February 22, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African American Curators

In this year’s Art 50, [New City Art]  focuses on the power players who shape Chicago’s art landscape. Naomi Beckwith, a Hyde Park native, brings an insider’s knowledge of the city to her role as the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Being born and raised in Chicago, how has this city influenced your work as a curator?
Many people know that I had initially considered a career in the sciences. For my first twenty years, I was academically focused on those disciplines, but two significant things changed all that. One was the ethos of this city and its commitment to public spaces, which always included art: festivals, programs, art fairs and museums. I am a very proud child of Chicago Public Schools, which has an amazing field trip program that includes these destinations. This early access to both the formal art space of museums and also informal spaces, like the Hyde Park [57th Street] Art Fair or the African Festival of the Arts in Washington Park, left deep imprints on me.

I also had a much more specific introduction to contemporary art in my youth. In the early 1990s, Mary Jane Jacob did an incredible program in Chicago called “Culture in Action.” She brought artists to the city to work alongside communities. Mark Dion was one of these artists. In his work, he plays the role of a nineteenth-century naturalist, a kind of gentleman environmental explorer. He loves to work with youth as assistants, and because his project was a mix of science and art, I came to it as a young science nerd. So I first saw art as a performance, as installation and as a thing that can take on other disciplines as its subject. Since then, I have remained committed to a kind of art practice that takes many forms and thinks about the world at large.

How do you see the visual arts interacting with disciplines outside of art? How do you build these connections into your work?
There is an easy way to think about art only as an expression that comes from deep inside the artist’s psyche. In fact, art is a discipline, and many artists conduct very deep research into a subject matter before they even embark on making work. They do this field research in this language that we call art. So, more often than not, an artwork takes on things in other disciplines and other subjects. My way of working with artists is often a way of learning about these other things that their artworks touch on. If an artist is obsessed with ornithology, I’m going to have to do a lot of research on that subject to be able to curate a project on it. In the case of “The Freedom Principle” that is on view now, I had to research mid-century music in Chicago. Working with art is a really wonderful way to be a polymath, because you learn things alongside the artists.

As a curator, you practice the craft of exhibition making much like an artist engages in research. How do you go about your research into the art world?
My perspective on the art world really does come from my science background. I think of it as an ecological system with several micro-environments inside the larger biome that we call the art world. There is the museum and exhibitions environment, which I have decided to work in because it is the one that reaches out the most to a public audience and adds intellectual value to artworks. There is the market system, in which galleries and auction houses assign monetary value to art. There is also a collector system, and of course there are the artists themselves, who are a kind of wild environment within themselves. My job is to stay engaged most immediately with the artists and the museum systems, but I also do need to understand how artworks are circulating in the world. I need to know who is looking at what in the marketplace, and who is writing about whom in the academy. Keeping up with all that becomes second nature at some point. Just as artists do deep research, it is important for me to spend a lot of time with an idea. It is not just about searching for what artists are doing, but also being a very serious academic about these ideas and helping shape them in a strong way.

How do you turn all of that research into an exhibition?
I keep my ear to the ground and listen to the hum inside of the art biome. I listen to the concerns of artists in the moment. For instance, I am really interested right now in how the Black Lives Matter movement is turning a lot of artists’ ears to historic protest movements. As a side note, my work is also very much about advocating for artists of color. I am committed to making sure that the art world has the most diverse group of artists represented, and that we have really intelligent language and exhibitions around that work. Happily, I have a lot of company in that around Chicago.

Making an exhibition is also about discovering who is making compelling work right now. When I look at artists, I’m looking at their work over a long duration of time. Many artists I work with I have known for more than a decade. I watch their work evolve around their ideas, and when I see either a really compelling idea forming or a body of work that has grown to a significant point, these are the moments when I know that an artist is ripe for a museum exhibition.

Speaking of this art ecosystem, how do you see MCA fitting into the Chicago environment?
Part of what makes the MCA compelling is its deep focus. It’s not a large, encyclopedic museum. It specializes in the condition of art at this very moment. We ask: What is it that makes art exciting right now? What are artists working on at this very moment? With this sharp focus, it also has the full scale of a museum, which provides a wonderful platform for its audience to see art. You have a complete experience at the MCA whether you are in the public spaces, which are usually activated with art, or in our galleries, or in the sculpture garden out back, which often has live music. At the MCA, we tell a really specific and succinct story about contemporary culture through works of art, and I think our audiences find that exciting.

What do you hope that visitors get from a trip to the museum?
I hope that audiences walk out of this museum feeling empowered. Even when I put up an exhibition, I don’t have all the answers. I expect visitors also to have some confusion, and I don’t think that people have to leave here believing that they have gained a very specific and deep understanding of what they just saw. Most importantly, I want people to trust themselves to ask questions about an object. However they engage with the art, whether with a friend or a tour guide or even with the wall texts, I hope that it allows them to trust themselves to have their own experiences with the art. My job as a curator is to situate the work physically and intellectually in a way that someone feels empowered to begin to engage with it.

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  • AxelFoley

    ‘Sup, fam?

