December 21, 2014

Monday Open Thread: The History of Sundown Towns

It’s  Monday, POU Family. It’s a new week, new weekly thread.  This week’s topic talks about modern day sundown towns.  I have been reading a book by James W. Loewen, a historian and sociologist,  called Sundown Towns- A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. It is one of the first full length books on the subject of Sundown Towns.

Sundown town

sundown town was a town, city or neighborhood in the US that was purposely all-white. The term came from signs that were allegedly posted stating that people of color had to leave the town by sundown. They are also sometimes known as “sunset towns” or “gray towns”.

In some cases, signs were placed at the town’s borders with statements similar to the one posted in Hawthorne, California, which read “Nigger, Don’t Let The Sun Set On YOU In Hawthorne” in the 1930s.

In some cases, the exclusion was official town policy or through restrictive covenants agreed to by the real estate agents of the community. In others, the policy was enforced through intimidation. This intimidation could occur in a number of ways, including harassment by law enforcement officers.

Since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and especially since the Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited racial discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing, the number of sundown towns has decreased. However, as sociologist James W. Loewen writes in his book on the subject, it is impossible to precisely count the number of sundown towns at any given time, because most towns have not kept records of the ordinances or signs that marked the town’s sundown status. His book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, notes that hundreds of cities across America have been sundown towns at some point in their history.

Loewen’s book mentions that sundown status meant more than just African-Americans not being able to live in these towns. Essentially any African-Americans (or sometimes other groups) who came into sundown towns after sundown were subject to harassment, threats, and violent acts—up to and including lynching.

In addition to the expulsion of African Americans from some small towns, Chinese Americans and other minorities were also driven out of some of the towns where they lived. One example according to Loewen is that in 1870, Chinese made up one-third of the population of Idaho. Following a wave of violence and an 1886 anti-Chinese convention in Boise, almost none remained by 1910. The town of Gardnerville, Nevada, is said to have blown a whistle at 6 p.m. daily alerting Native Americans to leave by sundown.

In addition, Jews were excluded from living in some sundown towns, such as Darien, Connecticut.

The first modern day Sundown Town mentioned was Anna, Illinois. It is a town of about 7,000 people. It is adjoined with Jonesboro. In 1909, in the aftermath of a horrific nearby “spectacle lynching” Anna and Jonesboro expelled their African-Americans. Both cities have been lily- white ever since. Nearly, a century later, “Anna” is still considered by its residents and surrounding neighborhoods to mean, “Ain’t No Niggers Allowed”. This acronym was last confirmed  in 2001.

It is common knowledge that African-Americans are not allowed to live in Anna, except for residents at the state mental hospital and transients at it’s two motels.  African-Americans who find themselves in Anna or Jonesboro after dark have been treated badly by residents of the town. Anna-Jonesboro had corporate limits, signs that usually said, “Nigger, don’t let the sun go down on You in_” by the highway as recently as the 1970’s. 

Anna and Jonesboro are not unique or even unusual. Beginning in about 1890 and continuing  until 1968, white Americans established thousands of towns across the U.S. for whites only. Many towns drove out the black population then posted various sundown signs.  Other towns passed ordinances barring African-Americans after dark, or prohibited them from  owning  or renting property. Others established such rules by informal means, harassing and even killing those who violated the rule. Some sundown towns similarly kept out Jews, Chinese, Mexicans, Native Americans and other groups.

Independent sundown towns range from tiny hamlets such as De Land, Illinois(population 500), to Appleton, Wisconsin(population, 57,000 in 1970). Sometimes who entire counties went sundown, usually when their county seat did. Sundown suburbs followed, a popular example is Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, had a population 180,000 including just 28 minority families, most of whom on a U.S. Army Facility.

Sundown suburbs are found from Darien, Connecticut to La Jolla, California, and are more prevalent. Most suburbs began life as a sundown town. Sundown towns also range across the income spectrum. In 1990, the median owner-occupied house in Tuxedo Park, one of the wealthiest suburbs in New York City, was worth more than $500,000(the highest category in the census). The median house in Kenilworth, a rich suburb of Chicago had the same thing. The median house in Pierce City, Missouri is just worth 29,800 and a house in Zeigler, Illinois is worth just 21,900. All four towns kept out African-Americans for decades.  

***This information can be found on pages 3-5 of the book Sundown Towns- A Hidden Dimension of American Racism.***

 

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning POU. Have a great day

    • sagittarius

      Morning, cc!

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning. Thanks for all this weather!

  • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

    I bought this book last May, already knowing what a sundown town was but floored by the extent of this extremism.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, MaryK!

      • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

        Hey, good morning to all y’all, too.

    • conlakappa

      Indeed. A lot of folks were mistaken that it was limited to the South/Midwest. Didn’t every State have them? My husband tells the story of his older brothers getting rides home from their jobs in Pelham [Manor], NY. Or at least to the border. They lived in White Plains/New Rochelle and as teenagers worked in the movie theaters in Pelham.

      My mother has a friend with a great beach house in Ocean Grove, NJ, to which we have unfettered and free access. This is a change culturally for my mother, who’s from Asbury Park. Her brother was escorted by the police as well.

      • MsKitty

        There are some parts of South Jersey that are straight from the set of Deliverance, specifically the Pinelands. It’s kinda understood you go to that area at your own risk. Salem County has that sundown vibe about it too.

        • conlakappa

          It wasn’t until maybe 15 years ago that I was in Southern NJ. We drove through farm country as a different drive from AC. People were nice enough but it sure didn’t look like my Garden State.

          • MsKitty

            There’s still more rural areas compared to the North, but the last 10 years or so have been crazy suburban sprawl. When I moved to my current address 20 years ago there were so many trees and undeveloped land. Now most of that’s been turned into strip malls and cookie cutter sub-developments. I knew things had changed when we actually started having significant morning and evening rush hours within a 5 mile radius of my apartment.

