Thursday Open Thread

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I’m working on a number of posts for today and I am suffering from burnout at the same time, go figure.   Anyway, I’ll have a few things to say regarding Louisiana hypocrites, Louisiana politics, the Supreme Court and Thurgood Marshall’s legacy, and the Criminal Injustice system and the political developments of the week.  I got lots on my plate and on my mind.  I’ll also have some good news.  What’s on your mind. 

22 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah

    1. I’m pleased the people are actually speaking up about Hot Ghetto Mess. If these sellouts want to poison our children, then let them admit that they’re sellouts and not leave them any wiggle room.

    2. I’ll be glad when Barry Bonds breaks the record. I’ll always be pissed at him for tainting himself…he was too damn good to even be wrapped up in the steroid mess.

    3. I hope the DC Madame names some more people, and soon.

    4. What the hell did Miss New Jersey do that someone would try and blackmail her?

    5. The Harry Potter movie was good. It was darker than the others, but then again, it was supposed to be.

    6. I think it’s funny (not in a ha ha way) that the White House is trying to invoke Executive Privilege. Keep the subpoenas coming.

    7. I don’t swing that way, but for the Brothers, if the pics on YBF are any indication, you will enjoy this month’s Playboy with Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon. Now, as a woman, I can admit that I’m one jealous heifer looking at a 40 year old woman, about to have twins, that, even with airbrushing, looks that good. It’s for sure- life ain’t fair.

    8. Congratulations on the good news, whatever it is.

  2. Denise

    I’m also very troubled by the West Palm Beach beating and rape also. It was simply unspeakable. These perpetrators should be charged as adults and spend a very, very long time in prison.

    In addition, their “parents” have some explaining to do.

    Which leads to my next point:I really think it’s time for society to find some way to create MONETARY incentives for some folks NOT have children. My use of the term “folks’ includes well-heeled strivers – black AND white – who are too career-oriented to raise THEIR children, too.

  3. firefall

    The big news story in New York is the the shooting of two policemen in Brooklyn and the manhunt for the three suspects. As always many non-black New Yorkers are asking the “Where’s Al Sharpton” question because this is the reverse of the Sean Bell shooting from last year.

    Its not a question of the revs Al & Jesse should express or protest the cop shootings. I am sure that they are outraged about the shootings. I am annoyed that critics of Sharton and Jackson: 1)automatically assumed that black leaders support criminals that commit violent crimes against the police. 2) black people are incapable of being good citizens if they do not express the same outrage when a cop is shot, like they do when a cop commits racist police brutality.

    Its the same double standard. Jesse and Al are called race pimps and opportunists for bringing up racial issues. While Rudy Giuliani and Ronald Reagon are called America’s Mayor and the Great communicator, When they also used racial politics for political gain. The damage to race relations these two white men have inflicted is much more greater than anything done by the two revs.

  4. SB:

    rest up and come back soon. And Rikyrah, I’m just as envious of Garcelle – she makes 40 look like the new 30, and Viveca’s not even coming close, LOL.

    We have to shout our own outrages, because the MSM determines what is an “outrage” even if we know to the contrary.

  5. rikyrah

    Ben and Denise,

    Those criminals did not have parents. Nobody who had PARENTS would be doing crimes like that at ages 14 and through the teens. They had sperm and egg donors.

    That story in West Palm Beach just made my very soul hurt. It’s the kind of pain, because it’s just inhuman what they did to that mother and son. Crosses every and any kind of boundary that you can name.

  6. Rick

    “As always many non-black New Yorkers are asking the “Where’s Al Sharpton” question because this is the reverse of the Sean Bell shooting from last year.”

    Maybe 1 or 2 sickos but I wouldn’t use the word “many”. I’m a regular reader of the NY Times and WSJ but I just checked the NY “tabloids” (NY Post and NY Daily News) which bash Sharpton whenever they can, and even these have not stooped to such comparisons…nor have any of my non-black work colleagues, associates, or neighbors — all of whom I rely on for broader prospectives.

