April 21, 2014

Friday Open Thread: African-Americans and the Revolutionary War

It’s Friday! It’s the end of the work week and the start of the weekend. Continuing with the theme of the week, I will highlight the accomplishments of Thomas Peters.



Thomas Peters (also known as Thomas Potters) (June 25, 1738 in Nigeria - 1792 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) was one of the Black Loyalist Founding Fathers of Sierra Leone. Peters, along with David George, Moses Wilkinson, Cato Perkins, and Joseph Leonard, were influential blacks who recruited African settlers in Nova Scotia for colonization of Sierra Leone. Peters himself was a former African-American slave who fled North Carolina with the British during the American Revolutionary War and later ended up as a leader in Freetown. Thomas Peters has been called the first African-American hero. Peters, like Elijah Johnson and Joseph Jenkins Roberts of Liberia, is considered the African-American founding father of a nation.

Thomas Peters was born in Nigeria, and was an ethnic Yoruba of the Egba people clan. In 1760, a twenty-two-year-old Thomas Peters was captured by slave traders and sold as a slave to Colonial America on a French ship, the Henri Quatre. Upon arrival in North America, Peters was sold to a French owner in French Louisiana. Peters tried to escape three times before being sold to an Englishman or Scotsman in one of the Southern Colonies and it is Campbell, an immigrant Scotsman, who had settled on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In 1776, Peters fled his owner’s flour mill near Wilmington  at the start of the American Revolutionary War and joined the Black Pioneers, a Black Loyalist unit made up of runaway African-American slaves. The British had previously promised freedom in exchange for supporting the war effort against the colonies that formed the new United States. Many former slaves joined the British after the United States had been established as a nation; therefore many were legally qualified to remain as American slaves. Peters rose to the rank of sergeant in the regiment and he was twice wounded in battle. During this time Thomas was married to Sally Peters, a slave from South Carolina and he had a son called John (born in 1781) and a daughter Clairy (born in 1771). There is a possibility that Sally and Peters were once slaves together in South Carolina and that they reunited during the war.

After the war Peters and other former African-American slaves were taken by the British to Nova Scotia with Loyalists, where they stayed from 1783 to 1791. Initially after being evacuated from New York, Thomas Peters’ Loyalist ship had been blown off course and the crew temporarily settled in Bermuda. Eventually Thomas Peters and his family settled in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Peters and his fellow Black Pioneer, Murphy Steele petitioned the government for land together. Both Murphy Steele and Thomas Peters had developed a friendship during their service to the Black Pioneers.

Peters became disheartened with what he saw as broken promises of land by the British government and he decided to travel to England to demand the land promised to him and others. Peters gathered the signatures and marks of African-American settlers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before getting funds to travel to London (with the risk of being re-enslaved) and convince the Government to settle the blacks in Nova Scotia elsewhere. In 1791, Peters went to London, where he helped convince the Royal government (with the help of Granville Sharp) to allow them to settle a new colony in Sierra Leone that was to be Freetown, Sierra Leone. Peters was well received during his trip to London, and he was introduced to some notable people there by his former commander, General Henry Clinton, who was politically out of favor. It was decided in London that Peters and the Naval Officer John Clarkson, the brother of English abolitionist Thomas Clarkson, would assist in recruiting blacks to settle in Sierra Leone.

Peters returned to Nova Scotia triumphant in the quest he set out to do. Eventually Thomas Peters, David George, Moses Wilkinson, and Joseph Leonard, Cato Perkins, William Ash, John Ball, and Isiah Limerick were able to convince blacks in their various communities of Birchtown, Halifax, Shelbourne, and Annapolis Royal to consider the Sierra Leone offer. Peters and another Annapolis Royal black called David Edmons (Edmonds) petitioned John Clarkson for beef in order to celebrate their last Christmas in America in 1791. David Edmonds would eventually become a successful Nova Scotian settler in Sierra Leone and a friend of Paul Cuffe.

After convincing about 1,100 of the 3,500 American blacks to return to Africa, in 1792 they arrived at St. George Bay Harbor. Legend has it that Thomas Peters led the newly named Nova Scotians ashore singing an old Christian hymn (though most likely it was other more influential religious leaders). Peters soon became at odds with the newly established Governor John Clarkson and he called himself the “Speaker General” of the Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia settlers. Eventually the overwhelming majority of Nova Scotians chose John Clarkson as their true leader and Peters became disheartened. Soon after Peters died of malaria in Freetown during the first rainy season in 1792. Peters died leaving a wife and seven children. A number of Krios can claim descent from Thomas Peters and he is considered by most to be a “George Washington” figure of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Legend has given Thomas Peters a noble birth in West Africa, whence he was supposedly kidnapped as a young man and brought as a slave to the American colonies. The earliest documentary evidence places him in 1776 as the 38-year-old slave of William Campbell in Wilmington, North Carolina. In that year, encouraged by the proclamation issued by Governor Lord Dunmore of Virginia in 1775 promising freedom to rebel-owned slaves who joined the loyalist forces, Peters fled Campbell’s plantation and enlisted in the Black Pioneers in New York. In 1779, in response to a new invitation to rebel-owned slaves to place themselves under British protection whether they wished to bear arms for the crown or not, a 26-year-old woman named Sally from Charleston, South Carolina, appeared in a British camp, and she too joined the Black Pioneers. In that service she met Peters, who by 1779 had been promoted sergeant, and they were married.

His descendants are members of the Creole ethnic group that lives predominantly in Freetown, Sierra Leone. During 1999 Peters was honored by the Sierra Leone government by being included in a movie celebrating the country’s national heroes. In 2001 it was suggested that Percival Street (specifically Settler Town, Sierra Leone, where Peter’s Nova Scotians settled) in Freetown was to be renamed in his honor, but this has yet to be done.

Peters was portrayed by Leo Wringer in the BBC television series Rough Crossings (2007).

A statue of Thomas Peters was erected in Freetown in 2011 by the Krio Descendants Union A Tribute to Thomas Peters

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>) Good 2 C U. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN/ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) - – - -[Gotta "bounce EARLY. :>)]

    – — Bert Lance, Carter Adviser, Dies at 82- -

    – —Bert Lance, a small-town Georgia banker who became pre-eminent adviser and tennis-playing confidant to Jimmy Carter but was forced to resign after eight months as director of the Office of Management and Budget because of accusations that he had personally traded on his ties with the president, died Thursday in Georgia. He was 82.

    His death was confirmed in a statement from Mr. Carter, who called him “one of the most competent and dedicated public servants I have ever known.”

    Mr. Lance died at home near Calhoun, Ga., Thursday evening, said the Gordon County deputy coroner, Heath Derryberry. The cause was not immediately known, Mr. Derryberry said, but Mr. Lance had been in failing health and was receiving hospice care.

    Cleared of wrongdoing in 1980 after a highly publicized 12-week bank fraud trial in Atlanta, Mr. Lance resumed his business career in
    Georgia, insisting that he held no animosity toward the government
    officials and journalists who had pursued him.


