. KIPP was launched in 1994 by David Levin and Michael Feinberg, two former Ivy Leaguers and Teach for America (TFA) corps members assigned to teach in Houston, where the first KIPP school was created. Since 2000, when KIPP students performed a skit at the Republican National Convention, KIPP has become the poster school model for “no excuses” education, and today it receives hundreds of millions in donations from corporations, corporate foundations and venture philanthro-capitalists.


    KIPP requires the poorest urban children, those who have received the least in life, to earn everything at KIPP, from paychecks for good behavior and working hard to the very shirts they wear. At some KIPPs, children must even earn their right to sit at a desk (rather than on the floor) for 8 to 10 hours a day.

    What would your reaction would be if your fifth-grader came home every day for the first four days of school to tell you she sat on the floor without a desk? What do you think Michelle Obama would say if her children came home telling her they were not good enough to have a desk, or that they had not proven they could follow directions well enough, or sit quietly long enough, or walk a line straight enough, or track the teacher intently enough, or raise their hands quickly enough, or wait long enough to go to the bathroom, or that they had not worked hard enough to earn decent treatment?

    • eliihass says:

      I don’t understand why he keeps inserting FLOTUS into this..? Why her..? Why on this…These disingenuous types with a dubious agenda cloaked in some self-righteous rant, are so transparent and ultimately, ineffective…

  25. rikyrah says:

    Grimm fans…I shall not lie…this was one of the highlights of the entire series. I hated Juliette.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Trailer: Charles S. Dutton & Vivica A. Fox Headline ‘Carter High’ (Opening This Weekend)
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 27, 2015 at 10:18AM

    Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, David Banner and Pooch Hall all star in the upcoming feature drama “Carter High,” which centers on the 1988 Carter High Cowboys, a formidable high school football team in Texas that overcame adversity to win the Texas State Championship. However, it is what happened after their championship season that rocked the world of sports: 9 of the 18 Division 1 scholarship players went on to commit a string of robberies, and all were apprehended before the start of their freshman college seasons, leading to national headlines, courtroom drama and eventual prison sentences. Their state title was stripped in January 1991, the trophy returned, the record book revised, and a best-seller titled “Friday Night Lights” was born.

    In his 1990 best-seller, “Friday Night Lights,” author H.G. Bissinger chronicled Odessa Permian’s 1988 season, which culminated in a 14-9 state semifinal loss to Carter High – a book that some Carter players take some issue with, specifically the 2004 movie adaptation, which they say depicts them as dirty-playing thugs.

  27. rikyrah says:

    In bipartisan budget deal, not all ‘cuts’ are created equal
    10/27/15 12:47 PM
    By Steve Benen
    When Rachel asked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last night about the tentative budget agreement between the White House and congressional Republican leaders, the presidential hopeful conceded he hadn’t yet read the agreement, but he was skeptical.

    “Our goal is to expand Social Security benefits [and] to push for a Medicare-for-all single-payer program,” Sanders said. I will not be supportive of cuts in those programs.”

    It’s a safe bet that many progressive policymakers will feel the same way, which may raise doubts about the viability of the newly announced deal.

    In practice, however, there are “cuts” and then there are “cuts.”

    Democrats have quite a few reasons to like the budget deal – $80 billion in sequestration relief goes a long way – on top of the peace of mind that comes with eliminating the possibility of government shutdowns and debt-ceiling crises until 2017.

    But did President Obama accept entitlement cuts in exchange? I’m reluctant to start parsing the meaning of the word “cut,” but the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent talked to a progressive expert this morning who sounded an optimistic note.
    On Medicare and Social Security: Nancy Altman, the president of Social Security Works, a group that strenuously opposes benefits cuts and argues for their expansion, tells me that the deal “doesn’t actually cut benefits or really hurt beneficiaries who aren’t gaming the system.”

    Altman says the Medicare cuts are all on the provider side, which could harm beneficiaries at some point, but it’s not a major concern.
    It’s true that the deal includes “reforms” to the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which was facing major deadlines of its own, and Republicans had previously said they’d only divert funding from Social Security’s retirement insurance program to SSDI if Democrats accepted benefit cuts.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Pilsen Coffee Shop Hit Again By Anti-Gentrification Graffiti
    October 27, 2015 5:16 PM By Mike Parker

    There seems to be growing anger about who’s moving in to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

    Some residents seem to fear they will be forced out and the signs of that fear are ugly, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

    Little by little, the mostly Latino Chicago neighborhood known as Pilsen is changing.

    Recently amid the brightly colorful signs of its Hispanic businesses, something a little different: a small, gourmet coffee shop known as Bow Truss appeared in 2014.

    Rudy Cordero, the operations director of the chain of Bow Truss shops, now spreading even to California, says the place has been hit by graffiti four times, three in the past week.


    There was this recent statement from a group called the Pilsen Alliance: “While the racial character of the message must be rejected, the sense of frustration must be noted. Low income families are being displaced from Pilsen and replaced by wealthier, white, single people.”

    Alderman Solis says, “Pilsen has always been a community that’s accepted different groups, different ethnic groups, different racial groups.”

  29. rikyrah says:

    George Lucas Gifts $10 Million to Support African American & Hispanic Students at USC’s Film School

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    October 27, 2015 at 6:53PM

    The George Lucas Family Foundation has announced a 10 million endowment that will support the recruitment of talented USC School of Cinematic Arts students from communities that are underrepresented in the entertainment industry.

    The gift, which is the largest single donation for student support in the school’s history, will establish The George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity, which will provide financial support for African American and Hispanic students enrolled at the school, meaning African American or Hispanic students at the undergraduate and graduate levels will receive priority consideration.

    Student support will be split equally between male and female students who will be known as George Lucas Scholars or Mellody Hobson Scholars.

    The first recipients will be awarded for the fall of 2016.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  31. Ametia says:

    Here we go folks….

  32. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :))))

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