October 1, 2014

Friday Evening Thread: ICYMI Videos

Here are a few segments you may have missed from this past week:

Martin Bashir asks why are conservatives trying to impugn Trayvon’s character? (well, we know why)

PoliticsNation discusses the ever more racist right wing memes that have popped up this last week

The PoliticsNation panel discuss B29’s interview with Robin Roberts

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  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Jamilah Lemieux breaks down Kim Foster’s article like a fraction:

    ‘I Guess You Really Ain’t Sh*t, Questlove’
    By Jamilah Lemieux

    …Kim Foster’s piece is emblematic of the reason that many Black people roll their eyes at me when I say that I’m a feminist. Because
    to them, “feminist” means “a White woman who sees White women’s
    problems as the most important problems of all the problems in the world and she’ll use your plight and your movement as a stepping stone to put a spotlight on said problems.” Or something to that affect. This essay is, once again, a reminder how different the intersectional nature of Black feminism—the double-conciousness and need to understand the specific pain of our men—is from the “I, me, my, mine” that many
    cis-gendred White feminists speak to when talking gender and race.

    MORE: http://www.ebony.com/news-views/i-guess-you-really-aint-sht-questlove-303/2#ixzz2aBkDqPaK

    • Miranda

      The sexist oppression of women is real and is important, but damn if we couldn’t take a moment to acknowledged an issue that is outside of what White women experience.
      ————————————
      THAT RIGHT CHEA!

  • Miranda

    And I hope SNL devotes half their segments to making fun of these pathetic attempts to derail the healthcare law.
    ——————————
    Anti-ObamaCare ad to air during ‘Saturday Night Live’
    By Elise Viebeck – 07/26/13 05:01 PM ET

    An ad blasting President Obama’s healthcare law is set to air during NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and several other major programs, according to a conservative advocacy group.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/313829-anti-obamacare-ad-to-air-during-snl#ixzz2aBl0NBbl

    • Alma98

      They really have gone off the deep end spending their money on lies and nonsense. Who the hell doesn’t want better healthcare? Besides the nutty teabaggers.

      • jziglar

        Josh Barro of Bloomberg said that all of this anti- Obamacare nonsense will actually help the improve the law’s image because it won’t be bad like they said it is when it’s fully implemented.

      • Aquagranny911

        Yeah, people watching SNL will take another hit on the old bong & say….let’s order a pizza….

        Repugs have lost what few brain cells they might have once had.

  • Miranda

    A spokesperson for Deen reacted to the latest claims Friday in an exclusive statement to ET: “Ms. Charles’ ‘issue’ is about money, not race. She receives a salary of more than $70,000 per year, plus profit sharing and benefits. For 20 years she has been paid a fair wage for her work, but she feels she deserves even more money. She claimed to be a friend of Paula Deen’s but is now trying to cash in on the current situation.”
    http://www.etonline.com/news/136554_Exclusive_Paula_Deen_Denies_New_Racist_Claims/index.html

    —————————–
    hmmmm…….that’s not a denial of what Ms. Charles said ya did tho.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      OK! Plus, she received the $70k salary AFTER she went to the EEOC.

      • JojoRaze

        And Ms Charles went to the EEOC after Lisa Jackson told her she was being grossly underpaid. Can we get Lisa Jackson in exchange for B29 in the next racial draft?

        • isonprize

          Can we get Lisa Jackson in exchange for B29 in the next racial draft?

          F’real.

    • Alma98

      UGH!

  • Alma98

    O/T I was watching recent Maxwell videos and damn if he doesn’t remind me of Marvin Gaye with his short hair. Not to mention the man has charisma & stage presence for days on end.

  • Miranda

    OK, I got to get serious bout my idea for an app
    ———————–

    Buy Drinks With Your Phone Via NFL Player’s BarEye App
    July 25, 2013 10:15am EST

    Your local watering hole might soon get a little more high tech.

    A new mobile app dubbed BarEye, which lets you order drinks and flirt with other patrons, is expanding to five new cities after a successful trial run in Tallahassee, Fla. Co-founded by New Orleans Saints football player and bar owner Jon Vilma, and his business partners Andrew Bennett and Richard S Hunter III, BarEye is now available for iOS and Android-toting drinkers in Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City.

    more here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422277,00.asp

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang! Does this mean I could get an app for my phone to order up: Double shot, Hornitos, no rocks, extra lime & salt and that some half naked really cute dude would knock on my door to deliver it?

