April 17, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-American Bankers

HAPPY FRIDAY PRAGOBOTS!

We continue our series on African-American Bankers….

 

ROBERT REED CHURCH, SR.

(1839-1912)

(Photo: Tennessee State University)

(Photo: Tennessee State University)

Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company

Memphis, TN

Robert Reed Church, Sr., was a millionaire business leader and philanthropist in Memphis, Tennessee.  Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on June 18, 1839, he was the product of an interracial union. His father was a steamboat captain, Charles B. Church, and his mother, Emmeline, was an enslaved seamstress who died when Robert was twelve years old. His father employed Robert as a cabin boy and a steward.  Surviving a near fatal steamboat sinking in 1855, Robert in 1862 was forced to be a cabin steward on a Union steamer during the Civil War.  Church married Louisa Ayres, also a former slave, in 1862.  The couple had one child, Mary Eliza, who became a prominent civil rights and women’s rights advocate.  After his marriage to Louisa ended in divorce, Church married Anna Wright in 1885 and they had Robert, Jr. who eventually followed his father into business and politics.       

In 1865 Robert and Louisa Church settled in Memphis where the both became entrepreneurs.  Luisa opened a string of beauty parlors while Robert acquired a saloon and added to his holdings over the years, eventually owning a restaurant and a downtown hotel.  During the Memphis Race Riot of 1866, a white mob attached Church’s saloon, shot him and left him for dead.  Church recovered and vowed to remain in Memphis despite the anti-black violence.  He stayed during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 and afterwards bought considerable real estates when property values were depressed.  

In 1882, Robert Church entered politics.  He ran for office for the only time in his career when he campaigned unsuccessfully for a position on the Memphis Board of Public Works to press for more recreational facilites for local blacks.  Despite his failure, Church never gave up that effort and in 1899 used his own money to purchase a tract of land on Beale Street where he built an auditorium, landscaped the surrounding grounds, and called the venture Church’s Park and Auditorium, the first major urban recreational center in the nation owned by an African American.

Valued at $100,000 when built, Church’s auditorium seated more than 2,000 people and became a renowned cultural, recreational, and civic center for black Memphians. Another famous Memphis citizen, W. C. Handy, was employed as orchestra leader at the park and auditorium. Speakers and performers at Church’s auditorium included Booker T. Washington, James Weldon Johnson, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.  In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt spoke to 10,000 people gathered at the auditorium and on the surrounding grounds. The President’s presence and speech acknowledged Church’s political prominence in Republican Party circles.  Two years earlier, in 1900, Church had been a Memphis delegate to the Republican National Convention which had nominated William McKinley for president and Roosevelt for vice-president.

In 1906, Church, influenced by Booker T. Washington’s National Negro Business League, founded the Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company, the first black bank in Memphis since the collapse of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company Bank, Memphis Branch, in 1874.  During the 1907 Panic Church avoided a run on his bank by placing bags of money in its windows with signs guaranteed that he had adequate reserves to pay off depositors.  Throughout his years in Memphis, Church gave liberally to local school, social and civic organization and charities becoming the most prominent philanthropist in the city.  In 1893 he purchased the first municipal bond issued by the City of Memphis after its bankruptcy in 1879. In 1908 he paid off creditors to prevent them from seizing Beale Street Baptist Church.

Robert Reed Church, Sr. died in Memphis in 1912 at the age of 73.

(SOURCE: Blackpast.org)

  • Miranda

    *still upset over how Cyrus clowned his hubby James*……*still feeling betrayed by David*………..so many feelings

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/a48d7d4a6cc1771fc41901575ddb3b3e/tumblr_mm339yvXtN1qd8zg3o5_250.gif

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

      Shonda did this to errbody last night: http://i54.tinypic.com/j0y9gn.jpg

    • Daltex82

      I felt so bad for James.

      • rikyrah

        I did too….but James is guppie trying to swim with sharks…

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    LUVVIE’S SCANDAL RECAP IS ALREADY UP!!

    Any Questions? I Have Many After Scandal’s Episode 221

    [ 16 ] May 10, 2013 | Luvvie

    After last week’s episode of Scandal left us all feeling all hot and bothered, I knew Shonda was gon turn the tables and just leave pour jaws on the floor for a completely different reason. The show team had told us that this episode is where we find out who the mole so we were dehydrated for it! Let’s just jump right in.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/05/any-questions-scandal-episode-221-recap.html#comment-135241

  • rikyrah

    Between Scandal and Person of Interest last night..
    I’m still shaking…

  • rikyrah

    these mofos still haven’t learned…

    KEEP THE OBAMA KIDS’ NAMES OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MOUTHS

    ……………………….

    Fox’s Bolling: Had It Been Sasha Or Malia Obama Who Died In Benghazi, Wouldn’t We “Be Asking Different Questions?”

    http://smd12364.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/10/18168262-foxs-bolling-had-it-been-sasha-or-malia-obama-who-died-in-benghazi-wouldnt-we-be-asking-different-questions

    • Daltex82

      That statement is beyond dumb even for the idiots at faux news. This is proof positive that they have nothing of substance on Bengazzy or anything else for that matter.

      ETA
      They are also pissed that they are banging this drum of impropriety and no one is interested. I do believe Fox has lost it’s juice.

      How pathetic of faux news to stoop to using the Obama children in this manner and it’s even lower that no one has the coconuts to call them out on it.

  • rikyrah

    What right-wing opposition to Lindsay Graham tells us about the GOP

    Posted by Jamelle Bouie on May 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    By any definition, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham is a conservative. Yes, he voted to confirm President Obama’s nominees for the Supreme Court and has voiced support for climate change legislation and higher taxes, but those are small deviations.

    On almost everything else, Graham sides with the right flank of the GOP. He supported Paul Ryan’s budget and its variations, touted the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan — which calls for huge reductions in federal spending — and has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration on national security issues, including the ongoing controversy over the attack in Benghazi.

    But for right-wing activists in South Carolina, Graham’s credentials still aren’t conservative enough. Politico reports that there’s a solid chance he’ll face a challenge from the right. It’s not just because of the issues, however. As Jonathan Martin writes: “What so irritates his conservative critics is not just his issue positions but the way he’s unapologetically pragmatic about politics in a way that’s gone out of fashion on GOP circles.”

    That’s just another way to say that Graham’s critics are as upset with his willingness to compromise and legislate — even if it advances conservative priorities — as they are with his votes. The mere fact that Graham occasionally works with Democrats to accomplish something is enough to earn him opposition from the base of the Republican Party.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/09/what-right-wing-opposition-to-lindsay-graham-tells-us-about-the-gop/

  • rikyrah

    Can immigration reform really be made much more `conservative’?

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    We keep hearing that in order for immigration reform to pass Congress, it will have to be pushed considerably to the right. But given the current Gang of Eight compromise’s heavy emphasis on border security — combined with a path to citizenship that now stands at 13 years — how much more conservative can the measure actually become? And what would that look like, anyway?

    Today we got the first glimpse of an answer to these questions, as the Senate Judiciary Committee took its first stab at marking up the bill. And the answer is pretty clear: While there may be some room for movement, the bottom line is that this bill just can’t be made much more conservative without undermining the very things that make it amount to comprehensive reform.