    • GreenLadyHere

      -GOOD Morntin’ MaryK. —-***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      Good 2 C U. :>) Thanks 2 SHARIN’ :>) – — B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

      • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

        Thanks! Safe and warm in my room with my Siamese beside me. Overcast here in the SW mountains, as if the sun hasn’t quite come up yet. Been this way for an hour. He’s watching a pair of flickers at the feeder and climbing up and down the little oak tree.

  • jds09

    Morning Everbody!

    • sagittarius

      Morning, jds!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -GODD NornTin’ jsd09. :>) ***BIG –Cali —HUG*** :>)
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    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Have a great day!

    • Miranda

      STAY WARM!!

      • conlakappa

        Dare we ask how many blankets, coats, sweaters, etc. you’re sporting right now? /cheesy grin

        Our day started out a warm 41 but that was the high. It’s expected to get steadily cold and be in the teens tomorrow. Good times.

        • crazycanuck

          Miranda sleeps with three blankets when it’s 50 degrees lmao. Don’t hurt me

          • conlakappa

            Don’t forget the duvet, the two pairs of socks, and gloves. All this when she has the thermostat set on 80! We’ll say it’s the pull of Mother Africa what makes her that way…

            ::writer of this comment has been renditioned to Disqus purgatory::

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Miranda!

        I will! How is the weather in ATL?

      • TyrenM

        -40 Wind Chill. Hurry up Spring.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -☺GOOD MORNTIN’ —☺http://www.pics22.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/sagittarius-green-glitter-graphic-for-fb-share.gif
      —-B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –[PRAYIN’ 4 JOB♥] — -

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, GLH **BIG HUG**

        I hope all is well. Thank you for your prayers – I need them! Blessings to you!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Sagittarius. – – – -My Pleasure.♥ — -Thank U. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, sag.

      I decided to stay put today.

      I am glad that the CPS actually came out early with their closing.

      Though, the Catholic schools still beat them.

      We were at lunch with Peanut yesterday when her mother got the text from her school about today.

      CPS was hours later.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning and stay warm!

      • sagittarius

        Morning, goldenstar!

        I will – and you do the same!

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!

      • sagittarius

        Morning, Alma!

        Stay warm and safe!

        • Alma98

          Will do.

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) -LOL —Came across THIS –This Morntin’. – -HAD 2 SHARE. LOL – —

    – — – -O.K. – – -Back 2 the THEME . LOL

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  • Miranda

    Rep.Trey Radel (R-Fla.) to resign

    Embattled Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) plans to resign from Congress Monday, months after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
    drug charge, his office confirmed.

    Radel, a first-term congressman, was arrested for cocaine possession last fall. After reaching a plea agreement, he underwent drug rehabilitation treatment and returned to Congress earlier this month.

    Despite pleas from party leaders for him to step down, Radel had said he was committed to returning to his job representing the people of his district. But on Monday, Radel’s chief of staff Dave Natonski confirmed to Post Politics that Radel plans to submit a letter explaining his decision to resign.

    Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/27/embattled-rep-trey-radel-r-fla-to-resign/

    • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

      It’s the only thing he can do. Won’t do time, that’s for sure. Ought to, just to be fair to all the folks that don’t have his influence and the extra added attraction of White Privilege. Remember, that’s the country these people are trying to take back. Sundown towns and all.

  • Miranda

    Jackass.

    Bayer Pharmaceutical CEO: Cancer drug only ‘for western patients who can afford it’
    By Scott Kaufman Sunday, January 26, 2014 14:13 EST

    In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers said that his company’s new cancer drug, Nexavar, isn’t “for Indians,” but “for western patients who can afford it.”

    The drug, which is particularly effective on late-stage kidney and liver cancer, costs approximately $69,000 per year in India, so in March 2012 an Indian court granted a license to an Indian company to produce to the drug at a 97 percent discount.

    Bayer sued Natco Pharma Ltd., but in March of last year, the High Court in Mumbai denied its appeal. Bayer CEO called the compulsory license issued by the Indian court “essentially theft,” then said “[w]e did not develop this medicine for Indians…[w]e developed it for western patients who can afford it.”

    Nexavar costs approximately $96,000 per year in the United States, but Bayer assures“western patients” that they can have access to the drug for a $100 copay.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/26/bayer-pharmaceutical-ceo-cancer-drug-only-for-western-patients-who-can-afford-it/

    • conlakappa

      How has that worked out for other “Western” pharma in India? My recollection is that India is like Brazil in its making generics, even from patented drugs, and basically double-dog daring the companies to come suing.

  • Joy

    Morning, all!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Joy’ ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —
      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/ SAFE/WARM♥

    • Alma98

      Morning Joy!

  • Miranda

    SOTU guests hint at address themes
    By Justin Sink January 27, 2014, 06:00 am

    Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, a fire chief from an Oklahoma city devastated by a tornado and the first NBA player to come out as openly gay will be among those seated with first lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

    Guests of the first lady will also include Joey Hudy, a 16-year old who is the youngest intern at semiconductor maker Intel, and Kathy Hollowell-Makle, the 2013 teacher of the year in the District of Columbia public school system, the White House said Monday.

    The tradition of inviting high-profile guests to the State of the Union address dates back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and can provide a window into the themes and policy priorities the president is likely to outline.

    The first such guest was Lenny Skutnik, who dove into the Potomac River to rescue a passenger from the crash of Air Florida Flight 90.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/196453-sotu-guests-hint-at-theme-of-address#ixzz2rbsAshjD

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – -***BIG HUG*** — -RACISM —The MANY FACES —STLL AFFECT US.

    THANK U PBOMB♥ — 4 Another Perspective annnd Learning Experience. :>)

    – – – —VISITED THIS: – – -Sundown suburbs followed, a popular example is Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, had a population 180,000 including just 28 minority families, most of whom on a U.S. Army Facility. — NOT MUCH has changed. —hmmm. . .

