October 31, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Black Women in the Military

Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name to William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while a serving. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited.

Born in 1844 in Independence, Missouri, Williams was a slave as was her mother but her father was free.  She would work as a house servant on the Johnson plantation near Jefferson City. At that time, captured slaves were officially designated by the Union as “contraband,” and many were forced to serve in military support roles such as cooks, laundresses, or nurses. At age seventeen, Williams was impressed into serving the 8th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

For the next few years, Williams traveled with the 8th Indiana, accompanying the soldiers on their marches through Arkansas, Louisiana, and Georgia. She was present at the Battle of Pea Ridge and the Red River Campaign. At one time she was transferred to Little Rock, where she would have seen uniformed African-American men serving as soldiers, which may have inspired her own interest in military service.

Despite the prohibition against women serving in the military, on November 15, 1866 Williams disguised her gender and enlisted as William Cathey, serving in Company A of the 38th Infantry, a newly-formed all-black U.S. Army Regiment, one of its earliest recruits. Cathay said she joined the Army because “I wanted to make my own living and not be dependent on relations or friends.”

Cathay initially served at Jefferson Barracks outside St. Louis and was later posted at Fort Cummings and Fort Bayard in New Mexico Territory. Like other black soldiers stationed at remote western outposts after the Civil War, Cathay endured inadequate supplies and inferior weapons. One of the tallest privates in her company, Cathay concealed her femininity for two years despite numerous army hospital visits before her true gender was discovered by the Fort Bayard post surgeon.

Cathay was discharged at Fort Bayard on October 14, 1868 on a surgeon’s certificate of disability. Only two others are known to have been privy to the deception, her cousin and a friend, both of whom were fellow soldiers in her regiment.

Following her discharge from the Army, Cathay resumed her identity as Cathay Williams and lived in Pueblo, Las Animas, and Trinidad, Colorado, where she was known as Kate.  In June 1891 Cathay filed a pension application based on medical disability incurred during military service as William Cathay.

There was precedent for granting a pension to female soldiers. Deborah Sampson in 1816, and Mary Hayes McCauley (better known as Molly Pitcher) had been granted pensions for disguising themselves as men to serve in the American Revolutionary War. Sampson’s cause had been championed by none other than Paul Revere. However, Williams had no influential friends to help her.

In September 1891, a doctor employed by the Pension Bureau examined Williams. Despite the fact that she suffered from neuralgia and diabetes, had had all her toes amputated, and could only walk with a crutch, the doctor decided she did not qualify for disability payments. Her application was rejected.

 

 

 

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  • crazycanuck

    Happy Friday everyone. Go celebrate!

    • GreenLadyHere

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      • Alma98

        Morning GLH!

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH!

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • morphus

    Remember the story about an individual who felt distress when she notices an AA woman joined her yoga class? Tiffany Austin claims staff members at Planet Fitness told her that her body was too fit to be shown. Maybe Planet Fitness staff was enforcing the “No Gymtimidation” policy? Woman asked to cover up at gym because she was ‘intimidating’ http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/03/19/dnt-woman-asked-cover-up-at-gym.ktvu.html

    • conlakappa

      When she noticed an obese AA woman who couldn’t keep up and was probably jealous of her fat-free white body, yes. C’mon, morphus, Planet Fitness did offer Tiffany a free t-shirt to wear as she completed her workout!!! That like solves it all in a judgment-free way. /eyeroll

    • Miranda

      A gym where they don’t want you to be fit.

      OK.

      • morphus

        LOL and equipped with an “alert” button if you try.

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

    NBC’s Chuck Todd takes aim at CNN

    By DYLAN BYERS | 3/21/14 8:47 AM EDT

    NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent
    Chuck Todd publicly criticized CNN this week for its relentless use of
    the “breaking news” chyron on stories related to missing Malaysian
    Airlines flight 370.

    “Another day of ‘breaking news’ based on finding nothing or in other
    words, ‘not breaking news,'” Todd, who also hosts MSNBC’s “Daily
    Rundown,” wrote on Twitter on Friday morning.

    “I know it may look like I am casting stones while potentially living
    in a glass house. But the mistakes of one news org hurts ALL of us,” he
    wrote. “Then it becomes ‘the media’ is abusing ‘breaking news’ — no
    it’s not ‘the media’ in general.”

    A day earlier, Todd took to Twitter to ask, “Wait, so when did
    finding NOTHING get characterized as ‘breaking news’?” He also noted
    that Daily Rundown was “VERY judicious with the ‘breaking news’ banner.” We “want it to actually MEAN something,” he wrote.

    MORE: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/03/nbcs-chuck-todd-takes-aim-at-cnn-185501.html#.Uyw1bYWihzs.twitter

    • morphus

      LOL. Really? Is Todd asserting he found his “inner journalist”?

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

        OK! He’s just mad because CNN got a big ratings boost due to their coverage of the missing Malaysia plane.

    • conlakappa

      Feh, he’s just bummed that CNN has gotten non-news that he hasn’t! Toad seems barely capable of directing the stream of his urine so it boggles the mind that his job title involves the words news, political, and director.

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

        Dang!

        • conlakappa

          I told you all that I have seen this fish-eyed fool up close and in person. I have no doubt why he hates this President so: he is a lightweight in the company of someone who’s brilliant and strategic, things which Toad is not, and is good looking and physically fit, also things that Toad is not. Petty jealousy.

          • qosine

            What’s he like up close?
            As conla and qosine casually eyed the
            animals* grazing on the lawn.

            *Forgive me, animals

          • conlakappa

            Remember the DNC meeting to decide how primary votes in Michigan [and some other State, maybe, I'm fuzzy on the details] were going to be counted in 2008 because HRC was trying to change rules she had already agreed to? That was where I saw Toad and also so that “he’s an incompetent black man” woman. Toad was unimpressive and like a younger version of his mentor Charlie Cook. He was running to get to a microphone, IIRC

          • qosine

            You know, I had a ticket for that. I almost went
            cause I wanted to see this live. Gotcha about
            Toad.

