April 25, 2014

Monday Open Thread: The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

This week’s open threads will highlight the other “unsung” heroes of the Civil Rights movement. We have always talked about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. There were others, black and white who were involved in securing civil rights for African-Americans. This week’s thread will talk about these people.

Vernon Dahmer

Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer, Sr. (March 10, 1908 – January 11, 1966) was an American civil rights leader and president of the Forrest Countychapter of the NAACP in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Dahmer was born March 10, 1908, to George and Ellen Dahmer of Forrest County, Mississippi. He attended Bay Spring High School. Vernon was light-skinned enough to pass as white,  but chose to forgo the privileges of living as a white man, and instead face the challenges of being a black man in Mississippi at that time.

In March 1952 Dahmer married Ellie Jewell Davis, a teacher from Rose Hill, Mississippi. The couple had eight children in their family and their home in north Forrest County was part of the Kelly Settlement area. Ellie Dahmer taught for many years in Richton, Mississippi and retired in 1987 from the Forrest County school system.

Dahmer was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church where he served as a music director and Sunday School teacher. Dahmer became the owner of a grocery store, sawmill, planing mill, and 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm.

Dahmer served several terms as president of the Forrest County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and led voter registration drives in the 1960s. He kept a voter registration book in his store in late 1965 to make it easier for African Americans to register. Dahmer also helped the local African American population pay a poll tax for the right to vote. His mantra was, “If you don’t vote, you don’t count,” and those words, which he repeated on his deathbed, were used as his epitaph.

On the night of January 10, 1966, the Dahmer home was firebombed. As Ellie and her children escaped the inferno, gunshots were fired from the streets and Vernon returned fire from inside the house. He was severely burned from the waist up before he could escape and died the next day. The Dahmer home, grocery store, and car were destroyed in the fire.

The Hattiesburg area was stunned by the attack. The Chamber of Commerce under William Carey College President Dr. Ralph Noonkester led a community effort to rebuild the Dahmer home. Local and state businesses such as the Masonite Corporation, Alexander Materials, and Frierson Building Materials donated materials, local unions donated their services, and students from the University of Southern Mississippi volunteered unskilled labor.

Authorities indicted fourteen men, most with Ku Klux Klan connections, for the attack on the Dahmer home. Thirteen were brought to trial, eight on charges of arson and murder. Four were convicted and one Billie Roy Pitts (Sam Bower’s body guard) entered a guilty plea and turned state’s evidence. However three out four of those convicted were pardoned within four years. In addition, eleven of the defendants were tried on federal charges of conspiracy to intimidate Dahmer because of his civil rights activities. Former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers, who was believed to have ordered the murder, was tried four times, but each trial ended in a mistrial.

Based on new evidence, the state of Mississippi reopened the case and in 1998 tried Bowers for the murder of Dahmer and assault on his family. The jury convicted Bowers and the judge sentenced him to life in prison. He died in Mississippi State Penitentiary on November 5, 2006.

After Dahmer’s death, a street and a park in Hattiesburg were named in his honor. On July 26, 1986, a memorial was also dedicated at the park.

On February 3, 2007, Dahmer was posthumously honored for his heroic contributions to the Civil Rights Movement at a celebration announcing the Vernon Dahmer Collection at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. The collection was funded in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

  • rigoletta

    Good morning.

    • Alma98

      Morning rigoletta.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, rigoletta!

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone, have a great day. I just want to go back into bed lol.

    • rigoletta

      I hear you on that. I got up and decided to take a personal day today.

      It just wasn’t happening. They’ll survive without me for a day.

      • jds09

        I call them “mental health days.” lol

      • jds09

        I call them “mental health days.” lol

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, cc!

  • rigoletta

    Sports-wise this was an interesting weekend.

    Serena won *cheers loudly*, all the other teams in the AFC North lost *cackles loudly* and the Steelers have been hurt by a key injury *says nothing because cheering injury is wrong but still screw them*.

    • Miranda

      You are so mean (bout the Steelers)…LOL

    • PBomb

      What happened? Did Rothlisberger get trapped up in someone panties again?

      • AxelFoley

        It might’ve helped if he did, with the game he had yesterday.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

    • sagittarius

      Morning, rikyrah!

  • Miranda

    Sent him over the edge? I wonder why? *chuckle*________ Although he grew up a Democrat, Strzelczyk became increasingly frustrated with politics in the past decade, and Barack Obama’s election in 2008 sent him over the edge.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/western-maryland-secessionists-seek-to-sever-ties-with-the-liberal-free-state/2013/09/08/15e97aa8-1651-11e3-804b-d3a1a3a18f2c_story_1.html

    • rigoletta

      That just might be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

      Who will these people leech off of if they leave? As far as I’m concerned they can leave whenever they want. They can have their racist meth/oxy poisoned 18th century Appalachian hellhole.

      I grew up in Baltimore County, MD. There were classmates of mine who lived closer to the border with Carroll County who said they could see the crosses burning at night. Mind you this was in the mid 90′s.

      Nobody gave a damn because if anything jumped off the combined black and jewish population of the area would have whipped their butts.

      This is white supremacy at its best. They want out. They depend on the more populous rest of the state and their proximity to DC for everything they have but they want out. Please. I wish they would and the rest of us could put up toll booths for them to enter MD and DC.

      • jziglar

        I have to laugh at these conservatives. They are not the majority in Colorado and Maryland so they get mad and want to succeed. Even though the chance of that happening is slim to none since creating a new state requires going through several hoops which will lead to failure.

        I also can’t stand the entitlement in that piece. You have Democrats/ liberals/ moderates living in Conservative states in the South and Mountain West but you don’t hear them talking about succeeding because they are not the majority.

        • rigoletta

          You have occassional nut who wants to secceed from the US like with Rick Perry talking about TX leaving.

          But these are fringe movements that will go nowhere because I don’t care how committed to the anti-choice, anti-LGBT, anti-healthcare they don’t want anyone messing with their money.

          The take more than everyone. It’s hilarious.

          It’s like a kid being pissed off at their parents and threatening to leave. Go ahead where you going to go with your non-earning nonsense.

    • goldenstar

      They need to leave, go, get the hay outta here.

      They should go buy their own island.

      Don’t even get me started. Part of my family is from Hawaii and to even think that there are Tea Party freaks there. Who invited them? They have come and polluted the atmosphere. They need to go back where they came from.

