October 21, 2017

Monday Open Thread: Baldwin’s Nigger



This week we will revisit the 1969 documentary Baldwin’s Nigger with writer James Baldwin and Dick Gregory, and directed by Horace Ové. In this documentary, Messrs. Baldwin and Gregory discuss the Black experience with a group of political activists in London, and relate it to the Caribbean and Great Britain.


Part I:

  • dannie22

    good morning!

  • lamh35

    Good Monday morning POU.

  • *sigh* So instead of trying to meet with PBO about unemployment, voter suppression, health care, crime..etc., these mofos want to meet about SSM??? These pastors need to fall all the way back before their congregation chin checks them.

    Black pastors demand meeting with Obama over gay marriage

    By Stephen Dinan
    June 1, 2012, 12:47PM

    The Coalition of African American Pastors has demanded a meeting with President Obama to try to change his mind on his personal embrace of same-sex marriage.

    The pastors fired off a letter this week to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asking him to set up the meeting with the president, and painted their quest as a civil rights cause.

    “I can promise you personally, as an organizer of the civil rights movement in Nashville, I did not march one inch, one foot, one yard for same-sex marriage,” said Rev. William “Bill” Owens Sr., founder of the coalition and organizer of the letter.

    MORE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/jun/1/black-pastors-group-demands-meeting-obama-over-gay/

    • MonieTalks

      We already see what these so-called “people of faith” and their political allies can do to rape victims like in OK.

      I tell every person I know who condones legislating morality to remember:

      One day, these same folks may decide that your child out of wedlock will not be qualified to receive medicaid, healthcare or even an education because of your fornication.

      You may have to pass a morality litmus test to get WIC.

      Your next voting barrier might become in the form of a religious one.

    • rikyrah

      their asses should have been at that meeting with Holder last week, when he talked about voter suppression.

      fuck ’em.

      • Robinswing

        My sentiments exactly.LOL

    • MonieTalks

      So Rev. Bill Owens and the rest of his coalition wrote this:

      “We cannot and will not remain silent while marriage, the most fundamental institution in our and any nation, is undermined by our own President while using Christian language and relating it to civil rights. We stood, marched and fought against racial discrimination as legally and morally evil. It is a violation of the first principles of our faith that God created all men in His image, and the first principles of our nation that recognized that all men are created equal. For activists, politicians and now the highest office in the nation to link sexual behavior God calls sin to the righteous cause Martin Luther King gave his life for is abominable in and of itself. There is no civil right to do what God calls wrong.


      Ummmmm……do they know the same American history I know.
      They must realize that America was founded and flourished on treating one race up people as chattel and property. They must realize that some Christians used scripture to justify the ugliness of slavery and the dehumanization of people…ripping babies out of the arms of their mothers and fathers to be sold in servitude and never reunited again. They must realize that marriage was never a founding top priority from the inception of European rule of this country as slaves were FORBIDDEN to marry, but instead forced to bred…loving relationships be damned. And don’t even get me started on the rape of slaves in this country by their slavemasters….even by those who occupied the highest office in the nation.

    • Miranda

      How can we write emails or send tweets to this group of idiots?

    • Miranda

      Here is their half ass website

      This is their twitter name:

      • Guns3000

        “half ass website” LAUGHING FOR DAYS ON THAT.

        • Miranda

          That mess looks like something a 4th grader put together.

      • GN

        Oh okay, so these are right-wingers; no wonder they sound so fringe as I have not heard a single person in my life upset with PBO for being pro-SSM

        The Coalition of African-American Pastors is a grass-roots movement of African-American Christians who believe in traditional family values such as supporting the role of religion in American public life, protecting the lives of the unborn, and defending the sacred institution of marriage.

        Dear Pastors: _/ <— that's a seat, please have one.

        • So gone at the seat macro! Love that!

    • GN

      Oh good grief, pastors. I find the “New Civil Rights Movement” framing to be extremely divisive, conceded, but the hysteria from these pastors is uncalled for. Rev. Owens: get over it. Why do you care what the next person is doing; PBO never said that everyone had to agree with him. The letter is a massive waste of energy in light of what’s going on RIGHT NOW re: voting rights under attack amongst myriad other assaults (Trayvon Martin and the apologia for his killer to name but one example of what black people are still going through in this country).

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • rikyrah

    these two men together ?


  • rikyrah

    ‘My message to Congress is, get to work’
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 4, 2012 8:40 AM EDT.

    On Friday, responding to the deeply discouraging jobs report, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) shouted to reporters, “Why don`t they pick up the bills and pass them and help the American people, instead of playing politics over there?”

    “They,” in this context, was in reference to senators who’ve largely ignored small and ineffectual policies approved by the House intended to create jobs. As it turns out, however, President Obama could have repeated the exact same words Boehner used in response to the same news.

    Indeed, in his weekly address, Obama reminded the political world of an economic package — the American Jobs Act — that he presented in September, but which Congress regrettably chose to ignore.

    One of the ironies of the GOP message on Friday was the widespread assumption that the White House’s “policies” were to blame for the struggling job market. That might have made more sense if, for example, Obama’s jobs agenda had been approved but failed to produce.

    But it’s tougher to blame poor results on policies that weren’t tried — or at least, it should be much tougher.

    Is it too late for Congress to act? Actually, no. Independent analysis projected the American Jobs Act, which was fully paid for, could create as many as 2 million jobs in 2012. With the year nearly half over, that’s no longer possible, but if the jobs package were approved immediately, we would see a sharp economic improvement fairly quickly.

    But therein lies the point: Congress isn’t going to “get to work.” Republicans don’t want to.


    Bill Maher joked over the weekend on Twitter, “Is it treason to purposefully block any help for the economy so voters blame the president and turn to the other party? Just asking.”

    While the “t” word is obviously hyperbolic, there is an underlying point here about the economic debate. In September, Obama presented a credible, serious plan to boost job creation; his policies were popular with the public and the kind of measures that have traditionally enjoyed support from both parties; the agenda was fully paid for; and the president made clear that his plan was sorely needed.

    When Republicans killed the Americans Jobs Act, they effectively lost the right to blame Obama for the struggling job market. He produced a plan to improve matters; they didn’t produce a plan and they killed the policies that would have helped. With the benefit of hindsight, we know the president was right and the congressional GOP was wrong.

    The Republican line of late has been, “Things would be better if we were doing things our way.” What they don’t seem to realize is that we already are trying things their way, and no one seems to like the results.


  • MonieTalks

    When You Hate Your Taxes but Can’t Name Your Legislator

    Who do you think has more influence over the education, safety, health, welfare, transportation, justice, recreation and economic well-being of 40 million Californians? U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein or California State Senator Loni Hancock?

    That’s easy: Loni Hancock. How can it be that someone so powerful is so unknown?

    The answer is that few people pay attention to the elections that most affect their lives. In California and most states, those elections are to the state legislature.

    This year, the 120 members of the California Assembly and Senate will levy $130 billion in taxes and fees, and direct the spending of more than $200 billion, including federal funds. They will pass legislation and issue regulations affecting the jobs, wages and economic prospects of millions of private-sector workers, and the health and safety of all residents. They determine the size of prison populations and the extent of social safety nets. They decide which parks and recreation sites can stay open, and oversee the quality of the state’s environment and infrastructure. They supervise the education of 9 million students.

    Finally, they award billions of dollars in compensation, issue billions of dollars of debt in retirement promises, and select the members of state boards investing hundreds of billions of dollars set aside to protect future taxpayers from having to pay more to meet these promises.
    Prisons First

    Under the U.S. Constitution, state governments have primary responsibility for delivering domestic services.

    read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-03/when-you-hate-your-taxes-but-can-t-name-your-legislator.html

  • rikyrah

    folks have been saying for awhile that this is all about G-O-T-V.


    Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 06/04/2012
    The Morning Plum: Wisconsin recall fight tightening?
    By Greg Sargent

    The robopolling firm Public Policy Polling is out with what may be the final survey of the Wisconsin recall fight, and it finds that Scott Walker’s lead over Tom Barrett has shrunk to three points — within the margin of error. As PPP says: “Barrett’s prospects for an upset look better than they have for a long time.”

    Other public polls have shown Walker with a wider lead. But those polls predate Bill Clinton’s visit to Wisconsin, the final Walker-Barrett debate, and new revelations in the John Doe probe. Nevertheless, most commentators and news orgs are essentially proceeding from the presumption that Walker has already won. For instance, see this New York Times piece.

    I’ve said repeatedly that I’m skeptical that Walker will be recalled. But PPP has concluded that Dems can still win this battle. It all turns on PPP’s key finding, which is that Walker’s slim lead is rooted in the fact that Republicans are more excited about the race than Democrats are, meaning that the cliche that it all comes down to turnout is truer than ever this time.

    Here is the bottom line of PPP’s analysis: If the turnout operation Dems and labor insist are superior to that of Walker can make up the difference, and can replicate 2008 Dem turnout, Walker — who’s trailing among core Dem constituencies like women, minorities, and young voters — will be recalled. If not, his lead among men, whites, seniors and Milwaukee suburbanities will enable him to survive.


  • rikyrah

    OK, twitter universe.

    I see from reading the feed that Joe Madison has gone all in on ‘ Blacker Than Thou, Inc’.



  • MonieTalks

    Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize schools

    (Reuters) – Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.

    Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

    The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.

    Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.

    “We are changing the way we deliver education,” said Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican who muscled the plan through the legislature this spring over fierce objections from Democrats and teachers unions. “We are letting parents decide what’s best for their children, not government.”

    read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/01/us-education-vouchers-idUSL1E8H10AG20120601

    • Miranda

      All part of the master plan – the prison pipeline just got oiled up in Louisiana.

    • Guns3000

      The public education is system there is abysmal. Why not try something different?

      • Miranda

        They should try something different, but kids reciting bible verses every morning is not what’s going to make a difference. I have 5 cousins all products of Lousiana public schools, all brothers, all went to Louisiana state colleges, all engineers right now. Straight outta Baton Rouge.

        Half the problem is people who have no business fooling around with curriculums or budgets have been in charge, screwing up everything for the last 25 years.

      • Why not try to improve the public education system?

        • Guns3000

          I’m all for that idea if they clean house. The same people that are in charge now and have been for years will be the same people that will be allowed to “improve” the system. No thanks.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM: – —REAL FAST:- – – – -POW!—RE-THUGS—TAKE THAT!! – —

    – – ——Video- On MSNBC, Congressional Experts Ornstein And Mann Offer Damning Indictment Of GOP’s “All-Out War” On Obama—-


  • MonieTalks

    Insight: From Alabama, an epic challenge to voting rights


  • GreenLadyHere

    POU AM: – — –DON’T KNOW- – -WHAT 2 DO?- – – – -HERE’S YER LIST!!- —

    – – – – –CONGRESS TO-DO LIST!!– – —

    – — – —Before Congress leaves for summer recess, President Obama is calling on them to take action to create jobs and help the middle class.

    Reward American Jobs,
    Not Outsourcing

    To Do:
    Pass legislation to attract and keep good jobs in the United States by rewarding companies who bring jobs back to America with lower taxes and pay for it by eliminating tax incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas.

    American manufacturers have added more than 400,000 total jobs in the last two years—the strongest growth since the late 1990s— and their continued strength is vital to creating an economy built to last that makes things the rest of the world buys.
    Learn More:

    Everything you need to know about bringing jobs back to the United States
    What President Obama is doing to promote American manufacturing

    More Information

    – – – —GET! – – – -2!- — -WORK!!- – – -DO! YOUR!- – – -JOB!!– — – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    – – –WOW&1/2!! – —- -Jus’ – – – – -WOW&1/2!!! – – —

    – — — -A FIERCE- – –DYNAMIC DUO!!—Woo! Hoo!—

    – – – – — CAIN’T WAIT!! :>) – – – –

  • Miranda

    Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal Set to Resign

    (BRUSSELS AND DUBLIN) – The Roman Catholic Church faces permanent disruption and banishment in at least five countries if it does not comply with ten “non-negotiable measures” by September 15, 2012, according to a global coalition of survivors of church rape and torture.

    The list of measures was issued today at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland between Archbishop Dermot Martin and representatives of Anti Catholic Church Activists Worldwide (ACCAW), Magdalene Laundry survivors, and the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State – Ireland (ITCCS).

    The measures demanded of the Catholic Church include the defrocking of all child raping priests, the licensing of all other clergy as public servants, the return of the remains of all who died under Church care, the annulment of tax exemptions and other Church privileges, and the return of all of the Church’s wealth generated by the exploitation of children.

    more here

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    Jus’ sayin. . . . .: – –TIRED of soma these NEWSCASTER tryin’ 2 MAKE NEWS by trynta – – -STIR IT UP between- –MR. PRESIDENT annnd President “Blue Dress”.- – – — -THEY R RAKIN’ in the – –$$$$$!

    – – -LET IT GO!!- – – —RIGHT-LEANIN’ MEDIA!!– —

    NOTICE- – — THEY DON”T C THIS RELATIONSHIP- – – -as a – – –TRUMP- -annnnd his – -STRUMPET– – –WE DO!!- – -HAH!

  • MonieTalks

    Mitt Romney’s entitlement: Winning for losing
    By Robyn E. Blumner, Times Columnist

    Mitt Romney, who secured the number of delegates needed for the Republican nomination last week, said early on that this election is a choice between President Barack Obama’s “entitlement society” in which people are dependent on government benefits, and his “opportunity society” where business is free to flourish.

    But if you take Romney’s own life as representing a governing philosophy, he has the dichotomy backward. Romney is the one who has taken advantage of government entitlements — the ones that flow to the wealthy. And his interest in opportunity lies with rich investors who exploit government rules, often to the detriment of Main Street. Romney’s use of the federal bankruptcy courts to extinguish debts owed to suppliers, shops and service providers is a perfect example — more on that later.

    read more: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/mitt-romneys-entitlement-winning-for-losing/1232944

  • Robinswing

    Brother Baldwin correctly describes the white racist reaction to President Obama when he speaks of a black man who raises his head and acts as if he belongs here. I miss his(Mr. Baldwin) voice. Thank you for this series.

    • Hey Robinswing! Welcome to P.O.U.!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ Robinswing. ****BIG- – –WELCOME & PLEASED 2 meetcha- — -HUG***

      – – – -***fist bump***- — -:>)

      He was WAAY ahead in his thinking. THE RACIST HATAS have constantly been tynta portray MR. PRESIDENT as – – — NOT ONA US!!- – —

      THAT’S “WHYCOME”- – -this “birther- – -MANURE” – –persists!!–

      Good 2 C U. :>)

      • Robinswing

        So good to be here amongst intelligent folk. Recognize some names from other more hostile environs. Thank you all for the warm welcome. Hope everyone is having a good day. I am on my way to bed after stayin’ up all night writing.

        • gc

          Robin it’s Gail, ACD. A PLEASURE to see you. Please stay!

          • Robinswing

            I love this site and have mostly lurked. Working on a book, sporadically posting on my website and healing from two years worth of chemo and radiation. Just thrilled to catch up with you again. Found you through a smarty pants link. She was also one of my favorite folks from back in the dk days. Different name then. Also noticed Rikyrah is here and I have always admired her work. And Conlakappa is my girl! Like I said love being with a community like this one. So much to do. Only five months to get’er done. I am all in.

          • gc

            If you still have my e, write any time you get a chance. My last doc on Team Gail – the PS – discharged me in Dec. Everybody wondered how I got through it without having a nervous breakdow. Well, they spoke too soon. I spent New Year’s on a psych ward. Going from treatment to the rest home for my mother, interceding for my father with staff (“well YOU are the one with the Psych degree”) broke me.

