November 23, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries

This week’s open threads focused on folks who are considered either Nationalists or Revolutionaries.  Today’s revolutionary is Patrice Lumumba.

patrice lumumba

Patrice Émery Lumumba (born Élias Okit’Asombo; July 2, 1925 –  January 17, 1961) was a Congolese independence leader and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960.

Within twelve weeks, Lumumba’s government was deposed in a coup during the Congo Crisis. The main reason why he was ousted from power was his opposition to Belgian-backed secession of the mineral-rich Katanga province.

He was subsequently imprisoned by state authorities under Joseph-Desiré Mobutu and executed by firing squad under the command of the secessionist Katangan authorities. The United Nations, which he had asked to come to the Congo, did not intervene to save him. Belgium, the United States (via the CIA), and the United Kingdom (via MI6) have all been implicated in Lumumba’s death.

Lumumba was born to a farmer, François Tolenga Otetshima, and his wife, Julienne Wamato Lomendja, in Onalua in the Katakokombe region of the Kasai province of the Belgian Congo. He was a member of the Tetela ethnic group and was born with the name Élias Okit’Asombo. His original surname means “heir of the cursed” and is derived from the Tetela words okitá/okitɔ́ (‘heir, successor’) and asombó (‘cursed or bewitched people who will die quickly’). In 1951, he married Pauline Opangu. In 1955, Lumumba became regional head of the Cercles of Stanleyville and joined the Liberal Party of Belgium, where he worked on editing and distributing party literature. After traveling on a three-week study tour in Belgium, he was arrested in 1955 on charges of embezzlement. His two-year sentence was commuted to twelve months after it was confirmed by Belgian lawyer Jules Chrome that Lumumba had returned the funds, and he was released in July 1956. After his release, he helped found the broad-based Mouvement national congolais (MNC) in 1958, later becoming the organization’s president. Lumumba and his team represented the MNC at the All-African Peoples’ Conference in Accra, Ghana, in December 1958. At this international conference, hosted by Pan-African President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Lumumba further solidified his Pan-Africanist beliefs. Lumumba spoke Tetela, French, Lingala, Swahili, and Tshiluba.

In late October 1959, Lumumba, as leader of the organization, was arrested for inciting an anti-colonial riot in Stanleyville where thirty people were killed; he was sentenced to 69 months in prison. The trial’s start date of  January 1960, was also the first day of a round-table conference in Brussels to finalize the future of the Congo. Despite Lumumba’s imprisonment at the time, the MNC won a convincing majority in the December local elections in the Congo.

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  • rikyrah

    Good Morning Everyone

    • jds09

      Good Morning rikyrah and everybody else!

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, jds!

        • jds09

          Morning Sag!

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, Rikyrah!

  • rikyrah

    “De Blasio Administration’s Treatment of Homeless in Storm Represents Break from Bloomberg Policy”

    One aspect of the de Blasio administration’s storm response reflected a sharp break from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy: his treatment of the homeless. NY1′s Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

    As has long been the case during severe winter weather, the city on
    Thursday activated “Code Blue,” meaning all homeless drop-in centers are open 24 hours, offering hot meals and showers, and single adults can access any homeless shelter, bypassing the intake process that normally requires that they first come to a Manhattan intake center.

    This time, though, shelter restrictions were also eased for homeless
    families, something advocates say was a problem under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    “If you had families with vulnerable children, they were sometimes
    turned away on bitterly cold nights like this, so that’s very
    troubling,” said Mary Brosnahan of the Coalition for the Homeless. “And it’s great that immediately, Bill de Blasio took action and did
    something quickly to signal a sea change in homeless policy.”

    http://www.ny1.com/content/news/201343/de-blasio-administration-s-treatment-of-homeless-in-storm-represents-break-from-bloomberg-policy

    • Miranda

      It really is sad when we need to celebrate that someone is HUMANE in the face of the inhumanity of the outgoing NYC mayor.

      • sagittarius

        Good morning, Miranda!

      • qosine

        This is so true, Miranda.

  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – — CONDOLENCES 2 ALL. AMEN♥
    — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTYe9eDqxe8

    • sagittarius

      Good morning, GLH **BIG HUG**

      Be blessed!

      • GreenLadyHere

        –Sagittarius :>) – -http://img1.123friendster.com/en/thankyou/86.gif

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Love the song Kathy’s Clown.