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —UPDATE: – - -Filner – –***shakin’ my head*** —

    – —-City Attorney Targets San Diego Mayor Filner Over Misuse of Funds -[The City Council will be presented the case for Filner's removal on Aug. 28] – –

    – — -New information from the San Diego City Attorney’s
    office suggests it may not take a recall to remove embattled Mayor Bob Filner from office.Jan Goldsmith told NBC 7 San Diego
    that since January, when the Filner administration really got under way,the mayor began playing fast and loose with city money.
    Now, Goldsmith said Filner’s “brazen” character and conduct figure to cost him his office.

    “It’s not a matter of ‘if.’ It is a matter of ‘when,’ Goldsmith said. “At this point, we’re going to give him an out. It’s his choice. If he wants to resign, he’s going to have some opportunity. I can’t go into everything — because I won’t.”
    In response to a request about whether the City Charter allows for any other avenue other than a recall effort to remove an elected mayor, Goldsmith issued a memo Thursday explaining a potential loophole.
    According to Goldsmith, Section 108 states that “every City officer who willfully approves or allows unauthorized payments from the City treasury is subject to removal from office.”

    THERE IS MORE – - –

    • Admiral_Komack

      Hey now!
      The guy needed a little lovin’, he’s a great mayor…what, he took money?…FIRE HIM!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – –Admiral. :>) ***BIG HUG :>) – –Seeee. . .:>)

        – - — – ***BIG fist bump*** :>) —-FIRE HIM!! :>)
        He’s NOT doin’ any “mayorin’ NOW! —-USELESS! –

        Good 2 C U. :>) — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — – –UPDATE: – — -The RACIST CLOWN —

    Missouri NAACP president calls rodeo clown act a hate crime – -

    The rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair committed a hate crime, an NAACP official said.
    “I think that a hate crime has occurred,” Mary Ratliff, the head of the NAACP’s chapter in Missouri told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas on Thursday.

    “I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”
    - — SNIP — -

    Ratliff has also asked the Secret Service to investigate the incident.

    The act drew national attention and bipartisan condemnation,
    including from lawmakers like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and
    Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

    THERE IS MORE – - –WATCHIN’ – — -

    • jds09

      While this response is admirable, I wish the local chapter as strong enough to slap these folks with a lawsuit.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —-***BIG fist bump*** —Ifff not —-the STATE/National offices can/SHOULD assist. :>) —
        Cain’t let this die. — -It’s 2 much of an INSULT 2 MR. PRESIDENT. :>) –
        Good 2 C U jds09. :>) –

  • rikyrah

    McConnell digs a hole, falls in
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:36 PM EDT

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talked to a local reporter this week about the Affordable Care Act, which he described as the “single worst piece of legislation passed in the last 50 years in the country.” The Republican senator restated his position that “we need to get rid of” the law.

    But McConnell also made an off-hand comment that seemed wholly uninteresting at the time: “I mean, there are a handful of things in the 2,700 page bill that probably are OK, but that doesn’t warrant a 2,700 page takeover of all American health care.”

    In 2013, with the right’s hysteria over health care seemingly getting worse, the comments are apparently controversial.


  • rikyrah

    What the RNC chair considers ‘horrific’ and ‘racist’

    By Steve Benen

    Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:39 AM EDT

    The Republican National Committee, as part of its summer meeting, held an event in Boston yesterday to highlight the party’s “Rising Stars,” with a clear emphasis on diversity. The party’s base may be older, male, and overwhelmingly white, but when the RNC wanted to feature future stars, they picked four people — including two women, a Latina state lawmaker, and an African-American state lawmaker.

    But perhaps the more interesting aspect of this story was a quote, not from one of the “Rising Stars,” but from the head of the RNC itself. Brett LoGiurato reported:

    In condemning Rep. Steve King’s incendiary comments on immigration, RNC chairman Reince Priebus swept in his party’s presidential nominee, saying that talk of “self-deportation” was “horrific” and even “racist.” [...]

    “Using the word ‘self-deportation’ — it’s a horrific comment to make,” Priebus said, in a forceful rebuke. “I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it’s racist.”


  • GreenLadyHere


    Snowden letter decries media for ‘false claims’ about his ‘situation’- -

    – ——Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower currently living under temporary asylum in Russia, has spoken out against the media for incorrectly portraying, whether intentionally or by accident, his current legal status. -[HAH!]

    Snowden is known to have been in contact with his father, Lon
    Snowden, whose own legal team consists of attorney Bruce Fein and Fein’s wife and spokeswoman, Mattie Fein. The public’s thirst for
    the story, combined with Snowden’s dubious whereabouts in Russia,
    has unleashed the media on Mr. Snowden and the Feins.

    “It has come to my attention that news organizations seeking
    information regarding my current situation have, due to the
    difficulty in contacting me directly, been misled by individuals
    associated with my father into printing false claims about my
    situation,” Edward Snowden wrote in an email to the Huffington Post.

    Mattie Fein told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that Lon
    Snowden’s legal team did not trust the anti-government secrecy
    group WikiLeaks or Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who
    first published the classified NSA documents leaked by Snowden.
    She claimed Greenwald has been trying to woo major media outlets into paying over one million dollars for an exclusive interview
    with the NSA leaker, an assertion Greenwald called “defamatory.”

    THERE IS MORE – - -

    – –HAH! – —NOW — -DEY – -fightin’. – - -LOL

    • rikyrah

      Man, shut your traitorous ass up

    • gn

      This is a soap opera. GG/Snowden fans “on the left” were played for fools and idiots.

    • Kennymack1971

      And this ridiculous farce continues…

  • Miranda

    Please proceed GOP

    Right says grassroots support building for ObamaCare shutdown
    By Erik Wasson and Elise Viebeck - 08/16/13 06:00 AM ET

    House conservatives say grassroots support is building for their effort to risk a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.

    Conservatives who back the strategy said their spines have been stiffened by support at town hall meetings.

    “I have not heard don’t shut down the government over ObamaCare,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) said, referring to meetings with his constituents over the recess. “I have heard this law is not ready for primetime and we need to do anything we can to stop it.” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) has held six events in his north Texas district so far in August, and is leaning toward backing the shutdown threat.

    He also said the federal government’s move this month to subsidize health insurance for lawmakers and staff required to enter ObamaCare’s exchanges is acting as an “accelerant” and “driving people into a froth” about shutting the government down over ObamaCare funding. 

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/317315-right-cites-rising-grassroots-support-for-obamacare-shutdown-fight#ixzz2c8bTVx4I

    • conlakappa

      The meetings that they are not having, based on the singular meetings they had in which people said they wanted no shutdown, defunding of Obamacare programs, and they should do their jobs? Okay, then. They really should just proceed.

  • rikyrah

    The profound cynicism of Obamacare opponents

    By Greg Sargent, Published: August 15 at 3:14 pm

    Here’s a little tale that neatly reveals the real game plan of Obamacare opponents: Spread as much confusion and dishonesty about the law as possible, with the explicit goal of preventing Americans from realizing what benefits it carries for them.

