October 21, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Bankers

GOOD MORNING P.O.U.! We hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

We conclude our series on African-American Bankers with….

 

RICHARD HENRY BOYD

(1843-1922)

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One-Cent Savings and Trust Company (Citizens Bank)

Nashville, TN

Richard Henry Boyd, a founder of both the National Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Publishing Board, was born in Texas late in the antebellum era. After receiving an education at Bishop College, an institution for black Baptist men supported by white northern Baptists, in Marshall, Texas, Boyd moved to Nashville in the mid-1890s and became instrumental in the formation and early years of the National Baptist Convention. In 1896 Boyd and a group of nine other men chartered the National Baptist Publishing Board. Over the next twenty-five years, it grew into the nation’s largest African American publishing enterprise. Boyd’s company supplied black churches with religious literature, church pews, church fans, and a variety of other items for church life. The board and its subsidiary agencies employed over 110 African American workers, making it a substantial black enterprise. Boyd also either started or supported the National Negro Doll Company, the first business to market black dolls to black consumers; the One-Cent Savings Bank, a financial institution which met the needs of small African American depositors; the Globe Publishing Company, which published the Nashville Globe, the city’s black newspaper; the National Baptist Union-Review, an African American denominational newspaper; and the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, which distributed religious literature and supported missionary efforts.

R.H. Boyd and Family

R.H. Boyd and Family

As vice-president of the National Negro Business League, Boyd represented the trend in African American thought that supported Booker T. Washington’s philosophy of “industrial education” and emphasized the acquisition of property and economic independence. At the same time, as early as the 1890s, Boyd warned his fellow black Tennesseans that whites intended to turn the clock back on black civil rights. When Nashville began enforcing segregated street cars in the 1900s, Boyd and fellow ministers and businessmen supported a boycott of the public transportation, thus initiating a tradition of political protest. Meanwhile, they attempted to counter segregation by forming the Union Transportation Company, a black-owned streetcar franchise. The boycott and the company eventually failed, but Boyd cemented his reputation as a “race man” through his work in fighting Jim Crow.

In the last decades of his life, Boyd became involved with an ugly controversy over the independence of his major business, the National Baptist Publishing Board. In 1915 Boyd and the forces affiliated with him split from the National Baptist Convention over this issue and formed the National Baptist Convention of America. Boyd’s latter years were spent in fighting internal denominational battles. But this did not prevent him from continuing to comment on issues of the day, including the beginnings of the great African American migration out of the South during and after World War I. Boyd died in 1922, but through the legacy of the National Baptist Publishing Board his influence lives on.

 

Once Cent Savings Bank Building in 1907 (Photo: Nashville Globe/Black Nashville Genealogy & History)

One Cent Savings Bank Building in 1907 (Photo: Nashville Globe/Black Nashville Genealogy & History)

Citizen’s Bank

In business since 1904, Citizens Bank is the oldest continuously operated African American bank in the United States. In 1902 Richard H. Boyd, James C. Napier, and other Nashville African American leaders formed a chapter of the National Negro Business League (NNBL) to promote black business interests. African Americans in Nashville had had no bank since the collapse of the Freedmen’s Savings Bank and Trust Company (1865-74), and white banks treated black customers with indifference and disdain. On November 5, 1903, nine executive committee members of the local NNBL met at attorney James C. Napier’s office and agreed to establish a bank. A week later, seven others joined, and they founded the One Cent Savings Bank and Trust Company with sixteen hundred dollars in capital. The One Cent Savings Bank opened on January 16, 1904, in the Napier Court Building at 411 North Cherry Street.

The principal founders and officers included such important Nashville leaders as Richard Henry Boyd (president), James C. Napier (cashier-manager), and Preston Taylor (chairman). C. N. Langston (teller), J. B. Bosley, William Haynes, J. W. Grant, E. B. Jefferson, T. G. Ewing, and J. A. Cullom were other key officers and founders. The One Cent Bank helped finance the African American civil rights cause in 1906 when it served as the depository for the Defense Fund of the Afro American Council.