            Conlakappa and I reunited as well. Although we are currently tiffing as to who is crushing on Russell Wong the most :)Please say hello to AG.

            Our community was the best part of DK.

          • Robinswing

            Will send link to this site to AG. My computer crashed but…sistahspeakbyrobinswing@gmail.com

    • GN

      Hi!!!!!!! So GREAT to see you at POU. Warmest of welcomes, (((((((Robinswing))))))

  • MonieTalks

    hehehe….Bruno knows exactly what the deal is. He might as well stock up on adult sized diapers for sale….

    Strip clubs swivel online to entice RNC visitors
    By Justin George, Times Staff Writer

    TAMPA — In a private room at the 2001 Odyssey strip club, dancers with names like Candy, Bella and Ferrari sit on a high-backed velvet bench and video chat with online customers from across the country. For a price, they’ll disrobe and move into an adjacent room to dance.

    Web customers pay a monthly membership fee for these virtual interactions. And some of them, the club says, end up coming to Tampa for a trip inside the spaceship-topped nude club on N Dale Mabry Highway where they can visit the strippers in person.

    By August — just in time for the Republican National Convention — operators of Club Cam Systems plan to roll out similar ventures at two other Tampa adult clubs. Their goal: drum up thousands of dollars online while giving some of the estimated 50,000 GOP convention visitors a taste of the adult entertainment awaiting them when they arrive.

    “For the RNC, people need places to go. We’re trying to create the awareness for people who come to Tampa that Tampa has a lot of things to do,” said Russ Bruno, an owner of Club Cam Systems.

    read more:http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/strip-clubs-swivel-online-to-entice-rnc-visitors/1233397

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – -From – – MR. PRESIDENT: – – -WHYCOME U don’t TELL ‘EM ‘ bout your — -MASS. DISASTER?? – – – —

    – – – –Obama ad: Romney left Mass. with one of ‘the worst economies’– —

    – —The Obama campaign continued its attacks on Mitt Romney’s record creating jobs as Massachusetts governor with a new ad released Monday.

    The video, titled “Heard it Before,” is running in nine battleground states.

    It opens with a clip of Romney running for governor in 2002. “I speak the language of business,” Romney said at the time. “I know how jobs are created.”

    The ad then shifts to cite statistics and headlines that claim Romney’s tenure “ended with one of the worst economic records in the country.”

    “When Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs, a rate twice the national average, and fell to 47th in job creation, fourth from the bottom,” says the narrator.

    “Instead of hiring workers from his own state, Romney outsourced call-center jobs to India. He cut taxes for millionaires like himself, while raising taxes on the middle class, and left the state $2.6 billion deeper in debt.
    THERE IS MORE!! – – –

    – – – -Woo! Hoo!- – —

  • Miranda

    Quote of the Day
    “We understand he’s got a lot going on.”

    — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), interviewed by CNN, on President Obama not campaigning for him in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • Miranda

    Alright everybody……….get your fingers ready…needs to be some emailing, tweeting, a WHOLE LOTTA pushing back on this BULLSHIT!!!

    This is what Joe Madison was talking about this morning..this BS article and apparently he’s calling out this column from wapo:

    Still waiting for our first black president

    • Yet another member of the Ivory Tower Crew trying to apply a Black litmus test to PBO.

      • itgurl_29

        I know. Some of the stuff this fool is whining about, POTUS has already addressed. How much do they pay these people? Because it seems like “journalism” is a hustle I need to get into. Apparently, you don’t even have to have your facts straight to do the job.

        • Miranda

          “a hustle”…….that’s all it is these days. There is no fact-checking, no critical thinking skills required, nothing…its a freaking hustle.

          In 5 years, we will be picking political pundits and news anchors via an american idol style reality show. bet on it.

          • nathkatun7

            Go ahead and speak the TRUTH, Miranda! This all ” a hustle” to make money. Bashing President Obama is an almost guaranteed money maker; especially if you are Black.

            What is really so sad is that these folks are masquerading as Black intellectuals.I am more and more appreciative of the wisdom of my late grandmother who warned us not become educated fools just because we got a college education. Are these so called Black intellectuals paying any attention to the veiled, and sometimes not so veiled, vicious, non-stop, racist attacks against President Obama, which commenced on the day he took the oath of office? Did President Obama run for the position of Black President? Is there such a position — that is the position of a Black President– in the structure of U.S. government?

            Please forgive me because I must be getting old and senile; but I definitely don’t understand why any one — and especially a so called Black intellectual — would think that being President of the United States is the same as being President of Black America. The good thing is that the vast majority of African Americans have common sense and know the difference.

            The “hustle,” as you so appropriately called it, is basically aimed at making money from white folks with money who just love to promote division in the AA community.

      • Miranda

        Hey Sepia, check your email – I have an idea for engaging this guy

    • rikyrah

      got to be fucking kidding me

    • Ebogan63

      Bitter Boyce, is that you? This azzhole musta cribbed from Boyce’ bullshit articles.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday Morntin’ miranda. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      GEESH!!!- —-


      What’s he MAD about??- — -NO WH INVITE!!?? LOL

    • Bri

      These type of articles will be popping up until the election.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -FACTS!- – — – –FACTS!- — – – -TRUTH!!- – —

    – — 5 Facts About The Massachusetts Economy Under Mitt Romney– – —

    – – — –Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign whipped out a new number over the weekend to dispute federal government data that ranked Massachusetts 47th in job creation during Romney’s time as governor there. Three campaign surrogates used the Sunday morning news circuit to claim that the state was actually 30th in job growth in Romney’s final year in office.

    Of course, moving the state to 30th would still mean it was in the bottom half of the nation, a fact that would seem to fit assertions from local experts that the state’s economy was “below average and often near the bottom” while Romney was governor. Here are five facts about the Massachusetts economy from Romney’s 2003-2007 tenure:

    1) Ranked 47th in job growth: Despite Romney’s professed expertise in creating jobs, Massachusetts ranked 47th in job growth during his time as governor. The state’s total job growth was just 0.9 percent, well behind other high-wage, high-skill economies in New York (2.7), California (4.7), and North Carolina (7.6). The national average, meanwhile, was better than 5 percent.

    2) Suffered the second-largest labor force decline in the nation: Only Louisiana, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, saw a bigger decline in its labor force than Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as governor. The US Census

    – -BOOKMARKED THIS!! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – – – -The WARMONGERS – – – -want 2 PRESERVE – — -$$$$ SUPPORT — -4 their future plans —[say – — -IRAN] – – – –

    —- –Some Republicans Willing To Defy Anti-Tax Pledge To Preserve Military Spending– —

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been vigorously campaigning against the military spending sequester, $600 billion in cuts triggered after Congress failed to agree on a debt reduction plan. The New York Times reported that Graham — on a tour against the sequester in his home state — is even willing to defy a pledge against tax hikes organized by anti-tax advocate and conservative power-broker Grover Norquist. The Times reported:

    – – – – -SKIP– —

    House Republicans have issued dire warning about sequester’s military cuts and flip flopped on last August’s debt deal, even seeking to shift the cuts to domestic programs that benefit the poor.

    – – – -SKIP- —

    – – –Democrats have been pushing the tack for a while. In March, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) pointed out that a “vote to extend the Bush tax cuts in their entirety would, in essence, be the vote to lock in sequestration” by cutting down on revenue to offset government debt.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — —YOUNG- — -GIFTED annnnd – -BLACK!!- – – – -We R PROUD of U! :>) — – —

    – – – –Sloane Stephens’ French Open run ends– —

    – —-The unseeded American teenager’s best run at a major came to an end in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur.

    Despite the loss, she leaves Paris with the arrow on her career pointed in an upward direction.

    “People play well with confidence, and when you’re having fun and you’re doing the right things, everything’s all good,” Stephens said. “So even though I lost today, I played pretty well.”

