October 23, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Famous Black Theaters

The Apollo Theater was constructed on 125th Street in Harlem, New York. It was originally Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theatre, and African American admissions were not permitted. It originally featured burlesque, however, the city’s mayor at the time, Fiorello La Guardia, did not like burlesque, and campaigned about it. In January, 1934, African Americans began to perform, and the attention shifted from Burlesque, to the new celebration of Black culture in New York City.

 During the swing era, along with bands such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Andy Kirk, the Apollo also presented dance acts such as the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, the Berry Brothers and Buck and Bubbles. The Apollo also featured the performances of old-time vaudeville favorites like Tim Moore, Stepin Fetchit, Moms Mabley, Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham, Clinton “Dusty” Fletcher, John “Spider Bruce” Mason, and Johnny Lee, as well as younger comics like Godfrey Cambridge, Richard Pryor and Red Foxx.

Gospel acts which played the Apollo include the Staple Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward and Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers.Performers of soul music on the Apollo stage included Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, and jazz was represented as well, by acts such as Art Blakey and Horace Silver.

When Amateur Night at the Apollo debuted in 1934, it quickly became the leading showcase for many young, talented, new performers such as a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald, who went on to become one of the first Amateur Night winners.

Amateur Night at the Apollo celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2009 as the quintessential talent competition, serving as the model for Star Search and American Idol. Competitions are held nearly every Wednesday evening throughout the year, culminating with the “Super Top Dog” competition. The show marries world-class talent with a distinctive, vaudeville-like atmosphere, and has depended on audience participation since the very beginning.

In 1983, the Apollo received state and city landmark status and in 1991, Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., was established as a private, not-for-profit organization to manage, fund and oversee programming for the Apollo Theater. Today, the Apollo, which functions under the guidance of a Board of Directors, presents concerts, performing arts, education and community outreach programs.

In 2001, the architecture firms Beyer Blinder Belle, which specializes in restorations of historic buildings, and Davis Brody Bond began a restoration of the theater’s interior. In 2005, restoration of the exterior, and the installation of a new light-emitting diode (LED) marquee began. In 2009-10, in celebration of the theater’s 75 anniversary, the theater put together an archive of historical material, including documents and photographs and began an oral history project.

The Apollo Theater draws an estimated 1.3 million visitors annually.

 

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  • Miranda

    Good Morning everyone! Cool topic Alex!!

    • crazycanuck

      Morning Miranda and everyone. It’s cold here and I don’t want to go out lol.

      • Alma98

        Morning cc!

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

      Mornin’ Miranda, CC and POU!

      This series gon’ be good!

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Everyone :)

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah:)

    • Alma98

      Good morning Miranda!

  • Miranda

    Obama: House Republicans Are ‘Biggest Barrier’ To Progress
    NOVEMBER 25, 2013, 6:39 AM ESTPresident Barack Obama on Sunday blasted House Republicans for prioritizing their re-election prospects over their duty to legislate.

    “The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is the Congress, and in particular the House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people and is a lot more focused on trying to position themselves for the next election,” Obama said at a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee held outside of Seattle, as quoted by the Washington Post.more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-house-republicans-are-biggest-barrier-to-progress

    • gn

      I see no lie…as even Jon Stewart noted, Pres O and his administration can make a deal with hardliners in Iran, yet can’t get even a slight degree of cooperation from the GOP. What does that say about the extremism of modern Republicans and their enablers in the beltway press? They’ve got to go. I don’t think that much of anything will be done about black unemployment with the teaparty in power and stoking hate.

      • jziglar

        Nothing will be done as long as they control the house. It’s so bad that they can’t even pass a simple farm bill or transportation bill which use to be the easiest thing to get done.

        • gn

          Yup; this is why I want all elected Dems to stop the dithering, the apologizing, the handwringing. Leave that to chicken littles like Ezra Klein. The GOP is a party acting in unprecedented bad faith. There has never been an opposition party this badly behaved, and it’s mostly due to the RACE of the President. Stop kow-towing and apologizing for these bullies. It just reinforces the media’s story that “both sides” are to blame for how screwed up national politics has become.

    • Kennymack1971

      Get the fainting couches ready.

  • gn

    @DeanBaker13
    NAFTA worked! It was designed to lower wages in the U.S. and it did http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/11/24/what-weve-learned-from-nafta/nafta-lowered-wages-as-it-was-supposed-to-do

  • rikyrah

    Could not happen to a more deserving parasite, of course. This putz Michael Needham, once again, strutting his stuff as a comer in the Wingnut Wurlitzer Sweeps. This time it’s a TNR profile by Julia Ioffe, “… Think Republicans have been making fools of themselves? Blame Michael Needham“:

    … Needham is the 31-year-old CEO of Heritage Action, the relatively new activist branch of the Heritage Foundation, the storied Washington think tank that was one of the leaders of the conservative war of ideas ever since it provided the blueprint for Ronald Reagan’s first term. Although DeMint is Heritage’s president, it was Needham who had designed much of the defund Obamacare strategy. Beginning in 2010, when Heritage Action was founded, Needham pushed the GOP to use Congress’s power of the purse to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act. He formed a grassroots army, which he used to keep congressional Republicans in line. “They make six hundred phone calls and have a member of Congress in the fetal position,” says one GOP congressional staffer.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/11/24/long-read-heritage-devoured-by-weasels-from-within/

  • rikyrah

    The 10 Times I Was the Biggest Hater During the American Music Awards
    November 25, 2013 | Luvvie

    Last night was the American Music Awards (AMAs) and I already wasn’t really looking forward to it. I really only watched because of Twitter (as often). Also, I didn’t feel like being nice (a day you can also called “any given Sunday”) so I am here with my questions. I seemed to gather all the supply of hateration that was readily stocked in my dancerie for the evening. Below are ten times when I ODed on haterade during the AMAs.

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2013/11/american-music-awards-hateration.html

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

      Like Luvvie, I’m not here for Macklemore either. I saw a clip of his speech and I’m not impressed. Here’s the video: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jaimieetkin/macklemore-pays-tribute-to-trayvon-martin-address-racial-pro

      The irony of his little speech was that he made it from backstage of his concert in FLORIDA. If he was so concerned about SYG laws, why are you doing a concert in Florida? If he’s so concerned about SYG, why not donate all ticket sales to the Trayvon Martin Foundation? Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx is doing real work to help Trayvon’s family, but kneegrows ignore him.

      We need to stop being so impressed with white words and perceived white acceptance of Black people/culture. /Rant Off

      • itgurl_29

        This. I’m not here for it either.

