July 30, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Famous Depictions of African-American Stereotypes and Blackface

This week’s open thread will focus on performers who made their living acting out African-American stereotypes and/or blackface. 

 

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Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (May 30, 1902 – November 19, 1985), better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit, was an American comedian and film actor.Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. He was the first black actor to receive featured screen credit in a film.

Perry’s typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as illustrative of negative stereotypes of African-Americans. Seen through a modern lens, Perry’s “laziest man in the world” character can be “painfully racist” but also “subversive”.

Little is certain about his background other than that he was born in Key West, Florida to West Indian immigrants. He was the second child of Joseph Perry, a cigar maker from Jamaica (although some sources indicate the Bahamas) and Dora Monroe, a seamstress from Nassau. Both of his parents came to the United States in the 1890′s, where they married. By 1910, the family had moved north to Tampa, Florida. Another source says he was adopted when he was eleven years old and taken to live in Montgomery, Alabama.

His mother wanted him to be a dentist, so Perry was adopted by a quack dentist, where he blacked boots before running away at age twelve to join acarnival. He earned his living for a few years as a singer and tap dancer. By the age of twenty, Perry had become a vaudeville artist and the manager of a traveling carnival show. He performed a vaudeville act with a partner, the two of them known as “Step” and “Fetchit”. When Perry became a solo act he combined the two names, which later became his professional name

Perry began entertaining in his teens as a comic character actor. His stage name was a contraction of “step and fetch it”, or perhaps, “step in [and] fetch it”. According to his entry in Ephraim Katz’s The Film Encyclopedia, he borrowed his screen name from a racehorse that won him some money in his pre-Hollywood days.

Perry played comic relief roles in a number of films, all based on his character known as “The Laziest Man in the World”. In his personal life, Perry was highly literate and had a concurrent career writing for the Chicago Defender.Perry starred in Hearts in Dixie (1929), one of the first studio productions to boast a predominantly African-American cast.

For his role as Joe in the 1929 part-talkie film version of Show Boat, Perry’s singing voice was supplied by Jules Bledsoe, who had originated the role in the stage musical. Fetchit did not “sing” “Ol’ Man River”, but instead a new song used in the film, “The Lonesome Road”. Bledsoe was actually seen singing “Ol’ Man River” in the sound prologue shown preceding the film.

Perry was good friends with fellow comic actor Will Rogers,  and they appeared in four films together, David Harum (1934), Judge Priest (1934), Steamboat ‘Round the Bend (1935), and The County Chairman (1935). Perry spawned imitators, most notably, Willie Best (Sleep ‘n Eat) and Mantan Moreland, the scared, wide-eyed manservant of Charlie Chan. (Perry actually played a manservant in the Chan series before Moreland – in 1935′s Charlie Chan in Egypt).

Perry did not invent the stereotype with which his stage name became synonymous, but Stepin Fetchit’s image was used to popularize it. Many black film characters were based on Stepin Fetchit, including Matthew Beard’s “Stymie” in the Our Gang comedies. Perry had guest-starred in an earlier Our Gang short, A Tough Winter, intended as the pilot film for a Fetchit short subject series producer Hal Roach had planned, but which never materialized.

While Perry was the first black actor to become a millionaire, he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1947, stating assets of $146 (equal to about $1,526 today). Perry reportedly converted to Islam in the 1960′s and became a friend of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.  Perry also found himself in conflict during his career with civil rights leaders who criticized him personally for the film roles he portrayed. Nonetheless, in 1976 the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP awarded him a Special NAACP Image Award. Two years after that, Perry was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Perry was married three times: to Dorothy Stevenson, Winifred Johnson, and Bernice Sims. In 1930 his wife Dorothy gave birth to their son, Jemajo. With Winifred he had a second son in 1935: Donald, who later took his step-father’s name, Lambright. In April 1969, Donald Lambright traveled the Pennsylvania Turnpike shooting people. He injured fifteen and killed three before turning the gun on himself.

A stroke in 1976 ended Perry’s acting career, and he moved into the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital. He died November 19, 1985 from pneumonia and heart failure at age 83. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles.

Fetchit’s stage name was parodied by the late 1960s/early 1970s counterculture comedy duo The Congress of Wonders, portraying a young Russian lad named Stepney Fetchnik on their September 1970 comedy album Revolting. It was also spoofed on an episode of The Golden Girls, in which Rose Nylund (Betty White) tells a story about two dancers from her hometown of St. Olaf, Minnesota, Adolf Stepp and Olga Fetchik, who became “the internationally renowned Scandinavian dance team of Stepp ‘n’ Fetchik”.

The Stepin Fetchit image came to be seen as sufficiently degrading that Perry’s films are rarely shown, and have not received widespread video release. On the rare occasions the films are shown, most of his segments are deleted.

Fetchit appeared in 54 films between 1925 and 1976, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category “Motion pictures”.

  • rigoletta

    Good Morning everybody.

    • GreenLadyHere
      • sagittarius

        Good morning, GLH! **BIG HUG**

        • Alma98

          Good morning sagi!

          • sagittarius

            Good morning, Alma!

          • sagittarius

            Good morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, blessings to you.

    • rikyrah

      Good morning, rigoletta and Everyone :)

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, rikyrah!

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah :)

    • qosine

      Good Morning rigoletta, and POU fam.

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, qosine!

      • Alma98

        Morning qosine!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, rigoletta!

    • Alma98

      Good morning rigoletta!

  • rikyrah

    his ‘work’ was so offensive that Negroes, even back in the day, didn’t want to see it.

    The Stepin Fetchit image came to be seen as sufficiently degrading that Perry’s films are rarely shown, and have not received widespread video release. On the rare occasions the films are shown, most of his segments are deleted.

    Pretty much says it all.

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

      I read that Perry had to cancel an appearance on Harlem due to death threats.

  • AxelFoley

    Ohhhhhh, snap. This should be an interesting week.

  • rikyrah

    The Dixiecrat Solution
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: October 13, 2013

    So you have this neighbor who has been making your life hell. First he tied you up with a spurious lawsuit; you’re both suffering from huge legal bills. Then he threatened bodily harm to your family. Now, however, he says he’s willing to compromise: He’ll call off the lawsuit, which is to his advantage as well as yours. But in return you must give him your car. Oh, and he’ll stop threatening your family — but only for a week, after which the threats will resume.

    Not much of an offer, is it? But here’s the kicker: Your neighbor’s relatives, who have been egging him on, are furious that he didn’t also demand that you kill your dog.

    And now you understand the current state of budget negotiations.

    Stocks surged last Friday in the belief that House Republicans were getting ready to back down on their ransom demands over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. But what Republicans were actually offering, it seems, was the “compromise” Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, laid out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed article: rolling back some of the “sequester” budget cuts — which both parties dislike; cuts in Medicare, but with no quid pro quo in the form of higher revenue; and only a temporary fix on the debt ceiling, so that we would soon find ourselves in crisis again.

