October 22, 2017

Friday Open Thread: Women In The Negro Leagues


Sadly, today’s feature in our series, has had very little written about her historic role in the Negro Leagues. There isn’t even a photo of her. Before Effa Manley, there was another woman that would own a Negro League team.

Olivia Taylor


In 2006, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Negro Leagues Committee selected Newark Eagles’ owner Effa Manley for induction into the hallowed hardball shrine.

The move made Manley — who is widely known in the community of Negro League fans and historians as a precedent-setting, trailblazing, hard-nosed woman in a man’s business — the first and so far only female elected to the Hall. From the mid-1930s to the late 1940s, states Manley’s entry on the Hall of Fame website, Manley used her position to push for African-American civil rights and racial equality.

But more than a decade before Manley piloted the Eagles, Olivia Taylor took over ownership of the Indianapolis ABCs after the sudden death of her husband, C.I. Taylor, a beloved pillar of the nascent Negro National League. The unfortunate happenstance made Taylor, not Manley, the first woman to own a top-level Negro Leagues team.

But while Manley received a plaque in Cooperstown, Taylor was buried in an unmarked grave in Indianapolis’ Crown Hill Cemetery. Effa Manley has become a baseball legend; Olivia Taylor an overlooked, forgotten historical footnote, a fact symbolized by Taylor’s undignified final resting place.

“Olivia was a fearless woman, cut in the mold of Madame CJ Walker,” says Negro Leagues researcher Paul Debono, who authored a book about the history of the ABCs “Olivia stepped into her widow’s role after C.I.’s premature death … unafraid [of] the rowdy raucous world of black baseball. She stood her ground with the bosses of the Negro League including the big man, [Negro National League founder] Rube Foster.

“Olivia has been overlooked in local lore,” Debono adds. “Her role in local baseball history has been mostly unknown, underestimated and forgotten.”

The Rise of the ABCs


The woman who would become a baseball trailblazer was born Olivia Harris in about 1884, the first child of James and Pollie Harris of Birmingham, Ala.

It was in Birmingham where, in all likelihood, Olivia met Charles Isham Taylor, a South Carolina native and rising star in the black baseball community who founded and owned the Birmingham Giants team in 1904.


It’s unclear when exactly Olivia Harris married C.I. Taylor, but newspaper accounts peg the date around 1910.C.I. built the ABCs into a hardball powerhouse, after taking ownership in 1914 and in 1920 he helped Andrew “Rube” Foster found the Negro National League, the first sustained, long-term circuit of black baseball teams in history. At the time, the couple was living at 446 Indiana Ave. with their son and four lodgers, including ABCs pitcher William “Dizzy” Dismukes.


In February 1922, C.I. died suddenly at the age of 47, thrusting Olivia into the role of team owner. Conflict between her and ABCs manager Ben Taylor, C.I.’s brother, began almost immediately, with Ben chafing at his sister-in-law’s ownership of his brother’s life passion.

Along with Ben, Olivia attended the annual NNL league meeting in December 1922 in Chicago; media reports listed Olivia as “Mrs. C.I. Taylor.” She returned home to Birmingham for a visit a month or two later, and the 1923 baseball season seems to have more or less passed uneventfully.

It was before the 1924 season that Taylor’s troubles began, in the form of player dissent and the raiding of her squad’s roster by clubs in the eastern part of the country. She was accused of underpaying the squad’s members, and Taylor and Dismukes traded vitriolic, sarcastic letters to the editor in the national black press.

A spate of early-season rain damaged the ABCs’ financial status, forcing the cancellation of numerous games, and several players left the club. While Taylor was visiting family in Alabama, Dismukes attempted to piece together a decent team.


But even those efforts proved futile, and the whole operation came crashing down later in June, when NNL officials booted the Indianapolis franchise from the league under the argument that the raiding of Taylor’s club by independent teams decimated the ABCs’ roster to the point that the franchise was putting a terrible product on the diamond.

Taylor and the ABCs were allowed to remain associate members of the league and could play exhibition games, but the tone of the league’s announcement was decidedly negative and tacitly suggested that Taylor had ruined C.I.’s great legacy.

In a statement, Taylor asserted the ABCs books were actually in quite good shape, contrary to the league’s claims. She accused Foster — without specifically mentioning his name — of being the ringleader of a cadre of NNL executives who targeted the ABCs for dismantling in order to snap up the franchise’s best players for their own teams. She additionally charged that Foster intentionally fudged the league’s financials to make the ABCs look bad.

“After all, the one big aim was to disorganize the club and prevent them from playing any more games this season,” Taylor’s statement claimed. She then boldly charged Foster and his friends with betraying their own race for the sake of greed.

“The sooner it is realized that all Negroes will not ‘sell out’ for a morsel of bread the nearer we will come to getting what a thing is worth,” she said.

But Olivia Taylor’s three-year run as the owner of a top-level Negro Leagues team was over. While baseball pundits debated both the cause and significance of the ABCs’ demise, Taylor quietly faded from the big-time hardball scene.

After baseball

Now, nearly 90 years later, it remains unclear whether Taylor was either a victim of sexist, jealous male businessmen or simply a paranoid, ill-equipped team owner who was in over her head. The he-said-she-said between her and Foster exists as a matter of perspective and personal opinion. What or who was the exact source of Taylors’s downfall will perhaps never be determined.

Fortunately, Taylor’s story doesn’t end there. As Debono noted in his book, her dealings in the baseball world earned her the respect of the Circle City’s African-American business community; indeed, during her time as ABCs owner, she received letters of support from entities called the Better Indianapolis League and the Indianapolis Negro Business League.

And in 1925, she was elected president of the Indianapolis chapter of the NAACP.

Taylor spearheaded the group’s preparation for hosting the national NAACP’s 18th annual spring conference in Indianapolis in June 1927. With that, she became the first woman to head up the influential and historic NAACP’s national convention.

On April 24, 1935, Taylor’s story came to an end when she died suddenly at the age of 50. Her death received scant attention in the national media.

Taylor was buried in the same plot in Crown Hill Cemetery as her husband. Though the baseball community managed to raise funds for a headstone for C.I. in 1922, there was no such effort for his widow, who was interred in an unmarked grave.

But that injustice has just changed. The nationally known Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, which has raised funds to place stones at the unmarked graves of dozens of Negro Leagues players, has placed a marker at Olivia Taylor’s final resting place. The development makes Taylor the first owner and first woman to benefit from the NLBGMP’s tireless efforts, and, organizers hope, will set in motion the much deserved recognition Taylor has yet to receive.



  • Mornin’ POU!

    Wow! Olivia Taylor’s story is fascinating!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Sepia!
      Everyone of this stories would make a good movie

    • Joy

      Mornin’, Sep!

    • Miranda

      C.I. Taylor – In 1904 he started the first black professional baseball team in Birmingham, Alabama, the Birmingham Giants, recruiting from Southern colleges. In 1914 he became half-owner, along with Thomas Bowser, and manager of the Indianapolis ABC’s, and over the next several seasons developed the team into a power rivaled only by Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants.

      The ABCs were THE team and the minute C.I. died, the other owners pounced. Her brother-in-law was mad that the team was willed to her and let it all happen.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Sepia!
      Oh, this would def make a great movie.
      C’mon producers — step up to the plate!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine!

    • Alma98

      Morning Sepia!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • Joy

      Morning, rikyrah!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah 🙂

  • Joy

    Happy Friday, POU! And Happy Birthday to me! #blessed =D

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Joy!

    • Miranda

      Happy Birthday hon!!

      • Joy

        Thank you!

    • goldenstar

      Happy Birthday!

    • Kennymack1971

      Happy Birthday!

    • MsKitty

      Happy Birthday!

    • qosine

      Happy Birthday, Joy!!

    • rikyrah

      Happy Birthday, Joy!!!!

    • Alma98

      Good morning and Happy Birthday Joy!

    • Happy Birthday Joy!

