April 17, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Black Radio Jockeys

Today I am highlighting the career of  Tom Joyner. 

Tom_Joyner

Thomas “Tom” Joyner (born November 23, 1949) is an American radio host, host of the nationally syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and also founder of REACH Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, and BlackAmericaWeb.com.

Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Frances and Hercules L. Joyner. Tom came from an educated family: his grandfather Oscar was one of only 3,000 black physicians in the United States, earning a degree in medicine in 1909.  Both of his parents were graduates of historically black colleges, and both Tom and his brother Albert attended Tuskegee Institute, now known as Tuskegee University. Tom Joyner graduated with a degree in sociology in 1978.  While a student at Tuskegee, Joyner joined the fraternity Omega Psi Phi. At first, his goal was to be a musician, and he joined a band that included his college friend Lionel Richie, but the band did not make any money and his family encouraged him to seek another way to make a living.

Joyner had been involved in college radio, and after graduation, he began his broadcasting career in Montgomery, Alabama immediately upon graduation, and worked at a number of radio stations in the South and Midwest, including stations in Memphis and St. Louis, before moving to Chicago in early 1978. In Chicago, he first worked at WVON, doing the morning show, but left the station after only three months to work at a competitor, WBMX-FM.  By late, July 1978, however, he had been hired away by Charles Mootry, general manager of station WJPC (AM) (nowWNTD). This station, named for “Johnson Publishing Company,” was owned by John H. Johnson, owner of such black magazines as Jet and Ebony.

In 1985, Joyner was simultaneously offered two positions: one for a morning show at KKDA-FM (K104) in Dallas and one for an afternoon show at WGCI-FM in Chicago. Instead of choosing between the two, Joyner chose to take both jobs, and for eight years, he commuted daily by plane between the two cities, earning the nicknames “The Fly Jock” and “The Hardest Working Man in Radio”.  He later told Radio Ink magazine that he racked up 7 million frequent flyer miles over the course of his employment at both stations

In 1994, Joyner was signed by ABC Radio Networks to host a nationally-syndicated program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, featuring Joyner and a team of comedians and commentators reporting and discussing the latest news and sports of the day, and playing popular R&B songs from the 1970s through the 1990s as well as contemporary R&B hits. Also featured are celebrity guests, on-site remotes (called “Sky Shows”), and an on-air soap opera, It’s Your World which is currently not aired. Southwest Airlines is a prominent sponsor of the radio show, especially Joyner’s “Sky Shows,” and free round-trip airfare to any destination that Southwest flies to is a recurring giveaway on his show.

In 2005, a nationally syndicated television show, The Tom Joyner Show, was launched with Joyner as emcee of a one-hour comedy/variety show, combining sketch comedy featuring the Tom Joyner Show Players (his co-hosts from the radio show), talent contests, and musical performances by such artists as Earth, Wind and Fire, Brian McKnight, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds andToni Braxton. The show attracted advertisers such as McDonalds, Chrysler Corporation, WalMart and Southwest Airlines.

While the program achieved top ratings for a weekly syndicated program themed to African American viewers — even taking the number one show position, although it was in a late night time slot — in such markets as New York and Atlanta, affiliates in other markets were reluctant to upgrade the show to prime time for a targeted audience. Without the opportunity to reach a larger audience in earlier time slots and achieve greater revenues, the show had limited ability to offset the residuals and music clearances required by the many performers appearing on the show. Despite award recognition, in May 2006, Joyner decided not to continue due to production costs related to the music variety show concept. Re-runs are shown on TV One cable channel. As for his radio career, Tom Joyner continues to be an influential broadcaster: The Tom Joyner Morning Show, is heard live in over 100 cities, both on-air and via streaming audio, through its syndicator, Reach Media.

In 2005 Warner Books published “I’m Just a DJ but … It Makes Sense to Me” written with his longtime writer, Mary Flowers Boyce. The book chronicles his childhood and early days in radio as well as offers Joyner’s thoughts on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”), the power of the black consumer and fatherhood. In February 2009, Amber Books published Tom Joyner Presents How to Prepare for College, a primer for parents and their children offering specific suggests and advice. The book features a foreword written by Joyner with writers Wil and Thomas LaVeist.

He appeared with his father and grandfather in the documentary “Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter” crediting his family with passing down important values which he passed down to his sons as well. His grandfather Oscar “Doc” Joyner was a Pullman porter who became a medical doctor.

Tom Joyner has had cameo roles in two films-The Gospel (2005) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009).  He also had another television show, The Tom Joyner Sky Show (2003), and has appeared on many other television programs.

Joyner has been an advocate for voter registration and throughout the year promotes voter registration over the air, on his website and during his live ‘Sky Shows’ broadcasts. To improve healthy living, Joyner holds a ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day’ every April or September. On that day, he rallies families and friends to go to the doctor to get a check up to prevent any health problems, and particularly treat any existing issues.

Joyner is participating in the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.

Joyner has also founded The Tom Joyner Foundation to provide financial assistance to students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Since 1998, it has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled at HBCUs. The Tom Joyner Foundation also hosts an annual cruise named the Fantastic Voyage which also raises money for HBCU’s.

Joyner gives out two types of scholarships every year. The Hercules Scholarship, for male students, is named after Tom Joyner’s late father. Students are selected through the Tom Joyner Foundation School of Month program.

The Full Ride Scholarship is awarded to one freshman entering a HBCU each year, in recognition of academic distinction and personal qualities.

On October 7, 2004, Joyner was awarded the NAB Marconi Radio Award.

In 1998, Joyner was the first African American to be inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.

Joyner was inducted in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site on January 12, 2008.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rigoletta

    Good morning.

    There is an article in the Orlando Sentinel about a proposal to increase the size of juries in FL from 6 to 12 for felony trials as if that was the problem with the jury.

    Why doesn’t the legislature take up the issue of how the jury was selected and sequestered?

    It doesn’t matter how many people are on the jury if the trial is rigged from the beginning.

  • rikyrah

    TheObamaDiary.com: Michelle Obama at Urban Alliance Chicago

  • rikyrah

    Hey Juror B37, It’s Time to Shut the Fuck Up

    Juror B37 — the most outspoken member of the most hated jury in America — is looking to have a normal life. A normal life full of book deals (sorry, B37) and Anderson Cooper interviews and the ability to repeatedly say stupid things that she’s never held accountable for. You know, a life just like yours or mine!Related

    A mere two days after finding George Zimmerman innocent of the murder of Trayvon Martin, juror B37 in the case has signed on with a prominent… Read…

    She also wants us to know that she’s plain sick over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who she once referred to as a “boy of color” and whose killer she recently acquitted of murder. In fact, Juror B37′s outline returned to Anderson 360 this morning with the sole intention of making that very clear:

    http://jezebel.com/hey-juror-b37-its-time-to-shut-the-fuck-up-814951800

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

      Nah. Let that bitch keep talking. She’ll make AG Holder’s job much easier.

      • goldenstar

        You’re right. In their quest for fame and Benjamins, some of these folks cannot control themselves. It’s interesting that her husband is an atty but she keeps on putting foot in mouth. These interviews are totally revealing just how off the mark was the jury’s understanding of the case law and the circumstances.

        Gives the Feds substance to work with.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Talk, Bitch37, talk!

  • Miranda

    Teachers unions urge federal action against George Zimmerman
    By Valerie Strauss, Published: July 15 at 6:24 pm

    The National Education Association and the Federation of Teachers, which together represent some 4.5 million teachers and others, both are urging the Department of Justice to investigate George Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder in the Florida killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

    The presidents of both organizations urged their members to sign petitions to the Justice Department, saying that Zimmerman must face the consequences of his actions. The NEA is supporting an NAACP call for federal civil rights charges to be filed against Zimmerman.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/07/15/teachers-unions-urge-federal-action-against-george-zimmerman/

    • TyrenM

      Now they’ll really come for the Department of Education and teacher unions…

  • rikyrah

    Texas’ Perry signs new restrictions on reproductive rights
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:38 PM EDT

    The result was not in doubt, but today’s bill-signing ceremony on Austin was nevertheless disappointing for proponents of reproductive rights.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed sweeping new abortion restrictions that sparked weeks of protests at the state Capitol into law.