      • GreenLadyHere

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    • Alma98

      I missed this GLH, like woody I loved their songs.
      RIP

      • GreenLadyHere

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        • Alma98

          Thanks GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma – –:>) My Pleasure. :>)

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Please stay warm and be careful during this extreme weather. Please check on elderly family or friends to make sure they are OK.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – -☺http://www.orkugifs.com/en/images/good-morning_305.gif
      – — -☺http://www.pics22.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/sagittarius-green-glitter-graphic-for-fb-share.gif
      – – — ***BIG HUG*** :>) – —Good advice. :>)

      –U♥/Family♥ — -Have a SAFE/WARM/BLESSED DAY. :>) —-
      – –PRAYIN’ 4 ALL :>) — -AMEN♥ —

    • Alma98

      Morning sagi!
      You be careful too, I have nowhere to go so I’m staying in the house. My mom is good and so is my elderly neighbor. We keep an eye on him and shovel his walkways when it’s snowing.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning. It’s warmer and the forecast is for more snow today. The temps are kinder for shoveling. LOL.

    • rikyrah

      Good morning, sag.

    • qosine

      Good afternoon, sagittarius.

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, qosine!

  • jds09

    I just can’t. MHP cried on the air. Doesn’t she realize that this tool is not available to black women.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/melissa-harris-perry-breaks-down-on-air-while-addressing-kieran-romney-controversy/

    This is not gonna end well for her.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ jds09. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      —-***BIG fist bump*** – – -LOL –
      –U! – –AIN’T! —NEVA! – –LIED!! –
      – 4 US – –IT is the case of —

      –“Takin’ OUR kindness 4 WEAKNESS.” – – –WE KNOW!! —
      – – -Good 2 C U jds09. B BLESSED. :>)

    • Alma98

      This why I don’t want Joy Ann to have a show.
      Black folks have to shuck & jive to survive on tv.

      • jds09

        I’m so glad you shared this. Because of this bullshit, I’ve changed my mind about wanting Joy Ann to have a show. She would have no real support and the peer-pressure to become one the the “cool kids” would be enormous. The ONLY reason they don’t fuck with Rev. Al is because of NAN.

        • Alma98

          It’s just fucking sad, now let’s see if white feminists come to her rescue. I’m not holding my breath though.

          • jds09

            Someone on twitter asked,”where’s Hayes and Maddow?” The cool kids table is mighty quiet.

          • Alma98

            And they’ll stay quiet too.

          • Tafr

            They are under the table right about now. Notice these fools had nothing to say about Martin.

          • Admiral_Komack

            HAHAHAHAHAHA!
            The jokes, the jokes!

      • goldenstar

        I understand your trepidation but Joy Ann’s character is different from MHP. MHP sees herself and her show as a gateway for progressive perspective. Joy Ann is about truth- seeking and telling. She has no other agenda.

        • Admiral_Komack

          It’s not about truth-telling; it’s about ratings.
          If Joy Ann truth-tells about the person/ organization the powers that be are backing, she will find herself unemployed quick, fast and in a hurry.

          • goldenstar

            Understood. My comment is about the difference between the two hosts and not about networks and corporate control.

          • Admiral_Komack

            No problem.

          • Admiral_Komack

            So, it finally popped up?
            ALLRIGHTY THEN!

      • Admiral_Komack

        They’ll yank Joy Ann just like they yanked MHP.
        That’s why I don’t want her to have a show (plus I don’t watch MSNBC).

        • Alma98

          I don’t watch either Admiral. I love Rev. AL & Joy Ann but I just can’t watch. I believe they make people sign contracts that say what they can and cannot say too. So Joy would be stifled just like the rest of them.

    • Tafr

      MHP should of told them to kiss her ass and kept it moving. Notice she did not apologize nor acknowledge her self absorbed attack on the president. Not even after she put out that bullshit MSNBC it takes a village ad. Truth be told any self respecting black person would of told MSNBC to kick rocks after they fired Martin. Hell any self respecting liberal would of. MHP just destroyed that certain level of respect she had as a smart, accomplished black woman. She reduced herself to a crying mess begging these racist folks to forgive her wtf! I hope MSNBC is worth it but we all know that is bull.

      • jds09

        Since she’s going down anyway, I wish she would HAM on their asses and talk about the “Curse of Cain” and how Romney is Bishop of a Church whose doctrine was that black people were “cursed by God” to be bearers of wood. He sat in the pews and they taught him that doctrine until he was 38. Ask the question “Based upon his religious upbringing, is it appropriate for Romney to be a grandfather of a BLACK CHILD?”

