November 25, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Black Radio Jockeys

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Charles Wesley “Chuck” Leonard (March 30, 1937, Chicago, Illinois – August 12, 2004, Manhattan) was an American radio personality at WABC (AM) in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. His deep voice and smoothness resonated across 38 states for 14 years at ABC. During his over 40-year career in broadcasting, Leonard worked virtually every shift and played all styles of music at stations including WWRL, WABC, WXLO,WRKS, WBLS, WQEW, WNSW-AM and WJUX. He has been inducted in the Museum of Television & Radio and is known as the first African-American disc jockey to work on a mainstream radio station.

Leonard began his broadcasting career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as program director of college radio WPGU, while majoring in journalism. After graduation, Leonard worked briefly for the Washington Evening Star (his boss was Carl Bernstein), while working part-time at WEBB, Baltimore. WWRL, New York, April–June 1965 Leonard moved to WWRL (R&B) in New York in June 1965, doing the night shift. Leonard was at WWRL for just seven weeks, before WABC (AM) deejay Dan Ingram heard him and convinced WABC to hire him. He was the first African-American broadcast personality on a major market Top 40 station.

Leonard began at ABC’s flagship New York radio station, Musicradio 77 WABC (AM), under program director Rick Sklar in 1965. He broke the color barrier for all who followed — the first African-American to cross over from black R&B radio to (then-mostly white) mass-appeal radio.

Leonard began in the 11 p.m. to midnight slot, and continued working late nights and Sundays at the station until November 27, 1979. He did the 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. shift following “Cousin” Bruce Morrow and later George Michael. He also gladly handled weekend and fill-in work. Leonard was the voice for “Sneak Preview,” a late-night show on ABC’s American Contemporary Radio Network, where he introduced new songs to listeners. He stayed at WABC until 1979, before moving to WXLO and WRKS.

From 1979 to 2003, he worked at various different stations under various formats.  He also did a lot of voiceover work and hosted several major events. 

Leonard was a Golden Gloves boxing champion, and later served in the Vietnam War.

Leonard died on August 12, 2004, in Manhattan, following lung cancer. He was 67. He is survived by his wife, Pam, and two daughters, Kyra and Diana.

magic-450x500John “Mr. Magic” Rivas, (March 15, 1956 – October 2, 2009) was a prominent hip hop radio DJ. 

Mr. Magic debuted in 1981 on WHBI-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack, Magic’s show featured Marley Marl as the DJ and Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams as the show’s co-producer. Magic moved to WBLS-FM in July 1982. Magic’s reign on the New York City airwaves lasted six years and was instrumental in broadening the scope and validity of hip-hop music. Mr. Magic recorded one 12″ single as an artist “Magic’s Message (There’s A Better Way)”,  produced by Spyder D for Posse Records in 1984.

During the mid-80s there was a rivalry between Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert, who hosted a weekly show on WRKS-FM. The feud also played out between proxy rap groups, the Juice Crew and Boogie Down Productions . The Juice Crew – headed by Mr. Magic’s on-air assistant, DJ Marley Marl – was named after one of Magic’s aliases, “Sir Juice.” In April 2000, Mr. Magic began to take on a new role, with new faces; Kdabra, and Mah Gambino. Mr. Magic first met Kdabra then was introduced to Mah Gambino, and soon discovered their lyrical capabilities. He then took them under his wing as their manager and offered them positions to become interns at Hot 97 FM on his then show “The Classic Showcase” with Fly Ty, and DJ Mr. Cee.

In 2002 Magic lent his voice to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as himself, a DJ on one of the in-game radio station. 

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  • edp4bho

    Morning POU. Everyone have a productive and calming day. I’ll be attending a rally for justice for Trayvon today in Philly. Be blessed.

    • Miranda

      Good Morning!

      I’m attending a rally in Atlanta!

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        Can’t wait 2 hear about your experience. :>)
        B BLESSED. :>)

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ edp4bho. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      How exciting. :>) Lookin’ 4-WARD 2 your “sharing”. :>) – – –

      —B BLESSED. :>) –

  • Miranda

    Tommy Christopher ‏@tommyxtopher1m
    Dude, @upwithSteve is a hot mess today. SYG “benefits” black people? Who got shot? #uppers
    ———————-

    Yes…I looked at my twitter timeline and people are furious that apparently the meme on Up With Steve is “its the darkies fault anyway”…

    ALL.WE.GOT.IS.US.

    • Kennymack1971

      All we’ve ever had is us..

  • creolechild

    Good morning POU.

    Washington Post Enters the Furnace Industry

    [….] In what may be the most brazen diversification play in media, the company this week said it’s purchasing Forney, a Texas-based company that makes burners and flame detectors for industrial furnaces.[….] Some media companies, including New York Times Co., have sold off ancillary businesses to focus on their so-called core competencies. Others, however, seem to be drifting further afield. In 2011, Gannett bought Nutrition Dimension, which provides educational content and certification programs for trainers and fitness professionals. That same year, News Corp. introduced Amplify, a mobile education platform aimed at teachers.

