April 19, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Famous Depictions of African-American Stereotypes and Blackface

This week’s threads have focused on minstrel performers and black actors who were successful being stereotypes and wearing blackface. 

Today’s post will highlight the inventor or Father  of tap dancing and the first black minstrel performer. 

Boz's_Juba_portrait

Master Juba (ca. 1825 – ca. 1852 or 1853) was an African-American dancer active in the 1840′s. He was one of the first black performers in the United States to play onstage for white audiences and the only one of the era to tour with a white minstrel group. His real name was believed to be William Henry Lane, and he was also known as “Boz’s Juba” following Dickens’s graphic description of him in American Notes.

As a teenager, he began his career in the rough saloons and dance halls of Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood, moving on to minstrel shows in the mid-1840′s. “Master Juba” frequently challenged and defeated the best white dancers, including the period favorite, John Diamond. At the height of his American career, Juba’s act featured a sequence in which he imitated a series of famous dancers of the day and closed by performing in his own style.

In 1848 “Boz’s Juba” traveled to London with the Ethiopian Serenaders, an otherwise white minstrel troupe. Boz’s Juba became a sensation in Britain for his dance style. He was a critical favorite and the most written about performer of the 1848 season. Nevertheless, an element of exploitation followed him through the British Isles, with writers treating him as an exhibit on display. Records next place Juba in both Britain and America in the early 1850s. His American critics were less kind, and Juba faded from the limelight. He died in 1852 or 1853, likely from overwork and malnutrition. He was largely forgotten by historians until a 1947 article by Marian Hannah Winter resurrected his story.

Existing documents offer confused accounts of Juba’s dancing style, but certain themes emerge: it was percussive, varied in tempo, lightning-fast at times, expressive, and unlike anything seen before. The dance likely incorporated both European folk steps, such as the Irish jig, and African-derived steps used byplantation slaves, such as the walkaround. Prior to Juba’s career, the dance of blackface performance was more faithful to black culture than its other aspects, but as blackfaced clowns and minstrels adopted elements of his style, Juba further enhanced this authenticity. By having an effect upon blackface performance, Juba was highly influential on the development of such American dance styles as tap, jazz, and step dancing.

In 1842, the great English novelist Charles Dickens toured the United States and wrote a book about it called American Notes. He described a visit to Almack’s, a dance hall in Manhattan’s notorious Five Points, and a dancer by the name of Master Juba:

“The corpulent black fiddler, and his friend who plays the tambourine, stamp upon the boarding of the small raised orchestra in which they sit, and play a lively measure. Five or six couple come upon the floor, marshalled by a lively young negro, who is the wit of the assembly, and the greatest dancer known.”

Little is known about Juba’s life. Scant details appear in primary sources, and secondary sources—most dating to years after his death—are of dubious validity. Dance historian Marian Hannah Winter proposed that Juba was born to free parents in 1825 or later.Showman Michael B. Leavittwrote in 1912 that Juba came from Providence, Rhode Island, and theater historian T. Allston Brown gives his real name as William Henry Lane. According to an item in the August 11, 1895 edition of the New York Herald, Juba lived in New York’s Five Points District. This was a slum where Irish immigrants and free black people lived amidst brothels, dance houses, and saloons where black people regularly danced. The Irish and black populations intermingled and borrowed elements of folk culture from each other. One area of exchange was dance, and the Irish jig blended with black folk steps. In this environment, Juba learned to dance from his peers, including “Uncle” Jim Lowe, a black jig and reel dancer who performed in low-brow establishments.  Juba was dancing for food and tossed coins by the early 1840′s. Winter speculated that by about age 15, Juba had no family.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone and HAPPY FRIDAY!

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah! Happy Friday!

  • rikyrah

    LUVVIE’S SCANDAL RECAP IS UP!

    ……………………

    Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington: Scandal Episode 303 Recap

    [ 6 ] October 18, 2013 | Luvvie

    Scandal is stressful, bro. I mean it. This show be having me waiting to exhale for a whole hour. I’m worried for myself because I be so invested in every second. When the show was bout to start, the homie @YoungSinick said ”Shh, my stories are about to come on” and he’s right. This is our generation’s All My Children and Days of Our Lives. Now I know how my Granny used to feel.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/10/mrs-smith-goes-washington-scandal-episode-303-recap.html

  • rikyrah

    Judge Denounces His Own Ruling on the Constitutionality of Voter ID Laws

    By: Adalia Woodbury

    The Judge who wrote that the ruling that give Vote suppression laws legal cover admits he got it wrong. Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed to the 7th Circuit by Ronald Reagan made the admission in his book, Reflections on Judging.