        • Alma98

          I guess she wants that MSNBC check in the worse way. Because this shit just ain’t worth it, now she’s given the racist more ammo against her. Sarah Palin can say and do any fucking thing she wants and nobody bats and eye. It’s all free speech just not for black folks. What is it going to take for black journalists to stop putting up with this shit.

          • Kennymack1971

            As long as these black journalists/blackademics think they can get a seat at Mr. Charlie’s table they’ll continue to eat all the shit he dishes out.

          • Alma98

            So true Kennymack.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia
          • jds09

            Wow. I didn’t know this. She identifies with Mormons. I cannot wrap my brain around this. Mittens is gonna jack her up tomorrow. MHP is headed for a serious Negro Wake Up Call.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Isn’t the child Mitt’s grandson (correct me if I’m wrong)?
            I’d jack her up, too.

    • Kennymack1971

      This is just pitiful. MHP and the rest of these Negro Pundits/Blackademics are forever trying to call out PBO for not being tough enough about this or that but once again when Miss Ann and Mr. Charlie are offended by anything these NegroesNegroes say they’re the first ones to bow and scrape for forgiveness. And what’s worse is that her apology won’t even matter to the wingnuts they’ll still use this nontreversy to beat her upside the head. SMH.

      • jds09

        And she threw her bi-racial background into the apology. Like that matters. She has flinched and now they will go for her throat.

        • Alma98

          This prettyfoot person over at TOD is working my last fucking nerve about this. He/she keeps saying we’ve turned on MHP instead of having her back.

          • jds09

            MHP has weakened her credibility with her cool kids bs (aka admonishing PBO and Oprah, working out her father issues on the air). If she was a warrior, folks would be taking off their earrings right now.

          • BarbinAtlSouth

            Has anyone asked prettyfoot when MHP has had anyone else’s back?

          • Alma98

            Thank you!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Alma — -3 THANGS 4 “prettyfoot”
            – – -☺REMIND him/her when —-ALL BY HERSELF – – -DrMh-p WENT IN ON MR. PRESIDENT!!—
            —- ☺ That Bi-RACIAL thang: – –Which of the “RACIALs” — -have her back annnd WHICH “RACIAL” does SHE back??

            – – -☺BTW- – -MR. PRESIDENT —DID THIS: — ——http://www.clevelandleader.com/files/obamacensus.JPG

            — — -Annnd U???- — – –NEXT!!??

          • Alma98

            Tell it GLH!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Thank U Alma– – :>)– —
            –I’ON’T mind her bein’ “conflicted” — -howeva – – -She’s been in this world LONG EBUFF 2 C WHAT da Delio IS! —

            — -That “Humpty Dumpty Mentality” — -will get [or HAS gotten] her in the same place: —
            — – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fExzr4oa7w — —Jus’ sayin’. . .

        • Kennymack1971

          Oh they’re going to come hard for her. Just a pathetic situation.

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

        And those same Negro Pundits/Blackademics are running to defend her apology on Twitter. Can you imagine if PBO apologized TWICE to the right? They would call him everything but a child of God.

        • Kennymack1971

          Word. I guess these media Negroes got to stick together but I never want to see/hear MHP or any other Blackademic lecturing PBO about jack. Ever.

          • jds09

            We’re gonna find out how much juice the Negro Pundits/Blackademics have. Ummmm…can they save MHP.

          • Kennymack1971

            Save her? The Ascot, Fredricka Whitfield and Sour Lemon practically tossed her an anchor. As for the rest they’ll be too busy trying to please Massa to stand up for MHP.

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

            Fredricka came for her, too? Damn. Where was she and Sour Lemon when CNN execs complained about having too many ethnic viewers?

          • Admiral_Komack

            They can’t save her.
            If MHP grovels enough, she’ll keep her job.

        • Miranda

          This entire episode sickens me. These mofos need to take to twitter and whatever media platforms they have to ask why isn’t the mainstream media reporting about this racketeering case of Mittens and why aren’t they demanding more reporting of the genocide in Israel. Make me damn sick.

      • Admiral_Komack

        The powers that be don’t have a problem with them bashing the President but they do have a problem with them standing up to those critical of the the President.

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

      I figured she might apologize again, but this right here….THIS? Nah, that was too much.

