October 18, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African-American Poets

This week’s open threads have been dedicated to African-American Poets. 


Ntozake Shange born October 18, 1948, is an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism.

Shange is best known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

She also wrote Betsey Brown, a novel about an African American girl who runs away from home. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and a Pushcart Prize. Shange lives in Brooklyn.

Shange was born Paulette L. Williams in Trenton, New Jersey to an upper-middle-class family. Her father, Paul T. Williams, was an Air Force surgeon, and her mother, Eloise Williams, was an educator and a psychiatric social worker. When she was 8, Shange’s family moved to the racially segregated city of St. Louis. As a result of the Brown v. Board of Education court decision, Shange was bused to a white school where she endured racism and racist attacks.

Shange’s family had a strong interest in the arts and encouraged her artistic education. Among the guests at their home were Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, and W. E. B. Du Bois.

When Shange was 13, she returned to New Jersey, where she graduated fron Trenton Central High School. In 1966 Shange enrolled at Barnard College. She graduated cum laude in American Studies, then earned a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. However, Shange’s college years were not all pleasant. She married during her first year in college, but the marriage did not last long. Depressed over her separation and with a strong sense of bitterness and alienation, Shange attempted suicide. In 1971, having come to terms with her depression and alienation, Shange changed her name. Ntozake means she who has her own things (literally things that belong to her in Xhosa) and shange means he/she who walks/lives with lions (meaning the lion’s Pride in Zulu).

In 1975, Shange moved to New York City, where in that year her first and most well-known play was produced—For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. First produced Off-Broadway, the play soon moved on to Broadway at the Booth Theater and won a number of awards, including the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the AUDELCO Award. This play, her most famous work, was a 20-part poem that chronicled the lives of Black women in the United States. The poem was eventually made into the stage play, was then published in book form in 1977, then made into a movie in 2010 (For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry). Since then, Shange has written a number of successful plays, including an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children (1980), which won an Obie Award.

In 2003, Shange wrote and oversaw the production of Lavender Lizards and Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream while serving as a visiting artist at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Individual poems, essays, and short stories of hers have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Black ScholarYardbirdMSEssence MagazineThe Chicago TribuneVIBE, and Third-World Women.


My Father Is a Retired Magician

by Ntozake Shange
(for ifa, p.t., & bisa)

my father is a retired magician
which accounts for my irregular behavior
everythin comes outta magic hats
or bottles wit no bottoms & parakeets
are as easy to get as a couple a rabbits
or 3 fifty cent pieces/ 1958

my daddy retired from magic & took
up another trade cuz this friend of mine
from the 3rd grade asked to be made white 
on the spot

what cd any self-respectin colored american magician
do wit such a outlandish request/ cept
put all them razzamatazz hocus pocus zippity-do-dah
thingamajigs away	cuz
colored chirren believin in magic
waz becomin politically dangerous for the race
& waznt nobody gonna be made white
on the spot      just
from a clap of my daddy's hands

& the reason i'm so peculiar's 
cuz i been studyin up on my daddy's technique
& everythin i do is magic these days
& it's very colored
very now you see it/ now you
dont mess wit me
                 i come from a family of retired
sorcerers/ active houngans & pennyante fortune tellers
wit 41 million spirits critturs & celestial bodies  
on our side
              i'll listen to yr problems
              help wit yr career     yr lover     yr wanderin spouse
              make yr grandma's stay in heaven more gratifyin
              ease yr mother thru menopause & show yr son
              how to clean his room

YES YES YES		     3 wishes is all you get
     scarlet ribbons for yr hair
        benwa balls via hong kong
           a miniature of machu picchu

all things are possible
but aint no colored magician in her right mind
gonna make you     white
        i mean
	       this is blk magic
you lookin at
	         & i'm fixin you up good/ fixin you up good n colored
& you gonna be colored all yr life
& you gonna love it/ bein colored/ all yr life/ colored & love it
love it/ bein colored/

Poem courtesy of  Poets.org

  • GN

    This series has been excellent, and Ntozake Shange is one of my favorite authors (poet, novelist, playwrite–she does it all). Thanks for this, POU.

  • Mornin’ POU!

    I see Politico suspended Joe Williams thanks to Breitbart’s website.

    Politico Suspends Reporter for Suggesting Romney’s Only Comfortable Around ‘White Folks’

    By Brett Smiley

    Joe Williams, Politico’s White House Correspondent, made the remarks that resulted in his suspension during a panel discussion on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show. Bashir suggested that Mitt Romney might be having trouble connecting with Hispanics because he rarely appears on television besides Fox. Williams responded:

    Romney is very, very comfortable it seems with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox and Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.

    Not helping matters: The joke Williams tweeted about Romney’s penis. Williams’s account is currently set to private, but the colorful 140-character dispatches are available on Breitbart (dot) com.

    MORE: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06/politico-suspends-its-white-house-correspondent.html

    Here’s the alleged tweet about Ann Romney that Breitbart posted on their website: http://i48.tinypic.com/205tv6v.jpg

    Here’s what Williams tweeted about his suspension:

    joseph williams ‏@jdub321
    tweeps: been suspended from Politico and my account has been hacked. gonna lay low for a bit. be back soon. how soon? I should know…soon

    Notice that Breitbart’s screen capture of the tweet doesn’t contain the time stamp? Considering Breitbart’s track record, I wouldn’t be surprised if they hacked his account.