    • rikyrah

      America – love it or leave it muthafuckas.
      and when we say leave, we mean, get your ass on a plane and get out of the country.

    • rikyrah

      America – love it or leave it muthafuckas.
      and when we say leave, we mean, get your ass on a plane and get out of the country.

    • Town

      The only reason a Democrat would go over the edge over Barack Obama’s election in 2008 (where, he hadn’t done anything yet to go over the edge for, and his platform was pretty much the same as Hillary Clinton’s) is because Obama is black and these insecure white men out here cannot handle that. Obama is cooler than them, Obama is from an “inferior” race than them, Obama is smarter than them and Obama beat them at their own silly game. Plus Obama’s penis is bigger than their’s (and that’s the REAL bone of contention—pun intended)

      End of story.

      • goldenstar

        Oh, Lord!

      • MsKitty

        And could take their women without batting an eye (witness MoDo’s weekly verbal panty throwing disguised as a column).

        • conlakappa

          While being walking proof that they lied when telling their sisters than daughters that any children they had with a black guy would be intellectually inferior and not be accepted by anyone.

          MoDo’s weekly winking drunk-columning is as much about being surprised that the man doesn’t want her.

        • PBomb

          Tee-hee! Who wants her sour, vodka-infused drawers?

        • Town

          Insecure white folks are hot & bothered by the Obamas and their physicality. That’s why there were so many attacks on Michelle’s arms. They were acting like Michelle Obama was the first First Lady in history to bare her arms & they wanted them covered up. It was UNSEEMLY. It was OBSCENE. Then people started busting out pictures of Mamie Eisenhower and her hamhock arms and Jackie Kennedy & her arms & Nancy Reagan & her bony arms.

          They wanted Michelle’s arms covered up because they didn’t want their men attracted to those arms and comparing her lovely, toned arms to their fat batwing hamhock looking stumps mascarading as arms.

          Same with Barack. They try to emasculate him at every turn. The majority of the objection to him is on a physical basis, disguised as policy disagreements. He’s weak, he’s soft, he’s gay, he’s bowing to the Saudis (even as Bush kissed the Saudis), he’s a punk etc. But when he displays masculinity & authority (putting his feet up on the desk, acting like the POTUS etc) oh, no, they don’t like that AT ALL! We can’t have that. Then all of a sudden “weak, soft, punk pussy Obama” is a THUG, he’s a BULLY, he’s STRONGARMING people, he’s AGGRESSIVE, etc.

          Insecure white folks have a problem with black male masculinity. That’s why they try to put him down on a masculine level every chance they get (witness the Syria concern trolling), but when he gets Alpha Dog on their ass they whimper & cry. The insecure white women are upset that this Alpha Dog does not want them, does not wish to be in their presence, that he prefers the black woman instead. That’s why EmoFeminists ignore Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett & other black women associated with Obama when they cry there are no women in his inner circle.

          That’s why insecure white folks were so upset over Obama saying Trayvon could be his son. Because they framed Trayvon as the blackest, thuggest, strongest John Henry N*gga ever that could overpower a white man and here is Obama saying Trayvon could be his son. They interpreted that as Obama as saying he could be a big black John Henry N*gga that can overpower white men too, and they didn’t like that.

          Trayvon whipped Zimmerman’s fat ass. Trayvon = black masculinity

          Obama whips their pasty fat white asses daily. Obama = black masculinity.

          And both must be put down.

          • MsKitty

            Would like this 1000x if i could

          • AxelFoley

            Comment of the Year.

            btw, Miranda, when you brining Comments of the Week back?

    • AxelFoley

      To paraphrase what they say to us–go back to Europe.

      • conlakappa

        Or at least buy another vowel if you are going to try to claim ownership of the U.S.

  • rikyrah

    The Morning Plum: If Congress says No on Syria, Obama should (and probably will) listen

    By Greg Sargent, Published: September 6 at 9:23 am

    For the reasons I mentioned yesterday, I continue to think it’s premature to predict certain defeat in the House for the use-of-force resolution against Syria. ABC News’s Rick Klein seems to agree, noting that a very hard sell from the White House — which you can expect will be directed at Congress — could ultimately prevail, even though right now the votes just aren’t there.

    But it’s not too early to make the case that if Congress does sink the resolution, Obama should heed it. And he probably will.

    Peter Baker has a must-read getting inside the thinking of the White House, which is looking at the coming Syria vote as a test of whether Congress will support any proposed use of force during the rest of his presidency. Paradoxically, this gives Obama a good reason not to act on Syria if Congress says No:

    Although Mr. Obama has asserted that he has the authority to order the strike on Syria even if Congress says no, White House aides consider that almost unthinkable. As a practical matter, it would leave him more isolated than ever and seemingly in defiance of the public’s will at home. As a political matter, it would almost surely set off an effort in the House to impeach him, which even if it went nowhere could be distracting and draining.

    As a result, Mr. Obama would be even more reluctant to order action in the one case that has most preoccupied military planners: the development of a nuclear bomb by Iran.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/09/06/the-morning-plum-if-congress-says-no-on-syria-obama-should-and-probably-will-listen/

    • TyrenM

      OK Greg, run with that.
      Wannabe WaPo neutering? I ain’t going.

  • rikyrah

    The fallacy of transparency in an era of media hyperbole and distortion

    When it comes to the debate about NSA surveillance, one of the main issues involved is transparency. President Obama has said that when he took office, his goal was to ensure that there was proper oversight of these intelligence activities by Congress and the Courts. Historically, that had been sufficient given the sensitivity of the work involved.

    But now even the President is committed to going beyond that and giving the public as much information as possible about NSA activities and procedures. That is the new standard for transparency being placed on this administration.

    The problem, as I see it, is that the American public is pretty dependent on the media to inform them about what is put out there for public consumption. Whether its the hyperbole and lies of omission practiced by people like Glenn Greenwald or what might be understood as lazy journalism by others, its frustrating to watch the story be twisted over and over again – giving the public a distorted view of what is happening. Let me give you an example.

    Early on when the NSA story broke this summer, there was lots of talk about a FISA court order ruling that certain elements of the NSA program violated the 4th Amendment. Advocates went to court to get it declassified. Last month it was released. How many people do you suppose actually read it? Yeah, I’m pretty committed to this story, but even I couldn’t get through the whole thing. The gist of it was that the court ruled that the minimization procedures NSA was using to protect the privacy of US persons when they collected bulk data from the internet were not sufficient. Here’s how Kurt Eichenwald describes minimization.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-fallacy-of-transparency-in-era-of.html

  • rikyrah

    Is Obama in the Process of Landing a Bloodless Humanitarian Coup in Syria?

