October 2, 2014

Monday Open Thread: The Black Madonna & Child (Dedicated to Megyn Kelly)

GOOD MONDAY MORNING POU!

In light of Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s ig’nit comment about Jesus and Santa being white, I thought this would be a good time to repost The Black Madonna and Child series from last year and dedicate it to Ms. Kelly. Enjoy!

 

(Photo Credit: Arf-Int.net/Gyles Facebook Photo Album)

This week’s series will take a look at The Black Virgin Mary. It was inspired by a convo between Aquagranny, AxelFoley, Isonprize, TyrenM and myself about the depiction of the Virgin Mary and Jesus as Black in various parts of the world. 

First, a brief historical background on the evolution of Isis to the Virgin Mary.

From “Black Madonnas of Europe: Diffusion of the African Isis” in African Presence in Early Europe:

“The Attributes and titles which catapulted the Virgin Mary into the realm of goddesshood were borrowed from the African Isis . Legends recounted her eternal devotion to her son and life-long fidelity to God. An appellation mater domina, used in association with the African Isis, survives in the form “Madonna.” Titles of the Virgin which include, “The Madonna,” “Queen of Heaven,” “Mother of God,” “The Great Mother,” and “Our Lady are the same titles attributed to the African Isis long before the existence of Christianity.

Images of the Virgin Mary and Child proliferated after the Council of Ephesus. Cyril, major proponent for the elevation of the Virgin Mary, had spent the larger years of his life in Egypt. He was very familiar with representations of the African goddess Isis suckling Horus. This served as the prototype for the images of the Virgin Mary.

…Many anthropologists attribute the blackness of the European Madonnas to their fertility quality, with black representing the earth. Another theory attributes the blackness to extreme age or smoke from candles, but no explanation is given why only the hands, face and feet were affected. Unquestionably, all so-called “Black Madonnas” are not actually black. The skin tones range in various shades of light brown to very black, the same variations seen in the skin pigmentation of people of African ancestry. The European Black Madonnas demonstrate the diffusion of the African Isis into that continent. This diffusion can be investigated through the early development of Byzantine Christian iconography; and the adoption by the European Orthodox Christians of various Black goddesses to represent the Virgin Mary.

…The Black Madonnas of Europe have a tradition which goes back hundreds of years, before the advent of Christianity. The African Isis was prototype for the Black Madonnas of Europe. As the worship of Isis was suppressed, the Virgin Mary was elevated into the European Christendom. The African Isis was worshipped under the name of the Virgin Mary. But the images most venerated and held in highest esteem, are those most similar in depiction of the African Isis. Isis is best remembered through the images of the Black Madonna.”

 

From “The History of Black Virgin Marys” by J.A. Rogers:

Two of the oldest black Madonnas of Europe are those of Loretto, Italy, and of Nuria, Spain. The first is said to be the original of all the Black Virgins. It was destroyed by fire about 1930 and was restored by Pope Pius XI who, according to Father Ledit, ordered “the color preserved.” The Black Virgin of Nuria, which is called “The Queen of the Pyrenees” is distinctly Negro.

 

 

THE BLACK MADONNA OF LORETO, ITALY

 

THE BLACK VIRGIN OF NURIA, SPAIN

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

  • rikyrah

    The reason why the Pope went and blessed the Italian invaders going to Ethiopia, was because he wanted the Italian soldiers to loot all the evidence of the African contributions to Christianity that proliferated in Ethiopia. Ethiopia was chosen for a reason.

    • TyrenM

      TELL IT!

    • isonprize

      Gonna be startin’ somethin’!!

      Damn, Rikyrah, just DAMN.

  • Miranda

    Florida police chief steps down after civil rights lawsuit
    By Tom BrownDecember 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    MIAMI (Reuters) – An embattled Florida police chief has stepped down after he and more than 75 officers under his command were accused in a federal lawsuit of misconduct and civil rights abuse in a predominantly black Miami suburb.

    Matthew Boyd, chief of the Miami Gardens Police Department, has “resigned effective immediately,” the city’s mayor, Oliver Gilbert, said in a statement on Thursday.

    Boyd’s deputy, Paul Miller, was named acting police chief after Boyd resigned on Wednesday.

    Gilbert, who was among the defendants named in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Miami two weeks ago, did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding Boyd’s departure.

    But he had already moved to put some distance between himself and Boyd after the civil rights complaint against Miami Gardens came to light on November 29.

    The suit alleges that Boyd implemented an aggressive “zero-tolerance” crime-reduction program on his watch that typically targeted young black men for harassment and abuse.

    “No one at the city has an interest in protecting law enforcement officers that act in violation of the very laws that they have sworn to uphold,” Gilbert said last week.more here: http://news.yahoo.com/florida-police-chief-steps-down-civil-rights-lawsuit-190540362.html

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

      HAHAHAHA! She is every cliche in the book!

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

    White House Af-Am Ed @AfAmEducation 9m
    Q&A w/Freeman Hrabowski- Chair of President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans http://nyti.ms/1f5jaL4

    • AxelFoley

      Hey, he’s the President of UMBC, where my daughter goes.

      • conlakappa

        One of the smartest people I’ve ever heard speak. He’s genius.

  • rikyrah

    #BoycottKoch @GoodbyeKoch Follow

    #ALEC member says voters are irrelevant: “You just need control over the legislature & you need money..we have both” http://bit.ly/1cSJRnV

    5:08 AM – 12 Dec 2013

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

    This will be totally ignored by the media…

    Detainee Transfer Announced

    The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Mr. Saad
    Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Mr. Hamood Abdulla Hamood from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the
    interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were designated for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force. In accordance with congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals.

    The United States is grateful to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances.

    Today, 160 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

    http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16427

    • goldenstar

      Yeah. This is what Rachel Maddow covered last week and she noted that the Beltway media had not even figured this out and reported to this to the public.

  • rikyrah

    Wisconsin Democrat who infiltrated ALEC: ‘They don’t want people involved in the political process’
    By Theresa Riley, Bill Moyers & Company
    Friday, August 16, 2013 12:56 EST

    Representative Chris Taylor is a Democrat elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. Last week, she attended the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference in Chicago. Writing about her experience at The Progressive magazine’s website, she describes her experience inside the “ALEC universe” and writes: “ALEC members have been quietly working out of the public eye to develop their agenda so that when given the opportunity, they are ready to start creating an ALEC nation. That time has come. And they are ready.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/16/wisconsin-democrat-who-infiltrated-alec-they-dont-want-people-involved-in-the-political-process/

  • rikyrah

    Teacher to student: You can’t be Santa — you’re black!
    By CNN Staff
    updated 8:17 AM EST, Mon December 16, 2013

    The family of an African-American high school student in New Mexico says he’s crushed after a teacher questioned why he was wearing Santa garb during a school holiday dress-up day last week, CNN affiliate KOAT reported.