    • MonieTalks

      But no one gets fired or even apologizes for the “First Lady extravagant shopping trip” lie that they picked up from a tabloid and ran with….

      or for spreading that the PBO made an inappropriate joke about push-ups at a fundraiser

      And then they courted the dick himself, Mark Halperin.

      Politico can write every article discussing every demographic they claim PBO is having trouble with, but won’t touch why Rmoney’s campaign stops have the same diversity as a KKK meeting.

    • Miranda

      I wish I could be suprised that it happened. He told one too many truths and so he must be silenced.

    • Town

      Where’s the time stamp? All tweets have a time stamp.

      • Admiral_Komack

        It’s Politico.
        By the ghost of Brietbart, Politico don’t need no time stamp (snark).

        • Aquagranny911

          “by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…”

      • Because this alleged tweet was made TWO MONTHS AGO.

        Look at the ABC News link in the tweet. Remember when Ann Romney made the “unzip” comment about Mitt? That link in the tweet links to this April 2nd article about her comment: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/ann-romney-says-campaign-will-unzip-the-real-mitt/

        So, Williams very well could’ve made the tweet but Breitbart made it seem like he made it recently.

        • Miranda

          That Politico would take its ques from Breitbart tells ya everything you need to know.

    • caribbeanobserver

      All I can say to Joe is ‘ follow the clues and connect the dots and get to heck out of that biased racist sewage called politico’.
      Go Joe…Forward to better!

    • rikyrah

      we all know that Joe’s been telling a whole lotta truths lately. ….we know what happens when Black folk tell the truth

    • aleth

      This will be a moment of courage for Joe— either be brave or be a coward like the rest of the black alleged journalist. Nothing can stop him from quiting and starting a successful blog exposing Politico, GOP and every aspect of he corrupt media.

      But that ain’t happen. This could be a badge of honor for him should he choose to want to and he would get the clicks they all want.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • MonieTalks

    David Duke Endorses Former Black Panther: ‘I’ll Take the Anti-Zionist Any Day’

    Former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke released a video announcing his endorsement of Charles Barron, an affirmative action supporting, African-American, former Black Panther who is running for Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional district, and the conflicting priorities ole’ Duke faced are just mind-boggling. What could possibly cause Duke to endorse a Black Panther? Anti-semitism, of course!

    Barron’s opponent Hakeem Jeffries is also African-American, so we suppose Duke’s racism didn’t have to compete against his views on Israel and Jews — Barron shares a certain animus for the nation — but then, Duke could have just not endorsed. He’s from Louisiana and this is a Brooklyn congressional race. Perhaps he took interest after, as the New York Observer’s Hunter Walker notes, Barron was called “The David Duke of New York.” Here’s Duke’s rationale:

    In a race for Congress between an anti-Zionist black activist and a black activist who is a bought and paid for Zionist Uncle Tom, I’ll take the anti-Zionist any day. In this election of limited choices, I believe that Charles Barron is the best choice. Why? Because I think there’s no greater danger facing the United States of America and facing the world than the unbridled power of Zionist globalism. … Charles Barron stands against that power. If I lived in New York City, I would certainly vote for Charles Barron.

    read more: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/06/david-dukes-realpolitik-endorsement-former-black-panther/53791/

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas
    By Tom Hamburger, Published: June 21
    Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.

    During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    While economists debate whether the massive outsourcing of American jobs over the last generation was inevitable, Romney in recent months has lamented the toll it’s taken on the U.S. economy. He has repeatedly pledged he would protect American employment by getting tough on China.

    “They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m president of the United States, that’s going to end.”

    more here

    • Miranda

      The debates are gonna be so much fun.

      • Aquagranny911

        I am ordering like a ton of “Moose Munch” for the troops that way you get the chocolate too.

      • Town

        There aren’t going to be any debates. There might be a “debate” but I doubt Rmoney will go for 3. Not gonna happen.

    • nellcote

      Let me get this right, this outsourcing is being reported in the same paper who’s “fact checker” gave the PBO campaign 4 pinocchios for mentioning Rmoney’s outsourcing.

      • Miranda


        WashPo yesterday: Obama ad about Bain outsourcing is false. WashPo today: Bain outsourced jobs.

  • MonieTalks

    Blackonomics—Unifying Around the Unity Movement
    by James Clingman

    Do you believe Black people should work together in support of one another? Do you believe that Black people should better utilize more of our $900 billion-plus annual aggregate income to start and grow businesses? Do you believe Black people should share our information and experience with one another to build a brighter future for our children? If your answers are “Yes,” and I am sure they are, then you will join thousands of others in the Black Unity Movement.

    read more: http://www.afro.com/sections/opinion/story.htm?storyid=75354

  • rikyrah

    Evangelicals Not Satisfied With Romney’s Vague Immigration Position

    Pema Levy-June 22, 2012, 5:35 AM

    Mitt Romney’s immigration address before Latino leaders on Thursday didn’t appease one important constituency lining up behind comprehensive immigration reform: evangelicals.