  • gn

    Look at how Chuck “it’s not my responsibility to correct GOP lies” Todd is reporting the disaster ensuing because GOP governors refuse to accept the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion:

    @chucktodd
    In states not expanding Medicaid, some hospitals having to shut down. States and Feds pointing finger at each other. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-25/obamacare-cutbacks-shut-hospitals-where-medicaid-went-unexpanded.html?alcmpid=politics

    Whenever he has some flaw to report about Dems, especially POTUS, it’s “PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DEMS HAVE SCREWED UP.” When there’s negative fallout from an overt action by the GOP: “this bad thing is happening; both sides are probably to blame.” This is unreal.

    • rikyrah

      5-7 million poor people will not have the bridge to healthcare extended to them because of their refusal to expand Medicaid.
      This is NOT a both sides do it.

      THE ONLY STATES REFUSING THIS ARE ONES WITH REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS.

      NOT ONE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR has refused to:
      a) expand Medicaid
      b) set up an exchange for their state

      • gn

        It’s a game to this guy. More partisan foolery even where people’s very lives are on the line. These are the poorest people in the country—many are uneducated and do not have adequate access to information and services. To deceive under these circumstances is as unconscionable as the GOP’s refusal to expand Medicaid.

    • rikyrah

      I don’t tweet, but I hope those that do will tweet this idiot.

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

        You don’t? You post a lot of tweets, so I figured you did. I encourage you and others to tweet and fight back against these media jackals. There’s strength in numbers.

    • jziglar

      I hate Chuck Todd, actually I hate the majority of people in the beltway press. My distaste for them is growing so much that I wouldn’t give a damn if something tragic happened to any of them.

      • AxelFoley

        I’ve felt that way about them for years.

    • jds09

      It’s coming folks, the time when these assholes (WHPC) truly jump the shark. “Pointing fingers at each other”? Seriously? Todd is trying to get ahead of the real story that’s being pushed by local news (the group of journalists that the WH have turned to when they need to get important information out), the on the ground damage republican policies have created.

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Houston Cracks Down On Employers Who Steal Workers’ Wages

    [....] Houston’s law both enhances reporting options for workers and bars wage theft violators from doing business with the city. Workers will be able to report wage theft incidents to the city’s Office of the Inspector General.

    When a company is proved to have committed wage theft it will
    be added to a public database and barred from receiving city contracts. If the violation leads to a criminal conviction, the company will also lose business licenses, essentially evicting the firm from Houston. It passed the City Council on a unanimous vote.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/11/22/2983901/houston-wage-theft-ban/

    H/T Alan Pyke

  • gn

    @NerdyWonka
    Yet Bibi pulled media stunt. What a hypocrite. RT @ABC: Obama advised Israel, Netanyahu of #Iran talks in September: http://abcn.ws/17TQwNX

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

      See???? See how they do??? I love that it was Israeli media that put Bibi on blast.

  • rikyrah

    I’m looking at the tweets over at TOD about the AMA’s…
    Are y’all for real?
    RKelly pretending that he’s POTUS?

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

      Nah, it was more like R.Kelly and Gaga pretending to be JFK and Marilyn Monroe.

      • crazycanuck

        yup, but I’m sure the kids today didn’t see JFK and Marilyn.

        • Miranda

          They probably don’t even see Clinton and Lewinsky.

  • creolechild

    Israeli Women Risk Arrest To Take Palestinian Women To The Beach

    Most of the women and girls had never seen the ocean before. They live in the West Bank, which is landlocked, and Israel does not allow them to freely travel. They risked criminal prosecution, along with the dozen Israeli women who took them to the beach.

    And that, in fact, was part of the point: to protest what they and their hosts consider unjust laws. Such beach visits began a year ago as the idea of one Israeli, and have blossomed into a small, determined movement of civil disobedience.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/civics/israeli-women-take-palestinian-women-to-beach.html

    H/T Ethan Bronner and GNN

    • crazycanuck

      Does anyone see the irony in some of the things Israel does to the Palestinians.

      • nellcote

        more like hypocracy.

  • rikyrah

    Jordan Stead‏@jordanbstead 9h

    PHOTO: Air Force One stands out against Mt. Rainier as #Obama touches down in #Seattle. (Via @seattlepi) #obamasea pic.twitter.com/K2Wf8ogmNO

    • Miranda

      Wow, that’s a postcard! Beautiful!

      • AxelFoley

        Aye.

  • rikyrah

    Teri McClain‏@terileemcclain 8h

    It’s a beautiful day when Air Force One lands outside your job. :) pic.twitter.com/DSNwPhZrJ9

  • rikyrah

    Nigel Int’l D.‏@Nigel_D 11h

    Obama looking at R. Kelly like pic.twitter.com/K99veLlalK

  • rikyrah

    Dot‏@Dotta9 11h

    Obama on R. Kelly’s #AMA performance pic.twitter.com/Z69YgIQ84L

  • rikyrah

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate Follow

    If President Obama was white the 22nd Amendment would now be being repealed. Period. cc @davidaxelrod @davidplouffe @Lawrence @TheReidReport

    1:17 AM – 25 Nov 2013

  • rikyrah

    Men’s HumorVerified account‏@MensHumor 21 Nov

    That makes sense. pic.twitter.com/kOu8c49B2r

    • crazycanuck

      Food for thought

  • creolechild

    Mark Zuckerberg Smacks Down the Media Myth That The Website Rollout Has Doomed the ACA

    [....] ZUCKERBERG: You know, sometimes stuff doesn’t work when you want it to. We’ve certainly had plenty of mistakes and things that haven’t worked the way that we want to. The right thing here is just to keep on focusing on building the service that you think is right in the long-term.

    Well, that certainly wasn’t the answer that ABC News was looking for. Notice the bias in the ABC News piece. ABC called the website troubled without admitting that most of the problems have already been fixed. ABC was hoping that Zuckerberg would feed into their narrative that websiteis a horrible disaster, but instead the Facebook founder told them the truth.[....]

    Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/11/24/mark-zuckerberg-smacks-media-myth-website-rollout-doomed-aca.html

    H/T Jason Easley

  • rikyrah

    Dylan Welch @dylanwelch Follow

    BREAKING US Nat Sec Advisor Susan Rice reveals she is in #Afghanistan and will visit Karzai tonight amid speculation over future of #BSA.

    6:03 AM – 25 Nov 2013

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

      Oh, to be a fly on the wall!

  • rikyrah

    Can I tell you how much it makes me smile to think of Dr. Susan Rice being sent to that part of the world and forcing those backwards ass men to have to sit down and take seriously this brilliant woman and to know that anything they THINK they might want has to go through her first?
    tickles me pink.

    • goldenstar

      You’re so right. And, I do think that PBO sent her to do one thing: tell him where to have the seat. He consistently stabs this Administration in the back and tries to speaks out of turn. He will be cured by the time Dr. Rice returns to U.S.