    The teacher told Christopher Rougier, a freshman at Cleveland High School, that he couldn’t be Santa because Santa is white, the student’s father, Michael, told KOAT.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/us/new-mexico-teacher-black-santa/

  • rikyrah

    In all of 2012, health insurers spent $216 million advertising on local television stations. But that’s nothing compared to what they’re about to spend. According to trade association TVB, insurers will spend more than $500 million on local television ads in 2014. And that’s to say nothing of cable television ads and social media campaigns.
    Insurers look at these next few years as a gold rush. Tens of millions of people will be buying private insurance of the exchanges. It’s a swarm of customers like nothing they’ve ever seen. And they plan to capture them — even if they need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do so.
    The Wall Street Journal reports that WellPoint has been holding off “on a planned campaign as problems with the website made it impossible for many consumers to sign up.” But now that HealthCare.Gov is more or less working the insurance giant plans to spend $100 million by the end of the year.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/16/wonkbook-insurers-will-spend-more-than-500-million-to-get-people-to-sign-up-for-obamacare/

    • jds09

      Isn’t Ezra adorable? He writes from the assumption that insurance companies have our best interests at heart. Now the are ready to advertise cause Healthcare.gov is fixed, totally ignoring the amount of money they spent to fuck up the works and gouge folks in the meantime.

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

        Makes you wonder if Ezra is/was getting payola from insurance companies.

        • Miranda

          He is/was getting payola from SOMEBODY. All of the bitching he did, it became obvious. He was eerily similar in tone to Rove on election night.

        • AxelFoley

          Oh, best believe that fuck nugget was gettin’ his pockets lined.

  • AxelFoley

    Black Madonna and Child? Oh, this gon’ be good.

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

    OH, so this explains why some Black feminists were ranting on Twitter…

    (h/t @SonofBaldwin)

    The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism

    In Pimp Theory, a “bottom bitch” is the one in the whores’
    hierarchy who rides hardest for her man. She’s the rock of every hustler economy and her primary occupation is keeping other ho’s in check and gettin’ that money. She isn’t trying to elevate the status of her sister ho’s. She isn’t looking to transform pimp culture. The bottom bitch is a token who is allowed symbolic power, which she uses to discipline, advocate for, represent and advance the domain of the stable. In pop culture, she represents the trope of the chosen black female, loyal to her man and complicit in her own commodification.

    In hip hop vernacular she has emerged as the “Boss Bitch” or “Bawse”, titles you’ll hear used liberally across urban/pop discourses – from the streets to rappers to the hip hop, basketball and ATL housewives. What she represents is an appearance of power within a
    structure of male dominance, but in reality this “power” is merely
    vicarious and not a positional power in and of itself.

    MORE: http://realcoloredgirls.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/the-problem-with-beyhive-bottom-bitch-feminism/
    ————————————————————————-

    But it’s not just Beyonce. They also try to rationalize Rihanna and Nicki Minaj as feminist icons. It’s ridiculous!

    • Miranda

      Can’t we just love Bey as an amazing corporate artist without selling out the hard won accomplishments of our black feminist and womanist foremothers? Can we not love her for the gorgeous and fierce mega pop star she is without appropriating her for some liberal, power feminist agenda?

      —————————

      ALL THAT. Its a pop CD, nothing more, nothing less. There is no message people, its just a damn CD with a few cool songs you won’t remember 5 years from now. Its really not that deep. Trying to claim it as a black feminist breakthrough is patently absurd. Good grief, women been singing bout good sex since Bessie Smith, this is not NEW. Just like the CD because you like it, but don’t try and sell that its groundbreaking…nah, it ain’t.

      But now, for all the claims of swagger-jacking that Bey has endured, I have been one to not say that thinking it was more “emulation” than straight up stealing…….but imma have to take issue with “Beyonce” and this sexual intimacy theme…cuz:
      ___________________
      “Janet” has been credited as a truer testament of her independence than Control. While she had once garnered a reputation as an advocate for sexual abstinence with her 1986 single “Let’s Wait Awhile”, the theme of “Janet” is sexual intimacy—an abrupt departure from her well-known conservative image. Much of the acclaim for the album was centered around her lyrics that emphasized the female perspective on sexuality, as well as the demand for practicing safe sex.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_(album)
      ____________________

      ok…is it just me?

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

        I think what is is that these Black feminists are trying to justify their own ideological impurity. Some of these chicks went from demonizing Nelly for sliding a credit card down the crack of a woman’s ass to declaring p*ssy popping as female empowerment, and they’re rightfully being called out on it.

        • Miranda

          Good question.

          i have another question…so black feminists are saying these lyrics are ok?
          ———–
          I’m Ike Turner, turn up
          Baby know I don’t play, now eat the cake, Annie Mae
          Said, “Eat the cake, Annie Mae!”

          ————
          They do realize they can never say shit bout Chris Brown again right?

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

            Oh, Jay is just talking about love taps. /Black Feminist Logic

    • jds09

      I really need to calm down.

      I spent most of yesterday following this exchange and #Iamnotyourasiansidekick convo. When can black women do what the fuck they want to, when they want to do it? Without everybody and their momma tone-policing, dissecting and pulling it apart? Beyonce for all her money, all her talent is not seen a free, she has to carry her race on her shoulders. What really pisses me off is that she is getting very little credit for making one of the most bad-ass business moves of all time. Bey CONTROLS her PRODUCT as a result, she will get the most financial benefit from it. White boys in the recording industry are crying at their desks right now. Their business lives have changed.

      A black woman has changed the game, while shaking her ass and singing about how much she loves to fuck her husband. I am here for that.

      • crazycanuck

        I am not and will never be a Beyonce fan, but kudos for her for being a amazing business person.

      • MsKitty

        In general I can take or leave Bey but I have to give her MAJOR props on how she rolled out her album. In these days of annoying protracted promotional pushes (I’m looking at you, Ron Burgundy sequel), literally dropping your product in the middle of the night with just a tweet/Facebook posting is genius, not to mention gansta. Bey knows her fanbase will follow her to the ends of the Earth, so why not have them do the heavy lifting as far as promotion goes.

        I really would not be surprised if this rollout ends up being analyzed in future marketing courses.

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

          The real test will be the sales after the first week, after the hype and when physical copies and individual tracks are available for purchase. That’s when it’s gonna get interesting.

          • goldenstar

            Are physical copies still part of the industry standard for notating sales/position?

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

            Yep.

      • isonprize

        Bey CONTROLS her PRODUCT

        THIS… this right here. ALL.DAY.LONG.

        Therefore, it must be made out to be a problem.

  • rikyrah

    Paul Ryan Threatens President Obama and America With the Debt Limit
    By: Jason Easley more from Jason Easley
    Sunday, December, 15th, 2013, 7:07 pm

    Paul Ryan showed his true colors today by threatening the economy, and confirming that Republicans will demanding ransom in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/15/paul-ryan-threatens-president-obama-america-debt-limit.html

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

      Looks like someone’s running in 2016.

      • Town

        How you gonna win in 2016 when you couldn’t even deliver your own state?

      • jds09

        I think he’s just trying to survive. The tea party is holding these boys at gun point.