    In a speech to The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in Orlando Thursday, Romney said he would “replace” President Obama’s recent immigration policy change with something permanent and a commitment to let young immigrants who serve in the military stay in the country. While touting a commitment to legal immigration, Romney remained vague on what should be done for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country. “I will address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil but resolute manner,” he said without further explanation.

    Last week, a coalition of evangelical organizations, many led by Latino religious leaders, formed the Evangelical Immigration Table to mobilize support for immigration reform among the evangelical community and put pressure on legislators to pass reform. Members of the group met last week with President Obama’s staff as well as with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. They told TPM that what Romney laid out Thursday was not enough.

    “We want real, you know, muscle and details,” said the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and one of nine heads of the new coalition. “What are we going to do with the 11 to 12 million [undocumented] people here?” he said. “Right now what we lack is details on policy. Everyone is speaking in generalities. We want details.”


    • Aquagranny911

      There’s a whole lot of “other people” not satisfied with “Romney’s vague immigration position”

      I was reading blogs last night and people were: WTF…he didn’t say anything he would actually do & dude was insulting…

  • rikyrah

    He forgot to mention ‘self-deportation’
    By Steve Benen

    Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    We talked yesterday about Mitt Romney’s speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the fact that the Republican candidate still refuses to comment on President Obama’s new immigration policy. But it’s worth pausing to appreciate the fact that this part of the immigration debate wasn’t the only element on which Romney was vague.

    more here http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/22/12355715-he-forgot-to-mention-self-deportation?lite

  • MonieTalks

    hehehe…so the Birthers extraordinaires, World Net Daily, had the nerve to file a $120 mil lawsuit for libel against Esquire magazine for a satirical piece they did mocking them …

    The judge dismissed this foolishness stating this:

    Judge Collyer was unsympathetic, noting in the course of dismissing the lawsuit under D.C.’s anti-SLAPP statute:

    “The Blog Post contained an expression of views that communicated to members of the public in connection with an issue of public interest, i.e., the dispute over whether President Obama qualifies by birthright to be President of the United States. Having become such well-known proponents of one position on the issue, Plaintiffs cannot complain that the very intensity of their advocacy also became part of the public debate. Those who speak with loud voices cannot be surprised if they become part of the story.”

    Read more here: http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/law/#storylink=cpy

    • Miranda

      In other words: GTFOOHWTMFBS

  • Miranda

    I guess the media is gonna avoid this other than Martin Bashir huh?

    Romney Says Obama Out Of Touch Because He Does Not Know When To Send Jobs Overseas

    • Aquagranny911

      …and…”Jesus wept”…of course the media will “avoid this.” …and…American workers are just so thrilled when their jobs get “outsourced” so PBO is “out of touch” when he tries to boost American manufacturing & keep American jobs. Got it…sorry I’m so dense…lack of sleep.

    • edp4bho

      Breaking my solitude, I must say. I believe Mitt is oaken, and a PBO affiliate has his hand up Mitt’s butt, making him say things to cost him the election. You can’t get any dumber than this.

  • The attempts to paint PBO as president of the “He-man Woman Haters Club” never end, and bitter Jodi Kantor always has her easel, palette and brushes ret ta go.

    In today’s NYT, Kantor wrote about HRC’s former top policy advisor, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article on women balancing career and family. Instead of sticking to the topic, Kantor just had to add this:

    In an interview, Ms. Slaughter added that she was motivated to write in part by her concern about the number of women serving in high posts under President Obama — and now that the first round of female appointees is leaving, she said, they are mostly being replaced by men. “I don’t think there is sufficient appreciation across the administration as a whole of the different circumstances facing women and men,” she said.

    • Miranda

      Honest to God I am so sick of these whining ass privileged Becky’s who pretend like they got it so damn hard.

    • nellcote

      All things considered, I wouldn’t trust Kantor for an accurate quote from Slaughter.

    • rikyrah

      Kantor is still mad that FLOTUS’ army shut her shyt down and put that book of hers in the bargain basement dustbin

      • Admiral_Komack

        Lois Lane this bitch ain’t.

    • Camille

      Anne-Marie Slaughter is as much a bitter, hate-filled, racist PUMA as Jodie Kantor is a slimy, flimsy, self-important gossip and hack.

  • Miranda

    This is just downright offensive. You can die for the country so that my good white grandkids will never have too.

    Romney’s immigration plan: Military pathway but not for DREAM students

    The Romney plan says that “young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children should have the chance to become permanent residents, and eventually citizens, by serving honorably in the United States military.” In no place does his plan talk of an opportunity for undocumented young residents to obtain a pathway by going to college. Moreover, his plan does not support Obama’s recent policy changes to undocumented young immigrants.

    “Governor Romney never addressed what would happen to the Dreamer students,” says Clarissa Martinez De Castro, Director of Immigration at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). “In light of how specific Obama’s directive was on students, there was no excuse not to mention this,” she adds.

    more here

    • Town

      Mitt Romney figures if Osvaldo and Juanjo die while serving in Iran, he’ll never have to grant them a pathway to citizenship because they’ll be dead.

    • Aquagranny911

      But…But…if “someone gets an advanced degree” he just might “staple a green card” on them. “Someone?!!!?” FU Robme! My people have more advanced degrees than your putrid sons & you, who failed to serve but ask Latinos to die in wars for you in order to prove they are patriots.

      BITE THE BIG CACTUS, you mutant slime!