    – —☺http://img4-1.myrecipes.timeinc.net/i/recipes/ck/06/12/hot-chocolate-ck-1559194-x.jpg –Please ENJOY your TREAT♥
    —B BLESSED –SAFE – –WARM♥ — -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –PBOMB♥ – – – -Plans 4 the SOTU Seating: – —

    — –Jason Collins to sit in Michelle Obama’s box at State of the Union- —

    – ——NBA player Jason Collins, who last year became one of the first athletes in any major sport to declare that he is gay, will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, in the latest sign of the strong support of gay rights from the Obamas.

    Administration officials announced Monday that Collins would join a group that includes White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Kathy Hollowell-Makle, who was the 2013 teacher of the year in Washington D.C., and Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, two runners who survived the attack at the Boston Marathon. Other guests are likely to announced before the speech.

    Seating specific people in the First Lady’s box is a long tradition
    that offers a president the chance to both honor those individuals and highlight whatever cause they are associated with.

    THERE IS MORE. —- – —Lookin’ FORWARD 2 MR. PRESIDENT♥

    —–[Gotta “bounce early” – –Will sign off soon♥] – -

    • crazycanuck

      Jason Lewis? I thought he was afraid of Black people or something.

    • gn

      Yall know I love me some FLOTUS but I continue to disagree with the Collins hagiography. He’s not seeking a fair shake for being a great player who happens to be gay. He’s seeking great acclaim for being a fair player who happens to be gay. That this was timed to draw comparisons to Jackie Robinson (and those explicit comparisons were made) is cynical and to me it makes a mockery of what we’re trying to do in terms of equality and even-ing the playing field. Not trying to be offensive, but I’m a little tired of it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ GN. – –**BIG HUG*** – —

        **BIG fist bump*** – –Notice that I did NOT emphasize him. :>) – — –Sorry. —Gotta “bounce.” —“>_

        B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥

        • gn

          I did notice that lol—you have a great day too GLH!

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

    They should’ve neva given Black Twitter photoshop: http://instagram.com/p/jqIDnXp1Kn/#

    • conlakappa

      What was up with that hair? Tragic. Wet weave hangs funny.

    • Miranda

      I hate yall_______________________________

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

        At the next music award show, somebody gonna show up in diamond encrusted rollers.

  • crazycanuck

    Street Musicians…..William H Johnson

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    I decided not to venture out and just call the job and I’m staying put today.

    • crazycanuck

      Good for you. It’s not to bad here, but then again, I’m so bogged down with layers I could be wrong lol.

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Rikyrah!

      Good. It’s one thing if you drove to work, but since you take public trans, and Metra has been extremely sucky this winter, it’s best to stay put.

    • conlakappa

      Did you tell them you were Kizzy?

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -Jus’ postin’ – — Hmmm –on soma it. . .

    Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate at 2014 Grammy Awards – – –

    – – —Gotta say it —macklemore????????

  • rikyrah
    • TyrenM

      Ha ha. I thought that was her outfit from the “Music” video.

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

      Overseer Couture.

  • crazycanuck

    I just did my good deed for the day. A cashier gave me back change for a twenty when I only gave her a ten. I walked back to give her the correct change.

    • rikyrah

      I always do that when it happens because I think they take it out of the cashier’s paycheck when it happens, and they don’t make all that much.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Crazycanuck — **BIG HUG** —-Bless U. :>)

      B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –

  • rikyrah
    • conlakappa

      I thought it was a Mountie hat.

  • rikyrah
    • Alma98

      Michael Costello was one of my favorite from Project Runway.

  • rikyrah
    • jds09

      This is amazing.

      • rikyrah

        it really is…in a sorta creepy way, because I can’t tell the difference unless his dad was like, TEN, when he reproduced.

        Black truly don’t crack, but I think there’s some witchcraft involved with these two.

        • Alma98

          LOL

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

      Hol’ up! That’s Pharell’s FATHER??? Stop. Playing!

      • crazycanuck

        Ok, I’m gonna have to ask. Which one is the Father? The one on the left?

        • sagittarius

          Pharrell is on the left, his dad on the right.

          • crazycanuck

            noway, dam

      • rikyrah

        See!!

        voodoo…witchcraft…something’s going on here.

      • TresL

        There were at least two episodes of the Twilight Zone about people living across the centuries with supernatural assistance. One was an actress. The other a history professor. Great episodes.

        • MsKitty

          The one with the actress (I believe it was Ann Blyth) is one of my favorites. I especially loved the twist about the old lady that was hanging around her.

          • conlakappa

            I’m… her daughter!

          • TresL

            LOL!!!

          • conlakappa

            AbFab spoofed it: Patsy’s sister said, “I’m her younger sister!”

          • MsKitty

            See I was trying not to spoil it. Folks can get touchy about spoilers these days. I got yelled at recently for talking about Omar’s death on The Wire by someone who was only up to season 2 LOL.

          • conlakappa

            Um, that episode was from 40 years ago. If people haven’t seen it yet from one of the eleventy holiday marathons of TZ…

            But, wait, Omar died?!!! I know about Stringer ’cause of that NYTimes editorial… I kid, I kid, tried to watch the show but couldn’t get past episode 3 of season 1.

          • MsKitty

            I’m with you. Basically my feeling is if a show has been broadcast live it’s fair game for discussion, but that puts me in a small minority.

  • rikyrah
    • conlakappa

      Taking “heightening” to a new level!

  • rikyrah

    Saw the trailer for Peabody & Sherman. Outside of old Bullwinkle
    fans, how does this appeal to the young audience? I’m going to go see it
    because I loved Bullwinkle, but I just don’t think I’m the target
    audience. I found some clips on youtube and tried sitting down with Peanut yesterday, and she just didn’t get the appeal.