    • AxelFoley

      Paul Ryan gonna get his punk ass slapped the fuck down.

      • conlakappa

        You mean like the time the President snatched up him in front of everyone? Good times.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU fam!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, jds

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –Good MornTin’ jds09. >) ***BIG HUG**:>) – -:>)
      – – – -Have a good day. :>)

      • isonprize

        Now THAT’S a sun!!

        Good Morn-ting!!

        • GreenLadyHere

          GOOD Morntin’ – isonprize. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
          –LOL – – — Thank U. :>) — -Happy sun-rise. :>) – – – -Good 2 C U. :>)

          B BLESSED U♥/Family♥ – -

  • rikyrah

    President Obama nominates the first ever female 4-star Navy admiral
    By Alexandra Klausner
    PUBLISHED: 23:58 EST, 13 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:19 EST, 14 December 2013

    The United States named a new Full Admiral in Washington, D.C. Friday–and it’s an African American woman. She’s will be the first ever female in Naval history to win a fourth star assuming the Senate approves President Obama’s nomination. The Navy announced her nomination in an official release.

    Vice admiral Michelle Howard,53, is currently the deputy chief of naval operations, plans, and strategy.She will serve as the Navy’s second ranking officer, vice chief of naval operations, just a single step below the Navy’s top officer, the chief of naval operations.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523600/President-Obama-nominates-female-4-star-Navy-admiral.html#ixzz2neCo64zW
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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

      But, but I thought PBO hated woman and Black people? That’s what white feminists and the Sole Patrol told me.

      • jds09

        Black female appointees don’t count to either group.

        • TyrenM

          Truth.

        • GreenLadyHere

          jds09 – – — U ax’d 4 THIS?: – – –
          – – –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0YR1eiG0us ENJOY. :>)

          – –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

      • Kennymack1971

        And I don’t believe I’ve seen anything highlighting this from White feminists or Blacker Than Thou Inc.

      • goldenstar

        Now that you brought up the Sole/Soul Patrol, where the heck are they? One would think that they would have offered some kinda response to Megyn Kelly and the rest of the silliness that abounds. They have been strangely silent.

        • AxelFoley

          *crickets*

    • AxelFoley

      Tavis and nem know about this?

    • Daltex82

      Did anybody tell Ezra Klein and his wife (inset eye roll here).

      Congrats to Ms. Howrard! I wish I could find the video, but I remember watching the 44th NAACP Image Awards and she received the Chairman’s Award she is all of that and then some! Even the celebs in the audience “jaw’s were dropping” when her list of accomplishments were read. This is well deserved hopefully there will be no game playing with her nomination.

  • rikyrah

    Crooks and Liars: When Will CNN Start Being Honest About The ACA?

    Another Sunday full of talking heads concerning their empty little selves with how Politifact’s ridiculous Lie of the Year determination might hurt Democrats.

    …. If only Politifact had been around when George W. Bush was lying to us about Iraq and WMD. Maybe we could have saved thousands of lives by opposing that war before they sent troops into that godforsaken place for no specific purpose other than settling the score and Dubya’s Daddy issues.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2013/12/when-will-cnn-start-being-honest-about-aca

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

      When will CNN start being honest? Neveruary 1, 200Nope.

      • Daltex82

        Neveruary 1, 200Nope
        ~~~
        I am so stealing umm borrowing that!

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

    NBC News @NBCNews 9s
    DEVELOPING: Harvard University police sweeping all buildings after reports of explosives at four campus sites

    • rikyrah

      whoah

      • jds09

        Home-grown terrorists.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –GOoD MONDAY MORNTIN’ Sepia♥/POU FAM♥ – – -***BIG HUG*** – –OMWORD! — -Sooo LOOKIN FORWARD 2 these POIGNANT annnd LOVELY BLACK MADONNAS/CHILD – – -:>)

    –LOL –Sepia♥ – —Thanks 4 the HUMOR. – –:>) Have a good day. :>)

    – – —-☺SUPPRESSION:[humm. . ] – –The African Isis was prototype for the Black Madonnas of Europe. As the worship of Isis was suppressed, the Virgin Mary was elevated into the European Christendom.

    — – – -☺http://realmomkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/hot-cocoa-4-450.jpg – -ENJOY your – -HOLIDAY TREAT♥ –
    B BLESSED♥ 2-day. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning GLH, I hope you’re having a good morning.
      Blessings toy you!

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

    Too bad all of this didn’t come out before the election.

    Port Authority official behind GWB closure bought domains named for boss, Christie rivals
    By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
    on December 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM, updated December 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    The growing scandal over September’s puzzling closure of George Washington Bridge lanes just got even weirder.

    A top Port Authority official who ordered the lane closures has been
    quietly purchasing internet domain names related to the agency’s
    executive director and political adversaries to Republican Gov. Chris
    Christie, The Record reports.

    David Wildstein, who plans to resign as the Port Authority’s director
    of interstate capital projects, bought patfoye.com, according to the
    report. Pat Foye is the authority’s executive director, a critic of the
    closures and was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

    Wildstein, who went to high school with Christie, also purchased domain names related to former gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono and her running mate, Milly Silva, the report says. The Record reported that he owns buonosilva.org and millysilva.com. Buono, a state Senator from Middlesex County, lost to Christie in November’s general election.

    MORE: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/port_authority_george_washington_bridge_david_wildstein_domain_names.html

    • goldenstar

      Yeah. Why didn’t the NJ/NYC media even try this before the election?

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – – –NO CHANGE!! — -NO AMNESTY!! – —

    – – -‘No change’ on Snowden from White House – – —

    – – —The White House on Monday said there had been “no change in U.S. policy” toward Edward Snowden, after a top National Security Agency official suggested the administration have a “conversation” about offering the former NSA contractor amnesty in exchange for the return of a cache of top-secret documents he stole.

    “Mr. Snowden is charged with a felony and he should return home to face those charges, where hewill be afforded all due process,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

    During an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday night, Richard Ledgett, who heads an NSA task force handling unauthorized disclosures, said officials should weigh offering amnesty to prevent further disclosures.
    THERE IS MORE! – — – – –WATCHIN’. . . .

    • Kennymack1971

      In other words: Yes Eddie we’re still waiting on the porch with a belt.

      • AxelFoley

        I know, right?

        Oh, ya’ll think the White House was just gonna let ya boy slide?

        I hope Greenwald has a conniption over this.

        • Miranda

          Oh he will! LOL

  • Miranda

    Anytime the rationale for bucking a law is “our way of life”…I think we all know what that means.
    ———————————–

    Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control

    excerpt:
    “Our way of life means nothing to these politicians, and our interests are not being promoted in the legislative halls of Sacramento or Washington, D.C.,” said Jon E. Lopey, the sheriff of Siskiyou County, Calif., one of those who met with Governor Brown. He said enforcing gun laws was not a priority for him, and he added that residents of his rural region near the Oregon border are equally frustrated by regulations imposed by the federal Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/us/sheriffs-refuse-to-enforce-laws-on-gun-control.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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

      If these journalists were worth a damn, they would ask these fools what EXACTLY they mean by “our way of life”.