    There were two main votes today that underscored this reality. First, the Judiciary Committee rejected a Chuck Grassley amendment that would have required the border be secure for six months before the 11 million get legal status. This would have struck directly at the bill’s core — requiring a trigger for legalization to occur later, rather than setting legalization in motion while requiring various security benchmarks to be hit. The fact that two Republicans — Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, both members of the Gang of Eight — voted this down shows that there is bipartisan support for rebuffing the right’s most ambitious efforts to undermine reform.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/09/can-immigration-reform-really-be-made-much-more-conservative/

  • rikyrah

    Colorado strikes a blow for voting reform

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    It hasn’t gotten the national attention it deserves, but a sweeping measure to overhaul elections in Colorado is swiftly moving towards passage — one that could function as a model for other voting reformers in other states, and perhaps even nationally. The Colorado measure will represent a big step forward, because it sticks to the most fundamental principle that most reformers think should guide our efforts to fix voting: That voting should be made easier for as many people as possible.

    This, at a time when conservative groups are working to restrict voting in the name of “voter fraud.” As Reid Wilson recently put it, the Colorado measure is “the Democratic comeback to voter ID.”

    Reform advocates who have been briefed on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s plans tell me they expect him to sign the legislation tomorrow. The measure, which has cleared both houses in Colorado, contains a number of key provisions. It requires a ballot to be mailed to every registered voter; voters choose how to vote, whether by mail or dropping off the ballot, or even in person, early or on election day. It lengthens the early voting period and shortens the time required for state residency in order to qualify to vote. It expands voter registration through Election Day. And it allows people to vote at any precinct within their county.

    “The biggest problem is people showing up at the wrong precinct,” Ellen Dumm, spokesperson for Coloradans for Voter Access and Modernized Elections, tells me. “This is unique in that expands all options. It really does expand access to voting at a time when we’ve seen a lot of restriction of voting. This makes voting a lot easier.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/09/colorado-strikes-a-blow-for-voting-reform/

  • rikyrah

    The real lesson of Benghazi

    Posted by Jonathan Bernstein on May 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    What’s the real lesson of Benghazi? It’s that the party-aligned press works so well for Republicans that they’ve become too lazy to bother explaining their ideas, or doing the hard work of actual oversight.
    ……………………………..

    Remember, to begin with, Benghazi was a policy disaster: Four people died, and there’s every possibility that it didn’t have to happen. A normal political party could get some mileage out of that (yes, it’s crass, but that’s politics). In fact, the political system depends on the out-party demanding that the president, the White House, and the executive branch in general be held to account when things go wrong.

    Instead, we’ve had months of gobbledegook about a set of talking points that supposedly were part of an effort to…you know, I don’t even want to bother. What matters is whether there were mistakes made that caused the disaster, whether people who made those mistakes were held accountable, and whether things have changed to make another disaster less likely. Unfortunately, Republicans don’t seem very interested in any of that.

    Part of what’s happening is, as Jamelle Bouie pointed out today, the strong demand within the conservative marketplace for scandal. But there’s more than that; it’s not just a demand for scandal, but how easily the customers accept anything presented to them. The result — and Alex Pareene is very good on this today — is that they don’t bother putting together a “coherent or convincing narrative.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/09/the-real-lesson-of-benghazi/

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      But what’s the disaster? Mixed messaging because a chaotic event was unfolding in real time? That’s not new or unexpected.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      But what’s the disaster? Mixed messaging because a chaotic event was unfolding in real time? That’s not new or unexpected.

  • rikyrah

    God Love You, Joe

    by BooMan
    Thu May 9th, 2013 at 08:08:14 PM EST

    It’s funny how some things happen. Joe Biden’s greatest virtue may be his tendency to go off script.

    Last May, in the heat of President Obama’s reelection efforts, Biden went on “Meet the Press” and said he was “comfortable” with same-sex marriage. Obama had not at that point announced his support for gay marriage, and the vice president’s endorsement left the campaign lurching to clarify the administration’s position.
    The following week, Obama acknowledged he had decided to make an announcement endorsing gay marriage before the election, but Biden’s comments forced his hand early.

    Biden at the time said he apologized to the president for putting him in that position, but in the Rolling Stone interview, Biden said Obama couldn’t have been happier.

    “I got blowback from everybody but the president,” Biden said. “I walked in that Monday, he had a big grin on his face, he put his arms around me and said, ‘Well, Joe, God love you, you say what you think.’ I knew he agreed with me. It wasn’t like he was in a different place.”

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/5/9/20814/52113

    • gn

      Ride or Die Joe! Good guy.

  • rikyrah

    The Myth of Presidential Leadership

    Many Washington pundits are critical of the president’s ability to wrangle concessions out of Congress, but they forget that his power has limits.

    This article appeared in print as Is Obama Failing to Lead?

    By Norm Ornstein

    Updated: May 9, 2013 | 1:51 a.m.
    May 8, 2013 | 9:30 p.m

    The theme of presidential leadership is a venerated one in America, the subject of many biographies and an enduring mythology about great figures rising to the occasion. The term “mythology” doesn’t mean that the stories are inaccurate; Lincoln, the wonderful Steven Spielberg movie, conveyed a real sense of that president’s remarkable character and drive, as well as his ability to shape important events. Every president is compared to the Lincoln leadership standard and to those set by other presidents, and the first 100 days of every term becomes a measure of how a president is doing.

    I have been struck by this phenomenon a lot recently, because at nearly every speech I give, someone asks about President Obama’s failure to lead. Of course, that question has been driven largely by the media, perhaps most by Bob Woodward. When Woodward speaks, Washington listens, and he has pushed the idea that Obama has failed in his fundamental leadership task—not building relationships with key congressional leaders the way Bill Clinton did, and not “working his will” the way LBJ or Ronald Reagan did.

    Now, after the failure to get the background-check bill through the Senate, other reporters and columnists have picked up on the same theme, and I have grown increasingly frustrated with how the mythology of leadership has been spread in recent weeks. I have yelled at the television set, “Didn’t any of you ever read Richard Neustadt’s classic Presidential Leadership? Haven’t any of you taken Politics 101 and read about the limits of presidential power in a separation-of-powers system?”

    But the issue goes beyond that, to a willful ignorance of history. No one schmoozed more or better with legislators in both parties than Clinton. How many Republican votes did it get him on his signature initial priority, an economic plan? Zero in both houses. And it took eight months to get enough Democrats to limp over the finish line. How did things work out on his health care plan? How about his impeachment in the House?

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/the-myth-of-presidential-leadership-20130508

  • rikyrah

    Conservative Immigration Scholar: Black and Hispanic Immigrants Are Dumber Than European Immigrants

    Jason Richwine, who coauthored a Heritage Foundation study on immigration, didn’t just argue that certain minorities are dumber in his scholarship–he also said it at a public panel.

    —By Adam Serwer

    | Wed May. 8, 2013 4:50 PM PDT

    Jason Richwine, the coauthor of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s controversial study on the supposed $6.3 trillion cost of comprehensive immigration reform, has received much attention and criticism for his 2009 Harvard dissertation that argued there was “a genetic component” to racial disparities in IQ. But this dissertation wasn’t the first time Richwine had expressed such views publicly. In 2008, he told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute that “major” ethnic or racial differences in intelligence between the Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants who flocked to the United States at the turn of the 20th century and the immigrants coming to the US today justified severely restricting immigration.