      • Daltex82

        Don’t hold back AG, tell us how you really feel!

        • Aquagranny911

          Not just me, Kiddo…that’s pretty much a consensus of what I have read & heard in the past 24 hours or so…

          …and…I hardly ever “hold back.” Much to the shame & sorrow of my ancestors & family. I take that as a perk of being now, an elder, lol.

    • Educated Latinos and Blacks are a threat to white privilege.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’m so sick of this goatfigging mind set that POC lack education. I wish someone would actually do a study of how many of us have advanced degrees in comparison to the average white demographic.

        I don’t know about others but for me & most of my family education was the way out of poverty. My parents did everything to kick our butts & keep us in school. So much for “Latinos don’t care about education…”

    • rikyrah

      I see I’m not the only one who went W-T-F at that.

  • Farrod
  • Miranda

    Essay blasting reality shows’ portrayal of black Atlantans goes viral

    Metro Atlanta native Kelly Smith Beaty, herself a former reality show personality, has gone viral with a sharply worded essay skewering how reality shows set in Atlanta portray African Americans.

    The piece, titled “Will the Real Black People of Atlanta Please Stand Up?,” has claimed prime real estate on the Huffington Post site. It’s been “liked” more than 4,000 times on Facebook and generated hundreds of comments on Twitter and under the post itself.

    more here

    • Town

      I wouldn’t blame the Real Housewives of Atlanta or Love N Hip Hop for a bad depiction of Atlanta…because Atlanta’s been getting a bad rap for years with all the rappers of the last 10-12 years proclaiming their love for Atlanta strip clubs and such.

      • Miranda

        Nene and dem upped that ante to historic heights tho.

      • BoomerGal

        How bout just a bad depiction of our people. Not just “Atlanta.” Bling bling and chickenheads for the whole world to see = no respect and no legitimacy.

    • itgurl_29

      No decent black person in Atlanta would do a reality show to begin with. That’s with all reality shows. You always get fame hungry over the top people. I don’t see the women RHOA or Love and Hip Hop to be representing anything other than themselves. If someone thinks all black folk in Atlanta are crazy just based on a couple of reality shows, then they aren’t too bright.

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola, POU! My head is kind of rattling today. I spent part of last night hitting the Latino blogs (more about that later) then I got up early to take coffee at my local bodega before people went off to work (I think this may be like the AA barber shop for news & views…more later on that too) Next I checked out a few other blogs & found this…..


    I enjoy these old gals. They are my kind of elder women. If you need a laugh take a read.

    Now, I think I need a nap.

  • gc

    Newsflash: BWD takes credit for Obama’s successes,

    GLH – if you are reading, my prayers to you and your family. You are a delight.

    This is a fantastic and brilliant blog, but I’m going “ostrich” for now.

    Have a super summer!

    • Aquagranny911

      Color me….so surprised! Don’t “ostrich” too much but I will be in & out myself so I understand. Enjoy your summer also!

    • caribbeanobserver

      gc – oh my, and I was so looking forward to catching a glimpse of you on my travels to Hartford. Anyway hope you check in now and then.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEEY gc.♥ ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —– –THANK U – –sooo MUCH! – — – -MISS U –already. :>) BUT – – -IMMA NOD at U from time 2 time.

      B BLESSED♥.- – — :>) – —

    • MsKitty

      Take care gc

    • Camille

      Don’t stay away too long gc, we need your heart, fight, spirit and smarts. It certainly won’t be the same without you even if for a short while.


  • If the poll showed PBO 13 points BEHIND Mitt, not a word would’ve been said.

    Bloomberg pollster: ‘Why our poll might be an outlier’
    Posted by J. Ann Selzer at 09:35 AM ET, 06/22/2012


    What about race? Did you under-represent the white vote? Possibly, but only a little. Our likely voter sample includes 69 percent who are white, 12 percent who are black, 10 percent who are Hispanic, and 5 percent who are some other race. The exit polls for 2008 showed whites to be 74 percent of the electorate, blacks to be 13 percent, Latinos to be 9 percent and other to be 5 percent. Our poll includes a place to capture those who refuse to give an answer (4 percent). If we remove those and repercentage the results, whites grow to 72 percent. This is a contest where race is a strong predictor of vote (the white vote goes for Romney 50 percent to 43 percent and the non-white vote goes for Obama 78 percent to 16 percent). So, is the small difference in race a reason for a 13-point difference overall? It may contribute, but it is not the sole difference.

    MORE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/bloomberg-pollster-why-our-poll-might-be-an-outlier/2012/06/22/gJQA6Cr3uV_blog.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost&Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

    • Miranda

      So basically – “this is the best we can come up with to satisfy the hysteria of the media”.

    • Town

      Are the numbers of Hispanics underrepresented?

      • Aquagranny911

        Probably. They don’t care what we think because the rumor is that we don’t vote….I will be LMBrAO after this election if we can stop the voter suppression specifically aimed at Latinos in some areas.

        • Ebogan63

          I believe that is where it will be targeted, cuz Rmoney ain’t getting Latinos to vote for him.

          • Aquagranny911

            No kidding! I spent some time on Latino blogs last night & comments about the Mittster were not pretty!

    • Rhoda

      Her numbers are probably right. I’ve been watching the two tracking polls and POTUS has always been preforming BELOW his job approval number. And now, they’re just totally wonky.