    Oh, they missing them some Barack at DKos:

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/16/1634713/-Short-memo-to-Barack-Obama-Just-wanted-to-let-you-know-that-I-m-hating-on-the-22nd-Amendment

    And I remember MeteorBlades as one of the more vocal critics of PBO. He didn’t trash PBO, but he never held back criticizing him.

    • crazycanuck1503

      Daily kos is still around? Hey Axel

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Joni Mitchell never lies.

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Axel!

    • conlakappa

      You know I don’t go to there since my non-banning-banning. What is he saying?

      • jds09

        You were banned? Cool. I was still lurking when that mess went down.

        • conlakappa

          My up-rating/down-rating privileges were taken away because I called Shankika “the reasonable one.” That I was echoing the sentiments of a white poster who’d written it to her directly, about which she demurred coquettishly, made no difference. She whined to MB, Kos, someone. What you don’t know that was a intraracial slur?! And, no, haven’t been back there sense. I think the status of the coincidentally-80%-black-banned folks could have changed if we promised to ack right. To quote Jill Scott, I declined.

      • AxelFoley

        Oh, he misses him some Obama. Spent much of PBO’s terms complaining, but now that he’s out of office, well…

    • MsKitty

      Hey Axel

    • jds09

      Hey Axel! Was Meteor Blades the self-proclaimed economist? I remember one of the star posters over there opened a post with the statement that he “knew more about macro-economics that PBO.” I died.

      • goldenstar

        Is this the guy who’s an attorney?

        • conlakappa

          I think so. “Activist attorney.” Wait, and you knew about his scan’lousness, right? Black folks were blamed for him taking a sabbatical from DK, which is what triggered the banning. How dare we step to that Native American with so much disrespect?!!! But the real story emerged about him and someone else there. Let me put it this way, if I were his wife, that one eye of his, well, it would be met with more than a mote…

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel, I can’t stand his phony racist ass.

  • crazycanuck1503

    Morning everyone

    • rikyrah

      Morning cc

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, cc!

    • MsKitty

      Morning cc

    • Alma98

      Morning cc

  • TyrenM

    Good morning all,
    Can’t sleep so might as well get on with it. Coffee than on the grind.
    Have a great day.

    • rikyrah

      Morning TyrenM

    • BoomerGal

      Morning, Tyren! Have a good one!

    • MsKitty

      Morning Tyren

    • Alma98

      Good morning Tyren.

  • TyrenM

    I’ll be damned. Dick Halperin actually calls his noise…lies. I thought my ears deceived me. OK, Weather Channel before I bounce.

    Got it. Noise to look away from Treason.

  • Miranda

    Remember all the hollering when the Obamas would just do date night in DC? Good times……….
    ————————-
    Trump Family Lifestyle Costing Taxpayers a Fortune
    February 17, 2017

    Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents — a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.

    Adding to the costs and complications is Trump’s inclination to conduct official business surrounded by crowds of people, such as his decision last weekend to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a working dinner while Mar-a-Lago members dined nearby.

    more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-familys-elaborate-lifestyle-a-logistical-nightmare–at-taxpayer-expense/2017/02/16/763cce8e-f2ce-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html?utm_term=.37a10f3beb67

    • Admiral_Komack

      I got your “fiscal responsibility” right here!

    • conlakappa

      Mind you, the Obamas’s date nights were usually within blocks of the White House. Yes, we remember well the kittens the press had about them going to NYC once for dinner and a show… while already in NYC for other things.

    • Kennymack1971

      So now all the folks who always had something to say when the Obamas went somewhere will be all over this right?

    • Town

      I’m glad. I hope the government ends up spending BILLIONS on Trump & his family’s luxuries. And none of the people who cried about Obama’s vacations better say a word, either.

  • Miranda

    In 77 Chaotic Minutes, Trump Defends ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’

    Trump Overruled Advisers on Press Conference
    February 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON — President Trump, smarting from a series of crises, moved his surrogates aside on Thursday and assigned the rescue of his month-old presidency to the only spokesman he’s ever really trusted — himself.

    For days, a frustrated and simmering president fumed inside the West Wing residence about what aides said he saw as his staff’s inadequate defense and the ineffectiveness of his own tweets. Over the objections of some top advisers who wanted to steer him away from confrontation, Mr. Trump demanded to face the media, determined to reject the narrative that his administration is sinking into chaos, scandal and incompetence.

    In a rowdy, free-for-all news conference hastily staged in the East Room, Mr. Trump attempted to deflect attention from news coverage about Russian intelligence, the resignation of his national security adviser, the defeat of his labor secretary nominee, and deepening questions about his ability to govern.

    “I turn on the T.V., open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos,” Mr. Trump said as he attempted — with little discipline — to read from prepared remarks listing his accomplishments since being inaugurated one month ago. “Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

    more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/donald-trump-media.html?_r=1

    • conlakappa

      The ineffectiveness of his own tweets? Such a middle schooler trying to sit at the popular table.

  • Miranda

    Happy Friday POU!

    • BoomerGal

      Happy Friday, Miranda!