    Other courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, used Posner’s arguments in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board as the framework to justify rulings on subsequent harsher laws that were clearly designed to suppress votes by certain classes of eligible voters.

    It’s worth noting, that while Judge Posner thought he was doing the right thing at the time, he recognizes that his ruling was abused to justify vote suppression under the pretense of addressing statistically non-existent voter fraud.

    • conlakappa

      How very Lady Macbeth of him. You own it, your honor.

  • gn

    Great roundup by David Corn—-ObamaCare stories starting to trickle in:

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/obamacare-working-benefits-stories-twitter

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

      TOD had a good idea: Whenever we see a tweet complaining about the Obamacare website glitches, reply to the tweet with a link to these stories.

      • gn

        Brilliant idea!

  • rikyrah

    ok, don’t say that you weren’t warned.

    Do not have a drink in your hand when reading this post.
    Have an excuse ready for when your co-workers ask why you are laughing hysterically.
    I laughed so hard that I got a laugh stomach cramp.

    ……………………………….

    Whose Wise Baby is This? (And Foolery From My Readers)

    [ 55 ] October 16, 2013 | Luvvie

    I’ve said this before but babies are cute by default because they’re so little and small things lean towards cute. And some babies are born cute AND looking like they’ve been here before. You’ve seen those mini humans. They just look like they hold a wisdom of the years and these are the kids you gotta give strong names to. Names like Rufus, Jebediah, Orelius or Bertha. You can’t name babies who’ve been here before stuff like Jessica, Zach or Timmy. Nope. They need to be called Wilbur or Clementine from jump!

    I came across a picture of this baby a while ago and I immediately wanted to get off is lawn, because I was sure he was gonna chase me off it.

    • MsKitty

      Oh Lawd, the comments.

      • Miranda

        “He looks like if you asked him what was going on, he’d sigh and say “Life, man.”‘ – JL

    • Daltex82

      What a cute little fellow, but he does look wise beyond his months.

      Her “Whose is this” posts are hilarious. I still haven’t gotten over the “Whose Hipster Cousin is in These Super Tight Jeggings post from a few months ago.

      • Alma98

        You have to see this one. Now I think the baby did this to herself. You’d be surprised at what toddlers can get into lol. My kids did some wacky stuff when they were toddlers. http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2011/02/whose-child-is-this-and-are-those-iquit.html

        • Daltex82

          No, no not the condom socks!! I just C.A.N.N.O.T. I want to laugh and save her from future circulation problems all at the same time.

          • Alma98

            LMAO! I woke up one morning to find my then 2yr old daughter butt naked rubbing butter on herself like lotion lol.

          • Daltex82

            LOL!!!

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

          Welp! Now we know why she’s here.

          • Alma98

            hahahahahahaha!

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

      That baby giving me E.T. phone home realness.

  • rikyrah

    The Plum Line

    Did Barack Obama do John Boehner a big favor?

    By Greg Sargent

    October 17 at 1:53 pm

    President Obama gave brief remarks this morning in which he stressed that it’s time to get back to normal governing, now that the crisis has been temporarily resolved. Obama twice stressed that economic growth must be a leading goal, and noted the deficit is “falling fast,” signaling a set of guiding priorities that — if followed in coming negotiations — will hearten liberals. He also said this:
    ……………………………………………….

    Beyond this, though, it’s worth asking whether, by holding the line until Republicans had no choice but to capitulate on the debt limit, Barack Obama actually did John Boehner a long term favor of sorts.

    Most observers think John Boehner genuinely wants to get to some kind of long term budget deal. If true, he plainly has been hampered by pressure from the right not to even enter into negotiations that risk resulting in a compromise Tea Partyers would find unacceptable. Before yesterday’s outcome, conservatives explicitly were insisting that GOP leaders must not enter into any talks unless they could wield the threat of harm to the country to get something for nothing. Remember, Ted Cruz angered fellow Republicans when he refused to enter into normal budget talks unless Dems agreed in advance not to make raising the debt ceiling even tangentially related to the talks, effectively reserving it as an extortion tool later.

