July 30, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black History Lost, Stolen or Strayed

GOOD MORNING, P.O.U.!

blackhistory_cosby

This week’s series will focus on the 1968 documentary Black History Lost, Stolen or Strayed narrated by Bill Cosby.

I first heard about this series while listening to Joe Madison interview Prof. Henry Louis Gates. Prof. Gates said this was the first documentary about African-American history to air on television. What I found so interesting about this documentary is how Dr. Cosby takes a no holds barred approach to discussing the subject. I’m talking about a straight, no chaser, NFTG critique on U.S. racism and the psychological damage it has done to the Black community.

But don’t take my word for it. Judge for yourself…

PART I:

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • rigoletta

      Good morning rikyrah and everyone.

      • Alma98

        Morning rigoletta!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, rikyrah and POU fam!

  • rikyrah

    Jean Claude Van DAMME He Did That!
    November 18, 2013 | Luvvie

    Have y’all seen the sickest ad that has come out in recent history? If you haven’t, then you need to. Jean Claude Van Damme, original action movie goon collaborated with Volvo for a commercial about their new trucks with power steering. And he basically told us that we all need to go sit down because this is what 56-year-old badassery can look like. See below:

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/11/jean-claude-van-damme-volvo.html#comment-270967

    • crazycanuck

      OK, this has to be hollywood trickery lol.

    • Alma98

      COOL!

      • rikyrah

        I know!
        One of the coolest commercials done in a long time

        • Alma98

          Damn! Jean Claude is in shape!

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – —***BIG HUG*** :>) Oooweee! THIS Is Gon B A POWERFUL – -HISTORICAL DISCOVERY –RACISM From A DIFFERENT ANGLE. :>) Lookin’ Forward 2 Prof. Cosby. :>):>) — –

    – - – - — -☻CONTINUIN 2 PRAY 4 the TORNADO VICTIMS. –[Especially any POU FAM♥] – -

    – — – - – - ☻FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥

    – - – - – - – - – - -☺12:30 PM Michelle Obama attends DSCC event in New York

    – - – - – - – – — ☺3:00 PM Michelle Obama tapes an episode for BET.

    – –☻ENJOY Your TREAT. :>) B BLESSED 2-day.♥ PRAYERS. AMEN. – -

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH, it’s windy and cold here with no sun but the storms passed us by. Have a good day, blessings to you & yours. (((HUGS)))

  • rikyrah

    FACT: The GOP Wants to Cancel Tens of Millions of Health Insurance Policies (That People Like)
    Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:29 am by Bob Cesca

    The latest is that the ACA is “Obama’s Katrina,” followed by the inevitable “Obama’s Watergate” on Fox News Sunday over the weekend. Regarding the latter, I thought Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious and, I don’t know, Solyndra were supposed to be Obama’s Watergate(s). Sorry, folks. Repeatedly comparing every presidential scandal to Watergate will never change the reality of Nixon’s dreadful, malevolent legacy.

    The hilariously preposterous idea that the Affordable Care Act is “Obama’s [Fill In Notorious Presidential Scandal Here]” is based almost entirely on one thing: the president’s pledge that folks who like their health insurance plan can keep it. This is usually followed by a series of overblown, oftentimes dishonest stories about people receiving cancellation notices from their insurance providers allegedly due to the minimum requirements of the ACA. In some cases, this is, indeed, true. In other cases, such as cancellation notices from UnitedHealthcare as the stated result of the corporation simply abandoning the non-group insurance market.

    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/11/fact-the-gop-wants-to-cancel-tens-of-millions-of-health-insurance-policies-that-people-like.html

  • rikyrah

    Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters
    Posted by David Garber
    Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Who’d have ever thought you’d find the Tea Party, Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor and the guys from Duck Dynasty dueling in a Louisiana election? It happened yesterday.

    The winner is, Duck Dynasty. Well, to be more specific, their backed candidate, Republican businessman Vance McAllister. He’s a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., yet won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/11/17/tea-party-jindal-cantor-get-slapdown-duck-dynasty-voters/

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. Thanks so much for all the kind words about my art. Really appreciated. Have a great day.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc! Your art is beautiful, you should show it more often.

    • qosine

      Alma’s right, cc.
      “Your art is beautiful, you should show it more often.”
      No hurry — this afternoon’s fine:)

  • rikyrah

    GOP Ramps Up Smear Campaign Against Obamacare Navigators
    Dylan Scott – November 18, 2013, 6:15 AM EST

    Beware anybody trying to help people sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. That’s the line from top Senate Republicans, who have magnified their smear campaign against the law’s so-called navigators, groups that have received federal money to assist people in enrolling for coverage. Their latest shot: darkly warning that Americans could put their personal and financial safety at risk if they seek out assistance.

    Republicans have a longstanding animosity toward the navigators — state officials in a number of red states have put up roadblocks for them — but the comments of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are a new extreme in the party’s assault on those tasked with helping Americans navigate the health reform law.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-navigators-gop-smear-campaign

    • gn

      The GOP’s bad faith is out of the stratosphere. Never seen people get such a hard time for doing an undeniably good deed. Surprised that the GOP hasn’t started a campaign to smear Bo at this point.

      • rigoletta

        They already have gone after Bo and Sunny.

        Remember the nut who mentioned the fact that the Obamas “Don’t have any white dogs”.

        • JojoRaze

          Which brought out your infamous Sunny X, in da struggle, pic.