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    • Daltex82

      Happy birthday.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Wishing you birthday joy, Joy!

    • Tafr

      Happy birthday!

    • edp4bho

      Happy Birthday, Joy.

    • AxelFoley

      Happy Birthday, Joy!

  • rikyrah


    President Obama met privately w/Father Gregory Boyle of LA’s Homeboy Industries and four former gang members.

    10:55 PM – 24 Jul 2014

  • rikyrah

    Eddie Gehman Kohan@ObamaFoodoramaFollow

    POTUS gave @Cantersdeli cashier an extra $20 to pay for the meal of a homeless woman who comes in daily, co-owner Jacqueline Canter told me

    3:18 PM – 24 Jul 2014

  • rikyrah

    thanks for the POU twitter feed. following Joy Reid right now.

  • rikyrah

    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Last Call For The Ryan Plan 3.0
    Not content with his goal to turn Medicare and Medicaid into block grants that states will then use for purposes other than healthcare, Rep. Paul Ryan now turns his austerity machine upon those awful poor people in an attempt to block grant them out of existence.

    Let’s take a look at Operation Opportunity Grants, shall we?

    Here’s how the program would work: Each state that wanted to participate would submit a plan to the federal government. That plan would lay out in detail the state’s proposed alternative. If everything passed muster, the federal government would give the green light. And the state would get more flexibility to combine things such as food stamps, housing subsidies, child care assistance and cash welfare. This simpler Opportunity Grant would include the same money as current law.
    Plans would be approved on four conditions: The state would have to spend all funding on people in need. Second, the state would have to hold people accountable through work requirements and time limits for every able-bodied recipient just as there are for cash welfare today.
    Third, the state would have to offer at least two service providers. The state welfare agency couldn’t be the only game in town. And fourth, the state would have to measure progress through a neutral third party to keep track of key metrics.

    So privatize the system first of all, giving billions in dollars meant to help the needy to corporations whose goal is to wring as much profit out of this as possible. And of course we would need to have multiple corporations doing this to encourage competition. You know, just like your cable company. And then we’d have to of course hire more corporations to make sure the other corporations are doing their jobs. Yeah, that’ll solve the problem with inefficiency and fraud.

    Second, let’s make getting poverty programs even harder to get into than getting good-paying jobs that don’t exist, and then slap arbitrary limits on these programs so that people will magically find jobs or face starvation, eviction, or worse. Because misery and shame creates good workers and magically produces jobs, or something.


    • qosine

      I HATE this phrase.
      “able-bodied recipient”

  • Miranda

    Can’t say I’m upset about Walmart’s struggles – except that it only hurts the little worker and not the greedy ass Waltons.
    Walmart fires CEO after weakest year of growth since 2009

    Wal-Mart’s New U.S. Chief Facing Empty Shelves, Grumpy Shoppers
    By Renee Dudley Jul 24, 2014 7:02 PM ET

    Empty shelves, grumpy customers, long lines at the register: These are just some of the challenges facing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s new U.S. chief.

    • Joy

      I avoid Walmart like the plague. And while they’re trying to build more Neighborhood Markets, that move is earning backlash as well. Residents of a Dallas suburb are battling them now because they don’t want one in their area. For me, it’s not the lack of products they put on their shelves, it’s their policies and the way they treat their employees. Maybe they should start making improvements there instead of worrying about what their stores look like.

      • qosine

        “For me, it’s not the lack of products they put on their shelves, it’s their policies and the way they treat their employees.”

  • Miranda

    Black GOP staffer fired for Facebook complaint about primary opponent’s ‘white privilege’
    By Scott Kaufman
    Friday, July 25, 2014 9:12 EDT

    The Hartford Courant reported that a Republican consultant was fired Thursday after she complained on Facebook about the “white privilege” of her employer’s opponent.

    Regina V. Ross Roundtree had been in the employ of Penny Bacchiochi, a Republican candidate for the Connecticut lieutenant governor, until she wrote on Facebook that the “white privilege” demonstrated by Bacchiochi’s Republican opponent in the primary, Heather Bond Somers, turned off potential voters.

    “People think what they think, but help the party out and don’t plaster your complete sense of privilege,” Roundtree wrote in the post, which has since been deleted. “This is an example of what is sometimes phrased as ‘white privilege.’ The way Heather [Bond Somers] talks. The arrogance and belittlement of Penny’s and her family’s feelings or any other person who has experienced racism. Our feelings or the fact that we may say something is an embarrassment to the party.”

    When candidate Somers discovered that an operative for her Republican opponent had described her as possessing “white privilege,” she demanded that Bacchiochi disavow the “defamatory comments.”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/25/black-gop-staffer-fired-for-facebook-complaint-about-primary-opponents-white-privilege/

    • rikyrah

      Kneegrow wakeup call

    • AxelFoley


      I don’t feel sorry for any black GOPers. Not nam one of them.

  • Miranda

    OHHH!!! Sweet Miss Emma down the street was just trying to give a gift to all the little girls in the neighborhood. LOL, done scared the daylights outta the entire suburb.
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. —
    UPDATE: The mystery of the porcelain dolls has been solved. Authorities say a woman from a local church found a collection of dolls in her closet. She wanted to share them with her neighbors and matched the hair color of the doll with the hair color of the child who lived in the home. According to investigators, the entire incident was merely an attempt at goodwill.

    • rikyrah

      naw, check her basement. check her backyard.
      I bet someONE is buried there.

      • Miranda

        HAHA! Aunt Bee was just tryna be nice! I bet she has no clue the ruckus she started – in her house baking a apple pie, humming to herself, sitting and knitting while she watches Wheel of Fortune…meanwhile 10 little girls are sandwiched in between their parents every single night because they refuse to sleep in their own room ever again.

        • qosine

          Great image, Miranda. LOL This is like an inverse Twilight Zone.

        • It sounds like an episode of Pretty Little Liars.

      • qosine

        Inverse Twilight Zone or . . . maybe not?

        • Joy

          That doll ep was scary as hell.

          • MsKitty

            “I’m Talking Tina and I may have to kill you.”

          • TresL

            That is one of several Twilight Zone episodes that even now as an adult I will not watch. As a kid, I was afraid of the music.

          • Joy

            That and the one with the boy who could kill you with his mind.

        • AxelFoley

          What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

      • AxelFoley

        Sounds like some Grande Dame Guignol stuff.

    • Aquagranny911

      Too figging weird! I would keep the “side eye of death” on that old woman & I would not eat any of her baked goods!
      Just saying…..

  • JB20005

    Another Native American casino pulls the plug on a Ted Nugent concert after numerous complaints.


    I guess what amazes me is that there are still people who will pay to watch a 65 year old man play 1970s pube rock.

    • qosine

      I know. I couldn’t figure out how Nugent had ANY play.

    • AxelFoley

      For real.

  • Miranda

    huh? So he’s saying he will never speak the truth about the Republicans again? Alright.
    Jamal Simmons ‏@JamalSimmons 48m
    Dems and Republicans can attack each other or attack problems. I’m siding with problem solving. Too much hurting going on.

    Pnthrgrlgail ‏@Mama4Obama1 46m
    @JamalSimmons telling the truth about Republicans and their sabotaging of President Obama’s presidency is not attacking them.

    Jamal Simmons ‏@JamalSimmons 37m
    @Mama4Obama1 you might want to stop following me. I’ll probably piss you off more than say things u agree with.

    • qosine

      One, only one, just 1 side attacks 24/7 — the one suing the President of the United States to launch an impeachment
      drive against him. Only 1.

    • Kennymack1971

      Too many simps on these Twitter streets. Just shut up Jamal. I hate weak Democrats.

    • rikyrah

      He is useless and wishy washy. You never ever see this kind of mealymouthed bs from GOP strategists.

    • Daltex82

      Obviously he has been asleep or he would realize that Dems have been trying to problem solve for the last 6 ½ years. Just another in a long line of weak Dems.