  • rikyrah

    Labor puts Dems on notice: Don’t touch Medicare and Social Security benefits
    By Greg Sargent

    October 17 at 4:52 pm

    With the crisis chatter in Washington now turning to speculation about the coming budget talks and the possibility of a “grand bargain” to replace the sequester, liberals and unions are getting increasingly nervous that Congressional Dems will give up entitlement benefits cuts in exchange for, well, whatever is on offer from Republicans, which isn’t at all clear.

    In an interview, Damon Silvers, the policy director of the AFL-CIO, laid down a hard line, putting Dems on notice that any agreement that cuts entitlement benefits — even in a deal that includes GOP concessions on tax hikes — is a nonstarter. Silvers strongly suggested labor would withhold support in 2014 from any Dem lawmaker who supports such a deal.

    • TyrenM

      Start up “Sit this one out” already. No plan on table, but begin fuckery. Oh yeah, good morning POU.

      • Miranda

        They are so stupid. I am sick of these asswipes that clamor for a microphone to make threats. They don’t know how to play the game, stay losing.

    • gn

      They need to STFU, STAT. BS like this is how 2010 happened, and no one but the rich has been made better off with a teabagger Congress. The usual suspects need to have the seat of seats.

      • jziglar

        I know ! This is why we can’t make progress because these stupid outside groups come in and set conditions or threats that ruin the negotiations.

        I can understand some having reservations about Chained CPI but means testing wealthy medicare recipients is a bad idea ? Come on.

    • Kennymack1971

      Because putting MORE teabaggers in Congress is great strategy. We are going to have to shut down these idiots on the left. We cannot afford another 2010.

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

      Here’s Damon Silvers twitter timeline: https://twitter.com/DamonSilvers

      Twitter Warriors, you know what to do.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>) – –A FIRST!! –The INVENTOR of “HAPPY FEET” :>) –THANK U PBOMB♥ – -Sooo EXCITING!! – -

    —–☻MASTER JUBA –”HAPPY FEET” :>)one of the first black performers in the United States to play onstage for white audiences and the only one of the era to tour with a white minstrel group. [Annd THEY USED HIS DANCE STEPS.]

    — – –☺“Master Juba” frequently challenged and defeated the best white dancers,

    — — ☺Juba was highly influential on the development of such American dance styles as tap, jazz, and step dancing.

    – —☻http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGnf1kLsxnk – —
    Master Juba The Show — -

    – –

    Happy Feet – Boogie Wonderland — [Luved this movie. :>)]

    —[:>) 2 Years ago ---YEP I Took TAP CLASSES. :>)]

    ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL TREAT 2 CELEBRATE YOUR RETURN –2 –JOBS! —HOBS! —JOBS!

    –B BLESSED 2-DAY♥

  • Miranda

    Lying bastard

    Michael Dunn recounts what he says happened the night Jordan Davis was killed in a letter to First Coast News
    Oct 17, 2013

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It was the day after Thanksgiving. Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old Wolfson High School student, had just left the mall with his friends when they stopped at a Southside Gate gas station to grab a snack.

    Jordan and his friends waited in a red SUV while the driver went inside.

    Michael Dunn, 45, a Brevard County software developer, had been at his son’s wedding in Orange Park and was on his way to a hotel when he and his girlfriend stopped to get a bottle of wine.

    A chance encounter placed them next to each other in the parking lot.

    According to court records, Dunn asked the teens to turn down their music. They did. But he said they then turned it back up.

    That’s when Dunn told police he saw a weapon.

    “It was either a barrel or a stick, but sir they’re like, ‘We are going to kill you and then they said you are dead (expletive,’” Dunn told police in a recorded interview.

    During the interrogation, Dunn described how he reached into his glove box, pulled out his gun and fired four times, fatally shooting Davis.

    “Quicker than a flash, I had a round chambered in it and I shot,” said Dunn.

    Now, for the first time, Dunn has reached out exclusively to First Coast News. In a letter addressed to Anchor Heather Crawford Dunn writes, “This case has never been about loud music. This case is about a local thug threatening to kill me because I dared to ask him to turn the music down.”

    more here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/332205/483/Michael-Dunn-reaches-out-to-First-Coast-News

    • Town

      So you saw a STICK & you had a GUN but you were scared for your life of the STICK so you decided to empty your GUN into “the local thug.” (because all black people are scary thugs).

