December 22, 2014

Friday Open Thread: Sundown Towns

 
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Along with Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Darien has the dubious reputation of being one of the most affluent Sundown Towns in America.

Its status as a Sundown Town is almost legendary.  The machinations of the population, the city government, and the social conditions mean Darien was allowed to stay all white for decades, and proudly so.  That began to change in the late 1940s when Laura Hobson wrote a novel called Gentleman’s Agreement that used Darien’s anti-Semitic, Sundown status as its backdrop.  In the book, a newspaper reporter investigates prejudice by changing his last name from “Green” to “Greenberg”.  As a “white” man passing as a Jew, he reported on the discrimination practices in Darien.  The novel was made into a classic film of the same name starring Gregory Peck in the Green role; Turkish native Elia Kazan directed the movie and it won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

One of Darien’s prized methods of exclusion (and one employed by many Sundown Towns) was exposed in the book and movie.  It is called “realty steerage”.  It is a practice in which realtors unofficially keep out “undesirables” by not showing them properties, or by purposefully overstating sale price, anything to subvert a potential home sale to an African-American or to a Jewish person.

The town’s main streets are erratically labeled with street signs, and many cross streets have no signs, either. This discourages visitors.  Also, many of the public thoroughfares carry “Private” signs on them.  The public beach is accessed via a checkpoint; only residents of Darien can use it.  Everything in the town is set up to keep the town white and affluent – its teachers, domestics, police, and other civil servants cannot afford to live there.  Most commute from great distances.  Thus, the city is a protected enclave of white faces after dark.

The Ku Klux Klan, which preached a doctrine of Protestant control of America and suppression of blacks, Jews and Catholics, had a following in Connecticut and Darien in the 1920s. The A Darien resident, Harry Lutterman, was Grand Dragon in the state. The Connecticut Klan’s popularity peaked in 1925 when it had a statewide membership of 15,000.

The nearby Stamford Republican Party used its Lincoln Republican Club as a front for all Klan activities in the area. During the 1924 election, one of the largest Klan meetings in the state took place in Stamford and was organized by Lutterman. The Stamford Advocate published an advertisement signed by local Democrats (who relied on the Catholic vote) protesting the meeting. The Klan published an advertisement in response, noting the “un-American” names of some of those who signed the Democrats’ statement.

By 1926, the Klan leadership in the state was divided, and it lost strength, although it continued to maintain small, local branches for years afterward in Darien, as well as in Bridgeport, Stamford,Greenwich and Norwalk

In an insincere and hypocritical public service program Darien tried to change its reputation by reaching out to other communities’ “underprivileged”.  A program called “A Better Chance” (ABC) was started to allow inner-city children (who must be qualified scholars) to come live in Darien and attend one of its exclusive prep schools for free.  This program has not been as successful as Darien would wish the public to believe – the total number of “inner school” children present in the program were few.  Also, they were housed in a separate facility for the duration of their stay.  They were not encouraged to stay in Darien once their participation in the program was over.  Finally, all the students were female (reinforcing the Sundown Town hatred and mistrust of black males).

Darien will claim today it is free of its Sundown past, but so does Vidor, Texas (a town which Darien’s well-heeled denizens would look down upon and not recognize themselves in).

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  • Miranda

    well….it had to be said:

    Atlanta’s Problem with White Stuff
    PHILIP BUMP
    JAN 30, 2014 2:50PM ET / POLITICS

    The ice storm that shut down Atlanta this week was a “fiasco” that was “manmade from start to finish,” according to Atlanta Magazine’s Rebecca Burns, writing for Politico. But we have to note that, in part, the men who made the fiasco were white ones.

    more here: http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/01/atlantas-problem-white-stuff/357548/

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

      So, if they had expanded MARTA into Cobb County, people wouldn’t have had such a hard time leaving Atlanta during the storm. But because of racist Paul Reveres and their “The Negroes are coming! The Negroes are coming!” cries if MARTA was expanded, they were stranded.

      GOOD.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        YEP! It was amazing being in that Wyndham Tuesday night, when all those White folks had to sleep with Black and Latino folks, eat with them (No individual tables, EVERYONE had to sit together.) It was priceless.

        • sagittarius

          Morning, Gov Chris!

