October 23, 2017

Monday Afternoon Thread: 70s Soul

This is that slow grind, muscatel and catfish sammich, lots of Newport smoking 70s soul. If you don’t quite know what that means, I can’t explain it any further other than it is routinely called “Grown Folks music” these days. These songs come from the GUT. LOL, you know the ones. This is our week to the “GUT” music.

Bobby Womack – If You Think You’re Lonely Now

Isaac Hayes – I Stand Accused

Lenny Williams – Cause I Love You

The O’Jays – Cry Together (Last Night)

Al Green – How Can I Mend A Broken Heart

  • Miranda

    I saw this tweet and immediately spidey senses went up:

    Black Churches Condemn Obama Administration’s Drone Policy as Murder and Evil http://bit.ly/W8xrli

    oh ok…these folks again…the same ones parading around trying to get on every TV and radio show to spout how PBO shouldn’t be reelected because of his same sex marriage stance. The ones claiming all their many many church members would not be voting for PBO because of that, now are on the drones bandwagon. Yeah…because Sister Hazel and Brother Johnny who usually get help with their heating bills from that elderly assistance program that’s bout to be cut on Fri, are so concerned about Al-Queda’s due process.


    • MonieTalks

      is RiPPa one of those leading Black emo-progs or was he just waiting to jump on the first headline with “Blacks” and “against drones” in it without looking at the bigger picture.

      These Family Research Council-loving kneegrows conveniently boike out with this after Miss Lindsay made his claims last week. They fools ain’t fooling nobody..only the people willing to blast a quick headline, no matter where it came from.

    • Jorge Rivas has written countless articles about LGBTQ rights, particularly same-sex marriage, yet he offers up Rev. Anthony Evans, who has been a strong opponent of gay marriage, as some kind of ally?

      I guess anything or anyone to go against PBO will do.

    • Anything or anyone to go against PBO will do for some of these EmoProgs.

    • Town

      I don’t go to church very often but when I do, there is not one word about drones spoken.


    • isonprize

      Yeah…because Sister Hazel and Brother Johnny who usually get help with their heating bills from that elderly assistance program that’s bout to be cut on Fri, are so concerned about Al-Queda’s due process.



  • MsKitty

    Okay, this missed the ’70s cut by thismuch, but this song screams brown liquor and Newports

    Lou Rawls – Your Good Thing (Is about to End)

    • TyrenM

      I just watched Lou Rawls “UnSung” last night. This song was prominently displayed.

      • Heard “I’ll See You When I Get There” this weekend. Lou was the man.

        • Ebogan63

          Lou Rawls – A Natural Man (1971) HQ

    • Miranda

      Oh this is the theme of the afternoon threads all week! You KNOW Lou gots to be included!

    • Ebogan63

      .”but this song screams brown liquor and Newports”

      You ain’t neva lied!

  • Admiral_Komack

    Former Onion Staffers Denounce CEO’s Apology For Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet
    Editorial freedom and the c-word.

    Former Onion staffers Monday reacted with dismay to the satirical newspaper’s apology for calling a 9-year old a “cunt,” saying the apology marked a loss of editorial freedom.


    • Miranda

      I wouldn’t expect anything less from them. These are the same type that think if Nas can say “Nigga” in a rap song, why can’t I, a white boy from the suburbs of Boston who wears Bob Marley t-shirts and Chuck Taylors and just so edgy and hipster!!

    • Baratunde used to work for The Onion. Here’s his tweet about The Onion tweet…

      BaratundeVerified account ‏@baratunde
      on @theonion tweet: extremely high risk move; missed target by WIDE margin; unnecessary; feel bad for Wallis; glad they removed. #bad

      Why couldn’t he just say “unnecessary; feel bad for Wallis; glad they removed. #bad”. Why the need to qualify?

      • Admiral_Komack

        “High Risk”?

        Why not “This is simply wrong!”

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – —***BIG FIST BUMP!!!***- —

        – — – – THIS- —>Why couldn’t he just say “unnecessary; feel bad for Wallis; glad they removed. #bad”. Why the need to qualify? – —-geesh!!!

        – —“WEASEL WORDS!!!” —–How could one NOT more VIGOROUSLY DEFEND THIS TALENTED- – -BLAH “Little Girl”?? —-A “LITTLE GIRL!!” — -GEESH!!!- —- –

        —-Guess there’s – –LEAVIN’ annnnd — LEAVIN’ F’REAL!!- –

        – —-DESPICABLE!!!- — DISGUSTING!!- —

        – —–ALLA DEM —-SOULS 2 HAIL!!– — — –

        – —Annnnd- —-BLAH JOURNOS/MEDIA!!- —WHERE U AT!???– – –

        – —- Good GET Sepia. – –Good 2 C U. :>) —

        • Hey GLH! Good to see you, too! 🙂

          • GreenLadyHere

            ***SMILES @ U*** :>) — – –

        • nathkatun7

          Exactly, GLH! “Big fist Bump” to you.

          • GreenLadyHere

            HEEY nathkatun7 —***BIG HUG*** :>) — How U B? :>)–

            –The “WEASEL WORDS” – —–***shakin my head*** —-

            — A little – – -FULL-THROATED” — -would have been MORE APPROPRIATE!! – –geesh!!

            – – –Good 2 C U nathkatun7 :>) – —

      • isonprize

        What did he think the ‘missed target’ was??

        I was also disturbed by “NewsONE” commentary. (scroll all the way down to the bottom…)

        Of course, we all know what the Onion was going for, but they failed miserably and this is not going away.

        Our Black girls deserve to cherished, respected, and protected just as much as their White counterparts. Before it’s all said and done, ‘The Onion’ will understand this is not a game.

        Of course, we all know… ???

        Do we know? DO WE? ‘cuz I don’t. I have no idea what the Onion was ‘going for’ with that disgusting, offensive tweet.

        Really, I don’t. Can someone explain this to me? SERIOUSLY??

        • Admiral_Komack

          When I saw what the Onion tweeted I knew what they were attempting; in my opinion they wanted to be edgy and cute.

          Well, it didn’t work.

          They slammed a 9-year old child of color and thought they’d get away with it.


    • Daltex82

      I would like to dedicate this to the former Onion staffers

    • nellcote

      Former Onion staffers
      Unfortunately the Onion twitterer isn’t a “former”.

  • TyrenM


    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL — — ***HANDS THIS 2 U*** —-LOL

      BUT — -NOT 4 drankin’. —LOL- —

      – — –WHEW LAWD!- — :>) — —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda/poU FAM♥- – — ***BIG HUG*** :>)

    – —SPEAK TRUTH!!!- — -MR. PRESIDENT / VP Biden/?FIRST LADY♥/SECOND LADY♥:>) – – -thANK U. :>)

    – —President Obama Addresses National Governors Association

    ——President Obama, Vice President Biden, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden addressed the National Governors Association during their visit to the White House, Monday.