    Richwine’s remarks, which he made as a resident fellow at AEI, did not receive much public notice at the time, but they go beyond the arguments presented in his 2009 dissertation. In that dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” which was first reported by Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post, Richwine argued for restricting immigration based on IQ differences, which he believes are partially the result of genetic differences between ethnic groups. In the dissertation’s acknowledgements, Richwine wrote that “no one was more influential” than AEI scholar Charles Murray, coauthor of the much-criticized book The Bell Curve, which argued that racial disparities in IQ are partially the result of genetic differences between races. After the Post broke the story about the dissertation, the Heritage Foundation distanced itself from Richwine’s immigration reform study.

    At the 2008 talk, Richwine said, “I do not believe that race is insurmountable, certainly not, but it definitely is a larger barrier today than it was for immigrants in the past simply because they are not from Europe.” The 2008 AEI panel focused on a book by immigration reform opponent Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors strict limits on all immigration. Krikorian’s book, The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal, began with Krikorian stating that the difference between modern immigration and immigration at the turn of the century “is not the characteristics of the newcomers but the characteristics of our society.”

    ……………………………

    After he made his remarks in 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that “Richwine’s remarks were warmly received on white nationalist blogs.”

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/heritage-immigration-scholar-race-differences-iq-jason-richwine

  • Miranda

    ROFLMAO

    Adam Clark ‏@admclark10h
    Scandal just got designated the newest national black holiday! It’s Kwanzaa, Juneteenth and Scandal #scandal #scandalabc #gladiators

    • Daltex82

      LOL!

  • rikyrah

    Boehner, McConnell block their own Medicare goals

    One of the funny things about congressional Republicans and health care policy is the extent to which they set clear goals and then oppose efforts to reach those goals. For example, GOP leaders want Democrats to accept policies that curtail Medicare costs, and then try to sabotage Democratic efforts to curtail Medicare costs.

    In a largely symbolic move, Republican leaders in Congress told President Barack Obama on Thursday that they will not participate in picking members of a controversial healthcare panel intended to restrain cost growth in the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell informed the president in a May 9 letter that they will not recommend appointments to the 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, and want the panel repealed instead.

    I realize IPAB may seem like a relatively obscure part of the larger health care law, so in case anyone needs a refresher, let’s quickly recap.

    …………………………

    The surface-level problem, however, is Republicans say they want to lower costs and cut spending, but also oppose a panel that would lower costs and cut spending. And the deeper problem is that they hope to sabotage IPAB because they prefer an alternative approach.

    ——————————————————————————–

    And why do Republicans hate IPAB so intensely? Largely because they’re afraid it might work — if IPAB lowers costs and cuts spending, there won’t be any reason to listen to far-right lawmakers demanding the elimination of Medicare altogether.

    So, Boehner and McConnell have come up with a plan, and it goes like this: if they can stop IPAB, they can prevent the panel from doing worthwhile work. And if IPAB is unable to lower costs, Medicare will become more fiscally unstable in the coming years. And if Medicare’s finances worsen, Republicans will have a stronger hand when they say they want to kill the Medicare program and privatize it out of existence.

    Remember, for GOP lawmakers, the goal is not to solve a problem. Rather, the goal is to advance an ideological agenda that calls for slashing public investments and shrinking government, regardless of the consequences.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/10/18170017-boehner-mcconnell-block-their-own-medicare-goals?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN Sepia/POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG** :>) – -WOW&1/2!! – - -MR. CHURCH DID Soo MUCH! A FIRST annnd IN “A STRUGGLE” HOW IMPRESSIVE! :>)THANK U Sepia♥ – -THIS SERIES HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE :>)
    Annnd MR. PRESIDENT – -will speak on the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 2-day. :>) Lookin’ FORWARD – - ->:>)
    – — – ☻Obama plans pre-Mother’s Day defense of health law

    — -☻ Mr. CHURCH’s FIRSTS
    - – - – -☺he built an auditorium, landscaped the sthe first major urban recreational center in the nation owned by an African American.
    - – - – -☺In 1893 he purchased the first municipal bond issued by the City of Memphis – -
    – ☻IN –”Da STRUGGLE”
    - – - — ☺a white mob attached Church’s saloon, shot him and left him for dead. Church recovered and vowed to remain in Memphis despite the anti-black violence.

    – - — ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) B BLESSED 2-DAY♥

  • Miranda

    I don’t care about scaredy azz dems

    Obama to tout health law amid Democratic worries over 2014
    By Sam Baker - 05/09/13 08:00 PM ET

    President Obama will make a public defense of his signature healthcare law Friday, using Mother’s Day as a backdrop.

    Obama’s address comes at the early stages of a massive effort to promote the healthcare law and encourage people to enroll in its new coverage options, which will become available later this year.

    Many Democrats are worried about the rollout, saying the White House has done too little to overcome deep misconceptions about the law. Without a massive public relations campaign, they say, the implementation could turn into a “train wreck” that threatens Democratic prospects in 2014.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/298923-obama-to-tout-health-laws-benefits-for-women#ixzz2Stg6lrUw

    • morphus

      Since PBO took office scared Dems used him as a shield, they need to wo/man-up or just get out the way of progress.

    • morphus

      Since PBO took office scared Dems used him as a shield, they need to wo/man-up or just get out the way of progress.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      They ran away from it in 2010. How’d that turn out?

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      They ran away from it in 2010. How’d that turn out?

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

      There’s nothing stopping these punk ass Dems from informing their constituents about the benefits of Obamacare, so they need to stop putting everything on PBO.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -FROM that – -”PIECE of EXCREMENT’s daughter: -
    – - -Castro Daughter: I Now See There Were Signs – -
    – — -Once, she saw her father as a “friendly, caring, doting” person—but things have changed for Ariel Castro’s daughter. Angie Gregg tells CNN her father, the Cleveland kidnapping suspect, is “dead to me,” adding that he’s “the most evil, vile, demonic criminal” she’s ever been aware of. She plans never to see him: “He can
    never be daddy again.”
    And while Gregg says she was totally unaware of what was going on, she now shares missed signs, saying, “It’s all adding up”:
    – - –Her father “would take forever to come to the door,” which was always locked, when she visited. He wouldn’t let her in the front door, but would wave her around to the back. Also always locked: the basement door.

    THERE IS MORE.
    – — ***shakin’ my head*** – –It’s hard 2 believe that they did not HEAR any strange sounds. Hmmm. . .

    • gn

      I find it hard to believe too. I don’t blame her at all for being in denial, but total ignorance of what a monster her dad is—that’s implausible IMO.

      • Guns3000

        Not really not all families are close knit.

        • lamh36

          Im more disturbed the kidnapper’s daughter was the last person to see her before she went missing

  • Miranda

    ‘Raging Grannies’ Turn Up the Heat On Conservative N.C. Proposals

    Like a motorist swerving to avoid an accident, lawmakers in North Carolina have pulled the state to the far right, proposing a series of laws that seem intended to weaken voting rights, environmental protections, and protections for the poor.

    But over the past two weeks, college students have been trying to bring the state back to the center with acts of civil disobedience and planned arrests designed to draw attention to the state’s conservative policies.

    Now it looks like veteran reinforcements are on the way.

    Call them the “Raging Grannies.”