    Perry signed the legislation at a ceremony Thursday morning. The bill will require abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, restrict abortions to surgical centers, dictate when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken and ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

    During prepared remarks, Perry spoke about the bill’s intent to “support life.”

    “In signing House Bill 2 today, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built,” Perry said.

    The talking point is more compelling if we overlook the women who’ll be forced to put their health in jeopardy as a result of the legislation (and if we ignore the hundreds of Americans executed by Texas’ government in recent years).

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/18/19542276-texas-perry-signs-new-restrictions-on-reproductive-rights?lite

  • rikyrah

    Detroit is Paying Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr a Quarter Million to File for Bankruptcy

    By: Black Liberal Boomer
    Jul. 18th, 2013

    The surprise is not that Detroit is filing for bankruptcy. The road signs have been pointing toward this conclusion at least since Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took the job – and the leash – offered to him by Gov. Rick Snyder.

    Strike that.

    Detroit has been headed toward bankruptcy for years, because Detroit’s accounts have been screwed for years. Management of Detroit’s finances has been the equivalent of a shell game for quite some time, so those who say that the bill has come due are correct on that point. I am 100 percent opposed to Orr’s appointment, and I will never stop saying that his presence here is illegitimate. Gov. Snyder’s decision to disregard the will of his own voters and force them to accept an EM was nothing short of criminal.

    But it would be a lie to say that Orr is responsible for the bankruptcy. As a matter of fact, I suspect the only reason he didn’t move to file on his first day behind the desk was because he had to at least appear to be trying alternative strategies. Strategies like offering to take Detroit’s creditors on a bus ride through the Detroit ghettoes so they could see firsthand how bad things are here. And then, after a good cry, find it within their hearts to forgive all debts because surely no creditor would have the heart to collect on a debt after seeing that the debtor is having a hard time, right?

    Yeah. Strategies like that. Well thought-out strategies. Brilliant strategies. Strategies that make it so wonderfully clear why Michigan is paying this man Orr his $275,000 salary; to offer bus rides to creditors. And then, when the creditors decide they’d rather not take the ride because they don’t want their pictures taken and because they would have to sign a form that basically lets the city off the hook in case they get shot or killed or whatever (because, after all, they were going to the ghetto and chances are they would indeed stand out just a tad), then Orr moves forward on what was most likely the plan all along.

    Funny thing is, we really didn’t need to pay Orr all this money to file bankruptcy. I’m pretty sure that’s a course of action our own elected leaders could have figured out how to do on their own. And once the bankruptcy is in place, once again, why exactly do we need Orr? Because we’re the biggest municipality to file bankruptcy means we need an emergency manager to make sure everything goes OK?

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/18/detroit-paying-emergency-manager-kevyn-orr-quarter-million-file-bankruptcy.html

  • Town
    • rikyrah

      the entire family are nothing but moochers and grifters. I know you don’t watch Maddow, but she’s the only one in the MSM who has been covering this story.
      she did a segment a couple of days ago about all the shyt this family tried to charge to the state of Virginia, and only after the investigations began, did they pony up the money for what they had charged Virginia.

      • Town

        The Washington Post has been on it, too. The Richmond Times Dispatch tried to ignore it but the story is too hot to ignore.

    • rigoletta

      And these are the types of people always lecturing us about pulling ourselves up from our bootstraps etc…

      I hope McDonnell stays in and gets impeached.

      • Town

        The McDonnells & their ilk like to lecture the people who live in the housing projects ten minutes away from the Governor’s Mansion but the people in the projects aint got nothing on the McDonnells’ grifting.

        • rigoletta

          That’s always the way with these people.
          People are poor and struggling because they are 1000 times more honest than these corrupt bastards.

          They actually work.

  • rikyrah

    Morally Depraved Cowards Accuse African Americans of Race Baiting Over Trayvon Martin

    By: Sarah Jones
    Jul. 18th, 2013

    Even Godwin’s law has its day.

    As awful as it is for people to deny the Holocaust, and in many countries it is a hate crime to do so, imagine what it would be for Germans to accuse German Jews of not only making up the Holocaust, but actually baiting the Nazis and the mass murders if they bring up the Holocaust. Not only are they denying history and the real victimization of an entire class of people, but blaming those people for creating the problem Nazis had with Jews by accusing them of Jew-baiting.

    That’s what the Right is doing when they accuse anyone trying to discuss the very real problem of racism of being “race-baiters”.

    It’s obscene.

    The practice of transatlantic slavery was genocide. The death toll from four centuries of slave trade is estimated at around 10 million. (2) Between 1.2-2.4 million Africans died on their way to becoming slaves.(3) That’s not even including the numbers who died due to the harsh working conditions or the massive numbers murdered in the “gathering” and procurement (theft) of them from their homeland. So, it is appropriate to make this comparison to the Holocaust.

    I say this repeatedly, but apparently not enough. Racism is not something that white Americans can claim as equal to racism experienced by black Americans, and other minorities, but specifically in this case, African Americans and black Americans.

    Racism is more than prejudice. An honest discussion about racism will include historical context, just like an honest discussion of discrimination against Jewish people will include the lead up to the Holocaust, and the atrocities of the Holocaust itself. You see, suggesting that all Jews run the banks doesn’t seem so bad without the historical context, just like suggesting that black Americans are violent criminals without the historical context that they were the victims of massive, unspeakable crimes perpetrated by white Americans upon them doesn’t sound so bad.

    To speak about Trayvon Martin’s hoodie making him a thug (thanks Fox News) is not only ignorant for modern day reasons, but it also obscenely ignores the fact that if things were really equal, then African Americans and black Americans would not statistically be more likely to be impoverished than white Americans. Because it’s poverty, not skin color, that increases crime rates.

    However, Trayvon Martin was not a criminal. He was a kid, not yet 18, doing things kids do. Wearing a hoodie like kids do. He got shot down because George Zimmerman profiled him as black and therefore possibly a criminal.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/18/trayvon-race-baiting.html

    • gn

      That essay’s on point.

  • Miranda

    Investigators looking into whether Va. first lady got free dental work, 2 people say
    By Laura Vozzella and Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: July 18

    RICHMOND — Investigators looking into gifts to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his family have asked questions about whether first lady Maureen McDonnell received cosmetic dental work for free, according to two people familiar with the probe.

    Federal officials have been investigating allegations that a dentist within the large Richmond-area practice of W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. provided cosmetic dentistry services at no charge to the first lady, according to the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Questions about gifts to the McDonnell family expand, two people familiar with the investigation say.

    Free dental work would expand the number of gifts that the first family has received and add a new name to what has been a short list of benefactors. It also would fit a pattern of items given to Maureen McDonnell — including designer clothing and accessories — that appear to have been aimed at polishing her image as first lady.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/investigators-reportedly-looking-into-whether-va-first-lady-got-free-dental-work/2013/07/18/d53e5646-efdf-11e2-bed3-b9b6fe264871_story.html?hpid=z3

    • JojoRaze

      Seriously, ratchery personified. I remember that Master P song when I read about these McDonnells- ‘I got the hook-up, holla if you hear me.’

      • TyrenM

        Uggghhh!

        Good Morning All,

        The close poll. Is VA that Republican or they just don’t give a damn for Clintonite McAuliffe? Y’all got work to do to take Cooch down with Gov. Grifta. (Maybe I need a new one since Sarah P. owned that name.)

        • conlakappa

          Terry Mc is a shady character but he’s targeted in his attack: the current ads feature old white ladies saying that Kooky really isn’t for them. The next round, I predict, will only feature photos of Kooky standing next to Gov. Sponge Bob Good Hair, bonus if the wife is in the frame. Kooks might be trying to get away from that tar baby but T-Mc won’t let him.

        • jziglar

          I think the race is close because Terry is not that popular. Tim Kaine, Mark Warner were pretty popular governors and Virginia has gone blue twice for Obama. (The last time the state went blue was 1964) The state has turned from conservative to centrist, but I believe Terry will pull it off.