    The National Governors Association met over the weekend for their annual retreat.

    • nellcote

      I kept reading that the governor’s ball was being held at the WH last night. The Governor’s Ball is also the name of the official Oscar party. I couldn’t figure out for the longest time why everyone in LA was flying back to DC for a party. LOL

  • So this tweet went across our twitter timeline last night:

    NY Scanner ‏@NYScanner
    Manhattan: Grand Central Terminal NYPD reporting a male is saying Bomb will go off in 13 minutes Bomb Squad requested Area being evacuated.

    I haven’t heard anymore about it, not even on the local news. This is the only thing I could find about this:

    Grand Central Terminal Bomb Scare Reroutes Trains, Fires Up Twitter
    Updated February 24, 2013 11:02pm

    GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shut down service of its shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central on Sunday night, and briefly had 4, 5 and 6 trains bypassing the station after a bomb scare halted activity to the transit hub, according to MTA officials.

    The NYPD would not comment on whether or not there had been a bomb threat in the station, and initially referred all inquiries to the MTA.

    At 9:40 p.m. a spokeswoman for the MTA subway system confirmed that the Times Square shuttle had been shut down, and 4, 5 and 6 trains were skipping the station temporarily, but would not say what the cause for the train diversion was, and said the commuter railroad, Metro North, would field any inquiries.

    A spokesman for the Metro North Railroad, which handles railroad operations at the station called the opeartion “an NYPD investigation,” but said “there is nothing wrong at Grand Central Terminal, which is what the MTA handles.”

    However, at 10:15 p.m., as trains returned to normal service, a spokesperson for the MTA suggested the reason for the rerouting was indeed a bomb threat.

    MORE: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130224/midtown/subways-bypass-grand-central-station-after-bomb-scare#ixzz2LwRL3iRa

    • Miranda

      What?!?!? A bomb threat??

      • Yep, and not one word about it on any of the local NY Tri-State area news affiliates.

        • nellcote

          It’s always a delicate balance since they don’t want to encourage copy cats.

  • Jay Carney ain’t playin’ with Boehner’s flunky: http://twitter.com/PressSec/status/306126513588301825

    • Ebogan63

      Really enjoying the ‘uncut’ Jay Carney, he tellin’ errybody to GTFOHWTSBS!

      • AxelFoley

        ‘Uncut’, huh? He might have to get an episode on TVOne now. 😉

  • Miranda

    Trayvon Martin’s mother: ‘My baby’

    “From that day until now, I’m still in disbelief. I just feel like he’s away. He’s away. I mean, in actuality, I know that he’s not coming back.” Sybrina Fulton told me over a seafood lunch in Maryland on Friday. “I’ve had people to die, pass away in my family. But the level that I’ve gone through with this is just, it just surpasses everything that I’ve been through. Not only because it was a sudden death. It was a minor. It was a teenager. It was a, you know, it was my baby.”

    Her baby was Trayvon Martin.

    more here

    • conlakappa

      Capehart? I too am looking at everything side-eyed today. That unneeded detail of the type of lunch… That poor woman. It must feel like he’s away. You send your son to spend some time with his father and he doesn’t come back.

  • GreenLadyHere

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

    – — YESSSSS!- — >These songs come from the GUT. LOL, you know the ones. This is our week to the “GUT” music— -Ooooowwwweeee! – -:>)

    – — -I keeep sayin’ — —YOUR VAULT is – –DA BOMB!! :>)

    —Iff I may:- — –☻ — The Stylistics – Betcha By Golly Wow– –:>) — -WHEW LAWD!! LOL —

    – —– –☻The Delfonics – Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time – -WHEW LAWD 2.0!! – –:>)

    – – –Lookin’ FORWARD- —-> :>) THANK U miranda— :>)

  • sagittarius

    Afternoon, Fam!

    I hope all is well. Twitter came for the NAACP, The Onion and Christine Teigen for their foolishness yesterday. The Onion got the message… we’ll see about the other two. Want to share this tweet from artist Lalo Alcaraz, whom I recently began to follow.

    Lalo Alcaraz ‏@laloalcaraz
    @TheOnion slipped up did what conservative “comedians” do,attack the weak, the disenfranchised, the other, in the name of taking their power

    • conlakappa

      What did the NAACP do that had people’s Twitter hands itching?

      • sagittarius

        Hi, conlakappa!

        Please see yesterday’s evening thread for all the POU Fam comments. This one was written by isonprize.

        The Crisis is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and was founded in 1910 by W. E. B. Du Bois

        Really, Crisis, REALLY???? Ben Jealous needs his azz beat like he stole something.

        @barackobama What will Sasha and Malia say when they see what the keystone pipeline does to our environment #NoKXL

        — The Crisis Magazine (@thecrisismag) February 24, 2013
        Who is paying Ben and nem? Seriously, WHO??

        • conlakappa

          Thank you. I’ve been sick since Thursday. What, you didn’t notice my absence?! /sobs gently

          • crazycanuck

            Ahh so you’re the one who gave me this cold

          • conlakappa

            Ha! You and half the people I know in life, apparently, whether in Canada, the Northeast, the Middle Atlantic, or the Mountain West

          • Admiral_Komack

            I hope you feel better.

          • sagittarius

            I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick! Recently, I’ve been so late to the threads that when I’m catching up, it seems like the gang is all here.

          • TyrenM

            You’ve been missed. I just returned to work today after getting sic Thursday nite.
            Black to it I go.

          • conlakappa

            Thanks. Sorry you took ill on the same day. It has been no fun.

    • I see the Crisis Magazine deleted the tweet about Malia and Sasha but never apologized. Here’s their response to someone who called them out:

      The Crisis Magazine ‏@thecrisismag
      @ChinaCat618 that tweet had no malicious intent and was obviously taken completely out of context. It was not an attack!

      • nellcote

        Now they’re quoting the NRA?

  • jds09

    Twitter serves such a useful function…it regulates white folks.

    They simply think that they can say anything at anytime with no real consequences. This Onion thing has sent me over the edge. The original tweet was bad but the defense of it by so-called liberals has put salt into a very old wound.

    I refuse to “get over it”.

    After I meet a deadline with work, I’m gonna separate my work shit from my twitter account (now I’m just lurking) and join the push back against these assholes.

    Fuck them and the horse they rode in on.

    • isonprize

      I’m not over it until that “Onion tweeter” writer is no longer employed at the Onion.

      Seriously. Think about the media type folks who have been fired or ‘put on probation’ for lesser offenses. (Roland Martin comes to mind.)

