April 23, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black Radio Jockeys

This week’s open thread theme will highlight and honor the work of black radio jockeys.

 Jack L. Cooper

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Widely considered to be the first African-American radio announcer, Jack L. Cooper’s “All Negro” radio show aired in the 1930′s on Chicago’s WSBC. Cooper was succeeded in Black Chicago radio by very important air personalities like Al Benson — who brought the blues and jazz to Chicago on WGES — and his colleague Herb Kent, who made his mark after his move to WVON, where he was a strong voice for progress during the tumultuous Civil Rights movement.

Jack “The Rapper” Gibson

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Gibson got his start on the very first Black owned radio station, Atlanta’s WERD, in 1949. Embodying the fast talking style for which he was named, Gibson also went on to create one of the first Black radio trades, “Jack The Rapper,” and the infamous Black music convention of the same name.

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Rufus Thomas, Jr. (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950′s and on Stax Records in the 1960′s and 1970′s. He was the father of soul singer Carla Thomas and keyboard player Marvell Thomas. A third child, Vaneese, a former French teacher, has a recording studio in upstate New York and sings for television commercials.

Born a sharecropper’s son in the rural community of Cayce, Mississippi, Thomas moved to Memphis with his family when he was two years old. His mother was “a church woman.” Thomas made his artistic debut at the age of six playing a frog in a school theatrical production. Much later in life, he would impersonate all kinds of animals: screeching cats, funky chickens and penguins, and mournful dogs. By age 10, he was a tap dancer, performing in amateur productions at Memphis’ Booker T. Washington High School.

Thomas attended one semester at Tennessee A&I University, but due to economic constraints left to pursue a career as a professional entertainer, joining up in 1936 with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, an all-black revue that toured the South. He then worked for 22 years at a textile plant and did not leave that job until about 1963, around the time of his “Dog” hits. He started at WDIA in 1951 (despite biographies placing his start a year earlier). At WDIA, he hosted an afternoon show called Hoot and Holler. WDIA, featuring an African-American format, was known as “the mother station of the Negroes” and became an important source of blues and R&B music for a generation, its audience consisting of white as well as black listeners. Thomas’s mentor was Nat D. Williams, a pioneer black deejay at WDIA as well as Thomas’s high school history teacher, columnist for black newspapers, and host of an amateur show at Memphis’s Palace Theater. For years Thomas himself took hosting duties for the amateur show and, in that capacity, is credited with the discovery of B. B. King.

He made his professional singing debut at the Elks Club on Beale Street in Memphis, filling in for another singer at the last minute. He made his first 78 rpm record in 1943 for the Star Talent label in Texas, “I’ll Be a Good Boy”, backed with “I’m So Worried.”

He also became a long-standing on-air personality with WDIA, one of the first radio stations in the US to feature an all-black staff and programming geared toward blacks. His celebrity was such that in 1953 he recorded an “answer record” to Big Mama Thornton’s hit, ”Hound Dog” called “Bear Cat” released on Sun Records. Although the song was the label’s first hit, a copyright-infringement suit ensued and nearly bankrupted Sam Phillips’ record label. Later, Rufus was one of the African-American artists released by Sam Phillips as he oriented his label more toward white audiences and signed Elvis Presley.

The prime of Rufus’ recording career came in the 1960′s and early 1970′s, when he was on the roster of Memphis label, Stax, having one of the first hit sides at the historic soul and blues label, “Walking the Dog”, in 1963. Rufus is thus the first, and still the only, father to debut in the Hot 100′s top 10 after his daughter debuted there. Rufus’ daughter Carla also reached number 10, with “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)” on 27 March 1961. At Stax, Rufus was often backed by Booker T. and the MG’s or the Bar-Kays.

The early 1970′s brought him three major hits, including “(Do The) Push and Pull” in 1970, his only number one R&B hit. Earlier that year, “Do the Funky Chicken” had reached number 5 R&B and number 28 Pop. A third dance-oriented release in 1971, “The Breakdown” climbed to number 2 R&B and number 31 Pop. He had several more less successful hits until Stax closed its doors in the mid-’70′s.

Late in his career, for years, Rufus performed at the Porretta Soul Festival in Porretta Terme, Italy. The outdoor amphitheater in which he performed has been renamed “Rufus Thomas Park.” Highlights of his career included calming an unruly crowd at the Wattstax Festival in 1972 and performing with James Brown’s band.

He played an important part in the Stax reunion of 1988, and had a small role in the 1989 Jim Jarmusch film, Mystery Train. Thomas released an album of straight-ahead blues, That Woman is Poison!, with Alligator Records in 1990. In 1996, Rufus and William Bell headlined at the Olympics in Atlanta. In 1997, Rufus released an album, Rufus Live!, on Ecko Records.

Thomas was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. He was interviewed by the public radio program American Routes. His last appearance was in the D.A. Pennebaker-directed documentary Only the Strong Survive (2003), in which he co-starred with his daughter Carla.

  • gn
    • crazycanuck

      Wow! I’m surpised it’s the Daily News.

      • MsKitty

        You and me both. They’re taken a right turn in recent years.

        • JojoRaze

          The News is to the left of the Post, so I’m not surprised. I’ll buy the News, but won’t line a birdcage with the Post. I’m very heartened to see peaceg protests here in NYC.

    • conlakappa

      On some news blurb on my Surface screen I saw the headline that it “reopens the discussion on race and justice.” Reopens? There’s your privilege right there. We of course don’t have the luxury on turning the page, closing the chapter, putting away the book on that topic.

  • rigoletta

    Give me strength. I feel like crying.

    My boss who describes himself as being to the right of Rush Limbaugh just came up to my cubical and asked me how my weekend was.

    It took all I had not to cuss him out. I put on my mask and put on a big
    smile and said my weekend was fine.

    I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of seeing me upset but now I feel terrible.

    My office is full of these kinds of fools and I am one of 3 people of color in the entire building.

    I don’t know how I am going to make it through the week.

    • gn

      People who feel so demoralized and defeated with people of color on the ascendance that they’re reduced to cheering on a kid’s death are to be pitied. Stay strong!

      • rigoletta

        Thanks. I am used to having to ignore these people but everything is still so raw right now I’m not in my normal spirit.

      • edp4bho

        Morning POU. I took off today because 1. I’m tired 2. It’s too hot for shit today 3. working on sinus problem. Rigoletta, you did good. Probably all you could do. I am fortunate in that I feel confident in being able to set anyone straight with the facts if confronted at work. Done it before, have no problem doing it again. Yes, I need my job, but I’m just daring that way. Fuck ‘em.

    • jds09

      You can and will get through the week. Think of all the people before you that calmly faced down dogs and water hoses, you come from these people. Your boss is slowly going down the drain just like Rush. Focus on the beauty of the peaceful demonstrations all over the country, you are not alone in spirit.

      • rigoletta

        Thanks for this. I’m just done with these fools.
        I was actually ok before I came in today. I was so worked up over the weekend that I forgot this was likely to happen.
        It’s just hard when you are not only surrounded but they can say whatever racist trash they want but you have to stay silent.
        There are a lot of people holding things in today.