          • conlakappa

            You should have. It was epic. There were paid trolls who came in by the busload [hmmm, sound familiar?] and were disrespectful of the process and of the DNC staff. I also saw an Asian-American union guy get into it with a troll and nearly pimp slap her. From time to time, I’ve run into some of the black women who were sitting near me. Somewhere, I have my badge from that event.

          • qosine

            What’s he like up close?
            As conla and qosine casually eyed the
            animals* grazing on the lawn.

            *Forgive me, animals

        • conlakappa

          I told you all that I have seen this fish-eyed fool up close and in person. I have no doubt why he hates this President so: he is a lightweight in the company of someone who’s brilliant and strategic, things which Toad is not, and is good looking and physically fit, also things that Toad is not. Petty jealousy.

      • qosine

        LOL You’re killing me!

      • Daltex82

        Ouch.

    • Miranda

      Mad bout those ratings eh Chuck?

    • MsKitty

      The lack of self-awareness is stunning.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Pot me kettle.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Pot me kettle.

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  • Joy

    Good morning, everyone!

    • MsKitty

      Good Morning Joy! TGIF

    • Alma98

      Good morning Joy!

    • Alma98

      Good morning Joy!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Joy!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Joy!

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    • itgurl_29

      I love that red dress FLOTUS is wearing. And Malia, in flat shoes, is as tall as her mother is in heels!

      • edp4bho

        Mama Robinson’s no slouch either !!

        ETA: Can’t believe how tall these girls are in just 5/6 years, and they won’t stop growing for another 2/3 at least.

        • qosine

          She looks fabulous, edp4bho.
          I like her shorter dress, too.
          Dress sales are popping now, I bet.

    • qosine

      I just love, love this last photo. Why do I keep feeling like
      they’re part of my family. So proud of them. This is a
      photo you show everybody you meet. Have you seen
      the pictures of . . . ?

  • jziglar

    I noticed that some on the left are attacking Joe Biden over the Anita Hill hearings when he was the chairman of the judiciary committee. I agree that Joe Biden did a terrible job, and even he admitted later one that he screwed up, but why is that some on the far left can’t let it go. They always make excuses for their heroes like Ralph Nader but anytime a mainstream democratic politician makes one mistake they go on and on about it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are still complaining about some things President Obama did 30-40 years from now.

    • Town

      You know why, because they want Hillary in there so they need to destroy Biden.

      Next up, Biden’s plagarism from ’88.

      Of course, the EmoProgs were just fine and dandy with Rand “Plagarizes from Wiki” Paul so get ready to see hypocrisy in action with Joe Biden.

    • Kennymack1971

      Yep. The PUMAs are coming for Ride or Die Joe. And all that tells me is that Camp Clinton ain’t as confident as they project. But since they want to bring up old shit…Joe Biden has owned his mistakes both with the Anita Hill hearings and the plagiarism charges…what about that Iraq war vote Hillary?

    • itgurl_29

      But they won’t say a damn thing about Hillary leading the witch hunt, during the ’92 campaign, against all the women her husband slept with or harassed.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Fears over Russia’s economic outlook have ratcheted up this week as the country annexed Crimea following Sunday’s hastily called referendum which overwhelmingly supported that move. The West considers the vote illegitimate and has slapped on sanctions in response.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Putin’s inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. Putin’s chief of staff and four influential businessmen who are believed to be Putin’s lifelong friends were among the 20 individuals sanctioned.

    The MICEX benchmark was down 2 percent in late afternoon trading Friday with the companies co-owned by the Russians sanctioned by the White House leading the decline. The Russian stock market has lost than more 10 percent this month.

    As Russian stocks were feeling the heat, two Russian banks including Bank Rossiya, the Russian lender which was put on the Treasury’s sanctions list, said Visa and MasterCard stopped providing services to them. U.S. officials described Russia’s 15th largest bank with $12 billion in assets as a “personal bank for senior officials of the Russian Federation.”
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    • Kennymack1971

      But the dudebros said sanctions would be toothless and wouldn’t have any impact!

      • conlakappa

        True, and they built it on their record of being right all the time!

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  • GreenLadyHere

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  • Miranda

    Oh, so George Curry bitching about PBO? What 200 black newspapers is he talking about? Is he including HBCU student newspapers in that count? Newsletters from Shiloh Baptist and New Hope A.M.E.?? Flyers up at the Piggly Wiggly on MLK?

    “There is a disrespect for the black press that we have not seen in recent years. For example, we have requested — every year — an interview with the President. He can ignore 200 black newspapers and 19 million viewers but he can give one to every stupid white comedian there is on TV, the black ones and the white ones, and has time for all types of bufoonery but they will not respect the black press enough to give us an interview,” Curry said on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin this morning – See more at: http://www.crewof42.com/news/black-press-chief-black-press-disrespected-during-obama-years/#sthash.nDuHOj4S.dpuf

    • conlakappa

      No you didn’t with your examples, no you did not! I just was talking to someone at Shiloh Baptist yesterday so I’m chuckling more than I probably would. No, it wasn’t for the newsletter! Aren’t there about 50 black newspapers left?

      • Miranda

        I’m seriously trying to figure out about these supposedly 200 black newspapers….he has got to be including some facebook pages and gossip at the beauty salons and barbershops in that count.

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

      Black newspaper circulation numbers are low, meaning no one reads them. So why would PBO go to them to get his message across?? Black radio and social media are the best outlets for PBO to speak to the Black community, and that’s where he’s been going.

      Notice neither Curry nor Lauren Burke stated the number of times Bush I and II, Clinton, or Reagan interviewed with the Black press? If you’re gonna say the Black press has been disrespected most by PBO than any other president, then where are the numbers to prove that?

      • jziglar

        It’s the same thing with these people, ODS !
        Everything started on Jan. 2009 and nothing happened prior to that. Every time these people go on and on about President Obama doing something unprecedented. They can never provide any evidence to back it up so they get angry and change the subject.

      • itgurl_29

        THANK YOU!!! Nobody reads them and they’re never gotten interviews with Presidents, so why are they trying to paint PBO as exceptionally disrespectful? They’re a bunch of idiots. These black newspapers haven’t been relevant since my mama was in high school in the 60s. They need to sit down. How the hell you run a paper, that basically looks like a penny saver flyer, and think you’re gonna get an interview with the President. GTFO! The New York Times can barely get a sit down with him. And these black papers think their poorly written mess with a circulation of 300, is worthy of a Presidential interview? The hell!!