      A little 9 year old black girl who is currently in the media spotlight gets called a ‘cunt’ to millions of Twitter followers and the only thing that happens is that the Onion issues a weak apology?

      No, I’m not getting over this.

    • nathkatun7

      “I refuse to “get over it”.

      “Fuck them and the horse they rode in on

      Bravo, Jds09! Your comment is absolutely on the mark!

  • AxelFoley

    Lenny Williams “Cause I Love You”–Greatest Song of All Time. Period.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — FOCUS on —Ms. JOY-ANN- —-

    – —
    MSNBC Contributor: Beyond Defense, All That’s Left To Cut Are Seniors’ Heating And Milk For Children
    — –

    ——MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid said on Monday’s Now that the sequester cuts aimed at the Defense Department are the only effective way to cut wasteful government spending. She said that the Pentagon is “where the money is.” Beyond defense, Reid said, the only aspects of the budget that can be cut are “old peoples’ lights and heating,” food stamps, or milk for children.
    – -Both host Alex Wagner and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele remarked at the novelty of Congressional Republicans’ openly saying that sequester cuts to the defense department are welcome. They were surprised that the GOP’s instinct to protect defense spending has been trumped by the need to cut the federal budget.

    – — Reid said that this was simply the effect of “reality setting in.”
    “The reality — when you look at the federal budget – people say there is so much to cut, there is so much waste. There really, actually isn’t that much,” Reid said.
    “The big, giant pot of money is in defense and people have been loath to touch it for the reasons you said: the Republicans have stood in the way of ever touching the defense department,” Reid continued. “But there really aren’t other big, huge pots of money.”

    – —SNIP —-
    – — Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

    —–SHE BRANG IT- —A DOSE of REALITY!! —-:>) —

  • crazycanuck

    Peter Sagal ‏@petersagal

    .@TheOnion’s brand is boundary-pushing. They’re brilliant at it, which makes them invaluable. So: I give them a pass on one v bad call.

    • conlakappa

      Boundary is exactly the word that I used about The Onion in response to the person from whom I just heard about the nonsense around noon today. Pointing out that, yes, I’ll note that a child is ugly [no not to the face of the child or his/her parent or even behind any of their backs but stick with me, please; I’m not a monument to humanity] but there is definitely a boundary that was not pushed but trampled over while it was crossed. Like Gabby Douglas, this poor child might Google her name and then her parents are needing to explain what that word means. Yikes.

      But, hey, Peter Sagal says it’s cool so passes for everyone!

      Have the feminists [*cough*] come out yet to defend a child being maligned or is it the usual cricket chorus when it’s a nonwhite female person?

      • crazycanuck

        I wanted to respond ‘how very white of you’,cause I’m so pissed about this, but I checked myself and stepped back.

      • Admiral_Komack

        A Is For has.

        • conlakappa

          I saw that you posted that they stood up. Any of the other usual suspects who’d have lit a metaphoric match had it ben said of a white girl or woman of any age?

          • Admiral_Komack

            Not that I know of.

    • trose1

      Who is Peter Sagal?

      • crazycanuck

        his twitter acct mentions vanity fair, so i’mnot sure if he works for them. Here is his website. Apparently based in Chicago


        • goldenstar

          He’s a regular on the NPR show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

          • conlakappa

            Ah, so someone else who thinks his snark ain’t like yours.

          • trose1

            I knew his name sounded familiar. He has people who come for u when u tweet him.

    • isonprize


      I will not follow you on Twitter to respond. She is a 9 year old girl. NINE YEARS OLD. How is calling a 9 year old child a cunt pushing a boundary? This was not brilliant. This was mean, offensive, insulting, disgusting and misogynistic.

      NO PASS.

    • That’s mighty white of him.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I differ.
        He’s mighty brown…’cause he’s full of shit.

  • Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind slammed for blackface pic

    By Glenn Blain / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind was sharply criticized Monday for dressing up in blackface and a large Afro wig to a Purim holiday party he hosted on Sunday.

    Hikind said the costume, which also included dark sunglasses and a bright orange basketball jersey, was part of a “good fun” celebration of the festive Jewish holiday.

    “Yes, I wore a costume on Purim and hosted a party,” Hikind wrote on his blog Monday morning.

    … Hikind told the website Politicker, which first reported that he wore the costume, that a professional makeup artist came to his home to apply the makeup, which proved difficult to remove afterward. The assemblyman said he spent more than 30 minutes in the shower scrubbing his face and still could not remove all of it.

    “I came out and I wiped my face and I still had stuff on my face. It’s going to take me a while,” the assemblyman explained. “But it’s all worth it, I would do it again in a minute.”.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-assemblyman-dov-hikind-slammed-blackface-pic-article-1.1272951#ixzz2LwsdnVrK

    I wonder how he would feel if someone dressed up in a Nazi uniform or as a anti-Semetic caricature?

    • MsKitty

      Or if a Black person dressed as an Orthodox Jew, complete with suit, hat and curls? The mind boggles.

  • rikyrah


    where is the one from Ben Jealous?

    • trose1


    • isonprize


    • He’s too busy on the stroll for his new EmoProg Pimps.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Don’t hold your breath.

  • crazycanuck

    Oscar Pistorius wants to continue training while out on bail. How wonderful for him, if only Reeva Steenkamp could continue her career.

    • AxelFoley

      White privilege–never leave home without it.

      • conlakappa

        He has that not-quite-white look of someone from Capetown. I still want to know how someone with what are essentially shivs going to take those shivs to prison.

  • PBomb

    Apparently, one of the first people on Twitter to call The Onion out for that crap they pulled on Ms. Wallis was Wendell Pierce from The Wire.

    Oscars 2013: The Onion issues apology to Quvenzhane Wallis

    Actor Wendell Pierce from “The Wire” and “Treme” was one of the most outraged and posted a string of tweets in his feed, one calling for the writer of the post to be identified.

    “Let him defend that abhorrent attack of a child. You call it humor. I call it horrendous,” wrote Pierce.

    Read more here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscars-2013-the-onion-issues-apology-to-quvenzhane-wallis-20130225,0,5054940.story

    • nellcote

      one calling for the writer of the post to be identified.

    • isonprize

      saw that. Love Wendell even more for this!!

    • Wendell was not playing! And he was serving hot cups of STFU to the ones trying to defend the bs.

    • AxelFoley

      Props to Wendell for this.

      Y’know, I’m not a violent man, but I am a Taurus, so I can only take so much before I want to explode on fools. Let’s just say this Onion tweeter and that NY assemblyman with the blackface are fortunate to not be in my presence.