  • creolechild

    Students invent $15 lock to stop school shooters

    [....] As in most schools around the country, the classroom doors at Benjamin Banneker High School cannot be locked from the inside. This is a fire code regulation meant to ensure quick and easy escape for the students in the event of a fire. But it also leaves the students terribly vulnerable when an intruder enters the school – as was the case in Sandy Hook.[....] So Antrom, along with fellow students at Benjamin Banneker, brainstormed ways to prevent an intruder from entering the classroom.

    The result was DeadStop, a lightweight device that locks around the closed arm-like hydraulic hinge at the top of the school’s classroom doors. Their earliest prototype was made from PVC pipe and a nail. But they wanted to make it stronger and easier for teachers and students everywhere to use. So they applied for a grant to further develop their idea. MIT liked their concept so much, the school gave the students a $6,600 grant to develop it.

    A law firm from Denver has already offered the team pro bono services to patent the invention.[....]

    Read more: http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/blogs/students-invent-15-lock-to-stop-school-shooters#

    H/T Jenn Savedge

  • gn

    Everyone likes this deal except for the far right (who hate everything which President Obama does); the beltway media (lost in space) and people who wanted to go to war with Iran (no comment necessary):

    @CNNMoney
    It looks like #stocks will continue hitting record highs today, inspired by the diplomatic deal with #Iran. http://cnnmon.ie/1aZXsng

  • creolechild

    Rep. Raul Ruiz to introduce bill to guard seniors from fraud

    Amid the national implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Rep.
    Raul Ruiz is introducing legislation designed to help senior citizens
    avoid being targets of health care scams.

    The Protecting Seniors from Healthcare Fraud Act of 2013 would require that two federal departments — justice and health and human services — compile policy recommendations to combat the health care schemes. It also would involve educating seniors about the most common fraud via mailers.[....]

    Read more: http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131124/NEWS03/311240026/Bill-aims-guard-seniors-from-fraud

    H/T Erica Felci

  • creolechild

    Federal Judge Strips Religious Tax Exemption From Preachers, Declares It Unconstitutional

    Prepare for Christian right-wing rage. On Friday, a federal judge
    struck down a 1954 law that provided a hefty tax exemption to Christian pastors.[....] In the court’s opinion, Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin wrote that 26 U.S. C. § 107(2) “violates the establishment clause… because the exemption provides a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise.”

    Within the 43 page decision, the court cited that the tax exemption costs taxpayers billions. At least $2.3 billion has been stashed away by supposed “men of god” over a five year period between 2002 and 2007 alone.[....]

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/23/tax-exemptions-preachers-court/

    H/T Stephen D. Foster Jr.

    • jds09

      Ruh roh….some “pastors” are gonna have some serious problems.

    • Daltex82

      This IMHO is long overdue.

    • qosine

      Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU fam! I hope you have a positive and productive week.

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • creolechild

    Tech Startup Gives Prisoners A Second Chance

    [....] The Last Mile offers a space for prisoners to learn business development strategies – particularly ones pertaining to the tech industry – and navigate social media.[....] Participants are chosen through a competitive application process, and attend classes twice a week for six months. The curriculum includes reading about digital media and generating material for social media platforms, including Twitter and Quora.

    Participants are also visited by representatives from major powerhouses, such as LinkedIn, who provide insight into the tech field. At the end of the course, each student must develop a business idea that necessitates the use of technology and advances a “social cause,” and present it to a large group of peers and outside visitors.[...]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/22/2979221/california-prisoners-chance/

    H/T Carimah Townes

    • nellcote

      Glad to see some in the tech industry step up. Nice to know it’s not all dudebros.

    • qosine

      This is EXCELLENT!

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ —-***BIG HUG*** :>) —Sooo – – -WE Gon “BREAK A LEG” –BLAH-STYLE This WEEK.? :>) Sooo MUCH TALENT PRESENTED 2 the WORLD. :>) -LOOKIN’ FORWARD. :>)- – –
    – —-ALEXANDER2♥ –Sooo remember -“theatre dates” — At the APOLLO “. :>) It was a staplein our family –complete with “popcorn”. :>) — -Lookin FORWARD 2 Learnin’ about others. :>) THANK U/ :>)- –

    —–☺”AT THE APOLLO” – -TALENTS in ALL GENRES: – –
    ———–+During the swing era, along with bands such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Andy Kirk, the Apollo also presented dance acts such as the Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers,
    – – – – – -+Gospel acts which played the Apollo include the Staple Singers,. .
    – – — — A FIRST: –15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald, who went on to become one of the first Amateur Night winners.
    – – -☺ GOOD INFORMATION: — In 1983, the Apollo received state and city landmark status. . :>)

    — -ENJOY your TREAT. For some — -“Its cold outside.” :>) B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

    — –☺ –MR. PRESIDENT: —“ON DA ROAD” –:>)
    — ———7:10 AM Obama arrives San Francisco, Calif.
    – — — – 8:35 AM Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform.
    – – – – — 1:35 PM Obama arrives Los Angeles, Calif.
    — – —- 3:10 PM Obama delivers remarks at a DCCC/DSCC joint event.
    – – -B BLESSED -SIR♥ –

    • crazycanuck

      Hot chocolate with marshmallows for moi? Why thank you GLH lol. One of these days I’m going to go to the Apollo.

      Have a nice day GLH

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        –LOL OF COURSE –4 U. :>) U R quite welcome. :>)

        — –http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8348/8196431226_d0faa9672e_z.jpg

        —Good 2 C U. :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH! We have snow today, I hope you’re having a good one. Blessings to you!

  • creolechild

    We need more of this…on a daily basis.

    Groups offer people chance to play Santa to senior citizens.

    [....] In the last nine years, the Be a Santa to a Senior program hosted by Home Instead Senior Care has provided holiday gifts to more than 4,400 seniors, said Brad Cannon, franchise owner of Home Instead.[...]

    This year, Home Instead has identified 800 seniors across the Barren River Area Development District to be part of the program. Christmas trees at businesses across the area have ornaments with the first name of each senior as well as an item or items they most want. For the most part, the requests are for practical household items like a bathrobe or slippers, Cannon said.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/groups-offer-people-chance-to-play-santa-to-senior-citizens/article_9712bcda-8ada-5534-b4da-0d59c9ae685c.html

    H/T Laurel Wilson

  • creolechild

    STUDY: Nearly Three-Quarters Of Americans With Individual Plans Qualify For Obamacare Subsidies

    Over 70 percent of Americans under age 65 who buy insurance through the individual market will either qualify for Obamacare subsidies or the health law’s expansion of Medicaid in the states that accept it, according to a new study by Families USA.

    Obamacare provides insurance subsidies to Americans making up to 400 percent of the poverty level — about $94,200 for a family of four — who enroll in plans through the health law’s statewide marketplaces. The new study finds that 71 percent of current individual policyholders have annual incomes that fall below this threshold.

