September 24, 2017

Friday Open Thread: African Americans in Ballet


This week we’ve been featuring African Americans in the world of Ballet. Today’s feature is a beautiful, graceful young woman whose journey is both heartbreaking and filled with wonderful promise.

Michaela DePrince

Against all odds, Michaela DePrince, once an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone, is now a ballerina. The 17-year-old has appeared on Dancing With The Stars and is  featured in First Position, a documentary that follows the pressures faced by six talented dancers as they compete for a spot in an elite dance company or school. DePrince is completing her last year at American Ballet Theatre’s prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York City and wants to bring more diversity to the ballet world.

Michaela competed against 5,000 young dancers two years ago in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, where the most talented young dancers in the world are chosen to compete for the ultimate prize, a spot in a top ballet school.

Michaela had a tougher journey than most to get there. Born in the war-torn African country of Sierra Leone, she was orphaned after her parents were killed in the civil war. Michaela was placed in an orphanage where she developed a big dream.

“In the orphanage, I found a magazine that had a ballet dancer on point with a pink tutu. I saved it, and I thought to myself if I ever got adopted, I wanted to become just like this,” she said.

But the dream seemed almost too big to come true.  She was the little girl no one wanted, called “Devil Child” and rejected over and over again because she has a skin condition called vitalago, which caused irregular white splotches on her dark skin.  Then one day Elaine DePrince and her husband Charles of Cherry Hill, Pa., arrived and changed then-4-year-old Michaela’s life.

“So I was in the process of adopting one child, and I heard that there was another child they couldn’t find placement for because she was spotted. So we decided to take her, too,” Elaine DePrince said.

Michaela quickly enrolled in ballet class and by the time she was 5 years old she was a dedicated dancer willing to put her body through incredible pain.  During the shooting of the documentary, which was directed by Bess Kargman,  Michaela suffered a possible career ending injury.  Advised not to dance, she went through with her Grand Prix performance, despite the pain and the risks.

Following this dream hasn’t been easy. Along the way, Michaela has had to  battle racism within the ballet world. “When I was eight, I was cast to play  Marie in The Nutcracker, and I prepared hard for it. But right before  the show, I was told that someone else would be dancing the part because ‘people  aren’t ready for a black Marie,’ ” she recalls. She seriously considered  quitting ballet until she got the chance to see black dancer Heidi Cruz perform  with The Pennsylvania Ballet. “I was like, Wow, she’s amazing! She inspired me  to keep dancing,” Michaela says.

At five feet four and a half inches, Michaela is shorter and more muscular  than the “typical” ballerina, and a teacher once told her she didn’t have the  body to be a professional dancer—a common bias against black ballerinas. “Many  people believe that black women shouldn’t be ballet dancers, because they think  we don’t have classic ballet bodies,” Michaela says. “I was once told black  dancers don’t have good feet, so I worked hard to make my feet have a classical  line. Now people don’t say that to me anymore.”

In addition, the lack of diversity in the ballet world is all too clear  whenever she gets new costumes or shoes. While pink and white are the standard  colors for balletwear (designed to blend with fair skin), they clash with  Michaela’s ebony complexion, so her mom often hand-dyes her pointe shoes and  costume straps a deep brown. Despite these challenges, Michaela’s determined to  press on, saying, “I want to inspire other girls who wish to pursue ballet.” She  also credits her parents’ support for giving her the courage to go after her  goal. For her performance at YAGP in 2007, her mom created a tutu from an old  wedding gown (just one of the many costumes she’s made), and it remains  Michaela’s favorite piece. “She hand-stitched 1,000 tiny crystals onto it! I  felt like a princess,” she says.

It has all paid off.  Michaela said she remains determined to be a prima ballerina.  One day, she said, she will dance as the White Swan.

Taken from Teen Vogue, ABC News, and The Grio.

Here are two videos via CNN profiling Michaela:

  • crazycanuck

    I read about Michaela two days ago. Wonderful story and I hope she reaches her goal of becoming a Prima Ballerina. The ballet world really need to jump into this century. Good Morning POU

    • MonieTalks

      GM CC, POU, e’erybody!

  • MonieTalks

    Morning POU! Happy Friday!

    Let me just say that after PBO finishes his second term, I will pray that the next President (whether a he/she) will be a Latino/a, whose words roll of their tongue like Sofia Vergara, with some beautiful children and a pet chihuahua to boot!

    Remember that comment from a Romney supporter who said our beloved First Lady does not look like a FIrst lady…where here’s part 2:

    A Second, Chance Interview With Subject Of Controversial First Lady Remarks

    “You said something to the effect of, you were very unhappy with the president and first lady.”


    “And you said she doesn’t look like a first lady. …”

    “No, she doesn’t. She doesn’t look or act. I mean, can you imagine you know, Kennedys or the Bushes or anybody doing pushups on the floor? I mean you know. That’s just not a first lady.”

    “A lot of people wondered if there was a racial undertone to your comments.”

    “No it’s not. I don’t care what color she is. It’s just she just doesn’t act and look like a first lady. I mean she’s more about showing her arms off. … I think that’s very inappropriate for a lot of functions that she goes to.”

    “So do you mean it’s an issue of modesty?”

    “Yeah. It’s respect and … for being in the White House.”

    “Fewer sleeveless dresses, fewer pushups …”

    “They talk about more like her dresses and how she looks and stuff and her arms and whatever.”

    “People talked a lot about the dresses that other first ladies wore for sure.”

    “Well, yeah.”

    “You look a little frustrated.”

    “I am. I just hope Romney wins.”

    “Tell me more about what it is that bothers you about the president and first lady … in terms of their demeanor.”

    “You see her walking around in shorts, and you know, just real casual wear. And to me … I mean when I go to functions I kind of dress up other than today, but you just gotta look the part.”

    • Kennymack1971

      That woman is lying. It’s absolutely killing her that Michelle Obama is an intelligent, accomplished, and accessible FLOTUS and she’s Black.

      • conlakappa

        And that anyone would want to see Michelle Obama’s arms. Nancy wore one-armed and sleeveless dresses, as did Jackie and Hillary. Grow up, woman.

    • Miranda


    • Town

      Lady, bye. Mamie Eisenhower showed her hamhock arms all the time, Jackie Kennedy regularly wore sleeveless dresses (and we are STILL talking about how she dressed 50 YEARS after her time in the White House) and Nancy Reagan showed her toothpick arms.

      The only time Michelle Obama wore shorts was to the GRAND CANYON. How stupid would she be wearing some couture to the GRAND CANYON? Then you’d be saying she was putting on airs or didn’t know how to dress.

      • jds09

        Hamhock arms. LOL.

      • dannie22


        The lady should’ve just said, “damn all you negroes” and been done with it.

        • Tafr

          They are mad because the first lady has toned sculpted arms.

    • MsKitty

      I really want to use the C word. But I won’t.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Poll: Obama Holds Huge Lead Among Jewish Voters

    President Obama leads Mitt Romney 65 percent to 24 percent among Jewish voters, according to a new poll by the American Jewish Committee. According to the poll, Obama is handily winning every demographic within the community except Orthodox Jews, who go for Romney 54-40.

    H/T Benjy Sarlin

  • Mornin’ POU!