Organized for the uplift of African Americans, Citizens Bank survived the Great Depression because Boyd and his successor operated the institution with efficiency and frugality. According to Boyd, bank stockholders understood “that this institution was born out of necessity. It is not . . . a loan company, an investment and industrial insurance company, not a pawn shop, and the idea of ‘getting rich quick’ was never in the minds of the officers of this institution.” (1) In 1920 One Cent Savings Bank’s name changed to Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company to give it a more populist appeal. In February 1922 Citizens Bank moved to the Colored YMCA building on Cedar Street. Seven years later, the Journal of Negro History and the Pittsburgh Courier paid tribute to Citizens Bank’s twenty-five years of service. At its 1958 meeting the National Bankers Association awarded an Outstanding Certificate of Achievement to Citizens Bank.

The bank’s leadership remained stable after the deaths of Boyd, Napier, and Taylor. Henry A. Boyd served as both president (1922-59) and chairman (1931-59) and was succeeded as chairman by T. B. Boyd Jr. (1959-79) and T. B. Boyd III (1979-present). Since July 1959 Citizens Bank has employed a full-time president, and those to have held the office include Meredith G. Ferguson, Richard Lewis, Henry Hill, Rick Davidson, Deborah Scott Ensley and current president, Dr. Deborah A. Cole. Today, Citizens Bank operates a main branch on Jefferson Street, a branch on Monroe Street, and a headquarters and operations building on Heiman Street in Nashville.

(SOURCE: The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture)

 For more information on Citizens Bank, visit their website here.

 

The Case of the Missing Statue

 

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Statue of R.H. Boyd located outside of the R.H. Boyd Publishing Company building in Nashville, TN

 

Police: R.H. Boyd statue likely chopped up, sold as scrap metal

By Pierce Greenberg

Police believe a stolen bronze statue of publishing company founder R.H. Boyd has been chopped up and sold to a metals facility in Kentucky for a few hundred dollars.

The 6-foot-3-inch statue of the founder of R.H. Boyd Publishing Company in West Nashville went missing overnight on Dec. 5. The statue had been outside the business on 6717 Centennial Blvd. since 1974.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said the perpetrators received several hundred dollars for the minced up 400-pound statue.

The seller was required to present identification and police are in the process of locating a suspect.

The name of the metal facility is not being released due to the ongoing investigation.

 

  • gn

    IsonPrize will like this one:

    Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein

    Kristine Barnett noticed that her little boy Jacob – whom doctors had tagged as autistic – seemed to have a fascination with patterns. So she took him out of his school’s special ed program and let him study the things he’s passionate about. Now Jacob is on his way to winning a Nobel Prize.

    As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son would probably never know how to tie his shoes.

    But experts say the 14-year-old Indiana prodigy has an IQ higher than Einstein’s and is on the road to winning a Nobel Prize. He’s given TedX talks and is working toward a master’s degree in quantum physics….

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/autistic-boy-genius-iq-higher-einstein-article-1.1340923#ixzz2SzNH0iuz

    • Miranda

      WOW!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ GN. – -***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – — -AMAZING!! —Sooo INSPIRATIONAL!! –THANK U♥ – 4 SHARING. :>)
      Yesterday a school held a “SPECIAL OLYMPICS” – – –WOW&1/2!! – –THEY PERFORMED at such a HIGH LEVEL of ATHLETICISM!! – – -Of course -there I was: – –***tears** annnd ***smiles** — annnd **CHEERS**. – – -It was a BLESSING. :>)

      Good 2 C U GN. :>) – -BLESS U Isonprize/family♥

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

      That’s amazing!

    • Aquagranny911

      Great share!

    • BoomerGal

      Sounds like an autistic savant.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ -Sepia/POU FAM♥ – –***BIG HUG*** :>) -WOW&1/2 –MR. BOYD has BEEN IN -“DA STRUGGLE” soooo MUCH as HE INITIATES a VARIETY of ENTITIES – 4 US!!