        • jds09

          We need to pray for all the folks holding it in. We can communicate a lot in a peaceful demeanor. Stay strong.

        • MsKitty

          And also this is a very good place to vent. I don’t know how many times POU saved my sanity when the Limbaugh/Hannity stans in my office wanted to be out of pocket.

          We’re family here.

          • jds09

            THIS. Many times what kept me from not punching somebody in the throat was prayer and getting back to POU. cause they would understand. lol

          • rigoletta

            Thanks. I surely need it today. I’ve made it a point to stay away from political subjects and let them know there was no point debating anything because they were never going to convince me.
            (They actually talked about “converting” me to the GOP when I was hired.)
            So I’m used to their idiocy.
            I’m grateful for this space.

        • isonprize

          Come here or wherever you need to go so you “vent” The 2520s will work your last nerve, but only if you let them. Hell, there are some confused black folks who will work a nerve too!!

          Your ‘boss’ sounds like a vile, mean-spirited man.

          He and his kind are dying off. We’ve lived this long, survived worse, and we are still going strong!! Of course, none of this makes it right, but you got bills to pay.

          So, imagine his simple hateful ass in a pink tutu.

    • TyrenM

      Hey Rigoletta,
      My experience was the opposite. I came with the “don’t fuck with me face” this am. As I was getting off the bus, a (wh) lady hollered at me that my wallet was on the seat. I thanked her and kept moving. A drop of perspective.
      That said, it’s early yet. The office…still treading lightly.

      • conlakappa

        I got the sympathetic face from a white guy in the elevator, it was just the two of us and I was in no mood for him to tell me about his pain. I don’t know him so there was no reason to go beyond the polite murmur mumble that one does in an elevator. We’ll ascend in this elevator but we won’t transcend this together, at least not today.

    • Admiral_Komack

      You’ll be all right.
      Don’t give the bastard the satisfaction.

      • rigoletta

        Thanks. I’m avoiding all the idiots here today.

    • JojoRaze

      Your boss is a supreme jerk, but I’ll pray your strength. Don’t give him the satisfaction and if you tweet, remember all the positivity Sabrina Fulton sent out in her tweets. If she can stand strong, so can you.

      • rigoletta

        Thanks. I will. I think I’m just wrung out. I didn’t sleep Saturday and didn’t sleep well last night.
        Sabrina Fulton is an amazing woman that’s for sure.

    • Daltex82

      Stay strong. I probably would have lost my job and what little religion I have today.

    • itgurl_29

      You really ought to file a complaint with human resources. They’re creating a hostile work environment. Do like they do. They run to h.r. for the most basic shit. Just go tell on their asses because what they are doing is problematic and they should be written up for it.

  • gn

    Still not pleased that NAACP’s most visible response to the verdict was a petition asking Holder to consider hate crimes charges that they know good and well were already under contemplation (just suspended pending the outcome of the trial). Would love to know the two or three businesses in Sanford most supportive of Zimmerman for boycott purposes, some indication of how we can pool small donations so that Trayvon’s parents have a legal fund to fight that vicious Zimmerman family, channeling the outrage into marching us to the ballots in this year’s special elections and next year’s midterms. NAACP needs to step up.

    • rigoletta

      What I want to know is how is it that right-wing groups can be IN THE ROOM writing these shitty laws and getting their agenda through but groups like the NAACP are always on the outside looking in?

      Why is everything some weak reaction?

      It shouldn’t have to come to this and frankly there should be more political pressure.

      Overall we aren’t maximizing our political power and groups like the NAACP aren’t the place to figure out how to work these things through.

      • conlakappa

        Ask them.

      • Town

        NAACP, CBC and the like are too busy eating shrimps and crudites.

        • itgurl_29

          And too busy worrying about whether or not there are black characters on some white tv show. They are useless.

      • BoomerGal

        One reason is MONEY.

    • Kennymack1971

      Not just the NAACP. I’m still trippin on the CBC huffing and puffing about meeting with the President and when they get their meeting they discussed “nothing specific”? Come on man.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Both are full of shit.

        • crazycanuck

          Amen

      • gn

        smdh.

    • MsKitty

      Hate to say it but it might be time to write off the NAACP. Between the decades of suspect leadership and the focus on issues of little relevance to our community, they simply no longer have any credibility. The good news is that there are a new generation of organizations stepping in (National Action Network and 1911 United, respectively, come to mind). They’re out there on the ground getting it done, not having celebrity fundraisers just to get crumbs from progressives who may be in a generous mood.

      New century, time for new thinking and approaches.

      • crazycanuck

        New century, time for new thinking and approaches.

        Yup, the NAACP are outdated, and they refuse to do any work, time to abandon them.

    • creolechild

      The NAACP needs to get out of the way and let the DOJ do what it does best. But what they can, and should, do is implement a strategy to completely dismantle ALEC, shine a spotlight on its backers, while buildingsupport across the country for repealing all SYG laws. For the NAACP, THAT would be a good start…because these days it seems like they’re unable to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time…

      As Feds Review Martin Case, NAACP Seeks DOJ Action and
      Targets State ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

      [....] In addition to pressing for action at the federal level, the NAACP and other groups were turning attention to state capitols in the aftermath of the Zimmerman acquittal. Jealous, who said civil rights supporters were “outraged and heartbroken” by the jury verdict, coupled his announcement of the petition with a call for the outlawing of racial profiling and a renewed commitment to “fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state.”[....]

      The NAACP, the Urban League, Color of Change, Common Cause, People for the American Way and MoveOn.org were among many groups that pressed ALEC on the “stand your ground” issue in 2012. Several of these same groups have taken the next step and are urging legislators to strike the laws from state statute books.[....]

      Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/175262/feds-review-martin-case-naacp-seeks-doj-action-and-targets-state-stand-your-ground-laws

      H/T John Nichols

      • crazycanuck

        You’re asking a lot for the NAACP

        • creolechild

          I don’t expect much from the NAACP. This fight lies with us because as it’s been shown time and time again–all we have is us…

          • conlakappa

            Hard to shine a light on ALEC when its members give you money, which is also the case with the CBC and not coincidental in either instance.

          • goldenstar

            Understood, BUT if a movement, independent of these two groups, begins to organize, it can be a mighty mighty force.

          • creolechild

            True, but I expect even less from the CBC than I do the NAACP.

      • BoomerGal

        Dismantle ALEC??? I’d like to see that!

        • creolechild

          That’s the same thing some people thought about going up against Rush Limbaugh. We may not have the money but we have numbers on our side to pressure any and all politicians associated with ALEC to cut their ties and we can boycott Koch and their enablers’ products. Don’t need money to do that just the will to see it through…

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            PBO proved it 2012. He and his team kicked Big Money to the corner.

    • Town

      Personally, I don’t believe the Trayvon family should pursue this case anymore as far as a civil case is concerned. Why?

      1. The jury pool for the civil case will be the same as for the criminal case. The Martin/Fulton family will LOSE in court.

