November 23, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists

This week’s open threads have highlighted the works of several Black feminists/womanists.  Today, I am going to focus on one of the most well-known Black feminists: bell hooks.

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Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, feminist, and social activist. She took her nom de plume from her maternal great-grandmother Bell Blair Hooks. She was born  in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She grew up in a working-class family with five sisters and one brother. Her father, Veodis Watkins, was a custodian and her mother, Rosa Bell Watkins, was a homemaker. Throughout her childhood, she was an avid reader.

Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, capitalism, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in various public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, hooks has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism.

Her early education took place in racially segregated public schools, and she wrote of great adversities when making the transition to an integrated school, where teachers and students were predominantly white. She graduated from Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, earned her B.A. in English from Stanford University in 1973, and earned her M.A. in English from theUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison in 1976. In 1983, after several years of teaching and writing, she completed her doctorate in the literature department from the University of California, Santa Cruzwith a dissertation on author Toni Morrison. She also taught at Yale.

Her teaching career began in 1976 as an English professor and senior lecturer in Ethnic Studies at the University of Southern California. During her three years there, Golemics (Los Angeles) released her first published work, a chapbook of poems titled “And There We Wept” (1978), written under her pen name, “bell hooks”. She adopted her grandmother’s name as a pen name because her grandmother “was known for her snappy and bold tongue, which [she] greatly admired”. She put the name in lowercase letters “to distinguish [herself] from her grandmother”. She said that her unconventional lowercasing of her name signifies what is most important in her works: the “substance of books, not who I am”.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah:)

  • jds09

    Morning rikyrah and everybody! I love bell hooks. Thank you.

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

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

    Mornin’ POU!

    The November jobs report is out and it’s good news!

    U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.0% from 7.3% — A FIVE YEAR LOW!

    U.S. gains 203,000 jobs in November beating estimates of 180,000 jobs added.

    The participation rate INCREASED.

    Black unemployment rate DROPPED from 13.1% to 12.5%.

    Black male UER DROPPED from 13% to 12.3%

    Black women UER DROPPED from 11.5% to 11.1%

    Black teen UER DROPPED 36% to 35.8%

    • Lisa M

      Morning everyone! Great news!

      • Alma98

        Morning Lisa!

    • rikyrah

      I’ll keep on asking..
      what would the UR be if the GOP hadn’t of decided to commit ECONOMIC TREASON AGAINST THIS COUNTRY

      • jds09

        This should be the drumbeat for 2014. Give him a congress he can work with.

        • Kennymack1971

          Agreed. These fraidy cat Dems need to get with the program.

    • GreenLadyHere

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      Good 2 C U Sepia. Have a good day. :>)

    • AxelFoley

      I’ma blame Obama.

    • Alma98

      Morning Sepia! I cam imagine what it would be without all the teapublican obstruction.

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

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    Chuck Todd @chucktodd 20m
    @dpleasant you and a few others do this a lot… you cherry pick something to simply create a phony controversy… Bad side of Twitter

    • jds09

      It’s too early for this mess.

    • Kennymack1971

      He just makes it so easy

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

    Mandela to be buried Dec. 15

    By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA — Dec. 6, 2013 8:39 AM EST

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday, Dec. 15.

    President Jacob Zuma also said Friday that a memorial service in a
    Johannesburg stadium will be held for the anti-apartheid leader on
    Tuesday, Dec. 10. Zuma said that Mandela’s body will lie in state at
    government buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday, Dec. 11, until the
    burial.

    He said this coming Sunday, Dec. 8, will be a national day of prayer and reflection.

    MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/south-africans-mourn-celebrate-mandela-0

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

      Pretty!

  • rikyrah
  • rikyrah

    The economy created 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.0% in November. bls.gov/news.release/e…—
    Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 06, 2013

  • JB20005

    Will Darrell Issa hold hearings to determine whether Mandela’s death was timed to distract from Obamacare?

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG –HUG*** :>)

    —- -ACA POSITIVITY :>)

    — – –New York’s Obamacare Experience One Of the Nation’s Positive Examples – –

    – – – —- New York’s Obamacare rollout — despite some initial hiccups — has become one of the initiative’s biggest success stories, officials and analysts said. “It’s working great,” said Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society of New York, a nonprofit group that helps people navigate the state’s health exchange. “We are enrolling people
    like gangbusters.”

    New York’s enrollment numbers far surpass those posted by the federal government and rank third among the 16 states and the District of Columbia that operate health insurance exchanges, according to figures tracked by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    The state Health Department reported that 257,413 people had completed applications on the site as of Nov. 24. Of that figure, 41,021 went on to enroll in a health insurance plan and another 35,156 qualified for Medicaid.