  • rikyrah

    Why the EPA’s Gina McCarthy matters

    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:12 AM EDT
    In March, when President Obama chose Gina McCarthy, who previously served as the EPA’s chief air quality regulator, to lead the entire Environmental Protection Agency, Brad Plumer said she might well be the administration’s “most significant” nominee.

    I still think that’s right, and now that McCarthy has been confirmed — she overcame Republican opposition was approved late yesterday — it’s worth pausing to appreciate why McCarthy is so important.

    The success or failure of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda now rests squarely on Gina McCarthy’s shoulders.

    She’s charged with doing the things that Republicans warned she would do: Sweeping crackdowns on toxic pollution from power plants, a massive expansion of federal greenhouse gas regulations, and steps to stem the increasingly controversial water pollution problems caused by coal and minerals mining. Her work as EPA administrator may determine whether Obama’s legacy on climate change is a historic shift in carbon pollution or a fizzled effort, lost to lawsuits and bureaucratic fumbling.

    No pressure.

    Just last month, President Obama unveiled a sweeping policy on combating the climate crisis, using his authority under the Clean Air Act to, among other things, sharply reduce carbon pollution from power plants. It now falls on McCarthy to sharpen, defend, and enforce those public protections.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/19/19559759-why-the-epas-gina-mccarthy-matters?lite

  • Miranda

    Because after getting called out…guess you need to give the appearance of not being Issa’s lapdog
    —————–
    I.R.S. Investigator to Reopen Inquiry Into ApplicationsBy REUTERS
    Published: July 19, 2013

    The Internal Revenue Service’s inspector general said Thursday that he was expanding his investigation of I.R.S. treatment of political groups that applied for tax-exempt status to see if liberal groups were treated the same way as conservative ones. Under attack from Democrats over his earlier inquiries, the inspector general, Russell George, said there was new evidence to study in the controversy about the handling of tax-exempt applications from Tea Party and other groups. The new evidence suggests that the I.R.S. used not only conservative-sounding keywords to select certain applications for extra scrutiny, but also liberal-sounding words like “progressive.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/us/irs-investigator-to-reopen-inquiry-into-applications.html?_r=2&

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    The Other Health Care Reform Law Of Obama’s Presidency Is A Runaway Success

    [....] The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, also took important steps to fix the broken American health care system. And now, it’s paying off big time as doctors flock to electronic health records (EHRs) that save money and improve Americans’ medical care.[....] Providers and health information technology companies alike realized that the era of paper records had to end in order to curb these inefficiencies and preventable injuries and deaths.

    But upgrading to the new digital systems would require a massive up-front investment — and that’s what made the HITECH Act vital. Now, new government data shows that the law has fostered an environment where doctors’ use of EHRs has gone up by more than 250 million times compared to 2011. As The Hill reports, this included 200 million electronic prescriptions, 13 million appointment reminders, and four million care summaries.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/17/2315061/other-health-care-reform-obama-presidency/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • rikyrah

    Voting-rights remedies face long odds on Capitol Hill
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:39 AM EDT

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act did not actually strike down the entire civil-rights law, but rather, gutted it by rejecting Section 4 of the VRA. The burden then shifted to Congress to find a remedy, adopting a new formula that would meet judicial muster.

    In the aftermath, there was some debate as to just how despondent voting-rights advocates should be, with some arguing this might be an issue where bipartisan cooperation is possible, while others predicted congressional failure. (I was in the latter camp.)

    Yesterday, the House held its first hearing on the VRA since the court ruling, and if the public comments were any indication, the odds of success in the near future appear long.

    If House Republicans are interested in patching the Voting Rights Act, they aren’t showing it.

    “Historically I fully understand why they addressed the situations they did,” Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who chairs the House judiciary subcommittee that would handle new voting rights legislation, said to reporters after the hearing. “I am just of the opinion today that we should do as the court said and that is to not focus on punishing the past but on building a better future.”

    Most of the Republican members of the panel apparently didn’t think the hearing was especially important — which is to say, they didn’t show up — and the witnesses GOP lawmakers called reinforced fears that the party simply isn’t interested in a constructive debate.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/19/19559318-voting-rights-remedies-face-long-odds-on-capitol-hill?lite

  • Miranda

    and what exactly was the message he was trying to send again? really?

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    Brevard Co. deputy reprimanded after bringing Arizona brand drink, Skittles to work

    A veteran Brevard County sheriff’s deputy is now facing a reprimand for his handling of the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin controversy.

    Corporal Chris Wood told his supervisors he was trying to send a message about keeping professional and personal opinions separate in the workplace when he brought an Arizona ice tea and a bag of Skittles to the Brevard County Jail on Saturday morning.

    He told supervisors he was trying to send a message about professionalism, but the message was lost in translation.

    more here: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/brevard-co-deputy-reprimanded-after-bringing-arizo/nYwR2/

    • TyrenM

      Deleted.

    • conlakappa

      A message about professionalism was lost in translation. Hmmm. In what respect, corporal?

      • Miranda

        I’ve been trying to come up with any plausible reason for how bringing Skittles and Arizona iced tea to work would work in a message about professionalism and personal opinions and all I can come up with is, he wanted to bait someone into an argument with his “props”……..that’s all…he wanted to start some shit and got called out.

  • creolechild

    Landmark Pollinator Protection Bill Announced in Congress

    [....] The Representatives, in collaboration with Center for Food Safety, announced legislation to suspend the use of four systemic neonicotinoid insecticides linked to bee deaths. The law would also compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a full review of the scientific evidence before letting other neonicotinoids on the market.

    “Without bees we would face an immediate food crisis,” said Colin
    O’Neil, director of government affairs at Center for Food Safety. “It is
    grossly irresponsible to use neonicotinoids which decimate pollinator populations. In the face of a growing body of evidence that these chemicals are leading to colony collapse disorder, we must take swift action to protect our food supply.”[...]

    Read more: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2362/landmark-pollinator-protection-bill-announced-in-congress

    H/T Center for Food Safety

  • Miranda

    My two cents – White folks have never forgiven Henry Ford and thus its no surprise they have browbeaten Detroit till this point. Contrary to all the problems of mismanagement in the last few decades…Detroit was bound for this day when black folks were allowed to work on the assembly lines and accumulate middle class status. Detroit was always a symbol that white supremacy hated.

  • Miranda

    Actually the first time I saw her I thought to myself I would sell a kidney to get skin as pretty and even as hers. She really has a beautiful complexion like FLOTUS
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    BEAUTIFULLY BROWN: BTW, Rachel Jeantel Is Gorgeous

    MELANIE MARTIN SAYS THAT TRAYVON MARTIN’S FRIEND RACHEL IS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT…SO WHY HAVEN’T WE HEARD MORE PEOPLE SAY IT?
    By MELANIE YVETTE MARTIN, Editorial Assistant, Ebony.com

    Rachel Jeantel

    Skin: mahogany and flawless? Check.

    Eyes: striking, clear, direct? Check?

    Hair: on point? Check.

    Makeup: Did you peep the lashes? Check.

    Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe Rachel Jeantel. Upon first laying eyes on the 19-year-old, I couldn’t get over her insanely even, chocolaty complexion. While the world seemed to be caught up in what she wasn’t, all I could see was what she plainly was.

    Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/style/beautifully-brown-btw-rachel-jeantei-is-gorgeous-504#ixzz2ZV0c3LKU

    • Tafr

      That child has no pores. I think she is beautiful.

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

        And her cheek bones are serious!

      • itgurl_29

        I know, right! Her skin is no joke. She’s got skin like a my 5 year old niece.

  • creolechild

    FTC and Dozens of Law Enforcement Partners Halt Travel and Timeshare Resale Scams in Multinational Effort

    The Federal Trade Commission today announced 191 actions to stop fraudulent operations hawking timeshare property resale services and travel prizes, including three FTC cases, 83 civil actions brought by 28 states, and 25 actions brought by law enforcement agencies in 10 other countries. More than 184 individuals face criminal prosecution by U.S. Attorneys and local law enforcement.[...]

    At the FTC’s request, federal courts blocked three operations [Resolution Trust order | Resort Property order | Vacation Communications order] that took more than $18 million from consumers throughout the country who were trying to sell their timeshare properties. The courts halted the defendants’ allegedly deceptive practices and froze their assets pending litigation.[....]

