October 20, 2017

Monday Open Thread: Top Black Restaurateurs

Black chefs are increasingly visible on TV, but high-profile success in the restaurant world is still rare. These culinary luminaries are defying the odds. This week’s open threads will highlight some of the top restaurants in the United States that are owned by African-Americans.


Marcus ‘Joar’ Samuelsson (born Kassahun ‘Joar’ Tsegie; January 25, 1970) is an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurateur. Kassahun Tsegie was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. His mother died in a tuberculosis epidemic when he was three years old. He and his elder sister, Fantaye, were subsequently adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson, a homemaker and a geologist, respectively, who lived in Göteborg, Sweden. The siblings’ names were changed to Marcus and Linda Samuelsson. They also have an adopted sister, Anna Samuelsson. Samuelsson’s biological father, Tsegie, is an Ethiopian Orthodox Church priest and father of eight of the chef’s half-siblings; he still lives in the Ethiopian village where Samuelsson was born.

After becoming interested in cooking through his maternal grandmother in Sweden, Samuelsson studied at the Culinary Institute in Gothenburg, where he grew up, apprenticed in Switzerland and Austria, and came to the United States in 1991 as an apprentice atRestaurant Aquavit. At 24, Marcus became executive chef of Aquavit, and soon after that became the youngest ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. In 2003 he was named “Best Chef: New York City” by the James Beard Foundation. The same year he started a second New York restaurant, Riingo, serving Japanese-influenced American food.

In addition to his recognition as a world-class chef, Samuelsson is an award-winning cookbook author with titles in both English and Swedish. His 2006 African-inspired cookbook The Soul of a New Cuisine received the prize “Best International Cookbook” by the James Beard Foundation. Other titles written by Samuelsson are Aquavit and the New Scandinavian CuisineEn Smakresa (“A Journey of Tastes”), and Street Food.

Samuelsson is a Visiting Professor of International Culinary Science at the Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts in Sweden. He had a television show, Inner Chef, which aired in 2005 on Discovery Home Channel and yet another program in 2008,Urban Cuisine on BET J/Centric. His cooking combines international influences with traditional cuisines from Sweden to Japan and Africa. Samuelsson is married to the model Gate (Maya) Haile.

On November 24, 2009, Samuelsson served as guest chef for the first state dinner of the Barack Obama presidency. The dinner, in honor of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the country of India, was served on the South Lawn and largely vegetarian. Samuelsson reportedly sought to combine sustainable and regional foods which reflect the best in American cuisine yet evoke the flavors of India. Harvesting fresh vegetables and herbs from the White House Garden, Samuelsson included red lentil soup, roasted potato dumplings, and green curry prawns on his menu. 

Samuelsson is an advisor to The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

In March 2011, the Red Rooster hosted a fund-raising dinner for the Democratic National Committee. President Obama attended the dinner. The $30,800-per-plate event raised $1.5 million.

In the fall 0f 2012, Samuelsson, together with Clarion Hotels, launched a restaurant concept called Kitchen & Table. The concept’s first restaurant opened at Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport and during 2013 and 2014 it will take place at all Clarion Hotels in Sweden and Norway.

Samuelsson has four restaurants with diverse culinary fares. At Red Rooster, diners can enjoy coconut rice and peas, dirty rice and shrimp or fried yard bird. C-House offers surf and turf. At Marc Burger, try a smoky BBQ burger, a pesto burger or Kobe beef sliders. Or, if you’re overseas, you can try teriyaki noodles, BBQ ribs or a Bombay chicken wrap at Street Food in Sweden.  In 2012, Samuelsson was named the winner of Top Chef Masters.

  • Mornin’ POU!

    Cool topic, PBomb!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Sepia!

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  • Georgian POUers, what is Rep. David Scott’s deal?? Now he’s calling Rep. John Lewis a “turncoat” and has “betrayed” Georgia, Blacks, women and the LGBT community because Sen. Diane Feinstein said Rep. Lewis signaled support for the nomination of Michael Boggs.

    Here’s what he tweeted POU:

    David Scott @repdavidscott 45m
    @PragObots @Crewof42 difference between negotiate and capitulate. Blue slip is no excuse for #Boggs, better to leave the seat vacant.

    David Scott @repdavidscott 44m
    @PragObots @Crewof42 Chairman Leahy said there is no secret deal with him and the WH on these bad picks. Blue slip = bad excuse for #Boggs

    He needs to direct his anger towards Sen. Leahy who chooses to adhere to the blue-slip law that is tying PBO’s hands.

    • rikyrah

      Leahy is the one who allows that blue-slip nonsense.
      He should step to Leahy, but because Leahy is WHITE, we know he’s not gonna say a fucking thing.