    A group of activist grandmothers, “Raging Grannies” joined a protest “pray-in” that included students, civil rights advocates, and clergy from around the state. About 30 people were arrested at the statehouse in the demonstration designed to force the state legislature to reconsider some of the bills that wouldreduce funding for preschool education, reduce aid to the state university system, and ease restrictions on gun purchasing.

    more here: http://newsone.com/2441982/north-carolina-protest/

    • rikyrah

      the pic alone is worth clicking on the link

      • Daltex82

        Wow, I was not expecting that! LOL

  • gn

    I will just never figure out why they gave yall twitter:

    @root_e
    @MWJ1231 What @morningmika needs is for Charles Ramsey to rescue her from Joe.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — – -The “Prince” – -annnnd the “QUEEN” :>) – –

    – - -Prince Harry, Michelle Obama honor military families at the White House
    - – –WASHINGTON,DC – MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (L), stands with first lady Michelle Obama during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    — -Sooo PROUD of OUR “QUEEN –FIRST LADY♥”. :>) – -

    -[Gotta "bounce" early. MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U --IN MY♥ ):>]

  • gn

    Good; they probably got a lot of blowback (media: stop contriving fake heroes and shaming real ones!):

    @tmont
    Cleveland TV station apologizes for reporting Charles Ramsey’s criminal record | Poynter | http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/213027/cleveland-tv-station-apologizes-for-reporting-charles-ramseys-criminal-record/#.UYz645yczvY.twitter

    • Miranda

      GOOD!!!

  • rikyrah

    CRAZYCANUCK,

    Person of Interest was off the chain last night.

    It’s like they rebooted the entire show.

    I don’t even know where to begin.

    HAROLD actually being the one who put John and his crazy
    partner on that mission. I didn’t want to believe it was true, but it fit with Harold and his personality.

    I KNEW from the beginning when they told us that the partner
    was dead that Harold would be responsible for it. So, the partner was the one
    who began doing the work that Harold wound up doing, and in stopping it, Harold
    condemned his partner to die. Now, we know where Harold gets his limp from, and
    how he ‘died’ to his fiancé.

    I enjoyed all the pieces of the past two years coming
    together last night.

    I loved the ‘bad guys’ coming face to face.

    It was a little absurd with the way Reese and his partner
    just ‘ settled’ numbers and went on their merry way…. But I accepted that as
    tv.

    Harold teaching the machine to protect itself – wow.

    But the part that makes the mouth go open is

    CARTER.

    W-T-F???????

    In an episode full of HUH moments…that just stunned me.

    And I think Root should have been killed. No good can come
    of her living.

    And who is the lady in the limo that has the assassin
    working for HER?

    Wow.

    • nellcote

      Yeah, ninja Carter was pretty awesome. I think when the guy threatened her child she decided this has gone far enough. Where’s Fusco?

      I wonder who’s choice it was to send Root to a mental hospital.

      • rikyrah

        I was wondering where Fusco was too, cause he woulda been all in for Carter’s plan.

    • lamh36

      Damn it rilyrah. U forgot SPOILER ALERT!

      Last nitht was season finale right

      • rikyrah

        sorry lamh…..
        I just thought it was me and crazycanuck watching it…and she had already gotten into it with me last night about it.

  • Miranda

    Judge questions efforts of NYPD’s stop-and-frisk ‘all-star’ Kha Dang who was ‘wrong 95 percent of the time’

    Kha Dang, who made just six arrests out of 127 stops in summer 2009, insists officers were not stopping people without cause

    In late summer 2009, few New York City police officers could match Kha Dang in street stops. Working with an aggressive plainclothes unit in Brooklyn’s 88th precinct, the eight-year veteran of the force was among the NYPD’s top four stoppers.

    Dang racked up a total of 127 stops in the third quarter of that year. He performed 75 frisks and, on 37 separate occasions, searched inside suspects’ clothing or belongings. He was, in the words of one civil rights attorney, an NYPD “all-star”.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/10/judge-questions-efforts-of-nypds-stop-and-frisk-all-star-kha-dang-who-was-wrong-wrong-95-percent-of-the-time/

    • gn

      Nothing more than collective punishment at this point.

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

      Dang made a total of six arrests out of his 127 stops. He wrote one summons. He found contraband once. He never recovered any weapons and he only stopped people of color, primarily African Americans, 115 times to be exact. He never stopped a white person.

      So, a person of color only stopped and frisked people of color. I guess he wanted to prove to white people that he was one of the “good ones”. *smh*

  • gn

    I have to repeat a comment which MalletGirl posted here last night.

    It is apt that you use “good samaritan” to describe him. It is important to note in the story in the bible none of the so called good people help the guy that was beat up and left for dead on the road. It was a so called “despised” Samaritan who help the man. In the time of the bible Samaritans were looked down upon, and that is why the story is so noteworthy. In the same vein none of the so called up right people help the girls. The one who help them was the one with the criminal record.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – - -SAD NEWS:– –O.K.- -Let’s C WHAT KIND of COVERAGE this case gets:

    - -Brooklyn woman, 27, missing since Saturday- -
    - – —Police are searching for a 27-year-old Brooklyn woman who was last seen leaving her parents’ home Saturday night and failed to show up to her job the next day.

    Sabrina Malone’s sister said she saw her leave their parents’ house in Cobble Hill at about 8:30 p.m.
    “She said she was going home,” said her sister Kiana Manning. “That’s where I expected her to go.”

    By the next day, there was still no sign of Malone at her Crown Heights apartment. Her mother said she didn’t show up for her shift the next day at IKEA, where she’s worked for three years, and that she never called in — something her daughter would never do.
    THERE IS MORE.
    PRAYIN’ 4 her SAFE return. – -Prayin’ 4 COMFORT 4 her FAMILY. AMEN.

  • Miranda

    Tests confirm rape and kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro is father of Amanda Berry’s 6-year-old daughter, official says.

    • gn

      This is just indescribable. Sending up prayers for Amanda, that precious child conceived in such appalling circumstances, and the other kidnapping victims. And may God have mercy on the monster Ariel Castro’s soul.

      • Guns3000

        No, may God not have mercy on his soul.

    • rikyrah

      have you seen the pictures of this animal in court?

      naw mofo..

      you were so big and bad that you could treat those women to hideously.

      don’t lower that face..

      be big and bad in court…

      seriously…they need to put him in General Population…

      the guards need to take a ‘long break’

      and let prison justice do its thing.

  • Alma98

    Morning POU

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma

    • qosine

      Smart sun!

      • Alma98

        Morning qosine!

        • qosine

          Morning Alma!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – –GOOD — “SUNNY” – -MORNTIN’ – -Alma98. — ***BIG HUG** :>) -
      - How CREATIVE– A –”BRILLIANT” — SUN. :>) – THANK U.:>)- – -Good 2 C U. Have a good day. :>) — -

      • Alma98

        You have a great day GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          - – -***A “Sunny” smile 2 U.*** :>)

  • Miranda

    Well here we go with the next shrieking from the msm on behalf of their right wing masters.

    IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 2012 election
    By Associated Press, Friday, May 10, 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

    Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

    Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/irs-apologizes-for-inappropriately-targeting-conservative-political-groups-in-2012-election/2013/05/10/5afef7b8-b980-11e2-b568-6917f6ac6d9d_story.html

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

      And the media will be working side-by-side with Repubs to get Ms. Lerner fired.

