August 30, 2014

Monday Afternoon Thread: Monday Memories

I know y’all remember these!

Taana Gardner – Heartbeat (You Make Me Feel So Weak)

Klymaxx – The Men All Pause

Klymaxx – Meeting In The Ladies Room

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

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  • creolechild

    Biting the Hand that Feeds Them

    [....] In 2011, the New York Times ran a fascinating chart about the percentage of personal income that comes from government benefits in different states. It showed that hardcore Republican states—where a lot of those older white coservative voters live—relied most heavily on benefits, with Social Security the largest form of assistance. In a previous post, I looked at John McCain’s margin of victory in 2008 in those states with the highest reliance on government benefits:

    West Virginia: 28 percent of all personal income in this state come from government programs.[....]
    Mississippi: 26.2 percent of personal income from government benefits;[....]
    Kentucky: 24.8 percent income from benefits;[....]
    Arkansas: 24.5 percent income from benefits;[....]
    South Carolina: 23.4 percent income from benefits;[....]
    Alabama: 23.4 percent income from benefits;[....]

    These numbers make you wonder: Do older GOP voters really understand that the conservative assault on government “handouts” may end up reducing their standard of living? And, if they do get better clued into that fact, will the GOP face pushback against entitlement cuts from their own base?[....]

    Read more: http://prospect.org/article/biting-hand-feeds-them

    H/T David Callahan

  • creolechild

    John Kasich Accepts Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the fifth Republican governor to embrace the provision of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court made optional. The governor unveiled the decision as part of his budget proposal.

    “We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work,” Kasich said at a press conference in Columbus. “It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars.”[....]

    Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/john-kasich-accepts-obamacares-medicaid-expansion.php?ref=fpa

    H/T Sahil Kapur

    • rikyrah

      GUESS there’s an election coming up

      • trose1

        I could be wrong but I think Kasich and his corrupt bunch will be thrown out of office.
        He is not fooling anyone here.

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

    I was listening to Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Rev Al’s radio show. He said that while PBO called the family of Hadiya Pendleton twice, “but there’s nothing like his presence”.

    Do you see the type of mofos we’re dealing with here? This fool is complaining about TWO phone calls, so best believe if PBO were to show up in Chicago and/or at this child’s funeral, he and other EmoNegroes would find fault with his visit. Why? Because these demands for PBO to speak about violence in Chicago are all about getting PBO to prove his “blackness”.

    • Miranda

      Hold up…why is there an assumption about what Hadiya’s parents want? That’s why I can’t stand these people because in their quest to corner PBO to do what they want, they trample over the wishes and respect of the family that’s dealing with a tragic loss.

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

        Because they don’t care what Hadiya’s family want. In fact, they don’t care about Hadiya. They’re just using her name to attack PBO and it’s sickening and disrespectful.

    • Daltex82

      If President Obama met with Hadiya Pendleton’s family these very same folks would bitch about it being nothing more than a photo op. “Why is he here if he’s not going to do anything but have his picture taken”. “We need President Obama to do more, give more”! In the mean time, I’ll be over here twiddling my thumbs and humming. SMDH.

      I.am.so.sick.of.these.folks.I.could.scream!

    • Daltex82

      If President Obama met with Hadiya Pendleton’s family these very same folks would bitch about it being nothing more than a photo op. “Why is he here if he’s not going to do anything but have his picture taken”. “We need President Obama to do more, give more”! In the mean time, I’ll be over here twiddling my thumbs and humming. SMDH.

      I.am.so.sick.of.these.folks.I.could.scream!

    • AxelFoley

      I see Earl still ain’t over PBO beating his girl Hillary in the primary. He punk ass needs to have a seat.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Sepia- —***BIG HUG** :>)- -

      O.K. —-He just wrote an article sayin’ that MR. PRESIDENT couldn’t do – -IT- – ALONE [Gun violence/Control] – —annnnd NOW THIS!! -DANG-IT!! —-STAY on 1 side if the FENCE – –or the other.!!
      DUPLICITY/HYPOCRISY- —-doesn’t BECOME U!! geesh.- -

      Thank U Sepia. Good 2 C U. :>)

      –[Gotta "bounce". C U soon. :>)] –

  • Miranda

    AMEN.

    symmetry11‏@symmetry11
    PPL complain when PBO says to take the video games out of ur childs hand and add a book, but they want him to come speak about gun violence.

  • creolechild

    The herd appears to be thinning out. Is there no one else? LOL!

    Former GOP Gov. Weld Opts Against Run In Mass. Special Election

    Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R) said Monday that he will not run in the state’s special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Secretary of State John Kerry, the Associated Press reported.[....]

    Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/former-gop-gov-weld-opts-against-run-in

    H/T Tom Kludt

    • JojoRaze

      When you can’t run against Obama in a solidly blue state, why bother?

  • crazycanuck

    I think it’s so cool they found Richard the third. I can’t read enough about the discovery.

    • Miranda

      OMG….do you know when I saw a headline about this earlier, I just assumed it was some sort of Onion parody news….I had no idea it was real..found under a parking lot!

      • crazycanuck

        LOL, yup a parking lot. I have been watching it all day on whatever station is covering the story.

  • Miranda

    *FACEPALM*…the picture accompanying this column is absolutely hilarious.