    […Washington Post, which gets almost 60 percent of its revenue from its Kaplan education and test-prep business, is also pushing the bounds of its business model. Last year it bought a majority share of Celtic Healthcare, a provider of in-home care. And earlier this month it announced an undisclosed stake in FaithStreet, a Web platform that helps churches expand their congregations and contributions.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-19/the-washington-post-enters-the-furnace-industry#r=hpt-ls

    H/T Kyle Stock

  • creolechild

    Americans Own Almost Half The Privately Owned Guns On The Planet

    The number of guns held by Americans has swelled to an estimated 300 million in the past two decades, meaning that Americans account for nearly half of the privately owned firearms in the world. According to a new essay published by Brookings Institution, even the conservative estimate puts the number of guns at 270 million
    or 88 guns for every 100 Americans. Although the data is from 2007, gunsales have only risen as the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers have capitalized on public fear over multiple school shootings.

    Source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/17/2310941/american-gun-ownership/

    H/T Rebecca Leber

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — ***BIG HUG** :>) —MORE EXCITING DJ’s. YES!! –:>) – –

    – – -PBOMB♥ –THANK YOU FOR THIS GR8 SERIES. LEARNED SO MUCH. :>) —

    — — -☻Mr. Charles Wesley Leonard: —A FIRST!
    – – – – – – – – -☺He was the first African-American broadcast personality on a major market Top 40 station.
    – — – — — -☺ the first African-American to cross over from black R&B radio to (then-mostly white) mass-appeal radio.

    – – – -☻John “Mr. Magic” Rivas, —Doin’ his OWN THANG:

    – — -☺Mr. Magic ‘Dance To The Drummer’s Beat’ (Tri State 1984) – –:>)

    – – -ENJOY YOUR TREAT.♥ – — B BLESSED2-DAY♥ :>) — -

  • GreenLadyHere

    –PBOMB – – –What a MEMORABLE SPEECH by MR PRESIDENT. :>) Soo many NUGGETS of WISDOM annnd EMPATHY: —

    – -☺ -TRAYVON coulda been me – – -some 35 years ago. –

    – -☺ – How do we BOLSTER our AA BOYS?– -Give them a sense that American VALUES THEM! –There R GOOD PROGRAMS on this front!!

    –☺Don’t lose sight that things R getting BETTER. – –No we R NOT –
    POST-RACIAL. — BUT we R Better. We NEED 2 ENCOURAGE the BETTER ANGELS
    of our society. –IN BECOMING a “MORE PERFECT UNION”. – – -
    — –

    – – –THANK U MR. PRESIDENT – 4 your SPECIAL LEADERSHIP —as a BLACK MAN. :>) We R PROUD of U♥. :>)

  • creolechild

    To show solidarity with those are out today protesting for Trayvon, I’m posting this slideshow.

    Protestors Seek Justice for Trayvon Martin

    http://www.usnews.com/photos/protesters-seek-justice-for-trayvon-martin

    H/T Joe Raedle and USNews

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD Saturday MornTin’ creolechild. –***BIG HUG** :>)

      OMWORD! —These PICS R soo INSPIRING. ***tears/smiles***

      Thank U 4 this early morntin’ joy. :>) Good 2 C U. creolechild. —B BLESSED. :>)

      • creolechild

        Good morning Baby Doll. Keep your head up! Sending big hugs your way.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Creolechild. :>) –Thank U. :>) Have a good day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — Soooo much –LOOKIN’ FORWARD :>) –

    — -Rev. Al Sharpton Organizes 100-City ‘Justice For Trayvon’ Rally
    – – – – –Rev. Al Sharpton announced Tuesday a “Justice for Trayvon” day, which will press for federal charges against George Zimmerman.

    Over the weekend, Zimmerman was acquitted for the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager.

    The “Justice for Trayvon” day will take place at noon Saturday at federal court buildings in cities such as Chicago, New York and L.A. “People all across the country will gather to show that we are not having a two- or three-day anger fit. This is a social movement for justice,” Sharpton said when he announced the plan,. .

    – — —-Political analyst, president of the Los Angeles Urban Politics Roundtable and author, Earl Ofari Hutchinson even organized a team of “peace monitors” to be present at rallies to discourage violence. Hutchinson said he even encouraged people to stay home.
    THERE IS MORE – —- BLESS ALL♥ — –

    JUSTICE 4 – -TRAYVON♥ -AMEN –

  • creolechild

    Bank Of America Housing Unit Lost Almost $1 Billion In Three Months

    Bank of America reported a $4 billion profit for the second quarter of 2013 on Wednesday, despite losing $923 million in its troubled real estate unit. It was the bank’s most profitable three months in two years. But the housing unit, which has drawn criticism and lawsuits over various alleged abuses, has now lost over $11 billion over that same two years.[….]

