Sunday Open Thread

Have a Blessed Sunday, Everyone.

Ms. Lemmie Battle, ya’ll.

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47 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Liza says:


    12 doves for the 12 years of Tamir's life. #RIP #TamirRice. #YearWithoutTamir— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) November 22, 2015


  2. Liza says:

    I wonder if the DOJ produces these reports with a boiler plate, kind of a fill in the blanks format.

    DOJ Lawyers Will Fly To Minneapolis To Probe Jamar Clark Shooting #Justice4Jamar— SPLC (@splcenter) November 23, 2015


  3. Liza says:

    There is no answer to this question. The more vile Trump gets, the more media attention he is allowed.

    What would Trump have to do or say to not have an open invitation to appear on ABC/CBS/NBC/Fox/CNN whenever he wants?— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 22, 2015


  4. “One of our Elder sisters stands up and confronts the false forgiving narrative of Charleston. And how it relates to Black people who are afraid to lose their jobs by speaking out against racism. I salute this sister 💯”

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  5. Liza says:

    For those with HBO:

    Reminder that the doc on Jordan Davis airs on Monday on @HBO: #3andhalfmins— khylen sandiego (@kidlightyear) November 22, 2015


  6. Liza says:

    For those of you with HBO.

    Reminder that the doc on Jordan Davis airs on Monday on @HBO: #3andhalfmins— khylen sandiego (@kidlightyear) November 22, 2015


  7. Liza says:

    Especially low information voters which America has in abundance.

    DC/NYC pundits forget that rank-and-file voters are paying way, way, way less attention to the campaign than they are right now.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 22, 2015


  8. Liza says:

  9. Is that the black Santa Claus?

    Chestnuts roastin’ on an open fire
    Singin’ my jingle, where is kris kringle

    Santa Claus…woooo…is coming straight to the ghetto…

  10. rikyrah says:

    I just don’t understand the appeal.


    Why young American women are joining ISIS

    Toward the end of the century, Westerners who fled their home countries to fight in Afghanistan or Bosnia shared a common characteristic: They were practically all men. Today’s militant recruits, however, represent a dramatic demographic shift.

    Most are just entering adulthood. They often meet terrorists online. They’ve asked in covert chats: Do you have hair dryers, or should I bring one?

    One in seven are women, according to a new report.

    An estimated 4,500 Westerners have ditched home for the Islamic State or other Sunni jihadist groups in Syria or Iraq. Researchers at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., collected data on 474 of these cases. They found in news reports an unprecedented number of radicalized women sneaking across borders.

    “They often appear to be typical teenagers,” said Brigitte Lebans Nacos, a political science professor at Columbia University who studies terrorism. “They ask about hair dryers. They’re looking for romance. They’re fans of ISIS, like others are fans of pop stars.”

    The average age of women in New America’s data set is 21. A third of the female converts are teenagers. Many are active in jihadist Web circles, occasionally using Twitter to connect with recruiters. Others have familial ties to jihadism — relatives fighting in Syria or Iraq, a lover who’d dedicated his life to the cause.

  11. rikyrah says:



    I Forgot To Find My Husband At A Black University

    I was told to find the love of my life at Howard. At the time, I barely liked myself.posted on Nov. 5, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

    Jamilah Lemieux

    BuzzFeed Contributor

    “I’m going to Howard to find a husband.”

    I remember saying this to a group of friends my senior year of high school, as we spent yet another lunch period musing over our big plans for life after graduation over stale cafeteria French fries. When I applied to the “Mecca of the Black Intelligentsia” in the fall of 2001, the female-to-male ratio was said to be approximately 3 to 2. Not terrible odds, especially considering the rumored dismal numbers at other black colleges. Seven girls for every guy? I might as well go to a women’s college!

    The possibility of finding love wasn’t the driving factor in my decision to go to Howard. Predominantly White Institutions weren’t ever a serious consideration; the idea of competing with white girls for a pittance of brothers — while also having to explain my hairstyling methods — didn’t sound like the makings of a happy college experience. Aside from the loans I had to take out to attend Howard, there seemed to be no downside in sight.