    I know errbody’s talking about Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal (Damn, Shonda Rhimes! Just…damn girl!), but I gotta give a shout out to Last Resort! I didn’t think I would like it; I only watched because Andre Braugher is one of my favorite actors. But man, it had me on the edge of my seat! And they just need to go on and give Mr. Braugher the Emmy right now.

    If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend you check it out.

    I got a question for the Person of Interests fans…I haven’t watched the show, but I need something to fill in the hour before Scandal, and Tamar & Vince ain’t cuttin’ it. If I start watching now, will I be able to catch on? If not, where can I see the episodes from the previous season? Thanks!

    • rikyrah


      how could you not like it…


      I admit, I didn’t need another reason to watch it. But, yeah, folks TUNE IN!!!

      • nellcote

        I admit, I didn’t need another reason to watch it.
        My reaction exactly. But Wow! what an intense show. More like a movie. It’s from the same guy that did The Shield on FX so I’m expecting it to push some boundries for a network series. But I’m easy and will watch anything Braugher’s in.

      • Dude is so freakin’ badass! He made my kitchen stand up!

        • creolechild

          Mr. Andre Braugher…mmmm….mmmm…..mmm.

    • rikyrah


      I really think you should start watching now. I think this would be a great time for a new fan to begin watching, because so many of the background elements from last season are coming into fruition this season.

      As for where you can watch previous shows, do you have netflix?

      you can get season one on discs.

    • conlakappa

      Did you see the Emmys? They had a on-screen promo that was a countdown to Andre Braugher, which was larger than the title of the show. I mentioned to my husband that Andre stays working.

    • Miranda

      I’m still sitting here going “who the hell is Quinn?”


      • creolechild

        Yeah…who the hell IS Quinn? Can’t wait to see what her back story is and why she is terrified of her true identity being revealed.

        Miranda, she’s the youngest member of the firm who was dating the reporter that was murdered..

        • Miranda

          Oh I watched all last season so I know “who” she is…but after watching last night, still don’t know “who” she is.

          • creolechild

            I thought about that after I responded to you so thanks for clarifying. I’m right there with because Quinn is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. I just watched the season premiere and at the end was screaming: What the hell? Still trying to figure out what’s going on but won’t go into detail and spoil it for those who haven’t watched it yet. Seriously, this is one of the primary reasons that I like this show because nothing is ever what it seems.

            O/T–I also like Sons of Anarchy, which is in it’s third episode of the new season. Didn’t think I’d like a show about bikers but it’s one of my favorites now, along with Game of Thrones.

          • PBomb

            Sons of Anarchy is an awesome show!

          • creolechild

            PBomb—Yup, yup, yup…lots of twists and turns in the plot and the actors are stellar. This is what got me, I kept looking at Gemma thinking that she looked and sounded familiar but couldn’t place her to save my life.

            When I found out who she was all I could say was, DAMN! You know she has serious acting skills to go from comedy to the role she’s playing now, and makes it believable. Well, as believable as anything can be on TV.

          • Miranda

            Last night at the end of Scandal I literally screamed “WTH??! Who is Quinn!?!”…and why can’t I wake up with a bunch of new IDs and a wad of money at my disposal. LOL

          • Tafr

            CC have you read the game of thrones series? OMG it is excellent the HBO series follows the books pretty well.

      • OK!! We might need a special thread dedicated to discussing that one story line, cuz Miss Shonda threw me for a loop with that!

    • creolechild

      Sepia, here you go. If you don’t have cable or Netflix, you can usually watch network shows on their sites. Sometimes you have to wait a day after the latest episode has aired, but usually you can watch it on the same night that it broadcasts. Scroll down to Full Episodes.

    • rikyrah

      The story is pretty simple, though sorta deep.

      The guy they’re all looking for is Harold – the inventor of ‘ The Machine’ – that sees all and pops out numbers of people who are either gonna commit crimes or be victims of crime.

      The ‘saver’ is Mr. Reese – former special forces; CIA.

      Taraji is Carter – good cop, former military. Widow with one son.

      Lionel is her partner – crooked cop, but Reese uses his shadiness for good.

      Harold isn’t Harold’s real name – Reese investigated him last season and realized that he’s been ‘off the grid’ since before he was in college. Harold is a billionaire.

      The woman who has him is a crazy hacker with mad skills, with her own pile of dead bodies of folks who cross her path.

    • PBomb

      I watched that Elementary show, which was interesting to say the least, very different spin on Sherlock Holmes. I will catch up on Scandal this weekend, and I will have to check out Last Resort this weekend too.

      Person of Interest is pretty simple, but I would recommend watching the last season on CBS or There is some character background and development that occurs in the 1st season that is integral. I don’t believe is is on Netflix streaming yet.

    • dannie22

      I gotta watch Last Resort. I’ve loved Andre Braugher since Homicide. And Scandal was off da hook!! I wanna be Olivia Pope when I grow up!

    • rikyrah

      One of the reasons why I love Person of Interest, and why I say it’s sorta deeper than your average ‘cop’ show is because, underlying the show is the theme of REDEMPTION. All the characters, including Carter, are involved in doing what they do now, because they are trying to ‘atone’ for past sins. Carter is the least of the sinners, but, in her mind, she has things she needs to atone for, which works well with the show.

      I think you’d enjoy the first season, especially the background pieces that they threw in about the characters, trying to flesh them out. It was interesting watching the characters find out things about the others. Nobody trusted anybody, so spying on one another was second nature with this group. And the thing is, what they found out about each other, they didn’t use it against that person.

      They are an interesting group.

      I love this show – can’t you tell?


      • Tafr

        Thank you! I will admit I slept on person of interest but your review has changed my mind. I have last year’s finale recored and this year’s new episode.

    • Thanks ya’ll! Person of Interest here I come!

      I checked Hulu, but it directed me to and they don’t have the full episodes! Just the clips and reading the comments on the site, folks are not happy.

      So, I’m gonna check to see if it’s on my cable’s On-Demand. If not I’ll get NetFlix.

  • creolechild

    Unh hun…this is exactly what some folks here at POU suspected.

    George Soros “Panicked…That Romney Could Win This”

    A few months ago, George Soros, the billionaire financier and prolific donor to Democratic causes, picked up the phone and called an old friend. Soros was nervous, he told his friend. Nervous from watching Mitt Romney pull even with the president in national polls and in polls of battleground states like Ohio and Florida. Nervous from seeing Republican super-PACs amass tens of millions of dollars with which to pound Obama on the airwaves. Soros was slowly coming around to the fact that Romney could win.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Andy Kroll

    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • Ebogan63

      He was butt hurt that PBO was doing allright without him and his other rich Dem buddies who want to be coddled.

      • jds09

        Total bullshit. I just checked the site and they have removed the article. There has been no panic in the campaign. OFA has been steadily improving and Camp Romney has been steadily falling apart. Soros was butt hurt but he ain’t stupid.

        • creolechild

          Thank you, jds09, for catching that! Here’s what Motherjones posted about the deletion.

          On Friday morning, Mother Jones briefly published a story containing details about liberal financier George Soros’ decision to donate $1 million to the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action, and $500,000 to two other super-PACs focusing on House and Senate races. The story was based on information provided by a source; the source contacted us after the story was published and said the information was incorrect. We have removed the story.