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      — -THIS: – —“Let him defend that abhorrent attack of a child. You call it humor. I call it horrendous,” wrote Pierce. – – –

      – – – -YES!! — -CALL HIM/THEM! OUT!! — –


      Good 2 C U PBOMB! :>) – – –

  • rikyrah

    Ted Cruz’s ‘curious’ defense

    By Steve Benen
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:02 AM EST

    We talked Friday about Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) affinity for McCarthyism, including allegations he made at a far-right event in 2010, when he argued that Harvard Law School harbored 12 secret communists — each of whom supported “overthrowing the United States government” — on its faculty during his time as a student there.

    As the story gained attention, the Republican senator’s office felt compelled to respond. So, Cruz aides contacted a website created by Glenn Beck — I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried — to explain that Cruz was correct and communists really did enjoy a role on the Harvard Law School faculty.

    His spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Blaze website that the “substantive point” in Cruz’s charge, made in a speech in 2010, was “was absolutely correct.”

    She went on to explain that “the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’ — a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism — and they far outnumbered Republicans.”


  • rikyrah

    Even in Texas, ‘never’ is a long time
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:11 PM EST.

    As “red” states go, Texas is a very long way from attaining “battleground” status. It’s been nearly two decades since any Democratic candidate won any statewide office, a dry spell that stretches to a quarter-century for U.S. Senate candidates. The state legislature is dominated by Republicans, and the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state was Carter in 1976 — before the South finished realigning.

    And yet, as Texas becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, and cities like Austin and Dallas become more progressive, Democrats have begun to look anew at the Lone Star State. A Democratic effort called “Battleground Texas” has begun to do something the party didn’t even consider for the better part of two decades — create a meaningful Democratic infrastructure in the state. Jeremy Bird, the former national field director for President Obama’s re-election campaign is reportedly heading up the multi-million dollar effort.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was asked over the weekend about whether his state might become electorally competitive in the near future, and he literally laughed out loud at the possibility, calling it “the biggest pipedream I have ever heard.”


    • MsKitty

      Funny story…last week I had to contact Gov. Perry’s office to follow up on some info they sent me for a work project, and they had to put me on hold a couple of times. Instead hearing of the typical Muzak, I got this looped recording from the Governor himself about how he singlehandedly led Texas out of the recession and that he was ready to stand strong against those evil Washington people threatening the Texan way of life, or somesuch. Really bizarre stuff.

      No one can ever accuse the man of having a low opinion of himself for sure.

      • jds09

        A few years ago while visiting a friend in Austin I took a tour of the capitol. If I remember correctly, its a weak governor system (he’s a figurehead on steroids) and the legislature is only in session for part of the year. I remember thinking GWB ran for president based on this gig?

      • AxelFoley

        LOL, the bawls on this dude. Same guy that let Mitt Romney slap him around in the GOP debates.

  • nellcote
    • crazycanuck

      LOL, I never noticed the puppy purse has a tiara

      • isonprize

        The tiara is just so ridiculous cute!! What a fun touch.

        It is so refreshing to see a little girl look and act like a little girl.

    • conlakappa

      My favorite comment:

      I read all about how the designers who were vyying to dress Quvenzhane were also making matching outfits for the puppy purses. Her mom contacted the puppy purse company to make her a bunch of different bags, and this particular puppy purse is actually modeled after her real Yorkie 🙂

      • GN

        I loved the comments there too. That article and comments section really was a breath of fresh air. (OT: glad you’re feeling better, conlakappa)

        • conlakappa

          Slowly feeling better, thanks. Just now have to recover from the fatigue and get my energy back. The husband took ill the day after I did. We were all kinds of fun during the weekend.

          • GN

            Yikes. Glad you’re feeling better though.

    • GN

      omg, what a sweetie pie!

      I forgot to mention how cute she was at the Essence’s Black Women Awards Luncheon where she was honored and thanked her babysitter.

      Quvenzhane is adorable.

  • rikyrah

    Glutton for Punishment

    by BooMan
    Mon Feb 25th, 2013 at 02:29:50 PM EST

    When Michelle Obama showed up at the end of the Academy Awards to announce that Argo had won Best Picture, she really upset J-Rube. The thing I don’t really understand is why J-Rube considers watching the Academy Awards one her “simple pleasures” when, as she says, it’s all “for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for [Michelle’s] husband’s election.” I mean, I am a liberal, and I can’t stand those people. Taken alone, I think some of them are outstanding individuals, but put them together for a self-congratulatory awards ceremony where everyone pretends to like each other while not-so-secretly lobbying and backstabbing, talking about “who” they are wearing, and otherwise taking ostentation and self-absorption into the stratosphere? Yeah, they make me want to puke.
    So, why was J-Rube sitting at home watching these people she hates so much in the first place? Was she really basking in the glow of all that beauty and fame until the moment that Michelle Obama appeared? Doesn’t sound like it:

    It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady. In a ball gown. With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her.


  • MsKitty

    Nothing I can say about this piece does it justice. Just go read it.



    • Miranda

      Damn…she left no stone unturned with that one.

    • MonieTalks

      Whew child! (waving the church fan, and singing the intro to “Amen”)

    • I agree with what she said, and I particularly loved this line: “Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence”. However, I wished she would’ve went in like this on Lisa Lampanelli’s ignorant ass, too.

    • isonprize

      Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence.

      One of many on-point, oh.so.righteous points!!

  • MonieTalks

    TeaNN and their muck again. I feel like blasting some Wu-Tang and get hype and ready to buck but Imma woo-sah.

    …..Following Michelle Obama’s Sunday night video appearance at the Academy Awards, CNN used a clip of Happy Days character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli jumping a shark on water skis to question whether the first lady had diminished herself.

    The 1977 Happy Days scene and the phrase “jump the shark” has come to describe the moment when a gimmick damages someone or something’s reputation beyond the point of repair.

    “An editor at Salon.com thinks the first lady is following in Fonzie’s footsteps by presenting the award for best picture at the Oscars,” CNN host Carol Costello announced on Monday after showing the Happy Days clip.

    Costello noted that the first lady had also recently met with Sesame Street’s Big Bird about her campaign to combat childhood obesity, appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show and talked to TV chef Rachel Ray “about those much-buzzed-about bangs.”

    “Some say maybe the Oscars aren’t the best use of the first lady’s time,” the CNN host continued. “Instead of all those cameos, she might champion some grittier political issues like the deficit, gun control or the pressing need for bipartisanship… Did Michelle Obama jump the shark at the Oscars?”

    read more: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/cnn-slams-michelle-obama-oscars-fonzie

    • Daltex82

      Next in TEANN’s new grasping at straws segment “Has MIchelle Obama jumped the shark?” LOL so tiresome.

