November 26, 2014

Monday Open Thread: African American Hoteliers

GOOD MONDAY MORNING, P.O.U.!

This weeks series is about African American Hoteliers

JAMES WORMLEY
(1819-1884)

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(Photo: Blackpast.org)

 

 

Wormley Hotel

Lafayette Square in the 19th century was the epicenter of political, social and civic activity in Washington, D.C. Originally the area was known as the President’s Square and just a block from the northeast corner of this common stood an establishment known as Wormley’s Hotel, probably the most successful private enterprise of its time in that area. From the humble beginnings of an African American family which had lived and worked in the White House neighborhood since the earliest years of the century, the hotel’s founder, James Wormley, developed an internationally renowned hospitality business catering to the most prominent visitors and residents of the capital.

James Wormley’s parents arrived in the District of Columbia about 1815, at which time James’s father Lynch engaged the services of the prominent lawyer Francis Scott Key to sue Smith Cocke for his certificate of freedom. Such a document was necessary at that time for any free black to be in business within the District. In those early years the Wormley family earned its livelihood from one of the only pursuits available to free blacks: personal service to the burgeoning community of white residents of Washington. Lynch and his sons were experienced horsemen and began to develop a successful livery business as hack drivers to politicians, socialites and businessmen.

Early Life of James Wormley

James, born in 1819 in the square adjacent to the west side of the park, started his business career in his youth as a jockey at the race tracks around Washington and first developed his personal skills driving the leaders of government around town in his hack. That experience exposed him to the private discussions of these men while they rode. James Wormley soon became a favorite by virtue of his skills and ability to maintain the confidentiality of private conversations as customers were driven to their destinations. Thereafter he became a steward on steamships, learning the trade of being a host and catering to the needs of his patrons.

In the early 1850s Wormley was named as the steward for the Washington Club, located in what had been the Rodgers mansion on Madison Place facing the Square. As steward of the preeminent Washington, D.C. club of its time, Wormley nurtured his relationships with the most powerful people in the city. Members of the club included the residents around and near the Square such as William Corcoran, Jefferson Davis, George Riggs and almost all of the nation’s military and public leadership. While serving as steward of the club, he also developed his own restaurant and hotel business at his houses on I St. between 15th and 16th Streets, N.W. When the club closed in 1859 the members held meetings at Wormley’s restaurant on I Street to discuss winding up the affairs of the defunct organization.

Wormley’s Famous Hospitality

The Wormley Hotel circa. 1884. (Photo: Donet D. Graves, Esq./The White House Historical Association)

The Wormley Hotel circa. 1884. (Photo: Donet D. Graves, Esq./The White House Historical Association)

As a result of Wormley’s associations with these prominent men, his services became more and more in demand. In 1860 when the first Japanese Commission was sent to Washington, Wormley was engaged to cater their sailing trip up the coast from Norfolk to Washington and then on to Philadelphia. His services must have been highly regarded, because in 1867 Secretary of State William H. Seward commissioned Wormley to have the next Japanese Commission accommodated for their entire six weeks’ stay at his houses on I Street. It was a singular honor for Wormley to have such an important delegation lodged with him, rather than at some of the larger and more commonly known hotels of the time like the Willard and the National.

Wormley’s hospitality acquired an international reputation. In his 1861 book about his travels in the United States, North America Vol. I, British novelist Anthony Trollope described his stay thusly; “I am bound to say that my friend did well for me. I found myself put up at the house of one Wormley, a colored man in I Street…I conceived myself to be greatly in luck.”

Civil War and Reconstruction

Through the Civil War years Wormley prospered. His business not only hosted military and political

Menu from the Wormley Hotel (Photo: Donet D. Graves, Esq./The White House Historical Association)

Menu from the Wormley Hotel (Photo: Donet D. Graves, Esq./The White House Historical Association)

leaders such as General Winfield Scott, General George McClellan and Senator Charles Sumner, his catering business was engaged to feed Confederate prisoners and late evening dinner meetings at the War Department. In May of 1862 he catered a six-day boat excursion along the eastern seaboard hosted by Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, who was joined by Secretary Seward and Attorney General Edward Bates, stopping to examine the site of the scuttled ironclad Merrimac. At the same time Wormley and his family were actively engaged in abolitionism, and his sons served on active duty in both the navy and ultimately the army.

By 1869 Wormley’s fortunes had prospered to the extent that he elected to expand his hotel business by acquiring the building at the southwest corner of 15th and H Street, N.W. By 1871 he expanded that structure by another 90 feet south along 15th Street. This building became the flagship of his enterprises, which also included the original five houses on I Street (subsequently known as Wormley’s Annex and also the Branch Hotel) and his farm with three country residences and race track on the north side of Pierce Mill Road in Tenleytown. This farm produced much of the foodstuffs used at the hotel and the track was a favorite location for the wealthy to race their horses.