    • GN

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true. There are a lot of fairweather people “on the left” who are more concerned with being on the winning side than on the right side. And unfortunately some of the most high-profile left are the most inclined to easily panic and tackle our own quarterbacks at a hint of trouble. I will never, ever, ever, ever forget him pubicly deciding to sit on the sidelines in 2010 and the truly horrific Jane Hamsher’s joy and celebration at that desertion, because she knew that it would benefit the Republicans. I hope that in PBO’s second term, he focuses on helping the constituencies which were with him all the way, like the guys who started 1911United when it wasn’t clear that PBO would run away with the election, and doesn’t spend an undue amount on time working on the fauxgressives’ pet causes and trying to appease their outbursts and tantrums. Worst allies ever.

  • Bloomberg News ‏@BloombergNews
    BREAKING: U.S. consumer spending rose 0.5% in August, incomes climbed 0.1%

  • creolechild

    And there you have it… So, GET. IT. DONE. Wisconsin!

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Doesn’t Take Up Voter-ID Cases, Leaving Law On Hold

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined a request to take up two voter-I.D. cases on an accelerated basis — thus leaving in place, for now, rulings that have kept the law frozen and not applicable to the upcoming general election.

    State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, had sought the court’s action on appealing the lower court rulings. The court currently has a 4-3 conservative majority, but the decision Thursday not to take up the case was made unanimously.

    H/T Eric Kleefeld

    • rikyrah


      time to get to it, Wisconsin!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    — –GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ -POU FAM. ***BIG HUG** :>) – —ONE MO’ TRIP 2 FLA. – -Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Kings Point in Tamarac, Fla; – –THEN – -BACK HOME :>). — – – –

    — — KEEP MOVIN’ FORWARD – – -with – –HIS STRONG – – – -POLL MOMENTUM!! —Woo! Hoo! :>) – —

    – – — —BLESSED 2-day. :>) – – – –

  • creolechild

    Hmmm…perhaps more elected officials should be required to undergo these types of challenges before legislation is enacted.

    Phoenix Mayor Attempts To Live On A Food Stamp Budget: ‘I’m Tired, And It’s Hard To Focus’

    When local activist groups challenged Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to live on a food stamp budget for a week to mark Hunger Awareness Month, he took them up on the offer and found out just how hard it was. Stanton kept a diary on the challenge, which allotted him roughly $29 a week, the same amount 1.1 million Arizonans receive from the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) each week. By day four, Stanton noted that he was “tired” and “it’s hard to focus” after leaving the house for work without time to scramble eggs or eat a decent breakfast:[…]

    Read more:

    H/T Travis Waldron

    • conlakappa

      Ah, okay. I think I’m getting closer to why that hunger bus was on 13th Street. It’s just past a light as I’m going up the hill so could only read bits of the side of the bus at a time. I think it’s living on a $1 daily.

  • MonieTalks

    Romney’s grim showing in the polls dampens enthusiasm at Virginia rally

    Mackie Christenson, 65, from Leesburg, Virgina, said she believes Romney can still win in spite of the polls. “Reagan was down 9% at this point against Carter,” she said.

    She is not upset that Romney has changed tack over the last few days, more positive about Obama, acknowledging he cares about America. Romney is “basically a nice person. Politics is a blood sport, and he is swimming with sharks.”.

    …She is especially annoyed that so many women are backing Obama. “Women make up 75% of the unemployed. They are having to cope with high food prices. And yet they are for Obama because they think he is cute.”

    read more:

    • rikyrah

      women are 75% of the unemployed?
      bitch, you need to stop watching Fox News

    • conlakappa

      Good to see that she hasn’t gain wisdom and can direct-regurgitate Faux talking points. /eyeroll

    • creolechild

      The sheer ignorance of her statement is stunning, especially since she appears to be either uninformed or is playing stupid about her “preferred” candidate’s brazen dishonesty about everything and his lack of respect for women with regards to having the right to make decisions about their own bodies AND receive equal pay in the workplace. It’s too early in the morning to go off…so, whatever lady…whatever.

      BTW–“being cute” wasn’t a factor that contributed to PBO winning the election in 2008 and neither will it be in 2012. But I understand…it’s just so hard to admit that he’s the better candidate. We get that! Now, Imma need you to take a seat…okay?

    • Miranda

      He demonstrated yet again he is not an inspirational speaker. Even when he won an ovation when he said “when I become president”, it was not long-lasting, with people just popping out of their seats and quickly sitting down again.


    • Town

      Leesburg, huh?

      Leesburg is in Northern Virginia which is the richest part of the state, as well as one of the richest parts of the country, due to the federal gov’t.

      Lady, have a seat.

    • edp4bho

      He is cute, though !

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ mirana – — –Ohhhh – – – -THANK U 4 FEATURING – – –


    She emerged a “STAR” – — -AGAINST ALL ODDS: – —Michaela had a tougher journey than most to get there. Born in the war-torn African country of Sierra Leone, she was orphaned after her parents were killed in the civil war. Michaela was placed in an orphanage where she developed a big dream. :>)

    – —IMHO – – – -she has an — -“AIR GABBY ” – – – -AIR —as she FLOATS through the “AIR” – – – -:>) – —-



  • creolechild

    This article was posted in May but it shows how fast the automobile is moving to get this up and running. Thank you, President Obama, because without your leadership it wouldn’t be happening…at least not at the accelerated pace that’s now occurring!

    Automakers Standardize 15 Minute Fast-Charging System for Electric Vehicles

    Eight U.S. and German automakers have agreed to utilize a fast-charging technology that recharges EV batteries in just 15 to 20 minutes. Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen have agreed to support a harmonized single-port fast charging approach – called DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System – for use on electric vehicles in Europe and the United States. Live charging demonstrations of the new system are on view during Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 in Los Angeles through Wednesday.[….]

    Read more:

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – — BWAHAHA — — – -WOKE UP 2 da – – -“NEVA-SAY-DIE” – — -attitude of da – – –“MORNING JOKE CREW!!”

    — –☻ – — -HE’s STILL IN DA GAME – —[even ifff he has 1 POINT – —

    POLL NUMBERS — –Mr. PRESIDENT –10 – — teh Mitt-Twit – -1 – —

    – –☻ – –Annnd – – – –“HE DI-ENT TOUCH ME.” – -LOL – – –

    – — -DOUBLE DELUSIONAL!! – – – -LOL — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –OBAMA TEAM’s – – – -NEW MESSAGE – –TARGETS – – -SENIORS —:>) – —

    – – —Obama camp urges young voters to warn their grandparents about Romney-Ryan – —

    — – —The Obama campaign on Friday launched a new campaign asking young people to send e-cards to their parents and grandparents warning them that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will increase taxes on their Social Security benefits.

    “Romney wants to raise taxes on benefits that seniors have already paid for so that millionaires can pay less,” one card asserts. Another says: “These are the people who taught us to whistle and tie our shoes, so no, you can’t raise taxes on their social security benefits by $460 a year.”

    The campaign is designed to coincide with a trip by Vice President Joe Biden to Florida, where he will push the same points.