    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is up with a new radio ad (embedded below) that decries the law as an impending disaster. Yet when you unpack the ad it’s actually more revealing about the strategic game plan behind this sort of political attack than it is about the law itself.

    The ad features a worried mother who says the following: “Two years ago, my son Caleb began having seizures…if we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is going to get the care they need?”

    FactCheck.org took a look at a previous version of this ad, and pronounced the claim that “we can’t pick our own doctor” under Obamacare to be false. What’s more, the invocation of a preexisting condition is a particularly audacious move in an ad that attacks a law that bans discrimination against people with preexisting conditions.

    But perhaps the most revealing thing of all is the ad’s warning of public confusion about the law. To buttress the impression that the ad is a catastrophe, the ad claims: “ABC News says confusion and doubt are prognosis for Obamcare.”

    And it’s true: The ABC News article in question does bear that headline. But the article actually presents this not as a sign that the law itself is flawed, but as a sign that the public remains ignorant about what’s actually in it. The article is about how many Americans, even those who stand to gain from the law, are not yet aware of its benefits.


    • jds09

      Another wimpy headline. It’s called lying not cynicism. Just report the facts please.

      • TyrenM

        Go JDS Friday! “Just the facts, ma’am.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – —”CARE” — – -***eye roll*** –

    – - –GOP to vote Friday on banning NBC, CNN from debates- –

    — — The Republican National Committee will vote Friday on whether to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates because of the networks’ plans to air films on Hillary Clinton.

    RNC communications director Sean Spicer said the vote will take place at 11 a.m. at the RNC summer meeting in Boston.

    According to a document obtained by The Washington Examiner, the resolution calls the films “political favoritism” and accuses NBC and CNN of airing “programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton.”
    THERE IS MORE – - – –WATCHIN’ — –

    • rigoletta

      Actually if they include ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS on that list that would be wonderful then we could all be spared from having to see any of them at all.

      • jziglar

        Actually I would love it if the entire country was watching. Those debates during the 2012 election did a lot of damage and showed how crazy they are.

        • rigoletta

          I don’t know. They’ve been so crazy for so long that I find it hard that people don’t know what they’ve been saying or doing.
          God knows they don’t need debates to make themselves look foolish.
          The debates do make for a better visual though because they are all there at the same time making insane statements.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ rigoletta. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- -

        ***BIG fist bump*** – — -U! AIN’T! NEVA! —-LIED!! —LOL —-”WHYCOME” they think that people CARE?? -

        Good 2 C U rigoletta. :>)

        • rigoletta

          Good morning.

      • TyrenM

        On one hand I agree with you. On the other hand, it’s good (bad) theatre.

        • rigoletta

          Oh I’m definitely all for GOP debates for the LULZ but I think that as bad as things are now things will be completely off the chain in 2016.
          No incumbents. Everyone showing their asses.
          I think we will all want breaks wherever we can find them especially if you are in a swing state.

  • rikyrah

    New Snowden Bombshell Reveals Surveillance Errors Via Internal NSA Oversight

    The Washington Post‘s Bart Gellman was one of the reporters who received stolen classified documents from Edward Snowden and who simultaneously, with Glenn Greenwald, broke the news about the National Security Agency’s PRISM system back in June. Gellman published another Snowden-based article on Thursday, also based on a top secret Snowden document, with the headline: NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds.

    Gellman’s document contained information about 2,776 errors made by both NSA analysts and computers during three-quarters of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. The infractions included “operator error,” “computer error,” “typographical errors” and so forth. Inexplicably, Gellman jumped to the unverified conclusion that this occurs “thousands of times each year” even though the document only covers a one-year span, and he mentioned that one official “declined to disclose whether the trend has continued since last year.” So, one year, not multiple years. Interesting usage of Greenwald-style hyperbole right there.

    More importantly, this was an internal audit, which means… oversight! It turns out, yes, obviously, NSA has multiple layers of oversight and exhaustive internal audits of the agency and its analysts as a means of both weeding out problems and then mitigating them. The elephant in the room is that the purpose of Gellman’s document, presumably from NSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), is to keep detailed tabs on the agency. But Gellman never explicitly mentioned the OIG, just that the document is an “audit.” But it’s a fair to reach such a conclusion since internal audits are performed by various OIGs within all government agencies and departments.


    • gn

      More importantly, this was an internal audit, which means… oversight! It turns out, yes, obviously, NSA has multiple layers of oversight and exhaustive internal audits of the agency and its analysts as a means of both weeding out problems and then mitigating them.

      The NSA reporting is as overwrought and duplicitous as the IRS scandalmongering, easily. GG is psychotic and Snowden is an idiot member of his cult; what is this Gellman’s story?

      • creolechild

        Good morning POU. Someone is actually taking the time to connect the dots and the picture that’s beginning to emerge (if proven to be true at a later date) would explain much about the actions and motivations of those involved. (Pay close attention to the section about Laura Poitras.)

        Idiot Wind: A Compendium of Snowden, WikiLeaks, Greenwald, Poitras and Appelbaum Topics – Posted on 07/31/2013; updated 08/13/2013

        Read more: http://3dblogger.typepad.com/wired_state/2013/07/idiot-wind.html

        H/T Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

  • rikyrah

    Making sense of chaos

    By Jonathan Bernstein, Published: August 15 at 5:57 pm

    There’s a lot out there to keep track of on what we’re hearing about the GOP government shutdown/debt limit threats right now. So here’s a roundup. Remember: a government shutdown would come without funding bills (in the form of a continuing resolution, or “CR”) passing by the end of September. Later in the fall, the debt limit will be reached and Congress will have to act to prevent a government default or other catastrophe.

    So where are we right now?

    * Some conservatives are really pushing the threat to shut down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is “defunded.”

    * However, Republican congressional leaders have fought back effectively, and many of the rank-and-file are buying the idea that Republicans could lose their majority over it. For example, here’s another House Republican making the case that Obamacare opponents should avoid a government shutdown, and here’s Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson making the same case.

    * Smart and realistic Republican leaders are still looking for an attainable “ask” in budget negotiations.

    * But it’s still possible that Republicans could fail to pass a CR anyway, even without the Obamacare threat.

    * Partially because of a repeating dynamic in which many conservative Members of Congress want to be seen as the “real” conservatives who would run the government if only it wasn’t for squishes and RINOs constantly selling them out.


    • jds09

      It’s a GOP pratfall. They will have to roll completely down the hill. Their crazy bubble fueled momentum will have to play itself out. All the money in the world couldn’t stop this shit.

  • Miranda

    GOP CHIEF: Mitt Romney’s ‘Self-Deportation’ Quote Was ‘Racist’ And ‘Horrific’

    AP BOSTON — In condemning Rep. Steve King’s incendiary comments on immigration, RNC chairman Reince Priebus swept in his party’s presidential nominee, saying that talk of “self-deportation” was “horrific” and even “racist.”
    “Using the word ‘self-deportation’ — it’s a horrific comment to make,” Priebus said, in a forceful rebuke. “I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it’s racist.”
    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/reince-priebus-immigration-reform-rnc-steve-king-self-deportation-2013-8#ixzz2c8j3Xpoo


    • jziglar

      Yeah but you embraced it then so you sound phony with this pandering to Latinos.