    • crazycanuck

      It’s because it was really for adults. There were a lot of in jokes in that cartoon.

      • rikyrah

        Absolutely. The older I get, I went back and looked at Bullwinkle and don’t understand how they got that on the air with the supposed audience being children.

        • conlakappa

          The Looney Tunes are the same way.

  • rikyrah

    GOP is Anti-Voting

    by BooMan

    Sun Jan 26th, 2014 at 11:11:31 AM EST

    Tucker Carlson is concerned that some states are allowing 17 year olds
    to pre-register to vote and participate in party primaries if they will
    be 18 on election day. His argument is that 17 year olds are too
    immature to successfully order food at a restaurant, so they must be too
    stupid for their political opinions to be worthy of consideration.

    However, Campus Reform reporter Katherine Timpf reassured him that
    some young people are disappointed in Barack Obama’s presidency and
    might actually vote for Republicans. This is the crux of the matter.
    Republicans oppose voter participation by any group who they think will
    not support them, while Democrats support the broadest voter
    participation possible.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/s…..111131/371

  • gn

    What do you guys think of Macklemore publicizing the text that he sent to Kendrick Lamar apologizing for the grammy situation and acknowledging that he robbed Kendrick? I’m sorry, but to me it seems like another gimmick, this time to head off the massive criticism coming his way. I’ve said elsewhere, it’s like Weird Al getting a hip hop grammy over Nas. Like seriously, no. Just can’t be smoothed over.

    • conlakappa

      If it was he who publicized it, yep, attentioning. If it was Kendrick, fair enough.

      • gn

        Yep, he sent the text and then very promptly put it up on Instagram last night. I try to not hold people’s past beliefs against them because everyone can and does change, but I saw some tweets from Macklemore circa 2009 which have me side-eyeing the heck out of his status as a gay spokesperson. I think this apology is another gimmick; he knows what he’s doing. I’m trying to not go too far in attacking him because I honestly think that he’s an unoffensive and likely nice guy. But this situation is fake and I really dislike that.

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

          What did he tweet in 2009? Put him on Front St. & Blast Ave.!

    • crazycanuck

      I think that is EXACTLY why he did it. He saw the criticism on twitter.

      • gn

        He knew it was coming ahead of time actually. That he was even in the category and nominated over someone like J Cole was already a travesty and he was already a target of many hip hop fans because of that. To sweep the hip hop awards category? That’s armageddon and IMO he’s doing whatever he can to try to foist that off People are PISSED lol.

        • crazycanuck

          Thing is and itgirl said it best on Twitter, The rap/hip hop industry allowed their music to be appropriated. I don’t think they can turn it back now.

          • gn

            Co-signed to the highest possible degree.

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

            Itgurl was speaking truth last night, but some stans weren’t trying to hear it.

          • itgurl_29

            Stans can stay mad cause it’s the truth. How you gonna be mad at Macklemore but stan for Jay “there’s no such thing as black music” Carter? How you gonna do that when he was kissing the behind of the biggest culture vulture of this generation, Justin Timberlake?

            I’m not here for it. Yes, it’s messed up that Macklemore won best hip hop album. But when your biggest star is so thirsty for white acceptance that he basically says hip-hop ain’t black, then oh well.

      • Joy

        And knows he didn’t deserve to win ANY of those awards. Best new artist…maybe.

    • jds09

      I remember my Uncle Clyde’s comments about the Grammys the year that Stevie Wonder took everything (I think it was for Songs to the Key of Life), in essence he said Stevie ruined it for every black person after him cause white folks can’t tolerate that kind of dominance. I’ve given the Grammys the side-eye ever since. I wish black folks would stop caring about getting kudos from white institutions.

      • conlakappa

        I looked it up [formerly asserted my nerd credentials, thank you]: the thing with Stevie is that he had back-to-back Album of the Year wins. Each time he won, he won 3 awards that night. I associated it with InnerVisions, which I thought was more amazing than Songs, but he also did with Fulfillingness’ First Finale [didn’t at all remember this album title!]. All of those wins came on the heels of when Marvin should have won but wasn’t even nominated.

    • Miranda

      SMH…..I for one would never believe any race owned a genre…but for heavenssakes…You gotta be effin kidding me with Thrift Shop being the rap song of the year. You really gotta be effin kidding me.

      • gn

        Exactly, a race doesn’t own a genre—there have always been respected white hip hop artists for as long as I can remember. Always were some. What last night represents is the attempt to co-opt hip hop and afford mediocre and barely hip hop acts a complexion for protection. In other words, this was the attempt to fully import white privilege into hip hop as well as steal a legacy of social conscious rap after all but closing the industry to those positive acts. Even Eminem acknowledged that there were unfair advantages afforded to him due to his skin color but at least he was within the genre; last night was from outer space.

        • conlakappa

          My husband thinks black folks should take over another genre. I suggested classical!

    • rikyrah

      the publicizing of the apology means that it wasn’t sincere in the least.

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

      He’s an insincere attention whore. Besides, if he REALLY felt that Kendrick got robbed, then he should’ve refused to accept the award like Marlon Brando refused to accept the Oscar, or he could’ve given the award to Kendrick like Ving Rhames gave his Golden Globe to Jack Lemon.

      • gn

        Boom.

      • Town

        Or he could’ve boycotted the Grammys like DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince did.

  • rikyrah
    • TyrenM

      Joe, throw some 1’s up. Mica has nice ham hocks.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Ewwwwww!

  • rikyrah

    Some Republicans Departing From Response Script

    By JEREMY W. PETERS

    JAN. 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The protocol is staid and formulaic. The president
    addresses Congress on the State of the Union, then the opposition
    party’s designee follows with a reply.

    The choreography is tight, predictable and usually forgettable.

