November 20, 2017

Friday Open Thread: The Great Migration

Happy Friday Obots! (but you won’t be too happy once you read today’s post on our series for the week)

We continue looking at the history of The Great Migration

African-americans‘ letters to northern newspapers were among the best and most voluminous sources for understanding the migration process and interpreting the migrants’ motivations for leaving. Seven letters to the Chicago Defender— a black newspaper published in Chicago that strongly urged southern blacks to migrate North—attest to migrants’ strong desire to “better their condition,” often risking their lives and possessions to make the trip north.


LUTCHER, LA., May 13, 1917

Dear Sir: I have been reading the Chicago defender and seeing so many advertisements about the work in the north I thought to write you concerning my condition. I am working hard in the south and can hardly earn a living. I have a wife and one child and can hardly feed them. I thought to write and ask you for some information concerning how to get a pass for myself and family. I dont want to leave my family behind as I cant hardly make a living for them right here with them and I know they would fare hard if I would leave them. If there are any agents in the south there havent been any of them to Lutcher if they would come here they would get at least fifty men. Please sir let me hear from you as quick as possible. Now this is all. Please dont publish my letter, I was out in town today talking to some of the men and they say if they could get passes that 30 or 40 of them would come. But they havent got the money and they dont know how to come. But they are good strong and able working men. If you will instruct me I will instruct the other men how to come as they all want to work. Please dont publish this because we have to whisper this around among our selves because the white folks are angry now because the negroes are going north.


NATCHEZ, MISS., Sept. 22–17

MR. R. S. ABBOTT, Editor.

Dear Sir: I thought that you might help me in Some way either personally or through your influence, is why I am worrying you for which I beg pardon.

I am a married man having wife and mother to support, (I mention this in order to properly convey my plight) conditions here are not altogether good and living expenses growing while wages are small. My greatest desire is to leave for a better place but am unable to raise the money.

I can write short stories all of which portray negro characters but no burlesque can also write poems, have a gift for cartooning but have never learned the technicalities of comic drawing. these things will never profit me anything here in Natchez. Would like to know if you could use one or two of my short stories in serial form in your great paper they are very interesting and would furnish good reading matter. By this means I could probably leave here in short and thus come in possession of better employment enabling me to take up my drawing which I like best.

Kindly let me hear from you and if you cannot favor me could you refer me to any Negro publication buying fiction from their race.

Read the other letters here.

Once many of the migrants arrived, the land of promise was not all that it seemed.

The migration years saw the emergence of service organizations to provide aid and support to the newcomers, such as the National Urban League, founded in 1911 in New York. The Chicago Urban League opened its doors in 1917, and in its first two years some fifty-five thousand migrants sought assistance in finding jobs and housing. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and similar organizations provided a needed lifeline for incoming migrants.


Besides the white-black competition for employment in the cities, there was also white-black competition for living space. Prior to the migration, African Americans were often dispersed in small clusters in several city neighborhoods, where they lived in relative obscurity and invisibility. But soon white opposition effectively closed the market to newcomers, thereby creating ghettos. Whites also fled the areas where black migrants concentrated “as if from a plague.” City government, banks, and realtors conspired to keep African Americans’ residential opportunities constricted.

The combination of overcrowding, poverty, and poor access to quality medical treatment – even in the North there were few black physicians and hospitals were generally segregated – ensured a variety of serious health problems in African-American communities. Working long, arduous hours in badly ventilated spaces, coming home to equally unhealthy conditions, getting insufficient rest and nutrition made migrants particularly susceptible to many infectious illnesses. African Americans death rates were consistently higher than those of whites. Children were even more at risk. A shocking number died before the age of ten; more than a quarter of these succumbed before their first birthday. The mortality rate for black infants was twice that of white babies. The deaths soared during the steamy summer months in overcrowded slums.


In some cities, the migrants were removed from other sectors of the African-American community. The black elite sought to distance itself from the newcomers, citing their lack of education and rural background. Black migrants responded to social isolation by forming communities that were comprised of people from the southern areas they had left behind. In northern cities, one could find blocks of people from the same general area of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or the Carolinas. Throughout the urban North, the migration brought concentrations of African Americans, and the combination of concentration and hope produced vibrant black communities.