      • Kennymack1971

        Nope. He’s just going to trash President Obama and Rep. John Lewis. Scott has been showing his behind this morning.

        • Miranda

          People need to tweet Scott and ask him exactly what rulings as a judge has Boggs made that he opposes…and watch him stutter.

      • THANK YOU! The blue slip is the root of the problem, and being that Leahy refused to ignore it, Rep. Scott and nem should be on his azz, not PBO and Rep. Lewis! And the CBC Shill was trying to make excuses for Leahy, saying Leahy is really against Boggs. If that’s the case, why won’t he ignore blue slip???

        Like Rev. Al said, “If ya scared, say ya scared”.

        • isonprize

          “If ya scared, say ya scared”.


    • Miranda

      This is grandstanding at its finest.

      Now what I’d like to know, is why the opposition to Boggs is his votes as a state representative from 2000 to 2004 and there has been virtually no mention of his rulings as a Judge from 2004 to present. There has been not one negative thing said about his rulings as a judge which would seem to be more pertinent. The man is a registered Democrat in red state Georgia and represented a northern red Georgia district. So yeah, he voted accordingly for those who actually put him in public office more than a decade ago…but from 2004 to present, he’s been an actual judge on the bench – and apparently nothing he has done has been at odds with the same people opposing him for this appointment.

      Like I said…grandstanding.

    • nellcote

      Sen. Diane Feinstein said Rep. Lewis signaled support for the nomination of Michael Boggs.
      She is wrong. Here’s Rep. Lewis’ statement:

      I have fought long and hard and even put my life on the line for the cause of equal rights and social justice. My commitment to these ideals has never changed, and my record is solid and unwavering. I take a back-seat to no one and have been at the forefront for decades in defense of the right to marry, a women’s right to choose, and the imperative of non-violence as a means of dissent. I have worked tirelessly to rid Georgia, the South, and this nation from the stain of racial discrimination in any form, including the display of Confederate emblems in the Georgia state flag. I am not about to change that position now.

      I have tried to refrain from making public statements out of respect for my colleagues and the Senate process. I believe it is important to allow each candidate to be evaluated according to his or her own merits and to allow the Senate judicial nomination process to take its course. This willingness to permit due process is all that I have indicated in any conversation I may have had with my colleagues. I did not at any time indicate my support for the Boggs nomination or say that he had the backing of the African American community in Georgia.

      Based on the evidence revealed during this hearing, I do not support the confirmation of Michael Boggs to the federal bench. His record is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career, and his misrepresentation of that record to the committee is even more troubling. The testimony suggests Boggs may allow his personal political leanings to influence his impartiality on the bench. I do not have a vote in the Senate, but if I did I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs.

      • Thanks for posting this, Nellcote!

        Rep. Scott owes Rep. Lewis a public apology.

  • The media is really trying to push the “Rand Paul is a friend to the Negro” narrative.

    …Meanwhile, Rand Paul has taken a somewhat different tack in engaging with the black community. The Kentucky senator, whose libertarian following allows him more latitude in defying traditional GOP orthodoxy, has been an outspoken advocate for softening drug laws, reforming the criminal justice system, and creating major tax breaks for areas in financial distress, like Detroit. He has also given high-profile speeches at black colleges.

    Rather than seek out strategic fights with liberal black institutions
    to make a point, Paul’s aides say he tries to get their input and look
    for areas where they can align. To help do that, he has enlisted Elroy
    Sailor, an influential Republican lobbyist and strategist, to set up roundtable conversations with black community leaders and business owners — most of them Democrats — in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston.

    Sailor said Paul has plans to meet with the NAACP and the National Urban League in coming months.

    MORE: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/republicans-outreach

    • rikyrah

      He stood up for Voter ID and STATES RIGHTS

    • JojoRaze

      This is a man who said while running for election that he wouldn’t have voted for the Civil or Voting Rights Acts- the laws that allowed black people in America to vote and live their lives without fear. Even his stance on drugs is states rights based. I can’t with the willful ignorance. If Rand was helping PBO on ‘My brother’s Keeper I would understand the love for him, but otherwise it makes no sense.

    • Miranda

      “To help do that, he has enlisted Elroy Sailor, an influential Republican lobbyist and strategist, to set up roundtable conversations with black community leaders and business owners………..”

      Elroy Sailor huh?

      • Coon 4 Hire!

        • AxelFoley

          Every plantation has at least one.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  • jds09

    Good Mornng POU Fam!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, jds!

    • Alma98

      Morning jds.

    • rikyrah

      you will NEVER EVER make me believe that they would have caped for Abramson in the way that they did
      yeah, I said it.