    By the end of 2016, state officials expect 1.1 million people to have obtained coverage through New York’s site.

    Only California, with 214,891 Medicaid and insurance enrollees, and Washington state, with 130,575, have had more success than New York, according to Kaiser.

    “There are a handful of states that are showing that the law can work,” said Kaiser Senior Vice President Larry Levitt, who noted that California, Washington, and New York account for almost three-quarters of the total Obamacare enrollment.
    THERE IS MORE – – – –Woo! Hoo!
    [Yeah –I eliminated the -“Negativity”!!! -] —

  • rikyrah

    Daniel Gross ✔ @grossdm Follow

    Awful lot of silence today from the Obamacare-is-killing-employment crowd.

    7:49 AM – 6 Dec 2013

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

      *snicker*

  • rikyrah

    pareene @pareene Follow

    Imagine being young in the 1980s and supporting
    apartheid. Those people still run most of the conservative movement.

    11:32 PM – 5 Dec 2013

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

    I read this on LSA. 2520s don’t know when to quit. But the story about Mandela and Queenie is funny, tho!

    ———————————————————————————-
    But that damn Robyn Curnow, a SOUTH AFRICAN reporter who interviewed Mandiba over the years, in referencing how he owned that he was imperfect and not a saint, in every fucking segment KEEPS bringing up how he was a “frisky, cheeky” man known for his “inappropriate touching and cuddling up to pretty girls.” While delightfully giggling and kee-keeing, she gives this anecdote about how he “freaked her out” once when he randomly “grabbed her around the waiste.” She goes on to say that in spending 27 years in prison, he hadn’t been around women for a while and so he loved being surrounded by them. MEANWHILE, as she’s saying this, footage of Mandiba hugging and kissing folks like Charlize Theron, Kate Moss, and the Spice Girls is showing in the background.

    FOR WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The man hasn’t even been gone for a WHOLE DAY and yet his being a “lady’s man (read: womanizer)” is being brought up. I mean DAYUM. And coming from that bland, PLAIN AS PAPER woman, I feel like their is some low-key shading going on.

    TANGENTIALLY: A cool fact that I didn’t know is that he was on first
    name basis with Queen Elizabeth and NO ONE ELSE COULD EVER GET AWAY WITH THAT.

    Once when seeing the Queen, he said “Ahhh Elizabeth, you’ve lost WEIGHT!” : GOD how I love our SHADY black elders.

    R.I.P. Mandiba

    • Miranda

      Oh I believe there will be some real shading going on by conservatives in the media because watching this great man of color be lionized is something they can’t take.

  • rikyrah

    LUVVIE’S SCANDAL RECAP IS UP

    YOLO and OMG: Scandal Episode 309
    December 6, 2013 | Luvvie

    The last episode of Scandal two weeks ago left off after Mama Pope emerged from the shadows to her daughter, who was shell-shocked at seeing the mother she thought has been dead for the past 22 years. I was a-scared tonight because I just knew there’d be no chill to be had in this episode, especially since it was part 1 of the winter finale, which ends next Thursday. All our fears had base. THIS EPISODE, DOE! Whoooooo! I just… let’s just get into it.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/12/yolo-scandal-episode-309-recap.html

  • JB20005

    Despite his public pronouncements of sympathy, during his college years, UK Prime Minister David Cameron belonged to the Federation of Conservative Students.

    This group was famous for placing “Hang Mandela” posters around university campuses, and printing t-shirts with the same slogan.

    In 1989, he went on an anti-sanctions “fact-finding” mission to South Africa, sponsored by a Botha lobbying firm and the Tory Policy Unit.

    Never let the world forget which side the right wingers were on when it mattered most.

    • gn

      Some of them are still on that side. Ted Cruz published a facebook post pandering to Mandela’s memory—all of the top comments there are “terrorist” “communist” etc. These folks haven’t changed IMO; same people who supported Apartheid then hate PBO now.

      • Kennymack1971

        And those wingnuts are spitting pure venom. They are what we thought they were.

    • itgurl_29

      Honestly, I’m glad that when Nelson Mandela had to go, it was in the age of Black Twitter. Phony mourners are getting called out left and right. Exposed for everyone to see.

      • JB20005

        The Tory/Republican position on Mandela is just going to keep looking worse with the passage of time.

        By the time of Reagan’s veto, apartheid had become so indefensible that Congressmen Mitch McConnell and Newt Gingrich voted to override it.

        • TyrenM

          Reagan exposed for history: Panthers, Apartheid, Crack, Iran-Contra, etc. Carry on.

      • gn

        Zimmerman’s phony brother got some of it too for having the audacity to even type Mandela’s name (this racist POS smeared Trayvon at all opportunities). Twitter is a gamechanger.