    Stephens, the daughter of a former NFL star and a college All-American swimmer, fell behind 5-1 in the second set against Stosur before breaking her twice to extend the match. A tough way to end things, though Stephens already has one reward in mind. She’ll upgrade to a first-class flight back home to Florida, where preparations for Wimbledon will begin.

    – – -BEST WISHES @- — – -WIMBLEDON!! :>) – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – –HE/THEY $CURRED- — – -of – – –MR. PRESIDENT – —

    – – –President Obama win could cost Romney $5M in personal taxes– – —

    – —-For some people this alone would be a reason to torpedo President Obama.

    WASHINGTON — To see where the presidential candidates stand on taxing the rich, just look at how they’d tax themselves. Under his own proposal, Mitt Romney would pay half what he would under President Barack Obama’s tax plan. For a man of Romney’s means, that could save almost $5 million a year.

    For Obama, not so loaded as Romney but still well-off, losing re-election could provide a tax windfall. He’d save as much as $90,000 a year if Romney’s plan were enacted rather than his own tax-the-rich vision.


    “There’s quite a difference at higher incomes between the Obama and Romney plans,” said Gil Charney, principal tax researcher for the Tax Institute at H&R Block. “Obama is looking at the rich – millionaires and billionaires – as a source of additional revenue to the government, where Romney is looking at them as a potential spark for economic growth.”

    Obama’s health care law, already in place, also raises Medicare taxes on the wealthy, especially big investors, starting in 2013. That could cost Romney more than $800,000.

  • rikyrah

    oh slam…

    they done made Horn-Rimmed Capehart break out his Africa Medallion:


    Stop waiting for and start paying attention to our first black president
    By Jonathan Capehart

    Over the last three and a half years, there have been three silly political storylines that have driven me absolutely nuts because it was plainly apparent that they were not true. One was that author, reality television star and former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin was going to run for president in 2012. Another was that President Obama would swap out Vice President Biden in favor of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And the most irksome of all is the complaint from African Americans that Obama ignores their concerns.

    The latest manifestation of the Obama-doesn’t-care-about-black-people whine comes from Fredrick Harris. In a piece for The Post’s Outlook section headlined “Still waiting for our first black president,” which was adapted from his new book, the Columbia University professor makes a stunningly false argument.

    Obama has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy, keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans — such as disparities in the criminal justice system; the disproportionate impact of the foreclosure crisis on communities of color; black unemployment; and the persistence of HIV/AIDS — off the national agenda. Far from giving black America greater influence in U.S. politics, Obama’s ascent to the White House has signaled the decline of a politics aimed at challenging racial inequality head-on.

    Those are all important issues. They must be addressed. The problem for Harris is that they are being addressed by the president. Not in the theatrical way Harris would like. But in the actions-speak-louder-than-words way of Obama.

    Criminal justice disparities

    In August 2010, the president signed the Fair Sentencing Act. This long-sought legislation reduced the glaring disparity in punishment for those charged with crack offenses and those with powder cocaine offenses. “For the past three decades, those arrested for crack offenses — mostly young, African American men — faced far harsher penalties than the white and Hispanic suspects most often caught with powder cocaine,” The Post editorial pointed out then. “A person found holding 500 grams of powder cocaine would face a five-year mandatory minimum; crack offenders would have to be in possession of a mere 5 grams to face the same obligatory sentence.”

    That brings the glaring disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1. And it is perhaps the clearest example of injecting more fairness into the criminal justice system, particularly for African Americans. That Harris didn’t even acknowledge this is surprising and shortsighted.

    The foreclosure crisis

    Just last Thursday (May 31), SunTrust Mortgage Inc. and the Justice Department announced a $21 million agreement to settle a lawsuit brought by DOJ. Between 2005 and 2009, the suit alleged, the mortgage lender “engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination that increased loan prices for many of the qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers who obtained loans.” According to DOJ, SunTrust’s discriminatory policy affected more than 20,000 black and Latino borrowers who were hit with higher fees and interest rates than non-Hispanic white borrowers, “not based on borrowers risk, but because of their race or national origin.”

    Last week’s announcement came five months after DOJ announced a record $335 million settlement with Countrywide Financial Corp. The department alleged that “Countrywide discriminated by charging more than 200,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher fees and interest rates than non-Hispanic white borrowers in both its retail and wholesale lending.” In addition, “Countrywide discriminated by steering thousands of African-American and Hispanic borrowers into subprime mortgages when non-Hispanic white borrowers with similar credit profiles received prime loans. All the borrowers who were discriminated against were qualified for Countrywide mortgage loans according to Countrywide’s own underwriting criteria.”

    And let’s not forget Obama’s risky move to recess appoint Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Overseeing mortgage companies is one of CFPB’s primary functions. Considering African Americans have been hit hardest by the discriminatory practices of mortgage companies, this should have been cheered by Harris as a win for black homeowners and their families.


    • Miranda

      *DEAD*…………………………..wait….is that….is that..is Jonathan playing some Tupac in the background?

      • Nah…I think I hear X-Clan in the background.

        • PBomb

          Intertwined with a little Goodie Mob

      • Worldwatcher7

        A word of warning to the whiners: do NOT make Jonathan come out of that suit coat; you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

    • Dang! Jonathan went IN! And he just scratched the service of PBO’s policies that benefit the Black community.

    • nellcote

      Glad I went to the link. The last paragraph above is a quote from Harris not Capehart. Good column by Capehart, worth the read.

      • gc

        He needs a TV show. Nice to look at too, LOL.

    • PBomb

      This was such a well-written article. And the sad part is these felonious kneegrows are continue to ignore everything Jonathan Capehart just wrote, because it doesn’t help sell books or push their agenda.

    • Ebogan63

      OK! Jonathan almost went H.A.M. on Prof. Harris!

      • itgurl_29

        Y’all know Jonathan’s mama wrote that. C’mon, now!

  • rikyrah

    Mitt Romney’s inaccurate claims about government workers
    Posted by Glenn Kessler at 06:02 AM ET, 06/04/2012

    “That stimulus he [President Obama] put in place — it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs. And the one place we should have shut back — or cut back — was on government jobs. We have 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work.”

    — Mitt Romney, in Craig, Colo., May 29, 2012

    There’s a lot going on in this quote by the presumptive Republican nominee, which a reader asked us to fact-check. Romney disparages President Obama’s $830 billion stimulus bill for allegedly not helping to create private sector jobs. He also dings government workers, suggesting that the president’s policies have led to a bloat of government workers — and that this is a bad thing for other workers.

    Let’s take a deeper look at his claims.

    The Facts

    We have to admit that the statement is bit confusing, because it appears to mix different thoughts. The stimulus bill included payments to states to help save “government” jobs, such as those of teachers, firefighters and the like. But then Romney refers to “145,000 more government workers,” which is correct only if he is referring to federal workers, not state workers.

    As we have noted before, Romney has previously used the 145,000 figure in a misleading way, but in that instance he clearly said he was referring to federal workers. In this context, since the first part of his statement suggests he is talking about state government workers, the second part would be wrong, because the number of government workers overall has dramatically declined under Obama.

    The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly 610,000 government jobs have been lost since January 2009, with much of the loss coming since 2010, as the stimulus funds have begun to run out. Just in the past few months, about 30,000 government jobs have been lost, even as the number of private sector jobs has increased by more than 300,000. (Overall, since January 2009, the number of private sector jobs has increased by 55,000 because the numbers plunged deeply in 2009.)

    If we assume that Romney was actually referring to federal government jobs, not all government jobs, then the claim of a 145,000 increase since January 2009 is accurate. (The May data released on June 1 dropped the figure slightly, from 146,000 to 143,000.)

    But as we have written, much of that increase has come in areas that Romney says he wants to bolster as president, such as defense (80,000 additional jobs), veterans affairs (38,000) and homeland security (20,000). Presumably he would think such increases are a good thing — not jobs he would want to eliminate.