    Earlier estimates by groups like the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) estimated that just under half of these Americans could qualify for subsidies.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/21/2979101/americans-obamacare-subsidies/

    H/T Sy Mukherjee

  • JB20005

    One way you can tell that the POTUS did something right with the Iran deal is that it pisses off all of the right people: AIPAC tools like Schumer, Neocons like Bolton, Israeli war mongers like Bibi, and today, anti-Muslim bigots like Alan Dershowitz.

    • Kennymack1971

      Exactly. If these are the people who are pissed off then I know the administration is on the right track.

    • nellcote

      I’m curious to see how congress sorts themselves out on this one. I expect to be disappointed in a few of them.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – -MR. PRESIDENT –POSITIVITY♥– –

    — –The Iran Deal is the Obama Team’s Third Major Foreign Policy Victory – -:>)

    – – – – -The saying goes, “Once is an event, twice is a coincidence and three times is a pattern.” So it goes with the Obama administration’s major foreign policy trophies. The historic accord with Iran, freezing the so-called “axis of evil” nation’s development of nuclear weapons, while also submitting to inspections, is the latest event to fulfill the pattern, preceded by victories in Libya and Syria.

    Predictably, Republican opponents of the administration (and even a few Democrats) immediately reacted with a three-part pattern of their own. The deal is either 1) not good enough, 2) a nightmarish hellscape, or 3) it’s a lucky distraction from Obamacare. Realistically, I suppose it’s foolish to expect that the GOP would collectively exclaim, You’re doing great, Mr. President! Huzzah! [TRUTH! SADLY!]

    Sadly, no, they’re never going to gather at the White House and toss thank-you-notes with little hearts dotting every “i” onto the Resolute Desk. That’s not what they do. Obviously. Instead, they’re doing what they do best: scare-mongering and bumper sticker sloganeering. However, whether the Republican argle-bargle over the Iran deal is a matter of knee-jerking or actual policy disagreement or a combination of both, they’re simply wrong to deny the administration’s record.
    THERE IS MORE – — —

    – –REMINDER: —-WHAT he said: :>) – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2yBRucRe7c :>) TELL ‘EM – –VP Joe. :>)

    • JB20005

      Glad I voted for a peace President.

      War with Iran has been a right wing ambition for years.

      • crazycanuck

        They never got over the Iranians outing the Shah(their boy) for Khomeini.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ JB2005. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – —***BIG fist bump*** :>) —

        – –4 THOSE WARMONGERS- — -Any war seems 2 B O.K. —-YET THEY criticize MR. PRESIDENT 4 NOT ENDING the war(s) that —da-SHRUB —STARTED!!

        —-LEMME take a measurement of THEM:

        —- -http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PY-uJRVVOVI/UBs0qArSDUI/AAAAAAAAFmg/bUq_NmKO27A/s320/hypocrisy-meter2.gif

        YEP! – –DEY —“hypocrites”!! — -RACIST hypocrites!!

        Good 2 C U JB20005. :>)[B BLESSED :>)]

  • creolechild

    STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURN ON ORDER DENYING STAY OF INMATE CALLING REFORM ORDER Posted November 21, 2013

    “Justice delayed is justice denied. Families and loved ones have already been waiting ten long years for relief from unlawfully high and unaffordable rates. So, I’m pleased that the Wireline Competition Bureau denied requests to indefinitely stay or hold in abeyance reforms to provide just, reasonable and fair rates to inmates and their families.

    While the Report and Order is a critical first step, I’m committed to ensuring that the Commission moves quickly to address the
    proposals in the pending Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. I look forward to working with Chairman Wheeler and my fellow Commissioners to adopt permanent rate caps to ensure that inmate calling service phone calls are just and reasonable as required by the statute.”

    Source: http://www.fcc.gov/document/commissioner-clyburn-denying-stay-inmate-calling-reform-order

    H/T Federal Communications Commission

    • nellcote

      I’m not aware of the issue here. Can someone explain please?

      • rikyrah

        when people call folks collect from prison, the phone rates are outrageous. I mean absolutely fucking outrageous. Something like $2-3/A MINUTE.

        Because of the contracts…PHONE CONTRACTS… that are nothing but Prison Industrial complex making money off of Black people.

        • nellcote

          Thanks for the explanation. That really is outrageous. Good for the FCC.

        • qosine

          Yeah, TN politicos are mad cause they’ll
          lose their cut. Can’t wait till the caps go
          through.

      • creolechild

        I’m just saw your question. I’m in the middle of “finals hell” but the POU fam handled it. (Thank you, rikyrah.) Here’s an article that sheds more light on how people get gouged by phone companies when they’re trying to stay in touch with family members.

        FCC to consider limiting costs of prison phone calls

        Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-prison-phones-20130808,0,4232243.story

        H/T Christine Mai-Duc

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —-SPEAKIN’ of African-American Theatre: :>)

    EXCLUSIVE: Robert Townsend Says There Will Be A ‘Five Heartbeats’ Sequel- – –:>)
    – – – – -For Robert Townsend, working with Bill Cosby was a chance to get paid and learn at the same time. Townsend directed Far From Finished, Cosby’s first concert show airing again on Comedy Central on Thanksgiving nightat 4 p.m. Townsend said despite the years in between specials, Cosby remains a comedic genius.

    “He’s 76 years young and he’s still doing it,” Townsend told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “We did two comedy shows in Cerritos, CA and it aired on Comedy Central this Saturday. It airs again on Thanksgiving.
    He’s a brilliant comedian. It was like I was in class, sitting at the
    feet of a master. It’s inspiring.”

    Townsend says shooting a concert film with Cosby isn’t quite as
    simple as turning on the camera at the beginning and turning it off at
    the end, but that it wasn’t his most difficult gig, either.
    “It was a lot of work and it was a good time. He did two shows and it was totally different material both shows.

    THERE IS MORE —

    — -FONDLY REMEMBERING: :>) – -http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2376769817/

  • crazycanuck

    So, I took a pair of pants to the dry cleaner to get hemmed, and I was able to see their computer. OMG I swear they are still using DOS. How is that even possible?

    Just googled this and apparently some companies do still use DOS, amazing. It’s more reliable. very interesting.

    • goldenstar

      If it works for a simple internal system and that alone, wonders can never cease for their world.

      • crazycanuck

        I gotta admit, It was kind of neat seeing ole DOS lol

  • creolechild

    America’s Longest-Married Couple, 81 Years After Eloping

    John and Ann Betar eloped on Nov. 25, 1932, fleeing their close-knit Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and driving as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann’s father’s plans to marry her off to a man 20 years older. Now, as their 81st wedding anniversary approaches on Monday, the pair, named as the “longest married couple” in America, can only laugh as they look back on the commotion they caused.