          Heh.

        • goldenstar

          You should have taken some photos!

        • rikyrah

          wish you had pics..LOL

      • conlakappa

        Weird. When the husband and I first visited Atlanta, some white woman on the MARTA started talking to the husband and I [I think he was the fiance then] tried to convince us that we should consider Cobb County a place to live. This happened to us a few times in the South.

  • jds09

    Good Morning Miranda and Everybody!

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

      Mornin’!

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, Sepia!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good FRIDAY MORNTIN’ jds09 :>) – — -***BIG –Cali —HUG!*** :>)
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      • sagittarius

        Good morning, GLH! **BIG HUG**

        Blessings to you!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, jds!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • jds09

    This is reassuring…all old white men aren’t crazy. Brain surgeon walks 6 miles in the snow…

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/30/22511890-brain-surgeon-walked-six-miles-during-snowstorm-for-emergency-operation?lite

    • rikyrah

      not only that, but he was still at the hospital as of last night.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

    Surprise, surprise! The Repub rebuttal was a lie!

    (h/t @Maggyw519)

    Another bogus Obamacare story: The GOP’s ‘Bette’
    By Michael Hiltzik January 30, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

    The centerpiece of the Republican party’s attack on the Affordable Care Act following President Obama’s State of the Union address this week was the story of “Bette.”

    Bette was an otherwise unidentified Washington state resident featured in the official GOP response to the Obama speech delivered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). According to Rodgers,
    Bette had written her a letter stating that she had “hoped the president’s healthcare law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month.” The lesson, according to Rodgers: “This law is not working.”

    Bette has now been tracked down by her hometown Spokane Spokesman-Review. She’s Bette Grenier, who owns a small business with her husband. Unsurprisingly, her story is much different from the sketchy description provided by Rodgers. That description perplexed experts, including Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who couldn’t understand how a state resident “would have no choice but to pay $700 per month more for a policy that meets the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements,” the newspaper reported.

    Grenier told the newspaper that she wrote Rodgers after her insurance company informed her that her $552-a-month catastrophic health plan would not be offered in 2014. It offered her an alternative plan complying with the ACA at $1,052 a month.

    But that sounds like her insurer trying to steer her to an overpriced option. A compliant plan meeting the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandates actually is available from Washington’s insurance exchange for much less — and with a deductible far lower than the $10,000 she was paying under the old plan and broader coverage, though lacking a provision for four free doctor visits a year provided by her old plan.

    MORE: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-bette-20140130,0,1703947.story#ixzz2rz0qlWxr

    • JB20005

      I figured this would end up being another case of (not) Joe the (not) plumber.

    • gn

      Every concern troll which they have trotted out is completely bogus.

    • Alma98

      They never learn, they live in there own world.
      smh

    • goldenstar

      She REFUSED to go to the healthcare website. She’s too busy being in her againstness mode to learn that she and her husband could have affordable care.

  • jds09

    From the pen of Ron Fournier…

    “Christie has fallen from first to third among potential GOP presidential candidates, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll, behind Rep. Paul Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.”

    Really?! These are the frontrunners? If so, we can expect a large democratic field.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/why-i-was-wrong-about-chris-christie-20140130

    • jziglar

      It’s sad isn’t it ? Once again they have to turn to a Bush and this one has been out of office for a number of years and his heart isn’t in it. Let alone the fact that his mother doesn’t want him to run. Then you have a lightweight like Paul Ryan who got his ass handed to him during the VP debate. Then another pathetic lightweight named Marco Rubio, and a bunch of right wing nut jobs. A truly pathetic field !

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Morning rikyrah :) Back to cold this morning lol.

  • Joy

    Good morning and Happy Friday!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Joy!

    • Alma98

      Good morning Joy!

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with the chief executives of large businesses in the morning to discuss the issue, after which the president will discuss a “best practices” pledge that some 300 companies have already signed onto. Obama will also unveil a $150 million grant competition aimed at encouraging local governments and CEOs to forge partnerships that can help the long-term unemployed find jobs. :>)

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

    RNC Chair Says MSNBC Is On ‘Probation’

    …Priebus gave MSNBC president Phil Griffin credit for apologizing, but
    the RNC chairman still delivered a stern warning to the channel: we’ve
    got our eyes on you.