The first years of the Great Migration would see an unprecedented wave of mob violence sweep the nation. Twenty-six race riots – in cities large and small, North and South – would claim the lives of scores of African Americans. But the migrants did not instigate this bloody wave of lawlessness; it was, in most cases, directed at them.


The so-called Red Summer of 1919 actually began two years earlier in East St. Louis, Illinois, in July 1917. It was the only one of the battles to be directly linked to racial conflict in the workplace, but white workers’ fear of job competition was likely behind all of them. The East St. Louis riot began after African-American workers were hired to break a strike at an aluminum plant. A delegation of trade unionists met with the mayor and demanded that black migration to the town be stopped. As they left the meeting, they were told that a black man had accidentally shot a white man during a holdup. In a few minutes, the rumor spread that the shooting was intentional and involved an insulted white woman, then white girls.

Mobs quickly took to the streets, threatening and attacking any blacks they could find. The local police made no attempt to control the situation. Some of the whites later drove through the main black neighborhood firing indiscriminately into homes. Before the rampage ended, forty-eight African Americans were dead, hundreds injured, and more than three hundred buildings destroyed.

Chicago’s turn came on July 27, 1919, as the temperature soared into the nineties. Several black children drifted into waters off a public beach, by custom reserved for whites. Stones were thrown at them and one child drowned. A crowd of blacks and whites gathered at the scene. When a black man was arrested on a white’s complaint while a white man, identified by black witnesses as a suspect, was not, blacks attacked the arresting white officer and the riot was under way. The violence was confined mainly to the south side of the city, where 90 percent of the African-American population lived.

In the course of several days of rioting, both blacks and whites were beaten. Thirty-eight people were killed, twenty-three of them black, and 537 were wounded; most of the one thousand families left homeless were African Americans. Although the other riots during that terrible summer varied in ferocity, it was made abundantly clear that race mattered very much in urban America.


Two years after the Red Summer, a riot erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On May 30, 1921, Dick Rowland, a young black man was accused of sexually assaulting a white woman in an elevator, was arrested. On May 31, the Tulsa Tribune published a fictitious news story stating Rowland scratched the woman’s hands and face and tore at her clothes. By 10:30 p.m., a mob of nearly two thousand white people surrounded the jail, ready to lynch the man. In hopes of defending him, a group of blacks, who were previously turned away, returned to the jail to assist the sheriff. But before they could return to Greenwood – a predominately black community that achieved such levels of wealth that it earned the reputation as the “Negro Wall Street of America,” – the Tulsa Riot began. In its aftermath, more than three hundred African Americans were murdered, nearly six thousand were imprisoned. Half of Tulsa’s black population, and as many as twenty-five hundred people, left town, some temporarily but many definitively.

  • isonprize

    h/t to TOD

    On this date (Feb 8th) in 1944, Harry S. McAlpin was the first African-American journalist admitted to a white house press conference

    “Harry, we’re not happy that you’re here, but we can’t stop you from going to these press conferences. However, if you don’t go to these press conferences, we will come out afterward and we will tell you everything that happened…”
    Mighty white of y’all.

    I am convinced that most of white folks’ hatred of PBO, black people and all people of color stems from their knowledge of how they treated us.

    They are terrified that powerful black people and people of color will treat white people the way white folks have treated us. Terrified because they know how they have treated us.

    • ch555x

      It’s a global thang…they DON’T want to understand!

    • rikyrah

      yep yep yep

    • Miranda

      You will have the exact same notes we do. You will find it possible to write the same stories that we do. And, if you don’t go, we will let you join the White House Press Correspondents Association.”

      How bout kiss my black ass????

      • OK?? They were on some bullisht for real!

        I wonder what would Mr. McAlpin say about today’s Black journalists, particularly those in the WHPC?

        • conlakappa

          Or about the white ones as well. I am seeing the same attitude.

    • jds09

      Speaking for myself….

      “White people, no need to be afraid. All I want from you is to get off my neck and leave me the fuck alone. Thank you.”

    • Town

      And the thing is, 99.55% of black people WON’T retaliate. We aint got time for that.