      • nellcote

        She sounds like a Bush leftover. What they did was wrong but why even bring it up?

  • Town

    Oh dear.

    They buried the Boston Bomber in the same county I live in.

    That is not a good idea. I repeat, that is NOT a good idea. This place is Tea Party Central. Although I have no sympathy for him, the rest of the Muslims in that cemetery didn’t do anything wrong and I know the rednecks & tea partiers are going to vandalize that cemetery. This is not good at all.

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

      Whoa! I thought they weren’t going to release where he was buried. This is gonna be a big mess!

    • lamh36

      I know the guy was scum, but whoever gave the body’s burial site is just wrong

      • Town

        People are going off on all the local media outlets (newspaper, TV, radio) about the burial. I actually found out about it yesterday around 12 noon but I thought it was just a rumor. (someone from a state agency was texting everyone about it)

        #1, the cemetary is 30 miles outside of Richmond in the middle of nowhere. It’s a Muslim cemetery so Boston Bomber isn’t being buried next to Real Amurkans™.

        #2, the main people screaming about KEEP THE GUBMENT OUT OUR LIVES! are demanding to know why the state of VA, Virginia State Police and Caroline County weren’t notified about the burial. Last I checked, it was a private cemetery that could do whatever they wanted to, and since when does the state of VA and VSP need to be notified about a burial?

        #3, the people who should be upset are the Muslim families who have loved ones in that cemetery, because now that cemetery is a target for Real Amurkans™ out for revenge.

  • rikyrah

    Massachusetts’ Gomez already struggling badly
    By Steve Benen
    Fri May 10, 2013 10:35 AM EDT

    The first issue is Gomez’s involvement in a head-shaking tax scam — he claimed a $281,500 tax deduction by claiming not to change the facade of his house, despite the fact that he was already forbidden under local bylaws from changing the facade of his house. The Senate candidate, in other words, accepted a very generous reward for failing to do something he couldn’t do anyway.

    Asked for an explanation, Gomez said it’s “disgraceful” and “dishonorable” for his opponent, Rep. Ed Markey (D), to bring this up. Apropos of nothing, Gomez added that the veteran congressman is a “hack.”

    Of course, that didn’t answer the question about his apparent tax scam. Neither did this.

    Republican US Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez, facing questions about a $281,500 historic tax deduction on his Cohasset home, rejected calls Thursday from the media and Democrats to release tax returns and other details about the deal.

    “I have nothing to hide,” said Gomez on a campaign stop in Lawrence, when asked by a Globe reporter why he would not make public the details about how the federal tax deduction was calculated for the easement to limit changes on the home that the candidate and his wife bought for $2.1 million in November 2004.

    Here’s a tip for politicians everywhere: don’t say you have nothing to hide while you’re hiding things without explanation.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/10/18171843-massachusetts-gomez-already-struggling-badly?lite

  • rikyrah

    Scandal garnered a 3.2, up six tenths from last week’s 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and a new series high.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/05/10/tv-ratings-thursday-the-office-rises-scandal-hits-high-elementary-wipeout-hits-lows/181902/

  • rikyrah

    ‘The Young and the Restless’ Plans a Celebration to Honor the Life of the Late Jeanne Cooper

    Categories: Daytime and Soap Opera TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

    Written By Amanda Kondolojy

    May 10th, 2013

    THE YOUNG AND The Restless” PLANS A CELEBRATION TO HONOR
    THE LIFE OF THE LATE JEANNE COOPER

    Tribute to Air Tuesday, May 28

    Drama to Gather Cast Members to Remember the Beloved Emmy Award Winner

    THE YOUNG AND The Restless will air a special tribute episode to the late Jeanne Cooper on Tuesday, May 28, (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Cast members, friends and family of the beloved actress will gather on set next week to shoot a celebration of the life of their late friend who passed away this week at the age of 84. Cooper, the Emmy Award-winning actress who portrayed Katherine Chancellor for more than 39 years, was the show’s longest-running cast member.

    As part of the tribute episode, the cast of THE YOUNG AND The Restless will share their favorite memories of working with Cooper, along with personal recollections of their friendships with her. Additionally, interviews with Cooper from the show’s recent 40th anniversary and classic clips of her years on the daytime drama will be included.

    “Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime CBS. “The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did.”

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/05/10/the-young-and-the-restless-plans-a-celebration-to-honor-the-life-of-the-late-jeanne-cooper/181953/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tvbythenumbers+%28TVbytheNumbers%29

  • rikyrah

    ‘That is the Texas way’
    By Steve Benen
    Fri May 10, 2013 11:10 AM EDT

    It’s been nearly a month since a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded, killing at least 14 people, and injuring more than 200 others, while leveling a significant part of the small town. It’s tempting to think, after a disaster of this magnitude, that the community and their officials would start asking some important questions about prevention and public safety.

    And it’d be quite a list. There could, for example, be a conversation about the fact that the plant had no alarms, automatic shutoff system or firewall. There could also be a discussion about zoning laws that allowed a highly-explosive plant to be built across the street from two schools and a nursing home. It might also be time for a chat about liability insurance and environmental safeguards.

    But none of these conversations is likely to happen.

    This antipathy toward regulations is shared by many residents here. Politicians and economists credit the stance with helping attract jobs and investment to Texas, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, and with winning the state a year-after-year ranking as the nation’s most business friendly.

    Even in West, last month’s devastating blast did little to shake local skepticism of government regulations. Tommy Muska, the mayor, echoed Governor Perry in the view that tougher zoning or fire safety rules would not have saved his town. “Monday morning quarterbacking,” he said.

    Raymond J. Snokhous, a retired lawyer in West who lost two cousins — brothers who were volunteer firefighters — in the explosion, said, “There has been nobody saying anything about more regulations.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/10/18172306-that-is-the-texas-way?threadId=3721562&commentId=76145071#c76145071

    • qosine

      When “government regulations” mean more than lives, including those in our family. What about other families who don’t
      feel the same way?

      • Aquagranny911

        I just saw this comment. I don’t know about Texas but our state history is starting to be so revised & re-written that all brown & native peoples were never really here till the Anglos came. So, we get to be the ‘invaders’ not them.

        Just an aside but the Mexicans whipped Texas ass at the Alamo!

  • rikyrah

    Eric Cantor, misunderstood
    By Steve Benen
    Fri May 10, 2013 12:05 PM EDT.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) chatted with National Review’s Robert Costa this week, and Costa complained that President Obama “doesn’t seem to socialize” with House Republicans. Cantor replied that he’d “just had drinks” with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough the other night, and then reflected on the bigger picture.

    “The one thing I’ve always said — and I’ve said it to Rahm [Emanuel] and Jack Lew — is that this president has squandered an opportunity to use the office to do some good and actually get some things done. [...]

    “Either the president doesn’t like to engage with people, or it’s somehow beneath him to do so. I don’t know, and I told Denis that the president could benefit himself and the country a lot by developing those relationships and understanding where conservatives are, instead of just thinking that he knows where we are. But that has not been the case over the last four years of his tenure.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/10/18173069-eric-cantor-misunderstood?lite

  • Miranda

    yes…..a black man holding the highest office in the land is indeed the most egregious violation in american history…really it is.
    *********************************
    Inhofe Suggests Obama May Be Impeached Over Benghazi

    Calling last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya the “most egregious cover-up in American history,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) predicted Thursday that President Barack Obama will soon face calls of impeachment.