    “Romney’s $5 trillion tax cut plan will either drive up the deficit or raise middle-class taxes and – if these tax increases are made across the board – an average middle-class senior could pay $460 more in taxes on his or her benefits,” the campaign said in a statement.

    —-FIRED UP!! — –Movin’ — FORWARD —-> Woo! Hoo! :>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – —Another AD – – – -:>) – – —

    – – –Latinos for Obama – OFA California

    — – —Get involved in California: http://OFA.BO/zZfcxa

    OFA-CA volunteer Bertrand Perdomo and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta describe the importance of Latinos getting involved in this election and what’s at stake for Latino communities if President Obama is not re-elected on November 6th. – —-

    — — -Si Se Puede!! —:>) – – –

    • Aquagranny911

      I so ♥ Delores Huerta! She & Cesar Chavez are both heroes to me. This is a great ad. One of the hardest things we have to overcome in the Latino communities is voter apathy. People believing and accepting the caca that their vote doesn’t count. It has made GOTV sometimes muy dificil. Helping Latinos really trust that they actually have a voice is huge.

      • Ebogan63

        Cesar and Dolores were heros in our family when we lived in CA. We honored the UFW grape boycott. Correct me if I am wrong AG, but I believe that Latinos are finally realizing their power in the voting booth.

        • Aquagranny911

          I worked with Cesar here in AZ for farm workers. He was an amazing person who died too young because he worked so hard for the people. I still grieve for his loss.

          You are correct & this is mostly because of the young people who are discovering their voice. They are motivated & they are strong. When I have done GOTV in the past I ran into elders who were: “What’s the point? Our vote doesn’t count.” I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to bang my head on a wall over this attitude.

          What I am seeing now is so much more positive. The people are really believing that their votes matter. We will see how this all works out at the polls. I will keep strong & keep working for GOTV!

          • nellcote

            Has anyone mentioned the Univision interviews/Q&A?

          • Aquagranny911

            Sorry I have been out all day so I hope you see this reply.

            People made jokes & got great laughs over the Mitty’s complexion change. There was more focus on that than his words except for the “illegal alien” part.

            Most people thought Jorge was way too harsh on PBO & they were irritated that he kept harping on the immigration thing. They wanted to hear more on other issues especially education.

            They liked what PBO said & they thought that El Presidente was muy paciente with Jorge & muy digno.

            I know lots here at POU were really upset at how PBO was treated but the Latino community admires brio & grace under pressure. Out Prez has it & they like it!

        • nellcote

          We honored the UFW grape boycott.
          I still can’t eat grapes all these years later. LOL

          • Ebogan63

            Neither can I.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday MornTin’ Aquagranny911. –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – — THANK U 4 your input. :>) – -There is such STRENGTH – – PASSION – -annnd MOTIVATION – – in this AD. –:>)

        Even when I listen 2 students on the campuses – — THEY CONTINUE 2 SPEAK FAVORABLY of MR. PRESIDENT!! –

        Good that THEY KNOW!! :>)

        Good 2 C U. AL. – –L8R. :>) —

      • conlakappa

        You’ll love that at our phonebank last night was a latina who cannot participate during the weekly Spanish-language phonebanks on Tuesdays so she came to the Thursday one and used Spanish-language lists! The whole group calling was diversity writ large, all across the boards.

  • rikyrah

    Yes, a Blow Out is Possible

    by BooMan
    Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 08:51:51 PM EST

    I don’t like to mince words. Mitt Romney is getting slapped around worse than Cory Booker after a Meet the Press appearance. There are redheaded stepchildren and rented mules who are having an easier time of it than the Mittster. In Nate Silver’s model, if the election were held today, Romney would have a 2.2% chance of winning. His chances on November 6th are down to 18.1%, and they are only that high because Silver is still assuming a bit of a convention bounce and some economic headwinds that will keep Obama’s numbers down. In any case, things are bad enough that Silver decided to try to figure out if Obama could possibly do as well or better in November as he did in 2008. Things are bad enough that Chris Cillizza decided to tell us all that they won’t get much worse. Mr. Cillizza assures us that Mitt Romney won’t get blown out, and Mr. Silver basically agrees, although he allows that it’s at least as likely as Romney coming back to win.
    Let’s start with Cillizza’s argument. He says that 2008 was a historically good year for the Democrats, which is true. It’s always hard to break your own record for excellence. Cillizza also says this:

    “Not only did then-candidate Obama galvanize a national movement behind his campaign, he also benefited from the fact that opponent Sen. John McCain could never get out from under George W. Bush’s shadow or convince the American public that he was well-versed on the economy.”

    Obama’s national movement still exists. He’s going to shatter his record for attracting small donor donations, and his sixty-plus field offices in Iowa just started taking people to the polls today. As for John McCain, he was a flawed candidate, but he was revered by tens of millions of Americans, including the vast majority of the press corp. He served his country and he paid a very high personal price, and that counts for something. Mitt Romney appeals to no one. There are no people who revere him. There are no people who think he’s paid his dues. If John McCain had a rematch and took more care with selecting his running mate, he’d do a lot better than Mitt Romney is going to do because he is a much better politician with a lot more innate appeal than Mitt Romney. Which is why Cillizza’s next point is overstated.

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 09/27/2012
    An unexpectedly ideological presidential election
    By Greg Sargent

    In explaining why the 2012 presidential race is not playing out according to the GOP’s expected script, Paul Krugman makes an important point:about the unexpectedly ideological nature of this election, and why that’s backfiring on Republicans:

    How did that happen? Partly it’s because this has become such an ideological election — much more so than 2008. The GOP has made it clear that it has a very different vision of what America should be than that of Democrats, and Democrats have rallied around their cause. Among other things, while we weren’t looking, social issues became a source of Democratic strength, not weakness — partly because the country has changed, partly because the Democrats have finally worked up the nerve to stand squarely for things like reproductive rights.
    And let me add a speculation: I suspect that in the end Obamacare is turning out to be a big plus, even though it has always had ambivalent polling. The fact is that Obama can point to a big achievement that will survive if he is reelected, perish if he isn’t; health insurance for 50 million or so Americans (30 million from the ACA, another 20 who would lose coverage if Romney/Ryan Medicaid cuts happen) is enough to cure people of the notion that it doesn’t matter who wins.
    These points are related to each other. One reason Obamacare may not be turning out to be quite the negative for Obama that many expected is precisely because the election has become so ideologically charged. My bet is that the selection of Paul Ryan, by spotlighting his highly controversial and ideologically charged plan to transform Medicare’s core mission over time, might be lessening Obamacare as a liability for the President.

  • rikyrah

    New jobs numbers under cut major Romney talking point
    By Greg Sargent

    So the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this morning that it is revising its jobs count, to include an additional 386,000 nonfarm jobs that were created from March of 2011 to March of 2012.

    Jobs numbers are only one metric for measuring economic improvement, so we shouldn’t overstate their significance. This new finding, however, does matter politically in a few key ways. First, as Justin Wolfers points out, the added jobs means that there has no longer been a “net” loss of jobs on Obama’s watch. As you know, Romney has been saying for a very long time now that the “net” jobs lost on Obama’s watch proves his policies failed. That’s a bogus metric, because it factors in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in each of the first few months of Obama’s term, before those policies went into effect.