  • Miranda
    • See? So now the question is Who did it?

      I bet you Bibi was behind it. #SpideySenses

    • Like Bibi didn’t know that already. He was screaming Hamas before anybody had a chance to investigate. Still hasn’t presented any actual facts.

  • rikyrah

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    Ford, The Border, And The Turtle
    Last night was the annual Kentucky Democratic Party’s Wendell Ford dinner, honoring the legendary 89-year old former senator and governor who is battling lung cancer. Wendell’s grandson Clay was in attendance, along with Gov. Dinosaur Steve and Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, and the main course was fried turtle with a side of crow.

    After the event, Grimes took a few questions from the press and was asked again if she supported President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency supplemental funds to deal with the influx of Central American children across the nation’s border with Mexico.

    When asked earlier this month, Grimes four times declined to take a position, referring instead to the immigration bill that passed the U.S. Senate in 2013. On Thursday night, Grimes said, “My response remains the same.”

    “It’s an example of Washington not working right now,” Grimes said. “A year ago, we had the opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and Mitch McConnell stood in the way.

    McConnell voted against the proposal, but it did pass the U.S Senate.

    “Had we passed comprehensive immigration reform, we might not be here today,” Grimes said. “My hope is that we can make sure to return these children safely and make sure we are securing our borders. Comprehensive immigration reform is a way to do that.”

    Grimes did say she was not in favor of “giving the president a blank check.”

    It’s a good answer on immigration reform, but the non-answer on the current proposal to help the Border Patrol seems like another unforced error on Grimes’s part. At some point you’re going to have to take a stand on this bill, Alison.


    • MsKitty

      There she goes snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

      • Jack Conway used the exact same strategy. That’s how we got Rand Paul.

    • Kennymack1971

      Uh huh…

    • qosine

      “I’ve got a pen and a phone.” Yes, sir.

    • MsKitty

      Gotta love those backdoor sanctions.

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma!
      Cute sun:)

      • Alma98

        Hi qosine! Thanks!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma 🙂
      It’s FRIDAY!!!

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah!
        Friday it is!

    • Joy

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hello Joy!

    • GreenLadyHere

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      – —Thank U Alma – –4 — –OUR DAILY JOY :>)

      We got the SUN here. – –HOW ’bout U” :>)

      B BLESSED —U♥/Family♥. **HUGS** 2 – –DAUGHTER-Alma :>)

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning. No sun here and I’m wearing a jacket inside the house.

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar, it’s starting to warm up a little here. lol

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! I’m hoping for some rain clouds. It’s supposed to hit 114 today. I’m staying in because of heat advisory. My interior granny thermostat doesn’t work as well as it once did.

  • Joy

    I have to share, family. My vision has mysteriously gotten better and I’m wondering what’s going on. As I got into my 40s, I couldn’t read things up close, so I was prescribed mono vision contact lenses (one weak lens, one strong). But I couldn’t see well when driving at night (depth perception, road signs), so I kept wearing my strong prescription and using readers, but I still struggled with my vision. So I wouldn’t have to wear readers, I would take off my contacts to read and would have to hold books, etc really close.

    So I noticed last night when I took my contacts out that I could see clearer, even the television, though the images were just a bit distorted. I could read websites on the computer screen with just a tiny amount of distortion as well. I could also read without holding stuff close to my face, even labels on small bottles, etc. I wandered around my house looking at stuff and staring at my child (no blurry face, baby thought mama was cray ) and reading labels on food items and marveling at my vision!

    Today I decided to wear the weak lenses only in both eyes and I’m seeing the computer exceptionally well, with no readers. Sitting far back too! I was able to see road signs and lanes even better when driving to work this morning, I was reading license plate numbers with glee! Anyone ever experience this? I’m wondering if this is a sign of something good or bad. Or maybe the increased vitamin D my doctor prescribed last week?

    • Alma98

      Where your contacts corrective lens?
      If so maybe they helped your eye sight.
      Also certain vitamin deficiency can impair your sight.
      You should make an appt with your eye doctor to find out what’s going on.

      • Joy

        No, they were regular mono vision contact lenses. I’ve cut out sugar and increased the vitamin D per doctor’s orders, so maybe that’s the key? But yes, planning on making an appointment with eye doctor to be sure everything’s cool.

        • Alma98

          mmmm…Could have been lack of vitamin D.
          I’m happy for you that your vision is improving though 🙂

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    • Aquagranny911

      WOW! This is so cool for you. I hope your vision keeps improving. I know that vision changes as we age.

  • rikyrah

    The big problem with Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan

    By Paul Waldman July 24 at 12:38 PM 

    Today, Rep. Paul Ryan is unveiling his latest idea to change the federal government’s poverty programs. For someone who is constantly saying how concerned he is about poverty, Ryan’s previous budgets have relied an awful lot on slashing benefits to poor people. But this time, he promises that his proposal doesn’t cut benefits, but merely reorganizes them. Some parts of the proposal might be worthwhile. But it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that it’s still driven by the longstanding conservative desire to limit the help we give to the poor.

    The centerpiece of the proposal is a consolidation of multiple separate programs into a single block grant that would be given to states; they could decide how to dispense the money, and the federal government’s job would essentially be reduced to oversight. States would choose whether or not to participate.

    This sounds reasonable until you start to think about how it would play out. In practice, it’s likely that the states most eager to sign on would be precisely those that aren’t too happy about the ways the federal government provides benefits now. The devil would be in the details; what if a state decided to take its entire block grant and devote it to giving lectures to poor people on why they should get married? There could be a lot of needs going unmet while states implement their ideologically-driven visions of how poverty ought to be addressed.

    Ryan’s plan assumes that the same Republican states that rejected the federal government’s offer to insure poor citizens through the expansion of Medicaid — in other words, who would rather see poor people go uninsured than get coverage from the government — are now going to be spectacularly committed and creative in working to help those same poor citizens through their time of need. Color me skeptical.


  • Miranda

    These idiots at the Donut Shop..banning a 4 yr old???
    4-year-old boy banned from Connecticut doughnut shop
    Jul 24, 2014 2:59 PM EDT

    MONROE, CT (WFSB) – Kids say the darndest things, but one local inquisitive 4-year-old boy asked a question that got him banned from a Monroe doughnut shop.

    “We were screamed at in front of the door, ‘he’s not allowed in here, he’s rude’,” said Rebecca Denham as she described her experience at the Doughnut Inn on Tuesday morning.

    Denham said her son, Justin Otero, asked a woman at the doughnut shop if she had a baby in her belly.

    When the woman said ‘No’ Otero apologized, and his mother said she was mortified.

    “My response was ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so embarrassed, I’m so sorry’,” Denham said.

    While the woman said it was ‘no problem,’ the managers at the Doughnut Inn were not as forgiving.

    When Denham and her son walked in the shop Tuesday morning, they were allegedly told to leave.

    “She said, ‘he’s not allowed in here,’ and I looked around, and said, ‘him?’ and she said ‘yeah, he’s rude’,” Denham said

    She said she tried to explain what happened to her son and said he “sort of” understands, but he is still asking questions.
    Eyewitness News tried to contact the manager and owner of the shop, who had no comment.

    more here: http://www.wfsb.com/story/26084445/4-year-old-boy-banned-from-local-doughnut-shop

    • Worldwatcher7

      Over-react much?

      Good morning POU.

    • Joy

      Even if he we’re 40, a mistake like that is no reason to ban a person…jeez!

    • Alma98

      FFS! Kids ask things like this, smh.
      Talk about overreacting.

      • Worldwatcher7

        Hi Alma. Kids are very straightforward. They will hurt your feelings without even intending to. Children shouldn’t be punished for honesty, just try to teach them to be kind. This is soooo silly.

        • Alma98

          Hi WW7. (“Kids are very straightforward.”)
          This is so true I’ve experienced it many times with my own kids. lol

        • Aquagranny911

          Nor should they be punished for their natural curiosity. One of the things I so love about my niece who is a double amputee is her willingness to share & educate children about her prosthetics which can happen in public to the sometimes embarrassment of their parents.