    I do not think that word “compromise” means what Mr. Ryan thinks it means. Above all, he failed to offer the one thing the White House won’t, can’t bend on: an end to extortion over the debt ceiling. Yet even this ludicrously unbalanced offer was too much for conservative activists, who lambasted Mr. Ryan for basically leaving health reform intact.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/opinion/krugman-the-dixiecrat-solution.html?hp&_r=0

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ –PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — -***BIG HUG** :>)

    PBOMB♥ —What a POIGNANT topic. –EXPECTIN’ 2 :EARN a LOT -from these -”SURVIVORS.” :>)

    – —- –☻Some FIRSTS 4 –”STEPPIN’FETCHIT” — -
    — – —- —— ☺ eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. [YET --became bankrupt. SAD]
    —- – - — – - -☺ the first black actor to receive featured screen credit in a film.
    — – ————☺NEW INFO. 2 me: -When Perry became a solo act he combined the two names, which later became his professional name :>)
    - – — – —– -☺HONORED: –in 1976 the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP awarded him a Special NAACP Image Award.
    - —- – —-☺YET –shamed: –On the rare occasions the films are shown, most of his segments are deleted. – -

    ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) B BLESSED 2-DAY.

    —☻IN da NEWS: – –http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/328265-dem-campaign-chief-shutdown-helping-recruiting-efforts —-Dem says shutdown helping recruiting – –WATCHIN’. . .

  • rikyrah

    Our experience with Obamacare
    Posted on September 26, 2013 by mwolske

    The following is a letter sent to Representative Rodney Davis, Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, and President Obama, as well as to the editorial section of the News Gazette.

    —————————————–

    This past Monday while driving his motorcycle back to Champaign from Makanda, IL, our 23-year-old son, Eric, was hit by a minivan. His left femur was broken and the ankle and foot were shattered. But he had no trauma to his head, spine, or other appendages. He remained alert as he was moved to an ambulance, and subsequently to a helicopter. He was flown from Effingham, where the accident happened, to St. John’s hospital in Springfield. His femur has been repaired and will recover, but he will loose his lower leg below his knee. With prosthesis, he will likely be able to do almost everything he had been doing as an active young man.

    While in the emergency room awaiting the surgery to repair the femur and assess the rest of the leg, he asked how much this all would cost. Fortunately, this accident happened after the portion of Obamacare took effect that allows children to remain on their parent’s plan until they are 26. I grew up rural poor and did not have insurance. But I’ve been fortunate to be part of the upwardly mobile in the U.S. and now have good insurance through my position as a senior research scientist at the University of Illinois. When I cut my finger to the bone in an accident as a child, I had my uncle, who had been a medic in Korea, wrap it at home. Now, my son can receive world-class care from the doctors, nurses, and therapists here at St. John’s without having the stress of long-term financial debt looming.

    My work through the University has brought me into engagement with many community members who will be benefiting from Obamacare. This week, our family personally saw benefits of the plan. The traumatic event of the accident will be life changing but ultimately will not keep our son from achieving his dreams of becoming a leader within a community helping to build a more sustainable approach to agriculture. Trying to piecemeal together funds to cover the costs of the hospital stay, surgeries, prosthesis, and extended therapy from his vehicle insurance, federal programs, and bank loans, would have been crippling. Obamacare is not perfect and needs modifications to become better. It needs participants from both sides of the isle to come together with a critical eye to strengthen good components, add missing aspects, and remove unworkable pieces. What it does not need is to be defunded. All of us benefit when people, not just vehicles and homes, have quality insurance.

    Martin and Angie Wolske

    http://mwolske.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/our-experience-with-obamacare/

  • rikyrah

    Obamacare: The Rest of the Story
    By BILL KELLER
    Published: October 13, 2013

    Unless you’ve been bamboozled by the frantic fictions of the right wing, you know that the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare, has begun to accomplish its first goal: enrolling millions of uninsured Americans, many of whom have been living one medical emergency away from the poorhouse. You realize those computer failures that have hampered sign-ups in the early days — to the smug delight of the critics — confirm that there is enormous popular demand. You have probably figured out that the real mission of the Republican extortionists and their big-money backers was to scuttle the law before most Americans recognized it as a godsend and rendered it politically untouchable.

    What you may not know is that the Affordable Care Act is also beginning, with little fanfare, to accomplish its second great goal: to promote reforms to our overpriced, underperforming health care system. Irony of ironies, the people who ought to be most vigorously applauding this success story are Republicans, because it is being done not by government decree but almost entirely with market incentives.

    Using mainly the marketplace clout of Medicare and some seed money, the new law has spurred innovation and efficiency. And while those new insurance exchanges that are now lurching into business will touch roughly 1 in 10 Americans (the rest of us are already covered by private employer plans or by government programs like Medicare), these systemic reforms potentially touch every patient, every taxpayer.

    “This is the 90 percent of the story that doesn’t make the headlines,” said Sam Glick, who follows health care reform for the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/opinion/keller-obamacare-the-rest-of-the-story.html?_r=2&

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU. Its not my intention to offend anyone’s religious beliefs by posting from this particular website. I did so because I found a lengthy and detailed description of PBO’s accomplishments related to veterans and individuals currently serving in the military. Excellent reference material that you may want to take a look at…

    Overall, Obama Has Done More For Veterans Than Any President In the Past 30 Years. – Posted November 01, 2012

    Republicans and conservatives have spent 4 years spreading the lie that President Obama hasn’t done anything for veterans. They have repeated it 100x per day for all 4 years and spent millions promoting their lies. The thing about records is that they are recorded. So let’s set the record straight.

    Quick Overview:

    1. Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.[....]
    2. Improved benefits for veterans.[....]
    3. Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development.[....]
    4. Worked to clear the backlog of veterans claims and streamline benefits to those who served.[....]
    5. Provided for the expenses of families of to be at Dover AFB when fallen soldiers arrive.[....]
    6. Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House.[....]
    7. Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009.[....]
    8. Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009.[....]
    9. Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009. [....]
    10. Promoted a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”).[....]

    Read more: http://exposingreligionblog.tumblr.com/post/34790853235

    H/T ExposingReligionBlog

  • rikyrah

    GOP turns to Palin, Cruz on shutdown
    By Steve Benen

    Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:35 AM EDT

    The government shutdown hasn’t gone quite the way Republicans had hoped. The party’s national support has cratered; the public holds them responsible for a wildly unpopular crisis; and it’s going to take a while for the GOP to recover from a self-inflicted wound this severe.

    But no one should assume they’ve hit rock bottom. Yesterday’s theatrics in Washington were a reminder that the Republican Party’s far-right wing can still make matters worse

    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) attended a rally protesting the closure of the World War II Memorial, according to reports.

    The lawmakers and the former governor — and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee — joined a crowd that removed barricades at the memorial and chanted “tear down these walls,” according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP.

    Cruz told the crowd that President Obama is using military veterans as “pawns” to draw support for his argument in the budget impasse, which has resulted in the two-week closure of the federal government and the memorial.

    Brilliant. Flailing Republicans lack leaders and direction, but they’ll certainly get back on track now that the former half-term governor of Alaska is stepping out in front.

    I’m not sure who was more delighted to see Palin and Cruz whining at a memorial Republicans closed when they shut down the government: far-right activists or the Democratic National Committee.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/10/14/20959227-gop-turns-to-palin-cruz-on-shutdown?lite

  • creolechild

    In Virginia, Government Shutdown Already Hurting a GOP Candidate

    [....] With the election just weeks away, Cuccinelli’s poll numbers have
    tumbled since federal agencies were closed Oct. 1. The conservative
    state attorney general was already lagging, but he went from within
    striking distance of a vulnerable Democrat to trailing by 8 to 10
    percentage points in three independent polls.

    As the candidate, a tea party favorite, seeks to distance himself
    from fellow activists in Congress, national Republican leaders are
    worried that a key office they expected to hold in a closely watched
    election is slipping away.[....]