    Whether or not the stimulus was a success is certainly debatable. Our colleagues at Wonkblog summarized the results of the nine best surveys attempting to gauge the economic impact of the stimulus bill. Their conclusion: “Six find that the stimulus had a significant, positive effect on employment and growth, and three find that the effect was either quite small or impossible to detect.” But all have potential problems, and no one knows the real answer with any certainty. (Any politicians who claim they do know are misleading you.)

    We asked the Romney campaign for the basis of his claim that the stimulus did not help private sector jobs and whether he was referring to federal or all government workers when he said there had been an increase. We did not get a response.


    • nathkatun7

      It’s really disgusting that Willard Romney is allowed to get away with calling for the firing of government workers. What kind of businessman calls for firing teachers, cops, firefighters, social workers, people who work for Homeland Security, the Defense Department, the State Department, etc., etc.?

      Don’t government workers buy/rent homes, buy groceries, cars, clothing, health insurance, electricity and home heating oils and even stocks? Just how do businesses survive if they are deprived of consumers who work for the government? Is Romney so dumb not to realize that if you fire government workers they, like any other workers, are entitled to unemployment insurance? which increases government spending?

      If he is so against government workers why the hell is he running for President? The last time I checked the president was paid and maintained by your and my tax dollars and not by private business. Is Romney proposing that the White House be privatized? This man is a total idiot and the unethical media is aiding and abating him. Any one who thinks that people who work for the government are not equal to those who work for private business should not be running to president. A president is one of the most highest paid government workers.

    • Miranda

      Let’s send them home and put you back to work.”

      That should be emailed to every public sector employee in this country. Let them marinate on that. The man that wants to be President of your country is telling you to your face that you mean absolutely NOTHING to him, you are less than a mangy dog. You are useless. Now who do you think would be best to lead YOUR country again?

  • Hey POU. Nice- James Baldwin week! I love the unique and informative stuff you are able to find and post here.

    It’s been a stressful several weeks for me, but some good news: my father had surgery in mid May to remove his cancerous tumor (which had been shrunken by weeks of chemo and radiation prior to the surgery). After a post-op recovery that was more complicated than anticipated, he is finally ready to be released from the hospital to go home. He’s doing well, but will need a lot of help (physically and financially) to continue healing up from whole the ordeal. Personally, I’ve become confident that he’ll be okay.

    • Miranda

      Wishing him a very speedy and well recovery! God bless!

    • Glad to her your dad is doing well. I hope he makes a speedy recovery!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY QOakaJP.—–***BIG HUG*** :>))

      – – -Ohhh – –QOakaJP!- – – – -THANK U 4 sharin’ this GR8 OUTCOME.—

      —–PRAYIN’ 4 HIM/U/FAMILY.- – – -AMEN.:>)– — –

      B Sooo BLESSED. :>)

    • PBomb

      Glad to hear the good news. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    • gc

      Adding my best wishes

    • sagittarius

      Sending positive thoughts to you and your Dad

    • nathkatun7

      Wishing your father a speedy recovery! All the best to you and your family.

  • rikyrah

    A tale of two standards
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 4, 2012 9:20 AM EDT

    .Mitt Romney’s failure to create jobs in Massachusetts during his one term is becoming an increasingly important point in the 2012 campaign, with the Republican campaign struggling to think of an excuse, and President Obama’s re-election team eager to shine a spotlight on Romney’s record.

    Indeed, Obama’s campaign released this new ad this morning, slamming the former governor’s failures on what’s supposed to be his top issue.

    This is not, by the way, just some web video — the ad will run in Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as part of a “significant” ad buy.

    And what does Team Romney have to say in response? Well, it’s a funny story, actually.

    Romney has been running for president pretty much non-stop for six years. He and his aides have, in other words, had a very long time to come up with compelling explanations for all of the shortcomings in Romney’s record.

    With that in mind, Romney’s staffers had to know that when they appeared on the Sunday shows yesterday, they’d hear questions about Massachusetts being 47th out of 50 states in job creation during Romney’s tenure. And what was their explanation? Romney inherited a bad situation, and when he left, things were marginally better.

    Seriously, that’s their defense.


    Eric Fehrnstrom told ABC, “Can I just say, on the jobs question, because this comes up repeatedly that Massachusetts was 47 out of 50 in terms of jobs growth. Actually, when Mitt Romney arrived, Massachusetts was an economic basket house.” Kevin Madden, naturally, took the same line on “Meet the Press.” On Fox News, Ed Gillespie went so far as to suggest the job losses in Romney’s first year shouldn’t be held against him.

    He wasn’t kidding.

    This comes on the heels of Fehrnstrom arguing 10 days ago that Romney inherited a “recession” and an economy that was “losing thousands of jobs every month” in 2002, and a Romney campaign press release last week that argued, in all seriousness, “Governor Romney inherited an economy that was losing jobs each month and left office with an economy that was adding jobs each month.”

    David Axelrod’s response seemed wholly appropriate given the circumstances: “They’re kidding, right?”

    Look, this isn’t complicated. Romney is trying to create a standard for success that only he’s allowed to use. After all, what’s President Obama’s defense on the economy? He inherited a disaster but helped turn things around. After one term, conditions weren’t excellent, but they showed clear improvement after four years. An economy that was losing jobs was, finally, adding jobs.

    And what’s Romney’s defense of his jobs record in Massachusetts? He inherited a mess but helped turn things around. After one term, conditions weren’t excellent, but they showed clear improvement after four years. An economy that was losing jobs was, finally, adding jobs.

    Can Romney have it both ways? If Romney’s to be congratulated for inheriting an economy that was struggling but then turning things around a little, by that identical standard, he ought to be patting Obama on the back for a job well done. Indeed, the Romney campaign talking points practically sound like an Obama endorsement.

    What’s more, this isn’t some tangential point in 2012 — it’s the central argument of the entire presidential campaign.


  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – – — -chucky- — T- – –IZZAT U? – – – -Pressing 4 the truth??- – –

    – – – – – Heritage Foundation ‘Expert’ Cannot Cite Any Examples Of Actual Voter Fraud– —

    – —-In an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown this morning, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Brian Darling argued for the importance of Florida-style voter suppression laws in order to stop potential voter fraud. But when pressed by Todd to identify any actual examples of voter fraud, Darling appeared stumped:

    DARLING: And there’ve been examples of voter fraud… in Florida. Look at ACORN.
    TODD: Where is this voter fraud? I mean it is not this giant…
    DARLING: We’ve had recent examples.
    TODD: We’re talking about one or two people here, one or two people… and we’re not even a hundred percent sure.

    – – – – -SNIP- – —

    DARLING: But it’s very hard to catch the fraud. That’s why you have to do it before Election Day. If you try to do it on Election Day, you’ll never catch any of the fraud.

    Watch the video:

    — – -HAH!!- – – -DARLING- – – – –GOT- —-GOT!!– — -LOL

  • Miranda

    Ailes Newspaper Cancels Fox News Book Author’s Subscription

    Fox News chief Roger Ailes is apparently not happy about a forthcoming book about his conservative news network.

    While reporting on a budding newspaper war north of Manhattan, and involving Roger Ailes’ wife’s Putnam County News and Record, New York magazine contributing editor Gabe Sherman — who is penning what is said to be an exhaustively reported book on Fox — discovered that the paper canceled his subscription.

    more here

  • Miranda

    Oh how cute….someone tried to snap at Valerie Jarrett on twitter. oops.

    Valerie Jarrett: I Earn The Same As Male Colleagues At The White House

    White House advisor Valerie Jarrett set up a Twitter account Monday ahead of a White House and Democratic messaging push over the equal pay for women in the workplace. In her first few tweets, Jarrett said the White House practices what it preaches when it comes to pay:

    • Oh Snap! Ms. Jarrett is not one to be messed with! Just ask Robert Gibbs.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – – – -SCOTUS- – – -IZZAT U?- – – –

    — — –Supreme Court Won’t Stop Blackwater Contractors Prosecution– — –

    – – —Sad that I get so excited about somebody finally paying for their crimes.