    “So, look, this was a first step. It was the first time I talked to
    Mr. Griffin. He reacted pretty quickly, and now we have to stay on top
    of it,” Priebus told conservative pundit Sean Hannity.

    “So, you know what? It’s sort of like being on probation, I guess.
    But the fact of the matter is we’re here, we’re watching them and it’s
    our responsibility — and it’s mine in particular, I think —also to stand
    up for our party. That’s what I did today, and I’ll do it again. I
    promise you that.”

    MORE: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/reince-priebus-msnbc-boycott-probation?utm_content=buffer5e665&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    • JB20005

      “Liberal media” apologizes and grovels for telling the truth.

      Conservative media circles the wagons around the most egregious right wing bigots.

      • jds09

        At this point, their audience is really just each other. The American public is stuck in a middle-school cafeteria watching these fools.

        • gn

          Very apt summation.

        • itgurl_29

          True. And all MSNBC does all day is air clips from FOX and Rush Limbaugh, and then discuss them like they’re all shocked and appalled these things are still being said on teh right. It’s total bull crap.

    • Kennymack1971

      Phil Griffin is a straight up punk. This is why I don’t give a damn about MSNBC. The “progressives” on that network can only go so far before Comcast steps in on behalf of the GOP.

    • Miranda

      SMH………really nothing to say. Phil Griffin completely turned his balls over to the GOP…..he’s a eunuch now.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — -Magic Johnson calls Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea ‘pathetic’ – –
    ——Dennis Rodman’s high-profile trip to North Korea did not sit well with a lot of Americans, including his fellow NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

    The legendary former Laker called Rodman out during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for cozying up to dictator Kim Jong Un, who is a vocal enemy of the United States.

    “It’s pathetic. And also, you can’t go to a place that is trying to
    harm us,” he said. “I wasn’t too happy about him going over there, and then you’re taking a team over to play. Everybody over there is probablythis high so of course you should win the game. They’re not tall. And [Dennis’ team] still lost.”

    THERE IS MORE —- – —-SPEAK TRUTH! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    “PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – –GOOD NEWS —–SUPPORT 4 “Gun Control”. :>)
    – –Federal Judge Upholds State’s Tough Assault Weapons Ban
    — — - Gun control advocates were buoyed Thursday by a federal court decision in Hartford that upholds Connecticut’s toughest-in-the-nation assault weapons ban, calling it a constitutionally valid means of balancing gun rights and the government’s interest in reducing gun violence.

    “The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional,” senior
    U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello wrote in a decision published late Thursday.
    “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

    The legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first-grade students and six women with a now-banned AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought.
    THERE IS MORE — – -***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT♥ :>)****

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    Going on offense to expand the vote
    By Greg Sargent
    January 30 at 4:55 pm

    Here’s a very interesting development that suggests Dems are beginning to take the war over voting far more seriously than in the past — and are gearing up for a protracted struggle over voting access that could make a real difference in 2016.

    A group of leading Democratic strategists is launching a new political action committee that will raise money for a very specific purpose: Getting Democratic secretaries of state who favor expanded voting elected in four states — Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, and Nevada.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/30/going-on-offense-to-expand-the-vote/

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    • jds09

      Tebow still playing?

  • GreenLadyHere

    HONORING This SERIES♥ – –:>)

    – – – –☻SUNDOWN RACISM – – –

    — — – – –☺DISGUSTING!!! — – The machinations of the population, the city government, and the social conditions mean Darien was allowed to stay all white for decades, and proudly so.

    —– – —- -☺Uhh – –THAT would B —“US”: –The town’s main streets are erratically labeled with street signs, and many cross streets have no signs, either. This discourages visitors. geesh!!

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  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Have a fabulous day!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag.
      Sending positive thoughts your way.

      • sagittarius

        Thank you, Rikyrah! Backatcha!

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi, you too!

  • rikyrah

    he is strictly amateur hour.

    ………………..

    Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama Has Lost All Credibility, No Chance For Immigration Reform While He’s In Office
    Published January 30, 2014
    Fox News Latino

    Sen. Marco Rubio, a major player on immigration policy, said Wednesday that there was no chance now of passing a broad overhaul because Republicans have lost trust in President Barack Obama.