      2. It is not in dispute that Zimmerman is responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman admits it, is not sorry for it and would do it again. The State of Florida has said they are ok with that. I don’t see how how you find somebody liable in civil court when the state government has said what you did was ok.

      2a. But, but, OJ…we can get Zimmerman on the stand!…….OJ Simpson said he didn’t do it. The State of California said “Well, based on what we got, you didn’t do it.” The Goldmans pursued it in civil court to get them to declare Simpson guilty of killing Ron Goldman. That’s not the case here. See #2.

      3. If the Martin/Fulton families lose, which they probably will (see #1, #2 & #2a), they will have to pay all of Zimmerman’s legal fees.

      4. They could go after him for denying Trayvon his civil rights but the DOJ is supposed to go after Zimmerman for that and they have a whole lot more time, money and resources.

      I guess the Martin / Fulton family “could” go after Zimmerman for the wrongful death of Trayvon but with the jury pool down in Sanford I doubt they would get anywhere.

      I think the energy needs to be spent pressing the DOJ to go after him for denying Trayvon his civil rights (if Trayvon was a thug, criminal, lurking around to get white women, potentially breaking in etc Zimmerman denied the state the chance to prove it and denied Trayvon the chance to defend himself).

      Also, people need to press Angela Corey & the State of Florida to let Marissa Alexander go, since they care about “Stand Your Ground” and “Self Defense” so much.

      • rigoletta

        I’m confused by the idea of filing a civil case. I thought the family had decided not file a civil case.

        Either way I agree with you and think the DOJ should be allowed to tackle this.

        • creolechild

          There’s a difference between the two cases. The family’s case would be a civil action, meaning they can go after Zimmerman for punitive damages, citing wrongful death. The DOJ is examing whether Trayvon’s civil rights were violated by Zimmerman’s actions which I believe holds the potential for criminal charges to be filed.

          • Town

            State of Florida just said that what Zimmerman did was NOT wrong. How would the family win if the state just said Zimmerman was RIGHT? And they’d be drawing from the same jury pool as well.

            No, Trayvon’s family would lose in court and they know it.

          • conlakappa

            Rules of evidence are different in civil trials. That’s the biggest distinction but, sure, the pool would be polled from the same group of voters/drivers/whatever the pull in Florida.

          • Town

            They will draw from the same jury pool as the criminal case and they will lose again. All Zimmerman has to say is “I was defending myself and the state of Florida agrees” and that’s a wrap. Zimmerman’s lawyers will have MORE leeway to paint Trayvon as the blackest thug that ever thugged and his family will lose again in court AND have to pay all of Zimmerman’s legal fees. And you can bet your last dollar Zimmerman will have some VERY high priced lawyers.

          • conlakappa

            Right. Not disagreeing with your general point but noting that rules of evidence are different. I’m agnostic as to whether they should sue. It’s their decision and I’ll respect it either way.

          • gn

            Reading that this particular jury was bad, even for Sanford:

            @OrlandoLiberal
            #Zimmerman Jury chosen by zip code. None came from the low income areas, all came from All white areas. The deck was stacked #J4TM

            Comports with your theory about us getting played by Corey and the trial just being for show.

          • Town

            Just for show. And a civil case jury would be picked the same way.

            Zip code discrimination is real because everyone knows black people live in Zip Code A and white people live in Zip Code B.

            I know for my town, Zip Codes 23221, 23226, 23229, 23059, 23060, 23233, 23111, 23116, 23005 ….these zip codes are mostly white.

            23222, 23223, 23224, 23225 ……these zip codes are mostly black.

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

            What? Where did this person get this info?

          • gn

            Just sent out a tweet asking…stay tuned.

          • gn

            He replied with the specific counties but no source other than a local news channel.

          • creolechild

            Exactly! While they will be polling from the same group of people in Floriday, there’s a lower threshold that needs to be proven in a civil trial.

        • Town

          People are still crying about a civil case. To me, that’s dead in the water.

          I think the Martin/Fulton Family (and Crump & Co, & Rev. Al) realizes they were played by this trial and they’re not going to play the game anymore (at the Florida level):

          Angela Corey, a big proponent of SYG, charges Zimmerman with Murder 2, a charge she knew he WOULD NOT be convicted of;

          The prosecution puts on a weak ass prosecution (IMO directed to/hindered by Corey);

          At least one of the prosecutors (Guy) probably realized what the game was and decided to go all in at the last minute;

          The prosecution tells the Martin family not to come to the courthouse for the verdict, because of “threats” (isn’t that what the police are for, to protect against threats?)

          Corey comes out all smiles & giggles about how the process worked and how she was so proud of what happened. Meanwhile the other prosecutors were dazed, confused & pissed.

          When the prosecution lost on the OJ trial, did you see Marcia Clark & Christopher Darden smiling and acting like they won a prize? No! They were devastated!

          When the prosecution lost on the Casey Anthony trial, did you see the prosecution acting like they won the Super Bowl? No! They were disappointed.

          But Angela Corey was acting like she won the lottery.

          What was the game? The trial wasn’t about justice for Trayvon or getting down to the bottom of what Zimmerman did. The state & Corey didn’t give a shit what happened to Trayvon OR Zimmerman.

          This trial was about strengthening SYG.

          THAT’S why Corey was all smiles & giggles at the news conference because she got her objective: to strengthen those laws. An acquittal of Zimmerman (which she knew she’d get b/c she purposely overcharged Zimmerman) strengthens those laws. Because now you can even “defend” yourself against unarmed people.

          I think Rev. Al, Trayvon’s family, Crump & ‘Em & Obama & ‘Em realized at that moment of smiles & giggles from Corey that they had been played & this trial was a sham from beginning to end.

          • gn

            Sanford PD was treated with kid gloves; the flaws in their “investigation” weren’t brought out or challenged.

          • Town

            DOJ needs to investigate Sanford PD.

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

            They are…

            Trayvon Martin Case: Department of Justice to investigate entire Sanford police http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional/trayvon-martin-case-department-of-justice-to-inv-1/nLhzy/

          • Miranda

            John Guy looked like he wanted to throw up when the verdict was read…like you said, he realized he had been played by Corey and the complete unwillingness of law enforcement with the handling of this case from start to finish.

          • crazycanuck

            Depressing.

      • gn

        You make good points. Whether it makes sense for them to pursue a civil case (as there’s no guarantee that the DOJ will file civil rights charges, and/or they make think it worth it to force GZ onto the stand) is beyond my expertise, but wish that NAACP would help to make sure that this family has the resources that they need. God bless Sybrina and Tracy.

        • Town

          NAACP? Please.

          • gn

            Their petition is really making the rounds (and is vacuuming in new email addresses and contacts for themselves); were it accompanied by a call for people to donate $5 to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, that would actually be helpful…

      • isonprize

        Also, people need to press Angela Corey & the State of Florida to let Marissa Alexander go, since they care about “Stand Your Ground” and “Self Defense” so much.

        THIS. ALL DAY LONG!

    • Admiral_Komack

      The NAACP needs to get out of the way.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone.