    Read more: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/06/timesharerelease.shtm

    H/T Federal Trade Commission

  • Miranda

    Shorter Cobble: Niggas (not sure why he said anything else since that’s all he wanted to say anyway)

    GOP lawmaker: The Obamas use Air Force One as ‘personal toy’
    By Pete Kasperowicz – 07/18/13 10:40 AM ET

    Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) said Thursday morning that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are using Air Force One and other official aircraft as their “personal toys.”

    “I’m not suggesting … that we compromise safety or security,” Coble said on the House floor. “But the first family, it seems to me, treats Air Force One and related aircraft as their personal toys — a very expensive toy, I might add.”

    Coble’s comments drew a warning from presiding officer Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) not to make improper references to the President.

    “I will admit … that Air Force One belongs to President Obama and his wife, but Air Force One also belongs to you and me, and to every taxpayer in America,” Coble continued. “I simply ask the president and his wife to exercise more prudence and discipline regarding their aircraft activities.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/house/311969-gop-lawmaker-obamas-using-air-force-one-as-personal-toy#ixzz2ZV3RmZCQ

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Dear Mr. Cobble,

      BITCH, I WON! Which means I get ALL the amenities of the office that every other white man before me got. If you’ve got a problem with that, KISS THE DARK PINK HOLE OF MY BLACK ASS.

      Sincerely,

      PRESIDENT Barack Hussein Obama.

      P.S. I might fly this big muthafucka over your house a few damn times because I have NO fucks to give.

      • PBomb

        You should be PBO’s translator. I believe you said succinctly, what PBO was honestly thinking.

        At least I believe so. The “dark pink hole” part, completed the circle.

      • Aquagranny911

        Dang! I got serious competition for the job of PBO’s “anger translator.” Good one!

    • Kennymack1971

      This dumb racist mofo here. So I guess the Obamas are supposed to fly Spirit Airlines…More evidence that the mere existence of a Black First Family has driven 2520s off the deep end.

  • creolechild

    Tumblr Begs You to Make a New Password Because It Messed Up, You Guys – Posted on July 18, 2013

    [....] In a blog post shortly after the incident was reported, vice president of product, Derek Gottfrid, said that they “have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances,” making it just vague enough to be scary without telling you what to be scared of.

    While not elaborating any further, Tumblr was sure to say that if one’s Tumblr password was the same anywhere else, those passwords should be changed as well, hinting that an all-out cyber-attack wasn’t too crazy of a thought before posting the note and then becoming unreachable for comment.[....]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/media/tumblr-begs-you-make-new-password-because-it-messed-you-guys

    H/T Rod Bastanmehr

  • creolechild

    Federal Judge Rules Against Ohio Secretary Of State’s Voter Suppression Rule

    A federal judge made an earlier ruling permanent last week, ensuring that valid voters who cast their vote at the correct polling
    place shall have their votes counted, even if they are directed to the
    wrong precinct location due to poll-worker error. Last year, two organizations filed suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) after he attempted to block the counting of provision ballots cast voters who vote in the wrong place within a polling place (often “right church,” but “wrong pew” voters) — even though they were incorrectly sent there by poll workers.

    A federal appeals court ruled against Husted in October, holding that such a practice violated the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley issued an injunction preventing Ohio from discarding those votes in November’s election. Now, Marbley has made his 2012 injunction permanent.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/17/2310181/federal-judge-rules-against-ohio-secretary-of-states-voter-suppression-rule/

    H/T Josh Israel

  • Town

    McDonnell & his family need to go on somewhere.

    Not only does the Commonwealth of Virginia now know that you are a broke ass busta, the entire country knows you are a broke ass busta.

    He owns 4 houses and he’s underwater on all 4 of them. Didn’t the Republicans claim the people who were underwater with their homes are a bunch of deadbeats?

    He’s so broke he can’t afford to pay for his daughters’ weddings, which means they should’ve just went around the corner to Richmond City Hall, had a cake & punch reception and called it a day.

    He’s so broke, his wife is begging another man to buy her clothes. Bitch better skip down to Carytown and hit up one of the consignment shops to get her clothing fix.

    He’s so broke, his wife had to get free dental care. Why? Wouldn’t the GOVERNOR and his wife, of ALL people, get health and dental insurance from the state?

    Isn’t McDonnell retired Army? Don’t they still get insurance benefits? At any rate, why is his wife getting free dental care as if she was a resident of the projects five minutes away? You the wife of the governor and you have to get free dental care? This is a prime example of why we need Obamacare.

    If he’s so broke, how are his son’s tuitions at UVa getting paid? Somebody needs to check into that, too.

    Didn’t I tell y’all NEVER to trust a man with perfect hair?

    • goldenstar

      Town, once again, on the case!

    • rikyrah

      tell it TOWN!
      you’ve been on him from DAY ONE

    • rigoletta

      How is he paying for these high-powered lawyers he’s got defending him and his wife?

      Somebody needs to look into that.

      • Miranda

        Exactly…..you can’t pay your mortgage but you can pay $750 an hour? I don’t think so.

      • Town

        A PAC is allegedly paying his lawyer bills.

        • conlakappa

          Also worthy of investigation, which is something that Bullwinking T. Moose Killer learned. PAC money cannot be used for everything. He’s ostensibly not running for any office so where’s the political or action in PAC for him?

    • conlakappa

      They are in this together, though. The rising drumbeat is for him to say it’s her fault. That’s what his supporters are whispering that it’s all because of her. So we’re to believe he’s so weak that he isn’t an equal partner in the relationship? Didn’t they claim she’s a surrender wife?

      • Town

        He can’t throw her under the bus. He’s got to come home and look at her in the face everyday.

        Naw, both of them are going down the toilet. FLUSH FLUSH FLUSH.

        • conlakappa

          I think he’d leave her in a heartbeat, making even more of a case that she brought him down.

  • creolechild

    Bad News for Barclays—and Maybe JP Morgan

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Barclays and four former traders must pay a combined $487.9 million in fines and penalties related to alleged manipulation of U.S. energy markets. That’s obviously bad news for Barclays, and it could also be a grim sign for JP Morgan and its high-profile head of commodities trading, Blythe Masters, one of the most powerful women on Wall Street.

    The agency has said it suspects JP Morgan of similar misconduct and indicated it might seek to hold Masters personally liable for helping to cover up improprieties.[....]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-17/bad-news-for-barclays-and-maybe-jp-morgan

    H/T Paul M. Barrett

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – -Ahhh YES!! Mr TOM JOYNER!! — -The GENEROUS PHILANTHROPIST!♥ :>) — THANK U PBOMB♥ –4 a GR8 SERIES. :>)

    – - — -☻Mr. JOYNER :>)
    —– – — -☺STRONG ROOTS: — Both of his parents were graduates of historically black colleges, and
    both Tom and his brother Albert attended Tuskegee Institute, now known as Tuskegee University.

    - – - – — ☺Rising from the Rails –[New information 2 me :>)]
    - — – - – ☺A FIRST: – In 1998, Joyner was the first African American to be inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois
    —- – — – -☺GENEROUS: – -Joyner has also founded The Tom Joyner Foundation to provide financial
    assistance to students at historically black colleges and universities
    (HBCUs).[Including: Miss Rachel♥

    – — -Sooo PROUD of him. :>)

    – - -ENJOY YOUR TREAT – -B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ – -

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

    I was reading the evening thread and in the Griot article, this stuck out to me:

    Regarding the jury, Martin said: they were “not looking through the eyes
    of an African-American parent. They don’t know what it’s like to be an
    African-American.”

    Now we know for sure that the “non-white” jury definite wasn’t Black. Like I said before, the media came up with that myth of a racially ambiguous juror to defend against accusations of racism.

    • gn

      You were absolutely right.

    • goldenstar

      Hmm. I was thinking that with this descriptor, the juror could be a black Latino….not African-American but Afro-Latino, or Afro-Caribbean.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – - -Looking FORWARD – —

    – - -Parents of Trayvon Martin to join Saturday vigils

    – - – –WASHINGTON (AP) — Trayvon Martin’s parents plan to participate in separate vigils Saturday.
    Martin’s mother and her son, Sabrina and Jahvaris Fulton, will join Al Sharpton outside New York Police Department headquarters.

    Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, is set to be at a similar event at a federal courthouse in Miami.

    Sharpton’s National Action Network is planning rallies in 100 cities to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
    THERE IS MORE — – -BLESS ALL.♥

    – - –JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON♥ – -

  • creolechild

    Why “Black-on-Black Crime” is a Dangerous Idea

    [....] No one has said that crime between African Americans isn’t a problem. The point is that blackness has nothing to do with it. “Black-on-black crime” is a frame that presupposes black criminality—that there’s something inherent to blackness which makes intra-group crime more prevalent and more deadly. But that’s nonsense, and all it does is obscure the history that brought us to this point. After a century of anti-black violence and public policy—of manufactured ghettos, forced hyper-segregation, and state-supported peonage—is economic perilousness and heightened violence among the victims and descendants of those people really a shock? And if it isn’t, then why would talk about crime in these communities as a factor of blackness, and not of history and circumstance?

    The only thing we accomplish by focusing on “black-on-black crime” as an independent phenomena—distinct from “white-on-white crime”—is justify universal suspicion of black men, and young black men, in particular. This is a problem. It’s absolutely true that “NYPD stats show that 96 percent of all shooting victims are black or Hispanic, and 97 percent of all shooters were black or Hispanic,” but it’s also true that the number of black and Latino offenders is a small fraction of all blacks and Latinos. But stop and frisk turns all blacks and all Latinos into potential offenders—it erases individual consideration and imposes collective suspicion.[....]

    Read more: http://prospect.org/article/why-black-black-crime-dangerous-idea

    H/T Jamelle Bouie

    • Town

      “Black-on-black crime” is a frame that presupposes black
      criminality—that there’s something inherent to blackness which makes intra-group crime more prevalent and more deadly.
      ————

      It also IMO makes “black on black” crime less likely to be stopped.

      What is the community going to respond to more?

      “OMG there’s a rash of CRIME in XYZ neighborhood!”

      or

      “Black on black crime is prevalent in XYZ neighborhood.”

  • gn

    @HarrietBaldwin
    Venezuela’s President: Zimmerman Verdict Proof Of “Repression” In US, “They Kill African-Americans With Impunity”… http://shar.es/kpX7j

    • conlakappa

      And this relates back to Snowflakes how?

  • gn
    • Miranda

      While I hate newsbusters they were quoting him directly…yeah he said it…and I’m tired of people letting the jury off the hook and way past tired of some black people pretending like Zimmerman only followed Trayvon because he was walking slow. If it wasn’t Trayvon’s skin then what made Zimmerman take 2 seconds to look at him and become so distracted from going to Target he had to call 911? What in the world made Zimmerman call an emergency number from a person walking down the damn street? Don’t we all see people walking every day and night? Do we call the cops? Is it strange to see people walking? How many times previously did Zimmerman see a white guy walking and called the cops? Not once…so how could it NOT be about race?

      • conlakappa

        This time, did he call 9-1-1 or 3-1-1? I’m not disputing your thesis or your righteous anger. It was something my husband brought up the other night. I think he was told to stop calling 911 because he was always calling it.

        • Miranda

          I think he was told to stop calling 911 so much – not sure about that fateful night which one he called.

          • conlakappa

            Looks like he called both that night. There are transcripts from calls to both numbers. Unhinged.

          • Miranda

            He is certifiably insane.

          • Aquagranny911

            My understanding is that the 911 call was made by the Sydaka (sp) woman & it was that call that recorded Trayvon’s yells for help.

            Zman only made the first call to the non-emergency # & then shut off phone so he could stalk Trayvon.

        • creolechild

          According to the police timeline, he shot Trayvon Martin at 7:16 pm on February 26, 2012. At 7:09, we know the heated moment hadn’t begun because that’s when he called a non-emergency police hotline. It was a non-emergency for Zimmerman at 7:09. For the next four minutes and seven seconds, Zimmerman and the non-emergency operator talked on the phone. No one talked about any threat to any life.[....]

          http://www.thenation.com/blog/175347/whose-right-whose-ground

    • jds09

      There’s a shift happening with black folks’ thinking. Cosby has been wedded to “individual responsibility” for so long and been so successful at it that he can’t (and others like him) hold another position. What saddens me the most about his quote, he connects racism with individual acts only. It’s not individual acts or systemic acts, it’s BOTH.

      What gives me hope is that some black folks, in this case, are loudly saying racism is not our problem, its yours (white people): read a book, collect your people, change your behavior, look at your laws, understand the statistics, etc.

      Whites have gotten off the hook for racism by believing, “it’s not me cause I’m a nice person and I would never call someone nigger.” Black folks like Cosby have felt safe cause “I’ve done the right things.” It’s not that fucking simple.

  • Miranda

    Who are these Dems that refuse to go into their districts and tell the truth about Obamacare??
    ——————
    Dem anxiety over ObamaCare shows in House mandate vote
    By Elise Viebeck - 07/19/13 06:00 AM ET

    Vulnerable House Democrats laid low Thursday after voting to delay two key ObamaCare mandates over a White House veto threat.

    The hush from centrist Dems came after a considerable number cast ballots alongside Republicans on Wednesday for bills designed to embarrass the Obama administration.

    Measures to delay the healthcare law’s employer and individual mandates passed with 35 and 22 Democratic votes, respectively, just after a combative White House blasted the moves as unnecessary and harmful to consumers.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/312177-dem-anxiety-over-obamacare-shows-in-house-mandate-vote#ixzz2ZV8t4Riy

    • TyrenM

      I’ll guess our outstate “D’s” who voted for Big Ag and not food stamps – Collin Peterson and Tim Walz.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -THESE EVIL/VILE –People-HATIN’ — PHOOLS!! — –

    — – Two Weeks After Slashing Taxes For The Rich, Ohio Governor Wants More- –

    – - –Gov. John Kasich (R) wants to get the top income tax rate in Ohio down below 5 percent,Cincinnati.com reported Thursday. The speech came 18 days after Kasich signed a budget that gives top earners in the Buckeye State a $6,000 per-person tax cut while raising the burden faced by the poorest 20 percent of the state.

    The new budget took the state’s income tax rates down by 10 percent across the board, but features a 4.5 percent hike to sales taxes that disproportionately impact the poor. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy analyzed the plan and found that it cuts the overall tax burden of the top 1 percent of Ohio earners by $6,083 per year.That group includes people making over $335,000 annually. Folks in the $33,000 to $51,000 earnings range, the middle of Ohio’s spectrum, will see just a $9 tax cut. And for the poorest fifth who earn less than $18,000 per year, taxes are going to go up by $12. That increased tax burden on the poor comes despite a new credit targeted at low earners, and other tweaks to Kasich’s even more regressive original proposal.
    THERE IS MORE – - — —
    C’mon –KARMA!! – — Get these PHOOLS!!

  • creolechild

    Race to courthouse to stop Detroit bankruptcy filing falls minutes short

    City of Detroit pensioners and their pension funds made a last-ditch effort to stop the city’s bankruptcy filing today, but were beaten to the courthouse by minutes. An attorney for the pension funds said he feels blindsided because he agreed to delay the emergency hearing five minutes at the request of attorneys for Gov. Rick Snyder.

    He was seeking a temporary restraining order to block the historic bankruptcy filing. During those five minutes, he said, attorneys filed in federal court in Detroit for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, which generally results in a stay in all other pending litigation involving the city. And Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said she would have issued a restraining order to stop the Detroit bankruptcy, if given a chance.[....]

    Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130718/NEWS06/307180130/

    H/T Paul Egan and Alan Pyke

    • rikyrah

      those dumb asses shoulda known better to trust Snyder.
      pox on them for being stupid

  • creolechild

    World Bank joins war on coal

    There’s a new ally in the fight against the dirtiest of fossil fuels. The World Bank’s board of directors approved a strategy shift this week that will move the lending body formally away from its longstanding
    support of coal-fired power plants in favor of cleaner and smarter
    alternatives.

