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  1. President Barack Obama-True Colors

  2. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump, black people have everything to lose if they vote for you

    By Leonard Greene

    You asked the question.

    And, though I imagine it was nothing more than a rhetorical question, it is still a question that, given the subject matter, deserves an answer.

    You, after all, are the same man who relentlessly questioned the citizenship of the nation’s first black President.

    That was before you dragged your feet and double-talked your way through questions — there’s that word again — about the support of white supremacist David Duke.


    What the hell do you have to lose?”

    Well, here goes, in no particular order:

    No. 1: My dignity.

    No. 2: My self-respect.

    No. 3: My standing among family and friends, black or white, and anyone who has ever held me in high regard.

    No. 4: My future.

    No. 5: My children’s future.

    No. 6: Their children’s future.

  3. rikyrah says:

    New Day ✔ @NewDay
    .@CharlesMBlow on Trump’s outreach to African Americans: He’s using people of color as pawns to get to white people.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Republican Senator’s Outreach Ad To Black Voters Appears To Use Stock Video From Africa
    AUGUST 25, 2016, 11:10 AM EDT

    A new ad highlighting Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-NC) work in helping disadvantaged children in his state appears to feature black children from a school in Africa, not North Carolina.

    The ad titled “Kirby” features an interview with African American Pastor Kirby Jones who says that Burr “has done a great deal to help the children and their families get on a path and trajectory that leads to academic success and life success. He is genuinely interested in our community, in our children.”

    The ad includes two pieces of footage from Getty’s iStock catalog that are tagged as “non US” locations.

    One is titled “African teacher and school girls,” and is tagged with keywords like “non US location,” “South African culture,” “Africa,” African ethnicity,” and “African American ethnicity.

  5. rikyrah says:


    Michael Brodkorb ‏@mbrodkorb 15h15 hours ago
    UPDATE: A top #mngop official was completely unaware paperwork had not been submitted to SOS to ensure Trump’s name was on the ballot in MN.

    Michael Brodkorb ‏@mbrodkorb 14h14 hours ago
    UPDATE: #MNGOP leadership in meeting NOW to certify presidential electors (elected in May). SOS will be sent Trump info likely tomorrow.

    Michael Brodkorb ‏@mbrodkorb
    UPDATE: Total confusion among #MNGOP officials on process for Trump being on MN ballot – absolutely possible they could’ve missed deadline.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Writing the story of his life — all 5 years of it
    Boston, MA – 8/24/2016

    Five-year-old Ashton A. Antoine plays his violin before signing his book “5 My Magic Number” for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at Boston’s City Hall in Boston, MA August 24, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

    Five-year-old Ashton Antoine played his violin before signing his book, “5 My Magic Number,” for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at City Hall.

    By Laura Crimaldi GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 25, 2016
    Two weeks before her son turned 5 in April, Guirlande Olivier said, she asked what he wanted for his birthday.

    Ashton Antoine’s response turned into a debut book: “5 My Magic Number.”
    “He said, ‘Mommy, this is my magic number,’ ” Olivier said Wednesday. “Let’s make a book.”
    The 26-page paperback book was published July 28, and now the kindergartner is on a book tour of sorts.

    On Wednesday, he visited Boston City Hall, where he played violin for Mayor Martin J. Walsh and read his book in the Eagle Room.

    Last month, Ashton met Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans at a book signing and received a “Governor’s High Five Award” from Governor Charlie Baker.

    During his meeting with Walsh, Ashton said his writing career is just getting started.

    “I’m going to write books for everybody,” said Ashton, who attends Brooke Charter School in East Boston.
    His book is a celebration of the number five and the ways it has figured into his young life.
    “This year is 2016. I turned 5 years old,” Ashton writes. “In fact, my life has been full of events that include multiples of 5.”

    Ashton writes that he speaks five languages, English, French, Haitian Creole, Chinese, and Spanish, and plays five instruments, violin, piano, guitar, flute, and trombone.

    Olivier said the book is meant to let children know that their age shouldn’t be an obstacle. She said she taught Ashton Haitian Creole and French and got him started on violin lessons two years ago.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Shamira Ibrahim, 8/25/16

    In an ideal world, we would spend the next few hundred words articulating the significance of a Black woman achieving rapid career acceleration in the entertainment industry after decades of hard work. Leslie Jones’s addition to SNL, an institution Whiter than tampon commercial underwear, is a major accomplishment. As is her being cast in the Ghostbusters reboot.

    Instead, we are forced to lament what continues to be the striking reality for Black women in the age of social media. That with increased visibility comes increased vitriol. And that we exist in a society that feels entitled to dictate the narrow confines of where Black women are allowed to flourish versus the spaces that we should not encroach.