      • edp4bho


    • Daltex82

      I am convinced that most of white folks’ hatred of PBO, black people and all people of color stems from their knowledge of how they treated us. They are terrified that powerful black people and people of color will treat white people the way white folks have treated us. Terrified because they know how they have treated us.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Oh this is absolutely, positively correct. You see it every day in the old, white areas of Georgia, or everything outside of Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta, Cartersville and the middle black belt.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah


    I was done from the moment Huck went gangsta on Hollis in the elevator.

    “I’m here to kill Charlie, who’s here to kill you. But, I’m gonna let Charlie live…if you open your mouth to the Feds….then, I’m gonna let Charlie earn his paycheck..understand?”

    and, it just got better from there.

    I’ll just say it..

    the women on this show are GANGSTA!!


    A woman hiring a woman to KILL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    and had no bones about it, either.

    • Ixnay on the spoilers because some haven’t seen it yet.

      • TyrenM

        Last nite was my 1st live viewing (instead of “on demand”) all season. It was worth it.

      • Tafr

        Thank you Sepia.

    • Miranda

      We have not had primetime dramas this good since the heyday of Aaron Spelling.

      THE BITCH IS BACK…..the era of the bitch is back.

  • Miranda

    Here is part of the manifesto of Dorner that let’s me know dude is a schizophrenic genius:

    Outside agencies and individual officers on patrol. If you recognize my vehicle, and confirm it is my vehicle thru a dmv/want warrant check. It behooves you to respond to dispatch that your query was for information purposes only. If you proceed with a traffic stop or attempt to notify other officers of my location or for backup you will not live to see the medal of valor you were hoping to receive for your actions. Think before you attempt to intervene. You will not survive. Your family will receive that medal of valor posthumously. It will gather dust on the fireplace mantel for years. Then one day, it will go in a shoe box with other memories. Your mother will lose a son or daughter. Your significant other will be left alone, but they will find someone else to fill your void in the future and make them just as happy. Your children, if you have them, will call someone else mommy or daddy. Don’t be selfish. Your vest is only a level II or IIIA, think about it.

    That gave me chills. He is going to go out in a full blaze of glory. No wonder LAPD shooting everything that moves. They’re scared shitless.

    • Guns3000

      This a written by someone who feels obviously he has legitimately been wronged by the LAPD. He was terminated because allegedly he lied on a training officer because that officer gave him bad training review. Dorner wrote a complaint that the training officer kicked a suspect. The suspect’s father said he believed Dorner was telling the truth. Dorner was terminated. Then he sued the LAPD. The case was dismissed. Then Dorner appealed and the case was dismissed. In Dorner’s twisted and diabolical mind I’m sure he feels this is the only way he can respond because he exhausted the legal channels. If you are a cop and you tell on other cops your career is finished. This is not obviously how you deal with an issue like this. They are going to kill this guy and Dorner’s demise will be justified

      • Ebogan63

        It’s the LAPD. ‘Nuff Said.

    • dannie22 i read dorner’s manifesto last night. if you havent read it, its off the chain!! here is an excerrpt:

      Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

      If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first one was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange county. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.

      Mr. Freid, assistant principal, Cypress HS. Remember when you lied to my mother and the police officer in your office about stating that you never stated to me in a private conversation that you know the theft suspect (Miranda) stole my watch. Let me refresh your memory. A physical education teachers assistant, a student, stole the list of combination codes to peoples lockers, from the P.E. teacher. That student then opened many of those lockers and stole students personal property. My watch was taken in that multi theft an I reported it to you. A week later you discovered that the theft suspect was Paul Miranda, a student. You stated to me in private that you know for a fact he stole my property. When I attempted to retrieve my property from the suspect. Campus security was called and you lied and stated that you never stated to me that you “know he stole my watch”. You sat there and lied to their faces right in front of me. You said it with such a deliberate, stern face. I never forgot that and was not surprised when 13 years later I was lied on again in the BOR by Teresa Evans. maybe you can confess to your family at the very least in the private of your own home. After that, contact my mother and apologize for lying to her in 1996.

      • Tafr

        OMG Dannie thanks for posting. The version I read yesterday was only 11 pages long and the names were still there.