    Sunday, September 08, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 6:47 PM

    Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported today (Sunday, September 8) that under the threat of Barack Obama’s resolve against the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, and his clear willingness to use American military force to achieve that goal, the pro-Syrian coalition may have just started to crumble. Russia and Iran may – may – have reportedly convince Assad that Obama isn’t bluffing. Details are murky, but here is what Haaretz knows:

    The proposal includes a plan for a “democratic transfer” of power in stages. This seems to be an improved version of the proposal presented in the past, according to which elections for the president of Syria will be expedited and President Bashar Assad will not run again .

    In another proposal, which was reported in Haaretz last week, Syria will agree to completely remove its inventory of chemical weapons from the country and transfer it to Russia or another country. This proposal is also expected to be discussed in the meeting between Putin and al-Muallem.

    Disarmament and an end to Assad’s power? Though American adversaries are calling this a “counter-proposal” to the threat of US military force, you can see how it seems to me like they are waving a white flag.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/is-obama-in-process-of-landing.html

    • jds09

      Assad and Putin both know that PBO is not playing with them. He is stripping them of the illusion that he is limited by “American public opinion” or “the American media” or “Congress”. PBO is the manifestation of conscious, data-driven, thoughtful power. He has told the world that he is best as a counter-puncher, if provoked he will lay them out. They ain’t ready.

    • jds09

      Assad and Putin both know that PBO is not playing with them. He is stripping them of the illusion that he is limited by “American public opinion” or “the American media” or “Congress”. PBO is the manifestation of conscious, data-driven, thoughtful power. He has told the world that he is best as a counter-puncher, if provoked he will lay them out. They ain’t ready.

  • rikyrah

    Watching a debate descend to new depths
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Sep 9, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.

    If news consumers tuned into the Sunday morning public-affairs shows hoping for a high-minded debate over U.S. policy in Syria, they probably came away disappointed.

    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), for example, complained of President Obama, “I wish he was more of a commander in chief than a community organizer.” I’m sure this will be the basis for a lovely fundraising letter, but I haven’t the foggiest idea what the line means. Neither, I suspect, does King.

    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, complained that the president’s schedule last week was “mystifying.” Obama announced his intention to wait for a congressional debate, the Michigan Republican said, “and then left the country for a week.” This makes it sound like the president went on vacation — in reality, Obama traveled to a long-scheduled, three-day G-20 summit where he tried to rally international support for his foreign policy, while dispatching the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense to make the case to lawmakers. What’s “mystifying” about that?

    And then, of course, there was Karl Rove, who expressed his dismay at the White House’s foolish decision to seek congressional approval.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/09/20401911-watching-a-debate-descend-to-new-depths?lite

  • GreenLadyHere

    <b) —***BIG HUG** :>)- – -Ohhh –PBOMB♥ -THANK U 4 KEEPIN’ THIS INSPIRATION – -GOIN’. –PERHAPS THIS is WHAT MS. SERENA WAS THINKING!! — AS SHE MARCHED ON 2 –WIN #5♥ :>) – - – - – –☻Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer, Sr. – -CHOSE 2 B – -IN ‘Da STRUGGLE”
    - — —– -☺-Vernon was light-skinned enough to pass as white, but chose to forgo the privileges of living as a white man, and instead face the challenges of being a black man in Mississippi at that time.
    — – - – -☺His mantra was, “If you don’t vote, you don’t count,”
    – — – — -☺SACRIFICED HIS LIFE: — He was severely burned from the waist up before he could escape and died the next day.
    BLESS HIM♥ – -

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

    PRAY 4 MR. PRESIDENT♥- – -He has 6 TV INTERVIEWS 2-DAY. :>) – - -AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — —MR. PRESIDENT♥ —will B BUSY: — –

    —-Obama to hold Syria interviews with 6 TV networks – - -

    —–President Obama will sit for interviews Monday with six TV networks as he makes his case to the nation for military intervention in Syria.

    Obama will tape interviews Monday afternoon with anchors from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as with PBS, CNN and Fox News, the White House said.

    The interviews will be conducted by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Scott Pelley, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Fox’s Chris Wallace, NBC’s Brian Williams and PBS’s Gwen Ifill.
    THERE IS MORE – - – - — -Prayin 4 him. . . .

    • Worldwatcher7

      Good morning GLH and everyone! Looks like our President’s stepping into the lion’s den.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Worldwatcher7. ***BIG HUG***

        - –***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        BUT an old TRUTH READS like THIS:–
        - –My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” [Proverbs 6:22]- -:>)
        - -WATCHIN’. . . .

        - – -Good 2 C U Worldwatcher7. :>)- –

      • Alma98

        Morning ww7, have a good one.

  • Miranda

    Lowell Observatory’s Putnam wants to name asteroid for Trayvon Martin

    Albert Einstein. George Takei. Jerry Garcia.
    All of those men and many others have had an asteroid named after them. And if William Lowell Putnam III, trustee of Lowell Observatory, has his way, another name will be added to that list: Trayvon Martin.

    The retired broadcast executive, alpinist, author and Flagstaff resident believes that Martin has not received justice.

    It was an unusually warm night at Anderson Mesa south of Flagstaff on Oct. 2, 2000, when Lowell Observatory astronomers found the asteroid 2000 TM61. It was just one of hundreds that observatory’s researchers discovered as part of their search for Near Earth Asteroids.

    The minor planet was placed into a catalog and forgotten until shortly after Martin, 17, was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla. The unarmed teen’s death sparked nationwide protests and renewed the race debate in America.

    It also sparked disgust with Putnam.

    “As I see it, the social fairness showed to Trayvon Martin was very sadly lacking,” he said. “Inasmuch as I am the sole trustee of an institution which has some naming privileges, I want to do my share to see that this lad is remembered in an appropriate manner.”

    more here: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/lowell-observatory-s-putnam-wants-to-name-asteroid-for-trayvon/article_a85daba8-15f1-11e3-a5df-001a4bcf887a.html

    • jds09

      I love this so much.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MondayMornTin’. Miranda – –***BIG HUG*** :>) – —-
      THIS is a wonderful TRIBUTE. :>) – —

      JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON annnd OTHERS -
      —— —–happens in many forms. AMEN.-

      Have a good day. :>) – -

    • goldenstar

      Very interesting article. Looks like there’s gonna be a fight.