    Following the adoption Tuesday of its Energy Sector Directions Paper [PDF], the World Bank will “provide financial support for greenfield coal
    power generation projects only in rare circumstances,” such as where
    there are “no feasible alternatives to coal.”[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/world-bank-joins-war-on-coal/

    H/T John Upton

  • creolechild

    Social Media Delivers on Cancer Patient’s Plea for Pizza Party

    When your two year-old is in the hospital battling childhood cancer,
    you do whatever crazy thing will help keep their spirits up. Lauren,
    the particularly creative mother of little Hazel Hammersley, used
    medical tape on the window to form giant letters: SEND PIZZA RM 4112. After a couple days passed, the fourth floor pediatric cancer ward was suddenly abuzz with the smell of pizzas. Several deliveries arrived after someone had captured a photo of their message from the sidewalk and posted it to Reddit.com.

    Hazel and other tiny cancer patients had a grand time chowing down together on the hospital bed. Nurses turned on some music and joined in for a grand pizza party.[....] Dozens more pies were delivered to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    before the facility had to tell the media to say, ‘Please no more,’ to
    the kind strangers.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/social-media-delivers-pizza-party-to-rm-4112.html

    H/T Lauren O’Neill, Shannon West, and GNN

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: -Miss Rachel♥ —A woman of CHARACTER –

    Re-POST: –Rachel Jeantel talks Travyon Martin, Don West (and ‘haters’) with theGrio – - -

    As I watched Miss Rachel♥ –over the course f these few days –it became OBVIOUS that SHE ALWAYS ad sooo much INSIDE of her —waitin’ 2 EMERGE. :>) NOW we R seein’ the DEPTH of her CHARACTER which was even on DISPLAY on the stand. –SHE STOOD STRONG!!

    She had NO FEAR of “don” or the other “weasels” that visciously attacked her. -She never backed away from them!! —She — -”STOOD HER GROUND”. – –Hence her “quiptic” responses: –
    –”I MUST understand English ’cause I’m talking 2 U..” — BAM!! :>)

    She will B successful! – -She [her family] continue 2 B BLESSED.♥ —Lookin’ FORWARD 2 her FUTURE. :>) — -WE LOVE U –Miss Rachel♥

  • rikyrah

    With Cuccinelli, the fine print matters
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:40 AM EDT
    We’ve been following Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) and the questions surrounding his role in the Jonnie Williams/Star Scientific scandal, and yesterday, there was a fairly important development. An independent investigator issued a report saying that the far-right state Attorney General did not, in fact, violate state ethics rules by failing to disclose various gifts he received from Williams.

    But if all you read is the headline — “Investigators Clear Virginia’s Cuccinelli in Ethics Probe” — you’re going to miss some key details. For example, the same report notes that Cuccinelli, far from doing nothing to help his generous benefactor, may have helped Williams after al

    Star sued the state to reverse a $1.7 million tax bill in 2011, shortly before Cuccinelli made a second, $10,000 investment in its shares and before the attorney general asked Williams if his family could stay for a third time at Williams’ Smith Mountain Lake vacation home.

    Cuccinelli has said he never talked to Williams about the lawsuit, though he has said Williams had earlier complained about the disputed taxes.

    The attorney general told the ethics investigators “that he may have suggested that Williams contact a certain attorney at a Richmond law firm ‘to assist him and his company with the Tobacco Fund,’ ” according to a report issued by Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring, quoting an investigators’ findings.

    So, Williams sued Virginia, and it was up Cuccinelli to defend the state in the case. It was around this time that Cuccinelli started buying stock in Williams’ company and taking trips to Williams’ lovely vacation home. And it was also around this time that Cuccinelli “may have” offered legal advice to Williams, too.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/19/19560119-with-cuccinelli-the-fine-print-matters?lite

  • Miranda

    uh oh….so this happened

    blacky miles ‏@iSTAYmad4m
    Rae Dong Chong called Oprah a field nigger for real? Laurence Fishburne is somewhere closing a piano.
    ——————————
    Rae Dawn Chong: Oprah ‘would’ve been a field’ N-word, but ‘we have to give her props’

    Actress Rae Dawn Chong just gave an eyebrow-raising interview on Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour, where she spoke about her “Color Purple” co-star Oprah Winfrey, talking about her appearance, what a “biotch” she became and invoking some slave imagery.

    more here:
    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2013/07/rae-dawn-chong-oprah-wouldve-been-a-field-n-word-but-we-have-to-give-her-props.html

    • Kennymack1971

      Ummmm…

      • Daltex82

        That pic never gets old!

    • conlakappa

      She is a confused jerk and always has been. Rae Dawn, that is. I’m not an Oprah fan but it seems real silly for some no-talent co-star to be talking smack 25 years after the fact. Does she not return Rae Dawn “call me black or even blackish at your own peril” Chong’s calls?

      • PBomb

        So… she has problems with being part black?

        I mean, I completely forgot about her existence.

        • conlakappa

          I was shocked that she was in that movie. It was the first time I could recall her playing a black character not just to push the plot [e.g. Soul Man]. But, yes, she’s of the “I’m only 1/64 black; I’m so many other things!!1! Look at my son–he’s blond!!” school of thought.

          • PBomb

            She is a twit. She black, Asian, and white. That is really it. There’s no 1/64th about it.

          • conlakappa

            The 1/64th part is my exaggeration of folks who make these claims. She has broken down her mother’s heritage to being not just black. There’s some Cheyenne, Cherokee, or Creek in there, IIRC, along with French etc. and really did take exception to being characterized as black.

          • PBomb

            I understood where you were going with it. Her mother is black and Cherokee. That description describes about 85% of the black population here in the US.

            She is on dope and dog food.

    • rikyrah

      was this supposed to be an insult?
      calling a person a Field Nigger?
      I don’t mean calling her one..that ignorance is obvious…
      .but that being a Field Nigger is a bad thing? is THAT what she’s saying?

      • itgurl_29

        She’s talking about her Oprah’s complexion and how she ain’t worthy of being in the powerful position she is today because of it.

    • TyrenM

      Tommie, get ya girl. She on one.

    • PBomb

      Huh….

      WTF? Is she still acting?

      • conlakappa

        Only if acting a fool counts! Maybe she is a graduate of the Stacey Dash School of How a Has-Been Reclaims Air Time and Gets a New Hustle? Maybe she got a hold of one of her brother’s old, er, paraphernalia, you know, what got him kicked out of the Matrix movies after the first one?

        • jziglar

          I actually had to Google who she was because I didn’t remember her. As soon as her picture came up I was like “oh ! now I remember”.

    • itgurl_29

      This bitch is mad because a dark skinned woman like Oprah is on a pedestal. She mad because she thinks the pedestal is rightfully hers because she’s mixed and that dark skinned “filed slave” Oprah should be bowing down to her. Fuck this irrelevant bitch!

    • malletgirl02

      Everyone knows who Oprah is. Who is this Rae Dawn Chong fool?

  • rikyrah

    Some Voting Rights Act Fakery
    By Charles P. Pierce at 1:40PM

    As part of our Summer Of Fakery, the House allegedly has taken up the job of repairing the damage done to the Voting Rights Act that occurred when John Roberts declared the day of jubilee. One of the witnesses today was Hans von Spakovsky, who’s been scamming this particular scam for over a decade now. Anyway, this is what von Spakovsky was peddling today.

    “[That section] was an unprecedented, extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty…No other federal law presumes that states cannot govern themselves as their legislatures decide and must have the federal government’s consent before they act.”

    Not to bring that pesky Constitution into things again, but here’s an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty.

    Amendment XIII:

    Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    Here’s another.

    Amendment XIV:

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.” Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.” Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

    And a third.

    Amendment XV:

    Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    If you want to understand why modern conservatives seem so impatient with settled law, remember that they owe their modern ascendancy to the people who refused to accept any of these three Amendments because they didn’t believe the freaking Civil War changed anything.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Voting_Rights_Fakery

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – -Waitaminute!. . . – - -Anyone else hear the -F’REALZ??

