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100 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Macy Gray Week!

  1. Liza says:

    A voice of reason here…

    About 25% of Americans identify as Republican. Donald Trump's getting about 25% of that 25% in the polls. Why is this impressive to people?— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 20, 2015

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  4. rikyrah says:

    They wanna party like it’s 1948.

    They don’t want to accept the responsibility for if they roll upon the ‘wrong one’…

    and your teeth turn into Chicklets on the floor…

    The question should be…..

    Why the phuck do you think YOU SHOULD say something offensive to minorities.

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  5. Ametia says:

    The MSM, GOP & some DEMS are sending a message to WHITE Americans

    That NEGRO in the White House cannot keep America safe, let us back in, and all will be well!

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  6. Ametia says:

    PARIS ALL FUCKING DAY LONG. ENOUGH!

    POLICE BRUTALITY IN AMERICA. HOW ABOUIT A NATIONAL DAY OF MORNING FOR ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN SLAUGHTERED & CONTINUING TO BE SLAUGHTERED AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE IN THE GOOD OLE US OF A, HMMMMM?

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  7. Ametia says:

    You know 9 black church-going CHRISTIANS were slaughtered by a white male in their church on AMERICAN SOIL

    Did the media go on for days and declare a national day of morning for them? I’m sick of all this coverage & fear-mongering, but then we know who this benefits, white angry, fearful folks who continue to beleive their skin color is superior to those BROWN & BLACK folks!

    ENOUGH ALREADY! Let Paris cover their crisis.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    from POU:

    aleth • 10 minutes ago
    Damn POU family, we predicted all these shit since WSY days. The election in 2016 being about white supremacy and over reaction to blackness. Damn but we did not think some 2520s in America who are in power were nazis too.

    It really is a surreal experience to see them hit rock bottom of inferiority complex.

    How did the war in Iraq happen? You are watching an reintroduction. No way were the democrats lied too. They are all part of the game.

    How did holocaust happen? The same way from the nativist to hate in full display. When they speak of internment, segregated camps, putting signs on people, rounding up people– they talking about you and me too. These are the sons and daugthers of slave owners and benefactors of the age old lie of supremacy reaching to back to their hateful ancestors helped by yellow journalism.

    How did slavery happen? With compliance from other 2520’s watching because their family were benefactors akin to the left and some dems seating back and voting in toe. Uncle toms like carson willing to do anything to satisfy the gaze thinking he is above the fray.

    America this is a disgrace but if anything the Obama Presidency has revealed the soul of the majority. America you have opened a pandora’s box that cannot be closed. Hillary/Trump or whatever ass gets elected, watch how the world is going to treat you — like trash. The elitism, intellectualism and superiority that America always tried to portray to the “others” is gone! There is no mystic because we all collectively know its bullshit.

    Damn I knew it was inferiority but did not know how low the self esteem was that it requires 24/7 bigotry, steadfast feeding of lies and illusions to keep superiority propped up.

    They could pass a hate bill fast but not a damn JOBs bill.

    http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/thursday-afternoon-thread-jodeci-week/#comment-2368940835

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  9. rikyrah says:

    It’s about to get real ugly in Chicago

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    Judge orders release of video showing fatal shooting by police officer

    A Cook County judge on Thursday ordered the release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing him.

    The city of Chicago filed an immediate motion to hold off on the release of the video pending an emergency appeal.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-judge-orders-release-of-video-showing-fatal-shooting-by-police-officer-20151119-story.html

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  11. Liza says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins National Book Award, Dedicates it to Friend Killed by Police

    Kenrya Rankin NOV 19, 2015 2:05PM EST

    Last night, author and The Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award for nonfiction. His book, “Between the World and Me,” explores America’s troubling relationship with the Black body via a letter to his son.

    He accepted the award at a ceremony in New York City last night and used his acceptance speech to talk about his motivation for writing the book. “Every day you turn on the TV and see some kind of violence being directed at black people. Over and over and over again. And it keeps happening,” he said.

    The New York Times reports that Coates dedicated the award to Prince Jones, a fellow Howard University student who a police officer shot and killed in what was called a case of mistaken identity.

    “I’m a black man in America. I can’t punish that officer; ‘Between the World and Me’ comes out of that place,” Mr. Coates said. “I can’t secure the safety of my son. I just don’t have that power. But what I do have the power to do is say, ‘You won’t enroll me in this lie. You won’t make me part of it.’”

    https://www.colorlines.com/articles/ta-nehisi-coates-wins-national-book-award-dedicates-it-friend-killed-police

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  13. Ametia says:

    ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL, but not surprised

    The House has overwhelmingly approved a bill to suspend the program that allows Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until key national security agencies certify they don’t pose a security risk.

