October 24, 2014

Friday Open Thread- Famous African-American Painters

Faith Ringgold is an African American artist, best known for her painted story quilts. She is professor emeritus in the University of California, San Diego visual art department.

Faith Ringgold was born  on October 8, 1930 and raised in Harlem and educated at the City College of New York, where she studied with Robert Gathmey and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. She received an M.A.from the college in 1959. She was greatly influenced by the fabric she worked with at home with her mother, who was a fashion designer, and has used fabric in many of her artworks. She is especially well known for her painted story quilts which blur the line between “high art” and “craft” by combining painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.

She modeled her “story quilts” on the Buddhist Thangkas, lovely pictures painted on fabric and quilted or brocaded, which could then be easily rolled up and transported. She has influenced numerous modern artists, including Linda Freeman, and known some of the greatest African American artists personally, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Betye Saar.

Her work is in the permanent collection of many museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and other museums, mostly in New York City. In addition, Ringgold has written and illustrated seventeen children’s books. Her first book, Tar Beach, won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award.

 Ringgold has been an activist since the 1970s, participating in several feminist, anti-racist organizations. In 1970, Ringgold, fellow artist Poppy Johnson, and art critic Lucy Lippard, founded the Ad Hoc Women’s Art Committee and protested the Whitney Annual, a major art exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Members of the committee demanded that women artists account for fifty percent of the exhibitors and created disturbances at the museum by leaving raw eggs and sanitary napkins on its grounds and by gathering to sing, blow whistles, and chant about their exclusion. That same year, Ringgold and her daughter, the writer Michele Wallace, founded Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation (WSABAL).  Around 1974, Ringgold and Wallace were founding members of the National Black Feminist Organization. Ringgold was also a founding member of the “Where We At” Black Women Artists, a New York-based women art collective associated with the Black Arts Movement.

 

 On January 16, 2012 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, she had a Google Doodle featured on Google’s home page.

 

***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

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  • dannie22

    Good morning all!

    • Rhoda

      Good Morning dannie, POU.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday Morntin’ Rhoda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        Have a good day. :>)

        • rikyrah

          Good Morning, dannie, Rhoda, GLH and Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Friday Morntin’ dannie22. ***BIG HUG**** :>)

    Bonne journee —mon amie. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere
  • rikyrah

    Fire Walker Chronicles: Rolling In The Deep

    By Zandar May 25th, 2012

    Team Koch is stomping a dollar sign shaped mud hole in Tom Barrett and then drying it out, with the super-PACs backing GOP Gov. Scott Walker outspending the Democrats by more than 3-to-1 in the Wisconsin recall.

    Walker’s campaign, which has raised a record $25 million+ for the recall campaign, spent over $7 million for TV buys from March 20 through Election Day, according to a source tracking ad buys in the state. In anticipation of the recall, the governor has been on the air since last December, with spots touting his record, including his controversial budget repair bill curbing collective bargaining for public employees. In total, Walker’s campaign has spent over $12 million on recall election campaign ads.

    Republicans are apparently absolutely giddy with the thought that Walker’s win will usher in a new era of permanent GOP dominance. If it takes millions of dollars to purchase said dominance, and they have it to spend, why by gum, they’re going to do just that. Thanks, Citizens United!

    Walker is the frontrunner in the campaign, but Democrats released two polls this week showing the governor with only a small, single-digit lead. The outcome of the race will largely rest on which side can turn out its base. There are very few uncommitted voters, with nearly everyone holding a firm opinion of Walker.

    The two candidates will debate tonight and once more next Thursday.

    It’s not over with yet, folks. It’s all about getting people to the polls. Badger, badger, badger, don’t be a mushroom.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/05/25/fire-walker-chronicles-rolling-in-the-deep/

  • rikyrah

    A busy ‘Day One’
    By Steve Benen – Fri May 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Last week, Mitt Romney’s campaign unveiled its first television ad of the general election, a generally positive spot describing what the Republican would do on “day one” if elected. In his first 24 hours in the Oval Office, Romney would apparently approve an environmentally-risky oil pipeline, cut taxes on the wealthy, and take away health care access for millions of Americans.

    Yesterday, the campaign unveiled its second ad, this one called, “Day One, Part Two.” Apparently, the Republican is sincere about hitting the ground running — he has quite a few ambitions for Jan. 21, 2013.

    For those who can’t watch clips online, viewers learn that Romney — still on his first day in office — would also “announce deficit reductions,” “stand up to China on trade,” and “begin repealing” federal regulations, which the Republican believes are responsible for hurting the economy.

    Voters who care about the truth won’t find much to like about this spot. Romney’s agenda doesn’t focus on deficit reduction; it would add trillions to the debt through tax cuts and increased defense spending (a problem that would be made worse if he kills the Affordable Care Act). If Romney pushes us into a trade war with China, we all lose. And the notion that regulations are hurting the economy is plainly false to anyone who knows what they’re talking about.

    But the larger lesson here is that Romney, despite a breathtakingly-conservative vision, really doesn’t have much to offer in the way of practical, real-world solutions to any of the nation’s pressing economic problems.

    As Jamelle Bouie explained, Romney’s “key asset is the appearance of competence. By virtue of his look, composure and business background, voters assume that he has command over issues and that he could succeed if elected president…. [But] for all the talk of job creation, the Republican nominee doesn’t have a plan for stimulating the economy.”

    Indeed, he’s not even trying.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Consider the six ideas now on tap for Romney’s first day: tax cuts for the wealthy (which we know do little to boost demand), an oil pipeline (which might create some jobs, but not as many as the right likes to pretend), less access to health care (which wouldn’t do the economy any favors), deficit reduction (austerity doesn’t work), fewer regulations (which is vague and pointless), and a trade war with China (which would be incredibly dangerous).

    The myth of this guy’s competence has been greatly exaggerated.
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/25/11864774-a-busy-day-one?lite

    • isonprize

      I’m working so that Myth R-money’s “to do” list for Jan 21, 2013 will include watching Barack H. Obama being sworn in as President of the United States of America.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Willard Romney and Rachel Maddow will be watching Barack Obama be sworn in as President on January 21, 2013.

        • AxelFoley

          RMoney and Rachel Maddow and Mark Halperin will be watching Barack Obama be sworn in as President on January 21, 2013.

          • Miranda

            And trying to figure out what to do with those thousands of boxes of “Mitt for President” T-shirts.

      • conlakappa

        Inauguration Day is the constitutionally mandated January 20. The President will likely just show up for work and get it done per usual on January 21.