    This isn’t a tale limited to Leslie; the Rio Olympics had us revisiting the targeted insults lobbied at Gabby Douglas, a young woman who has also been open about how the ill-spirited commentary affected her. Talk to any Black woman of any level of notoriety or platform in social media and you’ll be regaled with tale after tale of unprompted gender-based and race-based (and sometimes both at the same time) hate speech from keyboard trolls the world over. Ultimately, the plight of online harassment, on Twitter especially, has been an oft-discussed problem that seems to have received minimal traction from the company on a grand scale.

  8. rikyrah says:


    I don’t see me. For who can find a phantom? I am nothing. I am hollow. I am dust.

    I’m fat and Latina. I belong to a phantom culture; a society that solely exists as a result of colonialism and where women were born in their mother’s beds to midwives. I grew up in an underrepresented and underserved socioeconomic neighborhood where the crack epidemic came tumbling through like Winnie-the-Pooh’s little black rain cloud. I made it out.

    But, that didn’t solve the problems. It left me more lost. It’s especially difficult if you already live as a first generation bi-cultural paradox that grew up in the ghetto and now belongs to the list of women behind the glass case who gained upward mobility. It’s like Donald Glover says, “…it’s weird you’d think they’d be proud of them, but when you leave the hood they think that you look down on them.”

    Whenever I open a magazine or my social media accounts, I never see me. Why not? Social media photos of large groups hanging out in a California metropolis and not a single black or latino person in sight. I work as a Web Editor for a fairly well known entity in San Francisco. I have an education. I had a catered wedding in an historical building. I’m a classically trained cook. I believe in the preservation of traditional and regional Puerto Rican cuisine. I socialize with people that look like those people in the magazines. I like sitting at long tables adorned with wildflowers, candles and consuming family style meals under the stars with a restored barn in the background.

    My motherland has been sold to PROMESA; colonialism by consent. My nation is drawing lines in the sand and forcing us to choose sides. Eric Ripert included three episodes in Puerto Rico for his Avec Eric show, the last episode was a party in Puerto Rico where everyone is drinking and eating…ain’t one dark Puerto Rican in sight.

    My white husband makes nearly a six digit salary working at an advertising firm in San Francisco. We’re DINKS (double income no kids). His family helped build San Francisco and he is a descendant of the Rice-A-Roni/Ghirardelli empire (something he never talks about because how déclassé). We go to the ballet and opera. We’ve eaten at the quintessential fine dining establishments of the Bay Area. Do I not see me because my husband can trace his family roots back to the 1700s on a genealogy website within a single day, and I can’t even find my mother’s name? His roots dig deep and tie up in a neat little package. There’s no paperwork for my family. The roots are above ground, wildly grasping for any piece of foundation they can find. The colonialism permanently emblazoned on the ids of my ancestors. But, I know they’re there. It’s in the food I cook, the only way that I can connect to my ancestors…cooking their food. The recipes of phantoms.

    When the women in my social groups complain about the lack of women making an appearance on the cover of food periodicals, that doesn’t bother me as much as seeing the first and only black chef to finally be included on the roster of Best New Chef in the history of that food periodical. And don’t say it’s because we’re not out there. And don’t say “If we had more people of color coming in with the skills…” It’s all bullshit. An easy cop-out to try and remove yourself for being responsible for imagining a world where the food industry is 57% Latino, all of them invisible, could be 57% Latino and publicly known for their craft. Instead, you choose to repurpose, repackage and resell our own culture back to us and pretend like you discovered it yourself. Just like you’ve been doing, oh, I don’t know…the entire length of history?!

  9. rikyrah says:

    ‘I lost. The ni**er won’: Alabama GOP mayor gets racist on Facebook after losing to black candidate
    25 AUG 2016 AT 16:10 ET

    The Republican mayor of Midland City, Alabama got nasty on Facebook after losing her seat to a black candidate in this week’s mayoral election.
    “I lost. The ni**er won,” griped Mayor Patsy Capshaw Skipper when someone asked her how the election turned out.

    WTVY said that Skipper was defeated by Jo Ann Bennett Grimsley, former assistant city clerk and an employee of the Dale County government for 27 years. She has previously served as the city’s water clerk and county court clerk.

    Mayor Skipper was named interim mayor last February when her husband — former Mayor Virgil Skipper — retired for health reasons. County officials voted 3 to 1 for Patsy Skipper to take over her husband’s position.
    Voters, however, preferred to see Grimsley at the city helm, casting 233 votes for Grimsley as opposed to Skipper’s 148.

    Skipper appears to have made her Facebook timeline private, but posts from 2015 are visible. She posted various pro-Christian and pro-Republican memes, including an image of the White House that reads “I want a White House that honors God. Share if you agree!” and another with a quote by Republican former Pres. Ronald Reagan that reads, “We are never defeated unless we give up on God. Share if you agree!”