  • Miranda

    Blake Hounshell ‏@blakehounshell2h
    “John, what happened?” Obama asked …
    “I got overrun, that’s what happened,” Boehner said. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/anatomy-of-a-shutdown-98518.html#ixzz2i4MEBDbW
    —————————
    Anatomy of a Shutdown

    House Speaker John Boehner just wanted to sneak out of the White House for a smoke.

    But President Barack Obama pulled him aside for a grilling. Obama wanted to know why they were in the second day of a government shutdown that the speaker had repeatedly and publicly pledged to avoid.

    “John, what happened?” Obama asked, according to people briefed on the Oct. 2 conversation.

    “I got overrun, that’s what happened,” Boehner said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/anatomy-of-a-shutdown-98518.html#ixzz2i53DBKSI

    • conlakappa

      Catching him at his most vulnerable too. I worked with someone who said it was understood that you never get in the way of Orange when he was headed to the balcony to smoke. This was before he was in leadership, however putatively so.

    • jds09

      From the choice of Politico’s photos, the establishment republicans have truly thrown Senator Cruz under the bus. Not a good look. lol

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Boehner may have to use those 87 GOP votes and Dem support to send his caucus a message that playtime is over. No Speaker can let himself get overrun like that.

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

      It wouldn’t be a Politico story without blaming PBO:

      Obama and Reid stuck together, emerging as the political victors. Their hard-ball tactics were designed to “break the fever” brought on by the tea party, but it also helped drive the country to the edge of default.

      This is interesting…

      …When things were at their worst, some Republican senators urged Vice President Joe Biden to get more involved. But he told each of them it wasn’t his call. Biden participated in meetings at the White House but Reid, still angry about the vice president’s concessions during the fiscal cliff talks last December, had shut him out of direct negotiations with lawmakers this time around.

      • goldenstar

        Do you think that it’s true?

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Federal Workers Set To Get First Pay Raise In Three Years

    Federal workers’ pay has been frozen for three years, but in President Obama’s budget proposal for next year, he included a 1 percent raise that would occur by default if Congress didn’t pass legislation mandating other numbers.

    The Senate deal that was passed to fund the government and re-open it on Wednesday evening doesn’t have any language about federal workers’ pay, so if it goes through as-is the modest raise would occur. The bill “would permit the President to implement his plan for a 1 percent pay raise in January, 2014,” according to a joint statement from Democratic Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.[...]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/10/18/2803241/federal-workers-raise/

    H/T Bryce Covert

    H/T

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBIMB♥ —EARLY Morntin’ –GLOATIN’ Time

    – –Democrats Have a Chance To Win The House as Shutdown Has Put 12 More GOP Seats In Play – -

    – - — -The Cook Political Report has moved 12 more Republican held seats into toss up category, which makes 18 Republican seats up for grabs. This gives Democrats a chance to retake the House.

    The Cook Report changed their ratings on 15 House seats. 12 Republican seats were moved into the toss up category, and three
    Democratic seats moved solidly towards the incumbents.

    This change gives Democrats a chance to take back the House in 2014.
    THERE IS MORE – –
    — -EVIL/VILE —GREEDY —RACIST -OBSTRUCTIONIST –”SHUTDOWNS” – —HAVE — -ELECTION CONSEQUENCES!! —HAH! – ——–WATCHIN’. . .

    • gn

      And THIS is why money is going to be pouring into whatever purity trolls (NSA, “ACA is a sellout” etc.) regressives can get their hands on to try to stop 2014 from becoming a disaster for the GOP (cough, GG, cough). A unified Democratic party absolutely can get rid of GOP control of the House; ratf*ckers will be working overtime to try to prevent that from happening. Great catch, GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        ***BIG fist bump*** – —Gotta WATCH annnd–CONTRIBUTE$$$$ — –
        -Thank U. GN –Have a good day. :>) –
        – –[Gotta "Bounce" early :>) - ]

  • gn

    @TheDailyEdge
    Ted Cruz failed to disclose Caribbean accounts in 2012. Lied about them in 2013. Then shut down the government http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/18/ted-cruz-failed-to-disclose-ties-to-jamaican-holding-company/

    • Miranda

      Let us bombard the twitter timelines of all cable and network news reporters and White House press corp about this.

    • conlakappa

      Lo, has he finally rid himself of that pesky dual citizenship?