    Bank of America bought Countrywide, then the nation’s largest subprime lender, in 2008. The acquisition has weighed the company down ever since, but it’s arguably been worse for the struggling homeowners now subject to the company’s lending practices. The story of the unit’s past four years is stuffed with alleged abuses and huge settlement payments.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/17/2318431/bank-of-america-housing-unit-lost-almost-1-billion-in-three-months/

    H/T Alan Pyke

  • creolechild

    University President in Indiana Tried to Censor Howard Zinn’s ‘People’s History of the United States’

    In his groundbreaking work A People’s History of the United States, anti-war activist and historian Howard Zinn’s reframed the glorified slant on U.S. history provided by most textbooks and accounts. His works sparked a generation of historical reflection and brought to light the untold, often unflattering truths about our national past. When Zinn passed away in 2010, his New York Times obituary quoted a book review by historian Eric Foner: “Historians may well view [ A People’s History of the United States] as a step toward a coherent new version of American history.”

    But not everyone is a fan of Zinn’s work. Indiana’s former governor Mitch Daniels — currently the president of Purdue University — attempted to censor Zinn’s legacy while in office, according an article published by the Associated Press last week. Via a Freedom of Information Act request, AP obtained emails in which Daniels asked classrooms in the state to ban Zinn’s works and “clean up” its college curriculum. In the e-mail records AP released, Daniels requested that public schools refrain from using Zinn’s work in their curriculum. He also tried to initate a statewide investigation aimed at identifying similar works and disqualifying them from being considered “credit-worthy.”[….]

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/former-indiana-governor-attempted-censor-howard-zinn

    H/T April M. Short

  • creolechild

    Can I get dental coverage in the Marketplace?

    [….] In the Marketplace, dental coverage will be included in some health plans. You’ll be able to see which plans include dental coverage when you compare them. You’ll also see what the dental benefits are. If a health plan includes dental coverage, you will pay one premium for everything. The premium shown for the plan includes both health and dental coverage.

    Separate, stand-alone dental plans. In some cases separate, stand-alone plans will be offered. You may want to choose this option if the health coverage you plan to enroll in doesn’t include dental coverage, or if you want different dental coverage. If you choose a separate dental plan, you’ll pay a separate, additional premium for the dental plan.[….]

    Read more: https://www.healthcare.gov/can-i-get-dental-coverage-in-the-marketplace/

    H/T Healthcare.gov

    • rigoletta

      Maybe. Maybe not. But the Governor of VA has got the hook up on free dental coverage. Anyone in need should call her.

    • Alma98

      My daughter’s health insurance with her new job includes dental, and her premium is great.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma –Woo! Hoo! –Good on her! :>)- -Any relationship 2 the ACA? – -:>)

  • creolechild

    Appeals Court: Reporter Can’t Protect Source

    A journalist who disclosed details of a secret CIA operation cannot
    shield his source when he testifies at the trial of a former federal
    agent charged with leaking classified information, a divided U.S.
    appeals court ruled Friday.

    The 2-1 ruling by a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel reversed a
    judge’s ruling limiting the scope of reporter James Risen’s testimony
    at former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling’s trial. The judge had said Risen
    could be questioned about the accuracy of his journalism but could not
    be forced to divulge any confidential sources.[….]

    Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/appeals-court-reporter-cant-protect-source.php

    H/T Larry O’Dell

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB —-THIS is so compassionate -Continuin’ SUPPORT 4 the MARTIN FAMILY – – –

    – – -Jamie Foxx backs Trayvon Martin’s mom ‘forever’ – –
    — —– -Hours after President Barack Obama delivered remarks about Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson addressed the racially charged case at Comic-Con in San Diego.

    Foxx was at the massive pop culture convention to promote his role as the villain Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Holding his
    4-year-old daughter Annalise, who wore a Spider-Man backpack and shoes, Foxx said he was “disappointed” in the July 13 not guilty verdict in Florida.

    He had been among the most vocal celebrities expressing support for Martin’s family, having met the teen’s mother Sybrina Fulton at an awards show.

    “She’s always been courageous in saying this has never been about race. She said it’s about 17-year-old kids. We have to protect our kids.
    So I stand with her forever,” Foxx said.

    THERE IS MORE – – – – BLESS him -4-ever♥ – -

  • creolechild

    On Track for a ‘Normal’ Job Market by Summer 2015

    If the U.S. job market keeps improving at its current pace, it will be back to normal by the summer of 2015, according to research by two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Craig
    Hakkio and Jonathan Willis distilled 23 measures of the labor market
    into two indicators: the strength of the market and the speed of
    improvement. Right now the strength remains low, but the speed is above average. In other words, the U.S. is climbing quickly out of a deep hole.[….]

    Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-19/on-track-for-normal-job-market-by-summer-2015#r=nav-r-story

    H/T Peter Coy

  • creolechild

    Farm Workers Demand Protections From Pesticide Poisoning – Posted on July 16, 2012

    As pesticide use grows heavier on most American farms, agricultural
    workers are pushing for more protections from the often poisonous
    chemicals. On Tuesday, these workers asked Congress and the
    Environmental Protection Agency to beef up the worker protection
    standards governing the amount of acceptable pesticide exposure. Many companies ignore existing regulations because their largely immigrant workforce often does not know how or is too afraid to report violations.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/07/16/2307921/farm-workers-pesticide-poisoning/

    H/T Aviva Shen

  • creolechild

    U.S. won’t fund a massive coal plant in Vietnam

    On Thursday, the board of the U.S. Export-Import Bank voted against
    backing a new coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. The 1,200-megawatt Thai Binh Two plant was the first test of one of the policy changes President Barack Obama laid out in his big climate speech last month.[…] Thus, turning down the Vietnam plant is a pretty big deal. “It has significance far beyond this project because it sends a message to the international community that financing dirty coal is no longer
    acceptable practice,” said Doug Norlen, policy director at Pacific
    Environment. “The impact will spread.”