    The vote was 289-137, with nearly 50 Democrats joining Republicans in favor of the bill.

    President Barack Obama has promised to veto the legislation, but the high number of Democrats voting against the White House is a clear sign Obama is increasingly isolated in his position on refugees in light of the ISIS terrorist attacks on Paris.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/19/politics/house-democrats-refugee-hearings-obama/index.html

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    Dumb Hicks Are America’s Greatest Threat

    Hamilton Nolan
    Filed to: RANTS11/19/15 10:09am

    Many of America’s political leaders are warning of the dangers posed by Syrian refugees. They are underestimating, though, the much greater danger: dumbass hicks, in charge of things.

    The mayor of Roanoke, Virginia approvingly cites Japanese internment camps in a statement explaining why Roanoke will not accept Syrian refugees. The mayor of Jacksonville, Florida says “we are a loving city with open arms” while explaining why he wants to keep refugees out of his state completely. A Missouri state representative publishes an error-riddled letter calling for action to prevent “the potential Islamization of Missouri.” These sentiments are echoed by small-time politicos all across the country, and echoed again by big-timers, all the way up to Republican presidential candidates. An actual majority of U.S. governors are now on the record as saying they don’t want any Syrian refugees coming into their territory—even though they don’t actually have the power to keep them out.

    http://gawker.com/dumb-hicks-are-americas-greatest-threat-1743373893

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  21. rikyrah says:

    African Americans pay more for car insurance
    Nov 18, 2015 4:05pm

    African Americans with good driving records have to pay far more for their auto insurance than their white counterparts, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Consumer Federation of America.

    The survey looked at good drivers who live in ZIP codes mainly populated by African Americans and compared them to those in largely white areas. It found that quoted premiums were 70 percent higher for African Americans. The average premium for those with similar incomes and driving records was $1,060 for black drivers compared to $622 for whites, the CFA found.

    “These findings suggest a troubling pattern of high rates in African-American communities regardless of driver history,” Tom Feltner, the CFA’s director of financial services, said in a statement. “We are not rushing to judgment about why this happens, but it is urgent that regulators, lawmakers, and the industry take a hard look at these findings and address the impact of high auto insurance prices on drivers living in predominantly African-American communities.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/african-americans-pay-more-for-car-insurance/

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    • Ametia says:

      Our young are coming into this world ready folks. They’ve been here & done that. We need to keep up and support them, remind them of their birthright, and help them succeed.

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    Ben Stein Asks If Obama Hates America Because He’s Black
    by Josh Feldman | 2:38 pm
    November 18th, 2015 VIDEO

    Conservative commentator Ben Stein said yesterday there’s no doubt President Obama hates America, but asked if that might have to do with his race.

    Stein––who last year called Obama the “most racist president there has ever been”––told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg that Obama is a “bad joke” because of his failed leadership against ISIS.

    “I think the question is,” he said, “why is he so angry at America. I don’t think that there’s much question he doesn’t wish America well. He has a real strong hatred of America.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/ben-stein-asks-if-obama-hates-america-because-hes-black/

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  25. rikyrah says:

    sit your phucking azz down and shut the phuck up.

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    Chris Matthews: Obama Shouldn’t Be Acting ‘Snarky’ Towards Republicans

    by Josh Feldman | 9:56 pm, November 18th, 2015

    Chris Matthews tonight said it doesn’t help forPresident Obama to be “snarky” with Republicans on letting refugees into the United States.

    The fight between the White House and Republicans on refugees peaked last night when the president mocked the GOP’s concerns about bringing them in, saying their rhetoric is a “potent recruitment tool” for ISIS and that they’re not as tough as they say if young orphans scare them.

    Well, tonight, Matthews said, “I don’t think the president should ever get snarky. Why did he do it there? Why is he making fun of the Republicans

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/chris-matthews-obama-shouldnt-be-acting-snarky-towards-republicans/

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  26. rikyrah says:

    Virginia Mosque Meeting Gets Ugly: ‘Every One of You Are Terrorists!’
    11:24 am, November 19th, 2015

    A presentation on plans for a new mosque near Fredericksburg, Va. ended with a volley of racist rants made by members of the public.