      • Aquagranny911

        Isn’t there always one over stuff like this? I hope Mr Putnam will get his way. With his money & influence, I bet he can twist a few arms.

    • goldenstar

      Very interesting article. Looks like there’s gonna be a fight.

    • gn

      That is completely awesome. Many thanks to Mr. Putnam!

    • Aquagranny911

      I’m glad I read down before I posted. I was going to share this link here also. Putnam is a real interesting guy. His family is massive “old money” but they were never selfish with it. Putnam lives pretty simple & quietly does a lot of good for people.

      What he is proposing is way cool & I hope it happens.

    • AxelFoley

      Wow, this would rock, and racist heads would assplode.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBMB♥ — –MR. PRESIDENT/VP Biden —on SUNDAY —-

    —-Obama stops by Biden dinner with GOP senators – -

    - – - – - – President Barack Obama attended a scheduled dinner between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican senators on Sunday night at the Naval Observatory.

    Obama’s attendance was previously unannounced. He stayed about 80 minutes at the dinner, which was Italian food served family style, according to pool reports.

    Senators in attendance:
    THERE IS MORE — ——-

  • Miranda

    Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Their Craven and Brazen Hypocrisy on Syria

    If Romney were president, his party would be wailing for Assad’s head on a pike. But since Obama wants action, Republicans like Cruz and Rubio are against ‘Obama’s war.’ It’s contemptible, says Michael Tomasky.

    The Republican hypocrisy on Syria is just amazing. Imagine that Mitt Romney were president. Romney took a far more hawkish line than Barack Obama did on Syria during the campaign. He wanted to arm the rebels, supported in-country cover ops, and so on. So if Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons during President Romney’s tenure, there’s every reason to think he’d be pushing for action too. And what, in that case, would Republicans now temporizing or opposing Obama be doing in that case? They’d be breathing fire, of course. There’s a lot of chest thumping talk right now about how a failed vote will destroy Obama’s credibility. I guess that may be to some. But to anyone paying attention, the credibility of these Republicans is what will suffer, and the vote may well come back to haunt some of them in 2016.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/09/marco-rubio-ted-cruz-and-their-craven-and-brazen-hypocrisy-on-syria.html

  • GreenLadyHere
  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –THIS ARROGANT -PHOOL!!! – –

    —-Syria’s Assad: ‘Expect every action’ in response to a US strike – - – —-

    ———-KNOW —THY —ENEMY! —–WATCHIN’. . . .

  • Miranda

    SMH……simple ass nuts.

    Visiting Republicans Laud Egypt’s Force
    Published: September 8, 2013

    CAIRO — Two months after the military ousted Egypt’s first elected president and began a bloody crackdown on his supporters, a delegation of House Republicans visited Cairo over the weekend to tell the new government to keep up the good work.

    “We are here as members of Congress to say, ‘We are with you, and we encourage you,’ ” Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said in a news conference broadcast over a pro-government satellite network and eagerly reported on Sunday by Egyptian state news media.

    Amplifying on the new government’s portrayal of its crackdown as a battle against terrorism, Mrs. Bachmann wrongly implied a link between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group whose political party dominated elections after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and now leads the opposition to the takeover.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/world/middleeast/three-us-lawmakers-visit-egypt-to-praise-crackdown.html?_r=1&amp;

    • Worldwatcher7

      Aren’t these the same folks who pitched a fit over the President’s 2009 Cairo speech because it was “too conciliatory?” So they see no contradiction in going to Egypt to say, “We are with you and we encourage you?”

      Okay.

      • goldenstar

        I think that you’re giving more credit than what’s due to Michele Bachmann. She’s really really not that discerning.

        • Worldwatcher7

          Point taken. My comments are directed to whomever led Bachman there on a leash.

    • AxelFoley

      Like I said over at Balloon Juice yesterday: to paraphrase Jay Z and Kanye–Crackas in Cairo.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -VERY INTERESTING —–:>) –

    – —Study Suggests Southern Slavery Turns White People Into Republicans 150 Years Later—-

    ——–White Southerners are one of the great outliers in American politics. President Obama polled significantly worse with white voters in the South than he did with whites in swing states. One survey of working class white voters found Obama only 4-8 points behind Romney in the majority of the country, while he polled 40 points behind Romney among Southern white working class voters. And a new study by political scientists Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen suggests that there may be a simple explanation for this divide — slavery.
    THERE IS MORE – - –

    – –[Gotta "bounce" early. ---MISSIN' U/CARRYIN' U ---IN MY♥] —
    Back as soon as. . ♥

    • goldenstar

      Well, we’re back to the “cling to their guns and religion” cohort. It was easy then to understand what BO was describing and it’s easy now to understand that this country is going through its third Reconstruction.

      Their. last. gasp.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ GOLDenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        - —***BIG fist bump*** —-4 their sakes- —

        BUT— whataboutthe – -RACIST NORTHENERS- -EASTERNERS- -WESTERNERS?- —

        I think that these RESULTS can B USED. –IMHO
        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>)

  • lamh36

    Ok I freely aadmit to not fully paying attention during bush years, young and stupid I guess, but did I miss the interviews with Saadam Hussein before either Desert Storm conflicts?

    Are am I just wrong in being aggravated by this:
    “@CBSNews: Watch Syria’s Assad compare Obama to George W. Bush, Sec. Kerry to Colin Powell – http://t.co/qVCPD652CK

    So the choice for American people is to listen to thid President, or Assad. So Assad gets to start his “charm” offensive and Obama will have to follow with his.

    • MsKitty

      Nope, you’re not wrong. It’s symptom 352 of Obama Derangement Syndrome: taking the word of a murderous despot over that of the President of your own country because said despot has the right complexion.

    • conlakappa

      No other villainous leader was given the platform or the hype. He also has good PR people–he spoke in American English, which those despots never do. I’ll give measured credit to Charlie Rose that he did give some pushback but having the guy on in the first place takes a lot of that credit away. Pimping the “full, unedited interview on PBS” puts those points in the negative.