    • rigoletta

      How phony. The stenographers in the media will try to spin this as some sort of progress for the Rethugs but where was this rebuke when Romney was campaigning?
      Easy to say that now. Mitt’s political career is over and he’s irrelevant. Why doesn’t Priebus say anything about Steve King or the other racists who spout crap about immigrants generally or Latinos more specifically?

      • conlakappa

        Spin potential:

        Obama:evolving on gay marriage:RNC chair:denouncing racist party leader comments as racist. Bet on it. That the candidate and President Obama didn’t go around the country trashing LGBT people won’t even be the point. Cue up that false equivalence.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ [formally :>)] —PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ –***BIG HUG*** –Gotta Give MAJOR PROPS 2 THIS ENTRY –A FIRST! :>) – -

    PBOMB♥ — We have LEARNED sooo MUCH HISTORY that is NOT in the HISTORY Books. —THANK U very much! :>) –

    —–☻Thomas Peters –A PIONEER
    – – —-☺was one of the Black Loyalist Founding Fathers of Sierra Leone. – –
    —- – - ☺Thomas Peters has been called the first African-American hero.
    —– -☺After convincing about 1,100 of the 3,500 American blacks to return to Africa, in 1792 they arrived at St. George Bay Harbor.
    – — -☺His descendants are members of the Creole ethnic group that lives predominantly in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    [Sorry --gotta "bounce" early :>)]

  • gn

    So their whole plan is to just regress:

    Centerpiece of the developing GOP health plan: Insurance companies can again discriminate against people w/ pre-ex. http://bit.ly/15KxaCK

    • rigoletta

      The GOP is just plain evil.

    • jds09

      Regressives. THIS!

    • rikyrah

      they are who we thought they were

    • jziglar

      Their plan is not going to lead to universal healthcare and will do little to reduce the amount of uninsured. Allowing states to create high risk pools (which already exist in many states) will lead to higher costs do to the pool containing only high risk people, and with a lack of subsidies for families and individuals many will not afford it. I can go on and on but the plan is not a serious solution and like Ronald Reagan’s former solicitor general said to Congress “You only have a few ways to get to universal healthcare : Single Payer, Socialized medicine (U.K. NHS), and ACA (which will lead to single payer/ public option).”

    • Daltex82

      Good Luck trying to sale that.

      If folks were really paying attention, if the news media really informed people of the truth about rethugs and their ways, if put would put aside their prejudices against President Obama I really believe there would not be one Republican in the House or Senate.

  • gn

    Newscast: Housing starts up almost 6% – Market Update http://on.mktw.net/17v3lZH via @MarketWatch

  • Miranda

    Brooklyn dad of eight literally scared to death after arguing with cops

    The family of Carlos Alcis blames his death on the encounter. Alcis, 43, got into a dispute with cops after they knocked on his door in Brownsville around 5:30 a.m., his family said.
    UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013, 8:36 AM

    Outraged loved ones say a Brooklyn father of eight was scared to death — literally — after cops swarmed his apartment while searching for someone who slugged a woman and stole her cell phone.

    Carlos Alcis, 43, dropped dead Thursday from an apparent heart attack, as his helpless wife and four children protested the fruitless intrusion in Brownsville, relatives said.

    Compounding the tragedy, cops asked Alcis’ 16-year-old son Emmanuel, whom they had rousted out of bed and wrongly suspected of being the phone thief, to help perform CPR. The family also claimed it took 30 minutes for an ambulance to reach their Rockaway Parkway home — just three blocks from Brookdale University Hospital.

    “They scared him to death. He was healthy and fine,” Alcis’ brother, Stevenson Alcis, said of the Haitian immigrant.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-father-dies-arguing-police-home-article-1.1428240#ixzz2c8nWQvB4

    • rigoletta

      How does the continuing harassment of minorities not count as a form of state sponsored terrorism?
      Why do you need to swarm someone’s apartment over a mugging?
      Why didn’t the cops perform CPR? They are all trained to do so.
      Why does it take 30 minutes for an ambulance to reach someone’s home?
      This will be painted as some tragic mistake but this is part of how the authorities are systematically killing us.
      Now you have 8 children without their father.
      I can’t click on the link. I might start screaming.

      • TyrenM

        Right. They have masks for CPR. They don’t have to have mouth to mouth contact. They on one.

        • rigoletta

          Absolutely. They stood by and did nothing while this man was in distress.
          I don’t know what legal recourse the family has but that alone to me should be grounds for a lawsuit.

      • creolechild

        The article states that police directed an ambulance be sent to the site of where the theft occurred rather than to the Alcis home. That’s why it took so long to get there.

    • gn

      They asked the son to do CPR??? So what’s the story, these lunatics didn’t want to touch the father’s lips? Was just saying on twitter the other day that a big part of this issue is that many NYPD live in the suburbs and have this “you people live like animals” attitude. I would love to an in-city residency restriction at this point as well as local legislation allowing the city to sue individual police officers to recoup the costs of lawsuits and settlements arising from conduct like this.

      • TyrenM

        Joan from Manhattan last night.

      • Alma98

        We have in city residency here, the police and Walker are trying to change it. But the mayor won’t let them he’s fighting them tooth & nail on it. And most residents agree you can’t take our tax money and jobs and live elsewhere. If you don’t want to live here take your ass on and get a job in the burbs.

        • rikyrah

          ICAM with this.
          The Police and Fire have been trying to change that for forever and a day.
          I didn’t agree with 99.999% of what Richard Daley did in Chicago
          But, on THIS, he stood his ground like his father before him..
          You get a muthafuckin’ middle class salary and benefits..
          they’re gonna stay within Chicago city limits.

    • rikyrah

      the police are fucking out of control!

    • Kennymack1971

      I hope this family sues the shit out of the city. Outrageous!

    • conlakappa

      How horrible. All over a freakin’ cellphone?! Really?!

  • Alma98

    Morning all

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.


      and no money for Com Ed today..LOL

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah! TGIF and it’s a beautiful one too!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Alma98 :>) ***BIG –SUNNY –HUG*** :>)
      —Ohhhhh –HOW – -CUTE! :>)

      — –What a Sweet [Eyelashes, pleasant SMILE]—”DAILY JOY” :>) — — Thank U Alma. —***HUGS 2- – “Daughter” Alma. :>)
      Have a BLESSED day. :>) [In between classes. :>)]

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, thought I’d sass it up a bit lol. Thank you for thinking of my daughter, will pass it on. ***HUGS***

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma —Annnd U DID! – — – Luvin’ it! :>)

  • gn

    Will never forget this kid:

    Brooklyn Dance Group Performs Flash Mob For Trayvon Martin | News One http://bit.ly/17RX1uk

  • creolechild

    STUDY: States Aren’t Struggling To Expand Insurance Benefits Under Obamacare

    [....] Despite complex administrative requirements, “most companies were able to meet federal and state filing deadlines and insurance
    departments have implemented practical approaches to manage the
    significant expansion” of benefits, the authors wrote.

