Wednesday Open Thread

Happy Hump Day, Everyone

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Watching 👀👀 House Hunters from last night. Inter-racial couple (BW/WM) in Detroit. HE wants a house in Detroit, and SHE wants the suburbs. They finally settled on a ginormous old brick house in one of the old best neighborhoods in Detroit. House is gorgeous, if you like all the wood trim.. Not my style, but I think it was a great compromise and a nice place to raise a family.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Chris Evans (@notcapn_america) Tweeted:
    Cream of Pete stans.

    The “black people are homophobic” narrative isn’t really going to help your boy gain our support in the primary.

    Maybe you should come up with a new strategy.

  3. rikyrah says:


    FedUp_Mom (@Fedup_Mom) Tweeted:
    I’m seeing more and more hit pieces on “Older Blacks” regressing. “Older Blacks” didn’t elect Trump! White women did! “Older Black” didn’t elect DeSantis! White and Brown voters did! “Older Blacks” are the most loyal constituency, so they can vote for whoever the hell they want!

  4. I have my flag cake ordered for the 4th of July. It’ll be white cake with butter cream icing, blueberries and strawberries. Yum!

  5. rikyrah says:

    How a Top Chicken Company Cut Off Black Farmers, One by One
    The Trump administration has weakened legal protections for farmers and eased off enforcing rules on powerful meat companies.
    by Isaac Arnsdorf June 26, 5 a.m. EDT

    After years of working as a sheriff’s deputy and a car dealership manager, John Ingrum used his savings to buy a farm some 50 miles east of Jackson, Mississippi. He planned to raise horses on the land and leave the property to his son.

    The farm, named Lovin’ Acres, came with a few chicken houses, which didn’t really interest Ingrum. But then a man showed up from Koch Foods, the country’s fifth-largest poultry processor and one of the main chicken companies in Mississippi. Koch Foods would deliver flocks and feed — all Ingrum would have to do is house the chicks for a few weeks while they grew big enough to slaughter. The company representative wowed Ingrum with projections for the stream of income he could earn, Ingrum recalled in an interview.

    What Ingrum didn’t know was that those financial projections overlooked many realities of modern farming in the U.S., where much of the country’s agricultural output is controlled by a handful of giant companies. The numbers didn’t reflect the debt he might have to incur to configure his chicken houses to the company’s specifications. Nor did they reflect the risk that the chicks could show up sick or dead, or that the company could simply stop delivering flocks.

    And that growing concentration of corporate power in agriculture would only add to the long odds Ingrum, as a black farmer, faced in the United States, where just 1.3% of the country’s farmers are black.


    Along with these historical disadvantages, black farmers say they have also encountered bias in dealing with some of the corporate giants that control their livelihood. In complaints filed with the USDA between 2010 and 2015, Ingrum and another black farmer in Mississippi said Koch Foods discriminated against them and used its market control to drive them out of business.

    After the complaints by the farmers, an investigator for the USDA, which is responsible for regulating the industry, looked into Koch Foods’ dealings with those farmers and found “evidence of unjust discrimination,” according to a 700-page case file obtained by ProPublica. The investigator concluded that Koch Foods violated a law governing meat companies’ business practices.

    The Trump administration has cut back on enforcing this law, with the USDA now conducting fewer investigations and imposing fewer fines, as ProPublica has reported. Koch Foods hasn’t faced any penalty.

    Koch Foods declined to provide an interview with any of its executives or to answer detailed questions about its dealings with black farmers in Mississippi. A lawyer for the company said it denies wrongdoing.

    The five largest chicken companies now make up 61% of the market, compared with 34% in the hands of the top four firms in 1986. As the biggest companies expanded their control, they raised farmers’ average pay by a mere 2.5 cents a pound from 1988 to 2016, while the wholesale price of chicken rose by 17.4 cents a pound, according to data from the USDA and the National Chicken Council.


    Around the same time, two other black farmers in the area also stopped growing chickens for Koch Foods. Out of 173 chicken farmers under contract with Koch Foods in Mississippi, there was only one African American left. His name was Carlton Sanders.

    Ingrum said he warned Sanders: “They’re coming after you, Carlton. You next.”

    Sanders’ farm was in a nearby town called Lena. He had been in the business since 1992. Back then, he worked with a local family business called BC Rogers, which he said always treated him professionally. He used the chicken manure to fertilize his vegetable garden, and he took pride in his trees growing figs, pears and apricots. “I just had everything set,” Sanders said.

    When Koch Foods bought BC Rogers in 2001, everything changed, Sanders said. Sanders’ performance was above average, according to the ranking system that the company used to pay farmers. But he felt singled out for disadvantages.

    “I’ve never been treated like that by anybody,” Sanders, 63, said. “It was just like I was in hell with them.”

    In 2014, Koch Foods wanted Sanders to make $105,000 worth of improvements, according to the USDA case file. Then Sanders borrowed an additional $93,000 to buy new curtains, insulation, cables and heaters. Suddenly, he owed a total of $295,000, but he made his payments on time, according to financial records reviewed by ProPublica.