    Read more: http://grist.org/climate-energy/u-s-wont-fund-a-massive-coal-plant-in-vietnam/

    H/T Kate Sheppard

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – — -A PASSING — –

    — -Pioneering Journalist Helen Thomas Dies at 92

    ——Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday. She was 92.

    Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington, had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday, according to a friend, Muriel Dobbin.

    Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer for women in journalism.

    She was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as “torture” — and he was one of her fans. [She was CONTENTIOUS 2 MR. PRESIDENT.]
    THERE IS MORE – – — -CONDOLENCES 2 FAMILY/FRIENDS.

  • malletgirl02

    With all this talk about supposed riots, all I want to say that black people don’t have nothing on white people on riots. Black people never wiped an entire town off the map like whites did with Rosewood and others in the US.

    • jds09

      Remember that webpage during the 2008 election, “When Clinton Attacks”? We should start one for “When White People Riot.”

      • rigoletta

        Better yet when whites commit acts of terrorism.

        We are always accused of being a threat we have nothing on them.

        • GreenLadyHere

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

          ***BIG fist bump** —
          –How quickly SOME PEOPLE have 4-gotten the thousands that have been MASSACRED/killed/wounded at the hands of a FEW YT people[DOMESTIC TERRORISTS!] — —with HIGH-POWERED GUNS!! — -humph. –

          —I’m NOT trynta hear it!! —

          Good 2 C u rigoletta. :>)

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Now see why you got to get me started? And every last one of them between 1898 and 1943 were started by white people.

  • creolechild

    Just when we thought it couldn’t possibly get much worse than it already was…

    New Accusations Against Zimmerman Jurors As Sheriffs Office Admits It Allowed Unsupervised Access

    The image of a murder trial jury often times gives the image from 12 Angry Men, a group holed up, cut off from contact from the outside world, with the weight of life or death hanging over their heads as they decide the fate of the person on trial. However, in the case of the Zimmerman trial, the revelations are of steak dinners, fancy pedicures and trips to local museums, all on the taxpayer dime.[….] In a statement by the Sheriff’s office, this was elaborated upon: Jurors watched television and movies, exercised at the hotel fitness center, and spent weekends being visited by family and friends.[….]

    The failure to supervise has now resulted in a potential legal nightmare for the state of Florida, which can be held liable for failing to properly ensure an untampered jury. Add to it the money that juror B37 could anticipate from such a book deal, which would be worth far more if given a not-guilty verdict than otherwise, and we are looking at a potential post-trial jury payoff negotiated through the husband.[….] Jury tampering is a third degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison. But with a man who would cover up a tuberculosis outbreak in charge of ensuring the judicial process is followed, it is highly doubtful a real nvestigation into jury tampering will happen in Florida.

    Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/20/new-accusations-against-zimmerman-jurors-as-sheriffs-office-admits-it-allowed-unsupervised-access/

    H/T Nathaniel Downes

    • Kennymack1971

      This travesty just keeps getting worse. This jury wasn’t sequestered at all.

      • creolechild

        NOPE!

      • crazycanuck

        but Americans should ‘respect’ the jury decision

      • rigoletta

        No it wasn’t.

        I’m not familiar with the law but would this overturn the verdict?

        Zimmerman should be retried.

    • goldenstar

      Thanks to POU, I understand that Angela Corey is not about equal justice & a whoooooole lotta stuff that went down that was not kosher & in fact was UNLAWFUL.

    • MonieTalks

      Completely and utterly disgusting. And they did this in spite of this being a high profile case. They openly and proudly did not give a fuck.

    • Aquagranny911

      Dang! This just keeps getting uglier. I think the Martins should sue the state of Florida too, which had a responsibility to see that Zman got a real trial not a sham.

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

      WHOA! I thought sequestration meant the only people you interacted with was fellow jurors.

      Did jurors in other trials in Florida have these same privileges?

      • Aquagranny911

        Excellent question. I have never heard of a sequestered jury having perks like this. When my friend was on a sequestered jury in MA, she said they did feed the jurors really well & meals, especially dinners, were the high point of their days. Otherwise, they were carefully isolated even from each other until they deliberated the verdict.

        I believe they may have got to have brief phone calls home but a bailiff listened to the call. This is real sequestration & what I thought the Florida jury had.

      • creolechild

        I don’t know Sepia, but ALL of the jurors in this trial including Juror B37 received these privileges.