  • lamh36

    Ok I freely aadmit to not fully paying attention during bush years, young and stupid I guess, but did I miss the interviews with Saadam Hussein before either Desert Storm conflicts?

    Are am I just wrong in being aggravated by this:
    “@CBSNews: Watch Syria’s Assad compare Obama to George W. Bush, Sec. Kerry to Colin Powell – http://t.co/qVCPD652CK

    So the choice for American people is to listen to thid President, or Assad. So Assad gets to start his “charm” offensive and Obama will have to follow with his.

  • lamh36
  • Miranda

    So now state AGs are intimidating groups trying to help people sign up for healthcare?

    Rockefeller: Morrisey intimidated health group over ACA
    Nonprofit declines $365K in fed funds after attorney general’s inquiry
    By Eric Eyre

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Clarksburg-based nonprofit group has abruptly declined a $365,000 federal grant to help West Virginians sign up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

    The decision by West Virginia Parent Training and Information Inc. came a week after state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey directed the nonprofit group to answer 26 questions about the group’s personnel and hiring practices.

    “We’ve declined [the grant] because of unforeseen circumstances,” said WVPTI Executive Director Pat Haberbosch, who would not elaborate.

    Morrisey, who has called for repealing the federal health-care law, is reviewing organizations that are helping to walk people through their health insurance options. Morrisey said the groups’ employees could steal personal information, such as Social Security numbers and tax documents, from people who apply for health insurance under the ACA.

    WVPTI had planned to help hundreds of low-income, disabled and rural residents in West Virginia enroll in health insurance plans through online marketplaces, which open Oct. 1.

    more here: http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201309070063

    • goldenstar

      I’m not sold that AG Holder and the DOJ will ignore this one. The WV AG better be ready.

  • Miranda

    Tha hell…………………….THIS mofo right chea….this mofo

    NewsBreaker ‏@NewsBreaker3m
    NOW: @dennisrodman announces he has been asked to coach North Korea’s Olympic basketball team, and he is willing. pic.twitter.com/jhbWTliSBq

    • TyrenM

      Go Dennis. Just. Go.

    • Daltex82

      Just change his name to Stank Ho Man and keep him we have no use for him here. All his attention whoring ways were entertaining in his playing days but now they are just tiresome.

    • Daltex82

      Just change his name to Stank Ho Man and keep him we have no use for him here. All his attention whoring ways were entertaining in his playing days but now they are just tiresome.

  • isonprize

    Alright, POU. Who’s got the tea on Ben Jealous???

    • Miranda

      He’s still going with the “spend time with family” standard line. Might be awhile before the real comes out.

      ———————-

      In an interview with USA TODAY, Benjamin Todd Jealous said the constant travel as president and CEO of the nation’s largest civil rights organization has kept him away too much from his wife, civil rights lawyer Lia Epperson, and children, daughter Morgan, 7, and Jack, 13 months. He said he plans to make a formal announcement to his staff Monday morning.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/08/benjamin-todd-jealous-naacp-resigns/2780415/

      • jds09

        What!? His staff found out on the internet? That is messed up.

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

          And explains his entire tenure as president of the NAACP.

    • conlakappa

      I heard about it in late July but was given explicit “[kappa], keep this on the ‘low” instructions. His younger child is just a toddler and I think he really doesn’t want the travel schedule [as I wrote yesterday, a lot of people in his cohort say the same thing: once my kids are older, I can keep this up]. It really does seem like he’s looking at university gigs, probably hoping to get something like MED has with pretty much staying put if you want to/only going to a studio to be a talking head.

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

    Spandan from TPV called it!

    Peter Alexander @PeterAlexander 1m
    BREAKING: Russian foreign minister says Moscow will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under int’l control.

    • goldenstar

      Oh, yeah. The PBO strategy is bearing fruit.

    • Miranda

      *snickering quietly*……………….what did Wesley Snipes say? Always do what? Bet on who?

    • JB20005
    • MsKitty

      Yep. Sitting back to see how all this unfolds. All signs pointing to massive numbers of RWNJs, emos, pundits, and celebrity wannabe foreign policy experts feasting on these fellas…

      http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/AP%20HART93%2020Mar10%20cutout_kjm5340.png

      • Aquagranny911

        I’ll provide a side of salsa just to help them choke it down!

    • jziglar

      I wonder how the media will spin this. This happened right after the G 20 when Obama was working behind the scenes. And the threat of a strike clearly has them scared.

      • jds09

        Buried in some of the news reports mentions “Russia’s assets in Syria”, I wonder if PBO told Putin that’s he’s gonna fuck up his shit to.

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA AH HA

    • gn

      Holy shit Spandan surely did call it! Great development.

      • Aquagranny911

        Spandan is stellar at analyses. He puts all those so called “media analysts” to abject shame, imo!

    • Kennymack1971

      And the Obama haters have a sad.

    • gn

      ‏@Reuters
      Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control: Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem

      • Miranda

        teeheehee………

        why do I get the feeling Putin leaving voicemails at the White House talking bout “umm, hey..its me…umm, just seeing how you doin…we cool right?”

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

          LOL!

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          He should have asked Sarkozy and Netanyahu how things work. Talk trash early get a PBO beatdown then become his new best friend.

          • AxelFoley

            LOLOLOLOL

        • qosine

          I love this!!!!! You know that’s what he’s been doing, Miranda!!

    • BoomerGal

      Good Morning everybody! In reference to above post, that’ll work!

  • jziglar

    This moron Noah Rothman on the site mediaite has some serious ODS. “Will Democrats forgive Obama’s Second Term”
    He blames Obama for the obstruction from the GOP, and declares his second term a failure though we are less than a year into it.

    I guess other presidents who failed to pass key initiatives even with their own party in control proved their incompetence.

    • JB20005

      Obama’s approval rating with Democrats is just fine. The only group that’s angry at him is the same slice of the perpetually outraged fringe left.

      • jziglar

        I swear I have never seen a president attacked this much. Clinton had it bad but the treatment Obama is facing is off the chart.

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

      Rothman is a right winger. He should be writing for The Daily Caller.

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

      Rothman is a right winger. He should be writing for The Daily Caller.

    • Kennymack1971

      Rothman is trolling. He doesn’t even believe that BS.

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

    Lil momma know she betta werk!

    EBONY @EBONYMag 2m
    The models weren’t the only ones giving face at New York Fashion Week. Check out this little one… http://instagram.com/p/eBnV6jA-Pt/

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

    Lil momma know she betta werk!