    The next year, Koch Foods informed its farmers of a new requirement for the ventilation in their chicken houses. Sanders went to his bank to see about another loan. The loan officer called the manager at Koch Foods and sent a follow-up email asking for “a listing of needed improvements that Koch Foods is requiring.”

    The manager never responded directly to the banker. Instead, the company gave Sanders an “update list” with 23 items. Sanders gave the list to his banker, who understood it to be the company’s response to his inquiry. Sanders obtained work estimates for the 23 updates, amounting to $318,000, according to the case file.

    The banker advised Sanders not to apply for another loan and to consider selling his farm instead. Meanwhile, Koch Foods stopped giving Sanders chickens to raise.

    Sanders asked around and realized other farmers hadn’t gotten the same 23-item “update list.” So in December 2015, he filed a complaint with the USDA.

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  7. rikyrah says:

    Mueller hearing could shed light on Trump counterintel probe

    Rachel Maddow summarizes the breaking news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after receiving a subpoena from the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, has agreed to testify in an open session, potentially an opportunity for the public to learn what became of the counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump that is not mentioned in Mueller’s report.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Mueller testimony could help public understanding of Trump report

    Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about what is known so far about expected congressional testimony from Robert Mueller and some of the key questions he’s likely to be asked.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Trump makes political ploy of cruelty to separated immigrant kids

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján talks with Rachel Maddow about how the Trump administration continues to separate immigrant children from their families and subjecting them to appalling conditions both as political leverage against Democrats and as a political show for his base.

    • Liza says:

      Well, I’m here to tell you that (some) older people can’t eat just anything. If Joe Biden’s contract specifies what he wants to eat there may be reasons for that other than his being an elitist.

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  10. rikyrah says:

    One of my all-time favorite Twitter threads 🤗🤗👏👏

  11. rikyrah says:

    But honestly… this is disgusting 😠

    • Liza says:

      LMAO. People have no respect for food these days. Seriously. Now anyone who wants to eat crap withing the walls of their own home, that is well and good, it’s their right. But don’t publish recipes.

  12. rikyrah says:

    liberalvixen (@liberalvixen) Tweeted:
    I feel like Hillary Clinton was asked every day and twice on Sunday about Bill Clinton’s affairs, and yet, no one has checked in at all with Melania.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) Tweeted:
    Today I went to the floor to get a vote on my backup paper ballot secure elections amendment which is cosponsored by dozens of Senators. The republicans blocked it. They don’t even want to vote on it. What (or who) are they afraid of?

    • Liza says:

      Much respect for the Raptors.

    • eliihass says:

      Kevin Sorbo, like Dean Cain, Scott Baio etc. all racist losers, all has-been z-list Hollywood rejects..

      Trying their darnedest to be relevant again..

      But not even the thirsty for celebrity validation and association treasonous buffoon thinks much of them..

  14. Ametia says:

    Breakdancing closer to making debut at 2024 Olympics

    Breakdancing moved a step closer to the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, and now organizers can look to book a street venue in Paris. Called breaking in Olympic circles, its medal debut was last October at the Buenos Aires Youth Summer Games. The street dance competitions will have 16 athletes in each of the men’s and women’s medal events in Paris.

  15. rikyrah says:


    🔮 (@amakabot) Tweeted:
    These people actually went to eat and have laughs with Sarah Sanders, despite her constant lying. I don’t have respect for them and I don’t care if they become the subject of Trump’s wrath in the future.

    • Liza says:

      I’m waiting for this one to implode. And I hope it happens sooner rather than later so he is not considered for VP or any of the BIG jobs when the Democrats take back the presidency in 2021.

  16. rikyrah says:

    I love that Dana Loesch started her day by defending companies that supply the Trump concentration camps, and ended it by getting fired. Perfection. Chef’s kiss.

    — Wendy Molyneux (@WendyMolyneux) June 26, 2019

  17. rikyrah says:

    Dear NRATV and Dana Loesch,

    Thoughts and prayers.

    In lieu of flowers, I’m making a donation right now to ⁦@MomsDemand⁩ in your honor.


    Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie via @NYTimes

    — Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) June 26, 2019

  18. rikyrah says:

    well well well……..

    Kanye shrug for Bernie….

    MoveOn’s straw poll result… Warren at 38% more than doubling Sanders (17%) and waaaaaay up from December… Biden coming up with 15%, which is typical for him. Overwhelmingly win the groups that favor him and don’t collapse in more hostile territory.

    — (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) June 25, 2019

    If I were Bernie I’d be asking my advisors how in the hell I’m only getting 17% of the vote after getting 79% and the group’s endorsement in 2016. (Sorry for your mentions, @ForecasterEnten).

    — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 25, 2019

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    • Ametia says:

      Let’s use the word of the day in a sentence, boys & girls!


      Word of the Day : June 26, 2019

      Supersede: verb soo-per-SEED

      1 a : to cause to be set aside

      b : to force out of use as inferior

      2 : to take the place or position of

      3 : to displace in favor of another

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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