    How Eric Cantor Is Trying to Soften the Republican Party
    House majority leader’s charm offensive is part of a broader effort by GOP leaders to revive their battered brand.

    Eric Cantor grabs a plastic dinosaur from the pile of toys in front of 1-year-old Mekhi Scott, taps the beast on the table and growls, “RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” Mekhi jumps — he’s startled at first — and smiles.

    “You like dinosaurs?” coos Cantor, the House minority leader and one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the country. “So do I.”

    Watching this weirdly cute exchange Monday at The Preparatory School of the District of Columbia, I realize just how hard it’s going to be for the GOP to rebrand itself after the 2012 election debacle. Republican leaders are a bit like Mekhi’s plastic dinosaurs: Even when they’re cute, they can be scary.

    Cantor visited the school for more than an hour to gather information for a speech Tuesday that his aides are billing as an important shift of tone for the Republican Party. The speech will attempt to cast the House GOP’s traditionally conservative policy agenda in terms that appeal to parents, explaining why school vouchers, tax breaks, repealing the health care law, and other Republican standards would “make life work better.”

    more here
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/how-eric-cantor-is-trying-to-soften-the-republican-party-20130204

    • Alma98

      That baby look like he’s thinking get me the hell out of here. LOL

      • Worldwatcher7

        That poor little guy looks like he is practicing Zen, “I’m just going to think of my happy place.”

        • conlakappa

          Or “can drop a deuce on this guy…”

        • conlakappa

          Or “can drop a deuce on this guy…”

          • Worldwatcher7

            LOL

          • Alma98

            LOL!

        • Alma98

          LOL!

        • JojoRaze

          He does, though. He’s like ‘If I stay calm, he’ll put me down sooner.’

    • GN

      No point in photo ops without a moderating change in policy.

  • creolechild

    Getting nervous Joe?

    READ: Sheriff Arpaio Fundraising E-Mail: “Thugs”, “Clowns” Who Don’t “Pledge Allegiance To Our Flag”; FACT CHECK – Posted 1/31/2013

    It took Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio less than 48 hours after Arizona’s Politics asked for a response to a possible recall effort – and less than 24 after that effort was announced – to make his first hard-nosed e-mail fundraising appeal to his extensive national list of supporters.[....] Arpaio also claims as fact that the recall group has “raised over $1.3 million to defeat me!”, although that number comes only from a guess by a petition circulator who was not retained to gather signatures.[....] As noted earlier, Arpaio raised more than $8.5 Million for his last campaign, spent some $8.2 Million of it, and currently has $338,600.07 in the bank.[....]

    Read more: http://arizonaspolitics.blogspot.com/2013/01/read-sheriff-arpaio-fundraising-e-mail.html

    H/T Mitch M. and Arizona’s Politics

  • creolechild

    Crow Indians’ Lawsuit Against F.B.I. Agent to Proceed

    Two families from the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana can proceed with a lawsuit against an F.B.I. agent that accuses him of failing to properly investigate crimes against American Indians on and around the reservation, the United States Supreme Court has ruled.[....]

    The rate of violent crime on Indian reservations has for decades been far higher than in the rest of the nation. Most tribes, including the Crow Nation, rely on the federal government to investigate and prosecute serious crime because states generally lack jurisdiction there, and because tribes are prohibited from imposing sentences longer than three years. But many Indians say that the crime problem is connected to the failure of F.B.I. agents and federal prosecutors to take violent acts on reservations as seriously as they do crimes elsewhere.[....]

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/02/us/crow-indians-suit-against-federal-agent-allowed.html?_r=0

    H/T Timothy Williams

    • BoomerGal

      Those tribes in Montana are as prejudice as whites. Too bad. So sad.

  • Miranda

    Dan J Kroll‏@DanJKroll
    JUST IN: @CNN reports kidnapped 5-year-old is safe; kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes is dead.

    • crazycanuck

      Oh thank god.

    • Alma98

      Thank the heavens above!

    • BoomerGal

      Jimmy Lee Dykes. That name just sounds like a teabagger.

      • Miranda

        His neighbor said he listened to conservative talk radio ALL THE TIME.

        • nathkatun7

          No wonder!

    • rikyrah

      Amen.

      Prayers are answered.

    • GN

      THANK GOD.

    • GreenLadyHere

      THANK the LORD 4 HIS BLESSINGS. – - — -CONTINUE 2 CARE 4 this “little one.”/family. AMEN.- -

      Standoff in Alabama ends: Man holding boy in bunker dead, boy released (Photos)

      —-OVA 2 U nra[CISTS]!!!— —He had a —GUN!! – - –geesh!!

  • Alma98

    Miranda I want to thank you for this morning’s post on the black migration north.
    It got me to check my Ancestry genealogy page after 8 months of inactivity. And what do you know I found a wealth of info on my mother’s & father’s side of the family. I even found my father’s grandmother who was a slave, I’m am so happy and beside myself right now. YES!

    • Miranda

      You’re welcome!