The “Wormley Compromise”

The main hotel building became one of the District’s cornerstones for politics, diplomacy and social elegance for the final decades of the 19th century. At this hotel the disputed Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876 was purportedly settled, coming to be known as the “Wormley Compromise.” The rooms were the residence of choice of many foreign legations from all over the Americas, Asia and Europe. In its grand dining rooms numerous private dinners were conducted wherein discussions of important matters of the day were regularly pursued. Banquets were held on a regular basis hosting presidents and their cabinets, members of Congress, justices of the Supreme Court, the military, business leaders and the diplomatic corps. These occasions were described in the nation’s newspapers as sumptuous affairs replete with large floral displays, beautiful crystal and silver services, delicious food and wines and courteous staff. In an article describing the beauty of the dinner held in honor of the marriage of the King of Spain the hotel was portrayed by the following: “On approaching Wormley’s last evening … the front entrance …an awning was arranged forming a covered way from the street to the front door. Within the hotel brilliant lights and the sounds of delicious music greeted the guests. Spacious dressing rooms for the ladies were provided in the parlors on the left of the hall, where several maids were in attendance to take care of the wrappings…The four deep broad parlors on the opposite sides were thrown together forming a magnificent salon,…”. Even the entertainment was superb, including, on occasion, the U.S. Marine Band conducted by John Phillip Sousa.

Confidante and Friend

Extending beyond the confines of the hotel and restaurants, Wormley had become the confidant, nurse and host for some of the most famous individuals of the 19th century. He was reportedly the nurse for famous men such as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Calhoun, President Lincoln and family, William H. Seward, Vice President Henry Wilson and many others. After President James Garfield was shot and seriously wounded by an assassin in 1881, Wormley was retained to prepare special beef and chicken broths in an effort to nurse the suffering president back to health.

Wormley was an intimate of Frederick Douglass, John Mercer Langston, Charles Sumner and other civil rights leaders. His relationship with Sumner was so significant that Sumner gave James his personal souvenir copy of the 13th Amendment which contains over 150 original signatures. Wormley’s patrons included prominent citizens such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, John Jacob Astor, Jr., August Belmont, John Hay, Henry Adams, Henry James, Thomas Edison and others.

James Wormley died after a surgical procedure in Boston on October 18, 1884, and many of Washington’s major hotels lowered their flags to half-staff in tribute to his life. Under the leadership of his sons, the hotel continued its place at the pinnacle of Washington hospitality for another decade.

Donet D. Graves, Esq. ~ Author

(SOURCE: The White House Historical Association)

For more info, check out A Free Man of Color and His Hotel by Carol Gelderman.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah:)

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah:)

  • lamh36

    Good morning POU.

    First day of work after sleeping in new apt. Listening to THIS and Taraji P Henson is filling in for Jay Brown.

    Did yall know her and Idris Elba will be in a thriller movie together! !!!

    • Joy

      Yes…with Henry Simmons…can’t remember the name of the movie, but I think Idris is supposed to be a bad guy. Seems like that movie has been sitting on the shelf for a long time.

    • Alma98

      Good morning lamh.

  • jds09

    Good Morning Everybody!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG – -Cali – HUG**** :>)
      – – -Have a good day. :>)

      • isonprize

        GLH I forgot to say ‘good morning’ I’m already off to a running start. THESE hateful mofos got my pressure up already.

    • Alma98

      Good morning jds.

  • Joy

    Morning, all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday MornTin’ Joy. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      Have a good day. :>)

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Joy:)

    • Alma98

      Morning Joy.

  • isonprize

    AS IF we didn’t have any doubts about what these Kansas Re-thugs are trying to do…. ( I rarely link to DKOS but this is worth it…) These bastards are out for total destruction. ETA: and these are WHITE FOLKS!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Last night, in a legislative session that extended until 3AM, and might have extended to 5AM if Republicans thought the teachers would leave the building, Kansas Republicans put forward a bill that would, in effect, end public education.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/06/1290050/-Day-2-of-the-Fight-for-KS-Education-in-Topeka

    • Miranda

      These are the most ignorant mean spiteful white folks I have ever witnessed. They want us back in slavery, its really just that simple. They will strip away every inch of progress by black folks and if that means hurting themselves in the process, so be it. Just evil, plain and simple. No other word for it.

      • isonprize

        Exactly. That’s why I edited it to say “These are white folks.” Poor white folks and negroes are the same in their eyes.

        FOLKS had better wake the FCUK UP! We are at war on our home front and some of us don’t even know it.

  • Miranda

    This is some BULLSHIT. These mofos dont want us to have ANYTHING. They took from FAMU before just to hand over a thriving Law School to FSU, now they wanna take away the Engineering School. This is BULLSHIT.