    The first-term Florida lawmaker, a potential White House contender in 2016, cited GOP concerns about whether the president could be trusted to enforce tough security requirements in the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill that Rubio helped write.

    Rubio said the Obama administration has lost credibility as a result of how it handled the 2012 attack against a U.S. outpost in Libya and accusations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups.

    Rubio said doubts about Obama and his team colored his conversations with lawmakers he had hoped to persuade to back the immigration overhaul, now stalled in the House.

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/01/30/sen-marco-rubio-immigration-reform-unlikely-under-president-obama/

    • Kennymack1971

      Marco, shut up.

      • sagittarius

        And sit down.

        • Worldwatcher7

          And grab a glass of water.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Right. Because two fake scandals over a year ago will damage any legislation of the future. That and Congress has no oversight to ensure the security measures will be enforced. Well they do but that’s beside the point.

      It’s hard to stay relevant while pretending your dreams of 2016 are still attainable.

      • jziglar

        He should worry about his senate seat instead of the presidency. Last I checked his approval numbers in Florida suck. He probably won’t be in Washington in 2017.

  • lamh36

    Morning guys.

    So I prayed in it last night and asked for a clearer head this morning and the first thing I did was email the lab mgr to lock down what the proposed schedule was.

    Just clarified with lab mgr in schedule. The schedule would be either 930 to 6 or 1030 to 7pm. With the 1030 to 7 shift I’d actually get 4 hours at shift diff which would add the $2 increase I wanted. I sat and calculated it and once I did the average hourly rate including diff does average to the increase that I wanted!

    Let go and let God!!!

    I’m cool with the hours. I’d actually be able to sleep a full 8hr! Even with the 9:30 time my sleep schedule would improve. This 6 am schedule is brutal. I’m always tired. I just can’t seem to get to sleep before 10pm on most days. Actually of late if I get to sleep by 10pm it’s a good night! Plus weekend schedule more regulated than this one, Only 1 wknd a month .

    • rikyrah

      I’m so happy for you.
      I know this is what you wanted.
      I also know you want to go home.
      So, continuing to send positive thoughts your way.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Dear lamh36♥ — – – -Praying 4 U♥ – – – –

      — – – –☺Your FAITH is ADMIRABLE. :>)http://cdn.nexternal.com/truevine/images/RWA01lg.jpg
      – — -STAY STRONG. :>) – -HAPPY 4 U♥ :>)

      -B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

  • lamh36

    See there the thing. My lease isn’t up until june. I can break it but that a good bit of change. I’ve still got to decide when I want to hand in my resignation.

    They’ve had a lot of flux this week, another person is leaving. Since I figured I won’t have to work weekends at the new place til at least a month or more I wonder if I should offer to work weekend here until June.
    Or at least work weekends for now so I still have addtl income and can take my time looking for apartments.

    It have extra money to break the lease before June if I do find a place. I just don’t know how to approach my current supe about it.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, lamh!

      Congratulations on the lab schedule and shift differential… sounds as if you will take the job. Pray for guidance on when to leave… it sounds as if you will endure financial penalties if you make your move too soon.

      I am happy for you – you’re almost back home!

  • rikyrah

    • Aquagranny911

      Love the Minions! Great share! I am a complete “Despicable Me” bot anyway but this was fun!

      • conlakappa

        We love them too! Funny that they have global appeal.

  • Kennymack1971

    Hello POU. Well it’s done the Super Bowl pick and prop Bets are in. Looking forward to a great game.

  • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

    Sedona, Arizona, is another town whose servant class all live some 20 or more miles away. It’s a class division; there are more millionaires per capita in Sedona than anywhere else in the country, as of 2007 when we left the area (Cottonwood, 20 miles away). Not much different than the city being described here.

    • Aquagranny911

      Verdad! It has been that way for 50 years & it got also totally weird with the New Age people who flocked there in the ’90’s. Sad because it is beautiful there.

      • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

        There are three kinds of people there. Those with money, those who will do and say anything to get that money, and those who were originally drawn there because of the magic, and stay despite the previous two types.

    • Guns3000

      That place is beautiful.

