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93 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | ThanksgivingWithBlackFamilies

  1. vitaminlover says:

    Anyone going to buy Shirley Ceasar’s apron that is depicticted in her song about ‘beans, greens, potatoes and tomatoes’?

  2. eliihass says:

    And by their rat tails we shall know them…LOL..

    “…Democratic media mogul Bob Johnson told CNBC on Monday that fellow African-Americans should give Donald Trump “the benefit of the doubt,”

    The BET founder — who met with Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey — described the sit-down as a “great chat” about “business solutions to social problems.”

    Johnson, who had supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said he told Trump over the weekend, “The real question you should be asking is what do African-Americans have to gain from your presidency.”

    “Trump is a business guy, and I think he’s going to tilt towards finding [a] way to use fiscal policy … to move the economy forward,” he said. “Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground.”

    “That’s what’s best for African-Americans,” Johnson added.

    To make his case, Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Cos., quoted founding Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Bill Clay Sr., a Missouri Democrat who served more than three decades in the House.

    Paraphrasing Clay, Johnson said, “Black Americans should have no permanent friends, and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests.”

    “That’s where African-American voters should be,” Johnson contended, saying he does not view Trump and the Republicans as enemies or friends. African-Americans have “permanent interests,” he said.

    Johnson said the country needs a leader, “not somebody who’s going to sort of choose sides,” and he hopes Trump fits the bill…”

  3. eliihass says:

    And by their rat tails we shall know them…

    And exactly as we called it, so it continues to come to pass…told you he was auditioning fam..

    “…Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. is emerging as a possible contender for transportation secretary, or another Cabinet post, in Donald Trump’s budding administration.

    The telegenic Ford — who served five terms in Congress representing Tennessee and is the son of a long-serving Democratic congressman from Memphis — has worked as a managing director at Morgan Stanley since 2011, and is a regular news analyst on MSNBC.

    Ford endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race, and he and his wife, Emily, contributed to Clinton’s campaign. But Ford is also close with Trump’s children, Don Jr., Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, an associate said.

    Now the moderate Democrat is poised to potentially join the incoming Republican administration. Two sources confirmed to POLITICO that Ford has yet to meet with the president-elect, but that there have been some preliminary feelers put out about potential Cabinet-level posts, including transportation secretary, via “emissaries.” And Ford did not rule it out..”

  4. rikyrah says:

    No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along
    Charles M. Blow
    NOV. 23, 2016

    Donald Trump schlepped across town on Tuesday to meet with the publisher of The New York Times and some editors, columnists and reporters at the paper.

    As The Times reported, Trump actually seemed to soften some of his positions:

    He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But he should never have said that he was going to do that in the first place.

    He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t encourage the military to use torture. But he should never have said that he would do that in the first place.

    He said that he would have an “open mind” on climate change. But that should always have been his position.

    You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. You did real harm to this country and many of its citizens, and I will never — never — forget that.

    As I read the transcript and then listened to the audio, the slime factor was overwhelming.

    After a campaign of bashing The Times relentlessly, in the face of the actual journalists, he tempered his whining with flattery.

    At one point he said:

    “I just appreciate the meeting and I have great respect for The New York Times. Tremendous respect. It’s very special. Always has been very special.”

    He ended the meeting by saying:

    “I will say, The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel. And I hope we can all get along well.”

    I will say proudly and happily that I was not present at this meeting. The very idea of sitting across the table from a demagogue who preyed on racial, ethnic and religious hostilities and treating him with decorum and social grace fills me with disgust, to the point of overflowing. Let me tell you here where I stand on your “I hope we can all get along” plea: Never.

    You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.

  5. No one is playing with the racist bigots….

    Gun Sales to Blacks and Minorities Quadruple After Trump Win


    After Donald Trump’s win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol.

    Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protect themselves, afraid Trump’s victory will incite more hate crimes.

    “You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it,” one gun shop owner told NBC News.

    Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8 they’re seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers —and black gun groups are reporting double the normal number of attendees at their meetings since the election.

    Racial tension was already at a high during the election, with a spate of videoed shootings and deaths of black men by police officers, followed by ardent protests and the fatal targeting of white police officers.

    In one high-profile incident, the live-streamed aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile at a traffic stop at the hands of police in Minnesota sparked country-wide outrage and was ruled manslaughter. That and another death in Louisiana sparked a protest in Dallas, which a sniper took advantage of to kill five police officers.

    From Ferguson to Chicago to Baltimore, African-Americans felt targeted and angry, sending marchers into the streets and communities on edge.

    And Donald J. Trump’s surprise victory in November has done nothing to abate the racial violence — it even seems to have encouraged more open displays of hatred. More than 700 instances have already been reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center just since November 8, and LGBT hotlines are seeing an “all-time peak” in calls from people reporting harassment.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Democrats’ Leadership Fight Pits West Wing Against Left Wing

    Obama Wants Another Choice for DNC Chairman
    November 23, 2016

    Struggling to respond to Donald Trump’s victory, a group of shellshocked Democrats moved swiftly to endorse Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, hoping that he would be a fresh face for a party with a depleted bench,” the New York Times reports.

    But after steadily adding endorsements from leading Democrats in his bid to take over the party, Mr. Ellison is encountering resistance from a formidable corner: the White House.

    In a sign of the discord gripping the party, President Obama’s loyalists, uneasy with the progressive Mr. Ellison, have begun casting about for an alternative.