    • GreenLadyHere

      jds09 – – –Annnd –another thang: – —Afta her “performance”- –She we BACK 2 “CUTEsey-By-Half”. – –

      –“LIGHTBULBS – -annnd the ACA???- – -WHO thinks –like this.??- –NEVAMIND – –THEY just cain’t COMPLIMENT MR. PRESIDENT/ACA. —geesh!

  • GreenLadyHere

    – -GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** :>) – -A POWERFUL LEADER. :>)- –
    PBOMB♥ — -THIS has been sooo INFORMATIVE. THANK U sooo MUCH. :>)
    – – -☻Prime Minister PATRICE LUMUMBA
    – — – – – -☺CALLED OUT POLITICAL DOMINATION: – he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960.
    — – – – – ☺FOLLOW the MONEY[Mineral Riches] -The main reason why he was ousted from power was his opposition to
    Belgian-backed secession of the mineral-rich Katanga province.

    – – -☻ENJOY Your TREAT annnd STAY WARM :>) — B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

    – — —ACA POSITIVITY – – -:>)
    —☺@ACAstories
    TX: Hennessy Love RT @Uncle_Henny Dear Mr President! My family and I thank you for our new policy! #texas #ACA #affordablecareact #obamacare
    —-THANK U MR. PRESIDENT♥ — -:>)

    • conlakappa

      Did you ever see the movie about him? Very impressive but even knowing how it ends, it was very painful to watch.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa. :>) ***BIG HUG*** – –YES. –

        —POWEFUL —yet sad. :>)

        Good 2 C U♥ conlakappa. :>) Have a good day. — -Sorry 2 B L8. :>)

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone.
    I can’t believe MHP cried over this petty shit! I’m so angry about it I can’t form words. I just can’t. SMMFH!

    • GreenLadyHere

      - -GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>) – –
      THAT SUN – —jus’ EVOKED a PHILOSOPHICAL mindset –4 me. :>) WE need 2 ALWAYS remember the – -BLAH/WHITE “Struggle.” – –Gotta B in REVOLUTIONARY MODE – –UNTIL. . . .- —-SADLY — -I ‘ON’T believe that Dr.MH-P embraces this; ’cause she appears 2 B msnbc-CONTROLLED.!!
      – –*CRYIN’*?? – – -***WHYCOME***??? –geesh!
      – –Alma —-LUVIN’ all that your SUN represents: – – -including UNIQUE BEAUTY. :>) Thank U♥ :>)

      — –Sending BLESSINGS 2 U♥/Family♥ –ALWAYS. :>) – — -Any snow? -LOL —I still have the “snow blower”. :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH, that’s exactly why I put it up.
        Blessing & hugs to you.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) –Alma. – – –IT truly was a —MOOD-SETTER. :>) – -Thank U. :>)

    • Tafr

      Morning Alma, naw I am not surprised that MHP went there nope.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Ratings.

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

      Mornin’ Alma! That sun looks like a throwing star. Apropo for how I’m feeling about MHP’s apology.

      • Alma98

        Morning Sepia! I just told GLH that’s why I chose this sun. The MHP debacle has got me so pissed. She has opened a door for the crazy RWNJ racists now. I miss Ed Bradley soooo much.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      Glad I didn’t see that bullshyt.

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah and bullshit it is.

    • qosine

      Good Morning, Alma.
      You’re right.
      She’s opened the door.

      • Alma98

        Afternoon qosine.

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good Morning POU.

    • Alma98

      Morning Barb!

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Mornin’ Alma

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MORNTIN’ BarbinAtlSouth. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      ——Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ annnd SAFE annnd WARM. :>)

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Backatcha, GLH

        • GreenLadyHere

          Barb – – – -***smilin’ @-chu*** :>) Thanks. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – -SPEAK TRUTH/CALLIN’ OUT Time! —Ooooweee. .

    – –American Apartheid 2014

    – – –I wrote just the other day that Americans should not expect any major progress on immigration reform in 2014. In that post, I pointed to William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), who is on record for warning that if the Tea Party can’t stop immigrant “invasion” there will be violent revolution.

    Right Wing Watch then revealed on Friday that Gheen told “an Idaho radio host last month” that he wasn’t racist, he just wants America to be ruled by white people, like it’s always been. He’s a good guy, really, and it’s that immigrant invasion of “muggers” and President Obama who are the villains in this piece. After all, it is Obama who has, he says, been sowing divisiveness among ethnic
    groups:
    – – – –[WOW&1/2!!—DELUSIONAL RACIST!!]