        They’re looking for a hook up and for Barack Obama to save them from irrelevancy and that’s not his job!

    • MsKitty

      Well with that stank attitude they can REALLY forget about an interview now. Folks keep forgetting that the Administration is deep in the throes of 2nd term NFTG-itis.

      • qosine

        Perfectly said, Ms. Kitty.
        “Folks keep forgetting that the Administration is deep in the throes of 2nd term NFTG-it is.”

    • Kennymack1971

      Flyers at the Piggly Wiggly on MLK? LMAO you know you ain’t right. Seriously though I’ma need George Curry to go sit his behind down somewhere. This is so transparent. These negroes are mad because PBO won’t hook them up. Just like the Blackademics and CBC the only time they can generate any interest in anything they have to say is when they’ve got PBOs name in their mouths whining about nothing. They’re going to be so lost when PBO leaves office.

    • TresL

      The black newspaper where I live is a weekly and so riddled with errors and typos that I once called to offer my services as a proofreader which they declined, of course. They also had a terrible habit of including outdated information and placing opinion pieces on the front page. I stopped buying it years ago.

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

      Another thing George Curry doesn’t understand: It’s not a good look when, after the very first press conference of the first Black POTUS, one of your reporters runs to the right wing The Washington Times and says PBO used the Black press as “window dressing”

      After the first black president completed his first prime-time press conference, the black press was red hot.

      “We were window dressing,” said Hazel Edney, a reporter with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America. “We were nothing more than window dressing.”

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/10/obama-snubs-black-press-shakes-up-seating-routines/#ixzz2wbhT614f

      • Town

        What happen?

        How it Happen?

        Will It happen AGain?

        • Alma98

          LOL!!!

        • Alma98

          LOL!!!

        • qosine

          Nailed.

      • Town

        What happen?

        How it Happen?

        Will It happen AGain?

    • Alma98

      Where the fuck were all of these people when GWB was in office? And I haven’t seen a black newspaper since I was kid, 3 pages does not make a newspaper.

    • Alma98

      Where the fuck were all of these people when GWB was in office? And I haven’t seen a black newspaper since I was kid, 3 pages does not make a newspaper.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He wants a hook up and PBO ain’t giving any. Thanks for playing. PBO dominates Black media. He doesn’t need Black newspapers. They’re irrelavent.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      He wants a hook up and PBO ain’t giving any. Thanks for playing. PBO dominates Black media. He doesn’t need Black newspapers. They’re irrelavent.

    • edp4bho

      Another one with the Smiley Complex. George has been pissed ever since his mag folded. Nobody around to save him, though I never ever heard him complain about the loss. Enter PBO and he probably thought he had the most going on in terms of real journalism (Emerge was my fave at that time). Can’t wait to hear if he brings this up on Rev Al radio this afternoon. Otherwise, he needs to concentrate on becoming relevant on his so-called bonafides.

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  • Joy

    I notice that it’s mainly local Republicans supporting this. I’m just glad Dallas citizens of all stripes see it for what it is.
    ________________________________________________
    Backers of DISD ‘Home Rule’ get an earful at town halls

    DALLAS — There were three town hall meetings regarding the DISD home rule initiative in Dallas Thursday night, all held simultaneously in Pleasant Grove, northern Dallas, and southern Dallas.

    In Pleasant Grove, things began with a Power Point presentation. Former DISD school board trustee Dr. Edwin Flores laid out the case about the troubles the school district is facing.

    “Only eight percent of graduates are college-ready, and so we’re behind,” he told the crowd of about 50 or so. “Are we happy with only 588 students graduating college-ready?”

    He stressed that he is not on the board of Support Our Public Schools (SOPS), just a concerned member of the public who was willing to help out with a presentation about DISD.

    But he sat at a table with Jeronimo Valdez, who is on the Support Our Public Schools Board. Valdez said he’s a DISD graduate who believes DISD is at a crossroads.

    Support Our Public Schools is circulating a petition, which, if it gets 25,000 signatures from registered Dallas voters, would force the current members of the DISD board of trustees to form a 15-member commission. That commission would draw up a new charter for DISD.

    The district would be the first in the state to become a home rule district.

    “So what it means is greater local control and greater authority for our communities and local leaders to dictate what we do in local independent school districts,” said State Rep. Jason Villalba, who hosted the town hall held in at the public library at Royal and the tollway in the northern part of Dallas. “The way we craft legislation in Austin is a one-size-fits-all mandate. Education is not one-size-fits-all. You have to craft individual school districts based on the needs of the communities.”

    Some powerful people are in favor of the change. Villalba stood with Dallas City Councilmember Jennifer Staubach at his meeting. Mayor Mike Rawlings is also in favor of the initiative.

    “Ninety percent of our children are not prepared for the competitive workforce that we have. To me, that’s a disaster, and that means we’ve got to do something significant,” Rawlings said.

    After the Power Point presentation at the town hall meeting in Pleasant Grove, they opened up the microphone for public comment and the sparks began to fly.

    One woman said, “I’m not ready to give up on DISD yet, because I’m a product of DISD.”

    “It’s still public, it’s still DISD,” Valdez replied. “We’re not going private, we’re not going charter.”

    He was criticized when people asked why, if he’d like to change the district, he’d never run for school board.

    “I don’t live in the city of Dallas, and I’m not hiding that,” he said.
    One man attending the meeting said Valdez’s residence bothered him.

    “I feel insulted knowing you’re not a DISD voter, and you come to my house and tell me, ‘This ain’t good for you no more,'” he said.
    At the meeting in northern Dallas, there was such a crowd people spilled out into a hallway. Organizers said it was just an initial foray into the topic, promising more information would follow.

    While Rawlings said the Support Our Public Schools has a “blank slate” and no clear agenda, not everyone agreed.

    “They keep acting like they’re doing it from scratch. You don’t come up with meetings and money from scratch. This is not a down-home thing. This is a highly-organized entity, and they’re not telling us the whole story,” said Diane Birdwell of the National Education Association of Dallas. “None of us are happy with the way things are. Status quo isn’t happy for anyone, but they won’t tell us anything about what they’re trying to do.”