    EBONY @EBONYMag 2m
    The models weren’t the only ones giving face at New York Fashion Week. Check out this little one… http://instagram.com/p/eBnV6jA-Pt/

  • Alma98

    Good morning.

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey sagi!

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.
      Com Ed started getting paid early this morning :(
      Gonna be 90+ today..90+!!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah, they sure are getting paid today! lol

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola, Alma! Great sun today. Ours is still hiding…more rain.

      • Alma98

        Hey AG, I wish ours would hide, it too damn hot. lol

    • qosine

      Good Afternoon, Alma. Brilliant sun. Hot and sunny today.
      AC 24/7 all summer. I want fresh air!

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine. I hear ya whenever we have a nice breezy day I open the windows.

  • Miranda

    NewsBreaker ‏@NewsBreaker3m
    NOW: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon: Considering asking Security Council to transfer Syria’s chemical weapons to safe holds for destruction.

    • goldenstar

      OH, YEAH. Work it. He was @ G20 w/ PBO, too.

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, POU Fam!

    Hope all is well. A sista is lurking again today and will keep track of fast breaking developments on this site.

    Have a fabulous day!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Sag.
      Day started off glum, but is getting better with every minute.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -Good MornTin’ Sagittarius -http://www.pics22.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/sagittarius-green-glitter-graphic-for-fb-share.gif – -***BIG HUG** :>) —

      Keepin’ U in my PRAYERS♥—- Good 2 C U. B BLESSED. :>)

      • sagittarius

        Hi, GLH **BIG HUG** Good to see you, too!

        Thank you for your prayers!

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola, Sag! Your highest good is in my thoughts today.

      • sagittarius

        Hola, AG!

        Thank you for thinking of me!

  • Miranda

    *giggle*………….Putin be running around taking his shirt off, taking pictures with tigers lions and bears, talking MAD shit all last week…PBO goes over there for a DAY and not 72 hours later..some THINGS have CHANGED.

    http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/52288526eab8ea214d8b456b-780-/obama-putin-g20.jpeg

    • goldenstar

      Your description is soooo fitting.

    • Daltex82

      Putin thinks he’s a badass.

      President Obama IS A BADASS!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      This.

      Putin saw some real steel and probably came out of that meeting with more fear and respect than he ever had for any world leader.

    • edp4bho

      According to Dick Morris (snicker), Putin roasted Obama’s chestnuts, Assad looks diplomatic, and a one, and a two, and a …….. !! Just had to throw in that I came across that clown on my commute home. He sounds like Grandpa Munster, and his brain is mush. So who’s gonna listen to this miscreant now ?

  • TyrenM

    Imma have to fire Yahoo. Not nere a mention of any of this. Russia in Syria arse, UN, Cameron – none of it. Why is that?

  • rikyrah

    Benghazi conspiracy theories distract GOP from Syria

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Sep 9, 2013 8:30 AM EDT.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on “This Week” yesterday and made a reasonable observation about the debate over U.S. policy in Syria. “Listen, this is not the time for politics,” the far-right senator argued. “This is a grave and serious moment. I would like to support our commander in chief. I would like to see our commander in chief focused on protecting U.S. national security.”

    Good. Fine. No problem. It’s a perfectly fair sentiment. But then Cruz kept talking.

    “One of the problems with all of this focus on Syria is its missing the ball from what we should be focused on, which is the grave threat from radical Islamic terrorism. I mean, just this is the one-year anniversary of the attack on Benghazi. In Benghazi, four it was the first ambassador since 1979.

    “When it happened, the president promised to hunt the wrongdoers down, and yet a few months later, the issue has disappeared. You don’t hear the president mention Benghazi. Now it’s a phony scandal.”

    Actually, yes, it is a phony scandal. The attack that took place a year ago this week has been investigated thoroughly and every Republican conspiracy theory has been discredited. And yet, Cruz is annoyed that a current, ongoing crisis in Syria is getting in the way of the debunked “scandal” that conservatives would prefer to talk about.

    And it’s not just Cruz. This has quickly become a problem throughout Republican politics, with GOP lawmakers unable to even consider questions about Syria because they can’t shake their Benghazi obsession.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/09/20402228-benghazi-conspiracy-theories-distract-gop-from-syria?lite

  • rikyrah

    Left/Right Libertarianism as the developing threat to progressive change

    Three years ago when Jane Hamsher decided to team up with Grover Norquist to try to defeat Obamacare, most of us were shocked by her obvious Obama Derangement Syndrome. And yet today, that effort to hoodwink progressives into signing up with tea party libertarians is a pretty common phenomenon. Lately we’ve watched these folks:
    1.#StandWithRand on his ridiculous anti-drone filibuster
    2. Suggest that we should join forces with the tea party to defeat a budget deal
    3.Tell us that America’s only hope is Ron/Rand Paul and the Drudge Report
    4.Team up with tea party Rep. Justin Amash to defund the NSA
    5.Agree with Sarah Palin’s “Let Allah sort it out” on the gassing of civilians in Syria

    As someone who is addicted to looking at the big picture, I think it behooves us to take a look at what is happening here. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is exactly the direction folks like Assange and Greenwald have wanted to see things go for a long time. But the question still remains, “why is this sort of movement gaining traction with progressives these days?” There are two things that make this all seem counter-intuitive:

    1.The Republican Party is pandering to its most reactionary lunatic base. Not in my lifetime have I seen so much distance between where the two parties would take the country, and
    2.We now have the most liberal President we’ve seen in a generation.

    But if we dig a little deeper, those are exactly the things that are providing a platform for this movement towards libertarianism. We all know that Ron Paul actually getting the Republican nomination for president was a pipe dream. But with the disarray that we’ve seen recently, his son Rand is actually being seen as a serious contender. The Republican neo-cons failed so disastrously during the Bush/Cheney years that they gave an opening to the libertarian alternative.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/leftright-libertarianism-as-developing.html

    • qosine

      They’ve been on the same side all along. A long time ago, I looked up that loathsome slinwk and found her husband
      worked for right wing libertarian outfit in Nashville before
      they relocated to TX. There all bunch of right wingers
      cashing in on anti-Bush Iraq + anti-PBO sentiment.

      • AxelFoley

        Ah-ha! I knew she was shady.