  • jds09
    • Miranda

      God bless him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    — —GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ miranda/POU FAM♥. – —***BIG HUG*** – -Missed the visit of MAGIC JOHNSON with MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – -2-DAY HE will DELIVER REMARKS on BEHALF of the DEPARTURE of SOD Panetta; –– –

    – —-☻Magic Johnson visits the White House — –

    – —- — ——Retired basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson met with President Obama Thursday, a White House official confirms to POLITICO.
    The former Los Angeles Laker visited the White House and spoke briefly to the president about the impacts of HIV and AIDS on the African American community, the official said.
    – – – –SNIP- — –
    Thursday was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and one of Obama’s top aides, Valerie Jarrett, tweeted that she was participating in a discussion on the topic with Russell Simmons. CNN first reported about Magic Johnson’s visit to the White House.

    —- ☻ The President delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
    Joint Base Myer-Henderson

    – —☻PRAYING -4 THOSE AFFECTED. – –Winter Storm to Hit Northeast With Winds and Snow—B CAREFUL.♥


    —–B BLESSED 2-DAY. :>) —

  • I blame those Bob Ross Joy of Painting re-runs…

    Hacker reveals George W. Bush’s naked self-portraits
    By Stephen C. Webster
    Friday, February 8, 2013 9:01 EST

    Personal information stolen from several email accounts belonging to people close to the Bush family reveals the nation’s 43rd president has developed an affinity for painting himself bathing, of all things.

    Photos included in an information dump turned over to The Smoking Gun include President George H.W. Bush in the hospital, the elder Bush posing with President Bill Clinton, a family photo of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and even President George W. Bush posing with a cardboard cutout of himself wearing a mustache and beret.

    Three of the images also show paintings Bush created, including one of himself in the shower, another of himself in a bath, and a third of him crouched over a canvas depicting a church.

    A hacker going by the name “Guccifer” claimed the stolen messages include addresses, phone numbers and email addresses that go directly to both former presidents and their families, along with a security code for a gate outside the younger Bush’s home in Dallas.

    MORE: Raw Story (

    • Town

      He’s actually not that bad for an amateur.

      Although it’s very creepy to paint a self portrait of himself in the shower.

    • MsKitty

      I really didn’t wanna have lunch today anyway.

    • Alma98

      hahahahahahahahahaha! I’m dying here!

    • Guns3000

      The Bush’s aren’t a very sympathetic figures in some circles in this country but I don’t like this at all. What’s next? You? Me? The Obamas?

      • Admiral_Komack

        I hope they fire two drones up the hackers ass.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -OMG! I was having difficulties connecting 2 the intenet. — –PANICKED!! LOL- –

  • GOVCHRIS1988


    I’m like Cedric the Entertainer after he heard the full Whisper song unedited,

  • GreenLadyHere


    —- –The Latest Attempt to Benghazi Obama Fails Because No One Cares About Drones – –

    – – — –The far left is expressing disappointment today as their attempt to turn the use of drones into a huge scandal has fizzled and died, because nobody cared.

    Many members of the media immediately jumped on the Obama administration for the leak of a white paper on their usage of drones. We were told how terrible it was. We were told that the far left had it correct the whole time. Obama had unlimited power to kill Americans. The implication was that he could launch drones anytime, and even you could be next.

    –Even Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart hopped aboard the drone outrage bandwagon.

    (The media jumped on this story because leaked documents are always news, and the week before the State of the Union is usually a news dead zone.)

    The truth is that the drone outrage was nothing more than new window dressing put on the far left’s NDAA paranoia. For a segment of the left the NDAA is their Benghazi, and they were trying to use the drone story as evidence that they were right about the NDAA. – — —
    — — -SNIP – – —

    – – –The big reason why the far left’s drone scandal never caught on is that the American people support Obama’s use of drones. A February 2012 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that the use of drones was supported by an 83%-11% margin.
    THERE IS MORE! – – —-HAH! – — -HAH!

    • MsKitty

      America has moved on to the Nemo Blizzard, and 80%+ of America still doesn’t give a f**k about drones.

      Yep, about sums it up.

    • GN

      This is spot-on:

      Discussions about how executive branch power has been expanded by the war on terror aren’t good for hit counts, and the “professional left” make their living by creating emotion and outrage. Their problem is that nobody cares about the use of drones. Maybe they should, but overwhelmingly, the vast majority of Americans don’t. The far left could have contributed something meaningful to the discussion, but instead went for the cheap thrill and put their irrelevance on full display.

    • rikyrah

      I know I don’t give two shyts about drones.