      Where do I get in line for this one?

      • TyrenM

        Go all in AG. No half stepping lol.

  • lamh36

    dedicating this pic to Repubs in congress!

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD EVENING POU FAM♥ – –**BIG HUG** :>)

    — – –Paula Deen’s ‘soul sister’ and longtime cook: ‘She didn’t treat me fairly’ – – -REALLY??

    — — – – – -Paula Deen called Dora Charles her soul sister – a sister who has been with Deen for 22 years and contributed to the growth and success of the Deen empire.

    However, somewhere along the way, things went awry.

    Charles, who is African-American, began to believe that she was being treated unfairly – she continued to make less than $10 an hour and said she was asked to perform degrading tasks like ringing a bell to call guests in front of her restaurant, Lady & Sons.

    This, and plenty more, is revealed in Charles’ interview with The New York Times.
    THERE IS MORE —- —***shakin’ my head*** — –geesh —

    22YEARS of INDENTURED SERVITUDE! -

    • edp4bho

      When did she make that discovery?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY edp4bho :>) – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -LOL — ***fist bump*** —I KNOW -HUH! :>)

        She KNEW that pd was – –BEYOND RICH —-But that —“soul sister” — label was enuff 2 B satisfied – -with a measly $10/hour.??? – – — -***shakin’ my head*** – – –

        P.S. — – -Wonder ifff she hadta call HER — -“missy anne”. – -***eye roll*** LOL–

        Good 2 C U edp4bho. Have a good evening. :>) —

  • gn

    @Michigangal30
    #Zimmerman’s Brother: Civil Lawsuit ‘Might Not Be Very Flattering’ To Trayvon Martin’s Family http://huff.to/1bVWM87

    • Miranda

      These mofos are beneath contempt……threatening Sybrina and Tracy now huh? I really hope they are made to feel like pariahs for the rest of their sorry lives. Let them only be embraced by the damn Aryan nation….that won’t let’em get to close cuz they ain’t ‘pure”….let them never be able to even go to Walmart to pick up toilet tissue to wipe their shitty asses. I hope they are reduced to wearing black afro wigs and sunglasses at night just so they can’t be recognized. Let them suffer the consequences of all this. That rat faced O’Mara and West will get theirs too….the evil they put out there will come back tenfold.

      • Aquagranny911

        AMEN!!!

    • Aquagranny911

      FU to that! The Zman & co has already dragged Trayvon & his familia through every media mud they could conjure.

      Zman brother, you had better be prepared now for your whole fam to have their asses exposed on national media, all over the internet & beyond. We will examine & expose you back to your ancestors. Be warned! This is not about $$$ but truth. FU!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      This entire family is scum! You would think their parents would tell this piece of shit to STFU, but no…they created these monsters and they all will be held accountable for the pain and suffering they continue to put the Martins/Fultons through.

      • conlakappa

        I think shit will come out about that family. Different rules of evidence and all the mud comes. Start with the cousin he molested and the restraining order from the wife…

      • gn

        They’re evil; entire family’s trash—hope that Trayvon’s camp fights back and refuses to be bullied out of a civil case

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Umm no, I know she’s trying to distance herself from being compared to Beyonce, but this not it. lol

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        I think she tries too hard to be the anti-Beyonce.

    • Aquagranny911

      That looks like half a robot costume for a bad movie. She’s really pretty & that dress does not flatter her at all but I do kind of like the shoes.

      • Alma98

        Half a robot costume hahahahahahaha!!!

      • crazycanuck

        LOL, she should fire the person who told her that looks good.

      • edp4bho

        LOL. Where do you get these sayings, AG? You can do stand-up !

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda – – -Uhhhhhh…Nice shoes annnd bag. – – -

  • Miranda

    Look at the portrait behind Dr. Lowery!

    Joseph Lowery ‏@JosephELowery6m
    Enjoyed talking with @MichelleNunnGA Breath of fresh political air! pic.twitter.com/1W3gCgGH6Z

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BQIbHA6CYAAdQFj.jpg

    • Alma98

      I love that!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Love it!

      Quick! Someone send it to Tavis!