    • rikyrah

      Morning Miranda

  • Miranda

    EPA Employees Trying to Block Pruitt
    February 17, 2017

    Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the EPA.

    Many of the scientists, environmental lawyers and policy experts who work in E.P.A. offices around the country say the calls are a last resort for workers who fear a nominee selected to run an agency he has made a career out of fighting — by a president who has vowed to ‘get rid of’ it.

    more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/us/politics/scott-pruitt-environmental-protection-agency.html

  • Miranda

    *blink*….what do you mean all the hotels were booked? So basically the USA no longer has enough standing that they couldn’t find the Sec of State a room in the city for the G-20??
    https://twitter.com/bpolitics/status/832555212481114112

    • BoomerGal

      LOL!!!!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Who dis?

      • Miranda

        Precisely what every hotel desk clerk said when they got the call seeking a room for the US Sec of State.

        • jds09

          I hope the hotel staff did what Boston’s staff did when the Showtime Lakers were in town, “accidently” give them random wake-up calls.

    • conlakappa

      Bwa again! Was one of the last acts of the departing senior State folks cancelling the room block they had?! Is it the same sanatorium that Nazis were held?

      • Miranda

        HAHAHAHA….I kept thinking “wouldnt there be rooms already blocked offf?”……hell, if it was me I DAMN sho would have cancelled those rooms!

        • conlakappa

          In the Obama administration, we know rooms were blocked as soon as the dates were set. That’s how real event planning works; nothing Team O held looked thrown together and bootleg. This current crop, well…

          This could be the Germans throwing shade, which would make me laugh even more!

          • Miranda

            I honestly believe its the Germans throwing shade mixed in with shade from staffers of the previous Sec of State. LOL

          • conlakappa

            ,,Bitte aber das ist non transferable. Es gibt keine Zimmer.”

          • AxelFoley

            Since it’s Germans, would it be considered…schadenfreude?

            I’ll be here all week. Tip your waiter.

          • conlakappa

            I’m trying to come up with a play on words but cannot! But, sure, shadin’-freude for you!

          • Alma98

            HA!

    • Town

      LOL @ santatorium

    • rikyrah

      I saw this yesterday and shook my head in disgust.

    • Alma98

      hahahaha

  • Miranda

    Oh, so I guess no Americans want those jobs huh?
    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/832594470000586752

    • conlakappa

      Bwa!

    • Alma98

      The deplorables could have those jobs since they’re hurting so bad.

    • goldenstar

      Not sure if they could find foreign workers. Who in their right mind would work for them when their asses could get rounded up????

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, rikyrah

  • BoomerGal

    Good Morning, POU!

    • rikyrah

      Morning BoomerG

    • MsKitty

      Morning BoomerGal

  • Miranda

    I hate him. This is a freaking witchhunt.
    ———————
    CHAFFETZ SEEKS CHARGE OF EX-CLINTON AIDE IN EMAIL INQUIRY
    Feb 16, 7:19 PM EST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who has refused Democratic requests to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving President Donald Trump, is seeking criminal charges against a former State Department employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday asking him to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, the computer specialist who helped establish Clinton’s server while she was secretary of state.

    more here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_CLINTON_EMAILS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-02-16-18-55-15

    • AxelFoley

      Somebody needs to stump a mud hole in his punk ass.

    • goldenstar

      Waiting for his constituents to storm the Palace once they learn about this.

      • conlakappa

        I guess he feels he needs to go out with a bang rather than a whimper, since his constituents have already put him on notice. Or he’s auditioning to be in the administration. One hears there are plenty of vacancies!

    • Town

      I think he should go one step further and ask Jeff Sessions to arrest Hillary Clinton.

    • rikyrah

      Whatever

    • Alma98

      Hateful evil fucker.

      • conlakappa

        If you had a face and unfortunate set of teeth like that, wouldn’t you wake up hateful? Like e’eryday?!

        • Alma98

          hahahaha!!!

        • goldenstar

          He’s another f(*(&er who hates himself. Dude was raised Jewish; converts to Mormon. Dude worked for Dukakis; turns Republican while working for NuSkin.

          I could go on.

          • conlakappa

            Yikes! Them teefus though.

  • Miranda

    SMDH….basic protocols no longer mean anything.
    https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/832595481494712320

    • rikyrah

      Uh huh

  • Miranda

    SMDH!!!!!!!! Yall, please read this article! Everything is just a fucking MESS!
    https://twitter.com/tripgabriel/status/832446271877058560

    • Town

      Shrug. This is how Trump is making America great again and 53% of white people approve of this so oh well.

    • goldenstar

      Whoa. I didn’t know this: The raid on 29 January went badly wrong and 25 civilians were killed, including nine children under the age of 13.

      OK. So, from this article and below, it’s a trinity of Kushner, Miller, Bannon. It’s weird that Bannon would even work w/ 2 Jews…

      • jds09

        IMO, self-hating Jews, deep down they value whiteness more than themselves. Bannon probaly can smell it on them. Same principle applies to Carson.

    • conlakappa

      In the other article you posted about Tillerson commuting to the meetings, it mentioned that even the Russian foreign minister was asking why reporters were being escorted out of their meeting. I am sensing Vlad distancing himself from this mess and having nothing but bad intentions.