    Read more: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/302353_In_Virginia_Government_Shutdow

    H/T Randall Gross

    • rigoletta

      I read a nauseating report about how nutjobs like Scott Walker in Wisconsin trying to “distance” themselves from the Congressional GOP like they don’t support the exact same policies.

      The media has shown itself incapable of reporting the facts in this made-up crisis.

      • conlakappa

        The Wash Post reported within the first few days of the shutdown that basically all of the R governors, within the same breath of talking trash about Obamacare, were distancing themselves from the national party. They are trying to lure people to work at the state level, with the presumption that one can destroy democracy more easily in the democracy labs known as the Stateswork is less arduous/more secure there. You know, I guess now that the longtime employees have been stripped of the fruits of their long service.

    • Town

      Cuccinelli was ALWAYS 8+ points behind McAuliffe (even in pro-conservative polls). He was never “within striking distance.” That’s why the State Board of Elections all of a sudden wants to purge a whole bunch of people from the voting rolls.

  • rikyrah

    Contraception restrictions remain a top Republican priority
    By Steve Benen

    Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:12 AM EDT

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), arguably the last moderate Republican in Congress, thought she’d offered Democrats a credible solution to the ongoing crises. The Maine senator told reporters yesterday she “bent over backwards” to try to work something out, before Democrats rejected her idea.

    There were, however, two problems. The first is that Collins’ plan called on Democrats to make concessions in exchange for nothing — her idea would reopen the government for six months, raise the debt ceiling for a year, and require Democrats to accept sequestration levels and throw in a two-year delay of the medical-device tax in the Affordable Care Act. It was a one-sided deal — Democrats would make some concessions, while Republicans made none.

    The second problem is that even if Senate Democrats took Collins’ slanted deal, it wouldn’t have made a difference since House Republicans said they’d refuse to even bring the bill to the floor. And why’s that? Because House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is thinking ahead.

    This defiance was fed by Ryan, who stood up and railed against the Collins proposal, saying the House could not accept either a debt-limit bill or a government-funding measure that would delay the next fight until the new year.

    According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/10/14/20959509-contraception-restrictions-remain-a-top-republican-priority?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —***sigh*** — THEY DESTROYED the VRA. – –NOW WHAT?? — -

    – —Supreme Court weighs Michigan ban on affirmative action

    – - —-After the Supreme Court ruled a decade ago that race could be a factor in college admissions in a Michigan case, affirmative action opponents persuaded the state’s voters to outlaw any consideration of race.
    Now, the high court is weighing whether that change to Michigan’s constitution is itself discriminatory.

    It is a proposition that even the lawyer for civil rights groups in
    favor of affirmative action acknowledges a tough sell, at first glance.

    “How can a provision that is designed to end discrimination in fact
    discriminate?” said Mark Rosenbaum of the American Civil Liberties
    Union. Yet that is the difficult argument Rosenbaum will make on Tuesday to a court that has grown more skeptical about taking race into accountin education since its Michigan decision in 2003.

    A victory for Rosenbaum’s side would imperil similar voter-approved
    initiatives that banned affirmative action in education in California
    and Washington state. A few other states have adopted laws or issued executive orders to bar race-conscious admissions policies.

    Black and Latino enrollment at the University of Michigan has dropped since the ban took effect. At California’s top public universities, African-Americans are a smaller share of incoming freshmen, while Latino enrollment is up slightly, but far below the state’s growth in the percentage of Latino high school graduates.
    THERE IS MORE – - —WATCHIN’ – - -

  • rikyrah

    The Inevitable Republican Collapse That Will End the Shutdown The grim, angry, loopy, and predetermined conclusion to Washington’s crisis

    BY NOAM SCHEIBER

    Setting aside the hourly thrust and parry between Democrats and Republicans, here’s how the shutdown is likely to end: Senate Majority Harry Reid is going to strike a deal with his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell at some point in the next few days. The deal will reopen the government for a medium length of time—possibly till January 15, when the next round of sequester cuts kick in—giving the two sides time to replace the sequester with something more appealing. The deal will also raise the debt ceiling—maybe for as little as a few months, maybe until after the 2014 election. Reid will give up almost no concessions in return for any of this, with the exception of one or two symbolic items, and he’ll probably get some higher-than-sequester level of government funding (a top Democratic priority) for a month or two starting later this year. Pretty much every Democrat in the Senate will vote for the deal, along with at least five and maybe as many as 20 Republicans.

    As the minutes tick away toward default this Thursday, the Reid-McConnell arrangement will be the only deal in town. With no alternative to avoiding a default, House Speaker John Boehner will add some small face-saving alteration and bring it to the floor, where it will pass with several dozen Republican votes and a large majority of Democrats. In doing so, Boehner will reprise the same formula he deployed in resolving last year’s fiscal cliff fight. I know this because it’s how the GOP has gotten out of pretty much every self-inflicted PR disaster of the Obama era, and it’s where the best reporting available suggests we’re headed today.

    Of course, I could be wrong on the details. If Reid plays his hand especially well, he may do a bit better—erasing more of the sequester now rather than deferring that task till later. If McConnell plays his hand especially well, he may get some slightly bigger concessions, like a delay or repeal of the tax on medical devices that was enacted under Obamacare. But those are the basic contours of what a deal will look like, and they’re notable for what they almost certainly won’t include: anything that has more than a trivial effect on Obamacare, any cuts to entitlements as the price of reopening the government or raising the debt ceiling (though Democrats may give a bit on entitlements in exchange for ending the sequester and some new revenue). Which is to say, the deal will include none the key demands the Republicans were hoping to achieve by shutting down the government.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115171/shutdown-2013-deal-will-end-it

    • conlakappa

      They really keep punching themselves in the face while bravely [*cough*] refusing to say uncle. The conclusion will not be pretty, in any event. Like those bogus Occupiers, when you come to the table with no Plan B, you just wind up hanging around funking up a place.

  • creolechild

    New California Law Will Allow Children More Than Two Legal Parents

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a new provision that will allow the state to recognize more than two legal parents for children. The law was designed with same-sex couples in mind, who may choose to keep a third opposite-sex biological parent in their child’s life.

    In particular, there was an incident in which a lesbian couple was unable to care for their child, but the biological father was not considered as an alternative when the state took custody of his daughter.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/10/07/2741261/new-california-law-will-allow-children-more-than-two-legal-parents/

    H/T Zack Ford

  • creolechild

    Some national parks including Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty to reopen with state funds

    [....] So far, the governors of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, South Dakota and New York agreed to foot the bill to reopen the iconic national parks with a mixture of state funds and private donations.[....] October is a bad time for the state’s national parks to stay closed. According to state officials, tourism brings in $100 million in revenue in October from foreign visitors, the Columbus Day holiday and families packing into the parks on fall break.

    In South Dakota, visitors to the iconic Mount Rushmore will be welcomed back beginning on Monday.[....] New York also struck a deal on Friday to reopen the Statue of Liberty by paying $61,600 a day out of the state’s tourism budget.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/131012/some-national-parks-including-grand-canyon-statu

    H/T Kaitlin Funaro

  • rikyrah

    Mostly what we did was pray and sing.”
    Posted by Kay at 9:05 am
    Oct 142013

    The Moral Monday protestors who were arrested were offered a deal, which many of them didn’t take:

    Although I have never met Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, according to news reports he has kindly offered me a deal. To avoid Wake County’s mounting court costs, he wants me to forgo my court date Monday and instead perform 25 hours of community service at an agency of my choice. Then my record would be wiped clean.
    You see, on May 6, I was arrested in front of the appropriately colored golden doors of the N.C. General Assembly chambers. I was charged with three misdemeanors: failing to disperse when ordered to by the chief of the Capitol Police, illegally assembling with three or more people and singing, shouting and waving a placard. More than 900 other people decided to join me in the pokey. If all of us Moral Monday arrestees go to trial, the Wake County Courthouse will be a very busy place for the next several years.
    I am not going to accept his nice offer as I did nothing wrong. I did not resist arrest, and the legislature continued its sessions without interruption. All that we protesters did was shine a light in the darkness of the actions of Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger.