    “Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon papers, the Iran-Contra, Watergate and all the rest of them — this … is going to go down as the most serious, the most egregious cover-up in American history,” Inhofe said during an appearance on The Rusty Humphries Show.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/inhofe-suggests-obama-may-be-impeached-over-benghazi

    • rikyrah

      try it mofo.
      try it.

    • Guns3000

      He is really trying huh.

    • MsKitty

      Please proceed

    • qosine

      Wow, “egregious.” That sounds really bad. If you say “most” again, maybe you can sell it. lol

    • nathkatun7

      Why do people listen to this imbecile?

  • Miranda

    Now will the media begin to question the executives of this plant?

    McLennan County Sheriff and Texas Rangers to Launch Criminal Investigation into West Plant Explosion

    AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today directed the Texas Rangers to join McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara in launching a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in West, Texas, on April 17.

    “This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” said Director McCraw.

    “The citizens of McLennan County and Texas must have confidence that this incident has been looked at from every angle and professionally handled – they deserve nothing less,” said Sheriff McNamara.

    more here: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr051013.htm

    • qosine

      Status Quo
      Good: Shoplifters get prison
      Bad: Plant CEO crushed by criminal “gov. regulations”
      “Remember the Alamo”

    • nathkatun7

      Lets hope they are serious about a criminal investigation.

      • Aquagranny911

        It’s Texas. I think we need the Feds. Using Texas law enforcement is like asking the fox to investigate events in the hen house. Just saying…

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: Bad 1990s Hillary is back

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

    It’s hard to explain to people who weren’t paying attention to politics at the time just what the atmosphere was like in the 1990s when it came to the Clintons. In many ways the right’s ongoing attacks on them — and on Hillary in particular — were worse than the birther/Kenyan Muslim Marxist/gun grabber stuff you see today about Obama. As Duncan Black put it recently: “It was a time when you could go on the TV — night after night — and accuse the Clintons of literally anything and no one blinked. There were multiple investigations into whether Hillary Clinton had somebody killed.”

    That’s why those of us who lived through that political era have been surprised to see Clinton treated with a good deal of respect in recent years, even by Republicans. At hearings a few months ago — hearings about Benghazi, no less — she was questioned by Republican Senators but the tone remained relatively even-handed.

    All of those bets are off, however, and we’re back in the 1990s again. While the attacks over Benghazi before the election were mostly leveled at Obama (since the hope was that the Bengazi story would help tip the election), now Hillary (who is likely to run in 2016) is the primary target. Check out the new Benghazi video released this morning by Karl Rove’s American Crossroads:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/10/the-morning-plum-bad-1990s-hillary-is-back/

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

      In many ways the right’s ongoing attacks on them — and on Hillary in particular — were worse than the birther/Kenyan Muslim Marxist/gun grabber stuff you see today about Obama.

      As someone who remembers the Clinton era, this is pure bullshit.

      • nathkatun7

        I agree 100%!

        • Aquagranny911

          Co-Sign!

  • Miranda

    Please proceed GOP

    Republican strategist: Benghazi ‘much worse’ than 9/11

    excerpt:
    “But the evidence shows that,” Burkman insisted. “Strip aside all the politics and the theory. The evidence shows — take [U.S. diplomat] Gregory Hicks, these guys were trying to get through at 2 in the morning, they were trying to warn, they made so many repeated calls and contacts. What other conclusions can you draw? They were systemically ignored. I mean, I’ve just never seen or heard of anything like this.”

    “Well, how about 9/11?” Shure noted. “Talk about systemically ignored.”

    “I would say, oh, sure, 9/11 is much worse in terms of in terms of what happened,” Burkman opined. “But this is much worse in terms of the level of how things were ignored. It’s almost unfathomable.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/10/republican-strategist-benghazi-much-worse-than-911/

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – - -HA!- – -SHE got –CALLED! – -OUT!! — LOL — -

    — —The New Hampshire Moms In Ad Defending Ayotte’s Background Check Vote Are Actually GOP Activists- -LOL

    — – — As Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) battles public outcry over her vote to kill a bipartisan amendment expanding background checks for gun purchases, a national conservative group based in Iowa is running television ads featuring seemingly ordinary New Hampshire moms and law enforcement officials defending the one-term senator from out-of-state “partisan” attacks.

    But the American Future Fund appeared unable to find voters who agree with Ayotte’s position, as a cursory search of individuals in the
    advertisement reveals that the supposedly typical New Hampshirites are actually long-time Republican party activists and officials. Polls show that 91 percent of New Hampshire adults support expanded screenings. Watch the ad:
    - — -SNIP–
    - — -Jayne Millerick is billed in the ad as a “New Hampshire mom” and says“Those attack commercials are partisan and deliberately misleading.But Millerick is actually a Republican strategist who served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, a New Hampshire Republican Delegate in 2008, and was a member of New Hampshire Women for Mitt coalition in 2012. She is now a professional political consultant.

    – —–Sooooo – - -BUSTED!!- –HAH!

    • gn

      Classic GOP, and it’s why that party is circling the drain. On a leadership level, it’s full of dirty tricks, lying, smearing, astroturf, and fakeness like this. Glad that this was caught and put on blast.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY GN. ***BIG HUG** :>)- —
        – - — -***fist bump***- –DIRTY TRICKS- -In their DNA!!

        -Republican Dirty Tricks -[Conservatives: ALWAYS on the Wrong Side of History]- — – CHECK IT OUT! -humph!!

        – –Good 2 C U GN. :>) –

      • nathkatun7

        GN, and GOP gets away with everything you wrote because of MSM enablers.

        • Aquagranny911

          This member of the choir says a big AMEN to that. We need to call this out every time!

          ETA: Waving at you Nath. We seem to miss each other but I do always read your terrific posts, especially those at TOD. You rock, Kiddo!

        • gn

          Indeed, they would never get away with it if the beltway press weren’t so weak.

  • rikyrah

    What those edited Benghazi talking points tell us

    Posted by Greg Sargent on May 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    ABC News made a big splash this morning by reporting this about the CIA’s now-discredited Benghazi talking points:

    ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.

    ABC has helpfully posted the dozen versions of the talking points, so we can track the editing of them ourselves. Here are the main takeaways:

    1) The talking points confirm that the intelligence community had determined at the time that the “the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate.” The key words there are “spontaneously” and “evolved.” That assessment does not change in any of the subsequent revisions.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/10/what-those-edited-benghazi-talking-points-tell-us/

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

      How did ABC obtain these talking points/emails?

      Why won’t they call out Petraeus who was head of the CIA?

      Don’t they always scrub info in cases like this?

  • Miranda

    David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod2h
    Can’t help but feeling that If Ken Salazar were the front runner for ’16, the House GOP be holding hearings on the BP oil spill.

  • rikyrah

    Peggy Noonan and the ‘implied question’
    By Steve Benen
    Fri May 10, 2013 1:00 PM EDT.

    This comes up from time to time, but one of the challenges for conservatives pushing Benghazi conspiracy theories is the leap of imagination. In order to actually see the elusive wrongdoing that only Republicans and Fox News can see, one must accept bizarre accusations with no basis in fact.