  • rikyrah

    #FeministMILF @FeministaJones

    #TrayvonMartin Foundation has barely 1/3 of what George Zimmerman was able to raise for his defense. Go. Now. ===>http://justicetm.org/donations/

    9:52 PM – 14 Jul 2013

    • crazycanuck

      Can anyone donate to this foundation?

      • rikyrah

        I would believe so

        • crazycanuck

          OK great, I think I’ll donate to them. it’s the least I can do.

    • rigoletta

      Thank you for posting this.

  • rikyrah

    McCrory to sign motorcycle-turned-abortion bill
    By Steve Benen
    Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:02 PM EDT

    With remarkable speed this week, Republicans in the North Carolina state legislature amended a bill on motorcycle safety, included new restrictions on reproductive health, and got to work passing it. Would the state’s freshman Republican governor, Pat McCrory, go along with this?

    As it turns out, yes.

    North Carolina’s governor says he will sign a new version of a bill that raises standards for abortion clinics into law if it reaches his desk.

    Gov. Pat McCrory announced his decision Friday, two days after he threatened to veto the previous legislation for how it addressed raising standards for abortion clinics through rules similar to outpatient surgery centers. The House changed the language to satisfy McCrory’s health and human services department.

    McCrory says the version that passed the House on Thursday will ensure women’s safety and not limit their access to abortion.

    Keep in mind, as a gubernatorial candidate just last year, McCrory was asked what changes to the state’s abortion laws he would support. His answer, which helped him get elected, was unambiguous: “None.” As in, if elected, McCrory wouldn’t support any changes to the state’s abortion laws.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/12/19441839-mccrory-to-sign-motorcycle-turned-abortion-bill?lite

  • rikyrah

    Only one way to know if House could pass immigration bill
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:32 AM EDT.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was asked yesterday whether he expects the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform. “Yes,” he replied. “They will act. They have to. This is something that the vast, vast majority of the Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support. And John Boehner should let the House vote. That’s all he has to do. If the House voted, it would pass overwhelmingly.”

    In an unexpected public appeal, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch soon after announced his agreement, saying on Twitter that Reid is “right” and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “should allow” the House to vote. “Lead,” Murdoch said to the Ohio Republican, for the “country’s sake.”

    But is Reid correct about support for the bipartisan Senate bill? If Boehner allowed a vote, would it pass? On ABC yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) repeated the prediction that the House considered the Senate bill, “there would be enough House Republicans that would vote for it.” It led to this exchange between George Stephanopoulos and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.).

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/15/19484100-only-one-way-to-know-if-house-could-pass-immigration-bill?lite

  • rikyrah

    If at first you don’t succeed, fail and fail again
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    It was just a month ago when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), his party’s most recent vice presidential nominee, shared his theory on why he and his ticket came up short in 2012: it was the Affordable Care Act’s fault. Republicans had to “argue against the promise” of “Obamacare,” Ryan argued, and it was too tough to overcome.

    Exactly a month later, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday made a very different kind of argument on “Meet the Press.”

    For those who can’t watch clips online, McConnell, asked about the health care, said:

    “Look, this is a big, controversial issue. It’s not going away. It’s, in all likelihood, going to be the premiere issue in the 2014 election. The American people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed. And they hope that the Congress will respond to their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens.”

    To recap, in 2012, Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act one of the premiere issues of the election cycle. The strategy failed — GOP candidates lost the presidential race and lost seats in both the House and Senate. So in 2014, Republican intend to make repealing the Affordable Care Act one of the premiere issues of the election cycle.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/15/19483552-if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-fail-and-fail-again?lite

  • rikyrah

    Monday Morning Open Thread: No Place At the Table

    Posted by Anne Laurie at 4:35 am

    Via Corby Kummer at the Atlantic, who says that after “House Republicans split food stamps off the main package, it’s time to revisit a devastating documentary about hunger in America“:

    … The idea of the split makes intuitive sense. Anyone who looks at the farm bill for a few minutes–or, like Dan Imhoff, devotes a book to it, or, like Marion Nestle, an entire semester’s course to it–sees what a chimera or, more to the point, a monster it is. It has next to nothing to do with the farms most people think of–the ones growing mixed crops, the ones that supply farmer’s markets. It doesn’t mention environmental protection or land conservation, though some of the country’s most important safeguards are in it. And it doesn’t mention nutrition assistance or hunger, though fully four-fifths of it are food stamps. Why not keep the agricultural parts, even if they benefit only industrial agriculture, in what’s called the farm bill, and call the food-assistance portion what it is? That would get the farm bill back on the rails, and stop letting SNAP debates hijack every vote.

    Here’s why not: because that means, as anyone in the anti-hunger community recognizes, pushing the 47 million Americans on food stamps onto an ice floe. The last time Republicans tried to saw off food stamps from the bill, as Jerry Hagstrom recounts in an excellent overview of the most recent farm bill failure, it set back food assistance efforts for more than a decade…

    I met Bradley in May at a leadership conference of Share Our Strength, the country’s leading anti-hunger organization certainly as it involves cooks and members of the restaurant community. The official star speaker of the conference was Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, who resoundingly reminded the audience, and the Republicans who weren’t listening, that 92 percent of the 47 million on SNAP are children, the elderly, and the disabled. “If people understood just how vulnerable this population is at a time of economic struggle,” Billy Shore, the founder with his sister Debbie of SOS, told me this morning, “people would understand [that separating off SNAP from the farm bill] makes no sense. This is politics at the expense of kids.”
    .

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/07/15/monday-morning-open-thread-no-place-at-the-table/

  • rikyrah

    Dudette @Dudette9t9

    “@levarburton One hug at a time! MT @OnPointCelebz: @levarburton How do we teach our young black youth that their life is meaningful?

    12:20 AM – 15 Jul 2013

  • MsKitty

    Rufus Thomas was the man. That is all.

    Looking forward to this series.

  • rikyrah

    Snowden and the potential for the USA’s ‘worst nightmare’
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:22 AM EDT.

    The controversy surrounding former NSA contractor Edward Snowden took an unexpected twist over the weekend, with provocative comments from the one journalist who’s been at the heart of the story from the beginning.

    Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst.

    “Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.

    “The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/15/19484696-snowden-and-the-potential-for-the-usas-worst-nightmare?threadId=3768129&commentId=77598968#c77598968

    • crazycanuck

      So now he’s threatening the country?

      • rikyrah

        I know…I was like, the sooner this asshole is in shackles and a Hannibal Lecter mask, the better.

      • rigoletta

        And he’s talking out of his ass. I’m sure by the end of the week this information he’s supposed to have will be so important that it’ll be the end of everything.
        There is a psychiatrist out there that is missing a patient.

      • conlakappa

        Which raises him to the level of a terrorist. It’s been our policy to never negotiate with terrorists…

    • Admiral_Komack

      All this shows is that Snowden is not a whistleblower, but a miserable narcissistic traitor.

      • Daltex82

        I hope it is not a long wait for karma to catch up with this treasonous little mofo.

    • rigoletta

      Isn’t this the same hyperbole that Wikileaks came out with? The US would be shake to its foundations with their info.