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t stop prosecutors from going after four Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqis.

    The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Evan Liberty, Donald Ball, Dustin Heard and Paul Slough.

    – – — – -SNIP– –

    Blackwater security contractors are accused of opening fire in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007. Seventeen people were killed and 20 others wounded. Prosecutors said the shooting was unprovoked.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — – – — -TELL da TRUTH!!- — –

    – —-The Sad Right-Wing Blogosphere– –

    – – — Has anyone noticed that the right-wing blogosphere seems to have gotten a little weird lately? I mean, they’ve always been an atrocious lot of paranoids and bigots, but lately they’ve been going off on tangents that are totally unrelated to the upcoming elections. Their hallucinatory obsession with the #twittergulag is only one piece of evidence that Mitt Romney’s successful campaign for the nomination has made them lose interest in conventional politics. Their main focus of late has been on demonizing a couple of liberal activists that, because they are not actually very consequential, I had never heard of before. I don’t say that to insult the victims of this right-wing smear campaign; I’m just pointing out that the nutters’ energies don’t seem to be calibrated very well. Destroying ACORN made sense. Destroying a couple of dudes named Brett Kimberlin and Neal Rauhauser will accomplish nothing. And, amusingly, the only one who has so far wound up in jail is the main wingnut leading the charge against them.

    – – – –EVIL/VILE – – -RACIST- – –OBSTRUCTIONISTS!!– – –

    • gc

      I’ve said it before. I never believe these people are political activists in the true sense of the word, a lesson I learned on DK. It used to infuriate me when posters would try to reconcile us and them. They are WATB with neurotic life stories playing out. There is no connection between their minds and their mouths. Mouths open, oppositionality pours forth. They are like my students, who when approached start stuttering “but it has HIS fault. 99/1 [kidding]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” when I’m only coming to their desks to hand out papers. Did NONE of them get any attention in high school? Were they always the victims? Did they sit alone at lunch? Did they “fail” in their parents eyes?”

      Someone needs to create a research project about this. “The correlation between low self image and persons on the “PL” ”

      Did anyone here watch “SOaP”? There was a character named Burt, who when decided he’d rather be “invisible” would cross his arms over his chest and snap his fingers. I have been borrowing that technique since, when I want to mentally invisibilize others. I used from DK to OWSers in the political realm. Try it. The real oppo, is more about The Fight Club.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY gc. – – –***BIG HUG*** :>)


        I confess that don’t have this history. – – – -:>) —Sooo – —I appreciate your view. :>)

        • gc

          Big hugs back. Being at POU has been a very gratifying part of my life.

          Thank you all for YOUR perspective.

          Whoops – forgot my thesis. Backstories like the ones I typified above lead to scapegoating. AA’s a-fucking gain!!

      • Miranda

        LOL! I watched Soap in reruns on TVLand and know the Burt character. LOL

  • Miranda

    Obama tips his hat to Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman got a special congratulations from President Obama before accepting the Lincoln Medal at the annual Ford’s Theatre gala in Washington on Sunday.

    “We took pictures together and did all that good stuff,” the actor told POLITICO on the red carpet. Obama hosted a reception for the medal recipients – Freeman and Elie Wiesel – at the White House ahead of the event.

    Freeman, who endorsed Obama during the 2008 election, said “of course” he’s keeping an eye on the current presidential race.

    Asked which candidate he backs this time, the “Shawshank Redemption” star replied, “Who do you think?”
    “Mitt Romney,” Freeman added sarcastically, before rolling his eyes and walking away.

  • Miranda


    Romney Camp Defends Poor Jobs Record: He Inherited A Bad Situation

    Mitt Romney has been dogged by an unfortunate statistic for his entire campaign: When he was governor, Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation. President Obama’s campaign has ramped up the attack this week in response to Romney’s assertion that he knows how to create jobs — a fact he says is backed up by his record in the private sector. Sunday, Romney’s campaign struck back with a new line of defense: Romney stepped into a serious situation and improved it.

    more here

  • Miranda


    Republican Comes Unglued When Asked to Provide Examples of Voter Fraud

    About that voter fraud…..


    • Dude looks just like Glenn Greenwald.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — – -Heaing that the “Z”—–case- – -will NOT B heard 2-day – –‘CAUSE the JUDGE is OUT of TOWN. – –

    — U KNOW that THIS WAS- – – -ON PURPOSE!!- – -LOL. – – –

    He is embarrassed – –IMHO!!- – —

    – — JUSTICE WILL B SERVED!!– – –

  • US Labor Department announces $20.5 million in grants to support, help ensure success of formerly incarcerated adults returning to work in their communities

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced grants totaling $20,518,598 to 18 nonprofit organizations across the country to fund employment-related services for formerly incarcerated adults who are returning to high-poverty, high-crime communities. These grants represent the fifth round of funding under the department’s Reintegration of Ex-Offenders-Adult program, through which more than $98 million has been awarded to date.

    “A strong support network is the key for formerly incarcerated individuals to successfully transition back to their communities,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The federal grants announced today will help to establish this network, while also providing job training to ensure long-term stability and success.”

    Grantees will use the funds to provide occupational training that leads to credentials in high-demand industries; mentoring; and assistance in connecting formerly incarcerated adults with supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs and mental health treatment.

    In 2010, nearly 709,000 people were released from state and federal prisons, an increase of almost 20 percent from 2002. Research indicates that, without assistance to make a successful transition, the majority of former offenders return to criminal activity. This program aims to break that cycle.

    For more information about the program, visit http://www.doleta.gov/RExO/aboutRExO.cfm.

    MORE: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121045.htm

    • Miranda

      *waits for members of sole patrol/black agenda coop to respond*

      • GN

        “$20.5 million; hmm, I’m *concerned.* I say this in love to my dear beloved brother Nobama but why come it isn’t $21 million?????”

        • gc

          After I worked 7853456898964 hours for him!

          • GN

            lol, that’s exactly right, forgot to sign my note: “Dear PBO, Signed, your biggest fan; my name is Stan.” /Eminem

        • nathkatun7

          That is so so true! You guys are too much.

      • gc

        Miranda – Please “don’t kill me” but what is the “Soul Patrol?” What does “Imma” and “dead” mean. Seriously, I am, well, tan….but sometimes I’m a bit lost here, although I can usually suss things out through content. And my most difficult question. What was the mood and reactions to the acquittal of of OJ? (here or with your acquaintances who are AA)

        • Miranda

          LOL…”Soul Patrol” (or sole patrol – because they are only good for being the bottom of a shoe – thanks to electricbrotha for that one) – refers to the fake revolutionaries – that group of black people that believe unless you have a symbolic afro, wearing kente cloth and always telling folks you are “fighting the man” – you are not helping the masses of african-americans in this country. The soul patrol are really just emoprogs with black skin to be honest. You have those that have traded their dashikis for suits (Tavis, Cornel) but their thought process is just like the rest.

          “Imma” is slang for “I’m going to”

          *Dead* – means you just posted something so funny or ridiculous that I’m past the point of laughing and completely slayed.

        • Town

          Sole Patrol = those black people walking around with fists in the air, ready to fight “The (white) Man”, testing everyone for “blackness”, deeming those that don’t pass their arbritary tests to be “sellouts,” “not black enough,” etc.

          Most of the Sole Patrol can be found in academia, where curiously enough the vast majority of those screaming for BLACKNESS are employed by majority white institutions instead of historically black institutions.

          They all talk amongst themselves, never out and about with the (black) man on the street, railing against plutocrats and ogligarchs while taking a paycheck from them.