  • rikyrah

    The common good

    Monday, September 09, 2013 | Posted by Liberal Librarian at 6:59 AM

    What libertarians—of both the “left” and “right”—want to do is to remove the possibility of an experience I had at work this past weekend.

    She’s been coming in for a couple of weeks now, and always seems to come to me for help. Her name is Anne. She’s African American, and deaf.

    This past Saturday, she came in while I was on the reference desk. I recognized her immediately and she asked if I remembered her. I said “Of course”, and asked her to sit down. She wrote me a note in which she explained that since English wasn’t her first language, would it be possible for someone to help her fill out some paperwork. I asked her what the paperwork was, and she said it consisted of documents she had to prepare for a new job.

    Now, technically this isn’t in my job description. As a rule, we can’t spend an inordinate amount of time with just one patron. But, it was a slow Saturday afternoon, and many times the real job description for librarian is to go beyond what is normally expected. So, I spent the rest of my reference shift helping her with her paperwork. Once my relief came, I had her come with me to the children’s area, where there is a small children’s table, and we finished with her documentation. The look on her face and her effusive thank yous were enough payment for me for the day.

    Contrast this with something that’s happening in Kentucky right now, where a Tea Party group wants to roll back library funding 30 years, claiming that taxes were “illegally collected”. In service of that, it has a Survey Monkey page which asks: “Are Public Libraries Still Valid in the 21st Century”. Of course, I filled it out and encouraged all my colleagues and friends to do so as well.
    Ask my deaf patron, bravely striking out on her own, getting help from a librarian, help which she couldn’t get anywhere else, if libraries are still relevant in the 21st century. Ask my regulars, with maladies at which I can only guess because I’m too circumspect to inquire deeply, who come every day to use our free wifi if libraries are valid in the 21st century. Ask the parents whose children come to my Storytime every week and are shown a world of imagination and wonder if libraries are still relevant in the 21st century. Ask the old ladies who come in every day looking for their latest book club selection if libraries are relevant in the 21st century.

    I could go on. The examples are legion. But I use the example of libraries to put forth a larger point.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/the-common-good.html

  • JB20005

    Syria welcomes Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under international control.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/09/politics/syria-kerry/

    Home run for the Obama foreign policy team.

    • goldenstar

      Let’s see just HOW the media outlets cover this and just what kinda questions the smart kids will be posing to PBO today.

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

    Baby Jane Hamsher gon’ learn that the shade is real on them Twitter streets!

    http://twitter.com/problemwthat/status/377101585320394752

  • Miranda

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say…its not a good idea.

    Iowa grants permits for blind residents to carry guns in public
    Sheriffs and advocates are divided on whether that’s a good idea.
    Sep. 8, 2013 | 235 Comments

    Here’s some news that has law enforcement officials and lawmakers scratching their heads:

    Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.

    No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

    The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

    more here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130908/NEWS/309080061/Iowa-grants-permits-for-blind-residents-to-carry-guns-in-public?Frontpage&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

    • JB20005

      I’m sure the founders would have been highly in favor of blind men in the militia.

    • rikyrah

      A blind person with a gun…um NO

      • Worldwatcher7

        But what about their freedom to bear arms like other Murricans? Are you advocating discrimination here??!!!!

        • rikyrah

          Riddle me this, NRA..
          Who the fuck is gonna instruct BLIND SHOOTERS.

    • conlakappa

      Don’t go out on that limb–you might be shot!

  • rikyrah

    A presidency is not on the line
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Sep 9, 2013 11:57 AM EDT

    The Hill published an item this morning that helps capture much of the Beltway thinking about Congress’ upcoming votes on military intervention in Syria. “The fate of President Obama’s second term hangs on his Tuesday speech to the nation about Syria,” the piece argues. “If Congress votes against a military attack on President Bashar Assad’s regime, Obama’s credibility may be shot, perhaps for the rest of his tenure.”

    This is certainly the conventional wisdom, eagerly touted by Republicans. If Congress rejects the White House’s call for action, Obama’s defeat will be so catastrophic, he might as well resign.

    Obviously, the House and Senate votes are very important; it’d be foolish to argue otherwise. The world is watching, and if the president’s call for authorization is rejected by Congress, it will carry significant consequences — for Syria, for U.S. foreign policy, and for the administration.

    But let’s not go too overboard.

    Yes, Obama is prepared to use force in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, and lawmakers seem prepared to turn down the president’s request. But let’s not lose sight of the larger dynamic here: Obama asks Congress for a lot of things, and lawmakers routinely say no. Kevin Drum’s take rings true:

    [W]hy would rejecting Obama’s request “incapacitate the president for three long years”? I’m not asking this in the usual rhetorical way, where I pretend not to know even though I really do. I’m really asking. Presidents suffer defeats all the time. Obama lost on cap-and-trade. He’s lost on plenty of judicial and executive branch nominations. He couldn’t get agreement for a grand bargain. He lost on gun control. What’s more, Republicans have been opposing him on virtually everything from the day he took office. In what concrete way would a defeat on Syria change this dynamic in even the slightest way

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/09/20404803-a-presidency-is-not-on-the-line?lite

  • Miranda

    Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree4m
    14 new countries demanding action on Syria: Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Honduras, Hungary…

    Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree3m
    More of 14 new countries backing TBD response on Syria: Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Qatar, Romania & UAE

    • goldenstar

      Now, we’re talkin’.

  • macademic

    Hi POU! Very cool movie (saw it Friday) and interesting backstory:

    Riddick blasts into US box office

    Actor Vin Diesel has shot to the top of the US box office with Riddick, his third outing as the titular convict turned anti-hero.

    The movie made $18.7m (£11.9m) in its opening weekend,
    vindicating the star, who wrested control of the character from movie
    studio Universal. The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker as a White House staff member who serves eight presidents, took second place.

    [...]
    Vin Diesel first played Riddick, an alien mercenary with glowing
    eyes, in 2000′s low-budget thriller Pitch Black. It proved to be his
    breakout role, after bit parts in films such as Saving Private Ryan.

    It generated a live-action sequel, The Chronicles Of Riddick,
    in 2004. Plans for further instalments evaporated when the film only
    took $116m, against a budget of $100m.

    But the character got a second chance when Universal asked
    Vin Diesel to make a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006. He agreed, but instead of a salary, he demanded the rights to the Riddick character.

    He then ploughed his own money into financing the third film,
    in which the character is badly injured and trying to reach his
    homeland.