  • Alma98

    Good morning all!

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      The best thing about today is that it’s Friday..
      and that’s about it.

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah.
        I can’t argue with ya on that lol.

    • goldenstar

      Thank you for a sun with lipstick. Waiting for the snow…

      • Alma98

        Morning glodenstar, we got snow yesterday.
        It was a slushy mess people were sliding everywhere.
        I’m just glad we made it back in one piece.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! So late today but that is a very cute sun. We are mostly overcast for the last two days. Praying for rain but none has come yet.

      • Alma98

        Hola AG! We’re overcast here but no rain or snow yet.

  • Alma98
  • gn

    Sending up prayers for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin as the US media takes the sensational tale of Zimmerman as “celebrity” boxer and runs with it. Trayvon was not a gimmick or get famous quick scheme, he’s a kid who has a family who love him. Zimmerman really is a deeply sick, depraved person. Generations in the making, the product of a thoroughly corrupted family.

  • rikyrah

    Amazon considers hiking price for Prime delivery and online media
    Reuters staff, Reuters

    After missing Wall Street estimates for the holiday period, Amazon.com is considering a $20 to $40 increase in the annual $79 fee it charges users of its “Prime” two-day shipping and online media service, considered instrumental to driving online purchases of both goods and digital media.

    Amazon has been trying to sustain its pace of growth by investing heavily in retail and distribution networks across the globe, while expanding into the technology realm with Kindle digital devices, cloud computing services and online media.
    ………………………..

    Amazon now has to tread carefully as it ponders a Prime fee-hike, which could boost revenue and earnings but also risks alienating tens of millions of existing customers or discouraging new ones.

    Executives said no decision had been made but stressed that they had not touched the fees since Prime’s inception.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/amazon-considers-hiking-price-prime-delivery-online-media-2D12030246

    • Alma98

      They already hiked some of their delivery fees.
      If they hike Prime fees 40.00 I’m canceling mine.

      • rikyrah

        That’s how I feel. I’ll work with them if it’s like $10 or $20 bucks, but above that, and we’re done.

      • Aquagranny911

        Me too!

  • gn

    @EarthBeauties
    Sarasota Sunset, Florida pic.twitter.com/3DNbKJsdsV

    • conlakappa

      Now that I’ve seen!

      • gn

        That’s so great you were able to see something so beautiful in person!

  • rikyrah

    Domenico Montanaro ✔ @DomenicoNBC Follow

    Ann Romney: “We lost, but truly the country lost by not having Mitt” as president.

    9:17 AM – 31 Jan 2014

    • Kennymack1971

      BYE Miss Ann.

    • jziglar

      Will this bitch finally move on ! My god get a damn hobby, no one cares about your family.

      • gn

        I’m a small small small person because I dreamed of moments like this when the press was saying PBO can’t win and the Romneys were smirking through fawning coverage of that first debate. I’m not upset reading this. Please don’t judge me lol.

        • jds09

          I feel the same. I imagine Ann crying over her pinterest board of the make-over she was planning to do to the WH: patterns of china she was debating, the finalists for her inaugural gowns, and the list alcohol-free cocktails she would serve, etc. I’m really bad. lol

          • JojoRaze

            I told y’all she took the loss worse. Mitt’s been filthy rich all his life, and was ‘meh’ about his run. Ann really wanted to be Queen Ann as FLOTUS and the Obamas, those dusky Obamas, messed up her dream. I’m dead with her utter delusion.
            No one liked her…white, black, NOBODY. Has a wife ever added so little to a husband on a presidential ticket? At least with Ronny and Nancy you could see try were really in love. With her and Mitt, boring times boring ;

          • jds09

            I’m gonna check out the so-called Mitt documentary on Netflix when I’m in the mood. IMO, Ann bought into the “white horse prophecy” stuff.

          • Guns3000

            Don’t bother. I watched it and I didn’t learn a thing. You can tell the documentary was created by a Romney sycophant. No hard questions were asked or answered.

          • Aquagranny911

            Agreed! In many ways she was a total liability for the Robme cause. Her sense of entitlement & superiority was palpable & not the least bit pretty. I didn’t like Mitty but I loathed her on sight & as soon as she opened her mouth my loathing meter went off the charts.