    It’s good they didn’t take the deal, because the testimony at trial has been interesting:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/10/14/mostly-what-we-did-was-pray-and-sing/#comment-4663629

  • creolechild

    Rescued Pit Bull Named TatorTot Saves Boy 4 Days After Adoption

    [....] Christi had her doubts about adopting this untrained 9-month-old mixed breed. She ultimately decided to foster the dog, changed his name from “Gator”, and tried to housebreak it while finding someone else to adopt it. Her misgivings completely evaporated on the fourth day. I put my son to bed at about 8:30 in the evening,” Smith says. “He woke up between 12 and 1:30 to ask for something to drink. He was acting weird — really out of it. I chalked it up to being deliriously tired. I wasn’t too concerned.”

    TatorTot was concerned, though. “After putting Peyton back to bed, not even 20 minutes later, TatorTot began running back and forth from Peyton to me,” Smith says. “He was barking and acting like something was wrong. He didn’t let up.” “Finally, I went to check on my son. He was barely breathing.”

    In the ambulance it was discovered that he had super low glucose levels. “They thought he could be diabetic.” Although TatorTot is just a puppy, he may have shown his natural instinct to be a diabetic-alert dog.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/pets/pit-bull-tatortot-saves-boy-4-days-after-adoption.html

    H/T Molly Guthrie, TwinCities.com and GNN

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –WATCHIN’ – –

    Manchin: Senate Is ’70%-80%’ To A Deal

    — —- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Monday that the upper chamber is very close to striking a deal that will increase the debt limit and re-open the shuttered government.

    “I think we’re 70%-80% there, putting the extra 20-25% to it,” Manchin said on CNN’s “New Day.” “When should the (continuing resolution) come due, when should the debt ceiling come due, and does that give that time for the budget conference, the budget committees to sit down and work through this?
    Those are the details that have to be worked out.”

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday that he’s “cautiously hopeful, optimistic” that Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement before the United States reaches the debt ceiling on Thursday.

    - – CONSIDER the PEOPLE!! — – PEOPLE!! —

  • rikyrah

    Monday, Oct 14, 2013 06:45 AM CST
    Debt limit defeat turns conservatives into neo-Confederate fantasists
    A deal is close and the contours are clear. The Tea Party has been routed: So why are true believers delusional?
    By Brian Beutler

    There are apparently two ways to interpret the debt limit fight, now in its waning hours. One, based on the comically small zone of disagreement between principals, suggests the entire stand off has been a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Another, based on the sensational fantasies of movement conservatives, re-imagines the drama as a Battle of Gettysburg for the 21st century.

    There’s an inverse relationship between these two perspectives. With the deadline approaching, it’s natural that the parties are now haggling over relatively minor details. But the proximity of a resolution is making dead-enders desperate and thus prone to delusion.

    Here’s what they’re telling National Review’s Robert Costa.

    This is a big story; House conservatives tell me it’s a “game-changer,” gives Right new momentum ahead of this week http://t.co/QRzlHrjOcf
    — Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 13, 2013

    The article is by the Associated Press, but the picture above it really tells the whole story. Conservatives see Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz and imagine a national groundswell is forming. They do not perceive two widely loathed politicians who bespeak the House GOP’s total isolation so exquisitely. They believe the latest small crowd of white conservatives protesting the closure of war monuments (which would be open had they not shut down the government) will upend the whole debate and reverse the tide of public opinion against them.

    Or at least they believed it.

    http://www.salon.com/2013/10/14/debt_limit_defeat_turns_conservative_into_neo_confederate_fantasists/

    • rigoletta

      Debt limit defeat turns shows how conservatives into have always been neo-Confederate fantasists.

      Fixed.

  • rikyrah

    A way out of the crisis

    By Greg Sargent
    October 14 at 9:06 am

    With the debt limit deadline only days away, negotiations are stalled in the Senate over what looks to be the only way out of the crisis. The current plan that is the focus of talks would reopen the government at sequester spending levels until at least January 15th, lift the debt limit until January 31st, delay the medical device tax, and require both sides to enter formal budget talks. Dems are insisting on replacing the sequester with higher spending levels. But Republicans are balking.

    So here’s what Dems should do. If Republicans refuse to budge off their insistence on lower spending levels, Dems should call their bluff by demanding a permanent disabling of the debt limit as an extortion tool as part of any short-term compromise. (Yes, Republicans will say No. But bear with me.)

    If, somehow, a deal is reached this week in the Senate that involves Republicans giving ground on spending levels, Dems should make the push for a permanent disabling of the debt limit a key goal in the next round of formal, long term negotiations.

    In the short term, if Dems accept sequester level spending into early next year in exchange for permanent disabling of the debt limit, it would not be an awful outcome. (Right now they’re prepared to accept sequester spending into late November.) Indeed, Norman Ornstein, a Congressional scholar who regularly decries the impact debt limit extortion has on our system, tells me he sees this as an “excellent deal.”

    Such a permanent disabling could be accomplished via the previously-floated McConnell Provision, which would transfer authority over the debt limit to the president, while giving Congress a symbolic way to vote to disapprove of any hikes.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/10/14/a-way-out-of-the-crisis/

  • rikyrah

    2 University of Chicago professors share Nobel Prize in economics

    BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter October 14, 2013 7:08AM

    During his five decades at the University of Chicago, Eugene Fama’s name had often come up as someone in the running for the Nobel prize for economics.

    But the Famas thought perhaps it would never happen.

    People have talked about it for a long time, but so many people can win it,” Fama, 74, said Monday morning, after the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Fama and fellow U. of C. professor Lars Peter Hansen had won this year’s prize , along with Robert Shiller, a Yale University professor. “You put a low probability on it. So when it happens, it’s a surprise.”

    Fama described himself as “thrilled,” particularly since he’s sharing the honor with his colleague at the U. of C.

    He said had probably received 100 phone calls early Monday morning. He initially couldn’t talk to a Chicago Sun-Times reporter because he’d taken a moment to brush his teeth.

    “We called all our kids and all our relatives and all our friends,” said Fama’s wife, Sallyanna Fama. “It’s just a big shock for us. It’s been years that we expected to win and haven’t — and we gave up.”

    …………………….

    In addition to Hansen and Fama, the U. of C. has four current faculty members who have won the Nobel prize for economics. Twenty-eight people associated with U. of C. have now won the economics prize.

    http://www.suntimes.com/23141049-761/2-university-of-chicago-professors-share-nobel-prize-in-economics.html

  • creolechild

    Oklahoma Utility Buys 600 MW Of Wind Power To ‘Provide Substantial Savings To Our Customers’

    [....] On Thursday, the 100-year-old Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) — a division of American Electric Power (AEP) — signed an agreement to buy 600 megawatts of power from wind farms being developed in the northwestern part of the state. Currently there is just one large-scale wind farm in the Panhandle and in almost two years, there will be three more.[....]