    But putting that aside, net jobs were now actually gained on Obama’s watch. So, in theory at least, Romney has been deprived of one of the talking points that has been central to his candidacy for a year now. That talking point was crucial for Romney, because it enabled him to make the (nonsensical) case that Obama destroyed jobs overall.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –[Apologies ifff a dup] – — Luvin’ the FIGHT – annnd OPTIMISM – –

    – —Yes, a Blow Out is Possible – –

    —–I don’t like to mince words. Mitt Romney is getting slapped around worse than Cory Booker after a Meet the Press appearance. There are redheaded stepchildren and rented mules who are having an easier time of it than the Mittster. In Nate Silver’s model, if the election were held today, Romney would have a 2.2% chance of winning. His chances on November 6th are down to 18.1%, and they are only that high because Silver is still assuming a bit of a convention bounce and some economic headwinds that will keep Obama’s numbers down. In any case, things are bad enough that Silver decided to try to figure out if Obama could possibly do as well or better in November as he did in 2008. Things are bad enough that Chris Cillizza decided to tell us all that they won’t get much worse. Mr. Cillizza assures us that Mitt Romney won’t get blown out, and Mr. Silver basically agrees, although he allows that it’s at least as likely as Romney coming back to win.

    Let’s start with Cillizza’s argument. He says that 2008 was a historically good year for the Democrats, which is true. It’s always hard to break your own record for excellence. Cillizza also says this:

    – – – -SNIP — –
    Obama’s national movement still exists. He’s going to shatter his record for attracting small donor donations, and his sixty-plus field offices in Iowa just started taking people to the polls today.

    – –SNIP — – –

    And there’s something else to consider. President Obama has proved himself. We don’t have to wonder about a 3 am phone call anymore.

    SPEAK TRUTH!! – – –

  • Miranda

    George W. Bush posts better favorability ratings than Mitt Romney in new Bloomberg survey

    For all the talk about whether Mitt Romney should distance himself from George W. Bush –and the policies of the last GOP White House — a new survey shows that the former president actually has better favorability ratings than the Republican nominee.

    A Bloomberg News National Poll released Wednesday has Bush receiving a favorable rating from 46 percent of those surveyed and an unfavorable rating from 49 percent. That’s compared to Romney’s 43 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable.

    more here

    • creolechild

      “George W. Bush posts better favorability ratings than Mitt Romney in new Bloomberg survey.”

      Who would have imagined this, given George W.’s record….WOW!

      • Town

        George W. Bush was likeable. Mitt Romney is not.

        Laura Bush was introverted but you could’ve had a pleasant conversation with her.

        Ann Romney is a Mean Girl.

        The Bush Twins were mischievous but looked like they could be fun.

        The Romney Sons are all creepy.

        • creolechild

          On point as usual, Town. Isn’t it ironic though that GWB is rarely mentioned by his party but polls better than the candidate they’re offering up as presidential material. Franky, I think that it’s hilarious…

        • conlakappa

          I think I’ve recounted the story of backing into Laura while trying to avoid meeting her husband, it didn’t work because she said, “excuse me!” which made me jump forward and I had to meet her husband any way. I think I’d have been renditioned had I bumped into Miss Ann, or at least the soles of my feet beaten with a rubber hose.

      • nellcote

        Americans are prone to amnesia. It must be all the bottled water we drink.

      • conlakappa

        However fake his principles, he actually did consistently stand by them.

  • MonieTalks

    This needs to be blown up…spread it! Abruptly dropping this firm under the radar and the sweeping it under the rug is not enough. The media needs to be forced to cover this.

    RNC cuts ties with voter-drive firm accused of fraud

    WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has abruptly dropped ties to a firm running a major get-out-the-vote effort in seven swing states after Florida prosecutors started an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms.

    Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats. None of those allegations have led to criminal charges.

    ….Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations. The firm was set up at a Virginia address, and Sproul does not show up on the corporate paperwork.

    “In order to be able to do the job that the state parties were hiring us to do, the [RNC] asked us to do it with a different company’s name, so as to not be a distraction from the false information put out in the Internet,” Sproul said.

    read more:,0,4284007.story

    • MonieTalks

      Here’ more related to this..spread it..harass that rancid Reince Priebus

      “Questionable” Palm Beach County voter registration forms forwarded to state attorney for review

      By George Bennett

      Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

      The Republican Party of Florida is dumping a firm it paid more than $1.3 million to register new voters, after Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher flagged 106 “questionable” registration applications turned in by the contractor this month.

      Bucher asked the state attorney’s office to review the applications “in an abundance of caution” because she said her staff had questions about similar-looking signatures, missing information and wrong addresses on the forms.

      The state GOP hired Strategic Allied Consultants of Glen Allen, Va., for “voter registration services” and get-out-the-vote activities. The firm got identical payments of $667,598 in July and August.

  • creolechild

    Obama’s Record Compares Favorably With the Real FDR

    Many liberals, including myself, refer to themselves as “FDR Democrats” And why not? Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a great president. He came in during the worst circumstances in our history and turned the country around economically in many ways. He instituted regulations that were necessary at the time to steady the financial markets and to let people know they could be trusted again, and he helped create the Social Security program, and such agencies as the Securities and Exchange Commission, to keep markets honest, which is the key to a thriving economy.

    But many folks use FDR’s alleged record to detract from President Obama’s accomplishments as president. They use a few offhand mythical comparisons to claim Obama isn’t liberal, or to suggest that Obama isn’t as bold as FDR. The problem, however, is that they use the FDR myth, and not his actual record, for comparison’s sake. When you look at what FDR actually was able to do, President Obama has nothing to be ashamed of at all.[….]

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    H/T Milt Shook

  • rikyrah

    Quote For The Day II

    “Whenever conservatives talk to me about Barack Obama, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. But what exactly? The anger, the suspicion, the freestyle fantasizing have no perceptible object in the space-time continuum that centrist Democrats like me inhabit. What are we missing? Seen from our perspective, the country elected a moderate and cautious straight shooter committed to getting things right and giving the United States its self-­respect back after the Bush-Cheney years. Unlike the crybabies at MSNBC and Harper’s Magazine, we never bought into the campaign’s hollow “hope and change” rhetoric, so aren’t crushed that, well, life got in the way. At most we hoped for a sensible health care program to end the scandal of America’s uninsured, and were relieved that Obama proposed no other grand schemes of Nixonian scale. We liked him for his political liberalism and instinctual conservatism. And we still like him,” – Mark Lilla, in a brilliant and often hilarious review.

    • Kadijo

      GM all. I vehemently disagree with AS labelling Hope and Change as hollow. Whether you are religious are not, everybody hopes for something better in their lives. You want your circumstance to change, whether its for wisdom or more money. AS and his ilk annoy me when they discount hope.

      • jds09

        Seriously, what they really meant was “hope and instant change”. Black folks know that in American change is slow and we celebrate the incremental change. That’s the only way we could get out of bed in the morning and move forward.

        • BoomerGal

          True that!!!