  • gn

    @keithboykin
    New York Times: As stop-and-frisks decline, so does New York City’s murder rate. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/18/new-york-today-murder-milestone/?smid=tw-share

  • gn

    ‏@igorvolsky
    Spending $600 million on http://HealthCare.gov is wasteful

    But losing $24 billion to shutdown the government over Obamacare is “worth it”

  • creolechild

    New app lets you quickly scan cosmetics to see if they’re potentially toxic

    Think Dirty miiiight be the best app ever (I see you, bus-finder app, but you ain’t helping me avoid cancer). In the same vein as those barcode-scanning apps you can use at the supermarket to pick a decent wine, the free app will tell you if shampoo or makeup contains potentially toxic chemicals[....]. If deemed dirty, the app will offer similar and safe alternatives to buy instead. [....]

    Reviewers complain the app doesn’t have enough products (it currently has 12,019 products from about 1,200 brands)[....] If your product isn’t in there yet, you can send a photo and some info, and the Think Dirty team will add it to the database. For a free app that just launched this summer, Think Dirty’s off to a great start.

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/new-app-lets-you-quickly-scan-cosmetics-to-see-if-theyre-potentially-toxic/

    H/T Holly Richmond

  • creolechild

    Chamber Of Commerce On The Tea Party: We Need Candidates ‘Who Understand The Free Market And Not Silliness’

    [....] Citing a need for serious elected officials, Scott Reed, a senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Bloomberg in a story published Thursday that it plans to get involved in next year’s midterms.[....] The just-resolved budget and debt crises exposed a schism on the right between tea partiers and and big business.

    Polls showed that tea party voters largely dismissed the threat of default, while a group of conservative Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill said that hitting the debt ceiling wouldn’t have been problematic. [....]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chamber-of-commerce-targets-the-tea-party-we-need-candidates-who-understand-the-free-market-and-not-silliness

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      If the Chamber of Commerce is serious then they would go out and support Democratic candidates.

    • jds09

      I wonder if these guys realize they will need to kill their Frankenstein not just tranquilize him. Time will tell.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – $$$$$ — 4 DEM$ – –:>) –

    – –Vulnerable Senate Dems hit fundraising payload in third quarter – -

    Vulnerable Democrats and top Democratic candidates boosted their reelection bids with strong fundraising in the third quarter, but Republican challengers are picking up their own pace as 2014 campaigns intensify.
    Nearly all of the Democratic Party’s most vulnerable incumbents raised more than $1 million dollars from July through September, and all who’ve released their numbers have more than $4 million cash on hand.

    Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) both topped $5 million in cash on hand, and outraised their Republican opponents 2-to-1.

    Hagan raised $1.9 million to $800,000 for Republican Thom Tillis, an early GOP frontrunner in North Carolina.

    Landrieu took in $1.35 million compared to $700,000 Rep. Bill Cassidy, the Republican favorite in Louisiana.
    THERE I$ MORE — – -
    – —[Gotta "bounce" ---C YA as soon as♥. . ]

  • gn

    @metaquest
    President Obama will announce his nomination of Jeh Johnson to head Homeland Security today at 2pm Eastern. http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

    • jds09

      At Johnson’s confirmation hearing the racism of the right and left will be on full display. Unhingement (yes, I made up that word) will run rampant.

      • Town

        It will be worse on the left than on the right because Obama pulled the rug from underneath them.

        • crazycanuck

          Agreed. Good Morning everyone.

    • Kennymack1971

      I wonder if Ta-Nehisi and everyone else who howled about Ray Kelly will have anything to say.

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

        I checked the timelines of those who were crying about Ray Kelly….SILENCE.

  • gn

    @thinkprogress
    Federal workers are set to get their first pay raise in three years http://thkpr.gs/19dUy0L

    • Miranda

      They deserve even more of an increase. They have had to suffer the foolishness of the GOP for awhile now.

  • creolechild

    Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat over inaction and ‘double standards’

    On Thursday, the UN Secuity Council elected Saudi Arabia to serve as a non-permanent member for the first time in the country’s history during the 2014-2015 term. On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry released a statement saying it had turned down the coveted membership. The reason? It does not see the Council as an effective body, particularly with regards to the Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian
    conflict.[....]

    “Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill its people and burn them
    with chemical weapons in front of the entire world and without any
    deterrent or punishment is clear proof and evidence of the UN Security Council’s inability to perform its duties and shoulder its
    responsibilities,” a statement on Friday read.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/131018/saudi-arabia-rejects-security-council-seat-ove

    H/T Alexander Besant

    • conlakappa

      Dayum. Of course, it’s rank hypocrisy but snaps for wording! One can be right and wrong at the same time. If the Saudis wanted to flex on Syria, they could have and should have, bringing a family solution to what is greatly a family problem. Next.