    Senate approves money for FSU engineering school

    FAMU officials balk at surprise move, remember law school closing
    Apr. 4, 2014

    Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, opposed a budget amendment to provide Florida State $13 million to pursue its own engineering school, ending a 30-year partnership with Florida A&M. Joyner was a member of the final class at FAMU’s original law school, eliminated in 1965 by the Legislature, a year before lawmakers approved a law school for FSU
    Written by Paul Flemming

    In the shadow of unhappy history, the Florida Senate Thursday approved a state budget that includes $13 million for Florida State to pursue its own engineering school separate from Florida A&M, an action that recalled bitter memories of times past when lawmakers took from FAMU and gave to FSU.

    FAMU officials and alumni, including those in the Legislature, bitterly opposed the move to end a three-decade partnership with FSU in the joint College of Engineering. The budget amendment was passed on a voice vote and, later, senators approved their full $75 billion spending plan by a 37-2 vote.

    The money for FSU, first raised Wednesday evening as an amendment, prompted impassioned opposition from black Democratic members, most of them graduates of FAMU who told fellow senators how the Legislature in 1965 closed the university’s law school a year before the predominantly white FSU was granted funding to open its own.

    “Back in 1965, the Legislature did what it did that is similar to what’s being done today,” said Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa and an entering law student in 1965 as a member of the final graduating class of the original FAMU law school. “This is different for me than anybody here because it takes me back to a time when I sat in the stacks and studied as the books were being removed to Florida State.”

    Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine and the most prominent and powerful member of the Seminoles Caucus in the Legislature, insisted his amendment would not harm FAMU and would result in more admissions for black engineering students if FAMU had its own, stand-alone College of Engineering. He said the college’s accreditation agency requires admission requirements be the same for all students and that FAMU students have been a decreasing portion of students in the college.

    more here: http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20140404/POLITICSPOLICY08/304040005/Senate-approves-money-FSU-engineering-school

    • qosine

      Thrasher et al must be in the pocket of Koch $$$ going to the FSU economics department.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – – -Charles Stone Jr., veteran journalist and NABJ co-founder, dead at 89 – —
    – – – – -Longtime journalist and educator CharlesSumner “Chuck” Stone Jr, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89.

    Allegra Stone said that her father died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C. He’d been a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina for 14 years starting in 1991.
    THERE IS MORE
    – -RIFEP – –With APPRECIATION. – – — CONDOLENCES 2 ALL.♥ AMEN♥ –

    • isonprize

      Solomon Jones is a Philadelphia writer who does a stellar write-up on Chuck Stone.

      http://www.solomonjones.com/chuck-stone/

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Monday MornTin’ isonprize. :>) ***BIG HUG**** :>)

        — -THANK U. –Very sensitive. :>)
        Good 2 C U . B BLESSED. – – -:>)

  • Miranda

    Hateful ass bastards.
    ————————
    KS House, Senate OK school finance bill that eliminates due process for teachers
    By Bryan Lowry
    Published Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.

    TOPEKA — A bill that allocates millions more to schools but also strips teachers of a protection they have had since 1957 will head to the governor’s desk.

    Both the House and Senate passed compromise bill HB2506 at the tail end of a marathon work weekend.

    The House voted 63-57. The Senate voted 22-16.

    The bill would put $129 million toward addressing inequities to satisfy a March 7 Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

    It also would eliminate public school teachers’ right to due process hearings that was established by a 1957 Supreme Court case. And it would provide tax breaks for corporations that donate to scholarships for private schools.

    Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/04/06/3388925/kansas-senate-convenes-sunday.html#storylink=cpy

    • isonprize

      Yup. And they want to reduce the teachers salaries to 0. ZERO! Then make them INDIVIDUALLY re-negotiate their pay.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Gallup found that as the March 31 deadline for enrolling in federal and state health exchanges under ObamaCare approached, more people obtained health insurance. – -[Woo! Hoo!]

    It found the uninsured rate has dropped about the same amount among adults aged 26 to 64 and those aged 18 to 25.

    Between the end of last year and the end of March, the uninsured rate has dropped about two percentage points among those aged 18 to 25.

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  • Miranda

    SMH……great job, telling a room of journalism students it would be great if the state’s largest newspaper went out of business.
    ————————-
    Julie Hermann: It would be ‘great’ if The Star-Ledger went out of business
    April 07, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    The Star-Ledger laid off 167 people last week, the latest round of devastating cuts in a struggling industry. They were advertising execs and business writers, clerks and copy editors. Some had worked at the newspaper for decades. Most have families and mortgages.

    It was, for anyone who works here – or, for that matter, anyone with an ounce of compassion – an awful couple days.

    Clearly, it wasn’t for Julie Hermann. She must have been tickled, because this is the same woman who stood up in front of a class of journalism students a few weeks ago and said it would be “great” if the newspaper died.