        • GreenLadyHere

          hAH! conlakappa. :>) ***fist bump*** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB. ***BIG HUG** :>) QUILTING —WHAT A FOND MEMORY. :>) STILL HAVE A QUILT THAT MY MOMMY MADE FOR ME. :>) – — –

    – – – –What I love about THIS ARTIST is her TALENT 4 QUILTIN’ in the experience of – – -THE “STRUGGLE”: – — Ringgold has been an activist since the 1970s, participating in several feminist, anti-racist organizations.

    – – – -HER QUILTS R SOOO UNIQUE as THEY TELL STORIES. :>)

    THANK U Sooo MUCH 4 this SERIES. :>) Learned sooo much. :>)

    B BLESSED 2-day –PBOMB. :>)

  • rikyrah

    May 24, 2012
    That painful, sadistic-Romney laugh

    To me, what stands as the GOP’s most offensive rhetorical tactic yet deployed in modern American politics was reiterated yesterday by Mitt Romney, in his softball Mark Halperin interview–something Romney has uttered a gazillion times before, and he’ll utter a gazillion times again, between now and Election Day:

    It is a whole passel of elements that come together to create a strong economy, and for someone who spent their life in the economy, they understand how that works. And it’s very clear, by virtue of the President’s record, that he does not, and he is struggling. Look at him right now. He just doesn’t have a clue what to do to get this economy going.

    And there you have it. Not merely a distortion–that this president just sits and thinks about economic reform, all alone, all by himself, sans any professional advisers; and not merely a lie–a twisted tale of unmitigated failure, “by virtue of the President’s record”; and not merely a misapplication of private experience to public service–“for someone who spent their life in the economy, they understand how [it] works.”

    True, it is all of those, but what reigns as supremely offensive is Romney & Co.’s medieval snickering over the president’s “struggle,” one compelled by the singular tortures of congressional Republicans who have racked, screwed, and burned at the stake virtually every economic remedy that Obama has proposed as further stimulus–the first of which did work, if only precisely to the degree by which congressional Republicans diluted it.

    There is an emphatic element in this offensive line of attack that transcends the political and goes straight to the sadistic. Yet what makes it so painful isn’t just Republicans’ natural offensiveness or studied sadism. After all, we’ve had years to accustom ourselves to the GOP’s soul-damaged decline. No, what makes it so excruciating is that so many Americans indeed accept it as “just politics” or, worse, actually lend it some credence; they actually say to themselves, “Yeah, that Romney guy has a point.”

    Vacate that credulity and you’d see national polling numbers of Obama vs. Romney, 75-25, which is to say, Romney would possess the polling strength of his hardcore base alone. This would not be a contest–at all; which is to say, further, that against an informed, educated electorate, the GOP would stand no chance whatsoever. Which finally is to say, with an easy certainty, that the GOP relies on a ghastly ignorance like no major party ever has, throughout the history of modern American politics.

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/05/that-painful-sadistic-romney-laugh.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – – -***TWEET – — TWEET*** – – – – -SAYS MR. PRESIDENT :>) – –

    – — -Obama does Twitter chat – – –

    – – – -The White House announced on Twitter that President Obama will answer questions on the social network after his Iowa speech.

    Follow along after the jump.

    First question:What are we doing to curb, better yet avoid, dependency on oil? #WHChat – – – –

    HOW FUN IS THIS!!?? – — -OUR BEYOND 21st PRESIDENT!! :>)

  • rikyrah

    Sing It Loud, An America Like No Other
    May 23rd, 2012 12:00 am
    Leonard Pitts Jr.

    I, too, sing America.

    So wrote Langston Hughes, the unofficial poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes, whose 65 years spanned the lynch mobs of the early 20th century and the race riots of the mid-1960s, intended a defiant reminder to a nation too often content to include him out, a nation quick to regard him as the eternal Other, separate from and threatening to, what they saw as the “real” America, i.e., the white America.

    “I, too, sing America.”

    It was his way of letting them know that he, too, belonged to America. And America, to him.

    Hughes died 45 years ago this week, but the need for the reminder survives. Consider two headlines from last week about the revitalization of racially-provocative smears against President Obama. One story, originating in the New York Times, concerned a plan floated to — and wisely shot down by — a GOP Super PAC. It sought $10 million for ads tying Obama to incendiary statements by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. If that leaves you feeling deja vu all over again, it’s because that controversy was already litigated — and dismissed — four years ago.

    This goofy plan to revive it envisioned the hiring of “an extremely literate, conservative African-American” spokesman (“How can you accuse us of racism? We’ve got us an extremely literate African-American spokesman!”) to argue that Obama lied when he presented himself as, ahem, a “black metrosexual Abe Lincoln.”

    The second story was nearly as bizarre. It seems Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett told a radio interviewer it is “possible” he’ll hold the president off that state’s ballot unless he gets proof Obama was born in the U.S.A. Perhaps that makes you think Bennett, who has gubernatorial aspirations, is pandering to the lunatic fringe. Perish the thought. “I’m not a birther,” he said, presumably with a straight face. “I believe that the president was born in Hawaii — or at least, I hope he was.”

    So it appears the fall campaign will turn, at least in part, upon a renewed effort to convince people that the president — a man they’ve seen daily for three years now, a man who, the polls suggest, voters find personally likable even when they disagree with his politics — is a scary and mysterious Other: “Hide the children, Martha — Obama is comin’!”

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/sing-it-loud-an-america-like-no-other/

    • MsKitty

      This right here…

      After all, President Martinez lies in an incubator even as we speak. President Chen has begun to toddle. President Muhammad is being toilet trained. And this idea that some of us are real Americans and some of us are Others is thereby doomed. It will probably not even work in 2012. It will definitely not work in years to come.

      • Town

        And if Latinos & Asians want a President Martinez or a President Chen they betta vote for President Obama because the pro-white forces in this country are working triple-time to make sure a President Chen & a President Martinez never happens.

  • Daltex82

    The works done by the artists featured this week has been amazing! What an excellent series.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – – -LOL – – – -Teh WILLARD – – - GOT SCHOOLED- – —

    IT WAS – – – -BRUTAL!!! LOL – – —

    – —Philly mayor: Romney gets an ‘F’ on education – – —

    – – -Size doesn’t matter? Mitt Romney tells a group of Philadelphia educators that size doesn’t matter when it comes to classrooms. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and NEA VP Lily Eskelsen say think again.- –

    He’s soooo – – -OUT-OF-TOUCH!! – — with – — REALITY!! – – –

  • dannie22
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – — -A TRIBUTE 2 “TRAYVON” [annnd - IMHO -- all the Trayvons]

    – – – – -Trayvon Martin Day declared at D.C. elementary school – – –

    – – – -A D.C. elementary school has declared Friday “Trayvon Martin Day.”
    Teachers at Malcolm X Elementary in southeast are using the unfolding case to teach children about social injustice and race relations in the U.S.