      • jds09

        Me too. Like 45 humiliated Christie and Romney before America, Vlad is gonna do 45 worst. The public embarassment of an American president will be quite the accomplishment.

      • goldenstar

        Why would he distance himself before extracting his demands?

        • conlakappa

          Myth of fingerprints. He’s party to Cheetos’s fall but doesn’t want to overtly be seen as such.

    • rikyrah

      The entire thing is amateur hour.

    • AxelFoley

      I’m sure the far left will bitch and moan about this as much as they did when PBO got dude who was an American plotting against other Americans? Al-Awlaki, I think.

    • jds09

      This administration is gonna have the same problem filling vacancies in key positions as it did finding entertainers for the inauguration.

  • Miranda

    This clip is precisely why I don’t watch any cable news anymore…
    https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/832408849625862144

    • Kennymack1971

      This is the consequence of allowing dumb asses to have a seat at the table.

      • goldenstar

        Or one dumbass with a big ole ass.

    • rikyrah

      PHUCK OUTTA HERE

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone

    • MsKitty

      Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning MsKitty

  • rikyrah

    LOL

    The 17 kinds of Aunties in the Black family

    https://blavity.com/the-different-types-of-aunties-in-black-families

  • MsKitty

    Morning rikyrah

  • jds09

    Good morning POU Fam.

    I’ll admit it, I was rocked by 45’s press conference yesterday. It was the first time I watched him in action for an extended period of time. I had limited my exposure to clips, transcripts and articles.

    @WillMcAvoyACN last night did a play-by-play of 45’s performance with all the inconsistenties, lies and poor logic. The man is simply a mean, dumb bully. This was White America’s choice.

    Shout out to sag! I heard your voice last night saying self-care! We need to make this a priority. I know I’m preaching to the choir but I just gotta share.

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds, I’ve seen folks like drumpf most of my adult life. He’s ignorant and a bully and proud to be so.

      • rikyrah

        Yep

  • MsKitty

    Tell me again why we shouldn’t be so quick to compare Trump to Hitler.

    https://twitter.com/AP/status/832608704855937024

    • AxelFoley

      I wonder what Susan Sarandon thinks of this?

      • Kennymack1971

        The activists are awake so she’s happy. The people who will suffer don’t matter to her.

      • Town

        Well if you had voted for Bernie and cared about fracking this wouldn’t have happened.

  • rikyrah

    Anyone keeping running tally of SCROTUS’s vacation costs?

    • goldenstar

      Am confused about the line items: the private security a line item in vacation costs? AF One or private jet? Is Mar a lago a line item or is it itemized out?

      • conlakappa

        Mar-a-lago should be broken down: room charges, services, food. He would have to pay for his food wherever he ate it, whether in the White House or in the Weekend WH/Winter WH/whatever he’s calling it. The meals for Abe and his team would be covered, run through either the WH or State budgets. Their sleeping rooms leave a question mark–we don’t traditionally host visiting diplomats. They either stay at their embassy/consulate or at hotel on their dime.

    • conlakappa

      Where’s Mark “human abacus” Knoller now?

      • rikyrah

        Tell it

  • lamh

    Good morning.

    saw this come across my FB timeline today

    ATTENTION PARENTS!!!

    if you have teens/kids with SnapChat accounts please talk to them about what to post and when not to. Hell ANYONE with any type of social media needs to be REAL careful what they post to their social media account…

    Teen hikers who went missing after sharing Snapchat photos are found dead huffingtonpost.com/entry/teen-hik… via @HuffPostCrime

  • MsKitty
    • aleth

      Just go full Nazi and you know 2520s ain’t gonna find nothing wrong with it. It will start small and grow to killing alot of people and they will justify it

      • Town

        Right, that’s what I’m saying.

        Arrest Hillary Clinton

        Arrest Barack Obama

        Mobilize the National Guard to round up Latinos, Muslims AND Black People

        Shut off funding to public schools

        Shut down healthcare

        Get rid of Social Security & Medicare. NOW.

        If you’re about it, be about it. Nobody is going to stop you and if any brown people resist you know the majority of white people will support your efforts to suppress them. If you’re about that life, get on with it.

    • Miranda

      NY and CA’s governors won’t abide by it. I expect chaos in Texas and Arizona and probably lots of deaths.

    • goldenstar

      Julian has a point. This may be the move to empower white militias rather than National Guard…

      • aleth

        private army ala erik prince and create the memo of “fake news”

        The question now is WHO WROTE THE MEMO?

    • rikyrah

      Hmmmmm

    • Miranda

      And like has been said by others on twitter, a normal white house would have said it wasn’t serious PRE-publication by the AP so that comment could be on record. They didn’t…meaning it was serious, but thankfully, it was leaked.

      https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/832621887293321216

      • conlakappa

        Loving the white-on-white verbal violence going on in the TL.

      • aleth

        They just write memos for fun. These people lie for shits. This will be their fake news nonsense

    • jds09

      The Castro boys are ready to go.