      I really think they are trying to make it look close b/c they want to steal the election through voter fraud and purges. Election day is going to be EPIC.

      • Ebogan63

        Totally agree, Rhoda! I have always maintained that by monitoring the states where PBO won in ’08, and seeing that he’s either significantly ahead or tied at this time, means that the national tracking polls(Gallup) are full of shit. Frankly, I’m with Woody, in believing that it may be much worse than what Bloomberg shows
        Rmoney is a very weak presidential candidate who is NOT likable, even given for the 40 percent that will vote for ANY republican, PBO wins handily. These mofos only hope is to do a 2000 and steal the election.

        I believe we need UN advisors to monitor the upcoming election.

        • Camille

          I too think that UN monitors should be brought in.

      • aleth

        I second that!

        They are trying to steal the election. In order to properly execute the theft, the media must play its role:

        A. Horse Race: get the preception in the public mindset. So that when FOX and NBC say oh President Obama did not win Pennsy. or Wisconsin, the people can buy it with oh it was close

        B. GOP run legislative body and president run voter purge

        C. Distract the DOJ from reviewing these voter purges by tying up Holder with rubbish-Issa

        D. Politico, Buzzfeed [youth GOP], HuffPost, NBC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, MSNBC byproducts, CNN, CNBC—all create a meme and narrative of doom Obama and horse race to go into the consciousness of the people

        They are going to try to steal it. Just a matter of it they are successful.

      • BoomerGal

        Oh, THAT IS the plan, my friend. They did it successfully in 2000 and they’re gonna do it again. EPIC THEFT.

  • Miranda

    Gas Prices Falling Rapidly
    USA Today notes the cost of gasoline could be below $3 a gallon by the November election.

    “Nationally, regular gasoline averages $3.47 a gallon, down 47 cents from this year’s high in April and well below the $5-a-gallon fears fanned earlier this year by energy speculators, Middle East tensions and oil refinery glitches that crimped supplies. Those issues appear to be over, at least for now.”

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ miranda ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Annnnnd — – -IT’s MR. PRESIDENT’S- – – -FAULT!!!!! HAH!

      – – – -GIVE HIM- – – MEGA PROPS!! :>)- – –

      WHA’ – –RLM – – – -I!. THOUGHT!- – -SO!- — – –

      — — – — ***slams desk****- — – –

      Good 2 C U miranda. :>)

    • nellcote

      And if they aren’t below $3 then PBO lied. What, he didn’t say it? Well somebody somewhere said it so he’s responsible.

    • Rhoda

      Between this and the fact most people PERSONALLY feel more secure and the swing state economies looking up; the MSM is focused like a laser on Europe imploding and job numbers falling even further. They’re determined to tie all bad news to POTUS and were shocked by the Bloomberg poll after the saturation coverage of the last disappointing job numbers.

    • Town

      They are now trying to blame the failing economy on lower gas prices.

      • rikyrah

        aint that a bitch.

      • MonieTalks

        Actually there is plenty truth to that. Oil companies have plotted to take every cent working people make through their manipulation ever since the Commodities Act have allowed them too. When the jobs numbers are good, you definitely see the prices go up; they want dibs on that potential influx of revenue.

        Problem is, the media wants to frame falling gas prices (which is good) as a negative, even though while when it rises it is a negative as well. Funny how that works, huh?

        Oil speculators have long abandoned the typical supply and demand logic. The Deepwater Horizon spill proved that. Billions of gallons of were spilling and gas prices didn’t move one cent…in the SPRING /SUMMER 2010 at that . Why? Because they would have faced a backlash, a PR nightmare…even though an increase prices would have been logical…. just like when food prices go up in drought or crop losses.

        Rethugs jumped on the “Gas was this low when PBO took office.” Of course they were low then, the economy cratered. But no one wants to talk about the prices before and the steep price gouging that occurred throughout much of GWB’s presidency,,from post 9/11 to 2008.

        • Town

          I was listening yesterday to some guy explaining why the lower gas prices were actually bad for the economy, but like you say, they blame Obama for the economy being bad because of HIGH gas prices, now they’re gearing up to blame Obama for the economy being bad because of LOW gas prices.

          • MonieTalks


            Remember during the 2008 campaign when McCain was mocking PBO with tire gauges and saying that state gas taxes needed to be banned. or at least implement gas tax holidays. In his ignorant mind, taxes contributed to rising gas prices. And then everyone was talking about tapping into the national reserves. Hell, McCain even promised, if elected, he could lower gas prices just like his promised to kill bin Laden.

            The media trips me the hell out acting like fluctuating gas prices just started now. This manipulation has been front and center for at least the last 10 years. That are just too lazy, scared or indifferent to call it what it is…speculation and manipulation.

            But, as with everything else, it is amazing to see rising AND falling gas prices as a negative for this particular president.

  • GreenLadyHere


    Sittin’ in las vegas airport. Those slot machines R – –LOUD!! LOL.

    – – – MISSIN’ U. BUT- — -gotta B on this SAD MISSION.

    Kinda limited. :>) Cain’t do my “usual”. :>)

    Anyhooo – –ONLY have a few minutes. 1 thang — –Gooooo KING ‘BRON!!!!