    • Miranda

      And this surprises…who?

      • rikyrah

        NOT ME
        But, instead of running away from the President…those weasel Democrats should be bringing up shyt like this

  • Miranda

    3 Dem Govs write op-ed in WaPo about Obamacare in their states.

    How we got Obamacare to work
    By Jay Inslee, Steve Beshear and Dannel P. Malloy

    Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is governor of Washington. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is governor of Kentucky. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, is governor of Connecticut.

    In our states — Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut — the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is working. Tens of thousands of our residents have enrolled in affordable health-care coverage. Many of them could not get insurance before the law was enacted.

    People keep asking us why our states have been successful. Here’s a hint: It’s not about our Web sites.

    Sure, having functioning Web sites for our health-care exchanges makes the job of meeting the enormous demand for affordable coverage much easier, but each of our state Web sites has had its share of technical glitches. As we have demonstrated on a near-daily basis, Web sites can continually be improved to meet consumers’ needs.

    The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-we-got-obamacare-to-work/2013/11/17/3f2532bc-4e42-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_print.html

    • gn

      This is awesome! I was hoping to see more Dems rally around the ACA/ObamaCare, and this is precisely the type of measured, reasoned content that people need to see. The beltway is in the midst of a manic hysteria. Many thanks to those Governors for keeping their respective heads and telling the truth.

  • GreenLadyHere

    —Sepia♥ — -Some —ACA POSITIVITY :>) -

    —-☺@NerdyWonka
    Bravo to @GovSteveBeshear, @GovMalloyOffice, and @GovInslee for real life stories on why #ObamaCare works for all. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-we-got-obamacare-to-work/2013/11/17/3f2532bc-4e42-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html#

    –THANK U – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ —

  • Miranda

    Why Isn’t It News When Republicans Make Poor People Pay More For Health Insurance?

    You’ve probably never heard of Sherilyn Horrocks.

    A 61-year-old woman with autoimmune disease, she was profiled by The Salt Lake Tribune before the governor of Utah’s health summit in September, as an example of someone who would benefit from Medicaid expansion but wasn’t being asked to speak at the event. Horrocks hasn’t had insurance since about 2000, when her husband’s company stopped offering spousal coverage.

    Her condition is incurable.

    “But there are medicines and procedures that would prolong my life if I could afford them,” she told theTribune‘s Kirsten Stewart. “I have a feeling I’m going to be one of those who falls through the cracks.”

    Her story certainly has ended up between the cracks. She didn’t get to speak to the governor and her story never made it out of Utah.

    Welcome to America, where one middle-class woman in Florida having to pick a new plan is a bigger deal than five million poor people being denied Medicaid expansion.

    more here: http://www.nationalmemo.com/its-no-big-deal-just-millions-of-struggling-people-being-asked-to-pay-more-for-health-insurance/

  • rikyrah

    USA Today Called “The Best Man Holiday” a “Race-Themed” Film
    November 17, 2013 | Luvvie

    The Best Man Holiday was released in theaters this Friday and it beat Thor in ticket sales that day. But Thor came from behind and earned $38 million for the weekend, edging out BHM’s $31 million. I (and people who use logic) expected the film to perform well because there’s been a lot of buzz around it and people made it a group outing and folks have heard just how good it is.

    Scott Bowles of USA Today wrote a piece titled “‘Holiday’ nearly beats ‘Thor’ as race-themed film soars” and when outrage poured in, he changed it to “‘Holiday’ nearly beats ‘Thor’ as diverse films soar.” FAIL FAIL FAIL.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/11/usa-today-best-man-holiday-race-themed-film.html

    • Town

      The point of calling it a race themed film is to warn white people not to go see it.

      • MsKitty

        The first thing that came to my mind was how they used to call R&B “race music” back in the day, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

        • itgurl_29

          I didn’t even think about that. Good point.

  • Miranda

    Anyone Who Counts Obama Out Hasn’t Reckoned on His Survival Skills

    The president has proved his knack for surviving political and governmental crises time and again.
    By Joshua DuBois
    November 17th 20135:45 AM

    It’s been a week of football metaphors in politics. President Obama said this week that the administration “fumbled” the health care rollout. A lot of folks believe that this turnover is decisive, handing the ball to Republicans in Congress and opponents of health reform with the second half well underway. And now we’re starting to see frightened Democrats on the sidelines hovering over Obama like uneasy linemen, wondering if their QB has enough left in him to turn the game around.

    Not me. I’ve seen this game–and this particular quarterback–far too many times before. And as sure as I know never to count out Peyton Manning when he’s down by a couple scores heading into the fourth quarter, I never bet against Obama when the press and pundits have declared game-over. It rarely, if ever, is–this guy knows how to win.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/16/anyone-who-counts-obama-out-hasn-t-reckoned-on-his-survival-skills.html

    • rigoletta

      First off there is no crisis to overcome with the ACA it’s all manufactured nonsense.

      Second, after everything, if people on the Democratic side don’t understand that they’re best sticking with Obama then they need to give up their seat to someone who understands the politically obvious. The man wins period.

    • Scopedog

      Agreed. I mean, haven’t we seen this all before? The President will ride this out, and all of this screaming and running for cover will look silly by the end of the day.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — – -UPDATE: – —PRAYERS R GOIN’ UP – –

    – –Tornado devastation in the Midwest’: Death toll
    reaches six and one Illinois town is left totally destroyed after
    massive string of 60 twisters wreak havoc
    — –

    – - – –Six people have been killed and scores of homes destroyed after at least 60 tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the American Midwest yesterday.
    States of emergency have been issued for seven Illinois counties in the wake of a series of powerful tornadoes that blew flipped over cars and uprooted trees.