    • AxelFoley

      Didn’t some white dudes go to war with the U.S. over their “way of life”? How’d that end for them?

      • goldenstar

        Unfortunately, they’re still fighting it.

        • AxelFoley

          Some people are gluttons for punishment.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ — -So NOW they gon werk??? — — –

    — -Packed Senate schedule to test bipartisan relations in final week – —

    — – – -Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to pass the budget deal and the Defense authorization bill, and confirm a new secretary of Homeland Security … all by Friday.

    A Senate Democratic leadership aide said last week that Reid also wants to move another batch of nominees, including Janet Yellen, who would become the first women to head the Federal Reserve.

    Reid’s ambitious schedule, however, may hit a wall if Republicans are still angry about his use of the so-called “nuclear option” last month. The controversial tactic stripped the GOP of power to filibuster executive and judicial branch nominees.

    Republicans refused to yield back procedural time on a group of nominees Reid brought to the floor last week, forcing the Democratic leader to schedule two all-night sessions in a row to burn
    off the clock.

    Simmering GOP resentment may threaten the budget agreement negotiated by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which will come up for a vote Tuesday.

    Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday the budget deal still doesn’t have the votes to pass. He anticipates as many as three Democratic defections.

    “The struggle is still on in the United States Senate; we will need about eight Republicans to come our way,” he told CBS’s Bob Schieffer.
    THERE IS MORE – – – – —RE-THUGS – – -geesh!!! –

  • isonprize

    uh, um, some Catholics got some ‘xplainin’ to do. THIS was chosen in 1999.
    ~~
    AP Photo/National Catholic Reporter
    The painting of a black Jesus, shown in this image released in 1999, has been selected by a Catholic magazine as winner of its global art contest aimed at updating the image of Christ for the new millennium. The painting “Jesus of the People,” was selected from nearly 1,700 entries for the cover of a special millennium issue being published by the National Catholic Reporter, an independent newsweekly.

    http://media.reporternews.com/media/img/photos/2009/04/13/0412_loc_Black_Jesus_t607.jpg

    • Town

      Megyn Kelly will not be pleased.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥ – –FOCUS on OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ —:>)

    – – –2:00 PM Michelle Obama visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.

    – – – – –☺FROM 2011: – –http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/12/12/first-lady-michelle-obama-visits-patients-childrens-national-medical-center
    – – –THANK U.♥ – – –
    [Gotta "bounce" - -C YA as soon as. .♥] – – B BLESSED♥

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning Folks, I’m getting really really annoyed at these people who will not call me with the results of my ultrasound and x-rays. Once again they told me they will call back.

    • isonprize

      Call ‘em and have a chat with the manager. Also, it it’s a hospital, they usually have Patient Advisory Council.

  • TyrenM

    I recall an episode of “The Borgias” Pope Alexandre straight up told that the Black Madonna is where they get their Christ story from. I’ll look for it after work.

  • Alma98

    Morning all!

    • crazycanuck

      Morning Alma

      • Alma98

        Morning cc

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Hey rikyrah! We’re getting more snow tomorrow, how you all?

        • rikyrah

          little snow today…should be warming up tomorrow!

  • crazycanuck

    Jean Etienne Liortard….Portrait of a Young Woman.

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

      I like this! *right click save*

      • crazycanuck

        There isn’t any record of who she is. From the dress and jewelry I’m guessing she was not a slave.

    • rikyrah

      beautiful

    • qosine

      Wow, cc. Beautiful woman.

  • Miranda

    White House: No amnesty for Snowden
    David Jackson, 10:10 a.m. EST December 16, 2013

    The White House echoed a long-held position Monday: No amnesty for Edward Snowden.

    “Mr. Snowden is accused of leaking classified information and faces felony charges here in the United States,” said Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National Security Council. “He should be returned to the U.S. as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections.”

    Snowden remains in Russia under political asylum.

    The subject of amnesty for Snowden — in exchange for the return of National Security Agency surveillance documents he has in his possession — surfaced during an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes.

    more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/12/16/obama-snowden-nsa-nsc-caitlin-hayden/4038753/

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Insurers Plan To Spend $500 Million In Obamacare Advertising Next Year

    [....] There is one obvious culprit: Obamacare. Insurers look at these next few years as a gold rush. Tens of millions of people will be buying private insurance of the exchanges. It’s a swarm of customers like nothing they’ve ever seen. And they plan to capture them — even if they need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do so.

    The Wall Street reported Monday that WellPoint will spend $100 million by the end of the year after having held off because of problems with HealthCare.gov. The ad blitz from insurers comes at the same time that the Obama administration and outside advocates are upping their outreach efforts ahead of the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for coverage that starts in January.

    Source: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obamacare-insurance-companies-tv-advertising

    H/T Dylan Scott

  • creolechild

    Delaware Is On The Verge Of Raising Its Minimum Wage

    An increase in Delaware’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour from the current federal floor of $7.25 “appears headed on a fast track for approval,” after it passed the state Senate and garnered
    support from some key House lawmakers who had previously blocked it. It also has support from the governor.[....]

    One lawmaker predicted the bill could pass in January. The state’s lawmakers haven’t raised its minimum wage since 2006, when it rose from $6.15 to $7.15. It became $7.25 by default when the federal wage was raised.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/12/13/3059781/delaware-minimum-wage/

    H/T Bryce Covert

  • Miranda

    This interview with reporter Jim DeRogatis is a must read. wow.
    ————————
    The “Stomach-Churning” Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly
    By Jessica Hopper Mon., Dec. 16 2013 at 10:00 AM

    It’s been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn’t exist: R. Kelly’s sexual predation on teenage girls. Then pop critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, DeRogatis was anonymously delivered the first of two videos he would receive of the pop star engaging in sexual acts with underage girls. DeRogatis, now the host of the syndicated public radio show Sound Opinions and a professor at Columbia College, along with his former Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch, didn’t just break the story, but did the only significant reporting on the accusations against Kelly, interviewing hundreds of people over the years, including dozens of young women whose lives DeRogatis says were ruined by the singer.

    This past summer, leading up to Kelly’s headlining performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival, DeRogatis posted a series of discussions about Kelly’s career, the charges made against him, and sexual assault. He published a live review of the singer’s festival set that was an indictment of Pitchfork and its audience for essentially endorsing a man he calls “a monster.” In the two weeks since Kelly released his latest studio album, Black Panties, the conversation about him and why he’s gotten a pass from music publications (and even feminist sites such as Jezebel) has been rekindled, in part because of the explicit nature of the album and also in part because of online arguments around the Pitchfork festival performance.

    more here: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/12/read_the_stomac.php#more

    • isonprize

      C.R.E.A.M. Gotta get the cash, dolla dolla bill, y’all.

      DAMN.