    Although many insurers were already required to offer some of the
    more expansive essential benefits by state laws, almost every one of them had to add children’s dental and vision coverage and therapy services for the disabled under Obamacare. And as it turns out, that’s mostly gone off without a hitch.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/15/2472821/obamacare-benefit-expansion-few-problems/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • creolechild

    More of America’s wind turbines are actually being built in America

    [....] In 2007, just 25 percent of turbine components used in new wind farms in the U.S. were produced domestically. By last year, that figure had risen to 72 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. And exports of such equipment rose to $388 million last year, up from $16 million in 2007.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/more-of-americas-wind-turbines-are-actually-being-built-in-america/

    H/T John Upton

    • conlakappa

      I was surprised to see them while traveling in Nowheresville, Penn.

  • gn

    And these aren’t teabaggers???

    Wikileaks Store Snowden T-Shirt Designer Sells Dartboard w/Bullseye on Obama’s Forehead http://lgf.bz/14OzJus

    • Alma98

      Yeah they are gn they’re just on the left, but they come from the same place, white privilege.

    • JB20005

      Just because all of the baggers’ Obama-related “humor” has an undertone of violence, doesn’t mean that it’s racist…

      Or some shit that white internet liberals will say.

      • rigoletta

        If Wikileaks had anything relevant or important to say or do they wouldn’t be engaging in this kind of mess.
        These groups aren’t just for left-wing racists they are also for puerile egomaniacs.

      • conlakappa

        This violence ideation that borders on snuff porn has been creeping but it’s real.

    • rigoletta

      How stupid and sad.
      I guess when your leader is trapped in a freaking embassy and can’t leave because he “allegedly” is a rapist, your best source information is looking at spending the rest of his life in jail and your ally’s best source is a “guest” of Russian security forces you have to look for ways to amuse yourself while you can.

  • creolechild

    Sturm, Ruger to open new plant in North Carolina

    [....] In June, Connecticut gun manufacturer PTR Industries said it is
    moving to South Carolina after Connecticut state lawmakers passed
    stricter gun control laws in response to the Sandy Hook school
    shootings. The company’s plant near Myrtle Beach will employ 140 people, many of whom will relocate from Connecticut over three years.[...]

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57598367/sturm-ruger-to-open-new-plant-in-north-carolina/

    H/T AP

    • Alma98

      They’ll be welcomed with open arms by the gun nuts there. And they won’t be to far from Cherry Point MCAS, we lived there for 13yrs off and on.

  • rikyrah

    TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary

    Designer who created Wikileaks store’s Snowden tee also designed dartboard with bullseye on President Obama’s head http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42404_Wikileaks_Store_Snowden_T-Shirt_Designer_Sells_Dartboard_w-Bullseye_on_Obamas_Forehead

    9:47 AM – 16 Aug 2013

  • creolechild

    Florida Students End Sit-In At Gov. Rick Scott’s Office After 31 Days

    [....] The activists weren’t able to get Gov. Rick Scott (R) to call a
    special session on the state’s Stand Your Ground law, but they did draw national attention for the longest sit-in the capitol has seen in recent history.[....]

    Agnew said the group planned to work on registering thousands of new voters in the coming months, and return to the capitol for the fall
    legislative committee hearings.

    Source: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/florida-dreamers-end-sit-in-at-gov-rick

    H/T Zoe Schlanger

  • creolechild

    Got A Buck? Forget The Coffee, Buy A Actual House In Gary, Indiana!

    Like Detroit, the city of Gary, Indiana has lost half its population
    as jobs in the steel industry have vanished. Gary, however, has a plan to retain what’s left of its 80,000 citizens. For $1, a resident can buy one of the 10,000 abandoned homes in the city. The homes aren’t all being offered at once, and some will be razed. But for those who meet the requirements, ownership is now a possibility. Those requirements include:

    *a residency of at least six months in the city
    *a minimum income of $35,250 for one adult or $40,350 for two.
    *payment of yearly taxes
    *bringing the house up to code within six months
    *living in the house for five years before assuming full ownership

    These conditions are designed to keep profiteering investors out of
    the process and instill pride of ownership instead. Suddenly, the
    process includes a whole lot of people who might not otherwise have had a prayer.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/08/16/got-a-buck-forget-the-coffee-buy-a-home-in-gary-indiana/

    H/T Deborah Montesano

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — —– THIS is a NEW complaint[missed it.] :>)

    — – —Complaint filed on judge who changed baby’s name from ‘Messiah’ to ‘Martin’- -

    — – – - A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin.

    The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct on Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating the state’s code of judicial conduct.

    At a paternity hearing last week, Ballew ordered a child’s name
    changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough. Martin is the surname of the child’s mother, while McCullough is the surname of the child’s father.

    From another article —the HEARING is set 4 September 15. —WATCHIN’. . .

  • rigoletta

    You can’t make this up. The whole article is a train-wreck of stupidity but still it’s good for a laugh.

    GOP Worried Its Minority Outreach Was Accidentally Racist

    Republicans are afraid they’re already blowing their reboot after their disappointing 2012 elections. “Be Afraid,” the conservative Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti writes of the 2014 elections. “It is almost impossible to find an establishment Republican in town who’s not downright morose about the 2013 that has been and is about to be,” Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei report on Friday under the headline “Eve of Destruction.” “Several influential Republicans told us the party is actually in a worse place than it was Nov. 7, the day after the disastrous election.” Why? Because the debate over immigration – which was supposed to make the GOP look friendly to Latinos — has featured offensive comments from multiple elected Republicans. Though Republicans tried to reach out to black voters earlier this year, that’s been overshadowed by their muted response to the Trayvon Martin case and Republican state legislatures’ passage of new voter ID laws.

    Why do they keep shooting themselves in the foot? Politico reports, “Republicans tell us privately that pressure from conservative media only encourages their public voices to say things that offend black audiences.” As the party of personal responsibility, it must especially sting that outside forces like conservative talk radio are holding preventing politicians with so much potential from not saying racist things. Call it the soft bigotry of loud bigotry…

    And that might be why, after a summer that hasn’t been great for GOP minority outreach, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus just implied that Mitt Romney racist. “Using the word ‘self-deportation’ — it’s a horrific comment to make,” Priebus said at the RNC’s Boston meeting, according to Business Insider. Priebus said, “I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it’s racist.” But of course, self-deportation, which calls for making the lives of immigrants so horrible they leave the country voluntarily, does have something to do with his party. The most famous person to endorse it was Mitt Romney, who, you might recall, was the party’s most recent nominee for president of the United States. It’s about time the GOP takes a little personal responsibility for its actions.


    • Miranda

      It could be they keep saying racist stuff because they’re just…ya know…racist.

    • Alma98

      I like how they blame conservative media. I guess racists like Issa, King and many in their own party don’t count huh.