    – — -Newlywed quarterback RG III in sexting scandal as Hooters waitress claims he sent her explicit texts – on his WEDDING NIGHT – –

    – - -IMMA leave this here while I look 4 more. Hmmm. . .

    • Miranda
      • GreenLadyHere

        Miranda – — – LOL —-TRUTH. :>) LOL -

    • conlakappa

      Tiger, Part Deux? He has a ton of endorsements based on being a straight arrow. Should be interesting.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ conlakappa. ***BIG HUG*** :>) –

        – — –THIS – - -> He has a ton of endorsements based on being a straight arrow.

        —Is he “healed” yet? – - -He was REALLY hurt! —geesh!

        – –WHEN WILL THEY EVA —LEARN??

        Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>) – -

    • PBomb

      This doesn’t surprise me. I have heard all sorts of crap about RG III. When are these fools going to learn to stop messing with Hooters’ waitresses, strippers, streetwalkers, and such? Especially the Beckies, they are the worst.

      It never ends well.

      • GreenLadyHere

        PBOMB – - – –DOUBLE THANK U! —THIS –>Especially the Beckies, they are the worst. – -

        Hafta admit that I was seething when I read that they had opened account 2 receive “Wedding Gifts” – - -as much $$ as he has. – –REALLY!?

        Anyhoo – - -WATCHIN’ – - -:>)

        • PBomb

          I was angry about the wedding gifts too.

          Don’t understand it.

          • GreenLadyHere

            PBOMB – - –I thought I was alone in this matter. – - -THANK U . :>) Annnd he was gloatin’ – like he di-ent see anything wrong, geesh! –

            As I said —He still hasta get –”back in da GAME” – –WONDERIN’. . .

    • rigoletta

      You know a lot of others players seem not to like this guy. Like he was fake or something.
      Maybe this is why. Not the cheating (of course) but the idea of him being squeaky clean and Christian etc…

      • PBomb

        I have heard the same thing. They think he is fake.

        It was similar to the dirt I use to hear about Tiger.

        • TyrenM

          Speaking of (and I know you weren’t really,) look who’s 1 back at the British Open?

    • Daltex82

      I saw the story, text and pics on lipstick alley. Don’t know if its true or not but as a Dallas Cowboys fan I will admit to laughing about it.

      • rigoletta

        As a Ravens fan I second that laugh.

      • jds09

        To this day I admire Michael Irvin for putting “unemployed model” into the lexicon. lol

        • Miranda

          HAHAHAHA!!

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          – –***BIG fist bump*** –U! AIN’T! NEVA! LIED!! –LOL —

          WORD – –2 HIM> — -

          Good 2 C U jds09. :>)

        • PBomb

          LOL!

    • GreenLadyHere

      POU FAM♥ — -THANK U ALL 4 your REPLIES. – - -Learnin’ a lot. Annd I was lookin’ FORWARD 2 his comeback. —

      I was particularly lookin’ 4 his humanitarian efforts. —STILL lookin’.

      BUT –he betta – - -MAKE THAT CHANGE!! — — AGAIN — – -THANK –U’ALL♥! :>)

  • JB20005

    Is there anything about this trial that wasn’t a sham?

    The six women who acquitted George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s killing were sequestered during the trial, but Channel 9 learned those jurors were allowed hours of time alone with friends and family.

    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/zimmerman-trial-jurors-had-alone-time-family-durin/nYwNG/

    I guess now we know how B37 worked out that book deal so quickly.

    • jds09

      People have got to stop using the word sequestered, or at least add “alleged” or “so-called”. Sheesh.

      • conlakappa

        or (?).

    • gn

      which family member tipped off Frank Taaffe about what was going on in the jury room?

  • creolechild

    University Of Colorado Boulder Faces Federal Investigation For Being Too Lenient On Rapists

    The University of Colorado Boulder is facing a federal investigation to determine whether it has violated Title IX, a gender equity law requiring colleges to provide equal access to education that is free from sexual assault or gender-based harassment. The investigation comes in response to one student’s complaint that CU Boulder was too slow to punish her rapist — waiting months to remove himfrom campus, fining him $75, and requiring him to do a five-page paper “reflecting on his experiences.”[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/19/2327351/cu-boulder-federal-investigation-rape/

    H/T Tara Culp-Ressler

  • rikyrah

    A tale of two narratives on Obamacare
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:17 AM EDT

    Even by Washington standards, the disconnect between the left and right on health has been especially jarring this week. To hear Republicans tell it, the Affordable Care Act is unraveling before our very eyes, collapsing under its own weight, and desperately needs to be repealed.

    Meanwhile, Democrats and their allies are practically taking a victory lap, as evidenced by President Obama’s event in the White House yesterday.

    Take a look at the transcript of the president’s remarks and you’ll notice he has quite a bit to boast about, starting with the checks millions of families are receiving in the mail from their insurance companies. It’s part of “Obamacare” that technically called the medical loss ratio, but the idea isn’t as complicated as the name: under the law, insurers are required to spend 80% of your premiums on actual health benefits, rather than company overhead (marketing, lobbying, executive salaries, etc.). When an insurer spends less than 80% on care, the company is required to send you a check for the difference.

    As the president asked at the event, “I’m curious — what do opponents of this law think the folks here today should do with the money they were reimbursed? Should they send it back to the insurance companies? Do they think that was a bad idea to make sure that insurance companies are being held accountable?”

    They were rhetorical questions, though I wouldn’t mind hearing the answer from the congressional Republicans who keep voting over and over again to repeal the law.

    But Obama went further, noting falling premiums and slowing costs. This line from his remarks also stood out for me: “In states that are working hard to make sure this law delivers for their people, what we’re seeing is that consumers are getting a hint of how much money they’re potentially going to save because of this law.”

    In states that are working hard. In other words, the law is proving to be quite effective in those states where policymakers are actually trying to do the right thing. It was a subtle message to Republican policymakers in states trying to sabotage the law: all you’re doing is undermining the interests of your own constituents.

    Looking at yesterday’s event in the larger context, however, we see Democrats continuing to go on the offensive on health care at a critical time.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/

  • creolechild

    Mortgage Broker Targeting U.S. Servicemembers Will Pay Record $7.5 Million
    to Settle Alleged Telemarketing Violations

    Mortgage Investors Corporation, one of the nation’s leading refinancers of veterans’ home loans, will pay a $7.5 million civil
    penalty, the largest fine the FTC has ever collected for allegedly
    violating Do Not Call provisions of the agency’s Telemarketing Sales
    Rule (TSR). This case also represents the first action brought by the FTC to enforce the Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule), which allows the FTC to collect civil penalties for deceptive mortgage ads.

    According to the FTC’s complaint, Mortgage Investors Corporation
    called consumers on the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry, failed to remove consumers from its company call list upon demand, and misstated the terms of available loan products during telemarketing calls.[....]

    Read more: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/06/donotcall.shtm

    H/T Federal Trade Commission

    • goldenstar

      This administration has been relentless in its pursuit of economic fairness and justice for American consumers. Not one day goes by without a notice or memo regarding the latest company found breaking the law and paying the consequences.

      There is coverage of this but a timeline of all these events with actual amounts would be a phenomenal recap of just how much the American people have been helped. Instead, Ezra Klein, who is known as some numbers wonk, tweets about some Obama gotcha item and the WHPC are about tweaking their lips in mirrors so they look good on camera and can leave lip prints on butts across the the city.

      • creolechild

        “This administration has been relentless in its pursuit of economic fairness and justice for American consumers.

        And THAT is why I post these articles, as a rebuttal against claims that PBO, and his administration, are in Wall Street’s back pocket and/or are doing nothing to help everyday Americans who aren’t wealthy.

        • goldenstar

          Thanks!

          • creolechild

            You’re welcome! :)

  • gn

    @Smartypants32
    Leonard Pitts nails it – What we’re witnessing is a backlash to recent advancements by POC http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/16/3503415/zimmerman-acquittal-another-reason.html

    • jziglar

      Everything he said was true.

    • Miranda

      Four words of advice for African Americans in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal:

      Wake the hell up.
      —————————–

      Everything he was was true but all he NEEDED to say was that right there……those four words are a sermon.