    Principal J. Harrison Coleman spoke with ABC7 about the initiative.

    RIHEP – – -T.M. – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – –***looks at calendar – – -YEP – –2012*** – – -Guess we ain’t POST -RACIAL! – – —

    – – –NASCAR Hall of Fame passes over Wendell Scott, black drivers

    – –The annual NASCAR Hall of Fame nominations are in. Notable drivers such as Rusty Baker, Herb Thomas and Bick Baker were among the names to be honored at the 2013 induction ceremony. This year, as in years past, there is one notable name missing — Wendell Scott, the first black driver to win a race, wasn’t nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame. Although Scott was third in the fan voting on NASCAR.com, he was not listed among those getting votes among the Voting Pane. Among the 25 names nominated Scott’s name wasn’t among the 5 who made the cut.

    On December 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., Scott became the first, and to date the only, African-American driver to win a NASCAR race. Scott rose up in the NASCAR ranks in the late 1950s, in an era rife with racial tension where trailblazers like Scott faced difficult challenges making their way in professions that had seen few to no black faces in the professional world. Scott earned four top-ten finishes in 1961 and would go on to have a very successful career on the raceway. In his 495 races, Scott compiled 1 win, 20 top-5 finishes and 147 top-10s.

    The question remains: will Scott ever be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame? In the past decade, we have seen more people of color on the tracks and in the stands joining millions of people who are die hard NASCAR fans. Actually, NASCAR itself has seen its fair share of black drivers on the tracks.
    THERE IS MORE.

    SURE WE GON – – – -CONTACT their – — RACIST selves!! —

    Annnd – –I don’t believe that THEY have – –APOLOGIZED 2 OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY. — humph!!

    • rikyrah

      that is so pitiful

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday Mornin’ – -rikyrah. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ——-***fist bump****—–

        – – -4 SOME people — – -“ONCE a RACIST – –ALWAYS a RACIST!!”

        –WAITIN’—-4—-KARMA—-

        Have a good day. :>)

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning POU. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday in preparation for a great Memorial Day weekend.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ – -BarbinAtlSouth — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      THANK U 4 your GOOD WISHES. :>) Sooo good 2 C U. :>)

      BACK-ATCHOO. :>) –***HUGS*** :>)

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Hugs to you GLH…

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -WAY-ELL – — -LOOK-A-HERE!! – — A VOICE from the EVIL PAST – —

    – — Romney hires veteran black strategist for 2012 campaign – – –

    – – –Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has hired longtime Republican operative and conservative pundit Tara Wall as a senior communications adviser who will also work on “coalitions outreach,” as the Washington Post first reported Friday.

    Wall, who confirmed her new post in an-email, will be one of the most senior African-Americans on Romney’s team as he tries to defeat the first black president. After working in Detroit as a television journalist, she has had stints as an adviser at the Republican National Committee, columnist and editor for the Washington Times and as a CNN contributor

    And her appointment comes as the former Massachusetts governor is making moves to appeal to black and Latino voters, both strongly Democratic blocs. He gave a speech to a Latino business group Wednesday and then at a black charter school in West Philadelphia Thursday, facing a hostile crowd at the latter event.

    “Yes, it is a bit harder this time. We have a black president. But we can’t go in with the mind-set that we aren’t going to win any people over to our side,” Wall told the Post, comparing 2012 to her work as an adviser with President Bush’s campaign in 2004. “From a messaging standpoint, we need to be able to communicate and relate to these communities about how they are being impacted by Obama’s policies. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s an important part of the process. It’s not a ploy, it’s not a tactic, it’s part of who we are. We have to show up.”
    THERE IS MORE – –DRIVEL!! – –SHE’S STILL DELUSIONAL!! – –

    – –ULTIMATE EVIDENCE: – -ALL OUR SKIN FOLK – –AIN’T OUR – – -KIN FOLK!! – – -LOL

    • Jeremy

      LOL ! The republicans need to stop trying to reach out to these groups. They don’t like the GOP and they have no solutions for their problems. Also when you use racist/ coded language to whip up white resentment don’t expect minorities to embrace you.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Friday Morntin’ Jeremy> ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump*** — -U JUS’ SPEAK TRUTH!! – :>)

        Annnd WHEN U CONSIDER SOME of the “BLAH” RE-THUGS- –

        – – -Allen – -“Fires his Pistol” – -West – – -Pizza man — – CAIN’T — –UNCA “TOM” – – -Alveda King, anem — – – –

        PUH-LEEZE!! – — – -***shudder***.

        We CAIN’ GO 4 THAT – – -NO! CAN DO!! :>)

        Good 2 C U – -Jeremy. :>)

        • GreenLadyHere

          – -Ummm – – CAIN’T. :>)

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

      They really think Black people are a bunch of sheep. Mitt can use Tara Wall as his black face all he wants to, but it still won’t help him with the Black community. We saw how the brothas and sistas of West Philly greeted him. Black people know that Mitt’s policies will hurt our community. And if Ms. Wall thinks she can try to pull the okie doke over on us and PBO, she better ask Booker, Tavis and Cornel how that worked out for them.

      For future reference: Tara Wall ‏ @taras2cents

      • Miranda

        methinks Tara’s feelings gonna be real hurt in the coming weeks. This ain’t 2004…..she’s about get one helluva rude awakening.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – – -Tara Wall — basically – -had NO JUICE durin’ the 2008 election when some people liked Shrub. – – –

        With THIS – — -PHOOL – – -she cain’t even purse her lips 2 tryta deliver BLAH folks 2 him. WE saw how those little ones were — REPULSED by him –his WYTNESS -.

        U could READ their body language LOL – — -***shudder***. LOL.

    • conlakappa

      Never heard of her.

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa – – – -IMMMA get some info. She was awfully –RIGHTY annnd MOUTHY. Could NOT even C another POV. whew >

        B right back. :>)

        • conlakappa

          According to her Wiki, she heads a co. called Princess Tara Productions, which means to me she either has the first name Princess or she feels royal. It seems she made her national bones as a spokesperson for the Previous Occupant and the Katrina cleanup. We know how well that wasn’t completed. What was that about pieces of silver again?