    • Town

      In the two weeks since Kelly released his latest studio album, Black
      Panties, the conversation about him and why he’s gotten a pass from
      music publications (and even feminist sites such as Jezebel) has been
      rekindled,

      ——————-

      Well, his victims were black. Black women can’t be victims. Therefore, there were no victims.

      • goldenstar

        From the interview:

        The saddest fact I’ve learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody. They have any complaint about the way they are treated: they are “bitches, hos and gold diggers,” plain and simple. Kelly never misbehaved with a single white girl who sued him or that we know of. Mark Anthony Neal, the African American scholar, makes this point : one white girl in Winnetka and the story would have been different. No, it was young black girls and all of them settled. They settled because they felt they could get no justice whatsoever. They didn’t have a chance.

        • rikyrah

          the truth..
          the utter truth

      • jds09

        Bingo. And there’s a flip side to this, black men cannot be predators. Nearly 30 years ago I worked for a rape crisis center in south central LA. While recruiting hotline volunteers from the local churches I constantly battled the idea that only “white men raped” and “black men didn’t need to”. It’s a simple human fact that predators go where the easiest prey is.

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

          Wow! That’s very interesting considering society’s image of Black men being the “Big Black Brute”.

          • Town

            Black men are the Big Black Brute, but they only victimize white women.

            They can’t victimize black women because black women are fast tail girls, they’re all easy, they’re loose, they were asking for it.

            Latina women are spicy & saucy (muy caliente) and Asian women are docile, fragile little sex dolls.

            Only white women can be true victims of black men.

          • jds09

            When I was a director at a rape crisis center in San Diego (four years ago), we crunched the numbers on who gets prosecuted (the DA makes the decision on who goes to trial) by far it was black and brown men who raped white women. White women raped by white men had a significantly lower prosecution rate.

          • jds09

            This was the thought in black churches at the time. Pastors and 1st ladies prohibited me from even using the word rape.

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

            Damn. *smh*

    • Kennymack1971

      I read this and wow. R. Kelly is a straight up pedophile rapist. And the sad thing is this info has been out there for years.

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

      THIS.
      Mark Anthony Neal, the African American scholar, makes this point : one white girl in Winnetka and the story would have been different. No, it was young black girls and all of them settled. They settled because they felt they could get no justice whatsoever. They didn’t have a chance.

      And what’s really effed up is that R. Kelly’s biggest defenders are Black women.

      • Guns3000

        “No, it was young black girls and all of them settled. They settled because they felt they could get no justice whatsoever. They didn’t have a chance.”

        I’m sorry I’m not buying that nonsense. They settled because they wanted to get paid. The could have taken the stand and testified against R Kelly and did not. They could’ve had justice. The DA wanted to justifiably crucify R Kelley but they were obstructed by uncooperative victims and family members who sought compensation rather than justice.

        • crazycanuck

          You have no idea what women go through Guns, No effing idea.

        • sagittarius

          Sorry, Guns, you are incorrect. RKelly hired Ed Genson, who among other people, represented Conrad Black and Rod Blagojevich before he resigned from the case. Genson would have destroyed these young girls on the stand, effectively putting them on trial for their victimization. THAT’S why they settled.

          • Guns3000

            This wasn’t a classic “he said, she said” rape case. There was tape along with testimony from Lisa Van Allen(google her). All the victims had to say was,”that is me”in that tape. Case over.

            Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that’s easy.

          • Miranda

            Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that’s easy.

            (post before that)
            I’m sorry I’m not buying that nonsense. They settled because they wanted to get paid. The could have taken the stand and testified against R Kelly and did not.

            ————————

            I don’t think anyone got you wrong. I think we all understand very well what you’re saying.

          • Guns3000

            Miranda and others who are enraged by statements on this subject. I don’t mean to have a lack of sensitivity to rape victims but I have a very simple question. If rape victims do not testify against rapists how is there ever going to be justice for such heinous crimes?

          • crazycanuck

            AGAIN CLULESS. Study the subject Guns before you speak.

          • Guns3000

            You didn’t answer the question because you know the answer.

          • crazycanuck

            I’m not going to answer the question Guns, because the answer is easy. You usually come in here ‘guns’ ablazing, and I usually give you the benefit of the doubt. On this subject you WILL NOT GET A PASS from me. Not now and not ever. As a woman and a person who know a bit about this subject CATCH A FUCKING CLUE.

          • Guns3000

            I apologize if I offended anyone. I’m done with this one.

          • Alexander2

            Guns,

            Please don’t do this as a personal favor to me. I’ll owe you one.

          • Guns3000

            I’m leaving this alone but people are now mischaracterizing my position.

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

            Nah, no one mischaracterized your position. You put the blame on rape victims, unfairly painting them as golddiggers looking for a handout instead of justice.

          • Guns3000

            I never said such a thing and you know it.

          • Miranda

            First of all, no two rape cases or rape victims are the same. All cases don’t require the testimony of the victim. In this particular case, let’s start with the fact that the handlers/managers/staff of R. Kelly aided his sickness for years and were witness to it. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say all of those people were a lot older than 20 and 21. Also gonna go out on a limb and say those ironclad Confidentiality agreements they all signed and lawyered up to claim they couldn’t speak, probably don’t cover being confidential regarding a felony. But for some reason you directed your ire to the teenagers whose families surely couldn’t afford the $600 an hour attorney it would take to even think about trying to go up against Kellz team, nor did you stop to think about the psychological damage airing out not only their experience with “Chicago’s son” but every other misdeed in their life…it WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. Everything they ever did and with whom. All of it and their names, it would have happened.

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

            THIS. Those girls would have been eviscerated if they came forward.

          • Guns3000

            True, but a rapist gets to walk free and possibly rape more people is the answer?

            I know no one wants that here. At some point someone needs to stand up.

          • Miranda

            Yeah……….can we start with the plethora of adults who actually bought young girls to Kellz and took them back home? How bout his manager? PR rep? Better yet, all those people with the long titles behind their names at Jive/Sony Records? Let’s start with them and not the 10th graders…mmmkay?

          • Aquagranny911

            I’m going to tell this because my Aunt is long dead & she won’t care. Two men broke in her house robbed her, raped her & beat her so badly that she had a fractured cheek bone & eye socket plus lost most all her front teeth among other injuries. She was 70 years old.

            They were caught. Tia went to court & testified against them. They got 5 years. Less then 18 months later they were back in her neighborhood. We had to completely relocate her to a safer place but she spent the last years of her life in terror.

            I wish I could say this is an isolated incident but trust me IT IS NOT. Most rapists get less time then someone who gets caught with a few ounces of weed.

            You really don’t want to keep this up here because you do not understand what you are saying on this issue.

          • crazycanuck

            Yes we did, quite clearly

          • sagittarius

            Genson was prepared to try that girl as a fast tailed WOMAN who knew exactly what she was doing. Our kids are adults at 13, remember? That is why Genson was hired… RKelly had absolutely no compunction about further destroying that young girl to save his ass.

          • pamelabrown53

            Plus, how in hell could they have scraped up big $$$ to hire an attorney capable of taking on R Kelly’s attorney(s)? Plus their support investigators and God only knows who else I’m forgetting.