    Take the increasingly unhinged Peggy Noonan, writing in the Wall Street Journal today about what she believes is an “implied question” surrounding the story (via Simon Maloy).

    Far worse is the implied question that hung over the House hearing, and that cries out for further investigation. That is the idea that if the administration was to play down the nature of the attack it would have to play down the response — that is, if you want something to be a nonstory you have to have a nonresponse. So you don’t launch a military rescue operation, you don’t scramble jets, and you have a rationalization — they’re too far away, they’ll never make it in time. This was probably true, but why not take the chance when American lives are at stake?

    ………………………………………………

    As Marc Ambinder explained this week, “One of the reasons why Americans aren’t outraged about Benghazi is that the event is a series of tragedies in search of a unifying explanation, and one that ‘Obama is evil’ doesn’t cover. Because really, to suggest that the Pentagon or the White House would deliberately — and yes, this is EXACTLY what Republicans are suggesting — prevent special operations forces from rescuing American diplomats BECAUSE they worried about the potential political blowback because they KNEW exactly who was behind it (al Qaeda) is — well, it is to suggest that Barack Obama is simply and utterly evil.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/10/18173628-peggy-noonan-and-the-implied-question?lite

  • rikyrah

    Obama Pays Down Debt, Smashes Republican House of Cards

    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 2:53 PM

    Oh boy. This is not good news for Paul Ryan.

    After four years of trillion-dollar deficits, the red ink is receding in Washington, easing pressure on policymakers and shattering hopes for a summertime budget deal.

    Federal tax revenue is up and spending is down thanks to an improving economy, January tax hikes and the budget cuts known as the sequester. As a result, the U.S. Treasury has slowed the pace of borrowing and actually was able to repay a tiny fraction of the $16.8 trillion national debt in the first quarter of this year.

    Wait, what? Increasing taxes on the rich is actually raising revenue? I thought it was going to kill jobs! You mean there’s no magic fairy dust to punish the socialist nemesis for raising taxes on our venerable “job creators?” And what is all this about the Big Black Spender actually paying down the national debt? Someone, please, stop the presses!

    But the real problem Paul Ryan is facing from the results of President Obama’s success in pulling the economy back from the gutter that Ryan’s party put it in is worse: Baby Ryan just lost his… erm… “leverage” on budget negotiations – leverage he was hoping to use to force an end to the social safety net

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/05/paying-down-debt-obama-smashes.html

    • qosine

      Fantasy: When it comes time to raise the debt ceiling,
      President Obama just waves off Ryan, saying, “We’re good.
      All paid up.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — -Woo! — Hoo! — Lookin’ FORWARD- – > :>) — -

    - — -Obama Heading To Europe Next Month- -:>)

    — – — – -President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama next month will travel to the United Kingdom and Germany, the White House announced Friday.

    The President and his wife will first go to Belfast, “where he will engage with the people of Northern Ireland and highlight the hard work, dialogue, and institutional development they have undertaken together,” according to the White House. Obama will also participate in the G-8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

    Following the G-8 Summit, the Obamas will press on to Germany to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The trip is scheduled for June 17-19.- –

    - — — -THEY R soo LOVED annnnd RESPECTED there. :>)

  • PBomb

    RGIII is getting married this summer….

    RGIII and Rebecca Liddicoat getting married this summer, mom says

    In advance of Mother’s Day on Sunday, Robert Griffin III’s mom, Jackie, sat down for a chat with FoxDC to reveal some things about her son. For instance, she called him Robbie when he was a child. Also, his older sister used to dress him up as a baby doll.

    Perhaps the biggest piece of information was that, according to Fox reporter Shawn Yancy, RGIII and his fiancée, Rebecca Liddicoat, are getting married this summer. The wedding news has been kept secret until now, and Jackie said that’s typical of her son.

    “You would never know, based on his press conferences and everything he does in the media, but he still has that shyness to him and that quietness to him,” she explained. “He loves being at home, quiet and to himself. That hasn’t changed.”

    Read the rest here:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2013/05/10/rgiii-getting-married-this-summer-mom-says/

    There is a commenter in the comments section going off about black women. Dude is a little nuts.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – -O/T- -Entertainment- –GOOD NEWS :>) —
    - — —Reader’s Digest: Denzel Washington, Maya Angelou among top 10 ‘most trusted’ celebs-
    - – - – -Denzel Washington and Maya Angelou are ranked in the top 10 on the new Reader’s Digest Trust Poll: The 100 Most Trusted People in America, ranking third and fifth respectively.
    - –SNIP – -
    - -The list also includes: First Lady Michelle Obama, former NFL coach
    Tony Dungy, Muhammad Ali, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama, and Steve Harvey, just to name a few.

    Click here to view the full list of the “100 Most Trusted People in America.”

    THERE IS MORE. —

    - -CONGRATULATIONS! – - -PROUD of U- -ALL :>)
    [?????Tom Hanks @ the top?????]

    • Aquagranny911

      I like Tom Hanks, unsure if he should be on top of the list but I think he’s a good guy. He’s really very funny. You might get a laugh from this. I saw him on a talk show where he shared that when he was a kiddo, he wanted to be an astronaut more than anything. When he was about eight he decided to start his own idea of ‘training’ for space.

      His family had one of those above ground plastic pools, so he cut a long piece of garden hose to breathe through, put a brick inside his swimming trunks for the extra weight to keep him submerged & would lay on the bottom of the pool practicing what he thought it might be like in Zero G.

      I didn’t tell it as well as he did but it made me laugh. He said that his most favorite movie & role was playing an astronaut because that was as close as he ever got to a childhood dream.

      Good share & I’m Happy to see that our Michelle & PBO are there on that list.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Heey Aquagranny. :>) Thank U. I enjoy Tom Hanks also. :>) Jus’ curious about #1. :>)

        Good story! LOL- – -Thanks. :>) –

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

    A Class Act.

    Serena Williams: I’ll always be rooting for Sloane Stephens

    Serena Williams took the high road Tuesday in responding to Sloane Stephens’ scathing comments about her in an ESPN The Magazine story.

    “I don’t really know. I don’t have many thoughts,” Williams told
    reporters in Spain after defeating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Madrid Open, answering the one question posed to her about Stephens. “I’m a big Sloane Stephens fan and always have been. I’ve always said that I think she can be the best in the world. I’ll always continue to think that and always be rooting for her.

    “So I really just always wish her — and anyone, really, especially
    from America — the best. We don’t have that many American players, so it’s always exciting to see so many young players doing so well.”

    ….UPDATE: Stephens tweeted: “Guilty of being naive. Much respect 4 @serenawilliams , a champ & the GOAT. We spoke, we’re good. ONWARD! #lifelessons“

    MORE: http://tennis.si.com/2013/05/07/serena-williams-sloane-stephens-madrid-open/

    • Miranda

      To Sloane: Mind ya manners lil grasshopper!

    • PBomb

      I caught up on some reading here on the site over the past week and was wondering what the heck was going on with Sloane.

      Interesting turn of events.