    “Everyone was hopping mad, and my wife’s aunt consoled my father-in-law by telling him not to worry, the marriage won’t last,” chuckled John Betar, now 102 and still driving “though not quite as fast as the day we got married.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/americas-longest-married-couple-celebrates-81st-anniversary.html

    H/T GNN

  • itgurl_29

    After watching Boardwalk Empire’s season finale last night, I’m done with the show. Why they insist on getting rid of or ruining the story lines of the most compelling characters is just beyond me. And Nucky is the worst lead character I’ve ever seen on a show. I have no interest in him or what’s going on with him.

    I’m not investing another season of Sundays on this show. I’m done.

    • Miranda

      Y’all be killing me getting mad with the TV shows! *as I remember how I cursed Joss Whedon with how he changed the Cordlia character in Angel.*

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

        LOL! Y’all should’ve seen me when they killed off Omar. I. Was. Pissed. I wanted to find that little boy and whoop his ass! Actually, I still want to whoop that little boy’s ass.

        • Alma98

          Or how Ellen effed up my Kitchen Cousin’s show. I just cannot watch this Cousins Surprise crap. And her little assistant is so damn annoying! It’s nice that she wants to do something good for folks but why did she mess up my show.

          • Miranda

            I’m still mad with Bill Cosby for “cousin Pam”.

          • crazycanuck

            LMAO

        • crazycanuck

          We have every right to be mad IT’S ALL ABOUT US, WE MADE THEM WE SHOULD BE THE ONES TO BREAK THEM NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND LOL. It’s all about US dammit.

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

      Please keep in mind that some people haven’t seen the finale yet.

      ETA: I was trying to do the Spoiler Alert thing to talk about the show, but it didn’t work. Disqus makes me sick!

      • MsKitty

        I’m so far behind on this show it ain’t even funny (still watching Season 3 via On Demand), but I’ve kept up with the recaps. My heart sank when I read about Richard because he’s one of my faves, but guess it’s just as well because he didn’t seem like he would be able to live with the guilt.

  • creolechild

    This fancypants sofa bench is actually a rainwater collector

    Normally, you don’t want to leave a piece of furniture that looks an
    upholstered 18th-century chaise out in the rain. But this bench has a secret power. Water doesn’t destroy it; in fact, it slurps up rain and
    traps the water inside.[....]

    The bench, designed by Mars Architects, is meant to be a cheaper and smaller-scale — and comfier — way to harvest rainwater and create more water availability, FastCoExist writes. The studio’s put out a few in a Mumbai park to test out how well it works. In theory, the bench, with an additional aquifer buried in the ground beneath it, can hold 264 gallons.[....]

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/this-fancypants-sofa-bench-is-actually-a-rainwater-collector/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

    • nellcote

      Doesn’t your butt get wet sitting on it?

  • creolechild

    A Song of Support for the ACA from the Mississippi Delta

    “We care about each other and we need a healthy a future. We know the ACA can help us get there.” In a laundromat, on the bleachers of a
    football field, and in a church, a group of young people dance, sing,
    and tell stories of friends and family in Shelby, Mississippi who need
    access to affordable health insurance.

    H/T Mississippi Center for Justice and The American Prospect

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ creolechild. :>) ***BIG HUG*** —

      Ohh –THANK U 4 THIS – –INSPIRATION. :>)

      “We care about each other and we need a healthy a future. We know the ACA can help us get there.” — –***tears/SMILES*** :>)
      — Good 2 C U creolechild. :>) Have a good day. :>)

      • creolechild

        Good morning Lady Green. Big hugs to you and have a wonderful day!

        • GreenLadyHere

          ***Back @-chu*** – —Thank U. :>)

    • nellcote

      Now that’s grass roots outreach!

  • creolechild

    Virginia Board Of Elections Certifies Dem Win In Virginia AG Race

    The Virginia State Board of Elections certified state Sen. Mark
    Herring (D) as the winner of the Virginia attorney general race on
    Monday. The board confirmed that Herring won by a slim 165-vote margin, beating Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate in the race.

    Obenshain is entitled to call for a recount under Virginia election law.

    Source: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/virginia-board-of-elections-certifies-dem-win-in-virginia-ag-race

    H/T Daniel Strauss

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

      WOW! Well done, Virginia, especially Black Virginian voters!

      • Miranda

        This should be huge news…Virginia voting Dems in the top 3 state positions when wonder boy McDonnell was supposed to be the GOP answer to PBO and instead was reduced to one term.

        • Town

          Not so fast…

          They were saying in yesterday’s paper that Obenshain can get the Republicans to invoke a “contest” (instead of a recount)…basically the House of Delegates would choose the Attorney General and since the majority of the people in the House of Delegates are Republicans they would choose him. They quoted Republicans saying they are very angry they were shut out of the 3 statewide elections & want at least 1 Republican up in there*. Obenshain is “deciding” on what to do.

          If the GOP does this, they better make sure they have a bunch of voter suppression laws in effect b/c people are not going to be happy their vote was cancelled out & disregarded and they’ll go to the polls & vote ‘em out (if they can).

          The GOP would be howling with anger if the Democrats had decided to do a contest when Creigh Deeds lost to Bob McDonnell by 360 votes back in 2005. A “contest” has been done before apparently, but not in recent times.

          • Miranda

            I read about this option last week. I don’t think the GOP will do it because they’ll be essentially committing suicide……….actually when its put that way….go ahead GOP, do you.

          • Town

            I just think it’s interesting this was brought up in the paper yesterday, this “contest” and now the head of the State Board of Election is claiming the vote is faulty…I think the GOP is setting the stage to contest this vote and hand it over to Obenshade in the legislature.

            That’s probably why Herring hasn’t resigned his Senate seat yet, either.

            What Obenshade & Co. will be doing in the next 10 days is weighing the pros & cons of contesting the results in the state legislature, not whether they will have a recount or not.

          • Alma98

            How babyish of them smh.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — —Prayin’ 4 people negatively affected by the “WEATHER”- – –

    —-Deadly storm which has killed 13 looks set to hit the Northeast on eve of Thanksgiving delaying up to 43 million travelers- – –

    Please B SAFE. AMEN.

    • creolechild

      GAH! Not a fan of snow…or storms for that matter. Thank you for the heads up GLH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        :>) creolechild – – –Me either.- —My Sista-from-Detroit said that it was snowin’. – -:>)
        – –I just missed it – –WHEW LAWD. –:>)

        — – -My Pleasure creolechild.—:>) –PRAYERS. :>)

  • Alma98

    Morning POU peeps! It’s snowing cc! lol

    • GreenLadyHere
      • Alma98

        Hey GLH! I’m not going anywhere in this weather and the boys will shovel and snowblow lol. Daughter is doing well she can’t wait to come home. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          ***HUG** :>) – – –Good. :>) —

          — –MORE? – —http://www.harvestmoonhillgraphics.com/images/fireplacesamp.gif —-:>) EBJOY. :>)

          • Alma98

            LOVELY! Thanks GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma – –My Pleasure. :>)

    • crazycanuck

      Uh, keep it there, I’ve got things to do. Good Morning

      • Alma98

        hahahahahahaha! You know I lubs you cc lol.