      Doing a family tree can be such a learning experience, you can easily get consumed and find yourself spending hours because you just wanna learn more and more about yourself. A few years ago, I actually got an email from the great- great-great grandson of the man that owned my great-great-great-grandfather. I had been doing all kinds of research and he happened to see a post on one of those sites (its been a long time now, I can’t remember which one). He tickled me referring to his ancester as a “farmowner” and having 20 or so “workers”…I was like, “dude, those were slaves, keep it real.”

      • Alma98

        Of course white folks want to believe their ancestors were farmers. Ironically I found like twenty of them living in the same house. I asked mom and she said it belonged to the sharecropper. I was like damn they still were slaves in 1940. I’ve been doing family research for 17 years and I would find info here and there. Then I’d get frustrated and stop for awhile, so far on my mom’s side I’ve gone back to 1850. A lot of the problems stem from ancestors not knowing how to read & write and being treated like cattle. As a result info is hard to find. Now that I’ve found some really good information I’ll probably find more on my dad’s side.

        • BoomerGal

          There are still slaves TODAY on corporate farms in the south. Find a video (Amazon) called the “Cotton Pickin Truth.”

          • Alma98

            I know.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - — Good Afternoon miranda/POU FAM♥ —–***BIG HUG***– –Here’s ona my FAVS. :>)- – -

    Annnd a JAMMIN’ – -BLACK HISTORY ANNOUNCEMENT

    - —Angelou celebrates black history with Oprah, Keys- -

    - —- In the midst of talking black history with Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou breaks out singing a hymn a cappella.

    The acclaimed poet and author wants to show Keys, a New Yorker, what “lining out,” call-and-response singing that is popular in black churches down South, sounds like.

    That teaching moment is one of many during Angelou’s third annual Black History Month program, “Telling Our Stories,” airing on more than 175 public radio stations nationwide throughout February.

    Angelou says she is obligated to share her knowledge and experience with younger people like Keys, in a way that is not “preaching” but gives context to the “human truth.”

    “We owe the truth, not just the facts,” she said recently in a phone interview from her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. “I’m celebrating my 84th year on this planet. I’ve seen many things, I’ve learned many things. I’ve certainly been exposed to many things and I’ve learned something: I owe it to you, to tell you.”

    Angelou said she is sharing black history in “a way that you get it and don’t even know you got it,” with songs, poems, jokes and short stories woven throughout interviews with five guests, including Keys, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, diplomat Kofi Annan and actress and playwright Regina Taylor.
    THERE IS MORE. —- – -BLESS U DEAR LADY.♥- – -THANK U. :>)

    • qosine

      I love this — “Angelou said she is sharing black history in ‘a way that you get it and don’t even know you got it,’ with songs, poems, jokes and short stories woven throughout interviews with five guests, . . .”

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY qosine. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – - -

        – –***FIST BUMP*** – - —LOL- -

        – —–SHE is sooo 21st CENTURY! :>) – - –LOVE her!!♥ :>)

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>) – - -

  • crazycanuck

    So fascinating. More on Richard the third. I remember reading shakespeare in school, was always intrigued by his short reign. BTW, there is Canadian connections.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882

    A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.
    Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family.

    Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, from the University of Leicester, told a press conference to applause: “Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard.”
    Richard, killed in battle in 1485, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.

    Mr Buckley said the bones had been subjected to “rigorous academic study” and had been carbon dated to a period from 1455-1540.

    Dr Jo Appleby, an osteo-archaeologist from the university’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, revealed the bones were of a man in his late 20s or early 30s. Richard was 32 when he died.

  • GreenLadyHere

    BREAKING: —Alabama hostage standoff ends with child safe, gunman dead- AMEN

  • rikyrah

    Essie Mae Washington Williams, Daughter Strom Thurmond Kept Secret, Dies

    Essie Mae Washington Williams, the daughter former Sen. Strom Thurmond kept a secret his entire life, died Monday, WLTX-TV in South Carolina reports. She was 87.

    Williams publicly disclosed the identity of her father in 2003, six months after Thurmond passed away. Thurmond, who was famous for his support of segregation and opposition to civil rights, never acknowledged his daughter, whose mother was black.

    For over 60 years, the two engaged in a clandestine relationship that included financial support, birthday cards, and occasional face to face meetings–but no deep emotions. At one point, Thurmond used one of his nephews as a financial go-between, but that man was never told exactly who he was helping…

    After her disclosure, Williams wrote a book: “Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond.” In it, she wrote about how he never told her he loved her, despite numerous encounters.

    “As much as I wanted to ‘belong’ to him, I never felt like a daughter, only an accident,” she wrote. “Something, some strong feeling was definitely there. … That was what was drawing him to me, and me to him. But that feeling was all bottled up. We both felt it, from opposite sides of an invisible wall. It was segregated love.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/essie-mae-washington-williams-daughter-strom-thurmond-kept

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

      Aww…sorry to hear that. RIP Ms. Williams.

    • Miranda

      RIP Ms. Williams.

    • crazycanuck

      Wow! I have never heard of this story. May she rest in peace.

      • Town

        She looked just like Strom, only brown with a wig.

        • crazycanuck

          She does look a lot like him. I’ve just been reading up on the story. He was 22, and her mother was 16. It doesn’t say, but I wonder if she was a product of rape?

          • rikyrah

            I don’t wonder about it in the least. Her mother was an underaged servant.

            I know what I think happened.