  7. Liza says:

    .@ShaunKing: Black teen James Means shot and killed by white man who called him "another piece of trash"— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 23, 2016


  8. rikyrah says:

    Michael Skolnik ✔ @MichaelSkolnik
    After shooting #JamesMeans, a 15 yr old unarmed black teenager, the killer, a 62 yr old white man ate dinner, then went to a friend’s house.

  9. rikyrah says:

    We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    -Elie Wiesel

  10. rikyrah says:

    Facebook bans retired Navy officer for criticizing ‘actual f*cking Nazis’
    23 NOV 2016 AT 14:50 ET

    Retired Navy officer Jim Wright of the liberal blog Stonekettle Station said this week that he was banned by Facebook for speaking out against supporters of the Nazi Party.

    In a blog post on Wednesday, Wright explained that Facebook had notified him that his account had been suspended for “violation of community standards.”

  11. rikyrah says:


    10 Tips To Survive Black Thanksgiving

    #2- if you follow recipes, you shouldn’t be cooking for Thanksgiving…BWA HA HA HA HA

  12. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s Son Held Talks on Russia
    November 23, 2016

    Donald Trump’s eldest son, emerging as a potential envoy for the president-elect, held private discussions with diplomats, businessmen and politicians in Paris last month that focused in part on finding a way to cooperate with Russia to end the war in Syria,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    The disclosure of a meeting between the younger Mr. Trump and pro-Russia figures—even if not Russian government officials—poses new questions about contacts between the president-elect, his family and foreign powers. It is also likely to heighten focus on the elder Mr. Trump’s stated desire to cooperate with the Kremlin once in office.

  13. rikyrah says:

    MichaelLoBurgio @MikeLoBurgio
    Trump’s Anti-Muslim Agenda Caught on Camera: Muslim Registry, Political Tests, Presumed Guilt @alternet

  14. rikyrah says:

    8-year-old hospitalized after beating by white bullies who told his sister ‘go back to the cotton farm’

    An 8-year-old African American boy was hospitalized after bullies attacked him and his younger sister on November 14, the Atlanta Black Star reports. The incident occurred at the Spanish Lake Primary School in Geismar, Louisiana. Now, the family is seeking help with medical expenses.

    Jordan Jackson was defending his 4-year-old sister from a group of older children — all of whom were white, and one of whom was 13 — who were throwing mulch at them. The two Jacksons appear to be victims of a racially-motivated attack.

    When Jordan asked the kids to stop, one of the kids told him, “You need to go back to the cotton farm.” He was then pushed to the ground and body slammed.

    Jordan was hospitalized with a broken arm and a concussion that later led to “post-concussion syndrome,” which includes symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and insomnia, among others.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Kristen Zimmer @kristen_zimmer
    Call the Department of Justice at 202-353-1555. Redial until you get through. Demand that they #AuditTheVote

    • Liza says:

      This, an election covered as entertainment…

      “Donald Trump and the Republican Party are planning a massive upward redistribution of the nation’s wealth that will come at the expense of the some of the most economically vulnerable individuals and families in US society.

      The fact that Trump will get to implement a tax plan that will hurt many while benefiting the few is another consequence of an election that was covered as entertainment, not a serious choice about the future direction of the nation.”

      • eliihass says:

        It’s all just so predictably the precise disturbing nightmarish joke we foresaw…but, the twists and turns are only just starting…if we are fortunate, the next phase of this thing will find Trump and his new best friends, completely trumped…

  16. I’d better get back to cooking. This Turkey is not going to bake itself. It’s going to be a long day…

  17. Liza says:

    November 22, 2016 6:01 p.m.
    Experts Urge Clinton Campaign to Challenge Election Results in 3 Swing States

    By Gabriel Sherman

    Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private.

    Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call. The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review — especially in light of the fact that the Obama White House has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee.

    According to current tallies, Trump has won 290 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan’s 16 votes not apportioned because the race there is still too close to call. It would take overturning the results in both Wisconsin (10 Electoral College votes) and Pennsylvania (20 votes), in addition to winning Michigan’s 16, for Clinton to win the Electoral College. There is also the complicating factor of “faithless electors,” or members of the Electoral College who do not vote according to the popular vote in their states. At least six electoral voters have said they would not vote for Trump, despite the fact that he won their states.

    The Clinton camp is running out of time to challenge the election. According to one of the activists, the deadline in Wisconsin to file for a recount is Friday; in Pennsylvania, it’s Monday; and Michigan is next Wednesday. Whether Clinton will call for a recount remains unclear. The academics so far have only a circumstantial case that would require not just a recount but a forensic audit of voting machines. Also complicating matters, a senior Clinton adviser said, is that the White House, focused on a smooth transfer of power, does not want Clinton to challenge the election result.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Morning, Everyone 😊😊😊

  19. Baked Turkey
    Honey baked Ham
    Cajun Fried Turkey from Popeye’s
    Candied Yams
    Potato Salad
    Broccoli and Rice casserole
    Mustard Greens
    Green Beans
    Macaroni and Cheese casserole
    Jambalaya with sausage
    Pasta Salad
    Banana pudding
    Fruit salad
    Brownie Cake
    Red Velvet Cake
    Pecan pie
    Sweet Potato Pie
    Cherry Pie

    What’s on your menu?

  20. Auntie’s face when she overhears someone say they voted for Trump


  21. Good morning, everyone! I’m still up cooking. Cornbread in the oven, banana pudding made, fruit salad made and I’ll get started on something else.


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