    Dozens of people were injured in the unusually powerful, late-season tornadoes. Three people were killed in Massac County, two in Washington County and one person died in the city of Washington, Tazewell County.

    There are fears that some residents are still trapped inside their collapsed homes.

    The National Weather Service confirmed preliminary EF-4 tornado damage in Washington County in southern Illinois, with winds of 166 to 200 miles per hour.
    Scroll down for videos

    THERE IS MORE – - – - –BLESS ALL♥ – -AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – Sepia♥ —SPEAKIN’ of HISTORY –:>)

    — -Daughters of civil rights movement continue their fathers’ work – -

    —– - Dramatic black-and-white photographs projected on big screens and voices echoing the nation’s troubled civil rights past caused many people to openly weep.

    But the audience of 2,000 also embraced the directive of the Daughters of the Civil Rights Movement. The work that their fathers did to force America to live up to its constitutional guarantees for all is
    far from over.

    “All of us have a role to play,” said Kerry Kennedy, daughter of former presidential candidate and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. “There is something for all of us to do. There is so much need out there. Find something, and do it.”

    The unusual gathering featured Kennedy; Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of the Rev. Ralph Abernathy Sr. who helped lead the civil rights movement; Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson who campaigned for and signed civil rights bills into law; and Peggy Wallace Kennedy, the daughter of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. He is infamously known for standing in a doorway at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students from enrolling. Wallace also said “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.”
    THERE IS MORE – — CONTINUIN’ —”In Da STRUGGLE” :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -ECONOMIC HIGH – -:>)

    – —-DJI —16 K! –:>) — -

    Dow Jones Industrial AverageDow Jones Indices: .DJI – Nov 18 9:31 AM ET
    16,011.98+50.28 (0.32%)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -ECONOMIC HIGH – -:>)

    – —-DJI —16 K! –:>) — -

    Dow Jones Industrial AverageDow Jones Indices: .DJI – Nov 18 9:31 AM ET
    16,011.98+50.28 (0.32%)

  • Miranda

    Break. It. Down.

    President Obama Should Never Apologize for Passing Obamacare

    Obama’s taken responsibility for HealthCare.gov and apologized to those who got cancellation notices. But he should never be sorry for passing a law to bring us affordable health care.
    By Jon Favreau
    November 18th 20135:45 AM

    It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. The man knows how to read a poll, and he is certainly not immune to the very human disappointment one must feel when the numbers show that a majority of your fellow citizens personally disapprove of you and the job that you’re doing.

    But Obama did not run for elected office because he needed to be loved. He has his family and friends for that, and he lacks the insecurity that lies just beneath the healthy egos of so many politicians. This president does not crave constant affirmation, which means he does not engage easily in the backslapping and glad-handling and forced emoting that comes so naturally to other elected officials.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/18/president-obama-should-never-apologize-for-passing-obamacare.html

    • Daltex82

      This president does not crave constant affirmation, which means he does
      not engage easily in the backslapping and glad-handling and forced
      emoting that comes so naturally to other elected officials.

      This sounds so much like a former President that can’t seem to stop talking.

      • TyrenM

        Shade from Team NoFucks.

    • pamelabrown53

      And who would know better than Jon Favreau? As his top speechwriter it was his job to assist the President in realizing PBO’s thoughts and aspirations.

      BTW, this takes NOTHING away from PBO: Favreau’s responsibility was about lightening the burden for a time strapped candidate/president: they were an amazing team. Synchronicity.

  • gn

    @BloombergNews
    BREAKING: S&P 500 rises to 1,800, Dow hits 16,000 for first time

  • gn

    If the Obama family had been booed in *Maryland*, the news would be “riot breaks out at college basketball game”—the beltway media needs to cut it out, they are completely out of pocket.

    @eclecticbrotha
    @60th_Street Even sharks are giving The Villagers the side-eye for their current feeding frenzy.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ —$$$$$ — – -NOW – –USE IT 2 SUPPORT MR. PRESIDENT!! – - -

    – –DSCC outraises NRSC by $1M in October- -

    — -The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce Monday that it raised $4.8 million in October, entering this month with $11.1 million cash on hand.
    The group’s GOP counterpart announced Friday that it raised $3.8 million last month and has $5 million cash on hand.

    – - – -The Democratic committee has $6.2 million in debt. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has no debt.

    Democrats have raised $43.5 million so far this cycle, $14 million more than the NRSC.
    - – —SNIP – -

    — -November will be another strong month for the committee, with President Barack Obama headlining a handful of fundraisers from Miami to Dallas to Philadelphia.

    First lady Michelle Obama will appear Monday in New York City at a DSCC fundraiser aimed at women. — -[THANK U 2♥]

    THERE IS MORE – —-WATCHIN’ — -

  • gn

    @keithboykin
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 7,949 when President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. Today it’s at 16,000, a 100% increase.

  • MsKitty

    I saw this series when I was in college. Even though my Mom kept us well versed in Black history this was still an eye opener. Well worth watching.

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

      The part about European artists, particularly Picasso, stealing from African art was eye opening.