    The Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement means that on January 1, 2016, 600 megawatts of wind energy will be available, enough to power 200,000 average American homes. This is pending the approval of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.[....]

    The wind industry employs 4,000-5,000 people in Oklahoma.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/12/2774501/oklahoma-wind-power-substantial-savings/

    H/T Ryan Koronowski

    • TyrenM

      Deep in the heart of oil and climate science denier country!

      • creolechild

        Yup…and notice how many jobs were created in that field.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –A BLACK HISTORY-ON-THE-MAKING —MOMENT – -:>)

    — -Louis Armstrong house marks 10 years as NYC museum

    – —To mark the 10th anniversary of the Louis Armstrong museum in the modest brick house where he lived for 28 years, curators are unveiling one of the jazz trumpeter’s most unusual artifacts — a plaster mask that had been stored in a cupboard for decades.

    Armstrong, who documented his career in unusual ways, had the life
    mask with a painted bronze-patina finish made in the 1950s. David Reese, curator of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, said it reveals creases on his forehead, bags under his eyes and scars on his lips from a lifetime of horn-playing.

    Museum officials still aren’t sure who made the mask, but a photo of Armstrong proudly holding it alongside an unidentified couple may provide clues. Armstrong must have been pleased with it because there are photos showing it hanging in the house at the top of the stairs.
    His two-story home in the Corona section of Queens is remarkably
    understated for the charismatic performer whose improvisational playing style and raspy singing won him fame as far back as the 1920s
    – -SNIP – -

    – —More than 100,000 people have visited the museum since its opening.
    THERE IS MORE — —GOOD NEWS :>) –Preservin’ the CULTURE. :>)

  • creolechild

    Angola Set to Impose Up to 10% Tax on Oil Companies

    Angola, Africa’s largest oil producer after Nigeria, is imposing a consumption tax on petroleum companies that will raise some costs by as much as 10 percent, according to government documents. The law, which comes into effect with its publication that may happen as early as today, requires companies to follow a tax schedule that adds five percent to most services and supplies and double that for equipment rentals, a presidential decree showed.

    Angola set up a special tax reform branch in 2010 to work with government ministries on increasing revenue and closing loopholes in a bid to simplify taxation. The southwest African country, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, pumped about 1.74 million barrels a day in September from offshore fields, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.[....]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-13/angola-set-to-impose-up-to-10-tax-on-oil-companies.html

    H/T Colin McClelland

  • creolechild

    Chicago man unwittingly buys $127,752 worth of authentic Banksy works from street vendor (Video)

    England’s notoriously anonymous street-artist “Banksy” continued his October invasion of New York City this Sunday by installing a “pop-up” stall in Central Park. The stall was selling “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases for $60 each.” A total of eight were sold, netting the vendor $420.

    By comparison, in 2008 Sotheby’s sold his original “Keep it Spotless (Defaced Hirst)” for $1,870,000 and “Simple Intelligence Testing” for $1,265,120.[....] At 5:30, a man from Chicago decorating his new house says “I just need something for the walls” and buys four canvases. The vender then vigorously hugs the man, who has unknowingly purchased $127,752 worth of canvases for $240.

    Banksy’s website declares that “[t]his was a one off. The stall will not be there again today.”[....]

    Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/14/chicago-man-unwittingly-buys-127752-worth-of-authentic-banksy-works-from-street-vendor/

    H/T Scott Kaufman

  • GreenLadyHere

    POUFAM♥ —CONTINUIN’ 2 PRAY 4 Mr. ADRIAN PETERSON♥ /Family – –AMEN. —
    – - -Adrian Peterson says he prayed for the strength to get through Sunday’s Vikings game two days after death of son – -

    - — -Adrian Peterson
    arrived at the Metrodome Sunday morning in a gray suit flanked by two security guards, giving a quick wave to Vikings fans acknowledging him as he walked toward the players entrance.

    Just two days after his 2-year-old son died in a South Dakota hospital following an alleged beating at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend, Peterson mustered up the focus to play in the Vikings game against the Carolina Panthers, just as he said Friday he planned to do because football “gets me through the tough times.”
    Insider the Metrodome, Fans held signs that read “Stay Strong 28” and “Prayers for Adrian,” and several teammates offered hugs and well wishes before the game for their MVP.

    – —-BLESS HIM/Family.♥ — -
    [Gotta "bounce" early. C YA as soon as. . .♥]

    • Alma98

      The commenters are demented who hates on someone who just lost their child. This country is full of hateful sick people smh.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma —***BIG fist bump*** – -AB= =SO –LUTE –LY!!
        demented!!- –

      • Town

        Did you read the spew by Phil Mushnick? He dragged Adrian Petersen under the bus, over the bus, through the mud etc. for playing yesterday and not knowing the child until he was on life support, not taking care of his child, allowing his baby momma to be prey to a child abuser instead of taking care of her and the child etc.. Not one word about the trashy (white) momma, though:

        Adrian Petersen did not know the child existed until a couple of months ago because the momma never informed him. She was trying to get child support out of another man. When the DNA report went all Maury on the other man, that’s when she pointed to Petersen & said YOU *ARE* THE FATHER! The DNA backed him up on that.

        No, he did not meet the child until the child was on life support b/c he didn’t know the child existed until a couple of months ago. That’s all due to the momma, and what kind of woman is she that she didn’t know who her child’s father was, moved some dude up into her house with her child after only knowing him a few months & leaving said child into a basic stranger’s care. What kind of trash is that? Betcha we won’t hear a peep out of Mushmouth & Co. on that.

        • goldenstar

          Town, there’s this blog posting about that column:

          PHIL MUSHNICK WROTE THE MOST OFFENSIVE SPORTS COLUMN IN THE HISTORY OF EARTH

          Written by Reva Friedel on 14 October 2013.

          Sometimes, I wonder how certain columns get published. Sometimes, they are just so offensive or off topic or misinformed that we have to wonder who allows these affronts to humanity to be available to the general public. The NY Post’s Phil Mushnick has written something that trancends all stupidity and reaches a new low, even by his standards. Mushnick is, for reasons beyond comprehension, using the death of Adrian Peterson’s son to prove some sort of character flaw. Mind boggling.

          Mushnick writes:

          Of course, we all have to operate from are our own set of values, our personal sense of right from wrong. Perhaps, given current standards among NFL players — mostly college men, no less — Peterson qualifies as a man of good character.

          Still, I’m stuck with what I’ve got. And it’s sickening the NFL’s latest MVP, hours after his son died — allegedly murdered — declared he was “ready to roll,” ready to play football.

          Me? I’d be fighting for breath, my knees weak with grief, demanding to know why, who, how. Then, I suspect, I’d seethe with rage, swearing retribution. I even think I’d take off a day or two from work. Maybe a week.

          The suspect in the beating murder of Peterson’s 2-year-old is the boyfriend of Peterson’s “baby mama” — now the casual, flippant, detestable and common buzz-phrase for absentee, wham-bam fatherhood.

          Okay. I don’t even know where to start. First of all, I seem to recall Brett Favre playing in a game right after his father died, throwing four touchdown passes, and being heralded as brave and heroic and all that. So that can’t apply to Peterson? Second of all, the whole idea that just because Peterson was not with his son’s mother or living with them somehow means he doesn’t care is a gross generalization backed up by NOTHING. Not one single thing.

          http://goo.gl/Lcc91k

          • Town

            Just like when Sean Taylor (Redskins) was killed in that robbery, “folks” were twisting themselves up to blame Taylor for his own demise, speculating about violence, guns, drugs, bad behavior etc, smearing the man’s name until it came out that it was a robbery gone bad.