            I really think the Mittster is probably a bit hohum about the loss but Anniebot is eaten up with the acid of not queening herself as first lady.

            She is nothing, she has done nothing & she has nothing of a self or inner worth. All she has is money & a false sense that this makes her somehow better & more deserving.

            I might pity her except she really is such a bitch!

          • isonprize

            I might pity her except she really is such a bitch!

            THIS. THIS.RIGHT.HERE!! LOLOL

    • Miranda

      Bish shut up.

    • gn

      Bitter ex much lmao? Thank you Ann Romney for this, I sorely needed to laugh. Man, they are HURT.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
    • Daltex82

      This chick can’t handle the fact that she will never be First Lady and I cannot tell you how happy that makes me.

      • rikyrah

        me too.
        snicker snicker snicker.

    • Aquagranny911

      Biscuit, just go away!

      • conlakappa

        Dry, dusty, flaky biscuit at that.

  • Worldwatcher7

    Good morning POU!

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Worldwatcher!

    • Alma98

      Morning ww7!

  • Miranda

    Chris Christie campaign wants to raise money to cover cost of answering GWB subpoenas
    January 31, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign is seeking permission to use the remaining funds — as well as raise additional money — to pay the legal bills arising from its cooperation with the state and federal investigations into the controversial George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee.

    Without approval from the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, the Christie for Governor campaign will run out of money and be unable to comply with subpoenas to turn over documents sought by the U.S. Attorney and the joint legislative panel investigating the matter, according to a letter Thursday from the campaign’s attorney, Mark Sheridan.

    The campaign has only $126,608 left after spending $12.1 million to get Christie re-elected, according to the letter. But only $12,905 of the remaining cash is permitted under state election laws to be used for “reasonable fees and expenses of legal representation.”

    more here: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/chris_christie_campaign_wants_to_raise_money_to_answer_gwb_subpoenas.html

    • jds09

      It’s a house built on sand.

      • conlakappa

        Shhhhh, they’ll try to use Sandy money for it!

    • TyrenM

      I DON’T have 5 on it.

  • Miranda

    SMH….”progressives” are so stupid. Phil Griffin is probably being greased by Roger Ailes as we speak.
    ———————-
    Fox News host Megyn Kelly: Liberals are intolerant of conservative marriages
    By David Ferguson Friday, January 31, 2014 10:16 EST

    In a Thursday night segment on her Fox News program, Megyn Kelly said that liberals are against conservative marriages. The remarks came about in a discussion with an interracial couple as Fox sought to capitalize on a poorly-thought-out tweet by an MSNBC staffer.

    Kelly welcomed an interracial couple as guests, African-American conservative Nicholas Bailey and his wife Krystal, who is white.

    “This is what the Left does. They essentially call half of America racist, and then expect not to be called on it. We stood up as Americans and said that we’re not racist. And as far as the apology, I feel like that was MSNBC just saving face,” Bailey said.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/31/fox-news-host-megyn-kelly-liberals-are-intolerant-of-conservative-marriages/

    • jziglar

      Well pretty much half of this country is racist. If not half it’s pretty damn close. And if you don’t believe it then your brain dead.

      • Alma98

        I think it’s more than half.

      • Aquagranny911

        As our GLH would say: “You ain’t never lied!” All those racists are not white. My own Peeps got issues with that too, sad to say.

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

      Nicholas Bailey describes himself as a conservative, but the MSNBC specifically mentioned rightwing. A conservative isn’t necessarily a rightwinger, so the tweet wasn’t talking about you, Nick.

      And where was Nicholas Bailey and the rest of the #MyRightWingBiracialFamily folks when people were making racist comments about the first Cheerios commercial? Since they are sooooo against racism, why haven’t they spoken out against the racist comments of right wingers?

      BTW, Nicholas, your wife is about as white as I am. Don’t let the Indian Remy fool you, bruh.

    • rikyrah

      So, a coon willing to trot out his Becky.
      Cause, he’s a SPESHUL Negro.

      • Alma98

        I don’t know what they’re going to do when PBO is gone.

        • conlakappa

          Get lives, let’s hope.

    • BoomerGal

      Another “brotha” bites the dust.