    • GreenLadyHere

      creolechild — When we learned of b37’s husband’s VISITATIONS —I was 2 THA-ROUGH!! —As I stated — -the –JURY HAD an ATTORNEY!! —
      Soo — past the FACT that the case was prolly DETERMINED at JURY SELECTION, —It STR8 was DETERMINED during those –SHAM DELIBERATIONS -less!! — –

      Wonder iff these FACTS can B used in a CIVIL CASE.?? —

      B37 –KEEP TELLIN’ —about your RACIST THOUGHTS annnd the ILLEGAL ACTIONS of that RACIST JURY!!!! –

      To the DEAD —we OWE the TRUTH! – –

    • Aquagranny911

      I have to bring up something else that has been on my mind. The judge kept bringing up “sequestration” rushing things sometimes with “pity for poor jury in sequestration.”

      Either she did not know what the jury was really doing out side the courtroom (doubtful) or she didn’t care & was also part of the scam. Just saying….

      This all really needs some investigation.

    • rikyrah

      uh huh
      uh huh

  • itgurl_29

    Morning, y’all. I got to start the day off light because these 2520s got me messed up.

    So here’s my favorite Olivia Pope-inspired Pinterest page. Lots of beautiful clothes and accessories to drool over:

    http://pinterest.com/tivvie711/olivia-pope-fashion/

    • creolechild

      I understand what you’re saying itgurl. During times like this I start feeling “a-Miles-Davis-kind-of-way,” and embrace whatever surfaces in my mind until it dissipates. Then, I’m okay…

      Tutu (live) Miles Davis

      H/T Joris MALLIA

      • sagittarius

        Hi, creolechild:

        I played this for my 16 month old nephew… who is very much into music. He enjoyed it… even clapped at the end.

        • creolechild

          Too cute! He has good taste in music.

          • Aquagranny911

            Great share! I love Miles Davis.

      • Ebogan63

        love that song by Miles!

  • creolechild

    Kansas board rejects Kris Kobach’s voter registration fix

    A state regulatory board on Tuesday rejected Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposal to allow some 12,000 residents in a suspended state of voter registration to participate in upcoming elections.[….] A new state computer system that was supposed to provide that verification to the secretary of state’s office hasn’t started sending the information to election officials.

    Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican and member of the state Rules and Regulations Board, said the temporary fix would not solve the problem and those casting provisional ballots would have the added burden of proving citizenship before the elections were certified for their votes to count. [….]

    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/16/4348705/kansas-board-rejects-voter-registration.html

    H/T AP

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB – – – YES! — DATA/STATS/EVIDENCE – – – SUPPORT 4 MR. PRESIDENT :>) – —

    Four Charts That Prove Obama’s Right About Being Black In America –:>)
    — -On Friday, President Obama gave a personal, emotional speech about the killing on Trayvon Martin, in which he spoke extensively on the broader issue of race in the United States.

    Obama addressed the experiences of racial profiling that are all to common for Black men.“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store,” Obama said. “That includes me. And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator.”

    “The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws,”Obama said, “everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

    There’s no need to examine, anecdote by anecdote, whether Obama is right about this. It doesn’t take a single case, like the case of 17-year-old Martin, to make the President’s point; there is a lot of data already on the books to substantiate his claims. Here are just a few charts that make Obama’s point:

    1. Justified killings of Black people under ‘Stand Your Ground.’
    THERE IS MORE – —

    — -COMMENT: -Musashi Miyamoto
    True. The disparity is astounding, yet ignored; or better yet totally denied.The actual life of a black man is America reaches far beyond this, in every aspect of daily existence. If the truth be told, most could never live like a “black” person in America. No matter what your socioeconomic level or status is at. Few can understand how many have suffered, yet survived.

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. We are getting a reprieve from the heat, so it’s a gorgeous day here.

    AG, my fruit flies are just lounging at the pool, they are NOT going in. My home is not a spa.

    • Aquagranny911

      Your fruit flies must be Canadian teetotalers.

      • crazycanuck

        LOL AG, I got so fed up, I took my renuzit and just started spraying at them. Seems to have worked, I think. I’m now cleaning the whole Kitchen down and wiping counter/cupboards down. Throwing all my dishes that were out into boiling water. I’m keeping the wine out though, just in case.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — – –Jimmy Carter -2.0 — -***furrowed brow** —

    — –Jimmy Carter Supports Snowden Disclosures; Says “America Has No Functioning Democracy” – – –

    — –Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency’s massive surveillance programs had proven “useful” because the disclosures inform the American public, reported the blog firedoglake.com, citing the German Der Spiegel magazine.

    Der Spiegel was covering Carter’s remarks at a closed-door
    event today of the Atlantic Bridge in Atlanta, where he asserted that “America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time.”

    This isn’t the first time that Carter has defended the disclosures
    about the National Security Agency’s spying. On June 30, CNN published parts of an interview with Carter where he said that whistleblower Snowden “obviously violated the laws of America, for which he’s responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far…. I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial.”

    – –SCA-USE U??? —-Annd your –EVIDENCE???—

    His CRITICISM of the government/administrations – – -Since he LOST his second bid 4 the presidency –IS DULY NOTED! -

    • crazycanuck

      Strange times. So many people I was admired have really truly disappointed me. Sad.

      • malletgirl02

        He has to be around 90 right? Maybe he is just going senile.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Good MornTin’ malletgirl02. ***BIG HUG** :>)

          —***fist bump** —U got it.! :>) —
          Born: October 1, 1924— –He’s done some fine humanitarian things. He needsta stay THERE – IMHO.