      • isonprize

        Rikyrah, you KNOW it. Especially since it is said that Abramson pushed for Baquet to be hired in LA. You know those negras can be so ungrateful…

      • Kennymack1971

        Someone in Finke’s mentions went there saying this Abramson firing was 2008 all over again. That’s why I have 0 fucks to give about this story. This isn’t really about gender pay equity at all it’s about Miss Ann losing her spot to a Black man and it’s got them feeling some type of way.

        • In 2008 if I’m not mistaken we had a primary where Democratic voters chose one candidate over another. Yeah I can see how that’s exactly like a corporate decision to replace an employee.

          Entitlement is one powerful drug.

        • AxelFoley

          They always give themselves away. Just a matter of time, but they always do.

      • BOOM!

    • Miranda

      *sits down, sips tea and watches white feminists show their asses…yet again*


      • AxelFoley

        You got that pinky fanga in the air, Miranda?

    • Oh brother…Does anybody really believe the Times fired Abramson because the Black guy told them to?

  • Joy

    Good morning, everyone!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, Joy!

    • Alma98

      Good morning Joy.

    • MsKitty

      Boo hoo. You want a kleenex or something?

    • Did she get cancelled?

    • isonprize

      Oh, give me a frickin’ break!!! Witch, please.

  • Miranda

    AG Holder will be holding press conference about this soon.

    Five Chinese indicted in U.S. for cyber spying on six U.S. companies
    Mon May 19, 2014 10:01am EDT

    (Reuters) – A U.S. grand jury has indicted five members of the Chinese military for allegedly cyber spying on American companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries, the Department of Justice said on Monday.

    The military hackers conspired to steal information that would be useful to competitors of those companies in China, including state-owned companies there, the agency said.

    Six American companies, including United States Steel Corp, Alcoa Inc and Allegheny Technologies Inc, and one labor union were victims of Chinese hacking attacks, U.S. officials said.


    • But Snowjob and Greenbacks told me only the US government spied on people. Go figure.

      • AxelFoley

        Beat me to it.

  • Miranda

    Former Virginia governor, wife seek split trials in corruption case
    Mon May 19, 2014 6:02am EDT

    (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife will try to notch a win in their battle against corruption charges on Monday by getting a federal judge to order separate trials for them.

    McDonnell, a Republican who left office in January, and his wife, Maureen, face a 14-count indictment charging them with conspiring to accept about $165,000 in gifts, vacations and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping his company, dietary supplement maker Star Scientific Inc.

    Prosecutors have portrayed the couple as short on money. Robert McDonnell, 59, also was unable to pay some bills for beachfront houses he owned through a corporation during his term as governor, according to court papers filed by prosecutors.

    more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/us-usa-virginia-mcdonnell-idUSBREA4I06G20140519

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      Where’s Town?

      • Town

        Honestly, I don’t see what crime the wife committed. She’s not a public official.

        IMO McDonnell will get off on all the charges except the bank fraud charge, which is the one the Feds were trying to get him on in the first place.

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    • Alma98

      Morning GLH, have a nice one. Blessings to you and yours.

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    — – –President Obama to visit Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during latest upstate NY trip
    – – – – –President Barack Obama is heading to upstate New York next week to highlight tourism’s role in boosting the economy.

    In his weekly address, the president said he will travel to Cooperstown Thursday to deliver remarks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    “I’ll be heading to Cooperstown, New York – home of the Baseball Hall of Fame– to talk about tourism,” Obama said. “Because believe it or not, tourism is an export. And if we make it easier for more foreign visitorsto visit and spend money at America’s attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone.”

    According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, this will be the first time a sitting president has visited the hall in its history. The museum will be closed to the public Thursday during the president’s visit. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday.

    The timing of the president’s visit is great for the Baseball Hall of Fame.The museum, which opened in 1939, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.


  • Miranda

    I knew if Ray J was trending..it had to be epic ratchetness. LOL

    Ray J Wedding Gift for Kim……..PORN PROFITS!
    5/19/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

    It may be the most awesome wedding gift of all time … Ray J is giving Kim Kardashian and Kanye West a $47K check … representing 4 months of his 2014 profits from the epic porn tape with Kim.

    It’s breathtaking on 2 levels — that Ray J has such humongous cajones, and that the tape is still raking in a fortune after 7 years.

    Here’s the breakdown of the wedding gift. Mind you, this is just Ray J’s cut:

    — January $6,135.60
    — February $20,097.31
    — March $9,674.76
    — April $10,931.52
    — TOTAL: $46,840.13

    Now get this … sources from Vivid Entertainment tell us the tape has grossed $50 MILLION!

    Remember, we’re told Kim gets AT LEAST as much as Ray J, though we don’t know exactly how much.