    • morphus

      Texans push back against attempts to walmartize schools is noteworthy. Especially when special interests refer to students as “products” and parents “customers”.

      • qosine

        I can’t stand those terms!! Makes me just furious.
        Parents are customers at the moment they complete a transaction w/2 inanimate objects – money and let’s say, paper towels. These people just can’t quit the slave business model.

        • morphus

          “These people just can’t quit the slave business model.”
          ===================================
          Agree. The model sustains perverted notion of “capitalism” which in turn maintains “inequalities”.

    • morphus

      Texans push back against attempts to walmartize schools is noteworthy. Especially when special interests refer to students as “products” and parents “customers”.

  • TyrenM

    Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday
    Green Lady Here!

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

      Happy Birthday GLH!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) GOOD MORNTIN’ Sepia♥ — ***BIG –http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg —HUG** :>)
        BLESS U 4 your KINDness. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • Joy

      Happy Birthday, Green! Enjoy!

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) GOOD MORNTIN’ Joy.♥ ***BIG –http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg –HUG*** :>)
        BLESS U 4 our KINDness. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • MsKitty
      • GreenLadyHere

        Yummmmy –MsKitty.♥ :>) –***BIG – –http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg – —HUG*** :>)
        –How KIND of U♥. :>) B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

    • Daltex82

      Happy, Happy Birthday!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        **Woot! Woot! :>) —**Good MornTin’ Daltex82. ***BIG – –http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg —HUG*** :>)
        –BLESS U♥ :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • Town

      Happy Birthday!

      • GreenLadyHere

        ***smiles*** Good MornTin’ Town♥ — -***BIG —http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg HUG*** :>)
        –BLESS U♥ –Have a good day. :>)

    • Town

      Happy Birthday!

    • creolechild

      Happy Birthday Lady Green. Hope you have a beautiful day!

    • creolechild

      Happy Birthday Lady Green. Hope you have a beautiful day!

    • Kennymack1971

      Happy Birthday GLH!!!!

    • Kennymack1971

      Happy Birthday GLH!!!!

    • conlakappa

      Happy birthday to the Green Queen!

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) conlakappa♥ :>) GOOD MORNTIN’. :>) ***BIG —http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg —-HUG*** :>)
        BLESS U 4 your KIND WORDS. :>) Have a GOOD day. :>)

    • conlakappa

      Happy birthday to the Green Queen!

    • aleth

      Happy Birthday to GLH!!1

      • GreenLadyHere

        -:>) –GOOD MORNTIN’ aleth♥ :>) ***BIG -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg —-HUG*** :>)
        BLESS U 4 your KIND words. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • aleth

      Happy Birthday to GLH!!1

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL — GOOD MORNTIN’ TyrenM♥ :>) ***BIG http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg — -HUG*** :>)
      —–U B saaaaaangin’. :>)

      Annnd — -HONORING your BROTHER also.♥ —
      B BLESSED♥- —:>)

      • edp4bho

        Happy Birthday o’ Green One. Hope it’s filled with joy the way you fill POU everyday !!

        • GreenLadyHere

          **SMILES**edp4bho♥ –GOOD MORNTIN’ :>
          ***BIG —http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg —HUG*** :>)

          BLESS U♥ 4 your KIND words. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • morphus
      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY morphus♥. — -[Just seeing THIS. Please 4-give♥] – – -***BIG – -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg HUG*** :>)
        — -BLESS U 4 your KIND wishes.♥ – –:>) Have a good evening♥:>)

  • MsKitty

    Luvvie ain’t got no sense. Not only did she do the recap, but she planned a wake too.

    Recap – http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/03/kiss-kiss-bang-bang-scandal-episode-314-recap.html

    Wake – http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/03/scandal-character-dead-funeral.html

    • creolechild

      I read the recap and can’t believe how many people have either forgotten or didn’t know that Jake from State Farm was one of the badass soldiers in The Unit with Dennis Haysbert, Max Martini, Michael Irby, and Robert Patrick.

  • Miranda

    Fire this nut.
    —————————
    Muslim family accuses CCSD teacher of racial profiling

    Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — A CCSD teacher is being accused of racially profiling a Muslim student.

    A father and son who wish their names to remain private, said they are shocked by what the boy’s teacher said to him at Cimmaron-Memorial High School on Friday.

    The father said, “His words to me, verbatim were, ‘My teacher told me that this is America, and if you can’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in my class, you can go back to Iraq.'”

    The freshman was in a leg brace after a wrestling accident.

    He said he was in too much pain to stand, and that his teacher knew he was injured. He said she singled him out, even though other students also stayed seated.

    The father spoke with Cimmaron-Memorial’s principal Tuesday morning. He said he was told the teacher would be disciplined, but the principal would not say how.

    more here: http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/Muslim-family-accuses-CCSD-teacher-of-racial-profiling-250909481.html

    • Alma98

      This is shameful, the teacher is a racist bully and shouldn’t be around children.

    • Alma98

      This is shameful, the teacher is a racist bully and shouldn’t be around children.

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

    Y’all need to listen to the second clip at the Crew of 42 link Miranda posted below. In it, RoRo complains about minority businesses getting 1% of loans from the SBA vs 8% under Bush, and he also low key calls out Rev Al about not criticizing PBO on the judicial nominees in GA, and accuses PBO’s administration of intimidating Black press.

    ETA: As usual, RoRo wasn’t telling the WHOLE story about the drop in SBA loans to Black small businesses:

    A few factors could be driving the drop in lending to black-owned businesses. Many lenders are shying away from smaller loans, which can generate less profit through interest. The average SBA loan has more than doubled since 2005, rising from $192,919 to $426,796. This will be a problem for black borrowers, as 80 percent of the loans to black business owners are for $150,000 or less.

    Meanwhile, black Americans’ average credit score before the crisis was 25.6 out of 100, while whites’ was 54, although those numbers haven’t been updated. Given that lending is tighter, those scores may be playing a bigger role. And black wealth has taken an enormous hit from the implosion of the housing bubble and the ensuing recession, with the gap between the wealth of whites and blacks doubling, which could put them in a more difficult financial situation.