      • JojoRaze

        I actually learned this in high school that dadism and Picasso’s Dada period was a rip-off African art

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

          *goes to look up “dadism”* #ImGonLearnToday!

      • conlakappa

        Years ago when the Frederick Douglass Museum near the Supreme Court was an active museum, it held an exhibit on the obvious Picasso theft.

  • gn

    @TheDemocrats
    Medicaid expansion through #Obamacare not only provides care for those who need it, it creates jobs: http://j.mp/1b3kEa9

  • gn

    @EricBoehlert
    just like i know if Romney had won and Dow had jumped 3,200 pts in 12 mos, the GOP would get ZERO credit….right???

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – –A MOVE Toward —JUSTICE —

    — -NYC Firefighter Luke Schreiner Charged in Hate Crime Against Black Mailman- -

    - – – –The New York Daily News is reporting that Luke Schreiner, a white firefighter, attacked a black mailman during a fit of road rage.

    49-year-old Schreiner reportedly said “You want to get smacked
    today?” to the victim before adding “You are a f—–g n—-r” and slapping him in the face.

    The 17-year FDNY veteran has been suspended after being charged with criminal mischief, menacing, and attempted assault. -
    THERE IS MORE – - – -WATCHIN’ –
    - -[Gotta "bounce" early. C YA as soon as. . .♥ ---AGAIN ---PRAYERS]

  • Miranda

    Vaginas Are Like “Little Hoover Vacuums,” and Other Things Abstinence Lecturers Get Paid to Tell Teens
    —By Dana Liebelson Mon Nov. 18, 2013 3:00 AM PST

    I went to public high school in Montana, where at least once a year we were shuffled into the gymnasium for lectures from abstinence-only educational speakers on how to make “good choices.” Young, sprightly twentysomethings, who often resembled Ken and Barbie, would dance around the auditorium playing Christian rock and trying to convince us that having sex wasn’t cool. In between all the jokes and music, I learned that condoms cause cancer and that sex is a bad deal for women. Turns out, I wasn’t alone. Across the the United States, public schools—even ones that teach comprehensive sex education—invite religious abstinence speakers to come in to talk to students about sex, and sometimes spread information that is factually inaccurate in the process. Here are five such speakers, many of whom have generated local headlines for their controversial presentations. And they might be coming to a school near you—they’re all still active on the sex-is-bad circuit.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/11/abstinence-speakers-public-schools-lookadoo

    • AxelFoley

      Wha–?

      • Miranda

        There are sooooooo many jokes in there……

        • AxelFoley

          Sho’ nuff, but I’m tryin’ to change, so I’ma…abstain from this.

          • Alma98

            LOL

          • conlakappa

            Just go to the Bad Lounge on spec and for you naughty thoughts, please.

  • rikyrah

    I’m the story Obamacare’s opponents don’t want you to hear
    By Amy Lynn Smith on November 18, 2013 in Obamacare

    I’ve officially enrolled in coverage through the marketplace. It was easier than I expected — and will save me about $10,000 a year. Under my current insurance plan, I’m paying $1,400 a month for coverage. Yes, it’s comprehensive. At that price, it had better be. But my rates had been going up by $100 a month annually in the last few years and, as a self-employed woman with a pre-existing condition, I didn’t have a lot of choices.

    Starting January 1, I’ll be paying $530 a month for almost identical coverage. Actually, my deductible is less — $150 instead of $250. My prescription co-pay will be just a tad higher, but that still won’t bring me anywhere near what I’m paying per month now. The cost to see a doctor is just about the same if I stay in-network, and the nationwide network is huge. All the other benefits are comparable, with the added bonus of programs to help me better manage my diabetes. Plus, I can keep every single one of my doctors. This is what I call winning.

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2013/11/im-the-story-obamacares-opponents-dont-want-you-to-hear.html

  • gn
  • gn

    This is an actual scandal. This is an actual example of poor governing causing enormous detriment to a large number of Americans. Any real “wonk” worth her or his salt would be in hysterics over this, not call waiting music:

    @countryrose763
    PolitiFactT| More than a million Texans would become Medicaid-eligible under Obamacare expansion http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/nov/08/barack-obama/more-million-texans-would-become-medicaid-eligible/ … via @PolitiFactTexas

    • rikyrah

      7-10 million people are being denied healthcare because of the refusal of GOP Governors to expand Medicaid

      • JojoRaze

        But they are the working poor, rikyrah and gn. Don’t you know ‘real suffering’ doesn’t commence until you make a middle class wage, qualify for employer-sponsored healthcare coverage.

  • gn

    Sure was:

    @LanceMannion
    Wasn’t that his take on Benghazi? RT .@politico Bob Woodward: Obamacare not Watergate, but it ‘is going to get worse’

  • gn

    He’s owed the apology:

    @ExtremeLiberal
    No apology necessary “the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/18/president-obama-should-never-apologize-for-passing-obamacare.html

    President Obama is willing to spend all of his political capital to implement ACA. IMO he’s focused on that like a laser and doesn’t care if it comes at the expense of himself. To me, that’s not right, and I hope to see more pressure put on the GOP and its beltway media corps of stenographers to stop trolling the rollout and stop with the hysteria. ACA was never promised or promoted to anyone as perfect thus I reject it being held to a standard of perfection. If there are a relatively small number of people being negatively impacted, the beltway media needs to look to help them, not merely exploit their fears and stories. This is too important for business as usual in the beltway.