    • Admiral_Komack

      How the emoprogs drone on…

  • Miranda

    For those that watched Scandal…Luvvie’s wrap-up is hilarious

    • PBomb

      That was awesome. I just added her blog to my bookmarks.

    • rikyrah


    • *tears* at “Senator Pudding Pop”

      ETA: You know what? If Shonda keeps this up, we may need to form some kind of Scandal counseling group thread so we can work out our feelings about this.

      • Miranda

        You ain’t lyin! Shonda has me feeling some kind of way about all that’s happening with these characters!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -***SIGH*** — -THEY NEVA STOP!!! — – —

    – – –Ohio Governor’s Tax Plan Would Cut Taxes For Wealthy, Raise Them On The Poor

    – – – –Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has joined the growing list of Republican governors pushing income tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens of his state, and like those other governors, his plan would raise taxes on the poor to pay for it.

    Kasich’s plan would cut income tax rates by 20 percent and some business tax rates in half, and it would pay for the plan by levying sales taxes on goods and services that were previously exempt. Since sales taxes are inherently regressive, Kasich’s plan would raise taxes on the poorest 60 percent of the state’s residents by as much as $77. The top 1 percent, though, would see an average tax cut of $10,369, according to an analysis by Policy Matters Ohio:

    – –COMMENT: – – sandyok1950
    This is a change their tone and image? I think not. Republicans continue to insult the middle class and poor. Those greedy, irresponsible, and uncaring conservative clods just can’t help themselves when it comes to graft and corruption. They are rotten to the core.

    Proceed, Governor, and see what your arrogance and conceit reaps for your party and yourself. – – – -***fist bump*** – –

    – -[Gotta “bounce” – -MISSIN’ U/CARRYIN’ U –IN MY ♥.] —

    • trose1

      He is going to be thrown out of office

  • Alma98

    Morning peeps!

  • Miranda

    LL Cool J, Travis Barker, Chuck D, Tom Morello, DJ Z-Trip To Team For GRAMMY Performance

    well they certainly got MY attention!

  • rikyrah

    A contradictory RNC message on race and diversity
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Feb 8, 2013 10:58 AM EST

    In the wake of their 2012 election defeats, the Republican Party hasn’t been willing to change much, but GOP officials have at least been willing to acknowledge their demographic problem. The party’s core group of supporters is old, right-wing, and white, which isn’t a recipe for success in a modern, increasingly diverse nation.

    Whatever their other faults, Republican leaders realize the current trends are unsustainable for them, and at least rhetorically, seem eager to bring in new supporters. With that in mind, Reince Priebus traveled to Atlanta yesterday to do some outreach.

  • So, according to the CBC’s shill, the CBC had a meeting with Valerie Jarrett yesterday (Oh, to be a fly on the wall!) and guess who didn’t attend the meeting?

    Answer: Hastings, Conyers and Waters.

    I wonder why these three didn’t show up?

    • MsKitty

      In my book that means all three just forfeited any chance to complain about anything the White House is doing from here on out.

    • Miranda

      HAHA at Alcee Hastings totally punking out. Nobody wants to run up on Valerie Jarrett….NOBODY.

      • isonprize

        Nobody wants to run up on Valerie Jarrett….NOBODY.


      • OK! They betta ask Robert Gibbs about Miss Val! #Don’tLetTheChanelFoolYou

        • rikyrah


    • Admiral_Komack

      Why, they were involved in the never-ending quest searching for slippers.

  • Miranda

    Christie Phoned Doctor He Called a Hack

    Dr. Connie Mariano, the former White House doctor who drew the ire of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for saying his obesity was not healthy — he called her a “hack” — actually got a phone call from the governor, KTVK-TV reports.

    Said Mariano: “It was essentially the tone of the press conference only louder. It was hard to get anything across.”

    Ironically, Mariano said she is a Republican and liked Christie but said her future support for him in a 2016 presidential campaign is damaged:

    “The way he acted lately I don’t think so. He wasn’t very nice to me. Politically if this is the way he handles stress… is this presidential? I’ll have to think about that. Is this a presidential way to behave? C’mon.”