    THANK U Sepia♥!! — THIS has been an AMAZING LEARNING EXPERIENCE! —He is sooo INSPIRATIONAL!! :>):>)

    – -☻MR. PRESIDENT – -WORKS —CONTINUOUSLY: – -:>)
    —- —-11:15 AM — Obama honors the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award winners. –BLESS U♥

    – -☻The PROLIFIC MR. RICHARD H. BOYD:
    —- – -☺Richard Henry Boyd, a founder of both the National Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Publishing Board
    –THIS☺Boyd also either started or supported the National Negro Doll Company, the first business to market black dolls to black consumers —-AMAZING!! :>)
    —– – -+Sooo –IN “Da STRUGGLE”
    – — –☺In business since 1904, Citizens Bank is the oldest continuously operated African American bank in the United States. In 1902 Richard H. Boyd, James C. Napier, and other Nashville African American leaders formed a chapter of the National Negro Business League (NNBL) to promote black business interests.

    – –BREAKFAST/BRUNCH —4 ALL. :>) —ENJOY!! – – -B BLESSED 2-day. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – — Ohhhh — -HOW SWEET. A RE-MOTHER’s DAY STORY: – -:>) – -***tears/smiles***

    — -Son surprises his mother with an unforgettable gift – –

    — – – – A heartwarming video posted on You Tube just over a week ago has already garnered close to 2 million views.
    In it, a young man from Ethiopia discusses the love and gratitude he has for his mother.

    He then goes on to reassure her that the nurture and care she has provided over the years has not gone overlooked by presenting her with a gift that symbolizes a token of his appreciation.

    Aba Atlas made the video on April 30th, his birthday, and it has since made many rounds across the web.
    THERE IS MORE — —-SOOOO sweet. :>)- -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — – -IN case U CHOSE – — -2 – -SNOOZE. LOL —

    – – -Sunday talk show tip sheet
    — – –Good NEWS: – – -NO – -McANCIENT!! LOL –

    • nellcote

      He’s on ABC. How could we ever get through BENGAZI!!! sunday without McCain?

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        —OOPS! —-Read 2 fast. :>) – –Thank U. :>)

        ***fist bump** –on Thomas Pickering. :>)
        Thomas Pickering talks about Benghazi attack- –

        Good 2 C U nellcote. :>)

  • Miranda

    Colleges Soak Poor Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

    U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to take on heavy debt, a report found.

    Almost two-thirds of private institutions require students from families making $30,000 or less annually to pay more than $15,000 a year, according to the report released today by the Washington-based New America Foundation.

    The research analyzing U.S. Education Department data for the 2010-2011 school year undercuts the claims of many wealthy colleges that financial-aid practices make their institutions affordable, said Stephen Burd, the report’s author. He singled out schools — including Boston University and George Washington University — that appear especially pricey for poor families.

    more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-08/colleges-soak-poor-u-s-students-while-funneling-aid-to-rich.html

    • Aquagranny911

      I hope that down rate was an accident.

  • Miranda

    SMH….he’s the “Speaker” in name only.

    Boehner takes backseat as GOP grapples with debt, immigration
    By Russell Berman – 05/11/13 06:00 AM ET

    Ask Speaker John Boehner a question on a key issue these days, and you’re likely to get a variation of the same response: Talk to someone else.

    The Speaker has maintained a lower-key presence in recent months, largely avoiding the spotlight and abandoning the deal-making ambitions of his first two years in office.

    Whether the matter is immigration, guns, budget talks or online sales taxes, Boehner (R-Ohio) routinely defers or deflects questions to committee leaders.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/299131-boehner-takes-backseat-as-gop-grapples-with-debt-immigration#ixzz2SzlWAlw6

    • Kennymack1971

      A pathetic sorry excuse for a public servant. Trifling ass mofo.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        The sad part it is among House Republicans he’s the best they got.

  • Miranda

    The decency to bury a body

    THE BODY of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has finally been buried, in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia. But coming nearly three weeks after his death, the resolution does not answer the original question. If we’re so “Boston Strong,” how could one corpse scare common sense to death?