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone!

    • crazycanuck

      Morning Alma, the sun is ready to partay lol. It’s bright and shiny here, which might mean it’s freezing lol.

      • Alma98

        LOL…Morning cc it’s sunny but chilly here.

        • crazycanuck

          Right now I’m contemplating weather to take a coat or not, wear a scarf or not lol. It can turn on a dime here.

          • Alma98

            LOL

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ Alma98. ***BIG HUG*** :>) –Ohhh –WHAT a LOVELY — “DAILY JOY” :>) — -
      It’s chilly annnd”SHE” —is much needed. :>) THANK U.. :>)

      B BLESSED —U♥/DAUGHTER♥ :>) – –

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning Alma .
      Love the lipstick on the sun

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah! She ready for a night out lol.

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

      Miss Sun’s face is beat, hunty!

      • Alma98

        LOL!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      “Oh yes it’s ladies night, oh what a night.”
      lol

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine! “And the feeling’s right” LOL

  • creolechild

    Microchips to protect rhinos in Kenya

    Efforts to conserve Kenya’s dwindling population of rhinos is set to
    get a significant boost when WWF-Kenya hands over 1,000 microchips and 5 scanners to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) today. The equipment valued at over KES 1.3 million will be instrumental in strengthening active rhino monitoring.

    [....] The deployment of specialized rhino horn tracking systems will allow for 100% traceability of every rhino horn and live animal within Kenya[....] Furthermore, investigators will be able to link any poached case to a recovered or confiscated horn and this forms crucial evidence in court contributing towards the prosecution’s ability to push for sentencing of a suspected rhino criminal.[....]

    Read more: http://wwf.panda.org/?uNewsID=211437

    H/T WWF Global

  • creolechild

    School Suspends Student Indefinitely For A Drawing Of A Cartoon Bomb He Made At Home

    I don’t even know what to say about the following. Is there some sort of secret contest going on between administrators to see who can come up with the most ridiculous interpretation of their school’s zero-tolerance weapons policies?[....] Now, the good news is that the suspension was lifted two days later. The bad news is, well, there’s a lot of bad news.

    The bad news is that he was suspended at all. The additional bad news is that he was only reinstated after a “manifestation hearing” by the board to determine whether this harmless drawing of a cartoon bomb was somehow “linked to his disability.”[....]

    Two hours. It took two hours for administration to decide to rescind the suspension. Lord knows what would have happened if a student advocate specializing in autism hadn’t been present.[....]

    Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131016/15531924907/school-suspends-student-indefinitely-drawing-cartoon-bomb-he-made-home.shtml

    H/T Tim Cushing

  • Miranda

    The Dems have to stick together and stand with PBO…he is breaking the GOP bit by bit. They have to really hold to strategy.
    ——————————–
    Jessica Taylor ‏@JessicaTaylor4m
    Senate Conservatives Fund makes it official: They’re backing @MattBevin in #KYSen against @Team_Mitch

    • Rhoda

      I bet you anything the budget conference falls apart due to lack of revenue and that the government shuts down in January and they replay this sad game. This is all about 2014; and folks like Joe Scarborough KNOW it which was why he was so sour and talking about how POTUS needs to work with Republicans because he can do nothing without them.

      No.

      POTUS has a plan; it’s called the 2014 elections when he can get blue dog dems in Republican seats that will actually NEGOTIATE. The very same kind of democrats emoprogs cheered losing their seats in 2010, the same folks who made health care possible despite insisting on abortion restrictions with federal money, conservative people who have HEARTS and aren’t racists and don’t see eye to eye on everything but will work with you.

      Blue Dog Dems are going to win the 17 seats needed to retake the majority and if they pull it off; watch some fauxgressive heads explode and the bitching begin from the professional left (whom the President was ALSO talking about yesterday; folks making money off pain but can’t win elections or advocate their position and do the real work to bring change.)

      • jziglar

        They fail to understand that we can’t win with a 100 % pure liberal party. We need people who can win and negotiate.

        Also they need to get over this idea that Medicare should not be reformed. We need to reform the program in a smart way.

        • TyrenM

          And we better do it while we have D leadership.

      • Farrod

        Rhoda, you’re the BOMB! You married?