      • AxelFoley

        Black Twitter is the business.

    • malletgirl02

      That kind of reminds me when the Repulican club was writing in chalk on the grounds of the univesity I went to Kerry=osama during the 2004 election. I guess college conservatives are the same on both sides of the pond.

  • rikyrah

    I listen to this Scandal review on youtube every week. This week, the actress who plays Quinn called into the show.

    Scandal S:3 | YOLO E:9 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOOD MORNTIN –PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>) — -EXCITING FOCUS – -“BELL HOOKS” :>) – –

    – –☻Gloria Jean Watkins – – -She “LOOKED BACK —-2 MOVE FORWARD” – -:>)
    – – – – - She adopted her grandmother’s name as a pen name because her grandmother “was known for her snappy and bold tongue, which [she] greatly admired”.

    – – – -CONNECTED some POWERFUL “DOTS” – –
    ——— – – —the interconnectivity of race, capitalism, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems
    of oppression and class domination.
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    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! It’s a very cold one here, having a nice cup of hot coffee. Have a great day (((HUGS))).

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Alma98. ***BIG HUG***

        — WE got some cold but — it’s livable.—
        – – -Thank U 4 the BLESSINGS♥. MUCH APPRECIATED. :>) —Annnd U 2♥ –:>)

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

    Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then

    By Peter Beinart December 5th 20137:40 pm

    Now that he’s dead, and can cause no more trouble, Nelson Mandela is being mourned across the ideological spectrum as a saint. But not long ago, in Washington’s highest circles, he was considered an enemy of the United States. Unless we remember why, we won’t truly honor his legacy.

    In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed Mandela’s African National Congress on America’s official list of “terrorist” groups. In 1985, then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted against a resolution urging that he be released from jail. In 2004, after Mandela criticized the Iraq War, an article in National Review said his “vicious anti-Americanism and support for Saddam Hussein should come as no surprise, given his longstanding dedication to communism and praise for terrorists.” As late as 2008, the ANC remained on America’s terrorism watch list, thus requiring the 89-year-old Mandela to receive a special waiver from the secretary of State to visit the U.S.

    MORE: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/05/don-t-sanitize-nelson-mandela-he-s-honored-now-but-was-hated-then.html

    • itgurl_29

      I couldn’t even watch 5 minutes of coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death because Andrea Mitchell was on that “peaceful, Noble Negro, cuddly teddy bear for non-violence” bullshit. Nelson Mandela was not of the “turn the other cheek” school. He said if it had to come to that, that South Africans had the right to violence to defend themselves against the oppressor.

    • JB20005

      Ronald Reagan was George Wallace with a Hollywood smile. A nasty old bigot in the guise of a kindly old grandfather.

      Thatcher on the other hand was ugly both inside and out.

  • lamh36

    Good morning POU.

    Was listening to TJMS this morning and Amd Andrew Young was on talking about Mandela. It was a great chat.

    Afterward Tom posed a very thought provoking question. Nelson Mandela spent all those years in prison and never once renounced his beliefs. He said he was willing to die for his beliefs, even if he died in prison.

    So Tom asked the question, “What is something, cause or belief, that you would be willing to die for or endure 27 years of imprisonment for?”

    The common answer was of course “my children”, but IDK I see that as the easy answer. But what of like me you have no children what then would I be willing to die for?

    I’m still sitting her boy 1st later and I really have no idea what my answer is?

    So POU fam what’s yall answer? Let’s assume dying for ur kids is a given.

    • http://www.dlancystreet.com reginahny

      Thats is a great question, and a difficult one. For me, I would go to the mat to keep Democracy alive in the U.S. and resist a dictatorship of any form: religious or secular or idealogical (e.g. so-called “communist” dictatorships al la Venezuela). Thing is, I’d afraid that my single willingness to die wouldn’t move anyone — why I love to work in partnership / teams.

      On a lighter note, hoping no one ever messes with my family or my little kitty Pearl. Don’t know what I’d do ;-)

  • gn

    Worldwide hero:

    @TheObamaDiary
    Stunning RT @ajamlive Schoolchildren hold candles, portraits of Mandela during ceremony in Chennai, India (Reuters) pic.twitter.com/TgzrRCmeyX

    • AxelFoley

      A giant among men.

  • Miranda

    SMH…..wonder who will be the first republican to bash Mandela in order to stay in good with the klan base. Look at their responses to Boehner’s tweet on lowering the flag in Mandela’s honor.

    https://twitter.com/SpeakerBoehner/status/408975883072839680

    • Kennymack1971

      I’m betting Steve King or Gohmert take it there.

  • Miranda

    If you read nothing else today………….read this.