    Not one major political figure in Massachusetts had the guts to say the obvious as Tsarnaev lay in suspended non-animation at a funeral home in Worcester. He could hurt no one any more. All he was since April 19 was rotting flesh, crumbling into dust. As the late comedian Richard Pryor noted in a memorable 1975 routine, the “ultimate test” is whether you can survive death.

    “So far,” Pryor said, “don’t nobody we know has passed the ultimate test.”

    Nor did Tsarnaev. But everyone else failed the test of recognizing this fact, behaving like Tsarnaev was a zombie headed back to Boylston Street with another backpack of explosives and nails. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy said there would be no burial in their towns. Tsarnaev was a Cambridge resident; Healy said the “turmoil” of burying him there would prevent a “return to peaceful life.”

    more here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/05/11/the-decency-bury-body/yzfG1J04nXtbGIsv25I1iI/story.html

    • nellcote

      Has it ever been determined whether he died of gun shot wounds or being run over?

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote: —FOUND this: –The death certificate released by Massachusetts authorities indicates
        that Tsarnaev, whose cause of death was listed as guns
        was interred at Al-Barzakh
        Muslim Cemetery in Doswell, which is about 25 minutes north of Richmond
        in a rural county of about 30,000 people.
        – -

        • Admiral_Komack

          Translation: “Yeah, he was shot, and his brother playing NASCAR didn’t help matters”.

          • Aquagranny911

            Admiral, I bow to your ability to translate. Well done, Sir, well done!

          • GreenLadyHere

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

            – –LOL —-U R a riot!! —Good 2 C U Admiral. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –A Ms. KIERA WILMOT MOMENT — –More SUPPORT! :>)

    Kiera Wilmot Arrested; Why This Is A Blow to Science

    — – –This story has spread like wildfire and in the geek and nerd community, this story has put a lot of shame in schools. –SNIP – But this story takes a dark twist. Kiera Wilmot was arrested, yes arrested, over a science experiment. Just in case you didn’t know what Kiera was experimenting with, here’s a video showing you.
    – – -SNIP —
    I am disgusted by the possible criminalization of a good student’s natural curiosity. No one was harmed, no intention to harm was there. There was no ‘discharge of a weapon’, there was a pop sound and some smoke. People can do worse during the Summer time when grilling or sitting by a campfire. The charges against this young lady are absurd. I hate to bring this up; but I wonder if she was taken to Juvenile Detention and charged with a felony because she was black.
    If Kiera Wilmot was white, would she even be charged?

    — -SNIP – –
    I hope these charges are dropped against Kiera Wilmot. I also hope some scientists and engineers will help out Kiera Wilmot and mentor her so she can be ready for college. If somehow this case goes all the way through court and KieraYou might as well throw away the United States reputation as a leader in science because the police will throw you in jail if you do one simple experiment.
    – —
    THERE IS MORE —
    BLESS U – -Ms. KIERA WILMOT/FAMILY. AMEN.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -FROM the White House: – –EVERYTHING is O.K. :>) —

    — –White House briefly evacuated due to smoking transformer

    – – – -Reporters were evacuated from the White House on Saturday morning after an overheated transformer drew fire trucks to the West Wing.
    The evacuation came after smoke was seen in a mechanical room, the Secret Service said.
    Multiple fire trucks raced to the building at about 7:15 a.m. Secret Service officers blocked off the entrances to the West Wing.

    “The transformer problem was quickly resolved. Electricity and personnel access to the West Wing has returned to normal,” a White House official said in a statement to Reuters. “The First Family was unaffected.”
    THERE IS MORE. – — – -GOOD! :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    MEDIA ALERT: – – -MR. PRESIDENT — -HONORING –“TOP COPS”. :>) –[ON NOW]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — MornTin’ LAFF: – –BWAHAHA – — Lookin’ 2 — 2016! – –HAH!