      • jds09

        and copy Tim Wise.

      • itgurl_29

        I was just about to say…no Tavis and Cornel in that portrait, Rev. Lowery?!! Shame on him! LOL

      • conlakappa

        I would love to see his reaction. Would he even form his lips to talk smack about Rev. Lowery?

        • isonprize

          Travesty is so far gone, that yeah, he probably WOULD say something sideways about Rev. Lowery.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —-MR. PRESIDENT — in FLA :>) – —

    – – -Obama brings economic campaign to Florida- –:>)

    — –He BRANG IT —AGAIN. :>) —THANK U –Sir♥ –

  • Miranda
    • Aquagranny911

      This really brings back some memories. Way back in time, one of my brothers earned a few pesos delivering telegrams. Most folks did not have immediate access to telephones then so telegrams often brought important news, usually that someone died. Just saying…..telegrams…..

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Can you imagine if these two men had lived and joined forces? Man…

  • annvic

    I’ll finish off the last of my Jim Crow thoughts in this thread. I was going to post some in the last thread but I got, um, a bit distracted.

    From the Tuesday Open Thread:

    Tuesday Open Thread:

    “Now with a new century approaching, blacks in the South, accustomed to the liberties established after the war, were hurled back in time, as if the preceding three decades had never happened. One by one, each license or freedom accorded them was stripped away.”

    Four decades after the Civil Rights Movement, we are watching the core legislation being destroyed just as the promise of Reconstruction was snatched away. The Voting Rights Act has been rendered practically toothless, states are working to disenfranchise Black voters, and racists have been given the dogwhistle to murder Blacks at their discretion. There is NOTHING permanenent about the rights of Blacks in America; we are always going to have to fight to preserve them because racism will always exist. The passage of time means nothing, social progress means nothing, and public sentiment means nothing; as long as those in power have the desire to strip us of our Civil Rights, the possibility of us being tossed back into the Jim Crow days exists.

    “Politician began riding these anti-black sentiments all the way to the governors mansions throughout the South and to seats in the U.S. Senate.”

    Teapartiers, plain and simple. The whole movement gained steam as a rallying cry of disbelief that a Black man could actually be the President of the United States. So here come a crop of calculating old-hand conservatives and pop-eyed, true believers to stoke the racism of the Teapartiers in order to gain (or in some cases, keep) political office. Much as the politicians of old would make bizarre, outlandish accusations of Blacks conspiring to destroy White people, the Tea-partiers make bizarre, outlandish accusations of President Obama conspiring to destory America. The most common anti-black accusation, White Womanhood being under constant threat of ravaging by savage, uncontrollable Black men, has been updated by the Tea Party: Now, (White) America is under constant threat of being ravaged by a savage, uncontrollable Democratic Party as lead by (the Black) Barack Obama.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY annvic♥. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -***BIG fist bump*** — -2 –ALL! OF! THIS! :>)

      THIS: — >There is NOTHING permanent about the rights of Blacks in America; we are always going to have to fight to preserve them because racism will always exist. – — –

      U! — -AIN’T! NEVA! – – -LIED!! – – –

      Look whose – – -***crickets R chirping – –the LOUDEST!***

      Keep sayin’ - -YT folks have a PROBLEM – -with US/POC. — – -THEY hafta SOLVE IT.!!!! —–

      THANK U 4 your — POSTS. :>) — -Luvin’ the ANALYSIS. :>)

      • annvic

        Thank you, Greenlady!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Annvic – – –:>) Thank U. :>) – -

    • Miranda

      Nothing is more evident of our “status” in this country than the drumbeat of “show us your birth certificate!!” that was trumpeted by not just the far corners of the fringe on the internet, but by elected officials on the floors of Congress.

      One of the reasons I could give a damn bout who the NSA is listening too is I want the Secret Service to be able to listen to whoever the hell they want, when they want in order to provide maximum protection to the First Family. We have seen the hatred and evil that our forefathers had to deal with rise again with a vengeance at the very thought of a black President and his family.

      • edp4bho

        “provide maximum protection to the First Family.”

        That’s it in a nutshell. I don’t care if they keep track of my phone calls. Most time they’d get nothing but silence anyhow. After all, we connect via internet these days, so what’s all the hoopla about? Furthermore, the US has threats always, and I’d rather be safe than caught unprepared. Lastly, when have black folks ever not been under surveillance?