    • morphus

      Uh, huh … and what they got to say about this? [Note: purposefully not posting link to rightwing sites carrying story].

      Black Republicans call for Obama impeachment : A Florida-based organization of black Republicans is calling for Barack Obama’s impeachment, releasing “Articles” that charge him with “egregious acts of despotism that constitute high crimes and misdemeanors.”

      According to the Florida WatchdogWire, there are 10 articles
      including obstruction of the investigation into the Benghazi, Libya, murder of four Americans; the scandal of the administration’s running guns to drug ring lords in Mexico and the Internal Revenue Service’s campaign to obstruct the operations of conservative and Christian organizations.

    • Kennymack1971

      The GOP can have all the seats. They encouraged and embraced the wackaloons and racists and now that demographics have shifted they’re worried. Tough shit. Like I said the other day, a reckoning has arrived whether they want to face it or not.

  • rikyrah

    North Carolina law takes war on voting rights to a new low
    By Editorial Board, Published: August 15

    IN THE wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision, which gutted significant portions of the Voting Rights Act, it’s difficult to say which of the many recently passed voter-suppression bills constitutes the greatest threat to that most sacred of American freedoms: the right to vote. The contest has several leading contenders, but the winner just might be North Carolina’s especially draconian bill, signed into law on Monday.

    The bill includes the usual provisions that have come to characterize the quiet assault on the franchise: a shortened early-voting period, the elimination of the state’s successful same-day registration program and, of course, a strict photo identification requirement despite any evidence of voter fraud in the state.

    What makes this law unique is how much further it goes. It includes no fewer than 12 extra provisions that prohibit such things as counties extending polling hours by one hour in the event of unusual circumstances (such as, say, long lines); provisional voting should someone, say, mistakenly go to the wrong precinct; and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, who could previously register to vote before they turned 18.

    The bill is a truly abominable piece of anti-democratic legislation, the only likely effect of which will be to make it increasingly difficult — maybe even impossible — for some people who don’t typically support Republicans to be able to vote. Sadly, none of that seemed to bother Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who signed it into law regardless.

    “This new law brings our state in line with a healthy majority of states throughout the country,” the governor said in a statement. “This common sense safeguard is common-place.” Mr. McCrory is correct that laws like the one he signed are increasingly commonplace, but the only thing common about them is their lack of sense.

    States do have a valid interest in ensuring that voters are who they say they are, but the same states that so vehemently defend these laws typically provide little assistance for those who lack the necessary documentation. In fact, if defending the franchise were really the intent, these laws would include positive measures that helped citizens meet new requirements instead of a laundry list of restrictions unrelated to a voter’s identity.


    • Alma98

      Jim Crow that’s all this is, next they’ll be requiring literacy tests and counting soap bubbles. Just outrageous!

      • rikyrah

        Jim Crow, 2.0

  • creolechild

    Boulder County DA Stan Garnett clears all 17 suspected illegal voters

    [....] An investigation by Garnett’s office found that all 17 people were citizens and were able to easily verify their status, the district attorney said Wednesday. Garnett said the outcome shows Gessler’s emphasis on finding ineligible voters and eliminating them from the voter rolls is a waste of resources and politically motivated.

    “Local governments and county clerks do a really good job regulating the integrity of elections, and I’ll stand by that record any day of the week,” Garnett said. “We don’t need state officials sending us on wild goose chases for political reasons.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_23864751/boulder-da-stan-garnett-clears-illegal-voters-gessler

    H/T Erica Meltzer

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — —Ms. JOY-ANN —:>) She has such FUN —bashin’ the RE-THUGS :>) Annnd —YESTERDAY was HER BIRTHDAY. –:>)

    – – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY♥ – -
    GOP continues quest to attract young or female voters- -

    – — -The Grio’s Joy Reid and NARAL President Ilyse Hogue discuss day two of the Republican National Committee’s summer retreat, which featured a panel on young voters and a nearly empty room on attracting female voters – two groups of voters that cost Republicans big in 2008 and 2012. — -
    [Gotta "bounce" -]

  • creolechild

    Dems Defy Obama on Mortgage Protections

    [....] The CFPB’s new mortgage rule is intended to prevent lenders from directing borrowers toward higher-cost loans that earn the lenders more money—a practice that helped lead to the financial crisis.[....] The new mortgage fee cap also says that fees for certain types of title insurance—which protects the value of a homeowner’s property in case of losses due to defects in the property title—have to be included in the 3 percent cap, to avoid another conflict of interest.[...]

    The whole point of the CFPB rule is “to make sure that brokers are more likely to work in the interest of homeowners,” says Alys Cohen, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC). The bills—backed by Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), David Scott (D-Ga.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), and David Loebsack (D-Iowa)—could re-create the pre-crisis state of affairs.[....]

    Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/08/consumer-mortgage-choice-act-democrats-cfpb-qm

    H/T Erika Eichelberger

    • Alma98

      They suck! Always looking out for themselves. They don’t give a damn about the people that put them in office.

    • jziglar

      These 15 dems who support this bill have learned nothing from the financial crisis. Maybe we should threaten them with primaries.

      • conlakappa

        She’ll do something to re-annoy you soon enough!

  • Miranda


    Ben LaBolt ‏@BenLaBolt2m
    There goes expanded reach … RT @edatpost: Confirmed: #RNC ban on @CNN and @NBCNews extends to @CNNEE and @TelemundoNews. (h/t @dylanbyers)

    • gn

      They don’t want other people to see their candidates pandering to that extremist base.

      • Miranda

        I’m really curious why they think this will mean we still won’t see all the stupid they still say at these debates.

        • jziglar

          I know. They will still have debates on Fox, CBS, and ABC, and other networks. It’s not like we won’t see them debating.

      • Worldwatcher7

        They don’t want sane people questioning them.

    • Alma98

      They’re beyond stupid! LMAO!

  • creolechild

    Florida Pharmacists Win $597 Million Blowing Whistle on Scheme

    T. Mark Jones learned about the costs and benefits of health-care delivery when he treated AIDS patients in Key West, Florida, in the late 1980s. The pharmacy he co-founded — unusual at the time — provided a humane last step for gay men who didn’t want to spend their final weeks confined to a hospital. Jones, a registered nurse, went into homes to dispense infusion-therapy drugs and teach patients to care for themselves.[....] His dream job began to unravel in 1991, when a national health-care chain came to Key West to open an AIDS clinic. It secured the support of local doctors by offering them padded insurance reimbursements[...]

    Big Pharma was routinely reporting inflated drug prices, leading
    Medicare and Medicaid to overpay doctors and pharmacies by billions of dollars. Jones and his partners dedicated their lives to exposing that hard-to-detect scheme. Ven-A-Care, operating from a quiet street in Key West, has filed whistle-blower lawsuits against dozens of pharmaceutical companies since 1995 — many later joined by the U.S. and states — that have recovered more than $3 billion for the U.S. government. In those settlements, Ven-A-Care secured awards totaling $597.6 million for suing on behalf of taxpayers, making it the most successful whistle-blower in U.S. history.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-13/florida-pharmacists-win-597-million-blowing-whistle-on-scheme.html

    H/T David Voreacos

  • Miranda


    Mayor Bloomberg Says City Should Fingerprint Public Housing Residents
    By Jill Colvin 11:16am

    In a bid to boost security at public housing complexes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning suggested fingerprinting residents so they can access their homes.