    Not this year. The response, a once careful attempt at stagecraft
    fashioned under the close watch of party chiefs to be as uniform and on
    message as possible, has given way to political free agency.

    The shift speaks volumes about politics today: the value placed on
    the individual brand over the larger organization, and the way social
    media and technology have torn down barriers to fame and influence.

    For example, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, plans to
    spend part of Tuesday in a television studio off Capitol Hill recording
    his own unsanctioned rebuttal to Mr. Obama’s address that night. His
    staff plans to blast the video to news outlets around the world, and to
    the hundreds of thousands of people the senator reaches online through
    Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/us/politics/some-republicans-departing-from-response-script.html?_r=1

    • conlakappa

      Sounds like it’s being recorded before the President delivers his address. How is this much different from Clint Eastwood addressing a chair?

    • Miranda

      Gawd these people are silly.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • rikyrah

    Clinton Supporters Want Iowa To Want Her

    “You guys want a list. Iowans want a sense of engagement and
    conversation and dialogue like they got on the Obama campaign.” The super PAC takes the first of what they say will be many trips to the
    early caucus state.
    posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:48am EST

    by Ruby Cramer

    DES MOINES — By Saturday afternoon, Craig Smith
    was tired. His jacket was off, sleeves rolled up. He didn’t sleep much on Friday night. After a string of flight delays out of Washington and canceled connections from multiple airports, he finally napped during the snowy midnight drive from Chicago to Des Moines.

    The 55-year-old Arkansas native sat at the head of a table before a dozen Iowa Democrats in a brewery downtown. He was trying explain, to the fifth group that day, that “Ready for Hillary” is not Hillary Clinton’s
    campaign.

    “We’re not setting up offices,” Smith, a senior adviser
    to the group, said. “We’re not hiring staff. We’re not doing polling.
    We’re not buying TV ads. We’re not making policy pronouncements. We’re not endorsing candidates. We’re not the campaign.”

    “That’s not what we are,” Smith said.

    It was a common message Saturday, as he mostly explained, again and again, what the group is and is not.

    Afterthe meetings, the exhausted team declared the day a success. Attendees had been excited; had pinned “Iowans Ready for Hillary” buttons to their lapels; had smiled wide watching video clips from Clinton speeches; hadeven, at one point, broke into spontaneous applause and cheering at hermention.

    “If we build it, she will come,” said one of the
    meeting’s organizers, Bonnie Campbell, a former Iowa attorney general and Clinton administration appointee.

    But despite a sense of excitement over the specter of Hillary Clinton’s could-be campaign, the meetings revealed a tension between what an early primary state like Iowa wants and what a group like Ready Hillary can actually offer.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/ready-for-hillary-takes-iowa-with-mixed-results

    • jds09

      Somebody gonna get their feelings hurt. Just sayin’

      • conlakappa

        What you don’t believe “… a sense of excitement over the specter…” to be true?!!! Sheesh, have we not heard this record played before? Same song, slightly different beat with a little more whining thrown in. Is she going to show up and after a straw poll she might win, get all Sally “you like me, you really like me” Fields about it?

        • jds09

          conlakappa, regarding Hillary, I keep thinking about that Hollywood Liberal who when asked why weren’t liberal rich people dumping the same amount of money into Obama that the other side was dumping into Mitt, and he said something to the effect of “if the movie is bad, it doesn’t how much money you put into promotion.” The Clinton Camp cannot create authentic excitement around her candidacy. Holding one’s nose while voting is very different than wanting to call into other states using one’s own cell phone. You cannot buy that.

          • conlakappa

            I don’t understand that quote. I think the rich liberals weren’t showing up because the President didn’t ask them to and he wasn’t saying giving me money = sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom. You know, like they got during the last D administration.

            You are so right about this fake attempt at excitement. Iowa wasn’t there for her in 2008, I don’t think it’s fallen for her since then. I think she took it for granted then and got her feelings hurt at the dismal EMILYs list turnout last fall. America might want a woman President but they don’t necessarily want a retread.

          • jds09

            I understood his quote to mean, you don’t put good money after bad.

          • conlakappa

            So, a knock against the President?

          • TresL

            No, it was a knock against Mitt. He was basically saying they didn’t need to put lots of money behind PBO because they believed him to be superior to Mitt and that would be proven regardless of the amount of money spent on either side. Fortunately, he was right; but, we know that is not always the case.

          • jds09

            Exactly. Hillary is not a superior candidate. She has too much baggage.

          • conlakappa

            Thanks. I thought it was open for interpretation either way. I had the same read that you did.

      • Lisa M

        I’m waiting until after February because that’s when Candidate Obama got in back in 2008. Hilary in for a rude awakening if she think she’s just going to waltz in and win the nom. Didn’t she jump in soon after that?

    • goldenstar

      This is so strange because this is the state where she got her behind handed to her by Barack Obama.

    • TresL

      She really does not want to work for this. She’s got her minions out there trying to get people on board for her. I said it once and I’ll say it again. She is the absolute worst person to be our first female president. That person should not be a woman standing by her perverted husband through his many “bimbo eruptions” and riding a wave of sympathy to a senate seat in a state which she never lived. Nor should it be someone so desperate to win that she plays racial politics to beat a black candidate when the most reliable part of the democratic base are black people. This woman has so many strikes against her that if she had any decency at all, she would announce right now that she is not running so that other Democrats can start planning campaigns of their own.

      • itgurl_29

        When you think about it, Monica Lewinsky made her relevant. Had Bill not gotten caught cheating on her, she never would have won that senate seat. Folks felt sorry for her and gave her the senate seat as a consolation prize for her years of humiliation as a wife.

        Monica put her on. SMH

      • Daltex82

        THIS!