        • isonprize

          Lastly, when have black folks ever not been under surveillance?

          F’real!

  • annvic

    Part 2:

    Wednesday Open Thread:

    “The reason punishment was so fast, furious and painful for a black child growing up in the Jim Crow south, was fear. Fear that if the child didn’t learn the ways of strict obedience and humility, they could be killed. ”

    Black parents to this day, have to discipline their children not merely to train them to become good human beings, but to teach them obedience in preparation for life in a White society. We know that we are no longer in a Jim Crow society, but we also know that we are not in an equal society, either. So we exist in a hazy, gray space where Black parents have the heart-breaking task of trying to figure exactly how much of their child’s spirit they have to break in order to prepare them for the unfairness awaiting them in the world. The child that doesn’t listen to you when you tell them to stop at the curb today could be the child that gets shot by the police for not raising their hands high enough. The child that falls victim to peer-pressure to pull pranks today could be the child that falls victim to peer pressure do drugs and end up in jail on possession charges. That is why I roll my eyes whenever some hand-wringing Miss Millie writes an article about what harsh disciplinarians Black mothers are. They have to be, because the world is a much narrower place for Black children.

    “I grew up in southern Florida (Miami and Miami Beach)…..Adult people of color were not allowed on the streets of our white neighborhood without an identification card. If they were around after dark they were at risk of being abducted by high school boys on a “coon hunt.””

    Trayvon Martin’s muder. Just…that’s all.

    Thursday Open Thread:

    “Working conditions at the convict leasing sites were often terrible: illness, lack of proper food, clothing, or shelter as well as cruel punishments, torture and even death.”

    Jail conditions that exist to this day; hence, all those prisoners on that hunger strike (that no one in the media cares about). With the high profit rate of prison labor and the high rate of imprisonment of Black men, there is no incentive to treat prisoners well now just as there was no incentive to treat prisoners well back then. If there will always be a steady stream of prisoners to use and abuse for profit, the system has no reason to value these men at all.

    So that’s all. As painful as this series has been to read, I have really enjoyed it, and am grateful to have read it. It’s been really great to see everyone come together and share stories of our shared history.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Annvic thank you for posting this. I think we need to devote much thought and study about how living under American apartheid has affected our parenting. Much love to our ancestors for doing what they had to do to save our lives.

      I think that now it is high time we shift our focus away from parenting to instill fear and move even further into the mentality that we must parent to support a sense of independence and creativity. I have been obsessed with this (even more than usual) since the verdict of those hateful (and one cowardly) jurors.

      What do we tell our sons and daughters? Lift your head up and be you, with no apologies. Yes, there are people will hate you, but you cannot live in fear of them. If you are attacked, fight back like our beloved Trayvon, who died protecting himself and his younger sibling. Always fight for your life whether in the street or in the classroom.

      The best way for us to prepare our children is to tell them the truth, provide them the best education possible, and give them a boatload of unconditional love.

      • annvic

        “I think that now it is high time we shift our focus away from parenting to instill fear and move even further into the mentality that we must parent to support a sense of independence and creativity. I have been obsessed with this (even more than usual) since the verdict of those hateful (and one cowardly) jurors.”

        I agree. I think the difficulty is in the fact that state-sanctioned and supported death is such a real threat for Black people that there exists a fear in moving on from some of the old ways lest it result in Black children who are ill-prepared for life in a White supremacist society and die at the hands of it.

        “The best way for us to prepare our children is to tell them the truth, provide them the best education possible, and give them a boatload of unconditional love.”

        Yes, yes yes! We need to figure out a way to tell Black children the truth about us and America in age-appropriate ways so that they are prepared for what this country will do to them.

        • Miranda

          “We need to figure out a way to tell Black children the truth about us and America in age-appropriate ways so that they are prepared for what this country will do to them.”

          ————————
          We have allowed our history to be glossed over and sanitized for far too long and it has had true damaging effects. We have Hollywood making sure there was always a white savior in every re-telling of a historical event, we have black folks who join in with white racists and their “move on! that’s in the past! stop talking about it” rhetoric. And we have black folk ashamed of what actually happened – many of us have said right here how our grandparents, parents, etc, refused or never spoke of pivotal points in their lives, leaving us trying to fill in the gaps. They don’t want to talk about how they grew up or what atrocities they faced. That’s not good for them or us or our children.