          • GN

            Yup; common story. It’s why it so infuriates me to hear everyone and their mother claim to be the second coming of civil rights, and now you even have a few notable black people cosigning that shit. They completely understate and distort the black experience in this country. One would think that black people are simply inferior/lazy/problematic rather than endured years and years and years of economic, spiritual, and sexual depravity much of which was tolerated if not outright sanctioned by govt.

          • crazycanuck

            Yet she still seemed to want some kind of a relationship with him, at least from what i read on wiki.

  • rikyrah

    I believe that if Medicare’s age was lowered to 55, you’d see a wave of retirements roll across this country.

    ………………………………………………

    Everybody’s working for the…health care benefits

    Posted by Sarah Kliff on February 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The Employee Benefits Research Institute recently surveyed workers and retirees on how health-care benefits factored into the timing of their retirement. The short answer is: a lot.

    Three-quarters of retirees said they worked longer than they would have otherwise to maintain access to their health plan. A majority of current workers agreed with a statement that said they “planned to work longer than you would like in order to continue receiving health insurance through your employer.”

    Study author Paul Fronstin argues that the health-care law will change all that: It will end denials of coverage for preexisting conditions and subsidize health insurance for low- and middle-income Americans.

    “It completely changes the playing field,” he says. “If everything goes as planned, you’ve got guaranteed issue next year. You don’t need the employer to fill the gap.”

    Another question in Fronstin’s survey found that more than a quarter of Americans say they would consider an earlier retirement date, should they have guaranteed access to health benefits. That number has slowly ticked upward, from 15 percent in 2003, over the past decade.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/04/everybodys-working-for-the-health-care-benefits/

    • conlakappa

      The WashPost should know–it has been early retirement buyouts for years now.

  • rikyrah

    Today in Virginia: Republican sides with Democrats
    By Laura Conaway
    Mon Feb 4, 2013 3:21 PM EST

    Three Virginia news items, quite possibly unrelated:

    •First, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today played his role as lieutenant governor to break a tie in the Senate — but in a surprising way. Bolling sided with Democrats in the Virginia Senate to delay a bill that would make voting harder. The bill takes away common documents like utility bills and paycheck stubs as means of complying with voter ID rules at the polls. Barring more changes in the legislature, Bolling’s vote means the earliest the bill could come into effect would be 2014. Bolling reportedly voted for the delay because there’s no money for teaching voters about the change in time for this year’s election.

    •Second, the Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would let the state’s governor serve consecutive terms. Only in Virginia is a governor one-and-done. The measure passed with bipartisan support, 25-15. For now, the Republican Party’s pick to replace current Governor Bob McDonnell is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Having conceded the GOP nomination, Bolling seems to be considering a run as an independent.

    •Third, just for kicks: The Northern Virginia Tea Party tonight takes up the Obama-UN-mind-control plot known as Agenda 21. The meeting includes James Parmalee, chair of Northern Virginia GOP PAC, among other speakers not yet announced.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/04/16840738-today-in-virginia-republican-sides-with-democrats?lite

    • Town

      The bill takes away common documents like utility bills and paycheck stubs as means of complying with voter ID rules at the polls.

      They just voted in the Voter ID bill LAST YEAR that made you use the utility bill / pay stub as a way of compliance. They just knew they were going to stop them black people from voting Obama. That didn’t happen so……………

      What somebody needs to ask is where is the rampant fraud that they need this even STRAWNGER bill than the one they put in place LAST YEAR?

      Second, the Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would let the state’s governor serve consecutive terms.

      Oh, they’ll shut this down again once a Democrat gets to be governor again. They must be counting on Ken Cuccinelli serving 8+ years….

      Third, just for kicks: The Northern Virginia Tea Party tonight takes up the Obama-UN-mind-control plot known as Agenda 21.

      ::blank stare::

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –BLACK HISTORY MONTH- -FEB 4- –:>)- -

    - —☻ 1996 – J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union
    J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union address.
    - – - ☻ 1986 – A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued
    A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued by the U.S. Postal Service
    - — ☻ 1913 – Rosa Parks (born Roas Louise McCauley) was born on this day.

    — —Postal Service honors Rosa Parks with new stamp- – -

    —— -Councilwoman Joann Watson, from left, Lloyd Wesley, Jr., Detroit postmaster, Elaine Eason Steele, co-founder of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, and Sen. Carl Levin applaud at the unveiling of the Rosa Parksí 100th birthday commemorative postage stamp at the Museum of African American History in Detroit on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp went on sale Monday and was part of a series of events scheduled throughout the day to honor her.- – -

    — —–HAPPY BIRTHDAY- –MRS. ROSA PARKS♥- -

    - —–Rosa Parks – Mini Bio —AMEN

  • Miranda

    LOL..As if he had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.Tagg Romney Declines Senate Bid in Massachusetts
    By SARAH WHEATON

    The possibility of a new Romney campaign was dashed on Monday evening when Mitt Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, announced that he would not pursue John Kerry’s now-vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts.