    B Blessed 2-day.♥

    • Aquagranny911

      HUGS & ♥ GLH! Thinking of you & don’t forget to “write home” ♥

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911- — ♥ annnd ***BIG HUG** :>)

        WILL DO. :>)

    • MsKitty

      Safe travels. Please keep us posted when you can.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Dear PBOMB- – — Thank u soooo much 4 this series. :>) I’ve ENJOYED the TALENTED POETS annd have LEARNED soooo much. :>)

    Bless U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – -THEY JUST – – -WON’T STOP!! – – – -BUT GOOD NEWS- – -:>) – –

    – — Flawed Voter Purge Underway In Georgia — –

    — – —One of the most troubling aspects of Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) likely illegal attempt to purge people his administration said were non-citizen voters from the voter rolls was the error-riddled list of alleged non-citizens on which it relied. Though the Scott administration told election supervisors that it had a list of “sure-fire” non-citizens, hundreds proved to be naturalized — or even natural-born U.S. citizens. A new voter purge effort in Georgia is running into the same problem: bad data.— —

    — -SNIP- – —


    Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Sam Westmoreland told ThinkProgress that board has not purged any voters and will not do so unless completely convinced that they are actually ineligible. If anyone is determined to be improperly registered, Westmoreland promised, they will not be removed within 90 days of any federal election. If any of the July primaries go to an August runoff, he noted, that would likely mean any removals would take place after the November elections.

    – – — – – – GR8 NEWS!! —-MORE VOTERS – — -4 MR. PRESIDENT!! :>)- —

    Gotta “bounce” — -The plane!! – — The PLANE! — -:>) — –

    ****HUGS & ♥****

    • Rhoda

      Hey GLH, I hope everything is alright w/your mother. Be blessed.

  • Miranda

    wow…got slapped upside the head by the group YOU founded? LOL

    Chris Barron, the former board president and co-founder of GOProud, told Metro Weekly, “I voted no and one other board member voted no.” LaSalvia tells Metro Weekly that Jessica Lee, who is a lesbian, was the other vote against the endorsement.

    GOProud’s Romney Endorsement Decided by Straight Board Members

  • rikyrah

    Republicans’ Voter Suppression Project Grinds On
    By Jonathan Alter Jun 21, 2012 6:30 PM CT

    Mitt Romney was in Michigan this week trying to make it competitive in the presidential election. It’s a steep climb for the native Michigander because President Barack Obama’s auto bailout, which Romney opposed, has helped bring the state’s unemployment rate down by 5.7 points since 2009.

    But Romney has a strong ally there: legislation being pushed this month by his fellow Republicans aimed at preventing the nonpartisan League of Women Voters from undertaking the voter-registration drives it has sponsored for nearly a century.

    Across the country, the Republicans’ carefully orchestrated plan to make voting harder — let’s call it the Voter Suppression Project — may keep just enough young people and minorities from the polls that Republicans will soon be in charge of all three branches of the federal government.

    Yes, both sides try to change voting laws to favor their team. The 1993 “motor voter” law that made voting more convenient by extending registration to the Department of Motor Vehicles helped mostly Democrats. That was at least in the long American tradition of expanding the franchise.

    The Republican effort to restrict voting isn’t just anti- Democrat, it’s anti-democratic. No fair-minded person believes the tall tales of voters pretending they were someone else, which have been debunked by the Brennan Center for Justice and others. What fool would risk prison or deportation to cast a single vote?


  • rikyrah

    Florida’s Scott ignores Romney’s advice
    By Steve Benen – Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:36 AM EDT.

    For months, Mitt Romney has been contradicted by Republican governors in key swing states — he’s trying to convince voters to feel depressed and pessimistic; they’re doing the opposite, talking up the improvements in their states’ economies.

    The conflict reached a new level with reports that Romney urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to “tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message.”

    By yesterday afternoon, the relevant players were denying such talks took place, but whether you believe the accounts or not, it’s worth noting that the far-right Florida governor doesn’t seem to mind stepping all over Romney’s message. Just yesterday, Scott’s state Republican Party sent out a press statement along with this chart, showing the growth in Florida’s private-sector job market.

    It was accompanied by text heralding the “increases in job creation and economic growth” in Florida, the drop in Florida’s unemployment rate, and the boast that Florida “is heading in the right direction.”

    Of course, the GOP statement credits Rick Scott for the developments, not President Obama, but the point is, the Florida governor wants voters in the nation’s largest swing state to feel great about Florida’s growing economy — and Romney doesn’t.

    Remember, it’s not just Florida. Maddow Blog has been documenting the trend for over a month, but as other news outlets pick up on this, we see the examples of conflict between Romney and his ostensible gubernatorial allies grow. The New York Times reports today that the Republican presidential nominee is “on a collision course” with GOP governors in states like Virginia, Ohio and Iowa. The Daily Beast noted the concerns in Wisconsin, too


    • Town


      • Aquagranny911


      • JojoRaze


        • Ebogan63

          ___________vote purge boogaloo, you’s a fool Jojo!!!

  • Miranda

    POTUS speech to NALEO is around 1:30 or 1:45 today. I looked at NALEO’s timeline and it is obvious how excited they are to be hosting POTUS. I went back to see what was tweeted before Romney’s speech ( if like with POTUS, where they telling folks they betta be on time, showing pics of the podium, LOL) – all I got was a “Romney will be speaking today”.