          Niece doesn’t hide her prosthetics. She often wears shorts or skirts so when kiddos see her they are curious. She will show them how things work & tell them that she swims, bikes, skis & does just about anything. Kiddos come away with knowledge & some real appreciation. She got such a kick when one kiddo called her “the Transformer Lady.”

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Otero, huh? I saw the photo. He wasn’t toeheaded. I believe THATS why the owners banned him, this is just an excuse. Bank on it.

    • Aquagranny911

      That’s ridiculous! Kiddos at that age say & ask questions way more embarrassing than that. Familia story: My nephew at about that age was fascinated with pregnancy because he so wanted a baby sister that his mother was not producing right at the moment.

      He often asked people if they had babies in their tummies, even men. At one point, he decided that he would “grow a baby sister” in his tummy since his Mama was not being cooperative. He told anyone willing to listen all about that.

    • AxelFoley

      I can’t even. I just can’t.

  • rikyrah

    Obamacare: Still Not Dead Yet

    Allan Brauer | July 22, 2014

    Editor’s welcome note: Hello TPV community, please welcome our newest contributor, Allan Brauer. Most of you probably already know Allan from his prolific Tweets as well as from his contribution to the Angry Black Lady Chronicles (ABLC). It is an absolute honor for me to have Allan make TPV his new blogging home! – Spandan

    Obamacare is dead!

    “I’m not dead yet!”

    Three court rulings have come down this week in three separate legal challenges to various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. One, the case of Halbig v. Burwell, is being trumpeted loudly across the media as a death blow to Obamacare, especially by those sites with a rightward bent and/or those whose business model involves screaming headlines as click-bait.

    A second ruling from the Fourth Circuit on King v. Burwell comes to a completely opposite conclusion than Halbig, so it’s likely you won’t hear as much about it. And a third ruling on the case of Johnson v. US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is a clear rebuke to legislators’ attempts to weaken the executive branch via litigation.

    First, the bad news. Then, the good news. And then, the news that has John Boehner weeping into his scotch.


  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD FRIDAY MORNTIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG** :>) —Another – -“HOME RUN” – –Miranda♥ :>)– –

    “HER-STORY” —Should also B –ON the BIG SCREEN. :>)

    – – – –☻“FEARLESS annnd FIRST” —Ms. OLIVIA♥ –A ROLE MODEL :>)
    ————-Olivia Taylor took over ownership of the Indianapolis ABCs after the sudden death of her husband, C.I. Taylor,. . . the first woman to own a top-level Negro Leagues team.
    — – – – — With that, she became the first woman to head up the influential and historic NAACP’s national convention. – –EVEN AFTER her STRUGGLES with the NAYSAYERS. – –SHE was FEARLESS! :>)

    — – -☺ENJOY♥ – – http://www.womenshealthmag.com/files/wh6_uploads/images/healthy-smoothies-art_0.jpg

    ——Annnd OF COURSE – –Hadta post THIS: — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho7796-au8U —ENJOY♥ :>)

    — —INDA NEWZ:

    @WestWingReport[THANK U♥] –:>)
    President spoke w/Mexican Pres. Pena Nieto last night – ahead of today’s WH summit w/three Central American leaders on border crisis—

    – – – —Border Crisis: President meets at 2:00 w/Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Earnest briefing 1:00

    B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • rikyrah

    Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own

    Republicans’ takeover odds remain decent, but this isn’t 2006 or 2010

    Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley, Sabato’s Crystal Ball July 24th, 2014

    Analysts always strain to generalize about elections. We want to “model” them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities. That’s a legitimate approach, but we need always remember that every election is different. Every single one.

    It isn’t just the candidates that change up, or the specific events that end up defining an election season, or the particulars about presidential and congressional job approval. In midterm elections, especially, the combination of competitive districts and states varies greatly, expanding or contracting the potential for change.

    Last year, and even in the beginning of 2014, we and others were inclined to think that 2014 would be another wave midterm, like 2006 or 2010. After all, it’s the “sixth-year itch” of the Obama administration — always a dangerous time for the White House party — and President Obama’s popularity had been sinking well below the 50% level. Then there was the Senate map for 2014. Arguably, this year features the best lineup for the Republicans since 1980. Almost all — some would say all — of the GOP’s 15 Senate seats are either in the bag or will be by Election Day, owing to the Red nature of the states. By contrast, many of the 21 Democratic seats are located in Red or Purple states, some with shaky incumbents and others left vacant for easy Republican pickup. Finally, midterm turnout usually (not always) favors Republicans, with poor turnouts registered by Democratic-leaning groups such as minorities and the young versus decent turnouts by GOP cohorts, including whites and those over age 60.

    Well, it’s late July, and so far at least, this election hasn’t gelled quite the way it earlier appeared on paper. President Obama’s popularity isn’t impressive, but his job approval seems to have stabilized in the low-to-mid 40s — not as bad as President Bush’s level in 2006 (about 37% approval roughly this time eight years ago). Several of the most vulnerable Democratic senators on the ballot are proving more durable than expected, fending off challenges or at least holding their own so far. In 2006, Democrats at this point were up double digits in most surveys of the House generic ballot, a poll measuring the general mood of the country that suggested not only Democratic gains in the House, but also the Senate. Four years ago, Republicans by this time had taken a three-point lead in the generic ballot surveys, a lead that would only grow. Now, Democrats retain a tiny, one-point edge.


  • Miranda



    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has offered up a new solution to the humanitarian crisis along the US/ Mexico border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children are currently being detained. And now she’s calling on President Barack Obama to help push forward a bipartisan effort to see her idea become a reality.

    Bachmann’s plan? Send those children to labor camps, which she warmly refers to as “Americanization Facilities,” with the goal of having them pay off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture. And in exchange for that labor, the children would be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship.

    During an interview with Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk, Bachmann revealed her plan while addressing the border crisis. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities… `Americanization’ facilities, if you will. And we’d send these kids to these facilities, in Arizona and Texas and wherever else. And we’d get private sector business leaders to locate to those facilities and give these children low-risk jobs to do. And they’d learn about the American way of life, earn their keep, and everyone wins in the end.”

    more here: http://kctv7.com/michele-bachmann-suggests-labor-camps-for-immigrant-children/

    • Joy

      She doesn’t just look crazy…

    • MsKitty

      I liked it better when they were called internment camps.

      • nellcote

        FEMA camps!

        • AxelFoley


    • Fix it, Jesus.

    • rikyrah

      let me count to 20 before I go off.

    • Alma98

      And they let this woman have foster children, smgdh.

      • goldenstar


      • Daltex82

        Free labor in exchange for room and board.

      • AxelFoley

        B-bu-but Van Jones said she was the most compassionate person in Congress because she fostered so many kids!

    • Aquagranny911

      Help me Dios…..

    • AxelFoley

      Slavery by any other name.

      White folks always want darker people in some form of servitude.

  • rikyrah

    What Paul Ryan still misses in his new, more serious poverty plan
    By Emily Badger July 24 at 3:09 PM

    Ryan is learning to talk about poverty in ways that don’t make his ideas instantly unpalatable to the left, to advocates for the poor, to researchers and program officers who recognize that poverty is a sign of so much more than the absence of effort. But for all of his welcome nuance — his new plan includes several ideas that can be cheered across the political spectrum — Ryan still misunderstands or glosses over some crucial points about the causes of poverty and what’s needed to alleviate it.

    The centerpiece of Ryan’s deficit-neutral proposal is an idea to consolidate the federal government’s many anti-poverty programs, including food stamps, cash assistance and housing vouchers, into a single more flexible funding stream that would be available to the states in the form of block grants. Local public or private service providers who know best would then tailor those resources to the needs of individual recipients. Maybe one family needs housing help. Maybe another requires subsidies for child care. This idea rightly recognizes the poverty isn’t experienced the same way by everyone. But here is what Ryan’s plan suggests should happen next:

    Providers must be held accountable, and so should recipients. Each beneficiary will sign a contract with consequences for failing to meet the agreed-upon benchmarks. At the same time, there should also be incentives for people to go to work. Under each life plan, if the individual meets the benchmarks ahead of schedule, then he or she could be rewarded.