    “The timing is not right for me,” Tagg Romney, 42, said in a statement, making him the latest high-profile Republican to decline a bid. On Friday, former Senator Scott P. Brown said he would not seek to return to the chamber.more here: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/tagg-romney-declines-senate-bid-in-massachusetts/?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-thecaucus

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL — -miranda — Tagg – - –U R NOT – –IT —anyway!!- –

      – - -LOL THIS: – -“The timing is not right for me,” Tagg Romney, 42, said in a statement, — -

      -HOW ‘BOUT – - -QUALIFICATIONS???? — -LOL – - –
      –***shakin’ my head*** LOL —

    • conlakappa

      Attentionwhore

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- —- -LOL- — -U!- – -AIN’T!- –NEVA!- — -LIED!! —-LOL- – -

    - — –Disarray on the Right- – -

    - —- – — While the president is trying to do a full-court press to rally support for sensible gun legislation, the right is caught up in internecine warfare. Erick Erickson, writing as a voice of the Tea Party, is blasting back at Karl Rove and American Crossroads, who started the fight by announcing that they would be doing everything they could to crush the Tea Party. Meanwhile, National Review Online is blasting Ron Paul for his insufficiently patriotic tweeting habits, and highlighting John McCain’s egregiously racist tweeting habits. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is justifiably worried about a primary challenge from his right.

    They are just one big harmonious family. - — LOL! —

    • GN

      blasting back at Karl Rove and American Crossroads, who started the fight by announcing that they would be doing everything they could to crush the Tea Party

      These are the same forces which Rove himself unleashed; he’s the one who heavily courted the far right in 2004…

      • GreenLadyHere

        GN – - –THANK U. – — –GUESS he 4-got THAT. — -romnesia —musta been —CONTAGIOUS!!! —LOL –

      • conlakappa

        His heavy courting dates farther back, I should think. I think the TP is an embodiment of an ideological split schism in that party. Or Dr. Frankenstein going more than one step too far when creating his monster.

        • GN

          I think you’re absolutely right; you have a way with words lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -SAD ENTERTAINMENT NEWS – - – –

    - – - -Soul Singer Cecil Womack Dead At 65

    — – -R&B singer Cecil Womack (pictured) and one half of the famed singing ’80s duo Womack and Womack, passed away at 65 years old on Friday from an undisclosed cause, reports Spinner.

    Cecil, who was also the brother of famed soul singer Bobby Womack, was living in Africa with his wife, Linda (pictured), when he passed away. The couple, who performed together as Womack and Womack, recorded six albums together and will forever be remembered for their R&B chart-topper “Baby, I’m Scared Of You.”

    Watch “Baby, I’m Scared of You” here:

    – - – -SNIP – –

    - — -As a producer and writer, who penned hits for such recording greats as Teddy Pendergrass (“Love TKO”), George Benson (“New Day”), Patti LaBelle (“Love Symphony”), The O’Jays (“I Just Want to Satisfy You”), and Motown recording diva and first wife Mary Wells (“The Doctor”), Cecil began his music career as a gospel singer.

    The Cleveland, Ohio, native sang with brothers Bobby, Harry, Friendly, and Curtis in a group and performed on the gospel circuit during the mid-fifties. After the siblings were discovered by the late, great soul singer Sam Cooke, they then decided to rename themselves The Valentinos, making the switch to secular music in 1961.

    — – –RIHEP – –THANK U 4 YOUR MUSIC —AMEN –

    — -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS/FANS – - -***raises hand***

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — –”HAIL 2 the CHIEF” – - — -MR. PRESIDENT :>) —

    —–Pres. Obama Speaks on Gun Reform with Minneapolis Police

    - – —- - Minneapolis, MN
    Monday, February 4, 2013

    Pres. Obama delivered remarks at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center and discussed gun violence prevention with local leaders and law enforcement officials.

    The President talked about recent local shooting deaths and discussed additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence.
    THERE IS MORE. – – —THANK U – -MR. PRESIDENT. :>) – -

    • GN

      This is why I don’t want to hear the emos re: drones. We have a war zone HERE. No one can tell me this man doesn’t care about violence against innocents. Ditto re: thank you, Mr. President.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – - –THIS:- –We have a war zone HERE.
        -SPEAK TRUTH!!

        Annnnd da – -STOOPID – -nra[CISTS] —-R –HAPPY 2 SUPPLY the GUNS!! – — -with –”NO BACKGROUND CHECK”!, etc,- —-

        - – - -MR. PRESIDENT is the MOST COMPASSIONATE PRESIDENT – — EVER!! – –EVER!! :>) —

        Good 2 C U – - -GN :>) – -

  • GN

    I see on twitter that there was some emoprogging from Maddow, etc., usual suspects re: drones. IMO these folks have been lulled into a false sense that the entirety of the coalition that came out to support PBO so heavily shares PL thoughts, ideas, and ideology. Okey dokey. They can keep it up with the focus on esoteric issues; the black-phobic obsession with drone attacks while not giving a flying fuck about African American matters beyond lip service and demands that we use our history and movements to move everyone ahead but ourselves…I hope that not of color liberals are able to increase their numbers because I don’t see black people going to extreme lengths again to support this coalition. I hate to be negative but it is what it is. Foreign policy in this country has been a mess for years, and even with the drones, is improved from the last admin. So with black unemployment nearly twice that of the average, black families having a nickel on the dollar of wealth that not of color families have, and the terrifying reality that too many black parents face living in violence zones, why are these people running halfway around the world to obsess about (an albeit controversial) means of tracking down terrorists without opening war theaters which are far more destructive to civilian populations? I don’t know what to say anymore.