    • crazycanuck

      What’s NALEO?

      • The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

  • Miranda

    Mitt is crazy…and I think his 5 sons were trying to get the public to take action and rescue them by going on Conan:

    The Romney sons were alarmingly blithe about their dad’s physical intimidation-based sense of humor last night, recalling with affection how he loves shoving their faces into food under the guise that they should smell it and the one time that their dad, the Presidential hopeful, wrote “HELP” on the bottom of his friend’s shoes before the friend got married so that when the friend kneeled in front of the church, the whole congregation saw the word HELP on his shoes oh my god I’m wiping tears of joy and hilarity from my eyes. The most hilarious part is that Mitt is no longer friends with that guy! You know a prank’s good when it causes a friendship to end.

    Although Mittens loves dishing it out, as you could probably guess, he’s not excellent at taking it. When his son Josh attempted to prank his dad by grabbing his arm as he reached for a light switch leading into a dark and scary basement, the former Massachusetts governor tackled his son and asked, repeatedly, “Was it worth it? Was it worth it?!”

    Being a Romney sounds terrifying.


    • Aquagranny911

      Sick Sociopath…just saying………

    • Rhoda

      Ms. Ann gives off a Stepford vibe too.

      • MonieTalks

        I still can’t get over how she sold a sick horse who she proclaimed to love dearly (for at least $125,000) to the physical therapist who actually worked with her for therapeutic purposes for MS.

        This women has insurance policies stacked on these horses (and admitted to such)…you can’t tell me she did not know beforehand that this horse had significant health issues. No one spends extensive money as such, and NOT know before hand.


    • GN


      • Miranda

        GN I seriously believe his sons are trying to get our attention that they are being held against their will.

    • rikyrah

      he’s a sociopath.

      don’t nobody talk positively about Willard unless they get a check from him, and yes, I include his sons in that

  • ‘Bunheads’ Lacks Diversity? Creator Defends Against Casting Criticism


    Rhimes tweeted:

    “Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?”

    Sherman-Palladino addressed Rhimes in an interview today but didn’t exactly address the diversity issue. Instead, the show’s creator criticized Rhymes for not lending her support to a fellow female showrunner.

    Sherman Palladino said:

    “Look, I’m not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes because she has 15,000 shows on the air, and she’s doing just fine for herself…. [But] I’ve always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should…I think it’s a shame, but to me, it is what it is…. I wouldn’t do it… I wouldn’t go after another woman. I, frankly, wouldn’t go after another showrunner.”

    Sherman-Palladino also said that it was extremely hard to get the show made in the first place, and that her casting options were limited because of the show’s budget.

    The show’s creator said:

    “It is so hard to get a show on the air, [because of] what you have to do and the layers of bulls— and fighting and scraping — and particularly this show because our budget was very small and our demands were so high.”

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/258447/bunheads-lacks-diversity-creator-defends-against-casting-criticism/#EmMbA2TkmzYlOSVd.99

    1. Tha eff a small budget has to do with hiring an actor of color?

    2. Check out the Bunhead creator trying to pull the “Miss Ann Victimization” defense trying to make it look like Rhimes attacked her. Girl, bye!

    • Rhoda

      She’s got a bigger problem. Her show sucks and it’s probably going to be gone by the end of the summer. This is her, what, second failure. I also love how this is suddenly and attack. Really? The privilege inherent in that characterization is mind-blowing and similar to what POTUS deals with daily.

      • rikyrah

        I wanted to like the show, and they killed off the guy, and I wanted to see their relationship develop.

    • Daltex82

      Sounds like a shitload of excuses. She’s just pissed because Ms. Rimes had the nerve to call her out. With the racial make-up of this Country changing there is no excuse for not including POC on these shows and it has nothing to do with budget or how hard it is to get a show on the air.

    • Miranda

      1. Tha eff a small budget has to do with hiring an actor of color?

      LMAO…I asked myself that exact same question before I even got down to your comment.

    • Joy

      I actually loved her Gilmore Girls, the show she shanked in it’s last season. She hasn’t had a success then. And the few people of color she had on the show were mostly Latino and the help.

      • Miranda

        I thought the last 2 seasons of Gilmore Girls were awful – and I loved it from day one too…I couldn’t even watch it the last two seasons.

  • Alexander2

    (When did she become so lame?)

    Melissa Harris-Perry: Fear Is Driving America’s Politics, But Hope Is the Only Antidote
    June 18, 2012 |
    Editor’s Note: This is a transcript of a speech delivered yesterday at the Take Back the American Dream conference

    Reason to hope

    That said, there is no reason to lose hope. The fear that has activated the last decade cannot be countered with more fear of what is coming. Is there money in the political system? Yup. Is the Supreme Court friendly? No. Are there folks willing to actually damage the very core of our democratic principles in order to win short-term gains? Um-hm.

    Maybe it’s coming from people who were slaves and Mormons — my white people [ancestors] were Mormons; my black people were slaves. Everybody was basically after them. The Mormons got ejected out of Missouri, had to push handcarts across the American West. The black folks got enslaved for a couple of centuries. I don’t know, I guess struggle doesn’t worry me in the sense of being struggle itself. …..