          • annvic

            Amen, I agree with everything you said.

          • nathkatun7

            Well said, Miranda! For all of us who are parents (grandparents in my case), we have an urgent responsibility to tell our children the TRUTH to help them devise ways to cope with the 21st century revival of “white supremacy.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –MORE SUPPORT 4 – -TRAYVON♥ – – –

    —-Basketball team sports ‘I Am Trayvon’ shirts at Vegas tournamen — :>)

    — – – -An Atlanta-based AAU basketball team is making their feelings known on the death of Trayvon Martin. This week, at the adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas, the team sported shirts dedicated to Martin.

    All players of the Game Elite team walked onto the court and did their warm-ups wearing T-shirts that read ‘I am Trayvon.’ The teammates first showed off their shirt at Wednesday night’s tournament game. AAU program co-director Ryan Falker said that the players will wear the shirts before and after every tournament game played in Las Vegas this week.

    The team followed the trial and while playing at an AAU tournament in Georgia, the players watched the George Zimmerman verdict broadcast together from their hotel room.
    THERE IS MORE — -BLESS THEM♥ – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — -Time 2 –GLOAT. . – – –:>) —

    — -House Republicans Are on the Hook for Killing 1.6 Million Jobs — –

    —- -Want jobs? Get Congress to end sequestration Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, requested an analysis of the costs of the sequester cuts – something I’ve been asking around for since they took place to no avail.

    Guess what? The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reiterated their projections about the sequester slowing growth, and estimated that the Republican inflicted spending cuts would cost up to 1.6 million jobs if left in place through fiscal 2014.
    The CBO determined that canceling sequester cuts would create between 300,000 (.3 million) to 1.6 million new jobs.

    Gee, we’ll take it!
    Sounds pretty good to us.

    THERE IS MORE — — – – – – – –

    Good EVIDENCE: –DATA/STATS! :>) – – –
    Their break down:

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I just get the feeling that maybe the fever is coming to a head. There are real divisions in the Republican party and something like a battle over sequestration and/or the debt ceiling has the potential to blow it wide open.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY woody45. ***BIG HUG** :>) – –

        —***fist bump** – —There are real divisions in the Republican party and something like a
        battle over sequestration and/or the debt ceiling has the potential to
        blow it wide open.
        – — —

        — -The MORE their DISARRAY is displayed – — the MORE —the POTTY should feel the segmentation annnd – –disintegration!! – —

        LIke U – – – -THEY —-GOIN’ DOWN!! :>)

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

      • jds09

        I think they are gonna need to feel some real pain, like losing some “safe” senate seats.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – –UPDATE – – -OJ – – –

    – -OJ Simpson pleads with parole board to cut his sentence as he tells them ‘I’ve been a model inmate’

    – —- — -OJ Simpson pleaded with his parole board yesterday to reduce his prison sentence after serving almost five years, telling them he deeply regretted robbing two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

    ‘I just wish I never went to that room,’ he said. ‘I wish I just said keep it.’
    The 66-year-old was handed down a harsh 33-year sentence for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in relation to the 2008 incident.

    He made an emotional plea to two Nevada parole board members via CCTV yesterday, saying he believes he has been a model inmate.
    SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO

    THERE IS MORE – – — – –COULD he have QUIT – when he was – AQUITTED? — -***shakin’ my head***

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Perhaps Mr. Belafonte should’ve done this from the get go:

    Harry Belafonte asks Jay Z and Beyonce to sit down with him http://video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/52591937#52591937

    • itgurl_29

      Listening to the dumb stuff Jay Z and Beyonce say, I think it’s actually best they don’t become spokespeople for any kind of black movement.

      Some people really don’t need to do anything more than write a check.

    • gn

      Good for them; Belafonte has the expertise they don’t; Beyonce and Jay Z have the ears of the younger audience he doesn’t. VERY nice to see an opportunity for all to work together.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Thursday Ratings: MSNBC’s Sharpton #1 In Demo, Second In Total Viewers
    by Mediaite Staff | 6:46 pm, July 26th, 2013

    Thursday evening during the 6pm hour, MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton was #1 in the 25-54 demo with with 219K viewers. Fox’s Bret Baier was #2 in the demo with 197K.