    • Jziglar

      Well the emo left is not really part of the emerging coalition. Most dems and liberal dems have an opposite opinion on these issues. I think the coalition will be fine because Obama and most dems ignore these people.

      • Jziglar

        Or I should say the majority coalition.

    • nathkatun7

      Look, I think these so called leftists are deluded. They are trying to equate what the CIA did in the 1950s,1960s and early 70s, in trying to assassinate Third World leaders that Washington disapproved, with the drone attacks aimed at preventing Al Qaeda militants from carrying out attacks against Americans. The two policies are not comparable. President Obama would be derelict in his duties as president if he did not employ all necessary measures to protect the American people.

      • Camille

        Precisely!

      • GN

        Not comparable at all. I don’t agree with my President in all things but he is clearly a highly ethical person who has demonstrated an aversion to nonsensical wars and a compassion for people, particularly the infants and children. I’m tired of seeing no credit given to him for the very real ways in which he has definitely veered away from traditional US foreign policy excess, and he has brought other Dem pols with him. Bona fide progress.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nathakatun7. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        –***fist bump*** —The -FALSE EQUIVALENCY- -BURNS!! – –HAH! :>)

        - — -THIS! – -> -The two policies are not comparable. President Obama would be derelict in his duties as president if he did not employ all necessary measures to protect the American people. — –SPEAK TRUTH. :>) – –

        Good 2 C U nathkatun7. :>) — –

        • nathkatun7

          Big Hug GLH! you are absolutely spot-on about “false equivalency.” By the way, U.S. citizens who give aid and comfort to the enemies of the U.S. forfeit their citizenship rights. The term for them is: “TRAITORS!”

    • Ebogan63

      Said it before…..I and nobody black that I know gives a googly fuck about a gotdayum drone. It’s akin to mice pissing on cotton.

    • rikyrah

      said it before, will say it again..

      don’t give two shyts about drones.

  • GN

    Nice:

    @Dudette9t9
    #SCOTUS #Justice Sonia #Sotomayor’s My Beloved World debuts atop #NYTimes bestseller list for non-fiction #books http://nyti.ms/WKTmMY

    PBO’s S. Ct. picks are worth the price of admission alone; excellent choice and congrats to Justice Sotomayor on the book’s success!

    • conlakappa

      She is on with Colbert tonight. She looks like she has a sense of mischief and fun–I imagine the energy between them will be good.

  • GN

    This is why Boyce etc. can bitch and moan till the cows come home; Pres O’s stature within the black community is going to remain sky-high mark my words:

    How Obamacare Is Transforming The Way Medical Schools Teach America’s Doctors

    Obamacare has already begun making big changes to the way that insurers and hospitals do business — and now, it’s changing the very way that medical schools train doctors. As Modern Healthcare reports, medical colleges are expanding programs to teach doctors how to coordinate care with other health care workers, focus on patients’ comprehensive, long-term care, and encouraging more general practitioners and primary care providers in anticipation of a changing medical landscape under Obamacare.

    One of the most significant ways that Obamacare hopes to transform the American medical industry is by shifting it from an expensive system of private practices to a coordinated care model in which hospitals, nurses, general practitioners, and physicians work together to provide centralized and patient-focused care — what some in the industry refer to as a “medical home” — to lower costs and improve health outcomes.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/04/1537121/obamacare-transforming-med-schools/

    ObamaCares is landmark.

  • GN

    h/t problemwiththat (July 2012)

    African-American leaders join Obama for executive order

    The Rev. Al Sharpton, NAACP President Ben Jealous, United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax and several other African-American leaders visited the White House on Thursday to watch President Obama sign an executive order creating an initiative aimed at improving educational achievement.

    Obama’s signature launched the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which “aims to ensure that all African American students can receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers,” a White House official said Wednesday before the president announced the initiative in his speech to the National Urban League.

    Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) were also in the group that attended the signing.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/africanamerican-leaders-join-obama-for-executive-order-130234.html

    • Town

      Tavis weeps.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —- Some SUPPORT 4 – -MR. PRESIDENT – –

    —–Two Senators, “Proud Eagle Scouts,” Urge Boy Scouts To Allow Gay Members- – -

    – –As the Boy Scouts of America consider ending the organizational ban on gay scouts and leaders, two senators — both Eagle Scouts — sent a letter to the group’s head asking the organization “to adopt inclusive membership and leadership policies that will allow for all Americans to participate in the Boy Scouts.”

    Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon noted the experience and skills they gained through Boy Scouts in the letter, provided to BuzzFeed on Monday evening. The pair told Wayne Brock, the chief scout executive, “We urge you to pursue a path which recognizes that all Americans should be welcomed into the Scouting family, regardless of sexual orientation.”