    – -Governor Jindal Addresses New Hampshire GOP

    – –His FINEST HOUR —Mister Jindal’s Neighborhood 2: Extended version</a. — –
    -***POINTS annnd LAFFS*** – –president — -LOL –

  • goldenstar

    Am watching MPH as I keyboard. She has a very worthwhile segment on two persons who are involved in the North Carolina protest and movement against voter suppression and to protect voter rights. Very worthwhile to watch.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ –GOLDenstar. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      – -***fist bump*** – –Joinin’ U. – — Most of the time – –I jus’ “hold my breath” —annnd wait 4 the – -“-FOOLISH-MESS”.[Correct SPELLING. :>)] LOL
      BUT – – -it di-ent happen —2-day. :>) —

      Good 2 c U –GOLDenstar. :>) -

      • goldenstar

        Hey GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          –**smilin @-chu – -GOLDenstar*** :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    - A BLACK HISTORY-MAKING MOMENT –INSPIRATIONAL♥-
    — -From homeless to college grad: Story of B-CU student inspires
    — —As the lights went out and his fellow students settled into their dorms,Joshua Williams would store two duffel bags of belongings in a friend’s room and disappear into the darkness.

    He would leave the secure surroundings of the Bethune-Cookman University campus and head across the International Speedway Boulevard bridge and walk, sometimes all night. In the early morning hours, he would sneak into the lobby at the Bronson Hall dorm and sleep a few hours on a couch as if he lived there.

    “I would go down to the beach sometimes,” he recalled. “Sometimes I would just take any direction and get lost and try to find my way back — I would just walk.”

    Williams, 23, who is graduating Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, was homeless for most of his first three years at the school but too proud to tell anyone.
    THERE IS MORE
    – -CONTINUED BLESSINGS – –Mr. JOSHUA WILLIAMS♥ :>)

    • BoomerGal

      Congratulations Mr. Williams. Well done and keep the faith!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY BoomerGal. ***BIG HUG*** :>)- –
        – -***fist bump*** —Jus’ sooo —GOOD ON HIM. :>)

        AMEN. – –Keep the faith.

        Soooo GOOD 2 C U BoomerGAL. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -MISSED this. -[Apologies iff a dup.] – –A FIRST –:>)
    – – — -Usher to Curate Music for Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
    – —- – – *Usher will collaborate with Macy’s to curate the concept, music and design for the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show, which will be launched from barges off Manhattan.

    It’s the first time the company has worked with an artist on the concept for its annual show, Macy’s said Thursday.

    Usher will score the music for “It Begins With a Spark,” which will
    feature his songs, as well as songs from Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra.
    — –
    THERE IS MORE. – – -Soooo PROUD of U♥ —Woo! Hoo!

    • nellcote

      I never thought of “curating” music for fireworks as a thing. Interesting idea/job catagory.

      • qosine

        I see the “curate” word pop up everywhere these days.
        Maybe the def’s expanding to include creating
        defs
        1. someone invested in the cura (care) of souls in a parish
        2. select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).

    • M. M.

      Worldwatcher7

      Hi there GLH! Macy’s still has a Trump problem with me. I may buy a pair of shoes from Nordstrom on July 4; purely as a political protest move, of course…

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY M.M. Worldwatcher 7. —-***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – –No problem. :>)– -4-got about that. :>) — –
        Good 2 C U. M.M./Ww7. :>)- — Have a good day. :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        I never thought of buying shoes as a “political protest move.” I will definitely have to share that concept with my Sis. We can “protest” with the best of them….

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – -Lookin’ FORWARD – – -> – –“ON DA ROAD –AGAIN” –:>) –
    – — -JOBS! – – -JOBS! – —JOBS! – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

    — -Baltimore next stop on Obama jobs push-
    — — -White House press secretary Jay Carney announced Friday that the next stop on President Obama’s “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours” will be Baltimore.