      • gn

        Ultimate wake-up call. A child was LYNCHED.

  • rikyrah

    The Obamacare Train Still Hasn’t Wrecked

    BY JONATHAN COHN

    President Obama on Thursday touted some good news about Obamacare. And, lord knows, he’s earned the right. Republicans and conservative intellectuals keep seizing on setbacks—some real, some imagined—and predicting that Obamacare will be a catastrophe. They are almost certainly wrong.

    Ironically, one of the best reasons to believe in Obamacare may be the very issue that has inspired so much chortling on the right: The insurance premiums for people who buy on their own, because they don’t get coverage from an employer or through a government program.

    Insurers around the country have already submitted bids, describing the kind of policies they initially plan to offer under Obamacare and what they will charge for them. On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report analyzing the data from the ten states, plus the District of Columbia, where officials have made at least a portion of the information public. None of the figures are final: Regulators must still approve the bids and, in at least a few states, those regulators are likely to insist carriers go back and offer lower premiums. But the prices shouldn’t change too dramatically between now and October 1, when, in theory, Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces open for business.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113935/obamacare-insurance-premiums-rate-shock-or-rate-joy#

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -Even though we R STILL — -”In Da STRUGGLE” —THIS will EASE soma the strain. –

    – - — Black surgeon wins $4.5 million racial discrimination lawsuit from
    UCLA medical school which superimposed his head onto a gorilla

    – –SUMMARY

    ☻Dr Christian Head, 51, claimed he was
    routinely publicly humiliated
    ☻Two UCLA professors
    accused of making ‘inappropriate racial
    comments’

    A black surgeon at UCLA who was depicted as a gorilla being sodomized in a slide show presentation will receive a $4.5million settlement after filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against the university.

    Dr Christian Head, 51, filed the lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents in April after claiming he was routinely publicly humiliated.

    The head and neck surgeon had alleged that he was the victim of retaliation after filing complaints and claimed he was denied teaching opportunities.

    The lawsuit accused the university of failing to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation against Head.
    THERE IS MORE – — —

    — –“STEP By STEP”! — – WE –SHALL OVERCOME — – -

    • TyrenM

      UCLA ain’t shit.

      To quote Painintheass (Old Rocafella, GLH): F U Pay Me.

      • Miranda

        He should have gotten three times that amount for what they put him through.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ TyrenM — — ***BIG HUG*** —

        LOL – - -Thanks 4 the “source”. – -

        UCLA –has the ACADEMICS –but its “social environment” –has many FLAWS! — –F’REALZ!G – -

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. – - -Have a good day. :>)

  • gn

    Someone posted about this coon yesterday; he defies belief:

    @ByronThomas7
    16 Jul
    I look at the positives in life. So if slavery never happened in the United States of America, I wouldn’t be here today. I love the USA!

    • Miranda

      His level of self hate is startling…it really is. He probably washes his skin with a brillo pad every night just like GOPBlackChick…hoping it will come off.

      • gn

        Bathes in bleach; sleeps with clips on his nostrils…

    • rikyrah

      There literally aren’t enough cooning graphics to post for this Sambo.

    • conlakappa

      Stockholm Syndrome. Through a beret on him and call him Tanya.

    • jziglar

      What the fuck ??? (sorry for my language)
      But really ???

      • gn

        Don’t apologize–that person is a walking, talking blaspheme.

    • Kennymack1971

      Damn…just…damn

    • edp4bho

      His ass wouldn’t have said that after getting thirty lashes cross his back. People who talk shit about slavery and America, never experienced capture and/or the noose, so he’s a punk.

  • creolechild

    Campaign to roll back state renewable programs is a flop so far

    State laws requiring utilities to sell a certain percentage of clean
    energy have been attacked across the nation over the past year. But
    these renewable portfolio standards have been holding their own just
    fine.[....]

    None of the 26 bills to roll back requirements passed before most state
    legislature sessions ended, according to a July 9 report from Colorado
    State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy. Eight states voted to strengthen or modify laws that require utilities to purchase
    electricity produced from renewable sources.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/news/campaign-to-roll-back-state-renewable-programs-is-a-flop-so-far/

    H/T John Upton

  • rikyrah

    Fear of the youth vote, now in North Carolina
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:52 AM EDT

    Now that North Carolina Republicans hold all the reins of power in state government for the first time in over a century, they’ve making up for lost time. Just over the last few months, GOP state policymakers have gutted unemployment benefits, cut funding for struggling public schools, blocked Medicaid expansion, repealed the Racial Justice Act, and crafted TRAP laws inte3nded to close nearly every women’s health clinic in the state.

    What’s next? Voting rights, of course.

    Resurrecting one of the legislative session’s most contentious issues, Senate Republicans unveiled a new voter ID bill Thursday that would further restrict the forms of photo identification accepted at the polls.

    The new measure would require voters to show one of seven types of photo identification issued by the government, such as driver’s licenses, passports, non-driver IDs and military or veteran cards.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/19/19561108-fear-of-the-youth-vote-now-in-north-carolina?lite

  • gn

    Yup:

    @JeffersonObama
    CATO’s Greenwald only going after Dems. His attacks are mostly on blacks and women like Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Obama, Booker and Holder.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah, have good day.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -Good MornTin’ Alma. – –***BIG –”SUNNY” –HUG*** :>)- -

      U brang –”DAILY JOY” :>) – - –THANK U. —Have a good day. :>)

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH, I figure we all could use a little joy with the way things have been going lately. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma :>) – - -AB –SO —LUTE —LY! :>)

          That “SUN” is especially — BUBBLY”. :>) –THANK U. :>)

  • gn

    Re: yesterday’s story about born and bred NYer Marc Anthony derided as a “foreigner” after singing the national anthem at a baseball game:

    @BudKennedy
    Interesting: Today’s column is stirring more calls than any in a while, mostly from older Latinos who see new racism http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/18/5011563/god-bless-america-and-the-way.html?storylink=addthis#.Uela0souJj0.twitter

    • Miranda

      That’s not new racism…that’s the same ole racism.

      • BoomerGal

        For “some” it may be new, after all, “some” did and still do consider themselves white with the same privileges.

  • jziglar

    Oh yeah, Does anyone know what happened to the “Great Hope” Dr. Ben Carson ? He was supposed to be the alternative to Pres. Obama and the beltway press were loving him.

  • gn

    This is the same negro who wrote apologia for the Zimmerman verdict. Knew he’d pop up in the NYT with a PBO hit piece.

    @laurenarankin
    Ta-Nehisi Coates hits it out of the park (as usual) on the absurdity of President Obama even considering Ray Kelly. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/opinion/coates-raising-the-wrong-profile.html

    • conlakappa

      Still based on a rumor at this point, innit? This makes me think of Stop-and-frisky Kelly as being a strawman pulled together just so Coates could tear the President down.

    • jziglar

      How many times have people offered up names for such and such position while the president picks someone else ? I remember McCain and a few others suggesting Joe Lieberman for Sec. of Defense and he wasn’t even in the running.

      And I agree that Ta-Nehisi is a hypocrite for his remarks on the verdict and the fact that he said that Pres. Obama is just like Cheney.

    • Miranda

      Yeah, because some silly journo asked PBO directly about Ray Kelly and PBO didn’t hack up a noogie and proceed to curse and gnash his teeth about Ray Kelly, then it must mean he’s strongly considering him….I saw that same unnecessary silliness from BWD on twitter. Because PBO doesn’t go off like a drunken ratchet uncle over someone he disagrees with, it MUST mean he secretly agrees with them.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • creolechild

    Florida Gov. Meets With Protesters, Remains Firm On ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

    [....] Scott made an unexpected appearance at the Capitol in Tallahassee, where he told student protest group Dream Defenders that he would not convene a special legislative session to review the law, according to the Herald. The protesters then spent the night in the Capitol, vowing not to leave until Scott puts the law up for review.[....] “I believe ‘stand your ground’ should stay in the books,” Scott
    responded, as quoted by the Herald. “I agree with you, we should not
    have racial profiling.”

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/florida-gov-scott-meets-with-protesters-remains-firm

    H/T Catherine Thompson