    We’ve reached out to Kim to see if she’ll accept Ray’s gift, but so far no word back. We’re told … if she doesn’t want it he’ll donate the money to her favorite charity.

    Ray J — yes, that’s his wallet AND he’s happy to see you.

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/19/ray-j-kanye-west-kim-kardashian-wedding-gift-check-vivid-sex-tape/#ixzz32AmgCWlo

    • MsKitty

      I dunno, maybe Ray J should hold on to that money since it seems like it’s his only source of steady income.

      • Town

        I’ve heard he supplements his income…in other ways. That’s all I’ll say about that.

    • Cruddy yet not unexpected.

    • AxelFoley

      Dude need to let it go. Get on with ya life, bro.

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        HE HIT IT, HE HIT IT FIRST!!!!!!

  • Alma98

    Morning all

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    – —Ukraine Unrest: Putin Orders Russian Troops Near Ukraine To Return To Home Bases– – –

    – — — –Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops deployed in regions near Ukraine to return to their home bases, the Kremlin said Monday.

    The move appears to indicate Putin’s intention to de-escalate the crisis over Ukraine, the worst in Russia’s relations with the West since the end of the Cold War.

    Putin has previously said he has ordered troops to return from the area near the Ukraine border, but the United States and NATO have said they see no sign of a pullout and have threatened more sanctions if Russia tries to derail Ukraine’s presidential vote set for Sunday.
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    • “The move appears to indicate Putin’s intention to de-escalate the crisis over Ukraine”

      Yes. Looking at your bank account and seeing an escalating negative along with getting screamed at every 8 minutes by oligarchs watching their bottom line vanish has that effect.

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      • AxelFoley

        U.S. media awfully quiet about this, tho.

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    • Alma98


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  • rikyrah


    I think Black women act as The Help for White feminist cause they think all the equal pay for women will = Black woman, no it wont my sister

  • Miranda

    How is it the Dems fault that she was banging on her ex’s door uninvited and calling up his employees because she mad they broke up? If a man did this, you damn sure wouldn’t see any effort to make is seem like it was ok.
    Is This the Democrats’ War on Women?

    In 2013, an ex-boyfriend called the cops on Monica Wehby—and four days before her GOP primary, the police report resurfaced. To blame for the leak? A Democratic attack, say Republicans.

    Republicans are crying foul over an eleventh-hour flurry of press reports that Dr. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon and the frontrunner in Oregon’s Republican Senate primary, was labeled a “stalker” in a year-old police reportpublished Friday by Politico.

    The police report details a 2013 incident in which Wehby’s ex-boyfriend, timber executive and GOP donor Andrew Miller, called the police after Wehby came to his Portland home, knocked on the door for 10 minutes, and then let herself in through a back door. Miller told the police that Wehby had been to his home at least 10 times that week and also was calling employees at his company inappropriately.

    more here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/19/is-this-the-democrats-war-on-women.html

    • rikyrah

      SHE stalks him, and now she’s the victim?

    • Alma98

      How the hell you gonna blame dems for your candidate being unbalanced. Anybody that has an ounce of sense would ask why isn’t she responsible for herself. The dems didn’t file charges against her. smh

    • nellcote

      It’s a police report. Why didn’t the goopers vet their candidate better?

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  • rikyrah

    A Politico poll released this morning shows trouble for Dems, because it surveys likely voters in competitive U.S. House and Senate races and finds Republicans with a seven point generic lead, 41-34.

    Politico says this shows “mounting danger for Democrats,” and it’s true Dems are in danger. But it’s worth remembering that a tolerable outcome for Dems is if they limit their losses to five Senate seats, which will be decided by a series of grueling contests with a host of unique features.

    However, the poll’s findings on Obamcare are also noteworthy. Even among likely voters in the competitive races, keep/modify polls slightly better than repeal. The poll finds that 35 percent favor keeping the law with modifications, and another 16 percent favor keeping it as it is — for a total of 51 percent who favor keeping and modifying the law. Meanwhile, 48 percent favor repeal.


    • Alma98

      I think Politico’s poll is b.s. If the media is so sure republicans are gonna win why do the keep calling my house trying to find out if I’m going to vote for a republican. They don’t even ask about ObamaCare any more. They also ask how do I think the economy is going. Another question is did I vote for Obama in 2012. That’s why they’re scraping the barrel looking for scandals, they have nothing positive to run on.