    According to WUSA 9, speaker Samer Shalaby was presenting plans for a new mosque the local Muslim community intended to build on property it already owned. The current Islamic Center is too small, as the community has grown steadily in recent years.

    That’s when two men in attendance at the public meeting shouted down Shalaby with claims that all Muslims were “evil” and “terrorists.” The speaker said he didn’t expect such hostility.

    “It just kept getting worse and worse,” Shalaby said. “People were pointing fingers and waiving arms.”

    The first man to make a scene called what Shalaby and local Muslims were doing “evil,” which attracted some positive attention from the crowd. That’s when the second man came forward.

    “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that does not happen. We don’t want it because you are terrorists. Every one of you are terrorists. I don’t care what you say,” he said. “You can smile at me. You can say whatever you want, but every Muslim is a terrorist.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/virginia-mosque-meeting-gets-ugly-every-one-of-you-are-terrorists/

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  28. rikyrah says:

    U.S. Economy Added 271000 Jobs In October, Beating Expectations
    19 November, 2015

    Labor participation stayed unchanged at 62.4 percent in October, following a decline of 0.2 percentage point in September. Employers added 271,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5 percent, the lowest level in seven years.

    http://presschronicle.com/2015/11/19/u-s-economy-added-271000-jobs-in-october-beating.html

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  29. rikyrah says:

    SG2,

    Please tweet this clown asking him what Hillary is doing DIFFERENT from the CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  30. Ametia says:

    Minneapolis, YALL

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Protesters, police clash after officers named in Jamar Clark shooting

    Issues Riham Feshir , Matt Sepic · Minneapolis · Nov 18, 2015

    gathering of hundreds of protesters at a north Minneapolis precinct grew tense Wednesday night, after police cleared the entrance of the station where some had camped since Sunday after Jamar Clark was shot by police.

    Police sprayed a chemical irritant at a crowd through a chain link fence, and Minneapolis officials say some officers were targeted as well.

    By late afternoon, around 300 Black Lives Matter protesters stood in a cold rain outside the precinct. When police removed a few of them from inside the vestibule, the protest grew outside.

    The protesters demanded city leaders and investigators release video footage of the fatal police shooting of the 24-year-old African-American. Police had responded early Sunday to a suspect who was interfering with EMS personnel tending to a victim.

    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/protest-continues-north-minneapolis

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  32. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
    While media folks like @rickklein complain about PBO’s “tone”, Trump is proposing Nazi tactics for Muslim-Americans. https://twitter.com/thehill/status/667349385555111936

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  33. rikyrah says:

    SMH

    Once again, I ask why I’m supposed to trust Hillary Clinton on foreign policy.

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  34. rikyrah says:

    water is wet news, but still always good to see the analysis in black and white.

    Black borrowers in Richmond are less likely to be approved for home loans and refinancing than white applicants regardless of their income levels, according to a study by fair-housing advocates.

    The effect is a continuation of the “redlining” that explicitly denied loans to minorities in the 20th century, according to Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia.

    “Certainly lenders and banks tell you money is all the same color and they’re an equal opportunity lender, but when you get down to it, you have individuals who are underwriting loans who have biases,” said Brian Koziol, the nonprofit organization’s director of research and the report’s author.

    The group’s study found that between 2010 and 2013, the most recent year for which mortgage data is available, 13.7 percent of white borrowers had loan applications denied while black applicants experienced a 34.6 percent denial rate.

    The report found that Hispanic residents also faced higher denial rates than white residents, but overall were granted loans more frequently than black borrowers.

    Koziol said that a lenders’ willingness to finance home purchases directly corresponded to a neighborhood’s racial makeup.

    The study found that for each percentage point increase in the minority population of a census tract, 12.5 fewer mortgages would be made.

    The neighborhoods impacted are the same ones historically excluded for lending through redlining, and more recently, targeted for subprime loans, Koziol said.

    While those neighborhoods have disproportionately high poverty rates, a borrower’s income doesn’t account for the difference: The report found a 9.9 point disparity in loan approval rates among black and white low-income applicants and a 27.5 point disparity among black and white upper-income borrowers.

    http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_84d2e614-823a-5902-83df-a14ae649eb61.html

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  36. Good morning, Chicas! My friend Ibrahim lost his little cousin in the Kano Bomb Blast

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  38. rikyrah says:

    PHUCK.OUTTA.HERE.

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    Trump won’t rule out database, special ID for Muslims in US
    November 19, 2015, 09:25 am

    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump believes that the war on terror will require unprecedented surveillance of America’s Muslims.