    I know I’ve talked a lot, but I really do have to go talk to the Bushes now, but it’s because I’m not afraid of them. I’m not angry with them; I often disagree. But I am not afraid of any person with whom we are struggling. We can get to another place.


    • Ebogan63

      Honestly, she’s always been this lame, judging from her early blog work.

    • GN

      Look, I understand that many, many groups have faced hardships, however, I defy anyone to present conclusive proof that membership in the Church of Latter Day Saints in any way shape or form is or was ever comparable to American chattel slavery. I agree that hope and optimism are not mere catchphrases but are powerful tools with which oppressed people have been able to make positive changes. PBO campaigns and governs on this exact concept.

    • Is MHP trying to compare the enslavement of Black people to Mormons being kicked out of Missouri??

      Girl, BYE!

      • Admiral_Komack

        Maybe she wants me to feel sorry for Willard…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • dannie22


    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY ALEXANDER2- – –***BIG HUG** :>)

      — —Ummmm- – — —my white people [ancestors] were Mormons; my black people were slaves.<– – – -??????

      – – –WAS THIS 2 B equivalent???- – —

      Mormonism — — -A CHOICE.!!!

      BLACK – -SLAVE – – — NOT a CHOICE.- – —

      Sooo – – – – – -HER POINT!!?? – – —

      BACK 2 the – -LOGIC CLASS — Perfessa[sp. intentional. :>)]- —

      Trynta B- – “cute – by- half” – – – -EPIC FAIl!!! geesh!!

  • Live Stream of PBO speaking at NALEAO: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  • rikyrah

    A good plan vs. no plan
    By Steve Benen – Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:41 PM EDT

    .If you read only one op-ed today, I’d recommend this item from Obama campaign advisor Jeffrey Liebman in the Wall Street Journal. It’s tough to summarize the nature of the debate over jobs and its connection to the presidential race in 800 words, but Liebman, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, pulls it together nicely.

    The defense of President Obama’s jobs agenda is pretty straightforward: the economy lacks demand, is held back by public-sector layoffs, and desperately needs infrastructure investments, and the White House plan addresses exactly what’s ailing us. But what stands out is Liebman’s assessment of the president’s challenger.

    What would Gov. Romney do to create jobs now? In a word, nothing. In fact, the proposals he has put forward would slow the recovery, reversing the gains we have made since the recession ended.

    Gov. Romney himself has acknowledged that excessive spending cuts can have a damaging impact on the economy…. If Gov. Romney is correct about the impact of spending cuts, then the House budget, which cuts spending by $187 billion in 2013 relative to the president’s budget, would reduce economic output by about 1%. That would shrink employment next year by more than one million jobs.

    The rest of Gov. Romney’s economic agenda — $5 trillion in deficit-increasing tax cuts with no plausible path to pay for them, divesting from clean energy, and repealing rules of the road for Wall Street — would almost certainly undermine confidence in the U.S. economy and reduce employment further. But even if you dismiss this risk, what is clear is that there is no plausible argument for how Mr. Romney’s policies would address the jobs crisis we face today.

    That strikes me as unambiguously true. In fact, in my dream, head-in-the-clouds, hopelessly-naive vision of how the 2012 presidential race should play out, voters would be presented with two competing options on the nation’s top issue: Obama would explain the economic benefits of his plan, while Romney would highlight the benefits of his plan.

    Voters would consider the two options and choose the superior plan.

    Of course, at least at this point, that’s impossible — not because voters wouldn’t bother to evaluate two competing economic agendas, but because Romney doesn’t dare offer a detailed plan. As Ari Berman recently put it, “Obama Has a Jobs Plan. Romney Doesn’t.”


    This isn’t to say Romney’s platform is a complete mystery. We know from his speeches, ads, and website what he intends to do in a general sense: roll back access to health care, slash taxes, increase military spending, relax Wall Street safeguards, expand oil drilling, etc. The Republican candidate avoids specifics and policy details, but we can analyze Romney’s intended plan based on the broad outline.

    We can also take what we know and determine whether Romney’s approach would lower unemployment. There’s no great mystery here: while independent analysis found Obama’s Americans Jobs Act would create as many as 1.9 million jobs in 2012, independent analysis also finds that Romney really doesn’t have a jobs plan at all.

    As Greg Sargent recently talked to two nonpartisan economists about Romney’s stated goals.


  • Romney Campaign Co-Chair: Romney Would ‘Rescind’ Obama Immigration Directive

    By Judd Legum on Jun 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    A week ago, Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security was halting deportations for up to 1.4 million young undocumented immigrants. Since that time, Mitt Romney has been repeatedly asked whether, if elected, he would undo Obama’s directive or leave it in place. Romney has steadfastly refused to answer.

    But Ray Walser, a co-chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign for issues pertaining to Latin America, finally spilled the beans:

    …Mr Walser, told The Daily Telegraph: “My anticipation is that he would probably rescind this directive were he to be elected in November.”

    Mr Walser, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation and veteran US diplomat, said such a decision would be in line with the “very tough” stance taken on illegal migration by Mr Romney so far.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/06/22/504821/romney-campaign-co-chair-romney-would-recind-obama-immigration-directive/

    • Miranda

      Well thanks for clearing that up for the 5 people still believing otherwise.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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