    In total viewers, Baier’s 1.754M more than doubled Sharpton’s 737K. In both cases, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer came in third with 112K in the demo and 465K total viewers.

    MORE: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/thursday-ratings-msnbcs-sharpton-1-in-demo-second-in-total-viewers/

    I just realized Chris Hayes’ show comes on twice, even though he’s struggling in the ratings.

    • itgurl_29

      Go, Rev!!! Now where are all those black journalists who had nothing but nasty stuff to before his show even debuted?!

      • conlakappa

        Um, Rev, hey, can I talk to you for a minute?!

      • Miranda

        HAHAHA!! Oh and the NABJ’s conference is this week….who are they “honoring” this time around? If they had any sense they would be propping PoliticsNation up every chance they got.

    • rikyrah

      bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      BWA H AH HA HA HA HA HA H AH HA

    • GreenLadyHere
    • Miranda

      *snicker*

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – --DAY 11 –DREAM DEFENDERS♥ — and Harry Belafonte-

    – –Harry Belafonte joins Dream Defenders at Florida Capitol- –
    – — – -Fla. Dream Defenders were joined by Belafonte, Jr. as they went into
    their 11th day of a sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office. The
    sit-in is their response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of
    George Zimmerman,
    the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally
    shot Trayvon Martin. They are continuing to demand Scott call a special
    session. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

    BLESS THEM annnd their – –PERSEVERANCE —-

    It is good that they R attracting – SUPPORT. :>) — -

  • rikyrah

    Michael Skolnik ✔

    @MichaelSkolnik

    It’s not only that 35 yrs ago Barack
    could have been Trayvon, it is also that in 35 yrs from now Trayvon
    Martin could have been Barack Obama

    10:56 PM – 24 Jul 2013

  • rikyrah

    The Obama Way: The Long Game and Common Sense/Pragmatism

    Its been a busy week so I didn’t have time to listen to President Obama’s speech on the economy at Knox College until this morning. But now that I have, I want to say that if you have any curiosity left about who this man is that we elected as our President back in 2008, you’ll find your answers there. I’d like to summarize the things that stood out to me.

    The Long Game

    I’ve always said that President Obama plays the long game. One way we see that is that he’s still prioritizing the same things he did eight years ago (the last time he gave a speech at Knox College). There are people on both the right and left who critiqued this speech because he didn’t offer anything “new.” If you haven’t already, you should read Ed Kilgore’s response to that criticism.

    I first noticed this pattern of consistency a few weeks after the 2008 election when I took some time to read and write about Obama’s previous gig as president (of the Harvard Law Review). He has always taken the time to review the big picture and set his sights on a North Star. Here’s what he said about that back in 2010.

    So, my job is to make sure that we have a North Star out there, what is helping people live out their lives; what is giving them more opportunity; what is growing the economy; what is making us more competitive. At any given juncture there are going to be times that my preferred option, what I am absolutely, positively sure is right, I can’t get done. And so then, my question is, does it make sense for me to tack a little bit this way or that way because I am keeping my eye on the long-term and the long fight. Not my day-to-day news cycle, but where am I going over the long-term.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-obama-way-long-game-and-common.html

  • Miranda

    Does she CARE that its a conflict of interest? Hell no….and she will get a pass like she has for the last decade.
    ———————–

    Is Ginni Thomas’ Expanding Activism a Problem for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?

    Her fierce political advocacy with Groundswell revives conflict of interest questions surrounding her husband.
    By Stephanie Mencimer | Fri Jul. 26, 2013 10:03 AM PDT

    Virginia “Ginni” Thomas is no ordinary Supreme Court spouse. Unlike Maureen Scalia, mother of nine, or the late Martin Ginsburg, mild-mannered tax law professor who was good in the kitchen, Thomas came from the world of bare-knuckled partisan politics. Over the years, she has enmeshed herself ever more deeply in the world of political advocacy—all the while creating a heap of conflict of interest concerns surrounding her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Her role in Groundswell, the coalition of conservatives waging a “30 front war” against progressives and the GOP establishment that was revealed by Mother Joneson Thursday, revives questions about the propriety of Thomas’ activism on issues that have or could become the subject of Supreme Court cases.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/07/ginni-thomas-groundswell-conflict-interest

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — -TWEETIN’ – – -TRUTH! – –

    – – – -Yo Georgia Realtor
    ‏@TyeDiamond
    If Trayvon was a golden retriever, white people would care more.
    Retweeted by Block Samson

    – – -THIS is in order. – – -

  • Miranda

    whoa………my conspiracy antennas are up after reading this!