    “What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in. And of course there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease,” said Mr. Bloomberg during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling.

    The mayor noted that, while New York City Housing Authority building house about five percent of the city’s population, they account for about 20 percent of city crime.

    “We’ve just gotta find some ways to keep bringing crime down there,” he said, arguing that most people who live in the buildings want more police protection.

    “If you have a stranger walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here?’ Because the locks on these doors, with so many people coming and going, you really can’t,” he said.

    Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal came as he was responding to a federal judge reportedly preparing to try a case brought by NYCHA residents against so-called “vertical patrols” by police in the buildings.

    more here: http://politicker.com/2013/08/mayor-bloomberg-says-city-should-fingerprint-public-housing-residents/

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

    • morphus

      Unleashing law enforcement on disenfranchised populations living in housing controlled by local Housing Authority is the origin of many lost privileges and liberties later implemented on the public at large.

    • Alma98

      Wow…. People learn nothing from the past do they. This is some Nazi shit for real, he really hate poc. SMGDH

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

        OK! Ironic, ain’t it?

    • rikyrah

      He’s just mad that his plan to get rid of public housing was beat back.

      • Alma98

        He really is a disgusting human being.

    • Kennymack1971

      Racist asshole.

    • conlakappa

      Just tacky. And very Brave New World or some such.

  • rikyrah

    Koch brothers thrive on healthcare confusion
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:12 AM EDT.

    Earlier this week, Reince Priebus, commenting on the Affordable Care Act, said, “People know what Obamacare is. It’s European, socialist-style type health care.” The quote struck me as fairly hilarious because the second sentence helps debunk the first — anyone who the federal U.S. system is in anyway similar to European, socialist-style type health care clearly has no idea what “Obamacare” is.

    The truth is, most Americans remain confused about the basics, and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity apparently hope to make matters much worse on purpose.

    Last month, AFP invested $1 million in support of a remarkably dishonest ad campaign, hoping to mislead Americans about the health care system, and this week, the right-wing group is at it again, making a six-figure ad buy in support of a radio ad.

    The problem, of course, is that the message of the ad is pure garbage. Salon called it the “stupidest anti-Obamacare campaign ever,” and given some of the advertising in recent years, that’s no small claim.

    The spot features a woman voice that tells listeners, “Two years ago, my son Caleb began having seizures … if we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is going to get the care they need?”

    In reality, there’s simply nothing in the Affordable Care Act that stops consumers from choosing their own doctor. Literally, not one provision. Under a variety of HMOs, there are limits on out-of-network physicians, but that was an American norm long before “Obamacare” came around.

    For that matter, if you’re a parent of a kid with seizures, the Affordable Care Act is perhaps the best friend you’ve ever had — not only does the law protect you and your family’s coverage, but it extends protections to those with pre-existing conditions, and ends annual and lifetime caps. And since treating children with seizures can get a little pricey, that’s important.

    So why are the Koch brothers saying largely the opposite? Because they hope to use deceptions to scare people. It’s as simple as that.


  • Miranda

    Beach officer: Trayvon Martin texts were ‘a joke’
    Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:37 p.m.

    The former Volusia beach officer who recently traded racially charged Trayvon Martin comments and pictures online and on his cellphone told investigators he did not find the pictures offensive but realized they could offend the public.

    But Todd Snipes, a captain on the county’s bad-publicity-wary Beach Safety division who was fired last week, didn’t mean to send those things to the public, he told county officials in an internal-affairs document released Thursday.

    “Do you find any of these pictures offensive?” Public Protection Capt. David Vanis asked Snipes of the series of picture messages that included images of Martin, Paula Deen and text including the n-word.

    “Uh, no,” Snipes replied.

    more here: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130815/NEWS/130819598/1040?Title=Beach-officer-Trayvon-Martin-texts-were-8216-a-joke-8217

    • Alma98

      Everything’s a joke when they get caught.

      • conlakappa

        He really could be that dim. And thinks that everyone uses the word nigger so what’s the big deal.

  • creolechild

    Comcast Internet Essentials program reaches 900K low-income Americans

    [....] The program provides broadband service for $9.95 per month plus tax, as well as the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150 and access free digital literacy training. Households are eligible if at least one child is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and are in an area where Comcast offers Internet service.

    For the third year of the Internet Essentials program, Comcast has
    expanded eligibility to parochial, private, cyberschool and homeschooled students. They also offer instant approval to families whose students attend schools where 70 percent or more of the students are eligible for the National School Lunch Program.[....]

    Read more: http://techwire.net/comcast-internet-essentials-program-reaches-900-k-low-income-americans/

    H/T Amy Stewart

  • gn


    NYPD should stop and frisk all white people for a week…see how that goes over…prove they don’t carry guns ! #edshow Sat/Sun 5pET @msnbc!

    There’d be a significant spike in white drug arrests IMO.

  • rikyrah

    Rachel Maddow did an excellent rundown last night of the real time ramification of Voter Suppression in North Carolina and their attack on Black College Students.


  • creolechild

    This administration is NOT playing with y’all… so get it right!

    Medicare fining hospitals for readmits

    Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every
    state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to
    reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released Friday. Medicare identified 2,225
    hospitals that will have payments reduced for a year starting on Oct. 1. [....] Hospitals that treated large number of low income patients were more likely to be penalized than those treating the fewest impoverished people.

    The penalty program, which began in October 2012, is among the toughest of Medicare’s efforts to pay hospitals for the quality of their performances rather than merely the number of patients they treat. Unlike other new programs created by the federal health law, the readmissions program offers hospitals no rewards for improvements
    or the opportunity to opt out.[....]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/medicare-fining-hospitals-readmits

    H/T Jordan Rau

  • rikyrah


    by Van Le


    A new cable channel, Fusion, is hitting the airwaves this October, and Jorge Ramos is warning Republicans that the new channel will be on their case, all the time, about immigration until reform becomes a reality.

    “We’re going to come out on Oct. 28th, and if the House doesn’t approve immigration reform by then, then there’s going to be a new, very loud voice in Fusion, talking about immigration every single night until immigration reform passes,” Ramos said in an interview with The Huffington Post.

    Fusion will be a joint ABC News-Univision effort that will be programmed in English and aimed at English-speaking Latinos (especially younger Latinos). Ramos–who currently anchors the nightly news program “Noticiero Univision” and hosts the Sunday news show “Al Punto”–will host a primetime segment. Ramos is also a very influential advocate of immigration reform, and his comments that the new channel will “own” the issue upon its launch should worry House Republicans who believe they can stall away the pressure for immigration reform until the pressure to pass a bill dies down.