    —————————-

    Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel.
    DECEMBER 6, 2013

    Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tributes, the right-wing tributes. You will say that Mandela was not about race. You will say that Mandela was not about politics. You will say that Mandela was about nothing but one love, you will try to reduce him to a lilting reggae tune. “Let’s get together, and feel alright.” Yes, you will do that.

    You will make out that apartheid was just some sort of evil mystical space disease that suddenly fell from the heavens and settled on all of us, had us all, black or white, in its thrall, until Mandela appeared from the ether to redeem us. You will try to make Mandela a Magic Negro and you will fail. You will say that Mandela stood above all for forgiveness whilst scuttling swiftly over the details of the perversity that he had the grace to forgive.

    You will try to make out that apartheid was some horrid spontaneous historical aberration, and not the logical culmination of centuries of imperial arrogance. Yes, you will try that too. You will imply or audaciously state that its evils ended the day Mandela stepped out of jail. You will fold your hands and say the blacks have no-one to blame now but themselves.

    more here: http://www.okwonga.com/?p=869

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    L.A. sues Wells Fargo and Citigroup, alleging predatory lending

    [….] The suits cited reports from two advocacy groups for low-income and minority neighborhoods that claimed the mortgage crisis resulted in more than 200,000 foreclosures in Los Angeles from 2008 through 2012 and, in turn, in depressed property values, leading to an estimated loss of $481 million in tax revenue for the city.

    In addition, the local government costs for safety inspections,
    police and fire calls, trash removal and property maintenance of all
    foreclosed L.A. houses has hit $1.2 billion.[….]The suits, which do not specify the amount of damages sought, alleged that the banks’ predatory lending and redlining started in at least 2004 and still continues.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-city-attorney-lending-20131205,0,2334127.story

    H/T Andrew Khouri

  • creolechild

    Obama announces National Security Agency reforms

    [….] “The NSA actually does a very good job about not engaging in domestic surveillance, not reading people’s emails, not listening to … the contents of their phone calls,” said Obama in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

    “Outside of our borders, the NSA’s more aggressive. It’s not constrained by laws. And part of what we’re trying to do over the next month or so is having done an independent review and brought a whole bunch of folks, civil libertarians and– lawyers and others to examine what’s being done,” said the president.

    At the American University interview with MSNBC, Obama added: “I’ll be proposing some self-restraint on the NSA and initiating some reforms that can give people some more confidence.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/131206/obama-announces-national-security-agency-reforms

  • creolechild

    Seattle man’s frugal life leaves rich legacy for 3 institutions

    [….] He clipped coupons, wore sweaters with holes in them to make people think he was poor and took a bus — not a cab — to the University of Washington when he attended an alumni luncheon in his later years. Only a tight circle of family and friends knew that MacDonald was nurturing a secret fortune.

    When he died in September at the age of 98, he left in his will a $187.6 million charitable trust to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army.[….]

    Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022337460_childrensdonationxml.html

    H/T Katherine Long

    • Town

      “Jack went out of his way to look poor, partly because he didn’t want to be badgered by people who wanted money,” Dennis said.
      ————-

      This is what I aspire to be.

    • TyrenM

      I was just thinking to myself that I wish I was rich so I could fly to Mandela’s funeral. Now I feel so selfish.

      • creolechild

        T, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to honor the life of a man who gave so much to so many. Nothing wrong at all…

  • Miranda

    Family values….hard working REAL Americans….yep.

    Ex-congressional staffer lied about war injuries to get VA benefits, prosecutors say

    A Utah man who once worked for Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) through the Wounded Warrior Project on Thursday was charged with fraud for lying about war injuries to collect disability benefits.
    By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News
    Published: Thursday, Dec. 5 2013 10:48 p.m. MST

    SALT LAKE CITY — A man who worked for a Utah congressman through the Wounded Warrior Project faces criminal fraud charges for allegedly lying about being injured in the Iraq war to collect disability benefits.

    Prosecutors filed a 15-count indictment Thursday against Gilbert Thomas Prado, of West Valley City, for wire fraud and making false statements. The eight wire fraud counts correspond to monthly disability payments he received from August 2011 to March 2012 totaling $18,000, according to the indictment.

    more here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591902/Ex-congressional-staffer-lied-about-war-injuries-to-get-VA-benefits-prosecutors-say.html

  • creolechild

    NYC is holding a subway swing dance party in vintage train cars

    Every year, the MTA gets all misty around the holidays and runs a few
    vintage train cars. This year, the first four Sundays in December, you
    can ride the “Nostalgia Special” from Lower Manhattan to Queens on the M line.