  • gn

    I feel like posting this every day:

  • Alma98

    Good morning all.
    I’m sooo looking forward this series Sepia!

  • itgurl_29

    Kanye continues to try it in regard to the Obamas. He’s gonna end up getting his ass whooped:

    http://theybf.com/2013/11/18/kanye-and-virgil-kim-k-goes-to-harvard-pops-more-ish-about-the-obamas-he-should-say-my

    After his idiotic rant he did on Ryan Seacrest’s
    show a few weeks ago (that we purposely didn’t post for a few reasons
    and it would only spread the unnecessary disrespect), Kanye is saying
    some more ish. This time, on Hot 107.9 in Philly before his show there
    this weekend.

    He’s explaining why he compared our First Lady to his baby mama Kim K.–when he basically said she’s more influential than Michelle Obama and how the First Lady should take a page out of Kim’s “sexy IG pic” book to be more influential–and throwing shade at the same time. So, since we like to let celebs explain themselves…

    He talked about whether he and the Obamas would ever break bread and what caused him to say what he said:

    Oh you talking about how he use to come and visit me and
    my mother and tell me he’s about to run for President? I just think
    that we’re pop icons and the President likes to use that type of thing just to be down.

    People were fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about 5
    years. This is the person we love to hate so if you want to distract
    people from everything that’s going on or you gotta a problem with your
    father…..just say you hate Kanye and there’s gonna be 30 other people
    who say they hate Kanye and that was kinda my position in culture and he
    kinda used that too “oh he’s a jack*ss” cuz that’s how the world felt
    but I don’t care if someones the President or not. I care about thoughts
    and how you helpin’ people and what you bring to the world. My music
    brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people.

    Sounds like he’s feeling some kind of way that President O called him
    a “jackass” and didn’t have him stomping on the campaign trail like he
    did other rappers….

    When asked about him mentioning Michelle and if he’ll leave her alone

    Well, uh I think he should mention MY babymama name
    because we both from Chicago. But no, I’m not gonna mention him no more.
    I’m passed that. That’s out my thoughts. That’s lowering my priority of
    thinking at this point.

    Um, Ok ‘Ye.

    • rikyrah

      His cooning ass is gonna learn the hard way.

      • itgurl_29

        He is truly in his feelings over POTUS. I believe that PBO knew Kanye’s mother, as she was a prominent person in higher education in Chicago. And I know Kanye has said before that he knew POTUS back when he was a state senator. So I think when POTUS called him out on being a jackass, which was TRUE, Kanye got extra mad. I think Kanye think HE should be the rapper that’s cool with PBO, not Jay-Z and Common. He’s real mad about that. But he has no one to blame but himself. Kanye is toxic. I don’t like Jay-Z, but when it comes down to it, he knows how to act, for the most part. Kanye is not someone who needs to be anywhere near the WH. PBO knows this and Kanye knows that PBO knows it. So he stays mad since the Chi-town connection gets him NOWHERE.

        • Miranda

          I don’t like Jay-Z, but when it comes down to it, he knows how to act,

          _________________

          Period. Point Blank. Its that simple. PBO can’t have Kanye acting a fool and ranting and raving about God knows what at his White House bbqs and birthday parties. Shaq, Tom Joyner, Rickey Smiley, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, JayZ – all can be fools and ALL know how to ACT RIGHT at the White House. You can already tell Kanye is like a child, too unpredictable to be letting him have that kind of access. No way, NO HOW.

        • Alma98

          Ain’t no way i hell would PBO and Michelle have Kim & Kanye at the white house.

          • itgurl_29

            No way in hell. And Kanye knows it.

        • TyrenM

          All his “boys” are in there. lol. I think even John Legend too. All but him…and rightfully so.

    • Miranda
    • Alma98

      Karma hurry up and do your thang cause I am tired of hearing about this jackass.

    • gn

      He needs to do some more volunteering or something—Kanye leave your little narcissistic bubble; your girlfriend doesn’t get the respect that the First Lady receives because she gained notoriety via publicized sex acts rather than successfully pursuing an Ivy League education, rising to the top of her profession, and then becoming one of the biggest political assets of what’s likely the best POTUS of the generation.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Kanye is a jackass, and Kim K. is a fat-assed slut.

      • Daltex82

        Don’t hold back tell us how you feel! LOL

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

    White House Af-Am Ed ‏@AfAmEducation
    Live tweeting from Equity & Excellence: African American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool using #AfAmEdchat pic.twitter.com/kMWZ7yjue8

  • AxelFoley

    Top ‘o the mornin’ to ye, lasses.

    • Alma98

      LOL…. Morning Axel.

    • rikyrah

      Hey Axel!

    • qosine

      Morning, O’Axel!

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      –Good 2 C U. :>) —Waitin’ 4 your – -”Daily Humor”. —:>)

  • Miranda

    Fox News’ Hasselbeck: Obamacare is hurting ‘many’ elderly pregnant women

    In a segment titled “Who’s Ruining the Economy Now?” Fox Business host Stuart Varney announced that the president was not going to be able to keep the promise that people could keep their doctors because “United Healthcare has just dropped — we don’t know exactly how many — but thousands of doctors have been dropped from United Heathcare’s Medicare Advantage program.”

    Conservative media outlets like The Washington Times have blamed United Healthcare’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.