    — – — SNIP – – – –

    – – – – — I suppose what he means – and I think it’s pretty clear from his rhetoric – is that Obama, being “uppity” himself and an “angry black man,”is making other black folks uppity, (the obvious inference here is that Obama should never have been president) and we can’t have that in a white-ruled America. Look at what all those mistaken expectations led to in the pre-Civil Rights Movement South.
    – – — -SNIP – —

    – – -And if that is not enough to get you to the polls in 2014 and again in 2016, I suppose nothing will.
    READ ON!! – – –***BLACK POWER FIST —In Da Air!!***

    – – –☺http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/2405228/ling-ling-speak-the-truth-o.gif

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – – -MR. PRESIDENT:♥ —-:>) – –
    — – -Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance –:>)
    – – – – -In this week’s address, President Obama says Congress should act to extend emergency unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans who have lost this vital economic lifeline while looking for a job. – —- THANK U — -SIR♥ — –
    – —ALWAYS —SPEAKIN’ 4 – – -“WE The PEOPLE.” – -:>)

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

    Really, Elon? Really?

    Elon James White @elonjames
    “Why did she apologize? SHE SHOULDN’T APOLOGIZE!”

    Um…who the fuck are you? Since when do you get to decide if & when an apology happens?

    • Kennymack1971

      Looking out for his seat at the table. Figures…SMH.

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

        Nancy Giles, too. She blocked us because I disagreed with her about MHP’s apology. Mind you, she came into POU’s TL initiating the conversation. Who knew she was so thin skinned?

        • Kennymack1971

          They all are that’s why I take them with a grain of salt. They believe the little bit of face time they get on TV or their blog or whatever means you’re required to genuflect before them…um no.

    • Admiral_Komack

      Didn’t she apologize once?
      It was a stupid piece.
      She should have apologized one time and kept it moving.
      The tears won’t help her.
      (Disclaimer: I have not seen the piece; I thought it was stupid from the get-go).

  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone, hope everyone is enjoying their day. We are having a bit of a thaw here, it won’t last but it’s nice. I’m just going to pretend this whole MHP embarrassment is not happening and keep it moving lol.

    • Alma98

      Morning cc, they’ll milk this for all it’s worth and move on to the next outrage.

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

        Yep. Mittens will be on Fox tomorrow.

        • Alma98

          They’re trotting him out everywhere to discuss this nontroversy. But won’t ask him about his Rico case. When PBO is gone what are the media GOP lackeys gonna do?

  • MonieTalks

    Did Jamal Simmons come to MHP’s rescue? Wasn’t he waxing poetic about Justine Sacco not getting her due process because of the “twitter mob.” The Klan..er, RW mob comes for MHP and he’s quiet?

    Does he still get ready in the makeup chair for MSNBC from time to time?

  • MonieTalks

    Can I just say…it is hilarious yet pathetically sad how folks are acting like marijuana legalization is the greatest freedom call this country. I personally don’t smoke ganja or cigs simply because I hate smoke and the smell it leaves….but you have to shake your head at mofos acting like it is the Emancipation Proclamation.

    It is truly white privilege when the legalization of marijuana is their idea of true freedom.

    • Alma98

      I know what you mean Monie. The only reason marijuana is being legalized is because they don’t want white folks having criminal records.

      • Aquagranny911

        I don’t know if that is the only reason Alma, at least in Colorado. They want the tax revenue which is steep on “the herb” way more than alcohol & tobacco. The state has taken in millions in taxes in just the last four days.

        Let them smoke their brains out!! All that tax revenue is going to the public schools! I’m all for that!

        • Alma98

          That too AG, how was your trip?
          Did you enjoy yourself?

          • Aquagranny911

            Totally! However, it was interesting to see so many Americans there. One of my Mexican cousins said: “I was thinking of taking a vacation to the US but I saved money staying here since the USA came to me for free!”

            We had a lot of fun & the weather was great. The only thing I didn’t like was all the fireworks on New Years. Mexicans love their fireworks. It went on for two days & I hate fireworks!

          • Alma98

            LOL…. Americans are buying up property in places where indigenous poc live. I find it ironic because they don’t want us to live next to them here.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL! VERDAD!!!

        • conlakappa

          She’s back! Happy New Year! Hope you had fun. Here is an article I saved for you: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/travel/linda-ronstadts-borderland.html?_r=0

          • Aquagranny911

            I did! What a sweet share! Gracias for this! Our familias had so many similar roots. I have felt so sad that Linda will sing no more for us. She really is an extraordinary woman.