          You usually see them on cable “news” shows, trying to get exposure, promote their forums, pimp their books and stay on TV. One good way for black people to be a fixture on cable “news” shows is to proclaim themselves some sort of “black leader” (it always helps to have “Dr.” or “Rev.” or “Rev. Dr.” in front of your name)

          Imma = I’m going to

          *DEAD* = something so funny you figuratively die from the humor.

          OJ = (My opinion)

          1) Most black people didn’t give a crap about OJ Simpson before the trial. I just knew him as the dude jumping through the Hertz commercials. I always saw him hanging around white people, never black people….so…………..

          2)Most black people know if OJ had been on trial for killing his first wife, there would not have been all this hoopla. Nobody would have really cared (like they really didn’t care about Robert Blake killing his white wife or Phil Spector killing his white girlfriend)

          3) I personally did not give a crap if OJ killed his wife or not and I got tired of white people asking me about it. I had other things to think about.

          4) When he got off, IMO black people weren’t cheering that he killed his wife, they were cheering Johnnie Cochran’s legal skills and the fact that OJ stuck it to “The Man” (b/c the police tried to boost up the evidence instead of just presenting what they had.)

          5) WHITE people made OJ out to be a racial thing…the ooga booga scary black man coming to rape your wife and kill your children. I heard several times “This means the blacks can now go around killing whites and get away with it.” No —–This was one controlling man who “killed” his trophy wife & her friend…had nothing to do with “white people” since OJ loved himself some white people…………

          6) A WHOLE lot of people got their hustle on during the OJ trial…..it was a real moneymaker (Denise Brown Simpson, the Goldman family, Kato, Faye Resnick, Marcia Clark, Tavis Smiley, Star Jones, Christopher Darden, Bob Shapiro, cable “news” networks, etc.)

          • gc

            Thank you so, so much!

          • rikyrah

            Black person raising had that though OJ killed that woman and Ron was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’, the verdict was correct. OJ was indeed ‘ not guilty’.

            ‘Not guilty’ and ‘INNOCENT’ are two totally different things.

            ‘Not guilty’ means that the LAPD tried to frame a guilty man….thought nothing of it, because they routinely had done it to Leroy, Jamal and Tequan on a daily basis. BUT, this time they were up against someone who knew their tricks inside out, and had made his name and fortune by skinning the LAPD alive. OJ had gold-plated legal services and got White Man’s Justice.

      • nathkatun7

        Are you serious? The “members of sole patrol/black agenda,” like the poutragers and tea baggers, are not interested in facts. All they are interested in is attacking the President for not having immediately achieved, in two years, 100% of the black agenda.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — -Good INTERNATIONAL NEWS- – —

    – – —Alleged Body-Parts Killer Caught in Berlin
    Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta nabbed in German cafe
    – —

    – – – –The international manhunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta ended today at an Internet café in Berlin, where police nabbed the porn actor/alleged killer, sources tell German newspaper Bild. Magnotta, who is accused of killing and dismembering a man on camera and then mailing the body parts to Canadian political parties, was last seen in Paris, but French authorities had come to suspect he had hopped a bus to Berlin, the National Post reports.

    Condolences 2 the FAMILY of the victim.- — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- – — -***furrowed brow***- – –HE SAID- – -He was J/K??– –

    – – —Brian McKnight’s New X-Rated Song Banned from YouTube– – –

    – — –The latest sexually explicit song recorded by Brian McKnight for the online porn site YouPorn.com has been pulled from YouTube due to “inappropriate content.”

    The R&B singer wrote the track as a thank you to the adult content portal for helping to sell the tongue-in-cheek song he released in April, titled, “If You’re Ready to Learn,” which offers sympathy to women left unsatisfied in the bedroom by selfish lovers.

    McKnight’s latest ditty debuted on May 28 and was accompanied by a video featuring girls in bikinis, but the clip was deemed too explicit for YouTube and banned. YouPorn executives posted a different version of the video minus the scantily-clad women in a bid to get around the ban, but that promo was also removed from YouTube.

    – – – -SNIP- —

    McKnight continues to tell upset fans that his new racy tunes are not an indication of his new musical direction – it was all part of a prank.

    – — —?????????- – —

    • MsKitty

      He really needs to keep his mid-life crisis to himself.

      • Miranda

        He couldn’t just get a toupee, buy some clothes looking like 1984 and buy a too small red sports car like normal men do?

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY MsKitty. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -LOL- —-THANK U!- —I’m still – –***shakin’ my head***.- –

        It’s gon take me a “moment” 2 GET OVA this kerfuffle! :>)

        – – – -Good 2 C U –MsKitty. :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia- — A- – –FIRST!!– — –

    – – —Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta elects first Black leader– — –

    – – —The first African-American priest to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church in Georgia will become the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.

    The Very Rev. Robert C. “Rob” Wright, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, and dean of the diocese’s Mid-Atlanta Convocation, was elected by delegates and clergy representing 96 parishes and approximately 52,000 members of the diocese, which covers north and middle Georgia.

    Wright, 48, will succeed Bishop J. Neil Alexander, who will step aside in October to become a professor of liturgics and lead the Department of Anglican Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

    Wright will be ordained bishop Oct. 13 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

    – – – -CONGRATULATIONS!! – — -B BLESSED! :>)- —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – -CONGRATULATIONS — -R- – -IN ORDER- – – –

    — – –L.A. Urban League chief takes post at Starbucks– — —

    – – —Starbucks Coffee Company has announced it has appointed renowned community leader Blair Taylor as chief community officer. Taylor currently serves as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, an affiliate of one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations.

    “I have always admired the vital role Starbucks plays in the community and its socially responsible approach to doing business, especially in these tough economic times”

    “At Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in March, I reiterated the company’s long-standing belief that there is a direct relationship between Starbucks success and the strength and vitality of the communities in which we do business,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “As a distinguished community advocate and an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader in the public and private sectors, Blair’s vision, experience and innovative thinking will enhance and elevate our commitment to Starbucks mission and work in the diverse communities we serve. We are honored that Blair is joining Starbucks, particularly at this important time for our company and for the world, and look forward to the meaningful contributions he will make as we pursue new opportunities that use Starbucks scale for good.”

  • Miranda

    Oh damn…well this might explain why she couldn’t articulate herself so well last week.

    On Henry Louis Gates’ ‘Finding Your Roots,’ actress Michelle Rodriguez discovers family’s colorism

    From Clutch Magazine: In a recent episodes of PBS’ Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, actress Michelle Rodriguez learned of the extreme lengths the Puerto Rican side of her family went through to remain light skinned.

    To keep their family light, many relatives married first cousins rather than risk marrying someone from the outside who might produce potentially darker offspring.

    From The Root:

    Gates found out that Rodriguez’ light-skinned paternal ancestors married each other at a surprising rate. In fact, three of the actress’ great-great-great-grandfathers were brothers, while all of her great-great-grandfathers were first cousins.

    more here

    • *blink*

    • Alma98

      I watched this episode it was really interesting, she also found out that she is 21% african.

      • nathkatun7

        O.K. then. I can understand being 25% (1/4th) African. What people in my time used to call a quadroon. But how does one arrive at being 21% African? I don’t know about Puerto Rico, but in the good old U.S.A, when the Supreme Court handed down the “Plessy v. Ferguson” decision in 1896, any one with any trace of African blood was classified as colored/negro. The fact that Homer Plessy was described as an octaroon (that is 7/8th white and 1/8th Black) did not exempt him from Jim Crow laws.

    • Were her ancestors in the hills of Virginia too? Cause you know it gets dark up there.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -Gooo – — -STEVIE WONDER – – – -Woo! Hoo!- —

    – – —Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Madness homage to Queen Elizabeth II in a megaconcert – —

    — —Stars such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue and Elton John involved Monday in a concert at Buckingham Palace for the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen Elizabeth II, for which time promises to give a truce.