  • rikyrah

    GOP Candidates Suddenly Find Love For Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

    Dylan Scott – January 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EST6043

    The conventional wisdom is that Republicans running in 2014 will be campaigning against Obamacare, attempting to recreate the 2010 magic that saw them make massive gains in Congress and state governments, holding themselves in stark contract to Democrats who are responsible for what the GOP sees as a fatally flawed law.

    That’s the narrative, and that’s what Republican strategists would have you believe. But comments — or the lack thereof — from some GOP candidates in state and national elections suggest that opposition might not be as ironclad as previously believed, as the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has documented. In at least one case, in fact, a Republican in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country effectively endorsed the expansion.

    It’s a huge shift from the “defund or repeal” mantra during the government shutdown of October, a possible indicator that some conservatives are recognizing that Obamacare is here to stay — and that proposing to knock the newly enrolled off Medicaid is politically perilous.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/2014-gop-candidates-medicaid-expansion

  • rikyrah

    The Calculus of Hypocrisy: It’s Still a Lie Even If You Believe It

    I don’t trust the Republican Party. This goes beyond disagreeing with them on every single policy position they hold. As a party, they’re deceitful, manipulative, and wholly disingenuous. It’s not even a question anymore; it’s verifiable fact. Their brand is badly damaged and is about to become completely unsalvageable.

    I never bought into the post-modern notion of created reality, that all truth is subjective. In contrast, objective reality isn’t classified into strictly rigid forms Desecrates style. Objective reality doesn’t have to be something that’s true absolutely or universally only. That’s not to say there’s no such thing as a universal truth, but with our limited capacity for knowledge, finite perception, biases, and biological restrictions, having perfect knowledge is out of reach. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive toward truth. Something can be declared true or false based on a system of reason and use of fact-based evidence. It’s one of the hallmarks of the Scientific Method and a foundational principle of Western Civilization. Ideas and their subsequent implementation can be judged as better or worse using this standard. Without it, our biases, and superstitions remain unchallenged which in turn stifles progress.

    …………………….

    This is the rot within the Republican Party. Thanks to Karl Rove, the Architect, the GOP abandoned notions of objective reality in an effort to win elections. They’ve latched onto their own created delusion and show no signs of changing. If they can’t effectively message whatever reality they’re trying to create, then they simply change their position to be counter to the opposition. They’re not concerned with what’s actual. It’s about how they can bend actual to their will but their grip is weakening.

    http://thedailybanter.com/2014/01/the-calculus-of-hypocrisy-its-still-a-lie-even-if-you-believe-it/

  • rikyrah

    I love the New Sherlock.

    Simply love it.

    • Joy

      Last nite’s ep had me rolling!

  • Miranda

    Report: Maureen McDonnell Also Asked Donor For SUVs For Her Kids

    ERIC LACH – JANUARY 27, 2014, 10:03 AM EST358

    Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell didn’t always get everything she asked for from the Virginia businessman and political donor Jonnie Williams.

    The Washington Post reported this weekend on a couple of instances when Williams felt “a little used and put her off,” according to people familiar with the account Williams gave to federal prosecutors.

    According to the Post, after the McDonnell family had spent a vacation at Williams’ lake house, the McDonnells’ sons had driven Williams’ Range Rover home. Maureen McDonnell subsequently asked Williams if the boys could take the vehicle back to the University of Virginia. Williams said no. Not long after that, Maureen McDonnell called Williams with another idea: could he give her money to buy another of her children a used Ford Explorer. Again, Williams said no.

    more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/maureen-mcdonnell-suvs

    • conlakappa

      She is so tacky.

      • TyrenM

        Maybe she performed for that SUV.

    • Town

      McDonnell’s kids better apply to Northern Virginia Community College, get a job at Starbucks and save up for a MetroFare card. b/c there will be no more UVA tuition money for them unless a Super PAC comes through.

      • Miranda

        They’ll get mysterious private scholarships that will not be publicized.

  • crazycanuck

    Me Likey, want one now

    FoodPorn ‏@ItsFoodPorn now

    Shrimp Tacos pic.twitter.com/r635cMvb9S

    • Tunisia

      OMG….I need this in my life right now!

      • crazycanuck

        YUP, and that lemon on the side. EVIL lol

        • conlakappa

          That’s lime. Do they not have those in Canada? Call them green lemons?

          ::ducks thrown moose jerky::

          • crazycanuck

            you can’t duck low enough lol. Yes I meant lime. ****sticks tongue out****

    • rikyrah

      Yum YUM YUM

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

    This is VERY interesting. So, is Andrea Mitchell out at MSNBC?

    MSNBC Shaking up Daytime Schedule
    By Chris Ariens on January 27, 2014 10:08 AM

    MSNBC is set to announce changes to its daytime lineup, perhaps as early as today.

    Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow (far right) will host his new show at 1pmET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid (near right), the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2pmET.

    Currently, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell anchors “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1pm and Tamron Hall anchors
    “NewsNation” at 2pm. Hall is negotiating a new contract that would give
    her an expanded role at the “Today” show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule, likely at 11am which has been vacant since Thomas Roberts moved to “Way Too Early.” Meanwhile, the Noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4pm two weeks ago.

    MORE: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/msnbc-shaking-up-daytime-schedule_b211398

    • jds09

      I’m praying for Joy Reid’s success. That’s all I got to say.

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  • JB20005

    American lawyer, and Snowden legal adviser Jesselyn Radack gloats on Russian State Television over the failure of US intelligence to stop the Boston Marathon bombings.

    These same awful people really want you to think it’s concern for the US that motivates them.

    • Alma98

      Useful idiots, smh.

    • Miranda

      She is useless.

  • rikyrah

    see…all the dirt is gonna come to light

    ……………..

    FEMA warned Christie administration that AshBritt contract could jeopardize federal funding

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned the Christie administration just days after Hurricane Sandy that its decision to award a no-bid contract to a politically connected firm to haul away debris could jeopardize maximum federal reimbursement for towns, The Star-Ledger has learned.