          • Alma98

            They always hate on black players no matter the situation. When white players do the same thing they’re misunderstood.

        • Alma98

          Nope you won’t hear a peep out of them. The woman will get a pass cause she’s white. I know she just lost a child but I’m gonna say it, she is trash.

          • Town

            But had the baby momma been Sheniqua from Chicago, she would be dragged through the coals right now and Bill O’Reilly would be demanding Pres. Obama issue a statement about how corrupt black people are to lead to this tragedy.

          • Alma98

            This right here! And her face would have been plastered everywhere. They are going out of their way not to put blame on her. But she is to blame for it. I’ve seen black women go to jail in the same situation.

    • Alma98

      The commenters are demented who hates on someone who just lost their child. This country is full of hateful sick people smh.

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

    WOW! Did y’all know that Muhammad Ali was friends with Lincoln Perry? Check this out:

    ‘Fetch Clay:’ Muhammed Ali’s surprising friendship with Stepin Fetchit

    Playwright Will Power Explores the Relationship Between Ali and Fetchit in the New Play ‘Fetch Clay’

    By STEFANIE COHEN

    Playwright Will Power was in a bookstore in San Francisco a few years ago when he came across a book on Muhammad Ali that had a picture of the champ with his “Secret Strategist”—Stepin Fetchit.

    Stepin Fetchit, an African-American actor whose real name was Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, was famous for his comic character “The Laziest Man in the World.” Starting out in the 1920s, he became the first black American to earn a screen credit and had a lucrative career as a Hollywood actor. Later in life, he was despised by many for being a sell out who perpetuated racist stereotypes.

    “How could these two men be in the same picture?” wondered Mr. Power, 43, who grew up revering Mr. Ali and reviling Mr. Fetchit. Maybe there was a lot more to the story than he’d been taught, he thought. At the very least, he figured, “There is a playin there somewhere.”

    The result is “Fetch Clay: Make Man”—a historical reimagining of the
    unlikely friendship between the two famous showmen at the New York
    Theater Workshop through Oct. 13. After researching the story, Mr.
    Powers learned that Muhammad Ali indeed had invited Mr. Perry to join
    his training camp in 1964, ahead of his second fight against Sonny
    Liston. He also watched film clips of press conferences in which Mr.
    Perry was by Mr. Ali’s side, and a post-fight press conference in which
    Mr. Ali credits Mr. Perry with teaching him the mysterious “anchor
    punch,” which he used to knock out Mr. Liston.

    MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324094704579069483919316094.html

    Here’s an interesting p.o.v. of Perry from Will Power: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/09/20/muhammad-ali-vs-stepin-fetchit-for-the-image-of-black-america/

  • creolechild

    Sean Penn Sponsors Haitian Runners for NYC Marathon

    Actor Sean Penn’s organization J/P Haitian Relief Organization continues rebuilding Haiti with medical, structural and community development programs. But now, he bolsters the hearts and dreams of some athletes there, sponsoring ten elite runners from to participate in the New York City Marathon November 3.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/civics/sean-penn-sponsors-haitian-runners-for-new-york-city-marathon.html

    H/T GNN

  • creolechild

    This should silence critics about the glitches that occurred when individuals attempted to apply for Obamacare.

    Applying for Health Insurance: Then and Now

    H/T VlogBrothers and WhatISWorking

  • Town

    That picture of Stepin Fetchit looks like any rapper or pro athlete of today.

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Have a stupendous day!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -Good MornTin’ sagittarius. :>) ***BIG HUG***

      PRAYIN’ 4U♥/Family♥– – -B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, GLH! Same to you!

        • GreenLadyHere

          sagittarius – -***smilin’@-chu. :>)***

    • qosine

      Good Morning, sagittarius!
      I’m glad to see you checking in every morning, now:)

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, qosine!

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, sag.

      Have a blessed day

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, rikyrah – you, too!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – - -SLAMMIN’ /GLOATIN’ Time — –HAH!- -

    - —During the Obama Presidency Republicans Have Not Made a Single Concession to Help People- –

    - – —The inordinate desire to possess goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it all for one’s self beyond the dictates of basic comfort is greed, and it also applies to the desire for, and a pursuit of, wealth and power. Republicans exhibit inordinate greed for power over the government, and it explains their four-and-a-half year drive to take everything they can get their greedy hands on from the American people to give to their wealthy corporate and millionaire supporters.

    It can hardly be disputed that throughout Barack Obama’s tenure as President, Republicans have not made one concession or presented one piece of legislation to benefit the people, and they have blocked every single attempt by the President and Democrats to help Americans with jobs and sustaining social programs. Despite that Democrats have not asked for, or won, any concessions from the GOP to help the people, a Republican Senator accused Democrats of being greedy for not paying a ransom for Republicans to do the jobs they were sent to Washington to do; fund the government and pay the nation’s debts.

    Yesterday, Kentucky Senator and teabag hero Rand Paul accused President Obama and Senate Democrats of not negotiating to open the government or raise the debt limit because they were “getting greedy about this whole thing.”
    Paul was referring to Democratic demands that Republicans pass a clean continuing resolution to open the government and raise the debt limit unconditionally. It was a typical conservative ploy to project on Democrats and the President what Republicans are doing in holding the government and borrowing limit hostage in their war to control the government.
    - -
    THERE IS MORE_ —– -

    - –LUVIN’ THIS- SLAM!!– – -”Greed –Over—People”- – -

    —–http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg?w=500&h=332 – —HAH!- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -THIS COMMENT: —FIERCE!!/BRUTAL/TRUTHFUL!- -

    - —GrafZeppelin127
    Every day on LGF, Charles Johnson asks, in some variation, “WTF is wrong with these people?”

    The answer is simple. They’re the heroes of their own private
    mythology; the stars of their own private melodrama. They have no idea what real courage is; they have no idea what real oppression is; they have no idea what real slavery, real tyranny, real heroism is. The realities of life as an average American in the 21st Century don’t really present opportunities for the kind of mythic heroism they assign to previous generations, from the Revolution to the Civil War to WWII.

    In other words, most people don’t need to be brave and courageous and heroic in order to simply live their lives in America today. The fact is that individuals are more free and more autonomous than they have ever been, but we don’t realize it because, frankly, we don’t know what to do with that freedom and autonomy. Being free and autonomous doesn’t make you feel heroic; it makes you feel bored and insignificant. So we romanticize and mythologize little things that bother us in the abstract, minor annoyances and inconveniences, into existential threats to Freedom™ and Liberty™ and Everything We Hold Most Dear™. That way, we can make ourselves out to be the heroes that deep down we know we’re not, can never and will never be.

    “This is a peaceful protest!” A “protest” of what? “Government spending?” Please; no one would have any clue what the “government” “spends” if no one ever told them about it on TV or on the radio.”We’re tired of the spending!” Really? How can you be “tired of” something you can’t see, hear or feel? That doesn’t affect you directly in any tangible, perceptible way? That you wouldn’t even know about if some jagoff on the radio wasn’t telling you to get all freaked out about it, now that the POTUS is a black Democrat?

    “Obamacare?” Really? You’re “protesting” the idea of making health care accessible to people who couldn’t access it before? You’re “protesting” the idea that insurers can’t screw people over anymore?
    You’re “protesting” that doing this might cost money? What? What is this “protest” about?