    On top of all of this, the banks that black business owners were most able to count on have “sharply reduced or abandoned SBA lending,” the Journal reports, including Bank of America, which made just 247 SBA loans last year, compared to more than 1,400 in 2007 to black borrowers alone.

    MORE: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/20/3416823/black-small-business-loans/

    • jziglar

      Intimidation ? Please !
      They’ve been attacking this president since he decided to run for president so I don’t get all this “we are being silenced” garbage.
      Like I said before what are they getting from all this ? The lies, the attacks. President Obama is never running for office again so it’s not like these attacks are going to hurt him and his family. RoRo better worry about finding stable employment along with the rest of the emo Negroes because after Jan. 2017 it’s over for them. Like the segregation days, they will be going to the back of the bus, Hell they won’t even be in the bus.

    • jziglar

      Intimidation ? Please !
      They’ve been attacking this president since he decided to run for president so I don’t get all this “we are being silenced” garbage.
      Like I said before what are they getting from all this ? The lies, the attacks. President Obama is never running for office again so it’s not like these attacks are going to hurt him and his family. RoRo better worry about finding stable employment along with the rest of the emo Negroes because after Jan. 2017 it’s over for them. Like the segregation days, they will be going to the back of the bus, Hell they won’t even be in the bus.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Sepia♥ — -**BIG HUG** :>)
      —RoRo needsta — “strangle” himself with one of his

      – –AZZ-cots!!! — ☺https://cdn.abcneckties.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/how-tie-an-ascot-tie.jpg geesh!!
      —Good 2 C U Sepia♥- —
      [Gotta "bounce" -- -CLASSES R gettin' in my WAY.] LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Sepia♥ — -**BIG HUG** :>)
      —RoRo needsta — “strangle” himself with one of his

      – –AZZ-cots!!! — ☺https://cdn.abcneckties.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/how-tie-an-ascot-tie.jpg geesh!!
      —Good 2 C U Sepia♥- —
      [Gotta "bounce" -- -CLASSES R gettin' in my WAY.] LOL

    • Alma98

      I’ll ask again, what black press?
      All of them are scared of teapublicans, but love to jump big and bad with PBO. They can talk shit all day long about the president but won’t say shit to racists like Paul Ryan.

      • Kennymack1971

        Say it again Alma. The Speaker Of The House basically said he ain’t doing a damn thing regarding a UI extension and these Negroes are crying because the President talked to Steve Harvey and Charles Barkley? They’re only bold and about “accountability” when it comes to the President meanwhile the RW can act a fool all day long and they say little to nothing at all.

        • Alma98

          I’m never going to forget how these folks behaved. And when PBO is gone and I don’t see them going after the next white president with same fervor. I’m going to get all in their asses!

          • qosine

            Damn straight, Alma.

        • Alma98

          I’m never going to forget how these folks behaved. And when PBO is gone and I don’t see them going after the next white president with same fervor. I’m going to get all in their asses!

      • Kennymack1971

        Say it again Alma. The Speaker Of The House basically said he ain’t doing a damn thing regarding a UI extension and these Negroes are crying because the President talked to Steve Harvey and Charles Barkley? They’re only bold and about “accountability” when it comes to the President meanwhile the RW can act a fool all day long and they say little to nothing at all.

    • Alma98

      I’ll ask again, what black press?
      All of them are scared of teapublicans, but love to jump big and bad with PBO. They can talk shit all day long about the president but won’t say shit to racists like Paul Ryan.

    • Kennymack1971

      RoRo trying to take a shot at Rev. Al…LMAO. They’re so mad that they’ve been rendered a non mf’n factor when it comes to this President they can’t see straight.

      • Tunisia

        These fools need to learn a little something from Rev Al. He picks his battles and he is not petty. Rev Al hasn’t gone after PBO and guess what, he got a tv and his radio show continues to thrive. Rev Al & PBO are laughing at all of these feels and so am I.

        • TresL

          This is so true. Do they really think slamming PBO every chance they get is the best way to get an interview? They are too dumb for words.

          It’s a shame that all “journalists” now believe that being harsh and nasty to the President is equivalent to being objective and unbiased while positive stories and the truth don’t see the light of day because that would show bias in his favor or mean the reporter is an Obot. By that logic, they can only report the negative which is clearly what they’ve chosen to do.

        • TresL

          This is so true. Do they really think slamming PBO every chance they get is the best way to get an interview? They are too dumb for words.

          It’s a shame that all “journalists” now believe that being harsh and nasty to the President is equivalent to being objective and unbiased while positive stories and the truth don’t see the light of day because that would show bias in his favor or mean the reporter is an Obot. By that logic, they can only report the negative which is clearly what they’ve chosen to do.

      • Tunisia

        These fools need to learn a little something from Rev Al. He picks his battles and he is not petty. Rev Al hasn’t gone after PBO and guess what, he got a tv and his radio show continues to thrive. Rev Al & PBO are laughing at all of these feels and so am I.

      • qosine

        They are furious that Rev. Al made the choice they didn’t have the guts to make.

        In his book, he talks about having to decide whether to show up in, I think, Iowa at an event nearby another one that Candidate Obama would attend. They talked, w/each not wanting to crowd the other one out.

        Rev. Al had to make a decision then.

        After some pretty intense reflection, he remembered how some black leaders didn’t support him in his own run for presidency. Did he want to do the same thing to Obama? No, he decided.

        He threw his support to Obama and never looked back. When it counted he had Obama’s back. That makes all the difference to Rev. Al and PBO.

        And to me.

    • Kennymack1971

      RoRo trying to take a shot at Rev. Al…LMAO. They’re so mad that they’ve been rendered a non mf’n factor when it comes to this President they can’t see straight.

    • qosine

      news n(y)o͞oz/
      newly received or noteworthy information, esp. about recent or important events.
      https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=nn&ei=PN2DUqaUJYqrkQeXlIHYCA&ved=0CBUQ1S4#hl=en&q=define:+news&safe=active
      “Lacking in any substantive news information”?

      “Last week, as part of his push to promote health care enrollment, President Obama talked to comedian Zach Galifianakis on his show Between Two Ferns.