        • Miranda

          Because surely 14 and 15 yr old girls should be strong and mature enough to take the ridicule that would follow testimony in open court about being raped by a 30 yr old platinum selling musician…amirite?

          • Guns3000

            The tape was released in 2002. The trial was in 2008. They were adults at that point.

          • crazycanuck

            Clueless, and I’m gonna be real here Guns. Not a fucking clue.

          • Tafr

            “They were adults at that point” They are adults that went through child rape. You talk about this as if they scraped and knee and refused to testify about years down the line.

        • Alma98

          I can’t believe you typed this I really can’t.
          You’re essentially blaming the victims. SMGDH

          • Guns3000

            Don’t change the argument. In no way, shape or form am blaming the victims. I’m pissed because a rapist is walking free.

          • Alma98

            I wasn’t going to get into a back and forth with you but your comment pissed me off. I’m gonna say this and be done with it. This is a touchy subject for me you understand? I have several women in my family who were raped as children and adults one being my 8yr old niece. I know you like to argue but I’m not gonna indulge you today.

          • crazycanuck

            Preach

          • Guns3000

            And all of their rapists should be in prison if not worse. That’s my point.

        • Aquagranny911

          I vowed I would never get into another ‘discussion’ with you but you walked into it this time! I can’t remain silent at this caca you are spewing out here today.

          During my career I worked with rape victims. I have members of my family who suffered this violence. You have no clue what these victims, female & male suffer especially at the hands of a legal system that blames the victim.

          No one plans to get raped so she or he can get a pay day. Rape is a violent life changing act.

          • Guns3000

            “No one plans to get raped so she or he can get a pay day.”

            I was done with this and now people are mischaracterizing my position. I never said such a thing.

          • Aquagranny911

            You certainly did! You implied that these women would rather get the $$$ then testify in court where they would have been paraded like sluts and vilified.

            I have been to court with women who decided to prosecute. Some saw their rapist get off with barely a slap on the wrist and had themselves dragged through the dirt by the defense.

            Would you like to get on the stand & describe in every detail what a rapist did to you?

          • Guns3000

            “We you like to get on the stand & describe in every detail what a rapist did to you?”

            No, I wouldn’t but if victims never testified against rapists there would be very few rapists in jail.

          • Aquagranny911

            I don’t have the stats at my finger tips right now but the percentage of rapists actually in jail in comparison to the amount of rapes would make you weep. And this is not because rapes don’t get reported or prosecuted.

          • Lisa M

            1 in 10 rapes are actually reported.

          • conlakappa

            At best. And those other 9 certainly didn’t not report because they were expecting to settle.

  • creolechild

    Man in Generous Frenzy Pays Off $20,000 in Christmas Gifts for Strangers

    A financial planning professional went to Walmart to pick up bikes for a Toys for Tots drive held by his company when he overheard someone at the layaway counter worrying about whether she’d be able to pay off her gifts before Christmas. Greg Parady got out his credit card and spontaneously started paying for people as they’d walk up to the counter.

    Eventually, the 40 year-old swiped his card for 76 people, spending $21,000. He had to use three credit cards and talk on the phone with the banks because they thought so many payments in a row were fraudulent.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/man-in-generous-frenzy-pays-21000-in-gifts-for-strangers.html

    H/T Greg Parady and Ben Popken

  • crazycanuck

    Soooooooooo got a call from clinic with my results. Inflammation, but they don’t know what is causing the inflammation. Now what? Should I go to my doctor or go to the walk in clinic again to get a definite answer?

    • Alma98

      Bursitis? See if there’s anything the doctor can do for the pain you’re having cc. It sounds like the person that gave you your shot hit some muscle.

      • crazycanuck

        Will go back tomorrow. Will call doctor also to see how quickly i can get an appointment, but i’m not holding out any hope I can get one soon, so it will probably be the clinic.

        • Alma98

          The clinic should be able to at least give you something for the pain, good luck.

  • creolechild

    The Final Volcker Rule Gets Tough On The Risk-Taking Culture Of Wall Street – Posted on December 11, 2013

    [....] Five agencies – the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission – all voted to adopt the final version of the Volcker Rule.[....]

    The rule approved yesterday is both stronger and simpler than the 2011 draft. Most significantly, the final rule closes a loophole that would have enabled banks to make big bets in their portfolios in effect, limiting their hedging activities to those that act as a counter investment specifically designed to reduce the bank’s risk.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/12/11/3047971/final-volcker-rule/

    H/T Tamara Fucile and Jennifer Erickson

    • goldenstar

      YESSSSS.

    • qosine

      Excellent, excellent. Hedging for risk is just good
      business, but betting on the farm is NOT. Smart,
      protective legislation.

  • creolechild

    Mandela statue unveiled on South Africa’s Reconciliation Day

    A nine-metre statue of Nelson Mandela will be unveiled Monday on a
    holiday dedicated to reconciliation, 24 hours after the solemn burial of
    the icon credited with South Africa’s peaceful transition.

    The 30-foot, bronze colossus will be officially unwrapped by President
    Jacob Zuma on the lawns of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria where Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.[....]

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131216/mandela-statue-be-unveiled-reconciliation-day

    H/T Agence France-Presse

  • Miranda

    It wouldn’t be Monday without a Hitler reference to Obamacare!
    ———————————-
    North Carolina Republican: Obamacare worse than Hitler, Stalin and terrorism — combined
    By Travis Gettys
    Monday, December 16, 2013 7:47 EST

    A Republican state senator from North Carolina thinks that extending health care to all Americans is worse than genocide, communism and terrorism – combined.

    Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Matthews) made the observation Sunday morning in a Twitter post attacking the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the individual mandate in a June 2012 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

    “Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined,” Rucho complained.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/16/north-carolina-republican-obamacare-worse-than-hitler-stalin-and-terrorism-combined/

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

      Have Jewish groups come out to denounce these Hitler references?

      • Alma98

        I think it’s coming because Jewish groups don’t put up with their b.s..

  • creolechild

    POU, remember him?

    Leo Grand, the homeless guy offered the choice between $100 and coding lessons, made a ridesharing app

    [....] Trees for Cars is a mobile app that connects people for carpooling in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. When you share a ride, the app tells what you saved in emissions and gives you the opportunity to compete with other users for the most savings.[....]

    It’s not the first ridesharing app out there, but it is the first ridesharing app that was coded by someone without a permanent place to live, who’s trying to improve his situation and the planet at the same time. And it’s only $0.99 — why not give it a try?

    Read more: http://grist.org/list/leo-grand-the-homeless-guy-offered-the-choice-between-100-and-coding-lessons-made-a-ridesharing-app/

    H/T Sarah Laskow

  • creolechild

    Hauntingly Beautiful Flashmob Tribute to Nelson Mandela

    Flashmobs always involve the element of surprise. The best ones also
    inspire. This one in South Africa Saturday melted the hearts of a nation that is mourning the loss of their beloved freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.