    Although both senators have publicly expressed their opposition to the policy in the past, this is the first time either one has approached the Boy Scouts directly urging a change to the policy.
    THERE IS – MORE —– — -Good on them. :>)

    • conlakappa

      I returned home tonight to a clip of the President talking about this on CBS. There was an editorial cartoon on Saturday about an old lady helping the BSA cross into the 21st century.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa —- ***BIG HUG*** :>) — -

        —LOL – -BEYOND FUNNY—-THANKS! – - -:>) – -

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

  • GN

    Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 years old today. He is still being attacked in his death by racist Republican nutjobs and lunatics (I won’t repeat GOP low life Todd Kincannon’s recent remarks, they’re here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/todd-kincannon-trayvon-martin-tweet_n_2618895.html). RIP to Trayvon, and continuing deepest condolences to his family. The spotlight on ALEC which came via the protests against his murder have already brought about change.

  • GN

    Chicago Woman Helps Minority Girls Access Careers in Science, Math, And Technology

    Why she is a Game Changer: When Lomax learned that her daughter wanted to be a dentist, she was thrilled. But soon she found the resources weren’t available to help her daughter achieve her dreams. That’s why Lomax started Girls 4 Science in 2009. The nonprofit organization helps minority girls from the ages of 10 to 18 develop an interest in science, math, and education. It is the only all-girls science program in Chicago.

    http://newsone.com/2179919/jackie-lomax-girls-4-science/

    Excellent piece about Jackie Lomax.

    • nathkatun7

      That’s wonderful!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – –COMEDIC TRUTH – —Annnd MORE- —:>) – -

    – -I’m the NRA – –

    —— –In other news, according to Princeton scientist Sam Wang, Republican gerrymandering prior to the 2012 election was equivalent to 1.7 million Democrats staying home.

    The depressing irony is that it was Democrats staying home in 2010 that gave Republicans the power to make such sweeping changes.
    THERE IS MORE – - – - — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    – —REALLY??? – - –:>) – — -

    – -Janet Napolitano: A woman to watch for 2016 – –

    – - -So, what happens if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run in 2016?

    — ->It is hard to imagine the presidential field without a woman contender, and here’s one to keep your eye on: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano is quietly making it known that she is considering the race, and there is reason to take her seriously.

    Before coming to Washington, Napolitano was a highly regarded and very popular governor in Arizona, a state not known as a hospitable one for Democrats. In 2005, Time Magazine named her one of the nation’s five best governors, noting: “Positioning herself as a no-nonsense, pro-business centrist, she has worked outside party lines since coming to office in January 2003 to re-energize a state that, under her predecessors, was marked by recession and scandal.”

    While in Arizona, she was criticized for not being aggressive enough in dealing with the influx of illegal immigrants. But her more recent job gives her an opportunity to change that image. This week, for instance, finds her on a high-profile tour of the southwest border, where she will highlight the stepped-up resources that the Obama administration has been devoting to reducing the flow of illegal entrants to this country.
    THERE IS MORE- —-

    —– -ABSOLUTELY – -WATCHIN’ – - —:>) — – –

    • TyrenM

      Run Janet Run. Then we’ll really see how “post-racial” we are(n’t.)

  • GN

    Came across the below and was stunned; my emphasis in bold:

    The momentum in support of same-sex marriage in the African-American community is seen nowadays along generational lines. It is ironically divided between – the black civil rights era of MLK and post-black civil rights era of Obama.

    http://www.bilerico.com/2013/01/obama_linking_selma_to_stonewall_divides_black_com.php

    What the heck is a “post-black” “civil rights era” and what a shame that it would be associated with the first black POTUS who won election via an unprecedented black vote. What in the world is going on?

    • dannie22

      wees free!!!!

      • GN

        So basically the gross inequalities get papered over, and “diversity” and “civil rights” now mean only passing mention of black people and our issues. We’re now “post-black civil rights” where our struggles are simply a relic or reference point for privileged white folks to claim that they are the second coming of slaves, so as to steal the benefits of our legacy without suffering any of the generational harm. While our pols cosign this bullshit. We aint free, and I’m speaking up lol! Love PBO, he’s doing big and good things overall and deserves massive respect, but this isn’t right, this is all kinds of wrong. We as black people deserve better.

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

          Love PBO, he’s doing big and good things overall and deserves massive respect, but this isn’t right, this is all kinds of wrong. We as black people deserve better.

          PBO has NOTHING to do with all of this talk about “post-racial”. In fact, he’s has REJECTED the term:

          “Look, race has been one of the fault lines in American culture and American politics from the start. I never bought into the notion that by electing me, somehow we were entering into a post-racial period. On the other hand, I’ve seen in my own lifetime how racial attitudes have changed and improved, and anybody who suggests that they haven’t isn’t paying attention or is trying to make a rhetorical point. Because we all see it every day, and me being in this Oval Office is a testimony to changes that have been taking place.”
          http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ready-for-the-fight-rolling-stone-interview-with-barack-obama-20120425?print=true

          • GN

            Yes, very true he has spoken out against “post-racial America.” But this person is talking “post-black civil rights” and I have to say that PBO and many other politicians *have* given that impression. Read the WH’s page on civil rights; majority of the entries there have nothing whatsoever to do with black people. http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/civil-rights

            Not slamming him and never would, just pointing out that we have to speak up.