      The appearance was a stunning success in terms of connecting viewers to healthcare.gov and pure entertainment value. But it was also lacking in any substantive news information.”

      http://www.crewof42.com/news/black-press-chief-black-press-disrespected-during-obama-years/#sthash.nDuHOj4S.I5RgzR9S.dpuf

      • itgurl_29

        That quote just shows you how disconnected they are from the times we live in. They sound no different from the right wing in their attack on the In Between Two Ferns appearance. They absolutely do not understand what’s going on. Like the humorless right wing, they were looking for hard hitting news from a comedy skit. My God, they are freakin’ idiots!

        • qosine

          Exactly the same.

          Right wing radio, emos, and Roland et al circulate the same points — all mad about Ferns, Ellen, local TV, other black stations that shockingly, I tell ya! use humor, celebrity, and media to save lives

          Who wants to hear a bunch of lectures from assholes? If I were in my 20s, I’d be like, hell no I’m not signing up. Short sighted, but that’s what PBO gets.

          And I thought Ferns was HILARIOUS! As a nice extra, they took shots at the emos. “Is this what they mean by drones,” . . . LMAO

    • qosine

      It’s so maddening for callouts to real problems — black vs. white access to credit, which the Recession just doubling that gap — focus on PBO vs. Bush to misdirect.

      But why misdirect?

      Sounds like Roland et al didn’t care until THEY didn’t get MORE access to credit under PBO. F&$^%$ everyone else, who couldn’t get credit BEFORE the Recession.

      Man, Warren Buffett is so right: “When the tide goes out, you can see who’s swimming naked.”

    • Miranda

      I knew Roland was blowing bullshit with that statistic. He never gives any analysis of ANYTHING. He just repeats the top line and runs with it. Shady ass gnome.

  • Alma98

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  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.
    Disqus is acting funny today it won’t let me post my sun.

    • qosine

      Can I bring you one, Alma?
      Saw a cool one over by the birthday cakes. lol

    • qosine

      Can I bring you one, Alma?
      Saw a cool one over by the birthday cakes. lol

      • Alma98

        Morning qosine, something is going on with disqus.
        Also for a minute the edit button was gone, I guess it’ll be one of them days lol.

        • qosine

          Oops, gotta rescind my offer.
          D won’t upload. lol

          • Alma98

            LOL

          • Alma98

            LOL

        • qosine

          Oops, gotta rescind my offer.
          D won’t upload. lol

      • Alma98

        Morning qosine, something is going on with disqus.
        Also for a minute the edit button was gone, I guess it’ll be one of them days lol.

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.
    Disqus is acting funny today it won’t let me post my sun.

  • Alma98

    Happy Birthday GLH!
    Have a wonderful day!

    • GreenLadyHere

      —Ohhh Alma♥ – – – -GOOD MORNTIN’ :>) ***BIG — -☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg HUG*** :>).
      What a FUN SONG. :>) —I’ll PLAY it -ALL DAY! :>)

      – —BLESS U♥ 4 your KINDNESS! :>)

      • Alma98

        My pleasure GLH! (((HUGS)) & blessings to you too.

      • Alma98

        My pleasure GLH! (((HUGS)) & blessings to you too.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Thank U Alma. Always needed. :>)

      • TresL

        Wishing you the best today and always GreenLadyHere. Happy Birthday!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Good MornTin’ TresL♥ :>) ***BIG –http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg – – -HUG*** :>)
          BLESS U 4 your KIND wishes. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • TresL

        Wishing you the best today and always GreenLadyHere. Happy Birthday!

    • GreenLadyHere

      —Ohhh Alma♥ – – – -GOOD MORNTIN’ :>) ***BIG — -☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg HUG*** :>).
      What a FUN SONG. :>) —I’ll PLAY it -ALL DAY! :>)

      – —BLESS U♥ 4 your KINDNESS! :>)

    • Alexander2

      Happy Birthday GreenLadyHere!

      Sang it Alvin:

    • Alexander2

      Happy Birthday GreenLadyHere!

      Sang it Alvin:

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL —ALEXANDER2♥ :>) ***BIG – -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg –HUG** :>)
        What a FUN SONG. :>) – -LOL
        BLESS U♥ 4 your KINDNESS♥ :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • Alma98

    Happy Birthday GLH!
    Have a wonderful day!

  • MsKitty
  • MsKitty
    • qosine

      PBO and Team are just ROLLING IT OUT!!
      Nobody, I mean nobody operates in the same
      media league. Nope.

    • qosine

      PBO and Team are just ROLLING IT OUT!!
      Nobody, I mean nobody operates in the same
      media league. Nope.

  • qosine

    Happy Birthday Dear GreenLady!!
    Spring has officially sprung:) LOL
    See her texting area? Yes. Home.
    But right now, she’s out and about
    celebrating Spring w/birthday cake:)

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200 WOW&1/2- -:>) La Qosine♥ — -***BIG — http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg – – -HUG*** :>)

      -How KOLOR-ful annnd KIND of U♥. :>)
      Aaaahhh — –Would LUV 2 B in the GREEN pastures –EATIN’ that DELICIOUS cake. :>)

      BLESS U♥ 4 your KINDness. :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • Lisa M

    Happy Birthday, GreenLady!! Here’s to many many more!!

  • Lisa M

    Happy Birthday, GreenLady!! Here’s to many many more!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ohhh LisaM♥ — Good MornTin’. :>) ***BIG –http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg – –HUG** – –

      Soo goood 2 C U. —Continuin’ 2 PRAY 4 U♥

      —BLESS U♥ :>) Have a good/RESTFUL day. :>)

  • jziglar

    Happy Birthday, GreenLady !

    • GreenLadyHere

      ***smiles** –Good MornTin’ jziglar♥ — – -***BIG – – -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg —HUG*** :>)

      BLESS U♥ :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • jziglar

    Happy Birthday, GreenLady !

  • PBomb

    Happy Birthday GLH!! I hope your day is wonderful!

    • GreenLadyHere

      **smiles** Good MornTin’ PBOMB♥— -***BIG — http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg –HUG :>)

      BLESS U♥- – -4 your KIND words. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • trose1

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLH !!!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY trose1. [Just seeing this. -Please 4-give♥]
        ***BIG — -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg – — -HUG♥*** – – –
        BLESS U.♥ – — Sooo good 2 C U♥ –:>)

  • MsKitty
    • qosine

      “Everyone should dance for happiness”
      Yes, yes, yes! Try to every chance I get.