    There is also, this coming Sunday, a vintage subway dance party on
    the platform of the 2nd Avenue station from 11:45 to 6 p.m. It’s
    organized by enthusiasts of ’30s-era dances, like Lindy Hop and Balboa. There will be music on the trains and dancing on the platform.[…]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/nyc-is-holding-a-subway-swing-dance-party-in-vintage-train-cars/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

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

      That sounds like fun!

      • creolechild

        It does. Wonder if similar events are happening elsewhere on the East Coast.

        • conlakappa

          Send the idea to the D.C. Metro–might give people something to do while stuck!

  • Miranda

    Black Police Officer Claims She Was Falsely Arrested by Two White Officers on Long Island
    By Frank Eltman
    | Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 | Updated 7:21 PM EST

    A black police officer claimed Thursday that she was improperly charged with resisting arrest by two white officers from her own department last week on Long Island.

    The 19-year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department said she immediately identified herself as a fellow officer during an initial confrontation Nov. 29 with a uniformed officer while she was off-duty and shopping in West Hempstead. She said she was targeted because she is black.

    “I have been wrongfully charged and falsely arrested, requiring me to defend against allegations that are based on prejudice coming from my own police force,” Officer Dolores Sharpe said during a press conference at her attorney’s Long Island office. She declined to take questions from reporters.

    Sharpe’s attorney claims the off-duty officer was shopping for weather stripping at a “dollar store” last Friday afternoon when a uniformed officer confronted her in a parking lot. Attorney Fred Brewington said the officer began verbally berating the woman, saying that where she parked had blocked his view of something he was watching for an undisclosed investigation.

    more here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Police-Officer-Dispute-Long-Island-Racial-Prejudice-Claim-Nassau-234622891.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_NYBrand

    • TyrenM

      Get paid.

  • creolechild

    Massachusetts Voters Will Weigh In On Guaranteeing Paid Sick Days

    On Tuesday, activists and workers delivered enough signatures
    to the State House to get a question on the 2014 ballot about whether to guarantee that the state’s workers get paid sick days.[….] The state requires about 70,000 signatures to get questions on the ballot, but the group says it collected nearly 270,000.[….]

    They also delivered enough signatures to put a question on the ballot raising the state’s minimum wage from the current floor of $8 an hour to $10.50 an hour by 2016 and give tipped workers a raise. But action on the minimum wage may come sooner, as state Senators recently approved a hike to $11 an hour that would automatically rise with inflation.

    It still has to pass the stateHouse and be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D), and the House could wait until January to take it up. But if it becomes law it would be the highest state minimum wage in the country.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/12/05/3024311/massachusetts-paid-sick-days-ballot/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • creolechild

    Israel is paying African asylum seekers $3,500 each to self-deport

    [….] Last Sunday, the government approved a new plan against more than 50,000 African asylum seekers who currently live in Israel. The plan added 550 new positions to law enforcement teams that will act against the migrants themselves and those who employ them. In addition, the government is promoting a bill in the parliament that will allow it to imprison asylum seekers for up to a year, even without a trial.[….]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131201/israel-repatriates-african-asylum-seekers-amid-controversial

    H/T Global Post

    • Alma98

      SMGDH! Why do we continue to give these people money?

      • crazycanuck

        I keep asking that question Alma

    • crazycanuck

      You know I’m beginning to wonder when they will start issuing some kind of patch on clothing for Africans

      • Alma98

        I know, they either don’t see the irony or just don’t care.

        • jds09

          Much of the world will see it tho. It will have consequences.

          • Alma98

            I hope so jds, I really do because it seems like no one cares.

          • crazycanuck

            I hope jds is right also, because it also looks to me like no one cares.

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

      But let the media tell it, Israelis are the angels.

  • itgurl_29

    One of my favorite Christmas jams. I like the old school vibe. I prefer the version without John Legend, but he’s on the on the version with the cute video.

    • Alma98

      John Legend changed the way he sings. I saw a video of him singing when he was a teen and he had an old school gospel sound.

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

        Ever since his then fiancee (now wife) disrespected Quvenzhane Wallis, I’ve been side-eying his ass. He should’ve checked her and made her apologize.

        • Alma98

          ***fist bump***

        • conlakappa

          Beard.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. I really felt that yesterday painting was looking at all of us and judging us. A really really disturbing painting.

    Today Edouard Manet… The Balcony

    • Alma98

      LOL…Hey cc.

  • creolechild

    AHA! Finally they finally caught Louie Gohmert’s “anchor babies.” Wait a minute…what…never mind. Wrong color.

    Russian Diplomats Accused of Bilking Medicaid

    [….] From 2004 to 2013, 58 of 63 births to Russian diplomats in New York were paid for by the federal program for the poor, according to a complaint unsealed yesterday in federal court in Manhattan. Defendants received about $500,000 in illegal benefits. Including conspirators not named in the complaint, the scheme netted about $1.5 million inbenefits[….]