        • crazycanuck

          yeah, well stop sending your wicked snow here lol. My girlfriend called me Friday Morning and said

          GF: ‘I hate this dam country’

          Me: Let me guess you look out your window?
          GF: I’m walking outside .

          • Alma98

            LMAO!

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL!

      • Miranda

        Its freaking FREEZING here in Georgia!!! UGH! Its 30 degrees!

        • Aquagranny911

          Dang! That’s cold! People think Georgia is warm but I was in Atlanta once in March when it was figging freezing raining.

        • Alma98

          Really Miranda, 30 degrees are you for real lol.

          • crazycanuck

            Miranda wants sympathy, whatever

          • Aquagranny911

            She gets it! That is cold for them!

          • crazycanuck

            That is a heatwave lol. AG did you get up this morning saying I’m going to indulge the crazy POU’ers? lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            You know that I positively ♥ each & everyone of you! Some days I can be really nice & I feel good today!

            I’m hanging on to that until I have to go to Yuma for the big Turkey day.

          • Aquagranny911

            Like Einstein said: “It’s all relative!” Also add their humidity to that (I swear Georgia drips all year) & that kind of cold can be painful.

            I do have sympathy!

        • qosine

          Winter has come to the South, Miranda.
          Frost, gray skies — but no snow:( LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! It has been raining & cold here for 3 days. We finally got some sun today but it is still not expected to warm up until tomorrow. I had to turn my heat on & I hate that!

      I think our storm moved off to the north & east.

      • Alma98

        Morning AG! I love winter, maybe it’s because I’m a January baby. I love after coming from outside having a nice hot cup of coffee or cocoa.

        • Aquagranny911

          I don’t really mind it if I can stay indoors & not drive or have to shovel the stuff. What I hated was the commute back & forth to work when I lived in MA & CO. When I worked in MA I had to do a lot of traveling around the state. Sometimes it was pure hell in the winter.

          But give me a nice cozy fire, a cup of hot tea or spiced hot rum while I watch the snow fall outside the window & I’m okay with that.

          • crazycanuck

            Yeah AG, please stop indulging her in her madness.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! I’m still pissed I had to turn the heat on yesterday. I was hoping to make it to December before I had to do that but it got down to 60 degrees (Inside the house!) so I had to. Couldn’t even have a cozy fire because all the wood was soaked after 3 days of rain. Grrr!

          • Alma98

            hahahahaha

          • Alma98

            Yes MA can be hell in the winter. The kids loved it because we lived on a hill and they got to go sledding lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            We did too! Once they took this cat we had on the sled with them. I looked out the window just in time to see it & not stop it. At the bottom of the hill, the poor cat streaked off home, I opened the door & he hid when the children came looking for him to give him another run!

          • Alma98

            LOL!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning rikyrah! Snow!

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma!
      I love your house in the snow.
      No footsteps in the snow yet, I see:)

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

    ETA: A-HA! I think I got it!

    I’m trying out something…

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    Let me know if you see this or if you see the “See More” thing…

    • TyrenM

      Spoiler Alert (Vertical)

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

        Do you see the “See More”?

        • Alma98

          I can see the “see more thing” Sepia.

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

            Thanks!

        • TyrenM

          Yes.

        • crazycanuck

          I can’t

          • Alma98

            refresh

        • Admiral_Komack

          Yep.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Sepia♥ ***BIG HUG***
      – –LOL – -ONA my FAV formats – – -VERTICAL. :>)

      Good 2 C U Sepia. Have a successful “test” – :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia — — -NOW I C the —***see more***. :>)

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

        Thanks GLH! I think I figured out how to do the Spoiler thing now.

        Thanks y’all!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sepia – — My Pleasure. :>) –

    • crazycanuck

      I saw it after I refreshed

    • Aquagranny911

      I see asterisks! and also the “See More.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – -MR. PRESIDENT asked CONGRESS 2 “BACK OFF” — annnd 2 NOT propose any other/more sanctions on Iran.

    – –http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2013/11/24/obama-iran-deal-statement.cnn.html
    – – -BLESS U SIR♥ —

    LOOK 2 THIS RACIST PHOOL!! —
    – — -http://freebeacon.com/graham-iran-deal-doesnt-dismantle-anything/

    —HE/THEY IS/R DESPICABLE RACISTS!! — –geesh!

    — -BUT –WE KNOW – – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw STANDING STRONG.♥

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    You’ll never guess who to this day holds the all time attendance record at the Apollo Theater.

    That’s right. Guy Lombardo. Yes we have our square moments.

    • crazycanuck

      Really? wow!

    • Alma98

      Seriously! I never knew this, yes this is pretty square lol.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        It just shows you can’t put us in a box. As you probably know there were more than a few older brothers and sisters who swear by Lawrence Welk.

        • crazycanuck

          No you can’t. Remember that show where they stop people and have them sing. I think you all posted it here awhile back. This black couple at a gas station belting out Bon Jon Jovi I believe. The guy from the show was shocked, thought they were going to belt out Rap tune I bet.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Yup. He was expecting something else. They always do. They can’t believe we know all that stuff and in some instances a whole lot more than they do.

          • MsKitty

            I play my iPod at work instead of the radio. I have very eclectic taste in music, so it always cracked me up when an unsuspecting white co-worker would come in my office and hear Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Led Zep, etc. Would stop them in mid-sentence.

            Most of them now know how I roll so the novelty has worn off, but I still catch the occasional newbie off guard.

          • Miranda

            I confess to watching “Coal Miners Daughter” about 50 times. I’m on #TeamLorettaLynn for life!

          • qosine

            They filmed some scenes for that movie here in my town. Squares are big in TN and there’s this
            old pool hall that’s been here, since forever, so
            that was as VP Joe says a BFD.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I remember a coworker of mine from Kentucky asked me did I like country music.I told her yes but I was more of a bluegrass guy. She looked at me and said, “Bluegrass? You’re too much of a redneck for me.” I always get a kick out of that.

          • Aquagranny911

            You might get a small lol from this but we have a friend…total Mexican American to the core who loves Bluegrass & plays banjo in a small band. They do some Bluegrass festivals.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            You know Aqua they just don’t comprehend how versatile is our role.

          • TyrenM

            Love “Kashmir.” Carry on.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Cool.
            I’ve got Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, and Yellowjackets on my iPhone…love it.