  • rikyrah

    Obama: More Efficient Than Romney

    Obama is out-advertising Romney in Ohio and Florida despite the overall Republican fund-raising advantage. Jon Chait explains how this is possible:

    Obama seems to be getting way more bang for his buck. Republicans are paying their staff twice the rate Democrats are paying theirs, allowing Obama to have twice as many people working for him for the same amount Romney is spending. And the Washington Post today reports the little-known fact that campaigns, by federal law, can command lower advertising rates than Superpacs, giving Obama consistent, and occasionally huge, savings.

    I read somewhere else that the ad rate for the campaigns was $125 where as the SuperPacs were being charged $925….and people don’t wanna say that the media has no FINANCIAL STAKE in making this a horserace?


    • Miranda

      I thought Romney’s business experience was so great and all.


    • conlakappa

      Les Moonves admitted as much when he was quoted back in July talking about the millions CBS had already made. By July.

  • creolechild

    BOA keeps getting hammered in court. It seems like there’s something new and different popping up every week. Move your money, people!

    BofA Reaches $2.43 Billion Deal With Investors Over Merrill

    Bank of America the second- largest U.S. bank by assets, agreed to a $2.43 billion settlement with investors who suffered losses after the lender purchased Merrill Lynch & Co. The bank will incur a third-quarter litigation expense of about $1.6 billion, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said today in a statement. Earnings also will be reduced by $1.9 billion in pretax valuation adjustments related to the company’s credit spreads and a previously disclosed $800 million expense tied to U.K. taxes, it said.[…]

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    H/T Zachary Tracer

    • nellcote

      It really went to shit when it got bought out and moved from Cali to S Carolina.

  • rikyrah

    Obama Moves In For The Kill

    With early voting underway, the above Obama ad is set to run in seven states. At a whopping two minutes, the quadruple-length appeal is likely intended as his closing argument. It follows the direct-to-camera ad Romney released yesterday in which he tries to yet again relaunch his flailing campaign.

    Also, about that Romney ad – the campaign looks to be betting everything on it. Sargent reports that it will be “airing at full throttle in all of Romney’s media markets in nine swing states, and it will be the only Romney ad running in them [save some Spanish-language ads in Florida].”

    • jds09

      Is it just me or does PBO look especially fine in this ad? Have mercy….

      • edp4bho

        Morning POU and jds09. Heck no, it’s not just you. Hubba hubba wowza!!…..LOL ! Our president is one fine man, in every sense of the word. I recall when some people somewhere posed the question- if Barack Obama were not president, would women still have found him attractive in his earlier days ? I say yes because for one- he’s as cute as a button; two- he’s smart as hell; and three- he has mega charms. What’s not to like ?

        • GN

          He’s the prototypical warrior poet. Yes, he’s very attractive, no disrespect to the First Lady!

          • edp4bho

            FLOTUS would likely give a comment like Paulette Washington did on Oprah years ago, when asked how she copes with all the women after her husband (Denzel)….”……you know what, he’s coming home” . Bam !!

          • edp4bho

            That would be “Pauletta”. Still got to find out how to edit.

          • GN

            I don’t think that FLO has a thing to worry about either–not with the way that the POTUS looks at her. It really is great having them in the WH; glad to be living through it.

          • conlakappa

            I kept getting a, “you know, Babs, he’s not Ed Brooke!” look she periodically gave Baba Wawa each time she touched the President?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – — UPDATE: – – -The “film maker” – –TERRORIST!!- –

    – – –
    Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Held Without Bail In California

    —-A federal judge on Thursday ordered the producer of the anti-Muslim film “Innocence of Muslims” held without bail, following his arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, ABC News reports.

    U.S. District Judge Suzanne Segal said the court had a “lack of trust” in Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, who has been identified as the producer of a crude, offensive film that has been blamed for violence and demonstrations in the Middle East this month.

    On September 14, TPM reported that the U.S. Probation Office for the Central District of California was reviewing Nakoula’s case. In 2010, Nakoula had been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on bank fraud charges, and ordered not to use computers, cell phones, or the Internet for five years unless he got an OK from a probation officer.
    THERE IS MORE. – – –

  • rikyrah

    The right learns to look the other way on Romneycare
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:15 AM EDT.

    The evolution of conservative attitudes on Mitt Romney and health care has been fascinating to watch from a distance. It’s also become principle-free, as became evident this week.

    It seems like ancient history now, but a year ago, prominent Republicans said Romney would have no choice but to apologize for his Massachusetts health care reform law, which ultimately served as a blueprint for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Sen. John Thune (R-S.C.), Mike Huckabee, Karl Rove, and prominent conservative activists throughout the party demanded that he “acknowledge he made a mistake.”

    Romney, at the time building his campaign around an anti-apology attack, refused, and in time, a subtle detente emerged — the right would put its apoplexy aside, and the candidate just wouldn’t talk about his only meaningful accomplishment in public office.


    But with 39 days to go, both Romney’s and conservatives’ standards have changed.

    A little more than 24 hours have passed since Mitt Romney took the base-alienating step of touting the health care law he signed while governor of Massachusetts in an interview with NBC. Unlike the last time his campaign heralded his signature achievement, however, the conservative grumbling was relatively muted.

    Why? Because, Republicans say, things are so bad for Romney that they’ll even let him talk up his health care law.

    • GN

      The far right has no standards. They simply hate President Obama. ObamaCares is one of his signature achievements, and thus they trash it just as they trash and demonize every single thing associated with the man. It is highly ironic, and their just desserts, that they now have to literally campaign on the merits of universal healthcare coverage. Couldn’t happen to a more despicable, fact-free, principle-challenged group of people. Glad to see the far right have to go mum on ObamaCare, and I think that this could be helpful in terms of letting swing voters see how fake and phony the far right’s/teaparty’s objection to ObamaCares has been all along.

    • conlakappa

      Look the other way as in, “cough!” sort of thing?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – -OOps! – -Missed THIS – -“SMACKDOWN” —W00! Hoo! —

    – – –Ann Coulter Gets Into Heated Battle On The View, Whoopi Goldberg Gets Bleeped —-

    – —- —Ann Coulter‘s Thursday morning appearance on The View was as uncomfortably tense as one likely would expect. While discussing her new book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, Coulter got into a heated tiff with all of the co-hosts (except conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck), with Whoopi Goldberg taking the most offense, demanding that the conservative columnist explain how much she actually knows “about being black.”

    As Coulter began to describe her thesis that “race-mongering has been very bad for America” and white “liberals use it to promote causes that have nothing to do with blacks and, in fact, harm blacks,” Goldberg interrupted her:

    GOLDBERG: “Please stop, please stop. If you’re going to talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about.

    — VIDEO —

    – — –WAY 2 – -GO! – — Whoopie!!! — -HAH!

  • creolechild

    Did you hear, or read, about this anywhere. No? Neither did I…

    Security experts say the recent “denial of service” cyberattacks on big U.S. banks were the largest ever recorded by a wide margin. Since Sept. 19, the banking websites of Bank of America Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., U.S. Bancorp. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. have all suffered day-long slowdowns and been at times unreachable for many customers.

    It is not unusual for banks to get hit by cyberattackers and they have some of the best defenses against them. But this time the volume of traffic sent to these sites in order make then crash was unprecedented – 10 to 20 times the volume that normally seen.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T 24/7 Wall St.