    No, really. Great. That was her word. The Rutgers athletics director, in a wide-ranging discussion with the class, was talking about her own rocky introduction with the media in New Jersey when … well, here is the exchange:

    “If they’re not writing headlines that are getting our attention, they’re not selling ads – and they die,” Hermann told the Media Ethics and Law class. “And the Ledger almost died in June, right?”

    “They might die again next month,” a student said.

    “That would be great,” she replied. “I’m going to do all I can to not give them a headline to keep them alive.”

    Well, whoops on that, Julie.

    This comment and others were revealed this week when a student wrote about her classroom visit on the website Muckgers.com. He provided NJ.com with a copy of the recording.

    Forget, for a minute, what you think about the newspaper. It doesn’t matter if you think its Rutgers’ coverage stinks, or its news coverage is biased, or if its columnists are too smug for their own good.

    What matters is this: The Star-Ledger employs a lot of people. And if the Rutgers athletic director thinks it would be great if it closed down, then she relishes the idea of seeing those people lose their livelihood, their benefits and maybe more.

    more here: http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootball/index.ssf/2014/04/julie_hermann_it_would_be_great_if_the_star-ledger_went_out_of_business.html

    • MsKitty

      When I was in the Rutgers journalism program years ago more than a few students had internships at the Star-Ledger. If that’s still the case, then the newspaper “dying” would close off one avenue for Rutgers J-students to get the practical experience they need to get their foot in the door when they graduate.

      Nice one, Julie.

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

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥ – –***BIG HUG** :>)Hadta find a song 2 HONOR YOUR Series. :>)

    — -Sooo looking FORWARD 2 the learning. –:>)

    — – – -☺HOTEL WORMSLEY: – – – -AN INTERNATIONAL GIANT: – –
    – – —The main hotel building became one of the District’s cornerstones for politics, diplomacy and social elegance for the final decades of the 19th century. At this hotel the disputed Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876 was purportedly settled, coming to be known as the “Wormley Compromise.”The rooms were the residence of choice of many foreign legations from all over the Americas, Asia and Europe. — –

    -Woo! Hoo! :>) – -Look @ US! :>)

    – – -☺ENJOY♥ — -http://img4-1.myrecipes.timeinc.net/i/recipes/ck/06/12/hot-chocolate-ck-1559194-x.jpg

    —B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – – –:>)[Gotta “bounce” HUGS♥]

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning Folks,I guess the stupid will continue this week.

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    #Racists Arrested After Savagely Beating #Veteran Because ‘Blacks’ Are Allowed In #Military (Video)
    http://ow.ly/vvaQ9

    • Miranda

      “They were saying, ‘How can you be in the military when they let black people in the military?’ They used the ‘n word’, saying [he] was an ‘n-word’ lover,” says girlfriend Angela Deguise.
      ——————————-
      Put them in the same cell as the fools that beat up the man that stopped to help the child he accidentally hit. Let them kill each other in their ignorance.

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Gorgeous sun and flamencos!

      • Alma98

        Good morning qosine, thank you.

    • crazycanuck

      Nice. Good Morning

      • Alma98

        Good morning cc, how goes the bathmat hunt lol.

        • crazycanuck

          Was told by a friend to check Ikea,so I may head there at some point. I so love that $50 mat though lol. I’ll see if I can find a pic for you.

          • Alma98

            If you like throwing away money then throw some my way will ya lol.

          • crazycanuck

            LOL, Found a pic

          • Alma98

            I didn’t know Lacoste made rugs, that explains the ridiculous price lol. I’m sorry cc but no I’m not paying for someone’s name, noooo way. If you must here’s one for 29.99 at Zappos lol.

            http://www.zappos.com/lacoste-memory-foam-bath-rug

          • crazycanuck

            oh wow! thanks and it ships free. Will still chk Ikea first. I was told they have mats for $12

            Didn’t realize Lacoste was a big brand name

          • Alma98

            I’d go for Ikea if I were you.

    • GreenLadyHere
      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, what a lovely description.
        I hope you’re having a good day the weather is nice here. Blessings to you & the family.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma —Thank U. :>) Good – -on your weather. -I’ve sent HIM –home :>)
          Blessings ALWAYS appreciated. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Those birds look suspiciously like the murdering bird that ate my fish…avian pendejo!

      However, I forgive you so I will wish you a good day anyway.

      • Alma98

        LOL… Sorry AG, I liked it more for the sun than the birds. I’ll make it up to you tomorrow with a sun for you.

        • Aquagranny911

          You are so sweet. I know those are flamingos but they eat fish too. My outlook on the avian species has gotten really jaded in the past week.

          • Alma98

            No worries lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon Alma.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah.

  • MsKitty

    I can’t stop laughing at this pic. What it doesn’t show is the shotgun Pops had perched just inside the doorway LOL.

    https://twitter.com/SBNation/status/453180834624045056

    • Alma98

      LMAO! I wonder her date thought after he saw that pic lol.