    • nellcote

      A Politico poll released this morning shows trouble for Dems,

      water is wet

  • rikyrah

    However, the real nature of the Obamacare problem Dems face — one that coexists with the truism that repeal remains unpopular — is also revealed here. The groups who tilt strongly against the law are more likely to turn out than the groups who favor it:

    While majorities of white voters (54 percent) and men (51 percent) support repealing Obamacare, repeal now falls short of majority support with most subgroups…The law receives powerful support from minority voters, including 80 percent of African-Americans who want to leave the law alone (34 percent) or modify it (46 percent), and 55 percent of Hispanics who want it left entirely intact (22 percent) or only modified (33 percent).


  • rikyrah

    fascinating tidbit from
    the Politico poll:

    Broken down by region, only in the South did total repeal of the law
    command the support of a majority — 51 percent. In the Northeast, Midwest and West, repeal was the preference of a plurality of voters, but a majority favored either leaving the ACA as is or making changes to the law without repealing it.

    • nellcote

      I wonder what the response would be if they only asked people who actually knew what was in the ACA.

  • rikyrah

    May 17, 2014 11:44 AM
    We’re Here Too

    By Chad Stanton

    Bob Moser at The American Prospect recently wrote about the continued befuddlement of otherwise clear-eyed liberals in relation to the American South. He cites Obama’s three electoral wins in southern states as proof of undue nihilism in regard to liberalism’s ability to sway folks below the Mason-Dixon line in the past. We now may be seeing history repeat itself with southern Democratic Senate candidates faring “surprisingly” well so far in 2014. One under-regarded aspect of this puzzlement lies in an overriding tendency to erase or discount the African American presence in the South, as Moser points out in his parentheses. Unfortunately this elision has more consequences than merely propagating poor punditry.

    While African Americans in the South are often the subject of stories focusing on poverty and the efforts of voter suppression the agency of activists and everyday folk is often given short shrift. The work of folks in North Carolina participating in the Moral Mondays and elsewhere shows that the legacy of political and civic engagement is as vital as ever and ready to be engaged with and accounted for when discussing the tenor of the political environnment in a region too often described with nihilism or sarcasm by our intellectual and media class.

    In the short term this would mean more support and touting of efforts like the recent one launched by Democrats to turn out voters where they would have merely been written off in the past. Also less of an anxiety about how being strongly identified as the party of people of color plays to the Reagan Republicans from liberals and moderates in the Democratic Party when considering and discussing policy and politcs would be the beginning of a conversation that would lead to more collaboration and honestly it seems no amount of distancing will be able to alter that perception at this point.

    In the long term this greater acknowledgement would mean that fewer and fewer conservatives would be able to offer the assessment that the agency of African Americans is taken for granted by liberals. This belief is the source of a lot of the voter apathy seen in the black community and a brand of black conservatism too often written off as mere self-hate when it should instead be seen as a critique and rebuke of a perceived paternalism in the interaction between white and black liberals.


  • GreenLadyHere


    – — — – – —GIFTED —BLAH YOUNG LADY♥

    13 year old becomes a published author of two books —:>)

    — – —One Brooklyn eight-grade student has turned her hobby into an early profession granting her the title of being a published author.
    13-year-old Angela Content says reading is one of her favorite
    activities – so much so, that she decided to write her own stories that
    have now turned into two self-published books.

    Angela’s mother, Marie Content, told CBS New York that she had no idea her daughter was serious about becoming an author until she approached her one day and was surprised to hear the news.
    – — –SNIP —

    Angela has written two books: one is a sci-fi fantasy titled “Awake and Alive” and the other is a romance novel titled “Shattered.”
    Each book reportedly took her three month to write, with her latest
    novel reaching just over 200 pages. She also writes the stories by hand –and explains that doing so helps create a constant flow of creativity.

    “Whatever pops in my head, I just continue writing it,” Angela said.
    “It just flows on paper. On the computer, I just kind of get stuck.”

    – —-THERE IS MORE – – – –B BLESSED —with continued SUCCESS♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    He has been very active in mental health awareness. Good on him.

    Brandon Marshall’s new deal completes remarkable perception switch
    By Tom Pelissero May 19, 2014

    Little more than two years ago, the Miami Dolphins jettisoned Brandon Marshall for a pair of third-round draft picks, deciding the talented receiver was more trouble than he was worth.

    Monday, Marshall provided an apt summary of how perception about him has changed, signing a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the Chicago Bears during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” and pledging $1 million to treatment for people with mental-health issues.