  • Miranda

    Seriously??
    ———————–
    Obama’s love of basketball as a stress-reliever is well-known, but his many misses on the court are well-documented. His skills drew scrutiny after a shootout during last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll where he sank only two out of 24 shots.
    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/197075-purdue-basketball-star-challenges-obama-to-shootout#ixzz2rzz1bf7i
    —————————
    No…really………………..SERIOUSLY? T

    • Alma98

      They got nothing else, just sad.

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

      But he didn’t miss Bin Laden, tho.

      • goldenstar

        You ain’t lyin’. LOL.

      • Aquagranny911

        LOL!

  • Miranda

    So to hell with Betty in Spokane then.

    ‘Bette in Spokane,’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options
    David Wasson The Spokesman-Review

    The woman described only as “Bette in Spokane” during a nationally televised address by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she had no idea her frustrations over increasing insurance premiums would become part of the Republican attack on health care reform.

    Not that Bette Grenier, a critic of the Affordable Care Act, minds that much.

    But the “nearly $700 per month” increase in her premium that McMorris Rodgers cited in Tuesday night’s GOP response to the State of the Union address was based on one of the pricier options, a $1,200-a-month replacement plan that was pitched by Asuris Northwest to Grenier and her husband, Don.

    The carrier also offered a less expensive, $1,052-per-month option in lieu of their soon-to-be-discontinued catastrophic coverage plan. And, Grenier acknowledged the couple probably could have shaved another $100 a month off the replacement policy costs by purchasing them from the state’s online portal, the Health Plan Finder website, but they chose to avoid the government health exchanges.

    “I wouldn’t go on that Obama website at all,” said Grenier, 58, who lives in the Chattaroy area and owns a roofing company with her husband. “We liked our old plan. It worked for us, but they can’t offer it anymore.”

    more here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jan/30/bette-in-spokane-cited-in-mcmorris-rodgers-speech/

    • JB20005

      Yup.

      She’s the new Joe the Plumber.

    • rikyrah

      no sympathy for stupid muthafuckas like this.

  • creolechild

    Good afternoon POU.

    Obama Nudges CEOs On Putting Longterm Jobless To Work

    [….] More than 300 companies have signed on so far, the White House said.[….] The concern is that the longer someone is out of a job, the harder it gets to find a new one. Companies are less likely to hire people who haven’t used their skills in months or wonder why another employer hasn’t already snatched them up.

    Obama also plans to sign a presidential memo Friday directing the
    federal government to apply the same standards to its own hiring
    practices. And the Obama administration will direct $150 million in
    grants toward partnership programs that retrain, mentor and place
    unemployed workers.[….]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/obama-asks-ceos-longterm-unemployed

    H/T Josh Lederman

  • JB20005

    George Zimmerman willing to fight anyone in celebrity boxing match.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/31/george-zimmerman-willing-to-fight-anyone-even-black-people-in-celebrity-boxing-match/

    Hmmm…I wonder if Mike Tyson’s available.

    • Alma98

      I wish Mike would take him up on his offer and beat him senseless.

      • JB20005

        Or some other retired boxer.

        • Alma98

          Yep

          • JB20005

            George can call himself Kid Candle.

            One blow, and he’s out.

          • Alma98

            lol

        • rikyrah

          Me?
          I want a Brotha who is just out of the pen doing a 10 year stretch.

          • Alma98

            LOL…. He would definitely not survive.

    • Aquagranny911

      This pendejo has the figging nerve to try promoting something like this after he portrayed himself as so fragile & weak that he couldn’t fight off an unarmed 150lb Chico without shooting him dead?!!!?

      I hope his opponent beats him into bloody pulp! Hijo de la chingada! This is just too sick!!! The promoters of this travesty should be consigned to the lowest levels of le infierno for all eternity!

      • conlakappa

        They’ll be under Judas.

  • creolechild

    Utah’s transit system is giving away iPads to student riders

    [….] Last year, the Utah Transit Authority opened up new light-rail lines, Salt Lake City’s first streetcar in 50 years, and has been working diligently on bus rapid transit.[….] Each month until April, UTA will give away iPads to students from BYU, LDS Business College, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley University, the University of Utah, Weber State University and Westminster College.