          • GreenLadyHere

            conlakappa — – -VIDEO: — –

            – – -Wall: Obama ‘Essentially Threw Christianity Under The Bus The Same Way He Did Reverend Wright.’

            It’s so disconcerting 2 watch that “melanin” fight against MR. PRESIDENT.

          • conlakappa

            Sounds like a weirdo and half a dumbass. I am pretty in tune with mouthpieces and black Rs, them being such rare birds. I see she also clocked at Wash Times. That rag is written about often enough yet is another venue in which I cannot recall hearing her name. She’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, cloaked in WTF. And another person who saw gold and silver in talking smack about the President. What will any of these people do once he leaves office in 2017? Get lives, people!

          • GreenLadyHere

            conlkappa SIGN ON. L- – -Sorry 2 B L8. I couldn’t get on. :>)

            BINGO!! – -And another person who saw gold and silver in talking smack about the President.

            His obvious choice: FEMALE —-BLAH. —4 — -“30 pieces ofSILVER”.

            G’night. :>)

          • conlakappa

            Like I said, their careers are short lived. When his job is over, there is no clear psth to getting on tv. Or jobs with R candidates. Post racial will take on a whole new meaning for them.

          • GreenLadyHere

            I believe that THIS happened 2 her. Haven’t heard from her since 2008. Would love 2 KNOW how THIS “hook-up” happened. LOL.

          • conlakappa

            Team Mittens: we need to pretend we are reaching out to minorities STAT! Now who do we know who is unprincipled enough to give the campaign’s reblacktion to everything this President does?

            Primcess Tara: You rang?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – —- -GOOOO – – -AWAY!!! – — JUST — -GO AWAY!! – – –LOL – —

    – – -Herman Cain Inc. is born – –

    – – – -Seven months ago, Herman Cain was the straight-talking pizza man who could win the GOP presidential nomination.

    Now, the Atlanta businessman is applying the same relentless promotional skills he displayed on the campaign trail to building a sprawling political-business machine to rebuild his tarnished brand and keep his voice — and his trademark 9-9-9 tax plan — in the national conversation.

    It’s a blueprint that bears some similarities to the empire built by Cain’s sponsor-turned-frenemy Newt Gingrich.

    But it’s unclear if Cain’s network — launched only weeks after he suspended his presidential campaign amid allegations of sexual impropriety — will ever achieve the success of Newt Inc., as the former House speaker’s operation was known.

    Cain’s groups have already racked up some big debts. They haven’t yet attracted a network of mega-donors, and his efforts have yet to engender anything close to the enthusiasm of Cain’s presidential campaign.
    THERE IS MORE – – – – -DELUSIONAL – — -DRIVEL.

    – – – -“JOKE of the DAY!”- -LOL.

    • GreenLadyHere
      • Daltex82

        So, um is there anything special you want me to pick up for you while you are sitting in the lounge?

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – –Daltex82 – –PIZZA – – – -on order. IZZAT O.K? – – — LOL. – – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — – – -[Apologies RE: the author] — -BUT – – -GOOD VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS – —

    – – – -Black Clergy and Lawmakers Unite to Protect Voter Rights – –

    – – -[THAT FIRST SENTENCE: - - -PERCEIVED???- -- NO!! - -REALITY!!] –

    – – -In lieu of what’s perceived as an alarming trend of new voter ID laws implemented around the country, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Conference of National Black Churches plan to unite for a faith leaders summit next week detailing strategy on voter registration and voter protection. Attorney General Eric Holder will speaker at the summit which will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC. Dr. Franklyn Richardson, the Chair of the Conference of National Black Churches and Dr. Jacqui Burton, President of the Conference, will also speak.

    Several new requirements to vote have become law since President Obama was elected in 2008. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman will address the ministers and pastors to discuss the dos and don’ts of registration for religious institutions. There will also be a focus on how they can protect their tax exempt status while informing congregations on certain aspects of voter participation.

    – – – – -SKIP – – – –

    The Congressional Black Caucus will urge ministers to implement a 90-day voter empowerment program starting in 60 days focusing on three themes. First: In August, faith leaders will be encouraged to to take up offerings for members in their congregation who can not afford to pay for a valid government issued ID so they may vote.
    THERE IS MORE.

    • conlakappa

      Black fraternities are working on it too.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEYconlakappa ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        Oooh – – — YES!! :>) – -Sororities 2 —annnd –also – -plus. :>)

        WE hafta B – –“The VILLAGE” – – -that gives him –

        — — -4! – –MORE! YEARS!! – —

        Good 2 C U –conlakappa. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – –MORE – — EVIDENCE – – -FAVORABLE 2 the ACA – –

    – – – -Why Repealing the Affordable Care Act is a Terrible Idea Even By Republican Standards – —

    – — –Welcome to ‘the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and the Health Care (ACA) and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 for Dummies, both signed into law in March of 2010. Let us proceed.

    You’d think virtually everybody would embrace this essentially creative and sensible approach to health care. Not so! The right-wingers hate ACA; don’t need anything in the plan, but here is what their idiocy will cost you people who don’t live 2,000 year old lives.

    Insurance companies have historically set annual and lifetime limits on coverage. ACA doesn’t allow that. Pre-existing conditions must be covered. Repeal Obamacare and that is not longer the case. That’s what Romney and the right want to do. Repeal Obamacare because they don’t care whether your pre-existing condition is covered or not.

    – – -For Medicare recipients, ACA will eventually close your donut hole. That’s the money center for a health care industry that already tops all others in profits. As it now stands, you get a 50% discount on donut hole drugs. The pharmaceuticals have to fund it. Discounts will increase to 75% including generics until the donut hole is closed in 2020. If ACA is repealed, everything reverts to pre-ACA levels.
    THERE IS MORE – – – -GOOD INFO. :>)

    – — -THANK U- –MR. PRESIDENT.– – -

    • caribbeanobserver

      Good Morning Ms Green. Seems awhile we haven’t hailed each other out. Here’s one for you-; Life Without Black People

      A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America without black people.

      At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief.

      ‘At last’, they said, ‘no more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.’

      All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The ‘NEW AMERICA’ is not America at all – only a barren land.
      1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system.

      2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.

      3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A. Morgan, a black man,
      invented the traffic signals.

      4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.

      5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper..

      6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W. A. Love invented the
      Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.

      7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.

      8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.

      9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis
      Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern, and Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.

      10. Their children met them at the door – barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt. But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board, and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

      11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.

      Now, isn’t that something? What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?

      Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘by the time we leave for work, millions of Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks.’