    Thirty-eight of 49 people charged have left the U.S., and none has been arrested, the government said.[….] The State Department will ask Russia to waive diplomatic immunity, Bharara said yesterday at a press conference. If no waiver is granted, those charged who haven’t left will be expelled from the U.S. he said.[….]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-05/russian-diplomats-allegedly-bilked-medicaid-as-they-bought-prada.html

    H/T Christie Smythe & Henry Meyer

  • crazycanuck

    ****sigh****

    Amadi Aec Lovelace ‏@amaditalks23m

    Dear media: I know it’s all you know of Africa, but using music from The Lion King in stories about Mandela is not acceptable.

    • Alma98

      or real? smh

  • creolechild

    I never knew this. Early 70s in Detroit. Brought to you by three BLACK brothers(literally).

    Punk Before Punk Existed: A Band Called Death – Teaser

    H/T Hackney Brothers and noisey

    • Alma98

      Ain’t that always the way creolechild, we never get credit.

  • Miranda

    LOLOLOLOLOL

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP6m
    Maybe they just told @SenRandPaul he was in Detroit. https://twitter.com/SenRandPaul/status/408989959048007680

    • Alma98

      LOL…. I wonder who the black guy is hahahaha.

  • Miranda

    Because unless you told him to go I guess he wouldn’t huh? *sigh*..this idiot

    https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/408721120427507712

    • Alma98

      PBO announced him going 40 minutes before Michael fatback tweeted that. I guess he’s getting slow lol.

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

      Michael Moore — please attend a Weight Watcher’s meeting.

    • TyrenM

      Benefit of the doubt (for 1 second)
      Maybe he means don’t have the supporters of Apartheid from US standing over his grave bsing (Carter, Bushes, Clintons etc.) Maybe.

      That said, he was slow since PBO already said he was going.

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

        Hmm….never thought about it that way.

    • BoomerGal

      Girl, you know how their mind works.

  • creolechild

    But the American people don’t want Obamacare …because Obama’s favorability is falling, there’s no hold music, policy cancellations! [Me: pops gum, does a pirouette, rolls eyes and laughs while pointing at Chuckie and nem.]

    State health exchange swamped with enrollees

    California’s health exchange is struggling to keep pace with a surge
    of applicants who are encountering long waits and website problems as they try to meet a Dec. 23 deadline. In response to
    higher-than-expected demand, the Covered California exchange said it is adding staff and expanding its capacity to answer consumer calls.

    It received 17,000 calls in less than an hour Wednesday, more than it received in an entire day in recent weeks. The exchange is also trying to dig through a backlog of 25,000 paper applications filed in October and November.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-exchange-enrollment-20131206,0,5145290.story

    H/T Chad Terhune

  • Miranda

    Since the media loves to talk to him and give him the mic, who’ll be the first to ask him to respond to his supporters??? Because you already know PBO must answer for every utterance by any random black person on the street….who’ll ask Cruz about this and force him to state unequivocally that these comments by HIS supporters are racist and evil?? Who?? I’m guessing no one.
    ————————————
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s praise for Nelson Mandela met with criticism by supporters
    BY LESLIE LARSON / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013, 9:32 AM

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s praise for the late Nelson Mandela did not go over well with some of his supporters, with many expressing outrage that the Republican lawmaker would commend the South African leader.

    Cruz issued a solemn statement to mark Mandela’s passing on Thursday, but his diehard fans responded with vitriol, posting slurs describing the South African leader as a “terrorist, communist, scumbag and murderer,” in comments on Cruz’s Facebook page.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ted-cruz-praise-nelson-mandela-criticized-article-1.1539686#ixzz2miRA9HfS

    • Kennymack1971

      Only going after conservatives gets you in trouble. Cruz won’t have to answer for the virulent racism of the GOP base.

  • creolechild

    Republican Big-City Mayors Are an Endangered Species

    [….] Besides New York, next year there will be Democratic mayors in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, and San Jose.[….] Racial and ethnic minorities, who overwhelmingly support Democrats and
    live mostly in the largest metro areas, accounted for 83 percent of U.S. population growth from 2000 to 2008[….]

    Today, says Katz, the emphasis is on economic matters and equal pay, jobs, and housing[….] Republicans have gained more governorships—30 today, up from 22 in 2006. And they’ve won mayoral elections in smaller cities nationwide[….] All statewide offices are held by Republicans, including Governor Rick Perry, a 2012 presidential candidate, and the party controls the
    legislature.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-05/republican-big-city-mayors-are-an-endangered-species#r=nav-r-story

    H/T Mark Niquette

  • gn

    @petesouza
    Pres Obama watches TV news coverage about the death of Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/hKlwBzGiVg

  • Kennymack1971

    Welp. Get swept by the Jaguars and that’s a wrap. Goodbye Gary Kubiak.