  • Miranda

    A political purge at the State Department
    ——————–
    State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson
    CBS NEWS February 17, 2017, 12:44 AM

    While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.

    Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.

    These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

    There are clear signals being sent that many key foreign policy portfolios will be controlled directly by the White House, rather than through the professional diplomats.

    more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-dept-layoffs-under-rex-tillerson-being-carried-out/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab6j&linkId=34603457

    • conlakappa

      How many people are left now at State? The guards and IT staff?

      • AxelFoley

        The janitors and night watch?

        • conlakappa

          Ha! Even the janitors are on pins and needles! Given the nature of the work, cleaning happens in the middle of the day there. At least their work got lighter.

    • rikyrah

      Uh huh

  • lamh

    So, I had the first in person interview i’ve had in almost 6month!!

    It was interesting so Ima post it ins a swrues of replies so as to not have a long azz comment.

    Here it comes…

    • lamh

      Part 2:

      alright so i get to the lab…i meet the Micro Supervisor
      the supervisor is this white lady. bout my age. i had already looked her up on FB and saw how she looks and she looked exactly the same
      anyway so she takes me to a conference room. at first i thought it be more than one but it ended up being just me and her and a bit later the lab director

    • lamh

      Part 5:

      ok so we go back to conference room and she goes to get the lab director
      the lab director is this ole white lady with hair like Eunice on Mama’s Family who comes in sits in a chair all OG like (she was almost leaning back and to the side) and starts asking questions
      The Director ALSO, didn’t seem to have many formal questions either. Her questions were just about as poorly worded as the other lady and could seem a bit “confrontational” But basically she wanted to know my future plans, but since she did haven’t any formal questions written down it came our like why should hire u when why when i seemed to have jumped from job to job when i got back to NOLA & also why i applied to Houston but i explained about Katrina …Dallas…BR…blah blah blah
      she seems satisfied with the answer

  • aleth

    Cheeto:

    a. leaks national guard story friday: change focus this weekend and prepare to do it. Note this ia a DRAFT MEMO so they leaked it and will deny it etc..

    https://twitter.com/ericgeller/status/832612150698983424

    b. chaos

    This guy will get away with eveything. In the process many will be hurt and dies. America is becoming 1930s germany

  • conlakappa

    Could be a way to get to “fit” and relieve some of the unintentional biases that come with even thinking about fit.

    Could also be the sign of someone who will tell you all her problems. I have a feeling she has more than 99 of them.

    • lamh

      LOL…yes for sure… she basically fell into the supervisor position after Hurricane Katrina so she was a bench tech for years and then bam Supervisor.

      if i ever do become a supervisor i rather it not be just boom it the supe

  • Miranda

    This is the bullshit they feed their stupid ass base to demonize federal workers.
    ———————-
    GOP rep: Many career civil servants are liberal
    02/17/17 10:17 AM EST

    Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) says a significant number of career government officials are politically left-wing.

    “When you start getting into the bowels of the bureaucracy, intelligence but certainly the State Department, you have a lot of career officials who are supposed to be nonpartisan, but they really do have a liberal bent,” he said Friday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

    “So you have the president of the United States, they don’t agree with him, so some of them are taking matters into their own hands,” DeSantis added of President Trump. “That is not the way this system is supposed to operate.”
    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/320069-gop-rep-many-career-civil-servants-are-liberal

    • Alma98

      Why do they keep printing and airing ignorant and dangerous shit the GOP says? Are they that damn scared of them huh? A lot of civil service workers are also ex military folks too. We have alot of friends in civil service jobs. His ass needs to be called on it but I doubt it. smmfh

      • conlakappa

        Gubmint workers run the political gamut, just like any other work force. This stupid is beyond stupid.

    • rikyrah

      PHUCK OUTTA HERE

    • lamh

      bunch of dummies…all the career civil service folks who got laid off after Katrina thx to Jindal and now work here for private facilities (the few who could stayed on with the state) are a bunch of Trump/GOP voters…even the damn gay guy here who’s should fuqn know betta

  • Miranda

    As they should.
    ——————————-
    Democrats raise questions about Trump’s mental health
    02/17/17 06:03 AM EST

    A growing number of Democrats are openly questioning President Trump’s mental health.

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office.

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a weekend interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” said that “a few” Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about Trump’s mental health.

    And Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation that would require the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House.

    The Democrats justify their questions by pointing to Trump’s habit of making demonstrably false claims. At a press conference Thursday, he said he’d had the biggest Electoral College win since President Ronald Reagan, for example, when his margin was lower than either of President Obama’s wins.

    Blumenauer told The Hill he started taking another look at the 25th Amendment because Trump had casually repeated easily disproven claims, such as stating that it wasn’t raining during his speech on Inauguration Day when it was.

    “It’s not normal behavior. I don’t know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn’t know if they’re being rained on. And nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis,” he said in an interview steps from the House chamber.

    more here: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/320018-democrats-raise-questions-about-trumps-mental-health

    • conlakappa

      Again s-y-p-h-i-l-i-s.