          • Alma98

            That was Jay Leno.

        • Alma98

          Oh yes, we suffered through Lawrence Welk every Sunday lol. With only one tv we had no choice although I did love me some Gunsmoke.

          • crazycanuck

            My father loved Gunsmoke

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Please don’t get me started on the greatest lawman in TV history. Please.

          • crazycanuck

            To me it was just a show with a bunch of old people lmao

          • Alma98

            LOL!

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I hear you. Except these old white people had a serious chip on their shoulders. If somebody didn’t catch lead in Dodge then it was a slow news day.

          • Miranda

            HUSH YO MOUF!

            Gunsmoke was the bizness! LOL

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Miranda that opening theme music still sends chills up my spine.

          • qosine

            Wow, woody45. I was just singing that theme music while I was reading through these comments! Used to watch it with my dad.
            Chills.

          • crazycanuck

            Now I gotta go on youtube and find this theme music

          • qosine

            Yay, cc.
            By the way, I love the art you’re bringing
            here everyday. That horse in Scotland
            is amazing.

          • crazycanuck

            Thanks qosine, it was amazing. I would love to see it in person, now off to hear that theme music.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Qosine everytime I hear it it makes me want to take cover.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Marshall Matt Dillon was quiet…but piss him off, or fuck with Miss Kitty…and he would fuck you up!

          • Alma98

            LOL

          • rikyrah

            Mama and Daddy loved Gunsmoke

        • Miranda

          I thought those bubbles were magical.

          • Alma98

            lol

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            LOL!!

        • Aquagranny911

          It was that dance music…big band era folks like my parents loved that caca. It was part of the ’30’s ’40’s Depression & WWII vibe.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Welk stayed on TV 25 years and was knocking other shows off the air left and right.

          • Aquagranny911

            I don’t know about your PBS station but ours is still repeating that show 7PM Saturday nights. Maybe that’s because AZ has lots of old geezers living here.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            Wow and that’s the actual time he used to come on.

          • MsKitty

            The PBS station in Philly has aired it every Saturday night for years, and they crank out episode marathons when they have their pledge drives. So obviously there’s some major crossover appeal that the show still has.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            I know those pledge phones probably ring off the hook

          • Aquagranny911

            LMAO!

    • nellcote

      Was it a New Year’s Eve thing?

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        I don’t think so.

  • Alma98

    That pic on TOD from 2009 with Sasha and the turkey is hilarious!
    Sasha looks so concerned for that turkey. lol

    • crazycanuck

      Should I be seeing a pic here? I think I know what pic you are talking about though, and to me she looks like she wants nothing to do with that Turkey lol

      Hey when is your Thanksgiving, isn’t it this week sometime?

      • Alma98

        No I didn’t post a pic, thanksgiving is Thursday.

      • Aquagranny911

        Thursday. At my cousin’s house this year which should be very interesting….

  • Miranda

    No…not “Obamacare cutbacks”….but mean evil GOP governors and legislators that refuse to expand Medicaid. They’re killing people and do not care.
    —————————
    Obamacare Cutbacks Shut Hospitals Where Medicaid Went Unexpanded
    By Toluse Olorunnipa – Nov 25, 2013 12:00 AM ET

    Pam Renshaw had just crashed her four-wheeler into a bonfire in rural Folkston, Georgia, and her skin was getting seared in the flames. Her boyfriend, Billy Chavis, pulled her away and struggled to dial 911 before driving her to the nearest place he could think of for medical attention: an ambulance station more than 20 miles away.

    The local public hospital, 9 miles from the crash, had closed six weeks earlier because of budget shortfalls resulting from Obamacare and Georgia’s decision not to expand Medicaid. The ambulances Chavis sought were taking other patients to the next closest hospital. It took two hours before Renshaw, in pain from second- and third-degree burns on almost half her body, was flown to a hospital in Florida.

    At least five public hospitals closed this year and many more are scaling back services, mostly in states where Medicaid wasn’t expanded. Patients in areas with shuttered hospitals must travel as far as 40 miles (64 kilometers) to get care, causing delays that can result in lethal consequences, said Bruce Siegel, chief executive officer of America’s Essential Hospitals, a Washington-based advocacy group for facilities that treat large numbers of uninsured or low-income patients.

    “Everyone in a community will be affected,” Siegel said. “We could see the end of life-saving services, and patients would bear the brunt.”

    Hospitals have dismissed at least 5,000 employees across the country since June, mostly in states that haven’t expanded the joint state-federal Medicaid health program for the poor as anticipated under the U.S. health overhaul known as Obamacare. Hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee and Indiana University Health are among providers seeking cost savings in areas such as cancer treatment, mental health and infant care.

    more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-25/obamacare-cutbacks-shut-hospitals-where-medicaid-went-unexpanded.html?alcmpid=politics

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

    *sigh* Lee Daniels just doesn’t get it. He semi-apologizes to Black women, then throws Black men under the bus.

    Lee Daniels: ‘I didn’t mean to insult black women’

    FILM DIRECTOR Lee Daniels says controversial remarks he made about black women were “taken out of context”.

    In an interview with US chat show host Larry King earlier this year, The Butler director recalled walking into the Gay Men’s Health Crisis centre in New York whilst doing research for his 2009 film Precious, and being shocked to see a roomful of black women.

    The 53-year-old, who is openly gay, told King: “I expected to see a
    roomful of gay men. There were nothing but women there… black women, with kids. I thought I had walked into the welfare office.”

    …“[What I said was] was taken out of context,” Daniels told The Voice.
    “I’m here because of black women – because black men have never
    accepted me. So my work is for my mum, all of my aunts and my sisters, who all embraced me. I fall to the feet of black women.”

    MORE: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/lee-daniels-i-didn%E2%80%99t-mean-insult-black-women

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      “…because black men have never accepted me.”

      You got that right. Dweeb.

    • itgurl_29

      Like I said, he’s the opposite of Tyler Perry. Great film maker, but dumb as a box of rocks. A total bimbo who happens to know how to direct a film.

      • Alma98

        Uhhh that’s himbo itgirl lol.

    • Alma98

      He should have just kept his mouth shut, smh.

    • Miranda

      SMH…wasn’t it a black man that helped to finance his damn film??

      GTFOH trying to jig up now…go…that way
      https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EFloJD6ke2s/TP1S6XQBUPI/AAAAAAAAAnU/uQ4MY4KjZpA/47-GTFOH-Fonzworth.jpg

    • Town

      There is no “taken out of context” when you say you walked into a room with black women & kids and you thought you were at the welfare office.

      • crazycanuck

        OMG, is that what he said?

    • gn

      Boy bye. lol he needs to take the “L” and hush.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia — – -THESE R 4 him – –IN CONTEXT!! – —HAH!