          Good 2 C U malletgirl02. :>) Have a good day. :>)

        • Admiral_Komack

          Jimmy Carter is entitled to his opinion.
          I don’t agree with it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. **BIG HUG** :>) —

        – — – -I KNOW-HUH!? — –Read his wiki – – -He’s been QUITE CRITICAL of most administrations –afta –his LOSS. —Annnd he’s had several CRITICISMS of MR. PRESIDENT.! —

        -Time 4 his kids 2 -“come get him” annnd REMAND him 2 —errr —PROPER CARE. :>)

        LOL –on your — “FRUIT FLY – Issue. Maybe THIS can help.- – –LOL

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

        • crazycanuck

          Oooh GLH thanks for the help. I’m gonna try and figure out the instructions.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – – -crazycanuck: — -CUT the bottle. —INVERT the TOP half into the BOTTOM. :>)
            DONE. :>) – –“FLIES —-BYE”! LOL – -

    • jds09

      Wow, just wow.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG HUG** :>) —

        ***fist bump*** – -I KNOW-HUH??– –
        FIRST: — His OPINION doesn’t COUNT.!!

        SECONDLY: – —His continuin’ CRITICISM of MR. PRESIDENT – – -is LESS THAN endearing 2 his “legacy.” —as a SUPPORTIVE Dem.!

        THIRDLY: — -Does he STILL have a –“little Southern Confederacy” —in him??- —

        He needsta – – “HAVE — a SEAT!!”—humph!

        Good 2 C U jds09! :>) Have a good day. :>)

    • Admiral_Komack

      Snowden is a traitor.
      Jimmy Carter, sit down.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Admiral. ***BIG HUG*** :>) —

        – -***fist bump*** — geesh! – —Still trynta B –presidentially -relevant. — STOP!! —

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

    • nellcote

      James Carter IV says: “No, says Carter. “[The quote] is just wrong. He didn’t say anything that he hadn’t said before about NSA/Snowden. I asked.”
      Read more at http://wonkette.com/523123/jimmy-carter-says-nsa-surveillance-has-killed-democracy-didnt-notice-other-suspects-holding-bloody-axes#HDXBBjEs6o65O4e4.99

      • creolechild

        The article that you linked to said no American journalists were present at the event; therefore, Carter’s statement had to be translated from German to English and it was done correctly.

        Who to believe?

        At this point, I have no idea.

        • Aquagranny911

          Anything out of Firedog Lake is always suspect in my mind. That’s Jane Hampshire’s crew.

          • creolechild

            Duly noted, Aqua.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        –Read the article. Thank U. -:>) – —

        Checked on Former President Carter: —
        – –(1)Wiki: –Criticisms of President Obama
        Carter has criticized the Obama administration for their use of drone strikes against suspected terrorists. Carter also said that he disagrees with President Obama’s decision to keep the Guantánamo Bay detention camp open, saying that the inmates “have been tortured by waterboarding
        more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers.” He claimed that
        the U.S. government had no moral leadership, and was committing human rights violations, and is no longer “the global champion of human
        rights”.[123]
        In July 2013, Carter expressed his criticism of current federal surveillance programs as disclosed by Edward Snowden indicating that “America has no functioning democracy at this moment.”[124][125]

        —(2)-Not as ex-President Jimmy Carter: The Democrat attacked the U.S. intelligence sharp. The disclosure by whistleblowers Snowden was “useful.” – –
        NOTED: -[I was not able to find this story in any USA-based news source. ]
        — —While this is somewhat contradictory information –I’m NOT appreciative of his previous criticisms of MR. PRESIDENT. —

        IMMA look 4 more information. :>)

        AGAIN –. thank U nellcote.:>) Good 2 C U. :>)

        • malletgirl02

          This quote stood out for me,” Carter also said that he disagrees with President Obama’s decision to keep Guantanamo Bay detention camp.” Really My Carter sir? Obama been trying to close Guantanamo since the beginning of his Presidency. It is Congress that has kept it open.

      • TyrenM

        Now, Da Carter is coming for Grandpa? Don’t let him get swallowed up by Firebaggers.

    • Aquagranny911

      If this is coming out of Firedog Lake I would take it with a huge dose of salt!

      However, Jimmy needs to sit down & STFU!

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone

    • crazycanuck

      hey morning alma

      • Alma98

        Morning cc

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -Good Saturday MornTin’ Alma98. ***BIG HUG** :>)– — –

      Thank U 4 — “brangin’ the –DAILY JOY! :>)
      Have a Gr8 day. :>) -

      • Alma98

        Morning GLH ((HUGS)) you have a great day too.

        • GreenLadyHere

          –***smilin’ –@-chu. with THANKS :>)****

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Good morning sagi!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Good morning & good afternoon.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon Admiral

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! We had a great rain last night. First one in over four months. HooRay!!! Monsoons are here! Sun is up but it is a bit cooler this morning.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon AG, we’ve been having sweltering heat lately it’s suppose to cool down this week. I hope we get some rain too we need it.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah:)

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Random thought: oftentimes, I write “God” morning – a misspelling that is probably more accurate for me than ‘good morning’. It is ‘God’s morning’ and we were all blessed to see it another day. Yes, folk will try us and may succeed – temporarily. But trouble don’t last always as we know. Today, despite what folks may throw at us, it is great day in the morning – a great day in ‘God’s morning’.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Hi, Sag!