    The president is slated to go there next Friday. Carney did not provide further details.
    THERE IS MORE. – — — BLESS U —SIR. :>) – -

  • jds09

    This essay just lays it out….I remember watching PBO’s acceptance speech in Grant Park and watching the camera pan over the diversity in the audience and thinking part of America will not be able to accept this, they are gonna snap. And they did snap and they are still snapping…

    “Because the cries of tyranny began within days of President Obama’s
    Inauguration, it is painfully obvious that to millions of Americans,
    tyranny is a Black man in the Oval office. In fact, last week Kansas
    Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder charging that President Obama began violating the Constitution months before he was sworn in office as further proof that the right’s lunatic fringe are disaffected racists and cries of tyranny are cover for rage an African American leads the Executive Branch of government.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/pressed-conservatives-reality-based-obama-tyranny.html

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Amazing how Bush and Cheney suspending habeas corpus, authorizing torture, indefinite internment without a trial and being sent to an undisclosed location with no contact to the outside world never struck these folks as tyranny.

      Black Guy legitimately elected twice who ends torture, restores habeas corpus and tries to close Guantanamo? Now that’s tyranny.

      Apparently sniffing fumes from assault weapons is brain cell detrimental.

      • nellcote

        I’ve been thinking it seems like half the country is eating lead paint chips.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          I’m warped but this is why I have to give the whole right wing media machine credit. They know their audience is made up of morons that do not under any circumstances want to know the truth.

          • jds09

            And are willing to pay thru the nose to keep this craziness going…the constant stream of fundraising appeals to this population is amazing. They are being taken to the cleaners.

          • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

            The whole Palin blitz comes to mind. These people like the rest of the country had no clue as to who she was. Yet they latched onto her as their hero and lined up in droves to by her dribble. If Ted Cruz writes a book tomorrow they will do the same thing. P.T. Barnum was right.

          • BoomerGal

            And can’t read.

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

    Leave it to white, liberal, no voting ass Natasha Lennard to equate NYPD’s stop and frisk policy to U.S. drone policy. I’ve noticed that these white latte libs either don’t address our civil rights issues, or try to equate a false equivalency to their issues.

    When drone strikes collide with stop-and-frisk

    Dispositions and watching for “weird behavior” increasingly guide
    both policing and national security policy

    By Natasha Lennard

    …As Ryan Devereaux reported for the Guardian, in the third quarter of 2009 alone “Dang made a total of six arrests out of his 127 stops. He wrote one summons. He found contraband once. He never recovered any weapons and he only stopped people of color, primarily African Americans, 115 times to be exact. He never stopped a white person.” Dang’s record here is stunning enough alone. More telling still is the justifications he recounted to the court for making many of his stops, referring to repeated observation of individuals’ general behavioral patterns, including “furtive movements” — a vague policing phrase regularly stretched beyond the limits of all reasonableness. “We have a general idea of their behavior,” Dang testified.

    The weak justification given for the regular harassment of young black men in New York is noteworthy. But waiting and watching for “weird behavior”and certain behavioral patterns is not just a flawed NYPD policy — it’s increasingly the sort of preemptive and prefiguring policing that underpins national security policy too, from how the FBI chooses sting targets to the use of drone strikes to target unidentified individuals displaying “signature” behaviors. From police stops in Brooklyn to drone strikes in Pakistan, the “disposition matrix” applies.

    MORE: http://www.salon.com/2013/05/11/when_drone_strikes_collide_with_stop_and_frisk/

    • jds09

      This is why they have little credibility with the common sense crowd. The drone strikes are WORKING, like clock-work we hear of another “top Al-Queda leader” taking a dirt nap. Stop and frisk is NOT WORKING, statistics are showing that the vast majority of the black and brown men are innocent of any wrong doing. This sentence is just torturous..

      “But waiting and watching for “weird behavior”and certain behavioral patterns is not just a flawed NYPD policy — it’s increasingly the sort of preemptive and prefiguring policing that underpins national security policy too, from how the FBI chooses sting targets to the use of drone strikes to target unidentified individuals displaying “signature” behaviors.”

      The leap she’s trying to make with this sentence is senseless.

    • qosine

      The NYPD does not have an AUMF. Al-Q attacked us. When did those stopped attack the police?

    • rikyrah

      oh HELL NO

    • TyrenM

      That one deserves a “Bitch Please.” Next.

      • Miranda

        Thank you

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – – — DANG! — –EVIL/VILE -CONNIVING! – RACISTS–RE-THUCKERS!!