    • Aquagranny911

      Is it okay to laugh at this?

    • BoomerGal

      HA!! Good!!

  • creolechild

    Parents Support New York City’s Initiative To Provide Birth Control To High School Students

    Last year, New York City started a pilot program to provide free birth control — including emergency contraception, commonly known as Plan B — in 13 of its public schools in an effort to combat the city’s high rates of teen pregnancy. Health officials announced yesterday that the program has “encountered little resistance from parents” since it begun in 2011. The Department of Education sent notices to parents to allow them to opt their children out of the pilot program, but officials reported that hardly any parents chose to do so:[….]

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    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • Miranda

    LMAO @ the face of PBO as he walks through the residence and hears Malia singing “Can I Get A Refill” all loud.

    Singer Elle Varner counts fans in the White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Elle Varner may be R&B’s rising star, but she already has fans in the White House.

    While at the Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama said she’s become a fan of Varner, thanks to her eldest daughter Malia’s heavy rotation of her music at the executive mansion.

    The singer-songwriter called the presidential praise the utmost honor.

    “I just couldn’t believe it,” Varner said in an interview last week from Richmond, Va. “I was so proud of the fact that, like, I made this album that not only a 14-year-old girl can appreciate, but her mother as well.”

    more here

    • lamh35

      OMG! I hate that damn Refill song. Obama may have just lost my vote…LOL!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —–LOL – – – -What ELSE is NEW?? – —LOL – -OPEN MOUTH – — -INSERT FOOT!- – – –

    – – – –Romney muddies his tax message – –

    — — –Mitt Romney has muddied his message on the GOP’s signature issue of taxes at a time of growing frustration in the party about the direction of his campaign.

    Now struggling in the polls, the Republican nominee said this week that President Obama had not raised taxes and downplayed the tax relief in his own proposal. Both statements left some on the right dumbfounded.

    “It’s not a particularly compelling message to tell people you’re not going to see much of a tax cut, at least in the way most people think of tax cuts,” said Jim Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute, noting that Romney’s plans would offset rate cuts with the elimination of tax deductions.

    Conservatives were already concerned that Romney has not effectively sold his vision on taxes and the economy to voters, and questioned why the nominee hadn’t responded more forcefully to accusations that his tax plan would hurt the middle class.

    Then Romney seemed to shift his messaging Tuesday when he said Obama hasn’t raised taxes in the White House.

    “I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years — he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years — which is to raise taxes,” Romney said.

    – ——- –NEVAMIND!!! – – – –DAZED annnd CONFUSED 2.0. LOL – –

  • creolechild

    Cue the outrage in 10, 9, 8, 7,….

    USDA OKs tofu as a meat substitute in school lunches

    School lunches can now offer tofu as a “meat alternate,” thanks to a little-noticed announcement from the Department of Agriculture in January. If you’re looking for it in the government code, it’s at “7 C.F.R. 210.10(c)(2)(i)(D) of the regulatory text for the NSLP,” so just flip on over to that sub-sub-sub-sub-subsection. Here’s the USDA’s announcement.[….]

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    H/T Philip Bump

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-LOL! – — -Looke who’s doin’ a – – -BUS TOUR!! –HAH! – –

    – – – –Bain Workers Launch Anti-Romney Bus Tour – -They’re hitting the swing states – —

    – —Workers for Bain-owned companies are hoping to turn one of Mitt Romney’s proudest assets into a weakness. In a bus tour of swing states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Virginia, current and former employees of firms Bain has bought—from Burlington Coat Factory to Dunkin Donuts—are taking a stand against the company’s practices, reports the Huffington Post. “Bain workers know firsthand what a Romney-Bain economy looks like,” says the group’s website.

    “Outsourcing the good jobs to China (and) leaving mostly low-wage jobs with limited benefits here in our communities,” the site continues. Yesterday, some 140 members of the group dropped by a Burlington Coat Factory in Detroit, protesting as a person dressed as Romney distributed pink slips. – – – -LOL

    – — – –Luvin’ IT!! – – — GET da MITT-TWIT!! – – -LOL – –
    [Gotta “bounce” early. 🙂 MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U – –IN MY ♥] – —

    • nellcote

      I wonder who’s funding the tour.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. — – **BIG HUG**- – -“?_

        – — –Good question. I looked. Nothing specific. Maybe UNION funds annnd “OTHER- – – -well-meaning SUPPORTERS. :>)

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

    • conlakappa

      Those are the same States on the Blackman and Robbin tour. Loves it! I was trying to think how those people could be walking deal-sealers, most especially in Ohio.

  • Town

    I remember when I was 5, and my mother took me down for ballet lessons at the Richmond Ballet. I remember being the only little black girl in the class.

    And I remember they were going to put on THE NUTCRACKER and my mother was told I wasn’t going to be in it because I was too big to play one role (mice?) but too small to play another (rats?)

    So I was going to be left out. And I never went back. Made no difference to me, I didn’t care. My mother probably doesn’t remember but I do. And I know they should have had the balls to say they didn’t that little black girl in their Nutcracker production.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang Town that is just so sad. I’m sorry. I have a terrible confession to make. One of my daughters wanted to take ballet lessons & I redirected her because I did not want her to experience something like that. She wasn’t white & blond. I didn’t want her to be hurt.

      • Town

        I personally didn’t care because I didn’t want to be there anyway, but just think of what that would have done to a child that DID want to be there.

    • conlakappa

      I was the only black girl in my ballet class as well. I was also one of the taller girls and the opposite of graceful. The teacher was always kind to me though I cannot remember any of the other girls ever speaking to me.

    • BoomerGal

      They didn’t have tap and ballet schools taught by Black folks in Richmond? We did in my home town. Great memories.

  • Miranda

    Maine Mayor Loses It, Tells Immigrants ‘You Have To Accept Our Culture’

    Bob Macdonald, the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, is attracting national attention after appearing in a BBC documentary and demanding that the Somali immigrants who live in his town “leave your culture at the door.” Lewiston has become a haven for Somali immigrants who have fled their war-torn and poverty stricken nation. In the BBC documentary, which aired September 11, Macdonald said:

    When you come here you accept our culture and leave your culture at the door. I don’t care if you’re white, you’re black, you’re yellow. I don’t care what color you are, when you come into the country, you have to accept our culture. Don’t try to insert your culture into ours.

    more here

    • Aquagranny911

      Fuck this racist bastard! I would tell those Somali immigrants to come here. We have a thriving but small Somali community where their culture is alive & being celebrated.

      Goatfigging piece of racist slime!

      • edp4bho

        LOL…This person is a bit harsh on immigrants. If not for other cultures, we would not have a “Little Italy”, a “Chinatown”, any of the ethnic festivals all across America and which I enjoy for their diversity. Screw him. However, I have one pet peeve, and that is with the large number of African immigrants in Delaware County, PA where I live, who regularly hang their laundry out on hedges to dry. It’s annoying and laughable at once. One friend says there is a family who sits out on the roof of their porch with lawn chairs…mind you, this roof is not a balcony. Keep your culture, but mind the ways in which you express it.

        • BoomerGal

          I’ll buy that. Agreed.