    Woolworth’s retail store had planned a performance for December 7 at its Parkview location in Pretoria to support the store’s “Operation Smile” Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir planned a
    rendition of James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” But, after Mandela’s passing, the choir decided on a tribute instead.

    H/T Woolworths SA and GNN

    • TyrenM

      Woolworth’s… Still wrapping my head around, Woolworth’s.

      • Aquagranny911

        Woolworths is big all over SA. They are like a combination of Super Target & Super Walmart with way better goods. You can buy anything there from hardware to food & just about everything in between at most of their stores.

        I think they are British owned but I’m not sure about that. They carry a lot of British imports that they put their store name on along with locally made goods.

        They are nothing like the American version of Woolworths five & dime that went defunct here.

        • MsKitty

          They’re all over the place in the UK as well. When I came across one in Glasgow I was like hold up, I thought y’all went out of business?

        • TyrenM

          Thinking of their role in our CR movement, that’s all.

          • Aquagranny911

            Sorry I did not connect the dots on this one.

  • Miranda

    Why yes….you too can own an Occupy Wall Street poster…just order….from Walmart.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/32626555?adid=1500000000000027727740

    • Alma98

      Are you effing kidding me! SMH

      • Town

        For $43 dollars, even.

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

      Stop playin’!

      And watch…not one peep from OWS about this, even though they called out Jay-Z for selling “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts and not sharing the profits with them.

    • conlakappa

      Now those are payday-seeking whores. I think I told you all about them selling t-shirts in Dupont Circle last summer. Complete with Guy Fawkes mask on the front and e’erything.

  • creolechild

    U.S. Will Top Germany In Solar Installation For The First Time In 15 Years

    The third quarter of 2013 was another big one for the U.S. solar
    industry. 930 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) were installed
    across the country — the second largest quarter in the industry’s
    history — and it was the largest quarter ever for residential PV
    installations.[....]

    By the end of the year, more than 400,000 solar projects will be
    operating across the U.S. and installations will have grown 27 percent over 2012, with a 52 percent growth rate in the residential sector alone, according to GTM’s forecast.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/10/3042001/us-solar-record-installation/

    H/T Kiley Kroh

  • Miranda

    Sebelius: Issa trying to ‘stifle, intimidate’ Obamacare navigators
    BY AARON BLAKE
    December 16 at 10:46 am

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says in a new op-ed that a House oversight committee hearing in Texas on Monday is “designed to stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation” of Obamacare navigators.

    The hearing, which is being run by committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), will be held in Dallas and is titled, “Who are the navigators?” Navigators are people who help others sign up for Obamacare.

    “What opponents of the new law could not do legislatively, at the ballot box, or even by shutting down the federal government, they’re now trying to do through other means,” Sebelius says in the op-ed in the Dallas Morning News. “Case in point is Monday’s congressional hearing in Dallas, designed to stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation of people who have been working hard to help their fellow Texans get covered.

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/16/sebelius-issa-trying-to-stifle-intimidate-obamacare-navigators/

    • goldenstar

      Somebody here commented that she would be gone in the new year. I’m not so sure. The Administration needs her to stay and be as calm and vigilant as she has been.

      • Guns3000

        Who was that?

        • goldenstar

          I dunno.

  • Miranda

    You “blacks” want everything! Why is that darn Martin Luther King always portrayed as BLACK?!?!

    Radio host: “I’m gonna scream and complain because Martin Luther King is always portrayed as black
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/santa-waronchristmas-megynkelly

  • gn

    This exchange is just a perfect representation of why emos are a hindrance to their own goals:

    [convo starts after emos declare that PBO would have "droned" Nelson Mandela]

    @root_e
    But @TedRall you called Mandela an “accomodationist sellout”. Wouldn’t Obama have been on his side according to your theory?

    @AFarray
    @root_e @tedrall Let’s face it, consistancy isn’t exactly Ted’s forte.

    @root_e
    @AFarray @TedRall The consistent point is that he and his fellow purists are smart and right and brave and everyone else sux.

    @Timeslayer_
    @root_e @AFarray @TedRall So brave, except when it comes to, you know, confronting the actual ENEMY – #Republicans.

    @TedRall
    @Timeslayer_ @root_e @AFarray Republicans like Obama?

    @TedRall
    @aspirational12 Support your right-wing fascist. Whatever, but wear the jackboots.

    • jziglar

      The guy is a nut job. He really needs to get a life.

      • gn

        He’s a classic emo purist for whom perfect is the deadly enemy of the good or even great. IMO folks like this are of no value politically to anyone but the far right (and wow how the far right has used them to replace Dems with tea party extremists).

        • Alma98

          He seems like a libertarian to me.

          • gn

            Classic emo, set on defeating Dems without regard to the consequences of enabling the tea party, because “both parties are the same” despite all known fact. I’m so glad that my exposure to time-wasters like this is so limited these days.

    • Kennymack1971

      Ted Rall is a racist EmoProg.

  • creolechild

    The Beast is not playing with y’all. BTW, this is what genuine “cleaning house” entails. Notice the dates…

    German Engineering Firm Bilfinger Resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Charges and Agrees to Pay $32 Million Criminal Penalty

    [....] According to court documents, from late 2003 through June 2005, Bilfinger conspired with Willbros Group Inc. and others to make corrupt payments totaling more than $6 million to Nigerian government officials to assist in obtaining and retaining contracts related to the EGGS project.

    Bilfinger and Willbros formed a joint venture to bid on the EGGS project and inflated the price of the joint venture’s bid by 3 percent to cover the cost of paying bribes to Nigerian officials. As part of the conspiracy, Bilfinger employees bribed Nigerian officials with cash that Bilfinger employees sent from Germany to Nigeria. [...]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/December/13-crm-1297.html

    H/T U. S. Department of Justice

  • crazycanuck

    Sound familiar?

    Minna Hong ‏@asiangrrlMN2m

    #NotYourAsianSidekick is still going strong, despite some white people’s attempt to derail it. Check it out!

    • Aquagranny911

      That’s our Asiangrrl! She use to post here sometimes & write diaries at ABL’s old blog. Great to see her on Twitter. Gracias for the share.

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

      What happened to spark this hashtag?

      • trose1

        that is what I want to know

  • creolechild

    Ooops…

    Northrop Grumman Corp. Pays $11.4 Million to Resolve Allegations That It Improperly Charged Costs to Government Contracts

    [....] Northrop had agreed in its 2002 settlement with DCMA that it would limit the amount of deferred compensation it would include in proposals for subsequent contracts. The government’s contracting officer found that Northrop had failed to honor this commitment and should be assessed a penalty equal to twice the amount of the unallowable costs claimed.

    Northrop challenged the decision in a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. The Department of Justice responded to the suit with counterclaims alleging that in addition to the FAR penalties, Northrop also had violated the False Claims Act by passing along these unallowable costs to the government in indirect rates applicable to hundreds of 2004 contracts with the government.[...]

    Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/December/13-civ-1295.html

    H/T U. S. Department of Justice

  • creolechild

    Most Influential Adult at Trinity High School? The Janitor.