      Isn’t this the same threat Assange made with his encrypted “insurance” file that has already been cracked?

      That information is out there and the world is still turning.

      Greenwald is just confirming his desperation in this situation because he and Snowden have painted themselves into a corner. With each passing day this story fades.

  • Miranda

    Anyone else find it interesting that NBC was reporting how the police had asked if the verdict was reached over the weekend, that they would ask that it be read on a weekday:

    Craig Melvin ‏@craigmelvin11 Jul
    Correction: IF a verdict is reached over weekend, law enforcement sources tell NBC News they WILL request it read on a weekday.

    I guess fearing the savage beasts that would riot and loot…and the verdict came in on a Saturday night – peak looting hours I guess and peak time for all the coverage of the wilding and rioting and shooting down of the feral animals known as black folks. Maybe a coincidence, maybe not – but very interesting how it all played out.

    • jds09

      A Saturday night no less, when people are known to have an alcoholic beverage or three.

  • rigoletta

    Sorry this was supposed to be a reply below

  • crazycanuck

    You know, I don’t venture over there often (TOD) but this morning I did, and I’m almost in tears at those pictures.

    • rikyrah

      yeah, the pics are hard.

  • creolechild

    This is where Stand Your Ground Laws originated…

    A CMD Special Report on ALEC’s Funding and Spending

    [....] Research from CMD and GreenPeace documents that the Koch foundations have given ALEC at least $600,000 in the past decade or so, and Koch Industries has donated an untold amount. The Kochs also bailed out ALEC with a loan of nearly half a million dollars in the late 1990s. Koch Industries has also chaired ALEC’s corporate board and has had a seat on its board for over a decade. Plus, another subsidy unaccounted for by ALEC is the money corporations like Koch have spent on having the head of its lobbying arm involved in ALEC’s leadership as well as whatever amount of time the company spends crafting ALEC “model” legislation.[....]

    Other current ALEC corporate leaders have given an undisclosed sum to ALEC this year and before. These companies include: CenterPoint 360 (a firm that helps companies “manage legislation”), Altria (formerly Phillip Morris tobacco), the American Bail Coalition (the trade group for for-profit bail bonds), AT&T, Bayer (aspirin), Coca-Cola, Diageo (Crown Royal and other liquor), Energy Future Holdings (Texas electricity), ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline (Tums and other brands), Intuit (Quickbooks), Johnson & Johnson (lotion), Koch Industries (Georgia Pacific paper products and other brands), Kraft Food (Macaroni and Cheese dinners), Peabody Energy (the largest private coal company in the world), Pfizer (Viagra), PhRMA (the pharmaceutical trade group), Reed Elsevier (Lexis/Nexis legal research), Reynolds American (tobacco), Salt River Project (energy), State Farm Insurance, United Parcel Service, and Wal-Mart (world’s largest retailer).[....]

    Read more: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/07/10887/cmd-special-report-alecs-funding-and-spending

    H/T Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch

    • jds09

      This is an opportunity for our civil rights organizations to course correct. There is an systemic enemy (SYG laws) which I believe is the most significant and individual enemies (the Koch Brothers) to organize around. But it will mean getting off the corporate teat.

  • Miranda

    Ry Cooper ‏@kingpin76661m
    Had to eplain Trayvon Martin to my daughter, 17 year old cousin, and Nephew. My daughter asked “I’m not allowed to fight off a stranger?”

  • crazycanuck

    Uhh who was I suppose to send pics of my hair to? I thought I followed the POU’er but i didn’t.

    • Tafr

      That was me

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – - -***BIG HUG*** – -ALRIGHTY! –A FIRST!! –Annnd RUFUS! :>)- THIS is GON B GooooD. – -:>)
    THANK U PBOMB♥ – -LOOKIN’ 4-WARD ->.

    — – –☺ the first African-American radio announcer, Jack L. Cooper’s “All Negro” radio show aired in the 1930′s on Chicago’s WSBC. —-Woo! Hoo!

    – — ☺—Jack The Rapper – 1 –[This is an HONOR 2 him.] :>)

    – - – ☺RUFUS THOMAS – Walking the Dog — – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – - -ENJOY your -TREAT. :>) – -B BLESSED 2-day♥–:>)

  • gn

    @literaryeric
    We imprison a larger percentage of our black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. http://thkpr.gs/13c5jyr

  • Miranda

    What Athletes’ Response To The Zimmerman Verdict Says About Race And Class In America
    By Travis Waldron on Jul 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The Miami Heat wore hoodies to protest Trayvon Martin’s killing last March.Athletes were quick to react when a jury acquitted George Zimmerman on all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night, with many questioning both the ruling and the American justice system.

    “How do I explain this to my young boys???” Miami Heat star Dwyane Wadetweeted after the verdict was read. “These tears right now in my eyes are for Trayvon’s family, for my nephews for my unborn son (God willing) this is so hard to bare!” the Chicago Sky’s Swin Cash posted. Former heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis ended a series of tweets with, “Some act like America is colorblind. The reality is its NOT. My son also looks like Trayvon and we also have a home in FLA.”

    more here: http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/07/15/2299431/what-athletes-response-to-the-zimmerman-verdict-says-about-race-in-america/

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -With LIBERTY annnd JUSTICE — 4 – - —SOME –

    — –GospelUpdates.com@gospelupdates
    ‏ONLY in #America. #BlackPeople wake up. The #Truth is looking you right in the face! #Zimmermantrial #Verdict http://ow.ly/i/2C0zy
    View photo
    — -POWERFUL PERSPECTIVE!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB: — -REV. Jamal Bryant: — “We can’i continue 2 let the PRISON System B the New PLANTATION”. :>) —SPEAK. –TRUTH.

  • Miranda

    They could care less bout flaunting their racism…its a badge of honor for this man.
    ——————————-
    americasvoice ‏@americasvoice21m
    Wow RT @woodruffbets: A T-shirt from this morning’s anti-Gang of 8 march. Don’t think they like Rubio very much pic.twitter.com/j7HSiqp2Dp

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPN45_mCUAAEfts.jpg

  • creolechild

    Update to post downthread..

    Shareholders Push Firms to Cut Ties to ALEC; 49 Corporations Now Out

    [....] Corporations that have publicly cut ties to ALEC since the Center for Media and Democracy launched ALECexposed.org
    in 2011 and highlighted Coca Cola’s role in the group include Coca
    Cola, Wells Fargo, General Electric, Western Union, Sprint, General
    Motors, Walgreens, Best Buy, Hewlett-Packard, MillerCoors, John Deere, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Procter & Gamble, Mars, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods, and PepsiCo. The addition of these five companies brings the total to at least 49 corporations.

    These and six non-profits that have cut ties brings the total number of private-sector ALEC members who have cut ties to at least 55. At least 74 state legislators have also cut ties with ALEC. In addition, as CMD has reported, 117 ALEC members were voted out of office or left state legislatures in 2011 and 2012.[....]

    http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/06/12155/shareholders-push-firms-cut-ties-alec-49-corporations-now-out

    H/T Rebekah Wilce and PR Watch

    • BoomerGal

      The corporations are finally getting the message that in this age of IT, you can run but you can’t hide.