    I’d been cautioned by a few single women in their twenties and thirties — teachers, co-workers, and friends of the family — that I should try to find my mister when I had the privilege of being on a black campus filled with black men (Howard men, the best and brightest our community has to offer!) for four years. The “real world,” they told me, wouldn’t be so accommodating.

    My parents were never married to one another and never graduated from college. I romanticized the idea of finding forever on that historic campus and creating a family that would be the beginning of a generations-deep cadre of future Howard grads: children, grandchildren, and great-grands proudly walking the hallowed halls of the place that had made their family possible in the first place.

    I found a whole lot of things at Howard — a husband wasn’t one of them. And now, thanks to social media, I have a clear picture of what my Howard dream wedding would have looked like. Cutesy hashtags! Engagement pics snapped in front of Founders Library! Imight be a little salty about it.

  12. rikyrah says:

    The greatest, most underused credit card perk

    Published: Nov 10, 2015 10:06 a.m. ET

    Price matching is not a new credit card perk, but it’s one that consumers often overlook — potentially forgoing hundreds of dollars in holiday savings.

    Some call it price matching, some call it a price guarantee, but no matter the name, many credit card issuers and network, including Discover, Citi and MasterCard MA, +0.58% , are offering consumers refunds for the difference in price should they buy an item and then find it for a lower price later on. Discover will refund the difference up to $500 if you find your item at a lower price within 90 days of making a Discover card purchase, Citi says it will refund the difference in price up to $300 per item if its price-finding service discovers a lower price within 60 days of the purchase, and MasterCard will refund up to $250 within 60 days or 120 days, depending on which type of MasterCard you use.

    They say they’re offering this perk because it’s popular with customers. Discover says that their program, which they launched in June 2012, has been “very well received” by cardmembers and a MasterCard spokeswoman says “these benefits test extremely high in our research with consumers.” Citi says it launched a limited version of its price-match program in 2010, and then, due to positive consumer feedback expanded it to cover all of its cards in 2012 and last year it expanded again by increasing both the amount it will reimburse consumers and the number of days with which it will have its price-matching service look for lower prices for consumers.

  13. Ametia says:


    Do take your time answering this one, Donald Trump.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Taniel @Taniel
    Dems were more enthused:

    In parishes Edwards got 65%+, turnout was up by 10%.
    In parishes Vitter got 60%+, it was up by 3%.

    #LAGov (2)

  15. rikyrah says:

    Legal Weed: White People Get Rich, Black People Get To Stay In Prison

    Ever since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, people have realized how much of a big business it actually is. So far Colorado has brought in over $200 million in revenue, and now it’s even a bigger hotbed of tourist activity. Just imagine the other states that are noticing the huge success of weed, best believe they’ll attempt to profit off of it.

    But what do the faces of those profiting off of weed look like?

    White and male of course.

    For the longest time, black men and women have faced hefty jail sentences over petty weed cases, and if you think that’ll stop now that marijuana is legalized in a couple of states, you’re wrong.

    Just look at the arrests in Colorado as an example. Between 1986 and 2010, more than 210,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, and they still remain behind bars.

    Earlier this year, Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness held an open forum on March 6 with Asha Bandele of the Drug Policy Alliance.

    Alexander basically broke it down to the core, as to who will make profits and who will stay behind bars.

    “In many ways the imagery doesn’t sit right,” said Alexander. “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”

  16. Liza says:

    I posted this comment a couple of days ago, but it’s worth looking at again. Based on 146,000,000 registered voters, approximately 36.5 million would identify as GOP. If 25 percent of those support Trump, that is roughly 9 million. That’s why NS isn’t impressed, there is just a massive amount of media hype behind Trump.

    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


  17. Liza says:

    Yeah, I believe this, and especially true for low information voters (the backbone of Trump’s support).

    Fact that Trump loses 1/3 of his support to Romney implies that a good bit of it may just be name recognition.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 22, 2015


  18. Ametia says:

    National Geographic Channel’s Saints & Strangers is a story that goes beyond the familiar historical account of Thanksgiving, revealing the trials and tribulations of the settlers at Plymouth Plantation. 102 men, women and children sailed on a chartered ship for a place they had never seen. Of this group, half are those we think of as “pilgrims,” religious separatists who abandoned their prior lives for a single cause: religious freedom. The other half, the “merchant adventurers,” had less spiritual and more material objectives.