            This is a lovely article about a beautiful & historic area & a woman who is one of our treasures. Again, muchas gracias.

  • Alma98

    Yes Serena! She won her first title of the year.

    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/01/brisbane-s-williams-d-az/50139/

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma — –☺http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m88qecuTsn1qzr81io1_500.gif WOO! HOO! :>>)

      — – -CONGRATULATIONS♥ — – PROUD of U♥ :>) – –

      — – –☺http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/SmileyYouGoGirlCutie.gif :>)

    • TyrenM

      Alright. You, me, Melbourne in 2 weeks lol!

      • Alma98

        OK!

    • rikyrah

      Go Serena!!

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

    Sounds like the magazine pulled a publicity stunt.

    (h/t @Triniprincess)

    Miley’s Beyonce Disses Were Made Up, Magazine Admits
    Joe Lynch / January 3, 2014

    Despite claiming that Miley Cyrus slammed Beyonce and her
    bootylicious curves, a British magazine is now admitting its faked quotes are,in fact, fake.

    …Well, Britain’s Love Magazine beat her to it by admitting
    the quotes were made up. But even though they began this scandal by printing the fabricated quotes, they have no idea whatsoever where this false information came from. “Miley Cyrus never said anything to us about Beyonce,” the mag tweeted. “The quotes were made up and we’re trying to get to the bottom of where this came from.”

    Hint: Ask the writer and/or editor of the piece.

    MORE: http://www.fuse.tv/2014/01/magazine-miley-beyonce-diss-made-up

    • Miranda

      Sounds like the magazine got a very firmly worded THREAT from the General Counsel of Miley’s label.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – — – -O.K. – – – -His Excellency -has DA HUMOR: – — :>)

    – – – -Pope to Nuns: Hey, Pick Up, It’s Me — –:>)

    — – -<i>Pope Francis has made another memorable cold call,
    this time to a group of nuns in a Spanish convent. Problem is, they
    didn’t pick up. “What are the nuns doing that they can’t answer the
    phone?” Francis asked in the message he left,
    -the recording of which was obtained by Spain’s El Mundo newspaper and broadcast on
    Italian media. “This is Pope Francis. I wanted to offer you greetings for the end of the year. Maybe I’ll try to call again later. May God bless you.”- –
    – – -Annd — -“Da WINNER IS. . .” —POPE FRANCIS. :>)
    — –BLESS U – -SIR♥ :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      That was cute! I read that one of the Nuns at the convent is Brazilian & a friend of his from way back.

      HUGS! Hope you enjoyed your holidays with the Grandkiddos. Now you have two, on your way to the Dozen, lol ♥

      • GreenLadyHere

        - — FELIZ ANO NUEVO –Aquagranny911♥ – – – -***BIG HUG*** :>) - — –
        – – —Hope U had a NICE -FUN -REST with Family/Friends. :>) — – -[We **waved @-chu yesterday*** :>)
        – – – -THIS POPE is sooo ENDEARING♥ —
        -Thanks 4 the good wishes. :>)–Sooo good 2 C U.:>)
        B BLESSED :>) U♥/Family♥ :>) [BTW –have U BOTH mended yet? :>)] —Prayin’. . .:>)

        • Aquagranny911

          It was interesting that he is a topic of conversation in Mexico where many people usually have a disdain for Rome & some despise Argentinians. They are liking him & hoping he will do something about the corruption among the clergy in Mexico.

          ETA: We are pretty much mended. We danced a lot!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Aquagranny♥ – – -Good news! :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! I’ve had a politics free week mostly & I enjoyed myself a lot. I hope all here had a great New Year celebration. I missed you all & I have been sorry to read about the horrible weather some of you are having. Please stay safe!

    • Alma98

      Glad to have you back AG! It’s not the same when you’re not here I missed you too.

      • Aquagranny911

        I almost didn’t come back, lol. Brother & his wife are leaving Monday for a cross country oddessey. They are taking the southern route to the east coast & wanted us to come but Hubby said: “NO!”

        • Alma98

          We drove so much moving from base to base.
          I loved it when I was younger but as time went on I didn’t like it so much. I have videos from our travels that I need to transfer to dvd’s. And Happy New Year!

          • Aquagranny911

            That is Hubby’s attitude & he traveled a lot in his civilian job too. I still like to travel & a road trip in Brother’s RV is excellent!