    “We’re going to have to do thing that we never did before,” he said during a Yahoo interview.

    “Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said.

    “Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,” he added. “We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”

    Trump would not rule out warrantless searches in his plans for increased surveillance of the nation’s Muslims, Yahoo reported Thursday.

    He also remained open toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, the news outlet added.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/260727-trump-wont-rule-out-database-special-id-for-muslims

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  41. rikyrah says:

    ok, I’ve decided to get myself a new Kindle Fire for Christmas.

    Been looking on the site, and they are offering

    a microSD card with the tablet. I am technology challenged. I get that it’s extra storage. But, I don’t know how to do it. Can you keep the card inserted into the Kindle Fire at all times? Or, do you have to store it separately?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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  42. rikyrah says:

    Twitter truth

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    I know the Lord doesn’t give us more than we can bear, but still….

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  50. rikyrah says:

    Your NRA, People.

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    Top 10 Reasons Governors are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees
    By Juan Cole | Nov. 17, 2015 |
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    By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –
    Some half of US governors have announced their opposition to their states taking in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. Although they can bother refugees, they can’t actually dictate to people who are here legally where they can live. But anyway, here are the reasons for which these announcements are a form of political hysteria and not grounded in any rational policy considerations:
    1. The attackers in Paris were European nationals. The Syrian passport found near one of them was a fake. So are the governors opposed to Belgian immigration into the United States?
    2. The attackers were not refugees. They were born in Europe. Refugees are poor and lacking in knowledge or resources about their new environment. The attackers knew exactly where everything was that they wanted to assault and were hooked in with arms smugglers and other hard-to-discover criminal networks.
    3. There is no rational reason to bar Syrian refugees but accept refugees from other conflict areas. The US already admits 70,000 refugees every year, but only took in about 400 Syrians last year. Most refugees are fleeing conflict situations or oppressive governments, and if you wanted to be paranoid about them you could fear them all on the same grounds that the GOP fears Syrians. The US has accepted a former child soldier from the Congo (might have skills). In 2014 the US accepted 758 refugees from Afghanistan; how are they different from Syrian refugees? And here’s the kicker: the US accepted 19,651 refugees from Iraq last year! It is completely irrational to single out Syrians if you are going to take in Iraqis.
    4.These refugees undergo at least 18 months of background checks, contrary to what Sen. Mario Rubio (whose parents were Cuban immigrants to the US) has alleged.

    http://www.juancole.com/2015/11/reasons-governors-refugees.html

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  61. rikyrah says:

    Dude…the signs were always there….no sympathy.

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    Kasich eyes new agency for ‘Judeo-Christian’ values
    11/18/15 04:13 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Presidential candidates are eager to demonstrate their capacity for international leadership, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) may not have fully thought through his new idea. NBC News reported last night:
    As part of a broad national security plan to defeat ISIS, Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich proposed creating a new government agency to push Judeo-Christian values around the world.

    The new agency, which he hasn’t yet named, would promote a Jewish- and Christian-based belief system to four regions of the world: China, Iran, Russia and the Middle East.
    According to a report in the Toledo Blade, the struggling Republican presidential hopeful argued, “U.S. Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting have lost their focus on the case for Western values and ideals and effectively countering opponents’ propaganda and disinformation. I will consolidate them into a new agency that has a clear mandate to promote the core Judeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/kasich-eyes-new-agency-judeo-christian-values

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  64. rikyrah says:

    Rafael…you’re just not that important

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    Cruz to Obama: ‘Insult me to my face’
    11/19/15 08:00 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    President Obama has heard some of the Republican hysteria about Syrian refugees, and he’s clearly unimpressed. “These are the same folks oftentimes who suggest that they’re so tough that just talking to Putin or staring down ISIL, or using some additional rhetoric somehow is going to solve the problems out there,” the president yesterday. “But apparently, they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion.

    “First, they were worried about the press being too tough on them during debates,” Obama added. “Now they’re worried about three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me.”

    Evidently, this has hurt Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) feelings.
    “Let me suggest something Mr. President: If you want to insult me, you can do it overseas, you can do it in Turkey, you can do it in foreign countries. But I would encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face,” Cruz said. “Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I’d prefer it in the United States and not overseas where you’re making the insults.”
    In context, Cruz’s school-yard taunts concluded with the senator calling for some kind of one-on-one debate with the president. “We’ll do it on any station,” the Texan added. “I’m sure any one of the TV stations would be glad to host it.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/cruz-obama-insult-me-my-face

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  65. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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