    Perhaps no adult employed at Trinity High School has had more
    influence over students or changed more young lives than Charles Clark, the school’s custodian. Clark has mentored countless kids in need of a father figure at the Texas high school, even housing several of them in his home over the years. In the beginning, he took the custodial position thinking he would keep it until he found something better, but 24 years later, he still hasn’t found it.

    Now Clark, 63, has bested more than 400 teachers, administrators and school district employees from 33 states to become the “LifeChanger of the Year” Grand Prize Winner. The national award honors outstanding educators and school district employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.[....]

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/inspired/individuals/charles-clark-wins-lifechanger-award.html

    H/T Mr. Charles Clark and GNN

  • Alma98

    I’m so sick of the Duggars I really am. ughh

    • crazycanuck

      Duggars?

      • Alma98

        The 19 kids and counting idiots.

        • crazycanuck

          Ahhhh

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

          Her uterus needs a vacay.

          • Alma98

            Sho nuff!

          • crazycanuck

            LOL

          • Aquagranny911

            I’m surprised she still has one!

          • conlakappa

            As an online bud once posted, it’s a vagina, not a log flume!

    • Town

      What they do now?

      • Alma98

        I’m just tired of them being on tv Town, getting paid to have baby after baby. If they were black people would dog them out to the ends of earth.

        • conlakappa

          Their hustle is something. They go around saying they take no government assistance [which was never credible] yet get paid on the regular by TLC.

  • creolechild

    Rehospitalization rates fell in first year of Medicare penalties

    During the first eight months of this year, fewer than 18 percent of
    Medicare patients ended up back in the hospital within a month of
    discharge, the lowest rate in years, the federal government reported
    Friday.

    This drop occurred during the first year that Medicare financially penalized hospitals for their readmission rates, and the government seized on the decrease as evidence the incentives are having
    an effect.[....] hospitals. While some elderly patients inevitably return to the hospital, the government and some researchers believe many of those returns are avoidable if hospitals monitor patients after their release to ensure they get appropriate medications and follow-up visits with doctors.[....]

    Read more: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/rehospitalization-rates-fell-first-year-medicare-penalties

    H/T Jordan Rau

    • Aquagranny911

      This is great news not only for the medical savings but for patient care. My Daughter’s hospital has put in an excellent after care program that has reduced re-hospitalization by a huge percentage. She said they were surprised by how effective this program is after only about 18 months.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥- – -[Gotta a little time. :>)] —A RE-THUG —“PUT! IN! CHECK!! — – – -HAH! — THANK U —Mr. BOB: —

    – —Yes, Sean Hannity, Most of Obamacare IS ‘Wildly Popular’ — Among Republicans

    —- – -During a healthcare “town hall” episode of Fox News Channel’s Hannity, Christian Dorsey from the Economic Policy Institute blasted a gaping hole through Sean Hannity’s anti-Obamacare bubble. Toward the end of a segment, Hannity repeated the same old whiny “Obama lied” meme about keeping your plan if you like it.

    Dorsey interrupted Hannity and reminded him that the many parts of the law are wildly popular, and began to name those parts: ban on
    discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and so forth.
    Then Dorsey said, and accurately so, that the things Americans don’t like as much were indeed Republican ideas which the Democrats incorporated into the law: the exchanges and high deductible plans. By the way, he didn’t mention the individual mandate, which is also a Republican idea.

    Hannity smiled and mocked, “Wildly popular?”

    The invasion of reality into Hannity’s rickety tree fort of mendacity must’ve been too much to swallow, so Hannity, his world collapsing around him, decided to awkwardly throw to commercial. — —-LOL – –“Fade 2 BLAH”. —-LOL
    THERE IS MORE —–

    – —RE-THUGS —Continue 2 B: —☺http://cdn.straightfromthea.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/tumblr_mni0o457ty1r7r1l7o1_500.gif
    – -LOL! – – -HAH!

  • creolechild

    Treasury Announces Penalties Against Companies Evading Iran Sanctions

    [....] Thursday’s announcement from the Departments of State and Treasury designated several companies for engaging in transactions with Iran’s main shipper of crude oil, the National Iranian Tanker Company.[....] Three shipping vessels were also flagged as being of interest to one of the violators, Sirqiya Maritime
    Corporation.

    Another 11 Iranian companies and individuals were designated as sanctions evaders for circumventing American embargoes related to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Any foreign financial institution that does business with them may likewise be blocked from accessing property under the U.S.’s jurisdiction and have their connection to the American banking system cut off.[....]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/12/12/3053721/iran-sanctions-designations/

    H/T Hayes Brown

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia♥— -A GIFTED –YOUNG BLAH – -STUDENT. :>) –Has it ALL TIED UP—In a BOW: :>) – –

    – — -‘I am the next big thing': Meet the precocious 11-year-old CEO of his own handmade bow tie business-

    – – –While most sixth graders spend their free time watching movies or playing video games, Mo Bridges runs a business making and selling stylish bow ties.

    The precocious 11-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, is the CEO of Mo’s Bows, a handmade bow tie company that he launched in 2011.

    Looking dapper in a beige suit, a plaid bow tie and tortoiseshell glasses, Mo told Today.com: ‘Bow ties, they make me look good and feel good and they just give me that spark inside of me.’

    Scroll down for video

    THERE IS MUCH MORE — —

    – — -OMWORD!! :>) - – -☺http://animatedimagepic.com/image/congratulations/congratulations-2204.gif — —

    – – – ☺ http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/wh1pst1ckag0st0p/Animated%20Gifs/FuturamaApplause.gif
    ——CONGRATULATIONS♥ – – — -Sooo PROUD of U♥ BLESS U♥/FaMILY♥

  • creolechild

    Coffee Shop Has Incredible Response To Neighborhood Robberies

    After thieves broke into A Cup of Common Wealth, the coffee shop’s
    owners were blown away by the huge outpouring from their community.[....] Reports of more robberies in local shops inspired them to rally the community. They urged their own customers to spend money in those affected businesses, pledging any free drink to whoever buys a book from the Morris Book Shop, art at The Collective, or a haircut at Hair Razors.

    They also felt sorry for the people who were desperate enough to turn to robbery during the holiday season, so the pair started a Community Christmas Tree for the less fortunate. Gifts are being dropped off and left for anyone to take. Within three days a youth left the store with a new bicycle that one of the coffee customers dropped off. “We’re gonna need another tree,” they shouted on Istagram with a photo of their tiny tree. “Gifts continually pouring in by the arm full!”[....]

    Sal and Chris summed the matter up with another great photo on Instagram: “We all go through life together, and sometimes that means picking up the pieces together when things go wrong.”

    Read more: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/business/coffee-shop-has-incredible-response-to-neighborhood-robberies.html

    H/T GNN

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola Sepia! I’m so glad that you are repeating this series for anyone who may have missed it last time & for all of us who will enjoy it all over again!

  • qosine

    I love, love this series, Sepia!
    That Before, After, Way After is great.