      Black history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.
      PLEASE SHARE, ABUNDANTLY

      • crazycanuck

        Dam! Knew some but not all of these. I wonder did any of these inventors get money for their inventions? I ask because I remember reading somewhere, where AA inventors had a tough time getting inventions pattented, and sometimes their inventions were stolen by whites.

        Will be passing this along to friends. Thanks

        edited to add. I was interested in this so I did a google and found this.

        http://avengingtheancestors.com/releases/wedidit.htm

      • Daltex82

        Thank you for this, I will definitely be passing this along.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Ohhhh – – — GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ – – -caribbeanobserver. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – –THANK U sooo MUCH 4 THIS. —- – –

        A GR8 – – –INSPIRING – – -ENCOURAGING — -EDUCATIONAL READ!! :>) – -COVERS ALL BASES. :>)

        – – -Sooo GOOD 2 C U. :>) ***HUGS*** — -B BLESSED.:>)

  • itgurl_29

    So I just read that that we now finally know the racial origins of the mysterious and exotic Melungeons of Appalachia. Turns out, they aren’t Turkish and Portugese. They’re just white and black. A bunch of Mariahs, Halles, and Baracks.

    I had to LMAO because I knew two Melungeons in high school. They were siblings, actually. And they were racist as hell. Even worse than the actual white kids. Like they were overcompensating because of their “exotic Turkish” heritage. Being that I’m from New Orleans, they just looked like two light skinned-ed negros to me.

    I hope those two racist assholes are having nervous breakdowns as I write this.

    HAHA!

    • danadevin74

      I was just talking with my sister about this yesterday
      My co-worker is married to one of the so-called exotics
      And he is one of the most racist people in the world.
      He has dark skin but refuses to believe he is atleast part black
      He claims his bloodline is of Vlad II Dracul
      He is going to be hurt when he finds out he is a light skinned negro
      They might have to get him some counseling LOL

      • itgurl_29

        I know they are hurt. Probably couldn’t even get up to go to work. Oh, they were everything under the sun. Turkish, Greek, Italian, Gypsie, and maybe a little bit of Native American. Nope. They’re black and white. That’s it. A bunch of mulattos marrying mulattos, generation after generation. They’re no different than the light skinned Creoles in Louisiana, who are black.

        They’re real mad today.

        • danadevin74

          Thankyou
          Folks claim every race under the sun except black
          Like we are some kind of curse

          NASHVILLE, Tenn. —For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, Turkish slaves or Gypsies.

          A new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy found the truth to be less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.

          That report, which was published in April in the peer-reviewed journal, doesn’t sit comfortably with some people who claim Melungeon ancestry.

          “There were a whole lot of people upset by this study,” said lead researcher Roberta Estes. “They just knew they were Portuguese or Native American.”

          Beginning in the early 1800s, or possibly before, the term Melungeon was applied as a slur to a group of about 40 families along the Tennessee-Virginia border. It has since become a catch-all phrase for a number of groups of mysterious mixed-race ancestry.

          Estes and her fellow researchers theorize that the various Melungeon lines might have sprung from the unions of black and white indentured servants living in Virginia in the mid-1600s before slavery.

          They conclude that as laws were put in place to penalize the mixing of races, the family groups could only intermarry with each other, even migrating together from Virginia through the Carolinas before settling primarily in the mountains of East Tennessee.

          Read more: DNA finds origin of Appalachia’s Melungeons: African men, white women – The Denver Post

          • Alma98

            LOL! He was so shocked he had himself tested 3 times.

          • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

            They were off to a bad start when didn’t grasp the fact there were more Black People in the hills of Virginia than Portuguese and Turks.Then it went downhill from there when they didn’t get the clue about White Women.

          • Admiral_Komack

            (exasperated sigh)
            WHY are they being SO sensitive?
            They are not white but they are AMERICANS!
            …right…?

          • Town

            So basically the racist Melungeons are just like Barack Obama…offspring of a black man and a white woman.

            Well, that won’t sit well!

          • goldenstar

            Yeah, really, Town. Maybe their new comeback should be that they’re just like the Pres of the U.S.!

          • Admiral_Komack

            Yes, it will…especially if you serve them watermelon and fried chicken…and a moon pie for dessert.

          • Daltex82

            Genetic evidence shows that the families are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.

            In layman’s terms “white women have been loving black pole since the beginning of time.”
            Ok, I know, I know I’m headed there now.

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • GreenLadyHere

            BWAHAHAHA – – – -Daltex82 – –***BIG HUG**** —Seeeeeee – — LOL.

            – – -I’ll order – – – -THIS!! -LOL.

            Good 2 C U. Daltex82. :>)

          • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

            LOL!!

          • MsKitty

            That was so good take a bag of Doritos on me.

          • Daltex82

            Thanks!

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

            *dead*

          • Miranda

            ______________you going to hell___and sending me along too

          • PBomb

            LOL!

          • rikyrah

            you all have been cracking me up

          • Admiral_Komack

            So THAT’S how “pole dancing” originated?
            SWEET!

          • Daltex82

            Have a slice of pizza while you’re in the lounge and make sure to turn off the lights when you leave.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL Admiral – —Annnnd – –YES! U! DID! — -LOL. :>)

          • Admiral_Komack

            BLACK BLACK BLACKETTY BLACK, BRUH!

      • GreenLadyHere

        – -itgurl_74 – –WAY-ELL — –

        Guess we could give them the – – -RE-ASSURANCE –that THEY could

        STILL run 4 PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES. LOL. — –

        Jus’ sayin’ – —LOL.

    • Alma98

      You should watch this episode of finding Your Roots with Wanda Sykes. Her family originates from a white indentured servant and a male slave in Virginia in the 1600’s. They even put the woman on trial for having a baby with a black slave. http://video.pbs.org/video/2232502424

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY itgurl_29 – — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Luvin’ THIS — -light skinned-ed – – – -LOL. Seeee- — -LOL

      THEY WANTED 2 B ANYTHANG BUT – — -“BLAH”. LOL

      — — -KARMA- — got the – –“W” – – -LOL.

      Good 2 C U. :>)

    • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

      “Estes and her fellow researchers theorize that the various Melungeon lines may have sprung from the unions of black and white indentured servants living in Virginia in the mid-1600s, before slavery.”

      Ya think?

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

      Yep. Melungeons, tri-racials, redbones….they’re all light-skinned Black folks.

      Isn’t Heather Locklear a melungeon?

      • Town

        I thought Heather Locklear was a Lumbee Indian…for some reason I want to say that “Locklear” is a Native American last name.