  • Miranda

    I wonder how Michelle Bernard feels now.
    ——————————-
    George Zimmerman case: Women will now decide
    By Michelle Bernard, Published: July 12 at 5:09 pm

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/07/12/george-zimmermans-fate-is-in-the-hands-of-his-female-jury-and-judge/

    • conlakappa

      Michelle Bernard who went from constantly saying she was an R to loudly saying she was an independent? Consistency is not her friend. Nor is a good weaver.

      • goldenstar

        LOL!

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

        Dayum!

        • conlakappa

          What? I expect Michelle at her income level and whose face is on the TV/in the paper to have pulled from a better bag than Michernelle who lives off North Capitol Street, N.E. It is never blended in.

  • Miranda

    I must say, that was a smart business decision of BET
    ——————————

    Hollywood Reporter ‏@THR32m
    EXCLUSIVE: ABC’s #Scandal Heads to @BET in Early Syndication Deal; S1, S2 Set for Summer, S3 in Fall http://bit.ly/15dleeV @ScandalABC

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

      I hope they don’t mess it up like they did The Wire. The bad editing job and the inconsistency in airing the show ruined it.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — –Some of the MEDIA stated tha the wanna — -”move on” [NOT forward.] — – -WAY-ELL –I jus’ need another MOMENT 2 consider this TRAGEDY annnd TRAVESTY of justice-less! – -

    A glimpse of South Florida’s feelings on not guilty Zimmerman verdict – -
    - – — -Editor’s Note: This is the fifth piece in a series of on-the-ground reports on reactions to the not guilty verdict reached by the jury in the George Zimmerman trial.

    From Miami to the Palm Beaches, and potentially all over the country, all eyes were glued to news networks as the 6 jurors in the trial for George Zimmerman announced that they had reached a verdict.
    Many insisted that justice for the killing of Trayvon Martin would come in the form of a 2nd degree murder conviction.

    Others, who have long been discouraged by the U.S. legal system, believed a manslaughter conviction would be just.

    However, to the surprise and disappointment of many, George Zimmerman was found not guilty.
    The South Florida community shares their reactions:

    THERE IS MORE

    –THIS —>“I didn’t really follow the case that much so I didn’t have too much of a reaction to it. I didn’t hear how the prosecutors or the defense made their cases so I can’t give much of an opinion on it. “ – 27-year-old Ashley W. of Fort Lauderdale, FL (white)

    EITHER: — He/she –is LYIN’!! –Orrr –KNEW that the -WHITE – -”muthas” — -WOULD -find him –NOT GUILTY! –Puh-leeze.

    –OUR -COMFORT: —IT AIN’T OVA – -YET! — HAH

  • crazycanuck

    Is boycotting Florida getting any traction at all?

  • JB20005

    In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, I keep hearing this from GZ’s cheering section enough to make my head explode:

    “George isn’t white, he’s hispanic.”

    Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race you idiots. Otherwise, that means you believe that these two guys are part of the same racial group:

    David Ortiz: http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/3748/david-ortiz

    Lionel Messi: http://espnfc.com/player/_/id/45843/lionel-messi?cc=5901

    The again, the American cultural definition of “white” has always been fairly narrow and used to exclude Italians and Irish.

    • rigoletta

      Only after killing a black child in cold blood would any of these right-wingers ally themselves with a “Hispanic”.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin’ JB20005. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      —–THANK U! — -”WHYCOME” – –U gotta B sooo LOGICAL? — -:>)

      Annnd I would say 2 soma THOSE people: – –Wayta get the HISPANIC vote – –YT Re-thuckers! LOL

      NOTICE how QUIET THEY have been? LOL

      Good 2 C U JB20005. :>)

    • BoomerGal

      Well, they certainly haven’t been excluded in the last century.

  • creolechild

    Hostess Twinkies Return To Shelves While Unionized Jobs Disappear

    Twinkies, one of the best known snacks made by Hostess Brands, are back on shelves on Monday after the company filed for bankruptcy late last year. Yet jobs at the company aren’t coming back with the dessert. [....] The reduction in jobs is thanks to an increasing use of machinery instead of workers, dropping some of the former Hostess brands, a new model for delivering products, and closing nearly 600 outlet stores in which it used to sell products directly to consumers.

    Those who do get their job back won’t see the same pay, however. Employees are now making far less than they were before the liquidation. And the workers who are hired back will no longer be unionized. Where nearly 80 percent of the workers were part of a union before the liquidation, today none will be.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/15/2300111/hostess-twinkies-jobs/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • Miranda

    Vigils set in 100 cities in Travyon Martin case
    VERENA DOBNIK
    Published: 13 minutes ago

    NEW YORK (AP) – Vigils in 100 cities are being planned for Saturday over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton says his organization will hold prayer vigils and rallies will be held in front of federal buildings. Sharpton joins the NAACP and others calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Martin’s 2012 shooting death in Florida.

    Largely peaceful rallies were held Sunday in cities across the country. There were some arrests in Los Angeles, where more than 100 police officers in riot gear converged on a crowd of about 80 protesters.

    Sharpton has urged peace, saying any violence would mar Martin’s name.
    http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_320175/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=kca27hQv

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —-A PIC is worth 1000 WORDS -

    —-Justice —JUST regained her sight![again]– – -

    Annnd RESULTED in this VERDICT: — – -NOT GUILTY!! –

    • Daltex82

      That bitch ain’t never been blind. Excuse the language GLH.

      • BoomerGal

        LOL!!!! True dat!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD Morntin’ BoomerGal ***BIG HUG** :>)

          —***BIG fist bump***—Joinin’ U. LOL –

          Good 2 C U BoomerGal. — :>)

          • BoomerGal

            Always good to see you and BIG HUG back!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        –SPEAK TRUTH Daltex82.—-THANK U! – –:>)

        ——Whisperin’ 2 U. – –Post away. :>)- -

        Good 2 C U. :>)

  • creolechild

    16 Moving Images From Trayvon Martin Rallies Across The Country

    Thousands of Americans across the country protested the George Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, “chanting, praying and even fighting tears” after the jury acquitted the neighborhood watchman of all criminal charges for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Though some pundits predicted race riots in the aftermath of a not
    guilty verdict, the rallies proved overwhelmingly peaceful and deeply
    moving:[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/15/2299051/16-moving-images-from-trayvon-martin-rallies-across-the-country/

    H/T Igor Volsky

  • Miranda

    Gallup Settles With U.S. For $10.5 Million OverInflated Contracts
    CATHERINE THOMPSON 10:50 AM EDT, MONDAY JULY 15, 2013

    The Gallup Organization has settled with the United States for $10.5 million amid allegations it inflated its federal contract prices and improperly negotiated a FEMA subcontract, the Justice Department announced Monday.