  • Miranda

    FAMU Partners for 24-Hour Black News Channel

    The new network has a commitment from Comcast to carry the channel in top African American markets, and may branch out to other HBCUs.
    BY: RICHARD PRINCE Posted: March 20 2014 8:16 PM

    The board of trustees of Florida A&M University has approved an 11-year partnership with former Rep. J.C. Watts to produce a 24-hour, multiplatform Black Television News Channel that Watts initially announced six years ago.

    A signing ceremony is scheduled Friday on FAMU’s campus. The new network plans 50 full- and part-time journalism jobs, according to Frank Watson, the vice president and general manager, with internships for students, a bureau in Washington and hopes for branching out to other historically black colleges and universities.

    Robert “Bob” Brillante, a cable TV veteran, founder of Florida’s News Channel and one of the cofounding partners, told Journal-isms by telephone that Comcast had committed to carrying the channel in seven of the 10 top African-American markets: Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will broaden the potential audience, he said.

    Florida’s News Channel operated statewide from 1998 to 2003 and created nightly newscasts for a black audience.

    The Black Television News Channel was originally announced in 2008 by Watts, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma from 1995 to 2002. Contracts were signed then with Comcast.

    However, Brillante said, financing collapsed in 2010 amid the recession. Since then, he said, the partners have been busy “putting the people back together.”

    Sony Corp. has agreed to equip FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication with a network operation center and an automated newsroom, according to the announcement. The center will be located next to the existing student broadcast newsroom, Dean Ann Wead Kimbrough told Journal-isms by telephone.

    more here: http://www.theroot.com/blogs/journalisms/2014/03/florida_a_m_university_partners_with_rep_j_c_watts_to_produce_24_hour_black.html?wpisrc=newstories

    • Alma98

      I’ll wait and see considering it’s Comcast & J.C. Watts.

      • qosine

        Yep

    • TyrenM

      This is the bone Comcast throws to shut us up about the merger/takeover? JC Watts 25/8? I won’t knock FAMU but this right here… they can keep it.

  • Miranda

    Thank goodness…….so glad somebody finally admitting that the right wing book market is a ruse.
    —————————-
    Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End Of A Publishing Gold Rush

    A decade ago, mainstream publishers became convinced they could make millions by churning out books for the right — and now the bubble may be bursting. From Allan Bloom to Ann Coulter.

    posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:23am EDT

    The conservative book business has seen better days. Ten years ago, the genre was a major source of intellectual energy on the right, and the site of a publishing boom, with conservative imprints popping up at industry giants like Random House and Penguin. But after a decade of disruption, uneven sales, and fierce competition, many leading figures in the conservative literati fear the market has devolved into an echo of cable news, where an overcrowded field of preachers feverishly contends for the attention of the same choir.

    “I think the problems in the conservative publishing arena are more acute than in the rest of the industry,” said Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld, who now runs a communications firm in Washington and works as a literary agent for conservative authors.

    more here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/killing-conservative-books-the-shocking-end-of-a-publishing

    • qosine

      I’m so happy. Hey conservative writers, your beloved market
      doesn’t love you no more. LOL

    • Daltex82

      Damn this was Man Coulter’s meal ticket. I think I hear her adam’s apple weeping.

  • Miranda

    wow……well done sir.

    What I learned from President Obama | Jon Favreau
    Published on Mar 20, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau was presented with the James Joyce Award from the UCD Literary & Historical Society, University College Dublin.

    (h/t Nancy LeTourneay) UPDATE: Here’s the kind of thing Favreau tells us about the man who is our President. From about 5:55 in the video:

    He [President Obama] taught me the value of honesty and authenticity in writing. After delivering one of the most candid, heartfelt, politically risky speeches on race in America, he said to me, “I don’t know if you can get elected president saying the things I did about race today. But I also don’t know that I deserve to be president if I don’t say the things that I believe.”

    • Alma98

      Wonderful!

    • qosine

      Hello George Curry: “He taught me the value of honesty and authenticity in writing.” PBO majored in English (a fellow English major), can write well, obviously willing to spend time on it, so why would he hire subpar writers? Hello.

      • Town

        Wow, I didn’t know Obama was an English major!

        • qosine

          Town,
          Re: English major — I may be wrong. I always
          thought he majored in Pol. Sci. and International Relations, but then I came across something about English. I’m like really? Checking to be sure. — q

  • lamh36

    Welp, I see KimK finally got her Vogue cover. I don’t know why I find these two so insufferable, but I do…bleh. Their baby is cute though and that is a pretty dress.

    • itgurl_29

      American Vogue just signed it’s own death certificate. I’m not saying it won’t sell because as gross as she is, she does have stans. But it really cheapens the brand. We’re putting porn stars on the cover of high fashion magazines now?

      • Miranda

        I completely agree. This tells me Anna Wintour getting ready to retire really soon. Vogue just cheapened itself in the worst possible way.

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

          How does Kim get a cover before Lupita Nyong’o!??

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

        And that’s why Andre Leon Talley needs to take over American Vogue. He would neva put that trick on the cover.

        • itgurl_29

          He’s actually called her a “fashion icon”. Andre is crazy in his own way.

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

            What???? Has he been dieting again?

          • itgurl_29

            I wanna know what Tim Gunn has to say about this. He cannot stand the Kardashians.

          • Alma98

            No he didn’t!

          • Admiral_Komack

            Maybe he meant the word “slut”.

      • Town

        Is April a big selling issue? March was pretty thick (Rihanna issue), I don’t see April being that thick.

        I certainly see Kim K being more fashionable than Lena Dunham (Feb. issue).

    • Worldwatcher7

      Trigger warning needed. Or at least a numbskull alert.

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

      Goddamnit! WTF Anna??

      Please tell me this is an April Fool’s joke!

    • qosine

      My eyes! Nice dress.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Whatever.

    • aleth

      Well if they get a cover, she betta put Lupita on the cover.