    Marshall, 30, disclosed in 2011 he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and has been an advocate for mental-health issues ever since. He was fined $10,500 in October for wearing green cleats during a game to promote Mental Health Awareness week.

    more here: http://q.usatoday.com/2014/05/19/brandon-marshall-chicago-bears-contra/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • *waves* Good morning, POU. I’ve been doing a lot of desk work for the past few months, and I try not to use social media or forums on work computers, but shoot, I’m falling asleep over here. I need to do something to keep myself occupied while it’s slow this morning. 😉

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -☺http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j273/poppy0927/Greetings/GDAftN/5.gif

      —–JamilaJP. ***BIG HUG*** :>) – – -YA MEAN LIKE –THAT? :>)

      – — ***BIG HUG*** — -U R missed.[Especially that “cute avatar”. :>)]- —Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      Hey Jamila.
      Missed your too cute avatar.

      • Thanks. I plan on doing more with her soon.

  • Joy

    Support Our Public Schools’ presentation canceled for Monday’s school board meeting

    Support Our Public Schools, the group leading the home-rule effort in Dallas ISD, was scheduled to argue its case for the initiative at Monday’s DISD school board meeting.

    But board president Eric Cowan decided Monday morning to cancel that presentation and has considered moving it to Thursday. At Thursday’s meeting, Support Our Public Schools could present along with Our Community, Our Schools — the largest home-rule opposition group.

    Our Community, Our Schools is made up the Dallas teachers groups Alliance-AFT and NEA Dallas, the local chapter of the NAACP and the AFL-CIO. It also has the support of the national chapter of the country’s second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers.

    Several Dallas ISD trustees have complained that Support Our Public Schools launched the home-rule effort without consulting the school board.

    • Daltex82

      This home rule group seems shady as hell. I hope folks continue to fight to keep this shadowy group from getting is hooks into DISD (I’m sure they are salivating at the thought of getting their hands on the roughly 1.1 billion dollar DISD budget).

    • nellcote

      What does “home rule” mean?

      • Joy

        Basically, it’s some secret organizations way of making Dallas ISD the biggest charter school in the country.

        • nellcote

          thanks. I figured it involved charter schools but I’m unfamiliar with the term.

    • rikyrah

      they are who we thought they were.

      they thought they’d come in and just bamboozle folks with their bullshyt.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –Oh gee.! — NOW he can go SHOPPING –HERE — -☺http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/target101013.jpg

    —- —☺@NewsBreaker[THANK U♥]

    Ousted Target CEO Steinhafel getting $16 million to go away http://bit.ly/1mNUf4f – @nickwoltman @PioneerPress

    – –DISGUSTING!!! – – -☺http://www.quickmeme.com/img/b3/b308a827dfe2f360d3d1346be3cc9a690123e6a1085a27ecb177b0ec4f74a438.jpg

  • crazycanuck

    POU is becoming to exclusive for me. Took me awhile to get in.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -Crazycanuck –☺http://www.db18.com/d/good_afternoon/good_afternoon_045.gif
      – —***BIG HUG** :>)- –B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • itgurl_29

    POU twitter warriors, please get this white man together.

    @NikkiFinke: It's 2008 again; in a ugly win, Obama wrestles the Democratic nomination away from Hillary. Et tu Baquet?— William M. Andrews (@wilburinla) May 19, 2014

    • Tunisia

      I have been out of the loop the past few days. WTH is this all about?

      • itgurl_29

        It’s about that white woman Abramson being fired from the New York Times. White liberals are in a tizzy over it and just as we all expected, it’s really because she got fired and now a black man has her old job.

        • Tunisia

          lol…I see. More Black Man Derangement Syndrome. I guess he didn’t deserve the job just like PBO didn’t deserve to be President. Right!! I despise those people.

        • I hadn’t been following too closely, but I did notice that Glenn Greenwald had a hit piece up on the new editor that same day.

    • An ugly win that just so happened to energize the entire Democratic base with a record turnout culminating in a blowout win against McGrumpy. I’ll take that ugly kind of winning any day.

      Is he dog whistling?

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY itgurl_29. ***BIG HUG** :>)

      – — -☺WHEN will THEY – –EVA LEARN???

      WE! – ‘ON’T! —Cuuur! –’bout yer opinion!!!–geesh!

      – — –☺http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m32p1iVZZJ1r25b3i.gif

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • jziglar

      Such privilege ! Maybe she got fired because she sucked at her job. All of this complaining because a black man replaced her. And Obama beat Hillary fair and square, and no one gives a damn about this old shit.

    • crazycanuck

      since when is beating her privileged ass soundly an ‘ugly win’? Please.

      • I guess their point is that in both cases, a black man “beat” a white woman. For some, a Black person being chosen over over their white counterpart is in itself “ugly.”

    • Admiral_Komack

      I tweeted him that:
      Obama’s win in 2008 was convincing, not ugly, and Abramson was fired for lying to the NYT publisher and NYT CEO.

  • rikyrah

    Transcript: Attorney general Eric Holder’s speech to Morgan State University graduates
    Published: May 17

    The following is the text of remarks as prepared for delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Morgan State University commencement ceremony in Baltimore on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The transcript was provided by the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs.