    The Washington, D.C.-based polling and research firm violated the Fair Claims Act when it “overstated its true estimated labor hours” in proposals for U.S. Mint and State Department contracts, according to the U.S. complaint filed in November 2012. The complaint also alleges that Gallup “engaged in improper employment negotiations” with FEMA official Timothy Cannon to procure a subcontract at an inflated price, in violation of the Procurement Integrity Act.

    more here: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/gallup-settles-with-us-for-105-million-over

    • TyrenM

      Another reason to poll for Romney lol.

    • goldenstar

      Once again, that DOJ under Eric Holder just cannot stop doing their job and the right thing!

  • JB20005

    Also this morning, I’m about ready to offer a hot cup of STFU to my white lawyer friends, who never practiced in the criminal court system and keep prattling about how the “jury reached the correct result”.

    Any lawyer who believes that the system would have found a 29 year old black man not guilty for shooting down a 17 year old white kid is f**king high.

    Everything about the case would have different from the moment the police arrived on the scene.

  • crazycanuck

    OK, I think I’m gonna switch to Canadian politics for a few hours. They piss me off, but at least it doesn’t raise my blood pressure.

  • creolechild

    What if I currently have COBRA coverage?

    [....] When you have COBRA coverage, you usually have to pay the entire premium yourself, plus a small administrative fee. After you leave your job your former employer no longer pays for any of your insurance costs. Starting in 2014 you may change from COBRA coverage to Marketplace health insurance coverage any time.

    Losing your COBRA coverage qualifies you to buy health insurance in the Marketplace, even if it’s not during open enrollment. This is true whether the coverage runs out or you choose to end it. At any time during the year you can visit the Marketplace to find your options, compare plans, and enroll.[....]

    Read more: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-if-i-currently-have-cobra-coverage

    H/T Healthcare.gov

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB– — —HAH!

    — -White Privilege: Responding to Zimmerman Verdict with Paean to the Rule of Law – - -

    ——- -Andrew Cohen of The Atlantic is one of many pundits offering paeans about the rule of law today. Hello, White Privilege.

    – - – –[And since we can’t know “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” his argument ends tacitly, we should accept the verdict because … well … “the rule of law” is better than the alternatives.]

    Except the rule of law was not better than the alternatives for Trayvon Martin, just as it wasn’t for too many young, black men in the U.S. Far too often, if you’re a young, black male and you walk too fast,or too slow, or in the wrong place, or at the wrong time, or just happen to “look suspicious” … “the rule of law” is to beg for mercy and hope you live to see the next day.
    - — – SNIP – -

    – - — Part of white privilege is not realizing that, for young black men, “the rule of law” is not much protection at all. Claims of self-defense are far more likely to be accepted if the victim is black,so if you’re a young black man and you defend yourself from a white attacker, “the rule of law” may well stomp on you anyway. But if he shoots you…. —-
    THERE IS MORE — – — -GOOD READ – — – -

    • JB20005

      The majestic sounding “rule of law” has always been stacked in favor of white people in this country. It was under the “rule of law” that Chief Justice Roger B. Taney described Africans as:

      “Beings of an inferior order, altogether unfit to associate with the white race” and that “they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect”.

      The noble “rule of law” also gave us:

      -The one-drop rule

      -Separate but equal

      -Anti-miscegenation statutes

      More often than not, the “rule of law” has been wielded as a tool of oppression against disfavored groups.

      • GreenLadyHere

        – -***BIG fist bump*** – - -JB20005 —–:>)

        — -More often than not, the “rule of law” has been wielded as a tool of oppression against disfavored groups. — – -

        — —THANK U. :>) — -

  • creolechild

    Five Reasons To Limit California’s Indefinite Solitary Confinement

    Some 29,000 prisoners in California are entering the fourth consecutive day on hunger strike to protest indefinite solitary confinement that can go on for decades, with little opportunity to challenge placement in isolation.[....] Here are five harms caused by the practice in the state whose prison conditions were deemed so cruel and unusual that they violate the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment in 2011:

    1. Those who spend even a few days in solitary confinement can suffer lasting severe psychiatric harm,[....]
    2. Federal courts and the Department of Justice have deemed solitary confinement of the mentally ill unconstitutional.[....]
    3. Pelican Bay, the high-security prison at the center of the protests, has historically had an arbitrary, secret, and virtually irreversible system for placing individuals in solitary confinement,[....]
    4. California is mired in litigation that hinges on its treatment of prisoners, particularly the mentally ill.[....]
    5. Solitary confinement can foster rage and violent tendencies that increase public safety risks.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/12/2290591/five-reasons-to-end-californias-indefinite-solitary-confinement/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

  • gn

    @StewartMoore
    [personal Trayvon Martin atty] Crump: please refuse to remain silent. Sybrina and Tracy can’t do this by themselves. They need you to stand with them

    • edp4bho

      And this is why, despite my lack of respect for the NAACP, I signed their petition and FB’ed it for the sake of anyone on my page who may be a bit lazy. We have to educate the way we see fit. And wonder of wonders, they didn’t ask for a donation this time.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -”TWEETIN’ TRUTH!” – –YES! — -

    — ☺Charlie Peach
    ‏@bretech2
    A “White Supremacist Mind” killed Trayvon Martin & “White Privileged System” set his MURDERER free… #NoJustice #Trayvon #NoJusticeNoPeace

    — -☺Charlie Peach
    ‏@bretech2
    It took 45 days 4 Sanford 2 be forced 2 arrest GZ & only 16 hrs 4 their bias jury 2 find him NOT guilty. #NoJusticeNOPeace #Trayvon

    • conlakappa

      It’s up to 16 hours of deliberation now?

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ conlakappa ***BIG HUG** :>)

        —-I looked 2 an article on the length of the jury deliberations: — –The six jurors — all of them women — deliberated for 16½ hours. – –
        Sorry –couldn’t get the link. :>)

        Nowhere — Law enforcement -orrr- -JURY —was there – - -”JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON”! —YET! – -

        Good 2 C U conlakappa. :>)

        • conlakappa

          Either the NY Times or the Wash Post had “over 11 hours” as if it were a herculean effort. Seems like there is some PR at play when something definite like “how long were they in a room” cannot be consistent in its reflection. The eyebrow, she is arched skyward.

          Big hugs backatcha.

        • Daltex82

          They want folks to believe that it was difficult for them to come to this decision, when they know in their black hearts that they were going to let him walk all along.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good MornTin’ Daltex. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- – -

            ***BIG FIST BUMP!!*** — -As I stated B4 – –their question on “manslaughter” –
            —-”BIG – HEAD FAKE!!” — – —-RACISTS!!

            Good 2 C U Daltex82. :>)

  • Alma98

    Morning all.

  • creolechild

    Positive Youth Development Program

    The Positive Youth Development Committee of the 100 Black Men of
    South Florida created a new innovative outreach program targeting male middle school students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th living in the Greater Miami area. The purpose of the “Positive Peer Pressure” program is to teach and empower young male middle school students, primarily of African descendants who are currently excelling in academics and behavior to continue to set and achieve positive life goals and cope with peer pressures that can deter them from achieving their goals.[....]