      • Aquagranny911

        That was probably their last date, lol!

        • Alma98

          LOL

    • crazycanuck

      Pops is like ‘just give me one good reason’ lol

    • Aquagranny911

      LMAO! Brings back memories of my own Papi & brothers giving the evil eye to the chicos who were brave enough to try spending time with Sis & I.

      Sis has always said that our social life was severely figged over by our male relatives. That’s why we turned into terrible sneaks or we would have remained virgins forever!

      • Alma98

        My brothers used to follow me sometimes lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          LOL! I feel you! Ours “had words” with a few they did not like who came “sniffing” around Sis & I. They scared off one bad hombre that I was so in love with when I was about 14.

          He probably was scum but he was muy cute & had a car. That was a BFD in my world then.

          • Alma98

            LOL!

      • MsKitty

        I’ll have to send this picture to my cousin. He has three teenage daughters and they are all gorgeous, so he’s been working overtime keeping the boys in check.

        • Aquagranny911

          You might get a laugh. My Sis’s Hubby was one of the “bad boys” when he was a chico. He had three daughters & nearly lost his mind when they were teens because he “knew just what the boys were after!”

          My Hubby told him once that Dios was getting even by giving him daughters.

          • TyrenM

            That ain’t right.

          • Aquagranny911

            I know it isn’t but my Hubby & BIL are like brothers, knowing each other since the were very young chicos. They have a special bond & do tease each other like brothers do sometimes but there is lots of history & love there.

        • isonprize

          Oh my dad didn’t make it easy for me to even GET a prom date. My house was built such that the kitchen was the natural hang out spot. The other rooms were more formal, so the kitchen was the place to be.

          One time, when a ‘potential’ boyfriend came over, Daddy decided it was the perfect time for him to clean him gun. AT.THE.KITCHEN.TABLE.

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO! I love it! I think you told this one before but it never gets old. Just got to love our Dad’s & brothers who cared for us so much & wanted to protect us even if that could be real irritating at times!

          • isonprize

            “I” never forgot it, I suspect he never did either… LOLOL

          • MsKitty

            isonprize’s Dad for the win LOL

          • isonprize

            Hey MsKitty. Of course, it didn’t help that he was already a police officer! LOLOLOL

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

            Oh snap! LOL

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

      LOL

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

    Rut roh!

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  • crazycanuck

    I want some chips, I want a glass of wine with cheese, I was a cup of coffee lol

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL crazycanuck. Good MornTin’ :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      — -WHOA! — What a varied appetitite. :>)
      — -Oooo-Kaaay :>)- —

      — —-☺http://i0.wp.com/whyismarko.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/chips-and-salsa.jpg
      — – –☺http://79.170.44.110/hounslowconservativeclub.com/files/Cheese%20&%20wine.jpg
      — – —☺http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss75/LadySandee/AnimatedGoodMorningwithCoffeepourin.gif

      — – -ENJOY. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -

      • Aquagranny911

        You are evil today, Great Green Lady! The poor woman is suffering great deprivation of sustaining foods in the interests of health & well being, no matter how weird that may seem to us & you have brought TEMPTATION.

        Seldom would I ever say this to so great a personage as yourself but…GO TO THE LOUNGE!

        Sorry & I do ♥ you so much. BIG HUGS but the tisking Granny is yours for today!

        • GreenLadyHere

          ☺http://files.shroomery.org/files/06-19/709142654-waving-cactus.gif
          Good MornTin’ Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)
          – –How could I 4-get her — dietin’? :>) WAY-ELL –I did. :>)
          – –☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1151255/walking-away-o.gif
          –Sooo that’s — -WHA’ –HA’ –HAPPENED. :>)

          —Have a good day. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE♥- – :>)

      • crazycanuck

        Good thing we can’t eat stuff virtually lol.

        • Aquagranny911

          Lucky for you & I already sent GLH to the lounge for tempting you. Stand strong, Chica! You can do this! When it is over we will have an orgy of eating that will probably undo the entire diet, lol.

          Why are you doing this? Is it a cleansing or an initial weight loss thingie?

          • crazycanuck

            No big reason really, just to be healthier.I was already going that route trying different things. I’m doing this with several people.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL crazycanuck — -Sorry. :>) U can SAVE these –4 AFTA your –“CLEANSING Period”. —
          ***snatches them back*** :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! You are on a special limited time diet for what ever perverted reason Canadians do such. You only have about another week. Are you going to wimp out or are you going to stand strong & tough it out?

      You chose to set yourself on this. You can do it! I have faith in you. Do not let me down or I may have to come up there & force feed you some veggies from my garden before they are all gone. Just saying…..

      • crazycanuck

        LOL, yes Mother.