      • Admiral_Komack

        NEXT ON CNN:

    • Miranda

      That’s why they have less viewers than a public access channel.

      • AxelFoley

        Bingo. Soledad needs to jump ship because CNN don’t see that ice berg that’s just up ahead.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Shit…is CNN.

    • nellcote

      well hey, it’s reported in Salon so the story’s “out there”. The media cycle of bullshit. She even got in the infamous “some say”!
      Instead of all those cameos, she might champion some grittier political issues like the deficit, gun control or the pressing need for bipartisanship
      Well sure because the won’t freak out if she’s politically involved. It worked so well for Hillary. NOT.

      • nathkatun7

        I stopped watching CNN in the Summer of 2009 because it had had become (along with FOX) the propaganda arm of the Teabag movement.

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Its the Erin Burnett dumbass channel now. Where they claim conspiracies on whether President Obama can shoot a gun, whether the Carnival Cruise was like Katrina, and that years after lambasting Hillary Rodham Clinton for doing too much on HealthCare believe Michelle Obama is not doing enough to emulate that.

    • Who is this editor at Salon that’s whining?

    • AxelFoley

      LOL, CNN becoming more and more irrelevant. Stay mad, CNN, while the First Family continues to shine.

      Fox-lite muhfuckas. Hell, I got more respect for Fox News than CNN, and I hate Fox News.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — ***BIG SIGH*** annnnd a ***YAWN*** — -WHAT ELSE is NEW???- —

    – —DC firefighters’ appearance with Obama under review – – – –

    – —– Washington firefighters who stood with President Barack Obama at a public appearance Tuesday are now under investigation by their department.

    The firefighters joined the president at a news conference to illustrate the impact forced spending cuts would have on police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.

    The White House sent a request to the International Association of Fire Fighters, said Ed Smith, president of DC Fire Fighters Association Local 36. Firefighters are routinely requested for events such as 9/11 memorial ceremonies and it has “never been a problem,” Smith said. “It leads us to question the chief’s motives.”

    In a statement to CNN, DC Fire & EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe wrote, “At the request of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, DC FEMS is simply reviewing its internal protocols for such appearances to ensure that both the Department and its employees are fully informed.

    “The DC Fire and EMS Department is not considering any disciplinary action against uniformed personnel for appearing alongside President Obama,” Ellerbe wrote.

    Smith is frustrated by the association’s actions.
    – – -MORE L8R- – –
    – -[Gotta “hit da road”- -C YA soon. :>)]- – –

  • lamh36

    Janet done done it again ya’ll. Her people just confirmed that her and the billionaire have been secretly married for a year.

    damn, the gov’t needs to find out how the hell she’s able to keep this shit secret for so damn

    • MsKitty

      I love Janet if for no other reason she keeps her business to herself. It’s so refreshing compared to most of today’s celebs who overshare.

      • isonprize

        Janet and Sade. Keep.it.tight.

    • nellcote

      how the hell she’s able to keep this shit secret for so damn
      I don’t think it’s that hard if you’re not paying people to have your business in the street the way most of these “celebrities” do.

      • THIS.

      • conlakappa

        It is her third secret marriage though. This is like an art form or something.

    • rikyrah

      a year!


  • MonieTalks
    • Alma98

      SMH John you can do better.

    • Dude looks like a lady.

    • nellcote

      I don’t understand what’s going on in that foto. It’s kinda freaking me out. Or maybe that’s the makeup.

      • MonieTalks

        Chrissy Teigen is the one pretending to bite the breast of the other woman.

        That’s how this trick gets down at a Vanity Fair Party, looking like a caked up stripper posing in the club and acting the same.

  • MsKitty

    Wow. These columns and blog posts are killing me today.

    Quvenzhane Wallis and Michelle Obama the subject of cruel tweets Oscar night: Jarvis DeBerry

    Dear Naomi, last week, when your mother and I left you in the care of a sweet older couple we know, the grandfatherly gentleman looked at your mother and me and decided you were too cute to have come from either of us. We both laughed, and I said, “You’re right.” You are cute, Naomi, and though I know a 5-month-old doesn’t yet understand words, when I tell you “You’re so cute” over and over again, you expose all your gums, reveal your dimples and cover your eyes with your knuckles as if to say, “Oh, Daddy, stop it!”

    But I won’t stop. There are many things I’m required to do for you: clothe you, feed you, change you, provide you shelter. But it seems no less important for me as your dad to tell you you’re beautiful. It’s not hard to do. In fact, I tell you first and foremost because the truth compels me. But there’s another reason beyond the obvious reality. You have entered a world that won’t be as kind to you as the couple that sat with you last week, and though Daddy intends to shield you from as many mean people as he can, some of them will get to you. They won’t just neglect to say you’re pretty, they’ll insist that you are ugly. They’ll tell you that something on you – your lips, your hips, your thighs, your bottom – is too big and that you ought to be ashamed of yourself. It’s my job to reach you before they reach you, to help you build up a sense of worth that can’t be easily toppled.


    • nellcote

      I’ll bet Naomi grows up glad she had a daddy in her life.

    • GN

      Beautiful piece!

  • MonieTalks

    I’m not sure if I posted here, but a few weeks ago, Michael Dunn, the killer of Jordan Davis refused to be served with civil lawsuit paperwork. Let me just say, that in the grand scheme of things, this denial and refusal of this punk Dunn is of the same pathology of those who would dare make an excuse for the dehumanization and attacks on OUR children, whether it be Quevenzhane, Gabby Douglas, Jordan Davis or Trayvon Martin.

    Michael Dunn, accused in Jordan Davis’ death, refuses to be served civil suit paperwork

    ,,,But Randall Hoke said what happened next is something that has never happened in his 20 years of serving paperwork.

    “He came out and was face to face with me on the other side of the glass and I explained to him as the guards were there, this was a 20-day summons attached to the lawsuits, etc., and you’re being served. And that was pretty much his answer: ‘No,’ as he stared you down and just said ‘You’re not serving me.'”


    • Miranda

      His arrogance is stunning.

    • GN

      He’s psychotic.

    • isonprize

      In what world do you refuse to be served papers? Really? WHAT WORLD??

  • jds09

    Charles Pierce nails PBO’s latest move…


    His Ronnie Lott reference is a thing of beauty.

    • isonprize

      A comment to Charles Pierce’s article that I TOTALLY agree with, though I’m still not a fan of “what PBO needs to do.” I wish we could cut ALL the $$ in these Re-thugs districts, just like they delayed Sandy funding. I know two wrongs don’t make a right (Yes, Mommy, I hear you….) but DAMN, I sure would love it…

      Now it’s time for a dose of our Daily Lyndon, as in Johnson. Namely, there’s a story, possibly apocryphal, that Senator Frank Church of Idaho kept quoting Vietnam War critic Walter Lippmann. One day Church asked LBJ about a bridge project and LBJ supposedly said, “Frank, ask Walter Lippmann to build it for you.”