    Thank you, President [David] Wilson, for those kind words – and thank you all for such a warm welcome. It’s a pleasure to join you on this beautiful campus. And it’s a privilege to stand with so many distinguished faculty, staff, and administrators; members of the Board of Regents; and proud parents, family members, friends, and alumni – in congratulating the Morgan State University Class of 2014.

    I’d like to thank Calvin Butler for his thoughtful remarks. And I want to thank Chairman – and former Congressman and NAACP President – Kweisi Mfume for his inspiring words and his service to our nation over the course of his exemplary career. I’d also like to recognize every member of Morgan State’s renowned choir and band for sharing their talents with us. Thank you for making today’s ceremony so special. And thank you, most of all, to the Class of 2014 for inviting me to share in this moment – as we mark the end of one chapter of your lives and celebrate the beginning of the next.

    I know each of you walked a difficult path to be here today – a path beset by challenges; some prescribed by your professors to test your knowledge and skills, others by outside circumstances – and some by societal factors beyond your control. Every obstacle – every paper and project; every midterm and final exam – had to be confronted and overcome before you could take your seat among this crowd. And while we applaud your individual achievements today, celebrate your collective victories, and commemorate what is truly a significant milestone – the fact is that, for all the work, the studying, and the sleepless nights – none of you made this journey alone.

    In so many ways, the path that led you to this moment was forged by men and women who came before you – many seemingly ordinary, but all extraordinary – from those who pioneered the establishment of this great school more than 140 years ago, to those who first opened its doors to women and, later, to students of all races and backgrounds. Each of their journeys was less certain. They had no set courses to guide them. And they must have found, at times, that there was no obvious way forward – and nothing but darkness and difficulty stretching out ahead – their path lit only by the flame of America’s founding promise.

    In so many ways, the path that led you to this moment was forged by men and women who came before you – many seemingly ordinary, but all extraordinary – from those who pioneered the establishment of this great school more than 140 years ago, to those who first opened its doors to women and, later, to students of all races and backgrounds. Each of their journeys was less certain. They had no set courses to guide them. And they must have found, at times, that there was no obvious way forward – and nothing but darkness and difficulty stretching out ahead – their path lit only by the flame of America’s founding promise.

    Rest of it here:


  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – –BU- — BYEEE — -BOY!! – – -HAH! —

    — —Police chief who called Obama N-word resigns– –

    • goldenstar

      The video footage of the voters who elected him and testified at a town meeting was must. see. tv. They wanted him to resign; be gone; to go; get outta the way.

      • crazycanuck

        where is that footage?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        WATCHED IT. – –Annnd he SAT there lookin’ ARROGANT!! –annnnd RACIST. :>)

        – —☺http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/16/video-police-commissioner-who-called-obama-the-n-word-snaps-at-skunk-reporter-as-angry-residents-call-for-his-resignation/

        Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere



    —-GOP takes on Michelle Obama – —

    — — –House Republicans have inserted language in a new
    spending bill that allows schools to opt out of tougher nutrition standards for lunch and breakfast programs if they can show the programs loses money.

    The language sets up a fight between the House GOP and first lady Michelle Obama, who has championed the nutrition rules introduced in 2012. The first lady has made fighting childhood obesity her signature issue.The 2012 rules require that most schools make more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free meals available, and that they reduce salt and trans fat.
    – — SNIP- —

    – – –Democrats on the Appropriations Committee are expected to try to remove the language from the bill. The rule was developed in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

    —Annnd THAT ORG: – —The Institute of
    Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 65 new members and five
    foreign associates in conjunction with its 39th annual meeting. Election
    to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of
    health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated
    outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

    – – –MOSTLY MALE —-NO BLAHS!!- – – –***DA HAND – –Talk 2 IT!!***

    • Alma98

      These people are so freaking ignorant, ughhhh. Now wanting kids to eat healthy is a crime.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Heey Alma: — These —RACIST OBSTRUCTIONISTS!! – —

        As song as MR. PRESIDENT♥ — with all his POSITIVITY –4 PEOPLE –like —the ACA
        annnnd OUR BELOVED FIRST LADY♥ —with her emphasis on “GOOD HEALTH” —[“LET’s MOVE” annnnd EAT RIGHT]- – -R in the White House – – – —

        – – – – -☺http://abigailn63.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/haters-gonna-hate.gif
        —[RACISTS — Gon B RACISTS!!] WE KNOW!!

    • TyrenM

      John Kline (R – Redneckville MN) heads the House Education Committee. Arrgh.