    • TyrenM

      I took them bums. He needs to go.

  • itgurl_29

    Remember the end of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X? Very powerful scene featuring Nelson Mandela.

    • lamh36

      completely forgot that…tweeting it now.

    • MsKitty

      Remember the tears flowing in the theater when I saw that scene.

  • creolechild

    500 Dogs Are Being Rescued and Flown to New Homes Today

    One day. 500 animals. 14 private planes. 120 rescue organizations. 100’s of volunteers. 30,000 air miles. 11 destinations. And many, many happy tails.[….] Funded by Subaru of America, Wings of Rescue will conduct its 3rd Annual Holiday Airlift, saving dogs in Southern California – many literally on the day they are to be euthanized.

    A fleet of volunteer pilots in private planes will fly these bundles of love to rescue organizations and new homes in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, in the largest one-day animal rescue on the West Coast.[…]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/pets/3rd-annual-holiday-airlift-for-dogs.html

    H/T GNN

  • creolechild

    State health insurance exchange aims to enroll 7,000 small firms

    [….] At an event in Los Angeles on Monday, officials with Covered California said their online marketplace for small firms is fully operational and that more than 1,500 businesses had already created shopping accounts on the state website.

    The California exchange said it wants to sign up 40,000 workers through 7,000 firms in 2014. There are no enrollment deadlines for small businesses, so sign-ups will run all year.[….]

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-exchange-small-business-20131203,0,430100.story

    H/T Chad Terhune

    • jds09

      This is another game changer. Most small business owner want to take care of their employees because they know them. Allowing year-round sign ups will allow small business to compete with big business for talent. Corporate America is in for a wake-up call.

  • creolechild

    We’re Starting to Think Homeless Men Are the Most Honest Anywhere

    [….] Joel Hartman was digging through a dumpster, hoping to find someone’s leftover food. Instead, he found a French woman’s wallet. Inside was her identification and credit card. Hartman, 36, said he could’ve kept it. But he didn’t. He thought such a loss would have been too hard on a foreign traveller. He went to four hotels until he succeeded in finding the one where the wallet’s owner was staying.

    That was three weeks before Thanksgiving. Two weeks later, the luxurious Omni Hotel at CNN Center finally located Hartman and invited him to stay at their hotel for five nights through Thanksgiving. They planned to feed him and give him new clothes. On top of that, they gave him $500 in cash “for doing the right thing”.(WATCH the video below)

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/starting-to-think-homeless-men-are-the-most-honest-anywhere.html

    H/T GNN

  • Miranda

    SMH……..negro please…Rand Paul could give less than a rat’s ass about black folks. damn….wtf is wrong with our people? Rand Paul’s stance on drugs are not in any way shaped by the disparity of black folks in prison.

    https://twitter.com/jbouie/status/409020121542582272

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

      So this mofo just gonna ignore that these are two issues PBO has been working on since he took office?? I guess the white man’s words are more important than the Black President’s actions.

    • rikyrah

      Paul would have your Black behind drinking from COLORED water fountains…
      What part of HE DOESN’T SUPPORT THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT or the VOTING RIGHTS ACT don’t you understand

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

        OK???? I swear, some of these Black journos stay missing the big picture!

        I love this response:

        ge shaw @mini_you 1m
        @jbouie @AdamSerwer then he’ll say/do something fucked up like “there shouldnt have been a civil rights act but here’s a blunt 4 everybody!”

        • BoomerGal

          LOL!!!!

    • morphus

      Jamelle, when Paul goes after the prison industrial complex, get back with me.

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

        BOOM.

    • qosine

      WTF? Yeah, while he’s draining all the pension funds.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- –KEEPING HIS LEGACY ALIVE♥- —

    – – –How do we keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive?- –
    – — Nelson Mandela lives. His passing, his home-going, his return to his village, his rest in peace and power only represents another chapter in the life of the 20th century’s greatest global leader.
    His legacy will endure in much the same way that he endured the oppressive forces of racism, inequality, violence and 27 years of
    imprisonment.

    The challenge for all of us is to discover what we are prepared to do to honor the legacy and life of an individual who’s commitment to humanity transcends the era in which we all live. And by honor here, I mean take up the mantle of pursuing social justice — by any means necessary.

    This is a moment in which we are charged with rallying around the principles of equity, democracy, and radical activism. We are charged with ensuring that generations beyond this moment will continue to be inspired by the examples established by Mandela – that leadership knows how and when to follow and how and when to be unpopular; that resistance can not always be non-violent; and that perseverance is the cornerstone of revolution.