    For months, Gov. Chris Christie has dismissed critics who said his decision to give the Florida-based AshBritt Inc. a contract could add costs for taxpayers in 53 New Jersey towns that employed the firm.

    Christie and his staff also say FEMA all but endorsed the contract, which was “piggybacked,” or taken word for word, from a 2008 contract AshBritt had signed with Connecticut.

    But a letter sent to Christie by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) last month discloses the state was warned reimbursments could be at risk because of the contract.

    “I am writing today because FEMA officials have informed my office that they warned the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General shortly after the storm that the “piggyback” contract utilized by the state for debris removal presents problems that could put federal reimbursement to local government at risk,” Lautenberg wrote in the Feb. 21 letter, obtained under the state’s Open Public Records Act.

    Lautenberg added: “I urge you to take all the necessary steps to ensure that current and future debris removal contracts are in full compliance with federal procurement regulations.”

    FEMA strongly discourages the use of “piggybacked” contracts and subjects them to greater scrutiny, Lautenberg told Christie. As a result, he wrote, FEMA will determine whether AshBritt’s rates are reasonable and may penalize towns by cutting reimbursement if it finds the costs are out of step with the marketplace.

    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/fema_warned_christie_administr.html

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

      Yep. I posted that article and others about AshBritt last year. Mainstream media acted like Christie did such a stand up job when it came to Sandy relief. They intentionally ignored this because they wanted him to win a second term.

  • PBomb

    Scarface said this last year…

    Scarface Says Hip-Hop is Being White Washed like Rock Was…

    We don’t always respect our elders, but watching Scarface talk about how hip-hop is being whitewashed reminds us why we always should. Sitting down with HardKnockTV, Uncle Face takes his time to say something “as offensive as I can fucking make it.”

    “There’s no fucking way you can tell me that it’s not a conspiracy against the Blacks in hip-hop,” said the Houston rapper. “Because you put out fucking records that make us look stupid, that make us look dumb.”

    Face went on to explain when “other rappers” come out they look great. He reasons that eventually fans will side with the intelligent rappers and, “Pretty soon…hip-hop is white now.”

    Read more here: http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/watch-scarface-explains-how-hip-hop-is-being-whitewashed-like-rock-was

    • jds09

      This has gone on….since like forever. Time to create some new shit now.

    • itgurl_29

      I called him out on this last year as well. Can’t nobody “make” you look dumb. There are rappers who choose to write ignorant and foul lyrics because that’s just where their mindset is. And there are some who do is who know they can get put on easier if they come up with some ignorant mess. And if any rapper in the industry thinks these white executives are looking to make black folks and hip-hop look good, then they’re stupid and I see why white folks are taking the genre from them like it’s nothing. No white man can make you do anything. He’s looking for ignorance and the degradation of blackness and they are providing it, period.

      I don’t feel the least bit sorry for any of these rappers.

      • Alma98

        I agree with rap being white-washed but you’re right about rappers letting industry folks destroy it.

        • itgurl_29

          This is totally different from rock & roll. Because were were in control from the jump. There were black label owners from the jump. Hip-hop made the choice to sell out. They chose to hand over what they created and already owned because the white man’s price was right. Period.

      • PBomb

        Yeah, that particular comment was off kilter. Especially the siding with intelligent rappers comment. White Rappers does not automatically equal intelligent. That’s a slap in the face to people like Common, Yalib Kweli, Mos Def, ATCQ, and The Roots. There are also others that I am not naming. I do agree with the overall sentiment of rap becoming white washed, just not in the way Scarface described.

        • gn

          I don’t have a chance to watch the video, but it seems like he was saying the stupid black artists are the ones who are signed (as opposed to conscious ones), meanwhile the white artists who are promoted are the ones with more intelligence, creating the mirage that black rappers are stupid while white rappers are a step above. I don’t consider Macklemore that intelligent (his act is just gimmicky to me) but I think that there’s truth to what Scarface is saying in terms of a strategy to have people gravitate towards white artists and eschew black ones.

      • Town

        No one can make you look dumb, HOWEVER…

        Look at who record labels choose to promote. If you come out with a record talking about education, self determination, love etc. and I come out with a record promoting drugs, sex, they’ll promote ME, not you.

        Drake is a classic case. I remember when Drake was first trying to get put on (when his role on Degrassi was diminished to being nothing more than the unsexual black friend) he talked about how hard it was to get put on making clean positive rap etc.

        Fast forward to 2014 and all he can talk about is strippers, money, parties etc. So he sold out to get put on (as do most of these people) but he knows he wouldn’t have gotten put on as big (and certainly not in the United States) if he hadn’t sold out.

        It’s a hard decision. The only way black rappers are going to pull back the reigns is if they own/control their own labels and distribution. Until then, we will continue to see black rappers only being able to release ignorant songs to the public while white rappers get to release socially concious records.

        When was the last big black rap social record? Self Destruction in 1987?

  • PBomb

    Macklemore, White Privilege, and The Grammy For Best Rap Album

    This Sunday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS. If Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist wins the Grammy for Best Rap Album, it’ll be both the best and worst night of Macklemore’s career. Macklemore is nominated for a total of seven awards, including Best New Artist, Song of The Year, and even Album of The Year. But no award this year is more important than Best Rap Album. Why? Because in that category he faces off against rap’s golden boy, Kendrick Lamar, and his universally acclaimed rap masterpiece, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

    Despite the fact that there’s three other nominees, only Macklemore and Kendrick’s albums are also facing off for Album of the Year1, which means one or the other will certainly win Best Rap Album. (Sorry Kanye, Drake, and Jay Z). Kendrick is also nominated for seven awards, and Kendrick is signed to a major label, while Macklemore is an independent artist—so you might think Kendrick has a better shot at winning. But cynical rap fans know better.