  • crazycanuck

    Need a stuff cabbage recipe that does NOT include mushroom,yuck on the mushrooms. No nuts either.

    • Miranda

      You insist on running off all your friends don’t you.

      http://www.spotwash.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Pepe_Le_Pew.png

      • crazycanuck

        LOL, OMG I hate pepe le pew

    • Aquagranny911

      OK, no mushrooms, no nuts, no cheese…do you like egg plant? What about acorn squash? I have a couple of things you could do with that provided you can also have onions, garlic, maybe some peppers, chilies etc.

      I’m no great fan of suffed cabbage but I do have one that involves egg plant that is edible, sort of.

      • crazycanuck

        Love eggplant and squash

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT♥

    — —☺April 7, 1915

    Billie Holiday, blues singer, born in Baltimore, Md.

    — – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbO4QCesRLc
    —- — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

    —–HAPPY BIRTHDAY —With PROFOUND APPRECIATION.♥-
    ——☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c

  • Miranda

    Y’all can’t act right even for charity??

    Published on Apr 7, 2014
    A large brawl broke out during a charity hockey match between New York City police and firefighters on Long Island. Video show players from both teams clearing the bench and throwing punches while referees are seen trying to break up the fights. (April 7)

    • Alma98

      Shameful!

    • Worldwatcher7

      Waiting for the disapproving posts and tweets labeling them thugs, since that’s what immediately happens to Black folks.

      • isonprize

        uh huh, uh huh. Don’t hold your breath…

    • TyrenM

      Really give the people their monies worth.

    • AxelFoley

      Nuthin’ but a gangsta party.

  • Miranda

    Percentage of uninsured Americans hits lowest point since 2008
    BY AARON BLAKE April 7 at 12:00 pm

    The percentage of Americans who have no health insurance has hit its lowest point since 2008, according to new data from Gallup.

    The numbers come a week after the White House announced that over 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the health-care exchanges created by Obamacare.

    The percentage of Americans with no insurance has dropped from 18 percent six months ago — when the health insurance marketplaces opened — to 15.6 percent today.

    The last time that number was as low was around the time of the economic collapse of 2008. In the latter part of that year, 15.4 percent of Americans had health insurance.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/07/percentage-of-uninsured-americans-hits-lowest-point-since-2008/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

  • Miranda

    Loving this student’s reaction because it would SO BE MINE! LOLOL

    https://twitter.com/TheObamaDiary/status/453205626487709696

    • Alma98

      LOL I love that!

    • Joy

      Love that one and girl staring at her hand after PBO shook it! She is too cute…LOL.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkofOZdCIAA0JFL.jpg

      • Miranda

        Too precious!

      • Worldwatcher7

        She’s wondering if she’ll ever wash that hand again.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -A BLACK HISTORY MOMENT-A FIRST! -2.0 –:>)

    —–☺74 Years Ago Today: Booker T. Washington Becomes 1st African-American Honored on a U.S. Stamp– –

    —- – -The U.S. Postal Service regularly honors African-Americans on stamps in the present day, but Booker T. Washington was the first Black person to be honored in this way on April 7, 1940.

    Washington was part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Famous Americans Series. The stamp was issued at a cost of 10 cents.

    Washington was a prominent educator, having founded Alabama’s Tuskegee Normal Industrial School, which was renamed Tuskegee Institute in 1937. He was born enslaved on April 5, 1856, in Hale’s Ford, Virginia. He died in Tuskegee, Alabama on Nov. 14, 1915.
    THERE IS MORE- — —
    — -CONGRATULATIONS♥ — -With APPRECIATION♥:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – -MR. PRESIDENT HONORED this EVENT: —

    — -Rwandan people mark 20 years since genocide- —

    —- -Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.

    Bloodcurdling screams and sorrowful wails resounded throughout a packed sports stadium as world leaders and thousands of Rwandans gathered to hear of healing and hope.

    “As we pay tribute to the victims, both the living and those who have passed, we also salute the unbreakable Rwandan spirit in which we owe the survival and renewal of our country,” said President Paul Kagame.

    Kagame and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon together lit a flame atthe Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which estimates that 1,000,050 Rwandans perished in three months of machete and gunfire attacks mostly aimed at the country’s minority Tutsi population by extremist Hutus.

    —- -Missing from the stadium was the French government, which Rwanda banned. In an interview published in France on Monday, Kagame accused the former African colonial power of participating in some of the genocide violence.</i
    THERE IS MORE —

    —-CONTINUNING 2 PRAY 4 – – the PEOPLE♥ —AMEN♥—

  • Worldwatcher7

    Good morning POU! It’s a beautiful spring morning here, and I’m off to celebrate my birthday by doing whatever the heck I want. Have a blessed joy-filled day!

    • Joy

      Happy Birthday, celebrate well!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks Joy; will do!