    Republicans Affirm Commitment to Destroying Environment with E.P.A. Hearing Boycott – –
    – – – –Where I come from, if you don’t do the job you’ve been hired to perform, you lose it. And when I say “do your job,” I do not mean that all functions and responsibilities are executed to perfection. We’re human and we fail, and there’s something admirable about the occasional stumble when one’s very best is given. It’s good for the soul. Mistakes keep us grounded.

    There is however nothing to admire in the simple and cowardly refusal to fulfill one’s duties, be the inertia the result of laziness or entitlement. And though the phenomenon is nothing new among the Republican members of Congress, it is a pattern growing more common and profound.There are so many challenges the country faces, so many issues afforded a shrinking window of decision: climate change, immigration reform, gun control, pervasive and extended joblessness, the growing income divide between the top few percent and everyone else, aging infrastructure, the rising costs of food, fuel and especially education.
    – – — SNIP – –
    I am tired of pretending that both political parties try to respond to this urgent, commonsense call to action. And even if I wanted to continue indulging the fantasy, I need only turn on the TV or go online to be reminded that the current Republican leadership (not the dwindling minority of old school G.O.P.ers with whom compromise in service of the nation’s future was once possible), just isn’t interested in anything else besides looting the treasury, environment and human condition for personal gain.

    THERE IS MORE – – – —
    CALL! –‘EM! —OUT!! —AGAIN!!!–HAH!

    • nellcote

      Consistantly good writing at that site. I wish they were read by the wider world. They put most of the hack “liberal” op ed writers to shame.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia – — OF COURSE – — THEY DID!! – — -Leave the FBI – [READ: --MR. PRESIDENT] –ALONE!! —

    – —
    US Officials Fault Russia for Holding Back Tamerlan Info [Intercepted text messages might have prompted bigger investigation]

    – — – –The Wall Street Journal has the latest in the blame game going on about what the FBI did or didn’t do in regard to Tamerlan Tsarnaev: It quotes US officials as criticizing Russia for failing to hand over text message it intercepted between Tsarnaev’s mother and a relative that suggested her son wanted to join jihadist groups in that country. As has been previously known, Russia warned the FBI about Tsarnaev in 2011, but it didn’t turn over any additional information about him when the FBI asked.
    – – -SNIP —
    Nor did Russian officials let the US know that it had Tsarnaev under close security during his trip home in 2012.

    THERE IS MORE – – —-GOOD!

  • Alma98

    Good afternoon all! Just got back from a mother’s day brunch/lunch with my mom, sisters and my daughter, it was fun. Sisters have to work tomorrow.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - –GOOD -“SUNNY”- – AFTERNOON –Alma98. ***BIG HUG** –:>) – -THANK U 4 YOUR WARM BLESSING.:>)— –HAPPY 4 YOUR BRUNCH. -:>)

      MOTHERS MUST B HONORED. :>) — –U have a good REST of the day. :>)

      • Alma98

        Good sunny & windy afternoon GLH. Mom enjoyed it so much. Have a good day!

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma98 – – -Soooo HAPPY 4 her. :>)

          Bless her :>) – -

    • qosine

      Oh, Alma, we need your sun down here in cloudy TN (going on 3 weeks now with little bursts of sun in late afternoon).

      • Alma98

        We had a rainy week here and then today we got sun & wind.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah!

    • Aquagranny911

      Whoa! I needed my sun shades for this one!

      • Alma98

        LOL!

        • Aquagranny911

          ALMA!!! Are you still around? I just got this email from SIL’s Auntie godmother that I want to share with you. She took over with Daughter when I came home.

          Anyway, she was showing Daughter some ways that African women braid hair & daughter was doing it then she showed Auntie some of the traditional ways that Latina women like my Mama would braid hair for special occasions.

          Auntie says she needs no “therapy people” to tell her that Daughter’s motor skills are now 100%! She convinced Daughter to try her knitting again (my daughter loves to knit) & left her happily at it while she came to email me.