    The strength of the Positive Peer Pressure program is the commitment of the 100 Black Men of South Florida members to come to the middle schools and share their professional and life experiences with students in the context of our discussion topics. We work directly with more than 150 male students each year giving them information, skills and tools to make a difference in their lives.[....] Our plans are to expand the Positive Peer Pressure program each year, adding other middle schools within the Greater Miami area.

    Read more: http://100blackmensf.org/programs/positive-youth-development-program/

    H/T 100BlackMen

  • gn

    @GN192
    @NAACP @BenJealous would be amazing if your petition included a call to donate $5 to the http://TrayvonMartinFoundation.org . why doesn’t it???

    • itgurl_29

      They are just sooo not on point. It’s ridiculous.

      • gn

        Trayvon’s parents may decide that it’s worth risking having to pay legal fees to get the “man” who killed their son onto the stand. Anything we can do to help them, let’s get them the resources. NAACP just continues to disappoint.

        • Aquagranny911

          He will actually have to take the stand in a civil trial. I don’t think he can hold up under that.

          • gn

            And perhaps that alone is worth the price of admission for Trayvon’s family. Should that be the case, they’ve got a donation from me.

          • Aquagranny911

            Me too! I want to see that scum get up in court & say he has no remorse for taking Trayvon’s life & that it was “God’s will”

            What ever Z thinks, Trayvon’s blood will be forever on his hands. The Buddhists say that taking the life of another person or even any other living thing means that you carry that burden through this life & beyond.

      • Miranda

        That’s quite the understatement.

    • conlakappa

      “Um, GN, see, what had happened was…” If it takes a dime from his coffers, not bloody likely. I’m open to being proven wrong. Want to be, actually.

    • BoomerGal

      I wouldn’t trust the NAACP with 5 CENTS, let alone 5 or 10 dollars of my money. I sent my donation MYSELF to the TM Foundation.

      • itgurl_29

        That’s actually true. Yeah, we’d be much better off just donating it straight to the family.

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

      That’s too much like right.

    • rikyrah

      call this mofo out..
      KEEP ON IT!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — –@ the WHITE HOUSE: – -HONORS –again. :>) –

    -1:45 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama host George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush to honor the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award winner.

    Thank U – –MR. PRESIDENT♥/FIRST LADY♥ — :>) — -

  • gn

    Dancing on his grave:

    @BuzzFeedAndrew
    George Zimmerman trial juror has signed a book deal http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/george-zimmerman-juror-to-write-book_b74138 … (@BuzzFeedNews)

    • Miranda

      wow……………smh………I am completely disgusted with it all.

      • gn

        Greedy, hateful witch. These people are truly the scum of the earth and i apologize for giving the false hope that they would have the slightest decency and return a fair verdict. She’s telling on herself right here.

        • Aquagranny911

          I will add my apology to yours because I held those hopes too. When they asked for a clarification of manslaughter, I thought they were really considering all the issues. When they came back so fast with the verdict I was a bit shocked.

          This awful woman deserves a big dose of Karma unless she wants to confess that the jury was tainted.

          • gn

            Kinda sad, isn’t it, when hoping for the best in human nature is unreasonable…terrible trial.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Candidate for bargain bin.

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

      According to the editor, the juror has a literary agent but hasn’t gotten a book deal yet. Still this is just disgusting beyond words.

    • Daltex82

      SMDH!

    • MsKitty

      Wishing ill will of epic proportions here. That is just straight evil.

    • Tafr

      Raising money off of letting a child killer go free is not the business. Yes there is a special hell for that and yes this sick bitch will have to answer for it. Sorry folks I am not sanitizing my anger over this.

      • rikyrah

        You don’t need to sanitize anything

  • creolechild

    Fixing up seniors’ homes could help them age in place

    The environment in which you live can be as disabling as a disease,
    and too often, older Americans wind up in a nursing home not because
    they’re super-sick but because they can’t get through their days safely
    at home.

    Now a major research project will bring handymen, occupational therapists and nurses into the homes of 800 low-income seniors in Baltimore to test if some inexpensive fix-ups and strategies for daily living can keep them independent longer, and save millions in taxpayer dollars spent on nursing home care.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2013/07/post_119.html#incart_river_default

    H/T AP

    • edp4bho

      So love this idea. I hope to be a part of an effort to do this soon.

  • Miranda

    This morning on the vast majority (if not all) the R&B, hip-hop & Gospel stations across the country, there was a central topic for the duration of each morning show – Trayvon Martin and the injustice of the Zimmerman trial.

    No such happenings on the rock, pop and country stations.

    But its not about race.

    • Town

      To be …fair…to rock, pop and country stations, I’ve never known them to really discuss social issues. Not pop stations, anyway. And you see what happened to the Dixie Chicks.

      Rock & Country stations aren’t interested in Trayvon/Zimmerman because they are all assumed Zimmerman supporters, so why have the debate?

      Pop is sanitized; they won’t discuss it except as a joke on a morning radio show.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB — -Watchin — -Law Prof —-Carol – I’m a supporter of YT privilege/RE-THUG – –Swain:- – -This case is NOT about RACE. — Annnd it’s MR. PRESIDENT’s FAULT. LOL

    HERE she is: – —-Carol Swain Of Vanderbilt University On Hannity
    - – — Carol Swain Of Vanderbilt University on Hannity is part of a tremendous
    line-up of Black American conservatives tackling the most controversial
    issues surrounding race in America today. In this extremely compelling
    2nd Townhall special hosted by FNC’s Sean Hannity, Carol Swain boldly
    addresses why she is a Republican and the issue of abortion.
    - -

    —-3 WORDS: –PI –TI —-FUL! —geesh!

    • rikyrah

      you need a cooning graphic, GLH.
      cause she’s a straight up coon

  • MsKitty

    This Team Zimmerman media tour, wow. You literally got away with murder, why can’t you just be happy with that and get on with your life? No, you have to get in front of any and all cameras and portray Trayvon as scum who deserved nothing less than being wiped off the face of the Earth. To Trayvon’s family that has to feel like he is being murdered again Every. Single. Day. But their tears are like sweet nectar to you, and that you can cash in on book deals, speaking engagements, and piles of money, well golly gee that’s the absolute cherry on top. Another dead nigger and you get to turn a profit, win-win.

    My anger has not subsided, in fact I think these actions just intensified it x1000. I should be appalled by the utter lack of humanity, but it’s not surprising because that is how they have rolled from the beginning.

    • jds09

      All those people that donated to the Zimmerman cause demands this, Fox will need to feed that satanic beast as well. Meanwhile, this gives fuel to the movement. Their joy will be short-lived. This is not 1955.

      In addition, I think we are gonna see a very public melt-down of George Zimmerman he doesn’t have the stones or the cleverness to fill the shoes that this crowd will demand of him.

      • Aquagranny911

        Agreed. His demeaner during the trial was very weird, imo. Even a sociopath knows to fake some emotions. He was either convinced that the fix was in or was heavily drugged. Maybe both since at several points he was caught by the camera nodding off.

        He’s a very unstable person.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!