    —————————

    The Good Hacker: Barnaby Jack Dies

    by Brandy Zadrozny Jul 26, 2013 5:55 PM EDT

    He could make ATMs spit out cash on demand and kill a man with only a computer, but Barnaby Jack only used his powers for good. Brandy Zadrozny on the shocking death.

    Barnaby Jack could kill a man by computer from 30 feet away, but he never would.

    The renowned 35-year-old hacker, who revolutionized bank and medical device security, died on Thursday in San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Police, officers responded to a call that evening after his body was discovered by a loved one. The San Francisco medical examiner has not determined a cause of death.Isaac

    The New Zealand native was the best kind of hacker, a “white hat” whose mission to identify vulnerabilities in systems wasn’t meant to wreak havoc, but to effect changein technology safety and security.

    His shocking death comes just days before he was meant to give an anticipated presentation called Implantable medical devices: hacking humans at the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas, in which he would demonstrate shortcomings in medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/26/the-good-hacker-barnaby-jack-dies.html

    • isonprize

      Miranda, this just SOUNDS shady… 35 yrs old? Unexpected? Things that make you go “HHHhhhmmmm”

      • Miranda

        Some big medical device company had him killed – I just know it.

    • nathkatun7

      Very, very suspicious!

  • edp4bho

    Evening POU, Hope everyone spends a relaxing weekend after last week. Reading the article from this morning made me realize why I am an angry black woman. And guess what? That’s the way I’m going out of here too. Burning a woman at the stake, slitting her belly open, and stomping on the fetus. Yes, this is the America some wish to go back to, but I would put a bullet through anybody’s head who tries to take me or mine back to those days of pure terror. I had this idea last week of distributing photos of terror acts against my people in route to the rally, just in case somebody rubbed me the wrong way. Just a thought but I felt justified. Hell no, I will never forget.

    • Tafr

      Evening ED, I could not look at those pictures. I am not in the frame of mind to look at them but I promised myself that I would go back and read this series in a couple of weeks.

      With that said I believe that black folks that are not nervous around guns should go and get their permit. Go get your permit, learn to shoot, get a gun and carry it. When I was a kid my grandpa taught me how to shoot. We had no choice because the klan was always trying my grandpa. One night they came on our property trying to start mess but my grandpa and my uncles were not playing with them. When they saw all those black men with them guns they high tailed their asses out of there. The next day my grandpa took me out back and taught me how to shoot.

      The sad truth is there are still folks out there killing black people and getting away with it. There are Trayvons all across this country that we do not know about. This is one of the many reason I have so much respect for Trayvon’s parents. Trayvon’s parents were not afraid to tell the world what Zimmerman and Sandford PD did to their son.

      • isonprize

        I promised myself that I would go back and read this series in a couple of weeks.

        Tafr, I thought I was the only one. I just couldn’t do it. My sweet mama grew up in segregated Alabama. I heard the stories. I’ll have a wait a few weeks too, but I will read the whole week.

        I LOVE this website for the knowledge. POU rocks!!

        • edp4bho

          It was my intention to go through it all, as well, this weekend, but after having read a portion of this morning’s post, I just couldn’t finish. I will take those images to bed with me, unfortunately, all while Trayvon is fresh on my mind.

      • edp4bho

        All true. I’ve never even held a gun, don’t like them, but if I had to take out somebody, I would without hesitation, justifiably so, of course. About all the black lives taken, I still have my doubts about all those Atlanta child murders years ago. Wayne Williams got convicted for only 2 deaths, and they weren’t even young children. We need to stay awake and stop living hollywood. This ish is for real.