    Matt Taibbi nailed it three years ago: These people are maddeningly, infuriatingly, depressingly full of shit. But it’s this addiction to melodrama, this overweening desire to paint themselves as heroic martyrsto imaginary “tyranny” and “slavery” that infuriates and depresses me the most. I’ll say it again: they have absolutely no idea what realtyranny, slavery and oppression are like. None whatsoever. They’ve done nothing but elevate themselves in their own minds to hero status based on their “brave” and “courageous” “protests” against absolutely nothing.

    These people will be the ruin of us all.
    – – - -CALLED ‘EM –OUT!!- – -HAH! – - -

    • qosine

      This is SO right. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve encountered in the past few years, who out of the blue say, “What we need is a revolution.” I’m like WHAT FOR? Are you crazy? Take it on your own side of town.

      Me – I like running water, electricity, a functioning Federal Reserve system, social benefits, clean water, safe food,
      paved roads, well you get the picture.

      These people have no clue. They romanticize chaos,
      anarchy, and devastation, all from the stability of an orderly, modern, nation state. I noticed during the worst of the Recession, that children got up every day and went to public schools, while businesses were closing down left and right.

    • conlakappa

      Whenever defense of liberty is trotted out in a putative argument, verily my eyes doth glaze over. People are catching hell/living lives of abject want and fools are still dealing with abstraction. No time or space in my head for that.

    • conlakappa

      Whenever defense of liberty is trotted out in a putative argument, verily my eyes doth glaze over. People are catching hell/living lives of abject want and fools are still dealing with abstraction. No time or space in my head for that.

  • Miranda

    Corker: Republicans are ‘in a bad place’
    By Jonathan Easley – 10/14/13 07:44 AM ET

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Monday acknowledged that Republicans had taken a severe political hit from the government shutdown, saying the GOP was “in a bad place,” but getting closer to righting the ship.

    “Look, we’re in a bad place,” Corker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Let’s face it, we all know the House Republican strategy and that came from a few Senate Republicans was the strategy that took us to where we are.”

    A rash of Republican infighting has boiled over because of the shutdown, as establishment Republicans have stood up to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and other members of the Tea Party, blaming them for instigating the showdown without a defined endgame.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/328289-corker-were-in-a-bad-place#ixzz2hiC6paLj

    • qosine

      Why, yes, my Senator Corker. And you helped put yourselves there. Remember your snide, racist ad you ran against Ford,
      with some white Playmate girl saying “Call me” to Ford. You
      are the SAME.

  • Miranda

    You Too Can Learn How to Escape Obama’s FEMA Camps for Just $37
    By Mariah Blake| Mon Oct. 14, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

    Call it debt-ceiling profiteering. With the federal government just days away from defaulting on trillions of dollars in borrowings, survivalists are bracing for chaos. And the $500-million-dollar-a-year “preparedness” industry is flooding the blogosphere with ads for ammunition, gold bullion, antibiotics, freeze-dried food, sling shots, prefab bunkers, and countless other products to help you brave the impending mayhem.

    But one company has been particularly aggressive about capitalizing on preppers’ paranoia, particularly those preppers who see Barack Obama as the first horseman of the Apocalypse. Last week, an anonymous email solicitation went out to readers of the conservative news site, GOPUSA.gov. It warned:

    There are three hidden signs that Obama
    is about to throw you into a FEMA camp.
    They’re on his secret agenda.

    But once YOU know these three signs…
    youre already one step ahead.
    You’re in control.

    You can beat them at their own game.

    Click here to check them out now,
    before its too late.

    more here: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/10/debt-ceiling-obama-fema-camp-infomercial

    • conlakappa

      But wait, there’s more!

    • rikyrah

      grifters…the entire lot of them

  • Miranda

    Philip Rucker ‏@PhilipRucker3m
    Obama and Biden to meet with Boehner, Reid, McConnell and Pelosi at 3 p.m. at the White House to talk debt limit & govt #shutdown.

    • qosine

      Now, that’s a meeting I’d love to attend.

      • conlakappa

        These meetings are getting earlier in the afternoon, no longer interfering with happy hour for Orange!

        • goldenstar

          Is his Happy Hour in certain time zones?

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin; Miranda :>) —***BIG HUG** :>)

      Oooowee! –Would love 2 transform –>http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/siowfa13/green-bottle-fly-illustration_1500x1200.jpg

      4 JUS’ THAT MEETIN’ -LOL -

      Good 2 C U Miranda. :>)

  • Alma98

    Good morning.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Ohhh –Dear Alma98- – -Good MornTin’ :>) — -***BIG HUG** :>) —How LOVELY> :>)

      —-Thank U 4 our -DAILY JOY- -a symbol of- –UNITY.- Would that it would B the case- -4 da–RE-THUCKERS!![OBSTRUTIONISTS!]- —

      BLESSINGS- -on U♥/DAUGHTER- -as she MOVES 4WARD.:>)

      Good 2 C U. :>)

      • Alma98

        Hey GLH, I love this sun too it is joyful.
        I don’t think the Republicans know up from down lol.
        And will pass on your message to my daughter.
        Blessing to you ans yours (((HUGS))).

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL — -Alma98—From the POLLS- – -dey NOW KNOW —D-
          - – ———- – - – - -O
          – — – - – — —- — —– – W
          - – - – - —— – — – — – ——- N!
          —LOL

          • Alma98

            HA! Good one GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL —Thank ya. :>)

      • Alma98

        Hey GLH, I love this sun too it is joyful.
        I don’t think the Republicans know up from down lol.
        And will pass on your message to my daughter.
        Blessing to you ans yours (((HUGS))).

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Ohhh –Dear Alma98- – -Good MornTin’ :>) — -***BIG HUG** :>) —How LOVELY> :>)

      —-Thank U 4 our -DAILY JOY- -a symbol of- –UNITY.- Would that it would B the case- -4 da–RE-THUCKERS!![OBSTRUTIONISTS!]- —

      BLESSINGS- -on U♥/DAUGHTER- -as she MOVES 4WARD.:>)

      Good 2 C U. :>)

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hello sagi! It is cold this morning I’m gonna have to bring out the fleece lol.

        • sagittarius

          I need to change the furnace filters and turn them on. I turn off the furnace in the summer.

          • Alma98

            We do that too, it got down in the 40′s last night. Now I can have a cup of decaf coffee once in awhile without it being 90degrees outside lol.

        • goldenstar

          Have you turned on the heat? I’m holding out for the afternoon heat but my hands are COLD.

          • Alma98

            No I haven’t I’m trying to hold out too. The sun is usually beaming down on my house. Of course today it’s cloud & sun lol.

    • qosine

      Good afternoon Alma, from sunny TN
      where the AC is always on:)

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      Just enjoying my day off.

  • TyrenM

    Early lunch today.

    Lynx Victory Parade!

  • Miranda

    CNN Breaking News ‏@cnnbrk2m
    Majority Leader @SenatorReid says deal is near to end partial government shutdown and to avoid hitting debt ceiling. http://on.cnn.com/1aEYd71

    ————————-

    Boehner will have no choice but to shut out the Tea Party nuts.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Which is what he should have done in the first place. McConnell will destroy Boehner if he blows this.

  • aleth

    What the fuck is wrong with this Ezra Klein… What exactly is the Obama care disaster? Damn these Emos with their crazy

    • TyrenM

      Salty that he and the Mrs. can’t make early glitches noise 25/8. Punk. Also mad that he gets no dap for Yellin nomination.