      • Alma98

        lol

      • aleth

        Lol

      • goldenstar

        F-o-r r-e-a-l?

        • Alma98

          LOL!

        • conlakappa

          S–p-e-c-u-l-a-t-i-n-g! He is the one who bragged that “trying to avoid” VD was his Vietnam.

    • rikyrah

      Uh huh

  • rikyrah

    Thanks for telling us, lamh
    Everything crossed for you

  • conlakappa

    Given that they are courting you, you are in the catbird seat. Take advantage of that leverage. When a package is offered, consider the whole thing. If the salary isn’t what you want, make it up on the back end with the bonus. Any offer is the start of a conversation, especially if it’s verbal and not written yet.

    • lamh

      yep. I’m gonna crunch number today and over the weekend (that is if they don’t call today, i kinda feel that good about it)

      Since it’s a Lateral move i’d like to make at least as much as i do now or comparable to what i made when i started here in NOLA (my current salary includes a prorated rate that will end in June). if not then the benefits and the bonus amount will be what can compensate for a SLIGHTLY lower but competitive pay

  • Miranda

    I…I do believe I detect a little shade…just a little.
    https://twitter.com/CanadianPM/status/832610630066663424

    • conlakappa

      Dang, now that her Barack is gone, Angela is going all cougar for Trudeau?!

      • goldenstar

        Yes, she is! Look at her face.

        • conlakappa

          Sort of like

    • edp4bho

      PBO somewhere grinning and applauding !!

      • AxelFoley

        PBO: “I see the student has become the master…”

        • edp4bho

          Justin was hungry for that swag !!

    • MsKitty

      Angie got a new boo.

  • Miranda

    The Senate majority leader is certainly a man of principle and backbone huh?
    https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/832625265947734020

    • MsKitty

      “I’m not afraid of protesters,” says Mitch McConnell. “This is an open country.”

      Then why were you sneaking out of the airport on some back roads, like you were leaving your sidepiece as her husband was coming home from the graveyard shift?

      • conlakappa

        Then why were you sneaking out of the airport on some back roads like you were leaving your sidepiece as her his husband was coming home from the graveyard shift?

        FIFY

  • rikyrah

    Lamh,
    That was fine.

  • goldenstar

    Since SCROTUS backed down from the 9th Appeal Court with a statement that they are re-crafting the EO Travel Ban, this leak could actually be the foundational concept of the new Coloreds Get Out, travel ban, militia, cops, etc.

  • Miranda

    What were the state parties doing before OFA?? This seems like a lot of finger pointing and bitching from state and local Dem groups who know damn well that if left up to them, Barack Obama wouldn’t have been elected once, let alone TWICE.
    ———————–
    Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’

    Organizing for Action was supposed to complement the Democratic National Committee. Instead, Democratic leaders say, it nearly killed the Democrats.
    02.17.17 1:13 AM ET

    It is difficult to overstate just how enraged state Democratic activists and leaders are with Organizing for Action (OFA), the political and community-organizing army that grew out of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

    The nonprofit, which functions as a sort of parallel-Democratic National Committee, was founded to mobilize Democratic voters and supporters in defense of President Obama’s, and the Democratic Party’s, agenda. Instead, the organization has drawn the intense ire, both public and private, of grassroots organizers and state parties that are convinced that OFA inadvertently helped decimate Democrats at the state and local level, while Republicans cemented historic levels of power and Donald J. Trump actually became leader of the free world.

    These intra-party tensions aren’t going away, especially now that OFA “relaunched” itself last week to protect the Affordable Care Act, boost turnout at congressional townhalls, and train grassroots organizers gearing up for the Trump era.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/17/leaked-emails-dem-state-leaders-think-obama-s-new-organizing-army-is-grade-a-bullshit.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

    • edp4bho

      Jealousy, thy name is weak-ass Dems !

      • conlakappa

        Seriously. They are as bad as the Rs with trying to manufacture new ways and reasons to complain about BH Obama II.

    • Tunisia

      Chile, please. Screw them. I am riding with OFA. I got nothing for the DNC.

      • edp4bho

        OFA and Perez here!

      • rikyrah

        Me too

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    • AxelFoley

      Seeing as though OFA got Obama elected TWICE, and he had long coat tails to bring a lot of Dems with him while these state level Dems have done…what exactly?

      Yeah, I’ma be petty like that. Fuck them muhfuckas.

    • goldenstar

      Well, well, well. Arighty. These motherf(&rs right here.

      So, Harrison is running for DNC Chair and his quote is a total disqualifier. Good to know. Taking notes on the state chairs leading the complaints. Maine, LA, TX, PA. They have. not. done. excrement. May they lose their jobs as quickly as possible so some real leaders who believe in democracy can work with folks.

      Now, to find more emails while I sip tea.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        Harrison is running for national chairman, while the state he was the Democratic party chairman of doesn’t have a governor, lieutenant governor, state constitutional officers, two senators, a minority of Democratic Representatives, a super minority in the state legislature, etc. What would make me believe our party would get better under his leadership?

    • aleth

      No self responsibility. Don’t be mad people don’t give money to you weak ass teammates. I rather give $$ to OFA than you backstabbing aholes.