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

          You’re right. Here’s info on her lineage via Frontline:

          Another family whose name is a giveaway for their African heritage is that of Locklear – yes, the same one that Heather, the blond bombshell of the TV series, “Melrose Place,” claims as her own. Although as Anglo Saxon sounding as you can make it, the name is, in fact, an Indian one and in the language of the Tuscarora tribes means “hold fast.” Indeed, it would appear that Ms. Locklear’s family, at least on her father’s side, once belonged to a segment of the population which in academic terminology is referred to as a tri-racial isolate – a community of individuals whose ancestry is a mixture of European, Indian and Black and who intermarried only with each other.

          MORE: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/secret/famous/locklear.html

    • rikyrah

      hey, wasn’t Abraham Lincoln supposed to be a Melungeon?

    • lamh35

      NOLA has got to be the home of the “high yella” peeps right. In my mom’s immediate family of 10 siblings, 3 of the 10 are dark, 5 are definite red bones, and one set of the twins are so light-skinned they could pass for white (my uncle keith is a dead ringer for Tom Hanks/Bush Beans Guy…lol)

      • GreenLadyHere

        Lamhh35 – – – -I PASSED 2 — – — -4 BAAAAAAA-LACK! – – -BLAAAAACKETY BLAAAAACK!!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — JUDICIAL ACTIVITY: – -DOMA – —

    – – –Federal Judge Finds DOMA Unconstitutional – – –

    – – – -Last night, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional in a case called Dragovich v. U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Clinton-appointed federal judge found that DOMA violates the Constitution’s equal protections clause due to the fact that, along with a provision of the state’s tax law, it limits same-sex couples and domestic partners from fully participating in the California Public Employees Retirement System. This marks the first federal court decision on DOMA since President Obama announced his endorsement of same-sex marriage on May 9. Two other judges and a bankruptcy court have similarly ruled DOMA unconstitutional.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Ohhhh – – — GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ – – -caribbeanobserver. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – – –THANK U sooo MUCH 4 THIS. —- – –

    A GR8 – – –INSPIRING – – -ENCOURAGING — -EDUCATIONAL READ!! :>) – -COVERS ALL BASES. :>)

    – – -Sooo GOOD 2 C U. :>) ***HUGS*** — -B BLESSED. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -LOL – – -MR. PRESIDENT said WHA’?? – – -LOL – – –

    – – – -Obama pokes Romney’s ‘cowpie of distortion’ – — –

    – – – -Attacks on Mitt Romney have become a regular part of President Obama’s stump speech – but Thursday night he flung a little more than mud at his Republican opponent.

    Speaking at a campaign rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Obama fired back at the presumptive GOP nominee’s speech in Iowa criticizing his administration’s fiscal record.

    – -THIS RA’ CHERE – – ->”Now, I know Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week; warned about a “prairie fire of debt.” That’s what he said. But he left out some facts,” Obama said. “His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion. I don’t know whose record he twisted the most — mine or his.” — LOL. :>)

    He mocked Romney, recalling one of the candidate’s infamous moments on the trail from just before last year’s Iowa Straw Poll.

    – – -“The last time he visited these same fairgrounds, he famously declared that corporations are people,” Obama told a crowd of roughly 2,500 packed into an exhibit space. “Human beings, my friends.”
    THERE IS MORE – – – – -LOL. :>)

    – – – -MR. PRESIDENT – –HUMORIST-IN- CHIEF!! – —

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

      Andrea Mitchell asked one of Romney’s advisers if “cow pies” was presidential.

      • Ebogan63

        These bought and paid for ‘journos’ need to just wear Rmoney buttons and be done with it.

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Ebogan63. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          LOL. – — FOUND a – -“BUTTON MAKING” FACTORY.” — – RESPECTFULLY. :>)

          Good 2 C U. :>)

          • Aquagranny911

            That may not be a joke. I have a vague memory of eating a candy like that when I was a kiddo & laughing at the name. That picture looks real familiar.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – — Aquagranny911 –

            – -It was an ad 4 candy. BUT – –I did NOT want 2 B gross with other images. :>) Sorry. :>)

          • Aquagranny911

            Don’t be sorry. I thought it was pretty cool…very 1940’s. Candy from my childhood gets me all gooey. Candy was a huge treat when I was a kiddo because we didn’t get it often.

      • Miranda

        That bitch.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Sepia – –☻ 2 THAT WANCH – -SAAAA_LAP!! —

        ☻Betta than – – – -“ELEPHANT EXCREMENT”. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        Andrea Mitchell should have her ugly face pushed into a cow pie, imo.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang! Our Prez is a gentleman & a refined talker he can’t be expected to just say: “Bull Shit” can he? Well, I suppose he could but then he would have to join me in the naughty lounge. Since, I know what snacks he likes that would be A-OKay with me! We could have a real nice chat & he would not have to watch his language at all.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL- – — -***HUGS*** – — U R BEYOND FUNNY :>)

  • rikyrah

    Trump: ‘The Truth’ Is That Obama Was ‘Born In Kenya’ |

    In an interview with the Daily Beast published today Donald Trump asserts that Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States. Trump told Lloyd Grove, “That’s the way life works… He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said… He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.” Trump is playing an active and high profile role in the Romney campaign, and is scheduled to appear at a major fundraiser with Romney on June 28. Previously, Romney made efforts to distance himself from birther conspiracy theorists.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/05/25/490419/trump-the-truth-is-that-obama-was-born-in-kenya/

    • aleth

      So?

      When all fails there is always good ole racism especially for a failed business man with crazy hair?

      Will the media be asking romney to denouce trump?
      Will they be asking him to make a speech on birtherism?

      Of course no —

  • rikyrah

    Obama Stumbles? Why the President’s Right to Talk About Bain

    The meme of the day in journo-world is that President Obama has stumbled at the outset of the general election campaign. The evidence for this? Well, uh, there isn’t very much, really–except that a few Democrats have criticized his campaign’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital and that Obama’s fundraising is merely humongous, instead of obscenely humongous. The two phenomena are linked, of course: Obama isn’t getting the usual haul from Wall Street because he has outrageously–outrageously!–tried to regulate the bankers who did so much to crash the economy in 2008. The handful of Democrats squawking are people who either (a) get money from private equity firms or (b) have retired and joined Mondo Casino. But there is another side to this story:

    I suspect that these Bain attacks are working. Indeed, I suspect the reason that the Obama campaign–and the President himself in an extraordinary moment at the NATO press conference last week–is so adamant about pursuing this tactic is that it (a) lays the predicate for the anti-Romney campaign to come and (b) has been extremely effective with focus groups. And so, what we may be seeing here is the exact opposite of a stumble.