          I’m just crying I’m so happy & as an LOL, little granddaughter thinks she now looks like a “princess” since she was the braidee in this demo.

          I just wanted to share since we were talking about hair yesterday & because you & your daughter gave me so much hope when I was so scared.

          ♥ I hope you see this.

          • Alma98

            That’s awesome AG! I’m so happy that she is coming back strong. And I told you if she’s anything like her mama she was going to be alright. I know this must have you to death when it happened but everything is working out huh. Tell your sweet daughter I’m sending good vibes and blessing her way. ((((HUGS))))

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        —**fist bump** —:>)

        Please – -ALLOW me. :>) — LOL – –

        Good 2 CU AG. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Sepia — –NO PROBLEM HERE! – –BUT – –he is scurry —1 MOMENT –lookin’ QUASI-resonable – —-the NEXT —RUTHLESS–RE-THUCKER

    –***side eye** at his BRAND of –“FLIP-FLOPPIN'”- – [mentally]

    – —-Reminder: Chris Christie Isn’t Your Friend- –
    — – — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not your friend, and it has nothing to do with his weight.
    Yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill that would have allowed in-person early voting in his state for 14 days prior to elections.
    Christie’s veto statement claimed that expanding the franchise in this way would be too expensive and also that early voting “risks the integrity and orderly administration of our elections by introducing a new voting method and process.” He also claims that the state’s current system allowing early voters to vote by mail is sufficient.

    There is no reason to veto a bill designed to make voting easier that was passed by your elected representatives. That is unless you view increased participation at the ballot box as a bad thing.-
    THERE IS MORE- – —

    -BEWARE —the – –ENEMY!!

  • Alma98

    Freaking Fantastic! I love my people!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Almaaaaaaaaaaaa! — –Almaaaaaaa! – —THEY R AMAZING!! – – -THIS is BEYOND CUTE!! :>)

      — –*****SCA-USE ME. – –RUNNIN’ OUT 2 GET GAS***

      – –***tunin’ up —Mi! Mi! Mi!*** – -LOL

      THANK U. LOL –

      • Alma98

        LOL! Get that free gas GLH!

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – -U – -BETTA KNOW IT!! – -LOL –

    • M. M.

      Worldwatcher7

      What a fun couple!

      • jds09

        His back-up vocals and dance moves killed me. lol

    • qosine

      WOWEEE!!! I love it, I love it!!! Such a great couple! Where do they buy gas? I’m on my way!!!! Thanks Alma!

      • Alma98

        I don’t know if they only do it in Cali or all over. But I love this couple.

    • rikyrah

      BWA HA HA HA AH HA

      Watch that Brotha sing BON JOVI

      • Alma98

        I love that they were surprised black people know Bon Jovi. Heck we know more about white culture and music than they know about ours.

        • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

          And in a lot of instances Alma we know more about white culture and music than they do.

          • Alma98

            Yep

          • BoomerGal

            I’m not a child of the eighties, so I’ve neva heard that song in my life! Bee Gees, Elton John, Phil Collins and Michael McDonald is as white as I get. Dude can sing tho!!

    • Aquagranny911

      This is a totally excellent share! That couple is just so full of life loving. I cracked up at the wife’s initial response to her husband singing & then she got into it. Love it! Gracias!

    • goldenstar

      I was crying from laughing so hard. I do love me some of this couple!

    • Miranda

      I love them!

      • Alma98

        LOL! I know they’re great.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – –Heeeere’s – –MR. PRESIDENT♥ – —:>) – –

    – -President Obama Honors the Nations TOP COP
    – – –The President welcomes the winners of the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award for law enforcement officials who have shown bravery and valor in the line of duty to the White House. May11, 2013.
    – –THANK U —HONOREES! :>) –THANK U – -MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

    —Awwww – -even HONORS –the girlfriend. :>) – -

    • qosine

      Nice pic, GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        – –***fist bump*** – — CAN he SMILE —or what? – –:>) – – – –I believe that he ENJOYS giving HONORS annnd takin’ these PICs. He should. :>)

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>) –Have a good day. :>) –

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!