    Somewhat ironically, Universal came back on board when shooting had finished, and is the film’s distributor in most territories.

    Vin Diesel says he is already planning a fourth instalment. “I’m very much committed to this world, committed to the character, committed to the franchise, and very much excited about the
    following chapters and the places this character will go,” he told Time Magazine.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24013981

    • Aquagranny911

      I enjoyed the prior “Riddick” movies & I want to see this one. Gracias for your review & the share of backstory.

    • qosine

      Van Diesel is so smart to “[demand] the rights to the Riddick character.” I like the Riddick movies, too. Good, good info
      macademic.

  • rikyrah

    The object of the right’s affections

    By Steve Benen

    Mon Sep 9, 2013 10:33 AM EDT.

    The more Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on gay rights, the more U.S. conservatives discovered a fondness for the Russian autocrat. Indeed, support for Putin among social conservatives and leaders of the religious right movement only seems to be growing.

    But in recent weeks, the right’s embrace of Putin seems to have expanded well beyond social conservatives and anti-gay activists. Eric Boehlert reported on Friday on Republican media figures backing Putin with growing enthusiasm as U.S. tensions with Syria escalate.

    Note that late last month, just hours before Obama addressed the nation regarding Syria, Matt Drudge bizarrely tweeted that “Putin is the leader of the free world.”

    More recently, the Putin admiration society has been on full display all across the right-wing media landscape. On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh also seemed to side with Putin…. Limbaugh appeared to be impressed by the fact Russia had compiled a 100-page report blaming Syrian rebels for the chemical weapons attack, not Russia’s longtime ally, President Bashar al-Assad. Limbaugh told his listeners: “Now, I don’t know about you, but what does it feel like to have to agree with a former KGB agent?”

    How far has the right’s wild-eyed contempt for President Obama gone? Far enough that conservatives can barely contain their increasingly creepy crush on the former KGB official with an authoritarian streak.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/09/20403995-the-object-of-the-rights-affections?lite

  • goldenstar

    And, Andre Benjamin plays Hendrix. Lee Daniels is directing a pic on Janis Joplin. There are more black folks working as directors, actors, writers. Me likey.
    *****

    Hendrix Biopic at Toronto Festival Bucks a Trend

    By MICHAEL CIEPLY

    Published: September 9, 2013

    The musical biography film has faltered in recent years, but that did not stop John Ridley from making “All Is by My Side,” about a pivotal juncture in the career of Jimi Hendrix.

    TORONTO — On Saturday night, John Ridley stepped onto the red carpet at the film festival here with the future of a beloved movie genre — much of it, anyway — on his shoulders.

    Mr. Ridley had arrived for the premiere screening of “All Is by My Side,” a music biography, which he wrote and directed, about the youngJimi Hendrix.

    It is a small, indie film that had come to the Toronto International Film Festival in search of a distributor. So the long lines that wrapped around the block to get into the screening were good news for Mr. Ridley and his backers.

    “A film like this does not happen by accident,” Mr. Ridley told the assembled fans. Their presence offered hope for what has seemed to be a faltering marriage between film biography and music.

    It has been a while since anyone released a musical biopic that almost anyone can remember. “The Sapphires,” about Australian girl singers who were a hit during the Vietnam War, took in just $2.5 million at the United States box office in 2012. And it was the biggest music biography that year.

    Part of the significance of Mr. Ridley’s movie is that no major studio or affiliate has attempted the genre since 2009, when Fox Searchlight released “Notorious,” about Notorious B.I.G., and Paramount and DreamWorks opened “The Soloist,” about a homeless cellist, both to modest success. (Universal Pictures last month said it would release a James Brown biography, to be directed by Tate Taylor, in October 2014.)

    http://tinyurl.com/ndke3uh

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥- – -TWEETIN’ – — -TRUTH[Announcing] — [[Dn't have a tv in the classroom. Bummer LOL]– -

    —– -☺@NerdyWonka
    ‏Pretty big deal. RT @AP: BREAKING: Russian FM: Moscow will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control.- —

    Definitely WATCHIN’- — -

  • Miranda

    The Associated Press ‏@AP5m
    BREAKING: State Dept: US to take “hard look” at Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons.

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Putin must have put in the phone call to his despot homeboy.

      “You don’t want to go there with this guy”

  • TyrenM

    Ya girl Keli Goff (is that short for goof off?): Black Unemployment – Can Republicans do Better?

    http://www.theroot.com/blogs/blogging-beltway/black-jobs-crisis-could-gop-do-better

    Noise. No comments on Jobs Act obstruction or the fact that a lot of companies hire from within, friends of employees… Affirmative Action leading to more 2520 female hiring.

    I see why you stay in that arse. She needs a kick one time.

    • Miranda

      She’s so dense.

      • EpiphanySweet

        Her braids under that attrocious weave are too tight. Its making her stupid.

    • rikyrah

      um no. There’s a reason why Black folks are more heavily employed in the public sector AND a reason why the GOP went after those jobs.
      does her stupid ass actually not believe that one of the reasons the GOP went after the USPS was because 1 out of 5 USPS workers is Black.

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

      Does this idiot realize that Repubs cutting public sector jobs are the reason why Black unemployment is so high??

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • Aquagranny911

    Good morning, afternoon, evening…whatever…time zones are loco so that’s why I usually just say..”Hola!”

    Imo, it’s looking like the howler monkeys in the press & those emufrogs are going to run away licking their butts because the Lion sure has not been sleeping! PBO has so “GOT THIS!”

    • rikyrah

      Hello AG!

      • Aquagranny911

        I read down thread that you are having a heat wave. Aren’t you in the Midwest? That seems way hot for Sept there. We are having weird weather too.

        • rikyrah

          yes, I’m in the Midwest
          93 today
          96 tomorrow
          ugh

          • AxelFoley

            It’s gettin’ hot in herre…

          • Alma98

            LOL…. Fool!

          • Aquagranny911

            Speak for yourself! This is Sept in AZ & it hasn’t even broke 80 degrees today & raining like winter. I don’t like my seasons getting all pressed up like citrus fruit in a juicer!

            We got climate change & that’s no lie!!!

          • qosine

            “I don’t like my seasons getting all pressed up like citrus fruit in a juicer.” LOL for truth and
            originality LOL, AG

    • Alma98

      Afternoon AG!