    • qosine

      Happy Birthday,Worldwatcher7!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks qosine!

    • GreenLadyHere

      WAIT! — -WHA’???—OMWORD! – -SoooMUCH 2 do. :>)

      – – -HAPPY BIRTHDAY- -Worldwatcher7♥ :>)- –

      – — -☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZVl3g4WfT_M/TMuo4LC7fhI/AAAAAAAAHv0/Qt8GYeys1pI/s1600/birthday+flowers.jpg

      — – –☺http://img.lovemyprofile.com/68/Happy_Birthday_Balloons.gif

      – – – – -☺http://media.cakecentral.com/modules/coppermine/albums/userpics/60927/normal_3-Tier_Birthday.JPG

      Annnnd ☺http://peekintomylifeasasportsmom.com/wp-content/uploads/Birthday-Presents-Picture.jpg

      — -WHEW LAWD!!- –:>)

      — -B BLESSED — -on your – -SPECIAL /DAY♥- -:>)

      • Worldwatcher7

        Many thanks and virtual (((hugs))) to you Ms. GLH. Now I feel like a spoiled little princess!

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL Worldwatcher7 :>) — -It’s YOUR DAY. :>) We jus’ –live in it. :>) –B BLESSED. :>)

    • crazycanuck

      Happy Birthday!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks CC and have a great day.

    • rikyrah

      Happy Birthday!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks Rikyrah!

    • isonprize

      Worldwatcher? Watch the world!!! Have a blast!!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks; I’ve got my eye on it.

    • sagittarius

      Happy Birthday, WW7! Enjoy your day!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks Sagittarius.

    • Alma98

      Happy Birthday WW7! Have a great one!

      • Worldwatcher7

        I’m working on it, thanks.

    • MsKitty

      Happy Birthday!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thank you Ms. Kitty, I appreciate all of the well wishes I’ve received.

    • TyrenM

      Happy Birthday WW7!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks for the good vibes Tyren.

    • AxelFoley

      Happy Birthday, WW!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Thanks Axel!

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m way late to the party. I had a meeting this morning but…

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have enjoyed your day!

    • Admiral_Komack

      I apologize for being late.
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY WORLDWATCHER 7!

  • crazycanuck

    Us Weekly ‏@usweekly 8m
    Breaking: 25-year-old Peaches Geldof has reportedly died in England. More details to come….

    • MsKitty

      Is that family cursed or what?

  • Miranda

    SMH…..The more stupid you are, the more you want to fight…makes sense why McCain wants to start a war.
    ——————-
    The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene
    BY KYLE DROPP, JOSHUA D. KERTZER AND THOMAS ZEITZOFF
    April 7 at 10:18 am

    Those Who Don’t Know Where Ukraine Is Support InterventionA new Survey Sampling International poll found that only 16% of Americans can find Ukraine on a map and this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: “The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.”

    “Even controlling for a series of demographic characteristics and participants’ general foreign policy attitudes, we found that the less accurate our participants were, the more they wanted the U.S. to use force, the greater the threat they saw Russia as posing to U.S. interests, and the more they thought that using force would advance U.S. national security interests; all of these effects are statistically significant at a 95 percent confidence level.”

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/07/the-less-americans-know-about-ukraines-location-the-more-they-want-u-s-to-intervene/

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- — -MR. PRESIDENT♥- — :>)

    — – -☺”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnQr6yXTghE

    —ALWAYS GIVING— annnd makin’ people — –

    — – — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM&feature=kp

    —BLESS U SIR♥- —:>)

  • crazycanuck

    Oh for pete’s sake

    Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

    TIME.com ‏@TIME 13m

    Update: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there’s “no discussion of a ban” on presidential selfies http://ti.me/1hl5gt0

    • Miranda

      Our media is really dumb….really..really…dumb.

    • Worldwatcher7

      Bless the WHPC for always tackling the big issues. My heart has been so troubled by this selfie crisis. Maybe I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

    • isonprize

      Do you know what I could do with even a tenth of their salaries???

  • Miranda

    Good Lord….this makes you almost yearn for the days when dumbass Andrew himself ran the place.
    ————————
    Breitbart’s Punk Rock Conservative Ads Are Just Tired Sexist Jokes
    LUCY WESTCOTT 1 HR AGO / POLITICS

    Beware of Los Angeles bus stops this week: Breitbart California launched on Monday with a series of awful ads including Nancy Pelosi on all fours and Mark Zuckerberg with exposed female breasts. The posters seem like they’re going for fresh and DIY and edgy, but instead they’re tired sexist jokes that reek of desperation for controversy.A poster from Breitbart California.