    • Guns3000

      I don’t care how much bluster or that New Jersey attitude he projects. The point is Governor your weight is a problem. FIX IT!!! Stop acting like a sensitive little girl.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Fuck him.
        He’s fat, and he gets a hissy fit because someone calls him what he is: FAT.

    • rikyrah

      Rev. Al was on Ed Schultz saying…

      The weight issue is going to be an issue for him and the American people have the right to question his health.

      • conlakappa

        My mother thinks he is getting fatter. I think it’s like Wilford Brimley and those diabetes-related ads–they keep trying to hid him behind pillars so we don’t notice he hasn’t gained at least 50 pounds since he started/presumably was diagnosed. Someone on the orange described it as the ultimate in white male privilege: not having to bend his will to fit common perceptions and standards.

    • Daltex82

      Ironically, Mariano said she is a Republican and liked Christie but said her future support for him in a 2016 presidential campaign is damaged:
      She got to experience the real Chris Christie in all his bullying overbearing, loud and mean spirited glory not the fake one that has been on TV lately.

  • crazycanuck

    The weather
    outside is NOT delightful

    • Alma98

      Yeah well we’re not looking too pretty either, thanks alot cc.

  • Miranda


    Who Is BMII ? ‏@ProdbyBMII
    Anybody see something wrong here? #KillLists #Drones #Obama #America #NDAA

  • rikyrah

    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. admits to campaign finance violations

    By Andrew Rafferty, NBC News
    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed papers in a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which he admits to violating campaign finance law, according to sources familiar with the case.

    In the papers, signed within the past several days, Jackson admits converting campaign contributions for personal use. Some of the violations include using campaign funds for a $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a friend and furniture purchased for his Washington, D.C., home. Under the terms of the deal, Jackson’s sentence would be decided by a federal judge and could range from probation to prison time.

    Jackson resigned from the Congressional seat he held for 17 years on Nov. 21, 2012, acknowledging a federal investigation and citing health issues.


    Those with knowledge of the investigation say some loose ends have yet to be resolved, including questions surrounding whether Jackson’s wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, will also be charged in connection with the case. During her husband’s political career Sandi Jackson regularly received a $5,000 a month check as his political consultant, according to

    • And this is why Messy Jesse is mad.

    • Miranda

      SMH….bye JJJ

  • rikyrah

    Shirley Bassey to perform at Oscars
    Feb. 8, 2013, 9:55 AM EST
    By Brent Lang

    Shirley Bassey is the latest singer to join the diva-packed line-up of performers at this year’s Academy Awards.

    In addition to Dame Shirley, Oscars producers have booked Barbra Streisand, Adele and Norah Jones for the telecast, adding sizzle and star power to the evening’s musical offerings.

    Bassey, who is best known for her scorching James Bond theme songs, will presumably participate in the Academy’s planned tribute to 007. The superspy franchise is celebrating 50 years on the big screen. Bassey sang three Bond songs — “Goldfinger,” “Moonraker” and “Diamonds are Forever.”

    Amazingly none of these songs was nominated for an Oscar, but “Skyfall,” the Adele-sung theme song to last year’s Bond film, is up for the Best Original Song award and widely expected to win.

    “We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “Her association with film music is world-renowned, and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.

    • MsKitty

      Love. Her.

      • conlakappa

        Me too. My folks and I saw her in concert 20+ years ago. This makes m almost want to watch the show. Almost.

    • This gon be goooood!!

    • sagittarius

      It appears the Oscars will show the Grammys what a real music legend looks like.

    • qosine

      Can’t wait!

  • GN

    This makes me sick at heart; where is the compassion for this child’s family? Walsh couldn’t put aside cheap shots and bickering even for people who lost their teenager:

    Joe Walsh criticizes Michelle Obama for attending Hadiya Pendleton funeral

    Former Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh took to his Twitter account this morning to criticize first lady Michelle Obama for planning to attend the funeral of young Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton.

    In his first of two tweets directed at the first lady, Walsh wrote, “‘Heartbroken’ Michelle Obama attending funeral of Hadiya Pendleton. I guess the other 553 murder victims didn’t break her heart. (1/2)”

    Walsh’s follow-up tweet reads: “Most of the 553 Chicago murder victims in 2012 & 2013 were young black males. Is she attending this funeral to make a political point? (2/2)”


    Notice that certain people only care about African Americans insofar as we can be used to attack superlative African Americans like the First Lady? Deepest condolences to this child’s family, and deepest appreciation to the classy and respectful way that I think that PBO and FLO have handled this shooting.