          • Alma98

            I wouldn’t mind riding in a RV. Except hubby’s scares the hell out of me in the regular car lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            Just close your eyes & pray. That’s what I do!

          • Alma98

            LOL!

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

      Hey AQ! Good to see you! Happy New Year!

      • Aquagranny911

        Are you keeping warm where you are?

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

          Yep!

    • rikyrah

      Hey AG

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola Riky! You are in the middle of all this bad weather aren’t you? I hope you are keeping safe & warm.

    • qosine

      Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday, AG! With
      an RV trip, I can see why you almost didn’t come back.

      • Aquagranny911

        This RV is excellent! It has nearly everything! When Brother retired they sold their big casa, bought a small condo & spent the rest on this RV. Now Bro wants to see the USA! He worked all over the world as an engineer for many years building stuff but he said he has not seen enough of the USA. So that is his goal now.

    • sagittarius

      Hola, AG!

      • Aquagranny911

        Hola Sag! Are you keeping warm & staying safe and also your familiy? I think you have elder parents who must be very careful in this weather. I have been reading about this awful snow & cold. I worry for those who need shelter or who might try to go out when it is so very cold.

        • sagittarius

          My parents are OK… their house should be ready within the next 7-10 days. We are keeping warm and not going out unless absolutely necessary. Having said that, will have to take MOm for an appointment today.

  • jziglar

    So I heard that MHP cried on live television. What a joke ! She looks really weak now and I find it funny that all of these emo negroes on the cable networks have the balls to talk shit about the president and other black people, but once they’re in the cross hairs of a white person they grovel and cry.

    • Miranda

      What?? Are you serious? She cried??

      • Alma98

        Yep

      • Admiral_Komack

        Gotta get the ratings.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jziglar ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – — -I thought that this was posted: –☺http://www.msnbc.com/melissa-harris-perry/watch/melissa-harris-perrys-apology-106695747765

      — –THIS: – -I find it funny that all of these emo negroes on the cable networks have the balls to talk shit about the president and other black people, but once they’re in the cross hairs of a white person they grovel and cry.
      – – –NUTHIN’ –BUT – — -TRUTH!! – —***BIG fist bump***

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

    • Tafr

      As my grandmother says what comes around goes around. MHP felt some kind away about the president’s absent father talk. Of course the outrage from us regular ol black folks got no reaction from her. Now look where she is today. This savvy, smart, woman has reduced herself to crying on air, looking like a damn fool. See it’s cool when she degrading Obama, the president but her black ass better step lightly when it comes to white folks, yes even no name has been such as Romney.

      I cannot bring myself to feel sorry for her because she got too comfortable. Did she really think them white people running MSNBC were going to let here get away with that comment? Rachel Maddow can blame black folks for prop 8, call an entire group of people bigots because Maddow is a white woman. Perry does not have that advantage and Perry knows this. Unless Perry planned on telling all the offended to kiss her black ass she should of kept her mouth shut.

      • TresL

        ITA!!!

      • Worldwatcher7

        Hi Everybody!

        Tafr, you are soooo right. Except, when us regular ol’ Black folks objected to her attempting to police the President’s emotions, MHP went all “Ms. Thang” on us, on Twitter and on her show.

        I’m done with her.

        • isonprize

          BEEN done with her…

      • Admiral_Komack

        Perry THOUGHT she had that advantage.
        She knows better now.

      • trose1

        my thoughts EXACTLY

    • BoomerGal

      White people are always going to put a black face on the treachery directed at a powerful BLACK leader. That is so that we CONTINUE to degrade ourselves. BUT criticism (done so lovingly) is not the same as treachery.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — O/T — — -***smh** — -I guess. . .
    — —
    Ludacris’ Woman (Eudoxie) Like Dwyane Wade’s (Gabby Union) will Stick and Stay

    ——-*We know it’s not exactly new news, but Ludacris‘ infidelity story is pretty much a mirror image of Dwyane Wade‘s.
    — -SNIP — –

    —- – –Well, he impregnated Tamika Fuller while on break from his longtime main squeeze Eudoxie.There’s no marriage proposal, between them as far as we know, but apparently she’s forgiven him and is not going anywhere ’cause she still wants to marry him.
    THERE IS MORE —- – –O_O

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — –Another ONE. – –

    – – -Outrage as interracial military couple given racist valet ticket with ‘jungle fever’ scrawled across it at Georgia eatery– –

    — -An interracial Georgia couple out celebrating New Year’s Eve at a popular local restaurant say a valet handed them their car keys with a tag bearing an offensive racial slur.