      I was angered when the Zimmerman verdict came down, but on Monday, I thought of this:

      Romans 12:19
      King James Version (KJV)
      “19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

      I feel much better now.

      Take care.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, Admiral!

        I feel better for you sharing this… thank you!

        You take care, as well!

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        The Living God. Was, is and will always be. I can’t comprehend the mind of the Infinite One which is why I laugh at scholars who play like they do or dismiss Him altogether. That would be like trying to fit every drop of water in the galaxies and universes into my kitchen sink from the beginning of time and beyond. What I do know is Jesus Christ is Lord. That will never change praise God.

    • Aquagranny911

      Your goodness & abiding faith has really helped me deal with my own feelings. I was so filled with rage & sadness that I could not pray. My Granny always said that was when a person most needed to go to God & lay the burden down.

      What you have been writing over this past week has helped me remember that. HUGS! & ♥

      • sagittarius

        Hi, AG!

        Thank you so much for the compliment. I am glad I have helped you in helping myself. When I get down, sad and wonder why I continue to try, continue to give a rip, I remember that my life does not solely belong to me. It also belongs to my parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. I think of the hurt it will cause if I give up and go away. So, I hold on and hold out. I refuse to let the devil win – I just refuse.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – -GOOD Saturday MornTin – Sagittarius. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — -THIS” –>It is ‘God’s morning’ and we were all blessed to see it another day. – — ***fist bump** –Sometimes I do the same thing. :>) [BACKSPACE] :>) – –

      — - OLE SKOOL –“But trouble don’t last always” —:>)

      —Ms Sybrina’s ROCK: —5
      Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

      6
      In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
      [Proverbs 3:5,6′ –Mine also. :>)

      – -Thank U 4 your INSPIRING WORDS sagittarius♥. :>) –

      Have a BLESSED day. :>)

      • sagittarius

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

  • creolechild

    Federal Forensics Investigation Calls Into Question Hundreds Of Convictions – Posted on July 19, 2013

    The Department of Justice and FBI agreed Thursday to review thousands of cases in which hair sample analysis methods that
    modern scientific assessments have deemed deeply flawed may have led to countless wrongful convictions.[….] The DOJ and FBI began their investigation after three men whose cases involved flawed microscopic hair analysis were later exonerated by DNA evidence. In more than half of the 250 cases in which errors were initially identified, prosecutors never contacted defendants to inform them of the potentially exonerating evidence.

    The DOJ since expanded its review to involve thousands of older cases from the 1980s and 1990s. But cases as recently as 2000 included flawed analyses and overstatements about the accuracy of these analyses. In a deal brokered by several advocacy organizations, the Department of Justice and FBI have now agreed to review an additional 2,000-plus cases between 1985 and 2000 in which testimony may have exaggerated the significance of hair sample analyses, which cannot be linked to one person, but only categories of people.

    Particularly noteworthy in this agreement is that the Justice Department is tasked with directly notifying defendants of any flaws,
    and has also agreed to waive deadlines and procedural hurdles that
    typically make it difficult to challenge convictions.[….]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/19/2330071/federal-forensics-investigation-calls-into-question-hundreds-of-convictions/

    H/T Nicole Flatow

    • MonieTalks

      But, but…some crusty rethugs and their foxy liberal brethren were too busy screaming that AG Holder must go and PBO has started a police state and Edward Snowden is MLK Jr leading the movement.

      • GreenLadyHere

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

        ***fist bump*** –THESE RACISTS will ALWAYS — -TWIST IT!! –B4 MR. PRESIDENT got into office –they were ***crickets** on the DOJ!!- -humph.

        -MonieTalks –Also wanted 2 COMMEND U on your avatar. ***tears/smiles*** —

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

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

    Gothamist @Gothamist 5m
    Beyonce, Jay Z Join Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Al Sharpton For “Justice For Trayvon” Vigil http://gothamist.com/2013/07/20/beyonce_jay_z_join_trayvon_martins.php

    • goldenstar

      Beyonce and Jay Z are proving all the folks who claim that they’re just into $$$ wrong, wrong, wrong.

    • Miranda

      Good on them. I want more celebrities to put a shine on this injustice. The more, the better.

  • malletgirl02

    Is anyone else think that people who are pushing the Zimmerman=Obama due to the drone issue is pretty much saying black people=Al queda?

    • jziglar

      I think the comparison is ridiculous. But it wouldn’t be the first stupid thing said by the emo left. Al Awlaki was a terrorist mastermind who left America and went to Yemen to commit more atrocities. The fact that his son was killed is unfortunate but his father was not innocent and anyone who is a terrorist or hangs around terrorists should expect either death or legal punishment.

      • Aquagranny911

        Also, I believe that son was an older teen who may have already been part of the Al queda net work himself.

        • malletgirl02

          Good point Aquagranny. I think they think everyone is stupid and just accept what they say on face value. They don’t think anyone would know like you do the background of the story.