      Well, BHO needs a dose of LBJ. We shouldn’t be cutting a percentage of federal spending in Boner the Alcoholic Bigot’s district; we should be cutting ALL of it, or as much as possible. They elected him. Kansas wants Sam Brownback? Let’s see Sam run his state without federal dough.

      For those who don’t know who Ronnie Lott is…

  • RIP Dr. Koop

    Former surgeon general C. Everett Koop dead at age 96
    Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY5:45p.m. EST February 25, 2013

    C. Everett Koop, the former surgeon general who brought frank talk about AIDS into American homes, has died at his home in Hanover, N.H., officials at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth announced Monday. He was 96.

    Koop, a pediatric surgeon with a conservative reputation and a distinctive beard, was surgeon general from 1981 to 1989 during the Reagan administration and the early months of the administration of George H.W. Bush.

    “Dr. Koop will be remembered for his colossal contributions to the health and well-being of patients and communities in the U.S. and around the world,” said a statement released by Chip Souba, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine and Joseph O’Donnell, senior scholar at the C. Everett Koop Institute. “As one of our country’s greatest surgeons general, he effectively promoted health and the prevention of disease, thereby improving millions of lives in our nation and across the globe.”

    MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/25/surgeon-general-koop/1947347/

  • STAR POWER. Hate on hatas!

    ‘Southern Wild’ 9-Year-Old DOGGY BAG Earns Mega-Cash

    Add “business mogul” to her resume — TMZ has learned, 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis was personally responsible for an EXPLOSION in the doggy bag market this AM … after rocking her puppy purse on the red carpet.

    A rep for Poochie & Co. tells TMZ, the stuffed Yorkie purse was specifically designed for Wallis — the youngest ever Best Actress nominee for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — and sales skyrocketed this morning after Wallis debuted the bag on the red carpet last night.

    We’re told Wallis has been wearing the company’s puppy purses to various media events since January — resulting in a steady double-digit growth for the company — but this morning, the company saw an exponential upsurge in sales numbers.

    MORE: http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/25/beasts-of-the-southern-wild-quvenzhane-wallis-dog-purse/#ixzz2LxVNieaM

    • GN

      9 years old and is already making a fashion impact + already has full grown adult haters. I hope her parents are strong and can preserve some semblance of a childhood for this cutie pie.

      • crazycanuck

        Can’t remember where I read it or heard it,but apparently her parents are very strict. Hope it’s true

        • GN

          Good; they’ve raised an incredible little girl so clearly they have their heads on straight.

    • TyrenM

      Glad to see her getting it in. It’s a bitch that The Onion and Seth McFarlane will live with her forever.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Werk, werk fashion baby!

  • lamh36

    Don’t snatch my hood card, but I luv watching old episodes of Reba on CMT. I even know the theme song. I can’t help it Barbara Jean & Van make me laugh…LOL.

    • AxelFoley

      Nah, boo, consider that card revoked!

      • isonprize

        LOL Don’t be mean, Axel. I like Bonnie Rait. Always have…

        C’mon, man. We get to be diverse, too. Don’t we?? LOLOL

        • AxelFoley

          LOL, I’m just playin’. My moms used to watch Reba’s show. And Bonnie rocks.

          Hell, a lot of songs in my iTunes are 70s and 80s pop/rock artists songs my white friends got me hooked on back in the day.

        • TyrenM

          I can’t make u love me, if u don’t. Love that.

          • isonprize

          • rikyrah

            it’s a classic

        • PBomb

          Bonnie Raitt is da bomb! Love her music.

    • Miranda

      Oh I watch it too…..and don’t let Mama’s Family be on…I will watch that religiously.

      • AxelFoley

        Mama’s Family was the SHIT back in the day.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — -Oooowee – – -THIS!! – —>Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”– — –

    —- — SaaaaaaaaaanG!!! :>) – —

    • isonprize

      And that would be Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes featuring one Theodore “Teddy” Pendergrass SANGIN’ If you don’t know me by now… Get up, get down, get funky, get LOOSE!!!

      re: their “outfits” …When men were very secure in their masculinity! Can you imagine anyone (other than Prince!) wearing these colors and cuts today? LOLOLOLOLOL

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY isonprize. ***BIG –PA♥ — – -HUG**** :>) – –

        – – — LOL – –***fist bump*** I KNOW –HUH! :>) – – —

        I promise that I was ONLY lookin’ UP- – – at their AFROS. LOL – –
        – – -RIHEP – – –“Mr. TEDDY” – –

        Good 2 C U isonprize. ::>) – – –

  • JOHN MAULDIN: Boehner Told Me Obama Has Balls Made Out Of Marshmallows
    Sam Ro | Feb. 25, 2013, 5:32 AM

    Investing veteran John Mauldin spoke on a panel at the California Resource Investment Conference held February 23 & 24 in Palm Springs.

    Mauldin shared an anecdote of the time he had a four hour dinner with Speaker of the House John Boehner. Apparently it was a dinner with lots of wine.

    He said to Boehner that it must be tough working with Harry Reid on the debt ceiling.

    And Boehner responded.

    “Boehner looks at me and says ‘Harry?! Harry ain’t the problem. It’s Obama. The man can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mauldin-obamas-balls-made-out-of-marshmallows-2013-2#ixzz2LxlRGC4G

    I think Bin Laden would beg to differ.

    • jds09

      What planet are these people on? Delusional.

    • Miranda

      Oh I’ve seen this phenomenon before! get drunk and start talking mad shit! Boehner is just the type.

    • AxelFoley

      So that’s what PBO’s balls taste like? I mean, John would know, considering all the times PBO has tea bagged him.

      • TyrenM

        Who you telling. Just one thing John. Ok 2. 1) Please Proceed Speaker. 2) No matter just don’t bite.

        • AxelFoley

          Oh, shit. No you ain’t go back to some old school NWA. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

        • Admiral_Komack


          I got your sequestration right here!

      • Miranda

        Romney and McCain musta told Boehner how they taste. http://p.twimg.com/A6BrmFqCUAEpeLf.jpg:large

    • nathkatun7

      John Mauldin, if he had good common sense, should have known that Boehner was simply PROJECTING! Here is a man who, in August of 2011, boasted about winning 98% of all he wanted in the debt ceiling agreement that brought us the “Sequester.” Yet he is now going around crying that the “Sequester” was all the fault of the President, despite the fact that he (Boehner), along with the majority of Republicans in Congress, voted for the “Sequester.” I wish we had reporters who asked serious follow up questions to these lying Republicans instead of acting like their stenographers.