    His “discussion draft” says more about the benefits to achieving these goals (like “getting a job within six months”) than the sanctions for failing to meet them. But the idea is fundamentally punitive. It betrays the fact that Ryan’s latest thinking has not strayed all that far from the simplistic notion that people in poverty are solely to blame for their own circumstances. An incentive system like this assumes that end goals such as employment are entirely within the control of poor people if they would just try hard enough.


    • Aquagranny911

      Does this goatfigging asswipe realize that the vast majority of poor people are already working, some at more than one job?

      This scum is still the “zombie eyed granny starver” He’s now trying to hide by wearing a granny bonnet to fool little Redriding Hood.

  • Miranda

    Since they like dragging Romney back, I wonder if anyone will ask him if he still thinks the car manufacturers should have gone bankrupt.
    U.S. auto sales seen rising 9 percent in July: JD Power-LMC
    Jul 24, 2014 2:55pm EDT

    (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales in July will be the strongest for the month since 2006, and rise 9 percent from last year, automotive industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive predicted on Thursday.

    For the fifth consecutive month, the seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate will top 16 million new vehicles, at 16.6 million, the consultancies said.

    LMC raised its full-year 2014 forecast for new auto sales to 16.3 million, from 16.2 million.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/24/us-autos-forecast-july-idUSKBN0FT2IL20140724

    • AxelFoley

      POU: What’s your reaction, Guv’nah?

      RMoney: *crickets*

      POU: Please proceed.

  • GreenLadyHere

    MIranda♥ —-From the Mother —-Ms. Shanesha – –
    – —

    Shanesha Taylor opens up about leaving kids in car: It was a ‘moment of desperation’– –

    – – –After her child care plans fell through at the last minute, an unemployed single mother in Arizona felt she had no choice but to take her young children with her and leave them in the car while she interviewed for a job nearby, she said Thursday.

    “It was a moment of desperation,” Shanesha Taylor said in an exclusive interview on TODAY. “It was me knowing my family was in crisis and knowing that I had to make a choice between providing for my children or caring for my children.”

    Authorities arrested Taylor in March for leaving her 6-month-old and 2-year-old sons alone in her sports utility vehicle while interviewing for a job nearby in Scottsdale, Arizona.
    Last week, prosecutors agreed to drop felony child abuse charges against Taylor as part of a settlement that requires her to successfully complete parenting and substance abuse programs.

    THERE IS MORE- – – –IMHO — –a just decision. – –B BLESSED♥ – -going forward. :>)

    • Joy

      Curious as to why she has to take a substance abuse course…no mention of her abusing drugs or alcohol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY “Birthday Lady” :>)
        – – -I heard her interview annnnd questioned that also. BUT she said: — –Taylor said she is happy with the deal.
        “I think I’ve been treated fairly. The type of resolution I had not many people get so I think it’s an excellent job they did,” she said.

        Sooo – –maybe it was a “package deal-type program.”

        U continue 2 have a GR8 DAY. :>)

      • rikyrah

        it would be too much like right to just drop charges that never should have been filed in the first place.

        Make no mistake, without social media, they would have railroaded this poor woman.

        But, since she’s BLACK, they have to charge her with something and put some punishment towards her.

        • Aquagranny911

          Without social media they most certainly WOULD have come down harder on this poor woman. In fairness though, they do go a little loco here when ANY parent leaves a child in a parked car because in AZ that can be lethal even in March. I’ve known of white parents who got the same or even harsher sentences.

          Under any circumstance, they would not have just dropped the charge because leaving a child in a parked car is a felony in AZ, I believe. This is especially critical if the child is too young to get out of the car on their own.

          I know this may seem sucky under this poor woman’s desperate circumstances but it is what it is. She’s getting a lot of help & support. She & her children will be okay.

          OT: How is Peanut’s Mama doing?

          • rikyrah

            She’s doing better, AG. Continued prayers are always appreciated.

          • Aquagranny911

            I will continue to send her healing & prayers. Gracias for the update.

      • Aquagranny911

        It’s all part of a diversion program. She completes all the classes (package deal) & her record is expunged. She’s going to be alright. She has a lot of people standing for her & being supportive.

    • nellcote

      prosecutors agreed to drop felony child abuse charges against Taylor as part of a settlement that requires her to successfully complete parenting and substance abuse programs.

      I wish this option was available to more people. It seems like it would be more helpful/less traumatic to children and parents and probably a less expensive way to deal with problems.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ nellcote. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — THIS: –>I wish this option was available to more people. It seems like it would
        be more helpful/less traumatic to children and parents and probably a
        less expensive way to deal with problems.

        —-She had a good attorney —who sought THIS type of “settlement” —-rather than the trauma of jail annnd separation from her CHILDREN. :>)

        YES – –PROTECT the CHILDREN. :>) – —

        —Good 2 C U nellcote.:>) B BLESSED. :>)

    • MsKitty

      He must have missed the dozens of articles where that in fact has happened. But I have have better things to do with my time than correct his stupidity.

      • AxelFoley

        I got him for you, MsKitty.

    • Miranda

      There’s an entire wiki page dedicated to tracking just that Rick


      • AxelFoley

        Thanks, Miranda. I hit him with that link on Twitter.

    • Kennymack1971

      They’re trying help the GOP save face and it’s not going to work. Sorry Rick but the Internet is forever homie. Nice try homie…

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda♥ — -Some POSITIVITY — –Amid –the STOOPIDITY —

    – – —Majority oppose impeaching Obama

    – – —A majority of people in the United States said President Obama shouldn’t be impeached, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday.

    Nearly two-thirds said they are against impeachment; 35 percent said they support it.

    Nearly 60 percent of Republicans said they would support moves for Obama to be impeached, as would 35 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats.
    – – – — -SNIP- – –

    – – –The poll surveyed 1,012 adults from July 18 to 20 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. – – –Hmmm. . .

    – – –BTW:- – -IT!- –WILL!! —NEVA! – —HAPPEN!!—

  • nellcote

    California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

    The state’s Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal “poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources.” The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells….

    The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them. But not all aquifers are exempted, and the system amounts to a patchwork of protected and unprotected water resources deep underground. Now, according to the cease and desist orders issued by the state, it appears that at least seven injection wells are likely pumping waste into fresh water aquifers protected by the law, and not other aquifers sacrificed by the state long ago….


  • nellcote

    Rula Jebreal Clarifies Departure From MSNBC: If I Wanted To Stay, I Would Have

    Rula Jebreal provided additional details on Wednesday regarding her status as a contributor with MSNBC, confirming the network’s account that her contract ended last month when she opted to pursue other opportunities.

    But Jebreal explained to TPM that although she chose to look for opportunities elsewhere, MSNBC retains the right to match any outside offer. As such, she characterized her negotiation with MSNBC as “ongoing.”

    “When MSNBC a month ago offered me what they offered me, I decided to take some time off and do other things,” Jebreal said by phone. “But still, I didn’t sign with anybody else because I have to go back to them. And they will have their say on it, eventually yes or no. So because of those terms, because of contractual, complicated terms, this is what’s happening. I am in a position where I am out, but I am not really, totally out.”…


  • nellcote

    Obama visits with nonprofit head, ex-gang members

    …”I never thought I was ever going to meet the president in my life,” said Swift, who was serving time a year ago. He said meeting the president was exhilarating. “He was a cool guy — he was kind of funny, and just like us.”

    McKinley was still aglow afterward because the president had complimented him on the scraggily beard he’s growing — the one Boyle and the other teens had tried to get him to shave before the meeting.