    But are the attacks fair? No and yes. The job losses associated with the private equity brand of capitalism are, in fact, the least important long-term aspect of the story. It’s true, contra Krugman today (although Paul is absolutely right about his larger point, the bogus nature of the bankers’ narrative), that a great many American companies had become stagnant and bloated in the 1970s and that transitions had to be made to keep them profitably, especially in the area of information technology, and these transitions wiped out a lot of middle management jobs but made those companies more productive. Consultants like Bain suddenly became prominent and profitable because they helped companies through this transition.

    Romney took Bain to the next logical step–investing in companies that Bain improved. There was nothing wrong, and much that was right, about this in each individual case. Romney is telling the truth as he sees it: sometimes these investments didn’t work out, but often they did and the profits were huge. It’s also true that sharkier sorts, seeing the profits that could be wrung up in debt for equity swaps, jumped into the market in a far less responsible way than Bain had and engaged in the vulture capitalism–we’ll always be grateful to Rick Perry for that term–that has helped to hollow out the economy.

    It seems to me that Obama’s immediate point is wrong: Romney wasn’t primarily about job destruction and corporate plundering. His larger point–that Romney was not so much about job-creation as he was about profit-creation–is correct, though. But the largest point of all is this: private equity capitalism was all about short-term profits–maximizing shareholder value–rather than long-term growth. It ushered in an era of massive executive compensation and bonuses. It prospered because of tax rules that made debt more profitable than equity, and a “carried interest” tax dodge that enabled Mitt Romney to pay a lower percentage in taxes than your average construction worker. It can be a useful tool in restructuring companies and steering them toward profitability, but it is not the sort of model you’d want to apply to the entire American economy.

    A President has to be about long-term growth, not short-term profits–and to the extent that Barack Obama is using the Bain ads to make this larger argument, he is not “stumbling” or attacking “free enterprise,” but he is steering the conversation toward the most important topic this year: what sort of economy do we want to have and how do we get there?

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/05/25/obama-stumbles/#ixzz1vtsOo1JH

    • Town

      But there is another side to this story:

      I suspect that these Bain attacks are working. Indeed, I suspect the reason that the Obama campaign–and the President himself in an extraordinary moment at the NATO press conference last week–is so adamant about pursuing this tactic is that it (a) lays the predicate for the anti-Romney campaign to come and (b) has been extremely effective with focus groups. And so, what we may be seeing here is the exact opposite of a stumble.
      ————————————————————

      I’ve been saying this, and that’s why everyone wants Obama to stop attacking Bain…because the attacks are working…

    • Ebogan63

      He forced Rmoney to change the subject. Period

      GOPolitico can miss me with that ‘stumbled’ garbage, and the folks in West Philly let Rmoney know, not to come round here with that b.s.

  • rikyrah

    Follow the bouncing jobs estimate
    By Steve Benen – Fri May 25, 2012 10:12 AM EDT.

    We talked last week about the Mitt Romney campaign’s “fuzzy jobs math,” in which the Republican candidate and his team would offer exaggerated boasts about the number of jobs he created, which the campaign couldn’t substantiate and which contradicted previous boasts.

    This week, Eric “Etch A Sketch” Fehrnstrom added to the record, telling MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Romney created “well in excess of 100,000″ jobs at Bain Capital, more than the “tens of thousands” estimate that Romney had previously touted.

    We know that “100,000” figure isn’t true, but just as important is the fact that Team Romney keeps moving the goalposts. It’s a bad habit mocked effectively in this Priorities USA Action video, which will be released later today.

    This may seem like a “gotcha” gimmick, mocking Romney for his evolving I-once-caught-a-fish-this-big style of job-creation estimates, but it’s actually a very serious point. Indeed, Romney’s single most important claim as a candidate for the presidency is that he, during his private-sector career, was a “job creator.” If this isn’t true, his rationale for national office crumbles.

    And when a person making a bold claim can’t keep his story straight, it’s generally a strong hint that the claim is dubious.

    Bill Burton, a senior strategist at Priorities USA Action, told me this morning, “If [Romney] just released an accounting of the jobs gained and the jobs lost when he was at Bain, he could clear this whole controversy right up.”

    That’s true, but it’s a challenge Romney is unlikely to meet. I suspect we’ll see a full accounting of the former governor’s jobs record around the same time as we see his former tax returns — which is to say, never, since both are inexplicably being kept hidden from voters.
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/25/11878651-follow-the-bouncing-jobs-estimate?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – -This STORY was posted – – – -HERE’S the VIDEO. ***tears*** annnd – – ***smiles*** — – -BLESS HIM. :>)

    – —Former top Calif. football prospect exonerated
    ‘I couldn’t ask for more today’
    – – –

    – —First he cried. Then Brian Banks — exonerated of a rape conviction that cost him five years in prison — walked outside the courthouse and seized the moment of freedom he had dreamed of for so long.

    “This is the first step in reinventing my life,” he said after a judge issued his ruling Thursday, promising to pursue the interrupted dream of playing pro football.

    It was the plan he left outside a prison door when he pleaded no contest to a childhood friend’s false accusation of rape in 2002, a claim she has now recanted.

    The hearing that changed Banks’ life took only minutes. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Brentford Ferreira said his office conceded the case should be dismissed. Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim concurred and quickly announced it was over.

    – –One of his first moves was to report to the probation office to have the electronic monitoring ankle bracelet removed — a felon no longer.

    At 26, Banks said he is ready to move forward and is trying not to be angry.

    HE IS A FINE YOUNG MAN!! – -GOD BLESS HIM.

    Hope that he gets some consideration from a professional football team. AMEN.

  • aleth

    Damn American journalism so predictable… All in unison are going to save Mitt.

    Is Buzzfeed another hand of Politico?
    I recall saying the truth… THEY are all FOX NEWs

    Damn, they are not even subtle so clear. You can tell.

    American journalism is in the toliet.

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

      Since Ben Smith, formerly of GOPolitico, joined, Buzzfeed has turned into Romney’s personal pr firm.

  • rikyrah

    What He Said
    By SteveM May 25th, 2012

    Brad DeLong has posted six questions he asked Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, authors of the new book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, which says that our political main problem is the appalling extremism of the Republican Party.