    • Town

      ObamaCare Disaster = Obama didn’t do what we told him to do, when we told him to do it.

      • aleth

        A glitch is a failure???

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          This has been bugging me to no end.

          A glitch is a short-lived fault in a system.
          It is often used to describe a transient fault that corrects itself, and is therefore difficult to troubleshoot.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glitch

          Something temporary that fixes itself. And after 14 days a system which is built to be permanent a glitch is now catastrophic.

          They suck at their jobs.

          • Town

            All you need to know about progressive pundunces is summed up with Chris Matthews’ performance on Election Night.

            Everybody else on the MSNBC panel was happy, elated etc.

            Chris Matthews had the gas face, all scrunched up, screaming about the first debate. Even Ed Schultz was like “But Obama won, tho. It doesn’t matter anymore.”

            It doesn’t matter to pundunces if the game was won or not. Only your performance & acting matters…….gettign the job done DOESN’T.

        • Town

          Yes because First Debate.

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

    Welp.

    What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days?

    By Charles P. Pierce at 10:30AM

    …There is one reason and one reason alone why “Congress” is not “doing its job.” “Congress,” at the moment, is in the complete thrall of the Reign Of The Morons, now entering its third smash week. This is plain to everyone with eyes. This is plain to everyone who doesn’t think Paul Ryan to be a visionary, Ted Cruz to be a prophet, or Sarah Palin to be Cathleen ni fking Houlihan. The Republican party, as a perfect manifestation of everything it has been about since at least 1980, has determined to commit vandalism on the American political commonwealth. The Republican party, as a result of everything it has been about since at least 1980, has become fundamentally demented and has taken to screaming in the streets. David Gregory, quite simply, is too much of an abject chickenshit to acknowledge this fundamental reality.

    MORE: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gobshites-seek-the-center-101413

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

    Tha eff is wrong with Robert Gibbs??? He needs to shut his Woody Woodpecker ass up!

    Robert Gibbs: People Should Be Fired For ‘Excruciatingly Embarrassing’ Obamacare Rollout

    …Gibbs suggested during an apperance on MSNBC that the Obama administration is lucky that the public’s attention has been largely consumed with the government shutdown.

    “Can you imagine if we weren’t obsessed with the shutdown what would
    be going on on health care?” Gibbs, now an MSNBC analyst, said. “In
    fact, Republicans probably would be a lot closer to their goal had they
    not done that.”

    “This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the
    Department of Health and Human Services. This was bungled badly,” he continued. “This was not a server problem, just too many people came to the website. This is a website architecture problem. I think it’s
    excruciatingly embarrassing. It’s not fatal because there are still many
    weeks and days to go before the enrollment period closes at the end of
    March.”

    MORE: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/former-white-house-spokesman-people-should-be-fired-for-excruciatingly-embarrassing-obamacare-rollout

    • aleth

      Hehe hobby getting paid. A nation of brats too slow server

    • TyrenM

      That’s why Griffin hired him. To try to throw shade.
      Hella salty that Jay Carney kills it as WHPS. Carney a rock star. Gibbs, pissed off noisemaker. Gibbs never did any (how do y’all say) Bawse moves (that I recall) like X-ing out frat boys during press conference.

      • Town

        They say that the reason Ed Henry & Co. was put on ice was Ed being extra rude to Jay Carney about signing up for ObamaCare with his little GOTCHA! style questions.

        That’s when Jay Jay decided to ice this fool & his little buddies out of the picture.

        Ed Henry stormed out of the presser on Friday b/c Jay Jay ignored his ass.

        • goldenstar

          Aha! Jay Carney has a pathway to deal with their bullying tactics. He should keep up the good work!

      • annvic

        Jay Carney works his WHPS gig like that’s his side gig so he can treat Chuck Todd n’ them anyway he wants ’cause no matter what, his main check remains unaffected.

        • TyrenM

          Truly. None to give.

    • Miranda

      SMH…..why can’t Dems have ride or die people out there as commentators/analysts/talking heads? On Every freaking issue, there are naysayers, doubters and distracters…every freaking time.

    • goldenstar

      The commenters are actually schooling Gibbs on the reality of the site and the circumstances. Very interesting.

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

        This comment is so on point:

        BradBennett

        28 Minutes Ago

        Three things…

        One, to what degree are the startup problems due to the conservatives refusing to appropriate the funds necessary to get the job done? We know that this was their strategery with regard to the Navigators.

        Two, I’ve read else where that the development work was outsourced. Is this just another example of privatization ‘working as designed’?

        Three, wtf is the big rush? I understand there’s a lot of pent up demand, but nothing is actually in effect until January 1, 2014. Last I checked, October 1st is 90 days from that. Jon Stewart had it exactly right – we’ll wait in line overnight for the latest iThing, but this is just too much.

        OK, one more – I wonder how many of the people
        contributing to the extremely high traffic volume were members of the beltway stenographer pool? I’m guessing more than a few.

    • Town

      I’ve been sounding the alarm on Robert Gibbs for a while, only to be shouted down that Gibbs was a team player & his departure from the Obama Administration was always planned & there was no rift b/w him & Michelle Obama. That it was all lies by Jodi Kantor.

      Nope! Gibbs was the only one of the original crew to leave under dubious circumstances (talking bad ’bout Michelle). And ever since he left he’s been very questionable on the pundit circuit.

      Nope. Don’t truss it.

      • annvic

        Whoa, he was getting slick at the mouth about Michelle? Hell nah, when did that happen?

        • Town

          It was in one of the gossip books written about the Obamas, and the book claimed that Gibbs mouthed off & cursed Michelle Obama and soon after that he was leaving the administration to take more time for his family etc.

          I don’t know if it’s true or not but he’s the only former Obama inner circle person I’ve given the serious side eye too.

          Van Jones doesn’t count b/c he was just a non-factor peon who thought he was bigger than he was.

          • annvic

            Well, damn. He can take his ass on then, he wasn’t a good Press Secretary anyway.

    • Daltex82

      Gibbs being a paid backstabber is not surprising just disappointing.

    • qosine

      Gibbs needs to work behind the scenes. He’s not a good
      communicator, always pausing too long, too detailed, and
      no sense of humor. Jay Carney is killer communicator — his humor, his expression, his confidence, his skillful delivery.

      Gibbs needs to stay off TV, because he’s too angry, and
      comes off as the caricature cringing, defensive dem/lib or
      passive aggressive hit to the O admin.

      He’s a terrible analyst, contributor, pundit, press secretary. He just doesn’t have the temperament and poise to hold his own, and he f*&^ks up our efforts.

      IMHO he’s committed to Dem policies, but needs to get off the stage.

  • aleth

    Sorry Gibbs and Ezra you are not on my team…fuck u both. What a waste, thank god they were not there for social security or Medicare launch. Team we have big mouths to critic dems but silent as a mouse for GOP.

  • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

    For me it wasn’t what Stepin Fetchit did it was where he did it. When I saw him in one of those cheap all Black movies from the late forties I realized he was a comedic genius. Doing stuff that should have ranked him up there with the likes of Buster Keaton, The Marx Brothers and the rest.

    When you see him doing the same thing in front of an all white cast and their reaction to him it is one of the most painful and unpleasant things you will ever see on screen.

    Here’s an article about the fight to change that imagery.

    http://oldhollywood.net/the-beginning-of-the-end/

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!