    • GreenLadyHere

      edp4bho – –***HUGS*** – -Sharin’ your deep feelings. –
      –No —“we shall neva 4-get” —
      BUT —we shall neva 4-get OUR ACHIEVEMENTS – – -DESPITE annnd in the midst of – -“Da STRUGGLE”. —

      Sooo B comforted —IN THEM. :>) – -B BLESSED edp4bho♥

    • nathkatun7

      Edp4bho! I am with you 100%! I am totally fed up with right wingers who advocate armed rebellion to impose their will on all of us. As our folks said back then, in the first decade of the 20th Century, when vigilante whites invaded and inflicted heinous violence on innocent Black people: “if the lynchers are armed we too must gather armed.” The great Ida B. Wells-Barnett, said the same thing when she bought a pistol after the lynching of her friends. she strongly felt that if she could take one white lyncher with her that would at least even up the score.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -A case 4 — CREDIT UNIONS — –

    – – -Bank Reposseses Wrong House, Refuses To Compensate Victim

    – — –Katie Barnett, a resident of MacArthur, OH, claims that a bank she doesn’t belong to broke into her house while she was on vacation and either took or destroyed most of her possessions. First National Bank in Wellston had meant to foreclose and repossess a house across the street and blames its GPS for the mix-up.

    Barnett says she has since presented the president of the bank with an $18,000 estimate to compensate her for the loss, but he has refused to pay her. “He got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is,’” she told 10TV News. The bank president told 10TV that it is trying to come to terms with Barnett. The bank did not respond to ThinkProgress’s request for comment.

    Barnett called the police after the incident, but the police told her the case was closed just weeks later.

    Her tale would sound familiar to many Americans who have suffered from wrongful foreclosures and bank misdeeds. Jo-An Seipp told ThinkProgress in June that Wells Fargo sold her house in foreclosure even though she was current on her mortgage. Etienne Syldor is facing foreclosure from the same bank even though he not only made timely payments but overpaid on them. Bank of America foreclosed on a man two days after it approved his loan modification.
    – – -SNIP – —

    – –Banks have been accused of illegally foreclosing on members of the military and have been found guilty of “robo-signing” foreclosures without verifying the pertinent information. They were also ordered to end “dual tracking” in which they pursued foreclosure even as they worked with homeowners on modifying loans, but many continued the practice.
    THERE IS MORE – – — -Sooo -SAD. — -C’MON KARMA!!

    • conlakappa

      GPS? Either they had the correct house number or they didn’t. Ridiculous.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POUFAM ♥ – – -GOOD JUDICIAL NEWS — -:>) — –

    – – -Federal court rules against challenge to ObamaCare contraception mandate- – –
    – – – -A federal appeals court said Friday that the owners of a private company could not challenge the contraception mandate in President Obama’s healthcare law.
    The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals said the owners of Conestoga, a cabinet-making company, could not challenge the mandate because of their personal religious beliefs.

    The decision conflicts with another federal appeals court’s ruling, which increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will eventually hear the issue.The birth control requirement applies to companies, not the company’s owners, the 3rd Circuit said Friday.

    The Hahn family, which owns Conestoga, sued to block the contraception mandate in ObamaCare, saying it violated their religious beliefs. But the 3rd Circuit said the owners and their company are distinct entities.

    “The Mandate does not impose any requirements on the Hahns,” the court wrote. “Rather, compliance is placed squarely on Conestoga. If Conestoga fails to comply with the Mandate, the penalties … would be brought against Conestoga, not the Hahns.”
    THERE IS MORE — – —***waves @ — -MR. PRESIDENT♥***

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – –WE have said much of this — BUT — IT reads well :>)

    — — “Maddy” has regrets and a big lie down in Georgia. – – –

    — – –So this Juror-B29 lady felt that George Zimmerman was guilty but the law just wasn’t there to convict him. She also had some very strong words for Mr. Zimmerman:
    – – – -SNIP —

    Yes, he did, but you helped to set him free. If you felt that strongly about his guilt you should have stood your ground. (Pun intended) A hung jury would have given the state an opportunity to try Mr. Zimmerman again. – —
    —- -SNIP – —

    – -Boricua, we are all hurting because of you. —

    Finally, remember the story in Georgia where two “violent and malevolent” black males shot a 13 month old infant in the face while he was in his stroller? Well, as it turns out, this story might not be
    going according to the racist right wing script.

    THERE IS MORE- —- – – — Good Read. :>)

    • gn

      B29 deserves the guilt the carries; more than deserves it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GN – -**Fist Bump*** :>) — Have a BLESSED Night :>)

  • GreenLadyHere