    • edp4bho

      This just shows that Barack Obama was/is his own party.

      • AxelFoley

        What do we say here? We’re Obamacrats, not Democrats. Dems ain’t shit.

    • This sounds like a case of the old guard being jealous and ego-tripping.

      • conlakappa

        Still. Also pre-blaming and excuse making for future losses.

    • Kennymack1971

      Do we really need to pull the receipts of the number of times that these state level Dems went out of their way to show PBO he wasn’t the boss of them? How he was told to stay out of the way and not campaign in their states? These are the bitter whines of people who have always hated PBO and never forgave him for not waiting his “turn”.

      Don’t start none won’t be none.

      • AxelFoley

        Whypipo be trippin’.

      • edp4bho

        You should call yourself Kenny-smack because you take no ish at all……LOL !

        • conlakappa

          or Kenny Mack hard and they don’t know!

    • Alma98

      They mad because OFA is getting donations and the dnc isn’t.

    • jds09

      Still butthurt about not sharing the list.

      • goldenstar

        They would have no idea what to do with it.

        • conlakappa

          Oh, they would know: sending out begging emails three times weekly then selling the list.

          • goldenstar

            IKR. That’s what’s cracking me up. They’re clueless crybabies.

      • nellcote

        they should take aim at bernie not sharing his list.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Let us recall, before Barack Obama was elected to national office, these state parties were shit sandwiches. I mean, Barack Obama and Dems won states like Virginia, Florida and North Carolina because OFA went everywhere instead of just white areas. And need I remind these state party Dems that from 1968-2004, Democrats either lost the popular vote or won it below 51% until Barack Obama. With Barack Obama’s 53% and 51%, it stands that OFA is a better organization than the state parties, which gave us the 48.1% president in exile. This is why I want Tom Perez. These state parties need to be revamped, because their old ways ain’t working.

      • Miranda

        I’m having a dejavu moment because I remember the same complaining in 2008 about OFA from state Dems.

        • Alma98

          They’re whining cause when they call here I tell them about themselves. Then I tell them I give to OFA monthly. Right now we have two important elections coming up next week and in April. But you wouldn’t know it cause local dems haven’t said shit. It seems they only care when it’s in the burbs or on the white side of town.

          • goldenstar

            Hell, in Chicagoland, a lot of the Dem organizations do not engage for “non-partisan” elections. WTF???? This is how RWNJs get on the school boards, library, and park boards. And, now alllll of a sudden, there’s all this info on how to get active w/ this group and that group because their sorry white asses look as elite and privileged as they are. And, I’m talking a bunch of white folks in the land of 1%ers.

          • Alma98

            fist-bump!

        • AxelFoley

          I remember that shit, too.

  • nellcote

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller

    Under pressure, WH restores dial-up Comment Line, shut down since Inauguration. Takes calls between 9a-4pm. Then directs callers to Website.

    • conlakappa

      Just like with the tours. Have the quashed the Easter Egg Roll yet?

  • nellcote

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller

    Pres Trump’s visit to @Boeing (on a Boeing), comes 2 days after workers at the sprawling plant voted against unionizing.

    • aleth

      IDIOTS.

    • AxelFoley

      Welp, they wanna be stupid.

    • Why do I get the feelings there’s more to this story?

  • Miranda
    • aleth

      Go do real investigative work and stop licking his balls. Find alternate ways.

      • rikyrah

        Tell the truth

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
    • Miranda

      She deserved it too.

  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      wow

    • Alma98

      oh god there are berniebots in the tl saying this is like super delegates. I hate these people so much, I really go.

      • jds09

        Lol, I thought that too.

      • Miranda

        They see themselves as victims everywhere they look.

    • Oh, this is VERY interesting… *sips tea*

  • Them pants suits gonna be a little more fitted in the waist, too!

    • AxelFoley

      LOLOLOLOLOL

    • conlakappa

      She’s already going with a softer color!

  • nellcote

    Ted Lieu ‏@tedlieu

    We don’t federalize National Guard to arrest immigrants for same reason we don’t let US active military do it. Federal law prohibits it.

  • aleth
  • Alma98

    bwa hahahaha!!!

  • nellcote
    • aleth

      Go ahead and do you.

      The Press in America should look to the Press to Russia to see what happened to them or the 1930Ss Germany. They either adjust to the authoritarian government we now have or be irrelevant. The attack is to kill whatever is left of Journalism and someone needs to wake them up

  • Miranda

    ‘Don’t touch me’: panel goes off the rails when Kayleigh accuses Blow of ‘sinister motivations’

    A CNN panel went off the rails fast when conservative Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany slammed New York Times writer Charles Blow right off the bat.

    “Don’t do that,” Blow began after McEnany touched his arm and claimed her liberal friends were being unfair. “Don’t touch me and say that’s your ‘sinister motivations.’ That’s not going to happen tonight.”

    • goldenstar

      Charles Blow is the shizzizle. And, Don Lemon does not even know what to say nor do.

    • Alma98

      Charles gonna cut a bitch hahahaha!!!