    • goldenstar

      Isn’t Bevin a Tea Party candidate?

      With PBO directing the rest of the Dems to grow spines, the Republicans will conduct a civil war along the lines of the final scene from Carrie. Not pretty but sanity can prevail.

  • creolechild

    Former Los Angeles-area Pastor Sentenced for Role in $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    [....] Charles Agbu, 58, of Carson, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu to serve 87 months in prison and was ordered to pay $5,788,725 in restitution to Medicare.[....]

    Agbu admitted that he paid patient recruiters and doctors to provide him with fraudulent prescriptions for expensive, highly specialized power wheelchairs and other DME that he, Obiageli Agbu and their co-conspirators used in submitting more than $11 million false claims to Medicare. Agbu billed the power wheelchairs to Medicare at a rate of approximately $6,000 per wheelchair even though he paid approximately $900 wholesale per wheelchair.[....]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/October/13-crm-1108.html

    H/T U.S. Department of Justice

  • Miranda

    *snicker*..good..because you don’t have any.
    ———————————
    Ted Cruz Says He Doesn’t Need Friends in Senate

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reiterated Thursday that he didn’t come to Washington, D.C. to make friends.

    “I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz told ABC News.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/ted-cruz-friends-senate-20601574

    • goldenstar

      What’s that JayZ ditty: Got 99 Things…..

  • creolechild

    Anyone else notice how the bar has been raised with state and federal agencies stepping up to the plate and enforcing the law? I think that’s a reflection of the leadership at the top…don’t you?

    States Clamping Down on Workers Mislabeled as Contractors

    [....] Thirty states have laws on worker misclassification, up from 23
    in 2010, according to Construction Citizen, a website that says it seeks to advance social responsibility in the industry.[....] To recover lost revenue states must first identify such workers.

    In May, Connecticut said that after a 12-month audit it had reclassified 3,487 workers and uncovered $68.2 million in unreported payroll representing $1.3 million in lost payroll taxes. In February, a New York state task force said it found 20,200 instances of workers treated as contractors in 2012, representing more than $282.5 million in unreported wages.

    Massachusetts identified 5,491 misclassified workers last year, according to Lauren Jones, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Unemployment Assistance. That contributed to $46 million in unreported wages.[...]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-18/states-clamping-down-on-workers-mislabeled-as-contractors.html

    H/T Jim Efstathiou Jr.

  • Alma98

    Rihyrah I blame you for this, if you hadn’t linked that Luvie baby pic I wouldn’t have followed this link. Now my stomach is killing me from laughing so damn hard. UglyBabiesRUs.tumblr.com

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

      OMG!

      Speaking of ugly babies, how do you respond when your friend/family member asks you for your opinion about their baby’s looks? I’ve tried the, “Aww..it’s a baby!” response, but got the stank eye because errbody knows that’s code for, “I really don’t think your baby’s not cute, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings”.

      • Alma98

        LMAO! I don’t know because I do the “hey Baby!” thing. Then me and my daughter look at each other and say it’s a Kramer baby lol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o-F4xu50Ik

        • conlakappa

          Um, I think people would catch onto “breathtaking,” which was also in that episode. That wasn’t even the baby that Kramer dropped, just after seeing she looked like LBJ. I will stipulate to being a horrible person before stating that I made a photo of someone’s ugly baby my Christmas card one year. Okay, so it was a Photoshop of her Fudgesicle-smeared face and what might be best described as a sad hooker’s tree [posted by someone else in that group; the tree was pink and tinsel]. I said I was horrible! If I could dig up a photo of the child, really, you’d understand why I’m now thinking, “don’t judge me!”

          • Alma98

            HAHAHA! I remember the LBJ baby episode lol.
            Not judging considering I have a photo of a baby someone put up on FB. Whoo! This is one ugly baby, he looks like a stone with eyes lol.

    • rikyrah

      I warned you

      • Alma98

        Lawd have mercy I about died of laughter lol.

        • conlakappa

          And for an artistic perspective, here’s ugly babies in Renaissance paintings:

          http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com/

          • Alma98

            LOL! OK that’s some scary ugly!

          • conlakappa

            By the by, this for me is Confessions of a Formerly Ugly Neonate. My mother said people would walk up all smiles, see my wrinkly face and go, “oh, um, hey, it’s a baby!”

          • Alma98

            HA!