    U.S.Army Sgt Major Samuel Aarons, who is white, and his wife, Candea, who is black, were outraged when they inspected the piece of paper attached to their key ring and discovered the words ‘jungle fever’ scrawled on it.

    The derogatory term refers to a romantic relationship involving an African-American person and a Caucasian person.
    – – -SNIP– —

    The management of the restaurant later explained that the valet who allegedly wrote the slur was employed by an outside company called APS Valet.
    – – —The unnamed man, who was described by the Aarons as black, has since been fired.

    THERE IS MORE — —- ***hmmmmmm. . . ***

  • Miranda

    Dang…….see what happens if you live a lie and then try to hurt others simply because you don’t want to accept who YOU are? It never ends well.
    ———————-
    CBS journalist alleges that anti-LGBT Republican Rep Aaron Schock is gay
    By David Ferguson
    Saturday, January 4, 2014 13:25 EST

    On Friday, a gay CBS journalist accused Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) of being gay and in the closet. Itay Hod said in a long Facebook post that he is fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the media the shields and coddles them, then named Schock as one such politician.

    “People always say, ‘No one has the right to out anyone,’” he wrote, “that coming out is a private matter. I disagree. As you can imagine, not a very popular opinion. But bear with me.”

    “Here’s a hypothetical,” he continued. “What if you know a certain GOP congressman, let’s just say from Illinois, is gay? And you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower…together?”

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/04/cbs-journalist-alleges-that-anti-lgbt-republican-rep-aaron-schock-is-gay/

    • Alma98

      People have been saying this for awhile now.

    • itgurl_29

      Andrew Sullivan used to subtly imply he was gay as well.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — – -CALL OUT Time!- – –
    — – -There Will Be No Beheadings at the Death Panel- –
    – – –On one hand, this
    is an indictment of what the fact-checking industry has become, and on the other hand it’s further evidence that America is the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave Stupid.

    –This is an obvious low-hanging fruit for Politifact.

    There’s no reason to strive for balance between the truth and not offending conservative readers while debunking beheadings. At least you wouldn’t think so.
    There’s nothing controversial here.

    THERE IS MORE- — — —

    – WE have BEEN – – -SMACKED DOWN – -“politi-FALSE!! –HAH!

  • Miranda

    A member of the US House of Representatives y’all…..smh

    https://twitter.com/RepStevenSmith/status/419544602379841536

    • Alma98

      And nothing will be said about it either.
      They can say the vile shit and not apologize for it.

    • rikyrah

      I’m just gonna say it..
      muthafucka please

    • trose1

      oh hell no

  • Aquagranny911

    I have come in late to this MHP thing but it makes me so angry on so many levels that I can’t even count them!

    I will cut to the chase & ask…how many are thinking that this latest made up nontroversy is a way to take the heat off Robme & the lawsuit he is facing?

    Forget MHP & her whining to keep her estupido job with the network that now figs goats on a regular basis! I say that the twitter should be all over the disgusting Mitty & his ugly financial works.

    This BS is just a distraction…my two pesos!

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      Inside baseball nonsense. She either begged for her job or pretended to beg for her job.

    • Alma98

      That’s what we’ve been saying all week AG.
      The msm is covering Mitt’s ass once again.

    • jds09

      This is what goes for news these days. It’s infotainment. I’ll admit I’ll be watching for Romney’s reaction tomorrow. (I won’t be watching FOX, but I will be paying attention to twitter.) At the same time, I’m so sick of this and I hope MSNBC collapses on itself, at least then we have a long shot chance of something filling the vacuum that will give us some decent news.

      • Aquagranny911

        I’ve been seeing peeps here wanting Oprah to put her OWN on for real news like Uni. I think we should petition her for just that.

        I hope MSNBC goes right down the sewer too! They pretend to be liberal so they can support the RW of “both sides do it” & “liberal media” which is major BS! I want some real “liberal” media that says truth to lies & no apologies!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — -ON MY WAY – – -:>)
      – –☺http://download.installmob.com/animation/ccontennt/9743-f/retired_woman_running.gif?__sid=IFR1WIM&lang=en&__mt=w

  • Admiral_Komack

    I have tried more than once to say to goldenstar that I had no problem with what was said vis-a-vis the styles of Joy Ann Reid & Melissa Harris Perry, but Disqus would not let me post it…until now.