          • dannie22

            i do hear you. actually i think this is a good discussion and should be aired out

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

            The article mentions the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the DOJ “enforcing laws to combat discrimination in schools, housing, and the workplace”, PBO increasing budget of the DOJ’s Civil Rights division, the Fair Sentencing Act…all of these affect Black people, so I don’t understand how you can these things don’t have anything to do with Black people.

          • GN

            Majority, not all, is not black-focused. Majority of the page definitely reflects this notion of post-black civil rights. Again, I’m not trying to dog PBO out here or imply that he isn’t concerned with black issues when clearly he is, and he’s delivered. Just pushing back on what I view as a cannibalization of our struggle which due to the racism on the left, has the potential to result in black people holding the short end of the stick (already there are a multitude of historically clueless claims from relatively privileged people that they have been dealt with worse than African Americans and thus any remedial actions taken for African Americans must include them as well–I simply disagree with that). Most (not all, but most) of the people who claim to represent new civil rights or “internet MLK” are coming from a place of ignorance re: the past and current black struggle, and they’re spreading that ignorance. Civil rights has meaning and I don’t care for the appropriation of that meaning to the point at which people are even claiming that we’re in a post-black civil rights era. Just clapping back against it. We can agree to disagree; nothing but love and respect for both you and my POTUS.

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

            But there’s no such thing as “post-racial civil rights”. It was term made up by someone looking to attack PBO because he doesn’t fit their definition of someone who is fighting for Black issues. So I think there should be pushback, but at people who are creating these ridiculous terms, not PBO.

          • GN

            No, she was actually expressing approval: the African-American community is seen nowadays along generational lines. It is ironically divided between – the black civil rights era of MLK and post-black civil rights era of Obama.” She wasn’t throwing shade at PBO at all; she was describing the current era as one in which civil rights is “post-black” or in other words, civil rights is not about black people any more, and from her perspective, she is glad about it and credits it to PBO. I personally am not glad about it, and I view the left with extreme skepticism when it comes to black issues and their claims that civil rights must encompass struggles of people who are far more privileged than African Americans have ever been. I simply disagree with it. Even Ride or Die Joe referenced equal rights for transsexual Americans as “the civil rights issue of our time”—am I saying he is terrible or unconcerned about black issues? Of course not, but at the same time, I feel the need to speak up about a political trend which I don’t think is helpful to black people.

    • nathkatun7

      “What in the world is going on?”

      As far as I am concerned this just shallow understanding of history and reality. By the way, A Philip Randolph, the giant in fighting for both civil rights and workers rights, never discriminated against gays. That’s why he picked Bayard Rustin, a gay man, to head the organizing for the 1963 March on Washington. Sadly, most uninformed people think that the 1963 March on Washington was organized by MLK. It wasn’t. The 1963 March on Washington that elevated MLK to international prominence was originated and organized by A. Philip Randolph, and that gay human rights activist, Bayard Rustin. I strongly believe that MLK, like Bishop Desmond Tutu in SA, if he were alive today, would be supportive of the human rights of gay people. He was that committed to human equality. That’s why I find the assertion that there is: “the black civil rights era of MLK and post-black civil rights era of Obama…to be totally shallow and absurd!

      • GN

        It is a very deliberate colonization of the struggle for black liberation, make no mistake about it. As I noted below, it is a manner of taking the benefits of black liberation and the efforts of those who fought for it by claiming to be on par with slaves/slave descendants, without having to deal with or suffer one iota of the very real and very much so continuing harm and racism which also comes with that legacy. We as black people need to be very careful about what we cosign in terms of people claiming that they are “the new civil rights” and “the civil rights issue of our time” or “the internet’s MLK” and “an online sit-in like the Woolworth’s protest.” This is NOT paying homage to our legacy whatsoever. It is colonizing it to the point at which because of this misuse of the vernacular, people indeed believe that black people have attained rights and civil rights is just a catchall phrase for any grievance. Watering down and adding mass confusion to black liberation is a feature, not a bug.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda –REV. AL — – -ALWAYS — ON the move – -FORWARD – - -> :>)

    — –Rev. Al Sharpton to Hold Conference with African-American and Latino Leaders to Announce New Alliance

    - – —- *Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC “Politics Nation” and founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN) will join with African American and Latino community leaders at the grand opening of The National Action Network Western Regional and Los Angeles Chapter Headquarters to announce his organization in Los Angeles is forming a committee on Latino and African American race relations in the aftermath of the hate crimes that occurred in Compton, CA.

    An African -American family was recently confronted with violence at their home in Compton, by Latino gang members forcing the African-American family to move.

    “The Los Angeles Chapter of NAN welcomes Rev Sharpton to Los Angeles. Rev Sharpton’s bold and courageous leadership where he’s a uniter in solving problems. This is the leadership our community needs right now. Especially in L.A. County where there has been an increase in recent years of racial violence between Latino and African-Americans,” Stated Rev. K.W. Tulloss, President of the L.A. chapter of the National Network (NAN)
    THERE IS MORE.

    – - – -WHAT a STRATEGIST!! —-:>) – — – - -THANK U — REV. AL.:>) – - -

  • GreenLadyHere

    — -Dear POU FAM♥ – -G’NIGHT. :>) –MAY U HAVE BLESSED —SWEET DREAMS. ♥ – -♥ :>) – -

    - – –UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT ♥ :>) – - -