  • Rhoda

    President Obama is making history people: in two weeks of Obamacare Oregon’s uninsured tally cut by ten percent AND the website isn’t fully working people. http://goo.gl/sMk86r

    This healthcare law is a game changer and by this time next year everyone will be all “Affordable Care Act” based on MITT ROMNEY’S health care law in MA and Obamawhat? He took Mitt Romney’s plan, Obama had shit to do with health care reform. This was Hillary pushing it in ’08 and MItt Romney’s plan.

    Wait for the twist folks…by the time these “glitches” stories run their course it’s going to be a drumbeat on how Obamacare is a republican plan.

    Be blessed everyone and have a great weekend; I’m getting a jump start today myself with some family.

    • jziglar

      Well Cookie Roberts and Ron Forunier are already claiming that President Obama’s only accomplishment in his first term was ACA. The haters will do everything they can to lie and rewrite history.

    • rikyrah

      The killer won’t be states like California getting it right..
      I want a state like Kentucky to get it right

  • Miranda

    I didn’t pay attention to where this restaurant was located before…but its in Arkansas..a small town in Arkansas…and the restaurant owner was beseiged with complaints and forced to take the sign down. ARKANSAS!
    —————————–
    Restaurant owner posts racially-charged sign
    Sign quickly changed after several complaints
    Read more: http://www.4029tv.com/news/arkansas/restaurant-owner-in-rogers-posts-raciallycharged-sign/-/8897494/22412400/-/144xdk7/-/index.html#ixzz2i5OVHrRn

    http://www.4029tv.com/image/view/-/22412618/highRes/1/-/maxh/460/maxw/620/-/dgmvqkz/-/Sign.jpg

    • Alma98

      I saw Elon’s post on it yesterday.
      That’s how racist cowards are, you call them on their b.s and they cower.

    • Daltex82

      Funny, from the looks of the place I think a lot of his patrons probably will benefit from Obamacare.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –FROM OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT♥- –

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  • Alma98

    So they did Melissa McCarthy the same way they did Gabrielle Sidibe. SMH

    http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/elle-magazine-under-fire-for-melissa-mccarthy-cover-181728383.html

    • conlakappa

      Forget the coat, why is her hair looking like mine on a very windy day?! Slovenly fashion rocks!

      • Alma98

        That’s the same thing I thought. Why have her looking like she just woke up?

      • crazycanuck

        I think that is suppose to be ‘sexy’ hair lol.

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

      They did the same to Octavia Butler, but folks are only now getting into an uproar because it happened to Melissa. Uh huh.

      • Alma98

        Yep

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    I said Boehner only getting 87 votes from his caucus was weak but after reading some of the comments blog I have to give credit where it’s due.

    87 Republicans told their colleagues to get bent.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -From Ms. JOY -d’ANN[ihilator] :>) — –

    – — -The Tea Party isn’t over: Why crisis politics is here to stay- — –

    – —- -With the government reopened and a deal to avert a debt default in hand, some in Washington are sounding hopeful notes.

    Surely, the thinking goes, Republicans who triggered the shutdown
    crisis have learned their lesson (their poll numbers have tanked and the shutdown has likely doomed their Virginia governor candidate) and will work with Democrats to avoid another trip to the brink.

    Here are five reasons why that wishful thinking could turn out to be wrong.

    1. The shutdown was only a failure in the real world

    In the world of conservative media, which is ascendant in Republican politics right now, the only failure was on the part of GOP leadership, which they feel “caved” to President Obama and the Democrats. Matt Kibbe, president of Freedomworks told the Washington Post after the deal on Thursday, that the shutdown/debt ceiling fight could have been one if Republicans had just been willing to “fight.”

    2. Obamacare

    The ostensible reason for the shutdown was a Republican demand that the Affordable Care Act be defunded or at least hobbled. That didn’t happen, and so Republicans on the far right still have a political ax togrind. More importantly, opposition to the healthcare law is, as Indiana GOP congressman Luke Messer pointed out on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown thisFriday, the issue that unites virtually all Republicans on the Hill. The idea that they would walk away from it, or from any tactic they think might overturn it, seems unrealistic.

    In fact, Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Friday, asked if he would shut down the government or threaten default again, said he would do “anything” to stop “Obamacare.”

    THERE IS MORE —-

    – —In OTHER WORDS – –>http://blackcommentator.com/300/300_images/300_col_no_post_racial_america_up.gif

    — – -http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg?w=500&h=332 – - -WE KNOW! ***sigh***

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!