    “The president says ‘I couldn’t grow a beard like that at 19. But I couldn’t even grow a beard like that today,'” Boyle said. The comment prompted McKinley to look to Boyle, vindicated.

    The gathering was part of Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which aims to connect youth to mentors and support networks to gain skills to get a job or go to college.

    As the president prepared to leave, he said, “‘Well, I’ve got to go back to work,'” Boyle recalled. “‘The work never stops. So no shortcuts.'”

    Those last few words stuck with Swift.

    “The way I live my life, I always try to go the easy way out,” Swift said. “But the way he became president wasn’t the easy way, so OK, to get what I want I know I’ve got to really buckle down.”…


    • Miranda


    • Seethe, Black Twitter Feminists! SEEEEETHE!

    • AxelFoley

      Soooooo…why Crabbis, Corny and nem never did something like this?

      • Admiral_Komack

        Because the ex-gang members would have shot their sorry asses!

        “We got somethjing for you, homes, and it ain’t an Inaguration ticket!”

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -TWEETIN’- – – -A CALL OUT —-TRUTH!! —

    – – -☺@amk4obama[THANK U♥]

    The real #deathpanel. pic.twitter.com/aO3u2r02rL

    – – —RE-THUGS!! – – -humph!!!

  • Alma98
    • GreenLadyHere

      Almaaaa — — -https://cluelessbridetobe.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/faint.gif

      – — Thank Uuuuuuuu! :>)

      • Alma98


        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL- —Alma — -I KNOW-HUH> :>)

          [Heey I visited “MS. SUN”. —A CUTIE. :>)]

      • AxelFoley


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- –Aww — -MR. PRESIDENT♥ — –

    – – – -A SWEET —MR. PETE —TWEET♥ – —

    – -☺ ‏@petesouza[THANK U♥] :>)

    President Obama greets an enthusiastic customer at Canter’s delicatessen in LA today pic.twitter.com/OWlQTw1Js6

    —-Is he –The FUNness? – –YEAH —He LOVES MR. PRESIDENT!! :>)

    – – —BEST PRESIDENT — -EVA!!♥– –

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam! I love this article; it shows the power in treating your employees right. Thank God Mitt Romney is not President.

    ” Only in the last decade or so have business schools and mainstream media begun popularizing years of research showing that paying your employees more doesn’t hurt profits — in fact, the opposite is true. In fact Zeynep Ton, author of The Good Jobs Strategy and Adjunct Associate Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, drew links between higher pay and higher profits in the service economy from years of detailed research.”


  • nellcote

    Christian groups call for boycott of ‘Boondocks’ creator’s new comedy, ‘Black Jesus’

    Christian groups are trying to boycott the new Adult Swim comedy Black Jesus before its first episode even airs, The Root reported today.

    The Christian group One Million Moms wrote on its website that the series — which was produced by The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson in the titular role — is “blasphemous” because it “depicts [Jesus] living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of our Lord.”

    In the trailer (below), “Jesus” is seen spouting profanity and explaining that he’s entitled to more marijuana because he “died for your f*cking sins.” It is also clear from the trailer that the main narrative of the series will concern whether the man who claims to be “Jesus” is, in fact, the Christian savior or just another messianic figure like David Koresh….


    • Alma98

      LOL….Stay mad!

    • Town

      The Christian group One Million Moms wrote on its website that the series — which was produced by The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson in the titular role — is “blasphemous” because it “depicts [Jesus] being black living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of our Lord.”

      There. Fixed.

      • rikyrah

        Black Jesus…well well well….
        I’m gonna at least watch the first 3 episodes.

        • Town

          They’re mad because the show depicts Jesus as homeless.

          Hello? Jesus was not born in a suburban McMansion with a 2 car garage, granite counters, irrigation system and outdoor kitchen.

          Jesus was BORN HOMELESS. How can you get mad at a depiction of a homeless Jesus when he was BORN HOMELESS to begin with?

          • Miranda

            *thinking*…..ya know…Its been a while since I read it, so correct me if I’m wrong…but I just don’t recall a permanent place of residence on this earth for Jesus of Nazareth in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.

            Who was house-sitting for him when he went to the desert for that vacay for 40 days?

          • Aquagranny911

            Yeah! I want to know who fed the chickens & goats & watered the plants & weeded the garden?

  • Daltex82
    • nellcote

      I don’t understand this.

    • Alma98

      Hey! it’s the black Charles Nelson Reilly!

      • rikyrah

        I totally get Match Game flashbacks.

        • Alma98


    • Miranda
      • Daltex82


    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL Good MornTin’ Daltex82. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — –☺http://www.gurl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/sadie-hawkins-3.gif

      – –Uhhhh- —Nooooooo — —

      LOL — -Thank U –4 the morntin’ LAFF. :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) — –B BLESSED. :>)

    • jds09

      Is that a feather in his pocket?

      • Alma98


    • nellcote
    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL — – -From an “expert judge” – —
      – – – -☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7s4BORuBe1A/UbuAvcrcajI/AAAAAAAAMW4/5ZdTOKkyB7Q/s1600/miss-j.gif


      – —Sayin’- —WHEW LAWD! :>)– –

      • Daltex82


      • *tears*

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Why in the HAILdoes he wear ascots. All it does is bring attention to him having no neck. Lookin like a slewfooted pimp from Mississippi.

      • Alma98


      • edp4bho

        LOL !! I will get no work done from laughing at this pic. Something happened to Roland in his childhood. Any body want to take a stab at it?

        • Aquagranny911

          I’ll pass on that one.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL GOVCHRISS1988. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – – –☺$$$$$$$$ – – -http://rolandsmartinbyverse9.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/AboutRolandAscots.png

        —LOL- — -He THINKS. LOL

        Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

        • GOVCHRIS1988

          AND WHY did he think this photo looked good…..WHY!?

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL GOVCHRIS1988.- -:>)
            -Maybe –’cause nobody has said THIS 2 him:
            — – – -☺http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/mischa10.gif

            —–☺http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130222130458/glee/images/6/6a/CN_Shrug.gif LOL

      • Miranda

        It violates all kinds of fashion rules, it really does.

      • Somebody tell Thurston Howell the third a regular necktie would be better suited.

      • Daltex82

        Lookin like a slewfooted pimp from Mississippi.

        • Miranda

          I____________cant________stop_______ laughing

      • AxelFoley


      • qosine


      • rikyrah

        Lookin like a slewfooted pimp from Mississippi.

        • Aquagranny911


    • AxelFoley

      It’s summertime. Too damn hot for them ascots, man.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dios! The dude must have $$$. Why can’t he hire a decent tailor?

      • goldenstar

        Just because one has money does not preclude that one has taste and this is a shining example.

        • Aquagranny911


    • qosine

      I can’t wait to show this to my BF.
      My guy has killer taste.
      The look on his face will be priceless.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —“Mother Nature”- – –Simplistic BEAUTY♥– -:>)

    – – –☺@planetepics[THANK U♥] :>)

    hummingbird. pic.twitter.com/mHqB6OTeBA

    — -ENJOY♥ – —
    —-waves @ LaQosine♥– -:>)

    • rikyrah

      That’s so beautiful

    • qosine

      ***Waving back, GLH*** Beautiful.

      • GreenLadyHere


        — –My Pleasure. :>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -TWEETIN— -A CALL OUT —-TRUTH – —

    – — -☺@Politics_PR[THANK U♥]

    Food Stamp Program Hits Historic Low For Waste, Fox Attacks It Anyway -> http://ow.ly/3nyRuC #p2 #tcot)****

  • rikyrah

    The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care

    John Boehner says Republicans are planning their Obamacare alternative. Don’t hold your breath. The party has done nada constructive for decades.

    Stop the presses: John Boehner admitted Thursday that the Republican Party’s long-awaited alternative to Obamacare needs a little more time in the oven. “You know, the discussions about Obamacare and what the replacement bill would look like continue. We’re trying to build consensus around one plan,” the Speaker told Hill reporters. “Not there yet.”