      – -☺-http://www.free-animated-pictures.com/stop-talk_to_the_hand-animation.gif

      – — -☺-http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/2837746/smh-and-talk-to-the-hand-o.gif

      —☺http://www.gurl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/michelle-tanner-talk-to-the-hand.gif

  • nellcote

    Saw a clip for the new Mandela movie this morning. It gave me chills. From the bit I saw I think Idris nails the part. Looking foreward to seeing the movie.

    • Aquagranny911

      Gracias for your input here. I think Hubby & I will go see this, maybe Saturday. Hubby usually hates going to the movie theaters but for this he will make an exception.

      I was a little uncertain if Idris could pull this off but from clips I saw I agree with your assessment. Nelson Mandela is a huge hero to me. I actually got to hear him speak once in person. You could just feel the power & energy coming from him.

      • nellcote

        He seemed to have the voice and speech patterns down. It kinda freaked me out LOL

        • Aquagranny911

          I know me too & his whole face & persona seemed to be transformed. I read that he really studied the part & even spent a night on Robben Island.

          I am really looking forward to seeing the movie.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – – -SPEAKIN’ of “African-American Theaters” – — These BLAH ACTORS :>) – –

    -HONORING the LIVES/CONTRIBUTIONS of “US” -:>)

    – – -Black re-enactors honor U.S. Colored Troops’ contribution to American History–:>)

    – —– -Black Civil War re-enactors – like their forebears 150 years ago – don’t fit easily into the popular conception of the war and its modern-day traditions, but they exist, and they were in Gettysburg for Remembrance Day on Saturday.

    After the parade, they gathered in the Goodwill Cemetery – an old cemetery several blocks from the big National Soldiers Cemetery reserved for blacks – for a small service honoring the 30 veterans of the United States Colored Troops buried there.

    Despite the important role the U.S.C.T. played in winning the Civil War, they rarely got their due – then or now.
    A plaque honoring those troops dedicated Saturday afternoon notes they were “denied burial” in the National Cemetery nearby, despite the fact white Union soldiers who had not fought in Gettysburg were buried there.

    Only two black soldiers of the Civil War are buried in the National
    Cemetery; when the second was moved there in 1936, the family of the white soldier in the grave next to him had the white soldier exhumed and moved to a plot in Harrisburg.-[WOW&1/2! - -RACISTS --even in DEATH!!]

    “For years they have not been mentioned, but they had just as big a role in the war,” said Jean Green,one of the organizers of the event on Saturday. “It’s high time they got their recognition.”
    THERE IS MORE — – -GR8 NEWS. :>) —

    – –THANK U2 ALL. :>)

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    • Miranda

      Yes they are. And I have noticed they are popping up in rural towns in the south. Completely robbing people.

      • Alma98

        Well now that they’ve robbed the urban folks I guess that’s the next logical move smh.

    • Aquagranny911

      I hate those places!

  • crazycanuck

    The White House ‏@WhiteHouse4m
    Calling all student filmmakers: Submit your film for the 1st-ever White House Film Festival. http://wh.gov/FilmFestival , pic.twitter.com/P4gWidalt0

    • Aquagranny911

      I bet this is FLOTUS idea. She has been so innovative in her support for young people & the arts.

      • crazycanuck

        Hey AG, that was my first thought also

      • qosine

        I wonder if Malia and Sasha suggested/encouraged it too? This is such a FANTASTIC idea. Yes, FLOTUs
        just continues her “fluff” stuff instead of “delving deep policy.” Film Festival at the White House!!

        • Aquagranny911

          FLOTUS & POTUS have truly made the White House into the ‘People’s House.’ The young people who have been honored there at the WH Kid’s Dinners & for various other accomplishments will never forget that.

          Our First Family have transformed the intent of Washington & the Presidency beyond politics & for making real differences in young people’s lives.

    • nellcote

      WOW!

  • Miranda

    Steve Doocy: ‘Curious timing’ that Iran came ‘out of nowhere’ to distract from Obamacare

    “Don’t you think it’s a little curious?” Doocy asked Baier during a Monday Fox & Friends segment. “Some of my friends were talking over the weekend, isn’t that curious timing? Out of nowhere, you know, in the midst of Obamacare not unrolling correctly, the president’s poll numbers never been lower then, look, [Secretary of State] John Kerry pulls a rabbit out of his hat and changes the subject.”
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/25/steve-doocy-curious-timing-that-iran-came-out-of-nowhere-to-distract-from-obamacare/

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/2038079/road-runner-o.gif

    • MsKitty

      Stay mad and stupid, y’all.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ —-Some –BLAH/POC YOUTH POSITIVITY♥

    – -Y.U.N.G. Harlem: Positive Leadership For New York Youth – -:>)

    Why are they Community Heroes: Y.U.N.G Harlem is an organization created by Bender and Beal to address the needs of young Black people in and around Harlem and to provide “positive
    leadership” by way of guiding them towards college and solid careers.

    In response to a deadly spate of violence in Harlem in the summer of 2008, then college freshmen Tiffany Bender and Alize Beal co-founded the Y.U.N.G. (Youth Under New Guidance) Harlem organization. Together, Ms. Bender and Ms. Beal employ a hands-on
    approach in turning around the fortunes of young Black men in Harlem and have aims to expand their outreach efforts across the entire city.

    “Young Black men between 14 and 24 make up just 2 percent of the
    population, and they make up 20 percent of the homicides in this area [Harlem],” explained Bender. “That’s crazy to me. It’s happening in the mecca of Black culture and I want to do what I can to fix even a little corner of it.”

    Y.U.N.G. Harlem’s programs are focused on creating a bridge between three key areas: the community’s youth, young professionals, and local businesses in the area. The organization works primarily in school settings, offering lectures and encouraging students to consider higher education. Y.U.N.G. Harlem also works in some of the city’s housing projects, urging school children to finish high school and apply to some of the vaunted Ivy League schools as well.

    “We’re going to the project and telling kids not only do you need to
    finish high school, but you need to apply to these Ivy League and
    private schools because they want you just as much as you want them,” said Bender. [A little comment: Any good school should B the goal. :>)]
    The organization also wants young professionals to move back to the area and not just take up roots, but also carve time out of their day to provide tips and tools to the youth in hopes to inspire them as well.

    THERE IS MORE — GR8 PROGRAM. —THANK U. :>)

    – – -BEST WISHES —YOUNG MEN. :>) –BLESS U♥ :>)
    -[Gotta"bounce" - - -C Ya as soon as. . .♥]

  • itgurl_29

    James Franco and Seth Rogen redo the “Bound 2″ video. NSFW for language.

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4sfp1a9l31rn95k2o1_500.gif

    • Miranda

      WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!??!?!?!?

      *can’t breathe!!!*

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

      Momma NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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