    To enter, students need to ride UTA trains and buses with their student pass. Once a student has made at least 10 round trips during the month, he or she will be automatically entered into the giveaway. The giveaway is designed to encourage students to opt for public transit when commuting to campus.[…]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/utahs-transit-system-is-giving-away-ipads-to-student-riders/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

    • conlakappa

      But taking away lunch?

  • Miranda
    • goldenstar

      Prayers.

  • Miranda

    Wait….so am I the only one who can’t understand WHY THIS WASN’T THE POLICY ALWAYS?!?!?

    Bratton Tells Chiefs He’ll Stop Sending Rookies to High-Crime Areas
    By J. DAVID GOODMAN JAN. 31, 2014

    In a sharp break with New York’s crime-fighting policies of the last decade, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton has told his top chiefs that he intends to fundamentally alter a program that sent waves of rookie officers into crime-ridden neighborhoods, but also inflamed tensions in minority communities.

    At a closed-door meeting in Police Headquarters in January, Mr. Bratton said that rather than thrusting inexperienced officers into dangerous or highly charged situations, part of a program known as Operation Impact, he envisioned a return to a more traditional approach where rookies would first be placed in local precincts.

    “I want to change the dynamic of kids coming out of the academy and immediately being put into Operation Impact assignments, where they really have an almost single-minded focus and really don’t get a full flavor of the job,” he said, according to a recording of the meeting reviewed by The New York Times.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/nyregion/bratton-tells-chiefs-hell-stop-sending-rookies-to-high-crime-areas.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    • creolechild

      Don’t get me started…again…with this De Blasio and Bratton partnership.

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

        I think you made some very good points yesterday in regards to de Blasio and Bratton. Definitely gave me food for thought.

        • creolechild

          After reading the above-referenced article this morning, I have come to the conclusion that aspects of De Blasio’s campaign were designed to garner black votes and was in fact “gimmicky,” but that’s just my personal opinion and others may disagree. Again, not a good look for him after what has been disclosed about Stop and Frisk.

    • goldenstar

      I think that there’s going to be a drip, drip, drip on the facts and fallacies of the Bloomberg/Kelly reign.

  • Miranda
  • Joy

    The Game: I’d Beat the F**k Out of George Zimmerman
    1/30/2014 6:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
    EXCLUSIVE

    The Game will throw his hat in the ring to fight George Zimmerman in the upcoming celebrity boxing match, and he tells TMZ, “I will beat the f**k out of him.”

    Zimmerman has agreed to the March 1 celebrity boxing match … the promoter hasn’t selected his opponent, but is taking offers at fightgeorge@hotmail.com.

    Game says, “I would not be boxing for me. I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family.”

    The rapper, who has a tattoo of Trayvon on his leg, says, “I would box him to knock him out,” adding, “I would definitely take pleasure in it. It’s legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon.”

    Game would definitely have the edge … he’s 6’5″, and 240 lbs of muscle.

    Game on.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/01/30/the-game-george-zimmerman-boxing-trayvon-martin/#ixzz2s0K6hB7R

  • creolechild

    32 Laws Waxman Helped Craft That Touched The Lives Of Every American

    Waxman’s tenure was marked by more than two dozen legislative victories ranging from climate change to health care to modernizing the U.S. Postal Service to passing new telecommunication laws. Waxman was a major player in helping to pass the Affordable Care Act.

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee has kept track
    of the 32 major legislative accomplishments Waxman played a role in passing. The list below comes from the document they released on Thursday:[….]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rep-henry-waxman-s-list-of-legislative-accomplishments-is-long

    H/T Daniel Strauss

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • creolechild

    Congresswoman Says She Supports Equal Pay Laws, Voted Against Them Four Times

    On CNN Wednesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) told host Wolf Blitzer that she supports equal pay for women despite voting against a measure that would help women achieve that goal.[….] But McMorris Rodgers actually voted against laws meant to address the pay disparity between men and women four times.

    She voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act twice, which lengthened the time for victims of pay discrimination to file a complaint. She also voted twice against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure aimed at closing the gender wage gap by ending the practice of salary secrecy[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/01/30/3227971/mcmorris-rodgers-equal-pay/

    H/T Bryce Covert

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