    Read More: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/macklemore-white-privilege-grammy-best-rap-album

    This is a good read, this was written before the Grammy’s and the comments are worth a read as well.

  • rikyrah

    Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz Openly Threaten The Country With Economic Catastrophe
    By: Rmuse
    Monday, January, 27th, 2014, 10:24 am

    By now, most people are familiar with Albert Einstein’s statement that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” and by his definition Republicans are truly insane. As the next debt ceiling crisis looms in less than a month, Republicans are once again threatening to hold the debt limit hostage in return for a ransom payment that is, beyond belief, the height of insanity. Or is it really a calculated move to put America on a course for an economic catastrophe unless the President pays the hostage demands that will be catastrophic? Thus far, Republicans have proposed letting the nation default on its debt and initiate an economic disaster in America and around the world unless President Obama does what they call the “responsible thing” and allow them to impose ruinous damage on the economy, kill millions of jobs, gut social safety nets, and hand the Koch brothers billions in dirty energy profits for a foreign corporation’s catastrophic project.

    On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell followed teabag leader, Ted Cruz, by demanding two unreasonable, and potentially calamitous concessions from President Obama before Republicans raise the debt limit to pay for Bush-Republicans’ two unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts for the rich, and an unfunded and botched roll-out of their Medicare prescription plan. There is nothing insane about the Republican demand for a ransom payment for doing the job they were elected to do, because their intent is decimating the economy in precisely the same manner as the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 while exacerbating the income inequality strangling the economic life out of the great majority of Americans. McConnell said there is no way Republicans will fulfill their job requirement unless the President approves the KeystoneXL pipeline, and agreed with Ted Cruz that the debt limit must be tied to a structural mechanism like the Budget Control Act that fostered the austerity measures included in the sequester.

    First, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the debt limit must be raised by late February to avoid a credit default; an outcome that all economic analysts agree would be catastrophic for the U.S. economy. President Obama has made his position perfectly clear that he will not negotiate on raising the debt limit, but McConnell is sticking to his guns like Republicans did in 2011 that gave the nation austerity madness (the sequester) that will have devastating effects on the economy for nine more years. McConnell said, “I think for the president to ask for a clean debt ceiling when we have a debt the size of our economy is irresponsible. So we ought to discuss adding something to his request to raise the debt ceiling that does something about the debt or produces at least something positive for our country” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/27/mitch-mcconnell-ted-cruz-openly-threaten-country-economic-catastrophe.html

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.

      I stayed put today. I’ll venture out later to start the car and warm it up, but that’s going to be it for today.

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah.
        This weather is ridiculous, I feel for mail carriers.
        Unless it’s an emergency I’m staying put.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning and love this smiling sun.

      • Alma98

        Good morning goldenstar, thank you.

  • PBomb

    Apparently, the actor Michael Rappaport wasn’t happy with Macklemore winning..

    Michael Rapaport Is Really Mad That Macklemore Swept the Rap Categories at The Grammys

    Macklemore just won Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance at the 2014 Grammys. Actor and avid hip-hop head Michael Rapaport was not too happy about this. His Twitter rant was a stand for “real hip-hop,” as he refers to some of NYC’s greats. Check out some of the tweets below.

    While many people are outraged that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist won rap album of the year over Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d. city, the two apparently are treating this as friendly competition. Macklemore Instagrammed a text message chain between himself and Kendrick, each congratulating the other for their success.

    Read More here: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/01/michael-rapaport-reaction-macklemore-winning-rap-awards-grammys-2014

    • gn

      lmao almost no hip hop fan was; I’m giggling that they’re reporting this as some sort of anamoly—that was a very typical reaction.

    • Alma98

      Some of the comments have me shaking my head. People can be so ignorant.

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

      I’m glad Rapaport spoke out and checked simple ass Miss Info.

      • conlakappa

        Could be makeup for Rapaport though. He directed that unauthorized doc about A Tribe Called Quest…

  • gn

    Okay this video tickles the heck out of me:

    • Alma98

      LMAO! This a great video, they’re working it.

      • conlakappa

        Very cute. Very siblings playing in the basement. Reminiscent of that drawing you posted that your daughter did of her and your son!

        • Alma98

          LOL

  • gn

    Okay, last Macklemore comment but this is lol:

    @desusnice
    Ya’ll worried about Macklemore but what about black on black crime?

    eta: and this is food for thought:

    @JamilSmith
    Macklemore’s awkward humility is “a transparent ploy for absolution, and a warning of robberies to come.” http://nyti.ms/1cleO3F

    • Alma98

      For real? I can’t.

      • conlakappa

        It always comes back to that.

      • gn

        He was joking. :-)

        • Alma98

          Ok gn lol.

  • sagittarius

    Hmmm…. a little sumpin’ sumpin in case receipts are needed to check a dude bro (h/t @gobrooklyn for RT)

    Charles Johnson ‏@Green_Footballs21m
    Did you know David Sirota was fired from a Philly campaign because he created a fake racially inflammatory website?

    http://articles.philly.com/1999-03-01/news/25511784_1_campaign-manager-web-site-david-sirota

    • Alma98

      Say what! Thanks to gobrooklyn.

    • jds09

      They can run but they can’t hide.

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

      Well, well, well!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

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  • qosine

    Well, here’s the update.
    Hope Joy can have some free reign.
    MSNBC DAYTIME SECHEDULE – as of Feb. 24:
    9 AM – The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd
    10 AM – Jansing and Co.
    11 AM – NewsNation with Tamron Hall
    NOON – Andrea Mitchell Reports
    1 PM – Ronan Farrow hosts*
    2PM – Joy Reid hosts *
    3P – The Cycle
    4P – NOW with Alex Wagner
    *show names for 1p and 2p to come
    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/msnbc-shaking-up-daytime-schedule_b211398

    • Lisa M

      Yay for Joy!!