    The new West Coast venture of Breitbart News’ expanding conservative blogging empire takes aim the Democratic political elite — notably Pelosi and California Gov. Jerry Brown — and Silicon Valley. But the controversial rollout of Breitbart’s California operation is another attempt to push the counterintuitive idea that being conservative is an act of rebellion.

    more here: http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/breitbarts-punk-rock-conservative-ads-are-just-tired-sexist-jokes/360272/

  • isonprize

    Disqus is squirrely today…

    They’ve been blah before, controversial and just plain boring, but The New Yorker cover, THIS New Yorker cover? THIS ONE get’s it RIGHT!! LOLOLOL

  • Miranda

    WOW!!! DO THE DAMN THANG LADY!!!

    Louisiana State University gymnastLloinimcia Hall earned a perfect 10 for her floor routine, and the video posted to YouTube has gone viral.

    The January 31 routine was the LSU junior’s third career perfect score on the floor exercise.

    The Dallas native’s perfect score helped the tiger’s defeat the University of Alabama 197.650-196.825.

    • Alma98

      She worked the hell out of that routine!

      • crazycanuck

        She did, since when do they have a mat at the corner of floor routines?

        • Alma98

          You got me?

        • isonprize

          CC, I saw that also. Of course, there will be folks that say the ‘corner mat’ gave her an unfair advantage.

    • isonprize

      I have always said that when little black girls finally got into to gymnastics, it would be over. WELLLLLLL, IT’S OVER!! Over, I tell you. OVER.DONE.FINISHED!

    • Joy

      She was amazing and that sista’s got some thighs!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥- –GIT! — -GIT!—GIT!- -READY — -4 – – -☺http://fulltwist.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/medal-2012-460×250.jpg

      — – -CONGRATULATIONS♥- – –Sooo PROUD of U♥- –B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Wow!! She’s unstoppable! Perfect. Just perfect!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -Jus’ gotta show MR. PRESIDENT –HERE. :>) —

    – – -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka [THANK U♥]—
    President Barack Obama visits a 10th grade microbiology class during a visit to Bladensburg High School. pic.twitter.com/fkKrve5Fri

    THANK U♥ 4 your ENCOURAGEMENT –2 the students. :>)

  • Alma98

    Is this shit for real?

    TIME.com ✔
    @TIME
    Update: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there’s “no discussion of a ban” on presidential selfies http://ti.me/1hl5gt0

    • crazycanuck

      Apparently so, I posted it below. Idiots

      • Alma98

        They are complete jackasses!

        • crazycanuck

          You are being way to kind

          • Alma98

            Sorry cc I didn’t see yours before I posted.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥– –Luvin’ – – -Lookin’ -BACK)

    — ☺ @NerdyWonka[THANK U♥]
    Today In 2009: President Barack Obama receives hugs from excited U.S. Troops during his visit to Iraq. pic.twitter.com/7RoOX9u7fJ

    — -☺Today In 2009: President Obama removes his shoes as he prepares to visit the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. pic.twitter.com/Pm2pesiemy

    — –☺Today In 2009: PBO receives a fist-bump from a U.S. soldier as he greets hundreds of troops during his visit to Iraq. pic.twitter.com/hiXoqD5R6h — –[A FAVORITE – -ACTION♥]

    – —He/they — -CONTINUE 2 MAKE –FOND MEMORIES!!♥—:>) –

  • crazycanuck

    FoodPorn ‏@ItsFoodPorn 4m
    Burger. pic.twitter.com/KvYm1InFpd

    • Tunisia

      lol…Why are you torturing yourself by looking at such things?

      • crazycanuck

        LMAO, I’ve become food obsesses. You blame me? Right now I’m drinking vegetable broth.

        • Tunisia

          It has been awhile since I have had a really good burger.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL crazycanuck — – -☺I’ll just – – -TAKE THAT —annd GIVE it 2 him. http://www.frontier.wnyric.org/cms/lib/NY19000265/Centricity/Shared/Food/boy_holding_up_school_lunch_hg_clr.gif
      LOL

    • BoomerGal

      Side of angioplasty with that?

    • Miranda

      Imma go straight to the greasy spoon and get me one of these tonight. I’ll worry about trying to fit in my summer clothes later.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥— -So SORRY — Another DISCOVERY—

    UPDATE: Body Found May Be Missing North Carolina Teen

    —- -UPDATE (April 7, 2014,):

    Local officials have found a body in a river near Hope Mills, North Carolina, as reported by WBTW News. The family of missing teen Danielle Locklear have been notified, but no confirmation has yet been made regarding the identification of the deceased.
    — –THERE IS MORE

    —- -☺http://www.sierrareunion.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Sending_Prayers001-1.gif

    PRAYING 4 the Family.☺–AMEN♥ —

    • Miranda

      Prayers to this family in their hour of need.

    • crazycanuck

      Dam,that poor family

  • crazycanuck

    Hey Alma,here is MY Zucchini Pasta with pesto. I added tomatoes and avacado also.