    • MonieTalks

      “Gaps in the facts” Bitch, please!

      fall of that ledge.

    • MsKitty

      OOOH! THE BIG SCARY BLACK MAN TOUCHED ME! I’M IN DANGER!!!!

    • TyrenM

      Let that have been Charles rubbing on her.

    • 7thangel

      lol, saw this late last night

    • I don’t Charles for telling her not to touch him. When people do that, they’re trying to dominate and marginalize you. And then she added that “sinister” bs trying to subtly label him as some kind of savage…NOPE. Glad he called her out!

      • conlakappa

        Yep, it was an alpha move similar to 45’s hand-and-arm wrenching.

        • AxelFoley

          See how Trudeau stopped that fool dead in his tracks when he tried it. LOL

    • conlakappa

      Ho doesn’t have liberal friends.

    • AxelFoley

      Charles. Don’t. Play.

    • Farrod
  • nellcote
    • aleth

      FAKE NEWS LOL

    • Alma98

      I believe it’s lower but some folks just won’t cop to making a mistake about the orange cretin.

    • edp4bho

      The later and simultaneous one posted says 48/47. They’re really trying.

  • nellcote
  • Miranda

    I keep seeing this story of how Trump made Chris Christie eat meatloaf at a dinner and Christie saying that’s how its done, if Trump wants it one way you just have to do it that way, apparently including telling another grown ass man what to eat. Is Christie so pathetic and hard up for a job that he would tell that story out LOUD???

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/02/16/christie-says-trump-made-him-order-meatloaf-meal-together/ocBdUJgphM8lK10xWM6TkJ/story.html

    • Alma98

      I saw that last night and ftfo! I mean how pathetic lol.

      • Miranda

        And that’s the damn problem! Nobody ever tells that mofo NO! Remember how shocked Trump was when that black lady told him “No” when he was doing some speech and he was getting off track and she politely walked up there and tapped his arm? He was shocked as hell. Nobody ever tells him “you don’t tell me what to do……and CERTAINLY NOT WHAT TO EAT.”

        • Alma98

          Yep I remember that. I believe It happened at a black church. Non cooning black folks ain’t here for that shit.

    • AxelFoley

      So if Trump told him to tongue his ass, I guess Christie would do it, because that’s how it’s done, right?

      LOL old bloated bitch.

    • rikyrah

      Someone said that he has to pay for those meals, and meatloaf is probably the cheapest thing to buy.

      • conlakappa

        Dag, I’m “someone” again? Hmmph.

    • What happen to that “Jersey tough guy”?

  • Miranda

    So after Sean Spicer was told to say it was all not true, never happened, what yall talkin bout…FAKE FAKE FAKE….DHS never said that, LIES ALL LIES…..the 11 page memo is put out there for all the world to see…………so what the hell he gonna say in the daily briefing today when he is asked about it?? Melissa McCarthy – you’re on.
    https://twitter.com/natemcdermott/status/832642070686740480

    • MsKitty

      And if one more person says, oh this is just a shiny object to distract from Russia, I’m gonna hurt their feelings.

      Tell that shit to the Latinos and Asians who have to be feeling unimaginable terror as I type this.

      • goldenstar

        Black folks too. I’m always questioned anyway. Don’t let no freakin IC-wannabe patrol person coming up on me. Mannnn.

      • rikyrah

        IF….
        We didn’t have stories about iCE hanging out around churches to pick up people, nobody would be giving this concern.

      • Town

        Black folks, too.

    • I’m just catching up, so let me get this straight: AP released a breaking news saying Dolt45 was gonna use National Guard to round up immigrants. The Dolt45 said that wasn’t true. Then DHS released the 11 page memo showing that they wanted to use the NG?

      • Miranda

        Well……Somebody AT DHS leaked it to the Associated Press – and that’s why they ran with the story. Then when Trumpkins decided to play the “fake news” card, the AP pulled out their big joker and slammed the table.

    • GreenLadyHere

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    • conlakappa

      Shouldn’t Melissa McCarthy just read the transcript verbatim at this point?

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    • MsKitty

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  • nellcote
  • MsKitty

    This is getting more bizarre by the minute.

    https://twitter.com/barry/status/832643178247315456

    • goldenstar

      Welp, this is what movies are made from…

      • Miranda

        INDEED

      • conlakappa

        Movies you don’t go to see because the premise sounds too over the top! C’mon, what are they, taking tips from Borat?

      • nellcote

        not til they forget about the Sony email leaks.

    • Miranda

      WOW

    • Alma98

      What the hell?

    • DAYUM!

  • JBL20010

    So, in the best case scenario:

    Trump knew Flynn was a crook, let him lie to the VP about it, kept him as an advisor for weeks, and didn’t move to have his top secret security clearance revoked.

    Sounds pretty damned impeachable. But the Congressional GOPers wouldn’t dare.

  • nellcote
  • nellcote
    • Alma98

      Just an all around scummy person huh. And it’s not under age sex it’s rape of a child.

    • rikyrah

      Scumbag

    • lamh

      Wait is this the new one!!!!

      not the oprah one?

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up