      • GreenLadyHere

        THANK U♥. —TyrenM :>) – – —CALL! HIM! OUT!! :>)—

  • Miranda

    The picture of that racist police commissioner in NH tickles me to NO END…..he like “I dont give a DAMN!”…..racist old coot had his arms CROSSED and lips PURSED…LOL! That’s right dammit, you gonna be racist, you be steadfast and true! Don’t be like the liberal mofos on twitter wanna compare 2008 & Hillary to Jill Abramson being fired and then pretend like there are no racial connotations to that bullshit! Hell, at least this old man had the balls to SAY what he meant (and meant what he said) – but this mofo ‏@wilburinla on twitter trying to backtrack his racist ass shit. I got more respect for commissioner copeland!


    • Alma98

      He like eff y’all. Maybe Miss (Keli Goff) diversity training can help him.

      • Mi


    • MsKitty

      Exactly, what a refreshing change. Just caught up with the twitter beatdown. That dipshit didn’t know what hit him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – – – –Awwww. . .VP Joe —-:>)

    – – – –If Joe Biden Can’t Come to Your Prom, He’ll Still Send a Corsage

    – —- –Vice President Joe Biden leaves a trail of heartbreak wherever he goes. But he always sends flowers. And so it went for young Talia Maselli of Newington, Conn., who wrote a letter last fall to invite the 2016 not-so-hopeful to the prom.

    “I am inviting you so far in advance because I’m sure many
    17-year-old girls send you prom invitations, and I had to beat them to
    it,” Maselli said in her letter. “I could only tolerate a high school
    dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America.”

    First of all, say whaaaaaat? As an added safeguard, perhaps a page right out of our promposal handbook, Maselli threatened to bring House Speaker John Boehner if the Veep declined.

    Would Joe break her heart? Unfortunately, yes.

    Would he at least try to salvage of the pieces? A million times yes. On the Thursday morning before prom, Maselli received a little package of Joe-mentum, which included a note and a red, white, and blue corsage.
    THERE IS MORE – — –
    —Soooo compassionate♥- – -[HUH- hillary?] LOL

    • TyrenM

      2016 voter.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        — -***BIG fist bump*** – –:>) U BETCHA!! – —:>)

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • Miranda
    • itgurl_29

      Whoa! That looks biblical.

      • nellcote

        it’s looking for the Cheneys…

        • goldenstar


        • Alma98


        • Miranda


    • rikyrah

      itgurl has it… Hand of God scary

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥- – —O MY WORD!.- —☺http://www.ltwcm.com/images/animated_little_girl_praying.gif

      END TIMES… . – — – – -**Overheard in the garden – –LETTUCE pray. :>)***

  • GreenLadyHere

    PNOMB♥ —NBA — -ON Da MOVE —DOWN the COURT! :>)

    – —NBA Initiates Charge to Terminate Donald Sterling as Clippers Owner– – —

    – —-Clippers owner Donald Sterling “engaged in conduct
    that has damaged and continues to damage the NBA” when he disparaged black people in a recorded coversation that led the league’s commissioner to call for his removal, according to a charge initiated Monday by the league.

    The charge seeking to terminate the NBA’s longest tenured owner is one of several steps in the process by which Sterling could be removed. If the NBA’s other 29 owner sustain thecharge by the three-fourths vote, the 80-year-old would be stripped of team ownership.

    Sterling is afforded the opportunity to respond to the charge by May 27. He can present his case at a specialmeeting of the league’s Board of Governors, scheduled for June 3.

    Woo! HOO! :>)

    • nellcote

      He can present his case at a specialmeeting
      show it live on espn.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. :>) ***BIG –Cali –HUG*** :>)

        – —Ya MEAN –☺http://www.picgifs.com/graphics/c/court/graphics-court-312550.gif
        —HOLD COURT – —onda COURT?? LOL

        Good idea. :>) — NO CHARGE. :>)–
        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>) B BLESSED. :>)

      • If the owners vote him out he’s out. He can go to court until he’s blue in the face but the bottom line is he signed an agreement stating he would uphold the NBA constitution and not engage in anything detrimental to the league.

        Voting to let him keep his team is an invitation to an open revolt across the entire league which would set the NBA back to the pre-George Mikan era.

        Like the oligarchs dealing with Putin, the owners are not going to let anyone mess with their money.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – – -☺@MissingCases[THANK U♥]
    RT #FindEliceo #EliceoCortez #Missing w/#Autism/#Autistic 14 y/o Eliceo Cortez #DitmasPark #Brooklyn #NYC 5/16/2014 pic.twitter.com/CwrCqJg9NQ

    – – – -PRAYING 4 his SAFE return/SAFETY♥- –annnd 4 his Family♥ — -AMEN♥- –