    As if you even needed me to tell you, rest assured: It could be six months from now, a year from now, five years from now, or the day Bibi Netanyahu and Khaled Mashal share a Nobel Peace Prize—they aren’t going to have a plan. Oh, they might have a “plan.” They had a “plan” last year, or at least Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and two others did. For about two days, they were really tooting its horn. Then it dawned on people that paying for it would involve a hefty middle-class tax increase, on higher-end insurance plans. You may have noticed since then that the Coburn “plan” has not exactly become a leading Republican talking point.

    As conservatives continue to hail the Halbig decision, some historical context is called for. In my last column, I wrote that conservatives and Republicans are going to extraordinary lengths to see that more Americans die. Not every reader was won over by that opinion, as you might imagine. But I think it’s beyond dispute, as a little discussion of political history should show.

    The problem of millions of uninsured has existed in this country since—well, since forever. But as a running news story that the media paid attention to, for the last 25 or 30 years. I remember when the then-horrifying number was 15 million uninsured. Then 20 million, then 30 million, on up to the 46 million figure we often saw bandied about before the Affordable Health Care was enacted (10 million new Americans are insured as a result of it—a very respectable dent, for just one year). So, 30 years, a full generation, tens of millions of people adversely affected. And what, in all that time, has the Grand Old Party proposed to do about it all?

    Not. One. Thing. Republican presidents had (if we go back to 1984) 16 years to pass some kind of health-insurance law. But none of the three ever even proposed one. George W. Bush did pass his Medicare law, but that was about adding prescription-drug coverage for seniors; it didn’t insure any previously uninsured citizens. What the GOP did instead, of course, was to fight tooth-and-nail to stop the two Democratic attempts to insure more people, succeeding the first time, failing the second.


  • Miranda

    Rand Paul addressing Urban League:

    “Who are the people that are falsely accused? People who are minorities, but you can be a minority because of the color of your skin or the shade of your ideology. There are many ways you can be a minority,” Paul continued.


    • rikyrah


    • MsKitty

      All the pundits in my timeline are falling for his okeydoke as expected.

      • Miranda


        all we got is us.

    • Alma98

      Why do they keep giving this racist asshole the time of day!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥- — — – DOUBLE —PUH-LEEZE!!- –☺http://angryblackladychronicles.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/tumblr_inline_mppbjhoGaj1qz4rgp.gif

      — – – -☺http://gifsec.com/wp-content/uploads/GIF/2014/03/Black-Woman-really-GIF.gif

      – – —THIS: – – –There are many ways you can be a minority,” Paul continued. – – – -Annnd U TREAT alla dem – —with —DISDAIN!! – – -WE KNOW!!- -geesh!! – –

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      “Gee, thankee missa white man!” “Yassuh, we’s defnitelee gun sport
      you for Presnit since we obvously can’t use that Google thang to look up
      past positions like your statement on believing the civil rights act is
      unconstutional.” “YASSUH, we’s nigras gun votes for yous, suh.”

      He needs to learn not ALL black folks are stupid. Maybe some beltway black folks will fall for this shit, but we see through it.

    • Kennymack1971

      So Rand Paul gets credit for just showing up and spouting some BS from simps like Jamal Simmons but President Obama’s every utterance is scrutinized and critiqued. SMH.

      • edp4bho

        Addicted to white.

    • Tha hail???

    • AxelFoley


      What you be saying about the white man’s ice, Miranda?

    • edp4bho

      Rev Al just said that’s a good thing they are there, so long as they tell what they would do to further the cause of equality (paraphrasing here). I hope he was only brushing aside the caller’s concern. Say you were, Rev Al. Note: He has a very strong hide to even communicate with these miscreants.

    • qosine

      Rand, those who only use prepositions and to be verbs
      a. Liars
      b. Bores
      c. Racists
      d. All of the above

  • nellcote

    Texas Young Dems Have Already Raised Over $45,000 In Direct Assistance for Refugee Children

    I’m truly amazed. Since Texas Young Democrats started ourAmazon Wish List of supplies for the refugee children, over $28,000 in gifts have been ordered. Wow! Thank you.

    We’re in contact with our Rio Grande Valley partners on the ground and have updated the list to reflect their most current requests.

    Please click here and order today to keep the #LoveFromTexas coming. These items will be directly distributed to the children in need.

    Y’all have been outstanding! We’ve earned the support of national progressive leaders, YDs across Texas, and countless others who have personally stepped up to help in this crisis.

    By young people, for young people, we will make a difference.

    UPDATE: The total is now over $45,000! Thank you!


  • GreenLadyHere


    — —☺BACKGROUND: – –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbcxZM32ZrQ

    – — -NOW:- – –This Day in Black History: July 25, 1992
    – —Gen. Colin Powell dedicates Buffalo Soldiers monument at Fort Leavenworth.

    – – —While serving as a one-star general at Missouri’s Fort Leavenworth Army base in 1982, Colin Powell decided that two gravel alleys weren’t enough of a tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers. It was 10 years in the making, but on July 25, 1992, Powell returned to the base to dedicate in their honor a 13-foot statue of an African-American soldier riding his horse, rifle in hand.

    “I know where I came from. I stand before you, the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and deeply mindful of the debt I own to those who went before me,” said Powell during the dedication ceremony, the Associated Press reported.

    Buffalo Soldiers were comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers. They were the first Blacks to serve during peacetime and were organized at Fort Leavenworth in the 1860s.
    THERE IS MORE- — –

    — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2mKWLf8GAo


  • Joy


    • Alma98

      LMBAO! I love this show!
      Also love The Venture Brothers lol.

    • AxelFoley


    • GOVCHRIS1988


      Is it sad that I think that could be a hit?

      • Alma98


    • Daltex82


  • rikyrah

    How the Republican Hold on the South Could Collapse
    By Pema Levy / July 8, 2014 11:41 AM EDT

    Henry L. Marsh III wanted to see President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in person because, at 79, he figured he might not live to see another black president elected. So the Virginia civil rights lawyer spent January 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C., witnessing a part of history he had dedicated his life to making possible.

    His presence at Obama’s inauguration, however, set off one of the dirtiest political maneuvers in recent history.

    Marsh is a Democrat in the Virginia Senate, a chamber that until last month was divided evenly along party lines, with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. But with Marsh 100 miles away in Washington, Republicans briefly enjoyed a 20-19 majority, if only for a few hours. In a power grab so brazen it caught even the GOP governor by surprise, Senate Republicans passed a bill redrawing the state Senate map to give them a permanent majority.

    By the time Marsh returned, his colleagues had passed a redistricting bill that would have vastly undercut the political power of black Virginians. The new map crowded black voters into minority-heavy districts so that up to eight more districts would turn red, a strategy political scientists call “pack and crack,” leaving Republicans with a 27-13 majority in Virginia for years to come.


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -GOOD BLACK NEWS – – –Well DESERVED♥ —

    – —Michael Jackson’s Indiana Hometown To Name School In His Honor

    — — Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star’s Indiana hometown.

    The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson.
    The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district “seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education.”

    District superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said she’s working with the Jackson family on which school to rename.

    “A close relationship with the Jackson family to improve the quality
    of programs for the Gary Community School Corp. can mean tremendous gains for the school district and the city as a whole,” she told the Post-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1luhGfp ).

    Michael Jackson spent the first 11 years of his life in Gary. His
    family moved to California after the Jackson 5 struck it big in 1969
    with the release of their first album. Jackson, who died in 2009, last
    returned to Gary in 2003 and received an honorary diploma from Roosevelt High School near his childhood home.

    Pruitt said renaming the school came up in a conversation with Katherine Jackson, who donated $10,000 during the Gary Promise scholarship event hosted by former NBA star Magic Johnson in April.