  • MonieTalks

    Did y’all hear about this? Ain’t if funny how the NABJ’s outrage over Rev. Al could be heard miles away before he started his stint at MSNBC…but the outrage over CNN sounds just like a church mouse.

    Did NABJ raise a stink on twitter and other outlets? They were VERY PUBLIC with their criticism of Rev. Al…but announced this meeting with Zucker on a list serv?!

    CNN’s Zucker to Meet With NABJ to Discuss Network’s State of Black Journalists

    Bob Butler, Vice President of Broadcast for NABJ, posted a note on the group’s Yahoo list serve last night saying that he, President Greg Lee and Executive Director Maurice Foster, will sit down with Zucker today.

    • Miranda

      NABJ is just another organization that is all about appearances and not about substance whatsoever. They just have an annual “look at me” convention for their members to come party and pretend to be important.

      • itgurl_29

        They gave Beyonce an award for an article she “wrote” for Essence. They have no credibility and haven’t for a long time. This is why they stay mad at Rev. Al.

    • GreenLadyHere

      OO! OO! OO! – –MonieTalks – —Have THEY made a STATEMENT in DEFENSE of – -“Little Miss Quvenzhane!??- – –HUH!? – — — HUH!!?? –

      THOUGHT NOT!! – – – -geesh! – — –

  • Miranda

    Kids say the darndest thingsMy 2 yr old niece pointed to my sister’s breasts and said since there was milk in those, then she must have juice and water in hers.

    • Alma98


    • edp4bho

      Hi Miranda. I had to come out of lurking to LOL at that baby. 2 yr olds are my favorites. Good to see everybody holding it down here on POU. I can’t post from work- locked out- so I try to catch up at night. And saying a good one right about now. Food for thought- most whites do not like us; huge number of black men don’t like us; we are all we’ve ever had. Peace and love. Nite !!

  • lamh36

    Does Febreeze really eliminate odor or does it just mask da funk??? I think it just temporarily masks da funk

    • isonprize

      Febreze just masks the funk. The only product that I think actually works is “Ozium” I’ve only seen it in car store, Pep Boys, Autozone, etc… Comes in a little itty bitty can, but that stuff is the truth.

      • crazycanuck

        Glade is pretty good

      • isonprize

        For some reason, I can’t respond to crazycanuck. Disqus be trippin’ (again…) It keeps jumping up here, when I KNOW I clicked reply to cc. whatever, disqus, WHATeverrrrrrr.

        yeah, but Ozium bills itself as an air sanitizer. Not exactly sure what the difference is, but it works.

      • Yup. I was a cashier at a carwash, on the weekends, my jr year in college. Ozium was very popular. Supposedly it took the pot smoke odor right out of the car.
        Just saying it was rather expensive for its small size but still was a big seller… much more popular than the little pine tree things.
        This was back in the 70’s. I didn’t know it was still around.

  • Admiral_Komack

    But sometimes the preacher drones on and on and on…

    (Response to Town).

  • Admiral_Komack


    (Response to jds09)

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – – —-BLACK HISTORY MONTH MOMENT – – -FEB. 25 – –
    [-Oooweee – –SOMA THESE – –FIRSTS —INSPIRATION!! – –VERY NICE :>)] – – – – – –

    – —February 25: This Day in Black History– – –

    – – — -☻1950: Gwendolyn Brooks, on this day, became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book Annie Allen. She passed away in Chicago in December 2000.
    – – – – -☻1928: Born this day, Al Higganbothan, Jr., was the first African American (and the youngest person) to serve as a commissioner of a federal regulatory commission.
    – — — -☻1964: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion for the first time, on this day, by knocking out Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.
    – – – – -☻1965: Model, actress, writer, journalist, TV personality, Veronica Webb, was born on this day in Detroit, MI. She is also the first African American to have a major cosmetics contract (Revlon).
    – – – – – ☻1978: Daniel ‘Chappie’ James, Jr. passed away on this day. He was the first Black officer in the history of the United States military to attain the rank of Four-Star Full General.
    – – – – – -☻1986: Dionne Warwick, on this day, presented her cousin, Whitney Houston, with the Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female award at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards.
    – — – – –☻1992: Natalie Cole won big at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Traditional Pop Album of the Year and Best Engineered Album
    – – – – – ☻1992: James Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards on this day.

    – — – – — – –☺DIONNE WARWICK AND WHITNEY HOUSTON — -:>)–
    – – – -***TEARS*** annnnd – – –**SMILES*** —
    — —— – —☺Dionne Warwick & Whitney Houston- You’re A Friend Of Mine –:>)

    – — – – – — ☺Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole – The Grammy Awards (26 Feb 1992) – Unforgettable. – – –

    – ———- – ☺James Brown Live – Get up offa that thing – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — – –Awwwww. . . —“RIDE or DIE — “SMILES” :>) – –

    – — –Joe Biden’s New Official Portrait Takes A Cue From Obama – —

    ——The White House unveiled a new official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden on Monday. — –

    – – -COMMENTS: – –LOL – -☻ – twicetheprice
    I’m awaiting Fox News to start interviewing “body language experts” about these pictures telling us that folding your arms is elitist and that you don’t care about others.
    – – -[LOL – – –I KNOW –HUH! – –:>) ]

    – – -☻ PluckyInKY
    Love it! They both look like they’re thinking, “Ha ha ha ha baggers, couldn’t rid of us!”
    – – —

    – – – – -GOOD! ON! U! – – – -“UNCLE JOE” – — :>) – –

  • Miranda

    Chris Christie will not be invited to CPAC

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who has fallen out of favor with some conservatives in recent months, is not being invited to the Conservative Political Action Conference, according to someone close to CPAC who was not authorized to speak publicly.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/02/25/chris-christie-not-invited-to-cpac/?wprss=rss_election-2012

    • Admiral_Komack

      CPAC doesn’t want FatMan, but they DO want Chris Hayes!

      Nelson Muntz: “HA-HA!”

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -FOCUS -on —THE LADIES — -FIRST♥ annnnd SECOND♥

    —–Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Remarks to National Governors Association

    – – – –Jill Biden and Michelle Obama and talked about their initiative to help Afghanistan war veterans re-enter the civilian work force. They encouraged governors to enact legislation to assist military personnel and their .. Read More [21 minutes]

    – —- THANK U – -LADIES.♥ :>) – –BLESS U 4 ALL YOUR HARD WORK :>)

  • GreenLadyHere


    – -Orrrr—DID I MISS IT???? – — —–I! – –AM! –BEYOND!- – LIVID!!