    After that rain fell Sunday with force on the spectacular parade of thousand ships by the Thames in honor of the Queen, meteorological services rely on that, at the time of the beginning of the concert, the 1830 GMT, time is dry in London while the temperature will remain low, around 12 degrees.

    Acts of homage for the 60 years of the reign of Elizabeth II are being marked by unpleasant time and rain, that has not prevented a massive assistance, estimated yesterday in 1.2 million people at the edge of the Thames to follow River, chaired by the sovereign own walk.

    THIS OUGHTTA B – – – -“WONDER-ful”! – – – –:>) —

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – – – -BWAHAHA- – – – -I’m sorry. – – – -TRANSITION- – -2 WHAT??- – —

    – – —Ex-Utah Gov. Tapped for Romney Transition Chief
    Mike Leavitt’s firm is ObamaCare consultant
    – – –

    — – –Someone’s looking confident: Mitt Romney has picked the leader of his team to guide the transition into the White House. Mike Leavitt was Utah governor for 10 years and chose Romney to run the 2002 Olympics. He also served as EPA administrator and then health secretary under George W. Bush, CNN reports. But Salon notes that Leavitt may be an odd choice, given that his consultancy, Leavitt Partners, has won contracts to help establish ObamaCare—including a $1 million deal two weeks ago.

    – – — As a commenter said- — -“He should KEPT his – — DAY JOB!” – —LOL

    • Town

      I’m telling you, Ann Romney has already called ServPro to disinfect the White House and has her interior designer already comparing paint swatches.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – —SCATHING!!- – – –EXCEPT- – -4 the ERRONEOUS STATEMENT!!– —

    – – –GOP Owns This Crappy Economy
    Paul Krugman: Republican dream has already failed
    – — –

    — – – –Yes, the president’s a Democrat—but it’s the Republicans who own this economy, writes Paul Krugman in the New York Times. They hammer President Obama’s spending, when in fact spending is dropping faster than it has since just after the Korean War. That means “the Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game,” Krugman notes. “It depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn’t followed (in large part because the GOP wouldn’t let him).”

    – —RA’ CHERE- — >Yet neither Obama nor the media have called out the Republicans as they push policies that have already failed—as proven by continuing weak economic figures. “We have already seen the Republican economic future—and it doesn’t work,” Krugman writes.

    – – –PRESIDENT OBAMA- – -has CONSISTENTLY – – -CALLED OUT – – – -the RE-THUGS!!- – – -Sooo – – -SIT IT DOwn annnnd SHUT IT UP- — on THAT!!

    NOW- – -as 2 the – — RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA – – -YA MEAN the – –


  • Miranda

    Wisconsin Fights to Recall’s Bitter End, Some Using Fists
    By Timothy Jones and Mark Niquette on June 04, 2012

    The fistfight at the Short Branch Saloon in Neenah began after Dan Wintheiser, a union worker at a manhole-cover foundry, altered a yard sign promoting Wisconsin’s governor to read “I Can’t Stand Walker.”
    Wintheiser said he tried to stop the punch-up between workers and managers that he set off at a May 30 retirement party. Still, it drove home that no matter what happens in tomorrow’s recall election pitting Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett against Republican Scott Walker, Wisconsin won’t greet the next day’s sunrise in a spirit of peace and unity.
    “I just see the divide getting deeper and deeper,” said Wintheiser, 50. He said there was a “huge fight” over the recall at his dinner table — on Mothers’ Day.

    more here

  • rikyrah

    Scott Brown’s fine print
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 4, 2012 11:17 AM EDT.

    In Massachusetts’ closely-watched U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) frequently boasts that he was “the tie-breaking vote on Wall Street reform.” There are a few problems with the claim, including the fact that when a bill passes 59 to 39, no one cast the “tie-breaking vote.”

    But the point of the claim is that Brown wants voters to perceive him as someone who’s willing to challenge the financial industry, and who won’t do Wall Street’s bidding. What the campaign claims don’t include, however, is the fine print.

    Senator Scott Brown has trumpeted his role in casting the deciding vote in favor of the 2010 Wall Street overhaul, but records show that after he voted for the law, he worked to shield banks and other financial institutions from some of its tough provisions.

    E-mails between Brown’s legislative director and US Treasury Department officials show that Brown advocated for a loose interpretation of the law so that banks could more easily engage in high-risk investments.

    While the law, known as Dodd-Frank, sets broad parameters for how the financial industry must behave, the interpretation of the law, and the rules that follow, will govern Wall Street’s daily business.

    Brown, who has benefited from the remarkable generosity of Wall Street donors, took a particular interest in the Volcker rule, which the Massachusetts Republican weakened in the Senate before the vote, and then urged the Treasury Department to loosely enforce after the reform package became law, urging regulators to interpret the rule “broadly and to offer banks some leeway to invest in hedge funds and private equity funds.”

    Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and now a professor at MIT, told the Boston Globe the positions outlined in Brown’s e-mails amount to a “significant loosening of the regulations and absolutely serving the interests of people who do not want to have meaningful reform.” Johnson added, “This is a treatise on how to gut the thing.”

    Pat Garofalo recently added, “According to the Center for Responsive Politics, employees from the securities and investment industries have given more money to Brown than those of any other industry. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, which just lost billions of dollars on the sort of trading that the Volcker Rule was originally meant to curtail, are amongst his top ten donors.”


  • rikyrah

    Misperceptions about 2012 attack ads
    By Steve Benen – Mon Jun 4, 2012 1:00 PM EDT.

    Several major media figures have already complained about the tone of the 2012 presidential race, with much of the criticism directed at President Obama’s re-election campaign. For example, Karl Rove, without acknowledging the irony, has frequently condemned Team Obama for relying on “fear”-based attack ads.

    Among more mainstream media figures, CBS News’ Bob Schieffer has been especially critical, complaining to Robert Gibbs last week, and doing so again with David Axelrod yesterday.

    Perhaps now would be a good time for a quick reality check. Josh Green cited research from Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which found that 63,793 presidential campaign ads have been broadcast since the start of the general election campaign on April 10. As Green noted, the data uncovered a noteworthy trend: “Democrats are running a largely positive campaign, while Republicans are running a mostly negative one.”

    As is my wont, I put together a chart on the available data:

    Which side of the aisle is running more attack ads? At this point in the process, there doesn’t appear to be much of a contest.

    Green added, “So why, if Obama is running overwhelmingly positive ads, does the media coverage leave the impression that the campaign has been overwhelmingly negative? Axelrod provided a clue. He said that the positive ads have been running mostly in the battleground states — where national media bigwigs like Bob Schieffer don’t see them.”


    • Ebogan63

      Another clue is that Bob Schieffer is full of shite! Apparently, the campaign should let Rmoney and his mendacious lying go unanswered cuz the ‘tone’ ain’t right. BULLSHIT!!!

      • nathkatun7

        From day one, the U.S. media have been hostile to President Obama. Most of the time they don’t even address him as President Obama. For me, once I realized that the media were part of the campaign to delegitimize President Obama, I stopped watching MSM t.v. news. I also cancelled my subscription to a right wing paper in my city.

        In this election, more so than in 2008, the President’s supporters have to figure out how to tune out the constant negative news about the president coming from the so called mainstream media. The MSM are in the propaganda business of selling Mitt Romney to the American people .

        • lookintothefuture

          You are absolutely delusional if you think that the MSM has it in for Obama. I mean, you can’t possibly be serious. The MSM is in the propaganda business of selling Romney to the American people?
          I’ll retire to Bedlam.

          • Nathkatun7

            I am serious as a heart attack! Yes the MSM is hostile to President Obama and is rooting for his defeat. You can insult me all you want but any keen observer of the media knows the Truth.

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • nathkatun7

    Thank you for sharing this speech by James Baldwin. Young people really need to be re-introduced to the wisdom of great African American thinkers and writers. James Baldwin deeply understood the complexity of being a black person in a society that totally negated and devalued your humanity.

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