    —GIVING BACK ——while – – –Lookin’ FORWARD. —RIHEP♥ AMEN♥

    — – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8GvDLDYhNM [ABC♥] :>)

    • qosine

      All right!! School named after MJ!!
      Great tag line, GLH:
      “GIVING BACK ——while – – –Lookin’ FORWARD.”

      • GreenLadyHere


        — –**Blushin;*** — –Thank U kindly. :>)
        – – -Learnin’ from U♥ :>) —“ABC” :>)

        • qosine

          I’m going to a candidate reception this evening and a Dem picnic tomorrow, GreenLady. I’d love, love to use your tag line and spread your message. Afterall, TN is a beautiful GREEN state. “As my Dem friend (hope we are) says, “Giving back . . . while looking forward.”

          • GreenLadyHere

            – -☺http://rs448.pbsrc.com/albums/qq209/Tejrinde/Emoticons/Bow/smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten.gif~c200

            – – -:>) Ohh PLEASE do. :>) My Pleasure. :>) ***HUG***

            Annnnd ENJOY your DEM.[YES WE R♥] –activities. :>) Lookin’ FORWARD 2 a —brief report — -with excitement. :>)

    • TyrenM

      I like that. Since this is Gary we’re talking about, why not build a new school…for the arts or open public?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM :>) ***BIG HUG** :>)- –

        —Good idea — -BUT- —expensive — -maintenance, etc. — –
        – -Perhaps a CONTRIBUTION 2 an AFRICAN-AMERICAN Museum-? – :>)

        The “MOTOWN Museum” – – -is frequently visited ’cause of his artifacts. -:>)- -I went there when in Detroit. :>)

        Good 2 C U. TyrenM. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    Lord these people are crazy…………
    Lawmaker to Push Bill Requiring Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ Be Shown in Schools
    6:30 AM PST 07/25/2014 by Paul Bond

    Florida GOP state senator Alan Hays said he’ll propose a bill mandating that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object.

    A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D’Souza’s docudrama,America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday.

    Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object.

    The plan is sure to draw fire from liberals not only because D’Souza is a prominent conservative but because he is also behind the movie, 2016: Obama’s America, which is a profoundly negative take on Democratic U.S. president Barack Obama.

    more here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lawmaker-push-bill-requiring-dinesh-721053

    • Yeah that will increase school attendance.

    • AxelFoley

      My God. The stupid really does burn.

      • Miranda

        and I bet it itches too and leaves a nasty rash.

        • Aquagranny911

          We can hope….

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      They can show it only if they show Farenheit 9/11 in schools too. You remember, the movie they wanted BANNED from schools 10 years ago.

    • qosine

      I thought GOP hated “government-run schools.” Oh, unless they can push their POS propaganda that’s NOT selling. I
      hope all the investors + author lose BIG on their treasonous agitprop.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      And by the way, it has a rating of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. Tyler Perry’s movies don’t rate that low.


      • qosine

        This makes me happy!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —-Oh SHOOT! — –The ISRAELIS’ —REJECTED a CEASE-FIRE DEAL — –***smh***

    • Bibi wants Gaza. All of it. He may agree to a cease fire but not until he’s taken a huge chunk of land first. Israeli settlements are growing at a crazy pace and this is going to kick it into overdrive

      But I think he’s making a statement to the world. There will be no two state solution as long as he’s charge.

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORTIN’ woody45. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)

        – – –***BIG fist bump** – —Bibi wants Gaza. All of it.

        – – —Greed loses what it has gained.

        — – – “The wealth of the greedy ultimately goes to the community”.

        He BETTA- — – WATCH OUT!! —

        – – – –Good 2 C U woody45. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

      • Miranda

        Bibi is every bit as crazy as Pol Pot. His ass needs to go.

    • qosine

      Joaquin Castro helpfully points out that “. . . now that the situation has stabilized more.” Something’s in the air. Timing is PBO’s specialty.

      • goldenstar

        If PBO can get an agreement from the 3 Central American leaders who are meeting @ the WH as I keyboard, this would be a major step toward some stabilization. And, this would also:
        * highlight the need for sane immigration policy;
        *shut down the whiner Cuellar;
        *make the Republicans look like the hatas that they are.

        • qosine

          You’re ON it, goldenstar. I didn’t know they were
          meeting right now. Yes, to your 3 points.

          • goldenstar

            I thank the universe for the President that we have elected because he and his administration are BIZZY on every deet. This is what happens when people work for the benefit of the overwhelming majority of the American people.

        • Aquagranny911

          Nailed it! PBO has already been in close conference with President Pino Niete of Mexico about their border issues.

      • Miranda

        I noted that as well.

    • Aquagranny911

      What is this obsession some goatfiggers have with telling PBO to “go to the border?” It has begun to sound like telling Lincoln “go to the theater.” Are they secretly hoping that some gun crazed militia person will try to take a shot?

      Sorry that my tin foil sombrero is showing but that BS has gotten on my last nerve!

  • rikyrah

    The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton

    Jul 24 2014 @ 1:40pm

    I’ve tried to avoid the Clinton book tour bullshit this past month or so. Not good for my blood pressure. When I checked in occasionally, it was to discover that nothing much has changed. The Clintons are still self-pitying money-grubbers – $12 million in speaking fees since she left the State Department? – and now their offspring, exploiting her nepotistic advantage with all the scrupulous ethics of her parents, is continuing the grift. If you ask of Clinton what she’s fighting for, what she believes in, if you want to get her to disagree with you on something, good luck. Any actual politics right now would tarnish the inevitability of a resume-led coronation. That the resume has little of any substance in her four years as secretary of state does not concern her. She was making “hard choices”, and if we cannot appreciate that, tant pis.

    I’d like to find a reason to believe she’s a political force who stands for something in an era when there is a real appetite for serious change. She could, after all, decide to campaign vociferously in favor of the ACA this summer and fall (universal healthcare is, after all, one of her positions), but that might siphon money away from her foundation and candidacy. She could get out there and start framing a foreign policy vision. But, again, too risky. I see nothing that suggests a real passion for getting on with the fight – just the usual presumptions of a super-elite, super-rich and super-cocooned politician of the gilded age.

    So I did watch the Daily Show interview last week, and was not surprised. As in most of her softball media appearances, she was both unctuous and vapid. But even I was aghast at the sheer emptiness and datedness of her one attempt to articulate a future for American foreign policy. She actually said that our main problem is that we haven’t been celebrating America enough, that we “have not been telling our story very well” and that if we just “get back to telling” that story about how America stands for freedom and opportunity, we can rebuild our diminished international stature. One obvious retort: wasn’t she, as secretary of state, you know, responsible for telling that tale – so isn’t she actually criticizing herself?


    • Aquagranny911

      I’m no fan of Andrew Sullivan but this analysis is spot on!

      • “we “have not been telling our story very well” and that if we just “get back to telling” that story about how America stands for freedom and opportunity, we can rebuild our diminished international stature.”

        I guess she hasn’t been paying attention but the guy she used to work for is quite popular globally and went a long way to restoring our stature after 8 years of Bush.

    • MsKitty

      and now their offspring, exploiting her nepotistic advantage with all the scrupulous ethics of her parents, is continuing the grift.

      Sully, tell us how you really feel about Chelsea. You’re kinda holding back here.

    • Joy


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- —THIS cain’t B posted ENUFF —

    — –2 CALL OUT da RE-THUGS!!!– – –

    – — -☺@CallOut4[THANK U♥] :>)

    Only Republican men oppose covering the full cost of contraception http://bit.ly/1xwLrnp pic.twitter.com/32pvhfq67q NYT/CBS Poll

    – – —:WE DA MEDIA”- – -Postin’ da FACTS- – —ENCOURAGIN’- —

    – – –☺http://www.she-genius.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/animated-gif-voter.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    – –Miranda♥ — SOS KERRY:- – –WE STILL goin’ FORWARD — – –>

    —–Lookin’ 4 a 12 Hour CEASE-FIRE. — – -Goin’ 2 Paris 2-morrow. :>)

    B BLESSED.♥- —