    Many will answer this call to articulate how we might best honor Mandela’s awesome legacy and I only offer the following as a handful of suggestions that I hope will contribute to the chorus of accolades, celebrations, and commemorations.
    THERE IS MORE —
    – –CONGRESS can lead the way- —STOP the RACIST –OBSTRUCTION!! – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – –Good News♥ —In HIS HONOR: :>)—

    — –‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ breaks box office records in South Africa- —

    – —A movie depicting the life of Nelson Mandela has become South Africa’s highest grossing picture after its opening last week, its producers said Thursday.

    The film, “Long Walk to Freedom,” has already earned $427,000 (Rand 4.4 million), according to Videovision Entertainment.

    The movie stars British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, the 95-year-old liberation struggle icon. It’s based on his autobiography with the same title.

    The British-South African co-production opened just over a week ago in South Africa, followed by a limited engagement in New York and Los Angeles.

    “I visited a few cinemas over the weekend and experienced the emotional response to the film with audiences leaving the cinemas completely satisfied,” said producer Anant Singh. “For me as a filmmaker, this is really fulfilling.”
    – —THERE IS MORE- – -Lookin’ FORWARD♥ —:>)

  • creolechild

    Do not pass Go. Go directly to jail…. where you belong.

    Former Medical Doctor Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
    for Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct with Minors in Kenya

    A former medical doctor was sentenced today to serve 20 years in prison for engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors in Kenya.[….] John D. Ott, 68, pleaded guilty in May 2013 before the Honorable Reggie B. Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.

    Upon completion of his prison term, Ott will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. In addition, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.[….] Ott has been in federal custody since he was arrested in December 2012, following his deportation from Tanzania.[….]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/December/13-crm-1276.html

    H/T U.S. Department of Justice

    • Alma98

      I notice there’s no photo. mmmm

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- –‘CAUSE —MR. PRESIDENT –“CARES”– :>) —

    —-White House Looks To Extend Jobless Benefits – –

    — -The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits tolong-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn’t renewed by the end of the month, slowing economic growth.

    In a report released Thursday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Labor Department concluded that if Congress allows benefits to expire, 3.6 million people will lose access to the benefits by the end of 2014.

    Democrats are pressing for legislation continuing a program in place since 2008 that gives federally paid benefits to jobless people after their 26 weeks of state benefits run out. Republicans in the GOP-controlled House oppose it.- -[THIS!!!—NO SURPRISE!!]

    “Despite 10 consecutive quarters of GDP growth and 7.8 million private sector jobs added since early 2010, the unemployment
    rate is unacceptably high at 7.3 percent and far too many families are still struggling to regain the foothold they had prior to the crisis,”
    the report states.

    The report notes that Congress has renewed the benefits when unemployment has been lower than the current 7.3 percent. New jobless numbers for November will be released Friday.
    The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the Democratic legislation would cost $25 billion but stimulate the economy by 0.2 percent next year and create 200,000 jobs. Other estimates say the benefits would stimulate the economy by 0.4 percent.

    THERE IS MORE —
    — -RE-THUGS — -U GOT –WORK 2 DO. —
    NOW go 2″OZ” – -annnd “GET a HEART!!” —geesh!

  • rikyrah

    On long-term jobless, ‘everybody’s worst fears are coming true’
    12/05/13 09:16 AM—Updated 12/05/13 09:23 AM
    By Zachary Roth

    That would be less of a problem if there were more turnover in the job market, with people moving often between being employed and unemployed, as used to be the case. But in recent years, there’s been far less flux. That’s creating a distinct class of people, the long-term jobless, trapped in a vicious cycle where being unemployed makes it all but impossible to get hired. And with economists warning that high unemployment could be the new normal, there’s little reason to expect this dynamic to improve.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/leaving-the-long-term-jobless-behind

    • BoomerGal

      That’s some scary shit! Class warfare for real!

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

    Tell the truth and shame them devils!

    http://twitter.com/Only4RM/status/409033369985372160

    • crazycanuck

      I love that Twitter is calling them all out.

    • Miranda

      These right wing nuts are trying to hijack Mandela’s legacy the way every year they try to hijack Dr. King’s!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —TWEETIN’ — -TRUTH. POSITIVITY – -:>)

    — – -☺@NerdyWonka
    Never Forget: George W. Bush was left a 4.2% unemployment rate and left President Obama a 7.9% rate. President Obama has reduced it to 7%.

    — —☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    Bad News for @GOP, #ObamaCare isn’t killing jobs: Healthcare added 28,400 jobs. Manufacturing added 27K jobs including 7K in auto industry. —–Woo! Hoo! :>)
    MORE L8R. :>)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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

    Benghazi!!! /GOP Spin