    • Miranda

      I said the exact thing the other day.

  • creolechild

    SEC Accuses Miami of Misleading Investors in Muni Bonds

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Miami and Michael Boudreaux, a former budget director, with securities fraud related to several municipal bond offerings about four years ago. Florida’s second-largest city and Boudreaux shifted money from a projects account to the general fund to mask budget gaps and win higher grades from ratings companies on three 2009 debt sales totaling $153.5 million, the SEC said yesterday.[…]

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-19/sec-accuses-miami-of-misleading-investors-in-muni-bond-offerings.html

    H/T Joshua Gallu & James Nash

    • Aquagranny911

      What is it with Florida?

      • conlakappa

        It is a swampland, which means it is great for gators and big flies. Roaches are huge and flying down there. Those in charge seem to have barely evolved from any of that.

        • Aquagranny911

          LOL @ “roaches are huge & flying” When we lived in Mississippi I learned that the hard way!

  • Aquagranny911

    OT: Dang Peeps, I stubbed my little toe last night & it is definitely broken, swelled up like a turnip & purple as Welch’s grape juice! I’m limping around & whining. I had stuff to do today.

    • crazycanuck

      I broke a bone in my big toe years ago. Dam that hurt like hell. I broke mine running to see the score in a tennis match lol. I hope you mend quickly.

    • sagittarius

      Oh, AG… I hope it gets better – and you feel better, soon!

    • Alma98

      Awww AG I broke mine when we were remodeling the bathroom and it hurt like a mofo. All they did for me was give me that ugly shoe with the wooden sole that looks like it’s on the wrong foot. lol

      • crazycanuck

        I had to walk around in my sister shoe, cause she has big ass feet lmao.

        • Alma98

          That’s wrong cc lol.

          • crazycanuck

            Welllll, It’s true, lol

          • Alma98

            LOL

        • Aquagranny911

          Would never work for me. Sis & I wear the same size. That’s how we could always have twice the shoes!

      • Aquagranny911

        Hubby asked if I wanted to go to the Doc. I said “hell, no!” I’ve broken toes before. They heal without too much attention. This is my littlest toe. Walking barefoot isn’t too bad. I just can’t wear a shoe & I really didn’t want to go to the groceria & run errands, anyway. That’s why I have a husband!

        If I work this right, I can have him waiting on me hand & toe, lol.

        • crazycanuck

          LOL

        • Alma98

          LOL@ hand & toe

    • malletgirl02

      I hope your toe heals soon Aquagranny 911.

  • creolechild

    Well, this is an interesting development…

    Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

    Israel is furious. New European Union guidelines preventing bloc funds from being distributed to Israeli institutions operating in settlements outside the country’s 1967 borders have triggered protest from the highest levels. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres have criticized the ban and asked Brussels to reconsider. [….]

    The complaints, though, have fallen on deaf ears in Brussels. On
    Friday, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton released a statement saying the guidelines “reiterate the long-held position that bilateral agreements with Israel do not cover the territory that came under Israel’s administration in June 1967.” It also states: “It has been the EU’s long-held position that it will recognize changes made to the borders once agreed by both parties.” In other words, the EU isn’t budging.[…]

    Read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/eu-issues-new-guidelines-for-project-funding-in-israeli-settlements-a-912072.html

    H/T cgh

    • crazycanuck

      It’s about time someone stops giving them money. That is the reason they have been able to continue doing all the shit they have been doing. The US needs to follow.

      • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

        That’s the only way to get Bibi’s attention.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hang tough, EU! Israel needs to learn that they just can’t keep doing exactly as they please while keeping their paws wagging for the $$$.

      Money talks & BS walks!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – – -RE: -President Mandela annnd President Obama: – –

    – – -‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ And America’s Fear Of Black Men

    —— My biggest question about Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the upcoming biopic of the South African leader, starring Idris Elba, is whether it would have the guts to acknowledge one of the reasons he was imprisoned: the fact that he’d co-founded Umkhonto we Sizwe, the militant wing of the struggle against apartheid, and was part of a bombing campaign targeting South Africa’s racist government. To my surprise and gratification, it seems like Umkhonto we Sizwe will be at the center of the movie:
    — – SNIP — – –

    As John Roman wrote on the Urban Institute’s MetroTrends blog earlier this week “Drawing from Supplemental Homicide Reports (SHR) submitted by local law enforcement to the FBI between 2005 and 2010, we see that in cases with a white shooter and a white victim, the shooting is ruled to be justified less than 2 percent of the time. If the shooter is black and the victimis white, the rate of justifiable homicide rulings drops to almost 1 percent. However, if the shooter is white and the victim is black, it isruled justified in 9.5 percent of cases in non-Stand Your Ground (SYG) states. In SYG states, the rate is even higher—almost 17 percent.”
    THERE IS MORE – — CONNECTIN’ the DOTS –:>)
    -[-***waves @ lamh36***]

  • crazycanuck

    James Morrison ‏@JamesPMorrison5h
    “The most obvious demonstration of racism is this idea that black people shouldn’t be allowed to mention it.” – Carlo Fortunato

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!