    • jziglar

      The republicans are not getting out of this. I said it before and will say it again. The republicans killed any chance of getting a good portion of the minority vote after the racist policies, rhetoric, and disrespectful treatment of President Obama and his family.

      • rikyrah

        no, they’re not.
        They can’t bullshyt their way out of it.
        The MSM can’t save them, because Latinos are talking to ONE ANOTHER about this, and not even paying attention to the false equivalency bullshyt of the MSM.

    • itgurl_29

      See, this is how you do it. Control your own media and push your own agenda. Meanwhile, black folks have the NAACP begging white media to put more black faces on tv. It’s like we just don’t understand that they will NEVER make room at the table for us. Never. And when they do let a few of us in, it’s almost always to push against what black folks want.

      Props to Univision and Fusion for doing what black folks should have done decades ago. The fact that we still rely on mainstream media to tell us about what’s going on in our community is just sad.

      • rikyrah

        tell me about it.

      • Town

        Well, part of that is because those other folks don’t feel inferior to white folks. They have their own cultures and traditions they feel proud of.

        Black people in this country, for many reasons, feel inferior to every other people on this earth and that’s why we grovel to white people.

  • Alma98

    Well after one match which she lost to Sloane Stephens Sharapova fired Jimmy Connors lol. I mean he wasn’t a great player to begin with. And he won because tennis didn’t have the depth of players they have now.

  • Joy

    Robin Thicke, Pharrell, & T.I. Suing Marvin Gaye’s Family & Bridgeport Music Over “Blurred Lines”
    (AllHipHop News) Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford “T.I.” Harris have filed a lawsuit against the family of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music over their huge hit “Blurred Lines” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The suit is a preemptive strike against Gaye’s family and the owner some of the music of the band Funkadelic.

    The Gaye family and Bridgeport were said to be considering suing Thicke, Williams, and T.I., because of what them see as similarities between “Blurred Lines’” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s ”Sexy Ways.”

    The suit states:
    Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, “Blurred Lines,” copies ‘their’ compositions… But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.
    Rest of story here: http://allhiphop.com/2013/08/16/robin-thicke-pharrell-t-i-suing-marvin-gayes-family-bridgeport-music-over-blurred-lines/

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

      But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own…

      Speed up “Got To Give It Up” and you’ve got “Blurred Lines”. C’mon son!

      • Joy

        Okay?! Steve Silk Hurley did a remix featuring both songs and the transitions were seamless. The fact that they’re suing the family before the family can even file suit is just foul.

        • conlakappa

          If Nona Gaye is still in the bad shape that she’d been in, it was a good tactic, however evil. I think it will bring settlement closer.

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

            What’s wrong with Nona?

          • conlakappa

            Drug problems and doing horrible things to feed her habit. That was the alleged case a couple of years ago. You ever see the documentary about the time her parents were together? It seems as messy.

      • Miranda

        OK now Robin must think we ALL crazy. LOL

    • edp4bho

      Damn disqus. Ate my comment which was- I wanted to call this last week when someone here remarked about Thicke’s song. I call it Thicke’s trick and today’s “Got to Give It Up”. No way this is not the same damn song. Marvin’s was my anthem in the ’70s. Damn stealin white boy.

  • creolechild

    Spike Lee’s Kickstarter Project Hits Goal

    Spike Lee’s fundraising effort has topped its $1.25 million goal, four days before the deadline. As of 10 a.m. PDT, Lee’s campaign had received $1.302,891 million from 5,368 pledges for a new film that’s known for now as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”[....]

    About a quarter of the funds have come from 28 pledges of $10,000 in exchange for dinner and a courtside seat with Lee at a New York Knicks game. The campaign also generated $70,000 via 14 pledges of $5,000 in exchange for being named an associate producer and a $5,000 pledge in exchange for Lee flying to the donor’s hometown for a showing of any of his films — selected by the donor.[....]

    Read more: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/spike-lees-kickstarter-project-hits-goal-1200579596/

    H/T David McNary

    • rikyrah

      go Spike!

  • creolechild

    Moms Demand Corporate Responsibility: Eight Financial Firms Dump all Gun Stocks, 14 More Cut Holdings – Posted 07/22/2013

    Six months after launching a national divestment campaign against
    manufacturers of assault weapons and high-capacity ammo clips, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced eight hedge funds and money managers have completely divested their gun holdings, valued at $150 million. Fourteen more firms have scaled back their gun investments by 7.4 million shares—27 percent of their holdings.

    In the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut many of these financial firms initially expanded their gun holdings. But through an online hub at WallStreetforChange.com and public protests, de Blasio mobilized pressure against investments that sustained the gun industry’s status quo and helped fuel the National Rifle Association’s efforts to stall gun control legislation.[....]

    Read more: http://momsdemandaction.org/in-the-news/under-pressure-to-divest-eight-financial-firms-dump-all-gun-stocks-14-more-cut-holdings/

    H/T Moms Demand Action and WhatISWorking

  • creolechild

    Florida Teen Becomes Youngest To Pass Bar Exam

    A teenager has become the youngest person to qualify as a barrister in the 600 year history of the legal profession in the UK. At 18 years old, Gabrielle Turnquest passed Britain’s bar exams and plans to return to America and practice law in the fashion industry. She graduated from college early, too — at 16, she was the youngest person to ever get a psychology degree from Liberty University in Virginia.

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/great-kids/florida-teen-becomes-youngest-to-pass-bar-exam.html

    H/T GNN

  • creolechild

    Fracking, Droughts and Bottling – The Evaporation of Public Water

    [....] Pickens and the rest of the oil company folk have all gotten behind natural gas and are in the midst of doing for our water supply, what their fossil fuel industry has done to our ozone layer and climate.[....] People who live on land where fracking is going on have experienced gas infiltration into their ground water supply so their water is toxic and can actually be lit on fire. Many of these people are now forced to pay on their own for trucks to deliver water to them because the toxic fracking chemicals have poisoned their water.[....]

    Nestle owns 66 brands of bottled water (here’s a link to the list on Nestle’s site: http://www.nestle-waters.com/brands/all-brands), making up over a 32% share of the bottled water market in the US. Nestle is also succeeding in their city-by-city campaign of contracting to siphon off water from public water systems and buying up water rights around states then reselling that water at an obscene profit. At the same time, Utah, Washington and Colorado already have laws against collecting rainwater and the trend appears to be spreading.[....]

    [,,,,] What if fracking continues to proliferate over the next several decades and both sucks up billions of gallons of water as well as permanently pollutes billions more? What if mercenary companies like Nestle (there are others of course) continue to drain off and bottle for obscene profit, billions of gallons of public water over those same decades? And if all this causes the availability of water to diminish and the price of water to skyrocket substantially…and it’s against the law to even collect rainwater, what will the poorest people do? What will those middle class Americans who have trouble paying bills today do when they’re forced to spend more per month on water than gas for their car?[....]

    Read more: http://planetpov.com/2013/08/14/fracking-droughts-and-bottling-the-evaporation-of-public-water/

    H/T AdLib and PlanetPOV

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!