    This clash of values created complex inner struggles for the group as they sought to establish a new colony, compounded by a complicated relationship with the local Native American tribes.


    The conflicting allegiances among these groups, culminated in trials of assimilation, faith and compromise that continue to define our nation to this day. Saints & Strangers, a two-night movie event, begins Sunday at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel.

  19. Ametia says:
  20. Liza says:

    Donald Trump Isn’t Ruling Out Independent Run
    By JORDYN PHELPS Nov 22, 2015, 9:35 AM ET

    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump would not rule out making a run for president as an Independent despite signing a pledge in September saying he would support the eventual GOP nominee instead of running a third-party bid.

    “I’m going to have to see what happens. I will see what happens. I have to be treated fairly,” Trump said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” when asked about a new guerrilla effort by operatives within the Republican Party to derail Trump’s candidacy. “When I did this, I said I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine. All I want to do is [have] a level playing field.”

    Trump pointed out that he’s currently content with his position in the polls.

    • Liza says:

      This is a threat. Trump can guarantee that the GOP will lose the 2016 election if he were to run as an independent. Sounds like it’s “you better not even think about trying to eliminate me…”

  21. Liza says:


    Pres Obama HAS kept us safe. We have not been attacked so GOP has to exploit attacks on other countries against PBO.— LiberalPhenom (@LiberalPhenom) November 22, 2015


  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

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    My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up.
    The place I call home no longer feels safe

    By Fay Wells November 18
    Fay Wells is vice president of strategy at a company in California.

    On Sept. 6, I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to go enjoy the game and deal with the lock afterward.

    A few hours and a visit from a locksmith later, I was inside my apartment and slipping off my shoes when I heard a man’s voice and what sounded like a small dog whimpering outside, near my front window. I imagined a loiterer and opened the door to move him along. I was surprised to see a large dog halfway up the staircase to my door. I stepped back inside, closed the door and locked it.

    I heard barking. I approached my front window and loudly asked what was going on. Peering through my blinds, I saw a gun. A man stood at the bottom of the stairs, pointing it at me. I stepped back and heard: “Come outside with your hands up.” I thought: This man has a gun and will kill me if I don’t come outside. At the same time, I thought: I’ve heard this line from policemen in movies. Although he didn’t identify himself, perhaps he’s an officer.

    I left my apartment in my socks, shorts and a light jacket, my hands in the air. “What’s going on?” I asked again. Two police officers had guns trained on me. They shouted: “Who’s in there with you? How many of you are there?”

    I said it was only me and, hands still raised, slowly descended the stairs, focused on one officer’s eyes and on his pistol. I had never looked down the barrel of a gun or at the face of a man with a loaded weapon pointed at me. In his eyes, I saw fear and anger. I had no idea what was happening, but I saw how it would end: I would be dead in the stairwell outside my apartment, because something about me — a 5-foot-7, 125-pound black woman — frightened this man with a gun. I sat down, trying to look even less threatening, trying to de-escalate. I again asked what was going on. I confirmed there were no pets or people inside.

  27. Ametia says:

    How Police Became Part of the Public School System and How to Get Them Out
    Saturday, 21 November 2015
    By GS Potter, Truthout | News Analysis

    Charges have yet to be brought against Ben Fields, the white police officer in South Carolina who slammed a 16-year-old Black student to the floor of her classroom at Spring Valley High School, injuring her face and neck and breaking her arm.

    Nearly a month has passed since the video of the October 26 incident went viral, and while Fields was fired from his job on October 28, he has not been arrested or charged with assault or battery under South Carolina law.

    Fields had previously been sued for use of excessive force and currently faces a federal lawsuit in which attorneys claim that he “recklessly targets African-American students.” A federal investigation to determine whether or not any federal laws were violated during the incident is underway.

    While questions regarding what charges can and should be brought against former deputy Fields are being investigated, there are other questions that deserve attention. Under what authority were the teacher and administrator allowed to call the police in response to a nonthreatening behavior in the first place? Why are police in classrooms anyway? And how do we get them out?


  28. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :))))

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