    “That leaves hundreds of thousands of patients without the doctor that they’ve had for many many years,” Varney added. “We don’t know how many thousands have been dropped, but thousands have been dropped. What about their patients? What about the people who used to have this doctor who now no longer have this doctor? Broken promise.”

    “And many of those people are women who are expecting babies and who may just have a real relationship with their physician and want to see the same doctor deliver possibly their second child,” Hasselbeck opined. “And they are now left in the dark in a time that they feeling quite vulnerable.”

    “Most of them are elderly,” Varney pointed out.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/18/fox-news-hasselbeck-obamacare-is-hurting-many-elderly-pregnant-women/

    • AxelFoley

      Elderly pregnant women? There was gonna be a joke there, but I can’t even.

    • Alma98

      I just have to say it. You stupid bitch!

      • rikyrah

        tell it, Alma.

      • Daltex82

        That is what makes her a perfect addition to the Fox team!

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Alma —-**BIG fist bump*** – - -YES! U! DID! LOL

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

        I’m not sure Flat-Earth Sherry is the best rebuttal of Hasseltwit stupidity though.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin Miranda. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      - — -2 THANGS:–

      —☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/1196731/pikachu-slap-o.gif

      – -☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbamoaJr1N1qcjqew.gif

      Good 2 C U Miranda♥ – –Have a good day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – - –BWAHAHA —”Missy Rafalca –STOMPING” – A -FUNNY! –LOL

    — -http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IwDThzSgIJ8/TWEtHVtEASI/AAAAAAAABHQ/8JTTIfqw3IU/s1600/riding_horse.gif

    - – –First Lady In Waiting Ann Romney Thinks Mitt Would Have Done Better with ACA Rollout

    – –Ann Romney joined Kate Bolduan on CNN’s New Day in order to hawk her new book and remind everyone that if only Mitt had been elected, none of these problems would exist. Mitt Romney would be so much better at handling the economy and the ObamaCare rollout.

    If only You People had voted for Mitt, there wouldn’t be all of these
    issues with the healthcare website. “He would have been a wonderful president, so it’s a frustration for me to see all that’s going on right now and know that it would have been different if he had been there.”

    She doesn’t mention that if Romney had been elected there would be no affordable healthcare – after all, he ran against it. So yes, that would be “different.” -
    - –[GIT! GIT! –GIT -HER!!- – - — LOL

    • gn

      Who?

      • itgurl_29

        Exactly. Who is this broad and why are they doing interviews with random old ladies?

      • AxelFoley

        Indeed.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        I KNOW HUH? :>)—-

        –THIS song is dedicated 2 HER: – –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sATVwz6e_uM LOL
        Good 2 C GN. :>)

    • qosine

      Isn’t if awful, Ann? How dare “those 47% with their culture of dependency on the government” get health care like you and Mitt!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ “The Qosine” – -***BIG HUG** :>) –

        —***BIG fist bump** — -LOL

        — Among other thangs –THIS was his MAJOR –DOWNFALL – –> “those 47%. . LOL

        – –Sooo How R things in –The KINGDOM?” – - –:>)
        Good 2 C UQosine. :>)

        • qosine

          Good to see you, GreenLady!
          Le Qosine
          Kingdom of the 47%
          lol

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL —Le Qosine. :>)

            —***Bowin’ as I exit. :>*** – -

    • Kennymack1971

      Was anybody asking Teresa Heinz Kerry policy questions a year into GWBs second term? I mean come the fuck on 2520s. We know y’all mad but America is not, was not, and will never be here for Mitt and Miss Ann. Deal with it.

    • conlakappa

      That he tried to disclaim? Um, no. If you mean he would have gotten rid of it, you are correct. Now go back to expanding your mansions.

    • TyrenM

      You found a STOMP gif!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY TyrenM. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) LOL
        YES! :>) —THANK U. :>)

        There was a better one last year. Gotta look 4 it. :>)

        Thank U 4 rememberin’. :>) -Good 2 C U. TyrenM :>)

  • MsKitty

    Oh Lawdy, Martha Stewart is posting some struggle plates on twitter. They actually make Crystal Wright’s bird look like Cordon Bleu material.

    • Alma98

      LOL

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

      That iceberg lettuce salad looks a hot mess! That dressing looks like Hellman’s Big H sauce. I HATED Big H. The look, the smell…UGH!

      • Alma98

        It looks like somebody hurled lol.

  • JB20005

    Jeremy Hammond, an Anonymous-linked hacker, was sentenced to 10-years in a federal prison followed by 3-years of supervised release for his hack of Stratfor and theft of information from its servers.

    His lawyers argued that he was a concerned citizen, worried about the role of private business in intelligence gathering.

    If you consult the trial record though, this “concerned patriot” stole 60,000 credit card numbers from Stratfor.

    These are the heroes of the internet left, common thieves.

    • JB20005

      Glenn Greenwald has called the conviction and sentencing of this scumbag a “profound injustice”.

      • qosine

        Now, I’m even more pleased at with Hammond’s
        10-year sentence. Watch your back GG. Tick Tock.

    • Scopedog

      “Concerned citizen” my ass. He wants to expose the role of private business–so he steals people’s credit card numbers?

      Sorry, but he has to do the time. He committed a crime, period.

      • JB20005

        I’m concerned about global warming.

        I think I’ll go steal a car.

    • Alma98

      Morning JB, how could his lawyer say that with a straight face is beyond me. Another emo hero bites the dust lol.