    • crazycanuck

      Her concern is duly noted.

      • GN

        This is the teaparty asshole, Joe Walsh.

        • crazycanuck

          oops reading it quickly from phone in Dr’s Office

          • MsKitty

            It’s all good. It really is next to impossible to separate the emos from the wingnuts these days.

          • GN


          • TyrenM

            His concern is noted too. No it’s not.

            YOU LIE!

    • Miranda

      I hope people are fighting back on twitter. This nut is just as dangerous as that mad man running around in Cali right now.

    • Guns3000

      I hope this fool catches up on all that child support he needs to pay.

      • conlakappa

        But what about the other 5,339 children not getting child support??

    • Daltex82

      He can take a long walk off a short pier!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Why am I hearing about this recently fired, unemployed assholes rants? Seriously, you don’t pay child support, yet want to pontificate on children? Shortdick muthafucka please.

    • conlakappa

      And how many of those 553 funerals has he attended? Spoken out about? Convened hearings in his district or on The Hill, him being in the majority and all?

  • GN

    Point blank, period:

    Obama is NOT “targeting US citizens” with drones. And if you believe he is, then you are no longer allowed to make fun of Fox News watchers

    It’s unfortunate that sensationalism and yellow journalism now feature so heavily in the lefty media, but at this point, people need to be discerning when consuming professional left media products and stop believing every histrionic pronouncement.

    • Miranda

      THANK YOU.

  • Miranda

    Nancy Pelosi Bringing Newtown Child To State Of The Union

    WASHINGTON — A increasing number of House Democrats are bringing people affected by gun violence as their guests to next week’s State of the Union, with the list now including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

    Pelosi announced Friday that she plans to bring a fourth grader from Newtown, Conn., along with her mother, as her guests to President Barack Obama’s annual address to the nation. A Pelosi spokesman said the student does not attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of a December mass shooting, but attends another elementary school in Newtown. Her office is not releasing the names of the girl or her mother.

    more here

  • sagittarius

    Good afternoon, POU Fam!

    I hope all is well. Thought provoking question for you: is Christopher Dorner this century’s Nat Turner? Discuss.

    • Miranda

      See…how you gonna throw that out there like that?!?!

      I won’t go that far, but I will say that you never know what someone is capable of when you are pushing them. Every reaction won’t be docile or rational. He wanted the deaths to hurt so he went after what would hurt the most right from the start.

      • sagittarius

        I will post this in the evening thread too, Miranda.

        In response to your response… I agree. I have a saying… do not tap into someone’s dark side, because you will not be ready for the results. THEY aren’t ready for the results.

    • Alma98

      Afternoon sag!

  • Miranda

    <Evening thread is up!

  • Miranda

    Evening thread is up!

  • lamh36

    Alright Scandal fans, you’ve won!!! You’ve broken me down. Since I can’t make it home for Mardi Gras, soon as my sofa gets delivered, the first thing ima do is sit on down and I’m try to catch on to Scandal. I think I can get it free on my Amazon Prime account. You’ve won damn you, you’ve won!

    • Daltex82

      Come on over to the daaaaark sidddde!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — -YA THINK? — – -geesh!!!

    – —How The GOP Would Make Undocumented Immigrants America’s Next Permanent Underclass— –

    – — – –Conservatives in the House of Representatives are rejecting the growing bipartisan consensus for permitting undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship. Instead, one prominent negotiatior, Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), suggested a legal status “compromise” that would keep 11 million immigrants in a probationary grey area for an indefinite period of time, unable to participate in the full rights of citizenship. As the Washington Post warned, this so-called compromise would establish “a permanent underclass of workers.”

    – – -Creating a second class of Americans is not only unsustainable, but also damages the so-called American dream of equality and justice for all — a point proven each time the US has used the law to exclude a group in its history.
    – – – -SNIP – —

    Without a path to citizenship, undocumented immigrants will officially inherit the mantle of the many Americans who have endured inferior rights based on a narrow idea of who “deserves” to be an American.

    – —- — — CMON – – – KARMA!!– —

    [Gotta “hit da road” -C U soon. :>) -♥]

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