    DeLong also posted one question he didn’t ask Mann and Ornstein, and I’ve been trying to figure out something clever to say about it, but all I can say is that it sums up practically everything I feel about politics in America right now, so here it is:

    Look. You two are expecting normal politics to rein in a Republican Party gone bonkers extreme. But it will not work. The press corps will continue to say “he said, she said, yadda yadda yadda” either because they are gutless cowards or because they are bought. In a world of low-information voters, the bonkers extremism and sheer total meanness of the Republican Party will not get through. The only way it could get through would be if moderate Republican barons were to announce that they had had enough and were crossing t’he aisle, and if they did so in a way that they brought their affinities with them. But I don’t see Brent Scowcroft doing that, I don’t see Colin Powell doing that, I don’t see Greg Mankiw doing that, I don’t see Marty Feldstein doing that, I don’t see Gail Wilensky doing that, I don’t see Bob Dole doing that, I don’t see Jack Danforth doing that, I don’t see Richard Lugar doing that—and I don’t see you doing that, Mr. Ornstein. I don’t see you calling for the defeat of every single Republican candidate this fall and every fall until the party comes back to reality.

    And since all of you moderate Republicans are unwilling to take the only step that might fix the situation on your side, we have to take the only step open to us: We have to stop bringing a set of policy proposals and briefing papers to what the Republican Party has made a thermonuclear exchange. We have to oppose their noise, slime, and lie machine with a noise, disinfectant, and truth machine of our own—and at the same intensity.

    That means you moderates need to pick a side and fasten your seat belts, rather than wringing your hands about how the Republicans are being so mean, and you wish they would be less so.”

    What can I add to that?

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/05/25/what-he-said-15/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – THIS SPINELESS – – – – -5-FAUX-pology – LYIN’- -RACIST — — PHOOL!! — – –

    — – – -Birther Congressman Admits That He Only Walked Back His Comments ‘For Political Reasons’ – – –

    — — -A Colorado congressman who was forced to apologize after he was caught on tape saying President Obama is “not an American” is now claiming that the apology was largely made “for political reasons.”

    Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) appeared on the Caplis and Silverman radio show in Denver to discuss the birther flap. The hosts told Coffman that a gaffe in Washington “is when somebody tells the truth” before asking the Colorado Republican, “Were you just at that moment speaking what was in your heart and are you now feeling you need to walk it back for political reasons?” Coffman conceded that this was the case — “to some extent that’s true” — and explained that his main regret was talking about the issue because birtherism is a “horrible issue” for Republicans:

    – – – – -SKIP – – —

    – —- -INVERT – – -ETCH-A – SKETCH — –

    Later, Coffman praised those who don’t believe Obama was born in the United States. “[Issues are] going to determine this election, not focusing on the birther question. God bless people that do that. I understand their passion,” he said.

    – – – — – INVERT — -ETCH-A-SKETCH – –

    Towards the end of the interview, Coffman finally returned to his new message that President Obama was born in the United States.
    THERE IS MORE. – – –DRIVEL. – – – –

    Uh – — -Did I say – -LYIN’ RACIST!!???? – -geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — MORE EVIDENCE – — of SCOTT’S CORRUPTION!! – – –

    – – -POU FAM VOTER SUPPRESSION/Anti-Voter WATCH – – –

    – – — Meet Maureen Russo: An Eligible Florida Voter Governor Rick Scott Just Purged From The Voting Rolls – —

    – – – – -Maureen Russo was born in Akron, Ohio. For the last 40 years she’s operated a dog boarding and grooming buisness — Bobbi’s World Kennels — with her husband in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Marueen is 60-years-old and has been a registered voter in the state for the last four decades. She reguarly votes at the church around the corner from her home.

    Two weeks ago she recieved a letter from the State of Florida informing her that that had recieved information that she was not born in this country and, therefore, was ineligible to vote.

    She was given an option to request “an administrative hearing to present evidence” disputing the determination of the State of Florida that she was ineligible to vote. Unless Maureen returned a form requesting such a hearing within 30 days, she was told, it would result in “the removal of your name from the voter registration rolls.”

    She immediately sent off a registered letter to the State with a copy of her passport. She hasn’t heard anything back.

    — – – -SKIP – – –

    – – -THIS – ->Florida has no history of mass voter fraud. It does have a history, however, of mass voter disenfranchisement. By one estimate, 7000 Florida voters were wrongfully removed from the voter rolls for the 2000 presidential election — 13 times George W. Bush’s margin of victory in that state after the Supreme Court halted the post-election recount.
    THERE IS MORE.

    TIME 4 the DOJ/CIA/FBI – – -etc. :>)

    • Alma98

      GLH your link to the story doesn’t work.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma98 – – – -THANK U sooo much. RE-posted. :>)

    • Town

      Two weeks ago she recieved a letter from the State of Florida informing her that that had recieved information that she was not born in this country and, therefore, was ineligible to vote.
      ——————————————————–

      Since when is not being born in this country a reason to deny someone a vote, if they have become a naturalized citizen? Is Florida trying to say only people who were born American citizens can vote?

      • Aquagranny911

        Florida is “trying to say” that Democrats & minorities can’t vote. I would suspect Ms Russo is a registered Dem or perhaps may have a little extra melanin, perhaps?

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

          ***fist bump*** THAT’S WHYCOME there MUST B an investigation.

          Were these – –“LETTERS” – -SELECTIVELY SENT? – -DEMS/BLAHs/HISPANIC/even Independents.

          Annnd THIS has been going on since the ELECTION of 2000. Nobody questioned it?? – – – -WOW&1/2.

          Good 2 C U. :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        Town – — -***fist bump** – – -That’s WHYCOME my brow furrowed at that part of the – –“letter”?? – —

        Annnnd – — “WHYCOME” – — THIS MUST B INVESTIGATED. – —

        THIS B**TURD is – –OUT OF CONTROL.

    • rikyrah

      Maureen Russo don’t sound Black. maybe this is what it takes for the Maureen Russos of the world to figure out that Voter Suppression is EVERYBODY’s problem.

      • GreenLadyHere

        rikyrah – — -Her pic is in the article – – – –Lacks melanin. :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Oh wow! I know this artist too! I mean not her personally but her work. A friend who is also a quilt artist took me to see an exhibition that had Ms Ringgold’s work on display. This has been another great series. I have really enjoyed it. Thank you.

    • Alma98

      My mother and aunt sent PBO & FlOTUS a handmade quilt when he won. She also made a Harley Davidson motorcycle quilt recently.

      • Aquagranny911

        That is so cool! I’ve made clothes & curtains & such but never had the patience & creativity required for quilting. I really admire people who can do that.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Ohhhh. Alma98. HOW SPECIAL!! :>) — -THANK U 4 sharin’. :>)

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!