      • itgurl_29

        Not just put Lupita on the cover, but give her the September issue. Anna’s really gonna have to go all out to make up for this one. She’s getting dragged all over twitter.

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

          YES! Put Lupita on the Sept. cover and then MAYBE we’ll forgive Anna. Maybe.

  • lamh36

    Happy Birthday GLH

    • GreenLadyHere

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      BLES U 4 your KINDness. :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • sagittarius

    Happy Birthday, GLH!

    Enjoy your day! Blessings to you!

  • Worldwatcher7

    Happy Birthday to the fabulous Green Lady! Smart thoughtful, witty, caring, and intensely passionate for justice. You are one of the greatest things about the internet. Have a joy filled day!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      You are one of the most beautiful and caring souls I have met on these here internets GLH. You deserve all this and more, have a wonderful birthday.

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>)Alma♥ —I am HUMBLED.—BLESS U ♥- -:>)

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    • Admiral_Komack

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GREENLADYHERE!

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • shilohsmama

          De – lurking to say Happy Birthday Darling!
          ***BIG BIG BIG HUG***

          • GreenLadyHere

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    • itgurl_29

      Happy Birthday, GLH!!

      • GreenLadyHere

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  • Town

    I’m not a fan of Kim Kardashian. I think she’s ok. But people are howling and crying because she & Kanye are on the April cover of VOGUE.

    Do you think people’s disgust at Kim Kardashian is because she’s a fame whore or likes to sleep with black men? Or both? I ask because I kinda have a feeling that if somebody like…um…Taylor Swift, who’s probably had just as men if not more than Kim Kardashian were on the cover, if there would be this moaning and groaning or disgust?

    • itgurl_29

      It’s because of the sex tape. And I’m sure some of the hatred for her comes from her preference for black men, but the fashion crowd always shunned her cause of the sex tape, her lack of style, and her cheap reality show celebrity. In fact, I think she may be the first reality show star to cover a high fashion magazine.

      • Miranda

        And to be perfectly honest…once she did the sex tape with a black buck, she was “soiled” in the eyes of old white Hollywood money. The Kardashians can make as much bank as they want too and they will never be anymore than trash to the Hollywood guard.

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

      It’s because her claim to fame is starring in a sex tape.

      • conlakappa

        I think Kanye basically triple-dog-daring Vogue to have her on the cover is more of the cause of the current dust-up and has less to do with her famous-for-being-famous status.

        • Aquagranny911

          I wouldn’t put it past Chris Jenner to have bribed or blackmailed Vogue, either. She’s probably already stacking & counting the $$$ she thinks this will bring in.

      • Admiral_Komack

        We have a winner.

    • MsKitty

      For me it’s because she’s a fame whore. It’s easy for people to say just ignore her (and her family), but it’s hard to do when she’s cheesin’ and grinning on on every channel, all forms of print media, and online. It’s relentless.

    • Miranda

      Taylor Swift actually has a talent that doesn’t require her to be on her knees.

    • Alma98

      I don’t care if she sleeps with black men. I’m tired of her and Kanye’s fame whoring.

    • Aquagranny911

      I don’t care about Vogue or the Kardashians. I think they are boring attention seekers. I kind of feel sorry for Kim & her sisters. I think their nasty mother Chris Jenner would stand them all on a street corner with big price tags if she thought she could make a peso. I find Chris totally repugnant.

      • itgurl_29

        The sex tape was Kris Kardashian’s idea. And according to Billy Bush from Access Hollywood, Kris was in the home when the tape was filmed and she negotiated the sale to the porn producers.

        • Aquagranny911

          Does not surprise me one bit. The woman is a pimp!

        • TyrenM

          Cue Lil Jon: Contracts.

        • Miranda

          After watching Kris shake that old billionaire pervert hand in Austria after they got off the plane for Kim’s “date” with him…I really don’t doubt what Billy Bush said.

    • Worldwatcher7

      I don’t like seeing a rank opportunist get ahead. Also, I thought Vogue was for fashion icons, which KK most def is not.

  • sagittarius

    So… Disqus is on one today – didn’t display my comment!

    Good afternoon, Fam!

    Hope all is well! I will rewrite my observations.

    1. The ‘Hillary is Inevitable’ campaign will be a major fail in early 2015, in strong reaction to her lack of push for the midterms. HIE fatigue is already setting in and the Obama Coalition will tell her about herself immediately following the November elections.

    2. I’d like the foreign policy wonks on this site to weigh in on this statement. Vlad the Cad may have made his move too soon. He is the only one keeping Hafez Assad afloat. When the sanctions gain a stronger hold, V-to-the-C may be using those infamous defense skills to keep the Russian oligarchs off his behind. He won’t have time to play nursemaid to Assad and this may help lead to a solution in Syria.

    • conlakappa

      I’ve gotten the error message of doom twice when I tried to refresh. Perhaps it was dealing with its other issues like non-posting and the on-again-off-again relationship it has with the edit button?

    • Aquagranny911

      Discuss has been messed up for several days.

  • itgurl_29

    So is George Curry supposed to be on Shaprton’s radio show today? Or the MSNBC show?

  • itgurl_29

    Who in the hell is this negro on Sharpton’s show giving props to Paul Ryan and Bill O’Reilly?!

    http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/news-talk-1380-waok

    • Miranda

      Some kneegrow provocateur.

      • Alma98

        Yep, and looking for a come up.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY itgurl_29 :>) —DID THIS fall OFF HIS HEAD???

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    • qosine

      What?

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!!

  • GreenLadyHere

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    • Miranda

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! AND MANY MANY MORE!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        ***smiles*** —Good Afternoon Miranda♥ — :>) –***BIG — -http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r0URjYeJQb0/UKWu5tY9MCI/AAAAAAAADd4/i4H_GHd2uCY/s1600/tuf.jpg HUG*** :>)

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  • Aquagranny911

    To our so sweet GREEN LADY….HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May you be blessed with many more. ♥ ♥ ♥ BIG giant Birthday HUG!!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • isonprize

    Despite the fact that she suffered from neuralgia and diabetes,
    had had all her toes amputated, and could only walk with a crutch, the
    doctor decided she did not qualify for disability payments. Her
    application was rejected.

    DAMN, white people, just DAMN.