      • qosine

        “Another emo hero bites the dust lol.”
        LOL

      • AxelFoley

        Duuuuuuun, dun, dun, dun
        Another emo bites the dust
        Duuuuuuun, dun, dun, dun
        Another emo bites the dust
        Annnnnd another emo does
        Another emo does
        Another emo bites the dust
        Hey, we gon’ get you, too
        Another emo bites the dust

        • qosine

          Oh yeah, Axel!

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

          *starts pop-lockin’*

          • Alma98

            Git it Sepia!

          • conlakappa

            Don’t hurt yourself…

        • Alma98

          LMAO!

    • rikyrah

      muthafucka stole 60,000 credit card numbers.
      he’s a fucking THIEF

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

    Damnit EB!

    eclecticbrotha @eclecticbrotha 7m
    How the fuck you call yourself starting a revolution by getting a Park Service permit to yell at the White House from across the street?

    • Alma98

      hahahhahahahaha!!!

    • AxelFoley

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • Miranda

      The revolution will not be televised….but it WILL cost $120, which can be paid for with a credit card or check from the big bad corporate banks and you can tweet updates from your made in China phones and Ipads!

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

    Someone on our timeline said in regards to the above documentary, “But now Bill is just an old DonLemon so this loses alot of impact”

    Do you agree?

    • Miranda

      Bill Cosby wants the best for the black community and expects the best from the black community.

      Don Lemon just trying to get put on, by way of the BACKS of the black community.

    • Alma98

      No, the above documentary has no bearing on the Bill Cosby of today. The documentary is something a lot of people can benefit from seeing. Too many of our young don’t know our history and our struggles. Cosby showing his ass in the here & now doesn’t take away from the above documentary. I agree with Miranda Bill does care about the community. I believe he’s just disappointed with it.

    • rikyrah

      Bill Cosby has always , and I do mean always, put his money where his mouth was, especially when it came to educating Black people. Bill Cosby opened up his checkbook before it was ‘ cool’. Bill Cosby has always been dedicated to Black folk knowing the truth about the Black experience not only in this country, but around the world.
      When the fuck has Don Lemon done anything that didn’t benefit Don Lemon?

      • Alma98

        It just came to me that one of the reasons Bill is so disappointed. He and others suffered mightily under Jim Crow. They fought it tooth and nail dying & bleeding in the process to be treated equally. They laid the ground work for future generations to come and they feel let down. I’m sure he’s not the only one from his generation that feels this way.

        • Miranda

          That’s exactly it Alma…and the Cos is too old to try and only say what he has to say in “polite company.” He is at the age where he’s gonna say what he’s gonna say whenever it hits him to say it and everybody else just has to deal.

          • Alma98

            My mother is the same way, don’t ask for her opinion if you don’t want the truth. My niece asked her how she looked after weight loss surgery. Needless to say I don’t think she’ll ask again lol.

          • Miranda

            LMAO….my grandmother did the same thing to my cousin! ROFLMAO!!!!! Love you Mama Belle!

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • Aquagranny911

            Will just wade in here to say that from my experience, once a person hits 70 or so they often happily join TNFTG & by 80 they are leading the pack!

            I don’t always agree with Dr Cosby but I sure understand where he is coming from. He does give back in time & money. I respect that. I also have often wondered how the circumstances of his son’s death effected his later words & actions.

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

          THIS.

          I agree with you all…There is no comparison to Don Lemon for the simple fact that Dr. Cosby’s actions back up his work. He doesn’t just criticize us, he HELPS us and most of all, he LOVES our community. I can’t say the same for Don Lemon. Whenever Don criticizes Black people, you can hear the contempt in his voice.

          • Alma98

            ICAM!

        • rigoletta

          Imma go on a little mini rant here.

          If that is his attitude, and I have heard this from older folks too, that’s something I don’t understand.

          That idea requires the older generation to overlook the things that blacks who came after them went through.

          Where should we start? The drug war which absolutely decimated communities? The systematic jailing of our people for profit? The continued undermining of black institutions?
          The failing of black students across the board? The lack of ability to build wealth?
          Middle class black kids are more likely to slide into poverty than to climb higher.
          The continued killing of our people (Trayvon and Renisha and too many to name).

          It irks me when the only struggle that is recognized is the one decades years ago and supposedly everything now is gravy.

          I respect Bill Cosby and many people who fought and died to make sure later generations but this disappointment stuff frankly pisses me off.

          • Alma98

            I here where you’re coming from rigoletta. But I also understand Cosby’s point of view. I may not agree with him but I do understand it.

          • Guns3000

            You’re understand it because he’s correct. And these other negroes are pissed of because he’s not blaming the white man for all of our problems. At some point you need to do better.

          • annvic

            I agree with you 100%, you have truly spoken the truth. If blacks of the older generation are dissapointed with us for not going far enough in the struggle, then they need to acknowledge the fact that they left us to fight the battles alone.

          • Miranda

            Very very well said.

          • Guns3000

            I respectfully disagree. Even with all that mentioned this kids have a lot more opportunities than their grandparents. Older generations were totally locked out of school systems, higher education, jobs and voting access. Cosby’s generation have a right to be pissed off because they achieved under insurmountable odds and to watch it squandered by a generation who doesn’t want to pull their pants up and that says “nigga” every other word. These kids have it easy. Give me a break.

          • Miranda

            “These kids have it easy.”