    Bottom line: in NYC we’re ALL saddened by what happened to those officers in Brooklyn. the people who did it should be put away forever. But for even 1 or 2 people to TRY to turn what happened into a discussion of reverse rascism is just sick to me. just sick…

  7. Rick

    rikyrah excepts:

    “…people are actually speaking up about Hot Ghetto Mess…”

    “…I hope the DC Madame names some more people, and soon…”

    “…What the hell did Miss New Jersey do…”

    “… White House is trying to invoke Executive Privilege…”
    ——————————————————

    hmmm…what do all these things have in common?

    In this electronic age of youtube, electronic phone records, facebook, and even email correspondence…it really pays to be careful what one says, does, writes — and in the case of Miss NJ — positions themselves, at all times.

    Because once something is out there…wow, it’s really out there!

  8. firefall

    “Maybe 1 or 2 sickos but I wouldn’t use the word “many”. I’m a regular reader of the NY Times and WSJ but I just checked the NY “tabloids” (NY Post and NY Daily News) which bash Sharpton whenever they can, and even these have not stooped to such comparisons…nor have any of my non-black work colleagues, associates, or neighbors — all of whom I rely on for broader prospectives.”

    That is good to know, Rick.

    I was watching NY1’s talkback last night and the main topic was the cop shooting in Brooklyn. And there were many calls and e-mails that referred to Al Sharpton. Unfortunately there were a couple of ignorant callers who were worried about people snitching ratting a out a brother. I really wanted to smack that ignorant caller from the Bronx.

  9. Awright, here’s some good news.

    Same day voter registration just passed both houses of the North Carolina legislature, and now awaits the governor’s signature. There was a scare, mounted by NC’s Democratic Attorney General about vote fraud, as if there are thousands lining up to register and vote under fake names, but it failed to sideline the bill.

  10. Rick

    “I was watching NY1’s talkback last night and the main topic was the cop shooting in Brooklyn. And there were many calls and e-mails that referred to Al Sharpton. Unfortunately there were a couple of ignorant callers who were worried about people snitching ratting a out a brother. I really wanted to smack that ignorant caller from the Bronx.”

    thanks for sharing that information, but that’s very depressing to hear, firefall. I can only hope those calls represent a loud minority.

    the whole “stop snitching” campaign makes me sick to my stomach. firefall, my immediate gut instict was to SEND money to the NYPD to contribute to their original $10,000 reward for information contributing to the capture of those criminals. But you know what, there were no news reporters outside my door asking for my perspective. so when I hear blacks don’t get mad when there is injustice to others, my question is…”who are you talking to?”

  11. firefall

    @ Rick,

    I did not see the entire show yesterday,and I clicked the remote before hearing entirely what the fool had to say. But, he was a loud minority. There were many black New Yorkers who showed support for the two cops and rebuked the ignorant caller.

  12. rikyrah

    Denise and Rick,

    Re: Obama Big ups.

    I was watching Fox (yeah, slap me now). While they would concede that Obama DID indeed get a positive response from the audience…

    They pointed out that Obama brought NOTES to the debate, and showed him picking them up off the podium.

    NOT that notes weren’t allowed – they had to admit that they WERE…

    But, that this only added to the doubts that Obama is ‘ unprepared and inexperienced’.

    I tell ya…I tell ya…..

    I will not say what I think because I don’t want to be banned for foul language..

  13. Rick

    “I was watching Fox…”

    hopefully you were not tainted by the dark side of the force from that experience 🙂

  14. Rick

    “‘By stopping that car, he and Officer Yan helped us capture three career criminals whose appetite for evil knew no bounds — saving who knows how many future victims, people who will never know how lucky they are.” – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, eulogy for Officer Timoshenko

    It has certainly been an un-nerving last couple of days in NYC. Yesterday, rains of biblical proportions coupled with explosions near Grand Central (which also briefly called to mind fears of September 11) had some folks more on edge than usual. And today, the NYPD laid one of its “finest” to rest.

    I could not imagine being the mayor of Gotham over these last two days, having to manage one crisis event after another: all the while keeping everyone informed, comforting and consoling…and still pushing [hard] for gun control.

    I know the above sounds like a paid advertisement for Mike. It isn’t. Just wanted to give “Mayor Mike” his props for his leadership these last two days…

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