      • conlakappa

        Somalis have been there for over 10 years. Why hasn’t he embraced them?

      • BoomerGal

        What happened to “goatfigger?!” LOL!!!

  • Aquagranny911

    What a beautiful & amazing young woman, Michaela DePrince! May she live long & prosper.

    Just a dumb speculation but I wonder if it was the stress of her early life that made her lose pigment in her skin. I had an uncle with the same problem. It was mostly on his hands & arms. They told him it was exposure to chemicals but he had a really dangerous job at a smelter when he was young. Two people died there & he got really scared & quit that work. Maybe stress and trauma like that when you are young can scare the color right out of you.

    • BoomerGal

      MJ had the same thing. Don’t know if stress is the cause and seems unlikely.

  • Aquagranny911

    8 AM in my world! Got to go Peeps. OFA is calling me. Work to do. Have a great Friday you all!

  • creolechild

    Oh my….(places hands up to face to stifle uncontrollable laughter).

    MoveOn Files Complaint with DOJ Over Romney Retroactive Retirement Claims

    MoveOn.Org has submitted a complaint to the Department of Justice urging an investigation into Romney’s alleged violation of the False Statements Act. The pain in Romney’s “retroactive” retirement from Bain grows.Move On points out that “substantial evidence contradicts Romney’s claim that he was not “active” in Bain Capital in “any” way after 1999.” They add, “Substantial evidence that Mitt Romney may have committed a felony by lying on his financial disclosure forms justifies a criminal investigation.[….]

    The MoveOn letter points out that Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) concurs with their call for an investigation, which is important in the sense that while MoveOn is partisan, CREW is not.[….]

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    H/T Sarah Jones

  • creolechild

    Bronx Prosecutors Wary Of Arrests From NYPD Stop-And-Frisks

    Reacting to the New York Police Department’s aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics, the Bronx district attorney’s office has halted all prosecutions of people at public housing projects for trespassing, unless and until they can conduct an interview with the arresting officer.[….] After receiving numerous complaints from defense attorneys about trespass arrests, Jeanette Rucker of the Bronx DA’s office conducted an investigation that yielded disturbing results.

    The New York Times explains: [S]he found that “in many (but not all) of the cases the defendants arrested were either legitimate tenants or invited guests,” she wrote.[….] From 2009 to 2011, the police arrested more than 16,000 people on trespass charges in public housing, according to a report filed as part of the federal litigation over the arrests.[….]

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    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • creolechild

    Ozone Layer Recovers as Montreal Protocol Turns 25

    Earth’s ozone layer is now on track to recover during the next 50 years, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday on the 25th anniversary of the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals such as refrigerants into the atmosphere have caused holes to open annually over both poles.

    “A quarter-century ago, one of the greatest challenges facing humanity – the thinning of the ozone layer that protects life on Earth from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the Sun – led to what is arguably the best example yet of global cooperation on an environmental issue,” said the secretary-general in his message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, observed annually on September 16.[….]

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  • creolechild

    If this isn’t a powerful symbol of “Hope and Change,” then I don’t know what is…

    Global Muslim Campaign to Send Condolences To Slain Ambassador’s Family Goes Viral

    September 23, 2012– What started out as a local effort by Muslims to write messages of goodwill to the family of Ambassador Stevens has quickly become a global online movement, with thousands of letters being sent from ninety countries in just one week.[….]

    The organization is collecting all of the letters, as well as flowers and gifts, to send to the family. They have received letters from Muslims spanning five continents, most of which came from the United States and North Africa, including many Libyans and Libyan-Americans. Messages have ranged from personal stories, to condolences and prayers for the family, and explanations of why the act contradicts Muhammad’s message and character.

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    H/T Tarek El-Messidi

  • Miranda


    Michelle MaIkin‏@MicheIleMaIkin
    Nickelodeon is a Liberal cesspool of hatred. Trying to brainwash good Conservative children into Big gov dependency. Obama Zombies. #tcot

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      See, THIS is a pet peeve I have with conservative loons like this. If you want to be taken seriously, LEAVE KID SHIT ALONE!!!! I mean, Sesame Street, Spongebob Squarepants, Teletubbies, etc. Just leave it alone. Let the kids watch. Even I do sometimes. Beats the hell out of reality for a minute.

      • I think that’s a parody twitter account.

      • TyrenM

        Parody or not…real talk.

  • rikyrah

    Chickenhawk Romney

    by BooMan
    Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:37:47 AM EST

    I think it is cute that Mitt Romney drew a giant valentine on a French beach in 1968 and had someone take a picture of it to send to his sweetheart and future wife, Ann Romney. At the same time, I understand why Senator Jim Webb is so incensed with Mitt Romney’s avoidance of mentioning our combat soldiers during his convention speech. While Mitt Romney was sprawled out on a French beach, Jim Webb was serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded, and where he earned a Navy Cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Whether someone served in Vietnam or not is not something I get hung up about. I respect the people who went when their country asked them to go. I also respect the people who looked at the situation and decided that it would be immoral to fight in that war. I am not going to judge people who had to make difficult decisions based on imperfect information. But Romney showed up at rallies favoring the war even though neither he nor anyone in his extended family served a day in the military. I don’t understand that. To me, that makes you a chickenhawk. And I don’t like it when chickenhawks talk all tough about defense and war. Dick Cheney’s five deferments made me sick every time I saw him snarl. George W. Bush going AWOL during the Vietnam War made me sick when he put on a flight suit and strutted around on an aircraft carrier. These men didn’t oppose the Vietnam War at all; they were just afraid to fight in it. At least with Mitt Romney’s father, he worked hard during World War Two to make sure our troops had the vehicles and other materials they needed.
    Sen. Webb isn’t a partisan guy, but I can see why Mitt Romney disgusts him.

    “If nothing else, at least mention some word of thanks and respect when a presidential candidate who is their generational peer makes a speech,” said Webb, a former Navy secretary and decorated Marine who served in Vietnam. Romney was exempted from the draft, first as a student and then as a missionary.
    “This was a time when every American male was eligible to be drafted. People made choices,” Webb said. “Those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns did so with the belief that their service would be honored.”

    But that’s the pattern with Romney. Ann Richards said that George W. Bush was born on third base and thought he hit a triple. Mitt Romney was born at home base and thought he hit a grand slam. He never thought twice about guys like Jim Webb who were fighting and dying in a war that Romney supported, even as he lounged on French beaches daydreaming about his sweetheart back home.

    Missionary work has its place, but you don’t get to be a hawk when you chose to opt out of a war you wanted your classmates to fight.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – – -LO- — Poor RAS!- – –Gotta report da TRUTH!. LOL- – –

    – – – –General Election: Romney vs. Obama– – –

    – – – -Even Faux-noise annnd Gallup – – – -HADTA tell da TRUTH!! LOL

    • Truth to tell the Fox poll has been holding like that for a few months now.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – – -I KNOW- -HUH??—-My brow has been- — -***furrowed** :>) – – -waitin’ 4 them 2 return 2 their- – -FORMER SELVES. :>)

        Good 2 C U woody45. :>)

  • BoomerGal

    Michaela is magnificent!! Thank you so much for this series of African Americans in Ballet. We are such a gifted people.