            —————-

            GTFOH

          • Guns3000

            Compared to people that were in bondage brought here in ships. And to people that had to suffer under segregation. Let me say again.

            THESE KIDS HAVE IT EASY.

          • rigoletta

            If you are going to compare everything to the middle passage then I guess it would be easier that doesn’t make it less absurd.

          • Guns3000

            My comparison is relative to what we are talking about it……Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby was poor. Lived in the ghetto. Yes, they have it easy.

          • rigoletta

            We’ll have to disagree.

            Older generations were totally locked out of school systems, higher education, jobs and voting access.

            The younger generation has access to that in many cases nominally. It isn’t easy out there.

            If you don’t mind Guns just how old are you?

          • Guns3000

            I’m 33. Black people had to endure under a system of legalized terrorism and apartheid in the United States for hundreds of years. I don’t see anyone stopping these kids enrolling in a community college or a trade school. If you’re poor there are lots of financial aid, scholarships and grants. This kids have it easy relative to older generations and it’s not even close.

          • rigoletta

            An old soul then :)

            I won’t argue further you aren’t going to convince me and I’m not going to convince you but I would hope you would at least recognize what is really going on out there today. Especially with kids.

            That’s all I have to say.

          • Guns3000

            Age doesn’t qualify for insight. There’s idiots in every age group. (not calling you an idiot)

          • Guns3000

            I want to be clear about something. I have a daughter. I have nieces
            and nephews. And I’m not far removed from my twenties. There are
            issues out here ie prison industrial complex, stop and frisk, terrible
            school systems but again there are a lot of young people out here
            squandering opportunities. I went to school with plenty of them. And
            now they are 30 something adults with multiple kids, arrest records
            totally locked out the workforce and mad at the government.

          • Guns3000

            edit

          • rigoletta

            We are all responsible for our actions that doesn’t mean however that poverty, lack of education, etc… can’t be systematic and deliberate.

          • Guns3000

            “We are all responsible for our actions”

            EXACTLY

            Systematic and deliberate as it may be you still have the choice to do right and wrong.

            Free will.

          • conlakappa

            True. My folks and I had a hard discussion about that a couple years back when they were trying to diminish the experiences that the First Couple had while being in the Ivy League as “not having struggled.” No, they weren’t James Meredith but being in a majority institution that is overwhelmingly so brings its own issues and challenges.

    • Kennymack1971

      With all the money and sweat equity (not just talk) that Dr. Bill Cosby has put into bettering the Black community as far as I’m concerned he can say whatever he wants whether I agree or not. Don Lemon? Just a concern trolling coon looking for a pat on the head from good massa.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      No. The documentary stands on its own terms.What the narrator is doing 45 years later is irrelevant

    • Aquagranny911

      No! I think that is a very disrespectful, inaccurate comparison. Bill Cosby, whether you agree or disagree with him is passionate about helping the black community. He may not always understand the challenges that so many face but he seems to really care about people.

      Don Lemon, imo, seems to me like an opportunist who only gives a fig about Don Lemon.

  • Alma98

    O/T I was watching some Bobby Brown videos on You Tube. And some commenter called Bobby the black Justin Beiber. Beiber wishes he could have Bobby Brown’s talent. His personal life was a mess but Bobby had talent to burn. Yes he was and is fugly lol, but you can’t deny he had charisma and talent.

    • Miranda

      The commenter had to be about 11 years old.

      • Alma98

        I know I was like wtf!

      • rigoletta

        Unfortunately most youtube commenters are 11 years old actually or as evidenced by their thinking.

        Everyone please don’t read youtube comments they will rot your brain.

    • itgurl_29

      Justin Bieber could NEVER! This is the performance that caught Whitney’s eye:

      • Miranda

        YOU BOUT TO GET ME FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BOBBY!!!

      • Alma98

        That was the shit!

    • conlakappa

      How can one go back in time to when one didn’t exist and be the exemplar for someone who was around then? This person has problems with comprehension, I think.

      • Alma98

        LOL

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

    OH SNAP!

    Barneys Cancels Party for Jay Z Holiday Collab
    By Charlotte Cowles

    Today, Barneys announced that it has cancelled Wednesday’s party for Jay Z’s holiday collaboration “due to unforeseen circumstances,” reports WWD. It goes without saying that the retailer is trying to minimize further attention from the allegations of racial profiling made by two African-American shoppers earlier this month.

    MORE: http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/11/barneys-cancels-party-for-jay-z-holiday-collab.html?mid=twitter_thecutblog

    However, I checked the link to the WWD article, but it’s no longer on the website.

    Stay Tuned….

    • Alma98

      Well now!

    • rikyrah

      Karma remains undefeated.

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

        But I wonder why WWD removed the article from its website? Hmm…

        • rikyrah

          because Jay-Z’s begging on the phone right now

          • Miranda

            HAHAHA

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

            LMBAO

    • Miranda

      They reposted it…I put it in the afternoon thread. They just made some corrections, but the party is still cancelled.

  • rikyrah

    Doc Hamrick @mch7576 Follow

    30 subpoenas issued, search warrants, investigating Gov Scott Walker’s recall Campaign – http://freakoutnation.com/2013/11/17/30-subpoenas-issued-search-warrants-investigating-gov-scott-walkers-recall-campaign/

    10:54 AM – 18 Nov 2013

    • Miranda

      I so wanna see his perp walk.

    • Alma98

      Hallelujah!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!