    • Liza says:

      Well, if he has a trial it will be in absentia. This is just Brazil telling Lochte, “Keep your a$$ out of our country, NEVER return.” But I’m glad these folks didn’t bow to the Ugly American. They deserve respect just like everyone else.

  10. rikyrah says:

    LePage Calls Father of Slain Muslim-American Soldier a ‘Con Artist’

    Gov. Paul LePage told a conservative talk show host that the father of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in combat is a “con artist” for criticizing Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

  11. Hey, Chicas!

    Just got back. Josh brought me an IPhone. Yay! I have to figure out how to use it. My boy is spoiling his Mama.

  12. rikyrah says:


    Coulter Goes to War with Trump And It Is Glorious

    PublishedAUGUST 25, 2016, 12:47 AM EDT
    Liberals may die tonight because there are limited supplies of those injections they give you for acute schadenfreude toxicity. Ann Coulter has been Donald Trump’s biggest New York City white nationalist supporter. She’s transformed toadying into a militant act. Just today her new book In Trump We Trust was released, a genuflecting, tour de force of leader principle obsequiousness. As many have noted, in the book itself she writes that Trump can do anything, change his position on anything – none of it matters. She and they are that devoted. Everything except shift on immigration.

    So today, the very day her book comes out he shambles his way to embracing the Rubio/Bush ‘Amnesty’ agenda he spent the last year railing against and using as a cudgel to destroy the Republican establishment’s favored ones. She even had an opening book party hosted by Breitbart.

  13. rikyrah says:

    How Trump Damages Human Intelligence Capabilities
    by Benjamin Haas
    August 25, 2016

    Most of the words that issue from Donald J. Trump’s lips are disjointed nonsense, and his recent “national security” speech was no exception. Occasionally, however, Trump utters a notion that carries a modicum of truth. As a former Army intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, I can say that this time he was right about one important but seldom-discussed assertion—that the United States should “place a renewed emphasis on human intelligence.”

    Many terrorists are savvy enough to evade other intelligence collection measures, and the “Going Dark” phenomenon provides an opportunity for terrorists to hide behind increasingly sophisticated encryption. Consequently, the United States law enforcement and intelligence communities should embrace and invest in human intelligence (HUMINT).

    Yet, as much as Trump was right to emphasize HUMINT, his own Islamophobic rhetoric and outrageous policy proposals are counterproductive to the goal. When Trump targets Muslims and promotes a culture of fear, he creates an environment—both domestic and foreign—that presents significant challenges for intelligence collectors who need to retain and develop sources.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Ann Coulter and Trump’s Can of Worms
    by BooMan
    Thu Aug 25th, 2016 at 08:34:42 AM EST

    I learned a long time ago not take any bait Ann Coulter is offering because that’s how she makes herself rich. But it’s kind of fun to see Josh Marshall having so much fun at her expense. The way Trump “softened” his immigration stance at the same moment that Coulter’s new book was launching was kind of exquisite, considering that the book praises Trump above all for his hardline anti-immigrant stance. Even so, I’d let this whole episode pass without noting if it didn’t tie into something else that was in the news yesterday.

    Here’s how Marshall characterizes Coulter’s discomfort:

    Just today her new book In Trump We Trust was released, a genuflecting, tour de force of leader principle obsequiousness. As many have noted, in the book itself she writes that Trump can do anything, change his position on anything – none of it matters. She and they are that devoted. Everything except shift on immigration.

    So today, the very day her book comes out he shambles his way to embracing the Rubio/Bush ‘Amnesty’ agenda he spent the last year railing against and using as a cudgel to destroy the Republican establishment’s favored ones. She even had an opening book party hosted by Breitbart.

    Already at the book party, photos snapped by Twitters journos showed a sad visage and perhaps a growing thunder …

    That thunder is something Glenn Beck is warning about in his typical apocalyptic tones. He invited Trump voters to call into his show yesterday and explain their support for him, and he seems to have been badly rattled by the experience. He even agreed to go on Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show last night to talk about it. I guess Beck has a variety of concerns about Trump and his fans, but what’s really got him going is the realization that there are hordes of people out there who took Trump seriously about his mass deportation promises, and they’re going to be irate if Trump doesn’t follow through. To demonstrate the point, let’s look at a caller named “Nate from Virginia.”

    “As long as he does the basic things, the foundational things, which is build a wall, he’s not going to have people like me coming after him,” Nate responded.

    “So if he doesn’t build a wall like China, then he’s in trouble?” Beck said.

    “Oh, he’s in so much trouble,” the caller quickly shot back. “You don’t even understand the backlash of us, the ones who are so frustrated and angry and tired of all the political stuff. We’re going to come after him personally. You know what I mean? We’re going to get him.”

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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