    • Town

      TRANSLATION: Ain’t nobody thinking about her, studying her or will remember her. Peace. *c-walks with all her Wimbledons*

      • http://twitter.com/keepitcleva Epiphany Sweet

        Sloane was getting beat up in the comments. That’s what she gets for talking sideways. Serena really is classy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – –A TRIBUTE 2- -”MADIBA” MANDELA :>)- -:>)

    - –May 10, 1994- -
    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President of South Africa.
    :>)

    - – - – -Nelson Mandela Inauguration: South African Leader Became Nation’s First Black President 19 Years Ago–[Excuse the source]

    —- – - -On this day, 19 years ago, Nelson Mandela made history by becoming the first black president of South Africa after more than three centuries of white rule.
    Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC) won a large majority of the seats in the country’s first democratic election with more than two million South Africans turning out to cast ballots.

    After spending 27 years in jail as a political prisoner, Mandela
    called for healing as the nation recovered from centuries of racial
    discrimination, declaring “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”

    In his statement, the leader acknowledged the pain of the past, simultaneously painting the picture of a bright future.
    THERE IS MORE- —

    -CONGRATULATIONS- -DEAR “MADIBA”♥- -:>) – BLESS U, as U REST.:>) W LOVE U♥ :>)

    — – -Soweto Gospel Choir – Khumbay- -AMEN

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share! I have that speech along with some wonderful music on a CD I got in Durban many ago. Those words of his never cease to move me. It IS a “beautiful land” painfully torn by oppression, hatred & evil but with so much shining promise & good.

      Live long, Madiba! The world still needs your courage, fortitude & inspiration. Be blessed!

      Thank you, GLH. HUGS!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911.- –***Double BIG HUG*** – -Sorry 2 B L8.- –Teaching gets in da way. LOL

        - – -Can U SHARE some of YOUR MUSIC at some point in time.?- -:>) That would b fun. :>)

        - —-Good 2 C U AG. :>)—

        • Aquagranny911

          I will if I can figure out how to do it. Most are probably already well known to you since you have shared some here more than once. I do have my favs.

          I don’t know if I said before but my SIL’s Auntie godmother lives & works in Durban for a women’s collective. She took me to this incredible gathering & I HAD to buy the CD that commemorated this event which included Nelson Mandala’s speech. It is one of my treasures.

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

    The usual suspects will be gloating. I will say that I find it ironic that those who were so against Big Pharma, are now co-signing Teva Pharmaceuticals wanting to market a potent drug to minors.

    Judge blasts Obama administration request for a stay to his Plan B as ‘alternative reality’

    By Megan Carpentier
    Friday, May 10, 2013 13:11 EDT

    Judge Edward Korman of the Eastern District of New York gave no
    quarter to the Administration in his ruling this morning declining to
    issue a stay to his April ruling that made emergency contraceptives available over the counter pending the outcome of the Administration’s appeal. Korman not only repeated his assertions that the Administration was acting in bad faith by trying to dictate the terms of women’s access to Plan B for political reasons, but noted that the deal it struck with one manufacturer to keep it out of the lawsuit would serve to drive up prices to that manufacturer’s certain benefit.

    In a ruling filled with harsh language for the government — he called their arguments “silly,” “something out of an alternative reality ” an “an insult to the intelligence of women” and “frivolous” and referred to Sebelius’ conduct “improper” — Korman noted that the supposed concerns for the well-being of younger potential users of emergency contraceptives were “a red herring to justify the continued burdens suffered by older women who seek access to the drug.” He also stated that the agency’s argument that the stay was necessary to preserve public confidence in the FDA’s decisions was paradoxical on its face because it was Sebelius’ order overturning the FDA’s decision that started the case: “If a stay is denied, the public can have confidence that the FDA’s judgment is being vindicated, and if a stay is granted, it will allow the bad-faith, politically motivated decision of Secretary Sebelius, who lacks any medical or scientific expertise, to prevail—thus justifiably undermining the public’s confidence in the drug approval process.”

    MORE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/10/judge-blasts-obama-administration-request-for-a-stay-to-his-plan-b-as-alternative-reality/

    • Miranda

      They don’t give a damn.

      Now this time next year, when the case of lil Ashley comes up…the 13 yr old who winds up in the hospital because she didn’t realize that having an allergy meant she probably shouldn’t take this…but she did anyway – and her parents wanna sue…I dont wanna hear shit.

      • Aquagranny911

        Preach! Or when “lil Ashley” thinks “take two” or when she turns out sterile when she actually wants a child or gets cancer or other disease from a poorly tested drug….it goes on…

        Been there, seen that…over many years…

        Lil 13 yr old Ashley is a lab rat……

    • Aquagranny911

      Korman can Bite the Big Cactus!

      Here’s what my daughter says & I trust her way more than a judge & a bunch of estupido feminists:

      My oldest daughter is a Doc working in research who was totally pissed about the idea of young girls getting this drug willy nilly. Daughter says this is an “emergency drug” with side effects that needs to be taken exactly as directed. There has also been little to no research for its long term effects on adolescent girls, especially those just entering puberty. Furthermore, she was really pissed that this turned into, & I quote:

      “A half-baked feminist issue instead of a health issue where it rightfully belongs!”

      (re-posted from a comment I made at TPV)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – -Woo! Hoo!- — -ACA- – -on the MOVE — ->- –

    – — -Obamacare Is Already Forcing Private Insurers To Lower Their Premiums-
    - – - — Looks like Obamacare is more “on track” than “train wreck.”
    In a striking illustration of the promise that the health law holds
    for consumers, two Oregon private insurers vying to sell coverage on the state’s Obamacare insurance marketplace this October are reevaluating their opening bids for the plans’ monthly premiums. The reason? A side-by-side regional comparison of all proposed 2014 premiums for Oregon marketplace plans became public on Oregon’s marketplace websiteThursday, and showed that the two insurers’ planned monthly premiums were far higher than other proposals. That raised fears among the companies’ officials that their plans wouldn’t be competitive on the market later this year, leading them to proactively request a rate reduction — and as more of Obamacare is implemented, state insurance commissioners expect that trend to continue:- – -Woo! Hoo! –
    “Posting rate comparisons company-by-company is a taste of what is to come,” says Cheryl Martinis of the Oregon Insurance Division.

    Judging by the reaction, there’s already an impact.
    Providence Health Plan on Wednesday asked to lower its requested rates by 15 percent.Gary Walker, a Providence spokesman, says the “primary driver” was a realization that the plan’s cost projections were incorrect. But he conceded a desire to be competitive was part of it.

    - – —THERE IS MORE- -

    - — ***fist bump –in da AIR – - — 4 OBAMACARE***- -

    - — -CONGRATULATIONS — -MR. PRESIDENT!♥- -
    —– – - – -Soooo –PROUD of U♥ — -Woo! Hoo!- –

    • qosine

      So exciting!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        - – –***BIG FIST BUMP***- –I KNOW HUH!!?- –
        Sooo I’m waitin’ 2 hear all the CHEERS/ACCOLADES from the – -”Krew of Blatant Kritics”[aka CBC]- –annnnd — -OTHER HATAS!!- — -HAH!

        Good 2 C U -qosine. :>) –

    • Aquagranny911

      Great news!!! My familia totally ♥ Obamacare already!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny.- – -Thank U 4 sharin’- – Woo! Hoo!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911- -***FIST BUMP — –UP HIGH***

        Happy 2 hear.- -:>)