    Annnd –how I C things: – – — -THEY — couldn’t DARE say anything about the –FIRST CHILDREN!! —Soooo – —SHE was the NEXT BEST BLAH – young person. —

    – – -Annnnd the – –“CBC”[CONSISTENT BLATANT CRITICS”]???? – —***crickets*** – —

    – – –THIS is a DESPICABLE annnd DISGUSTING – -TRAVESTY annnnd a “dark spot” – –on some parts of YT ‘merica. – –geesh!! – —

    — -NO “apology” — — can COVER IT. NONE!!! – – —

  • isonprize

    I took a break from the madness and listened to the music… I feel so much better now!!!!

    You simply cannot talk about 70s grooves and NOT mention the Spinners!!

    Could It Be I’m Falling in Love?

    Games People Play

    I’ll Be Around

    • conlakappa

      I got to see them then. I can still remember Philippe’s gusto as he sang Mighty Love.

      • Oh. You got to see them! I’m jealous.
        “This is our fork in the road…” I love that song!

        • conlakappa

          For some reason, a lot of acts came to Trenton back then. During what seemed like just a one-year period, I saw The Spinners, EWF, and LaBelle (both Sarah and Nona are from there so that was less random). All of them give it their all. I don’t know if it was lack of childcare or just really wanting me to be culturally varied but I saw a lot of good groups in my youth.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – –Uhhh – – -I’m tryin’ 2 –leave this alone —BUT – —-

    — – –Comedian (And Former ‘The Onion’ Writer) Baratunde Thurston Responds to Wallis Insult Controversy – —

    ——Comedian, satirist and author (“How To be Black”) Baratunde Thurston has just publicly come out with a statement responding to The Onion’s stupid and offensive tweet about Quvenzhane Wallis during last night’s Oscar boroadcast.

    His response was anticipated since Thurston, until last year, worked at The Onion as a writer and as their Director of Digital.
    The question is, do you buy what he says, or is he, pardon my French, trying to cover his ass?

    Here’s his statement completely unedited:
    I missed the Oscars last night, and so I missed the live tweeting, and so I missed The Onion’s tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis (just use google if you don’t know what i’m talking about). I’ve been flooded with questions about what they were thinking and why didn’t I stop it, and “SERIOUSLY BARATUNDE YOU ARE BLACK HOLLA AT YOUR BOYS WTF!!??”
    – —-SNIP —
    – – – –Second, I think I understand the underlying target of the joke: The Onion largely satirizes media and the general public. Everyone fawning over a clearly lovely and innocent little girl presents an opportunity to go the opposite direction with something contrasting and clearly false. It was also a take on tabloid media extremism. (I’m remembering the headline about the media’s struggles in covering Obama’s double homicide) but it was an extremely high risk move and missed that target by WIDE margin. Limited upside. HORRIBLE downside.

    – —☻I MISSED ERRYTHANG – – -BUT – —I UNDERSTAND the CONTEXT [the underlying target of the joke:] – –WHA’!!???? – –

    – — -☻Everyone —fawning – over a clearly lovely and innocent little girl presents an opportunity to go the opposite direction . .
    ———— -☺The TARGET was — — the FAWNING!!. . . –OhhhhhhI I —
    GET IT —NOT – –/MEGA-SNARK!!!! – – – –

    — ——- ☺ LOOK!!!! – – -The TARGET was that — LITTLE BLACK GIRL — BY that – – -DESPICABLE -YT –BOY!![annnnd CREW!!] – -PERIOD!!!

    – – —I MISSED those —“STRANGE FRUITS” — days – – – – -BUT I UNDERSTOOD what the TARGET WAS —– US!! – — WE NOT STOOPID!!!

    I have so many more thoughts – –BUT — -I’ll STOP here ONLY 2 SAY — –

    —— – -THIS MUST B soooo ENLIGHTENING!!: – –(“How To be Black”) — geesh!!! – —

    • aleth

      Tell this man to shut up ..wrong is wrong.

      Weak ass

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY aleth. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – –

        – – -***fist bump*** — — -He done gone – –ALL PHILOSOPHICAL in order 2 AVOID the —REALITY!! —

        THAT was a DESPICABLE – — VILE STATEMENT! – – – -PERIOD!!! – – –

        Good 2 C U aleth!! :>) –

    • isonprize

      It’s pretty simple.


      For a stellar example, See Wendell Pierce complete Twitter timeline.

      Here is but one EXCELLENT tweet from Wendell Pierce.

      @snarky_harding I’m not naive. I’ll defend a child.What offends me more is knowing they would never offend anyone in LA that could hire them— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) February 25, 2013

  • isonprize


    Steve @TheSteamer

    @WendellPierce So, what’s the age limit that works for you? It’s a joke.

    @thesteamer There is a concept of honor. I am about to literally see her. What kind of man would I be to let the Onion treat her that way.— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) February 25, 2013

  • isonprize

    Steve @TheSteamer

    @WendellPierce So, what’s the age limit that works for you? It’s a joke.

    @thesteamer I would never let anyone call my mother a cunt, and you wont getaway with calling Quvenzhane one.— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) February 25, 2013

    • rikyrah

      I love Wendell

  • GreenLadyHere

    —- –FIRST – – -COMMENT: – – –Brianna Amoré
    The idea that tax cuts somehow grow the economy has been disproven by factual evidence time and time and time again. In fact the only way to grow the economy is for the government to actually spend money on job creation and infrastructure investment. Tax cuts are like the kool-aid that every Republican must drink in order to join the party.

    – – -NOW: – -1 MO’ ‘GAIN – – — ->Wisconsin’s GOP Governor Proposes ‘Middle Class Tax Cut’ That Primarily Benefits The Rich — –

    – — –Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) last week unveiled a supposedly “middle class tax cut.” “”Our middle class tax cut is a down payment on my goal of reducing the tax burden in our state every year I’m in office. I want to cut taxes over and over and over again until we are leading the country in economic recovery,” Walker said.

    – – -But according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Walker’s definition of middle class is a bit off. In fact, his tax cut plan would deliver the majority of its benefits to the top fifth of Wisconsin earners.

    Meanwhile, “the lowest 20% of tax filers would receive a tax cut of just $2 a year.” People in the middle fifth would receive a whopping $43 dollars per year in tax relief. Meanwhile, those in the richest fifth would receive nearly $300: – – ——GOOD CHARTS!!!

    – — -HE/THEY soooo – –STOOPID!! geesh!!- —

  • rikyrah

    * Italy: “Italian voters delivered a rousing anti-austerity message and a strong rebuke to the existing political order in national elections on Monday that threatened to plunge the country into political paralysis after early results failed to produce a clear winner.”


    • conlakappa

      What would political paralysis even look like in Italy? It is always in disarray.